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Like diehard fans camping out overnight to be the first in line for concert tickets to their favorite performer, people are waiting in long lines hoping to get the flu vaccine. Yes, it's that time of year -- flu season and the media and the government have stirred the public into complete panic mode. Headlines flood newspapers reading, "Vaccine shortage leads public crisis" and on the hour radio broadcasts are bombarding the public with reports that the flu epidemic is coming and there aren't enough vaccines to fight it.

Before You Run Out to Get the Flu Shot ... Do Your Homework

It's becoming increasingly difficult to separate facts from the hype created by the media and government officials. In order to make an informed decision of whether or not to get the flu shot, it is of utmost importance to do your homework. This involves doing thorough research of the safety issues surrounding the flu vaccination and then learning the preventative measures against getting the flu in the first place.

The Target Markets for the Flu Vaccine: Elderly and Children

Generally, the flu vaccine is recommended for people ages 65 and older and to those with serious medical conditions that could quickly worsen as a result of serious complications from the flu. Reports from medical journals widely vary in the effectiveness for the elderly, ranging from 0 to 85 percent.

The CDC reports that 90 percent of deaths from influenza occur among the elderly. These kinds of statistics make it nearly impossible to credit the flu vaccine for prolonging lives in this age group, as 65 percent of all deaths (regardless of the cause) happen among the elderly.

Further, there are potential dangers to the flu vaccine, particularly to the already vulnerable elderly population. Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, one of the world's leading immunogeneticists, states the chances of getting Alzheimer's disease is 10 times higher if an individual has five consecutive shots than if they have one, two or no shots. This is likely due to the thimerosol (a mercury-derived preservative) and aluminum content of the vaccine.

In 1834, the German obstetrician F. Crede administered 1% silver nitrate to the eyes of newborn infants, virtually eliminating the incidence of disease causing blindness in newborn babies. however, it was not until the late 1800's that Western scientists were able to prove what had been known in Eastern medicine for thousands of years...that silver was a proven germ fighter! Once the discovery was made that the body's chief fluids were colloidal in nature, the endless possibilities which could occur from the use of colloids in medicine were recognized. As a result, a silver solution known as Colloidal Silver became widely used in medicine as one of the main-stays of antimicrobial treatment, until money became an issue. "What we actually have done, was rediscover that silver kills bacteria", stated Dr. Robert Becker M. D. "It is non-toxic in micro-concentrations of 3-5 parts per million."

Recommendations to give flu vaccinations to children were adopted on March 1, 2003. These recommendations include vaccinating children between 2 and 18 years who live in households containing children younger than 2 years of age. The most common type of flu vaccine given to children is called Fluzone, with each dose containing 25 ug of mercury. CDC recommendations include administering the flu vaccine to children beginning at six months of age and then on an annual basis, for the rest of their lives.

Does the Flu Vaccine Really Work?

The flu vaccine can actually weaken the immune system and make you more predisposed to the illness.

The flu vaccine, whether in the shot or nasal form, is worthless at best and should be avoided. Not only are they loaded with toxic chemicals including mercury and aluminum, but many people come down with the flu shortly after receiving the shot. This is because it actually weakens the immune system, making the person more predisposed to the illness.

Regular flu
has killed thousands since January

• Swine flu getting focus, but so far it's not deadly in United States
• Since January, more than 13,000 have died of complications from seasonal flu
• Worldwide annual death from the flu estimated between 250,000 and 500,000
• About 9 out of 10 flu deaths are among people older than 65
April 28, 2009 -- By Doug Gross

(CNN) -- There had been no confirmed deaths in the United States related to swine flu as of Tuesday afternoon. But another virus had killed thousands of people since January and is expected to keep killing hundreds of people every week for the rest of the year.

People are nervous about swine flu, but the regular flu kills 36,000 people a year in the United States.
That one? The regular flu.

