10 Reasons ‘Natural News’ Has No Damn Clue What They’re Talking About

There’s more vaccine idiocy floating around the internet.  I promise to branch out into some more diverse topics eventually, but I couldn’t let this pass.  A quack and conspiracy theory friendly website released an article entitled ‘Ten Things You’re Not Supposed to Know About the Swine Flu Vaccine.’  I found this drivel reposted on five different blogs in less than two minutes without searching for the article directly.  This was disturbing on many levels.  The intellectual dishonesty and laziness displayed in this ‘article’ is staggering.  We’ll take the points one by one.

#1 – The vaccine production was “rushed” and the vaccine has never been tested on humans. Do you like to play guinea pig for Big Pharma? If so, line up for your swine flu vaccine this fall…

Yes, it’s true the production was rushed.  This is, however, not a secret, and therefore not something ‘you’re not supposed to know.’  Vaccine production has been rushed because of the potential harm the H1N1 flu could cause.  The actual threat that the swine flu represents is another matter, and may be the subject of another blog entry.  Suffice it to say, the media have blown things way out of proportion, but there is definite cause for surveillance and mild concern.  However, the sped up timetable does not mean the vaccine will be dangerous and deadly.  Influenza vaccines are produced and administered every year.  It’s a known entity.  The only thing being altered here is the specific antigen being targeted.

#2 – Swine flu vaccines contain dangerous adjuvants that cause an inflammatory response in the body. This is why they are suspected of causing autism and other neurological disorders.

Two things right off the bat.  Vaccines are not suspected of causing autism and other neurological disorders.  There is zero credible scientific evidence to support this claim.  It is misinformation spread by a small and very vocal group of ideologues who have not and will not be swayed by mountains of evidence disproving their assertions.  Second, vaccines are supposed to elicit an inflammatory response.  That’s how they work.  Vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce an inflammatory immune response to whatever disease is being immunized against.  On to the adjuvants themselves.  It is true that the swine flu vaccines currently in production may include emergency adjuvants.  Adjuvants are additives that increase the effectiveness of a vaccine.  There are worries that vaccine production will fall short of the amount needed, and, in that case, the adjuvants would be added to stretch the supply and allow the immunization of as many people as possible.  There are a lot of fear tactics concerning the ‘untested’ and ‘experimental’ adjuvants that are being considered for inclusion in the H1N1 vaccine.  It is true that they have not been present in American vaccines before.  They have, however, been used widely in European vaccines (the adjuvants are being produced by European companies).  They are anything but experimental.  Extensive tests and trials have been performed on the additives, and, despite some individual elements of the adjuvants provoking an inflammatory response in mice, the additives themselves have shown no adverse effects in people.  MF59, made by Novartis, has been given to more than 40 million people, mostly adults, to prevent seasonal flu, Glaxo’s adjuvant has proven safe and effective in clinical trials with 39,000 people.

#3 – The swine flu vaccine could actually increase your risk of death from swine flu by altering (or suppressing) your immune system response. There is zero evidence that even seasonal flu shots offer any meaningful protection for people who take the jabs. Vaccines are the snake oil of modern medicine.

This is complete and utter nonsense.  Vaccination does not work for everyone.  Depending on the individual and a whole host of other factors, sometimes vaccines don’t elicit a significant enough response by the immune system to confer immunity.  However, there is no basis for the assertion that the vaccine could make an individual more susceptible to the flu.  But there is plenty of evidence that shows the efficacy seasonal flu shots, despite what the luminaries at Natural News may say.  The seasonal flu vaccine is less effective than many other vaccines.  This is because influenza has an incredibly high mutation rate.  As a result, during the course of the year, the virus ‘drifts’ between different strains.  Every year the WHO follows this and is forced to guess which strain will predominate during the following year’s flu season to allow manufacturers enough time to develop the vaccine.  Even with this difficulty, seasonal vaccines are 70-80% effective in healthy individuals below the age of 65.

#4 – Doctors still don’t know why the 1976 swine flu vaccines paralyzed so many people. And that means they really have no clue whether the upcoming vaccine might cause the same devastating side effects. (And they’re not testing it, either…)

Actually, doctors have a very good idea of what caused the paralysis associated with the 1976 swine flu vaccines.  It was Guillain-Barre Syndrome.  It is a rare side effect associated with modern influenza vaccines, affecting roughly one in a million individuals.

#5 – Even if the swine flu vaccine kills you, the drug companies aren’t responsible. The U.S. government has granted drug companies complete immunity against vaccine product liability. Thanks to that blanket immunity, drug companies have no incentive to make safe vaccines, because they only get paid based on quantity, not safety (zero liability).

It is true that the manufacturers of the swine flu vaccine have been granted immunity from lawsuits.  This is both reasonable and has precedent.  Vaccine manufacturers have had immunity relating to childhood vaccines since the 1980’s.  Individuals who feel they’ve been harmed as a result of those vaccines take their claim to a federal court that decides if compensation is appropriate.  The swine flu vaccine will work the same way.  People who suffer complications will still have an avenue to collect damages, just not from the manufacturers.  The reasons for this are fairly simple.  Vaccines are a low-profit venture compared to the other drugs pharmaceutical companies sell.  If the government were to ask companies to rush a vaccine (which they have in this case), and then fail to protect them from lawsuits, the vaccines wouldn’t get made.  The risk of legal claims would not be worth the relatively small reward of the money earned from selling the vaccines.

