- Mercola.com -
A storm has erupted over the announcement last month that an experimental AIDS vaccine tested in Thailand proved modestly effective. It was billed as a major scientific advance — the long-awaited hard evidence that it is possible to inoculate people against AIDS. But now the trial has been called into question in a way that is overblown and possibly destructive.
But this isn’t the first time the efficacy and safety of a vaccine has been called into question. The government recently announced that $10 million of stimulus money would be used to fund a phase 3 clinical trial of a promising anti-smoking vaccine produced by Nabi Pharmaceuticals of Rockville, Md. However, another company working on a similar vaccine has not been so successful.
Cytos Biotechnology Ltd. said this week that a trial of its nicotine vaccine had failed to reduce smoking behaviors. The study, which is continuing, involved 200 smokers who were motivated to quit. The researchers found that the vaccine, designed to bind nicotine in the blood and prevent it from reaching the brain, was safe and well tolerated. But apparently it did not stimulate high enough levels of antibodies to produce the desired response.
The moment evidence was found that obesity may be linked to a virus, opportunistic drug company researchers dove into developing an “obesity vaccine.” Now researchers say their obesity vaccine could be ready for market in five years. Searching for genetic clues to the obesity epidemic, in the hopes of developing a vaccine against it, is not the answer.
PreventDisease.com September 29, 2009
Dr Mercola's comments:
"This is what honest intelligent vaccine critics have been saying all along," said Dr. Leonard Horowitz, a Harvard-trained emerging diseases expertWell folks, at the rate of vaccine development, it’s just a matter of time before some genius develops an anti-ugly vaccine to fit everyone into some predefined measure of beauty, and market it as something without which we cannot live healthy prosperous lives.
There really should be no doubt in your mind at this point that vaccines are big business. And for good reason – laws are in place that indemnifies vaccine manufacturers from financial ruin should things go wrong. Manufacturers have complete insulation from ANY prosecution for harm or damage from their product.
It’s a near foolproof business venture as far as criminal and financial liability is concerned. And the medical industry and the general public have been thoroughly indoctrinated to believe that the basic premise of vaccinations is wholly sound and beyond debate.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
There are basic differences between naturally acquired immunity and temporary vaccine-induced antibody production. But few are willing to look at this issue – least of all conventional medicine, which in reality is ruled by pharmaceutical companies.
Unfortunately, if we as a society continue down the road they’re paving for us, and they’re wrong about the efficacy, safety, and overall long-term side effects of vaccines, then we’re on extremely dangerous ground.
I hope people will develop some healthy skepticism and make a serious evaluation of the evidence..
It is beyond ludicrous that smoking can be “cured” with a vaccine. This is so blatantly irrational it boggles the mind.
Unfortunately, in the past couple of years, advertisements have already started drilling it into the public subconscious that smoking is a “medical condition,” that needs to be treated with drugs.
Today, if you’re a smoker, you’re considered “ill” – the remedy for which is a drug, because you’re considered incapable of reversing the illness of smoking on your own accord.
Ditto for obesity.
The fallacy that you are helpless is at the core of the current disease-care paradigm!
When Will You Say “Enough!”?
It is time to stop the sickness that is the corporate and health agency agenda.
What will it take for you to say “enough already!”
I reached that point a long time ago, but when I saw this next announcement, I said it out loud again.
VeriChip shares tripled after the company announced it had secured exclusive license to two patents they will use to help them develop implantable virus detection systems in humans.
The biosensor patents are held by Receptors LLC. These biosensors can allegedly detect viruses such as swine flu, bird flu, SARS, and other biological threats such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This technology will be combined with VeriChip's implantable radio frequency identification devices (RFID) to develop “virus triage detection systems.”
According to a white paper published by VeriChip on May 7, 2009, this triage system will provide “multiple levels of identification.” The first level will identify the agent as virus or non-virus, the second level will classify the virus and alert the user to the presence of pandemic threat viruses, and the third level will identify the precise pathogen.
To some this may sound like a good idea, but to me this seems like it could be a prescription for massive government intrusion and loss of personal freedom.
Who’s going to be checking you for your “viral load,” and when, for example? And where will your natural immunity, and/or the function of your immune system be taken into account?
Folks, viruses are all around us, all the time, and you may be a carrier of a virus, but that does not mean that you will get sick. Your immune system, if it is in good working order, will address and eliminate the threat of the virus.
