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Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed
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Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed
By Dr. Mercola
According to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, your children should be the first target for mass swine flu vaccinations when school starts this fall.[i]
This is a ridiculous assumption for many reasons, not to mention extremely high risk.
In Australia, where the winter season has begun, Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon is reassuring parents the swine flu is no more dangerous than regular seasonal flu. "Most people, including children, will experience very mild symptoms and recover without any medical intervention," she said.[ii]
Sydney-based immunization specialist Robert Booy predicts swine flu might be fatal to about twice as many children in the coming year as regular influenza. Booy estimates 10-12 children could die from the H1N1 virus, compared with the five or six regular flu deaths seen among children in an average year in Australia.[iii]
“Cure the Disease, Kill the Patient”
Less than 100 children in the U.S. die each year from seasonal flu viruses.[iv] If we use Australia’s math, a very rough estimate would be another 100 children could potentially die of swine flu in the United States in the coming year.
If children are the first target group in the U.S. per Sebelius, that means we’re about to inject around 75 million children with a fast tracked vaccine containing novel adjuvants, including dangerous squalene, to prevent perhaps 100 deaths.
I’m not overlooking the tragedy of the loss of even one child to an illness like the H1N1 flu virus. But there can be no argument that unnecessary mass injection of millions of children with a vaccine containing an adjuvant known to cause a host of debilitating autoimmune diseases is a reckless, dangerous plan.
Why are Vaccinations Dangerous?
The presumed intent of a vaccination is to help you build immunity to potentially harmful organisms that cause illness and disease. However, your body’s immune system is already designed to do this in response to organisms which invade your body naturally.
Most disease-causing organisms enter your body through the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth, pulmonary system or your digestive tract – not through an injection.
These mucous membranes have their own immune system, called the IgA immune system. It is a different system from the one activated when a vaccine is injected into your body.
Your IgA immune system is your body’s first line of defense. Its job is to fight off invading organisms at their entry points, reducing or even eliminating the need for activation of your body’s immune system.
When a virus is injected into your body in a vaccine, and especially when combined with an immune adjuvant like squalene, your IgA immune system is bypassed and your body’s immune system kicks into high gear in response to the vaccination.
Injecting organisms into your body to provoke immunity is contrary to nature, and vaccination carries enormous potential to do serious damage to your health.
And as if Vaccines Weren’t Dangerous Enough on Their Own …
… imagine them turbocharged.
The main ingredient in a vaccine is either killed viruses or live ones that have been attenuated (weakened and made less harmful).
Flu vaccines can also contain a number of chemical toxins, including ethylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde, phenol (carbolic acid) and even antibiotics like Neomycin and streptomycin.
In addition to the viruses and other additives, many vaccines also contain immune adjuvants like aluminum and squalene.
The purpose of an immune adjuvant added to a vaccine is to enhance (turbo charge) your immune response to the vaccination. Adjuvants cause your immune system to overreact to the introduction of the organism you’re being vaccinated against.
Adjuvants are supposed to get the job done faster (but certainly not more safely), which reduces the amount of vaccine required per dose, and the number of doses given per individual.
Less vaccine required per person means more individual doses available for mass vaccination campaigns. Coincidentally, this is exactly the goal of government and the pharmaceutical companies who stand to make millions from their vaccines.
Will There Be Immune Adjuvants in Swine Flu Vaccines?
The U.S. government has contracts with several drug companies to develop and produce swine flu vaccines. At least two of those companies, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline, are using an adjuvant in their H1N1 vaccines.
The adjuvant? Squalene.
According to Meryl Nass, M.D., an authority on the anthrax vaccine,
“A novel feature of the two H1N1 vaccines being developed by companies Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline is the addition of squalene-containing adjuvants to boost immunogenicity and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed. This translates to much faster production of desired vaccine quantities.”[v]
Novartis’s proprietary squalene adjuvant for their H1N1 vaccine is MF59. Glaxo’s is ASO3. MF59 has yet to be approved by the FDA for use in any U.S. vaccine, despite its history of use in other countries.
Per Dr. Nass, there are only three vaccines in existence using an approved squalene adjuvant. None of the three are approved for use in the U.S.
