Where do you get your news from? The local nightly news? The national news? The Today Show? Maybe Bill Maher?
Whatever you answered, now ask yourself why you choose the news sources you do. Have they got the latest and greatest? And, if you answered yes to that question, I’ve got one for you-how do you know? What makes you know your news source is the latest and greatest? How do you evaluate the quality of your news? Do you always believe what you hear first-hand without doing your own investigation?
The Not So Timely Nightly News
Tonight on the local nightly news, the headlining report was, “is the flu shot as effective as we think it is? Maybe not.” Gee thanks, you’ve only been telling the masses for years now they’re bad people if they don’t get their flu shot, what’s the story now?
If you recall the swine flu scare and hugely exaggerated media hype, reporters and advocates told a grim story, “if you don’t get the flu shot, you’re risking your life.” Skeptics and research reviewers warned that the swine flu vaccine wasn’t necessarily the best idea. Little long-term research had been conducted in wide-spread populations and it was speculated that there could be problems with adjuvants contained within as well as laboratory production standards.
So what’s the most effective way to prevent the flu? While the CDC still backs the flu shot, a healthy, proactive, vaccine-free lifestyle might be your best bet… Clearly, the research is incomplete.
Using Gardisil As An Example of How To Evaluate Research
You may’ve seen my recent tweet warning that the new propaganda for HPV vaccines for the American young male population is about as ridiculous as it is for young women. Some will say, “prove it, prove your claim that we shouldn’t vaccinate our teenagers.” The “necessary” proof lies in better, more well-designed, long-term research procedures and studies. With documented reports of deaths and serious side affects, you have to ask yourself, “does the actual treatment outweigh the risk?” Lead Merck researcher, Dr. Harper says, “probably not.”
Let’s look to the research and suggested use for Gardisil. The CDC currently suggests girls (and now boys) age 11 receive the vaccine. Current research shows the vaccine is only “effective” for a duration of five years. Let’s add-11+5=16. Are your 11 and 12 year old kids sexually active? Maybe that’s a parenting issue, not a health issue? Skeptics question, with all of the known side affects and the fact that it only lasts five years, is exposing your young, still developing child to this treatment worth the risk?
“The risks of serious adverse events including death reported after Gardasil use in (the JAMA article by CDC’s Dr. Barbara Slade) were 3.4/100,000 doses distributed. The rate of serious adverse events on par with the death rate of cervical cancer. Gardasil has been associated with at least as many serious adverse events as there are deaths from cervical cancer developing each year. Indeed, the risks of vaccination are underreported in Slade’s article, as they are based on a denominator of doses distributed from Merck’s warehouse. Up to a third of those doses may be in refrigerators waiting to be dispensed as the autumn onslaught of vaccine messages is sent home to parents the first day of school. Should the denominator in Dr. Slade’s work be adjusted to account for this, and then divided by three for the number of women who would receive all three doses, the incidence rate of serious adverse events increases up to five fold. How does a parent value that information,” said Harper.
-CBS News Investigates, Sharyl Attkisson
When you ask medical professionals off the record if they’d expose their kids or family members to chemotherapy, a great deal will tell you, “not a chance”-the same strong comments are milling about the Gardisil vaccination. Another lead Merck researcher had his daughter vaccinated resulting in such serious side affects that she developed un-explained conditions that took her out of school, sports and caused dependency on strong immuno-suppressing pharmaceutical agents.
Whether you’re a non-medical professional or a health care provider, if you’re a parent, it’s your number one job to protect your children. When parents come in asking, “what should we do?” I offer them the research. All sides of it.
As health care providers, we can’t make decisions for you, but we can work as tenaciously as possible to offer the most conclusive, comprehensive information and research available on whatever topic we’re exploring. If you’re a patient, press your providers to disclose their research sources. If their research relies on pharmaceutical manufacturers and scientists working for the drug company in question, you’re getting a biased source. While these sources may be and are often reliable, they aren’t always, so find out how your provider objectively evaluates the latest techniques and research before committing to a treatment that could affect all aspects of your health and well-being.
Before you or your health care providers make a decision that will affect your or your children’s health, spend time referring to legit research sources because the nightly news just doesn’t cut it.
There will be some people who respond without any traceable affects now or later with some suffering the affects similar to the kids I mentioned above. Immune systems respond differently. The more we begin to understand how how genetic makeup is affected by socio-cultural dimensions, environmental exposure and demographics, the better we’ll be able to prescribe treatments to the masses.
Want To See What People & Researchers Are Saying About Vaccine Safety & Efficacy?
Your vaccine questions answered by Dr. Heather Zwickey, microbiologist and immunologist.
The Lancet: Infectious Diseases: Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Lead Merck researcher for Gardisil speaks about the real risks the vaccine poses.
Non-expert, medical doctor’s socio-cultural and medical evaluations of vaccines and genetics.
She says the flu vaccine doesn’t work. Read why and see if you agree.
Flu shot not as effective as researchers previously reported and real people’s responses to findings.
CDC on flu vaccines.
Judicial Watch reports on Gardisil.
Trust.org: Reuter’s humanitarian global website.
This article is solely intended to inform and protect public health, offering compounding research and socio-cultural awareness of current health trends. If you’ve made it this far and think it’s a completely biased dig against vaccines, I invite you for a second read. These references do not necessarily reflect my personal political views and exist to offer readers a place to get started researching on their own.