Creating Waves of Awareness
Breaking News: As this year’s influenza season continues to take its toll, those procrastinators now hurrying to get a flu shot might wish to know that exercise may amplify the flu vaccine’s effect. And for maximal potency, the exercise should be undertaken at the right time and involve the right dosage of sweat, according to several recent reports.
Flu shots are one of the best ways to lessen the risk of catching the disease. But they are not foolproof. By most estimates, the yearly flu vaccine blocks infection 50 to 70 percent of the time, meaning that some of those being inoculated gain little protection. The more antibodies someone develops, the better their protection against the flu, generally speaking. But for some reason, some people’s immune systems produce fewer antibodies to the influenza virus than others’ do.
Being physically fit has been found in many studies to improve immunity in general and vaccine response in particular. In one notable 2009 experiment, sedentary, elderly adults, a group whose immune systems typically respond weakly to the flu vaccine, began programs of either brisk walking or a balance and stretching routine. After 10 months, the walkers had significantly improved their aerobic fitness and, after receiving flu shots, displayed higher average influenza antibody counts 20 weeks after a flu vaccine than the group who had stretched.
But that experiment involved almost a year of dedicated exercise training, a prospect that is daunting to some people and, in practical terms, not helpful for those who have entered this flu season unfit.
So scientists have begun to wonder whether a single, well-calibrated bout of exercise might similarly strengthen the vaccine’s potency. . . .
Inconclusive: But, she cautions, data about exercise and flu vaccines is incomplete. It is not clear, for instance, whether there is any advantage to exercising before the shot instead of afterward, or vice versa; or whether doing both might provoke the greatest response – or, alternatively, be too much and weaken response.
We will discuss the 2013 influenza winter cold season. Reviewing Toni Bark's article on flu reveals a considerable amount about facts being told to the public and actual documented and recorded data.
For many reasons, staff record all the hospitalizations and deaths stemming from respiratory ailments as influenza, instead of separating out the secondary bacterial pneumonia, the RSV and other pathogens.
Anyone can go to the CDC page on epidemic diseases, see the maps and read the statistics on influenza.
Toni says, "The CDC maintains that children are the main hosts and transmitters of influenza. Hence, the statewide mandate for the past several years in New Jersey for all preschool and school age children, annually."
Could there be something to learn from the northeast region where the typical range of influenza in vaccinated children matches or exceeds that of neighboring states that do not mandate flu vaccines as vehemently?
We find the major problem with mandating flu vaccine in healthy young children in the risk to safety ratio. Without having actual double-blind long term studies we do not know the actual risk, even though many parents have claimed damage and won remuneration from the governmental VAERS.
Dr Toni Bark brings up an interesting point about the marketing of these drugs. She says, "The flu vaccine has never been proven in any study to prevent flu. The term thrown around is a number, some percentage of its efficacy. Efficacy is not effectiveness. Vaccines are the only product the FDA approves and allows to make effectiveness claims without having to prove effectiveness. They only have to show efficacy or antibody response rate."
We still, as scientists, have yet to understand the mechanisms of immunity and absolutely correlate antibodies in the blood as an effective "preventative" which get bandied about so glibly.
If you listened to the Health Inn show with Dr Bruck, he explained how primitive viruses and bacteria have a survival mechanism. With each generation they will mutate a resistent strain to whatever attack we throw at them. Thus, we must build our own immunity. Unfortunately, the FDA only crowns vaccine the glory to provide this function, when we have an arsenal of alternatives, like nutrition, rest, broths, vitamin D and other supplements in addition to creating healthy environments and improving relationship dynamics and sanitary practices.
Dr Toni Bark directs our attention to the NK cell function and our own innate immune response to respiratory alert.
Influenza virus infections usually cause mild to moderately severe respiratory disease, however some infections, like those involving the avian H5N1 virus, can cause massive viral pneumonia, systemic disease and death. The innate immune response of respiratory tract resident cells is the first line of defense and limits virus replication. Enhanced cytokine and chemokine production following infection, however, appears to underlie much of the pathology that develops after infection with highly pathogenic strains. A so-called `cytokine storm' can damage the lung tissue and cause systemic disease, despite the control of viral replication. By summarizing current knowledge of the innate responses mounted to influenza infection, this review highlights the importance of the respiratory tract epithelial cells as regulators of innate and adaptive immunity to influenza virus.
