Vaccination Issues
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Here is a frightening article about vaccines from Lewrockwell.com:

Mercury on the Mind

by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD
by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD

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Here is another article, from prisonplanet.com, written by a doctor:

Why You Should Avoid Taking Vaccines

Dr. James Howenstine, MD.

Dr. James R. Shannon, former director of the National institute of health declared, "the only safe vaccine is one that is never used."
Cowpox vaccine was believed able to immunize people against smallpox. At the time this vaccine was introduced, there was already a decline in the number of cases of smallpox. Japan introduced compulsory vaccination in 1872. In 1892 there were 165,774 cases of smallpox with 29,979 deaths despite the vaccination program. A stringent compulsory smallpox vaccine program, which prosecuted those refusing the vaccine, was instituted in England in 1867. Within 4 years 97.5 % of persons between 2 and 50 had been vaccinated. The following year England experienced the worst smallpox epidemic[1] in its history with 44,840 deaths. Between 1871 and 1880 the incidence of smallpox escalated from 28 to 46 per 100,000. The smallpox vaccine does not work.

Much of the success attributed to vaccination programs may actually have been due to improvement in public health related to water quality and sanitation, less crowded living conditions, better nutrition, and higher standards of living. Typically the incidence of a disease was clearly declining before the vaccine for that disease was introduced. In England the incidence of polio had decreased by 82 % before the polio vaccine was introduced in 1956.

In the early 1900s an astute Indiana physician, Dr. W.B. Clarke, stated "Cancer was practically unknown until compulsory vaccination with cowpox vaccine began to be introduced. I have had to deal with two hundred cases of cancer, and I never saw a case of cancer in an unvaccinated[2] person."

There is a widely held belief that vaccines should not be criticized because the public might refuse to take them. This is valid only if the benefits exceed the known risks of the vaccines.

Do Vaccines Actually Prevent Disease?

This important question does not appear to have ever been adequately studied. Vaccines are enormously profitable for drug companies and recent legislation in the U.S. has exempted lawsuits against pharmaceutical firms in the event of adverse reactions to vaccines which are very common. In 1975 Germany stopped requiring pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination. Today less than 10 % of German children are vaccinated against pertussis. The number of cases of pertussis has steadily decreased[3] even though far fewer children are receiving pertussis vaccine.

Measles outbreaks have occurred in schools with vaccination rates over 98 % in all parts of the U.S. including areas that had reported no cases of measles for years. As measles immunization rates rise to high levels measles becomes a disease seen only in vaccinated persons. An outbreak of measles occurred in a school where 100 % of the children had been vaccinated. Measles mortality rates had declined by 97 % in England before measles vaccination was instituted.

In 1986 there were 1300 cases of pertussis in Kansas and 90 % of these cases occurred in children who had been adequately vaccinated. Similar vaccine failures have been reported from Nova Scotia where pertussis continues to be occurring despite universal vaccination. Pertussis remains endemic[4] in the Netherlands where for more than 20 years 96 % of children have received 3 pertussis shots by age 12 months.

After institution of diptheria vaccination in England and Wales in 1894 the number of deaths from diptheria rose by 20 % in the subsequent 15 years. Germany had compulsory vaccination in 1939. The rate of diptheria spiraled to 150,000 cases that year whereas, Norway which did not have compulsory vaccination, had only 50 cases of diptheria the same year.

The continued presence of these infectious diseases in children who have received vaccines proves that life long immunity which follows natural infection does not occur in persons receiving vaccines. The injection process places the viral particles into the blood without providing any clear way to eliminate these foreign substances.

Why Do Vaccines Fail To Protect Against Diseases?

Walene James, author of Immunization: the Reality Behind The Myth, states that the full[5] inflammatory response is necessary to create real immunity. Prior to the introduction of measles and mumps vaccines children got measles and mumps and in the great majority of cases these diseases were benign. Vaccines "trick" the body so it does not mount a complete inflammatory response to the injected virus.

Vaccines and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS

The incidence of Sudden Infant Death syndrome SIDS has grown from .55 per 1000 live births in 1953 to 12.8 per 1000 in 1992 in Olmstead County, Minnesota. The peak incidence for SIDS is age 2 to 4 months the exact time most vaccines are being given to children. 85 % of cases of SIDS occur in the first 6 months of infancy. The increase in SIDS as a percentage of total infant deaths has risen from 2.5 per 1000 in 1953 to 17.9 per 1000 in 1992. This rise in SIDS deaths has occurred during a period when nearly every childhood disease was declining due to improved sanitation and medical progress except SIDS. These deaths from SIDS did increase during a period when the number of vaccines given a child was steadily rising to 36 per child.

Dr. W. Torch was able to document 12 deaths in infants which appeared within 3½ and 19 hours of a DPT immunization. He later reported 11 new cases of SIDS death and one near miss which had occurred within 24 hours of a DPT injection. When he studied 70 cases of SIDS two thirds of these victims[6] had been vaccinated from one half day to 3 weeks prior to their deaths. None of these deaths was attributed to vaccines. Vaccines are a sacred cow and nothing against them appears in the mass media because they are so profitable to pharmaceutical firms.

There is valid reason to think that not only are vaccines worthless in preventing disease they are counterproductive because they injure the immune system permitting cancer, auto-immune diseases and SIDS to cause much disability and death.

Are Vaccines Sterile?

Dr. Robert Strecker claimed that the department of defense DOD was given $10,000,000 in 1969 to create the AIDS virus to be used as a population-reducing[7] weapon against blacks. By use of the Freedom of Information Act Dr. Strecker was able to learn that the DOD secured funds from Congress to perform studies on immune destroying agents for germ warfare.

Once produced, the vaccine was given in two locations. Smallpox vaccine containing HIV was given to 100,000,000 Africans in 1977. Over 2000 young white homosexual males in New York City were given Hepatitis B vaccine that contained HIV virus in 1978. This vaccine was given at New York City Blood Center. The Hepatitis B vaccine containing the HIV virus was also administered to homosexual males in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St.Louis, Houston and Chicago in 1978 and 1979. U.S. Public Health epidemiology studies have disclosed that these same 6 cities had the highest incidence of AIDS, Aids related Complex (ARC) and deaths rates from HIV, when compared to other U.S. cities.

When a new virus is introduced into a community. It takes 20 years for the number of cases to double. If the fabricated story that green monkey bites of pygmies led to the HIV epidemic, the alleged monkey bites in the 1940s should have produced a peak in the incidence of HIV in the 1960s at which time HIV was non existent in Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) began a African smallpox vaccination campaign in 1977 that targeted urban population centers and avoided pygmies. If the green monkey bites of pygmies truly caused the HIV epidemic the incidence of HIV in pygmies should have been higher than in urban citizens. However, the opposite was true.

In 1954 Dr. Bernice Eddy (bacteriologist) discovered live monkey viruses in supposedly sterile inactivated polio vaccine[8] developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. This discovery was not well received at the NIH and Dr. Eddy was demoted. Later Dr. Eddy, working with Sarah Stewart, discovered SE polyoma virus. This virus was quite important because it caused cancer in every animal receiving it. Yellow fever vaccine had previously been found to contain avian (bird) leukemia virus. Later Dr. Hilleman isolated SV 40 virus from both the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines. There were 40 different viruses[9] in these polio vaccines they were trying to eradicate. They were never able to get rid of these viruses ontaminating the polio vaccines. The SV 40 virus causes malignancies. It has now been identified in 43 % of cases of non-Hodgekin lymphoma[10] , 36 % of brain tumors[11] , 18 % of healthy blood samples, and 22 % of healthy semen samples, mesothiolomas and other malignancies. By the time of this discovery SV 40 had already been injected into 10,000,000 people in Salk vaccine. Gastric digestion inactivtes some of SV 40 in Sabin vaccine. However, the isolation of strains of Sabin polio vaccine from all 38 cases of Guillan Barre Syndrome[12] GBS in Brazil suggests that significant numbers of persons are able to be infected from this vaccine. All 38 of these patients had received Sabin polio vaccine months to years before the onset of GBS. The incidence of non-Hodgekin lymphoma has"mysteriouly" doubled since the 1970s.

Dr. John Martin, Professor of Pathology at the Univ. of Southern California, was employed by the Viral Oncology Branch of the Bureau of Biologics (FDA) from 1976 to 1980. While employed there he identified foreign DNA in the live polio vaccine Orimune Lederle that suggested serious vaccine contamination. He warned his supervisors about this problem and was told to discontinue his work as it was outside the scope of testing required for polio vaccine.

Later Dr. Martin learned that all eleven of the African green monkeys used to grow the Lederle polio virus Orimune had grown simian cytomegalovirus from kidney cell cultures. Lederle was aware of this viral contamination as their Cytomegaloviral Contamination Plan[13] clearly showed in 1972. The Bureau of Biologics decided not to pursue the matter so production of infected polio vaccine continued.

In 1955 Dr. Martin identified unique cell destroying viruses termed stealth viruses in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. These viruses lacked genes that would enable the immune system to recognize them. Thus they were protected by the body's failure to develop antiviral antibodies. In March of 1995, Dr. Martin learned that some of these stealth viruses had originated from African green monkey simian cytomegalovirus of a type known to infect man.

The Lederle vaccine experience suggests that the higher-ups are not concerned about sloppy and dangerous preparation of vaccines. Animal cross infection is a huge unsolved current problem for all vaccine manufacturing. If this vaccine production sounds like an unbelievable mess to you, you are right.

The influential Club of Rome has a position paper in which they state that the world population is too large and needs to be reduced by 90 %. This means that 6 billion people must be reduced to 500 to 600 million. Obviously, creating famines and genocidal wars such as wrecked havoc in Africa, and loosing new laboratory-created diseases (HIV, Ebola, Marburg[14] , and probably West Nile virus and SARS) can help reduce the population. Other elitist groups (Trilaterals, Bildenbergers) have expressed similar concerns about excess people on planet Earth.

