By Gaia Health
One of Gaia Health’s first articles, published back in 2009, warned of the dangers of Prevnar for causing a new drug-resistant pneumonia. Now, 2½ years later, we’re finally seeing reports in the mainstream media. How much harm has been done by this deliberate wearing of blindfolds? A new superbug is unleashed, while Big Pharma rakes in the loot.
Gaia Health’s warning was specific and documented with the research backing it up. Here’s a reprint of it:
Prevnar, an anti-pneumonia vaccination given in the United Kingdom and the United States, likely causes a significantly worse form of pneumonia to develop. This life-threatening lung disease, called Serotype 1, has become ten times more prevalent in ten years.
Serotype 1 pneumonia causes the pleura, the lining of the lings, to become infected. The disease is suffered primarily by children, who experience fear from difficulty breathing and severe pain. Treatment consists of surgical debridement, that is, scraping, of the pleura to remove the noxious material.
In the UK, where the Prevnar vaccine has been aggressively and widely disseminated, pediatrician David Spencer has said, “It looks as if the Serotype one is becoming more virulent.”
Testing Prevnar for Ear Infections
Although intended as an anti-pneumonia vaccine, Prevnar’s manufacturer, Wyeth, has sold it largely for prevention of ear infections, otitis media. They developed a novel approach to testing for this purpose.
Rather than giving the control group a placebo, the guinea pigs received a different vaccine, the menigococcal group C conjugate vaccine (MnCC). The result was that the MnCC group, the so-called control group, had a 6-7 percent higher incidence of ear infections.
Aside from the fact that the difference in incidence of ear infections between the two groups is not great, an assumption was made that both vaccines prevent it. However, without comparison with people who did not receive either vaccine, there is no reason to believe that either one prevented disease. In fact, it could be that both actually cause otitis media, but that MnCC causes it more than Prevnar.
As it turns out, this may be exactly what is happening. Though sold as an ear infection preventative and tested in an excruciatingly twisted manner to “prove” it does prevent the disease, reports have been coming out showing that Prevnar actually causes otitis media. Worse, it’s now a superbug.
On September 17, 2007, ABCmoney.co.uk reported an outbreak of ear infections caused by drug-resistant strep bacteria. What appears to be happening is that prevention of some kinds of pneumonia is allowing other, more virulent ones, to proliferate.
There are dozens of types of pneumonia bacteria. Prevnar prevents only seven of them, and far from the worst forms of the disease. As a result, some of these more virulent strains of pneumonia, which had been held in check by competition with the seven types that Prevnar destroys, are running rampant in children who have received the Prevnar vaccine. In other words, its success is creating a greater danger.
Prevnar is a perfect example of the law of unexpected consequences. Or were they unexpected?
According to an Associated Press report, Wyeth “anticipated” the spread of new strains of pneumonia and ear infection bacteria as a result of their vaccine! They are in the process of testing another one, and plan for its use by the general public in the next year or two. This one would address 18 strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria.
What happens then? There are more than 18 strains of pneumonia bacteria. What’s the likelihood of even more virulent strains becoming prevalent as a result of “success” of the new vaccine? No one knows. Sadly, it appears that no one is going to address the issue. The FDA has given the go-ahead to Wyeth to do trials.