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CDC and NY Rockland County identify ‘people from overseas’ as source of measles resurgence

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control believed measles to have been eradicated in the United States.

Beginning in 2008, however, cases began to climb. In 2014, the number of measles exploded to over 600, more than all reported cases between 2009 and 2013. The CDC called it a 20-year high.

On March 26, 2019, New York’s Rockland County was the first in the U.S. to declare a medical martial law via an executive order by county executive and former police officer Ed Day, banning from public places and even threatening to imprison children who were not vaccinated against measles.

Less than 2 weeks later, on April 9, 2019, New York City declared a “public health emergency” of an active outbreak of measles in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Mandatory measles vaccination was ordered for all residents and workers in Williamsburg. Those who fail to be vaccinated within 48 hours of the order committed a misdeamernor in violation of §3.05of the NYC Health Code, for which they would be “subject to civil and/or criminal fines, forfeitures and penalties, including imprisonment.”

The media and public sentiments blame “anti-vaxxers” for the resurgence of measles. But we have good reasons to suspect the source to be illegal aliens, given reports of the diseases they carry. Indeed, none other than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Rockland County executive Ed Day admitted this, although they used the euphemisms of “people from overseas” and “foreign travelers”.

To begin, in 2015, the CDC attributed an outbreak of measles in Disney theme parks to a person from “overseas”. As reported by Breitbart, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC said:

“We don’t know exactly how this outbreak started but we do think it was likely a person infected with measles overseas. We assume that someone got infected with measles overseas, visited Disneyland park, and spread the disease to others.”

More recently, in a Fox News video, Rockland County executive Ed Day also identified “people from overseas” as the source of the measles outbreak. Day was asked by the Fox News reporter why he took the step to declare a medical state-of-emergency. Day answered:

“I took the step because we’ve been battling this for six months. Six months ago, we had seven infected individuals come from overseas to the local area in Rockland County.

In the video below, Day once again identified the seven infected “travelers” as the source of the measles outbreak:

Last year, not just one, but seven unvaccinated travelers diagnosed with measles came into our county between October 1 and October 17. Led to 153 confirmed cases and this is the longest outbreak in the U.S. due to measles — a disease that was officially eradicated in 2000.”

H/t Big Lug

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E. coli added as ingredient to Meningitis vaccine

According to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Fact Sheet on Ingredients of Vaccines, additives are used in the production of vaccines. Those additives may include:

  1. Suspending fluid (e.g. sterile water, saline, or fluids containing protein);
  2. Preservatives and stabilizers to help the vaccine remain unchanged (e.g. albumin, phenols, and glycine); and
  3. Adjuvants or enhancers to help the vaccine to be more effective.

Common substances found in vaccines include:

  • Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum which are added as adjuvants to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine. (Note: A study found that aluminum in vaccines triggers autism, especially in boys.)
  • Antibiotics which are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine. No vaccine produced in the United States contains penicillin.
  • Egg protein is found in yellow fever and most influenza vaccines, which are prepared using chicken eggs. Ordinarily, persons who are able to eat eggs or egg products safely can receive these vaccines.
  • Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines — vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity. Formaldehyde is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. Most formaldehyde is removed from the vaccine before it is packaged.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol which are used as stabilizers in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity.
  • Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.

But not all vaccine additives are harmless.

For 8 years, from 1955 to 1963, more than 98 million Americans received the polio vaccine. But it wasn’t until 60 years later, in 2015, that the CDC admitted that the polio vaccine had been contaminated with an ingredient — the cancer-causing Simian vacuolating virus 40 (SV40).

The latest WTF ingredient added to vaccines is E. coli.

According to the CDC, Escherichia coli (E. coli) are bacteria that live in the intestines of people and animals. While most E. coli are harmless and are an important part of a healthy human intestinal tract, some E. coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause illness, either diarrhea or illness outside of the intestinal tract. The types of E. coli that can cause diarrhea can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or persons.

Christina England reports for The Truth About Cancer, April 29, 2019, that E. coli was recently added to the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero.