The company that was projected to produce the new smallpox vaccine in the U.S. was in serious trouble in England because of unsatisfactory quality of operations before setting up their facility in the U.S. Why would their performance here be any better than it was in England?

If there are important powerful groups of people that are determined to reduce the world population, what could be a more diabolically clever way to eliminate people than to inject them with a cancer-causing vaccine? The person receiving the injection would never suspect that the vaccine taken 10 to 15 years earlier had caused the cancer to appear.

Other Dangers From Vaccines

In the March 4, 1977 issue of Science Jonas and Darrell Salk warn, "Live virus vaccines against influenza or poliomyelitis may in each instance produce the disease it intended to prevent. The live virus against measles and mumps may produce such side effects as encephalitis (brain damage).

The swine flu vaccine was administered to the American public even though there had never been a case of swine flu identified in a human. Farmers refused to use the vaccine because it killed too many animals. Within a few months of use in humans this vaccine caused many cases of serious nerve injury (Guillan Barre syndrome).

An article in the Washington Post on Jan. 26, 1988 mentioned that all cases of polio since 1979 had been caused by the polio vaccine with no known cases of polio from a wild strain since 1979. This might have created a perfect situation to discontinue the vaccine, but the vaccine is still given. Vaccines are a wonderful source of profits with no risks to the drug companies since vaccine injuries are now recompensed by the government.

The steady escalation in the number of vaccines administered has been followed by an identical rise in the incidence of auto-immune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, subacute lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, asthma) seen in children. While there is a genetic transmission of some of these diseases many are probably due to the injury from foreign protein particles, mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and other toxic agents injected in vaccines.

In 1999, the rotavirus vaccine was recommended by the Center for Disease Control for all infants. When this vaccine program was instituted several infants died and many had life endangering bowel obstructions. Prelicensure trials[15] of the rotavirus vaccine had demonstrated an increased incidence of intussusception 30 times greater than normal but the vaccine was released anyway without special warnings to practitioners to be on the lookout for bowel problems. Children's vaccines are often not studied for toxicity possibly because such study might eliminate them from being used.

A large study from Australia showed that the risk of developing encephalitis from the pertussis vaccine was 5 times greater than the risk of developing encephalitis by contacting pertussis by natural methods.

Naturally acquired immunity by illness evolves by spread of a virus from the respiratory tract to the liver, thymus, spleen, and bone marrow. When symptoms begin, the entire immune response has been mobilized to repel the invading virus. This complex immune system response creates antibodies that confer life long immunity against that invading virus and prepares the child to respond promptly to an infection by the same virus in the future.

Vaccination, in contrast, results in the persisting of live virus or other foreign antigens within the cells of the body, a situation that may provoke auto-immune reactions as the body attempts to destroy its own infected cells. There is no surprise that the incidence of auto-immune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, subacute lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, asthma, psoriasis) has risen sharply in this era of multiple vaccine immunization.

Vaccine Induced Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

Dr. John Classen has published 29 articles on vaccine-induced[16] diabetes. At least 8 of 10 children with Type 1 (insulin needing) diabetes have this disease as a result of vaccination. These children may have avoided measles, mumps, and whooping cough but they have received something far worse: an illness that shortens life expectancy by 10 to 15 years and results in a life requiring constant medical care.

Dr. Classen has shown in Finland, the introduction of hemophilus type b vaccine caused three times as many cases of type 1 diabetes as the number of deaths and brain damage from hemophilus influenza type b it might have prevented.

In New Zealand, the incidence of Type 1 diabetes in children rose by 61 % after an aggressive vaccine program against hepatitis B.. This same program has been started in the U.S.A. so we can now look forward to many cases of Type 1 diabetes in children. Similar rises in Type 1 diabetes have been seen in England, Italy, Sweden, and Denmark after immunization programs against Hepatitis B.

Toxic Substances Are Needed To Make Vaccines.

Vaccines contain many toxic substances that are needed to prevent the vaccines from becoming infected or to improve the performance of the vaccine. Among these substances are mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum.[17]

In the past 10 years, the number of autistic children has risen from between 200 and 500 percent in every state in the U.S. This sharp rise in autism followed the introduction of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in 1975.

Representative Dan Burton's healthy grandson was given injections for 9 diseases in one day. These injections were instantly followed by autism. These injections contain a preservative of mercury called thimerosal. The boy received 41 times the amount of mercury which is capable of harm to the body. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can injure the brain and nervous system. And tragically, it did.

In the United States the number of compulsory vaccine injections has increased from 10 to 36 in the last 25 years. During this period, there has been a simultaneous increase in the number of children suffering learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Some of these childhood disabilities are related to intrauterine cerebral damage from maternal cocaine use, but probably vaccines cause many of the others.

Many vaccines contain aluminum. A new disease called macrophagic myofasciitis causes pain in muscles, bones and joints. All persons with this disease have received aluminum containing vaccines. Deposits of aluminum are able to remain as an irritant in tissues and disturb the immune and nervous system for a lifetime.

Nearly all vaccines contain aluminum and mercury. These metals appear to play an important role in the etiology of Alzheimer's Disease. An expert at the 1997 International Vaccine Conference related that a person who takes 5 or more annual flu vaccine shots has increased the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's Disease by a factor of 10 over the person who has had 2 or fewer flu shots.

When we take vaccines we are playing a modern version of Russian Roulette. We not only get exposed to aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde and foreign cell proteins but we may get simian virus 40 and other dangerous viruses which can cause cancer, leukemia and other severe health problems because the vaccine pool is contaminated due to careless animal isolation techniques. Congress has protected the manufacturers from lawsuits, so dangerous vaccines simply increase profits at no risk to the drug companies.

U.S. children aged 2 months began receiving hepatitis B vaccine in December 2000.No peer-reviewed studies of the safety of hepatitis B in this age bracket had been done. Over 36,000 adverse reactions with 440 deaths were soon reported but the true incidence is much higher as reporting is voluntary so only approximately 10 % of adverse reactions get reported. This means that about 5000 infants are dying annually from the hepatitis B vaccine. The CDC's Chief of Epidemiology admits that the frequency of serious reactions to hepatitis B vaccine is 10 times higher than other vaccines. Hepatitis B is transmitted sexually and by contaminated blood, so the incidence of this disease must be near zero in this age bracket. A vaccine expert, Dr. Philip Incao, states that "the conclusion is obvious that the risks[18] of hepatitis B vaccination far outweigh the benefits. Once a vaccine is mandated the vaccine manufacturer is no longer liable for adverse reactions.

Dr. W.B. Clarke's important observation that cancer was not found in unvaccinated individuals demands an explanation and one now appears forthcoming. All vaccines given over a short period of time to an immature immune system deplete the thymus gland (the primary gland involved in immune reactions) of irreplaceable immature immune cells. Each of these cells could have multiplied and developed into an army of valuable cells to combat infection and growth of abnormal cells. When these immune cells have been used up, permanent immunity may not appear. The Arthur Research Foundation in Tucson, Arizona estimates that up to 60 % of our immune system may be exhausted[19] by multiple mass vaccines (36 are now required for children). Only 10 % of immune cells are permanently lost when a child is permitted to develop natural immunity from disease. There needs to be grave concern about these immune system injuring vaccinations! Could the persons who approve these mass vaccinations know that they are impairing the health of these children, many of whom are being doomed to requiring much medical care in the future?

Compelling evidence is available that the development of the immune system after contracting the usual childhood diseases matures and renders it capable to fight infection and malignant cells in the future.

The use of multiple vaccines, which prevents natural immunity, promotes the development of allergies and asthma. A New Zealand study disclosed that 23 % of vaccinated children develop asthma , as compared to zero in unvaccinated children.

Cancer was a very rare illness in the 1890's. This evidence about immune system injury from vaccinating affords a plausible explanation for Dr. Clarke's finding that only vaccinated individuals got cancer. Some radical adverse change in health occurred in the early 1900s to permit cancer to explode and vaccinating appears to be the reason.

Vaccines are an unnatural phenomena. My guess is that if enough persons said no to immunizations there would be a striking improvement in general health with nature back in the immunizing business instead of man. Having a child vaccinated should be a choice not a requirement. Medical and religious exemptions are permitted by most states.

When governmental policies require vaccinations before children enter schools coercion has overruled the lack of evidence of vaccine efficacy and safety. There is no proof that vaccines work and they are never studied for safety before release. My opinion is that there is overwhelming evidence that vaccines are dangerous and the only reason for their existence is to increase profits of pharmaceutical firms.

If you are forced to immunize your children so they can enter school, obtain a notarized statement from the director of the facility that they will accept full financial responsibility for any adverse reaction from the vaccine. Since there is at least a 2 percent risk of a serious adverse reaction they may be smart enough to permit your child to escape a dangerous procedure. Recent legislation passed by Congress gives the government the power to imprison persons refusing to take vaccines (smallpox, anthrax, etc). This would be troublesome to enforce if large numbers of citizens declined to be vaccinated at the same time.

