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Wow

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on April 17, 2010

So much for Dr. Wakefield being a quack and discredited, huh? Yep, this is one to save for the files!

Now a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus.

Last night the team’s leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: ‘Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.

‘This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus.

‘What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct. That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.’

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Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Study

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on September 6, 2009

Generation Rescue has published the results of a telephone survey (which, btw, is the same way the CDC conducts its vaccine-related surveys):

“We surveyed over 9,000 boys in California and Oregon and found that vaccinated boys had a 155% greater chance of having a neurological disorder like ADHD or autism than unvaccinated boys.”

Read all the findings at the above link, which itself has more links, including the actual survey methods and questions, objections they believe will be raised to the survey and results, and more information.

Autism and the amygdala

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on May 5, 2009

This could get interesting — a link between the size of one part of a child’s brain (the amygdala) seems to be linked to autsim. While it’s too early to say that there is a causation (either large amygdala causes symptoms of autism, or autism causes the amygdala to grow), there seems to be a strong correlation — although it could be a separate, currently unknown factor that causes both autism and a large amygdala. And it makes me wonder, do we really know how things affect children’s brains? — things like vaccines, prenatal ultrasounds, etc. The assumption is that there is no effect; but that can be a dangerous assumption to make!

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on February 2, 2009

Here is a long and well-reasoned article on the vaccination debate. It was written by a man whose first son may have been injured by vaccines… or may not have been. He’s chosen not to vaccinate his second son, and wonders if he’s done the right thing there. A very good read.

I will say one thing, though, about something he says in the article — he quotes the CDC’s “sound bite” that vaccines save 33,000 lives per year, which may be quite an overestimate (here is part 1 of a thorough look into the “statistics” behind the number).

Great Blog

Posted in vaccines by Kathy on January 4, 2009

I’ve found a blog that I’ve been keeping up with that has a lot of vaccine-related posts lately: Baby Dust Diaries. Not all the posts are about vaccines, of course, but the majority of the latest posts have been related to it, with a lot of links and information I haven’t seen before.

Delaying vaccination may reduce risk of asthma

Posted in children, vaccines by Kathy on December 19, 2008

A study was recently released (in April) that showed a much reduced risk of asthma when the first dose of the DTP vaccine was delayed by two months. Now, this was with the older DTP vaccine, not the newer DTaP vaccine. It remains to be seen whether the effect is similar with the current vaccine, but it shows that at least one vaccine has potentially serious side effects. Parents should use caution, then, and not just assume that vaccines have no risk. The study group began with infants and checked them for asthma occurrence by the age of seven. Most “adverse reactions” that are technically blamable on vaccines have a short window of opportunity for their appearance — say a few days or at most a couple of weeks. Developing asthma several years after the initial vaccination does not fit in that window. But it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, nor isn’t a problem.

Love this poem!

Posted in autism, children, vaccines by Kathy on December 18, 2008

This is just too good. 🙂

Ode to National Infant Immunization Week:   Stick It

I actually don’t mind green eggs and ham.
It’s vaccines I don’t like, Uncle Sam.

Too many children have paid the price
for harmful and deceptive immunization advice.

There is more to health than preventing infections
with dozens of toxic and dangerous injections.

You purposefully ignore all of the parents’ cries
that autism, asthma and diabetes continue to rise.

Since the word “safe” implies “free from harm”,
I’ll choose what’s injected into my child’s arm.

I do not want them up my nose,
or spliced into my potatoes.

I will not drink them in a glass.
I will not let you stick my @$$.

I do not want them for any reason
not even in your “worst” flu season.

For decades now you’ve been trying to hide,
the dangers of mercury and formaldehyde.

You won’t do the research to try to explain
why vaccines sometime ruin a developing brain.

Yet you tell us to just say no to drugs,
but if we question a shot you act like thugs.

Are injected monkey and fetal cells really healthy?
Or are they part of the scam that makes drug companies wealthy?

When you all lay down tonight to say your prayers,
please include all the vaccine victims listed in VAERs.

