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Special Report October 2009:

Swine Flu

  The Deadly Flu! The Vaccination Game!
A Users Guide

A pregnant patient  recently asked me to research whether or not she should have a swine flu shot as well as a regular flu shot, because her doctor was saying that swine flu is very dangerous for pregnant women. I decided to research this and what I found out has shocked me!

Undoubtedly there is a swine flu
(the 2009-H1N1 influenza virus) afoot in the USA. Should you be alarmed? Probably not.
So far the actual infection rate for this swine flu has stayed at around 6%. Meaning 6% of people are getting it. This is pretty low, by flu standards. So it is not that contagious. But if you do get it, isn't it more dangerous? Again so far not. Hospitalizations and deaths from flu this year are actually about the same or lower than you would expect for a normal flu year. (1)  

Now this is NOT what you are hearing on the mainstream news, nor even from the White House. They are warning that the Swine Flu
could infect 150 million Americans, lead to 1.8 million U.S. hospitalizations, put 300,000 patients in Intensive Care Units and cause 30,000 to 90,000 deaths in the U.S. The White House report goes on to state that the epidemic could  "produce infection of 30-50% of the U.S. population this winter".  (2)

This dire picture is actually completely unsupported by facts of any kind! These figures have to assume that the virus goes suddenly rogue and becomes extremely virulent. It is a little strange that the U.S. government is convinced of this. The British journal 'New Scientist' recently polled 60 top virologists - you know people with labs, Ph.D's etc. who study viruses. Not one of them believed that there was a high likelihood of this, (3)  but the U.S. Government does. 

The actual hospitalization and death rates for this swine flu are pretty low. So far As of August 29, 2009, there have been only 38,112 cases of the 2009-H1N1 flu confirmed by the CDC and 593 deaths.  The CDC has reported that the actual number of 2009-H1N1 flu cases is at least 1 million, which means the most accurate death rate is approximately 0.059%, or less than 1/10th of 1%. (4) This is low for any kind of flu.

Yes I am afraid that this is another 'weapons of mass destruction' scenario!  To understand why you must follow the money:       
Since the Clinton administration the pharmaceutical industry has pretty much dictated public health policy. Under the Bush administration it got even worse. The pharmaceutical industry has consistently made double the profits of other industries over the last twenty years. (5) During this time the branches of government which deal with public health policy have been filled with industry insiders and the enormous amount of lobbying cash flowing from pharmaceutical coffers has ensured that the people's interests are not really their main focus. (6) In 2006 Congress passed a bill giving vaccine manufacturers sweeping immunity from prosecution should they produce a vaccine that harms people (7)

The push right now is to make the swine flu out to be a killer of children, pregnant women and the elderly. Amongst all deaths from the swine flu childhood death are at 8% of the total. However, most of these children (67%) however had high-risk nervous system developmental disorders. (8)  Historically these children are known to die much more readily from the flu.
Pregnant women in the third trimester are also always at higher risk from a flu than others. Likewise elderly people, especially the very old, the frail , and those with pre-existing conditions are more likely to die from the flu. Bottom line: this flu behaves much like any other flu.

So if this epidemic is kind of a dud as flu goes, then what about the vaccines?

Getting Deja-vu? think back to the winter of 1976. Do you remember the swine flu outbreak? You remember the epidemic? You don't because there never was one. But president Ford declared that an epidemic was happening, congress gave vaccine manufacturers immunity from prosecution, normal safety tests were abrogated as vaccine manufacture was fast tracked and 40 million Americans were vaccinated. Three months later thousands of the vaccinated had succumbed to a dreadful neurological disease: Guillain- Barre Syndrome, as a result of the vaccine. At least 300 people died and thousands more were neurologically 'damaged'. How many people died from that swine flu? 10? maybe. Some say only 1 definitively. (8)

Fast forward to today. Of course the American public should believe their own government right? The media keeps repeating these same 'made in Disneyland' statistics, so the focus of discussion about the swine flu is framed by the simple message from the white house and every major TV and media outlet: There is an epidemic (really there isn't), and the only thing that will protect you is the vaccination.

So having determined by looking at FACTS that there is no epidemic in the serious sense of the word, lets examine if the vaccination will protect you. Of course its already a bit of a stretch, because there is not much to protect you against, but if you wanted that extra protection, how effective would the vaccination be?

Well how effective are flu shots? the simple answer is 'not very effective'.

