Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Work on the swine flu vaccination could reap huge profits for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.
British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is set to reap billions as fear of the swine flu pandemic grows. The world's second-largest drug company has secured orders from 16 countries for 195 million doses of the vaccine it is developing against the H1N1 virus, which has killed more than 740 people worldwide.
The Brentford (England)-based drugmaker began production of its new flu vaccine in June and is on track to begin shipping the first doses in September. At a July 22 briefing to announce the company's second-quarter results, CEO Andrew Witty confirmed the number of orders is expected to be "substantially more" as the company currently is in discussions with 50 countries. While Britain has ordered 60 million doses of the vaccine, according to Witty, the US has paid GSK $250 million (€175.6 million) to supply it with "pandemic products" such as the individual ingredients used in the vaccine. These include the antigen that prompts an individual's immune response and GSK's adjuvent technology, a sort of booster used to increase the vaccine's yield and potency.
GSK also announced it expects to increase annual production of its inhalable anti-viral flu treatment Relenza threefold, to 190 million doses, by yearend. Relenza sales for the three months ended June 30 were $99 million, up from just $5 million in the second quarter of 2008. Since the beginning of 2006, GSK has invested $2.5 billion to put in place the technology and capacity needed to meet demand. "Short of putting beds in the labs, we are throwing just about every resource we have into this,"
Matthias Orth is fighting on the frontlines against the epidemic. He works as a medical manager at the Marienhospital in the southwestern German city of Stuttgart. This is where the city's emergency health facilities are, and this is where the ill gather at night and on the weekends.
One might think that the arrival in Germany of the first of 50 million doses of swine flu vaccine on Monday might be cause for celebration. But with news breaking over the weekend that top government officials in Berlin will be injected with an alternative vaccine -- one widely seen as safer -- a debate about an alleged two-class medical system has erupted.
Monday, October 19, 2009
This is what the Weekend Australian's health section seems to be saying. Please read and forward the information below:
Below is an article that ran in this weekend's Australian newspaper. It is by Dr Sue Page who is a local GP on the Far North Coast of NSW where the AVN is located. One of our members alerted me to this article (thank you!) which is great because I never saw it this weekend. I contacted the editor of this section, a woman named Leigh Dayton, who admitted that she has no sympathy for our viewpoint and believed that we really don't have any scientific reason to question vaccination.
I asked her for the right of reply and she asked me to send her my piece and she would see. She just wrote back and said that she would not be running my article because Sue Page never mentioned either myself or the AVN by name.
I think that those of you who think this is not good enough should take the time to write a quick letter into the newspaper. Direct your letters to email@example.com. Please send a copy to David King who is the Chief of Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org - just put his email address in the cc field.
Please read below. I will put Sue Page's article first, followed by my covering letter and my article last. Feel free to use any of this information to draft your own response and as always, please send a blind copy (BCC) to me at email@example.com. (and I note with interest that the paper is soliciting comment from health professionals - as if they are the only ones with any interest in this issue - or perhaps - the only ones with any common sense?)
A Dose of Commonsense won't hurt: Vaccination
I UNDERSTAND the media loves controversy, but as a GP in a region with one of the lowest vaccination rates in Australia I am sick of having local kids injured or killed by illnesses that could have been prevented.
It is time to stop giving media attention (otherwise known as free advertising) to the crackpot claims of the anti-vaccination lobby. Unfortunately, through the years the group in question has found little trouble finding journalists willing to give it a platform.
The arguments this group presents, with fancy websites and titled authors, do not stand up to even the most rudimentary investigative journalism. Arguing vaccines are not effective, they have been using the same graphs for more than 20 years.
Yes, death rates fell before the introduction of vaccination campaigns, but death is surely the most crude measure of health outcome. I would rather children did not need to test the improvements we have made in intensive care, including life support machines.
