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Midlife suicides on rise in baby boomer population: Chronic illness and depression plague America

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(NaturalNews) They are supposed to be in the “Golden Years” of their lives, enjoying the fruits of their lifelong labors and living out their remaining years in relaxing happiness. But sadly, for an increasing number of baby boomers, chronic illness capped with depression have led many to suicide.

Take the case of Michael Kelly, a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran who, in the waning hours of Dec. 24, 2011, walked into his darkened back yard near Sacramento High School and hanged himself from a beam on the deck.

“I just relive it in my head,” says his widow, Cathy Kelly, of her husband, who suffered from bipolar disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. She was separated from Michael when he killed himself.

“I know the dark hole of being really low. How sad he must have felt walking out there in the dark,” she told the Sacramento Bee newspaper. “That’s what I think about most.”

Few answers yet

Per the newspaper:

Although experts have long thought of midlife as a time of stability and emotional contentment, baby boomers are proving to be an unfortunate exception. Reversing a longtime demographic trend, midlife suicides are on the rise for the generation born between 1946 and 1964.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate for people in this age group has risen in recent years by nearly 30 percent. In the decade ending in 2010, the same time period, people 85 and older – the demographic most likely to kill themselves, traditionally – has fallen by 12 percent, the CDC says.

The agency says that for the entire U.S. population the rate of suicide was 12.4 per 100,000, but that for the 45-54 age group the figure is 19.6 per 100,000 in 2010 and 55-64, the rate was 17.5 per 100,000.

‘It’s time for us to figure out what’s going on’

“Historically, people in this middle-aged group have had flat rates of suicide,” Julie Phillips, the Rutgers University social demographer whose research helped identify the trend, told the SacBee. “After 50 to 60 years of data, to see this spike for this generation, it’s time for us to figure out what’s going on.”

For now, however, suicide experts and other researchers don’t have a lot of answers, only theories as to why the middle years have become more prone to suicide.

“We don’t really know, but the increase in this middle-aged group is thought to be in part because of the economy,” Paula Clayton, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention medical director, said. “It’s always been known that during a period of unemployment, there are higher rates of suicide. That was even clear in the 1920s.”

Higher rates of unemployment and a concurrent lack of medical coverage could be leading some to refrain from seeking help for depression.

“With the instability in the economy and the housing market, we’ve noticed a lot of people calling the crisis line with anxiety, depression and sometimes suicidal ideation,” said Diane Sommers, executive director of the Suicide Prevention of Yolo County crisis line.

As bad as it sounds, there are solutions to depression – natural ones, at that

There are a number of things that can cause the kind of depression that can eventually lead someone to choose suicide: living with pain; being diagnosed with a new, debilitating disease; the side effects of depression medication.

And while we here at NaturalNews are as mystified as researchers as to the increased levels of suicide among baby boomers, we are prepared to offer some solutions:

Five great herbs for fighting depression. Rhodiola rosea (Crassulaceae); St. John’s Wort; Camu Camu; Maca; and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) have all been found to reduce depression because they contain powerful antidepressant compounds and nutrients.

Get off the couch. Exercise has been clinically proven to reduce depression through the creation of an overall sense of wellness.

Omega-3. Add some omega-3 fatty acid to your diet daily. They modify brain chemistry and combat depression. Sources of omega-3 include fatty fish, hemp seeds and oil, chia seeds, walnuts, grass-fed meats and butter, and pastured eggs). Even the government says so: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15907142.

Get out of the house. Keep off the social media websites and actually get out of the house more often. Mingle. Visit places. Travel. Meet new people. You’ll feel better because you won’t feel so lonely and isolated.

Commentary by: Gordon King

I believe that medical doctors have a place in treating depression.  Medications can absolutely help with the symptoms.  With that being said, one must work on the problem and solution.  That is where God comes into play.  By accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you can give him your problems and let him give you peace and comfort.  Does that mean you will never have any problems?  No.  Does that mean you will never have to deal with them?  No.  What it does mean is that God will be with you every step of the way.  He will give you peace and comfort in difficult times.  He will help you solve your problems.  God is love, light, truth, peace, comfort and is almighty.  He created you, he can surely help you.  Don’t think that you can make it on your own with just medication.  That is only putting a band-aide on the wound.  Take care of what is causing the wound.  Let God help you!

Accept Jesus Now!

