• Serious Vaccine Reactions to Now Be Called 'Coincidence'?

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    Every day Americans
    wake up to news reports that warn us about the dangers of influenza,
    especially the new H1N1 “swine flu.”

    But swine flu
    is mild for most people and the virus is not mutating into a more
    serious form.

    Millions of
    people around the world have recovered from swine flu, and millions
    more will get sick with fevers, body aches, nasal congestion, cough
    and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting and recover from it this year
    and next year without any complications.

    Nonetheless,
    wide-scale vaccination is being encouraged – even though swine
    flu vaccines have been tested on only a few thousand healthy Americans
    for a few weeks. There is little or no information about how safe
    the vaccine is for pregnant women and chronically ill or disabled
    children.

    If you or your
    child are injured from getting a flu swine flu shot, you are on
    your own. Congress has shielded the vaccine manufacturers and any
    person giving swine flu shots from lawsuits if people get hurt.

    There is no
    funded government vaccine injury compensation program for swine
    flu vaccine.

    Do NOT let
    a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health problem you
    or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence and
    allow more shots to be given until you know for sure.

    The most tragic
    cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction symptoms are
    dismissed as a "coincidence" and more vaccines are given
    that result in more severe symptoms – and sometimes end with
    permanent brain and immune system damage or death.

    But while Americans
    are still debating whether to roll up their sleeves for a swine
    flu shot, companies have already figured it out: vaccines are good
    for business.

    Drug companies
    have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to
    the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. These
    inoculations are part of a much wider and rapidly growing $20 billion
    global vaccine market.

    "The vaccine
    market is booming," says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market
    research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the
    vaccine industry. "It’s an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals
    at a time when other areas are not doing so well," he says,
    noting that the pipeline for more traditional blockbuster drugs
    such as Lipitor and Nexium has thinned.

    As always with
    pandemic flus, taxpayers are footing the $1.5 billion check for
    the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered
    so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and
    schools. In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion
    this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1’s progress and educate
    the public about prevention.

    Drugmakers
    pocket most of the revenues from flu sales, with Sanofi-Pasteur,
    Glaxo Smith Kline and Novartis cornering most of the market.

    But some say
    it’s not just drugmakers who stand to benefit. Doctors collect copayments
    for special office visits to inject shots, and there have been assertions
    that these doctors actually profit handsomely from these vaccinations.

    Sources:

    Dr. Mercola’s
    Comments:

    The vaccine
    market is booming right now. Already, drug companies have sold $1.5
    billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion
    for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. In addition to that,
    Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research
    flu viruses, monitor H1N1’s progress and educate the public about
    prevention.

    But there is
    still some good news in the midst of all this, and that is that
    more people than ever before are finally beginning to sit up and
    take notice, and are beginning to consider the risks versus benefits
    of flu vaccinations.

    As
    I recently reported
    , a new poll by Consumer Reports shows
    that nearly 2/3 of American parents plan to either hold off on vaccinating
    their children against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, or won’t vaccinate
    them at all.

    In fact, quite
    a number of surveys,
    polls
    and studies
    are showing that more and more people are refusing the swine flu
    shot for themselves or their children over health and safety concerns.

    And even a
    recent New
    York Times article
    acknowledges this site as playing an
    important role in educating the public about vaccine safety concerns,
    which has contributed to a less than wholehearted embrace of the
    government’s recommendation to rush out and get vaccinated.

    The NY Times
    reports that, "The popular Web site Mercola.com
    is urging parents not to get the flu vaccine …", with the
    result that the majority of parents are now planning to refuse to
    let their children get these shots.

    Largely as
    a result of this Web site’s posting the information, and your sharing
    it with your friends and relatives, we have together created MAJOR
    doubt in the minds of many consumers about the value of these vaccinations.
    Many people are now coming to the realization that flu vaccinations
    can cause serious health problems.

    Together, we
    are making a difference! A difference that is likely saving people’s
    lives and preventing permanent and irreversible health consequences.

    Have You
    Thought About This?

    Barbara Loe
    Fisher with the National Vaccine Information Center brings up several
    important points to consider in her blog, Vaccine
    Awakening
    . I highly recommend you read
    her article in its entirety
    , but here are a few of the highlights:

    Getting
    vaccinated in a non-medical setting can be very dangerous.

    The swine flu
    vaccine is now being offered all over the place; in pharmacies,
    stores, schools, and even drive-by kiosks. Getting vaccinated in
    a non-medical setting like this can be very risky. For example,
    if you drive away immediately after getting vaccinated and suffer
    an unexpected allergic reaction or collapse, it could be deadly,
    not only for you but also for innocent bystanders and others sharing
    the road with you.