A study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine concluded that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits over two flu seasons.The study conclusion: "significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting examined". (9)

A 2008 study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. (10) An earlier study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine came to the same conclusion.

Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine indicates that  there has been no real decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the elderly, despite the fact that vaccination coverage in the elderly has increased so much. (11)

A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children. The studies involved 260,000 children.   (12)

In 2007, researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published the conclusion that vaccine benefits have been greatly exaggerated  in the elderly, and that there may be simply no survival benefit incurred at all. (13)

In 1980 15% of elderly Americans got an annual flu shot. Now 65% do, so we would expect to see a reduction in the incidence of hospitalization and death from the flu in the elderly as vaccination levels have increased. However this has not occured. (14)

A study published in the October 2008 Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found flu vaccines in young children have made no difference in the number of flu-related doctor and hospital visits. (15)

As reported in a 2004 publication of the Archives of Disease in Childhood, a study of 800 children with asthma concluded those receiving a flu vaccine had a significantly increased risk of asthma-related doctor and emergency room visits.(16)
A more recent study released at the 2009 American Thoracic Society International Conference showed children with asthma who received FluMist had a 3-fold increased risk for hospitalization.(17)
According to the 2007 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, studies of over 65,000 healthy adults concluded vaccinations reduced the risk of flu by only six percent, and reduced missed work days by less than a single day. Vaccinations did not reduce the number of people seeking medical help or the number that took time off from work.(18)

The 2006 Cochrane Database  also includes a review of 64 vaccination studies of the elderly across nearly 100 flu seasons. The studies showed flu vaccines were ineffective in preventing the flu in either nursing home patients or elderly living in the community. (19)

Wow! These vaccines don't work that well! or maybe at all!
It is one thing to design a small study that shows a vaccination 'stimulates' your immune system. Big deal. these long term studies are looking at whether these flu shots actually improve hospitalization and mortality statistics.

You could argue that everything being equal, you should get the flu shot just in case this vaccination bucks the trend of other flu vaccinations and actually does help in some way.
But what if your flu shot, in addition to being probably ineffective at protecting you from the swine flu (a flu you probably don't need protecting from anyway), was also poisonous in some way? what's the likelihood of that?

In 2008 two-thirds of flu vaccines contained 25 micrograms of thimerosal. Thimerosal is 49 percent mercury by weight.
These shots therefore contain many times the Environmental Protection Agency's safety limit for mercury exposure (20).

But flu vaccines also contain other potentially toxic ingredients like:

Formaldehyde      (a known cancer-causing agent)
Aluminum            (a neurotoxin linked to Alzheimer's disease)
Triton X-100        (a detergent)
Ethylene glycol    (antifreeze)
antibiotics           (which can cause allergic reactions)
Phenol                (carbolic acid, a disinfectant dye)
Benzethonium chloride     (a disinfectant)

and lets not forget these fun ingredients:

isopropyl alcohol,  2-pheoxyethanol, betapropiolactone, ammonium sulfate. tri(n)butylphosphate  (toxic effects - who knows?)

and in the sheer evil department: animal bits

viral material derived from pigs blood  
viral material derived from rabbit brains
viral material derived from deliberately infected, diseased  euthanized monkey kidneys, etc.

Yet the CDC still recommends that children over 6 months, and pregnant women, receive the flu vaccine each year. Most of the new swine flu vaccines are formulated with mercury containing thimerosol (22)

By now, most people are well aware that children and fetuses are most at risk of damage from this neurotoxin, as their brains are still developing. But while mercury is a potent neurotoxin many doctors and researchers believe that potent neuro-endocrine and immunological disruption is probably caused by the synergistic combination of all the different toxic ingredients in vaccines, and by the sheer number of vaccines which are now mandated.
The following immunization schedule shows that 35 + vaccines will be injected into a child before the first grade. (24) So how are our children faring under this increased vaccination schedule?

Cases of autism in the U.S. have increased by at least 1000 per cent since 1991, which is when vaccines for children doubled, and the number of immunizations has been consistently increasing. Just one in 2,500 children were diagnosed with autism before 1991, whereas one in 100 children now have the disease. (25) A recent study even puts the rate in New York as high as one child in 91! We are talking about an unprecedented epidemic of autism amongst children.