Here’s the proof: a table of vaccine ingredients from the CDC’s “Pink Book” – Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary. (I added the red and yellow boxes.)

England points out that while the CDC has listed E. coli as an ingredient of the vaccine, the manufacturer GSK of Bexsero failed to include it as an ingredient in their information leaflet.

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Measles Vaccination: NYC sues 12 for defying mandatory vaccination; Times of Israel fakes photo of baby with measles

On March 26, 2019, New York’s Rockland County was the first in the U.S. to declare a medical martial law via an executive order by county executive and former police officer Ed Day, banning from public places and even threatening to imprison children who were not vaccinated against measles.

Days later, sanity returned when the state’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of parents who challenged the medical state-of-emergency in court. Acting Supreme Court Justice Rolf Thorsen ruled that the ban cannot be enforced and ordered that all children affected by the ban be immediately returned to school and welcomed in public spaces. Thorsen also noted that 166 measles cases in a county population of 330,000 over six months doesn’t constitute an “epidemic” meriting an emergency declaration.

But the state Supreme Court’s ruling didn’t stop New York City (NYC) from doing exactly what Rockland County had done — declaring a medical state-of-emergency.

On April 9, 2019, NYC Commissioner of Health Oxiris Barbot, M.D., declared a “public health emergency” of “an active outbreak of measles” in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York (zip codes 11205, 11206, 11221 and 11249). According to Barbot, “Since September 2018, more than 250 cases of measles have been documented among people living in Williamsburg and that number continues to grow as new cases are still occurring”. (Read Barbot’s order here.)

Barbot ordered mandatory measles vaccination for all residents of Williamsburg.

Her Order specified that all persons, including children older than six months of age, who live, work or reside within the 11205, 11206, 11221 and/or 11249 zip codes and who had not received the MMR vaccine within 48 hours of the Order must be vaccinated against measles “unless such person can demonstrate immunity to the disease or document to the satisfaction of the Department that he or she should be medically exempt from this requirement”.  Failure to comply with the Order is a misdeamenor and violation of §3.05of the NYC Health Code, “for which you may be subject to civil and/or criminal fines, forfeitures and penalties, including imprisonment.”

On April 27, 2019, Activist Post reports that 12 people in Williamsburg were issued civil summonses for not complying with the mandatory measles vaccination order. They must attend a hearing and face a fine of up to $1,000 if found to be noncompliant.

A civil summons is a legal document informing someone that a lawsuit has been filed against him or her, and that a response is required by a set date and time. The document must be served by an officer of the court or an authorized process server.

Meanwhile, Gary King of 153News.net discovered that The Times of Israel engaged in deception in a November 1, 2018 news report on the Israeli Health Ministry considering banning unvaccinated children from schools because of the death from measles of an 18-month-old infant, the “first such incident in 15 years”.

This is the heartbreaking pic that The Times of Israel used for the article:

Note that the caption of the pic says:

Illustrative: Newborn baby suffering from measles. (iStock by Getty Images/andriano_cz)

The only problem is this: As explained by King’s video (below), the actual iStock image is of a healthy newborn baby, to which The Times of Israel photoshopped fake digital measles.

If you have truth on your side, why is there the need to lie?

H/t Vivian Lee

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Pope Francis’ Vatican says vaccines made from aborted baby cell lines are not immoral

Good and evil have not changed since yesteryear, nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among men. It is a man’s part to discern them as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.” –J. R. R. Tolkien

8-weeks-old aborted human

Founded in 1994, the Pontifical Academy for Life of the Roman Catholic Church is charged with promoting the Church’s consistent life ethic. Though considered an autonomous entity, the Academy is linked to the departments (“discasteries”) of the Roman Curia. The latter comprises the administrative institutions of the Holy See or the Vatican — the central body through which the affairs of the Catholic Church are conducted, which acts in the Pope’s name and with his authority.

