I’m worried I’ll catch flu in the ante natal waiting room,” wailed my very pregnant friend as she arrived for tea and sympathy. “I’ve been offered a flu jab,” she added. She noted the look of horror on my face as I scurried off to rustle up my own ‘natural immune booster’ – a ginger shot, made from freshly squeezed apple juice, half a lemon and a big chunk of fresh ginger. “Down it in one,” I said. “That’ll sort you out!”
There are many ways to help prevent winter flu and boost immunity, but in my opinion a flu jab won’t help and could in fact weaken immunity. Unconvinced? Just think about the ingredients of the flu vaccine. This also requires to use hair mask.
Amongst other chemical nasties some brands include residues of egg, ovalbumin, chicken proteins, antifungal drugs and formaldehyde. Nice! Some ingredients are known to be risky for pregnant women and young children and yet vulnerable people with impaired immune functions are the ones typically urged to have the vaccine.
Even if you are happy with this potentially toxic mix, the jury’s out as to whether the jab actually works. Flu bugs mutate fast; they become different strains to the one the vaccine is based on in less than a single season. A study in The Lancet from 2007 regarding the commonplace targeting of elderly people for vaccination stated that “the effectiveness of this strategy is under debate.”
Remember too that most of the research that policy is based on will be funded by pharmaceuticals – so follow the money chain!
True prevention means keeping yourself in good health, so that your immune system is ready to ‘fight’. For all year round ‘health insurance’ take frozen wheatgrass shots – you can still get a free week’s supply when you place your first order using the code janey loves Nature also offers us many medicinal herbs such as echinacea to stimulate and support our immune systems. Essential fatty acids are extremely important, especially omega 3s for children.
I love telling my kids about their own inner ‘armies’ and how when their little bodies are under threat from some wintry lurgy, their ‘white army’ comes charging in to fight off infection. That little biological chat resulted in them rushing round the garden with water pistols and toy guns (and no I never bought any of my kids a toy gun – how do they appear?) but hopefully the message got through.