Five steps to prevent whooping cough

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Natural Ways to Prevent Whooping Cough(NaturalHealth365) Are you protecting yourself from whooping cough? And, if you believe that a good ‘prevention strategy’ involves getting vaccinated – think again.

The recent outbreak, the worst in over 60 years, is now being described as an epidemic in Southern California and has many wondering if the vaccine benefits outweigh the risks. In 2013, both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admitted to problems with the vaccine.

Vaccine data fails to support claims that unvaccinated children are to blame

“It is this kind of failure, not Jenny McCarthy, that has parents questioning the logic of the CDC, and many ultimately deciding that the unseen benefits do not outweigh the potential risks.” – SafeMinds, SmartVax

The latest strain, with over 800 cases diagnosed since June has experts, politicians and the public up in arms considering the recent influx of migrant children pouring into San Diego and Texas’ public safety facilities. Border doctors assure the public that migrant children are not entering with pertussis but due to overcrowding and close-quarter living, it takes very few cases to quickly spread the infection among many.

Do you trust government-sponsored healthcare advice?

Despite a lack of substantial evidence that the whooping cough vaccine is effective, public health officials still suggest this potentially defunct vaccine instead of focusing on everyday lifestyle prevention. Antibiotics are standard treatment and doctors generally prescribe them preventively to other family members despite the ever-growing concern for antibiotic resistance.

While you may only be able to reduce your family’s exposure to whooping cough, you can take action to enhance daily immunity to prevent infection.

Five steps to prevent whooping cough

1. Are you getting enough vitamin D?  Vitamin D is actually a hormone and crucial for a strong immune system. This essential hormone modulates cytokine and general immune activity to protect against infection. Get tested and be sure your levels are between 50 – 70 ng/ml.  Of course, daily sunshine exposure is the best way to increase inadequate vitamin D levels.

2. Consume plenty of high-quality probiotics. 80% of your immune system lives inside the digestive system. Choose a non-GMO, multi-strain probiotic to populate both the small and large intestine to protect against pertussis and other pathogenic influences.

3. Vitamin-rich food therapy. Choose a variety of vitamin C rich foods such as yellow bell peppers, guavas, kiwi, kale, broccoli and papaya.

4. Consider homeopathy. In her book, Homeopathy In Epidemic Diseases, Dr. Dorothy Shepard says that homeopathy is a powerful, non-toxic approach to pertussis prevention. Drosera Rotundifolia, Grindelia, and Antimonium Tartaricum were noted preventives.

5. Get plenty of good quality sleep. Get enough sleep so the immune and endocrine system can rest, repair and engage around the clock.

Are you able to spot the symptoms – immediately?

Bortedella Pertussis bacteria spreads through coughing and sneezing. The CDC reports that it only takes one person to infect up to 15 others.

Symptoms typically appear 7-10 days after initial exposure. The landmark symptom is the unmistakable whooping sound heard when the coughing person gasps for air. This may or may not be accompanied by fever, high-pitched crying and convulsions.

If you suspect pertussis, which can be fatal to babies and children, immediately seek evaluation. Catching pertussis right away can ensure a full and safe recovery.

About the author: Christine M. Dionese L.Ac, MSTOM is an integrative health expert, medical journalist and food writer. She’s dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health. Christine practices, writes and speaks on environmental functional medicine, epigenetics, food therapy and sustainable living.

References:
http://www.pnas.org/content/111/2/787
http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical/index.html?s_cid=
http://www.smartvax.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=112:pertussis-vaccine-failure-should-be-a-wake-up-call

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  • Rebecca

    Christine, I am glad someone took on this topic. There is too little reporting on the truth about this vaccine.

    There are major research papers documenting the failure of the pertussis vaccine. None of the papers received media coverage. Only recently have stories on this dismal failure been reported. This should be front page news not a back-page story, which is where it shows up.

    Infectious disease experts have been looking at the outbreaks and are seeing evidence that the bacteria are now resistant to the vaccine. There are new strains developing due to the mass vaccination campaigns of the past.

    What the pharmaceutical along with the medical community are doing is looking to add a seventh dose to the national immunization schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions.

    The reason given is that the majority of people coming down with the whooping cough are up to date with their immunizations. This idea shows how out of touch modern medicine is with the true way to stay healthy, which you outlined so well in the article.

    • Barb

      I have had a cough for over a week. I went to my doctor last week on Tuesday a week ago. He prescribed an antibiotic and cough suppressant. I am still coughing. I had whopping cough as a child, so I don’t think I would have it again. But, the doctor didn’t say what he thought I had. he only said that a lot of people are coming in with a cough. I live in PA.

      • We have experienced a whooping cough epidemic in our family and church. At the time we thought the children were protected as they had been immunized…I know…but our 5 month old baby hadn’t as we had decided against all immunizations by then. We rarely go to the doctor but treat with herbs, minerals and common sense 99% of the time. This time though, when our baby had “more than a cold” we did go. The doctor misdiagnosed him….for you see, when pertussis is treatable in stage 1 it looks like a cold. Once it progressed to dehydration and low oxygen levels all we could do was to make him comfortable, oxygen, feed through a tube and respirate the phlegm. He was in rough shape and in the hospital for 4 weeks, while the rest of the family was quarantined at home. Vaccines are not what they are reported to be. I’m an informed parent but I didn’t know the infant doses of the vaccine wore off by age 5. The only age that seemed to be covered were my 6=9 year olds. Then the kindergarten vaccines wear off and the teenagers get it along with us adults. One caution for group activities such as church…if you hear someone with a terrible cough…with or without the seal bark at the end, take caution. It will spread through every family like wildfire! Now we skip the vaccines and stay alert and prepared!

  • Susan Pearce

    Read this article so you will be ready in case you or a loved one gets whooping cough. Sometimes, the sick person won’t be aware that he has whooping cough because the cough isn’t a whoop, but he still is contagious. “Vitamin C for Whooping Cough” – Updated Edition. Suzanne Humphries, MD | International Medical Council on Vaccination – http://www.vaccinationcouncil. org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Vitamin-C-for-Whooping-Cough.-Updated-Edition.-Suzanne-Humphries-MD-_-Internati.pdf