by Francine Kanter

We hear about the measles epidemic in California and other states and tend to blame parents for not vaccinating their children. When it’s flu season, the question comes up, to be or not to be vaccinated?

The main issue here is not about vaccination which, in fact, weakens the immune system, but rather strengthening immunity and overall health in order to stave off diseases and retain health.

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promote the use of vaccination to avoid getting whatever disease the vaccine covers. We hear in the media the guilt trips laid on those who refuse vaccinations, and illogical claims that those not taking the vaccine somehow cause others who are vaccinated to catch the flu or whatever dreaded lurgy the vaccine covers. This makes zero sense.

People need to be educated on what constitutes a vaccine, what’s in it, and if it is safe. They need to be educated as to the option of taking a different route to strengthen their immunity against cold, flu, etc. It is known the chemicals involved in a vaccine can do more harm than good—we are talking here mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum and MSG.

Bottom line, to avoid all that, here’s a list of ways to boost your immune system without resorting to chemicals and vaccination:

• Take a vitamin D supplement on a daily basis. Get as much sunlight as you can as late into the year as you can manage. Even getting sunlight on just your face helps produce more vitamin D in your body.

• Drink immune-boost beverages, like organic Cocoa Mojo which contains a blend of four medicinal mushrooms.

• Use a high quality air filter in your home for bacteria and mold spores that may be circulating.

• Get regular exercise to boost your circulation and immune strength. This exercise should be frequent and moderate. Do not over-stress yourself at the gym or your immune system will be temporarily compromised.

• Take supplements to protect your respiratory tract, including Lomatium, Osha, Elderberry and more. You can find these at most health food stores.

• Take measures to minimize your exposure to immune-damaging chemicals such as those found in laundry products, cosmetics, personal care products and fragrances. The artificial fragrance chemicals found in most of these products are carcinogenic and cause liver damage.

• Eat a wholesome, balanced diet; plant proteins are very important; avoid sugars as much as possible.

Drink a lot of water—the rule is you need to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day.

These are lifestyle changes and they work. They are beneficial for all members of the family, including children. For assistance with these and other aspects of boosting immunity, seek the help of a Homeopath Practitioner who can offer proven solutions that are safe and actually increase health and well-being over time.

Francine Kanter, CCH, RsHOM(NA), is a Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner. She has helped countless adults and children in their return to health. For more information and to make an appointment, call 754-484-7988 (office), 808-652-2001 (cell), email [email protected] and visit See ad page 53.