As I sit in my office and peer out the window I see the snow is coming down again, I am reminded that it is the “cold and flu” season.Anyone who lives in Ontario has been battered with the flu ads to get your shot and avoid getting the flu. I suspect that my stance is not in line with associations but I believe this to be hogwash.

Last night on the National news they reported that the vaccine this year is not going to be effective as they did not plan for certain strains of the flu. Give your head a shake. If you know next weeks lottery numbers please let me know.

They constantly are preaching the merits of the vaccines and in the process seem to trip over common sense. To me the best defense against the flu or cold is to make sure that your immune system is firing on all cylinders.

Personally I have never got the flu vaccine and I never will. If you do a little research you may share my belief. Dr Hugh Fudenberg, MD, an immunogeneticist and biologist with nearly 850 papers published in peer review journals, has reported that if an individual had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is ten times higher than if they had zero, one, or two shots.

Do you want any of the following typical vaccine constituents injected into YOUR bloodstream? Chet Atkins suggest the following in a typical flu shot.

  • Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
  • Phenol, also known as carbolic acid (this is used as a disinfectant, dye)
  • Formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent
  • Aluminum, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and seizures and also cancer producing in laboratory mice (it is used as an additive to promote antibody response)
  • Thimerosal (used as a mercury disinfectant/preservative) can result in brain injury and autoimmune disease
  • Neomycin and Streptomycin (used as antibiotics) have caused allergic reaction in some people.

Some vaccines are also grown and strained through animal or human tissue like monkey kidney tissue, chicken embryo, embryonic guinea pig cells, calf serum, and human diploid cells (the dissected organs of aborted human fetuses as in the case of rubella, hepatitis A, and chickenpox vaccines).

Flu vaccine is prepared from the fluids of chick embryos inoculated with a specific type(s) of influenza virus. The strains of flu virus in the vaccine are inactivated with formaldehyde and often preserved with Thimerosal, which is a mercury derivative.

Hey if I want toxins and nasties in my bloodstream I will do it the old fashioned way. I will earn them over the Holidays and New Years Eve. Kidding….

So from my perspective the best way to combat the flu is a properly functioning nervous system through regular chiropractic adjustments, proper nutrition, and adequate rest, addressing stressors, exercise and a positive mental attitude.

The bottom line is if you do get the flu you immune system will handle it and learn how to deal with invasive issues more effectively in the future.

During the global flu epidemic at the beginning of the last century Chiropractic was licenced in many states because it had a tremendous effect in saving lives. If you would like to read more about that let me know… I am not rolling up my sleeve but I will get adjusted. Keeping it real…

Dr Huggins