Statistics don’t mean anything when you are the one that ends up as the statistic! I would rather rely on the strength of my immune system and my innate intelligence to keep me healthy… and even staying in bed for a few days with the flu seems like a better deal than this. Even the CDC ‘recommendations’ of who should receive a flu shot doesn’t include the majority of people – 99% of you – it isn’t even recommended by the CDC. Neurotoxins don’t make us healthier – thimerosal, aluminum, formaldehyde…I don’t care what big Pharma’s research says, I don’t want to inject myself with these things!
My point in saying this is: the public has been so well brainwashed into believing that what we hear in the media or from our doctors is true and we should take it on blind faith. We have become so complacent about things that we no longer do our own due diligence. I live my life in the world of wellness and know that 99% of the messages that people hear are the fear-based kind that tell you that you must rely on something outside of yourself to keep you healthy, to heal, and to simply get you through something as terrifying as restless leg syndrome. The health of our society is clearly at the point of crisis, but we are still spending millions of dollars on research for the next synthetic chemical soup. Where is the research on what is deficient in those who are sick? Could a change in diet help? How about more sunshine? Exercise? There is no money in it if it turns out these natural things are what will make a difference. You can’t patent sunshine or broccoli. Nor can you patent the body’s own innate capacity to heal!
There are many people, like the Redskins Cheerleader who are not even aware that there are risks, no matter how small, of death or permanent disability from a flu vaccine. The friend I was debating with stated that “doctors say less than 0.0001% of a chance” that a complication such as this would occur. I searched the CDC website for this statistic, and all I found is that life-threatening reactions are ‘rare’. Risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is “no more than 1-2 cases per million people vaccinated” which equals 0.0001-0.0002%. I checked the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) website, and I still couldn’t find a statistic; but here is what I did find: when a medical event or death happens following a vaccination, it could be a coincidence and it is therefore difficult to know whether a particular adverse event resulted from the vaccination.
The CDC estimates that 35,000 people die per year from “flu-related deaths,” most of whom are over the age of 65. *Seasonal flu-related deaths are deaths that occur in people for whom seasonal influenza infection was likely a contributor to the cause of death, but not necessarily the primary cause of death (copied from CDC website). As of the latest census by the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 304,059,724 people in the United States. By my calculation, that means you have approximately a 0.01% chance of dying from a flu-related complication… and I think it is safe to say it is less than that considering most of those are over the age of 65!
The FDA reports that approximately 10% of vaccine reactions are actually reported. To me, I am seeing the statistics land in a very clear place. I feel safer relying on my own immune system. I think if you spend your days and nights immersed in a world where you care for people who are sick and dying with respiratory illnesses, your view will be skewed in that direction. If you are immersed in a world where children and healthy 25 year olds are harmed by vaccines – and weren’t told and didn’t ask if there were risks – you will see the world from that place. When you understand the innate healing capacity of the human body when there is no interference to that, you will spend your time educating people to take an active role in their own health and to at least consider alternative measures before they make a final decision.
I made a statement about wanting to see a double blind study proving that a drug was lifesaving in response to my friend’s comment made about a pregnant woman’s risk of death from a vaccine. I have yet to see a study that shows that a flu vaccine will save a pregnant woman’s life and that it will save more pregnant women and fetuses than it will harm. Just because someone is in a ‘high risk’ group such as pregnancy, does not actually mean that they themselves are high risk. In fact, I read all of the vaccine manufacturer’s inserts I could find from the flu vaccines, and they all stated that safety and effectiveness have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers. I have probably not read them all, but I have read all the ones I could find.
I have an amazing sister and many fabulous friends who are medical doctors. They are NOT in it to make a buck. Most doctors aren’t. They have the best intentions. They do what they do to help people. They save people’s lives. They help people heal. They give people hope. It is not my intention to make them wrong. Nor is it my intention to be insensitive to anyone who has ever lost a loved one to a respiratory illness. We have a right and responsibility to debate issues of public health and safety. It is what makes our country great and what keeps us growing as people and as a society. When we stop questioning what doesn’t feel right to us, we fall prey to others choosing the direction of our lives.
Might I consider a vaccine for yellow fever if I were traveling to Africa? I would seriously consider the risks and rewards of both the vaccine and the disease (as well as the travel requirements) and then make an educated choice.
To circle back around to my point at the beginning of this post, my opening statements were about MY choice. Every response I have made has been about MY right to choose for my own life. My point? Choose for yourself. Don’t let someone else decide the value of your own life or your child’s life. Don’t let anyone scare you into making a decision one way or another. Don’t take anyone’s word for it that injecting yourself with neurotoxins will save your life. First ask if your life is really at risk. Do your own due diligence. Think! Act!