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Vitamin D3 Replaces Flu Shot

by, S. Steve Dounis


Every fall season the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) starts pushing for the public to get a flu shot. However, is this the best defense against the flu?

Each year the CDC’s 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) makes recommendations on who should be vaccinated for the flu; while, at the same time, being financially tied to the vaccine industry. Consequently, the CDC must grant a “conflict of interest” waiver for each member of the ACIP. What’s going on here?

On top of that, the World Health Organization (WHO) has to guess as to the most likely strains of the flu virus to attack for the next year, since in most cases, the vaccine they coordinated the previous year for the present year, does not work. So why take it? The mounting evidence is that the flu vaccine is not only ineffective but hazardous to your health.

The flu vaccine is usually grown in fertilized chicken eggs for up to 8 months. Formaldehyde, a known cancer causing agent, is used to inactivate the virus. Aluminum, a neurotoxin, is added to promote an antibody reaction to the virus. Also included is Triton X-100 (a detergent), Polysorbate 80 (an emulsifier), gelatin, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), carbolic acid (a caustic poisonous crystalline acidic compound, present in coal-tar and wood, that in dilute solution is used as a disinfectant), antibiotics such as: gentamicin, neomysin, streptomisine; known to cause allergic reactions in some people. The 2008-2009 flu vaccine also contains Thimerosal, which is 49% mercury by weight, and used as a disinfectant. Mercury has been removed from all vaccines except the flu vaccine. Is this why 70% of medical doctors do not get a flu shot?

There is evidence to the case that flu shots may cause Alzheimer’s Disease because of the combining of mercury with aluminum and formaldehyde. Mercury alone has been implicated as a cause of autism.

The most sever reaction to the flu vaccine is Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune disease causing paralysis that strikes some people several weeks after having taken the flu shot. Other life threatening allergic reactions have been recorded.

Scientific research has found that because most of us do not get enough sunshine during the months between October and April, our bodies lack the vitamin D needed to ward off the flu. The majority of Americans have been found to be deficient in vitamin D.

Vitamin D3

Several studies in U.S. and Canada, have found that using higher doses of vitamin D lowers the incidence and severity of influenza. Vitamin D protects the body by releasing antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides) affecting the immune system by: promoting phagocytosis (the consumption and destruction of particulate matter; such as, viruses), anti-tumor activity, and immunomodulatory functions. In other words, fine-tuning the immune system. The best vitamin D for humans is found to be vitamin D3, cholecalciferol (from animal source).

Vitamin D is the only vitamin that is also a hormone. It is also the only vitamin that does not need to be consumed in food or supplements. Exposure of our bodies to direct sunlight (not through a window or sunscreen), converts the cholesterol in our bodies to vitamin D3. (Lower your cholesterol with the sun).

Twenty minutes in midday ultraviolet B (UVB) sun (during the warm seasons) with 40% exposure (without any sunblockers) will give you about 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D3. If no sun, take 2,000 – 5,000 IU vitamin D3 supplements daily. Take up to 10,000 if fighting the flu or cold. Fatty fish species, such as Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, and Tuna, are natural sources of vitamin D. Also eggs, if vitamin D is added to feed.

Most added vitamin D in products, such as milk, only have 200-400 IU. Look for added vitamin D3 and not vitamin D2 (from plant source). Scientists now endorse the use of 2,000 IU as the new minimum. Scientific studies have shown that to achieve blood levels of vitamin D to protect against chronic diseases, at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 should be taken daily. 

The Vitamin D Council has reported that 5,000 IU should be taken daily. One rule-of-thumb states that 1,000 IU per 25 pounds of your weight should be taken daily. For example, take a man weighing 150 pounds. Divide the 150 by 25 which would equal 6. So six times 1,000 IU is 6,000 IU for a 150 pound man’s daily intake.

Even in Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society has issued guidelines increasing the recommendations for pregnant women to 2,000 IU daily as a result of deficiencies found in pregnant and lactating women. They may be considering increasing their recommendations to 4,000-6,000 IU daily.

