Do I Need a Flu Shot? Decoding the Epidemic Message
Most people are having difficulty decoding the message. Who is being helped by the flu shot, the customer or the manufacturer? Do I need a flu shot? There is no doubt that the news media outlets are pounding in the go have your flu shot message. Especially as the infection rate is peaking, you cannot miss the subtle undertone that says: If you have not had your flu shot, you must be not very smart. The main argument has been that the flu vaccine is 70 to 90 percent effective. The implication is that people who are vaccinated have a 10 to 30 percent chance of getting the flu, while everybody else has a 100 percent chance of getting it. But that’s not how it works in reality.
Canadian news program, The National by CBC, has released a report that shows that the vaccine has a less than 50% chance of success. Say what? This is because the virus is constantly mutating, and the mix of antibodies that will end up in the vaccine has to be prepared months in advance. According to a meta-analysis published in the weekly peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet, the flu vaccine is only 62% effective in preventing type A or B influenza or seasonal influenza A (H1N1). It doesn’t protect at all against norovirus and whooping cough. In other words, only 2.7% of all adults get type A or B or H1N1 influenza, and of them, the vaccine will fail 38% of the time, which means it really benefits only about 1.8% of the population.
You can learn a lot about the workings of the flu at Khan Academy they offer education about many topics including the flu and how it evolves. If you love learning like I do, you will find hours of fun at this site! Genetic Shift in Type A and Genetic Shift in Type B
Genetic Shift in Flu: Find out how the genetic material in the Type A flu virus can get shuffled around to create brand new types of viruses! Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy.
Flu Shift and Drift: Learn how Type B Influenza virus has genetic drift, whereas Type A Influenza virus has genetic drift AND shift. Rishi is a pediatric infectious disease physician and works at Khan Academy.
Note from Khan Academy: These videos do not provide medical advice and are for informational purposes only. The videos are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen in any Khan Academy video.
Do I Need a Flu Shot? The Norovirus Challenge
The betrayal of the flu-shot message is that besides the Type A and Type B we are also having a serious outbreak of the norovirus, which affects your digestive system, and makes you feel a lot worse that the respiratory flu. I just heard from a client who caught the norovirus on his flight home from Mexico it took him 3 weeks to get over it, not the overnight that Soil Based Organisms take to restore normal function. The natural remedy for the intestinal flu is restoring microbial balance with soil based organisms. If you are going to travel and eat food prepared by strangers, bring a bottle of SBOs with you they work within a couple of hours.
Although potentially effective against a variety of chronic diseases, such as CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), viral herpes, hepatitis B, and C, and influenza, recent research schedules its use also in HIV-1 positive patient and other potentially life threatening conditions hitherto unresolved by conventional medical therapies.
Peter R. Rothschild, M.D., Ph.D.
People who take the vaccination have a 100 percent chance of getting their immune system damaged by formaldehyde or mercury, the unadvertised extras that come with the vaccine. You don’t hear much news chatter about that, because the damage works slowly reflecting itself in higher rates of ADHD, autism, and Alzheimers, as well as other chronic inflammatory conditions. You would probably do yourself a favor and instead of Tamiflu another recommended medicine that will shorten your illness by a day on average (at a cost of $120) start using iodine supplementation preventively.
Iodine circulating in the blood is captured by many tissue sites and ends up in mucus secretions. The tissues include thyroid and salivary glands, nasal secretions, stomach, and lungs. Collectively, these tissues and mucus products contain free iodine which defends against invasion by bacteria and viruses.
Dr. David Derry
Iodine is readily available in seaweed supplements and in tinctures. It is inexpensive, and effective. Use it every day for immune system support and hormonal health.
So what do we do with all of this information?
Still asking yourself, Do I need a flu shot? Instead, let’s take a second look at what we are being told (sold?) by the mainstream media, and make an informed decision for ourselves about how best to stay healthy this winter. Do you feel like the media is doing a good enough job of balancing the information they present on the flu shot?