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I’ll start off by saying that many of you will want to disagree with me, but as usual, please keep an open mind and READ the links that I share with you. I spend a great deal of time searching for the best, most informative links to post so that you don’t have to. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t do your own research.

The most important thing that we MUST start doing (if you’re not already) is QUESTIONING what we hear. The media, the advertisers, the pharmaceutical companies, many of those in our medical fields, our government, the FDA (especially!), the big players in the food industry, etc, are NOT YOUR FRIENDS. THEY ARE OUT TO MAKE *MONEY*. THEY DO *NOT* GENUINELY CARE ABOUT YOUR WELL-BEING. I know it’s uncomfortable to accept those statements, but they are TRUTH, and the sooner we face facts, the sooner we can start taking better care of ourselves and making better decisions.

I have had a cold for the past week; nothing big – just an annoying little head cold. While I have been nursing myself back to health, I’ve been doing some reading about cough drops and flu shots, and I wanted to share my findings with you all.

Let’s do the ‘easy’ one first – cough drops. We’ve all done this: we get a sore throat and soon after follows the constant irritations and coughing fits where we feel like we’re going to hack up a lung. So, we run to the nearest drugstore and buy bags of cough drops that we proceed to eat like candy for the next number of days. They help, right?

Wrong. I went to the drugstore a couple of days ago, and I read the ingredients on *every* bag that was there. All of them were filled with artificial colors, fillers and sugars. I want to say that I couldn’t believe it, but I know better. Sadly, I wasn’t surprised at all, and I left the store with nothing, DETERMINED to find something better.

The typical ingredients you’ll find are:

Menthol, eucalyptus oil, FD&C blue and red, glucose syrup, sucrose and sucralose.

Menthol and eucalyptus oil are fine and are usually natural. Sucrose, while it still shouldn’t be in the cough drops, is somewhat ok because it’s table sugar. (I say somewhat because regular table sugar has a few negative implications on its own, but the remaining ingredients are worse.)

FD&C (‘Food, Drug & Cosmetics’) colors are BAD. They are NOT natural; they are synthetic and made from petroleum, acetone and coal tars (ick). This is ESPECIALLY important if you have CHILDREN. Look at their drinks and snacks – they are FULL of artificial colors. All of the hyperactivity that you hear about where these poor kids are being given medication to control it (whole other blog topic right there) is nothing more than harmful chemicals running rampant through their little, developing bodies. Throw all of that junk in the trash immediately!!

Norway has banned the colors. Tartrazine (yellow that’s present in Mountain Dew, Doritos, Peeps) often causes HIVES. Erythrosine (red that’s present in candy, popsicles and cake decorating gel) is linked to thyroid TUMORS in rats. Carmine (red from an insect that’s present in ice cream, yogurt and juice) has caused severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic SHOCK in some people.

And that’s just three of them. These colored poisons are in EVERYTHING. Read more:




And the list goes on. Google this topic, and you will spend hours reading.

How about glucose syrup? Glucose is needed by the body to work with insulin so this must be ok, right?

Wrong. This syrup is made from CORN; it’s cheap, it’s a filler and it’s taking over our food industry. The corn industry in the States is HEAVILY subsidized because of the very fact that it’s CHEAP. Corn has ALL sorts of names – the list is SO long, click on this link to see – http://www.primalchat.com/tag/corn-derivative. HOLY COW. Go back to your cupboard and read through the ingredients. I challenge you to print out that list and put a check mark beside each corn product every time you see it listed. YOU WILL BE SHOCKED (and hopefully disgusted).

“But wait,” I hear some of you saying. “Corn is a VEGETABLE, so it’s supposed to be good, right?” Corn is a GRAIN, and it’s essentially a sugary, starchy, empty, worthless grain at that. http://marksdailyapple.com/corn-is-not-a-vegetable. Corn is also one of the biggest sources of ALLERGENS. http://cornallergens.com SO many people are having reactions to it and not even realizing it!

