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The 2010–2011
flu season is here. With it comes a mixture of good news and bad,
but if you and I together spread facts instead of fear, we can once
again tip the balance toward health in the US – and worldwide.

Last year,
the swine flu “pandemic
– warned to be catastrophic – was actually much milder
than health officials warned.

Last year’s
flu mortality estimates turned out to be only one-third that
of an average year, in spite of the emergence of the new human-bird-pig
influenza virus you have come to know as swine flu.

Imagine that.
The sky didn’t fall after all.

Last year the
United States contracted for the manufacture of more than 170 million
doses of swine flu vaccine. Probably the most significant accomplishment
of this website was that we were able to contribute to the fact
that only 90 million doses were used in the United States.

Armed with
the facts, less than one-third of the US population fell for fear
mongering. And together, we can do it again.

But we have
some high hurdles ahead.

Flu Shots
for All (Science Optional)

For the past
several years, physicians in America have been insisting that every
child age 6 months to 18 years must get an annual flu shot. Making
matters worse, health officials have now ramped up those recommendations,
telling EVERY person over the age of 6 months get a flu shot, healthy
or not, low risk or high.

Everyone. Three
hundred million of you, every year from the year you are born until
the year you die.

What will receiving
lifelong flu shots every year do to your immune system?

With all of
those vaccinations, will you be more susceptible to influenza-related
complications and death?

We really don’t
know.

Health officials
have leapt ahead with recommendations of “flu shots for all"
without
safety studies
– so by getting a flu shot, you
are effectively offering yourself up as a laboratory rat. In other
words, YOU are the safety study!

No Mystery
— These Flu Vaccine Side Effects WILL Occur in the US

It isn’t just
an ordinary flu vaccine they are promoting this year – it’s
the new trivalent vaccine, which may be even more reactive than
the monovalent. This vaccine is a three-in-one, containing influenza
A, influenza B, and 2009 pandemic swine
flu (H1N1) strains
.

Administering
this highly suspect formulation to 300 million people has potentially
disastrous implications. Red flags were already popping up last
year, and this flu season has raised many more.

Australia’s
flu season precedes ours, so we can look to them for a preview of
vaccine issues. By June of
2010, more than 1,000 adverse reactions
in children under the
age of 5 resulted in the Australian
government’s banning of flu vaccines for that age group.
High
fevers, vomiting and convulsions were the most widely reported reactions,
which are also associated with long-term adverse health outcomes.

CSL’s Fluvax
appears to be the main troublemaker. However, CSL has objected to
being singled out, claiming any of the other three vaccines on the
Australian market could be to blame.

Just like last
year where the experience in Australia with the swine flu was replicated
precisely in the US, you will see the same happen this fall, winter
and spring in the US. This is entirely predictable as is the lack
of media coverage that this will receive.

Interestingly,
the Sydney
Morning Herald recently reported
that Australian “public
health experts have called for an independent body to monitor drug
safety after it emerged that young children were more likely
to end up in hospitals because of side effects from a flu vaccine
than they were from the disease itself. The analysis contradicts
government safety advice that the harm did not outweigh the risk
and raises concerns about the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s
assessment of the vaccine.”

Mark my words,
the US will have the identical experience, and nine months from
now you will see in the newspapers that children given the flu vaccine
were more likely to wind up hospitalized than from those that actually
got the disease.

These drug manufacturers have a horribly unethical track
record with
disturbing manufacturing errors
. Many of the drugs remain indemnified
from damage.

H1N1 Vaccine
Continues To Provoke Reports of Serious Side Effects

In the meantime,
the 2009 pandemic H1N1 “swine flu” vaccine that has been put into
this year’s trivalent seasonal flu vaccine continues to be associated
with lots of reports of devastating reactions:

  • In Finland,
    France and Sweden, narcolepsy
    was reported in teenage children
    in response to Pandemrix
    monovalent swine flu vaccine, leading the Finnish government to
    suspend its use.
  • In Korea,
    nearly 2,600 swine flu vaccine side effects were reported as of
    August 2010, ranging from allergic reactions to fevers to headaches
    – and including 10 deaths.

Children are
not the only ones who seem to react more violently to the 2009 pandemic
H1N1 component.

