Flu Shot – Is the Blue Light Special Next?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Posted in category Flu Hoax

People may notice that whenever you drive by a Walgreen’s, CVS, or Rite Aid, you see the huge signs out front that are graced with messages such as, “GET YOUR FLU SHOT HERE“, or “FLU SHOT 1/2 OFF.”

Additionally, I keep getting these emails from CVS advertising all kinds of gimmicks to entice one to come in and get a government-approved, Big Pharma-recommended jab. Entire portions of websites for these drugstores are dedicated to flu shot propaganda. This latest deal from CVS offers the flu shot conformist a 20% off shopping pass when you get a CDC-recommended flu shot. When will we see the blue light special, or perhaps, even better, the BYGOF (Buy One Get One Free) bargain? I predict we will see flu shot Groupons next.

On most days, I take iodine (Iodoral), non-synthetic (liquid) Vitamin B-12 (1x per week), 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3, 2,000-5,000mg of Vitamin C, 800 IU of Vitamin E, and Magnesium, and I cannot remember the last time I got the flu (or got sick at all). In the days when I was engaging chronic cardio (cycling/racing) and carb-loading (pasta, pasta!), I got very sick 1-3x per year. My flu periods were becoming predictable and memorable. Since going real-foodist (primal-paleo), my memories of being sick are just that – memories.

CVS has even employed Katie Couric as a flu shot propagandist. What a tool these celebrities have become.

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5 Responses to Flu Shot – Is the Blue Light Special Next?

  1. Bill says:

    October 9th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Of course, the pharmacies use these flu shot offers as bait to get people in the store to hopefully buy more of their expensive crap. What’s annoying, though, is they want you to infer that somehow they are performing a needed service; you don’t have to wait to see an expensive and inconvenient real doctor, you can come in here and get it right away. No waiting! Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but it seems as though they want people to think they are providing a free-market alternative to the onerous health care system they are weary of. The irony is that these flu shots are, for most people, worthless. But I would bet that virtually everyone that gets a shot feels better about themselves afterward. Like the smoker that eats a salad occasionally to negate the detrimental effects of tobacco. It’s flu-shot theater.

  2. Kate says:

    October 10th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now and have never commented. But reading today’s, it reminded me of a great article I read in the Atlantic about vaccines called “Does the Vaccine Matter?” Fascinating stuff about the flu shot. I changed my entire opinion after reading and researching this article. Prior to that, I just knew something was wrong with the flu shot and did not get it. I was just happy to have the science to back up my belief.

    Here’s the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/11/does-the-vaccine-matter/307723/

  3. Paul says:

    October 10th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Usually I enjoy your posts, but your logic falls a little short here.  Now I am not going to defend flu shots, waste of time, money, and health, but your logic inre your diet and supplements as being protective of the flu doesn’t quite cut it.  One case does not a series make.  I have noticed, personally that, as I age, one of the few benefits is that I rarely get sick anymore.  And this long predated my conversion to a paleo diet, and supplements very similar to your list.  Do you have any  data that your recommendations prevent flu?  Could it be that people who follow this advice are much more attuned to healthy living in general?  I offer this missive in the spirit of constructive debate.  Keep up the good work!

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    October 11th, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Paul – my logic isn’t short, at all, IMHO. One rule I have is that unless I write a full article on “abc,” I won’t do the research on “abc” for people. I have linked to, and promoted, these kinds of pieces many, many times in the past, including promoting the paleo websites where scientists/researchers/PhDs/research Docs have already done the work you mentioned. The data is out there, I’ve long been reading it, and I know you know it exists. I know you know the science on Vitamin D, and that fact that the large majority of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. I also know that you know the science on Omega-6: Omega-3 ratios, and how upside down people are in this category, which is a huge driver for chronic, systemic inflammation. I’ve linked to all of this stuff before, and I will continue to do so.

    You note, “Could it be that people who follow this advice are much more attuned to healthy living in general?” Indeed, and understanding what that means is pivotal in order to get people to think beyond the “treat the symptom” mentality and adopt a truly preventative mentality. Flu shots are not a preventative treatment, though this is the propaganda that is sold to the public.

  5. Otaddy says:

    October 12th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    This is why I cannot watch regular TV.  These celebrities talk like experts, but they really know nothing.  And all those preachy talk shows with the endless talking….shut the F up already!

    I really want to like Katie as she seems like a hard worker (and is attractive), but boy is she a butt-kisser and seems so phony on our show.

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