Posted by: Dr. Mercola
November 17 2009 | 172,959 views
obama, administration, flu, influenza, swine flu, flu vaccine, swine flu vaccine, H1N1, hihi, HIHI, A(H1N1)President Obama and his top health officials are engaging in a major public relations effort to divert attention away from whether its swine flu vaccine is effective and safe by focusing attention on whether there is enough of it to go around. And the media is cooperating fully.
Increasing numbers of scientists and doctors are issuing harsh criticisms of the governmentâ€™s plan to vaccinate virtually the entire U.S. population with a poorly tested vaccine that is not only ineffective against swine flu, but could cripple and even kill many more people than it helps.
The CDCâ€™s public relations campaign has been running â€œscareâ€ ads that portray swine flu as a full-blown â€œpandemicâ€ responsible for snuffing out countless lives. But scientists and health officials throughout the world have called the governments claims unjustified and deliberately misleading.
Global Research October 29, 2009
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The article above, written by Richard Gale, a former Senior Research Analyst in the biotechnology and genomic industries, and Dr. Gary Null, author of Vaccine Nation, highlights one of the latest propaganda techniques used to frighten you into action, namely â€œscarcity of H1N1 vaccines.â€
Weâ€™ve seen this tactic used before, with great effect, as people rush to the nearest vaccination facility to make sure they donâ€™t miss the opportunity to be the one to get this rare life sustaining elixir.
It amazes me that despite all the evidence to the contrary, health officials and mass media are still saying the swine flu could kill some 90,000 Americans â€“ if we donâ€™t all get vaccinated.
There is simply NO evidence to support this outlandish projection. The evidence actually points to the exact opposite, that this season will have LESS deaths from flu than last year.
The data is very clear that itâ€™s a milder than normal virus, only a few percent of all cases with the designation â€œswine fluâ€ are actually the H1N1 virus, and in the Southern Hemisphere, people got over the wave of the flu just fine, before the vaccine was even available.
Government’s Claims Unjustified and Deliberately Misleading
Gale and Null mention two distinguished health experts who have gone on the record to rebut government scare tactics.
â€œDr. Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and former Chief Vaccine Office at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), states that â€œThere is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenzaâ€ and that â€œThe producers of these vaccines know they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway.â€
And in November 2007, the UK newspaper The Scotsman, made public warnings by the inventor of the â€œflu jab,â€ Dr. Graeme Laver.
Dr. Laver was a major Australian scientist involved in the invention of a flu vaccine, in addition to playing a leading scientific role in the discovery of anti-flu drugs. He went on record as saying the vaccine he helped to create was ineffective and [that] natural infection with the flu was safer. â€œI have never been impressed with its efficacy,â€ said Dr. Laver.â€
So why is it that when it comes to public health decisions, government refuses to hear but one side of the argument?
Why are our health officials ignoring all the experts who have direct involvement with vaccines and claim to know they are neither as safe, nor as effective, as the drug industry insists they are?
What Can You Learn From History?
The last time we trusted industry and their appointed government lackeys about the swine flu vaccine, the vaccine ended up killing 300 times more people than the flu itself! It was 1976, and an outbreak of swine flu supposedly threatened the lives of millions.
But instead of the flu killing millions of people, it claimed ONE life, whereas the vaccine turned out to contain the real danger.
Twenty five people died from severe pulmonary complications after receiving the swine flu vaccine, and about 500 cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome were reported after vaccination. Some 300 claims were later filed by families of Guillain-Barre Syndrome victims who died from the disease.
The 1976 swine flu vaccine debacle ended up costing the US government $3.5 billion in damages to some 4,000 vaccine injured Americans — a direct result of the CDCâ€™s intensive vaccination campaign.
Speeding ahead with our current mass vaccination policy after such a history lesson is plain foolish. Apparently, those in charge have chosen to learn nothing.
I agree with Gale and Null when they say that being anti-vaccine or pro-vaccine is not the most urgent issue here.
The most critical point is to evaluate whether or not there is legitimate, sound science to support either position. They write:
â€œâ€¦ in this regard, the vaccine manufacturers and our federal health agencies have failed in the past, and continue to fail today. And they fail dismally.
There is absolutely no evidence for sound-scientific protocol or anything resembling a gold-standard behind the swine flu infection statistics and vaccine efficacy and safety clinical trials to support Obamaâ€™s and his health advisorsâ€™ claims. Instead, the reports on hospitalizations and deaths due to the H1N1 virus are grossly distorted.â€
How Many Swine Flu Cases Actually Involve the H1N1 Virus?
