From the May 2009 Idaho Observer:
Swine flu: Old memories and new questions Commentary from Dr. Russell Blaylock
Swine flu: Old memories and new questions
Commentary from Dr. Russell Blaylock
I was in the military during the first swine flu scare in 1976. At the time it became policy that all soldiers would be vaccinated for swine flu. As a medical officer I refused and almost faced a court martial, but the military didn’t want the bad publicity. Despite the assurance by all the experts in virology, including Dr. Sabin, the epidemic never materialized.
What did materialize were 500 cases of Gullian-Barre paralysis, including 25 deaths—not due to the swine flu itself, but as a direct result of the vaccine. At the time President Gerald Ford, on advice from the CDC, called for vaccination of the entire population of the United States.
Today, some 33 years later, we are hearing the same cries of alarm from a similar lineup of virology experts. The pharmaceutical companies are busy designing a vaccine for the swine flu in hope that this administration will make the vaccine mandatory before another vaccine-related disaster can ruin their party.
And, as before, a number of equally qualified experts are calling for calm, based on a number of carefully conducted studies. To no one’s surprise, they too are being ignored by the media and government planners.
According to science reports, this current strain of flu is H1N1. It can be forcibly inoculated into pigs, but it has been shown not to spread among the pig population. This means that the danger of a swine-based epidemic is small.
There are several strains of this flu virus however, including H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2 and H2N3. What the science has shown is that when the virus passes through the pig, it becomes less virulent—that is, it is less likely to cause serious disease in people. With each passage, it becomes even weaker.
Since this is not the answer that the pseudo-scientists wanted, they next announced that it is "possible" that the pigs could be infected with both the bird flu (strain H5N1) and the swine flu (strain H1N1), resulting in a mutant, highly virulent strain that could lead to a pandemic. This is pure speculation since no scientist has ever performed this trick.
So, you may ask, "What about all the people dying in Mexico?"
Overcrowding, poor nutrition and overall poor immunity, all of which are indigenous to Mexico, are a certain prescription for death from almost any infection.
By definition, a "pandemic" is an epidemic that is geographically widespread. Fear-mongers are always careful to add the innuendo that millions of people could and probably will die, as in the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 that killed between 20 and 100 million people worldwide.
So how do the deaths of even a few hundred equate to 20 million? Mexico, not the usual Southeast Asia, is the origin of the latest flu outbreak. It has spread in limited numbers to several continents. Almost all of the deaths, limited as they are, are in Mexico. The ratio of deaths to infections is very small.
Scientists and virus researchers are baffled because the genetic makeup of the virus contains elements of human, swine and bird flu from three geographic regions: North America, Europe and Asia. Until now, this has been unknown in nature, but not theoretically impossible [due to accelerated global trade and travel].
This writer is hardly qualified to write with authority about the scientific side of viruses. However, after reading several authoritative papers on swine and avian flu, several observations can be made.
In the world of virus experts, there are two types of researchers: Observers and Experimenters.
Observers. Most researchers are highly trained scientific observers. These "Sherlock Holmes" scientists examine the pathology of virus development. Where did it originate? What animals or humans were involved? Did the infected humans handle animals? Are certain strains limited to geography?
Experimenters. A minority of researchers are experimenters. This group is worrisome. Experimenters establish their playground in trying to create different types of viruses in order to measure their effect on test animals.
Such was the case at Baxter AG, when such an experiment was "accidentally" released as a live virus in a vaccine distributed to 18 countries. (The IO., March, 2009). In this case, the live H5N1 virus (avian flu) was combined with the much more contagious (human) H3N2 virus.
Experts say that it is almost impossible for Baxter to make such a grievous error by accident. Czech newspapers, where the story was originally broken, suggest it was a rogue employee or a mole that purposely mixed the virus’ together, but nothing has been proven as yet. Baxter is now under great suspicion that it is attempting to foment a pandemic that would bring hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to supply its normal H5N1 vaccine. [Note: Baxter is reportedly in mass production mode for a swine flu vaccine to be available in fall, 2009].
Another example is the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. In a 2004 article entitled, "CDC to mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study," it was noted that, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will soon launch experiments designed to combine the H5N1 virus and human flu viruses and then see how the resulting hybrids affect animals. The goal is to assess the chances that such a ‘reassortant’ virus will emerge and how dangerous it might be."
Critics worried that such a "franken-virus" could itself cause a pandemic if it escaped from its creators. The CDC’s only response is that their facilities were more secure than others who had experienced breaches of some sort in years past. Why would the CDC risk world exposure to an artificially created virus? According to the above report, it was done in the name of preparedness.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. An expert on nutrition and vaccines, he is also editor of the widely distributed Blaylock Wellness Report.