Embracing Your Wise Woman
Here at the beach, I almost daily run across someone telling me about their dog having the "beach itch" or the "beach gunk". Simply put: itchy dry skin and often fur that is falling out, sometimes accompanied by a foul odor. It is hard to ditch this itch, and friends have told me how much they have spent on veterinarian bills trying to help their canine friends, to no avail. After doing a bit of reading I started asking people to try coconut oil with their pets; given orally every day. Much to every ones’ delight this simple solution has worked for nearly all of the customers and friends that have given it a try. Here are some great reasons to add coconut nut oil to your pet’s life:
Coconut oil improves overall skin health, and clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin.
Incredibly emollient, coconut oil helps moisturize the driest K9 skin and makes a dog's coat gleam with health - whether you add it to her diet, her shampoo, or both!
Applied topically to the skin, coconut oil promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites, and stings.
The antibacterial and anti fungal properties of coconut oil help reduce doggy odor and its pleasantly tropical aroma imparts a delightful scent to a dog's skin and coat.
Digestion and nutrient absorption are improved by the addition of coconut oil to a dog's diet.
Coconut oil reduces - and sometimes eliminates - doggy breath. Some dog lovers even brush their pets' teeth with the stuff! Which makes sense, as dogs love the taste of coconut oil, and that makes the chore less arduous for brusher and brushee.
Coconut oil helps prevent diabetes by regulating and balancing insulin. It also promotes normal thyroid function, and helps prevent infection and heart disease.
Helping to reduce weight and increase energy, coconut oil also promotes mobility in dogs with arthritis and other joint issues.
Coconut oil is excellent for brain health; it's being used to stave off dementia in humans, and it's a must to keep senior dogs' minds from becoming cloudy.
Coconut Oil Dosage for Your Dog
1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of weight
1 Tablespoon per 30 lbs of weight
Gradually increase to maximum dosage. Example: a 100 lb dog would need approximately 3 1/2 Tablespoons a day; a 10 lb dog would need 1 teaspoon of coconut oil a day. These are general guidelines. If the stool becomes runny or has a greasy appearance, lower the dosage a bit.
Coconut Oil Bath
Melt 2 Tablespoons of oil in a cup of hot water
After bathing, refill the tub with lukewarm water; add the cup of melted oil into the running water; using a plastic bowl pour the coconut oil water all over the dogs coat rubbing to get down to the skin. Be sure to get the whole body.
Do not rinse
Dry as usual. You will immediately notice the coat’s healthy condition. And it smells great!
So, show your doggy some oily love and dish up the coconut!
"Maca-a cruciferous root found growing in the high regions of Peru and has been cultivated for about two thousand years. It has been traditionally and is currently used as a food. The Peruvians believe it gives strength and endurance, enhances ones fertility, and supports pregnancies."
Maca is packed with an array of vitamins and minerals. It is the highest altitude crop in the world growing at around 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes. Maca has a rich malty flavor that combines well with cacao, another popular "super" food. It is typically sold in a dried powder, capsules and tinctures and is available at many health food stores. Amazingly Maca is a complete protein providing all of the essential amino acids-the ones the body can't produce on its own. It contains an abundance of calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, potassium and phosphorous. Maca also contains an assortment of vitamins including C, E, B1 (thiamine) and B2 (riboflavin).
This fantastic root is an adaptogen, which means it normalizes the body and keeps things at normal levels. Adaptogens allow the body to better respond to internal and external environmental factors such as anxiety and physical injuries.
Maca is well known for its ability to regulate hormones. Since it is a plant it does not contain hormones itself but encourages the body to produce or decrease its own hormones by nourishing the master glands of the body-hypothalamus and pituitary. Through its adaptogenic qualities Maca is able to increase the production of a hormone the body is low in. Maca can have the opposite effect if the body is high in a hormone.
Other tips on Maca:
Maca is a natural aphrodisiac, as it increases sexual desire.
"In a 2008 study from CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, researchers found that maca may help alleviate sexual dysfunction caused by use of selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs, a class of medications used in treatment of depression). The study involved 20 people with depression, all of whom were experiencing SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. Results revealed that maca may also help improve libido."
