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Avoid the Flu (shot) with Vitamin D

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air! For some of you fall has been in the air for a while now, but with October in full swing we can finally indulge in soft scarves, apple donuts and hot apple cider.

The other “staple” of fall is the advertising everywhere for the “flu vaccine”. The placards remind us not only that we need to be thinking about our immune systems, but that we need to be protecting ourselves and our families from getting the flu. But is the flu vaccine really the answer?

Influenza or the ‘flu’ as we call it is a contagious respiratory infection that is spread through coughing, sneezing, talking, or even touching surfaces contaminated with influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year 24,000 people come down with the flu.

According to the CDC, flu symptoms can include any or all of the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

The CDC, doctors, pharmacists, and drug stores promote the flu vaccine as the key way to avoid the flu and suffering from these uncomfortable symptoms. What you must know is that the flu vaccine has never been proven to ward off the flu or decrease its severity. When you get the flu vaccine you risk dangerous side effects too. In fact, some of these nasty side effects are much more to worry about than the flu.

In an article published in the Wall Street Journal on August 25, 2010, it was reported that the U.S. government plans to spend $2 billion to produce between 160 million and 165 million doses of flu vaccines this year alone. This is more than ever before and part of the plan is to make these vaccines available faster than ever before.

Expediting millions of vaccines at increasingly faster rates is something that should bother us. With so much controversy already surrounding vaccines, including this year’s flu vaccine, it’s scary to think that the already limited testing for safety and side effects will become even more limited working under time pressures.

The CDC is now recommending that anyone older than six months (without extenuating circumstances) get the flu vaccine. This is simply a bad idea. Why? First, it’s vital for you to know just what’s in the standard flu vaccine this year. You may be surprised. Next step is to make your own decision regarding the flu shot; don’t just jump on this bandwagon.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine: Do You Really Know What You’re Getting?

First and foremost let’s go back one year ago to the panic that swept the nation in regards to swine flu and then the swine flu vaccine. Many people were experiencing severe side effects from this vaccine and there was concern about its safety.

Well guess what? This year’s standard flu shot contains that same swine flu vaccine, H1N1. It also contains the H3N2 vaccine which is a variation of the seasonal flu, and the influenza B vaccine. But that’s not all you’ll get. Vaccines come with mercury, formaldehyde, heavy metals, and other dangerous toxins.

And while countries like Australia, Sweden, and Finland have banned the flu vaccine this year in anyone younger than five years of age, the U.S. continues to push the vaccine. You’re probably wondering why these countries have banned this supposedly safe vaccine? The reasons are side effects, mostly in the young. Severe side effects that young patients experienced after receiving it range from fever spikes to vomiting to narcolepsy. Yes, the H1N1 vaccine poses some serious concerns – and remember this is now in every dose of the standard flu shot.

Other serious reactions to the flu shot include life-threatening allergies to vaccine ingredients, as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a severe paralytic disease.

And these aren’t the only countries voicing concern over this years flu shot. As a result of concerns in European countries over the H1N1 vaccine, the European Union is now investigating this potentially dangerous vaccine. I certainly don’t feel safe putting any of this into my body; particularly when there are safe, all natural alternatives for avoiding colds and the flu.

Staying Flu Free without the Flu Vaccine

There are a number of vital ways to stay flu free this season that won’t put you at risk for any of the potentially dangerous side effects of the flu vaccine. One of the most important immune system boosters is vitamin D.

Many people in the world are seriously vitamin D deficient. During the winter months, coincidently also the flu months, many people where flu hits the hardest go for weeks on end without any sunlight. Sunlight is one of the best, if not the very best, source of vitamin D. In fact, studies show that when children take vitamin D3, they had lower incidents of flu and asthma attacks.

If you want to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu this year the first thing to do is avoid the flu shot! Next find a high quality vitamin D3 supplement and start taking it now. Avoid sugary foods that will only lower your immune system, replace them with real, whole foods, and boost your intake of foods high in vitamin C. Reduce stress, get plenty of rest, drink lots of pure water, and you’ll be feeling fine all winter long.  If it feels like a bug is starting to take you out, have plenty of colloidal silver and elderberry syrup on hand to kick it to the curb the moment you feel it. Stay flu-free all winter long!

Fore more information on the flu and how Vitamin D can help, this article has a lot of information, though it is a couple years old already: http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller27.html

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