Vitamin D Fights the Flu

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago December 06, 2013 Dec 6, 2013 Friday, December 06 2013 Friday, December 06, 2013 5:18:00 PM CST in News
By: Alexandra Engel

COLUMBIA - As outside temperatures drop you might find your own getting uncomfortably high. Every year people flock to the doctors office to get their yearly flu vaccine, but some researchers say there is an alternative that's roughly 50 percent more effective and 100 percent less painful. It's Vitamin D.

Doctors at Focus on Health, a chiropractic care center, encourage their patients to take doses of Vitamin D in order to prevent and treat influenza. Dr. Sam Henley says they don't promote one method over the other, but they've witnessed first hand the effects of taking Vitamin D.

"The thing about the flu vaccine is it's really the pharmaceutical companies best guess from last year. There's a lot of times it may do some good but a lot of times, you know, they'll miss the mark and they won't get the right flu virus," Henley explained.

Cochrane Collaboration is an independent non-profit organization that "conducts systematic reviews of randomized control trials," in the interest of evidence-based medicine. Last year the organization performed clinical trials of the flu vaccine on more than 70,000 people and just recently published its conclusions.

"At best, vaccines might be effective against only influenza A and B, which represent about 10 percent of all circulating viruses."

Charlie Racinowski experienced first hand the effects of both the flu vaccine and Vitamin D. Racinowski previously served in the Marine Corps where he was required to receive an annual flu vaccination.

"I got sick almost every time after getting the flu vaccine, within like, two weeks," said Racinowski.

After the Marines, Racinowski did his own research on how to avoid the flu when he stumbled across Vitamin D studies and their effectiveness to prevent and treat sickness. He now takes Vitamin D religiously and has for the past three years.

"I'm not sick. I just don't get sick anymore," he said.

Vitamin D is a nutrient that converts into a hormone after it's ingested. This prohormone regulates how your body uses calcium and phosphorous, both of which fight off invading bacteria and viral infections.

The flu vaccination works in a very different manner. Researchers look at the previous year's flu epidemic and then make an educated guess as to which strands of the flu will affect people the next season. The vaccine is made up of a few different strands that are then injected either by shot or a milder nasal spray to expose your immune system to the illness. You're immune system then recognizes the illness and fights it off, strengthening future immunity.

According to the Cochrane Collaboration, there are more than 200 different strands each year of the flu. Cochrane Collaboration documented its conclusion after 50 different vaccine trials.

"In average conditions, (partially matching the vaccine), 100 people need to be vaccinated in order to avoid one set of influenza symptoms."

Henley says the best way to build your immunity against the flu might be both the vaccine and Vitamin D.

The vaccine is available in a shot and nasal spray form at numerous locations in town. Likewise, Vitamin D supplements come in pill, powder, and liquid form and are sold in most drug stores and grocery locations.

 

More News

Grid
List
CLAYTON (AP) — A suburban St. Louis mother has been convicted of poisoning her son with prescription medications and keeping... More >>
34 minutes ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 8:21:50 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Former U.S. Marine Eric Olson is used to brotherhood in service. Now he has formed a different kind... More >>
1 hour ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 7:09:34 AM CDT in Top Stories
FLORISSANT (AP) — Authorities are looking for a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian before fleeing in St. Louis... More >>
2 hours ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 6:50:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former southwestern Missouri high school teacher has admitted in federal court that he downloaded child pornography... More >>
2 hours ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 6:46:09 AM CDT in News
CENTERVIEW (AP) — Authorities say a riot inside a western Missouri jail pod has been squelched. The... More >>
3 hours ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 5:40:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - In honor of Women's History Month, the Harry S. Truman Memorial Verterans' Hospital is recognizing the achievements of... More >>
5 hours ago March 24, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 Friday, March 24 2017 Friday, March 24, 2017 3:21:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for the Columbia Public School's school board and Boone Hospital... More >>
13 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:54:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is backing a contested health care overhaul proposed in the U.S. House.... More >>
14 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:23:27 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - As students and families are preparing to go on spring break trips, the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and... More >>
15 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:52:00 PM CDT in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A confrontation between neighbors ended with a man shooting two dogs, the Camden County Sheriff's Office said.... More >>
15 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:44:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University's president, Kevin D. Rome, will resign effective June 30 and the next day take over... More >>
15 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:03:00 PM CDT in News
ST. CLAIR (AP) — Firefighters who put out a blaze in an eastern Missouri woode d area found a man's... More >>
16 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:08:16 PM CDT in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A man who investigators say sexually assaulted a 14-year-old female victim on Monday has been charged with... More >>
17 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:42:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A federal court convicted a Columbia man on charges related to child pornography and sexual exploitation of... More >>
17 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:08:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A packed audience learned about the connection between obesity and sleep problems Thursday in the Monsanto Auditorium at... More >>
18 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:36:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA— A bill supported by representatives on both sides of the aisle aims to change the way childcare subsidies are... More >>
18 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Residents of Mid-Missouri are accustomed to seeing the large rotunda of the Capitol building in Jefferson City... More >>
18 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Tuesday after witnesses from a deadly shooting connected him with the crime scene. ... More >>
19 hours ago March 23, 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:19:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
9am 62°
10am 65°
11am 67°
12pm 70°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Grimm
8:00p
Dateline NBC
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Originals
8:00p
Reign
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld