Vaccinations: Drugs You Dont
And the Best Natural Alternatives
Media hype surrounding the impending swine influenza pandemic
of 2009 has frightened many Canadians into desperately seeking
flu vaccines and other potentially harmful prescriptions for protection
from this perceived threat.
However, I do not recommend any flu shot and have never done
so. I most certainly do not recommend the swine flu (the new H1N1
flu) vaccine. This vaccine will very soon be broadly available
and the mainstream media will be pushing hard to encourage one
and all to line up and roll up their sleeves. With the World Health
Organization declaring a swine flu pandemic (Phase 6 Pandemic)
this year, the swine flu vaccine (Baxter Pharmaceuticals) has
been fast-tracked and should be available to reap the profits
($50 billion a year) as early as September 2009.
It should be noted that the word pandemic refers to the fact
that a new virus is spreading around the world, but says nothing
about its level of danger to ones health. Although the H1N1
vaccine is untested, no safety evaluations will be performed on
it due to the urgency of this pandemic situation.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory
infection caused by a variety of viruses. Unlike the common cold
(a respiratory infection also caused by viruses), the flu can
cause fevers, headaches or extreme exhaustion. Body aches, especially
in the muscles, joints and ligaments, can be severe enough to
force complete bed rest. Other flu symptoms are chills, a dry
cough, body aches, stuffy nose and sore throat. Secondary bacterial
infections in young children, immune suppressed adults, and the
elderly can lead to pneumonias, septicemias and death. The flu,
however, does not manifest itself equally in all people. In the
majority of cases, symptoms are mild and a generally healthy individual
First, lets put things into perspective. The swine flu
pandemic to date has been said to have claimed 322 lives worldwide
(116 in Mexico) since early April. The regular (unswine or non-swine)
flu has purportedly claimed the lives of 13,000 people in the
U.S. since January 2009. How is it, then, that there is such hysterical
panic about this killer swine flu? Where are all the dead bodies?
It is estimated that at least 50 million people in North America
contract the flu each season (November through March). Children
are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with
the flu. More than 100,000 people are hospitalized, and at least
20,000 people die from the flu and its complications every year.
Many consider the flu as an inevitable fact of winter, but this
is not necessarily the case. Although our lifestyles may not always
allow it, the best way to prevent this viral illness is to keep
our health at its optimum. This can be done by getting enough
rest, limiting stress and by eating a nutritious diet.
NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE FOR INFLUENZA PREVENTION
One way of maintaining good health is to ensure the body has
an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals. Nutrient requirements
vary from one individual to the next, but any formula for the
immune system should contain vitamin A, beta carotene (provitamin
A), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B6 and zinc.
Rethink that annual flu shot there have been a number
of very good scientific studies proving the flu shot is no better
than a placebo. On the other hand, vitamin D appears to be far
more important. Vitamin D has strong antibiotic properties and
some studies indicate that optimal blood levels will prevent the
flu far better than those toxic flu shots.
Ever wonder why some people are more prone to colds and flus?
One study indicates that the incidence of upper respiratory tract
infections is inversely correlated with vitamin D blood levels.
The lower the vitamin D blood level, the higher the likelihood
of infection. This confirms an observation that I have made on
numerous occasions with my private practice patients. Each year
I see the infection rates rise during the winter as vitamin D
levels plummet, and each summer the exact opposite occurs.
I have definitely found that those of my patients who have 25
(OH) vitamin D levels of 175 nmol/L or higher get few, if any,
colds or flus during the winter. I have also found that I need
to bump up the supplement recommendations to 10,000 IU of vitamin
D3 per day in both the winter and summer to achieve such levels
in the majority of the people that supplement with vitamin D.
In the past decade, I have recommended that people ease off the
oral supplements during the summer months, but not any more. This
is because I have found that an overwhelmingly high percentage
of these individuals end up with 25 (OH) vitamin D blood levels
lower than 100 nmol/L and a significant number below 75 nmol/L.
I therefore now recommend that people supplement with 10,000 IU
daily all year-round. To verify safety, I test both the 25 (OH)
vitamin D and the ionized calcium blood levels every three to
six months. To date, I have not found anyone to have a toxicity
issue, even after a whole year of supplementing with 10,000 IU
per day. Thats basically the dose I recommend people take
to prevent the H1N1 (swine) flu.
HIGH DOSE VITAMIN D THERAPY
You might be shocked to know that there are many physicians in
both Canada and the United States who prescribe as much as 50,000
IU of vitamin D daily as a treatment for a long list of chronic
I first learned about high dose vitamin D therapy from one of
Dr. Norm Shealys newsletters (www.normshealy.com).
