Jolly ‘ole Saint Flu Shot is knocking on your door, putting signs up in your pharmacies, even squeezing his commercials into your favorite TV shows. His elves even dress up in doctor’s coats and try to convince you to receive his gifts, hiding their toxic contents behind warnings of deadly viruses and serious illness. He’s as crafty as a fox, and he has all the money and resources of Big Pharma behind him. But truth and trust in Mother Nature’s wisdom will keep you safe from his poison, so long as you stay away from his prickling fingers!
But if doctors tell you to get a flu shot, you should… right? That’s the philosophy in my family, anyway. Every year about this time, I get a call from my mother saying she just got her flu shot and now she’s sick. And every year I try to tell her not to get one, and she ignores me, because I can’t possibly know more than a doctor. But I’m not on Big Pharma’s payroll, and so I don’t have to push their drugs on the trusting, uninformed public. And the bottom line is that you should never, ever trust vaccines – of any sort. Infant vaccines are a matter of personal choice, but any holistic health practitioner will tell you that no one of any age should ever get a flu shot. And here’s why:
Vaccine Ingredients (CDC)
–Aluminum: added as adjuvants to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine. (Aluminum is a heavy metal that can accumulate in the tissues of several organs, disrupting calcium absorption, stunting growth, and causing osteoporosis. When aluminum is deposited in the brain, it can cause neurological problems similar to alzheimers or dementia.)
-Antibiotics: added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine. (Antibiotics wreak havoc on the gut, destroying the good bacteria necessary for nutrient absorption and leaving the gut vulnerable to infection. Their overuse has also lead to the development of superbugs, antibiotic-resistant bacteria that present a huge danger.)
-Egg protein: found in influenza and yellow fever vaccines, which are prepared using chicken eggs. Ordinarily, persons who are able to eat eggs or egg products safely can receive these vaccines. (Flu vaccines are made by incubating strains of the virus in chicken eggs, then “inactivating” them with formaldehyde. Not only is there no guarantee that the flu strain used is the strain you’ll come in contact with, but injecting a person with even a small amount of flu virus seems just a tad counter-intuitive to me.)
-Formaldehyde: used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity. It is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. (Most of us have used this highly toxic chemical in high school frog dissections, and we probably never imagined our doctors would be injecting that foul-smelling liquid into our blood. Not only because formaldehyde is used to preserve dead bodies, but because it causes serious damage to the gastrointestinal tract, causing ulcers, inflammation, diarrhea, and even hemorraging.)
-Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol: used as stabilizers in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity. (Monosodium Glutamate, like many artificial sweetners, is an “excitotoxin,” a category of toxins that literally excite your cells until they’re damaged or explode. Moreover, the G in MSG, glutamate, is a man-made version of glutamic acid, a necessary neurotransmitter used by the brain for several functions; when the brain gobbles up the wrong one, it leads to widespread cell damage and neurological problems. PhenoxyEthanol is a common preservative in cosmetics and medications, one that the FDA admitted in a 2008 press release “can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants.” So they go and inject it directly into their bloodstream.)
-Thimerosal: a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria. (I don’t even know where to start. Mercury has severely debilitating effects on the nervous system, muscular system, gastrointestinal tract, and just about every organ in our bodies. You wouldn’t eat fish contaminated with mercury, so why let someone pump it directly into your body?)
That list is straight off the CDC’s website. Even without my comments, just seeing those ingredients should scare you right out of your pants. How about the fact that many pharmacy employees are actually given incentives to sell the most flu shots? Talk about fattening up for the winter, Big Pharma! Instead of falling into their flu season trap, stock up on some natural remedies that have been trusted for centuries. Mother Earth News has the best list of cold remedies, all formaldehyde-free! Here are some of their recommended flu-fighters:
-Water: The best remedy for congestion, whether it’s nasal or in your chest, is warm water. Herbal teas and steamy showers help your body get rid of all that mucus that’s clogging your head. Mother Earth recommends adding antimicrobial herbs, such as eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary, or peppermint to a hot bath or even a pot of boiling water and breathing in the vapors.
-Supplements: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and zinc are essential for a healthy immune system. They won’t do much to battle the actual virus, but they give your immune system a boost, giving it the extra energy it needs to do the fighting.
-Echinacea: This miracle herb is great for boosting your immune system as well as healing respiratory infections. It can shorten the duration and severity of colds, but people with O blood types should use with caution. It’s listed in Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s Blood Type Diet as an “avoid” for Os, but I’m an O and I’ve used it with no adverse reaction.
-Elderberry: Another herb that’s popular for treating colds and flus, and the product that I like is Nature’s Way Sambucus syrup.
-Ginseng & Eleuthro (Siberian ginseng): Good for respiratory infections
-Licorice root: This herb is anti-inflammatory, good for sore throats, antispasmodic (helps reduce coughing), and expectorant (helps rid the body of mucus). However, don’t take licorice for more than four to six weeks — it causes your kidneys to retain water and sodium and lose potassium. Don’t take it at all if you’re pregnant, have high blood pressure or low blood potassium, or take a potassium depleting diuretic. Traditional Medicinals’ Throat Coat tea is made with licorice root, and it’s the best sore throat remedy I’ve found.
Since it’s sometimes hard to decide between all the different herbs recommended, I always keep 3 things on hand for cold season: zinc, colloidal silver (which is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral… in short, a miracle cure for everything), and Boiron’s homeopathic cold medicine oscillococcinum. You can’t go wrong with these at your side. So keep your mercury and your formaldehyde, Saint Flu Shot. I’ll stick with Mother Nature instead.