Are You Getting This Critical Information About the Flu And The Flu Vaccine?
- According to the CDC’s own data, the flu vaccine only protects against 16% of the germs (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) causing flu-like symptom. For the week of January 6-12, 2013 the match is only confirmed at about 12.9%. The vaccine may offer 68% protection against the virus in the vaccine. But the flu mutates quickly and as the CDC’s own data indicates, influenza is not all you need to be worried about . . .
- According to a 2012 internationally regarded Cochrane Collaborative review of 75 studies on the vaccine, the data on the vaccine’s effectiveness has been manipulated in many of the published studies. Doctors and health officials are not drawing from properly reported studies . . .
- In 2012 the norovirus shut down 1500 hospital wards in England. This “flu-bug” is not influenza and the vaccine does not protect against it. This year’s Norovirus Sidney strain seems to be especially virulent and it’s hit Utah and is spreading countrywide.
This is not how I usually like to do things – rushing to get information out.
But I’ve been watching the growing flu epidemic and the advice being circulated by the press and I knew I had to do this.
See, I’m a mom. And just like you the flu worries me.
At the very least it’s an inconvenience. I hate staying up at night with a sick child. And I can’t afford to miss a day of work!
At worst, I worry that my family’s lives are at risk.
I’ve listened to the statistics about deaths and hospitalization and it caused me to wonder should get my children vaccinated? Would it will help?
I’ve also heard concerns raised about the vaccine which made me worry even more . . .
I wasn’t really sure who to trust and what to do.
You probably know these fears and worries well. As well as the confusion and frustration.
Fortunately, in addition to being a mom, I’m also a health writer and educator with over 2 decades of work in this field under my belt.
I know how to research, ask questions and ferret information out of experts and other sources.
In 2007, I wrote a feature article for Health magazine on the flu shot. For the article I interviewed researchers, several doctors and health experts, vaccine manufacturers and people struggling with the adverse effects of the vaccine. I pored over dozens of studies.
What I discovered was alarming. I learned that we’re only getting a fraction of the story from media and most of the health officials and professionals responsible for our wellbeing . . .
Information that could make all the difference in our comfort, health and even our lives . . .
The story I uncovered and that I’m planning to share with you is about getting the information so we can make informed and wise decisions about our health.
As the recent Tempurpedic mattress commercials point out, “There are no mass-produced humans.”
What works for someone may not work for the next person and may even endanger their life.
As a mom and as a health writer and educator, I believe strongly that doctors and researchers serve us. They are consultants who bring a wealth of experience and information to their work.
But we are the experts when it comes to our bodies and health. Ultimately it’s us who has to live with the consequences.
For best results, we have to ask questions, weigh the pros and cons, mix it with what we know about ourselves . . . and then make choices.
And unfortunately we’re not getting the information we need to make wise, informed decisions about the flu, vaccines and staying healthy.
For example, in 2012 the highly regarded Cochrane Collaborative published an updated review of the research on the flu vaccine. After reviewing 75 studies, they came to few conclusions but most importantly they pointed out that most of the studies on the vaccine were funded by vaccine manufacturers. And then they ended the review abstract stating this:
“Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favourable to the vaccines. The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies.”
Six years ago they released a similar, widely publicized report on the flu vaccine. And six years ago they hit the same kind of brick walls in getting full disclosure from manufacturers.
- In 2006, I spoke with the lead researcher Tom Jefferson (who led the research on the 2012 update as well) and learned how frustrated he was. He was unable to get unpublished research data from the manufacturers about studies they had conducted and published. I even spoke to the manufacturer in question’s vice president of clinical development about their lack of cooperation. He beat around the bush. And they did not share the unpublished data with Jefferson’s research team.
- In 2012, the New York Times reported on a similar problem Cochrane Collaborative researchers were having with Tamiflu’s manufacturer, Roche. The lead reviewer of the research on Tamiflu noted that there was no evidence that it reduced hospitalization or complications from the flu. And it only seemed to shorten the time of infection by 21 hours from 6-7 days. The reviewers also noted that the numbers of adverse events associated with Tamiflu – psychiatric problems and headaches – was significantly underreported.
