EVER WONDER WHY THE FLU VACCINE IS SO INEFFECTIVE?
"Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. During the preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease, people are free of symptoms, but toxic changes are taking place in the brain. Abnormal deposits of proteins form amyloid plaques and tau tangles throughout the brain, and once-healthy neurons begin to work less efficiently." From the webiste of the NIH's National Institute on Aging.
"Aging is not a disease." - Dr. Russell Schierling
- Over five million Americans currently have visible Alzheimer's.
- Alzheimer's is our nation's sixth leading cause of death, and one in three dies with the disease.
- It is estimated that over 15 million caregivers provide nearly 18 billion hours of unpaid care valued at over $215 billion for their loved ones.
- The financial cost of Alzheimer's was over $200 billion in 2013. Within 35 years, that number is expected to go up six times (calculated in today's dollars).
- In a decade, the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to rise by 40%.
- The death rate from Alzheimer's increased nearly 70% in the decade of the 2000's (2000 - 2010).
- Medicaid costs per-person for senior citizens with Alzheimer's are almost 20 times higher than the cost of taking care of non-Alzheimer's seniors.
- Usually, the first thing that others notice in a friend or loved one with Alzheimer's Disease is a change in behavior.
WHY THE ALZHEIMER'S EXPLOSION?
The truth is, it's high time to stop trusting in EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE and realize that by and large, your health is up to you. In the same way that we know what causes most cases of Lung Cancer, we have a pretty good idea of what causes the majority of Alzheimer's Disease as well. Oh; I see. Your doctor never mentioned any of this to you. That's a shame. Let me share with you what I believe are the top five reasons for or nation's Alzheimer's Epidemic.
- BLOOD SUGAR DYSREGULATION: When we talk about Blood Sugar Dysregulation, we are usually talking about a situation where the body is INSULIN RESISTANT. However, we could be discussing HYPOGLYCEMIA as well. You see; we Americans love our sugar and starch (HERE), and too few of us realize just HOW HARMFUL UNREGULATED BLOOD SUGAR can be --- to brain function. In case you had not heard, the "Amyloid Brain Plaques" that are so characteristic of Alzheimer's Disease, have a known cause --- the inability to regulate blood sugar. It's not like this is news, as I have written about it at length in several of the links in this bullet point. But I will leave you with a quip from a recent study done at Tulane University and published in a recent issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. "High blood-sugar levels, such as those linked with Type 2 diabetes, make beta amyloid protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease dramatically more toxic to cells lining blood vessels in the brain". The truth is that Alzheimer's is now being called TYPE III DIABETES!
- GLUTEN SENSITIVITY: Although most people associate GLUTEN SENSITIVITY with things like bloating, gas, and IBS-LIKE symptoms, this is not really the case --- or at least it's not the whole story the majority of the time. If you want to understand the ways that Gluten rips the guts out of your Nervous System, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE are some posts for you to start with. Make sure to check out the video clip below from Dr. David Perlmutter's interview with Dr. Joe Mercola in anticipation of his upcoming 90 minute PBS special Brain Change (it starts today). Dr. Perlmutter wrote Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar; your brain's silent killers, which became a New York Times number one bestseller back in November.
- LACK OF EXERCISE: In case you have not figured it out, poor diet and lack of exercise are tied to almost every physical ailment there is. The brain needs activation in order to work properly. In other words, it's motor side needs to be stimulated (this is why sitting in front of a screen does not count). The greatest source of motor stimulation of the brain comes from physical activity and coordinated movement. Be aware that complex movments or movements that involve a lot of brain power (ball exercises or square dancing) are going to be much better than something like RUNNING (unless you are running somewhere like on a mountain trail). In other words, the old cliche is just as true today as it was a century ago. Move it or lose it. HERE is a blog post on this very topic.
- REGULAR FLU SHOTS: My personal opinion (based on lots of scientific research and anecdotal evidence) is that it's crazy the way folks line up each year for their FLU SHOTS, in similar fashion to the manner in which teenyboppers line up for a Justin Beaver concert. One of America's most-published researchers, DR. HUGH FUDENBERG (M.D. / Ph.D / Immunogeneticist) did the research showing that if you had five consecutive years of Flu Shots, your chance of developing Alzheimer's went up by almost 10 times --- mostly because of Aluminum and MERCURY TOXICITY. He published this research back in the 1970's. Rest assured that when an elite research scientist such as Fudenberg publishes findings like this, he is not sainted, knighted, nor given a raise.
