The fall and winter season always brings with it the threat of catching the flu. We are also bombarded in the media to make sure we get the flu shot and then advised to take Tamiflu if you have the flu. What is your response to all of these warnings and advice? My curiosity always leads me to different perspectives on the flu and how to manage the risk. Why do some people get the flu and others don’t (even with the same exposure to the virus)? Why do we only get the flu epidemics in the fall and winter even though we are exposed to the same viruses year round? Another question: Why isn’t there any flu epidemic on the equator?
These are questions that have been raised by several doctors and researchers including JJ Cannell M.D. who has founded the Vitamin D Council. He has a thorough description in this artlcle on how our exposure to sun leading to Vitamin D synthesis in our body can have profound effects on our ability to prevent and fight the flu virus.
It is with this awareness that I answer the question “Should I get the flu shot Dr. Schattauer?” with another question “Do you know what your vitamin D level is?” I always recommend getting a level to be sure that you have optimal protection.
Of course there are other important steps to take to lower your risk of getting the flu. Here is a list:
Wash Your Hands. Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Get Plenty of Rest. Drink water! At least on half your body weight in ounces. Eat your fruits and vegetables. 7-13 servings a day. Eat them, blend them, juice them, or take a good juice powder supplement.
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