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Since I Never Get the Flu - Am I the Omega Man?

Updated on August 31, 2017

Does anybody have natural immunity to the flu?


Various versions of influenza – the seasonal flu, avian flu and swine flu – are knocking people down left and right. Too bad for them, I’m sorry. But, fortunately, I never get the flu. The only flu I’ve ever gotten was that 24-hour stomach flu when I was in my teens. It seems everybody gets that!

What’s my secret?

Well, I’m an American male in my sixties, never married and have no children. I don’t live a wonderfully healthy lifestyle – I’m not Mormon, Buddhist, vegetarian or vegan - but I don’t trash my body on a regular basis either.

Current medical theory states that nobody has natural immunity to diseases such as influenza, because such ailments are caused by those nasty little viruses, and if you want to avoid them you must get regular flu shots.

Well, I’ve never had a flu shot. I shouldn’t need a flu shot this season or any other season, though many people disagree with me. My reasoning is that flu shots actually make some people sick, and many flu shots are not very effective. For example, according to the Center for Disease Control, the flu shot for the 2014 – 2015 season is only 23 per cent effective for all age groups.

Actually, according to a show I watched on PBS the other night, people can develop some immunity to the flu from being exposed to the viruses over time. Thus the H1N1 virus attacked more young people than old. This may be the case with the H3N2 virus as well.

Therefore, I decline to get a flu shot because of personal and scientific reasons.

Nevertheless, what seems to work more times than not is lowering one’s susceptibility to disease. Sounds good to me – and relatively cheap. Here’s what I do:

Get Regular Exercise

Since I was in my early twenties, I’ve gotten regular aerobic exercise. I don’t pump iron or do calisthenics – who wants to do that crap! – I simply walk, jog, roller skate or run at least three to four days a week, preferably for 45 minutes or more. (Swimming would work very well too.) And make sure you get outside in the fresh air and sunshine, a routine which seems conducive to good health. Ask all the so-called experts.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Since I’m a bachelor, I’ve consumed tons of TV dinners, so maybe you should do the same. I’m not kidding! Try it. If you think you’re not getting enough nutrients in such culinary cuisine, take a one-a-day type vitamin. That’s all. Don’t waste your money on expensive supplements, because nobody’s proven their worth. Moreover, I’ve read that 85 per cent of our protection against disease comes from maintaining healthy gut flora, so by all means keep your digestive tract in good order any way you can. I've always eaten plenty of yogurt, which contains "probiotics," known to be helpful to one’s gastrointestinal system.

Get Plenty of Rest

Most of us don’t get enough rest, so I’ve read anyway. That’s probably because there’s so much blasted noise these days! I usually get enough of sleep, but when I don’t I seem able to cope anyway. How do I do that? I don’t know what I’d do without good old caffeine! Consume plenty of that, what the heck, if you want to be like me.

Stay Loose

I try to lower stress whenever possible. Exercise is great for relieving stress and staying loose. (I can’t overemphasize its benefit.) You can party a little too; I’ve certainly done my share of it. But don’t over-do it. What does “over-do it” mean? You decide. You’ll know. At any rate, definitely avoid the addictive stuff. You can also try meditation, playing music, reading or writing. Do any healthy activity you can to stay “lightly wound” and you’ll almost certainly feel better and thereby avoid maladies such as the flu.

Oh, yes, and I’ve always washed my hands regularly!

Afterword

Well, that’s what I do to avoid getting the flu. If my body - unique in some ways, I guess - produces antibodies that nobody else has, I couldn’t tell you how it does it. Maybe I am a kind of Omega Man, though I doubt it.

Hey, perhaps somebody should take a sample of my blood for analysis and do a study or something. Since people are dying, it's the least I can do.

Please leave a comment.

© 2009 Kelley

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      Mike 

      2 years ago

      I don't take care of myself like you and the flu just makes me tired for a day or three

    • Kosmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelley 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, patcha. The laws of cause and effect say your bad habits will catch up with you. At any rate, be happy you don't get the damn flu. Later!

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      patcha 

      4 years ago

      I have never had the flu or a flu shot. I am pretty unhealthy, I have sjogrens, fibromyalgia, cfs and connective tissue disease.

