I copied this excerpt about the Flu and Allergies that was in a newsletter that goes out to doctors. I thought you would find it informative.
I am reminded of a story Dr. John Cannell told at the IAACN a few years ago. Dr. Cannell is a physician at a psychiatric unit in California. Knowing the research on vitamin D and how it facilitates a healthy immune system, he placed a group of his patients on optimal levels of vitamin D.
That year the flu was unusually virulent and just about everyone in the hospital got sick… nurses, support staff and patients in other areas of the hospital. Everyone, that is, except his group of vitamin D sufficient patients. His patients were not affected by the flu except for minor sniffles.
It was an amazing demonstration of prevention. However, he is quick to add that vitamin D is not the cure for the flu. Dr. Cannell recommends everyone get tested for vitamin D and shoot for the 50-70 ng/ml range to optimize health and assure that sufficient levels are available to foster healthy genetic expression.
Of the 20,000 genes identified, researchers say we need vitamin D for approximately 3,000 of them to function efficiently. As a side note, sometimes vitamin D levels seem to be resistive getting into optimal ranges. In every case, whenever I’ve recommended:
Bio-D-Mulsion Forte (Vita D) to a doctor or patient, they have been successful in bringing vitamin D to optimal status. (The reason Vita D absorbs so much better than other products is that it is the smallest available emulsion and absorbs lymphatically)
The zinc “taste test” to assess for zinc is a test that can be done by your staff on every patient for pennies. Zinc is needed for well over 100 enzymes reactions. We need zinc to make hydrochloric acid and important enzymes like carbonic anhydrase and the metal transporting enzyme metallothionein.
Let me re-emphasize. Having these enzymatic reactions working properly can have far reaching effects ranging from pain reduction to reducing depression.
A study published in “Agents and Actions,” indicated that high doses of zinc would help to control the release of histamine from basophil and mast cells. (In other words, zinc may help your allergies)
Zinc may be a key factor with your allergy sensitive patients as well. Helping your patients attain sufficient zinc levels in the fall could make the difference in how they feel when spring allergy season arrives. So that little zinc taste test goes far beyond preventing or reducing flu symptoms.
In talking to clinicians, some of you were discouraged with the zinc taste test as you didn’t see appropriate changes. According to the original research on zinc sulfate, make sure you keep your patients on 6 or more teaspoons a day of the liquid form until they can taste it. (Then reduce dose to once per day or once every other day).