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Lancet Retracts Study Tying Child Vaccine to Autism

February 5, 2010

Michelle Fay Cortez
Bloomberg
February 2, 2010

The Lancet medical journal retracted a 1998 study that linked a routine childhood vaccine to autism and bowel disease after a U.K. investigation found flaws in the research.

The U.K. General Medical Council, which licenses doctors, concluded in a report last week that three researchers led by Andrew Wakefield at the Royal Free Hospital in London carried out invasive, unnecessary tests, failed to act in the best interest of the children, and misused public funds. It also said Wakefield didn’t disclose a conflict of interest as he was involved in legal claims against the vaccine makers.

“It has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al are incorrect, contrary to the findings of an earlier investigation,” the editors of the Lancet wrote in a statement today.

Immunization rates plunged in the U.K. to less than 80 percent by 2003, as parents concerned about the possible health risks refused the vaccine, according to the Health Protection Agency. Ten of the 12 authors, in a 2004 article in the Lancet, backed away from the suggestion that autism and bowel disease were linked to the vaccine. A panel of U.S. government advisers found the same year that childhood vaccinations probably don’t raise the risk of autism.

The original study, involving 11 boys and one girl aged 10 and under, found bowel disease and developmental disorders in the previously normal children. The parents reported symptoms in eight of the children after they were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella.

‘Outrageous’

“It was outrageous,” Jeffrey Boscamp, a pediatrician at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, said by email. “Most of the authors asked for their names to be removed from the study. It’s unfortunate that it undermined confidence in vaccines when in fact it wasn’t true at all.”

With today’s action by the Lancet, the paper was retracted from the published record, stripping it of its scientific claims.

Wakefield oversees the research program at Thoughtful House, a treatment center for children with developmental disorders, in Austin, Texas.

“The allegations against me and against my colleagues are both unfounded and unjust, and I invite anyone to examine the contents of these proceedings and come to their own conclusion,” Wakefield said in a statement provided by Thoughtful House today.

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Ukrainian Black Lung Death Toll Over 1000, Over A Quarter-Million Hospitalized

January 27, 2010

Vince Veneziani
The Business Insider
January 26, 2010

The mutated version of the H1N1 Swine Flu is truly wrecking havoc throughout Eastern Europe, with the Ukrainian death toll now clocking in at 1005 dead, according to Before It’s News.

And to make matters worse, over 250,000 have been hospitalized over the deadly flu strain; that number is set to rise.

How Not to Become Part of the Obesity Epidemic: Ignore the USDA’s “My Pyramid”

January 19, 2010

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Early to Rise online newsletter. It was written in lay fashion (without scientific references), that departs from the normal style of our newsletter, but you will see some of the latest scientific references in the Recent Science review following this article.

Unless you’ve been camping out in the Gobi desert for the past decade, you probably know that Americans are the fattest group of people on the planet. And we’re getting even fatter. The U.S. governmental agency given the responsibility to carefully track these numbers is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

According to their statistics, 66 percent of all adults in the U.S. over age 20 are either overweight or obese. Of these, 32 percent are obese. Compare that to 30 years ago when only 47 percent of adults were overweight or obese and only 15 percent were obese. We are clearly in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

So, how did we get ourselves into this mess and is there any way out?

Two Glaring Omissions: Protein and the Glycemic Index

Perhaps the most blatant bit of failed nutritional advice for healthy eating to prevent weight gain and reduce chronic disease is that offered by the USDA Food Pyramid, now known as “My Pyramid.” The original Food Pyramid was offered up to a trusting American public in 1992, and told us we should eat less than 30 percent of our total calories as fat. Because no recommendations were made for protein (then about 15 percent of total calories), that would leave carbohydrates to make up 55 percent or more of what the USDA considers an optimal diet.

But since the original Food Pyramid Guidelines were implemented, the numbers of overweight and obese Americans have risen from 55.9 percent of the population to the current value of 66.2 percent. And all while dutifully following the high carbohydrate, low protein governmental dietary recommendations. In fact, carbohydrate intake has actually increased, particularly high glycemic index carbohydrates in the form of refined grains and sugars.

In both the original Food Pyramid and the current “My Pyramid,” absolutely zero mention is made of the glycemic index of foods, giving the message that dietary fat caused us to be fat and that replacement of fat with carbohydrate could prevent obesity and promote good health. Unfortunately, this message has now been shown in hundreds of peer review scientific journal articles to be too simplistic, incomplete, and even erroneous.

The Glycemic Index

The glycemic index, originally developed in 1981, is a relative comparison of the blood sugar (glucose) raising potential of various foods or combination of foods based upon equal amounts of carbohydrate in the food. In 1997, the concept of glycemic load (a food’s glycemic index ranking multiplied by the carbohydrate content per serving size) was introduced to assess a food’s blood glucose raising potential based upon both the quality and quantity of dietary carbohydrate.

Refined grain and sugar products nearly always maintain much higher glycemic loads than unprocessed fruits and vegetables.

For people interested in losing weight, the importance of the glycemic index and load is that the blood sugar response is closely related to the insulin response. An exception to this general rule is dairy products, which exhibit low glycemic indices and loads, but paradoxically elicit high insulin responses similar to white bread. So when you eat a bowl of cheerios for breakfast, not only do the cheerios raise your blood sugar and insulin levels perilously, but the milk raises your blood insulin levels even further.

Hundreds of scientific studies completed over the past decade show that high glycemic index carbohydrates cause hormonal and blood chemistry changes that increase the appetite and promote weight gain. That’s why you need to stick to low-glycemic foods if you want to lose weight.

You might think that the nutritionists who designed the revamped “My Pyramid” would be all over these exciting new developments. Not a chance. Highly glycemic foods are ubiquitous in the Western diet and now comprise 47.7 percent of the per capita energy intake in the U.S. Is it any wonder why 2/3 of us are now overweight or obese?

Protein – Another Missing Link for Weight Loss

Governmental regulatory and advisory institutions are known to move slowly, but when it comes to dietary recommendations to prevent weight gain and obesity, they have not moved at all since 1992. Except for a superficial stab at including exercise as part of the new “My Pyramid,” major dietary recommendations remain virtually unchanged between 1992 and 2005.

The current “My Pyramid” recommendations for the three macronutrients are as follows: fat: 20 – 35 percent of total energy intake, protein: 18 percent energy, and carbohydrate: 55 percent energy. Actual intake of these macronutrients is: fat: 32.8 percent energy, protein: 15.4 percent energy, and carbohydrate: 51.8 percent.

As was the case with the glycemic index, there is absolutely no mention of the benefit of higherprotein diets in promoting weight loss in the current “My Pyramid,” despite hundreds of well controlled scientific experiments verifying this phenomenon. The decades-old perception is that to reduce body fat, you must reduce dietary fat, replacing the fat calories with carbohydrate calories.

The problem with this approach is that people experience constant hunger, and any weight loss is typically modest and hardly ever stays off for the long haul.

But contrary to this old belief system, you can reduce your body fat by limiting carbohydrate and increasing your consumption of protein.

Believe it or not, the first well-controlled scientific study that traded out dietary fat, not with carbohydrate, but with protein did not take place until 1999. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen put 65 overweight and obese men and women on one of two diets:

  1. A reduced-calorie, high-protein, lowcarbohydrate diet, or
  2. A reduced-calorie, high-carbohydrate, lowprotein diet

After six months on the lowcarb, high-protein diet, subjects lost almost 20 pounds, whereas subjects on the high-carb, low-protein diet lost only 11 pounds. And these results weren’t a fluke – this type of experiment has been repeated and confirmed dozens of times in the past seven years.

A growing consensus in the scientific community is that high protein diets (where protein makes up 25 to 35 percent of total energy) are more effective at promoting weight loss than calorie reduced low carbohydrate diets because of their superiority in reducing hunger. Protein has a two to three times greater satiety value than either fat or carbohydrate, so people spontaneously eat less when they consume more protein. Of carbohydrates, fat, and protein, protein causes the greatest release of a gut hormone (PYY) that reduces hunger while simultaneously improving central nervous system sensitivity to leptin, another hormone that controls appetite and body weight regulation.

The scientific jury is in – high protein diets are the way to go. So, if you want to effectively lose weight, keep it off, and hold your hunger at bay, IGNORE the USDA’s “My Pyramid” and stick to high-protein and low-glycemic foods. Your body will thank you for it.

