When I heard that Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away on Monday, I was immediately saddened with the thought that we have lost another rock legend. Glenn Frey and the Eagles are one of my favorites. He was much too young, at 67, to leave this world. His contributions to music and film for millions of people to enjoy and appreciate are countless.
I read that he was suffering in the last couple of months from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. Once again, my mind starts to churn about what can cause RA and ulcerative colitis and is it serious enough of a disease to lead to death.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means your immune system is attacking itself. In Rheumatoid Arthritis the immune system attacks the synovium of the joints, which is why you get swelling and pain. It can cause deformities if you delay treatment. Usually the treatment is used to slow the disease down and prevent these deformities. RA can also attack blood vessels surrounding the heart and lungs. Thus heart disease can be directly linked to RA.
Millions of Americans and people around the world suffer from complications due to autoimmune disease. But why? Most experts tell us there has been a dramatic rise in the number of autoimmune disease and disorders over the last 20 to 30 years. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Even the Arthritis Foundation states that the cause of RA is not known. The treatment of RA is complicated. To treat effectively, the protocol calls for the tampering down of the immune system. Thus leaving the body most acceptable to infections. And that is where pneumonia can strike.
Pharma advertises heavily on the weekends, especially on sporting events about RA and professional golfer, Phil Mickelson. He is also suffering from RA. According to the NIH website on RA, scientists estimate 1.5 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from RA. And the largest group of new cases of RA are older Americans. Could it be from decades of being exposed to environmental hazards and now the CDC’s “Influenza vaccine” program for seniors, not only is RA becoming a growing concern, but maybe the large increase and earlier onset of Alzheimer's can be contributed to over vaccination in our seniors?
Do not know the exact medical conditions of what happened to Mr. Frey, but to me, I question the medical acceptance that RA just develops. That it is genetic but not hereditary. What triggers the body to start fighting itself. To create an autoimmune disorder?
Acute Ulcerative Colitis is thought to be an autoimmune disease as well. And the cause is still unknown. AUC is very similar to Crohn’s Disease.
Marc Leavey, MD, an internist at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center who did not treat Frey, said in an interview yesterday “that about 10 percent of people who suffer from ulcerative colitis also have inflammatory arthritis (like rheumatoid arthritis) as well.”
While many people recover from pneumonia, Leavey calls the infection “opportunistic” and says it will often occur in people who are suffering from another disease.
The bodily inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis is also a lot for a person to handle. “Together, they can produce more illness than each individually,” Leavey says. “With that as a background, a superimposed bacterial pneumonia, itself a serious illness, may be enough to tip the balance toward the tragic.”
Eric Matteson, MD, a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, tells Yahoo Health “that Frey’s death highlights the severity of rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.
“The life expectancy of people who have rheumatoid arthritis that is very severe can be diminished, especially if there are complications of the disease outside the joints,” he says. “People with rheumatoid arthritis have a twofold risk of infection.”
Immune-suppressant medication is typically used for ulcerative colitis, which also increases a person’s risk of infection. “People who battle rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, and for as long as Glenn Frey did, are incredibly courageous,” Matteson says.
Now to connected the dots.
It was Andy Wakefield that researched the very issue that MMR causing Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS) and/or Crohn’s Disease. The medical establishment refuted this and launch Brian Deer and the Media Smear Merchants to discredit him.
In my book, The Vaccine Court, I interviewed several attorneys that represent petitioners who are suffering from autoimmune diseases such as RA, IBS, and GBS. One of the leading attorneys told me directly, that he has never seen, in the 20 years of practice, the tremendous number of autoimmune disorders as the result of vaccination. And the injuries are very bizarre.
Looking back into the many petitions that have been filed in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) for injuries from vaccines that caused RA, IBS and other autoimmune disorders, I find a common thread. Most of the injuries in today’s Vaccine Court are autoimmune. And the most common is GBS, mainly from the influenza vaccine. But RA and IBS are not too far in the distance.
Over a decade ago, the NVICP conducted an Omnibus hearing on RA. Most of the petitioners who were included in this proceeding, claimed that they developed RA from the Hepatitis B vaccine. And most of them went on to be compensated for their injuries. The decisions were not concessions, but rather joint stipulations to conclude proceedings and “settle” for a negotiated dollar amount. Our government as represented in the NVICP by DOJ attorneys, state the following with all stipulations or settlements “respondent denies that petitioner’s vaccine caused the petitioner to suffer RA and/or any other injury. Nonetheless, the parties agree to resolve this matter informally.”
Since that RA Omnibus proceeding, the influenza vaccine has been added to the program (July 1, 2005). Now, the influenza vaccine is the most common vaccine reported to cause RA and other autoimmune diseases due to the tremendous number of doses administered each year.
Reviewing the nearly 150 petitions that I have been able to track in the NVICP regarding RA as an injury, most of these petitions are the result of the influenza, Hep B, and HPV vaccines.
The ostrich crowd will likely respond to this article by stating that there is no concrete proof that vaccines cause RA or ulcerative colitis. That there is no scientific peer reviewed literature that clearly shows causation.
How about instead of spending your time trying to discredit a much needed debate on vaccines and autoimmune diseases such as RA, spend the time and resources on medical outcome studies. Most medical professionals still deny vaccines can cause RA, can cause autoimmune encephalitis (remember Brain on Fire?), can cause ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel disease, can cause conversion disorders, can cause Type 1 diabetes, can cause heart disease and obesity, and the biggest denial and cover-up of them all, can cause encephalopathy that eventually leads to autism.
I am not saying that the very sad and surprising passing of Glenn Frey is a direct result of an injury from a vaccine. But it does give me pause, some time to think about someone that graced our lives with his music. And to think about all the damage to the millions of people who suffer from autoimmune disease each and every day.
For all of us, let’s get back to work, get engaged in debate of the potential damages of over vaccinating. Keep pushing for independent studies of vaccinations, disclosure and transparency of corruption of our government.
For Glenn Frey, Take it Easy.
Wayne Rohde, author of The Vaccine Court – The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program