H1N1 Shot Refuse:
and the Flu Shot: Questions Worth Considering
By Dr. Ben
months ago, just before the frenzy over everything H1N1 starting bubbling
out of control, I told a colleague that I didn't want to write or
talk about this virus or its vaccine.
didn't want to contribute to the power of this story in any way. If
anything, I wanted to encourage people who follow our site to ignore
all stories headlined by H1N1 and continue to focus on things that
matter most in their lives, things that bring them fulfillment. Because
I firmly believe that the majority of government and health care workers
who are promoting the H1N1 vaccine are misguided. And I also believe
that getting caught up in all of the panic and hype surrounding H1N1
is a good way to get sick.
letters pouring in daily with questions on H1N1, it's become impossible
for me to avoid this monster of a story.
last night, the Greater Toronto Area's most popular newspaper, The
Toronto Star boldly declared: "H1N1 clinics to open early in
wake of teen's death."
death is sad and humbling. I don't wish to trivialize death or flippantly
throw out statistics on people who have died from this and that to
support my opinions on H1N1.
don't wish to tell others what to do with their lives. If someone
asks me if I think it's a good idea to get a flu shot, I'll say no
and explain why. But I don't go out of my way to tell people what
of people - a lot of nurses, I've noticed - have called me a dumb
ass or something in the same vein for not shooting myself up with
the H1N1 vaccine, and for possibly steering others to do the same.
the most common line of thought that angry e-mailers bring up is that
there are so many thousands of deaths due to the flu each year - am
I willing to publicly share my opinion on flu shots and have deaths
on my conscience if people choose not to vaccinate because of my stance?
up there. Wait just a sec, eh? If you're leaning towards accepting
a flu shot because "thousands of people die from the flu every
year," I encourage you to take a moment to consider how accurate
such a statement is.
I hear or read about thousands of people dying from the flu - one
of the H1N1 strains or any other strain of influenza - here are the
questions that pop up in my head:
do we know that these deaths were definitely caused by a virus that
causes the flu?
exactly do health officials go about establishing cause of death?
was the health status and medical history of each person who was classified
to have died from the flu? Who compiled this information and how comprehensive
was each report?
these questions naturally come up in my mind because I've long been
disturbed by the way government and health officials inaccurately
attribute deaths to various causes.
example is death by cancer. How many of the millions of people who
have been classified as having died from cancer actually died from
one or more of the following:
of poor food choices
of poor lifestyle choices i.e. lack of sleep, lack of exercise,
ongoing exposure to prescription and recreational drugs
guess is that the percentage is quite high. That is, a large number
of people who "died from cancer" actually died from one
or more of the causes listed above.
the number of people who die each year from cardiovascular disease.
It's in the millions, and it's growing every year. Did the millions
of people who died from cardiovascular disease last year really die
from cardiovascular disease?
it more accurate to say that some or all of these folks passed on
because of many years of poor dietary choices, emotional stress, a
genetic predisposition to developing clogged arteries, toxic burden
from years of prescription and recreational drug use, or some combination
of these factors? Did some of these millions of people who "died
from cardiovascular disease" actually die from the impact of
anesthesia, having their chest walls opened up, and having a bunch
of hands and tools working away at their heart and blood vessels?
suggesting that poor dietary and lifestyle choices, prescription and
recreational drugs, chemotherapy, radiation, and invasive surgeries
are definitive causes of death. Not at all. I'm trying to point out
that "cause of death" is a blurry entity.
a bullet rips through a person's heart or a major blood vessel and
that person bleeds to death within a minute or two, then the cause
of death is without question, massive bleeding due to a gun shot wound.
I hear people make statements like "thousands of deaths due to
the flu each year," or "one thousand deaths due to H1N1
in the U.S. so far," my mind says hold up now, let's think about
I think about it, the question that comes up is this: How does a virus
that meets a large group of people cause a relatively quick death
in a minute percentage of that population, a temporary respiratory
infection in a portion of that population, and no symptoms to speak
of in the rest of that population?
wondering: Does anyone really know for sure what those "thousands
of people who died from the flu" really died from? Did health
officials carefully consider health status before demise, medical
history, and underlying immune system strength for each of these people?
And quite importantly, did any of these people who "died from
the flu" receive a flu vaccine before they died?
have answers to these questions and I'm pretty sure that no one else
me, common sense dictates that regardless of how strong or virulent
this year's H1N1 strains are, my best course of action is the same
as it's always been: It's to eat and live in a way that keeps my immune
system as strong as possible.
and living in a way that keeps my immune system as strong as possible
includes saying no thanks to injections of chemicals that can injure
is that the H1N1 vaccines that are being rolled out all over the world
differ from country to country, as each country chooses which pharmaceutical
giant they would like to have produce their H1N1 vaccine. And as far
as I can tell, all of the H1N1 vaccines that have been produced thus
far contain thimerosal, a preservative that's about 49% mercury by
I just don't believe that healthy people who have access to clean
food, clean water, and good sanitation systems can easily die from
the H1N1 strains that are reportedly making rounds throughout the
world, I don't think it's worth the risk to inject myself or my children
with any amount of thimerosal, even if the amount is "less than
the amount of mercury in a can of tuna."
about the elderly, newborns, and people who are undernourished and
possibly immune deficient? Contrary to popular belief, I strongly
believe that these are the groups of people that can least afford
to experience the toxic burden that comes with getting injected by
thimerosal and other synthetic chemicals. It's true that these groups
of people are at greater risk of experiencing colds and flus, but
I fail to see how increasing their toxic burden improves their chances
of experiencing good health. Rather than get flu shots, I feel that
these groups of people need to work extra hard at improving immune
system strength via the suggestions found toward the bottom of the
You Know What's in a Flu Shot?
to receive or decline a flu shot can be agonizingly difficult amid
the panic and pressure that's being generated by every level of government
in first world nations.
still undecided, please take some time to research the ingredients
in the H1N1 vaccine that's being offered in your area. Get the list
of ingredients and google each one. Be sure that you understand the
purpose and effects of each ingredient.
healthy people can likely withstand and recover from the negative
effects of the chemicals found in flu vaccines. But doesn't it make
sense to expose your cells to questionable ingredients only if you
know for sure that getting the vaccine can improve or protect your
health? I, for one, am confident that flu vaccines can only deteriorate
my health - maybe not to a significant degree since I'm currently
healthy. But there's no upside and a tremendous potential downside.
And that's why I say no to flu shots, including the H1N1 shot that's
being offered for free in Canada.
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