Despite what global health organizations and the media reports, Zika Virus is full of hot air. So why are we spraying poisons ad nauseum in the name of health?

Zika spraying caused millions of honeybees to die Sunday thanks to an insecticide targeting supposed virus-carrying mosquitoes. And there’s undoubtedly more deaths to come.

Since making Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, I’ve been writing about honeybees and pesticides for nearly a decade now and recently have covered the many inconsistencies regarding ZIKA. Now the stories have collided, producing a carpet of carcasses. The bees are messengers as I often say. The question is, are we listening? So far, the answer is a big fat NO.

In South Carolina, more than three million honeybees were killed in a matter of minutes because Dorchester County officials decided to spray the air, from planes, with a pesticide called Naled. You know, just in case. The Washington Post headline read Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes.”

“On Saturday, it was total energy, millions of bees foraging, pollinating, making honey for winter,” beekeeper Juanita Stanley told the press. “Today, it stinks of death. Maggots and other insects are feeding on the honey and the baby bees who are still in the hives. It’s heartbreaking.”

Make no mistake, we are the bees.

According  to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Because Naled breaks down quickly, it does not pose a risk to the honey bee populations … But then they also state that “Spraying Naled can kill bees outside of their hives at the time of spraying; therefore, spraying is limited to dawn or dusk when bees are inside their hives …”

Which one is it?

Does killing millions in minutes sound like the odds are in favor of the bees?

Rather than just blindly trust the CDC, let’s look at the Insecticide Fact Sheet. Naled, which has been registered for use in the U.S. since 1959 and is sold under the brand name Dibrom, is an organophosphate.

Developed as nerve agents, organophosphates, at high doses, can cause nausea, convulsions, and death. Yet according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Naled is safe on humans at permitted ultra-low concentrations.

Thankfully, only one million pounds of Naled are used every year in the U.S, sprayed over 16 million acres. Approximately 70 percent of this is used for mosquito control and aerial applications can drift up to one-half mile. But rest assured, Zika spraying will prompt an increase in the use of Naled, along with who knows what other poisons.

For those eating conventional foods or wearing cotton that ain’t organic, the remaining 30 percent is used in agriculture. Cotton in California and Louisiana, alfalfa in Idaho and Oregon, and on grapes in California.

The European Union has banned organophosphates where the risk is seen as unacceptable. And in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, where Zika is widespread, the governor prohibited Naled amid protests over safety concerns. Naled is moderately-too-highly toxic to birds and fish. It’s been shown to reduce egg production and hatching success in tests with birds and reduced growth in tests with juvenile fish.

When poisons break down, many times their metabolites are even more dangerous than the parent compound.

Naled is no different. When it breaks down it turns into DICHLORVOS (another organophosphate insecticide), which interferes with prenatal brain development. In laboratory animals, exposure for just three days during pregnancy (when the brain is growing quickly) reduced brain size 15 percent. Um, wait a second, rewind — doesn’t that sound an awful like microcephaly and what officials are telling us is caused by Zika?

So let’s recap for a moment: To kill mosquitoes that may cause a virus that most likely doesn’t’ cause microcephaly, we’re spraying poisons that can indeed cause fetal brain damage. Got it. Makes perfect sense, right?

If you dig beyond the surface, it seems that Zika is the perfect Trojan Horse. And the World Health Organization (WHO) and CDC — with the help of the lazy mainstream media — is creating a vicious cycle that goes something like this:

  1. Create a scare
  2. Bank on the sloppiness of the media.
  3. Convince the world that lest we take precautions, women will give birth to babies with deformed brains and people will get infected.
  4. Justify the release of questionable GMO mosquitoes, not to mention the use of poisons that actually can give rise to babies with deformed brains, creating even more fear and demand for supposed protection in the form of poisons.
  5. Then create a need to vaccinate folks.

GENIUS!

The Zika threat is being publicized constantly now to instill fear fear fear! And it’s working! According to a recent poll, most Americans want Congress to make Zika funding a high priority.