- CHEMICAL TOXICITY: This could come in the form of certain heavy metals like from the bullet point above. Or it could come from a whole host of other chemicals we are continually exposed to. According to Mississippi neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock, one such example of this phenomenon comes in the form of "Excitotoxins" such as MSG or ASPARTAME. But this problem goes far beyond what we may have previously imagined. Just today, a new study was released in JAMA Neurology touting the old pesticide DDT (it's still used in many parts of the world, and once it's in the environment, it does not break down), as a major player in developing Alzheimer's Disease. The researchers found that not only did those with Alzheimer's had an 80% chance of having significant levels of DDT in their system, they also had over four times the amount of DDT in their bodies as compared to non-Alzheimer's persons of similar age and background.
If you are concerned about your ability to know what day of the week it is, what you had for breakfast, or whether or not you will recognize your children or spouse as you get older, don't wait until tomorrow to take this post to heart. Instead of letting doctors do all of your health care to you, figure out what you can do for yourself and git-er-done! Start by learning about what constitutes a healthy diet (HERE and HERE). Next, you can LOSE SOME WEIGHT and start a simple EXERCISE PROGRAM. If you are really serious about this issue, you can take a few minutes to learn about the things that RELATE MOST DISEASE PROCESSES to each other.
WHAT DO MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS THINK?
SHOULD PEOPLE LIKE DREONNA BRETON BE ABLE TO REFUSE THE FLU SHOT?
"I use to be a strong advocate for the flu shot, and I had gotten my flu shot every year, however three years ago I had an "adverse reaction" to the vaccine, and now my left arm (non-dominant) is in constant pain, everyday I have sharp pains radiating down to my forearm and hand. Initially, my shoulder remained swollen for several months, and my arm was essentially useless because of the intensity of pain. That same pain now radiates to my left hand and has really affecting the use of my left thumb. I have to wear a thumb spicca splint to limit the use of my thumb, I cannot sleep on my left side because the pressure on my left shoulder is excruciating. I've tried every type of medical option recommended (except surgical) and nothing has helped. I no longer get the flu shot What I had learned from reading about the flu shot, and how there are thousands of people who had the same reaction that I had ( some are on disability because of the flu shot.) makes me wonder why no one else is talking about this alleged "rare" reaction? They give you this piece of paper stating "minor reactions" No one can tell me how long this "reaction" is going to last? I'll never get another flu shot but I'll keep my Tamiflu handy." Dr. K.B. from the MedPage Poll. HERE is an article I wrote earlier this week on Tamiflu.
"There are absolutely NO legitimate medical or religious reasons not to get the shot. Anyone in healthcare who refuses it doesn't belong in healthcare. They not only should be fired, they should lose their licenses.... Flu is spread through the respiratory tract through droplets, NOT by hands. THE most effective prevention, by far, is the vaccine. Washing hands has negligible effect on this. Leave this topic for those of us with a science/medical education." Dr. Justin Hamlin of Taliquah, Oklahoma chiming in with his two-cents on the MedPage poll. Interestingly enough, I have several patients from the Taliquah area (HERE is one of them).
MedPage Today --- a free service that puts current medical research and relevant health-related topics in my inbox every day --- ran a poll this week asking whether healthcare professionals should be fired for a refusal to take a FLU SHOT (it should be noted that MedPage is mainstream, and not a source of information on "Alternative Medicine"). This is not the first time I have discussed a MEDPAGE POLL, and it's not likely to be the last (next week's poll pertains to the 8-plus percent of physicians who still smoke (HERE). If polarizing topics are of interest to you, this might be right up your alley. If you value your freedom to make your own healthcare choices, I would suggest that you take just a moment to at least glance at the 119 comments filed under FLU SHOTS: GET ONE OR BE FIRED?.
Amazingly enough, less than 18% of the nearly 5,500 voters (mostly healthcare providers) thought Dreonna should be fired no matter what, while 56% believed she should have complete freedom to reject the vaccine --- even in the absence of a medical or religious exemption.
