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BIMUNO – PREbiotics for Anxiety, OCD, Depression & Overall Health





I was looking for a non-pharmaceutical way to help my anxious and OCD patients so asked my supplements guru, David Miller, MD at LifeThyme (a health food store in NYC). He sent information about a new PREbiotic supplement that’s been demonstrated to be helpful for anxiety and OCD thinking – and the entire immune system located in the gut microbiome. It’s called Bimuno®. (Miller, 2015)
Bimuno® isn’t readily available yet in the US but can be ordered from the company’s website in England. Research on it and the information on the company’s site are very interesting.
It comes as sachets of tasteless powder to sprinkle over food or add to drinks and also as soft chewable pastilles. I just ordered some (the pastilles) to try myself – especially to use during travels outside the country, which often lead to upsets in my gut microbiome.
Bimuno® is a new PREbiotic product that feeds the good, PRObiotic bacteria living in our guts (such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria) to the detriment of the bad bacteria (pathogens). As the good bacteria multiply, they flush out the bad bacteria.








PREBIOTICS are specialized plant fibers containing complex sugars (such as inulin,  fructo-ogliosaccharides and galacto-oligosaccharides) that are indigestible by humans but promote the growth of beneficial bacteria (PROBIOTICS) living in our gut microbiomes by serving as food for them.
PROBIOTICS are helpful, live bacteria and yeasts our bodies need to function and maintain good health. They are found in fermented foods such as kefir, live-culture yogurt, real sauerkraut and pickles (not ones made with vinegar), kimchi, kombucha and other naturally fermented foods. If our gut flora has already become seriously out of balance, we can also benefit from taking high quality probiotics as supplements to populate the necessary array of friendly bacteria in our gut microbiomes. There are hundreds of probiotic species living in the human gut – some that are known to be ancient life forms and many that scientists haven’t even been able to identify yet.
Sometimes PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS are combined in the same supplements, called SYNBIOTICS.
See my earlier posts Prebiotics and Probiotics and  PREbiotics and PREbiotics for more information.










From the Bimuno® website:

Scientific studies have demonstrated that Bimuno can significantly increase levels of Bifidobacteria (good bacteria) in the gut.1

Bimuno is the only second generation Galacto-oligosaccharide prebiotic available. It is a truly unique prebiotic with a powerful Bifidogenic effect.

3D Model of the patented prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharide

Bimuno’s unique galacto-oligosaccharide structure

It selectively boosts Bifidobacteria which play a key role in immune function and maintaining and building a healthy digestive system.

Bimuno is the result of many years of intensive research by a team of international digestive health experts and the University of Reading.

A number of clinical trials have been published and there is an ongoing research and development program into Bimuno across a number of health areas including:

  • The Immune system
  • Various aspects of digestive Health
  • Digestive health while abroad
  • Various aspects of human metabolism

Reference: 1. Am J Clin Nutr 2008; 87 :785-91


Bimuno® original powder is the natural way to increase and energise your good gut bacteria helping you to manage your gut health.  Bimuno works in a similar way to prebiotics naturally found in human breast milk which promote a healthy bacterial balance within the gut.

Scientific studies indicate that the unique second generation Galacto-oligosaccharide formulation of Bimuno powder, can help to encourage and sustain a healthy level of your friendly gut bacteria(Bifidobacteria). In fact Bimuno has the most potent bifidogenic (Bifidobacteria promoting) effect of any available prebiotic.

Published scientific studies have shown that, with daily use, the majority of Bimuno users experience a significant increase in their gut Bifidobacterium within just 7 days.

This in itself is impressive but by a unique anti-adhesive action it also helps flush ‘bad’ bacteria from your gut at the same time for a healthy microflora balance.

Give your digestive system a healthy boost

Bimuno powder:

  • Increases your Bifidobacteria levels, helping to maintain a healthy intestinal balance.
  • Reduces gas producing bacteria
  • Reduces bad bacteria levels
  • Energises your friendly gut bacteria
  • By maintaining a healthy digestive balance you can support overall well-being










Christian John Lillis, of the Peggy Lillis Foundation, reports noticing an uptick in the number of people on Clostridium difficile Facebook groups who mention that they’re also struggling with anxiety. (Lillis, 2015)
This overlap between C. diff (a serious bacterial infection of the colon) and anxiety isn’t at all surprising. An out of balance (dysbiotic) gut microbiome produces a wide variety of symptoms – including anxiety, depression, and OCD.



