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I am going to reverse the order of my comment today and place it at the top of the article as I want to highlight an article written by one of the leaders in vaccine safety information awareness.
The latest depths of fear mongering the media has stooped into are really quite shocking. Barbara Loe Fisher from NVIC goes into more specifics in her article below, but one unbelievable example comes from Egypt where they ordered the slaughter of the country's 300,000 pigs, even though no cases have been reported there. Even worse, there are twenty million people in Mexico City, and it is shut down as if there were a nuclear war.
Another example comes from a previously well respected natural health journalist that I no longer recommend, because of his inappropriate and confused positions. Yes folks, there is an amazing amount of irrationality out there.
But let’s focus on the positive!
I want to thank all of you who responded to last Wednesday’s original post on the swine flu (now largely being referred to as H1N1). I continue to regularly update the swine flu article with current statistics, so if you are curious as to the current state of the “pandemic” you can just click on the page for the latest numbers.
I have also included new information on why Tamiflu will NOT work for the swine flu.
The swine flu article was the most popular one I ever published, so much so that it set new records for bandwidth at the data center (one of the largest in the country) which hosts this site. It was the 7th most viewed article on the entire Internet on April 29th and has received nearly one million views thus far. If you haven't viewed the H1N1 flu article recently please review it as it has some important edits that were added.
This was largely as a result of your passing this vital and reassuring information onto to your friends and relatives. There is simply no question that this information has made a difference. It has been viewed by over one million people on this site and far more than that on the tens of thousands of sites it has been posted on across the Internet.
The media was literally trying to scare you to death and your actions, by spreading this article across the world last week, helped provide an antidote to their nonsense.
We have proved this model will work - and now has the unquestionable capacity to change the fatally flawed health care system.
To that end I am excited to formally announce the next generation of this site. For the last three years my incredible team has been working on creating the finest health social networking site on the web. We are in the final tweaking stages, and in the next month or so we hope to launch it.
Our new software platform will give the site the capacity to form a type of hybrid between Facebook and Wikipedia. The intention is to create and merge the finest collection of natural health wisdom in the world along with the ability to connect with your friends and family to provide support and assistance.
It is my primary focus for the near future as all my free time and energy is being directed to this project which has the capacity to change the health care system. I am meeting with many major health leaders in the country to brainstorm and better understand how we can explode this into the consciousness of more people.
You saw a taste of what is possible by your actions and this site with the swine flu, but this will pale in comparison to the new capabilities that this site will have in the near future.
The bottom line is that collectively we CAN change the world for good.
So stay tuned and in the meantime please enjoy Barbara’s excellent analysis.
Politics, Profits & Pandemic Fear Mongering
by Barbara Loe Fisher
Are you grabbing your face mask, stocking up on food and Tamiflu, locking your doors and keeping your TV tuned to the news to find out just how bad the "swine flu pandemic" really is going to get?
While Americans are being scared to death, few are noticing how much of their tax money politicians are giving to drug companies and government health officials to grease the skids to create more experimental flu vaccines and drugs and more effective ways to quarantine or force their mass use whenever a "public health emergency" is declared in the future.
Call me cynical but not clueless. The bird's eye view I have had for the past 27 years at the National Vaccine Information Center www.NVIC.org has taught me one thing: the global alliance between Big Pharma and Big Public Health is a prescription for disaster that could extend far beyond a bout with the flu.
The international drama playing out right now before our eyes is an example of how citizens around the world can be easily manipulated by doctors and politicians engaging in fear mongering in the name of disease control to forward agendas that have more to do with ideology, power and corporate profits than health.
In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an international call for all nations to do whatever it takes to increase public appetite and demand for annual influenza shots as the main strategy to prepare for an influenza pandemic. In April 2007, the WHO used money donated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to fund the creation of influenza vaccine manufacturing plants in Mexico and other countries one week after the FDA gave Sanofi Pasteur a license to produce an experimental bird flu (H5N1) vaccine. Sanofi Pasteur is just one of many drug companies the U.S. government has given millions of dollars to for the creation of bird flu vaccines.