This time of year, many people make a New Year’s resolution to “lose weight.” A better resolution might be to eat the right food. When we eat the foods we evolved to eat, our bodies naturally maintain a more normal body composition, and there is not the constant struggle of calorie counting and dieting. Let’s look at some recent studies examining this issue.

Why Go High-Pro?

A recent review paper published in the International Journal of Obesity1 cites numerous studies promoting higher protein diets as an effective body-weight management strategy. Several characteristics of protein and its metabolism contribute to this premise. Primarily, protein has a higher thermic effect than carbohydrates or fat, which means it requires more energy to metabolize than the other macronutrients. Following a meal, energy expenditure increases 0-3% for metabolism of fat, 5-10% for carbohydrate, and 20-30% for protein2. In addition, the greatest increase in diet-induced thermogenesis occurs from animal protein rather than from soy or other plant sources3.

Another study demonstrated a low-glycemic index, low-fat-high-protein diet resulted in a spontaneous 25% decrease in caloric intake compared to a high-carbohydrate-low fat diet. The metabolic profile was also “considerably improved” in the subjects of the study4.

So from these studies we’re seeing that highprotein diets burn more calories while simultaneously reducing total caloric intake, by inducing satiety. We end up feeling full, eating less, and expending more energy in digestion and metabolism. Almost sounds like a weight-loss gimmick too good to be true!

1 Westerterp-Plantenga, MS., Luscombe-Marsh, N., Lejeune, MPGM., Diepvens, K., Nieuwenhuizen, A., Engelen, MPKJ., Deutz, NEP., Azzout-Marniche, D., Tome, D., Westerterp, KR. Dietary protein, metabolism, and body-weight regulation: dose-response effects. International Journal of Obesity 2006; 30:S16-S23.

2 Tappy, L. Thermic effect of food and sympathetic nervous system activity in humans. Reproduction Nutrition Development 1996; 36:391-397.

3 Mikkelsen, PB., Toubro, S., Astrup, A. Effect of fat-reduced diets on 24 h energy expenditure: comparisons between animal protein, vegetable protein, and carbohydrate. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000; 72:1135-1141.

4 Dumesnil, JG., Turgeon, J., Tremblay, A., Effect of a lowglycemic index-low-fat-high protein diet on the atherogenic metabolic risk profile of abdominally obese men. British Journal of Nutrition 2001; 86:57-568.

Critical Role of Peptide YY in Protein-mediated Satiation and Weight Loss:

Conceptually, we know meals rich in protein enhance satiety and weight loss, as compared to those high in carbohydrate and/or fat, but a metabolic explanation for the effect has not been fully understood. In a two-part study, researchers discovered the hormone peptide YY (abbreviated PYY) acts ‘anorectically’, or induces satiety, postprandially in humans and mice. Researchers measured the release of PYY following protein, carbohydrate, and fat-rich meals, and found that high-protein intake stimulated the greatest release of the hormone.


Different DHA Structures

Secondly, researchers discovered mice fed a high-protein diet over a long-term period experienced increased levels of circulating PYY, decreased food intake, and significantly lower weight gain and fatty tissue accumulation than mice on higher fat or carbohydrate diets. The researchers confirmed the influence of PYY by “generating” mice without the PYY gene, and observed that they were prone to over-eating and obesity, regardless of the type of diet they consumed (high protein, carbohydrate, or fat).

This paper suggests that our appetite control centers work more efficiently under lower carbohydrate and higher protein dietary conditions, similar to what our huntergatherer ancestors were adapted to, and in direct contrast to USDA food pyramid suggestions. This study verifies high protein diets make us feel full and more satisfied, thereby decreasing the total number of calories we consume, and begins to shed light on the physiological mechanisms acting to induce satiation and promote weight loss.

Batterham, R.L., Heffron, H., Saloni, K., Chivers, J.E., Chandarana, K., Herzog, H., Le Roux, C.W., Thomas, E.L., Bell, J.D., Withers, D.J. Critical role for peptide YY in protein-mediated satiation and body-weight regulation. Cell Metabolism 2006 Sept; 4:223-233.

High Protein Diet Wins Out:

A randomized trial comparing three diets, highfat, high-protein, and high-fiber/carbohydrate, demonstrated that diets high in protein confer a greater advantage in terms of weight loss, body composition, and blood lipid profile. Ninety-three overweight, insulin-resistant women were divided into each of three dietary regimes and interviewed at six and 12 months after commencement of the program. Participants in the high-protein group experienced clinically significant improvements in waist circumference, body fat mass, fasting insulin and triglyceride concentrations, and total body mass above either the high-fat or high- fiber/carbohydrate groups. More importantly, these benefits remained after 12 months, whereas participants in the other groups noticed improvement within the first 6 months, but had relapsed to some degree by the 12-month check-up. Despite the fact that participants in all three groups strayed considerably from the recommended macronutrient composition for their respective diet, members of the high-protein group experienced the most favorable outcome.

Ninety-three percent of women in the high-protein group returned for the follow-up at 12 months as compared to 75% for the high-fat and highcarbohydrate groups. Researchers believed this was significant; there seemed to be a preference for the higher-protein diet regime. Overall, participants in the high-fiber/carbohydrate group lost the least amount of weight and members of the highfat group regressed so rapidly, that there remained little advantage over the high-fiber/carbohydrate group after 12 months.

This study provides strong support for higher protein diets as an alternative to the conventional high-fiber/carbohydrate approach to weight loss and as a means of improving blood-lipid and insulin profiles.

McAuley, KA., Smith, KJ., Taylor, RW., McLay, RT., Williams, SM., Mann, JI. Long-term effects of popular dietary approaches on weight loss and features of insulin resistance. International Journal of Obesity 2006; 30:342-349.

DHA = Weight Loss?

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition has shown that Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil, decreases body fat mass and fat accumulation in rodents. DHA achieves this in two ways: first, it acts during mitosis to inhibit differentiation of cells to preadipocytes (precursor fat cells), and secondly, by preventing the storage of fat in adipocytes, thereby increasing lipolysis (fat oxidation). Not only is the total number of pre-programmed fat cells decreased, but the ability of those cells to store large amounts of fat is also diminished.

This study continues along the current wave of omega-3 research and touches on previous studies showing decreased fat accumulation in fish-oil fed versus lard or corn-oil fed rodents1,2. These data have important implications for us as humans, but also for our industrial food animals (i.e. cornfed, feed-lot raised beef). The average ratio of omega-3:omega-6 fatty acids in our diet is out of balance, and much of that is due to the fat composition of the animals we eat, and the fact that we no longer eat marrow, brains, and other organs. So since it can be difficult to eat a perfectly “Paleo” diet in this modern world, current research supports DHA supplementation to bring us back into natural balance–in terms of both fatty acids and body composition.

Kim, HK., Della-Fera, MA., Lin, J., Baile, CA. Docosahexaenoic acid inhibits adipocyte differentiation and induces apoptosis in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Journal of Nutrition 2006 Sept; 136:2965-2969.

1 Hainault, I., Carlotti, M., Hajduch, E., Guichard, C., Lavau, M. Fish oil in a high lard diet prevents obesity, hyperlipidemia, and adipocyte insulin resistance in rats. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1993; 683:98-101.

2 Parrish, CC., Pathy, DA., Angel, A. Dietary fish oil limits adipose tissue hypertrophy in rats. Metabolism 1990; 39:217-9.

Roche’s Tamiflu Not Proven to Cut Flu Complications

December 10, 2009

Michelle Fay Cortez
Bloomberg
December 9, 2009

The effectiveness of Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu in treating flu complications in healthy adults can’t be determined because the Swiss drugmaker wouldn’t supply data from eight studies, an independent research group said.

The exclusion led the Cochrane Collaboration to reverse its previous finding that the pill warded off pneumonia and other deadly conditions linked to influenza. Tamiflu has been the mainstay of treatment for swine flu, which has killed almost 9,000 people since April, according to the World Health Organization. Roche said the drug is effective.

An analysis of 20 studies showed that Tamiflu, which is expected to generate 2.7 billion francs ($2.64 billion) in sales this year, eased and shortened symptoms if taken quickly. It found no clear evidence that the drug prevented lower respiratory tract infections or complications of influenza, according to the nonprofit research group in a review published in the British Medical Journal.