In a statement in 2005, the first year of the pontiff of Benedict XVI, on the subject of the many vaccines that use cell lines derived from aborted babies, the Pontifical Academy for Life said that despite the potential benefits of using these vaccines, “there remains a moral duty to continue to fight and to employ every lawful means in order to make life difficult for the pharmaceutical industries which act unscrupulously and unethically.” Parents are urged to ask their physicians to use vaccines not derived from the cell lines of the fetuses aborted in the 1960s if such vaccines exist and, if they don’t, to write to pharmaceutical companies urging the development of alternate vaccines.

The Academy’s position in 2005 was consistent with that of Catholic theologians, who maintain that the use of these morally tainted vaccines constitutes “remote material cooperation,” which could be justified only in compelling circumstances.

That position is consistent with philosopher Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative — that we should treat others as ends, not as means to our end(s). For Kant, treating another merely as a means to our own end or objective is immoral — and that is precisely why vaccines that are developed with cell lines from aborted human babies are immoral.

14 years later, the Pontifical Academy for Life of Pope Francis is singing a completely different tune.

In a statement released in July 2017 but only now made public by the Catholic News Service, the Pontifical Academy recognizes that many of the most common vaccines for measles, rubella and chickenpox are prepared from cell lines that originally were developed from a female fetus aborted in 1964 and a male fetus aborted in 1966. The Academy however says not only is it no longer “remote material cooperation” to use vaccines developed from cell lines of aborted children, it is the moral duty of Catholic parents to vaccinate their children for the good of their children and the community. And the parents can do so with a “clear conscience” that “the use of such vaccines does not signify some sort of cooperation in voluntary abortion.” 

Not coincidentally, the statement was issued shortly after Pope Francis completely revamped the Pontifical Academy for Life, replacing all of the group’s members and giving the office a new direction.

Although the Pontifical Academy for Life had changed its policy in 2017, it only sent Catholic News Service a working translation of the 2017 document on March 20, 2019, after U.S. news media reported on a Kentucky Catholic family suing the local health department for forcing chickenpox vaccination on their son against their Catholic beliefs.

The boy, Jerome Kunkel, 18, is a senior at Assumption Academy in Walton, Kentucky, a Catholic K-12 school affiliated with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.

On February 5, the health department sent Assumption Academy parents a letter informing them of a chickenpox outbreak and urging them to make sure their children’s vaccinations were up to date. 32 students, 13% of the student body, had contracted the disease.

On March 15, the health department sent the parents another letter, threatening that “all students, grades K-12, without proof of vaccination or proof of immunity against varicella virus will not be allowed to attend school until 21 days after the onset of rash for the last ill student or staff member.”

A day ago, on March 14, the Kunkel family filed a lawsuit in the Boone County Circuit Court alleging that the health department violated Jerome’s First Amendment rights, and that they believed using the vaccine would be “immoral, illegal and sinful” according to their Catholic faith.

In filing the lawsuit, the Kunkel family is being consistent with the handbook of the Assumption Academy, posted on its website, which states:

Schools of the U.S. District of the Society of St. Pius X comply with vaccination policies of local health and education authorities while adhering to moral principles of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Church does not oppose vaccinations in principle, but it does consider as morally illicit the development of vaccines from aborted fetal tissues. In 2005, the Vatican clarified the proper position of all Catholics on this matter, and the SSPX adheres to that declaration.

Of course, little did the Kunkels or Jerome’s Assumption Academy knew that Pope Francis had pulled the rug out from under them by reversing the Church’s policy on vaccines developed from cell lines of aborted babies.

Sources: Catholic World News; Crux

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NY Rockland County first in nation to declare medical martial law, banning unvaccinated children from public places

Update:

Hallelujah!

On Friday afternoon, April 5, 2019, calling it “arbitrary and capricious,” the New York State Supreme Court struck down Rockland County’s “medical martial law” declared by county executive Ed Day, a former police officer. See the full news story here. (H/t Vivian Lee)

NBC4 New York reports that on March 26, 2019, Rockland County, New York, declared a state of emergency, banning children younger than 18 who are unvaccinated against measles from public places, until they receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Anyone found in violation could face six months in jail and/or a $500 fine. Those unable to be vaccinated for documented and confirmed medical reasons are exempt from the ban.

