We can protect ourselves from some things, but not everything, and oftentimes the efforts, however well-intentioned, come to naught. For example, it doesn't seem that long ago when the Times Record was publishing editorials about the dangers of BPA (Bisphenol A) and Gov. LePage was the butt of many jokes after making a comment about women and little beards (LePage dismisses BPA dangers; 'worst case is some women may have little beards'").
Bisphenol A has been around since the 1960s; it's clear, tough and used in plastics for such things as water bottles, CDs and DVDs, sports equipment, as a liner for canned food and beverages, and even in thermal paper sales receipts. An industrial chemical, BPA is reported to be estrogenic - an endocrine disruptor acting similarly to the hormone estrogen.
But studies are now showing we've traded one problem for another, and probably a worse one ("BPS is up to 19 times more absorable in the skin than BPA"), in the form of BPA-free products which use BPS instead (some products containing BPS include recycled papers, "...paper currencies, flyers, magazines, newspapers, food contact papers, airplane luggage tags, printing paper, paper towels, and toilet papers."):
"According to the Environmental Science and Technology, bisphenol-S is actually of a “comparable potency” to BPA. Also, it is “less biodegradable, and more heat-stable and photo-resistant” than its predecessor BPA. What does this mean? Well, it has the same estrogen-mimicking qualities and it doesn’t degrade as quickly as BPA, so it can stick around in your body for longer periods of time." (naturalsociety.com)
Tritan is a registered, BPA-free chemical made by the Eastman Chemical Corporation and used to produce CamelBak products, including 3-liter hydration systems for the U.S. armed forces. Some of the symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder have similarities with Tritan chemical effects (Suzanne Posel article); more research is needed:
• Severe dizziness
• Sleep disorders
• Urinary dysfunction
• Heart palpitations
• Macular disorders
"Earlier this year, George Bittner, founder of CertiChem and professor of neurobiology for the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) published a study that showed 'almost all' plastic sold commercially leach out endocrine disruptors; including products claiming to be BPA-free and use chemical substitutes such as Tritan, Bisphenol 5 (BPS) and others." (Ibid).
Seems mothers are usually right about many things - perhaps not the "if you make that face, it'll freeze like that"; but, using a glass Mason jar for a water container (with a sock cover, clean of course, in case the jar breaks), "life isn't fair", and "between 10 and 3 find a tree"...
Suffice it to say this writer and all family members have received scheduled vaccinations. However, in looking through some of the web information on vaccines, there's a lot of heated discussions about vaccinations; and likely due to a high-level of distrust - namely people's distrust of the pharmaceutical companies, government, and media.
People want to know what's in the vaccines (What's really in vaccines? Proof of MSG, formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury), and people want truthful research. Much of that information is hidden from the public and also falsified as evidenced by the following:
"The company (Merck) now faces federal fraud charges. The whistleblowers' court documents state that Merck:
'...failed to disclose that its mumps vaccine was not as effective as Merck represented, (ii) used improper testing techniques, (iii) manipulated testing methodology, (iv) abandoned undesirable test results, (v) falsified test data, (vi) failed to adequately investigate and report the diminished efficacy of its mumps vaccine, (vii) falsely verified that each manufacturing lot of mumps vaccine would be as effective as identified in the labeling, (viii) falsely certified the accuracy of applications filed with the FDA, (ix) falsely certified compliance with the terms of the CDC purchase contract, (x) engaged in the fraud and concealment describe herein for the purpose of illegally monopolizing the U.S. market for mumps vaccine, (xi) mislabeled, misbranded, and falsely certified its mumps vaccine, and (xii) engaged in the other acts described herein to conceal the diminished efficacy of the vaccine the government was purchasing.'"
Ethically, it's wrong to keep information from us by closing down information sources; but that's what has been happening in mainstream media for quite some time now about various subjects, including vaccines. (See U.S. Media Blackout: Italian Courts Rule Vaccines Cause Autism.)
