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Swine Flu – The Full Story

Every day since the first reports of a new strain of flu in Mexico, “Swine Flu”, newspapers have featured terrifying headlines and stories, stoking the fears of the general public. Some have even combined the fear of Swine Flu with the Economic Crisis – on the day of writing: “Swine Flu Could Devastate British Economy”!

But how should we feel about the scary headlines and terrifying numbers that are being thrown at us? And should we be relying on the media to set out our health agenda? If the public had the simple facts, would there still be such fear? There would certainly be a number of interested parties down a few pennies. In this article, we aim to provide some clarity and perspective on the matter by giving you the facts.

On Monday 27th April, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to four on its six-level threat scale, which means they’ve determined that the virus is capable of human to-human transmission. By that day, the worldwide total number of confirmed cases was 82, according to WHO, which included 40 cases in the U.S., confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control. One Australian news source, on that day, stated that even a mild swine flu epidemic could lead to the deaths of 1.4 million people and would reduce economic growth by nearly $5 trillion dollars. As of July 15th, 74 countries have officially reported 94,512 cases of Swine Flu infection and only 429 deaths in the entire world from this illness (many with underlying health problems). To put the numbers perspective, malaria kills 3,000 people every day, and it’s considered “a health problem”. And at 0.45%, the mortality rate appears to be well below that of regular flu.

This isn’t the first time the public has been panicked about swine flu. The last time was in 1976, when the media hysteria was accompanied by a massive swine flu vaccine campaign supported by scare-mongering television advertisements. However, within a few months, claims totaling $1.3 billion had been filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the vaccine, while several hundred people developed Guillain-Barre Syndrom after being injected with the vaccine. Healthy 20-year-olds ended up as paraplegics. The vaccine was also blamed for 25 deaths. The pandemic never materialised.

More recently, there was a similar scare-campaign featuring another disease with a catchy name: Bird Flu. President Bush said would kill two million Americans – despite the fact that it was published in the British Medical Journal that “The lack of sustained human-to-human transmission suggests that this AH5N1 avian virus does not currently have the capacity to cause a human pandemic.” It followed that the USA should purchase of 80 million doses of Tamiflu, a worthless drug that in no way, shape or form treats the avian flu (it only potentially decreases the amount of days one is sick by 1-1.5 days) and can actually contribute to the virus having more lethal mutations – at a price of $100 per dose. That’s $8 billion spent by the U.S. government on a drug developed by Gilead (interestingly, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was made the chairman of Gilead in 1997 and holds major portions of stock in the company).

Despite the fantastic headlines and projections of MILLIONS of deaths, the H5N1 bird flu virus killed just 257 people worldwide since late 2003. As unfortunate as those deaths are, 257 deaths worldwide from any disease, over the course of five years, simply does not constitute an emergency worthy of much attention, let alone fear. One’s risk of being killed by a lightning strike in the last five years was about 2,300 percent higher than one’s risk of contracting and dying from the bird flu.

Swine Flu – What Is It?

Regular swine flu is a contagious respiratory disease, caused by a type-A influenza virus that affects pigs. The current strain, A(H1N1), is a new variation of an H1N1 virus, which causes seasonal flu outbreaks in humans. It also contains genetic material of bird and pig versions of the flu. (Interestingly enough, this version has never before been seen in neither human nor animal…)

How Scared Should You Be of Flu?

All H1N1 flu’s are descendants of the 1918 pandemic strain. The reason why the flu shot in may or may not work, from year to year, is due to mutations (this is one of the reasons that we are wary of the flu vaccine). This means that there is no vaccine available for this current hybrid flu strain and, naturally, this is feeding the fear that millions of people will die before a vaccine can be made.

The 1918 flu pandemic reportedly killed 50-100 million people in 18 months. It is this pandemic upon which all worst-case flu scenarios are built. But it was recently found that most of the deaths were not a direct result of flu, but rather of strep infections. People with influenza often get what is known as a “superinfection” with a bacterial agent. In 1918 it appears to have been Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Since strep is much easier to treat than the flu using modern medicine, researchers have in fact concluded that a new pandemic would likely be much less dire than it was in the early 20th century.

