Should I get the Flu Shot?

***Disclaimer – This post is strictly based upon my opinion and consultation of my own health provider, I recommend you make the best choice for you and your family based upon your own due diligence and research on this topic.***


One of the goals I made in starting this blog back in April, was to uncover and unveil information that isn’t readily available for public consumption on true health, nutrition and wellbeing. I want this blog to help you break free from the “conventional” wisdom that the food industry, government agencies, pharmaceutical and medical community try to push because of greed or corruption that is ultimately harmful to you and your family. I want you to walk away questioning what you put in your body – food or medicine. I want you to learn from my mistakes and adopt the positive discoveries I’ve made. I want you to feel as good as I do. But most importantly I want to give you the information you need to make real informed decisions about your health.

This is why it is extremely important to understand the Flu Shot – I want you to think about what you are directly injecting into your bloodstream. Before you consider jumping off the ledge with other lemmings and taking this years Flu Shot – Here are the questions I think you should ask yourself…

What’s exactly in the Flu Shot? To sum it up – A bunch of toxic chemicals and additives that lead to several types of Cancers and Alzheimer disease over time.

Here’s a list of what could be lurking in that vial of vaccine:

  • Egg Products (including avian contaminant viruses)
  • Aluminum
  • Thimersol (Mercury)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Chick Embryo Cells
  • Latex
  • Formaldehyde
  • Gelatin
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Triton X100 (strong detergent)
  • Sucrose (table sugar)
  • Resin
  • Gentamycin

I won’t eat any of these ingredients or even put them on my body – however, the mainstream medical community, government agencies and pharmaceutical companies suggest that I directly inject these ingredients into my bloodstream? And I need do it every year until I die?  Are you freaking kidding me? Long term effects of the combination of these toxic additives are very alarming – a very famous immunologist & geneticist has completed studies and research that shows in that every five flu shots a person receives over a ten year period they increase their risk of Alzheimer Disease by ten times! This is because of the ingredients above – Aluminum and Mercury – they slowly destroy your brain cells one by one.

Does the Flu Shot really protect me against the Flu? No, the CDC even admits it doesn’t protect you because the virus mutates every year and they can’t predict which strains will hit. Even when they do get the strain right, they can’t prove it actually works. Just do a google search for the effectiveness of the flu shot and just see how many studies prove it is ultimately unreliable and ineffective. In a couple of studies I read, The flu shot was compared to a placebo – The same number of people caught the flu regardless if they took the shot or not!

Why do I have to get a Flu Shot every year?  Aren’t vaccines suppose to immunize you for life? They have to continuously give you a flu shot, because it is not a real vaccine. Let’s say for instance, you get a vaccine for another virus like Hepatitis A or B – you are immunized for life. Why isn’t this the case with the flu vaccine? Because the scientists have not developed a real vaccine for the flu and are continuously guessing on how to come up with a new chemical formula that could be effective.

Research has shown that it takes close to a full year to develop an effective vaccine against a virus – however, in developing the flu shot – scientists spend less than 4 months producing it so they can get it out for production before flu season starts. They don’t have time to thoroughly test it or judge it’s reactions in the human body. They take a chance on the symptoms it causes and that it might work – are you willing to take this chance too?

What kind of strain are they going to use this year for the Flu Shot? It’s the same one as last year. Really? But then why do I need to get another shot if I got one last year? This is the way the pharmaceutical companies continue to make money off of you – The CDC says it “wears off.” And this brings me back to my previous point – if the flu vaccine were truly a vaccine – it wouldn’t wear off. Think about it – Once you get chicken pox as a child, your body develops antibodies to strengthen your immune system from ever getting chicken pox again. This is how vaccines are suppose to work. But the flu shot doesn’t work this way…There is something wrong with this picture…

Why is there so much pressure to get the Flu Shot year after year?  Why does every drug store have a sign up promoting the shot? Why are shots available at work? And at school? Why is their so much propaganda each year around this time? There is only one answer – Money. The making, distributing, and administering of the flu shot is a 7 Billion Dollar Industry. Each year the pharmaceutical industry eyes glow with $ signs when it’s time to make more as the American public become the guinea pigs again to try it out.

