Here in the south, flu season is a whole lot less pronounced. Which means I need to have my natural cold and flu remedies ready at all times! And with three toddlers who still put everything into their mouths, this is doubly (triple-y?) important! I’ve got to keep an arsenal together for when the sniffles start to appear.
So…why not just get the flu vaccine?
The Flu Vaccine – Help or Hindrance?
I think there’s a time and a place for medications, prescriptions, etc. In our house, however, the flu shot isn’t even a consideration. Among other concerns, like Thimerosal, it’s dangerous for pregnant women:
Researchers are now questioning the assumed safety of giving flu shots to pregnant women because stimulating a woman’s immune system during midterm and later term pregnancy may significantly increase the risk that her baby will develop autism during childhood and schizophrenia sometime during the teenage years and afterward. This risk is not minor. According to Dr. Blaylock, it’s a well-accepted fact within neuroscience that eliciting an immune response during pregnancy increases the risk of autism and schizophrenia in her offspring seven- to 14-fold! (source)
Even though the CDC says it’s totally safe? Heck, they even provide a sweet little ecard for you to send to fellow pregnant mothers,
frightening encouraging them to protect their unborn babies.
Flu shots are a safe way to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from serious illness and complications of flu, like pneumonia. The flu shot has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years. Flu shots have not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies. It is very important for pregnant women to get the flu shot. (source)
But why? Why get the flu shot? “Because the flu could kill me,” you say. Could it?
According to the National Vital Statistics System in the U.S., for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just 500 per year — 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). (source)
The CDC claims 3,000-49,000 annual deaths from the flu each year. But this same article, from which the above quote is sourced, states:
Even that 500 figure for the U.S. could be too high, according to analyses in authoritative journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and the British Medical Journal. Only about 15-20 per cent of people who come down with flu-like symptoms have the influenza virus — the other 80-85 per cent actually caught rhinovirus or other germs that are indistinguishable from the true flu without laboratory tests, which are rarely done. In 2001, a year in which death certificates listed 257 Americans as having died of flu, only 18 were positively identified as true flus. The other 239 were simply assumed to be flus and most likely had few true flus among them.
Then there is the fact that the flu shot makes Big Pharma money, lots of money. Drugstores selling and administering the flu vaccine have shot up from 40,000 stores nationwide to over 150,000 in just a few short years!
Things that make you go…huh.
So what’s the solution? Vitamin D, my friends, vitamin D.
The Vitamin D Deficiency Disease
Essentially, the flu is contracted when individuals have severe vitamin D deficiencies. Our bodies then become open targets for viruses, colds, etc. When the winter months come about, with shorter days and less sunshine and natural vitamin D, most of us end up huddling inside away from the cold – and depleting our vitamin D stores.
Can you see where this is going? Yep. Keep your blood levels of vitamin D as close to 45ng/ml as possible (regularly test by requesting the “25(OH)D” test from your doctor) and try to get daily midday time in the sun – with arms, legs, neck and stomach exposed. If this isn’t possible, a supplement of 2,000-4,000 IUs per day may be sufficient in maintaining needed vitamin D levels.
My husband and I use this vitamin D supplement when I need an additional boost in D-levels (for instance, when I’m feeling symptoms of sickness coming on), I use this one for the triplets. And I take fermented cod liver oil for a natural, powerful boost of vitamin D, among other many benefits.
But…what if your levels tank and you contract the flu? Should you rush out to the nearest drugstore and jab your way to “health?” Many in the professional world, along with us mom-bloggers, would suggest a much gentler alternative…
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