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–Joei Smith, 33, got the flu shot in December and passed his physical days later –But that week he started to feel dizzy and weak at work; he went to urgent care –At hospital he was diagnosed with flu, sepsis, pneumonia and kidney failure

| 07 Feb 2018 | A man is set to lose his fingers and toes today after a month-long battle with the flu. Joei Smith, 33, was told he had just 24 hours to live when he arrived at the ER in Dallas, Texas, on December 29. Smith, a self-confessed ‘gym head’, had got the flu vaccine early in the season, and was in top shape during his annual physical in mid-December. But a week later, he started feeling dizzy at work, and that slowly turned into weakness.

Healthy gym fanatic set to lose all his fingers and toes after catching the FLU after getting the FLU VACCINE and being told he was in ‘top shape’ at his physical days earlier


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Probably enough material here to write a book. Summarizing, it suffices to say that these are valid questions and the answers are by no means clear-cut. What the in-depth answers reveal is that generalizations, especially ones based on information bordering on propaganda, from authorities who are heavily involved in profiteering from the process, deserve to be challenged.

Source: How dangerous are flu attacks? – How effective are flu vaccines?

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Newlywed Dies of Sepsis After Getting Flu, Following Flu Shot Mandated By Wisconsin Hospital

| 16 Jan 2015 | A Wisconsin newlywed started to feel sick with the flu on a Monday. By Friday, she was dead, ABC News reported. Katie McQuestion, a 26-year-old radiologist [at St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Pleasant Prairie] from Kenosha, Wisconsin, got a flu shot to comply with hospital policy and had no underlying medical conditions, but she caught the flu and developed a serious complication from it: sepsis. She died on Jan. 2.

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12 Natural Remedies To Beat The Flu

12 Natural Remedies To Beat The Flu

Despite your best efforts at prevention, sometimes the flu just happens. If you work with the public or have children in school, you and your family will be exposed, and sometimes those viruses are simply tougher than your immune system.

Transmission rates are increasing to a worrisome point, according to the CDC.

When someone in your home is sick, one of your first goals is not to pass the illness on to other family members. The other priority is treating the sick people in the house with remedies that strengthen them rather than weaken them.

Containing the Illness

It’s important to make an effort to contain the illness. Despite your best efforts, it may not work, but it’s worth a try.

I’d like to note that antibacterial products are highly controversial. It’s my belief that the problem is the overuse of antibacterial products that causes the issues. I believe that if used judiciously, they can be very effective aids in preventing the spread of an illness.

Try these techniques to help contain the contagion.

  • Isolate the family member as much as possible. Obviously, this doesn’t work well if the sick person is a young child.
  • Immediately wash cutlery and dishes used by the sick family member in very hot water containing a couple of drops of bleach. Then, wash the items again with your regular, non-toxic dish soap.
  • Wipe items handled by the sick person with antibacterial wipes (I keep Clorox wipes on hand for this purpose.) Things like the telephone, the television remote, the computer keyboard, door handles, faucets, taps, and the toilet flush should be wiped before someone else touches them. The sick person can help by wiping things after they’ve touched them.
  • Household members should wash their hands frequently, particularly before eating, before and during food preparation, and after using the bathroom (yes, I know this should be standard, but I’m repeating it anyway)
  • If you must touch items that the sick person has used, immediately wash your hands afterwards.
  • Wash all linens and clothing that the sick person has been in contact with using hot water and color safe bleach.
  • If the weather permits, open the windows for at least an hour per day to air out the rooms of the house where the sick person spends time.

Treating the Flu

Today, I avoid the pharmaceutical solutions because I choose not to use them. One day, we could be in a situation where relief is no longer available a few minutes away at our local pharmacies or department store. It’s important to learn now how to relieve unpleasant symptoms using simple home methods. This will help you to select the most useful items for your stockpile while allowing you to become more comfortable with using natural solutions.

We always stock everything we might need to fight off a bout of illness, whether it’s the flu, the common cold, or some other type of sickness. We keep on hand chicken or turkey soup (home-canned is the most nutritious), rice and pasta, tea, honey, juice, and ginger-ale. These provide both comfort and essential nutrients to help family members recover more quickly, and if the adults happen to be sick, no one has to venture out when they feel terrible in order to buy the necessary items.

