4 Reason To Avoid The Flu Shot

Cold and flu season is upon us. The pharmaceutical industry with their team of doctors, nurses and sales reps, is recommending that nearly everyone get a flu vaccine.

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I will not be getting a flu vaccine any time soon. This is due to the fact that there are many drawbacks. Vaccines are pharmaceutical drugs. Like all drugs, they come with risks and side effects.

As adults, we should make informed decisions. We should have enough information to make our own risk/benefit analysis. Sadly, most of us only hear one side of the story from our family healthcare practitioners.

If you’re interested in hearing some of the other side of this argument, keep reading.

Reason #1

The flu shot is dangerous. It’s amazing to me, that after all that’s been said about the toxicity of mercury, manufacturers are still adding thimerosal (a form of mercury) to flu vaccines! (1) This fact alone, is enough to question the wisdom of getting vaccinated every fall. For more about mercury, see my post on What Your Dentist May Not Be Telling You. Click here

Injecting mercury directly into the bloodstream poses more risks than swallowing it. This is due to the fact that it bypasses the digestive enzymes, and the liver. The body is not given it’s normal opportunity to filter out this toxin before it enters the the bloodstream.

Not only is the flu vaccine toxic, any vaccine artificially stimulates the immune system. In other words, the immune system is fighting something that’s really not there. Many experts suspect that this can lead to auto-immune disorders. (2) (3)

Reason #2

Influenza is no where near as common as we’ve been led to believe. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention “There are many other non-flu viruses that can result in influenza-like illness (ILI) that spread during flu season.” (4)

Doctors cannot positively identify a flu virus without lab testing. According to the CDC, 80% of suspected flu cases that are tested, turn out to be some other type of upper respiratory infection, and not the flu. (5)

In other words, a flu vaccine would be ineffective in 80% of suspected flu cases.

Reason #3

The flu vaccine’s effectiveness is questionable. The gold standard for scientific evaluation and analysis is the Cochrane Database Review. They have repeatedly concluded that clinical effectiveness of the flu vaccine is dismal. In one report, they concluded that 100 vaccines would need to be given to prevent 1 case of the flu. (6)

Reason #4

Even if it worked, the flu shot can only protect against a small fraction of potential flu viruses. Flu viruses are classified into 3 types: A,B, and C. These types are categorized into subtypes. The subtypes are further broken down into strains.

There are over 200 different strains of the flu. For the 2015/2016 season, the flu vaccine contains 3 or 4 inactivated flu virus strains (7) 

There is no vaccine for Type C flu viruses. Not only that, manufacturers are only guessing which virus strain might be in circulation. They gather data from the World Health Organization (WHO) months in advance, and they literally guess which viruses might be popular the following year.

This is far from an exact science, and hardly a comprehensive strategy for flu prevention.

Fight Back Naturally

The secret to not getting the flu is a strong, robust immune system. Here are my suggestions to boost your immune this season:

  1. Limit sugar intake. Sugar displaces vitamin C from white blood cells, making them far less effective at defeating bacteria and viruses. A study done at Health Services at Columbia University, proved that consuming 100 grams of sugar would reduce white blood cell’s immune properties by over 50%, and the effects last for over 5 hours.
  2. Boost you probiotic intake. Much of our bodies immune function takes place in the mucosal barrier in the gut. Probiotic or beneficial bacteria in the gut have been shown to positively effect immune function. (8) You can take a supplement or consume probiotic foods like: kefir, raw cheese, yogurt (without the sugar added) and fermented vegetables like Kim Chi.
  3. Get better sleep. Without a good night’s sleep, our bodies struggle to protect us against invaders.
  4. Get moving. White blood cells are transported via the lymph fluid. Lymph can only circulate with muscle contraction. One of the best ways to get lymph moving is to jump on a trampoline. You can also use a Chi Machine. Or, just plain walking can help a great deal.
  5. Resolve emotional hostility. Unforgiveness, unresolved anger, and resentment all represent a threat to proper immune function. (9)
  6. Become more optimistic. Studies show that people that have a more positive, and less pessimistic view of life, live longer and get sick less frequently. (9)
  7. Get some sun on your skin. Sunlight reacts with certain oils on our skin, This reaction produces natural vitamin D. Vitamin D is a powerful immune stimulant. (10) Be careful about supplementing with vitamin D. If levels get too high, it becomes toxic. That’s why I recommend sunlight instead.

So, think twice before you agree to get another flu shot.

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Yours in Health,




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