“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: