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SMALLPOX; NATURAL, EFFECTIVE REMEMDIES
The press has done its job over the last few months reinforcing the belief that a smallpox epidemic is about to occur, potentially causing millions of deaths. Americans thousands of miles from Washington will demand the smallpox vaccine, a vaccine with the highest risk of complications of any vaccine ever manufactured and with a dubious track record for success.
On June 20, 2002, I attended the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) meeting of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) and listened to one and a half days of testimony prior to posting the recommendations for smallpox vaccination that are currently being onsidered by the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS.)
Various physicians and researchers associated with the CDC presented by public participants and many testimonies and comments. Noting that two weeks have past since the June 20th meeting and the media has still not reported on this historic event, I decided it was imperative to report the content and outcome of this meeting to the general public. After reading this report you will gain a new perspective on smallpox and, hopefully, in the event of an outbreak, you will understand that you have nothing to fear.
Generally Accepted Facts
Nearly every article or news headliner regarding smallpox is designed to instill and continually reinforce fear in the minds of the general public. Apparently the goal is to make everyone demand the vaccine as soon as it is available and/or in the event of an outbreak.
A very similar media campaign was developed prior to the release of the Salk polio vaccine in 1955. The polio vaccine had been in development for more than a year prior to its release and was an untested "investigational new drug," just as the smallpox vaccine will be.
The difference is that the potential side effects and complications of the smallpox vaccine are already known, and they are extensive.
Generally accepted facts about smallpox include:
1. Smallpox is highly contagious and could spread rapidly, killing millions
As it turns out, these "accepted facts" are not the "real facts."
Myth 1: Smallpox Is Highly Contagious
"Smallpox has a slow transmission and is not highly contagious," stated Joel Kuritsky, MD, director of the National Immunization Program and Early Smallpox Response and Planning at the CDC.
This statement is a direct contradiction to nearly everything we have ever heard or read about smallpox. However, keep in mind that this comes "straight from the horse's mouth" and should be considered the "real story" regarding how smallpox is spread.
Even if a person is exposed to a known bioterrorist attack with smallpox, it doesn't mean that he will contract smallpox.The signs and symptoms of the disease will not occur immediately, and there is time to plan.
The infection has an incubation period of 3 to 17 days, and the first symptom will be the development of a high fever (>101ļ F), accompanied by nausea, vomiting, headache, severe abdominal cramping and low back pain. The person will be ill and most likely bed-ridden; not out mixing with the general public.
Even with a fever, it is critically important to realize that at this point the person is still not contagious. In fact, the fever may be caused by something else, such as the flu.
However, if a smallpox infection is developing, the characteristic rash will begin to develop within two to four days after the onsetof the fever. The person becomes contagious and has the ability to spread the infection only after the development of the rash.
"The characteristic rash of variola major is difficult to misdiagnose," stated Walter A. Orenstein, M.D., Director of the National Immunization Program (NIP) at the CDC. The classic smallpox rash is a round, firm pustule that can spread and become confluent. The lesions are all in the same stage of development over the entire body and appear to be distributed more on the palms, soles and face than on the trunk or extremities.
In the event of an exposure, it is imperative that you do everything you can to improve the functioning of your immune system so that an "exposure" does not have to result in an "outbreak."
a. Stop eating all foods that contain refined white sugar products, since sugar inhibits the functioning of your white blood cells, your first line of defense.
(There are many other health-conscious dietary considerations to consider, but that is beyond the scope of this article.)
b. Start taking large doses of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven in hundreds of studies to be effective in protecting the body from viral infections, including smallpox. For an extensive scientific review on the use of this nutrient and a "dosing recipe", read "Vitamin C, The Master Nutrient" by Sandra Goodman, Ph.D.
c. If you develop a fever, you still have time to plan. Purchase enough fresh, organic produce and filtered water to last three weeks. Move the kids to grandma's or the neighbor's house.
d. Remember: you may not get the infection and you are not contagious until you get the rash!
Myth 2: Smallpox Is Easily Spread By Casual Contact With An Infected Person
Smallpox will not rapidly disseminate throughout the community. Even after the development of the rash, the infection is slow to spread. "The infection is spread by droplet contamination and coughing or sneezing are not generally part of the infection.
