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Vitamin D May Help Protect From FLU – read this today

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I received this article from the RSOE Alert system in my mail today,  the organization that has been monitoring the swine flu.  This is definitely worth sharing with everyone you can.

Here is part of the article… full article located here: http://www.idemc.org/read/index.php?pageid=news_read&news_id=160

The most important thing you need to know about the upcoming flu season, beyond the public health messages about washing your hands and staying home if you’re sick, is that taking enough vitamin D to bring your blood levels up to 40-60ng/ml 25-OH may help protect you from getting the flu, as well as other colds and respiratory infections. That means taking somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000 IU of supplemental vitamin D3 a day for the average adult in temperate zones, during the fall and winter. Your doctor can test you before and after you begin supplementing, if you want to be sure you’re getting enough. Stop Aging Now has also arranged for discounted home testing kits to help you monitor your vitamin D levels.

John Cannell, MD, founder and executive director of the Vitamin D Council, a non-profit dedicated to spreading the word about the importance getting adequate vitamin D through a combination of sun exposure, supplementation and food sources, also suggests having enough 50,000 IU capsules of vitamin D3  on hand to take at the first sign of  the flu. He recommends 1,000 IU per day for every pound of body weight.

In August, says Dr. Cannell, researchers at the University of Auckland found that a single dose of 500,000 IU (half a million units) did no harm to the elderly and a month after the dose, their vitamin D levels were in the optimal range and two months after, they were deficient again. And by the way, Dr. Cannell, will be getting his flu shot, too, though he feels it won’t work quite as well considering his high levels of vitamin D. He feels that the risk of contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome from the vaccine is very low, considering his blood levels of vitamin D, and that even though the vaccine may not works as well due to the protective effects of vitamin D, that any source of immunity against the flu is a good thing. Research has been accumulating on the potential of vitamin D to prevent infections and possibly even treat them. But the implications of vitamin D’s possible impact on seasonal influenza are a fascinating epidemiological story and one that could prove to have a “profound effect on its prevention” according to a study published in the Journal of Virology in May of 2008.

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Talking about the swine flu, keeping updated, and symptoms

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This swine flu situation has really got me concerned.  I know all of you are too… I am opening up comments here for anybody who just wants to vent and talk about it… leave a comment by clicking on the “comments” link next to the blog title and date… it will open up the comment section for you to view and discuss.  RSS my blog for updates… I will keep links for flu updates here on my blog (such as the Pandemic Monitoring System below, which  you can subscribe to here & they will send you updates as they occur!) until the threat goes away.  WHICH I hope will be soon.  I feel so sorry for all those poor people who have lost loved ones to this, my heart goes out to each one.  Even if it’s not serious in your country… keep those in your mind and heart for whom it is serious, say a prayer for their families… send them some love from your spirit. These days we’re living in just get stranger and stranger. But then, that doesn’t surprise me. Feels like we are living in a sci fi movie… but it’s not pretend. It’s reality.

From what I have read, these are the symptoms… so if you have these, get to the doc PRONTO!

Coughing, joint aches, fever of 100, severe headache, and in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.

This just in from the RSOE Pandemic Monitoring System (9:42 am CST):

WHO awaits U.S. confirmation on human flu spread
2009.04.28 14:29:12 Geneva

The WHO said on Tuesday it awaited formal confirmation from U.S. authorities the new swine flu virus has spread significantly between people, a sign that could indicate an “imminent” influenza pandemic. Confirmation infected people in two countries are spreading the new disease to their families or contacts in a sustained way would meet the World Health Organisation’s criteria for declaring a phase 5 alert on its scale of 1 to 6.

The United Nations agency raised its pandemic alert level to phase 4 from phase 3 on Monday as the virus spread to Europe. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday some people who have had contact with confirmed cases were also developing flu-like symptoms. “It appears, and I think we’re still awaiting for a final confirmation from the U.S. authorities, but it appears that there’s a number of cases in New York which appear to be human-to-human transmission,” WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told a news briefing. Such secondary transmission of the virus was “probable”, he later told reporters, adding: “If we have a confirmation from the United States or Canada, we could move to phase 5.”