What is the Influenza Virus & How Does the Flu Vaccine Work?
Despite our efforts to stay warm and healthy throughout the winter, we are faced with increasingly colder temperatures and our bodies are weakened by going through the process of adapting to changing weather conditions. Along with this comes the mysterious reappearance of the phenomenon of nature called Influenza. Why do I call it a phenomenon? It’s because it’s not really alive. It’s a virus! A virus is just a protein capsule surrounding a strand of genetic code which needs our living and thriving cells to make copies of itself.
The reason why I wanted to bring this topic up for discussion is two-fold. First, it’s the flu season and second it’s because we have an ever growing concern with this alien-like entity. The first problem is that our vaccines are only partly effective and on many occasions cause a negative result. Influenza is a type of virus which undergoes many genetic mutations at a rapid rate. This means that it becomes protected and immune to the vaccines we use against it. This is why every year laboratories make new types of vaccines to keep up with these mutations. Even then, the vaccines cover only a certain number of Influenza strains but not all of them. This makes the flu vaccine only partially effective. The second problem with the flu vaccine is that it is commonly made with egg ingredients. Many people are allergic to egg products and cannot use the vaccine as a result.
The third problem is that the vaccine works by tricking the immune system into “thinking” that there is an infection going on. This is what is desired because by making the immune system “think” that the infection is actually occurring the immune system starts producing antibodies (proteins designed to destroy the actual virus when a real infection does occur). This way, when the real virus enters our body, the immune system is already prepared to fight against it. The drawback of this process is that in the initial stages when the immune system is tricked into thinking that an infection is going on there is a lot of inflammation going on which weakens our bodies. This is the transitional stage that lasts until the antibodies are formed and the immune system becomes stronger than before. The problem arises when we are actually exposed to the real virus during this transitional period. This has a high probability of happening since most people decide to become vaccinated during the flu season when the virus is around. When this happens the chances that the virus will cause an infection is higher, and the severity of the illness, at least in the initial stages, is usually more severe. In other words, in the initial stages after taking the vaccine it makes us more vulnerable to infection if we are exposed to the virus. I have experienced this phenomenon myself.
Furthermore, the prescription drugs for Influenza only shorten the infection by about 2 days, which is not that significant. They also have some potentially serious side effects. So what are the natural remedies for the common cold? The most effective are Garlic, Echinacea, American Ginseng, Zinc and Copper, immunologically stimulating mushrooms, oil of Oregano, Seabuckthorn, Red Elm bark extract, and Black Elderberry (as found in Sambucol). All of these plants have only positive effects on our health and our immune system without causing any negative side effects. Some of these, like Garlic, can be found in any grocery store. You can find the rest at vitarock.com under the names like Rx Balance Modu Cold, Land Art Red Elm Bark Cough Syrup, Sambucol Black Elderberry extract, and Moducare immune support.. These products are all natural and work with our bodies to fight off infections or to protect us from getting them in the first place, without the burden of increased susceptibility during transitional periods of vaccines or unpleasant side effects of prescription meds.
Stay warm, my friends!