I had a thought the other day when I was talking with a group who were interested in having better health. Several had started to take a basic natural multi-vitamin & mineral supplement called Vita-Lea. Others were not taking anything, relying on their diet for all their nutrients. Concerns were about the cold & flu season heading this way as the fall pollen is dwindling. Many had had a sniffy spring and fall due to last winter being so warm.
As I was talking about the need to boost our natural immune system’s production of Interferon, I thought about the flu shots that several of the group had taken. Then the image of playing tennis with a golf ball came to mind. Think of all the many games that involve some type of ball. Football, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, ping-pong, bowling, hand-ball, soccer, volleyball and more. The list is long. Each of the games requires a specific ball with specific qualities and properties to successfully complete the game.
Now imagine trying to play a game of tennis with a golf ball instead of a tennis ball. The balls are similar in several properties such as size, with the golf ball being a bit smaller. They both bounce well and are easily seen on grass or dirt. But there is where the similarities end. The tennis ball is soft to the touch, lighter and filled with a gas to help with the bounce. Golf balls are hard to the touch, dimpled on the surface and filled with a special, hard core that allows for distance travel through the air and certain behaviors on the greens after they land. Similar but different doesn’t really work here now does it.
Playing a game of tennis with a golf ball would be a bit dangerous. The golf ball would probably break the strings on the racket when hit. And the bounce from the golf ball would be fierce and erratic since the dimples are not meant for the hard court surfaces. The match would be short and probably dangerous!
Now how does all this connect with flu shots? Well the flu shots created by the pharmaceutical companies are targeted to a few specific strains of the flu. A guess as to which strains will be the active ones in a certain season. An educated guess, but still a guess. There are many types of flu that mutate as they move from population to population. So what is made to work on one type of a specific strain might not work in a few weeks as the strain mutates. I realize that this is a simplistic explanation, but without getting into complicated science, this will suffice. Read more on this in a article about the University of Minnesota study on the flu vaccines and how ineffective they are, especially to the population who needs the protection the most.
So back to our tennis game with the golf ball. The flu shots that we are offered each year sometimes is a effective as playing tennis with a golf ball. The shots are aimed a specific flues but you may be infected with a entirely different stain of flu that is not covered by the vaccine. So it is much like playing tennis with a golf ball. It just won’t work!
How can you increase your odds of having a healthy flu season? Want to have a full arsenal of appropriate “balls” to use for the”game” you will play? If you choose to take the vaccination or not is your choice. I choose not to for many reasons. Boosting the natural production of the interferon in our bodies is important. Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as critical to healthy immune function. World-renowned immunologist Dr. Yasuhiko Kojima first discovered interferon in 1954, while he was conducting research at Tokyo University. After 40 years of painstaking research, testing hundreds of natural compounds, he developed a unique blend of four powerful plant extracts that boosts the body’s natural production of interferon.*
Interferon signals neighboring cells into action and also interferes with how foreign cells grow and multiply. Interferon is also considered essential for optimal health because it can boost the immune system’s ability to recognize foreign invaders. It is because of this special role that interferon is used in drug form as an anti-viral agent to treat many different diseases. Researchers have shown that interferon, given by nasal spray in daily doses, can prevent infection and illness. However, pharmaceutical forms of interferon cause side effects such as nosebleeds, fatigue, headache and aches, and may not be useful in treating established colds.
I don’t want nosebleeds or headaches on top of the flu or a cold, so I use a natural way to boost my natural production of interferon from Dr Kojima. His discovery of the blend of 4 powerful plant extracts that boosts the body’s natural production of interferon has given the world a product called NutriFeron from Shaklee. I take at least 2 of the caplets each day and have found them to be of great help in staying healthy throughout cold & flu season! Try it yourself to all more options in staying healthy so you won’t have to play tennis with a golf ball! Stay well.