The First Thing to Do When a Cold or Flu Strikes

Colds and flu are often lumped together and an optimized immune system is your best bet to combat both. In the video above I discuss the crucial preventative measures that can help you avoid the common cold. I have not taken a sick day in over 30 years and this can be credited to the practices outlined in this video and the core principles that underlie my natural health philosophies.

There is no better time than now to boost your immune system so it can successfully fight off infectious disease.  You have probably read the headlines and know that the cold and flu season is in full force. That means it is time for the annual flu season ritual where journalists and health organizations extol the virtue and importance of receiving your yearly flu jab while simultaneously pointing out how ineffectual this year’s version of the vaccine is.  

What makes this tradition so puzzling is that the best way to prevent and fight flu and colds is hardly a mystery. And it does not involve getting injected with an inoculation that is probably not effective even one-third of the time. Misinformation on vaccines and disease has left a large segment of the population vulnerable and ill-equipped to deal with severe cold and flu outbreaks. 

The common cold is the most prevalent infectious disease in the U.S. and many other areas of the world. Cold symptoms are triggered by hundreds of different viruses, not bacteria, and infection is typically spread by hand-to-hand contact between people, or by touching objects that harbor the pathogens. Since colds are viral in nature, antibiotics are completely useless and should be avoided, unless your physician diagnoses a serious secondary bacterial infection. 

The key to preventing colds and recovering from them quickly is to maintain a strong immune system, which includes: eating a nourishing diet, avoiding sugar, optimizing your vitamin D level, getting enough sleep and exercise, managing your stress and practicing good hand washing techniques. It should be noted that a traditional chicken soup made from homemade bone broth has medicinal qualities that significantly mitigate infection. In fact, there are a number of traditional foods, herbs and supplements that can potentially promote strong immune function. This is the focus of the must-read article, “Foods That Fight the Common Cold.”

Colds can result in prolonged discomfort but flu outbreaks are often cause for alarm. Health officials have historically been quick to point out the “success” of the annual flu vaccine is based largely on anticipating what flu strains should be included in the annual immunization. This year they ostensibly guessed correctly and the vaccine is still a comprehensive failure.

The severity of this year’s flu season is blamed officially prevalence of the H3N2 strain, which the CDC says is more likely to acquire genetic changes that render the vaccine useless. Keep in mind that last year’s vaccination had a meagre success rate of slightly less than 40 percent and this year’s is expected to be even worse. Despite their inability to fully account for the genetic changes of the H3N2 flu virus, the CDC and other health officials persist in recommending the shot. 

Another serious question that surrounds the flu is if the cases and the fatalities attributed to the virus are being accurately reported. This might seem to be a requisite if your end goal is developing an inculcation that was actually successful in providing artificial immunity with an injection, but the fact is that most physicians don't bother to do the laboratory testing required to find out if you ever had the flu in the first place. This is because the treatment for most flu-like illnesses is the same. 

Only about 20 percent of all influenza-like illness that occurs every year is actually associated with influenza viruses because many types of respiratory illnesses with flu-like symptoms can be mistaken for influenza. About 80 percent of cases of suspected influenza sent to the CDC for analysis lab test negative for type A or type B influenza. This is one reason the number of annual fatalities attributed to the flu is so imprecise: 3,000 to 49,000. 

What is also not widely shared is the fact that "most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks" (this is a direct quote from the CDC). Those who do not are much more likely to be those with compromised immune systems. Most deaths attributed to the flu are actually due to bacterial pneumonia, which can be effectively treated with advanced medical care and therapies like respirators and parenteral antibiotics.

The best natural practices that can actually protect you from the flu may also help you fight off the common cold. A few basic immune boosting strategies are to optimize your vitamin D levels, adhere to a nutritionally sound diet, get plenty of restorative sleep, practice proper hygiene, avoid hospitals, manage your stress with strategies like the Emotional Freedom Techniques, and rely on exercise to strengthen your immune system.  
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