I had a really good Doctor years ago. I’ve moved since, but while living near this Doctor, I went to him for a couple of injuries I had acquired while working out. I played a lot of basketball, I sprained my ankle a couple of times. While I was in his office for the very last time, after discussing the sprain diagnosis, we talked about general health. I told him that a few weeks prior I had felt pretty sick, but also told him I wasn’t one to run to a Doctor just because I feel a bit sick.
He asked me what the symptoms were. I told him I had a fever, a cough, a messed up stomach, fatigue and chills. I sat and waited for him to reprimand me on my decision to ride out the ailment. I was ready, like a contained spring box, to explode outward with a bevy of logics and reasons and justifications for skipping the Doctor. He finished wrapping my ankle, looked up and said, “ah, swine flu, yeah that’s been going around. Sounds like you got a nice immune system boost, that’s a good thing.”
Wait, did he just say that the swine flu was good for me? Well, he kind of did.
When I was a child, I was taught that colds and flus were just the body ridding itself of toxins. I was also led to believe that a cold or flu, if tolerated without any medication, was an opportunity to allow the body’s immune system to strengthen. As I got older, I realized that most people didn’t feel the same way about this. When I was in High School and College, many of my friends would go to the Doctor every time they felt anything coming on. Doctors would sometimes simply call them in a Z-Pack without ever even seeing them for the simple purpose of warding off the cold or flu in the early stages. I would debate them that a Z-Pack wasn’t even effective for colds and flus, but I was labeled as some sort of hippy that refused modern medicine.
The body needs to get sick sometimes. That’s the natural cycle. It is not our job to constantly fight off every sickness with medications or flu vaccines. It is our job to allow the sickness to rid us of our own internal garbage (take out the trash occasionally) and reset us, then leave us with a stronger more adept immune system.
Here is a more eloquent way of understanding this via Dr. Benkin.
Here is the key to understanding why colds and flus, when allowed to run their course while you rest, can be good for you:
By and large, the viruses that cause the common cold and the flu infect mainly your weakest cells; cells that are already burdened with excessive waste products and toxins are most likely to allow viruses to infect them. These are cells that you want to get rid of anyway, to be replaced by new, healthy cells.
So essentially, without a viral infection, it would be difficult for the body to identify these freeloader cells and kick them out. And here’s the big takeaway: There isn’t a cure for the cold or flu because it is a natural cycle of the body! So when pharmaceutical companies convince you that you need to “cure” these things or “prevent” them via vaccines, they work against the common logic of nature. They work for revenue. Profits. To make money. Not for your actual greater good.
Flu shot marketing has never been more brazen. They push companies into bullying and threatening their own employees into getting a useless flu shot injection. But there is no logic in their push other than their own revenue. We are entering a time whereas mandatory flu shots aren’t a far cry from our reality. The more of us that refuse these shots, the more people will seek out the truth. Right now, so many people get flu shots that it makes it seem like you are a pariah for turning one down.
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