The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that 50,000 Americans will die by the end of this flu season. The elderly and children will suffer the worst consequences of the pandemic. Thirty-seven children have already died.
The CDC has also green-lit the nasal flu vaccine after advising the public to avoid this product for two previous years. The package insert says that the vaccine has not been studied in immunocompromised individuals and that its safety and efficacy has not been established in pregnant women, nursing mothers, geriatric adults, or children younger than two. These warnings do not inspire a great deal of confidence.
Despite the fact that this year’s flu vaccine is only 10 to 30% effective, health officials are still pushing the vaccine as the best way to protect children. In the midst of a flu pandemic, you’d think the government would want to get the word out about cheap, safe, natural, and effective medicines that can help people prevent or treat the flu—things like vitamin D, intravenous vitamin C, vitamin A, or garlic, all of which exhibit strong antiviral properties. The problem is that these medicines are cheap and natural. They can’t be patented, and therefore no company can afford to pay as much as $2.56 billion to take them through the FDA’s drug approval process. Hence, they can’t make claims to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent the flu or any other disease—even if we know they do. All of this means that natural medicines can’t make money for drug companies, and drug companies fund the FDA. So, naturally, the CDC and the FDA stay silent.
Write to the CDC and FDA, and tell them that, as public health officials, they should look after the public health and tell Americans about safe, natural medicines for the flu.
Please tell Americans about cheap, natural flu medicines
Dear [Decision Maker],
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