Far more dramatic have been the reductions in children exposed to harm through the falling incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases. For instance, for every 3000 children who contract measles (listed by this group as a ``harmless'' childhood illness), just one will die, but one in 25 will contract a severe form of pneumonia that cannot be treated by antibiotics and can cause permanent lung scarring and bronchiectasis.
Before the mass vaccination program, in NSW in 1981 and 1984 there were 200,000 cases with 2850 recorded hospital admissions. In 2007 just three cases were reported.
In promoting vaccines as dangerous, some of the agitators' claims become ludicrous. Nobody is arguing vaccines are 100 per cent safe. But if you are going to quote the anti-vaccination lobby, at least check their information or give the full context so people can judge its reliability for themselves.
The same group recently sent a newsletter saying flu vaccines can cause pregnant women to lose their unborn child and become sterile, and this was part of a campaign to reduce the world's population. The newsletter included photographs of a microdot contraceptive said to be inserted in the vaccine. Puh-leeze! Nobody in media thinks it is OK to falsely shout ``fire'' in the airport, and we never see articles promoting the use of alcohol to reduce stress while driving. The interests of free speech have never been served by publicising rubbish.
Sue Page is a GP in northern NSW and vaccination spokeswoman for the Northern Rivers GP Network.
Health professionals, send your 350-word comment or concern to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your time on the phone earlier today. Attached to this email is my response to Sue Page's piece from this weekend's Health Section in the Weekend Australian. I do hope that this will be printed since right of reply is one of the most important features of journalistic fairness. If I could ask you to let me know one way or the other, I would really appreciate that.
I did want to pass one thing by you because it's something that has been going through my mind since we spoke. When I told you that we had received a report of a woman who was pregnant losing her baby within 24 hours of getting the swine flu vaccine, your first reaction was to say that there was no evidence that the vaccine was linked with this spontaneous abortion.
That is perfectly true. But think about this.
If there were a new medication which had never been tested for its safety in pregnancy and it had been administered to a woman who was 4 months pregnant and she began to feel ill within 3-4 hours and before 24 hours had elapsed, had lost her baby, would your first response still be that there must be no connection?
Well, no vaccine has ever been tested for safety in pregnancy and all vaccines carry a warning in the manufacturer's information stating that they should only be used in pregnancy if the risk of the disease is considered to outweigh the unknown risk of the shot. So every pregnant woman is a guinea pig and yet, the media tells them that the vaccine is perfectly safe in pregnancy. Is this right or fair? Is that the media's role?
Vaccines hold a privileged place in society but is this status warranted? There are many top doctors who question both the safety and effectiveness of this medical procedure - it is not just the AVN. Tom Jefferson an epidemiologist with The Cochrane Collaboration, the largest database of medical information in the English language, has just completed a 40-year retrospective study on the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccines. His results may surprise you. He demonstrated that the vast majority of studies indicate that in the target age groups, flu vaccines are completely ineffective. In children who are now targeted, there has only been one scientific study and the results of that study were mixed.
And safety has never been studied at all since any study which claimed to look at safety was so flawed in its design as to be completely useless. This is what Dr Jefferson said - not me.
So, is it really wrong to question this shot and to ask for more science since it is now aimed at billions of people worldwide?
I hope that you will look at this information and will take the time to consider that, though you may not agree with what the AVN is saying, our message is scientifically valid and we do have a right to say it.
Studies Fail To Demonstrate Safety Or Effectiveness Of Influenza Vaccine In Children And Adults - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/55507.php
Cochrane Influenza Resources - http://www.cochrane.org/influenza/press.html
Does the vaccine matter? Atlantic Monthly - http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200911/brownlee-h1n1
Trust me, I'm a doctor - not good enough any more
It is dangerous to represent a viewpoint that opposes what the mainstream considers to be self-evident. Dr Semmelweis discovered this when he was discredited for claiming that women and babies were dying from Puerperal fever due to surgeons going straight from the morgue to the maternity ward without washing their hands. It was decades before he was exonerated and decades more before hand washing became routine.
