Swine Flu: Things You Should Know, Things You Can Do
Here is the most recent phone interview with Dr. Henry Niman of Recombinomics:
February 20, 2014 Rense.com interview with Henry Niman, Ph.D.
CDC Warns Of Threat From H1N1 Swine Flu (February 20, 2014)
Swine flu is killing young people at epidemic levels (February 20, 2014)
California’s death count from flu rises to 202 (February 7, 2014)
Several deaths linked to swine flu in Texas (January 1, 2014)
Swine flu makes a comeback as flu cases spike (December 30, 2013)
Four people critical with swine flu in Pune (February 24, 2013)
30 swine flu deaths in two months across Gujarat (February 21, 2013)
Since Jan, swine flu has claimed 30 lives in Ahmedabad (February 21, 2013)
60 more swine flu cases, toll now 570 (February 20, 2013)
Swine flu claims 64 lives in Punjab, Haryana in 2013 (February 19, 2013)
CDC reports first H3N2v death as cases rise to 290 (August 31, 2012)
Indiana says swine flu cases rise ten-fold, now at 113 (August 8, 2012)
CDC Preparing Vaccine for New Swine Flu (August 4, 2012)
Fairgoers Sickened by New Swine Flu Strain (August 3, 2012)
Flu epidemic hits country (July 22, 2012)
Brazil Boosts Measures Against Swine Flu After 13 Die (July 18, 2012)
New Flu Strain Makes Health Experts Nervous (December 2, 2011)
CDC confirms cases of new swine flu virus (November 24, 2011)
Pennsylvania and Indiana trH3N2 Matches Signal Pandemic (September 7, 2011)
Two more children infected with novel swine flu virus (September 6, 2011)
WHO Issues H1N1 Pandemic Alert
(April 26, 2011)
"It is recommended that all of the countries activate their National Preparedness Plans for the pandemic and follow the WHO and PAHO recommendations."
Pneumonia & Influenza Death Rate Spikes In El Paso Texas (April 21, 2011)
"The 43 deaths in weeks 14 and 15 are well above numbers for the past three years (8, 9, 12) and raise concerns that the spike in deaths is linked to the recent H1N1 outbreak in Juarez, just across the border in Chihuahua, Mexico, which is supported by the elevated numbers in each age group under 65."
Vitamin D, Vaccination and Anti-Virals: Pandemic Flu and Vitamin D - The Vitamin D Council
Note on Vaccinations: Dr. Niman has noted that the "live virus" spray flu vaccine may be preferable to the injectable vaccine, as the current spray vaccine (at least in the United States) is based on a strain of the H1N1 virus with the D225G polymorphism, which has been associated with severe and fatal cases. The spray vaccine is available in the U.S. to persons between the ages of 2 and 49. The spray vaccine also does not contain mercury, for those who are concerned about possible danger from mercury in vaccines. With regard to the injectable vaccines, it is our understanding
that the "single dose" shots (available from many physicians if not from pharmacies) do not contain mercury whereas shots prepared from multi-dose vials do. Nevertheless, from our research, we believe that even the shots which contain mercury are extremely preferable to no vaccination at all, in the current situation, which we believe is more dangerous than most government statements and media reports currently indicate.
Another vaccine which you may wish to consider is the pneumococcal vaccine. In flu pandemics many of the people who die do not die directly from the flu virus itself, but from a secondary bacterial infection which the flu virus makes them susceptible to. The pneumococcal vaccine is meant to protect against many of the secondary bacterial infections which can attack people with severe influenza infections, and has been reported to be very safe and effective in doing so. See: http://scienceblogs.com/effectmeasure/2009/06/pneumococcal_vaccine.php
Note on Anti-Virals: Anti-virals such as Tamiflu and Relenza are most effective when given as soon as possible after an influenza infection, however the "rapid test" for influenza has been reported to be quite unreliable. There was at least one reported instance in 2009 where a doctor would not prescribe an anti-viral because the rapid test came back negative, then the patient died and the disease subsequently turned out to be H1N1 flu. Because of that, some people have recommended that if you develop serious flu symptoms and your doctor will not prescribe an anti-viral simply because the rapid test came back negative, that you insist upon a prescription - and tell the doctor you want that noted in the medical record - so that he or she may comply, realizing that medical malpractice may be charged if the above situation should develop (and if the doctor still will not comply, to get a second opinion). Note, however, that in some areas doctors may not be allowed to prescribe anti-virals due to shortages, and that doctors may not be able or willing to prescribe them in the absence of serious symptoms, as over-distribution of the drugs can lead to strains of the virus that are resistant to them.
Please note that the above is simply to share information which we have heard, which you can discuss with your doctor, and should not be considered to be medical advice. The information presented here simply expresses our opinions, is not guaranteed to be accurate, and will be updated as our knowledge increases.
More quotes from Dr. Niman:
"WHO is beyond clueless when it comes to influenza evolution. They still think changes are due to RANDOM mutations and can't be predicted. When the prediction of D225G was made for Ukraine, they withheld the data and claimed there were no significant changes. When D225G was confirmed, they put out the nonsense report (claiming no clustering) at the end of 2009 and then again in February, 2010, just before the sequences from autopsy lung in Ukraine came out, showing widespread D225G and D225N clustered in Ukraine. They use a HEAVILY manipulated 'antigen characterization' test to claim matches for mismatches on vaccine targets, and of course have recommended California/7 for the southern hemisphere in 2011 and northern hemisphere in 2011/2012.
