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Healthcare Workers Fired for Failing to Get Flu Vaccinations

A Cincinnati-based health system has reportedly fired 150 of its 10,800 employees because they would not get vaccinated against the flu.

Citing patient and staff protection, the company sent termination notices to the employees this week just ahead of Thanksgiving. If they agree to get a flu shot (which are offered at no cost) by December 3, the employees will get to keep their jobs.

This isn’t the first instance of healthcare workers’ freedoms being stripped away; whole states are now attempting to force healthcare workers to get vaccinated.

Last month, Rhode Island passed the first-ever full mandate requiring all healthcare employees (including doctors, nurses, and even temporary workers and medical volunteers) to receive a flu vaccine. Colorado’s state health board approved a similar mandate seven-to-one this past February that would force all health organizations such as hospitals and nursing homes to prove at least 60 percent of their employees received a flu vaccination in 2012-2013; the requirement will increase to 90 percent by 2014-2015.

A similar flu shot mandate bill has been introduced in California. Healthcare staff in the California cities of San Francisco and Santa Clara are already required to take the shot; if they refuse, they must wear a mask at all times while at work.

In most cases, the only way for a healthcare worker to refuse a flu shot is on the basis of provable “medical grounds.”

According to the National Vaccine Information Center, there are eight types of commercially available flu vaccines which contain a wide array of potentially harmful ingredients: everything from toxic thimerosol (mercury) which has been shown to cause neurological disorders, to the funeral home preservative formaldehyde, to the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG). One flu vaccine study even found that only 1.5 out of every 100 people inoculated derive any actual benefit from the annual injection. …

Because flu vaccines have been shown to cause severe reactions such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome and seizures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides website visitors with a link to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program where anyone injured by the flu shot can file a claim. World-leading immunogeneticist Dr. Hugh Fudenberg even found that people who receive five flu shots over the course of their lifetimes have a ten times greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. …

It’s remarkable how regimented medicine has become, that there are so very few doctors willing to publically question the scientific irrationality of yearly flu vaccinations.

Int’l Peace Bureau Requests Stop Payment on 2012 Nobel Peace Prize & Investigate Reinterpretation of Nobel’s Will

The European Union, announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2012, clearly is not one of the “champions for peace” Alfred Nobel had in mind and described in his will as “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”, IPB Co-Presidents Ingeborg Breines, Norway, and Tomas Magnusson, Sweden, state.

The European Union has said in a statement that they will transfer the prize amount to child victims of war.

–          “This is an honorable intention, but much better would have been if the prize winner had not been promoting arms trade and supporting military interventions – in which case there would have been much fewer child victims.”, the two presidents say.

The Fraud of “Hormone Replacement” Therapy

Soundbite: progestin is NOT progesterone.  The whole HRT scam needlessly subjected millions of women to the risk of catastrophic health problems in order to profit from a patentable synthetic concoction marketed as if it was the real thing.

The first report on the halted WHI estrogen-plus-progestin study came out in July 2002.[20] It followed over 16 000 women for an average of 5.2 years, half of which taking a placebo, the other half taking PremPro, a combination of the progestinmedroxyprogesterone acetate and conjugated equine estrogens. The study found statistically significant increases in rates of breast cancer, coronary heart disease, strokes and pulmonary emboli. The study also found statistically significant decreases in rates of hip fracture and colorectal cancer. “A year after the study was stopped in 2002, an article was published indicating that estrogen plus progestin also increases the risks of dementia.” [1] The conclusion of the study was that the HRT combination presented risks that outweighed its measured benefits. The results were almost universally reported as risks and problems associated with HRT in general, rather than with PremPro, the specific proprietary combination of conjugated equine estrogen and progestin studied. ….

Progesterone is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland in both men and women, the testes in men and the ovary in women. It plays a role in the female menstrual cycle and pregnancy and circulates throughout the body binding to receptors in the brain, the cardiovascular tissue, breast tissue and more. Progesterone is also a precursor to other important hormones in our body- cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone and estradiol.

Progestins are a synthetic progestogens that bind some progesterone receptors in the body, but not all. They were produced first in 1938 in hopes of finding a patentable drug that could work like progesterone in the body. While chemically similar to progesterone, they are not identical, and this makes them patentable.

Since Progestins and Progesterone are different molecules they have different effects on the body. As a general rule, synthetic progestins are more potent that bio-identical progesterone. They have a longer half life than progesterone, have greater relative binding affinities and have been found to have a stronger affect on the endometrium at lower doses than progesterone. Thus -more potent. Progestins also can have androgenic qualities like increased facial hair growth while progesterone can be used as a treatment to reduce this symptom.

The metabolism of these two hormones differs quite a bit. Metabolites of progesterone are well known and include dihydroprogesterone, pregnenolone, pregnanediol and their isomers. Progesterone metabolites can be found in feces, urine, saliva and blood. Less is known, however, about the metabolism of progestins. One thing we do know is that progestin metabolites while fewer in number, have biologic activity themselves. Norethindrone in fact metabolizes to ethinyl estradiol increasing that total amount of ee that an individual is exposed to in combined HRT.

It’s a very common mistake among health care professionals to use the terms progesterone and progestin interchangeably. But this mistake can be deadly. We know now that progestins have an unfavorable effect on the cardiovascular system while progesterone can be used to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease. A great review of this can be found in the Hermsemeyer et al article “cardiovascular effects of medroxyprogesterone acetate and progesterone: a case of mistaken identity?”

Progesterone protects against estrogen-induced breast cancer, as seen in the following study in the and as outlined in Dr John Lee, David Zava and Virginia Hopkins book “what your doctor may not tell you about breast cancer”. Synthetic progestins when combined with estrogen increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Recent studies can be seen at these links