Published on February 29th, 2016 | by jen9150
Beware the Zika Fear
Recall the great measles outbreak of 2015? You know, the one where a whopping 159 people were infected (including adults whose MMR shot had worn off) and no one died? Man, that was terrifying. The media talking heads were on it 24/7, warning us about those dangerous anti-vaxxers, spouting off about herd immunity (which isn’t possible via vaccination), and admonishing us to take our children in immediately for their dose of neurotoxins, disease matter and human and animal DNA.
And people did. They rushed to get their healthy unsuspecting infants shot up with a vaccine that has been linked to a long list of adverse reactions, including autism, because hey, the MEASLES WERE COMING. Facebook friends shared post after post about the dangers of measles and the measles-laden zombies, those anti-vaxxer pariahs. Could — gasp! — an anti-vaxxer be in my neighborhood? In my playgroup? Invisible menaces lurked around every corner, and our favorite men-in-white-coat-God-complex authority figures were there to give us a triple dose of fear in case we still weren’t scared enough.
Thankfully, I shut off the damn idiot box years ago, so when I overhead those fact-fabricating, fear-mongering newscasts, my reaction was one of incredulity mixed with gag-reflex disgust. I knew that they would use this mass hysteria for an agenda, because that’s what they do. They did it with 9/11. They did it with the swine flu, both in 1976 and during the H1N1 scare of 2009. Hell, they do it every year, launching a massive propaganda campaign to get everyone in the United States from six-month-olds to 106-year-olds into Walgreens to get shot up with the live-virus shedding FluMist or the 4-in-1 mercury-laden FluZone. There is even a new one, Fluad, which includes a squalene oil adjuvant implicated in a long list of serious neurological issues. That special one is for Grammy and Grandpaps.
There is a cornucopia of not-so-miraculous flu vaccines to choose from, many of which contain mercury and are linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome (which would you rather take your chances with, a week with the flu or a chronic, degenerative, possibly permanent and/or deadly neuron-deteriorating autoimmune condition?) and which aren’t even very effective. If people experience an adverse reaction, of which there are many (read the full package insert sometime), they may not realize it was the vaccine that caused it. If they do, the doctor or nurse who administered the vaccine likely won’t admit it. Only a small percentage end up being reported to VAERS, the online adverse event tracking system, and a very small percentage of that go to a special closed-door court, and an even smaller percentage end up getting compensated (not by the vaccine maker, as one would assume, but from taxes that consumers pay on each vaccine). As NPR reports, “In 2014, the court received 542 claims and compensated 365 people for a total of $202 million. Settlements ranged from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many were for the flu shot and Guillain-Barré syndrome.” Yet, “Many people who might qualify for compensation in the vaccine court don’t know it exists.”
And of course they want to keep it that way, and to keep perpetuating the myth that injuries are rare, just “one in a million,” while at the same time admitting that the system allows the majority of incidents to go unreported and fall through the cracks. But the masses will keep lining up, simply because they were told to. Vaccines are damn good business, especially since no one is held liable when something goes wrong.
The fear tactics the media puppets use, year after year, are to exaggerate the danger and amount of deaths caused by the flu and to demonize those who refuse to comply. Local stores play along offering cheap tricks like a discount at the checkout line. Many employers coerce their employees into receiving it, despite it probably causing more missed work days than not, and many hospitals are now mandating them, which many believe is a violation of their civil liberties. And after the measles scare, well, kiddies around the country were to be made to take 50 shots and counting just to be allowed entry to kindergarten, thanks to beneficent legislators who were all about “protecting children” (except that they took huge contributions from pharmaceutical companies and took their orders from paid lobbyists). It’s pretty damn Orwellian, if you think about it. But most people don’t.
Now we get to the Zika virus. Although a link has yet to be officially confirmed between the microcephaly cases in Brazil and the virus which has been around, causing little harm, for decades, the media is jumping on the scare-tactic bandwagon and the government is ready to play the game.
Of the 4,180 suspected cases reported in Brazil since last October, 732 were scrutinized; more than half of these were either not actual microcephaly cases or not related to Zika. Only 270 were cases that were both confirmed microcephaly AND had the presence of Zika virus OR another infectious disease (although correlation does not equal causation and a large number of Brazilians are likely to harbor many tropical viruses at any given time; in fact, every one of us is infected with at least ten but probably many more permanent chronic systemic viral infections at any one time, although we do not exhibit any negative symptomatology). That leaves 3,448 cases to be thrown out the window and one overhyped scare, especially in light of the fact that there are hundreds of microcephaly cases in the United States every year and no one bats an eye.
