By Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz
Mondays and Fridays are my In-Home days. I have been doing In-Homes for 24 years. This is how I started my first business called “That Special Fit.” I went to patients’ homes and did lymphatic massage, and I would then fit them with the appropriate prosthesis that they needed.
I started In-Homes because of my Mom. When my Mom found out that she had cancer, at the time I was working at Ruth D. Clark as a surgical fitter. I told my Mom that I would take her to Ruth D. Clark for a fitting, and she said to me, “Julia, if I go into that store, everyone will know that I have cancer.” I was shocked, for Ruth D. Clark did not just sell prostheses, they sold many other garments for women, but that was how my Mom viewed the store. I told her not to worry, and I would bring everything to her. I did my first In-Home on my Mom. I then realized if my Mom thought that way, many other women may think that way. After Mom died May 1, 1987, “That Special Fit” was born.
As I am driving around on Mondays and Fridays, I see that the dreaded “fear” signs have already started. “Flu Shots Available Here” is all over Walgreens, CVS and even Walmart. Walk-ins welcomed. No wait. Even loudspeakers’ announcements trying to make everyone aware to get their flu shot. What I find so interesting is that if the flu shot really worked, wouldn’t we have less flu each year? Instead, each year, more and more people get the flu. And what type of flu are we going to get — swine, Asian or even the new one that I just heard about yesterday from one of my patients? Her daughter went to the doctor’s office and was told she had an intestinal flu called the gas flu. We laughed so hard in our office, we all had side aches. But getting back to the subject, here are my concerns that I have with the flu shot.
1. Each year, the “experts” guess what type of flu we will get. I certainly hope they do their homework, for there are hundreds of strains of flu out there.
2. It is toxic. Please come to my office and see what is in a vaccination. But just to name a few, there are thimerosal, ethylene glycol, phenol, formaldehyde and aluminum.
3. It is not effective. In fact, because of all these viruses and toxins in the vaccination, many people experience side effects.
Let us look at the toxic issue that I have just shared with you. Thimerosal is mercury, and it is the toxic issue that I have just shared with you. Thimerosal is mercury, and it is the second most toxic substance known to man. Ethylene glycol is antifreeze, which affects the central nervous system, and is a heart and kidney irritant. Phenol is carbolic acid. Formaldehyde is used to embalm bodies and is a known carcinogen, and aluminum is a toxic metal.1
The serious side effects that some people have experienced are paralysis, brain inflammation, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and debilitating neurologic condition. 2
Whoa, people, it is just the flu. You really should ask yourself if the above symptoms and side effects are worse than the flu itself. I, personally, do not think it is.
Feel free to call my office and order your winter cold and flu kit. It will build your immune system and is certainly less toxic than formaldehyde.
* 1 and 2 are from an article from Lifesource
Dr. Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz is celebrating her 30th year in business and 12 years cancer free. You may reach her at her Rockford office at (815) 962-3326.
From the Nov. 23-29, 2011, issue