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Nutrition Tactics

Your immune system really, really likes Vitamin C. Double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling wrote an entire book on using this inexpensive substance to literally cure the common cold back in the 1970's but for some reason this non-toxic, cheap cure his proved unpopular or illegal to tell people about.

There is no mainstream cure per se for the common cold. The fix is to strengthen the immune system so that it's never a problem. Looking for a patentable 'magic bullet' anti-viral agent for a quickly mutating sub-lethal virus is simply a dumb idea.

By the time someone in your office starts sneezing you've already been swimming around in flu germs for a while - who 'gets' the flu depends on the relative immune strength of the individuals concerned.

Dr. Pauling's protocol was to gradually increase dosages of Vitamin C (he used bulk ascorbic acid which is the cheaper man made analogue of organic Vitamin C) up to several grams at a time, a few times per day.

Note the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance which interestingly enough used to be called the RDM or Recommended Daily Minimum).

Humans (and guinea pigs) are among the only mammals which don't manufacture Vitamin C themselves. Most other mammals make this essential nutrient internally.

A large adult goat for example, (which is about the same mass as an adult human) makes about 17g of Vitamin C daily. If it's sick or injured it makes a whole lot more until it's healthy again.

In contrast to this, an orange has about 100mg of Vitamin C in it, so you'd have to eat about 170 a day to get that amount!

Now man made ascorbic acid isn't exactly the same as naturally occurring Vitamin C, so my preference is to go for the highest quality natural source of abundant nutrient, in this case the Camu berry has a particular kind of very bioavailable Vitamin C in it along with the trace mineral co-factors needed.

If we combine that with a couple of other ingredients into a little cocktail we can synergise the effects off each other and get much more powerful effects. In this case we're going to combine Vitamin C with extracts of medicinal mushrooms.

Medicinal mushrooms have been used around the world for thousands of years and are a class of herb called an adaptogen - they adapt in a semi-intelligent way to our system. If you're stressed they balance you out, if you're sluggish they perk you up.

The mushroom with the strongest immune building effect is the Agaricus Blazei mushroom from South America. Why South America? Well, it's hot, humid and teeming with life forms, half of which are trying to eat the others!

The medicinal mushrooms have evolved over a long time to be immune to predation from the lower end fungi as well as moulds, bacteria and viral attack.

This is what makes them useful to us as we have some common enemies. The immune defense compounds in the mushrooms can be extracted and eaten enhancing the performance of the human immune system.

When you combine medicinal mushrooms with Vitamin C however, the effect is increased around 3 fold which makes getting rid of colds both faster and cheaper.

Here's the recipe for this cocktail - take half a teaspoon of Camu berry powder (about 2g) and stir into water of juice. Empty 5 caps of good quality Agaricus Blazei mushroom extract and stir briskly.

Shoot it down and follow with a glass of water. Repeat several times a day.

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