Aside from that, we keep a well-stocked cabinet of home remedies. Forget heading to the petri dish that is your local pharmacy and don’t think that you require exotic ingredients gathered on the night before the full moon by a left-handed virgin. Many of these items can be found right in your kitchen – there are lots of things you probably already have that help reduce the misery to a tolerable level without the risk of nasty side effects!

Note: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. These home remedies are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for medical attention from a professional.

1. Elderberry Syrup

First, I want to reinforce one recommendation that isn’t a standard addition to most kitchens. If you purchase one thing to fight off the flu, make it elderberry syrup or extract. Medicinal use of the elderberry goes all the way back to Hippocrates. Around the globe, folk medicine is full of recipes containing elderberries.

Recent research has shown some very significant results with the use of elderberry when treating the flu. For anyone concerned about the possibility of a serious pandemic in the future, elderberry is a vital addition to your home pharmacy.

Elderberry may also help reduce the symptoms of cold and flu and shorten the duration of the flu by as much as three days, according to UMMC. The product used in one study was Sambucol, a combination of elderberries and vitamin C, so it wasn’t clear if it was the elderberry alone, or the combination, that had the effect. In a study released by Retroscreen Virology in 2006, a British medical institute associated with Queen Mary College at the University of London, researchers determined that Sambucol was at least 99 percent effective against the avian flu virus H5N1 and significantly neutralized the ability of the virus to infect cells in culture. Source

Elderberry syrup or extract can be mixed with hot water to make a tea. It can also be added to sparkling water and served cold for a refreshing drink that will soothe a scratchy throat. Learn more about the benefits of elderberry extract HERE.

2. Honey

Specifically, you want to stock up on raw honey, rather than pasteurized. When honey is heated during the pasteurization process many of its health benefits are either lost or diminished. If you don’t have raw honey, use what you have, but when shopping, look specifically for unheated honey.

Honey is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. This means that before you know the source of an illness (virus, fungus or bacteria) you can still begin to treat the problem.

Sprinkle honey with powdered cinnamon and take a teaspoon 3 times per day as soon as you start to feel a little tickle in your throat. This can often prevent the illness from taking hold.

Instead of reaching for the cough syrup, try a teaspoon of honey before bedtime to soothe your cough. Honey taken this way is also very soothing to sore, inflamed throats. Learn more about the benefits of raw honey HERE.

3. Hot Peppers

Not everyone can tolerate spicy food, particularly when they are sick. However, if you can, there is no better way to clear your sinuses.

Capsaicin is the natural compound that is found in hot peppers – it’s what gives them their heat. The capsaicin can help thin mucus, causing your nose to run, and thus clearing your nasal passages. You can get a similar effect from freshly cut onions.

A spicy bowl of chili or a fiery Asian stir-fry could be just what the doctor ordered for sinus relief.

4. Green Tea

Natural Body Defender. Nature's Purifier. Organic Oregano Oil.Green Tea is the perfect beverage for someone suffering from the flu. A cup of green tea that has been steeped for 3-5 minutes is loaded with immunity-boosting antioxidants. This helps your cells to fight off the germs which are making you sick.

Any hot beverage will help warm up someone suffering from chills, and you can sweeten it with honey (mentioned above) to make the drink even more powerful. As well, it’s important to keep hydrated when you have the flu and tea (of any type) will provide you with needed fluids.

5. Mint

Mint tea is the classic herbal tea. Mint is an ingredient in many different commercial tea blends and is much-loved for its refreshing fragrance. There are all different kinds of mint tea available. The most common are peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen. They all contain menthol, a volatile oil. Menthol is the component that gives mint that “cooling” sensation. Mint tea is anti-spasmodic and has muscle relaxant properties that can help reduce vomiting. Mint tea is very multipurpose. Mint tea can be used to aid in the following situations:

  • Reduce congestion in a cold or flu sufferer.
  • Reduce pain and bloating from gas.
  • Reduce cramping from diarrhea.
  • Act as a mild expectorant for a chest cold or bronchitis.
  • Induce sweating, the body’s natural cooling mechanism. This is a natural way to reduce a fever.
  • Relieve nausea without vomiting.

6 & 7. Garlic and Onions

Both garlic and onions contain the compound allicin, a powerful flu fighter. Allicin has strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial characteristics. It is most likely the high content of garlic and onions in homemade chicken soup that gives it the reputation of a “bowl of penicillin”. In the 18th century in France, peasants drank wine with crushed garlic in it to ward off the Black Plague.

Similarly to the hot peppers, mentioned above, a fragrant soup loaded with these two ingredients can help to clear nasal passages making it easier to breathe.

