Did Your Doctor Tell You This About The Flu Shot?...
1) Flu shots don't work.
2) You're more likely to get the flu this winter FROM getting a flu shot than if you choose not to get one.
3) You can more easily and more effectively avoid the flu with health-promoting lifestyle choices.
Not only do flu shots NOT provide increased immune function/protection (" inactivated influenza virus vaccines have not been correlated with protection from influenza virus infection.")1, but they have also been shown to INCREASE YOUR CHANCES of getting the flu.2
I know, those statements seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom (similar to eating fat is healthy), but the truth is that our bodies are genetically programmed to resist 'bugs' such as cold and flu viruses and as history continues to demonstrate and the scientific research supports, when man tries to manipulate the body's sophisticated, intelligent, refined-over-eons-of-time, immune response through chemical drug intervention, it rarely produces a successful outcome. And flu shots have been consistently shown to not work as they're advertised3 - and boy are they advertised.
The latest and greatest flu shot is the Fluzone High-Dose Vaccine. It's now in your medical doctor's office and on the shelves of your local pharmacy. This "new and improved" toxic injection is being marketed to adults 65 and older (toxic meaning, like all vaccines, the flu shot is formulated with toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and octylphenol ethoxylate, which should never enter the human body, along with adjuvant ingredients such as gelatin and egg protein which, when introduced directly into the bloodstream versus the normal pathway of digestion, pose a serious risk of allergic to anaphylactic reactions4). By the way, neither regular Fluzone or Fluzone High-Dose have NOT been evaluated for their ability to cause cancer.5
This new pharmaceutical creation has four times the concentration of a "regular" flu shot (hence the High-Dose name). So that's four times the potential for depressed total immune function. However, there's " no data demonstrating clinically relevant prevention using a higher dose".6
Here's the best way to avoid getting the flu. The following strategies will bolster your body's immune system and realistically decrease your chances of getting the flu (or a cold for that manner):
-Take 3,000 - 5,000 units of Vitamin D every day. Vitamin D deficiency, common in modern culture, especially in winter and more so in northern climes, is one of the most agreed upon "weak links" we can reconcile with supplementation (the others being omega-3 and probiotics).7-9
-Exercise five to six days every week. Exercise simply makes you healthier, including your body's ability to fight off everything from cold and flu infections to cancer.10, 11
-Eat five servings of vegetables every day (broccoli, purple cabbage, carrots, red leaf lettuce, spinach, celery, squash you get the idea). From cancer to colds, veggies are THE KEY - the phytonutrients and antioxidants contained in vegetables are the building blocks for a healthy immune system (along with of course, healthy fats and quality protein).12
-Get at least seven hours of sleep every night (more if you're feeling run down or if your 'coming down' with something).13-15
1.Fluzone Vaccine literature, page 16 [FDA documentation]
2.Association between the 2008-09 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine and Pandemic H1N1 Illness during Spring-Summer 2009: Four Observational Studies from Canada - Read "What Do These Findings Mean" in the Editor's Summary [PLoS Medicine journal article]
3.Effectiveness of 2008-09 Trivalent Influenza Vaccine Against 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) - United States, May-June 2009 [CDC analysis]
4.Fluzone Vaccine literature, pages 7-12
5.Fluzone Vaccine literature, page 17
6.Fluzone Vaccine literature, page 2
7.Epidemic influenza and vitamin D [Epidemiology and Infection journal article]
8.On the epidemiology of influenza [Virology Journal article]
9.Triple that vitamin D intake, panel prescribes [Wall Street Journal article]
10.Moderate exercise protects mice from death due to influenza virus. [Brain, Behavior, and Immunity journal article]
11.Exercise increases inflammatory macrophage antitumor cytotoxicity [Journal of Applied Physiology article]
12.Suppression of microtubule dynamic instability and turnover in MCF7 breast cancer cells by sulforaphane. [Carcinogenesis journal article]
13.Sleeping to fuel the immune system: mammalian sleep and resistance to parasites. [BMC Evolutionary Biology journal article]
14.Brain-immune interactions in sleep [International Review of Neurobiology journal article]
15.How (and why) the immune system makes us sleep. [Nature Reviews. Neuroscience]
"Watching Your Back,"
Your health Coach,
Dr. Ross Coccimiglio