I just saw one of our local pharmacies offering flu shots for $5! Wouldn't it be great if we could just go down there and for only $5 make sure we didn't get the flu? Of course, it would be great. But there's only one hitch to the plan. The shots don't work. They have to be one of the biggest health scams ever invented.
Recently, I just uncovered one more study that shows how futile it is to rely on flu shots. And after I tell you about the ridiculous results of that study, I'll tell you about a better way to spend your money.
The study looked at two groups of people who were matched for age and sex. The researchers gave one group of 38 men and women the flu shot. Of that group, 21 ended up with the flu. Eight cases were severe and 13 were minor. Another group of 34 men and women did not get any flu prevention. In that group, 20 got the flu. There were eight cases of severe flu and 12 minor cases. The results clearly show that the flu vaccine had absolutely no effect at all. But don't go away yet.
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In fact, the flu shot did have an effect. When the researchers looked at the number of days the flu kept the people sick, they found something very interesting. The not-so-lucky ones who got the flu shot were sick with the flu for twice as long as the un-punctured folks. And all readers should know that even though the groups were small, the results were so dramatic that they were all statistically significant. So how are you going to spend your five dollars?
Let me suggest that instead of dropping by the pharmacy, you go to your health food store and get three things: vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Start taking 10,000 units of vitamin A and 5,000 units of vitamin D a day through the flu season. This combination will decrease your chances of getting the flu much more than any flu shot will. But, of course, it's no guarantee. So you need a backup plan.
Order some Colostrum-LD from Advanced Bionutritionals. Colostrum is a potent immune stimulant. At the first sign of a cold or flu, start taking four colostrum pills per day. And, of course, take 1,000 mg of vitamin C, four times a day. This combination will cut your illness in half. And it will also ensure that your condition never becomes severe.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Belcaro G, Cesarone MR, Cornelli U, et al. Prevention of flu episodes with colostrum and Bifivir compared with vaccination: an epidemiological, registry study. Panminerva Med. 2010 Dec;52(4):269-75.