Do You Really Need a Flu Shot — We Think Not
So it seems like everyone around you is starting to get sick, huh? Well, as you know cold and flu season is definitely upon us. As the days get shorter and colder, not only are we more susceptible to feeling run down and more gloomy but the chances of getting sick increase too. Many health pundits claim that flu shots will help you ward off illness this winter, however we at Conscious Human Medicine are not proponents of getting a flu shot. Because they usually contain a combination of strains of live virus, they have been known to actually cause illness in some, an unexpected and unwanted side effect, and are full of preservatives that are known to be toxic. Not only that, but flu shots contain only the strains in which the CDC and other health experts who design them think will be the most prevalent strains in a given year — it’s a guessing game really. We do often recommend flu shots if you are an older adult over the age of 70, immune-compromised or more susceptible to suffer greater downstream health consequences if you contract the flu.
Intravenous Nutritional Therapy for Colds and Flu
The good news is that many naturopathic clinics, including Conscious Human Medicine, are well-equipped to handle most of your flu and cold concerns, without the need for conventional flu shots. One great treatment option to help prevent or treat the flu is called a Myer’s Intravenous Cocktail, otherwise known as a Myer’s Cocktail or a nutritional IV. These vitamin infusions have been used for decades amongst those in the naturopathic community to help with a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. Although they were originally used to treat asthma and migraine headaches, they have been shown to be beneficial for those suffering from upper respiratory infections and helping to prevent and treat the flu. Many of our patients come see us in the weeks leading up to fall and winter or before or after flying on airplanes when they are most susceptible to catching a cold.
Powerful Nutrients to Knock Out Bugs
So just what is in a Myer’s Cocktail? They contain high doses of vitamins B12, B5, B6, B Complex, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and fluids. All of these vitamins and minerals combined help to speed up your metabolism and detoxification pathways, ramp up your body’s immune system and revitalize your energy. Vitamin C is of course crucial for fighting off illness but unfortunately we are usually only able to tolerate about 4 grams of vitamin C orally before we experience unpleasant gastrointestinal distress and possibly diarrhea. Because nutritional IV infusions bypass the intestines and enter the bloodstream immediately, you can receive 15 grams up to 100 grams (yes that is 25 times more than we can tolerate orally!) of vitamin C all at the same time. This acts to supercharge the immune system, improve symptoms and push illnesses out more rapidly. Vitamin C IV (IVC) infusions and high-dose IVC have also been shown to be effective as an adjunctive treatment in cancer care and in chronic viral infections, like Epstein Barr virus, cytomegalovirus and hepatitis.
Homeopathic Flu Shots — A Great Alternative to Boost Your Immune System
Another great cold and flu offering we have at Conscious Human Medicine is a “Homeopathic Flu Shot.” Homeopathy works very well for treating a variety of health conditions, including colds and the flu, and we offer homeopathic flu shots as a standalone flu prevention tool. Homeopathy works by the principle “like cures like.” Generally speaking, the cold or flu (in this case) symptoms that you develop may match the proven symptom picture of a specific homeopathic remedy. Because the symptoms match, we can determine that the person needs that particular remedy. Our patients swear by homeopathic flu shots to help prevent getting the flu or a cold and they can be used acutely when you are actually sick. Homeopathic flu shots often are combined with vitamin D or B vitamins, like vitamin B12, and are injected painlessly into a muscle or added to one of the above-described nutritional IV infusions for an extra immune boost. Unlike regular flu shots, they do not contain live viruses or harmful preservatives.
We have had really good success preventing and treating all types of respiratory tract infections and flus using Myer’s IV Cocktails, other types of IV infusions and homeopathic flu shots. We even perform nutritional IV infusions on ourselves as a regular part of our own preventive naturopathic care and especially when we feel like we may be coming down with an illness.