INVISIBLE AND ABANDONED STUDIES PART II
THE SORDID STORY OF TAMIFLU
“It is not enough that trial results are seen in secret, behind closed doors, by regulators alone: especially when, as with Tamiflu, regulators around the world disagree about the benefits of a treatment. It is also not clear that even regulators see everything. It is particularly concerning to see that the MHRA seems to have told the Committee that regulators had all the information on all trials on Tamiflu. The evidence to the Committee from the Cochrane Collaboration shows that was not the case. We are only able to see this apparent discrepancy because the evidence for Tamiflu has now been subject to half a decade of intensive investigative work by several groups around the globe. This is extremely concerning, and the problem for other treatments may be even greater.... Future generations will look back at this absurd situation in the same way that we look back on medieval bloodletting" Dr Ben Goldacre from a recent article called, Public Accounts Committee Issues Damning Report on Clinical Trial Results Being Withheld.
"We were surprised and concerned to discover that information is routinely withheld from doctors and researchers about the methods and results of clinical trials on treatments currently prescribed in the United Kingdom." House of Commons London in a report called "The Stationery Office Limited House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts Access to Clinical Trial Information and the Stockpiling of Tamiflu".
"Oseltamivir's benefits in those who are otherwise healthy do not appear to outweigh its risks..... [and] no benefit has been found in those with other health problems" Coenen, B; Van Puyenbroeck, K; Verhoeven, V; Vermeire, E; Coenen, S (2013). "The Value of Neuraminidase Inhibitors for the Prevention and Treatment of Seasonal Influenza: a Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews" from Dr. Tom Jefferson's article on the subject in PloS one.
Just days ago, the British Parliament released a scathing report on this problem of "Invisible Studies" as pertains to a product called TAMIFLU (Oseltamivir --- an antiviral marketed for its supposed ability to prevent or slow the spread of Flu within one's body, once you are already sick). It seems that for years, Tamiflu manufacturer, Roche, has been withholding pertinent information concerning the safety of this drug. Some of the things that we know from the studies on Tamiflu that were not buried aren't any too complimentary of the drug either. Here is a quote from one such study. "It does not appear to change the rate of complications from influenza, such as the risk of hospitalization or pneumonia. However, it can increase rates of vomiting." Yay. Not only does it not help, the additional puking leaves you wondering if the cure was worse than the disease! We see similar types of situations with lots of our nation's DRUGS.
When you couple the ethical problems associated with developing and licensing so many of these prescription drugs and the studies used to approve them, with the fact that only about 1-10% of drug reactions are ever reported to the proper authorities (HERE and HERE), you have a brewing catastrophe on your hands. And sooner or later this catastrophe is going to affect people's lives --- running over them like a runaway freight train. Interestingly enough, just last week, I put up A COUPLE OF POSTS concerning this very thing. The problem is, getting politicians to do anything about this problem is a real challenge because, as I just mentioned, they're all in bed together. Case in point. Donald Rumsfeld.
Over the course of his career, Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense under both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush bounced back and forth between the private and public sectors like a kangaroo on a pogo stick. Has this been profitable for him to be on both sides of the industry? Just read the appalling HISTORY OF ASPARTAME and decide that for yourself. Or you could read a couple of tidbits about his involvement with Tamiflu, below.
"In January 1997, Donald Rumsfeld, a Board member since 1988, was appointed Chairman of the company [Gilead Science, the developer of Tamiflu]. He stood down from the Board in January 2001 when appointed United States Secretary of Defense at the start of George W. Bush's first term as President. Federal disclosure forms indicate that Rumsfeld owned between US$5 million and US$25 million in Gilead stock. The rise in Gilead's share prices from US$35 to US$57 per share will have added between US$2.5 million to US$15.5 million to Rumsfeld's net worth." Taken from a Halloween 2005 article on CNN Money by By Nelson D. Schwartz, of Fortune (Rumsfeld's Growing Stake in Tamiflu).
