Flu Shot Myths
During cold and flu season, there’s a really big push to get your flu shot. “Get your flu shot here!” signs are everywhere you turn. But are they safe? Should people really get flu shots?
This is a very sensitive subject, and I’m not advising anyone to refuse taking a flu shot. That is a choice we have to make for ourselves. However, what I will say is it is imperative people educate themselves on this controversial topic.
While I can’t advise others on whether they should or should not have a flu shot, I can say my family and I have never gotten a flu shot.
Flu shots are big business. As people are urged to get flu shots by the government and their employers, drug companies reap the benefits:
- In 2012, Sanofi Pasteur, the Sanofi unit and world’s largest supplier of flu vaccines, generated sales of $1.43 billion (884 euros in 2012.)1
- Walgreens reported a 25 percent increase in sales, partly due to the 6.9 million number of flu shots they administered in 2012.2
- In 2013, contracts with the Centers for Disease Control saw the price of a new four-strain flu vaccine rise from $8.08 for the standard dose to $12.03 per dose.3
Flu vaccines are quite profitable, but do they work? Countless studies indicate they do not.
Flu Vaccine Studies: Does the Flu Shot Work?
There have been many studies conducted on the ability of flu vaccines to protect against reducing flu symptoms. The results may surprise a few people:
The Cochrane Collaboration flu study. Cochran Reviews report the findings of primary research in human health care and health policy. Cochrane works with contributors around the world to investigate claims of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation and publish their findings in the Cochrane Library. They are recognized globally as having the highest standard in health care resources that are backed by factual evidence.
In 2013, the Cochrane Review analyzed 90 reports of 116 studies and compared the effects of the flu shot with a placebo, or no treatment. Seventy thousand people participated in the study. At the end of the study, the authors reached the following conclusion:
Influenza vaccines have a very modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost in the general population, including pregnant women. No evidence of association between influenza vaccination and serious adverse events was found in comparative studies considered in the review.4
The Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation. There is a big push for people to be vaccinated every year, but studies indicate this is ineffective. In 2015, Dr. Edward Belongia an epidemiologist and fellow scientists at the Marshfield Clinic reported that children who had been vaccinated annually over a number of years were more likely to contract the flu than kids who only vaccinated in the season in which they were studied. Dr. Belongia is quoted as saying “The vaccine was significantly more effective … if they had not been vaccinated in the previous five years.”5
The British Medical Journal. A report written by Peter Doshi, PhD from the John Hopkins School of Medicine disputes claims by the CDC that flu vaccines are safe and effective. He believes they are less effective and cause more side effects than people may realize:
“When read carefully, the CDC acknowledges that studies finding any perceived reduction in death rates may be due to the “healthy-user effect” — the tendency for healthier people to be vaccinated more than less-healthy people. The only randomized trial of influenza vaccine in older people found no decrease in deaths. “This means that influenza vaccines are approved for use in older people despite any clinical trials demonstrating a reduction in serious outcomes.”
He goes on to say “For most people, and possibly most doctors, officials need only claim that vaccines save lives, and it is assumed there must be solid research behind it. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.”6
The Blaylock Wellness Report. Dr. Russell Blaylock is a retired neurosurgeon who is currently a visiting professor in the biology department at Belhaven College. In his book The Blaylock Wellness Report, Dr. Blaylock believes the H1N1 influenza vaccine carries more risk than the flu itself:
“Not only is the vaccine not safe, it doesn’t even work. The vaccine is completely worthless, and the government knows it…
“For most people, flu vaccinations don’t prevent the flu but actually increase the odds of getting it. The mercury contained in flu shots is such a strong immune depressant that a flu shot suppresses immunity for several weeks. This makes people highly susceptible to catching the flu.”6
For more on the dangers of mercury watch my CHTV episode with Dr. David Kennedy.
Health Risks of the Flu Shot
There are hundreds if not thousands of different viruses for the flu. Every year, the various strains are analyzed and three are chosen for vaccines. Once the three strains are selected, it is then decided which ingredients will be used to kill the virus.
