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US Congressman Says CDC Should Be Investigated For Incestuous Ties With Vaccine Makers

“I think the CDC Should Be Investigated.” Congressman Bill Posey

PRNewswire Apr 16, 2014

WATCHUNG, N.J., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — In an April 8 interview on AutismOne’s A Conversation of Hope radio show, Congressman Bill Posey’s strong resolve and demands for transparency were evident as he discussed the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s handling of vaccine safety studies which affect  “our most precious resource in our nation – our children.” The 30-minute interview, conducted by vaccine industry watchdog, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker, delves into what Posey called “the incestuous relationship between the public health community and the vaccine makers and public officials.”

The Florida legislator, known as “Mr. Accountabililty,” did not mince words when criticizing current and past CDC officials including indicted fraudster Dr. Poul Thorsen; CDC director turned Merck Vaccine President Dr. Julie Gerberding; and the agency’s current spokesperson regarding autism and vaccines, Dr. Coleen Boyle.

On Thorsen, Posey said “If you read through the emails and learned about the meetings and the financial arrangement this crook had with the CDC, it will make you absolutely sick to your stomach. This was no casual researcher way down the line. This is the CDC’s key man in Denmark.  He was closely tied to the CDC’s top vaccine safety researchers… as long as Thorsen was cooking the books to produce the results they wanted, they didn’t care whether the studies were valid or how much money was being siphoned off the top…It’s like the Security and Exchange Commission and Bernie Madoff. But it’s worse because we’re talking about someone who basically stole money that was supposed to be used to improve the health and safety of our most vulnerable in our society – our young babies.”

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Dr. Hooker remarked that Thorsen had collaborated with the CDC on 36 papers, not just one paper as claimed by Dr. Boyle, and that the agency refused to investigate studies exonerating vaccines’ role in causing autism following his indictment on wire fraud and money laundering. Posey described Boyle as “intentionally evasive,” in his questioning of her at a Congressional hearing.  “I asked her a very direct question. ‘Have you done a study comparing autism rates in vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children?…’  She started telling us about everything she’s done …After she wasted three minutes, I cut her off and I demanded that she answer the question. And then, only then, did she admit that the federal government has never done that very simple, fundamental, basic study.”

About Boyle’s denial of a true increase in autism, Posey said, “I know we have an autism epidemic. You know it. She knows it.  She knows we know it. But for some reason they refuse to acknowledge it publicly.”  Regarding Boyle’s assertion that the increase is due to better diagnosing, Posey said, “I don’t think anybody that’s intellectually honest with this issue can begin to fathom that lame excuse that she uses.” He also described an orchestrated campaign on behalf of the CDC and vaccine industry: “people who do all the blogging and shredding anyone who dares question the unaccountable bureaucrats.” He spoke of “their little media network [that will] twist the truth to disparage, to malign, to vilify, to denigrate anybody who wants any kind of accountability….”

Posey then discussed his co-sponsorship with Rep. Carolyn Maloney of the Vaccine Safety Study Act. He said the proposed legislation would compel the government to conduct a retrospective vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study of health outcomes. He felt it could be done with “accountability and direct oversight of the government”

In his closing remarks, Posey said, “The CDC can’t be trusted regarding investigating vaccine safety. Huge conflict of interest.  I think the CDC should be investigated.”

Barry Segal, founder of Focus Autism, which sponsors Dr. Hooker’s investigative research, called the interview “a game changer.”

Representative Bill Posey is serving his third term in Florida’s 8th Congressional District. He serves on the Committee for Science, Space and Technology. He was instrumental in the release of CDC documents regarding a link between vaccines and autism. These papers are now being analyzed by several researchers, including Dr. Brian Hooker.

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal (mercury-containing) vaccines.

The Focus Autism Foundation is dedicated to providing information that exposes the cause or causes of the autism epidemic and the rise of chronic illnesses – focusing specifically on the role of vaccinations. A Shot of Truth is an educational website sponsored by Focus Autism.  AutismOne is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis.

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The Snowden Pulitzer – The New Yorker

by Amy Davidson April 15, 2014 The New Yorker

SnowdenAwarding the Pulitzer for public service to the Guardian and the Washington Post should go down as about the easiest call the prize committee has ever had to make. It would have been a scandal, this year, if there had been no Pulitzer related to the documents that Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, leaked to several reporters. This was a defining case of the press doing what it is supposed to do. The President was held accountable; he had to answer questions that he would rather not have and, when his replies proved unsatisfying to the public—and, in some cases, just rang false—his Administration had to change its policies. Congress had to confront its own failures of oversight; private companies had to rethink their obligations to their customers and to law enforcement; and people had conversations at home and at school and pretty much everywhere about what they, themselves, would be willing to let the N.S.A. do to them. Justice Scalia recently said that he fully expected these issues to be before the Supreme Court soon, because we’ve had a chance to read the Snowden papers. And journalists have had to think about their own obligations—to the law, the Constitution, their readers, and even, in the practice of reporting in the age of technical tracking, to sources they might expose or make vulnerable. Any one of those aspects would be a major public service. How could that not be Pulitzer material?

And yet, the Post itself acknowledged that some people might be angry, noting that the documents were classified and came from Snowden, “who has fled to exile in Russia, lending a controversial edge to this year’s awards.” Congressman Peter King, in character, tweeted that “Awarding the Pulitzer to Snowden enablers is a disgrace.”

He’s wrong. What is meant by “enabling”—that the reporters involved were Snowden’s mousy little couriers? The public-service successes wrought by these stories were not inevitable. As explosive as the papers would have been on their own, with no mediation, the shape of the scandal has also been a function of careful journalism. It didn’t have to play out this way: either paper could have bungled it. They had to be judicious and brave. Each has more documents than it has published, and has been scrupulous about what it shares, making sure to give a sense of what the acronyms and connections mean. (In a way, the Pulitzer is also for what the papers have not made public.) Each has also reported out the stories, which includes going to the government for comment—listening to what it has to say, dealing with its pressure sensibly and not reflexively—and then publishing certain things that it has been told it should keep secret. The newspapers have been called criminal. As Janine Gibson, the editor-in-chief of Guardian US, said after the award announcement, “It’s been an intense, exhaustive, and sometimes chilling year working on this story.”

The Post and the Guardian’s peers could have left them alone and exposed. Instead, half a dozen other outlets have had some part of the papers, and many more have followed up on the leads that they present. But imagine an alternate history, with journalists charged with crimes, official explanations and claims of outrageous damage unchallenged, and a couple of bad court rulings tightening the parameters on freedom of the press. It’s not farfetched. (Look at Snowden’s situation.) This Pulitzer was deserved in part because publishing the papers was a risky thing to do, not despite it.

