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The Flu, the Vaccine, and some Facts about each.

The flu is short for Influenza. It is a contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus.  Some symptoms of the flu could include the chills, fever, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and fatigue.  For most people these conditions usually get better after a few days with just some fluids and bed rest.

So why is there all this fuss about the flu virus? How dangerous is it really?

The flu can lead to some serious complications such as pneumonia but these conditions usually only affect high risk groups such as the elderly and people with preexisting medical conditions.  It is possible for severe complications from the flu to even lead to death.

Each year thousands of people catch the flu.  It is a mutating virus that changes from year to year and can be spread when people are in close contact.  But despite this fact very few actually develop any serious or fatal complications.

The Centers of Disease Control publically asserts that around 36,000 Americans die each year from the flu.  However, if you take a look that the CDC’s official records they show that the actual figures for flu deaths are in the hundreds and not the thousands.  To put this into perspective, in 2007, 457 people died because of the flu. That same year 3,355 people died of asthma (a disease that has been listed as a possible side effect of vaccines) and 2,600 died of malnutrition.  (MALNUTRITION!?! Is this possible in a country that has one of the highest standards of living ever known.) The numbers are very similar for every year you want to look at.  This is all a part of the public record and you can see it for yourself on the National Vital Statistics Report.

But even one death is really too much so having a vaccine to prevent the flu is a great thing; Isn’t it?

Well let’s take a look at the flu vaccine.

In the U.S. there are five different flu vaccines available.  Four are injections and one is a live virus that is squirted up your nose.  All 5 vaccines contain the same attenuated flu viruses.

To make the flu vaccine, scientists travel to Asia at the beginning of each year to see what strains of the flu virus are active.  They assume these same flu strains will arrive in the U.S. later in the year for our flu season.  All of the companies that make the flu vaccine are instructed to put these active flu strains into the new flu vaccines.

To get started, the different flu viruses are grown in chick embryos for a few weeks.  The virus is then inactivated using formaldehyde and preserved with thimerosal, a derivative of mercury. (It has been shown that some flu vaccines have as much as 25mcg of mercury per dose.) The vaccine producer also adds some other ingredients such as sodium phosphate, sodium chloride, and gelatin.

So basically your flu vaccine is a chick embryo based concoction of toxins and viruses with some preservatives mixed in to keep it from spoiling and becoming ‘dangerous’.

So we looked at the possible dangers of getting the flu virus, now let’s look at some of the possible side effects of the flu vaccine.

Some possible serious reactions to the flu vaccine include life threatening allergies and GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome).  GBS can occur within a few weeks after getting the flu vaccine and is fatal for around 1 out of every 20 of the people that contract the disease.  Other studies done on the flu vaccine have documented cases of encephalitis (brain inflammation), various neurological disorders and thrombocytopenia, a serious blood disorder.

Looking at the statistics for kids under 5 who died from the flu a major statistic jumps out.  From 1999 through 2002 (before the CDC suggested it was a good idea to vaccinate young children) there was an average of less than 20 flu fatalities per year.  In 2003, after the CDC recommended that these kids get the flu shot, the fatalities more than quadrupled for this age group (90 kids in 2003).

Here is a quote directly from the Fluvanol flu vaccine package insert for the 2009-2010 formula:

” FLULAVAL is an influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization of adults 18 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. This indication is based on immune response elicited by FLULAVAL, and there have been no controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL.”

It bears repeating – “NO controlled trials demonstrating a decrease” in contracting the flu at all after vaccination!  It goes on to mention each dose contains 25 mcg of mercury.  This is 250 times the amount considered safe by the EPA.  So the company itself says the vaccine shows no decrease in your risk of getting the flu but it does have pages full of warnings and possible side effects.  It is very interesting reading if care about your health and your body… You can take a look here.

But again, most drugs and medicines have some sort of side effects, but if they are saving lives it might be worth the risk.

The problem, the flu vaccine has a disproportionate amount of problems compared to the possible benefits it could provide.

First, officials have to guess months in advance what flu virus strains will end up here in the U.S.  If they guess wrong the flu shot is totally worthless in preventing the flu.  It is only good for creating dangerous side effects.

Second, even if they guess right, the vaccine is not very efficient.  In a study done over the past 40 years researchers found that in healthy children over 2 years old the flu vaccine was only effective on 33-36% of those who received the vaccine.  And in children under 2 years old the same study found NO evidence that the flu vaccine had any effect at all at preventing the flu.

The study looked also looked at adults.  For adults under the age of 65 the research showed that getting the flu vaccine did not affect time away from work, length of hospitalization, or death from the flu virus or its possible complications.  For those adults older than age 65, the study again found that the flu vaccine was NOT effective against the influenza virus.