Furthermore, since evolution in general is all about trade-offs, and in the evolution of infections the trade-off is between virulence and transmissibility, in order for a “bird flu” or “swine flu” to turn into a human pandemic, it has to find an environment that favors both deadly virulence and ease of transmission. People living in squalor on the Western Front at the end of World War I generated such an environment. Likewise, crowded chicken farms, slaughterhouses, and jam-packed markets of eastern Asia provide another such environment (which gave rise to the avian bird flu – a pathogen that both kills and spreads, in birds, but not in humans).

So is the Swine Flu Dangerous?

The number of actual confirmed cases appears to be far lower than the media reports. It’s likely to be the case that many reporters are interchanging the terms “suspected cases” and “confirmed cases.” And nearly all suspected new cases have been reported as mild.

In June 2009, the World Health Organization raised the level of the swine flu pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6, their highest warning level that indicates a pandemic capable of widespread human infection. But the word ‘pandemic’ only means that a new virus is spreading across the world – it indicates nothing about the level of physical danger. According to The World Health Organization, the level of severity is only “moderate”, with the following qualification:
“On present evidence, the overwhelming majority of patients experience mild symptoms and make a rapid and full recovery, often in the absence of any form of medical treatment. Worldwide, the number of deaths is small. Each and every one of these deaths is tragic, and we have to brace ourselves to see more. However, we do not expect to see a sudden and dramatic jump in the number of severe or fatal infections.”

To put matters even more into perspective, the swine flu has claimed a mere 429 lives worldwide (as of July 15), while the regular flu (not the swine flu) has allegedly killed 13,000 in the United States alone from January to June 2009 (although this could have been inflated to support vaccine sales). So the fact remains that at this point, regular flu is FAR more dangerous than the swine flu. Were you this worried about the regular flu before the media started hyping up this exotic new “killer flu”?

What Appears To Be The Solution?

As mentioned earlier in this article, this is a brand new, never before seen virus. It cannot be contracted from eating pork products, and has never before been seen in pigs, and it contains traits from the bird flu. And it just so happens that so far it only seems to respond to Tamiflu. Can it be that we are just that lucky?

According to the Associated Press at least one financial analyst estimates up to $388 million worth of Tamiflu sales in the near future, and that’s without a pandemic outbreak. More than half a dozen pharmaceutical companies, including Gilead Sciences Inc., Roche, GlaxoSmithKline and other companies with a stake in flu treatments and detection, have seen a rise in their shares in a matter of days, and will likely see revenue boosts if the swine flu outbreak continues to spread.

As soon as Homeland Security declared a health emergency, 25 percent – about 12 million doses – of Tamiflu and Relenza treatment courses were released from the nation’s stockpile. Also, be aware that the declaration also allows unapproved tests and drugs to be administered to children. Do you want to take this risk with your children, for a drug which is not effective?

Tamiflu Dangers

Tamiflu went through some rough times not too long ago, as the dangers of this drug came to light when, in 2007, the FDA finally began investigating some 1,800 adverse event reports related to the drug. Common side effects of Tamiflu include:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Cough

All in all, the very symptoms you’re trying to avoid.
More serious symptoms included convulsions, delirium or delusions, and there were 14 deaths in children and teens as a result of neuropsychiatric problems and brain infections (which led Japan to ban Tamiflu for children in 2007). In addition to the dangerous side effects of Tamiflu, there is also growing evidence of resistance against the drug. And that’s for a drug that, when used as directed, only reduces the duration of influenza symptoms by 1 to 1 ½ days, according to the official data.

Making matters worse, some patients with influenza are at HIGHER risk for secondary bacterial infections when on Tamiflu. Note that secondary bacterial infections, as mentioned earlier, were likely the REAL cause of the mass fatalities during the 1918 pandemic.

Where did This Mysterious New Animal-Human Flu Strain Come From?

Could a mixed animal-human mutant like this occur naturally? It is possible, but unlikely. If not though, who made it, and how was it released?

Just last month it was reported that the American pharmaceutical company Baxter was under investigation for distributing the deadly avian flu virus to 18 different countries as part of a seasonal flu vaccine shipment. Czech reporters were probing to see if it may have been part of a deliberate attempt to start a pandemic; as such a “mistake” would be virtually impossible under the security protocols of that virus.