It makes sense that the prizes went to the papers, and not just to a few of the dozens of reporters and editors who worked on this story. That’s not to quarrel with the George Polk Award, which went, last week, to Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill, for the Guardian, and Barton Gellman, at the Washington Post, who had the main bylines on the big stories, and who took the earliest gambles. (If one were forced to choose the single journalist who most made the story happen, it would be Poitras.) But it’s good that the Pulitzer committee is used to recognizing teams, because that’s what this one took. The Post said that its contingent included twenty-eight people (including Julie Tate, late of The New Yorker); the Guardian mentioned, in addition to Greenwald, Poitras, and MacAskill, Gibson, Stuart Millar, Paul Johnson, Nick Hopkins, and ten others.

If one looks over the list of Pulitzer winners for public service, starting in 1918, it is striking how well this prize fits in. A good proportion have to do with government corruption, whether it involves money or power. The Times won for publishing the Pentagon Papers, in 1972, and the Post for its Watergate investigation, in 1973.

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Big Pharma Mafia: Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime

Interview with Dr. Peter Gotzsche, author of Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime

Dr. Gøtzsche is co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration and head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre. His new book is entitled: Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare.

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Apr 8, 2014

ANH-Intl: Towards the end of your book you state that “What we should do is … identify overdiagnosed and overtreated patients, take patients off most or all of their drugs, and teach them that a life without drugs is possible for most of us.”  Can you please explain this a little further?

PG: Removal of drugs should usually not be accompanied by the introduction of other types of treatment.  Many patients would gain a better quality of life if their drugs were taken away from them.  What we need is to remember Brian McFerrin’s song: “Don’t worry, be happy”.  We shall all die, but we should remember to live while we are here without worrying that some day in the future we might get ill.  It is daunting how many healthy people are put on drugs that lower blood pressure or cholesterol, and it changes people from healthy citizens to patients who may start worrying about their good health.  This can have profound psychological consequences apart from the side effects of the drugs that the patients don’t always realise are side effects, e.g. if they get more tired or depressed after starting antihypertensive therapy or experience problems in their sex life.

ANH-Intl: What can the public and patients do to help redress the situation?  Are they effectively disempowered or are there things they can do to help build a more functional healthcare system?

PG: First of all, the public needs to know the extent to which they are being deceived in the current system, e.g. few people know that prescription drugs are the third major killer.  If drug testing and drug regulation were effective, this wouldn’t happen.

ANH-Intl: Numerous problems with the medical literature are cited in your book, among them unpublished trials, fiddled statistics, unsuitable comparators and other methodological weaknesses and the preponderance of academic ‘flak’ in the form of weak, industry-sourced publications designed to muddy the waters.  Bearing this in mind, what advice would you have for anyone wishing to locate high-quality published data?

PG: There are very little high-quality published data.  Neither the drug industry nor publicly employed researchers are particularly willing to share their data with others, which essentially means that science ceases to exist.  Scrutiny of data by others is a fundamental aspect of science that moves science forward, but that’s not how it works in healthcare.  Most doctors are willing to add their names to articles produced by drug companies, although they are being denied access to the data they and their patients have produced and without which the articles cannot be written.  This is corruption of academic integrity and betrayal of the trust patients have in the research enterprise.  No self-respecting scientists should publish findings based on data to which they do not have free and full access.

ANH-Intl: Are there any classes of drug, as opposed to individual products, for which, in your opinion, there is no valid scientific or medical justification for their use in healthcare?

PG: There are several classes of drugs, e.g. cough medicines and anticholinergic drugs for urinary incontinence, where the effect is doubtful but there is no doubt about their harms, which in my opinion means they should be withdrawn from the market.  There are many other types of drugs that likely have no effect.  All drugs have side effects, and it is therefore difficult to blind placebo-controlled trials effectively.  We know that lack of blinding leads to exaggerated views on the effect for subjective outcomes, such as dementia, depression and pain, and it is for this reason that many drugs, which are believed to have minor effects, likely aren’t effective at all.

There are also classes of drugs where, although an effect has been demonstrated, their availability likely does more harm than good. I write in my book that, although some psychiatric drugs can be helpful sometimes for some patients, our citizens would be far better off if we removed all the psychotropic drugs from the market, as doctors are unable to handle them.  Patients get dependent on them, and if used for more than a few weeks, several drugs will cause even worse disorders than the one that led to starting the drugs.  As far as I can see, it is inescapable that their availability does more harm than good.

ANH-Intl: The chapter in your book entitled “Intimidation, violence and threats to protect sales” begins as follows: “It takes great courage to become a whistle-blower.  Healthcare is so corrupt that those who expose drug companies’ criminal acts become pariahs.” Have you experienced any blowback since publishing the book?

PG: No, quite the contrary, as people have praised the book.  I don’t hear from the drug industry of course, but I have seen blunt lies about the book being propagated by drug industry associations and their paid allies among doctors.

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Vaccine Failure: Twice-Vaccinated Individual Contracts and Transmits Measles – Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal

By MB Apr 11, 2014

Hey all you vaccinated people – you’re not protected! Your measles vaccine insurance policy is a fraud. You can still get and transmit measles to others.

Hey all you media know-nothings who blame every disease case on the unvaccinated – vaccinated people get diseases too and spread them because of VACCINE FAILURE.

Hey Big Pharma, lick your scummy lips at the prospect of selling more doses of failed vaccines to gullible people who will never figure out that vaccines are defective and who will line up obediently like sheep for more doses of your useless and toxic vaccines.

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Hey everyone else – do you have a functioning brain that can add 2 and 2? Vaccines are failing, measles eradication is a lie because the vaccinated can get and infect others with measles.

Try this one on for size:  Measles eradication efforts actually eliminate herd immunity. Every case of measles in an unvaccinated person is the real herd immunity. They get permanent immunity against measles. Epidemiologists are idiots. The outbreaks they panic over and attempt to suppress with the epidemic models they were taught in BS statistics provide real herd immunity. Permanent immunity gained through natural exposure. That is authentic herd immunity and they are doing everything in their power to stamp it out by using vaccines that will always fail and leave people asking for more doses of vaccines that don’t work.

Outbreak of Measles Among Persons With Prior Evidence of Immunity. Clinical Infectious Diseases Apr 10, 2014

‘The index case had two doses of measles-containing vaccine. Of 88 contacts, four secondary cases were confirmed that had either two doses of measles-containing vaccine or a past positive measles IgG antibody. All cases had laboratory confirmation of measles infection, clinical symptoms consistent with measles, and high avidity IgG antibody characteristic of a secondary immune response.’

Measles Outbreak Traced to Fully Vaccinated Patient for First Time ScienceNow  Apr 11, 2014

Get the measles vaccine, and you won’t get the measles—or give it to anyone else. Right? Well, not always. A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated.