They bring up another critical point that most people are not aware of — that what is being reported as swine flu is in fact NOT swine flu, or even the regular flu!
As of August 30, 2009, the CDC ceased testing and counting actual H1N1 virus infections. As of that date, any and all cases or deaths of people exhibiting â€œflu like symptomsâ€ are automatically tallied as an â€œH1N1 case,â€ artificially driving up the perceived threat.
The CDCâ€™s public explanation is that they are convinced a pandemic is underway and, therefore, accurate monitoring is unnecessary because itâ€™s so widespread, world-wide.
However, as Iâ€™ll show you in just a moment, this is simply not true! Yes, the H1N1 virus has appeared world-wide, but it is not the CAUSE of most flu like illness and death. In fact, the H1N1 virus is a tiny player, causing very little trouble.
Gale and Null explain:
â€œThe truth is that we move annually into periods where there are dramatic increases in flu-like causing pathogens, however, the majority of these are unrelated to any strain of influenza virus.
There can between 150 and 200 different infectious pathogensâ€”adenovirus, rhinovirus, parainfluenza, the very common coronavirus and, of course, pneumoniaâ€”that produce flu-like symptoms, and worse, during a â€œflu season.â€
For example, how many people have heard of bocavirus, which is responsible for bronchitis and pneumonia in young children, or metapneumovirus, responsible for more than 5 percent of all flu-related illnesses? This is true during every flu season and this year is no different.
Furthermore, all flu vaccinations, including the swine flu, are useless for protecting people from these many prevalent infectious organisms.â€
CBS News, after conducting a three-month investigation into the swine flu statistics, uncovered a number of very sobering facts that clearly show this swine flu pandemic for the cruel hoax it really is.
To be more precise, it was Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative correspondent for CBS News, who single-handedly uncovered this.
Sharyl has agreed to allow me to interview her about her ground breaking efforts in exposing this massive misinformation campaign, and I will feature her interview shortly.
Before beginning their investigation, Sharyl Attkisson asked the CDC for state-by-state test results prior to their halting of testing and tracking. The CDC did not initially respond, so she went to all 50 states directly, asking for their statistics on state lab-confirmed H1N1 prior to the halt of individual testing and counting in July.
What did they find? Sharyl reported:
“The results reveal a pattern that surprised a number of health care professionals we consulted. The vast majority of cases were negative for H1N1 as well as seasonal flu, despite the fact that many states were specifically testing patients deemed to be most likely to have H1N1 flu, based on symptoms and risk factors, such as travel to Mexico.”
As you can see from this CBS News graphic, not only are most cases of suspected flu-like illnesses not H1N1, they’re not even the flu but more likely some type of cold or upper respiratory infection!
(Image from CBS News)
The interesting part of this is that a lot of these facts are not really hidden from you. Simply looking through the CDCâ€™s own website with a critical eye and a rational mind, you can discover the truth for yourself.
Hereâ€™s just one example that contradicts what theyâ€™re saying in their official missives.
According to their own data, far fewer people have died from H1N1 than any seasonal flu in the past, world-wide!
For the US, this graph from the CDC, showing the “Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality for 122 US Cities” also shows that, so far, this year’s flu mortality is FAR below that of 2008.
Were you panicking last year?
If not, why should you panic now when the risks are at a near all-time LOW?
Really, sit down somewhere and seriously think about this for a moment…
In light of all the facts, the question that begs to be asked is â€œWhy is the government and their handmaidens, the media, fueling this panic mentality?â€
Why are we once again talking about vaccination for every man woman and child in the nation, or, in fact, the world?
Why are Vaccine Safety Advocates Equated to Anti-Vaccine Fringe Lunatics?
Do you, or do you not, want the products injected into your body to be safe and reasonably effective?
If you do, youâ€™ll need to seriously consider who is actually looking out for your health and safety, because the drug industry is not, and health officials with industry ties are not, and the FDA, which has a revolving door to the drug industry, isnâ€™t doing it either.
Everyone wants safety. No one wants to get hurt by a drug or a vaccine, or have their child adversely affected . But few want to do whatâ€™s necessary to ensure such safety exists. Those who insist on it are branded as quacks and lunatics.
Itâ€™s an interesting dilemmaâ€¦ But it explains why many health care professionals stay mum on the subject, for fear of hurting their professional status.