According to
Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC),
a special government committee has been created to investigate last
year’s H1N1 monovalent vaccine for signs it may be associated with
more adverse reactions. What the committee found out provisionally
is there were three signs of trouble with the H1N1 swine flu vaccine
used last year.

Fisher outlined
these three primary health concerns in a recent
NVIC video update
:

  1. Guillain-Barre
    syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune disease which has been associated
    with influenza vaccine since 1976, when the swine flu vaccine
    was first used. In fact, British
    government health experts acknowledged the link between the H1N1
    vaccine and an increased risk of GBS
    earlier this month. Prior
    to this public admittance, the government had always denied such
    a link
  2. Idiopathic
    thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP), an autoimmune disorder, is a blood
    clotting disorder characterized by insufficient platelets
  3. Bell’s palsy,
    a reaction causing temporary facial paralysis

Why are people
having these worrisome reactions?

Vaccines Wreak
Havoc With Your Immune System

All vaccines
are immune suppressive – that is, they suppress your
immune system, which may not return to normal for weeks to months.
Here are just some of the ways vaccines impair
and alter your immune response
:

  • Some components
    in vaccines are neurotoxic and may depress your immune and brain
    function, particularly heavy metals such as mercury preservatives
    and aluminum adjuvants
  • The lab-altered
    vaccine viruses themselves may further impair your immune response
  • Foreign
    DNA/RNA from animal tissues can wreak havoc in your body and trigger
    autoimmunity in some people
  • Vaccines
    may alter your t-cell function and lead you to become chronically
    ill
  • Vaccines
    can trigger allergies by introducing large foreign protein molecules
    into your body that have not been properly broken down by your
    digestive tract (since they are injected). Your body can respond
    to these foreign particles in the form of an allergic reaction

The flu vaccine
may also pose an immediate risk to your cardiovascular system. One
2007
study published in the Annals of Medicine
concluded that:

“Abnormalities
in arterial function and LDL oxidation may persist for at least
2 weeks after a slight inflammatory reaction induced by influenza
vaccination.

These could
explain in part the earlier reported increase in cardiovascular
risk during the first weeks after an acute inflammatory disorder.”

Add to all
those factors the immune-compromising
effects of excess sugar
in the average American diet, plus inadequate
exercise and other lifestyle factors, and you’ve created the perfect
setup for health problems far worse than influenza.

So the tradeoff
you are making is TOTAL immune system depression (your defense against
millions of pathogens) for temporary immunity against ONE infectious
disease – in this case a few of the many viral strains of influenza
– and that immunity is questionable.

Do you really
want to trade in temporary immunity to a few strains of influenza
for autoimmune disease or even cancer?

A Special
Warning to Seniors!

For seniors,
this season’s flu vaccine may be one of the most dangerous you’ve
ever experienced, because seniors will likely get a vaccine that
is FOUR TIMES as potent as that given to the rest of the population,
as recently
reported by the Chicago Tribune
.

In the ACIP
Provisional Recommendations for the Use of Influenza Vaccines, dated
February 24
, it states:

“A
higher dose formulation of an inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine
(Fluzone High-Dose, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, licensed by
FDA on December 23, 2009) for use in people age 65 years and older
will be available in the 2010–11 influenza
season.

“Fluzone
High-Dose contains four times
the amount of influenza antigen compared to other inactivated seasonal
influenza vaccines. …

Studies
are underway to assess the relative effectiveness of Fluzone High-Dose
compared to standard dose inactivated influenza vaccine, but results
from those studies will not be available before the 2010–11
influenza season.” [Emphasis
mine.]

So, if you’re
age 65 or older, the CDC wants you to take a flu vaccine this fall
that not only contains an antigen they previously said you probably
already have antibodies to (H1N1), but that is also four
times as potent, with no safety evaluation whatsoever until
AFTER the season is underway!

This is madness.
Seniors are already a group that can withstand the harmful effects
of this vaccine the least…

Again, the
CDC is asking you to be a part of a large public health experiment,
which is why we’re warning you.

Is the Vaccine
Safe for Pregnant Women? Nobody Knows!

If you are
a pregnant woman, you and your unborn child may be the most defenseless
of all potential vaccine casualties in the national infuenza vaccine
experiment.