    These places
    also do not have the ability to properly evaluate your medical history,
    nor perform the necessary follow-up, should you have any adverse
    reactions.

    If you get
    vaccinated and suffer health complications, REPORT IT!

    This is a crucial
    element of vaccine safety, and diligent reporting of all adverse
    reactions can help save the lives of others. As Fisher recommends,
    insist that the health care worker who gave you the vaccine immediately
    files a report with the US federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting
    System (VAERS). If they, for whatever reason, won’t do it,
    you CAN file it yourself!

    To file a report
    yourself, simply go to www.vaers.hhs.gov
    and follow the instructions.

    Don’t
    accept “coincidences” when it comes to vaccine reactions.

    I strongly
    agree with her concern when she says:

    “Do
    NOT let a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health
    problem you or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence
    and allow more shots to be given until you know for sure.

    The most
    tragic cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction symptoms
    are dismissed as a ‘coincidence’ and more vaccines are given that
    result in more severe symptoms and sometimes end with permanent
    brain and immune system damage or death.”

    There is
    NO safety data or precedent for receiving 3–4 flu shots in
    one season.

    Even though
    the media and government pronouncements sound confident and authoritative
    it’s vital to realize that the current recommendations by doctors
    and health officials are unprecedented, and highly experimental.

    Some people,
    including children under the age of 10, are urged to get as many
    as four flu shots this year: two shots for seasonal flu and one
    or two more for swine flu, depending on a few different factors.

    Never before
    have this many flu shots been given in a single season, and there
    is absolutely no information about the safety of doing so.

    Standing
    up for health care workers’ right to choose could save you
    from mandatory vaccination down the line.

    As of right
    now, the swine flu vaccination program is still voluntary –
    unless you’re a health care worker that is… New York and
    other states have already implemented laws that force their health
    care workers to get the swine flu vaccine in order to work.

    According to
    a recent report
    in Time Magazine
    , this includes not just NY doctors and
    nurses who care for patients, but also administrative staff, including
    housekeeping and food-service personnel.

    What does that
    tell you about the possibility of mandatory vaccinations for the
    rest of us?

    Anti-Virals
    Now Pose Serious Health Threat from Environmental Sources Too

    According to
    a Japanese study
    published in the September 28 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives,
    the flu drug Tamiflu
    is now contaminating rivers downstream of sewage-treatment facilities
    .

    The source?
    Urinary excretion from people taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate).

    Researchers
    are quite concerned that birds exposed to these waterborne residues
    could develop and spread drug-resistant strains of various types
    of flu.

    Science
    News

    reports
    :

    “Once
    ingested, virtually all Tamiflu will end up in the environment
    in the active form, notes environmental chemist Jerker Fick of
    Umeå University in Sweden. The reason: Tamiflu becomes active
    once the body converts it into a carboxylate form.

    Roughly 80
    percent of an ingested dose becomes this OC, which your body eventually
    excretes. Your body sheds the remaining 20 percent of Tamiflu
    in its original form, but this phosphate form is immediately turned
    into the active, carboxylate form when it reaches a water treatment
    plant, he says.”

    Making matters
    worse, previous studies have confirmed that water treatment removes
    ZERO percent of this drug, and appears to have a half-life of approximately
    three weeks, once exposed to sunlight.

    I bring this
    up to demonstrate the long-term dangers inherent in our current
    drug-based paradigm.

    Each time you
    take a drug like Tamiflu,
    you not only expose yourself to potentially serious
    health risks
    , you’re also contributing to a growing problem
    of ever more drug-resistant
    flu strains that can affect countless others
    . The willy-nilly
    administering of anti-virals goes far beyond just the immediate
    health risks – it affects the environment and every living
    thing in it, including the human race at the top of the food chain.

    The fact remains
    that there are many FAR BETTER alternatives to anti-viral drugs
    and vaccines. These drugs are not essential for human health –
    nutritious food, clean water, and an overall healthy lifestyle are.

    I’ve listed
    my top recommendations for avoiding the flu on many occasions. For
    a refresher, you can find that list here.

    In addition,
    should you be forced to take the swine flu shot, please review Dr.
    Blaylock’s recommendations
    on what to do in that situation.

    The Time
    to Act is Now

    I urge you
    to join NVIC and become a grassroots
    vaccine safety and informed consent advocate in your community.

    “Stand
    up for the human right to make informed, voluntary health care
    choices, including vaccine choices, today – so your children
    and grandchildren and all Americans will have that right tomorrow.”
    ~ Barbara Loe Fisher

    If, like NVIC
    says, we don’t stand up for our rights to choose now, there
    is no doubt in my mind we’ll all be paying for it, both financially
    and physically, in the years to come.

    October
    22, 2009

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