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Healthy Bits, Issue #002 - One fun recipe and must read info about flu vaccination
November 06, 2009

Do you wonder whether the swine flu vaccine really protects your children? I have reviewed the studies referred to by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and posted H1N1 vaccine effectiveness rates here.

Please forward this link to your friends and family who have kids, whether or not they have already vaccinated them. It will help them make informed choices.

Now the fun stuff!

In the last newsletter I promised to share a recipe for the tastiest way to beat flu and cold. Traditional German hot wine with spices, Gluhwein, does exactly that.

In Germany, Gluhwein is sold on the streets and gluhwein mix is on the shelves of every supermarket. You can use any cheap red wine. Replace wine with apple juice, if you are not drinking alcohol. Cloves, lemon, and cinnamon are antibacterial, immune-boosting foods, and hot wine is the perfect medium that gets them into your system, fast!

Here is the recipe enjoy!

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine (750 ml)
  • one lemon
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar or honey
  • some cardamom to taste
Heat the red wine in a pot, but don't boil. Cut the lemon into slices and add to the wine. Then add the cinnamon, cloves, sugar and a little cardamom (to taste). Heat everything for about 5 minutes - do not boil - and let stand for about an hour. Before serving, reheat and strain. Serve in pre-warmed glasses or mugs.
As you can see, there are ways to deal with cold and flu and get some pleasure, too. It tastes delicious, and it works!

Enjoy - and thanks for referring to others!

To your health,

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