Others, for whatever reason, are convinced vaccines offer the best protection against viruses, completely ignoring how your body and immune system actually works; how real immunity is achieved; and how your lifestyle affects your risk for complications.
For example, in session 1 of a Council On Foreign Relations Symposium on Pandemic Influenza: Science, Economics and Foreign Policy, held on October 16, 2009, an attendee identified as Tom Wilson (ph) from Cornell Medical School made the following statement to the panel:
â€œSir, I think we’re all aware that the anti-vaccine movement is having a field day on the Internet and on media outlooks like Fox News and so on, causing productions in vaccine uptake, and it appears to be a pretty unholy alliance of the ultra right and the ultra left working together to sort of hit with strong anti-tactics.
I’m not sure we’re countering these people very well, and one of the things I do in my spare time is counter the AIDS denial, as to people believe (who) HIV is harmless or doesn’t exist, and which led to the deaths of over 350,000 people in South Africa over the past decade.
And you have to take these people on in a different style than scientists are used to. We have to develop better sound bites. We have to develop better discussion. You don’t really — you can’t really debate these people, but you have to develop the counter methods.
For example, you hear that we shouldn’t take flu vaccines because the mercury will kill us. Well, Paul Offit in the New York Times last week pointed out that there is less mercury in a flu shot than there is in a tuna fish sandwich, and that’s a powerful sound bite to use against the crazy people who think that vaccines will kill you. That’s just one example.
We need to develop anti-tactics to get across the message that vaccines are safe and beneficial to society, and we need to learn to deal with the crazy people who would try and stop us doing that.â€
(For the full transcript, see this link.)
The kind of sound bites this man recommends are just the type of dangerous misinformation weâ€™re trying to teach you about. Because to think that the mercury youâ€™d ingest from fish would affect you in the same way as mercury being injected straight into your body, bypassing all of your bodyâ€™s natural defenses and detoxing mechanisms is simply false.
Why H1N1 Likely Will NEVER Be a True Pandemic Threat
To finish up, Iâ€™d like to quote Peter Palese, Professor and Chair, Microbiology and Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Mount Sinai School of Medicine â€“ one of the panel members of the Council On Foreign Relations Symposium on Pandemic Influenza:
â€œ â€¦ So, clearly, when I say this 2009 virus is like another seasonal virus, I don’t mean this is a harmless virus which we should ignore. No. The regular flu is bad enough and this 2009 virus is also bad enough. Having said that, it lacks certain signatures, certain molecular signs which are associated with the 1918 pandemic and then explained in 1957 and in 1968, and that is one of the genes.
â€¦ It has a technical name, PB1F2, and that is missing in the 2009 virus. And it could acquire this by exchanging that mini-chromosome and getting one which carries that PB1F2 or by point mutation, however, and that would make it more virulent.
However, it is sort of like if I put a more powerful engine into a VW, if I put a Lamborghini engine into a VW or a little Fiat or some car, it may not be better. It may not fit. It may not mesh and that, I think, may also be happening with the 2009.
By accumulating and getting mutations or getting this other gene, more virulent gene, it may not end up as something which is really a sports car which runs 200 miles an hour, so there is a lot which has to sort of fit and mesh in order to make a virus really a 1918 or 1957.â€
Folks, from every which angle, the swine flu pandemic is NOT what itâ€™s being made out to be. Perhaps itâ€™s all about greed and POWER – the government and corporations controlling what gets into your body and what goes into their bank accounts; about making a few bucks in a suffering economy when people canâ€™t afford their regular medications and sales are down.
Perhaps itâ€™s about saving face. They over-reacted, they hyped it up, and no one wants to admit they cried wolf â€“ especially since billions of dollars were spent on vaccines that no one really needs.
But, like Gale and Dr. Null said, â€œThe lie is too large for them to not expose themselves if you simply look.â€
Remember, as tragic as any death is, the greater tragedy is using the few deaths that have occurred — which were in most cases not directly caused by the H1N1 virus â€“ as fuel to get rid of useless vaccines that may do more harm than good.
There are signs that the public across the world is starting to â€œgetâ€ it, however.
France, for example, has only been able to convince 0.1 percent of their population to get vaccinated. As of November 5, only 50,000 Frenchmen had lined up for the shot since the beginning of their campaign, out of a population of 65 million. And only 10 percent of health care workers have received the vaccine.
The French Health minister called the mass vaccination campaign â€œtimid.â€
Letâ€™s keep it that way, everywhere, for everyoneâ€™s safety.