SOLANA BEACH — Two local physicians have expressed support for the opinion that vitamin D provides safer, more effective protection against the flu than flu shots.
Dr. Timothy Bilash, a board-certified OB/GYN, has elaborated on the argument in free lectures he’s offered this winter titled “Flu Vaccines: Don’t Let Big Pharma Fool You!”
“Many baby boomers and younger generations have grown up with a quiet acceptance of the annual flu shot as a necessary part of life without question,” he said. “Flu vaccinations in fact, are ineffective, particularly in women, and can have catastrophic effects among high-risk groups, namely pregnant women, the young and the elderly. My research over the past two decades has revealed that women’s health issues are vastly different than those of men because of the various fluctuations in hormone levels that they experience during the various stages of life, namely pregnancy and during menopause.”
Bilash added that pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to reveal this information to the public.
“It is important that people become aware of the realities and become educated in order to make informed decisions about their healthcare,” he said.
Supplemental amounts of vitamin D, he says, are effective because they compensate for a widespread lack of proper levels already existing in people today.
“Vitamin D deficiency is rampant because of lack of sun exposure and dairy products in the diet,” he said. “People tell you to stay out of the sun and to avoid dairy because it causes heart attacks.”
The deficiency becomes more of an issue in colder, winter months when populations living at higher latitudes receive even less light due to shorter days.
To prevent transmission of the flu, once infected, Bilash suggests wearing a scarf, or mask, around the nose and mouth because the flu cannot flourish in a warm environment.
He also recommends washing your hands and using hand sanitizers.
Bilash is dismayed by non-medical professionals, like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who have made it possible for the public to bypass their physician and get a flu shot from a pharmacist.
“There’s a government entity making a medical decision,” he said. “Are legislators capable and equipped to dictate medical care if we are happy to bypass the physician? We are lacking evidence about the safety and effectiveness as well as the advisability of vaccinating everyone for the flu every year and I’m asking for the evidence.”
Bilash will present a free lecture in his office at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 where he’ll discuss this year’s flu season, why he feels pharmaceutical manufacturers have a vested interest in keeping Americans sick and related issues.
A video presentation will be shown by the New York Academy of Science that explores why there are so many conflicting reports and information about nutrition. A question and answer session will follow with refreshments.
Dr. Bilash’s office is located at 765 Academy Drive, Solana Beach. For more information, call (858) 997-0212 or visit drtimdelivers.com.
Dr. Michelle Wolford, N.D. is trained as both a natural healer and a California-licensed medical doctor in Encinitas. She also advises against flu shots.
“For patients with flu-like symptoms or who are trying to avoid the flu because they are exposed to those who are sick, I recommend three things: 1. Sleep. 2. Fill your bellies with anti-inflammatory and heat producing foods (garlic, ginger and green vegetables in a healing, homemade broth) instead of sugar, wheat or dairy; and 3. Hydrotherapy treatments. The combination of hot and cold stimulates the immune system to mount an appropriate response. Then, of course, keep drinking water!”
Dr. Wolford also prescribes Sea Buckthorn Bud and CuAuAg (copper, gold, silver) as well as vitamin D in a coconut-oil base administered in drops.
“There are a plethora of healing options when someone has the flu, but sometimes I like to suggest to my sunny, San Diego patients to sit in the sun, wrapped in a warm blanket, with a beanie on, and expose their face without sunscreen for 15 to 20 minutes while enjoying a cup of my immune tonic tea,” she added.
Dr. Wolford’s office is located at 345 S. Coast Hwy 101, Suite L, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 230-2270 or visit lifeinmotionmed.com.