Dr. Craig Reese, DC. PC.
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Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
September 2019 Newsletter


With kids back in school and fall arriving this month, you start to hear and see all the ads promoting flu shots.Every year I willingly pass on this recommendation for a variety of reasons.  I’ll let some different medical experts tell you why they also avoid it.

You see, there are hundreds of strains of the flu and the shot only protects against three or four of them. The CDC gives an educated guess, but it’s “a shot in the dark” at best. 
Meanwhile, you’ll be exposed to risks… 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the flu shot is the MOST dangerous vaccine out there based on injuries and deaths compensated by the U.S. government (to the tune of BILLIONS OF DOLLARS). 

And because a preservative used in “multi-dose” versions of it (called thimerosal) contains mercury, it can be downright TOXIC as well. 

No thank you! (https://nutritionandhealing.com/2019/05/29/bulletproof-against-the-flu) Dr. Glenn Rothfeld, MD

The CDC has a direct financial interest in vaccinating the entire population since it holds multiple patents on vaccines including the flu vaccine.In order to frighten the public to get the flu vaccine, the CDC’s scare tactics include annual statements that the flu kills 36,000 Americans per year.  Last year, they said the flu killed 80,000.  More fake news!  What the CDC fails to state is that there has never been a year when 36,000 Americans died from laboratory-confirmed influenza.  Looking at the flu death statistics from 1980- 2016 (the last year data is available) shows that a yearly average of 1,647 people died from the flu with a high of 5,251 in 2015 and a low of 257 in 2001.  Keep in mind that is out of a population of 325 million people.    How many died from a combined pneumonia and influenza during that same time period? A yearly average of 65,548 died yearly from combining both pneumonia and influenza.

It is clear that many more died from pneumonia.  That is not fake news.

Any death is tragic.  However, vaccinating 325 million people to prevent the 1,647 from dying from the flu is beyond ridiculous.  And, I did not even go over the side effects of the flu vaccine. Does the flu vaccine protect against deaths from pneumonia? Nope.

Folks, the flu vaccine only works on a very small percentage of the population—less than 10% who receive it benefit from it.  And, the elderly, the most vulnerable to the flu, have the worst response to the flu vaccine—perhaps 1% of the elderly are protected from the flu from the flu vaccine.  When you factor in the toxic agents, such as mercury, in a flu vaccine, the question of whether to get a flu vaccine is easy:  No way!! (https://www.drbrownstein.com/more-fake-flu-news-from-the-failing-wall-street-journal)

Dr. David Brownstein, MD

In other words, your flu vaccination may backfire in that it could make you more susceptible not only to flu in a coming year, but to other illnesses right after you get the vaccine, including respiratory diseases. In fact, research presented at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society revealed that children who get seasonal flu vaccinations were three times more at risk of hospitalization than children who do not — and the risk was even higher for children with asthma.

If you want to be protected from influenza, consider practicing immune system-boosting strategies that may help shield your body against flu-causing agents. Optimizing vitamin D levels,93,94,95 increasing vitamins B1 and C intake96 or taking zinc lozenges when initial flu symptoms appear are known to work better than vaccines in addressing the disease before it worsens.(https://articles.mercola.com/flu-shot-side-effects.aspx) Dr. Joe Mercola, DO

I recommend 10,000 IU’s of vitamin D for adults from October-April.  At the first symptoms of a cold or flu, take echinacea, goldenseal, elderberry, usnea, etc.  This usually will knock it out fast.