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Flu Facts and Fiction
This information is purely for you, the consumer, to learn more about the pros and cons of the flu shot. This is one of the most common questions I receive, especially in the late summer and early fall. This is not in any way a chiropractic issue and being as such, I do not make any recommendations either way, but encourage you to be informed before making the choice. We should have control over what we put into our bodies.
There are over 900 viruses that can cause human flu. Viruses mutate quickly, so the idea that one can pick which bug is going to be "out" the next winter season is preposterous. Even if you could know which virus would be the next bad bug, it would mutate into a different form making any vaccine against it worthless. So fact # 1: The flu vaccine does not work. The government says so every late winter when they realize that, once again, they picked the wrong virus. "But it is still good that you got it" -- Oh really, why is that?? A study done a few years ago stated that it is especially not effective in the elderly. Yet they target this group with scare tactics and so on. Pregnant?? RUN AWAY FROM THIS POISON.
The flu vaccine is loaded with chemicals including mercury, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol (radiator fluid) and aluminum. Both mercury and aluminum are known to settle in the brain and be a contributing cause of Alzheimer's disease. See the videos below for more information. Fact # 2: The flu vaccine is not safe for ANYONE to have.
Per the Nuremberg trials post World War II, human experimentation is immoral and illegal. While the US claims that upwards of 36,000 people die annually of the flu, their own records show this number to be in the hundreds (* see video below). As with any disease process, those that die of the flu, usually die from complications such as pneumonia because of a weakened immune system. This is the result of other conditions like cancer, malnutrition and so on. The best remedy for the flu (regular or swine) is PREVENTION. This absolutely includes chiropractic care! During the 1918 flu pandemic that killed upwards of 40 million people (it was at the end of WW I so there was wide spread malnutrition and poor living conditions), the chance of dying with the flu if under the care of various health care providers was as follows: Medical care: 1 out of 17 died. Osteopathic care: 1 out of 36 died. Chiropractic care: 1 out of 886! This ratio was repeated from town to town and state to state in the USA.
How could this be? Getting specifically adjusted boosts the immune system (as was proven with various studies done over the past 20 + years). This is accomplished by an increase of your white blood cells (the germ fighters) of up to 400% each time your spine is adjusted. So YES, get adjusted regularly. Enuf said here.
Onward to nutrition. Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3. Do I need to say it again? IF you have NOT had your levels checked yet, see me or your MD for a script. The test I prefer is called 25 (OH)D. Depending on your levels, I will recommend to first, boost your blood concentration of D, and then, maintain this throughout the winter. Other claimed benefits of D by different studies include help with depression, anxiety, better bone density and improved energy levels. It is imperative that you take natural Vitamin D known as Cholecalciferol or D3. The artificial stuff (D2 or ergocalciferol) is made by radiating fungus and does not exist naturally in the human body. It is not effective in raising Vitamin D levels, is cheaper and is the type of Vitamin D found in that prescription your medical doctor gave you. We have D3 available in 1000 and 5000 unit capsules as well as in 1000 unit liquid drops. A tablespoon of Cod Liver Oil contains 1200 units of D3. No, it does not taste bad!!
Other immune boosting supplements include Vitamin C (recommended daily through out the winter and spring). We have 2 different chewable tablets as well as a buffered (non-acidic) capsule. Daily probiotics (good bacteria) are essential. We carry chewable and capsules. Astragalus Root is excellent as well as garlic, selenium and zinc. We also carry a product called LDM-100 which is made from the desert parsley. Native Americans used this for respiratory infections (flu) as it is effective against bacteria, viruses and fungus infections. I recommend adults take a half a dropper full (diluted in water or juice) daily. At the first sign of a bug, take a dropper full 3 or 4 times a day or more if severe. Remember, all of our supplements are high grade products that we make available to you at wholesale prices. Our fish oil is the same brand sold in a local health food store at more than half the price!!
Other things to do include the common sense stuff: Exercise regularly, Relax and have fun, Get 8 or more hours of sleep a day, Drink plenty of good water, Avoid sugar, artificial and refined foods (junk food, Etc.), Stay home if you are feeling ill, Wash your hands regularly and do NOT use a lot of soap when showering or bathing. Many authorities recommend avoiding regular daily bathing in the winter. The oil on your skin is an important defense against bacteria and viruses. If you wash it off, you loose this barrier (as well as washing away any Vitamin D you made over the past 48 hours). I suggest using soap only where you may needed it and just rinse off with water everywhere else. (Google the Hygiene Hypothesis). If you do get the flu, drink plenty of liquids (water) and rest. For infections that seem beyond your ability to fight, see your medical provider to counter the possibility of a secondary infection.
Let's go back to the Swine Flu of 1976. Government health authorities spread panic, rushed a vaccine to production, which lead to 517 cases of paralysis and other very serious problems, and 23 cases of death, from Guillane-Barre Syndrome. Yes, all this was from the flu vaccine, not the flu. What was the actual toll of the swine flu of 1976 itself? 13 actual cases of the flu, with one resulting death. So, mortality-wise, the flu vaccine was 23 times more deadly than the flu itself. Will history repeat itself? Many suggest that this new flu is man made because it is a combination of swine, bird and human. How is this possible? A lab experiment gone bad? Greed leading to an experimental vaccine gone wild? Mutation (unlikely)? The more man moves away from nature, the price we all pay will be higher. I know that my family will not be a human test tube. Please click on the below web sites form more information.
Makers of Vaccine Refuse to Take It: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4SmFxyust0
Swine Flu Man Made?? http://swineflu.mccoypress.net/
Vaccine Information: http://www.nvic.org//
Health Information: www.Mercola.com Search box to look up everything from Vitamin D to Boosting your immune system and much more. Sign up for the free newsletter.
What's In the Flu Shot?: Flu Vaccine Video Parody video revealing the poisonous chemicals in the flu vaccine.
Brain Cell Damage From Mercury: Research Study by the University of Calgary showing the effects of mercury
on living brain neurons. THIS IS A MUST SEE!! Click HERE to download this video to your PC.
* Flu Vaccine Exposed: Click this link to watch a short video on Flu Vaccine Facts. Includes many statistics.
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