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The so-called ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic, responsible for the deaths of around 50 million people worldwide in 1918/19, was not ‘flu’ at all, it was a simple, easily treatable chest infection. The fledgling ‘wonder-drug’ aspirin played a significant role in all those eminently preventable deaths, but the real question is this; was the pandemic a case of pharmaceutical genocide perpetrated by the Elite to further their stated population-reduction agenda or was it simply a case of misdiagnosis and/or prescription error, compounded by a huge corporation’s desperation to put profits before people? I will let the reader decide for themselves. Here are the facts…


In 1899 aspirin was first produced and was patented by the German pharmaceutical company Farbenfabriken Bayer in 1900. Bayer is still one of the ‘Big Pharma’ companies (as Bayer AG) today.   In the first decade of the 20th century its strenuous worldwide marketing efforts had left few places in the civilised world lacking aspirin. In the United States, Bayer’s giant factory produced aspirin under American management and after Bayer executives were charged with violating the ‘Trading with the Enemies’ Act in August 1918, copious numbers of advertisements were produced that re-encouraged the lost confidence in aspirin.

The world has believed for almost a century that a new and virulent ‘flu’ virus appeared from nowhere and killed millions worldwide in 1918. However, two reports, one published in 2008 and the second in 2009, have now laid that particular myth to rest for good.

The first report came as a press release on 19th August 2008, from the American National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)…

“Bacteriologic and histopathologic results from published autopsy series clearly and consistently implicated secondary bacterial pneumonia caused by common upper respiratory ­tract bacteria in most influenza fatalities. People were killed by common bacteria found in the upper respiratory tract. The 20 to 40 million deaths worldwide from the great 1918 Influenza Pandemic were NOT due to ‘flu’ at all or even a virus, but to pneumonia caused by massive bacterial infection.”

The NIAID press release did not however, address the actual cause of the bacterial infections, but further, follow-up research by Dr. Karen Starko certainly did. This research is quite categorical in its implication of aspirin as the real culprit, dovetailing with the NIAID research on pneumonia from massive bacterial infection and goes further in also explaining the extremely rapid deaths in young people.

Mortality was caused in this instance by two overlapping syndromes: an early, severe acute respiratory distress condition, which was estimated to have caused 10%-15% of deaths and a subsequent, aggressive bacterial pneumonia ‘super-infection’, which was present in the majority of deaths.

In examining reports of those who died, two distinct groups were discovered to be apparent, based on a very distinctive time-frame from health to death:

1.       People who died of pneumonia from a bacterial infection became sick and deteriorated at varying rates from there to death, and…

2.       People who died so astoundingly fast that those deaths became a classic part of the frightening legend of the 1918 ‘flu’ – people perfectly well in

          the morning and dead before the afternoon was out.

It has subsequently been discovered that In both groups, aspirin was the likely cause.

In the case of the first group, pneumonia, aspirin suppresses the immune system, allowing bacterial infections to take hold.   Doctors at the time were relating pneumonias to the use of aspirin.

One contemporary doctor, Dudley Williams of Rhode Island, reported that he did not lose a single case of influenza and that the death-rate of his patients from pneumonia was 2.1%. The salicylates, including aspirin and quinine, were almost the sole treatments given by most doctors and it was quite common to hear them speaking of losing 60% of their pneumonia patients.

More people were killed than were killed by the flu virus itself because of the harmful effects of aspirin. Prostrate symptoms were caused by the use of aspirin until the patient developed pneumonia, and because there were no physicians like those at the walk-in clinic Bayside who would have handled this case in a different way to save lives, a second group died so quickly and painfully, with symptoms suggestive of aspirin overdose.

Another report noted that:

“The disease was a veritable plague. The extraordinary toxicity, the marked prostration, the extreme cyanosis and the rapidity of development stamp this disease as a distinct clinical entity heretofore not fully described. Salicylate toxicity is often overlooked because another condition is present, the dose is thought to be trivial and the symptoms (hyperventilation, vomiting, sweating, headache, drowsiness, confusion, dyspnoea, excitement, epistaxis, vertigo, pulmonary oedema and haemorrhage) are nonspecific. In 1918, differentiating progressive salicylate intoxication from infection pathologically or clinically, the dyspnoea lasts from a few hours to a day followed by respiratory failure, circulatory collapse, convulsions, and death.”

