Most people are confused about the flu. “Stomach flu” is not the same as “the flu.” A flu shot will not help stomach flu. It doesn’t do a very good job with “the flu” either but more on that later. Symptoms of stomach flu involve low-grade fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms of influenza or respiratory flu involve fever and chills, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle ache, and fatigue. If you are throwing up and have diarrhea you don’t have “the flu.”
Stomach flu (gastroenteritis) is an infection caused by a completely different set of viruses than the flu viruses. Stomach flu involves rotaviruses and noroviruses like those responsible for the common cold or a bacteria (bug). Influenza virus typically attack the upper respiratory system not the stomach and intestines. Most people think the flu virus is seasonal. The virus is actually here all year long. The reason people worry about it during the winter is because we get the least amount of sunlight during the winter. Adequate amounts of vitamin D allow our immune system to protect us all year. Those of us who don’t get enough vitamin D are going to be more susceptible to the flu in the winter.
Dr. James Chestnut explained, “There are receptors on your immune cells that actually require the attachment of vitamin D to produce what are called AMPs, or antimicrobial proteins. These antimicrobial proteins of your innate immune system are antiviral. They kill a flu virus. The most amazing thing to me, out of all of this that’s being overlooked, is that we don’t fight the flu with our humeral or our antibody system. Why? It is because like the cold virus, the flu virus is different every year. Developing antibodies this year is not going to protect us next year. Antibodies are not the most logical biological defense against a virus that mutates or changes every year.”
So, when people say they are sick with the flu it is usually the stomach flu, not influenza. Influenza strikes more in the January-February time frame when we have the least light (and vitamin D). A healthy immune system and high levels of vitamin D are your best protection against the flu. The flu shot is not effective. A study of flu shots in nursing homes demonstrated only a 14% effectiveness rating. Large scale meta-analysis studies conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration on the flu vaccine confirm how ineffective the flu shot is. There is a lot of fear-mongering to scare people into getting the flu shot.
Peter Doshi, who works with Cochrane and who was studying Tamiflu, discovered that “out of the 60,000 people that the CDC said died of the flu in 2001 in the United States, there were only 18 confirmed deaths…that’s a huge discrepancy…What they do is they pool all deaths that in the winter have anything to do with respiratory symptoms together and they labeled them all as flu deaths whether they’ve even been documented flu or not…All these people that are told they have the flu, 7% actually have influenza at any given year. So out of 100 people who were told they had flu, 7 actually had influenza on any average year.”
This is misrepresentation on a massive scale. What purpose does it serve? It sells flu vaccines and makes the companies a lot of money. In 1986 there were 30 to 40 vaccine manufacturers. Today there are only four (Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi SA, and GlaxoSmithKline or GSK). The flu isn’t deadly. Deaths attributed to the flu are actually caused by pneumonia. In the year 2000, the only people who were recommended to get the flu vaccine were those over 65 years of age. Ten years later, in 2010, they recommend it for everyone over 6 months of age and even pregnant moms! Has the flu gotten so bad that these extremes are necessary?
Flu vaccines are universally recommended now for infants and children. Approximately one-third of all flu vaccines contain thimerosal (mercury). According to the CDC, 48 million doses of flu vaccine manufactured in 2016 contained thimerosal. A trace amount of mercury is defined as being 1 microgram or less. Flu vaccines contain 25 micrograms of mercury. According to the EPA, mercury exposure guidelines of 0.1 micrograms per kilogram of body weight, a baby would need to weigh 550 pounds to be able to safely process the amount of mercury in a thimerosal-containing flu vaccine. State and federal guidelines require that any product that contains more than 0.2 milligrams per liter (200 PPB) of mercury must be disposed of as a hazardous waste. All flu vaccines preserved with mercury that are not used have to be handled as hazardous waste since they contain 50,000 PPB mercury! And we inject this into pregnant moms and babies? It’s something to think about before getting a flu vaccination. For more information on the flu, see my book, There’s An Elephant in the Room–Exposing Hidden Truths in the Science of Health.
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