Footnotes:

1 Null Gary Vaccination: An Analysis of the Health Risks- Part Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients Dec. 2003 pg 78
2 Mullins Eustace Murder by Injection pg 132 The National Council for Medical Research, P. O. Box 1105, Staunton, Virginia 24401
3 Gary Null Interview with Dr. Dean Black April 7, 1995
4 de Melker HE, et al Pertussis in the Netherlands: an outbreak despite high levels of immunization with whole-cell vaccine Emerging Infectious Diseases 1997; 3(2): 175-8 Centers for Disease Control
5 Gary Null Interview with Walene James, April 6, 1995
6 Torch WS Diptheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) immunizations: a potential cause of the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) Neurology 1982; 32-4 A169 abstract.
7 Collin Jonathan The Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 1988 abstracted in Horowitz L. Emerging Viruses Aids & Ebola pg 1-5
8 Harris RJ et al Contaminant viruses in two live vaccines produced in chick cells.J Hyg (London) 1966 Mar:64(1) : 1-7
9 Horowitz Leonard G. Emerging Viruses AIDS & Ebola pg 484
10 Vilchez RA et al Association between simian virus 40 and non-Hodgekin lymphoma Lancet 2002 Mar 9;359(9309):817-823
11 Bu X A study of simian virus 40 infection and its origin in human brain tumors Zhonghu Liu Xing Bing Xue Zhi 2000 Feb;21 (1):19-21
12 Friedrich F. et al temporal association between the isolation of Sabin-related poliovirus vaccine strains and the Guillan-Barre syndrome Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo 1996 Jan-Feb; 38(1):55-8
13 Horowitz Leonard Emerging Viruses: Aids and Ebola pg 492
14 Horowitz Leonard G Emerging Viruses: Aids & Ebola pg 378-88 Tetrahedron Inc. Suite 147, 206 North 4th Ave. Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 1-888-508-4787 tetra@tetrahedron.org
15 Null, Gary Vaccination: An Anatysis of the health risks-Part 3 Townsend letter for doctors & patients Dec. 2003 pg 78
16 Classen, JB et al. Association between type 1 diabetes and Hib vaccine BMJ 1999; 319:1133
17 Brain 9/01
18 Incao, philip M.D. Letter to representative Dale Van Vyven, Ohio House of Representatives March 1, 1999 provided to www.garynull.com by The Natural Immunity Information Network
19 Rowen Robert Your first consultation with Dr. Rowen pg 20

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Quote:[Image: sobstory.gif]The fact is that pertussis is now treatable with erythromycin. It is not the deadly disease it once was.


Tell that to the 300,000 who died last year worldwide from pertussis. Funny how you will suggest an antibiotic, which of course has its own side effects, and is not recommended for neonates because of the side effects ( pyloric stenosis with projectile vomiting) for a disease that is preventable. [Image: huh.gif]
Quote: [Image: sobstory.gif] I read about this in depth. The virus is completely harmless in breastfed infants. The disease is a modern one, fed by industrialization and manufactured infant formula. The vaccine is the most efficacious agent of spreading the disease, as has been shown throughout the short history of the disease.

Yes, it is rendered harmless by the passive immunity of the mother. Provided the mother is immune.You neglect to say that passive immunity is just that -passive. Lasts about 3-4 years depending on the mothers level of immunity. After that the child loses their immunity. Passive immunity does not create memory cells to activate immune response to disease. Immunology 101. Let's go further and say that this child is a girl, who like her mother,decides not to vaccinate. When she becomes a mother and has a child, this woman has no passive immunity to pass on in her breast milk as she is not immune herself. There the protection stops. Can't give what ya don't have. Immunity comes from either the illness, or the vaccine.


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Quote:[Image: sobstory.gif]I am going to have to have a look at their website. Promoting hysteria is hardly good medicine.
Agreed. That is exactly what the anti -vaccination sites do.

Quote:These "cautionary tales" are much more rare than adverse reactions to vaccines.


Show me a source that shows that 300,000 people have died from vaccine reaction worldwide.


Quote:The website that posted this should update. The research is clear, these chronic diseases are associated with vaccines after all. The clearest evidence comes on the heels of the removal of thimerosal from vaccines and the sudden drop in cases of autism. I can't wait to hear the spin on that one.

Here's your "spin".

Although thimerisol
has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of inactivated influenza vaccine, some parents still have concerns about vaccinations. However, many well-done, large-scale studies have now been done that have failed to show a link between thimerosal and autism. For instance a Danish study of all children born in Denmark between 1990–1996 showed no difference in the rate of autism between children who got thimerosal-containing vaccines and those who did not. The possible vaccine / autism connection is further weakened by statistics which show that autism rates continue to grow in countries like Sweden, where Thimerosal was eliminated from vaccines in 1993.
Table 1. Thimerosal Content of Vaccines Routinely Recommended for Children 6 Years of Age and Younger - (updated 7/18/2005)
Vaccine Tradename (Manufacturer)* Thimerosal Status Concentration**(Mercury) Approval Date for Thimerosal Free or Thimerosal / Preservative Free (Trace Thimerosal)*** Formulation
DTaP Infanrix (GSK) Free Never contained Thimerosal
Daptacel (AP) Free Never contained Thimerosal
Tripedia (AP) Trace(<0.3 µg Hg/0.5mL dose) 03/07/01
DTaP-HepB-IPV Pediarix (GSK) Trace (<0.0125 µg Hg/0.5mL dose) Never contained more than a Trace of Thimerosal
Pneumococcal conjugate Prevnar (WL) Free Never contained Thimerosal
Inactivated Poliovirus IPOL (AP) Free Never contained Thimerosal
Varicella (chicken pox) Varivax (M) Free Never contained Thimerosal
Mumps, measles, and rubella M-M-R-II (M) Free Never contained Thimerosal
Hepatitis B Recombivax HB (M) Free 08/27/99
Engerix B (GSK) Trace (<0.5 µg Hg/0.5mL dose) 03/28/00
Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate (Hib) ActHIB (AP)/OmniHIB (GSK) Free Never contained Thimerosal
PedvaxHIB (M) Free 08/99
HibTITER, single dose (WL)1 Free Never contained Thimerosal
Hib/Hepatitis B combination Comvax (M) Free Never contained Thimerosal
Influenza Fluzone (AP) 0.01% (12.5 µg/0.25 mL dose, 25 µg/0.5 mL dose)2
Fluzone (AP)3
(no thimerosal)
Free 12/23/2004
Fluvirin (Chiron/Evans) 0.01% (25 µg/0.5 mL dose)
Fluvirin (Chiron/Evans)
(Preservative Free)
Trace (<1ug Hg/0.5mL dose) 09/28/01
Influenza, live FluMist4 (MedImmune) Free Never contained Thimerosal
Manufacturer abbreviations:
GSK = GlaxoSmithKline; WL = Wyeth Lederle; AP = Aventis Pasteur; M = Merck.
** Thimerosal is approximately 50% mercury (Hg) by weight. A 0.01% solution (1 part per 10,000) of thimerosal contains 50 µg of Hg per 1 mL dose or 25 µg of Hg per 0.5 mL dose.
*** The term "trace" has been taken in this context to mean 1 microgram of mercury per dose or less.
1 HibTiITER was also manufactured in thimerosal-preservative containing multidose vials but these were no longer available after 2002.
2 Children 6 months old to less than 3 years of age receive a half-dose of vaccine, i.e., 0.25 mL; children 3 years of age and older receive 0.5 mL.
3 A trace thimerosal containing formulation of Fluzone was approved on 9/14/02 and has been replaced with the formulation without thimerosal.
4 FluMist is not indicated for children less than 5 years of age.

Quote:No, all it takes is greed and lies. Look at the rota virus vaccine. Rota virus is characterized by chronic diarrhea, rarely heard of in the U.S., but this is the first country to vaccinate against it. Many people haven't even heard of the vaccine because it was linked to so many deaths from intusseception (the bowel telescopes in on itself.)

My emphasis. The vaccine was pulled, not for "so many deaths", but for 2. I feel for the parents of these children, but intussusception can occur without the rotavirus vaccine. I have assisted on some of them.
Rotavirus Vaccine and Intussusception In September 1999, the FDA announced that 99 cases of intussusception (including two deaths) had been reported in possible association with RotaShield. This is a sharp increase from the 15 that had been reported when the vaccine was halted in July. About 1.5 million doses of RotaShield have been given to children. The CDC is carefully studying whether these complications were actually caused by the vaccine. A safe, effective rotavirus vaccine would be welcome, because rotavirus infects almost all children by age 3, causing half a million physician visits and 20 deaths per year in the US.



Quote:Again, it is better to have all the facts rather than be lulled into a false sense of security. The outbreaks of diseases that are supposedly vaccine-preventable are occurring in 100% vaccinated populations.

Impossible. There are no 100% vaccinated populations due to people who won't vaccinate, and people who cannot because of immune system problems and there are the 3% who do not develop immunity despite the vaccine. Smoke and mirrors again.[Image: eyes.gif]

Quote:Wakefield's research has been proven correct.


And I can show you where his study was disproven soundly.

Quote:Unless, of course, it kills them.

Yes, unless they are the 3 week old who's unvaccinated sibling gets pertussis, exposes them to it, and it kills them. [Image: sobstory.gif]As you so callously put it.

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I'm sorry, but the studies put forward by the FDA and other government agencies are always in favor of vaccines. They don't put forward any data contradicting their position at all. Many doctors have gone against vaccines, although they are in the minority. Let's see what a few of them say:

Vaccination Quotes

“If vaccines were good for us, there would be no reason for dishonesty and deceit.” - Dr.Joseph Mercola

“Everyday millions of children are lined up and injected with toxic putrid substances grown on animal organs, cancer cells, aborted fetuses and other toxic substances. Few people are questioning how those viruses were obtained and how they were grown in a laboratory. If one would ask these sensible questions, one would become very enlightened about vaccine production. I warn you now, discussing vaccine-production will turn your stomach. Vaccines are made from the most vilest and filthiest substances on the earth. Since the definition of abomination is "anything that is filthy", the term describes vaccinations adequately and truthfully. The vaccine "cauldron" is full of putrid junk from bodies exposed to disease and excreting morbid purulence. Science gathers this junk up in hopes of making vaccines for "preventing" disease; and we are being fooled while vaccinations cause increases in diseases.” - Dr. Joseph Mercola

"Under the guise of public health, genocidal agendas are being facilitated all over the world, often at gunpoint, through the mass and mandated delivery of vaccines, toxic chemical pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceutical drugs, processed foods and contaminated water." --Don Harkins

"The fact is that many countries that call themselves free succumbed to medical dictatorship...people are sicker and less healthy...A country which mandates vaccination is not a free country...It is a country of zombies who do what they are told by vested interests who intimidate them and use them to make money."--Dr. Viera Scheibner

"Parents are frightened into having their babies and children "immunized" against a whole series of diseases, having them inoculated with vaccines, serums, anti-toxins and toxoids of all kinds. The constant stream of propaganda carried on by the pharmaceutical houses and commercial medicine to keep this profitable business alive is filled with manufactured and "doctored" statistics, lies, distortions and statements designed to frighten parents. The whole purpose of this propaganda is not to secure the health and welfare of children, but to guarantee the steady inflow of profits to the physicians and manufacturing drug houses." --Herbert Shelton

"My suspicion, which is shared by others in my profession, is that the nearly 10,000 SIDS deaths that occur in the United States each year are related to one or more of the vaccines that are routinely given children. The pertussis vaccine is the most likely villain, but it could also be one or more of the others." --Dr. Mendelsohn, M.D.