By Ana Phylaxis

h/t: Baby Dust Diaries

Oooo…scary

Posted in autism, children, vaccines by Kathy on November 19, 2008

My latest copy of Parents magazine came in the mail the other day, and I’m reading through it. It’s kinda like candy — not much substance but it gives me something to do — far too mainstream for me. Sometimes I get more enjoyment out of disagreeing with and/or arguing with an article or statement than I do from agreeing with it! 🙂

Take the paragraph-long snippet of an article titled, “Measles on the Rise.” The intent is to cause concern among slacker parents who are not vaccinating their children right on schedule, or to give thoughtful non-vaccinating parents some doubt as to the validity of their choice. They note that many parents are concerned about the MMR-autism link, and debunk it, saying that “study after study has shown that vaccines don’t increase a child’s autism risk” (although I’ve heard and read things about these studies that make me question their validity). I don’t think that MMR is the sole cause of autism (thinking it is probably the result of a number of chemical and environmental assaults on the body), but it might cause some.

Still, the ominous tone of this article is hilarious. It starts off by saying that choosing not to vaccinate has “dire consequences.” That’s possible, so let’s read on — what are the “dire consequences”? That there were 131 reported cases of measles in the United States in the first six months of this year — the highest number in 12 years. Ok, so it’s the highest number — fine, let’s accept that, but so what? Were any of these children harmed by measles? Let’s not forget that prior to the vaccination, measles was considered to be a mild, generally harmless childhood illness that all kids got at some point unless they were naturally immune to it. A few kids became very sick from it and a very few even died; but millions of children got it (probably annually) without anything worse than a fever and a rash. Now, just because it’s “vaccine-preventable” it’s made out to be as bad as cancer or something. I’d rather my kids get real measles than the vaccine — do you see how many people make it through childhood without measles, thanks to the vaccines, and then end up getting it or losing their immunity as adolescents or young adults — or old ones? Measles, like so many other diseases, including chicken pox and mumps, are relatively benign diseases when contracted as a child. They cause the worst problems to infants under one year of age and older teens and adults. So, we immunize children who will generally have a mild case and receive permanent natural immunity from a disease, only to let it wear off when they will have a horrific case and could end up permanently scarred, disabled, or even dead. I got chicken pox when I was 12, so I remember it well, and it was not fun. But I’m glad I got it then and not as an adult! I know somebody who got chicken pox as an adult, and he had a far worse case than I did at 12 years old! He was horribly sick for a lot longer than I was. As far as the infants go, if mothers have natural immunity from these diseases (after having had chicken pox or measles naturally), they will pass on their immunity to their children through pregnancy or breastfeeding for the first several months if not a full year, or however long they nurse. That means that the infants are generally going to be protected when they’re most vulnerable, and are not able to get any vaccines. But women who, like me, are only artificially immune to diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella, cannot pass that immunity to our children, leaving them vulnerable should they come into contact with the disease when they are babies.

Back to the article — a whopping 131 cases. Since the article is so short, it is not very informative, in that we have no idea who these people were who got the disease. I remember a measles scare (possibly the one mentioned in the article that happened 12 years ago), in which college kids had to get a booster shot, because the immunity from the vaccines they received as children had worn off. It’s anybody’s guess if the booster shot actually works — it was assumed that the original vaccine would be enough, so why should we believe the assumption that the booster shot is going to live up to its hype? But, let’s assume that all of the cases were in children, and no adolescents or adults. There are roughly 4 million babies born in the United States every year. If we count children from, say, age 3 all the way up through the end of elementary school (5th grade, although some people consider it to end at 6th grade), then there are 32 million children under consideration. Wow — 131 cases out of 32,000,000 — oh, yeah, that’s dire. Again, there is no hint in the article of the severity of the cases — just that they were reported.

Continuing on, the article says that more than half of the children who got sick hadn’t been vaccinated due to their parents’ beliefs. Let’s take the “beliefs” part — not everybody who chooses not to vaccinate does so because of fear of autism, though I daresay that is the most prominent one. Some people don’t like that some vaccines are grown in tissue from aborted fetuses (called “human diploid tissue”), or monkeys, or cows (due to mad-cow disease, although the cows used are supposed to be stringently tested), or other “unclean” things (I think some vaccines are grown in pork or other things that are unclean to Jewish, Muslim, and possibly other religions). Some people are concerned about SIDS or diabetes or auto-immune disorders or cancer. Some people think they may be linked to allergies such as eggs (which some vaccines are grown in), or perhaps other substances — why is it that so many children nowadays are allergic to so many things that used to not cause problems? Give parents the choice that a certain vaccine may reduce their child’s risk of getting an already-rare disease which is usually typically mild and self-limiting, but that it may increase the risk of him or her developing a life-threatening allergy to peanuts or something, and what do you think most parents will choose? (Not saying there is a link, just wondering if there is.)

