Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Should I Take the Shingles Vaccine?

Monday, 01 Apr 2013 09:15 AM

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.

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Question: My doctor recently recommended that I be vaccinated against shingles. Do you think I should get the shot?
 
 
Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
 
Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by a latent herpes virus (the chickenpox virus) becoming
reactivated during conditions of immune suppression. Because aging suppresses immunity in some elderly people, it is more common as we age. In fact, one can have silent chickenpox and retain a latent, sleeping virus within spinal ganglion cells, where the virus hides.
 
Once the vaccine companies and CDC popularized a chickenpox vaccine for children, the incidence of shingles in older people increased substantially. Some cases are spread directly from vaccinated children. The shingles vaccine is also known to cause a number of cases and can spread to others.
 
The best way to resist shingles is to keep your immune system strong. This is done by taking astaxanthin, lycopene, buffered vitamin C, and a balanced multivitamin every day. Taking beta-glucan (250 mg twice a week) on an empty stomach will also strengthen the cellular immune system, which is your primary weapon against this virus.

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