Do You Know What’s In Your Flu Vaccine?

I was reviewing my emails this morning and came across some headlines about new flu vaccines that shocked me…see below.

The following is taken from Mercury News’ article Scientists Seek a Better, Longer-Lasting and More Effective Flu Vaccine.

“We could persuade many more people in the United States
to get vaccinated, if indeed we had a better vaccine,” said
Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of
preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School.

The word persuade stood out to me as I was reading this piece, “why would the public need to be persuaded to do anything?”  If I need to be persuaded to undertake any type of action, is it really wise?  Just my own opinion.

In November, the Food and Drug Administration approved
Flucelvax, manufactured by Novartis, the first U.S.-licensed
flu vaccine that uses cell culture technology. The virus is
grown in dog kidney cells, instead of eggs. The cells can be
frozen, ready to go quickly into vaccine production if a new
virus is discovered. As Schaffner put it: “You don’t have to
wait for the roosters and hens to do their thing.

Reading that this flu vaccine is grown in dog kidney cells disturbed me.  I am a dog lover and just wonder how many dogs are used and/or harmed in this fashion?  Again, just my own thought process and opinion.

In January, the FDA approved Flublok, by Protein Sciences.
It is made in insect cells using a protein from the
virus — hemagglutinin, instead of a live virus. Most antibodies
that prevent infection are directed against hemagglutinin.

Insect cells?  I have problems killing insects in my house, much less wanting to have anything that is derived from insect cells injected into me.  Again, strictly my own opinion.


For additional reading on the new flu vaccines, visit Natural News to read FDA Approves First GMO Flu Vaccine Containing Reprogrammed Insect Virus

Knowledge is power when dealing with your own health.  Make your own determination after educating yourself about flu vaccines if you wish to be injected with a vaccine or boost your body’s immunity naturally to fight off infection as our bodies are engineered to do.

Some simple strategies to naturally boost your immunity, view iVillage’s article on 20 Natural (and Amazingly Simple!) Immunity Boosters,

If you are not able to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, get a good night’s rest, or reduce your stress, consider looking into supplements that will boost your body’s immunity.  One supplement you can consider is Isotonix that is rapidly absorbed into the body.  Visit Why Isotonix for more information.  Another suggestion is to visit your local health store and ask the knowledgeable staff on immunity boosting supplements to take.  You want a high quality supplement that your body will process and use, not something that will just pass through and be deposited when you use the bathroom.

The unpleasantness of being sick is something I believe most of us, if not all, want to avoid or minimize. See the other two articles below that also provide information on preventing you from getting the flu.

How Informed Are You About The Flu Vaccine?

Flu Season


Create New Habits for the New Year

New Year Sunrise

New Year Sunrise (Photo credit: joka2000)

Interested in making some changes this coming new year?  Read How to Make New Year’s Resolutions That Work from  I like the in-depth instruction and tools provided to keep you on track.  I also like 100 Things: A 2013 Daily To-Do List that also includes health and spiritual suggestions to include in your 2013 New Habits to achieve.

Help your children establish new healthy habits as well to achieve this new year.  Two sites I like with tips are and

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Are you using daily affirmations to keep yourself motivated?  Visit my previous blog on positive affirmations to get you started.

Are you inspired to create healthy new habits along with your family?  Share your goals or stories about the healthy habits you want to achieve and how you will keep yourself accountable.

Have a safe and happy New Year!  May 2013 be all that you want it to be.

Coping with Chronic Illness


Below is a wonderful book I came across that I would like to share with you to help you cope should you or someone you know be in a similar situation dealing with chronic illness.

The author, Toni Bernhard was a law professor for 22 years at the University of California — Davis until she was forced to retire due to her illness.  Her book, How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers, won the 2011 Nautilus Gold Book Award in Self-Help/Psychology. Watch for her new book, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, scheduled for publishing in the Fall of 2013.

To purchase the book, click here.

Watch the video below about one woman’s story dealing with Lupus and successfully becoming pain free:


Interested to learn more about how you can naturally deal with your illness and chronic pain?  Read how others have done exactly that by clicking on Testimonials1 and Testimonials2.

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December 23 – National Pfeffernusse Day

Brings back memories of my mother baking German Christmas cookies.

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National Pfeffernusse Day

Five Food Finds about Pfeffernusse

  • Pfeffernusse is a variant of German Lebkuchen, or gingerbread.
  • Pferffernusse cookies differ from regular German gingerbread is that they are rolled into balls and then glazed with powdered sugar after baking.
  • Pferffernusse literally means “pepper”.
  • A traditional Pfeffernusse cookie will be too hard to eat without dipping in liquid for the first few days.
  • The cookies do soften with age and more modern recipe adaptations have been made to make them soft from the start.