What Squalene Does to Rats
Oil-based vaccination adjuvants like squalene have been proved to generate concentrated, unremitting immune responses over long periods of time.[vi]
A 2000 study published in the American Journal of Pathology demonstrated a single injection of the adjuvant squalene into rats triggered “chronic, immune-mediated joint-specific inflammation,” also known as rheumatoid arthritis.[vii]
The researchers concluded the study raised questions about the role of adjuvants in chronic inflammatory diseases.
What Squalene Does to Humans
Your immune system recognizes squalene as an oil molecule native to your body. It is found throughout your nervous system and brain. In fact, you can consume squalene in olive oil and not only will your immune system recognize it, you will also reap the benefits of its antioxidant properties.
The difference between “good” and “bad” squalene is the route by which it enters your body. Injection is an abnormal route of entry which incites your immune system to attack all the squalene in your body, not just the vaccine adjuvant.
Your immune system will attempt to destroy the molecule wherever it finds it, including in places where it occurs naturally, and where it is vital to the health of your nervous system.[viii]
Gulf War veterans with Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) received anthrax vaccines which contained squalene.[ix] MF59 (the Novartis squalene adjuvant) was an unapproved ingredient in experimental anthrax vaccines and has since been linked to the devastating autoimmune diseases suffered by countless Gulf War vets.[x]
The Department of Defense made every attempt to deny that squalene was indeed an added contaminant in the anthrax vaccine administered to Persian Gulf war military personnel – deployed and non-deployed – as well as participants in the more recent Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program (AVIP).
However, the FDA discovered the presence of squalene in certain lots of AVIP product. A test was developed to detect anti-squalene antibodies in GWS patients, and a clear link was established between the contaminated product and all the GWS sufferers who had been injected with the vaccine containing squalene.
A study conducted at Tulane Medical School and published in the February 2000 issue of Experimental Molecular Pathology included these stunning statistics:
“ … the substantial majority (95%) of overtly ill deployed GWS patients had antibodies to squalene. All (100%) GWS patients immunized for service in Desert Shield/Desert Storm who did not deploy, but had the same signs and symptoms as those who did deploy, had antibodies to squalene.
In contrast, none (0%) of the deployed Persian Gulf veterans not showing signs and symptoms of GWS have antibodies to squalene. Neither patients with idiopathic autoimmune disease nor healthy controls had detectable serum antibodies to squalene. The majority of symptomatic GWS patients had serum antibodies to squalene.”[xi]
According to Dr. Viera Scheibner, Ph.D., a former principle research scientist for the government of Australia:
“… this adjuvant [squalene] contributed to the cascade of reactions called "Gulf War Syndrome," documented in the soldiers involved in the Gulf War.
The symptoms they developed included arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhoea, night sweats and low-grade fevers.”[xii]
Post Vaccination Follow-Up Might as Well Be Non-Existent
There is virtually no science to support the safety of vaccine injections on your long-term health or the health of your children. Follow-up studies last on average about two weeks, and look only for glaring injuries and illnesses.
Autoimmune disorders like those seen in Gulf War Syndrome frequently take years to diagnose due to the vagueness of early symptoms. Complaints like headaches, fatigue and chronic aches and pains are symptoms of many different illnesses and diseases.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for vaccine purveyors and proponents to look seriously at the long-term health consequences of their vaccination campaigns.
source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/04/Squalene-The-Swine-Flu-Vacci nes-Dirty-Little-Secret-Exposed.aspx
First Lady requires more than twenty attendants
Recession, Depression, What Michelle Worry?
By Dr. Paul L. Williams Tuesday, July 7, 2009
By the staff of thelastcrusade.org
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it”
“In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service, “ Michelle Obama
No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.