An outbreak of swine flu that is suspected in more than 150 deaths in Mexico and has sickened dozens of people in the United States and elsewhere has grabbed the attention of a nervous public and of medical officials worried the strain will continue to mutate and spread.

Experts are nervous that, as a new strain, the swine flu will be harder to stop because there aren't any vaccines to fight it.

But even if there are swine-flu deaths outside Mexico -- and medical experts say there very well may be -- the virus would have a long way to go to match the roughly 36,000 deaths that seasonal influenza causes in the United States each year.

"That happens on an annual basis," Dr. Brian Currie said Tuesday. Currie is vice president and medical director at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

Mexico closes public places to prevent swine flu spread
Since January, more than 13,000 people have died of complications from seasonal flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report on the causes of death in the nation.

No fewer than 800 flu-related deaths were reported in any week between January 1 and April 18, the most recent week for which figures were available.

The report looks at deaths in the 122 largest cities in the United States. Worldwide, the annual death toll from the flu is estimated to be between 250,000 and 500,000.

Tamiflu Warnings
Before starting a Tamiflu treatment you should inform your doctor if you are allergic to any of the drug’s components.
Tamiflu has caused birth defects when tested on pregnant animals (it hasn’t been tested on pregnant women). Therefore if you are carrying a baby or are planning to be pregnant soon you should not start a Tamiflu treatment without consulting your doctor.
Tamiflu can pass into breast milk. It is advisable that a nursing mother should ask a doctor before starting a treatment with the drug.
If you are suffering from any of the following disorders, inform your doctor before starting a treatment with Tamiflu:
• Kidney ailments
• Heart problems
• Viral infections besides influenza A / B
• Liver diseases
• Lung Problems
Other important medical problems

About 9 out of 10 of those deaths are among people older than 65, Currie said. Most times, they already have health problems that the flu makes worse, he said.

"Regular influenza can be taxing," he said. "It causes their underlying disease to decompensate and then they don't have the reserves to get through it."While it may not be the direct cause listed on the death certificate, it certainly contributed."

One of the reasons medical experts are nervous about the swine flu outbreak is that many of the people who have died in Mexico have been young and otherwise healthy. The strains found in the United States have so far been weaker.

But even the regular flu is sometimes fatal for younger victims. "It's not unheard of. It happens, either directly from influenza or they get a bacterial superinfection" like staph, said Currie.

While researchers haven't developed a vaccine to fight the new swine flu, it can be treated with antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, the same drugs used on the regular flu.

Adverse effects
Common adverse drug reactions (ADRs) associated with oseltamivir therapy include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and headache. Rare ADRs include: hepatitis and elevated liver enzymes, rash, allergic reactions including anaphylaxis, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. (Rossi, 2006)

Various other ADRs have been reported in postmarketing surveillance including: toxic epidermal necrolysis, cardiac arrhythmia, seizure, confusion, aggravation of diabetes, and haemorrhagic colitis.

Many times, seasonal flu itself is tough to prevent because it has mutated to a form different than it was when the vaccine was made. Seeking to put the swine flu outbreak in perspective Tuesday, Los Angeles County public health officer Dr. Jonathan Fielding echoed other public officials calling it "cause for concern, but not for alarm."

"Given the size of L.A. County, given the traffic between here and Mexico, it would be very surprising if we didn't have any cases," Fielding said. He said the county, where the CDC had confirmed 10 cases of swine flu by Tuesday, sees more than 1,000 flu-related deaths every year."So it would also not be surprising if there were deaths with swine flu -- even if it had the pattern of seasonal flu," he said. "Thus far, the pattern we see in the United States is very similar to that of seasonal flu -- relatively mild to moderate cases.

