The jet gun was in widespread use in public schools when I was a kid and now we have a mysterious epidemic of hepatitis C.
When I watch the federal government’s current public service messages on TV urging baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C, I can’t stop thinking about how my arm, and those of many men next to me, bled as we received jet gun vaccinations during our earliest days in the military.
Powerful air pressure from the jet gun forced a tiny stream of medication through our skin without a needle. Because the shot hurt, many of us flinched. Our skin broke, and as we started bleeding, the blood blew back on the jet gun.
The medic injected the next man without cleaning the gun. So it went when I was at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
The year was 1968, the height of the Vietnam War, and recruits arriving at basic training centers around the United States knew they stood a good chance of ending up in harm’s way.
What we baby boomers didn’t know then was that the kind of jet guns touted by the military as devices to help keep us healthy might make us sick.
Today, the inoculators used on huge groups of soldiers are seen by many veterans and some doctors, including Veterans Affairs physicians, as a likely vehicle for transmission of the hepatitis C virus.
Dr. Thomas J. Berger, of the Maryland-based nonprofit group Vietnam Veterans of America, said that given the unsterilized way the vaccinations were done, there is no doubt the VA should label jet gun vaccinations as a risk factor for the disease.
“It’s about money, just like it was for years with Agent Orange,” said Berger, who said the official estimate of 1 in 10 Vietnam veterans having hepatitis C might be low. “There’d be more claims filed for disability with jet guns as a risk factor.”…
Toward a More Accurate Estimate of the Prevalence of Hepatitis C in the United States
… Conclusion: The number of US residents who have been infected with hepatitis C is unknown but is probably at least 4.6 million (range 3.4 million-6.0 million), and of these, at least 3.5 million (range 2.5 million-4.7 million) are currently infected; additional sources of potential underestimation suggest that the true prevalence could well be higher. (HEPATOLOGY 2015;62:1353-1363)
You’ve probably seen them on TV — public service messages urging baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C.
That the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched such a campaign makes sense — adults born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus than other generations.
Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached a high in the U.S. of 19,658 in 2014.
A stealth virus, it can live in an individual for years without symptoms. When finally diagnosed, the disease may be so far along a patient has severe liver damage, cirrhosis and even liver cancer — and no treatment can help.
So given treatments today are available that can cure the disease, testing becomes critical. Millions may have the disease — the estimate is more than 3 million — and not know it.
Why isn’t fully clear.
One reason, says Dr. Alireza Farabi, an infectious disease specialist with the UMC Wellness Center, is simple: Many boomers are believed to have become infected before screenings of donated blood and organs became available in 1992.
After that explanation, however, the official answer to the question of why so many boomers have become infected has shrouded hepatitis C with a negative stigma.
For years the CDC has pushed use of injection drugs as a dominant route of transmission among boomers, which may have had unintended consequences.
The negative junkie stigma, notes Las Vegas internist Dr. Ivan Goldsmith, made doctors reluctant to test many middle-aged boomers for the disease when complaining of fatigue, which is associated with the disease.
He said doctors often have a reluctance to probe people well on past drug use and instead treat their patients for “Yuppie Flu” or chronic fatigue syndrome.
While agreeing sharing needles during drug use can transmit the virus, Canadian researchers believe boomers didn’t participate heavily in the illegal practice.
A 2016 Canada-based retrospective study debunks the heavy drug use theory, suggesting boomers were around 5 years of age during a peak period of virus spread around 1950.
The researchers argued unsafe medical procedures were behind the spread — in addition to unscreened blood transfusions, incomplete sterilization techniques were then used, particularly by doctors who gave injections in poorly sterilized glass and metal syringes that were re-used.
Other researchers today argue use of jet gun vaccinations on nearly 10 million Vietnam-era veterans between 1964 and 1975 resulted in transmission of the virus. More than 1 in 10 Vietnam veterans are estimated to have the virus….
… Results: Laboratory and animal model studies, epidemiologic investigations and analyses, and human trials of the Ped-O-JetR and similar MUNJIs once used in smallpox campaigns demonstrated these “jet guns” capable of HBV transmission, even when nozzles were alcohol-swabbed between injections per manufacturer instructions. In the 1990s, the Ped-O-JetR was recalled, its use abandoned by the U.S. military, and contraindicated by WHO and CDC. The latest 2008 study detected HBV contamination by PCR after 8% of MUNJI injections of HBV-carrier volunteers. The BNs were sometimes re-used in eradication without sterilization by minimally-trained vaccinators in challenging field environments. Without health officer supervision to assure sterilization and lacking auto-disabling features, BNs would not satisfy current WHO and UNICEF policies for safe injection. Although HBV transmission during smallpox eradication cannot be documented retrospectively, many involved countries have moderate-to-high prevalence of chronic infection, suggesting transmission opportunities….
HC Vets Table of Contents
Given the other iatrogenic epidemics due to dirty vaccination campaigns, the covert tetanus-sterilization injections being administered here and abroad, and the resolute refusal to admit the wholesale nanoparticle, fetal DNA and viral RNA contamination, not to mention the toxic chemical formulations of vaccines, the only reason left to get any kind of vaccination at all is IGNORANCE. Lots and lots of ignorance, with a hefty dose of stupidity. That particular epidemic will be the death of us all.
Organic food and good nutrition is the most safe and effective way known to avoid infection. And they teach virtually nothing about nutrition (or vaccines, for that matter) in medical school. But maybe it would be pointless given that doctors can’t even remember to wash their hands between patients. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/nyregion/hospitals-struggle-to-get-workers-to-wash-their-hands.html
Is this the Peter Principle or orchestrated democide? It only matters in that the latter would be consonant with long-stated depopulation objectives among the elite.
Meanwhile the establishment’s “fact checkers” are accusing vaccine skeptics of being unscientific.
DEADLY NEEDLES / Fast Track to Global Disaster
For decades, researchers warned that contaminated syringes could transmit deadly viruses with cruel efficiency. But efforts to defuse the crisis were failed, and today, it has become an insidious global epidemic, destroying millions of lives every year. …
Unsafe healthcare “drives spread of African HIV”
Since the 1980s most experts have assumed that heterosexual sex transmitted 90% of HIV in Africa. In the March International Journal of STD and AIDS, an international team of HIV specialists presents groundbreaking evidence to challenge this consensus, with “profound implications” for public health in Africa.
In a series of articles, Dr David Gisselquist, Mr John Potterat and colleagues argue that the spread of HIV infections in Africa is closely linked to medical care. In their unique study of existing data from across the continent they estimate that only about a third of HIV infections are sexually transmitted. Their evidence suggests that “health care exposures caused more HIV than sexual transmission”, with contaminated medical injections being the biggest risk. …