How things have changed! If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Miz Michele are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public:
1.$172,2000 - Sher, Susan (CHIEF OF STAFF)
2.$140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (DEPUTY ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROJECTS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
3.$113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL SECRETARY)
4.$102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
5.Winter, Melissa E. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
6.$90,000 - Medina, David S. (DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
7.$84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (DIRECTOR AND PRESS SECRETARY TO THE FIRST LADY)
8.$75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (DIRECTOR OF SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)
9.$70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PROJECTS FOR THE FIRST LADY)
10.$65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY SOCIAL SECRETARY)
11.Reinstein, Joseph B. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY SOCIAL SECRETARY)
12.$62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SCHEDULING AND EVENTS COORDINATOR FOR THE FIRST LADY)
13.$60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ADVANCE AND TRIP DIRECTOR FOR THE FIRST LADY)
14.Lewis, Dana M. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT AND PERSONAL AIDE TO THE FIRST LADY)
15.$52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY TO THE FIRST LADY)
16.$50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR SCHEDULING AND TRAVELING AIDE TO THE FIRST LADY)
17.$45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CORRESPONDENCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)
18.Tubman, Samantha (DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR,SOCIAL OFFICE)
19.$40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE FIRST LADY)
20.$36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (STAFF ASSISTANT TO THE SOCIAL SECRETARY)
21.Bookey, Natalie (STAFF ASSISTANT)
22.Jackson, Deilia A. (DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CORRESPONDENCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)
Russian nuclear submarines are spotted off U.S. coast
By David Gardner
6th August 2009
Fears of a new Cold War stand-off grew last night after two Russian nuclear submarines were spotted patrolling off the coast of America.
The rare sighting has raised fears in the Pentagon that the Kremlin is taking a more aggressive stance against Washington.
It was the first time since the early 1990s that the Russians have sailed submarines as close as 200 miles off the US coastline.
The patrols – involving two Akula class nuclear-powered attack subs – come as Moscow tries to shake off the embarrassment of a failed missile test in the Arctic last month.
Some defence experts believe Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered the incursion as a sabre-rattling attempt to re-assert Russia’s military relevance.
Two years ago, Mr Putin ordered the resumption of Cold War-style flights of nuclear-capable bombers across the Atlantic in what was seen as a largely symbolic gesture to emphasise Russia’s military might.
‘It’s the military trying to demonstrate that they are still a player in Russian political and economic matters,’ submarine warfare analyst Norman Polmar told the New York Times.
‘I don’t think they’ve put two first-line nuclear subs off the US coast in about 15 years,’ he added.
The path of the rogue subs has been closely tracked by the Americans.
‘Any time the Russian Navy does something so out of the ordinary it is cause to worry,’ said a senior US Defence Department official.
However, a Russian general brushed off US concerns last night, calling the patrol ‘routine.’
‘I don’t know if there is any news in this for anyone. The fleet shouldn’t sit on its hands and be idle,’ said Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of staff of the Russian armed forces.
‘Long voyages of Russian submarines, this is a normal process,’ he added.
The episode has echoes of the Cold War era when both countries regularly sent submarines to patrol off each other’s coasts to track movements of underwater fleets and lie in readiness for war.
But the Russian Navy has rarely taken on missions far from its home ports after the fall of the Soviet Union left the military in shambles.
One of the submarines remained off the eastern US yesterday, while the other reportedly travelled south towards Cuba.
The White House remained tight-lipped over the patrols, although President Obama may have raised the issue when Russian President Dmitri Medvedev called him on Tuesday , ostensibly to wish him a happy birthday.
The Akulas are capable of carrying topedoes for attacking other submarines and ships as well as missiles for land or sea targets.
However, they are not equipped to launch intercontinental nuclear warheads.
Georgia, Russia stoke fears of new conflict
by Michael Mainville Michael Mainville – Tue Aug 4
TBILISI, Georgia (AFP) – Georgia warned of the risk of a new war with Russia on Tuesday as Moscow raised the battle-readiness of its forces ahead of the first anniversary of their conflict over the rebel South Ossetia region.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili called on the United States and European Union to send a "clear message" to Moscow to help avert a new war, as both sides exchanged accusations of attacks and "provocations" in the region.
"There is a risk. The Russians are exerting constant pressure," Saakashvili told French radio station RTL when asked about the possibility of renewed conflict.
"The latest (Russian military) manoeuvres are worrying. They refuse to respond to calls from European observers and unfortunately the media in Moscow are announcing a situation of imminent conflict," he said.
"Despite all that, I am confident that Europe and the United States will send a clear message" to Moscow, he said.
The Russian foreign ministry meanwhile said its forces had heightened their state of battle-readiness in South Ossetia.
"The situation is very worrying and the Georgian provocations ahead of the anniversary of last year's war are not halting," foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said in a statement.
"In connection with this, the battle-readiness of Russian troops and border guards stationed in South Ossetia has been heightened," he said.
