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)
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5181274n

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

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/virus/68385237.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DUqyE5D7UiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU

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.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/09/h1n1.vaccine.skepticism/index.html

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.

http://www.chronogram.com/issue/2009/11/Whole+Living/What-the-F?page=1

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

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