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The Efficacy And Safety Of The Flu Vaccine

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It’s flu and cold season. Do you normally receive a flu vaccine?

If so, you should know there are some risks to getting the injection that might outweigh not getting it, especially if you live a healthy life style that includes consumption of real, whole, traditional foods. A healthy lifestyle supports your immune system, which is the key to avoiding flus, colds, and other illness and disease.

Most doctor’s offices and now other places such as drug stores are offering the flu vaccine on a seasonal basis. Flu shots are so ubiquitous, you can walk into almost any of the following locations to receive one:
Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy, Albertson’s/Savon, WalMart, Kroger’s, Meijer, and Publix.

Just like other vaccines, a dead version of the virus is contained within the shot you receive. Inside your body, the vaccine’s main purpose is to stimulate immune system function into reacting as though it has been attacked by the flu virus. Theoretically, this will trigger a production of antibodies that will destroy the real virus when your body is exposed to it.

The flu vaccine stimulates your immune system, but in a way that only offers temporary immunity, so if you are exposed to the virus sometime in the future, you may still be vulnerable. It also bypasses one of the primary methods of boosting the immune system – the digestive tract. Did you know that 85 percent of your immune system is located in this organ system?

It’s important to know that since the development and use of these vaccines, death rates from the flu have not decreased. And the risk of death from flu is exaggerated, as are the benefits from the vaccine.

Standard health recommendations have always encouraged the public to get vaccinated – and the flu shot is no exception.  The current recommendation from health officials is for EVERY person over the age of 6 months get a flu shot – regardless of personal health condition or health risk. And this recommendation comes without the presence of ANY valid safety studies.

Heath professionals who oppose the use of the flu vaccine

Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, believes the vaccine may be more dangerous than the flu.

Watch Part I of an interview with Dr. Mercola about flu vaccines:

Also watch:

Part II

Part III

Part IV

In 2009, Lung specialist Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, chairman of the health committee in the German parliament and European Council, declared that many risks exist in conjunction with The H1N1 flu vaccine. Apparently the nutrient solution used in the vaccine contains cancerous cells from animals and “we do not know if there could be an allergic reaction”.

In August of 2010, the British Medical Journal released this startling information: more than half of doctors and nurses in public hospitals actually refused the H1N1 vaccine. Reasons given were doubts to the efficacy of its use and concerns about potential side effects. Does this give you a lot of confidence in the vaccine?

Still not convinced the flu vaccine is ineffective and dangerous? Consider the following:

No proof exists that the flu vaccine works.

When your doctor gives you a flu shot, the vaccine only protects you from contracting strains of flu viruses that are active nine months prior to the beginning of the current flu season. That’s when scientists collect circulating flu viruses to create the vaccine. As viruses continue to mutate, new strains are always appearing. Getting the flu vaccine does not automatically guarantee you will stay healthy. In fact, receiving the vaccine is a good way to cause weakening in your immune system.

A person who has received the flu shot may also contract the flu virus from the vaccine itself.

Flu vaccines are created from real flu viruses. Scientists grow viruses in chicken eggs and then destroy them with a chemical. The idea is to make the virus inactive, but, possible side effects from the vaccine include headaches, fever, fatigue, and sore muscles. Those are flu symptoms. As reported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, these symptoms most often occur in children or in those with weakened immune systems (such as the elderly), the segment of our population who are told to receive the vaccine!

The flu vaccine contains toxic ingredients

There are 2 components in the vaccine which are combined together before the vaccine is given. The primary substance is the antigen drug substance for immunizing. It is administered with an adjuvant known as AS03:

The antigen contains: thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in the manufacturing of multidose vaccines, sodium chloride, disodium hydrogen phosphate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium chloride and water. The vaccine contains also traces of egg protein, sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, and sucrose.

The adjuvant AS03 contains: DL-alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), squalene (shark liver oil) and polysorbate 80 (an emulsifier),  disodium hydrogen  phosphate, sodium chloride, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium chloride and water.

