Summer’s barely started, but the medical mainstream is already hard at work on autumn — cooking up this year’s flu shot.
And they’ve just been handed their first big setback of the coming flu season!
A major new study exposes an ugly little scam they pull to make the shot look better than it is — and it PROVES once and for all that it’s not nearly as effective as advertised for millions of Americans.
Here’s the trick they use with just about any drug study: They don’t give the thing to people who would likely use it out in the real world. They cook the books by picking the people most likely to have a benefit and least likely to suffer any problems.
But the new study doesn’t try any of that nonsense. It looks at average folks just like you… including folks who maybe aren’t as slender around the middle as they should be.
If you’re in that boat, you’re hardly alone. Some two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, and the new study shows how the shot will do practically nothing for many of them.
Obese Americans are TWICE as likely to get sick AFTER a flu shot than the slim and trim.
The University of North Carolina researchers behind the study have a lot of blah-blah-blah about immune function and T cells in the obese — and sure, that’s all true enough.
When you’re obese, you face higher risks of health problems in general, and the flu might be the least of your worries. You’ve got diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia all lining up to take a shot at you.
But let’s stick to the flu for today.
Normally, the mainstream will spit out its form response: Get your flu shot anyway, some protection is better than no protection, blah blah blah.
Not this time!
The numbers are so ugly that the study’s lead author said something most mainstream researchers would never utter.
“Alternative approaches may be needed to protect obese adults from both seasonal and pandemic influenza virus infections,” Scott Neidich told HealthDay News.
Why thank you, Scott. Glad you brought it up.
But given that the shot also offers little to no protection to seniors… and even minimal protection to perfectly healthy younger people… maybe it’s time for an “alternative approach” for EVERYONE, not just the obese.
And I’ve got just the “alternative” you need.
Plain old vitamin D is often in short supply during flu season, because the shorter days mean less exposure to the sun, which helps your body crank out the stuff.
Boost those levels, and you’ll boost your protection, with studies showing that the sunshine vitamin offers up to EIGHT TIMES the protection of the flu vaccine.
That shouldn’t be the “alternative approach.” That should be your first line of defense!