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Pneumonia Vaccine Shown to Actually Increase Bacterial Infections It Is Supposed to Prevent

December 28th, 2014|Authorities Speak Out, blog, Pneumococcal, Pneumococcal Vaccine Ineffectiveness, Pneumococcal Vaccine Risk, Vaccine Ineffectiveness, Vaccine Risks|

It’s estimated that nearly one in 7 U.S. adults have been diagnosed with sinusitis in the past 12 months, which occurs when the mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses become irritated. In most of these cases (90-98%) a virus is the cause, whereas in 2-10% of cases, a bacterial infection is also present.These bacterial infections are becoming increasingly drug-resistant and therefore harder and harder to treat, which is why the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recently issued new treatment guidelines for sinusitis.

Alarmingly, however, buried on page 16 of their report is the acknowledgement that certain hard-to-treat bacterial infections in children are on the rise because of the widespread use of the conjugated pneumococcal vaccines!

Bacterial Infections on the Rise Since Introduction of the Pneumonia Vaccine

The IDSA report states:
” … both the prevalence of H. influenzae (40%– 45%) and proportion of b-lactamase–producing H. influenzae (37%–50%) (extrapolated from middle ear fluid cultures of children with acute otitis media) have markedly increased among other upper respiratory tract infections since the widespread use of conjugated pneumococcal vaccines… Whereas S. pneumoniae was more common than H. influenzae prior to 2000, the prevalence of H. influenzae has clearly increased while that of S. pneumoniae has decreased in the post–pneumococcal vaccine era, such that currently they are approximately equal … “

In the United States the Prevnar vaccine, which is used to prevent pneumoccocal disease that can cause meningitis and bloodstream infections in young children, was licensed in 2000 and has been given to infants in four

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Superbugs could eventually kill more people than cancer

December 14th, 2014|blog|

The world could have a deadly and expensive problem on its hands if the growing fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria stays on the same track, according to a dire new warning.

The so-called superbugs, if left unchecked, could result in 10 million deaths each year by 2050 — more than the number of people killed by cancer — and put a $100 trillion dent in the global economy, according to a new report commissioned by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron. The analysis, which projects a 2 percent to 3.5 percent drop in global economic output, comes from RAND Europe and KPMG.
Overuse and abuse of antibiotics has helped build up bacterial resistance making it hard to fight off many common illnesses. Superbugs already cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States alone each year.

The report, authored by former Goldman Sachs executive Jim O’Neill, says the anticipated effects of the worst-case scenario could be understated. Failure to contain the antimicrobial resistance could undermine a heavy reliance on prophylactic antibiotics provided during surgery. “In a world where antibiotics do not work, this measure would become largely useless and surgery would become far more dangerous,” the report states.

As my colleaue Ariana Eunjung Cha wrote last month, there are some hopeful signs of progress in the fight again super bugs. A Dutch biotech company last year reported early success in a new treatment to cure MRSA, which is especially resistant to antibiotics. Fecal transplants, which are pretty much exactly what they sound like,

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Flu shots may not be good match for 2014-15 virus, CDC says

December 8th, 2014|Authorities Speak Out, blog|

A sampling of flu cases so far this season suggests the current flu vaccine may not be a good match for the most common seasonal flu strain currently circulating in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

The U.S. health agency issued an advisory to doctors noting that flu virus samples the agency took from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22, showed that just under half were a good match for the current influenza A (H3N2) component contained in flu shots for the 2014-2015 season, suggesting the virus has drifted.

According to the CDC, flu activity has been low but is increasing and influenza A (H3N2) viruses appear to be the predominant strain, with cases having been detected in almost all U.S. states.

In past seasons when the influenza A (H3N2) strain had mutated from the vaccine strain, flu shots were less effective, the CDC said in the advisory.

Flu seasons dominated by influenza A (H3N2) strains tend to have higher overall hospitalization rates and more flu-related deaths, especially among older people and very young children compared with flu seasons dominated by the influenza A (H1N1) virus or influenza B viruses.

The CDC said flu shots may still offer some protection against drifted viruses, which could help reduce the risk of the most severe complications from the flu, such as hospitalization and death. The current seasonal flu shots will still protect against flu strains that have not mutated, such as the influenza A (H1N1) virus and the B viruses

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Monsanto to Keep Selling Pesticide-Coated Seeds EPA Says Don’t Help Yields ― And May Harm Bees

November 28th, 2014|Authorities Speak Out, blog|

By Dr. Mercola

Unbeknownst to many Americans, the majority of soybean, corn, canola, and sunflower seeds planted in the US are coated with neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics).

