Swine flu cover up?

Throughout this year, the end of which is fast approaching, dire warnings about the magnitude and severity of the swine flu/H1N1 virus swept repeatedly across the United States and much of the world.  The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology last summer  raised the specter that the H1N1 flu strain could infect nearly one half the population of the entire United States. 

In typical knee-jerk fashion, Congress rushed to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to combat the looming catastrophe — appropriating close to $8 billion to fight the H1N1 flu virus this season.  The federal government already has spent nearly $6.5 billion purchasing and distributing doses of swine flu/H1N1 vaccine.  Tens of millions of doses of the vaccine that was specially developed and rushed through production to meet the perceived threat, were shipped to facilities in all parts of the country — where many millions now sit unused and unwanted.  One news network reported recently that perhaps as many as 250 million doses of swine flu vaccine may wind up being thrown away by the end of the flu season early next year. 

However, if one attempts to find out exactly what is happening to all that vaccine, one meets a brick wall.  How many doses have actually been administered?  What is the cost per dose?  How many doses are actually stockpiled by the federal government and by the states?  Repeated calls to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yielded no meaningful information in answer to queries such as these; Internet searches for specifics were similarly unproductive.  These questions are relevant for the taxpayers of this country who have been footing the bill for the government’s efforts to meet the threat that it defined, but which now appears not to have materialized.  Yet answers are as hard to come by as a Christmas creche on a town square.

The CDC, which earlier this year appeared eager to offer information and opinion highlighting the impending swine flu catastrophe, is now strangely silent when probed about what has happened to all that medicine it said was essential and which it claimed we absolutely had to buy.  An organization which prides itself on the ability to define, track and defend against all manner of diseases and other threats to Americans’ health, now is unable to answer basic questions about what has happened to billions of dollars worth of vaccines that it said were needed immediately if not sooner.

Could it be the Obama Administration doesn’t want the American public — the taxpayers who pay for Washington’s spendthrift ways — to know how much money has been wasted already in this effort, and how much will be wasted in the near future on unused and unwanted flu vaccine? 

This is the same government that is pressuring Congress to rush through legislation that would give it effective control of virtually the entire American health care system.  Accurate information on the degree to which it miscalculated and overreacted to one season’s flu problem, wouldn’t help that agenda right now, would it?

161 comments Add your comment

KT

December 13th, 2009
6:47 pm

No matter how this H1N1 situation turns out, someone will find fault and scream bloody murder. If it mutates and becomes worse, people will scream that not enough was done to prepare for and combat it. If it turns out to be milder than projected, people will scream that it was a cover up and a hoax. Damned if you do prepare and damned if you don’t. It makes me ill that something like public health has become the usual, tired, political football.

am 58 years old; old enough to remember when the diseases that so many today dismiss as “not serious” or “just illnesses” were commonplace. There were no vaccines for them and people, children primarily, could and did get very, very sick and sometimes died from complications. My brothers, three and six years older than me, both got mumps and had a very rough go of it. It was definitely NOT “just an illness”. Another friend was exposed to rubella (German measles) while pregnant and her baby was affected (major birth defects for the baby – but, hey, it’s just a “mild” disease for the child who wasn’t vaccinated, so what difference does it make?). And, lastly, anyone who has ever had shingles as an adult will definitely argue that it is not an incidental sickness; it is a painful blistering skin rash which comes from the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.

These diseases are no longer common. Why? Because we vaccinate against them. Those who choose not to vaccinate are incidentally protected due to an effect called “herd immunity” – because I vaccine MY children, your child will not get the disease. However, health officials are beginning to see resurgences of these diseases in areas where greater numbers of people do not vaccinate. And, of course, these kinds diseases are still rampant in the third world where they cannot afford to vaccinate.

On a larger scale, polio (poliomyelitis is a virus, incidentally), which is now basically eradicated in the US due to vaccination, affects nerves and can lead to paralysis and death. I remember pictures of people in iron lungs for respiration because their ability to breathe was destroyed. My high school science teacher was crippled and used crutches due to PPS (Post-Polio Syndrome). I vividly remember the excitement when we were all lined up and given the first oral polio vaccine on sugar cubes. That vaccine was further refined and, as a result, we do not see polio in the US anymore. I’m also the last generation which bears the smallpox vaccination scar – we wiped it out for you. Imagine – a disease that has been totally eradicated from the entire earth. And smallpox was no small, insignificant illness; do the research and you’ll be glad it no longer exists.

I could go on and on. But my message is this: there is risk in everything we do in life. Just getting out of bed and into the shower involves risk! However, the risk vs. benefit analysis with regards to vaccination isn’t even close in my opinion. If deaths can be avoided by vaccination (and yes, I’m in a high risk category and have had my H1N1 shots as have my children and grandchildren with NO side effects) shouldn’t that be the right thing to do? The farther generations get from seeing the impact of the disease we vaccinate against, the less cognizant people are of the dangers of NOT vaccinating.

I’ve heard/read that people would prefer to take a “natural” approach to fighting disease. I don’t disagree that a healthy lifestyle is essential. But, as recently as 1900, life expectancy for a white male was around 49 (33 for black males). By 1970, well into the age of routine vaccinations, it had jumped to 68. Of course, many advances account for this jump and one of the major ones is that diseases that had for thousands of years sickened, maimed and killed no longer did so because of vaccination.

If you wish to take your chances with nature as your physician, be my guest. As for me and mine, I’ll take the vaccination! So far, some 30 million (MILLION) does of H1N1 vaccine have been administered. How many major side effects have been reported? You figure the odds.

Ed

December 13th, 2009
11:51 pm

CBR — your citation of a 2004 newspaper article is laughable. Again, where is the peer reviewed research? In any case, even if we hypothesized that somehow autistic people are those who can’t metabolize mercury in some way that others do, it STILL can’t explain why the removal of so much mercury made no difference at all. All your hand waving lacks logic or scientific validity. However, I don’t expect this posting to convince you otherwise.

Ed

December 14th, 2009
1:09 am

KT really nailed the issue the the first paragraph of his/her posting. This issue absolutely is one of those damned if you do or don’t cases. Since it has thus far turned out that this flu isn’t as serious as feared, people are pointing fingers, talking about waste of money etc. I guarantee that the next time there is a potential flu pandemic there will be more skepticism as a result. But as that posting rightly points out, it is all a cost/benefit question — and one of probabilities. For all we know, next year there will be a small mutation that will turn this into something as deadly as the 1918 flu – or maybe nothing will happen at all.

But should we as a society really do nothing at all? I for one don’t think so. If we ever have a pandemic that is on the scale of the 1918 pandemic, it would kill over 1 million people (most estimates say closer to 2 million, but let’s be optimistic).