Dr. Shealy is the author of several books and the founder of the
American Holistic Medical Association.
As Dr. Shealy relates, Recently I had the good fortune
to spend a couple of hours with Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist
/ diabetologist (www.uncommondoctor.com;
He has managed over 1500 diabetic patients, and in the last decade
not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only
one has even been hospitalized! His secret 50,000 units
of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:
Reversal of advanced coronary disease
Reversal of advanced lung disease, avoiding a lung transplant
Cure of multiple sclerosis
Cure of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Regression of rheumatoid arthritis
Improvement in allergies
Control of many cancers including prostate, breast, colon,
brain tumours, leukemia, myeloma, etc
Reversal of osteoporosis
Prevention of influenza
Cure of depression and many other mental disorders
Cure of Hashimotos Thyroiditis
Dr. John Cannell, head of the Vitamin D Council, recommends such
high doses for quickly getting rid of a cold or flu, but has not
advocated such high doses for regular daily use. One of the problems
with taking such high doses of vitamin D is the effect it may
have on calcium, namely the deposition of calcium in the arteries
and organs. Apparently, this is not such a problem if you arent
also taking high calcium doses as a supplement. In any event,
if any reader decides to do this, make sure that blood tests are
done every three months to check calcium levels. One thing you
dont want is kidney stones or hardening of the arteries.
Dr. Norm Shealy says: Most of you know that I personally
take 50,000 units of D3 daily and have for 18 months, I recommend
it to most people who weigh at least 140 pounds or more and take
NO calcium supplements. One member of my audience informed me
that he developed a very high blood calcium level which affected
his kidneys. I have not been able to learn whether he took calcium
supplements. But, if you do the daily D3, I would advise a blood
calcium level test at three months and at six-month intervals.
I have not seen this in hundreds of others but be advised.
Dr. John Cannell, MD, suggests high-dose vitamin D (50,000 IU)
be consumed for three days at the first sign of a cold or the
flu. If you have an infection, the truth is you need more vitamin
D. Thats a given. In other words, vitamin D acts as a natural
antibiotic. It works against every type of microbe (viruses, bacteria,
fungi and parasites).
Vitamin D deficiency is common during the winter months, especially
in countries far north of the equator. Vitamin D acts as an immune
system modulator, preventing excessive production of inflammatory
cytokines and increasing macrophage (a type of white cell) activity.
Vitamin D also stimulates the production of potent anti-microbial
peptides in other white blood cells and in epithelial cells lining
the respiratory tract, protecting the lungs from infection.
According to Dr. Cannell, what we all really need to do is increase
our blood levels of vitamin D. He says: Influenza kills
around 35,000 Americans every year and similar viruses cause additional
mortality and untold morbidity
most influenza deaths and
many other respiratory infections, like the common cold, could
be prevented if Americans, and their doctors, understood some
· Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a steroid hormone precursor,
which has profound effects on innate immunity.
· The amount of vitamin D in most food and nearly all
multivitamins is literally inconsequential.
· The correct daily dose of vitamin D for adults is approximately
5,000 IU/day, not the 200 to 600 IU recommended by the Institute
of Medicine, the National Institutes of Medicine and the FDA.
· The only blood test to determine vitamin D adequacy
is a 25-hydroxy-vitamin D, not the 1,25-di-hydroxy-vitamin D test
many physicians now order.
· Healthy vitamin D blood levels are between 70 and 90
ng/ml, levels obtained by fewer than 5% of Americans.
· The mechanism of action of vitamin D in infection, dramatically
increasing the bodys production of broad-spectrum natural
antibiotics (anti-microbial peptides or AMP), suggests pharmaceutical
doses of vitamin D (1,000 IU per pound of body weight per day
for several days) will effectively treat not only influenza and
the common cold, but help treat a host of other seasonal infections,
including meningitis, septicemia, and pneumonia, in both children
· In 1997, when the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board (FNB)
set the current guidelines for vitamin D intake, they forgot to
correct for the widespread sun avoidance that began in the late
1980s when the AMAs Council of Scientific Affairs warned
against sun-exposure (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2661872?dopt=AbstractPlus),
recommending that all Americans make every effort to never let
a photon of sunlight strike their skin. The failure of the 1997
FNB to compensate for sun-avoidance has led to millions of deaths
around the world.
(http://www.vitamindcouncil.org. The Vitamin D Council, 9100
San Gregorio Road, Atascadero, CA 93422)
TOXIC CONSTITUENTS OF INFLUENZA VACCINE
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD: GlaxoSmithKline has
actually stated, Clinical trials will be limited, due to
the need to provide the vaccine to governments as quickly as possible.
