Currently, on the Optimal Health Network home page
, I discuss some of the possible ways in which we can strive to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the
face of the flu season and specifically in the face of the H1N1 virus
came time to write this newsletter, I realized that I needed to share more on
Except for those with certain serious medical conditions, becoming sick with the swine flu is not something for the vast majority of us to be afraid of
. I repeat, getting the H1N1 virus is not
something that most people need to be afraid of! If our immunity is not strong
enough to keep the virus from taking hold and making us sick, then the majority of us
will benefit from the immunity we build
by recovering from the H1N1 virus.
People who recover from influenza, including swine flu, actually gain long-lasting
from the flu strain they have recovered from. In fact, most people over 60 won't get swine flu this year because they recovered from influenza caused by a similar swine flu strain in the past and still have protective antibodies
. As we seek health, we have to continually ask
ourselves: are we sacrificing long-term, robust health for convenient, short-term immunity?
There is no scientifically based evidence that the H1N1 vaccine is effective in reducing harm from swine flu
. Unfortunately, vaccines are useful
only against the specific viral strain that was available at the time of their
manufacture. But influenza viruses mutate quickly.
It was reported by the World
Health Organization that the real concern with H1N1 swine flu is that it will
combine with seasonal flu this fall, creating a new viral strain that will be
resistant to all available vaccines.
In a truly criminal act, the pharmaceutical industry has
acquired almost complete and total insulation from any liability
antiviral drugs being used to treat swine flu, Tamiflu and Relenza, and also for the
swine flu vaccine makers. The last time the government embarked on a major
vaccine campaign against a new swine flu was in 1976. Thousands filed claims
for side effects such as paralysis caused by the vaccine, and a number of people
died. The researchers must know more now than they did last time, but no
business should ever be granted legal protection from its own actions.
We all need to
be fully accountable for what we do.
Remember that vaccines are big money for the companies
that make them. These are for-profit companies
. Thinking through this issue
would be altogether different if we used not-for-profit companies to develop
our vaccines for us. The original polio vaccine, developed by Jonas Salk, was given to the people to promote the common good; there was no patent on it
. Greed is such a powerful motivator. Let it
not cloud our thinking when it comes to optimizing our individual and
I am not against all vaccinations. Rather, I am an advocate of vaccine safety. Vaccines can be useful, but they need to safe. It is crucial for the health of our communities to bring science and safety to the fore of the process of creating and distributing immunizations
. Unfortunately, even
with scrupulous science behind it, millions of people will need to use these
flu vaccines before we are truly informed
of the overall health effects.
First and foremost, let's build robust individual and collective immunity for ourselves and our communities. In certain situations, this may mean being inoculated with a virus.
In other situations, this may mean doing the tough day-to-day work of keeping our blood sugar balanced throughout each day
, sleeping enough, supporting
our adrenal glands
and our thyroid glands
, keeping our gut immunity strong
, and taking antiviral supplements such as garlic
It is important to be mindful when you are touching
public access surfaces
such as doorknobs, grocery cart handles, elevator
buttons, or bank ATM keypads. Wash your hands often,
but not excessively. Be sure you don't use antibacterial soap
because of the risk of creating resistant bacteria. Rather, use a simple chemical-free soap
such as our goat milk soap
or Dr. Bronner's Castile Soaps
If you choose to be vaccinated, read the inserts for the vaccinations beforehand.
Here are two inserts to start with:Sanofi Pasteur Influenza A (H1N1)
2009 Monovalent Vaccine, Intramuscular Injection
MedImmune Influenza A (H1N1)
2009 Monovalent Vaccine, Live, Intranasal
Let's work together toward a deep practical understanding of creating health, both on the individual and community level, and learn how
to carefully unpack the many ideas that come at us, from all sources, to determine their
usefulness in supporting personal and collective health. Let's consider this
newsletter article a beginning, a draft, a welcome to all of us to continue
this exploration with each other in our daily lives, in our social networking
spaces like Facebook (I invite you to our OHC Madison Facebook page
), with our
health care providers, through our daily choices, and within our own minds.
Thank you for letting me share this information with you.