Vaccine Guidelines—It’s All About Money

Adults Beware Vaccine Guidelines Released by Centers for Disease Control:

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released these recommended immunization schedules for adults in the U.S.

The schedule includes 11 different types of vaccines for adults, including:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Td/Tdap)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Influenza
  • Herpes zoster (shingles)

Key changes in this year’s recommendations include:

  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccination is recommended for all adults that have no apparent immunity to the virus.
  • Zoster (shingles) vaccination is advised for all adults 60 years of age and older, regardless of whether they have had a prior shingles episode.
  • HPV vaccine is recommended for women over the age of 26, who have not already completed the three-dose series.

It is recommended that flu vaccination be administered to anyone with the following medical conditions:

  • Chronic disorders of the cardiovascular or pulmonary systems, including asthma
  • Chronic metabolic diseases, such as diabetes
  • Renal or hepatic dysfunction
  • Immunosuppression, including suppression caused by medications or HIV
  • Pregnancy during flu season

This is not for the benefit of anybody. It’s all about money for big pharma.

EBRI finds positive trends in retirement savings

EBRI finds positive trends in retirement savings More than a third of 401(k) participants who are able to invest in target-date funds are doing so, according to a new EBRI report.

EBRI, a private nonprofit research institute, has found that 37 percent of 401(k) plan participants who were offered target-date funds had at least some fraction of their assets in those funds in 2007.

It also predicts that the popularity of this type of retirement investment will increase given the stress on better diversification of 401(k) assets by plan sponsors, policymakers and financial advisors.

Target-date funds are a type of mutual fund that automatically rebalances assets typically to a more conservative and income-producing mix as the participant’s date of retirement approaches.

The study, which appeared in the March 2009 EBRI Issue Brief has also found that younger workers were significantly more likely to invest in target-date funds than their older counterparts. Almost 44 percent of participants under the age of 30 had assets in a target-date fund, but only 27 percent of those over 60 did.

Participants in target-date funds were also less likely to have all-or-nothing equity allocations relative to those not in the funds.

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 made it easier for retirement plan sponsors to automatically enroll new workers in a 401(k) plan, and target-date funds were approved for a ‘default’ investment if the participant does not make a choice.

Vitamin D may help fight colds

Vitamin D may help fight colds, doctors sayVitamin D is known to promote bone health, especially in children and menopausal woman, but a new study has found it also boosts the immune system.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has gathered evidence that people with the lowest levels of vitamin D in their blood are the most likely to catch colds, according to Ottawa Citizen.

A team of researchers from the University of Colorado at Denver and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston analyzed blood samples from 19,000 U.S. adults who also underwent physical exams.

They found that those with the lowest vitamin D blood levels – under 10 nanograms per milliliter of blood – were 40 percent more likely to report recent colds or flu than those with vitamin D levels above 30 nanograms.

The study comes on the heels of another report which has found that the average blood levels of vitamin D appear to have decreased in the U.S. between 1994 and 2004.

For that reason, the scientists who conducted the study recommend an intake of 1,000 IUD or more of vitamin D, particularly during the winter months and at higher latitudes, which may improve the overall health of the U.S. population.

The richest sources of vitamin D include milk, certain types of fish and exposure to sunshine. It can also be obtained from dietary supplements.

Gingrich resents government intervention in banking sector

Newt Gingrich resents government intervention in banking sectorFormer Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has called on the government to return to capitalism’s basics by allowing failed companies to go into bankruptcy instead of pumping taxpayers’ money in to keep them afloat.

Gingrich’s call to abandon the strategy includes AIG which has paid its executives $165 million in bonuses while teetering on the brink of collapse for months.

"Thanks to the Bush-Obama-Geithner policy of bailing out failing companies, we now have the worst of all possible scenarios – a taxpayer subsidized, government supervised private company," he wrote in his weekly The Newt Gingrich Letter.

"[It has created] an unsustainable public – private hybrid that is too public to make its own decisions and too private to be responsible to the taxpayers that are keeping it alive," he added.

Despite the call, Treasury Secretary Geithner returned before Congress today to ask for greater regulatory powers over financial markets, including big hedge funds and derivatives trading.

On Monday, the administration unveiled a plan to buy back toxic assets weighing down banks’ balance sheets that may cost more than $1 trillion in order to stave off their collapse and restart the flow of credit.

The move follows several earlier rounds of bailouts which, as of mid-March, have seen $152.6 billion invested in nearly 500 institutions, not including giants like AIG, Citigroup and Bank of America.


Consumer advocates call for Geithner’s resignation

Consumer advocates call for Geithner's resignationFollowing the AIG bonuses debacle, two prominent consumer advocates have called on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to resign.

Harvey Rosenfield and Jim Donahue have written to President Obama to express their lack of confidence in Geithner’s ability to grapple with the ongoing financial crisis due to his previous association with Wall Street while chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank and an author of the first round of bailouts.

They believe the Treasury Department was aware of the controversial bonuses and retention payments but failed to act until after AIG paid some $180 million worth of them.

"It is clear that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner cannot provide the requisite independence that is required in an environment in which financial institutions and other businesses are demanding trillions of dollars of taxpayer money," the letter to the President states. "With respect, we urge you to ask for his resignation."

