The FDA and other "watchdog" government agencies seldom are called to account
for erroneous or irresponsible decisions. In the Dow Chemical silicone breast
implant suit, the government was recently awarded $9.8 million for medical
expenses paid out through Medicare and Medicaid. It didn't seem to matter that
another agency, the FDA, of the same government had previously approved the use
and sale of these implants and is currently considering whether to allow them to
be sold again.
Further, these same agencies show definite bias when it comes to evaluating
the risks associated with drugs. A good example is the fact that the agencies
are constantly pushing for vaccinations and flu shots. For some reason, however,
they neglect to tell the public that the preservative in these flu shots and
vaccines is mercury.
Is there such a thing as healthy
When it comes to other sources of
mercury, though, they are extremely vigilant. They have issued repeated warnings
on the consumption of various fish, including tuna, shark, swordfish, and
mahi-mahi, because of possible mercury contamination. And since mercury is
particularly harmful to nerve cells, government health authorities have stressed
that infants and small children shouldn't be fed these foods, and pregnant and
nursing mothers should avoid eating tuna also.
However the facts state that most canned tuna contains less mercury
contamination than tuna steaks, which come from larger tuna. It's hard to tell
how much, if any, mercury these products contain. Smaller fish are safer, and so
are fish like sole, sardines, herring, bass, catfish, salmon and shellfish.
Although the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has determined that the
maximum allowable daily exposure to mercury is 0.1 microgram per kilogram of
body weight, the new flu vaccine for babies, called Fluzone, contains 25
micrograms of mercury per 0.5 ml dose.
Practically all vaccines contain mercury and aluminum. And vaccines are not
"safer" sources of these toxic minerals. It doesn't matter if the
mercury comes from fish or from a vaccine. The potential for neurological
damage remains the same. But for some reason, even though we're warned about
fish consumption, vaccines and flu shots are strongly encouraged and, in many
instances, even required by law. It shouldn't come as any surprise that more
babies seem to be developing autism problems, and the risk of developing
Alzheimer's disease is steadily increasing.
Alzheimer's linked to flu shots
In the year 2000, there were
approximately 5 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer's, and it has become
the fourth leading cause of death in individuals over the age of 75. By the year
2010, it is estimated that over 7 million individuals will have the disease, and
by 2025, 22 million will develop Alzheimer's.
As the general population continues to consume more contaminated food, water,
and medicines, these predictions may very well prove accurate. One expert at the
1997 National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) International Vaccine Conference
stated that anyone who had five consecutive flu vaccine shots increased their
risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by a factor of 10 over someone who
received only two or fewer shots.
A powerful herb to prevent
It's worth mentioning, while we're on
the Alzheimer's topic, that the elderly in India have the lowest incidence of
Alzheimer's disease in the world. Only 1 percent of the elderly in India suffer
from Alzheimer's. In contrast, the Alzheimer's Association in this country says
that 10% of our population over 65 years old has the disease, and half of those
over 85 have Alzheimer's. Researchers have theorized that the low incidence of
Alzheimer's among the Indian population could be due to their increased
consumption of the spice turmeric, a component of curry. Animal studies have
supported this theory.
Studies have shown that when either turmeric or curcumin, (a major component
of turmeric) was added to the diets of animals bred to develop Alzheimer's, the
brain damage was significantly lessened. [Neurobiol
Aging 01;22(6):993-1005] [J Neurosci 01:21(21):8370-8377]
Turmeric has been shown to have very strong antioxidant properties that can
be very effective at normal dietary doses. This spice may be one of the easiest
and least expensive methods of combating the growing epidemic of Alzheimer's
Better than a flu shot
When it comes to beating the flu,
selenium can increase your odds. Selenium is a necessary mineral for the
production of antioxidants within the body. New animal research from the
University of North Carolina has found that a dietary deficiency of selenium may
cause a harmless strain of the flu virus to mutate into a virulent pathogen.
When selenium-deficient mice were given a known flu virus and compared to
mice with normal selenium levels, researchers found that the selenium-deficient
animals experienced far more serious symptoms, such as lung damage. Based on
this new research, other researchers are wondering if the more potent viruses,
such as HIV, also mutated in environments where there were selenium
deficiencies. It makes sense when you consider the well-known fact that most of
the worldwide flu outbreaks originate in China, where large segments of the
population are selenium-deficient.
Whether you decide to get flu shots or other
vaccinations is a personal choice but as you weigh the pros and cons of such
a decision, don't be naive enough to think any of our government agencies have
your best interests as their top priority. It could be a fatal mistake.