Immune System Support. Colloidal silver is a catalyst, disabling the particular enzyme that all one celled bacteria, funguses and viruses, use for their oxygen metabolism – they suffocate. Resistant strains fail to develop, and the body does not develop a tolerance. Yet it is of no harm to human enzymes or any part of the human body chemistry

Patients should ask their doctor whether any medication he gives them will actually help their cold or flu. Doctors should resist the temptation to give an antibiotic for colds and flu by explaining its uselessness for any viral infections. Dr. Mercola

oseltamivir

In November 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amending the warning label to include the possible side effects of delirium, hallucinations, or other related behavior.[3] This went further than the FDA's previous pronouncement, from a year before, that there was insufficient evidence to claim a causal link between oseltamivir use and the deaths of 12 Japanese children (only two were from neurological problems, although more have died since then). [4] The change to a more cautionary stance was attributed to 103 new reports that the FDA received of delirium, hallucinations and other unusual psychiatric behavior, mostly involving Japanese patients, received between August 29, 2005 and July 6, 2006. This was an increase from the 126 similar cases logged between the drug's approval in 1999 and August 2005. [10]

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Silver

Silver compounds were used to prevent infection in World War I before the advent of antibiotics. Silver nitrate solution was a standard of care but was largely replaced by silver sulfadiazine cream (SSD Cream),[12] which was generally the "standard of care" for the antibacterial and antibiotic treatment of serious burns until the late 1990s.[13] Now, other options, such as silver-coated dressings (activated silver dressings), are used in addition to SSD cream. However, the evidence for the effectiveness of such silver-treated dressings is mixed and although the evidence is promising it is marred by the poor quality of the trials used to assess these products.[14] Consequently a major systematic review by the Cochrane Collaboration found insufficient evidence to recommend the use of silver-treated dressings to treat infected wounds.[14]

J Indian Med Assoc. 1996 Mar;94(3):91-5.Related Articles, Links
Dual use of silver for management of chronic bone infections and infected non-unions.

Nand S, Sengar GK, Nand S, Jain VK, Gupta TD.

GSVM Medical College, Kanpur.

Broad spectrum antibacterial effect of electrically generated silver ions has been fully established. Present work consists of clinical evaluation of beneficial antibacterial effect of silver ions liberated electrically with the help of locally manufactured power pack in 920 proved cases of chronic osteomyelitis with or without pathological fractures and septic non-unions. Wound debridement, silver iontophoresis, proper immobilisation and subsequent wound care yielded not only control of bone infections in 85% cases, but also produced healing of pathological fractures in 83% patients. Results remained unaffected by age or sex of patient, type of bone involved, duration of previous illness or type of previous treatment. Follow-up varied from 6 months to 10 years. This technique is likely to open a new chapter in treatment of chronic resistant bone infections and septic non-unions due to open fractures particularly in developing countries of the world.

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The widespread use of silver went out of fashion with the development of modern antibiotics. However, recently there has been renewed interest in silver as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial.

Science NewsView archive | RSS Feed Flu not responding to Tamiflu treatment

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors say influenza A(H1N1), a common strain of the flu virus, is showing almost complete resistance to oseltamivir, known as Tamiflu.

Influenza A(H1N1) accounted for an estimated 19 percent of U.S. flu cases last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported Monday. While 12 percent of the 1155 influenza cases tested last year were resistant to the drug. this year 98.5 percent of influenza A (H1N1) cases tested are showing resistance.
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/03/03/Flu-not-responding-to-Tamiflu-treatment/UPI-51781236108359/

Colloidal silver-the amazing
"micro-bullet"

Fortunately, the timely re-emergence of Colloidal Silver due to new technology and much reduced costs in production, may prove to be one of the best remedies that the public now has to protect themselves.

"And now it's silver that is finding wholly new uses as a wonder in modern medicine...perhaps it soon will be recognized as OUR MIGHTIEST GERM FIGHTER." (Science Digest, March 1978.) Silver is considered to be one of the most universal antibiotic substances known. Jim Powell reported in the Science Digest article quoted above, that an antibiotic kills perhaps 7 different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver is non-toxic!

New evidence on the effectiveness of an old remedy has surfaced over the past couple of years. Long forgotten since the 1930s when pharmceutical antibiotics first took the stage as rapidly effective, more economical wonder drugs, colloidal silver has again emerged as a star player in natural health care.

