In the third part of this series, we look at another alternative to the flu vaccine. Our thanks to Health News of Hueytown, Ala., for granting us permission to reprint the following excerpts from the article Wash Away Sickness & Infection! in the Winter 2005 special issue.
BreatheFree(TM) Nasal Wash
What if you could stop dangerous bacteria and viruses right at the point they enter your body? Now there may be a way you can.
According to Health News, special issue 2005, drug-resistant infections are beginning to appear beyond hospital walls, spreading among families, day-care centers, school children and even sports teams…
But vaccines and antibiotics are not the answer.
Doctors and scientists agree that overuse of antibiotics is the culprit in these and all drug-resistant super-infections… The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that 90 percent of upper respiratory infections, including childrens ear infections, are viral, and antibiotics dont treat viral infections… Persons infected with influenza are sometimes at higher risk for developing secondary infections, such as pneumonia. Flu epidemics typically occur during the winter months and have been responsible for an average of approximately 36,000 deaths per year in the United States between 1990 and 1999….
Flu viruses cause disease among all age groups, but infection rates are highest among children. However, rates of serious illness, risks for complications, hospitalizations, and deaths from influenza are higher for people age 65 and over.
So do you think the flu vaccine will save you from the carnage of the flu? The effectiveness of the flu vaccine depends primarily on the age, the recipients capacity to develop an immune response from the vaccine and the degree of similarity between the viruses in the vaccine and those in circulation. The flu vaccine last year did not even contain the strain of flu that was so bad last year. The CDC reported on Jan. 16, 2004, that last years flu vaccine had no or low effectiveness against influenza or influenza-like illness. According to the CDC study, the vaccine protected from 0 to 14 percent of study participants. Thats a complete failure by any standard.
Even if the flu shot was effective against the current strain of flu (which its not), it is well proven that people age 65 and over and those with certain chronic diseases have lower resistance to influenza even after taking the vaccine. According to the CDC, a randomized trial with people aged 60 and over reported a vaccine efficacy of only 58 percent against influenza respiratory illness, but indicated that efficacy might be even lower among those age 70 and over.
So what about the new FluMist nasal vaccine? One study found that administration of FluMist only reduced respiratory illness with fever by 23 to 27 percent.
There is a long list of warnings for those who should not be vaccinated with the nasal-spray flu vaccine, including children under age 5 and people age 50 and over. According to the CDC, FluMist is approved for use only in healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49 years. So you tell me, if you are healthy and between ages 5 and 49, why do you need to worry about the flu anyway? What about the side effects from the nasal-spray vaccine? In children, side effects can include runny nose, headache, vomiting, muscle aches, and fever. In adults, side effects can include runny nose, headache, sore throat and cough. Sounds like the flu to me!
People have been led to believe that viruses like the flu are the problem. They are not the problem. The real problem is that most people have weakened and impaired immune systems that are unable to function as they are designed because of our terrible American diet.
A prudent measure for preventing any infection is to make sure that your immune system is as strong as it can possibly be. Make sure you are getting adequate rest and nutrition… Unfortunately, many Americans do not have a good diet and therefore are very likely to be deficient in nutrition that is essential for their health.
Aside from improving your diet with quality food and supplements, drinking eight or more glasses of alkaline water daily and getting plenty of rest, you should practice good personal hygiene… One of the most important things you can do to prevent infection is to keep your nose clean. Wash your nose regularly.
More than 90 percent of the nasty little creatures that make us sick enter our bodies through our noses. Infection-causing bacteria thrive in damp, moist nasal passages. From there, they can invade your body at leisure and strike wherever and whenever best suits them.
Your best defense is a good offensein the form of BreatheFree(TM) Nasal Wash. BreatheFree deploys a new strategy in the war on infection-causing bacteria. BreatheFree is being used successfully to curb ear, nose and other upper respiratory problems. But the effectiveness of BreatheFree doesnt stop there. It also cuts down on sinus congestion problems, allergic conditions and even occasional bronchial construction.
BreatheFree is not habit-forming. Better yet, BreatheFree doesnt help harmful bacteria build up immunity against treatment, as is too often the case with prescription drugs. Many bacteria survive antibiotic treatment. These microscopic brutes then spawn a new breed of bacteria that cant be defeated by the same antibiotics. So the pharmaceutical alchemists have to keep inventing ever newer and stronger antibiotics. Natural creations always work best because the bugs dont ever become immune to the bodys natural defense mechanisms. Its a rule of the balance of nature.
Sickness and disease is a condition of our bodys environment. Keep your environment healthy and clean, and sickness will stay away.
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