Month: October 2018

Think Pink!

Think Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and if you’ve been following me on Instagram you might have caught some of my posts!  And if you’re not following me, click HERE and follow me!  Anywho–my mom is a 2x breast cancer SURVIVOR so this particular cancer is 

Flu Shot Day 6

Flu Shot Day 6

Still on the fence about getting the flu vaccine?  That’s OK—I won’t judge you, but I hope I have provided you with the information you need to make the decision for yourself.  Today I’ll discuss MORE ways to keep yourself healthy this fall/winter.   The 

Flu Shot Day 5

Flu Shot Day 5

Here’s a scenario.  You feel like crap.  You suspect you have the flu.  You go to doctor.  Doctor says you have the flu.  Doctor prescribes you Tamiflu (Oseltamivir).  Should you take it?  Obviously my answer will be NO and here’s why.

Tamiflu received FDA approval for the treatment of Influenza A and B in 1999.  Not only does it reduce the symptoms of the flu by only ONE day, it can come with some serious side effects.  

In 2006 the FDA issued a warning that those taking Tamiflu (particularly children) “may be at increased risk of self-injury and confusion shortly after taking Tamiflu and should be closely monitored for signs of unusual behavior.”  In 2007 Japan banned the use of Tamiflu in pediatric populations after 12 Japanese children died after taking Tamiflu.  

So….what do you take instead???  ELDERBERRY!!!   Elderberry is also known as Sambucus and is a dark purple berry from the European elder tree.  There have been multiples studies and comparisons of Elderberry vs. Tamiflu and Elderberry can reduce the symptoms of the flu by FOUR days (Tamiflu only ONE).  Be careful of Elderberry syrups containing honey and giving it to small children (<1 years), but otherwise it is safe for everyone!  See the link in the comments for the Elderberry syrup I prefer (also available at the office!).  

Stay tune to tomorrow’s post for more NATURAL ways to prevent the flu. 

Flu Shot Day 4

Flu Shot Day 4

If this is the first flu vaccine post you are reading, make sure you check out my previous posts this week to learn more about the flu vaccine!  The next two days posts will be about NATURAL ways to protect yourself from the flu these 

Flu Shot Day 3

Flu Shot Day 3

Today I’d like to point out the differences between a cold and a flu. And tell you a shocking statistic….the CDC ESTIMATED last year’s vaccine was only 40% effective (and with that it was 49% effective in Influenza B (mildest form), 25% against H3N2 (most 

Flu Shot Day 2

Flu Shot Day 2

Did you see my post from yesterday? If not, go check it out. It gives the background on the flu vaccine and what influenza viruses are found IN the vaccine (if you should chose to get it this year…which I hope you change your mind after this week-long educational series!).
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Today I’d like to dive deeper into the rest of what’s in the flu shot. When I gave a presentation last week about the flu vaccine mind’s were blown about the “other” ingredients. Maybe your mind will be blown too…
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THIMEROSAL (aka MERCURY): there are plenty of studies out there showing that mercury at ANY level is toxic to humans, but did you know that there is 25,000ppb (25mcg) of mercury being injected into you with each flu shot?? 2ppb is the limit for drinking water!! In 2001, the EPA concluded that pregnant woman could consume 0.1mcg of mercury per kg of body weight daily without any ill effects to fetus. So for a 140 pound person that’s 6.5mcg of mercury….the shot has 25mcg.
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FORMALDEHYDE: the EPA has classified this as a carcinogen and there are several studies that it has been linked to certain types of cancer.
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ALUMINUM: although a tiny amount is found in the vaccine, but there has been evidence that aluminum can contribute to brain and bone disease.
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MSG: used as a preservative and stabilizer in the vaccine. MSG has always had a bad rep. Enough said.
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EGG PROTEIN: most flu vaccines nowadays are produced using egg-based technology which requires the CVV (candidate vaccine virus) to be grown in chicken eggs and then incubated for several days to a slow the viruses to replicate. Then, the virus is inactivated (killed) and the virus antigen is purified. So, if you have an egg allergy is the vaccine OK? Jury is out, but CDC claims you are OK.
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Need more information? The CDC.gov has everything you need to know about what you are injecting into your body and/or your child. The CDC is also recommending TWO doses of the flu vaccine for children 6 months -8 years old this year. Ay yi yi.
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Stay tuned tomorrow for the differences between a cold and a flu and a shocking statistic.

Flu Shot Day 1

Flu Shot Day 1

Happy October!  Today starts my week long informational series on “To Flu Shot or Just Say No?”  Today I will start with what exactly is getting injected into (not ingredients—that will be a later post), but what the vaccine consists of. The influenza virus was