After doing my research on the immune system, glutathione and the influenza vaccine. I have come to the conclusion that we need to get our priorities right before we jump in line for the flu jab. Here are three things for you to consider before getting the flu vaccine:
1. How is your overall health and immune function right now?
2. How are you supporting your immune system to function at its best naturally?
3. How effective is the flu vaccine?
Firstly, if you are often sick or tired for no apparent reason or you frequently catch the cold, you may have a weakened immune system. Your white blood cells act like policemen on a cellular level that catch the invading viruses or bacteria and take them out by literally destroying them. Your immune cells are also responsible for detecting misbehaving mutant cells and killing them before they have a chance to grow into a tumor. Therefore having a weak immune system not only makes you more susceptible to getting the flu but to all diseases and cancers.
Secondly, it is crucial that we support our immune function by optimizing our glutathione production, because without glutathione our immune system would quickly surrender to disease. This is because Glutathione is the chief protector of our immune cells. Basically it is the SWAT team that backs up the Police force in your body. Healthy growth and activity of immune cells depends on the availability of Glutathione. The protective function of Glutathione is two-fold; it enhances the activity of immune cells and functions as a powerful antioxidant within them.
There are now over 100,000 scientific studies and clinical trials on glutathione recorded in PubMed the official US government library of medical research. Of the articles I have researched to date, raising glutathione levels has been clinically proven to be beneficial for people afflicted with: Cancer (all forms), Aids, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, flu virus, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, diseases of the liver, heart, lungs, kidneys and many more....in fact there are now 74 major diseases associated with low glutathione levels. Aside from being the body's most powerful antioxidant, a huge reason why glutathione has been proven to be protective against most diseases, is because it optimizes and boosts our immune function.
Thirdly after doing my own research on the effectiveness and efficacy of the influenza vaccine, I found some surprising results. In healthy adults a meta-analysis of cohort studies and clinical trials on the effectiveness of influenza vaccination, found the pooled efficacy of flu shots was 59%. So for healthy adults, influenza vaccines could provide moderate protection against influenza, but such protection was greatly reduced or absent in some seasons. Moreover, in the overall adult population the overall effectiveness of the vaccine is limited, corresponding to a number needed to vaccinate of 40. So 40 people have to get a flu shot for one person to avoid the flu.
The population group most susceptible to the flu are the elderly (age 65 and up) and unfortunately the trials show that the vaccine is least effective in the elderly. The studies also suggest a 'healthy user group' effect whereby the flu vaccine is most effective amongst healthy adults (who generally have stronger immune function). Unfortunately it is the elderly and less healthy adults who generally have weaker immune function and thus need the most protection against the flu. Therefore, it appears that in order for the flu vaccine to be most effective by stimulating a strong immune response, an individual must first have healthy immune function to begin with. Therefore, our first priority should be to address the root cause of frequent colds and flu infections, which is a weak immune system!
We can focus on strengthening our immune systems from the inside out by boosting our glutathione levels and by having a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle. Ultimately if we keep relying on artificial methods of overcoming infection, such as antibiotics, our innate immune defenses will become weaker and weaker, leading to a potential public health disaster! The best natural but also clinically proven solution, is to increase your glutathione levels to boost your immune function naturally.
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