SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

February 14, 2017

Preserve CHOICE, save your HEALTH

Try not 2 be consumed by the All-Encompassing CHAOS 

Protecting LIFE and HEALTH tops all

As we witness our ‘rights’ being trampled,  our voices being ignored and new assaults on our governmental protections being trashed in an ongoing daily circus-like manner. . . . we can begin to doubt our own sanity.  Of course,  that may be part of the Trump-plan – – to upset everyone’s sense of equilibrium so that we can’t easily see what’s going on.  Still, we must preserve our energy levels and tend to business and not allow still MORE rights to be yanked from our hands.  We must act here, WE MUST PERSEVERE.   Our freedom to be – exist as a free people demands that only we choose what we do, say, think, enjoy, eat or not eat. . . choose to protect our body and health with, by acting according to our own , individual needs, , decisions – period.   We are not chattel.   After all, this is America and have long been known for how we do business, treat people, honor our sacred commitments.  

We the people have NEVER,  ever decided to run our government like a business — dictated by the bottom line of profit.   As such, even the rules of governmental behavior dictates behaviors and customs to prevent even the odor of conflict of interest, let alone the blatant, overt disaster we see before us on a daily basis now.  The Trump conspiracy is so filled with deceit and lies  that it is actually – beyond belief for conscientious, ethical people to understand.  A majority of us were so disgusted by this man,  but he was successful in pulling off the biggest con in recorded history using “showmanship,” not intelligence or decency and we’re left holding the ashes as he destroys our honorably built nation, full of ideals, principles and legendary history.

Until a strong Trump opposition finds it’s courage, conviction and strength to overturn this horrific disaster by an effort to impeaching TRUMP and firing all his Wall-Street buddies (the swamp he was going to purge!) we must hold the line on the GO SIGNAL which the GOP feels they are entitled to pursue;  (voting rights, women’s rights of self determination, saving our world from the disastrous environmental path we are currently treading,  and also what poisons we are NOT WILLING to  put into our body, plus all the “regulations” which are in place to protect people from harm and injury).  

Enuff with fine-tuning the small-print of the “rules” – the ethics have always been there and described – – and aspirants have almost entirely always endeavored to honor and protect them because it works and it’s the right thing to do.  How can there be a need to determine if it has or hasn’t been done before?  It hasn’t!   Til now, it’s worked because everyone has honored it.  Don, the Con’s idea of  change isn’t what Americans asked for.  They wanted less Corporate control, but now it’s changing to total corporate control; also, wanted a fair shake, being that we’re equal under the law which applies to us all.  Fat chance! Instead of draining the swamp  – – Don has saturated it with even more cronies plus adding crocodiles  and vultures too.  Some of the appointees are intending to destroy the departments they are to be heading and most of the rest know nothing or little about their proposed jobs or duties thereof.  It’s ‘satiric’ if not outright evil.      The Donald has brought disaster to the White-house.  He promised a ‘shake-up, . . but must have had destruction in mind.  Get rid of him before he destroys all that we have built over a couple of hundred years  and all our allies and friends loose faith in us. 

Back to the point of this post .  .  .  .  (but wait – – Flynn has just resigned after all the dung which clung to him was inescapably revealed, and everybody was lying about  it, but proof is undeniable if not embarrassing to explain. He should be facing serious charges with his tattling to Russia before Trump even took office. . .but who’s left in Washington to do an honest and impartial job?)    

Anyway, with so much going on in this ‘Grand Scale’,  it’s dangerous to let this MANDATED vaccine thing get worse.  I stay tuned to NVIC, they do a fabulous job of keeping any who wish to know the facts rather than the “highly paid-for HYPE” (by the Pharmaceutical conglomerate. . . . e.g. modern-day gangsters and robbers)  They have more money than God and buy more rules, laws and regulations at will. . .nothin’ they can’t pay for and there’s always hands waiting to be filled (in congress, etal).     So check out the latest message from Barbara Loe Fisher of NVIC, to be informed and know what you can do to protect yourself and family.  It is tragic as millions of families know all too well, the way an infant’s developing immune system is hammered  before it’s  developed and had a chance to defend itself. . . .then be damaged and sometimes totally ruined, denying the life it was entitled to.  Not going to drone on again – you either get it or you don’t.  My point is no one has the right to force us to take into our bodies anything we choose to refuse.  We are not chattel!  We are free Americans and I stand for that !    Jan

http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/February-2017/take-action-2017-protect-vaccine-freedom-of-choice.aspx

October 17, 2009

FLU – Fears or Facts?

Washington Health Department Suspends Mercury Restrictions for Swine Flu Vaccine

October 17 2009 |Posted by Dr. Mercola

In preparation for swine-flu vaccinations next month, the state of Washington’s Health Department has temporarily suspended a rule that limits the amount of a mercury preservative in vaccines given to pregnant women and children under the age of 3.

Thimerosal has been eliminated from most vaccines in the United States, and the compound may  be linked to autism. But it will be added to the bulk of swine-flu vaccines.

Thimerosal will be added to the vaccine because it is being produced in vials that contain enough medication for 10 shots. The mercury compound kills bacteria, lowering the risk that the drug will be contaminated by needles used to withdraw separate doses.

A smaller amount of mercury-free vaccine will be produced in single-dose vials. Nasal sprays do not contain mercury but are not recommended for children under the age of 2 and pregnant women, because they contain live, weakened virus.

Five biopharmaceutical companies have been awarded massive contracts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine.

The companies — Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Australian drug maker CSL, and Sanofi-Pasteur — will likely make a great deal of money.

Drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year.

These inoculations are part of a much wider and rapidly growing $20 billion global vaccine market.

“The vaccine market is booming,” says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the vaccine industry. “It’s an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well,” he says, noting that the pipeline for more traditional blockbuster drugs such as Lipitor and Nexium has thinned.

As always with pandemic flus, taxpayers are footing the $1.5 billion check for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and schools. In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1’s progress and educate the public about prevention.

Drugmakers pocket most of the revenues from flu sales, with Sanofi-Pasteur, Glaxo Smith Kline and Novartis cornering most of the market.

But some say it’s not just drugmakers who stand to benefit. Doctors collect copayments for special office visits to inject shots, and there have been assertions that these doctors actually profit handsomely from these vaccinations.

Sources:

Seattle Times September 29, 2009

The Scientist September 23, 2009

ABC News October 14, 2009

Dr. Mercola''s Comments
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

As reported by the Seattle Times, Washington’s Department of Health (DOH) has decided to suspend the rule that limits the amount of thimerosal in vaccines that can be administered to pregnant women and infants under the age of three.

Thimerosal contains 49.6 percent mercury by weight, and is added to vaccines as a preservative. It also helps kill germs, so it prevents multi-dose vials from spreading infection.

As of July 1, 2007, pregnant women and children under the age of three were prohibited from receiving vaccines with a mercury content exceeding:

  • 1.0 mcg per 0.5 ml dose for influenza vaccines (which equals 2 mcg/ml)
  • 0.5 mcg per 0.5 ml dose for all other vaccines (which equals 1 mcg/ml)

The rule includes a suspension of limits clause, authorizing the Secretary of the Washington State DOH to temporarily suspend these limits if the Secretary or local health officer declares an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease, or a shortage of a vaccine that meet the statutory requirements above.

It’s worth noting that, fortunately, the Washington DOH routinely purchases mercury-free flu vaccines for infants under the age of three. However, pediatric patients aged 3-18 get flu vaccines that contain mercury…

According to Secretary of Health, Mary Selecky, the rule will be suspended for six months, and applies only to vaccines against the swine flu.

But then it gets interesting. The Seattle Times quotes Selecky as saying that “the preservative, thimerosal, has never been linked to any health problems.” The article goes on to state that a “vocal minority” believes the compound could be linked to autism.