When it comes to the measles vaccine, two shots are better than one. Most people in the United States are initially vaccinated against the virus shortly after their first birthday and return for a booster shot as a toddler. Less than 1% of people who get both shots will contract the potentially lethal skin and respiratory infection. And even if a fully vaccinated person does become infected—a rare situation known as “vaccine failure”—they weren’t thought to be contagious.

That’s why a fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City who developed the measles in 2011 was released without hospitalization or quarantine. But like Typhoid Mary, this patient turned out to be unwittingly contagious. Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom “Measles Mary” interacted while she was sick. Surprisingly, two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. And although the other two had no record of receiving the vaccine, they both showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity.

A closer look at the blood samples taken during her treatment revealed how the immune defenses of Measles Mary broke down. As a first line of defense against the measles and other microbes, humans rely on a natural buttress of IgM antibodies. Like a wooden shield, they offer some protection from microbial assaults but aren’t impenetrable. The vaccine (or a case of the measles) prompts the body to supplement this primary buffer with a stronger armor of IgG antibodies, some of which are able to neutralize the measles virus so it can’t invade cells or spread to other patients. This secondary immune response was presumed to last for decades.

By analyzing her blood, the researchers found that Measles Mary mounted an IgM defense, as if she had never been vaccinated. Her blood also contained a potent arsenal of IgG antibodies, but a closer look revealed that none of these IgG antibodies were actually capable of neutralizing the measles virus. It seemed that her vaccine-given immunity had waned.

Although public health officials have assumed that measles immunity lasts forever, the case of Measles Mary highlights the reality that “the actual duration [of immunity] following infection or vaccination is unclear,” says Jennifer Rosen, who led the investigation as director of epidemiology and surveillance at the New York City Bureau of Immunization. The possibility of waning immunity is particularly worrisome as the virus surfaces in major U.S. hubs like Boston, Seattle, New York, and the Los Angeles area. Rosen doesn’t believe this single case merits a change in vaccination strategy—for example, giving adults booster shots—but she says that more regular surveillance to assess the strength of people’s measles immunity is warranted.

If it turns out that vaccinated people lose their immunity as they get older, that could leave them vulnerable to measles outbreaks seeded by unvaccinated people—which are increasingly common in the United States and other developed countries. Even a vaccine failure rate of 3% to 5% could devastate a high school with a few thousand students, says Robert Jacobson, director of clinical studies for the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved with the study.

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Vaccine Failure: Flu Vaccine Has No Effect On Hospitalisation Or Sick Days Cochrane Review

MB Comment: This new comprehensive review of flu vaccine effectiveness shows the flu shot and nasal mist are almost useless.

‘71 people would need vaccination to prevent one case of influenza (95% CI 64 to 80). Vaccination shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalisation.’

The flu shot doesn’t work. It’s a clear case of vaccine failure.

SheepleFleecingAll the sheeple who line up for flu shots at drug stores and doctor’s offices are getting fleeced.

Anyone who tells you the flu vaccine is effective is misinformed or lying.

It’s simply a money-making scam for Big Pharma perpetrated by vaccine zealots at the CDC.

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The Cochrane Collaboration     Mar 13, 2014

Vaccines to prevent influenza in healthy adults

Demicheli V, Jefferson T, Al-Ansary LA, Ferroni E, Rivetti A, Di Pietrantonj C.

ABSTRACT

We evaluated the effect of immunisation with influenza vaccines on preventing influenza A or B infections (efficacy), influenza-like illness (ILI) and its consequences (effectiveness), and determined whether exposure to influenza vaccines is associated with serious or severe harms. The target populations were healthy adults, including pregnant women and newborns.

Background
Over 200 viruses cause influenza and ILI, producing the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches, pains, cough and runny noses). Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot distinguish between them as both last for days and rarely lead to death or serious illness. At best, vaccines may only be effective against influenza A and B, which represent about 10% of all circulating viruses. Annually, the World Health Organization estimates which viral strains should be included in the next season’s vaccinations.

Inactivated vaccine is prepared by treating influenza viruses with a specific chemical agent that “kills” the virus. Final preparations can contain either the complete viruses (whole vaccine) or the active part of them (split or subunit vaccines). These kind of vaccines are normally intramuscularly administered (parenteral route).

Live attenuated vaccine is prepared by growing the influenza viruses through a series of cell cultures or animal embryos. With each passage, the viruses lose their ability to replicate in human cells but can still stimulate the immune system. Live attenuated vaccine are administered as aerosol in the nostrils (intranasal route).

The virus strains contained in the vaccine are usually those that are expected to circulate in the following epidemic seasons (two type A and one B strains), accordingly to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (seasonal vaccine).

Pandemic vaccine contains only the virus strain that is responsible of the pandemic (i.e. the type A H1N1 for the 2009/2010 pandemic).

Study characteristics
The evidence is current to May 2013. In this update, 90 reports of 116 studies compared the effect of influenza vaccine with placebo or no intervention. Sixty-nine reports were clinical trials (over 70,000 people), 27 were comparative cohort studies (about eight million people) and 20 were case-control studies (nearly 25,000 people). Of the 116 studies, 23 (three case-control and 20 cohort studies) were performed during pregnancy (about 1.6 million mother-child couples

Key results
The preventive effect of parenteral inactivated influenza vaccine on healthy adults is small: at least 40 people would need vaccination to avoid one ILI case (95% confidence interval (CI) 26 to 128) and 71 people would need vaccination to prevent one case of influenza (95% CI 64 to 80). Vaccination shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalisation.

The protection against ILI that is given by the administration of inactivated influenza vaccine to pregnant women is uncertain or at least very limited; the effect on their newborns is not statistically significant.

The effectiveness of live aerosol vaccines on healthy adults is similar to inactivated vaccines: 46 people (95% CI 29 to 115) would need immunisation to avoid one ILI case.

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Should Vaccines Be Mandatory? NO! Sandy Reider MD Reason Magazine

REASON MAGAZINE April 2014

A libertarian debate on immunization and government

The Science Is Not Settled

By Sandy Reider MD Harvard Medical School Graduate

Given the sheer volMyChildMyChoice-1ume of vaccine promotion and propaganda, coupled with the cozy relationship between government, industry, and media, there are sufficient grounds for a healthy skepticism. Individual parents have become the last line of defense (not offense, not a swinging fist), and their choices should be respected and preserved.

As a practicing primary care physician for the last 43 years, and as a parent since 1981, I have followed the evolution of vaccination policy and science with interest, and not a little dismay.

The number of vaccines given to children has increased significantly over the last 70 years, from four antigens in about five or six injections in 1949 to as many as 71 vaccine antigens in 53 injections by age 18 today (the number varies slightly from state to state). This includes four vaccines given in two shots to pregnant women (and thus the developing fetus) and 48 vaccine antigens given in 34 injections from birth to age six.

