Make Your Own Flu Shot…or Just Stay Healthy in the First Place.

sardines instead of flu shot

A recent post over at Marks Daily Apple about flu shots reminded me that tis the season for mass panic and blind faith in some magical formula to save us all. Now, I have never had a flu shot (and never will) but that is my personal choice. Heck everything I do to my body is my choice. If someone wants a flu shot it’s their choice to do, but they better know why they are doing it….and not just taking someone else’s word for it. So below I list my reasons I do not ever get a flu shot:

Because I think prevention is more important

Why do we get sick? Is it because we “catch” a cold? Well not really. We can be exposed to germs and bacteria all day long…but we have this thing called an immune system that keeps us strong. I don’t think the body was designed for a perfect clean living environment and can actually get smarter and stronger because of it. The body adapts to small acute stressors (like bacteria, exercise, etc) and learns how to become stronger and more resistant. Our modern day paranoa over all things that “could” make us sick takes away the focus from the fact that maybe we need these stressors to be healthy. Getting a flu shot does nothing to help most people take a look at how their body is really functioning and the steps they need to take in their life to become healthier and have a strong immune system.

Because I question everything

Just because someone tells me I need something, doesn’t mean I will listen. I will look into it and get my own answers. Especially when the source of the information is a system/organization based on money and profit (think flu shot companies aren’t making a killing on selling millions and millions of vaccines? Think free doesn’t mean that your tax dollars are paying for it and CEOs/stockholders are getting rich somewhere because of it?).

Because it may not even be that effective

I use the remark that the people I know who get flu shots usually get the flu while I stay healthy….so why do I want a shot? There are no guarantees a shot will even work as effectively as just living a healthy lifestyle. The flu shot is sold via the “scare tactic” marketing of how scary it is and how it kills people left and right. Really? Does it work?

Among young healthy seniors, the vaccine reduces the risk of flu, Jackson said. “When you look at the total population of seniors, which includes people over 75 and people that have chronic health diseases — lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, and things like that — we don’t know if the vaccine is effective in the seniors,” he said. “People with these chronic diseases are more susceptible to getting the flu, and they are more likely to develop pneumonia if they do get influenza.”

The report is published in the Aug. 2 issue of The Lancet.

For the study, Jackson’s team collected data on 1,173 people between the ages of 65 and 94 who developed pneumonia They compared these individuals with 2,346 people who did not get pneumonia. Both groups had similar rates of flu vaccination over the three seasons of studies, the researchers say.

The researchers found that vaccinated seniors who got the flu were as likely to develop pneumonia as unvaccinated seniors who got the flu.


Some healthcare experts have wondered if large mortality reductions among older people who receive seasonal influenza immunizations are real or if the findings are biased by a “healthy-user” effect. But now a study that more rigorously controlled for confounders suggests that the benefits are overstated.

The study, by Canadian researchers who evaluated data from patients admitted to six Capital Health hospitals in Alberta, appeared in the Sep 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

It revealed no statistical difference between in-hospital mortality rates of elderly patients receiving seasonal flu vaccination and of those not vaccinated.

It is the latest among a handful of recent studies that have cast doubt on the benefits of flu vaccines for older people and may call for a reexamination of public policy on flu vaccination among the elderly.

The senior population is probably most at risk due to extremely compromised immune systems (and other health issues compounded). Pneumonia can be fatal to people if their bodies can not handle it. Although does the flu shot really protect people from getting pneumonia? Well it seems maybe their protection claims have been exaggerated.

Because you aren’t warned about side effects

Sure there can be rare side effects from all sorts of things out there, but why are we being educated about the side effects of flu shots? Let’s see, you can get a shot and it could possibly do the following:

  • primarily a low grade fever for 8 to 24 hours after you receive the shot.
  • a swollen, red, tender area around the vaccination spot.
  • And a few people, especially children, may develop slight chills or a headache within 24 hours, but the symptoms go away within a day or so.

or you could also become paralyzed?

A New Westminster man is raising a warning flag after he contracted a rare and debilitating condition linked to the flu shot that left him paralyzed for almost five months.

Every fall, health care workers across Canada distribute 10 million influenza vaccinations, and for the vast majority of people, the flu shot causes no major problems.

Within two weeks of getting his annual flu shot in 2007, however, Richard Ryan, 44, went from being happy and healthy to being in excruciating pain.

and who even know what strains are out there…and are we making more and more adaptive/resistant strains in the process?