The New York Times reports that the ban “will be enforced retroactively, with parents facing up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $500, or both, if they are found to have allowed unvaccinated children in public spaces.

The emergency declaration defines “public places” as “a place where more than 10 persons are intended to congregate for purposes such as civic, governmental, social, or religious functions, or for recreation or shopping, or for food or drink consumption, or awaiting transportation, or for daycare or educational purposes, or for medical treatment. A place of public assembly shall also include public transportation vehicles, including but not limited to, publicly or privately owned buses or trains, but does not include taxi or livery vehicles.”

Law enforcement will not be patrolling or asking for vaccination records but those found to be in violation will be referred to the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office.

The ban went into effect at midnight, March 27, 2019, and will expire in 30 days.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day, a Republican and former NYPD and Baltimore police officer, said at a press conference: “We believe this to be the first such effort of this kind nationally and the circumstances we face here clearly call for that. Rockland will lead the way in service and safety to the people here.”

The reason? A local outbreak of measles affecting residents in Spring Valley, New Square and Monsey, which has entered its 26th week — the longest since the disease was eradicated in the United States in 2000, according to New York officials. As of March 19, there were 153 confirmed cases.

Day said the outbreak started after seven unvaccinated travelers with measles entered the county early last October. Although unvaccinated students were asked not to attend school, still county officials have been met with “pockets of resistance” from people unwilling to comply with health department advice and this played a part in the decision to enact a ban.

Measles is a highly contagious disease, transmitted by airborne particles, droplets and direct contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person. Those at highest risk for severe complications include young children, the immuno-compromised and non-immune pregnant women.

Measles typically presents in adults and children as an acute viral illness characterized by fever and generalized rash. The rash usually starts on the face, proceeds down the body and may include the palms and soles. The rash lasts several days. Infected individuals are contagious from 4 days before rash onset through the 4th day after the rash appears. Those who are ill with a fever, rash, or conjunctivitis (red watery eyes) are urged to stay home, not have visitors and not go out in public. The Rockland Health Department said individuals who have symptoms consistent with measles should contact their health care provider, a local clinic or local emergency department before going in person to prevent exposing the illness to others.

Rockland officials encourage everyone, not just children, to be up-to-date with the MMR vaccine to help protect them in case of any future exposure to measles in Rockland.

H/t Natural News and Vivian Lee

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Guess who is to blame for anti-vaccination misinformation…

FYI: While I did not have time to research all the authors of this study, if you go here you will see that of the eight authors of this “Russian-troll” article, only two of them have other published articles with the American Journal of Public Health.

One author – Jamison – has just one other article published. And one other author – Quinn – has 11 articles published. Some of her titles include: “HURRICANE KATRINA: A SOCIAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER,” “Building Trust for Engagement of Minorities in Human Subjects Research: Is the Glass Half Full, Half Empty, or the Wrong Size?,” and “The Role of Community Advisory Boards: Involving Communities in the Informed Consent Process.”

I wish I had more time to research all of the authors (having a full-time job now does not allow that!) yet I did a quick search on the first author listed, David A. Broniatowski PhD. Here’s a bit of information from David’s CV: Research Interests: Group decision-making, social choice and social media surveillance. David’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems and degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

Makes me curious as to what are the credentials/background of the other authors of this study…

From Oregon Live: They gathered in the cold, carrying signs and grudges. One sign read: “Vaccines: the more you KNOW, the more you NO!”

With a measles outbreak among unvaccinated children in the Vancouver area causing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a health emergency last month, hundreds of protesters turned out at the state capitol in Olympia to oppose a bill that would restrict personal exemptions to vaccines for school-age children.

So-called “anti-vaxxers” are part of a homegrown fringe movement, one that is suspicious of scientific data about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations. But they unwittingly have been getting overseas help in recent years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t trying to mess only with America’s elections. He has set loose his undercover opinion manipulators to promote fear of vaccines and set pro- and anti-vaccination Americans against one another, a recent study concluded.

The overarching objective in this ongoing offensive: to divide and terrify Americans — and win a second Cold War. For the most part, Russia has taken this fight to where we live: on social media.

