The Truth About Flu Season
Updated: Feb 1, 2018
It's that time of year again. Some refer to the winter months as "cold and flu season" as if we almost expect to get sick this time of year, every year because that's the only time the flu is rapidly spreading or is active. I'm going to share with you the real causes of flu season, and why you don't need to get the annual flu shot in order to protect yourself, or your family from the flu.
This recent report says the flu shot is estimated to only be 10% effective this year. Yet, they urge you to still go get your injection of harmful ingredients and viruses to help protect your immune system. That doesn't make any sense.
Explaining Flu Season
The flu and other infections spread more during winter months because of weakened immune systems.
One of the reasons the flu is more common during cold and winter months is because there is a significantly less amount of sunlight people are exposed to, which means vitamin D deficiency. Everyone in the US is already deficient in Vitamin D, but during the winter months it gets even worse. Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins to take to help support the immune system. I take a vit D supplement all year round and more during the winter to support my health. Eating foods that are rich in vit D is also helpful, but still not enough is being absorbed, that is why a supplement containing vit D is important.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to many health problems because it is a major building block for proper hormone, and immune function. So, this is a great place to start to support your immune system, and prevent catching colds, and the flu all together. If you are curious about your vitamin D levels, you can get a simple blood test to know how much you should supplement. Some people need higher amounts than others.
Another reason sickness is spread during winter months more is because everyone is back in school and not staying home as much. That means more germs are spread. If our work and school environments made it more important for people to stay home during illness, then we would see a dramatic reduction of colds and viruses being spread. Do whatever you can to avoid people that you know are sick, and wash your hands with plain soap and water often when away from home.
Cold temperatures are also linked to weaker immune systems. Being out in the cold makes your body have to work much harder to stay warm, and it reroutes a lot of blood and energy to the inner organs. There's a whole process your body goes through I won't explain here, but just know it's important to dress warm, and avoid really cold temperatures for long periods of time.
Flu shots are routinely given more during fall/winter months and some people come down with flu symptoms right after getting the shot. There are immunologists that claim the viruses can mutate while being cultured in eggs and then when injected into people they can continue to mutate and spread new strains of the flu. When someone is sick and possibly spreading bodily fluids or germs, that virus in their system can potentially spread to other people. You may disagree with me on this one, but from my findings, the flu shot can actually aid in the spread of viruses.
So many people report getting sick after getting the flu shot. The flu shot contains ingredients that weaken the immune system, and adds toxic heavy metals to the body, that aren't easily detoxed. Getting a flu shot annually is like signing up to be poisoned every single year.
Support Immunity to Avoid Illness
The safest, and most effective way to prevent colds and viruses is to make your immune system strong. It's built to fight infection all on it's own. This is an active process you must commit to in order for it to work. This isn't to say you will never get sick, or that we aren't supposed to get sick. There are good things about getting sick from natural infection or viruses (if you are not immune compromised). When you catch a virus the natural way (eyes, nose, mouth) and it goes through your mucosal immune system. your body can build real immunity or protection from that illness for life, and in turn it actually makes your immune system better at fighting new infections later on.
4 easy ways to boost immunity year round:
Take Vitamin D and C year round
Eat nutrient dense foods. Plenty of green vegetables and fruit.
Drink water. Simple, but so so important.
Lower stress levels. Stress weakens the immune system.
I will share how I treat sickness in my home in a future blog post. But starting with the 4 tips I mentioned will make a major difference.
"The interaction between physicians and pharmaceutical drug representatives in the U.S. is a common occurrence that goes as far back as the mid 1800s. In the last few years, however, there has been considerable attention given to the issue of physician/pharmaceutical relationships and conflicts of interest that arise from such relationships "
I won't jump into this topic too much right now but I want people to think for themselves, and realize there are issues within the medical industry. Doctors don't always have your best interests in mind. When they are being offered bonuses or incentives to push pharmaceuticals on their patients, we must be aware.
Don't let yourself be scared into doing something for your health that poses risks that are greater than the claimed benefits. The flu shot is proven to not be effective, so my personal choice is to never get one. You can make a different choice than me and that is fine. My hope is that you can make an educated one that is not based on fear.
Building a strong immune system will always protect us best and without any risks.
Look out for my next post about how I treat a baby or toddler during sickness.