flu shot

  1. The power of magical thinking

    You don't need a study to know that clean hands can prevent the spread of diseases like the flu -- just a little common sense.

    But you won't believe what a bone of contention this is with the vaccine peddlers of the mainstream, who've actually dismissed the power of good hygiene as "magical thinking."

    Well, it turns out there's a little magic left in the world after all.

    Five elementary schools in Pittsburgh that launched a basic hygiene program had 52 percent fewer cases of the flu than five schools that didn't try the program—the schools that relied on just the flu shot to keep their kids healthy.

    Maybe they should've tried the "magic" of soap and water instead -- because in addition to fewer cases of the flu, the schools that taught hygiene had 26-percent fewer absences due to illness.

    And for the record, no one was indoctrinating kids into some kind of OCD world of constant hand-washing. The kids were simply taught the basic stuff they should be learning anyway: wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, stop picking your nose, etc.

    These kids were also given alcohol-based hand sanitizers, which they used an average of 2.4 times a day. But if all the kids followed the rest of the rules closely, they wouldn't even need this stuff.

    Side note: If you do want your kids to use hand sanitizer, stick to the ones that use alcohol -- the rest contain hormone-blocking chemicals and even a dangerous pesticide. (Learn more here.)

    Along with good hygiene, there's a single vitamin that boosts immune health year round: vitamin D.

    I had all the details on the sunshine vitamin's power over influenza in The Douglass Report last flu season -- but if you sign up today, you can read all about it in my online archives right now.

  2. Read this before you even think about getting a flu shot

    New hype over flu shots doesn't match reality

    It's that time of year again... and no, I'm not talking about the approaching holidays.

    It's the time of year when they'll say just about anything, no matter how absurd, to get more patients to roll up their sleeves for a flu shot -- like the claim from a new study that supposedly finds the vaccine is "60 percent effective" at preventing the flu.

    Makes it sound like 60 percent of the people who get the shot are protected from the flu, right?

    That sounded a little on the high side to me -- like around 60 percent too high -- so I dug a little deeper. Sure enough, the study actually proves what I've been saying all along: Statistically speaking, the shot protects practically no one.

    In fact, the data from 31 studies published over the past 44 years finds that pretty much no one even gets the flu in the first place.

    An exaggeration? Maybe -- but not by much, because despite the media's annual flu-shot frenzy, the study finds that it's simply a non-event: Just 2.7 percent of the unvaccinated and 1.2 percent of those who do get the shot come down with the disease in any given year.

    On paper, that's a difference of 60 percent, but the ABSOLUTE reduction in risk isn't even close to 60 percent -- it's a measly 1.5 percent.

    Whoop-de-doo... and believe it or not, even that number is a little on the high side, because other studies haven't been nearly as generous.

    One analysis released earlier this year found no evidence the shot reduced the rate of hospitalization or slowed the spread of the disease. That study even found that the little evidence FOR flu shots came from studies that were rigged by vaccine makers.

    But while the benefits may be nonexistent, the potential risks are all too real: Flu shots have been linked to fatigue, pain, nerve damage, seizures, paralysis and even death.

    The bottom line here is you can do everything wrong and still not get the flu -- but if you want to slash your odds even further, don't waste your time with a vaccine.

    Work on good hygiene and a strong immune system instead.

  3. YOUNG people dying of flu? Don't believe the latest hype!

    They'll say just about anything to get you to lift your sleeve for a flu shot.
  4. Reckless endangerment

    Can't get a flu shot due to an egg allergy? Researchers say you should get one anyway -- even if you're a kid who could suffer a life-ending reaction to the vaccine.
  5. The shot we forgot

    The chain pharmacies banked big on another round of flu fear this year -- and now, they're sitting on millions and millions of unused doses. It was such an epic miscalculation that they're feeling their own chills as stock prices take a hit.
  6. When 'free' is still too expensive

    Uncle Sam and Big Pharma have teamed up to make the flu shot virtually free for most people... and the drug store chains are doing the same for many others. Talk about an offer you CAN (and should) refuse!
  7. Docs & nurses just say 'no' to vaccinations

    If the flu shot was so damned important, why do the people who know it best, want it least? A new report finds that barely half of all healthcare workers in California hospitals got flu shots last year, at the height of the Great Swine Flu Swindle.
  8. DIY flu shots should be DOA

    There's no such thing as a safe and effective flu shot... but that hasn't stopped researchers from trying to find new ways to give it to more people just the same.

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