With summer ending and the push for flu shots already beginning, I can’t keep my mouth shut (surprise, surprise). Many people already know that I’m not “pro-vaccine.” Since I have the tools to prevent the flu and many other viruses naturally, why would I be?
There are times when vaccines are helpful. Earlier this month, my fiance split his knuckle open against dirty metal on a lift in the shop. He cleaned it out immediately, and was sent to the occupational health facility to determine if stitches were needed. His last tetanus shot was over 10 years ago and the nurse suggested demanded he get another one, but he didn’t accept it blindly. After talking it over with me that night and reading about the vaccine, it’s ingredients and side effects, he decided it was best if he got it during his follow-up visit a few days later. Tetanus can be life threatening if not treated right away and it’s a virus that stays in your body for the rest of your life.
I was impressed that he initially took a step back and said No. It’s not easy to do that, especially when you’re in a vulnerable position and the nurse says something like “I don’t know what you’ve been reading, but your wrong. I’m a doctor, I went to medical school.” YIKES. Not the best way to gain your patient’s trust.
The flu vaccine, however, is one that EVERYONE can live without.
Here’s the deal. Each year, various strains of the flu virus go around. This past year, the CDC scared the crap out of everyone with H1N1. Some people got it, but it was certainly no epidemic, and then it fizzled out. So this year, guess what virus is going to be included in the flu vaccine? H1n1. But guess what? Viruses change. They aren’t the same from year to year. So the flu virus that goes around this year won’t be the one that you think you’re being protected against when you get the flu shot! (Isn’t it funny how everyone fails to mention this?) The researchers and scientists that create the flu vaccine each year basically take a shot in the dark and throw in a few flu viruses that were active in the past. They have no way of knowing what new strains are going to give people the runs this year.
So instead of trusting the makers of the flu vaccine, who are clearly just trying to get rich off of it and don’t have a personal stake in your health, prevent the flu naturally! Hell, you’ll be preventing colds and warding off lots of other gross germs simultaneously. You might even sleep better and drop a few pounds. Win-win…win.
1) VITAMINS. The big guns are D & C. Don’t follow the wussy daily recommendations on the bottle. For adults, take 5,000 units every day of Vitamin D and as much as you can swallow of Vitamin C (it’s water soluble, you can’t overdose).
2) HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS. Echinacea has long been used to treat colds and flus. Drink it as a tea or take it in a capsule. Elderberry (sambucus) is my latest health obsession. It’s the extraction from berries on an elderberry shrub. Get it in lozenge, syrup or capsule form. Or all three. Go nuts! It contains natural anti-viral properties. Tim and I took it all fall & winter last year and didn’t even get a sniffle. Echinacea & elderberry are safe for babies & children, as well, but of course, consult your doctor if you’re unsure. Check out www.puritan.com for discounted vitamins & supplements.
3) DIET. Cut out the junk! By junk I mean white flour, white bread, white pasta, processed sugar, processed meats, processed foods in general. They contain no nutritional value and they will only make you sick & fat. And you know it. They’re out. Read labels. Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store & the organic section where all the good stuff is. Then, shop to your heart’s content.
4) SLEEP. Get 6+ hours of it. Don’t eat anything 3 hours before you go to bed. Don’t drink caffeine after 12pm. Find an herbal tea with relaxing/sleep-inducing properties and drink it before bed (try Yogi brand herbal teas).
5) STRESS. Do yoga, meditate, hit a punching bag, jam out to some Spice Girls. Whatever you have to do… just de-stress.
6) EXERCISE. I don’t want to hear that you don’t have enough time. It takes 20 minutes. Go for a brisk walk. Bring your kids if you have to. Garden, Bike, Jog, Clean… it’s all good!
Invest in yourself and skip the “quick-fix” this year. The flu shot offered might not even protect you against whatever nastiness goes around this season. So there’s no point in being injected with all the other crap* that’s in the vaccine if you can provide your own body with the tools to do what it was designed to do.
*mercury, chicken embryos, formaldehyde, hydrocortisone, antibiotics, live or dead viruses; over 90% of the 2007-2008 flu shots given contained mercury; ask for a list of ingredients if you do decide to get a flu shot and do your research.
“There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good.” Dr J. Anthony Morris, former Chief Vaccine Control Officer, US Food and Drug Administration