Should You Get the Shingles Vaccine?

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. lisa blanchard
    3 months ago

    I really like listening to your lectures but the background music is too loud and very distracting…not necessary

  2. Joyce Ross
    2 years ago

    Thank you for being a truth teller. I’m a healthy 76 year old lady who has refused to buy into the big pharma and medical community’s scare tactics. If they would just quit manipulating us into unnessasary procedures and drugs, I believe we will be quite healthy and Happy. 🙂

  3. Andrea Baran
    2 years ago

    I am wondering if you are over 60 and had chicken pox as a child and a very mild case of shingles as an adult, is it best to stay away from the shingles vaccine? Is there immunity after getting shingles and recovering from it as an adult? I stay away from vaccines as I don’t want aluminum in my system (my mom had alzheimer’s disease and it is devastating). Second question, are there decent medications if one gets shingles to provide relief?

    1. Sue
      2 years ago

      I have the same question as Andrea Baran

  4. michele
    3 years ago

    Dr., Please provide your sources to your claim that ALL vaccines contain aluminum. Shingrix ingredients list does not list any aluminum unless one of the chemicals does delineate into aluminum. Please explain.

  5. MARIE M
    3 years ago

    Best clear, complete information about vaccines I have ever seen. Thank you so much.

  6. Kathy Wikman
    4 years ago

    I got a shingles vaccination yesterday. Today I am having some heart palpitations. Can the vaccine cause these?
    Thank you.

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    4 years ago


  8. Sharon
    4 years ago

    I am scheduled to get the shingles vaccine at the end of March. I have 2 questions 1. Should I wait given the Coronavirus outbreak and two I will be around my 2 and 3 year old grandchildren Is this an issue. Being a retired RN I want to do what is recommended and not cause any issues for myself or family. Thank you Sharon Nelson

  9. Geralyn
    4 years ago

    Love you, Dr. Northrup!
    Have seen you many times, when I lived in Maine and went to a live PBS taping you had done in Portsmouth, NH.
    You continue to give us calm, informative and insightful guidance!
    Thank you, for all that you do!

  10. Jane Runneals, CMA
    4 years ago

    Keep in mind that comments below that are more than 2 years ago were people who had the old LIVE virus, Zostavax. Big difference between that and the new non-live vaccination Shingrix. I had shingles last year in my early 50s, a moderate case, and I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy. Today I’m going to have the Shingrix vaccine, 1st one. And then my 2nd one after that to be 90%+ covered to not get shingles.
    I work as a CMA in a clinic and seeing how miserable people with Shingles are, you would get your shot too.
    Don’t blindly believe everything you read here. Do your homework. The shingles virus lies dormant in everyone who had chickenpox, and it can rear its ugly head any time you are immunocompromised, including when under a lot of stress. Getting the vaccine, not a live virus anymore, is the way to help prevent a shingles outbreak. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best we have right now. I’ll take a bit of pain and discomfort from the shot over a full blown shingles outbreak any day! Keep up on your vaccinations.

    Think about this too: If there was a vaccination now for the coronavirus, would you take it? Or rather take your chances?

    1. Janine
      4 years ago

      I have a friend who got shingles while she was pregnant. She went to her Naturopathic doctor and was prescribed a homeopathic and her shingles was gone in a week!

    2. Katherine Richardson
      4 years ago

      I would NOT get a vaccination for the coronavirus if one was developed. I have worked hard to be healthy & build a healthy gut and immune system so will rely on that. I wish people were encouraged more to do just that instead of relying on Big Pharma so much.

  11. Janine Pera
    4 years ago

    This information is so helpful. FYI at least 50% of flu shots given today contain mercury. Not something we want in our bodies!

  12. Kimberly Baxter
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much but please lose the music or turn it way down, very distracting!

  13. A Montana
    4 years ago

    Do you think that shingles vaccine can trigger Hashimoto’s or Graves Disease?

    1. Mary Ann La Fountain
      4 years ago

      I love your aporoach,Dr. Northrup, in respect to the shingles vaccine. It is informative and empowering.