Barbara Loe
Fisher states she is very concerned about the
issue of pregnant women getting flu shots
because of the lack
of scientific data about the effects of this vaccine – particularly
the H1N1 component – on pregnant women and their unborn babies.

She states:

“Last summer
the NIH announced they were doing studies in children, adults and
pregnant women with the H1N1 swine flu vaccine. About 120 pregnant
women were supposed to be enrolled in a study in early September…
We have yet to see any announcement of the results of those studies.”

And without
any scientific evidence about safety, are you supposed to blindly
accept that flu vaccines are safe for you and your unborn child?

Here’s another
startling fact making this year’s vaccination policy even more unconscionable.

Flu
vaccine has now been officially listed as a Category C drug
.

What does this
mean exactly?

Category C
is for drugs that do not have enough human or animal studies to
establish safety, OR adverse fetal effects have been seen in animal
studies but there is little human data.

According to
FDA:

“Category
C drugs are drugs that are more likely to cause problems for the
mother or fetus. Also includes drugs for which safety studies have
not been finished. The majority of these drugs do not have safety
studies in progress. These drugs often come with a warning that
they should be used only if the benefits of taking them outweigh
the risks.

If you are
a pregnant woman, your doctor may be pressuring you to get a drug
that is not approved for you! This is just idiotic.

Thimerasol-containing
vaccines are considered hazardous waste
and can’t be thrown
into a garbage can, poured down a sink or flushed down a toilet
because of the mercury – they’re considered environmentally
toxic. Yet, they want to inject them into your baby?

Why would anyone,
pregnant or otherwise, want to be injected with a substance that
is too toxic to dispose of down a drain?

Evidence-Based
Medicine Flushed Down the Drain: FLU SHOTS DON’T WORK

Not only do
flu shots weaken your immune system, expose you to toxins, and cause
allergies and other adverse reactions, they
don’t work
.

Yes, you read
that correctly. Besides being fraught with complications, flu vaccines
simply don’t work to decrease flu incidence or flu mortality. Flu
vaccinations keep coming up short in study after study – way
short – when it comes to having any measurable impact on what
matters most, which is reducing illness and mortality from the flu.

After the largest
flu-vaccination campaign in Canadian history, a
Canadian-led study
(through the Cochrane Collaboration, a highly
respected international network of researchers who analyze the scientific
evidence, including the methodology, used in clinical trials) concluded
that vaccinating nursing home workers had no effect on confirmed
influenza cases among the homes’ elderly residents.

Lead researcher
Dr. Roger Thomas explained:

“What troubled
us is that [shots] had no effect on laboratory-confirmed influenza.
What we were looking for is proof that influenza … is decreased.

Didn’t
find it.

We looked
for proof that pneumonia is reduced. Didn’t find it. We
looked for proof deaths from pneumonia are reduced.

Didn’t
find it.”

In fact, in
April of 2010, Michael Osterholm, director of the national Center
for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publicly admitted
that flu
shots don’t work in the elderly
.

One factor
that may explain this is the “healthy user” effect.

Lisa Jackson’s
“Healthy User” Effect

Lisa Jackson,
a physician and senior investigator with the Group Health Research
Center in Seattle, found that healthy people tend to choose flu
vaccination, while the “frail elderly” didn’t or couldn’t. Her
research suggested that flu vaccine itself does not reduce mortality
at all
.

Healthy (and
health-conscious) people tend to get the vaccine AND come down with
flu less often, not because of the vaccine itself but because they
are healthier to start with.

Jackson concluded:

“The reductions
in risk before influenza season indicate preferential receipt of
vaccine by relatively healthy seniors… the magnitude of the bias
demonstrated by the associations before the influenza season was
sufficient to account entirely for the associations observed during
influenza season.”

Unfortunately,
Jackson’s papers were turned down for publication in the leading
medical journals.

If You Think
You Have the Flu, the Odds are Five to One You Don’t

You may not
be aware that only
about 20 percent of flu-like illnesses are actually caused by influenza
type A or B
, according to CDC. The other 80 percent are caused
by more than 200 other bugs that can make you feel just as sick
– respiratory syncytial virus, bocavirus, coronavirus, and
rhinovirus, to name a few.

Every day you’re
around viruses and bacteria, and when you’re healthy, you usually
don’t get sick. But even if you do get sick, most healthy adults
and children will not have a problem with influenza.