Tensions have been rising between the two countries as they prepare to mark the one-year anniversary on August 7 of the outbreak of their five-day war over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia.
"At the moment, the main thing is not to allow an escalation and development of the shootings into a more serious clash. We are doing and will do everything to avoid this," said Nesterenko.
Georgia placed the blame for mounting tensions squarely on Moscow, insisting that it was not seeking a conflict.
"The Russian occupants and the proxy regimes continue to pursue their efforts aimed at further enhancing tension," the Georgian foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday. "Full responsibility for such actions rests with Russia."
Earlier Tuesday, Russia had accused Georgia of preparing a series of "provocations" on its de-facto border with South Ossetia, as both sides traded accusations of carrying out grenade and mortar attacks.
Russian deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin also angrily accused the US of re-arming the Georgian military.
Washington is "playing the main role in re-equipping the Georgian war machine," he told the Interfax news agency in an interview.
And the Russian defence ministry issued a stark warning over the weekend that the military reserved the right to hit back with force if Tbilisi continued carrying out "provocations" in the area.
South Ossetia's pro-Moscow defence ministry said Tuesday that the border village of Ortev had come under fire from three mortar rounds late Monday but that there had been no reports of casualties.
Georgia had earlier accused South Ossetian forces of firing three rocket-propelled grenades at a Georgian police checkpoint near the border late Tuesday. No one was reported injured.
The alleged attacks follow frequent reports of ceasefire violations over the last week and a call from the EU for all sides to show restraint as the anniversary of the war approaches.
South Ossetia's rebel leader, Eduard Kokoity, said Monday that Russian soldiers based in the region had started manoeuvres, but this report was denied by a source in the Russian defence ministry quoted by news agency Itar-tass.
The war erupted last year when an attempt by Georgian troops to retake South Ossetia was rebuffed by Russia. Moscow then sent troops and tanks deep into Georgian territory.
After the war, Russian forces mostly withdrew into South Ossetia and another breakaway Georgian region, Abkhazia but Moscow then infuriated the West by recognising both regions as independent
POLITICAL LEADERS FOR 9/11 TRUTH LAUNCHED TODAY
Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth (pl911truth.com)
is today being launched as the latest formal group calling for a new investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. The organization is headed by Councilor (Senator) Yukihisa Fujita of Japan and former Senator Karen Johnson of Arizona.
This initiative is formed around a petition asking President Obama "to authorize a new, truly independent, investigation to determine what happened on 9/11."
Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth thus joins other concerned citizens’ groups calling for a new investigation, including Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice, and Veterans for 9/11 Truth.
Independent researchers from these professions have established beyond any reasonable doubt that the official account of 9/11 is false and that the official investigations have been cover-up operations.
Senator Yukihisa Fujita explains the new initiative: "Thus far there has been no response from political leaders in Washington or in other capitals around the world. Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth has been formed to encourage such a response."
The organization is being launched with 20 charter members, including a former US governor, a former US senator, former US representatives, and former and present members of the British, German, Japanese, Norwegian, and European parliaments.
Charter member Robert Bowman, former head of the "Star Wars" program, explains the continuing relevance of the issue: "The 9/11 Tragedy has been used as the excuse for two deadly wars of aggression, for taking away our rights, and for committing war crimes that have undermined America’s reputation. Only by exposing the truth about 9/11 can we end this madness."
Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth invites other people who hold, or have held, a political office---whether elected or appointed, whether municipal, state, provincial, national, or international--- to sign the petition at pl911truth.com.
Senator Johnson sums it up: "The organization believes that the truth about 9/11 needs to be exposed now---not in 50 years as a footnote in the history books---so the policies that have been based on the Bush-Cheney administration’s interpretation of the 9/11 attacks can be changed."
Washington is Clueless About Inflation
It's unfortunate that nobody in Washington understands what the true definition of inflation is. Inflation is the expansion of money supply from the printing of money, low reserve requirements, and the Federal Reserve's open market operations. The hyperinflation in Germany in the 1920's as well as in Zimbabwe today was caused by the government running their printing presses non-stop, exactly like the U.S. is doing right now.
