Mumps outbreak in Long Island likely caused by vaccine-resistant virus; majority of those affected were immunized

Mumps outbreak

Isabelle Z.
August 6, 2016

Long Beach has been hit with a mumps outbreak that is vaccine-resistant. According to health officials in the Long Island town, almost two dozen individuals are believed to have contracted the virus, with four confirmed cases and at least 14 suspected ones.

All of the cases involve people in their 20s, and the outbreak is being attributed to a new vaccine-resistant strain of the virus. In fact, most of those who have contracted mumps in this case have been vaccinated against it. Despite this, officials are actually urging people who have been in contact with those who are infected to get a mumps booster shot! If this strain of the virus is vaccine-resistant, and those who have been vaccinated are getting it anyway, why should people get yet another vaccine?

It’s also worth noting that none of the people currently affected are seriously ill. The symptoms of mumps tend to be mild, and include swollen cheeks, a headache, body aches and low-grade fever. There is no treatment, and it usually clears up on its own in just a few days.

Mumps is, however, highly contagious. It can be transmitted through the transfer of saliva, sneezing or coughing. As beach season continues in full swing, some Long Beach restaurants are even supplying diners with plastic cups as a means of stemming the outbreak. People who have symptoms of the illness are being advised to stay home for five days to avoid spreading it.

Controversy over mumps component of MMR vaccine

As some Natural News readers may recall, two Merck scientists filed a False Claims Act complaint back in 2010 saying that the Big Pharma firm knowingly falsified mumps vaccine data in order to come up with an efficacy rate of 95 percent. They achieved this by spiking the blood test involved with antibodies taken from animals.

This not only allowed them to earn hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S. government, but also helped them crush the competition and monopolize the vaccine market.

The complainants said that Merck never tested the vaccine against actual mumps viruses out in the real world, and alleged that senior management was aware of this and allowed it to happen. That’s why it’s so important to seek out studies that are free from industry collusion.

Mumps outbreaks becoming fairly common among the vaccinated

Mumps outbreaks seem to be occurring a lot lately. Earlier this year, for example, the illness broke out at Harvard and a handful of other Boston colleges. More than three quarters of those afflicted had been vaccinated.

Dozens of university students in Illinois came down with mumps last year, despite the majority of them having previously been administered two rounds of the MMR vaccine. Do you spot a trend here?

It’s important to note that not only does the MMR vaccine not actually prevent mumps, but it might actually be responsible for spreading it. That’s because the injection contains a weakened version of the live virus, which causes an infection in the body. It can then be “shed” to other people, such as those who have not been vaccinated, or those who have compromised immune systems. That’s why it makes absolutely no sense that authorities are urging people who have been exposed to get yet another vaccine.

Of course, there are other reasons people might want to avoid the vaccine besides the fact that it doesn’t protect against mumps. The MMR vaccine has been linked to a number of harmful effects, including neurological damage, autism, developmental delays, seizure disorders, asthma and autoimmune dysfunction, to name just a few.

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Antidepressants Linked To Neurological Damage In Newborns, Study Finds

[Editor’s Note]

There are numerous noxious effects from psych drugs.  This is a problem plaguing tens of millions of Americans [estimated 30 million or so] and is not as reported as it should be.  For more information regarding this the countless issues with antidepressants please read:

A Mind Of Your Own: The Truth About Depression & How Women Can Reclaim Their Lives by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Toxic Psychiatry – Dr. Peter R. Breggin

Amy Goodrich
July 15, 2016

Although pregnancy is viewed by most as a time to joyously anticipate the welcoming of a new life into the world, a rising number of new moms or moms-to-be struggle with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Depression during pregnancy is not to be taken lightly. It is a severe medical condition that poses a significant risk for mother and baby. Currently, medical guidelines suggest non-pharmacological interventions, such as psychotherapy, as a first-line treatment. However, oftentimes patients are prescribed antidepressants instead.

Multiple studies have linked antidepressant use during pregnancy to a number of side-effects, including an increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, infant convulsions, autism, cardiovascular defects, excessive brain fluid at birth, smaller head size, and other congenital and developmental defects, as noted by Mad In America.

SRI antidepressants change electrical activity in the brain

It is estimated that somewhere between 6 and 15 percent of all women use an antidepressant during their pregnancy, with serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) being the most commonly prescribed.

While these drugs are considered safe to use during pregnancy by the medical world, scientific papers are showing an entirely different story.

A new, groundbreaking study from researchers associated with the BABA center at the University of Helsinki’s Children’s Hospital in Finland, has for the first time in history recorded the effects of SRI exposure on the electrical activity of newborns’ brains.

The study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, involved 22 mothers using SRI drugs and 62 controls without medication, and found a link between fetal SRI drug exposure and less organized communication between the baby’s brain hemispheres, as well as weaker synchronization between cortical rhythms.

What’s more, the negative effects seem to outlast the known withdrawal period that is commonly seen in newborns exposed to SRIs in the womb.

“We found many changes in the brain activity of SRI-exposed newborns,” says Professor Sampsa Vanhatalo, head of the BABA center at the Helsinki University Children’s Hospital. “Since the changes did not correlate with the mother’s psychiatric symptoms, we have assumed that they resulted as a side effect of maternal drug treatment.”

“This is the first study to show that prenatal SRI exposure in humans can affect the newborn cortical function beyond the acute withdrawal period,” the team concludes. “Our detailed quantitative, computational EEG analyses indicated SRI-related effects in both focal and global brain activity.”

Need for effective alternative treatments

Despite the current guidelines that recommend non-pharmacological therapies, and the living proof of the dangerous effects of antidepressants on a child’s developing brain, antidepressants are still the preferred treatment. And not only for pregnant women.

According to the IMS Health Vector One National database, more than two million developing U.S. children aged between 0 and 17 were prescribed antidepressants in 2013. Of these children, 26,406 were less than a year old.

“The current guidelines do include non-pharmacological therapies as the first-line treatment,” said Outi Mantere from McGill University, Canada. “If the mother using an SRI plans a pregnancy, it would be advisable to consider a close follow-up or a therapeutic intervention without SRI medication. Recent experience with group therapy has shown promise in treating depression or anxiety during pregnancy, with effects that extend to the wellbeing of both mother and baby.”

“We hope that our study will facilitate the current international discussion and search for effective alternatives in the treatment of depression and anxiety during pregnancy,” adds Professor Vanhatalo, as reported by EurekAlert.

Given the proof of developmental defects, as well as the self-harm and violent side effects associated with antidepressant use both during pregnancy and later in the child’s life, one may ask why these drugs are still prescribed to pregnant women and children alike.

“The question, of course, is no longer whether antidepressants are harmful but, rather, how much more damning research will be necessary before regulators take action to remove them from the market,” said Kelly Patricia O’Meara, writing for the CCHR International.

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