To the editor:
Re: "Safe injection fight," Aug. 31.
Personally, I'd never allow anyone to inject me with an influenza vaccine, nor would I work for anyone that insists I get one, regardless of the latest "safe" cocktail it's preserved in.
My medical biologist partner maintains that influenza viruses mutate so quickly that vaccines can't keep up.
I have to wonder if the only ones benefitting from the injections are the vaccine maker's stock holders.
How can one not grow to distrust health institutions that say, "Trust Us, mercury is perfectly safe in vaccines and teeth" (yet it's banned in several countries). "Trust Us, supplements are dangerous (Big Pharma's products are said to kill more than 100,000 people a year in U.S. and Canada, yet supplements, that kill no one, are being banned). "Trust Us, smoking is safe and relaxes you... and most doctors prefer Camels." (OK, that one is from the '40s, but you get the point).
Here's my flu vaccine: I avoid sugar, take vitamin D, eat mostly plant foods, work out twice a week and get eight hours sleep. Seems to be working, I average one cold a decade. Do your own research before getting a flu shot, but try to avoid reading studies sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.
Russell Botten, Vancouver