When a state Secretary of Health doesn’t even acknowledge the truth (or is ignorant of the facts as they relate to health), you know something’s seriously wrong.

Below I will show you just how many ways there are to prove they’re not speaking the truth…

Why were Mercury Limitations Suspended?

According to Health Secretary Selecky, “pregnant women and young children are considered at high risk for swine flu, and lifting the mercury limits will give them quicker access to the vaccine.”

Folks, this is insanity on top of madness.

Infants and pregnant women may be at higher risk of suffering complications from the flu, but they’re also the absolute most vulnerable to damage from mercury exposure!

Why would you want to risk neurological dysfunction to potentially avoid a bout of the flu?

And I say “potentially,” because it’s also been proven again and again that flu vaccines do NOT reduce the occurrence of the flu! In short – they do not work.

As it stands, only about 15 percent of the vaccine supply will be made available as mercury-free single-dose vials, but those shipments are slated to arrive later. The first flu vaccine shipments are in the form of a nasal spray (FluMist) containing live virus’, which are not recommended for pregnant women or infants under the age of two.

Massive Profiteering Underway

As reported by The Scientist, five biopharmaceutical companies have been awarded massive contracts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine.

The Seattle Times puts the total estimated number of vaccine doses to be manufactured at 250 million.

Either way, according to Business Week, wealthier countries like the U.S. and the U.K. will pay just under $10 per dose, while developing countries would pay less.

Do the math.

Is it any wonder you’re being bombarded with apocalyptic messages about the significant threat posed by swine flu?

  • CSL has contracts to supply $180 million worth of bulk antigen to the U.S.
  • MedImmune will supply 40 million doses of its live attenuated nasal spray swine flu vaccine for more than $450 million
  • Sanofi-Pasteur is providing more than 100 million doses of monovalent swine flu vaccine, a $690 million order
  • Glaxosmithkline is estimating sales of its swine flu vaccine and its anti-viral medication, Relenza, will reach about $5 billion by January 2010.

The swine flu vaccines stand poised to be incredible blockbusters if this hyped up vaccine drive is successful.

Already, drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year.

ABC News quotes Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, as saying, “The vaccine market is booming. It’s an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well.”

And who’s footing the $1.5 billion bill for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and schools?

You are! In addition to that, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1’s progress and educate the public about prevention.

High Time to Put an End to Bold-Faced LIES!

Part of the propaganda that allows this vaccine drive to move ahead at full speed is to make statement like: “Thimerosal has never been linked to any health problems.”

Unfortunately, for everyone out there who believes that state health officials are reliable sources of information, this is a flat out lie.

So let’s put an end to this worn-out arbitrary catch-phrase used by people who either don’t know better, or don’t want YOU to know better.

Writing for GenerationRescue.org, Teresa Binstock, a researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy, also addresses this fallacy.

Once again, a highly placed public figure has presented a misleading or inaccurate statement wherein thimerosal is erroneously described as harmless,” she writes, and proceeds to list some of the most recent studies showing the exact opposite of what the Health Secretary puts out as “truth.”

Studies CONFIRMING Thimerosal as a Health Hazard

You deserve to know the facts, so here’s a compilation of recent studies and research clearly showing that thimerosal DOES HAVE a very real, detrimental impact on health, and that mercury toxicity is a reality in those suffering from the type of neurological damage seen in autistic children.

Most of these are from GenerationRescue.org and Fourteenstudies.org’s websites, which are great resources as they provide copies of the full studies so you can review all the evidence for yourself:

  1. Environmental Health Perspectives, August, 2005Fourteenstudies.org states: “This study demonstrates clearly and unequivocally that ethyl mercury, the kind of mercury found in vaccines, not only ends up in your brain, but leaves double the amount of inorganic mercury as methyl mercury, the kind of mercury found in fish.This work is groundbreaking because little is known about ethyl mercury, and many health authorities have asserted that the mercury found in vaccines is the “safe kind.”

    This study also delivers a strong rebuke of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation in 2004 to no longer pursue the mercury-autism connection. Excerpt:

    “A recently published IOM review (IOM 2004) appears to have abandoned the earlier recommendation [of studying mercury and autism] as well as back away from the American Academy of Pediatrics goal [of removing mercury from vaccines].

    This approach is difficult to understand, given our current limited knowledge of the toxicokinetics and developmental neurotoxicity of thimerosal, a compound that has been (and will continue to be) injected in millions of newborns and infants.”

  2. Cell Biology and Toxicology April 9, 2009 [Epub Ahead of Print]Exerpt: “In conclusion, MT-1 and MT-3 mRNAs but not MT-2 mRNA are easily expressed in the cerebellum rather than in the cerebrum by the injection of low-dose thimerosal. It is thought that the cerebellum is a sensitive organ against thimerosal.As a result of the present findings, in combination with the brain pathology observed in patients diagnosed with autism, the present study helps to support the possible biological plausibility for how low-dose exposure to mercury from thimerosal-containing vaccines may be associated with autism.
  3. Annals of Epidemiology September 2009: 19(9);659Male infants who received thimerosal-containing hepatitis-B vaccinations had a three-fold risk of developing autism.
  4. Neurotoxicology October 1, 2009The above findings are confirmed in this study wherein infant primates injected with just ONE dose of thimerosal-containing hepatitis B vaccine manifested significant developmental delays.
  5. Brain Research September 9, 2009 [Epub Ahead of Print]Study concluded that injecting thimerosal into suckling infant rats, and adult rats, impairs sensitivity to pain, apparently due to activation the endogenous opioid system.
  6. Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry September-October 2008: 90(5);997-1008Male infants who received thimerosal-containing hepatitis-B vaccinations were nine times as likely to be receiving special education services
  7. Generation Rescue Survey of 9,000 boys, aged 4-17, in California and Oregon, found that vaccinated boys had a 155 percent greater chance of having a neurological disorder than unvaccinated boys. Vaccinated boys were 224 percent more likely to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and 61 percent more likely to have autism.For boys in the 11-17 age bracket, the results were even more pronounced. Vaccinated boys were 158 percent more likely to have a neurological disorder, 317 percent more likely to have ADHD, and 112 percent more likely to have autism.
  8. Report to the Legislature on the Principle Findings from The Epidemiology of Autism in California: A Comprehensive Pilot Study by the MIND Institute, October 2002, concluded that the rise in autism cannot be explained by better diagnosis and expanded diagnostic criteria, but rather is a real event, likely propelled by “environmental exposures to substances such as mercury; viral exposures; autoimmune disorders; and childhood vaccinations.”
  9. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 2006: 214; 99-108This French study used a new, sophisticated measurement for environmental toxicity by assessing porphyrin levels in autistic children. It provides clear and unequivocal evidence that children with autism spectrum disorders are significantly more toxic than their neurotypical peers.
  10. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeon, 2003Exerpt: “The data from this study, along with emerging epidemiological data showing a link between increasing mercury doses from childhood vaccines and childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, increases the likelihood that mercury is one of the main factors leading to the large increase in the rate of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is hoped that removing thimerosal from all childhood vaccines will contribute to a decline in the numbers of new cases of autistic spectrum disorders.”
  11. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 2007: 70; 837-851This study reviewed the case histories and medical profiles of nine autistic children and concluded that eight of the nine children were mercury toxic and this toxicity manifested itself in a manner consistent with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  12. Neuropediatrics, August 2006