“We have multibillion-dollar public health policies in place that rely on evidence not available for independent analysis,” Tom Jefferson, the lead researcher from the Cochrane Collaboration in Rome, said in a telephone interview.

The report, an update of a 2005 analysis by Cochrane, excluded eight studies funded by Roche that haven’t been published and whose full data wasn’t given to the researchers. The exclusion reversed the group’s earlier finding that Tamiflu protects against complications.

Insufficient Evidence

“We now conclude there is insufficient evidence to describe the effects of Tamiflu on complications of influenza or the drug’s toxicity,” Jefferson said.

The group, which reviews medical evidence, excluded the eight studies, involving 2,500 patients, because it couldn’t get satisfactory access to the data involving the healthy adults in the study, he said.

Roche, based in Basel, Switzerland, defended the drug’s benefits and its research, saying confidentiality agreements with patients enrolled in the trials kept the company from giving the investigators unreserved access to the findings.

“We fully stand behind the robustness of the data and the integrity of that data, particularly the efficacy and safety of Tamiflu, the conduct of our studies and publication policies,” David Reddy, head of the company’s global pandemic task force, said on a conference call with reporters. “We believe this drug is playing a pivotal role in the management of the current pandemic.”

Roche Offer

Roche offered to give the full findings to the researchers if they signed a confidentially agreement, Reddy said. The researchers declined the offer, he said.

Two published trials show Tamiflu reduces complications in patients with seasonal influenza, while an observational study suggests it may lower death rates, Reddy said. Data emerging from the swine flu pandemic shows giving the drug within two days of symptoms appearing is the only effective way to help patients, he said.

The Cochrane report raises questions about how drugs are reviewed, approved and distributed, Fiona Godlee, the British journal’s editor in chief, wrote in an editorial. The studies originally used to establish the benefits of Tamiflu were written by Roche employees and paid consultants, under-reported serious side effects and failed to clearly identify all the authors, she wrote. In at least one case, a study was attributed to a researcher who disavowed any involvement to the journal, Godlee wrote.

‘Taken on Trust’

Governments relied on the studies to justify the widespread use of Tamiflu, known chemically as oseltamivir, she said. The reviewers were unable to find any independent studies of the drug in healthy adults, she said.

“This case exposes how much of the evidence on drug safety and effectiveness is taken on trust,” Godlee wrote. “Governments around the world have spent billions of pounds on a drug that the scientific community has found itself unable to judge.” She called for more independent research, greater access to raw data used to license and sell drugs and stricter regulations on the conduct, review and publication of medical research.

More than 8,768 people worldwide have died from swine flu since it was first identified in Mexico and the U.S. in April, according to the Geneva-based WHO. More than 68 million people have taken Tamiflu since it was approved a decade ago. Influenza kills as many as 500,000 people worldwide each year.

WHO Recommends

The WHO recommends giving Tamiflu to infected people with a high risk of developing complications, including pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions. The researchers said there is little evidence now available to show that otherwise healthy people should be routinely given Tamiflu.

In the U.K., patients can get a Tamiflu prescription by calling a national hotline or filling out an online questionnaire about their symptoms.

“The evidence shows that if taken within 24 hours, Tamiflu reduces symptoms of influenza by about a day,” Jefferson said. “It may reduce transmission. But we could not verify the claims that Tamiflu reduces complications. Once you took out the eight unpublished studies, the data relating to healthy adults that weren’t published, what remained showed no effect.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Michelle Fay Cortez in London at mcortez@bloomberg.net

Novartis Is Celebrating. Should We?

December 10, 2009

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Infowars
December 9, 2009

On November 24, 2009, Novartis officially opened its first, large-scale vaccine manufacturing facility in the U.S. Located in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The project is a collaborative effort between Novartis and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which contributed $457M for the design, construction, and licensing of the facility.

For its part in the deal, Novartis is required to provide two commercial-scale lots of “pre-pandemic” vaccine annually for a minimum of three years. In addition, the government has the right to exercise options to purchase influenza vaccine over the next 17 years. (1) Currently, 191 employees work at the plant but that will increase to 350 persons when fully operational, anticipated to be sometime in 2011. The Holly Springs facility will be able to roll out 150 million flu shots per year.

Even though its use has not been approved by U.S. regulators, the plant will be producing MF59 as early as December 2009.(2) MF59 is Novartis’ proprietary and controversial adjuvant composed of squalene and a surfactant called Tween80, also known as polysorbate 80. Back in July, 2009, the department of HHS purchased over $343.8M of “oil-in-water” adjuvant from Norvartis.(3) It looks like the government may want to take delivery on its purchase some time soon.

All flu shots used in the U.S. are made from eggs, a time- and labor-intensive process. But the new plant will provide something different. Vaccines will be brewed from animal cells mixed with viruses in six 1,320 gallon fermenters which are owned by the U.S. government and the Department of HHS, as identified by a bright yellow, plastic plaque on the sides of the giant vats. (4)

The use of human and animal cells for biological and pharmaceutical research is big business, particularly in Europe. For example, the European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC), established in 1984, is an international depository of cell culture collections. The ECACC describes itself as having one of the “premier collections of authenticated cell cultures in the world.” It holds more than 40,000 cell lines representing 45 different species and 50 different tissue types. (5) Many of these lines are used in cancer research; some are specifically made for use with vaccines.

To replicate, influenza viruses need to be mixed with living cells and several types of mammalian cells have been used for this purpose since the 1950s. Examples include calf lymph for smallpox vaccines, African green monkey cells (AGMK cells and VERO cells) for polio vaccines, and mouse brain cells for Japanese encephalitis vaccines. In the 1960s, tissues from aborted human fetal tissue, called MRC-5 and WI-38 cells, were developed and are still used for the manufacture of rubella, hepatitis A, chickenpox, and shingles vaccines. Since 2000, new cells under investigation for making flu shots include cells derived from retinas of aborted fetuses (PER.C6), cells from ovaries of Chinese hamsters, and even cells from insects.

Perhaps even the FDA agrees that a vaccine made from infected caterpillar eggs is just a little too weird. On November 19, an FDA panel voted 6 to 11 against the approval of FluBlok, flu shots made from bugs, citing “lack of safety data” as the reason. Made by Protein Sciences Corp. of Meriden, Connecticut, FluBlok would have been the first cell-line influenza vaccine licensed in the U.S. (6) Novartis must have been thrilled that its closest U.S. cell-line competitor was knocked out of the running days before it officially announced the launch of its Holly Springs plant.

Novartis still needs approval of its cell line, MDCK cells originating from dog kidneys, before it can ramp up flu shot production. Novartis has been using MDCK cells for several years to make its European-approved influenza vaccines: Optaflu, for seasonal flu, and Celtura, for swine flu. I find it interesting that the plant has been built, the vats are in place and the opening ceremony has been announced…and yet, flu shots made from dog cells have not been approved by U.S. regulators.

Concerns about Injected Animal Cells
When viruses are combined with animal and human cells in culture, the new, “immortalized” cells can replicate in perpetuity. By their very design, the cells are neoplastic (i.e. abnormal). If these abnormal clumps cause tumors when injected into experimental animals, the cell line is called tumorigenic. If the tumors are cancerous, the cell line is labeled as oncogenic. (7)

No matter how careful manufacturers try to be, animal cells, animal DNA and culture-contaminating viruses end up in the final vials. While dog kidney cells have reportedly fewer stray viral contaminants than eggs, the injection of animal DNA could have untoward results in humans. The FDA is aware of this and is rightfully concerned. These stray proteins can be incorporated into vaccine recipient’s own DNA, leading to the risk of abnormal genetic transcription. To minimize that possibility, the FDA has set manufacturing guidelines: The final vaccine product should have less than 1 million residual [animal] cells and less than 10 ng of DNA. (8) The FDA trusts that vaccine manufacturers will comply with these standards. I wonder who will be responsible for quality control and batch checking?

I find it disturbing that the FDA has been discussing cell-line concerns since 1998. Couldn’t manufacturers develop something better? Less risky? Less disgusting? An even bigger question is, knowing the potential cancer-causing risks of animal cell lines, why have government regulators allowed this technology to evolve and be used at all?

