Monday, October 5, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine -- Buyer Beware

As flu season looms on the horizon, much media focus has been placed on the novel H1N1 vaccine production and availability, and with it advisories as to who should be vaccinated against the Swine Flu; however little has been reported on the possible effects of a highly questionable component that may be used in the vaccine, a squalene adjuvant that can be added to heighten the body's immune reaction.

In order to make an educated decision on whether or not to vaccinate, the public must be made aware of the potentially severe side effects of turbocharged vaccinations. While squalene is naturally found in the body, injection directly into the bloodstream is an unnatural path of entry. The immune system responds to the toxic invasion by developing antibodies that attack naturally-occurring, beneficial squalene located in the nervous system. This is associated with autoimmune disorders, such as those experienced by Persian Gulf War veterans innoculated with squalene-enhanced anthrax vaccines in the 1990s -- ALS, multiple sclerosis, and lupus are but a few.

The onus is on the medical community to disclose all the facts on the H1N1 vaccine, its components, safety and efficacy, before urging mass vaccinations, as well as to advocate safe, non-invasive preventative measures. Basic hygiene such as frequent handwashing, covering mouths when coughing/sneezing, keeping hands clear of virus entry ports: eyes, nose, and mouth, and supplementing with immune-boosting Vitamin D may be the safer path. My advice: do not go blindly for a vaccine this year; do your research – make an informed choice.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Should Your Children Be Using Cell Phones?

Now that cell phones are all the rage, with grade school kids joining the pool of users, parents should be questioning how safe they are.

In a recent issue of Newsday, Environmental Working Group, a non profit organization said that more than ten years of cell phone use begins to increase chances of brain tumors, salivary gland tumors, migraines, and vertigo.

Although the industry dismisses these claims, do you really want to take a chance with your child's developing brain? With Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD,ADD, and other disorders on the rise, do our children need one more assault on their nervous systems?

If a child must have a cell phone, then when shopping for one, you should check the level of radiation that is being absorbed by the head. Environmental Working Group ( released a ranking of phones by the level of radiation emitted, but also suggest using a speaker phone and other tools to keep the device away from your ears.

It is difficult to say no to a child who sees all his or her friends using cell phones, but as parents we must ultimately do what is in the best interest of the child.