Testing, Testing….

Last night, the local news station had a teaser about testing the H1N1 vaccine. “What?!?” I thought. They are already giving that out….My brain did a little loop-d-loop, and I decided to check it out a little more.

This video talks about beginning testing back in August, a mere 2 months ago. Dr. Anthony Fauci mentions that they are trying to determine if the vaccine is safe in the short term…..no mention of long term side effects.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports that a similar strain of flu vaccine backfired in 1976. 25 died. 500 people suffered severe side effects. And, there was no real outbreak. They don’t really know why it happened, and Dr. Fauci says that they can’t guarantee it won’t happen now. But, they will be watching it VERY closely. (That last sentence read with sarcasm)

Many sites seem to think it was rolled out so quickly, sufficient testing hasn’t been done. Certainly, not for the long term effects.


In the article below, discussion is about Thimerosal, a mercury preservative found in the multi-dose vial H1N1 vaccines. My personal fear is that they suggest this vaccine to people most at risk for the flu, but they are also more likely to have problems from the extra mercury, etc that is in this vaccine. Of course, I am not a doctor, but, this seems logical to me. It looks like there is a version you can get without it.

This last article talks about how the vaccine is made, by Dr. Mercola. Also discussed is the other ingredients, possible serious reactions, studies backing up NOT getting the flu shot, and, copied from the article below:

How to Protect Yourself Without Vaccination
Following these simple guidelines will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire flu to begin with.

Optimize your vitamin D levels. As I’ve previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of all kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the true culprit behind the seasonality of the flu—not the flu virus itself. This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take. I would strongly urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50–70 nanograms per milliliter, and done by a reliable vitamin D lab. If you are coming down with flu-like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection.

Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.

Get Enough Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu.

Have Effective Tools to Address Stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as meridian tapping techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.

Exercise. When you exercise, you increase circulation and blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads.

Take a Good Source of Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune response. (Carrie adds that there are also Non-animal-based Omega-3 fats available)

Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth, or to other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this—antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.

Use Natural Antibiotics. Examples include colloidal silver, oil of oregano, and garlic. These work like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body. And unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance.

Avoid Hospitals. In this particular case, I’d also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to this new bug.


I encourage you to do your own research, look into it more. This was just a selection of a few sites…..



Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , and Tata Memorial. Presently, he is heading the Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

He offers the following message regarding the prevention of spreading the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu).

The only portals of entry for this virus are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as is proliferation.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of the face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water . Nasal Irrigation (known as Jala Neti in Ayurveda) using a neti pot is best. Oprah and Dr. Oz recommend it! 🙂
If you are unable to use a neti pot, try blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton swabs dipped in warm salt water. These techniques can be very effective in bringing down viral population.

Neti pots and sinus rinse kits are available at the drug store and relatively inexpensive….under $15.
Carrie adds, “Meijer and Walgreen has a brand called NeilMed NasaFlo that includes premixed packets of saline formula that is really gentle. This neti pot is nice since it is plastic, it’s great for traveling. When I bought mine, it was $13.39”

Luna Jordan would like to add that a drop of oil can be placed in each nostril following nasal irrigation to prevent the nasal membranes from drying out (especially in dry climates). Dr. Vasant Lad says to “Dip the clean little finger into the appropriate oil and insert into each nostril as deeply as possible.” Make sure your fingernails are trimmed. As long as the sinuses are not overly congested, brahmi oil (which is made from gotu kola or bacopa in a sesame oil base or ghee can be used.)

5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (such as citrus and broccoli). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Here are a few more suggestions from yoga therapy for the prevention of H1N1:

7. Keep warm with warm clothes and warm food, and if possible even the air you breathe should be warm. The virus does not proliferate as well in heat as it does in cold.

8. Be sure to get plenty of rest.

9. One more suggestion for yoga practitioners in particular, if you practice pranayama (breathwork), you should not breathe as deeply, especially if you begin to show any symptoms. Also avoid Bhastrika (Bellows Breath).



Thanks to my friend Luna Jordan for posting:

If you need help with the Neti Pot, please contact Carrie, she does this….even in public! 🙂