Historic Flu Season Drives Profit Windfall Across the Health-Care Industry

Whether this flu season is as historically bad as it has been portrayed is still open for debate, but at least one group is benefiting from this winter’s spike in hospitalizations. As reported by Bloomberg, the allopathic medical industry has enjoyed a record breaking spike in revenue across the board and this windfall can be directly linked to an increase in traffic generated by the flu outbreak. This once and for all lays to rest the long-standing claim that flu treatments and vaccines are not particularly profitable and that the margins are “razor thin.”  

The medical industry as a whole consists of many constituent and interdependent parts. The most prominent components are the medical supply chain, hospitals, physicians, insurers, drug distributors, vaccine manufacturers, pharmacies and the logistical support necessary to keep this for profit industry functioning. Increased hospital visits and drug sales benefits all of these and it does not appear that the flu related windfall is ending anytime soon. 

The level of traffic generated by this year’s flu season has not been since The Great Swine Flu Hoax of 2009. During the last week in January, a full 7 percent of patients who visited health care providers did so because they were suffering flu-like symptoms. And here is the rub, the symptoms are described as flu-like but are they really suffering from the flu in the first place?

Only about 20 percent of suspected flu cases are confirmed to be either influenza type A or type B and few flu cases are even submitted for laboratory analysis in the first place. It is surprising that this is not played up as an excuse during the inevitable flu vaccine apology tour that closely follows the annual failure of the vaccine. To add further humiliation to the vaccine industry, their researchers supposedly guessed correctly when anticipating what flu strains should be included in this year’s immunization, but failed to predict possible mutations in the strain they chose to include in the shot. 

The alleged severity of this year’s flu season is officially blamed on the prevalence of the H3N2 strain, which the CDC says is more likely to acquire genetic changes that render the vaccine useless. Last year’s vaccination had a meager success rate of slightly less than 40 percent and this year’s is expected to be even worse — early reports from Australia showed a dismal 10 percent effectiveness.

Despite their inability to fully account for the genetic changes of the H3N2 flu virus, the CDC and other health officials persist in recommending the shot. They also have not hesitated to play up deaths, especially those of children, to promote their arsenal of profitable flu-fighting innovations.

Should you or your child come down with the flu and your doctor or pediatrician recommends Tamiflu, you should know this antiviral drug has been shown to shorten the duration of flu symptoms by less than 17 hours. It also does not reduce viral transmission and does not lower your risk of complications from the flu, such as pneumonia. Scientists have also warned that the risks far outweigh the benefits.

These risks include convulsions, brain infections, psychosis and other neuropsychiatric problems. Tamiflu made recent headlines after a 6-year-old girl started hallucinating and attempted to jump out a second story window. “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects that we went through,” the girl’s father told ABC7 News. Studies have found more than half of all children taking Tamiflu suffer side effects from the drug. This does not sound like a product that sells itself. 

If you don’t want to gamble your future health on an immunization that rarely works and a dangerous drug that barely works, there are a number of natural alternatives you can adopt instead. Vitamin D does not receive the credit it deserves. A vast body of research suggests vitamin D deficiency may be a major cause of influenza, and people with the lowest vitamin D levels report having significantly more colds and infections reported as the flu.

Simple hygienic measures like handwashing and steering clear of hospitals are also effective ways to avoid falling ill during flu season. Keeping your immune system strong with a nourishing diet is also a must. Avoiding sugar and processed foods can help you avoid illness and recover. Sugar impairs the immune system and should be avoided.

Natural immune boosters like garlic and oil of oregano may improve your body’s ability to fend off harmful bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance. Make sure you read this fantastic feature article for more information on why conventional flu fighting measures fail and how to protect yourself this flu season.
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