Sunday, October 25, 2009

Swine Flu

Will you get the Swine Flu shot? Juergen says he will get it when it comes about another month. I will not get it. I don't like flu shots because of the mercury they add to the shots. If this was the bird flu, or a really awful flu I would get the shot. So far 1000's of people have died from H1N1 (I’m not saying this is harmless), but so many more die each year from the "normal" flu. I don't want to discourage anyone from getting the shot. If you have risk factors you probably should get it. I hope I don't have to bear any regrets by not getting the shot, or giving the shot to my kids. It's so hard to decide if the flu is a greater risk then the possible side effects from the shot. I get the normal flu pretty much every year (even in the few years I got a flu shot). The kids always manage to get it, and then I get it too. But there are risks to yearly exposure to mercury from annual flu shots. I hope I never get Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. I guess that is more of a fear then being sick for a week. So Juergen will get the shot, and I won't. And I hope we both live long and healthy lives. It’s not so clear what is right… I wish I never allowed my daughter Jessica to get shots as a young child. Maybe her whole life could have been different if I made them wait with all those shots? She had an ear infection and was on antibiotics when the Dr gave her 5 shots in one day (all containing Mercury). A few days later my normal 18 month old girl lost her voice. Her autism can not be proven to be connected to all those shots...but I know how she was, and all she lost. They have taken the mercury out of childhood vaccinations. The exception is the flu shot. Maybe Jessica was at risk for autism but I believe the shots pushed her over the cliff. I will never know if she would have been less affected by autism, of even healthy...if only we didn't agree to those shots? Now the flu could take the life of one of my kids, or myself. It's a risk either way. I just would never rush out to get the flu shot in any given year…so why would I get this flu shot?

Nicole is on her way to East Germany with her youth group. They are working with another church doing missions work. They had planned to go to North Germany but there is an outbreak of H1N1 flu there. I guess that’s why I’m thinking about this topic. There are so many things in this world to “worry” about. At some point you have to trust God . He knows every day of your life…he has it in his hand. We have to try to be wise, but we need more to trust.

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