What’s Safer: Flu Vax or Flu?

September 13th, 2018 by admin

To Flu Vax or Not to Flu Vax?

That is the question I often around get this time of year, when the flu vaccine campaigns start to fire up. While I never tell anyone what to do and respect everyone’s truth, I am happy to discuss it, and if this is a question that’s been on your mind, you’re in luck. We’re get to chat about it today. Take or leave what you find here. There’s no pressure.

Flu death rates are incorrectly reported.

Annual flu death rates have been reported by Wikipedia to be 250,000 to 500,000 per year. NBC has cited the Center for Disease Control, stating that flu deaths are about 36,000 per year. Lots of reports fly around.

Who’s right, OR are they both wrong?

In 2010, the seemingly most reliable outlet for information on mortality rates in the U.S., the National Vital Statistics System, reported just 500 flu deaths. This was fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832) and pregnancy and childbirth (825), and a far cry from the big killers such as heart disease (597,689) and cancers (574,743).

In 2001,  death certificates listed 257 Americans as having died of flu, and only 18 of these were positively identified as influenza. The other 239 were simply assumed to be flus and may have had very few true flus among them.https://www.asrn.org/journal-advanced-practice-nursing/1212-do-not-believe-everything-you-read-about-flu-deaths.html 

Is the vaccine worth getting?

With all of the toxic chemical adjuvants the vaccine contains, in combination with its lack of efficacy, prevention–or even getting the flu–may be a better option for most.

According to Dr. Alex Vasquez, who has earned three doctorate degrees in three separate healthcare professions from fully-accredited American universities, and has published at least 15 books and more than 100 scientific articles and letters in peer-reviewed medical journals and professional magazines:

“I’d much rather get the flu than get the flu vaccine. Influenza can be a supremely mild infection—indeed unnoticeable—if the person or “patient” is supplemented with the proper nutrients.[1] In contrast, the influenza vaccine is consistently one of the least effective vaccines available, due to “bad guessing” in its manufacture and due to the fact that influenza virus is an RNA virus which means that it is susceptible to very rapid mutations that easily lead to mismatch between any supposed vaccine-induced immunity and the actual virus.[2] Despite its consistent lack of efficacy, influenza vaccines commonly contain thimerosal (which is mercury, one of the most toxic substances known to biomedical science), egg protein, Canine Kidney (MDCK) cell protein and DNA, and allergenic antibiotics such as neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, and gentamicin.[3] Influenza vaccines are known to occasionally and unpredictably trigger brain and nerve injury, which can lead to permanent, life-long complications analogous to stroke and partial paralysis.[4-7].”

Dr Alex Vasquez

[1] The antiviral strategy is outlined and detailed in the following formats/contexts:
1. Inflammation Mastery 4th Edition available from ichnfm.org/im4
2. Textbook of Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine, v1 https://www.amazon.com/Textbook-Clinical…/dp/099062045X
3. Antiviral Nutrition for phones, iPad, computer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPDQG4W
4. Full-color paper book Antiviral Strategies and Immune Nutrition https://www.amazon.com/dp/1502894890
All available from amazon.com/author/alexvasquez; see videos at https://vimeo.com/109318556 and http://www.ichnfm.org/antiviral
[2] Visher et al. The Mutational Robustness of Influenza A Virus. PLoS Pathog. 2016 Aug; 12(8): e1005856 https://dx.doi.org/10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.1005856
[3] January 6, 2017 version of https://www.cdc.gov/…/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf [4] “We report the case of recurrent isolated sixth (abducens) nerve palsy after ***consecutive*** annual influenza vaccinations in an otherwise-healthy 2-year-old boy.” Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 2009 Dec, Page 623 [5] “Diagnosed with benign isolated abducens palsy, a 19-month-old girl infant admitted to our outpatient clinic with an acute onset of esotropia in the right eye developing two weeks after the vaccination of diphtheria, acellular pertussis, tetanus, inactivated polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTPa-IP-Hib) was presented in this report.” http://www.jcam.com.tr/files/JCAM-2843.pdf [6] Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis with severe neurological outcomes following virosomal seasonal influenza vaccine Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2014 Jul 1; 10(7): 1969–1973.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4186031/ [7] Influenza Vaccine-Induced CNS Demyelination in a 50-Year-Old Male. Am J Case Rep. 2014; 15: 368–373.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4159247/

Prevention is everything.

While it may be true that the flu threat is far over-blown, it is still wise to support your immune system during “flu” season. It is certainly more likely that you’ll get a cold in the fall and winter, with more time indoors and less sunshine (Vitamin D). Here are some self-care tips:

  • Maximize fresh air and sunshine (as much as you can get in your locale), even when its cold outside.
  • Right now, while we still have some sunny days, get your 15-30 minutes of sun exposure on the areas that usually get less exposure (chest, torso, legs), as this will help to increase your Vitamin D levels naturally and give you immune protection.
  • Get plenty of vitamin A from beta carotene via deep yellow-orange veggies; get active Vitamin A from organic pastured organ meats, if you’re up for it. Good quality cod liver oil can be a good option as well. Vitamin A is crucial for optimal immune function, and we can tend to get less in the winter.
  • Regularly drink homemade, minimally sweetened lemonades or limeades, either hot or cool.
  • Incorporate ginger into your teas, salad dressings, smoothies, soups, and stir fries. Garlic and onions, where appropriate, are your allies, too.
  • Try immune-supporting mushrooms, like reishi, shitake, maitake, turkey tail, lion’s mane, and cordyceps. You can find immune support tinctures containing these at your local health food stores or online. Online, my favorite is Thorne Mycoimmune.
  • Supplements to keep around for immune support are zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, cod liver oil, fish oil, and spirulina. Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils, like doTERRA On Guard, can be very supportive as well.
  • Do a GUIDED detox. Cleanse both nutritionally and emotionally. Lightening the load on your liver and getting ultra nourished and alkalinized in Mind and Body is a great way to help balance your immune system. I’ve got you covered on this, in fact!  Mind-Body Detox starts the first week of October, and Early Bird Pricing ends Thursday, September 27th. Find out more and join us here!

Happy to help.

If you’ve got questions or would like to explore how we can work together to cultivate expanded wellbeing for you, contact me via my website, www.enlightenedwellnessfx.com.

Here’s to wellness beyond the status quo and accessing your full healing potential. 

Blessings and Good Health,

Angie King-Nosseir MS, RDN, LD
Functional Medicine Nutritionist & Transformative Coach