Did you know that in the UK alone, this winter 39 people have died from the flu. 36 of them were infected with the H1N1 Swine Flu virus and the other 3 had influenza B, according to the Health Protection Agency.

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The number of people being infected and dying from the flu is rising and so far we’ve had the worst weather in the last 150 years.

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While thousands flood to their local GP and thousands more stock up on over the counter flu and cold remedies, there’s one question I’d like to ask you

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With the current global health crisis in mind, would you prefer to be injected with a potentially debilitating vaccine that hasn’t been rigorously tested and isn’t 100% proven to even work, PLUS it could make you even more sick than catching the bug, or just eating a few more vegetables?

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People are going to try and overcomplicate this situation in order to get more vaccination sales and keep us under the illusion that we NEED drugs and harmful chemicals to keep us healthy, but the reality is that your body, the one you are sitting in right now, has the amazing ability of healing, rebalancing and protecting itself to a large degree if it’s given the right tools and fuels to do so.

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The live active and easily absorbed nutrients you can get in fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for example, can help to boost your body’s own defences, so you are less likely to catch anything, but if you do, your body is better equipped to fight it off more quickly

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Here are my 4 top tips for staying safe and doing your bit this winter and beyond

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1. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it – This campaign run by the government had the right idea, even if they were using it to further push vaccinations. They recommended that the best way to stop the disease spreading it to

Catch it – Keep tissues with you to sneeze or cough into instead of letting them spray all over the place.
Bin in – The bugs can live on tissues for hours after you’ve used them so binning them straight way is safest and finally
Kill it – Your hands can spread the germs to every surface you touch so washing them asap a good idea.

2. Be responsible – If you or your children do get sick, for goodness sake keep it to yourselves. There is no good in you sending them to school or you going into work so you can spread it round to everyone else. Bugs get passed around in schools like wild fire and wouldn’t you feel terrible if your child caused others to catch the bug too. Most employers would prefer you stay home if you are genuinely ill rather than come in and pass it on to your colleagues.

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3. Get some rest – now that you have taken the day off work, get some rest, as much as you can, give your body the chance to fight off the bug and build up your own energy reserves.

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4. Re Fuel – Now is the time to make sure you are eating clean whole foods that are right for your body so you can get the most energy and nutrients from them. Once you find out your metabolic type, you can quickly adapt your diet to meet your bodies specific needs. If you can juice feast on organic vegetable juices, drink soups and stews and get a good supply of herbal teas (Echinacea, chamomile, nettle and Elderflower are good choice) too, this would also be good

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If you are recommended a vaccination or antibiotics, I’d SERIOUSLY advise you research the effects and dangers of these two before taking them. In my humble opinion, there is very little that your body, natural remedies, detox and diet change can’t remedy, as opposed to the myriad of problems antibiotics and vaccinations can cause.

Take care and stay healthy.