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How to Avoid or Cure the Flu or Colds

Updated on January 13, 2018
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

Difference between cold, flu and allergies.

Flu sign.
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The difference between cold, flu and allergy. For better view, click on picture or go to the source.
The difference between cold, flu and allergy. For better view, click on picture or go to the source. | Source

Colds and the Flu are Optional

California’s Premier Endocrinologist, Joe Prendergast M.D. explains that vitamin D is really a hormone and that is why it is so powerful. He says that taking vitamin D increases your immune system strength 3 to 5 times. He says "Vitamin D is a miracle drug."

Note that I had not had a cold, flu or headache in over 15 years. About 20 years ago I had a flu where I had almost a 104 F fever. I had a terrible headache. It would only take less than 20 minutes to be freezing cold. Then I would get under a lot of covers and warm up and go to sleep. Then I would wake up about 30 minutes and be boiling hot and jump out from under the covers. This cycle went on all day and night.

Have you heard the saying "Feed a cold, starve a fever." Here is what Duke Medicine says about that saying (Duke Medicine conceptually integrates the Duke University Health System, the Duke University School of Medicine, and the Duke University School of Nursing.): [Later it will explain this]

No one really knows the origins of the axiom, but most accounts link it back as early as 1574, when dictionary writer John Withals wrote “Fasting is a great remedie of feuer [fever].”

My uncle is a PhD in chemistry and he taught me to think like a scientist at a very young age. So his experiment was to see what would happen if someone grew up thinking like a scientist.

Immune System not Germs

Louis Pasteur is considered the father of the Germ Theory of Medicine and he invented the process of pasteurization. On his deathbed, he even recanted saying the Germ Theory was all wrong: "It’s the terrain, not the germ."

If the immune system is not compromised it can easily prevent you from getting sick. Plus it can help you avoid infectious diseases and non-infectious diseases like cancer. Washing hands is like always running away and hiding from germs. Strengthen your immune system and you can survive a pandemic while others are dropping like flies. Germs are everywhere.

The human is the most evolved organism on the planet. Some have disagreed but the purpose of evolution is to survive. Many species of organisms have become extinct in recent years. The population of humans have continually grown for the past 10,000 years unlike any other species. Its immune system if healthy can easily fight off any infectious disease.

It is possible that all colds or flu are related to dairy consumption, especially in colder weather. Cow's milk is the second most consumed milk. The first most consumed is goat's milk that the USDA says is healthier than cow's milk. Probably the least unhealthy for you is raw goat's milk cheese.

The body actually allows any virus to grow in you when it does not think that you are taking care of yourself and not getting enough rest and sleep. The biggest problems with Americans is that they over-eat and under-sleep. That is why the body allows the virus to grow in you, to kick your butt so you have to take it easy.

Vitamin D-- the Sunshine Hormone

First there is a lot of recent research done showing the importance of vitamin D, the sunshine hormone. In the summer, the sunshine is brighter and people have on less clothes so they get more vitamin D.

They have recently learned that the amount needed for strong bones is not nearly enough to protect you from the above. Vitamin D overdose is rare. If you buy 1,000 IU capsules and take 70 a day for a while, then you will get an overdose. To be very conservative do not take more than 15,000 IU a day, unless a doctor is supervising you. See How Much Vitamin D Should You Take Daily to prevent getting colds and flus.

Plenty of Sleep

Also getting plenty of sleep is important to the immune system. A study showed that people who get less than 7 hours of sleep a night are 3 times more likely to get the flu than people who get over 8 hours of sleep a night. During the holidays people have a tendency to get less sleep.

The cleaner that it is inside the body, the better the immune system works. Everyday the body is taking in toxins and producing metabolic toxins. Also everyday the body is cleaning out toxins. A big part of the immune system is the lymphatic system. But it requires movement to work well. So exercise will help it to work much better. When it is warmer, the body sweats more and the skin is the largest excretory organ in the body. The excretory organs include skin, lungs, liver and kidneys. The colon is an organ of elimination.

Exercise helps you to sweat more. This helps the body to become cleaner inside. Sweating is also a major reason that people get colds and flu during the cold months instead of the warmer months.i

Fasting or Eating Less

When Mark Twain would get a cold or flu, he would fast to get over it the quickest way. Fasting helps the body to get rid of toxins at an accelerated rate. Regular fasting can help you to avoid it. Fasting (consuming only water) is the fastest way to get over the flu.

Raw fruits and vegetables, organically grown, are a very clean burning fuel. Unhealthy foods like junk food, cakes, cookies, refined grains and animal foods are not as clean burning and make it harder for the immune system to work. So fasting or a cleansing diet helps the body to keep from getting sick. Stress weakens the immune system so do something like yoga to reduce stress.

A cold or flu is a chance for you to become healthier. The body has an inner intelligence that only cares about the health of your body, It does not care about your money, your job, your ego, your relationships or any of that. So you may be too busy being important to get enough sleep or you do not want to be bothered with eating less or healthier. But when you get sick it becomes a priority since you feel so sick.

Then you can take off work, get more rest and sleep and let your body heal itself. It is time to nurture yourself. Your taste does not work as well so you cannot enjoy eating like normal. This makes it easier for you to eat less or fast. Fasting may make you feel worse but it will speed up the process that is taking place. Eating may make you feel better, but it slows down the cleansing process that is taking place.

Some people choose to fight the flu. They do not give the body what it needs but they try to SUPPRESS the symptoms with drugs or natural remedies. Then these people can end up being sick for weeks or even months. The body is talking to you. It is saying "give me what I need or you will feel awful for a long time." Only the body can heal itself. Studies show that it helps reduce getting sick if you eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce eating animal foods

Using the Produce Aisle to Boost Immune Function-- Flus or Colds

Vitamin D 5,000 IU Take this everyday to avoid flus and colds. See video below for more on this.

Joe Prendergast M.D., California's Leading Endocrinologist talks about the benefits of vitamin D


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