The flu is more serious than just a bad cold. Some strains can leave you with critical conditions. This is why it’s so important for you to do all you can to avoid getting sick and infecting others.
There are consequences to getting any strain of the flu, like increasing your risk for respiratory illnesses. In older people, and in those with compromised immune systems, the flu can be deadly.
But there are other consequences. In a recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists reported that the mice that survived a single strain of the H5N1 avian (bird) flu were at an increased risk to develop changes in their brains. These changes resulted in neurological disorders similar to those found in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
The H1N1 swine flu that’s threatening to become a pandemic appears to carry a low neurologic risk. But who knows which strains will become active this year ... or next ... that could turn this variety into a neurological time bomb. Flu viruses regularly mutate. In fact, mutation is the name of the flu game.
Scientists believe that the swine flu sets off a long-lasting immune response that leaves you vulnerable to a second hit. This is why doctors are so adamant that you get the flu vaccine. The problem is that this second hit may not necessarily come from a virus. It could be triggered by an infection, drug, or environmental toxin. And environmental toxins are impossible to avoid. In these cases, a vaccine is useless.
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If we look back at the history of viruses we see that the flu has been linked to neurological problems for centuries. Most recently, brain disorders appeared after the 1918 swine flu pandemic when Parkinson’s symptoms followed this strain.
Does this mean you should get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu? Not at all! The flu vaccine is likely to give false protection — not real protection.
And if you’re over the age of 65, even doctors are saying the vaccine isn’t necessary. Why? Because we “elders” are most likely immune to the swine flu and its vaccine by virtue of our age and exposure to various strains of the flu. And while people of all ages are getting the H1N1 flu, the death rate for healthy seniors is low. The vast majority of deaths are in children with serious pre-existing health conditions.
Whether or not you get the flu vaccine this year or any other year, at best a vaccine can only protect you from the strains it contains. Unexpected strains pop up frequently. And viruses constantly mutate, putting us at an increased risk for conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, that are much worse than any flu.
No-one knows whether or not the swine flu vaccine will be effective or cause side effects. But researchers have found that the H1N1 strain doesn’t mutate easily, and that’s what scientists fear the most. If it’s not the bird flu, it’s the swine flu. If it’s not the swine flu it’s another variety. The issue isn’t whether or not you get any flu, it’s whether or not you’re likely to die from it.
So protect yourself from all forms of the flu today.
Strengthen your immune system with excellent hygiene, plenty of sleep (eight hours a night is optimal), and something to keep your immune system strong. The best formula I’ve found, and the one that has kept me free from the constant colds and viruses I’ve had all my life is MycoPhyto Plus. It consists of medicinal mushrooms grown on immune-enhancing herbs. The herbs are “food” for the mushrooms and increase their potency. Whatever immune booster you use, begin now and take it through the winter. It could save your brain.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (2009, August 11). Avian Influenza Strain Primes Brain For Parkinson's Disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/08/090810162146.htm.