Each vaccine preparation, in addition to the antigen or live virus, contains many other substances, including preservatives (mercury, formaldehyde), adjuvants to hyperstimulate the immune response (aluminum), gelatin, aborted fetal DNA, viral DNA, genetically modified DNA, antibiotics, and so on. We know that the young child’s nervous and immune systems are actively developing and uniquely vulnerable, but I wonder how many thinking adults would themselves voluntarily submit to such an invasive drug regimen?

In 1986 the National Vaccine Injury Act was passed, prohibiting individuals who feel they have been harmed by a vaccine from taking vaccine manufacturers, health agencies, or health care workers to court. At the time, vaccine producers were threatening to curtail or discontinue production because of the mounting number of lawsuits claiming injury to children, mostly relating to immunization against diphtheria. Once relieved of all liability, pharmaceutical corporations began rapidly increasing the number of vaccinations brought to market.

Pharmaceutical companies are now actively targeting both adolescents and adults for cradle-to-grave vaccination against shingles, pneumonia, human papilloma virus, influenza, whooping cough, and meningitis. There are many more vaccines in the pipeline. Who wouldn’t love a business model with a captive market, no liability concerns, free advertising and promotion by government agencies, and a free enforcement mechanism from local schools? It is, truly, a drug company’s dream come true.

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Judging from what one reads and hears in the popular media, it is easy to conclude that the science is settled, that the benefits of each vaccine clearly outweigh the risks, and that vaccinations have played the critical role in the decline of deaths due to infectious diseases such as measles, whooping cough, and diphtheria, all of which claimed many lives in the past.

However even a cursory look at the available data quickly reveals that the mortality from almost all infectious disease was in steep decline well before the introduction of vaccination or antibiotics. Diphtheria mortality had fallen 60 percent by the time vaccination was introduced in the 1920s, deaths from pertussis/whooping cough had declined by 98 percent before vaccination was introduced in the late 1940s, measles mortality had dropped 98 percent from its peak in the U.S. by the time measles inoculation was introduced in 1963-and by an impressive 99.96 percent in England when measles vaccination was introduced in 1968. In 1960 there were 380 deaths from measles among a U.S. population of 180,671,000, a rate of 0.24 deaths per 100,000.

The takeaway here is that vaccination played a very minor role in the steep decline in mortality due to infectious disease during the late 19th century and early to mid- 20th century. Improved living standards, better nutrition, sanitary sewage disposal, clean water, and less crowded living conditions all played crucial roles.

Current immunization policy relies on the oft-repeated assertion that vaccines are safe and effective. Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, and even the American Academy of Pediatrics have acknowledged that serious reactions, including seizures, progressive encephalopathy, and death, can and do occur. The federal vaccine injury court, which was established at the same time that vaccine manufacturers were exempted from liability, has to date paid $2.6 billion dollars in compensation for vaccine injuries. And there is ample reason to believe that the incidence of vaccine injury is strongly underreported.

Ronald Bailey has made the colorful assertion that an individual choosing not to vaccinate themself or their child is akin to a person walking down the street swinging their fists/microbes at others. Rather than indulging in broad generalizations about immunization, a close examination of data regarding the recent pertussis outbreaks may help illustrate the complexity inherent in immune function, individual susceptibility, and the spread of infectious illness.

In 2011, there were numerous outbreaks of pertussis around the United States, notably in California, Washington, and Vermont. The majority of whooping cough infections in each state were reported among well-vaccinated adolescents and young teens. There was also a slight increase in cases among infants younger than 1 year old.

In Vermont, 74 percent of individuals diagnosed with whooping cough had been “fully and appropriately vaccinated” against pertussis. Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Health Tracy Dolan stated: “We do not have any official explanation for the outbreak and have not linked it to the philosophical exemption.” In a July 2012 interview, Ann Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease stated that: “We know there are places around the country where large numbers of people are not vaccinated [against pertussis]. However, we do not think those exemptors are driving this current wave. We think it is a bad thing that people aren’t getting vaccinated or exempting, but we cannot blame this wave on that phenomenon.”

It’s clear that the pertussis vaccine is not very protective against a disease that already has a very low mortality, likely because the pertussis bacterium has developed resistance, much like bacteria become resistant to antibiotics over time. In a September 2012 article, The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that “protection against pertussis waned during the 5 years after the 5th dose of DTaP [a type of combination vaccine].”

Recent studies suggest that immunized persons, once exposed to wild Bordetella pertussis bacteria, take longer to clear the pertussis bacterium from their respiratory tract than individuals who have had natural pertussis and thus gain natural immunity. These vaccinated individuals can then become asymptomatic carriers of the bacteria and vectors for transmission. So those who choose to opt in can also, as Bailey puts it, “swing their microbes.”

Vaccine-induced immunity is not the same as naturally acquired immunity, and the much touted “herd immunity” resulting from mass vaccination is a far cry from natural herd immunity, the latter being much more protective, long-lasting, and transferrable to nursing infants who are then protected during their most vulnerable stage of development.

Understanding vaccine effects is complicated. The “fence” or “firewall” as Bailey puts it, is in fact a two-way street. Much has been said about all the “junk science” cited by anyone questioning vaccines (Jenny McCarthy, anyone?), but even a cursory peek over that fence will reveal some very good information and science-Mary Holland’s Vaccine Epidemic and Suzanne Humphries’ Dissolving Illusions, for example.

Lumping skeptical parents with the crazies is a way to avoid legitimate questions. Such as: Should tetanus vaccination be required for entrance to school, given that tetanus is not a communicable disease? Why should hepatitis B immunization be required for school entrance, when the disease is found primarily among adult drug users and sex workers? Do we need to keep immunizing against diseases, such as chickenpox, that are almost always mild?

There is a considerable difference between giving a seriously ill child a proven life-saving medicine versus subjecting a completely healthy child to a drug that is known to cause severe, or even potentially fatal, adverse effects, however small the chance. This is an ethical issue that goes to the heart of our basic human right to informed consent to any drug treatment or medical intervention.

Given the sheer volume of vaccine promotion and propaganda, coupled with the cozy relationship between government, industry, and media, there are sufficient grounds for a healthy skepticism. Individual parents have become the last line of defense (not offense, not a swinging fist), and their choices should be respected and preserved

Sandy Reider (sandyreider@yahoo.com) has a primary care practice in Lyndonville, Vermont.

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‘Natural infection almost always causes better immunity than vaccines’ PAUL OFFIT

By MB  Apr 2, 2014

Here you have it by no less an authority than vaccine Godfather Paul Offit, natural immunity is better than vaccines. This quote tacitly admits that vaccination is a fraud, designed to trick people’s immune systems but failing to create permanent immunity.

‘Natural infection almost always causes better immunity than vaccines’ Paul Offit, Vaccine Education Center The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

When you see media reports blaming the unvaccinated for disease outbreaks, you can safely assume that vaccine failure is the real culprit.

Pseudo-scientists and media vaccine fanatics can’t admit their sacred cow of vaccination is flawed.