Animal studies have previously shown a link between mood and brain function and probiotics in the gut microbiota. Ingestion of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (a strain of PRObiotic) has been demonstrated to modulate information processing strongly linked to anxiety and depression and to improve the neuro-endocrine stress response in lab animals – in plain English, this probiotic turned anxious, fearful mice into mellow ones.
Now new research on healthy human adults conducted by a group of neurobiologists at Oxford University demonstrated that supplementation with PREbiotics (Bimuno® galacto-oligosaccharides, B-GOS) lowered the subjects’ neuro-endocrine stress responses and increased their ability to  process positive versus negative attentional vigilance. In other words, PREbiotic supplementation with Bimuno REDUCED THEIR ANXIETY LEVELS AND OCD THINKING.
The researchers assessed how subjects processed emotional information, such as positively and negatively charged words, after they’d been taking the prebiotic supplement. Results showed that the supplemented group paid less attention to negative information and more attention to positive information than either a group given another type of prebiotic (fructooligosaccharides, FOS) or a group given a placebo. The people who had taken Bimuno® also had lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone linked with anxiety and depression) in their morning saliva.
A similar effect has been observed in people taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pharmaceutical medication. (Schmidt et al, 2014) (Gregoire, 2015)
This is very good news for people suffering from anxiety and OCD. Taking a prebiotic supplement may relieve their life-impinging symptoms while also improving their overall physical health – without the adverse effects of pharmaceuticals.




Information listed on the box of Bimuno powder sachets:
  • Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS)
  • Lactose (from milk)
  • Glucose syrup
  • Thickener (gum arabic)
  • Galactose
  • Acidity regulator (trisodium citrate)
  • Free from artificial colors, flavours and preservatives
  • Gluten-free
  • 16 Cal/sachet
The galacto-oligosaccharides in Bimuno® are a mixture of disaccharides, trisaccharides, a tetrasaccharide and a pentasaccharide.






I recommend checking out the Bimuno website. The pull down menus are chock full of useful and fascinating information about digestive and whole body health, prebiotics/ probiotics and the immune system.
See the information under:
  • Maintain your digestive health
  • Digestive problems & solutions
  • Support your immune defences
  • Digestive health for traveling







Bimuno. (2015). Bimuno’s website. See:

Depeint, F. et al. (2008). Prebiotic evaluation of a novel galactooligosaccharide mixture produced by the enzymatic activity ofBifidobacterium bifidum NCIMB 41171, in healthy humans: a randomized, double-blind, crossover, placebo-controlled intervention study. See:

Gregoire, C. (2015). The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety. The Huffington Post. See:

Hardin, J.R. (2013). Probiotics and Probiotics. See:

Hardin, J.R. (2014). PREbiotics and PRObiotics. See:

Lillis, J.C. (2015). Private communication.

Miller, D. (2015). Private communication.

Schmidt, K. (2014). Prebiotic intake reduces the waking cortisol response and alters emotional bias in healthy volunteers. See:

Vulevic, J. et al. (2008). Modulation of the fecal microflora profile and immune function by a novel trans-galactooligosaccharide mixture (B-GOS) in healthy elderly volunteers. See:



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DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Whole Food Supplements (Bio-available) vs OTC (Synthetic) Vitamins






Almost all the vitamin and mineral supplements you get at drug stores, vitamin shops, grocery stores – even at Whole Foods – are synthetic. They are manufactured by a few of the largest pharmaceutical companies under different brand names and in different packages for targeted marketing purposes.

“Man cannot duplicate what nature creates, even when the chemical analysis is identical. Most vitamin supplements are isolated chemical USP (United States Pharmacopeia) vitamins and minerals pressed together in a pill. The vitamins are produced synthetically from petroleum in chemical plants, while the minerals come from mining companies.

“Synthetic minerals are derived from rocks such as limestone, coral, oyster shell, sand, and chalk. Yum. Although these materials have mineral profiles, our bodies do not absorb them properly.” (Myers, 2012)

Some even claim that synthetic vitamins suppress our immune systems, that our bodies react to synthetic supplements as foreign invaders and launch an immune response against them. (Myers, 2012)




Dr. Fred Ulan, DC, CC, is a chiropractor in Florida who, when he realized that a steady diet of nutritionally empty, toxic foods was literally killing him, developed a system of diagnostic testing and treating with whole foods supplements he calls Nutritional Response Testing. He wrote this about the difference between synthetic, over-the-counter vitamin supplements and whole food supplements:

Over the counter vitamins are pharmaceutically engineered chemical fractions of vitamin structures reproduced in a laboratory. They are not ‘whole food’ and the body does not actually recognize these anything even vaguely beneficial (to put it mildly).

Because they are not made from whole foods ‘over the counter’ vitamins lack the essential synergistic elements normally present in WHOLE foods.

An example of a whole food could be carrots. Carrots are high in Vitamin A Complex. A “complex” is something made up of many different parts that work together. Synthetic vitamin A does not contain the whole vitamin A complex found in nature. So, if we were looking for a food high in vitamin A, carrots might be one of our choices.

If one actually were deficient in any of the components of vitamin A complex, one would be wise to seek out a supplement that was made from whole foods that were rich in this complex – not from chemicals re-engineered in a laboratory to look like one little part of the vitamin A complex that has been mislabeled as vitamin A.

Vitamins that are being used all over today generally only need to have a small percentage of their actual content derived from natural sources to be labeled “natural”. If they are not derived from the whole foods, they often can make you more deficient and nutritionally out of balance. They can create other health problems because they do not contain all the co-factors found in nature that make the vitamins work.

So-called “scientific research” done with these shoddy substitutes, repeatedly “proves” that vitamins don’t do much good for anyone! Can you imagine who pays for these “researches”?

Dr Fred Ulan, DC, CC
Dr Fred Ulan, DC, CC





The vast majority of us are quite deficient in vitamin D – with serious consequences: increasing our risks for many chronic/autoimmune diseases and conditions – including heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, MS, cancers, TB, seasonal flu, Alzheimer’s, depression, diabetes and hair loss. A 2000 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that 77% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. (Hardin, 2014)
Exposure to sunlight stimulates our bodies to manufacture vitamin D – easier to achieve in the sunny but almost impossible in the darker months. Without 10-15 minutes of daily direct exposure to sunlight on at least 40% of your skin (wearing no sunscreen), we easily become “D-ficient”. Supplementing with D is the solution – but make sure you take a D3 supplement made with cholecalciferol, an active form that is much more bio-available than a synthetic vitamin D2. (Beljanski, 2013)




Adequate vitamin D levels are so important that a top British breast surgeon, Dr Kefah Mokbel, is handing out D supplements to his patients. He has also urged the National Health Service to provide D supplements to ALL British women 20 and older to prevent and fight breast cancer.




This is an example of what vitamin D3 gel cap supplements look like:



More information on the dangers of vitamin D deficiency:








Beljanski, S. (2013). Do not underestimate the benefits of vitamin D! See:

Hardin, J.R. (2014). Alzheimer’s, Gut Bacteria and Music. See:

Myers, W. (2012). 90% Of Vitamins Are Synthetic. See:

Ulan, F. (2015). Dr Ulan & NRT. Natural Health and Healing Center. See:



© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.


DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Why It’s Better To Blow Your Nose One Nostril At A Time






Gently! Use one finger to press one nostril closed and breathe out through the other nostril. Then repeat on the other nostril. Opening your mouth slightly and closing your eyes releases pressure from your face and can make it easier to blow. I can attest that this method works quite well to clear the nose.
This is much safer than double nostril honking blowing, which generates enough pressure to send as much as a teaspoon of mucus up into the sinuses each time you do it, making your sinuses even more congested than they already were. Double nostril blowing also tends to drive viruses, bacteria and inflammatory mediators from the nostrils up into the sinuses, possibly causing a sinus infection. And double nostril blowing generates enough pressure to trigger an hemmorhagic stroke! (Gonzalez, 2014)
Here are complete instructions for how to blow your nose using this one-nostril-at-a- time method.








Gonzalez, R. (2014). Should Your Really Be Blowing Your Nose Like That? See:

WikiHow. (2015). How to Blow Your Nose. See:



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DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Celiac – An Autoimmune Disease






Celiac disease can be tricky. It often presents with a wide variety of disparate symptoms, many of them not seeming to be a gut problem at all. People with celiac frequently spend many years suffering before finding a proper diagnosis.

 “Celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose because it affects people differently. There are about 300 known symptoms which may occur in the digestive system or other parts of the body. Some people with celiac disease have no symptoms at all. However, all people with celiac disease are still at risk for long-term complications, whether or not they display any symptoms.”

    – The Celiac Disease Foundation (2015-a)

The most common celiac symptoms found in children are digestive (Celiac Disease Foundation, 2015-a):
  • abdominal bloating and pain
  • chronic diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
  • weight loss
  • fatigue
  • irritability and behavioral issues
  • dental enamel defects of the permanent teeth
  • delayed growth and puberty
  • short stature
  • failure to thrive
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Celiac in adults is less likely to present as digestive problems – only a third have frequent bouts of diarrhea but may experience these symptoms instead (Celiac Disease Foundation, 2015-a):
  • unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • fatigue
  • bone or joint pain
  • arthritis
  • bone loss or osteoporosis
  • depression or anxiety
  • tingling numbness in the hands and feet
  • seizures or migraines
  • missed menstrual periods
  • infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • canker sores inside the mouth
  • an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis


For the 300 possible symptoms associated with celiac disease, see this list from the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center.





Celiac is one among the 100 or so recognized autoimmune diseases. This is important to note because we now know that the various autoimmune diseases can get expressed in people with a genetic predisposition for them – but expression can be prevented by building a robust immune system in the gut microbiome. (Hardin, 2014)
It’s also important to note that chronic autoimmune diseases in general are occurring in ever-increasingly numbers. At best, they are a nuisance (eg, acne and psoriasis). At worst they are life-threatening (eg, type I diabetes, lupus, MS, rheumatic Fever). (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, 2015).




In celiac disease, ingesting gluten damages the small intestine, creating serious long-term health complications. Celiac is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide, many of them undiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed and undergoing incorrect treatments – even unneeded major surgeries.



Gluten is a protein found in wheat and some other grains – and a common ingredient in most of the processed foods many people rely on as their diet. When gluten is consumed by a person with celiac disease, an autoimmune response begins that attacks the villi in the small intestine, damaging them with severe inflammation. The villi are finger-like projections lining the small intestine that promote nutrient absorption. Damage to them means nutrients aren’t properly absorbed into the body.



Damage to the villi allows gluten proteins to leak through the intestinal barrier, producing a condition called ‘leaky gut’ which is associated with autoimmune conditions/diseases in general.





The good news is that improving the health of your gut microbiome can keep a genetic predisposition for celiac disease (or any of the other autoimmune diseases) from expressing itself in your body. And, of course, avoid gluten.





It is estimated that approximately 2.5 million Americans have undiagnosed celiac disease and are at risk for serious life-long health complications. (Celiac Disease Foundation, 2015-b)








There are several easy tests for celiac disease. the following information is from the Celiac Disease Foundation (2015-c):

A simple blood test is available to screen for celiac disease antibodies. People with celiac disease who eat gluten have higher than normal levels of these antibodies in their blood. You must be on a gluten-containing diet for antibody (blood) testing to be accurate.

The First Step:  tTG-IgA Test

There are many screening blood tests for celiac disease but the most sensitive and commonly used, whether symptoms are present or not, is the tTG-IgA test.

Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies (tTG-IgA) 

TG-IgA test will be positive in about 98% of patients with celiac disease who are on a gluten-containing diet. This is called the test’s sensitivity.  The same test will come back negative in about 95% of healthy people without celiac disease. This is called the test’s specificity.  There is a risk of a false positive especially for people with associated autoimmune disorders like Type 1 diabetes, chronic liver disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis and heart failure, who do not have celiac disease.

There are other antibody tests available to double-check for potential false positives or false negatives.

Other tests:

  • IgA Endomysial antibody (EMA): The EMA test has a specificity of almost 100%, but is not as sensitive as the tTG-IgA test. About 5-10% of people with celiac disease do not have a positive EMA test.  It is also very expensive in comparison to the tTG-IgA and requires the use of primate esophagus or human umbilical cord.  It is usually reserved for difficult to diagnose patients.
  • Total serum IgA: This test is used to check for IgA deficiency, a harmless condition associated with celiac disease that can cause a false negative tTG-IgA or EMA result.  If you are IgA deficient, your doctor can order a DGP or tTG-IgG test.
  • Deaminated gliadin peptide (DGP IgA and IgG): This test can be used to further screen for celiac disease in individuals with IgA deficiency or people who test negative for tTg or EMA antibodies.

