Monday, May 04, 2009

Tamiflu and you




There is lots of fear mongering being promoted around the world at the moment
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And I suspect many of you have been alarmed by the media's coverage of the swine flu scare.
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But this is not the first swine flu panic
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The last time was in 1976 in the US and it resulted in a massive swine flu vaccine campaign
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And for those of you who know nothing about this
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Within a few months, claims totaling $1.3 billion had been filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the vaccine.
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The vaccine was also blamed for 25 deaths.
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In addition, several hundred people developed crippling Guillain-Barr├ęSyndrome after they were injected with the swine flu vaccine.
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Even healthy 20-year-olds ended up as paraplegics.
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And the swine flu pandemic itself?
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It never materialized.
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More people died from the swine flu vaccine than swine flu!
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Your fear will make some people very rich in today's difficult economy
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According to the Associated Press at least one financial analyst estimates up to $388 million worth of Tamiflu sales in the near future and that's without a pandemic outbreak.
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More than half a dozen pharmaceutical companies, including Gilead Sciences Inc., Roche, Glaxo Smith Kline and other companies with a stake in flu treatments and detection, have seen a rise in their shares in a matter of days, and will likely see revenue boosts if the swine flu outbreak continues to spread.
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As soon as Homeland Security in the US declared a health emergency, 25 percent-- about 12 million doses -- of Tamiflu and Relenza treatment courses were released from the nation's stockpile
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So now lets look at Tamiflu
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Tamiflu went through a difficult time not too long ago, as the dangers of this drug came to light
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In 2007, the American FDA finally began investigating some 1,800 adverse event reports related to the drug.
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Common side effects of Tamiflu include:
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Nausea
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Vomiting
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Diarrhea
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Headache
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Dizziness
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Fatigue
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Cough
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All in all, these are the very symptoms you're trying to avoid!
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More serious symptoms included convulsions, delirium or delusions, and 14 deaths in children and teens as a result of neuropsychiatric problems and brain infections
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Japan banned Tamiflu for children in 2007
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And this is for a drug that, when used as directed,only reduces the duration of influenza symptoms by 1 to 1 ½ days according to the official data.
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But making matters worse, some patients with influenza are at higher risk for secondary bacterial infections when on Tamiflu.
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And secondary bacterial infections, were most likely the real cause of the mass fatalities during the 1918 pandemic!
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Currently, the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are the only drugs that appear effective against the (human flu) H1N1 virus, and taking Tamiflu to protect yourself against this new virus could be a serious mistake -- for all the reasons already mentioned above.
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But in addition to the dangerous side effects of Tamiflu, there is also growing evidence of resistance against the drug.
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In February, the pre-publication and preliminary findings journal called Nature Proceedings published a paper on this concern, stating
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The dramatic rise of oseltamivir [Tamiflu] resistance in the H1N1serotype in the 2007/2008 season and the fixing of H274Y in the2008/2009 season has raised concerns regarding individuals at risk for seasonal influenza, as well as development of similar resistance in the H5N1 serotype [bird flu].
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Previously, oseltamivir resistance produced changes in H1N1 and H3N2 at multiple positions in treated patients.
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In contrast, the recently reported resistance involved patients who had not recently taken oseltamivir.
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It's one more reason not to bother with this potentially dangerous drug.
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There are always going to be threats of flu pandemics, real or created, and there will always be potentially toxic vaccines that are peddled as the solution.
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But you can break free of that whole mythical drug solution trap by following some natural health principles
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And these I outline in our blog tomorrow

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