Every year there is much stress that surrounds the flu-bug, and every year there are many decisions to be made by families, individuals and the CDC ( Center for Disease Control .) The Political machinations which are in control when it comes to vaccinations sometimes find themselves between a rock and a hard spot.
The flu-bug mutates so often and so rapidly that vaccinations are iffy, so the decision on whether one wants to take the vaccination risk is made even harder, when one is not certain that the particular vaccination will even touch the current strain of flu. The manufacturer’s of vaccinations are leery of law-suit’s, as they jump through hoops to come up with the right strain of medicine. That is why the vaccination-manufacturers have been given immunity from law-suit.
This is good and bad news for all of us. The good news is that this frees the vaccination-manufacturer’s to do their job, sometimes on a moments notice, without undue worry. The bad news is that if a bad strain of serum is released, and the public is hurt, there is not a darn thing we can do about it, and there will be no compensation for loss. Some believe that this puts too much power in the hands of the vaccine-maker’s hands, where big money becomes more important than public health. We hold our breath and hope that the makers have integrity, and would never do such a thing.
The flu is a highly contagious viral infection, and each of us know what the symptoms are because there are so many strains of flu that everyone gets it at one time or another. The familiar muscle aches and pains, weakness, stiffness and sometimes depression turns into painful and swollen tummy, nausea, throwing up and diarrhea.
The virus is transmitted from inhaling the active virus from someone who has sneezed, coughed or breathed. It takes from 18 hours to 3 days to incubate the virus and it is contagious for one or two days before symptoms even develop, which makes the spread of the flu impossible to stop.
The three main flu viruses are A, B and C, and once the C virus has been caught a person develops an immunity to it, so it can’t be contracted again. Unfortunately A and B are constantly mutating so no one is able to develop immunity against the barrage of mutations. Type A is highly unstable so new strains of it are regularly developing throughout the world.
Antibiotics do not work on viral infection’s, so a doctor will not prescribe them unless there is a secondary bacterial infection at play. Sometimes flu becomes so severe that the patient needs monitored in the hospital. Each year a vaccine is produced that will hopefully combat the flu that is expected for each coming winter. Vaccines are known for being about 70% effective if taken from September to October, if the right vaccine was developed for the predicted flu mutations.
Vaccines are recommended for high-risk groups, such as:
* Those 65 years of age or older
* Heart disease patient’s
* Those with bronchitis or asthma
* Those with a compromised immune system, such as AID’s sufferers
When I was growing up my dad did not believe in immunizations, so by the time I was 49 years of age I had never had a vaccination of any kind. When I went to the doctor for an ear infection, she advised me that I should get the flu shot, so I did. Shortly thereafter, I started suffering from terrible bouts of arthritis, and I became very ill. After a few months of being so stiff I felt like I was paralyzed, unable to lift my arms and having a hard time walking (sometimes I was crawling on the floor), I decided it was time to go to the doctor.
Though no one ever connected my subsequent diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis to the flu-shot, the idea never really left my mind that there could be a possible connection. I never set out to find out, because I was also suffering from serious stress and other environmental issues as well. The most likely reasoning, is that several factors combined to exacerbate a condition that I am [probably] genetically prone to. However, I decided to research the flu vaccination in relation to rheumatoid arthritis, and this is what I found.
A dose of flu vaccination shuts the immune system down, but then it jumps back with a vengeance! Diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis are caused from an over-active immune system viewing its own cells as the enemy, and it attacks vigorously, as a good immune system is suppose to do. It is possible that, in my case, the immune response just never went back to normal.
The ingredients in the regular flu shot:
* Egg proteins
* Gelatin (could cause an anaphylaxis allergic reactiion if sensitive to egg or gelatin)
* Polysorbate 80-a preservative (trademark Tween80)
* Formaldehyde : a known carcinogen
* Triton X100- a strong detergent
* Table sugar
* An antibiotic called Gentamycin
* Thimerosal-a preservative made with mercury (a known neurotoxin)
* MF-59-an oil-based product composed of squalene, tween 80 and Span85
ALL oil adjuvants injected into rats were found to be toxic. All rats injected developed a disease similar to multiple sclerosis which left them crippled and dragging their paralyzed hindquarters across their cages. (Kenney, RT. Edleman, R. “Survey of human-use adjuvants,” Expert Review of Vaccines, 2003 p171)
Squalene causes severe arthritis (3 on a scale of 4). Squalene in humans at 10-20 parts per billion leads to severe immune responses, such as autoimmune arthritis and lupus . (Matsumoto, Gary. Vaccine A: The Covert Government Experiment That’s Killing Our Soldiers and Why GI’s Are Only the First Victims of this Vaccine, New York: Basic Books. P54)
My question is: How the hell does formaldehyde, squalene and thimerosol combined with other chemicals and non-living ingredients stop the flu? My non-scientific mind cannot compute these matters. All I know is that I won’t ever take another flu-shot, I will take my chances with the flu (and lots of vitamin C, D and garlic!) instead. Each individual must be free to make their own choices; but hopefully from an educated point of reference.
Natural remedies for the flu include rest, fluids, fresh fruits and vegetables, and vitamins A, C, garlic and echinacea, golden seal and green tea. At the first sign of flu step up your intake of vitamin C by taking pure vitamin C powder dissolved in water. Taking Vitamin D3 is absolutely essential for good health, and for protection against the flu.
Catarrh is the overproduction of mucus in the nose and respiratory tract caused by inflammation of the mucous membranes. Catarrh is the result of inflammation, caused by colds or the flu. Other causes include:
* Inhaling irritant particles
* Chronic sinusitis
* Infection of the upper respiratory tract
* Nasal polyps
Often Catarrah needs no special treatment, but if it is persistent see your doctor who may prescribe antihistamines, and antibiotics if their is an infection.
Pleurisy is the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs. When you have pleurisy you will hear the characteristic crackling sound when breathing. Pleurisy normally is a viral infection complicated by another illness such as pneumonia, tuberculosis or bronchitis. Pleurisy may rear its ugly head in lung cancer and advanced cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
Pleurisy by itself is not dangerous, however the underlying cause may need to be investigated and treated. Pain-killers can be given to ease chest pain .