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  •  Alternative medicine (0+ / 0-)

    I wouldn't call this alternative medicine, but more common sense. Make sure your daughter is washing her hands (with soap) as much as she can. And, suggest to her to try keeping her hands from touching her face and mouth, which we do unconsciously a lot.

    There are many proponents that believe our lack of vitamin D in the winter is the reason we have flu seasons during the cold weather. (You would think we would get less sick when people are hunkered down in their homes.) Vitamin D3 supplements are one way to get D, especially in the colder regions of the country.

    The efficacy of the flu vaccine is too low for me to consider it as an option.

    •  agree with most of that (0+ / 0-)

      definite vit D deficiency in winter in the northeast, with a very loose link to flu susceptibility.

      But supplementing doesn't make you flu proof.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:59:45 AM PDT

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      •  Best weapon against the flu is (1+ / 0-)
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        thoroughly washing your hands and staying away from pediatric physicians:

        Hand hygiene among doctors is even worse, with 73 percent of pediatric ICU physicians claiming that they soaped up between patients, but when the MDs were secretly observed, only 10 percent actually washed. If doctors and nurses were more diligent about hand hygiene, up to 80,000 Americans lives would be saved each year.
        Nothing makes you flu-proof, but in my opinion, based on actual data, money would be better spent on teaching better hygiene rather than flu shots.
        •  heh (0+ / 0-)

          handwashing is hugely important, even/especially with doctors. Even if that data is dated.

          The correct conclusion form your post, of course, is try and avoid an ICU. (Duh.)

          But that of course doesn't set up an either/or  between handwashing and vaccines. Or vit D and vaccines. or anything else and vaccines.

          Your anti-vax crusade is misguided.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:35:03 AM PDT

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          •  Again...intimidation (0+ / 0-)

            Sounds like we are heading down this road again, Greg.

            As we established earlier, you are financially benefitting (directly and indirectly) by promoting vaccinations. If anything, you are using Daily Kos as a commercial site to both benefit and promote your business.

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