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Cholesterol Drugs and Shingles Vaccine Don't Mix

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According to a study published on November 13, 2013 in the medical journal "Clinical Infectious Diseases", " Statins lower the immune system, possibly resulting in reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (shingles virus) already dormant in the body." In the main analysis, "The rate of herpes zoster virus (shingles) was higher among users of statins relative to nonusers of these drugs."

So besides statin drugs causing muscle pain/ damage, liver damage, diabetes and memory loss, they also cause shingles!

The National Vaccine Information Center states the “Shingles vaccine contains live attenuated varicella zoster virus and research shows vaccine strain virus transmission to susceptible individuals by injection has been reported.”

This basically means the vaccine causes shingles in people with weakened immune systems and my guess is there are many old people with weakened immune systems getting vaccinated.

The information center also states “Those with weakened immune systems, such as HIV/AIDS or other similar immune health problems, people taking immune suppressant drugs to lower their immune response (such as steroids), or people who have had cancer, or have been treated for cancer with radiation or chemotherapy should not be vaccinated.

Therefore taking a statin drug which lowers your immunity and and getting the shingles vaccine which injects live vaccine, puts you at an even greater risk of getting shingles! How many people that are taking statins for lowering cholesterol have ever been told this by their doctors? Probably zero!

The National Vaccine Information Center also suggests, “The mass use of chickenpox vaccine by children in the United States since 1995 has limited natural boosting of Varicella Zoster immunity in the adult population and there has been a significant increase in cases of Herpes zoster among adults.”

At our practice we have been wondering for quite some time why we were seeing such a huge increase in the older population getting the shingles. Now we know! 1. Increase use of statin drugs. 2. Increase use of shingles vaccine. 3. Mass vaccination of children with chicken pox vaccine.

By the way, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the shingles vaccine NOT be given to the following individuals:

  • Women who are pregnant or who might become pregnant within 3 months.
  • Persons who are immunosuppressed or immune deficient, such as those with a history of leukemia, lymphoma or other disorders affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system, AIDS or those on immunosuppressive therapy (autoimmune disorders, transplants).
  • Those individuals who are experiencing an acute illness or fever.

Although there isn’t any Thimerosal or Aluminum in the shingles vaccine it does contain ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction in some people. It is suggested by health professionals to avoid the shot if you’ve ever had a reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or other ingredients in the vaccine. Other ingredients in the shingles vaccine include MSG along with MRC-5 Cells. The MRC-5 cell line was originally developed in September 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14 week fetus “aborted for psychiatric reason” from a 27 year old physically healthy woman.

Amazingly according to research, the Shingles Vaccine is only effective in healthy people about half the time! So why get it in the first place?

In our practice to prevent shingles, particularly in anyone over 60 years old, it is suggested taking the amino acid Lysine (1000mg per day and keep 1 hour from food) every day. Lysine (L-Lysine) counteracts the reproduction of the two types of herpes simplex viruses.

Several lab studies have also shown that vitamin C inhibits viral replication when taken daily.

You might also consider lowering your cholesterol naturally instead of taking statin drugs. There are many different supplements that work great without the side effects!

Including Guggul (Solaray), Cholesta-lo (FutureBiotics), Sytrinol (Natural Factors) and many more.

If you have a lowered immune system or taking immune suppressing drugs, appointments with a Practitioner (in-office or telephone) are available at our office at the Tree of Life Wellness Center 508-336-4242.

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Thank you!

Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center Seekonk MA

Host Holistic Healthline Radio

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