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Flu Shots: They Don't Work

Instead of a flu shot, increase Vitamin D to 2000 IU/day, Vitamin C to 1000 mg/day. Vitamin C from food sources not ascorbic acid pills.

The vaccination of "every man, woman and child" has been in the planning for at least the last several years. The current concept, originated by former Health and Human Services Secretary, Tommy Thompson, (1) is being advanced by his successor, Mike Leavitt.(2) Of course, Thompson envisioned mass vaccination using the smallpox vaccine. But times have changed, and the flu shot combined with threats of a bird flu pandemic now appear to be the instrument of choice for those pursuing the universal vaccination agenda.

The fact that the flu shots are ineffective in every age group hardly seems to matter to those who continually promote their use. Multiple studies published in highly reputable publications have documented that flu shots are ineffective in all ages. For example, The Cochrane Collaboration produced a series of articles in 2005 reviewing the published literature to determine the effectiveness of the flu shot. Nothing substantiating its usefulness was found.

In a review of 51 studies involving more than 260,000 children, including 17 papers translated from Russian, researchers concluded that there was "No evidence that injecting children 6-23 months of age with flu vaccines is any more effective than placebo."(3)

For healthy adults, the results were similar. A total of 25 studies were reviewed that included more than 60,000 study participants. Again, The Cochrane Group found that vaccination reduced risk of influenza by a meager 6% and reduced the number of days missed from work by less than one (0.16) day. Researchers concluded,"Universal immunization of healthy adults was not supported by the results of this review."(4)

For the elderly population, the prime target group for flu shots, The Cochrane Group reviewed 64 studies and chided that, "The runaway 100% effectiveness touted by proponents [of the flu shot] for the elderly was nowhere to be seen. What you see is that marketing rules the response to influenza, and scientific evidence comes fourth or fifth." (5)

With this much evidence that flu shots are ineffective, why would anyone proceed to inject three viruses and a load of toxic chemicals into their body in an attempt to avoid the flu when Vitamin C, homeopathics and hand washing will no doubt be more effective?
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(1) Cidrap News. "US pledges smallpox vaccine for world stockpile". December 4, 2004.
(2) Department of Health and Human Services FY 2007 Budget announcement. February 6, 2006.
(3) The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. "Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children." 1-(2006).
(4) The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. "Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults.". 1-(2006)
The latest theory: Vitamin D and Influenza
 

In 1981, a British general practitioner named R. Edgar Hope-Simpson published the first paper documenting a link between influenza epidemics in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice. The solstice - which arrives on ..his year - is commonly identified with the start of winter and is the shortest day of the year. Hope-Simpson, who had no formal training in epidemiology, realized that influenza infections tended to jump just before and after the solstice. Solar radiation, he surmised, triggered some sort of "seasonal stimulus" that affected the flu virus, its human host or both.

Although he had no idea what that seasonal stimulus was, Hope-Simpson believed that solving the mystery "would provide the key to understanding most of the influenza problems confronting us."

"His work was basically ignored," says Dr. John Cannell, a psychiatrist at the Atascadero State Hospital in California.

In their forthcoming paper in Epidemiology and Infection, Cannell and colleagues from Harvard University, the National Institutes of Health and Boston University propose that Hope-Simpson's seasonal stimulus could be vitamin D. The tip-off, says Cannell, came in April 2005, when an outbreak of influenza swept through Atascadero, a maximum-security facility for the criminally insane 200 miles south of San Francisco. "The ward below me got it, then the ward to my right, to my left and the one across the hall," he recalls. Cannell's 32 patients, however, were spared. As far as he could tell, there was only one glaring difference between his patients and those who came down with flu: Cannell's patients were taking high daily doses of vitamin D.

Manufactured by the skin in response to solar ultraviolet B radiation (UVB), vitamin D is the only vitamin made naturally in the body. On sunny days, a fair-skinned person can crank out the equivalent of 20,000 international units (IU) of the vitamin in 15 minutes. One cup of fortified milk, by contrast, contains fewer than 100 IU.

But vitamin D production plummets during winter because people spend less time outdoors and because UVB radiation has a harder time penetrating the atmosphere in that season, especially at middle to high latitudes. As a result, health experts in recent years have warned that many Americans may not be getting as much vitamin D as they need. One ominous sign: a recent resurgence in cases of rickets, a bone disorder caused by a lack of the vitamin.

In their new paper, which draws together strands from more than seven decades of vitamin and flu research, Cannell and his colleagues argue that vitamin D stimulates production of a natural infection-fighting substance in the body called cathelicidin. Although cathelicidin has yet to be studied directly on influenza, recent research has shown that it attacks a variety of fungi, viruses, and bacteria - including the bug that causes tuberculosis, researchers reported last March in Science.

There's also indirect evidence of the sun's role in seasonal flu, Cannell and his colleagues argue. In the late 1970s, Soviet scientists inoculated nearly 835 young men in St. Petersburg with a weakened form of the influenza virus during different seasons of the year. The men, they discovered, were eight times more likely to develop fever and other signs of flu infection in winter than in summer. Repeating the experiment in another city yielded similar results.