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Moms Talk Q&A: A Shot in The Dark

What’s in your flu shot?

The flu season has hit with a vengeance this year; worst in more than a decade by most reports. 

The media, doctors, drug stores et all, are clamoring even more than usual that we get our flu shots. Why is this our “go-to” solution? Whether you believe because it works, or because there’s money to be made, I think the answer lies somewhere in between.

What’s so wrong with the flu shot? Many a paper, study, and report have been written on the topic. It’s controversial with strong beliefs on both sides of the fence. 

From Dr. Joseph Mercola: “To speed up flu vaccine production, the US FDA has approved a new insect-based, genetically engineered flu vaccine, as well as vaccines grown in cultures of dog kidney cells rather than eggs. And while mainstream media claims the flu vaccine is working well this year, a recent review of published research shows flu vaccines are ineffective at best, and produce neurological complications at worst, while having no effect at all on hospitalizations or working days lost.”

Additionally, many vaccinations contain mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum as preservatives. Do we really want these ingredients in our body?

The best way to beat the flu is a strong immune system, achieved among other ways by:

  • Reducing consumption of sugar and processed foods (they’re dead food devoid of nutrition)
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Getting a good eight hours of sleep a day
  • Eating foods rich in antioxidants (fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens)
  • Exercising regularly
  • Washing your hands
  • Staying away from hospitals

In the past 60 years, vaccinations have taken the medical community by storm. In the 1950s, doctors only recommended five vaccinations. Since then, the number of recommended vaccines has more than doubled. Now doctors are encouraging people to get 14 vaccinations. This would not be so startling were it not for the fact that the government is starting to require that students attending any public or private school get vaccinated.

The increase in vaccinations in this decade may be making the United States as a whole less healthy as studies are beginning to suggest that excess vaccination has a possible correlation to health related issues.

“In 1950, before routine vaccinations became a reality, the United States had the third lowest infant mortality rate in the world. By 1986, the U.S. infant mortality rate dropped to 17th place and by 1995 the U.S. had fallen further to 24th place.”

Not only have the infant mortality rates in the U.S. increased, there is evidence that many health conditions, such as allergies, asthma, ADHD and autism are more common in vaccinated children than unvaccinated children.

If you’re interested in learning more about vaccinations and immunizations for your children, check out The Sanctity of Human Blood by Dr. Tim O'Shea. It breaks down the diseases by category so you can make a more informed choice regarding specific vaccinations or immunization in general.

