Fighting the Flu Naturally with No Vaccines

If you are a regular reader here, then you know that we do not vaccinate. And now with the flu season approaching us, we are getting asked what we do to prevent the flu and other viruses that will soon creep into our homes.
My husband works for a school district so he deals with hundreds of kids per day, I do childcare out of our home, and I have 4 school aged kids… we are doomed, haha!
I thought I would make a quick list of some steps we take to build our immune or treat our sicknesses when they do strike our home.
  • VITAMIN D – As soon as the cooler weather hits us (which is right about NOW since we live in the Chicago area) we start pumping up on extra vitamin D.  When we feel like we are getting sick, we pump MORE vitamin D into our systems. Gracie uses the drops in her coconut milk, my hubby takes Cod Liver Oil and the rest of us take it by pill form.
As much as I LOVE Dr. Mercola, I do not necessarily agree with the doses in these two charts. My doctor, Dr. Eisenstein, recommends differently. If you are sick, about to get sick, OR around someone who is sick, he recommends you take vitamin D3 in this formula: 1000 IU times your body weight (regardless of your age) for 7-10 Days during sickness. My Baby Jack is 4 months old. He weighs 14 lbs. 1000 IU times 14 lbs = 14,000 IU of vitamin D3. I give this to him for 7-10 days when my daycare kids come to my house blowing snot all over the place or when the daycare kids receive a flu shot (the flu shot is a live virus that sheds for over 20 days, meaning my family can get the flu). My Gracie is 3 years old and 34 lbs. 1000 IU times 34 lbs. = 34,000 IU of vitamin D3. My teens are around 100 lbs. They take 100,000 IU when they are sick. Mike is 220 lbs. He will take 200,00 IU or 250,000 IU when he is sick or around sick kids (his job is with the school dist.) NO FLU SHOT Other Vitamin D3 Babble Dr. Eisenstein has a vitamin D3 combined with probiotics. Each capsule has 50,000 IU vitamin D3. This makes our high doses much easier. My teens, hubby and I only need to take 2-4 pills each day we are sick. For my little one’s I just open up the capsule and put it in their food or milk. Most vitamin stores around here only sell the vitamin D3 in 5000 gel caps. That’s tough to get the higher dose, you’d be swallowing a billion pills each day! On a normal day in the fall and winter, we are only taking one pill (50,000 IU) of vitamin D3 about every other day. Other times during the year we take 5000 IU per day or every other day. During the summer months I tend to slack off on the vitamin D because we are outside a LOT playing in the water so I know we are all getting adequate amounts of vitamin D. If you get a chance, watch Dr. Eisenstein’s videos on his YouTube Channel – he is such an informative person – I LOVE him!
Read more at http://wedonthaveitall.com/2012/11/stay-healthy-this-season-the-natural-way-with-vitamin-d3.html#us4dpIgP0YeuL6SC.99

