It appears to be that time of year again when many patients are complaining of problems with colds, coughs, allergies, and even the dreaded flu bugs. This is the time of year that drug companies begin to market like crazy to tell you that you MUST have a flu shot, that you need Robitussin, Tylenol Cold, or any other number of drugs otherwise you’re going to be sick. What is the risk of constantly being bombarded by all these drugs? Are all of these drugs safe and effective? Better yet, do they even do anything to stop the flu? What can I do to help prevent these illnesses?
The medical profession urges you to get your flu shot as they feel that there is nothing better to prevent the flu. The question I ask is “Is the flu shot actually safe and effective?” Sometimes this is hard to decipher. Statistics released by pharmaceutical companies are sometimes skewed. This only makes sense as they are paying for the studies and you don’t want to release a study that is going to make you look bad. The problem comes when they publish results that show a 50% decrease in deaths, yet when you look at the actual study, it may say 1 person died that got the flu shot while 2 people died that didn’t get the shot, which is exactly a 50% decrease in death rate. My big question is what’s in the flu shot to begin with? Do you know? Do your doctors know? One ingredient that causes a lot of controversy is Thimerosol. Thimerosol is an organic mercury compound put into the flu vaccine as a preservative. Many vaccines have removed thimerosol, yet the flu vaccine hasn’t. Many doctors will tell you it’s perfectly safe. How can it be safe to pump mercury directly into your blood stream when the same people tell you that will recommend you to open all the windows and clear the room for 20 minutes because your mercury containing light bulb just broke? It doesn’t make sense. If you care to see what happens to your brain and other neurons, take a look at this video and see for yourself. The reality is that those flu shots will increase your risk of alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, ALS, MS, and other neuro-degenerative diseases. So what can you do to protect yourself from these illnesses?
Let’s first look at why and when we seem to get the flu to begin with. Most people associate colds and the flu with cooler temperatures. I can assure you that the cold weather itself actually plays little role in the increase of these illnesses. What may be the biggest culprit is the change in the amount of sunlight that we are getting during the fall and winter months. As a society, we spend most of our days working anywhere from 8-6 roughly. Since the onset of daylight savings time, the sun begins setting around 5:30. This leaves little time for those who actually choose to do activity other than watching television to go outside to soak up a key nutrient, Vitamin D. Even in the summer time, we find difficulties getting enough vitamin D, so how do we expect to get it when you don’t have a chance to go outside and get it from the sun? This is one nutrient that would be a good idea to supplement when you know you can’t get enough. Vitamin D plays a large role in the immunity of the human body. Having healthy levels of vitamin D has been linked to increased emotional well-being, decreased colds, flu’s and cancers, decreased risk of autoimmune disorders, etc. Feel free to ask us to have your Vitamin D levels checked to see if you are sufficient.
Yours in Health,
Dr. James Ashley, DC