The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?
By Dr. Mercola
This is a brief list of topics covered in this important article by Dr. Joseph Mercola who has written updates since this one. The entire article can be found by going to the above link.
This is NOT the First Swine Flu Panic - More People Died From the Swine Flu Vaccine than Swine Flu!
This isn't the first time the public has been warned about swine flu. The last time was in 1976. It resulted in the massive swine flu vaccine campaign. Within a few months, claims totaling $1.3 billion had been filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the vaccine. The vaccine was also blamed for 25 deaths. Also, several hundred people developed crippling Guillain-Barré Syndrome after they were injected with the swine flu vaccine. Even healthy 20-year-olds ended up as paraplegics. And the swine flu pandemic itself? It never materialized.
Remember when President Bush said two million Americans would die as a result of the bird flu? In 2005, in 2006, 2007, and again in 2008, those fears were exposed as little more than a cruel hoax, designed to instill fear, and line the pocketbooks of various individuals and industry. I became so convinced by the evidence AGAINST the possibility of a bird flu pandemic that I wrote a New York Times bestselling book, The Bird Flu Hoax, about the massive fraud involved with the epidemic that never happened.
Despite the fantastic headlines and projections of MILLIONS of deaths, the H5N1 bird flu virus killed a mere 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 epidemic.
What is the Swine Flu?
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 -- that also contains genetic material of bird and pig versions of the flu.
Swine Flu is a WEAK Virus
It is important to note that nearly all suspected new cases have been reported as mild. Preliminary scientific evidence is also pointing out that this virus is NOT as potent as initially thought.
Why a True Bird- or Swine Flu Pandemic is HIGHLY Unlikely
You may not know this, but all H1N1 flu's are descendants of the 1918 pandemic strain. The reason why the flu shot may or may not work, however, from year to year, is due to mutations. Therefore, there's 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.
Is Tamiflu Safe?
As soon as Homeland Security declared a health emergency, about 12 million doses of Tamiflu and Relenza treatment courses were released from the nation's stockpile. However, this declaration also allows unapproved tests and drugs to be administered to children.
In 2007, the FDA finally began investigation some 1,800 adverse event reports from Tamiflu. See http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/03/15/tamiflu-s-effects-on-your-brain.aspx for an article on the adverse effects of Tamiflu.
Common side effects of Tamiflu include the very symptoms you are trying to avoid
More serious symptoms included convulsions, delirium or delusions, and 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). 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. But making matters worse, some patients with influenza are at higher risk for secondary bacterial infections when on Tamiflu.
Where did This Mysterious New Animal-Human Flu Strain Come From?
Very interesting indeed!
Should You Accept a Flu Vaccine -- Just to be Safe?
Getting vaccinated now would not only offer no protection and potentially cause great harm. There is a potential repeat of the last dangerous swine flu vaccine, which destroyed the lives of hundreds of people.