VaccineFailsKidsBut here is one example of the truth sneaking through the media blackout: Vaccine Fails Kids – Whooping cough epidemic as jabs wear off.

Parents are waking up, reading medical textbooks and vaccine package inserts to discover the truth about vaccine failure and vaccine adverse reactions.

The medical textbook definition of a vaccine adverse reaction is encephalitis, the same neurological disease complication vaccines take credit for preventing.

The last refuge of a vaccine scoundrel is to blame the unvaccinated for disease outbreaks instead of the real reason: Vaccine failure – and to call medical textbook cases of vaccine adverse reactions ‘a coincidence.’

Vaccine fanatics can’t admit vaccine failure or the medical textbook definition of a vaccine adverse reaction or their entire pseudo-scientific world view would vaporize.

Stay out of their clutches.

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Whooping cough epidemic on Gold Coast caused by vaccine “wearing off”

THE Gold Coast is in the grip of a whooping cough epidemic because the vaccine to prevent it is “running out of puff”.

Infectious diseases expert Professor Keith Grimwood said a pertussis vaccine introduced more than 15 years ago, because the previous one had bad side effects, had limited staying power, hence the high number of cases still being reported.

Prof Grimwood has just arrived on the Coast as a joint appointment between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health to tackle serious public health issues.

With a background in children’s infectious disease, the big topic Prof Grimwood wants to tackle is potentially deadly whooping cough — a contagious respiratory infection — and the effectiveness of its vaccine …

its period of protection wanes much more rapidly than older vaccines,” he said.

“After about five to 10 years, it’s beginning to run out of puff. Our role is pointing out it’s a problem.”

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Disease outbreaks are concentrated in highest-vaccinated population – Council on Foreign Relations

MB Comment: The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) recently published a disease map purporting to show that disease outbreaks are the fault of the unvaccinated. Mainstream media like PBS jumped on this story like hyenas on a antelope. Only problem is – the CFR map shows the highest disease outbreaks in the most-vaccinated population! What a bunch of brainwashed vaccine robots. They can’t admit vaccine failure when their own disease map screams it.

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Those countries where vaccines are given routinely or forced upon children and their parents, often under threat of law, experience the lion’s share of communicable diseases. Why? What’s happened with “herd immunity”?

Right off, and at the very beginning, I say this article will cause rumblings and a stir amongst many, if not all, on both sides of the vaccine safety issue, especially with vaccine apologists. My reason for saying that is because what I discuss is strictly my evaluation of the interactive data map showing communicable infectious diseases globally, as prepared by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which points out some grave problems regarding vaccine statistics, in my opinion. Please study the map before reading on.

CFRDiseaseMapThe only request I make is that every reader consider the information with an open mind, not one influenced or prejudiced by pseudo-science. One statistic that the data show is this: the most vaccinated population countries have the most outbreaks of those same diseases for which vaccines are pushed on populations supposedly to engender what’s called “herd immunity.”

First, let’s see how many vaccinations were mandated for children in several countries of the western meme according to data available in 2009. Sweden and Japan had 11 vaccines, Finland 12, Norway 13, Switzerland 16, Australia 27, Canada 28, and USA 36. It is safe to say that, if anything, more vaccines have been added to those schedules since 2009, especially the HPV vaccine for both girls and boys. But, for the sake of ‘argument’ and graphics available, I will use the chart below as a reference alongside the CFR’s map.

Graphic Source in Notes

One readily can see that the USA had/has the most number of mandated vaccines, which has increased dramatically in numbers since 2009 for children birth to 18 years of age as confirmed by the CDC’s “Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Age 0 Through 18 Years United States, 2014.”

Before I go further in my interpretation of the map and data, let’s consider what the map offers:

  1. Disease color-coded dots designating Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Whooping cough, and Other
  2. Countries with an inordinate amount of dots are: the USA, the European Union (EU), Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada to some extent, plus Equatorial Africa and India where GAVI [Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation] has implemented vaccination campaigns.
  3. The South American continent is almost void of any communicable disease dots. Interesting? Wait until some vaccination campaign strategy takes off there. It’s only a matter of time, I’d say.
  4. Several countries have no dots representing diseases.
  5. China, which often is touted as a growing hotbed of communicable diseases, shows Measles and Other, if I’ve interpreted the color code correctly as Polio and Other are too closely related in colors. Is that color scheme a favorable coincidence?
  6. The predominant diseases globally, according to dots on the map, are: Measles and Whooping cough, which are the vaccines children everywhere are vaccinated with.

CFRSouthAmericaNow, I’d like to discuss my interpretation of what the map represents:

Those countries where vaccines are given routinely or forced upon children and their parents, often under threat of law, experience the lion’s share of communicable diseases. Why? What’s happened with “herd immunity”? It just doesn’t add up, especially since in the USA there is over 90% childhood vaccination compliance! According to the U.S. CDC’s MMWR (Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report) 2012—13 School Year for Kindergarten, for example,

This report summarizes vaccination coverage from 48 states and DC and exemption rates from 49 states and DC for children entering kindergarten for the 2012–13 school year. Forty-eight states and DC reported vaccination coverage, with medians of 94.5% for 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine; 95.1% for local requirements for diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and acellular pertussis (DtaP) vaccination; and 93.8% for 2 doses of varicella vaccine among awardees with a 2-dose requirement. Forty-nine states and DC reported exemption rates, with the median total of 1.8%. Although school entry coverage for most awardees was at or near national Healthy People 2020 targets of maintaining 95% vaccination coverage levels for 2 doses of MMR vaccine, 4 doses of DtaP† vaccine, and 2 doses of varicella vaccine (2), low vaccination and high exemption levels can cluster within communities, increasing the risk for disease. [CJF emphasis added]

Take a look at those vaccination percentage rates: 94.5% for MMR, 95.1% for DtaP and 93.8% for chickenpox (varicella), and still there are outbreaks of measles and pertussis. There IS something dramatically wrong with vaccines and their effectiveness, I contend, if that number of children is an example of vaccination rates in the USA that can be interpolated for comparisons of vaccinated versus non-vaccinated. Furthermore, only a medium total of 1.8% was exempt from vaccinations.

Question: Is 1.8% a high exemption level? I don’t think so, as it falls well within the 5% target range of exemptions for non-vaccinated as found in Healthy People 2020.

The CDC/FDA, medicine, pharmacology, and vaccinology, in particular, are dead wrong regarding vaccines, I do believe. The more children receive vaccines and boosters, undoubtedly, the more communicable infectious diseases are surfacing. What does the CFR map tell?

In my opinion, one of several physiological occurrences, or all, may be happening:

A.1. Vaccines aren’t working and cause immune dysfunction.

A.2. Vaccines are damaging the immune system so much that it cannot function as Nature intended and designed due to vaccine antigen responses that undoubtedly are reprogramming it.

