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



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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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.


10 Characters You May Encounter in Yoga Class.

I haven’t been to a yoga class although some of these descriptions could very well be me, “The Grunter.”  I think I will first practice at home so I hopefully do not exhibit any of these character traits.

What has your experience been at yoga class?

10 Characters You May Encounter in Yoga Class..

So many great writers and topics from fellow bloggers. Here is another blog I am inspired by. Such elegant writing about staying current with change.



I feel I am getting left behind.   How can I keep up?


Become a silver surfer

The rate of change has never been so fast.  Many of the older generation may well feel that they are increasingly out of touch with this strange new world, left struggling to keep up with the pace of modern life.

Everything is different.  Many may come to feel that they are strangers in their own land, in danger of becoming isolated and marginalised.  In the face of so much new technology it is hardly surprising that there is a tendency to retreat to the old familiar, to call time on progress and miss out on the wonderful opportunities that would enrich their lives.

For the more mature amongst us there is always a choice point.  A point when we decide to get on board or to let the ship sail without us. …

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Getting to Balanced

To feel complete as a person all the pieces of the wellness wheel needs to be fulfilled. Why?  Our lives are so busy, we have work demands and family needs to take care of and typically devote a smaller portion of our time to the other facets of our life.  If we allow ourselves to become so run down and not recharge our battery, small potholes encountered might seem like large ruts.  Tempers might flare a bit more easily.  The three inner properties — mind, body, and soul interconnect with our health, purpose in life, relationships, and finances.  If any of these properties are out of balance so will you.

Following is an excerpt taken from Scott Berkun’s blog, The Cult of the Busy,

… people who are always busy are time poor. They have a time shortage. They have time debt. They are either trying to do too much, or they aren’t doing what they’re doing very well. They are failing to either a) be effective with their time b) don’t know what they’re trying to effect, so they scramble away at trying to optimize for everything, which leads to optimizing nothing.

Wellness is the ongoing process of becoming self aware and making choices that moves you along a continuum of experiencing greater and greater states of feeling better.

I am sharing a post from another blogger, dimpledbrain, on being attentive.

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Hello Again!

Picture of a Daffodill, scientifically referre...I have been absent for a while.  In the time since my last posting I have been blessed with an increase in business activity and opportunities.  Success can’t be guaranteed, but having the right tools and encouragement can get you there.

From the time I last posted, I have since redirected my focus to health and wellness, something I have been an advocate of since my teens…a long time.  I do hope the information I share is informative and useful for you.

Thank you for your visit, interest, and comments.