What you should know about taking the flu shot before you get in line…
The flu vaccine is often the norm. Between October and December, I got about 15 calls from my doctor’s office requesting that I come in for the flu shot. Ridiculous! The flu shot is a vaccine created from last year’s winning flu virus strain. However, there are many strains of influenza, and it’s unlikely that the most popular last year will be the one that most people will get this year. Quite the opposite actually! Rarely do flu strains stay consistent from year to year, so the flu vaccine is unlikely to protect you. More likely than not, it will do some damage because most flu vaccines contain mercury — which as you know is a harmful heavy metal, which if accumulated in your body can wreak havoc on your immune system and your hormonal system.
What to do instead? Drink elderberry tea. Research shows that elderberries have the ability to protect you from the flu better than a flu shot.
How does it work? It’s pretty cool! Elderberries create a coating on healthy cells to prevent the flu virus from invading healthy cell membranes. And, elderberries have been found to have anti-viral properties against at least 10 strains of influenza (not just one!).
You have options:
- Tea: make with 1 tablespoon of elderberries in 1.5 cups of hot water, steep for 20 minutes. Drink daily for prevention.
- Elderberry extract: 1 tsp daily, dilute in water or drink straight (it’s delicious!)
Other things to do to prevent getting the flu this year:
- Make sure your Vitamin D levels are up to par. And if not, you can take a little Vit D (about 5000 IUs per day should do it). If you need to get your levels tested, you can order your own test here.
- Take some extra Vitamin C. About 1000 mg per day is usually adequate.