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The Flu (H1N1)

  • This strain of the flu is new- it is a combination of swine and avian flu.
  • In pregnancy there is a lowered immune response and therefore pregnant women are at higher risk for the flu (seasonal or H1N1).
  • Currently no studies exist that validate the effectiveness or safety of the H1N1 Vaccine. The data from studies that are underway will be available June 2010.

The Vaccine

  • Will be available in the coming weeks (mid October)
  • Single dose vials do not contain thimerasol (a mercury based preservative).
  • The CDC recommends that all pregnant women are vaccinated for seasonal and H1N1 flu.

Additional ingredients include: formaldehyde, eggs, thimerasol, neomycin, polymyxin.

Note: People who are allergic to eggs should know that egg and chicken protein are used in the H1N1 vaccine and that dosage needs to be adjusted based on a persons level of allergy. A person who has a severe allergy to eggs or to anything else in the vaccine should not get the shot, even if she is pregnant. A complete list of ingredients contained in the H1N1 flu vaccine is available on the FDA website (link at end of handout).

Your immune system: “It is all about your body’s terrain.”

Improve and maintain a healthy immune system by taking Vitamin C (500-1000mg for maintenance) and getting good quality sleep (8 plus hrs.) in a dark room. Prevention is best if you follow these measures:

  • Hydrate yourself. Drinking AT LEAST half of your body weight in ounces of quality water is one of the simplest steps you can take to improve your overall vitality. (For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink at least 75 oz. of water per day.)
  • Washing your hands with hot water and simple bar soap frequently throughout the day is another simple and powerful tool.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and ears and generally away from your face.
  • If symptomatic: gargle twice daily with salt water. Use Celtic or sea salt (“Real Salt”). Consider also using a neti pot to clear out sinuses.
  • Vitamin D3 (“D3” has greater bioavailability) supplementation has been found to have a strong correlation to the strength of immune system function, specifically keeping Vitamin D3 levels above 50ng/ml. It may be necessary to take as much as 5-15,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily to raise Vitamin D3 levels in an individual with compromised levels. Should be 50 – 65ng/ml
  • Take probiotics daily. 70% of our immune system is located in our colon. Just as we encourage our clients to balance their vaginal flora, we can encourage balance in the colon to improve overall health. A high dose (at least 20 billion probiotics bacteria per serving) should be taken for maximum benefit. Probiotic bacteria can also be consumed via cultured dairy products such as yogurt and fermented foods such as sauerkraut.
  • Maintain an alkaline state in your body. Our body is able to function most smoothly when our Ph is balanced and in an alkaline state. One amazing alkalinizing food is the famed “Bieler’s Broth,” a recipe that Dr. Henry Bieler recommended in his 1965 book, Food Is Your Best Medicine. (see below)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is an ancient remedy and can be used as a dietary supplement (1 oz., 1-3 times daily), and/or in a warm bath. Pour 1-3 cups of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar into the bath once water has been drawn. This remedy, used when sick, gently draws out toxicity from the body. Although there have been no formal studies on the use of apple cider vinegar in pregnancy, it is a very old remedy that has been used over many generations of women and children.
  • General herbal immune enhancers, if symtomatic, are Elderberry, Wolf Berries, Astragulus, garlic, ginger, in moderation and Echinacea’s.

Influenza A (H1N1) Further Resources:

  • Clinical study data from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/QA/vteuH1N1qa.htm
  • NPR Audio/ article entitled, “What you need to know about Swine Flu” http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113446539&sc=17&f=1001
  • Sherry Tenpenny’s Vaccine Information Center: http://drtenpenny.com/default.aspx
  • CDC website link for vaccination and pregnant women: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/pregnant_qa.htm
  • Complete list of approved vaccines and their ingredients form FDA: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm181950.htm
  • Dr Sear’s website, article explains the 4 approved vaccines, their manufactures, and ingredients: http://www.askdrsears.com/thevaccinebook/2009/09/four-swine-flu-vaccines-approved-by-fda.asp
  • Janine Roberts book, entitled Fear of the Invisible, available on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Fear-Invisible-Janine-Roberts/dp/0955917727/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254713625&sr=8-1
  • Dr Mayor Eisenstein’s website which includes subscription option for email updates about H1N1: http://www.homefirst.com/

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Bieler’s Broth © Recipe


  • Zucchini squash
  • Green beans
  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Clean, chemical-free water


  • Cut up equal amounts of zucchini squash, green beans (frozen or fresh) and celery. (Chop the celery 1/2 inch or less to eliminate stringiness.)
  • Steam until soft using clean water (distilled – or – reverse-osmosis and carbon filtered) in a porcelain or stainless steel pot. Do not use aluminum or copper cookware.
  • Fill blender 1/2 full with the vegetables and the water used for steaming. Add a small handful of chopped raw parsley. Blend to a consistency of pea soup (or, as desired).
  • Add small amount of unsalted organic raw butter or preferably extra virgin olive oil.

For variety and to suit your own taste, try adding garlic, onions, cayenne pepper, ginger, herbs, etc. Season with tamari or wheat-free soy sauce, etc.

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  3. Alkaline Foods Says:

    Eating alkaline foods too will help prevent the body from disease and illness. It will boost one’s health, helps recovery, and will slow the aging process. Prevention is better than cure.