Tuesday, August 31, 2010
For years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been citing an annual estimate of 36,000 deaths from flu. That figure has been used to justify mandatory flu vaccination for children and has been parroted the world over by news organizations that never question its validity.
Last week the CDC released new figures: rather than 36,000, the three-decade average is actually 23,607 deaths, a full one-third fewer people than previously cited.
But even these new figures are actually fabricated and false. The CDC has always used a mathematical estimate based on an assumption that if a death certificate had “respiratory or circulatory disease” listed as a cause of death, then it should be counted as a “flu-related” death!
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons has been highly critical of the CDC’s methodology.
A closer examination of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) figures shows that in 2001, there were only 257 deaths directly attributable to flu, and in only eighteen cases was the flu virus positively identified.
Between 1979 and 2002, NCHS data show an average of 1,348 actual flu deaths per year—a mere 5.7% of the “new and improved” estimate.
The article, published in the British Medical Journal, concludes that:
“If flu is in fact not a major cause of death, [the government’s] public relations approach is surely exaggerated. Moreover, by arbitrarily linking flu with pneumonia and other lung diseases, current data are statistically biased. Until corrected and until unbiased statistics are developed, the chances for sound discussion and public health policy are limited.”
We were told in recent years that there would be so many cases of bird flu that it would stun the world. Those concerns were totally unfounded. Then there was the swine flu panic last year, with the government overbuying the H1N1 vaccine—71 million doses—to the tune of $260 million and promoting it without proper tests.
Where is all that valuable medicine now? In the garbage. But the CDC goes on releasing bogus data to amp up the hysteria—an act that would have any private company or individual hauled into court for fraud.
The real problem here is that our government has become a full partner with drug companies in the vaccine business. This has led to a crony capitalist environment in which the government can no longer be trusted to tell the truth.
Meanwhile, not a word from the media discussing the real influenza preventative: vitamin D.
Reprinted with permission from our good friends at the Alliance for Natural Health: http://www.anh-usa.org/latest-report-on-flu-fatalities-a-shocking-fabrication/
August 31, 2010
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Finland proposes suspending its H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine as links to increased narcolepsy in children surface; Sweden also investigating...
After all colloidal silver is one of the most powerful natural antiviral substances on the face of the earth, as many studies have demonstrated.
Vitamin D is another great choice for your winter immune-boosting arsenal. After all, clinical studies have shown that daily supplementation with Vitamin D slashes flu risk in children by a whopping 50%, and is actually far better than vaccines at stopping flu infection.
You’d think the medical establishment would be pumping out press releases telling parents to stock up on Vitamin D for the winter, and start giving it to their kids.
But no. Instead, they’re cranking up the usual fall and winter propaganda campaign, urging parents to get their kids vaccinated with the new flu vaccine – which this year contains components for two seasonal flu strains and the H1N1 “Swine Flu” strain.
Is It Wise to Have Your Kids Injected With H1N1?
Now we have the news from Finland that the Finnish National Institute for Health has proposed suspending Swine Flu vaccines, due to suspected links to narcolepsy in children.
Narcolepsy, of course, is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness and extreme fatigue. It is somewhat like another condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which is often thought to be triggered by Epstein-Barr viral infections.
But Narcolepsy is much more intense and often causes people to fall asleep uncontrollably at inappropriate times and inappropriate places.
My take on the whole issue is that people should avoid the flu jab like the plague, and stick with natural protocols that boost immunity and help kill viruses. There are many options, such as:
· Colloidal Silver – natural immune booster and infection fighting agent
· Vitamin D – prevents flu infection better than vaccines
· Beta-1/3,1/6-Glucan – boosts the body’s immune system by triggering macrophages
· Cat’s Claw – powerful immune-boosting herbal supplement
· Pregnenolone – boosts immunity, mood, memory, libido and reduces stress
· B-12 – plays a critical role in immune system regulation by boosting natural killer cell activity
There are many, many more safe, natural ways to boost immunity and fight infection. Those are just a few.
And over the course of this fall and winter we’ll be looking at other options you might also want to consider. After all, when governments start suspending vaccinations at the very start of the flu season, you know something is bad wrong somewhere.
