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Did a vaccination experiment with American soldiers cause the “Spanish flu”?

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Did a vaccination experiment with American soldiers cause the “Spanish flu”?

The 1918-1919 bacterial vaccine experiment may have killed 50-100 million people

The “Spanish Flu” killed an estimated 50-100 million people in a pandemic of 1918-1919. What if the story we've been told about this pandemic isn't true?

What if, instead, the deadly infection was neither the flu nor Spanish in origin?

Recently analyzed documents indicate that the “Spanish flu” may have been a failed military vaccine experiment.

As we look back on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, we need to dig deeper to solve this mystery.

Your Order

  • The reason modern technology has failed to figure out the deadly flu strain of this pandemic is because flu was not the killer.
  • During WWI, more soldiers died from disease than from bullets.
  • The pandemic was not the flu. An estimated 95% (or more) of deaths were caused by bacterial pneumonia, not influenza / a virus.
  • The pandemic was not Spanish. The first cases of bacterial pneumonia in 1918 can be traced back to a military base in Fort Riley, Kansas.
  • From January 21 to June 4, 1918, an experimental bacterial meningitis vaccine grown in horses by the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York was injected into soldiers at Fort Riley.
  • During the remainder of 1918, when those soldiers - who often lived and traveled under poor sanitary conditions - were sent to Europe to fight, they spread bacteria at every stop between Kansas and the front line trenches in France.
  • One study describes soldiers “with active infections (which) the bacteria  who colonized their noses and throats, aerosol , while others - often in the same "breathing spaces" - were very prone to invasion and spread rapidly through their lungs. or the colonizing bacteria of others. (1)
  • The “Spanish Flu” attacked healthy people in their prime. Bacterial pneumonia attacks people in their prime. Flu attacks young, old, and immunocompromised.
  • When WW1 ended on November 11, 1918, soldiers returned to their homelands and colonial outposts, spreading the deadly bacterial pneumonia worldwide.
  • During WW1, the Rockefeller Institute also sent the antimeningococcal serum to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries, spreading the epidemic worldwide.

During the pandemic of 1918-1919, the so-called “Spanish flu” killed 50-100 million people, including many soldiers.

Many people don't realize that sickness on all sides killed far more soldiers than machine guns or mustard gas or anything else typically associated with WWI.

I have a personal connection with the Spanish flu. Among those who died from illness in 1918-1919 are members of my parents' families.

On my father's side, his grandmother Sadie Hoyt died of pneumonia in 1918. Sadie was Chief Yeoman in the Navy. Because of her death, my grandmother Rosemary and her sister Anita were raised by their aunt. Sadie's sister Marian also joined the Navy. She died of "the flu" in 1919.

On my mother's side, two of her father's sisters died in childhood. All deceased relatives lived in New York City.

I suspect that many American families, and many families around the world, have been similarly affected by the mysterious Spanish flu.

In 1918 'influenza' or flu was a collective name for a disease of unknown origin. It didn't have the specific meaning it has today.

It meant some mysterious illness that came out of the blue. In fact, influenza from the medieval Latin is “influential” in the astrological sense, meaning a visit under the influence of the stars.


Between 1900-1920 there were enormous efforts going on in the industrialized world to build a better society. I will use New York as an example to discuss three major changes in society that took place in New York at the time and their impact on infectious disease mortality.

1. Clean water and sanitation

In the late 19s to early 20s, New York built an extraordinary system to bring clean water to the city from the Catskills, a system that is still in use today. New York City also built more than 6000 miles of sewerage to dispose of and treat waste, protecting drinking water. The World Health Organization recognizes the importance of  clean water and sanitation  in fighting infectious diseases. (2)

2. Electricity

In the late 19s through early 20s, New York built an electrical grid and wired the city so that power was available in every home. Electricity provides cooling. Refrigeration is an unsung hero as a public health benefit. When food is refrigerated from farm to table, the public is protected from potential infectious diseases. Cheap renewable energy is important for many reasons, including the control of infectious diseases.

3. Pharmaceutical

In the late 19th century to the early 20th century, New York became home to the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University). The institute is where the modern pharmaceutical industry was born. The Institute pioneered many of the approaches that the pharmaceutical industry is using today, including the preparation of vaccine serums, for better or for worse. The vaccine used in the Fort Riley soldier experiment was made in horses.