Concerns about the adjuvant, MF59
An adjuvant is molecule added to a vaccine so that less antigen (virus) is needed to achieve an antibody response. This reduces vaccine production costs and when the amount of virus is in short supply, adding an adjuvant stretches the available vaccine supply. With a few exceptions, adjuvants are foreign to the body and can cause adverse reactions.

Several types of adjuvants are used today. The most common are aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate and calcium phosphate. There are a number of others under investigation: oil-based emulsions, products from bacteria, liposomes, endotoxins, and aliphatic amines. (9) Of these, oil-in-water adjuvants are at the forefront because they have been added to several of the pandemic swine flu vaccines.

Scientific data in peer-reviewed journals show that ingested squalene, available as shark liver oil in health food stores, passes easily through the digestive tract. It is a very different story when squalene is injected into the arm. Pearson and his associates at UCLA injected dozens of oils, including squalene, into rats and found that all the oils were toxic, inducing arthritis with varying degrees of severity. Based on their ability to cause join pain, the oils were assigned “arthritis scores,” ranging from (+), considered to be mildly toxic, to (++++), which was “guaranteed to cripple.” Squalene was given a score of (+++). In addition, all rats injected with squalene developed symptoms that, in humans, would look very much like Guillain-Barre syndrome: the animals were crippled and paralyzed, dragging their hindquarters across their cages. (10)

Squalene stimulates an excessive and nonspecific immune response. A study using electron microscopy was undertaken to examine neurological tissue of mice after they had been given 20g/kg of squalene for four days. The devastating effects squalene were seen in both the central and peripheral nervous system. Researchers documented swollen astrocytes (brain cells) and disintegration of myelin sheath throughout the brain. Peripherally, the myelin sheaths were destroyed and the nerves were compressed. It was concluded that squalene “produces characteristic pathological changes in both the central and peripheral nervous systems. (11)

Granted, this is a very large dose of squalene. However, even a trace amount is not harmless. In immunology, parts-per-billion is a substantial dose. A mere 10 ppb concentration of squalene translates into approximately 184 trillion molecules of squalene and an equal number of potentially destructive immune responses. (12) More than two dozen peer-reviewed scientific papers from ten different laboratories throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia have published studies documenting autoimmune disease in animals injected with squalene-based adjuvants.

A convincing proposal for how this occurs can be explained through the concept of “molecular mimicry.” Squalene is a normally occurring molecule within the body. It is a precursor of cholesterol and it is on the surface of most cells, particularly throughout the nervous system. The squalene droplets from the vaccine are transported by immune cells to the lymphatic system where antibodies against them are formed. Later, the squalene antibodies can cross react with squalene found normally throughout the body, leading to debilitating autoimmune and nervous system diseases.

MF59 – like similar oil-in-water adjuvants – is capable of an accelerated activation of the immune system. Once “turned on,” there is no switch to turn it off. The results of long-term reactions are unknown and most likely will remain unknown. Following patients for an extended period to look for the development of serious reactions is not what the vaccine industry is interested in studying.

Despite substantial evidence–and even admissions of concern–the FDA and the government are moving forward with its celebrated relationship with Novartis. If there is any doubt, there should be no doubt. These concerns, and others outside the scope of this article, deserve an in depth investigation prior to proceeding. Let the buyer – and the vaccine recipient – beware.

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(1) “Novartis Partners with U.S. Government for Faster Flu Vaccine Manufacturing,” http://seekingalpha.com/article/175396-novartis-partners-with-u-s-government-for-faster-flu-vaccine-manufacturing

(2) Novartis press release. “Novartis inaugurates large-scale US based cell-culture influenza vaccine manufacturing facility.” November 24, 2009. http://www.novartis.com/newsroom/media-releases/en/2009/1356789.shtml

(3) “HHS Purchases Additional H1N1 Vaccine Ingredients.” July 13, 2009. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/07/20090713b.html

(4) “Novartis ‘Cells’ Its Flu Vaccine Technology,” November 24, 2009. http://www.cnbc.com/id/34130982

(5) The Health Protection Agency Culture Collections of the Health Protection Agency (HPA), UK. http://www.hpacultures.org.uk/aboutus/index.jsp

(6) FDA panel votes against new bug-based flu vaccine. Reuters. Nov. 11, 2009.

(7) FDA: “Use of MDCK Cells for Manufacture of Inactivated Influenza Vaccines” by Philip R. Krause, M.D., FDA. www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/AC/05/slides/5-4188S1_1.PPT

(8) FDA: Use of MDCK Cells for Manufacture of Inactivated Influenza vaccines,” by Philip R. Krause, M.D., FDA
www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/05/slides/5-4188S1-1draft.PPT

(9) “Adverse Effects of Adjuvants in Vaccines”, by Dr Viera Scheibner. http://www.whale.to/vaccine/adjuvants.html#ADJUVANTS,_PRESERVATIVES_AND_TISSUE_FIXATIVES_IN_VACCINES_

(10) Matsumoto, Gary. Vaccine A: The Covert Government Experiment That’s Killing
Our Soldiers and Why GIs Are Only the First Victims Vaccine, 54 (New York: Basic
Books). p 54-55.

(11) Gajkowska B, et al. “The experimental squalene encephaloneuropathy in the rat.” Exp Toxicol Pathol. 1999 Jan;51(1):75-80. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10048717

(12) Ibid. Matsumoto. p 203.

WHO ‘Mr Flu’ Under Investigation For Gross Conflict Of Interest

December 10, 2009

author of Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order
by F. William Engdahl

December 8, 2009

The man with the nickname “Dr Flu”, Professor Albert Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam Holland has been named by Dutch media researchers as the person at the center of the worldwide Swine Flu H1N1 Influenza A 2009 pandemic hysteria. Not only is Osterhaus the connecting person in an international network that has been described as the Pharma Mafia, he is THE key advisor to WHO on influenza and is intimately positioned to personally profit from the billions of euros in vaccines allegedly aimed at H1N1.

Earlier this year the Second Chamber of the Netherland Parliament undertook an investigation into alleged conflicts of interest and financial improprieties of the well-known Dr. Osterhaus. Outside Holland and a mention at the time in the Dutch media, the only note of the sensational investigation into Osterhaus’ business affairs came in a tiny note in the respected British magazine, Science.

Osterhaus’s credentials and expertise in his field were not in question. What is according to a short report published by the journal Science, are his links to corporate interests that stand to potentially profit from the swine flu pandemic. Science carried the following brief note in its October 16 2009 issue about Osterhaus:

For the past 6 months, one could barely switch on the television in the Netherlands without seeing the face of famed virus hunter Albert Osterhaus talking about the swine flu pandemic. Or so it has seemed. Osterhaus, who runs an internationally renowned virus lab at Erasmus Medical Center, has been Mr. Flu. But last week, his reputation took a nosedive after it was alleged that he has been stoking pandemic fears to promote his own business interests in vaccine development. As Science went to press, the Dutch House of Representatives had even slated an emergency debate about the matter.”1

On November 3, 2009 it appeared that Osterhaus emerged with at least the damage somewhat under control. An updated Science blog noted, “The House of Representatives of the Netherlands today rejected a motion asking the government to sever all ties with virologist Albert Osterhaus of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, who had been accused of conflicts of interest in his role as a government adviser. But Dutch health minister Ab Klink, meanwhile, announced a “Sunshine Act” compelling scientists to disclose their financial ties to companies.” 2

The Minister, Ab Klink, reportedly a personal friend of Osterhaus,3 subsequently issued a statement on the ministry’s website, claiming that Osterhaus was but one of many scientific advisers to the ministry on vaccines for H1N1, and that the Ministry “knew” about the financial interests of Osterhaus.4 Nothing out of the ordinary, merely pursuit of science and public health so it seemed.

More careful investigation into the Osterhaus Affair suggests that the world-renowned Dutch Virologist may be at the very center of a multi-billion Euro pandemic fraud which has used human beings in effect as human guinea pigs with untested vaccines and in cases now emerging resulting in deaths or severe bodily paralysis or injury.

