Flu Shots and Antibiotics
Their merits and shortcomings
As we go into the fall and winter we also begin the “flu season”. Drug stores and even big box stores and supermarkets advertise “free Flu shots”. Everyone is encouraged to get theirs now but particularly those who are at risk, aged or very young are encouraged to receive the vaccination.
What are the merits of receiving a flu shot? Or even a better question might be, are there benefits to receiving the shot? Like any vaccination against any disease the vaccine itself causes you to get a mild case of the “flu”. The vaccine varies each season. The exact “flus” you are being vaccinated against determined as to what strains of the flu that are anticipated to be a threat for the upcoming season. The shot will make you ill to some extent, ranging from mild to fatal symptoms. The annual vaccine does not protect you from every strain of flu that might occur over the next several months. The vaccine may have an advantage for a few, but it also carries no guarantee that you will not get the flu and may have high risks.
The best prevention is always a natural method. Stay well rested. Drink plenty of water. If you experience a high-stress event in your life which might lower your resistance increase your vitamin and mineral intake, the amount of water you drink and your vitamin C and D intake. We also have found two natural products that are very effective. They are both from Shaklee. One is NutriFeron- a well-tested, immune booster that helps you ward off the common cold, influenzas and viral infections. This is Shaklee’s description: “A Shaklee exclusive, NutriFeron is a patented, clinically proven blend of immune-strengthening plant extracts. When used daily, it increases the production of your body’s natural interferon, a critical activator of the immune system. NutriFeron works at the cellular level, by rapidly activating your immune system’s defenses* https://member.myshaklee.com/us/en/shop/healthysolutions/immunity/product-_p_nutriferon_p_
Like all Shaklee products, you will note that it is clinically tested. You can check out the testing results online if you wish. Our personal experience and that of our clients has been that it is far more effective than any preventative shot because it builds your own body’s defenses. It is not protecting you from a few flu strains. It is protecting you against all flu strains as well as other health challenges
A second product that really works if you should happen to feel the symptoms of something dragging you down is a product called Defend and Resist Complex. This product is great to use “at the first tickle”. https://member.myshaklee.com/us/en/shop/healthysolutions/immunity/product-_p_defend-_amp_-resist-complexp
Just recently everyone at my workplace has had a cold type flu that has lasted them up to 3 weeks- sometimes longer – with antibiotics. It turns into a deep chest cold with a horrible cough and the risk of pneumonia. I experienced a very stressful week 2 weeks ago and felt my system crash. I got their “flu” but in under one week, I was back to 100%! A sore throat hit me one day. I ignored it. Then my sinuses started pounding and I felt exhausted. I hit the Defend and Resist and took a day off from work on day 3. By day 4 I was pretty much back to normal and by day 6 I was 100% again. Three co-workers continue to struggle with bad days and good days after one month!!!
Off course I used a diffuser with a mix of Essential Oils as well each evening to help clear my sinuses and relieve the pressure. A small cotton ball with a few drops of the mixture is great for clearing your sinuses when you are away from home. I used a Eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint combo. You can also add a drop or two of lemon or grapefruit. Adding a few drops of each to a roller bottle with some coconut or olive oil and rolling it over your stuffy sinus area if you do not have a diffuser is also very effective. (The combination of roller bottle and Defend and Resist when traveling on public transportation such as flying, is very effective in keeping you healthy while you travel.)
Do you have tickles when you speak or if you speak for an extended period of time? Rather than popping cough drops try chewing strong mint gum. It helps the production of saliva which helps keep your throat moist and from feeling tight and dry plus the peppermint (or spearmint) will help clear your sinuses. The gum is better for you that the cough drop. A cup of warm, strong mint tea is also soothing and effective once you have finish speaking or before bed while breathing your diffuser emissions.
Remember if you take an antibiotic you must always use a probiotic! Have you ever wondered why you pick up one ailment after the other particularly after using an antibiotic? Anti-biotics kill off the good bacteria in your intestinal tract. That good bacteria is your immune system and helps you fight off colds, flus, and infections as well as more serious diseases. Using anti-biotics will destroy your immune system. Use them sparingly and always pair them with a probiotic. Once you have completed your cycle of anti-biotics it doesn’t hurt to double up on your probiotics. Do not ever depend on the small amount of probiotics in some of the highly advertised, over processed yogurts to do the trick. You need strong, active, live probiotics to get and keep your immune system in your intestinal tract healthy again.
Have a healthy winter and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.