By the way — to all of those folks talking about “natural” remedies and “boosting your immune system”…The 1918 flu pandemic was most virulent among young healthy people. It turns out that their immune system response was so strong it killed them. Looks like that isn’t an issue with this flu, but point is — you can’t just say I’m healthy, so I’m ok. It isn’t that simple.

FloridianInGA

December 15th, 2009
1:58 pm

There are states in the west without the vaccine. I didn’t get it and after looking at everything, think its a waste. Canada stopped giving the regular flu shot because an unpublished study said it made more people more susceptible to a milder case of swine flu. Then there is the debate over the mercury thimasole in multi-dose vials and possible Altzheimer’s association. I don’t think the big drug companies care about anything except making big bucks now and if they get sued later over side effects (which they are immune to by law-they pay into the vaccine injury fund, which has paid out over a billion dollars. thats with a B, in damages so far) its a risk they are willing to take. And I have read they have no liability for this hastenly made vaccine for this “emergency” anyway. Wash your hands people, cough into your elbow. Keep disinfected door knobs and other places people commonly touch. Common sense will keep you well.

Ed

December 16th, 2009
1:44 am

To FloridianinGA — I guess if people keep repeating something false often enough others start to believe it. First, Canada has NOT stopped giving the flu shot. Some provinces such as NS will be closing their special flu shot clinics soon because so many folks have been vaccinated, but doctors will continue giving them. Just read Canadian newspapers. It isn’t hard. For example: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/12/15/toronto-h1n1.html

As for the “debate” over thimerisol — there is none. It has been shown over and over to have zero association to any medical condition. Perhaps though you should campaign against tuna fish and other fish, because if you eat it you are getting far more mercury than you’d get from a flu shot. As for “common sense will keep you well” — I’m very glad that the development of the polio vaccine, measles vaccine, and smallpox vaccines — to name a few — were not guided by “common sense” but instead by sound science. I do agree it is a good idea to wash your hands and take care in public places.

CBR

December 16th, 2009
9:03 am

Here is another good one on the swine flu scam:

Flu Vaccine Fraud: WHO ‘Mr Flu’ Under Investigation For Gross Conflicts of Interest
Thursday, 10 December 2009

One after another of the recently proclaimed Flu “pandemics” has turned out to be a fraudulent marketing hoax to promote flu vaccines.

Each hoax was cooked up by Big Pharma and their paid, highly placed scientists who have penetrated both national and international health organizations.

Nationally and internationally, healthcare policies are being shaped by those who have gross conflicts of interest. Vaccines are being promoted (even mandated) in the absence of scientific evidence to support mass vaccinations.

Last month, CBS investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, blew the lid on the swine flu pandemic hoax and the US Center for Disease. ee her two part interview with Dr. Mercola:
See: CBS Reporter Blows the Lid Off Swine Flu Hysteria and CBS Reveals Cases Overestimated

CBS News and the CDC contradict each other completely.

In her three-month U.S. investigation that included state-by-state flu test results, Attkisson uncovered facts that contradict the Centers for Disease Control policy statements:
CBS News Finds H1N1 Tests were “Overwhelmingly Negative.”

Indeed, H1N1 flu cases are NOT as prevalent as feared:
“If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu. In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all.”

For example, Attkisson discovered that:
* In Florida, 83% of specimens that were presumed to be swine flu were negative for all flu when tested!
* In California, 86% of suspected H1N1 specimens were not swine flu or any flu; only 2% were confirmed swine flu.
* In Alaska, 93% of suspected swine flu specimens were negative for all flu types; only 1 percent was H1N1 flu.

You can finish reading this post on The Alliance for Human Research Protection site:
http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/654/61/

CBR

December 16th, 2009
9:43 am

Oh, all of those myths about how vaccinations saved humanity would be nice if they were true, many folks say? Folks say, all of these diseases for which folks claim vaccinations were responsible for eradicating, were already in significant decline before vaccinations were introduced, due to improvements in understanding of the importance of and access to better nutrition, better hygiene, clean water, and better living and working conditions. Folks who have examined the actual historical, statistical data also say: And rates of some diseases actually went up in some populations *after* vaccination campaigns for those diseases began? Vaccination campaigns, at different times, were called off by countries after vaccinated populations had higher rates of disease than populations without vaccination, and where more folks were being injured by vaccinations than were coming down with whatever disease for which folks were receiving vaccinations, folks say? That vaccinations have never been proven to work using any rigorous, good standards of scientific analysis (that this is just hick barnyard baloney), and actually that vaccinations have been proven to not work on several occasions, with outbreaks of disease occurring in vaccinated populations, and so on? In general, doctors are not being trained to diagnose many adverse drug reactions, or if they do recognize these, they are often not reporting them (why would someone who dished out a toxic drug always want to do the right thing and report an adverse reaction, folks say(?)), and as a result, folks say that probably only one percent of adverse reactions of vaccinations are being reported — meaning that the rates of adverse reactions are much, much higher than reported? Many say, as a result, that the chances of someone having a serious adverse reaction to many vaccinations are, in actuality, much higher than any dangers from actually contracting one of these diseases? How anyone could think that injecting such complete filth into the human body has anything to do with sound science and health and immunity, many folks truly do not know? Folks say, western, mainstream medicine is the number one cause of death in the U.S., and injures millions more — folks are dropping left and right from properly-taken, properly-prescribed prescription drugs, and medical errors, hospital infections, botched surgeries, and so on? Some say for the majority of prescription drugs on the market, there are safe, natural alternative treatments, treatments which actually work, and that folks do not have to be subjected to such toxic, dangerous and often ineffective drugs? Some folks say the majority of prescription drugs do not do what is claimed anyway, are not effective, but may come with some nasty side-effects, including death? Mercury is a known neuro-toxin. There is no debate over that. Gary Null states in testimony given to the NY State Assembly, for which I posted links earlier, that he had studies on sicknesses that the flu vaccine can cause in children, and that all of these studies were PEER REVIEWED? I’ll listen to folks like Gary Null, who has a PhD in nutrition, has spent decades studying these issues. Also, I’ll listen to someone else who seems super smart and concerned about dangerous side-effects from vaccinations, and who has also sounds like he has done tons of research on this such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.? Oh, yes, the whole big ‘Spanish Flu of 1918-1919′ scare mongering propaganda is being wheeled out yet again, folk say? Folks say what in the world could possibly have been happening back then? Maybe WWI? for example? Also, the rates of illness were much, much higher in military populations, where folks were being experimented on with vaccines, and where military folks were coming back sick from being in the war and probably not being in the best of conditions, folks say? Folks also say, it is most likely that the majority of those folks who died probably died from bacterial infections, pneumonia, and not a flu, and that this was before antibiotics so this kind of thing would never happen in the U.S. today now that folks have access to antibiotics, intravenous fluids, and other more modern medical interventions? Also, folks say that naturopathic doctors who were treating sick folks back then had a super high rate of recovery with their patients, while mainstream allopathic doctors were seeing their patients die in droves? That mainstream doctors were giving folks dangerously high doses of aspirin and even chloroform? Had some really bad ideas about how to treat folks, while naturopaths were saving folks left and right? Anyway, it is not like folks were giving folks a test for the flu back then, so who knows what exactly each and every one of those folks died from, but it is most likely that they died from pneumonia, and not the flu, folks say? Folks say they used this propaganda to try to scare folks about the swine flu back in the seventies, to try to sell that scam swine flu vaccine campaign, which was stopped after it was a disaster and paralyzing and killing folks, where more folks were having bad reactions to the vaccine than were getting the swine flu anyway, folks say? And then the whole ‘Spanish Flu of 1918-1919′ was rolled out again to scare folks over the ‘Bird Flu’ a couple of years ago, with folks claiming that it was the bird flu that killed all of those folks, after folks had claimed it was the swine flu that killed those folks, earlier, and then again now, folks are saying it was the swine flu, folks say? Which one was it, folks say? Just sounds like monkey business scams to me, or some ignorant hick incompetent’s ‘medicine,’ neither of which I want absolutely nothing to do with. Don’t listen to all of the mainstream lines on vaccines, which get repeated ad nauseum, as if just repeating things over and over was going to make illogical statements logic, was going to make historical myths into facts?

