Medical Minute 3-24: Stay Flu-Free Forever

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Dawn Von Graff used to get so sick she was begging the wishing well for help. She had pills for her cough and for the sniffles but nothing worked.

"Instead you try to fix the symptoms, but you're not addressing the real issue, which is your decimated immune system," said Dawn Von Graff.

Gene Stone felt the same way, so he sought some new advice.

"I was seeing lots of people who weren't getting sick … maybe I was talking to the wrong people, maybe I should be talking to the people who never get sick and find out what their secrets are," said Gene Stone, Author/Journalist.

His book - The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick - runs the germ-fighting-gamut.

"In a teacup…3/4 of a cup of pasteurized egg whites, and then add one little bottle of the DanActive yogurt, which is the probiotic," said Tony Japour, M.D., Miami, Florida.

Doctor Tony Japour wrote a chapter on probiotics, live bacteria found in yogurt, cheese - and bananas. Studies show they boost your immune system, and may slow some cancer tumor growth. They've kept Tony flu-free for years.

Do you like garlic? A new study shows people eating it reduced by more than half the number of days they were sick. It's also been shown to fight off the staph infection bug.

Of course - you could always move to one of the Earth's blue zones - spots with the least sick people. Middle-aged death is lowest in Costa Rica, and Okinawa, Japan has the longest disability-free life expectancy.

"The difference since I've been doing this has been unbelievable. I'm literally a new person now."

Dawn improved her diet and added pro-biotics, and hasn't had a cold in three years. Time to throw those pennies out for good.

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