NATURAL NEWS: Former head of CDC lands lucrative job as president of Merck vaccine division (opinion)
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
You've heard it before, how the pharmaceutical industry has a giant "revolving door" through which corporations and government agencies frequently exchange key employees. That reality was driven home in a huge way today when news broke that Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed the CDC from 2002 through 2009, landed a top job with Merck, one of the largest drug companies in the world. Her job there? She's the new president of the vaccine division.
How convenient. That means the former head of the CDC was very likely cultivating a relationship with Merck all these years, and now comes the big payoff: Heading up a $5 billion division that sells cervical cancer vaccines (like Gardasil), chickenpox vaccines and of course H1N1 swine flu vaccines, too.
So what's the problem with all this? The problem is that private industry and government health offices such as the CDC or FDA should never be so cozy. When they are, it creates an environment of collusion between Big Government and Big Pharma. We've already seen this with the government-led push for swine flu vaccines that are manufactured (and sold) by drug companies like Merck.
You might even say that the CDC already functions as the marketing division of the pharmaceutical industry. It was the CDC that pushed so hard for swine flu vaccines, even amid the obvious realization that swine flu was no more dangerous than seasonal flu. To this day, the CDC still hasn't bothered to recommend vitamin D for the prevention of either seasonal flu or swine flu. It remains heavily invested in the lucrative vaccine approach -- an approach that just happens to financially benefit the very corporations that are hiring ex-CDC employees like Dr. Gerberding.
How to triple your salary by selling out to industry Getting a job offer from Big Pharma, by the way, is one of the most-desired career paths for many CDC employees (and FDA workers, for that matter). It's easy to accomplish it, too: Just operate in your government position as if you were a Big Pharma lackey. If you produce enough good business for the drug industry, sooner or later they'll offer you a lucrative position that doubles or triples your government salary (or even better).
Now, I don't want to lump all CDC employees in this same pathetic group, because there are indeed a great many bright, honest scientists working at the CDC who do excellent work tracking pandemics and trying to save lives. They are overshadowed, however, by those ambitious profit seekers who see their CDC job as merely a stepping stone for a far better-paying job at a major drug companies. And by any measure, Dr. Gerberding just cashed in big.
Her actual salary at Merck hasn't been publicly released yet, but given that she's heading up a $5 billion vaccine industry, it's probably not chump change. I'd bet she's now making at least ten times the salary of the President of the United States (and probably a lot more).
So now, Dr. Gerberding's new job involves the incessant promotion of yet more vaccines -- a job not very different from the one she held at the CDC, come to think of it. More vaccines for more diseases afflicting more people... it's just another day at Merck, where the world is never so healthy that it doesn't need one more mandatory vaccine.
As a special bonus to Merck in all this, Dr. Gerberding has a wealth of contacts not merely throughout the CDC, but also at the World Health Organization. When you're the former head of the CDC, the top public health officials of the world are literally just one call away. But starting today, that call is a commercial, corporate-sponsored call, not a public health call. There's a huge difference.
Does Dr. Gerberding suffer from an "ethics deficiency?" My question in all this is whether Dr. Gerberding has any real ethics when it comes to issues like vaccines and public health. If she does have such ethics, why would she accept a job with a company that has been engaged in outright scientific fraud? (http://www.naturalnews.com/027582_M...)
Why would she go to work for a company that maintained a "hit list" of doctors to attack and "neutralize?" This is true -- it came out in recent court documents (http://www.naturalnews.com/027116_M...).
Why would she want to collect a paycheck from a company that has been caught hiring ghost writers to pen "independent" science papers submitted to science journals, when they were actually crafted by Merck? (http://www.naturalnews.com/023052_M...)
Why would she feel comfortable representing a company that committed blatant scientific fraud with its Vytorin cholesterol drug study? (http://www.naturalnews.com/022485_s...)
Maybe Dr. Gerberding is fine with all this. Maybe she has really "flexible" ethics. Or maybe she suffers from an "ethics deficiency" -- an epidemic disease for which Merck apparently has no vaccine at all.