The problem with the flu shot is that is it linked to major health issues. One big reason for the dangers is the ingredients in the vaccines:
Thimerosal. Thimerosal is a mercury based chemical. Mercury is known to cause damage to the brain, kidney and lungs. Mercury poisoning is linked to many ailments, I know all too well, including the following:
- Sensory impairment
- Lack of coordination
- Hunter-Rusell syndrome
- Minamata disease
Polymyxin. Polymyxin is a medication used to treat bacterial infections. Individuals are advised to alert their physician before taking this medication if they fit the following characteristics:
- Pregnant or trying to become pregnant
- Taking any prescription or on non-prescription medications
- Have food or medical allergies
- Have kidney problems
Beta-propiolactone. Beta-propiolactone is an organic compound which has been used to sterilize blood plasma, vaccines, tissue grafts, surgical instruments and enzymes. Possible hazards of this compound include the following:
Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a flammable chemical that is used in building materials and to make many household products. The dangers of formaldehyde include the following:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Nose & throat irritation
For more info on creating a healthy home watch CHTV Episode 101: Toxic Top 10.
Aluminum. Aluminum is the most common metal in the earth’s crust and is used in a variety of products, ranging from cans to airplane parts. Aluminum accumulates in the body and robs the body of magnesium, iron and calcium. Aluminum toxicity has been linked to the following ailments:
Polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is a synthetic compound that is used as a defoamer in foods, vitamins, medicines and vaccines to help keep the consistency and creamy textures of foods. Polysorbate 80 is linked to the following health problems:
Neomycin Sulfate. Neomycin Sulfate is an antibiotic to prevent minor cuts and scrapes. Side effects for those allergic to the drug include the following:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of lips, tongue, or throat
- Hearing problems
- Numbness or tingling under the skin
- Stomach cramps
There are several flu vaccine variations, but the ingredients listed above are common ingredients of all flu shots.
Other controversial ingredients that are often used in flu various shots include the following:
- Chicken embryos
- Sodium phosphate
There’s a long list of toxins in the flu shot and I encourage people to ask for the ingredients. When we’re at the grocery store, we look at the box and read the labels to decide if the product is healthy, but what about the ingredients of the vaccine you’re injecting directly into your bloodstream?Once the vaccine enters the bloodstream, it creates a “Th2 reaction” in the body. Th2 is an emergency reaction that drives up antibodies. It drives up antibodies, so we have a temporary elevation of antibodies that can last several months.
Th2 reactions are dangerous because they create a different type of immune reaction. With a Th1 reaction, body starts recognizing these viruses and we build that immunity. This does not happen with a Th2 reaction.
Every time we stimulate a Th2 reaction, we’re teaching our body to go into an emergency reaction. It’s an inflammatory reaction that can drive more allergies in people. It’s a reaction that we don’t want to continue to drive again and again, and that’s what flu shots do for two very important reasons:
- It drives the wrong immune system at the cellular level.
- It is a toxic nightmare where aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde and other harmful toxins directly enter the bloodstream.
The following illnesses that have been linked to the flu shot:
Parkinson’s disease. Flu vaccines contain thimerosal, which is a form of the toxin mercury. When people get flu shots annually, the thimerosal accumulates in the brain and other parts of the body. In 5-10 years, the body has accumulated enough mercury to become neurotoxic.
Alzheimer’s disease. Immunologist H. Hugh Fudenberg ran the neuro Immuno Therapeutics Research Foundation in Spartanburg, South Carolina and published over 600 papers. Based on his studies in the 1970’s and 80’s, Fudenberg claims that if a person had five consecutive flu shots, it increases their chances of developing Alzheimer’s tenfold.
Guillain-Barré syndrome. GBS is an ailment where a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and paralysis. GBS is the most common flu vaccine side effect. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Health notes that the flu vaccine is the number one cause of vaccine injuries that are compensated through vaccine court.