“Compared with average users, Russian trolls, sophisticated bots and ‘content polluters’ tweeted about vaccination at higher rates,” the study concluded last fall. The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that “[a]ccounts masquerading as legitimate users create false equivalency, eroding public consensus on vaccination.”

An example of a “disinformation” tweet: “Did you know there was a secret government database of #Vaccine-damaged child? #VaccinateUS.”

Another tweet argued the other side: “#VaccinateUS You can’t fix stupidity. Let them die from measles, and I’m for #vaccination!”

Both tweets, it appears, came from “bad actors” in Russia.

“By playing both sides, they erode public trust in vaccination, exposing us all to the risk of infectious diseases,” John Hopkins University computer-science professor Mark Dredze told the BBC.

The American Journal of Public Health study linked malicious propaganda on the issue to social-media accounts from Russia’s Internet Research Agency, which Robert Mueller’s special-counsel office has indicted for its role in 2016 election interference.

The U.S., it must be noted, isn’t the only Western country where measles outbreaks have returned in recent years. The BBC reports that higher rates of measles are being found throughout Europe as well.

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Anti-vaccination nurses in Australia will be prosecuted

This news is more than two years old, but I only just found out about it.

Nurses in Australia are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), an agency under the government’s Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. NMBA members are appointed for three years by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council.

In October 2016, NMBA released new vaccination standards cracking down on nurses and midwives who “promote” anti-vaccination to patients and the public via social media. The new standards are justified on the grounds that promoting false, misleading or deceptive information is an offense under national law — the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009and is prosecutable by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

On October 20, 2016, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) released a statement threatening to take action against any nurse or midwife who promotes anti-vaccination via social media. The statement, “NMBA position clear, we will take action on anti-vaccination promoters,” reads:

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and AHPRA take their responsibility of public protection very seriously, and will take regulatory action on nurses or midwives who promote anti-vaccination statements to patients and the public.

The recently published NMBA position statement follows the Board’s awareness that a small number of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives have promoted anti-vaccination statements to patients and the public via social media which contradict the best available scientific evidence. Current evidence indicates that preventative measures such as vaccination are a clinically effective public health procedure for certain viral and microbial diseases….

The NMBA’s Social media policy also provide clear guidance to nurses and midwives when using social media and is unambiguous in stating that when using social media, in any context, the National Law, the NMBA’s code of ethics and code of conduct, and the Guidelines for advertising regulated health services apply….

If the NMBA decide to take action on a nurse or midwife’s registration they can issue a caution, accept an undertaking or impose conditions which limit their practice in some way. If a nurse or midwife’s registration is restricted, this will be published on the public online register of practitioners.

The NMBA refer allegations of the most serious examples of professional misconduct to tribunals. Once a matter is referred to a tribunal it usually becomes public, and decisions are published online.

The NMBA statement also urges members of the public to report nurses or midwives who “promote” anti-vaccination.

According to The Guardian, Dr. Hannah Dahlen, a professor of midwifery at the University of Western Sydney and the spokeswoman for the Australian College of Midwives, said vaccination was essential to public health and safety, and that it is “concerning” that some midwives and nurses “are taking to social media in order to express a position not backed by science.” However, Dahlen added she was worried the crackdown may push people with anti-vaccination views further underground: “The worry is the confirmation bias that can occur, because people might say: ‘There you go, this is proof that you can’t even have an alternative opinion.’ It might in fact just give people more fuel for their belief systems.”

The World Health Organisation claims that vaccinations prevent up to three million deaths every year from diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and measles.

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Federal government admits, although required by law, it does not monitor vaccine safety

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:38:37 +0000

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Did you know that vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued in state courts for damages as a result of design-defects in their products?

That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth — that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act protects vaccine manufacturers from design-defect claims.

