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Is The Flu Shot Worth It? Non-Biased Analysis

The risk vs the benefit?  Has anyone ever asked what is in the flu vaccine and is it truly safe and effective in the long-term?

There has been such heated debate between medical doctors (pediatricians), chiropractors, empowered and informed mothers and everyone else in general about this topic.  But, the question I always ask about any vaccine in general is, “Where are the long-term safety studies and where are the long-term effectiveness studies?”  I still have yet to see them.

As we discuss the flu vaccine, a couple things to think about before looking into getting one for yourself or your family.  Just a disclaimer, I am not against a vaccine nor against anything medical.  I believe it has its purpose when needed as it had saved my life back when I was around 4 years old.

Ingredients in a flu vaccine:

  1. Thimersol (Mercury)
  2. Aluminum
  3. Formaldehyde
  4. Antibiotics
  5. Polysorbate 80
  6. Aspartame, MSG, Sorbitol
  7. Egg Protein
  8. Canine Kidney DNA/Tissue

Some pediatricians and medical doctors will tell you and it states on the CDC website that single dose flu vaccines do not contain any thimersol (mercury).  Even with thimersol-free vaccines, they still have less than 0.3 mcg of mercury in the vaccine. (Click here for information)

The part that is concerning to me is when you blend aluminum and mercury together, it has synergistic effects that are devastating to the nervous and immune system.  When they have taken out mercury in thimersol-free vaccines, they increased the dosages of aluminum in these vaccines.  Click on the links to understand the effects of aluminum on your body and thimersol (mercury).  There is a great documentary called, “Trace Amounts,” that goes into much depth about the effects of mercury upon our bodies.

So the question becomes, “Is it worth the risk of receiving a flu vaccine when you are being injected with all the other ingredients involved in it?”  The answer is up to you.  But let me share some more information on the flu vaccine to help empower you to make a better, informed decision.

Chiropractic and the Immune System

Chiropractic care has been shown time and time again to be very beneficial to the immune system.  In one research study, it showed that chiropractic care improves the function of the immune system by up to 200%!  Your immune system is what protects your body from diseases, illnesses, viruses, bacteria, etc..  But, there is much more.  Back in 1918, the world faced the most deadliest flu virus that we have seen where it had killed over 50-100 million people within 2 years called, “The Spanish Flu.”   There was some research conducted at that time looking at individuals who went to a chiropractor and what their results were VS going to the medical doctor.  What they realized is, within the US, people who went to the medical doctor, 1 out of 15 people would die from the flu.  When they went to a Chiropractor, the numbers were drastically different: 1 out of 886 people would die from the flu.  (Article Source)

Chiropractic Care and Immune System Function - Dr Vic, Chiropractor in La Grange

The biggest reason why is due to improving the function of the immune system.  As you improve function of your immune system, your body is better equipped to respond faster to bacteria, viruses and much more.  When I am seeing kids in my office, this is the biggest reason why we rarely see children who get ear infections.

Vitamin D and the Flu Virus

Another concept that can help improve your immune system vastly would be adequate levels of Vitamin D.  Vitamin D levels should range between 70-80 nmol/L to be at an optimal level.  Vitamin D helps improve the immune system so much to where it can help benefit your health more than just your immune system.  Vitamin D is more known of a neurohormone because it affects so many different systems within the body.  But, take a look at Dr. Mercola’s article about vitamin D and how it helps you fight against the flu.

Understanding the Flu Vaccine and How to Help Improve Immune System Deeper

I used to create a weekly podcast called, “Wellness Smart Radio.”  On my podcast, I would share information that related to health on all levels.  Back in 2012-2013, when the flu was becoming more marketed and more fear tactics were coming out, I decided to do a three part series on the Flu Vaccine using research and science that comes from top medical research and standards.  What the top reviewers state about the Flu Vaccine and the marketing slander they are using is hugely false based upon the Cochrane Review.  Take a moment and enjoy the three part series I shared about the Flu, Flu vaccine and how to improve your immune system.

Flu Vaccine Part 1

Flu Vaccine Part 2

Flu Vaccine Part 3

Just to be clear, this blog was written to empower you to make a better decision for you and your family when it comes to getting a flu vaccine.  I know after reading the information above and associated links will empower you to feel confident for which ever decision you decide to make.

And, if you are looking to experience Chiropractic care to help improve your immune system, quality life and much more, contact us at 708.497.2441 or email at

Yours in Health,

Dr. Vic

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