Alternative Options for Flu Vaccine
Annually I am asked my opinion on getting a flu vaccination versus no vaccination. That is a personal choice for everyone, based on your health status, medical team advice, and employer requirements.
At present, there are at least 3 main controversies over flu vaccination:
Effectiveness of vaccination
Flu vaccinations are not always 100% effective. The Center for Disease Control collects viruses from pigs and people in foreign countries, such as in China. They then try to predict which viruses will infect people half way around the world almost a year later. It is guesswork at best. In the 1992-1993 flu season, 84% of samples for the predominant Virus A ( H3N2) were not similar to those in the vaccine, as stated by Dr. Anca Martalog, ND
In addition, the flu virus may mutate, that is, change as the season progresses rendering a vaccination insufficient as well as ineffective.
Contaminates in flu vaccines
Flu vaccines contain egg protein (cell culture), stabilizers, and antibiotics, but can also contain thimerosol/mercury as a preservative. The literature for health issues related to mercury toxicity is extensive. It is known to contribute to many health problems, not limited just to systemic inflammation and immune system suppression. Some flu vaccines are manufactured without thimerosol , but the consumer has to call around and work to find distribution sites for thimerosol free vaccines. Some other ingredients in vaccines such as aluminum, formaldehyde, and polysorbate 80 are also controversial ingredients, but the outcry is mostly about mercury in vaccines. And it is still not guaranteed that a flu shot, full of ingredients that can cause health problems on their own, with or without thimerosol/ mercury, will even be effective for the circulating strain of virus or its mutated form.
Genetically Modified Viruses
The newest controversy is the use of Genetically Modified Viruses. This year, the FDA approved the use of Genetically Modified proteins in combination with an insect virus known as baculovirus. This combination helps speed up production of vaccines. Flu vaccinations from previous seasons caused some people to suffer Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a nerve disorder that can cause permanent paralysis). The packet insert for the new GMV vaccine states that Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a possible side effect, along with allergic reactions, respiratory infections, compromised immune function, rhinorrhea ( runny nose), headaches, and myalgia (muscle pain/aches). The GMV ingredients alone and potential side effects may be reason enough that many more may choose to avoid seasonal flu vaccination.
Peter Doshi, a scientist from Johns Hopkins University mentions some of these points in his recent article
The best defense against the flu or any seasonal virus is to keep the immune system strong. The standards of frequent hand washing, adequate rest, good nutrition, proper hydration, and stress management are still part of any program to avoid the flu or other infections. But there are other measures you can and should take to support your immune system. By boosting your immune system, you can better defend yourself against the flu, any strain it may change to, and other viruses or infections to which you are exposed.
I personally choose to not get vaccinated. I have not had a full episode of the flu or seasonal virus in years. Many of my clients also have not had a full episode of flu or virus in years, even when it is rampant in their households.
Beginning the last week of October annually, I and any of my clients making this choice, start a very specific protocol to boost the immune system against these types of infections. It is a very easy and simple program. One product is used once a week for 6 weeks. The other 2 products are used daily for support from late October through the end of March. It has worked consistently every year for me and my clients.
If you are someone who does not want to get a flu vaccination but you want to do all you can to avoid illness in the upcoming flu and viral season, and you would like to utilize my program, contact me for further information.