It took decades for doctors to admit that smoking cigarettes did not reduce the symptoms of asthma; that thalidomide did in fact cause catastrophic birth defects; that Vioxx increased the risk of heart attacks and stroke and that antibiotics were most-often counterproductive in the treatment of otitis media.
In each of these instances, those who pushed for increased attention to safety and scientific principles in opposition to ingrained beliefs were called anti-science, ignorant or crackpots. They were ridiculed, ignored or denigrated by those who could not accept that something they believed in could possibly be wrong.
No other area exemplifies this resistance to open debate more than the issue of vaccination where, instead of examining the opposing viewpoints, the pro-choice side is accused of misinformation even though their evidence is scientifically based.
Dr Page criticises those who ask questions about vaccination, but who benefits when questions are suppressed? Where would we be now if Semmelweis had been stopped or if McBride hadn't questioned Thalidomide?
In her article, Dr Page accuses the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) of spreading absurd conspiracy theories. Check our web site - we don't. Our information is referenced from primary, peer-reviewed medical sources.
Dr Page says that death rate is a crude measure of vaccine effectiveness, but many studies have shown that between 95-97.5% of doctor-diagnosed measles diagnoses are wrong. Other diseases such as whooping cough are also incorrectly diagnosed more often than not. Crude though it may be, death rate is the most accurate measure of infection we have. And as Dr Page says, these diseases declined long before vaccinations were introduced.
An investigative journalist would be good; a Royal Commission would be better. How about a study examining the health of the vaccinated compared with the unvaccinated, using the Medicare database which is linked with the ACIR? Simple - and Australia is possibly the only country in the world that can do it.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Vaccination is central to the government’s plan for preventing deaths from swine flu. The CDC has recommended that some 159 million adults and children receive either a swine flu shot or a dose of MedImmune’s nasal vaccine this year. Shots are offered in doctors’ offices, hospitals, airports, pharmacies, schools, polling places, shopping malls, and big-box stores like Wal-Mart. In August, New York state required all health-care workers to get both seasonal and swine flu shots. To further protect the populace, the federal government has spent upwards of $3billion stockpiling millions of doses of antiviral drugs like Tamiflu—which are being used both to prevent swine flu and to treat those who fall ill.
But what if everything we think we know about fighting influenza is wrong? What if flu vaccines do not protect people from dying—particularly the elderly, who account for 90 percent of deaths from seasonal flu? And what if the expensive antiviral drugs that the government has stockpiled over the past few years also have little, if any, power to reduce the number of people who die or are hospitalized? The U.S. government—with the support of leaders in the public-health and medical communities—has put its faith in the power of vaccines and antiviral drugs to limit the spread and lethality of swine flu. Other plans to contain the pandemic seem anemic by comparison. Yet some top flu researchers are deeply skeptical of both flu vaccines and antivirals. Like the engineers who warned for years about the levees of New Orleans, these experts caution that our defenses may be flawed, and quite possibly useless against a truly lethal flu. And that unless we are willing to ask fundamental questions about the science behind flu vaccines and antiviral drugs, we could find ourselves, in a bad epidemic, as helpless as the citizens of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It's been months since dancer and former gymnast Nicole Goodman of Pocasset has been able to do a forward jazz slide or a kick ball change move.
The 18-year-old fell ill weeks after receiving her third Gardasil shot, and she blames the vaccine for the human papillomavirus for putting her in a wheelchair.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The German army has ordered a stock of special swine flu vaccine that does not contain controversial additives that will be given to the general public, the Defence Ministry confirmed on Monday.
The announcement came in response to a report in daily Westfalen-Blatt, which said that Bundeswehr soldiers and their families on foreign deployments or preparing for missions overseas would receive the inoculations.
The A/H1N1 flu shots given to soldiers will contain neither a controversial strengthening additive, nor the preservative agent mercury, both of which are contained in the shots for the general public.
