|Flu Fear Fighters|
A Natural MD's Opinion
Worried about Avian Flu? Don't be. As a physician and a
scientist, I want to share the best news of this flu season: You can
prevent or treat the Avian Flu (IF it develops the ability to infect
humans) easily, simply, cheaply, safely and naturally. And I know
that there are things you can do to make the problem much, much
worse. The choices are yours. Please share what you are about to
read with everyone you know. This information could save huge
numbers of lives.
Please remember, though, that this information is not a diagnosis
or a treatment plan. It is educational material intended to help you
develop your own personalized disease prevention or treatment
strategy. You might want to consult a nutritional professional or
natural physician to help you personalize it for you and your
How does the Avian Flu do its damage? Birds (or humans if the
virus mutates spontaneously - or is mutated in a lab) die because
the H5N1 virus depletes Vitamin C stores so quickly that the cause
of death is fulminate scurvy. Scurvy is the same disease that killed
seamen on long voyages because unless we get enough Vitamin C from
our diet or our supplements, we get sick or die Humans cannot make
Vitamin C but we need it for a great many vital processes including
immune function and vascular integrity. This particular type of
virus uses up Vitamin C stores so quickly that the immune system is
overwhelmed and the blood vessels loose their structural integrity:
they leak so badly that infected animals literally bleed to death
through those damaged vessels.
Prevention? Vitamin C: lots and lots and lots of Vitamin C.
Treatment? Lots and lots and lots of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is not toxic. Under stress (like a viral infection),
your need for Vitamin C is increased. When your body has had enough,
your body will tell you by soft stools or diarrhea. This is not a
sign of toxicity: it is a sign that you have reached "Bowel
Tolerance" (BT). Once you get there (and it can be at 1 gram or 20
grams: your body will tell you), cut back to 75% of the dose that
represents BT for you and keep taking that dose EVERY DAY.
Write down each of the 4 daily doses of Vitamin C that you take
each day because you will be increasing your intake gradually until
you find the amount that you need for immune support. This dosage
information is important enough that it could literally save your
life so it is worth taking the time to record this information
carefully and stick to the dosing schedule precisely. If you mess
up, don't quit, but do make your best effort to stick to it.
You will start with 1 gram per dose so, for example, on Day 1,
suppose that you take 1000 mg (= 1 gram) of Vitamin C every 4 hours
for a total of 4 grams. On Day 2, increase the first dose to 2 grams
and then take 1 gram for your other 3 doses. (You will take 4 doses
per day). On day 3, take 2 grams for your first and second doses and
1 gram for the remaining two doses. On Day 3, you would take 2 grams
for the first three doses and 1 gram for the next dose. You would
continue increasing your dosage in that way until your body lets you
know via your GI tract that you've reach the level you need. Now
multiply that total daily dose by 0.75 and you've got your daily
For example, suppose you reach Bowel Tolerance at 10 doses.
Multiply by 0.75 and you now know that you need 7.5 grams of Vitamin
C a day for immune system support. You would do well to take
reasonable doses of Vitamins E and A along with Zinc and reduced
L-Glutathione since they work together with Vitamin C. How much?
That depends upon your weight, health, etc. I would also recommend
that you take a good Multivitamin along with the preventive levels
of Vitamin C described above. The Multivitamins I recommend have so
much in them that a full adult dose requires 6 capsules or tablets
to get all the nutrients in. A single multivitamin cap is just not
potent enough to provide serious immune support, no matter what the
company tells you.
And I hope it goes without saying that the more processed foods
you eat, the more chemicals, flavors, preservatives, pesticides,
sugar and artificial sweeteners, in short, the more junk you put
into your body, the more acidic your body will be and the less
resistant to viral infection it will be. So now would be a great
time to switch over to a diet rich in fruits, dark and brightly
colored veggies, free range animal protein and organic everything.
Those are food choices that build your immune capacity, not bang it
Selenium blocks deadly mutations in the Avian Flu virus (J
American College Nutrition 20: 384-88S, 2001; FASEB Journal 15:
1846-48, 2001; Journal Nutrition 133: 1463-67S, 2003) while
elderberry syrup has been shown to be an effective flu remedy (J
International Med Research 32:132-40, 2004; Israeli Medical Assoc
Journal 4:919-22, 2002; European Cytokine Network 12:290-6, 2001; J
Alternative Complement Medicine 1:361-9, 1995). Garlic is a highly
effective anti viral substance which should be part of your diet (Planta
Medica 58:417-23, 1992).
Children's doses should be titrated the same way taking the
weight of the child into account.
That part is important: this part is even more important: at the
very first indication of anything that might be viral disease,
increase your Vitamin C immediately. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE IF THINGS
GET WORSE! INCREASE YOUR VITAMIN C TO YOUR NEW BOWEL TOLERANCE
LEVEL. That level might be very, very high. Vitamin C is not toxic.