There are almost no disease-causing organisms that can live in the presence of even minute traces of the chemical element silver. In contrast to a modern antibiotic drug which may kill perhaps half a dozen pathogenic organisms, silver - one of the most universal antibiotic substances known - can kill over 650 different disease organisms, with the exception of spore-forming bacteria.(7 8 9)

Q. If silver is such a potent anti-microbial agent, why isn’t it used by mainstream medicine to treat people with illnesses for which there may be no other help?

A. First of all, there is a mindset within the “medical establishment” that believes that no method or product is valid unless it has gone through their filter of approval.( eg Double blind studies)Some of this comes from an inherent academic and intellectual arrogance that often pervades any field or professional in which a higher level of education is required. But the primary reason is that the medical education system, as well as the lion’s share of research, is funded by companies and organizations that have a vested interest in ensuring that only more profitable patentable medicines/drugs are approved. Products such as silver and water are probably not patentable and would not be as profitable. This same establishment almost never gives “alternative and/or natural” remedies any scientific study or research to truly determine if they can work or not. I also question whether or not this system truly wants to cure anything; there is more profit in the long term treatment of a disease than there is in curing a disease. An indication of this is the fact that most mainstream products temporarily treat symptoms rather than curing the underlying causes of disease. Notwithstanding diseases caused by micro-organisms, I believe that most of the ailments of man and animal are generally triggered by mineral deficiencies. These deficiencies can also cause us to have a lower resistance to microbes.

Colloidal silver, a suspension of like-charged microscopic particles in deionized water, has demonstrated remarkable ability to destroy not onlv bacteria, but viruses and fungi as well.(5,6,7) These organisms cannot develop resistance to silver - a bonus advantage over pharmaceutical antibiotics. In addition, colloidal silver products containing only 3-5 parts per million are non-toxic.

The comeback of silver in medicine began in the 1970's. The late Dr. Carl Moyer, chairman of Washington University's Department of Surgery, received a grant to develop better treatment for burn victims. Dr. Harry Margraf of St. Louis, as the chief biochemist, worked with Dr. Moyer and other surgeons to find an antiseptic strong enough, yet safe, to use over larger areas of the body. Dr. Margraf reviewed 22 antiseptic compounds and found drawbacks in all of them. (SILVER IS USED IN ALL MAJOR BURN CENTERS IN THE UNITED STATES. UCLA MEDICAL LABS FOUND IT EFFECTIVE ON EVERY VIRUS THEY TESTED IT ON.)

He noted that many of these antibiotics were ineffective against a number of harmful bacteria, including the biggest killer in burn cases - greenish blue bacterium called Pseudomonas acruginose. Extensive trials proved silver to be the most effective and is currently used in all major burn centers in the United States.

 

How to use colloidal silver
At the onset of colds and flu, 1 to 3 teaspoons taken 3-4 times per day orally will hasten the illness to its completion. Colloidal silver can be mixed in a little water or absorbed sublingually (under the tongue) directly into the bloodstream. The product has very little effect on beneficial intestinal bacteria. However, a high-potency acidophilus supplement is recommended to insure that desirable levels are maintained during colloidal silver therapy. Consistent daily use could significantly reduce the incidence of infection.

Colloidal silver may also be applied directlv to cuts, scrapes, open sores, shingles, warts or used as a rinse for acne, eczema and other skin irritations. It may be gargled, dropped into the eyes or ears, used vaginally, anally, atomized or inhaled into the nose or lungs. No known adverse side effects and no drug interactions have ever been recorded with the use of properly prepared colloidal silver.(7) Beware of heavily concentrated forms (more than 5 parts per million) which can cause a permanent graying of the skin called argyria, if taken in excesively high doses...

Cosmetic Argyria is a harmless skin condition resulting from the internal ingestion of too muich silver.

