The government is ratcheting up its efforts to convince Americans to get flu shots. "You can't walk into a pharmacy without seeing lines, and the government is now telling preachers to tell their congregations to get flu shots," says Dr. Russell Blaylock, renowned neurosurgeon and editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report. "I've never seen anything like it.
"The incidence of flu across the United States is extremely low — there are virtually no outbreaks — and not a single child has died. Yet, the flu vaccine is being pushed as if it's the greatest health advance ever discovered.
"The vaccine is completely worthless, and the government knows it," says Dr. Blaylock. "There are three reasons the government tells the elderly why they should get flu shots: secondary pneumonia, hospitalization, and death. Yet a study by the Cochrane group studied hundreds of thousands of people and found it offered zero protection for those three things in the general community. It offered people in nursing homes some immunity against the flu — at best one-third — but that was only if they picked the right vaccine.
"The government also says that every baby over the age of six months should have a vaccine, and they know it contains a dose of mercury that is toxic to the brain. They also know the studies have shown that the flu vaccine has zero — zero — effectiveness in children under 5.
"Here's the bottom line: The vast number of people who get the flu vaccine aren't going to get any benefit, but they get all of the risks and complications."
Flu vaccines contain mercury in the form of thimerosal (ethylmercury), a brain toxin, which accumulates in the brain and other organs. "It's incorporated into the brain for a lifetime," says Dr. Blaylock. "After five or 10 years of flu shots, enough mercury accumulates in the brain that every single study agrees is neurotoxic. Mercury is extremely toxic to the brain even in very small concentrations, and there are thousands of studies that prove it.
"The changes that we see in the brain associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are all easily produced by mercury in these doses.
"Epidemiological studies show no harm from vaccines containing mercury, but if you read the studies, you'll find that all of the control subjects had already been given mercury vaccines at some point in their lives. In other words, none of the controls were mercury-free to begin with," he says.
"You don't do studies to find out if something is toxic and give the control subjects the toxin. They know that, and their excuse was that they couldn't find people who hadn't taken mercury vaccines. But that's not true. The Amish don't take vaccines, and many home-schooled children haven't had them.
"The government also refuses to fund studies that use controls who have never been vaccinated. They know what the studies would show."
Mercury is such a strong immune depressant that a flu shot suppresses immunity for several weeks. "This makes people highly susceptible to catching the flu," says Dr. Blaylock. "They may even think the vaccine gave them the flu, but that's not true — it depressed their immune system and then they caught the flu."
Mercury overstimulates the brain for several years, says Dr. Blaylock, and that activation is the cause of Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases.
Flu isn't a big health risk, especially not this year, says Dr. Blaylock, but the single best way of protecting yourself is not through a shot, but through your diet. These five simple tips can help protect you from the flu as well as any other viruses and bacteria this winter:
1. Don't eat large amounts of sugar. "Sugar is an immune-suppressant," says Dr. Blaylock.
2. Avoid omega-6 fats. "These oils, such as corn oil and canola oil, are powerful immune suppressants," says Dr. Blaylock. Don't use canola oil in salad dressings, and don't eat processed foods which are filled with omega-6 fats.
3. Boost your intake of vitamin D3. "Studies show that increased amounts of vitamin D3 dramatically reduce complications and death rate from flu in people of all ages," he says. Elderly people are almost always deficient in vitamin D3. "Most people should be getting a minimum of 2,000 IU a day," says Dr. Blayock, but between 5,000 IU and 10,000 IU is optimal.
4. Add astaxanthin to your daily regime. The body's immune system's becomes less efficient as we age. "Studies show that astaxanthin can restore the immune system to the way it was in your 20s," says Dr. Blaylock.
5. Take beta glucan. "Beta glucan selectively stimulates cellular immunity, which fights viruses," says Dr. Blaylock.
"Taking these steps will help you avoid the flu," says Dr. Blaylock. "And if you do get it, it'll be milder, you'll get over it more quickly, and you'll avoid complications such as pneumonia."
Why the big vaccine push? "It's all about money," he says. "Vaccines are a pharmaceutical company's dream. Pharmaceutical companies have a product that both the government and the media will help them sell, and since vaccines are protected, they can't be sued if anyone has a complication. If hundreds of millions of people get a shot and a million get serious complications, no one can get sued. Vaccines are a pharmaceutical company's dream."