"The evidence for indicting immunisations for SIDS is circumstantial, but compelling. However, the keepers of the keys to medical-research funds are not interested in researching this very important lead to the cause of an ongoing, and possibly preventable, tragedy. Anything that implies that immunisations are not the greatest medical advance in the history of public health is ignored or ridiculed. Can you imagine the economic and political import of discovering that immunisations are killing thousands of babies?" --Dr. Douglass M.D.

"Only after realising that routine immunisations were dangerous did I achieve a substantial drop in infant death rates. The worst vaccine of all is the whooping cough vaccine... it is responsible for a lot of deaths and for a lot of infants suffering irreversible brain damage. In susceptible infants, it knocks their immune systems about, leading to irreparable brain damage, or severe attacks or even deaths from diseases like pneumonia or gastro-enteritis and so on." --Dr. Kalokerinos, M.D.

"Delay of DPT immunisation until 2 years of age in Japan has resulted in a dramatic decline in adverse side effects. In the period of 1970-1974, when DPT vaccination was begun at 3 to 5 months of age, the Japanese national compensation system paid out claims for 57 permanent severe damage vaccine cases, and 37 deaths. During the ensuing six year period 1975-1980, when DPT injections were delayed to 24 months of age, severe reactions from the vaccine were reduced to a total of eight with three deaths. This represents an 85 to 90 percent reduction in severe cases of damage and death." --Raymond Obomsawin, M.D.


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Excipient (click on links) Use Vaccine
Aluminum Hydroxide Adjuvant Anthrax (BioThrax), DTaP (Certiva, Infanrix, Acel-Imune), DT (Massachusetts), Td (Massachusetts), Hib (PedvaxHib), Hib-Hepatitis B (Comvax), Hepatitis A (Havrix, Vaqta), Hepatitis B (Engerix-B, Recombivax- HB), Lyme disease (LymeRix)
Aluminum Phosphate Adjuvant DTaP (Acel-Immune), DtwP (Massachusetts, BioPort), DT (Wyeth-Lederle), Td (Massachusetts, Wyeth-Lederle), Pneumococcal (Prevnar), Rabies (BioRab)
Aluminum Potassium Sulfate Adjuvant DtaP (Tripedia), DTwP (Aventis Pasteur), DT (Aventis Pasteur,), Td (Aventis Pasteur)
Amino Acids Growth medium Hepatitis A (Havrix), Typhoid oral (Vivotif)
Ammonium Sulfate Protein fractionation Hib (Act-HIB)
Amphotericin B Anti-bacterial Rabies
Ascorbic Acid Antioxidant Typhoid oral (Vivotif)
Bacto-peptone Growth medium Influenza (varies seasonally)
Beta-propiolactone Viral inactivator Influenza (Fluvirin), Rabies (Imovax, RabAvert)
Benzethonium Chloride Preservative Anthrax (BioThrax)
Bovine (of cow) albumin or serum Growth medium, protein stabilizer Hepatitis A (Havrix, Vaqta), Poliovirus attenuated (Orimune), Rabies (Imovax, RabAvert), Vaccinia (DryVax), Varicella (Varivax)
Brilliant Green Dye Vaccinia (DryVax)
Chlortetracycline Anti-bacterial Rabies (RabAvert), Vaccinia (DryVax)
DNA Manufacturing residue Hepatitis A (Vaqta)
Ethylenediamine-tetraacetic acid sodium (EDTA) Preservative Rabies (RabAvert), Varicella (Varivax)
Egg Protein Growth medium Influenza (all brands), Yellow fever (YF-Vax)
Fetuin (a bovine serum protein) Affinity ligand for chromatography DTaP (Certiva)
Formaldehyde, formalin Anti-microbial, preservative Anthrax (BioThrax), DTaP (all brands), DTwP (all brands), DtwP-Hib (Tetramune), Dt (all brands), Td (all brands), Hepatits A (Havrix, Vaqta), Hib (ActHIB), Influenza (Fluogen, FluShield, Fluzone), Japanese encephalitis (JE-Vax), Poliovirus inactivated (Ipol)
Gelatin Stabilizer in freeze-drying, solvent DtaP (Acel-Imune, Tripedia), Influenza (Fluzone), Japanese encephalitis (JE-Vax), Measles (Attenuvax), Mumps (Mumpsvax), Rubella (Meruvax II), MMR (MMR-II), Rabies (RabAvert), Typhoid oral (Vivotif), Varicella (Varivax), Yellow fever (YF-Vax)
Gentamicin Anti-bacterial Influenza (FluShield)
Glycerin Solvent Vaccinia (DryVax)
Glycine Protein stabilizer DTaP (Acel-Imune), DtwP-Hib (Tetramune), DT (most brands), Td (most brands)
Human serum albumin Growth medium Rabies (Imovax)
Hydrochloric Acid Adjust pH DTaP (most brands), DT (most brands)
Hydrogen Peroxide Toxin detoxifier DTaP (Certiva)
Kanamycin Anti-bacterial Lyme disease (LymeRix)
Lactose Stabilizer in freeze-drying, filling BCG (Tice), Hib (some packages), Meningococcal (Menomune), Typhoid oral (Vivotif)
Magnesium stearate Lubricant for capsule filling Typoid oral (Vivotif)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) Stabilizer Varicella (Varivax)
Mouse Serum Protein Growth medium Japanese encephalitis (JE-Vax)
MRC-5 cellular protein (live aborted fetal tissue) Growth medium Hapetatis A (Havrix, Vaqta), Rabies (Imovax, RabAvert), Varicella (Varivax)
Neomycin Anti-bacterial Influenza (Fluvirin), Measles (Attenuvax), Mumps (Mumpsvax), Rubella (Meruvax II), MMR (MMR-II), Poliovirus attenuated (Oimune), Poliovirus inactivated (Ipol), Rabies (Imovax RabAvert), Vaccinia (DyVax), Varicella (Varivax)
Ovalbumin Growth medium Rabies (RabAvert)
Phenol Preservative, anti-bacterial Pneumococcal (Pneumovax-23), Typhoid inactivated (Typhim Vi), Vaccinia (DryVax)
Phenol red (phenolsulfonphthalein) pH indicator, dye Poliovirus attenuated (Orimune), Rabies (Imovax)
2-Phenoxyethanol Preservative DTaP (Infanrix), Hepatitis A (Havrix), Lyme disease (LymeRix), Poliovirus inactivated (Ipol)
Phosphate buffers (eg, disodium, monosodium, potassium, sodium dihydrogen phosphate) Adjust pH DtaP (all brands), DT (most brands), Hib (Act-Hib, Hepatitis A (Havrix), Hepatitis B (Engerix-B), Lyme disease (LymeRix), Poliovirus inactivated (Ipol), Rabies (BioRab), Typhoid inactivated (Typhim Vi), Varicella (Varivax)
Polydimethylsilozone Anti-foaming agent Tyhpoid inactivated (Tyhim Vi)
Polyethylen glycol p-isooctylphynyl ether (Triton X-100) Nomionic surfactant (viral inactivation) Influenza (Fluzone)
Polymyxin B Anti-bacterial influenza (Fluvirin), Poliovirus inactivated (Ipol), Vaccinia (DryVax)
Polyoxyethylene 9-10 nonyl phenol (Triton N-101, OCTOXYNOL 9) Nonionic surfactant (viral inactivation) Influenza (Fluvirin)
Polysorbate 20 Surfactant Hepatitis A (Havrix)
Polysorbate 80 Surfactant DTaP (Acel-Imune, Infanrix, Tripedia), Influenza (Fluogen)
Potassium Glutamate Stabilizer Rabies (RabAvert)
Silicon Anti-foaming agent Lume disease (LymeRix)
Sodium Acetate Adjust pH DT (some brands), Td (some brands)
Sodium Borate Adjust pH Hepatitis A (Vaqta), Hib-Hepatitis B (Comvax)
Sodium Chloride Adjust tonicity Most vaccines, including Anthrax, BCG, Cholera, DTaP, DTwP, DtwP-Hib, DT, Td, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hib, Influenza, Lyme disease, Pneumococcal, Polio inactivated, Rabies, Typhoid inactivated, Varicella, Yellow fever
Sodium hydroxide Adjust pH DT (most brands), Td (most brands)
Sorbitol Stabilizer, solvent Measles (Attenuvax), Mumps (Mumpsvax), Rubella (Meruvax II), MMR (MMR-II), Polio attenuated, Yellow fever (YF-Vax)
Streptomycin Anti-bacterial Influenza (Fluogen), Poliovirus attenuated (Orimune), Poliovirus inactivated (Ipol), Vaccinia (DryVax [dihydrostreptomycine])
Sucrose Stabilizer in freeze-drying Hib (Act-HIB), Typhoid oral (Vivotif), Varicella (Varivax)
Thimerosal Preservative in some multidose containers (see package labeling for precise content) DTaP (some containers), DTwP (most containers), DT (most brands), Td (most brands), Hepatitis B (some packages), Hib (some packages), Influenza (all brands), Japanese encephalitis (JE-Vax), Meningococcal (Menomune), Pneumococcal (Pnu-Imune 23), Rabies (BioRab)
Tri(n)butylphosphate Viral inactivator Influenza (FluShield)
Vitamins Unspecified Growth medium Rabies (Imovax)
Yeast Protein Growth medium Hepatitis B (Engerix-B, Recombivax-HB), Hib (HibTiter), Hib-Hepatitis B (Comvax)

 

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References: Grabenstein JD. Immunolgic necessities: Diluents, adjuvants, and excipients. Hosp Pharm 1996;21:1287-92,1397-1401.