Maca has fertility enhancing capabilities-increases sperm count and has been shown to improve sexual function and increase libido.
"One small study looked at the effect of 4 months of treatment with maca tablets on semen quality in nine adult men. Treatment with maca resulted in increased semen volume, sperm count, and sperm motility. Serum levels of testosterone and estradiol were not affected."
Maca can have a positive effect on postmenopausal women, increasing libido. It also helps alleviate depression and anxiety.
"Preliminary findings show that Maca reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowers measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity."
Maca may help reduce the number and severity of migraine headaches by helping balance estrogen and progesterone levels in the body.
amazing plant can nutritionally fuel the endocrine system so that it is able to
produce hormones regularly. Maca does not actually increase levels of any
hormones but encourages the body to produce them on its own. This is
accomplished through maca's targeted nourishment of the hypothalamus and
pituitary glands (master glands of the body). These glands in turn regulate
other glands, bringing balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian, and
testicular glands. This can move the body toward a more optimal balance of
estrogen and progesterone levels potentially reducing the severity and
occurrence of migraine headaches."
Maca has the ability to enhance the immune system.
"Maca can help the endocrine system, including the ovaries, testes, adrenals, pancreas and thyroid. Because endocrine gland balance and immune system function are so interrelated, it often notably enhances immune system functioning."
Maca has antidepressant effects.
" There is an increase in the body’s levels of serotonin in individuals using maca. Common treatments for depression are antidepressant medications which tend to have uncomfortable side effects such as weight gain, fatigue, and dulled senses. Maca has none of the side effects that are found in pharmaceutical antidepressants. In fact, the active ingredients in the maca root boost energy and lift depression naturally."
Now how best to partake of this mighty root you might be asking? There are a few ways to go about getting the magic of Maca into your system. You can swallow capsules or tablets, you can drop Maca tincture into water and take as a shot, or you can use the powder in smoothies and recipes. I have included some fun ways to include Maca in your daily routine.
1 teaspoon Maca powder
1 Tablespoon B maple syrup or raw cane sugar
1¼ Cups organic canned coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
Mix all the ingredients in a blender for just a moment to incorporate the Maca powder thoroughly with the liquid. Pour into a small saucepan and heat over a low stove setting until mixture is warm and has just begun to become frothy. Serve in a mug, smile & enjoy.
Maca Banana Cinnamon Shake
1 ripe frozen banana in chunks
1 cup almond milk, coconut milk, or raw organic milk
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
1-2 tsp maca powder
Handful of ice
Blend all together, pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Enjoy the Maca "blast"!
CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
The heart does its job so well that it can be easy to take for granted, that is, until it no longer IS doing its job. Then we are left scrambling to try and quickly fix something that needs a lifetime of care.
One very important element to keep our heart happy is a simple mineral called magnesium, it plays a very crucial role in taking care of the heart.
"The widespread shortage of magnesium, not calcium, in the western diet is attributed to the high rates of sudden-death heart attack. Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the heart muscle. Those who die from heart attacks have very low magnesium but high calcium levels in their heart muscles. Patients with coronary heart disease who have been treated with large amounts of magnesium survived better than those with other drug treatments. Magnesium dilates the arteries of the heart and lowers cholesterol and fat levels."
"In addition to preventing atherosclerosis, magnesium promotes dilation of blood vessels and improves the functioning of the heart muscle. While taking extra magnesium by mouth may help prevent heart disease from developing, magnesium injections are usually necessary once the disease is already established. Fortunately, intramuscular or intravenous magnesium therapy is of great benefit in many cases. As early as 1958, a South African physician reported that patients frequently responded to magnesium injections in a "dramatic and almost unbelievable manner . . ."
"Magnesium is especially important for
men, because a deficiency can cause the arteries of the heart to spasm,
resulting in a heart attack. Epidemiological studies have shown that areas with
low magnesium in the water supply have a higher incidence of heart disease.
Deficiency can occur from decreased intake of foods rich in magnesium, eating
foods depleted of magnesium due to poor farming techniques, decreased
absorption, and disorders and medications that impair magnesium
"Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the heart muscle. Those who die from heart attacks usually have very low magnesium but high calcium levels in their heart muscles. Patients with coronary heart disease who had been treated with large amounts of magnesium had a better survival rate than patients who had received drugs."