#6 – No swine flu vaccine works as well as vitamin D to protect you from influenza. That’s an inconvenient scientific fact that the U.S. government, the FDA and Big Pharma hope the people never realize.

This is more pseudoscientific hogwash (I like that word).  Vitamin D is an important aspect of the body’s immune response.  Individuals with a sufficient amount of vitamin D in their system will mount a more robust immune response to invading disease, including influenza.  Those who are vitamin D deficient are more susceptible.  This isn’t some big secret, either.  The FDA and other health agencies encourage people to get a minimum daily amount of vitamin D because of, among other things, its importance to the immune system.  But vitamin D is not a vaccine.  If the immune system comes in contact with an entirely new pathogen, it will take time to mount a response.  During that time period, the individual is going to get sick, no matter how much vitamin D they have in their system.

#7 – Even if the swine flu vaccine actually works, mathematically speaking if everyone else around you gets the vaccine, you don’t need one! (Because it can’t spread through the population you hang with.) So even if you believe in the vaccine, all you need to do is encourage your friends to go get vaccinated…

This is selfish, dangerous, and sleazy to the nth degree.  This is a reference to herd immunity.  When roughly 90% of a population possesses immunity to a specific disease, that disease ceases to be viable.  There aren’t enough potential hosts susceptible to infection for the disease to propagate.  It’s possible for an unvaccinated individual to stay healthy by leeching off the immunity of others.  However, considering the virus’ high rate of mutation, herd immunity is unlikely to be reached in regards to the swine flu.  There are also those for whom the vaccine just won’t work (as described earlier) or who will be unable to receive the vaccine because of a weakened immune system or their age (the very young don’t receive vaccines).  With this in mind, it’s easy to observe the highly callous attitude displayed in point #7.  During a highly virulent and infectious pandemic, it is highly likely that any given person will be exposed to the disease.  As such, it’s also likely that an unvaccinated individual will get sick and shed the virus.  They are then completely capable of giving the disease to someone far more likely to die whether because of a weakened immune system or age.  They become a killer by proxy.

#8 – Drug companies are making billions of dollars from the production of swine flu vaccines. That money comes out of your pocket — even if you don’t get the jab — because it’s all paid by the taxpayers.

This is so distorted, it may as well just be called an outright lie.  As I mentioned above, vaccine production is small business for pharmaceutical companies.  The risks are high (they’re not protected from liability for all vaccines), and the monetary rewards are low.  The US government has set aside $1 billion for swine flu vaccines (not billions).  This is going to five different companies, with a maximum of $288.8 million for vaccine development, and a $150 million for clinical trials.  You read that right.  Amazingly enough, these vaccines are going to be tested.  Maybe someone should inform Natural News.  And those numbers are not pure profit.  The companies still have to make and test the vaccine.

#9 – When people start dying in larger numbers from the swine flu, rest assured that many of them will be the very people who got the swine flu vaccine. Doctors will explain this away with their typical Big Pharma logic: “The number saved is far greater than the number lost.” Of course, the number “saved” is entirely fictional… imaginary… and exists only in their own warped heads.

The number saved is most definitely not imaginary.  Vaccinations are, combined with wide access to clean water, the great medical miracle of the last 75-100 years.  Smallpox, the deadliest disease in human history, killed an estimated 300-500 million people during the 20th century alone.  It has been completely eradicated from the wild thanks to vaccination campaigns.  That’s 500 million deaths down to 0.  As late as 1988, 350,000 children were paralyzed with polio worldwide.  Thanks to aggressive vaccination campaigns, that had fallen to just over 2,400 cases globally.  In fact, only four countries in the world remain polio endemic: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (it was declared eradicated from the United States in 1994).  The benefits of the seasonal flu vaccine are less dramatic because the disease is less dramatic.  But if the swine flu makes that jump to virulency, things will get nasty very quickly.  The pandemic of 1918 killed 50-100 million people worldwide.  That was during a time without air travel and much lower population density.  People with influenza begin shedding the virus roughly 48 hours before they become symptomatic.  That means someone can travel from the United States to Japan, infecting everyone they meet along the way, well before they even become sick.  An effective vaccine could mean the difference between life and death for millions of people.

#10 – The swine flu vaccine centers that will crop up all over the world in the coming months aren’t completely useless: They will provide an easy way to identify large groups of really stupid people. (Too bad there isn’t some sort of blue dye that we could tag ‘em with for future reference…)

The lottery, they say, is a tax on people who can’t do math. Similarly, flu vaccines are a tax on people who don’t understand health.

In a similar vein, I used the reproduction of this article to identify the very stupid on Word Press.  Please everyone, get vaccinated.  Don’t be taken in by misinformation, scare tactics, and lies.  You’re doing something for yourself and the people around you.  You may even save the life of those who belief this junk.  Just don’t expect a thank you.


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