A report published in the Nebraska Journal Star quotes Dr. Ana Delgado, a neurologist who believes the numbers of GBS are increasing, and the National Institute of Health is considering a revision of the number of people suffering from GBS annually.7
The bottom line is they scare us by saying you’re going to die from the flu. Of course, nobody wants the flu. but if you’re a healthy human, the flu is not going to kill you. Healthy children don’t die from the flu. We also have seniors who run the risk of having over-immunized, weak immune systems. Just because a person is older does not mean they are going to die from the flu. A person’s age isn’t as big a factor as their health status.
There’s also a misconception about the number of deaths from the flu. For example, in 2001, the CDC claimed there were close to 60,000 deaths from the flu, but in reality there were only 18 deaths. That’s a big discrepancy, and it happens every year. The numbers are inflated because they don’t just look at the flu, they look at every respiratory condition, and they attribute it to the flu.
There are people who insist that infants and senior citizens should get the flu shot because their immune systems are compromised. If anything, it should be the opposite: if their immune systems are compromised, why are we’re going to give them a load of neurotoxins that are known to cause Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Guillain-Barré syndrome?
The assumption is that the vaccine works, but it does not. I’m not telling people to forgo vaccinations. What I’m suggesting is that people get educated: learn about flu vaccines, the ingredients, and how they affect our bodies.
To learn more about the dangers of vaccines, I highly suggest you check out the documentary VAXXED. This film details the CDC’s alleged cover-up of the link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Heart wrenching and shocking, I left the theater with tears in my eyes, more determined than ever to spread the truth about vaccines and how to begin healing with True Cellular Detox™.
The Law of Accumulation
One of my practices is to interview my clients before working with them. I want to hear their story and find out where they are mentally. I want to know how badly they want to get well and if they are willing to sacrifice and do the work it takes to reach their health goals. I like to hear the stories because, good or bad, these stories define us and make us who we are.
As I’ve listened to many stories, it’s dawned on me that many of the health issues people have were occurring after getting flu shots.
I noticed quite a few of them were diagnosed with ailments such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other unexplainable illnesses. They would recall reacting negatively to flu shots in the past, but thought nothing of it. Then other stressors would come years later, and that’s the thing that throws them over the edge. Oftentimes, it’s the flu shot itself that is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, causing chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc.
The more I thought about it the more I began to wonder:
How many people are sick and don’t feel well? How many have an autoimmune disorder? How many people are suffering from these conditions because of the accumulation of mercury in their body, brain, and nerve tissues from years of getting a flu shot? Is it possible the flu shot is the culprit?
Unfortunately, this problem is not new. I grew up in the lead and mercury generation, where we were given silver fillings that contain 50% mercury. Thankfully, they stopped putting lead in things in the late 70’s, but the use of mercury has continued, even to this day. It’s still used in vaccines, it is in some fillings, and it is in some fish.
Contrary to popular belief, the amount of mercury in our vaccines is far more than any governing body thinks is safe from the environment, and yet we’re injecting it into our blood.
Avoiding vaccines is not as easy as it should be. For example, pediatricians can be penalized and have their licenses temporarily suspended if the children in their practice are not being vaccinated. Flu shots are required to go to school or work as a “protective measure” as well.
They may be mandatory, but some groups are voicing their concern against being forced to take flu shots:
A report in the Vancouver Sun details an incident with Dr. Derrick Moore and 10 nurses at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in Victoria B.C. who refused to have a mandatory flu vaccine. Dr. Moore also noted that health authorities were unable to reprimand them because of the effect it would have on emergency room staffing if they were fired.8
The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) has received written statements from the following labor unions opposing mandatory vaccinations:9
- American Medical Association (AMA): 228,000 members
- Service Employees International Union, representing health care workers (SEIU): 1,100,000 members
- Association of American Physicians and Surgeons: 4,000 members
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): 1,300,000 members
- American Federation of Teachers (AFT): 1,600,000 members
- Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America (AFA): 60,000 members
- The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions: 95,000 members
- United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union: 30,000 members
It can be difficult for some individuals to avoid not getting the flu shot based on their professions. Many people work in the hospitals or some other profession where flu shots are required. Some have a rule where they have to wear masks when dealing with patients. It’s so absurd. In these instances, it may wise to consider another job or profession. Our health is the more important than any job.
