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The Controversial Flu Vaccine

"During the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine's effectiveness was found to be just 56% across all age groups reviewed by the CDC - in essence, the statistical equivalent of a coin toss."

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

There is mounting evidence on why you should avoid the flu vaccine.  Unfortunately, in addition to the fact it may not be nearly as effective as advertised, flu vaccines can and do cause harm.  

Most deaths related to influenza are actually due to bacterial pneumonia, and bacterial pneumonia can be effectively treated with advanced medical care and therapies like parenteral antibiotics and respirators.

Does It Work?

Let's look at the actual studies, not the hype, that show just how ineffective the flu vaccine is in both adults and children:

  • In seniors aged 65 and over, the flu vaccine was only 9% effective.  In a review of 64 studies of the elderly over 98 flu seasons, flu shots were non-significant for preventing influenza, ILI, or pneumonia.(1)  

  • During the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine's effectiveness was found to be just 56% across ALL age groups reviewed by the CDC - in essence, the statistical equivalent of a coin toss.

  • In a review of 48 reports, including 66,000 adults, “Vaccination of healthy adults only reduced risk of influenza by 6%, and reduced the number of missed work days by less than one day (0.16) days.  It did not change the number of people needing to go to the hospital or take time off work.”(2)

  • Vaccinating against one strain of influenza may actually increase your risk of exposure to related but different strains.

  • In a review of over 51 studies involving 294,000 children, there was no evidence that injecting children 6-24 months of age with a flu vaccine was more effective than the placebo, and it was found to be only effective 33% of the time in children over 2 yrs. of age.(3)

  • Children with asthma who receive the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than children who do not receive the vaccine.(4)

Vitamin D - Natural Flu Prevention

Vitamin DRandomized controlled trials found a reduced incidence of influenza for those taking high doses of vitamin D.  

  • A study involving African-American postmenopausal women in New York found a 60% reduced risk of colds and influenza for those taking 800 IUs vitamin D3, and a 90% reduced risk for those taking 2,000 IUs.

  • A 2010 study demonstrated the effectiveness of vitamin D as a preventive strategy against influenza.  Children taking just 1,200 IUs of vitamin D3 per day (considered a low dose) were shown to be 42% less likely to come down with the flu.(5)

  • A study in Japan involving school children taking 1,200 IUs of vitamin D3 vs. 200 IUs, found a 67% reduction in Type A influenza.  Type A influenza includes H1N1 varieties, which were the type involved in the 1918-19 pandemic influenza, and the 2009 “swine flu” infections.  The Japanese scientists concluded that the anti-viral drugs "zanamivir" and "oseltamivir" reduced risk of flu infection by only 8% in children exposed to infection, compared with a 50% or greater reduction with vitamin D.(6)

Many doctors throughout Europe and Canada routinely prescribe high doses of vitamin D not only for the flu, but for a long list of chronic diseases.

Natural Strategies to Protect Yourself Against the Flu

For disease to take hold of the body, the immune system has in some way become compromised or overwhelmed.  The key to flu prevention is to ensure that your immune system is both strong and uncompromised, and the health of the immune system can be significantly affected by different lifestyle factors.  

Here are 9 simple measures you can take to protect yourself from the flu:

Eat the right diet...

Fresh garlicMake sure your diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, especially those high in antioxidants and natural immune boosters such as garlic (which helps protect against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body) and ginger (a natural anti-inflammatory).

Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, natural immune boosters in food have no dangerous side effects, and do not destroy the intestinal flora needed for a healthy gut.



Get enough of these 3 nutrients...

There are 3 different nutrients that can help protect against the flu.
  • Vitamin D (in supplement form)
    2,000 IUs per day of vitamin D3 has been found to reduce influenza risk by 90%.

  • Vitamin C (from food)
    Large amounts of vitamin C have been shown to both relieve and prevent cold and flu symptoms.  Always aim to increase your intake of fruits and veggies high in vitamin C, rather than take it in artificial supplementation.  Studies show that the protective qualities from vitamin C are substantially higher and much more effective in in natural form compared to in supplements.(7)
  • The Omegas - Essential Fatty Acids (from food)
    Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids from walnuts, avocados, flax seeds, and oily fish such as mackerel and sardines, or take a high quality supplement that has been tested for purity and is free from mercury and other contaminants.  Similar to vitamin C, natural sources are much better and more effectively absorbed by the body.

Sign up for the Body Healer protocol to learn more about these and other important nutrients.  Learn why, with the exception of vitamin D, you should avoid supplements and always get your nutrients from whole foods.

Stay hydrated...

Dehydration is typical on the standard American diet devoid of high-water content foods such as fruits and vegetables.  Hydration is the key to transporting nutrients to our cells and removing toxic waste from our cells and out of the body.

Get enough rest & relaxation...

Sleep is another important factor.   Just like it becomes harder to concentrate when you are tired, if your body is overly fatigued, it will be harder for it to fight the flu.  Sleep is the time our system rebuilds and cleans house.  

People who sleep less than 7 hours are more likely to become sick when exposed to germs and viruses than those who sleep 8 hours or more.

Get enough regular exercise...

When you exercise, you increase the circulation of blood and lymph throughout your body.  This means your body is more efficiently able to carry nutrients to the cells and remove waste from them.  The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of destroying an illness before it spreads.  

Reduce your stress...

Stress can very seriously damage your immune system.  Learn why stress is considered a silent killer, and what you can do to reduce and eliminate stress from your life.  

We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes chronic, your body will be compromised when it comes to fighting off the flu and other more serious conditions.

14 tips on how to reduce your stress... 

Stay clean...

Keeping your hands clean is one the best defenses against colds and flu.  Use simple soap and water.  Studies show that simple hot, soapy water is just as effective as antibacterial soaps.  
 
Sign up for the protocol to learn about:

  • Why our fear of germs has turned into an unhealthy phobia.
  • Why you should immediately ditch the common household cleaners filled with dangerous toxins.
  • How to build your own non-toxic cleaning cabinet using simple products that are safe for both yourself and your family, pets included.  For example, both the EPA and CDC agree that white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are just as effective as household bleach when it comes to household cleaning (over 99% effective).  Yet they are non-toxic!
  • Why antibacterial soaps are not only completely unnecessary and contain chemicals such as triclosan that are dangerous for our body, but their overuse contributes to the weakening both our and our children's immune systems.

Quit smoking, drugs, excessive alcohol, & stimulants...

Smoking, and the 4,000+ chemicals they contain, all serve to weaken the immune system.  Excessive alcohol and drugs also lower the functioning of immune cells and their ability to fight disease. 



Understand the impact of medications...

Medications, especially immune-suppressant drugs, can seriously compromise the immune system.  Excessive use of prescription drugs such as antibiotics can increase the likelihood of coming in contact with bacteria that is resistant to the effects of the immune system.



 

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