In just about every drug store, hospital and clinic you will see natural flu shots being advertised. So what is all the hype? A flu shot in short is taking minute amounts of the most recent pathogens and viruses and diluting them down and injecting them into the body. In these small amounts, the body will then recognize the pathogen as a foreign invader and begin making antibodies for those pathogens. Because pathogens mutate and change every year, there is a new flu vaccine each year. When the antibodies are made the idea is that your own body will begin the fight against these pathogens long before the pathogen reaches your system, and therefore when you are exposed to said pathogen you will ‘hopefully’ not catch the flu. Does this work? Yes and No.
Evidence has found that individuals will still catch the flu after having a flu vaccine. Also, sometimes the vaccines create problems. I personally have witnessed a few different cases of shoulder inflammation and arthritis that have developed on the shoulder that received the vaccine. This occurred right in the joint, causing pain and immobility. I also have been witness to a flu vaccine causing polymalgia rheumatica which is rheumatoid arthritis (pain, immobility and stiffening) in every joint of the body. Both of these are quite scary. The body is basically developing inflammatory immune factors and this inflammation is getting out of control and conglomerating in the joints.
Is there another option? Yes. Studies have found that natural remedies can be just as effective if not more effective, without the harmful side effects. By using high quality ingredients from nature such as those that contain high amounts of Vitamin C such as lemon and oranges. Manuka honey is another amazing ingredient which contains the following:
- Amino acids
- B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid)
Apple cider vinegar is another great ingredient. Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, to a glass of water helps to alkalinize the body. Creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses. Start drinking it at the first sign of illness and repeat several times a day until the symptoms subside. These recipes are wonderful and they really help to build the immune system to ward off harmful pathogens.