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Stop the Flu Virus Dead in Its Tracks

In the past couple of months, three acquaintances of mine have come down with the H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu, landing all three of them in the hospital in critical condition. I don’t know if any had gotten a flu shot, or if in their particular situations that would have prevented their life-threatening illnesses. But I took it as a wake-up call to learn all I could.

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I was shocked to learn that even with the availability of vaccines, the dreaded flu virus is taking the U.S. by storm. This year’s strain already has left 20 children dead according to new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than that, anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die every year from flu-related illnesses.

For many, the flu is little more than a cough and a fever. But health officials want the public to know that in many cases it can also be deadly.

Call me paranoid, but I don’t fully trust the flu shot I get every year to protect me against every strain of flu virus out there. I still get the shot, but I also disinfect my home and business. Surprisingly, not all commercial disinfectants claim to be effective against the more deadly viruses like H1N1. Even those that claim to be “antiviral” and “antibacterial” may not be trusted to be effective against these new strains of viruses the world is having to deal with.

You will recall in past columns where I’ve told you about Nok-Out, the odor eliminator product. I’ve used it for years and have recommended it to you for stubborn odors that have the potential to make your life miserable or cost you a lot of money because of the harm they can do. I love the stuff because it is non-toxic, has no odor or fumes, and is completely harmless to pets and children. And boy does it work! Like a miracle, it kills every kind of odor you can imagine. But it’s more than just a powerful deodorizer.

Nok-Out is antiviral and antibacterial, too. In fact, Nok-Out is so effective against stubborn viruses like H1N1 and H1N2, Nok-Out has recently been confirmed as a hospital disinfectant. I hope that means that soon every hospital in America—make that the world—is being doused with Nok-Out on a regular basis!

Learn more at NokOut.com. And if you are interested in getting Nok-Out to disinfect your environment against the flu viruses and get rid of odors at the same time.

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  1. Sunnie says:

    I’ve used nok-out before when we had flooding in our basement and it worked great. Would like to order more but the shipping cost is outrageous! Hope it becomes available in stores soon!!

  2. Diana Brannan says:

    I agree with most of the posts below. I have never had a flu shot (I am 71) and don’t intend to. You cannot catch the flu from the shot (it is a dead virus). Other than that, all of the neat freaks who want to kill every germ they think might be lurking on every surface in every environment are all nuts. If we all operated like that, we would all be worse off than we area. I wash my hands before cooking, after using the bathroom or working in the yard (common sense things) and that is about it. The only thing I suffer from is high cholesterol and some stiff joints, neither of which has to do with washing my hands and scrubbing every possible surface with disinfectant and wearing gloves and all that. My word, I have other things to do with my life than spend every waking moment worrying about some germ or other infecting someone or other or something or other.

    Beck’s second comment about shaking hands with the pastor and credit card machines and all just makes me laugh. Germs dying in your wallet? Really? Sorry. That stuff is all just funny.

    • Beck says:

      I was kidding about the germs dying in your wallet. Oncologist will often tell patients not to shake hands with anyone.

      • Diana Brannan says:

        I didn’t mean to sound snarky about the germs in the wallet thing. I thought it was simply funny, not stupidly funny. Oncologists, of course, will tell you that if you have cancer and you have a suppressed immune system already.

  3. Beck says:

    I heard a Dr. on TV state that if you get a flu shot every year you might be setting yourself up for Alzheimer’s. The reason there is mercury in the shot eventually this leads to a build up in the brain. When I heard that it made me sick because my mom insisted my dad get a flu shot every year and he had Alzheimer’s for at least 7 years.

    I agree with keeping the home clean and not to the point of clean freak either. One of the best things is to change the hand towel and dish towel every day. If you attend church wash your hands immediately after shaking the Pastor’s hand or anyone else. Use glove when you are out in the winter to open doors push grocery carts and so forth. Pay cash so you won’t have to touch the dirty debit/credit card machine at check out. Cash is also dirty but hopefully the germs have a chance to die in your wallet:).

    • ABC says:

      My grandma got Alzheimer’s and she wasn’t one to get a regular flu shot. She got maybe two or three over her 86-year lifespan. Her mother before her got Alzheimer’s and I can safely say that she NEVER had a flu shot in her life. You cannot prove cause and effect that easily.

