One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

 Did you know you can reduce your chances of coming down with the flu? We’ll give you a few tips below.

McMurphy:  I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.

Health recommendations can really make you feel like you’ve lost your mind – today’s “breakthrough” drug is tomorrow’s killer, and this year’s flu vaccine and recommendation is no exception to the madness. This year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending everyone 6 months old and older get the flu vaccine!  They are calling it “universal” flu protection.[1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm]

Now the CDC has changed the rules, even though the vaccine appears to be even more dangerous!  Crazy, right?  Reuters recently reported that vaccines headed to the U.S, for the upcoming flu season cause a higher than usual rate of seizures in children.[2. Fox, M. Companies Start shipping U.S. flu vaccines. Reuters. Jul 30, 2010.] In fact, news from Australia’s flu season came with reports of a ten fold increase in seizures associated with children who received the seasonal flu vaccine. Between the chance of the flu or seizures –  dealing with the flu for a few days doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

But, here’s the thing.  You can do a lot to boost your immune system and prevent the flu without injecting known toxins into your bloodstream and having a risk of a seizure and countless other potential side effects.  More proof that nature knows best came recently when Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo reported that Vitamin D supplementation reduced the incidence of flu by 50% versus only an 8% reduction using antiviral drugs.[3. Urashima, M. Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 10, 2010.]  Taking a daily Vitamin D supplement to prevent the flu is without negative side effects, drastically less dangerous and adds health to your body.

Another way to boost your immune system and prevent the flu is getting adjusted by your local Maximized Living doctor.  During the 1918 flu pandemic, known as the “Spanish Flu”, in just New York City alone 950 out of 10,000 people died of the flu who were under medical care compared to 25 out of 10,000 people who were under “drugless” care.  And, 6400 out of 10,000 people died of pneumonia under medical care compared to 100 out of 10,000 under “drugless” care.[4. Rhodes, W. The Official History of Chiropractic in Texas, Texas Chiropractic Association, 1978.] Those numbers truly speak for themselves.  Why the difference?  An adjustment to your spine removes interference to allow your nervous system to operate at optimum level.  We now understand that the nerve system controls the immune system – thus, a healthy nervous system equals a healthy immune system.

Avoid the flu and the flu vaccine this year by living a Maximized life with the 5 Essentials.  It’s not something crazy to live a life focused on health, wellness and strengthening your body.  As a matter of fact, it’s the sane thing to do.