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Are You Debating Whether or Not You Should Get Your Flu Shot This Winter?


Well, it’s not even a thought for me as I would never think about getting a flu shot.  In fact, research at the University of Minnesota has suggested that the flu shot is practically useless for anyone over 65.  And just think, the most important flu prevention mechanism is already within our body function.  That flu mechanism that can help us prevent the onslaught of the flu is called the immune system.  My gosh, what did we ever do before they developed all these various flu shots?  Well, we probably came down with the flu, and that was good because the body will remember that strain of flu and build a strong resistance to the flu in the future.  But as we take more drugs and more shots, the body no longer builds a strong resistance against disease and becomes dependent on drugs.  This year the flu shot was already developed months ago, long before anyone could tell what strain of flu we would encounter.  I think all the flu shots are a bunch of bologna with a side order of poppycock.  Now that’s my personal view.  If you think you should have a flu shot, you should seek the advice of your physician.    There are a number of things we can do to maintain a healthy environment to prevent the flu this winter.  From the research of Dr. Michael Holick and Dr. Hector DeLuca at the University of Wisconsin, they found that sufficient daily sources of vitamin D3 could prevent 90% of influenza.  To determine your vitamin D3 level, you can ask your physician for a test.  Most doctors that I have talked to would like to see vitamin D levels at least over 50 nanograms per milliliter and others would like it as high as 80 nanograms.  Dr. John Cannell, at The Vitamin D Council in Omaha Nebraska, highly recommends 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily to maintain a healthy immune system.  Considering that winter provides us with very little opportunity to maintain a healthy vitamin D3 level from sun exposure, some scientists believe that is why flu is so common in the winter months.

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