CBR

December 16th, 2009
9:51 am

Just sounds like monkey business scams to me, or some ignorant hick incompetent’s ‘medicine,’ *both* of which I want absolutely nothing to do with. Don’t listen to all of the mainstream lines on vaccines, which get repeated ad nauseum, as if just repeating things over and over was going to make illogical statements *logical*, was going to make historical myths into historical facts? With logic, statements actually have to be proven true, no? To say that someone has a specific virus in the body and that that is what is making someone sick, without any real proof that this specific virus is in their body, without a test, hardly makes for a logical, factual statement!

CBR

December 16th, 2009
10:10 am

And from what I am reading, the WHO changed the definition of a pandemic so that this swine flu would fit this definition as this hardly actually represents a real pandemic, which before this definition change was defined by mass, rapid infection and mass morbidity from said disease, folks say? And I have to look this up again, but some are saying the reason this definition was changed was under a pandemic countries are required to buy vaccines for something like this?!

CBR

December 16th, 2009
10:25 am

Just did a quick search and found this one.

Landmark Study Finds:Thimerosol Causes Autism Brain Pathology

Washington, DC — A new study, “A Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Impaired Oxidative-Reduction Activity, Degeneration, and Death in Human Neuronal and Fetal Cells Induced by Low-Level Exposure to Thimerosol and Other Metal Compounds,” published in the most recent issue of the peer-reviewed journal of Toxicology & Environmental Toxicology, confirms a causal connection between Thimerosol and the brain pathology found in patients diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

http://mercury-freedrugs.org/docs/090709_PR_ThimerosalCausesBrainPathologyb.pdf

[Notice this says *and other metal compounds*? Folks say, there are also other things in vaccines which can cause problems for folks, not just mercury/thimerosol, and that while thimerosol has been removed from some vaccines, it is still in many flu vaccinations?]

CBR

December 16th, 2009
10:46 am

Folk say that many are in no mood for big financial scams of any sort with the economy being in such bad shape, and with many health departments and programs already facing steep cuts and doctors and other health care providers and facilities being overburdened many folks are in no mood for this whole swine flu scam? Too many folks were initially scared out of their minds with all of this fear-mongering panic production, were swamping hospital emergency rooms in search of vaccinations and disrupting actual emergency services for others, folks say? And on and on? Fortunately, more and more folks are looking at this more critically, are wondering if this is billions well spent, and many think that the amount of funds allocated for different diseases should actually correlate with rates of those diseases in a population, so why should so much more be spent on something which effects many less people than something way more serious which is effecting a ton more people, and so on? Ditto for media reports? What were some of the preposterous statements made in relation to this whole scare? That 90,000 people could be killed by this by October? Oh, well, that came and went, no? Anyway, lots of folks say the best thing, for the many, many folks who are concerned about the safety of vaccinations, that these scammers could have done was to try to run this scam in the middle of an economic meltdown as that is causing folks to look a heck of a lot closer at exactly where taxpayer funds are going, and many are really not liking what they are finding in relation to this and other drug industry scams? Many doctors are also sick of being misled by drug companies as this effects their credibility, as they actually went into medicine to help people, not scam and injure them *unwittingly*, folks say? Folks say, doctors and the public have a right to all drug safety study data, a right to make informed decisions?

CBR

December 16th, 2009
12:15 pm

This is just an old history, things which have been passed down, a country myth, many folks say, some things inherited and many folks want to move in another direction. And, no, I do not have time for any more of this. Go study, folks say, and make your own choice.

Ed

December 17th, 2009
12:42 am

The problem with postings like CBR’s is that it is easy to make these flip comments “some folks say that…” but much harder to talk about the facts. If CBR went to school rather than reading web sites, he/she might come to learn that massive amount is well understood about the immune system at a biochemical level. While we are still learning, it is far beyond the kind of hand waving “some folks say” and conspiracy-theory laced nonsense that this person is spouting. In some sense, trying to have a conversation with CBR is a bit nonsensical as well.

There are tiny bits of fact interspersed with outright falsehoods or interwoven with distortions. For example, the comments about the Spanish Flu epidemic relating to WWI and vaccines. What this person fails to mention is that flu vaccine wasn’t invented until decades after that pandemic. The bit of truth is that late in the pandemic (after many millions had died) scientists still hadn’t identified a virus as the cause of the disease, so they tried vaccinating against some bacteria that they thought might be the cause.

I notice a lot of the web sites that promote this stuff like to quote scientists from 100 years or so ago — sometimes later, but usually at least 50 years ago. That has a tremendous advantage, since back then the structure of DNA wasn’t well understood, and so much biochemistry was yet to be discovered. What people like CBR fail to understand is that we can actually simulate the interactions of the surface features of viruses on computers — we can predict some aspects of what will happen when they interact with your immune system. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than waving your hands and talking about “toxins” and “some folks say that…”.

Oh, and by the way — all this stuff about was it the bird flu vs the swine flu is another great example of CBR’s ignorance about the debate in the scientific community, and the mechanisms of flu. Again, so much can be determined analytically now. We can look at the sequence of DNA in the virus and determine which parts came from birds vs swine. It turns out there is a lot of swapping of DNA if birds (primarily ducks) or pigs get infected with both kinds of viruses.