    Exerpt: “There was significant difference in blood mercury levels between cases and controls, which persists after adjustment for age, gender and parental occupational status. The geometric mean blood mercury level was also significantly higher in children with inattentive and combined subtypes of ADHD. CONCLUSION: High blood mercury level was associated with ADHD. Whether the relationship is causal requires further studies.”
  13. International Journal of Toxicology 2003: 22; 277-285Fourteenstudies.org states: “This recent study demonstrates that the levels of mercury in the birth hair of autistic children were significantly lower than their control peers. While this may at first appear contradictory, it highlights one of the critical insights to understanding mercury poisoning and autistic children: many autistic children are non-excretors of mercury. This means their capacity to excrete mercury is significantly lower than their neurotypical peers and contributes to their condition.”
  14. Journal of Pediatrics, May 2000: 136; 679-681This study measured mercury levels in infants before and after the administration of a Hepatitis B vaccine containing thimerosal and found that a “comparison of pre and post-vaccination mercury levels showed a significant increase in both preterm and term infants after vaccination.”
  15. Neurotoxicology January 2005: 26; 1-8Study demonstrates that thimerosal lowers or inhibits your body’s ability to produce glutathione, an antioxidant and your body’s primary cellular-level defense against mercury.Excerpt: “Thimerosal-induced cytotoxicity was associated with depletion of intracellular Glutathione in both cell lines…The potential effect of Glutathione or N-acetylcysteine against mercury toxicity warrants further research as possible adjunct therapy to individuals still receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines.”
  16. Environmental Health Perspectives, July 2006Study demonstrates that very low-levels of Thimerosal can contribute to immune system disregulation.
  17. Molecular Psychiatry July 2004; 1-13Study demonstrates how thimerosal inhibits methylation, a central driver of cellular communication and development.Exerpt: “The potent inhibition of this pathway [methylation] by ethanol, lead, mercury, aluminum, and thimerosal suggests it may be an important target of neurodevelopmental toxins.”
  18. Molecular Psychiatry September 2004; 1-13Fouteenstudies.org states: “This work by Columbia University Doctors explores whether genes are important in determining if mercury exposures akin to those in childhood immunizations can disrupt brain development and function.It is the first known scientific study done specifically on ethlymercury administered in a way similar to the vaccine schedule. Dr. Hornig discussed the study before Congress in September 2004.”Excerpt: “The premise of our research is that if mercury in vaccines creates risk for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, genetic differences are likely to contribute to that risk. Earlier studies, however, did not use the form of mercury present in vaccines, known as thimerosal, and did not consider whether intramuscular, repetitive administration during early postnatal development, when the brain and immune systems are still maturing, might intensify toxicity.Our predictions were confirmed. Using thimerosal dosages and timing that approximated the childhood immunization schedule, our model of postnatal thimerosal neurotoxicity demonstrated that the genes in mice that predict mercury-related immunotoxicity also predicted nuerodevelopmental damage. Features reminiscent of those observed in autism occurred in the mice of the genetically sensitive strain.”
  19. Toxicological Sciences 2003: 74Study demonstrates the potent toxicity of thimerosal on brain cells.
  20. Autoimmunity Reviews June 2005: 4(5):270-275Study demonstrates the clear link between ethylmercury [from thimerosal] and autoimmune responses.
  21. Congressional Record – Extensions of Remarks by Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), Committee on Government Reform, May 21, 2003Fouteenstudies.org states: “This extensive report was prepared by the staff of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness and was the result of a three-year investigation. The Committee on Government Reform, chaired by Congressman Dan Burton, initiated the investigation and compiled the testimony of hundreds of researchers and physicians, as well as representatives from the FDA and CDC, who presented to the committee.”Excerpt: “Mercury is hazardous to humans. Its use in medicinal products is undesirable, unnecessary and should be minimized or eliminated entirely. Manufacturers of vaccines and thimerosal, (an ethlymercury compound used in vaccines), have never conducted adequate testing on the safety of thimerosal. The FDA has never required manufacturers to conduct adequate safety testing on thimerosal and ethlymercury compounds…Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is likely related to the autism epidemic. This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding injected thimerosal and the sharp rise of infant exposure to this known neurotoxin. Our public health agencies’ failure to act is indicative of institutional malfeasance for self-protection and misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry.”
  22. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2006; 11(1); 8-13

    Upon analysis of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), researchers reported significantly increased odds ratios for autism, speech disorders, mental retardation and thinking abnormalities following vaccination with thimerosal-containing vaccines (DTP and Hib), compared to children who received a vaccine containing half the amount of thimerosal (DTPH).

    The American Academy of Pediatrics decided that this study was flawed because it relied on VAERS data, which as a “passive surveillance system” is no intended to be used for proving hypotheses.

I could go on, but by now I’m sure you get the picture.

To say that there is no evidence of link between thimerosal and biological damage is not a simple error or omission. It is an absolute lie, and you deserve better from your health officials.

Educational Resources

If you want even more than what I’ve included here, you can go to www.pubmed.com and search their medical database. Or look through Fourteenstudies.org’s site, which includes even more studies than I chose to include here. They have an impressive collection of evidence against thimerosal available.

I also strongly urge you to review the vast supply of information available on the NVIC site, and join Barbara Loe Fisher in her urging to take action against the potential threat of mandatory swine flu vaccinations.

Now more than ever, it’s imperative that you educate yourself about vaccinations, influenza, vaccine risks, and the public health laws in your state, so you know what you’re up against. You need to find out what your rights and options are under new public health laws that may require you and your children to get vaccinated or be quarantined.

Fighting Fire with Fire – Starting an Information Pandemic

If you can think of anyone who might benefit from this clarification of facts, please do not hesitate to forward this article. Share it with as many people as you can.

If our health officials refuse to see the truth, we will have to pry their blind eyes open.

Now YOU know a bit more about thimerosal.

What will you do with it?

Who will you tell?

Please continue to spread the message! Even the NY Times acknowledges that the readers of Mercola.com are playing a HUGE role, and are part of the reason why many parents are now actually refusing to vaccinate their children.

Related Links:

Warning: Swine Flu Vaccine Coming Soon
Flu Vaccine Exposed
Do NOT Let Your Child Get Flu Vaccine — 9 Reasons Why

October 7, 2009

No Limits on MERCURY?….seriously?

American Association for Health Freedom

To Improve Access to H1N1/Swine-Flu Vaccine, Washington State Suspends Limits on Mercury!

Despite the known risks associated with administering mercury/thimerosol-stabilized vaccines to pregnant women and children under the age of 3, health officials in Washington state have temporarily canceled the limit on how much mercury may be allowed in swine-flu vaccine given to pregnant women and to children up to the age of 3. The six-month suspension will be in effect through March 23, 2010, and applies only to the swine-flu vaccine.

Mary Selecky, secretary of the Washington State Department of Health, has said, “Mercury-free H1N1 vaccine may not always be in stock, and we want to be sure there are no barriers to protecting people”

H1N1 vaccination is voluntary in Washington, but the law requires that women who are pregnant or nursing, and parents/guardians of children under the age of 18, be told that the vaccine they are getting contains more mercury than is usually permitted. Most patients will learn this from a handout. But will the handout contain any information about the risks of mercury administered to pregnant women and young children? And will the handout explain that there is a subset of the population who are unable to detoxify mercury, a possible link to learning and behavior disorders, including autism?

Epidemiological studies in the United States have discovered less than optimal levels of vitamin D in certain vulnerable populations, including seniors, pregnant women and young children. Given that Washington is at a latitude where vitamin D deficiency is common, the suspension of limits on mercury in order to “improve access” to the H1N1 vaccine rings hollow unless that state’s residents are also educated about vitamin D and the flu, monolauric acid and the flu, and how nutrition and lifestyle can optimize immune system function.

October 5, 2009

Autism on the rise. .