Recently, issued a report identifying policy decisions by the federal government that led to the current financial meltdown and how those policies were dictated by Wall Street through $5 billion in campaign donations and lobbying fees between 1998 and 2008.

It states that many of these firms are now receiving American taxpayer dollars.

North Dakota braces for ‘historic flood’

North Dakota braces for 'historic flood'NGOs are flocking to the area as North Dakota prepares for what may be unprecedented flooding.

The National Weather Service has warned that the Red River may reach record levels after new snowfall following six months of wet weather, according to media reports.

"What makes this snowfall special is the water content it holds," said Adnan Akyuz, assistant professor of meteorology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, quoted by Bloomberg.

"The wind is blowing 10 to 12 miles an hour, and that’s enough to create drifts up to four feet," he adds.

Meanwhile, the American Red Cross has been getting ready for what could be a long disaster relief operation.

Volunteer teams have been preparing shelters, healthcare and mental health counseling. Neighboring chapters are also sending cots and blankets to help supply those shelters.

According to disaster expert Amanda Ripley, quoted by UK’s Daily Record, people in areas affected by flooding should get to high ground as quickly as possible without stopping for belongings.

They should make sure they get out of their cars before the doors become stuck, unless they are in moving water or do not know how deep it is. In that case, they should wait for help.

It is dangerous to walk in moving water as fast currents can knock a person over.

If swept away, a person should not fight the current but rather swim on their back, feet first, keeping feet up to avoid debris or obstacles.

Americans at risk of vitamin D deficiency

Americans are at risk of vitamin D deficiencyAn increasing number of Americans have insufficient levels of vitamin D, a new report has concluded.

Scientists from the University of Colorado compared levels of vitamin D in data collected for the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1988 and 1994 to those collected during a 2001-2004 survey and found the average blood levels of the vitamin appear to have decreased during that time.

The decline was particularly striking among African-Americans, only 3 percent of whom were found to have the recommended levels in 2004.

In addition to poor diet, the researchers believe, a decline in outdoor physical activity and improved campaigns to reduce sun exposure may have contributed to this phenomenon.

They also believe the recommended doses – 200 international units per day from birth to age 50, 400 IUD from age 51 to 70 and 600 IUD for adults age 71 and older – may be insufficient to address the deficit.

"Increased intake of vitamin D (1,000 IUD or more), particularly during the winter months and at higher latitudes, would improve vitamin D status and likely improve the overall health of the U.S. population," they wrote in the March 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine .

Clinicians believe that insufficient levels of vitamin D are not only associated with rickets and other bone problems in children, but have also been linked to disorders such as heart disease and cancer in adults.


A Bit of History About Dr. Harvey W. Wiley and Adulterated Food

Much of the information in this article was taken from the book, History of a Crime Against The Food Law by Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, 1911.

Dr. Wiley was the first head of the U.S. Bureau of The Chemistry, which later became the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Wiley was forced out of office by big food companies who had a vested interest in adulterating food for commerce instead of nutrition. Commerce has always been for money, not for health.

Dr. Wiley fought many battles against adulterated food, but probably his biggest was against synthetic sweeteners—mostly adulterated corn products like glucose to corn sugar and now fructose corn syrup. One challenge was to force the corn products company to stop using flourine in the making of wheat flour.

Corn syrup, now in almost every manufactured food, is a predigested food that requires no digestive enzymes. Predigestion of foods undermines and destroys public health.

Fructose corn syrup is a chemical way of force feeding the population. Human organs of digestion together with enzymes are vital to functional health. Fructose corn syrup bypasses natural digestive function.

A synthetic sweetener bypassing the pancreas will in time create a nation of diabetics. Look about you today!

Dr. Wiley called glucose and other synthetic corn sweeteners "champion adulterants." They are not foods but cheap fillers.

Predigested food has a place for sick people, but this is normally for a short period.

Predigested foods, especially fructose corn syrup, is a very high health risk that the public is totally unaware of. It is sweet and dangerous!

Mount Redoubt eruption provides lessons in survival

Mount Redoubt eruption provides lessons in survivalAlaska’s Mount Redoubt has been erupting intermittently since Sunday causing cancelled flights and prompting state authorities to issue warnings and survival tips.

The National Weather service has issued an ash warning, and residents are advised to have clean water supplies on hand because the ash may contaminate drinking water, according to

In addition to that, doors and windows should be thoroughly sealed as volcanic ash can be harmful if inhaled.

It is a good idea to wear disposable face masks, goggles and protective gear – or at least long sleeves – when outdoors, even after the eruption has ceased. However, the best option is to stay indoors until the danger has passed and secure livestock and pets.

The office of the mayor of Anchorage furthermore advises contact lens wearers to switch to traditional glasses to minimize eye irritation.

It also emphasizes that infants, children and those with asthma or chronic lung diseases such as emphysema are at particular risk from exposure to ash and should be careful to seek shelter during ash events. They should be evaluated by a heath provider if they experience any adverse symptoms.

Finally, volcanic eruptions are known to cause power outages and disrupt radio transmission in certain cases, so residents should be prepared for that contingency as well.

Most of the necessary equipment such as dust masks and flashlights can be purchased at local hardware stores.