Mortality data in the US from the early 20th century to 1965 clearly indicates that clean water, flushing toilets, effective sewers, and refrigerated food were all combined to effectively reduce infectious disease mortality BEFORE vaccines for those diseases became available.

Have doctors and pharmaceutical manufacturers taken credit for reducing infectious disease mortality that rightfully belongs to sandhogs, plumbers, electricians, and engineers?

If the pride at the Rockefeller Institute in 1918 led to a pandemic that killed millions, what lessons can we learn and apply in 2018?


When I watched an episode of American Experience on PBS a few months ago, I was surprised to learn that the first cases of “Spanish Flu” happened in Fort Riley, Kansas in 1918. I thought, how is it possible that this historically significant event so misnamed 100 years ago and never corrected?

Why “Spanish”?

Spain was one of the few countries not involved in the First World War. Most of the countries involved in the war censored their press.

Free from concerns about censorship, the first press reports of people dying of disease in large numbers came from Spain. The warring countries did not want to frighten the troops any more, so they were content to scapegoat Spain. Soldiers on all sides were asked to cross no man's land in machine gun fire, which was frightening enough without knowing the trenches were a breeding ground for disease.

A hundred years later, it has been a long time since we had to drop “Spanish” from all discussions about this pandemic. If the flu started at a United States military base in Kansas, the disease could and should be called more appropriately.

To avoid future disasters, the US (and the rest of the world) must look closely at the cause of the pandemic.

It's possible that one reason the Spanish flu has never been corrected is that it hides the origins of the pandemic.

If the cause of the pandemic was a vaccination experiment with US soldiers, the US might prefer to call it Spanish flu instead of The Fort Riley Bacteria from 1918 or something like that. The Spanish flu started at the site where this experimental bacterial vaccine was administered, making it the prime suspect as the source of the bacterial infections that killed so many.

It would be much more difficult to maintain the marketing mantra of “vaccines save lives” if a vaccination experiment from the United States caused the deaths of 50-100 million people during the years of primitive manufacturing.

"Vaccines Save Lives ... except we killed maybe 50-100 million people in 1918-19" is a far less effective sales slogan than the overly simplistic "vaccines save lives."


In the mid-2000s, there was a lot of talk about “preparing for a pandemic”. Flu vaccine manufacturers in the United States received billions of dollars from taxpayers to develop vaccines to make sure we don't get another deadly pandemic “flu” like the one in 1918-1919.

By taking advantage of the 'flu' part of the Spanish flu, vaccine manufacturers were able to take billions of dollars' checks from governments, even though scientists at the time knew that bacterial pneumonia was the real killer.

I don't believe that bacterial pneumonia was the real killer - thousands of autopsies confirm this fact.

According to a 2008 National Institute of Health paper, bacterial pneumonia was the killer in at least 92,7% of autopsies reviewed from 1918-1919. It is probably higher than 92,7%.

The researchers looked at more than 9000 autopsies and "there were no negative (bacterial) lung culture results."

"… In the  68 higher quality autopsy series , which ruled out the possibility of unreported negative cultures, 92,7% of the autopsy lung cultures were positive for ≥1 bacteria. … In a study of approximately 9000 subjects who were followed from clinical presentation with influenza to resolution or autopsy, researchers obtained cultures of either pneumococci or streptococci from 164 of 167 lung tissue samples using sterile technique.

There were 89 pure cultures of pneumococci; 19 cultures from which only streptococci were extracted; 34 yielding mixtures of pneumococci and / or streptococci; 22 that produced a mixture of pneumococci, streptococci and other organisms (mainly pneumococci and non-hemolytic streptococci); and 3 that yielded only non-hemolytic streptococci. There were no negative results from the lung culture. (3)

Pneumococci or streptococci were found in "164 of 167 lung tissue samples" autopsy. That is 98,2%. Bacteria were the killer.


When the United States declared war in April 1917, the fledgling pharmaceutical industry had something they'd never had before: a large supply of human subjects in the form of the U.S. military's first draft.

Before the war in 1917, the US Army numbered 286.000 men. After the war in 1920, the American army disbanded and numbered 296.000 men.

