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Vaccine safety: whom to believe?

We’re all getting very weary of distortions of the truth in the media these days, with the election and all. Maybe we’re all getting a little more skeptical of what we’re told.

And so it’s not too surprising to me to find out that a whooping cough-tetanus-diphtheria vaccine used for 10 years until 2011 had a little clause in its product insert informing those who bothered to read it that the vaccine might cause autism.  This FDA-approved vaccine listed not only autism but SIDS as a possible side effect of using the vaccine.  This product insert is apparently no longer available on the Internet, except from the guy who photographed it in 2005 and put it up at the link below.

The Tripedia vaccine was approved in 2001 as a thimerosal-free version of the TDaP vaccine. In 2005, after four years of use, its product insert was found on several official websites, containing the language about causing autism.  The vaccine is still approved, but was discontinued by the manufacturer in 2011.

“How many times have you heard a doctor or health worker hysterically say there is ZERO chance that vaccines cause autism?” asks Jeffrey John AufderHeide, author of this blog post about the ephemeral information in the product insert for Tripedia:


And the reason for the whooping cough outbreak is … NOT vaccine refusers

We all know there’s something of a whooping cough outbreak these days. In fact, there are 25,000 cases a year in the U.S., roughly, and have been for a decade–26,000 so far in 2012.  The autism-vaccine debate has spawned plenty of accusations against vaccine refusers: they must be the cause of this.

But in fact, most of those who came down with the potentially deadly disease were vaccinated. And this info comes from the Centers for Disease Control, normally a vaccine proponent.

A new study published in yesterday’s New England Journal of Medicine identifies the culprit: the whooping cough vaccine introduced in the 1990s, a weaker version of the previous vaccine which had caused problems. This new study says that this safer vaccine loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought. The protective effect weakens soon after the children get the last of their five shots at around age 6.

What to do? Health officials are considering adding more booster shots to the schedule for older children. Whooping cough is most dangerous to children. They’d also like to see another vaccine, but none is close to ready for use.



How can you protect your child from whooping cough?

How do you best protect your infant from whooping cough outbreaks? Obviously it’s the vaccine, right? Maybe not.

A study, performed at Kaiser Permanente (a health insurer) in California, examined children who contracted whooping cough during an outbreak in 2010 and found that most had in fact been fully vaccinated. According to Reuters News Service April 3, “Of the 132 patients under age 18, 81 percent were up to date on recommended whooping cough shots and eight percent had never been vaccinated. The other 11 percent had received at least one shot, but not the complete series.”

Meanwhile, Big Pharma advocates have been bashing parents who delay vaccination, claiming they are causing whooping cough epidemics. This is now patently false.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, who operates a huge website advocating natural health based on research outcomes, has a very interesting discussion of the Kaiser Permanente findings.  He also quotes a key doctor who claims the efficacy of the new whooping cough vaccine was manipulated when a World Health Organization vaccine-oversight committee, which the doctor was a member of, redefined a case of whooping cough. This tougher definition involved 1) having at least 21 days of paroxysmal coughing and 2) laboratory confirmation. Since milder cases were excluded from the results of the efficacy study, the vaccine looked a lot more effective than it actually was, charged James D. Cherry, MD, who published his article recently in the respected journal Pediatrics.


News on Kaiser Permanente study http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/us-whoopingcough-idUSBRE8320TM20120403

Mercola’s article http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/30/whooping-cough-vaccine.aspx?e_cid=20120730_DNL_artNew_1

James D. Cherry in journal Pediatrics http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/5/968.extract

“Should I let my child have the MMR shot?”

There’s been a whole lot of mudslinging going on on the subject of whether the MMR shot might cause autism in children with risk factors. The tiny pilot study by the doctor who originally questioned the vaccine, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been retracted by the magazine that published it. The media love to tar and feather Dr. Wakefield, without looking up the facts, and ignoring the big influencer behind the scenes: Big Pharma which stands to lose zillions of dollars if he is right. Now an Italian court has agreed that a child got autism from an MMR shot.

There’s been some further study that supports Wakefield, and of course you’re not hearing about it in the media.

Natasha Campbell-McBride grew up in Russia but now lives in England, where she practices medicine. She has a post-graduate degree in neurology and one in human nutrition as well as her medical training. Like many doctors interested in autism, she is a parent of an autistic child (now recovered). Her specialty has become treating autistics.

Dr. Campbell-McBride finds that babies who are susceptible to problems with vaccines are those who have insufficient gut flora, or bacteria that keep the intestines (and the immune system) working properly. A baby would get a healthy dose of gut flora by passing through the birth canal and receiving the healthy flora from his mother. But what if the mother’s flora is inadequate? Many of those who are now mothers of young children were treated with plenty of antibiotics while growing up, a practice that killed off the helpful gut flora repeatedly. If they eat a “normal American” diet, they are getting plenty of fuel for harmful organisms to replace the healthy ones. And finally, if they were bottle-fed, they missed out on an opportunity to pick some up from their own mothers.   All these problems are compounding in succeeding generations.  Vaccinations put further stress on the immune system, sometimes putting it over the tipping point.