Columbus Dispatch

CDC: Autism more prevalent

Better detection might be at work

By Trine Tsouderos
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

CHICAGO — Autism spectrum disorder has been diagnosed in about one in 100 8-year-old children in the U.S., according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers who will be releasing details of their study later this year.
The rate — significantly higher than the government’s 2007 estimate of one in 150 — is sure to make waves in the world of autism and beyond, prompting calls for more research and more funding for services.
Calling autism “an urgent public-health concern,” CDC Deputy Director Dr. Ileana Arias said the agency considers the disorder “a significant issue that needs immediate attention.”  But researchers cautioned that the higher rate might not mean that more children have autism spectrum disorder.     “It is not entirely clear what (the) increase is due to,” said Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. “It is not clear more children are affected rather than just changes in our ability to detect.”


The rate, calculated by reviewing records in communities across the U.S., echoes findings of a national telephone survey of parents that was published yesterday in the journal Pediatrics.   The survey, conducted by the CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration, asked parents of 78,000 children ages 3 to 17 whether a health-care worker or doctor had ever told them that their child had the disorder.
Parents of one in 91 children said yes and also said their child currently has the disorder. For boys, the figure was one in 58.


Dr. Steven Goodman, an epidemiologist with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said he agrees that prevalence is higher than years ago and merits concern, but he warned against panic.   “It is very unlikely that there has been an explosive increase in the way that has been portrayed in the media,” he said.   Autism has no known cause and no cure.    Children afflicted often have trouble communicating and can exhibit repetitive behavior.

August 5, 2009

Autistic funding win

While my heart goes out to cash-strapped states struggling desperately to deal with budgets while maintaining services, I nevertheless am heartened for the parents of autistic children in the court’ s finding on this case.  The medical community demands  compliance with AMA’s vaccination scheduling of healthy little babies.  Then when their babies develop autism and other immune related diseases  which in many peoples minds, are attributable to  these vaccinations – something must be done.

When enough people finally put 2 and 2 together, maybe the states can pursue reimbursement from the Pharmaceutical companies who manufacture the vaccines and the AMA who demands that people submit to their rulings. Jan

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State loses ground in Medicaid autism case

Ohio must keep funding kids’ services

By Alan Johnson

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The state has lost another round in its battle with a group of central Ohio parents over funding Medicaid services for their autistic children.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling issued last year that the state cannot adopt new eligibility rules that would eliminate or drastically curtail Medicaid services for autistic children.  Late last week, the appeals court affirmed a decision by Judge James L. Graham of U.S. District Court in Columbus. He had granted a temporary restraining order blocking the state from implementing new Medicaid rules that would have been effective July 1, 2008. The appeals court said Graham did not exceed his authority as lawyers for the state claimed.

The state is continuing to pay for the autism services, which can run up to $60,000 per year per child, pending appeal.

The Parents League for Effective Autism Services, a group of families of autistic children served by Step By Step Academy in Worthington and represented by Ohio Legal Rights Service, sued the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Department of Job and Family Services over the proposed changes.

The suit directly affects about 60 families in central Ohio. However, it could have statewide and national effects because it is among the first legal challenges to federal standards for funding autism services, one of the most frequently diagnosed developmental disabilities.

A spokesman for the Department of Job and Family Services said that the agency has no comment pending final disposition of the case.

State officials said the changes are necessary to keep Ohio in compliance with federal Medicaid regulations. Parents countered that the rules violated their rights to service under Medicaid.

The appeals court ruling dealt only with the restraining order and not with the larger issue of what the court called “an ambiguous federal Medicaid provision.” That matter will proceed to trial, but no date has been set.

ajohnson@dispatch.com

July 28, 2009

FDA, chemicals, shots, farming, etc

Most generally, I select an important article to post from this newsletter to which I subscribe.  This time, they are all so good and vital that I just brought the whole thing over so that you can pick and choose (unless of course, you have subscribed yourself).   Choice IS important, isn’t it?

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July 28, 2009

Will the Current Healthcare Reform Proposals Actually Control Healthcare Costs?
A Gallup poll finds that Americans feel controlling costs are a higher priority than expanded coverage. But it’s the vested interests like the pharmaceutical industry that are the real winner in this healthcare overhaul.

Organic Farmers Worry They Might Come Under Attack if the Food Safety Enhancement Act is Not Amended
Small and medium-sized organic farmers, according to Reuter’s, feel they are being unfairly targeted by the pending legislation, and experts say they could be forced out of business altogether.

Making an Informed Choice about Vaccination
New FDA and FTC restrictions on natural products prior to the possible roll-out of a government-mandated vaccination program could have a chilling effect on consumers who rely on supplements rather than vaccines to stay healthy.

Antibiotics Being Used to Excess in Farm Animals
The deputy FDA commissioner testified before the House Rules Committee that feeding antibiotics to healthy farm animals should stop. Experts say that prescribing too many antibiotics leads to super-resistant bugs.

California Decides Not to List BPA as a Toxic Chemical
This month, a California scientific panel voted unanimously not to include BPA on California’s list of known developmental and reproductive toxins. The NRDC has filed a legal petition with the California EPA asking for another review.

In Memoriam
This week the world of clinical nutrition and education lost a special member of its family: former AAHF president Shari Lieberman, PhD, CNS. We mourn her loss and remember her achievements.

Deborah A. Ray, MT (ASCP), Editor
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July 26, 2009

Dr/Mom on vaccinations

Dr Dolly is a remarkable Doctor/Mom whom I discovered back in June and meant  to tell everyone about.  She is bright as a new penny and the last word as a pediatrician.  And we just happen to be in total agreement about vaccinating babies and messing around with mother nature.  Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  (I got her permission)

Health Happy Round-Up: Vaccine Awareness

Posted on June 12, 2009 by Dr. Dolly Garnecki

j0433218Welcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.  If there’s a topic or recipe you’d like featured on Health Happy Round-Up, let me know!  [drgarnecki at gmail dot com].

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j0321155As a doctor mom, I’ve often been asked whether or not my husband and I have chosen to vaccinate our son.

The short answer to that question is no.

I have several colleagues who will pat me on the back, give me a high five, and say, “Amen, sister!”  On the other hand, I have family members, and many other friends who look at me in aghast as though I’ve chosen to do something utterly maniacal and drastic for my son (these are the same people who balked when I announced I was having a home birth).

Usually, when pressed, I quickly summarize my reasons for avoiding childhood vaccinations, but there’s typically not much time to elaborate on the research, statistics, and evidence to which my husband and I stand fast on our decision.  I’ll delve a little deeper into the why behind our decision.  I think whether or not to vaccinate children is a decision that should be made by the parents (not the government).

I fully support any parents’ decision, but if the topic comes up, I will calmly and gently present information supporting reasons to avoid vaccinations.  I encourage all parents to read thoroughly on both sides of the issue before settling on a decision.

Choosing to not vaccinate is not for the faint of heart

On another note, it’s easy to get your child vaccinated.  Any pediatrician will willingly vaccinate your child beginning at 6 weeks of age.  On the other hand, you may have to fight tooth and nail to prevent your child from being vaccinated.

I have a colleague, also a doctor, whose Florida pediatrician threatened to have their children taken away from them for opting not to vaccinate them without  obtaining religious exemption from the local government.

Why bother NOT vaccinating children?

For the first time in history, U.S. [and Canadian] children are sicker than the generation before them. They’re not just a little worse off, they are precipitously worse off physically, emotionally, educationally and developmentally. The statistics have been repeated so often, they are almost boring.

Obesity affects nearly a fifth of children, triple the prevalence in 1980. Juvenile diabetes is up 104% since 1980. Autism, once regarded as having a purely genetic etiology, increased more than a thousandfold in less than a generation. The incidence of asthma is up nearly 75%. Life-threatening food allergies doubled in the past decade. The prevalence of allergies increased nearly sixfold. Almost one in 10 children—between four and five million kids—have been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder. Nutrient deficiencies, not seen for decades in U.S. children, are prevalent again, or still persisting.