  14. Rev Marge Brown
    5 years ago

    Thanks! I so appreciate your work and detailed explanation.
    I have used beta-glucans (in the winter months in particular) to fortify my immune system.
    Many years ago , I drove a Pink Jeep in Sedona and let all the snotty nosed kids grab my wheel so
    their parents could take pictures. All my fellow jeep divers had colds and flus; I never did.
    It proved to me the Maitake mushrooms in the beta-glucans worked fantastically well for my
    immune system.

  15. Judy Field
    5 years ago

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis many years ago. (I am now 70.) Although several endocrinologists have offered me thyroid hormone as an optional treatment, I have chosen not to get on the thyroid train because I do not have the “normal” symptoms of hypothyroidism and, absent the symptoms, I do not want to get on the thyroid train. In recent years, my TSH level, although still above “normal,” has naturally declined, and the thyroid antibody level has also dramatically declined. However, I still have an autoimmune disease. For that reason, I have chosen to not get the flu shots. I have many concerns about the flu shots, only one of which is the adjuvant component. Do I really want to poke my already super-charged immune system to avoid the flu? No! I rarely get the flu. However, I am very confused about the new shingles vaccine. I have read a lot about the adverse reactions many people have had from the new shingles vaccine. I did have chicken pox as a child. Dare I risk getting the new turbo-charged shingles vaccine? I don’t want to avoid shingles by getting the vaccine, only to find I then have to start taking thyroid because my Hashimotos went into overdrive after getting the shingles vaccine! FYI – although I am 70, I eat a healthy “pescatarian” diet and I do ballet, yoga and pilates for exercise each week, in addition to a lot of walking. Retirement is not on my radar! Thanks so much for providing this great forum for discussion!!

    1. Would love to know what you decided because I too have Hashimotos.

  16. Janet
    5 years ago

    I had my first case of chicken-pox in my thirties and it was a severe outbreak. Shingles arrived in my sixties when I was severely stressed – looking after my terminally ill husband and just lost three very close family members. I am now 71 and have been offered the shingles vaccine. I really dont think I need it and the side effects which apparently affect 1 in 10 seem to me to be very high. I shall continue with my healthy diet and lifestyle and take treatment should shingles ever come my way again. However, I do believe that shingles is a very highly underrated disease .

  17. JoAnne
    6 years ago

    Thank you so much for this information. I’ve been searching for this information for some time and so grateful to finally find someone who will share the truth. I eat a very high nutrient rich vegan diet, exercise every day, have extremely low blood pressure and never eat sugar or any other sweets. My weight is on the low side for my height and lucky me, I’ve never liked sweet, or salty foods, so I believe I have a very low possibility of contracting shingles.

    Thank you again for providing this information. God Bless and keep doing your amazing work.

  18. Dana
    6 years ago

    I have experienced an outbreak of shingles once a year for decades. I got my first shingle shot 8 years ago. I continued to have shingles outbreaks. I got a second shingle shot this year. However I had another outbreak. . The shot also made me feel sick for about a week. I take Lysine regularly and that seems to keep the intensity of the out break lower and immediately start with anti.viral meds at the first sensation before an outbreak. I have cut out a lot of Arginine foods also. I am generally healthy active and happy. What sets me up for a shingles outbreak is emotional upsets.

  19. Molly
    7 years ago

    The virus duplicates when you have more Arginine in your system than Lysine. I had a bout down my arm in 2016. I was stressed, under deadline and not eating properly. I was eating handful’s of Almonds and Walnuts and oatmeal, all very high in Arginine. I would suggest that people read the Lysine / Arginine ratio in the foods they eat. This can be found online. Most of our foods, especially easy to prepare and eat foods, are higher in Arginine. Vaccines can’t stop what happens when you have an imbalanced system. Also, I was well below age 60. The doctor at the ER said he was seeing many, many more cases on people in their 20’s and 30’s. With all that’s going on in the world, you have to take extra special care of your emotional life and stress levels. Learn from me. Stay calm. Check your Arginine levels in the foods you eat. Make sure it doesn’t outweigh Lysine. Peace to all and thank you Dr. Northrup. P.S. My mother who is 90 never had shingles before she was vaccinated for the virus. 4 months later: shingles. Her doctor said her case was probably lighter because of the vaccine, but I say: Chicken, egg. I think she wouldn’t have had anything, but being aged and having a virus introduced to her system caused it.