Ever wonder why so many flu viruses have names from the far East like A/Shanghai or B/Hong Kong and so on? It is because those areas have a very high density of duck populations living close to pigs. There is a lot of opportunity for crossover. Anyway, the point is — as much as there is to still learn, much is well understood at a very basic level.

I hope CBR will go spend a year taking basic college level genetics, biochemistry, and perhaps some classes in infectious disease mechanisms and public health. Then, CBR — spend a summer in a research lab to find out what real science is about.

CBR

December 21st, 2009
1:22 pm

Yawn. Here is another good one from the New York Times on more of this big problem of financial conflicts of interest corrupting our science and health policy.

Advisers on Vaccines Often Have Conflicts, Report Says
By GARDINER HARRIS
Published: December 17, 2009

WASHINGTON — A new report finds that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did a poor job of screening medical experts for financial conflicts when it hired them to advise the agency on vaccine safety, officials said Thursday.

Most of the experts who served on advisory panels in 2007 to evaluate vaccines for flu and cervical cancer had potential conflicts that were never resolved, the report said. Some were legally barred from considering the issues but did so anyway.

In the report, expected to be released Friday, Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, found that the centers failed nearly every time to ensure that the experts adequately filled out forms confirming they were not being paid by companies with an interest in their decisions.

The report found that 64 percent of the advisers had potential conflicts of interest that were never identified or were left unresolved by the centers. Thirteen percent failed to have an appropriate conflicts form on file at the agency at all, which should have barred their participation in the meetings entirely, Mr. Levinson found. And 3 percent voted on matters that ethics officers had already barred them from considering.

For more go to the NYT page:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/18/health/policy/18cdc.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=daniel%20r.%20levinson%20cdc&st=cse

This is a real simple concept: Many want better pharmaceutical drug safety policy and practice, and do not want folks with financial conflicts of interest sitting on drug and medical device safety and approval panels, period. Many want more health policy oversight involvement from professionals with a good educational background in *bioethics* and the history of the intersections of western medical and scientific discourses and industrialization, politics, agricultural policy, nutrition, laissez faire capitalism, gender, race, colonialism and neocolonialism, what is called ‘biopiracy,’ and so on. Many want *all* drug safety study data made available to doctors and the public, not just the data drug companies choose to share. And many want more support for more independent drug and medical device safety and efficacy study. There is plenty of documentation from several sources available on this — go look it up. And many want more funding and support for safer, proven natural alternative treatments for which many dangerous and often ineffective pharmaceuticals are prescribed. Super simple concepts.

Posting this one, below, again. Hmmm, this one, below, says that a doctor who was a former Chief Vaccination Officer at the FDA said that there was no evidence that the flu vaccination worked, and another doctor who invented a flu vaccine said his vaccine did not work and that natural infection with the flu was safer? If so, seems like folks who are more than qualified to comment on this? There are many scientists and doctors who do not recommend flu or other vaccines, do not think they have been proven to be safe or effective; there are plenty of folks more than qualified to comment on this who do not agree with much mainstream information on this, who do not get vaccinations themselves as they do not think they are safe or effective or worth the risk, and the consumer protection and financial conflict of interest issues involved in this are truly not difficult concepts for most anyone to understand?

Government’s Claims Unjustified and Deliberately Misleading

Gale and Null mention two distinguished health experts who have gone on the record to rebut government scare tactics. Dr.Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and former Chief Vaccine Officer at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), states that “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza” and that “The producers of these vaccines know they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway.”And in November 2007, the UK newspaper The Scotsman, made public warnings by the inventor of the “flu jab,” Dr. Graeme Laver. Dr. Laver was a major Australian scientist involved in the invention of a flu vaccine, in addition to playing a leading scientific role in the discovery of anti-flu drugs. He went on record as saying the vaccine he helped to create was ineffective and [that] natural infection with the flu was safer’

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Miscellaneoust /what_the_inventor_of_the_flu_shot_now_thinks_of_the_vaccine_1711.html

What else? Yes, there are many news reports that in parts of Canada swine flu clinics were shutting down early due to lack of demand. Folks can do a search and find many news reports stating this. And now I have been reading about how countries which have tons of extra vaccine due to lack of demand are now trying to see if they can give all of these massive amounts of unwanted vaccinations back to the drug companies, from whence they came? Oh, and of course, some are talking about dumping tons of these awful vaccinations on poor countries? Isn’t that just lovely.

CBR

December 21st, 2009
1:24 pm

Yawn. Here is another good one from the New York Times on more of this big problem of financial conflicts of interest corrupting our science and health policy.

Advisers on Vaccines Often Have Conflicts, Report Says
By GARDINER HARRIS
Published: December 17, 2009

WASHINGTON — A new report finds that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did a poor job of screening medical experts for financial conflicts when it hired them to advise the agency on vaccine safety, officials said Thursday.

Most of the experts who served on advisory panels in 2007 to evaluate vaccines for flu and cervical cancer had potential conflicts that were never resolved, the report said. Some were legally barred from considering the issues but did so anyway.

In the report, expected to be released Friday, Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, found that the centers failed nearly every time to ensure that the experts adequately filled out forms confirming they were not being paid by companies with an interest in their decisions.

The report found that 64 percent of the advisers had potential conflicts of interest that were never identified or were left unresolved by the centers. Thirteen percent failed to have an appropriate conflicts form on file at the agency at all, which should have barred their participation in the meetings entirely, Mr. Levinson found. And 3 percent voted on matters that ethics officers had already barred them from considering.

For more go to the NYT page:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/18/health/policy/18cdc.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=daniel%20r.%20levinson%20cdc&st=cse

This is a real simple concept: Many want better pharmaceutical drug safety policy and practice, and do not want folks with financial conflicts of interest sitting on drug and medical device safety and approval panels, period. Many want more health policy oversight involvement from professionals with a good educational background in *bioethics* and the history of the intersections of western medical and scientific discourses and industrialization, politics, agricultural policy, nutrition, laissez faire capitalism, gender, race, colonialism and neocolonialism, what is called ‘biopiracy,’ and so on. Many want *all* drug safety study data made available to doctors and the public, not just the data drug companies choose to share. And many want more support for more independent drug and medical device safety and efficacy study. There is plenty of documentation from several sources available on this — go look it up. And many want more funding and support for safer, proven natural alternative treatments for which many dangerous and often ineffective pharmaceuticals are prescribed. Super simple concepts.

