Posts Tagged public health
WHO is at it again.* This time they have chosen a perfect scare mongering vehicle in a virus that apparently only shows symptoms in 1 out of 5 people infected. The symptoms are so mild that most often a doctor visit is not required: sore throat, fever, sore joints, and conjunctivitis. Yet because there is a “suspicion” of a link between the horror of microcephaly and this virus, we are all supposed to be afraid,”Be verrrrwwwy Afwaaaaiiid.” With no basis in science AT ALL.
I will list links here to document the illogic of the construction of this “SERIOUS epidemic”(according to WHO), most recent first.
Remember to check who or what is “linking” microcephaly to zika. If it isn’t FACTS, steps should be taken to eradicate that misinformation first.
This is getting tiresome with all the bunk science and junk “reporting”. Please use your discernment.
Continuing to DE-bunk the “links”: Most recent efforts first.
9/9/16 The BS flow increases despite scientific efforts to stem the tide:
New doubts on Zika as cause of microcephaly https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160624150813.htm
From SCIENCE daily (tagline: Your source for the latest RESEARCH news) comes an article questioning the Zika mosquito link due to its prevalence in areas where there is no concurrent cluster of microcephaly cases that show up. Scientists are smart enough, thank god, to question why.
Brazil’s microcephaly epidemic continues to pose a mystery — if Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus? In Brazil, the microcephaly rate soared with more than 1,500 confirmed cases. But in Colombia, a recent study of nearly 12,000 pregnant women infected with Zika found zero microcephaly cases. If Zika is to blame for microcephaly, where are the missing cases?
From WHO (italics and text color mine): Zika Causality Statement 9/7/16
The panel of experts5 concluded:
- The most likely explanation of available evidence from outbreaks of Zika virus infection and clusters of microcephaly is that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of congenital brain abnormalities including microcephaly;
- The most likely explanation of available evidence from outbreaks of Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome is that Zika virus infection is a trigger of GBS.
The expert panel recognizes that Zika virus alone may not be sufficient to cause either congenital brain abnormalities or GBS. It is not known whether these effects depend on as yet uncharacterized co-factors being present. Nor is it known whether dengue virus plays a part; dengue virus is carried by the same species of mosquito and has circulated in many countries during the same period.
We now have 4 “confirmed” cases. “The C.D.C. and Florida officials said that for now, the area of concern is limited to one square mile in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami,”
1 SQUARE MILE. Its a mild virus and there is NO PROVEN LINK TO Microcephaly. Amen.
10 articles in one news outlet just in the month of June focusing on zika in upstate New York, which a Cornell University mosquito expert says is not even remotely going to be bothered by it. Anyone seeing an agenda here?
So much wrong going on in this article. The term “pregnancy surveillance” gave me pause. Mixing up the truth and conjecture into a mind mush that you can only unravel if you have the time and everybody knows neither of us do. I suggest you look for these phrases and ideas to filter crap out: perhaps, maybe, it is conjectured, supposed, possible, possibly, theorized, evidence of, not yet verified, early results indicate, consistent with. ALL THESE PHRASES denote not PROVEN anything. Looking into how they are gathering the statistics, you need to look up the testing/reporting rubrics. I did that for H1N1 and it was completely faulty.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/number-zika-cases-u-increases-000000591.html?nhp=1 from Yahoo news, this headline:
The CDC is jumping on the hopla wagon now. 5 consecutive people you ask in the US can not name the US territories. The fact that the article implies a drastic increase in the US and it’s territories, means nothing. It’s infection rate is most likely cyclical like every other virus. Please fact check the schlock that is peddled as terrifying or fear-mongering news.
Zika virus infections have been around for decades in the Pacific islands.
Some Pacific and Caribbean Islands are US territories
So far every US mainland case of the virus has been in people who traveled from places where the virus is prevalent. Because it was stated in the US AND TERRITORIES you are being deliberately misled.
There are NO ZIKA MOSQUITOs in the US.
There is no PROVEN LINK between the virus and microcephaly. NONE.
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987137/argentine_and_brazilian_doctors_suspect_mosquito_insecticide_as_cause_of_microcephaly.html Another hat thrown into the ring for the cause of increased microcephaly cases. This insecticide is placed directly into drinking water. A mention of poverty and lack of sanitation finally shows up as a possible causative factor as well.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/08/obama-asks-emergency-zika-funding/80002570/#w 1.8 Billion? For something that has not even happened in the US? That didn’t take very long compared to say, addressing the Flint water crisis? The speed of the “problem” identified along with the huge price tag of the immediate “solution” is cause for pause in itself.
