Flu vaccine debate–against vaccination

Flu vaccine raises concerns in the medical community

By Susan Johnson
Copy Editor

Plans are being announced for the government’s new flu vaccine program this fall. Is it safe? Should you take their word for it or check into it further? What do some medical doctors say?

Dr. Russell Blaylock

Dr. Russell Blaylock is a board-certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer, an expert on nutrition and vaccines, and editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report (http://www.russellblaylockmd.com) He reported in 2009 that swine flu (H1N1) can be forcibly inoculated into pigs, but has been shown not to spread among the pig population. Several strains of the flu virus are H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2 and H2N3; but when the virus passes through the pig’s system, it becomes less virulent and actually weaker—thus less likely to cause serious disease in humans.

Dr. Blaylock encourages people to take vitamin D3 (5,000 IU a day), eat healthy, and take  immune-boosting supplements to avoid the flu. He was in the military during the 1976 swine flu scare and refused the vaccine, risking a court martial. He says: “Despite the assurance by all the experts in virology, including Dr. Sabin, the epidemic never materialized. What did materialize were 500 cases of Guillain-Barre paralysis, including 25 deaths—not due to the swine flu itself, but as a direct result of the vaccine.”

Patrick Wood, an associate commenting on the website, believes that the H1N1 flu outbreak was bio-engineered. He said: “If this is strictly a ‘normal’ flu and not manmade weapon, Dr. Blaylock’s opinion cannot be faulted. He is totally right when it comes to all the new swine flu vaccines being rushed out by Big Pharma. His experience in the 1976 swine flu outbreak should serve as a stringent warning.”

Both Dr. Blaylock and Wood referred to the flu deaths in Mexico, where overcrowding, poor nutrition and low immunity could contribute to death from almost any infection. Wood asks, “how does the death of even a few hundred equate to 20 million?” He notes the ratio of deaths to infections is very small, and this outbreak would not qualify as a pandemic. He added: “Scientists and researchers are baffled because the genetic makeup of the virus contains elements of human, swine and bird flu from three geographic regions: North America, Europe and Asia.”

One manufacturer, Baxter AG, got into trouble when one of their experiments was “accidentally” released as a live virus in a vaccine distributed to 18 countries. Wood stated, “Experts say that it is almost impossible for Baxter to make such a grievous error by accident.” He also cited the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. In a 2004 report, “CDC to mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study,” it was stated that the CDC would  “soon launch experiments designed to combine the H5N1 virus and human flu viruses and then see how the resulting hybrids affect animals.”

Dr. Leonard Horowitz

What is the motivation behind continually developing new flu vaccines? Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, DMD, MA, MPH, states on his website (www.tetrahedron.com) that he “testified before the U.S. Congress [and] personally experienced how premier pharmaceutical industrialists direct our political-economic representatives in government.” He recalls the SARS epidemic and notes how it foreshadowed the Asian flu. Dr. Horowitz was in Toronto at the time of the SARS outbreak, and he said, “Canada’s response to SARS in 2003 was… directed by the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO).” He took notice of “the intimate financial and administrative ties between these organizations, the Rockefeller family, Carnegie Foundation and the world’s leading drug makers…”

Dr. Horowitz added that Nelson Rockefeller’s protégé, Henry Kissinger, who was National Security Adviser under Richard Nixon, “oversaw foreign policy while considering Third World population reduction ‘necessities’ for the U.S., Britain, Germany, and other allies.”

Dr. Horowitz pointed out, “To make the human vaccine specific for the H5N1 mutant virus, you must start with the human virus, which does not yet exist, except in perhaps military-biomedical-pharmaceutical laboratories.” In reference to the avian virus (bird flu), he says it requires lengthy periods of time in human cell cultures, then must be injected into monkeys and ultimately humans to see if this particular flu develops.

He emphasizes that to be effective, a vaccine needs specificity, and new manmade viruses, laboratory creations such as those being prepared for vaccine trials, are less stable since they did not evolve naturally over time. He also says that a vaccine’s reliability calls for years, or at least months, of testing in the targeted population.

