Ward off colds, flu and ‘tummy bugs’

“Flu season hits early – hospital admission double in a week as virus starts to take hold”
(Daily Mail Thurs 5th December 2019)

Experts fear the early arrival of flu is a sign that this winter’s outbreak will be severe and protracted, causing chaos for the NHS. The latest weekly data show the hospitalisation rate from flu has doubled in a week – from 2.8 admissions per 100,000 to 4.31.  This is many times higher than the same time last year

Health leaders had already anticipated a difficult flu season in the light of the unprecedented outbreak that rocked Australia earlier this year. Almost 293,000 flu cases were recorded in Australia in 2019. The outbreak began to take hold in March – two months earlier than normal.

Influenza (commonly known as the flu) continues to be a threatening disease worldwide, due to the number of deaths and hospitalisations it causes every year. According to new estimates by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multi-national survey.


Currently in the UK rates of the winter vomiting bug norovirus are also at their highest in five years and dozens of schools have been forced to shut due to a flurry of outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug. Some schools in Northern Ireland have seen more than 100 pupils off sick at a time. One school in Bradford had to close for a deep clean after more than 15 per cent of its pupils and staff were struck down with an illness believed to be norovirus.


This is fuelling fears that the bugs will put unprecedented pressure on the already-stretched health service.  Outbreaks of the virus have caused the NHS to shut more than 1,100 hospital beds in England in the last week.  Almost double the number of beds have been closed every day this week compared to last year, official figures show. Bays on six wards have been closed at Southampton General Hospital to contain a norovirus outbreak.


Most cases of colds, ‘flu and respiratory infections are caused by viruses. The flu virus infects people extremely easily, creating an epidemic every winter. Antibiotics only work against bacteria, not viruses. However, antibiotics are often prescribed for the aftermath of colds and ‘flu – when they turn into a chest infections for example. How many prescriptions for antibiotics will be given out this winter?

Sadly antibiotics can harm us by killing off, not only disease-causing bacteria, but also the friendly health-enhancing bacteria. They disrupt the gut microbiome which can be devastating to mental and physical health in the long-term. Like winning the battle – only to lose the war.!


How many people are there, I wonder, who gave up antibiotics 45 years ago – and have never needed them since? Not only that – but have, for 45 years, researched, written and put into practice a health-building, immune-enhancing diet and regularly taken alternatives to prescribed antibiotics.

This is my experience – I know it can be done because this is exactly what I have done. I wrote about this subject 25 years ago in my book, The Optimum Health Guide – and it has been a major ‘plank’ of this Food For Thought web site for decades.

There are effective natural antibiotic and antiviral supplements that are found in nature! But the real answer is to use them to prevent the need for antibiotics in the first place.



Click here  to read about a natural alternative to antibiotics that won’t kill off the folate-producing helpful gut bacteria.

Neem helps boost your immune system. It possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Neem also has blood-purifying properties, which allow it to clear toxins and impurities from the blood leaving you with a strengthened immune system.


Click here to read about why it is far better to use natural means to stay healthy – rather than antibiotics

One of the B vitamins, known as folate or vitamin B9, is a critical nutrient in over 200 processes in the body, including the production of blood cells, chemical messengers in the brain, cleaning up waste products from the body and preventing the development of cancer. Antibiotics are by far and away the most common and widespread cause of folate deficiency!


Click here for even more reasons to avoid antibiotics

Speaking at the Public Health England annual conference at the University of Warwick in September 2019, Dr Susan Hopkins, an infectious diseases expert, said that its laboratories have identified 19 new forms of potentially-lethal antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the UK.  These superbugs have evolved ways to breach even the last line of antibiotic defences – threatening a pandemic of untreatable infections.


Click here to read about how kefir can repopulate the gut with helpful bacteria

Kefir is a traditional food that has been attributed with exceptional health promoting and curative properties since the beginning of recorded history. It is a  fermented milk beverage, rich in protein, calcium, vitamin B12, niacin, and folate. Consuming kefir can boost the immune system, alleviate symptoms of diarrhoea and chronic constipation, and lower the risk of colon cancer. A healthy gut microbiome can deal much more efficiently with a  ‘tummy bug’!