Probiotics MAY help avoid a flu shot
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Here is an example of how using the knowledge of how our bodies work can
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We now know the real reason why children hospitalized with swine flu
have been at risk for dying. It is not because of the swine flu virus
itself! Most of them contracted methicillin resistant staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA) infections that they passively harbored in their nasal
passages before contracting the swine flu. While swine flu itself can
cause death, it is far less common than when MRSA is present; about
eight times less common! Most children with MRSA pneumonias have been
carriers of MRSA; their MRSA pneumonias are not hospital acquired
infections most of the time.
What would happen if these swine flu
infected children were no longer carriers of MRSA? Would they be at a
far lower risk of developing MRSA pneumonias and of dying from them? You
bet! Is there a way to get rid of the MRSA that so often colonize the
nasal passages? Yes, indeed! Would it work as well as the swine flu
vaccine? Quite possibly!
Because of the overuse of antibiotics
we're seeing the rise of microbes such as MRSA and C. difficile in the
"normal" flora of healthy people. These microbes, although potentially
lethal, do not make sufficient quantities of toxins to make us sick
unless they overgrow and are present in sufficient volume. However, when
we become ill and our resistance is low, these microbes then begin to
overgrow, produce large amounts of endotoxin, and create the disastrous
consequences we hear about.
Wouldn't it be interesting if we
could markedly reduce the numbers of these microbes when people are
healthy? Probiotics are now being used in mainstream medicine to control
the microflora of both the gut and the vagina. Why couldn't we use
probiotics in a nasal spray to displace MRSA and C. difficile? This
would be a novel way to crowd out these potentially dangerous microbes.
We could lower the risk of death from MRSA in children with swine flu
who are in the ICU by 800% by chasing out MRSA and C.difficile from the
nasopharynx by using probiotics.
We still do not have convincing
data showing that the flu vaccine saves lives. Nor do we have data
showing that the vaccine is safe! We have nothing to lose by adding a
nasal probiotic during the flu season. It may offer better protection
than the flu vaccine, and we know it is safe!
Len Saputo, MD - Natural News
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