Thursday, October 14, 2010

Flu Shot Dangers

Warning. If the flu shot is something that you strongly believe in, this week's Health Tip may stir some inner thought. Recently, on the Fox News based Lou Rockwell television show, infectious disease expert, Dr. Kent Holtorf, was interviewed about his views on the swine flu vaccine. Dr. Holtorf offered several important reasons NOT to get the swine flu shot. According to Dr. Holtorf, the swine flu is simply another flu and is not unusually severe. The people who have the most trouble with the swine flu are persons whose immune systems are compromised with neurological conditions or bronchial conditions, such as asthma. Additives to the vaccine that are supposed to trigger an antibody response may actually trigger an auto-immune response. These flu shot additives include mercury, aluminum and squalene. Mercury has been found to be more toxic to the brain than lead. Dr. Holtorf also states that this is the first year that mock flu vaccines were used to gain FDA approval, and that the swine flu vaccines that were used to acquire FDA approval will not be the same vaccines that will be given to the general population. Dr. Holtorf also added that 'over vaccinations' are a big problem in the United States, with children being given over 29 different inoculations prior to the age of two. Meanwhile, he states that veterinarians have backed away from repeated vaccinations of dogs because of side-effects (though we continue the practice with our children). In addition, according to the information given on the Lou Rockwell show, this is the first time that both seasonal and pandemic vaccines will be given at the same time, so that the general population will receive two flu inoculations. Two vaccines are now being given because a single shot has failed to produce enough antibodies to deter the flu virus, which would seem to show that all other prior flu shots have been generally useless. As far as I am concerned, the most important information I learned from the interview is that our health officials and the media have done nothing to show us how to boost our own immune systems. Rather, they have focused only on pharmaceuticals, such as the flu shot and Tamiflu. According to Dr. Holtorf, there is strong evidence that vitamin C and vitamin D activate the immune system, and that the trace mineral, selenium, can prevent the worst form of the flu. And, as always, it is wise to make an informed decision about any and all vaccinations, drugs and/or medications that have been made available for you to take.
Thought for the Week: "Emergency Health Powers have been enacted and the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) has been implemented to shield drug companies from any responsibility if things go wrong. And if the vaccine (swine) is really nothing new, and it really has been tested as much as it needs to be, then why was the PREP Act implemented by the Health and Human Services Secretary?" - Taken from the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, 10/15/09
Chiropractic Thought for the Week: "The body's ability to function properly is based on the integrity of the nervous system. Chiropractic care can maintain a spinal column relatively free of nerve interference and thus enhance the body's innate ability to restore and maintain health." - Fred Barge, DC, PhC