Flu Vaccine, Prevention & Treatment and the Top 10 Super Foods for Immune System - [Today's Topic from DeWayne McCulley & the Death to Diabetes Office]
During the winter season, we always receive a lot of questions from our students and diabetic clients concerning whether they should get the flu shot. But, this year, we have been swamped with phone calls, Skype calls, emails, letters, office visits, etc. about what people should do given that the flu continues to ravage the country. [Ref: http://bit.ly/1-2018-flu-widespread]
? That's the Number 1 question that we are asked every year. And, every year, we tell our students and diabetic clients the same thing: Whether you get the flu shot or not is a personal choice. And, that personal choice should be based on an understanding of the immune system and how the flu shot actually affects your immune system.
Unfortunately, what we have discovered over the past several years is that most people really don't understand how their immune system works and how the flu vaccine affects their immune system. As a result, most people choose (or not choose) to get the flu shot for the wrong reasons.
We have chosen not to get the flu shot for 4 reasons: () ds: There are proven super foods and other natural safe methods to STRENGTHEN the immune system in order to slow down, deactivate and/or kill the flu virus. Over the years, drug-based solutions have proven not to be as safe or effective. () : Prescription drugs actually the immune system, which makes the body more susceptible to the flu virus. () : More specifically, the flu vaccine also weakens the immune system. This is due to the vaccine over-activating the humoral (antibody) portion of the immune system while creating a weak cellular immune response from the very immune cells that are designed to kill the virus! e.g. macrophages, NK cells. () (): Based on the structure of the flu virion, it has two mutating proteins that make the flu vaccine ineffective. In addition, the injection of the flu vaccine directly into the upper arm bypasses two-thirds of the immune system, creating an imbalanced immune response!
FYI: Science actually shows us how the flu virus is structured, how it works, and, how it mutates. Based on that, it's almost impossible for the flu vaccine to be manufactured with the right viral strain! In fact, the CDC confirms that the flu vaccine is mostly ineffective due to the flu virus's mutating capability. Using science to understand how the flu virus uses our own cells to replicate and spread inside our bodies is very empowering. Why? Because that same science provides insights into the weaknesses of the virus and how to strengthen your immune system to take advantage of those weaknesses. By doing that, you can direct your immune system to slow down, deactivate, and kill the virus.
The CDC and the pharmaceutical companies want us to trust in the science of pharmacology but they refuse to even look at the science of nutrition, foods, herbs and natural compounds. Why? Because you can't patent a food or make any money telling people to eat garlic. :-)
So, instead of me telling you what to do, I will share what we discuss in my flu class including how the immune system works, how the flu virus attacks you, and what the flu vaccine does and does not do. And, more importantly, I will explain how various super foods and other natural remedies can strengthen your immune system to slow down/kill the virus and prevent you from becoming a victim of the virus.
And, even if you should get the flu, there is no need to panic -- we will show you how to shorten the duration and lessen the severity of the virus. Then, and only then, will you be able to make an informed decision about whether you and your family members should get the flu vaccine.
We'll get into this in more detail shortly, but, in a nutshell, you must STRENGTHEN your immune system. Whether you get the flu shot or not is a mute point. Either way, you still have to strengthen your immune system. I know that I sound like a broken record, but, this cannot be emphasized enough. A bunch of drugs, antibiotics, pain relievers, fever reducers, vaccines, steroids, antivirals, aspirins, etc. aren't going to help you! In fact, too many of the wrong drugs will actually weaken your immune system and make matters worse!
Before we get started, let me just say that there are a multitude of foods, herbs and compounds with ANTIVIRAL properties and a proven track record that can help you strengthen your immune system. Some examples include: homemade chicken soup with garlic, broth, echinacea, hot herbal tea with raw honey, ginger and turmeric; elderberry syrup or tea, coconut water, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and zinc.
Bottom-line: Eating foods, herbs and compounds with antiviral properties is critical to being able to kill and destroy the flu virus.
Use the instructions on the PowerPoint slide (attached) as a guide. For more details, go to our website page about flu prevention and natural remedies.
: If you don't have the flu, but, you feel a "tickle" in your throat or you feel a slight chill, that's the flu virus latching onto your nasal and trachea epithelial cells! Here are some killer tonics that really work to kill the virus before it takes hold and spreads. [Ref: http://bit.ly/flu-warning-tips] 1. Quickly gargle with a glass of warm water and sea salt every hour for the next 3-4 hours. The flu virus hates salt! :-) 2. Another option is to gargle with warm water and lemon and raw honey. 3. If you can stand it, bite down on 2-3 cloves of raw garlic (to release the allicin) and swallow them. If you have a garlic press, that's even better! Garlic kills the buggers on contact! 4. Take 1-2 teaspoons of organic black elderberry syrup (to increase macrophage/cytokine activity (i.e. TNF-α) and deactivate the flu virion's HA & NA protein spikes which the virus uses to attack and enter your cells) 5. Take 1 tsp. unprocessed cod liver oil (for the Vitamin D and Omega-3s). 6. Still, another option is to gargle with organic apple cider vinegar. 7. Use herbal spray/nebulizer with saline/herbal solution or colloidal silver to help your nasal immune cells. Over the years, we have found this "quick-hit" strategy along with the other natural remedies on our flu web page to be very powerful, effective and long-lasting against all strains of the flu. [Ref: http://bit.ly/dtd-natural-remedies]
' : The CDC and the medical industry recommend that you get the flu vaccine and take various medications to fight the flu. The CDC and most medical doctors believe that people with diabetes should get the flu shot because they have weakened immune systems. Despite evidence to the contrary, the CDC and the pharmaceutical/medical industries truly believe this so much that they continue to increase their advertising and marketing campaigns to encourage more and more people to get the flu shot -- including babies!, children, pregnant women, people with egg allergies!, diabetics, and senior people.
