People Who Get a Seasonal Flu Shot Are Twice as Likely to Catch Swine Flu

flu, influenza, flu vaccine, swine flu, swine flu vaccine, mercury, thimerosalAs-yet-unpublished Canadian data raises concerns about whether it's a good idea to get a seasonal flu shot.

A series of studies suggests that people who got a seasonal flu shot last year are about twice as likely to catch swine flu as people who didn't.

Journals bar would-be authors from discussing their results publicly before they go through peer review, but the findings have been a poorly kept secret and many in the public health community in Canada have heard about them.

In the meantime, five biopharmaceutical companies have been awarded massive contracts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine, and health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated against both the seasonal- and the swine flu this season.

The companies -- Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Australian drug maker CSL, and Sanofi-Pasteur -- will likely make a great deal of money.

CSL has contracts to supply $180 million worth of bulk antigen to the U.S. MedImmune will supply 40 million doses of its live attenuated nasal spray swine flu vaccine for more than $450 million. Sanofi-Pasteur is providing more than 100 million doses of monovalent swine flu vaccine, a $690 million order.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Although it’s too early to make any final judgments based on this leaked information, I believe it’s worth keeping an eye out for the final study. As of right now, the data is still undergoing peer review, and there’s no word on when, or if, the study will make it to publication.

Allegedly, a review of a number of studies from British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario suggests that people who received a seasonal flu shot last year are about twice as likely to catch the swine flu, compared to people who did not get the vaccine.

According to media reports, this possibility has raised concerns in several countries across the world, and some health experts are now suggesting that perhaps this season’s vaccine program should be limited to the swine flu vaccine only.

Once confirmed, this could provide powerful evidence and medical justification and grounds to refuse the swine flu vaccine, which has already been mandated for some in the US, such as the health care workers in New York.

In addition, we can use this data to counteract the propaganda that the CDC is planning to assault the children of the US this fall. They have allocated 12 MILLION dollars to air TV commercials with Elmo and other characters from Sesame Street to convince kids to get the swine flu vaccine.

Fortunately it seems the stink we all raised about using squalene in the vaccines worked and it might not be used in any of the swine flu vaccines in the US. I’m currently researching the ingredients of all the flu vaccines and will publish an update on that shortly.

Massive Profiteering Underway

As reported by The Scientist, five biopharmaceutical companies have been awarded massive contracts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine.

According to Business Week, wealthier countries like the U.S. and the U.K. will pay just under $10 per dose, while developing countries would pay less. Do the math. Is it any wonder you’re being bombarded with apocalyptic messages about the significant threat posed by swine flu?

  • CSL has contracts to supply $180 million worth of bulk antigen to the U.S.

  • MedImmune will supply 40 million doses of its live attenuated nasal spray swine flu vaccine for more than $450 million.

  • Sanofi-Pasteur is providing more than 100 million doses of monovalent swine flu vaccine, a $690 million order.

  • Glaxosmithkline is estimating sales of its swine flu vaccine and its anti-viral medication, Relenza, will reach about $5 billion by January 2010.

The fact is, the swine flu vaccines stand poised to be absolute Blockbusters if this hyped up vaccine drive is successful.

But it doesn’t end there.

In addition to the swine flu vaccine, health officials are also urging everyone to get vaccinated against the seasonal flu as well, which would entail getting 3-4 shots in total – each dose containing as much as 25 mcg of mercury.With all the neurological problems we already face – autism, and increasing numbers of dementia– why would health officials recommend injecting you with 100 mcg of a proven neurotoxin?

They’re even recommending up to four flu shots for infants and pregnant women, who are at greatest risk for complications. It makes no logical sense.

Why risk life-long neurological damage to protect against flu – a disease that can be avoided with healthy lifestyle changes?

What are the Current “Safe” Limits of Mercury?

It is worth noting that no agency has ever established a “safe” level of ethylmercury exposure, which is the form of mercury found in the vaccine preservative thimerosal.

Mercury has absolutely no benefit to humans, and it is always a toxic poison. It couldn’t be stated any simpler than that.

It is one of the most toxic poisons we know of. If you take a piece of mercury the size of a grain of salt and put it in a large 50,000 gallon swimming pool, the concentration of mercury far exceeds current EPA safety recommendations.

Currently, the only guidelines for safe exposure apply to methylmercury, which is the type of mercury you’re exposed to if you eat certain foods such as fish. However, even this is an oxymoron because mercury is never safe, it is always toxic, but the FDA is seeking to make relative comparisons.

According to the FDA:

“The various mercury guidelines are based on epidemiological and laboratory studies of methyl mercury, whereas thimerosal is a derivative of ethyl mercury. Because they are different chemical entities - ethyl- versus methylmercury - different toxicological profiles are expected.

