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The Truth About the Flu Vaccine Side Effects: Long Term Effect From Flu Shot
The flu vaccine side effects have raised controversy over whether the vaccine is healthy and effective. Influenza is contracted by over 50 million people each year. The most susceptible are children who are 2 to 3 times more likely to get the virus. Other susceptible groups are people over 65 years old, pregnant women and people with disease. The flu shot is promoted mostly to these groups, but it is ironic that these groups are the most vulnerable to reactions to the vaccine because their immune systems are already weakened.
The flu, (influenza), which can be caused by many different strains of the flu virus, is a respiratory infection. There are several reactions that may accompany the flu vaccine which include body aches, chills, stuffy nose, sore throat, dry cough, headaches, extreme exhaustion and fevers. These reactions are due to foreign proteins and toxic by-products that are unavoidably added in the cultivation process. When injected into the bloodstream they bypass the hydrochloric acid of the stomach, which would neutralize them, allowing for the possibility of unpleasant side effects. There are also serious concerns about the long term health consequences of taking the flu vaccine.
Dr. Richard Moskowitz, past president of the National Institute of Homeopathy, sums it up this way: "Vaccines trick the body so that it will no longer initialize a general inflammatory response. They thereby accomplish what the entire immune system seems to have evolved to prevent. They place the virus directly in the blood and give it access to the major immune organs and tissues without any obvious way of getting rid of it. These attenuated viruses and virus elements persist in the blood for a long time, perhaps permanently. This in turn implies a systematic weakening of the ability to mount an effective response, not only to childhood diseases but to other acute infections as well"
Many people have come to believe that the flu is an inevitable part of life and the only effective way to prevent it is through vaccinations. Statistically, you are not less likely to get the flu by taking the flu vaccine. During one flu epidemic in Vancouver, B.C. BCTV news reported that out of 32 people who were vaccinated, 30 ended up with the flu. (BCTV News Hour, 11/25/00) Nursing homes during this epidemic reported a much higher death rate than the previous year even though there was a 100% vaccination rate. The reason the flu vaccine has such a low success rate is because there is no way to know which strain of influenza will hit a country in the upcoming year. Choosing the composition of the flu vaccine is nothing more than an educated guess made by public health experts.
Dangerous additives in Flu Vaccines
Many people who take the flu vaccine do not experience any noticeable short term side effects. However, a number of short term side effects have been reported which include muscle pain, respiratory tract infections, eye problems, abnormal blood pressure, asthma, hives and gastrointestinal problems. The more subtle, long term effects, affect everyone. According to renowned immunogeneticist Hugh Fudenberg, people who have had five flu shots over a ten year period, have increase their risk of getting Alzheimer's disease ten times.
The reason being that the flu vaccine contains aluminum and mercury. As these heavy metals gradually build up in the brain they cause difficulty in multitasking, trouble with arithmetic, difficulty with thinking and language skills and memory loss. As a result of flu vaccinations the cases of Alzheimer's is expected to quadruple. Another toxic ingredient found in the flu vaccine is formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer.
Build a Strong Immune System to Stay Healthy During Flu Season
Have you ever known anyone who never seems to get sick? The reason is because they have a strong immune system. These individuals don’t have to be the only ones who rarely get sick. Anyone can build a strong, healthy immune system. This requires a plenty of exercise. Moderate daily exercise boosts the immune system.
Quality sleep is essential. Always sleep in a completely dark room to maximize melatonin production for high quality sleep. A healthy high-alkaline diet has all the daily requirements of key vitamins and minerals that allow the body to defend against viruses. Garlic has powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. Limit sugar intake from all sources. A couple of grams of sugar severely limits the white blood cells ability to prevent infections for several hours.
Healthy levels of intestinal flora are essential to good health. Adequate levels of intestinal flora promote white cell reactions against viruses and bacteria. Daily intake of probiotics from such as water kefir and plain organic yogurt will help repopulate intestinal flora which is depleted by GMO foods, processed foods and antibiotics. Taking a quality probiotic supplement may also be necessary depending on your diet.
The most important nutrients for the immune system are Vitamin A from beta carotene(10,000 IU/day), vitamin C(1000 mg/day), B6(100 mg/day), B12 (2000 mcg/day), kyolic garlic(2 tablets three times per day and Zinc(50 mg/day). Nutrients with powerful antiviral and immune system strengthening ability are astragalus and propolis which can safely be taken year round. Elderberry syrups and extracts have been proven to speed recovery time from colds and the flu.
New research conducted at Jikei University in Tokyo found that vitamin D is highly effective at stopping flu infections in children. In fact, it has been found to be eight times more effective at preventing the flu than flu vaccines. Details of the study can be found in the March 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Getting a flu shot may seem like the convenient, easy solution. Unfortunately, it is rarely effective and there are a number of possible short term side effects and due to toxic additives, the risk of certain diseases is multiplied. Eating healthy, getting plenty of rest and exercise on a daily basis, will build a strong immune system able to make frequent battles with the flu a thing of the past.