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California, Arizona see spike in valley fever cases as worsening drought kicks up dust

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Oct. 13, 2008: Lucila Huerta, tends to her husband Guadalupe, who is suffering from Valley Fever and other medical problems, in their apartment in Madera, Calif. (AP)

Associated Press

California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.

The fever has hit California’s agricultural heartland particularly hard in recent years, with incidence dramatically increasing in 2010 and 2011. The disease — which is prevalent in arid regions of the United States, Mexico, Central and South America — can be contracted by simply breathing in fungus-laced spores from dust disturbed by wind as well as human or animal activity.

The fungus is sensitive to environmental changes, experts say, and a hotter, drier climate has increased dust carrying the spores.

“Research has shown that when soil is dry and it is windy, more spores are likely to become airborne in endemic areas,” said Dr. Gil Chavez, Deputy Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health.

Longstanding concerns about valley fever were heightened last week when a federal health official ordered the transfer of more than 3,000 exceptionally vulnerable inmates from two San Joaquin Valley prisons where several dozen have died of the disease in recent years. A day later, state officials began investigating an outbreak in February that sickened 28 workers at two solar power plants under construction in San Luis Obispo County.

Although millions of residents in Central California face the threat of valley fever, experts say people who work in dusty fields or construction sites are most at risk, as are certain ethnic groups and those with weak immune systems. Newcomers and visitors passing through the region may also be more susceptible.

Nationwide, the number of valley fever cases rose by more than 850 percent from 1998 through 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011, there were more than 20,400, with most cases reported in California and Arizona.

In California, according to the CDC, valley fever cases rose from about 700 in 1998 to more than 5,500 cases reported in 2011. The disease has seen the sharpest rise in Kern County, followed by Kings and Fresno counties.

Out of the 18,776 California cases between 2001 and 2008, 265 people died, according to the state health department.

Arizona saw an even steeper rise: The number of reported cases there went from 1,400 in 1998 to 16,400 in 2011, with the highest rates of infection occurring in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties.

Drought periods can have an especially potent impact on valley fever if they follow periods of rain, said Prof. John Galgiani, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona. Rainfall leads to fungus bloom, but limits dust.

“When it dries up, that’s when the fungus goes into the air,” Galgiani said. “So when there is rain a year or two earlier, that creates more cases if drought follows.”

Another reason for the increase in cases, Galgiani said, is new residents, who are more susceptible to the disease, relocating to areas with the spores.

In addition, the CDC and the California Department of Public Health say improved reporting methods and better diagnosis also partially explain the increase in valley fever.

Despite that, an estimated 150,000 valley fever infections go undiagnosed every year, the CDC says. That’s because valley fever is difficult to detect and there’s little awareness of the disease, experts say. The fever often causes mild to severe flu-like symptoms, and in about half the infections, the fungus — called Coccidioides — results in no symptoms.

But in a small percent of cases, the infection can spread from the lungs to the brain, bones, skin, even eyes, leading to blindness, skin abscesses, lung failure, even death.

“Valley fever is a very common problem here, and it devastates people’s lives,” said Dr. Royce Johnson, professor of medicine at UCLA and chief of infectious diseases at Kern Medical Center. “But many patients don’t know about it, and some physicians are only vaguely aware of it because half of our physicians come from out of state.”

Dale Pulde, a motorcycle mechanic in Los Angeles County, said he contracted the disease three years ago after traveling to Bakersfield in Kern County and was coughing so hard he was blacking out; he spit blood and couldn’t catch his breath. For two months, doctors tested him for everything from tuberculosis to cancer until blood tests confirmed he had the fever.

After two lung operations, Pulde gave up his job and is on disability. He says he has to take anti-fungal medication that costs him more than $2,000 per month out of pocket. He had to sell his house in Sylmar, Calif., to raise money for his treatment.

“When I found out that health officials knew about (this disease) and how common it is, I was beside myself,” said Pulde, now 63. “Why don’t they tell people?”

California public health officials say they are working to educate and train the public and doctors to recognize the illness.

The state has trained county health departments about the fungus, Chavez said. It has also included information on valley fever in a newsletter the California Medical Board sends to the state’s licensed physicians. The CDPH website and social media feature information and data about the disease, including advice to limit outdoor activities on dry, windy days.

As prison officials gear up to move inmates from the endemic areas, doctors and patients say more needs to be done, including funding research to work on a cure.

