Saturday, August 23, 2008

The unlearning...

Vaccine-wary parents spark public health worry - Kids and parenting- msnbc.com
In Ashland, nearly 30 percent of kindergartners have been issued exemptions for some or all of the vaccines required by state law, a rate seven times the rest of the state and about 12 times the rest of the nation.

Why does it seem that people who should know better put their faith in anecdotal evidence and superstition when hard data and science is available.
Skeptical of government mandates and leery of feared links to disorders
from asthma to autism, parents say they’re exercising their rights to
protect their kids from risk. But health officials say there’s no
question that the risk of vaccination is far outweighed by the benefits
of inoculation, and that those who don’t immunize endanger not only
their own kids, but also the collective resistance that keeps everyone
else safe, too.

“When more than 10 percent of a community opts out of vaccinations, it
leaves the entire community at risk because germs have a greater chance
of causing an epidemic,” said Dr. Ari Brown, an Austin, Texas,
pediatrician who represents the American Academy of Pediatrics.
While there is an acknowledged risk with almost any vaccine, the statistics show that it is far less than that of contracting these diseases. This generation of parents simply doesn't know what it is like to have a toddler contract whooping cough... one of the leading causes of vaccine preventable deaths world-wide.

With lower vaccination levels some of these nearly eradicated diseases seem to be making a comeback...

In South Whidbey Island, Wash., this summer,
Little League teams were eliminated from the regional All-Star
Tournament after an outbreak of pertussis. Overall, 88 people were
sickened in the Northwest community where one to two cases a year is
the norm. Health officer Dr. Roger Case demanded that the teams be
pulled, fearing they'd spark an epidemic among players across a wide
region. Low community vaccination levels likely were to blame for the outbreak, Case said.
Some people must simply learn hard lessons by seeing for themselves... Given all the progress mankind has made on the medical front, it would seem obvious to trust the science. But because science hasn't given us all of the answers (e.g. - why is my child autistic??) people grasp at the anecdotal (e.g. - it must be that vaccine...). Its a trait we all share as humans: we need reasons... we look for patterns even where the correlation is weak. We need some reason -- even a bad one. (Hence religion!)

Most of the time it's harmless, but in this case we could be subjecting a new generation of children to scourges that we figured out how to lick more than 50 years ago...

5 comments:

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.
Neurosurgeon -

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/pages/the-danger-of-excessive-vaccination-during-brain-development.aspx

It has been proven, in both animal studies and human studies, that systemic infections or immune activation by vaccines, rapidly activate the brain’s microglial system and can, in the case of vaccines, do so for prolonged periods.49-53 Once the primed microglia are reactivated by the subsequent vaccination or infection, the microglia activate fully and pour out their destructive elements as discussed above.

With a natural infection, the immune system quickly clears the infection and then shuts off the immune activation, thus allowing repair of what damage was done. This shutting down of the microglia is very important. There is evidence that with repeated and excessive vaccine-triggered immune stimulation, the microglia do not shut down.47

This is what was found in the Vargas et al study, in which they examined the brains of 11 autistics from age 5 years to 44 years of age dying without active infectious diseases as compared to age matched controls.54 That is, they found widespread activation of inflammatory cells (microglia and astrocytes) in the brains of the autistic patients. This explains the widespread brain damage seen in all autism cases.

This study was one of the most carefully conducted, extensive examinations of the immune reactions in the autistic brain ever done and involved immunocytochemistry, cytokine protein assays and enzyme-linked immunoascorbant assays of the brain tissue. They also performed similar assays of spinal fluid from an additional six living autistic patients, which confirmed the intense immune activation and inflammation.

The average child receiving all of the recommended vaccines will have some 24 inoculations by age one year and 36 by the time they enter school.

Most of these will be spaced within one month of each other, which means the priming and activation cycle of the microglia will be continuous. In addition, the dose of immune stimulants is excessive. At birth they receive 1 vaccine, at two months of age they receive 6 additional vaccines, at four months of age 5 vaccines, at age six months 7 vaccines and at age one year, 5 vaccines.

In addition, should they follow the new CDC recommendation, they will receive the flu vaccine every year starting at age 6 month through age 18 years. These vaccines contain a full dose of thimerosal mercury.

In addition, we must consider the effect of the measles and rubella portions of the MMR vaccine, which begins at age 1 year. The profound immune suppression, which last up to 6 months after it is given, will not only increase the risk of developing other infections, but will increase the risk of an autoimmune reaction and measles virus persistence in the brain.

Cytomegalovirus is also a powerful immune suppressing virus that commonly infects newborns and small children, especially if they are immune suppressed.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

“An extensive study of medical literature reveals that there is no evidence whatsoever of the ability of vaccines to prevent any diseases. To the contrary, there is great wealth of evidence (direct and indirect) that they cause serious side effects.”

Dr. Vera Scheibner, Ph.D. - author of "Vaccination: The Medical Assault on the Immune System"

“Contagious diseases declined 90% BEFORE the use of mass vaccination and antibiotics.”

World Health Organization Statistics

“ ... there is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good...there is no rationale for forcing immunization.”

Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former Chief Vaccine Officer of the FDA

“The best vaccine against common infectious diseases is an adequate diet.”

World Health Organization

“No batch of vaccine can be proven safe before It is given to children.”

Leonard Scheele, 1955, Surgeon General of the United States

“... beyond doubt, a highly significant, non-random clustering of an excess of undiagnosed Sudden Infant Deaths (SIDS) following vaccination.”

Dr. Gordon T. Stewart, M.D.

“The incidents of polio...increased 400 percent, after the process of injection with serums, vaccines and penicillin in the 1950s.”

Dr. William F. Koch, M.D., Ph.D. - author of "The Survival of Neoplastic and Viral Diseases"

“The death rate of measles is more than 20 times higher than before the vaccine was in widespread use.”

Neil Miller - author of "Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective"

Capt. Fogg said...

Well that load of crap is hardly worth commenting on, but what the hell.

Yes there is conclusive evidence that vaccines prevent illness - to deny it is evidence of dementia or dishonesty. Where the hell did smallpox go?

One can marshal the quotes of crackpots to make anything seem true, yet hardly anyone dies of measles - a disease that once killed tens of millions. If a higher percentage of the tiny number who get it die, it's because of other factors unrelated to measles.

The overall death rate is down to almost nothing.

Perhaps one of the reasons US infant mortality has sunk to a level lower than most modern nations is because people love to believe shit - love to have paranoid fugues about secret cabals and the danger of science.

Cell phones, aluminum pots, power lines, flourescent lighting, mysterious rays from the TV. You know it took years for electric lighting to catch on in the US because people were terrified it would cause nerve disorder. Nothing has changed except we now live twice as long and half our kids no longer die in childhood.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Ay ay Captain. The faithful need no evidence. Heretics are labeled as "crackpots" without even addressing the substance of their statements.

“Contagious diseases declined 90% BEFORE the use of mass vaccination and antibiotics.”

World Health Organization Statistics


Where did smallpox go? The same place the measles deaths went. Into oblivion once improvements in sanitation, food distribution and water came about.

Capt. Fogg said...

Oh yes, and I don't mean to include Blaylock as a credible source. If you really believe he isn't about selling millions of books to gullible paranoids and you think the entire scientific, statistical and historical establishment of the world is out to poison you, you need to examine the reason you need to believe such things.