  20. Danielle
    7 years ago

    Oh my goodness, Dr. Northrup! You said plenty here but what is KEY in your words is, “…what you believe.” That’s all there is. BELIEF! Buy into the (big pharma) line or let the Most Intelligent Design do It’s thing! Believe it or not.

  21. Gail
    7 years ago

    She omitted that you are at a high risk if your spouse has shingles. That is why my dr. gave me the vaccine. My husband was infectious. Think handrails, drawers, doorknobs–all the shared surfaces you communally touch. Shingles sores weep. The skin is irritated, itchy and my husband was constantly touching his infected places without realizing he was doing so.

    1. susan rubin
      6 years ago

      my hubby had shingles, i didn’t get it. always remember what louis pasteur said on his death bed: its the terrain, not the germ!

  22. Meghan Robertson
    7 years ago

    I love all the information and the eloquent way you deliver it but wish someone had gone over the subtitles for typos and misspellings. Some who do not agree with your message will be looking for things to criticize and typos may make the information seem less legitimate. I’d love to show this video to some friends who are rabidly pro-vaccine but I know they will not absorb the information because they will notice the misspelled words.
    Keep the advice coming, love your work!
    All Best!

    1. Kathryn Wells
      7 years ago

      Thank you, Meghan, the spelling and grammar mistakes have been corrected!

  23. Angela Treadway
    7 years ago

    I have shingles and am going into my third month and fourth bottle of extra strength Tylenol. I have been in agony and only hope it ends soon.

  24. Terri
    7 years ago

    Still on the fence. I have had shingles at age 53. I knew what it was and got on the meds right away. Mild case. No lasting nerve pain. But a few years later I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. It has been a wild ride to say the least. I am on synthroid, but still have a lot of symptoms. Right after my diagnosis, I got a tetanus booster and BOOM my TSH skyrocketed and it took a long time to get things back in”control”. At least I am not crazy now, but still have a lot of hypo symptoms. So now I am very wary of any shots. Drs. said that the shot was not at all a factor in my thyroid crash, but now that I have had a dog with auto-immune disease, I know differently. His veterinarians said no more vaccines, but the state required his rabies shot and soon after his auto immune disease flared up. So I am wondering, did my mild bout of shingles help protect me? My dr. is recommending the shot, but I am fearful of what it might bring.

    1. Christy
      7 years ago

      Build your immune system! It truly is the greatest way to return to health. Shingles is the reminder that we are out of balance. I had some nerve itching after my bout of shingles. A N.D. Suggested a homeopathic of sulfur. . Amazing for the itch. Helped in about 10 minutes. Stress was the culprit. I am 64. Listening to your deep intuitive voice is wisdom and can be a challenge! My best to you.

  25. Melissa Claus
    7 years ago

    Thank you Dr. Northrup. My step-mother suffered from shingles about 8 months after receiving the vaccine, as did my father. His was caught early and he didn’t have near the horrible symptoms as his wife.

    I’m 54 and I have decided to trust my body and not get the vaccine.

    P.S. I have enjoyed watching many of your videos; however, with this one I found it difficult to concentrate. Is the background music necessary? Your voice is lovely all on it’s own 🙂

    1. Tarra
      6 years ago

      I agree about the background music, it’s difficult to focus on what is being said

  26. Neil Miller
    7 years ago

    There is an epidemic of shingles mainly in elderly people who contracted chickenpox as children because the chickenpox vaccine (introduced in 1995) reduced cases of chickenpox in vaccinated children. This inhibited circulation of the varicella (chickenpox) virus throughout society. But when you contract chickenpox as a child, shingles is kept from manifesting in adulthood through periodic re-exposure to the circulating virus. Thus, the “success” of the chickenpox vaccine is responsible for the current epidemic of shingles, a more severe ailment. This is documented in several studies. (See Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies for more information.)

    1. J
      7 years ago

      Wrong. If you never had chickenpox, you’ll never get shingles. Shingles is latent chickenpox viruses erupting along a nerve.

  27. Lisa M.
    7 years ago

    Thank you. My daughter was diagnosed with shingles when she was 4 years old! (She was under stress as her sister had been recently hospitalized.) She had never had wild chicken pox but HAD been vaccinated for chicken pox as a one year old. The dermatologist we saw for the shingles commented that he was seeing a lot more shingles in “little kids” since the chicken pox vaccine came on the market.