During the war years 1918-1919, the United States military rose to 6.000.000 men, with 2.000.000 sent overseas. The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research took advantage of this new pool of human guinea pigs to conduct vaccine experiments.

by Frederick L. Gates
of Base Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas, and the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York.
Retrieved 1918 July 20

(Author's note: read Please  the Fort Riley paper  in its entirety so that you can appreciate the carelessness of the experiments on these troops.)

Between January 21 and June 4, 1918, Dr. Gates reports on an experiment in which soldiers received 3 doses of a bacterial meningitis vaccine. Those who conducted the experiment on the soldiers were just spits from a vaccine serum made on horses.

The vaccination regimen was for 3 doses. 4.792 men received the first dose, but only 4.257 received the second dose (a decrease of 11%), and only 3702 received all three doses (a decrease of 22,7%).

In total, 1.090 men were not there for the third dose. What happened to these soldiers? Were they shipped east by train from Kansas to board a ship to Europe? Were they at Fort Riley hospital? Dr. Gates' report doesn't tell us.

An article accompanying the American Experience broadcast that I saw sheds some light on where these 1.090 men might be. Gates began his experiments in January 1918.

In March of that year, “100 men a day” entered Fort Riley's infirmary.

Are some of these men missing from Dr. Gates - the ones who didn't get the 2nd or 3rd dose?

“… Shortly before breakfast on Monday 11 March, the first domino would fall, marking the beginning of the first wave of the 1918 flu.

Company chef Albert Gitchell reported to the infirmary with complaints of a "bad cold".

Right behind him came Corporal Lee W. Drake with similar complaints.

By noon, camp surgeon Edward R. Schreiner had more  than 100 sick men  on his hands, all of which apparently suffered from the same disease… ”(5)

Gates does report that several men in the experiment had flu-like symptoms: coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea after receiving the vaccine.

These symptoms are a disaster for men who live in barracks, travel on trains to the Atlantic coast, sail to Europe, and live and fight in trenches.

The unsanitary conditions at every step of the journey provide an ideal environment for an infectious disease such as bacterial pneumonia to spread.

From Dr. Gates:

Reactions.… Several cases of loose bowel or transient diarrhea have been noted. This symptom had not occurred before. Close examination in individual cases often provided the information that men who complained about the effects of vaccination suffered from mild coryza, bronchitis, etc., at the time of injection. ”

Sometimes the reaction was initiated by a cold or cold sensation, and a number of men complained of a fever or feverish sensations during the following night.

The next frequency was nausea (sometimes vomiting), dizziness and general "aches and pains" in the joints and muscles, which in some cases were mainly located in the neck or lumbar region, causing a stiff neck or back. Several injections were followed by diarrhea.

The reactions therefore occasionally simulated the onset of epidemic meningitis and several vaccinated men were sent to Base Hospital as suspects for diagnosis. ”(4)

According to Gates, they injected random doses of an experimental bacterial meningitis vaccine into soldiers. Afterward, some soldiers had symptoms that “simulated” meningitis, but Dr. Gates makes the fantastic claim that it was not true meningitis.

The soldiers developed flu-like symptoms. Bacterial meningitis, then and now, stands about it known flu-like symptoms te  mimic . (6)

Perhaps the similarity of early symptoms of bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia with flu symptoms is why the vaccine experiments at Fort Riley have escaped scrutiny for 100 years as a possible cause of the Spanish flu.


There is an element of a perfect storm in the way the Gates bacteria spread. WWI ended just 10 months after the first injections. Unfortunately for the 50-100 million who died, the soldiers injected with horse-infused bacteria moved quickly during those 10 months.

A 2008 article on the CDC's website describes how sick WWI soldiers were able to pass the bacteria on to others by becoming `` cloud adults. ''

"Finally, the affected hosts were treated for short periods and to varying degrees" adult clouds ”  which increased the aerosolization of colonizing strains of bacteria, especially pneumococci, hemolytic streptococci, H. influenzae and S. aureus.

For several days, during local epidemics - especially in crowded environments such as hospital wards, military camps, troop ships and mines (and trenches) - some individuals were immunologically susceptible, infected or recovering from influenza virus infections.