      I still smoke, i don't (can't) exercise, but i never catch colds or the flu even when i am around others who come to work with fevers...

      I am of mixed heritage, english, irish, west indian, chickahomony indian and black.

    • Kosmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelley 

      5 years ago from California

      Hey, Julianna, I didn't get many of those childhood diseases either, though I do get colds; however, I haven't gotten a bad one since the late 1990s. You gotta love those good genes. Later!

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      Julianna 

      5 years ago

      I don't catch colds or flu. I didn't have any of the common childhood illnesses: chicken pox etc.. Apparently I'm 1% of the entire Western population who never had chicken pox (was tested for diseases etc..to work in hospital). There is a link between certain Europeans and a natural resistance to all forms of sickness. My dad is Hungarian, mother was French. If I have it right, it is from my fathers side that I'm immune as he never had Rubella etc..nor did his mother. If you are of Eastern European decent then you may have the natural gene that keeps you heathy. We are very lucky.

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      Maggie 

      5 years ago

      I have never had the flu, either (nor have my brother, two sisters or mom). I also work in a lab where I am exposed to tons of live influenza. So, it got me thinking and I found this little piece:

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44275043/ns/health-col...

    • Kosmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelley 

      5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, Lance. I've met many people who never get the flu. I've never had a shot either. You gotta love at least some of those genes, which seem to be at least partially responsible. Later!

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      Lance 

      5 years ago

      New evidence shows some people actually do have some sort of natural immunity to the flu. I also have never had the flu, or a flu shot. Neither has my mom or sister. And I say that every year so I know I'm not jinxing myself! Thanks for the article Kosmo.

    • Kosmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelley 

      5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the comment, honeybee Weir. It's good to know there are other "Omega" people out there. Later!

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      honeybee Weir 

      5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I AM not alone! I as well have never had the flu. I don't get the flu shot and as far as I know I never had one. I don't do anything special and I'm in ok health. My lifestyle/tricks/actions are similar to the one who wrote this. So, I point the finger for this blessing at my mother. She told me when she was pregnant with me she had the flu. Thanks mom and God.

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      Sparkling Vintage 

      5 years ago

      I am also it seems immune to the flu. I have been around flu sufferers for many years. I am now 41. I don't live healthy, (ii do however eat lits of veggies) but love all natural fatty foods, pork, a nice steak with some fat around the edges. I have a firm belief whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. So even tho I do wash my hands after I go to the bathroom, or when I get that icky feeling, I do eat stuff that has fallen to the floor the 3 second maybe 5 second rule. I think we should be tested and figure out what is on our blood that can fight off the flu. Maybe that`s where scientist should look if they aren`t already doing that, but if there is a bigger pool of people the easier it may be.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      7 years ago from Europe

      simply breath-taking. Well said Kosmo...

      D.Virtual.Doctor

    • Kosmo profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelley 

      8 years ago from California

      Well, it seems there's at least one more Omega Man out there! Thanks for the feedback. Later!

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      Erin M 

      8 years ago

      If the flu is anything like the symptoms of getting off most antidepressants, I can see why people would die from it. It beats feeling like complete hell!

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      Keith S 

      8 years ago

      I got the flu once. The Hong kong flu way back in the 60's. It almost killed me. Since then maybe I get a cold or two a season, some seasons I don't get any colds.

      Of course I live isolated in a germ free environment on a desert Island.

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      jim10 

      8 years ago from ma

      I don't get it either. The news make it sound like we are all going to die of the flu. I probably get about 1 or 2 colds a year when the seasons change. But, other than that I am pretty healthy. My wife hounds me that I need to get the flu shot. But, I never have. I don't get any more sick than she does. I'm guessing you don't eat much sugar. I think that is important in staying healthy. They keep crying wolf that we will get a huge flu epidemic and spend a fortune of our taxes on flu vaccines that we probably don't even need. Last year it was the bird flu and this year it is the swine flu. From what I have read our bodies can heal anything by fasting. If we don't make our body put all of its effort into digesting food it will actually heal itself much better. I could use some more rest but, I have a full time job and 3 young boys to keep me busy. I figure I will catch up on my sleep some day. I have always gotten by fine with 6 or 7 hours. If I ever start needing to drink coffee I will try getting another hour of sleep instead.

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