Grabenstein JD. Clinical management of hyperssensitivities to vaccine componnets. Hosp Pharm 1997;32:77-84,87.


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A Few Questions to ask Vaccination Advocates


Dr. Michel Odent has linked asthma to the whooping cough vaccine. Have you read his research? What do you think?

Professor Wakefield (UK) has linked autism and crohns disease to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. What do you think? What evidence do you have to back up your opinions?

Why is the same dose of vaccines given to a two month old as for a 5 year old?

Are you aware that Japan changed the start time for vaccinating from 3 months to two years and straight away their SIDS rate plummeted?

Do you believe in herd immunity? If so, how is it that 98% of U.S.A. children are vaccinated yet they still have outbreaks of these diseases?

Most diseases were already 90% gone before any vaccines were introduced, If this is so, how can vaccines be applauded for diseases ceasing, especially when there were no vaccines for some diseases like bubonic plague and scarlet fever?

How can an unvaccinated child be more of a risk than a vaccinated child if neither have the disease? Surely it would be the other way around in the case of the live virus vaccines? These children are assured of having the virus in their bodies to spread.

How can the Tetanus vaccine induce immunity, when contracting the disease naturally does not give immunity?

If the "so called" diphtheria vaccine, which is in fact a toxoid, works against the toxin produced by the bacteria, and not against the bacteria itself, then how did this "vaccine" help in the decline in diphtheria?


I would like to see the answer to the question I marked in bold.

P.S. I saw the article on the supposed non-correlation between autism and thimerosal, but it does not seem to be an indepth study, seeing as only 3 pages were devoted to the full article. And here is an answer to this "study":
How the Mercury in Vaccines Can Kill Your Baby


Thimerosal, a preservative developed by Eli Lily, was once widely used in vaccines. That was until it was identified as the source of the largest exposure to mercury in the United States in children under 18 months of age and mandated to be removed from vaccines. However, amazingly, despite its well-documented potential toxic effects, this harmful preservative remains present in the flu vaccine, which is given to pregnant women, the elderly and children.

A team of researchers examined the toxicity of thimerosal within the body including neurons. They explored:

* Neurotoxic mechanisms
* How the body detoxifies mercury
* The use of N-Acetylcysteine (or NAC) in aiding the detoxification pathway within the body

Ordinarily, the brain and liver can manufacture enough glutathione (an essential antioxidant and naturally occurring tripeptide made of cysteine, glutamate, and glycine) to protect your body from exposure to various heavy metals, including mercury. When this critical compound is depleted in your body, however, the mercury that is left can bind with cellular proteins, can lead to toxic damage.

Studies have indicated low incredibly tiny concentrations of thimerosal induced:

* DNA strand breaks
* Caspase-3 activation
* Membrane damage
* Cell death

Researchers also found that higher concentrations of thimerosal lead to a greater number of cells that were killed, and the nerve cell response occurred with only a three-hour exposure.

Neurotoxicology January 2005;26(1):1-8

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

I've posted many articles on this site about the perils of vaccines -- specifically the presence of thimerosal -- including extensive features by contributing editors and a board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock and Dr. Sherri Tenpenny.

Thimerosal, which contains almost 50 percent ethyl mercury by weight, should have been removed from vaccines over six years ago, when the EPA first mandated its removal. But due to mislabeling and other problems its presence is still being felt. So much so that even package inserts, which are required to detail exactly what is in a vaccine, may not even be accurate. This means your physician may not even be aware that a toxic additive such as thimerosal is in the vaccine,

For this reason, before making a decision on vaccinating your children, I strongly urge you, to do your family a major favor by reviewing the many side effects and risks involved in being subjected to this potentially life-threatening preservative.

Making the effort could mean all the difference between life and death.

Thus, an essential resource to aid you in learning more about this vitally important vaccine issue, including how to protect your children, is Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, a two-hour video by world-renowned vaccine expert Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. The video is the culmination of Dr. Tenpenny's three-year investigation into the true story behind vaccines. The facts on several crucial areas are covered including:

    * How vaccines can cause illnesses including autoimmune diseases, allergies, ear infections, and more
    * The very real link between vaccines and developmental learning and behavioral disorders in children
    * How vaccines have never been proven safe
    * The ingredients and contaminants in vaccines and why they're detrimental to your health
    * How vaccine studies are seriously flawed

If you are a parent, a medical practitioner, or otherwise interested in how to exercise your freedom of choice to bypass vaccines, please also consider Dr. Tenpenny's insightful cassette tape, The Dangers of Vaccines, and How You Can Legally Avoid Them which is a 90 minute teleconference interview I conducted with her.

If, for whatever reason, you are not yet convinced of the value and safety in avoiding vaccines, you should NOT let your child receive vaccines from the multi-dose vials.

These vaccines still have thimerosol in them.

Inform the physician or nurse that you want the single-dose vaccine container and request that you want to actually witness them removing it from the vial and would like the empty vial to take home with you as proof that your child did not receive the mercury-contaminated vaccine. This way you will at least avoid one of the problems with the vaccines.
http://www.mercola.com/2005/jan/19/mercury_vaccines.htm
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Sorry for flooding this thread with two more article but they are important. Here is one article by a respected doctor, who appeared on TV, radio, etc.:

Vaccinations and the Right to Refuse
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO – NewsWithNews.com September 14, 2005
By way of introduction, I like to tell people I’m a physician by training and a compulsive researcher by inclination. To be specific, I’ve invested more than seven-thousand hours investigating the under-reported health hazards associated with vaccinations, along with the attendant ethical and legal issues.

What started as a fairly modest research exercise has turned into a second full-time career. I’ve discussed vaccination hazards on more than 50 radio and television programs, addressed hundreds of professional, political, and trade groups, produced two informational DVDs, and authored numerous articles for both print publications and Internet sites. In addition, I’m scheduled to produce two books relating to the subject over the next year.

The risk of vaccination must be considered as important—and potentially more serious—than the risk of a childhood disease. Years of experience and thousands of hours of research have lead to conclusions that are not uniformly accepted: the importance of legally ensuring vaccine exemptions in each State and the right to refuse Nationally mandated vaccinations.

Vaccination is a procedure and vaccines are medications….and both have risks and side effects which are often ignored by the media and, worse, by many in the medical profession. As a population, we are against being forcibly medicated. We value our right to choose what is done to our bodies.

Humans are intrinsically healthy and tend to remain so if they are given nutritious, non-GMO foods, fresh air, and clean water. We have been blessed with God-given protective barriers against infectious diseases, including our skin and immune system.

Knowing that these facts are true for all members of the human species, how did we come to embrace the idea that injecting solutions of chemically-treated, inactivated viruses, parts of bacteria, traces of animal tissue and heavy metals, such as mercury and aluminum, was a reasonable strategy for keeping human beings—babies, children and adults—healthy?

If a “dirty bomb” exposed a large segment of US citizens simultaneously to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, Haemophilus influenza B, three strains of polio viruses, 3 strains of influenza viruses, measles, mumps, and rubella viruses, the chickenpox virus, and 7 strains of Streptococcus bacteria, we would declare a national emergency. We would call it an “extreme act of BIOTERRORISM”. The public outcry would be immense and our government would act accordingly.

And yet, those are the very organisms that we inject through vaccines into our babies and our small children, with immature, underdeveloped immune systems. Many are given all at the same time. But instead of bioterrorism, we call it “protection.” Reflect a moment on that irony.

Vaccine injuries are reported to be “rare”, but only because very few reactions are “accepted” by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as being caused by vaccines. I have frequently said that when a vaccine is given, and a bad reaction occurs, “ANYTHING BUT” the vaccine is “blamed” for the reaction. Here is a direct quote from the 6th edition of Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases called “The Pink Book”, published by the CDC:

“There is no distinct syndrome from vaccine administration, and therefore, many temporally associated adverse events probably represent background illness rather than illness caused by the vaccine…The DTaP may stimulate or precipitate inevitable symptoms of underlying CNS disorder, such as seizures, infantile spasms, epilepsy or SIDS. By chance alone, some of these cases will seem to be temporally related to DTaP.”

I have to admit, the first time I read that, I cried. Instead of blaming the vaccine for causing the problem, we blame the children for somehow being defective and the “defect” shows up after we inject them.

Another example of not blaming the vaccine for a reaction comes directly from the National Vaccine Injury compensation table. Only a handful of injuries are covered by this program; if your injury isn’t on the table, you don’t qualify for compensation. The government says “there is no proof”—no causal association—that the problem that was experienced, the seizure, for example, was caused by the vaccine.

And timing of the injury is important too. For example, the Injury Compensation Table states that if the baby manifests the symptoms of encephalopathy –or brain swelling—within 3 days of being given a DTaP shot, the injury is probably related to the vaccine. If the complication develops on the 4th day—or the 5th, 6th or 7th day—it is not considered to be “causally related” and the parent is ineligible to apply for compensation.

Sort of like saying the black and blue foot you have today had nothing to do with the frozen turkey you dropped on it last week, because the discoloration didn’t show up within the time allowed to “prove causation.”