The chemicals, which are produced by Bayer and Syngenta, travel systemically through the plants and kill insects that munch on their roots and leaves. Neonicotinoids are powerful neurotoxins and are quite effective at killing the pests… but they’re also being blamed for decimating populations on non-target pests, namely pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

This occurs because the pesticides are taken up through the plant’s vascular system as it grows, and, as a result, the chemical is expressed in the pollen and nectar of the plant. Despite accumulating evidence that neonics are implicated in widespread bee deaths across the US, Monsanto, DuPont, and Dow, which sell the treated seeds, have no intention of stopping.

Neonicotinoids Lead to ‘No Difference’ in Soybean Yields

The use of neonics becomes even more tragic (and greedy) after an analysis by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found they do little, if anything, to boost crop yields. Bayer, for instance, continues to claim that neonicotinoids help farmers to increase productivity…

But this is not what the EPA’s analysis revealed. According to the EPA, which analyzed the use of neonicotinoids for insect control in US soybean production:

“EPA concludes that these seed treatments provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations. Published data indicate that in most cases there is no difference in soybean yield when soybean seed was treated with neonicotinoids versus

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A mass sterilization exercise: Kenyan doctors find anti-fertility agent in UN tetanus vaccine

November 10th, 2014|Authorities Speak Out, blog, Tetanus Vaccine Risk|

Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.

“We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.”

Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”

But the government says the vaccine is safe. Health Minister James Macharia even told the BBC, “I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely 100% agree with it and have confidence it has no adverse health effects.”

And Dr. Collins Tabu, head of the Health Ministry’s immunization branch, told the Kenyan Nation, that “there is no other additive in the vaccine other than the tetanus antigen.”

Tabu said the

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HPV Vaccine Linked to Nervous System Disorder and Autoimmunity

November 6th, 2014|Authorities Speak Out, blog|

By Dr. Mercola

At the end of 2013, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil had generated nearly 30,000 adverse reaction reports to the US government, including 140 deaths.

This is probably a gross underestimate, because, although a federal law was passed in 1986 (the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act) mandating that doctors and other vaccine providers report serious health problems or deaths that occur after vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), there are no legal penalties for not reporting.

This means that the US uses a passive reporting system, with the vast majority of vaccine reactions never being reported. When doctors do report Gardasil vaccine reactions, for example, most of them do not send the report to VAERS but make reports directly to Merck (the vaccine’s maker).2

Health problems associated with the Gardasil vaccine include immune-mediated inflammatory neurodegenerative disorders, suggesting that something is causing the immune system to overreact in a detrimental way—sometimes fatally.

Seasoned journalist Katie Couric recently gave airtime to two mothers whose daughters’ health suddenly deteriorated after Gardasil shots, prompting an inappropriate smear campaign against her. What it should have done was further encourage an open, honest discussion about the safety of this vaccine, which appears to be highly questionable.

The truth is that a growing body of medical literature is showing the HPV vaccine is linked to nervous and immune system disorders in some young women and girls. If you’re a parent or a young person being encouraged to give this vaccine to your child or get it yourself,

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Culprits of Autism Identified: Toxins, Gut Bacteria, Nutritional Deficiencies, and Vaccines Made with Human Fetal Cell Lines

October 22nd, 2014|Authorities Speak Out, blog|

By Dr. Mercola

Three decades ago, when I was still in medical school, autism affected one in 10,000 children. Today, autism is estimated to afflict as many as one in 50 children.

Mounting research indicates that brain disorders are the result of excessive exposure to toxins from multiple sources—including the mother, while in utero.

Another critical factor appears to be related to gut bacteria, which are of course also adversely affected by toxic exposures of all kinds, from food, environment, and medicine.

The more we learn about the functions of the human microbiome, the more we come to realize that bacteria may in fact be responsible for a vast majority of human health conditions. As noted in a previous article by Experience L!fe:

“The idea that we have so many more microbial cells than human cells runs counter to the long-held belief that our health is mostly orchestrated by instructions embedded in our DNA.

Scientists worked hard to crack the human genome, but, ultimately, just knowing our genetic codes proved insufficient to actually cure disease. Researchers eventually realized they had to factor in and analyze the human microbiome to get a clearer picture of how health and well-being are maintained.”