While it is very rare, it is possible for someone with celiac disease to have negative antibody test results. If your tests were negative, but you continue to experience symptoms, consult your physician and undergo further medical evaluation.








Unlike the US, the countries listed below have official government policies protecting people with celiac disease and those who must eat a gluten-free diet. Some even have mandatory celiac screening programs. The US has none of these.
The information below is from the Celiac Disease Foundation (2015-d):


Argentina recently implemented its “National Program for the Detection and Control of Celiac Disease.” The program not only promotes awareness and knowledge regarding celiac disease, it also implemented an impressive array of labeling restrictions and created a national logo for all certified-GF packaged foods. For residents, Argentinian health care providers must cover the cost of alternative flours and gluten-free mixes.

Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand have the toughest labeling laws in the world; these have been set by the Australia New Zealand Food Standard’s Code and apply to all food sold or prepared for sale, including imported food. The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code require the following:

  • Foods labeled as “gluten free” must not contain any detectable gluten; and no oats or their products; or cereals containing gluten that have used malt or their products.
  • Ingredients derived from gluten containing grains must be declared on the food label, however small the amount.
  • Foods labeled as “low gluten” must contain less than 200 parts per million of gluten. Australia does not have a very large range of low gluten foods and be aware low gluten foods are not recommended for a gluten free diet.


Canada has labeling restrictions on all packaged gluten-free foods. All foods considered certified gluten-free by Health Canada must contain under 20 parts per million of gluten.  Any intentionally added gluten-containing ingredient must be listed on a product. In addition, Canadian residents receive tax deductions for the extra cost of gluten free foods versus their non-gluten free counterparts.

European Union

The European Union has adopted universal labeling laws for gluten free food. If the food contains less than 100 mg/kg, it may be labeled “very low gluten” while if it contains less than 20 mg/kg it may be labeled “gluten free.”


Irish citizens may claim tax deductions for the extra cost of gluten free foods versus their non-gluten free counterparts. Ireland used to have a program that entitled some celiacs to specific gluten-free foods free of charge. However, the program has been discontinued.


All Italians are tested for celiac disease at an early age (by 6). Each Italian citizen over the age of 10 with celiac disease receives a monthly stipend of 140 euros, which can be spent on specific gluten-free foods (regulated by the Ministry of Health). Italians with celiac disease also receive extra vacation time to shop/prepare GF food. The Italian Celiac Association and government have done an excellent job educating restaurants on how to deal with celiac disease. There are even gluten-free meals in schools, hospitals, and all other public eating establishments.

United Kingdom

Over 90% of British celiac patients receive gluten-free food as part of their prescription for the gluten-free diet. Essentially these patients receive gluten free food and mixes at a heavily discounted price (the cost of the prescription).






Film maker Michael W. Frolichstein is working on a highly informative documentary film about celiac to raise awareness about the disease. The film showcases the extraordinary lives of people on their long journeys to diagnosis and the obstacles celiac sufferers face trying to live gluten free lives.



Here’s a trailer for  “The Celiac Project” documentary.


Documentary film maker Michael Frolichstein
Documentary film maker Michael Frolichstein


Frolichstein was motivated to use his skills to create this first-of-its-kind documentary about life before and after the diagnosis of celiac disease after his own 20 year struggle with unexplained health problems before finally being diagnosed in 2009. Then, a few years after his diagnosis, a blood test  and endoscopy on his 3 year old daughter showed that she too had celiac.
He started talking with others with celiac and  “was blown away by the unbelievable stories that I heard–so many of them worse than mine. They were hospitalized, unable to keep food down, misdiagnosed with MS (and other serious conditions), had multiple miscarriages; the list goes on and on. When I learned that 83 percent of Celiacs in this country are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, I felt compelled as a filmmaker to unravel the mystery of this illness. We have talked with dozens of people who struggled to get diagnosed and also interviewed the top Celiac doctors in the world and are excited to share their stories in this compelling documentary.” (Frolichstein, 2015-a)


If you wish to contribute to the film’s funding campaign or add information about your own struggles with celiac disease, go to


 A closing thought:






American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. (2015). Autoimmune Statistics. See:

Celiac Disease Foundation. (2015-a). Celiac Disease Symptoms. See:

Celiac Disease Foundation. (2015-b). What Is Celiac Disease? See:

Celiac Disease Foundation. (2015-c). Screening. See:

Celiac Disease Foundation. (2015-d). Celiac Policies Around the World. See:

Frolichstein, M. W. (2015-a). Kickstarter – “The Celiac Project”. See:

Frolichstein, M.W. (2015-b). “The Celiac Project”. See:

Hardin, J.R. (2014). AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES: How they develop and how to put them in remission. See:

University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center. (2015). Symptoms and conditions
potentially due to celiac disease. See:



© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.


DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Why You Should Avoid Flu Shots and What to Do Instead

Updated 4/15/2016.





In early December 2014 the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that this season’s flu vaccine is not as effective as in years past because the viral strain circulating this influenza season has mutated. Of the 85 influenza samples the CDC collected and analyzed between October 1 through November 22 2014, 52% of them differed from the virus strains included in this season’s vaccine. (Goldschmidt & Christensen, 2014)



Across all age groups reviewed by the CDC, the flu vaccines’ effectiveness during the 2012-2013 flu season was found to be 56% – that is, only slightly better than 50/50. The effectiveness rate of flu vaccine for seniors 65 and older in the US was found to be only 9%. (Mercola, 2013)
The CDC also reports that flu activity is low this 2014-2015 season. Yet we’re being urged by our doctors and numerous media ads to get a flu shot as soon as possible. The shots are even available at drug stores, supermarkets and workplaces. The CDC recommends yearly vaccination for everyone  six months and older unless they’ve had a severe reaction to a previous version of the flu vaccine. (Goldschmidt & Christensen, 2014)


Sick woman in bed taking temperature



Five reports issued between 2006 and 2010 by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, considered the gold standard of independent scientific evaluation and analysis, has decimated the myth that flu vaccinations are “the most effective flu prevention method” available. (Cochrane, 2014).
Cochrane reported that, in average conditions, when a flu vaccine at least partially matches the circulating virus, 100 people’s getting vaccinated prevents just ONE set of flu symptoms.


Cochrane Reviews are scientifically rigorous, systematic reviews of research  in healthcare and health policy. The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.







The FDA’s former Chief Vaccine Control Officer, Dr. J. Anthony Morris, a Virologist, states, “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza. The producers of these vaccines know they are worthless, but go on making them anyway.”
See Public Comments From Individuals (as of January 20, 2012) – Submitted through the Federal Register Process to read Dr Morris’s and 144 other comments from health care professionals about the uselessness and dangers of routine flu vaccinations.







Doesn’t impairing your immune system’s ability to fight off pathogens seem exactly the wrong approach to avoiding a viral illness – or any other type of illness?
Dr Robert Mercola states “all vaccines suppress your immune system”. This is his list of some of the ways vaccines impair and alter our immune responses (Mercola, 2011):
  • Some components in vaccines are neurotoxic and may depress your immune response or cause brain and immune dysfunction, particularly heavy metals such as mercury preservatives and aluminum adjuvants
  • The lab-altered vaccine viruses themselves may also affect your immune response in a negative way
  • Vaccines may alter your t-cell function and lead you to become chronically ill
  • Vaccines can trigger allergies or autoimmune disorders. Vaccines introduce large foreign protein molecules into your body. Your body can respond to these foreign particles in a way that causes an allergic reaction or triggers autoimmunity, especially in persons genetically or biologically vulnerable to allergy and autoimmunity
Mercola cites a study published in the Annals of Medicine that concluded:

“Abnormalities in arterial function and LDL oxidation may persist for at least two weeks after a slight inflammatory reaction induced by influenza vaccination. These could explain in part the earlier reported increase in cardiovascular risk during the first weeks after an acute inflammatory disorder.”





The flu does certainly involve some misery for those who become ill with it and can be serious for those with weakened immune systems. So what can you do to avoid getting the flu – while also avoiding catching colds, bacterial illnesses and other diseases?