None of this data supports the need for a “universal immunization” of healthy adults.

So all the papers and research show that getting the flu shot really isn’t an effective way to prevent the flu.  But what do the people who are supposed to understand disease and sickness doing for themselves.

Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers are supposed to be educated in disease prevention and so you would think if the flu vaccine was helpful, they would be the first to line up for the shot.  I mean they are exposed to sick people all the time and they would want to protect themselves.  But again the data doesn’t support this…

70% of doctors and nurses do NOT get vaccinated for the flu and 62% of all healthcare workers do the same.  They DO NOT get the flu shot and are among the least likely to get vaccinated.

So if the flu shot isn’t much help (and actually could be more dangerous than the flu virus) than what can people do to help them stay healthy and avoid getting sick.

First, there has been a study done in 2006 that showed a direct link between Vitamin D deficiency and a weakened immune system.  A less than perfect immune system creates susceptibility to the flu and really any viral or bacterial infection.

Second, a different study showed that interferon plays a key role in keeping your immune system working at peak performance levels.  It has been clinically tested and proven by four published human clinical studies that a combination of immune-strengthening plant extracts can strengthen your immune response by boosting your body’s natural interferon. Researchers have shown that interferon can prevent infection and illness when taken in the right form.  There is actually a supplement available that is proven to boost your immune system and strengthen your immune response to viral infections.

Of course I am not a doctor and I am not telling you what to do, I am just writing down facts that can be found by anyone.  Don’t think that just because something is reported by the 5 o’clock news or the ‘government’ that it is necessarily true.

Do some research, talk with your doctor and decide for yourself what is best for you and your situation.  There are varying shades of truth but if you care about your health and wellness it is worth it to get down to the black and white facts…

It is definitely something to think about!

The internet and the national media have exploded with report after report about the H1N1 (Swine Flu) viral infection that is supposedly sweeping through the country this cold and flu season. But there are a lot of misleading facts being thrown around. Is the Swine Flu really the big health scare the media and the government are making it out to be?

There has been a call for the swine flu vaccine to become a mandatory vaccine that we must all take. For me personally this is just one more case of the government overstepping its role and giving in to big money and big business. I have been researching this topic pretty heavily since I heard about the possibility of a mandatory vaccination requirement and I have not found anything that has led me to believe this is a deadly flu virus or that it would require any sort of extra vaccination effort.

In fact, my findings show that the swine flu vaccine might actually be more hazardous to your health than the actual infection from the swine flu virus.  I started out to write a small little blog post but I have been so shocked and amazed by the information I have uncovered that I feel I could write a huge term paper.  Not only does it seem that the Swine Flu is not the death monger it is being made out to be but it seems as though the cure could be the real killer.

Here are a few things I found about the viral infection that has been called the swine flu but is technically labeled the H1N1 Flu virus. (much of this statistical data was taken from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC)

  • Doctor visits for flu are down from the level of visits in April of 2009
  • The total flu hospitalizations are similar or lower than for a normal seasonal flu
  • The number of deaths secondary to flu and pneumonia is remained unchanged from a normal yearly rate
  • There is no evidence that the virus has mutated at all anywhere in the world
  • There have been 43,771 reported cases in the U.S., with 5,011 requiring hospitalization and 302 deaths. That means the death rate is 0.6 percent, an extremely low death rate for any flu.
  • The percentage of hospitalized patients who died was 6 percent, again a very low incidence of death.
  • Since the CDC estimates that one million people have been infected the actual death rate is in truth 0.03 percent, which means 99.97% of those infected will not die from this flu. Your chances of dying are incredibly low.
  • The Federal Government is saying 150 million Americans will be infected. That is 150 times as many as have now been infected, and represents a much larger figure than would be infected using an estimate based on a 6 to 6.5% infection of a localized population.
  • For the United States with a population slightly over 300 million, the government figures indicate a 50 percent infection rate. There is nothing to indicate such a high infection rate from the past 7 months of analysis. (It has been closer to a 6-7% infection rate)
  • The CDC’s own data indicates that the hospitalization rates and death rates are no higher; in fact they are significantly lower, than the previous two to three flu seasons.
  • The government is using “scare tactics” to promote vaccine use in the United States and that the pharmaceutical makers of vaccines are working in conjunction with these officials.

