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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

My son came home the other day and asked why I didn’t take him to get a flu shot.

“We don’t get flu shots,” I answered. “We drink Good Belly instead.”

Yes, I was being flippant, but still. While the vitamins and probiotics in Good Belly won’t kill any flu germs we might pick up, I’ve seen how it helps to keep our bodies from being inviting environments in which germs can flourish. Why do you think some people who work in an office will come down with the flu while others won’t? When my family drinks Good Belly, we don’t get sick. When we don’t drink Good Belly, we see colds and flu. I’m reminded of this every year. And no, I don’t have any connection with the company; this is just my own experience.

If/when we do get sick, we employ a variety of homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies to bring relief and healing.

Besides, there’s a lot to be wary of when it comes to pharmaceuticals for hypersensitive people like me and my children. We’ve already learned the hard way that we are hypersensitive (I have MS and my kids have food sensitivities), and that our tolerance thresholds are already lower than the average person’s. I feel no need to push the envelope.

Please don’t interpret this as advice not to get vaccinated; I struggle with this question myself every time it comes up with my own family. Personally, I’ve tried to strike a balance between the essential vaccinations and the non-essential vaccinations, and although getting the flu sucks, I consider the flu shot to be non-essential to my toxic load.

Here’s a fascinating documentary starring Dr. Bob Sears about vaccines and their possible side effects. It’s free to view until November 5, 2011, so take a few minutes now to watch it.

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