    I found out later that one reason for this is that exposure to wild chicken pox in the community acts a natural booster, thus helping to prevent shingles in adults (and children). With less circulating wild chicken pox, thanks to the widespread use of the chicken pox vaccine, we have lost that booster effect, and we are all more vulnerable to shingles. So, one natural strategy for avoiding shingles might be to actively seek out children with chicken pox. And, the moral of the story is that we should all be careful about vaccines, especially for a disease as benign as chicken pox, as there are always going to be unintended consequences.

  28. ejred9
    7 years ago

    I agree wholeheartedly that natural immunity is much more complete than the immunity developed as the result of a vaccination. But I am not following how you are saying that there is an increase in the development of shingles because of the use of a vaccination promoted immunity as it typically does not occur until the age of 50. And people in their 50’s did not have a chickenpox vaccine. They actually contracted chickenpox and therefore developed the true immunity. The chickenpox vaccine did not come out until 1984.

  29. Carol Plummer
    7 years ago

    I had the vaccine as soon as it came out ( had nursed older relatives when they had shingles–awful). Between the immunization and anti-virals, I had a not too bad case. I have the vaccine again even if I still had an episode. My suffering was minimal-relatively

    1. Carol Plummer
      7 years ago

      Sorry. I intended to say “I would have…” the vaccine again even though it didn’t protect entirely

  30. Kris
    7 years ago

    This is great information in a short amount of time. Thank you for speaking with such eloquence!

  31. Ingrid Roeder
    7 years ago

    I had it twice within a year and a half due to stress. I’m seeing it in people… Women… In their 20’s and 30′ s. It’s not just older people. It’s women trying to be super women.

    1. Lanette McCulloch
      7 years ago

      I agree, us women are trying to be superwomen! I had chickenpox as a child, 6 years old. At the age of 22 I broke out with shingles from stress. I was working in a high stress job, I had a 3 year old child, my husband and I were having marital problems and I was the sole provider for my family, I was struggling to pay the bills. I’m 36 now and have no plans to get the vaccination.

  32. Guy Chapman
    7 years ago

    Why are you concerned about aluminium as an adjuvant in a vaccine that does not have aluminium as an adjuvant? I mean, there is zero evidence that aluminium adjuvants are harmful in any way, but the chances of being harmed by somethign that’s not even in the vaccine seem pretty slim to me.

    1. Duke
      7 years ago

      It might not have aluminum, but it does have hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, MSG, sodium diphosphate, MRC-5 cells (aborted fetal cells including DNA and protein), neomycin, and bovine calf serum. “There is zero evidence that aluminum adjuvants are harmful in any way”- umm please show me a study that shows it is safe! Guess what, you will not find one. You can’t conclude something is safe just because it is in a vaccine. Aluminum is a neurotoxin, that is proven. There has not been one vaccine study showing that aluminum is safe when it is directly injected into your body.

    7 years ago

    I had a severe case of chickenpox as a child in the 1950’s and yet I still had shingles 25 years ago. I didnt have a lot of spots but I did have the worst pain I had ever experienced. My dr prescribed some tablets dont remember what they were called took two a day for seven days and then I was alright the pain and the spots were gone.
    If the vaccine had been available then I wouldnt have had it and I wont have it now. Every year my GP mentions the shingles vaccine and every year I say no thank you.

  34. Brenda
    7 years ago

    Thank you It’s so important that we can make this information public and especially coming from the most trusted and respected lady I know.
    Kind regards

  35. Fast cure of shingles with acupuncture. NO vaccine gives immunity and ALL carry harm.

  36. Lisa
    7 years ago

    Great explanation but I would NEVER get this or any other vaccine. My mother was recommended the shingles vaccine AFTER she had shingles and she started having heart palpitations. She then was recommended a “procedure” to correct it and is now on blood pressure medication to help manage it all. Looking back, we know now all her problems stemmed from getting the vaccine. They are creating customers with all this medication and medical interventions. Vaccines are full of neurotoxins that are bodies cannot detox and lead to other problems such as auto immune, Alzheimer’s, and more. And look at our poor children… they are being diagnosed with behavioral problems, ADHD, cancers and autism at an exponential rate. We must focus on natural immunity and nutrition to keep our bodies well.