Congress had passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) in 1986 in response to a massive increase in litigation against vaccine manufacturers, which drove two of the largest domestic manufacturers out of business and led to a shortage of vaccines. Congress created the new law to shield vaccine manufactures from tort litigation and, in so doing, alleviate the growing shortage of vaccines. (Homeland Security News Wire)

In place of lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act created a system of federal government oversight of vaccine safety:

  1. All health care providers must report adverse vaccination events and possible side effects to a post-marketing surveillance program — the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), co-managed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The CDC and FDA are agencies within the federal government’s Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
  2. To coordinate vaccine-related activities of the CDC, FDA and other HHS agencies, the NCVIA created the National Vaccine Program — an office within the HHS which is required under Title 42, United States Code, 300aa-27(c), to report every two years to Congress about vaccine safety, adverse reactions, and other aspects of vaccinations.

Indeed, the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth by Justice Antonin Scalia concluded (p. 55 of Bruesewitz v. Wyeth) that by passing the NCVIA, Congress had struck a “careful balance between providing adequate compensation for vaccine-injured children and conferring substantial benefits on vaccine manufacturers to ensure a stable and predictable childhood vaccine supply.” Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s “majority’s decision today disturbs that careful balance based on a bare policy preference that it is better ‘to leave complex epidemiological judgments about vaccine design to the FDA and the National Vaccine Program rather than juries.’”

Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) is a non-profit founded by Del Bigtree to investigate “the safety of medical procedures, pharmaceutical drugs, and vaccines while advocating for people’s right to ‘informed consent’.”

On August 25, 2017, ICAN filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for those bi-annual vaccine reports that the HHS is required to send Congress, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. SS300aa-27(c).

HHS stonewalled ICAN’s FOIA request for eight months.

On April 12, 2018, ICAN filed another lawsuit, “Informed Consent Action Network v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services” in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, demanding an answer to their FOIA filing.

On July 6, 2018, ICAN finally received a response — an admission in federal court by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency mandated by Congress under 42 U.S.C. SS300aa-27(c) to track vaccine safety, that they had never done it:

Although the HHS’ National Vaccine Program Office is required to report every two years to Congress on their monitoring of vaccines, the HHS has no such records — not even one in the 31 years since 1987.  That means the National Vaccine Program had never monitored vaccine manufacturers for vaccine safety and side effects.

Here is a screenshot of the “Stipulation” or court order in ICAN v. HHS, in which HHS made that stunning admission:

As ICAN observes:

The 1986 [National Childhood Vaccine Injury] Act created a system in which vaccines are licensed, recommended, encouraged, subsidized, and defended by HHS. The 1986 Act’s scheme thus places HHS in charge of two competing duties. On one hand, HHS is responsible for vaccine safety. On the other hand, HHS is required to promote vaccine uptake and defend against any claim they cause any harm.

Regrettably, it appears that HHS has chosen to focus almost entirely on its vaccine promotion and defense function to such a degree that it has essentially abandoned its vaccine safety function.

To summarize:

  1. Congress passed a law in 1986 protecting vaccine manufacturers from being sued in state courts.
  2. At the same time, Congress created an agency within HHS, charged with the job of monitoring vaccine safety.
  3. That agency, National Vaccine Program Office, is supposed to report to Congress every two years.
  4. As a result of two lawsuits by the non-profit Informed Consent Action Network, HHS finally admitted in federal court that it doesn’t have any reports from the National Vaccine Program Office.
  5. This means HHS had never monitored vaccine safety, although it is required by law to do so.
  6. Neither has Congress done its job. Why hasn’t Congress held HHS to account for failing to submit vaccine safety reports?
  7. This means the American people really have no reason, other than what vaccine manufacturers say, to think vaccines are safe.
  8. And yet the media demonize vaccine skeptics as “conspiracy theory” crazies.

H/t Hal Turner Radio Show

Bonus News:

Did you know that generic drug manufacturers cannot be sued for manufacturing and selling a defective drug? – even if:

  • The drug causes horrific injuries;
  • The generic company knew the drug was causing horrific injuries and did nothing to warn patients or doctors about the dangers of the drug.

