By F. William Engdahl, 18 November 2009
What is clear around the world to date is the fact that despite declarations of public health emergency in the United States, Ukraine and despite the groundless WHO designation of an alleged H1N1 Influenza A “pandemic” situation, despite reckless government decisions to allow “fast track” production of vaccines for an H1N1 virus whose existence nowhere to date has been scientifically and verifiably proven to exist, the feared H1N1 is proving to be little more than the typical seasonal flu wave that inevitably comes with cold weather.
Yet there are reports, notably most recently in Ukraine, of deaths of people attributed to H1N1. Increasing evidence suggests that what is causing deaths is not at all some Swine Flu of pandemic proportions.
Evidence suggests people are dying from tuberculosis. According to Wikipedia on tuberculosis, “Most infections in humans result in asymptomatic, latent infection, and about one in ten latent infections eventually progresses to active disease, which, if left untreated, kills more than half of its victims. The classic symptoms are a chronic cough with blood-tinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.”
TB is a disease that is associated with poor living conditions, malnutrition and poverty. In 2007 there were an estimated 13.7 million chronic active cases, 9.3 million new cases, and 1.8 million deaths, mostly in developing countries. About 80% of the population in Asian and African countries test positive in tuberculin tests, while only 5-10% of the US population test positive.1
The WHO states about TB, “Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease…Now, strains that are resistant to a single drug have been documented in every country surveyed; what is more, strains of TB resistant to all major anti-TB drugs have emerged. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the largest number of new TB cases in 2005 occurred in the South-East Asia Region, which accounted for 34% of incident cases globally. However, the estimated incidence rate in sub-Saharan Africa is nearly twice that of the South-East Asia Region, at nearly 350 cases per 100 000 population.”
The highest mortality from TB per capita according to WHO are in the Africa Region. Africa also happens to have some of the world’s most impoverished populations ravaged from wars, drought, IMF conditionalities, economic privations, lack of water sanitation.
Notably, in recent years since the 2004 Orange Revolution, the economic living conditions in Ukraine have approached that of a Third World country in many parts of the country.
Viral Pneumonia or TB?
Four men and one woman have died from the flu in Lviv, said emergency hospital chief doctor Myron Borysevych. Two of the dead patients were in the 22-35 age group, with two others over 60. He diagnosed the disease as viral pneumonia. “We have sent the analyses to Kiev. We don’t believe it’s H1N1 swine flu. Neither do we know what kind of pneumonia it is.” A doctor in Western Ukraine who did not want to be named, told a British paper, “We have carried out post mortems on two victims and found their lungs are as black as charcoal. They look like they have been burned. It’s terrifying.”2
Curiously, after days of receiving samples from patients believed to have H11N1 in Ukraine, the WHO Reference Lab in the UK has yet to make a statement confirming or denying H1N1 presence.
One alternative explanation for the deaths and the ghastly lung conditions of the dead in Ukraine comes from an American medical researcher, Dr. Lawrence Broxmeyer, MD, of the New York Institute of Medical Research. Broxmeyer is convinced that the H1N1 Influenza A is no flu at all.
The current Swine “flu” pandemic began in La Gloria, a pig-farming village in the Veracruz mountains of Mexico. As Broxmeyer points out, “Surely, if any place could unlock the true nature of the cause of the 2009 Pandemic, it would be found in La Gloria, whose villagers were certain that they were sickened by the surrounding pig farms, which they accused of polluting their air and water with pig waste. This is much like what happened in Haskell County, Kansas in 1918, original site of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918.”
He notes revealingly that Enrique Sanchez, top official from Mexico’s Agriculture Department, could not find H1N1 in mucous samples taken from the pigs several weeks later, on April 30th. Common bacteria were also tested for.
“However, Broxmeyer states, “no studies were done to rule out Swine tuberculosis which is predominantly avian and to a lesser extent bovine, and could have also accounted for the wholesale “respiratory” problems the villagers were experiencing.”
Soon, more than half of La Gloria’s 3,000 residents fell ill with FLU-LIKE illness, type unknown. More than four hundred of the sickest of these where treated with antibiotics and masks. The diagnosis? “Acute respiratory infections.” By the time the mucous test results came through in early April, most of the villagers had recovered, the more serious cases on antibiotics alone. The “virus” seemed to have left their systems. As Dr. Broxmeyer notes, “since antibiotics don’t cure ‘viruses’ what infectious disease in these purported “Influenza” victims had been cured by the antibiotics given?”
Broxmeyer cites my article of June 2009 which appeared in Kopp Exclusive entitled “Sarkozy’s Secret Plan for Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination.” He notes, “Engdahl plainly stated there that, “The only problem with the Swine Flu (H1N1) Vaccine, is that to date, neither WHO nor the US Government’s Center for Diseases Control (CDC) have succeeded to isolate, photograph with an electron microscope, or chemically classify the H1N1 Influenza A virus.” Furthermore there was no scientifically published evidence that French virologists have done so either. Therefore, mentioned Engdahl, “To mandate a vaccination for a putative (supposed or assumed to exist) disease that has never been characterized, is dubious to say the least.”
