Volume 2, Issue 40
October 1, 2009
Completely stop viral infections without help from your doctor
With cold and flu season right around the corner, you might make a trip or two to see your doctor. But what if I could help you avoid that trip to the doctor — and cure your cold or flu much faster than the antibiotics he'll prescribe?
Actually, the latter half of that promise is quite easy. Antibiotics won't cure the cold or the flu. So anything I give you will likely work better. Antibiotics fight bacteria, not viruses like the common cold and flu.
Viruses are pieces of genetic code that invade your cells, and use the DNA in your cells to replicate themselves. That's how they cause infections. Of course, an intact immune system will eventually stop this replication process. When that happens, the infection is over.
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The good news is you can take an inexpensive, safe, and easily obtained vitamin that can stop viral replication faster. And when you stop viral replication, you get better much faster.
Researchers in the Department of Infectious Diseases at McGill University in Montreal recently proved that vitamin A stops the viral replication process. And they found that it will work for any virus, not just the cold and flu.
One of the most basic ways that your immune system stops viral replication is through the action of special molecules called cytokines. Your immune cells make a variety of cytokines. They are the key to an optimally functioning immune system. Perhaps the most important cytokine in respect to viral infections is interferon. And it turns out that vitamin A stops infections by stimulating interferon.
Here's how the researchers made the discovery. They took a culture of cells treated with vitamin A and exposed them to the measles virus. As expected, the virus was unable to infect the cells because the virus was unable to replicate.
Then they did the experiment again, only this time they exposed the cells beforehand to antibodies that prevented the cells from making interferon. They found that these cells became infected and that the immune-enhancing effects of vitamin A were wiped out. Their conclusion was that vitamin A prevents the measles virus from replicating by stimulating the production of interferon.
But it doesn't stop with the measles. Large doses of vitamin A work in all viral infection. This is because the replication for all viruses is inhibited by interferon. This includes flu viruses, cold viruses, herpes viruses, and even hepatitis viruses. All of them.
As a result, I recommend that you take vitamin A every day. I take 25,000 units per day. Children should take less, about 5,000 units per day. Just doing this simple thing will reduce your chances of getting one of the viruses that are always going around. But I have to tell two warnings about vitamin A.
The first is that some people are very sensitive to vitamin A even in these doses. It is uncommon, but it does happen. If you are taking this dose of vitamin A and several weeks or months later you start getting headaches, nausea, bone aches, or a rash, you may be one of those people. Also, pregnant or nursing women should not take more than 5,000 units per day.
Also, it's still possible that you may get a viral infection even if you're taking preventive doses of vitamin A. If you do, the next thing you need to do is to immediately start taking very large doses. I recommend 100,000 units, three times a day for 7-10 days, or until the infection is over.ÿ Although this is a very large dose of vitamin A, it is entirely safe because you will be taking it only until the infection is gone. I have been successfully using this strategy for over 30 years with no problems (other than the aforementioned sensitivities). And now thanks to the folks at McGill University, I know why it works so well.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
REF: Trottier C, Colombo M, et al Retinoids inhibit measles virus through a type I IFN-dependent bystander effect. FASEB J. 2009 Sep;23(9):3203-12. Epub 2009 May 15.
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