Thursday, October 25, 2012

Flu shots - part deux

 Recently we mentioned that the press is worried about us because we are not getting in line, rolling up our sleeves and getting a flu shot.
Last year, only 29 percent of people aged 18 to 49 got the vaccine and roughly 42 percent of the population gave in to vaccination.

The good news is that no matter how hard they push, we still have a choice. Unless you are a health care worker in Colorado. And if these folks are losing their health freedom--is ours next?

Last year, a full third of health care workers across the country decided not to get the flu vaccine. Now shouldn't that tell us something? If they are refusing it, isn't it worth following their example?

The Alliance for Natural Health points out that health care workers who refuse the flu shot do so because of several concerns. The flu shot still contains mercury, which has been linked to Alzheimer's. It's never been proven safe or effective. A study that shows that people who got the flu shot were more likely to be infected with H1N1 than people who skipped it. Also they know there are much safer ways to fight the flu, including immune-system boosters like vitamin D.

Back in Colorado, these health care workers aren't being trusted to make their own decisions based on their own research and observations. Nope--if they don't get the shot by the end of this year, they're fired. Yep. You heard it right. Fired. Either line up like sheeple to have an iffy drug injected into your bloodstream, or lose your job.

Big Pharma want's us to believe that "protecting" health care workers means "protecting" us all.

And don't ask Uncle Sam for help. They just dumped $400 million into the hands of vaccine makers like Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline to pump out drugs under the guise of "preparedness protection." Not only that, they have even set up laws to to protect manufacturers from lawsuits in case someone has an adverse reaction.

So the end result is that  Big Pharma comes out the major winner--and we all come out major losers.

This is an attack on civil rights. The hospital has already made allowances for people with medical reasons to avoid the shot: They can wear a mask.

So why not extend that to all people who don't want to be vaccinated?

Probably because paper masks don't make Big Pharma any money, do they?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Smoking. Try to quit and die?

One late autumn evening in 2009, a young Canadian woman mixed up a deadly concoction. She hadn't intended to but she inadvertantly took her own life.

Heidi Clow was a bright, smiling 22 year old woman who had turned into a scowling, irritable person. She mixed up some aspirin and sinus medication into her protein shake. She had wanted to get healthy and get the most out of life by quitting smoking.

The pharmacist who filed the adverse reaction report listed a one-word suspect: "Champix". Champix is the Canadian name for Chantix, a smoking-cessation drug that the FDA listed as a suicide risk in 2009.

The FDA didn't say "Stop taking this drug". They just said be careful. Are you kidding me?

But remember, this was Canada. The Toronto Star ran an investigation and revealed that Health Canada (drug watchdog) has refused to say whether they have even bothered to investigate Heidi's death or many others that have been linked to this drug. The Star's investigation further shows that Health Canada stopped bothering with individual cases after looking into 14 cases in 2007. Since then, the drug has been linked to 24 more suicides and 450 serious cases of aggression, depression and suicidal thoughts.

Several doctors have urged investigation, but the authorities maintain that the benefits somehow outweigh these deadly risks and there is no proof that the drug is causing the behavior. They suggest that the safety label is enough.

Really! I'll bet that Heidi's friends and family would disagree.

Once that Health Canada was called out, they quickly changed their tune, stating that they have "conducted several reviews of Champix." But they won't release any details of their reviews.

So what happened to the people who stopped taking Champix? No one knows. Health Canada is keeping their mouth shut.

Quitting smoking is a very difficult process but you shouldn't have to settle for deadly side effects. We have several clients that have had great success taking a new herbal supplement called "Crave Not" by Wellness Nations.

They have reported that their cravings were almost completely eliminated. Other drug users have reported a noticeable reduction in their cravings as well.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Deadly back pain

When your back hurts you want relief. But relieving back pain shouldn't be life threatening. It's just that simple.

But now more than 100 people, what should have been a simple course of relief for their pain has now been linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak. Right now, eight people have died.

And we are told that SUPPLEMENTS are dangerous!

The number of people who have fallen ill with fungal meningitis after receiving steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center, Inc. has grown...and grown. Experts estimate that nearly 13,000 people may have been exposed to those contaminated lots. It is extremely likely that we will see the number of victims rise even higher in the coming weeks.

Yes there has been a recall (and doctors are being advised to avoid ALL products made by the company), but the damage is already done.

