Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Government Pushes Harder for Universal Flu Vaccines

A recent article that is circulating in mainstream media grabbed my attention: The government is pushing harder than last year for the flu vaccine, now urging EVERYONE over the age of 6 months to receive at least one, possibly two doses of this vaccine. This new universal recommendation is a drastic upscale from last year’s flu vaccine recommendations, which specifically targeted “high risk” individuals such as hospital workers and the elderly. But this year, Big Pharma and the government are stepping up the protocols and urging all citizens to receive this controversial and largely untested medication. And here’s the real catch: this year’s flu vaccine will contain the new H1N1 vaccination, along with two other new forms of flu virus. Is it safe and effective, and is it necessary? The debate on this issue is one of the most controversial and contested in health care today.

While not to underestimate the danger of the H1N1 virus when contracted, one of the major concerns here is that the actual risk of the H1N1 pandemic has been largely overestimated by mainstream medicine and the media. In a CBS report last October 2009, it was revealed that the majority of suspected H1N1 cases that were tested came back negative, raising red flags about a scare campaign regarding the real dangers of contracting this virus. Equally concerning is the fact that the original H1N1 vaccine which was largely experimental, was linked to neurological damage and other severe complications in a number of recipients. Even regular flu vaccines pose a potential threat to our health, and especially to our children, with mercury derived preservatives such as thimerosal, live viral proteins, new genetically engineered “mock viruses”, and more. The flu vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine have been associated with an risk of Guillain Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease causing acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, affecting peripheral nerves and causing weakness, numbness, and paralysis.

Adding insult to injury are the reports that continue to surface regarding the interconnections between vaccine manufacturers and government drug approval agencies. Statistics on vaccine induced injury in this country are growing, especially among children, and not including the hotly contested mercury derived thimerosal/autism connection, vaccine manufacturers have paid more than 2 billion dollars in damages to parents of children who have been permanently harmed by one of their needles. Are the risks of contracting the flu greater than those posed by experimental drugs containing known poisons such as ethyl mercury? As Big Pharma and the government push for drastic increases in vaccine administration, the natural medicine community will continue to push back with increased awareness campaigns, giving consumers more access to information regarding health and immune boosting supplements, treatments and alternatives to conventional pharmacology.

The best way to avoid contracting the flu this season besides frequent hand washing, is to keep your immune system healthy and strong with a combined approach of proper diet, including a wide variety of fresh, organic produce and ample hydration with filtered water; healthy sleep habits; regular exercise, and supplementation with a variety of nutraceuticals, vitamins and antioxidants that boost immunity and enhance your overall health and vitality. Medicinal mushrooms with added beta-glucans, Vitamin C and Zinc, and a wide variety of antioxidants, are going to be your best weapons in combating seasonal flu viruses. For more information on natural remedies for colds and flu, download my free health report by clicking here.

The most important thing to remember is that as individual citizens, we have choices in our health care. Regardless of what society, the government, or our doctors pressure us to do, it is up to us to make the final decision regarding any course of treatment. Let’s make sure that our choices are informed ones, and that we are taking the necessary measures to protect our health and the health of our children for years to come.

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