Dr. Campbell-McBride recommends some simple lab tests that will help you determine whether your child has insufficient gut flora for taking vaccines.  Take a look at what Dr. Joseph Mercola says about the topics in the source links.  And it sounds like we should all be eating fermented foods, like kimchee, the kind that still has organisms growing in it–not the canned sauerkraut that probably has all its flora killed in the canning process.




Does vaccination protect your child from whooping cough?

Are vaccines actually effective?

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) in Washington, D.C., is an official government committee advising the national vaccine program. Its June meeting spent a lot of time discussing a pertussis outbreak in Washington State, where Charles DeBolt, representing the Washington state Department of Health, reported questions from parents.

“According to Dr. DeBolt the state has been ‘flooded by phone calls’ from parents, stating that their child was up-to-date on pertussis vaccination and had still contracted pertussis. Dr. DeBolt also reported to the NVAC that Washington continues to have high vaccination rates and vaccine exemptions for school age children overall were only 4%.”  This report comes from Theresa Wangram, reporting for the National Vaccine Information Center.

Ms. Wangram said she contacted the Washington Department of Health in May to request information on rates of pertussis among vaccinated and unvaccinated populations in Washington. She was told that numbers were not yet available. Also, she noted that at the NVAC meeting the CDC’s Dr. Tom Clark reported that, “while uptake of the pertussis vaccine is high and has reduced pertussis in some populations, increased uptake has not translated into decreased mortality among infants.”

Interesting food for thought!

Source: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/July-2012/ca-bill-to-restrict-personal-belief-vaccine-exempt.aspx#NVAC

Vaccine-autism debate confuses parents

Parents of infants must be really confused these days about vaccinations. They hear plenty of loud voices in the media, and from their doctors, telling them that they risk awful diseases if they don’t vaccine their tiny children. And maybe they hear the other side too from parents of children with autism who suspect the shots brought on the autism. Mostly they’ve been taught to trust their doctors, so in many cases they go along with the shots.

But in actual fact, many, many of these parents switch sides when their children start behaving differently after shots, usually after at least 12 months of age. Since one in 88 eight-year-olds now has autism, many of them with anecdotal evidence regarding shots, I’m talking about a large number of people.  Don’t know anyone like that personally? Cruise around the Internet a bit and you’ll see tons of testimony, including before-and-after videos. In fact a recent poll shows that 1 in 4 parents thinks vaccinations can cause autism.

The media and doctors who are on the Big Pharma bandwagon are bludgeoning parents with the risks they see: risks concerning diseases. And what about the risks of vaccination? They never mention those. Vaccine risks are accepted by health professionals, and not talked about. They know some people will be adversely affected. But they deem the “herd immunity” to be worth sacrificing some individuals. It’s always been that way.

Meanwhile, most of the media are misstating the research on the vaccine-autism question, currently contested and inconclusive, and funded of course by those who have the most to lose or gain: the pharmaceutical companies.

If you are a parent wondering what to do, take a look at what a respected physician and medical school professor at the University of Washington has written out for you. http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller15.html

And if you just want some facts, comparing the vaccine schedules of today with those of 1983 and telling you the ingredients in each vaccine, go here: http://www.generationrescue.org/resources/vaccination/

Italian court declares a vaccine caused autism in 1 case

An Italian judge has sided with the parents in a case where the MMR vaccine stood trial for causing autism and 100 percent disability in a child. Apparently the child became sick the same day as taking the vaccine and never recovered.

The U.S. news media has failed to pick up on this news, while the Italian newspaper scolded the judge for encouraging measles epidemics.

Where is investigative journalism? If investigative journalism were functioning in this age of the waning newspaper, a reporter could make it very clear that the question of vaccines causing autism has not been proven one way or the other, but a British researcher, Andrew Wakefield, has been vilified beyond all reason. Instead, the media is parroting what the vaccine makers want to hear. Huge pharmaceutical companies are shielded by liability laws on vaccines and are generating more and more of them, while convincing those on review boards that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Studies do seem to show that the measles vaccine in the MMR does not cause autism, and that the mercury that used to be prevalent in vaccines does not cause autism. These results are in dispute by knowledgeable scientists. And there are no other studies that show that vaccines are safe. So what about the aluminum in the vaccines? A study found a correlation there. And requiring too many, too soon?  If you let your kids be vaccinated on schedule, you’re participating in a vast experiment. And when bad things happen, you may get tarred and feathered.

Look at who’s making the money!