On February 19, 2009, the FDA's Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) discussed whether to give approval for the testing of experimental bird flu vaccine on American infants. VRBPAC consumer member, also NVIC's Director of Patient Safety Vicky Debold,PhD, warned that testing of an experimental pandemic bird flu vaccine on infants in the absence of a real epidemic and without assurances that unapproved novel oil based (squalene) adjuvants (AS03, MF59) are safe, could pose unacceptable risks in terms of inducing severe immune dysfunction.
On February 27, 2009 it was confirmed that an influenza vaccine maker, Baxter International, had released a mixture of seasonal influenza viruses mixed with unlabeled live bird flu viruses to facilities in Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Slovenia. Baxter, which is waiting for a license to manufacturer bird flu vaccine, explained it was an "accident" and that no harm was done.
On April 23, 2009, the world heard the first news reports about a mysterious pig (H1N1) and bird (H5N1)and human hybrid influenza virus that was making people sick near a Mexican pig farm. By April 30, the WHO had issued a Phase 5 "Alert" warning that the world was facing an imminent pandemic influenza epidemic on the strength of several hundred cases of "swine" flu and less than 10 confirmed deaths.
The pandemic flu panic that has an especially strong grip on people living in Mexico and the U.S., thanks to the governments of both countries declaring a "public health emergency," has been a good thing for pharmaceutical companies in the pandemic flu business.
Wall Street revealed that the pandemic scare sent stock prices soaring for drug companies making anti-viral drugs, rapid flu diagnosis tests and influenza vaccines. Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, Novavax, Baxter, Johnson & Johnson, Roche, BioCryst, and Vical are among the drug companies likely to benefit from the world pandemic panic.
In all the chaos that has Americans running to drug stores to buy face masks, closing schools to wipe desks down with rubbing alcohol and avoiding public transportation, there is action being taken behind the scenes by politicians and government health officials to prepare the way for implementation of future quarantine and mass vaccination of citizens with experimental vaccines and drugs that have by- passed normal FDA regulations for demonstrating purity and potency of pharmaceutical products.
A "public health emergency" has become an excuse to grease the skids and rush to market experimental drugs and vaccines that are not subject to product liability in the civil courts.
The mandated, mass use of multiple vaccines has become big business in the last quarter century since the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1986 shielding vaccine makers and doctors from liability for vaccine injuries and deaths and the numbers of vaccines recommended by the federal health officials for American children multiplied from 23 doses of 7 vaccines to 48 doses of 14 vaccines from birth to age six. For older children and adults, there are several dozen more federally recommended or state mandated vaccinations.
All of this liability protection and government vaccine mandating has been a boon for vaccine profit- making and public health agency empire building. In 1986, four drug companies made and sold vaccines in America and, by 2007, after corporate mergers and acquisitions there were six drug company giants making and selling vaccines in the U.S.
Today, there are more drug companies seeking to enter the lucrative multi- billion dollar U.S. vaccine market as financial predictions for global profits from the worldwide vaccine business by 2010 have climbed to more than $20B.
Politicians should not bow to additional pressure from vaccine manufacturers and public health officials to by-pass normal FDA standards in proving safety and efficacy of pandemic flu vaccines and their components for the purpose of rushing them to market in response to the pandemic panic that has been created. The swine flu debacle of 1976 should have taught Congress that lesson.
A rational perspective that reduces pandemic fear and includes common sense advice for staying healthy in every season is being offered by holistic health doctors, such as Joseph Mercola, D.O. and physician Congressman Ron Paul, M.D. The next time you turn on the TV or the radio or search the internet for the latest news on the flu pandemic, take a deep breath and consider all the natural ways to stay healthy and resist influenza or any illness : washing your hands; eating nutritious food; drinking plenty of pure water; getting enough exercise, rest and sunshine, and lowering stress - which includes not walking around filled with fear, anxiety and dread.