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Tamiflu's Effects On Your Brain

March 15, 2008 | 99,784 views
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Lawrence RobertsThe FDA has been reviewing reports of abnormal behavior and other brain effects in more than 1,800 children who had taken the flu medicine Tamiflu.

The symptoms have included convulsions, delirium or delusions, and in Japan, five deaths have been reported in children under 16 as a result of neurological or psychiatric problems. Four were fatal falls, and one was a brain infection in a patient with leukemia.

There have also been nine deaths among older teens and adults, attributed to neuropsychiatric problems or brain infections.

Protect Your Right to Informed Consent and Defend Vaccine Exemptions

With all the uncertainty surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, it's critical to protect your right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone in America stand up and fight to protect and expand vaccine informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws. The best way to do this is to get personally involved with your state legislators and educating the leaders in your community.

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National vaccine policy recommendations are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made at the state level. It is at the state level where your action to protect your vaccine choice rights can have the greatest impact. It is critical for EVERYONE to get involved now in standing up for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices in America because those choices are being threatened by lobbyists representing drug companies, medical trade associations, and public health officials, who are trying to persuade legislators to strip all vaccine exemptions from public health laws.

Signing up for NVIC's free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org gives you immediate, easy access to your own state legislators on your Smart Phone or computer so you can make your voice heard. You will be kept up-to-date on the latest state bills threatening your vaccine choice rights and get practical, useful information to help you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community. Also, when national vaccine issues come up, you will have the up-to-date information and call to action items you need at your fingertips.

So please, as your first step, sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal.

Share Your Story with the Media and People You Know

If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury, or death, please talk about it. If we don't share information and experiences with one another, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.

I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the "other side" of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.

We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies or public health officials promoting forced use of a growing list of vaccines to dominate the conversation about vaccination. The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than "statistically acceptable collateral damage" of national one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn't be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the non-profit charity, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), at www.NVIC.org:

  • NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries, and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
  • If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
  • Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment and sanctions by doctors, employers, and school and health officials for making independent vaccine choices.

Connect with Your Doctor or Find a New One That Will Listen and Care

If your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines you don't want, I strongly encourage you to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become truly educated about health and vaccination.

However, there is hope.

At least 15 percent of young doctors recently polled admit that they're starting to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents. It is good news that there is a growing number of smart young doctors, who prefer to work as partners with parents in making personalized vaccine decisions for children, including delaying vaccinations or giving children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more vaccines.

So take the time to locate a doctor, who treats you with compassion and respect and is willing to work with you to do what is right for your child.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Of the 1,800 reports being reviewed by the FDA – collected since Tamiflu’s approval in 1999 -- 55 of them were from the U.S. The remainder was from Japan.  None of the U.S. cases resulted in death.  

But why did it take the FDA more than two years to get to this point?  

On November 18, 2005, eight products had their safety reports reviewed by the FDA’s Pediatric Advisory Committee (PAC). Tamiflu was given special attention at this discussion.  

(This safety review, by the way, is required by Section 17 of the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA). BPCA mandates that all adverse event reports received during a one-year window after the drug has been approved for pediatric use must be reviewed. The Pediatric Advisory Committee (PAC) then issues recommendations on any necessary regulatory actions.)

According to the PAC Question and Answer web page, they heard several presentations on Tamiflu. The adverse event reports for Tamiflu included pediatric deaths, serious skin reactions, and neuropsychiatric events.

If there were 1,800 reports in November of 2005, what is the actual number of adverse reactions today, more than two years later? How many people, including children, have been needlessly harmed by this dangerous drug, while the FDA is doing the chicken dance in slow-motion?

See the Difference between Voluntary vs. Active Adverse Event Reporting?

One very interesting tidbit, which clearly shows the problem with the American adverse event reporting system, is the large difference between the number of Japanese and American reports (1745 vs. 55). 

Yes, Japan uses far more Tamiflu than the United States. However, Japan also has different methods and requirements for adverse event reporting.  

According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japanese regulators require an intensive period of active adverse event reporting for 6 months after a product is approved.  

So when Tamiflu was approved for influenza in Japan, Roche and its Japanese pharmaceutical affiliate actively solicited adverse event reports from hospitals and physicians in Japan. These adverse event reports included the 2003-04 flu season, which were subsequently reported to the FDA, and which are now included in their safety review. 

U.S. guidelines for adverse event reporting, however, is completely voluntary, and as studies have shown, as few as 1 percent of adverse events are ever reported.

Is Tamiflu Worth the Danger?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is approved for treatment of uncomplicated influenza A and B in children 1 year of age or older. It is also approved for prevention of influenza in people 13 years or older.

It is part of a group of anti-influenza drugs called neuraminidase inhibitors, which work by blocking a viral enzyme that helps the influenza virus to invade cells in your respiratory tract.

Now, here’s the real kicker.

When used as directed (twice daily for 5 days) Tamiflu can ONLY reduce the duration of your influenza symptoms by 1 to 1 ½ days, according to the official data.

That’s it!

However, some patients with influenza are at HIGHER risk for secondary bacterial infections when on Tamiflu. Which would, well, defeat the plan of being able to jump out of bed a day sooner.

The truth is, these drugs work poorly or not at all. And, with a price tag of between $135 to $190 for a one-week prescription of Tamiflu, it’s the 21st Century version of phony snake oil.

For most people, the flu shot does not prevent illness, but actually does just the opposite -- it weakens your immune system and makes you more predisposed to the illness. They're also loaded with neurotoxic substances like mercury and aluminum.

A Personal Tamiflu Story

Dr. Lawrence G. Roberts, the authentic father of the internet, who is pictured with me above, recently sent me the following story about his run-in with Tamiflu:

“A few years ago, as I returned from Japan, I took Tamiflu on the plane as I arrived into SFO. I thought my symptoms felt like the flu and I (at that time) carried it.

“As I drove home, I was observed drifting off the road from time to time, but all I noticed was I suddenly was over too far and I corrected. Then at the exit, which was a slow right turn, I blanked out just into the turn and went straight into a tree.

“I totaled my BMW and caused some knee damage ... I realized somewhat later that the blank out was due to the Tamiflu, but not until other reports came out. Too late to argue the point. Anyway, this was a $100 K side effect caused by the drug, and there most likely have been many more that were never connected to Tamiflu.”

Just Say NO to the Flu Shot

Every use of Tamiflu does little more than line the pockets of fatcats.  It certainly does not protect your health. If you follow my proven flu guidelines, however, you won't need Tamiflu or any other vaccine.

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