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What caused the H1N1 Swine Flu Outbreak?

For a minute I’ll take off my tinfoil hat.  I will not remind you of all the conspiracy surrounding the unusual events surrounding its origin.  I won’t rant about the fact that Baxter Labs has a manufacturing plant near ground zero, where the pandemic was first identified.

Scientist believe they have found one reason why the H1N1 replicated so fast in humans. A new study from PLOS Pathogens, Biological and Structural Characterization of a Host-Adapting Amino Acid in Influenza Virus  http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.1001034 shows that a lysine amino acid is located in a different place in the protein strand than expected, and possibly the reason why H1N1 can adapt so easily.

…these results have led to the concept that PB2-627K or PB2-701N are critical for efficient influenza virus replication in mammalian species. Nevertheless, the pandemic H1N1 viruses and some H5N1 influenza viruses isolated from humans do not possess these amino acids. Here, we sought to identify additional amino acid changes that facilitate virus adaptation in mammalian species.

The findings offer an interesting insight.

The study was carried out on ferret, ostrich, mice, dog cell lines and human embryonic kidney cells. All influenza viruses used in this study were amplified in MDCK (dog) cells.

…engineered synthetic genes for the PB2 gene of influenza A virus strains A/Vietnam/1203/04 (H5N1) (AAT73550) and A/Mexico/InDRE4487/09 (H1N1) (ACQ73384)…The C-terminal amino acid residues 538–741 from both strains were cloned into an engineered pET vector using the Polymerase Incomplete Primer Extension (PIPE) cloning technology

Engineered synthetic genes and cloned amino acid strains!  Wow, welcome to the world of bio-engineering. 

This is the part where we look for our tinfoil hat and ask if the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus and the H5N1 Avian Flu Virus, aren’t engineered or cloned in the first place?  Could mother nature have mutated the 1918 virus naturally within 100 years?  There has been co-circulation of multiple H1N1 sequences across the globe.  Is it more likely someone by intention or accident let the proverbial rat out of the cage?

Mexico has cancelled it’s Pandemic emergency.  I double dog dare you to find where the declared the swine flu outbreak’s national emergency declaration has ended in the U.S.A.   Enacting Emergency powers, https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/h1n1-swine-flu-national-emergency-for-constitution/ gives unprecidented opportunities for government control.

Whatever biological significance this study has found, don’t think for a New York minute that further mutation isn’t coming anytime soon.  

“After analyzing multiple samples of the new flu virus, the team ascertained that in some cases the HA of the new H1N1 strain have mutated, allowing the strain to stick to human cells more easily….the same mutations have been found in HA of the H5N1 strain of influenza, the highly virulent bird flu, which kills about 60 percent of those it infects. ” http://biomedreports.com/articles/most-popular/1438-h1n1-flu-has–  

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Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl.  What parent doesn’t have at least one of these pain relievers in the house if they’ve got kids?  It’s time for more Spring cleaning, and that includes the medicine cabinet.  

More than 40 over-the-counter infant’s and children’s liquid medications are being recalled by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, based in Fort Washington, PA.  The recall involves 43 various children’s versions of  Tylenol, Motrin,  Zyrtec and Benadryl.

The list of recalled products is found on the McNeil website,  http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/mpr_ndc_finder.inc  where they say: 

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards. This recall is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events.

However, as a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children.

They don’t meet quality standards? 

Tylenol, Motrin,  Zyrtec and Benadryl products met Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Heathcare division quality standards just fine until the Food and Drug Administration showed up.  Had the FDA not done a routine  inspection in April, no one would be the wiser that there was a problem in the first place.  Was it a surprise visit?

The FDA said it was reviewing procedures at McNeil, which appears to be the sole source of the problems. “We are following through with the facility to make certain that everything has been checked,” said FDA spokeswoman Elaine Gansz Bobo.

According to McNeil and the FDA, some of the products recalled may have a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified on the bottle. Others may contain particles, while still others may contain inactive ingredients that do not meet internal testing requirements.  Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/2010/05/01/2010-05-01_fda_investigating_recall_of_childrens_medicine_including_tylenol_motrin_zyrtec_b.html#ixzz0msMXhTqH

Higher Concentrations? 

Particles?   What kind of particle exactly?  Particles of feces perhaps?  I call bullshit on Johnson and Johnson, McNeil, and maybe the FDA too.  Where were there own internal quality assurance people to ensure products standards? We are not talking about one product in dispute, but 43 different products that have different problems. 

The WSJ wrote that consumer complaints about certain over-the-counter children’s medications spurred the investigation that led to the recall.

It’s the latest in a spate of recall woes for J&J; in November it pulled some kinds of Tylenol Arthritis due to their moldy odor, then added more lots and products to the recall over the next few months.   As the WSJ notes, this latest recall signifies “another dent in J&J’s reputation as a model of corporate responsiveness.” The company’s handling of Tylenol poisonings in 1982 made it the subject of case studies in effective crisis management, but the recent recalls are fraying that reputation. http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2010/05/03/recall-roundup-jj-pulling-childrens-tylenol-motrin-other-meds/

There are plenty of third world countries with pharmaceutical production standards that fall far short of our standards.  Johnson and Johnson, the world leader in pharmaceuticals, medical goods and consumer products is an American company. The manufacturing plant in question is on American soil, with presumably American citizens working there.  Shame, shame for not enforcing standards, especially for children’s products and shame on the FDA as well.  Why did it take two weeks to notify the public that more than 40 children’s drugs were contaminated with yet to be named, “particles.”