Additive-free Celvapan, manufactured by the US pharmaceutical company Baxter, was approved on October 6 for use in the European Union.
Defence Ministry spokesman Thomas Raabe said the Bundeswehr needs to be able to quickly and impartially inoculate soldiers and their dependants on foreign missions to ensure they were protected.
Raabe said that not all of the Bundeswehr‘s 250,000 soldiers could be vaccinated at once, but added it is important that the 7,200 troops on foreign missions receive the first shots, he said.
Some doctors have warned of unforeseeable side effects to the other EU-approved vaccines Pandemrix, made by British firm GlaxoSmithKline, and Focetria, manufactured by Swiss company Novartis.
However, there are no studies comparing the side effects, according to the Paul Ehrlich Institute, which oversees drug registration and safety in Germany.
The president of Germany's Association of Children’s and Young People’s Physicians (BVKJ), Wolfram Hartmann, told the Westfalen-Blatt that the vaccines committee of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin had reacted with surprise to the Bundeswehr’s “solo approach.”
He called for children aged six months to six years to also be given the additive-free shots
Thursday, October 8, 2009
When I voted in this poll about 5 minutes ago, these were the results from more than 34,000 votes. Perhaps there is hope yet?
If you would like to vote, please click on the image to the right.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Teen girl suffers permanent brain damage after cervical cancer vaccine
(NaturalNews) As the cervical cancer vaccine continues to maim or kill even more teenage girls across the UK, 18-year-old Stacey Jones is the latest victim to suffer severe harm. Previously in a state of apparent health, Stacey began to suffer severe seizures and brain inflammation within days after receiving the Cervarix vaccine injection. The swelling of her brain was so severe that it cause permanent brain damage, and today Stacey Jones is an "empty shell" of a girl.
Her mother isn't fooled by Big Pharma. "I really feel she has been used as a guinea pig," she said in a DailyMail news article (source below). "I don't think there is enough evidence that the vaccination programme is safe - this all happened days after Stacey was given the vaccine, and we don't have any other explanation for what triggered her brain injury."
Any other company that used these sorts of tactics would have been shut down ages ago and their directors and those involved put in prison. For goodness sake! Pan Pharmaceuticals was closed down for one of their drugs causing nausea! Merck has killed and maimed millions and spent billions covering up the damage. Why is this allowed to continue? Where are our regulators? Is drug money too lucrative for those who are supposed to be protecting us to actually do their job?
By Mike Adams
Previously secret documents that surfaced at a Vioxx court case in April of this year reveal pharmaceutical giant Merck maintained a “hit list” of doctors to be “neutralized” for speaking out against Vioxx. Although this story was reported on NaturalNews and other sites in April, Merck’s involvement in the recent round of swine flu vaccines raises new questions regarding Merck’s behavior towards its critics (see below).
As was reported in The Australian, documents that have surfaced in the Federal Court in Melbourne expose the criminal intent of Merck staffers who admitted they intended to “stop funding to institutions” and “interfere with academic appointments.” (These actions are highly illegal, by the way.)
According to on-the-record testimony in this Australian trial, one Merck employee said, in referring to the doctors on the hit list, “We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live…”
Sunday, October 4, 2009
So, when drug companies say (as they continually do) that they don't make money from the vaccines they sell, what do you think they mean? Do cigarette companies make money selling cigarettes? Do drug pushers make money when the kid up the road buys crack? If drug companies aren't making money from vaccines, why are they the richest companies in the world?
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One can only hope that they are right. It shows that Australians are a LOT smarter than the drug companies and medical community give them credit for. Now Minister Roxon...about that $1 billion you've spent on this vaccine....
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This is a woman who worked on the HPV vaccine and is considered an expert on this subject. She says two very important things:
1- The vaccine will NOT prevent even one case of cancer.
2- Taking the vaccine will put girls and women at greater risk than if they were not vaccinated.
