DURING the winter I was sat waiting patiently for a routine appointment at the doctors.
I watched a short video about an imaginary emergency – funnily enough that didn’t help my already slightly uneasy mood – then read a notice.
It was urging patients in fairly strong terms not to have their flu jabs in the neighbouring pharmacy but at the surgery itself.
My spirit jumped a beat, but not in a good way.
To be honest, I felt quite angry. For what reason would the surgery put out such a message? Was it for the benefit of the patients? Or, more likely, was it purely aimed at boosting the surgery’s finances?
The issue wasn’t and isn’t directly relevant to me. After having the vaccine a few times, I decided after researching the subject for the first time that it wasn’t for me.
There are apparently many different strains of flu and precious little evidence that any vaccine is useful.
Generally I believe, if we can possibly get by without any form of pharmaceutical drugs, that is by far the best option.
The body is its own best healer. The natural way makes more sense than pumping it with chemicals.
But my concern runs deeper than just that.
I don’t like what I read about major pharmaceutical companies. I’d always supposed that they were in the health business until I looked that little bit deeper.
Big Pharma wields great power in the modern world – often at the expense of genuine attempts to find out more about health. For example, major obstacles are put in the way of creating herbal and natural treatments. For, whilst it is illegal in this country for claims to be made about the healing properties of herbs, the drug companies have carte blanche to make a synthetic – therefore less natural and almost certainly less effective – version of the same herb and market it as being an effective form of treatment.
But there’s more.
Recently I’ve been reading about vaccines and the way our human bodies work.
When we are born into this world, we no more have a fully developed immune system than we have adult-sized arms and legs.
It develops particularly during our first few years.
Maintaining a sterile environment is not the way to develop a child’s immune system. Our bodies begin to fight off ‘enemies’ through being subjected to things that aren’t necessarily good for us.
And that includes cold and viruses.
In the United States, an incredible 14 vaccines are ‘recommended’ for children between birth and six years old for ailments including chickenpox, diphtheria, flu, mumps, measles, polio and rubella.
It is widely known that vaccines compromise a young immune system, leaving us more prone to disease in later life.
But the damage could run deeper than that.
The Centre for Disease Control in the USA already acknowledges the existence of Vaccine Spectrum Disorder and has even changed the name to Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Are we innocently increasing our children’s risk of being autistic by following the ‘white coats’ whom we presume know what they are doing and what is best for us?
I suspect that more information will emerge on this subject in future years.
All I do know is that, for me, the damage that has been done has been done – there’s no point in worrying about it.
But I won’t be lining Big Pharma’s pockets cueing for vaccinations or anti biotics any time soon unless I’m absolutely convinced they are necessary.
And a particular surgery’s financial situation is not more important than an individual’s health.