Marc Boston, a McNeil spokesman, would not discuss the deficiencies cited by the FDA or say when the manufacturing facility was shut down. The company also declined to disclose the amount of products affected by the recall.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/01/AR2010050103051.html  Since when did FDA reports become sealed? It may be an ongoing investigation but I bet no one discloses anything more except when they announce that Tylenol is back in production,

The FDA regulates approximately 25 cents of every dollar spent annually by American consumers. The FDA is responsible for regulating products to ensure the safety of foods, drugs, biological products, medical devices, cosmetics, radiation-emitting devices, and more.  FDA’s Special Agents frequently investigate criminal wrongdoing by large companies. If these investigations lead to prosecution, the guilty officers and employees often receive federal prison sentences, while the company can expect to receive multimillion-dollar fines and restitution payments.  http://www.fda.gov/default.htm

Is the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) looking into criminal activity?  What department of government investigates malfeasance of the FDA when it doesn’t do its job? For at least two weeks, these over the counter medicines were being used and sold, and shipped.  Did McNeil willfully ship known adulterated goods in interstate commerce? Did the FDA allow them xtra time to get there act together before notifying the public? 

To produce 43 different drugs at one facility, even if they operated at full steam means that there was a problem for a very long time.  When was the last FDA inspection?

“A $1.8 million 2006 Institute of Medicine report on pharmaceutical regulation in the U.S. found major deficiencies in the current FDA system for ensuring the safety of drugs on the American market. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_and_Drug_Administration ”  Four years after the study, we are in the same state of affairs. 

WAPO goes on to write,

This is at least the third major recall of Tylenol products by McNeil since 2008.

In January, McNeil recalled 49 types of Tylenol products made for adults and two Tylenol products made for children after consumers complained of a mold-like odor and of temporary and minor nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The company determined that some of the medicines had been contaminated by trace amounts of a chemical that is sometimes present on shipping and storage material.

In 2008, McNeil recalled 21 types of children’s and infants’ Tylenol liquid products, saying that although the products met internal standards, an unused portion of one inactive ingredient did not meet all quality standards.

“The company is conducting a comprehensive quality assessment across its manufacturing operations and has identified corrective actions that will be implemented before new manufacturing is initiated at the plant where the recalled products were made.” http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/new_recall.inc.  According to Wiki, along with their Fort Washington plant, McNeil also has plants in Lancaster, PA and Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. 

Here’s a hard pill to swallow, Johnson and Johnson is trading up one dollar midday, on the NYSE to $65.34. http://www.nyse.com/about/listed/jnj.html

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CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON ALL RECALLED PRODUCTS FROM APRIL 30, 2010

UPDATED MAY 15. 2010. “This inspection report is pretty close to being the worst I’ve seen. It suggests that basically the FDA found an issue with almost every system at the plant.” 

In addition, the FDA said some drums used to transport raw materials to the Fort Washington facility were contaminated with a bacteria identified as B. cepacia.  http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/14/news/companies/tylenol_recall_plant_conditions/

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Ring, ring.  ” Hi, this is Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States and we’re conducting a study.  We were just wondering if those anti-depressant medications, antibiotics, and or cardiovascular medications you might have taken while you were pregnant gave your child birth defects or caused any perinatal problems?”  

A new research program called the Medication Exposure in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program (MEPREP) will fund research to study the effects of prescription medications used during pregnancy. The program is a collaboration among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and researchers at the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERT), Kaiser Permanente’s multiple research centers and Vanderbilt University. 

Collectively, the 11 participating sites have health care information for about 1 million births over the past seven years (2001-2007). Many of the mothers associated with these births likely used medication during their pregnancies and now, with the program in place, the FDA and participating researchers have a systematic and timely way of retrieving information from this network. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm195934.htm

Did any pregnant mom systematically give permission to have their data used in this study?  Was there “informed consent,” that prescription data could be used in future studies?  We realize this is probably just an aggregate of data from various clinics, but everyone of those patients has a name and now are being used by a group of researchers to evaluate perscriptions drugs taken while pregnant.  “In 2007, Kaiser it completed the four-year implementation of the Kaiser Permanenteprescriptions HealthConnect technology system, which standardizes technology across all locations.”  http://www.wetfeet.com/Employers/Kaiser-Permanente.aspx What perfect timing!

Will the study look at race, age, and socio-economic factors as well?  How much do you think they know about these women?  About the children?

 

Smoking, drinking, and drug abuse are on the list as no no’s, but why is it the FDA now only taking action?  Reading the small print on most medications, including the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccines patient inserts, “product may not be safe for use during pregnancy, benefits outweighing risks, etc.” 