The ‘Bird Shit Hoax’

Albert Osterhaus is no small fish. He stands at the global nexus of every major virus panic of the past two decades from the mysterious SARS deaths in HongKong, where current WHO Director Margaret Chan got her start in her career as a local health official. According to his official bio at the European Commission, Osterhaus was engaged in April 2003, at the height of the panic over SARS (Severe Acquired Respiratory Syndrome) in Hong Kong. The EU report states, “he again showed his skill at moving fast to tackle a serious problem. Within three weeks he had proved that the disease was caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that resides in civet cats, other carnivorous animals or bats.” 5

Then Osterhaus moved on, this time publicizing dangers of what he claimed was H5N1 Avian Flu. In 1997 he already began sounding the alarm following the death in Hong Kong of a three-year-old who Osterhaus learned had had direct contact with birds. Osterhaus went into high gear lobbying across Holland and Europe claiming that a deadly new mutation of avian flu had jumped to humans and that drastic measures were required. He claimed to be the first scientist in the world to show that H5N1 could be transferred into humans. 6
In a BBC interview in October 2005 on the danger of Avian Flu, Osterhaus declared, “…if the virus manages indeed to, to mutate itself in such a way that it can transmit from human to human, then we have a completely different situation, we might be at the start of the pandemic.” He added, “there is a real chance that this virus could be trafficked by the birds all the way to Europe. There is a real risk, but nobody can estimate the risk at this moment, because we haven’t done the experiments.”7 It never did manage to mutate, but he was ready to “do the experiments,” presumably for a hefty fee.

To bolster his frightening pandemic scenario, Osterhaus and his lab assistants in Rotterdam began assiduously assembling and freezing samples of, well, bird shit, in an attempt to build a more scientific argument. He claimed that at certain times of the year up to 30% of all European birds acted as carriers of the deadly avian virus, H5N1. He also claimed that farmers working with hens and chickens were then exposed. Osterhaus briefed journalists who dutifully noted his alarm. Politicians were alerted. He wrote papers proposing that the far away deaths in Asia from what he termed H5N1 were coming to Europe. He claimed that migratory birds were carrying the deadly new disease as far west as Rügen and Ukraine.8
Osterhaus’ Avian Flu alarm campaign really took off in 2003 when a Dutch veterinary doctor became ill and died. Osterhaus claimed the death was from H5N1. He convinced the Dutch government to order slaughter of millions of chickens. Yet no other infected persons died from the alleged H5N1. Osterhaus claimed that that was simply proof of the effectiveness of the preemptive slaughter campaign.9

Osterhaus claimed that bird feces were the source, via air bombardment or droppings, onto populations and birds below, of the spread of the deadly new Asian strain of H5N1. There was only one problem with the now voluminous frozen samples of diverse bird excrement he and his associated had collected and frozen at his institute. There was not one single confirmed example of H5N1 virus found in any of his samples. At a May 2006 Congress of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Osterhaus and his Erasmus colleagues were forced to admit that in testing 100,000 samples of their assiduously saved bird feces, they had discovered not one single case of H5N1 virus. 10

At a WHO conference in Verona in 2008 titled “Avian influenza at the Human-Animal Interface,” in a presentation to scientific colleagues undoubtedly less impressed by appeals to pandemic emotion than the non-scientific public, Osterhaus admitted that “A proper risk assessment of H5N1 as the cause of a new pandemic cannot be made with the currently available information.” 11 By then, however, his sights were already firmly on other possible pandemic triggers to focus his vaccination activities.

Swine Flu and WHO corruption

When no mass wave of human deaths from Avian Flu materialized and after Roche, maker of Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline had banked billions of dollars in profits from worldwide government stockpiling of their dangerous and reportedly ineffective antiviral drugs, Tamiflu by Roche, and Relenza by GlaxoSmithKline, Osterhaus and other WHO advisers turned to other greener pastures.

By April 2009 their search seemed rewarded as a small Mexican village in Veracruz reported a case of a small child ill with what had been diagnosed as “Swine Flu” or H1N1. With indecent haste the propaganda apparatus of the World Health Organization in Geneva went into gear anth statements from the director-general Dr Margaret Chan, about a possible danger of a global pandemic. Chan made such irresponsible statements as declaring “a public health emergency of international concern.” 12 The further cases of outbreak at La Gloria Mexico were reported on one medical website as, “a ‘strange’ outbreak of acute respiratory infection, which led to bronchial pneumonia in some pediatric cases. According to a local resident, symptoms included fever, severe cough, and large amounts of phlegm.” 13

Notably those were symptoms which would make sense in terms of the proximity of one of the world’s largest pig industrial feeding concentrations at La Gloria owned by Smithfield Farms of the USA. Residents had picketed the Smithfield Farms site in Mexico for months complaining of severe respiratory problems from the fecal waste lagoons. That possible cause of the diseases in La Gloria apparently did not interest Osterhaus and his colleagues advising the WHO. The long-awaited “pandemic” that Osterhaus had predicted ever since his involvement with SARS in the Guandgong Province of China in 2003, was now finally at hand.

On June 11, 2009 Margaret Chan of WHO made the declaration of a Phase 6 “Pandemic Emergency” regarding the spread of H1N1 Influenza. Curiously in announcing she noted, “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.” She then added, ”Worldwide, the number of deaths is small…we do not expect to see a sudden and dramatic jump in the number of severe or fatal infections.”

It later was learned that Chan acted, following heated debates inside WHO, on the advice of the scientific advisory group of WHO, or SAGE, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts. One of the members of SAGE at the time and today was Dr. Albert “Mr Flu” Osterhaus. Not only was Osterhaus in a key position to advocate the panic-inducing WHO “Pandemic emergency” declaration. He was also chairman of the leading private European Scientific Working group on Influenza, which describes itself as a “multidisciplinary group of key opinion leaders in influenza [that] aims to combat the impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza.” Osterhaus’ ESWI is the vital link as they themselves describe it “between the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and the University of Connecticut, USA.”

What is more significant about the ESWI is that its work is entirely financed by the same pharma mafia companies that make billions on the pandemic emergency as governments around the world are compelled to buy and stockpile vaccines on declaration of a WHO Pandemic. The funders of ESWI include H1N1 vaccine maker Novartis, Tamiflu distributor, Hofmann-La Roche, Baxter Vaccines, MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur and others.

Not to lose the point, the world-leading virologist, official adviser on H1N1 to the governments of the UK and Holland, Dr Albert Osterhaus, head of  the Department of Virology at the Erasmus MC of Rotterdam, also sat on the WHO’s elite SAGE and served as chairman at the same time of the pharma industry-sponsored ESWI which urged dramatic steps to vaccinate the world against the grave danger of a new Pandemic they insisted could rival the feared 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.

The Wall Street bank, JP Morgan estimated that in large part as a result of the WHO pandemic decision, the giant pharma firms that also finance Osterhaus’ ESWI work, stand to reap some €7.5 to €10 billion in profits. 14

A fellow member of WHO’s SAGE  is Dr Frederick Hayden, of Britain’s Wellcome Trust and reportedly a close friend of Osterhaus. Hayden also receives money for “advisory” services from Roche and GlaxoSmithKline among other pharma giants involved in producing products related to the H1N1 panic.

Chairman of WHO’s SAGE is another British scientist, Prof. David Salisbury of the UK Department of Health. He also heads the WHO H1N1 Advisory Group. Salisbury is a robust defender of the pharma industry. He has been accused by UK health citizen health group One Click of covering up the proven links between vaccines and an explosive rise in infant autism as well as links between Gardasil and palsy and even death.15

Then on September 28, 2009 the same Salisbury stated, “Professor David Salisbury, the department of health’s director of immunisation, said: “There is a very clear view in the scientific community that there is no risk from the inclusion of Thiomersal.” The vaccine being used for H1N1 in Britain is primarily produced by GlaxoSmithKlilne and contains the mercury preservative Thiomersol. Because of growing evidence that Thiomersol in vaccines might be related to autism in children in the United States, in 1999 the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Public Health Service called for it to be removed from vaccines.16

Yet another SAGE member at WHO with intimate financial ties to the vaccine makers that benefit from SAGE’s recommendations to WHO is Dr. Arnold Monto, a paid consultant to vaccine maker MedImmune, Glaxo and ViroPharma.

