It’s flu season, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The flu virus can change from year to year and can spread easily. The flu virus occurs during fall, winter and spring. When a person with the flu sneezes, coughs, talks, or laughs, the flu virus can spread into the air as droplets from the mouth or nose. These droplets can spread to people and surface within 3 to 6 feet. The flu virus can spread to your hands if you touch anything that has the virus on it. If you then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you can get the flu.
The center for Disease Control (CDC) is looking at the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. Preliminary results indicate you’ll get just as sick (with colds, flu, flu-like illness) if you get the vaccine as you would if you didn’t.
I carry a homeopathic remedy for preventing the flu and one to take once you start having flu symptoms. I’ve had great success with this remedy every year.
Flu Vaccine Facts
There is no single virus that causes the flu. There is no one flu vaccine that protects against all of them. A flu vaccine is designed to confer immunity against the strains of flu that are expected to be most common and most serious. The vaccine is a sort of one-size-fits-all solution, even though there are more types of flu than covered by the vaccine and the flu types vary according to region. It takes time to produce vaccines, so a new vaccine can’t be instantly produced when a new type of flu starts to cause problems.
What’s in the seasonal flu vaccine?
The flu strains selected are cultivated in chick embryos for several weeks before being inactivated with formaldehyde, which is a known cancer-causing agent. Then they’re preserved with thimerosal, which is 49 percent mercury by weight.
According to the CDC, the majority of flu vaccines contain thimerosal. Some contain as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose. This means that it may contain more than 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit for mercury.
By now, most people are well aware that children and fetuses are most at risk of damage from this neurotoxin, as their brains are still developing. Yet the CDC still recommends that children over 6 months, and pregnant women, receive the flu vaccine each year.
In addition to mercury, flu vaccines also contain other toxic or hazardous ingredients like:
- Aluminum — a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease
- Triton X-100 — a detergent
- Phenol (carbolic acid)
- Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
- Betapropiolactone — a disinfectant
- Nonoxynol — used to kill or stop growth of STDs
- Octoxinol 9 — a vaginal spermicide
- Sodium phosphate
How safe is the flu vaccine?
Serious reactions to the flu vaccine include, but are not limited to:
- Life-threatening allergies to various ingredients
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a severe paralytic disease that is fatal in about 1 in 20 cases)
- Encephalitis (brain inflammation)
- Neurological disorders
- Thrombocytopenia (a serious blood disorder)
How can we really prevent the flu?
Stay home when you are sick!
- Get your vitamin D levels checked and take the appropriate level of vitamin D based on your labs. According to a randomized, double-blind study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin D can help keep the seasonal flu virus in check.
- Vitamin C raises glutathione levels — a very powerful antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C is often overlooked as being beneficial for flu prevention. That’s because the vitamin C you take needs to be pure — not loaded with sugar. Many folks are so depleted in vitamin C that they may need to take higher amounts than the recommended dosage.
- Eat healthy and stay away from sugary foods that suppress the immune system.
- Take a probiotic. We have more microbes in our gut than stars in the galaxy. Probiotics keep these microbes balanced.
- Take a plant-based multi vitamin. Synthetic vitamins do not work. Plant-based vitamins are what the body needs to get nutrients from plant-based forms that the body recognizes.
- Get plenty of rest. When you think you can go to bed later and get up earlier, you are setting yourself up for the flu virus because lack of sleep is not good for the immune system.
My goal is to keep you healthier during this flu season.