Boost Your Immune System: Avoid The Flu Shot
As the days get shorter and temperatures get a little bit cooler, the minds of American health experts turn to their annual “battle” with the flu and, of course, the push for everyone to take a completely unnecessary vaccine – the flu shot – nobody really needs.
You’ve probably already heard some of the scare-mongering. Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) warned Americans there’s “no guarantees” the upcoming flu season will be as mild as the last, or that past performance (or the lack thereof) is no accurate indicator that you and your family will be “protected.”
By the peak of the 2012-13 season, 135 million vaccines will be available just about everywhere, from the grocery store around the corner to your workplace. Doesn’t all of this seem like a huge push by Big Pharma (with lots of help from the mainstream media) wanting to unload their toxic drugs under the guise of human health and safety to fatten their bottom-line profits?
Fact is, your body has all the tools it needs to protect itself without a toxic flu vaccine, so long as you take safer steps – starting today – to boost your immune system.
The Risks of Taking Vaccines
The good news: A minority of Americans (42 percent) put their lives and health in harm’s way by succumbing to the pressure of taking a flu shot, far below national targets set by the CDC.
Of course, you might be wondering how can something as simple as a flu vaccine – pushed by a mainstream media that’s often uncritical to the extreme about treating health issues through natural means – could be harmful at all.
The DHHS lists 21 different side effects, from mild to serious, that may occur after taking a flu shot or nasal spray on their Flu.gov website. Interestingly, the site lists almost as many serious problems, as it does milder ones. Among the serious side effects stemming from receiving a flu shot that require immediate medical attention:
- Breathing difficulties
- High fever
- Racing heart
Despite the long list of serious side effects, statistics about Americans who are sickened or die due to vaccines meant to protect them are virtually impossible to find. That said, in recent years, some countries have reported serious health problems with flu shots, ranging from narcolepsy in teenagers (Sweden, Finland and France) to fevers, allergic reactions, headaches and even death (Korea).
However, American experts are willing to concede one very serious health issue linked with receiving a flu shot: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), an illness in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system linked to nerve damage, muscle weakness and fever.
Even though American health officials have claimed the incidence of harm has been rare, the British government had to admit there was a link to GBS during the swine flu wave several years ago.
No wonder, a growing number of experts (and a few more well-informed members of the media) are questioning America’s over-reliance on vaccines. Some believe vaccines give Americans who take them a “false sense of security,” prompting some to ignore the simple, more common sense ways to avoid the flu, like staying away from people who are already sick and practicing better hygiene.
Simple Ways to Avoid The Flu
The real reasons your body gets the flu have less to do with which new virus attacks your body, and more to do with addressing and strengthening the real difference-maker that determines whether you’ll get sick: The network of organs and cells making up your immune system that defend your body from disease.
Maintaining that proper and healthy balance promotes your ability to produce antibodies when a cold or flu virus invades your body, and can protect you from even more extreme conditions, namely heart disease and cancer, over the long term.
Unfortunately, many people already suffer from depleted immune systems due to existing conditions, like obesity, diabetes and various heart ailments. Those folks are so weakened to their core, both emotionally and physically, they see no options other than dangerous drugs and treatments that may be more harmful than the diseases they’re designed to treat!
Aside from untreated stress, nothing depletes a body’s immune system faster and more completely than poor nutrition. Constantly eating an on-the-run diet, consisting of fast food made with processed products, exhausts the human body’s ability to recharge its immune system, and prevent disease.
Back to protecting your health during the colder months, here are some safe and natural steps you can take today to strengthen your immune system every day of the year and forget the flu shot:
- Improve your daily diet to include more fruits, vegetables and meats, ideally from organic sources. Remember to stay away from immune-depleting processed foods, full of enriched, fortified ingredients (like genetically modified products) that do nothing good for your health.
- Fill in any nutritional gaps in your diet by finding the best supplement for your health. And, for your health’s sake, take a whole food-based supplement rather than one made from synthetic ingredients.
- Wash your hands often, but avoid antibacterial soaps that use harmful chemicals like triclosan.
- Don’t skip on your sleep, one of the easiest and best ways to improve your health naturally.
- Get your body moving with an exercise program, starting with baby steps like a short, brisk walk early on a cool morning.
- Reduce the stress in your life, and you’ll remove one of the major problems that depletes your immune system. Instead, invest some of your free time visiting with friends, spend some time in nature, get a massage or learn relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation.
Discover more tips on how to keep your immune system strong during the flu season by reading my recent blog post.
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