So why are we still pushing this shot on our innocent girls and women - and soon boys and infants? Do drug companies really hold that much sway that our government and medical authorities are willing to consider our families to be sacrificial lambs for profit?
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The New York State Health Commissioner's new mandate that all health care workers be vaccinated against both the seasonal and the swine flu this fall could qualify as the major public health blunder of the year, because it is likely to backfire.
Flu has been rightly characterized as a "slippery disease" that can mutate quickly and unpredictably, which means that planning for flu epidemics must be flexible and should be reviewed regularly as evidence of disease spread and severity accumulates.
We are already experiencing the beginning of a second wave of swine flu, the 2009 H1N1 influenza. Effective response will require cooperation of the public, and such cooperation (in actions such as getting vaccinated, social distancing and staying home when sick) will happen only if the public trusts its health officials.
Surveys have noted an erosion in public trust of government officials, but continued confidence in physicians and nurses. In this context, persuasion based on science, ethics and prudence, not on legal threats, should be the mandatory course of action for public health officials.
Teenage girl left brain-damaged after receiving cervical cancer jab | Mail Online
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Friday, October 2, 2009
Let's see more of these lawsuits being filed - we need everyone who is being forced to stand up and say they are mad as hell and they aren't going to take it any more!
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FDA - TGA - same old garbage. They are totally beholden to the drug companies and therefore, they almost never say no. Especially when they are asked so nicely $$$$$$$$$
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Thursday, October 1, 2009
There is nobody who says it straighter and with more guts than Hilary Butler. If there is anyone in the world who has a clearer understanding of how vaccines can affect the immune system and how susceptible people can be injured or killed by them, I have never yet met them. If you haven't read Hilary's two books, Just a Little Prick and From One Prick to Another, I don't know what you are waiting for? You can find more information about both books by clicking here.
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It seems that no matter what the evidence is, nothing must ever be allowed to draw into disrepute - even for a very short time - the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations.
Where does the truth lie?
Our buddies from the scumbags organisation (well, if Paul Keating can say it, I can too!) have been emailing me all morning to demand that I take down the article I posted a couple of days ago in which I stated that I didn't believe that Natalie's death was coincidental to the Cervarix vaccine.
I won't do that. Because I still don't believe in coincidence. Not when it comes to vaccines.
Perhaps there are some cardiologists on this list who might want to answer the following question.
How likely is it that a 14 year old girl can have a massive heart / lung tumour of the type which the coroners claim she had - and still be totally asymptomatic?
This is a girl who was described by her family and by those around her as being perfectly healthy. She certainly looked to be the picture of health.
Shouldn't she have had problems with extreme tiredness? With breathing? Shouldn't she have been pale and wan looking - I mean, a tumour large enough to cause sudden death should have been impeding her blood-flow for quite some time. Even the most aggressive tumours do, when they affect major organs like the heart and lungs, produce some symptoms even though they may not be specific enough to require exploratory surgery.
My aunt, Sheila, who smoked for many years though she had stopped some time in her 40s, passed away several years ago in her early 60s. She had developed a tumour in her lungs which had spread to her heart. She had months of feeling a pressure on her chest, being unaccountably tired and progressivley getting worse until she had to see her doctor. And even then, she did not just drop dead on the floor. She died slowly in hospital whilst being given massive doses of chemotherapy.
It all seems too convenient to me - this sudden diagnosis of a perfectly health girl who has died almost immediately after receiving one of the most toxic vaccines we have today.
If I were her parents, I would be asking for a second opinion - for an independent pathologist to review the autopsy results or perhaps, if I had a good relationship with my family doctor, I would ask them to actually veiw Natalie's body and see if there truly is a tumour.
We will probably never know the truth about the death of this tragic child. But her passing leaves more questions then it does answers. And while deaths from vaccines continue to be minimised as coincidental, blamed on the parents or put down to just plain bad luck, these questions will remain.