Why is it that the FDA is procuring this study as opposed to the pharmaceutical manufacturers themselves?  Oh, that’s right- many are already released from any liability from injury -as is the case with the H1N1 vaccines.  We have doubts that the outcome of this study will gain as much information as the government’s coordinated data effort which failed to reveal potential terrorists based on the events of 9-11, and as recently as on Christmas Day. 

 

The stimulus package, officially the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, includes $8.2 billion in “extramural” NIH funding to help stimulate the U.S. economy by supporting scientific research.  Kaiser Permanente has won more than $54 million in federal stimulus funding to conduct research on many public and clinical health areas, including $25 million for genetic research in Northern California. http://sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2009/10/12/daily1.html 

Taking a conspiracy twist-

Financially influenced by Rockefeller’s leading petrochemical– pharmaceutical institutions, history shows these powerful “population planners” consistently working to manage global eugenics—the science of racial hygiene and “ethnic cleansing.”  Desperately seeking ways to control “excess populations,” how do you suppose they might magically disappear half of us now targeted for elimination?

Before your imagination runs wild considering my view of “Vaccine Magic,” consider Kaiser’s history with the Rockefeller family cooperatively pioneering “managed care” in America along with the Kaiser Institute for Eugenics, Anthropology, and Human Heredity in pre-Nazi Germany.  In essence, these contemporary powers spearheaded Hitler’s racial hygiene program, its genetic experiments for unnatural selection, and propaganda methods in advancing their “master race.” http://www.awakentothetruth.com/vaccine_magic_conspiracy.htm

“The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics was founded in 1927. The Rockefeller Foundation supported both the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Psychiatry and the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics. The Rockefeller Foundation partially funded the actual building of the Institute and helped keep the Institute afloat during the Depression. In its early years, and during the Nazi era, it was strongly associated with theories of Nazi eugenics and racial hygiene advocated by its leading theorists Fritz Lenz and Eugen Fischer, and by its director Otmar von Verschuer. Under Fischer, the sterilisation of so-called Rhineland Bastards was undertaken. During World War II, the Institute regularly received human body parts, including eyes and skulls, from Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz to use in studies intended to prove Nazi racial theories and justify race-related social polices.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiser_Wilhelm_Institute_of_Anthropology,_Human_Heredity,_and_Eugenics

George Halvorson, the chief executive of one of the nation’s most respected health care systems, Kaiser Permanente, says he is hopeful that all the sausage-making in Washington will succeed in squeezing out a law….” lawmakers should support efforts to reward improvements in care for a handful of chronic conditions like asthma and heart failure, which affect millions of people and are some of the highest contributors to the nation’s health care bill. Tracking the care of those patients would be a good start, he said. “You don’t have to fix a lot of things.” http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/kaiser-permanentes-chief-optimistic-about-health-overhaul-effort/

A handful of chronic conditions, eh?  Is being pregnant considered chronic.  Maybe for the Digger’s family!  Oh wait, how do drug companies make money if a patient doesn’t take them?  Could the underlying reason for this study really be linked back to The Kaiser Institute for Eugenics, Anthropology, and Human Heredity?

Could there be a link to other well known institutions? In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established a laboratory complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island that stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples.  Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/11/09/ING9C2QSKB1.DTL#ixzz0bfTKdKOR

Elluminati’s blog  takes the conspiracy farther in thinking that Kaiser has a connection to the three pillars of masonic ritual. Pointing out the 3 pillars (sizes) of the Doctors, and the 3 dots of the Kaiser Permanente logo.
http://elluminati.blogspot.com/2009/01/kaiser-permanente-and-3-pillars-of.html 

Heck,  you can fold a $20 dollar bill to show the world trade center towers too, so you never know what symbology can get you if you try.

https://www.kaiserpermanente.org/ is Kaiser’s homepage.

http://www.certs.hhs.gov/ is the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERT) and offers it’s data base of patients for sale. via http://info.ahrq.gov/cgi-bin/ahrq.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=90&p_created=1151339260&p_sid=GsErx9Rj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=1&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0wJnBfcHY9JnBfY3Y9JnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9ZmluYW5jaW5n&p_li=&p_topview=1

HCUPnet is part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). HCUPnet generates statistics using data from HCUP’s Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), the Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID), and the State Inpatient Databases (SID). These databases and HCUPnet would not be possible without the statewide data collection projects that provide data to HCUP. You can purchase many HCUP databases to do more detailed analysis not possible through HCUPnet.  For more information on purchasing HCUP data go to the HCUP Central Distributor Web site at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/tech_assist/centdist.jsp

From Vanderbilt, VUMC is known for its highly-acclaimed teaching hospital and its groundbreaking efforts in electronic medical records. Its 1,800 physicians see more than 1.2 million patients each year and its hospitals admit more than 65,000 patients via wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt_University_Medical_Center, VUMC’s home page can be found at http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/

You didn’t think your or your children’s patient data was really confidential did you?  Have a baby, pay the bills, they collect the money and the data, get tax dollars to subsidize the data, and they can still sell your data. 

Might as well just get an RFID chip now and get it over with. 

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