And now here are a few facts about the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine:

  • These vaccines are experimental, untested, toxic and extremely dangerous to the human immune system.
  • They contain squalene-based adjuvants that can cause a host of annoying to life-threatening autoimmune diseases.
  • What we really have with the swine flu vaccine is an untested, potentially dangerous cocktail of chemicals and viral fragments that could plausibly be linked to a devastating neurological condition.
  • Vaccines don’t always protect against diseases they’re designed to prevent and often cause them.
  • The WHO (World Health Organization) suggested the risks (from the swine flu vaccine) by stating “new technologies are involved in the production of some pandemic vaccines, which have not yet been extensively evaluated for their safety in certain population groups…” As a result, “post-marketing surveillance” and “post-marketing safety and effectiveness studies” are essential so that countries can adjust their vaccination policies
  • Independent studies of squalene used as a vaccine adjuvant indicates that it is associated with a very high incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as an MS-like neurological syndrome, rheumatoid joint disease and especially Lupus.

Here are some things found in a regular flu shot: (taken from an article by Dr. Russell Blaylock)

  • Egg proteins, which could include avian contaminant viruses
  • Gelatin, known to cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis reactions like those usually associated with sensitivity to egg or gelatin
  • Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™), which can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis
  • Formaldehyde: a known carcinogen
  • Triton X100: a strong detergent
  • Sucrose (table sugar)
  • Resin, known to cause allergic reactions
  • Gentamycin, an antibiotic
  • Thimerosal: mercury is still found in multi-dose vials

The British science magazine, The New Scientist, recently polled 60 virologists to get their opinion about the swine flu virus and what they would be personally doing to avoid the infection. None of the 60 virologists mentioned anything about taking the vaccine. This is interesting because Virologists are scientists who study viruses — their classification, their genetics, methods of spread and their ability to cause disease. No one knows more about this virus than the virologists.

So if the viral spread of this Swine Flu infection doesn’t seem to be any worse than that of any normal “cold and flu” season and the vaccine we have to treat it could cause more potential harm than the viral infection why would any sane person want to mandate its use for the entire population.

Well… (and you probably could have guessed this), Behind the push to vaccinate the entire population are the pharmaceutical makers of the vaccines, who are working in conjunction with the government to make the vaccine mandatory.

Homeland security and FEMA are pushing for forced vaccinations and the medical experts, virologists and epidemiologists are calling for calm and resorting to voluntary vaccination only. The former have links with the vaccine manufacturers via political contacts. A great deal of money will be made by the manufacturers, should forced vaccinations be mandated.

In fact there was a 30 year study done and written up in a peer review journal that showed little or no reduction in hospitalization or death from the use of flu vaccines. This to me is just amazing! It bears repeating; little or no reduction in hospitalization or death from the use of these vaccines. Yet there is also written proof that the vaccines themselves contain viruses that could cause illness and infections within your body.

WHAT!!!! Doesn’t this just make you want to smack somebody? Highly educated people know these vaccines don’t really do much good, but they could do a lot of harm and yet we are still being brainwashed into thinking we need these chemicals to live a better life.

Check out this YouTube Video with Dr. Blaylock (it is part 2 of 4). It has some information that I was shocked to hear.

Vaccines are the bedrock of the pharmaceutical industry’s profit centers. Just think about it, no pharmaceutical company ever made any money off of creating healthy people.

There are alternatives.

First, read, become educated. Don’t just blindly let someone pump chemicals into you without you knowing the possible consequences. You should be able to make up your own mind and suffer or reap the consequences no matter what your choice.

Second, maintain your health. Everyone, from vaccine supporters to vaccine haters doesn’t disagree that healthy people are not affected badly by this or any other flu. The deaths from these viral infections come in the population of people who are in poor health already.

Our bodies are amazing pieces of machinery. They are wondrous things that science has not been able to duplicate. If you give your body the things it needs it will maintain itself and heal itself.

We also have an amazing little army that lives within us called our immune system. It naturally fights off hundreds of harmful viruses every year. The better equipped your little army (your immune system) is the better it can keep you healthy. One of the key components in keeping the immune system working effectively is interferon. By increasing the natural production of interferon you can boost your immune system and maintain a powerful little army.

It has been clinically tested and proven (which is more than the vaccine producers can say) by four published human clinical studies that a combination of immune-strengthening plant extracts can strengthen your immune response by boosting your body’s natural interferon.

Interferon plays a second important role in your body’s defense. It can also boost the immune system’s ability to recognize foreign invaders. It is because of this special role that interferon is used in drug form as an anti-viral agent to treat many different diseases. Researchers have shown that interferon can prevent infection and illness when taken in the right form.

So the choices are yours.

First, you can listen to the hype and fear mongering of the mass media, or do some reading and learn the real truth.

Second, choose the swine flu vaccine or choose to eat right and take supplements to boost your health. Don’t forget to add in the only supplement proven to boost your immune system and strengthen your immune response to viral infections.

I am just a regular guy who has done some research. Don’t take my word for anything anymore than you would other blog sources. I encourage everyone to do their own research and make up their own minds.

It is something to think about!