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R.R. Book

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The Autumnal Equinox, which arrives tomorrow, means that flu season is not far away.  Can we can begin a discussion on prevention, and in a few months add statistical trends?

We might begin by taking stock of our vitamin D status, with or without a blood test, simply by reviewing the kind of spring and summer that we had this year.  Lots of rain and flooding in some locations, while scorching drought in others. 

How much opportunity did you have to get outdoors in bare skin this summer?

Two new British studies on vitamin D, just published this year
( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5946282/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6121420/ ), say that while non-Caucasians simply must supplement to get enough D, whites might be able to get adequate amounts via sunlight if:

*they spend at least 9 minutes in the sun at noon each day from March to October

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*they uncover their arms and legs, or at least 35% of their skin, from June through August.

They really used to measure our hemlines like this when I was growing up...


But look at all the obstacles to achieving that...

1. extensive cloud cover this year in some places
2. torrential rains that left the outdoors too wet and muddy to enjoy
3. cultural constraints in some locations on bare skin
4. concerns about the heightened UV index
5. concerns about the new ultraviolet C penetrating our atmosphere
6. length of time working indoors in an office

It's true that vitamin D from sunlight, being made using cholesterol, can be stored in the body for about 60 days if a surplus is present.  However, since vitamin D is a hormone and not really a vitamin, not all of it will go toward storage for later; it may be circulated in different forms for multiple uses right away, or even excreted. 

So for most people, supplementation makes sense.  As discussed on another thread:
( https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php/topic,6583.msg101086.html#msg101086 ), so few clinical trials have actually been done on Vitamin D in humans that the different groups of experts are still battling it out.  The list of confirmed benefits of supplementation is growing, but there are those who still take the conservative view that over-supplementation might lead to calcified soft tissues, including of renal and cardio-vascular tissues.

However even the vitamin conservatives have significantly increased the daily recommendation recently, doubling it in some cases, raising the daily allowance for the elderly for example from 400 IU to 800 IU. 

But several studies suggest that we may need to ingest many times more Vitamin D than that to sustain high enough blood levels of it for optimal health.  Here are the new daily limits for the U.S., similar to the U.K.  They are far below the upper tolerance levels without adverse effects, which range from 10,000 to 50,000, depending on which source you're reading:



Getting those amounts daily through food is nearly impossible:



So the bottom line is, if we live in the North, we need to supplement, unless there is a medical reason not to, such as kidney stone formation.  And if the future is expected to give us increased cloud cover and a waning sun, we may need a supply of Vitamin D put away as a hedge against shortages. 

However, since Vitamin D capsules in the common cod liver oil form can peroxidize quickly, we need it in a form with a greater storage potential.  Fortunately, several brands are now making it in the form of shelf-stable gummies, both in an adult and a children's dose:



Some studies correlating vitamin D deficiency with influenza susceptibility:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5588918/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4463890/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25741906

Some studies suggesting that calcification of soft tissues is preventable with adequate Vitamin K (which might prevent stones in those susceptible individuals wishing to supplement with Vitamin D):
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1063458410001688

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6059683/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566462/


What are some other ways we can prevent flu this season?
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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2018, 10:03:27 PM »
What are some other ways we can prevent flu this season?
Get plenty of good sleep.

 And regarding the vitamin D, it seems a lot easier to just take whichever form is preferable, on a daily basis starting in October or November and continuing through February or March.  Personally I like Carlsen's lemon flavored cod liver oil.  That way I'm getting a fish oil and not a pill.

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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2018, 04:12:29 AM »
Does the lemon mask the fishy taste/smell?



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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2018, 04:41:41 AM »
P.S. I agree that getting enough sleep is maybe one of the best preventives.  Thank you so much for mentioning it.

Ways and Means:

*Disallowing electronics in the bedroom

*Starting bedtime hygiene routine a quarter or half hour ahead of when you want to be in bed

*Avoiding caffeine past maybe 3 p.m., unless working nights

*3 mg melatonin right before getting in bed

*50 or 100 mg B-complex

*A source of calcium/magnesium, or even just magnesium alone to bowel tolerance

*A gram of lecithin

*Maintaining a regular schedule throughout the week that repeats diurnally (days and nights having same pattern)

*Going to bed at peace with everyone in the house

*Having comfort aids at your fingertips by the bed, such as lip balm, DGL for stomach acid, handkerchief or tissues, ice water (to melt gradually, preventing microbes) with lid and straw, etc.

