Stay Flu-Free Forever

FRESNO, Calif.

How about this: humans carry up to 10 million germs between just their fingers and elbows every day. If you're coming down with too many illnesses too often, there may be help.

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," von Graff told Ivanhoe.

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," Stone, an author and journalist, told Ivanhoe. 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," Tony Japour, M.D., from Miami, Fla., told Ivanhoe.

Dr. Japour wrote a chapter on probiotics, which are 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 Dr. Japour flu-free for years.

Do you like garlic? A new study shows people eating it reduced the number of days they were sick by more than half.

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.

Von Graff improved her diet, added probiotics, and hasn't had a cold in three years.

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

Perhaps the best way to stay healthy? Stop touching your nose, mouth and eyes with your hands. It seems bacteria and pathogens use your hands to enter your body.

Gene Stone
Author of The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

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