Benefits of Getting the Flu Part 2

(Koren Publications’ forthcoming Myth-Busting Swine Flu Report written by Tedd Koren DC,will discuss more swine flu issues. See here for other vaccination learning materials and here for brochures.)

Colds and flu afford cancer protection

In the below study, it was found that those who had colds and flu had less breast, colon, rectum, stomach and ovarian cancer. Again, colds and the flu help the body cleanse toxins.

A history of common colds or influenza prior to the interview was found to be associated with a decreased cancer risk. Abel U, Becker N, Angerer R et al. Common infections in the history of cancer patients and controls. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 1991;117(4);339-344.

This begs the question, are we really doing our kids (and ourselves) a favor when we vaccinate against relatively benign childhood diseases and the flu or are we setting ourselves up for cancer?

The below study from the International Journal of Cancer showed that subjects who reported a history of infectious diseases (colds and flu) had 30% less chance of getting brain tumors.

Subjects who reported a history of infectious diseases (e.g. colds, flu) showed a 30% reduction in risk [of brain tumor]. Schlehoper B, Blettner M, Preston-Martin Set al. Role of medical history in brain tumor development results from the international adult brain tumor study. International Journal of Cancer. 1999;82:155-160.

Simply by suppressing fever interferes with your body’s ability to destroy infection and can keep you sick longer. In study it was found that taking aspirin or Tylenol™ for the flu could prolong your illness by up to 3½ days.  Plaisance KI et al. Effect of antipyretic therapy on the duration of illness in experimental influenza A, Shigella connei, and Rickettsia rickettsii infections. Pharmacotherapy. 2000;20(12):1417-1433.

When we are dealing with acute infectious illness the best policy is letting our body express illness. Properly expressed we get better faster and leave a healthier, cleaner, stronger person it’s wake.

In our mad dash to protect people from symptoms we should pause and reflect on the wisdom of the body.  Symptoms are the way the body heals and by suppressing disease symptoms we may be deeper, more serious illness later on.


Dr. Tedd Koren

Dr. Koren, originally from Brooklyn, NY, lives in Montgomery County, PA. A graduate of the U of Miami and Sherman College of Chiropractic, he writes, lectures and teaches in the US, Europe and Australia as well as takes care of patients and fights for healthcare freedom. Dr. Koren and his wife Beth have two children.


  1. Avatar Dr. Ray on August 18, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Hey Tedd,

    Absolutely true, but suppressing disease makes the big pharma industrial complex a lot of money.

  2. Avatar Dr. Joe, FL on August 18, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I agree. My patients who get the vaccine often get the flu 1/2 the time. It is my experience that those who opt for a natural approach are less likely to get it all together.

    How can these drug companies know rather than guess which strain will be prevelant this year, and how it will mutate? They can’t… it is call hope in a bottle!

  3. Avatar Dr Scott White on August 18, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    We have been conned over the decades by “Big Pharma!” I for one believe that its time to “dress the Emperor!” I know that I am not aloe here and that many of us know and respect the wisdom of the body. Knows all, sees all and heals all when the nerve system is functioning 100% along with a healthy diet, pure water intake, rest, stress reduction, exercise.

    “Have you more faith in a spoonful of medicine than the power that animates the Universe?” BJ Palmer

    Enuf Said

  4. Avatar George Shoemaker on August 18, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I have personally known 6 patients who contracted the Guillian-Barre Syndrome immediately after recieving the flu shot. All 6 swore that they will never get another flu shot, nor wil they let any family member.

  5. Avatar Douglas Clancey on August 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I am really tired of the Big Pharma hype we receive every year on vaccines. Its a scare tactic every year to get everyone to hurry and get the “Flu Shot” so they won’t get sick. What a load of C _ _ p.

  6. Avatar Dr. Nancy on August 20, 2009 at 3:01 am

    One thing that drives me crazy is the 36000 that supposedly die each year from the flu. The CDC is not asked to validate that number, so where did they get it from…pulled a number from a hat? Plus, I’d like to know how many of that number that die from the flu were vaccinated, were already living in impoverished circumstances, were taking other meds, etc. I’ve known many people who also got the flu after being vaccinated, some health care workers, who swore they would never get the shot again.

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