Smallpox will not spread like wildfire," said Orenstein. He stated that the spread of smallpox to casual contacts is the "exception to the rule." Only 8% of cases in Africa were contracted by accidental contact.
Transmission of smallpox occurs only after intense contact, defined as "constant exposure of a person that is within 6-7 feet for a minimum of 6-7 days." Dr. Orenstein reported that in Africa, 92% of all cases came from close associations and in India, all cases came from prolonged personal contact.
Dr. Tom Mack from the University of Southern California stated that in Pakistan, 27% of cases demonstrated no transmission to close associates. Nearly 37% had a transmission of only one generation, meaning that the second person to contract smallpox did not pass it onto the third person. These statistics directly contradict models that predict an exponential spread to millions.
Even without medical care, isolation was the best way to stop the spread of smallpox in Third World, population dense areas. With a slow transmission rate and an informed public, Mack
Dr. Kuritsky said at the CDC Public Forum on Smallpox on June 8 in St. Louis, "Given the slow transmission rate and that people need to be in close contact for nearly a week to spread the infection, the scenario in which a terrorist could infect himself with smallpox and contaminate an entire city by walking throughthe streets touching people is purely fiction."
Point to ponder:
Mass vaccination was halted in Third World countries because it didn't work. In India, villages with an 88% vaccination rate still had outbreaks. After the World Health Organization began a surveillance and containment campaign, actively seeking cases of smallpox, isolating them in their homes, and vaccinating family members and close contacts, outbreaks were virtually eliminated within 2 years.
The CDC and the WHO organization attribute the eradication of smallpox to the ring vaccination of close contacts. However, since the infection runs its course in 3-6 weeks, perhaps ISOLATION ALONE would have effectively accomplished the same thing.
Myth #3: The Death Rate From Smallpox Is 30%
Nearly every newspaper and journal article quotes this statistic. However, as pointed out in the presentation by Dr. Tom Mack, it appears that the "30% fatality rate" has come from skewed data. Dr. Mack has worked with smallpox extensively and saw more than 120 outbreaks in Pakistan throughout the early 1970s.
Villages would apparently have "an importation" every 5-10 years, regardless of vaccination status, and the outbreak could always be predicated by living conditions and social arrangements.There were many small outbreaks and individual cases that never came to the attention of the local authorities.
Mack stated that even with poor medical care, the case fatality rate in adults was "much lower than is generally advertised" and thought to be 10-15%. He said that the statistics were "loaded with children that had a much higher fatality," making the average death rate reported to be much higher. Amazingly,he revealed his opinion that even without mass vaccination, "smallpox would have died out anyway. It just would have takenlonger."
Even so, people died. Why? After all, smallpox is a skin disease and "other organs are seldom involved." I posed this questionto the committee on two separate occasions.
Kathi Williams of the National Vaccine Information Center asked this question at the Institute of Medicine meeting on June 15th.On June 20, an answer was finally forthcoming when a member of the ACIP committee said, "That is a good question. Does anyone know the actual cause of death from smallpox?"
At that point, Dr. D.A. Henderson, from the John Hopkins University Department of Epidemiology volunteered a comment.Dr. Henderson directed the World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication campaign (1966-1977) and helped initiate WHO's global program of immunization in 1974. He approachedthe microphone and stated,
"Well, it appears that the cause of death of smallpox is a 'mystery.'"
He stated that a medical resident had been asked to do a complete review of the literature and "not much information" was found. It is postulated that the people died from a "generalized toxemia" and that those with the most severe forms of smallpox -- the hemorrhagic or confluent malignant types -- died of complications of skin sloughing, similar to a burn. However, he concluded by saying, "it's frustrating, because we don't really know."
Comment: I find this to be extremely frightening. If we knew why people died when they contracted smallpox, perhaps current medical technology could treat the complications, making the death rate much lower. Considering that the last known case of smallpox in the U.S. was in Texas in 1949, continuing to report that smallpox has a 30% death rate is similar to saying
Sherri Tenpenny, DO
NY Times Op Ed, August 9, 2002
By BILL FRIST
WASHINGTON -- Should Americans be allowed to make an informed choice to receive the smallpox vaccine? I believe they should and that individual choice should become the central component of a new national policy aimed at protecting us from the possible use of smallpox as a weapon of mass destruction by terrorists.
