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2019/2020 Flu Season: Prepare Yourself With IV Therapy

I was struck by this New York Times piece on the severe flu outbreak in Australia with an unusually nasty virus. It took a moment for me to realize it’s spring in the Southern Hemisphere and they’ve just finished their winter flu season. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) predict that our flu season could be similar to theirs.

Although I personally advocate flu shots, I know that over the years many people who had them got the flu anyway, so some skepticism is justifiable.

What WholeHealth Chicago patients generally prefer to do is build up their immunity, paying extra attention to nutrition, good solid sleep, and regular exercise. Then if someone with the flu exhales just as you’re inhaling, you’ve got an immune system in place that zaps the virus like one of those electric mosquito traps you see on suburban patios.

Another protective strategy is to take the herbal blend called Mycotaki, a mix of mushrooms that contains seven different species clinically studied for their immune enhancing effects.

However, if you really want to be armed to the teeth, call and schedule our proprietary Immune Boost IV, which can be administered in less than the 30 minutes it takes to check your phone.

You’ll receive one liter of a balanced electrolyte fluid with a mega-dose of WholeHealth Chicago’s blend of powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory vitamins, including vitamin C, zinc, and B vitamins.

It’s certainly well accepted that the strength of your immune system is very much dependent on the state of your nutrition. Both vitamin C and zinc, for example, have direct immune- stimulating and antiviral effects. However, many of us are deficient in one or the other (or both) because we’re either inattentive to what we eat or the supplements we select aren’t being efficiently absorbed by our digestive tracts.

Immune Boost IV provides doses of these important nutrients approximately 20 times more potent than oral versions. You couldn’t swallow enough tablets to equal the IV dose without upsetting your stomach. Additionally, IV-delivered supplements bypass the breakdown by stomach acid and enzymes (and also detoxification by your liver) to work directly at a cellular level.

I measure zinc levels frequently among my patients and have been really surprised how many have blood levels well below average. Click here and scroll down to see a list of zinc-rich foods. Along with zinc all-star the oyster, topping the charts are beef, spinach, asparagus, and mushrooms (sounds like dinner), while vegetables, nuts, and seeds also contribute to your daily totals.

Receiving supplements intravenously means that your body takes in 100% of each supplement. Your cells receive the benefits immediately and side effects are minimal—not much more than the tiny pinch of the needle being inserted.

In preparation for the cold and flu season, and to protect us from whatever nonsense is coming from Australia, WholeHealth Chicago is offering a discount on Immune Boost IVs: 10% off when five IVs are purchased in advance. The price for a single IV is $160, with a 10% reduction when a package of five is purchased.

For best results, plan on an IV treatment every 10 to 14 days until the flu season is over.

Be well,
David Edelberg, MD

Leave a Comment


  1. Nikki says:

    Dr. E., I’m glad you are still advocating the flu shot. I’m getting mine today. I’ll also boost my immunity as much as possible because I know the vaccine isn’t super effective (though research shows pretty clearly that it’s *more* effective for kids than for adults, which is why everyone in my house gets it—adults in solidarity with the kids). But with the vaccine, I’m also hoping to help protect elderly family members & generally be less likely to spread it if I become unknowingly/mildly exposed. Thanks, as always!

  2. Mary Parisoe says:

    Does the apothecary carry mycotaki? Thanks.

  3. Joanne Boylan says:

    Is mycotaki similar to Host Defense? If it is different would it be beneficial to take it in addition to Host Defense?

    • cliffmaurer says:

      Hi Joanne –
      The two are very similar. Sometimes taking both can be beneficial, but it depends on the individual. If you’d like to explore other ways to enhance your immune system (especially during this time of year!), I recommend meeting with any of our physicians or nurse practitioners to review strategies that would be best for you.
      -Dr M

  4. Janna says:

    Do you have any idea how much Mercury is in the flu shot? No thanks NO mercury for me. Vitamin C has always worked for me, I have never had the flu.

  5. Katharine Hathaway says:

    I remember when you offered Myers cocktail for $75. Or less.
    Is this a different mixture?

  6. Sukanya says:

    Can we still reap the benefits of the IV after getting a flu shot?

  7. Sheri Scheidt says:

    Do you recommend the flu shot for patients with Lyme?

  8. Susan Francis says:

    Dear Dr. Edelberg

    Many years ago, you suggested I use MyCommunity Comprehensive Immune Support fas I was dealing with Adrenal Fatigue…
    Is there a difference. between the Mycotaki and MyCommunity?
    I continue to take the former to support my system.
    Thank you!
    Susan

    • cliffmaurer says:

      Hi Susan,

      We made the decision to replace MyCommunity Comprehensive with Mycotaki a while ago because we found it to be a higher quality product. It has the same intended purpose, but seems to work better for our patients.

      Hope this helps,
      Dr M

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