Source: http://www.quotidianosanita.it/regioni-e-asl/articolo.php?articolo_id=8363&goback=.gfl_4301203

Google translation ( a little rough, but you can get the idea):

Autism. Court of Rimini: “Blame the vaccine.” Ministry ordered to pay compensation

The court granted the appeal by parents of a child who, according to the prosecution, would become autistic after vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella. Asked for compensation to the Ministry of Health. Sites, FIMMG, FIMP and Sip: “Judgment based on false science.”

The vaccine in question is the one against measles, mumps and rubella. According to the parents, in fact, the symptoms of autism in their child would have arisen just after inoculation. Even the same day, as stated in the judgment. Returning dall’Auls of Riccione, March 26, 2004, the child would begin to show worrisome symptoms (diarrhea and nervousness), while between 2004 and 2005 would have appeared signs of severe psychological and physical discomfort to the recognition, August 31, 2007, total and permanent disability to 100%. Whether this was due to vaccinations you practice the specialist Niglio already stated in June 2008 and to confirm it arrived a year later, the specialist Montanari.

That this condition was due “with reasonable scientific probability” to the administration of the vaccine MPR occurred at the ASL in Riccione was then the medical-legal evaluation of the auxiliary, that judges must be upheld. Established, therefore, that the child has been harmed by the irreversible complications due to vaccination, the court ordered the Ministry of Health to pay the compensation.

The judge, according to these experts, should have “apparently” based on “what is published, now 14 years ago, the Lancet, and subsequently withdrawn by the obvious lack of foundation of what was initially proposed by a group of British researchers.”

The known medical journal Lancet has officially withdrawn because the study on possible links between autism and MMR trivalent vaccine. The article, published in 1998 and written by British doctor Andrew Wakefield, was due to a long scientific dispute lasted almost 12 years. Wakefield claimed that the vaccine was due to intestinal infections, in turn linked to Kanner’s syndrome. His claims were discredited by the scientific world, and were at the base of one of the most important disputes in the history of medicine: “Unfortunately – says the Scientific Board – the false thesis proposals led to a strong decrease in the number of vaccinations in the United States, in Great Britain and other parts of Europe, with the result, in many cases disastrous, a sudden increase of cases of measles and its complications, including several cases of encephalitis and death. “

Speaking of toxins, how about heavy metals in the vaccines?

If toxins in our environment are all piling together and overwhelming young immune systems to cause autism, as writers are now saying, it seems logical that we should take a very good look not only at things we eat or touch, but at contaminants that are pumped into the blood.

It is simply not true what the media like to say, that vaccines have been proven safe. The matter has not even been studied, except down two avenues of many possible avenues. Those two avenues: the measles virus in the MMR vaccine is shown not to cause autism, and the mercury in vaccines was shown not to cause autism (with study results hotly disputed because evidence was apparently excluded). What about aluminum in vaccines? What about multiple viruses in multiple vaccines overwhelming young immune systems? In fact, a study paid for by concerned parent groups shows a correlation between autism and cumulative exposure to aluminum in vaccines.

Some parents are going to court to get a fair hearing. A court is taking up the case of an autistic boy whose parents blame his vaccines. In the news: the boy wins a round. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/legal/autistic-boy-wins-round-in-vaccine-case-282248/

Source: vaccine study finding correlation between aluminum in vaccines and autism: http://omsj.org/reports/tomljenovic%202011.pdf

The Amish don’t get autism, and they aren’t vaccinated

Bloggers are talking about the autism-vaccine link these days, and some of them have brought up a little investigation done in 2005 by United Press International reporter Dan Olmsted. Olmsted wanted to know whether the Amish, who largely don’t vaccinate their children, suffer autism at the same rates as everybody else.

Olmstead took a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and embarked on looking for people with autism. If the prevailing theory that autism is genetic was correct, there should have been 1 in 166 people in that population with autism, he figured. (One in 166 was the accepted figure at the time. Now it’s more like 1 in 100.)

He figured there would be about 130 people in the Amish community there with autism, based on 1 in 166.  About half of those would have easily identifiable classic autism, he said. So, upwards of 50 with classic autism. And he started asking around to find them.

He found only three.

Coincidentally or not, at least two of the three had been vaccinated. One had been adopted from China and had received all her vaccinations on the same day.

Now, there are other variables too.  Amish eat a far-different diet from most Americans. They’re mostly from the same gene pool. And so on. So this isn’t conclusive evidence. What’s needed is a study matching vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals and comparing autism rates. No one with any money is willing to do this, at least so far. Since it would settle the question, I do wonder why not.

And what about the headlines a while back about a polio outbreak in an Amish community? According to the HealthWyze blog, it turns out that was a strain of polio that came from a five-year-old vaccine. It didn’t sicken the children, but was found in their stools only. Odd that this made headlines, isn’t it?

UPI report: http://www.putchildrenfirst.org/media/e.4.pdf

Health Wyze: http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/295-the-amish-dont-get-autism-but-they-do-get-bio-terrorism.html