"We suspect that magnesium is another mineral that offers more benefits to health than realized by nutritionists, who've long considered magnesium as essential to the nervous system. It's also a part of some key enzyme systems. It's possible, though, that magnesium has an important role in preventing heart disease. Low levels of the mineral have been linked to higher risk of heart attack. What's more, magnesium is found in bone, raising concern that a healthy intake of the mineral may help in the war against osteoporosis, too."
So what is depleting us of magnesium? Why are Americans so fatally low? Here is a somewhat scary list of things that will deplete you daily of magnesium. How many are in your life?
- Mental stress
- Physical stress
- Diet high in refined sodium
- Cola-type sodas
- High perspiration
- Medical drugs of all types, especially diuretics, digitalis
- Low thyroid
- Chronic pain
- A high carbohydrate diet
- A low carbohydrate diet
- A high calcium diet.
- A low calorie diet
- Because of the competing nature of calcium and magnesium, excessive calcium intake from foods or supplements can lead to a magnesium deficiency.
- Disease such as pancreatitis, arteriosclerosis, kidney malfunction.
- Malabsorption problems caused by chronic diarrhea or vomiting.
- High zinc levels
Of course we all would like to reduce our stress levels, take less prescription drugs, not be bound by low calorie diets, not drink soda etc; and these are good goals to start making baby steps toward. Realistically we understand that these things are big lifestyle changes and will not happen overnight.
So what can you do for your heart while you start making adjustments? Include daily in your diet foods that are high in magnesium, and supplement with magnesium. Magnesium can make great strides in protecting your heart, and the muscle, nerves and other areas of your body.
Seeds, and Sesame Butter (Tahini)
Flax and Sesame seeds are a great source of heart healthy oils and also provide a good source of magnesium. Flax seeds provide 392mg (92% DV) per 100 gram serving or 39mg (10% DV) per tablespoon. Sesame seeds provide 351mg (88% DV) per 100 gram serving, or 32mg (8% DV) per tablespoon. Sesame butter (tahini) provides 362mg of magnesium per 100 gram serving, or 58mg (14% DV) per tablespoon
A good substitute for refined sugar in cakes and breads, molasses is also a great source of magnesium. Molasses provides 242mg (61% DV) per 100 gram serving, 816mg (204% DV) per cup, and 48mg (12% DV) per tablespoon.
Cashews (Mixed nuts, Pine Nuts)
Nuts are great as a snack or as an addition to salads and soups. Almonds provide 286mg (72% DV) per 100 gram serving, or 395mg (99% DV) per cup. Cashews provide 273mg (68% DV) per 100 gram serving, or 352mg (88% DV) per cup. Pine nuts provide 251mg (63% DV) per 100 gram serving, or 339mg (85% DV) per cup. Mixed nuts in general provide 251 mg (63% DV) per 100 gram serving, or 361mg (90% DV) per cup
Dried herbs are packed with vitamins and a healthy addition to almost any meal. Dried Coriander provides the most magnesium with 694mg (174% DV) per 100 gram serving, or 14mg (3% DV) per tablespoon. It is followed by Chives (160% DV), Spearmint (151% DV), Dill (112% DV), Sage (107% DV), Basil (106% DV), and Savory (95% DV).
Dark chocolate is becoming more popular and with good reason, long regarded as junk food dark chocolate is packed with vitamins and conferred health benefits. Cocoa powder provides 499mg of magnesium (125% DV) per 100 gram serving or 429mg (107% DV) per cup. Dark baking chocolate provides 327mg per 100 gram serving (82% DV), or 95mg (24% DV) per square, and a typical chocolate candy bar provides 63mg of magnesium (16% DV) per 100 gram serving or 28mg (7% DV) per bar
As well as avocados, dates, peanuts, beans, lentils, brown rice, bananas, raisins, seaweeds, fish and many other foods that are easy to consume daily.
NOW Foods makes great magnesium supplements as well, if ingesting enough food based magnesium is not always an option.
So relax, eat some heart healthy foods, and remember to spend some time loving your heart.
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy by Mark Sircus
Natural Medicine, Optimal Wellness: The Patient's Guide to
Health and Healing by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. and Alan R. Gaby, M.D.
