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Originally published October 30 2009

Mercury-Free Flu Shots Available: But Vitamin D and Homeopathy Better Prevent the Flu

by Melanie Grimes

(NaturalNews) Because of the outcry against mercury in the swine flu vaccine, six thousand doses of mercury-free flu shots are being made available. With 160 million doses of the regular flu shot being shipped, the mercury-free flu vaccine will go fast. Those who feel a need to be vaccinated, can ask for the mercury-free shot, which health providers will need to keep under refrigeration. Other options for preventing the flu include homeopathy and vitamin D therapy, both of which have been shown to be effective in preventing colds and flu.

Do the flu shots work? Influenza mortality, death from the flu, has not decreased in the last 15 years, even though the number of flu vaccinated people has increased from 10% to 60%.

Homeopathy has been effective in treating flu in the past, even showing great efficacy in the 1918 Flu Epidemic. ( Many homeopathic remedies are specifics for the flu, and research this past year has shown that the remedies Nux vomica, Eupatorium, and Bryonia have acted well on this year`s flu strains.

As concerns about dangers from the swine flu vaccine grow, many people are looking for alternatives. Natural remedies for the flu are plentiful in nature. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce colds and flu. A study published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection demonstrated that taking 2,000 I.U of vitamin D3 reduced the incidence of viral infections. Only one person out of 104 in the study had the flu while taking 2000 I.U. doses of vitamin D, while the people in the control group, who did not take vitamin D, had three colds EACH for a total of 312 colds.

According to the study, vitamin D protected the lining of the cells that line the respiratory tracts, acting as a barrier to infection. The study also showed that people who received the flu shot in the winter, when vitamin D supplies in the body are lower, had a greater chance of developing fevers after the vaccination. Vitamin D also prevents an "excessive expression of inflammatory cytokines," the study reported. Furthermore, they stated that a vitamin D deficiency actually predisposes children to infections in their lungs.

Many other natural nutrients and foods, some found in our kitchen cabinets, can provide both immunity and healing treatment for the cold and flu. Green tea, garlic, ginger, and even lemonade provide comfort and relief for flu symptoms.

By building strong immunity now, the H1N1 flu vaccine can safely be avoided by many, especially those who are concerned about mercury exposure. Even without concerns for mercury, specialists have noted that increasing vitamin D intake can reduce fever and side effects following vaccination. A recommended regime for avoiding the swine flu vaccination altogether should include 2,000 units of vitamin D daily, and homeopathic remedies.

About the author

Melanie Grimes is a writer, award-winning screenwriter, medical journal editor, and adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. She also teaches homeopathy at the Seattle School of Homeopathy and the American Homeopathic Medical College.
A trained homeopath, she is the editor of the homeopathic journal, Simillimum, and has edited alternative and integrative medical journals for 15 years. She has taught creative writing, founded the first Birkenstock store in the USA and authored medical textbooks.
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