Dr. Craig Reese, DC. PC.

3000 Center Green Dr. Suite 230
Boulder, CO 80301

November 2008 Newsletter

Halloween is just a haunting memory and hopefully by Tuesday the insanity of this election year will be over. I am so ready for all of those nasty campaign ads to be over! I’m also ready for the flu shot ads to go away.

Flu Mania

I saw one ad recently that showed the faces of people who need flu shots and it was basically everyone between 6 months and still breathing. This little excerpt came from a kid-oriented website:http://kidshealth.org/kid/feel_better/things/flu_shot.html

Who Must Get a Shot?

Kids between the ages of 6 months and 18 years should get the flu shot. This is especially important for kids who have:

  • heart or lung disorders, including asthma
  • chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, certain kinds of anemia, or immune system problems, including HIV/AIDS
  • Kids also need the flu shot if they live with someone who could get very sick if they get the flu. This includes pregnant women and kids and grownups who have any of the health problems listed above. Little babies, especially ones who were born prematurely, and people older than 50 also should be protected from the flu. So, if there's a baby in your family or you live with a grandparent, you may need to take one for the team and get a flu shot! That way, they'll be protected. But even if you don't fall into any of those categories, your doctor still might give you a flu shot. Why? Well, if you can avoid getting the flu, then you won't have to feel terrible and miss school.

That pretty much covers all the bases. The goal is to get 100% of the US population flu vaccinated. There is still a question of whether Thimerasol (a mercury based preservative) is still in the flu shot as well as aluminum and formaldehyde. Also, the flu shot is designed by a committee who try to guess in January what 3-4 virus strains will be hitting the US next fall and winter. It is totally a guess which in the past few years has missed the mark almost completely. Then there is the study that shows those people who get 10 flu shots in a row have a much greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than those who don’t. Also the death-rate from influenza has not gone down since 1979 even though the over age 65 group, the highest mortality group from influenza and pneumonia, is over 65% vaccinated for flu and 40% for pneumonia. So even with all the flu shots the death rate from flu and pneumonia is really unchanged. Minimizing the sugar in your diet as well as taking things like echinacea, goldenseal, Thymex, Congaplex, Phytogen, etc. will fight the infection when you get it. Also, fatty acids, calcium and the whole vitamin C complex are what allow your immune system to work. Some authors also credit iodine with enhancing your body’s overall immunity to infections and even cancer so don’t skimp on the iodine!

Illness, Asthma and Shingles

Recent studies have shown that the more exposure babies get to colds and infections before the age of 2 the less likely they are to develop asthma as they get older. There is also a theory that the reason for the recent explosion of Shingles cases in Americans of all ages is because we are not getting a “booster” to our immunity from kids with chickenpox. In the past, kids got chickenpox and the other children and adults around those kids got re-exposed and their immune system fought off the disease. Now with the chickenpox vaccine, most kids don’t get chickenpox and so the other children, parents and grandparents are not exposed again later in life. Below is a study that showed this relationship: (http://www.whale.to/a/ata.html)

Pearblossom, California (PRWEB) October 1 2003-- Three different analyses of reported cases of shingles and chickenpox were published today in the October 2003 issue of Vaccine and suggest the threat of a shingles epidemic in the US due to mass vaccination with varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. Data collected under the CDC-funded Varicella Active Surveillance Project (VASP) of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Acute Communicable Disease Control Unit revealed that when chickenpox disease was significantly reduced in a population, there was an unexpectedly high number of shingles cases among unvaccinated children with a previous history of chickenpox. Shingles is usually mild in children and can be severe in adults. Complications from shingles, which is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus that lies dormant in the body, result in about three times the number of hospitalizations and five times the number of deaths as those from chickenpox disease. The analyses were authored by Gary Goldman, Ph.D., a former research analyst with the VASP, using capture-recapture methods. Goldman worked from 1995 through late 2002 at one of three projects in the nation assigned to actively study the effects of chickenpox vaccine and received reports from three hundred different public and private schools, day cares, and healthcare facilities. He observed that because the vaccine is eliminating chickenpox disease, children and adults no longer receive the natural boost to their immune systems that they received from periodic exposures to the disease. Due to the dramatic decline in chickenpox, children are now experiencing a higher incidence of shingles and Goldman predicts that a large scale increase in shingles incidence will soon become manifest among adults-a group more susceptible to serious complications… Goldman also reports that shortly after communicating on authorship issues with health officials associated with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concerning the shingles data and analysis, he was threatened with legal action if he published the manuscript in the medical literature. He said, "Whenever research data and information concerning potential adverse effects associated with a vaccine used in a human population are suppressed and/or misrepresented by health authorities, not only is this most disturbing, it goes against all accepted scientific norms and dangerously compromises professional ethics."

Pretty scary about the cover-up! I personally won’t be getting a flu shot and my kids have never been vaccinated but you have to make up your own mind about what you are going to do. We have natural ways to strengthen your immunity and to fight the cold and flu bugs.

Office News

Thanksgiving this year is on Thursday the 27th and we will be closed. We will be open Friday morning the 28th from 10-12 for anyone who needs to get in. If no one shows up we will go home early so don’t wait until 11:59 to call or come in. My staff needs time off too!