Researchers Reaffirm Link Between Gut Dysfunction and Autism

Researchers are now starting to understand how a child’s microbiome can play a role, either by exacerbating or even causing autistic symptoms. As noted by Scientific American:

“Autism is primarily a disorder of the brain, but research suggests that as many as nine out of 10 individuals with the condition also

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Vaccine Cases Fill This Court s Docket

October 15th, 2014|Authorities Speak Out, blog, Vaccine Ineffectiveness|

From: National Law Journal - Jenna Greene, The National Law Journal

In fiscal year 2014, the special court in Washington, D.C., ordered $202M be paid to 365
victims.

October 13, 2014

Until he was 4 months old, Braden Lerwick was a normal, healthy baby. But in the days and
weeks after he got a routine vaccination, he began crying inconsolably, grew unresponsive and
suffered seizures. Now age 10, he is profoundly handicapped, unable to speak or feed himself.
The likely cause: the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis, or DTaP, vaccine.
This is not a horror story from an antivaccination group. It is a finding of fact by a special master
at an obscure federal court that decides when vaccines have injured or killed people and
awards them compensation. In Braden’s case, it will be millions of dollars for a lifetime of
constant care.
As the antivaccination movement grows—and with it, outbreaks of diseases such as whooping
cough, mumps and measles—the eight special masters at the so-called vaccine court within the
U.S. Court of Federal Claims are under increasing pressure. What was intended to be a quick
and easy program for awarding compensation when it was created 28 years ago has become
markedly adversarial, with dueling medical experts offering complex theories about injuries
caused by vaccines.
To some, the court is a failure, an experiment in no-fault tort reform gone awry. “I’m so
disappointed in it,” said Michael Hugo, senior litigation counsel to Khorrami Boucher’s Boston
office. In 1986, he lobbied alongside pharmaceutical companies to pass the National Childhood
Vaccine Injury Act, which created the vaccine compensation program. Now, he said, “it makes
me sick to

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What Whistleblowers Tell Us About Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness

October 9th, 2014|blog, Vaccine Ineffectiveness|

By Dr. Mercola

In 2010, two Merck virologists filed a federal lawsuit under the False Claims Act against their former employer, alleging the vaccine maker lied about the effectiveness of their mumps vaccine (which is part of the trivalent measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine).

The whistleblowers, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, claimed they witnessed “firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings.”

They charged that Merck used improper testing techniques; manipulated testing methodology; abandoned undesirable test results; falsified test data; and failed to adequately investigate and report the diminished efficacy of its mumps vaccine.

They also claim Merck falsely verified that each manufacturing lot of mumps vaccine would be as effective as identified in the labeling; falsely certified the accuracy of applications filed with the FDA; falsely certified compliance with the terms of the CDC purchase contract; and mislabeled, misbranded and falsely certified its mumps vaccine, among other violations.

Merck allegedly falsified the data to hide the fact that the mumps vaccine in the MMR shot has significantly declined in effectiveness.

By artificially inflating the mumps vaccine efficacy, Merck was able to continue selling MMR vaccine in the US and maintain its monopoly over the mumps vaccine market in the US and other nations that purchase Merck’s MMR vaccine.

This is the main point of contention of a second class-action lawsuit, filed by Chatom Primary Care in 2012.

US District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones has now given both of these lawsuits the green light to proceed.

Also

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CDC Confirms 1st U.S. Ebola Case: “We Will Stop It Here”

October 1st, 2014|blog, Ebola Vaccine Ineffectiveness, Ebola Vaccine Risk|

A person who arrived in Dallas from Liberia a week ago tested positive for Ebola Tuesday, becoming the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with the potentially deadly virus, the City of Dallas confirmed.

There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The patient was hospitalized and placed in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Sunday after symptoms appeared four days earlier, on Sept. 24. Hospital officials listed him in serious condition Wednesday.

Because the patient showed no symptoms of the virus when he arrived in the U.S. Sept. 20, there was no risk to fellow airline passengers, according to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

“We’ve stopped every Ebola outbreak that’s ever occurred in Africa expect for this one,” he said. And this one could have been stopped  if we had gotten in there earlier.

The CDC will ensure that the patient will be treated in a way that minimizes the risk of spreading infection, Frieden said. He also said a team is in Dallas to identify anyone the patient might have infected and monitor them for 21 days.

“We will stop Ebola in its tracks in the U.S.,” he said.

Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thompson told