31 December 2009

XXDR TB: Highly Infectious and Highly Resistant to Antibiotics

Frequency Foundation has reported on this previously and developed frequencies for XXDR TB. These were distributed to Frequency Foundation subscribers some months ago.

From a frequency point of view this is just another bacteria associated with a set of parasites and viruses that enable it to flourish. However, from a public health point of view it can be a disaster as conventional medicine has no good solution.
tbIt started with a cough, an autumn hack that refused to go away.  Then came the fevers. They bathed and chilled the skinny frame of Oswaldo Juarez, a 19-year-old Peruvian visiting to study English. His lungs clattered, his chest tightened and he ached with every gasp. During a wheezing fit at 4 a.m., Juarez felt a warm knot rise from his throat. He ran to the bathroom sink and spewed a mouthful of blood.

I’m dying, he told himself, “because when you cough blood, it’s something really bad.”
It was really bad, and not just for him.

Doctors say Juarez’s incessant hack was a sign of what they have both dreaded and expected for years — this country’s first case of a contagious, aggressive, especially drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. The Associated Press learned of his case, which until now has not been made public, as part of a six-month look at the soaring global challenge of drug resistance.

Juarez’s strain — so-called extremely drug-resistant (XXDR) TB — has never before been seen in the U.S., according to Dr. David Ashkin, one of the nation’s leading experts on tuberculosis. XXDR tuberculosis is so rare that only a handful of other people in the world are thought to have had it.

“He is really the future,” Ashkin said. “This is the new class that people are not really talking too much about. These are the ones we really fear because I’m not sure how we treat them.”

Forty years ago, the world thought it had conquered TB and any number of other diseases through the new wonder drugs: Antibiotics. U.S. Surgeon General William H. Stewart announced it was “time to close the book on infectious diseases and declare the war against pestilence won.”

Today, all the leading killer infectious diseases on the planet — TB, malaria and HIV among them — are mutating at an alarming rate, hitchhiking their way in and out of countries. The reason: Overuse and misuse of the very drugs that were supposed to save us.

27 December 2009

Perp Walk for WHO Officials?

As a mathematical epidemiologist, I am proud that a member of the profession has turned some epidemiological tools on the root cause of the swine flu pandemic. An investigation was initiated both by the former German Bundestag Wolfgang Wodarg (SPD) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Wodarg is a physician and epidemiologist who is head of the subcommittee on health and he considers the handling of the swine flu to be "one of the biggest medical scandals of the century".


The Council of Europe member states are to launch an inquiry in January 2010 on the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focussing especially on extent of the pharma‘s industry’s influence on WHO, according to reports in the German media.



Wolfgang Wodarg , former SPD member of parliament, and chairman of the European parliament’s health committee, initiated the inquiry. The motion was passed unanimously by his colleagues in the European parliament‘s health committee.

Wodarg has criticised the measures taken against the swine flu as one of the biggest medical scandals of the century.“

He said the influence of the the pharamaceutical industry on scientists and government officials has resulted in millions of healthy people being exposed unnecessarily to the risks of an inadequately tested vaccine.“

That even though, the swine flu virus is much less harmful“ than last year’s seasonal flu causing not even a tenth of the usual deaths associated with flu.“

Wodarg has also criticised the way pharemceutical companies have made gigantic profits at the expense of tax payers.

He accused vaccine manufacturers of being willing even to inflict bodily harm“ in their pursuit of profits, noting that the adjuvants in the swine flu jab have hardly been tested.

In addtion,the vaccine‘s side effects including dangerous paralysis have not been adequately recorded.

Wodarg has said that the role of the WHO and its the pandemic emergency declaration in June needs to be the especial focus of a European parliamtary inquiry. For the first time the criteria for a pandemic was made not the actual risk of a diseases but the number of cases of the disease.

By classifying the swine flu as pandemic, nations were compelled to implement pandemic plans and also  the purchase swine flu vaccines.

Because WHO is not subject to any parliamentary control, Wodarg argued it is necessary for governments to insist on accountability.

24 December 2009

Mayo Clinic Study Shows Flu Shot Increases Hospitalization Risk in Children

child-fluAn eight year study conducted at the Mayo Clinic, published by the American Thoracic Society suggests that there is a correlation between flu shots and risk of complications from influenza. The study evaluated every pediatric patient that was seen at the Mayo Clinic over the course of eight flu seasons to determine how much the flu shot prevented hospitalization from influenza in asthmatic children. ATS 2009, SAN DIEGO— The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that will be presented on Tuesday, May 19, at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego...

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy
of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend annual influenza vaccination for all children aged six months to 18 years. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (3rd revision) also recommends annual flu vaccination of asthmatic children older than six months.