There is, therefore, an uncertainty that arises in applying the methylmercury-based guidelines to thimerosal.

Lacking definitive data on the comparative toxicities of ethyl- versus methylmercury, FDA considered ethyl- and methyl-mercury as equivalent in its risk evaluation.”

The various agencies that have developed safety guidelines for methylmercury include:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR 1999)

  • The FDA (Federal Register 1979)

  • The World Health Organization (WHO 1996)

The exposure levels range from 0.1 mcg/kg body weight/day (EPA) to 0.47 mcg/kg body weight/day (WHO).

The range between the various agencies is due to varying safety margins, differing emphasis placed on various sources of data, and the different missions of the agencies and the population that the guideline is intended to protect.

To address these conflicting methylmercury exposure guidelines, US Congress enlisted the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to study the toxicological effects of methylmercury, and come up with a recommendation.

The NAS concluded that the EPA's current reference dose of 0.1 mcg of methylmercury/kg/day is a scientifically justifiable level for the protection of human health.

But the question remains: How can anyone claim that ethylmercury (thimerosal) is safe, especially when INJECTED into your body, when no one has thoroughly investigated the matter?

It’s also worth noting that none of these guidelines for methylmercury can or will ensure actual safety, as in having no biological effect whatsoever. It is a well known fact that methylmercury is a potent neurotoxin, and again, the above guidelines are meant as safety guidelines for OTHER types of exposure, such as ingesting it, or breathing vapors -- NOT for injecting it straight into your body.

It would seem like common sense to rigorously study the biological effect of thimerosal/ethylmercury in light of the fact it’s been used in vaccines for decades. And yet, we still have no safety guidelines whatsoever…

Doesn’t it make you wonder why?

Taking the Sane Route to Protect Your Health

At this point, information overwhelm is a reality for many people as they try to weed out fact from fictional propaganda. It’s easy to throw your hands up and quit trying to figure it out as “battle fatigue” sets in.

However, this will only lead to complacency, which I believe is the ultimate goal of the propagators of this campaign. They want you to give up, shut up, and get shot up—so they can make billions of dollars, all without assuming any risk whatsoever.

Please remember, YOU are taking ALL the risk here.

Not only are you accepting the role as a human guinea pig if you get the swine flu shot, you’re accepting these unknown risks without potential for financial compensation should you or your child be injured by the vaccine.

So let’s stay focused on what you CAN do to empower yourself in these times of uncertainty.

I suggest focusing your energy on the following two paths to sanity:

  1. Take care of your health to protect yourself against any kind of influenza, and

  2. Take a stance and make your voice heard politically

Here’s a quick rundown of how to do both.

How to Protect Yourself Against the Flu Without Vaccination

Following these simple guidelines will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you're far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.

  • Optimize your vitamin D levels. This is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu -- not the flu virus itself.

    This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take. I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are therapeutic at 50-70 and done by a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp.

    For those of you in the U.S., we hope to launch a vitamin D testing service through Lab Corp that allows you to have your vitamin D levels checked at your local blood drawing facility, and relatively inexpensively. We hope to offer this service later this year, but in the meantime you can get your vitamin D levels checked inexpensively by going to this GrassrootsHealth D*action.

    If you are coming down with flu like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

    However, most of Dr. Cannell's work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. However the best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml.

  • Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.

  • Get Enough Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you're tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for you to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night's Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.

  • Have Effective Tools to Address Stress . We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.

    If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as meridian tapping techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.

  • Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips on how to get started.

  • Take a Good Source of Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune response.

  • Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don't use antibacterial soap for this -- antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple non-toxic soap that you can switch your family to.

  • Use Natural Antibiotics. Examples include oil of oregano and garlic. These work like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body. And unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance.

  • Avoid Hospitals. Hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to this new bug. So unless you absolutely have to go to the hospital for a medical emergency, avoid it.

How to Make Your Opinion Count

First, I strongly recommend you continue to educate yourself about influenza strains, vaccination risks, and the public health laws in your state that may require you or your children to undergo either mandatory vaccination or quarantine.

For a brief but comprehensive report on the history of mandatory vaccinations in the U.S. as well as the current laws in place, read the five-page CRS Report for Congress titled Mandatory Vaccinations: Precedent and Current Laws.

If you live in the U.S., I suggest you:

  1. Visit the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and join the fight against mandatory vaccination.

  2. Read about a proposed self-shielding/self-quarantine bill and send a message to your local legislator here. (You can learn more about self-shielding and social distancing at this link.)

Last but not least, make the necessary preparations to self-shield/self-quarantine in the event of a swine flu outbreak in your area. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Store a two-week supply of food and water in the event you can’t get to a store or stores run out of supplies.

  • Make sure you have a supply of any prescription drugs you take on hand.

  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

  • Get involved in community efforts to prepare for an influenza outbreak.