Lyme/MSIDS patients have impaired immune systems due to serious bacterial and often viral and fungal infections, so when a cold or flu strikes, we are sitting ducks.  Recent research shows that just breathing is enough to spread the flu:  This information is being used to frighten and push the flu vaccine which Dr. Mercola explains is about 10% effective this year due to viral mismatches and growth substrates where viruses can mutate:

Then there’s that pesky detail of not having enough studies on the effectiveness of formaldehyde killing the virus making it “inactive” which explains why some get the flu after getting the vaccine:  This happened before when 40,000 kids were given the Salk IPV and got polio.  OOPS!

What authorities don’t tell you about vaccines for the immunocompromised, such as Lyme/MSIDS patients, is that a vaccine which is created to lower your immune system so that your body mounts an immune response can activate latent infections.  Within this link you will also see a connection between the HPV vaccine and Bartonella.  I just finished “Lyme Madness,” by Lori Dennis.  Her son’s Lyme/MSIDS activated after a flu shot.  I hear these stories over and over.  

And then there’s the damning retroviral connection:

Often the first sign of immune dysregulation is an adverse reaction to a vaccine:  All it took was a tetanus shot for engineer Eric Gladen to get major neurological symptoms.  After going on a protocol for about 6 months to remove mercury, his symptoms vanished.  This led him on a journey and gave us the documentary “Trace Amounts,” which is about mercury-based thimerosal & autism.

The flu vaccine in particular often contains high amounts of thimerosal, which is 50% mercury.  Many vaccines also contain aluminum, a neurotoxin.  Research is growing on how these metals accumulate in the brain over time.  Great article on aluminum toxicity.

So rather than be frightened and reach for what seems like an easy button, this article will hopefully give you practical tools to use at home to lower your flu risk or lessen infection time.

The following video by NPR shows how viruses turn our cells into mini viral reproductive factories.

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In this video Dr. Axe shares his top seven remedies to cure a cold fast. These specific remedies can help you get rid of your cold in 24 hours or less.  They are most effective when taken upon initial flu/cold symptoms.

1. Echinacea

The research using Echinacea tea is not consistent. The studies that demonstrated the best effect at shortening the length of a cold occurred when you drink two to three cups of Echinacea tea per day starting on the first or second day of your cold.

2. Elderberry Syrup or Extract

In one study, elderberry syrup reduced the severity of flu symptoms and shortened their duration by about four days. Elderberry extract is also known for inducing sweating, and helps relieve congestion.
3. Vitamin C (1000mg 5x day)
A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients.  You can take several grams every hour (use the liposomal form so you don’t get loose stools), till you are better. 

4. Garlic (capsules or cloves)

In the singular study identified by the Cochrane group, those who took garlic daily for three months had fewer colds than those who took a placebo, and, when they did come down with a cold, the duration of illness was shorter — an average of 4.5 days compared to 5.5 days for the placebo group.

5. Oregano Oil/ Oil of Oregano (4-5 drops in water)
The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective and most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil which has potent antibacterial and antiviral effects. In one study, researchers found when in spray form in combination with four other aromatic plants it could immediately reduce the side effects of a cold. This treatment was no longer effective after three days of use. Oil of oregano should not be used by children, women who are pregnant or nursing or who plan to become pregnant.
6. Zinc (100mg a day)
A Cochrane Database Review of the medical research on zinc found that when taken within one day of the first symptoms, zinc can cut down the time you have a cold by about 24 hours.  Zinc was also found to greatly reduce the severity of symptoms. Zinc was not recommended for anyone with an underlying health condition, like lowered immune function, asthma or chronic illness.  Dr. Mercola does not recommend taking more than 50 mg a day, and does not recommend taking zinc on a daily basis for preventive purposes as you could easily develop a copper imbalance that way.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar (2 Tbsp in water 3x a day)

Cold viruses increase the acidity of your body.  Apple Cider vinegar reduces the acidity and has acetic acid that helps prevent the growth of viruses.
Eliminate sugars from your diet, add in a real vegetable soup a day, consume chicken broth, and citrus fruits. For more information on getting rid of a cold check out this article:
Since it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, it can be toxic, which is why it’s important to test your level at least yearly.  It’s also more effective than the flu-vaccine:  Dr. Mercola adds to this list:

1. Meditation – has significant positive effects on heart rate, brain function, stress reduction and blood pressure.  Research also has demonstrated lasting positive effects on brain function and immune system.  Imaging demonstrated an increase in activation in the left frontal region of the brain associated with lower anxiety, and blood work showed larger increases in antibody production in participants who meditated in the study. 

