As we hurtle toward winter, people are starting to queue up outside pharmacies and in waiting rooms to get their flu shots. Whether you join the line because you believe getting vaccinated is in your best interest or because your employer requires it, there’s no escaping the reality that vaccines are full of things that are rough on your immune system. After all, that’s the whole point!
Our immune systems are designed to attack and destroy dangerous invaders. When they encounter a new threat, they generate a customized defensive response. After the bad guys have been fought off, (to borrow some CSI language) they enter the perp’s fingerprints and other identifying info into the master tracking system. That way, if you ever encounter them again, your body is already prepared and equipped to immediately identify and neutralize them.
Vaccines were invented on a simple but powerful premise: if we could somehow introduce dangerous diseases to our bodies in a safe and contained manner, they could preemptively cycle through the process of identification, customized weapons development, and entry into the master tracking system at a time of our choosing. (Theoretically when we’re strong and healthy.) When we are later exposed to the un-contained, fully armed disease out in the real world, we should be ready to handle it. Think of it like Boot Camp for your immune system – practicing and drilling how to identify and respond to specific threats, so that in a live fire situation you don’t lose valuable time or resources hesitating or looking things up.
Unfortunately, there’s a catch. Injecting someone with a live disease strain will almost certainly give them the disease in its potent, virulent form – exactly what we don’t want to happen! But if we use dead or inert strains, our immune systems won’t register them as a threat. Instead of running through the required identify-respond-catalogue cycle to create the desired immunity, your body would just sweep the strains out with other general cellular detritus and get on with its business without ever noticing.
This is where things get tricky.
To avoid actually giving you polio (or whatever the disease in question is), doctors use dead/inert strains. But in order to trigger the necessary response cycle, vaccines are formulated to also contain nasty, toxic ingredients we KNOW will set off sirens and flashing lights in our immune system. This is the conundrum at the heart of the vaccine debate: in order for vaccines to work, they have to contain toxic substances. If the substances aren’t toxic enough to pose a real threat to our health, the vaccine will fail to trigger an immune response and won’t work!
Given this reality, it’s essential to support your immune system before and after receiving a vaccine.
Here are a few simple tips to help your body safely, efficiently, and effectively detoxify from the intentionally nasty components of a vaccination:
- If at all possible, do not get vaccinated when you are already sick, severely stressed, or your immune system is under other serious strain.
- Adjust your diet and habits to give your immune system a boost for several days after the vaccination. (And before, if you have advance notice!) Allow for extra sleep, eliminate (or at least go very lightly on) sugar and processed foods, and pile your plate with green leafy veggies and healthy fats.
- Supplement! Unfortunately, getting enough of the right vitamins, minerals, and other supports to adequately detox after a vaccination can be challenging, even when you eat well. Strong supplementation can be a huge help here. I personally stock and swear by Biotics Research’s Immunozyme and Bio Detox Packs for exactly this purpose.
- Drink enough water. It should go without saying, but I’ll point it out anyway: water is foundational to any and every form of detox. Make sure you’re getting extra while your immune system does its critical work!
Do you have a favorite post-vaccination detox routine? Please share – I’d love to hear about it!