Four rational reasons to avoid the flu shot and what to do instead to protect your health

It’s that time of the year again: Flu season! Doctors, nurses, pharmacies and even well-meaning relatives may be pushing you to get the flu shot, but it’s important to note that these vaccines are by no means as safe, effective or free of side effects as the drug manufacturers and medical community would like you to believe.

Derek Henry, founder of Healing the Body, recently noted on an informative clip that there are at least four good reasons not to get the flu shot this year. And that does not mean you have to simply submit to getting ill, either. There is still plenty of time to take proactive, natural steps to boost immunity and prevent getting sick. (Related: Flu vaccine paradox spreading globally as more vaccinated people catch the flu.)

1. There is no evidence that flu shots actually work

The first, solid reason not to get the flu shot is that there is no real evidence that it actually works. The Flulaval vaccine insert itself admits:

There have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with Flulaval.

2. These vaccines have not been proven to be safe

Not only is there no evidence that the flu shot works, but there is also no real evidence that it’s safe either. The insert declares:

Safety and effectiveness of Flulaval in pediatric patients have not been established. … Flulaval has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.

Is it really worth the risk to take something this untested when the flu shot only provides at best a 50 to 70 percent guarantee of protection, and at worst – as was the case during the last flu season – only provides a measly 36 percent chance of protection?

“The flu shot was proven to be the most dangerous vaccine of them all, when it was reported June of 2014 that 70 percent of all vaccine injury cases were settled for the flu shot, including one death,” noted Henry.

3. The flu shot contains dangerous, toxic adjuvants

A number of dangerous toxins accompany the actual vaccine when you get the flu shot, including mercury. Labeled as thimerosal on vaccine ingredient lists, mercury is added to the flu shot as a preservative. Each dose contains 50 micrograms – an extremely dangerous level of mercury for the human body.

Scientific tests found that there are 51 parts per million of mercury in the Flulaval vaccine, an amount 25,000 times higher than the maximum permissible level of inorganic mercury in drinking water, as set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“As a comparison, this is a hundred times higher than the highest level of mercury ever tested in contaminated fish,” Henry warned.

And ingesting this amount of mercury via injection is even worse than consuming it in fish, because it is inserted directly into the body, bypassing several of the body’s protective detoxification systems.

4. The flu shot has dangerous side effects

The Flulaval insert lists several of the disturbing side effects reported by previous users, including:

  • Eye and chest pain
  • Arthritis
  • Dizziness, tremors and loss of consciousness
  • Seizures and convulsions
  • Guillain–Barré Syndrome
  • Cranial nerve, limb or partial facial paralysis
  • Swelling of the brain

The better way: Work with your body instead of against it

Instead of trying to target individual viruses through vaccination, the better way is to boost your body’s own immune system for an overall increase in health.

How can this be done?

The first logical step is to avoid foods and drinks that add stress to the immune system, including sugar, processed foods, dairy, gluten, soy and alcohol. It is also important to maintain adequate hydration by drinking plenty of pure, filtered water. Increase your intake of fresh, organic produce and herbs, including those that have antiviral and antibacterial benefits like garlic and ginger. Be sure to get enough rest.

It is also advisable to support the liver and immune system by supplementing with high-quality vitamin C, turmeric and Reishi mushroom from a trusted, clean source. Probiotics, vitamin D and zinc are also important in the fight to boost immunity.

There really is a better, safer and smarter way to beat the flu this year than the untested, unsafe flu vaccine. Learn more about surviving the flu at

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