If you do come
down with influenza and have a good immune response, you will likely
quickly recover without serious complications, as well as obtain
natural immunity to that strain of influenza and to similar
ones.

Respiratory
infections statistically increase with age as the average person’s
immune system generally weakens. When a person over age 65 dies
of respiratory failure after a flu-like illness, their cause of
death is nearly always labeled as influenza even if it is actually
due to bacterial pneumonia.

The vaccine
industry loves to attribute many deaths in the elderly to influenza
because it pumps up the influenza mortality statistics and helps
make a case for use of influenza vaccine.

But you have
to die of something, and dying of respiratory viruses is
quite common. Just remember this when reading flu mortality statistics:
very few deaths from respiratory illnesses are actually caused by
type A or type B influenza viruses

You Could
Already Be Immune to the Flu!

Vaccine-acquired
immunity is temporary, whereas the immunity you get by recovering
from influenza is longer lasting. Look at Baby Boomers, for example.
Evidence shows, if you are an aging baby boomer born prior to 1957,
you are more protected and have a lower risk for pandemic H1N1 influenza
that circulated in 2009 and other related influenza strains.

Why?

Because you
have long-lasting antibodies that help you resist influenza, antibodies
that you acquired by recovering from similar strains of influenza
in past decades. Unfortunately, if public health officials and drug
companies marketing vaccines have their way, your children and grandchildren
won’t be allowed the opportunity to develop this important natural
immunity to type A and type B influenza strains.

So the question
is this: why do we continue doing something that has been proven
ineffective many times over? As the saying goes, “Insanity is doing
the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.”

The
real way to prevent the flu is through optimal lifestyle and nutrition
,
and getting plenty of vitamin D, lowering stress and getting the
right amount of sleep and Western medical science has glossed right
over that.

Tom Jefferson
is a physician based in Rome and the head of the Vaccines Field
at the Cochrane Collaboration. Jefferson leads an international
team of researchers who have combed through hundreds of flu-vaccine
studies and have concluded the
majority of these studies are “deeply flawed.”

Jefferson states:

“Rubbish
is not a scientific term, but I think it’s the term that applies…
We have built huge, population-based policies on the flimsiest of
scientific evidence. The most unethical thing to do is to carry
on business as usual.”

I couldn’t
agree more.

How You CAN
Make a Difference!

Don’t sit
this one out! We’ve got them “on the run.”

Tell everyone.
Tell your friends, your family. With a little bit of effort, you
can make significant strides toward preserving your freedom to make
voluntary health decisions affecting you and your children’s future.

One of the
top goals for NVIC is preserving your freedom of choice about if
and when to use vaccines. As part of that mission, this non-profit
charity has been fighting for your right to make informed VOLUNTARY
vaccine choices since 1982.

During this
Vaccine Awareness Week, NVIC is launching the online NVIC
Advocacy Portal
that will give you the tools you need to take
action to protect legal medical, religious and conscientious belief
exemptions to vaccination in YOUR state.

Right now,
you need to register for the NVIC
Advocacy Portal
today!  And while you are at it, please
make a donation to NVIC
so they can continue fighting on behalf
of all Americans to make sure we don’t lose our informed consent
rights when it comes to vaccination.

Your donations
to the NVIC help fund efforts that raise vaccine awareness, including
the following excellent vaccine resources:

If
you order products from Mercola.com this week, you will also receive
a free Mini Guide to Flu Vaccine with your order.  Plus, Mercola.com
will make a donation to NVIC with every order!

If you order
products from Mercola.com this week, we will make a donation to
NVIC with every order!

Remember, we
DID make a difference last year – the flu vaccine was not mandated!
But there are new threats to our freedom this year as health care
workers are being threatened with being fired if they don’t
get a flu shot. We need to push back now or, like NVIC’s
President said recently
, we all could be next to be targeted
for punishments if we don’t get a flu shot every year.

By educating
people, by giving them the information they weren’t getting,
we made the difference last year. And this year, we can do it again.
Join with me and NVIC and get involved.

Stay tuned
to this newsletter for more updates, or follow the National
Vaccine Information Center on Facebook
. Together we CAN make
a difference!

November
2, 2010

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