pandemic

  1. Uncle Sam is spending millions chasing fictional diseases

    Feds funding war on phony disease

    Will Rogers said that the only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

    And if we're looking for a new national slogan, that's got my vote.

    How long are you going to keep breaking your back while Uncle Sam breaks the bank? He's skimming 25 cents off every dollar you earn, with the same tired nonsense about how we need to arm our troops... educate our children... and keep enough cops on the street.

    And if you think that's where the shopping list ends, I have a taxpayer-funded bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. Because the truth is, if you REALLY knew what our government was spending your cash on, you'd never fork a red cent over to the feds again.

    Case in point, right now our government is pumping millions of your dollars into a shadowy agency you've never heard of -- and you'd better believe your local Congressman never mentions it in his stump speech.

    This agency isn't taking down Mexican drug cartels or fighting the global war on terror -- it's developing cures for pandemics that don't exist.

    In the most insane waste of taxpayer dollars since we used psychics to spy on the Soviets, Uncle Sam is pumping more than $400 million a year into the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). And BARDA's entire mission seems to be to hand out grants to Big Pharma for drugs you'll never use, to treat diseases you'll never catch.

    In fact, Novartis just used a BARDA grant to develop a vaccine for H7N9 bird flu -- a vaccine our government could start stockpiling immediately unless you and I stop them.

    Novartis says its new wonder vaccine works like a charm -- but the truth is, we'll never know. That's because in the history of mankind, no bird flu has EVER caused a pandemic. You have a better chance of being abducted by aliens than dying during some bird flu apocalypse.

    This isn't some emerging health threat. It's a taxpayer-funded boondoggle. Even in China, the birthplace of H7N9, the virus is spreading slower than frozen peanut butter. It's affected fewer than 150 people in a nation of 1.3 billion, and 80% of those folks survived.

    Yet Uncle Sam is STILL getting ready to stockpile H7N9 vaccine just WEEKS after an independent report found he wasted BILLIONS storing up Tamiflu.

    It's time to end the nonsense -- and get BARDA's budget off of the federal shopping list forever. Because at the end of the day, you don't have a snowball's chance in hell of catching H7N9 -- but Uncle Sam is going to bill you for the cure anyway.

  2. Scientists look to 1918 flu survivors for vaccine answers

    Scientists look to 1918 flu survivors for vaccine answers

    There is an assumption that the oldest among us are the weakest - especially when it comes to disease. But now a new study shows that some of our oldest citizens could actually better equipped to weather a disease pandemic than the rest of us. Why? Because they already survived one of the worst pandemics in human history.

    In 1918, a particularly virulent strain of influenza swept across the world, killing 50 million people. That's a whopping 30 million more deaths than were caused by the four- year-long slaughter of the First World War from 1914 - 1918. The "Spanish Flu," as it was called, quickly killed many otherwise healthy young adults.

    The study examined the blood of 32 people who were born during or before 1915 and discovered that ALL of them had antibodies to the 1918 strain of "Spanish Flu" in their blood, and many of them were still generating these antibodies.

    The researchers were genuinely shocked at the results. "Most people have a notion that elderly people have very weak immunity, or they have lost immunity," Crowe said. But this study reveals that people have "a surprising ability" to maintain immunity to things they were exposed to decades ago.

    There's speculation that the individuals in the study had the immunity to withstand the 1918 pandemic because they were actually infected by a less deadly strain of the virus before the onset of the 1918 flu, which prepared their bodies to handle the later, more virulent version of the killer bug.

    Of course, where there are antibodies, there is talk of vaccines.

    As you may have guessed, this research was likely funded by some Big Pharma giant on the hunt for new flu vaccinations. Crowe admitted that the findings of this study "gives us hope that we can develop vaccines and antibody treatments for any other pandemic viruses that come along."

    Really? Well excuse me for not being terribly excited.

    The fact is, more often than not, flu vaccines prevent absolutely NOTHING. The problem with vaccinations is that very often you have no idea whether or not they'll work.

    Every fall and winter, millions of Americans flock to hospitals, clinics, and temporary immunization stations to be injected with the influenza vaccine in preparation for this year's tidal wave of flu cases. But guess what? The vaccines are duds! Studies of vaccinated and non-vaccinated people showed a rate of infection difference of just TWO PERCENT!! Sadly, if we faced another 1918 flu, two percent wouldn't save many lives.

    So what hope to do we have if we face another Spanish Flu in the 21st century? Well, Dr. Marc Siegel believes that, in the event of another pandemic, there will be some - like those tough old survivors of the 1918 bug who were tested in this study - that will develop a lifelong immunity to whatever virus that comes down the road.

    But as for the rest of us, I have a feeling we'd be among the victims - even if we do get vaccinated!

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