It’s unusual to hear a conventional medical doctor admit that a nutrient works. It’s even more unusual to hear them admit that they actually take the nutrients. Many of them are closet supporters of nutrients. But to come out publically and admit they work is rare indeed.
That’s why I was really excited to see Dr. Gillian Arsenault, a Canadian doctor, admit that she takes two nutrients to fight the flu. These two nutrients can help you prevent and fight the flu. And you can add two more nutrients to this combination to have the perfect superfecta of flu-fighting nutrients....
Dr. Arsenault’s story starts in an unusual way. She writes: “Not too long ago a truck hit me in the middle of the night, right as I rolled over. I was jolted rudely awake, back and shoulder muscles in spasm. In quick succession, I noticed I also had chills, a headache and a cough.”
The figurative truck that hit her was the flu. She thought it was part of the flu pandemic that hit last year. She says, “That was a logical assumption, since we were well into the second pandemic wave, respiratory virus identifications were running at higher than 80% novel H1N1, and I wasn’t yet eligible to be vaccinated.” She doesn’t explain why she wasn’t vaccinated, but possibly due to Canada’s socialized medicine.
Dr. Arsenault was scared. People with no identified risk factors were ending up in the hospital. Some were so sick, doctors had to put them on a ventilator in the ICU. And some died.
Because Dr. Arsenault couldn’t get a flu shot, she “had a contingency plan – vitamin D3 and elderberry, with oseltamivir as backup.”
Tamiflu Is Ineffective for Fighting the Flu
I was a little surprised to see her mention oseltamivir (i.e., Tamiflu) as a “backup.” That’s usually conventional medicine’s go-to drug – right after the vaccines. Then I read why she didn’t put much faith in the drug. She wrote: “Let’s face it, oseltamivir is no miracle treatment for influenza.”
That’s for sure. The drug really doesn’t work. The very best results studies have found indicate it might shorten the flu by one or two days. But most studies show it is ineffective.
The FDA approved Tamiflu in 1999. But it really burst on the scene in 2009 when the CDC became concerned about a possible outbreak of avian influenza and the H1N1 pandemic. The CDC’s push caused governments around the world to stockpile oseltamivir. Then, in 2010, after the worldwide H1N1 pandemic, the World Health Organization added oseltamivir to its list of “essential medications.”
Since then, oseltamivir has generated over $18 billion in sales worldwide. Half of that was from governments stockpiling the drug. But get this....
The FDA concluded years ago that there was no evidence that oseltamivir reduced complications, hospital admissions, or mortality. In fact, it actually has prevented the manufacturer from making such claims in its promotional materials. And yet the FDA still approved it! Why? Follow the money.
In 2014, the British Medical Journal published an editorial describing a “multisystem failure.” That’s a nice way of saying corruption. It just so happens that there were a series of decisions based on flawed evidence made by the EMA, CDC, and WHO. According to the writer, “These include the failure to publish all available evidence, to make the data available at the individual patient level, and to recognize the limitations of observational data.” So if they didn’t look at all the evidence, hid the data from doctors and individuals, and ignored the evidence that was right at the tip of their nose, that’s not a “multisystem failure.” That’s more like an organizational conspiracy to commit fraud for the sake of making $18 billion dollars.
Once all the evidence was considered, the truth about the drug was that it deduced symptoms by an average of only 20 hours (not even a full day). What’s more, there was no evidence that it reduced the likelihood of pneumonia, hospital admission, or complications requiring an antibiotic.
Another review study by the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in Oxford used an even larger set of unpublished studies. Not only did this review confirm the previous study’s findings, it provided additional evidence of the drug’s side effects, which include nausea, vomiting, and psychiatric events.
In other words, the drug is not only useless, but it might be dangerous!
A Better, Safer Way to Treat the Flu
Dr. Arsenault knew all this, so she made Tamiflu a backup to the nutrients she knew would protect her. (Personally, I wouldn’t even use it as a backup. I would avoid it altogether.) She reasoned, “Even in sunny areas of Canada, most people are low on vitamin D in the winter, and I knew of some clinical trial data showing that vitamin D supplementation prevented viral upper respiratory tract infections. In theory, D3 might also be useful in treating influenza.”
There’s really no theory about it. I’ve told you about so many studies supporting vitamin D for preventing and treating the flu that you’re probably tired of them. It works – and it works really well.
But you can make vitamin D work even better. I’ve told you in the past that you have to take enough magnesium (up to 1,000 mg daily) to make vitamin D work effectively. Then take vitamin D (and the magnesium) along with elderberry, as Dr. Arsenault did. This is a powerful one-two punch against the flu.