To summarize, just before the 1918 death spike, the widespread use of aspirin was still in its infancy and was unfortunately being recommended in doses now known to be potentially toxic and to cause pulmonary oedema and may therefore have contributed to the overall pandemic mortality. Young adult mortality may be explained by their willingness to use the new, recommended therapy and the presence of youth in regimented treatment settings.   The lower mortality of children may be a result of less aspirin use. The most influential source of paediatric medicine in 1918 recommended hydrotherapy for fever, not salicylate; however, its 1920 edition condemned the practice of giving ‘coal tar products’ ie. pharmaceuticals, in full doses for the reduction of fever. Varying aspirin use may also have contributed to the marked differences in mortality between cities and even between military bases.

In February 1917, Bayer lost its American patent on aspirin, opening-up a lucrative drug market to many manufacturers. Bayer fought back with a sustained advertising campaign, emphasising its own version of the brand’s purity just as the epidemic was reaching its peak. The New York Times said;

“Aspirin packages were produced containing no warnings about toxicity and few instructions about use. In the fall [autumn] of 1918, facing a widespread deadly disease with no known cure, the surgeon general and the United States Navy recommended aspirin as a symptomatic treatment and the military bought large quantities of the drug.   The Journal of the American Medical Association suggested a dose of 1,000 milligrams every three hours, the equivalent of almost 25 standard 325-milligram aspirin tablets in 24 hours.   This is about twice the daily dosage generally considered safe today.”

Dr. Karen Starko’s research clearly demonstrated that… “Aspirin advertisements in August 1918 and a series of official recommendations for aspirin in September and early October immediately preceded the death spike of October 1918.   The number of deaths in the USA increased steeply, peaking first in the Navy in late September, then in the Army in early October and finally in the general population in late October.”

One single sentence in her work, stands-out as being extremely significant in my view: “Homeopaths, who thought aspirin was a poison, claimed few deaths.”

That sentence alone speaks volumes about the millions of deaths caused by Bayer and the pharmaceutical industry of the day, as indeed it does today. Homeopathy threatened pharmaceutical industry profits (as it also does to this day – hence the massive propaganda campaign against natural remedies) and worse, the homeopathic doctors criticised coal-tar based synthetic drugs in general, the very basis of the pharmaceutical industry. Aspirin and the other coal-tar products are condemned as causing great numbers of unnecessary deaths and the omnipresent aspirin is the most pernicious drug of all. Its deceptive malignancy is partly concealed by its fast pain-relieving quality. In several instances, aspirin weakened the heart, depressed the vital forces, increased the mortality in mild cases and made convalescence slower. In all cases it masked the symptoms and rendered immeasurably more difficult the selection of the correct curative remedy.   Apparently aspirin bears no curative relation to any disease and strictly speaking it ought to be removed from sale as unsafe. The alleged blood-thinning capability of aspirin, meaning that it is in widespread use for heart-attack patients, is also grossly over-stated. Whilst aspirin does not actually thin the blood, it does in fact inhibit the clotting process. However this truth is completely mis-represented by all producers of aspirin in order to maintain the huge annual profits engendered by this silent killer. Aspirin is widely thought to be directly responsible for at least 6000 deaths each year in the USA alone, not all through misuse or from incorrect dosages.

A disturbing side-effect of aspirin is also that it causes the lining of the stomach and intestinal walls to break-down after prolonged use, leading to irreparable tissue damage and the severe degradation and weakening of the digestive tract. Doctors today still advise angina and heart-attack sufferers to take an aspirin every day in complete and utter disregard of this fact. My own mother who recently passed-away had suffered with angina for twenty years and completely unknown to the rest of the family until shortly before her death from a ruptured colon, had been taking two aspirins a day for that entire time period – all under her ‘ignorant’ doctor’s directives. Incidentally this is the same doctor that currently prescribes a never-ending regimen of sixteen different drugs for my father. My mother was sadly one of the hundreds of thousands of victims of doctor ‘error’, each year in the western world. But when one considers how dangerous most ‘legal’ drugs are, then these figures are actually rather unsurprising.

But back to the main thrust of the story. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of it however, is that using only natural (thus un-patentable) substances, homeopaths saved the lives of almost everyone who turned to them during the 1918 massacre of innocents, meaning in effect that millions died for no reason at all if corporate greed and criminal recklessness is excluded. This also threatened to expose the fact that the new coal-tar based synthetic drugs (derived of course from Big Oil), the basis for huge investment, were in fact disastrous medically – and that had to be prevented at all costs.

In 1918, The Rockefeller Foundation (shortly afterwards inextricably connected to Bayer) used the Spanish flu epidemic and the media (that it already controlled by this time) to start a witch-hunt on all forms of medicine that were not covered by its patents, the full force of which still continues and is being felt, to this day.

