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Wakefield, Ratajczak and Vaccines

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Back in January, an all out media war seemed to be declared against Andrew Wakefield.

Who?

Andrew Wakefield is the lead scientist that was studying the relationship between certain vaccines and autism.

The Current on CBC did a story with Wakefield on January 27, 2011 and he was asked if he believed he did anything wrong.  The answer was no.  If that’s the case, why isn’t he suing his peers and other organizations for libel?  His response was that the legal fees alone would cost more than 500,000 British pounds, but the lack of action doesn’t seem to do him justice.

Recently, another doctor finally ‘came out’ and declared that vaccines had an unsavoury connection with autism. The article in the Journal of Immunotoxicology is entitled “Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes–A review.” The author is Helen Ratajczak, a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm. Ratajczak did what nobody else apparently has bothered to do: she reviewed the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Not just one theory suggested by research such as the role of MMR shots, or the mercury preservative thimerosal; but all of them.

The story was covered (surprisingly) by CBS News.  When CBS asked why she felt so confident about her research, they added these comments:

A number of independent scientists have said they’ve been subjected to orchestrated campaigns to discredit them when their research exposed vaccine safety issues, especially if it veered into the topic of autism. We asked Ratajczak how she came to research the controversial topic. She told us that for years while working in the pharmaceutical industry, she was restricted as to what she was allowed to publish. “I’m retired now,” she told CBS News. “I can write what I want.”

Obviously, this paints a grim picture.  To what extent are we getting industry funded research that obfuscates the really important conclusions?

This is a classic example of why I describe myself as a social libertarian.  Sure … make the drugs, do your own research, but everything you want to sell to, pump into, prescribe, consume or produce has to go through a rigorous set of third-party public reviews where NO ONE on the review board is getting paid off by the companies seeking approval.

Yeah, it’s a pipe-dream, but we can certainly do better than the blind faith we have in deregulation and ‘the magical markets’ that will cure all.

HOT: GSK Pulls Vaccine Due to Potential for Life-Threatening Allergies

Gee.  It’s a good thing we waived the right to sue GSK on their untested vaccine.

Here’s a hot story about the brew for Canada that people are in a big hurry to have pumped into their arms:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hv_UnE27MKQefLNmQxLUqQF557NQD9C5TKJG0

Sorry folks.  Have you thought of taking Vitamin D capsules instead?

What a massive cluster f**k this whole thing has become.

Monkeys playing with their own feces could have managed this situation better.

Here’s another article about what’s actually in some of the vaccines.

Here are some notes from the article, which comment on an information leaflet distributed by GSK:

  • Trial results for the H5N1 vaccine (the earlier cousin to the H1N1 vaccine):  the product leaflet mentions a study in which the company injected the vaccine into pregnant rats. It found “an increased incidence of fetal malformations” and “delayed neurobehavioural maturation”
  • The leaflet also mentions a study on ferrets. The animals were given adjuvanted and nonadjuvanted H5N1 vaccines and then exposed to the flu. The ferrets that got the adjuvanted vaccine were protected by the vaccine. But those that got the nonadjuvanted vaccine all died.  [This is a massive concern for pregnant women being advised to get the nonadjuvanted version of the H1N1 vaccine].
  • The leaflet also says four of 253 people studied experienced “severe adverse reactions”. Three of the four were deemed to be unrelated to the vaccine, but one case of hypersensitivity (which can mean anything from an allergic reaction to autoimmune disease) was determined “to be related to vaccination”.  That one serious reaction might not sound like a lot, but it actually translates into a rate of 395 cases per 100,000 people. That’s more than 50 times the rate of hospitalization due to H1N1 itself: 7.3 per 100,000 Canadians.
  • Soldiers who received the vaccine had almost 7.5 times the rate of heart inflammation of nonvaccinated personnel, according to a study by U.S. military medical researchers in 2004 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
  • One of the best examples involves a controversial ingredient present in the H1N1 vaccine: thimerosal. Thimerosal is a form of mercury used in some vaccines as a preservative. Drug makers agreed to phase it out of most vaccines after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found in 1999 that mercury levels in children who had gotten multiple shots often exceeded safety levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Nonetheless, thimerosal still remains in many flu vaccines.
  • Controversy has raged for years about whether or not thimerosal is behind soaring childhood autism rates. While that debate continues, a 2008 study in the U.K. journal Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry found that boys who were given a vaccine containing thimerosal were nine times more likely to have developmental problems than unvaccinated boys.
  • Simple math tells us an average Canadian pregnant woman—weighing 80 kilograms at term—gets about 56 percent more than the daily safe level of mercury when given a dose of the nonadjuvanted vaccine. By the EPA’s stricter standards, that same dose is actually triple its daily safe level.
  • What’s more, Shaw notes, those daily safety levels were set for consumption of mercury in food, not for injection directly into the body. Injecting a neurotoxin like mercury has much more impact than eating it, he said.
  • Squalene is another controversial component of the swine-flu vaccine.  Debate has raged for years about whether or not squalene is responsible for Gulf War syndrome.
  • Another component of the H1N1 vaccine adjuvant:  polysorbate 80.  Studies have found it can cause severe allergic reactions and hypersensitivity.

My advice folks:  run, don’t walk, away from the clinics.

Research Credit on both stories:  www.cryptogon.com