CBR

December 21st, 2009
1:26 pm

Posting this one, below, again. Hmmm, this one, below, says that a doctor who was a former Chief Vaccination Officer at the FDA said that there was no evidence that the flu vaccination worked, and another doctor who invented a flu vaccine said his vaccine did not work and that natural infection with the flu was safer? If so, seems like folks who are more than qualified to comment on this? There are many scientists and doctors who do not recommend flu or other vaccines, do not think they have been proven to be safe or effective; there are plenty of folks more than qualified to comment on this who do not agree with much mainstream information on this, who do not get vaccinations themselves as they do not think they are safe or effective or worth the risk, and the consumer protection and financial conflict of interest issues involved in this are truly not difficult concepts for most anyone to understand?

Government’s Claims Unjustified and Deliberately Misleading

Gale and Null mention two distinguished health experts who have gone on the record to rebut government scare tactics. Dr.Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and former Chief Vaccine Officer at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), states that “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza” and that “The producers of these vaccines know they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway.”And in November 2007, the UK newspaper The Scotsman, made public warnings by the inventor of the “flu jab,” Dr. Graeme Laver. Dr. Laver was a major Australian scientist involved in the invention of a flu vaccine, in addition to playing a leading scientific role in the discovery of anti-flu drugs. He went on record as saying the vaccine he helped to create was ineffective and [that] natural infection with the flu was safer’

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Miscellaneoust /what_the_inventor_of_the_flu_shot_now_thinks_of_the_vaccine_1711.html

What else? Yes, there are many news reports that in parts of Canada swine flu clinics were shutting down early due to lack of demand. Folks can do a search and find many news reports stating this. And now I have been reading about how countries which have tons of extra vaccine due to lack of demand are now trying to see if they can give all of these massive amounts of unwanted vaccinations back to the drug companies, from whence they came? Oh, and of course, some are talking about dumping tons of these awful vaccinations on poor countries? Isn’t that just lovely.

CBR

December 21st, 2009
1:31 pm

Here is another interesting one, below.

Conflict of Interest Allegations Cloud U.S. Bisphenol A Meeting
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=ao4w4AvWyxWQ&refer=us

Excerpt:

By Justin Blum

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — Allegations of conflicts of interest related to a University of Michigan researcher are clouding a U.S. advisory panel’s review of the safety of bisphenol A, a chemical used in plastic.

In letters to the agency, lawmakers have criticized ties between one of the Food and Drug Administration’s advisers, Martin Philbert of Michigan, and supporters of the chemical. Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, said in a letter being released today, that an Oct. 31 advisory panel meeting should be canceled, partly because of Philbert’s ties to industry.

Lawmakers have repeatedly questioned the FDA’s oversight of Bisphenol A, or BPA, which has been used for decades to help stiffen plastic for baby bottles and food-storage containers and to line metal cans. A draft FDA staff report from August said BPA is safe at current exposure levels. BPA has been linked in some studies to diabetes and developmental changes in children.

CBR

December 22nd, 2009
7:56 am

Here is another very simple concept: Other folks’ kids are not there for some vaccination pushing wackos to inject with dangerous toxic crud based on junk science, which may injure or kill, and which has never been proven to work, for profit.

Ed

December 27th, 2009
1:56 am

To quote CBR “Yawn”.

Here is a concept: Many of your quotations fictional or pretty close. Dr J. Anthony Morris was a bureaucrat at the FDA in the early 1970s and was forced out during a political battle over 30 years ago. He is not virologist, and his only two publications indexed in PubMed are from the early 1950s and were about bacteria, not viruses. For folks not in the sciences — having no publications for the last 10 years would render anything you said somewhat suspect. 20 years would make you no longer reliable. Anything over 30 years pretty much means your knowledge of current practice is equal to — oh, I don’t know — Dr Gary Null.

Ed

December 27th, 2009
2:04 am

CBR refers in many posts to “junk science”. Because CBR has demonstrated quite aptly that he/she has little understanding of science in any form it is hard to understand how this person could make a judgement of what constituted “junk science”. Apparently, peer reviewed science built on decades of research, DNA analysis of viral structure, reliable and repeatable experimental evidence from hundreds of disparate researchers around the world, and much more are “junk science”. An osteopath with a web site, on the other hand is a reliable source we should all listen to and believe no matter what.

CBR

January 1st, 2010
11:56 am

European Parliament to Investigate WHO and “Pandemic” Scandal

The Council of Europe member states will launch an inquiry in January 2010 on the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focusing especially on extent of the pharma‘s industry’s influence on WHO. The Health Committee of the EU Parliament has unanimously passed a resolution calling for the inquiry. The step is a long-overdue move to public transparency of a “Golden Triangle” of drug corruption between WHO, the pharma industry and academic scientists that has permanently damaged the lives of millions and even caused death.

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16667

CBR

January 1st, 2010
11:59 am

And another good one on this lovely industry:

Feds Hit Pfizer with a $2.3 Billion Fine
The Obama Administration, determined to show a tough stance against drugmakers, levies the largest drug-marketing penalty ever

Pfizer (PFE) will pay a record $2.3 billion fine and plead guilty to one felony count to settle federal criminal and civil charges that it illegally promoted its Bextra painkiller and other drugs. The fine had been first reported back in January, but Justice Dept. officials disclosed details of the settlement on Sept. 2 in a splashy news conference that served as a pointed warning to other drug companies that it plans to come down hard on the industry for fraudulent marketing.

http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/sep2009/db2009092_913433.htm

CBR

January 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

Germany and Spain seek to cut H1N1 vaccine orders

LONDON (Reuters) – Germany and Spain want to reduce deliveries of swine flu vaccine and potentially return excess supplies to manufacturers, due to low uptake of the shots, in a move that could hit drugmakers’ profits.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BG2PD20091217

CBR

January 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

AHRP:

‘Flu Vaccine Fraud: WHO ‘Mr Flu’ Under Investigation For Gross Conflicts of Interest

One after another of the recently proclaimed Flu “pandemics” has turned out to be a fraudulent marketing hoax to promote flu vaccines.

Each hoax was cooked up by Big Pharma and their paid, highly placed scientists who have penetrated both national and international health organizations. Nationally and internationally, healthcare policies are being shaped by those who have gross conflicts of interest. Vaccines are being promoted (even mandated) in the absence of scientific evidence to support mass vaccinations.

CBS reported that:

“The same people who are regulating and promoting vaccines are also evaluating vaccine safety. For instance, Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia earned at least $29 million as part of a $182-million sale by the hospital of its worldwide royalty interest in the Merck Rotateq vaccine. He also formerly sat on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to help create the market for rotavirus vaccine”

A riveting, insightful article, by F. William Engdahl , author of “Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order,” documents how gross conflicts of interest have corrupted the World Health Organization and international vaccine policy.

This well documented article sheds light on how a well positioned Dutch scientist and the World Health Organization helped Big Pharma (or as Engdahl refers to it, “the Pharma mafia”) generate a global hysteria about the avian flu and the swine flu—in order to generate a demand for flu vaccines.

