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Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 | 0 comments

Flu Shot or Not?


 

It’s back. Flu season is here and everywhere you go, signs hang from store windows – “Flu Shots available” “Get your Flu shot here”.

During the 2010-2011 seasons, nearly half of all Americans received a flu vaccination. But the question and the controversy remains, is the flu shot really protecting us? Or is it really just a shot in the dark?

Advocates insist that the flu vaccine will protect the weak and keep the population primed for the dreaded day when we may be threatened by a true pandemic. However, critics argue that the vaccine is practically no better than a placebo, and in fact, there may be many safety concerns in getting a shot.

Over the years, scientists have become better at isolating specific influenza strains and producing updated vaccines. But it is still an inherently inexact science. We are simply unable to keep up with the speed at which viruses can morph and spread. So are we even aiming at the right target?  In even healthy populations, typical vaccines only protect against 3 or 4 strains, not the multiple strains that are constantly mutating.

But it is fear that keeps the population coming back for more – new shots each year to protect us. But do we really need to be so afraid in the first place? Experts explain that the incidence of influenza is greatly inflated because of an incredibly common confusion between the deadly influenza viruses and simple “influenza-like illnesses” (commonly miscalled the “flu”) that are more frequently attributed to other viral and bacterial agents.

Experts estimate that only about 7% of people with “influenza-like illnesses” actually have influenza.

The CDC has the media portraying influenza as a deadly threat, but data suggest that seasonal influenza is actually relatively rare and benign, with an incidence of less than 1% in the general population during autumn and winter months.

On average, experts estimate that perhaps 1 adult out of 100 vaccinated will get influenza versus a whooping 2 out of 100 for those who do not. So is the possible gain worth the risk?

While there are still certainly plenty of experts that highly endorse the influenza vaccine, take a look at what is in your shot:

Thimerosal  a mercury-based preservative removed from other vaccines in 2001

Polysorbate 80 – a chemical linked to infertility

Formaldehyde – a major human carcinogen

Octoxinol-10 – a chemical commonly used as a vaginal spermicide

THE GOOD NEWS? There are other ways to stay healthy this Flu season!

 

Natural Prevention

-Avoid contact with sick people

-When you are sick, stay home!

-Wash your hands frequently

-Keep your (germy!) hands away from your face

-Support your immune system with plenty of sleep and exercise

-Get plenty of sunshine (soak up that vitamin D)

Avoid antibiotics. Surprised? Antibiotics can weaken your natural defense system. By avoiding chemical antibacterial agents, you’re immune system will get smarter and work harder.

Get adjusted! What better way to support your immune system than a strong base. Use regular chiropractic adjustments keep your spine in line and your body healthy.

 

 

Yours In Health,
John J. Koc, D.C.
16429 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ. 85032

 

 
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Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 | 0 comments

When Popping A Pill Does More Harm Than Good


     How big is the risk associated with medication use? According to a startling report released in the summer of 2006 by the Institute of medicine, at least 1.5 million patients are injured each year by medication errors.  How big is the risk associated with medication use? According to a startling report released in the summer of 2006 by the Institute of medicine, at least 1.5 million patients are injured each year by medication errors.  And what about the fatality rate?  The groundbreaking 2003 medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith discovered that 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes. That’s the equivalent of six jumbo jet crashes a day for an entire year.

The problem is, prescription drugs don’t treat diseases; they merely cover the symptoms. U.S. physicians provide allopathic health care – that is, they care for disease, not health. So, the over-prescription of drugs and medications is designed to treat disease instead of preventing it. And because there are so many drugs available, unforeseen adverse drug reactions are all too common, which leads to the highly conservative annual prescription drug death rate of 106,000.

Through chiropractic care many of our patients at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic (Augusta, GA) have been able to eliminate their need for prescription medication, or lesson their dosage for the treatment of medical conditions such as headaches, fibromyalgiaand low back pain.

A recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals some unsettling patterns from the increasing use of prescription drugs from 1999 to 2008.  Among people older than 60, the researchers found, about 88 percent were using at least one medicine, and more than one-third were taking five or more.  “People may be taking too many drugs — that’s a big concern in the older age groups,” said Dr. Qiuping Gu, the epidemiologist who led the research. “When you see such a big percentage taking five or more drugs, side effects and safety become very serious issues.”  Almost 45 percent of people over 60 now take cholesterol-lowering prescription medicine, more than twice the rate in 1999.   Even among children under 12, more than 22 percent were using at least one prescription drug (most commonly for asthma), and so were almost 30 percent of teenagers.  The report also cited data finding that spending on prescription drugs more than doubled over the decade, even after accounting for inflation. In constant dollars, Americans spent more than $234 billion on prescription drugs in 2008, up from $104.6 billion in 1999.

Read rest of this article at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic 

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