Flu Fears

We understandably fear getting the flu, especially this year when mortality is high. Avoiding exposure to the virus, and getting vaccinated are recommended. Both yield mixed results.

Here are a few points unfortunately left out of the discussion:

  1. “It is not the bug, it’s the terrain.” Pasteur
  2. Fear is a powerful motivator, but, striving to be healthy overall is the best.
  3. Fear itself (stress) depresses the immune system.
  4. A plant-based diet improves the immune system, two thirds of which is your gut bacteria.
  5. Processed foods, particularly refined sugars, depress the immune system.
  6. Each year over thirty thousand people die from the flu, but, we are regularly scared by potential calamities that are far less serious, like the Zika virus.


Practical Rx Points

  1. Get adequate sleep. Losing one hour of sleep per night depresses immune function.
  2. Wash your hands often. Try not to touch your eyes, mouth. Sneeze into sleeve
  3. Take 5-10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 each day. Increase to 50,000 IU while sick. Children: 1,000 IU daily, 5,000 IU when sick.
  4. Take probiotics 5-10 caps a day; feed them with Slippery elm or Constant Health fiber
  5. Take Vitamin C: 1,000 mg. Increase to 5,000 mg 3 times a day while sick; add IGG 2000 (immunoglobulin) 2 caps 2 times a day.
  6. Zinc tablets per bottle
  7. Avoid processed sugar: one can of coke depresses white cell function by 90% for 5 hours.
  8. Take Echinacea, Mushrooms, Elderberry, Oregano and/or Silver only while ill. They are not indicated for maintenance.
  9. LOTS OF WATER. Also Pomegranate juice, green tea.
  10. Consider wearing surgical mask if risk of exposure is high.
  11. Daily sinus rinse with saline (salt) solution or xclear (Xylitol).
  12. Daily gargle with saline solution.

If you believe you have the Flu:

The CDC advises patients to stay home and rest; avoid the ER and clinic, unless you are extremely ill. In that case, come in wearing a surgical mask.

Hugo Rodier, MD is an integrative physician based in Draper, Utah who specializes in healing chronic disease at the cellular level by blending proper nutrition, lifestyle changes, & allopathic practices when necessary.

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