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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Cleaner Greener Flu Shot

Short of Middle East politics and immigration reform, few issues generate as much social friction and self-righteous rancor as childhood immunization policy

So now, more on flu vaccines :)

On the October 22nd blog I wondered aloud if the flu shot is the best option to prevent the flu.  Needless to say, I have not been impressed by the flu shot in the past.  Long have I wondered why they don’t make vaccines without all the crappy toxins in them.

That has changed now.  Introducing Flublok.  While conventional flu shots have many toxins (mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, antibiotics, Polysorbate 80, MSG, egg protein) Flublok has none of these additives and is made using 3 times the amount of actual antigen (flu DNA that makes you immune to the flu)Flublok also does not require incubation in chicken eggs which greatly reduces the eco-footprint of the manufacturing process and eliminates the risk of bacterial contamination or egg allergen exposure.

The makers of Flublok state that it is completely free of heavy metals, formaldehyde, latex, antibiotics, gluten and egg residues.  And since it does not require use of actual live flu viruses, it is free of attenuated viral particles, unlike other flu shots.

This is as clean and green as a flu shot can get and is the way that I’d love to see all vaccines be made. Not gonna get into the nitty gritty of how conventional flu shots are made in this blog, but let’s just say that it involves (along with mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, antibiotics) 3 eggs for each flu shot, bacteria, and flu-like-syndrome causing endotoxins.

Manon Cox, PhD, CEO of Protein Sciences who makes Flublok, believes her company has obviated most if not all concerns people have about vaccines - concerns that have been loudly emphasized by vaccine critics and unduly dismissed by equally vociferous vaccine advocates.

Watch a short simple 1 minute Flublok video here.  Or learn more about Flublok from their website here.

Flublok first became available late in 2014 and is approved for people aged 18 and older.

I am excited!  This kind of vaccine should have been made available to the public in the 1990’s or even 1980’s.  The technology was there, but the economic incentives were not made available by those that control such things.  Oh well.  At least it’s now finally available in the annual flu shot.

As of December 2015, Target Pharmacy is the only place you can get Flublok in the Los Angeles area.

Now, does all this mean Flublok is actually totally safe?  Frankly, it hasn’t been around long enough to know.  I wish I knew.  But, what I can say is that it certainly cleaner and greener and it seems like a much better option than all the other conventional flu shots.

Of course, lifestyle modifications are still the best way to avoid illness.  These beneficial lifestyle modifications include plenty of sleep, de-stressing, and healthy foods.  Well-balanced Vitamin D, zinc, glutathione, curcumin and Vitamin C are great to also help keep illness at bay.

If you do end up with the flu despite employing the above mentioned tactics, along with many herbal options, one can always come into the office for a Nutritional IV.

And as mentioned in my October post… If you do decide to get the Flublok vaccine, then there are some homeopathic remedies that one can take to mitigate potential side effects. (These are available in the office if you can’t find them at your local health food store.)

  • Thuja 5 pellets under tongue twice daily x 7 days after EVERY vaccination.
  • Influenzinum 5 pellets under tongue twice daily x 3 days for after flu vaccination.
  • Gelsemium 5 pellets under tongue twice daily x 3 days for after flu vaccination.

If you decide to get any other flu vaccine besides the Flublok, then I would also recommend:
  • Alumina 5 pellets under tongue three times daily x 7 days after EVERY vaccination with aluminum in them (if not sure, then take as precaution).

Once again, the decision to receive vaccinations of any kind is highly individualized. My goal, as always, is to empower you with the knowledge to make the best and most informed decision you can for yourself and your health.

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  1. Good info. I don't get flu shots, but I appreciate having this info just in case.
    Re: homeopathics - I've been seeing them blasted in US and European media as total quackery. You know how virulent that kind of talk can be these days. The attacks seem politicized, as though someone might write a bill against them. I would hate to see that happen.

  2. Thank you for sharing that information. I use to get flu shots faithfully when I was younger. Now that I am older I get very picky when it comes to shots because of what they put into them. This new flu shot sounds amazing. I am going to watch the video you posted and look into this new flu shot.