Measles vaccine is effective - but not perfect:
Some policymakers are considering mandatory vaccinations; as a result there's anger, much unnecessary blame, and even ridicule when people defend their rights to choose. Notwithstanding harmful chemicals found in vaccines per the article above, the bottom line is genetic make-up has great bearing on how each of us responds to vaccinations, including ability to make immunities (the desired outcome of vaccinations).
Researcher Gregory Poland (editor in chief of the scientific journal Vaccine; founder and head of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN), has been researching how genetics influence ways a person's body may respond to vaccines.
According to Poland's research, anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of measles outbreak cases occurred in people who had received one or two measles vaccines. And most measles cases were going to occur in highly immunized populations - therefore, in those who were vaccinated.
Based on Poland's findings rates of primary and secondary failures of the vaccine accounted for the measles infections. Primary failure occurs when the person's immune system doesn't respond to the vaccine to make immunities. Secondary failures occur when the body makes the antibodies, but they fail over time.
A titer test is a laboratory test which can be done on blood samples to measure the amount of immunity (antibodies) present in a person. Schools and colleges are usually asking for a record of immunizations, and not titers. Therefore, up to 5% of the population, showing required vaccination records for school entry, actually may not have antibodies against measles (Ibid).
Research also needs to be done to determine if genetics predisposes individuals in developing adverse side effects from vaccines, including autism. We have the capabilities now for individualized treatment, instead of a one size fits all method. If parents had the information they'd be better able to make decisions regarding vaccinations. If their only option, in light of the fact of abundant and blatant fraud, is to choose not to vaccinate, we need to understand their positions with empathy not fear and accusations.
If the goal is truly to create a better understanding about vaccinations, all of the information needs to be made available, whether it's deemed desirable or undesirable, profitable or not profitable. Education is key, not strong-armed, dictatorial and punitive measures. If a company like Merck is going to such lengths of fraud, then it leads several to believe, and rightly so, that these corporations are only interested in profits - not people. Our government has been in-line and in bed with corporations for too long. (See article, North Carolina rules it's legal for sex between lobbyists and politicians.)
"Whitehouse.gov caught freezing vaccine choice petition to prevent signatures from reaching 100,000 threshold":
Petitioning the government is a way to be heard and represented. Wonder who decided to freeze petition signatures. Since President Obama has promised to consider any/all petitions reaching the 100,000 threshold, the freezing of signatures puts him in more of a negative light.
From the USA article it's reported 92% of the public surveyed are pro-choice in vaccinations:
"USA Today, the same publication that ran an article authored by a mentally deranged vaccine fanatic who called for the arrest and imprisonment of "anti-vaxxers," recently conducted an online survey that asked Americans whether they support the arrest and imprisonment of people who rejected vaccines. The results of that survey reveal that 92% of Americans support vaccine choice and reject government coercion for forced vaccinations."
One has to also wonder if a push by the government and pharmaceutical corporations to cover-up Americans' support of vaccine choice is also an effort to enforce mandatory Ebola vaccinations down the road.
No doubt, some will think the possibility of mandatory Ebola vaccinations as a far-fetched prediction; but perhaps skepticism will change when given information.
Vaccines used for covert sterilization in underdeveloped countries:
WHO/UNICEF developed and used tetanus vaccinations on women from ages 14 to 49 years of age which contained an additional sterilization hormone.
From: "Catholic Doctors Speak: Tetanus Vaccination Campaign is All About Population Control":
"Our concern and the subject of this discussion is the WHO/UNICEF sponsored tetanus immunization campaign launched last year in October ostensibly to eradicate neonatal tetanus. It is targeted at girls and women between the ages of 14 – 49 (child bearing age) and in 60 specific districts spread all around the country. The tetanus vaccine being used in this campaign has been imported into the country specifically for this purpose and bears a different batch number from the regular TT. So far, 3 doses have been given – the first in October 2013, the second in March 2014 and the third in October 2014. It is highly possible that there are two more doses to go.