What about thimerosal free vaccines? Here are the ingredients in different flu vaccines, even without the thimerosol:

  • Formaldehyde used for embalming, and its purpose in all vaccines is for preservative qualities. This substance is a known- cancer-causing agent and is directly associated with allergic reactions. Use has been banned in both Sweden and Japan for use in cosmetic and other personal care products.
  • Ethylene glycol used as antifreeze. This ingredient as well as its toxic byproducts have an adverse affect on the central nervous system, then cardiovascular, and last the kidneys. If sufficient amounts are ingested, this can cause a fatal reaction.
  • Phenol also known as carbolic acid, is used as a disinfectant and dye. Its original use was as an antiseptic in surgery but it was eventually abandoned due to causing skin irritation. Prior to and during World War II  phenol injections were used by the Nazi Germany regime as a method of rapid execution!
  • Aluminum a toxic heavy metal used in vaccines to encourage antibody response in the immune system. It is toxic the body even in “small” amounts, and is commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies reveal that those receiving 5 or more flu shots within a 10-year period were 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s – as compared to those who had fewer than 2 flu shots. Studies in laboratory mice show that the use of aluminum causes cancer and seizures.
  • Antibiotics like Neomycin and Streptomycin are also used. Antibiotics are added to vaccines to destroy any present bacteria. Antibiotics have been shown to cause allergic reactions in some individuals, as well as contribute to the destruction of friendly bacteria in the body.

Even in light of this disturbing evidence, medical communities and professionals continue to urge individuals over age 50, parents with infants, pregnant women, and those with lowered immune system function and chronic health issues to rush out and receive the flu vaccine each season. Government, pharmaceutical, and health officials have successfully used fear-mongering tactics as a way to convince consumers to take the vaccine as a “precautionary” measure to ensure they won’t come down with the flu.

What we’ve learned each year is that in some cases, the flu isn’t as serious as some of the side-effects of the vaccine:

Tamiflu

Swine Flu vaccine

Death linked to Swine Flu vaccine

Those who are dying from the flu are the generally the ones with the most compromised immune systems and health in the first place.

The historical past has shown us that indeed the flu is a serious illness that should be cared for properly, but it is time we began to acknowledge safer methods of dealing with this seasonal illness.

One of the best ways to boost your immune system and stay healthy during the winter months when flu and cold viruses are spread around is to eat a healthy, traditional diet replete with healthy fats and sustainable food. Your lifestyle has more to do with how your body can fend off illness and disease than anything else.

For more information about staying healthy during cold and flu season with real food:

17 Ways to Boost Your Immune System for The Upcoming Flu/Cold

My Kitchen Staples – How I Keep My Family Healthy

Get off processed food, avoid illness, and learn about healthy diets with traditional foods:

What Are Traditional Foods?

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Allergies & Disease, Medications & Disinfection – Is There A Connection?

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Are we causing allergies and illness by our habits of over-disinfection? Research shows that through repeated exposure to disinfectant products and anti-bacterial substances that are designed to “kill germs”, we are contributing to both allergenic responses in the body and resistance to deadly bacteria.

The picture of anti-bacterial soap is a well-known brand used by millions of people to “disinfect” their hands and environment. Our culture is obsessed with sanitation and cleanliness to  keep ourselves healthy.

But in our efforts to wipe things out, we are destroying a very diverse landscape of helpful and useful bacteria that actually benefit our bodies and the planet. Those bacteria are responsible for building natural immunity to disease and illness, as well as supplying our soil, water, and air with microorganisms that create healthy immune response and support the growth of valuable nutrients that maintain health.

Last Friday I wrote about the topic of allergies and allergic reactions as they relate to food, diet, and the environment. Today I am focusing on how the way our bodies react in an allergic way is connected to artificial and chemical substances created to kill germs and bacteria. Although the intention of these products and substances is to create a healthier environment, the end result is often that human and environmental health is compromised even more.