In order to determine whether the vaccine was effective in reducing the number of
hospitalizations that all children, and especially the ones with asthma, faced over eight consecutive flu
seasons, the researchers conducted a cohort study of 263 children who were evaluated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota from six months to 18 years of age, each of whom had had laboratory-confirmed influenza between 1996 to 2006. The investigators determined who had and had not received the flu vaccine, their asthma status and who did and did not require hospitalization. Records were reviewed for each subject with influenza-related illness for flu vaccination preceding the illness and hospitalization during that illness.

They found that children who had received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of
hospitalization, as compared to children who had not received the vaccine. In asthmatic children, there
was a significantly higher risk of hospitalization in subjects who received the TIV, as compared to those
who did not (p= 0.006). But no other measured factors—such as insurance plans or severity of asthma—appeared to affect risk of hospitalization.

20 December 2009

Medical Error, the Third Leading Cause of Death, and Climbing

U.S. healthcare is the most expensive in the world and has the worst healthcare outcomes of most developed countries. The data is unassailable and studiously ignored by the media. Most Americans think healthcare in the U.S. is good and that is probably why so many of them are fat, sick, ignorant, and die an early death at the hands of their doctor.

The last time I checked, the nurses in California will not check into a hospital without a buddy nurse who takes time off from work to watch every procedure done in the hospital on their fellow nurse. It is too risky to enter the hospital without an external expert watching your every move.

Dr. Barbara Starfield of John's Hopkins University reported in JAMA in 2000 that every year in the US there are:
12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgeries;
7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals;
20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals;
80,000 deaths from infections acquired in hospitals;
106,000 deaths from FDA-approved correctly prescribed medicines.
The total of medically-caused deaths in the US every year is 225,000.

"Is the U.S. Healthcare System Really the Best in the World." Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH
JAMA. 2000;284:483-485.

Medical treatment is conservatively the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer and a recent interview with Dr. Starfield indicates it is just getting worse. Healthcare reform is not about better healthcare. It is about who gets the biggest slice of the huge amount of financial waste in the error prone U.S. healthcare system.

See "An Exclusive Interview with Barbara Starfield."

19 December 2009

Flouride Makes You Stupid (but we already knew that!)

Toxicology Letters.  2009
Alterations of nAChRs and ERK1/2 in the brains of rats with chronic fluorosis and their connections with the decreased capacity of learning and memory
Liu YJ, Gao Q, Wu CX, Guan ZZ.

In order to reveal the mechanism of the decreased ability of learning and memory induced by chronic fluorosis, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and the pathway of extracellular signal regulated protein kinase (ERK1/2) were investigated by using the rats fed with different concentrations of sodium fluoride for 6 months. Spatial learning and memory of the rats were evaluated by Morris Water Maze test. The expressions of nAChRs, ERK1/2 and mitogen-induced extracellular kinase (MEK1/2) at protein and mRNA levels were detected by Western blotting and Real-time PCR, respectively. The results showed that as compared with controls, the learning and memory capacity in the rats with fluorosis was decreased. The protein expressions of α7 and α4 nAChR subunits in rat brains with fluorosis were decreased by 35% and 33%, whereas the corresponding receptor subunit mRNAs didn't exhibit any changes. The increases of phospho- and total- ERK1/2 as well as phospho-MEK1/2 at the protein levels were found in the brains of rats with fluorosis as compared to controls, and no difference of ERK1/2 mRNA was found. In addition, the activation rate of phospho-ERK1/2 was decreased in the brains affected with fluorosis. The modifications of nAChRs and ERK1/2 pathway might be connected with the molecular mechanisms in the decreased capacity of learning and memory of the rats with fluorosis.

Neurotox Res. 2009 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print]
Memory Impairment Induced by Sodium Fluoride is Associated with Changes in Brain Monoamine Levels.
Pereira M, Dombrowski PA, Losso EM, Chioca LR, Da Cunha C, Andreatini R
Laboratório de Fisiologia e Farmacologia do Sistema Nervoso Central, Departamento de Farmacologia, Setor de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Centro Politécnico, Curitiba, Brazil.

Previous studies suggest that sodium fluoride (NaF) can impair performance in some memory tasks, such as open-field habituation and two-way active avoidance. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of NaF intake (100 ppm in drinking water for 30 days) and its short-term (15 days) withdrawal on open-field habituation and brain monoamine level. Adult male rats were allocated to three groups: tap water (NaF 1.54 ppm) for 45 days (control group); 15 days of tap water followed by NaF for 30 days; and NaF for 30 days followed by 15 days of tap water. The results showed that NaF impairs open-field habituation and increases noradrenaline (NA) and serotonin (5-HT) in the striatum, hippocampus and neocortex. Dopamine (DA) increase was restricted to the striatum. Short-term NaF withdrawal did not reverse these NaF-induced changes, and both NaF treatments led to a mild fluorosis in rat incisors. No treatment effect was seen in body weight or fluid/water consumption. These results indicate that sodium fluoride induces memory impairment that outlasts short-term NaF withdrawal (2 weeks) and may be associated with NA and 5-HT increases in discrete brain regions.

