I was reminded yesterday that this is flu season and the flu can cause hemolysis in people with G6PD Deficiency. A member of my family with G6PD Deficieny had to be taken to the hospital for a blood transfusion when he got the N1H1 flu. It was his fifth transfusion since his birth two years ago, but he went an entire year without having a blood transfusion. He is an amazing success story.
Should I Take Flu Shots?
I do not recommend them and do not take them myself because there is so much controversy surrounding them. Boosting your immune system and taking simple precautions is a much better alternative.
Here’s what to do
- Stay away from sugar as much as possible. It is a major immune system destroyer.
- Wash your hands often, especially when coming home from a public place or visiting others.
- Try not to rub your eyes or nose unless your hands are clean.
- Eat lots of green vegetables or juice There are some juice recipes in the members section.
- Soup is a great way to boost your immune system. Make it yourself from homemade bone stock. Simmer meat, poultry, pork or fish scraps, including the bones, with some carrots, celery and onions until the meat falls off the bones. You can add other vegetables if you like. Strain the stock and discard the solids. Some seasonings to add to the simmering stock is thyme, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Fresh herbs are better, but you can add dried if that is all you have.
- Take B and E vitamins and NAC.
- Eat fruit and vegetables that are high in vitamin C. Citrus, peppers, fruit, etc. Natural vitamin C in food is okay, it is the Ascorbic Acid put in food that is not good for us.
- Stress is a major contributor to illness, so avoid it as much as possible. That is pretty hard to do sometimes.
- I have said this many times, but liver and grape juice are amazing.
- Saline solution nose spray is great. It kills germs and opens the nasal passages at the same time. Salt water can also be gargled for your throat.
- Natural honey is another germ killer. Use it unprocessed and as fresh as possible. For children over a year old you can add it to pineapple and lemon for sore throats. Leave it out for younger children. There are some recipes in the member’s section.
- Get enough oversize.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Remember that the flu can cause hemolysis and be careful when you are around others and eat right and stay healthy. It is the best way to avoid hemolysis caused by the flu.