As Effective as Tiger Dust

Rob Stein, in yesterday’s Washington Post, writes:

Despite months of dire warnings and millions in taxpayer dollars, less than half of the 229 million doses of H1N1 vaccine the government bought to fight the pandemic have been administered — leaving an estimated 71.5 million doses that must be discarded if they are not used before they expire…

The prospect of millions of doses of the once-precious vaccine being discarded is the latest twist in the $1.6 billion program — the most ambitious immunization campaign in U.S. history. The government-led effort produced a vaccine in record time, but unexpected production problems delayed delivery of the bulk of supplies until after the second wave of infections had peaked, leaving millions anxious and frustrated as they scrambled for the shots and nasal sprays.

Nevertheless, officials said they were largely satisfied with the effort, which blunted the impact of the first flu pandemic in decades. Between 72 million and 81 million people are estimated to have been immunized.

Notice the propaganda—the vaccine “blunted the impact”—disguised as news. But how can the vaccine have “blunted the impact”? Despite hysterical warnings on the part of government officials, most Americans didn’t take the vaccine. Despite government agencies fraudulently counting swine flu cases, there was no pandemic; indeed, the flu season was milder than usual. And as we have covered in this blog, there is evidence that flu vaccines don’t work.  To the point about fraudulent counting, read this CBS news report from last fall:

If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu…

In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all. That’s according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation.

In late July, the CDC abruptly advised states to stop testing for H1N1 flu, and stopped counting individual cases.

To each of us, our belief systems seem internally consistent, even when our beliefs—such as the belief that the swine flu vaccine prevented a pandemic—are false. Illustrating this point, Steven Harrison tells a tale in his book Doing Nothing:

A man boarded a train for Delhi and sat across from the swami. The swami was uttering all sorts of incantations and taking dust from a bag and throwing it into the air. Unable to suppress his curiosity, the man finally asked the swami what he was doing. “I am protecting this railcar from tigers with my special tiger dust,” replied the swami. “But,” the man protested, “there aren’t any tigers within thousand miles of us!” And the swami said, “Effective, isn’t it?”

We can agree on this: The vaccine was as effective as tiger dust. Do we really want those who promote tiger dust to determine which medical treatments we should be receiving?

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4 Responses to As Effective as Tiger Dust

  1. Tesh says:

    Tiger dust and snake oil? Maybe together they can make an interesting Fascist Flatbread?

  2. Chris Claypoole says:

    I carry a silver “World Trade Unit”, partly as a yes-no decision-maker, and partly to ward off vampires. So far, it has performed admirably in both jobs. 😉

    Seriously, I do get weary of government apologists’ fall-back position of “it would have been much worse if we hadn’t squandered the money we stole from you”. (This phrase edited from the original for truth in advertising compliance.) Even worse, their attitude that they know how to spend my money better than I do. Objectively, in a fiscal sense, they may; but the real moral question is “by what right?”

  3. jay says:

    I have a neighbor whose 8 yr old daughter received the H1N1 shot and the next morning woke up paralyzed from the waist down. She has been in a wheelchair for five months now. I’m just so thankful she didn’t get the flu.
    One day a hundred years from now history will look back on our current medical system with the same astonishment that we look back at blood letting, leeches, arsenic and mercury. Our current “treatments” of chemo, radiation and mutilation and endless pharma will be laughed at in a sane society. 98% of what we suffer from can be directly traced back to two things, ignorance and indifference. “I didn’t know _____ was bad for me! I don’t care if _____ is bad for me cause I like it!”
    UNtil we can attach responsibility to actions (by getting insurance and government out of the equation), Americans will be loath to take responsibility. If I can eat anything I want as long as I take this purple pill, I’ll do it. All along it’s the eating anything they want that causes them to take the purple pill.
    there’s a great series of videos on youtube entitled “ionic foot bath detox hoax” that describes this in a nutshell. I think there’s 6 all together, it’s worth the watch.

  4. Jay, Chris and Tesh,

    Thank you for your to the point comments.

    Jay,

    Your neighbor’s story is heartbreaking. I hope she has a full recovery.

    I just watched video 1 of “ionic foot bath detox hoax.” Thanks for the recommendation. Truly fabulous!

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