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Beat the Flu! Here's How

Tips to Prevent and Overcome Winter Viruses

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Echinacea: you need to check on this if you have an autoimmune disease.
Thanks for the reminder that H2O is the way to go.
I heard zinc may help, does anyone know? Report
Agree with MARAUDE and MDSCINCIAGAIN. I am sorry SP is putting out such malarkey. Report
I sure wish I had seen this about 4 weeks ago when the FLU was invading my body. But I did drink lots of water and juice and my neighbor brought over chicken soup and I really drank my orange juice so 3 of these surly helped me fight it off a bit faster. Great read. Report
GARBLEDEEGOOK
Check this out if you want more info: http://www.skepdic.com/vitacon.html Report
GARBLEDEEGOOK
Seriously, where do you get your "facts"? As MDSCINCIAGAIN said, the vaccine is the only PROVEN way to prevent the flu. Everything else is anecdotal and/or inconclusive. Report
FLU VACCINE is the only proven way to prevent (specifically) the FLU. All the other suggestions are helpful for preventing any airborne respiratory illness, and should be headed, because they are helpful. The FLU SHOT cannot give you the flu. You may feel a little achy or feverish for a day or two, but that is just your immune system telling you to slow down because it is busy working on something- namely antibody to the flu. Anyone who gets sick weeks later is coming down with something else. Report
My naturopath doctor (she's an actual MD) said there is no actual conclusive research on Encanacia (sp?) helping to boost the immune system. However, Elderberry HAS been documented to help. Anyway, taking both can't hurt and hopefully help. Report
I've been sick for days, with flu like symtoms, I haven't relly eaten much, but I was craving, orange-pineapple juice, drunk allot of it.I felt a little more alive after drinking it for a while. Report
I agree every time I have gotten the flu shot .. I get yucky feeling for more then a week! I'd rather get the flu. Its over faster! But I have heard from some that certain people are can't take to this shot.. I must be one of them!! Report
My advice: don't get a flu shot. Whenever I get it, I am very sick a couple of weeks later. Report
It is also extremely important to stay at home and rest so as not to infect others. Report
Good article, but I agree with Karate_Kid that there should have been a mention of the flu shot, along with all the other suggestions. For those above a certain age, or with certain health conditions, it's a really, really good idea, and not a "quick fix". And I believe getting regular immunizations is part of taking care of our bodies, IMO. Report
My source of cold/flu prevention - Fresh carrot juice. I've been drinking it for years and if I do come down with a cold it can't last long or effect like it used to before healthy living. Report
Which is it?? I just took the test online and missed a point because it said the echinacea and vitamin c weren't effective--now your article says they are. I never know what to believe! Report
KARATE_KID
All good ideas but a passing mention of the flu shot would be nice. I've had influenza once when I was working in a nursing home and it went through residents and staff like wildfire. It's not just a bad cold; it's a debilitating illness that kills people. I've had my annual flu shot ever since (15+ years) and no more influenza. Report

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