The CDC likes to advertise that every year approximately 36,000 people in the US die of flu.
Is this true or is it marketing fear in order to promote a vaccine they are heavily invested in promoting?
The deaths reported as flu deaths, are actually deaths from all pneumonias as well as deaths from any complication of hospitalization or medications given to those with “flu like syndromes” meaning any virus or respiratory infection. A good example of what percentage of these are actually attributable to flu is to look at the stats put out by the CDC for the 2001-2002 “flu season”.
According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), “influenza and pneumonia” took 62 034 lives in 2001–61 777 of which were attributed to pneumonia and 257 to flu, and in only 18 cases was flu virus positively identified. Yes, you read that correctly, out of the 62,034 deaths claimed were caused by flu only 18 cases tested positive for flu.
It is interesting to note the CDC fails to mention the increased risk of pneumonia from taking acid blockers or anxielytics. a 2005 study (JAMA 2004;292: 1955-60[Abstract/Free Full Text]) found that stomach acid suppressing drugs are associated with a higher risk of community acquired pneumonia, but such drugs and pneumonia are not compiled as a single statistic, so why compile flu stats with all pneumonias and other respiratory stats?
According to quite a few researchers in the field, the CDC is hyping flu to sell vaccines and protect the industry. While in congress,my own mayor, Rahm Emanuel, proposed a bill entitled “the flu protection act of 2005” which would have forced tax payers to pay for any unsold flu vaccine directly to the manufacturer. It did not pass but the federal government is trying its hardest to sell the vaccine.
The few charts of these deaths,which have come my way have shown some very disturbing trends. Patients start out with an upper respiratory infection, given a barrage of medications, often tamiflu, antibiotics, ibuprofen, acid blockers and often steroids, all at once. Many of the patients develop vomiting and diarrhea (all side effects of the drugs), in two documented cases, the patients died of intestinal ruptures (again medication induced) all the symptoms and deaths are then reported as flu deaths when in fact, the complications were caused by the very drugs the patients were “treated’ with by their doctors.
In one case of a child “dying of flu” he was on the above deadly cocktail of drugs and died from an intestinal rupture. The around the clock ipuprofen, steroids, tamiflu, acid blockers and antibiotics are all known to contribute and in the cases of ibuprofen and tamiflu, cause intestinal bleeds. His story was used as a public service announcement for the state of New York to scare parents into giving their children the flu vaccine.
If you noticed, in the beginning of this article, I mentioned the last big year for a major “flu” season. It was the 2001-2002 season, 11 yrs ago. This happens to be a pattern which is correlated to solar flare cycles which peak every 11 years and reduce the available UVB on earth, thus leading to lowered vitamin D conversion during the summer leading to depletion by the later fall. It is no coincidence bad flu seasons typically occur the winters after the peak of solar flares. The season for upper respiratory infections start earlier and hit harder due to less than normal vitamin D levels.
Studies show the relationship between low levels of Vitamin D with upper respiratory infections, including influenza. There has yet to be independent studies showing the effectiveness of flu vaccine against upper respiratory infections.