And, should you be found to be a carrier, then what? Would you be told to take medication even if you’re not sick?
Personally, this is an area into which I think our health care system should not go.
Ask the Right Questions
The question is -- Do you want to be a victim?
Or are you willing to accept that your personal decisions have everything to do with the state of your health, and that of parents, siblings, children, or other friends or relatives that you might be caring for?
Because there are many forces conspiring to paint a picture that is serving the benefit of large multinational corporations, which are benefiting financially from compromising the health of you and your family.
They want you to believe that you’re a victim of your genes, which drive you to self destructive habits like drinking and smoking and having unsafe sex, and makes you pack on excess pounds no matter what, so there’s no reason to make lifestyle changes and boycott processed, denatured, and genetically modified foods.
It’s time to wake up from your indoctrinated slumber and start thinking and informing yourself, because the majority of your education has been little more than industry propaganda, cloaked as ‘facts’ – information that various industries wanted you to know and never dispute.
For example, the Los Angeles Times prints the following paragraph about the, so far, failing anti-smoking vaccine:
“The researchers found that the vaccine, designed to bind nicotine in the blood and prevent it from reaching the brain, was safe and well-tolerated. But apparently it did not stimulate high enough levels of antibodies to produce the desired response.”
And you’re actually supposed to believe that antibodies to nicotine is a correct and viable solution, because you’ve been told that if you have antibodies against a specific bacteria or virus, you can’t develop the health problem that agent produces.
This is oversimplified scientific theory taken to maddening limits.
The Red Pill or the Blue Pill?
Fiction has a way of mirroring reality, and I now see our culture standing on a precipice with the offer of making a choice.
Choosing to see reality for what it is, or choosing to live in a programmed fantasy world where smoking and obesity can be cured with some convenient but mysterious, unproven injection that eliminates your personal responsibility to take control of your health.
I can tell you which choice will have the greatest chances of giving you a long and healthy life, but I can’t make you make that choice…
Still, if you have any faith in science, you should know that researchers have already proven that your lifestyle choices overrule your genetic predispositions. And an ever-growing group of scientists have also started demonstrating that your mind directs your genetic expression, a field now known as epigenetics.
Why a Plausible Theory Can be Seriously Flawed in Practice
The relatively new term “infectobesity” suggests that obesity may be caused by a virus or other disease-causing organism.
The human adenovirus-36 (Ad-36) -- a cause of respiratory infections and pinkeye -- may be a contributing factor to obesity, as it’s been found to transform adult stem cells into fat cells that are capable of storing additional fat.
In a previous epidemiologic study, researchers found that about 30 percent of obese people were infected with the Ad-36 virus, compared to 11 percent of lean individuals.
Infectobesity is actually a plausible theory, and it is certainly possible that there could be viral causes underlying many cases of obesity. However, only three out of 10 obese people were found to have the virus, so we’re not talking about it being the cause for a majority of people.
So please don’t take this to mean that losing weight is out of your control, or something that can only be done using an anti-viral medication or a vaccine.
Because if anything, this theory further supports the importance of balancing out the bacteria in your gut, because what do you need to fight off a viral infection?
Healthy dietary habits and a robust immune system are two important factors that influence your ability to successfully combat viral assaults.
Experts believe about 70 percent of your immune system is located in or around your digestive system. And if your digestive system is crawling with unhealthy bacteria, there’s a good chance that your immune system will be suppressed as a result.
So it seems all roads lead back to this one central premise: optimizing your gut bacteria is essential for your good health, and may help optimize your weight as well.
Your gut flora could even, potentially, play a role in HIV infection, as at least one study has found that the HIV virus appears to have an easier time establishing itself in your gut than it does in your circulatory system. Researchers discovered that T-cells in the gut are particularly receptive to HIV and have six times the number of receptors compared with circulating blood cells.
One major facet of optimizing your ratio of good and bad bacteria is to reduce your intake of grains and sugars, which also means avoiding processed foods as much as possible.
I spent a lot of time and effort putting together what I believe are some of the most comprehensive health strategies, including dietary guidelines that are based on your unique, individual biochemical makeup, and exercise. All of this information is available, for free, on my web site in a clear, concise format that is broken down for beginners, intermediate, and advanced.
I urge you to start looking at your lifestyle for the answers you seek to solve any health problems you may be facing.