For those who are required to have flu shots, it may be difficult to mitigate those effects because it alters the immune system immediately. Two things a person may consider doing are the following:
Doing these things may help prevent free heavy metals from circulating in the body, but the best option to avoid the shot altogether.
Most people will get a flu shot and feel okay, but the toxins in the vaccine begin to accumulate over time. After years of getting flu shots, we increase the risk of having various diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases, or we start losing our memory. We don’t think it’s the flu shot. We just think we’re unlucky, but that’s not the case.
Many times, a person will be told they have the “gene” if they are diagnosed with diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, Parkinson’s or cancer. It’s important to remember we all are susceptible to diseases, but the gene is turned “on” by our habits. We don’t get Parkinson’s because we have a gene. We turn the gene on, and we have to look at those triggers or stressors that activate them.
There are billions of dollars being spent on cancer research, all trying to find or make drugs.
There are at least 700 targeted gene therapy medications that have been created from the Cancer Genome Project. They attempt to match specific types of cancer with specific genes in an effort to pinpoint the exact cause. Even though billions of dollars are invested on research, making drugs based on these genes has been unsuccessful. We know cancer is a metabolic disease and we are looking also, but the difference is we are looking downstream. It’s the toxins that turn on the gene, so any genes involved in cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases are triggered somehow,. It’s imperative we start looking at these potential triggers for clues.
For more on cancer as a metabolic disease watch my interview with Dr. Thomas Seyfried.
One of the first steps is to look into your past:
What have you bio-accumulated throughout your life? What have you accumulated while in your mother’s womb, as a baby, a teenager and up to this present day? The answer to these questions lies in the cells. Over time, the cells become toxic and that’s when the gene is turned on. Removing the toxins from the cells is the key to ensuring the gene does not get turned on. This can be accomplished via a True Cellular Detox™. For more on True Cellular Detox™ read my article here and watch the CHTV episode here.
As I said before, I grew up in the lead and mercury generation. Today, the kids are growing up with glyphosate. This is a toxic chemical that’s sprayed on every conventional grain. Prior to harvest, grains go through a process called desiccation, where they are soaked in an effort to make them shrivel up. This is done to increase profits.
Glyphosate is manufactured by Monsanto, and they insist the product is safe. However, we have many studies including one coming out of MIT showing that it creates holes in the gut. My article “It’s Not Just Gluten” discuses this very problem.
Watch my interview with leading MIT researcher on the effects of glyphosate here.
As studies on glyphosate continue, an increasing number of experts are claiming the problem is not with gluten, the problem is glyphosate. Glyphosate is what opens up these tight junctions and allows proteins like gluten to cross over, activating the immune system and turning bad genes on.
We believe that glyphosate is far more of the problem than gluten. Instead of gluten-free products, we should be going into stores and seeing glyphosate-free products. This is the real threat. Glyphosate causes holes in their gut as well as problems with the brain. According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, glyphosate also causes chemicals in the brain to be unbalanced. Instead of gluten-free items on restaurant menus, we should be asking for glyphosate-free menus and entrees.
Many times, gluten free products contain more glyphosate. Yes, they remove the gluten, but they tend to add ingredients like tapioca flour and potato starch, which are actually super sugars. They raise glucose more than the original ingredients that were removed. Most gluten-free products are actually more toxic than the products they are designed to improve. They raise glucose more, but there’s no gluten. This is one way the bad genes are turned on.
What to do: Flu Shot Alternatives
I digress. In order to avoid the flu, having a strong immune system is key. The following supplements are designed to strengthen the immune system:
Beta 500. This product should be taken for three months. It will elevate your macrophages and white blood cells.
