The flu virus according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resulted in between 9.2 million and 60.8 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.
World wide the flu virus kills between a quarter of a million to half a million people a year.
Conventional medicine and the pharmaceutical industry would have you believe that there is no cure for the common cold. And that you should protect yourself against the flu virus with a vaccine that is made with toxic chemicals.
Further more, these medications are designed to reduce symptoms, but have no ability to activate the body’s own immune response to fend off invading bacteria or viruses.
How exactly does the flu virus work once it enters your body? And can it be cured naturally?
Understanding How The Flu Virus Works
The virus is easily passed from one individual to another through the air by droplets and small particles excreted when the infected person coughs or sneezes. The influenza virus enters the body through the nose or throat. Once in the body, it then takes between one and four days for the person to develop symptoms.
Someone suffering from the flu can be infectious from the day before they develop symptoms until seven days afterwards.
When the influenza virus gets into the body, it moves into the respiratory tract. Once there, it binds to the surface of cells. The virus then opens and releases its genetic information (RNA) into the cell's nucleus.
The nucleus is were the cell's genetic information (DNA and RNA) is stored. Once the virus binds to the cell, it begins to replicate itself, and takes over the functions of the cell. The copies of the virus move to the cell membrane until the cell finally dies and releases the copied virus out into the body, where it goes on to infect other cells.
The replication process continues for up to several days, until the body's immune system begins to fight the virus off.
Who Is At Risk?
Risk groups include:
- Children under the age of 2
- Seniors over the age of 65
- Person with chronic medical condition
- Pregnant women
- Health care workers
- Nursing home residents
And because of this, the CDC recommends that all individuals get a flu vaccination each year due to the serous complications of the flu virus.
But is a flu vaccination really warranted? And is it necessary to take over-the-counter medications to suppress the symptoms? Let's examine the answers to these questions and also see if you can cure the flu naturally.
Curing The Flu Virus Naturally
The Canadian Medical Association Journal published on March 2, 2015 that - "Repeated flu shots may blunt effectiveness." The journal noted that the Canada’s Sentinel Physician Surveillance Network had previously observed a decrease in effectiveness of the flu vaccine, as have others.
In the September 2014 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, US investigators documented a lower vaccine effectiveness in those who had a flu vaccine ministered over the previous five years, compared to those who had a flu vaccine only the previous year or no vaccine previously. The researchers also said that additional studies are needed to understand the long-term effects of administering annual flu vaccinations.
Instead of waiting to see what research uncovers on the long-term effects of administering an annual flu vaccine, why not let nature cure the flu virus.
Try these natural remedies to help cure while relieving your flu symptoms.
1. Vitamin-C (1,000 mg 3-4x daily)
Vitamin-C helps with immune system function and boosts white blood cells.
Take 1,000 milligrams of vitamin-C daily to ward off a cold or the flu and up to 4,000 milligrams daily when you are experiencing symptoms.
2. Zinc (up to 300 mg daily)
Zinc supports the immune function and has an antiviral effect. It works best when taken at the first sign of illness and when taken with vitamin-C.
Oral zinc in studies has shown to reduce the length and severity of a cold or flu. Zinc has shown a direct effect of inhibiting the cold or flu viruses from latching on to your body's cells.
Zinc may lessen the symptoms of the flu virus, but excessive amounts (more than 40 mg per day) are toxic. The adverse effects of high zinc intake include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and headaches. Excess zinc can also affect cardiac function and can impair the pancreatic enzymes amylase and lipase.
How To Take Zinc When You Have The Flu
Take two 18.5-mg zinc acetate lozenges every two waking hours (example: if you are awake for 16 hours you would take 36 mg of zinc every 2 hours - which is equal to 297 mg of zinc). Please be aware that this is a very high dose of zinc and is considered toxic if taken over a long period of time. Taking this much zinc should only be done for a few days and only when you are sick (source: Life Extension - Issue 9/2017 pg. 44)
Medical studies have revealed probiotics to be better than placebo in reducing the number episodes of acute upper respiratory tract infections, as well as the rate of episodes of acute upper respiratory tract infection and reducing antibiotic use.
In children, one study concluded saying that based on the available data and taking into account the safety profile of respiratory tract infections (RTIs), probiotic consumption appears to be a feasible way to decrease the incidence of RTIs in children.
One medical study demonstrate that a regular, long-term intake of various synbiotics improve health by reducing the incidence and severity of respiratory diseases (like the cold and flu).
3 to 5 strains of probiotics were used, and they included:
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus
- Bifidobacterium lactis
3. Vitamin-D (2,000-4,000 2-3 x daily)
Vitamin-D is produced in the body by sunlight and regulates the expression of over 2,000 genes, including those of the immune system, as well as is essential for resistance to infections including colds and flu.
Medical research shows that low vitamin-D levels are linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infections.
The journal of Canadian Family Physician published that patients who had the influenza, were treated with the vitamin-D hammer, as coined by the led researcher Gerry Schwalfenberg, MD CCFP FCFP and his colleagues.
Schwalfenberg stated that a 1-time 50,000 IU dose of vitamin D-3 or 10,000 IU 3 times daily for 2 to 3 days revealed dramatic results, with a complete resolution of flu symptoms in 48 to 72 hours.
Schwalfenberg says a one-time dose of vitamin-D at this level has been used safely and has never been shown to be toxic.
William B Grant, PhD an epidemiologist and founder of the nonprofit organization Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles on vitamin-D and health. Dr. Grant is the Science Director of the Vitamin D Council and also serves on their Board.
Grant says that his studies have found that people with low levels of vitamin-D are more likely to get any of 100 common diseases including autoimmune diseases, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and infectious diseases.
He says that he takes 4000 IU of vitamin-D a day to maintain his blood level above 150 nmol/l (60 ng/ml) and gets some mid-day sun which is limited in San Francisco due to the frequent clouds and fog.
Oregano contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B-6, calcium, and potassium.
Oregano has one of the highest antioxidant activity ratings, with 42 times the antioxidant content of apples.
The Journal Of Nutrition says that several culinary and medicinal herbs are important sources of antioxidants. Oregano is even a better source of dietary antioxidants than many other food groups such as fruits, berries, and vegetables.
Oil of oregano contains two powerful compounds, which are carvacrol and thymol. Both compounds have powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.
Oregano contains antioxidants for immune system support. And is useful for upper respiratory infections.
More Natural Remedies
Other natural remedies for the cold and flu virus include:
- Garlic – anti-viral, antibiotic, and antiseptic (chopped one clove and lest sit for 10 minutes before consuming)
- Onion – great for coughs and raw onion keeps the respiratory tract open
- Ginger – anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory
- Sage – carminative, antiseptic, and astringent
- Thyme - contains volatile oils that are antimicrobial - helps fight infections, including respiratory infections, coughs and sore throats
Boil 1 to 2 cups of filtered water and add 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and chopped ginger. Pour into a ceramic or glass container and top with a lid. Use the infused water as a cough syrup to coat your throat 3 to 4 times a day or when needed. Take bits of the ginger and chew on them before swallowing.
This remedy when administered at the first signs of an infection will cut a cough and the bacterial or virus infection in the throat (48-72 hours) before entering the upper respiratory.