This text was beforehand revealed February 1, 2018, and has been up to date with new info.
Because the COVID pandemic enters its second yr, the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is ramping again up on its influenza suggestions, and stressing that it’s necessary to get a flu vaccine alongside together with your COVID photographs and boosters.1 The CDC is urging everybody aged 6 months and older to get a flu shot, with uncommon exceptions.2
Throughout the peak of the pandemic, influenza circumstances appeared to drop or almost disappear, however with the 2021-2022 flu season, extra flu circumstances are being reported. By the top of December 2021, the CDC reported that two youngsters had already died of flu, and that flu hospitalizations had been rising shortly.3 However what number of deaths and hospitalizations are literally as a result of flu?
Many Flu ‘Deaths’ Are Truly From Secondary Infections
Whereas influenza can certainly be lethal in uncommon circumstances, what most well being specialists fail to inform you is that these deaths are usually the results of secondary infections, not the flu virus itself. Importantly, analysis has highlighted the hyperlink between influenza and extreme sepsis — a progressive illness course of initiated by an aggressive, dysfunctional immune response to an an infection within the bloodstream (which is why it is generally known as blood poisoning).
Signs of sepsis are sometimes neglected, even by well being professionals, and with out immediate therapy, the situation may be lethal. Not solely that, sepsis additionally goes hand in hand with COVID-19 an infection, notably in sufferers in intensive care with COVID.4
Sadly, standard remedies typically fail, and most hospitals have but to embrace the usage of intravenous (IV) vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine,5 which has been proven to scale back sepsis mortality from 40% to a mere 8.5%.6,7
How Influenza Could Trigger Deadly Sepsis
A decade and extra in the past, extreme sepsis was usually related to bacterial infections, however by 2013, viral infections like flu, and now COVID, had turn out to be a outstanding explanation for sepsis.8 To complicate matter much more, as famous within the video above, some sepsis signs additionally resemble influenza, which may result in tragedy. The video presents pointers on easy methods to inform the distinction between the 2.
Sepsis, doubtless, requires rapid medical consideration, whereas most individuals will efficiently get better from the flu with a couple of days to every week of bedrest and fluids. Simply how influenza can result in sepsis is a considerably complicated affair, described as follows:9
“Whatever the etiologic agent, the inflammatory response is very interconnected with an infection. Within the preliminary response to an an infection, extreme sepsis is characterised by a pro-inflammatory state, whereas a development to an anti-inflammatory state develops and favors secondary infections …
Within the predominant pro-inflammatory state, Th1 cells activated by microorganisms enhance transcription of pro-inflammatory cytokines corresponding to tumor necrosis issue (TNF-α), interferon-γ (INF-γ), and interleukin-2 (IL-2).
[C]ytokines … launched from endothelial cells and subsequently from macrophages can induce lymphocyte activation and infiltration on the websites of an infection and can exert direct antiviral results. Subsequently, with the shift towards an anti-inflammatory state, activated Th2 cells secrete interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-10 (IL-10).
In sure conditions, T cells can turn out to be anergic, failing to proliferate and produce cytokines. Kind I IFN has a potent anti-influenza virus exercise; it induces transcription of a number of interferon stimulated genes, which in flip prohibit viral replication. Nonetheless, influenza virus developed a number of mechanisms to evade IFN response …
Viral infections such because the influenza virus also can set off deregulation of the innate immune system with extreme cytokines launch and potential dangerous penalties. An irregular immune response to influenza can result in endothelial harm … deregulation of coagulation, and the resultant alteration of microvascular permeability, tissue edema, and shock.”
Indicators and Signs of Sepsis
Widespread indicators and signs of sepsis to be careful for embrace:10
- A excessive fever
- Lack of ability to maintain fluids down
- Fast heartbeat; fast, shallow respiration and/or shortness of breath
- Lethargy and/or confusion
- Slurred speech, typically resembling intoxication
Ought to a couple of or all of those be current, search rapid medical consideration to rule out sepsis. Additionally inform the medical workers that you simply suspect sepsis, as time is of the essence in the case of therapy. As famous within the featured video, hydration is of utmost significance, as a lot of the harm brought on by sepsis begins with fluid loss.
Preventive Methods to Cut back Your Probabilities of Infections
Your immune system is your first-line protection towards all sorts of infections, be they bacterial or viral, so the best strategy to keep away from coming down with flu is to bolster your immune operate. Whereas well being officers declare getting an annual flu shot is the easiest way to keep off influenza, the medical literature truly suggests vitamin D optimization could also be a much more efficient technique, and the proof for this goes again not less than a decade.
