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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 05:38 AM
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84. You have a choice
Of whose advice to take:

1) That of the medical team who just helped you survive a serious illness that likely would have killed you a generation ago.


2) That of the clerk at the health food store wearing lots of patchouli and crystals, who'd just love to sell you a few hundred bucks worth of Beta Quatra Herbal Immunology Supplement. Or just about anybody on this board who doesn't have an advanced degree in the biological sciences or medicine.

I'm a huge fan of crystals and patchouli myself. I like looking and smelling good, so I might ask the health food lady's advice before buying incense or a mood ring. But when it comes to my health, I'd prefer to listen to someone who's actually passed epidemiology, physiology and statistics, and who's intimately acquainted with my medical history. If your doctor reviewed your symptoms and said "Whoa! That sounds serious. You probably shouldn't get another flu shot", then I'd take that advice to heart, and spend the flu season washing my hands frequently, avoiding touching my face, getting lots of rest, and staying away from crowds.

But you implied that your doctor had encouraged you to get the flu vaccine. If I'm wrong about that, then excuse me. But if I'm not, you might want to check back with him or her, and really listen this time.

Your life might depend on it.
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