|Issue #37 - October 2005|
Welcome to this issue of Naturopathic News, issue #37. It’s my mission to help you find natural solutions to health problems. This newsletter is one way to do that. The more educated you are about your health options the better able you will be to take control of your health. If you would like to stop receiving my newsletter send me an email and let me know.
WE MADE IT!!
Coming from the West:
Coming from the East:
Coming from the South:
Coming from the North:
Only about 60 people out of 6 billion have died of the bird flu at this point. All were involved in handling sick birds. We know of no recorded case of bird flu being transmitted from one human to another—something that would have to happen before an epidemic, much less a pandemic, could occur.
An epidemic is a widespread outbreak of a disease in a particular community at a particular time. A pandemic is an outbreak of disease in a whole country or in several countries. Pandemics occur, on the average, every 30 to 40 years.
It’s necessary to have some perspective to counterbalance the current almost-hysteria being stirred up by politicians and the press. Yes, the virus that causes bird flu could mutate so that it could be transmitted from human to human. Yes, we think this has happened before.
Viruses are, in reality, parasitic bits of protein that have to attach themselves to living cells. They are so small they can only be seen by an electron microscope. They were discovered when it was realized that there was some kind of infectious agent that was not a bacterium or a microorganism. Whatever it was, it was small enough to pass through a porcelain filter that stopped bacteria.
At the moment politicians, the media, drug companies, and researchers looking for grant money are talking about being wiped out by a bird-flu pandemic. Remember, if you are more than 50 years old, you've already lived through two pandemics of flu and probably didn't even know it.
If the bird-flu virus should mutate so that it can travel human to human, there is no vaccine for it. Personal hygiene will be very important. Avoid crowds, don’t pick your nose, and wash your hands several times a day (NOT with anti-bacterial soaps). Keep your immune system strong. Get lots of sleep. Eat whole, nutritionally dense foods. Sugar, drugs, and alcohol should be avoided.
It seems as if there are daily fear messages where the public is being warned that there are inadequate amounts of the flu vaccine for people and that this is particularly a problem for the elderly, who are most vulnerable to serious complications of the flu. But according to the October 1, 2005 issue of The Lancet, a systematic review of all previous studies testing vaccines for the flu showed that they are NOT effective in preventing the flu or "influenza-like illness" or pneumonia in the elderly population. Which makes it even more problematic that the media and the medical community is instilling fear into people and yet not disclosing that the "prevention" strategy does not seem to work.
The other "at-risk" group that the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine is children. Another article from the February 26, 2005 issue of The Lancet, literally analyzed every available reference on the subject that they could find, in any language. They included 14 randomized controlled trials; eight cohort studies, one case-control study, and one randomized controlled trial of intraepidemic use of the vaccine. They could not find a single study that assessed reductions in mortality, serious complications or even community transmission of the disease. These studies provide significant doubt about the efficacy in preventing the flu with present vaccines.
Conventional treatment strategies for the flu are also problematic. The most popular conventional drug, Tamiflu, is an anti-viral, but it is quickly losing its efficacy because it is being over-used for the common flu, rather than for its more appropriate use in treating more dangerous versions of the flu, such as the new avian flu.
HOMEOPATHY AND INFLUENZA
Homeopaths and their patients have good reason not to be in a panic about the flu. We have an excellent track record going back to the 1918 flu pandemic. Hospital records from those years indicate that homeopath’s patient mortality rate was 1-3%, while the mortality rate for those treated by MDs was 20-30% or higher.
More importantly, homeopaths have proven treatments for people with the flu. There have been at least 3 large-scale, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials using "Oscillococcinum" to treat people with the flu or with influenza-like syndrome. Here are the references if you want to look at the research yourself.
Casanova, P, Gerard R. Bilan de 3 annees d'estudes randomisees multicentriques Oscillococcinum/placebo. Oscillococcinum-rassegna della letterature internationale. Milan : Laboratoires Boiron; 1992:11-16.
J.P. Ferley, D. Zmirou, D. D'Admehar, et al., "A Controlled Evaluation of a Homoeopathic Preparation in the Treatment of Influenza-like Syndrome," British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, March, 1989,27:329-35.