It just so happens that our massive printing of U.S. dollars has come at the same time as the biggest bursting of any bubble in world history. Therefore, nobody will see inflation in the form of rising prices until excess inventories are done being worked off. Eventually there will be too many dollars chasing too few goods. Remember, none of the stimulus dollars are being spent for the increased production of goods. Manufacturing jobs are way down and the only area of rising employment is non-productive government jobs.
U.S. Recession Worst Since Great Depression, Revised Data Show
By Bob Willis
Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The first 12 months of the U.S. recession saw the economy shrink more than twice as much as previously estimated, reflecting even bigger declines in consumer spending and housing, revised figures showed.
The world’s largest economy contracted 1.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007 to the last three months of 2008, compared with the 0.8 percent drop previously on the books, the Commerce Department said yesterday in Washington. Gross domestic product has shrunk 3.9 percent in the past year, the report said, indicating the worst slump since the Great Depression.
Updated statistics also showed that Americans earned more over the last 10 years and socked away a larger share of that cash in savings. The report signals the process of repairing tattered balance sheets following the biggest drop in household wealth on record may be further along than anticipated.
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The U.S. government wants inflation
The U.S. government wants inflation because inflation benefits debtors and harms creditors, with the U.S. being the largest debtor nation in the world. If the U.S. wants price inflation and the Federal Reserve takes every step in their power to create it, like they are doing today, eventually price inflation will arrive but won't be possible to control.
If you turn your shower on and the water is cold, and you turn the knob towards hot and the water stays cold, and you keep turning more and more towards hot, eventually burning hot water will come out. That's exactly what's happening today. Because we don't see price inflation, the Federal Reserve thinks they are in the clear to keep interest rates at 0% for an extended period of time while rapidly expanding its balance sheet at an unprecedented rate. They should in fact be raising interest rates right now to counteract the price inflation that will soon arrive.
Just like how all you hear on television today from the mainstream media is about the current recession, rising unemployment, foreclosures, etc., all you are going to hear about a few years from now is massive inflation and what must be done to stop the falling U.S. dollar. Well, massive inflation is already here today, just because we don't see it yet in the form of rising prices doesn't mean we don't need to prepare for rising prices now. Do you really believe gold will still be trading below $2,000 per ounce when we start to see rising prices and the media wakes up and begins warning Americans about massive inflation?
Bernanke said last week that he had to "hold my nose" and bailout so-called "too big to fail companies" like AIG because he said, "I was not going to be the Federal Reserve chairman who presided over the second Great Depression". By saying this, Bernanke admitted that he is short-sighted, just like everybody else in Washington today. Bernanke's reappointment is coming up and he has destroyed the value of our currency underneath the surface, just so he can keep his job.
The Federal Reserve's intervention into the economy is what made the Great Depression great, by increasing the duration of it. Today, Bernanke is injecting the economy with heroin to keep it propped up for now, but eventually we will see a great depression that will be many times worse than the 1930's, combined with massive inflation that will be many times worse than the inflation of the 1970's.
Treasury secretary Geithner reassured China last week that we are working to get our budget deficit under control. With a $2 trillion budget deficit likely this year and the government looking to greatly expand its size with socialized health care reform and new "cap and trade" regulations, it will be impossible to reduce the budget deficit.
As the dollar begins to collapse, government workers and soldiers will demand higher wages just like what happened in Zimbabwe, and the rate at which we print money will increase. Interest rates will have to go much higher and we will be burdened with massive interest payments on our national debt, which will have to be monetized. There is no good outcome of this situation, but the best way out is to cut government spending and the budget deficit now while increasing interest rates immediately.
Cure for radiation sickness found?
by Ronen Bergman
Exclusive: Dramatic discovery by Jewish-American scientists could change world; anti-radiation medication proves effective, safe in tests. Further experiments to be fast tracked, FDA approval possible within 1-2 years.
Medication that can protect humans against nuclear radiation has been developed by Jewish-American scientists in cooperation with a researcher and investors from Israel. The full story behind the dramatic discovery will be published in Yedioth Ahronoth's weekend edition.
The ground-breaking medication, developed by Professor Andrei Gudkov – Chief Scientific Officer at Cleveland BioLabs - may have far-reaching implications on the balance of power in the world, as states capable of providing their citizens with protection against radiation will enjoy a significant strategic advantage vis-à-vis their rivals.
