(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.