I’m not conclusively saying the vaccine or Tamiflu don’t work.
But clearly, we’re not getting information we need to assess if medicine like the vaccine is safe and if its effectiveness warrants any risks associated with it.
The research we should be able to rely on is not as reliable as we’re led to believe.
And it doesn’t get much better with what we’re hearing from doctors . . .
Doctors are pressed for time and many stick with standard procedure, relying on pharmaceutical literature for information. For those who decide to look outside of what’s conventionally taught, they risk censure from their colleagues and big liability suits if something doesn’t work out – even if it has nothing to do with the method they decided to use.
I’ve spoken with too many doctors who have told me about their experiences to know this is endemic in our healthcare system.
I’ve interviewed alternative health researchers who get many calls from doctors about their work, asking for information so they can use their methods. But the doctors calling them invariably clarify – while they want to use these treatments for their own families, they are reluctant to use them in their practice because of the pressure to stick with convention and fear of what it would mean for their career.
This problem is compounded by the fact that doctors are swamped with literature about pharmaceutical interventions and free samples. But in this country, due to the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act, nutritional supplement manufacturers cannot provide literature to doctors about how their products help with disease – even if there are thousands of studies supporting this claim. It’s simply illegal.
So unless your doctor takes extra steps, medicine is the primary tool they hear about to use in their practice.
So here’s what I’m doing today . . .
See, with lots of careful fact-checking and re-checking, Health Magazine went out on a limb and published a good chunk of the important information I uncovered.
But due to both space constraints and the enormity of the controversy, they were not able to publish everything.
So a few years later I started to write my own Flu Survival Guide.
It starts with the information about the vaccine, offering you solid research to help you make an informed decision about whether to get vaccinated or not.
(And let me underscore here, while my family doesn’t get the flu vaccine, I don’t absolutely recommend against it. The emphasis is on helping you get information to make a decision yourself!)
But it goes much further . . . Because here’s what you really need to know:
Based on what I’ve learned, the biggest danger with the vaccine is not the mercury-laced preservative thimerosal or any of the other contaminants it contains . . .
The biggest danger of the vaccine is that it offers a false sense of security.
I document this extensively in The Flu Survival Guide.
I cannot tell you how often my blood has just about boiled over when I hear a doctor interviewed on the news about the current flu epidemic. And when the reporter asks, “So Doctor, what do we do with this huge risk of getting sick?”
The doctor looks right in the camera and says authoritatively, “Hurry and go get the vaccine. There’s still time . . . and oh yeah, go wash your hands, too.”
As I watch the news reports, yes, I’m worried that people will use the vaccine without adequate information to make a wise decision . . .
But even more so, I’m worried and angry that the vaccine is just about all you’re offered for staying healthy this flu season!
As I write this, people in Utah are being hit by the infamous norovirus, Norovirus Sidney to be exact. This is the nasty winter bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
In 2012, over 1500 hospital wards in England were shut down due to norovirus outbreaks. Norovirus researcher Ian Goodfellow calls it “The ferrari of the virus world. One of the most infectious viruses of man.” (Reuters 1/9/13)
According to health officials this year’s version is particularly bad.
And the flu vaccine does nothing to stop it since it’s not an influenza virus.
And this gets to the heart of why I wrote the Flu Survival Guide . . .
When I initially outlined the article for Health Magazine, my drive for researching it was less about the vaccine and more about how I could stay healthy each winter.
With two small kids, it felt like we were constantly getting whallopped.
And the more I researched the more I was impressed with the sophisticated, smart, effective, affordable and safe defenses Nature has provided.
Our medical labs are crude in comparison.
The Flu Survival Guide shows you how to keep your family safe and healthy using common sense methods, many of them grandma approved and tested over generations!
So in addition to a thoroughly documented examination of whether the flu vaccine is safe and effective, it gives you so much more . . .
You’ll also get a thorough compendium of the tactics we use in our household to stay healthy. These tactics are thoroughly researched and founded on practicality.