Giving five doses of tetanus vaccination every 6 months is not usual or the recommended regime for tetanus vaccination. The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five doses is when it is used as a carrier in fertility regulating vaccines laced with the pregnancy hormone - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) developed by WHO in 1992.
When tetanus is laced with HCG and administered in five doses every 6 months, the woman develops antibodies against both the tetanus and the HCG in 2 – 3 years after the last injection. Once a mother develops antibodies against HCG, she rejects any pregnancy as soon as it starts growing in her womb thus causing repeated abortions and subsequent sterility."
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation et al. and Population Control:
The Gates Foundation proposes to decrease the world's 6.8 billion population by 10 or 15 percent through "new vaccines, health care, and reproductive healthcare services"; and its focus is on Africa and other underdeveloped countries.
Some additional information about the Gates Foundation and others from the same article:
- the Gates Foundation is a founding member of GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunization) in partnership with the World Bank, WHO, and the vaccine industry. The goal is to have vaccination of every newborn child,
- third world countries are dumping grounds for unwanted vaccines (including those for the H1N1 "pandemic" that never happened),
- Bill Gates' friend, David Rockefeller and the Rockefeller Foundation worked with WHO in 1972 to develop another "new vaccine",
- the Rockefeller Foundation funded eugenics research in Germany in the 1920s and into the Third Reich,
- John D. Rockefeller III funded the tax-free private Population Council in New York beginning in the 1950s to initiate population decrease,
- the Gates Foundation, David Rockefeller and the Rockefeller Foundation are creators of GMO biotechnology financing for "The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) headed by former U.N. chief, Kofi Annan,
- Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, Syngenta and other major GMO agribusiness giants are reported at the heart of AGRA and using GMO corn "that make anti-sperm antibodies",
- the "Good Club" includes Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, Warren Buffett, Ted Turner, Eli Broad (real estate billionaire), Michael Bloomberg, Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) head Peter G. Peterson, etc. and the group's priority focus is birth control and decreasing global population
A Bangor Daily News (BDN) commenter to one of the many articles about Ebola and Kaci Hickox (CDC) recommended The Hot Zone (1995) by Richard Preston; and it was an excellent recommendation. The book is well-written, explicitly descriptive, and factual. If more had read the book, perhaps BDN would've had better informed commenters to their Ebola articles. Ebola has been here before the case of Thomas Duncan in Texas. Ebola virus was in the U.S. (November 1989) in the form of Ebola Reston strain, named after the area discovered, Reston, Virginia - a monkey house near Washington, D.C. from monkeys shipped from the Phillipines traveling via Amsterdam and New York. The monkeys were to be used in laboratories across the country. The Hot Zone covers the incident in detail.
The Ebola Reston was airborne, primate to primate, not transmitted to humans; and it's not the same strain currently infecting humans in West Africa. Ebola Zaire was originally thought to be the current strain in West Africa, however, researchers are saying it's not Ebola Zaire, but a new strain and the virus is mutating.
There are distinct differences, as evidenced by articles, research and methodology, between the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID, "you-SAM-rid") and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Methods of approach and level of concern about the Ebola virus include its ability to mutate, routes of transmission, how long Ebola virus lives on surfaces, and why Ebola is different from the AIDS virus (AIDS virus mutates rapidly, too. That's the reason there's no vaccination for the AIDS virus. However, contrary to the Ebola virus, the AIDS virus has not been found in human lung tissue).(USAMRIID "Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook", 7th edition) USAMRIID and CDC are at odds with each other, and a systemic issue for the two different governmental entities seems to include "who's in control".
Notwithstanding the stifle on mainstream media in the U.S. about Ebola, the virus hasn't died and "burned out". And also contrary to some of the scant news in few mainstream media sources declaring Ebola cases and deaths have dropped, Ebola levels are on the rise in Guinea, and Sierra Leone ("Ebola levels on the rise in Guinea, Sierra Leone", Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, March 4, 2015). WHO's report updating West Africa's numbers are at approximately 23,924 cases, and 9,792 dead now from Ebola virus.