“The Rockefeller Foundation was the front organization for a new global business venture …. This new venture was called the pharmaceutical investment business. Donations from the Rockefeller Foundation went only to medical schools and hospitals, which had become missionaries of patented pharmaceutical drugs, developed by a new breed of companies that manufactured patented, synthetic drugs.” From ‘Rockefeller Medicine Men’ by Richard Brown.

Also, from the same source; “These newly discovered natural molecules had only one disadvantage: they were non-patentable. Thus, already in its first decades of existence, the pharmaceutical investment business faced a mortal threat. Vitamins and other micro-nutrients promoted as public health programmes would have prohibited the development of any sizable investment business based on patented synthetic drugs. The elimination of this unwanted competition from micronutrients and other natural therapies became a question of survival for the young pharmaceutical investment business.

To promote public acceptance of his ‘new medicine’ as the philanthropic umbrella of the newly created pharmaceutical investment industry with patented drugs,­ the Rockefeller-controlled media used the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, to start a campaign against all forms of non-patented medicine and discredit them as ‘unscientific’. Within the next 15 years, essentially all medical schools in the US, all influential hospitals and, most significantly, the ‘American Medical Association’ became part of this strategy to align the entire health care sector under the control of the pharmaceutical investment business.”

This witch-hunt, with Bayer in a leading role, has a long and violent history and continues today whereby Big Pharma is now resorting to draconian measures, with the banning of all herbal remedies across the EU, commencing April 2011, with the attempt to criminalise homeopaths and all natural practitioners including midwives, with the banning of IV vitamin C because it is a powerfully effective yet gentle treatment for cancer, in December 2010 and a plan in Australia to ban nature itself.

Given Big Pharma’s epic battle against nature, suppressing the truth of what happened during 1918 and the pharmaceutical industry deliberately killing millions in the name of obscene profits, natural healing becomes even more important for them.

The Centers for Disease Control claims it has reconstructed the ‘virulent’ 1918 ‘flu’ virus. “CDC researchers and their colleagues have successfully reconstructed the influenza virus that caused the 1918-19 flu pandemic, which killed as many as 50 million people worldwide.”

Whatever the CDC ‘reconstructed’, it was certainly not what killed millions of people in 1918-19. The CDC appears unaware or more likely is totally ignoring the fact that the NIAID has proven beyond reasonable doubt that it was not a virus or flu but common upper respiratory bacteria and massive infection combined with an insidious and incorrectly-used drug that killed millions.   Bayer was also, possibly unsurprisingly, responsible through its vaccine division, Baxter, for sending out to 18 countries, a seasonal flu vaccine in 2009 that contained live avian virus, a bioweapon, which could have killed millions itself. Had it not been for a single laboratory technician discovering that the vaccines were lethal through injecting ferrets which all died, Bayer’s vaccines could have potentially initiated a pandemic such as nature has never seen. In 1918, the convergence of a toxic drug, massive corporate advertising and government, military and medical pressure to use the drug, led to millions of deaths.   That combination of groups has joined forces again, this time behind vaccines.

Despite Bayer’s 2009 seasonal vaccines containing a bio-weapon and there being no reasonable explanation, Bayer was never charged, not even with negligence, but instead was immediately selected by the WHO to produce the H1N1 vaccines. Those vaccines were promoted strongly by the government and the CDC, even as the CDC itself acknowledged that the H1N1 vaccines could be predicted to maim or kill 30,000 people in the USA alone.

So, why does the CDC persist in this myth, despite abundant evidence to the contrary?  Disregarding motives, one might only suggest some effects of projecting the terrifying myth that millions of people could die from virus:

1.        Distraction from the hard reality that natural treatments were the only effective treatments during 1918.

2.       The hiding of Bayer, aspirin and the industry’s role in the deaths.

3.       The sales of billions in anti-viral drugs and vaccine development.

4.       Increased financial power to the pharmaceutical industry to control media and influence governments.

5.       Increased illnesses and deaths from chemical, pharmaceutical agents, one of the highest risk factors.

6.      Fearful dependence on ‘expert medical authority’ and complex, expensive solutions to save people.

7.       Surrender of unlimited authority to government regulatory agencies to ‘protect’ the public from natural products.

8.      Use of the spectre of millions of deaths as the justification for the removal of human rights to ‘protect’ the public.