Side effects and complications from vaccines are considered inconsequential because their numbers are supposedly “statistically insignificant.” This conclusion comes from epidemiological research involving large numbers of participants and has nothing to do with the individual person. Population-based conclusions go against one of the most basic tenants of all of medicine: to treat each person as an individual and believe them when they tell you something went wrong after a vaccine.

A “one in a million” reaction may be rare, but if you are “the one”, it is 100% to you.

And even if the one-in-a-million reactions are considered “rare” by the CDC, the health care costs associated with those “rare” reactions are not insignificant. Here’s one example.

One recognized complication of the flu shot is a condition called Gullian-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Guillian-Barre is disorder characterized by progressive paralysis, beginning in the feet and advancing up the body, often causing paralysis of the diaphragm and breathing muscles within a matter of hours or days.

Nearly all patients with GBS are hospitalized because of paralysis. The prognosis of GBS varies. Up to 13 percent die and 20 percent more are left significantly disabled, defined, for these purposes, as unable to work for at least a year.

The CDC reports this side effect to be “rare, perhaps 1 or 2 per million flu shots given.” Using the numbers determined from a variety of sources—including medical journals and government documents, it can reasonably be assumed that the flu shot may cause 40 cases of GBS per year.

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) database reveals that the average hospital charge per person for GBS is nearly $70,000. Add another $40,000 per person for rehabilitation costs after months of paralysis. Therefore the cost to healthcare for this “rare” complication can be approximated to be at least $4.4 million.

This conservative estimate doesn’t include lost wages, reduced standards of living for patients who returned to work but had to take a lower paying job because of their illness. And of course, there is no price tag for the “human cost” of being paralyzed and away from your family for months.

The advantageous cost-benefit relationship is one of the main rationalizations given for supporting the national vaccination program at all levels, infants through the elderly. But has anyone seriously analyzed the cost of caring for vaccine complications?

This example of Guillian-Barre represents the cost of just ONE complication. What if the costs for healthcare from all acknowledged side effects were calculated and added to the cost of the National Vaccination programs? What if we add in the parent-observed complications, such as refractory seizures?

Are we getting our money’s worth financially? Are we getting our money’s worth in terms of a “healthier” nation?

What about other not-so-obvious costs incurred by vaccine mandates—increased taxes and increased health insurance premiums to pay for the shots? Increased administrative costs to track that they have been given? There are many others, but I’ll stop there.

There are three things to take away from this introduction:

1. Low infection rates and high vaccination rates should not be the cornerstone of our public health policy. Vaccine reactions should not be discounted, whatever their numbers. Further, the true cost-benefit of the vaccination program must be considered, and what has been presented is barely the tip of the iceberg.

2. Parents, and all adults, must retain their right to refuse vaccines. They are not without risk, and those “rare” complications can result in significant costs, both economic and in terms of human life.

3. Children, and all adults, who refuse to be vaccinated are being discriminated against. They are losing their rights:
a. Rights and access to a public education.
b. Rights to access to health care, as doctors discharge them as patients.
c. Rights to food because often moms on Medicaid are refused food stamps.

These rights—including the right to refuse—must be ensured.

When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us—and force us to vaccinate and medicate our children in the name “health” and “policy” and for “the greater good” we, in essence, accept that the state owns our bodies, and, apparently, our children.

[To order Dr. Sherri Tenpenny's latest video, click here: "Vaccines, The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices"]
http://www.newswithviews.com/HNV/Hot_New_Videos6.htm

Sherri J. Tenpenny, D.O. is the President and Medical Director of OsteoMed II, a clinic located in the Cleveland area that provides conventional, alternative, and preventive medicine. OsteoMed II's staff of three osteopathic physicians, two acupuncturists and a 10-member support team focuses on four specialized areas: allergy elimination; treating acute and chronic pain problems; all areas of woman's health; and the treatment of vaccine injured children.

Dr. Tenpenny has lectured at Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve Medical School on topics related to alternative health. Nationally, she is a regular guest on many different radio and television talk shows, including "Your Health" aired on the Family Network. She has published articles in magazines, newspapers and internet sites, including, Redflagsdaily.com, Mercola.com and Mothering.com. She has presented at the National Vaccine Information Center's annual meeting and at several international conferences on autism.

Dr. Tenpenny is respected as one of the country's most knowledgeable and outspoken physicians regarding the impact of vaccines on health. As a member of the prestigious National Speaker's Association, Dr. Tenpenny is an outspoken advocate for free choice in healthcare, including the right to refuse vaccination. As an internationally known speaker, she is highly sought after for her ability to present scientifically sound information regarding vaccination hazard and warnings that are rarely portrayed by conventional medicine. Most importantly, she offers hope through her unique treatments offered at OsteoMed II for those who have been vaccine-injured.

Dr. Tenpenny is a graduate of the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. She received her medical training at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Tenpenny is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Prior to her career in alternative medicine, Dr. Tenpenny served as Director of the Emergency Department at Blanchard Valley Regional Hospital Center in Findlay, Ohio, from 1987 to 1995. In 1994, she and a partner opened OsteoMed, a medical practice in Findlay limited to the specialty of osteopathic manipulative medicine. In 1996, Dr. Tenpenny moved to Strongsville, Ohio, and founded OsteoMed II, expanding her practice and her vision of combining the best of conventional and alternative medicine.
Website: www.nmaseminars.com

Last updated 21/11/2005


The other is a recent one from World Net Daily:

New study links mercury to autism
Level of disorder dropped dramatically after element removed from vaccines

World Net Daily | March 3 2006

A new study shows a direct relationship between mercury in children's vaccines and autism, contradicting government claims there is no proven relationship between the two.

Published in the March 10 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the data show since mercury was removed from childhood vaccines, the increase in reported rates of autism and other neurological disorders in children not only stopped, but actually dropped sharply – by as much as 35 percent.
Using the government's own databases, independent researchers analyzed reports of childhood neurological disorders, including autism, before and after removal of mercury-based preservatives.

According to a statement from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, or AAPS, the numbers from California show that reported autism rates hit a high of 800 in May 2003. If that trend had continued, the reports would have risen to more than 1,000 by the beginning of 2006. But the number actually went down to 620, a real decrease of 22 percent, and a decrease from the projection of 35 percent.

Stated the AAPS: "This analysis directly contradicts 2004 recommendations of the Institute of Medicine, which examined vaccine safety data from the National Immunization Program of the CDC. While not willing to either rule out or to corroborate a relationship between mercury and autism, the IOM soft-pedaled its findings and decided no more studies were needed."

As more and more vaccines were added to the mandatory schedule of vaccines for children, the dose of the mercury-based preservative thimerosal rose, so that the cumulative dose injected into babies exceeded the toxic threshold set by many government agencies, the physicians' group explained.

Up until about 1989, pre-school children got only three vaccines – polio, DPT and MMR. By 1999, the CDC recommended a total of 22 vaccines to be given before children reach the first grade, including Hepatitis B, which is given to newborns within the first 24 hours of birth. Many of these vaccines contained mercury. In the 1990s, approximately 40 million children were injected with mercury-containing vaccines.

The rate of autism skyrocketed between 1989 and 2003. Currently, there are more than a half million children in the U.S. who have autism.
In 1999, on the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. Public Health Service, thimerosal was removed from most childhood vaccines as a "precautionary" measure. There was no admission of any causal link between thimerosal and autism.
The authors of the new report, David A. Geier, B.A. and Mark R. Geier, M.D., Ph.D., believe consumers should still be concerned about mercury, as it is still added to some of the most commonly used vaccines, such as those for flu.

States the report: "Despite its removal from many childhood vaccines, thimerosal is still routinely added to some formulations of influenza vaccine administered to U.S. infants, as well as to several other vaccines (e.g. tetanus-diphtheria and monovalent tetanus) administered to older children and adults. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences retreated from the stated 1999 goal of the AAP and the PHS to remove thimerosal from U.S. vaccines as soon as possible. … As a result, assessing the safety of [thimerosal-containing vaccines] is a matter of significant importance."

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Vaccines and Autism
By Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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[Image: offit1.jpg] Dr. Offit is the Chief of Infectious Diseases, the Director of the Vaccine Education Center, and the Henle Professor of Immunologic and Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Offit is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Offit has published over 130 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of virology and immunology and was recently a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also the co-author of two books, Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know and Breaking the Antibiotic Habit: A Parent's Guide to Coughs, Colds, Ear Infections, and Sore Throats, and the author of The Cutter Incident: How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis.

Recently, stories carried by the media have caused some parents to fear that the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) causes autism. This article provides a summary of the studies used to support the hypothesis that MMR causes autism, the studies that refute this hypothesis, and other investigations into the causes of autism.
The "Wakefield" Studies: Studies Hypothesizing That MMR Causes Autism
Two studies have been cited by those claiming that the MMR vaccine causes autism. This section summarizes those studies and lists their critical flaws.
The first Wakefield paper
In 1998, Andrew Wakefield and colleagues published a paper in The Lancet titled "Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children."(1) Wakefield's hypothesis was that the MMR vaccine causes a series of events that include intestinal inflammation, loss of intestinal barrier function, entrance into the bloodstream of encephalopathic proteins, and consequent development of autism. In support of his hypothesis, Dr. Wakefield described 12 children with neurodevelopmental delay (8 with autism). All of these children had gastrointestinal complaints and developed autism within 1 month of receiving MMR.

Critical flaws

    [*]About 90% of children in England received MMR at the time this paper was written. Because MMR is administered at a time when many children are diagnosed with autism, it would be expected that most children with autism would have received an MMR vaccine, and that many would have received the vaccine recently. The observation that some children with autism recently received MMR is, therefore, expected. However, determination of whether MMR causes autism is best made by studying the incidence of autism in both vaccinated and unvaccinated children. This wasn't done.
     