In any case, she's now allied herself with a company engaged in so many repeated acts of fraud that in my opinion all its executives should be arrested and prosecuted for crimes against humanity. Those executives will now include Dr. Gerberding, it seems.
Did the CDC cover Merck's back? You might say, though, that she hasn't done anything yet for Merck. But check this out: As a previous NaturalNews story explains, when a fourteen-year-old girl named Jessica died following a cervical cancer vaccine injection (made by Merck), the CDC covered for Merck and pointed the finger at the girl's birth control pills.
Care to guess who was heading the CDC at the time of this maneuver? Dr. Julie Gerberding, now a top Merck executive.
You pat my back and I'll pat yours.
For years, under the lead of Dr. Gerberding, the CDC has maintained a rather bizarre position that Merck's vaccines are so safe that all side effects should be dismissed outright. This is explained in a Dallas Morning News article (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...), among other places.
The CDC, in other words, has been running defense for Merck for many years, downplaying vaccine side effects and insisting that Merck's vaccines are safe. Now that the president of Merck's vaccine division and the former chief of the CDC are one and the same, it brings up obvious questions of whether there was some level of ongoing collusion between the CDC and Merck and how deeply Dr. Gerberding might have been involved.
Some of the word games played by Dr. Gerberding demonstrate amazing Clintonian-like speech patterns designed to deflect blame from Merck's vaccines. Listen to this exchange where Dr. Gerberding indirectly admits that vaccines can cause autism (or as she says, "Autism-like symptoms," which is exactly the same thing, as the symptoms define the disease in the first place). Watch it yourself in this segment on YouTube -- this is a must see video segment on the link between vaccines and autism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh-n...
Who else is on the Merck team at the CDC? That the CDC's chief would be offered one of the very top jobs at Merck now makes me wonder just how deep the culture of collusion between Merck and the CDC really goes. How many other CDC employees are in line for future job offers from Merck -- and what might they do in order to win those jobs?
There's a solution to all this, of course: Pass a law that bans employees of the CDC, FDA, FTC, EPA or USDA from ever working for pharmaceutical companies. The people who run the regulatory agencies and public health offices should never be allowed to leap into employment at the very same companies they were once regulating. There's just too much risk of cross-contamination of influence, which is why we have the corruption and collusion problems we're seeing today with the FDA, FTC and CDC, all of which seem to be operating as marketing extensions of the pharmaceutical industry.
As long as the revolving door remains wide open between Big Pharma and Big Government, there will be a strong tendency towards corporate collusion that betrays the people whom government is supposed to serve. Instead of our government serving the People, in other words, it increasingly exists to serve the interests of Big Business. And big business doesn't get much bigger than Big Pharma.
After all, inventing fictitious disease, creating pandemic panics, then selling questionable patented drugs to gullible consumers is a lucrative business model. And now the official job of the former head of the CDC is to make sure it all stays that way. So roll up your sleeves, folks: There's a vaccine with your name on it, and Dr. Gerberding is here to make sure Merck sticks it to ya.
Yes I read this article just this morning. With the so called mythical swine flu hoax becomming more and more obvious (that there NEVER WAS a swineflu pandemic) and no need for all those new H1N1 vaccines,they have a massive stockpile of left over vaccines. Big Pharma does not know what to do with this-but market it even more! By hiring former CDC employees. I am sure we will see the media on overdrive promoting Merck Vaccines now even more that before.Truly discusting!!!!!
Allopathic western medicine is a lie - propelled by media manipulation and fear tacktics.
read more about the politics behind western modern allopathics here- www.whale.to
"Crime does not pay … as well as politics. " --Alfred E. Newman
"We are not dealing with a scientific problem. We are dealing with a political issue."--Samuel Epstein, M.D.
