What about the Flu Shot?

Well it is getting to be that time of year again.  I have started to see all of the signs posted on the side of the streets by the pharmacies, Get your flu shot!  Well should you?

The recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is that EVERYONE over 6 months of age should get the flu vaccine.  There are two different types of the flu vaccine.  The “flu shot” which is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. This is the one we are most familiar with.  The nasal-spray flu vaccine which is a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that are given as a nasal spray, sometimes called the “Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine”.  This spray is only recommended for “healthy” people ages 2 – 49 years of age who are not pregnant. This live virus spray is not recommended for people with immune problems or chronic illness because it can cause all of the symptoms of the flu.

The flu shot which is made with the dead virus contains many TOXIC preservatives and additives.  Some of these are ethylene glycol (ANTIFREEZE), phenol (DISINFECTANT), FORMALDEHYDE (known CARCINOGENIC), aluminum (NEURO-TOXIN) and thimerosal (a MERCURY CONTAINING PRESERVATIVE). Mercury is one of the strongest toxins that humans can be exposed to.  The following is from the CDC web site:

Do the 2011-2012 seasonal flu vaccines contain thimerosal?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several formulations of the seasonal flu vaccine, including multi-dose vials and single-dose units.  Since seasonal influenza vaccine is produced in large quantities for annual immunization campaigns, some of the vaccine is produced in multi-dose vials, and contains thimerosal to safeguard against possible contamination of the vial once it is opened.

The single–dose units are made without thimerosal as a preservative because they are intended to be opened and used only once. Additionally, the live–attenuated version of the vaccine (the nasal spray vaccine), is produced in single–dose units and does not contain thimerosal.”

Thimerosal is a preservative that is widely used in vaccines. Thimerosal contains almost 50% ethyl mercury, an organic and highly toxic form of mercury, which makes the vaccine a health hazard. Mercury, even in tiny amounts, has been found to cause DNA damage, cell death, brain damage and organ failure.

I find it very interesting that they warn us about eating fish that can contain mercury and then turn around and say that it is perfectly safe to inject it into your blood stream in the flu shot!

So how effective is the flu vaccine?

The formula used in the flu vaccine changes year to year.  Through guesswork, the flu outbreaks in Asia and recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) three strains of the flu are chosen for the vaccine.  They divide the flu into two types: influenza A or B.  These two strains afflict fewer than 15% of people who seem to have the flu.  The other 85% are influenza-like illnesses in which the specific flu viruses can’t be found.  There are hundreds of strains of viruses that cause flu like symptoms so just because you get the flu shot there are only three strains in it.  Also since the vaccine only accounts for the A & B viruses which is only 15% of all flu-like cases, there is no way that the flu shot can prevent the vast majority of flu’s that people get!

We don’t really know how many people actually get the flu or die from it.  The flu hits the elderly the hardest do to the underlying chronic illness, diseases, and medications that weaken their immune system.  So people who already are in poor health develop flu-like symptoms that advance to pneumonia and die are counted as flu deaths.  The number of reported influenza deaths has remained about the same or has increased during the last few decades despite the fact that the number of people receiving flu vaccines has increased substantially.

So what do you do?

Just because you get exposed to a virus doesn’t mean that you will come down with symptoms of the flu. You also have a lot to do with the odds of it affecting you and the severity of it.  If exposure alone was the only factor, we would all get sick every time we were exposed to a virus.  Only 5-20% of people actually become sick after exposure.  The most important factors have to do with your overall health.  People who have chronic illness, diseases, and are taking medications that compromise and weaken the immune system are more susceptible to illnesses associated with the flu.  The way that we eat, move, and think every day play a major roll in this.  Poor nutrition and eating habits, lack of exercise and/or sedentary lifestyle and high stress levels weaken the body and increase your chance of being affected by the flu.

The key to avoiding the flu is to live a lifestyle that supports a strong immune system.  Nutrient dense foods should be the focus.  Vegetables, greens and fruits are full of nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals to keep your cells healthy, strong and support the immune systems inflammation and repair process.

Probiotics are an essential nutrient required for proper immune system function.  Because of modern farming, food processing, and food preparation methods, we now consume less than one-millionth the amount of healthy probiotic bacteria required to maintain a healthy internal ecosystem.  Supplementation is a must in this area.  It is important to make sure your probiotic is pure, safe and contains a sufficient number of cells and types of bacteria in every capsule.

Antioxidants (vitamins A,C & E)are another great nutrient supplementation that will help to keep the body strong.  Vitamin A is an antioxidant that enhances the integrity of the respiratory tract and increases immune function and the ability of white blood cells to engulf dead and damaged cells.  Vitamin C is probably the best known immune system booster.  It is important to get this vitamin in its whole food state not as ascorbic acid which does not help prevent the cold or flu.  Vitamin E complex helps decrease susceptibility to the flu and supports tissue repair.

If you would like more information on the above supplements or would like to make a purchase please contact me and I would be happy to help.  A store will be coming to the web site in the future.

So bottom line is that if you choose to eat, move, and think well every day supplement with the essential nutrients your body will have the strength it needs to fight the flu.  The flu shot adds toxins to the body and gives you no real protection from getting the flu or flu like symptoms.  If you work in an industry that doesn’t give you an option make sure that you get the single dose shot that doesn’t contain Thimerosal.

Yours in Health,


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