Guest Post: Nutrition to prevent Flu

by Aliss Terpstra, CNP, Ontario, Canada

Handwashing can minimize the spread of live virus from hands to our own mouth, nose and eyes which are the portals to the mucous membranes that the virus needs to enter in order to cause infection. Handwashing can also reduce transmission to others, but will not protect anyone from airborne virus at close range. Handwashing and laundry do not aid the immune system once exposure has happened! I think it is irresponsible and unethical for our public health officials to harp on handwashing but deliberately avoid informing the public about solid scientific information on nutrient supplementation that is safer and more effective than an untested vaccine costing Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars. We can not adequately control our risk of exposure from others unless we are willing to live in a bubble until the ‘pandemic’ is over, but we can aid our bodies to resist infection and produce true immunity with mild illness or no illness at all. This kind of immunity tends to be permanent and will be passed on to the baby.

In addition to good quality uninterrupted sleep (not always possible with other children to tend, discomforts of pregnancy and need to empty bladder more frequently) and a diet with adequate natural FAT and PROTEIN during pregnancy, there is now good evidence that three nutrients protect against flu infection when supplemented. Not coincidentally, these three nutrients are needed in greater amounts during pregnancy and nursing, and CDC-NHANES recent studies found a high percentage of women of childbearing age to be mildly to severely deficient in at least one. They are:
Vitamin D

Drinking fluoridated tap water and consuming processed foods, tea and reconstituted bottled fruit juices increase the requirement for all three nutrients. Those of you living in B.C. are so lucky. Southern Ontario is 75% fluoridated and the grocery food supply is 100% fluoridated. To boot, our agricultural lands are selenium and iodine deficient so local foods are low in these nutrients.

Prenatal vitamins do not contain adequate amounts for optimal immunity. Health Canada does not approve of vitamin supplement formulas that produce optimal immunity in pregnant women. Ironically, factory farmed animals get optimal supplementation! Health Canada would also like all drinking water systems across Canada to have added fluoride from industrial waste source, to a level of 0.7 mg per liter. Hmmm I wonder why.

Check Dr. Mercola’s website for more info, Mike Adams, the Vitamin D Council (Dr. John Cannell), Harold Foster’s site, or the works of Marc Sircus OMD.

Aliss Terpstra CNP

Breastfeeding, Intact Penis, and Natural Immunity

These 3 subjects are very close to my heart.  I belong to separate email lists for the three subjects but it seems I’m not allowed to jointly post on all 3 because the different groups that speak up for children on one subject can’t agree on the other two. 
Good thing I have a “blog” because, here, no one can stop me from mixing up my issues. (smile)

Knowing that babies die from the use of breast milk substitutes, being circumcised and being vaccinated, I am very wary of these practices and do everything I can to educate others about the dangers.  Not only death but lifelong injury/illnesses can be traced back to all of these follies.  Many people who are against formula feeding and circumcision of infants, will defend in a very loud voice the mass vaccination of infants.  They truly believe that the pharmaceutical companies have improved the lives of millions.  I thought that, too, at one time.  I was married to a doctor who had been in charge of setting up vaccine programs for the provincial government in Quebec.  When I read a “Mothering Magazine” article in 1977 which discussed the dangers of vaccines, I was shocked.  I took the article to my husband thinking that he would be able to tell me scientifically why the article was incorrect.  He read it through and handed it back to me saying “This makes perfect sense, don’t ever have our daughter vaccinated again.”

I’ve been reading about and attending lectures on the dangers of vaccines for the past 30 years.  The more I know, the more vocal I am about keeping these poisons away from babies, children and adults.  In his book, “How to Have a Healthy Child Despite Your Doctor”, pediatrician Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn calls vaccines “A Medical Time Bomb”. 

That bomb that Dr. Mendelsohn warned us about in the early ‘80s is exploding all over the place today in immune system disorders like fibromyalgia, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, MS, asthma, etc.  The increasing incidence of childhood autism related symptoms has been laid at the feet of the pharmaceutical companies.  All the lawsuits against the vaccine manufacturers by parents who can trace their child’s autism symptoms right to a before/after vaccine time are evidence of the dangers of injecting toxic substances straight into the bloodstream.

I wonder why those who don’t trust the way doctors have been in cahoots with formula manufacturers would trust those same doctors to have high ideals when it comes to vaccines and circumcision.  I wonder why those who advocate for baby boy’s to have the human right to choice on the integrity of their penis would react so vociferously to defending the right of parents to inject a child with vaccines that may lead to a life of misery and suffering with asthma, thrombocytopenia,  allergies, or worse.  What’s with women who protect their children from vaccines and formula but can’t bear to look upon natural male genitalia?  For me, this is a 3-pronged issue and I’ve come to the conclusion that all 3 come out of basic corporate greed.  Yes, folks, it’s money, pure and simple, that keep hurting babies.  There’s not one advocate of circumcision, formula or infant vaccine who would be interested in any of these things if it wasn’t for a profit.  Just look at all the advocates on the opposite side:  lactivists, intactivists and anti-vax folks—they don’t make money from their unceasing quest to educate others (if they do, none are getting rich, that’s for sure).  I’d love to see the day when all three of these violations against babies are ended.