*Making sure you can breathe easily in the room by allowing fresh air in, keeping sinuses open with herbal guaifenesin if needed, keeping the room swept or vacuumed, washing bedding periodically (especially if pets are allowed on the bed, which is a wonderful sleep aid unless they take up a disproportionate share of the bed  :) ).

*Bathing or just soaking feet in very warm water before getting into bed, and then massaging lotion into them once dried off.

*Hydrating eyes at bedtime with eyedrops

*Giving thanks for good things that happened during the day, just before falling asleep

*Emptying the bladder right before retiring, but also rehydrating with water (even if it causes you to wake during the night to re-empty the bladder), because the kidneys cleanse themselves while we're horizontal.  Rejoice instead of being disappointed when your bladder wakes you in the middle of the night as a sign of healthy functioning.

*Avoiding reading or watching anything too disturbing in the evenings.  The world is full of that.  Home is a sanctuary.

Other ideas?
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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2018, 12:02:34 PM »
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Other ideas?

Have some orgonite near the bed and/or on your body to counteract harmful EMFs.  You can DIY with a sheaf of alternating sheets of tin foil and paper.  Quartz crystals enhance the effect. Print images and/or patterns on the sheets of paper.


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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2018, 04:25:29 PM »
Wow, thank you Jim. 

So I looked up the definition of orgonite:

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An orgonite is composed of resin, metal shavings and a tiny bit of quartz.

What it does:

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...When orgonite is within range of a source of negative energy (like electromagnetic frequencies—EMFs), it will efficiently and continuously transform it into positive energy.

So Jim has supplied free patterns that can be printed out and sandwiched between sheets of foil.

Does it matter where the crystals are placed?

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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2018, 07:23:09 PM »
Does the lemon mask the fishy taste/smell?


If you buy it from a place where it doesn't sit long on the shelf.  For example, we bought some one time from a health food store that moves a lot of foods,  cosmetics, etc., but their cod live oil was on a very tall shelf, only a foot or so from a ceiling fluorescent light fixture. 

We discovered that in spite of the exp. date being in the future, it tasted fishy, and we assumed the constant light on the bottle had somehow degraded the lemon.

We buy ours usually from Whole Foods, as much as I hate to go there.

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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2018, 07:25:41 PM »
Jim, thank you so much for the right to copy and use the orgonite patterns.  IIRC, someone embeds some of this stuff in an epoxy like substance that hardens, and somehow it ends up in a pyramid formation.  Do you do any of that?  Or am I confusing things?

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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2018, 11:40:44 PM »
Jim, thank you so much for the right to copy and use the orgonite patterns.  IIRC, someone embeds some of this stuff in an epoxy like substance that hardens, and somehow it ends up in a pyramid formation.  Do you do any of that?  Or am I confusing things?

Not confused.  Yes, I have several products from https://www.lifeenergysolutions.com/pe-bal/
(Actually, a discontinued cone of transparent epoxy and metal shavings and crystals, which I also have, is more impressive than the grey pyramid.  You might be able to find a similar item elsewhere.)

The epoxy is the organic component of the orgonite.

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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2018, 05:21:27 AM »
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-flu-deaths-us-20180926-story.html

Los Angeles Times posted an epidemiological statistic on the most recent flu season:  80,000 died in the U.S.   It was about twice the number that health officials were expecting as the worst-case scenario.  The death toll in previous years had ranged between 12,000 and 56,000, by comparison.

Vaccination failed to provide adequate coverage this time, with children and the elderly being especially hit hard by the flu.  February was the peak of the epidemic.

We might speculate on why last winter's flu was 43% more virulent than the worst year in the recent past, not counting 1918 in which 500,000 died.  And why did so many succumb who had been vaccinated?

Referred by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9lrKLjUf8Y





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Re: 2018-2019 Flu season: Prevention and emerging epidemiological statistics
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2018, 04:08:34 PM »
An alternative hashing of the above statistics yields quite a different view:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-04/did-80000-americans-really-die-flu-or-big-pharma-propaganda

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