Excerpts:

“The man with the nickname “Dr Flu”, Professor Albert Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam Holland has been named by Dutch media researchers as the person at the center of the worldwide Swine Flu H1N1 Influenza A 2009 pandemic hysteria. Not only is Osterhaus the connecting person in an international network that has been described as the Pharma Mafia, he is THE key advisor to WHO on influenza and is intimately positioned to personally profit from the billions of euros in vaccines allegedly aimed at H1N1.”

“More careful investigation into the Osterhaus Affair suggests that the world-renowned Dutch Virologist may be at the very center of a multi-billion Euro pandemic fraud which has used human beings in effect as human guinea pigs with untested vaccines and in cases now emerging resulting in deaths or severe bodily paralysis or injury. “

CBR

January 1st, 2010
12:23 pm

Alliance for Human Research Protection:

‘Flu Vaccine Fraud: WHO ‘Mr Flu’ Under Investigation For Gross Conflicts of Interest

One after another of the recently proclaimed Flu “pandemics” has turned out to be a fraudulent marketing hoax to promote flu vaccines.

Each hoax was cooked up by Big Pharma and their paid, highly placed scientists who have penetrated both national and international health organizations. Nationally and internationally, healthcare policies are being shaped by those who have gross conflicts of interest. Vaccines are being promoted (even mandated) in the absence of scientific evidence to support mass vaccinations.

CBS reported that:

“The same people who are regulating and promoting vaccines are also evaluating vaccine safety. For instance, Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia earned at least $29 million as part of a $182-million sale by the hospital of its worldwide royalty interest in the Merck Rotateq vaccine. He also formerly sat on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to help create the market for rotavirus vaccine”

A riveting, insightful article, by F. William Engdahl , author of “Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order,” documents how gross conflicts of interest have corrupted the World Health Organization and international vaccine policy.

This well documented article sheds light on how a well positioned Dutch scientist and the World Health Organization helped Big Pharma (or as Engdahl refers to it, “the Pharma mafia”) generate a global hysteria about the avian flu and the swine flu—in order to generate a demand for flu vaccines.

Excerpts:

“The man with the nickname “Dr Flu”, Professor Albert Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam Holland has been named by Dutch media researchers as the person at the center of the worldwide Swine Flu H1N1 Influenza A 2009 pandemic hysteria. Not only is Osterhaus the connecting person in an international network that has been described as the Pharma Mafia, he is THE key advisor to WHO on influenza and is intimately positioned to personally profit from the billions of euros in vaccines allegedly aimed at H1N1.”

“More careful investigation into the Osterhaus Affair suggests that the world-renowned Dutch Virologist may be at the very center of a multi-billion Euro pandemic fraud which has used human beings in effect as human guinea pigs with untested vaccines and in cases now emerging resulting in deaths or severe bodily paralysis or injury. “

http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/654/61/

CBR

January 1st, 2010
1:25 pm

And another good one posted on the Alliance for Human Research Protection site, below, on the Tamiflu scam. (They post articles in their News section and add comments.)

BMJ Demands Raw Data From Pharma Clinical Trials
Friday, 11 December 2009

The system has provided companies an opportunity to make spectacular profits from the widespread use of defective drugs and vaccines that have caused irreversible harm.
The controversy surrounding the frenzied promotion of the drug, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) has exploded in several scientific venues and even in the US and UK media. The controversy may be even more instructive about the systemic issues that undermine the integrity of the drug and vaccine review and analysis process than the Vioxx catastrophe.

This week’s BMJ contains six articles detailing the essential issues involved in the Tamiflu controversy: included are independent critics’ analyses as well as company counterclaims, and two editorials (excerpts below) that critique the current system which not only fails to detect serious adverse effects, the system allows manufacturers to control the trials and conceal the safety data. Physicians and the public are misled with a false sense of security about the safety and effectiveness of patented drugs and vaccines.

The deception is orchestrated by company marketing masquerading as evidence which prominent industry-paid academic physicians promote as “science-based” information.

More: http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/655/150/

CBR

January 1st, 2010
3:45 pm

Another one posted on Corp Watch, which is from a couple of years ago.

NIGERIA: Pfizer Faces Criminal Charges in Nigeria

by Joe Stephens, Washington Post
May 30th, 2007

Officials in Nigeria have brought criminal charges against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for the company’s alleged role in the deaths of children who received an unapproved drug during a meningitis epidemic.

Authorities in Kano, the country’s largest state, filed eight charges this month related to the 1996 clinical trial, including counts of criminal conspiracy and voluntarily causing grievous harm. They also filed a civil lawsuit seeking more than $2 billion in damages and restitution from Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company.

The move represents a rare — perhaps unprecedented — instance in which the developing world’s anger at multinational drug companies has boiled over into criminal charges. It also represents the latest in a string of public-relations blows stemming from the decade-old clinical trial, in which Pfizer says it acted ethically.

The government alleges that Pfizer researchers selected 200 children and infants from crowds at a makeshift epidemic camp in Kano and gave about half of the group an untested antibiotic called Trovan. Researchers gave the other children what the lawsuit describes as a dangerously low dose of a comparison drug made by Hoffmann-La Roche. Nigerian officials say Pfizer’s actions resulted in the deaths of an unspecified number of children and left others deaf, paralyzed, blind or brain-damaged.

More: http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14507

CBR

January 1st, 2010
4:25 pm

Scientific fraud and junk science are still scientific fraud and junk science no matter if you have ten or a ten thousand people believing in it. Can I believe that we have had decades of drug industry interests corrupting scientific research and education in the U.S. resulting in decades of poorly educated medical scientists and massive amounts of medical junk science? You betcha!

CBR

January 1st, 2010
4:30 pm

Someone can make a little 3D model, simulation on their computer, so that must mean a drug works? Funny one! Quite amusing! That one will keep us chuckling for a while!

CBR

January 1st, 2010
5:30 pm

And another one, a video of a CBS interview with this man, Dr Andrew Wakefield, on a new vaccine study showing brain damage in animals?