Even more the meetings of the “independent” scientists of SAGE are attended by “observers” who include, yes, the very vaccine producers GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Baxter and company. In the past decade the WHO, in order to boost funds at its disposal entered into what it calls “public private partnerships.” Instead of receiving its funds solely from member United Nations governments as its original purpose had been, WHO today receives almost double its normal UN budget in the form of grants and financial support from private industry. The industry? The very drug and vaccine makers who benefit from decisions like the June 2009 H1N1 Pandemic emergency declaration. As the main financiers of the WHO bureaucracy, naturally the Pharma Mafia and their friends receive what has been called “open door red carpet treatment” in Geneva.17

In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine in Germany, epidemiologist Dr. Tom Jefferson of the Cochrane Collaboration, an organization of independent scientists evaluating all flu related studies, noted the implications of the privatization of WHO and the commercialization of health:

“…one of the extraordinary features of this influenza — and the whole influenza saga — is that there are some people who make predictions year after year, and they get worse and worse. None of them so far have come about, and these people are still there making these predictions. For example, what happened with the bird flu, which was supposed to kill us all? Nothing. But that doesn’t stop these people from always making their predictions. Sometimes you get the feeling that there is a whole industry almost waiting for a pandemic to occur.
SPIEGEL: Who do you mean? The World Health Organization (WHO)?
Jefferson: The WHO and public health officials, virologists and the pharmaceutical companies. They’ve built this machine around the impending pandemic. And there’s a lot of money involved, and influence, and careers, and entire institutions! And all it took was one of these influenza viruses to mutate to start the machine grinding…18

When asked if the WHO had deliberately declared the Pandemic Emergency in order to create a huge market for H1N1 vaccines and drugs, Jefferson replied,

“Don’t you think there’s something noteworthy about the fact that the WHO has changed its definition of pandemic? The old definition was a new virus, which went around quickly, for which you didn’t have immunity, and which created a high morbidity and mortality rate. Now the last two have been dropped, and that’s how swine flu has been categorized as a pandemic.”19

Conveniently enough, the WHO published the new Pandemic definition in April 2009 just in time to allow WHO, on advice of SAGE and others like Albert “Dr Flu” Osterhaus and David Salisbury, to declare the mild cases of flu dubbed H1N1 Influenza A to be declared Pandemic.20

In a relevant footnote, the Washington Post on December 8 in an article on the severity, or lack of same, of the world H1N1 „pandemic“ reported that “with the second wave of H1N1 infections having crested in the United States, leading epidemiologists are predicting that the pandemic could end up ranking as the mildest since modern medicine began documenting influenza outbreaks.” 21

Russian Parliamentarian and chairman of the Duma Health Committee, Igor Barinow has called on the Russian Representative to WHO in Geneva to order an official investigation into the growing evidence of massive corruption of the WHO by the pharmaceutical industry. “There are grave accusations of corruption within the WHO,” said Barinow. “An international commission of inquiry is urgently required.” 22

Endnotes:

1 Martin Enserink, In Holland, the Public Face of Flu Takes a Hit,  Science, 16 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5951, pp. 350 – 351; DOI: 10.1126/science.326_350b.

2 Science, November 3, 2009, Roundup 11/3 The Brink Edition, accessed on ScienceMag.org.

3 Article from Dutch, De Farma maffia Deel 1 Osterhaus BV, 28 november 2009, accessed in Hetonderzoek.blogspot.com.

4 Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport, Financiële belangen Osterhaus waren bekend Nieuwsbericht, 30 september 2009, accessed in Minvws.nl

5 European Commission, „Research“, Dr Albert Osterhaus, accessed in  Ec.europa.eu

6 Ibid.

7 Jane Corbin, Interview with Dr Albert Osterhaus, BBC Panorama, 4 October, 2005.

8 Karin Steinberger, Vogelgrippe: Der Mann mit der Vogelperspektive, Seuddeutsche Zeitung, 20 October, 2005, accessed in Seuddeutsche.de.

9 Ibid.

10 Schweinegrippe—Geldgieriger Psychopath Auslöser der Pandemie?, accessed in Polskaweb.eu

11 Ab Osterhaus, External factors influencing H5N1 mutation/reassortment events with pandemic potential, OIE, 7-9 October 2008, Verona, Italy, accessed in Oie.int

12 WHO Health Advisory, April 2009, accessed in Swine-flu-vaccine.info/.

13 Biosurveillance, Swine Flu in Mexico- Timeline of Events, April 24, 2009, accessed in Biosurveillance.typepad.com.

14 Cited in Louise Voller, Kristian Villesen, Stærk lobbyisme bag WHO-beslutning om massevaccination , Information, Copenhagen, 15 November 2009 accessed in . Information.dk/215355.

15 Jane Bryant, et al, The One Click Group Response: Prof. David Salisbury Threatens Legal Action, 4 March, 2009, accessed in Theoneclickgroup.co.uk.

16 Prof. David Salisbury cited in, Swine flu vaccine to contain axed additive, London Evening Standard, 28 September 2009, accessed in . Gulf-times.com

17 Bert Ehgartner, Schwindel mit der Schweinegrippe Ist die Aufregung ein Coup der Pharmaindustrie? Accessed in Profil.at.

18 Tom Jefferson, Interview with Epidemiologist Tom Jefferson: ‘A Whole Industry Is Waiting For A Pandemic’ Der Spiegel, 21 July 2009, accessed in Spiegel.de.

19 Ibid.

20 Louise Voller, Kristian Villesen, Mystisk ændring af WHO’s definition af en pandemi,Copenhagen Information, 15 November 2009, accessed in Information.dk/215341.

21 Rob Stein, Flu Pandemic Could Be Mild, Washington Post, December 8, 2009.

22 Polskanet, Russland fordert internationale Untersuchung, 5 December 2009, accessed in Polskaweb.eu

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*F. William Engdahl is author of  Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation (www.globalresearch.ca). He also authored A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order (Pluto Press). His newest book, Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order (Third Millennium Press) is now in print and will be available by mid-June. He may be contacted over his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net.

Will Anyone in Their Right Mind Actually Buy Into These Three New Vaccines?

November 9, 2009

Dr. Mercola
November 7, 2009

A storm has erupted over the announcement last month that an experimental AIDS vaccine tested in Thailand proved modestly effective. It was billed as a major scientific advance — the long-awaited hard evidence that it is possible to inoculate people against AIDS. But now the trial has been called into question in a way that is overblown and possibly destructive.


Will Anyone in Their Right Mind Actually Buy Into These Three New Vaccines?
November 7, 2009 at 11:24 am

Dr. Mercola
November 7, 2009

A storm has erupted over the announcement last month that an experimental AIDS vaccine tested in Thailand proved modestly effective. It was billed as a major scientific advance — the long-awaited hard evidence that it is possible to inoculate people against AIDS. But now the trial has been called into question in a way that is overblown and possibly destructive.

 

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But this isn’t the first time the efficacy and safety of a vaccine has been called into question. The government recently announced that $10 million of stimulus money would be used to fund a phase 3 clinical trial of a promising anti-smoking vaccine produced by Nabi Pharmaceuticals of Rockville, Md. However, another company working on a similar vaccine has not been so successful.

Cytos Biotechnology Ltd. said this week that a trial of its nicotine vaccine had failed to reduce smoking behaviors. The study, which is continuing, involved 200 smokers who were motivated to quit. The researchers found that the vaccine, designed to bind nicotine in the blood and prevent it from reaching the brain, was safe and well tolerated. But apparently it did not stimulate high enough levels of antibodies to produce the desired response.

The moment evidence was found that obesity may be linked to a virus, opportunistic drug company researchers dove into developing an “obesity vaccine.” Now researchers say their obesity vaccine could be ready for market in five years. Searching for genetic clues to the obesity epidemic, in the hopes of developing a vaccine against it, is not the answer.

 

Let’s Talk About Pain & Inflammation

September 1, 2009

The most common symptom that brings a patient to the office is pain that doesn’t go away quick enough. We can call this chronic pain. Back, neck pain and headaches are some of the most common types of chronic pain. The typical method that most people use to deal with pain are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil), or anti-pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol). Unfortunately, each medication is associated with side-effects, such as liver toxicity for acetaminophen and ulcers for NSAIDs. The second most common cause of ulcers is the regular use of aspirin and other NSAIDs.

Some may seek out nutritional supplements as an alternative to drugs in order to avoid the side-effects. But, there is a secret that must be understood before one searches out nutritional supplements to reduce pain and inflammation. Our diets will substantially determine the inflammation levels in the body, which can directly impact upon the development of pain.