Broxmeyer continued, “Engdahl had done his homework. When questioned regarding the electron pictograph of H1N1 that the CDC recently came up with on their website, he revealed his source, German virologist Dr Stefan Lanka, an expert on the documentation of viruses, attesting to the fact that the H1N1 picture was bogus. The virologist wrote that he had “written the CDC many times as to who made the H1N1 photo’s and whether they where scientifically documented as to chemical characteristics and other properties.” There was never any reply. He concluded “If CDC refuses to cite the source of the photos, they are fake.” Worse yet he said “The photos are merely liposomes, microscopic artificial sacs whose walls are a double layer of phospholipids, used to carry substances such as drugs, vaccines, and enzymes to specific cells or organs of the body. These have been artificially presented by a process where chick embryos or cell cultures are killed, reduced and then centrifuged with some solvent, to then, in a vacuum, be nanofiltered.” As if this wasn’t enough, the virologist testified that “Such a structure has never been characterized in either an organism or its fluids. Furthermore, if there wasn’t for the centrifuge/solvent/nanofiltration manipulation, not to mention the precipitation procedure, such particles could never be presented under the electron microscope. In conclusion, without the isolation of the H1N1, there is no H1N1 infecting virus”
Engdahl wasn’t finished. “Even more bizarre is the admission by the US Government’s Food and Drug Administration, an agency responsible for the health and safety of its citizens, that the ‘test’ approved for premature release to test for H1N1 is not even a proven test. More to the point”, continues F. William Engdahl, “there is no forensic evidence in any of the deaths reported to date that has been presented that proves scientifically that any single death being attributed to H1N1 Swine Flu virus was indeed caused by such a virus.”
The case for TB
Broxmeyer, who has researched the problem for years is convinced what is appearing is what appear as “virus-like particles.” He states, “’Virus-like particles’ do not mean virus. Viral-like, cell-wall-deficient forms of tuberculosis, for example, also appear virus-like and apparently so also did non-infectious liposomes.”
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are fully aware of a far more serious and ongoing tuberculosis Pandemic in the world today. Yet they choose to downplay the link, disregarding the similar flu-like symptoms tuberculosis often begins with.
WHO freely admits that there were approximately 1.8 million deaths from tuberculosis in 2007, the most recent year for which data are available as well as that presently about one-third of the world’s population, or two billion people, carry the TB bacteria.
But in the USA the Government’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ignores everything but “The Virus”. Significantly, deaths from TB and viral pneumonia were recently lumped together with deaths from influenza by the WHO, meaning WHO can falsely claim all TB deaths as “H1N1 Influenza and related” deaths and apparently does so. The extent of political manipulation and deception in the WHO in recent years rivals that of the CIA for deviousness by all indications.
Broxmeyer also recalls that there was much the same “Influenza” talk in 1990, when a new multi-drug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis outbreak took place in a large Miami municipal hospital. Soon thereafter, similar outbreaks in three New York City hospitals left many sufferers dying within weeks. By 1992, approximately two years later, drug-resistant tuberculosis had spread to deadly mini-epidemics in seventeen US states, and was reported, not by the American, but the international media, as out of control. Viral forms of swine, avian and human TB can be transmitted from one species to another. By 1993 the World Health Organization (WHO), proclaimed tuberculosis a global health emergency.”3
1918 and now
One of the most terrifying images that has been used by spokesmen for WHO, by the pharma industry and various beneficiaries of the current “swine flu” panic is that of the 1918 “Spanish Flu” which is said to have resulted in more deaths than all World War I. Was it really a flu? Broxmeyer is convinced as others that it wasn’t. A Press Release, issued on August 19, 2008, by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), contains a striking finding and conclusion: The 20 to 40 million deaths worldwide from the great 1918 Influenza (”Flu”) Pandemic were NOT due to “flu” or a virus, but to pneumonia caused by massive bacterial infection.”4
A study published in the US Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2000 showed that Mexican immigrants to the US have the highest case rates for tuberculosis among foreign born persons. Mexico is the country where Swine Flu deaths were first documented.
Lawrence Broxmeyer believes that the 1918 pandemic was due to bacteria, particularly mutant forms of flu-like fowl, swine, bovine, and human tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. “These forms of tuberculosis are often viral-like, mutate frequently and can “skip” from one species to another. Moreover the antibodies from such viral TB forms react in the compliment fixation and later “viral” assays. They also grow on cultures which are supposed to grow only viruses,” he notes.
University of California demographers Andrew Noymer and Michael Garenne came up with convincing statistics showing that undetected tuberculosis may have been the real killer in the 1918 flu epidemic.
Dr. Robert Donaldson, of the Pathological Society of Great Britain has concluded that there wasn’t “the slightest shred of evidence” that the 1918 disease was due to a “virus” or influenza.
As Professor Hans Rosling has pointed out, during the initial 13 days that WHO started gaining data on Swine Flu Deaths, April 24-May 06, 2009, 31 people died of Swine Flu. 29 of these were in Mexico and 2 in the US. During this same 13 days, 63,000 people, around the world died of tuberculosis. What we have today, is a pandemic with “flu-like” symptoms. And flu-like symptoms doesn’t mean “Influenza” is its underlying cause.
1 Vinay Kumar, et al, (2007). Robbins Basic Pathology (8th ed.). Saunders Elsevier. pp. 516–522.
2 Greg Miskiw, MILLION HIT BY 'PLAGUE WORSE THAN SWINE FLU', London Daily Express, November 15, 2009.
3 F Talay, et al, Factors associated with Treatment Success for Tuberculosis Patients: a Single Center's Experience in Turkey , Japan. Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 61,pp. 25-30, 2008.
4 D.M. Morens et al. Predominant role of bacterial pneumonia as a cause of death in pandemic influenza: Implications for pandemic influenza preparedness. The Journal of Infectious Diseases DOI: 10.1086/591708 (2008).