    [*]Although the authors claim that autism is a consequence of gastrointestinal inflammation, gastrointestinal symptoms were observed after, not before, symptoms of autism in all eight cases.
The second Wakefield paper
In 2002, Wakefield and coworkers published a second paper examining the relationship between measles virus and autism.(2)

The authors tested intestinal biopsy samples for the presence of measles virus genome from children with and without autism. Measles virus genome was detected by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and in situ hybridization. Seventy-five of 90 children with autism were found to have measles virus genome in intestinal biopsy tissue as compared with only 5 of 70 control patients. On its surface, this was a concerning result. However, this paper was also critically flawed.

Critical flaws

    [*]Measles vaccine virus is live and attenuated. After inoculation, the vaccine virus probably replicates 15-20 times. Measles vaccine virus is likely to be taken up by specific cells responsible for virus uptake and presentation to the immune system (termed antigen-presenting cells or APCs). Macrophages, B cells, and dendritic cells (DC) are different types of APCs. Because all APCs are mobile, and can travel throughout the body (including the intestine), it is plausible that a child immunized with MMR would have measles virus genome detected in intestinal tissues using a very sensitive assay (such as RT-PCR). To determine if MMR is associated with autism one must determine if the finding is specific for children with autism. Therefore, children with or without autism must be identical in two ways. First, children with or without autism must be matched for immunization status (i.e., receipt of the MMR vaccine).
     
    [*]Second, children must be matched for the length of time between receipt of MMR vaccine and collection of the biopsy specimen. Although this information was clearly available to the investigators and critical to their hypothesis, it was specifically omitted from the paper.
     
    [*]Because natural measles virus is still circulating in England, it would have been important to determine whether the measles virus genome detected in these samples was natural measles virus or vaccine virus. Although primers are available to distinguish these two types of virus, the authors chose not to use them.
     
    [*]RT-PCR is a very sensitive assay. Laboratories that work with natural measles virus (such as the lab where these studies were performed) are at high risk of getting false positive results. No mention is made in the paper as to how this problem was avoided.
     
    [*]As is true for all laboratory studies, the person who is performing the test should not know whether the sample is obtained from a case or a control (blinding). Because no statement is made in the method section, it is unclear that blinding of samples occurred.
Studies Showing That MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism
Five major studies have been performed to refute a causal association between receipt of MMR and autism.
1. The first Taylor paper
In 1999, Brent Taylor and coworkers examined the relationship between receipt of MMR and development of autism in an excellent, well-controlled study.(3) Taylor examined the records of 498 children with autism or autism-like disorder. Cases were identified by registers from the North Thames region of England before and after the MMR vaccine was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1988. Taylor then examined the incidence and age at diagnosis of autism in vaccinated and unvaccinated children. He found the following: 1) the percentage of children vaccinated was the same in children with autism as in other children in the North Thames region; 2) no difference in the age of diagnosis of autism was found in vaccinated and unvaccinated children; and 3) the onset of "regressive" symptoms of autism did not occur within 2, 4, or 6 months of receiving the MMR vaccine.

2. The JAMA paper
In 2001, Natalie Smith and coworkers examined the relationship between the increase in the number of cases of autism in California and receipt of the MMR vaccine.(4)

The percentage of children immunized with MMR vaccine between 1980 and 1994 was compared with the incidence of autism during the same period. Although a dramatic increase in the incidence of children with autism was reported, the percentage of children that received MMR vaccine remained the same.
3. The British Medical Journal paper
In a study that supported the findings in the JAMA paper, Hershel Jick and coworkers examined the incidence of autism in England between 1988 and 1993 and compared this with MMR immunization rates.(5) Although the incidence of autism increased, MMR immunization rates remained the same.

4. The second Taylor paper
A second study by Brent Taylor and coworkers examined the relationship between MMR vaccine and "new variant autism" (Wakefield's claim that autism is associated with inflammation of the small intestine).(6) Children with autism diagnosed between 1979 and 1998 were examined. The authors compared the number of children with autism and intestinal symptoms before 1988 and after 1988 (MMR was introduced into England in 1988). There was no difference. They concluded that there was, therefore, no evidence for "new variant autism" and provided further evidence that MMR vaccine was not associated with autism.

5. The Madsen paper
Perhaps the best study was that performed by Madsen and colleagues in Demark between 1991 and 1998 and reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.(7) The study included 537,303 children representing 2,129,864 person-years of study. Approximately 82 percent of children had received the MMR vaccine. The group of children was selected from the Danish Civil Registration System, vaccination status was obtained from the Danish National Board of Health, and children with autism were identified from the Danish Central Register. The risk of autism in the group of vaccinated children was the same as that in unvaccinated children. Furthermore, there was no association between the age at the time of vaccination, the time since vaccination, or the date of vaccination and the development of autism.

Studies On The Causes of Autism
Studies have focused on the genetics of autism and the timing of the first symptoms of autism.
Genetics of autism
One of the best ways to determine whether a particular disease or syndrome is genetic is to examine the incidence in identical (monozygotic) and fraternal (dizygotic) twins. Using a strict definition of autism, when one twin has autism, 60% of identical and 0% of fraternal twins have autism. Using a broader definition of autism (i.e., autistic spectrum disorder), when one twin has autism, approximately 92% of identical and 10% of fraternal twins have autism. (8,9)

Therefore, autism clearly has a genetic basis.
Timing of development of autism
  • Autism symptoms are present before 1 year of age
    Perhaps the best data examining when symptoms of autism are first evident are the "home-movie studies." These studies took advantage of the fact that many parents take movies of their children during their first birthday (before they have received the MMR vaccine). Home movies from children who were eventually diagnosed with autism and those who were not diagnosed with autism were shown to blinded neurodevelopmental specialists. Investigators were, with a very high degree of accuracy, able to separate autistic from non-autistic children at 1 year of age.(10-14)
     
    These studies found that subtle symptoms of autism are present earlier than some parents had suspected, and that receipt of the MMR vaccine did not precede the first symptoms of autism.
     
  • Autism symptoms are present before 4 months of age
    Other investigators extended the home-movie studies of 1-year-old children to include videotapes of children taken at 2-3 months of age. Using a sophisticated movement analysis, videos from children eventually diagnosed with autism or not diagnosed with autism were coded and evaluated for their capacity to predict autism. Children who were eventually diagnosed with autism were predicted from movies taken in early infancy.(15)
     
    This study supported the hypothesis that very subtle symptoms of autism are present in early infancy and argue strongly against vaccines as a cause of autism.
     
  • Evidence that autism occurs in utero
    Toxic or viral insults in utero as well as certain central nervous system disorders are associated with an increase in the incidence of autism.
     
    For example, children exposed to thalidomide during the first or early second trimester were found to have an increased incidence of autism.(16) However, autism occurred in children with ear, but not arm or leg, abnormalities. Because arms and legs develop after 24 days gestation, the risk period for autism following receipt of thalidomide must be before 24 days gestation. In support of this finding, Rodier and colleagues(17) found evidence for structural brainstem abnormalities in children with autism. These abnormalities could only have occurred during brainstem development in utero.
     
    Similarly, children with congenital rubella syndrome are at increased risk for development of autism.(18-24) Risk is associated with exposure to rubella prenatally, but not postnatally.
     
    Finally, children with fragile X syndrome or tuberous sclerosis are also at increased risk of developing autism.
     
    Taken together, these findings indicate that autism is likely due to abnormalities of the central nervous system that occur in utero.
Summing Up
Studies of 1) the genetics of autism, 2) the timing of the first symptoms of autism (home-movie studies), 3) the relationship between autism and the receipt of the MMR vaccine, 4) the histopathology of the central nervous system of children with autism, and 5) thalidomide, natural rubella infection, fragile X syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis all support the fact that autism occurs during development of the central nervous system early in utero.
Unfortunately, for current and future parents of children with autism, the controversy surrounding vaccines has diverted attention and resources away from a number of promising leads.
References
1. Wakefield, A.J., et al. Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 351: 637-641, 1998. Click here.
2. Uhlmann, V., et al. Potential viral pathogenic mechanism for new variant inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Clinical Pathology: Molecular Pathology 55:1-6, 2002. http://mp.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/54/6/DC1?eaf
3. Taylor, B., et al. Autism and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine: no epidemiological evidence for a causal association. Lancet 353:2026-2029, 1999. Click here.
4. Dales, L., et al. Time trends in autism and in MMR immunization coverage in California. JAMA 285:1183-1185,2001. Click here.
5. Kaye, J.A., et al. Mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine and the incidence of autism recorded by general practitioners: a time trend analysis. Brit Med J 322:460-463, 2001. Click here.
6. Taylor, B., et al. Abstract. Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and bowel problems or developmental regression in children with autism: population study. Brit Med J 324:393-396,2002. Click here.
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quoprimum Wrote:Studies Showing That MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism
Five major studies have been performed to refute a causal association between receipt of MMR and autism.
1. The first Taylor paper
In 1999, Brent Taylor and coworkers examined the relationship between receipt of MMR and development of autism in an excellent, well-controlled study.(3) Taylor examined the records of 498 children with autism or autism-like disorder. Cases were identified by registers from the North Thames region of England before and after the MMR vaccine was introduced into the United Kingdom in 1988. Taylor then examined the incidence and age at diagnosis of autism in vaccinated and unvaccinated children. He found the following: 1) the percentage of children vaccinated was the same in children with autism as in other children in the North Thames region; 2) no difference in the age of diagnosis of autism was found in vaccinated and unvaccinated children; and 3) the onset of "regressive" symptoms of autism did not occur within 2, 4, or 6 months of receiving the MMR vaccine.

