The Antibiotic Resistance Crisis and Vaccines

Original here: http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2018/02/the-antibiotic-resistance-crisis-and-vaccines/

by Rishma Parpia

Ever since the discovery of the antibiotic commonly known as penicillin in the late-1920s, antibiotic drugs have transformed the face of modern medicine.1 Antibiotics have historically played an instrumental role in successfully treating bacterial infections.2 However, the overuse and misuse of these medications over the last few decades has created many challenges, including the growing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

In 1954, Sir Alexander Fleming, the Scottish physician and pharmacist who discovered penicillin, warned that the misuse of antibiotics would result in a era of antibiotic resistant bacteria.3 Antibiotic resistance occurs when an antibiotic drug loses its ability to effectively control or kill bacterial growth to which they were once sensitive.4

Antibiotic resistance has become a global threat.4 New bacterial resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, which threaten the ability to treat common infectious diseases. Infections such as tuberculosis, blood poisoning, gonorrhea and foodborne diseases are becoming challenging to treat as antibiotics become less effective.4

Factors Contributing to Antibiotic Resistance

The over-prescription of antibiotics by physicians for viral infections and minor bacterial infections during the past half century is the most significant factor contributing to antibiotic resistance.5 According to a report published in Pharmacy and Therapeutics:

The overuse of antibiotics clearly drives the evolution of resistance. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated a direct relationship between antibiotic consumption and the emergence and dissemination of resistant bacteria strains.3

Data on the number of antibiotics prescribed by physicians in the United States indicates that these medications are inappropriately prescribed.3 An analysis of the IMS Health Midas database that estimates antibiotic consumption based on the number of antibiotics sold in retail and hospital pharmacies revealed that in 2010, 22.0 standard units (a unit equaling one dose, i.e., one pill or capsule) of antibiotics were prescribed per person in the U.S.3  Furthermore, studies have shown that treatment indication, choice of specific antibiotic or duration of antibiotic treatment is incorrect in 30-50 percent of cases and that 30-60 percent of the antibiotics prescribed in intensive care units have been found to be unnecessary.3

Incorrect and unnecessary antibiotic therapy can contribute to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria through genetic alterations such as changes in gene expressions and mutagenesis, which can create “superbugs”.3

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Caveat Emptor: Science vs. CDC on Scary Flu Shot Promotions

Original here: https://worldmercuryproject.org/news/caveat-emptor-science-versus-cdc-on-scary-flu-shot-promotions/

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and pharmaceutical companies mount an aggressive campaign in the mainstream media to persuade Americans to get their flu shots. Flu shots are big business: industry analysts estimate that within the next five years, the U.S. flu vaccine market will be worth almost $3 billion annually. And profit margins are growing as manufacturers increase price premiums for the newer four-strain vaccines. The U.S. expects to distribute roughly 166 million doses for the 2017-18 flu season, up from 146 million doses in the previous year. As pharmaceutical companies bombard American consumers with ubiquitous billboards, drugstore enticements and radio announcements to “get your flu shot now,” the CDC has advised the industry to hike demand through the use of a “recipe” of scare-mongering messaging. (See Figure 1) CDC recommends “creating concern, anxiety and worry” among the American public.

Using spokespeople like Paul Offit and Peter Hotez as well as its extensive media partnerships and captive bureaucrats at CDC, the pharmaceutical industry has effectively banished the scientific debate about flu shot safety and efficacy from the public square. What ARE the scientific facts about the flu shot? The science indicates significant risks and low efficacy, both in the U.S. and internationally. In 2010, for example, Australiasuspended its influenza vaccination program for children under five after one in 110 children experienced convulsions and other serious reactions within hours of getting their flu shots. In Italy in 2014, authorities suspended half a million doses of an influenza vaccine containing a proprietary adjuvant after 13 suspicious deaths occurred in people who got the shot. Closer to home, local news includes a steady stream of reports about healthy individuals acknowledged to have died on the heels of receiving their flu shot in recent years:

  • A flu-vaccinated 12-year-old boy died at home after health workers failed to recognize that he was ill (January 2018, Sterling Heights, MI).
  • A popular 37-year-old street vendor received a flu shot and died suddenly of “flu complications” (January 2015, Spokane, WA).
  • A 5-year-old girl succumbed to influenza-related cardiac arrest after contracting “the same [influenza] strain for which she had been vaccinated” (January 2015, Las Vegas, NV).
  • Two female health care workers in their twenties and thirties were required to get flu shots for their jobs and developed apparent flu-related sepsis (January 2015, Pleasant Prairie, WI and December 2014, Lee’s Summit, MO).
  • Fourteen-year-old and 3-year-old girls who died after receiving flu shots were described as being “weakened…so severely that secondary complications made it impossible for them to survive” (January 2015, Des Moines, IA).
  • A 7-year-old girl died four days after receiving a flu shot at her annual well-child check-up (January 2012, Barton, VT).
Many other flu shot deaths may have been missed since the stubbornly incurious media rarely report the vaccination status of children who die of ‘flu’ or ‘flu-like’ symptoms.

In a typical tragic case, doctors in Visalia, CA “misdiagnosed” the flu in a 12-year-old girl who died suddenly in January; the listed causes of death (“cardiac arrest and septic shock”) were remarkably similar to symptoms experienced by other flu shot victims, although news reports did not disclose the Visalia girl’s vaccination status. Likewise, authorities could not verify whether a third-grade girl who died in mid-January of “flu complications” in Alabama had received a flu shot.