What happened?

Many have argued that the increasingly aggressive vaccination schedule is partly to blame. In the 1980s, more vaccines were given earlier in infancy, as were more multivalent doses, most of which contained mercury…. If true, by vaccinating so zealously, rather than making children healthier, as school districts, federal health programs, corporate health infrastructures, and pediatricians insist, we have traded mostly benign or treatable childhood illnesses for incurable, lifelong, extremely costly disability and disease. It means that current vaccine policy and practice create more morbidity and mortality than they prevent in U.S. [and Canadian] children.

(Source: Why Do Pediatricians Deny The Obvious? By Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD)

According to the CDC and a summarized report by Lisa Killinger, Doctor of Chiropractic, children received only 4 vaccinations in the 1980’s.  However, only five years ago, 10 million vaccines were administered per year in the U.S.  Most of them were given to infants ages 2 – 6 months of age.  Over 75 percent of all 3-year-olds in the U.S. were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC’s recommended schedule.  By the age of two, healthy infants in the U.S. receive up to 20 vaccinations to protect against 11 diseases.

In 2007, the CDC recommended schedule increased for two year-olds to receive 35 vaccinations to protect against 15 diseases.

Visit the CDC for a list of the most current vaccine schedule and state law requirements database.

Vaccines tamper with natural immunity causing serious consequences

The body has normal mechanisms for defense, but by injecting particles of infectious diseases directly into the bloodstream, the immune system’s first line of defense (Th1) is bypassed.  When Th1 is circomvented, the result is a “surprise attack” on the second line of defense, called Th2.  The antibodies created from going directly to Th2 is so distressing to the body, it can result in anaphylactic shock.

Naturally occurring diseases are introduced into the body through the nose, mouth, skin and lungs, triggering a the Th1 level that usually combats the illness before it ever reaches the bloodstream. However, the repeated “back-door surprise attacks” on the Th2 level of the immune system from vaccinations make the body’s immune system hypersensitive.  The body reacts inappropriately to other normally harmless substances like peanuts.  The persistent onslaught against immune defense results in a modern generation of children whose immune systems are damaged. They suffer from food and environmental allergies, childhood asthma, and there is an increasing number who have life threatening anaphylactic disorders.

Vaccine ingredients

Aborted human fetal tissue is harvested and used as the precursor to cell lines grown for more and more vaccines.

Vaccines are cultured in tissues such as monkey kidney cells, rabbit and dog brains, horse blood, fetal calf blood, chick embryos, and, yes, even human fetal lung tissue. Under normal circumstances, the body only encounters foreign animal proteins though the digestive tract; when injected directly into the blood stream, these proteins can wreak havoc on the body.

Vaccines may contain unintentional animal viruses. It is impossible to completely isolate one virus from others within the animal tissue used for vaccine creation. As a result, vaccines pose the greatest risk of cross-species disease introduction; past vaccine batches have contained unwanted animal
viruses. There is even evidence that the AIDS virus was spread from apes to humans through a contaminated oral polio vaccine given to over 300,000 Africans. Since then, other vaccine batches have accidentally included mysterious animal viruses, one of which is SV40, which some scientists link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain brain tumours in the Baby Boomer generation.

The chemicals added as preservatives and adjuvants (intended to make them more powerful) to vaccines are dangerous; they include formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, phenol (carbolic acid), alum, acetone, and some still do contain Thimerosal (a preservative comprising 50% ethyl mercury). Many of these chemicals are neurotoxic and lead to a myriad of other health issues; they have been linked to autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other developmental disorders. These toxins build up in the system over time; heavy metals do not leave the system once they’ve crossed the blood-brain barrier.  The medical community argues that “there is no conclusive evidence” linking vaccines with these disorders because they choose to reference scientifically flawed studies sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies themselves or refuse to undertake long term studies to compare the overall health outcome of fully vaccinated groups with non-vaccinated ones. Common sense dictates that injecting toxic chemicals into the bodies of neurologically immature babies is dangerous. (Note: the flu shot still contains mercury.) (source: http://www.vran.org)

Don’t vaccines prevent disease?

According to historical trends supported by research, the positive effect of vaccines has been minimal.

Deaths caused by childhood illnesses had already declined as much as 98% before vaccine programs were ever initiated. Evidence indicates that an improved standard of living, particularly access to fresh foods (and education on hygiene and sanitization), caused this drop in disease, not vaccines. Evidence also indicates that statistical tampering over the last sixty years has made vaccines appear more effective than they truly are.

Natural Immunity, not Promiscuity

The vaccine schedule delivers multiple doses of diseased animal/human organ tissue in high doses in conjunction with harmful toxins and carcinogens.  Historically, when people did contract various diseases, it was one disease at a time, if in fact they did get multiple diseases over the course of a lifetime.

A body’s immune system is designed to create anti-bodies in response to a disease, and to fight and fend off an attack on healthy cells.  However, when multiple diseases are thrown at it all at once (in conjunction with toxins, heavy metals, and carcinogens), the body’s response capability is severely handicapped by reacting and performing in hyper-drive all the time, and irreversible damage occurs.

It is not a natural occurrence to get 4 major diseases at once, yet that is how the immunization schedule is ordered…by the time your child is 6 weeks old.

There are vaccines for diseases that can only be contracted through sexual promiscuity (such as Hepatitis B).  I do not encourage nor do I expect my son to be engaged in that type of behavior.  Straight from the Virginia religious exemption form,

The Hepatitis-B vaccine protects against a disease that is only transmitted through multiple sexual partners or street IV drug users, and therefore usurps my parental authority to condemn such activity in my child.  The acceptance of this vaccine promotes sexual promiscuity and immoral behavior in direct contradiction to the teachings of our faith.

Personally, I’d rather my son take his chances fending off a childhood disease like measles with his healthy immune system than subject himself to a lifetime of disease and disability from the crippling side effects that can occur from vaccines.

My story

Like most children born in the 1970’s, I received immunizations.  I have a story about a whole cell pertussis (DTP) booster shot taken in the buttocks at age 5 (even at that age, it was utterly humiliating).  For two weeks afterward, I could not walk.  My gluteal (buttocks) and hamstring muscles would seize up and spasm when I’d sit or lie down for long periods of time.  Eventually, it wore off, but as a result my right leg and foot continued to turn inward for several more years of childhood and into adolescence which affected my walking patterns and posture.

As an adult, I joined the U.S. military.  If you’re not current on immunizations, you’ll get them all at once in the medical processing station.  If you do not provide a record of your immunizations, they will give you everything at once.  Everything that is currently part of the CDC’s immunization schedule.

I won’t delve into the long military history of the U.S. government testing drugs and vaccines on its soldiers, because that’s not the point of this article.  I will mention that while I was on active duty, some drug testing was optional and some vaccinations were mandatory (all the anthrax series, and smallpox).  I had adverse skin reactions to anthrax as well as flu shots (also required every year for all active duty military personnel).  Every time I got the flu shot, I ended up with the flu or a very bad cold in addition to an intense skin rash that would span 3/4 of my body.  I had to take steroids to counter the rash due to the vaccination that was supposed to prevent the flu.

Although all military medical personnel denied there could be any side effects from the flu shot (I argued it was most likely the aluminum, mercury, and formaldehyde that my body was so aggressively rejecting), I knew there was nothing new in my diet, environmental exposure, or laundry detergent that was suspect.  I was able to request testing for an allergic reaction which prevented me from getting the flu shot one year.  Before they could schedule me for testing, flu season was suddenly over.  While numerous co-workers who received the flu shot were taking several sick days off work to deal with the horrendous cold virus they suddenly got, I spent the flu season healthy and free of illness.  To this day, I will never ever get another flu shot again.