[The cures for most diseases, and the knowledge to prevent most diseases has been know for some time, but the politics of medicine keep that knowledge suppressed. The only political issue is the fact we have a medical monopoly, by Allopathy, that is run for profitable reasons not therapeutic ones. If you have the psychology to do that then you would certainly have the intent to keep that knowledge suppressed in any way possible. That needs proving, which is simple, there being overwhelming evidence from numerous directions. 1). The study of alternative medicine and allopathic will show you Allopathic is not only not very effective but actually the worst by a long way, so to claim it is the only one for 'scientific' reasons is a lie. If it is the worst how come it is the ONLY one (for all intents and purposes) on the NHS? Bit of a clue that one! 2). The study of medical history will reveal the persecution and suppression of dozens of alternative doctors, medical and otherwise. See: Books Articles 3) Looking at the money trails and who runs the government regulatory departments reveals how it is just run by the drug industry, the fox is in charge of the henhouse. See: Profits vs. Safety. Conflict of interest 4). The study of vaccination will show Allopathy never eliminated any disease, or saved any lives, and is the main cause of death on the planet today---just the results you would expect with a monopoly, which is why they are meant to be illegal. 5). A wider look at earth politics to show what the people who run the world are up to. You would hardly expect them to run the world for profit and power while trying to poison everyone---and then run medicine not for profit and power.]
It should be illegal for any high level federal employee-- particularly regulators-- to take a job in the private sector for a minimum of 3 years following separation from the government. The conflict of interest that arises from these sweet deals totally works against the interests of the PEOPLE. It must always be remembered that Big Pharma exists to make a PROFIT--- PERIOD. The idea that they are dedicated, altruistic citizens only interested in advancing the public welfare- is a fantasy.
"FIRST DO NO HARM" is the oath taken by the medical community,too bad it never applies ,what applies is "PROFIT PERIOD"! So true Dr. Robert Bruck
If all this was exposed as it should be "NO ONE IN THE RIGHTMIND WOULD USE WESTERN ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE". No need for big pharma to spend BILLIONS on marketing JUNK science.It would speak for itself like homeopathy does.
Pharma reps make over $100,000 dollars per year just selling allopathic drugs to Doctors,and this is the bottom end job of Big-pharma.I dont see Homeopathic reps making this income?,NO need to have homeopathic reps-Homeopathy WORKS! Speaks for itself.No need to cover up,no need to lie,no need to pay bribes,no need to pay politicians,no need for media adds-
all This to manipulate the consumer into thinking Allopathics are safe/allopathics work to cure diseases-
Speaking of PROFITS-
Poison For Profit (another page of whats behind allopathic modern medicine)
Another shocking fact that few consider is that virtually every major pharmaceutical company has a corresponding branch that creates the toxins and poisons that contribute to the chronic diseases their drugs and medical devices treat.
So these huge transnational companies profit not only from the sale of products such as pesticides, herbicides and GM crops, but also from the symptoms and chronic illnesses that they can trigger.
The vast majority of chemicals found in pesticides and other products undergo little or no testing for chronic, low level exposures and for chronic health effects, effectively creating a circle of destruction and double profits.
more on profits and the pharma drug industry; A bit about Big Pharma's history you might not know
Outlaw the "Business with Disease": The Chemnitz Program
When looking at the global intrigues of these special interest groups, one question comes to mind: why is it that in these plans, which inevitably will endanger the health and lives of millions of people,
do the German pharmaceutical industry and the German government play leading roles?
Every visitor to the Frankfurt airport in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, can guess the worldwide influence of the German pharmaceutical and chemical industry.
The majority of the signs at the official corporate meeting point at the airport belong to pharmaceutical companies; a kind of business card of the German industry. But this is only the surface. To understand the global key role of the German government in connection with the Codex Commission, we have to consider the close entanglement between the German government and the German chemical and pharmaceutical industry throughout this century.
The IG Farben - Cartel
The most powerful German corporate imperium in the first half of this century was IG Farben, short for Interessengemeinschaft Farben. Interessengemeinschaft stands for association of common interests and was a powerful cartel of BASF, Bayer, Hoechst, and other chemical and pharmaceutical German companies.