But the show must go on. The WHO officially declared a public health emergency, the Pope said condoms were cool, and the brilliant minds at the CDC are calling for the return of DDT (Rachel Carson be damned), DEET spray for mama and baby (it’s neurotoxic, but whatevs), and truckloads of franken-skeeters, including a breed that is deliberately infected with a bacterium. Of course Bill Gates, savior of humanity, is in favor of the latter; it combines his two favorite gifts to malnourished, impoverished children: quasi-ethical experimentation with disease vectors and genetically modified organisms. Pregnant women or those who may become pregnant are being told not to travel to pretty much anywhere south of the border and to skip the Rio Summer Olympics (no drinking either; basically just take birth control, get your damn vaccines, and try not to have any fun). Many Brazilian women no doubt are considering illegal abortions.
Earlier in February, President Obama said he would request $1.8 billion in emergency appropriations for the Zika response. But on February 18, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger, and Labor, Health, and Human Services Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole said they would reject the request and instead urged the Administration to use some $1.3 billion in unused Ebola money. ‘If an urgent response is what is required, then it seems clear that substantial funds are already available without any further delay,’ the congressmen wrote in a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget. Despite that warning, President Obama went ahead and sent a formal request for $1.9 billion to the Speaker of the House on February 22. … In contrast to the drubbing that federal health agencies took during the Ebola crisis, congressional hearings on Zika have been fairly noncontroversial. Rep. Mica’s questioning — even about the funding issues ― was generally mild, and at the end of the hearing, he told the officials that they had ‘done a great job in staying ahead’ of Zika. ‘I’m very pleased with where we are,’ he said.
So the pharmaceutical companies will get their federal money to get that fast-tracked vaccine ready to meet the manufactured public demand. Pregnant women and women in their reproductive years, of course, should be the first ones to get it, even though vaccines are not tested on pregnant women for safety or long-term carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive issues for the fetus. But hell, who needs the precautionary principle these days?
They certainly weren’t thinking about the precautionary principle when biotech company Oxitech opened large-scale genetically modified mosquito farms in Brazil in 2012 teeming with the same species, Aedes aegypti, that is being implicated in the Zika scourge, and whaddayaknow, in the exact same area as the Zika-blamed microcephaly cases. Instead of investigating this very curious coincidence, the powers-that-be dismiss it as the ravings of a tinfoil-hat-wearing anti-science crowd and declare that the answer to this crisis is, wait for it, more genetically modified mosquitoes. Some are calling for the instigation of “gene drives”, which is a brand-new experimental bioengineering technology that has the potential to spread an infertility gene throughout an entire species, with the aim of wiping it from the planet. Did you learn about ecosystems in Bio 101? Does this sound like a good idea to you?
Then there is a coalition of Brazilian and Argentine doctors blaming a larvicide linked to fetal abnormalities that was being added to the drinking water over a period of 18 months in the areas most affected by the rise in health issues. They also call the GM mosquito release a “failure” and claim that the modified mosquitoes are actually causing an increased spread of disease: “We must take into account that the biology of the disease shows that the female only stings when it’s pregnant and generating eggs after being fertilised by a male; it does it in that state and only then, because it needs blood components in order to develop the eggs. So, if millions of male mosquitoes are released, there will be many more fertilised females looking to suck the blood of mammals, thus increasing the spreading of the disease from infected people to healthy people!”. I highly recommend that you read their report, complete with references, for yourself.
As Dr. William H. Warrick III, MD, commented on a recent Medscape article: “The epicenter of this outbreak is in the same area as GM mosquitoes were released in July 2012. These mosquitoes are supposed to die off in the larval stage but there is a 3-4% survival rate which creates a sub-population carrying Zika virus. Worse still in the presence of even small amounts of tetracycline which is used in large amounts in Brazil in chickens and other animals could cause up a 15% survival rate. Therein lies the problem of the possibility of large numbers of Zika carrying mosquitoes that have developed since these GM mosquitoes were released that can increase over time. Mad scientists who think they are God creating life may be Mankind’s greatest enemy.”
