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Scared to death By Barbara Loe Fisher

Are you grabbing your face mask, stocking up on food and Tamiflu, locking your doors and keeping your TV tuned to the news to find out just how bad the "swine flu pandemic" really is going to get? While Americans are being scared to death, few are noticing how much of their tax money politicians are giving to drug companies and government health officials to grease the skids to create more experimental flu vaccines and drugs and more effective ways to quarantine or force their mass use whenever a "public health emergency" is declared in the future.

Call me cynical but not clueless. The bird's eye view I have had for the past 27 years at the National Vaccine Information Center has taught me one thing: the global alliance between Big Pharma and Big Public Health is a prescription for disaster that could extend far beyond a bout with the flu.

The international drama playing out right now before our eyes is an example of how citizens around the world can be easily manipulated by doctors and politicians engaging in fear mongering in the name of disease control to forward agendas that have more to do with ideology, power and corporate profits than health. When the U.S. Director of Homeland Security is the government official doing the talking rather than the U.S. Director of the Centers for Disease Control, put a copy of the U.S. Constitution in your pocket and take a look at federal and state legislation passed since September 11, 2001 to understand which civil rights you don't have anymore when government health officials declare a "public health emergency."

But before we take a look at the threat to civil liberties that pandemic fear mongering poses, let's take a look at how creation of a global human market for influenza vaccines works. It is a blueprint for Successful Marketing 101 (or perhaps it is all just a coincidence) read more, go to Vaccine Awakening blog.

Barbara Loe Fisher is co-founder and president of the Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) (NVIC).  She is the co-author of DPT: A Shot in the Dark (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1985; Warner 1986; Avery 1991); author of The Consumer's Guide to Childhood Vaccines (NVIC 1997); editor of the bi-weekly NVIC Vaccine E-News and a blogger at Vaccine Awakening blog.



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Tim Kasemodel


Thanks for going to bat for us all these years.

I do not remember the exact quote but I heard recently that the WHO is raising concerns that the public is doubting their abilities.

The quote sounded like the WHO is saying they "need to be in complete control" and anyone who questions that authority is "putting the public in harms way".

This is a serious issue. The CDC, State and County Departments of Health and the medical community at large have already succeeded in getting a unnervingly high percentage of the public to believe they know best and we should just do what they say.

We can question food safety, the charachter of our elected officials, even the safety of our water supply, but raise doubt on the real motives or integrity of our public health system?


This is a bad set-up. Even our elected officials are under pressure to follow the company line. Careers are in jeopardy.

But there area a few brave souls like us on AoA that know one truth:

It is safer to question authority than to follow authority without question.


Typical Pharma tactic: Scare the daylights out of the public, create mass hysteria, develop an anecdote (a swine flu vaccine) then push your product on a now terrified public. Watch your profits rise.

The hype over this is absurd. Public health officials in Texas closed down an entire school district for a week after one child got sick leaving many working parents in the lurch.

I was watching the news the other night and they reported that scientists have anyalzed the DNA of this swine flu virus and found it was no more dangerous than the common flu. But you never hear that significant little factoid repeated.


Could there still be some of the original 1976 Swine flu vaccine around ???

I would guess it is "well preserved with mercury" and could still be injected into nearly everyone by Mother's Day.


I have already heard people say, "I wish they would hurry up with the vaccines to protect us."

I got a feeling there will be a big dent in the unemployment figures when the government starts hiring people to go door to door to make sure everyone had their shots.

Margo O.

A masterful analysis, and the only issue I would take with it is that speaking of experimental drugs that have "by-passed normal FDA regulations" implies that normal FDA regulations are somehow protective of us. That hasn't been the case since at least the early 1980's, when Donald Rumsfeld (then wearing the hat of Searle CEO) rammed through the passage of the dangerous artificial sweetener aspartame with full cooperation from the Reagan administration. Things have never been the same.

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