9.      Enhancement of the pharmaceutical industry moves toward an uncontested global monopoly over health

10.    The industrialisation, commercialisation and militarisation of disease.

11.     An open door to the use of ‘pandemic emergency’ to justify martial law.

The truth, that medical authorities using Bayer aspirin (and generic aspirin) killed so many millions of people that those deaths became one the most terrifying events in human history, fundamentally threatens a global multi-trillion dollar industry built around unassailable ‘medical expertise’ and their use of synthetic drugs.   But the fuller truth contains something even more dangerous to the pharmaceutical industry than simply the millions of deaths they caused, because something else of great significance occurred at that time too.   Non-industrial medicine ie. those using organic substances, actually saved further millions of people from death. The events of 1918 unknowingly instigated a world-wide trial, comparing millions of people who were treated by pharmaceutical medicine and those treated by organic medicine. The first group died in unimaginable numbers whilst of the second group, almost all of them survived.

More than anything else, this is the real, important lesson to be gleaned from this dark period in medical history. What stands-out is the spectacular failure and toxicity of one of the industry’s oldest and purportedly most trusted products, aspirin. We can also add to that, Bayer’s global advertising of its toxic product, government and media influence and the fact that it increased deaths to a level never seen before. Bayer’s product, political and financial power and media influence, combined to produce so many millions of deaths that it actually merits comparison with the Black Death. 20 to 50 million deaths during 1918 and 1919 versus 25 to 75 million during the course of many years of the bubonic plague.

But that single, synthetic pharmaceutical product has by now far outstripped the number of deaths of the most infamous disease in history since the deaths have not ceased yet and are continuing to be of epidemic proportions. The numbers of those who have died from aspirin poisoning alone over the 90+ years since this huge tragedy are absolutely incalculable.

It was natural health practitioners who saved lives during 1918, while aspirin killed in vast numbers, but today the government is actively and vigorously suppressing access to natural health products which are perfectly safe and saved lives during 1918, in favor of predictably lethal vaccines and pharmaceutical products, the need for which is based on an immensely misdirecting myth. What does this tell us about the insidious methods of the Big Pharma companies, who operate with impunity, hand in glove with corrupt politicians of all affiliations, whilst carrying out their genocidal policies?

In light of the 1918 deaths from Bayer’s pushing of aspirin onto an unsuspecting population and Bayer’s and other manufacturers’ vaccines (synthetic, even genetically engineered), an automatic reassessment of natural versus synthetic treatments is triggered.

“A confluence of events created a ‘perfect storm’ for widespread salicylate toxicity. The loss of Bayer’s patent on aspirin in February 1917 allowed many manufacturers into the lucrative aspirin market. Official recommendations for aspirin therapy at toxic doses were preceded by ignorance of the unusual nonlinear kinetics of salicylate (unknown until the 1960s), which predispose to accumulation and toxicity; tins and bottles that contained no warnings and few instructions; and fear of ‘Spanish’ influenza, an illness that had been spreading like wildfire.” Dr. Karen Starko

Given the role that it played in the millions of 1918 deaths, a further more in-depth assessment of aspirin is probably expedient.   Bayer aspirin was one of the earliest of drugs from the pharmaceutical industry, dependent on the oil industry and has become the most commonly used and a staple, trusted drug. As such, it represents a good example of the displacement of natural treatments by synthetic drugs.   But is it actually safe?

During 1918 repeatedly, first hand medical accounts point to aspirin as the source of pneumonias. “I had a package handed to me containing 1,000 aspirin tablets, which was 994 too many. I think I gave about a half dozen. I could find no place for it. My remedies were few. I almost invariably gave Gelsemium and Bryonia. I hardly ever lost a case if I got there first, unless the patient had been sent to a drug store and bought aspirin, in which event I was likely to have a case of pneumonia on my hands.” Dr. J.P. Huff, Olive Branch, Kentucky

Upon reading the accounts of the epidemic it seems that most of the deaths were caused by a virulent pneumonia that was especially devastating to those who depressed their system with analgesics, the most common being aspirin.

Aspirin was the first of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, others not becoming available until 1955 when Tylenol was first marketed. They are the most commonly used drugs on the market, sold both with and without prescriptions. For Bayer and the entire pharmaceutical industry, they are the absolute foundation stones of their industry and yet they all routinely kill.

“Over 100,000 people are hospitalized for internal bleeding and of those, 16,500 die every year.   And these values are considered ‘conservative’. Also the figures only include prescription NSAIDs used to treat only arthritis and only in the United States. If prescription and over the counter NSAID-related hospitalizations and death rates were counted for not only arthritis, but for all conditions and throughout the world, the figures would no doubt be enormous. Taking those figures and applying them over the many years that this class of drug that has been available since the early 1970s and the numbers would be horrific. And yet, no study to date has attempted to quantify these figures.” ‘Toxic and Deadly NSAIDs’, an investigative report by Roman Bystrianyk.