  • Almost all Americans have heard or read about the Zika virus (92 percent), and one-third (36 percent) say that passing new funding to deal with the outbreak in the U.S. should be a top priority for Congress, with an additional 40 percent saying it should be an important but not a top priority. A large majority of all partisans say that new Congressional funding should be at least an important priority for Congress.
  • About half of the public says they would not feel comfortable traveling to places like parts of Florida where people have been infected with the Zika virus by mosquitoes. In addition, three-fourths (77 percent) say these places are generally unsafe for pregnant women. The Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion on Zika since February 2016; for more poll results, visit the up-to-date Zika slideshow.

Enter the need of course to pour billions into the Zika vaccine. That is the hope for our future (read sarcasm here). By a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in June to dedicate $1.1 billion additional dollars to Zika aid. The dollars will support vaccine development, mosquito control, and support services in areas that have been hard hit by this virus.

(By the way, there’s a concern that the bill will remove important protections instated by the Clean Water Act, reports The Huffington Post.)

And it’s off to the races! The U.S. government has already pledged $19.8 million to help Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. pay for initial development of a Zika vaccine under a contract that could go up to $312 million. The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that its vaccine has already entered clinical trials. Last week, Inovio Pharmaceuticals also announced that clinical trials began for its vaccine.

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No Real Link

But wait, what about all those articles? What about the WHO and the CDC?

Despite what the media and health organizations suggest, there is no veritable link between Zika and microcephaly.

“… A causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not, and I must emphasize, has not been established,”  WHO General Director Margaret Chan said in an announcement to the WHO’s executive board. She then added that “the circumstantial evidence is suggestive [of a link] and extremely worrisome.”

There are others who are much closer to Brazil, Zika’s epicenter, who are also stating that there is no correlation.

“There is no direct evidence that the virus causes microcephaly,” affirms Dr. Patricia Pestana Garcez, a neurodevelopmental expert who studies microcephaly at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Upon further examination initial reports linking Zika and microcephaly amongst patients were inaccurate, confers Dr. Wallace Ransom, an epidemiologist who has worked for the Centers for Disease Control.

It was the Brazilian Ministry of Health that quickly linked incomplete brain development to Zika, ignoring key factors such as the chemical model for vector control. Keep in mind that the Revolving Door is alive and spinning in Latin America too. Government employees used to work for global companies that manufacture and sell poisons.

Typically, Zika causes flu-like symptoms that are often mistaken for other arbovirus infections such as dengue or chikungunya. Symptoms include low-grade fever, myalgia, headache, retro-orbital pain, conjunctivitis, and a rash – not defects and brain deformations.

Meanwhile, microcephaly, which presents in babies with abnormally small heads due to incomplete brain development, is usually caused by an attack on the fetal brain. Causes may be alcohol abuse, a heavy blow to the body, or toxic exposure to a vaccine or pesticide. Not a bug bite.

A report issued by Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Villages notes that in December 2013, during the Zika epidemic in French Polynesia, an increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome was also detected. This neurological paralysis is often linked to immune disruption generated by viruses, vaccines, and/or environmental toxins.

To reiterate, there is no definitive proof that Zika is related to microcephaly. (For those scientists who are sounding the alarm because Zika is showing up in pee, blood, amniotic fluid, and semen, let’s remind ourselves that humans have been cohabitating with viruses for eons.)

The Future IS Now

Suddenly I feel that I am living in a Sci-Fi flick.

Imagine this … in the not so distant future: After maybe years of working nonstop, you decide to finally go on a little vay-k. But wait!? Did you get your mandatory ZIKA vaccine? Shyzer. You haven’t. Or worse yet, you refuse to. Sorry, you can’t go to Costa Rica or Brazil. Hell, you can’t even go to Florida. If you are lucky maybe you can spend that much deserved downtime at the North Pole. I am pretty sure there are no mosquitoes there.

If you do opt to trade the vaccine for a vacation, then be prepared to possibly also be sprayed while you are on the plane. Yes while you are in the plane. But don’t worry, the poisons are safe.

Disinsection is permitted under international law in order to protect public health, agriculture, and the environment. The WHO and the International Civil Aviation Organization stipulate two approaches for aircraft disinsection:

  • Spray the aircraft cabin with an aerosolized insecticide while passengers are on board.
  • Spray or treat the aircraft’s interior surfaces with a residual insecticide (residual method) while passengers are not on board.

According to Department of Transportation, countries can enact new guidelines as they see fit. To find out which countries have already begun spraying for Zika, you can visit their website.

