Tuesday, October 27, 2009

my thoughts on H1N1 and fear

While I often take what Dr Mercola  has to say with a (often large) grain of salt -I can't stand how every one of his articles ends in a sales pitch- I do think this info is worth passing on. Seeing as many of my friends and all of my family read this blog (at least, they'd better!) I thought this an efficient way to pass on the info. And while I often joke that I wouldn't get near an H1N1 vaccine with a 10 foot pole, I want to say off the top here that I don't think that this Swine Flu -or those who've been extremely sick and/or died from it- are the least bit funny. However, so much about the vaccine, its production, marketing, etc, scare me.

P.S. Hopefully I'm not alienating any of my readers by posting this. I'm a big believer in having ALL the info in order to make an informed decision. If you decide to get vaccinated, we can still be friends. ;)

Check out this video on You Tube.
By Dr Joseph Mercola, MD

This year it is more important that you protect your children and loved ones from the flu vaccines than influenza itself. In his article published on LewRockwell.com, Bill Sardi details 18 reasons why you should not vaccinate your children against the flu this season. Here are nine of them:
  • The swine flu is simply another flu. It is not unusually deadly.
  • This is the first time both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines will be administered. Both seasonal flu and swine flu vaccines will require two inoculations. This is because single inoculations have failed to produce sufficient antibodies. This is an admission that prior flu vaccines were virtually useless. Can you trust them this time?
  • Adjuvants are added to vaccines to boost production of antibodies but may trigger autoimmune reactions. Some adjuvants are mercury (thimerosal), aluminum and squalene. Why would you sign a consent form for your children to be injected with mercury, which is even more brain-toxic than lead?
  • This is the first year mock vaccines have been used to gain FDA approval. The vaccines that have been tested are not the same vaccines your children will be given.
  • Over-vaccination is a common practice now in America. American children are subjected to 29 vaccines by the age of two. Meanwhile, veterinarians have backed off of repeat vaccination in dogs because of observed side effects.
  • Modern medicine has no explanation for autism, despite its continued rise in prevalence. Yet autism is not reported among Amish children who go unvaccinated.
  • Researchers are warning that over-use of the flu vaccine and anti-flu drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can apply genetic pressure on flu viruses and then they are more likely to mutate into a more deadly strain.
  • Most seasonal influenza A (H1N1) virus strains tested from the United States and other countries are now resistant to Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Tamiflu has become a nearly worthless drug against seasonal flu.
  • Public health officials are irresponsible in their omission of any ways to strengthen immunity against the flu. No options outside of problematic vaccines and anti-flu drugs are offered, despite the fact there is strong evidence that vitamins C and D activate the immune system and the trace mineral selenium prevents the worst form of the disease.

How to Protect Yourself without Drugs and Vaccinations

There will always be threats of flu pandemics, real or created, and potentially toxic vaccines will continue to be peddled as the solution until enough people realize there’s a better, safer, saner way.

You can break free of the drug-solution trap right now by following these natural health principles. I have not caught a flu in over two decades, and you can avoid it too, without getting vaccinated, by following these simple guidelines, which will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.

Optimize your vitamin D levels
As I’ve previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu — not the flu virus itself.

This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take.

If you are coming down with flu like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

Avoid sugar and processed foods

Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.

Get enough rest
Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if our body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. 

Have effective tools to address your stress
We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as Meridian Tapping Techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.

When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips on how to get started.

Take a good source of omega-3 fats like krill oil
Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils like trans fats found in most processed foods, as it will seriously damage your immune response.

Wash your hands
Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this — antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.

Eat garlic regularly
Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in the body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don’t enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good.

Avoid hospitals and vaccines
In this particular case, I’d also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to flu bugs of all kinds.

As a side note, please beware that 21 different pediatric Tylenol products have been recently recalled due to the possibility of bacterial contamination. So, if your child comes down with cold or flu symptoms, make sure you do not give him or her a potentially contaminated product.

Better yet, help your child recover using more traditional cold and flu remedies, such as, hydrogen peroxide solution in the ear, zinc lozenges, high quality raw honey, or a homemade cough syrup.

Source: www.mercola.com
I really dislike all of the hype surrounding this issue. From both camps. Both sides misrepresent the facts. Both sides misrepresent the risk. Both sides skew the statistics, and both sides resort to fear mongering

We're afraid of getting vaccinated. We're afraid of NOT getting vaccinated. And we're mostly all afraid of getting swine flu.

At the risk of over-simplifying the issue (and at the risk of sounding preachy), I'm going to quote a verse from the best-selling book of all time. You know the one.