View our overview and completely independent research on cosmetic argyria, and learn the truth about how this condition is acquired, how to avoid getting it, and potentially, how to cure it. More here

 

One of the most advanced research & treatment hospitals in the United States, The Helford Clinical Research Hospital will house the nation's largest bone marrow transplant facility. Among its high tech state-of-the-art arsenal is a silver and zeolite powder coating used specifically to harness the antimicrobial power of the silver ion. The antimicrobial powder coating ( AgION ) is applied to steel machinery and equipment, and has EPA and FDA approval for use in a variety of applications.

The zeolite acts as a silver ion pump, and helps to maintain a sterile environment and prevent the proliferation of microbes. AgION is a surface treatment solution, and is especially ideal for equipment used in the medical field and the food industry.

"The Helford Clinical Research Hospital is a reflection of City of Hopes philosophy of fusing leading-edge technology and research with compassionate care of the soul,"
- Gil N. Schwartzberg, president and chief ex ecutive officer of City of Hope

 

Look for quality products
The best colloidal silver products have been manufactured using the electrocolloidal process and have ultra-fine particles within the range of 0.005-0.015 microns in diameter. A tiny electrical charge placed on the silver particles keeps them in suspension and eliminates the need for stabilizers, chemicals, proteins or artificial additives in a "true" colloid of silver. A superior quality product will have a natural golden yellow color and a pH of approximately 6.5 (almost neutral).

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Prevention works wonders
A healthy, varied diet coupled with immune-enhancing supplements during the cold and flu season provides the best defense against infection. If a cold or flu does strike, rapid and aggressive action with immune-stimulating supplements may reduce the symptoms or speed recovery.

TAKE A SHOTGUN EFFECT TO STRONG OR VIRULENT VIRUSES

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Some Pre-1938 and Recent Documented Uses of Silver or Colloidal Silver(s)
Hemorrhoids, Impetigo, Lyme disease, Nasopharyngeal catarrh, Open sores cuts and scrapes, Pneumococci, Poliovirus 1 (Sabin strain), Rhinitis, Salmonella, Anthrax bacilli, Adenovirus, B. Tuberculosis, Burns and wounds of the cornea, Candida albicans, Cerebro-spinal meningitis, Chronic cystitis, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Colds and influenza, Colitis, Diarrhea, Diphtheria, Ear infections, E. coli, Endamoeba histolytica. Epiditymitis. Gonorrhea, Shingles, Skin conditions (acne eczema), Staphylococcus aureus. Streptococcus pyogenes, Typhoid, Sprue, Warts, Whooping cough, HIV.

REFERENCES

1. Govaert, M.E., et. al. "Adverse reactions to influenza vaccine in elderly people: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial." British Medical Journal 307:988-90, 1993.
2. Peck, P. "Bulletproof: Losing the antibiotic resistant war." Family Practice News 1,12, September 1, 1994.
3. Hemila, H., Ph.D. "Does vitamin C alleviate the symptoms of the common cold? A review of current evidence." Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases 26:1-6, 1994.
4. Center for Science in the Public Interest. "Pumping immunity." Nutrition Action Health Letter, 5-7, April, 1993.
5. Foster, Steven. "Echinacea: The cold and flu remedy." Alternative & Complementary Therapies 1(4):254-257, June/July, 1995.
6. Flynn, R., M.S. and Roest, M. Your Guide to Standardized Herbal Products. Prescott, AZ: One World Press, 1995.
7. M. Paul Farber, N.D., Ph.D., D.C. Coll/Ag-30 (Mild Silver Protein): The Silver Micro-Bullet. Houston: Professional Physicians Publishing and Health Services, Inc., 1995.
8. Powell, J. "Our mightiest germ fighter." Scienct Digest, 59-60, March, 1978.
9. Canty, L.M. and Baranowski, Z. Colloidal Silver: The Antibiotic Alternative. Carmichael, CA: The Colloid Research Foundation, 1994.