According to the CDC, because all of these people have weakened or compromised immune systems, they need the flu vaccine. And, since the flu vaccine appears to help the immune system produce antibodies to prevent the flu, it appears to make sense that most people should get the flu shot ... Well, if you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you. :-)
Before I get into flu prevention, natural remedies and the top 10 super foods for strengthening the immune system and killing the flu, I thought that I would share with you what's been happening in our training classes during the past several years concerning the flu vaccine controversy.
Thanks to many of you, over the past several years, our training classes have grown tremendously because of word-of-mouth, my book (Death to Diabetes), and because so many companies were losing money because of the increase in employee absences and hospital stays due to diabetes and the flu. Several years ago, four smaller companies and groups within those companies had gotten together to hold an internal company health fair event. During that time, most of these companies had funded us and several other health groups and insurance companies to come in and speak about healthcare, diabetes, and the flu -- usually during the September to early December timeframe.
About 4 years later, each of these companies had noticed a tremendous decrease in their employee absences and improvements in their health, based on their employees' medical reports. They also noticed that absences and hospital visits during the flu season had gone to almost zero, which was unheard of for people with diabetes. There was also an improvement with non-diabetics who had attended our classes.
Years earlier, many of our students and diabetic clients had started out getting the flu vaccine. But, each year some of our students and diabetic clients who got the flu shot were having adverse reactions or got the flu. However, most of the students and diabetic clients who didn't get the flu vaccine did not catch the flu.
I realize that this is a limited sample, but, it affected enough people such that some of the people who had gotten the flu vaccine decided to change their diet and NOT get the flu shot to see if it would make a difference. And, it did! As a result, we started to get more students who were non-diabetics, which made our training a little more difficult. Also, there was a lot of confusion, anger and anxiety with the employees who were being encouraged to get the flu shot. As it turned out, some of the employees that we had trained had husbands, wives, and relatives who had not attended our training, so there was a lot of arguing going on within families concerning whether to get the flu vaccine.
We had to expand our normal training from 1 hour to 2 hours and over the years it has expanded to 4 hours, because a lot of the non-diabetics didn't know anything about our diabetes wellness program. Fortunately, the companies pitched in and bought a truckload of my "Death to Diabetes" books for their non-diabetic employees. (yay!) :-)
So, here we are, several years later ... The reps from some of the healthcare companies, insurance companies, and some of the medical people have admitted to me that they are amazed and impressed that people are doing so well without getting the flu shot! They admitted to me that they thought I got lucky during the first couple years. They didn't expect the good fortune of the employees' health would last this long. Ironically, some of the medical personnel ended up getting the flu and decided later to sign up for some of our classes during the past three years. Now, some of them are trying to avoid getting the flu shot. But, some of them told me that they may have to get the flu shot to keep their job! What?? :-O Is this still America??
FYI: Over the years, I had made a conscious decision to argue with the companies' medical personnel about the flu vaccine. Instead I decided to focus on science and education and allow the results speak to the effectiveness of our program. I had also agreed to reimburse them if the program didn't help them with their health. They loved that! :-)
Needless to say, the medical and healthcare personnel learned a lot about the immune system and how the flu vaccine actually affects the immune system at the cellular level. Now that they know how the flu vaccine actually affects the immune system (and other systems), some of them admitted to me that they don't know what to do without risking their own jobs. (I believe that I have a solution for all of this -- a win-win for everyone -- more about that later).
But, I must admit that some of them were really angry with me and wouldn't accept what I was telling them even though they agreed with my explanation of the science behind the pathophysiology and pathogenesis of the flu virus at the cellular level. (I'll discuss that in more detail in a future post for those of you who just love science :-)).
: I was really surprised with the amount of anger and frustration among family members and friends about the flu vaccine. Interestingly, both sides were using points of view that had nothing to do with science! They thought their points of view were based on science but it was information that they had learned over the years from TV, their doctors, newspapers, the Internet, etc. I've also seen the same thing on social media. But, it's worse there because misinformation spreads just a like a virus (pun intended). I've noticed the anger and frustration has escalated into rudeness and personal attacks in this negatively-charged environment that we live in -- primarily, due to people's ignorance, fear, ego, envy and hidden agendas. Ironically, if you're diabetic, this anger and frustration will only raise your blood glucose and worsen your health! -------------------------------------------------------------------- : Of course, it would be impossible for me to explain the details of a 4-hour training program about influenza and the flu virus in a Facebook post, especially without the 57 PowerPoint slides! [I love PowerPoint] :-) So, I will touch on about 10% of the content and key points. (I'm telling you this upfront just in case somebody over-reacts to my post). :-) ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: The immune system consists of 2 major subsystems where one of the subsystems consists of two parts. More specifically, as depicted in our Immune System Architecture diagram [Ref: http://bit.ly/dtd-immune-system], the immune system consists of two subsystems: the Innate Immunity System (yellow box) and the Adaptive Immunity System (green & blue boxes). Also, the Adaptive Immunity System supports two types of immunity: cell-mediated (green box) immunity and antibody-mediated (blue box) immunity. Why should this be of any importance to you? Because the flu vaccine bypasses the natural innate immunity system (yellow box), which has the cells that kill the virus! Look at the cells in the yellow box -- most of those cells are killers. The flu vaccine triggers the antibody-mediated immunity system (blue box), which produces antibodies and provides a strong Th2 antibody immune response. But, it also provides a WEAK Th1 cellular