News and Tribune

November 6, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS: For Nov. 6, 2013


Man is fed up with Congress

If five to 10 percent of voters sign a petition for referendum on term limits it must be put on the ballot. We also need one to do away with congressional pensions — maybe even form a new government, because this one can’t get anything done. 

The House of Representatives has wasted money fighting the Affordable Care Act. Talk about waste. Now they are trying piecemeal bills to try and defund the health care bill. The House has fought everything President Obama has tried to do.

Republicans cry about the debt. Most was caused by two wars under former President Bush. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is scared of the Tea Party. He and John Boehner don’t want to tax the rich because they are part of that group. Most in the congress are rich from lobbyist money to sway their vote. This is not the will of the people. They could care less about us. They are like a bunch of gangsters robbing the middle and lower class. 

If they paid into Social Security, it would be more solvent. Let the rich pay more, for they are the ones getting most of the laws passed for their benefit. If they don’t do the job, vote them out.

There should be a limit of two terms in the House and one in the Senate. That way they won’t be there long enough  to become corrupt.

The Keystone Pipeline they say will create 43,000 jobs. But the Jobs Bill will create 12 million jobs. Quit giving our tax money to countries who are trying to kill us. Put that money back into Social Security.

— George L. Dorman, Clarksville

 

Reader tells his flu-shot story

In the Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 edition of the News and Tribune, local columnist Matthew Nash spoke about an article submitted on flu shots, and my credentials. 

Well, in 1996, I got a flu shot, had an adverse event, and got a disease called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Long story short, I was misdiagnosed and did not get preventative medication that could have prevented the disease from continuing damage to my myelin sheath and nerves, but I didn’t. I have spoken with many doctors doing research on GBS/CIDP, attended symposiums and have personally experienced GBS progressing into CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy — aka Chronic GBS). I have completed more than eight years of research, and I know more about GBS/CIDP than general practitioners and most neurologist. 

I get regular infusions of IVIG (IntraVenousImmunoGlobulin) today because my immune system still produces autoantibodies that attack my myelin sheath. The IVIG infusions keep me out of a wheelchair. 

My life as I knew it was gone 17 years ago. So add life’s experience to my credentials. And by the way, I diagnosed my CIDP myself after being brushed off by my doctor and neurologist (the same neurologist that misdiagnosed me, and doctor that told my wife to make arrangements for a post-mortem).

My question: Why do we need an influenza vaccine? Go to table one in “Google Trends in Pneumonia and Influenza Morbidity and Mortality.” Table 1 shows all deaths from pneumonia and influenza. Then page 1 shows only pneumonia deaths, and page 2 shows only influenza deaths. The records cover from 1979-2006. Please note there were only 257 deaths in 2001 and 753 in 2002. The death rate from influenza averages 901 per year, and influenza is not a major cause of pneumonia. So how does the CDC come up with 36,000-plus deaths? They add pneumonia and influenza together, that’s how.

It is estimated by The National institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases as well as other health agencies that the single bacteria “streptococcus pneumoniae” is responsible for more than 50 percent of all cases of pneumonia in the U.S., including the leading cause of death annually. Pneumonia is also caused by other bacteria such as streptococci, staphylococcus aureus (staph), Pertussis (whopping cough), and mycoplasma pneumonia (a cause known as walking pneumonia). And there are many noninfectious causes of pneumonia, such as asthma, aspiration of fluids, immunodeficiency, etc. So, it stretches credibility to assert that the flu causes pneumonia when, in fact, the data shows that it only causes a small minority of the cases.

I do not have the room to debate all vaccines, so let me present a story about smallpox vaccine: In 1918, the U.S. Army forced the vaccination of 3,285,376 natives in the Philippines when no epidemic was brewing, only the sporadic cases of the usual mild nature. Of the vaccinated persons, 47,369 came down with small-pox, and of these 16,477 died. 

In 1919, the experiment was doubled. 7,670,252 natives were vaccinated. Of these, 65,180 victims came down with small-pox, and 44,408 died. In the first experiment, one-third died, and in the second, two-thirds of the infected ones died. For reference, visit http://www.vaclib.org/email/phillipines.htm

— Luther B. Yount Jr., Charlestown