Total Wellness: Improve Your Health by Understanding and Cooperating with Your Body's Natural Healing Systems by Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.
The Natural Way to Heal: 65 Ways to Create Superior Health by Walter Last
The Healing Foods: The Ultimate Authority on the Curative Power of Nutrition by Patricia Hausman & Judith Benn Hurley
There are so many conventional cleaning products to choose from. Every category of cleaning product has myriads of products and brands to consider; with cute, funny or dramatic reasons why you should buy them over their competitors. Their packaging is ever evolving and more attractive, since many of us make our purchasing decisions based on what appeals to us when we are standing before the extensively stocked behemoth shelves in the cleaning aisle of our favorite store. Products are so attractive these days that little children mistake the mini-packets of laundry detergent for candy and end up in the emergency room. It appears that marketers have found and cashed in on the fact that people in the U.S. seem to be even too lazy to scoop or pour laundry detergent into their automatic washing machines.
Why then would we consider returning to the dark ages of housekeeping and make our own cleaning and beauty products? Here is a great article that touches on some of the reasons. If you feel you’d like to try some easy and safe recipes check out our new THC Organic Market Recipes collection titled Wholistic Solutions. It has 28 different recipes that cover cleaning your house and your body in a truly safe and economical fashion.
"'Industrial strength' is one marketing-infused brand attribute that suggests cleaning products will make our homes cleaner and that the job will be done faster, or cheaper, or all of the above. 'Industrial strength' tells us the cleaning product is so strong that it really doesn’t belong in our homes. As consumers we are driven to want such products simply because we’re technically not supposed to have them! At least according to the marketers.
The truth is many ingredients in the common household cleaning products we’ve grown to trust are harmful to our health. As consumers why would we want such products around us, our families or our pets? The problem is, most consumers aren’t aware of the hidden dangers these popular cleaning products present to our health. Nor are they aware how pervasive these health threats are.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Most products bear the warning 'Keep Out of Reach of Children' in bold type on the label. As consumers, we believe that if our children don’t ingest these products they will not be harmed by them. Consider though that the most common methods of exposure are through the skin and respiratory tract. Children are frequently in contact with the chemical residues housecleaning products leave behind, by crawling, lying and sitting on the freshly cleaned floor. Children, especially infants and toddlers, frequently put their fingers in their mouths and noses, increasing risks for exposure. When infants eat solid food, how common is it that the food is placed directly on a high chair tray that has just been wiped down with a household cleaner or dish detergent? Another factor is that, pound for pound, children’s exposure levels are higher than adults’ because, although the amount of chemicals in an exposure remains equal, children’s bodies are smaller so the concentration is stronger, essentially. Also, their immune systems are still developing. Thus, children are probably the highest risk population for chemical exposures through cleaning products. For many of these same reasons, pets may also be at risk. Other populations with a pronounced risk are breast cancer victims, the elderly, asthma and allergy sufferers and those with compromised immune systems.
You may be thinking that the diluted aspect of off-the-shelf cleaning products reduces or altogether eliminates the threat of getting sick from your floor polish, window cleaner or air freshener. However many of the toxins found in these products (and so many other cleaning products) are bioaccumulative, meaning the chemicals do not purge easily from the body and over time even mild exposures can add up to toxic levels. In fact, a medical study recently conducted in Iowa suggests a correlation between certain occupations and bladder cancer. One of those occupations was cleaning services. These products are used repeatedly and routinely in the home to maintain cleanliness, increasing the chances for bioaccumulation of chemicals in the body.
WHAT MAY BE LURKING UNDER THE KITCHEN SINK?
Research points to the toxic effects of not only active but also inactive ingredients – hazards that can affect the central nervous system, reproductive systems and other vital bodily systems. Consumers often don’t have the time or know where to go to find important information about the products they use. To make matters worse, the information is often presented in highly scientific language that may be difficult to interpret. But there are a growing number of consumer-friendly resources that can help us sort through all of this information and understand what we need to know to make the best possible choices for our families with regard to household cleaners, disinfectants and polishes.