Why are Flu Shots recommended for children, women who are pregnant and the elderly?  Because that group of individuals typically have weaker immune systems and if they catch the flu and don’t treat it in time it can lead to other complications like pneumonia. However, why would you give a group with already weakened immune systems something that weakens their immune system systemically further?

The flu shot causes all sorts of side effects and symptoms like Muscle pain, respiratory tract infections, eye problems, abnormal blood pressure, asthma, hives, and gastrointestinal problems that could also lead to other complications.  This is why the vaccine isn’t effective in the first place, because administering a drug that weakens the immune systems makes people even more susceptible to the flu! This is another reason I believe why some studies I read proved that the flu shot was not effective in treating the elderly.

Why have some countries banned the Flu Shots in the past?  Because it caused all sorts of terrible and sometimes deadly reactions in their children and other citizens. Australia banned the flu shot for all children under 5 last year when 250 children were hospitalized and one died after receiving the vaccine. Finland and Sweden also banned the shots and opened up an investigation last year. Don’t you wonder why this didn’t make major news here in the United States?

Can I immunize myself naturally from the Flu?  Yes! You can build lifetime antibodies against the infection. Just Skip the vaccine, boost your vitamin D intake, and encounter the flu naturally. If you encounter the flu – rest, take care of yourself, understand that your body needs a break and focus on getting better – This type of immunizing yourself works amazingly better than relying on an artificial injection that has been proven ineffective. You’ll have these new antibodies for life that will ultimately protect you from similar strains of the virus better than any yearly shot could ever provide.

What ongoing things should I be doing and getting from my diet to keep my Immune System healthy and to prevent getting the Flu? Exercise daily, Take Probiotics, Get Vitamin A from beta carotene, Vitamin C, B6, B12, Garlic, Zinc and plenty of Vitamin D. Building up your immune system can help your body fight off the flu virus before you experience symptoms and lessen the time you take to recover from the flu.

Is Food Babe planning to take the Flu Shot? Given all the answers I have learned above – No, I’m not taking the Flu Shot. Ever.

Wishing you the best health life can offer and all the sunshine in my heart….

Love,

Food Babe

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673 Responses to “Should I get the Flu Shot?”

  1. Kaimi Harlow

    Yet as a nurse for 18 years, I have given possibly thousands of flu shots. The majority of people want the vaccine for themselves and their children, especially if they have had or have seen someone with real influenza (not a common respiratory or GI bug commonly mistaken for flu). A few bothersome temporary side effects? Every once in a while, but usually none. Adverse effects? Have not seen any. Ever. Deaths of people who refused flu shots? Yes. In just the last few years, two young healthy fathers at the small pediatric office I have been at for five years, have died from the flu, leaving their wives and young children behind. We have seen hospitalization from the flu, but never from the vaccine. I appreciate this blog, I just humbly disagree with this advice. I know there is so much misinformation, it is easy to get freaked out by it. Talk to your doctor. Not trying to put anyone down, Food Babe writes some good stuff, she was diligent and prudent to include a disclaimer, and is stinkin’ cute, in a loving sisterly way. Keep writing!

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    • Megan (to Kaimi Harlow)

      A neighbor with 5 children, had a severe reaction to the Flu vaccine. It attacked the epithelial tissue all over her body-inside and out. She became blind and lost all of her hair. Her oldest daughter had to come home from college to care for her and the family. She is permanently disfigured. I will never get the Flu vaccine. When I was growing up, it was expected that you would get the flu now and then. Why is it such a big deal now?

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      • Erika (to Megan)

        “In the United States, each year on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.” -CDC stats

        So 200,000 people hospitalized every year and you think that is fine and dandy? When you were growing up, it was expected that some people would get polio too, so lets not just base opinions on what used to make people sick.

