New Flu

David Klurfeld dklurfe at lifesci.wayne.edu
Mon Jan 19 15:52:06 EST 1998


Ralph L. Samson wrote:
> 
> Dear Readers,
>        In view of the new strain of flu going around, I offer a
> suggestion.
> Take 16,000 to 20,000 IU of Vitamin A (Retinol) daily.  This will
> hopefully
> make the mucous membranes of the nose, via its secretions, destroy any
> incoming viruses and wash the debris down to the nostrils.  it is only
> a
> suggestion and you have the option to follow or ignore.
> Regards, Ralph
> 

While I don't think there is any credible evidence to substantiate this
suggestion, it may be particularly harmful to pregnant women.  It is
well known that intake of 25,000 IU of vitamin A daily can cause
abortions and major malformations in the fetus.
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David M. Klurfeld, Dept of Nutrition & Food Science,
Wayne State University, 3009 Science Hall, Detroit, MI 48202
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