One day, my son may choose to serve his country in the military.  If that day arrives, he’ll no longer have the option of claiming exemption from vaccinations.  I hope, for the sake of all military personnel serving our country and risking their lives in combat, that the government and CDC will learn to accept the evidence that immunizations cause more damage and disease than they prevent.  I hope that vaccines will be optional for military personnel in the near future.

For now, we’ll do our part to keep our family safe and share information with others who are willing to listen.

Evidence

j0313931It’s moving, if not heartbreaking, to listen to testimonials of families who saw changes in their children once they were vaccinated.  Similarly, it’s joyful to hear triumphant stories of healthy adults who’ve seldom been ill and who never had vaccines as children.

But in today’s post-modern world, most folks want cold, hard facts.  Vacinne911 has provided a list of medical journals, categorized by disease, that link the cause to vaccines in pdf format (courtesy of mercola.com).  The medical journals indicate that vaccines are linked to such diseases and medical conditions as leukemia, lymphoma, epilepsy, seizures, auto-immune disease, diabetes, autism, convulsions, brain swelling, deafness, various organ disorders, and death.

To read more about the risks associated with vaccinations, please visit the following:

For a cursory post on vaccine ingredients, read What’s in Childhood Vaccines? and the post that links to a video where CDC chief admits that vaccines are linked to autism.

If you have questions or concerns, check the resources above, check with your child’s health care provider about your options, and as always, you can e-mail me (drgarnecki at gmail dot com).

Your turn:

What choice has your family made in regard to childhood vaccinations?  What influenced your decision?

–By Dr. Dolly
Twitter me: drdolly


March 14, 2009

Vaccine Injustice

(From Dr. Mercola)

Vaccine Makers Profit from

Government-Granted Immunity

Sources:

vaccine, vaccinationIn a building kitty-corner from the White House across Pennsylvania Avenue is a special “vaccines court” which hears cases brought by parents who claim their children have been harmed by routine vaccinations.

The court buffers makers of childhood-disease vaccines from much of the litigation risk that other drugmakers must face. It is an important reason why the vaccine business has been transformed from a low-profit venture in the 1970’s to one of the pharmaceutical industry’s most attractive product lines today.

The court operates because of a legal shield known as the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which was put into place in 1986 to encourage the development of vaccines. A spate of lawsuits against vaccine makers in the 1970’s and 1980’s had caused dozens of companies to get out of the business. Now, vaccines are big business. They will generate $21.5 billion in annual sales for their makers by 2012.

Critics of the program say a recent vaccine court ruling that routine childhood immunizations aren’t linked to autism underscored the limited recourse families have in claiming injury from vaccines. Many plaintiffs’ lawyers would prefer to take their lawsuits directly to civil court.

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Dr. Mercola''s Comments Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
Prior to October 1, 1988, if you or your child were injured by a vaccine you were allowed to file a lawsuit against a vaccine manufacturer to receive compensation for harm arising from the vaccine. Since that legislation passed anyone who is now injured  and wishes to receive compensation is required to apply through The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the so-called “vaccine court,” prior to pursuing a lawsuit.

This program has boosted vaccine sales growth immensely — by 2015 it’s estimated that vaccinations will morph into a $21.5-billion industry — largely because they have ZERO liability for the products they produce.

If a child becomes seriously injured or even dies after receiving a vaccine, the vaccine makers are completely shielded — and IF they are ever awarded compensation through NVICP, it is the taxpayers who pay, not the vaccine makers.

Who is the Vaccine Court Really Looking Out For?

NVICP was “established to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals found to be injured by certain vaccines.”

But when you read between the lines, you discover what this really means is that a program has been put into place to protect vaccine manufacturers (i.e. “ensure an adequate supply of vaccines”) and NOT to look out for those injured by vaccines.

According to Barbara Loe Fisher, one of the top vaccine experts in the world, who along with other vaccine-choice advocates is calling on Congress to revamp, and possibly even repeal, this fatally flawed program:

“During its two-decade history, two out of three individuals applying for federal vaccine injury compensation have been turned away empty-handed even though to date $1.8 billion has been awarded to more than 2,200 plaintiffs out of some 12,000 who have applied.”

Meanwhile, close to 5,000 vaccine-injury claims are sitting in limbo because they involve children who suffered brain and immune system dysfunction after vaccination and have been diagnosed with regressive autism.

Well, this is not a “compensable event” according to NVICP, so the children may be out of luck … despite the fact that a study by Harvard professor Michael Ganz found the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is more than $3 million.

And there are other problems as well.

Safety Provisions are Not Being Enforced

The Act signed into law in 1986, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, contains strong safety provisions, including:

• First-time mandates for doctors to record and report serious health problems, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths after vaccination
• Mandates that doctors give parents written benefit and risk information before a child is vaccinated

Yet few of the safety provisions are being enforced. As Fisher said:

“There has been a betrayal of the promise that was made to parents about how the compensation program would be implemented.”

Case in point, claims heard by NVICP are supposed to be handled “quickly, easily and with certainty and generosity,” according to a House report accompanying the 1986 legislation, but many claims have taken years — more than 10 years — to be settled. Fisher continues:

“Obtaining compensation has become a highly adversarial, time-consuming, traumatic and expensive process for families of vaccine-injured children, and far too many vaccine victims have been denied compensation.
Meanwhile, vaccine makers and doctors have enjoyed liability protection and dozens of doses of nine new vaccines have been added to the childhood vaccine schedule.”

If a family is finally able to receive compensation through the program, what can they expect? According to the program’s guidelines:

• The system will offer to pay up to $250,000 for a vaccine-associated death.

• The system will offer to pay for all past and future unreimbursed medical expenses, custodial and nursing home care; up to $250,000 pain and suffering; and loss of earned income.

This is clearly inadequate compensation and clearly far too late.

Further, the system is funded by a surcharge on each dose of vaccine sold. The doctors pay the tax initially when they purchase the vaccines, but this is passed right down to the parents of the child. So not only are the vaccine manufacturers shielded from potential lawsuits, they are not even responsible for paying one cent of the claims filed against them — the consumers of their products are

Even the lawyers who fight against the families who have filed claims with the system are full-time government attorneys, employed solely for the purpose of battling to defend the vaccine manufacturers. The vaccine makers don’t even have to pay their own legal defense fees!

Such a sweet deal. Try to find any other business that is insulated from the perverted U.S. legal system and you will likely come up with a blank.

Do You Want to Help Support Vaccine Safety Reform?

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), which was co-founded by Barbara Loe Fisher, is the American vaccine safety watchdog. They are currently being flooded with vaccine reaction reports and parents reporting that their vaccine exemptions are being pulled or becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

I highly recommend you consider supporting the NVIC in their efforts to raise awareness about these vital issues and implement vaccine safety reform.

As I’ve stated before, I’m not anti-vaccine, but rather pro-vaccine safety and choice.

I question vaccines’ compulsory nature along with the very limited recourse parents have if their child is injured. You may also not be aware that if your child is vaccinated according to the CDC’s recommended schedule, by the time your child starts kindergarten he or she will have received 48 doses of 14 vaccines. Of these, 36 doses will be given during the first 18 months of life.

Well, public health officials have NEVER proven that it is indeed safe to inject this number and volume of vaccines into infants. And I believe parents have the right to know such information before making a decision on whether or not to vaccinate.

