When the shortage of flu vaccine was announced this year by the government, the media went wild. Some people began to panic, fearing theyd be left without protection.
But the truth is that you shouldnt be getting a flu shot anyway, says Robert Rowen, M.D. Why? he adds. Because the flu vaccine is not nearly as effective as youre being told.
As evidence, he presents a number of facts about the vaccine.
The flu vaccine protects against a few specific strains, and no one can tell if theyll be the same strains youre exposed to this season.
The Centers for Disease Control admit the virus strains chosen for the vaccine are nothing more than an educated guess. The CDCs own studies show flu vaccines fail to work as much as 84 percent of the time.
In 1997, the FDAs Chief Vaccine Control Officer stated, There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.
In Japan, a study found no difference in death rates between people who were vaccinated and those who werent. This caused the government to end its vaccination program. Two years later, the incidence of the flu had not increased.
This doctor sounds the alarm, saying the problem is that in addition to being ineffective, the flu vaccine can also be downright dangerous!
Rowen says the vaccine contains formaldehyde, an embalming fluid that is a known carcinogen. The vaccine manufacturers dont want to use a live, active form of the flu virus, so they kill it with formaldehyde. But there are other dangers as well. The vaccine also contains aluminum and mercury, two heavy metals that have been implicated in a whole range of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimers disease and autism.
How dangerous are these metals? Dr. Hugh Fudenburg, M.D., a geneticist who served on panels with the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, studied flu shot data from 1970 to 1980. He concluded that getting five consecutive flu shots makes you 10 times more likely to get Alzheimers than if you only received one shot!
One other hazard: Although the manufacturers screen the vaccine for a variety of pathogens, the risk of contamination is still high. This is because there are thousands of different pathogens, more than can possibly be tested for. This year, vaccine manufacturers managed to detect a bacterial contamination in 48 million batches of vaccine. But they havent always been so lucky.
Dangerous vaccines caused disease
In the 1960s, the polio vaccine was infected with SV-40, a virus known to cause disease in apes, but effects on humans were unknown. The authorities dismissed the risk at the time, but now, 40 years later, there is an epidemic of strange cancers harboring this virus.
Remember the swine flu scare of the 1970s? People panicked, and President Ford set a goal of inoculating every man, woman, and child in the United States. But just as the program started, three people in Pittsburgh died after getting flu shots. Then cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome began to appear. This is a rare disease that causes the body to attack its own nerve cells.
In December 1976, the government halted the vaccination program. But for some people, it was already too late, and the damage was done. No one knows for sure how many injuries and deaths resulted from this unfortunate episode. In the end, the government paid more than $90 million in damages to people who developed Guillain-Barreand survived.
So what should you do to avoid getting the flu? First, remember to wash your hands often. Rowen recommends you also take immune-boosting supplements such as tragalus, garlic, olive leaf and medicinal mushrooms, available at health food stores. But what if you get the flu anyway? Is there a way to recover quickly and safely?
To be continued…