Individuals with active infections sprayed the bacteria that colonized their nose and throat, while others - often in the same "breathing spaces" - were highly susceptible to invasion and rapid spread through their lungs by their own or other colonizing bacteria. (1)

In his report on the Fort Riley vaccine experiment, Dr. Gates states three times that some soldiers showed a "severe reaction" indicating "an unusual individual sensitivity to the vaccine."

While the vaccine made many sick, it only killed those who were susceptible to it. Those who got sick and survived became `` cloud adults '' who spread the bacteria to others, creating more adults in the clouds, spread to others where it killed the vatables, repeat the cycle until there were no more unsanitary conditions in wartime and were no longer there. millions of soldiers to experiment with.

The toll on US forces was enormous and well documented. Dr. Carol Byerly describes how the "flu" traveled like wildfire through the US military. (substitute “bacteria” for Dr. Byerly's “influenza” or “virus”):

When soldiers in the trenches fell ill, the military evacuated them from the front lines and replaced them with healthy men.

This process put the virus in constant contact with new hosts - young, healthy soldiers to which it could adapt, reproduce, and become extremely virulent without the risk of burning.

… Before a travel ban could be imposed, a contingent of replacement troops left Camp Devens (outside of Boston) for Camp Upton, Long Island, the army's disembarkation point for France, and took the flu with them.

Medical officers in Upton said it arrived “abruptly” on September 13, 1918, with 38 admissions to hospital, followed by 86 the next day and 193 the next.

Hospital admissions peaked at 4 on Oct. 483, and within 40 days, Camp Upton sent 6.131 men to the hospital for the flu. Some developed pneumonia so quickly that doctors made the diagnosis by simply observing the patient instead of listening to the lungs ... ”(7)

The United States was not the only country in possession of the Rockefeller Institute's experimental bacterial vaccine.

A 1919 report from the Institute states: “It should be noted that before the United States entered the war (in April 1917) the Institute had resumed the preparation of antimeningococcus serum to meet the requests of England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries. ”

The same report states: “To meet the sudden increase in demand for the healing serums being developed at the Institute, a special horse stable was quickly established…” (8)

An experimental antimeningoccal serum created in horses and injected into soldiers who would invade the stuffy and unsanitary living conditions of war ... what could possibly go wrong?

Is the bacterial serum made in Rockefeller Institute horses that was injected into US soldiers and distributed to many other countries responsible for the 50-100 million people who died from bacterial lung infections in 1918-1919?

The institute says it spread the bacterial serum to England, France, Belgium, Italy and other countries during WWI. Not enough is known about how these countries experimented with their soldiers.

I hope independent researchers will take a fair look at these questions.


I don't believe anyone involved in these vaccination experiments was trying to harm anyone.

Some will see and scream the Rockefeller name. "Illuminati!" or "cull the flock!"

I don't believe that happened.

I believe the standard medical pride is responsible - doctors who "play God," thinking they can tame nature without creating unexpected problems.

With medical pride, I don't think the situation has changed significantly in the last 100 years.


The vaccine industry is always on the lookout for human subjects. They are most successful when they can find populations that cannot refuse.

Soldaten  (9), babies, the disabled, prisoners, people in developing countries - anyone who cannot refuse.

Experiments with vaccines on vulnerable population groups are not a thing of the past. Watch this video clip of Dr. Stanley Plotkin where he describes using experimental vaccines on orphans, the mentally handicapped, prisoners and people under colonial rule.

The impeachment took place in January 2018. The pride of the medical community is now the same or worse than it was 100 years ago.

Watch Dr. Plotkin admits to writing:

"The question is whether we should conduct experiments on fully functioning adults and children who may contribute to society, or whether we should conduct initial studies on children and adults who have human form, but not social potential."

Please watch the horrifying video clip.   (10)


In part because the global community is well aware of medical pride and well aware of the poor track record in medical ethics, the  Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights  developed international standards regarding the right to informed consent for preventive medical procedures such as vaccination.

The international community is well aware that the pharmaceutical industry makes mistakes and is always looking for human subjects. The statement states that individuals have the human right to consent to any preventive medical intervention such as vaccination.

Article 3 - Human dignity and human rights

1. Human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms must be fully respected.
2. The interests and well-being of the individual should take precedence over the interests of science or society.

Article 6 - Consent

1. Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention may be carried out only with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information. T.