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A Vaccine Form You Can Give to Your Pediatrician

March 5, 2009

Vaccine Studies/Pharma bias

. . . . .  .new from Dr. Mercola:


Vaccine Studies: Under the Influence of Pharma

vaccine, NVIC, medical journals, science, studiesBy Barbara Loe Fisher

If you take more than a casual look at the way the mass vaccination system in the U.S. works, you see that pharmaceutical companies marketing vaccines have a lot of clout.

It was the pharmaceutical industry that told Congress in 1982 that they were going to leave the nation without vaccines if they didn’t get liability protection but have opposed making it less difficult for vaccine victims to obtain federal compensation in the U.S. Court of Claims under a 1986 law that gave them liability protection.

It is Pharma lobbyists, who bully the FDA into fast tracking vaccines like Gardasil and who sit at the CDC’s policymaking tables urging that new vaccines be recommended for use by all children so they can persuade state legislators to mandate vaccines like influenza vaccine.

How Big Pharma Influences Medical Journals

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal reveals the clout that Big Pharma has in the world of medicine journal publishing, specifically the publishing of scientific articles about vaccines. In a Cochrane Collaboration review and analysis of published influenza vaccine studies found that influenza vaccine studies sponsored by industry are treated more favorably by medical journals even when the studies are of poor quality.

This analysis confirms that drug companies marketing vaccines have a major influence on what gets published and is said about vaccines in medical journals. It is no wonder that there are almost no studies published in the medical literature that call into question vaccine safety.

The preferential treatment of Pharma-funded studies also explains why the risks of an inappropriately fast-tracked vaccine like Gardasil are underplayed in the medical literature and why a physician like Andrew Wakefield, M.D. who dared to publish a study in 1998 in a medical journal (The Lancet) calling for more scientific investigation into the possible link between MMR vaccine and regressive autism, has been mercilessly persecuted for more than a decade, by both Pharma-funded special interest groups, as well as public health officials maintaining close relationships with vaccine manufacturers.

Study Finds No Correlation Between Quality of Study and Publication

This recent review identified and assessed 274 published studies on influenza vaccines for their methodological quality and found no relationship between study quality, publication in prestige journals or their subsequent citation in other articles.

The researchers also found that most influenza vaccine studies are of poor quality but those with conclusions favorable to influenza vaccinations are of significantly lower methodological quality. The single most important factor determining where the studies were published or how much they were cited was sponsorship, with those partially or wholly funded by the pharmaceutical industry having higher visibility.

The authors commented:

“The study shows that one of the levers for accessing prestige journals is the financial size of your sponsor. Pharma sponsors order many reprints of studies supporting their products, often with in house translations into many languages. They also purchase advertising space in the journal. Many publishers openly advertise these services on their website. It is time journals made a full disclosure of their sources of funding”.

The HPV Vaccine — Just One Example of Inappropriate Influence Endangering Public Health

Last month the National Vaccine Information Center (www.NVIC.org) called on the Obama Administration and Congress to investigate Gardasil vaccine risks. NVIC has long questioned the inappropriate influence of vaccine manufacturers in federal vaccine licensing and policymaking and state vaccine mandates.

In 2006, Merck’s Gardasil vaccine was fast tracked by the FDA at Merck’s request and in 2007 Merck lobbyists mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign to get Gardasil mandated by state legislators for all sixth grade girls, which would have assured the big drug company a predictable market.

The Pharma lobbying effort in 2007 to get all states to mandate Gardasil failed but every other vaccine produced by drug companies and licensed by the FDA in the past quarter century has been mandated. Those new mandates were added to state vaccine laws by legislators and public health officials at the urging of vaccine manufacturer lobbyists and Pharma funded organizations touting vaccine studies published in the medical literature.

Massive Increase in Number of Vaccines Given

In the past three decades, the numbers of doses of government recommended vaccines for children and medical organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics has tripled to 69 doses of 16 vaccines, with 48 doses of 14 vaccines targeted to children under age six.

Pharma lobbyists have persuaded most states to pass laws requiring two to three dozen doses of most of the 16 government recommended vaccines. Last year New Jersey became the first state to mandate influenza vaccine for children attending daycare and school.

In the past few years, Dr. Jefferson has authored several independent reviews of influenza studies published in the medical literature for the Cochrane Collaboration, which have been published in the British Medical Journal, questioning the quality of published scientific evidence for influenza vaccine effectiveness and safety for the elderly as well as children.

Clearly, if the makers and marketers of vaccines can influence the quality and quantity of the scientific evidence published in the medical literature proving that vaccines are safe and effective — evidence that is used by states to mandate vaccines and by the U.S. Court of Claims to deny compensation to vaccine injured children — then Congress was wrong in 1986 to protect the makers and marketers of vaccines from liability for injuries and deaths caused by those vaccines.

Government Vaccine Recommendations Based on Tainted Evidence

The U.S. Court of Claims vaccine injury compensation awards, and state vaccine mandates are justified on the strength of scientific published in medical journals.

It is time for medical journals to disclose all financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. It is time for studies questioning the safety and effectiveness of vaccines to receive a fair hearing in scientific journals rather than editors confining themselves to primarily publishing studies funded by the pharmaceutical industry maintaining that every vaccine is totally safe, effective and necessary.

Kudos to the British Medical Journal for having the integrity to publish  Dr. Jefferson’s comprehensive analysis of pharmaceutical money influence on vaccine studies published in the medical literature. Hopefully, this will be a wake-up call for the scientific community, Congress and the public to put an end to the undue influence the pharmaceutical industry has on the science and policy of mass vaccination in the U.S.

Dr. Mercola''s Comments Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has hit it on the head with this article. There are many disturbing issues at work behind and beneath the vaccine research that actually ends up seeing the light of day.

For example, the peer review process, which is the basic method for checking medical research to see if it’s fit to publish, is not without serious flaws.

For one, it’s almost impossible to find out what happens in the vetting process as peer reviewers are unpaid, anonymous and unaccountable. And although the system is based on the best of intentions, it lacks consistent standards and the expertise of the reviewers can vary widely from journal to journal.

This leaves the field wide open to reviewers to base their decisions on their own prejudices. And more often than not, there is a distinct tendency to let flawed papers through if their conclusion is favorable for the vaccine.

As Dr. John Ioannidis (see below) has previously stated, there appears to be an underlying assumption that scientific information is a commodity, and hence, scientific journals are a medium for its dissemination and exchange.

When scientific journals function in this manner, it has major consequences for the entire field of science and medicine, and ultimately for you and your family’s health – especially in the case of vaccines, as many wind up being mandated for all children.

While idealists will likely not agree with this viewpoint, realists can acknowledge that journals generate revenue and build careers. Publication is also critical for both drug development and marketing, which are needed to attract venture capital.

So, sad to say, it is ever so clear that the current system is highly susceptible to manipulation of both pocketbooks and ego’s.

Scientific Claims — A 50/50 Chance of Being True

Back in 2005, Dr. John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at Ioannina School of Medicine, Greece, showed that there is less than a 50 percent chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper will be true.

Dr. Ioannidis did it again just last year, showing that much of scientific research being published is highly questionable. According to that analysis, the studies most likely to be published are those that oversell dramatic or otherwise considered important results.

Results that oftentimes turn out to be false later on.

Prestigious journals boast that they are very selective, turning down the vast majority of papers that are submitted to them. The assumption is that they therefore publish only the best scientific work.

But Dr. Ioannidis study of 49 papers in leading journals, which had been cited by more than 1,000 other scientists — in other words, well-regarded research — showed that within only a few years, almost a third of the papers had been refuted by other studies.

Making matters worse, the “hotter” the field, the greater the competition, and the more likely that published research in top journals could be wrong.

Who’s Paying for the Science?