Can there be too much vitamin D? Both in this country and abroad, there has been a lot of misinformation. Hypocalcemia (low levels of calcium) is probalby the only problem with excessive use of vitamin D to worry about. However, to get to that point, in healthy adults, it would take 40,000 IU a day. The upper limit for the intake of vitamin D is roughly equal to what an adult lifeguard’s body will naturally produce in the middle of summer and that is 10,000 IU daily. So, 2,000-5,000 IU on a daily basis is well within the limits of safety for adults as well as for infants.

Our own American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children from newborn to teen should double the amount of vitamin D (from 200 IU to 400 IU) because of evidence that it may help prevent serious diseases. However, as noted, the latest research indicates that children should be taking at least 10 times the old daily recommendation of 200 IU; at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

The first line of defense is to WASH YOUR HANDS & FACE. Shaking hands, using public doors and door knobs, using office telephones and computer keyboards, public restrooms, etc. allows for the opportunity for picking up germs and viruses. Always wash your hands and face when you come home from being out and about. Why your face, too? You may have inadvertantly touched your face after picking up a virus.

Eat at least two heaping tablespoons of organic plain yogurt a day. The probiotics in the yogurt protect 80% of your immune system, which lies in your digestive tract. Or, take a probiotic supplement. Eat onions daily and especially garlic, a natural antibiotic. Eat something RAW at every meal; fruits, nuts, seed, veggies. Drink plenty of water. Do not become dehydrated. Use natural sea salt, which has 80 essential minerals, including magnesium and potassium. Salt and water together stimulate metabolism. Stay away from sugar, as much as possible. Why? Because sugar shuts down your immune system up to two hours. Use Stevia, a natural sweetener instead. Take a good multivitamin (from a health food store and not from grocery or drug store). Take a good essential fatty acid complex supplement (Omega 3, 6, & 9 combined). Take vitamin C. And most of all take 2,000-5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 supplements. If you have the flu, take liquid vitamin D3 up to 10,000 IU daily. Stay healthy.


27 Responses to “Vitamin D3 Replaces Flu Shot”

  1. 1

    I started taking D3 last year during the H1N1 vaccine season. I work with college-age students, and at least two students in my classroom came down with H1N1. There was also a bad cold going around, with peopel hacking and coughing. I took my vitamin D3 throughout this season and recommended it to many others, for people to increase their D3 intake if they were taking it, and to take it for those people who weren’t. I got a tweet from a student who told me D3 saved her from a really bad virus recently, and I was able to fend off my son’s cold with D3 supplements. I recently increased my intake because the cold virus wanted to take over, and I feel like the D3 is having an impact on the severity and duration of the infection.

    Go Vitamin D3!

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    I took 10,000 IU D3 daily all last winter and tested 64 ng/ml in mid-March. Then I took 5,000 IU D3 from mid-March until mid-Sept. and tested 43 ng/ml. I don’t normally get much sun and I maybe had 7-10 days that I got the maximum sun exposure during the whole summer. (I’m 59 y.o., 5’7″ and weigh on average 137 lbs)
    I’ve now increased my D3 to 15,000 IU per day and plan to retest in the end of December and will then make any necessary adjustments if needed. (I will post my results here in mid-January 2011 if I can remember or if someone reminds me with a followup comment.)
    I think there’s too much fear mongering going around on many websites and the low dosage levels they’re recommending aren’t doing many people much good. If 5,000 IU per day put a small person like me at the insufficient level of 43 ng/ml, where would I be if I only took 2,000 IU? I would say somewhere in the “deficient” range below 32 ng/ml.
    I believe it’s plenty safe for an “adult” to take a daily dose of 2,000 IU D3 for every 25 lbs of body weight during the six months on the winter side of the equinox in the northern half of the U.S. Adjustments can be made for those further south and those who work outdoors all day.