Supplementing with Vitamin D3 has been demonstrated to be more effective than both vaccines and anti-viral drugs to prevent influenza. Vitamin D dramatically increases the body’s production of broad-spectrum NATURAL antibiotics called anti-microbial peptides.
A rigorous clinical trial (double blind, randomized and fully controlled scientifically) conducted by Japanese doctors and scientists in Tokyo showed that children who received supplementation with 1200 IUs (international units) of Vitamin D became ill with the flu half as often as children who didn’t take Vitamin D.
During the first month of the study the children taking the vitamin caught the flu as often as the ones receiving a placebo. The Vitamin D advantage became clear during the second month, when the Vitamin D levels in their blood were higher.
The study’s scientists note that the anti-viral drugs zanamivir and oseltamivir reduce the risk of flu infection by only 8% in children who have been exposed to infection, compared with a 50% or higher reduction with vitamin D.
Supplementing with Vitamin D is beneficial in many other ways as well: Reducing the risk of bone fractures, cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s,  viral and bacterial infections in general – and a long list of chronic autoimmune diseases.
Vitamin D, not actually a vitamin but a steroid hormone precursor, has profoundly positive effects on our immunity. It activates our innate immune system, triggering cell activity and disabling viruses.
Professor of Virology at Queen Mary School of Medicine, London, Dr John Oxford, says: “This is a timely study. It will be noticed by scientists. It fits in with the seasonal pattern of flu. There is an increasing background of solid science that makes the vitamin D story credible.”
While the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Medicine and the FDA all recommend daily dosing with 200- 500 IUs of Vitamin D, this is inadequate. The needed daily dose for adults is known to be about 5,000 IUs – or even higher.
Fewer than 5% of Americans have been found to have adequate vitamin D blood levels (between 70 and 90 ng/ml). The only blood test that properly determines Vitamin D adequacy is a 25-hydroxy-vitamin D test, not the 1,25-di-hydroxy-vitamin D test many physicians order.



Metagenics is a high quality brand for daily supplementing with D3. You can purchase it on Amazon. I take 5,000 IUs in the sunny months and 10,000 IUs in the darker months * … and don’t catch the flu or colds.

4/15/2016 update:

* I’ve now reduced my Vitamin D3 intake to 5,000 IUs/day year round after my blood serum level was found to be too high.




Your immune system can protect you from all these baddies:





In addition to supplementing with Vitamin D, Dr Mercola offers some other strategies to protect yourself from the flu – in lieu of getting vaccinated (Mercola, 2013):
  • Have Effective Tools to Address Stress: If stress becomes overwhelming, then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. If stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as the Emotional Freedom Technique, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.
  • Get Regular Exercise: Exercising increases circulation and blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system also benefit, giving your immune system a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. However, it would be wise to radically reduce the intensity of your workouts while you are sick.
  • Stay hydrated: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Take a High-Quality Source of Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats: Increasing your intake of healthy and essential fatty acids, like the Omega-3 found in krill oil, is crucial for maintaining a strong immune system. It is also vitally important to avoid eating the damaging Omega-6 oils that are trans fats and found in processed foods as they will seriously damage your immune response.
  • Wash Your Hands: Washing your hands decreases your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap – antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary and cause far more harm than good. Instead, use a simple chemical-free soap.
  • Tried and True Hygiene Measures: In addition to washing your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If possible, avoid close contact with those who are sick and, if you are sick, avoid close contact with those who are well.
  • Use Natural Immune-Boosters: Examples include oil of oregano and garlic, both of which offer effective protection against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body. And unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance.
  • Avoid Hospitals: Stay away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency and need expert medical care, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds. The best place to get plenty of rest and recover from illness that is not life-threatening is usually in the comfort of your own home.






CDC: Flu shot less effective this year because current virus has mutated. See:

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Drugs for Symptoms of Nutritional Starvation???





“Western medicine, led on by the pharmaceutical giants (with plenty of help from the media), has capitalized on your desire for instantaneous relief even though it leads to more complications down the road. They offer toxic poisons in the form of drugs to treat the symptoms of starvation.”   – Paul J Rosen, JD, LAc, author of The Great Health Heist: An introduction to nutrition response testing
 Rosen is talking about NUTRITIONAL STARVATION.
For more about Rosen’s book and his approach to getting and staying well with nutrition, see The Great Health Heist: Nutrition to Get Well.




Hardin, J.R. (2014). The Great Health Heist: Nutrition to Get Well. See:

Rosen, P.J. (2007). The Great Health Heist: They stole your health – now take it back! An introduction to Nutrition Response Testing. See:

Rosen, P.J. (2014). See:

Rosen, P.J. (2014). See:



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DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.