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Should We Get Vaccinated, or What?

written by Head Health Nutter October 27, 2009

There’s a new virus on the block and it’s raising hell. Pharmaceutical companies mass produce vaccinations. Doctors and government agencies recommend them. (Some government bodies insist!) We’re in the middle of a pandemic and it’s flu season!

No wonder people are getting vaccinated.

In this month’s issue of Vitality magazine, Dr. Zoltan Rona, M.D., M.Sc., Complementary Medicine practitioner in Toronto, writes an enlightening article that dispels the media hype about the seriousness of H1N1, provides natural solutions to vaccinations and tells us why he doesn’t recommend them.

If you have time, please read, “Vaccination Controversy“.

Why do some docs say, “Stay away from vaccines”?

Here are some of the highlights from Dr. Rona’s article:

  • Limited clinical testing before releasing it to the public in order to get on top of the situation.
  • No more effective than a placebo. Some reliable studies have called into question the necessity of vaccinations.
  • Toxic ingredients. Many vaccinations carry `fillers’ that have been linked to cancer, autoimmune, brain damage and several neuro-degenerative diseases. Among the chemical cocktail: formaldehyde, thimerosal (a preservative and derivative of mercury), aluminum and mercury.

Who should get vaccinated?

Most doctors seem to agree that certain people are at risk for complications steaming from the flu and H1N1: pregnant women; caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months; children 6 months to 5 years of age; health care providers; people over the age of 65; and people ages 25 to 64 with existing health problems.

Odd contradictions

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) does not recommend that pregnant women, very young children and people with compromised immune systems receive the nasal vaccine (which contains the live virus).

Isn’t it interesting that the people who are most at risk for the flu are recommended to stay away from the vaccinations (at least the live version)? And why should we get vaccinated again?

Natural solutions to vaccinations

Many consider the flu as an inevitable fact of winter, but this is not necessarily the case. Although our lifestyles may not always allow it, the best way to prevent this viral illness is to keep our health at its optimum. This can be done by getting enough rest, limiting stress and by eating a nutritious diet.

Dr. Zoltan Rona, Vaccination Controversy, Vitality magazine, October 2009.

Dr. Rona also stresses the importance of nutritional supplementation and outlines some hard evidence for its effectiveness in boosting the immune system. Here are the highlights:

  • vitamin A
  • beta carotene (provitamin A)
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin D (antibiotic properties may be more effective than vaccinations!)
  • vitamin B6
  • zinc

Flu extras you might be interested in

Again, the article is well-worth the read but if for those who want just the nuts and bolts, Dr. Rona also shares with us:

  1. Vaccine exemption in Canada. If anyone tries a fast one and says you HAVE to get vaccinated, just print, fill out and get this form notarized. It’s your choice and this affidavit will protect you.
  2. More flu information: credible resources like the National Vaccine Information Center and vaccination is not immunization.

What do you consider acceptable risks?

What are your thoughts on vaccination for the flu and H1N1?

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Head Health Nutter October 28, 2009 at 11:27 am

Just opened my email and there was a relevant, and very timely, newsletter to this post. It was titled, “H1N1” and sent from Pamela Frank, Naturopathic Doctor, Forces of Nature (http://www.forcesofnature.ca/):

Dear Stephanie,

It’s been a frightening day what with the recent death of a young Etobicoke boy. I’ve been inundated with questions about whether to get the vaccine or not. I wish I had a crystal ball and could provide definitive answers, I’m afraid I don’t. Given that it’s a brand new vaccine, we don’t know much about side effects or efficacy, we do know that it contains mercury.

What I would recommend is being vigilant, if you suspect your child may have H1N1, proceed to the nearest emergency room ASAP and push for appropriate testing and treatment. Be suspicious if you or your child have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, including 2009 H1N1 and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

For naturopathic flu prevention and treatment my colleague Dr. Daniel Chong has written some excellent, very well researched blog posts, so rather than re-invent the wheel I’ll refer you to him. One thing I will point out from his articles is that echinacea is NOT appropriate for treating H1N1. Please read what Dr. Chong has to say:


I think the scariest part is not knowing what to do. By educating yourself and those around you on how to stay healthy, I hope to empower you and alleviate some of the fear and anxiety.

Yours in health,

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman October 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Thanks so much for posting this Stephanie. It seems overwhelming to hear about this virus all over the news and appreciate some hard facts you have written about. I plan on focusing on boosting my immune system as best as I can!


Head Health Nutter October 31, 2009 at 7:05 pm

You’re most welcome, Emmanuel! My intention was to dispel the fear caused by media hype and inform people so they can make educated decisions concerning vaccinations.

The upside of this scare is that it may bring awareness to the public about the real benefits of healthy living! 🙂


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