Does Exercise Work Better than a Flu Shot?

Posted on September 25th, 2009 by Dr. Mercola  |  1 Comment »

The flu season is fast approaching and for big pharmaceutical companies, it’s Christmas all over again as they expect to line their pockets with big dollars from flu shot sales.

If you look at the statistics, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) starts the yearly flu scare by exaggerating the number of American flu deaths. For example, the CDC reported that in 2005, influenza claimed 36,000 lives but if you took a closer look at the data, you will notice that the pneumonia and flu death toll was counted as one to hide the fact that only 1,806 people actually died from the flu.

This is not to say that the flu shouldn’t be taken seriously. But was this done so that Big Pharma can reap the benefits of the flu scare as doctors convince more patients to take the flu vaccine?

Dr. Joseph Mercola, like other natural health practitioners, believes that prevention is the best cure. Dr. Mercola has never taken a flu shot but he has never gone down with the flu in over 20 years. That is because there are many natural ways to boost your immune system. One of the simplest is by getting regular exercise.

A study using matured mice was conducted to show how exercise protected animals against the flu. Male mice aged 11-20 weeks were infected with influenza. One randomly-assigned group was allowed to exercise moderately for 20-30 minutes a day for four days, while the other group was kept in home cage control.

The researchers stopped the exercise as soon as flu symptoms appeared on the mice to mirror sickness-related behavior in humans.

It was not surprising that the mice that had exercise had twice the survival rates of the mice without exercise.

Exercise helps increase circulation and blood flow throughout your body, meaning, the components of your immune system are better circulated, giving it a better chance of finding an illness before it even has a chance to spread, Mercola explains. In a sense, exercise helps your immune system become more efficient in detecting and responding against viruses and diseases.

Your immune system is there for a purpose: to fight diseases, including the flu. The flu shot is ineffective because it weakens your natural defenses and makes you more vulnerable to disease.

Exercise is just one of the simple and natural ways you can take that do not involve drugs or medication, which will not only help you stay flu-free but will also help you achieve optimal health.

In response to the current swine flu scare, Dr. Mercola will share the latest and most effective natural strategies that will help you beat the flu, as well as teach you how to take control of your health, at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, VA, from October 2-4, 2009.

Aside from Dr. Mercola, the International Public Conference on Vaccination brings together a powerhouse cast of speakers, including academics, doctors, health advocates and journalists, who will present reliable disease and vaccine information and facts, educate you on vaccine safety and freedom of choice, and provide you with more holistic healthcare alternatives for staying well.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get the lowdown on the vaccine controversy and get initiated to natural and holistic healthcare. Register now!

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