Seasonal Flu Vaccine, H1N1 vaccines, booster shots, Elderberry supplements & Vitamin D3, what do all of these have in common? They are said to beat the flu bug & keep it away. But do they & which one is the best to use?
It is said that the winter months are the months that the flu & cold bugs hit the hardest & quickest. Why is this? Its because we are inside all the time, we don't get outside in the sun to do anything because its so cold. Take a look at this map -
If you live north of the 37th parallel you are not getting enough sun, even in the summer time to boost your Vit. D levels in your body. Vit. D boosts your immune system so that you are less susceptible to illnesses & most cancers as you can see in this chart.
Ideally your Vit. D level should be above 80 ng/ml of blood (nanograms per milliliter) to ward off sickness. How do you find this out? With a blood test, its called 25(OH)D - Vit. D test. Most insurance companies will cover the cost but others will need a diagnosis in order to cover the cost of it. You can also order a home test kit & then send the samples back in for the results. You can find these companies by doing a google search. You can also get a kit from this website.
How much D3 each day is too much? Can you overdose on it? Worrying about Vitamin D overdosing has lead 90% of America to be Vit. D deficient. This is one of the reasons why Americans get sick so easily. In order to get enough Vit. D each day, you need to spend 15-20 min. each day with 40% body exposure between 10 & 2 pm. I'm not saying stay in the sun until you are burned to a crisp but just this 15-20 min. This is good for about 10,000 IU of Vit. D. You are not going to get sunburned in that short period of time. My husband did it all this past summer on a daily basis & never got sunburned. Have you noticed that the skin cancer rate has gone UP since the widespread use of Sunblocker & Sun Tan lotions? There are a lot of chemicals in those lotions that are quickly absorbed by our bodies within a few minutes of application. A lifeguard who spend 6-8 hours watching swimmers at the pool will get about 50,000 IUs/day. How much Vitamin D3 do you need each day if you don't get enough time in the sun? This chart shows you how much.
I started taking 2,000 IU of Vit. D3 last Spring after I had foot surgery. I had read that D3 would help the bones heal in the area where they had sliced the bone in the right big toe joint & put pins in. But after hearing a webinar (online seminar)about D3 & how people with chronic conditions should be taking 10,000 IU/day, I immediately upped my dosage. Since I have osteoarthritis, I have continued to take 10,000 IU/day since this falls under the chronic condition category in the chart above.
By now you are probably wondering what D3 & H1N1 have to do with each other. D3 has been shown to be effective against the H1N1 virus. Take a look at this article.
A long term care facility in Wisconsin used D3 to combat H1N1. I have also seen it work in my own home. Late October my daughter came down with a flu bug that I assumed to be H1N1 after her best friend came back to school too soon after recovering from H1N1. It started on a Saturday & by Wednesday evening, I was pretty sure that she was going to be in the doctors office or the hospital by Saturday. She had posted on her Facebook account that she had H1N1. Dr. Mayer Eisenstein contacted me via Facebook to call him about her. He asked me how much D3 I was giving her in which I replied 10,000 IU/day. He said it wasn't enough. He told me to boost it up to 150,000 IU/day for 7 days. This was Thursday morning, by Friday evening she was really perking up & by Saturday morning she was feeling 99.9% better. That evening I let her go to a party with the promise that she would NOT go outside & would not get real close to anyone. And she kept that promise. By Monday, she was back in school. A month later, she is still taking 10,000 IU/day to get her thru the cold & flu season because of her week immune system.
Fears about Vit. D toxicity are unwarranted. That is why we are so deficient & sickness runs so rampant thru society today.
This is a link that Dr. Sherri Tenpenny did on Vit. D. It is highly infomative & I highly recommend you read it.
I have an exciting announcement that I will let out of the bag very soon. Keep watch here & on Facebook.