The Flu, Stomach Flu & Influenza

Knowing Why Why People Get the Flu in Winter

Gives you the Remedy 

The Merck Manual of Medical Information says that there are two kinds of flu:

1) Respiratory flu, called Influenza.

2) Stomach flu, called Gastroenteritis

From the Merck Manual:

“Influenza (flu) is infection of the lungs and airways with one of the influenza viruses”. Symptoms are “a fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, headache, muscle aches and a general feeling of illness”.

“Gastroenteritis is … caused by infection with a microorganism or ingestion of chemical toxins.” Symptoms are “mild to severe diarrhea that may be accompanied by loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, cramps, and discomfort in the abdomen. Although gastroenteritis usually is not serious in a healthy adult, causing only discomfort and inconvenience, it can cause life-threatening dehydration and electrolyte imbalance in the very ill, the very young and the very old.”

In natural health terms, the immune system has been weakened, is being attacked by a virus and is doing what it can to fight it off. 


From an Article by Dr. Robert J. Rowen, MD

“For decades we’ve heard the myth that flu strikes in winter because of the colder weather. But numerous studies have all debunked that theory. Studies have shown that flu hits the tropics in their “winter” when it’s still quite warm (usually during the rainy season).

No, there’s another reason flu hits in winter. And it gives you an easy way to stop the flu before it hits. And it doesn’t involve getting a flu shot.

We already know that our bodies produce a lot less vitamin D during the winter. But is it possible the reduced vitamin D levels in winter contribute to the flu?

The evidence is there. Years ago, an observant British general practitioner, R. Edgar Hope-Simpson, connected influenza epidemics in the northern hemisphere with winter solstice. So, flu hits right when vitamin D levels begin to plummet. Conventional medicine has largely ignored his work, until now.

Just this year, two major medical journals released a report written by Dr. John Cannell, a California psychiatrist at the Atascadero State Hospital in California. This is a maximum security facility for the criminally insane. In his report, Dr. Cannell noted that wards all around his got hit hard with a severe flu-like outbreak in April 2005. None of his 32 patients caught the flu – even after they mingled with infected inmates from other wards.

Dr. Cannell wondered why his ward avoided the flu when it hit all the others. He soon realized it was the high doses of vitamin D he prescribed to all the men on his ward. He had found that his patients, like most other people in the industrial world, had a deficiency. (He must be one of the very few psychiatrists that pays attention to nutrition!) His efforts to correct the deficiency boosted their immune system and completely protected them from the flu.

Why does it work? Science recently discovered that vitamin D stimulates your white blood cells to make a substance called cathelicidin. Researchers haven’t studied this chemical on the flu virus yet, but they have previously reported that it attacks a wide variety of pathogens. These include fungi, viruses, bacteria, and even tuberculosis.

…Vitamin D is cheap. And it stimulates your body to make what might be the ultimate antibiotic! One with no toxicity at all and only kills those organisms invading you (not your own cells).

Arm yourself with the incredible protection of vitamin D. Get sunlight when you can. Just be sure not to burn. If you are mostly indoors, I strongly suggest that you add vitamin D to your daily regimen. I recommend 5,000 IU per day. I see no downside to this dose, especially in the winter months!”


My new book You’re not Fat, You’re Toxic is a complete manual on ways to strengthen your immune system, by educating people what to eat and not eat, and why they should do that. It summarizes 43 health books and documentaries (Saving you $500), plus includes information from many other sources. From the Chapter on Vitamin D you will learn:


“It turns out that ‘Vitamin’ D is not a vitamin. It was originally thought to be a vitamin because it was found in food. But it is, in fact, a steroid hormone that affects almost all the cells in the body, by instructing the genes what to do. It’s absolutely essential for weight loss, as well as health and strong bones, joints and muscles.”….

“Adults need at least 5,000 IU a day to stay healthy, and possibly more. How high is probably not known yet. For example, 5,000 IU may sound like a lot, but in fact it’s only the amount of Vitamin D your body would make if you lay in the sun in a bathing trunks or a bikini for just 15 minutes.”….

“According to the Vitamin D Council, 1000 IUs per 25lbs are recommended each day, although using a blood test is the best way to know your ideal dose. African Americans may need even more, from 6 to 30 times more, depending on who you believe. Therefore, get yourself a vegan, non-GMO Vitamin D3 supplement, that is 2000 IU or 5000 IU per tablet.”

You’re not Fat, You’re Toxic goes a long way to educate people about how the whole body affects the whole body. For example, it says:


“In one of the biggest health breakthroughs of the past decade, scientists identified Vitamin D as a nutrient that hinders fat-cell growth and speeds fat loss. But to get the full benefits, the body needs magnesium”.

Modern diets are woefully deficient in magnesium. My book teaches you how to increase this naturally. That is, vitamin D and magnesium work together to help you fight off the flu and similar symptoms such as a cold.


Toxins deplete your body of magnesium, which is necessary for Vitamin D, which is necessary to remedy the flu. Therefore, it stands to reason that you need to get toxins out of your diet. Even people who think they ‘eat healthy’ are unknowingly eating and drinking toxins. Learn how to avoid them. Obtain or ask your library to purchase You’re Not Fat, You’re Toxic


It is essential to prevent dehydration. Help the body to get rid of the toxins that the flu creates, by giving frequent drinks of reverse osmosis water. 


FASEB Journal July 2006; Epidemiology and Infection, online, December 2006.

Merck Manual of Medical Information

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