Alrightie – sucralose a.k.a SPLENDA. I’ve already done a post on this ridiculously harmful “sugar” (and others). Just scroll down on this blog page to see my previous post and links. Here’s one more on Splenda specifically – http://www.wnho.net/splenda_chlorocarbon.htm. Avoid it like the plague, please!!

Here are some cough drop alternatives I found that have GOOD ingredients that will actually help you:

http://www.beemd.com (Ingredients: Menthol, honey, evaporated cane juice syrup, all natural flavors, eucalyptus globulus, soybean oil and cornstarch.) (No, I don’t like the corn starch, but I will accept it ONLY because it’s listed last which means it’s the least amount of the ingredients.)

http://www.zand.com (I found these yesterday at Richard’s.) (Ingredients: Menthol, eucalyptus leaf, horehound herb, hyssop herb, licorice root, mullein leaf, peppermint leaf, brown rice syrup, sage leaf, slippery elm bark and thyme leaf. They’re yummy.)

http://www.honibe.com (Ingredients for the Honey Lozenges: 100% pure honey.)


Now, onto the flu shots. Are you still with me, or are you still checking off all of those corn products hidden in the food in your cupboard??

I know there are MANY people who swear by flu shots, so don’t misinterpret my post by thinking that I’m telling you you’re wrong to believe in them. I am, however, challenging you to rethink WHY you swear by them, especially after what I share with you.

No one argues that getting the flu is awful, and for some, dangerous. However, our medical field and drug stores and such are pushing the flu shot like it’s going to save the world – but it won’t. In fact, it helps very, very few people.

Let’s start at the beginning. Holidays and colder weather arrives and ‘cold season’ begins. The main 4 culprits are the common cold, sinus infections, the flu and pneumonia. There are tons of over the counter medicines for the first two, so I’ll not waste time on them.

Do you ever see “pneumonia shots” pushed? NO. And we need to wonder WHY because pneumonia is MORE DANGEROUS than the flu. http://www.differencebetween.net/science/health/difference-between-flu-and-pneumonia Read over this site and you will learn the difference between the two. First, the flu is a VIRUS that usually attacks the upper respiratory tract. Pneumonia is a BACTERIAL INFECTION that usually attacks the lungs. Second, the flu can normally be treated at home while pneumonia usually requires stronger medication. Third, more people die from pneumonia than from the flu. (Again, don’t you wonder why there isn’t a pneumonia shot pushed??)

I truly think that people rush out to get flu shots because they think that it will “keep them from getting sick”. It does NO such thing. You CAN still catch a cold. You CAN still get a sinus infection. And you CAN still get pneumonia (which is worse, remember). The *only* thing that a flu shot protects you from is the particular strains (only about 3 – there are thousands ‘out there’ that you could get) that a group of people have GUESSED will affect the general public.

All of a sudden, that doesn’t sound so great. You can still get sick? Then what’s the point if you’re only protected from a handful of strains that might not even affect the general public? If you want to know more about HOW these strains are chosen (how is China involved?), go here. http://www.thinktwice.com/flu_lie.htm

What about the actual ingredients in the flu shot? Certainly you want to know what someone is injecting into your body, right? http://jeffreywarber.com/hc%20pages/fluscam.html Does mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and ethylene glycol sound like substances that you want floating around in your body?? If you’ve had a flu shot, then they’re floating around in your body right now. And no, they are NOT helpful or okay. They are DANGEROUS. Go here to find more explanations – http://www.flu-treatments.com/flu-shot-ingredients.html

Think long and hard before you allow anyone to inject this mess into your body. You actually have a greater chance of NOT catching those 3 particular strains of flu than of catching them. Plus you can still catch a cold, get a sinus infection or get pneumonia (still worse), anyway.

One more – http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/10/11/why-you-shouldn’t-get-the-flu-shot.html

Instead, focus on building up your immune system naturally. We have a built-in sickness fighter, yet we don’t nourish it. We eat and take things that actually break it down constantly. There are a ton of sites about this, but here’s one http://www.suite101.com/content/10-ways-to-boost-immune-health-a8274.

Feed your body GOOD things. It will thank you profusely, I promise.


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