Cold and Flu Season - Prevention Strategies
It is October and school is in full swing. Those of you who have seen me in the office have been exposed to my mantra of Vit D supplementation through the winter and shoulder seasons. Many of you have come seeking the flu shot and some have been somewhat surprised to my lukewarm opinion. I try not to do things from hearsay and look for data to support my recommendations or lack there off. So rather than listing down the pros and cons of the various modalities in a narcolepsy-inducing fashion, I will direct you to Dr. Mercola’s well documented lay-out of the data from six months ago. In brief, you will see why I believe that a mid-normal blood level (around 50 ng/ml) of 25 hydroxy vitamin D is more protective than flu vaccine in preventing not only flu but viral respiratory illness in general. So, get your flu shot if you like, but for heaven sake, do NOT neglect taking your Vit D3! If you do “catch” a virus of any kind, try and have a “Sick Kit” already on standby to start right away. I personally can not afford to get sick because it usually ends up in a sinusitis with an overall illness length of two months. When I “hit” the illness within hours of onset with high doses of the Sick Kit components, I am generally over it within 12-36 hrs. Certainly not a guarantee, but there is NO down side to this approach. As an adult, I boost my Vit D3 to 50,000u daily for 4 or 5 days, get on Liposomal Vit C 3-4 grams three times daily for a few days, take around 30mg zinc (the 7 mg zinc/elderberry lozenges), and some sort of immune booster like echinacea or turkeytail mushroom extract. As you read Mercola’s article, you will see that I am not original in my recommendations by any stretch. Dosing for kids are found in the “files” section titled “Sick Kit”. I will try and get links set up this weekend on my new web page also to make it easier for you to find the components of this “kit”. Based on ongoing research, I am also adding Vit A to the Sick Kit recommendations. It is as powerful as Vit D3 in upregulating DNA transcription for making powerful infection-fighting proteins.