It’s high time people start learning to take back their power from the medical monopoly and their toxic products, and start taking responsibility for their own health, naturally.
Finland suspends H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine due as links to increased narcolepsy in children and adolescents surface…
The Finnish National Institute for Health (THL) proposed suspending vaccinations for H1N1 swine flu, due to suspected links to increased narcolepsy in children and adolescents, the body announced this week.
Six cases of narcolepsy, a chronic disorder causing excessive daytime sleepiness and extreme fatigue, have been reported after patients had been receiving the Pandemrix vaccine.
Six cases of narcolepsy is consistent with annual averages, reports THL, but all of these patients were affected after being vaccinated, and there are nine additional cases that have not yet been confirmed.
The precautionary measure will take effect until the actual cause of the current health issue can be established. Preliminary results of the investigation will take several months to be known, says the THL.
“A number of different reasons may be behind the observed rise in the incidence of narcolepsy: A(H1N1) infection, vaccination, a compound effect of infection and vaccination, or some other factor entirely. Infections in general are known to cause narcolepsy,” said a THL press release.
In Sweden, the Medical Products Agency started a similar investigation on Aug. 19 for the same reason. Sweden has bought 18 million doses of the vaccine, sufficient for everyone in the country to have two injections. In Europe, about 30 million people have been vaccinated, and worldwide at least 90 million.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Drug Company Corruption: 85% of New Drugs Offer Few New Benefits and "Serious Harm" Due to Toxicity is Often Downplayed
An estimated 85 per cent of drugs coming onto the market offer only slight advances on existing treatments while having the potential to cause serious harm due to toxicity or misuse, the study concluded.
The author of the research delivered a damning attack on ''Big Pharma'' at a meeting of sociology experts in the US.
Professor Donald Light described the pharmaceutical industry as a ''market for lemons'' - one in which the seller knows much more than the buyer about the product, and takes advantage of this fact.
''Sometimes drug companies hide or downplay information about serious side-effects of new drugs and overstate the drugs' benefits,'' said Prof Light, a professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, US.
''Then, they spend two to three times more on marketing than on research to persuade doctors to prescribe these new drugs. Doctors may get misleading information and then misinform patients about the risks of a new drug. It's really a two-tier market for lemons.''
He alleged that the pharmaceutical industry owned companies in charge of drug testing and provided ''firewalls'' of legal protection behind which information about dangers or lack of effectiveness could be be hidden.
Companies were assisted by the ''relatively low bar'' for effectiveness that had to be crossed to get a new drug approved, he claimed.
Prof Light presented his paper, entitled ''Pharmaceuticals: A Two-Tier Market for Producing 'Lemons' and Serious Harm'' today at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
The study includes data gathered from independent reviewers which suggest that 85 per cent of new drugs provide few, if any, new benefits.
Yet toxic side effects and misuse of prescription drugs had made medicines a significant cause of death, said Prof Light.
The professor makes the same claims in a new book, The Risk of Prescription Drugs due to be published this autumn by Columbia University Press.
In both his paper and the book, he describes the ''risk proliferation syndrome'' involved in drug marketing. This is said to arise from maximising the number of patients exposed to the side effects of new drugs of dubious efficacy.
Hyping a drug began with clinical trials designed to minimise evidence of harm and published literature that emphasised its advantages, said Prof Light.
Building on this foundation, pharmaceutical companies staged massive campaigns to sell the product, when a controlled limited launch would allow evidence of its effects to be gathered, he argued.
Leading clinicians were recruited to try using the drug for conditions other than those for which it was approved, and to promote ''off-label'' or unapproved uses, Prof Light maintained.
Physicians inadvertently became ''double agents'' - promoters of the new drug, yet trusted stewards of patients' health.
When patients complain of adverse reactions, studies show that doctors are likely to discount or dismiss them, according to Prof Light.
He accused companies of conducting a ''swamp the regulator'' policy - bombarding the bodies that award drug licences with large numbers of ''incomplete, partial, sub-standard clinical trials''.
One study of 111 final applications for approval found that 42 per cent were missing data from adequately randomised trials, 40 per cent were supported by flawed testing of dosages, 39 per cent lacked evidence of clinical efficacy, and 49 per cent raised concerns about serious adverse side-effects, he said.
