For Big Pharma, we're in the greatest season of them all -- flu season.
I'm sure you've seen all the news reports lately. Flu is spreading like
wildfire in a gasoline forest. The season started early. It's worse than
It's the most frightening flu season since, well, last flu season.
And the only solution to this menace comes in a convenient syringe that
can be jabbed into your arm for the low, low price of $25 at your local
pharmacy or supermarket.
I mean, isn't this all starting to sound a little familiar? Each year we
are hit over the head with the same three stories about flu season:
Story 1: It's going to be worse than anyone thought.
Story 2: We need to rush out and get our vaccines before Big
Pharma runs out of inventory. (They might as well have a carnival barker
screaming, "This offer won't last long!")
Story 3: Phew! It looks like we're going to be OK after all.
We're somewhere between #1 and #2 right now, and I promise you we'll end
up at #3 within weeks. And, truly, I don't mean to diminish the
seriousness of the flu -- if you've ever been stricken with it, you know
it's a miserable experience that can be particularly dangerous for
children and seniors.
But please understand that much of the mania right now is being driven
by a desire to sell vaccinations, and by false confidence in what these
vaccines can do.
If estimates are correct, the five best-selling flu vaccines will
generate nearly $2.5 BILLION in sales worldwide this year. For Big
Pharma, the flu is like a reliable slot machine that pays out every
And I wouldn't begrudge Big Pharma a dime if the flu vaccine was more
effective. Each year, millions of people line up for the vaccine under
the mistaken belief that they will not contract flu. That false -- and
totally unjustified -- feeling of invincibility may lead these same
people to skip commonsense preventive measures, like regular hand
washing, avoiding people who are sick, and supplementing with vitamins
to build their immune systems (more on that in a moment).
Here are the facts -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimate that this year's flu vaccine is 62 percent effective, which
experts have the audacity to call a "good year." Even worse, the vaccine
is less effective for seniors -- arguably the group that needs
If you're a senior who got the flu shot and are wondering if you'll catch the flu, you might as well flip a coin.
The only way to stay truly safe from flu is to never catch it in the
first place. Here are a couple vitamins that you can use for making
your immune system fortress strong -- and to keep flu from storming the
Vitamin D: Get plenty of sun and take 5,000 IU daily (2,000 to 3,000 IU for kids).
Vitamin C: Adults should take a minimum of 3 grams per day (kids should
take less). You should take as much as your body will tolerate without
These immunity-boosting vitamins are safe, inexpensive, and they'll keep you healthy long after "Flu Mania" has come and gone.