Most people have heard about treating the flu with elderberry, but few people realize how effective the herb is at preventing the flu. The reason is that elderberries are very high in several phenolic compounds. These natural chemicals enhance the immune system’s response. One of the most powerful chemicals is the anthocyanins. Since these give elderberries their distinct dark color, it makes sense that black elderberries are the most concentrated form of anthocyanins among all fruits.
But that’s not all. Elderberries increase the body’s production of beneficial cytokines. These proteins act as messengers inside the body to improve the immune system’s response to the flu virus.
The cytokines also work with hemagglutinin (another protein in elderberries) to destroy the influenza viruses’ ability to replicate inside the body. Pharmacy Times says the combination “penetrates the cell wall (of the virus), thereby preventing the virus from causing infection if taken before exposed. If elderberries are taken after infection, that keeps the virus from spreading, which reduces the duration of influenza symptoms.”
Studies have also found that elderberry can create a higher level of antibodies that target the influenza virus.
But how effective is it?
One double-blind study looked at 27 individuals with influenza. All of their symptoms had been present less than 24 hours. Of these, 93.3% of the individuals who took elderberry saw a significant improvement in their symptoms within two days. However, 91.7% of the placebo group didn’t see similar improvement until day six. And 90% of those who took the elderberry were completely free of symptoms within two to three days.
The researchers said, “Immune system tests found a higher level of influenza antibodies in patients receiving elderberry than those receiving the placebo, suggesting enhanced immune activity.”
But there’s more proof that it works. Researchers conducted a second double-blind study on 60 adults with influenza. All of them had symptoms for less than 48 hours. When they took elderberry, they had similar results. Those taking the elderberry showed “pronounced improvement” after only 3.1 days (compared to 7.1 days for the placebo group). And the elderberry group used 74% less painkillers and nasal spray than the placebo group.
I suggest you take vitamin D (along with magnesium) and elderberry every day as a preventive. You’ll experience better results than a flu shot (which typically doesn’t work at all). And if you do get the flu, the symptoms will likely be milder and disappear faster. You can find a lot of different elderberry products on the market. Look at the reviews online to find the ones that work the best for the most people. On Amazon, for instance, Nature’s Way sells a gummy that has a four-and-a-half star rating with nearly 900 reviews. That’s a good indication that it works.
A Product You Must Have on Hand During Flu Season
Speaking of online reviews, another product you should always have on hand for fighting the flu is Oscillococcinum. The name is hard to pronounce, but this homeopathic product works. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of reliable studies on the product. But it’s been around for decades, and the number of people who swear by it for fighting the flu is impressive. Amazon has a product sold by Boiron that has over 1,400 reviews and a four-and-a-half star rating. Very impressive.
Oscillococcinum’s active ingredient is Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum 200CK. This is a homeopathic name for the heart and liver of wild duck used to make it. To make this homeopathic, the manufacturers dilutes it repeatedly until essentially no molecules of duck heart or liver are found in the actual pill. It sounds ridiculous, but it works. And it works well. If you have the flu, simply open a tube and place the contents in your mouth. Let them dissolve under your tongue.
The Final Nutrient in Our Superfecta
Your supercharged flu-fighting supplement regimen isn’t complete without one of the very best flu preventives I’ve ever found. It’s a supplement that started out as a food additive for cows. When workers at a cattle-feed manufacturing company fed this supplement to their cows, they had significantly more vibrant health than they had before they fed the cows the additive.
What’s more, the workers who were working directly with the substance experienced fewer colds and flu as well. And they had fewer sick days compared to workers in other areas of the plant. When they studied the product on a wider scale for humans, they found out why it worked so well. It significantly boosted the immune system.
The supplement is called EpiCor. It’s made from fermented brewer’s yeast. Since the workers discovered its health benefits, the product has gone through at least seven human clinical trials, all of which have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and have used a standard dose of 500 mg per day. Five of the seven trials conform to the “gold standard” of clinical design in that they were randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trials. Results show that it supports a strong, healthy immune system while it balances immune response; and significant measurable results can be seen in as little as two hours.
But what’s more impressive to me is the clinical results. This is one of my go-to nutrients for preventing and fighting the flu. Yes, it’s great as a preventive. Taking it daily can help you avoid the flu and many other illnesses. Boosting the immune system keeps you healthy even in the coldest, darkest months of winter. And if you look at online reviews, people love it. That’s because it works exceptionally well.
Taking EpiCor along with vitamin D, elderberry, and Oscillococcinum is the best flu-fighting supplement regimen I’ve seen. What’s great about these nutrients is you can find all of them online and in most health food stores.