Have you noticed all the signs in stores and all the billboards around town telling everyone to get their flu shot now? And how many people do you think really knows what all is in that flu shot?
Most of you probably know that influenza is a contagious viral infection. Usually the condition will improve after two to three days of bed rest and plenty of fluids. However, some of the symptoms may hang on for as much as a week.
What are some of the symptoms of the flu?
There can be other complications including ear or sinus infections, worsening of chronic health problems and of course dehydration. But what many people do NOT know is that death caused directly by the flu is very rare. The vast majority of deaths connected to the flu are due to bacterial pneumonia. This happens when your immune system is too weak.
Most people are fearful and afraid of getting the flu and rightly so, since there is so much talk in the media about it. And if you ever have had the flu you know you NEVER want it again. You feel so miserable! The fear then causes people to panic and go for the so-called quick-fix to the problem which they believe is getting the flu shot. But sometimes even with the shot, you still get the flu. Isn't that interesting?
So what is in the flu shot anyway?
To start with flu strains are cultivated in chick embryos (yuck) for several weeks. Then they are inactivated with formaldehyde. (Isn't that what they embalm dead bodies with? Not to mention it is a cancer causing agent). Then they are preserved with thimerosal, which by the way is 49% mercury by weight.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the majority of flu vaccines contain thimerosal (mercury preservative). Some even contain as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose. Therefore, it may contain more than 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency's safety limit for mercury.
Now if that wasn't enough the list goes on. Flu shots also contain other toxic or hazardous ingredients like:
Aluminum – a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.
Phenol (carbolic acid)
Betapropiolactone – a disinfectant
Octoxinol 9 – a vaginal spermicide
Triton X-100 – a detergent
Ethylene glycol – (antifreeze)
Nonoxynol -used to kill or stop growth of STDs
Some of the serious reactions to the flu vaccine can be:
Thrombocytopenia ( a serious blood disorder)
Encephalitis ( brain inflammation)
Life-threatening allergies to the various ingredients
Guillain-Barre Syndrome ( a severe paralytic disease that is fatal in 1 in 20 cases)
Who is at higher risk for complications of the flu?
People with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma, and the elderly are at higher risk of developing pneumonia after a bout of the flu.
Are there other options besides flu shots and drugs? Is there a better way? The answer is YES, using essential oils and nutritional support from Young Living Essential Oils.
It is well known that the best defense against illness is a strong immune system. Our systems are weakened by stress, inadequate nutrition, overuse of antibiotics and an acid pH.
My favorite Young Living Essential Oil Blend to use to help prevent the flu and to help you get over the flu faster if you happen to get it is Thieves. Thieves has been university tested and found to be highly effective against airborne bacteria. In fact, it is anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-infectious. Very powerful indeed! Thieves oil blend contains clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon and Eucalyptus radiata. And it is one of the essential oils in the Start Living With Everyday Oils Kit.
According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Thieves can be inhaled, diffused, applied to the soles of the feet and taken internally in capsules.
I am not here to tell you what to do about getting a flu shot. I am just the messenger. I report, you decide. But I hope you take this information to heart. I want to see you and your family have the best health possible.
Good health to you,
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Carol is an essential oil educator and a certified reflexologist. As a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, she teaches the importance of using genuine, authentic essential oils for health and healing. She has been an advocate of natural health and wellness for the past 35 years. Among the things she has studied includes, the use essential oils, iridology, muscle testing, nutrition, tapping and other forms of energy medicine.