8. Yogurt

Yogurt can’t be tolerated in all episodes of stomach and intestinal upsets. However, yogurt with active cultures can help to rebalance the “good flora” in your stomach and intestinal tract, making it especially valuable for treating diarrhea. Regular consumption of yogurt can actually prevent stomach viruses in the first place by making your digestive tract inhospitable to viruses.

9. Black Tea

Black tea is rich in tannins, which have been a longtime home treatment for diarrhea. You can sweeten your tea but leave out the milk until you’re feeling better.

10. Goldenseal

Goldenseal capsules or extract can be used in the treatment of diarrhea. Goldenseal kills certain bacteria, like e coli, which can cause diarrhea.

11. Ginger

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory with a long history in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness.

Ginger can be found in the form of tea, the root itself or in tablets. Keep in mind, though, if you are vomiting already, ginger, especially in the form of tea, can make the experience far more unpleasant because of worsened esophageal reflux.

Ginger tea, taken twice per day, can help relieve flu symptoms such as headache, sore throat, congestions and chills. Make the tea by steeping 2 tbsp of fresh ginger in a cup of hot water. It’s not recommended to exceed 4 grams of ginger per day – components in the herb can cause irritation of the mouth, heartburn and diarrhea if taken in excess.

When purchasing ginger tablets, read the ingredients carefully. Gravol makes a “Natural Source” ginger chewable pill containing certified organic ginger. I was really excited because you can find that in even the tiniest pharmacy. However, upon closer inspection, the ingredients listed “aspartame”. Ummm. NO, I won’t add a proven neurotoxin to my organic herbal remedy, thanks.

Several companies offer a ginger tablet remedy. However, if you go over to the vitamin section, quite frequently you can find Ginger Root. Buying it from the vitamin section, without the glossy anti-nausea advertising, can save you a hefty amount. I checked at my local pharmacy today and 90 Ginger Root capsules (500 mg) were the same price as the bottle of 20 “All-Natural Ginger” anti-nausea tablets. Both were $8.99. As well, the one in the supplement section had no additional ingredients aside from the gelatin capsule that encased the powder.

12. Salt

A gargle made from salt water can relieve a sore throat. As well, it can stop a budding infection in its tracks. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with a cup of water and gargle.

Recipe: Homemade Cough Syrup

I always keep a jar of this homemade cough syrup in my refrigerator. It tastes so good that I don’t have to ask my kids twice to take it. You can give a tablespoon as needed right from the jar, or you can also stir a few tablespoons of the syrup into hot water for a homemade “Neo-Citran”-style hot drink without all the nasty chemicals.


  • 2 lemons, scrubbed and thinly sliced
  • 6 tbsp of grated ginger root
  • Honey as needed


  1. In a glass jar, layer the lemon slices and grated ginger until the jar is full.
  2. Pour honey into the jar, using the blade of a kitchen knife to move the lemon and ginger around and make room for it.
  3. Store it in the fridge for at least 2 weeks before using it. Then, take 1-2 tsp 3 times per day, as needed, for coughs or sore throats.

It would be impossible to make the list comprehensive! Do you have some home cold and flu remedies that you have used successfully? Please share them in the comments!

Additional resources:

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, where this first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca – See more at: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2014/01/12-natural-remedies-for-flu.html#sthash.NEaFaxfx.dpuf

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240 Inmates Quarantined After ‘Flu-like’ Death at Eastern Arkansas Prison

–At least three other inmates have similar symptoms

13 Jan 2014 (Jackson County, AR) A 42-year-old inmate died early Saturday morning, prompting all visitations this weekend at the McPherson women’s prison in Newport to be canceled. Additional doctors and nurses have been called in to treat others with symptoms and to screen the nearly 900 inmates at the facility.

Corrections officials said they don’t know what killed the woman. They say she had flu-like symptoms, but test showed she didn’t actually have the flu.

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OH Woman Dies Of H1N1 – Had Gotten Flu Shot

A 31-year-old Athens County woman who died last week, apparently from H1N1 influenza, had gotten a flu shot, according to the commissioner of the Athens City-County Health Dept.

“We don’t know why she died,” said Dr. James Gaskell Friday. “So far there are no answers, and that’s often the case… It’s absolutely tragic that this young woman died. I’m at a loss to explain it.”

Gaskell said the woman came to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital after having been sick for four to five days. She was transferred from there to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, and then to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where she died Jan. 7.