    1. Lisa
      7 years ago

      I would try Sovereign Silver to heal shingles naturally. It kills any virus.

  37. Cindy Ray
    7 years ago

    Thank you, Dr. Northrup.

  38. Sandi
    7 years ago

    With respect to a health professional that I admire, I would suggest giving the shingles vaccine a good deal of consideration. There was nothing to indicate that my immune system was weak. I hadn’t been around any children or anyone that was sick. I was looking forward to the holidays and an upcoming birthday. But on December 12th, I woke up with a terrible headache. I rarely get a headache. The next day, I had a rash on my chin. I made an appointment with my doctor because the headache was getting worse. My diagnosis was shingles. I didn’t even feel sick. I was placed on an antiviral for 5 days. The rash didn’t itch, but the pain from the top of my head to my ear to my cheekbone to my chin was difficult. Within a few days, the rash was gone, but PNP (post neuralgia pain) was on the entire left side and also my lower and upper teeth. It took months before the PNP began to decrease. I feel grateful because for many people, PNP is lifetime. Check the shingles blogs. If my doctor had suggested the shingles vaccine, I probably would have ignored. I am basically healthy, physically active and wouldn’t have had any thought about getting shingles. But as soon as I am able, I will have the shingles vaccine as I am aware of people that have had shingles more than once. It is not an experience that I wish to have again. Not everyone can take the shingles vaccine as it is a live vaccine. The shingles vaccine gives approximately 50% protection, but will decrease the chance of PNP. Anyone that has had shingles would probably suggest looking into the shingles vaccine because it is not like the flu. It is a very painful virus. By the way, I did not request any of the medications that are often offered for nerve pain. I used all natural remedies. Thank you for reading.

    1. Neil Miller
      7 years ago

      Adults who had chickenpox as children are highly susceptible to shingles because they are no longer exposed to children with chickenpox. Shingles does not occur when immunity is boosted by re-exposure to the varicella (chickenpox) virus. The company that created the chickenpox vaccine is responsible for epidemics of shingles and now this same company created a shingles vaccine to solve a problem they caused. The shingles vaccine is not very effective and is responsible for numerous well-documented adverse reactions.

  39. Mary Margaret
    7 years ago

    I am so grateful for this information. Thank you Dr. Northrup!

  40. Mary
    7 years ago

    Interesting, but I see lots of shingles in people of older age and the chickenpox vaccine wasn’t even available when they were young. So, by the line of reasoning being said, these people probably shouldn’t be getting shingles.

    I took the Sabin polio vaccine, it was on a sugar cube, not an injection-just curious if it could have been more effective because it wasn’t injected into a muscle.

    1. Donna
      7 years ago

      The increase in shingles in older people is die to lack of exposure to the chicken pox virus in our environment. When a person like you or I who had a naturally occurring case of chicken pox as children is exposed to the virus again as adults, it’s like getting a booster shot! It refreshes our immune system defenses against it and helps to keep it suppressed in our bodies.

    2. Barbara
      7 years ago

      Mary, the reason you see lots of shingles now is because in the past older people were re-exposed to chickenpox when their kids and grandkids got sick, which acted like a booster. Now, older people are not getting exposed to chickenpox so they’re not getting the booster to their immune system. Therefore, the chickenpox vaccine has let to this huge uptick in shingles cases. Also, many people don’t know that you can get the shingles from the shingles vaccine (read the insert).

    3. Linda
      7 years ago

      Just a note related to older people getting shingles and your comment about the chicken pox vaccine not being around then. You are correct. The thing is that once you get chicken pox, you have that virus (the varicella virus which is the same virus that can cause shingles) in your body. Many doctors think that there has been a sharp increase in shingles in adults as a result of the chicken pox vaccine because adults are not being exposed to kids with chicken pox any more. When adults were exposed periodically to the varicella virus (when their kids would naturally get the essentially benign childhood disease) their immune system would get a sort of homeopathic dose of the virus that would actually protect them from getting shingles. Because it’s so rare to get exposed to the virus now, shingles is more prevalent. The chicken pox vaccine contains a live virus, so kids who receive it are also at risk of later developing shingles.

