I am going out on a limb here and talking about something that is every bit as controversial as religion, sex, and politics.
It’s about the flu shot.
People have strong opinions on the flu shot, on both sides. I have had people unfriend me on Facebook for my stand against flu shots.
There are two problems with the flu shot as I see it.
1. The flu shot is not a very effective means to avoid the flu.
Stastics vary, but even the CDC (Center for Disease Control) says effectiveness varies from 10%-30%. Just recently I saw this demostrated by a loved one who got a flu shot, and within days got the flu.
2. The flu shot contains known toxic ingredients.
To me it makes no sense to inject substances like mercury and formaldehyde into your body, for a practice with unproven results.
The biggest objection I have come across by people who get the flu shot is that they do it for others with a compromised immune system.
They feel it is a moral imperative to take steps to avoid the flu for the sake of family and friends. Some work place environments even make a flu shot a job requirement. While it is admirable to remain healthy for the sake of others, if you want to remain free of the flu, there are safer and more effective means.
But probably the real reason most people get in line for a flu shot, is we are bombarded daily by newspaper ads, television and radio government sponsored commercials and pharmacy marquees all seemingly pointing us in one direction – get a flu shot, and do it today!
Of course we have such a benevolent government, who really cares for us, and marketing a flu shot makes it so much easier for us than using more natural, safer and effective means to strengthen our own immune system.
So for those interested, here is a list of flu shot free, healthy and more effective ways to avoid the flu this winter. I will do it for myself, and I will do it for my loved ones.
1. Take Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that keeps the body functioning optimally, and especially supports the immune system. Some studies have shown it to be a flu fighter. Interestingly, flu season corresponds with winter – the time of year when we are least able to take in adequate levels of Vitamin D from the primary source: sunshine!
2. Supplement a healthy diet with lots of antioxidants, and flu-fighting phytonutrients to fortify your immune system, which is your first line of defense.
3. Take a probiotic. A strong immune system relies heavily on having a healthy, well-functioning gut (as 70% of your immune system is in the gut), and probiotics helps your gut absorb the nutrients from your diet.
4. Avoid sugar and processed food. These dramatically decrease immune function. Instead load up on nutrient-rich whole foods.
5. Get plenty of sleep. Getting enough sleep is a key component to a flu-free winter! There’s no better time for the body to restore and repair itself than while you rest.
6. Drink water. The majority of our body is water, and clean purified water flushes out impurities. Staying hydrated especially helps keep the lining of the nose moist so it can more effectively block environmental invaders.
7. Wash your hands often. I am almost OCD now about hand washing whenever I come home from being out and about. Use good, old-fashioned hot water and chemical-free soap. The antibacterial craze has created harsh products loaded with toxins that increase the risk of creating resistant bacteria.
8. Avoid Stress as much as possible. We are learning more about the mind-body connection and how stress in particular can weaken your immune system and thus weaken your resistance to disease. Learn stress management techniques, so that you can not only contribute to a happier but a healthier holiday season.