Gaskell said the flu vaccine currently available is considered by experts to provide good protection against the strain of flu now going around in the United States.

“The vaccine is a good vaccine for what’s circulating in our state,” he said, adding that getting the flu shot prevents a person from getting the disease about 85 percent of the time, and typically reduces its severity in those who do contract it.

The current strain of flu, according to Gaskell, is a subtype A of the H1N1 flu variety. “This was the organism that caused the pandemic a couple years ago,” he noted. “It seems to be the predominant organism in the country right now.”

Of tests run by the Centers for Disease Control this season, he said, 26 percent of people tested positive for flu; of that number, 97 percent were type A; and of that number, 55 percent were H1N1.

Like the rest of the country, he added, Ohio, which has not seen a lot of flu cases so far this season, is now seeing an uptick, which may get worse before it gets better.

Checked Sunday morning, the CDC’s online seasonal influenza report indicated that for the past three weeks, all 10 U.S. regions the agency tracks are reporting elevated flu levels.

Region 5, which includes Ohio and five other states, shows 34.7 percent of those tested coming up positive for flu.

In addition to getting a flu shot, he said, health experts recommends hygiene measures such as frequent hand-washing, and a visit to a physician if you have flu-like symptoms.

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Did You Know that Nasal Flu Vax Recipients Can Pass the Flu to Everyone Around Them for Up to 21 Days?


Did you know that when a person receives the “FluMist” flu vaccine that anyone around them becomes exposed to the flu as the recipient “sheds” the viruses contained within the vaccine?  With all of the propaganda about how you MUST be vaccinated in order to protect those around you, you’d think that they would warn people who receive this vaccine that they’ve just become the most contagious person in the room, particularly if the person has been browbeaten into receiving the vaccine to “protect” a loved one with a lowered immune system.

This video found via Activist Post, tells of one family’s experience with a FluMist vaccine that was given to their child after the doctor guilted them into it:

The CDC says that it is possible, but rare, for those in contact with someone who has received the Flu Mist vaccine to pass the virus on to others.

Data indicate that both children and adults vaccinated with nasal spray can shed vaccine viruses after vaccination, although in lower amounts than occur typically with shedding of wild-type influenza viruses. Rarely, shed vaccine viruses can be transmitted from vaccine recipients to unvaccinated persons. (source)

Even though it’s clearly not a big deal, based on their vague admission, the CDC still warns that those who have loved ones with serious immune issues should not be vaccinated with Flu Mist, but if the loved ones only have mild immune issues, it’s all good.

People who are in contact with others with severely weakened immune systems when they are being cared for in a protective environment (for example, people with hematopoietic stem cell transplants), should not get the nasal spray vaccine. People who have contact with people with weakened (but not severely weakened) immune systems due to underlying illness (e.g. diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, can get the nasal spray vaccine. (source)

MedImmune, the makers of FluMist are well aware of the risk of passing on the flu.  On the package insert, the manufacturer warns:

“FluMist® recipients should avoid close contact with immunocompromised individuals for at least 21 days.”

You can visit MedImmune’s FluMist propaganda site HERE for more (dis)information.

The main “benefits” to  receiving a squirt of illness up your nose are that you can avoid the dreaded needle and that those with egg allergies can receive it.  A recipient will avoid the sore arm, but may get to enjoy these delightful side effects from the nasal vaccine.

In children, side effects can include runny nose, headache, wheezing, vomiting, muscle aches, and fever. In adults, side effects can include runny nose, headache, sore throat, and cough. Fever is not a common side effect in adults receiving the nasal spray flu vaccine. (source)

Interestingly, those listed side effects are the very symptoms one is trying to avoid by getting the vaccine in the first place. Each and every one is a flu symptom. Huh.  So the point of that vaccines was……..avoiding those?

Here’s How the Vaccine Makes You Contagious

But there’s still that pesky issue of becoming Influenza Alice and spreading your newly acquired bugs to all who come in contact with you.

Here is how the nasal vaccine makes the recipient contagious:

Flu Mist is made with an attenuated (weakened) live virus (or viruses).  These viruses can be spread through coughing, sneezing, talking, or touch.

So, for example, if a person receives the Flu Mist at the Wal-Mart pharmacy, then sneezes into his hand in response to something being shot up his nostrils (a pretty darned normal response), then touches something on the store shelf (also not an outrageous supposition, considering people touch things all the time at stores), then what happens to the next person who touches that item?