Unlike drugs, which poison enzymes and are thus capable of severe
toxicity, nutrients, especially water soluble ones like Vitamin C,
have no meaningful level of toxicity. Your body knows what you need.
Pay close attention to it.
In the event that you think you may have the flu, take the amino
acids l-lysine, l-proline and l-glycine. An average size adult can
take up to 3 grams of each one 4 times a day since they help prevent
the spread of the virus in your body.
My personal regimen for immune health includes high dose Vitamin
C and Vitamins A and E along with zinc and L-Glutathione:
I travel with Olive Leaf Extract, Oil of Oregano (not to be taken
by pregnant women since it can cause abortions), goldenseal,
Echinacea, curcumin (from turmeric), probiotics, B complex, fish oil
and alpha lipoic acid. I drink organic green tea and I do not eat
any sugar whatsoever.
If you do become ill, the best thing you can do is contact a
physician who practices natural and nutritional medicine and begin a
regimen of Intravenous Vitamin C treatments (you may need between
100 and 200 grams (not milligrams) for a short time since the Avian
Flu is so good at using up your urgently needed Vitamin C.
Here's what not to do:
Do not take Tamiflu (oseltamivir). The widely touted antiviral
drug (like its cousin Relenza or zanamivir) produced drug resistant
viruses in 18% of children treated with the drug and a drug
resistant strain has been found in a Vietnamese girl treated with
the drug. A drug resistant strain would be a far more dangerous
virus than one which had not learned how to evade the drug's effect.
Viruses can not become resistant to Vitamin C.
Do not take FluMist
FluMist is a live virus vaccine which introduces between 10 and
100 million viruses into the nose. Those viruses are not the same as
the Avian Flu and therefore do not confer immunity against it since
only the identical virus could do that. FluMist is based on last
years viruses which were not effective against last year's viruses.
They are certainly not effective against the Avian Flu virus which
has not yet become infective to humans so no vaccine exists against
it in its infective form.
However, once treated with FluMist, people shed live, infective
viruses for up to 3 weeks which can give people flu In fact, immuno-compromised
people, nursing babies, people with eczema, HIV, taking steroids,
chemotherapy, radiation treatment (or the 60% of the American
population which is chemically immuno-suppressed) are at significant
danger if they come into contact with anyone who has been inoculated
FluMist is delivered into the nostrils by a forceful squirt. This
puts infective viruses very close to the brain where they can pass
through the thin cribiform plate at the top of the nostrils and
enter the brain. It is not known if such treatment causes
encephalitis. Only time will tell but the risk is a serious one
considering the morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) caused by
Each of the three viruses in FluMist can mutate and can cause
mutations in the Avian Flu. Those mutations can supply the Avian Flu
virus as it currently exists with the genetic sequences it needs to
become a pandemic virus. The FluMist live virus nasal inoculation
can assist the much feared Avian Flu virus to transform into the
very pandemic we are being told to fear
Flu Vaccines for a pandemic version of the Avian Flu do not
exist. The only way to make a vaccine against a particular virus is
to have the virus available and then make a toxic brew filled with
poisons (mercury, aluminum, squalene), foreign particles (egg,
chick, and other proteins) and contaminants (stealth viruses,
etc.)That flu virus does not yet exist, we are told. Assuming that
it is not already manufactured and waiting for release in a lab
somewhere, it would be 6 months before an Avian Flu vaccine could be
ready. Vaccination with anything else would not help a bit with the
Avian Flu strain which we are supposedly facing disaster from.
But, assuming that we already had a vaccine for the right flu
strain, and assuming that vaccines were safe enough to use (which I
do not believe they are since vaccines are very dangerous treatments
which should be approached with the gravest reservations) the fact
is that they do not produce immunity most of the time. We have been
ballyhooed and mislead about the efficacy and safety of vaccination.
It is neither efficacious nor safe. And to ask the American
people to submit to vaccinations which are infective (because they
spread live vaccines), ineffective (because they are not vaccines
against the real danger which does not exist yet and vaccines take 6
months to make) and dangerous (disease rises sharply with
vaccination) and for which manufacturer liability is being removed
is not good medicine, good policy or good sense.
Please safeguard your life and that of your loved ones. Pass this
information to everyone you know so that they can delve further and
make their own choices.
And please visit
www.HealthFreedomUSA.org to sign to new Citizen's Petition which
contains the Revised Vitamin and Mineral Guideline which can make
the US Codex Compliant and preserve your rights to optimal health
through nutrition. If you have signed it before, you can sign it
again since the original Citizen's Petition has been revised.
Yours in health and freedom,
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Medical Director Natural Solutions Foundation
The opinions expressed above are solely those of Dr. Laibow, but
are certainly worthy of consideration.