The foods that cause inflammation and lead to pain include refined sugar, refined grains and related flour products (bread, pasta, bagels, etc…), refined oils, and obese meat. These inflammatory foods make up approximately 80% of the average American’s calorie intake, and yet even 30-40% of calories from these foods is too much. Eating a diet of the inflammatory foods creates a tsunami of inflammation within the body that will hit joint and muscle sooner or later causing pain and suffering. At this point, people start taking NSAIDs and Tylenol, and all the while continue to eat the same inflammatory foods that caused the problem in the first place.

Most people can not turn off diet-driven inflammation and pain by taking medications or nutritional supplements. So it is important to make dietary changes to calm the inflammatory state. To expect that drugs and supplements will be curative is not reasonable.

You may hear me talking about the Paleolithic Diet at the office. This is one of the most anti-inflammatory ways of eating that exists. This is because of the abundance of anti-inflammatory foods that make up this daily regimin of eating. These foods include an abundance of vegetables, fruit, raw nuts and seeds, and healthy proteins (lean meat, poultry, fresh fish and eggs). The best fats/oils include olive oil, coconut oil, Udo’s oil blend, and ‘raw’ butter.

And let’s not forget God’s own little anti-inflammatories: ginger, turmeric, rosemary, oregano, garlic, coriander and nearly all spices tested thus far have proven to be anti-inflammatory. It was discovered that, when supplementing with ginger, certain individuals cansubstantially reduce chronic muscle and joint pain. For more acute pain, like flare-up of back pain, research has shown that white willow bark can reduce pain as effectively as Celebrex over a 4-week period. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties.

In summary, if you desire dietary approaches towards a pain-free state, natural options are available. Basic dietary changes and certain key supplements can be very hekpful.

My thanks to Dr. David R. Seaman for his insight and information.

Omega-3 Fats and Mercury Levels in Fish

August 17, 2009

Doc here: Just thought that I would divert away from the swine flu debacle. But just for this article for now. Even though I’m away from the office this week doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking of you all. I hope this will answer some questions regarding Omega-3 Fatty Acids, some good food sources, and the best fish to eat weekly to maximize the Omega’s while minimizing the amount of mercury poison in certain fish. As always, any comments and/or questions are welcome.

Omega-3 Fats are converted by the cells of the body into small hormones called prostaglandins. These prostaglandins reduce the risk of heart disease by opening the blood vessels and reducing the ‘stickiness’ of blood, so abnormal clots don’t form as easily. Other prostaglandins make our joints and tissues less prone to inflammation, a major benefit if you have some arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis.

This same prostaglandin also reduces the risk of cancer, as it signals our cells to replicate themselves at a slower rate. Slower replication reduces chances of genetic mutation occurring that may lead to cancer. Animal and human studies both demonstrate the anti-cancer effects of Omega-3 fats. It also makes the skin smooth and soft, and helps counter eczema problems. More recent studies have also shown that Omega-3 fats can also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia as we age. So – it’s worth having a method of ensuring adequate Omega-3 fat consumption to derive these many health benefits.

Mercury, a mineral that exists naturally in the environment, is also released into the air by the tons through pollution and waste. The organic compound, methlmercury, is the poisonous form. It accumulates in streams and oceans and in the food chain, as each fish absorbs all the mercury of the smaller fish or organisms it has eaten. That is why the oldest and largest fish, such as shark or swordfish, have the highest levels. The effects of methylmercury poisoning or toxicity include paresthesias (a priking, tingling or creeping sensation on the skin), depression and blurred vision. Research also suggests that prenatal and infant exposure can affect attention span, language, visual-spatial skills, memory, and coordination.

Fish that contain more than 1,000 mg of Omega-3 Fats per serving (approximately 3 ounces) and are low in mercury include spongy dogfish, herring, sardines, pilchards, lake trout, Atlantic sturgeon, wild Pacific salmon, anchovies, sprats, bluefish and mullet. According to to U.S. agencies, five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish. The best advice for anyone eating fish follows:

  • Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackeral or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
  • Consume up to 12 ounces (two average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish lower in mercury.
  • Albacore (white) tuna, has more mercury than canned light tuna. Therefore, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish per week, you may opt to eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.

What about vegetarians? Well, some plant based foods also contain Omega-3 Fats. But, the Omega-3 in beans, seeds, grains, cereals, nuts, etc… is called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Fis contain EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are the more widely known Omega-3 fats. EPA and DHA are famous because the former is converted by the body into mini-hormones that directly reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and reduce cancer risk, while the latter is used to support brain function. The ALA can be converted into EPA and DHA by the body and thus provides similar benefits to consuming EPA and DHA from fish. So, the suggestion is to eat two servings of fish per week, take a daily supplement containing fish, flaxseed and borage seed oil, and provide additional Omega-3 fats to the body by regularly consuming plant-based foods that are rich sources of ALA:

  • Flaxseed Oil (Like Udo’s) – 2 Tbs
  • Pumpkin seeds – 1/4 cup
  • Walnuts – 1/2 cup
  • Salba or Chia seed – 2 Tbs

Small amounts are also found in kiwi fruit, black raspberries, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, winter squash, turnip greens, spinach, kale, strawberries and mustard greens. Consuming these foods can further support your Omega-3 nutritional status, but on their own, are likely insufficient to produce major Omega-3 fat benefits.

So – the bottom line here is to eat at least two servings of fish per week, choosing fish that have the highest Omega-3 fat content (my favs are sardines and canned wild salmon) and the lowest mercury content. In addition, I prefer two Tbs of Udo’s Omega Oil daily (it can be easily added to a smoothie). Finally, ingest vegetarian foods that can boost your Omega-3 fat intake, keeping in mind that these sources contain ALA, not EPA and DHA.

Being a strong proponent of the Paleolithic Diet, I strongly suggest that all grains and their products, such as breads, cereals and pastas, be removed from the diet. There are just too many people who display sensitivity to grains in general and gluten in particular. I attribute this to the genetic modification (GMO) of our common foods today. Do your very best to avoid these.

More Evidence Revealing the Intentional Collusion to Create a Swine Flu Pandemic

August 3, 2009
Bill Lindner

July 30, 2009
A recent report from Vitalis News offers yet more evidence showing that Novartis Pharmaceutical, in collusion with several government entities including the U.S., conspired to commit mass murder and worldwide genocide for no other reason than to turn big profits — the billions of dollars being received by worldwide government contracts.

The Vitalis News article offers more evidence that Novartis Pharmaceuticals of Basel, Switzerland conspired with corrupt ‘scientists’ at the U.S. Army Institute of Pathology in Ft. Detrick, Maryland — the same place the deadly anthrax was obtained from right after the attacks of 9/11 — to create a weaponized strain of influenza by reverse engineering the deadly strain that was intentionally unleashed on unsuspecting populations in March and April to intentionally create demand for the deadly vaccine being produced by Novartis. Ft. Detrick is home to thousands of deadly pathogens.

As previously noted, the ‘vaccine’ being produced by Novartis and Baxter et. al., will probably end up being more lethal than the Swine Flu and will produce more sickness and death. It appears that Novartis is being paid well for willingly carrying out the whims of the global elites and intentionally reducing the world’s population by conspiring to commit mass murder.

Novartis applied for a patent on a ‘Split Influenza Vaccine with Adjuvants’ on November 4, 2005. The U.S. patent office granted the patent to Novartis on February 19, 2009. Think about it. Why would Novartis apply for a patent for a specialized vaccine for an outbreak that hasn’t happened yet? You wouldn’t, unless you were planning to release — or had previous knowledge of — a specially bioengineered variation of a viral strain to be released.

Again, this so-called ‘Swine Flu’ was bioengineered in a laboratory. It contains strains of the Bird Flu, the Swine Flu and multiple strains of the Human influenza virus. The Flu pandemic that killed millions of people in 1918 consisted of the same multiple strains of influenza. It too was not natural and once again history is repeating itself. The only difference this time around is the fact that so many people and government agencies are all involved in colluding to commit mass murder.

Reproduction of Deadly 1918 Influenza Strain Began in 1997

According to Dr. A. True Ott, in 1997, Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberger assembled a team of geneticists and microbiologists to analyze the genome structure and to reproduce the deadly viral structures of the 1918 flu virus. Numerous published stories and reports reveal that Taubenberger and his team used super-computers to map the complex RNA and DNA structures of the killer virus, then utilized human plasmids to sucessfully re-create the killer flu virus.