Linda S February 28, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I am frankly dismayed that this article went to print. This is full of flawed logic. For example, the argument that vaccinations lead to increased infant mortality or that they lowered our infant mortality standings in respect to other countries shows NO causation. The more likely "culprits" are the extreme lengths that we go to in the US to save preemies and give them a chance at life. Then there is the fact that the term "infant mortality" is not even consistently defined across countries. Many countries only coun the deaths of live babies who have been alive for a certain number of days. It is this type of junk science scaremongering that had been responsible for under-vaccination causing diseases like the whooping cough and measles to return as an epidemic to many communities in our country. These epidemics are more prevalent in communities where too many in the community have chosen to refuse or delay vaccinations. http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/08/widespread-vaccine-exemptions-are-messing-with-herd-immunity/ The flu vaccine is not perfect and its effectiveness varies from year to year. It is also important not to believe that if you have the shot, you don't have to practice simple hygiene. Here's a great article on the current flu vaccine: http://www.wellnessletter.com/ucberkeley/feature/are-you-ready-for-flu-season/#
Tamara Archer February 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Are there situations, individuals, factors that warrant a serious look at vaccinations as a measure of protection? Many would say yes. My Dad was a GP, my Mom an RN and I was raised in their belief of the Hippocratic Oath ‘first do no harm’. The vast majority of medical professionals believe this today, but their decisions are being influenced by what insurance company’s deem as covered or not, by the very powerful pharmaceutical industry, and also by their patients asking for a quick fix. There’s HUGE money to be made when we’re sick or afraid of being sick. Illnesses and diseases range from deadly to inconvenient and many have accepted the big marketing push that vaccination is the answer vs. equal education for the benefits of a healthy lifestyle including good hygiene, a rested fit body, and strong immune system that comes from eating good wholesome food rich in nutrition instead of the plethora of highly processed and/or convenience foods that fills our stores. There are risks on both sides of the fence. I vote for the individual to make an informed choice for themselves. At the risk of oversimplifying the situation, the Government in general looks for the fastest simplest way to solve a problem and more often than not, influenced by the lobbyists representing companies who stand to make millions if not billions. It truly begs the question, “Whose best interests are being taking care of?” Thank you for bringing your voice to the conversation.
Chrystal Bougon March 01, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I despise how Walgreens, Rite Aid and even Safeway assume we are ALL going to get a flu shot. Oh and save 20% on your groceries when you do. We are all smart enough to know there are stats on both side of this decision that can prove either side right or wrong. Personally, I get one every year because I have asthma. But, it is NOT right for everyone and we all need to do the research and make the correct decision for us and our own families and situations. And, I REALLY do not like the idea of our goverment telling us we HAVE to get one if we are going to a certain school. I prefer to be given the option on EVERYTHING that has to do with my own body or my own health.
Lenore Sanborn March 01, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Interesting stuff. I got a flu shot once and got sick... so I don't anymore. I know that really doesn't make sense and is flawed logic and yet my family tends not to get sick even without getting the flu shot. Maybe we are lucky. I don't know, but I just haven't seen the need. Call me a Luddite. "Luddite." There. I've saved us all the trouble. ;-)
Laura Ricksecker March 01, 2013 at 03:05 AM
I am glad to have Tamara's voice in this matter. We live in the home of the free, which means she gets to speak freely and without the threat of jail even if someone else thinks her viewpoint is filled with "flawed science". If we pause a moment, we can recall a few other instances of "flawed science"....we were once told by scientific studies that live, attenuated polio vaccine couldn't give someone polio, and now the science indicates otherwise and it has been removed from the schedule. Studies once showed that margarine was healthier than butter, and now the studies show the exact opposite. Science can rarely conduct an experiment inside a live human body, and until it does, there will be flaws in the outcome of scientific studies, and I will be erring on the side of mother nature--as the evidence is all around us, in the environment and in our bodies, about all that can go wrong when we mess with it. I am just glad to live in a country where the government cannot tell me who to worship or determine my healthcare, so that I can freely practice whichever side I choose--and freely listen to debates on both side of the subject without having to attack either side.
Tamara Archer March 01, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Yes, this is a complex issue without an easy or obvious solution. It's not a blanket solution or one-size-fits-all solution. People need to weigh the risk, which exist on both sides of the argument and make the best choice for themselves and their families. Thank you for your comment.
Tamara Archer March 01, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I had to look up what a Luddite was, LOL, thanks for adding to my vocabulary lesson for today! I'm a big fan of personal hygiene and there are some obvious areas where washing hands is a must: restrooms, taking out the garbage, before handling food, after handling chicken etc. Having said that though, the daily micro exposures to germs and bacteria are actually an important part of what builds our immune system to protect us against illness ~ consider them natural mini inoculations. When babies put everything in their mouths from our keys, to grocery cart handles bars etc, even though it's really gross when you think about it, it's part of what's necessary to keep them healthy in the long run. The over vigilance with antibacterial soaps, super clean kitchens etc, as well as our nutritionally depleted foods, is contributing to immune systems that are less robust and effective than our grandparents before us. Clean is good AND we need mini exposures... thanks for writing in!
Tamara Archer March 01, 2013 at 06:09 PM
I really value and appreciate Los Gatos Patch readers and contributors. The overwhelming majority are respectful even when voicing dissenting opinions. It is what helps educate, turn tides, create empathy and understanding, and an essential component in a diverse society. Thank you for your contribution to the discussion.

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