Flu shot or not? What should I do?
As many of you know, “flu season” is upon us. During this time of the year many people find themselves making their yearly trip to the pharmacy of their choice to get the flu shot and get ready for the season.
But do you really know what you are injecting yourself? Are you aware of how effective it is? Many people really don’t know the answer to these questions and the problem comes from a lack of education to the public about this matter. Before you make your decision on whether or not you are getting your flu shot, let’s take a look at some key facts.
What is in the flu vaccine?
While the majority of the population in the United States believes that vaccines are made of great ingredients that make you less sick, the truth is that vaccines are no more than a cocktail of chemicals. The flu vaccine is no exception. Here are some of the ingredients:
- Formaldehyde — a known cancer-causing agent
- Aluminum — a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease
- Triton X-100 — a detergent
- Phenol (carbolic acid)
- Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
- Various antibiotics: neomycin, streptomycin, gentamicin — which can cause allergic reactions in some people
- Thimerosal/mercury (not all)– a known neurotoxin that has been linked to Autism
Now that you know some of the ingredients in the flu vaccine, how many people do you know that will inject themselves, or their family with these ingredients? The answer is probably none. The truth is that you are injecting your self with chemicals that can be detrimental to your health.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
There are many studies suggesting the efficacy of the flu vaccines, but in reality, it can’t be correctly measured. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states:
- “In some years when vaccine and circulating strains were not well-matched, no vaccine effectiveness can be demonstrated in some studies, even in healthy adults. It is not possible in advance of the influenza season to predict how well the vaccine and circulating strains will be matched, and how that match may affect the degree of vaccine effectiveness.”
This means that every year the creation of a flu shot becomes a gamble. The reason being because every year the flu shots for the current season are created 9 months in advance so there is no way of knowing if the shot will match the most common strain that season. So the question becomes… I’m a willing to inject these chemicals in my body every year in the hopes of it matching the right strain of the flu?
- According to a large scale study systematic review of 51 studies that was published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews the flu vaccine is no more effective than a placebo in children.
- There has been no studies proving that the flu vaccines prevents flu related deaths in the elderly.
- Even though all the flu vaccines state in their package inserts that they have not been tested for safety in children under 6 months old the CDC recommends expectant mothers to get the flu shot.
- American Journal of Respirator and Critical care published a research stating that even though vaccination coverage has gone from 15% to 65% in the elderly population there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza.
What other options do I have?
For many years doctors of alternative medicine have been promoting natural ways to deal with the flu. The key is to focus on prevention rather than reaction. Prepare your body to work at it’s maximum so that you can stay away from the flu or, in the case of getting it, fight it with little to no issues. Here are some things you can do to help boost your immune system:
- Chiropractic– Many research suggest that regular chiropractic adjustments can help boost your immune system by 200% by keeping your nervous system working at it’s maximum potential.
- Acupuncture– proven to boost your immune system and improve circulation to fight disease.
- Reduce sugar and caffeine amounts– both of these are immune system depressors and inflammatory, which is a perfect combination for the flu to get stronger
- Exercise regularly– our lymphatic system (which serves as transportation and drain system) moves through our body with contraction of the muscles. The more you move the more your lymphatic system works to fight and prevent disease.
- Fuel up on Vitamin D– get out in the sun and get the right Vitamin D supplements! Vitamin D is an immune system regulator that, when deficient, can cause a lower immune system response.
- Get enough Omega-3s– these can boost your immune system by enhancing the functioning of immune cells.
- Get plenty of sleep– at least 8 hours a night. A well rested body is able to fight and prevent disease better than a body that is not.
- Stay hydrated– water is needed for every function in the body, therefore being well hydrated promotes maximum immune function.
During this “flu season” make sure you are doing the right things to keep your body in optimum performance! Say no to the FLU and make your appointment today!
Yours in health,
Dr. Juan Caceres