13 December 2009

XMRV Virus Causes Chronic Disease Syndrome

Dr. Schimpff, former CEO of the University of Colorado Medical Center, has an interesting book on the future of medicine. He and I were coinvestigators on an Operation Room of the Future grant designed to upgrade information technology in the new surgery center the University opened a few years ago.

He also has a good blog with a recent posting on the XMRV virus. Frequency Foundation subscribers have already received the frequency set as part of the Swine Flu series. Most of you don't realize that XMRV is one of the many viruses that are part of what is called "Swine Flu" as conventional medicine has a tough time even confirming that you have the 1918 swine flu virus and doesn't determine what other organisms are making you sick. After you get the swine flu you will likely be chronically infected with XMRV unless the virus is eliminated with frequencies.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Shown to be Caused by Virus

A very recent discovery may lead to significant advances for the estimated 4 million Americans and 17 million worldwide who suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome. CSF is, like its name suggests, a persistent extreme level of fatigue that does not resolve with rest or sleep. It may also be accompanied by memory lapses and other neurological issues. All too many individuals have been branded as having a “psychological problem” and as not really being ill. No cause had been known although viral infection, immune dysfunction or both had been thought possible. There has been no specific treatment.

Now researchers at the Whittemore Peterson Research Institute in Reno, Nevada have shown that CFS is likely caused by a virus. Known as xenotrophic murine leukemia virus – related virus, or XMVR, it is a retrovirus that is suspected of being transmitted by intimate human contact. The discovery means that a definite diagnostic rest can be created. And hopefully it means that scientists will be able to shortly find or create drugs to both prevent the disease and to treat those who have it. It also means that no loner will these patients be labeled as not having a real medical problem.

The researchers’ early studies suggest that perhaps 4% of us carry the virus. If proven correct, then an immediate goal is for a quick and inexpensive test to screen donated blood so that the virus is not transmitted inadvertently via transfusions. And it raises the intriguing question of why some but not all of those infected go on to develop CSF.

In study done at the Cleveland Clinic, scientists have found the same XMRV virus in prostate cancer samples. It is too soon to say that the virus is causative; if might be just a “passenger.” Additional research will be done to make a clear determination.

Meanwhile, the Whittemore Peterson researchers have suggested a new name – x-associated neuroimmune disease [XAND], a name that clarifies that this is a real disease and suggests some of its implications.

This finding of XMRV as the likely cause of CFS is a major medical advance.

Stephen C. Schimpff, M.D.

06 December 2009

Fascinating Facts: National Corruption

Now that the swine flu epidemic is winding down and the fear, panic, and greed are subsiding we might look at this event more objectively and start holding certain individuals more accountable for their behavior. In the financial community, there is at least some investigation of the causes of the  financial crisis. Could we at least do as well in investigating the healthcare business?

Healthcare policy is affected by corruption and given what is going on in the world it is interesting to see which countries are most corrupt. Iceland and Finland are the least corrupt countries in the world which might explain the position of the former Health Minister of Finland. The U.S. is number 17 after most western European countries and just before France. There are clearly many countries that you would want to avoid. See Nationmaster.com.

Denmark and Sweden are in the top six clean countries and their news is reporting on suspected bribes in the WHO vaccine business. You probably won't hear about it in the U.S.  as there are too few real journalists left to follow the money.
Swine-flu bribe fever!
U.N.'s H1N1 scientists linked to companies making vaccine
Posted: December 07, 2009

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

World Health Organization scientists are suspected of accepting secret bribes from vaccine manufacturers to influence the U.N. organization's H1N1 pandemic declaration, according to Danish and Swedish newspapers.

Meanwhile, pharmaceutical profits from swine-flu related drugs have soared – with earnings between $10 billion and $15 billion in 2009, investment bank JP Morgan estimates.
"Many doctors are afraid that Swine Flu vaccines will actually be more deadly than the swine flu itself and will not give the injections to their kids. Doctors do not notice that they are harming and even killing infants with their childhood immunization programs because they don’t even bother to look. It is hard to understand how some very intelligent people, fully educated to the dangers of vaccines, can still not come out clearly against them.
     "Dr. Jürgen Seefeldt, a specialist in internal medicine from Paderborn Germany got it right sending an open letter to the Dr Susanne Stöcker, an official from the German drug regulator, the Paul Ehrlich Institute, pointing out the reason why her statement in the media that the "swine flu" jab was not risky was an "infamous lie". Seefeldt systematically lists the dangers of squalene and mercury citing relevant scientific literature. He also notes that these toxic ingredients are not necessary for making a vaccine. "You should desist in future in the interest of the rest of the population from making false statements of this kind and to put your efforts and energy into making swine flu vaccines without squalene and mercury," he writes. And now the entire country is outraged because special vaccines without squalene and mercury were prepared and offered to government employees and the military."
Mark Sircus Ac., OMD