Yesterday, before I left for work, it started pouring rain.

I’m not talking just cats and dogs, but LARGE cats and dogs…coming down in sheets.

It was so bad that the water was spilling over the rain gutters and it looked like Niagara Falls over our front porch.

My wife asked me to get a tarp and cover our porch since all the shoes were getting wet.

I told her it wasn’t aTarp problem, but a Drain problem.

I then ran out in my shorts and t-shirt, got a ladder and started cleaning out the rain gutter that was packed with leaves, sticks and debris including a few of the kids toys and balls (BTW, tennis balls have the exact same circumference as the hole in your rain gutter. They fit beautifully together.)

Once the toys, ball and debris were out of the gutter, it drained perfectly and water no longer flowed over the edge.

Niagara Falls splashing all over our shoes on the porch was no longer an issue.

The problem was solved by cleaning out the rain gutter, not putting a tarp over the shoes.

So today, I would like to talk about how to solve the problem of the Swine Flu that is going around.

The H1N1 flu virus, (AKA Swine flu) is different from the regular flu virus in that it is often associated with vomiting and diarrhea.

It lasts about a week before full recovery and has already wreaked havoc in the South Bay for many people.

So what is the reason why so many people come down with the flu this time of year?

Is it because our bodies are deficient in the flu vaccine or perhaps our immune systems are weakened by lower levels of Vitamin D in the body at this time of year?

Research shows that decreased levels of Vitamin D make us more prone to getting the flu.

A recent double blind study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that children receiving low doses of Vitamin D 3 were 42% less likely to come down with the flu.

Since Vitamin D3 is best obtained from healthy doses of sunshine, it makes sense that decreased exposure to sun can set us up for the flu since Vitamin D has a strong influence on our immune system.

Not only is Vitamin D less available via sunshine in Winter, but the window of opportunity to receive Vitamin D is shorter this time of year, typically being from around 10:30am to 1:30pm.

Since you’re not getting sufficient sunshine, now would be a good time to make sure you are taking a Vitamin D supplement regularly as it is one of the best strategies to decreasing your chances of getting the flu.

Also, if it’s been over a year since your last health check, get some fresh lab work done and make sure to check your Vitamin D levels (optimal range should be between 50-80 ng/ml.)

This is a simple thing to do that can really make a BIG difference in protecting you against the flu.

If you want to go above and beyond the Vitamin D recommendation, incorporate a broad spectrum anti-microbial essential oil cocktail that includes 2 drops of On-Guard, Oregano, Melaleuca, Copaiba, and Myrrh. You can also put those drops in a veggie capsule and take it internally for even better results.

This cocktail is one of the most powerful, yet safe and effective methods of killing the bugs and building the immune system at the same time.

Taking this can prevent you from getting the flu or if you have the flu, taking it 3 x day can knock out the flu very quickly.

Implement this in your regular health practice and your immune system will thank you for it!

Hope this helps.

That’s all for today!

To your health,

Dr. Derek ‘No flu shot for me’ Taylor

PS – If you want to learn about the oils that can boost your immune system and take your health to the next level, come to our next Essential Oil Class….

“How to Lose Weight & Detox Using Essential Oils.”

When: Thursday Jan 18th or Tuesday Jan 23rd

Time: 6:30PM

Where: Right outside my office in the lobby of the South End Tennis Club (2800 Skypark Dr., Torrance, CA 90505)

Cost: FREE

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