Consent must be express, where appropriate, and may be withdrawn by the data subject at any time and for any reason without prejudice or prejudice. (11)

Clean water, sanitation, flushing toilets, chilled food, and healthy nutrition have done and still do much more to protect humanity from infectious disease than any vaccine program.

Doctors and the vaccine industry have usurped credit that rightfully belongs to plumbers, electricians, sandhogs, engineers, and town planners.

For these reasons, policymakers at all levels of government should protect the human rights and individual freedoms of individuals to opt out of vaccination programs through exemptions.

The hubris of the medical community will never go away. Policy makers need to know that vaccines, like all medical interventions, are not foolproof.

Vaccines are not magic. We all have different susceptibility to disease. People are not one size fits all.

In 1918-1919 the vaccine industry experimented with soldiers, probably with disastrous consequences.

In 2018, the vaccine industry will be experimenting with infants every day. The vaccination schedule has never been tested as given. The results of the experiment are:  1 in 7 American children  are in some form of special education and more than 50% have some form of chronic illness. (12)

In 1918-1919, there was no safety follow-up after vaccines were delivered.

In 2018, there is virtually no safety follow-up after a vaccine has been delivered.

Who exactly gave you that flu shot at Rite Aid? Do you have the mobile number of the store employee if something goes wrong?

In 1918-1919 the manufacturer was not liable for injuries or death caused by vaccines.

In 2018 there will be no liability for vaccine manufacturers for injuries or death caused by vaccines,  which was formalized in 1986 . (13)

In 1918-1919, there was no independent research to contest the official account that "Spanish flu" was a mysterious illness that came out of the blue. I suspect many at the Rockefeller Institute knew what had happened, and many of the doctors who administered the vaccines to the troops knew what had happened, but those people are long dead.

In 2018, the pharmaceutical industry will be the largest campaign donor to politicians and the largest advertiser in all forms of media, so not much has changed in 100 years.

This story is likely to be ignored by the mainstream media as their salaries are paid by pharmaceutical ads.

The next time you hear someone say “vaccines save lives,” please remember that the true story of the cost / benefit of vaccines is much more complicated than their three-word slogan. Also consider that vaccines may have killed 1918-1919 million people in 50-100. If true, those costs far outweighed any benefits, especially when you consider that plumbers, electricians, sandhogs, and engineers did and continue to do the real work in reducing disease mortality.

Vaccines are not magic. Human rights and bioethics are critical. Policy makers must understand the history of medical pride and protect individual and parental human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.


Kevin Barry is the president of First Freedoms, Inc. a 501.c.3. He is a former federal attorney, a representative at UN headquarters in New York and the author of  Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism Research Fraud at the CDC . Support our work www. first freedoms. org

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Did a military experimental vaccine in 1918 killed 50-100 million people blamed for “Spanish flu”? Part 2


1. Deaths from bacterial pneumonia during 1918-1919 Flu pandemic
John F. Brundage * and G. Dennis Shanks † Connections
Author: * Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA; † Australian Army Malaria Institute, Enoggera, Queensland, Australia

2. World Health Organization: unsafe drinking water, sanitation and waste management

3. J Infect Dis. 2008 Oct 1; 198 (7): 962-970.
Predominant role of bacterial pneumonia as
Cause of Death in Pandemic Flu: Implications for Pandemic Flu Preparedness David M. Morens, Jeffery K. Taubenberger and Anthony S. Fauci artikelen / PMC2599911 /

4. PDF of Fort Riley Study (1918)

5. American Experience, "The First Wave" , PBS

Mayo Clinic: Meningitis meningitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350508

7.  Public Health Rep . 2010; 125 (Suppl 3): 82-91.
The United States Army and the 1918-1919 Flu Pandemic
Carol R. Byerly , PhD

8. Rockefeller Institute pamphlet PDF (1919)

9. Is military research dangerous to the health of veterans? Lessons Spanning Half a Century, a staff report prepared for the Veterans Affairs Committee, United States Senate, December 1994

10. Dr. Stanley Plotkin: Vaccination Experiments on Orphans, Mentally Handicapped, and Others (January 2018)

11. Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (October 19, 2005)

12. CDC provides new statistics on the prevalence of disabilities

13. 1986 Vaccine Injury Compensation Act

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