Today’s Food History

1675 On December 23, 1675, Charles II of England, issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.
A Proclamation for the Suppression of Coffee Houses.
“Whereas it is most apparent that the multitude of Coffee Houses of late years set up and kept within this Kingdom…and the great resort of idle and…

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Improve Your Memory

Did you know that vitamins can help improve your memory? Watch the following interview with natural health expert Dr. Mark Mincolla to learn more.

Also read Omega-3 Diet + Vitamins Help Keep Brain From Shrinking from PsychCentral.

Be sure to incorporate a diet focused on fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in addition to using supplements to enhance your specific nutrient needs.

Ready to improve your memory, check out the convenient Optimal Wellness Kit complete with a high quality Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin B, and Omega help keep your memory in top shape.


Sugar…not as good as you think


Sugars (Photo credit: QuintanaRoo)

I usually have many links with my posts, but only because I feel more information gives more power to make informed decisions.  I hope the supporting information provided below helps you to understand better why sugar is a danger to your diet.

Have you tried to stop consuming sugar or reduce your sugar intake? Wow, how challenging! I’ve been researching the effects of too much sugar in the diet and what I learned convinced me to stay away from it, but it is not easy.  What I learned is that sugar contributes to cancer, skin issues such as eczema and acne,  inflammation, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and so much more.

My reason for sugar consumption was for energy, you get that slump in the afternoon, visit the vending machine at work and yummy cookies, pop tarts, or some type of candy or other sugary product calls to you for a pick-me-up.

Who regularly consumes soda as their energy source? Watch the video below and you might rethink what you drink.

Sugar, The Dangers

Interested to find alternative options to get the energy you need, click here.

Following is great information from Dr. Mercola about sugar dangers.

Want to know how much sugar is contained in popular foods or beverages consumed and what your daily sugar intake should be?  The following article from Nutrition Action Health Letter provides this information.

Below is a video that clearly shows how too much sugar affects a child’s behavior.

So, with all this information about how bad sugar is for you, how do you start eliminating it from your diet?  Following is an article from Whole Living on kicking your sugar habit, Inflammation Intervention: Cure Your Sugar Cravings.

Additionally, Steve Nash shares how kicking the sugar habit has helped with his NBA career and performance on the basketball court.

Steve Nash, NBA Basketball Player on living sugar free

If you have made it this far reading the above information, what are your thoughts…will you change your habits with sugar or have you already?

Happy Thanksgiving

May you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving.  Share your blessings and what you are thankful for.  Reach out a helping hand to others that may not be as fortunate.  Also keep in mind our men and women who voluntarily serve or have served in our United States Armed Forces to defend our country so we may continue to be free.

Have a blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving.


How Informed Are You About The Flu Vaccine?

I believe we all know the pluses of getting a flu shot, to avoid or reduce flu symptoms, but do you know about the negative side effects?  Below are two articles from and the National Vaccine Information Center to help you understand what they are: Article

Analysis Finds Flu Vaccine Efficacy Lacking, as Flu Vaccines are Suspended Across Europe and Canada

  • A recent review found that flu vaccines may not offer protection as previously thought. The elderly, in particular, do not appear to receive measureable value from the flu shot. Trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines also didn’t offer much protection to children over the age of seven
  • While infants and young children are at greatest risk, no one is exempt from the potential serious complications of flu vaccination, one of which is Guillaine-Barre syndrome. Early symptoms of GBS include sudden muscle weakness, fatigue and tingling sensations in the legs, eventually ending with either partial or total paralysis
  • A unit of U.S. drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, recently suspended delivery of their seasonal flu vaccine, Inflexal V, destined for Italy and other European countries, after discovering “problems” with two of 32 lots
  • Two weeks ago Italy banned the sale and use of four flu vaccines manufactured by Novartis, following the discovery of white particles in the vaccines. Over the next two days, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, Germany and Canada also suspended use of Novartis’ flu vaccines
  • ACIP recently changed their recommendation on Tdap during pregnancy. According to new recommendation, a Tdap booster vaccine is to be given to pregnant women during each consecutive pregnancy. The vote was unanimous despite the fact that neither safety nor efficacy data exists for women given multiple consecutive Tdap vaccinations during every pregnancy.

To view the full article, click here.

The National Vaccine Information Center Article

Forcing Flu Shots on Health Care Workers: Who Is Next?

Even health care workers are reluctant to receive the flu shot. The article  states that 60% of health care workers do not want to get an annual flu shot because they know of the negative side effects and do not want to take the risk.  

To read the full article click here.

Additionally, using supplements to strengthen your immune system naturally can provide your body with more ammunition to effectively fight off any virus.  See a previous post Flu Season that shares how Vitamin D is very good at preventing the flu. Also,strengthening your digestive health can boost your immune system as shown in an article from Science Daily, Natural Intestinal Flora Strengthen Immune System.  

Arm yourself with knowledge how the flu vaccine can affect you or a loved one and make an informed decision how you are going to get through this year’s flu season.