While people line up at their local pharmacy and grocery stores to receive this season’s flu shot vaccine, the question must be posed as to whether this trend ought to continue? Information is surfacing that suggests ingredients in the common flu vaccine, such as mercury, are more detrimental to the one receiving the shot then the actual flu is. It was only a short time ago when we were without this popular shot, muscling the flu on and off with not much of a problem. Do we really need a vaccine for something as simple and generally harmless as the flu? What if getting influenza now and then is actually good for you?
What happens when you get the flu? Usually there are body aches, a cough, maybe a sore throat, often times a fever reaching over 100 degrees. These symptoms can last anywhere from 24 hours to several weeks, depending on the strength of the individual immune system and the way healing is approached. What if the flu is the body’s way of getting people to slow down and take some much needed rest and relaxation? What if taking a flu shot, as opposed to allowing the natural cleansing process that occurs with the flu, actually weakens the body, not strengthens it?
Think about how you get the flu. Many believe that symptoms are contagious and you “get it” from others. But what about all those individuals who are supposedly exposed who don’t get the flu? Are they somehow special? Different? Immune? Today, somebody’s answer may be that they took the flu shot, but that didn’t use to be the case and is still not the truth for many today who manage to avoid flu symptoms year after year.
Personally, I have not had the flu in years, nor have I taken a flu shot. This is true for many many people I know. One of my closest friends would say it’s been close to 30 years since she’s had the flu, and she has never taken a flu shot. What makes those who don’t get the flu different from those who do? And if you get the flu, is this really a “bad” thing? For those with already compromised immune systems, the flu can lead to more serious symptoms such as pneumonia. But for most of us, we are just interested in avoiding the sometimes lengthy discomforts which accompany the common flu. We are also avoiding missing work or school and remaining healthy, though are we?
When the body “gets sick” as with the flu, it has a chance to detox, releasing congestion that has been building up in the body over time. Generally, when the flu strikes, one does not eat, consumes largely fluids and rests a lot. Sounds a lot like a cleanse or fast to me. When the body is over-loaded with toxins, perhaps it seeks out a way to unburden and the flu is just such a way.
We live in such a fast-paced society that people rarely,if ever slow down and take some nourishing healing time for themselves, unless the have to – as in sickness. But what if we began to really listen to our bodies and took the time we felt we needed when we first got the signal, instead of waiting for the full-blown flu? Sometimes the flu is the best thing that could ever happen to you, no matter how miserable it may seem. The body receives rest, relaxation and rejuvenation that it was not getting before. Time for the self is there, without the demands of life and work. So often we try and medicate ourselves out of sickness so we can return to work quickly, when the best thing to do would be to ride it out, receive the rest and really allow the body to heal.
These days, if I feel a scratchy throat coming on, I reach for some garlic or apple cider vinegar and take a nap. Sometimes the body is just calling to be heard. Maybe it needs a nap, a bath or to not go out to that meeting or gathering. The more you listen to your body, the faster it can respond to healing while avoiding getting something like the flu or the common cold.
So, is influenza actually good for you? In most people it is certainly not a deadly or life-threatening illness, just a little inconvenient. If we quit with the shots and just listened to our bodies more, maybe we could avoid the full-blown flu by just taking time for ourselves when it’s needed. The body is really a brilliant mechanism. It’s not stupid. If illness is there, more likely than not, something is wanting to be communicated that we are not listening to. Maybe it’s time to start listening.
(Disclaimer: This article is not meant to heal, cure or diagnose and is no way suggesting one not get a flu vaccine if this is right for you. We are simply offering another educational thought for consideration. Listen to inner guidance and talk to a health care professional about what is best for you.)
Written by: Stasia Bliss