What to do to prevent the flu

I get asked every single day what to do to avoid the flu. Here are several tips that can help you to avoid succumbing to this uncomfortable infection.

1) Flu shots are rarely the answer. There have been no major studies that have shown that receiving a flu shot decreases mortality from the flu. It is also unclear if you are actually any less likely to catch the flu if you have received the shot. Except for the immunocompromised elderly it is usually an unnecessary risk to receive the vaccine.

2) Make sure you have adequate vitamin D levels. Have your doctor check your levels twice a year to make sure you are in the 80-100 ng/ml range for optimal protection.

3) Get lots of rest and stay hydrated during flu season. The more run down we get the easier for the influenza virus to set up shop in our cells.

4) Elderberry syrup is a great natural anti-viral. Taking one tablespoon per day during cold and flu season does wonders to ward off the flu.

5) At the first sign of the flu take a few pellets of oscillococinium. This is a homeopathic remedy made by Boiron. This is a highly effective way to stop the flu in its tracks. If you are not already under the care of a constitutional homeopath this is your best bet for aborting a flu early on. This remedy is available at most health food stores these days.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to the flu. Stay healthy so the virus doesnt have a chance when you come into contact with it. Happy holidays and stay healthy.

Good luck and good health.

Dr. Chris Chlebowski

Water Filtration Systems

Most old homes and businesses in Oregon have some lead pipes in their plumbing systems. This lead leaches out into drinking water. All homes should be fitted with a filtration system that removes lead, heavy metals and chlorine. There are many good brands on the market with replaceable filters.

I use a PUR system for our drinking water in our home. They are very affordable and can be purchased online or at any of the big retail stores.

Showering and Bathing

Water in Portland has high levels of chlorine. Although chlorine helps kill off unwanted organisms in our water it also has many harmful effects on our health.

When water is heated, as in a shower or bath, the chlorine becomes aerosolized. Aerosolized chlorine is then absorbed in the lungs in huge concentrations. In addition to drying out our skin, and therefore aggravating many skin conditions, this aerosolized chlorine affects our thyroid. Chlorine is a halogen like iodine, and when the body absorbs chlorine it kicks iodine out of the thyroid and can wreck havoc on that most important endocrine organ. Anyone with a thyroid condition should not bath/shower without removing chlorine.


Dutch Guard caries a filter for the bath. It fits over the end of the faucet and then water runs through it.


There are also many companies who make filter balls that float in the bath. I don’t know how effective this method is for removing total chlorine form the bath, but it is probably better than nothing.


In my home we use the Canpro system in our showers. I have found them to be very affordable and easy to install There appear to be many distributors on the internet for their products.


Good luck and good health

Chris Chlebowski, D.C, N.D.

Homemade Goats Milk Formula

Goat’s milk is the single best alternative to mothers milk. It is the one milk that almost every other mammal can digest. This formula is easy to make and provides all the nutrition that an infant needs.

This recipe makes roughly 36 ounces

3 cups raw goat milk
1 cups filtered water
1/4 cup liquid whey from kefir
1 tsp organic blackstrap molasses
2 tsp. organic brown rice syrup
1/4 tsp of probiotics
1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin cod liver oil
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp virgin coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon Acerola powder

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. To warm, place in a pan of simmering water. Do not use a microwave! Make every day or every few days to preserve freshness and to optimize nutrition.

If the child is nursing also or eating solid foods here is a modified/simpler version

3 cups raw goat milk
1 cup filtered water
2 tsp. organic brown rice syrup
1/4 tsp of probiotics
1/2 teaspoon high-vitamin cod liver oil

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Good luck and good health,

Chris Chlebowski, D.C, N.D.


Did you know that cancer can be cured?

Last night I watched a very interesting movie. This film was called Burzynski – Cancer is serious business. I will provide the link to youtube for you to watch it at the end of this blog post. This was a fascinating film about Stanislaw Burzynski, M.D. who is a Polish biochemist and medical doctor. In the 1970′s he discovered a  series of peptides that can be extracted from human urine which when administered to a patient can cure many types of serious cancer.  I knew of his work but what the movie showed me was the unrelentless attack by the current medical establishment upon this doctor. Despite his curing thousands of patients with virtually no harmful side effects, unlike the more accepted cancer treatments; chemotherapy and radiation, he has been attacked for decades by the FDA. Why you might ask? Because his therapies work and they threaten the money machine that is the current paradigm of cancer treatment.

Any of my collegues in natural medicine, as well as myself, can attest to the fact that there are many therapies that cure cancer. This often comes as a shock to my patients. They say “I thought we were searching for the cure for cancer”, or ” I had no idea that there were options besides chemo and radiation”. Well this is what the current establishment would have you believe. Millions of dollars are spent each year “racing for the cure” or “living strong” but in reality all of this money goes to the same few people doing the same research. If you know anyone that is struggling with cancer please have them contact me or any of my many collegues around the country who I can refer you to. There are other, effective options besides the slash and burn techniques currently being practiced. Dont get me wrong, there is a time and place for chemotherapy, surgery and radiation but it is not the only option and it is often way less effective than the other therapies out there.

Please take the time to watch this film. I think you will be surprised.


Good luck and good health,

Dr. C


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