Brazil is basically a playground for chemical and biotech companies to do as they please. Check out Marco Caceres’ blog on the large amount of pesticide usage and their history of causing human health issues for the dirty details. For those who really love a rabbit hole, there is the odd fact that the Rockefeller Foundation owns the patent on the Zika virus, dating back to an unfortunate rhesus monkey imported from Uganda back in 1947. You can read here how the Zika virus may be related to the GM mosquitoes (whether this was intentional or not is a matter of conspiracy-minded debate).
Many astroturf sites, paid-off “experts” and the major power-players themselves (including Monsanto, as the larvicide is a product of its subsidiary company Sumitomo Chemical), are trying hard to quash these “rumors.” Ignoring the science-based report from its own doctors and researchers, the Brazilian health ministry dismissed the idea that it could be the larvicide causing the birth defects; although at least one Brazilian state wisely chose to discontinue using the product pending further review. But it should be noted that Monsanto, a multi-billion-dollar mega-corporation that is probably one of the most powerful companies in the world, often controls many so-called research scientists, innocuous sounding front groups and governments themselves through a powerful army of lobbyists, revolving doors and grant money.
Recently, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) did not deny that the larvicide could be linked to the birth defect cases. “It’s a theory that’s difficult to disprove at this time,” he admits in a conference call with reporters. Yet he attempts to dismiss this very evidence-backed rationale in favor of the Zika virus theory, despite it not having been adequately proven and the case for it being far weaker. Might it have to do with the fact that there is big vaccine money to be made for his employer?
NIAID, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has a history of collaborating with industry and commercial interests, particularly pharmaceutical companies to develop vaccines including “influenza (FluMist), hepatitis A (Havrix), and rotavirus (RotaShield). NIAID also was instrumental in the development and licensure of acellular pertussis vaccines, conjugate vaccines for Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b or Hib, and a preventive therapy for respiratory syncytial virus or RSV (Synagis). Additionally, NIAID partnerships with industry and academia have led to the advancement of diagnostic tests for several important infectious diseases, including malaria (ParaSight F), tuberculosis (GeneXpert MTB/RIF), and norovirus (Ridascreen Norovirus 3rd Generation EIA).” (Sources here). Developing new vaccines is their bread and butter, as you can see in this 2013 Strategic Plan. They are also attempting to develop genetically modified strains of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria.
Another twist in the plot is that Brazil mandated the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women in 2014, despite it not being proven safe for that demographic or for unborn children. The Tdap is the booster version of the DTaP vaccine which is given to children and infants younger than seven years of age and according to VAERS reports, has been linked to severe adverse reactions including death in infants. In the United States, the Tdap and the flu vaccine are recommended for pregnant women. This article explores the link between prenatal vaccination and neuro-inflammation in the fetus, including the risk for autism. There is also evidence that the tetanus toxoid, one of the components of the Tdap, is linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome, another illness seemingly on the rise in Brazil that is also being widely blamed on Zika infection.
Many Brazilian mothers seem to believe this vaccine to be the cause of the increase in birth defects. Dr. Adriana Melo, a Brazilian obstetrician who was one of the first to point the finger at Zika, recounts: “There was a terrible rumor that vaccines were the cause. And that was very hard for us, because people would talk about microcephaly and then someone would say, ‘Oh, just don’t get any vaccines.’ People started to believe that it was related.”
The article goes on to detail her search for the true culprit, because as is typical of many doctors, the idea that vaccines were somehow involved was unfathomable. She came to conclude it was the Zika virus despite the virus being active in many countries since the 1940s and only ever causing mild symptoms even in populations where the majority were infected. The article continues, “Even with Zika in the amniotic fluid, the virus has still never been found in the blood from a baby’s umbilical cord. And right now, there’s no biological theory to explain how the virus might be doing its dirty work. ‘For this, you need long-term studies,’ Melo says. ‘We all know that. But my concern was — why I wanted to get clarification of these cases — is because we needed to say something to women who are pregnant now,’ she says.”
And with that, the fear epidemic took off, and is now spreading to the United States. At least two American women have chosen abortion after learning that they were infected with the Zika virus. Get ready for a long, hot summer.