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** [Dr. Chris Shaw] has ‘academic freedom’ to look for links between vaccines and autism, university says | National Post

Mar 04

UBC neuroscientist has ‘academic freedom’ to look for links between vaccines and autism, university says | National Post
 University of B.C. neuroscientist whose research was criticized by the World Health Organization has the academic freedom to pursue his controversial studies into vaccines and autism, the university says.

Christopher Shaw, a professor in the university’s department of ophthalmology and visual science, has produced research that implies there may be a link between autism and the aluminum found in some vaccines. His studies relied on animal models as well as correlations between aluminum content in vaccines and autism rates in a number of countries.
The WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety in 2012 reviewed two papers co-written by Shaw and found them to be “seriously flawed” by implying there is a causal link, rather than just a correlation, between autism and vaccines, according to a committee report.
In an interview with CBC last month, Shaw said that his studies don’t argue that “aluminum adjuvants are causing autism; we would never suggest that. (But) it does raise a lot of questions.” . . .
The university’s support of Shaw’s research was questioned this week in a blog post entitled “Are Canadian universities fertile ground for anti-vaccine pseudo-science?” written by Jen Gunter, an outspoken Canadian doctor based in San Francisco.
Gunter pointed out that Shaw’s research has received financial support from the Dwoskin Family Foundation, a U.S.-based organization that funds research with a heavy emphasis on vaccines. The foundation has provided about $930,000 to UBC in the past four years.

CNN/Elizabeth Cohen/Sanjay Gupta: How the Media Fails Us

Mar 04

 Elizabeth Cohen

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Elizabeth Cohen is a CNN reporter.  She is the channel’s senior medical correspondent.  CNN chose not to cover the 83 compensated cases of vaccine-induced autism discovered in 2011, and Cohen still pretends that there is no link.  She cites her “friend and colleague,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta as backup, referring to his Feb 3, 2015 report saying parents “opposing vaccines are just wrong.”

From my friend and colleague Dr.Sanjay Gupta Those opposing vaccines are just wrong

MY COMMENT:
Dr. Gupta interviewed Dr. Jon Poling, the neurologist father of Hannah Poling, in 2008 on CNN.   Jon Poling stated that medical experts at HHS had conceded his daughter’s case of vaccine-induced autism.  Gupta did not tell Poling that he was “just wrong.”  Gupta needs to explain why he’s now saying that Hannah Poling never had case.

StatesmanJournal: Robert Kennedy Jr coming to Oregon

Mar 04

 

Robert Kennedy Jr. to show vaccine film in Salem

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has invited Oregon senators to a private screening of a documentary about a mercury-containing preservative in some vaccines on Thursday in Salem. He plans to urge them to vote against a bill that – with an amendment – would eliminate nonmedical exemptions from Oregon’s school immunization law.

The invitation came via emails to senators on Monday. Sens. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, and Tim Knopp, R-Bend, confirmed to the Statesman Journal that they were invited to the screening.

Knopp said on Tuesday that Kennedy reached out to him on Sunday – presumably because Knopp is leading the opposition against Senate Bill 442 – and said he was interested in talking with the senators about the bill.

“He’s very concerned about parental consent on this issue,” Knopp said. “He’s opposed to the bill with the amendments and wanted to talk to some senators.”

In the email that was obtained by the Statesman Journal, Kennedy writes that lawmakers and their staffers are invited to the screening of the documentary “Trace Amounts” at Cinebarre in downtown Salem and that he plans to hold a question-and-answer session afterward.

“I consider this issue so important not just for Oregon but for the entire country that I wanted to make the trip to Salem to further educate lawmakers,” the email reads.

Monnes Anderson, chairwoman of the Senate health care committee, said she will not make the screening. Steiner Hayward’s chief of staff, Paige Pence, said in an email that the senator will not attend due to a scheduling conflict. Knopp said he plans to be there.

***CNBC: Vaccinated spread disease!

Mar 04

Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease
Washington, D.C., March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Physicians and public health officials know that recently vaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with the immunocompromised can be especially dangerous. For example, the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to “Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated,” and to “Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit.”1
A statement on the website of St. Jude’s Hospital warns parents not to allow people to visit children undergoing cancer treatment if they have received oral polio or smallpox vaccines within four weeks, have received the nasal flu vaccine within one week, or have rashes after receiving the chickenpox vaccine or MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.2

AGE OF AUTISM on “the coming epidemic of young adults”

Mar 03

All those who have been merely puzzled over the explosion of autistic children everywhere will, I’m sure, stand by scratching their collectives heads as our children become marginalized adults.  This has been one of my major worries for the last 10 years.  I’m sure what I’ve found here in Wisconsin is happening all over America.  State governments have done nothing to prepare for adults with autism.   Why should they?  Federal officials have assured us for years that autism is not a problem.  Not one of them has ever described autism using the word CRISIS.  The states have followed suit. 
Autism has been almost exclusively a disorder affecting children, yet there has never been alarm over the numbers or real compassion shown for the victims.  AUTISM is this blurred condition that defies real understanding.  An indifferent medical community pretends nothing is wrong, therefore nothing has been done.
Here is Teresa Conrick’s account of her daughter’s transition from high school.   I can only imagine hundreds of thousands of Megans aging out of school with no place to go.  It’s a scary prospect.