The H5N1 virus on its own is not very airborne. However, when combined with seasonal flu viruses, which are more easily spread, the effect could be a potent, airborne, deadly biological weapon. If this batch of live bird flu and seasonal flu viruses had reached the public, it could have resulted in dire consequences.
There is a name for this mixing of viruses; it’s called “reassortment,” and it is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created in a lab. Some scientists say the most recent global outbreak – the Russian 1977 Flu – was started by a virus created and leaked from a laboratory.

Another example of integrity of Big Pharma is the case of Bayer, who sold millions of dollars worth of an injectable blood-clotting medicine to Asian, Latin American, and some European countries in the mid-1980s, even though they knew it was tainted with the AIDS virus.

So while it is morally unthinkable that a drug company would knowingly contaminate flu vaccines with a deadly flu virus such as the bird- or swine flu, it is certainly not impossible. It has already happened more than once.

But there seems to be no repercussions or hard feelings when industry oversteps the boundaries of morality and integrity and enters the arena of obscenity. Guess which company has been chosen to head up efforts, along with WHO, to produce a vaccine against the Mexican swine flu? Baxter. Despite the fact that ink has barely dried on the investigative reports from their should-be-criminal “mistake” against humanity.

According to other sources, a top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, has concluded that the current swine flu virus possesses certain transmission “vectors” that suggest the new strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon. The UN expert believes that Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and the current A-H1N1 swine flu virus are biological warfare agents.

Should You Accept a Flu Vaccine — Just to be Safe?

As stated in the New York Times and elsewhere, flu experts have no idea whether the current seasonal flu vaccine would offer any protection whatsoever against this exotic mutant, and it will take months to create a new one.

Getting vaccinated now would not only offer no protection and potentially cause great harm, it would most likely be loaded with toxic mercury which is used as a preservative in most flu vaccines. We have another article that provides more information on the flu vaccine, which you can find in the articles directory on our website.

Currently, the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are the only drugs that appear effective against the (human flu) H1N1 virus, and all the things mentioned above indicate that it’s likely that taking Tamiflu to protect yourself against this new virus could be a serious mistake. A fast-tracked swine flu vaccine was promptly ordered at the onset of this affair and will be delivered this month (July). Although many governments and health organisations will be celebrating this feat, just as they did back in 1976, you should think twice before joining in the festivities. You are virtually guaranteed that no safety evaluations will be performed prior to the unleashing of this vaccine, and if history repeats itself (as it so often does), it could potentially be the cause of much harm. Of course, if the new vaccine turns out to be a killer, the pharmaceutical companies responsible are immune from lawsuits.
Making matters worse, it looks as though children will be the first to be injected with experimental swine flu vaccines at their schools.

Aside from safety issues, one other very important point is that we need to be very careful now that there is talk of mandatory vaccinations. This will be the latest of many steps that governments have taken to support a perceived benefit to society at the cost of our individual freedoms and a cultural sense of personal responsibility.

How to Protect Yourself Without Dangerous Drugs and Vaccinations

Following a few basic health principles will keep you generally well protected, as well as feeling and looking better, and living healthily and actively for longer.
These include:

  • Getting in the sun. Your body needs Vitamin D from the sun.

  • Avoiding sugar and processed foods/ready-prepared.

  • Getting enough rest and dealing with stress.

  • Eat good quality food and include omega 3 fats, garlic and herbs.

  • Exercising regularly.

  • Washing your hands.

  • Avoiding pharmaceutical drugs. First, look to tackle the root cause of a health challenge naturally.

  • Avoiding hospitals.

If you would like a comprehensive health scan – a “full body MOT” – and a personalised integrative health programme to fortify your immune system, The Centre For Integrated Health can help you. Just call 01730 233 414 for more information.

Further Reading and Viewing

Everything you need to know about the Swine Flu vaccine

60 minutes, from 1976, covering Swine Flu:
YouTube Pt. I
YouTube Pt.II

Senator Ron Paul, a seemingly honest politician, gives his perspectives on the 1976 flu scare and vaccine on YouTube

Excellent article about Swine Flu vaccine testing

Interesting video of Dr. Gary Null, who asks why people with one trillion dollars in lawsuit claims out against them at the current time are perceived as being trustworthy.

Dr Mercola’s site


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