 
EDITOR- Taylor et al's study of autism and its possible relation to the MMR (BMJ 16/2/02) has two deductive weaknesses: First; the authors say that to prove MMR-related (or 'new variant')autism exists, then the subset of autistic children whose parents voiced concern regarding their development only after receiving the MMR must be larger than the subset where concern was voiced prior to vaccination. But this rests on the assumption that for non-MMR-related (or 'standard') autism, parents tend to become concerned in equal measure before and after MMR (in other words, that the incidence of autistic symptoms - and thus parental concern - is constant over time). If, however, it were true that the symptom-incidence of standard autism peaked before the age of MMR then any children presenting with new variant autism might simply raise the overall post- MMR incidence to equal the pre-MMR incidence, thus camouflaging the existence of new variant autism. Second, the authors assume that in any individual case, pre- MMR parental concern rules out the possibility of new variant autism, whereas I can think of a plausible theory whereby the two are actually positively associated with each other: What if the MMR could trigger autism only if given too early in a child's development? This theory would then predict a group of slow-developers - whose parents may already have voiced concern over their child prior to MMR - who would therefore be vulnerable at the time of their vaccination and some of these would be triggered into autism by it. This study would systematically misinterpret such cases. Yours, Dr A. Solomon
Locum medical SHO (Last post - assistant in clinical oncology at Royal Free Hospital)
London N16 5UQ

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2. The JAMA paper
In 2001, Natalie Smith and coworkers examined the relationship between the increase in the number of cases of autism in California and receipt of the MMR vaccine.(4)

The percentage of children immunized with MMR vaccine between 1980 and 1994 was compared with the incidence of autism during the same period. Although a dramatic increase in the incidence of children with autism was reported, the percentage of children that received MMR vaccine remained the same.
 
From  http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk/mmrexpertgroup/paper%20eg%2036(annexc).htm :

7. Paper by Dales, Hammer and Smith

This paper, entitled "Time Trends in Autism and in MMR Immunisation Coverage in California" is one of the least conclusive and least robust of all the research of recent years. It appeared in JAMA, March 7th 2001, but it is surprising that it achieved publication, so weak was its hypothesis and so inconclusive its contents. The paper attempted to determine if a correlation existed in trends of MMR immunisation coverage and autism occurrence. This hypothesis will be almost impossible to use to detect any link, because immunisation coverage can be determined, and has a specific "date of immunisation", whereas autistic spectrum disorder ranges from the mild to the severe, its onset ranges from the rapid to the gradual, and its diagnosis varies from a timely and accurate diagnosis to no diagnosis whatever. This apparently did not deter Dales et al.

Quote:3. The British Medical Journal paper
In a study that supported the findings in the JAMA paper, Hershel Jick and coworkers examined the incidence of autism in England between 1988 and 1993 and compared this with MMR immunization rates.(5) Although the incidence of autism increased, MMR immunization rates remained the same.

 
From the same website above:
 

5. The Kaye, Melero-Montes and Jick Paper, BMJ, February 2001

This paper attempted to prove that there was no link between MMR and autism because although autism increased when MMR was introduced, it has carried on increasing since, when MMR's coverage reached near-saturation almost immediately after introduction.

  • The study looked at 305 children aged 12 or under with autism diagnosed in the years 1988-99. It also looked at 114 boys aged 2 to 5 years born in 1988-93. It used the UK General Practice Research Database.
  • The study found that autism had increased sevenfold from 0.3 per 10,000 in 1988 to 2.1 per 10,000 in 1999
  • In the 114 boys born 1988-93, it found autism increased fourfold, from 8 per 10,000 (1 in 1250) for boys born in 1988 to 29 per 10,000 (1 in 345) for boys born in 1993
  • The study concluded that no correlation existed between MMR and autism, and that the explanation for increased autism remained uncertain
  • However, the authors acknowledge that their methods were a "second-best", because what they really wanted to do was compare vaccinated and unvaccinated cohorts of children. They said that this was impossible because only 3% of cases and controls did not receive MMR. Given the small numbers of autism cases they actually looked at, this seems an unconvincing argument for abandoning their preferred approach
  • It is interesting that the Finland study team (Patja et al) said "Causality between immunisation and a subsequent untoward event cannot be estimated solely on the basis of a temporal relation." Yet the Kaye et al study uses a basically similar approach to "prove" there is no link, comparing temporally-linked trends in MMR take-up and autism increases. (= heads we win, tails you lose)
Quote:4. The second Taylor paper
A second study by Brent Taylor and coworkers examined the relationship between MMR vaccine and "new variant autism" (Wakefield's claim that autism is associated with inflammation of the small intestine).(6) Children with autism diagnosed between 1979 and 1998 were examined. The authors compared the number of children with autism and intestinal symptoms before 1988 and after 1988 (MMR was introduced into England in 1988). There was no difference. They concluded that there was, therefore, no evidence for "new variant autism" and provided further evidence that MMR vaccine was not associated with autism.

 
Same website:
 

1. The Taylor, Miller et al North London Study, June 1999

  • Study (designed by Dr Elizabeth Miller, Public Health Laboratory Service. Wholly inconclusive
  • Only looked at 498 cases, far too small a sample for robust statistical (case-series analysis) test. Study attempted to track-down children through special schools and LA special needs registers - open to question. Study describes itself as "a large regional sample", but it was actually very small, and probably missed many cases
  • Taylor, Miller study found steep increase in autism, ("There was a steady increase in cases by year of birth"), but did not explain it.
  • Also, study looked for clustering of parental concern six months after MMR, found it, dismissed it unconvincingly by saying it was "related to the difficulty of defining precisely the onset of symptoms". But this identifying a date was the very basis of their study.....
Quote:5. The Madsen paper
Perhaps the best study was that performed by Madsen and colleagues in Demark between 1991 and 1998 and reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.(7) The study included 537,303 children representing 2,129,864 person-years of study. Approximately 82 percent of children had received the MMR vaccine. The group of children was selected from the Danish Civil Registration System, vaccination status was obtained from the Danish National Board of Health, and children with autism were identified from the Danish Central Register. The risk of autism in the group of vaccinated children was the same as that in unvaccinated children. Furthermore, there was no association between the age at the time of vaccination, the time since vaccination, or the date of vaccination and the development of autism.

 
From taap.com (The entire report is fascinating and quite telling) :
 

A previous CDC–supported Danish study published in the New England Journal of

Medicine (NEJM) on November 7, 2002 (7) had been received with much more fanfare

and referred to, at the time, as “The Big Study from Denmark” and the “Definitive

Madsen MMR study”. It will be referred to here as DS 2002. The study, like DS 2005,

was co-authored by the CDC’s own Dr. Diana Schendel. When that study manuscript was

submitted for consideration, it was accompanied by a cover letter signed by Dr. Madsen

and each of his co-authors [Exhibit II] in which they said in part:

1. “So far, no study has had sufficient power to address this topic”– i.e. Earlier

studies by Dales, Kaye, Peltola, Taylor and others “could not have ruled out” an MMRautism

connection in spite of all the publicity they had received, mostly by the CDC.

Dr. Robert Chen, who had praised these studies as they were published, did not take issue

with Dr. Schendel’s statement, so far.

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2. “It has been suggested that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine may

cause autism. If true, this could jeopardize the MMR vaccine program in children.”

Intimated: “The MMR vaccination program must be safeguarded even if Wakefield is

right and MMR vaccination indeed precipitates some cases of Regressive Autism.”

3. “We declare that there is no conflict of interest in connection with this paper”. It

is hard to understand how a conflict of interest does not exist when the study was

financially supported by the CDC, the US Agency that promotes vaccination, when a coauthor

was a CDC employee and when the Danish authors either worked for a vaccine

manufacturer or in related agencies. Of note is the fact that in 2004, the editor of the

Lancet was harassed and urged to retract a 1998 publication by Andrew Wakefield

because a one-time grant to the Royal Free Hospital, where Wakefield worked, gave the

“appearance” of a potential conflict of interest.

Madsen’s statistical analysis in DS 2002 was immediately questioned by Dr. S. Suissa, a

respected McGill epidemiologist. Unfortunately her letter to the NEJM was never

published and the Madsen MMR study enjoyed a prolonged period of acceptance: It

influenced the outcome of the IOM Immunization Safety Review Committee Meeting of

February 9, 2004 and helped sabotage the MMR litigation in the United Kingdom.

In September 2004, an original investigation by Goldman and Yazbak (8) in the Journal

of American Physicians and Surgeons highlighted some concerns and deficiencies

pertaining to the Madsen MMR study. A statistically significant increase in autism had,

in fact occurred from 1990 to 1992 after the introduction of the triple vaccination and

prior to the advent of a new classification and changes in enrollment in the Denmark

registry.

Because of its design--not separating those children born with autism from those that

developed late-onset autism, the Madsen study was unable to really measure autism in the

latter cohort. Additionally, Madsen could not have included all the children with autism

who had received the MMR vaccine, as autism is diagnosed in Denmark around the age

of 5 and many children enrolled in the study were followed for a shorter period.

In an invited commentary in the same issue of the Journal, Stott, Blaxill and Wakefield

(9), revealed for the first time that Professor Suissa’s epidemiological analysis had

disagreed with Madsen’s conclusions. Dr. Stott and associates also supported the fact that

autism had increased in Denmark--corresponding to increasing coverage following the

introduction of MMR vaccination in that Country.

In still another letter to the editor in the following issue of the Journal of American

Physicians and Surgeons, Trelka and Hooker systematically discussed additional

problems with the Madsen methodology and analysis that severely limited any

conclusions drawn by such analysis. (10)

Though invited, Dr. Madsen chose not to respond.

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Monique, the doctor in your article wrote before the World Net Daily article of March 6, 2006, in which medical researchers found correlation between autism and thimerosal, contained in vaccines, using the government's own documents and research. He also fails to address the Neurology article of 2005, of which the main points were enumerated in my article I posted (the same thing probably holds: he wrote before it).

Also, Jennifer's points are very well-informed, including using the same source.
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