“If the state is so concerned about prisoners, they should be worrying about all of us who live and work in the valley,” said Kathy Uhley, a former realtor from Los Banos who contracted the fever last year.

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Analysis Finds 55% Ground Beef, 39% Chicken Contaminated with Superbugs

Elizabeth Renter
Infowars.com
April 20, 2013

Would you still eat that turkey burger if you knew it contained antibiotic resistant bacteria? Maybe not. But if you eat turkey, there’s a good chance you are ingesting some of these potentially lethal “super bugs”. The same holds true for beef, chicken, and pork, according to a recent analysis from the Environmental Working Group.

The EWG analyzed tests recently released from the federal government, and what they found was that a great deal of American meat is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More specifically, the EWG found the following contamination levels:

  • 81% of raw ground turkey
  • 69% of pork chops
  • 55% of raw ground beef
  • 39% of raw chicken

With the vast majority of U.S.-made pharmaceuticals going into livestock production, how could this possibly be? It’s because the superbugs are created in part by an overabundance of antibiotics. Sounds a little backwards, right? Well, bacteria are living things; they evolve and change to survive just like humans or animals do. And to this end, when something threatens them, they adjust to build defenses. This is how powerful bacteria become impervious to potent antibiotics.

MedicalNewsToday reports that 30 million pounds of antibiotics were sold in 2011. This marks an increase of 22% since 2005. And somewhere around 80% of those drugs went to meat production. As we pump more and more antibiotics into the food system, we will likely see a greater concentration, variety, and fallout of these superbugs.

The EWG says the source of the problem isn’t being addressed. The cause of proliferation of illness and bacteria among livestock is largely the conditions in which we raise them. In other words, large scale feeding operations where cattle, chicken, and other livestock are forced to live on top of each other in their own filth certainly does nothing to encourage healthy animals.

“Congress should also fully fund the Conservation Stewardship Program, which encourages conservation activities on grassland, pastureland and rangeland. This program, run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, could be used to support ranchers who raise animals on pasture and employ practices that fortify health.

For example, unlike operations that confine a large number of animals to a small area, rotational grazing allows animals access to open space. This practice improves herd health and reduces the risk of infection or sickness that would otherwise spread easily,” the Environmental Working Group reports.

Antibiotic resistant superbugs found in livestock can and will make their way into humans. One already has. Known as Pig MRSA, Methcillin-resistant Staphoylococcus aureus CC398 is no longer just for pigs. That having been said, if you knew your turkey burger was infected with a “superbug”, would you still eat it?

Until the issue is addressed, it’s important to consider limiting meat consumption. Some farmers are doing their part by not only being independent from large-scale CAFO’s, but also by replacing antibiotics with natural substances like cinnamon and oregano oil.

Elizabeth Renter’s article first appeared at NaturalSociety.com.

This article was posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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Court Rules 8 Oregon Children to be Vaccinated Against Parents’ Will

Mikael Thalen
Infowars.com
April 5, 2013

Parents in Marion County, Oregon lost their battle in court Wednesday to choose whether or not their eight children would be vaccinated after losing custody to the state last year.

A ruling from The Oregon Court of Appeals said that the parents did not have the right to exempt their children from forced vaccinations after child welfare workers and the Oregon Department of Human Services fought to obtain a court order demanding the children receive multiple vaccinations last year.

The court also decided that since the state had custody of the children, it had the right to make all their medical decisions without the parents’ consent. Although the children are living with relatives, they are considered wards of the state.

The parents, who say vaccinations are against their religious beliefs, had their children removed for undisclosed reasons last year after the state claimed concerns over their welfare. Despite the ruling, it appears the children have yet to be vaccinated while the parents have the option of appealing the ruling to Oregon’s Supreme Court.

Given the fact that children now receive as many as 26 shots by two years of age as compared to the 1960′s number of 4 shots, parents choosing not to vaccinate in Oregon alone now accounts for 5.8% of kindergartners according to the Center for Disease Control.

Several studies including a recent independent German study from 2011 also found that vaccinated children had at least 2 to 5 times as many disorders and diseases as compared unvaccinated children.

Also given the news that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other government officials received special, additive-free H1N1 vaccines, not containing the toxic mercury derivative Thimerosal, formaldehyde, aluminum salts and monosodium glutamate (MSG), the number of people choosing to opt-out of vaccinations has increased, in return causing an increasing overreach of governmental authority on peoples personal decisions.

