The hysteria around the Swine Flu continues to perplex this writer. Having been in medicine for approximately 30 years, I can honestly say that I have never witnessed anything like this before, and it is easy to see why the conspiracy theories continue to gain fuel.
The mystery is simple. Compared to most flu outbreaks (annually), this flu is very mild, both in terms of morbidity and mortality. The number of deaths from this flu is actually very low as compared to the "typical" flu. The only atypical aspect of this flu is the season (summer months) of the outbreak and potentially its bizarre genetic make-up (another source of "conspiracy theories"). Otherwise, its very unremarkable.
So why the hysteria? The hysteria is seen in many ways. Calls for mandatory vaccines. Military intervention. Constant news updates. All for a routine flu? Huh? It doesn't make sense.
First, some background. I am not personally opposed to childhood vaccines, and I believe the link to things such as autism is very weak. The point being - I am not a crusader against vaccines in general. However, in the case of seasonal vaccines (annual vaccines against seasonal flu virus outbreaks) - I propose that there is minimal safety testing (how can there be in such a short period of time? Answer: there simply isn't enough time to establish either short-term safety or long-term safety testing). In addition, by the time you get the seasonal vaccine, odds are very high that the virus would have mutated, rendering the vaccine ineffective.
In the case of a perceived "crisis" such as the one in 1976, when a vaccine is "fast-tracked" even more so than the "typical" seasonal flu vaccines, then there can be huge problems with safety aspects and long term adverse effects. Simply google "1976 vaccine" and you can see the disaster that ensued after that vaccine was fast-tracked.
Once again, we appear to not have learned lessons from history.
Now to the news articles regarding the Swine Flu vaccine:
"Europe Fast-Tracking Swine Flu Vaccine". In this article we see the following quotes:
"In a drive to inoculate people against swine flu before winter, many European governments say they will fast-track the testing of a new flu vaccine, arousing concern among some experts about safety issues and proper vaccine doses."
"But European officials won't know if the new vaccine causes any rare side effects until millions of people get the shots."
"But to ensure swine flu vaccine is available as soon as possible, the European Medicines Agency is allowing companies to SKIP TESTING in large numbers of people BEFORE THE VACCINE IS APPROVED" (emphasis mine).
"Mass swine flu vaccination campaigns will also take place in the shadow of the 1976 swine flu disaster, when hundreds of people in the U.S. developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, a paralyzing disorder, after being vaccinated." (note: Guillian-Barre was just one of the many side-effects from that vaccine).
Adding to the hysteria, we see this article from CNN:
"Military planning for possible H1N1 outbreak". Quotes from this article include:
"The U.S. military wants to establish regional teams of military personnel to assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to defense Department officials...The plan calls for military task forces to work in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There is no final decision on how the military effort would be manned, but one source said it would likely include PERSONNAL FROM ALL BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY." (emphasis mine).
More information on the vaccine here:
"Vaccine May Be More Dangerous Than Swine Flu". Quotes:
"Worldwide, there have only been 311 deaths out of 70,893 cases of swine flu. In the United States, 27,717 cases have resulted in 127 deaths. Every death is a tragedy, BUT SUCH A LOW DEATH RATE SHOULD NOT BE THE BASIS OF A DRACONIAN GOVERNMENT POLICY." (emphasis mine). "It is helpful to recall that the Centers for Disease Control with the collusion of the media, constantly tell us that 36,000 people die from the flu each year...In this case we are talking about 300 plus deaths for the entire world."
Concerning one of the main ingredients in this vaccine, squalene, we see the following:
"Because squalene, the main ingredient in MF-59, can induce hyperimmune responses and induce autoimmunity, a real danger exists for prolonged activation of the brain's immune cells, the microglia. This type of prolonged activation has been strongly associated with such diseases as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinsons' disease, ALS and possibly vaccine-related encephalitis....and this brain inflammation can persist for long periods."
"Squalene in vaccines has been strongly linked to the Gulf War Syndrome. On August 1991, Anthony Principi, Secretary of veterans Affairs admitted that soldiers vaccinated with the anthrax vaccine from 1990 to 1991 had an increased risk of 200 percent in developing the deadly disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Low Gehrig's disease."
Military intervention? FEMA involvement? Fast-tracked vaccine? Mandatory vaccinations?
All for a mild, unremarkable flu? Whats up? I have no idea. As a good friend of mine used to say "the audio doesn't match the video" (thanks for the quote, DMC if you are reading this...). We have a flu that is remarkably mild in terms of significant sickness or deaths. Yet, the EU and the US is treating it like it threatens the world's population. Why?
I have no idea. But as stated, in 30 years, I have never seen anything remotely like this. Conspiracy theories are abundant; normally I would dismiss these conspiracies, but this time, since no rational basis exists, one has to at least give a passing glance to the conspiracy theories.
Last but not least, just in case you are interested, this link provides a state-by-state exemption criteria if someone decides to "decline" the vaccine, whether mandatory or not. It may prove useful in the coming months:
Listing Here of Exemption Criteria for Each State
This story will come to a head over the fall and into the winter months, and it is worth watching closely (as if we'll have a choice anyway).
Either way, this scenario seems prophetic. Either we have a massive, deadly flu circulating world-wide, in which case we see the "pestilence" sign that Jesus warned about. Or, the government will continue its massive growth, and reveal its ability to impose mandates on all citizens - all based on a non-existant threat: similar to what the world will see during the Tribulation when the Mark of the Beast is imposed.
These certianly are "interesting times" that we are living in. Its a world that I never would have envisioned, even a few years ago. But here we are. Birth pains continue. Stay tuned.