A close friend of mine who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Sinead, frantically phoned me the other day. “I’m really worried”, she said, “I’ve forgotten to get my flu shot. Is it too late to do it now?”
“Ahhh, yes”, I thought, “The flu shot… completely forgot about that one. In fact, I never bothered to get mine, ever!”
The flu shot presents a special dilemma for patients with CFS, because they sometimes have severe reactions to vaccines. But they’re also more likely to get very sick for prolonged periods when they’re struck by the flu… So, of course, I understood why Sinead was worried, but I pointed out that as a CFS sufferer there are two things she needs to consider::
After reviewing every influenza vaccine study conducted between 1948 and 2007, the Cochrane Collaboration (an independent research organization) concluded in 2009: “There is no evidence whatsoever that seasonal influenza vaccines have any effect, especially in the elderly and young children. No evidence of reduced cases, deaths or complications.”
TWO: A cocktail
Previously I’ve told you about Dr John Myers, who began to treat fibromyalgia, fatigue, depression, and even asthma patients (some 50 years ago) with an intravenous mix of vitamins and minerals, known as the Myers Cocktail. This mix included very high doses of vitamin C, B complex, magnesium, calcium, and other nutrients.
Dr Myers used his “cocktail” as an immune system booster… which is exactly what a flu shot is supposed to do: jump-start your immune system.
In fact, the Myers Cocktail is so potent that many of the patients that now receive it, refer to it as rocket fuel, because they enjoy a physical and mental boost after their IV session.
The real benefit of the Myers Cocktail is that it doesn’t have to pass through your digestion system, there’s no risk of malabsorption or first-pass liver filtration. Nope, you’re getting the straight stuff so that it can work its magic almost instantly!
The recipe for the Myers Cocktail is likely to vary slightly from doctor to doctor. For instance, some include glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, while others, will opt for higher doses of vitamin C.
Half a century after Dr Myers mixed his first IV cocktail, it’s now much easier to find doctors (mostly naturopaths) who will administer the IV.
I honestly can’t think of any downside or horrible side effects to this immune booster, except the minor hassle of finding a doctor to administer it and perhaps the cost, of course..
If that did not convince you to try a different approach to fighting the flu this year, then here are two more things to consider – even if you don’t suffer from CFS:
Parents are concerned about the side effects of the seasonal flu jabs (which also now include the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine). A mother of a six-year-old child who claims her son developed narcolepsy three weeks after being given the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix has set up a website to see if other children have developed the symptoms after taking the drug.
As always, the manufacturer of the vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), says there is no evidence of any connection and points out that only seven children are claimed to have developed the syndrome from six million doses of the vaccine in the UK… even though no link between Pandemrix and narcolepsy has been identified, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said “a similar risk had been confirmed in Finland and Sweden”.
Perhaps, it’s not so wise to get a flu shot until we all know with absolute certainty that it is 100 per cent safe…
TWO: Chronic fatigue
Okay, this one may require thinking slightly out of the box and joining some dots… but nonetheless, here we go
Who are the people that are mainly being targeted by the mainstream to get their flu shot? Children, the elderly and those at high risk and who suffer from chronic illness.
Right, let’s just focus on the children and hold that thought… New research suggests that CFS may be 10 times more common than previously thought and one of the major reasons children are absent from school.
Researchers at Bristol University analysed 2,855 children and found that 1 per cent of children aged from 11 to 16 had CFS, compared with previous estimates which suggested that only 0.1 per cent to 0.5 per cent of children had the condition.
Most cases are undiagnosed and untreated, the researchers found.
Now join the dots… Flu shot, children, chronic fatigue, narcolepsy.
I’m just saying.
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“Flu Shots With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” Adrienne Dellwo, About.com Guide, 10/8/11, chronicfatigue.about.com
“IV ‘Rocket Fuel’ Gains Popularity” Martha Worboy, Canwest News Service, 3/14/10
“Even in ‘Last Supper,’ Portion Sizes Have Grown” Randy Dotinga, HealthDay News, 3/23/10, healthday.com