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Home > Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries: To Vaccinate or Not?

Dave Foreman

Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries: To Vaccinate or Not?

by Dave Foreman

Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

This is the number one question I get going into late fall and early winter. To me, it is a personal choice. This is always a difficult question to answer because it depends on you. I don't recommend the flu shot at all. My feeling is that sick people get sick. The latest information available from the CDC is still showing that the majority of the people who are dying from the swine flu are those who were already in a weakened state of health to begin with. Healthy individuals are not dying from the flu. To assist you in your decision, I will try to help you understand more about this potentially deadly illness.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can be a mild illness or even lead to death. The flu virus is usually spread by a cough or sneeze from an infected person who didn't cover their mouth and nose. The little spray that comes from this person can land on your nose or mouth and end up infecting you. It can take as little as one day after this exposure for you to develop your flu symptoms. You can be considered contagious from the first day you are exposed.

Every year in the United States, on average:

•5% to 20% of the population gets the flu

• More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications

• About 36,000 people die from flu

• Who should get vaccinated? This is what modern medicine recommends. These are not necessarily my opinions:

• People 50 years of age and older

• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

• Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday

• Pregnant women

• People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities

When to vaccinate?

Flu season typically lasts from November through March, but it can take weeks (up to 6) after you get vaccinated for your immune system to protect you against the flu.

For more up-to-date information on the flu shot, check out the CDC's influenza web site:

Enough of this negative talk! Sick people only get sick! I know that sounds crazy, but if you really think about it, we get sick when we let our guard down. Perhaps you are in a state of health that has your immune system weak. Or, you don't follow my 4-Pillars of health (Diet, Activity,Mind/Spirit and Supplementation). There are many reasons we may get sick. Even the Herbal Pharmacist gets sick. I can always link it back to not practicing what I preach. Maybe I ate the wrong foods, or didn't get the rest I needed. Or, maybe I didn't reorder my immune support supplements. There are literally tons of reasons why we may get the flu. The following are my recommendations for preventing the flu, or ridding the body of the flu if you wait until it is too late.


• Follow the 4-Pillars (Especially no refined/white foods)

•Use Probiotics daily (Flora Smart, Acidophilus Pearls, Ultimate 10 Probiotics)

• Oreganol Extract
• Olive Leaf Extract
• Host Defense

Got the flu and need to get rid of it:

• Homeopathic remedies (Oscillococcinum)
• Vitamin C (Higher doses - 1-3 grams or more)
• Zinc Lozenges (Immune Actin Zinc Lozenges)
• Esberitox (my personal favorite - kid friendly)
• Elderberry (Sambucus)
• Echinacea

As I frequently mention, diet is critical during the cold and flu months. Increase the consumption of nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, and veggies. If you eat animal proteins, try to eat organic. While increasing these good foods, eliminate (not decrease) the bad foods such as refined oils and white foods (sugar, honey, pasta, bread(s), bagels, potatoes, etc.). Sugar and honey can have an immediate negative effect on how your immune system functions for extended periods of time (I always say it makes your immune cells stupid). Maybe this is why we get sick during the holidays? We tend to eat more of the things that are bad for immune health and less of the things that promote immune wellness.

Finally, your flu shot choice is and should be a personal choice. Don't let your family, friends or health care professional bully you into your choice. If you decide not to get the flu shot and are in a high risk group, please make sure you take every precaution to assure yourself of a healthy winter and early spring.

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