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
- 2 Timothy 1:7

A sound mind.

Other versions translate it as "good judgment", "self-discipline", "self-control", or "wise discretion".

So for now, my family will be washing our hands constantly often, limiting our intake of sugar (hahahaha... riiiiight. Anyone else wonder that flu outbreaks spike around HALLOWEEN, THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS?? Shouldn't be surprise. *cough* chocolate *cough*), and popping the vitamin D like candy (thanks to a recent 50% sale of Jameson's vitamins for their something-or-other anniversary).

I find the link between vit D deficiency and flu and the overall health of our immune system very interesting. Some really compelling stuff. That, however, is another post altogether.


  1. I'm sorry, but I just quit reading at "Modern medicine has no explanation for autism, despite its continued rise in prevalence. Yet autism is not reported among Amish children who go unvaccinated."

    Does this person seriously know anything about health? I find it hard to believe that anyone who took even a year of undergraduate science would write somethign so foolish.

    I don't think you're stupid for not getting vaccinated, but you are stupid if you buy into those reasons.

  2. Thanks for posting this Amy!
    I just finished writing a post on whether or not to vaccinate... and you've definitely given more food for thought.


  3. Most Amish sects DO vaccinate their children. And rates of autisim within the Amish community - vaccinating OR non-vaccinating - are the same as the North American population at large.

    3 children under 15 in a small area of Ontario have died of H1N1 in the past two days. With all due respect, it's not really just A flu. There's a graveyard down the road from my place with one stone up from a family that lost ALL FOUR of their kids in a week during the 1918 flu epidemic - a deadlier version, yes, but the same strain we're experiencing now.

  4. This whole H1N1 vaccination debate has aged me. Serioiusly, I'm a stressed out basket case. I keep going in circles. But at the end of the day I have to trust Health Canada and PHAC and my children's pediatrician. They are all urging Canadians to get the vaccine. From what I have read, the amount of mercury is as low as a can of tuna fish, so we should stop worrying about the thimeresol - it's only 1 vaccine, anyway. And as for the adjuvant vs. non-adjuvant... well, if they say it's safe... I have to beleive them. They are smarter than I am, as I don't have the degree in science. And I really don't want my boys to get H1N1. The recent deaths have scared me silly. I wish everyone no matter what they decide a healthy healthy healthy winter.

  5. Thanks for the info - I agree with a lot of your commenters that this is one of the most stressful times I have had to deal with in my 2.5 years as a parent. Like you said (and I may just steal it as a quote!), "We're afraid of getting vaccinated. We're afraid of NOT getting vaccinated. And we're mostly all afraid of getting swine flu." - well said - and so very... very.... true.

    I have a question about the Vitamin D deficiencies that I am wondering whether you have come across the answer. DO you know how much of a dose is safe for both children and adults? I know that the pharmacist told me the recommended dose ofr a child is 400mg and for an adult is 1000mg. I am wondering if there are any concerns about giving them MORE than that dose in order to boost immune systems... Just curious.

    Thanks for the post!

  6. We've all been taking vitamin D regularly, and I'm happy to report that I haven't had the flu in years. Colds, yes. And i do find it interesting the spike around sugary holidays!

    I am not afraid of the H1N1, but I do wash my hands 'properly' and make sure my daughter does too. I want to stay healthy (eat well, exercise, etc), and that will probably prevent any flu better than any vaccine.

    Thanks for posting this!

  7. It's been interesting reading all the blogs and the debates that are going on. But in the end, it's everyone's personal choice and I don't think we should chastise them for their decisions (not directed to you, since you said we could still be friends).

    We were a little on the fence until the death of those two healthy kids last week. Freaked me out is an understatement. But then we haven't been able to get it because of the incredible line ups and waiting times. Maybe by next week the onslaught will have diminished.

    Keep healthy!

  8. *since tone is hard to hear in writing I am writing this with a mildly bemused emotion, not angry :)*

    I liked this... even though I am a mother of an autistic child and think the whole vaccines-cause-autism thing is complete BUNG. My son was exactly the same before his vaccines as he was after. No change. None. And my other two are neuro-typical and they got the same shots. BUT the rest of the article had some really good points.

    I have no intention of getting this shot. Especially now that I, and all three of my children have H1N1 (unofficially, just our doctors best judgement). Honestly it is not so bad. Certainly not as bad as bronchitis and pneumonia which we get every year. All four of us have asthma and this is just life. Yes it sucks, it really does... but it is the FLU for pete's sake... not the plague.

    Of course the decision was taken out of my hands the minute we all got sick. No point in getting the shot now... and it is nice not to have to deal with the pressure anymore.


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