One of the simple ways to evaluate how likely any manipulation has occurred is to track down who financed the study. The reason you want to do this is likely very obvious as it’s well known that studies funded by industry or conducted by researchers with industry ties tend to favor corporate interests.

This makes perfect logical sense if you consider that no one in their right mind would pay for a study, and then make sure it gets disseminated it if it turned out the drug or vaccine in question was ineffective, or worse, downright dangerous.

However sometimes this will be difficult to do as the funding is cleverly disguised through benign or even philanthropic-sounding front names.

What Does This Mean to Your Health?

First of all, you need to realize that medical journals have enormous influence on which drugs doctors prescribe, the treatment hospitals provide, and the vaccines that your child will be exposed to.

As Fisher explains above, more and more vaccines are being mandated based on the studies presumably showing them to be “safe and effective.” This is a travesty, and an absolute disaster for our youth.

Here are some other ways this flawed system of publishing industry-tainted science can, and does, influence medicine and your health:

  • Drug prescription deaths accounted for 95 percent of all unintentional and undetermined poisoning deaths in 2004
  • “Preventive” drugs and vaccines for everything from cancer to dental caries are on the rise, which, of course, are prescribed to perfectly healthy people
  • Pharmaceutical companies are also pushing for more and more non-logical uses of their drugs, such as administering the HPV vaccine to young boys, even though they do not have the prerequisite anatomy to contract the disease
  • Death attributed to psychotherapeutic drugs (anti-depressants and sedatives) nearly doubled, from 671 to 1,300 deaths between 1999 and 2004
  • State mandated drugging of children as young as three years old with psychiatric drugs is now on a steady rise
  • In January 2006, the FDA put in place the preemption protection scheme that bans private lawsuits against drug companies and physicians in state courts, once a drug has achieved the FDA’s stamp of approval

What Can You Learn From This?

When evaluating health news, it is wise to be cautious even if it’s published in a scientific journal. You must come to the realization that YOU are responsible for your, and your family’s, health; not me, not your doctor, and certainly not drug companies that try to convince you that your child not only needs every single vaccine mandated — and that every single one is safe — in order to sell their wares.

Remember, medicine is a business. And so are the journals publishing the science used as the basis for medicine and as such they are highly susceptible to major conflicts of interests because of the very large sums of money involved here.

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February 13, 2009

Hate Mercury in Vaccines, how about Aluminum?

Courtesy of Dr. Mercola

Mercury In Vaccines Was Replaced With Something

Even MORE Toxic

vaccines, aluminumThe short, eye-opening eBook linked below is titled Aluminum in Vaccines — a Neurological Gamble, by Neil Miller, director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute. It documents the hazards associated with aluminum-laden vaccines. Children are receiving high concentrations of aluminum in their shots. This well-documented neurotoxin may be more dangerous than mercury.

Vaccines containing high concentrations of neurotoxic aluminum were added to the child immunization schedule when several vaccines containing mercury were removed. Two-month old babies now receive 1,225 mcg of aluminum from their vaccines — 50 times higher than safety levels! Although the FDA, CDC and World Health Organization are aware of the dangers, they expect parents to play Russian roulette with their children.


Dr. Mercola''s Comments Dr. Mercola’s Comments:


When mercury was removed from many vaccines (except the flu vaccine) years ago, it was under the false guise that finally vaccines were now safe. What health agencies did not want you to know is that there are many other toxic additives still in vaccines, and one of them is aluminum.

Aluminum has not received the widespread media attention that mercury has, therefore many people don’t realize it’s a health risk.

Notice he said that aluminum is “not perceived” by the public as a dangerous metal … he couldn’t say simply that aluminum is safe, because this would be a lie.

Why is Aluminum Added to Vaccines?

Every vaccine has two components, the agent that you’re seeking to elicit an immune response to, such as a measles virus, and an immune adjuvant, which enhances the immune response and is typically made from a variety of highly toxic compounds including aluminum compounds, MSG, and mercury. The purpose of immune adjuvants is to boost your immune system, or to make it react as intensely as possible for as long as possible.

Unlike a natural immune boost that would come from, say, eating healthy and exercising, artificial immune adjuvants can be dangerous in and of themselves. Says Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D., a board-certified neurosurgeon and author:

How Aluminum Can Harm Your Brain

When you or your child is injected with a vaccine, the aluminum compounds it contains accumulate not only at the site of injection but

travel to your brain and accumulate there. In your brain, aluminum enters neurons and glial cells (astrocytes and microglia).

Studies have shown that aluminum can activate microglia and do so for long periods, which means that the aluminum in your vaccination is priming your microglia to overreact.

The next vaccine acts to trigger the enhanced inflammatory reaction and release of the excitotoxins, glutamate and quinolinic acid, Dr. Blaylock points out.

Meanwhile, if you come down with an infection, are exposed to more toxins, or have a stroke or head injury of any kind, this will magnify the inflammatory reaction occurring in your brain due to the vaccines. Research has shown that the more your immune system remains activated, the more likely it is you’ll suffer from a neurodegenerative disease.

The aluminum hydroxide used in many vaccines, including hepatitis A and B, and the Pentacel cocktail for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and meningitis, has been clearly linked to symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and Alzheimer’s.

Scientists discovered the link after injecting mice with an anthrax vaccine developed for the first Gulf War. After 20 weeks, a fifth of the mice developed a skin allergy, and memory problems increased by 41 times compared to a placebo group. Also, inside the brains of mice, 35 percent of the cells that control movement were destroyed.

There is overwhelming evidence that chronic immune activation in your brain, as discussed by Dr. Blaylock above, is a major cause of damage in numerous degenerative brain disorders, from multiple sclerosis Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and ALS, which may explain the link between aluminum-containing vaccines and these diseases.

Late last year a team of scientists also found that vaccination involving aluminum-containing adjuvants could trigger the cascade of immunological events that are associated with autoimmune conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and macrophagic myofasciitis, a condition that causes profound weakness and multiple neurological syndromes, one of which closely resembles multiple sclerosis.

Even a study in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, admitted that:

“Aluminum is now being implicated as interfering with a variety of cellular and metabolic processes in the nervous system and in other tissues.”

This has led some experts to suggest that aluminum in vaccines may be linked to autism.

Just How Much Aluminum Could Your Child be Exposed To?

If you are a parent of a young child I highly recommend you read the entire eBook linked above, as it spells out very clearly just how much aluminum will be injected into your child if you follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) vaccine schedule.

In short, babies who follow the recommended vaccination schedule are injected with nearly 5,000 mcg (5 mg) of aluminum by the time they are just 1.5 years old.

The FDA considers levels of aluminum up to 0.85mg to be “safe,” so you do the math on the risk involved here.

For parents, the issue of what to do about these risks can be very confusing. So please do take your time to thoroughly research the risks of vaccinations before making up your mind. Dr. Blaylock’s article, The Danger of Excessive Vaccination During Brain Development: The Case for a Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders, is an excellent starting point that I highly recommend.

If you’re looking for a more sensible, “user-friendly” vaccination schedule that may present fewer risks than the CDC’s “one-size-fits-all” schedule, Dr. Donald Miller advises the following:

1. No vaccinations until your child is 2 years old.
2. No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury).
3. No live virus vaccines.
4. The following vaccines should be given one at a time (not as a combination vaccine), every six months, beginning at age 2:

a.  Pertussis (acellular, not whole cell)
b. Diphtheria
c. Tetanus
d. Polio (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)

And that would be pretty much it as far as vaccinations. Your pediatrician will not like this schedule, but if you have reviewed the evidence and still feel your child should be inoculated to a certain degree, this is a far safer alternative to the standard vaccination schedule. If your pediatrician doesn’t agree, or isn’t open to discussing this issue with you, it’s high time to find a new one who will understand your concerns.

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