Last year, Natomas school officials in California went door to door with nurses attempting to vaccinate children at their homes after a new state law passed requiring students entering seventh through 12th grades to be vaccinated or wave their right to attend school, despite multiple districts ignoring the mandate.

The medical industry has also increased its push for more vaccinations despite the recent revelation that vaccine manufacturing giant Merck was exposed by two of its own scientists last year for faking vaccine efficacy data for over a decade by spiking blood samples with animal antibodies. Colorado also approved a vaccination mandate for healthcare workers and fired 150 employees who refused to receive shots.

At this time it is unclear whether or not the parents will appeal the court’s decision.

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Diseases That Threaten Humanity

 An American policeman wearing a mask to protect himself from the outbreak of Spanish flu following World War I, ca. 1918. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

While it’s impossible to calculate the odds of a disease wiping out humanity (Are they better or worse than an asteroid hitting earth? What about a robot uprising?), this staple subject of both page and screen contains a kernel of truth. There are diseases out there in the world that pose a substantial risk to humankind. There are diseases that have attacked us already, killing millions upon millions. What follows are five diseases that, given the perfect, deadly mutation and the right push could lay siege to humanity.

And at the the end of this list there’s a kind of bonus: a disease that once would have been listed here, which ravaged humankind, killing upwards of 300 million people in the 20th century alone. But decades ago humanity struck back, eradicating it from the face of the earth.

Influenza

It’s believed that flu pandemics have occurred throughout human history, when especially nasty strains of influenza virus spread globally. The deadliest of these waves that we know about was the 1918 “Spanish” flu outbreak that according to flu.gov infected between 20 and 40 percent of the worldwide population and killed approximately 50 million people. With its high mutation rate and ability to spread easily, the flu virus remains a constant risk to humanity. Just as recently as 2009, the H1N1 strain of flu is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of people. 

While the flu shot is not perfect – this year’s version was less effective for the elderly for reasons that are unclear – the CDC recommends that everyone over the age of six months old get a flu shot.

Superbugs

 Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis is a type of tuberculosis that is resistant to various antibiotics. (CDC)
 

One of humanity’s best weapons against infectious disease could ultimately be the cause of a major threat to us: Superbugs. Superbugs are bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotic drugs. Recently, Sally Davies, the U.K.’s chief medical officer, described the danger posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria as “apocalyptic.”

“There are few public health issues of potentially greater importance for society than antibiotic resistance,” Davies told the UK newspaper The Guardian.

The types of bacteria that have become untreatable by antibiotics range from strains of staphylococcus, a common bacteria that usually causes minor skin infections, if anything, to the sexually-transmitted disease gonorrhea. And experts warn that there are not enough new antibiotics coming to market for humanity to keep up in this evolutionary arms race.

Ebola

 This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (CDC)
 The stuff of nightmares: a disease that causes massive internal bleeding and reportedly kills more than half of the people it infects. Ebola, named after the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where it was discovered, perhaps entered the public consciousness with the publication of Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone. The book recounts – in graphic detail – what happens during an Ebola outbreak. 

The good news is that Ebola appears to be a blood-borne pathogen, making it significantly more difficult to transmit than air-borne diseases like the flu. The bad news is that the virus’s “natural reservoir” – the animals it calls host when it’s not cutting down humans – is unknown (scientists reportedly think the likeliest candidate is bats).

SARS

 Two Chinese girls wear masks to protect themselves from SARS on a street April 24, 2003, in Shanghai, China. (Kevin Lee/Getty Images)

This respiratory disease caused by the SARS coronavirus came to the public’s attention in 2003, with a concerted public awareness campaign conducted by health organizations around the world. The name stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, and the disease demonstrated, according to the Mayo Clinic, “how quickly infection can spread in a highly mobile and interconnected world.”

The 2003 outbreak spread to more than two-dozen countries, infecting about 8000 people worldwide, according to the CDC.  The disease killed approximately 10 percent of the people infected, according to Harvard Magazine, and, because its symptoms mimicked that of the cold of flu, experts worried it would spread undetected. Ultimately, the spread of the disease was curbed by an aggressive public health campaign, but, worryingly, a different coronovirus has emerged in recent months, and has caused six confirmed fatalities.