A.3. Disease microorganisms are becoming sophisticated – similar to bacteria due to too many antibiotics prescribed for just about every malady plus those in the food chain – so that microorganisms are morphing into new strains for which vaccinology either hasn’t realized what’s going on or can’t keep up with various or newer strains and antigens. See this:

There are currently eight species in the Bordetella genus. Three species in this genus are known to be pathogenic to humans. B. pertussis and B. parapertussis are very similar species. Both species cause pertussis (whooping cough) in humans and are separated merely by the toxins they release during infection. B. parapertussis releases toxins that seem to cause a milder form of pertussis (whooping cough). B. bronchiseptica causes respiratory disease in various mammals and occasionally in humans. The species is further separated from B. pertussis and B. parapertussis by being motile. The human pathology of the remaining five species is relatively unknown. B. avium and B. hinzii, are known to cause respiratory disease in poultry. [2] [CJF emphasis added]

A.4. A large percentage of vaccinated children in the USA now experience some form of illness or disease that is NOT a communicable disease, which manifests either as chronic or neurological. Something authorities want to deny is that since numerous vaccines have been mandated for children since the 1980s, so have autism [neurological] rates skyrocketed from one in 10,000 [1970s] to 1 in 50 children in the USA as of March 2013 reporting! [1]

While writing this article I received this information:

The new ‘official autism’ numbers were released minutes ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 among all eight-year olds evaluated in 2010, 1 in 42 boys, and 1 in 189 girls, more than a million children. The last time the CDC released these numbers in 2010 the numbers were 1 in 88, and 1 in 54 boys. Undoubtedly the real numbers today are much higher than this 4-year old data.

Along with that information, a request came to call the White House (202) 456-1111 and ask President Obama what is he going to do about it.

Special Notation should be made of the variances in the CDC report as referenced in the article Notes below (1) [3/20/13] and the information I just received. Isn’t it a hornet’s nest to figure out? In the Reference section of that report (pg.2) it states: “This prevalence estimate (1 in 50) is significantly higher than the estimate.” Somehow to me, their figures don’t seem to be coherent. Don’t they know what they are doing, or is it on purpose to add confusion to the issue?

Autism is not the only health problem since vaccines took off like greased lightning. The USA Today reported this: “More than half of children ages 8 to 14 have had a long-term health problem at some point, such as obesity, asthma, a learning disability or other ailment, a study shows.” [3]

The sad part, though, is that no one is investigating correlation and causation with regard to the inordinate number of vaccines prescribed during the first two years of life starting at birth!

In the USA alone, measles and whooping cough outbreaks occur in 90% or more of those contracting the diseases and fully vaccinated. See my blog “Mumps Breakout in Ohio May Prove Something.”

B. Even if non-vaccinated children were responsible for spreading those diseases, how come fully-vaccinated children and other vaccinees are contracting the very diseases for which they have been vaccinated IF vaccines were efficacious? Current disease-contracting statistics prove just how false the vaccine paradigm truly is! Scare tactics are employed to vaccinate, whereas vaccines fail those vaccinated! How does that make sense?

C. As an example, the charts below indicate the factual reality of vaccinated versus non-vaccinated health status of children in the first five years of life in the Netherlands (2004), one of the countries that make up the European Union. You can see on the CFR map that measles is a dot in that EU geographical location.

In the charts we see dramatic contrasts for ear infections, inflammations of the throat, aggressive behavior, convulsions/collapse, antibiotics administered, sickly, eczema, asthma/chronic lung disease, allergic reactions, and difficulty sleeping. The charts indicate that vaccinated children are twice as likely – or more – as non-vaccinated children to experience the health problems enumerated in the charts.

Graphic Source in Notes

The information offered by the CFR map is rather significant and I think speaks for itself, i.e., the more vaccinated the population, the more likely to contract the very diseases for which they are vaccinated. How in the name of non-vested-interest-science are they still getting away with such sleight of pseudo-science, together with ruining the human immune system?

Just because they say so dogmatically, doesn’t mean it’s factually and scientifically so! Do your research and learn the real science behind vaccines in order to educate everyone: pediatricians, nurses, schools, health agency personnel at all levels of government, and even Congress, who I contend gave us this vaccine mess by passing The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34).

The NCVIA is in desperate need of being revisited, if not repealed, in my opinion. NCVIA gives vaccine makers what some call a “get out of jail free card” that exonerates them of all liability, something no other industry has.

Furthermore, with all the health damages and problems vaccines have been causing for now going on two or three generations – see the VAERS reports in the hundreds of thousands – Congress needs to seriously investigate the autism problem, neurotoxic and other toxic vaccine ingredients, and stop taking those handsome monetary gifts from Big Pharma lobbyists that apparently influence their observable lack of oversight, I contend. In 2013, pharmaceutical manufacturers paid out $227.5 Million lobbying on behalf of their products and corporate interests. [4] What does that tell you?

Lastly, an incredible story about how pseudo-science is pulled off is reported in “Academia hoaxed by fake scientific papers auto-generated by gobbledygook text generators.”

Personally, I’d like to see shakeups at all federal and state health agencies regarding vaccinations, their ‘science’ and, most of all, their toxic ingredients. It’s long overdue.

Notes:

[1] CDC Report 65. Changes in Prevalence of Parent-reported Autism Spectrum Disorder in School-aged U.S. Children: 2007 to 2011–2012. Adobe PDF file [PDF - 163 KB] March 2013.
[2] http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/wolf_bri2/
[3] http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-02-17-chronic17_st_N.htm
[4] http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=H04

Graphics Source:

The charts were produced by Raymond Obomsawin, PhD National Aboriginal Health Organization, October 2009
http://preventdisease.com/news/09/111009_infectious_disease_decline_vs_vaccinations.shtml

Thank you for sharing this information, Dr. Obomsawin.

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

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Two cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in health care workers after Swine Flu vaccination – BMJ

British Medical Journal   March 21, 2014

Should influenza vaccination be mandatory for healthcare workers?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after Swine Flu Vaccination

We report two cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) after Swine Flu vaccination.

CLINICAL BACKGROUND  CASE ONE
Mrs A was a 52 year old married lady of Caucasian background, working in a profession allied to medicine in a Devon hospital. At the time of vaccination she had no known health problems. Routine vaccination for swine flu was recommended by Occupational Health in January 2010.

Stiffness and pain developed in all her joints 2 days after immunisation and she needed time off work. Her current symptoms then developed over the following two weeks. She noticed impaired concentration and pronounced fatigue. Fatigue was brought on by minor degrees of activity, was not fully relieved by rest and had associated post-exercise myalgia. She described her muscles feeling weak, leaden and aching. Other principal symptoms were that she had a struggle to get her breath and at times lost her voice. She also described difficulty in gripping things. She was housebound for two months after the onset.

There was a minor car accident a few months before the onset of these symptoms without any major physical or psychological injury. At the onset of her symptoms she was on Hormone Replacement Therapy, (as she was menopausal) which was stable and without adverse effects. She had been referred for ENT investigation of dysphonia eight years before, thought to be post-viral. No fatigue syndrome was documented then. ENT investigations and blood tests (including thyroid function) were normal and after speech therapy she made a full recovery.

Past medical and surgical history was otherwise negative as was psychiatric, drug and alcohol and forensic history. She did not smoke or use alcohol. Positive aspects of the family history were that her mother had depression when she was younger and Mrs A’s older sister has a history of chronic fatigue syndrome.

She was investigated in respiratory medicine and ENT, but no serious pathology of the ENT, cardiovascular or respiratory systems was found and no preceding viral illness was implicated. Dysphonia was again diagnosed and possible dysfunctional breathing (but with normal saturation). She had speech therapy and physiotherapy. A phased return to work was arranged (on reduced hours), but she could not maintain this and was signed off sick by her general practitioner. 15 months after the onset of her complaints she was referred by her general practitioner to the local CFS/ME service. At this time fatigue was her principal complaint and respiratory and vocal symptoms were less prominent.

Investigations as per NICE guidelines for CFS (1) were performed by her general practitioner before referral and were unremarkable. She was assessed and discussed by the multidisciplinary CFS/ME team and her notes thoroughly reviewed before a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome was made conforming to criteria as per NICE guidelines (1). No current or lifetime psychiatric diagnoses were detected and her fatigue was of definite onset, severe, persistent and medically unexplained.

Both individual and group treatment was offered by occupational therapists in the CFS/ME service (based on current NICE guidelines). Despite the intervention, her severe fatigue has persisted and she has not been able to return to work.

CASE TWO
Mrs B is a 46 year old married lady of Caucasian background. She was employed as a specialist nurse within a Devon Hospital and had no preceding health problems before this episode. She had a flu-like illness at the time of the Swine flu pandemic in Winter of 2009, with shortness of breath, low energy and chest infection (treated with antibiotics). Her symptoms lasted six to eight weeks with this illness, but she made an unremarkable recovery. She had no physical complaints before she was given the combined swine flu and influenza vaccination at work in October 2012. The routine vaccination for swine flu was recommended by the Occupational Health Department.

2-3 days after the vaccination she became extremely lethargic with low energy, not relieved by resting and pains in her leg muscles and areas of tenderness over her knees and thighs. She also described clear post-exercise myalgia. She had sharp occipital headaches (not relieved by painkillers) and ringing in her ears, which was worse under stress. She also described pins and needles and twitching in her arms and legs and hands (like a vibration). These symptoms were worse on the left side of her body. In addition, she described difficulties with short term memory and concentration and difficulties with word-finding (using the wrong word or forgetting common words).

She was investigated in primary care and in view of a family history of multiple sclerosis was seen by a local neurologist and also had a second opinion from a Professor of Neurology at a local University hospital.

Stiffness and pain developed in all her joints 2 days after immunisation and she needed time off work. Her current symptoms then developed over the following two weeks. She noticed impaired concentration and pronounced fatigue. Fatigue was brought on by minor degrees of activity, was not fully relieved by rest and had associated post-exercise myalgia. She described her muscles feeling weak, leaden and aching. Other principal symptoms were that she had a struggle to get her breath and at times lost her voice. She also described difficulty in gripping things. She was housebound for two months after the onset.

Past medical and surgical history was a history of a right sided wrist injury many years before and a regional pain syndrome managed by an orthopaedic surgeon and Pain management service with reasonable recover. Otherwise history was negative as was drug and alcohol and forensic history. She did not smoke and her use alcohol was sparing and well under safe recommended limits. Positive aspects of the family history were that her non-identical sister who is two years younger has been diagnosed with MS. Her mother had renal disease during pregnancy which has persisted since then. Her maternal grandfather had the onset of Parkinson’s disease in his fifties.

Psychiatric history was of a period of mild reactive depression/adjustment disorder after divorce 6 years before the present illness, for which she received brief counselling. There was no other history of note, history of self-harm, or other psychiatric contact. She had a difficult bereavement when her infant son died in hospital 15 years earlier.

She was on no prescribed medication at the time of assessment. She had bought multivitamins, magnesium and evening primrose oil. She has been mostly housebound since this episode and cannot usually get out of the house without aid. She had severe difficulties in a range of physical activities, needing to use a stick or wheelchair for mobility and needing help from her husband with daily household tasks and at times showering and dressing. She had difficulties also in a range of cognitive tasks, such as reading, conversation, taking in new information, remembering appointments. Mental state examination revealed some anxiety and irritability and edginess and one panic attach (2-3 days before the assessment). Her mood was normal and reactive with no negative thought content or thoughts of self-harm. Her sleep has been unrefreshing and disturbed and her appetite decreased (but no weight change). There were no other somatic complaints.

Investigations as per NICE guidelines for CFS (1) were performed by her general practitioner before referral and were unremarkable. She was assessed and discussed by the multidisciplinary CFS/ME team and her notes thoroughly reviewed before a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome was made conforming to criteria as per NICE guidelines (1). No current or lifetime psychiatric diagnoses were detected and her fatigue was of definite onset, severe, persistent and medically unexplained.

Both individual and group treatment was offered by occupational therapists in the CFS/ME service (based on current NICE guidelines). Despite the intervention, her severe fatigue has persisted and she has not been able to return to work.

DISCUSSION
During the previous pandemic of Swine Flu, possible complications of vaccination were reported (e.g. Guillain-Barre Syndrome, multiple sclerosis), but remain controversial (2,3). The recent vaccination programme for Swine Flu was introduced rapidly to deal with the serious public health threat of the pandemic and the UK Government rolled out this programme first for at risk groups and also for health staff.

Potential risks of immunisation causing aberrant immune responses have been suggested in some cases of chronic fatigue syndrome, but causality remains unclear (4). Chronic fatigue syndrome has also been reported in confirmed sufferers of swine flu (5), but we are not aware of any published case reports of chronic fatigue syndrome with onset after Swine Flu vaccination. Factors associated with the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome are difficult to assess, but there did not appear to be any other obvious triggers in Mrs. A’s case.

A definite causal relationship between vaccination and chronic fatigue syndrome is not claimed here, all that has been established is a possible temporal relationship. By its definition, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, needs to be present for at least four months or six months (depending on the case definition), which highlights the case for longer post-vaccination surveillance if this possible adverse outcome is to be considered.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
We are not aware of any competing commercial, clinical or academic conflicts of interests.
Written permission has been given for us to report the case by the patient concerned. To protect their confidentiality certain details have not been mentioned in this report.

