I really don’t have time to do a regular post today, but I felt I just had to write this, especially because of the flu outbreak hysteria and media hype. Yes, the flu that’s going around has caused several deaths. But it’s hardly an epidemic.
Yesterday I happened to hear about 20 minutes of the Diane Rehm Show, discussing this issue. I didn’t hear the whole thing, so maybe I missed something, although I have seen the transcript. Here is the transcript. The panel of doctors and government bureaucrats discussed the current flu outbreak.
They talked about the “importance” of the flu vaccine, but didn’t really address preventative health measures, except for “hand washing,” which is a good idea, and wearing surgical masks, etc. But no one seemed to suggest taking vitamins, anti-oxidant supplements and probiotics, and eating healthy foods (and refraining from unhealthy activities such as smoking and drinking, which reduce one’s healthiness and can compromise the immune system).
They didn’t exactly invite a nutritionist or alternative medicine practitioner on the panel.
But they did have someone on from GlaxoSmithKline. (Hmmm….)
Well, one caller observed and asked, “to me, it just feels like the flu vaccine — well, I know that it’s legitimate for, you know, a certain population. It just does feel like it’s being force-fed on us and, you know, pharmaceutical companies are going to make billions of dollars. And why is the government not encouraging us to eat right and sleep well and…”
After then interrupting the caller, Ms. Rehm had the hack from GlaxoSmithKline answer that question, but NOT one of the actual MD physicians on the panel. The GlaxoSmithKline person began by repeating the caller’s suggestion of staying healthy for prevention, but then he goes on with the importance of seeing a doctor, and stressed the importance of the vaccines. No one on the panel mentioned vitamins, probiotics or supplements, or avoiding behaviors which compromise the immune system!
I really don’t want to accuse NPR of being a “shill for Big Pharma,” but … if the shoe fits ….
Anyway, I’ve posted these before, but here are some articles about the flu vaccine. People have a right to see alternative information, research and recommendations in order to make truly informed choices about their health and prevention.
The most important article is by Dr. Donald Miller, cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at University of Washington, Seattle, and among other things in the article, Dr. Miller promotes Vitamin D.
Bill Sardi: The American Flu Charade
Anthony Gucciardi: 3 Reasons to Reconsider Flu Shots
Alex Newman: Risks of the Swine Flu Vaccine
Paul Joseph Watson: New Study Finds Link Between Flu Shot, H1N1 Pandemic