For starters, the three essential categories into which most of the hazardous ingredients in household cleaning products fall are:
1. Carcinogens– Carcinogens cause cancer and/or promote cancer’s growth.
2. Endocrine disruptors – Endocrine disruptors mimic human hormones, confusing the body with false signals. Exposure to endocrine disruptors can lead to numerous health concerns including reproductive, developmental, growth and behavior problems. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to reduced fertility, premature puberty, miscarriage, menstrual problems, challenged immune systems, abnormal prostate size, ADHD, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain cancers.
3. Neurotoxins – Neurotoxins alter neurons, affecting brain activity, causing a range of problems from headaches to loss of intellect
TAKING CUES FROM PRODUCT LABELS
Consumers may find it cumbersome or time-consuming to research all of the ingredients in the cleaning products under the kitchen sink. Those that wish to will find useful links in the sidebar to this article. In general however, product warning labels can be a useful first line of defense. Cleaning products are required by law to include label warnings if harmful ingredients are included. From safest to most dangerous, the warning signals are:
Toxicity if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin*
One ounce to a pint may be harmful or fatal
One teaspoon to one ounce may be harmful or fatal
One taste to one teaspoon is fatal
*for a 180-pound male
Even products with a cautionary label, it should be pointed out, may present health risks if used improperly or with repeated exposures over time. Good ventilation and skin barriers are very important when using any over-the-counter cleaning product.
WHICH CHEMICAL GROUPS CAUSE CONCERN IN THE HEALTH COMMUNITY?
We are exposed to countless chemical ingredients in daily life that may be harmful to our health – too numerous to outline here and beyond the scope of this article. Consumers should know of some general categories of chemicals that should be avoided, however. The following list is not all-inclusive.
Pesticides. One of the most counter-intuitive health threats is that of products that disinfect. Common sense tells us that killing household germs protects our health. However disinfectants are pesticides, and the ingredients in pesticides often include carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Pesticides are fat-soluble, making them difficult to eliminate from the body once ingested. Pesticides, including disinfectants, may also include alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs).
APEs. APEs act as surfactants, meaning they lower the surface tension of liquids and help cleaning solutions spread more easily over the surface to be cleaned and penetrate solids. APEs are found in detergents, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners and laundry cleansers. They are also found in many self-care items including spermicides, sanitary towels and disposable diapers. APEs are endocrine disruptors.
Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly known as a preservative. Many people do not know that it is also a germicide, bactericide and fungicide, among other functions. Formaldehyde is found in household cleaners and disinfectants. It is also present in nail polish and other personal care products. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen.
Organochlorines. Organochlorines result from the combination of hydrogen and carbon. Some types are highly deadly, such as DDT. OCs are bioaccumulative and also highly persistent in the environment. OCs are present in pesticides, detergents, de-greasers and bleaches. OCs are also present in drycleaning fluids. OCs are carcinogins and endocrine disruptors.
Styrene. Styrene is a naturally occurring substance derived from the styrax tree. Styrene is most commonly used in the manufacture of numerous plastics including plastic food wrap, insulated cups, carpet backing and PVC piping. Styrene is also found in floor waxes and polishes and metal cleaners. Styrene is a known carcinogen as well as an endocrine disruptor. Exposure may affect the central nervous system, liver and reproductive system.
Phthalates. Phthalates are most commonly used in the manufacture of plastics. Phthalates are also used as carriers for perfumes and air fresheners and as skin penetration enhancers for products such as moisturizers. These chemicals are classified as inert and as such no product-labeling requirements exist for phthalates. They are endocrine disruptors and suspected carcinogens. Phthalates are known to cause hormonal abnormalities, thyroid disorders, birth defects and reproductive problems.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are emitted as gases suspending themselves in the air. VOCs include an array of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects, and are present in perfumes, air fresheners, disinfectants and deodorizers. VOCs commonly include propane, butane, ethanol, phthalates and/or formaldehyde. These compounds pose a variety of human health hazards and collectively are thought to be reproductive toxins, neurotoxins, liver toxins and carcinogens.
SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE
Symptoms of exposure to these types of substances include headache, backache, stiff joints, nausea, diarrhea, asthma or allergy attacks, dizziness, memory loss, stuttering, premature puberty, low sperm count, reduced motor skills, sudden mood swings, dyslexia, ADHD, anti-social behavior/autism and birth defects, among others.