Anthrax

 A microscopic view of stained anthrax bacteria in an undated photo from the Command at Fort Detrick, Md. (U.S. Army Medical Research and Development/Getty Images)
 Not every threat in this list comes direct from Mother Nature. Anthrax’s danger lies in its potential as a biological weapon. While dealing with infected animals or animal products is the most common natural cause, the bacteria can be grown in a lab setting and so this disease has been actively researched for use as a weapon. According the BBC, an accidental release of anthrax spores at a Soviet military lab in 1979 sickened 79 and killed 68.

The disease comes in three types, depending on how one catches it, according to the CDC. It can infect the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, or, in its most deadly form, the lungs. About half the cases of inhaled anthrax result in death.

Smallpox

The success story on this list – as far as humanity is concerned, anyway – smallpox is the only disease that has been driven extinct due to a concerted effort by humankind (although the guinea worm could be next). This killer of millions was known throughout much of human history – and is believed to have been responsible for one-third of all cases of blindness until its eradication. It was vanquished in 1980 through a vaccination campaign headed by WHO. Smallpox caused severe rash, sores and fever and killed nearly a third of those who contracted it before it was wiped out.

Perhaps there’s reason to be (cautiously) optimistic. But there are a couple of samples stashed away for government research.

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Virus Goes Missing at University of Texas Medical Branch Lab

Houston Chronicle
March 24, 2013

Highly magnified transmission electron of Lassa virus virions, member of the virus family Arenaviridae, same as the Guanarito (GTOV) arenavirus.

A vial containing a potentially harmful virus has gone missing from a laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, officials said.

The missing vial, which contains less than a quarter of a teaspoon an infectious disease, had been stored in a locked freezer, designed to handle biological material safely, within the Galveston National Laboratory on UTMB’s campus, officials said. During a routine internal inspection last week, UTMB officials realized one vial of a virus called Guanarito was not accounted for at the facility.

Scott Weaver, the laboratory’s scientific director, said Guanarito is an emerging disease that has caused deadly diseases in Venezuela. The federal government prioritizes it for research because it has the potential to be used a weapon for terrorists.

On Tuesday, an investigator discovered that only four out of five vials were stored of the virus in the grid system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified immediately.

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According to the Center for Biosecurity, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the US’s resilience to major biological threats, the Guanarito virus is a member of the Arenaviridae group of hemorrhagic fever viruses (HFVs) referred to as the New World arenaviruses.

Continuing from their site:

HFVs as Biological Weapons

Some HFVs are considered to be a significant threat for use as biological weapons due to their potential for causing widespread illness and death. Because of their infectious properties, associated high rates of morbidity and mortality, and ease of person-to-person spread, Ebola, Marburg, Junin, Rift Valley fever, and yellow fever viruses have been deemed to pose a particularly serious threat, and in 1999 the HFVs were classified as category A bioweapons agents by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Several HFVs were reportedly developed as aerosol weapons in the past by some countries. An attack using an HFV as a biological weapon could affect both human and animal populations. Rift Valley fever virus, for example, which is usually transmitted by mosquitoes, can infect livestock, which, in turn, can infect more mosquitoes, widening the scope of an outbreak.

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Alex Jones warns a deadly virus gone missing could be the cover story used before releasing the real thing.

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Vaccine skeptics sound danger warning

Billboard campaign encourages people to learn risks, failures before dosing kids

 

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By Garth Kant

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It’s one of the most difficult and crucial decisions parents face, whether or not to vaccinate their children. And, if so, which vaccines have benefits that outweigh the risks?

The National Vaccination Information Center is putting up billboards urging parents inform themselves about potential dangers from vaccines.

The billboards are going up in Arizona, Illinois, Texas, and Oregon.

“Vaccinations? Know the risks and failures,” read the billboards.

NVIC spells out its position on its website:

“The vaccine-injured community is composed of people, young and old, who are suffering from a spectrum of chronic illness and disabilities, including learning disabilities and developmental delays, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, seizure disorders, mental retardation, diabetes, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other kinds of neuroimmune and autoimmune dysfunction.”

“Vaccines, like all medical interventions, have risks and benefits, which vary with patients and circumstances (including the disease and the vaccine,)” Dr. Jane Orient of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons tells WND.

There is a basic and longstanding divide between pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine camps. Where the truth lies is a matter of sharp debate. Parents have a choice between accepting the recommendations of doctors and the government or becoming knowledgeable enough to make informed decisions for themselves.

