Fall is my favorite season. Who doesn’t love the pumpkins, leaves, back to school fun, hayrides, apple orchards? But, there is a dark side to fall – the looming suspicion that the pesky flu is around the corner.
Every Walgreen’s beckons us to come in for the flu shot to be saved of the few days of a cold.
Last year’s U.S. flu vaccination boasted a meager 18% efficacy rate. Would you purchase a battery that only works 18% of the time? Unfortunately, you’re not just getting poor guestimates of that season’s strains, you’re getting much more.
In the U.S. flu shot, depending on which one you get, there’s about 50,000 ppb of mercury. Same as a cut of tuna? Hardly. Consider that .5 ppb of mercury kills human neuroblastoma cells. 2 ppb of mercury is the EPA limit for drinking water. 200 ppb is considered the level in which a liquid is classified as hazardous waste by the EPA. There’s 250 times more mercury in just one flu shot.
This isn’t the only mercury injected into your babe’s bloodstream. 25,000 ppb of mercury is received in the Hep B vaccine at birth. Another 50,000 ppb is received in the DTaP. Mercury has been link to a host of neurological disorders, from autism to Alzheimer’s. A recent study actually showed that you have a five times more chance of getting Alzheimer’s if you’ve had more than three shots in your lifetime. Sadly, this is just one of the concerning ingredients.
All of that nasty with no benefit? No, thanks.
So, are you just a sitting duck to this and other illnesses this fall? No way!
Do you recall Louis Pasteur, who really got the vaccination movement going? When he was alive and studying, there were two theories of illness and wellness at the time. He took the “germ” route, trying to find an unnatural way to fend off every ill. His contemporaries believed in the “terrain” theory, bolstering one’s immune system to fight off such ills. Claude Bernard, someone also studying illness at the time, believed in the terrain theory.
On Pasteur’s deathbed, he said “Bernard was correct. I was wrong. The microbe (germ) is nothing. The terrain is everything.”
You absolutely can’t keep germs from coming at your child. That would require a bubble. But, you can build up their immune system so that it can fight off both small and big diseases, making them less likely to catch a disease and better able to fight it off should they.
Ways to Boost your Immune System
- Load up on fruits and vegetables, which contain the micronutrients your body’s cells need to function. We consume less in the colder months because fresh produce isn’t as readily available.
- Sip on bone broth at least once a week. Yes, sip, as in drink, or make soup! Broth has long been known as an immune-boosting tonic. Purchase organic broth at your local grocery, make your own (http://wellnessmama.com/5888/how-to-make-bone-broth/).
- Consume elderberry syrup everyday (see recipe here: https://wellyouwellness.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/how-to-make-elderberry-syrup-you-can-actually-stomach/). Purchase elderberries ($4.75 for 4 oz) at Mountain Rose Herbs: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/elder-berries/profile. They also sell pre-made syrup.
- Take a probiotic. All of the antibiotics and antibiotic soaps are stripping away your good bacteria. The bacteria in your gut is what makes up the majority of your immune system, without it, your system simply does not function properly. I suggest Garden of Life’s brand: http://www.gardenoflife.com/Products-for-Life/RAW-Digestion/RAW-Probiotics-Women.aspx
- Spend time outside still. Find the warmest part of the warmest day of the week, and go outside. Set a “Go Outside” temperature and stick to it. Ours is 20. Anything over 20 degrees we make a point to go outside and play in the sun. Inadequate amounts of Vitamin D make it much more difficult for your body’s immune system to function.
- Air out your house. Again, find the warmest day of the week, and open your windows for at least 15 minutes. Constant forced heating is just pushing toxins and germs back through your house month after winter month. Try to do this at the very least once a month.
- Ditch the alcohol-laden, anti-bacterial hand sanitizer. Only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary. Both of these destroy your body’s good bacteria, which is what fights off the bad bacteria. Try this one instead: http://www.cleanwelltoday.com/our-products/hand-sanitizer/
- Load up on whole-food supplements and vitamins, especially A,D (Vitamin D3),E, and K (K2 preferably)
- Add raw cod liver oil. This brand is less expensive and actually has a great taste: http://www.carlsonlabs.com/p-107-cod-liver-oil-lemon-flavor.aspx
- Exercise! Invest in a small home gym to keep up even when it’s too cold to go outside, or an in-home workout video program.
- Sip on warm lemon water every morning. This balances your PH (cancer loves an acidic environment, and literally cannot grow in an alkaline one).
- Drink an herbal tea every evening. I love ones by the brand Traditional Medicinals, found in most groceries.
You don’t need to be afraid of the flu, or any other illness for that matter, when your terrain is ready to fight off anything coming it’s way.
Happy and Healthy Fall!