ImmunoG PRP. This is a colustrum powder can be added to shakes (also available in spray and capsules).
Zinc. If you feel a cold coming on, take zinc. Keeping zinc levels high can ward off colds and boost the immune system. Take twenty to thirty milligrams a day for a few months for optimum results.
Gt Thymus. Like a shield, your thymus is really at the forefront of your immune system. Taking two Gt Thymus a day can strengthen the immune system.
S Spleen. The spleen holds onto certain white blood cells that battle viruses and infections, releasing them as needed. S Spleen helps with that first line of defense so your body can release those antibodies quickly.
DV3. Most people are taking vitamin D, but if it’s not balanced with vitamins K and A it can create functional deficiencies. Taking two per day will keep the immune system strong.
Fermented foods. Eating a variety of fermented foods can help strengthen the immune system. The key is to periodically alter bacteria because they keep the immune system healthy. Some quality probiotic and gut supports include the following:
- MBC, ABC, Sl, and Ec from Systemic Formulas
- Probiophage and Prephage from Designs for Health
- Amasai and SueroGold from Beyond Organic
- Restore gut support
In addition to supplements, it’s important to decrease insulin and glucose levels in the body. Both of these can cause inflammation, which have a direct effect on the immune system. For more information and a diet to regulate blood sugar, see my Cellular Healing Diet book.
Yogurt companies have been helpful by telling us that 70% to 80% of our immune system starts in the gut. It helps to remind people that we need to pay attention to our gut bacteria, which does affect our immune system. Traditional yogurt has the standard two to three probiotics, which is good, but we also need the non-unique products as discussed above.
Exercise and the Immune System
Exercise is another great way to strengthen the immune system. High intensity training is ideal, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. High intensity training increases the both the growth and anabolic hormones that we need to bolster our immune system. On the flipside, doing long endurance training can be more exhausting and raise cortisol, which will ultimately lower your immune system.
While exercising indoors is better than not exercising at all, we need to get outside in the sun for multiple reasons. Our level of toxicity is increased if we stay indoors, especially during the winter months when homes are sealed to keep warm. This increases our viral loads and increases every stress on our immune system. Make an effort to get outside as much as you can.
Detox Done Right
God gave us a body that is designed to heal, but often times we hider its ability to do so. True cellular Detox™ is something that we talk a lot about because it’s one of the best things we can do for our health. Our society is exposed to many neurotoxins that affect our nervous system. As a result, they wipe out our microbiome which directly affects our immune system.
Sadly, kids are getting sicker earlier. We’re seeing cancers in children we’ve never seen before at alarming rates. We’ve been battling the war on cancer for years and we’re still not close to a “cure” or determining the cause. The environmental toxins that we breathe, put into our mouth, on our skin, and in our homes affect our nervous system. They’re affecting our microbiome and, ultimately, every cell in our body.
If we took the billions of dollars earmarked for finding drugs and started researching more on how to detox our bodies and environment, this could actually solve the healthcare crisis. Unfortunately, that will likely never happen because “healthcare” is a multi-billion-dollar industry. We will to continue to fill our environment and cells with toxins.
Billions of dollars will be spent on trying to find the miracle drug or pill that will relieve you of symptoms just long enough so you believe in it. Insurance policies will be reinvented and more medications will be created to suppress the symptoms.
If anyone who is reading doesn’t feel well, the answer lies upstream. There’s a stressor that’s making you ill.
Is your healthcare practitioner going after the cause upstream, or are they just alleviating the symptoms with more vitamins or meds? That’s typically what’s happening today, even in the alternative healthcare. Very few healthcare practitioners are interested in going upstream to locate the cause. If they do, typically, they don’t do it right.
That’s why we’re on a mission and coaching doctors around the world in True Cellular Detox™. Our mission is to get upstream, remove the interference, and let the body do the healing naturally.
Bottom line: Don’t rely on the flu shot for good health. With proper detox of your body and environment, you can strengthen your immune system better than the flu shot ever could.