By Kevin Barry, President
First Freedoms, Inc.
November 19, 2018
Part 2 of a 6 part series
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The “Spanish Flu” killed an estimated 50-100 million people during a pandemic 1918-19. What if the story we have been told about this pandemic isn’t true? What if, instead, the killer infection was neither the flu nor Spanish in origin? Newly analyzed documents reveal that the “Spanish Flu” may have been a military vaccine experiment gone awry. In looking back on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we need to delve deeper to solve this mystery.
Summary from Part 1 (1):
- More soldiers died from disease than bullets during WWI.
- The Spanish Flu was neither Spanish, nor Flu. According to a 2008 study by the U.S. National Institute of Health, the “predominant” killer in 1918-19 was bacterial pneumonia, and the first cases were not in Spain.
- Initial outbreaks can be traced to U.S. military bases. A bacterial vaccine experiment on soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas is one of the military epicenters of the epidemic.
- The serums. Anti-toxins and vaccines used on soldiers were made in horses at the Rockefeller Institute in New York (and in NJ). The same horses were used “in the preparation of diphtheria, tetanus antitoxin and antimeningococcus serum.” Same horses, multiple pathogens.
- When WW1 ended on November 11, 1918, soldiers returned to their home countries and colonial outposts, spreading the killer bacterial pneumonia worldwide.
- During WW1, the Rockefeller Institute also sent similar batches of the antimeningococcic serum used at Fort Riley to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries.
- Vaccine experiments like the WWI experiments on soldiers in WW1 are not a thing of the past. Watch as Dr. Stanley Plotkin,(2) the Godfather of the US vaccine program, describes his vaccine experiments on the mentally handicapped, orphans, children of mothers in prison. Dr. Plotkin expresses a preference for experimenting “on children and adults who are human in form but not in social potential.” The deposition was taken in January 2018.
In Part 1, I asked if medical products made in horses may have played a role in the new disease which killed millions worldwide in the pandemic of 1918-19.
The December 1917 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine (3) sheds light on the vaccine manufacturing process of 100 years ago. The feature article, “How New York City’s Health Department Makes Serums and Vaccines for the United States Army” describes processes in place in 1917:
“After the horse has been inoculated with the disease poison in gradually increasing doses he is bled and his serum is found to be antitoxin. This is administered to human beings and renders them immune to the disease .... Some horses give more antitoxin serum than others. The same horse may be used at several different times for the preparation of distinctly different antitoxins ... Horses are used in the preparation of diphtheria, tetanus antitoxin and antimeningococcus serum. “
It is difficult to believe that they used the same horses to make multiple disease serums, but they did. If safety had been a concern, perhaps certain horses would have been dedicated to producing serum for one disease (or “poison” as the article calls it), but safety does not appear to be on the list of concerns. These muddled and potentially contaminated serums were then given to soldiers (and to the public).
Were pathogens transferred from these horses to humans in mass quantities in ways they had never transferred before? Humans and horses had interacted closely for centuries, but horse serum had not been injected into humans in the way before, bypassing the human immune system. Is it possible that this new method of exposure caused the bacterial pneumonias which ripped human lungs apart in ways never seen before?
Could pathogens relatively harmless to horse lungs make a species-jump and destroy human lungs?
In 1919, a Dutch military veterinarian named Captain Emile Bemelmans “developed an extensive theory on the relation between human and animal influenza .... In 1919, he argued that ‘the human ‘flu’ and the so-called ‘infectious disease of the breast’ of horses are exactly identical in aetiological, bacteriological and epidemiological senses’.
In her 2014 paper “‘Spanish’ flu and army horses: what historians and biologists can learn from a history of animals with flu during the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic”, Dr. Floor Haalboom describes Bemelmans’s work:
“In 1919, Bemelmans’s argument on the identical nature of human and horse influenza in the Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (the Dutch medical journal) was reviewed in the veterinary journal,
… in 1914 he extended his theory on horse flu to several human and animal infectious diseases in an article in the Dutch medical journal. Bemelmans listed human influenza as an example among many other animal and human diseases which he thought were accompanied by (deadly) infections of streptococci. Although he did not yet argue that human and horse flu were exactly equal, he did explicitly note their similarities: ‘Also between the human influenza and the so-called breast disease in horses peculiar similarities exist’...
… In these papers, Bemelmans addressed the nature of influenza (although he still preferred the name ‘flu’) of both humans and horses. He opposed the ideas that Pfeiffer’s bacterium or a filterable virus caused the disease, but thought toxins made by the bacteria streptococci were responsible for its deadly secondary complications. “ (4)
Dr. Bemelmans’s contemporaneous observations from have largely been lost to history, in part because of the self important attitude of the medical community. The hubris of medical community prevented them from listening to a lowly veterinarian. However, Dr. Bemelmans’s observations and persistence in getting them published are extraordinarily valuable. His awareness at the time that bateria was the killer of both humans and horses in the pandemic of 1918-19 put him decades ahead of his contemporaries. The NIH paper describing bacteria as the predominant killer was published in 2008.(5)
If Dr. Bemelmans was correct that horses and humans were suffering from an identical disease, are there diseases identical (or very similar) in both horses and humans? Do any of those diseases target the lungs?
“Animal Models - A Neglected Medical Resource”,
Cornelius, CE, DVM, Ph.D.
N Engl J Med 1969; 281:934-944 (6)
In a 1969 paper, Kansas State University veterinarian Dr. Charles E. Cornelius compiled a list of diseases which were very similar or identical in humans and various other species. Among the diseases identical/very similar in humans and horses is pulmonary emphysema, which targets the lungs.
Did a pathogen which causes pulmonary emphysema “species-jump” from horses to humans in these serums and vaccines? The vaccines were obviously manufactured primitive, unavoidably unsafe conditions and then given to WW1 soldiers as an experiment. What exactly was in the serums and vaccines made in the horses at the Rockefeller Institute - especially considering that the same individual horses were used to a variety of serums for multiple diseases?
Recall from Part 1 that Streptococci bacteria were commonly found in the tissue samples from the autopsies of those who died in 1918-19. (5)