1. The flu shot doesn’t work.

There is absolutely no evidence that the flu shot actually works. It’s commonly known that the flu shot is only able to protect against certain strains of the flu. And since there are thousands of strains, your chances of coming into contact with a strain that’s not even protected by the flu shot are pretty darn good.

This fact is backed up scientifically and anecdotally. Here’s a large, systematic review of 51 studies that found zero evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in kids under two.

Many people don’t need a scientific study to tell them the flu shot doesn’t work … and yet they inject themselves anyway. I cringe when I see flu shot ads plastered all over this time of year. I once asked a cashier if she was planning to get the shot.

“Yeah, why not?” she said.

“It doesn’t work,” I said.

“I know,” she replied casually, plunking my groceries into a bag. “I get the flu every year. But they pay for us to get the shot. And I know if I get it, I’ll be good for at least two sick days off work.”

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

2. The flu shot is loaded with toxins.

The flu shot contains mercury, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde and a host of other toxins, along with a concoction of antibiotics that wipe out beneficial bacteria your body needs.

Check out this entertaining video report on the ingredients of a flu vaccine. I guarantee it’ll make you think twice about shooting the stuff into your body. It might also turn your stomach, so be warned.

3. Natural is better—much, much better.

If you’re under, 35 you’ve probably heard Kelly Clarkson’s song, “What doesn’t kill you (makes you stronger).” If you’re over 35 (like me), you might need to google it. Either way, the concept is true. Sure, getting the flu will lay you up for a few miserable days. But it almost certainly won’t kill you. It will make you stronger, because when your immune system has to work to fight off viruses, it gets stronger and better prepared to handle the next health challenge.

Here are a few tips to staying healthy naturally this winter. (And can we please call it winter, not “flu season”? Sheesh.)

  • Get adjusted. Chiropractic adjustments help boost your immune system by removing interference to your nerve system.
  • Eat immune boosting foods like garlic and green veggies loaded with vitamin C.
  • Cut down on sugar. I love sweets as much as anyone, but the sad truth is that sugar suppresses the immune system and causes disease.
  • Exercise. You are much less likely to get sick if you’re physically fit.
  • Get plenty of sleep.  Your body can fight sickness so much better when it’s well rested.