Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
October/November 2017 Newsletter
My trip to Ireland and Scotland was great! Ireland is green and lush with lots of rivers, lakes and ocean as opposed to Colorado’s lack of water and green. Didn’t get to spend much time in Scotland but loved Edinburgh so much I skipped going to the birthplace of golf in St. Andrews. Need to schedule a golf trip to Scotland in the near future! I do have to apologize for bringing back the rainy Irish weather on Sept
23rd that hung around for nearly 2 weeks. It’s really nice to see the sun again!
Being gone for nearly 2 weeks, I wrote a combined 2-month newsletter this time.
Flu really doesn’t have a season. I’ve been treating a lot of flu patients since the middle of August. I hear and see the ads all over begging, pleading and scaring you to get a flu shot. I see they are even promoting flu shots for your dog these days. Flu shots are a big money-maker for the companies that make them but are they effective? Dr, Shallenberger, MD reported:
The authors of the study were reporting specifically on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine in the years 2012 to 2015. To do the study, they looked at 1,930 men and women who came down with the flu during those years and how effectively the flu vaccine worked for them. Out of this group, 815 (42%) of them tested positive for the flu. Of these, 72% tested positive for influenza A and 28% for influenza B. According to the authors, "Virtually all influenza A cases involved the subtype virus known as H3N2." And they went on to report that the vaccine efficacy or VE for this virus was -16%. So, what exactly does that mean?
Vaccine efficacy (VE) is the percentage of a reduction in a disease in a vaccinated group of people compared to an unvaccinated group. A VE of 100% would mean that the vaccine prevented the disease in 100% of those who got the vaccine. But what in the world does a negative VE like -16% mean? Believe it or not, it means that those men and women who had the vaccine were 16% more likely to get the flu than those who refused the vaccine. In other words, a negative VE is not a good thing for a vaccine to have. But hang on, there's more to talk about.
For example, what happens to the flu vaccine VE if you get the vaccine year after year? Hold on to your hats.
According to the report, if you had the vaccination both in 2013 and 2014, the VE then fell to -32%. And if you were unfortunate enough to have had the vaccine for three consecutive years, 2012 to 2015, the VE fell to a remarkable -54%. So, let's get this straight. If you had the flu vaccine each year from 2012 to 2015, you were 54% more likely to get the flu than if you declined the vaccine! I call that an amazing statistic.
This year’s common quadrivalent flu shot contains the following ingredients:
Personally, I’m not shooting this garbage into my body. You need to decide if you want to have it shot into yours. I also avoid the Pneumonia and Shingles vaccines.
My favorite protection from the flu is vitamin D. In the fall I recommend for most adults 5000 IU’s and then 10,000 IU’s in the winter. The flu seems to get more prevalent the farther from summer we get. That’s because we are getting less ultraviolet light on our skin and we can’t make enough vitamin D.
Taking a multi-vitamin daily and about 2000-3000 Mg of Omega 3 (or Omegas 3,6 & 9) adds to your health. Our food today is deficient in vitamins and minerals fresh out of the field so you cannot get all your nutrition just from the food you eat. (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss).
If you feel cold or flu symptoms starting, you need to act fast. Immediately start taking herbs like Echinacea, goldenseal, coptis, berberine, astragalus (Phytogen or Congaplex, from our office) and supplements like vitamins A, B, C, D, E and minerals.
There is no such thing as a normal cold so you need to start treating yourself the minute you feel symptoms. Many times, getting sick is your body’s way of dealing with a toxic lifestyle. Avoid alcohol, sugar, excessive caffeine and processed foods while you are sick. Sleep deprivation and stress also weaken your immune system so do catch up on your sleep. You aren’t being lazy resting and sleeping all day. It’s what your body wants.