Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Pop Quiz on Bird Flu Pandemic

OK class—time for a pop quiz. If you have been paying attention, you should be able to answer every question without looking at your notes.

1. True or false: The top 5 big pharma vaccine manufacturers were given $1 billion dollars to develop a vaccine for a possible bird-flu virus.

2. True or false: bird flu transmitted from human to human is already an epidemic.

3. True or false: the bird flu pandemic will take place right after the introduction of the new bird-flu vaccine.

4. True or false: there is no bird flu transmitted to humans--the vaccine companies want to make money and when their customers are fearful, they buy the company products—vaccines.

Need some help? Here are a few hints:

Every year your family doctor tells your family it’s a good idea to get the flu shot. Better to get the shot, than to get sick with the flu, or worse, if you are at risk as an infant or elderly, severe cases of the flu could even kill you. You pretty much trust your doctor, except when he says to cut back on salt and sweets, so you get the shot.

Sometimes, after you get the flu shot, you get sick anyway. You get aches and chills and fever and hell, it’s like the flu they described on the Today Show, so how come you got sick after you got the shot? Ask your doctor—he’ll tell you it really wasn’t the flu—it was a virus and there are so many, some can mimic the typical flu symptoms—but it would have been much worse had you not gotten that shot.

There is no current evidence the current flu shots work or reduce mortality rates. The primary risk for mortality is among the elderly who have weakened immune systems. Flu shots plus Tamiflu have not been proven to eliminate flu outbreaks in nursing homes.--Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC

What am I saying—you can’t trust your doctor? You can trust your doctor—I listen to mine all the time. Except when it comes to vaccinations. They’ve been brainwashed, and so have we all. Anyone can read just a little bit further into the background of how flu shots are made, and how the flu virus works—there is no way an effective vaccine could work against the flu, even if vaccines were safe, which they’re not.

But even if they were—the flu virus is too ready to mutate in order to survive whatever assault is taking place on its ability to survive. Even if flu vaccines actually work in making some immune systems immune to the flu virus for which they were designed—guess what!!--too late—the virus has already changed, mutated and made itself immune to any vaccine that took months to develop against last year’s flu virus strain.

So the flu vaccine doesn’t work. Influenza cases come and go in any given year based on nature, the weather—whatever.

The US government grants $1 billion dollars to develop a possible vaccine against a possible illness—can you imagine any business as solid, profitable, or good as the pharmaceutical industry? The highest paid CEO’s in the US—drug company heads. Biggest K-Street lobby--they’re up there. They prey on our trust and fear—trust in modern medicine and many proven advances, fear of the unknown—a bird flu that’s gonna kill us all!

Time’s up—

Here are the answers:

1—True--yeah we know they got the $1 bil.

2—false. Epidemic bird flu is not here--It’s not an epidemic, and the latest news is right on schedule since yesterday. as the fear monger to get us primed to buy those bird flu shots when they come out:

Seven Indonesian Bird Flu Cases Linked to Patients (Update1)
May 23 (Bloomberg)
-- All seven people infected with bird flu in a cluster of Indonesian cases can be linked to other patients, according to disease trackers investigating possible human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus.
A team of international experts has been unable to find animals that might have infected the people, the World Health Organization said in a statement today. In one case, a 10-year- old boy who caught the virus from his aunt may have passed it to his father, the first time officials have seen evidence of a three-person chain of infection, an agency spokeswoman said. Six of the seven people have died.

You saw it in Bloomberg--must be happening now!

3—Well, True and False—the PERCEPTION of epidemic is spread in the media in sync with the recommendations to get that shot. However, Reuters had a headline today saying no bird flu soon:

Sick poultry and infected people, rather than migratory birds, are more likely to bring the H5N1 bird flu virus into the United States, although that was unlikely to happen soon, a leading virologist said.

4—This one’s a gimme (golf lingo for an easy put so you don’t have to actually hit the ball with the putter) OK – TRUE. Vaccine manufacturers do want to make money, and unless you’ve been off the planet recently and haven’t heard, a case in point would be the promotion of Vioxx, a drug to help relieve pain, which drug company Merck knew was unsafe and said so in secret intercompany memos. Merck put it on the market anyway, made millions of dollars, and a few people died from it--so Merck got caught in the deception of safety and now is in court for the consequences of its greed.

In other words, SURPRISE!--your safety is not the number one concern of drug manufacturers-their bottom line and profit margin is.

This test won’t be graded—I will recommend that you get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, and eat sensibly in order to avoid getting run down and becoming susceptible to any illness, including influenza.

And don't be afraid.

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