    4. Mary
      7 years ago

      re: Mary, Older folks are getting shingles more, and in fact younger folks as well, primarily because they are no longer being exposed to chicken pox, which would re-boot their immune response. This is a known and expected result of mass vaccination for chicken pox, which is why many countries do not vaccinate all children for chicken pox.

    5. Kristine Nicholas
      7 years ago

      Shingles is caused by the chicken pox. Once you’ve had chicken pox, the virus actually continues to live in your body the rest of your life. Re-exposure to the virus in infected children keeps the virus dormant, preventing shingles. Now that we vaccinate child for chicken pox, those of us who had the virus naturally are no longer exposed to it, so we get flares of shingles. The best way to avoid shingles is through exposure to children with chicken pox.

      As for your polio question, the Sabin vaccines was a live virus vaccine, whereas the injected vaccine is killed. While live vaccines tend to be more effective, they have much higher incidences of adverse reactions (including inducing the very vaccine they were designed to prevent!) and they shed, exposing others to that virus.

    6. Stephen H. Li
      7 years ago

      As long as anyone has contracted the chicken pox virus, disregarding vaccine, shingles is always possible in the future.

      More and more adults are suffering from shingles because their iummune system is weakened to the point where there is no more strength to keep the herpes zoster virus in check.

      Unvaccinated or vaccinated, it is still important to keep one self healthy and strong.

      Vaccinations may provide temporary protection, but also provide false sense of security.

    7. Kris
      7 years ago

      Explained well by Dr. Andrew Wakefield: What would happen historically,with natural herd immunity, there would be epidemics of chicken pox every 2-3 years that re-exposed adults to chicken pox from their children, grandchildren, children at school, etc., and that boosted their immunity. So there was an episodic, natural boosting of immunity, which kept the virus under control and prevented shingles from emerging. But now that we’ve vaccinated, we have taken away that episodic boosting of immunity because we don’t see epidemics of chickenpox anymore, and we have a major, major problem with shingles. We are seeing it not just in adults, but in children as well, which is most alarming. There never were shingles in children before the last several years. We have destroyed the natural herd immunity.

    8. Linda
      7 years ago

      Mary, I watched the 10 hour documentary The Truth About Vaccines and it explained this in more detail about Shingles/Chicken Pox. The idea is this: When you have chicken pox you now have some nice built in immunity to chicken pox– as well as shingles. And AS YOU AGE, ideally (like the olden days) you are exposed to children getting chicken pox for decades. You don’t even know them all; at the grocery store, in your neighborhood, your family etc… Every time you are exposed to these youngsters you are getting a little ‘boost’ of immunity that will protect you not only from chicken pox but shingles. However the older population is no longer exposed to any one with REAL chicken pox. All the children have been vaccinated! So, there is more of a possibility of the shingles virus becoming active when you age– especially if your immune system has some weaknesses. (environmental, food pesticides, stress…) I’m recapping hours of video but this is the general idea and I believe it may have some merit. As always, use this information if it speaks to you or discard. Namaste, Linda

    9. researcher
      7 years ago

      @Mary, the reason older people are getting shingles now is because they are no longer exposed to children with chicken pox.

      You see, once you’ve had chicken pox, the virus never leaves your system. It goes dormant into one of your spinal nerves. Periodic re-exposure to children with chicken pox helps “remind” your immune system to keep making antibodies to keep the virus dormant. Without that periodic re-exposre, the virus can re-activate as shingles.

      Unfortunately, after the chicken pox vaccine was introduced, the shingles rate in the elderly drastically increased a few years later.

      Also, the shingles rate in teens and young adults has also skyrocketed, primarily in those who were vaccinated for chicken pox.

    10. Barbara Vernes
      7 years ago

      It’s because of all the children getting vaccinated, and not getting chicken pox. Older persons used to regularly run across wild chicken pox in the children’s population, which was like being re-immunized as the immune system was frequently re-tested.