Finally, “more than half of the children who got sick hadn’t been vaccinated.” They don’t attach a number, so we’re left to guess as to the actual percentage, and only know it’s somewhere between 51% and 100%. I can just about guarantee that if it were much over 50%, they would have said something like, “nearly 2/3 of the children…” or “over 75%…” So you know what this means? Almost half of the children who got sick had been vaccinated.

I don’t know what the “official” immunization rate is for this or any other vaccine. I’ve read numbers in the past, but they tend to get jumbled up in my mind. I think that even the strongest vaccine proponents do not pretend to have higher than 98% efficacy on any vaccine, most are no more than 95% while many are down around 75-80%.

But we still don’t know out of the “dire” 131 cases out of 300,000,000 people in the United States, how many of these people had anything more than a mild case of measles that wasn’t worse than a stomach virus with itching.

How Independent are Vaccine Advocates?

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on October 24, 2008

Not very.
This CBS investigative news story links the top vaccine defenders with the pharmaceutical companies who produce vaccines. While not all of the money that changes hands is public information, enough millions of dollars is known to make their claims of independence suspect.

If I come up with a product I dub “Vitamin X” and I produce all sorts of studies (funded by me and performed by me), and I declare that Vitamin X will protect you from illness and has no major side effects, would you believe me? What if I had a bunch of well-educated doctors (who had lots and lots of letters after their names and everything!) come out and back up my claims… and then you found out that I had personally financed the building of their latest office building, or that I personally funded their last five research projects? Would they be any more believable than me? What is the difference when it’s major corporations instead of lil ol’ me?

Government admits link between vaccine and autism!

Posted in autism, vaccines by Kathy on February 29, 2008

The first link is to the ad taken out by generation rescue, paid for by Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey, calling into question the safety of vaccines. I saw her when she appeared on Oprah, when she said she was convinced that the vaccines caused her son’s autism, despite the lack of scientific proof. Her quote was, “My son is my science.” She didn’t need to know what “the experts” said, she knew her son was developing normally until he got his MMR vaccine at 15-18 months of age. It is an interesting and gripping visual demonstration of just how many different diseases are being purposefully injected into normal babies and children in the name of safeguarding their health.

Then today, I found out about this article which shows the concession by the US government that this little girl’s vaccines caused her autism. The actual concession is that the mandatory vaccines “aggravated” a rare genetic condition this girl had, which made it seem like she had autism. But this “rare” genetic condition (which supposedly is only in 0.02% of all people) has been shown to be in the majority of the people who have autism. Using the government’s language of the vaccine “aggravating” an underlying condition, “manifesting”symptoms of autism, the author expertly says:

When a kid with peanut allergy eats a peanut and dies, we don’t say “his underlying metabolic condition was significantly aggravated to the extent of manifesting as an anaphylactic shock with features of death.” No, we say, “the peanut killed the boy.”

Then there is this follow-up article by the same author, which has the entire court document, so you can read the entire painful history of this girl. If you read all the way through to the end (which I dearly hope you do), you will find that she began having seizures some 6 years after the vaccines in question. At first the government said they were not vaccine-related, since they didn’t start until so long after the vaccines, but they have since reversed themselves, and said that they are a vaccine-related injury. This just makes sense to me–if vaccines can stay in your system for life (which is the whole idea behind vaccinations–get the shot so you don’t get the disease….ever), then why can’t they stay in your system and cause problems….for life?

Finally is the link to the Little Canaries website, which has the subtitle, “Understanding Autism in America.” The woman who started this site began it after her son was diagnosed with autism. The name comes from the old practice of miners taking canaries in cages down with them into the mine shaft. Because the canaries were more sensitive than humans, they would die if the air was noxious or too low of oxygen, thus allowing the miners to get out alive. She understands that not all children who are exposed to vaccines or other toxins get sick, get autism, or die….but perhaps some children are more sensitive to these poisons, just like the little canaries.

And here is a video of a news story in which a woman blames the death of her 4-month-old son on the vaccine he received 2 days before his death. His death was officially ruled as SIDS. One of the doctors in this piece says that we don’t know what causes SIDS deaths, but we know it’s not from vaccines. How amazing to know something of which you are ignorant!

Here’s a link to another video of a registered nurse who believes her son’s autism was caused by thimerosol in vaccines he received. She discusses this issue in her home with parents who are seeking information about vaccines. In this video, she discusses the studies which supposedly prove the safety of vaccines and thimerosol.