 NO FLU SHOT

As much as I LOVE Dr. Mercola, I do not necessarily agree with the doses in these two charts. My doctor, Dr. Eisenstein, recommends differently. If you are sick, about to get sick, OR around someone who is sick, he recommends you take vitamin D3 in this formula: 1000 IU times your body weight (regardless of your age) for 7-10 Days during sickness.
My Baby Jack is 4 months old. He weighs 14 lbs. 1000 IU times 14 lbs = 14,000 IU of vitamin D3. I give this to him for 7-10 days when my daycare kids come to my house blowing snot all over the place or when the daycare kids receive a flu shot (the flu shot is a live virus that sheds for over 20 days, meaning my family can get the flu).
My Gracie is 3 years old and 34 lbs. 1000 IU times 34 lbs. = 34,000 IU of vitamin D3.
My teens are around 100 lbs. They take 100,000 IU when they are sick. Mike is 220 lbs. He will take 200,00 IU or 250,000 IU when he is sick or around sick kids (his job is with the school dist.)
Dr. Eisenstein has a vitamin D3 combined with probiotics. Each capsule has 50,000 IU vitamin D3. This makes our high doses much easier. My teens, hubby and I only need to take 2-4 pills each day we are sick. For my little one’s I just open up the capsule and put it in their food or milk. Most vitamin stores around here only sell the vitamin D3 in 5000 gel caps. That’s tough to get the higher dose, you’d be swallowing a billion pills each day!
On a normal day in the fall and winter, we are only taking one pill (50,000 IU) of vitamin D3 about every other day. Other times during the year we take 5000 IU per day or every other day. During the summer months I tend to slack off on the vitamin D because we are outside a LOT playing in the water so I know we are all getting adequate amounts of vitamin D. If you get a chance, watch Dr. Eisenstein’s videos on his YouTube Channel – he is such an informative person – I LOVE him!
Read more at http://wedonthaveitall.com/2012/11/stay-healthy-this-season-the-natural-way-with-vitamin-d3.html#us4dpIgP0YeuL6SC.99
– Here is my doctor, Dr. Eisenstein, recommendations: If you are sick, about to get sick, OR around someone who is sick, he recommends you take vitamin D3 in this formula: 1000 IU times each pound of your body weight (regardless of your age) for 7-10 Days during sickness.
– My Baby Jack is 4 months old. He weighs 14 lbs. 1000 IU times 14 lbs = 14,000 IU of vitamin D3. I give this to him for 7-10 days when my daycare kids come to my house blowing snot all over the place or when the daycare kids receive a flu shot (the flu shot is a live virus that sheds for over 20 days, meaning my family can get the flu).
– My Gracie is 3 years old and 34 lbs. 1000 IU times 34 lbs. = 34,000 IU of vitamin D3. My teens are around 100 lbs. They take 100,000 IU when they are sick. Mike is 220 lbs. He will take 200,00 IU or 250,000 IU when he is sick or around sick kids (his job is with the school dist.)
– Dr. Eisenstein has a vitamin D3 combined with probiotics. Each capsule has 50,000 IU vitamin D3. This makes our high doses much easier.
– My teens, hubby and I only need to take 2-4 pills each day we are sick. For my little one’s I just open up the capsule and put it in their food or milk. Most vitamin stores around here only sell the vitamin D3 in 5000 gel caps. That’s tough to get the higher dose, you’d be swallowing a billion pills each day!
– On a normal day in the fall and winter, we are only taking one pill (50,000 IU) of vitamin D3 about every other day. Other times during the year we take 5000 IU per day or every other day. During the summer months I tend to slack off on the vitamin D because we are outside a LOT playing in the water so I know we are all getting adequate amounts of vitamin D.
– You can find Dr. Eisenstein at homefirst.com – he is such an informative person – I LOVE him!
  • VITAMIN C and a MULITIVITAMIN. We are not faithful with multivitamins during the rest of the year until fall hits. Same with Vitamin C.
  • PROBIOTIC. Gracie take a chewable or a powder that I put into her coconut milk and the rest of us take it in pill form or powder. We also make our own homemade organic yogurt with live cultures.
  • We *try* to limit the amount of sugar we eat, because sugar breeds sickness.
  • We use coconut oil for everything! Gracie will even eat it off of a spoon. I cook our eggs with it everyday. I cook everything with coconut oil due to it’s awesome properties. It has anti oxidizing properties that come from its saturated fats like Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Caproic Acid and Myristic Acid which convert themselves into anti microbial and anti fungal properties and moisture retaining capacity and these properties are also what protects our body from many different conditions. They also increase the rate of metabolism in your body, which aids in weight loss, increases level of good cholesterol (High Density Lipoproteins) and lowers the level of bad cholesterol (Low Density Lipoproteins). It’s also a great sources of energy.
  • We eat much more cinnamon and garlic than normal due to it’s protective health benefits. The health benefits of garlic are amazing! We also use garlic mixed with coconut oil in our ears when we feel a sickness coming on. It stops a cold in it’s tracks. It cures ear infections too so we do not need to go to the doctor for an antibiotic.
  • When we feel like we are getting hit with the flu, we start taking Oscillococcinum. It kicks it before it hits full blown.
  • Bone Broth!! When your grandma used to push chicken soup when you were sick… she wasn’t joking! Broth cures colds and sicknesses because the stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals, and the broken down material from cartilage and tendons.
  • FEVER – WE DO NOT MEDICATE! When our body ‘catches’ a virus, it raises our temperature… to fight the virus off! What do we do? We medicate to break the fever… which KEEPS US SICK! We need to let our body do what is was made to do – fight the virus! In our home, we do not medicate unless the temperature is over 103.5F. The only other time I will medicate to break Gracie’s fever is if she is in a lot of discomfort. I do not want to do this, but I am not strong enough to see her so unhappy. I *try* my hardest not to medicate. It’s hard in the middle of the night. Gracie is tough during the daytime but when nighttime comes, she tends to become more upset.
  • OIL OF OREGANO – When we feel ourselves coming down with something, we immediately start taking Oil of Oregano. It is a natural antibiotic.
  • Raw, Local Honey – Raw honey is honey that has not been pasteurized or filtered, (basically taken directly from the hive). It’s a natural antibiotic which helps kill microbes directly, fights colds and respiratory infections of all kinds, gets rid of allergies and hay fever, provides a bunch of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which aid in healing.
  • Essential Oils – If you’re congested, mix a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil in a couple spoonful’s of coconut oil. Rub it on check, back and feet. It works wonders and is way better than Vick’s. You can also use Eucalyptus Oil in a diffuser for aromatherapy.

