Thursday, 23 September 2010
22 September 2010
The untested swine flu vaccine is being included in the annual flu jab being given to the elderly this winter. Although health officials claim that swine flu could still become a major epidemic, it is being done to reduce enormous stock levels of the vaccine that governments were conned into ordering by the pharmaceutical industry. The policy, however, is exposing large numbers of vulnerable people – including the elderly, those with heart disease and chest problems, and diabetics - to the possible effects of the swine flu vaccine. The vaccine has never been properly tested, and contains thiosermal, a mercury-based preservative. Key workers who were vaccinated last year against the supposed swine flu pandemic reported having headaches, sleeplessness and stomach cramps. Despite credit-crunch times, governments around the world ordered billions of vaccines, after the World Health Organization – influenced by drug company advisers – declared that swine flu (the H1N1 virus) would become a pandemic, killing millions of people. This, in turn, triggered clauses in contracts that forced governments into ordering the vaccine. The UK government admits it wasted £200m on useless stocks of the vaccine, and has been one of the first to include it in the latest round of seasonal flu jabs. Other governments are expected to follow, and will use the WHO as the reason. The WHO has urged health agencies to remain vigilant, even though it accepts that swine flu will not be an epidemic, let alone a pandemic. (Sources: Sunday Times, September 19, 2010).
The Swine Flu vaccine being included in the Winter Flu jab is also mentioned in The Telegraph -
Friday, 3 September 2010
C H Spurgeon's Morning Devotional for September 2nd
“But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.”
Very interesting is this little peep into the house of the Apostolic Fisherman. We see at once that household joys and cares are no hindrance to the full exercise of ministry, nay, that since they furnish an opportunity for personally witnessing the Lord’s gracious work upon one’s own flesh and blood, they may even instruct the teacher better than any other earthly discipline. Papists and other sectaries may decry marriage, but true Christianity and household life agree well together. Peter’s house was probably a poor fisherman’s hut, but the Lord of Glory entered it, lodged in it, and wrought a miracle in it. Should our little book be read this morning in some very humble cottage, let this fact encourage the inmates to seek the company of King Jesus. God is oftener in little huts than in rich palaces. Jesus is looking round your room now, and is waiting to be gracious to you. Into Simon’s house sickness had entered, fever in a deadly form had prostrated his mother-in-law, and as soon as Jesus came they told him of the sad affliction, and he hastened to the patient’s bed. Have you any sickness in the house this morning? You will find Jesus by far the best physician, go to him at once and tell him all about the matter. Immediately lay the case before him. It concerns one of his people, and therefore will not be trivial to him. Observe, that at once the Saviour restored the sick woman; none can heal as he does. We may not make sure that the Lord will at once remove all disease from those we love, but we may know that believing prayer for the sick is far more likely to be followed by restoration than anything else in the world; and where this avails not, we must meekly bow to his will by whom life and death are determined. The tender heart of Jesus waits to hear our griefs, let us pour them into his patient ear.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
After years of reassuring parents about the safety of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, the UK government has finally had to concede that it can have serious side effects. A UK court has ruled that the vaccine caused severe brain damage in a boy, now aged 18, and has ordered the government to pay compensation. The ruling brings to an end a lengthy campaign by the boy’s mother, Jackie Fletcher, who created the pressure group JABS to help other parents win compensation for their vaccine-damaged children. Jackie’s son, Robert, was just 13 months old when he had the MMR vaccination. From being a healthy baby who was developing normally, he started to suffer epileptic fits and became unresponsive. He is now severely disabled. Jackie and her family have been awarded £91,000 in compensation. The judgement also sends out hope to the thousands of parents in the UK who are also fighting for compensation. (Source: Sunday Times, August 29, 2010).
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
People with ME/CFS to be permanently excluded from giving blood in the UK from 1 November this year - Department of Health announcement
The Department of Health has decided to ban blood donation permanently from all prospective donors in the UK who report they have had ME/CFS from 1 November this year. The decision was announced in an email sent to The ME Association today by the Department's Director of Health Protection.
In a brief email, Clara Swinson writes:
The announcement has already been welcomed by contributors to ME/CFS internet forums around the world as further indication that the physical nature of the illness is being taken ever more seriously. Clara Swinson's email does not reveal the extent to which studies into the XRMV virus figured in Department of Health's thinking.
"As of 1st November 2010, blood donors who report that they have had ME/CFS will be permanently excluded from giving blood in the UK. This change is being made on the grounds of donor safety, as ME/CFS is a relapsing condition. It brings practice for ME/CFS into line with other relapsing conditions or neurological conditions of unknown origin.
"The change to donor selection criteria is being made following a recommendation by the UK Blood Services Standing Advisory Committee on the Care and Selection of Donors, and Joint Professional Advisory Committee (JPAC)."