There are more than enough websites, blogs, and memes dedicated to arguing over why or why not. Have fun trying to sift through all that if you want but I’m not interested in getting involved in that debate anymore. Ultimately people are not going to make a decision based on their overall worldview. There are many different worldviews but only two basic views when it comes to healthcare.
This is clearly a huge topic that you could dedicate multiple college courses but for this blog we are going to water it down to get to the point, which is this; If you ascribe to worldview #2 and believe that symptoms, sickness, and disease are best treated via man-made chemicals and surgery then move along. This blog is not for you. Don’t waste your time reading something you have no intention of using.
For the rest of us, here we go. Stop getting so upset about people getting flu shots. They have every right to poison themselves. If you really want to “win” the debate you need to avoid trying to win so badly. The only question you need to ask is if the person you are talking to believes that synthetic immunity is superior to natural immunity. If they do then you already agree flu shots are unnecessary. If not, move on. Changing someone’s worldview on healthcare is often harder than changing their religion. Yes, it is. How many churches do you know that spend BILLIONS advertising and indoctrinating the public?
Natural (and lasting) immunity happens when you are able to recover from the actual disease. You must be exposed to pathogens that have passed through the body’s natural defense systems in the body before it ever reaches the bloodstream. When naturally exposed to pathogens, an incredible amount of biological processes are activated and are essential in developing true immunity. This process happens long before the pathogen ever comes in contact with the bloodstream. A flu vaccination, like all vaccines, injects the pathogen directly into the bloodstream. This means that the pathogen will bypass a lot of the normal defenses of the immune systems, causing it to produce only a partial or synthetic immunity.
Knowing this makes it clear that while vaccines may “work”, which would you prefer? It is not uncommon for the makers of the flu vaccine to hit a mark well below 50% or even 30% effectiveness because the flu pathogen they used to create many of their vaccines is not the particular pathogen that most people with the flu are getting. Having a natural immunity to these the pathogens is far more effective. If it wasn’t, you would be asked to get a flu shot every year.
The reason most people opt for the flu shot is that they don’t want to “get sick”. Did you know that you can be infected, develop an immunity, and experience very few or NO symptoms at all?
“Infection with viruses does not always result in disease. In fact, a great majority of virus infections remain asymptomatic. Even before the introduction of the poliovirus vaccination, about 98% of infected humans developed only minor flu-like illness or no illness at all.” Wimmers E “Defense Against Viral Infections” NY Med-Uni 1999
The best way to make the flu shot irrelevant is to have a super strong immune system. If you could would you rather develop an immunity without experiencing any of the flu symptoms OR would you rather get the flu shot with the potential for still experiencing flu-like symptoms with limited protection?
Chiropractic, as a rule, is dedicated to the strengthening of and improvement of the body’s natural functions through natural means. One of the factors that seem to be most directly related to your immunity is via whole food nutrition. This is why Corrective Chiropractic prescribes Standard Process™ whole food supplements. Standard Process offers numerous different formulas of whole food and organ therapy based supplements to naturally strengthen your body’s natural immune response. I no longer fear the flu, strep throat, bronchitis, colds, tonsillitis or any other common infection.
I’m not saying I never get “sick”, just that it’s not really that big of a deal if I do and I have no need to use antibiotics or vaccines to fight off the infection. For my family, myself and my patients, I use Standard Process whole food supplements to help build Natural Immunity which is far superior to any synthetic immunity provided by vaccinations. There may be a time when I may look to synthetic means to augment my immunity if the infection is severe enough, but it’s not likely.
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