I am sure I missed something… but this is a fantastic start to prepare for the season that is sure to be filled with viruses.

What did I miss?

What do you do to stay healthy during this season of colds and viruses?


Comments

  1. This is wonderful information. Can you taste the coconut oil in the food? I didn’t know about the sugars.

  2. This is awesome! Our girls take a multi and a vit C every day. With the vit D, do you do the full amount recommended IN ADDITION to what may be in a multi? Or do you consider how much is in the multi and then take the remainder as straight vit D? Thanks!

  3. Awesome info – thank you! I’m going to bookmark this page 🙂

  4. Tonja Saylor says:

    You might want to add first cold pressed olive oil to your list. It’s great for a sore throat and has natural antibiotic properties, too.

  5. WE also use lemon and honey for a sore throat. It really does work!

  6. Last time I was sick, I watched marathons of “Breaking Bad” and reality TV on Netflix. It didn’t get rid of my flu, but it helped me rest and cheer up a little. LOL.

  7. That is SOO interesting about sugar!!

    • It’s not just sugar either, it’s also processed foods.
      “Sugar impairs the quality of your immune response almost immediately, and as you likely know, a healthy immune system is one of the most important keys to fighting off viruses and other illness. It also can decimate your beneficial bacteria and feed the pathogenic yeast and viruses. Be aware that sugar (typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup) is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice. If you are healthy then sugar can be consumed but the LAST thing you should be eating when you are sick is sugar. Avoid it like poison while you are sick.” – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/12/flu-vaccine-propaganda.aspx

  8. This post is SO interesting to me! I have never had a flu shot and never plan to get one. I was by my grandparents who are firm believers in natural cures. My grampa actually swears by AHCC (??) to boost your immune system. Ever hear of it? I have some vitamin D in the cabinet — going to start taking it!!

    • Oh it’s mushrooms put into some kind of supplement (or something like that) and I’ve heard really great things about that!! I should probably look into it one of these days.

  9. this is awesome, d. and we don’t treat fevers either unless they are super high and very uncomfortable.

    coconut oil is good for your memory too, long term

  10. Well shoot. Too late because I just got my flu shot this week!

  11. I’m glad I read this because I was considering the vaccine this year for the boys. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Interesting info, thank you! I have never heard of oil of oregano.. but funny enough, I’ve been really addicted to cooking with oregano lately. I wonder if there are any benefits to eating it dry as well!

    • Hmm… good question. I’m sure fresh oregano would be beneficial – just not sure about dried oregano… that’s the kind we use too so I wonder if that’s a good thing? We do a lot of dried garlic too – I wonder if that is good?

  13. I do get my flu shot but could definitely use some of these to boost my immune system this fall.

  14. I take vit C when I feel bad, but I love all these hints!

  15. These are great tips. I do not get the flu shot for me and my family, but getting sick is a big deal in my house because my son and I have asthma.

  16. ohhhhh what an awesome post…thanks for sharing; i never get the flu shot, totally against it and always look for ways to stay healthy, thanks for sharing this will come in soooo handy….

  17. we are all about all natural in our house. We have found fresh ginger tea with cinnamon raw honey and lemon to work wonders. We also up the vitamin C intake and add colostrum. These things work great for us!

  18. Because I’m pregnant I’m going to get the flu shot just in case but I’m excited to have other ways to boost my immune system too! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Ashley, Since you ARE pregnant, please understand that Influenza vaccines are Category C drugs, which means that reproduction studies have not been conducted and it is not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or if they can affect reproduction capacity. Adult influenza vaccine injury claims are now the leading claim submitted to the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. A new study published in the journal Human and Environmental Toxicology reveals that, following the mass administration of the untested dual vaccine, (which contains the mercury-based preservative Thimerosal), miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women who received it skyrocketed by an astounding 4,250 percent: http://www.naturalnews.com/039292_flu_shots_pregnancy_fetal_deaths.html – Please read as much info as you can before going ahead with that vaccine Ashley.

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