October 2012 Newsletter
The trees in Boulder are changing nicely and I love the warm days and cool nights. With fall comes the incessant ranting and raving about getting your flu shot. They now pretty much want anyone with a pulse to get a flu shot every year. I have never had one nor will I ever get one or the pneumonia shot or the Shingles shot. You have to make up your own mind whether you are going to get one. Here is some info you might find interesting…
All Vaccines Suppress Your Immune System
Vaccines can also be immune suppressive—that is; they can suppress your immune system, which may not return to normal for weeks to months. Here are just some of the ways vaccines can impair and alter your immune response:
· Some components in vaccines are neurotoxic and may depress your immune response or cause brain and immune dysfunction, particularly heavy metals such as mercury preservatives and aluminum adjuvants
· The lab altered vaccine viruses themselves may also affect your immune response in a negative way
· Vaccines may alter your t-cell function and lead you to become chronically ill
· Vaccines can trigger allergies or autoimmune disorders. Vaccines introduce large foreign protein molecules into your body. Your body can respond to these foreign particles in a way that causes an allergic reaction or triggers autoimmunity, especially in persons genetically or biologically vulnerable to allergy and autoimmunity
The flu vaccine may also pose an immediate risk to your cardiovascular system due to the fact that they elicit an inflammatory response. One 2007 study published in the Annals of Medicineconcluded that:
"Abnormalities in arterial function and LDL oxidation may persist for at least two weeks after a slight inflammatory reaction induced by influenza vaccination. These could explain in part the earlier reported increase in cardiovascular risk during the first weeks after an acute inflammatory disorder." http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/31/flu-vaccination-epa-safety-limit-for-mercury.aspx
Our solution is to work on keep your immune system strong. Keeping a proper level of vitamin D in your blood is a simple way to do that. Vitamin D has also been proven to protect you from at least 30 different types of cancer. With the low cost of blood work these days, everyone should be getting at least your vitamin D levels tested twice a year.
Avoiding foods you are sensitive to and clearing up other systemic infections will also make you less likely to get the flu this winter. We can help you find those food sensitivities and resolve those other infections if you have them.
Another False Belief
How many people out there are taking an aspirin a day to stay healthy? Is aspirin a nutrient that your body is deficient in? No. It is falsely believed to help prevent stroke and heart problems but it causes bleeding in your GI tract and other problems like excessive bruising:
Aspirin's Effectiveness has Been Overvalued
Nearly ten years ago, Dr. John G. F. Cleland, a cardiologist from the University of Hull in the U.K., wrote an excellent article published in the British Journal of Medicineicasting doubt upon the efficacy of aspirin therapy for prevention of heart attacks.
Based on a series of meta-analyses from the Antithrombotic Trialists' Collaborationii, which is an enormous body of research following more than 100,000 patients at high risk for cardiac events, Dr. Cleland concluded aspirin therapy was NOT shown to save lives.
He made the following main points:
· Antiplatelet activity of aspirin is not as safe and effective as widely believed.
· All large, long-term trials involving people treated with aspirin after having a heart attack show no benefit for mortality. In other words, those who take aspirin don't live any longer than those who don't.
· Aspirin seems to change the way vascular events present themselves, rather than preventing them. The number of non-fatal events may be reduced, but there is an INCREASE in sudden deaths. Aspirin may conceal a cardiac event in progress.
He wrote that the studies claiming aspirin is beneficial are seriously flawed, and interpretation of those studies is biased. In the years since Cleland's original research, there have been numerous studies pointing out aspirin's questionable benefit, as well as its sizeable risks.
More Science Showing Aspirin's Dismal Failure
In 2004, Dr. Cleland published the results of a new study (Warfarin/Aspirin Study in Heart Failure, or WASH) in the American Heart Journal in which he investigated antithrombotic strategies in 279 patients with heart failure. He found that the patients who received aspirin treatment actually showed the worst cardiac outcomes, especially worsening heart failure. Dr. Cleland concluded there was "no evidence that aspirin is effective or safe in patients with heart failure."
Then in 2010, another studyiiilooked into whether or not patients taking aspirin before an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) were at higher risk of recurrent problems or mortality. ACS is a term used for any condition brought on by sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart, such as a heart attack or unstable angina. The study found that patients who were taking aspirin showed a higher risk for recurrent heart attack and associated heart problems.
Thus far, aspirin's performance is quite unimpressive. But what about aspirin's benefits specifically for women? As it turns out, aspirin fares no better with women.
In 2005, Harvard conducted a studyivto investigate whether or not low-dose aspirin offered cardiovascular benefits for women. They followed nearly 40,000 healthy women for a full 10 years.
Again, the results did not show any heart benefit from aspirin therapy; researchers concluded aspirin did NOT lower the risk of heart attack or death from cardiovascular causes among women. (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/17/is-low-dose-aspirin-causing-an-epidemic-of-intestinal-injury-and-bleeding.aspx)
Fish oils, vitamin K, nattokinase, gingko biloba, niacin and others are all better ways to help your heart, brain and avoid clots. We can help you find a healthy replacement to your aspirin habit that won’t make you bleed. There are natural alternatives for most of the top drugs being used in the US today that don’t have all the nasty additional effects you get with the meds.