As WND Managing Editor David Kupelian has observed, “On one side you have the medical establishment, including the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which endlessly repeats the mantra that vaccines are safe and effective and everybody should get them. To question their wisdom makes you a paranoid conspiracy theorist.

“On the other hand, you have a substantial and growing movement of skeptics, including many medical professionals, who openly question vaccines. Some are strident, claiming all vaccines are bad for all people at all times and places, and a few even impute a sinister motive to vaccine manufacturers and the doctors that give the shots. But many others are careful and nuanced and very well informed. They consider each vaccine individually on its merits as well as its known and suspected negatives – and still come out holding up a big ‘caution’ sign,” adds Kupelian.

“All of us need to research this subject with an open and critical mind,” he advises.

WND has long attempted to provide such information by reporting on the controversies surrounding vaccines for small pox, human papillomavirus (HPV), autism and the wide variety of vaccinations given babies.

In January, WND reported the average baby gets 24 shots in 24 months.

Those vaccinations are for diphtheria and tetanus, whooping cough and measles, chickenpox and bugs that cause meningitis, pneumonia and diarrhea, and some are given a number of times.

A study for the government released in January by the Institute of Medicine, one of the independent National Academies of Science, said government officials do need to take concerns about the number of vaccines into account.

But, the study found “no evidence that the childhood immunization schedule is not safe.”

“Although the number of vaccinations recommended is greater than ever before, the vaccines used in the current immunization schedule actually have fewer antigens (inactivated or dead viruses and bacteria, altered bacterial toxins, or altered bacterial toxins that cause disease and infection) because of developments in vaccine technology. From 1980 to 2000, the immunization schedule’s total number of antigens decreased by approximately 96 percent,” according to Ada Sue Hinshaw, Ph.D, dean of the graduate school of nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

But, just because vaccinations are safe for most doesn’t mean they are safe for all.

“It’s critical to understand clearly that most ‘health officials’ concerned with immunology are not focused on what is best for you and your individual child, but on what they perceive to be the best interests of the population as a whole. And from that macro viewpoint, they strive to maintain what they call the ‘herd immunity,’” Kupelian writes.

“And yet, because there are real dangers to vaccines, we owe it to our children, to ourselves and to God to become informed, and then make our decisions based on what is truly right for us, not on other people’s notions of what they think serves the collective good. They might well be wrong,” he adds.

One vaccine for children has been under particularly intense scrutiny.

WND reported just four days ago that a government watchdog is suing the federal government, demanding it release records related to the vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Judicial Watch announced that it filed a Feb. 14, 2013, Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain those records. The group is seeking records related to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, or VICP, a program that compensates patients who have been adversely affected by vaccines.

The federal government has recommended the HPV vaccination for girls and boys as young as 11. But it has caused thousands of adverse reactions, including seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short-term memory loss, Guillain-Barré syndrome and even death.

Last October, WND CEO Joseph Farah warned parents about the facts they should know before letting their children get the HPV vaccination.

Farah cited a Women’s Health Magazine report showing:

  • There are more than 100 strains of HPV; Gardasil and Cervarix, the most commonly prescribed vaccines, offer protection against two of them.
  • Even then, the staying power of the vaccine is only five years.
  • Cervical cancer is preventable without the vaccine. Because it takes so long for HPV to develop into full-blown cancer, there’s plenty of time to head it off it with regular Pap tests.
  • There are serious side effects including, occasionally, sudden death. Many Gardasil recipients experience normal vaccine aftermath like redness, soreness and fainting. But thousands of women have also reported more troubling issues, including crippling fatigue, paralysis, blindness, or autoimmune complications, and, yes, some have even died, according to CDC and FDA data. At the time of the report nearly a year ago, more than 70 healthy young girls had died from a neurological reaction that occurred soon after getting Gardasil.

“Then there is Dr. Joseph Mercola. Like others, he has pointed out that the pharmaceutical companies making billions from these vaccines have spent a good portion of those revenues on promoting their drugs to doctors, universities, health journals and, of course, the Food and Drug Administration and CDC. In the old days before the government-media complex, we used to call these payoffs,” adds Farah.

Mercola cites other side effects, including:

  • Bell’s Palsy and Guillan-Barre syndrome;
  • seizures;
  • cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer;
  • blood clotting and heart problems, including cardiac arrest;
  • miscarriages and fetal abnormalities amongst pregnant women;
  • vaccinated women show an increased number of precancerous lesions caused by strains of HPV other than HPV-16 and HPV-18.

