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Article by Dr. Daniel Kehres
Nearly everywhere you turn this time of year, flu shots are being promoted. This "flu season" I strongly encourage you to try Vitamin D3 instead.
Have you ever wondered why there is a "flu season?" And why is it always during the fall and winter, never in the summer? "Flu season" is correlated with the amount of sunshine we get, which provides Vitamin D3. Fortunately, for those of us who aren't able to get sunshine every day, Vitamin D3 is available in supplement form.
A main reason that I prefer natural remedies over medicine and vaccines is that natural remedies have added benefits, and medicine and vaccines have added side effects. For example, if you take Vitamin D3 to boost your immune system, you're also potentially reducing your risk of cancer. Whereas if you get a flu shot, you're also increasing your risk of Alzheimer's.
With a side effect risk as serious as Alzheimer's, it is amazing how many people still get the flu shot to reduce their risk of the flu. Dr. Hugh Fudenburg found that if someone has five (or more) consecutive flu shots, their chances of developing Alzheimer's is ten times greater than if they only had two or less shots (1).
Also, many studies have disproven the effectiveness of the flu shot. From finding that there is no decrease in deaths from the flu and pneumonia in the elderly despite the rising numbers of flu shots (2,) to showing that a placebo is just as effective as reducing the flu as a flu shot in children (3); in my opinion, there is no justifiable reason anyone should get a flu shot.
To naturally reduce your risk of getting the flu, I highly recommend for people to take Vitamin D3, which offers a variety of benefits besides boosting your immune system.
More than 70% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D3, which is produced when sunlight hits the skin. As technology progresses, Americans are spending more and more time indoors instead of outside in the sunshine. Dr. Mercola says that recent evidence shows that if all Americans got enough sunshine, the number of cancers diagnosed each year would drop by 200,000, and the annual number of cancer deaths would drop by as much as 63,000 (4).
While some multi-vitamins have Vitamin D3 in them, that is rarely enough. The current FDA recommendation is 600 IU a day, and the majority of natural health physicians (myself included) recommend 2,000 to 5,000 IU a day.
If you are interested in taking Vitamin D3, look for a high-quality supplement that is GMP-certified (usually available at your local health food store or chiropractor's office). I carry Anabolic Laboratory GMP-certified vitamins at my office, including 2,000 IU (chewable) and 5,000 IU Vitamin D3. Contact us at 989-607-4322 or email@example.com to order or for more information.
This season, instead of eating free donuts or cookies while you are getting your flu shot (offers added risks); reduce the sugar in your diet (offers added benefits) and increase Vitamin D3 (offers added benefits).
Wishing you a healthy "season!"
1. Dr. Hugh Fudenburg, MD, the world's leading immunogeneticist, stated that Alzheimer's risk is increased due to the mercury and aluminum buildup that is in every flu shot (and in almost all childhood shots). The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction. Hazards of Vaccines 1 & 2 in Internat. J. Clin. Invest. (2000 & 2004)
2. The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the elderly, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now.
3. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2006) found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children under 2. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.
4. Report: Over a million people die every year from lack of sun exposure, Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO.
© Dr. Daniel Kehres, 2011