Booster Shots

Booster shots are called that for a reason. They’re the only artificial way to boost your body’s immune response to a given pathogen, by strengthening its recognition of a virus or bacteria. There are no other bottled substances that cause a “boosted” immune response. The only other alternative is natural exposures which carry the risk of illness, unlike vaccines which […]

Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP, previously known as Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura) risk post vaccination

Recently, a post was shared with me where a wife was sharing concerns about the novel COVID-19 vaccines and her husband’s death from Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP), shortly after his immunization. You could feel the pain the wife was feeling and the anguish over the loss of her husband, and her heartfelt concerns about the relationship between his recent COVID-19 vaccination […]

Did the flu disappear?

No. And when people use this as a rhetorical question to express their doubt about the severity or incidence rate of Covid-19, they actually showcase their lack of virology knowledge. An appropriate question for those genuinely seeking a learning opportunity would be: “have influenza rates declined during the Covid pandemic, and if so, why?” Great question! Yes. It appears they […]

Pregnancy and novel mRNA vaccines.

So we have had a few readers asking whether pregnant and lactating women should receive either of the novel mRNA vaccines (Moderna or Pfizer). We cannot definitively state that either of these COVID vaccines are safe for use in pregnancy. We say this, not because there is any indication that either of these vaccines may be harmful during pregnancy or […]

Elderberries….

“Although the ripe, cooked berries (pulp and skin) of most species of Sambucus are edible, uncooked berries and other parts of plants from this genus are poisonous. Leaves, twigs, branches, seeds, roots, flowers, and berries of Sambucus plants produce cyanogenic glycosides, which have toxic properties. Ingesting a sufficient quantity of cyanogenic glycosides from berry juice, flower tea, or beverages made […]

Story Time: Guillain Barre Syndrome

Story Time: Guillain Barré Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that is present in the body and awakened into activity by a challenge to the immune system. The influenza virus is known to trigger the activation of GBS. Since influenza vaccines also mildly challenge the immune system, about 1 in 1 million people will have an activation of GBS after being […]

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