Fight off the flu with Vitamin D.

Good day everyone.  We are all bombared with information about the H1N1 flu and the flu season. I even went to a guest Church service this weekend and in the weekly handout there was a ton of info about the H1N1.  Every year about this time we get our hourly dose of how to protect your self from GETTING  the flu.  Wash hands, don’t touch mouth or eyes, avoid contact with others who may be sick, stay home if you feel like you may be sick, and of course get the flu shot and the H1N1 shot if you want ot protect yourself. 

Have you ever thought about why people get sick, or get the flu?  Usually it’s an immune compromised person who is elderly or a child that really get hit the hardest.  According to the CDC  36 children have died from the H1N1 flu virus.  Two thirds were immune compromised with diseases such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and other neurodevelopmental problems.  There is also a high correlation with these type of disesases and severe Vitamin D deficiency.  Now this makes sense to me since  most people don’t get enough sunlight(Vitamin D is produced by your body when you get sunlight) year around and if your sick you probably don’t get near enough.  I was just down at Mayo with my mom while she had her bypass and I’m telling you there isn’t any patient getting sunlight down there.

If there is a direct relationship between low Vitamin D levels and increases in risk of getting the flu wouldn’t it make sense to ideally get your Vitamin D levels checked or at least start taking vitamin D?  I’d recommend 5000I.U. day during the winter and 2000I.U. during the summer months.  

There is abundant evidence showing that the flu vaccines do not protect you from the flu, and one recent study found it had an impact on pediatric flu related hospitalizations or doctor visits during the flu seasons studied.  In fact, researchers concluded “SIGNIFIGANT INFLUENZA VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS COULD NOT BE DEMONSTRATED FOR ANY SEASON, AGE, OR SETTING”.  In addition, a systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children from age 6-23 months found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo. 

Well, you get to make a choice on how you want to keep your self healthy.  Be empowered to be informed.  Until next time, your bodymind will reward you if you take great care of yourself.  Dr. E   p.s.  Working out daily, especially adding resistance training to your aerobic training, getting adjusted regularly, eating as much organic as possible, being grateful, good sleep, lots of sunlight, and having fun are a great way to build your immune system so you don;t get sick.

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One Response to “Fight off the flu with Vitamin D.”

  • Cathy:

    Hi Steve,
    I read the info about the H1N1 flu with much interest. My parents are elderly and am concerned for them. My doc put me on 1000 mg. of Vit. D years ago and am just starting to hear about major benefits about it.
    I read some of your info about the Gophers, blah, blah, blah! The Badgers still are better!!!!
    I knew you would be a great hands-on Dad. Perfect that you have 2 boys. Must be amazing to be so involved with their schooling and sports. How I wish I could have those days back from when Bethany was that age. Treasure it all!
    Love ya!, Cathy

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