Afraid of shingles? Be more afraid of the shingles shot

Is this vaccine more dangerous than the disease?

Most of us have had chicken pox as kids, and even though the “pox” goes away, the virus never does. So if you’re overstressed and your immune system is not as strong as it should be, the chicken pox virus can reemerge as shingles. And it can be…agonizing.

Then, to make it more agonizing…enter Merck.

Its shingles vaccine was given the FDA stamp of approval back in 2006. Lately, it’s being heavily advertised on television. Merck’s ad has run thousands of times featuring everyday people like James, Ruth, Cindie, Dan and others — all telling their shingles horror stories.

But the real horror is what’s lurking in this vaccine.

First, the Merck vaccine, called Zostavax, is a weakened live virus. So you’re getting a live virus injected straight into your bloodstream. Plus, that means it’s possible that anyone who gets the shot could actually give someone else chicken pox.

When you see what else they put in this vaccine — well, the live virus starts to sound pretty good.

The vaccine contains a brain-damaging ingredient that I’ve warned you about before — MSG!

Merck lists it as “Monosodium L-glutamate,” but it’s the exact same dangerous additive put in many processed foods. Now, trying to avoid MSG in food products can turn a shopping trip into a real annoyance. But who would have ever suspected that it’s secretly being used in vaccines!

And getting it this way is even more dangerous.

As part of the shot, the MSG bypasses any digestive process that might help to detoxify it. So it’s even riskier to get it in a vaccine than in your soup.

And there are a lot of dangers with MSG. Even the mainstream American Heart Association calls it a “common trigger for A-fib.” Other research, done over many years, has found that it kills brain cells, can cause obesity and bring on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease. If that’s not enough, it can also trigger an asthma attack, cause numbness, tingling, facial pressure, headache, and a rapid heartbeat.

And the older you are, the more likely it is that MSG will affect you. That’s because your blood brain barrier, which protects your brain from toxic substances circulating in your blood, is not as strong as it was in your 30s.

Since the shingles vaccine was designed for people over 60, that means the ones most susceptible to the toxic hit from MSG are the ones the shot is being marketed to the most.

Not surprisingly, you’re especially at high risk for MSG effects if you’re sensitive to glutamate, which millions are. In fact, some people can get life-threatening reactions to very small doses. Still, there are no warnings telling you it’s in there. (They certainly aren’t on the signs outside the Walgreens…)

So if you don’t want to take a chance with this toxic vaccine, what can you do to protect yourself from the agony of shingles?

I asked Dr. Spreen, and he said that vitamin B-12 supplementation of 500 mcg a day can guard your nervous system and reduce your risk. And to treat a shingles outbreak, you can get a B-12 shot.

Hmmm…B-12 or a dose of MSG that could end up in your brain? I think James, Ruth, Cindie and Dan made the wrong choice.


“The risks associated in ingestion of (or even contact with) monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG are simple and straightforward” Truth in Labeling Campaign,

Label Zostavax (Zoster vaccine live),