DREONNA BRETON AND OUR NATION'S VACCINATION POLICIES
I want to give this baby the best shot that I can. There are just things in the flu vaccine that are not known, like how it affects my growing baby. Dreonna Breton from a December 19th story run on WGAL News 8
It's unconscionable for a healthcare worker not to be immunized. Pregnant women are more susceptible to the flu. Company spokesperson, Alan Peterson, as quoted by the Associated Press. Is this true? Keep reading and find out
I learned that Rick's niece, Dreonna "Burris" Breton, was recently fired from her position as an RN with Horizon Healthcare Services in Susquehanna Valley, Pennsylvania. Although Dreonna was quite young when I left CHASE COUNTY, I remember her from being at Toby and Kim's house on a couple occasions. I also believe my dad would have been her grade school principal. But back the the question at hand; why did Dreonna lose her job? What was her 'crime'?
Dreonna lost her job simply because she chose not to have a Flu Shot. I can't exactly blame her; especially when she had such good reason for refusing. She's pregnant. As far as I am concerned, this fact alone should be more than enough reason to legally / ethically enable a woman to refuse having toxic elements (MERCURY and ALUMINUM are two of many) injected into their body. Unfortunately, freedom to chose is no longer an option when it comes to vaccinations for healthcare workers. Mark my words, it's just the beginning. As everyone reading this post is soon going to find out, when it comes to American healthcare, the Bob Dylan effect is underway. The times they are a changing. And from all indications, they are not changing for the better.
Understand that no matter your political persuasion; because of our nation's increasingly nationalized medical policies, the day is rapidly approaching when just like Dreonna, you are going to find yourself unable to make healthcare decisions. Important decisions will be made for you by an entity that thinks it knows more about taking care of your family than you do ---- Big Government. Think I'm exaggerating?
Dreonna's particular case pertains to healthcare workers. For those who do not know, people working in the healthcare field are now required to get certain VACCINATIONS --- including the FLU SHOT. In order to insure obedience, adherence to these policies is now being tied to federal monies. In other words, if a medical facility does not have 100% employee vaccination rates, the government will be withholding percentages of their state and federal subsidies (schools that are not already doing so, will soon be be on the same bandwagon). Oh; I get it. You think that you'll be unaffected just because you aren't a healthcare worker or don't have children in school? Don't hold your breath.
Because we have collectively voted for government-controlled healthcare, prepare to have your healthcare increasingly controlled by the government. As time goes on, you will lose more and more freedoms pertaining to what healthcare you want or don't want for yourself or your family. What does this chipping away at your freedom boil down to? What does practically everything boil down to in this country ---- particularly when it comes to that happy threesome of Big Government, Big Pharma, and the Medical Industry? You already know the answer to this. Money! Sorry folks. No matter how hard you wish it were true, government-mandated 'EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE' is not going to solve our national health and OBESITY crisis.
Although many will adamantly disagree with her decision, Dreonna is intelligent and well-read on this issue. After personally seeing the shocking numbers of kids neurologically, endocrinologically, and metabolically messed up by vaccines in my little practice in the RURAL OZARKS, I believe that she made the best choice she could have made for her unborn child. After going through several recent miscarriages, Dreonna knew she did not want to do anything to hurt her chances of delivering a healthy, full-term baby.
Granted, there are numerous issues besides vaccinations that relate to INFERTILITY and the ability to carry a child to term, but let's be honest with ourselves for a moment. Women know to avoid all sorts of chemicals, drugs, and alcohol during pregnancy. It only makes sense to bail on the mercury and aluminum as well. And as for the chances of her patients contracting the Flu because she chose to forgo the shot; I would sincerely hope that you read THIS PIECE before passing judgment that Dreonna's decision puts her patients in harms way. HERE is a great piece I added after the fact on the issue of pregnancy and the flu.
Although I probably should have called Dreonna for a personal interview (occasionally I manage to beat the the big boys to A SCOOP on hot-button issues), it is likely that Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc, will soon be carrying this story or stories just like it. Rest assured that when they do, Dreonna (or whomever they chose to interview for their story) will be edited to look like a fool. A lone wolf. A trouble maker looking for some kind of big payday. Even though you never asked for it Dreonna; you're soon going to be famous.
