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When Swine Flu isn't swine flu

Hilary Butler - Monday, April 27, 2009

Here we go again. Another media beat up. Make a huge story out of... what??? An influenza virus which has caused thousands of cases, which in that horribly polluted smoggy lung coughing place called Mexico City, has caused serious pneumonia in some of them, which killed just over 100 of them.  Some thousands of cases you say?  Maybe.  Cruising all the medical reports, it's pretty obvious that there are far more cases than we're being told. More importantly, why call this the "Swine flu pandemic"?  Where did the media get that idea from?  Maybe some medic whose repeatedly cried wolf, and really needs to justify their job?  They made a cash cow out of the non-existent bird flu, so why not bolster Wall street yet again.  What a sound-bite to get the adrenalin running! "Swine Flu epidemic here to kill us all"!  It's time the media got real, and started doing some real journalism; real reading; and asking some real questions. Like... who called this particular strain a swine flu virus? Why has there been absolutely NO contact with pigs in even ONE case, anywhere in the world? Unlike the media, a professional medical organisation called PROMED has questioned the name "swine flu". They say it's a human flu.  But just what sort of human flu? Where did it come from? This is what PROMED has to say: Continue Reading

"One Less" selective thinking

Hilary Butler - Saturday, February 28, 2009

In the Escape section of Sunday Star Times, March 1, 2009, journalist Karen Tay, who admits to viewing beauty and skincare products as sacred miracle potions, was researching their true cost to her body, and the environment. “While researching this story, I learnt many unpleasant truths about my beauty products…” Continue Reading

Tamiflu garage sale anyone?

Hilary Butler - Thursday, January 08, 2009

You remember all the paranoia about that pandemic cash-cow called bird flu? You remember that the New Zealand humoured whatsisname... Rumsfeld??   ... who profits gazillions from the company that makes Tamiflu, by buying a few million dollars worth of a useless drug, which wasn't necessary, and is now well past it's use-by date? Well, don't hold your breath, about either the value of Tamiflu, or whether Bird Flu will naturally find it's way here any time soon, or that any vaccine with be worth having. Continue Reading

Influenza vaccine - a mother's gift?

Hilary Butler - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Today, the New England Medical Journal published a study hailing the influenza vaccine given to mothers, as a valuable protection to stop babies getting the flu. The study project from Bangladesh was called “Mother’s Gift”. A bit like Gardasil’s inventor’s medical article, before Gardasil was licenced, called, “God’s gift to women: The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine.” [PMID:16920633] The unwritten assumption emanating from both studies is that nothing stands between us, and the universal use of this vaccine.  Continue Reading

"Winning words"

Hilary Butler - Sunday, August 31, 2008

Today's Sunday Star Times, has a letter penned by Paul Rutherford, Karori, Wellington. It's tragic that Rutherford (hopefully) "believes" the words he actually penned; sobbingly sad that the Sunday Star Times printed them at all, and indicative of the appalling state of knowledge in the media today, when editors and journalists at the Sunday Star Times, can't see how off the mark the letter was in the first place, and award it the "winning words". Continue Reading

2008 Influenza vaccine – placebo value only

Hilary Butler - Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Today, we are told that  for the 2008 season flu vaccine, the American FDA had decided to include three viruses rather than the usual one or two. Continue Reading

Flu jab doesn't work in healthy elderly

Hilary Butler - Thursday, July 31, 2008

Five days after Dr Trotman said the flu vaccine didn’t work in healthy normal people (blog entry 27 July), various news outlets around the world commented on a new study in the 2 August edition of the Lancet, showing that the flu vaccine did nothing to prevent pneumonia in healthy elderly living in the community, aged between 65 and 94 years of age. Continue Reading

Flu jab doesn't work in healthy young adults

Hilary Butler - Sunday, July 27, 2008

Readers of the Sunday Star Times might have noticed a regular skinny column on page 16 of “Escape”, by Dr Paul Trotman, a Dunedin doctor. Today, he had a question from a fit healthy 36 year old, asking whether she should have the influenza shot.  His response was that when people looked at whether the flu vaccine works in fit healthy people NOT working in health care practice, that there is no difference between the number or severity of flu episodes between those who have the vaccine, and those who don’t.  That, he said is why the flu vaccine is NOT recommended for young fit healthy people who DON’T work in hospitals or medical centres.  Continue Reading