I think Peter Doshi and Tom Jefferson are in trouble.
These two just summarized the research on influenza medication and gave it a failing grade. 1
The summary stated “the harm that influenza causes has been overstated” and the massive stockpiling of influenza medication by governments around the world was uncalled for.
If this plays out like most research articles that don’t support the flu shot, their careers may be short lived. (I hope not)
None of my patients have been surprised. They identified the hype behind the government and drug company warnings for what they were.
Rather than focus on that, I wanted to share with you how you can boost your immune response so you don’t need to worry about what media outlets are shouting at you about getting a flu shot.
Ultimately the decision is up to you but for me and my family (including my elderly parents) the science is not there to support getting the flu shot.
What you can do so you don’t think you need the flu shot
Vitamin D3 during the winter months. . . how much and why?
In private conversations with Zoltan Rona, editor of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing and author of over 16 books, he recommends a minimum dose of 2000IU daily. He further outlines in his book “Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin” that some patients have experimented with doses as high as 40,000IU daily for 3 to 5 days to support immune function.
Hathcock reported in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that daily doses of 10,000IU were acceptable. 2
How much do I need to take, and what about my kids?
I recommend that during the winter months adults supplement with 5000IU daily and during the summer drop that down to 2000IU per day. That’s as long as you are getting the equivalent of 20 minutes of full body sun exposure each day during the summer.
The reason is that anything less may not rise the levels of Vitamin D circulating in your blood and that’s what you need. If it’s not showing up on your blood work then you are deficient.
I recommend 2000IU for children younger than 12 years. We started our kids on Vitamin D3 when breast feeding stopped. That may seem young for some families but consider how much sun exposure an infant gets? Not a lot in Canada.
The most affordable and practical way to get these amounts is with a liquid Vitamin D3.
If you can, kick you kids outdoors to play. Their skin will manufacture adequate amounts of Vitamin D in the summer months if they are outside for a big block of time during the day. So for kids they should be able to stop supplementing during the summer months.
Chris D. Meletis, ND says in his blog that “In many of my patients, even after consuming 2,000 to 4,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day, their test results indicate that their Vitamin D3 levels have not increased.
These patients needed to consume 8,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day to achieve proper blood levels of the Vitamin. Patients should, therefore, have their physicians test their serum 1,25-dihyroxy D3 levels to determine the proper level of supplementation required.
Testing is very important due to the fact that, in a small number of patients, Vitamin D3 supplementation can raise calcium levels to an excessively high level. I have found this to be especially true in African American patients.
Testing for 1,25-dihyroxy Vitamin D3, PTH and calcium blood levels should therefore become a part of every persons regular blood work. 3
I know it’s a blogging misdemeanour to break up content into several weeks but I want you to really read this one because the dangers around the flu shot are real. And the hype around the flu shot has gotten out of control.
I want you and your family to be making intelligent decisions that build your health and not erode it. That’s why over the next few weeks you will get more strategies to ensure you and your family are making decisions out of an educated position and not out of fear.
I hope it encourages you to take control of your health care.
The best “health coaching” for most people comes in the form of a corrective chiropractic office. They often have literature and resources that can help you make sense of all the “noise” in the health care world today. And they have just as many years education as your medical doctor 4, just from a different perspective.
Or if you are having trouble finding a chiropractor in your area that specializes in postural correction then connect with us. Leave a comment below or contact us at our office (250-870-9136) and we’ll try our best to connect you with a chiropractor in your area that does corrective work.
- Tom Jefferson, Peter Doshi, Multisystem failure: the story of anti-influenza drugs. BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2263 (Published 10 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2263 ↩
- Hathcock JN, Shao A, Vieth R, Heaney R. Risk assessment for Vitamin D. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jan;85(1):6-18. ↩
- http://www.vrp.com/bone-and-joint/vitamin-d3-higher-doses-reduce-risk-of-common-health-concerns ↩
- http://www.yourmedicaldetective.com/drgrisanti/mddc.htm ↩