Mumps vaccine ineffective it seems

Mumps vaccine ineffective it seems

Take a look at this article about a mumps outbreak among Orthodox Jews in the U.S. To me it clearly demonstrated that vaccines at best are unreliable and worst just don’t work.

Out of just over 3,500, 1,648 were studied. Of these 89% were fully vaccinated against mumps (2 doses).

What made me chuckle was the following: The researchers wrote that “chavrusa study, with its prolonged, face-to-face contact,” probably resulted in high exposures to the virus, and these “overcame vaccine-induced protection in individual students.” 

Hold on a minute! I thought the idea of a vaccine was to introduce your body to a particular virus/bacteria so that when you come into contact with the real thing your body is able to fight it off! Not so it seems.

Apparently the source of the outbreak was a young lad (who was vaccinated) who visited the UK “where fears about vaccination had led to a large mumps outbreak.”  

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WHO receive cash & advice from junk food industry

WHO receive cash & advise from junk food industry

YOu couldn’t make it up could you? It transpires that the Pan-American arm of the WHO has been asking the food industry for its advise it tackling obesity…well seems there won’t be any attempt to regulate fizzy drinks then. Coca-Cola, Nestle and Unilever have also bribed sorry donated large amounts of cash to the organisation. Apparently this is a “new ay of doing business”. I suggest this is one of the oldest ways of doing business, i.e. bribe the regulator! 

 

Clinical trials going AWOL

This morning I heard an interesting discussion between Dr Ben Goldacre (an epidemiologist) and Stephen Whitehead, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry on Radio 4 where Dr Goldacre asserts that big Pharma regularly with-hold negative clinical trial data and thereby mislead doctors and patients who subsequently take these medicines without knowing ALL of the potential risks. In addition, the regulatory bodies fail to force these companies to publish ALL of the data.

Here the discussion here (available only till 2nd October) around 2hrs 35mins into the programme. Also check out an informative (and funny) presentation by Dr Goldacre at TED below. The bit about big Pharma misleading doctors is at 7mins  40secs (but watch the whole thing)

Self medicating (saying no to antibiotics)

Hi,
I  had two ailments recently for which I would normally saunter off to the doctor and promptly receive (I would imagine) a prescription for antibiotics to cure me. But NO! I held out and saw both off with grit, determination and a dose of self-medication…

The first is a recurring sore gum which seems to rear it’s ugly head when I’m feeling a bit run-down. It’s actually I think an infection (fungal?) of some sort as my bottom left gum and cheek were sore and red and  coated with a whitish film that looked fungal to me.  The cheek also felt rough when felt with my tongue.

Due to my natural phobia towards doctors (over-prescribing, sheep mentality) and dentists (just scary) I decided that I would try and fight it off by myself. With a combination of crushed garlic (ouch!!!) pressed on the gum/cheek daily, garlic tablets,  swills of salt water and also taking of Pine Needle Oil (for apparently reducing inflammation and killing bacteria – I found out about this from my wife’s family who are Vietnamese).

I also remembered about bicarbonate of soda being an anti-fungal agent so I washed my mouth with this twice-daily –  I basically threw any anti-microbial thing I had in the kitchen/medicine chest at it! It finally subsided after around 3/4 weeks. Hooray!

The euphoria was short-lived as the second ailment which occurred two weeks later  (about 5/6 weeks ago now) and stayed for a month was (I guess) a chest infection that came from nowhere. Symptoms – coughing up lots of thick green phlegm everyday (sorry for the graphic description!). Again I treated this by myself with garlic tablets and pine needle oil tablets. It went on as I say for about a month and although I did feel like going to the doctor on a few occasions (particularly when my wife was nagging me) I resisted and again it went by itself.

The only other thing I did was to eat a healthy diet and get lots of rest which is easier said than done with a full-time job and 3 kids under 10 years of age…

Yes, a dose (or two in my case) of antibiotics would have undoubtedly got rid of these infections quickly but stepping back figuring out what is wrong and trying to treat yourself initially I think is the best way forward. Yes of course if things hadn’t got better I would have gone to the doctor (I’m not a masochist!) to seek help but if we did a bit more of listening to our bodies, supporting the immune system with natural products rather than run to the doctor we would all be better off (including financially…)

Fasting for a healthier life

Check out some of the latest research into using fasting to improve your health in terms of stabilising blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. It’s on BBC iplayer for the next month. After this there is a clip on You Tube:

Flu jabs for kids being offered in UK

Just out today – the UK has finally gone mad and will offer all children between the ages of 2 and 17 a flu vaccine – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18969338

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the greatest people at risk are the under-2’s and over 65’s so it beats me as to why 2-17 year olds are being targeted…The article actually says: “Children usually get a mild and sometimes unpleasant illness from seasonal flu. They rarely suffer complications. Youngsters who do are usually in the at-risk groups already offered a flu vaccine”. So if there is little problem why introduce it!? I guess AstraZeneca who manufactures the vaccine is rubbing its hands with glee…

The BBC article states “The UK is thought to be the first country in the world to offer free flu immunisation to all children” Are they serious? Where do you think the money will come from to pay for these jabs? Or have AstraZeneca become a charity overnight. The answer lies two paragraphs above this quote : “Nine million children will be eligible for the nasal flu vaccine and the price tag could be more than £100m a year“. So there you go £100m of tax payers money will be paid to AstraZeneca – great!  

Diabetes – it’s good for the economy

Well it’s good for Big Pharma and their shareholders anyway. Why do I say that? Well just look at the recent $5.3bn acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca. Amylin produce diabetes drugs Byetta and Bydureon. It is estimated that they will need to make $2bn in peak sales to justify the transaction. Byetta made $518m in sales last year and Bydureon $7m in the first quarter of the year being only approved for sale in January. So looking at the figures they are going to have to do some hard selling to get their money back! Indeed Bristol executives said that while Amylin’s sales force had targeted endocrinologists, the combined sales forces of the three companies would be able to widen their presence to cover primary care physicians. 

One endocrinologist I’ve mentioned in previous posts is Dr Robert Lustig who has stated that the lack of fibre in our modern diet combined with too much sugar (and high-fructose corn syrup) is the cause of obesity and diabetes. He believes you can cure type 2 diabetes in a week with a high-fibre diet. But do you think Big Pharma actually cares about this endocrinologists opinion. Hell no. At the end of the day these companies are raking in the profits as more and more people become ill through their poor diet. It’s the same for the food industry. It’s been shown that their lobbying of governments and other agencies forces them to water-down or even shelve reports that would hurt their business. Have a look at these articles where the sugar industry threatened the WHO (World Health Organisation) over a report they drafted recommending reducing a persons sugar intake:

WHO attacks sugar lobby

Sugar industry threatens to scupper WHO

And guess what happened? Yup the WHO recommendations were dropped – check out the video 9 mins in:

Also check out YouTube for all the episodes of  The Men Who Made Us Fat – not on BBC iplayer anymore.

Obesity – where there’s fat, there’s brass

Just came across this obesity graphic on Reuters showing the most obese nations. Fine. Underneath this map however is a projection of obesity-related drug sales where the top three drugs Lorcaserin (Arena Phamaceuticals), Qnexa (Vivus Inc) & Contrave (Orexigen Therapeutics) will earn their respective drug companies $755m, $689m & $443m. These drugs, as these companies know full well, ain’t going to help these people, only going to boost their profits. The real solution as highlighted in tonights BBC programme – The Men Who Made Us Fat is the rise of high fructose corn syrup in most processed foods…

Unfortunately, as is well known the food industry has huge power here and in the US so governments are too scared to do anything about it…indeed in the programme it mentioned the industry warning the WHO not to publish a damming report on sugar consumption, which it apparently shelved after being ‘leant on’. Same old. Same old….

The Skinny on Obesity

Great playlist of videos featuring Prof. Robert Lustig about the real reasons we are where we are with obesity.

The Men Who Made Us Fat

I’ll be taking a look at this programme tonight (14th June) at 9pm on BBC2 – The Men Who Made Us Fat. If you can’t watch it tonight be sure to see it on iplayer. It looks like it is concentrating on the real reason we are becoming overweight and obese – the ubiquitous evil substance that is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

The programme blurb mentions the endocrinologist Robert Lustig who was one of the first to notice the dangers of HFCS but was unsurprisingly ignored. If you cannot wait till for tonight’s programme or want to see Prof. Lustig in action telling you how it is (with humour) it’s a great watch especially like the Coca-Cola Conspiracy bit (about 11 mins in). Check it out below. Also it’s worth exploring the rest of UCTV for great lectures on a variety of subject areas.