Once Taubenberger’s work was finished in early 2005, Taubenberger left the U.S. Army at Ft. Detrick and took a much more lucrative job with the National Institute of Health (NIH). Once there, Taubenberger’s focus was leveled at creating a vaccine against the very same killer flu he and his team had just created.

Dr. Ott feels that a focused criminal investigation would reveal that Taubenberger was in reality working for Novartis while employed with the NIH, and most likely authored Novartis’ November 6, 2005 ‘provisional’ patent application.

Paragraph 32 on page 2 of the patent application reads: “The influenza virus [that the ‘invention vaccine’ is designed to protect against] may be a reassortant strain, and may have been obtained by reverse genetics techniques. Reverse genetics techniques allow influenza viruses with desired genome segments to be prepared in vitro using plasmids.” The patent application goes on to reveal specific detail as to how the pandemic virus was actually created by Taubenberger’s Ft. Detrick team.

Who ‘obtained’ this virus and why was it ‘obtained’? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants Americans and the rest of the world to believe the pandemic that has been intentionally created by the World Health Organization (WHO) is a totally ‘natural’ occurence. It’s not natural at all. Again, it was bioengineered in a laboratory, most likely in Ft. Detrick, Maryland.

Even more importantly, as noted by Dr. Ott, how could Novartis have such an incredible advance knowledge to the point of developing a vaccine with such absolute perfect timing that a Swine Flu pandemic was going to occur?

Eternal Flame of the Illuminati Symbolized on Novartis Logo

Novartis International AG, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is the world’s largest multi-national pharmaceutical company that generated over $53 Billion USD revenue in 2008. Their logo symbolizes the ‘eternal flame’ of the Illuminati ‘enlightened ones.’ Novartis’ long history began as a component of the infamous I.G. Farben combine that was primarily responsible for the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich.

Many of Washington’s politicians, by the way, are neocons — often referred to as neo-nazis — who operate under a lot of the same guidelines utilized by Hitler and the Third Reich. George W. Bush’s grandfather was a big supporter of and enabler for Hitler and the Third Reich. Check history and you’ll see many resemblances of America today and Germany under Hitler’s criminal regime.

Novartis also owns a company called Sandoz — the company that invented LSD and other strong hallucinogenic drugs that supplied LSD to the CIA to use in their mind control experiments. According to Dr. Ott, documents released to U.S. Congressional investigators in 1977 revealed that a secret extraction program called ‘Operation Paperclip‘ allowed Sandoz Labs to arrange for certain Nazi scientists to gain new identities in the CIA after World War II concluded. The U.S. has had major problems with governmental secrecy for several decades.

Listed on the Novartis Patent applications is an Emeryville, CA address that belonged to Chiron Inc. until the summer of 2005. Chiron Inc. was the world’s second-largest manufacturer of Influenza vaccine. Chiron’s sales nearly doubled in 2003 thanks to marketing and sales-producing Flu Vaccine contracts with the U.S. Federal government. In 2004, it was revealed that Chiron’s flu vaccine was contaminated.

Not to worry though. When news broke about the contaminated vaccine from Chiron, Novartis bought the remainder of Chiron’s stock and began working on the massive ‘Swine Flu pandemic’ vaccine that they knew would rake in billions, especially since they had the exclusive patent on it.

New World Order Plans to Create a Subservient Utopia

Intentionally planning to kill millions of innocent humans with the intentional creation of a man-made Swine Flu pandemic is vile enough. But there are several other factors at play here in the hidden agenda aimed at committing mass genocide.

Many laugh at the revelation of a ‘New World Order‘ but there is more than ample evidence showing that it is very real indeed. What makes it so bad is the fact that it is based on the agenda used by Adolph Hitler and his Third Reich. Not all of the war criminals were executed at Nuremburg. As previously noted, the Bush family has extensive ties to Hitler and the planned depopulation of humanity. Elite financiers such as the Rothchilds and the Rockefellers have financed plans for world domination for decades, dating back to the Hitler era. Most of the U.S. Federal government is part of or affiliated with the elite financiers and New World Order advocates who have no qualms about killing millions of innocent people.

Henry Kissinger’s NSSM-200 – his genocide plan from 1974 — outlines the ‘spoils’ of genocide that include controlling large tracts of land and mineral assets, which is secondary to the New World Order’s delusional dreams of creating a Utopia with only 500 million ‘worthy’ people being allowed to live in it. Plans to commit mass murder by ‘civilized’ governments, especially in the United States, have been commonplace for several decades.

Vaccines Have Proven Deadly for Decades

The evidence of Novartis’ collusion in creating or planning a pandemic is, as noted by Dr. Ott, quite overwhelming. The same delusional group of elite financiers and other governmental crooks has financed these plans for said several decades. These financiers have also helped finance Novartis and some of the other large Pharmaceutical and governmental agencies including the WHO, the CDC and the NIH. Many of these said elite financiers are also responsible for the financial fraud on Wall Street that has swindled trillions of dollars from American taxpayers over the past several months.

George H. W. Bush — father of illicitly-appointed George W. Bush who tried to instill his delusional dictatorship after being appointed to the Presidency by the U.S. Supreme Court — gave a United Nations (UN) speech calling for a ‘New World Order.’ The elder Bush’s speech reiterated the genocide outlined in Kissinger’s plans to commit worldwide genocide and called for ‘the immediate reduction of world population.’ The agenda for Bush’s ‘Initiative for Eco-92’ can be found at Forbidden Knowledge.com. For the record, the UN has been in collusion to carry out these crimes against humanity too.

Other disturbing information regarding AIDS and other diseases created by the Government that were intentionally designed to break down the human immune system and kill millions of people can be found in the Vitalis News article. There appears to be no feasible explanation as to why the Government would want to intentionally create lethal diseases other than to gain control of world populations. It seems that Ft. Detrick Scientists have been very busy over the years trying to create diseases to destroy humans.

Merck Pharmaceuticals intentionally brought HIV/AIDS infected vaccines to America. It appears that vaccines have been intentionally created to produce life-threatening diseases for several decades too. People born between the years of 1941 and 1961 are thought to be the most at risk of developing cancer because of vaccines containing SV40 — vaccines that were known to be infected with SV40 but used anyway.

Gulf War Veterans Betrayed by their Government

Hundreds of thousands of veterans of Operation Desert Storm — the Gulf War in 1991 — were betrayed by the government they served when they were mandatorily vaccinated with contaminated experimental anthrax vaccine. The U.S. government has repeatedly proven that it has no qualms about killing their own soldiers and American citizens to further their illicit agendas. Indeed, our troops that are fighting in the illegal occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are still being betrayed by our Federal government and the military they serve. Still the vast majority of populations continue ignoring history, allowing it to repeat itself. It’s time for our military to train their sights on the real enemy, not the ones fabricated by the fraudulent financial elites and the U.S. Federal government.

More information can be found in the article from Vitalis News. Also of interest is the fact that Novartis recalled some H1N1 vaccines a couple of months before the man-made virus was released into the wild. There is more than ample evidence backing up allegations made by Austrian Investigative reporter Jane Burgermeister and Dr. Ott. Allowing the Pharmaceutical companies and the governments that are colluding with them to make these deadly vaccines with impunity is a crime and needs to be recognized as such. Health officials have admitted that the Swine Flu vaccines being fast-tracked will not be tested for safety.

The extensive secrecy utilitzed by the Bush administration — that is still being used by the Obama administration — has nothing to do with keeping Americans safe or national security. It has everything to do with protecting the financial elite and the criminals holding high offices in the U.S. Federal government from the American people. There are several other governments that have continuously colluded with the U.S. Federal government and it’s time to blow the lid off of the corruption that has destroyed much of the modern world.

All the allegations need to be investigated and closely scrutinized and every country involved with the WHO needs to be made aware of the potentially lethal deceptions that are being perpetrated against them. Each and every one of these criminals — regardless of who it is or what political office they hold or held — from the financial elites including the Rothchilds and the Rockefellers to past and sitting Presidents needs to be held accountable for their actions. It’s time to put an end to the egregious secrecy and it’s time to reveal the truth.

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