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Dismiss the flu shot propaganda and avoid the flu

by Bob Livingston

It’s October and, like clockwork, the pro-flu shot propaganda is heating up as the temperatures outside begin to drop.

This week, while the TV was on in the other room, I heard an advertisement for free flu shots at a local pharmacy. Of course the shots are not “free.” They are subsidized by the government, which means they’re just another massive wealth transfer to Big Pharma.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is publishing its annual promotional materials. And now the scaremongering propaganda comes from the CDC through the Association of Health Care Journalists.

“Flu experts” from orthodox medicine held a webinar this week with the propaganda media to tout the dangers that would arise from a flu pandemic “that could cause widespread disruption and death” because “the country is ill-prepared for a pandemic flu.”

Of course what they mean is that it’s a shame that so many drugs are made outside the U.S., except for a couple made in Puerto Rico, and that “Any kind of disruption from a pandemic elsewhere, particularly in India or China, would have a rapid impact on U.S. health care,” according to Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

So the answer is, of course, get yourself a flu shot so you won’t catch the flu because there’s mass danger that everyone will die in a flu pandemic.

Every year the medical establishment, led by the CDC, predict a flu pandemic. And when it fails to materialize, the medical establishment creates another scare and another, all in the hopes of encouraging people to take more drugs.

Never mind that the last actual “pandemic” (CDC’s words, not mine) touted by the CDC occurred in 2009 and resulted in a grand total of 14,286 deaths worldwide, according to the European Centre for Disease Control — and it was likely less than a third of that. Regardless, that’s an amazingly small number out of a worldwide population of 7.42 billion. Especially when you consider that every year in the U.S. alone, there are 12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgeries; 7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths from infections acquired in hospitals and 106,000 deaths from FDA-approved correctly prescribed medicines. That’s 225,000 iatrogenic (induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures) deaths per year, or 2.25 million per decade.

And whether those deaths were actually flu-related, no one really knows. The medical establishment loves to play numbers games to sell their flu vaccine nonsense.

Among the CDC’s phony flu propaganda is this:

CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

As the CDC believes that 3,000 to 49,000 annual deaths in a country with more than 326 million people is a travesty (but cares not for the 225,000 killed at the hands of orthodox medicine or the almost 1 million babies murdered in the womb each year), it recommends everyone above age 6 should get an annual flu vaccine. It claims that the vaccine prevents flu 50 percent to 70 percent of the time.

Notice the use of the words “flu-associated deaths” above. That’s because the CDC adds pneumonia deaths as if the flu is the sole cause of pneumonia. But as Peter Doshi, Ph.D., revealed in a 2005 report published in The British Medical Journal, actual annual flu deaths are measured in the dozens, not the thousands. From his report:

“[I]nfluenza and pneumonia” took 62,034 lives in 2001 — 61,777 of which were attributable to pneumonia and 257 to flu, and in only 18 cases was the flu virus positively identified.

In other words, the influenza virus was actually present in only 18 of 62,034 deaths attributed to both influenza and pneumonia.

Later research by Doshi published in The BMJ revealed that in the hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples taken each year from flu patients in the United States and tested in labs, only 16 percent test positive for the influenza virus. It turns out that most flu cases are actually caused by bacteria, fungus or any of a number of other things except the influenza virus being blamed.

There are more numbers games in the flu vaccine research as well. By the CDC’s own admission, in a good year the flu vaccine prevents flu about 70 percent of the time. And that’s if the vaccine is made for the specific strain of the most prevalent flu virus.

The truth is, flu vaccines are essentially worthless at preventing the flu and are shown to have harmful side effects. According a report by The Cochrane Library, 10 people have to be vaccinated to prevent one case of the flu. According to a report published in The Lancet, flu vaccines prevent the flu in only 1.5 percent of cases.

And as Dr. David Brownstein points out in a blog post regarding a new vaccine study, the Fluzone vaccine was nearly 98 percent ineffective during trials and, among the placebo group, less than 4 percent contracted the flu despite not having a vaccine.

Studies also show that the more flu shots you have the more susceptible you areto get the flu.

You can do much better for your overall health by avoiding vaccines — including the flu vaccine — and eating a healthy diet, avoiding processed sugars and all processed foods, taking a vitamin D3 supplement and vitamin C complex. Also, drinking a glass of water with a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar at the onset of cold or flu symptoms can help alkalize your body and boost your immune system. If you don’t like the taste, you can add a little honey.

Look for more information on reaching peak immunity in my Personal Liberty column titled, “Vaccinated children more susceptible to disease, learning disabilities than unvaccinated.”


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