That’s because the Supreme Court ruled in PLIVA v. Mensing (2011) and Mutual Pharma. V. Bartlett (2013) that while brand-name companies are allowed to add new warnings to their drug labels without getting prior permission from the FDA, generic companies are not. If a generic drug company discovers a new side effect of one of its drugs, it is not permitted to tell patients or doctors about this new information. It must first contact the FDA and request that the brand-name label be changed. Only after the brand-name label is changed is the generic company allowed to change its label. In essence, generic manufacturers are prohibited from giving any warnings to doctors or to the public that have not already been given by the brand-name manufacturer. (Spangenberg Shibley & Liber Trial Lawyers)

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Goldman Sachs: No 'sustainable' profit in curing diseases

Tue, 01 May 2018 14:36:02 +0000

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When I began blogging some 10 years ago, I was a conspiracy theory innocent and, like many Americans, looked askance at conspiracy theories.

By the way, did you know that the CIA concocted the “conspiracy theorist” label for the express purpose of attacking and discrediting people who questioned the official narrative about the Kennedy assassination? (Source)

After ten years of daily blogging, which requires me to be attuned to both mainstream and alternative media, I have discovered that, alarmingly, most conspiracy theories turn out to be true.

One conspiracy theory has to do with Big Pharma. From the mouth of Goldman Sachs, the multinational investment bank and financial services company, now comes confirmation of the suspicion that the pharmaceutical industry has a vested interest not in curing diseases, but in keeping people sick.

Tae Kim reports for CNBC that an April 10, 2018 Goldman Sachs report for biotech companies, The Genome Revolution, asks if curing diseases is “a sustainable business model” for pharmaceutical companies because, unlike long-term management of diseases (“chronic therapies”), “one shot cures” don’t deliver “recurring revenue” or “sustained cash flow”.

In a note to clients, Salveen Jaswal Richte, 40, vice president of Goldman Sachs’ research division, wrote:

“The potential to deliver ‘one shot cures’ is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies. While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.

For a “biotech expert,” it is interesting that Ms. Richte has only a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management) from Johns Hopkins University. She and her husband, Mark Jason Richter, owns an apartment in New York City which they’d purchased last year for $4.58 million.

I can’t help but wonder what Salveen Richte would do if her daughter comes down with a disease for which Big Pharma refuses to develop a “one shot cure” because it’s more profitable to keep her on a lifetime regimen of drugs?

As an example of unprofitable “one shot cures,” Richter cited Gilead Sciences’ treatments for hepatitis C, which achieved cure rates of more than 90%. The company’s U.S. sales for these hepatitis C treatments peaked at $12.5 billion in 2015, but have been falling ever since. Goldman estimates the U.S. sales for these treatments will be less than $4 billion this year, according to a table in the report.

Richte also points out the unprofitability of curing infectious diseases such as hepatitis C because it decreases the number of “carriers” — those infected with Hep C — who can transmit the virus to infect others:

“GILD is a case in point, where the success of its hepatitis C franchise has gradually exhausted the available pool of treatable patients. In the case of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, curing existing patients also decreases the number of carriers able to transmit the virus to new patients, thus the incident pool also declines … Where an incident pool remains stable (eg, in cancer) the potential for a cure poses less risk to the sustainability of a franchise.”

The report suggests three potential solutions to deliver the big bucks for biotech firms:

“Solution 1: Address large markets: Hemophilia is a $9-10bn WW market (hemophilia A, B), growing at ~6-7% annually.”

“Solution 2: Address disorders with high incidence: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) affects the cells (neurons) in the spinal cord, impacting the ability to walk, eat, or breathe.”

“Solution 3: Constant innovation and portfolio expansion: There are hundreds of inherited retinal diseases (genetics forms of blindness) … Pace of innovation will also play a role as future programs can offset the declining revenue trajectory of prior assets.”

@PaxNostrum tweets:

I was involved in pharmaceutical litigation against big drug companies. This, or something similar, has been said thousands of times under oath by Pharma reps and their counsel. Money is made on treatment, not cures. They would bury cures & promote treatment in a NY second.