The interesting thing about this whole situation from a patient's perspective is that in similar fashion to INFLAMMATION, I am not sure that 1 in 1,000 people could tell you what the Flu really is. Oh; don't get me wrong --- everyone certainly thinks they know what the Flu is. But as far as really knowing? Doubtful (HERE is what I am talking about). Hang in there Dreonna --- I know that there are lots of people praying for you. I wish there were something more I could do for you right now (if there is, please let me know).
CHIROPRACTIC AND FLU PREVENTION / FLU TREATMENT
IS THERE A LINK?
Photograph from a 1918 edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch
“High sympathetic tone may alter organ and tissue responses to hormones, infectious agents, and blood components.” Dr IM Korr from “Andrew Taylor Still Memorial Lecture: Research and Practice --- A Century Later.” from the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (1974).
"Contemporary research is beginning to shed light on the neurobiological mechanisms which may explain the outstanding clinical results chiropractors have experienced when managing patients with infectious diseases. The popular press has been filled with stories describing the emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens, and the futility of the long term strategy of developing new, stronger antibiotics." From Dr. Christopher Kent's, "Neuroimmunology and Chiropractic ".
"And when interviews of other old timers are made it is evident that each still vividly remembers the 1918 influenza epidemic. We now know about 100 million persons around the world died of the flu with about 500,000 Americans among that number. But most chiropractors and their patients were miraculously spared. Even today, we repeatedly hear about those decisions to become a chiropractor after a remarkable recovery or when a close family member given up for dead suddenly came back to vibrant health." From an April 27, 2009 article on ChiroUnity.com called, "Chiropractic: Maybe the Best Defense Against Influenza".
Every year we are told to get the Flu Vaccine because THIS IS SHAPING UP TO BE THE WORST FLU SEASON EVER! As for me and my family, we'll take our chances. Am I crazy? Many would say so. But hey; I'm used to it ---- I'm a chiropractor. For many reasons, I am not an advocate of FLU SHOTS. In fact, once you understand exactly HOW THE FLU VACCINE IS MANUFACTURED, you start to realize that it would never stop a flu pandemic anyway. Besides, I'm not a big fan of drug-induced ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. This paragraph is begging the question of just what we would do in the event of a flu pandemic?
Among other things such as a diet and supplements based on WHOLE FOODS and regular exercise, I also would make absolutely sure that we were all getting regular Chiropractic Adjustments. Huh? Chiropractic Adjustments for the flu? Sure! Once you understand a little bit of physiology, this makes a lot of sense. Because CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS have significant effects on the Nerve System, and because the Nerve System heavily modulates the Immune System (this is the exciting new field of "Psycho-neuro-immunology"), there is a large and rapidly growing body of evidence showing how Chiropractic Adjustments can positively and significantly up-regulate the Immune System. The cool thing is that there is a lot of evidence to back this statement.
Although many people decry anecdotal evidence in favor of double-blind placebo-controlled experiments, I would argue that in certain cases (the practice of Chiropractic for instance), the later can be difficult to the point of being impossible to perform. For example, how would a researcher give someone a "sham" adjustment and make their subject think they were on the receiving end of something therapeutic? Just another example of why I have said for a long time that EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE is one of the biggest hoaxes currently being perpetrated on the American people. This is why I love our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS so much. The proof is in the pudding. But back to chiropractic and the flu.
I have known for a long time ago about the fact that chiropractic care had a better track record than medical care as far as helping sick patients survive the 1918 flu pandemic. In fact, I have actually met and personally spoken with chiros whose fathers and / or mothers (chiros themselves) cared for thousands of very sick patients during that scary period of our history. If we understand the way that Chiropractic Adjustments modulate the Immune System, we should not be surprised. Without going into lots of statistical details (this info can be found all over the internet on this very topic), suffice it to say that during the period from 1918-1920, people with the flu who were under chiropractic care died at lower rates than people treated by the medical profession --- much lower rates. To begin to understand why, I would urge you to take a look at a short article on a study from the early 1920's known today as, "THE WINSOR AUTOPSIES".
Oh; for those who will doubt what I am telling them is true, HERE are several Video Testimonials with similar examples of this phenomenon ---- from my clinic.
THE BRILLIANT DAN MURPHY ON CHIROPRACTIC
AND THE FLU PANDEMIC OF 1918
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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