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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Thinking About the Flu Shot?

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Flu and You

Bird flu, swine flu and seasonal flu all make me more than a little bit concerned. Along with the potential for serious illness and death, the vaccination issue makes the problem even more complicated. The medical literature is nearly universally in favor of vaccination in nearly all cases. I don't agree with that position for these reasons:

  1. The seasonal flu is rarely deadly except in those with very weak immune systems.
  2. The seasonal flu vaccine often causes problems of its own.
  3. Seasonal flu often responds well to treatment (more later)
  4. Bird flu hasn't become the problem we were promised (or threatened) it would become.
  5. Swine flu, though uncomfortable, seems to be less deadly than regular seasonal flu.

I'm not suggesting that the flu is "no big deal." I am suggesting that getting a vaccine for each and every possible illness is a recipe for immune trouble, if not disaster. Informed choice on this matter basically comes down to a couple of points:

  1. Are you willing to accept the risks of getting the flu?
  2. Are you willing to accept the risks of the flu shot (s)?

I used to get the flu shot when I worked in the emergency department and had little trouble with the flu. I haven't received a "shot" in over 10 years and haven't got the flu either. Medications for seasonal flu can be effective if taken within 24-48 hours of the start of the flu - and shorten its course by a few days. Your doctor will know about these. Some alternative treatments for flu-like illness and the flu include:

  1. Gelsemium (homeopathic) 8 pellets 4 times daily for 2-3 days
  2. Oscillococcinum (homeopathic) as directed
  3. High-dose Vitamin C intravenously or orally
  4. Colloidal and nanoparticulate silver products
  5. Black Elderberry Extract 1-2 teaspoons three times daily for a few days (Many other herbals are helpful)
  6. Pray, take cool baths and Motrin for fever over 101 degrees!

It appears that pregnant women may be at a higher risk of death from the swine flu than others and should talk to their OB/Gyn about immunization choices.

Be Blessed!

James J. Mahoney DO

"America's Natural Health Coach"

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