Having a child with an autism diagnosis requires a tough skin and survival skills learned as you go.  So now we are at a new junction in our lives with new survival skills to be learned as we go. Six years ago, I wrote about Megan and her Bittersweet 16th Birthday.  Since that time, Megan has had to endure seizures developing and then an autoimmune diagnosis. Our journey continues and here we are at age twenty-two, school has ended and the trail ahead is not blazed for her individual needs.  Like we have done since Megan regressed into an autism diagnosis after her MMR and Hib vaccines at eighteen months, we must survive!

Survival would include the biomedical treatments, medications and foods that target her immune system and microbiome, safe and compassionate people to care for her while I am at work, and a developing weekly schedule.  Unlike her spectacular school, which she has attended since 1998 (age 5), adult day programs for those severely affected by autism are sparse (or depressing and not well versed on REGRESSIVE autism).  I visited two in the past weeks and my friends, we need much more! 

One was housed in a small office type building, clean and new, but the clients were in the age range of 30’s and up to 70!  Where were all of the 20-year olds?  These folks did not have the type of AUTISM we see today, but more of cognitive impairment and congenital disabilities. Some were in wheelchairs or walkers.  Not appropriate for Megan. The second was a nice and big building, warm and inviting but alas, the small, severe autism program had a waiting list!  In addition, they did not have any clients who had aides, something my daughter might need.  She would be the youngest and female, in a mostly male dominated room. It was a program centered on Christian beliefs and seemed safe and nurturing, but not yet ready for the coming epidemic of young adults.

Megan has always been in the front wave of the TSUNAMI coming and as a result, we have had to endure obstacles and a world not yet ready for such disabled young adults. 

*** Even more from The Charlotte Observer!!

Mar 01

What experts say about vaccination

When health officials say vaccines are safe, they mean they’re safe for most people. Even if they don’t mention the rare cases of injury, they know that vaccines, like any drug, can have side effects.

“I never mean to suggest that there aren’t risks with vaccines,” said Art Caplan, a medical ethicist at New York University. But he said bad reactions are “very, very rare.”

He likened refusing immunizations out of concern about vaccine injuries to not wearing seat belts for fear of getting injured from wearing seat belts. Far more people are saved by seat belts, he said.

Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declined to be interviewed by the Observer. In an email she said the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine has been used in this country for 50 years and is “safe and effective. . The evidence about the vaccine’s safety and benefits is strong and consistent.”

Comment:
Can any of us imagine a medical product or procedure that would be recommended for EVERYONE, without any insight into who might have an adverse reaction?
Absolutely not.  Therefore, it makes no sense to mandate a one-size-fits-every-child vaccination schedule. 
Art Caplan is cited here as “a medical ethicist at New York University.”  It’s also important to understand that he has vast industry ties. He a consultant for the drug and biotech industries, and heads a bioethics center supported by Monsanto, de Code Genetics, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Geron Corporation, Pfizer, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Human Genome Sciences, and the Schering-Plough Corporation. 
He is not speaking as an independent expert when he tells us that vaccines are safe.
We need to clearly understand that experts and officials who promote vaccines come with lots of conflicts of interest.  The CDC itself is filled with individuals with direct financial ties ot the vaccine makers.  The last head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding, a long time denier of any link between vaccines and autism, left the agency and then went to work as head of the vaccine division at Merck.
Every study showing no link between vaccines and autism has been shown to have ties to the drug industry.  Vaccine companies themselves do much of the research on their products and the government simply accepts their findings.
When are we going to have a simple comparison study between fully vaccinated and never vaccinated kids to compare their health outcomes?  With so many unvaccinated kids out there, the study group is available, yet officials have been adamant in their opposition to conducting such research.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

More from the Charlotte Observer

Mar 01

In other words….concerning Hannah Poling……..no one has ever researched the issue of MD and autism.
In my book, I have chapter on Hannah and the sincere hope of her father that officials and experts were going to do the science here.
There was one meeting where it was decided the subject should be dropped………….NOTHING WAS DONE.  NO ONE WANTED TO LOOK.

Instead of focusing on autism, Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, said her group has always focused on encephalopathy, or brain damage, which “has been associated with vaccines since the first vaccine.” Brain inflammation can lead to dysfunction with a range of symptoms, including learning disabilities, seizure disorders, mental retardation and symptoms of autism, she said.