ATLANTA,Georgia (CNN) –This year’s flu vaccine had little or no effectiveness against influenza-like illnesses, according to a preliminary study released Thursday.

Of the 1,000 people who got the vaccine before November 1, 149 went on to develop influenza-like illness (14.9 percent). Of the 402 people who did not get the vaccine, 68 got an influenza-like illness (16.9 percent), the study said.

Because we are not told what is in it

Mercola has been kind enough to list the ingredients of what is in a flu shot (you know, in case you care about what you put in your body)

Do you want any of the following vaccine constituents in YOUR bloodstream?

  • Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
  • Phenol, also known as carbolic acid (this is used as a disinfectant, dye)
  • Formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent
  • Aluminum, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and seizures and also cancer producing in laboratory mice (it is used as an additive to promote antibody response)
  • Thimerosal (a mercury disinfectant/preservative) can result in brain injury and autoimmune disease
  • Neomycin and Streptomycin (used as antibiotics) have caused allergic reaction in some people.

Healthy Preventive Lifestyle Outranks any Flu Shot

Here is some outtakes from a very interesting article written by Dr. John Cannell, Atascadero State Hospital. In it he talks about noticing how the rates of influenza and Vit D seasonal consumption may have a direct correlation. He also sees a difference in the same hospital about people being treated with Vit D and those that are not in respect to the rate at which the flu was spread.

However, as the epidemic progressed, I noticed something unusual. First, the ward below mine was infected, and then the ward on my right, left, and across the hall – but no patients on my ward became ill. My patients had intermingled with patients from infected wards before the quarantines. The nurses on my unit cross-covered on infected wards. Surely, my patients were exposed to the influenza A virus. How did my patients escape infection from what some think is the most infectious of all the respiratory viruses?

All of the patients on my ward had been taking 2,000 units of vitamin D every day for several months or longer.

vitamin D regulates genetic expression in hundreds of tissues throughout your body. This means it has as many potential mechanisms of action as genes it damasks.

A single, twenty-minute, full body exposure to summer sun will trigger the delivery of 20,000 units of vitamin D into the circulation of most people within 48 hours.

Epidemiology and Infection, known as The Journal of Hygiene in Hope-Simpson’s day, recently published our paper. The editor, Professor Norman Noah, knew Dr. Hope-Simpson and helped tremendously with the paper. In the paper, we detailed our theory that vitamin D is Hope-Simpson’s long forgotten “seasonal stimulus.” We proposed that annual fluctuations in vitamin D levels explain the seasonality of influenza.

1. Why the flu predictably occurs in the months following the winter solstice, when vitamin D levels are at their lowest,

2. Why it disappears in the months following the summer solstice,

3. Why influenza is more common in the tropics during the rainy season,

4. Why the cold and rainy weather associated with El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which drives people indoors and lowers vitamin D blood levels, is associated with influenza,

5. Why the incidence of influenza is inversely correlated with outdoor temperatures,

6. Why children exposed to sunlight are less likely to get colds,

7. Why cod liver oil (which contains vitamin D) reduces the incidence of viral respiratory infections,

8. Why Russian scientists found that vitamin D-producing UVB lamps reduced colds and flu in schoolchildren and factory workers,

9. Why Russian scientists found that volunteers, deliberately infected with a weakened flu virus – first in the summer and then again in the winter – show significantly different clinical courses in the different seasons,

10. Why the elderly who live in countries with high vitamin D consumption, like Norway, are less likely to die in the winter,

11. Why children with vitamin D deficiency and rickets suffer from frequent respiratory infections,

12. Why an observant physician (Rehman), who gave high doses of vitamin D to children who were constantly sick from colds and the flu, found the treated children were suddenly free from infection,

13. Why the elderly are so much more likely to die from heart attacks in the winter rather than in the summer,

14. Why African Americans, with their low vitamin D blood levels, are more likely to die from influenza and pneumonia than Whites are.

The full text can be seen at this article on medical news today’s website.

So looks like Vit D plays a huge role in all this as well. So what can we do to help with a preventative lifestyle and keep our immune systems running strong?

So there you have it….some info to think long and hard about. If you still want a flu shot, that is your choice to do so. Or if you are worried about not enough flu vaccine to go around due to mass panic….then no worries…because this Canadian TV clip shows us how to make our own flu vaccine….and like he says “because staying healthy is alot more important than room temperature (using the mercury in thermometers)”. Enjoy making your own! (disclaimer: don’t ever try this).

photo by stinj

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