CHEMICALS OF INTEREST
To demonstrate an idea of how pervasive these substances can be under your kitchen sink, 2-butoxyethanol is a good example. Although the signal word for this chemical is “Danger!”, it is found in no less than 108 household cleaning products as well as countless auto, hobby/craft and exterior home maintenance products, according to Household Products Database from the National Library of Medicine (see inset for web address). Synonyms for this chemical include butoxyethanol; butyl cellosolve; ethanol, 2-butoxy-; ethylene glycol mono-n-butyl ether (EGBE); ethylene glycol monobutyl ether; monobutyl ethylene glycol ether; n-Butoxyethanol. This chemical is an organic solvent, and a raw material used in the production of phthalates.
According to the Material Safety Data Sheet from one leading trigger spray cleaner degreaser, exposure to this chemical is reportedly associated with chronic blood and bone marrow damage. It affects the central nervous system, blood and blood-forming organs, kidneys, liver and lymphoid system. It is an eye and skin irritant. Exposure is generally through the lungs, skin, and mouth with 75% of total exposure attributable to the skin. Even vapors from this chemical can be absorbed by the skin. Under existing EPA guidelines, this chemical is considered a neurotoxin and a possible human carcinogen and has been found to cause cancer in animal testing. Symptoms of exposure to 2-butoxyethanol include central nervous depression, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and prominent headache. To avoid unnecessary exposure to this chemical, use rubber gloves when cleaning with products containing 2-butoxyethanol, ventilate the work area well and/or mask the mouth and nose appropriately. More favorably, avoid products containing this ingredient. It is important to stress that even products that may be perceived as healthy because their names include the words 'green', 'citrus', 'lemon' or 'orange' may contain this ingredient. The best advice is to read the ingredient label rather than trust the product name or marketing language.
Another harmful ingredient to watch out for is monoethanolamine, also known as MEA. Other synonyms for this chemical are Ethanolamine; Ethanol, 2-amino-; 2-Aminoethanol; 2-Hydroxyethanamine.
This chemical is a surfactant and an emulsifier and can be found in nearly 50 household cleaning products including floor cleaners, tile and grout cleaners, degreasers, stainless steel cleaners and laundry detergents. Additionally, this APE is found in 100 personal care products listed in the Household Products Database, especially consumer hair coloring products. MEA is also an antihistamine found in several popular over the counter drugs, the sedating powers of which are stronger than many barbiturates. As a cleansing ingredient, MEA is highly corrosive to the skin, potentially even causing bleeding to the exposed area. Inhalation may cause asthma attacks or damage the respiratory tract or lungs. MEA is potentially a neurotoxin. Repeated exposure to MEA can damage the liver and kidneys and has proven toxic in animal lab tests. One leading global chemical company admits the body of available research is insufficient to fully determine the health risks for humans.
HOW CAN CONSUMERS MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES FOR THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES?
It is truly amazing that all these harmful ingredients are present in products that are supposed to improve our quality of life. Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, household cleaners are the only household products for which manufacturers are NOT required to list all ingredients. Certain ingredients (such as fragrances) are considered trade secrets and government regulations are designed to protect proprietary information. Without full disclosure, consumers can unknowingly submit themselves and their families to unhealthy exposures to these chemicals."
As each year goes by there is greater and greater pressure to have a flu shot. At first it was only recommended for those over 60 or those who were in a weakened physical state. But now if you won’t get one for yourself then you are encouraged to get one to protect those you are around, like your baby or children, older family members, people you go to school with, work with etc. We are also hearing of instances where medical workers are losing their job if they refuse to get a flu shot and this may be on the rise. What are we to do? Just get one because we are told we should? All the information about the benefits of getting a flu shot can be readily found and I am sure you have heard them repeatedly. But we have to ask - what are the risks? Why do some people choose to forgo a flu shot if there are so many benefits?
First off what is the flu? “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.”
So it sounds like it is a good idea to avoid sick people. I am a big proponent of the concept of quarantine during an outbreak of illness. The definition of quarantine is: “a restraint upon the activities … of persons …designed to prevent the spread of disease…” I try to isolate those in my care from the rest of the family and from the community at large when I know they are beginning to get sick. This seems to be an outdated notion in today’s world, but I maintain it is a good tool in your flu tool kit.
