According to an article last fall in the Wall Street Journal*, "medical studies have shown that air travelers face higher rates of infection [than non-travelers]: one study pegged the increased risk of catching a cold at 20%". This startling statistic, combined with the fact that airlines are not mandated by the FAA on how often they clean their aircraft, should have you questioning whether the typical Vitamin-C powder packs the appropriate immunity punch to keep you healthy in the air.
Thankfully, we've developed something much better, based on a classic Chinese herbal formula (Yu Ping Feng San - aka Jade Windscreen) that's kept me (and numerous others) healthy for the last two flu seasons and over 300,000 miles in the air. Immunity Support is a three-herb combination that I would recommend to any member of my family, parents with small kids, and just about anybody whose about to touch a tray table or check-in screen.
The Truth About Airplane “Cleanliness”
This is a fact - there are no cleaning requirements for U.S. domestic airlines. The FAA doesn’t mandate how and when planes should be cleaned, and the FDA only inspects food and water safety on commercial planes. Airlines set their own standard about the frequency and depth of cleaning each aircraft. Unless you’re sitting in first class, it’s more than likely that neither your seat nor tray table has been cleaned since the night before.
"The potential pathogen 'hot spots' - tray table and seat backs, areas typically not cleaned between flights and where bacteria can linger for hours."
Now get this: according to the same Wall Street Journal article, many of the potential issues "come from those passengers within 2 rows of you.” Again, the primary hot spots – tray tables and seat backs, areas typically not cleaned between flights and where according to the same article, viruses and bacteria can live for hours. Given the potential proximity to people who should be in bed as opposed to on a plane, to say nothing of a tray table that could be doubling as a petri dish, it’s no wonder people drink powdered vitamins before takeoff – but is that enough?
The Better Solution: Immunity Support
I’ve written extensively about Immunity Support since our launch, and for good reason. It’s awesome for several practical applications and I’ve been outspoken about the power of the herbs contained within each packet: from keeping me healthy throughout last year’s epic flu season (with two little kids in daycare), to discussing why the Chinese health authorities used this formula during the 2003 SARS outbreak**, the formula is really quite amazing (and with ample , many of our customers would agree).
“Ask any acupuncturist who is familiar with this three-herb combination, and they’ll tell you that when it comes to boosting immunity when airborne pathogens are at their height, there’s nothing quite like it.”
The herbal combination remains one of the most popular immunity boosting formulas in all of Chinese herbal medicine, and is widely consumed across Asia still to this day (remarkable for an over 500 year old formula).
Ask any acupuncturist who’s familiar with this combination, and they’ll tell you that when it comes to boosting immunity when airborne pathogens are at their height, there’s nothing quite like it. I recently attended and gave a brief talk at the Minnesota Acupuncture Association’s monthly gathering, and met an MD who was in attendance (with Chinese medicine training which is incredibly cool): He told me that he takes this formula all flu season when he’s assigned to the ER with incredible results. Imagine what it could do on a two-hour flight.
No Need to Change Your Routine
Immunity Support works just like any other Vitamin-C powder blend – simply add to water prior to hitting the road, and pack a handful others to drink as you continue with your travels. As I noted above, it’s never failed me in over 300,000 miles in the air.
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