In the past few years no other word has struck as much fear during the winter months as this one. According to the media, the flu is right up there with the Black Plague of Death! The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) states that 36,000 Americans die each year from the flu.
The Flu Shot Hoax
Those numbers would be a concern – IF it were true. But ironically the CDC’s own records show that only a few hundred Americans die from the flu in an average year. The same records show that more people actually die from malnutrition and asthma. I’m wondering if their math skills aren’t getting a little rusty. . .
Not only is chaos created when words like ‘pandemic’ start getting thrown around for no reason, the solution we’re offered is flu shots that aren’t remotely needed or safe. The flu shot has been documented to cause serious reactions such as life-threatening allergies, Guillian-Barr Syndrome (GBS) – a potentially fatal paralytic disease, encephalitis (brain inflammations), and thrombocytopenia (serious blood disorder). And they expect us to risk all that to avoid the common flu?
If that wasn’t enough, these unsafe flu shots don’t even work! A master study researching 40 years worth of flu vaccine studies showed no evidence that the flu vaccine prevented the flu in children or in the elderly. It also didn’t effect hospital stays, time off from work, or death and complications from the flu.
The Cochrane Collaboration, 2004, 2006
The Lancet, February 2005
Flu Shot Alternatives
While the flu isn’t the epidemic the media would have you believe, it’s also true that no one really wants to get the flu either. Simple steps in health and hygiene are more effective – and much safer than the flu shot any day. Our first line of defense is to wash our hands regularly, followed by natural supplementation to boost our immune systems such as Vitamin D, echinachea, and my personal favorite – Pepper Juice.
What’s Pepper Juice?
Ah, Pepper Juice. The love of my life. My answer to life’s coughs, colds, and flus. A natural sniffling-sneezing-coughing-aching-stuffyhead-fever-so-I-can-rest medicine.
It’s got a kick and just enough eye-opening WOW to make you sit back and blink a time or two. Yep, it will kill what ails you. No pun intended. 😉
What makes Pepper Juice so effective? It’s powerhouse of ingredients.
Garlic – used for centuries to treat every complaint from a cold to the plague, garlic is known for a plethora of health benefits. It kills bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasitic worms and is good for detoxing (by increasing perspiration, loosening phlegm, and stimulating the immune system.
Onions – like garlic, onions were known throughout history as a cure for many illnesses. They prevent asthma attacks, destroy bacterial growth, reduces inflammation, prevents infection, relieves congestion, and stimulates growth of good bacteria.
Horseradish – known best as a popular condiment, horseradish is also good for your health. It destroys bacterial growth, is anti-cancerous, reduces inflammation similar to aspirin but without the side effects, helps the body resist viruses, and enables drainage which then relieves sinus pressure and helps clear infection.
So how do you make this wonder concoction? I thought you’d never ask!
equal parts of:
hot peppers (the hotter the better)
1. Wash equal parts (e.g. 1/2 cup) of each vegetable and chop in a food processor or by hand. (You may want to wear gloves when handling the peppers. Also, make sure you don’t touch your face or eyes.) You don’t want to blend the veggies in a blender because you’ll need to drain them later. Let them be chunky. They’re happier that way.
2. Fill a jar 2/3rds full with cut up vegetables. We use a half gallon jar.
3. Fill the jar with raw apple cider vinegar or at least 80 proof vodka, making sure you cover the veggies completely. We prefer vodka because it pulls out more of the medicinal qualities, it makes the mucous membranes in the mouth more permeable, so the tincture can enter the bloodstream more effectively, increases the shelf life of the tincture and has a higher alcohol content (the higher the content, the better it works).
The amount of alcohol in the average dose of tincture is equal to the alcohol in a ripe banana. If you’re still concerned about the alcohol, you can place the tincture in a cup, pour boiling water over it, and the alcohol will evaporate within seconds.
4. Seal your jar, date it, and let it sit in a dark cupboard at room temperature for at least 14 days. (We’ve let ours sit 30 plus days and it’s been just fine.) The longer it sits, the more nutrients the vodka will pull out. Shake the jar several times every day.
5. When you’re ready to use it, strain out the vegetables and pour the liquid (now called a tincture) into a tincture bottle. Label it and keep it in a dark cupboard.
How to Take Pepper Juice
As cold and flu season comes upon you, take a dropper full every couple days to keep your immune system up. If there’s something ‘going around’, increase it to every day and even a few times each day. At the slightest scratchy throat, funny feeling, or sniffle I wouldn’t recommend anything less than 3-4 times a day or more.
We give Pepper Juice to our five children (ages 14 to 2 1/2) by first letting them get a mouthful of water and then squirting it into their mouths. They swish it around and swallow it with a glass of water. Then we usually let them have a healthy snack to help with any remaining heat.
The littler they are, the less they get. The oldest three get a full dropper (measures out to 1/4th teaspoon). Our five year old only gets 1/3 of a dropper and the 2 1/2 year old only gets about 5 drops. There’s no set rule and it’s not going to hurt them, but it is hot and we’d rather they be willing to take a little at a time instead of running and hiding when they see us reaching for the bottle.
How Well Does It Work?
A friend of mine shared this recipe with me, and in the three years my family has used it, we’ve come through some of the worst cold and flu seasons with nothing but minor complaints. And I’m talking the all out week long flu where you’re in the bathroom for two reasons.
A few years ago we got together with twenty-three extended family members for Christmas. My niece wasn’t feeling good when she arrived and as soon as we knew about it, my husband and I (and the kids) took Pepper Juice several times a day for the entire weekend.
No one in the extended family was brave enough to try it.
After arriving home again, we found out that EVERYONE else was starting to come down with the flu. It ended up being a doozy too – the week-long vomiting, diarrhea, and I’m-gonna-die kind of flu. Our family continued to take the Pepper Juice. I felt kind of ‘blah’ one day, but other than that, we passed with flying colors.
So now we come to the crux of the matter. Flu season is almost over for this year – but what are you going to do next year? The flu shot? Or a shot of Pepper Juice?
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