Tom Ballard, ND's blog

Swine Flu and You
September 30, 2009, 1:43 pm
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I’m not anti-vaccine, but I do resist anything that has been rushed to the market without years of unbiased testing. Swine flu vaccine scares me because it falls into this category. There are reports of deaths and severe neurological disease as a result of the vaccine. One report stated there have been more deaths in France from the vaccine than there have been from the flu.

What can you do instead of vaccination?

  • Frequent hand washing.
  • Plenty of rest.
  • Vitamins C and D, and zinc.
  • Nasal rinsing with saline or an herbal product such as Nasal Mist (NOW foods).
  • As soon as you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle with warm salt and lemon tea.
  • Keep warm. It’s better to encourage the fever that your immune system uses to kill germs. Avoid chilling.
  • Acidophilus and other probiotics.
  • Immune enhancing herbs: Garlic, echinacea, oregon grape, elderberry, quercetin, golden seal, olive leaf, Reishi and shiitake mushrooms, etc (Total Well Being from Pure Wellness Labs contains all of these)
  • Non-sweet liquids such as water, vegetable juices, Greens First, Red Alert, and soups.
  • Avoid sweet foods. They suppress white blood cells. (Orange juice doesn’t have enough vitamin C to overcome the immune suppression of its sugar content).
  • AlliUltra Liquid, a liquid concentrate of allicin (the active ingredient in garlic) can be gargled, sniffed, dropped into ears, or nubulized into the lungs.

Vaccinate yourself with a healthy lifestyle rather than with experimental therapies


Misunderstanding Preventive Medicine
September 6, 2009, 1:58 am
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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer makes the same mistake as most MDs, politicians, public health officials, and health policy experts – they don’t understand the difference between preventive medicine and early detection. Krauthammer’s editorial (Preventive care is no panacea, 8/15/09) is printed all over the world, yet his thesis that preventive medicine doesn’t pay is not supported by the facts. He doesn’t cite a single preventive medicine study, only studies done on early detection (mammograms, colonoscopies, etc) Prevention and early detection are not the same, although medical companies would like us to think so.

Prevention therapies are lifestyle changes that make early detection tests read negative – no disease. Many large, multicenter studies have been done showing exercise, diet, relaxation, etc do reduce disease, especially heart disease and diabetes, two of the most expensive.

True preventive medicine is rarely discussed in the so-called healthcare debate because it is largely free of financial ties to medical corporations. For the most part the wrangling is about who will pay for more testing, surgeries and drugs. These are at the opposite end of the healthcare continuum, far downstream from prevention. So, rather than tax money paying for $55 a month for grandma’s gym membership, or a yoga class, it will pay $250 a month for her heart and diabetes drugs.

Early detection may not be cost effective, but preventive medicine is. And until true preventive medicine becomes a central part of healthcare planning, we will continue to hemorrhage money and lose lives.