This article is about the release of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight zika virus and the inconclusive results of that procedure. The key point here is that if you are conflating a rise in microcephaly with something, how can you be sure of which something is the right something?
https://birdflu666.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/is-the-zika-virus-in-brazil-being-spread-by-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-funded-by-bill-gates/ “….In short, these genetically modified mosquitoes could be the cause of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and other parts of South and Central America. “If these mosquitoes are completely safe, then why the hush-hush?” says Gurmit Singh, chair of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development in Malaysia, another country slated for an Oxitec field trial.”
and http://www.oxitec.com/press-release-oxitec-mosquito-works-to-control-aedes-aegypti-in-dengue-hotspo/ *”the city of Piracicaba has started the world’s first municipal project of genetically engineered mosquito control.”
Zika virus patent, is owned by the Rockefeller Foundation; http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-owns-the-zika-virus/5505323 :
https://www.yahoo.com/health/zika-virus-transmitted-through-sexual-contact-in-210356877.html although clearly stated by Angela Vassallo, MPH, MS, director of infection prevention and epidemiologist at Providence St Johns Health Center in California, “I think we need more research, especially in regards to pregnant women and women who are thinking of getting pregnant… We don’t know enough yet to make definitive statements. There’s a whole lot more we need to know.” the article continues to link birth defect possibilities for zika.
” A blood test is available to screen for Zika, but it is controlled through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Schweizer explains. The blood test is limited, though, because it can only detect the Zika virus during a window of three to seven days after the onset of symptoms.” When did this virus start being transmitted sexually? This is the first account I have come across.
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WHO ALERT From RSOE Biological Hazard in Other on February 02 2016 04:03 AM (UTC).” ….The WHO alert puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola. It means research and aid will be fast-tracked to tackle the infection. There have been around 4,000 reported cases of microcephaly in Brazil alone since October. “ See articles below to debunk this one.
WHO director general, Margaret Chan called Zika an “extraordinary event” that needed a co-ordinated response…” Why? The link is unproven, unproven, unproven.
“The only way to avoid catching it is to avoid getting bitten by the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit the infection.” It is NOT spread human to human, so why the panic?
“WHO has already warned that Zika is likely to “spread explosively” across nearly all of the Americas.” WHO continues to warn us incorrectly that we will have millions die from many epidemics that have never panned out.
“More than 20 countries, including Brazil, are reporting cases. Most infections are mild and cause few or no symptoms, although there have been some reported cases of a rare paralysis disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome.” Bolding mine. Guillain-Barre syndrome occurs as a complication with other viral and bacterial infections as well.
Good propaganda can only hold up to 80% lies mixed with 20% truth-ish. red text mine.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/brazil-270-4120-suspected-microcephaly-cases-confirmed-36553299 “But the World Health Organization and others have stressed that any link between Zika and the defect remains circumstantial and is not yet proven scientifically.” There’s your truth.
“The birth defect can be caused by factors such as genetics, malnutrition or drugs. Infections are also a cause — in the United States, one of the leading causes is cytomegalovirus …” Larger than usual truth/BS ratio in this article.
and “Brazilian officials said the babies with the defect and their mothers are being tested to see if they had been infected. Six of the 270 confirmed microcephaly cases were found to have the virus. Two were stillborn and four were live births, three of whom later died, the ministry said.” That means 264 of the microcephaly babies were born to mothers that DID NOT HAVE ZIKA infections! Hardly enough evidence there for a world epidemic panic response.
http://news.yahoo.com/more-2-100-pregnant-colombian-women-infected-zika-205106522.html In this article there is an attempt to cause anxiety about how many people have been infected, as this at the end of the article shows: “The World Health Organization has said as many as 4 million people in the Americas may become infected.”
Anyone familiar with how difficult it is to correctly identify the exact type of virus causing an infection knows these figures are all conjectures, not statistics. ( See my post re: swine flu and H1N1 which were also supposed to kill us all) Note the unnecessary expansion of the scope of this latest terror: “the America(s)” and the use of the word “may”.
There are two very important facts brought forth in this article that balance out the bullshit to fulfill the 20/80 percent of truth/lies of any good propaganda.
Colombia has had NO CASES of microcephaly
Columbia uses zika as a valid reason for abortion in a country that otherwise does not allow abortion except in cases of rape or potential of death of the mother to carry the baby. Hence the pregnant women with zika statistic.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/29/brazil-may-have-fewer-zika-related-microcephaly-cases-than-previously-reported/ “Some scientists said the new data suggest that Brazil will have fewer cases of Zika-related microcephaly than originally feared. The country may have over-counted microcephaly cases because it initially asked doctors to report all births of babies with a head circumference of 33 centimeters or less — but some of those were simply children with normally small heads.”
“After experts scrutinized 732 of the cases they found that more than half either weren’t microcephaly, or weren’t related to Zika.”
In other words FAULTY DATA and incomplete reporting, are fueling a rush for the panic button by WHO and now Obama..
“They practically rape you at the airport, but they’re leaving this stuff in a tent?!! They have all the security in the wrong place. The collective stupidity just astounds. Put your security where it belongs, near radioactive materials!” man on the street quote.
