- Dr. Mark Hyman - https://drhyman.com -

Supporting Your Immune System When You May Need It Most

LAST YEAR I RECEIVED frequent calls about how to support your immune system toward the end of the year. No one likes to get a cold or flu. Recent research confirms many ways we can stay healthy. For example, studies have shown that people with vitamin D deficiency are 11 times more likely to get a cold or flu, while supplementing with vitamin D can reduce colds and flu by 42 percent.(i [1])

I wanted to share with you some suggestions for staying healthy. There are many simple things you can do and some extra supplements you can take.

First let’s review the controversy over the flu vaccine and then I will share exactly what you can do and what to take. The guiding principle of functional medicine is personalized care, not the one-size fits all belief that everyone should have the same treatment. This applies equally to vaccines. There is risk and benefit to every medical treatment or procedure.

Here are the 2 important facts to consider when it comes to flu vaccination:

  1. The Center for Disease Control recommends vaccination for high-risk groups, not necessarily everyone. The key groups that would benefit most from the vaccine are health workers with direct patient contact, pregnant women, caregivers of children younger than 6 months, children and adults under age 24, and adults who have underlying medical conditions, such as asthma [2], heart disease [3], or diabetes [4]. If that doesn’t describe you, you should think twice about having the vaccine.
  2. The multi-dose vials of the vaccine contain mercury [5] as a preservative. This is the majority of vaccines. If you are a pregnant or nursing woman you should insist on the single dose vial which does not contain mercury. Unfortunately there are a limited number of the mercury-free vaccines.

That is why I only recommend vaccination for high-risk individuals. But whether you get vaccinated or not, it is critical to support your immune system through natural means to help you prevent the flu.

Remember, Let Food Be Your Medicine!

It is critical to support your immune system through natural means to help prevent the flu.

Supplements for Adult Immune Support

Here is an overview of the vitamins, minerals, and herbs you need and why they are important.

Note: Patients with autoimmune diseases should not take this.

How to Order Your Immune-Supporting Supplements

To order the kind of supplements I’ve described simply go to The Healthy Living Store [9] click on Adult Immune Support Kit [10] or Kid’s Immune Support Kit  [11]and add the items you want to purchase to your cart and check out. Supporting your immune system when you may need it most couldn’t be easier.

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below – but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health!

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD


(i) Cannell, J., Vieth, R.; Umhau, J., et al. 2006. Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. Epidemiology and Infection. 134 (6): 1129.