“(F)flu shots are normally given in group settings and a crowd is absolutely the last place you want to be. Yet long lines form wherever flu shots are offered! Unfortunately, this frenzied "lemming-like" fear - especially on the part of our senior population - is merely exacerbating the problem. Influenza viruses are spread by close exposure to individuals who may already have contracted the disease as flu viruses have incubation periods of 24 to 72 hours.”
It is also good to maintain an enhanced immune system such as is provided with extended breastfeeding, good diet and plenty of pure water, rest and a nontoxic environment, physically & emotionally. If you or someone in your family always catches the latest virus circulating in your community, it may be time to step back and assess their immune system and ways you can improve it. Things like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Astragalus, Herb Pharm ImmuneDefense, Sovereign Silver and a myriad of other supplements can be used to help to build an immune system back to an optimal level.
“Most people have been lead (sic) to believe -- by the pharmaceutical powers that dominate conventional medicine and really like your money -- that viruses like the flu bug are the problem. They are not the problem. The real problem is that many people, in fact most people in the U.S. now, have weakened and impaired immune systems that are unable to function as they’re designed to because of our horrendous dietary habits (the same culprit behind the obesity and chronic disease epidemics in the U.S.)…It constantly amazes me how many people ask ‘should I take this vaccine’ (or some pill) and, when I tell them they should instead focus on eating properly if they want to avoid the flu, other illnesses and disease, and all the drug company hype, they look at me as if I were speaking Swahili. Most Americans want a quick fix, but while that might work in other areas of their life, the quick fix approach is not healthcare.”
Another additional interesting bit of information, that often causes people’s eyes to glaze over when I mention it, is the extreme importance of eliminating sugar from your diet, in all its processed forms. Yes, that is a tricky one to accomplish; and that doesn’t mean substituting artificial sweeteners which are even worse for you. Here is a study done to drive home the point, which really we all already knew right? This study was done in 1938-yes, we knew about this in 1938.
“…(I)t’s important to remember the revealing study researchers did over 60 years ago. In 1938, the only laboratory animal that could contract polio by experimental inoculation was the monkey. All other laboratory animals were completely resistant to the polio virus, including the rabbit. The researchers could not infect these rabbits with polio -- that is, until they lowered their blood sugar in a way that also occurs in humans after they eat sugar. So the take-home message is that if you want to avoid the flu, avoid sugar like the plague. Avoiding sugar is the single most important physical factor that you can address to avoid the flu.”
So, what is the flu vaccine made up of besides the three flu virus the experts and flu manufacturer are hoping is one of predominant flu viruses of the flu season?
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ‘The following substances are found in flu vaccines: aluminum, antibiotics, egg protein, formaldehyde, human aborted fetal apparatus (dead human tissue), monosodium glutamate (MSG), and thimerosol (mercury).’”
Also, we aren’t even positive it really works. “(A) study conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found no correlation between increasing vaccination rates after 1980 and declining death rates in any age group. (As published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, volume 165, pages 265-272, 2005)”
“The Centers for Disease Control(CDC) is currently looking at whether or not flu vaccines are even effective. Although they are currently keeping their investigation low-key, preliminary results indicate you'll get just as sick if you got the vaccine than if you didn't!”
Recent research has also shown that the flu vaccine appears to cause injury to developing babies.
“This year, on September 27, 2012, the Human and Environmental Toxicology Journal (HET) published Dr. Gary Goldman’s study that confirms NCOWs data, a 4,250 percent increase in the number of miscarriages and stillbirths reported to VAERS in the 2009/2010 flu season.  The study points out an astounding fact that no one saw until the publishing of the Goldman study in HET: the CDC had recommended the double-dosing of the pregnant population with the seasonal flu.
There is a lot of information available, if you do a little digging to, to answer your questions. You don’t have to accept the party line. When you were little didn’t your mother ask you, “Would you jump off a cliff just because all your friends did?” My mother did regularly, encouraging me to think for myself. So to vaccinate or not to vaccinate – that is the question. I know what I plan to do. Do you?
Diet Prevents Polio, by Benjamin P. Sandler, M.D., and published in 1951 by The Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee, WI