The WIPP site explosion may be due to the wrong type of packing materials. Incredulity abounds at the latest government screw up. Kitty litter? Nuclear Waste Going Green? SantaFe Local news article.
For those unaware that our government has had it’s security protocols a bit lax when it comes to transuranic waste:
“TRU waste consists of clothing, tools, rags, debris, soil and other items contaminated with radioactive material, mostly plutonium. Transuranic elements such as plutonium have an atomic number greater than uranium, so they are labeled transuranic, for “beyond uranium” on the periodic table of elements.” Los Alamos National Laboratory article refernced below.
Plutonium more dangerous than Uranium article from livescience.com
1000th shipment of radioactive waste on its way to WIPP in 2012 Los Alamos National Laboratory newsletter article about the shipments to WIPP from 2012 is at that link.
Veiw from space of the Las Conchas fire in 2011 (courtesy of NASA)
We trust that new types of food products are safe because of certain assumptions:
1) they were tested by trusted entities-governments, large companies, universities, etc.
2) the testing was done using rigorous scientific methods
3) the results indicated the complete safety of the product.
As long as these criteria are met we feel confident that we can consume them without ill effects. Yet, how many people know for certain that this approval process has been completed with integrity?
The firestorms that rage around new food products, or old ones for that matter, can be reduced to concerns over the three points above.
You owe it to your body and the bodies of your loved ones, to look into these matters with an open mind. If there is conflict over these 3 simple points, where any one of them could skew the testing results away from product safety, you should pause and consider that carefully.
There are extremists on every issue, whether political, social or food related. But would you really consider this food issue extreme if what you ate was something unfit for rats?*
Research on GMOs indicates some genetically modified foods may be unfit for rats.
An article about GMO research by well respected US physician, Dr Mercola, here:
Public awareness of research protocols can only be a good thing after the latest revelation of the US medical experimentation in Guatemala. Vulnerable populations were intentionally infected with syphilis. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself and your loved ones from inadvertently becoming human guinea pigs for some bio-medical pharmaceutical experimentation.
Do you live near a medical research facility? You may be particularly vulnerable. Please be aware that medical research protocols have a little known legal loophole for experimentation when it comes to life threatening emergencies for a single subject. One that could be YOU *. When a person is in a potentially life threatening position, this loophole allows you to made a guinea pig for an experimental drug or treatment procedure without your consent or that of your family. Thank your legislators.
Calmly considered, many of you might be glad to volunteer for such a thing if it meant you had a shot at recovering from whatever life threatening illness you were suffering from. The key word to consider here is volunteer. When various bodily processes are shutting down, the ability to make informed decisions is most likely going down the tubes also. So tjos decision can conveniently (for pharmaceutical researchers) be made for you. An emergency situation for which Dr. X has been provided experimental treatment Y by pharmaceutical corporation Z, can result in your unknown participation. All above-board, documented, and legal.
Now maybe it helps a body, because after all, that is what it is designed to do. Or, just maybe, it kills that body faster. Either way, it is entirely legal and allowable “research,” to be done on you, without asking.
What do you do about it? My suggestion is to rethink the life and death power you give to corporations, who by definition, are primarily motivated by profit. Rethink the life and death power our laws have given to government research facilities. And remember that both are assisted in their actions by legislators whose motives are God knows what.
When an ambulance shows up at your door, it may be too late.
* excerpted from public documentation for the UCSF[ Univ of Calif, San Francisco] human Research Protection Program.
“The University and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wish to support a physician’s obligation to treat a seriously ill patient with all available modalities. The emergency use provision in federal regulations [21 CFR 56.104(c)] allows physicians restricted access to experimental treatments that would be otherwise off-limits. This guidance aims to support physicians by clarifying the strict emergency use requirements, and, by outlining the necessary procedures, to help ensure physicians are in full compliance with those requirements.
From the Indiana University Center for Bioethics an excerpt from an article on BioHeme, an artificial blood substitute:
>>>The concerns centered on the design and implementation of a study of the blood substitute PolyHeme, made by Northfield Laboratories Inc.
Summary & Timeline
December 2003: Phase III Trial of Polyheme begins enrolling patients in a study investigating the “ Safety and Efficacy of PolyHeme ® in Hemorrhagic Shock Following Traumatic Injuries Beginning in the Pre-Hospital Setting.” The study starts at the injury scene and continues through ambulatory transport and up to 12 hours of inpatient hospital stay or 6 units of PolyHeme. Trauma victims are automatically enrolled unless they wear a blue bracelet that indicates their desire to “opt out” of the study.
Yes, you read that right, unless those accident victims were wearing a blue opt-out bracelet when they decided to fall off buildings, or get in car crashes etc, and after they had passed into life threatening shock- they were ” enrolled.”
As of March 2006, more than 600 patients at 31 trauma centers in 18 states have been enrolled (italics mine). Northfield Laboratories has reported that a total of 2000 people have requested the blue bracelets, and 11 victims who initially received the blood substitute declined to continue participation once in the hospital.