I am greatly concerned by newspaper articles and television news reports appearing across the country urging people to get their flu shots early. The articles are almost always one-sided; presenting only the viewpoints of government health officials, pharmaceutical companies that manufacture flu vaccines, and drug stores that sell them. The tone is the same: get your flu shot or you could die. Here’s an example from a newspaper article I read earlier this month.
“Flu isn't just dangerous for the very old, or those with frail immune systems, although they're especially vulnerable. It can also prove fatal to children, healthy pregnant women and other young adults.”
A pharmacist is quoted in the article: “Since we don't really know if or when there's going to be a large outbreak this year, it's best to get vaccinated early, because that way if there is an outbreak you will have that protection.”
Can we trust her advice? The job of a pharmacist is to sell pharmaceutical grade drugs to the public, so her counsel is not surprising, but is that the end of the information necessary to make such an important decision as putting a highly toxic substance into the bodies of your readers and viewers and their children? Do we not need to know anything else about influenza or vaccines before allowing someone to stick us with a needle or fill our nose with a toxic cocktail?
As we’ve seen in previous years, people read newspaper articles, watch television news reports, and needlessly run out to get vaccinated without knowing the facts about the flu or vaccines. And if this isn’t bad enough after last year’s fiasco of “the sky is falling” warnings, pharmacists and others who sell vaccines, along with public health departments that are supposed to inform the public about real health issues, are warning more people to get their vaccinations even earlier this year. The article I quoted from was published on Labor Day and the so-called “flu season” was still many weeks away. Why the rush?
Every drug store on every corner in America is trying to get people to come in for their flu shot. They use all kinds of incentives including 10% in-store savings passes and $10 gift cards. And it’s not just drug stores – schools, churches, civic associations, government agencies, and public libraries are some of the places where people can get their flu shots – often at greatly discounted prices.
What do other countries know that we don’t know here in the United States? Sweden’s Medical Products Agency is investigating flu vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline because it is suspected of provoking narcolepsy. France is also investigating reports of people who experienced narcolepsy with cataplexy after being injected. Seasonal flu vaccinations across Australia for children under five were suspended months ago after 23 children in Western Australia were admitted to hospitals because they experienced convulsions after they were vaccinated.
Who in the news media has done a thorough investigation into who determines which flu strains to “protect” against? There are hundreds, possibly even thousands, of different strains of flu virus, but the government selects only three strains each year for the following “flu” season – one influenza A virus, one regular seasonal influenza A virus, and one influenza B virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) gathers information about influenza strains from 94 countries and sends the data to four research sites, including The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Based on testing done at the centers, scientists forecast which viruses they “think” are most likely to circulate the following season. Manufacturers use those viruses to begin making the vaccine almost a year in advance of the next “flu” season. In addition to scientists guessing which viruses might be a problem next year, the viruses they choose could mutate by the time the next “flu” season arrives. Influenza viruses mutate constantly and can “drift” or “shift.” If a virus mutates to a different form or makes a major "shift," the flu shot may not cover it. So, what we have here is a governmental system that supposedly protects against just three flu viruses out of the hundreds or thousands of strains that could mutate into different forms by the time the “flu” season comes around a year later. The mathematical probability of getting it right is extremely low. And, even if they do get it right the vaccine doesn’t necessarily work. Does that sound like protection?
The facts are that flu vaccines have a negative impact on the health of people of all ages and the government knows it! Even the CDC’s own website about influenza and flu vaccine includes a section about who should not be vaccinated against season flu: People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past, people who developed Guillian-Barre syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously (www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm). One of our primary national public health organizations says people can get Guillian-Barre syndrome from flu vaccines! Where is that warning in your story?
Do you know what is in a flu vaccine? You may have heard that there is no longer mercury in vaccines, but that is not the case for flu vaccines. Mercury (thimerosal, 49% mercury by weight, is an active ingredient in the flu vaccine and used as a preservative and disinfectant – mercury is a neurotoxin with a toxicity level one-thousand times the level of lead), formaldehyde (known cancer-causing agent), aluminum (neurotoxin suspected as playing a role in Alzheimer’s disease), ethylene glycol (antifreeze), carbolic acid, polysorbate 80, Triton X-100 (detergent), and a variety of antibiotics. Donald Miller, M.D. (Cardiac Surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Seattle VA Medical Center) said this about the flu vaccine: “… all are at risk from being harmed by the vaccine, particularly from the mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde in it.” Dr. Miller is a strong proponent of people taking Vitamin D instead of getting a flu vaccine shot. You can read more about his research and advice at http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller27.html.
Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. recently quoted from a 30-year medical study of adults that showed that flu vaccines did not reduce hospitalizations or death at all. “From all of the other vaccines during flu seasons we’ve found there is virtually little or no protection whatsoever, but many of these vaccines are heavily contaminated.” Dr. Blaylock has written extensively on concerns about the flu vaccine (http://www.russellblaylockmd.com/). Sherri Tenpenny D.O. wrote, “I really can’t recall a single person who has truly investigated vaccine science and examined what is in the vaccines and then has chosen to continue to vaccine. Vaccines cause harm. The risks are substantial and evidence is growing. The long term risks outweigh the short term benefit of eliminating childhood diseases that were Rights of Passage only a few years ago” (http://drtenpenny.com).
The CDC admits on its own website that the Public Health Service agencies and American Academy of Pediatrics asked vaccine manufacturers to reduce or eliminate thimerosal in vaccines back in 1999. Does that mean thimerosal is no longer used in the manufacture of flu vaccines? This is from the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/thimerosal.htm) - “Today, all routinely recommended licensed pediatric vaccines that are currently being manufactured for the U.S. market, with the exception of influenza vaccine, contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts.” Do you see that? Thimerosal has been removed from all routine vaccines “with the exception of influenza vaccine.” Does that not cause you great concern about children getting the flu vaccine? It should! And what about the vaccines that no longer use thimerosal? Drug manufacturers have replaced thimerosal with aluminum and other substances that are also dangerous for humans.
Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. wrote, “there is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease.” That explains why thousands of medical doctors in the United States and other nations will not allow their own children to receive the flu vaccine. They know the lack of good science behind vaccinations and want no part of it for their own families. That fact alone should cause parents to question what the government is telling them about the importance and safety of getting their children vaccinated against influenza.
This is not a new warning. Dr. Jonas Salk warned about the dangers of live-virus vaccines more than 30 years ago. Salk developed the killed-virus polio vaccine in the 1950s. So, why would the public health profession continue to push for unnecessary vaccinations in light of so much scientific information?
“Today we have a system in which vaccine production by the pharmaceutical companies is largely self-regulated. Of course these companies are interested in profits from their products which, in itself, is not wrong. However, when arbitrary decisions in the mandating of vaccines are made by the government bureaucracies, which are highly partisan to the pharmaceuticals, with no recourse open to parents, we have all the potential ingredients for a tragedy of historical proportions.” Harold Buttram, M.D.
“… there is little or no objective research into the possible adverse effects of vaccines. There has never been a study comparing vaccinated to unvaccinated children. The only explanation for this is bias and political pressure.” Philip Incao, M.D.
“We are not dealing with a scientific problem. We are dealing with a political issue.” Samuel Epstein, M.D.
So, what is a parent to do to protect their children from influenza? Did you know that thousands of doctors recommend larger doses of Vitamin D to children and adults during the flu season with great results? Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” has good science behind it to show how necessary it is to helping the body protect itself against illness, including seasonal colds and flu.
The real solution is natural immunity, rather than depending on the government or chemical companies to develop an immunization. Enhancing the natural immunity of everyone in your family is your best self defense against the flu. You can learn more about Super Immunity at http://www.livingfuel.com/Health_Alert_043009.aspx. You can also watch our latest Flu Vaccine Health Alert video at http://www.livingfuel.com/Flu_Vaccine.aspx.
Another excellent resource for parents is the National Vaccine Information Center located near Washington D.C. They have a section on their website called “Before You Vaccinate Ask Eight,” which gives parents eight important questions to ask before they allow their children to receive the flu vaccine. The NVIC website is located at http://www.nvic.org/.
The newspaper articles and news reports I’ve seen so far this year lack balance and “the other side” of the story. Because the government and pharmaceutical companies are presenting flu vaccine in a life-and-death environment, it seems incumbent on the news media to present “all” the facts and not just those fed to them by the agencies and companies that benefit politically and financially from the news.
Author of Super Health 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitality