Now that the general population is convinced the Zika virus is tantamount to the zombie apocalypse, the 24/7 news coverage has died down. As the weather heats up and mosquito season hits, we’ll undoubtedly see another rash of fearmongering. For the moment, though, things are pretty quiet on the Zika front—oday we just need a reminder every now and then to keep us good and scared.
Zika is a done deal.
We have a “scientific consensus” that the virus probably causes birth defects. Nevermind the fact that there’s little scientific evidence to support the idea—we have a “consensus” and facts be damned. In reality, there’s much that points to other factors as the cause. And we haven’t even touched the issue of why the US has such a high rate of microcephaly compared to Zika-affected countries. This, frankly, is a question everyone should be asking before buying into the “scientific consensus” but the few that do ask it are quickly silenced.
Nevertheless, Zika vaccines are in the works and Big Pharma will make billions. Genetically modified mosquitos are being released and biotech companies will make millions. Chemical companies stand to rake in the bucks too as countries buy larvicides and insecticides. Governments are earmarking billions “to fight Zika” while more pressing issues go unaddressed. Untold amounts of cash are about to change hands.
And the facts really don’t matter as long as the money flows.
It’s a fait accompli, the end result already decided long before the public ever heard of Zika. The Big Guys just had to whip up a little hysteria so the public wouldn’t get too irate when their tax dollars started pouring into pharma and biotech pockets.
We’ve talked about all this before. Every time a new Zika story has appeared I’ve presented the facts all over again in an effort to set the record straight. Today I want to tell you about the newest Zika story. Because it didn’t support the open-your-wallet fearmongering, it didn’t get a lot of press. But just because you didn’t hear about it doesn’t mean it wasn’t important. In fact it might be the most important Zika story yet.
Today I’m here to tell you that there IS one thing about Zika that really should scare you—but it has nothing to do with the official story.
The Zika “solution” should scare us more than the virus itself. Here’s why
There’s an awful lot of money that will soon go toward “fighting Zika.” Most of it is earmarked for mosquito control. The genetically modified bugs are supposed to reduce the mosquito population by stopping them from breeding. The larvicides are supposed to keep them from hatching in the first place. Insecticides will kill the adults. All of these things are cause for concern.
I don’t know about you, but the idea of setting genetically-modified animals or insects free in the wild gives me nightmares. We just don’t know what the long-term consequences might be. And the idea of completely wiping out a species—even a pest like mosquitos—has the same drawbacks. We just don’t know what might happen because of this. Meanwhile, we’re going to be putting even more poisons into the water supply and the air. This concerns me most of all.
Our water and food supplies are already so polluted with toxins that a water filter is a necessity if you really care about your health. And while Big Ag and Big Industry are blamed for most contamination, government insect control plays a big part too.
You might not know it, but US areas with mosquito problems already have mosquito-control programs in place. This is why we don’t have a problem with the other tropical fevers like dengue. Pesticide pellets are thrown out on the ground. In some places this stuff is added to the water itself. Larvicides are sprayed over whole neighborhoods—including nearly every zip code in New York City. And a new study suggests that this may have very, very serious consequences for kids.
“Fighting Zika” might mean causing autism
The study comes from researchers at Penn State School of Medicine. They believed that aerial spraying might contribute to autism, and they set out to test the theory. The study compared autism rates in 8 zip codes that spray larvicides from planes with 16 that use pellets on the ground instead—and what they found was shocking.
The zips that did aerial spraying had twenty-five percent more cases of autism than the ones that used pellets for mosquito control. According to Autism Speaks, 1 in 68 kids already has autism. If aerial larvicides really do increase the rate of autism, once the “war on Zika” begins that number could increase exponentially. A 25% increase would mean that one out of every forty-some kids was autistic. Do we really want that? Better yet:
Is Zika really scary enough to risk THAT?
Consider this: so far, no one has substantiated the claim that Zika causes birth defects. They tell us it does. They say there is a “scientific consensus.” But to date, no one has pulled out a single study that backs these claims up. Not one. Period.
Nor has anyone produced compelling evidence that Zika is or will be a problem in the U.S. Once again, they tell us that it will—if we don’t allocate billions to “fight” it, of course—but no one is coughing up the data to back the claim up.
But of course that doesn’t matter. The dollar pipeline is already filled with cash, and no one is going to shut that off no matter what. We could have 500 studies showing that ALL autism is caused by aerial spraying and policy wouldn’t change. Look at the way the autism-vaccine connection has been buried.
“Because I said so” seems like a pretty shaky reason to risk your child’s mental health. It’s up to you to protect your health and the health of your kids and grandkids. So what can you do?
Contact your local health department. Find out if your area sprays for mosquitoes.
If so, get a list of days and times when spraying is scheduled. Don’t take no for an answer. You have the right to this information.
When spraying is due to occur, stay indoors. Keep your windows shut and fans off. If your air conditioner doesn’t recirculate indoor air, turn it off till spraying is over.
If you garden, wash all your produce thoroughly before you eat it.
If you have a pool, wait several hours after spraying before you use it.
Don’t let your kids play in puddles if your area has been sprayed recently.