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BLOG 24: THE FLU

STOP AN OUTBREAK OF ANY STRAIN IN JUST HOURS   

CATEGORY: 6: Viruses

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT: L-Lysine

Tis’ the season. To be jolly sure, but also to be sick. Each year brings new and more deadly influenza viruses that claim lives. You’d like to think of the flu as just a nastier version of a cold. Add aches and pains and you’re there, right? But they’re different. Colds are bacterial based and won’t kill you, at least not until they turn into something much worse, like pneumonia. But the flu, which is virus based, can be deadly enough to take your life, especially if you’re part of an at-risk group—like infants, the infirm, and the elderly—who often have a compromised or weakened immune system.

THE SYMPTOMS

The primary symptoms of flu manifest quickly after exposure, what is called “sudden onset,” and include high fever 100F or greater, sudden unexplained muscle pains, chills even when in a sufficiently warm environment, and extreme fatigue. Secondary symptoms include sore throat, headache, runny nose, sneezing, an array of stomach symptoms—like nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea—and chest discomfort as in coughs, pain, and congestion.

THE VIRUS

The viruses that cause flu are living entities that crave life and will fight for it much as you would. In furtherance of the goal to survive, maintain and increase their population, and pass on their DNA to the next generation, they also breed—in a manner of speaking. In order to keep you sick and feeling like hell the flu virus has to breed, because each generation doesn’t live long enough to sustain the process. By breeding and replicating themselves, as one generation dies another is being born within your tissue, and the misery continues, sometimes unto death. Your body will most likely fight off and weaken succeeding generations of the virus until it is expelled. But not before you’ve spent an unhappy week or two.

Therefore, the focus has to be on stopping the virus from replicating a new generation of itself. If you can do that, stop that next generation from invading your tissue, you can stop the flu in a few hours. L-Lysine actually disrupts the virus’s DNA replication cycle, thereby stopping the next generation from being born, and ending the flu.

THE VIRUS KILLER

L-Lysine is a simple amino acid, one of the “building blocks” of protein. Natural and benign. Taken in appropriate doses as soon as possible after you experience the symptoms listed above, it will stop any strain of the flu.

Let’s be clear on this. We label each new strain of flu virus based on many factors. We worry about its origin, strength, and ability to mutate. But inside the body, L-Lysine will stop any strain, because they’re all the same when it comes to preventing replication, which is L-Lysine’s specialty.

PREVENTING FLU

You can take other simple, common sense steps to avoid getting and/or spreading the flu:

1.         Washing your hands regularly is important: When you get home, you should take off your coat and go directly to a sink to wash your hands, and scrub well. Also wash them after you use the bathroom, before you handle food or go into the refrigerator, and after you blow your nose. Keep in mind that flu viruses can live from 2 to 8 hours on a surface.

I was invited for Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. I was watching the host’s sister make a salad. She had been sniffling from the peppers she was cutting. So she stopped, pulled a tissue from her apron pocket, blew her nose, put the tissue back in her pocket, and her hands back in the salad. Needless to say I didn’t eat the salad or anything else I thought she may have touched. I once dated a man who thought that after he showered in the morning his body miraculously stayed clean through the day, even his hands. He’d shower, go shopping at Vons, come home, unpack and begin immediately to prepare food without washing his hands. When I asked him about it he told me about the divine shower he had taken. Do you know how many filthy surfaces he touched, door handles, shopping carts, money, to name a few? How many bacterium he came into contact with, between leaving the shower stall and pulling out the frying pan? Good grief.

2.         Keeping your sneezes and coughs to yourself will be greatly appreciated by all: The best way is to sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm, because you won’t be using it to touch any other surfaces and leave little nasties behind.

3.         Please stay home if you’re sick: This is another way of keeping your sneezes and coughs to yourself. No one will praise you or think better of you if you drag your sick and contagious body to work. Don’t be a martyr. Your coworkers will only resent you for it. If you’re sick you won’t do an effective job at work anyway. All you’ll do is spread your contagions around the office and infect others.

4.         Please keep your hands to yourself when you’re sick: It bears repeating that flu viruses can live from 2 to 8 hours on a surface. So, don’t touch a lot of things if you have the flu, as your hands most likely have the virus on them. If you don’t have the flu but are around those who do, avoid touching your own face, especially around your mouth, nose and eyes, because chances are good that you will have touched a surface contaminated by a sick person, and therefore have the virus on your own hands.

Stopping The Flu QUICK GLANCE CHART
If You Are Already Experiencing Symptoms
Supplement First Dose Every 3 hours while awake and symptoms are present Twice daily for a week after symptoms are gone Brand Strength
L-Lysine 4 tablets 2 tablets 2 tablets Puritan’s Pride #6011 1000 mg
L-Lysine is the primary supplement, and all you really need to stop the flu. Below are support supplements that address other problems created by the flu, like (a) Lecithin for lung, nose and sinus congestion, (b) B12 for extreme fatigue, and (c) Beta Carotene for inflammation.
Supplements Morning Evening Brand Strength
Lecithin (softgels only) 4 softgels 4 softgels Puritan’s Pride #303 1200 mg
B12 2 tablets 2 tablets Nature’s Life 1000 mcg
Beta Carotene (softgels only) 10 softgels 10 softgels Puritan’s Pride #1223 25,000 IU (Equivalent to 15 mg)

You can prevent the flu and other viruses by taking a daily maintenance dose as recommended below.

Preventing The Flu QUICK GLANCE CHART
Maintenance Dose As A Preventive Measure
Supplement Breakfast Dinner Brand Strength
L-Lysine 1-2 tablets 1-2 tablets Puritan’s Pride #6011 1000 mg

NOTES

► Do not use time released or sustained release Vitamin B12. You need the jolt of the whole dose at once, not to have it slowly dribble into your system.

► It cannot be overemphasized that you have to flood your system with L-Lysine in order for it to be effective as a therapy against the flu. It is important to take every dose on time and not miss a single one.

► Be aware that some people may experience watery bowels while taking high doses of L-Lysine. It will stop as soon as you reduce or stop the supplement. But don’t let this stop you from taking the recommended amounts. It won’t make you have to go to the bathroom more often. It’s just that when you do, your feces will be watery.

► Certain foods produce mucus in your system and should be avoided or kept to a minimum while battling the flu: (1) high fat milk products, (2) refined sugar products, and (3) alcoholic products.

Please be nice to each other, and look for my next blog: Blog 25: Osteoarthritis, where I tell you how to avoid it and joint replacement.

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