@Fruityboots tweets:

everybody with an infectious disease let’s cough on some napkins and mail em to Goldman Sachs

H/t FOTM‘s josephbc69

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This flu season is an epidemic: Some died just 2 days after onset of symptoms

The 2017-2018 flu season is now an epidemic — a unusually deadly epidemic:

    • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared this season an epidemic, stating the illness is widespread in at least 39 states.
    • Although the flu season hasn’t even peaked yet, CDC epidemiologist Lynnette Brammer said more hospitalizations are being reported and deaths are increasing: “We are starting to see cases of severe disease and we are seeing excess deaths“.
    • California public health officials said the number of deaths and hospitalizations is higher than normal. During the week of Jan. 14, 23 people reportedly died from the flu in the state, bringing this season’s total to 97 deaths. For some perverse reason, neither California nor the CDC record flu deaths among people over the age of 65, which means the number of deaths due to the flu and complications (pneumonia and sepsis) is much higher.

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Whereas flu victims typically are older people (age 65 and older) and infants (age 5 and younger), what makes this flu season alarming are two things:

  1. People younger than 65 (and older than 5) have died.
  2. Death comes quickly, in some cases after only 2 days of the flu.

Some examples:
(1) Dylan Winnik, 12, of Palm Beach County, Florida. He died of the flu on January 21, 2018, just two days after he had fallen ill with what his parents thought was the common cold because his symptoms were mild.

(2) Jonah Smith, 17, died December 29, 2017 in Arizona when his heart stopped beating in the backseat of his sister’s car. Smith’s family said he showed no flu-like symptoms except he had complained of a backache. He continued to go to work at a fast-food restaurant and see friends. Doctors said Smith had the flu and pneumonia, and that he might have had “an underlying medical condition,” but the teen was not known to have one.

(3) Kyler Baughmen, 21, died five days after he became sick on December 23, 2017, with a mild cough and runny nose. The body builder celebrated Christmas and went back to work on December 26. The following day, he was rushed to the hospital. He died on December 28 from kidney failure due to septic shock caused by the flu.
(4) Katharine Gallagher, 27, died December 5, 2017 in Tustin, California, five days after she first experienced flu-like symptoms on Thursday night. She went to the doctor on Sunday, and was sent home with antibiotics. Two days later, after she appeared to be getting better that morning, her boyfriend found her dead on the bathroom floor — from severe acute bronchial pneumonia.

(5) Tandy Harmon, 36, died just two days after she went to the hospital with flu symptoms. On January 17, the Oregon mother-of-two in Oregon went to the hospital with flu symptoms, but was told to go home to rest and hydrate. Hours later, Harmon was back in the emergency room, where she quickly declined and had to be placed on life support by that evening. She died two days later on January 19, from MRSA and pneumonia.

(6) Katie Oxley Thomas, 40, of San Jose, California, died of the flu just 48 hours after falling ill. The mother-of-three and marathon runner’s condition declined so quickly that she was moved to intensive care, placed on life support and died all in the span of 15 hours on January 4, 2018. Her family said she had received a flu shot.
(7) Jenny Ching, 51, went to the hospital in Massachusetts with flu-like symptoms. After being diagnosed with the flu she developed an infection and pneumonia. The mother-of-two died on January 6, 2018, just a week after being diagnosed.
There are four flu strains:

  1. The dominant flu strain is H3N2, which often signals a severe season that affects the oldest and the youngest the hardest. CDC epidemiologist Brammer said, “We probably haven’t seen H3N2 peak yet.”
  2. Influenza A is predominating in California.
  3. H1N1 virus
  4. Influenza B: Brammer said it’s possible we will see a wave of H1N1 and influenza B before the season is over.

Brammer claims that this year’s vaccine contains all the circulating viruses. However, the vaccine is not very effective against H3N2. Dr. Michael Osterholm, who directs The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the vaccine is, at best, only 10% effective on H3N2.
What to do:

  • Wash hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Given the virulence of this season’s flu epidemic, if you get sick, get medical help ASAP. Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza are effective only if taken early.

If you’re in the medical field and you know more about this flu epidemic than what we are told publicly, please share your information.
Sources: WebMD; Patch; Daily Mail; Business Insider
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