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Swine Flu- How Can I Optimize My Immune System?

Swine flu has now reached pandemic status. How can you optimize your immune system and stay well?

Swine flu or swine influenza was first detected in the United States in April 2009. Since then, the virus has gone from epidemic to pandemic status. What is it? It is a virus that has two genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia, bird (avian) genes, and human genes. Scientists are calling it a “quadruple reassortant virus”. Many are aware that the Swine Flu has now reached pandemic status, and The World Health Organization is still warning that the H1N1 Flu has the potential to afflict more people than we could imagine. The spread of the h1n1 virus to all countries, worldwide, is considered inevitable.

Many logically want to know, how can I optimize my immune system so I don’t get sick with swine flu? There are the usual precautions that are listed at the CDC’s website. These fall under the heading of common sense. In addition to these guidelines, is there something else you can do?

Some are looking to a Swine Flu vaccine to immunize themselves against the Swine Flu. As of September 2009, there is now a vaccine available for H1N1 influenza. It is called the “Sanofi-Pasteur Influenza A H1N1 2009 Monovalent Vaccine”. There is much controversy surrounding the safety and efficacy of this vaccine, but for the facts on this H1N1 vaccine, or Swine Flu vaccine, please consult the FDA’s website. Please note on page 4 of the vaccine insert, that the multi-use vials prepared as a Swine Flu vaccine have been prepared with mercury. Here is the quote from page 4:

“Multi-dose vial, 5 mL, for 6 months of age and older, contains thimerosal, a mercury derivative, added as a preservative. Each 0.5 mL dose contains 25 micrograms (mcg) mercury.

If you or your children of 6 months of age or older are considering getting the H1N1 vaccine or swine flu vaccine and do not want to expose yourself or your children to mercury, make sure to ask if you are getting the vaccine from a single use vial or are receiving an vaccination from a multi use vial. According to this report, the single use vials do not have thimerosal in them. Besides these well-publicized precautions, is there something else you can do in the meantime?

There is one very important way to prevent getting sick with the swine influenza that many people are now giving attention to: Strengthening your immune system naturally. Published immune system research has proven the beneficial effect of optimized glutathione levels on your immune system. And since the last pandemic of HIV involved a compromised immune system, might this be a very important aspect to give consideration to?

Glutathione boosts the production of white blood cells, and specifically T-Cells, a special kind of white blood cell or lymphocyte that is responsible for fighting infection in your body. Boosting your glutathione (GSH) is an excellent way to prepare yourself for possible H1N1 exposure.

There are some respiratory medicines available for those suffering from cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases that boost glutathione in their lungs. There are actually several ways to raise glutathione available. Please visit my website below for more information about glutathione, your immune system, and how to raise glutathione.

The list from the CDC recommends you stay home if you have swine flu symptoms of think you may be infected with h1n1. You may have to stay home, or you may need to stay home to care for a loved one that is infected with swine influenza. What should you have on hand in a “swine flu survival kit”, so that when you need to stay home, you have what you need?

There are a number of ways to raise glutathione, yet none of these are included in recommended swine flu survival kits.So, to prepare for swine influenza exposure, you can and should raise and sustain your glutathione levels every day. You should also avoid acetaminophen, as it lowers your glutathione levels. Check and read labels carefully, as Tylenol is not the only medication that contains acetaminophen. This will build your immune system to mount a defense against any and all threats you may encounter on a daily basis.

OK. So now you know what you shouldn’t have in your swine flu survival kit. If you decide to prepare a Swine Flu Survival Kit, what should it have?

Your Swine Flu Survival Kit Should Have :

  • A clinically proven glutathione enhancer, such as Immunocal. Since it is not a drug, this is safe for babies and small children as well as adults. You will need to re-hydrate it with water from your kit.
  • Zinc lozenges. Zinc has been shown to clinically decrease the duration of a cold. May have found that this helps before the onset to prevent a cold in the first place, and is excellent for a sore throat. Interestingly, zinc is also one of the co-factors of glutathione. This means you need to make sure you are taking in zinc along with your glutathione enhancer to raise your levels of glutathione.
  • A supply of Brazil Nuts. Each nut is packed with 100 mcg of Selenium. You need 200 mcg or 2 nuts a day to help boost your glutathione with this second essential co-factor.
  • A two week supply of food for the family. Emergency kits are available online, and they can be grabbed quickly in the event of a disaster. We keep one in our garage for general disaster preparedness.
  • A two week supply of drinkable water for each person in your home. Remember, water will not maintain its freshness. It only has a shelf life of about 3-6 months. So make sure to cycle any stored cases of water you may have.
  • Electrolyte drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade, to keep you hydrated.
  • A hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (If water and soap are not available).
  • Surgical masks (FDA rating of at least N-95) to help prevent spreading the flu. Masks need to be disposed after each use, and should be changed often.
  • Because healthy or fresh food may not be available, supplements like multi-vitamins, vitamin C, Calcium, Omega 3 Fish Oil, and any other supplements that you would routinely take should be included. Make sure the supplements are fresh and rotated in your kit.
  • Canned fish, like salmon or sardines. These are rich in antioxidant omega oils.

If you make up this Swine Flu Survival Kit today, you can set it and forget it. You can your family can take comfort knowing that you are doing all you can to protect yourselves right now.

In conclusion, what do you need to know about the Swine Flu? Know the symptoms and take the published precautions. Additionally, boost your immune system so you will have a fighting chance if you and your loved ones are exposed.You can raise and sustain your glutathione levels today, and every day to boost your immune system naturally, and you can prepare a survival kit in your home should you be isolated or quarantined for a period of time.  Should the time come when you are told to stay in your home because you have swine flu symptoms, or are infected with h1n1, in order to contain exposure, you will have what you need.

Taking these precautionary steps ahead of time can do much to alleviate fear and panic that may affect others who are concerned about exposure to the swine flu for themselves and their loved ones. You and your family will be ready!

Source by Laura McCallum

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