Some children who received compensation from the federal vaccine court for brain damage caused by vaccines have had symptoms of autism. But the compensation was for encephalopathy.

Other theories

Some parents and doctors think underlying genetic conditions or medical problems could make certain children more susceptible to adverse vaccine reactions. One suspect is disorders of the mitochondria, the “powerhouse” responsible for generating energy needed to perform a cell’s many tasks.

This was discussed in the wake of the 2008 federal vaccine court decision that vaccines injured Hannah Poling of Georgia, who got nine vaccines at once when she was 18 months old. The court, established by Congress to compensate victims of vaccine injuries, awarded millions of dollars over her lifetime and concluded the vaccinations she received “significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder . and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder.” , , ,

Douglas Wallace, director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a past member of the foundation’s advisory board, has said the lack of data on mitochondria and vaccines makes it difficult to know what to recommend. “We do not know what is safe. We do not know what is not safe,” he testified before a national vaccine committee in 2008.

Feb 28, 2015, UK Telegraph: BBC reporter suffered vaccine reaction….

Mar 01

Malcolm Brabant, his wife Trine and son Lukas

‘You don’t give up’: two years after the start of his ordeal, life remains tough for Malcolm Brabant, his wife Trine and son Lukas  Photo: Clara Molden
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this reporter were to really expose the indifference of the vaccine industry?

How a jab plunged my life into madness
Malcolm Brabant’s face – round, ruddy, full-featured, and crowned by a bald dome – is immediately recognisable. For 30 years he has been an award-winning member of the BBC’s team of foreign correspondents, bringing wars, natural disasters, political stand-offs and occasionally something a bit more cheerful into our living rooms on the evening news.

If the countenance is familiar, though, his current location isn’t. His usual on-screen sign-off is ringing in my ears – “Malcolm Brabant, BBC News, Athens” – but today he is welcoming me into his home in Copenhagen.

He is, he explains, currently living in exile from the Greek capital, and thereby “missing one the biggest news stories of my career”. The reason is the biggest personal story of Brabant’s 58 years. As he puts it with what I quickly learn is characteristic bluntness: “I went bonkers.”

In April 2011, he attended an Athens clinic for a routine vaccination against yellow fever before an assignment in the Ivory Coast. As well as reporting from Athens, he has also travelled the globe to cover international stories, winning a coveted Sony award in 1993 for his reporting from a besieged Sarajevo at the height of the Bosnian crisis.

His reaction to the vaccine, however, was anything but routine. “It fried my brain,” he states simply. Overnight a previously sane man developed severe psychosis. An agnostic, Brabant became so convinced he was the Messiah that he telephoned his bemused fellow correspondent, Allan Little, to appoint him “first disciple” and ask him to record his words of wisdom. . . .

“My husband had absolutely no previous history of mental illness,” says Villemann. “There was nothing latent in him. I have no doubt at all that his severe psychosis was brought on by the yellow fever vaccine.”

Brabant adds: “I was not a one-in-a-million case. We are determined to make the manufacturers, Sanofi Pasteur, investigate what is happening. I have provided them with open access to all the doctors who treated me so they can hear what their vaccine did to me, but they haven’t been in touch. They are refusing to engage.”

Measles PSAs–Pharma ads that don’t have to include side effects

Feb 28

Measles PSAs are coming! 

Think about the multitude of pharma ads you’ve seen.  They HAVE TO INCLUDE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS (usually while we’re seeing healthy, happy people on the beach). 
Vaccines are never advertised and perhaps one reason is because people might be more than a little concerned if they heard about those things that could be vaccine reactions. 
BUT–problem solved!  PSAs don’t have to mention vaccine reactions!

Measles, Vaccines, and Infectious Disease – Big Cities Health Coalition

Local and state health departments have the legal authority and responsibility to ensure and protect the health and safety of their residents. As communities around the country are responding to the current measles outbreak, our BCHC members know not only how to stop the spread of the disease but also how to prevent it in the first place.

3 TV Phoenix: PSA for vaccines/doctor wants 98-99 percent compliance

Feb 28

Everyone must be vaccinated!  Monstrous!
PHOENIX — There’s a new push to prevent more measles cases in Arizona. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is participating in a nationwide PSA program that urges parents to protect the health of all children by vaccinating their own.
Sunenshine says 94 percent of kindergartners are up to date on their measles vaccine, and between 92 and 94 percent of the rest of the community is.She says that’s not good enough, though, and certainly not enough to prevent the measles virus from spreading.

“We really need to get that percentage up to 98-99 percent,” she said.

With the latest outbreak reported at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, she says there’s no telling what could happen next.

“That kind of magnitude of exposure is very concerning,” she said.

 

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