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New Rotavirus Vaccine Raises Questions

Another day and another new vaccine is in the news. This time it is a new rotavirus vaccine and not surprisingly, the mainstream media is providing favorable spin. As reported by The New York Times, the new rotavirus vaccine was tested in Africa by Doctors Without Borders. 

It was also reported that this vaccine may be cheaper than the current rotavirus vaccines. One of the current rotavirus vaccines was invented by Paul Offit, a notable opponent of vaccine safety and author of several books that assail the tenets of natural medicine.

The elephant in the room is the safety of the new vaccine. Of course, what is not reported are ways to boost your immune health and avoid illness. Proper hygiene is the starting point. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don't use antibacterial soap for this — antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good.

In addition to washing your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, ideally with the crook of your elbow (to avoid contaminating your hands). If possible, avoid close contact with those who are sick and, if you are sick, avoid close contact with those who are well.

I'd recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you're having an emergency and need expert medical care, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds. The best place to recover from illness that is not life threatening is usually in the comfort of your own home.

Consider natural immune boosters. Examples include oil of oregano and garlic, both of which offer effective protection against bacteria, viruses and protozoa in your body. And, unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance.
 
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