    11. Tammie
      7 years ago

      The connection is that because the wild chicken pox virus has been suppressed in the population (by vaccination), older people who had chicken pox when they were children, are no longer exposed to the wild virus. When children still got natural chicken pox, this acted as a “booster” in the population to others who’d already had chicken pox. Those “boosters” are no longer available to us. As a natural physician, I rejoice when one of my young patients has chicken pox… and recommend they bring back the “chicken pox parties” of old.

    12. Christy
      7 years ago

      The way I understand it is that adults who had chicken pox as a child have natural immunity and basically get a “booster” when they are exposed to children with chicken pox. That helps suppress shingles. However, the chicken pox vaccine that came out in the ’90s has been so effective in reducing CP outbreaks that adults are not being exposed and getting a natural “booster”. This is resulting in an increase in shingles in older adults, as well as younger people.

  41. Sandra Brooks
    7 years ago

    I awoke this last Christmas morning with Shingles and almost 5 months later I am just now beginning to get my energy back. I am 62 years old and did not get the vaccine. I believe my Shingles outbreak was due to stress. I am actively working on getting fitter and stronger both physically and mentally. My doctor is recommending that I get the Shingles vaccine to prevent a repeat occurrence. I certainly do not want to go through that horrible and painful experience again, but I am also reluctant to inject this vaccine along with the aluminum into my body (my same reasons for not getting the vaccine in the first place). I am not sure what to do.

    1. Luana
      7 years ago

      Same thing happened to me. Then came the post Shingles neuralgia, which is very painful. So, I asked my doctor to give me B12 injections. Pain gone. It took a few days to work. B12 heals your nerves. B12 is only properly absorbed through an injection. So far I have had three injections over the past 4 months. If the pain returns, I’ll have another. My doctor was very interested in how the B12 worked on me and said it made sense, as B12 directly affects our nerves.

    2. Kathy Burnes
      7 years ago

      Lysine if taken at the on set of any herpes virus will greatly lesson the outbreak.

    3. Mary
      7 years ago

      Try to find someone with chicken pox or shingles to re-expose yourself. That will be at least as effective as a shingles vaccine, with injection and no side effects.

    4. Tammie
      7 years ago

      Consider seeing a homeopathic physician and using homeoprophylaxis for Shingles. This is completely safe and it works! You can google how successful homeoprophylaxis was in Cuba recently. In fact, vaccinations are based in the homeopathic “law of similars” where you can heal disease with a diluted dose of a similar disease or you can prevent one with a diluted dose of the disease. Unfortunately the medical system took this idea and added unprincipled applications such as using live diseases, injecting into the body, and adding harmful ingredients.
      Additionally your homeopathic physician can help you to recover from your recent shingles event. Good luck!

    5. Liz deshano
      7 years ago

      Hello ! I too had a singles outbreak . I was in my forties at the time. I was also under a lot of stress and it took me several weeks to get better. I actually had an outbreak around my right eye. I was also encouraged after that to get the vaccine. I did some research and was interested to find out that if you take the amino acid lysine it will prevent future breakouts and lessen the pain. I don’t know why doctors don’t recommend taking that versus getting the vaccine ! I haven’t had a breakout since , but I make sure to take vitamins and rest when feeling stressed out. But if I do get that tingling around my eye I make sure to start taking 500mg if lysine !

  42. Sharon Gavitt
    7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this information about vaccines. I love how you encourage us to trust our bodies. You provide support to what I believe but don’t have support from other arenas. Love, love,
    Love your advice,

  43. Sarah Bell
    7 years ago

    I have followed Dr Chrisgtiane Northrup for 20 years. And love all the love &
    information you have had to offer.However, I have purchased many of your books
    and recommended you as the leading physician on womens health. However,
    I am unhappy with all the media coverage & in order to receive additional
    health news, there is a new video to purchase every day when I open my e-mail.
    Who can afford all these videos daily? I thank you in advance, but wish you could get
    back to basics & being more altruistic instead of veering toward the monetary value daily.
    One of your biggest fans
    Victoria Sarah Bell
    E-mail :

  44. Love your new book. Making Life Easy!
    I keep saying we make our lives too complicated and now I have a doctor backing me up. I recently gave your book to a new client and I will make it a routine to give to all my female clients. Life can be Easy if we just let go and give it up to our maker because in the end, she is the one that knows our journey. Blessed you for all you do for all!

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