Here’s a new article with even more info for you. This one’s a little less conspiracy-theory and more straight facts. I LOVE the fact that this article has a smart-ass tone and a TON of legitimate references.
New article: http://wordpress.asc.upenn.edu/2009/10/inoculation-misinformation
Last week’s article: http://www.mercola.com/
So where do we draw the line between holistic idealism and medical fact? I’d say somewhere in between. READ this article and keep the other one in mind as well. You owe it to yourself to look at both sides of the coin when it’s your body and of course, your family and friends. Feel free to send these articles to those people in your life who are swine flu extremists, you know the ones who say “you absolutely HAVE to get the Vaccine or you will die!” or “the vaccine is going to kill us all!” Seriously, let’s get some perspective here.
As far as my decision goes... I would usually say that holistic prevention is the very best way to go – but that failed me relatively recently. I ate up so much Zinc, Vitamin C, Echinacea, chicken soup, etc. I thought I would burst! I’m talking serious fresh squeezed organic oranges and organic everything and veggies and so much sleep… Yet I had to miss 3 days of work and lay in bed for two weekends to kick this THING whatever it was. Maybe it was the swine flu – who knows? Maybe a vaccine would have helped? Of course, if I hadn't downed the holistic treats, it could have lasted twice as long...
I can’t afford to not work, so this being sick thing is no good for me. I got my seasonal flu vaccine last week. I am totally fine. I have gotten the seasonal vaccine every year since I was 15 – I am always fine. If I got sick from it once - I would probably reconsider, but I haven't. Maybe your story is different.
Don't forget to consider all factors - don't blame the vaccine for getting you sick if your immune system was already lame from being lazy or eating unhealthy food. Like in my case, it is very likely that this THING got me because I was tired from surfing almost 9 hours during the two days before.
You see, no matter what you decide, there are more than two flus out there. Don’t think you are free to eat cheeseburgers and watch TV all night just because you’ve got the vaccine. Don’t think you are invincible because you down 10 servings of fruit and veggies each day with a medley of vitamins. Disease is relentless – you have to have your best guard up at all times. Be smart – use as much natural prevention as you can and remember that the vaccine is also a form of prevention.
And PLEASE avoid the conspiracy theories. No one is out to get you. If “they” wanted to get you, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be through a voluntary vaccine. It would be more logical to fear that your cat is a spy or your toothpaste is tainted. Any logical person with a PhD. will lose their mind if they fear something enough – don’t give in to the crazy.
Come to think of it, my cat probably is a spy... but I'm OK with that.