What this seems to say is that the body offers up a defense mechanism of inflammation, which antibiotics will not allay. In fact, I wonder if antibiotics will cause more damage and a more rapid demise of the patient?
Perhaps antioxidants plus vitamin D and even steroids to reduce inflammation will assist the patient in overcoming the attack?
One might question influenza study goals, hypothesis, and methods. Dr Toni tells us that the only flu vaccine study that showed a positive outcome for the flu vaccine used a placebo, which was a combination of three different vaccines.
Natural Preventatives Recommended by Dr Toni Bark
"What I can recommend for this season of viral illnesses is be sure you are taking approximately 50,000 IUs of vitamin D weekly for the average slim adult and up to 70,000 weekly for bigger adults. Children need their dose titrated from 50,000 for an adult weighing at around 130 lbs."
Early on with the aches and pains, eupatorium perfolatum; severe chest pain and having to sit up to not cough or bring up mucous, bryonia; and spastic coughing, headache, irritability and gagging with cough has responded well to nux vomica.
Dr Toni uses a SUJOK activation method with a SCENAR device that knocks out the headache, body pains and sore throat, if performed early on. Use of Tens or SCENAR and COSMODIC devices act upon the body with short-pulse low-frequency signals when the electrodes contact skin. Parameters of the acting signal are set automatically according to the biological feedbacks. In other words, when the electrodes touch the skin, the device receives information about the body’s state. Depending on the condition of the body the device forms and sends neuro-like impulses to the body. These impulses carry information necessary for normal functioning of the body organ or system.
There is no replacement for adequate rest, sleep and fluids.
Induce A Fever
Dr Toni highly recommends inducing a temporary fever to jump start the immune system by sitting in a hot bath and drinking hot liquid with either chilli, ginger or some other warming herb. Once sweating and body temperature is elevated, it's time to bundle up and get under the covers for a long night of sleep.
Visit The Emergency Room
If difficulty breathing is ever an issue, a visit to the ER or urgent care is required
A spastic cough is what has been lingering for many past the initial febrile phase. It is annoying and can respond to remedies but remember, it's annoying and is in the upper respiratory tract, the bronchus. It is a spasm and not life threatening. Bronchospasm is dangerous for small infants, but in larger children and adults it is an annoyance and induced by our response to a virus or irritant.
The bronchospasm is expressed by spastic coughing it can be induced by our immune system in response to an infection. Studies have shown it to be related to increased parasympathetic response in the bronchus due to the sensory fibers. Because the bronchospasm can be due to autonomic dysfunction, it can be affected by a scenar treatment for the bronchus. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), influenza and most winter viruses can stimulate a spastic cough that lingers. Antibiotics will not touch this. A productive cough and pain in the chest deserves an exam with a stethescope to be sure there is no pneumonia which does need to be treated with antibiotics. But remember, spastic coughing for a few weeks is the norm and the biggest mistake I see is patients prescribed one round of antibiotics after another, to no avail. An inhaler would make more sense, possibly even a short course of steroids once over the infection phase but antibiotics will never touch viral induced bronchospasm.
PREVENTION | RSV is a contagious disease.
Headline News: Teen's death shows how flu can kill in a flash
Note how the death was probably due to MRSA infection, rather than influenza, based upon symptomatology and massive antibiotic treatments.
Why don't people get vaccinated? Perhaps because of the confusion and mixed messages they receive in the news. First, we learn that the immunization is only 50%-70% efficacious to stimulate antibody production against only one type of viral strain.
Listened to the BlogTalk radio program on Flu. The idea of exercise is really good,to boost our immune system.In my opinion if that exercise is yoga it can definitely be a better option,as it involves deep breathing, physical movement and of course meditation which goes with yoga.
We are all aware that Yoga connects body,mind and soul as such it can definitely boost immune system.
Thank you for listening, Dr Wequar. I suppose if you can do the yoga outside that would double the benefits! Or at least in a sunny window with the window open.