You guessed it – they’ve just been exposed to live flu viruses. Yes, those viruses are “weak” but if that same person then rubs her eyes or touches her face or pulls a hair out of her baby’s mouth, then guess what? Access granted.

How Can You Avoid Getting the Flu If You Don’t Get the Flu Shot?

You will hear in about 10,971 variations that “The best way to prevent catching the flu is to receive your annual flu shot.”

This is actually untrue. The absolute, number one way to avoid catching the flu is through the exercise of good personal hygiene.

  1. Wash your hands frequently when you are out.
  2. Use a paper towel to open bathroom doors and turn on taps.
  3. Although I’m normally not a big fan of hand sanitizer, use it during the height of flu season if you have to touch things that everyone else has been touching, like the handle of the shopping cart, door knobs, and debit machines.
  4. Use antibacterial wipes (or at least baby wipes) to wash your hands and wipe the steering wheel when you get back into your vehicle.
  5. Avoid touching your face – this welcomes germs that are on your hands into your body.
  6. During the height of flu season, consider taking a quick shower and changing clothes when you return home, particularly if you have been in a germ-ridden place like a doctor’s office or pharmacy.
  7. Make sure the kids change clothes and  thoroughly wash their hands when they return home from school.
  8. I shouldn’t really have to say this, but….wash your hands after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food.

If your local area is being hit hard by the flu, practice avoidance to keep your family healthy.

9.  Stay home as much as possible. (Obviously, if you have work and school outside the home, this become more difficult, but avoid malls, movie theaters, and sporting events for the duration of the epidemic.)

10.  Stay away from sick people if you can.

11.  Avoid eating at restaurants – you don’t know the health or hygiene habits of the kitchen staff.

If someone in your family is sick, try to minimize the spread of the illness.

12.  If you or a family member are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent passing it on to others.

13.  If a family member is sick, keep them isolated away from the rest of the family.

14.  Use antibacterial wipes to clean surfaces that the sick person touches – doorknobs, TV remotes, keyboards, toilet handles, and phones.

15. Immediate place dishes and flatware used by the sick person into hot, soapy dishwater with a drop of bleach in it.

16.  Teach children to cough into the crook of their arm instead of covering their mouth with their hands.

17.  Have the sick person wash their hands frequently with soap and water to help prevent spreading germs through physical contact. If soap and water is unavailable, have them use hand sanitizer.

Some other ways to stay healthy are to use natural strategies to maximize your immune system.

18.  Drink lots of water to keep your system hydrated and efficient.

19.  Take a high quality, organic multi-vitamin.

20.  Take at least 3000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily – research has shown a link between a Vitamin D deficit and susceptibility to the flu.

21.  Eat lots of fruits and vegetables (preferably organic and pesticide free).

22.  Get 7-9 hours of sleep per day – a tired body has a weaker immunity against viruses.

23.  Don’t smoke – this weakens your resistance against respiratory illnesses and worsens the effect on your body if you do become ill.

24.  Avoid or limit alcoholic beverages.

25.  Avoid or limit processed foods.

Learn more HERE.

The Real Question

So the question is not whether people are contagious after getting the Flu Mist vaccine – that’s pretty clearly established. The real question in my mind (put on your tinfoil hats now)  is whether the flu is being deliberately spread via vaccines or if this is just an unintended side effect. Either way, my family and I will not be participating in the grand experiment that is flu vaccination.

– See more at: http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/did-you-know-that-nasal-flu-vax-recipients-can-pass-the-flu-to-everyone-around-them-for-up-to-21-days-01032014#sthash.XakLinu4.dpuf

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In  1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there  was this Doctor that
visited the many farmers  to see if he could help them combat the flu.
Many of the farmers and their family had  contracted it and many died.

The doctor  came upon this one farmer and to his surprise,  everyone was very
healthy. When the doctor  asked what the farmer was doing that was  different
the wife replied that she had  placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in  the
rooms of the home, (probably only two  rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t
believe  it and asked if he could have one of the onions  and place it under
the microscope. She gave  him one and when he did this, he did find the  flu
virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed  the bacteria, therefore, keeping
the family  healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my  hairdresser in AZ. She said that  several
years ago many of her employees were  coming down with the flu and so were
many of  her customers. The next year she placed several  bowls with onions
around in her shop. To her  surprise, none of her staff got sick. It  must
work..  Try it and see what  happens. We did it last year and we never got  the flu.

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