R. Papp, G. Schuback, E. Beck, et al, "Oscillococcinum in Patients with Influenza-like Syndromes: A Placebo Controlled Double-blind Evaluation," British Homeopathic Journal, April, 1998,87:69-76.
Readers of past newsletters recognize Oscillococcinum as the homeopathic remedy to take at the first sign of illness. If it fits your symptoms you will see results after 1 or 2 doses. If there is no response after the first couple of doses it is not the correct remedy for you and you should contact your homeopath immediately.
CONGRESS SET TO PASS LAW ELIMINATING LIABILITY FOR VACCINE INJURIES
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is calling the "Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005"(S. 1873), which passed out of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee one day after it was introduced "a drug company stockholder's dream and a consumer's worst nightmare." The proposed legislation will strip Americans of the right to a trial by jury if harmed by an experimental or licensed drug or vaccine that they are forced by government to take, whenever federal health officials declare a public health emergency.
The legislation's architect, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the HELP Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, told the full HELP Committee yesterday that the legislation" creates a true partnership" between the federal government, the pharmaceutical industry and academia to walk the drug companies "through the Valley of Death" in bringing a new vaccine or drug to market. The Burr bill gives the Secretary of DHHS the sole authority to decide whether a manufacturer violated laws mandating drug safety and bans citizens from challenging his decision in the civil court system.
The bill establishes the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA), as the single point of authority within the government for the advanced research and development of drugs and vaccines in response to bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks such as the flu. BARDA will operate in secret, exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, insuring that no evidence of injuries or deaths caused by drugs and vaccines labeled as "countermeasures" will become public.
The legislation is being pushed rapidly through Congress without time for voters to make their voices heard by their elected representatives. Co-sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg (R-NH), the legislation will eliminate both regulatory and legal safeguards applied to vaccines as well as take away the right of children and adults harmed by vaccines and drugs to present their case in front of a jury in a civil court of law.
"It is a sad day for this nation when Congress is frightened and bullied into allowing one profit making industry to destroy the seventh Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing citizens their day in court in front of a jury of their peers," said Barbara Loe Fisher, president of NVIC. "This proposed legislation is an unconstitutional attempt by some in Congress to give a taxpayer- funded handout to pharmaceutical companies for drugs and vaccines the government can force all citizens to use while absolving everyone connected from any responsibility for injuries and deaths which occur. It means that, if an American is injured by an experimental flu or anthrax vaccine he or she is mandated to take, that citizen will be banned from exercising the Constitutional right to a jury trial even if it is revealed that the vaccine maker engaged in criminal fraud and negligence in the manufacture of the vaccine."
Since 1986, vaccine makers have been protected from most liability in civil court through the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in which Congress created a federal vaccine injury compensation program (VICP) that offers vaccine victims an alternative to the court system. Even though the program has awarded nearly $2 billion to victims of mandated vaccines, two out of three plaintiffs are turned away.
”The federal health agencies want more power to force citizens to use vaccines without having to worry about properly regulating them,” said Fisher. If the Burr bill passes, all economic incentives to insure mandated vaccines are safe will be removed and the American people are facing a future where government can force them to take poorly regulated experimental drugs and vaccines labeled as "countermeasures" or go to jail. The only recourse for citizens will be to strike down mandatory vaccination laws so vaccines will be subject to the law of supply and demand in the marketplace.
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) was founded by parents of vaccine injured children in 1982 and co-founders worked with Congress on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986
DR. PAIS’S REVIEW: Doesn’t it make sense that if mandated vaccines were as safe as the government and the manufacturers want you to believe they wouldn’t need laws like this? The abrogation of rights with no resort is pretty menacing.
THE COMPOSITION OF VACCINES
DR. PAIS’S REVIEW: Cow’s brain cultures, formaldehyde, antibiotics, MSG, human fetal tissue, the list goes on. Sounds like a skit on MAD TV—No, it’s the garbage that is injected when vaccinations are performed. Human fetal tissue?? And they’re complaining about stem cell research?
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That’s it for this issue of Naturopathic News. If you’ve thought a bit extra or learned something new, then I achieved my goal. As usual, if you have questions or concerns brought up by these subjects, let me know.
Gregory Pais, ND, DHANP