It is time to order your fresh Ecuador Valentine roses.
Recently our long time friend and health care adviser Dr. Joe Spano sent me this note. “Gary, I have avoided the Influenza thus far and hope you and Merri do so, as well. I have been exposed many times-it is a mini-epidemic. Best wishes, Joe”
This was of some concern to me since I do not like to take vaccines and a New york Times article entitled “Reassessing Flu Shots as the Season Draws Near” by Roni Caryn Rabin shows that flue shots might be ineffective as well as dangerous.
The article says (see a link to the entire article below – bolds are mine): It’s flu-shot season, and public health officials are urging everyone over 6 months of age to get one. Many businesses provide on-site flu shots, and some hospitals have told staff members that they have to wear masks if they do not get the vaccine. By 2020, United States health leaders want 80 percent of the population to get yearly shots.
For vaccine manufacturers, it’s a bonanza: Influenza shots — given every year, unlike many other vaccines — are a multibillion-dollar global business.
But how good are they?
Last month, in a step tantamount to heresy in the public health world, scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota released a report saying that influenza vaccinations provide only modest protection for healthy young and middle-age adults, and little if any protection for those 65 and older, who are most likely to succumb to the illness or its complications. Moreover, the report’s authors concluded, federal vaccination recommendations, which have expanded in recent years, are based on inadequate evidence and poorly executed studies.
Some people have reactions to flu shots. Other have religious beliefs and others simply believe that vaccines have toxins in them. Now we can see that they also may be ineffective.
However when Dr. Joe gives me a health idea, I listen. His resume shows why: Joe attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans from 1959 – 1963. His internship was done at Mixed Medical and Surgery; Kings County hospital center, Brooklyn, New York. His Medical Residency was at Veterans Administration Hospital and Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans. He had special training at Resident in Clinical Cardiology under John H. Phillips M.D., Chief of Cardiology, Veterans Administration Hospital, New Orleans.
Joe was an instructor in Physical Diagnosis at Tulane University School of Medicine. He was a Research Fellow in Medicine for gastroenterology at Harvard University, Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. He served in the Military from 1967 to 1969 in the USAF, 3560th USAF Hospital, Webb AFB, Texas; Chief of Internal Medicine; Chief of Professional Services; Chief of Laboratory Services; Chief of Radiology.
Joe has honors, membership and diplomat to American Board of Internal Medicine, Harvard Trained Gastroenterologist, American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity. He is listed in ”Best Doctors in America“, America’s Top Physicians (Research Council of America) and was chief of staff at Naples Community Hospital.
I asked Joe for suggestions and he recommended Vira-Armor to enhance the immune system
Vira-Armor is a line of defense take at the first sign of exposure to germs and illnesses.
Here is what the Vira-Armor webpage says: This product provides a blend of Echinacea and other herbs to support the body’s natural immune response to bacterial and viral challenges.
The immune system uses a vast array of beneficial immune cells and processes to protect against infectious organisms. White blood cells play a vital role in the body’s immune system defense, as several different types destroy harmful organisms by ingesting them through the process of phagocytosis. Other immune system defenses rely on chemical mediators to help boost immune responses by stimulating the action and production of other immune system cells.
This product has been formulated with several herbal extracts that safely support the body’s ability to mount an appropriate and effective immune defense as follows:
Echinacea: Echinacea is a well-known medicinal herb with a long history of use. Studies have shown that Echinacea exhibits an immune-stimulating effect by increasing levels of white blood cells and phagocytic activity. Echinacea also promotes levels of interferon, which play an important part in the body’s defense mechanism.
Astragalus: Astragalus products are derived from the roots of Astragalus membranaceus and have a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine. Polysaccharides in Astragalus have been shown to stimulate the immune system by increasing development of active immune cells and heightening immune system activity.
Elderberry: Elderberry is a tall tree-like shrub native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa which has been shown to have immune modulating and antioxidant properties. Research suggests Elderberry may help boost immune function by increasing production of important chemical mediators involved in cellular immunity.
Goldenseal: This perennial herb is native to the northeastern United States. The primary active constituents of goldenseal are alkaloids which may enhance immune function by activating special white blood cells called macrophages. Studies show that goldenseal may also help regulate processes leading to inflammation of mucous membranes found in the nose and lungs. Berberine, an alkaloid in goldenseal, may also provide additional benefit as it has several metabolic and inhibitory actions against a number of harmful microbes.
Licorice: Licorice is derived from the root of the low-growing shrub Glycyrrhiza glabra and has been widely used for centuries. Scientific studies have revealed that glycyrrhizin, one of the active ingredients in licorice, has modulatory activity on the body’s immune responses.
This product can be used as needed on a periodic basis to support immune system responsiveness by stimulating beneficial immune cells and immune system activity. All ingredients contained in this product are natural and have an established history of safe dietary intake at the recommended levels.
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New York Times article Reassessing Flu Shots as the Season Draws Near