Dr. John Cannell, founding father of the Vitamin D Council, was one of many first to introduce the concept vitamin D deficiency may very well be a causative think about influenza. His speculation11 was initially revealed within the journal Epidemiology and An infection in 2006.12 It was subsequently adopted up with one other research revealed within the Virology Journal in 2008.13
The next yr, a big, nationally consultant research14 confirmed that individuals with the bottom vitamin D ranges certainly reported having considerably extra colds or circumstances of the flu. Related findings have been reported with vitamin D standing and COVID, with a number of research displaying that individuals with low vitamin D ranges not solely usually tend to be inclined to the an infection, however have the next threat of hospitalization and demise.15,16,17
With flu, plenty of research affirm the significance of your vitamin D standing in combating this viral an infection. In 2017, for instance, a scientific assessment18,19 concluded that vitamin D supplementation boosts immunity and cuts charges of each chilly and flu.
In all, 25 randomized managed trials had been included within the assessment, involving almost 11,000 people from greater than a dozen international locations. Individuals with important vitamin D deficiency (blood ranges under 10 ng/mL), taking a vitamin D complement diminished their threat of respiratory infections corresponding to influenza by 50%.
Individuals with increased vitamin D ranges additionally benefited, though not as significantly. General, they diminished their threat by about 10%, which the researchers said was about equal to the impact of flu vaccines. Coincidentally, 10% was the effectiveness fee of the 2017-2018 flu vaccine.20
The take-home message right here is that vitamin D supplementation far exceeds the flu vaccine when it comes to effectiveness, and the extra poor you might be, the higher its protecting results while you complement.
Except for vitamin D, loading up on nutritional vitamins B1 and C might go a great distance towards protecting you wholesome by way of the flu season and past. Influenza has been efficiently handled with high-dose vitamin C.21 Taking zinc lozenges on the first signal of a chilly or flu can be useful.
Zinc boosts immune operate and performs a significant position in activating your physique’s T cells (white blood cells tasked with destroying contaminated cells). In the event you fall sufferer to frequent bacterial infections or colds, your physique could be attempting to inform you it wants extra zinc.
Be Conscious of This Lifesaving IV Protocol
In the event you or a liked one contracts sepsis, whether or not brought on by influenza or another an infection, please keep in mind that a protocol of IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1) may be lifesaving.22 So, urge your physician to make use of it. Likelihood is, they won’t even pay attention to it.
This sepsis therapy protocol was developed Dr. Paul Marik23,24 when he was a crucial care physician at Sentara Norfolk Basic Hospital in East Virginia, and medical use has confirmed it to be remarkably efficient for the therapy of sepsis, decreasing mortality almost fivefold.
Marik’s retrospective before-after medical research confirmed that giving sufferers IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and vitamin B1 for 2 days diminished mortality from 40% to eight.5%. Of the 50 sufferers handled, solely 4 died, and all of them died from their underlying illness, not sepsis. Importantly, the therapy has no unintended effects and is cheap, available and easy to manage, so you actually don’t have anything to lose by attempting it.
The one contraindication is if you’re glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) poor (a genetic dysfunction).25 G6PD is an enzyme your purple blood cells want to keep up membrane integrity.
Excessive-dose IV vitamin C is a robust pro-oxidant, and giving a pro-oxidant to a G6PD-deficient particular person may cause their purple blood cells to rupture, which might have disastrous penalties. Fortuitously, G6PC deficiency is comparatively unusual, and may be examined for.
Individuals of Mediterranean and African respectable are at higher threat of being G6PC poor. Worldwide, G6PD deficiency is believed to have an effect on 400 million people, and within the U.S., an estimated 1 in 10 African-American males have it.26
Flu Vaccines Don’t Normally Stay As much as Their Hype
Sadly, flu deaths are inevitably used to incite worry, and the really helpful treatment is annual flu vaccination, even when statistics present the vaccines don’t carry out the best way they’re hyped.
For instance, in January 2015, U.S. authorities officers admitted that, in most years, flu photographs are — at greatest — 50 to 60% efficient at stopping lab confirmed kind A or B influenza requiring medical care.27 And, as talked about, the 2017-2018 flu vaccine had an effectiveness ranking of simply 10%, as a result of it being poorly matched, but the decision for flu vaccination remained.
Many additionally gloss over the truth that flu deaths additionally happen in those that have been vaccinated. Such was the case with this 8-year-old boy in Arkansas, featured on this CNN report.
But, regardless of yr after yr of dismal efficacy numbers, the CDC continues to push the flu vaccine. In December 2021, they mentioned that, regardless of indications that the H3N2 safety for this season’s vaccine might not reside as much as expectations, they nonetheless suggest getting the shot, as flu might be extra severe within the 2021-2022 season:28
“Flu vaccination has many advantages but early knowledge counsel the quantity of people that have been vaccinated to this point this season is down, particularly amongst sure increased threat teams corresponding to pregnant individuals and youngsters.
Decrease vaccination charges and diminished inhabitants immunity ensuing from historic low flu exercise since March 2020 might result in widespread flu, with extra severe sicknesses. With ongoing COVID-19 exercise, hospitals might be additional pressured this winter.”