    • Sylvia Gibson (to Kaimi Harlow)

      As a retired RN, I have seen adverse reactions to the flu vaccine, in the hospital and in the case of a dear friend who at the age of 53 requires braces to walk and can no longer drive. I guess she was that 1-2 in a million (per the cdc) who end up with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Not everyone recovers fully after Guillain-Barré syndrome. I’ve also given numerous vaccines, one of my last patients, with COPD, told me they get the flu shot every year, and every year they get the flu.

      Have they changed the package inserts? They use to say the vaccines were NOT tested on pregnant women and that makes them guinea pigs for the drug companies.

      When my husband was active duty in the army, it was mandatory they get the yearly flu shot. About 2-3 weeks after getting the shot he would become sick with the flu for about 2 solid weeks, this occurred each time he got the flu vaccine. After retiring, he never got another one and was not sick again.

      I’ve never had the flu vaccine and had the flu once in my life, in the late 60s. I have worked with some very sick people and not become ill.

      If you wish to inject those toxins in your body, that is your choice.

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  2. I Spell

    Hi
    I’m trying to keep an open mind as I read your opinion column. What I fear is that despite your disclaimer, people reading this might think you have inside medical information. Some secret line as to the motivations of healthcare objectives. You do not site empirical studies. You mention something can be googled but everything can be googled. There’s no Internet regulation for truth and accuracy. While I applaud your passion for living the purest and least tampered form of life you can, be aware that this platform and your voice – one tainted within air of expertise – had responsibilities to be ethical. To be accurate. To think more critically and less critical. It sounds more like fear mongering at times than fact presenting. Be careful about that…it may hurt someone when your intention was to help but your training and knowledge and credentials …or lack thereof…does not afford you that voice.

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    • Angie Johnson (to I Spell)

      I think in the past we could trust that our government was providing safe vaccines. Unfortunately, the times have changed-and in case anyone hasn’t noticed; this government no longer has our best interest in mind. They have been bought out by big Pharma and other corporations-it’s called Fascism- it is real and it is happening. Look at your next tax return and you will see. It is up to us-the consumer to weigh the lesser of two evils to take a dangerous vaccine or to risk getting sick from not taking the vaccine. Look at the rise of ADHD and Autism. It is obvious to anyone with common sense that it parallels the increase in mandatory vaccines. Therefore, people like Foodbabe are simply letting us know that the danger or getting the vaccine may outweigh the danger of not getting it. It is sad and it is scary, but she is probably right. The government is not going to admit this-do they admit to anything these days? It is time to stop looking to big government to protect us-learn who your true enemies are. Just because someone has typical “credentials” doesn’t mean they are right. In fact I’m to the point I almost want to run away from anything FDA approved. The FDA approved FenPhen, anyone remember that fatal disaster? We should all applaud women like Foodbabe-she is trying to help us. Look at her, she looks great, all I know is I want to do what she is doing!!!!

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  3. Jake

    I agree that source material citations would be good and add to the credibility of the article. Unfortunately people are lazy and want everything served on a silver platter and will look for any reason to discredit something they dont agree with or dont want to change. This is human nature.

    I would like to add that even if copius documentation was provided its highly unlikely that most people would read it or if read would change their minds. Also most real studies are not publicly released and cost in some cases obscene amounts of money for nothing but a link to a protected online page. In my opinion the way scholarly, professionally researched and peer reviewed studies are conducted and dessiminated only contributes to the stratification of society into its already observable groups of the intelligencia and the ignorant.

    Vaccination is one of those emotionally charged issues that is almost impossible to have a rational discussion about. Everyone knows someone who either died or is crippled either by getting or not getting a shot. This kind of continuous subjective experience combined with the general intellectual malaise and difficulty in obtaining research without obvious funding bias built in means that finding the truth or even discussing the issue is bound to go nowhere. This is why articles like this are better viewed as a springboard for each individuals personal truth or fact finding mission rather than a neat little gift wrapped package of info that requires nothing more than reading it.

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  4. Tara Simon

    After perusing your Facebook page at length, and especially after reading this post, I’ve decided to unsubscribe from all things “Food Babe.” Disclaimer notwithstanding, you must realize that your posts have influence over people’s decisions. And while I admire your efforts to improve our eating habits, and food suppliers in general, this post is riddled with so much misinformation that I don’t even know where to begin. (But I will try my best anyway.)