Pandemic H1N1 is swine jumped to humans, and now it is starting to evolve more quickly (with MANY versions back in swine ready to jump again).
The WHO August proclamation of an end to the pandemic, followed by the recommendation to leave the vaccine unchanged, reflects the outdated views of their 'experts,' who are clearly hazardous to the world's health." (March 30, 2011)
"[T]he vaccine used in 2010 in the southern and northern hemisphere targeted California/7/2009, which was isolated in April 2009, so escape in 2010 and 2011 was not unexpected. Most remarkably, this outdated target is being used for the 2011 vaccine for the southern hemisphere, which is scandalous." (February 4, 2011)
"[T]he victim died without see a doctor or receiving treatment, which is not unusual. That is why seasonal flu deaths are extrapolated numbers. Most deaths are in patients over 65 who are not tested and frequently are not hospitalized. In contrast, an official H1N1 death requires lab confirmation as well as a declaration that the death was caused by H1N1. These requirements greatly reduce the number of confirmed and reported H1N1 cases, which helps to create a low number like the most recent report by the HPA.
Those weekly reports not only grossly under-report the number of H1N1 deaths, but now they are selectively releasing the data on patients with underlying conditions and creating ratios that are quite different than the initial reports. The latest numbers create statistics that are more in line with agency comments on vaccinations, which are recommended for at-risk groups, and ignore the large percentage of H1N1 deaths in previously healthy young adults." (January 10, 2011)
"The current H1N1 in circulation is markedly more virulent than the strain circulating last season. In the peak period in 2009, the maximum number of critical cases was 180. This, year when the flu season is just beginning and overall levels of H1N1 are lower than last season, the critical care number has jumped to 460 on December 23 from 302 on December 20, and 182 on December 15." (December 24, 2010)
"Deaths of under 65 is 'normal' for H1N1 and H1N1 is ANYTHING but 'normal' seasonal flu. It can bring down the world's entire health care delivery system in a heartbeat." (December 13, 2010)
"There is nothing unusual about a pandemic coming back stronger in a subsequent year. pH1N1 is a VERY dangerous virus. D225G at a frequency 10X higher than last year would be catastrophic (and VERY possible)." (December 13, 2010)
"WHO proclaimed the pandemic over based on NO data. Now the Emporer has no clothes as young continue to die (and the H1N1 is just a step away from making 2009 look like a walk in the park)." (December 13, 2010)
"WHO is as lost as ever, They don't understand how the virus evolves and can't even properly track the most significant changes (low reactors at positions 157-159 as well as D225G/N). These changes are most easily seen in egg isolates, but most isolates are from mammalian cells where wild type is selected.
The vaccine came out late, in part because it grew poorly in egg cells because changes at positions 157-159 and D225G were excluded. WHO consultants are focused on reassortment and since it is not playing a role in pandemic H1N1 evolution, they have lost interest. They also ignore the fact that the deaths from H1N1 remain in the under 65 age group, which is clearly NOT a seasonal flu pattern.
WHO is a VERY reactive group, so they are ALWAYS chasing the virus and always coming up short. A declaration of the end of the pandemic will almost assure a re-emerence of a more lethal pandemic." (August 8, 2010)
H3N2 SWINE FLU ALERT:
The U.S. CDC has now released the viral sequences from the recent H3N2 human swine flu cases (thank you, CDC) and Dr. Niman says that they signal human-to-human transmission of a novel swine H3N2 virus:
"The presence of PB1 E618D in virtually all pH1N1 sequences as well as four of the five trH3N2 sequences signals an emerging swine H3N2 pandemic." (November 18, 2010)
[Note: "PB1 E618D" means the E618D polymorphism on the PB1 gene, "pH1N1" means the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus, and "trH3N2" means triple-reassortant H3N2 (which indicates that, like pH1N1, the novel H3N2 virus has evolved from swine, avian, and human strains).]
"I think that trH3N2 is transmitting in humans. However, this transmission may be slow. Surveillance is poor because detection requires sequencing since H3 and N2 are human. I think the number of positives will rise in the next few weeks, and that should signal how efficient the transmission is." (November 17, 2010)
"If the mutant virus were to acquire the ability to spread more widely, the consequences could be very serious. The study goes to show how important it is that the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network continues to monitor closely the emergence of new variants of the flu virus. Even though the 2009 pandemic was relatively mild, it's vital that we handle outbreaks cautiously and stay vigilant. The virus is constantly evolving, and it's possible that a new form as dangerous as the 1918 pandemic could emerge."
-- Prof. Ten Feizi, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, October 22, 2010 News Release
We also recommend:
Rhiza Labs FluTracker Forum (Dr. Niman's posts)
Get Pandemic Ready
Life Extension Foundation Avian Flu Update
Other links you may find useful:
Nitro Pak - Emergency Preparedness
Northern Tool - Backup Generators
Life Extension Foundation - Nutritional Supplements (a nonprofit organization - membership benefits)
"An influenza pandemic of even moderate impact will result in the biggest single human disaster ever - far greater than AIDS, 9/11, all wars in the 20th century and the recent tsunami combined. It has the potential to redirect world history as the Black Death redirected European history in the 14th century."
-- Michael T. Osterholm, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota
Source: Bird Flu Could Kill Millions, The Gazette (Montreal), Front Page, March 9, 2005
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