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On land, to curb Zika, officials have begun blanketing America with poisons (in the name of health) to mitigate a supposed threat. Is this the way intelligent rational human beings handle their business? What the eff happened to the Precautionary Principle? This is the approach taken that errs on the side of safety when there is suspected risk of causing harm to the public, or to the environment.

For instance, 27 trucks recently sprayed the streets of Manhattan, men are walking around spraying pyrethroids (touted as safer but not really) around sewer systems amid popular tourist destinations in Miami, and planes are sweeping over South Carolina. And overseas the same thing is happening from Cuba to the Congo. And according to a study, scientists and global health organizations are stating that more than two billion people could be at risk from Zika virus outbreaks in parts of Africa and Asia.

It’s pandemonium!

Do you know that when it comes to pesticides, only one percent of what is sprayed actually reaches its target? The remaining 99 percent of all the billions of pounds of sprayed pesticides penetrate the soil, the water, the air, and other creatures. And they penetrate you.

There is no ruling body looking out for our environment. There’s no Protection Agency. It’s time to head for the hills boys.

Or the North Pole.

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  • Wow. This is FRIGHTENING! Fantastic piece.

  • Chelsey White

    Just so curious if we have any natural alternatives. If there is an issue with overpopulation, we hunt. if a squirrel tries to eat my tomatoes, I spray a mix of cayenne pepper, vinegar and soap. These don’t hurt the environment, but they address the issue. How can we address the mosquitos without killing everything else? What a lazy solution!

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Excellent question Chelsey! It is not really hard at all. It is done by making the population aware for being personally responsible concerning stagnating water. In towns most mosquitoes hatch from old tires yard trash and kiddy pools. Any place water can stand. That of course includes drainage ditches.
      Mosquito dunks work well for small backyard ponds.
      Motivating the city councils to pipe drainage ditches and fill them is paramount. Though that is a high cost project.
      You can also use Dawn dish washing liquid, a few drops on small bodies of standing water will suffocate the midges before they hatch.

      • Karen Scribner

        Water has to do somewhere so if it can’t go in a ditch it might go in houses. Any liquid soap will do the same job as dawn which has petroleum derived fragrance and coloring it it. In Califonia at on the the mosquitos seasons a product is used that spreads a layer of suffocating something one molecule thick. It is the Marin-Sonoma mosquito absgement.

    • Shiloh

      Bats! Supposedly a bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in an hr. Also some
      birds, frogs, fish, turtles, dragonflies etc. Good creatures eating up
      the icky. I think installing some bat boxes and increasing the good
      animals could go a long way.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Hello I am one who was affected in the die off here in SC. By my count 80 hives so far. We are waiting for reports from more bee keepers.
    Even Brazil has stated Zika did not cause the microcephaly. However the NALED brochure states clearly that it can cause microcephaly.
    On the same note there are ZERO recorded deaths from Zika. Zika makes you feel crappy for about 4 days but not bad enough to even miss work.
    However the company that OWNS THE PATENT TO ZIKA ALSO owns the patent to the pesticide… Imagine that…. Soooo . . . . .
    On Tuesday we talk to the County Council and see where it goes from there. I will be speaking on the subject of Trucking Bees to farms.

    • Deanna Szuter

      I’m a keeper in Ohio. I can imagine your frustration, sadness, and anger. Things like this make me want to throw my hands into the air.
      I hope you can bring your hives back up next year. Good luck.

      • Mike Lashewitz

        Yes Deanna most of us will start again. Poor NitaMae lost hundreds of thousands in $ so we are fighting for her and have set up a donation page. She has 6 employees and lost all her bee trucking contracts.
        Tuesday we talk to the Dorchester County Council.

  • ATRusso

    Clearly this author is neither a virologist, nor trained in the field of public health. She should stick to what she knows and leave science to the experts. Or at least interview some subject matter experts. The claims made regarding current and recent disease outbreaks are uninformed and irresponsible.

    • I’m a public health expert that has interview our top scientists for over 6 years and I agree with everything Maryam has written and been saying it on my radio show before even reading this article. Have spent countless hours trying to find a Zika/microcephaly link and all I can find is a link to the disease from pesticides. 1 in 10,000 babies is born with due to other factors, and has been that way for a long time. So me the proof in a real scientific study. Oh, there is none.