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    In my previous post I made the comment:
    “where would I be if I only took 2,000 IU? I would say somewhere in the “deficient” range below 32 ng/ml.”
    Well, here’s some evidence to back that up:
    One of my family members began treatment for vitamin D deficiency this year. She’s white, age 41, 5’2″, 140 lbs. She was found to be deficient in March 2010 and was put on 50,000 IU of D3 for 8 weeks. After that she took a daily dose of 2,400 IU throughout the summer. She just got the results back on her latest test and it came in at 25.5 ng/ml.
    Her doctor has now put her on 50,000 IU of D3 twice a week for the next 8 weeks.
    So either these D3 supplements are bogus, or the new recommended dosages from researchers are still way too low. As I said previously, I think they’ll eventually set the daily dose for adults at 2,000 IU D3 for every 25 lbs of body weight during the six months on the winter side of the equinox in the northern half of the U.S.
    Summer dosages will need to be determined by the time and percentage of body exposure. The average “non sunloving” person will “likely” require 1,500 IU per every 25 lbs of body weight during the summer.
    Please get yourselves tested to find out what your needs are if you plan to increase your D3 supplementation. And don’t forget to take a good multivitamin with at least 400 mg of magnesium in it. (less is needed if you eat plenty of green veggies)
    Do the research and/or go to see a nutritionist.

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    Sulema Plue:

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    Unfortunately, I got a flu shot (first one in years)and now have a virus / coughing & hacking / headaches / body aches / laryngitis. Can I start d3 midstream or do I need to wait until virus runs it’s course?

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    A female friend, age 51, 5’1″, 120 lbs, white, just got her 25(OH)D test results yesterday. She gets a minimal amount of sun, perhaps one day maximum per week, lives in the Annapolis, MD area and has been supplementing with 10,400 IU of vitamin D3 per day since April 2010. Her test results showed her D3 level as 67 ng/ml. I had estimated she’d test at about 70 ng/ml.

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    it should also be that people with intestinal disorders and liver and galbladder malfunctions interefere with the absorption of vitamin D, since much of the vitamin D takes place in those organs. (this may explain those with deficiencies) Also if considering vitamin D for lowering cholesterol, be aware that many cholesterol lowering drugs intrrefere with vitamin D absorption, as well as antacids, mineral oil, and steroid hormones such as cortisone. I found it interesting however, that only vitamin D3 was suggested since vitamin D2 (from plant sources) has also been found to be as active as D3, perhaps because im not big onsupplementation and only in holistic eating. im sceptic on teetering in the upper limits for this vitamin because not enough research has been done to disapprove other results from excessive vitamin D uptake.

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    Vitamin D3 has been a life saver for one of my grandsons who had asthma conditions with constant runny nose cough and recurring colds. He was hospitalized once for pneumonia and often used a nebulizer. He is now a healthy child. This last year of school he missed maybe two days of school. He is 11 years old. The results were obtained with 1.000 international units per day of D3 increased from time to time if symptoms of runny nose to 2,000 int. units. He also takes one half of an Emergen-C (about 500 units of Vitamin C) each day and that helps but was not the deciding factor. His improvement was immediate within two or three days with the addition of D3. We also use a humidifier at night because he likes it and I heard that a study showed that schools that added humidity to the air had considerably less absenteeism from winter colds and flu.

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    I hope everyone wakes up to the flu vaccine scam My family and I have been taking Vitamin D3 for 2 years plus now (2 to 5000 daily ) and we have yet to get so much as a cold Before that I was sick every two weeks with a virus and I have asthma so was always getting a chest infection and had to always be on antibiotics I would get sick at the end of Sept when the day light would decrease and be sick until early April Fine and no sickness at all during the summer (I am outside a lot) then sick again at the end of Sept Please look into taking Vitamin D3 With sun screen and our life in front of computers we are no longer out doors and if we are we cover up because of skin cancer(and the use of sun screen) We evolved outdoors /naked Get educated It makes me sick to hear about people dieing because of the flu It can be prevented My family and I proved it Big Pharma is hiding this information as they are making BILLIONS on flu shots Flu shots are bad for you and do not keep you from getting sick!!!!

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