What’s more effective at Stopping the Flu? The Flu Vaccine or Vitamin D Supplementation?
What’s more effective at Stopping the Flu?
The Flu Vaccine or Vitamin D Supplementation?
A June 15, 2014 report from the Department of Justice (http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/dojpresentation.pdf), covering a 3-month period shows that the flu vaccine is the most dangerous vaccine in America. Most of the settlements for injuries due to the flu shot were for Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Other flu vaccine injuries included: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Rheumatoid arthritis, Shingles, Brachial plexus neuropathy, Bell’s Palsy, Brachial neuritis, Transverse myelitis, Lichenoid drug eruption, and Narcolepsy.
The Benefits of Taking Vitamin D?
The risk of children suffering from flu can be reduced by 50% if they take vitamin D, doctors in Japan found. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Mitsuyoshi Urashima, the Japanese doctor who led the trial, told The Times that vitamin D was more effective than vaccines in preventing flu.
Vitamin D acts as a natural antibiotic. It works against every type of microbe (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites).
Vitamin D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive production of inflammatory cytokines and increasing macrophage (a type of white cell) activity.
Vitamin D also stimulates the production of potent anti-microbial peptides in other white blood cells and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract, protecting the lungs from infection.
The Japanese scientists, writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, say that the anti-viral drugs zanamivir and oseltamivir reduce risk of flu infection by 8 percent in children who have been exposed to infection, compared with a 50 percent or greater reduction with vitamin D.
The sunshine vitamin not only prevents bone fractures but is also believed to reduce risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other illness, including various bacterial as well as viral infections. The Japanese finding supports a theory those low blood levels of the sunshine vitamin occurring in winter explain why flu epidemics generally peak between December and March. Vitamin D activates the Innate immune system, enabling the body to produce several proteins such as defensin and cathelicidin, which trigger cell activity and disable viruses.
Dose and Vitamin D Levels Are Critical
Researchers have recently pinpointed the mechanism behind vitamin D3?s ability to enhance the immune system and why it is so critical to our health.
– Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a steroid hormone precursor, which has profound effects on Innate immunity.
– The amount of vitamin D in most food and nearly all multivitamins is literally inconsequential.
The correct daily dose of vitamin D for adults is approximately 5,000 IU/day, not the 200 to 600 IU recommended by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Medicine and the FDA. Go figure?
The only blood test to determine vitamin D adequacy is a 25-hydroxy-vitamin D, not the 1,25-di-hydroxy-vitamin D test many physicians now order.
Healthy vitamin D blood levels are between 70 and 90 ng/ml, levels obtained by fewer than 5% of Americans.
The mechanism of action of vitamin D in infection, dramatically increasing the body’s production of broad-spectrum natural antibiotics (anti-microbial peptides or AMP), suggests pharmaceutical doses of vitamin D (1,000 IU per pound of body weight per day for several days) will effectively treat not only influenza and the common cold, but help treat a host of other seasonal infections, including meningitis, septicemia, and pneumonia, in both children and adults.
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In our home I take 5000ius per day and my daughter gets 1000-2000ius per day especially this time of year. If we feel like we are fighting something then triple the amount for about 3 days.
In Health and Peace,
Dr. Craig Kaler