Dr. Mehmet Oz, talk show host and Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University is perhaps the most well-known doctors in the U.S.
During a recent episode on his talk show, a Walgreens pharmacist gave Dr. Oz a flu shot -- which was also given to everyone in his studio audience. (Unfortunately, we cannot post that clip, but you can view that segment here.)
He states that he’s been getting the seasonal flu vaccine every year for about ten years.
But what you didn’t see in that clip was Dr. Oz stating that when it comes to the swine flu shot, neither his wife nor his four children will get the vaccine (although he will get that one too). This comes up during interviews on both Fox News and CNN, shown in the two videos above.
It’s amazing how many doctors have been hoodwinked into believing that the flu shot is a necessity.
Fortunately, he acquiesces to a far healthier approach as it pertains to the rest of his family, and his wife and children will be spared the toxic burden and other potential health hazards inherent with the swine flu vaccine.
It’s far less surprising how many corporations are happy to promote the belief that you need a flu shot every year, given how much money they’re making off of useless flu vaccines.
Study after study keeps coming to the same conclusion: Flu vaccines DO NOT WORK, and in many cases do more harm than good.
In fact, before the CDC advocated vaccinating children under the age of five, the number of children dying from the flu was very low, and on the decline. Then, in 2003, just after children aged five and under started getting vaccinated, the number of flu deaths skyrocketed.
For this year’s flu season, five biopharmaceutical companies have been awarded massive contracts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine, in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine.
The companies -- Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Australian drug maker CSL, and Sanofi-Pasteur -- will likely make a great deal of money.
CSL has contracts to supply $180 million worth of bulk antigen to the U.S. MedImmune will supply 40 million doses of its live attenuated nasal spray swine flu vaccine for more than $450 million. And Sanofi-Pasteur is providing more than 100 million doses of monovalent swine flu vaccine, a $690 million order.
The Scientist September 23, 2009
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
In my eyes, Dr. Oz didn’t do anyone any favors by recommending the flu vaccine. Although he has many valuable recommendations, this is absolutely not one of them.
If people only understood the facts, I doubt many would rationally decide to receive a flu shot year after year. Sadly, throwing away money is the least of your worries, should you decide to get a flu shot.
Fortunately, Dr. Oz also openly admits that no one in his family (aside from himself) will submit to getting the swine flu shot. Apparently someone, whether it’s Dr. Oz or Mrs. Oz, knows better and is not willing to line up the family and take a number in the human trial currently underway.
Why Don’t Most Physicians “Get It”?
The problem, of course, is that there is a massive disinformation campaign designed to distort the facts and create a sense of fear and urgency where it is absolutely unwarranted -- in addition to suppressing the emerging evidence of the lack of proven safety and efficacy of this vaccine.
It really is unfortunate that the drug companies have been so effective at brainwashing physicians of the “germ theory” and the belief that vaccines are an effective solution for this. It was only at the NVIC International Vaccine Conference that I had this epiphany.
I was listening to Dr. Bob Sears, who is a vaccine advocate (with a much different schedule for getting them), say that he was convinced of the germ theory. That’s when I realized that that is precisely what was going on. They fully believe that the viruses and bacteria are responsible for all the damage.
It is my belief, and that of nearly all natural health care practitioners, that these infectious agents only serve as triggers to cause the illness, but what is required or responsible for the actual infection is a dysfunctional immune system.
When I lecture, I frequently use the analogy of disease to darkness and health to light. If you shine a light in a dark room it is not dark anymore. Darkness and light simply can’t coexist. Similarly if you are healthy you can have enormous exposure to infectious agents and you simply will NOT get sick. Just like light and darkness it is very difficult, if not impossible in most cases, for a strong immune system and infectious disease to exist together.
What the Science Says About Injecting Mercury
The standard counterclaim from the medical industry and the bobble-heads on TV is that these ingredients, in the doses administered, have never been proven detrimental to human health.
This is a bold faced lie.
But it’s an effective lie, because most people will simply take that statement at face value without doing any further research. Life is far too busy to double check “reliable resources”.
The fact is there’s plenty of evidence indicating that significant brain damage can occur as a result of being exposed to agents such as mercury and aluminum, both for children and adults. In fact, some researchers believe that aluminum may be an even more important toxin than mercury in the vaccines.
For example, in a brand new study published in the journal Neurotoxicology just last month, the researchers found that primates injected with just ONE vaccine containing thimerosal suffered significant neurological impairment when compared with those who received a saline solution injection, or no injection at all.
The monkeys received a weight-adjusted amount of the vaccine preservative thimerosal, so each dose included 2 mcg’s of ethyl mercury. A human infant dose of thimerosal-containing vaccine typically contains 12.5 mcg, and most seasonal flu vaccines as well as the swine flu vaccine will contain 25 mcg of mercury per adult dose.
As a result, the macaques vaccinated at birth took more than twice as long as unexposed macaques to acquire three standardized skills typically used to measure infant brain development.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that has built up over the years, US health officials are still promulgating vaccines as the best solution to the flu.
Worse yet, in a nauseating twist, the state of Washington's Health Department has now temporarily suspended a rule that limits the amount of a mercury preservative in vaccines given to pregnant women and children under the age of 3, just so that they can start administering the swine flu vaccine to toddlers and pregnant women as quickly as possible…
Trading Health for Something that Doesn’t Work Anyway
It really amazes me how effective the drug companies have been at manipulating the culture so that we now allow them to sell these toxic, ineffective and expensive options in pharmacies, airports, college campuses, grocery stores and countless other outlets, without taking into account your medical history or doing any follow-up.
Study after study (that was not unduly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry) has reached the same conclusion—that flu shots simply do not work as advertised. For example:
Giving young children flu shots appeared to have no impact on flu-related doctor visits or hospitalizations during two recent flu seasons, according to a study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.
The flu vaccine is no more effective for children than a placebo, according to a large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
NO studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly.
A study published in the Lancet just found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. Why is this important? Because 35,000 of the 36,000 “flu” deaths the government claims happen each year are actually caused by diseases like pneumonia, and NOT the flu.
Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now.
For even more information, studies and statistics about the flu shot, please review this previous article.
What Should You Do?
I strongly advise against getting any flu shot, and that includes the swine flu shot.
But don’t just take my word for it.
Here I’ve given you a sampling of evidence against the flu shot, but I’ve written hundreds of articles about the flu, flu vaccines, vaccine additives such as mercury, aluminum, and squalene (just to name a few), as well as numerous articles about the coming swine flu vaccine.
You can find them all simply by using the search engine at the top of this page.
Educating yourself on this issue is becoming more important than ever before.
Look, the pharmaceutical industry is not leaving anything to chance to protect their profits. They even have studies showing them just how much risk parents will accept and still inoculate their children, and how much they’re willing to pay while still accepting that risk!
Believe me, if we had the REAL numbers of serious adverse reactions and deaths from vaccines, the vaccine industry would go bust in short order. Unfortunately we don’t know the exact devastation caused, because there’s no mandatory follow-up and reporting of side effects.
Studies have estimated that only 1 to 10 percent of all side effects, including deaths, are ever reported, so the numbers in existence are very deceptive and in no way gives you a realistic view of the true impact of all these vaccinations.
One of the best and most trustworthy vaccine information sources is The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), the American vaccine safety watchdog. Exploring their information, as well as reviewing the links provided in the text above and searching my site for previous articles, will help you to get educated on this vital topic.
Last but not least, for my recommendations on how to avoid the flu without resorting to dangerous drugs and vaccines, please review my previous article “Avoid Flu Shots With the One Vitamin that Will Stop Flu in Its Tracks.”