Smallpox as a disease does not exist today. But the highly contagious and infectious virus that causes it does. And that is the problem. We know that stores of the virus exist in the United States and Russia, and some experts believe the virus also rests in the hands of people not friendly to the United States. At a recent Senate hearing, the former head of the United Nations special commission charged with evaluating Iraq's capability to build weapons of mass destruction said Saddam Hussein could well have smallpox in his biological weapons program. Who doubts Saddam Hussein's willingness to use such a weapon?
Our vulnerabilities to smallpox, one of the deadliest diseases, today are higher than ever, and terrorists know this. Most adults are no longer protected by the vaccination they received as a child, and the mobility of our society would facilitate rapid spread of the highly contagious virus. Advances in technology have made it easier than ever to deliver smallpox as a weapon of mass destruction.
The good news is that President Bush has signed into law legislation that would enhance our response to a smallpox attack. Increased federal tax dollars will be spent to improve America's long-neglected public-health defenses at the local, state and national levels. With the cooperation of major drug companies, large quantities of vaccine are being manufactured and stockpiled, enough to vaccinate every person in America.
The major policy question is this: Who should receive this vaccine, and when? The answer affects the health of individuals, but it also carries national security implications. Allowing individuals to choose whether to get smallpox vaccinations will help reduce the threat of biological terrorism. The more people who choose to be vaccinated, the fewer people susceptible to the disease and the more effective our efforts to contain a smallpox attack.
As soon as sufficient quantities of licensed vaccine become available (most likely within 18 months), we should allow every American to make an informed choice as to whether to be vaccinated. We should immediately vaccinate all military personnel at a high risk of exposure, and allow voluntary vaccinations for those at lower risk. Health professionals and other first responders should also be vaccinated on a voluntary basis, beginning with those at highest risk of exposure, and we should develop a national plan under which every American at risk could, within 36 to 48 hours after exposure to smallpox, be vaccinated.
We must also immediately begin a nationwide public education program to explain the substantial risks and benefits of choosing to receive vaccinations even before being exposed to smallpox.
This comprehensive smallpox vaccination policy recognizes the very real risks we face of a bioterror attack. It would ensure that those who are at the highest risk of exposure receive the vaccine first; at the same time, it can be carried out in a way that would make possible the delivery of the vaccine on a massive scale in a timely fashion.
The plan could enable medical scientists to accumulate data to study the vaccine's serious potential side effects and provide the general public with the most accurate information about the risks of vaccination. But in order to implement this approach, we will have to integrate the knowledge and the initiative of our public health community with that of our national security agencies.
Educating the public will be crucial to this effort. Smallpox vaccinations do not come without risks. Of every million people who receive the vaccine, two to four people will die from its complications. Five times that number will become seriously ill from the vaccine. And the vaccination cannot be given to the millions of people with suppressed immune systems, including those with H.I.V. or AIDS, certain cancer patients and organ-transplant recipients.
I believe the threat of a smallpox attack outweighs the risks of providing smallpox vaccinations to a well-informed public. Along with the phased-in vaccination of military personnel and first responders, every American should be given this option. Such a policy is a sensible public health response that would enhance our national security.
Bill Frist, a Republican senator from Tennessee, is a heart surgeon and the author of a book on bioterrorism, "When Every Moment Counts."
Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company
3) CDC Has Plans To Force Mandatory Smallpox Vaccine On The US
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
The CDC held a meeting in Atlanta on May 30, 2002 in which there were over 300 "invited guests" -- including the Head of the National Police Association and the Head of National Fireman's Association -- and will be conducting a series of meetings over the next two weeks to "solicit comments on the use of smallpox vaccine before and after a potential smallpox outbreak or bioterroist attack."
This is unprecedented.
Please let your friends and family members know that this is NOT 'just another vaccine' and the risk of the vaccine is still much greater than the risk of the disease.
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