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Avoiding the Flu

It’s cold here again today.  See?

Chillier in Podunk

For those of you who are metric, that’s -17 C.  BRRRRR!!

Of course, the “flu epidemic” is all the news right now and I, for one, am determined to avoid it if I can.  However, my preventative measures will not include a flu shot.

For one thing, in the last 20 years, with the exception of about 5 years ago when I caught it from The Young One, the only time I’ve gotten the flu is when I’ve gotten a flu shot.  Well, duh – you’re being injected with the flu virus (to say nothing of a nice dose of mercury – there’s nothing like good ol’ heavy metals circulating throughout your body, is there?).   According to Scientific American, flu vaccines are almost useless for the very demographics for which they are most recommended – the very young and the very old – and they’re generally not all that effective for the rest of us.

So, what am I doing?  Well, avoiding crowded public places as much as possible and dosing daily with vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, cinnamon, fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil – both of the latter are available from Green Pasture Products and, if I’m not mistaken, are available via Amazon.com, as well.  The cod liver oil and butter oil aren’t cheap, but I’d rather spend a little extra money if means not coming down with what appears to be a particularly virulent strain of the flu; I’ve heard of people being flat on their backs for a week or more.

There’s also increasing evidence that homemade bone broths, rich with easily absorbable minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, and trace minerals difficult to obtain elsewhere, are also effective in preventing colds and flu, so I’ve begun incorporating tasty beef and chicken bone broths into my daily diet.  They are particularly nice and warming on these very cold winter mornings, if nothing else.  Of course, a healthy diet rich in nutrient dense foods is also beneficial, so I’ve been incorporating more leafy green vegetables – particularly kale – and organ meats, as well as pastured eggs, into our meals lately.

So far, so good – we’ve been flu-free so far this winter, and according to the CDC it appears to be winding down.  One can only hope.

Have you had the flu this year?  If not, what are you doing to try to prevent it?





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