Although all vaccines have the potential to cause serious harm to both children and adults, influenza vaccines—which contain neurotoxic and carcinogenic ingredients such as thimerosal and formaldehyde as well as bacterial endotoxin—lead the pack in U.S. reports of serious vaccine injuries. More than four out of five (83%) of the vaccine injury cases (275/332) settled through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) for the nine-month period from mid-November 2016 through mid-August 2017 were flu-vaccine-related, including four deaths. Notably, almost four in ten of the reported non-fatal injuries for that period were for the highly debilitating and potentially life-threatening Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). Studies have linked GBS to flu vaccines for many years, suggesting plausible biological mechanisms to explain the relationship. The other non-fatal flu vaccine injuries reported to VAERS in 2016-17 read like a catalogue of ordinarily rare diseases.

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Autism now 1 in 36: New catastrophic rate greeted with silence

The following is the text of an email from Autism Action Network: http://autismactionnetwork.org

TAKE ACTION HERE: http://capwiz.com/a-champ/issues/alert/?alertid=79826626&type=ML&azip=10013&bzip=0&show_alert=1

In November the federal National Center for Health Statistics released the preliminary results of a study that showed between 2014 and 2016 the number of 3 to 17-year olds diagnosed with autism rose by 23%, yielding a new autism rate of 2.76%, or 1 in 36 children, and 3.63%, or 1 in 28 boys. This catastrophic news was greeted with complete silence by the federal government, the major media, and the largest autism organizations. Neither Autism Speaks nor the American Autism Society found the results worthy of a press release.

Please click the Take Action link to send messages to the President, your legislators in Washington and your state capital, and the Governor of your state, informing them of the new catastrophic numbers, and asking them when are they going to take autism seriously?

The data is part of the National Health Interview Survey, and can be seen here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db291.pdf

The study authors came to the conclusion that there is nothing to be concerned about because when they compared the year-to-year growth they did not see a statistically significant change with the techniques that used. They chose not to look  at the 23% increase from 2014 to 2016. Yet a single case of the measles, which was considered a routine childhood disease a generation ago, can generate screaming national media attention and spur public health officials to action.

In addition to the disturbing autism numbers, the number of children with “intellectual disability” appeared to hold steady over the study period, “other developmental delay” increased from 3.57% to 4.55%, and all “developmental disability” increased from 5.76% to 6.99, a statistically significant increase that one would think would be worthy of some concern by federal or medical authorities. Instead: crickets.

An analysis of the survey results were formally published on Jan. 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association here: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2667712?redirect=true

What other major debilitating disorder that federal data shows is growing at an exponential rate is greeted with a shrug? In 2016 billions of dollars were mobilized nearly overnight to fight microcephaly in Brazil, ostensibly caused by zika virus. Further research showed no connection between the two and that there was no threat to residents of the US from zika. Yet we have a real, growing and massive health threat from autism and we spent a measly $200 million a year on research, less than the annual payroll of the New York Yankees’ outfield.

Autism is not a gift, it is disabling disorder that cuts short the life of many, and thwarts the lives of those who have it in almost everyway. And the statistics make that case: 86% of all adults with autism are unemployed, 44% of people with autism have intellectual disability, 40% cannot speak, 33% have seizures. It is well past time to take autism seriously.

WaPo Reports Dr. Mark Geier May Receive Millions in Restitution

Original here: http://www.ageofautism.com/2018/02/wapo-reports-dr-mark-geier-may-receive-millions-in-restitution.html

Dr. Mark Geier

Note: A decade or more ago, chelation and other forms of mercury/heavy metal removal were very much at the forefront of autism treatments. The pediatric vaccine schedule had been bloated with bolus doses of mercury and many parents saw success in remediating autism symptoms via chelation. Dr. Geier spearheaded a treatment with Lupron, to target testosterone with the goal of ameliorating AGGRESSION.  In 2018, Anne Dachel is writing about the skyrocketing rates of aggression in school aged children, with and without special needs or autism. School shootings are a regular occurrence. Had Dr. Geier been able to conduct his work, perhaps we might have had a mechanism to lower aggression. Alas, the powers that be (talk about your deep state, and I don’t even know what that phrase actually means) have NEVER allowed a single autism “TREATMENT” outside of ABA and other non-medical interventions.

As an aside, Lupron was not a poison being offered by doctors.  Back in the early 2000s my daughter Mia went to a pediatric endocrinologist in Cleveland at the prestigious Rainbow Babies and Children’s’ Hospital – the home of Dr. Max Wiznitzer.  This young doctor, a Dartmouth Fellow, immediately suggested LUPRON for my daughter.  Not for her autism, but for early development.  The press always portrayed Dr. Geier as a Mengele experimenting on our children. When I asked the Cleveland Doc what Lupron would do to Mia’s seizures – increase them? Make them worse? He had NO IDEA. And yet he still was willing to put her onto Lupron.

I hope that other doctors who have been pilloried by their “peers” for trying to help families drowning in the challenges of autism take a bit of hope in this news below. Try to read around the snarky nastiness that is WaPo when it comes to our kids. They are wretchedly unsympathetic to our plight.  Kim

Regulators who targeted anti-vaccine doctor may pay millions for humiliating him

Mark Geier built a medical practice in Rockville and a national reputation for propagating the discredited theory that vaccines cause autism. The Maryland Board of Physicians suspended his license seven years ago because he was treating autistic children with a drug considered dangerous for young people and not known to alleviate symptoms of the disorder.

But the regulators who stripped Geier’s credentials are now in the hot seat, ordered to each personally pay tens of thousands of dollars in damages by a judge who says the board abused its power in an attempt to humiliate the doctor and his family.

The board posted a cease-and-desist order on its website in 2012 alleging that Geier had improperly prescribed medication for himself, his wife and his son while his license was suspended. In an unusual move, the order named the drugs in question. Online critics of Geier took notice, mocking the doctor and his family in blogs and comments for their use of the medications.