The IG Farben was the single largest donor to the election campaign of Adolf Hitler.
One year before Hitler seized power in 1933, IG Farben donated 400,000 marks to Hitler and his Nazi party. Accordingly, when the Nazis came into power the IG Farben was the single largest profiteer of the Second World War and of the plundering of Europe by the Nazis. One hundred percent of all explosives and synthetic gasoline came from the factories of the IG Farben. Whenever the German Wehrmacht conquered another country, Bayer, Hoechst and BASF executives followed, systematically taking over the industries of these countries. Through this close collaboration with Hitler’s Wehrmacht, IG Farben participated in the plunder of Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Norway, Holland, Belgium, France and all other countries occupied by the Nazis. In 1946, the U.S. government investigation concluded that without the IG Farben the Second World War would simply not have been possible.
We have to realize that it was not a psychopath named Adof Hitler, nor the innate character of the German people that brought about the Second World War. Economic greed by companies like Bayer, BASF and Hoechst was the key factor in bringing about the Holocaust.
No one who saw Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List” will forget the scenes in the concentration camp Auschwitz. Auschwitz was the largest mass extinction factory in human history, but the concentration camp was only the appendix. The main project was IG Auschwitz, a 100% subsidiary of IG Farben, the world’s largest industrial complex for manufacturing synthetic gasoline and rubber for the conquest of Europe.
On March 1st, 1941, Heinrich Himmler, the Reichsführer of the SS, inspected the construction site. On April 14th, 1941 Otto Ambros, the IG Farben board member responsible for the Auschwitz project, rose to his IG Farben board colleagues in Ludwigshafen and stated, “our new friendship with the SS is a blessing.
We have determined all measures integrating the concentration camps to benefit our company.” The pharmaceutical departments of the IG Farben cartel used the victims of the concentration camp in their own way: thousands of them died during human experiments such as the testing of new and unknown vaccines.
There was no retirement plan for the prisoners of the IG Auschwitz. Those too weak or too sick to work were selected at the main gate of the IG Auschwitz factory and sent to the gas chambers. Even the chemical gas Zyklon-B, used for the annihilation of millions of people, came from the drawing boards and factories of the IG Farben.
The Nuremberg War Criminal Tribunal convicted 24 IG Farben board members and executives for mass murder, slavery and other crimes against humanity. Amazingly however, by 1951 all of them had been released and were working for German Corporations again.
The Nuremberg Tribunal divided the IG Farben into Bayer, Hoechst, and BASF. Today each of the three daughters of the IG Farben is 20 times as big as the IG Farben mother was at its height in 1944, the last year of the Second World War. More importantly, the chairmen of the boards, the highest positions in BASF, Bayer and Hoechst, were occupied by former members of the Nazi-Party for almost three decades after the Second World War.
Carl Wurster, chairman of the board of BASF until 1974, was on the board of manufacturers of Zyklon-B gas during the war.
Carl Winnacker, chairman of the board of Hoechst until the late 70’s was a member of the Sturm Abteilung (SA) and was a member of the IG Farben board.
Curt Hansen, chairman of the board of Bayer until the late 70’s, was co-organizer of the conquest of Europe in the department of “acquisition of natural resources.” Under this leadership the IG Farben daughters, BASF, Bayer, and Hoechst, continued to support politicians representing their interests. During the 1950’s and 60’s they invested in the political career of a young representative from a suburb of the BASF town of Ludwigshafen: Helmut Kohl. From 1957 to 1967 the young Helmut Kohl was a paid lobbyist of the Verband Chemischen Industrie, the central lobby organization of the German pharmaceutical and chemical cartel.
Thus, the German chemical and pharmaceutical industry built up one of their own as a political representative leaving to the German people only the choice of approval. The result is well known: Helmut Kohl has been chancellor of Germany for 16 years and the German pharmaceutical and chemical industry became the leading exporters in the world with subsidiaries in over 150 countries, more than the IG Farben ever had.