Another important observation is that most people receive no warning signs that these drugs are causing them internal damage before they end-up in hospital with a serious medical condition and approximately 10% of these hospitalizations end in death. Considering that aspirin is still being highly recommended by the vast majority of medical practitioners to reduce the incidence of heart disease we must also consider the catastrophic levels of gastro-intestinal damage being caused, as in the recent case of my own mother.

It has been discovered that that no particular dose of aspirin between 75 mg and 300 mg daily currently used in the treatment of heart ailments, is completely free of risk of causing intestinal bleeding.   Even very low doses of aspirin reportedly caused gastric bleeding in volunteers. Some 10,000 episodes of bleeding occur in people aged 60 and over each year in England and Wales alone and it is estimated that around 90% of the 10,000 episodes could be associated with and directly ascribed to aspirin usage.

Unfortunately the risk of hospitalization and death is not the only problem caused by taking these types of drugs. Other studies have also indicated that the risk of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) while using NSAIDs is also quite substantial.   One author suggested that the number of deaths could be similar to those that are evident with gastro-intestinal bleeding. If so, the numbers of deaths attributed to NSAIDs would increase dramatically from the already large figure of 16,500.

It was also discovered that recent use of NSAIDs by elderly patients doubles the odds of being admitted to hospital with an episode of Congestive Heart Failure. The estimated relative risk for first admission with heart failure and the risk of this outcome was increased substantially by NSAID use in those with a history of heart disease.

NSAIDs, particularly including generic aspirin are truly a silent epidemic that has caused a tremendous amount of pain and unnecessary, premature deaths. Public knowledge of this tragedy is virtually non-existent, with an enormous amount of critical information primarily existing within the sanctuary of medical libraries and thus being unavailable to the public in general.   Big Pharma still markets and promotes worldwide sales of these toxic substances and governmental agencies have done nothing at all to alert the public or even medical practitioners, many of whom remain totally unaware of these facts.

The 20 to 50 million deaths during 1918 have long been attributed to a virulent new virus but the NIAID has now clearly stated that common upper respiratory bacteria was responsible, not a new virus.   There was no new deadly virus but there was something new in 1918 and that was toxic aspirin, being used in totally inappropriate, dangerous dosages.

“… just before the 1918 death spike, aspirin was recommended in regimens now known to be potentially toxic and to cause pulmonary oedema and may therefore have contributed to overall pandemic mortality and several of its mysteries. Young adult mortality may be explained by willingness to use the new, recommended therapy and the presence of youth in regimented treatment settings (military).” Dr. Karen Starko

Use of Bayer aspirin and other generic aspirin suppressed immunity, allowing the bacteria to develop into a massive bacterial infections and pneumonias. In addition to the deaths by pneumonia, the use of Bayer aspirin (and generic versions) at toxic doses can explain the lingering mysteries of extremely rapid deterioration from health to death as well as the death of young, apparently otherwise healthy people. Bayer’s heavy advertising and government and medical recommendations fuelled use of both Bayer aspirin and generic versions.

Based on the primary role that aspirin played in the millions of 1918 deaths versus the survival of those who avoided it in favour of natural treatments, it would suggest that 1918 was not a plague caused by a virus, but a pharmaceutical industry issue. And given the scale of the deaths, it was without question, the greatest medical catastrophe in human history, exceeding even the ‘Great Plague’ of the Dark and Middle Ages.

Whilst the events of 1918 expose the extreme toxicity of Bayer’s most staple of drugs, aspirin, it also reveals something even more profound; the continuing abject failure of the oil-based synthetic, pharmaceutical drug industry to treat disease and the persistent Elite propaganda directed at us, the masses, in order to cover up and obfuscate this fact.

The overall conclusion must therefore be that ‘Spanish influenza’ was not the cause of the 1918/19 deaths. Whilst I have focused on medical evidence indicating that aspirin overdose is the most reasonable explanation for the terrifying rapid deaths and aspirin use appears responsible for the massive bacterial infections that led to lethal pneumonias, there is an instigating factor prior to the use of aspirin itself and that is Bayer’s desire for profits to the detriment of all else. As millions of people died in this reckless quest, how much money did Bayer make because of the 1918 ‘flu’?

This question is extremely pertinent and should be answered. However, I would not advise ‘holding one’s breath’ on any answers being forthcoming any time very soon. As always, the Elite spider’s web of deceit and chicanery will prevent anyone from investigating these issues too closely and anyone who does get too close… well I will leave that to reader’s own imagination.

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