Companies control the generation of scientific knowledge and which findings will go to licensing authorities such as the US Food and Drug Administration or be published, Prof Light argued.
''The result is that drugs get approved without anyone being able to know how effective they really are or how much serious harm they will cause,'' he said.
''A few basic changes could improve the quality of trials and evidence about the real risks and benefits of new drugs. We could also increase the percentage of new drugs that are really better for patients.''
In his paper, Prof Light concluded: "The evidence here indicates that the two-tier market for prescription drugs is the largest and most dangerous market for lemons in modern society. Neither wars nor used car injuries come close.
"Current incentives for research produce a few that substantially improve patients' chances of getting better or avoiding death but a large number of barely innovative drugs each year. These new drugs of little benefit consume about four-fifths of all drug costs.
"The incentives and institutional practices around testing and regulatory review predictably result in approvals being based on trials so biased and poorly run that no one knows how much better or worse new drugs are."
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Then, the British Medical Journal came out with a report claiming that supplemental calcium increases risk of heart disease by 30%, and implying it is unsafe to take.
So we have two prestigious medical authorities at loggerheads with each other.
What’s the public to believe?
The below article from the Alliance for Natural Health helps set the record straight…
Calcium and Heart Attack—What You Really Need to Know
August 3, 2010
You saw the sensational media headlines last week: calcium supplements cause heart attacks! We told you the truth about this several weeks ago, before the latest research came out. If you take calcium, be sure to read this.
The source of the media hype was a British Medical Journal article which reported on a survey of fifteen trials in which participants (all over age 40) were given at least 500 mg of elemental calcium per day. The researchers concluded that calcium supplements increase the risk of myocardial infarction by about 30% over five years.
This was another example of bad research, poorly constructed from a scientific point of view. But it does contain an element of truth that we all need to understand.
First, the research itself: Daniel Fabricant, PhD, vice president of scientific regulatory affairs for the Natural Products Association, said the results of this study go against years of research showing the benefits of calcium supplementation, and suggested that the authors of the research “cherry picked” the fifteen studies from hundreds of available research studies in the area.
Andrew Shao, PhD, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), said that their conclusions are “dramatically overstated….Seven of the fifteen trials evaluated had no, or incomplete, data on cardiovascular outcomes…. Further, the researchers chose to exclude any trials administering calcium plus vitamin D—including the Women’s Health Initiative, which found calcium plus vitamin D had no effect on the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke.”
This last point—about taking calcium with vitamin D—is vital but still incomplete.
As we reported just last month, supplemental calcium should never be taken alone. It needs additional magnesium, vitamin D, omega–3 fatty acids, and vitamin K (in particular, vitamin K-2, which is especially important). Without these essential co-factors, the calcium may end up in our blood vessels or our heart, where it causes harm, rather than our bones, where it is needed. So long as these co-factors are taken as well, many studies have shown that added calcium plays an important role in building and maintaining bone mass—and also reduces the risk of colon cancer.
It is unarguably true that many people are taking calcium in the wrong way. The answer is not to stop taking it. There are enough cases of bone loss (osteoporosis) as it is. And the potential side effects of osteoporosis drugs are truly scary.
In the article we ran about calcium several weeks ago, the World Health Organization was urging world governments to put extra calcium in everyone’s water supply. We explained that this was a bad idea. Now the British Medical Journal is implying that any supplemental calcium is unsafe, which is untrue if the needed co-factors are taken too. So, in effect, one conventional medicine authority is saying one thing, and another conventional medicine authority is saying the opposite.
What this underscores is that the general public needs access to health advisors—including integrative MDs, and doctors of osteopathy (DOs)—who know about proper supplementation and can give the kind of expert advice that is needed. Conventional medicine’s attacks on the licenses of integrated doctors for practicing outside the conventional “standard of care,” which often means recommending particular supplements, doesn’t harm those physicians alone, but the entire American public.
People will take supplements whether conventional medicine (and especially the giant drug companies backing conventional medicine) like it or not. So it is particularly dangerous to try to shut down doctors who are skilled in the use of functional foods and supplements.