“The results will not be fully apparent until a few decades from now, and in the meantime, countless young girls are being harmed, and we still do not know how Gardasil will affect their long-term health, even if they do not experience any acute side effects,” says Mercola.

“Deadly blood clots, acute respiratory failure, cardiac arrest and ‘sudden death due to unknown causes’ have all occurred in girls shortly after they’ve received the Gardasil vaccine. These are atrocious risks to potentially prevent cervical cancer one day down the road. Because let’s not forget that the HPV vaccine has not yet been PROVEN to actually prevent any kind of cancer. The benefit is just one big ‘maybe,’” he adds.

Because HPV can be transmitted by sexual activity, Farah recommends parents talk to their sons and daughters about chastity.

“Explain the risks – physical, spiritual, health, emotional. Don’t just pump poison into their veins and think you are taking care of them. Be a parent. Sometimes it’s better to just say no,” he says.

Many parents are also worried about a possible link between vaccines and autism. A preservative called Thimerosal is a particular concern.

WND’s Ellen Ratner wrote in December that autism has increased by 1,000 percent in 40 years.

She reports John Hopkins professor Leo Kanner found in 1935 that “the rate of autism in children was zero prior to 1930. Then in 1930, Thimerosal, a mercury containing preservative, was used in some vaccines.”

“In July 1999, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers concurred Thimerosal should be eliminated, or at least reduced in vaccines,” Ratner continues.

WND reported in December that America’s largest organization for pediatricians strongly objected to a proposal by the United Nations to ban Thimerosal from the world’s vaccine supply.

Commentaries in the issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, stated that Thimerosal has not been found to be harmful and removal of Thimerosal-containing vaccines would needlessly jeopardize the lives and health of millions of children in underdeveloped countries.

Research had “failed to yield any evidence of significant harm,” including autism, “from use of Thimerosal in vaccines,” wrote Dr. Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University in Georgia.

Parents who believe their child has been harmed by a vaccination can apply for money from the federal government. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, was set up years ago to pay for the care of vaccine-injured Americans. If you or your child suffers from anaphylactic shock or brachial neuritis as a result of getting any tetanus-toxoid-containing vaccine, you’re eligible. Develop encephalopathy – literally, disease of the brain – from pertussis antigen-containing vaccines, or from measles, mumps and rubella virus-containing vaccines, and you qualify.

Chronic arthritis from rubella virus-containing vaccines, a vaccine-strain measles viral infection from a measles virus-containing vaccine, paralytic polio or vaccine-strain polio viral infection from a polio live virus-containing vaccine, intussusception (prolapsed intestine) from vaccines containing live, oral, rhesus-based rotavirus are all covered.

These are just some of the vaccine-caused injuries suffered by Americans, conditions quietly being cared for with federal dollars.

Vaccines that may not be particularly risky could be simply ineffective for some people.

WND reported in February that the flu vaccine is only 9 percent effective in people 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, according to the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And some vaccines that may be needed are just not available to the general public.

Dr. Lee Hieb wrote in WND in February that the smallpox vaccine should “be available to anyone wanting it.”

“The United States stopped vaccinating against smallpox in 1972, the last known wild case occurring in 1967. Smallpox is an unbelievably deadly disease. It is the most contagious disease known to mankind – spreading literally like smoke,” she adds.

“While it is true that smallpox has been eradicated in the wild, it is not gone. As smallpox came under some control, samples from the disease were given to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and to Biopreparat/Vector in the Soviet Union,” Hieb continues.

Heib notes that the Soviets created the largest bioweapons program in the world and that the smallpox virus now survives in freezers all over the world, not all of it in friendly hands.

She worries about an outbreak, perhaps a bio-weapons attack, and thinks the vaccine should be distributed before such an event occurs, not after.

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NIGHTMARE ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA ON THE RISE

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CDC warns of alarming increase in ‘superbug’ cases

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An increased number of hospital patients are suffering from deadly infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports in a March 5 press release. Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections kill up to half the people infected with the bacteria. The percentage of CRE cases has increased by 400 percent over the past decade. In the nation, the northeastern states have reported the most cases of CRE.“CRE are nightmare bacteria. Our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections,” — CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

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