    Vaccines, by definition, are not meant to be lifelong. They are meant to improve your body’s immune response to a virus. Some vaccines are able to provide long-term immunity because the virus itself has not mutated beyond its original form. The influenza virus is not one of these. It is able to mutate quickly; hence the need to continually create new vaccines.

    The ingredients listed are either not present in flu vaccines at all, or are present in such small amounts that one yearly vaccine would not contain toxic or harmful amounts of any of the above. (Even if given yearly. These ingredients do not “build up” in the body over time, as suggested.)

    The flu vaccine is not given purely to make money. It is given because many people die from flu-related complications each year. It is a public health issue that the CDC is doing its level best to address, albeit with an admittedly imperfect solution. No vaccine is going to guarantee one hundred percent immunity.

    But if you don’t believe me, do your own research, as I have. There are plenty of unbiased, peer reviewed studies out there, readily available to the general public.

    So thanks but no thanks, Food Babe. (I didn’t need to win the juicer giveaway that badly, anyway.)

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  5. Sarah

    Wow! I was just about to subscribe to posts from Food Babe until I saw this. I don’t think I can trust completely that thorough, responsible research has been done in the other posts if something this irresponsible and careless has been written about the flu shot. Such a shame!!

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  6. Tree

    http://www.redwineandapplesauce.com/2013/10/28/setting-the-record-straight-dubunking-all-the-flu-vaccine-myths/

    The above post is rather lengthy, but it addresses every possible section of interest related to flu vaccines, and every section contains multiple links to hard data and other resources. I find it telling how distinctly different the approaches are between these two women, with Food Babe engaged in honest inquiry and posting mostly about how she feels about the issue when informed by other bloggers, while Red Wine and Applesauce approaches the issue from a more research-study approach, regardless of how she feels about the data.

    It may be a lot of reading, but I suspect people are reading to be informed in the first place, and wouldn’t skip the meatiest information. Cheers!

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    • Shelby (to Tree)

      Thank you for linking this article…I found it very informative and the author cited her sources so that I could read even more information about the myths and make an educated decision instead of one based on an opinion.

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  7. Ron

    I haven’t had a flu shot since the 70′s when the Swine flu fiasco happened. I got the shot and clouldn’t get off the couch for three days, was in a delerious state of dizziness and halucinations. It was the sickest I have ever been in my entire life. People actually lost the use of their legs and became crippled for life from that vaccine. Flu shots are just a money grab from pharmaceutical corporations and our politicians and health care providers should quit dealing their drugs like bad Heroin.

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    • Erika (to Ron)

      Your anecdote does not constitute evidence.

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      • Ron (to Erika)

        It is evidence enough for me! Polio vaccine saved millions, great vaccine but we live in a different world today and EVERY product that is offered to the public has to be subjected to a lot more scrutiny than in the past.

  8. Pamela

    This is a hot topic. It is a shame that many people don’t understand the concept of “Make your own informed choice” and think that the world must go along with the opinion of the masses. If you want to have the vaccine, go for it. Not for me, for personal anecdotal evidence of vaccines in my entire family. For example, everyone I know who got the vaccine in the past six years, also got the flu. None of my immediate family has ever had a flu shot and, oddly enough, never gotten the flu, even when exposed to the extended family members who had the flu shot and got the flu (usually about a week later). If it doesn’t work for any members of the family who had it, what is the point? You have to use your own brain and your own experience. Everyone is not the same, so the flu shot is not necessarily for everyone.

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  9. Spiegelreflexkamera

    Sollte ich lieber eine Olympus Kamera kaufen, oder keine Marken Kamera?

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  10. Emily

    It would be great if you could cite the studies and doctors you mention so we can look at their words and studies ourselves.

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  11. Dulce

    I am agree with you THanks God for your awesome blog I am very glad exist people like you that do research about this interesting topics and share with people who really cares about the things that consume.

    Reply

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