Does HepB Vaccine Cause Defects?
CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson spoke with Dr. Andrew Wakefield about a recent study comparing the developmental differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated animals.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ot8F6m7qw&feature=player_embedded

CBR

January 1st, 2010
5:34 pm

More on this study:

Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of gestational age and birth weight

Excerpt:

Abstract

This study examined whether acquisition of neonatal reflexes and sensorimotor skills in newborn rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) is influenced by receipt of the single neonatal dose of Hepatitis B (HB) vaccine containing the preservative thimerosal (Th). HB vaccine containing a standardized weight-adjusted Th dose was administered to male macaques within 24 h of birth (n = 13). Unexposed animals received saline placebo (n = 4) or no injection (n = 3). Infants were raised identically and tested daily for acquisition of 9 survival, motor, and sensorimotor reflexes by a blinded observer. In exposed animals there was a significant delay in the acquisition of three survival reflexes: root, snout and suck, compared with unexposed animals. No neonatal responses were significantly delayed in unexposed animals compared with exposed. Gestational age (GA) and birth weight were not significantly correlated. Cox regression models were used to evaluate the main effects and interactions of exposure with birth weight and GA as independent predictors and time-invariant covariates. Significant main effects remained for exposure on root and suck when controlling for GA and birth weight such that exposed animals were relatively delayed in time-to-criterion. There was a significant effect of GA on visual follow far when controlling for exposure such that increasing GA was associated with shorter time-to-criterion. Interaction models indicated that while there were no main effects of GA or birth weight on root, suck or snout reflexes there were various interactions between exposure, GA, and birth weight such that inclusion of the relevant interaction terms significantly improved model fit. This, in turn, indicated important influences of birth weight and/or GA on the effect of exposure which, in general, operated in a way that lower birth weight and/or lower GA exacerbated the detrimental effect of vaccine exposure. This primate model provides a possible means of assessing adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes from neonatal Th-containing HB vaccine exposure, particularly in infants of lower GA or low birth weight. The mechanism of these effects and the requirements for Th is not known and requires further study.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6W81-4XC57CT-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=163a9340a2cb2e9c65b170e058dc21b1

CBR

January 1st, 2010
5:47 pm

Hepatitis B triple series vaccine and developmental disability in US children aged 1-9 years
Carolyn Gallagher ; Melody Goodman
Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry 2008 90(5):997 – 1008.

This study investigated the association between vaccination with the Hepatitis B triple series vaccine prior to 2000 and developmental disability in children aged 1-9 years (n = 1824), proxied by parental report that their child receives early intervention or special education services (EIS). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2000 data were analyzed and adjusted for survey design by Taylor Linearization using SAS version 9.1 software, with SAS callable SUDAAN version 9.0.1. The odds of receiving EIS were approximately nine times as great for vaccinated boys (n = 46) as for unvaccinated boys (n = 7), after adjustment for confounders. This study found statistically significant evidence to suggest that boys in United States who were vaccinated with the triple series Hepatitis B vaccine, during the time period in which vaccines were manufactured with thimerosal, were more susceptible to developmental disability than were unvaccinated boys.

CBR

January 1st, 2010
5:57 pm

And another part of this CBS interview:

Controversy Over Vaccine Research
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-atrfTvXEzQ&feature=player_embedded

CBR

January 1st, 2010
6:32 pm

Cochrane reviews compared with industry supported meta-analyses and other meta-analyses of the same drugs: systematic review
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/333/7572/782?rss=1

CBR

January 1st, 2010
6:50 pm

Bioethics International: Pfizer Drug Studies Fudged, Report Says
http://www.bioethicsinternational.org/blog/2009/11/12/pfizer-drug-studies-fudged-report-says/

Excerpt:

The report, by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, comes two months after Pfizer was fined a record $2.3 billion — including an unprecedented $1.2 billion criminal fine — for illegally marketing other blockbuster drugs.

The report appears in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, head of health research at consumer group Public Citizen, called it the first comprehensive look “at studies in which a company and people working for it so maliciously manipulated the data to make a drug look more effective than it actually was.”

“In every instance, the published article made the drug look better than it would have,” said Wolfe, a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s drug safety advisory committee. “This results in harm.”

CBR

January 1st, 2010
6:57 pm

Another good excerpt from this article above:

Arthur Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, called the report “one of the most ethically disturbing papers I’ve read in some time” and “an indication that people have been playing fast and loose with studies,” particularly industry ones.

Caplan said the FDA should have the power to audit industry drug studies. Wolfe said there should be bigger fines and jail terms for manipulating study data, plus tougher rules for studies being published in journals.

CBR

January 1st, 2010
7:08 pm

Why You Can’t Trust Medical Journals Anymore
By Shannon Brownlee
April 2004

Excerpt:

Should research scientists who have financial stakes in the products they are writing about be forced to disclose those ties? To which the average person might reasonably respond, of course they should. But the more pertinent question is why scientists with financial stakes in the outcome of scientific studies are allowed anywhere near those studies, much less reviewing them in elite journals.

The answer to that question is at once both predictable and shocking: For the past two decades, medical research has been quietly corrupted by cash from private industry. Most doctors and academic researchers aren’t corrupt in the sense of intending to defraud the public or harm patients, but rather, more insidiously, guilty of allowing the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to manipulate medical science through financial relationships, in effect tainting the system that is supposed to further the understanding of disease and protect patients from ineffective or dangerous drugs. More than 60 percent of clinical studies–those involving human subjects–are now funded not by the federal government, but by the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. That means that the studies published in scientific journals like Nature and The New England Journal of Medicine–those critical reference points for thousands of clinicians deciding what drugs to prescribe patients, as well as for individuals trying to educate themselves about conditions and science reporters from the popular media who will publicize the findings–are increasingly likely to be designed, controlled, and sometimes even ghost-written by marketing departments, rather than academic scientists. Companies routinely delay or prevent the publication of data that show their drugs are ineffective. The majority of studies that found such popular antidepressants as Prozac and Zoloft to be no better than placebos, for instance, never saw print in medical journals, a fact that is coming to light only now that the Food and Drug Administration has launched a reexamination of those drugs.

Today, private industry has unprecedented leverage to dictate what doctors and patients know–and don’t know–about the $160 billion worth of pharmaceuticals Americans consume each year. This is an unsettling charge that many (if not a majority) of doctors and academic researchers don’t want to acknowledge. Once grasped, however, the full scope and consequences of medical conflict of interest beget grave doubts about the veracity of wide swaths of medical science. As Dr. Drummond Rennie, deputy editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), puts it, “This is all about bypassing science. Medicine is becoming a sort of Cloud Cuckoo Land, where doctors don’t know what papers they can trust in the journals, and the public doesn’t know what to believe.”

CBR

January 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

Folks say where are the studies for all of these vaccinations on vaccinated groups vs. non-vaccinated groups? They don’t exist, folks say. Folks say there is a good reason these types of comparative studies have been avoided by vaccine proponents as this type of comparison would quickly prove that vaccination does not work? Folks say, vaccination proponents are using absurb, irrelevant, indirect measurements on which to base statements of vaccination efficacy, such as ‘antibody titer,’ which is NOT the same thing as immunity? I just did a quick search and found this one, below, on this, and looks like there are plenty more to disprove what folks call an absolutely absurd, scam theory of immunity and vaccination efficacy?