      For those who are concerned about mercury in immunizations (from medline):

      “A small amount of mercury (called thimerosal) is a common preservative in multidose vaccines. Despite concerns, thimerosal-containing vaccines have NOT been shown to cause autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

      If you have concerns about mercury, ask your doctor about a preservative-free vaccine. All routine vaccines are also available without added thimerosal. The CDC says pregnant women may get flu shots either with or without thimerosal.”
      I have two nieces who do not vaccinate their children. They need to know this also. One of them said, “Well, they’ve got polio eradicated.” Well, not completely…and it will just come back with a vengeance if people stop getting immunized against it! How do they think they got rid of it in the first place? They don’t remember all the people who were crippled by it.
      All this suspicion and distrust of the medical community has gone too far. There are quacks out there, sure, but this “conspiracy theory” crap is getting out of hand. A little common sense will go a long way when determining what to believe about health issues.

  4. Cathy says:

    Definitely agree with the comments below… Dr. Mercola’s website is the place to be for cutting edge preventative health! Don’t forget to supplement that Vitamin D (I take between 4,000-6,000 units daily) with Vitamin K-2 for best results. You can find this in many hard cheeses such as Gouda, Edam, etc. I’ve heard it said one oz. of this cheese is sufficient daily. Also, for any disinfecting I do, I use 3% hydrogen peroxide, cut in half by water. It is safe and effective. I even use it as a home made mouthwash in the same measure. I don’t know if it is true or not but I’ve heard that flu shots contain mercury? If this is true, do you really want that circulating in your system? NO, thank you…

  5. crabbyoldlady says:

    I’m sorry, I enjoy these columns, but it does bother me that frequently they turn into one big commercial.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Viruses, by nature, don’t generally respond to antibiotics, which in turn, are designed to work on bacteria. However, I agree that keeping things clean as Mary aptly suggested, will also be an aid.

  7. Linda Pries says:

    I have never gotten a flu shot and do not ever intend to do so. If I have ever had the flu, I didn’t know it, probably called it a bad cold and got over it. I agree with Sandra, I don’t approve of having something injected into me that is not necessary. I also don’t disinfect my surroundings, never have, even when my kids were infants. I believe that a big reason so many lately get so sick is because our bodies are losing the ability to fight off germs. There are so many antibiotics in use today that people can no longer produce a resistance to illness in a natural manner. I don’t fuss over food left out for up to 24 hours or washing my hands every time I touch one of my 6 dogs or my 30 birds and you know what? I’ve NEVER had food poisoning or major infections.

    • Kristina says:

      Antibiotics have no effectiveness from the seasonal flu as it is a virus not a bacteria. Other illnesses, like pneumonia, can develop after being sick with influenza which can necessitate the use of antibiotics.
      I do agree that they seem to be over prescribed.

  8. CBLeigh says:

    I agree with Dorris. If you want to do all you can to prevent flu (without getting the nasty nasty flu shot), mercola.com is a great place to start. What is really interesting is the studies they are doing on Vitamin D. Apparently most of us are really deficient in this vitamin and even more so in the winter (which surprise surprise, is when flu is most prevalent). The problem is, when we DO supplement with D, we are not taking nearly enough. The recommended dose of 400 IUs is only enough to prevent Rickets, not enough to boost your immune system enough to fight off the nasty illnesses we have going around. Do some research and I think you will be surprised actually how much D you SHOULD be taking. Start now! My grandmother used to dose her kids with cod liver oil (and excellent source of vitamin D) in every month with an “R” in it. Yep, that’s every month from September to April. The rest of the months, try to get some safe sun exposure to naturally fill up your D stores for next winter.

  9. Sandra says:

    Not only is it impossible for one flu shot to cover every possibly flu virus, your body couldn’t stand receiving the vaccine. A flu shot is only good for about 60 days. I’ve never had a flu shot and find it really difficult to understand why someone would, voluntarily, inject “something” into their body. Do you *really* know what’s in that shot? No, you don’t; you’re just taking the word of someone who may…or may Not…have any idea either.
    Dorris and I are in agreement…I’ve never had a flu shot and the last time I had flu was in 1974. My mother took a flue shot every year and, every year she was laid out in the floor with influenza. The year she decided to stop taking the flu shot, she didn’t get flu, nor has she since.
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; I’d rather spend my money on good food (most of which I put up myself), vitamins, getting enough sleep, etc.

  10. dorris says:

    You should go to: mercola.com to learn about Flu prevention. It’s not a flu shot. I haven’t had a Flu shot in years and I don’t plan on ever getting one

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