However, contemplating the various research displaying flu vaccines have a dismal success fee even when well-matched to circulating viral strains, the truth that vaccination continues to be touted as your first line of protection towards influenza suggests this annual marketing campaign is extra about producing conformity for revenue, opposed to really enhancing and defending public well being.
Flu Vaccine Probably Raises Your Threat of Sickness
The truth that flu vaccines provide negligible safety towards flu is dangerous sufficient, however proof suggests the vaccine might even make you extra inclined to the illness. For instance, Canadian researchers discovered that annual flu vaccination seems to extend your threat of pandemic sickness, and trigger extra severe bouts of sickness.
Knowledge collected from Canada and Hong Kong throughout 2009 to 2010 confirmed that individuals who acquired the seasonal flu vaccine in 2008 had twice the danger of getting the H1N1 “swine flu,” in comparison with those that had not acquired a flu shot.29
A well-publicized ferret research30 confirmed these outcomes. Analysis31 revealed greater than a decade in the past, in 2011, additionally warned that the seasonal flu vaccine seems to weaken youngsters’s immune techniques and will increase their probabilities of getting sick from influenza viruses not included within the vaccine.
Some well being specialists declare flu vaccination will enable you develop resistance towards strains that aren’t included within the vaccine, however analysis has truly proven the exact opposite to be true.
When blood samples from wholesome, unvaccinated youngsters and youngsters who had acquired an annual flu shot had been in contrast, the unvaccinated group had naturally constructed up extra antibodies throughout a greater variety of influenza strains in comparison with the vaccinated group.32 Flu vaccines are additionally related to debilitating and probably lifelong unintended effects corresponding to Guillain–Barré syndrome and continual shoulder harm associated to vaccine administration (SIRVA).33
However what concerning the declare that you simply may contract influenza out of your flu shot? There are a lot of anecdotal studies of individuals creating the worst bout of influenza they’ve ever had following a routine flu vaccination and, certainly, a Chinese language research34 revealed in 2012 seems to assist such claims, discovering that youngsters had a 4.4 increased probability of contracting a viral higher respiratory an infection following seasonal flu vaccine administration.
Researchers have additionally highlighted the affect of bias in research taking a look at influenza vaccine effectiveness. As famous in a single 2010 research,35 ”Forgoing vaccination predicted demise in those that had acquired vaccinations within the earlier 5 years, nevertheless it predicted survival in sufferers who had by no means earlier than acquired a vaccination. We conclude that bias is inherent in research of influenza vaccination and demise amongst aged sufferers.”
Beware: Tamiflu Can Set off Psychosis
Must you or your youngster come down with the flu and your physician or pediatrician recommends Tamiflu,0 it is best to know this antiviral drug has been proven to shorten the period of flu signs by lower than 17 hours36,37 It additionally doesn’t cut back viral transmission and doesn’t decrease your threat of issues from the flu, corresponding to pneumonia.38,39 Scientist have additionally warned that the dangers far outweigh the advantages.40
These dangers embrace convulsions, mind infections, psychosis and different neuropsychiatric issues. Tamiflu made current headlines after a 6-year-old lady began hallucinating and tried to leap out a second story window.41 “I don’t assume the 16 hours of symptom aid from the flu is well worth the attainable unintended effects that we went by way of,” the lady’s father instructed ABC7 Information.42
Certainly, plenty of research have noticed that Tamiflu might trigger psychiatric signs. Analysis43 revealed in 2015 reported the case of a 22-year-old man who “complained of temper swings, suicidal emotions, auditory hallucinations, reminiscence deterioration and insomnia” after taking the drug. Different research44 have discovered greater than half of all youngsters taking Tamiflu undergo unintended effects from the drug.45
Harmful Lies Instructed by the CDC
Previous to the worldwide H1N1 scare, the U.S. authorities stockpiled $1.5 billion of this mainly ineffective antiviral — cash that would have been spent in much better methods than merely enriching Roche’s firm pockets. As famous in an article about Tamiflu by The Atlantic, “The one individuals helped by the proven-to-be-ineffective drug are its producers.”46
A 2013 Forbes article47 additionally spelled out plenty of flaws within the science behind Tamiflu, and the way advantages had been overstated. Regardless of all of this overwhelming proof, the CDC to at the present time continues to suggest each flu vaccines and antiviral medication like Tamiflu.48,49 They even proceed to assert antiviral medication “might forestall severe flu issues” — although the proof clearly exhibits Tamiflu does no such factor.
The take-home message right here is to do your homework, and never blindly observe public well being suggestions. Additionally keep away from falling prey to unreasonable fears. All deaths are tragic, however individuals die from influenza with and with out flu vaccines. Individuals additionally die with out sure medication, and from medication.
Bear in mind, optimizing your vitamin D to a degree of 60 to 80 ng/mL could also be one of the vital efficient flu prevention methods on the market. Additionally familiarize your self with the indicators and signs of sepsis, and urge your physician to manage Marik’s IV vitamin C protocol do you have to or a liked one be identified with sepsis. It simply may save your life.