Another consideration, often not recognized, is that all vaccines include ingredients that increase human disease and death. These may be toxic elements such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, formalin, MSG, foreign genetic material, and proteins from various species of bacteria, viruses and animals.

Dr. Horowitz is a former dentist, a health industry entrepreneur and author of several books, pamphlets, DVDs, CDs and articles about public health issues. He gave a presentation before the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians titled “Iatrogenicide: The Biotechnology, Politics and Economics of Emerging Pandemics.”

Dr. Joseph Mercola

Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.mercola.com) is an advocate of natural healing and a New York Times best-selling author. He was voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in Time magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Today Show, and other media.

Aug. 21, 2010, he issued an update on the current flu vaccine status. Last year, the U.S. contracted for the manufacture of more than 170 million doses of swine flu vaccine, of which only 90 million doses were used. Although the projected number of casualties was supposed to be 60,000-90,000, events proved this flu was more mild in nature.

Since 2003, the official government statistic on flu deaths has been an average of 36,000 annually. However, Dr. Mercola points out, this includes pneumonia deaths, which account for most of the fatalities, but last year the CDC reported only 12,000 flu deaths—one-third of the average. Since these cases were not serologically confirmed to be influenza, but included pneumonia and other illnesses, the actual mortality rate as a direct result of flu was even lower.

Along with others, Dr. Mercola raises concerns that key WHO advisers had financial ties to vaccine manufacturers. When the World Health Organization finally released a list of its pandemic advisers (http://www.who.int/ihr/emerg_comm_members_2009/en/index.html) it confirmed that at least five of the key players who influenced the Phase 6 pandemic declaration did have financial ties to vaccine makers. Dr. Mercola said, “As we now know, our tax dollars were completely wasted on these nonessential pandemic vaccines, and it appears as though conflicts of interest between WHO pandemic advisors and the industry may have had a great deal to do with it.”

More disturbing news: in April, Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publicly admitted that flu shots don’t work in the elderly. This is in addition to side effects that could come with the vaccines.

Dr. Mercola warned that this year’s flu vaccine, combining both regular flu and swine flu vaccines, poses a special hazard. You do not have the choice to take these vaccines individually.

“This is the same type of vaccine that Australia recently suspended for use in children under the age of 5 because it caused a surprisingly high number of reports of children suffering high fevers, vomiting and febrile convulsions,” said Dr. Mercola.

Not effective—so dose is quadrupled

But here’s an even stranger irony: Dr. Mercola’s website says: “When H1N1 first hit last year, the CDC explained that seniors weren’t included in the first round of shots because studies indicated the risk of infection in this group was less than for younger groups. But now that H1N1 is part of the seasonal shot, the CDC and WHO have some hefty plans for the same seniors who, last year, they said were less likely to get H1N1.”

The ACIP Provisional Recommendations for the Use of Influenza Vaccines, dated Feb. 24, states: “A higher dose formulation of an inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose, manufactured by Sanoft Pasteur, licensed by the FDA Dec. 23, 2009), for use in people age 65 years and older will be available in the 2010-11 influenza season. Fluzone High-Dose contains four times the amount of influenza antigen compound to other inactivated seasonal influenza vaccines…” The report adds that studies are under way to determine effectiveness, but the results will not be available before the 2010-11 flu season.

“Again,” says Dr. Mercola, “the CDC is asking you to be a part of a large public health experiment.”

One other question not yet resolved is whether this new vaccine is safe for pregnant women. Also, products like vaccines that contain additives such as mercury and aluminum can cause brain damage or death. Then, there is the possibility of contamination, such as the rotavirus vaccine that was recently found to contain potentially dangerous pig DNA.

Dr. Mercola joins other physicians such as Dr. William Campbell Douglass II, M.D., former U.S. Navy flight surgeon, long-time emergency physician and newsletter author (www.DouglassReport.com); Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopath and advocate of free choice in health care; and Dr. Robert Rowen, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University and graduate of the University of California, in advising people against taking government vaccines. All of these doctors recommend taking vitamin D3 as the best way to protect against the flu—without any dangerous side effects.

From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue

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