There are many articles and documentations available on the subject of flu vaccines. Please inform yourself well before you decide to take one yourself or give it to your child.
Basic facts about the flu vaccine:
The flu vaccine, consumed faithfully by the public without question each year, is not without problems. The vaccine contains formaldehyde, a known cancer causing agent. It also contains the preservative thimerosal, a derivative of mercury, a known neurotoxin linked to brain damage and autoimmune diseases. Aluminium is yet another flu vaccine ingredient. Mercury and aluminium are two toxic heavy metals that have been associated with an increased incidence of Alzheimer's disease.
Side effects reported as a result of the flu vaccine include fever, general malaise, muscle pain, hives, allergic asthma, respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal problems, eye problems, abnormal blood pressure and other circulatory abnormalities. Moreover, those with a severe allergy to eggs are advised against the flu shot because the flu vaccine is propagated on chicken embryo cells.
The most serious reaction that has been associated with the flu vaccine is the Guillain-Bare Syndrome (GBS) which occurs most often within two to four weeks of vaccination. GBS is an immune-mediated nerve disorder characterized by muscle weakness, unsteady gait, numbness, tingling, pain and sometimes paralysis of one or more limbs or the face. Recovery lasts several months and can include residual disability.
Future mothers beware! Flu vaccine is one that contains mercury. Foetuses and children age 14 and younger are the most vulnerable to mercury toxicity (according to the CDC). The greatest susceptibility to the nervous system toxicity of mercury occurs during late gestation.
Another significant risk of harm to those being vaccinated is due to the fact that crude doses of the microbe linked to the disease being vaccinated against are injected into the blood stream, bypassing all the natural defence mechanisms of the body. Thus, the body receives too strong a dose and too suddenly, creating a shock to the organism that can lead to reactions, from mild to severe, including death in some cases. The use of actual viral material also sets the body up for auto-immune disorders.
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Homeopathic immunization provides an oral dose of an infinitesimal amount of the virus material alone, which does not shock the system. It is processed through the mucous membranes as it would be if the virus were contracted in nature. By following natural laws, is able to reach deeply into the cellular and energetic levels of the patients and stimulates a more holistic immune response, without risk to the filtering systems (kidneys, liver) of the body or of generating any auto-immune response, such as allergies.
Homeopathic immunization is free of side-effects, it is gentle (administered orally) and highly effective. It can be used by everyone including children, pregnant women or the elderly.
In our clinic we practice prevention of flu by administering homeopathic nosode Influenzinum 200K. Influenzinum is a homeopathic remedy made of three strains of flu for the year, diluted and dynamised. Take one dose (2 pellets) a week for three weeks, then one dose per month during fall and winter months. For more information feel free to call the clinic.
Because influenza is caused by a virus, antibiotics have no effectiveness and should not be used. Aspirin is not recommended especially for children or teenagers with the flu, since the combination of aspirin and viral infection is associated with Reye's Syndrome, a dangerous disease affecting the brain and liver. It is very important not to reduce fever with acetaminophen (tylenol, tempra) or ibuprofen (advil), since our immune system uses the fever to "cook" the bacteria or virus. Viruses and bacteria grow faster when the body temperature is lower and they are destroyed by the body's immune system when the body temperature is higher. Treatment is generally directed at alleviating symptoms. Illness generally runs its course in three to four days. If complications occur, seek medical attention.
At the first sign of influenza, take Anas Barbariae (marked under brand name Oscillococcimum). In clinical studies, Oscillococcimum has been shown to significantly decrease the symptoms of flu. For dosage, follow the instructions on the box.
Aconitum - is indicated for the early stages of feverish illness when the patient is generally restless or anxious with his or her symptoms, is thirsty but does not feel better for drinking, is flushed but tends to shiver. The headache has a bursting quality, and the aching of the limbs is as is they are bruised. There is often a tickling type of cough.
Arsenicum album - is indicated when the general profile includes a high level of anxiety and restlessness, especially at night. There is a marked thirst, but the symptoms are not relieved by drinking. The general weakness is severe and the pains often burning in character although the patient feels cold. The cough is usually hacking and associated with dryness or burning discomfort of the throat and larynx.
Belladonna - is an appropriate remedy again when the symptoms include marked general restlessness and a flushed, hot-looking face. The eyes often take on a staring quality and the pupils appear dilated. The headache tends to be throbbing in quality, the backache a burning discomfort. The thirst may be increased or decreased. The cough is usually short and dry. The keynotes here are anxiety, restlessness and flushing.
Gelsemium - is a medicine widely useful for the heavy, wearisome, aching type of influenza. There is less emphasis on restlessness in this prescribing profile, more on tiredness, apathy and irritability. It is the sort of influenza where the patient feels too weary to get up. The headache tends to be dull and heavy, the cough dry, the throat dry with burning discomfort and the limbs aching with a heavy feeling and easily tired by slight exercise.
Nux vomica - the prescribing profile includes particular emphasis on coldness and irritability. The more specific symptoms of influenza that suggest Nux vomica are a dry or tickling cough that is worsened by eating or drinking, a heavy or pressing type of headache, especially over the eyes and a bruised aching sensation of the back and limbs. But the more generalized features remain the common strong lead to a prescription of Nux vomica with their emphasis on fussiness, irritability and obstinacy.
Eupatorium perfoliatum - is a helpful for those who complain of severe aching deep on the bones, he or she feels sore everywhere.
Mercurius solibus - is for a lingering flu that just don't seem to go away. The person may have a sore throat, bad breath and tender, swollen glands.
For all such influenzal types reactions, a suggested dosage for the medicines is two pellets of 30CH potency taken hourly for 3-7 doses for very recently developed symptoms or three times daily for 3-4 days for those of longer duration. If significant improvement doesn't occur after 24 hours, consider another remedy.
Facts on Influenza
For a healthy person who has not been immune-compromised by drugs, prior illness or vaccinations, there is nothing to fear from the flu. Influenza is a viral infection, very contagious and is spread by contact with an infected person. A person is contagious from about two days before symptoms occur until about the fifth day of the illness. Symptoms of influenza include chills, fever, headache, achiness, fatigue, and lack of appetite.
Nutrition, herbs and diet:
All fluids, including soups, help alleviate a respiratory illness. Fluids help to thin secretions, making it easier for the body to clear them. If secretions are thick and dry, they are more difficult to expel. The best are diluted juices, homemade lemonade, lots of nourishing broth and homemade soups. Miso and chicken soups are good choices.
Do not take any dairy products, they have a tendency to increase and thicken mucous.
Take high doses of Vitamin C (2,000-5,000 mg day for an adult spread in 500 mg doses through the day), vitamin E (400 UI a day), Selenium (200 - 400mcg/day) and Zinc (25-50mg/day) - Selenium blocks the mutations that cause the most dangerous form of flu.
The antiviral Echinacea and antibacterial Goldenseal both stimulate the immune system. Goldenseal also helps to soothe mucous membranes. Take one dose of echinacea and goldenseal combination remedy three times daily for five days.
Warning: Goldenseal is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
Allicin, the active ingredient produced when a fresh clove of garlic is crushed is a very strong antiviral substance and helps to detoxify the body. Take one fresh clove of garlic three times a day until feeling better.
Ginger tea from fresh ginger root is excellent if stomach is affected.
Do not forget to rest and stay home when you have flu symptoms.