Sean Lynch MBChB FRCPsych PhD MBA DIC *
Consultant Psychiatrist, Wonford House Hospital, Exeter and Honorary Associate Professor, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry
Corresponding author, assessed patient and prepared body of case report

Dr. Mike Jefferys BSc MBBCh FRCP
Consultant Physician, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Reviewed medical notes to confirm diagnosis and contributed to development of case report

Dawn Cutts SROT MBAOT
Head Occupational Therapist, CFS/ME Service (North and East Devon), Arlington Centre, Exeter Community Hospital, Whipton, Exeter, Devon
Involvement with patient treatment and contributed to case report

Jessica Guy BSc(Hon) Occ. Therapy
Specialist Senior Occupational Therapist, CFS/ME Service (North and East Devon), Arlington Centre, , Exeter Community Hospital, Whipton, Exeter, Devon
Involvement with patient treatment and contributed to case report

Abby Burton BSc (Hon) Occ. Therapy
Senior Occupational Therapist, CFS/ME Service (North and East Devon), Arlington Centre, , Exeter Community Hospital, Whipton, Exeter, Devon
Involvement with patient treatment and contributed to case report

Acknowledgement: We are grateful for the administrative support and help in preparing the report from Julie Lawry, service administrator.

REFERENCES
1. Chronic fatigue syndrome / Myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): diagnosis and management in adults and children Clinical guidelines, CG53 – Issued: August 2007 NICE

2. KE Nelson . Invited commentary: influenza vaccine and Guillain-Barre syndrome–is there a risk? Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Jun 1;175(11):1129-32.

3. LT Kurland , CA Molgaard , EM Kurland , WC Wiederholt , JW Kirkpatrick . Swine flu vaccine and multiple sclerosis JAMA. 1984 May 25;251(20):2672-5.

4. OD Ortega-Hernandez , Y Shoenfeld . Infection, vaccination, and autoantibodies in chronic fatigue syndrome, cause or coincidence? Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Sep;1173:600-9.

5. R Vallings. A case of chronic fatigue syndrome triggered by influenza H1N1 (swine influenza). J Clin Pathol. 2010 Feb;63(2):184-5.


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Probiotic reduces risk of diarrhea and respiratory tract infection in toddlers

By MB Mar 23, 2014

A new study shows that probiotics reduce childhood infectious disease by boosting natural immunity – without adverse reactions. Want healthy kids? Use probiotics instead of vaccines and routine antibiotics.

Reuters Health Mar 21, 2014

A trial in Mexico suggests probiotics may help protect kids from the mild, but seemingly constant, illnesses they pick up in daycare.

Preschoolers given a daily probiotic for three months had markedly fewer respiratory infections and bouts of diarrhea compared to classmates taking a placebo, according to the trial results published in Pediatrics.

Dr. Pedro Gutierrez-Castrellon, who led the study, said probiotics are a promising line of research in the field of pediatric preventive medicine.

Children in daycare centers are at increased risk of both gastrointestinal and respiratory illness. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria thought to benefit the immune system and digestion.

Often available over the counter, probiotics can come in capsules, drops or incorporated into foods like yogurt.

For the study, Gutierrez-Castrellon, a researcher with the National Perinatology Institute in Mexico City, and his colleagues tested a friendly-bacteria strain called Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 in four daycare centers in Mexico City.

“When we analyzed the field of probiotics in pediatrics, we identify L. reuteri as one of the strongest type of probiotics for use in children,” Gutierrez-Castrellon said.

He added that it’s better to use a single strain of probiotic bacteria than multiple strains, so they focused their study on L. reuteri.

Gutierrez-Castrellon and colleagues enrolled a total of 336 children ages six months to three years in the study and followed each child for six months.

Half the children were given eight probiotic drops daily for three months, while the other half were given a placebo treatment – identical drops containing no probiotics.

Parents and caregivers recorded any episodes of diarrhea or respiratory symptoms for the three months the children were given the drops and for the three months after the drops were discontinued.

During the first three months, there were a total of 42 episodes of diarrhea with an average duration of 1.4 days among kids who got the probiotics. The children in the placebo group had 69 diarrhea episodes that lasted, on average, 2.5 days.

Respiratory tract symptoms totaled 93 reports among kids in the probiotic group compared to 204 reports in the placebo group.

The differences in illness rates endured after the children stopped taking the probiotics. During the three-month follow-up, there were 57 reports of diarrhea in the treatment group compared to 83 in the placebo group and 129 reports of respiratory symptoms compared to 197 in the placebo group.

The researchers also found the children in the treatment group used antibiotics less during the study. When they calculated the total costs of illnesses, including medical visits, rehydration solutions and all types of drug treatments, they linked probiotic use to cost savings of $36 per episode of diarrhea and $37 per case of respiratory tract infection.

The study was funded by BioGaia AB, Stockholm, Sweden, which also provided the L. reuteri probiotic used in the research.

Roger Clemens told Reuters Health the study validates and reinforces previous studies on probiotic use in young children.

“I think this is critical from a public health perspective in daycare centers where we have a high increase of diarrheal disease because kids pass everything around,” he said. “The kids go to daycare centers and bring it home and mom and dad get sick – so they share that a lot.”

Clemens, who was not involved in the study, is a researcher and associate director of the regulatory science program at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy in Los Angeles.

He added that studying specific strains of probiotics at specific doses for specific outcomes is important, and he believes L. reuteri is a potent strain of probiotic.

“If you take it on a regular basis you can reduce the risk of all kinds of conditions that can happen in the GI tract as well – it’s pretty powerful,” he said.

With the large number of probiotics available, it’s difficult for parents to know which probiotics to use without doing a little research.

Clemens said that pharmacists should know which probiotics are best, but that parents can also read labels on the products for additional information.

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Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics  January 13, 2014

Diarrhea in Preschool Children and Lactobacillus reuteri: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Abstract

OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether daily administration of Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 reduces the frequency and duration of diarrheal episodes and other health outcomes in day school children in Mexico.

METHODS: Healthy children (born at term, aged 6–36 months) attending day care centers were enrolled in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. They received L reuteri DSM 17938 (dose 108 colony-forming unit; n = 168) or identical placebo (n = 168) by mouth, daily for 3 months, after which they were followed-up after a further 3 months without supplementation.

RESULTS: Data from all children were included in the final analysis. L reuteri DSM 17938 significantly reduced the frequency and duration of episodes of diarrhea and respiratory tract infection at both 3 and 6 months (P < .05). Additionally, the number of doctor visits, antibiotic use, absenteeism from day school and parental absenteeism from work were significantly reduced in the L reuteri group (P < .05). A cost-benefit analysis revealed significant reductions in costs in the L reuteri-treated children. No adverse events related to the study product were reported.

CONCLUSIONS: In healthy children attending day care centers, daily administration of L reuteri DSM 17938 had a significant effect in reducing episodes and duration of diarrhea and respiratory tract infection, with consequent cost savings for the community.

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