Medical studies sponsored by vaccine proponents invariably examine very narrow parameters, such as whether one ingredient in a vaccine, or one vaccine, is associated with autism, and no studies really examine the cumulative burden of this many vaccines. Meanwhile the Center for Disease Control explain away this massive increase as "likely due to factors such as increased recognition, a greater willingness ... to accept the diagnostic label, and better recording systems". (25) The idea that autism could increase ten-fold because prior to 1990 nobody noticed that they had autistic children is patently ludicrous. A recent California study has disproven this assertion. (26)

Meanwhile a little publicized recent study which involved giving baby monkeys the human Hep B vaccine showed "abnormal early neurodevelopmental responses" from a single shot. (27) Don't worry though, your human baby will only get three of those shots in the first 18 months of its life! (28)

Infants and children are by far the most vaccinated population, and the number of vaccinations they receive has increased so dramatically in the last 40 years that we should be able to tell if vaccines are safe by studying the perfect little guinea pigs... our children:

31% of U.S. children today suffer from a chronic illness
The number of American children with chronic debilitating illnesses has roughly quadrupled since 1960
: (30)
  • we see a fourfold increase in childhood obesity - 5 percent of American children in the early 1970s but 18 percent of children today;Along with the obesity - more type II diabetes in kids
  • asthma 9 percent prevalence today, nearly doubled from the 1980s
  • autism  - 1000-1500% increase!
  • ADD and ADHD - unrecognized 40 years ago. Now up to 1 in 12
  •  Cancer in kids increased at 1% per year From 1982 - 2002 (31)
  •  in 2004 7% of U.S. children and youth suffered an illness that lasted three months or longer, compared to just 1.8 percent of children in 1960. 
  • An increase in type 1 diabetes over a 27-year period of about 60 percent.(30)
  • Respiratory allergies were at 9.7% in 1992. Now they are at  one in five kids (8.5 million of 41 million) (32)
  • 15% of teenage girls nowadays have markers for osteoporosis (33)

It is, in my opinion, quite plausible that their is a relationship between the dramatic increase in both vaccinations for children and  in the numbers of chronically sick children over the last 40 years.
It is also politically significant that despite a trillion (!) dollar national health budget in America, somehow there is not the money or the political will to simply test the concept of whether 35+ vaccines for infants is really cummulatively safe.

So in summary:

There is no real epidemic
Flu vaccinations are barely, if at all, effective
The vaccine could be very bad for you!

After reading this you may not be so sure you want to get that shot, or give it to your kids. But wait ....your doctor told you it is good. Your Doctor is going to get the shot right? 
Well maybe not:
60-70% of doctors and nurses, do NOT get the yearly flu shot. (34)

The reasons why they opt to not get vaccinated are:
  • They don't believe the vaccine will work
  • They believed their immune systems are strong enough to withstand exposure to the flu
  • They are concerned about side effects
It is often more instructive to examine what a person does, than to listen to what they say.

My recommendations to protect yourself from the flu:

Extra Zinc
Extra Vitamin D
Extra Vitamin C and bioflavanoids
Extra antioxidants
Sleep enough
Practice Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong
Detoxify the body periodically with a juice fast or cleanse
Don't worry, be happy!
Work with a holistic physician, acupuncturist, naturopath or chiropractor to balance underlying deficiencies

Often when people think they have the flu, they actually have a cold virus. In my opinion we catch colds mainly so that we can detoxify. So if you get sick, don't panic, just support the body's natural detoxification with natural remedies. A cold or a flu is a treatable and eminently survivable event, if you support it naturally. A well managed cold or flu often leaves the patient feeling stronger and healthier than before.
In a cold or flu the body attempts to discharge - Of course if you are in an emergency use Western medicine, but for the majority of colds or flus:
  • Don't use drugs to suppress the fever - this is how your body kills the virus
  • Don't use antihistamines to suppress sinus discharge - your body needs to get stuff out.
  • Don't overuse cough suppressants
  • Don't use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary -
    there are many good herbal anti-virals
    •  olive leaf extract
    • goldenseal
    • echinacea,
    • garlic
    • Chinese patent medicine Yin Qiao San
    • Chinese patent medicine Gan Mao Ling
    • elderberry extract
  • Rest and stay hydrated - both very important
  • Consider taking the following nutrients. These work for prevention and treatment
    • Vitamin D
    • Vitamin C
    • Zinc
    • multiple antioxidants
    • MSM
  • Consult a holistically oriented health-care practitioner
    such as myself if you are unsure of what to take or how much to take.

Be Well!

Adam Atman L.Ac. MMQ.

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