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Even as we’re being told that a harsh flu season is finally starting to taper off, the powers that be continue to push vaccinations.

The CDC cautions that people who’ve been sick with one strain of the flu can get a different strain during the same season, so a flu shot can still be helpful for the unvaccinated.

The FDA is saying so, too, even as they admit that the vaccine this year wasn’t so effective.Still, says FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. And even if you do get sick, he says,

Vaccinations have also been shown to reduce the severity of the flu in people who get sick.

But there’s a problem here: It turns out that there actually isn’t all that much evidence supporting his claim. As the authors of a 2017 study in the journal Vaccine put it,

Surprisingly, very few studies have addressed the question of whether the vaccine mitigates influenza severity among those who develop the illness despite being vaccinated.

The few studies that have found only minor differences between the vaccinated and unvaccinated who develop flu symptoms. That was the case with Vaccine study, as well, which involved over 2000 senior patients in France, nearly 57% of whom had received a flu shot.

Compared to non-vaccinated influenza patients, those who had been vaccinated had a slightly reduced maximum temperature and presented less frequently with myalgia, shivering and headache. In stratified analyses, the observed effect was limited to patients infected with A(H3) or type B viruses. After adjusting by age group, virus (sub)type and season, the difference remained statistically significant only for headache….

These results, the authors wrote, “are consistent with previous studies reporting limited or no efficacy of the influenza vaccine in reducing illness severity at onset of symptoms.”

Again, and as ever, the surest route to preventing the flu or minimizing its impact, is to focus on supporting the health of your biological terrain – your body’s internal environment.

How do you know if it’s in good shape or not? Biological Terrain Analysis gives us the big picture. As Han van de Braak has described it,

Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA) was invented by professor of hydrology Prof Louis-Claude Vincent, whose Bioelectronimètre was first used in France in 1946. His method forces one to take a contextual, broad-spectrum view beyond any chronic symptomatology a patient presents. Vincent found that the defining triad of pH, rH2 (oxidation-reduction potential at the given pH) and Ohms resistance was as equally appropriate to human health as he had found it to be to testing water quality.

Vincent’s research in France – where he established his reference bandwidths – struck a chord with eminent doctors in Germany like Dr.phil. Dr.med. Bach [and] Dr.med. Reinhold Voll. [It became a] valued technique in Germany used by medical physicians, dentists, veterinary surgeons, pharmacists and naturopathic physicians alike. Since, Vincent’s technique has been adopted in many countries around the world most notably in the USA.

The BTA process itself is simple, quick, and noninvasive. We take samples of your saliva and urine, for which Vincent’s three biomarkers – pH, rH2 and R – are measured and analyzed by computer. The results show which biological systems are in good shape and which are vulnerable, weakened or compromised. Knowing this, we can recommend bioenergetically specific therapies to improve the terrain and thereby support the body’s innate ability to self-regulate.

Yes, that’s more involved than driving down to your local Walgreen’s or Costco and getting a shot. It’s also for more than just the flu.

It’s laying the foundation for long-term overall health.

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