Crone, NE; Reder, AT; Severe tetanus in immunized patients with high anti-tetanus titers; Neurology 1992; 42:761-764
http://neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/42/4/761

CBR

January 3rd, 2010
8:28 am

Basically, folks say, immunity is A LOT more complicated than just antibodies? Duh!

And here is one on how folks in Canada suspended seasonal flu shots after a study showed links between getting a seasonal flu shot and being more likely to get swine flu.

Flu Vaccine Study Prompts Caution In Canada

Canadian provincial authorities are rethinking flu shots because of data that link getting a seasonal flu shot to an increased risk of contracting a mild case of swine flu.
More: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113316256

CBR

January 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

Or folks say where are the studies looking at whether or not vaccinations cause developmental delay, autism, comparing vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups? Why have folks not done these simple studies, folks say? Probably as that would show that these toxic scam shots are causing problems, folks say?

CBR

January 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

And gosh, I just keep reading about how most folks in many European countries really don’t want this nasty swine flu vaccine s***? Less than ten percent in France and Germany have wanted to get this crud, and now those countries are trying to get rid of millions of doses they don’t want? At least more folks have some sense over there.

European nations sell surplus swine flu vaccines
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/european-nations-sell-surplus-swine-flu-vaccines/story-e6frf7jx-1225815781244

Excerpts:

France witnessed less demand than expected after spending €869m (US$1.25bn) on vaccines for the A(H1N1) virus.

It bought 94m doses, almost one and a half per person, but since the program launched in October only about five million people are recorded as having been vaccinated.

Germany said in December it was looking to sell vaccines as well, even though its full order of 50m doses was not due to be delivered until March. Only about five percent of its population has been vaccinated.

CBR

January 4th, 2010
8:26 pm

France cancels 50 million flu shot orders
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6034HX20100104

Excerpt:

The Health Ministry said it had originally bought the 94 vaccines at a cost of 869 million euros. Bachelot said the canceled order would save more than 350 million euros.

Opposition politicians have criticized the government, saying it has wasted money and helped drugs companies. Socialist Party spokesman Benoit Hamon said large pharmaceutical firms were “the big winners in this affair.”

CBR

January 5th, 2010
8:12 am

And sounds like folks are going to have a hard time saying this man is not qualified to comment on this? What? Says he has a Masters and a PhD in Microbiology, did a postdoc in Immuno-chemistry, worked for a drug company on vaccines, then worked for the equivalent of the FDA in Canada for thirty five years, including twenty years on vaccines?

Expert Explains the Flu Vaccine Deception and the Swine Flu Hoax

Dr. Shiv Chopra was a drug company insider, and also worked for what is now Health Canada — the Canadian equivalent of the FDA. He is uniquely qualified to explain why no flu vaccine has ever worked, and that swine flu and avian flu are nothing more than hoaxes.

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Drug/flu_vaccine_deception_and_the_swine_flu_hoax_0510100535.html

Ed

January 6th, 2010
5:27 pm

CBR says there is no research on autism and developmental delays or autism. Either CBR is (1) distorting the truth or (2) woefully ignorant. Which is it CBR?

Here is just one of many many many studies. Actually, this one is already 6 years old — there have been many since, and it is a critical review of the studies up to that time. Oh, and it was funded by the NIH, not by private companies. Of course, I suppose we should still just pay attention to what some Osteopath on a web site says over this and other research.

Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines and Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Critical Review of Published Original Data
Sarah K. Parker, MD*, Benjamin Schwartz, MD, James Todd, MD* and Larry K. Pickering, MD

CBR

January 11th, 2010
10:23 am

Yawn. Once again, just idiotic and irrelevant comments. Smart folks are not interested in all of the mainstream idiocy on vaccinations any longer. We’ve got the internet and can by-pass all of the baloney now. Not interested! Thanks anyway! I’m surely done here. No, I am not in the habit of having discussions with schmucks.

CBR

January 15th, 2010
5:08 pm

One more as more good news about folks rejecting the swine flu vaccination scam is coming out now. Thank goodness that there are a lot more folks who are educated about drug industry scams who are not buying this baloney, in Europe. That’s it! I am so not interested in reading any more idiot comments on this. Smart, educated folks are not buying the baloney. The Council of Europe will be investigating this ’swine flu pandemic’ later in the month. Thank goodness. Countries have limited health budgets and many absolutely do not want funds wasted on such scams. These funds could have been much better used if they had gone toward programs to help eradicated malnutrition, an actual, serious health issue!

H1N1 ‘false pandemic’ biggest pharma-fraud of century?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9HamW8sH8Q&feature=player_embedded

Drug firms made ‘false H1N1 claims’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoQN1to3C2U&feature=player_embedded#at=26

Ed

January 26th, 2010
1:43 am

“Smart folks are not interested in all of the mainstream idiocy on vaccinations any longer”.

Sure CBR. You neatly failed to answer why you made several claims that were patently false. I’m sure you will continue to do so. That’s the strategy of deniers like you. You say there is no research about issues with vaccines, but then if confronted with it you change the topic or say the research is irrelevant. You keep talking about “smart folks”, but your criteria for intelligence is that you can read a web site of an osteopath. You say trace mercury in vaccines causes health issues but then can’t cite studies why it is that as mercury % in vaccines has plummetted over the last decade rates of the conditions you say it causes hasn’t even had a blip.

Oh, and about “smart folks” — I suppose Bill Gates must be a real moron. His foundation is spending incredible sums of money to try to develop a malaria vaccine. And NO, that isn’t the only approach they are taking. But given that in 2006, there were 247 million cases of malaria and 881,000 deaths from it that seems appropriate.

What will you say when the Malaria vaccine comes out some years from now and rates start dropping of that horrific disease? Or I suppose malaria victims should just avoid having a vaccine. Probably your absurd answer.

CBR

January 27th, 2010
7:15 pm

Swine Flu Didn’t Fly
Niko Kyriakou, Huffington Post
January 27, 2010
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/niko-kyriakou/swine-flu-didnt-fly_b_438783.html

Excerpt:

Corruption in Health Organizations?

Critics of the WHO say they promoted bad data to help drug makers get rich selling vaccines. This attack implies drug makers have a network of influence within the decision-making structure of the organization, a suggestion various officials confirm.

One high-level, long-term WHO employee who preferred to remain anonymous for job security, described the WHO as follows: “WHO is infested by corruption. There is big corruption, like the management of H1N1, and there is small corruption; and between the big and the small corruption there is [corruption] in all imaginable forms. Unfortunately, it’s not only the WHO.”

CBR

January 27th, 2010
7:27 pm

CBR

January 27th, 2010
7:32 pm

You have to scroll down some on this page to get to this particular article. There are many other sources on this also. Do a simple search for more.

Historic Data Shows Vaccines Not Key in Declines in Death from Disease
http://www.gnhealth.com/vaccines.html