2. Exercise – if all symptoms are above the neck, such as sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes, then breaking out in a sweat is generally considered safe. The immune system functions better when you exercise regularly and is a good preventative measure.  Walking, jogging, yoga and slow biking are among the best exercises when you have a cold, while endurance sports, team sports, weightlifting and exercising in the cold weather are among the worst.  Exercise may help you feel better but may not shorten the length of your cold. If you are involved in strenuous exercise it depletes the energy needed to fight the virus and can actually make your symptoms worse.

3. Sleep – Sleep has a strong regulatory influence on your immune system and promotes the influence of cytokines stimulating the interaction between antigen-presenting cells and T-helper cells necessary for your body to fight virus infections.  Most people need between about eight hours of sleep a night and plenty of rest during the day.

4. Nasal Saline Rinse – Although researchers can only speculate how saline nasal washes are effective in treating and preventing virus infections and recurrences, the fact is they are effective.  Use only sterile normal saline water in the rinse.  Tap water can increase the inflammatory response in the sinus passages and carry parasites that can infect your brain.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide – In 1928, Dr. Richard Simmons hypothesized that the cold virus entered your body through the ear canal and not the nose. His theory was dismissed by the medical community; however, in 1938, German researchers had great success using hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal to treat colds and the flu.  You must start treatment in the first 24 hours to have a significant impact on reducing the length of the cold. Take a capful of hydrogen peroxide and while lying on your side, pour it in, letting it bubble for a few minutes.  Switch sides and repeat.

6. Chicken Soup – A team of researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center found evidence that chicken soup — both homemade and from the can — had anti-inflammatory properties that could prevent the side effects of a cold.  Avoid the canned varieties in favor of a home-cooked version with homemade broth.

9. Coconut Oil – has both antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Rub coconut oil over your skin. It is readily absorbed into your body and, as an added benefit, will soften your skin too. Add one-half teaspoon to your coffee or tea when you have a cold and cook with it.

10. Baking Soda – reduces the acidity of your body in the treatment of colds and flu. However, I have pushed the body pH in the opposite direction and achieved the same results, shortening the length of an infection.  The administration of baking soda is simple, relatively harmless and easy to test on your own cold. Simply dissolve the recommended amount of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink it. Recommended dosages from the Arm & Hammer Company for colds and influenza back in 1925 were:

Day 1 — Take six doses of one-half teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at about two-hour intervals
Day 2 —Take four doses of one-half teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals
Day 3 — Take two doses of one-half teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter ½ teaspoon in glass of cool water each morning until cold symptoms are gone
This should only be used as an occasional (not chronic) treatment, however, and be careful not to consume excessive amounts, which can cause serious electrolyte and acid/base imbalances.

11. Lifestyle Choices – eliminate or drastically reduce your alcohol intake and smoking. Both of these factors negatively impact your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to fight the viral infection.

12. Steam – will not shorten the length of your cold, but it will help to break up the mucous secretions in your sinuses, reduce the inflammation in your nasal passages and help you to breathe better.

13. Stress Reduction – Practicing meditation, yoga or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are simple and effective practices to support your immune system and prevent other damage caused by stress.

14. Hand Washing – is a deterrent for infection by viruses and against further infection while you are sick. It will also reduce the spread of the virus to other family members, but it will not shorten the length of your cold. Remember that too much hand washing is almost as bad as not enough. Frequent washing strips your skin of protective oils, causing the skin to crack and bleed.

15. Eat Real Food – and avoiding processed foods will give your body the necessary tools to fight a viral infection. It will also reduce the potential you’ll suffer a quick recurrence of the infection.

In this article Dr. Rawls gives some more great advice:

  1. Isolate the sick & stay in bed
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Maintain a healthy immune system
  4. Drink lots of fluids
  5. Take Vitamin C (1,000 mg up to 4X/day)
  6. Take herbal therapy to support your immune system
  7. Apple cider vinegar (2 Tbs with 8oz water and 1-2 tsp local honey – drink several X/day)
  8. Reduce food intake
  9. Inhale steam before bed (can use essential oils in steam)
  10. Antiviral drugs can reduce severity and duration  Please see this news story first: