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Tag: vaccines

How Can I Stay Healthy This Winter?

Reader question:

I have had one flu shot as an adult, and got the flu twice that year. I work at a college, and am exposed to hundreds of (sick, young) people 5 days a week! I do my utmost to stay healthy, but last year I got REALLY sick several times (also family crisis played into that). Also rather terrified of getting shingles; to vax or not…  ~Susan W., New Hampshire
Susan- As a member of my Inflammation Influencer program and dedicating yourself to removing inflammation and healing your body, you are already moving down the right path toward warding off illnesses. Since more than 80% of our immune system is based in our gut — and that is a target of this program — we can hope that you will be in better shape this year to fight off whatever may come around.
Yet, colds and flu can take down even the most vigilant among us.
Here are my very best tips to help get you through the season comfortably.
I keep an arsenal of herbs, homeopathy, and other natural remedies around in case something gets past my hand-washing and shoes-off policies. I wrote about these extensively in my Kick a Cold series on my blog.
If I suspect it is flu, then Oscillo is the solution 90% of the time. Catching it early is key. If you search for “flu” in my blog  there are more than 20 pages of tips to avoid or kick out the flu.
There are even great homeopathic remedies for shingles/chicken pox. It would still suck, but not as bad.
That said, I am not a medical doctor and legally cannot advise you as to pharmaceuticals. What I can do is share my own thoughts and experiences and encourage you to make your own, educated decisions. Here are some thoughts I’ve had about the flu vaccine.
Here are my thoughts on vaccines in general.
Those in my Inflammation Influencer programs will have a step up in staying healthy this winter. Interested in checking it out? Grab a free Naturopathic Health Assessment to see if you are a good candidate for this program!

Bought: The Truth Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma, and Your Food

If you haven’t seen the movie “Bought” yet, it’s free until March 15th, so click over there and sit back to watch the state of health in our country unfold before your eyes.Bought-movieBought-movie

The film looks at the connections between pharmaceutical company profits and vaccine safety, between the introduction of certain GMO seeds and the disappearance of the bees, and the infiltration of GMO products into our food supply and disease rates.

These are real problems that have been actively covered up by those with financial interests. I’m so glad that movies like this are being made and watched because, as I’ve said over and over in this space since 2008, you have to be proactive in looking out for your own wellbeing. When it comes down to a choice between safeguarding consumer health or a cheaper ingredient in a food or cosmetic product, too many corporations choose to take the lower road to higher profits.

If you still blindly believe that something is safe just because it’s always been done this way, I invite you to wake up to the first reality: things have changed. Vaccine ingredients and schedules have changed, processed food ingredients have changed from what they originally might have been, and our very food supply has been contaminated without our consent and without labeling.

I could go on and on, but watch the movie “Bought” and you can form your own opinions. It’s free until March 15th and then available to rent for a small fee.

Mercury in the Flu Shot

While concerned parents have lobbied successfully to remove mercury (thimerosal) from routine childhood vaccinations, no one is mentioning that the widely-advised flu shot still contains thimerosal.flu shot

Mercury poisoning has been linked to harm in the nervous system, heart, lungs, kidneys, and immune system. It can cause mental dysfunction in growing children and dementia and malaise in adults. Some believe thimerosal in vaccines is linked to autism. No amount of mercury is considered safe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), thimerosal is not the only non-medicinal additive in our vaccines. Vaccines may contain any or all of the following:

Type of Ingredient Examples Purpose
Preservatives Thimerosal (only in multi-dose vials of flu vaccine) To prevent contamination
Adjuvants Aluminum salts To help stimulate the body’s response to the antigens
Stabilizers Sugars, gelatin To keep the vaccine potent during transportation and storage
Residual cell culture materials Egg protein To grow enough of the virus or bacteria to make the vaccine
Residual inactivating ingredients Formaldehyde To kill viruses or inactivate toxins during the manufacturing process
Residual antibiotics Penicillin, sulfa drugs To prevent contamination by bacteria during the vaccine manufacturing process

You can request a thimerosal-free version of the flu vaccine; it will come in a single-use rather than a multi-use vial.

Here is the CDC’s table of what exactly is in each version of the influenza vaccine, so that you can check to see if there are any ingredients you might already know you’re sensitive to, like polysorbate 80, a chemical surfectant an emulsifier that we test for with the MRT because it can trigger reactions in many people, before agreeing to be injected.