Alternatives to the Flu Shot?

Are you looking for an alternative to the flu shot? Worried about side effects?

In response to widespread concern over flu vaccine reactions, we find this article by one of our trusted partner companies, Transformation Enzyme Corporation (TEC), very helpful. They have created an immune support product, Protease IM, which is specially formulated to support the immune system and be part of a healthy alternative to protecting yourself agains the flu. This alternative is one that naturally builds and strengthens your immune system, which is your true primary defense against the flu.

The flu refers to many strains of viral illness that are more intense than the common cold. In people with compromised immune systems, influenza can cause serious complications. While it makes perfect sense to avoid the flu, the question you may be asking yourself is how best to do this. It seems everywhere you turn flu shots are being promoted — TV, radio, at the pharmacy, in the schools — and so you may be asking yourself, is this right for me or for a loved one? The controversy lies in two areas: 1. You can still get the flu if the strain you caught doesn’t match that which was in your vaccine, and 2. The ingredients that are in the flu shot, which may contain the following:

Possible ingredients in the flu shot:
  • Egg proteins: Including avian contaminant viruses
  • Formaldehyde: Known carcinogen
  • Thimerosal: Mercury-based preservative (only in multi-dose vials)
  • Other heavy metals such as aluminum: Known neurotoxin
  • Sugar: The essence of all in ammatory disease
  • Triton X100: A detergent
  • Other additives known to cause allergic reactions

Of these ingredients, the biggest controversy surrounds the use of the preservative thimerosal. Thimerosal contains mercury. Exposure to mercury leads to systemic health problems running the gamut from neurological dysfunction (memory loss, confusion, inability to concentrate) to depression, renal failure, skin troubles, and gastrointestinal disturbances.

A holistic approach would be to look at your immune system as a whole and determine how to strengthen it. Your functional medicine practitioner may look at the flu as an imbalance in your body and work to determine what may be suppressing your immune system. By working to build your immune system, you have a defense against all strains of flu.

One approach we would like you to consider is the use of natural therapeutics and enzyme supplementation. These therapies have been proven to serve as the first and best line of defense against invading microorganisms. Supporting the digestive system and decreasing toxicity and inflammation is a great place to begin. Increasing resistance towards infection is incumbent and can be reinforced through Transformation’s proprietary blend of antiviral and immunomodulatory ingredients found in Protease IM* along with a customized immune supporting protocol.

The immune system is our most powerful weapon against disease. We encourage you to consider a customized protocol from Healing Ways or your trusted health care provider.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.