Should You Take the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine?

by Colin Carmichael

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I'm not here today to tell you what to do … or not to do.

But I'll share my opinion and a few facts concerning swine flu and specifically, the H1N1 vaccine.

  • The last swine flu epidemic in the US – when 50 million people got the swine flu vaccine – more people died from the vaccine than the swine flu itself … and that's not counting all those that developed permanent neurological damage.
  • The Surgeon General admits that the H1N1 vaccine is very similar to seasonal influenza vaccine and can't completely vouch for it's safety because it's only been tested for a few weeks.
  • Despite the fact that many doctors are PLEADING for the information to be gathered and released, where are the stats informing us of the number of previously vaccinated patients who are still getting sick to the point of needing hospitalization?

There was a story on "60 Minutes" recently about a high school football player who is in intensive care at his local hospital with complications from H1N1.

While it was somewhat buried in the story, what you'll find if you watch closely, is that Luke didn't get REALLY sick until AFTER he visited his doctor and started taking some sort of medication.

Was this medication, Tamiflu?

While I haven't seen anything concrete yet … at this point I'm calling it circumstantial evidence … it's being reported by some doctors that there are many other cases where the complications ONLY took place after Tamiflu was administered to the patient.

Again, where are the stats showing us this critically important piece of the puzzle?

Many doctors and health experts strongly believe (as I do) that our immune systems are much stronger when we fight off diseases naturally … or get them and recover naturally.

Again, this isn't any sort of concrete proof of that, but let me share something that's interesting to say the least…

An expert from the 60 minutes segment acknowledged that many people born before 1950 or so seem to have special antibodies to the new H1N1 influenza and are naturally protected.

The first flu vaccine in the U.S. was available at almost this exact same time frame. (I think it was the mid 1940's.)



But there are many doctors and experts who think it's not a coincidence at all, but a causal relationship … that our ability to fight off the flu bug has actually deteriorated since these vaccines became widespread, not improved as the CDC would want us to believe.

Again, I'm not here to tell you what to do, but I will share this story with you…

My two daughters and wife were all 3 sick at some time over the last 2-3 weeks. Both of my kids missed some school. My wife missed a whole week of work.

Was it swine flu?

I have no idea.

What I do know is that all 3 stayed home and recovered just fine with no complications.

Meanwhile, I have a little bit healthier diet and supplement regimen than the ladies in my house, and despite living in the same house… and being around them everyday, even when they were sick … I haven't got so much as the sniffles during this flu season.

I'll continue to feed my body natural immune-boosting nutrients through diet and supplements … and again this year … I think I'll be just fine.

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Joan October 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm

hi colin,

thanks for the input–what do you take to boost your immune system?


Colin October 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm


The best thing … as simple as it sounds … is to eat as much fruits and veggies as you can, while cutting back – or eliminating – empty, junk calories.

It really does make a difference.

As far as supplementation…

I like Jay Robb’s egg white protein drink mix. I have that as part of a morning smoothie on most days.

There’s a couple green drink mixes that I like which don’t really taste “green” (if you know what I mean).

One is called “The Feast”. I get that from my chiropractor. (I prefer the “unleaded” or “Caffeine-free” version. But that’s just me.)

The other is made by “Earth’s Promise”. I get that at my local health food store. (They have a lot of different flavors.)

I’m a BIG fan of Jarrow Formula’s Q-Absorb CoQ10. (I take 100mg, but I have friends who take more than that.)

I take other supplements, but my newest fave is the new Energy product from HFL. I’ve never been much for energy products because I’m not a stimulant person, but this doesn’t have caffeine or anything like.

I guess the best way to describe it is that it makes me feel well-rested thru the day and my mind doesn’t get as cloudy in the afternoon.

– Colin

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