immune response. This strong Th2 response in combination with a weak Th1 response creates an imbalance that prevents the Th1 system from killing the virus. Oh, by the way, a strong Th1 immune response would give us close to permanent immunity without the side effects of allergies, asthma, eczema, etc. Plus, there would be no need to have to get a flu shot every year anymore! :-O Your innate immune system will activate the antibody portion (blue box) of your immune system to produce the necessary antibodies. Now, some of you may be thinking that I'm implying some kind of conspiracy here. No, I'm not. Actually, there is a reasonable explanation why the vaccine was designed this way. Years ago when they first started designing the flu vaccine, it was based on previous vaccines. Also, back then, virologists and other scientists were unaware of the architectural structure of the immune system. Although they understand it now (to some degree), back then, they looked at the immune system as one huge system of organs, tissues and cells spread throughout the human body. They did not realize that there were three distinct parts, including a Th1-Th2 infrastructure that keeps the immune system in balance and allows the immune system to provide an optimum immune response, depending on the type of pathogen or toxin. ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: Under normal circumstances, a virus (or any pathogen) enters the body via the eyes, nose or mouth -- not through your arm and bloodstream like the flu vaccine. When the virus enters your nose, the epithelial cells in the nasal passageways release cytokines (signals), which activate immune cells in the Innate Immune System. These immune cells include macrophages, which eat and digest the pathogens via a process called phagocytosis; and, natural killer (NK) cells, which inject an enzyme into the virus to break it down and kill it via a process called lysis. If the immune cells need help, the macrophages send out signals (cytokines) to recruit additional immune cells, some of which activate the cell-mediated and/or the antibody-mediated immunity system. Here is a simple flowchart that shows how the flu develops in your body: http://bit.ly/flu-flowchart If you're into the science, here is a functional flow diagram of how the flu virus attacks your body and how the immune cells fight back to kill the virus (at the cellular level): http://bit.ly/flu-pathogenesis-diagram ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: However, since the flu shot is injected directly into the bloodstream, it bypasses the Innate Immune System's first line of defense and the cell-mediated portion of the Adaptive Immune System. In other words, the flu shot initially bypasses almost two-thirds of the immune system! This prevents the Innate Immune System from "learning" about the viruses and building a natural immune response. The flu vaccine uses adjuvants, which are substances that are added to a vaccine to increase the body's immune response to the vaccine. These adjuvants create a strong Th2 immune response, which produces the antibodies to fight the virus. However, the adjuvants create a WEAK Th1 response, which limits the activation of the immune cells that eat and kill the virus, e.g. macrophages, natural killer (NK) cells, cytotoxic T killers, etc. Even the CDC is in agreement with this and why the flu vaccine is so ineffective most years. Now, you may be asking why should this mean anything to you? It should because the vaccine provides a TEMPORARY antigen-specific immunity via the Th2 pathway that requires that you get a new flu vaccine next year because the virus will have mutated again! If the vaccine were redesigned to activate the innate immune system (via the Th1 pathway), it would give us close to PERMANENT immunity via the killer cells (macrophages and natural killer cells) and there would be no need to keep getting re-vaccinated every year! Here are a couple websites that explain the Th1-Th2 response in more detail: http://bit.ly/vaccine-th1-th2-impact http://bit.ly/vaccine-th1-th2 So, why is the vaccine designed this way? It was partially due to ignorance. The virologists and scientists didn't really understand the structure of the immune system back then. p.s. To make matters worse, a Th2-dominant vaccine makes us more susceptible to other illnesses such as allergies, asthma, eczema, etc. as well as more serious diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, etc. ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: According to the CDC, the effectiveness of the flu vaccine ranges from 10% to 47% -- that's less than 50% effective! Here is a link where the CDC spokesperson agreed that this year's flu vaccine is not that effective and that we need better flu vaccines. But, then, he says that everyone should still get the flu shot! What? Why is there so much conflicting information? Just follow the money and you'll understand ... :-) [Ref: http://bit.ly/CDC-vaccine] ------------------------------------------------------------------ c [ ]: Just to be clear about those percentages from the CDC, that percentage of effectiveness does not mean it's the percentage of effectiveness against getting the flu. It does not mean that 47% of the people who got the flu vaccine didn't catch the flu. It means that 47% of the people who got the flu vaccine were successful in creating antibodies, based on the strain mix in the vaccine! But, since the strain mix in the vaccine is usually the wrong strain, that means the real success rate is closer to 0%! :-O According to the latest report from the CDC about the 2017 flu vaccine, the flu virus is widespread across the United States: "Flu is everywhere in the US right now," said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza branch. "This is the first year we've had the entire continental US at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time." It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now, he said, with a 5.8% increase in laboratory-confirmed cases this week over last. http://bit.ly/cnn-flu-overwhelms-us / : As of January 2018, this year's flu virus is affecting an increasing number of people nationwide with reports of multiple strains of H1N1 and especially H3N2. This is another indication of the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine. [Ref: http://bit.ly/1-2018-flu-widespread] Here is a January 2018 report about the virulence and spread of the H3N2 strain and the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine being anywhere from 10% to 39%: http://bit.ly/2018-flu-H3N2 ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: Some of the ingredients in the flu vaccine have been identified as toxins that may be harmful to one's health. Besides the flu strains, these ingredients include thimerosal (mercury compound), formaldehyde, aluminum salts, chicken egg proteins, antibiotics, and detergent. [Ref: http://bit.ly/flu-vaccine-ingredients] [Ref: http://bit.ly/nnews-flu-vaccine-ingred] However, according to the CDC, these amounts are small enough such that they should not be considered dangerous. : OK, let's assume that the amounts of these toxins are too small to harm us. Let me ask you a simple question: Would you swallow a ½ drop of arsenic since the amount is too small to harm your body? ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: According to clinical studies and reports, there are many side effects and injuries because of the flu vaccine and other vaccines, e.g. allergies, autism, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), other autoimmune diseases, paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, seizures, skin rashes. Even the CDC admits to some of these side effects! [Ref: http://bit.ly/cdc-flu-vaccine-side-effects] According to multiple studies, flu vaccines account for more vaccine injuries and deaths than any other vaccine! Although the CDC denies this level of severity, all you have to do is just read the consent form that you have to sign before getting the flu shot. A typical consent form tells you that you "release the Company and any other organizations associated with the administration of this flu vaccine from any and all liability arising from or connected with this vaccination." [Ref: http://bit.ly/flu-shot-consent-form] Vaccines are the only products in the U.S. that do not have liability. You cannot sue for injuries or death. But that is only in the U.S. Around the world, there are lawsuits because of serious injuries and deaths from vaccines such as the flu vaccine and the HPV vaccine (Gardasil). The flu vaccine was taken off the market for under five in Australia after deaths and injuries. Prevnar, a pneumococcal vaccine, was banned in China. Pfizer’s vaccination program was kicked out of the country. France just pulled Rotavirus off their schedule after infant deaths and injuries. [Ref: http://bit.ly/hpv-vaccine-gardasil-deaths] So, you can begin to see why you have to sign away any liability given the increasing injuries and side effects from the flu vaccine. If you find this difficult to believe, just read some of the CDC reports and the vaccine injury reports on their own website. ------------------------------------------------------------------ b [ ]: Years ago, several of our students and some diabetic clients had pointed out that they had never had a bad reaction from getting the flu shot, so they kept getting the flu shot. Well, three years later, some of them and their children were having health problems that they had never experienced before! e.g. allergies, chronic fatigue, autoimmune dysfunction, muscle coordination problems, etc. Sidebar: Interestingly, over the years, some of our students who were pro-vaxxers became anti-vaxxers; and, some who were anti-vaxxers became pro-vaxxers. In every case (except one), the change was due to a perceived vaccine-related injury ... ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: Several years ago, some of our other students and diabetic clients told us that they got the flu shot to protect other family members. But, it didn't work -- family members ended up with the flu, but, their doctors didn't know why. Also, some of the students who got the flu shot one year and didn't the next year thought that the flu shot would still work the next year because it worked the previous year. They didn't realize it was their immune system that saved them, not the flu shot from the previous year! These are just a couple of the many examples demonstrating why people need to understand how the immune system works! When a family member gets the flu shot, it doesn't protect other family members! In fact, most people who get the flu shot may actually be contagious for 1 to 2 days! And, if you don't get the flu, it's your immune system that protected you, not the flu shot! Now, to be fair, not getting the flu shot can be just as dangerous as getting the flu shot -- especially if you have a weak or compromised immune system or if you don't know how to treat the flu with natural antivirals. Here is a sad story of a young college girl, who did not get the flu shot and died from the flu. Unfortunately, no one knew how to help her because they didn't know that there are natural antivirals with proven track records. http://bit.ly/cnn-died-no-flu-shot These stories are disheartening because there is no need for people to die just because they don't have the right information! How can we help people? Any constructive suggestions? ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ , &; ]: "I'm not a lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night." :-) My areas of expertise are engineering and science, so I tend to stay away from any legal issues associated with the healthcare industry. As an engineer, I don't believe that you can draw a direct causal relationship between the increase in vaccine-related lawsuits and vaccines being the root cause. However, I must admit that it is becoming a little disconcerting with the increase in vaccine-related lawsuits and the number of vaccine injuries and deaths. Even if only 10% of these lawsuits are legitimately tied to vaccines, that's still too many vaccine injuries and deaths! Given my limited understanding of the legal side of this, here is what I uncovered with some very limited research. (Actually, all I did was google "National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act"). But, here is part of what I found [Ref: http://bit.ly/vaccine-injury-payouts]: The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan as part of a larger health bill on Nov 14, 1986, to reduce the potential financial liability of vaccine makers due to vaccine injury claims. By doing this, the president signed away the rights of Americans to sue vaccine makers, replacing them with a law that forces families who have suffered vaccine injury or death to sue the U.S. government instead of a pharmaceutical company. As a result, the NCVIA led to the creation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), which allows Americans to file a petition for compensation for vaccines injuries. In addition, a United States Special Claims Court was set up and given full authority as judge with no jury to decide the fate of Americans who were unfortunate to be stricken by a vaccine injury — which can range from mild symptoms to chronic illnesses and even death. On February 22, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court shielded drug companies from all liability for harm caused by vaccines mandated by government when companies could have made a safer vaccine. Unfortunately, most people in America were not aware that they could sue for damages from vaccine injuries or that vaccines were ruled to be unavoidably unsafe by the U.S. Supreme Court! [Ref: http://bit.ly/no-pharma-liability] But, despite that lack of awareness, vaccine injury cases are on the rise. Some examples include huge payouts for flu shot injuries ($61 million in 2015), chicken pox injuries ($5.8 million in 2015), hepatitis B injuries ($8 million in 2015), and TDaP/DTP/DPT and D/T injuries ($9.8 million). [Ref: http://bit.ly/vaccine-injury-payouts] People who are pro-vaccine will point out that these payouts don't mean that these vaccines actually caused any injuries. That's true, but, as I mentioned earlier, even if only 10% of these cases were vaccine-related injuries, that's still too many injuries! ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: The flu virus is an RNA-replicating virus that makes small errors (mutations) when it copies its genetic code during reproduction within the host cell. But, because the flu virus is an RNA virus, it lacks the self-correcting mechanism to fix the errors. As a result, the flu virus is not genetically stable as it mutates and changes the properties of its hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) surface proteins. These two proteins are responsible for how the virus attaches, invades and escapes the host cell. http://bit.ly/virus-structure Ok, so what does all that science mumbo-jumbo mean to you? :-) Well, it means that the scientists are unable to predict the right strain to put in the vaccine because the flu virus continues to mutate! As a result, according to the CDC, the flu is only successful 10% to 47% of the time! http://bit.ly/virus-mutations You see, the antibodies created in your body by the flu vaccine do not recognize the new flu virus antigen and therefore cannot stop it or kill it. These errors (or mutations) are why the vaccine fails more than half the time! To make matters worse, the adjuvants in the flu vaccine create a strong Th2 antibody immune response but a weak Th1 cell immune response. That means that there are a lot of antibodies to "tag" the virus, but, there aren't enough killer cells to destroy the viruses, making people (who lack these killer cells) more susceptible to the flu and pneumonia! So, what are you to do? Bottom-line, whether you get the flu vaccine or not, you MUST strengthen your immune system and your overall health. Even if you get the flu shot, you can't expect it to protect you if you don't take the steps to protect yourself by eating healthier and living a healthier lifestyle. Refer to our natural remedies and the top flu-fighting foods to help you: http://bit.ly/dtd-natural-remedies http://bit.ly/flu-super-foods http://bit.ly/flu-fighting-foods ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: This probably should be POINT #1. I've discussed this issue for years, but, most people have ignored this problem because they don't see it as a big problem. Of course, that changes after you develop a disease like diabetes and realize years later that the drugs don't really work. When most people see the words "Drug Problem in America", they envision a problem with cocaine, heroin, and other street drugs. However, the Number 1 drug problem in America is NOT street drugs -- it's PRESCRIPTION drugs! And, as I've mentioned in my classes, my books, seminars, workshops, etc.: If we continue to keep our heads in the sand, this problem will continue to grow until one day, each and everyone of us will be affected directly or indirectly. Forty years ago, there were very few TV commercials about prescription drugs with a revenue of $12 billion in 1980. Twenty years later, TV commercials increased more than 10-fold and prescription drug revenues skyrocketed to $121 billion! And, that doubled to $242 billion within another 8 years by 2008! [Ref: http://bit.ly/prescription-drug-expenditures] Americans filled 4.3 billion prescriptions and doled out nearly $374 billion on medicine in 2014, according to new data from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The data shows that American men and women's spending on medicine hit the highest level since 2001, up 13% in 2014 compared with the year before. [Ref: http://bit.ly/American-spending-on-drugs] Americans take more prescriptions drugs per month than the next 3 countries combined! Americans spend almost $1,000 per person per year on drugs, which is twice more than countries like France and Germany. But, the pharmaceutical companies want even more revenues and profits. [Someone has to pay for those big mansions and yachts]. :-) And, that someone is us ... For example, a couple years ago, in order to increase the pool of people that take prescription drugs for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the pharmaceutical industry partnered with the medical industry, which lowered their medical diagnosis targets on high blood pressure and high cholesterol under the guise of helping patients obtain an earlier diagnosis. This "help" increased the potential customer base for new prescription drugs by more than 37 million people! So, what does that have to do with vaccines? Well, vaccines are a subset of the bigger drug problem that we've ignored over the years in America. Back in 2000, the vaccine market was around $6 billion. Today the vaccine market is worth at least $24 billion and will be worth $61 billion by 2020, with America dominating the global vaccines market, accounting for about 45% of the total revenue. Vaccines have the highest profit margin of any pharmaceutical drug on the market. Drug companies make more money off vaccines than they do any other pharmaceutical drug, in terms of profit margin. [RE: http://bit.ly/vaccine-market-revenues] More than 40 years ago, the pharmaceutical industry was not happy with the profits and revenues in the vaccine market. So, the pharmaceutical industry started lobbying our lawmakers to implement new laws associated with vaccines, including removing the pharmaceutical companies as being liable for the side effects of vaccines! You see, Big Pharma knew that it needed to change the rules in order to turn the vaccine market into a multi-billion dollar business! And, while we continue to argue among ourselves or ignore the problem, Big Pharma continues to increase their revenues and profits. FYI: Recently, over the past few years, I've noticed a dramatic increase in vaccine TV commercials ... When are we going to learn? ... " ." ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: The most common drug prescriptions in America are for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, antidepressants, opioids, antibiotics, high blood pressure, and vaccines. ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ &; ]: When I was diabetic, I found it difficult to believe that prescription drugs were harmful. In fact, drugs saved my life! But, when I did some in-depth research and looked at the science of disease pathophysiology and pathogenesis, science showed me that drugs were not the right long-term solution, especially for lifestyle-driven diseases. If you find yourself struggling with what's the real truth behind all of these drug controversies and what to do, instead of arguing about it, there are 4 ways to figure out the truth: (1) See if there's a money trail; (2) Do the research; (3) Educate yourself about the science and disease pathology; and, (4) Design a science-based non-drug, alternative solution for your health problem. Some people will do the first one, because it's not that difficult. Some people will do the research because they want to know more than just the money-side of the issue. Unfortunately, this is where most people stop. Not because they don't want to know more, but, because it takes a lot of work and time to understand and learn how science really works. And, then, it takes even more work and time to use that science to go the extra mile and design a bottoms-up, science-based, results-driven alternative solution. Science is not for everyone :-)And, the pharmaceutical companies know that. And, Big Pharma knows that people like to complain, point fingers and blame others. It's to their benefit because it keeps people divided while they rake in the big money. For example, a lot of people blame the doctors for the vaccine problem. Doctors are not the problem! They are a SYMPTOM of the bigger problem! And, other people blame science. Science is not the problem! It's the people in powerful positions who manipulate the science and the statistics to protect their multi-billion dollar business, e.g. Big Pharma, FDA, CDC, AMA, lawmakers, etc. People think this is a moral issue. It's not. People think this is a medical issue. It's not. It's business. And, until we begin to realize that it's business, we will continue to argue among ourselves and blame the wrong people while Big Pharma gets more and more powerful. And, this business is backed by the government and lawmakers -- the people we voted for ... They're all laughing to the bank while we argue among ourselves ... ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ & ]: The prescription drug business, which includes vaccines, is a multi-billion dollar industry. Getting angry and upset about this won't help you with your diabetes or other health problems. Instead of getting angry, get smarter and eat healthier, and avoid becoming a victim of the prescription drug business. And, do not underestimate the pharmaceutical companies -- they are always one or two steps ahead of us. They along with the CDC have paid TV networks/media to advertise their products and paid off government officials to get laws passed that would eventually make most vaccines mandatory by law to further increase their revenues and profits! Warning! Over the past few years, I've noticed a huge increase in TV commercials about vaccines. It's the same game plan that Big Pharma used 25 years ago with various prescription drugs. And, it worked very well as drug prescriptions for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol went up more than 210%! ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ & ]:We're not aware of any US federal vaccination laws, but all 50 states have state laws requiring children to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (generally in a DTaP vaccine); polio (an IPV vaccine); and measles, mumps and rubella (generally in an MMR vaccine). However, there are religious, philosophical and medical exemptions for most states. [Ref: http://bit.ly/vaccine-exemptions] However, be aware that Big Pharma is working with lawmakers within each state to get rid of these exemptions for most of the major vaccines! Concerning the flu vaccine, although Big Pharma has tried :-), there are no current state or federal laws making the flu vaccine mandatory. However, Big Pharma has gotten around this by using the CDC and insurance companies to convince health-related employers and companies to require that their employees get vaccinated. It's their first step towards getting this vaccine made mandatory. But, here's where the science works against them. There are multiple issues centered around the flu virion's morphology and ability to continually mutate, combined with the documented flu vaccine's ineffectiveness and dangerous side effects. Some examples of these issues from the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) include: -- The mercury issue and its adverse side effects [Ref: http://bit.ly/mercury-flu-vaccines] -- There's no guarantee that the flu shot will work [Ref: http://bit.ly/flu-vaccine-ineffectiveness] -- Why flu mandates are ineffective [Ref: http://bit.ly/why-flu-mandates-fail] -- Flu vaccine continues to fail [Ref: http://bit.ly/flu-vaccine-fails-2015] In addition to the documented ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine, recent studies show that if you get the flu shot in consecutive years, it reduces its effectiveness even more! So, year-to-year flu vaccines are not effective, yet, the CDC has yet to mention this to the public. Gee, I wonder why? :-) [Ref: http://bit.ly/year-to-year-flu-vaccine] People in all parts of the country need to mount a coordinated and focused campaign to write to their government officials, have peaceful protests, provide education & awareness, and stop the onset of mandatory vaccines before it's too late ... Ironically, these mandates are spreading like a virus ... ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ & ]: Unfortunately, the CDC, Big Pharma, FDA, AMA, some doctors, etc. all use or support fear tactics, slick marketing campaigns and misleading TV commercials to get us to believe that drugs are the best solution for our diabetes and other health problems. I recall when I was diabetic and my endocrinologist yelled at me and told me that I would die if I continued to wean myself off the insulin. I will admit to you that it scared me -- a lot. In fact, I was so sure that my endocrinologist was right, that I tested my blood glucose 8 to 12 times a day, waiting for the other shoe to fall -- but, it didn't. FYI: I talked about this at a medical conference during the first 2 minutes of the following video: http://bit.ly/dtd-video-3 Fear is a powerful motivator, especially when you don't have the right knowledge. It would have been a lot easier for me to just give in to the doctor -- but, my daughter (Thanks, Cynthia!) my mother, my sister (Thanks, Margo!), and my brother (Thanks, Greg) wouldn't allow it. So, I was fortunate to overcome the fear because of their support and the support from co-workers and people in the community and local churches ... After my recovery, I remember when churches and other community groups would ask me to speak, some reps from various health organizations labeled me as "anti-drug". I quickly corrected them and changed the narrative. Why? Because when you're labeled as anti-something, there is a natural inclination for people to want to argue with you. I changed my narrative to being "the ex-diabetic engineer who can help diabetics", not "the guy who hates drugs." In fact, if you google part of that phrase ("ex-diabetic engineer"), my name will come up on the first page of Google. Pretty cool, right? At a local health fair where I was asked to speak, a doctor stood up and accused me of being anti-drug. Instead of arguing with him (and realizing that most of my audience took drugs), I said: "Actually, drugs saved my life. I love drugs." :-) The doctor was so shocked by my response, he didn't know what to say, so he sat down. Then, I said: "Although the drugs saved my life, I realized that if I continued to take the drugs over a long period of time, that my body would deteriorate and would become dependent on the drugs." Then, I asked the audience: "Is there anyone out there who has been taking drugs for more than 5 years and their diabetes got better? Anybody? [Dead silence] Then, I said: "So, if it's okay with everyone, I would like to discuss how you can live a healthier life. How does that sound?" The place went nuts -- there was a loud uproar of amens and hallelujahs. Even the doctor shook his head in agreement. You see, I believe there is a win-win position that we can all take when it comes to any health issue. It's a matter of restructuring your narrative to align with the masses, instead of arguing with them. The vaccine issue is a prime example where you have pro-vaxxers and anti-vaxxers pitted against each other even though both groups are after the same thing: optimum health and safety for children and adults ... ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ & /-]: The pharmaceutical industry is the most powerful lobbyist in the country that controls a multi-billion-dollar drug industry. More importantly, they protect that business by getting laws in place that control the masses and grow their revenue streams. Most people mean well and try to do what's right for their families and communities as both pro-vaxxers and anti-vaxxers argue among themselves. However, they fail to see how they are being controlled and manipulated by Big Pharma. If both groups looked at the big picture, they would realize two things: (1) Big Pharma WANTS you to argue among yourselves -- that's how they stay in control! (2) Both pro-vaxxer and anti-vaxxer groups actually want the same thing: optimum health and safety for all children and adults. If vaccines were safer and more effective, almost all children and adults would be safe and healthy. Maybe it's naive on my part, but, instead of two groups fighting each other, the groups should combine towards a common goal to have "safer, more effective vaccines and no more unsafe vaccines" as the goal. How about a "safe vaccines" group or organization? Big Pharma knows this is the only way that they could lose control -- is for the masses to unite against them instead of against each other. So, Big Pharma will continue to stoke the fires on both sides and keep them fighting among themselves while they stay in control and increase their profits and revenues. ------------------------------------------------------------------ -: The vaccine issue is a very complex problem that requires a review and analysis of several key areas in order to reach an effective solution where everyone wins. Some of the key areas include: Science, Design/Manufacturing, Education, Business, Politics, Legal, and Communications (Emotions, Ego/Pride) (More about this in a future post if there is interest). Over the years, during discussions with several virologists and scientists, they agreed with me that the pharmaceutical industry needs to make changes to their vaccine design and manufacturing processes, especially in the area of quality control (safety, efficacy, toxicity, chemistry, sterility). Maybe I missed this during my research, but, I'm not sure why this is not being discussed anywhere. If the pharmaceutical industry made these changes, it would ensure safer and more effective vaccines for everyone! Vaccine injuries and deaths could be reduced significantly to less than 0.1%! But, the sad fact here is that no one appears to be raising this as an issue. In addition, there is no beneficial reason (financially) for the pharmaceutical companies to change and invest in more effective manufacturing processes that would produce safer and more effective prescription drugs or vaccines. So, unless they are pressured somehow or they are at risk of losing significant profits, they're not going to change. Any suggestions? FYI: Fortunately, in the meantime, there are unselfish and caring people like health advocates Brandy Vaughan and Deniece Young who are providing awareness and education about vaccines. This is not an easy thing to do! Maybe they and other health advocates along with people from Washington could bring the pro-vaxxers and anti-vaxxers together to unite and create a national movement against Big Pharma to implement changes to their vaccine design and manufacturing processes. Sidebar: Over the years, because of my background in biochemistry and engineering in Corporate America, I believe that I have taught a lot of people (including medical people) about disease pathophysiology, pathogenesis, cell biology, epidemiology, etiology, nutritional science, the list goes on ... But, despite everything that I've taught others about the science of disease, during the past year, I've learned a lot from Ms. Young. Yes, Deniece, now the student becomes the teacher. :-) "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ & ]: During some of our research, we were surprised to see the CDC admit to so many deaths from the flu virus. But, when we looked at the data, some of the numbers seemed to be inflated. Unfortunately, the CDC inflates some of their flu death statistics to "motivate" more people to get the flu shot. [Ref: http://bit.ly/CDC-fear-mongering] According to the CDC, about 36,000 Americans die from the flu every year. This number comes up on a multitude of websites. But, that number is more than the number of deaths from the "Hong Kong flu" pandemic of 1968-1969 that killed 34,000 Americans. So, the number of annual deaths today is more than a pandemic? Part of the reason for the inflated numbers is because the CDC groups influenza and pneumonia deaths together, even though influenza is by far not the sole cause of pneumonia. Hmm-mmm ... [Ref: http://bit.ly/CDC-inflated-flu-deaths] p.s. If you haven't figured out why this is happening, remember -- this is a business ... and, the more people who get the vaccine, the better it is for business ... Refer to the following link for more examples of CDC fear mongering and conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical companies: http://bit.ly/cdc-conflicts-interest ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: Drugs do not strengthen your immune system. Neither do vaccines! Drugs, along with vaccines, processed foods and synthetic supplements weaken your immune system! But, this should not surprise anyone. It is well-known that prescription drugs cause side effects and weaken the immune system and other systems in the body. [Ref: http://bit.ly/drugs-weaken-immune-system] Similarly, vaccines also cause side effects and weaken your immune system. Initially, some of our students and clients didn't believe this because they didn't experience any side effects when they got the flu shot. But, lately, some of them have had some serious adverse reactions to getting the flu shot. [Ref: http://bit.ly/drugs-weaken-immune-system] A medical study conducted at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that women who received flu vaccines had a weakened immune system response in subsequent years. Lisa Christian, PhD, the lead researcher on the study, concluded, “Growing evidence shows that those who received a flu shot in the prior year have lower antibody responses in the current year.” The study proves yet again that the flu vaccine weakens the immune system and actually makes people more vulnerable to influenza infections. [Ref: http://bit.ly/flu-shots-weaken-immune-system] And, when your immune system is weakened, you become susceptible to a host of other diseases and illnesses. On the other hand, if you avoid the drugs and processed foods, you can strengthen and balance your immune system and avoid most diseases and illnesses. ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: Knowledge is power. Information is power -- but only if people have the right information. All of us need to pitch in and let people know that there are simple solutions for dealing with the flu virus. Please take a moment and share this information -- you may save a life! Here is what you should do BEFORE you get the flu: http://bit.ly/flu-warning-tips And, here's what you should do AFTER you get the flu: http://bit.ly/after-u-get-flu The key point here that everyone needs to understand is that no matter whether you get the flu shot or not, you still need to know how to STRENGTHEN your immune system to fight the flu. More specifically, you need to use natural antiviral strategies to fight the flu and kill the virus. Examples of foods, herbs and supplements with antiviral properties include: garlic, olive leaf extract, oregano oil, elderberry tea/syrup, virgin coconut oil, Manuka honey, colloidal silver. ------------------------------------------------------------------ [ ]: First of all, when it comes to fighting the flu, the problem is not the pathogen itself -- it is the terrain in which those pathogens interact. If your body is strong, then, it can defend itself against most pathogens. In other words, if you have a healthy and strong immune system, it can defend your body against the flu virus. But, if you are not healthy, your weak immune system will not be able to defend your body against the flu virus. There are many natural (non-drug) methods for strengthening the immune system against the flu virus. [Ref: http://bit.ly/dtd-natural-remedies] http://bit.ly/flu-fighting-foods http://bit.ly/after-u-get-flu http://bit.ly/flu-super-foods ------------------------------------------------------------------ [- . -]: Everyone has to make a difficult decision concerning the efficacy and safety of taking prescription drugs; and, whether to take a drug because it is recommended by our doctor or the CDC. Pro-drug people believe that prescription drugs are effective and safe. On the other hand, anti-drug people believe that prescription drugs are not effective or safe. So, who's right? Who should you believe? What should you do? ... Have you figured it out yet? ... So, which side did you choose? Pro-drug? Wrong answer. Anti-drug? Wrong answer. It turns out that both statements can be true. Given my experience with diabetes and insulin, I am proof that both statements can be true. So, you see, choosing one side over the other is not as simple as you may think. So, given my personal experience, it would seem to make sense that the same thing can be said for pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine people -- both sides can make a strong case for their positions. But, while both sides continue to justify their position, Big Pharma is laughing all the way to the bank ... ------------------------------------------------------------------ ? FYI: I recall when I was diabetic, my endocrinologist told me that I should get the flu shot because of my high blood glucose and a weak immune system. He also questioned whether I had the right knowledge and the discipline to use natural methods. He felt that I would be putting my health at risk because of my diabetes. Needless to say, he was surprised that I did not come down with the flu. And, he is now even more surprised that I have never come down with the flu after all these years. He says I'm lucky. :-) So, what should you do? At the minimum, BE PREPARED and do your own research -- don't just listen to me. And, if, you still decide to get the flu shot, then, perform a periodic detox to limit the side effects of the flu vaccine. In addition, make sure that you include some of these super foods and herbs as part of your nutritional program so that they are always on hand. By doing so, you will BE PREPARED to ward off the flu before it takes hold in your body. I sincerely believe that if you do your homework (research), you will BE PREPARED and you will be healthy. If you don't do your homework, you will not be prepared and you will not be healthy -- it's that simple. " , . ' . ." [Quote from Bruce Willis in The Last Boy Scout] :-) [Ref: http://bit.ly/be-prepared-audio] ------------------------------------------------------------------ : I don't necessarily agree with all of the information on some of the websites referenced in this post. In addition, some of these websites may manipulate the data or the facts. That is why I always go back to the science. I have found that the more I understand about the science, the easier it is to understand the controversial issues with diabetes, nutrition, prescription drugs, vaccines, and other health issues. The drug companies have assumed that since most people are not scientists, that they can trick or intimidate us (with fear tactics) into making poor health decisions. Unfortunately, those poor decisions end up damaging our health while making money for the drug companies. In addition, the drug companies are very good at manipulating opposing groups to argue among themselves instead of uniting against the drug companies. : As engineers, we are taught to provide solutions to a problem, not to complain about the problem. Although we have been dealing with the flu vaccine issue for several years now, it pales in comparison to the number of years that thousands of experts out there have invested in trying to find a viable solution to all of this. If you have some ideas or solutions, please share them with us and everybody out there! Who knows -- you may just save a life ... : In the meantime, I have three suggestions: . : Anyone reading this post, please share the natural remedies in this post with everyone you know. That will at least buy some time for the public. [Ref: http://bit.ly/dtd-natural-remedies] . : Pro-vaxxers and anti-vaxxers, please consider working together to get Big Pharma to focus on safer and more effective vaccines for children and adults. . : If people educate themselves about science, they'll learn how the immune system really works and will stop blaming doctors and scientists -- they're not the problem -- they're the symptom ... I hope this information will be educational and helpful to those of you who asked us to write about the flu and how to treat it naturally. p.s. Because of the controversy associated with vaccines, my attorney told me that I must add a disclaimer to this post, even though there are disclaimers on my website and in my diabetes and flu books. Disclaimer: This post does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your physician concerning any medical advice. Take care ... Sincerely, DeWayne McCulley Diabetes Educator, Health Coach & Author Website: https://www.deathtodiabetes.com/ DTD Flu Page: http://bit.ly/flu-remedies DTD Flu Book: http://bit.ly/dtd-flu-book YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/engineer1337/ FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/deathtodiabetes/ FB Page Reviews: https://www.facebook.com/pg/deathtodiabetes/reviews/ Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/deathtodiabetes/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/deathtodiabetes/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Deathtodiabetes1337/ Store: http://www.shop.deathtodiabetes.com/ Toll-Free: 1-800-813-1927
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