Additional studies will therefore be required and conducted after
the vaccine is made available. [Emphasis mine]. Folks, how
could this be anything but a prescription for potentially massive
disaster? Unfortunately, many people will not realize that when
they line up for this vaccine, they are in fact accepting their
role as TEST SUBJECTS. They are likely NOT receiving a drug that
has any proof of being safe.
Do not get the flu shot. Proponents of the flu vaccine boast
a 70% effectiveness rate, but clinical experience proves otherwise.
For example, in British Columbia in 2000, it was reported that
of 32 individuals in a nursing home who received a flu shot, 30
had contracted the flu. Nursing homes throughout B.C. were reporting
a much higher death rate from the flu in 2000 than what would
be expected despite an almost 100% vaccination rate.
A 1993 Dutch article about a home for the elderly reported that
50% of the vaccinated population caught the flu compared to 48%
of the unvaccinated group. The excuses used for such failures
were that the wrong virus was predicted for use in the flu vaccine.
The truth is that if the flu shot prevents the flu, its
purely on a placebo basis.
In both the 1992-93 and the 1994-95 flu season, the isolated
influenza samples for the predominant virus were not similar to
that found in the flu vaccine. The actual composition of the flu
vaccine is based on an educated guess made by a consensus of about
30 public-health experts. These experts meet annually with the
FDA in the U.S. to predict which specific strains of influenza
will invade the country in the coming year. If this sounds unscientific
to you, its because it is. At best, keeping in mind factors
such as mistakes in production, transport and storage, the flu
vaccine effectiveness rate is only about 20%. Placebo shots are
at least 30% effective.
The flu vaccine, consumed faithfully by the public without question
each year, has a disturbing history of potential toxicity. The
vaccine contains formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent. It
also contains the preservative thimerosal, a derivative of mercury
(known neurotoxin linked to brain damage and autoimmune diseases).
Aluminum is another flu vaccine ingredient. When mercury is not
in the vaccine, it is replaced by equivalent amounts of aluminum,
which can eventually be deposited in the brain. Mercury and aluminum
are two toxic heavy metals that have been associated with an increased
incidence of Alzheimers disease and possibly other neuro-degenerative
In 1976, 565 cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) paralysis,
as well as other neurological problems and many unexplained deaths
among recently vaccinated elderly were reported. This paralytic
disease occurred as a direct result of the first swine flu scare
vaccine. With only a 10% or less reporting of adverse vaccine
reactions by doctors in both the U.S. and Canada, the true flu
vaccine damage figures are grossly underestimated. Claims totalling
$1.3 billion were filed by victims of the flu vaccine. The vaccine
was also found responsible for 25 deaths.
Vaccine manufacturers counter this concern by saying todays
vaccines do not carry the same risk of GBS. This may be true,
but many cases of GBS as well as other neurological problems are
still occurring after administration of flu vaccines. Additionally,
product inserts still state that individuals who have a history
of GBS have a much greater likelihood of subsequently developing
GBS after the flu shot.
Other side effects reported with the flu vaccine are fever, general
malaise, myalgia (muscle pain), hives, allergic asthma, systemic
anaphylaxis, encephalitis, optic neuritis, brachial plexus neuropathy,
polyneuritis, ataxia, respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal
problems, eye problems, allergic thrombocytopenia (low platelet
count), abnormal blood pressure and other circulatory abnormalities.
Those with a severe allergy to eggs are advised against the flu
shot because of its chicken egg content.
THE RIGHT OF REFUSAL
I have always been an advocate of freedom of choice in health
care. In other words, no one should be able to force any treatment
on you without your informed consent. For example, if you are
an adult with Type 2 diabetes, you can refuse insulin and other
drugs and treat yourself with diet and nutritional supplements.
Its really your choice and no one is legally allowed to
force you to do otherwise. The story is the same for vaccines.
You have the legal right in Canada to refuse. Provincial governments
have a one-page form that, when signed and notarized, exempts
anyone from receiving vaccines. In Ontario, one can download this
form from http://vran.org/legacy/docs/form-2.pdf.
here of U.S. If anyone dares to force you to have any vaccine,
just show them this affidavit and watch them disappear for good.
Dr. Zoltan P. Rona practices Complementary Medicine in Toronto
and is the medical editor of The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing.
He has also published several Canadian best selling books including
Return to The Joy of Health. For more of his articles, see www.mydoctor.ca/drzoltanrona
full list of h1n1 vaccine ingredients, alerts and warnings.
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November 4, 2009