This is exactly why we are so passionate about changing the way we think about our health. When we're sick or in pain, drugs are the only way to go and "modern medicine" is the answer. But the risks of pharmaceutical drugs simply aren't worth keeping them on the front lines against disease and ailments. Especially since there are safe, natural options.

Was willow bark or accupuncture offered before they pulled out the syringe? Hard to say but I have my doubts.

We should stop the mainstream's war on natural medicine. When someone is harmed using a supplement or alternative treatment, there's a huge outcry against all natural medicine. But when over 100 people's lives are jeopardized by faulty steroids, it's called a "freak occurrence" and everyone looks the other way. Talk about a double standard.

Big Pharma has a stranglehold on our health and we should demand a new kind of health culture. A culture where doctors start with the safest option first rather than reaching for the prescription pad. A culture that we hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for proper testing and trials BEFORE unleashing harmful products on the population. A culture where we don't have to helplessly watch the death toll rise among people who just wanted to get rid of their back pain.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Getting the flu shot? Think again.

Should I get a flu shot this year?

It seems like the mainstream media is really worried about the country’s pregnant women and health care workers.
Why? It appears that these groups are not that eager to roll up their sleeves for the flu vaccine. And they are very worried that we will all get sick.

Last year, in 2011, fewer than half of pregnant women got a flu shot and a third of health care workers said “thanks, but no thanks.” In the 18 to 49 year old age group, only 29% were vaccinated.
Last year, 128 million people (42% of the population) were convince by the media an received a vaccination. They were told that when it comes to fighting the flu, you need a vaccination every year because of new mutations in the virus means a different flu, and therefore an updated vaccine. Wow! Talk about a marketing dream!

But here’s the catch. Manufacturers need to develop each year’s vaccine and introduce it BEFORE that year’s flu season. In essence, they are guessing how the flu virus will change from year to year. That means they could be creating completely useless vaccines.
In fact, health officials flat out admit that this year's vaccines aren't specifically formulated to protect against some new strains but "they may offer some help." Wow, how helpful.

They are confused as to why people aren’t lining up for flu shots. Some experts think it’s because of milder flu seasons (and the H1N1 scare was much about nothing) are giving people a false sense of security.

Or maybe people are just getting wise to the truth about flu vaccination. Could it be that people are finally realizing that constant mutation means playing Russian roulette with a shot of potentially dangerous drugs? Or are they are wising up to the fact that flu vaccines get very little testing before they are rolled out?

It could be that they’ve finally learned that there is little proof that vaccines offer any benefits for our vulnerable populations. Maybe people are inspired by nurses that simply say “No!”
Maybe they know that fighting the flu doesn’t mean getting a shot. They may finally understand that fighting the flu begins by building a strong immune system – something that can be done naturally and safely.

Here’s a tried and true immune system booster:
Vitamin C: Adults should take a minimum of 3 grams per day (kids should take less). Animals that make their own vitamin C ramp up production when they get sick--up to 10 times more than their bodies make when they're well. Dr. Wright recommends taking the "bowel tolerance" level of C when you're sick--take as much as your body will tolerate without diarrhea.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Qsymia - prescription diet pill

Recently, Qsymia, a new prescription diet pill, was approved by the FDA.

But three days after it was launched here, the drug maker revealed that the drug was being turned down in Europe. Why? Because they said it wasn't safe enough.

You guessed it ... rejected in Europe, but just fine for the U.S. of A.

There haven't been any new weight loss drugs in more than a decade and will stay that way in Europe. Qsymia contains phentermine (yep, half of fen-phen fame) and topiramate (the active ingredient in Topamax, a seizure medication). Yikes!

The company that makes the drug, Vivus, are disappointed that they aren't getting the go ahead in Europe. An analyst says that European regulators just aren't as accommodating to new weight loss drugs as U.S. regulators are. Maybe that's because these drugs have  been linked to heart risks and fetal development risks (specifically, cleft palates).
Those risks are unchanged since the FDA rejected the EXACT SAME DRUG back in 2010, but somehow it has somehow become safe since then. Now patients just need regular heart rate monitoring.

European regulators are not bending to the pressure disguised as an "obesity epidemic." For them, the risks of Qsymia clearly outweigh the rewards, and so it's a no-go for the drug over there.

The FDA could learn a thing or two here. Don't hold your  breath.