I know that there are numerous reports, debates and opinions with getting the FLU shot, but before you believe something because the CDC, the WHO, or another organization or a Dr. saying you should get it you really need to do your homework and look at the facts about something, especially the FLU shot.
Here are some interesting facts, and studies done concerning the FLU shot.
A new Canadian-led study concludes that immunizing nursing-home workers does nothing to cut the number of confirmed influenza cases among the homes’ elderly residents. Coming at the end of the largest flu-vaccination campaign in Canadian history, the review of previous studies calls for stepped-up research into alternative, lower-tech ways to combat the virus, such as improved hand washing.
The new paper’s co-author is Dr. Tom Jefferson, a British epidemiologist who heads vaccine research for the respected Cochrane Collaboration — and who has earned a reputation as a scientific dissident for his outspoken criticism of flu vaccination.
In media interviews last year, Dr. Jefferson was quoted as saying he “can’t see any reason” for vaccinating anyone against flu — arguing the shots did nothing to save lives — and that most influenza-vaccine studies are “rubbish. “there’s no shortage of evidence backing up the claim that flu shots are ineffective, and that OTHER anti-flu strategies DO work!
Vitamin D deficiency, as previously mentioned
Eating too much sugar and too many grains
Not getting enough sleep
Inadequately managing emotional stressors in your life
Any combination of the above
Flu Shots Have NEVER Been Proven to Prevent Flu-related Deaths in Those Over 65.
You may also be shocked to learn that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grossly distorts the facts about flu deaths. If you go to the CDC’s main flu page, you’ll see their statistic that about 36,000 people die from the flu in the United States each year.
But if you search a little harder, you can find the actual number of people who died from the flu in 2005(this is the most recent data that’s available). Want to take a guess at what it is?
In 2005, 1,806 people died from influenza, not 36,000. And in 2004, there were just 1,100 flu deaths.
The statistics the CDC gives are skewed partly because they classify those dying from pneumonia as dying from the flu, which is not at all true or accurate. For instance, their 2005 statistics lump influenza and pneumonia deaths together, at 62,804 deaths.
But broken down, there were 60,998 deaths from pneumonia and just 1,806 from the flu.
This will not stop the powers-that-be from touting their yearly fall warnings about this year’s upcoming flu season, and all the flu deaths that will follow. The media (which is largely controlled by corporations, many of which are making or selling the flu shots or the junk food that will actually make you more vulnerable to the flu) would have you believe that getting the flu shot is all you need to do to stay healthy all winter.
How to Prevent the Flu Without Getting a Flu Shot
For most people the flu shot does not make you healthy; it does just the opposite and weakens your immune system. It appears that some of you in the medical field are beginning to catch on to this, as less than 40 percent of health care workers got flu shots in 2006.
The reasons why the workers opted to not get vaccinated were right on:
They didn’t believe the vaccine would work
They believed their immune systems were strong enough to withstand exposure to the flu
They were concerned about side effects
Taken from Dr. Mercola –
Here are some things that I have learned form experience and researching this issue.
The list above could be a key issue in why you might be getting the flu so the best way to Naturally kick the flu bug or even create a stronger immune system so if you do get the flu you can battle and get rid of it sooner than later.
- Adequate sleep is so necessary.
- Relieve the stressors, or find a way to deal with the stressors of your life.
- Exercise – Fitness: This is not only key in helping you relieve the stress, but also helps in you sleeping better. When I have good workouts, I sleep so much better.
- Diet – Come on – Whatever you put into your body, it does affect it. Sugar would be the worst thing to eat when you are feeling down and out, or about to come down with something. Limit your intake of sugar.
- Supplements: During the FLU – and Seasonal Changes Becky and I give the boys extra Vita C, Vita D3, Garlic, and something if they start to come down with something we up their vitamins, and maybe give them an immune booster also.
I would rather spend the money on things that will naturally help my body fight off the flu virus than those that kill the good and the bad but doesn’t necessarily protect me. The FLU shot doesn’t guarantee that you don’t get the FLU. Dr. Mercola also states “Many people believe that colds and flu are caused by bacteria, but this is simply incorrect. Colds and flu are caused by viruses, and using antibiotics to treat a viral infection is inappropriate and completely ineffective. Viruses are orders of magnitude smaller than bacteria and have entirely different structures that make antibiotics useless. (Occasionally antibiotics are required if there is a secondary bacterial sinus infection or bronchitis/pneumonia, but this is the rare exception. It is also important to recognize that, although a virus triggers your cold or flu symptoms, it is not the real cause of the illness.
So, what is the real cause of colds and flu? The simple and short answer has always been that it’s due to an impaired immune system. That’s still true. However, research has confirmed that “catching” colds and flu may be a symptom of an underlying vitamin D deficiency! Less than optimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.”
I know some might not agree with this information, but all I can do is hope and pray that you you research this and not even take my word for it, or the references I have sited. Do your own research, pray about it and no matter what, try to stay as healthy as possible with proper nutrition, sleep, and fitness. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas – God Bless and Merry Christmas.