Germany is the only country in the entire world in which a former paid lobbyist for the chemical and pharmaceutical cartel is head of the government. In summary the support of German politics for the global expansion plans of the German pharmaceutical and chemical companies has a 100-year tradition. It is with this background that we understand the support of Bonn for the unethical plans of the Codex Commission.
The U.S. head prosecutor in the Nuremberg War Criminal Tribunal against the IG Farben anticipated this development when he said: “These IG Farben criminals, not the lunatic Nazi fanatics, are the main war criminals. If the crimes of these criminals are not brought to daylight and if they are not punished, they will represent a much greater threat to the future peace of the world than Hitler if he were still alive.”
Pharmaceutical Industry Deceives the General Public
The pharmaceutical industry continues to control our society. Pharmaceutical interests control medical research, and have entire health professions dependent. To maintain and secure their position of power, the pharmaceutical companies manipulate the legislation and the media. In large-scale advertising campaigns trough all media, the pharmaceutical PR and propaganda department creates a smoke screen concealing the true interests of the pharmaceutical industry.
They claim to be interested in the eradication of diseases in order to serve humanity. The truth, however, is the exact opposite: the pharmaceutical industry is interested in keeping diseases alive as a basis for an expanding pharmaceutical drug market. The goals of the Codex Cartel deliberately obstruct the eradication of diseases. Thus, the pharmaceutical industry does not act in the tradition of the saviourhood of humanity, but in the tradition of the IG Farben, a group of organized criminals willing to sacrifice countless human lives in order to maintain their profits.
In other deceptive advertisements the pharmaceutical industry claims that the eradication of infectious diseases is their merit.
Fact is, however, that the most important treatments of infectious diseases, as well as penicillin and other antibiotics, were discovered at publicly financed universities. The only credit the pharmaceutical industry deserves is that they immediately tried to use these discoveries for their own profit.
Millions of people and taxpayers were defrauded: they not only paid for the research at public universities, but on top of that, they had to pay for the drugs developed with public funds but marketed by pharmaceutical companies.
In other deceptive PR campaigns, the pharmaceutical companies claim that with their help, life expectancy has doubled throughout this century. However, the fact is that every medical textbook documents that this progress is the result of better hygiene and has nothing to do with antibiotics and other pharmaceutical drugs.
What a lie, considering the fact that the pharmaceutical cartel is trying to ban health information for vitamins and homeopathy, fully aware of the fact that by doing so, they shorten the life expectancy of millions of people by decades.
A further deception of the public is the campaign for cholesterol-lowering drugs. Millions of hibernating animals have cholesterol levels of 400 mg to 600 mg per deciliter, yet they don't get heart attacks because they stabilize their artery walls with sufficient vitamins wich they produce in their own bodies, or take up in the diet. The connection between cholesterol and heart disease obviously is another illusion maintained by the manufacturers of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
The only thing we know for sure about cholesterol-lowering drugs is that all of them can cause cancer. In January 1996, the Journal of the American Medical Association alerted the medical community and the general public about the fact that cholesterol-lowering drugs have caused cancer in dosages close to those currently swallowed by millions of people worldwide. The pharmaceutical companies are not impressed by these facts. In large-scale TV spots and advertising campaigns they continue to sell these cancer time bombs as if they were lollipops or chewing gum.
On June 23rd, 1997, Fortune magazine, one of the major Wall Street weeklies, carried an article about the health care system. It contained an interview with an investment consultant for pharmaceutical companies who claimed that “everyone loses if eradication therapy catches on.” With “everyone” he, of course, does not mean you or millions of patients. This consultant simply stated what everyone on Wall Street knows: the research and therapeutic decisions within the pharmaceutical companies are guided by the financial interests of the shareholders.
The profits of the pharmaceutical companies during the past 25 years were on average 500% percent above the average of all industry branches.
In other words the business with ongoing diseases is the most lucrative business in the world, and millions of people pay the bill, directly and indirectly.
The exploding health care costs, paid for by the people and the patients, are nothing but the insatiable greed of the pharmaceutical companies