Oct 29, 2012 by DAVE MIHALOVIC
Junk Science: The Flu Shot Reduces Your Risk of Heart Disease and Death By 50 Percent
Once again, it's time to add another fairytale to the storybook of junk science we call modern medicine. The most recent and ludicrous claim comes from the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress who states the influenza vaccine not only maintains heart health, but prevents cardiac events and death by a whopping 50 percent.
Hard to believe? Not according to two toronto-based researchers presenting studies at the 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. The research comes just as the push from public authorities to vaccinate for influenza intensifies.
Dr. Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women's College Hospital and the University of Toronto, and his team from the TIMI Study Group and Network for Innovation in Clinical Research looked at published clinical trials on this subject, dating back to the 1960s and what they concluded was so off the wall that it's difficult to even call these people scientists.
First of all, the flu vaccine in the 1960s was very different than the flu vaccine is today. The ingredients, formulations and science have evolved tremendously, but only to the detriment of public health.
"For those who had the flu shot, there was a pretty strong risk reduction," says Dr. Udell.
According to Udell, the flu vaccine provided an approximate 50 percent reduction in the risk of a major cardiac event (heart attack, stroke, or cardiac death) compared with placebo after one year of follow-up. A similar trend was seen for the flu vaccine reducing death from any cause (approximately 40 percent).
Yes, I bold-faced
that for a reason. I will repeat. Not only can the flu vaccine reduce the risk of cardiac events by half but it also miraculously reduces death from any cause by an outstanding 40 percent. They further claimed that the influenza vaccine reduced cardiovascular events and cardiovascular death in people with or without heart disease.
When we investigate the study a bit further, we realize all the flaws that lead to all of these outlandish conclusions. The combined studies examined a total of 3,227 patients, with an almost equal split between patients with and without established heart disease. Half of the participants were randomly assigned to receive flu vaccine and those that did not typically received a placebo vaccine.
No information was recorded on the patient's lifestyle, nutritional or dietary habits, exercise, medications or any other major factors which could influence the results. Based on his results, Dr. Udell says his research provides support for current guideline recommendations for influenza vaccination of individuals with a prior heart attack, but for a different reason than simply reducing flu risk. This comes without any discussion of causation since Udell can only correlate ridiculous assumptions with his research and conclusions which he based solely on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.
Udell hopes the research will potentially boost use of the vaccine, which he considers so woefully low. "The use of the vaccine is still much too low, less than 50 percent of the general population; it's even poorly used among health care workers," he says. "Imagine if this vaccine could also be a proven way to prevent heart disease."
And according to the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), the 2008 Adult National Immunization Coverage Survey found that vaccination rates for adults 18 to 64 years of age with a chronic medical condition is low at 35 percent which simply means that the populations is becoming increasingly more aware of the dangers of vaccination.
An Ipsos Reid survey conducted by B.C. and Quebec Lung Associations this year found that 36 percent of Canadians reported having received a flu shot in 2011. Assuming this figure is accurate, it translates to 64 percent of Canadians NOT receiving the flu shot. Estimates for 2012 suggest that more than 70 percent of Canadians will not receive the flu vaccine, hence the promotion and marketing hype to stimulate more compliance.
Other than a depressed immune system with a side serving of carcinogenic, immunotoxic, neurotoxic, and sterility agents, the flu shot has nothing to offer you but the usual poisons based on previous formulations. Moreover, their effectiveness in preventing the flu is less than a placebo.
The research here is clearly funded by interests in the pharmaceutical realm and any conclusions that influenza vaccines can prevent any disease are based on unsupported theories, illogical scientific methods and correlations equivalent to those a 5-year old would make about Santa Claus.
Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.