Allergic reactions are an expression generated by the auto-immune system. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, all vaccines are immune-depressing. “Vaccines clog our lymphatic system and lymph nodes with large protein molecules which have not been adequately broken down by our digestive processes, since vaccines by pass digestion with injections. This is why vaccines are linked to allergies, because they contain large proteins which as circulating immune complexes (CICs) or “klinkers” which cause our body to become allergic.”

Our immune system is designed to allow the human body to co-exist with the outside environment. Our bodies contain trillions and trillions of cells, many of which are foreign and remain without problem because of our immune system’s function. When the immune system becomes overwhelmed with an abundance of foreign bacteria, however, and friendly bacteria are not allowed to thrive or are killed by anti-bacterial substances, the result is disease and illness – and allergies.

Chronic health issues such as asthma, allergies, eczema, and many auto-immune disorders like multiple-sclerosis, lupus, and fibromyalgia are becoming more and more common and have risen exponentially over the last several decades. Children are especially vulnerable and have shown the highest increase in these incidences as they have quadrupled over the last two decades.

What factors contribute to a failing immune system?

As well as because of the over-use of antibiotics, use of anti-bacterial gels, hand lotions, soaps, and other toxic personal care products increase the chance of the body being unable to defend itself from powerful bacteria that can get into the body and cause illness and death. Children who are exposed to bacteria are believed to have stronger immune system response and therefore stand a much better chance of naturally being able to fight off infection than those who have less exposure and would have lower immune system function. When your child becomes sick with a cold or flu, use of these substances does not necessarily allow quicker recovery from illness – and in fact can allow the illness to go on longer or return.

In 2000, a study conducted observed 61 infants between 9 and 24 months of age revealed that the more dust the child was exposed to, the less likely an allergic response was to appear. In 2002, The American Medical Association reported that “despite the recent substantial increase in the use of antimicrobial ingredients in consumer products, the effects of this practice have not been studied extensively. No data support the efficacy or necessity of antimicrobial agents in such products, and a growing number of studies suggest increasing acquired bacterial resistance to them. Studies also suggest that acquired resistance to the antimicrobial agents used in consumer products may predispose bacteria to resistance against therapeutic antibiotics, but further research is needed. Considering available data and the critical nature of the antibiotic-resistance problem, it is prudent to avoid the use of antimicrobial agents in consumer products.”

The CDC released a report in 2000 stating that the overuse of antibiotics and anti-bacterial agents can cause resistant-strain bacteria. Despite this knowledge, medical personnel continue to prescribe antibiotics on a too-frequent basis to patients, and products containing antibacterial agents are ubiquitous in many environments – stores, restaurants, hospitals, schools, prisons, and private residences.

Processed and industrially-produced foods

Other reasons related to these issues also stem from the fact that so much processed, packaged foods are readily available and are consumed, versus real whole foods which support the immune system and health in general. Processed foods do not contain nutrients and antioxidants necessary for life, so when these types of eating habits are coupled with continued use of dangerous disinfectant and anti-bacterial chemicals, the stage is set for disaster in health. Many processed foods are available, and in particular, marketed to children and families.

Consumption of these foods contributes to an increase of Omega 6 fatty acids and a decrease in Omega 3 fatty acids. Too much Omega 6s actually suppress immune system function while Omega 3s build up immunity and reduce inflammation in the body. The majority of processed foods contain levels of Omega 6s which are too high for healthy consumption.

Examples of processed foods include industrial oils such as corn, canola, cottonseed, soy, safflower, sunflower, and peanut oils – which are found in many grain products, cereals, cookies, chips, crackers, pretzels, “food” bars, desserts, fried foods, and many other processed items.

Omega 3s are found in saturated fat foods from animals and birds on pasture – eggs, beef, poultry/turkey/duck meat, pork, bacon, fish meat and cod liver oil from cold water fatty fish – especially salmon, sardines, anchovies, and tuna. Although plant sources like hemp, walnut, and flaxseed oils do contain Omega 3s, these are not the most potent type. It is important to give young children and infants adequate amounts of fish oil, as this type of Omega 3 is the best source in offering protection against the development of allergies and asthma.

Vaccines

Vaccinations are now being suspected as a cause of immune system failure. As most childhood diseases are viruses, they do not respond to antibiotics. This discovery lead to the development of vaccines. When a vaccine is injected directly into the bloodstream, it is granted access to all major tissues and organs without the benefit of the body’s total immune response. What results is partial immunity, and then children are required to periodically receive “booster” shots.

Because vaccines stimulate a humoral response, their ingredients are never released from the body. The opposite occurs when diseases are contracted naturally. Because these contents do not vacate the body, the body’s reaction is one of chronic over-sensitization. Vaccinations have been linked to the increased incidence in asthma – in a study of 448 children, 243 received whooping cough vaccines. Ten percent developed asthma in comparison to the 2% of 205 children in a non-vaccinated group.

Here are some of the ingredients present in vaccines which can cause allergic reactions in humans, ranging from mild to severe (source, The New Homemaker):

Thimerosal a mercury-based preservative. Most commonly known for its presence in eye care products, it is also used for many dead-virus vaccines. While it usually causes only a mild irritation to eyes (redness and slight burning), as an injection it can cause nausea, vomiting, even shock in extreme cases. In 1998, the use of thimerosol was banned by the FDA in over-the-counter drugs because “safety and efficacy have not been established for the ingredients” which are used to create it. It is, however, still present in many vaccines, including DTP, DTaP, Hib, Varicella, and IPV.

Gelatin used as an inert stabilizer in several vaccines, including MMR and Varicella. In addition to being an animal product (and therefore probably not wanted by vegetarians), it can also, in cases of extreme (and extremely rare) allergic reaction, cause an anaphylactic reaction.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is added to several vaccines as a stabilizer. Adverse reactions include headaches, nausea, and vomiting. While there are no officially recorded adverse reactions that can be traced specifically to the MSG component of vaccines, anyone who is sensitive to MSG in food should watch for reactions. MSG is present in the Varicella vaccine.

Neomycin an antibiotic, is added to vaccine cultures to prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria. Most neomycin reactions are skin irritations; however, hypersensitivity could cause a response of anaphylactic shock. Neomycin is present in the Varicella and MMR vaccines. (NOTE: other antibiotics, which may cause similar reactions, are also present in other vaccines. If any family member has a known allergy to antibiotics (including penicillin, which is no longer used in any vaccines), this should be noted before administering any dosage.)

Egg proteins are present in miniscule amounts in vaccines which are prepared using chicken embryos. While those with mild reactions to eggs are unlikely to react to their presence in vaccines, anyone with a history of anaphylactic response to egg or egg protein has a greater chance of adverse reactions. In 1998, the recommendation that people with egg sensitivities not receive the MMR shot was changed; however, the method of developing the vaccine was not, so egg proteins may still appear in any MMR dose.

Formaldehyde yes, the same formaldehyde used to preserve pigs and other animals for biology class, used for the same purpose as well: to inactivate or kill unwanted viruses that might be found in the cultures used to produce vaccines, and acts as a preservative for dead virus vaccines. It is found in some formulations of Hib.

Sulfite is used as a stabilizer in several vaccines; its main purpose is to prevent the vaccine from being altered by changes in environment. Sulfite is also found in many foods and alcoholic beverages, and is often an irritant for people who suffer migraines. Can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and severe cramps. Sulfites are present in some flu vaccines.

For more information on anti-bacterial substances and how they can adversely affect health, visit Chet Day’s site and read this article by Dr. Ben Kim, Potential Health Dangers in Antibacterial Soap.

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