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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Many people often look for a natural way to stay healthy during the flu season and year round.

A Thomasville doctor has some suggestions.  She says one fruit extract in particular has great results.

Dr. Charlene Parrish, a Doctor of Natural Health in Thomasville says there's a natural solution to staying healthy and possibly flu-free.

And it comes from a berry.

"Standardized black elderberry extract has no side effects and it's something that even little children can take. I put elderly people on it year round," she says.

The extract gives the immune system a boost. 78-year-old Joanne Ladwig started taking black elderberry extract 7 years ago, and swears by it.

"We take it all year round," she says.

So does 85-year-old Alberta Callihan. She also makes it a point to take multivitamins, Vitamin C, and other dietary supplements.

"My health has been good for all these years," she says.

Although Dr. Parrish is a strong advocate for the use of natural medicines.

She never discourages anything your doctor may recommend, like getting a flu shot or taking prescription drugs.

"There are people that feel strongly about not getting the flu shot, and I feel like I have a responsibility to give them an option," she says.

She also recommends Accute Cold and Flu as natural alternative if you get flu symptoms.

But aside from medicine the secret to staying healthy, is eating healthy, and taking care of your body.

"Stay away from sugar. Sugar shuts down the immune system. Why do anything that shuts down the immune system?" she says.

A natural solution to keeping your body healthy.

Dietary supplements should NOT be used as a treatment for the swine flu. Swine Flu treatments should only be recommended by qualified healthcare professionals or public health authorities.

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