Tactics like . . .
- 4 ways you can change your indoor environment to reduce the threat of infection and strengthen your immune system.
- The single most effective measure for reducing infections as espoused by the director of the Influenza Division of the CDC, doctors, and alternative health experts alike.
- 10 different immune-boosting nutrients backed by good evidence for safety and effectiveness. Many of these also fight the flu specifically.
- One of the biggest threats to your immune health and several tactics for minimizing it.
And much more.
Since we started our campaign close to 9 years ago to stay healthy, we’ve had enormous success. Sure, a few times we’ve gotten caught.
But in the last 9 years, we’ve only had a flu-like illness hit us perhaps 3-4 times. Usually, I can trace back exactly to what we didn’t do that got us in trouble.
And even when we do get an infection, we have never had anything last more than 1-2 days. When I compare notes with other moms and dads our symptoms are impressively mild and insignificant.
Now here’s the thing . . .
As I mentioned earlier, this ebook has been sitting on my computer half-finished for a few years. I wasn’t planning to finish it for another year or so. I had too many other things I was working on.
But when I saw the mess this flu season was turning into – and the constant refrain from doctors, “Hurry and go get your flu shot”, I knew I had to get this out.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve been updating research and writing furiously to provide the information you need to have.
The result is a rich and informative guide – but admittedly, a little crude. It’s not professionally formatted. And without question, I’ll be revising it in the near future, editing for readability and putting in more references.
But even as it stands now, it is an incredible resource. Invaluable for helping you make informed decisions about your health.
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My husband can vouch that I’ve been raging at the TV as I watch the growing epidemic and the absence of practical advice for families worried about their health.
That’s why I’ve put so much on hold to get this guide completed to send out to you.
Ultimately, you are the expert when it comes to your health and that of your family. You hold the biggest stake in the results of whatever decisions you make. For this reason, you need to get this information.
I guarantee after reading this report you will find at least 5 invaluable nuggets of information about how to stay healthy during flu season. It’s packed!
Don’t let you and your family get hammered.
Find out what you need to stay healthy. Get this guide and gain insights that will help you make wise decisions about your health and your family’s wellbeing.
Yours in good health,
Founder of Your Healthy Home Biz and Fit Family Together
P.S. A few days ago I received an email from a colleague – she had to cancel an important meeting we had scheduled with a client because the she had the flu. She said she’d been taking Tamiflu for 2 days and she reported the side effects seemed to be worse than the flu itself! She was miserable. I wish I had had this guide ready for her earlier! Safeguard your family and yourself from going through this miserable experience.
P.P.S. When Health Magazine published my article, they received a letter. The editor sent it on to me, saying they don’t often get these kinds of letters. The letter was from a mom who said I saved her pregnant daughter’s life with the information I provided on the vaccine.
Her daughter was allergic to the vaccine preservative thimerosal. Due to her pregnancy, her doctors were urging her to take the vaccine. Thanks to my article she didn’t. And consequently she and her baby ended up healthy. (Note, even today’s “thimerosal-free” vaccines may not be thimerosal-free.)
The Flu Survival Guide covers the controversy about the vaccine’s formulation, allowing you to decide if it’s a good choice for you.
Sarah Clachar has built a thriving health copywriting business from scratch while being a mom . . . nurturing a strong marriage . . . and running a small homestead farm. Along with a BA in biology, she’s got two decades of experience teaching and researching about natural health. Her articles have been published in Life Extension Magazine, Health, Mothering, A Taste For Life, Nutrition Business Journal, and Natural Foods Merchandiser.
Over the years, she became keenly aware how important strategically working to maintain her health was for her business. And even more importantly, how good health factored into enjoying the rewards of having a successful business.
At Your Healthy Home Biz, Sarah has combined her expertise in health and her experience running a freelance health copywriting business into a special resource for home biz owners, freelancers and solopreneurs. Your Healthy Home Biz provides inspiration and a system for transforming your workday so you can run your home business without running yourself into the ground.
She and her personal trainer husband also provide family fitness guidance on their website www.FitFamilyTogether.com.