For Israel, the discovery marks a particularly dramatic development that could deeply affect the main issue on the defense establishment's agenda: Protection against a nuclear attack by Iran or against "dirty bomb" attacks by terror groups.
Gudkov's discovery may also have immense implications for cancer patients by enabling doctors to better protect patients against radiation. Should the new medication enable cancer patients to be treated with more powerful radiation, our ability to fight the disease could greatly improve.
Dramatic test results
The process that led up to the medical innovation dates back to 2003, when Professor Gudkov came up with the idea of using protein produced in bacteria found in the intestine to protect cells from radiation.
Gudkov recounted an experiment he held with two groups of mice.
"We exposed both groups to lethal radioactive radiation," he said. "All the mice in the control group died within a short period of time. A few days later, when I approached the cage with the mice that received the protein, I could see that they're ok, that they're alive. They survived. It's hard to describe the joy all of us felt. We realized that finally, after so many years and so many experiments and frustrations, we made a breakthrough that may save the lives of millions."
Prof. Gudkov published the findings of the protein experiment in Science, the world's leading scientific journal; however, the discovery of the medication was kept secret until now, while Gudkov and his associated waited for the results of two series of critical tests examining the medication's effectiveness and safety.
The first series of tests included experiments on more than 650 monkeys. Each test featured two groups of monkeys exposed to radiation, but only one group was given the medication. The radiation dosage was equal to the highest dosage sustained by humans as result of the Chernobyl mishap.
The experiment's results were dramatic: 70% of the monkeys that did not receive the cure died, while the ones that survived suffered from the various maladies associated with lethal nuclear radiation. However, the group that did receive the anti-radiation shot saw almost all monkeys survive, most of them without any side-effects. The tests showed that injecting the medication between 24 hours before the exposure to 72 hours following the exposure achieves similar results.
Another test on humans, who were given the drug without being exposed to radiation, showed that the medication does not have side-effects and is safe. Prof. Gudkov's company now needs to expand the safety tests, a process expected to be completed by mid-2010 via a shortened test track approved for bio-defense drugs. Should experiments continue at the current rate, the medication is estimated to be approved for use by the FDA within a year or two.
'Stable, safe, and easy to inject'
The company's subcontractor in Europe is already prepared to embark on mass production. Meanwhile, emergency regulations in Israel allow the government to purchase drugs on short notice, even if they are still in the process of being approved. Notably, the medication in question is not a vaccine, but rather, a preventative drug administered via one or several shots.
The medication works by suppressing the "suicide mechanism" of cells hit by radiation, while enabling them to recover from the radiation-induced damages that prompted them to activate the suicide mechanism in the first place.
Prof. Gudkov heads a group of Jewish-American scientists and has cooperated with an Israeli researcher and Israeli investors. A large part of the revolutionary medication's development process was funded by the US Defense and Health departments, which thus far earmarked $40 million to the project. About two weeks ago, the US Defense Department announced that in light of the successful tests, it will continue to fund the project.
The Israeli scientist involved in the research, Dr. Elena Feinstein, made Aliyah to Israel in 1985 and for many years served as a cancer researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Dr. Feinstein met Prof. Gudkov while they worked together in Moscow and was among the founders of the company, serving as its deputy director for some time.
Today, Feinstein works for an Israel company engaged in cancer research and continues to cooperate with Gudkov. Referring to the innovative medication, she says: "Both its effectiveness and safety had been proven. It is stable, safe, and easy to inject."
Both Feinstein and Gudkov stress that the innovative drug does not provide 100% protection against radioactive damage. However, should the discovery announced by the scientists meet all the required tests and permits, it may change the 21st Century.
The news of this breakthrough is most alarming. Yes it has its
benifites but it is a double edged sword in that the military can be almost immune to
radiation while they continue to use depleated uranium ammunition. Does the public
actually think that they will be given such anti radiation injections when their cities
or towns are full of depleated uranium? If anything this is just another means for the
government to control the populace if they so wished. Thus radiation could be used to
control the masses. Those who do not conform do not get the injection and thus die or
suffer the side effects. I believe that such breakthroughs sound nice but give way too
much power to corrupt governments not to mention enabling them to continue the use of
radioactive weapons. Though I would have to admit that in the right hands and freely
available to the public such an injection could lengthen the life span of humans and help
shield us from the Suns radiation.