Problems hampering identification of transmission chains and number of Ebola detections is partly due to risks of violent attacks on aid workers, community resistance, continued unsafe burial practices, and withholding of reports of death by Ebola. Mortality rate remains high, at about 50%.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) president Joanne Liu, MD said many communities will resist public health messages regarding Ebola, and sending in armed guards could backfire and increase fears and suspicions. Additionally, Dr. Liu said the problem is even one undetected case can lead to a surge of infections.
A very basic issue in Ebola care and containment in West Africa, then, is a high level of distrust. Given the numbers of people treated as guinea pigs and covert forced sterilization program, among other reasons, it's no wonder.
Here in the U.S. what initially began as only 4 Ebola treatment centers has increased to 55 (as of Feb. 18, 2015). There are now biocontainment units at Emory University Hospital (Atlanta, Georgia), National Institutes of Health Clinical Centers (Bethesda, Maryland), and Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska).
The CDC's next tier of plan involves increasing focus on Ebola identification, evaluating for Ebola assessment hospitals which are prepared to admit, isolate, and care for suspected cases of Ebola and care for the patient up to 96 hours until he/she can be transferred to one of the treatment facilities.
There will also be a set-up of 10 regional centers (1 for each region of the U.S.) designated for Ebola or other highly infectious diseases.
In central New Jersey, local officials, planning for redevelopment after Fort Monmouth was closed in 2011, weren't even made aware there were plans to convert the currently operating state psychiatric hospital into an Ebola quaratine center (article dated February 4, 2015). They found out only after fire officials had arrived to conduct inspections. The mayor of Eatontown, Dennis Connolly, said there were plans to sell the Fort Monmouth property. The Department of Human Services had requested plans for the Ebola quarantine center not be made public; apparently, that included town officials.
It doesn't seem reasonable all these preparations are taking place if there were no longer any concerns in the U.S. about the possible spread of Ebola in this country (see cdc.gov).
Post-Ebola Syndromes (PES), Long-term Effects for Ebola Survivors:
"Ebola Nurse Suit Against Texas Health Highlights Systemic Dangers" (Suzanne Posel article). Texas Nurse Nina Pham is suing Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital (THPH), saying the corporation was negligent and lied to Congress about its preparedness in caring for Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan. THPH said it was following guidelines, including for personal protective equipment, as mandated by the CDC. Pham survived infection with the Ebola virus, but not without problems; she's experiencing after effects which include hair loss, body aches, and insomnia. Similarly, Nancy Writebol, an Ebola survivor, is experiencing nerve pain and joint aches ("What are the long term effects of Ebola?").
Post-Ebola Syndrome "PES" includes body aches, memory loss, hair loss, headaches, anxiety attacks, extreme fatigue, vision problems (some patients become blind), mental illness, women stop menstruating. Dr. Dan Kelly of Wellbody Alliance is a specialist of infectious diseases and says some Ebola after-effects appear to be linked to the infection over-stimulating the immune system which then attacks the body's own tissues.
At the end of the day, the best we can do is become informed. One of the biggest excuses for not giving information to the public is a claim that knowledge causes fear and panic. Yet research doesn't support this viewpoint (NPR article).
Too many government officials, on all levels, equate learning, and a desire to become knowledgeable with fear. To that, this writer says they've got an agenda. Any entity unwilling to be forthright, including President Obama and his hiring of an "Ebola Czar", who begins by shutting down access to information in the U.S., is manipulative. Those patterns usually are more indicative of a desire for control - and money.
"Was Ebola foretold in Stephen King's, The Stand?" Who knows...perhaps he's just really good at noticing the patterns.
"The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want for nothing. He makes me lie down in the green pastures. He greases up my head with oil. He gives me kung-fu in the face of my enemies. Amen."
Stephen King, The Stand (1978)