When a new drug is tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world — except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.
People who voice concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy are often dismissed, supposedly because their concerns are not grounded in science. Is this indeed the case? I looked for researches that examine if there is a causal link between vaccines and autism.
When autism was first described in 1943, its incidence is 4 to 5 per 10,000 children. Now, it is 1 per 10 in US and 1 per 64 in UK. A 10-fold increase in incidence in US was reported in 2001, with 1/120 in 1990 compared to 1/2500 in 1970s (Ratajczak, 2011).
Thimerosal is a preservative that has been used in the manufacturing of vaccines since the 1930s. It contains 49.6% mercury by weight and breaks down in the body into ethyl-mercury and thiosalicylate. From 1930s to early 2000s, many childhood vaccines administered in US contained thimerosal.
Between 1999 and 2001, many vaccines recommended for children under 6 years old were made available in thimerosal-free or thimerosal-reduced formulations. However, exposures to thimerosal through pediatric vaccines still occur in the US and worldwide. Thimerosal remains an important vaccine preservative in resource-poor countries because it allows the use of multi-use vials, which reduces vaccine cost.
Dr Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD, explains the difference between immunity acquired naturally and via vaccination. She also explains the myth of herd immunity. I urge you to make time to watch this video. The links to the references mentioned in this video is listed below. Dr. Obukhanych is the author of “Vaccine Illusion“.
References mentioned in the video:
- B M Nkowane, S W Bart, W A Orenstein, and M Baltier “Measles outbreak in a vaccinated school population: epidemiology, chains of transmission and the role of vaccine failures”, American Journal of Public Health 77, no. 4 (April 1, 1987): pp. 434-438.
- N Boulianne, G De Serres, B Duval, JR Joly, F Meyer, P Déry, M. Alary, D Le Hénaff, N Thériault, “Major measles epidemic in the region of Quebec despite a 99% vaccine coverage“, Canadian Journal of Public Health = Revue Canadienne de Sante Publique [01 May 1991, 82(3):189-190]
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate — that is the question.
I’m not a medical doctor, so my opinion on the matter doesn’t carry much weight (if at all). What bothers me is there seems to be many reports about children and adults who have suffered from vaccine injury. Please bear in mind that many people who have been voicing their concerns about vaccine safety are medical doctors and other medical professionals.
People who are labeled anti-vaccines, don’t consider themselves to be anti-vaccines. What they’re campaigning for is an honest, transparent and rigorous testing on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. If there are potential for devastating side effects (such as brain injury), don’t you owe it to yourself (and more importantly, to your children) to research all facts regarding vaccination before deciding if it is something you want to do?
The politically correct and polite people would say that they respect Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy in order to prevent breast cancer. Some say that she did what is right for her. I don’t care much for political correctness, so I would say that it is stupid.
People make mistakes. Sometimes, the decision they make may actually do them more harm than good. Given Jolie’s celebrity status, what she did is also irresponsible. Jolie said that her risk of breast cancer is now reduced from 87% to 5%. So the double mastectomy did not completely eliminate the risk of her getting cancer. Also, experts say that the figure she quote is incorrect to begin with.
There are ways to prevent cancer that does not involve cutting out healthy body parts / organ. Observing a healthy, balanced diet and working out regularly is a step in the right direction if you want to prevent cancer. Worrying about the probability of getting cancer is not going to prevent you from getting it.
It’s a shame that Jolie’s double mastectomy to prevent cancer is so widely publicized while the media neglect educating the public on natural ways to prevent cancer. So, if you feel tempted to cut out healthy body parts/organs to prevent cancer, educate yourself on alternative options.
Radiation from chemotherapy is actually poison to the human body. So why is it used as the standard treatment to cure cancer? There are alternative treatments for cancer, but these are hidden away from the public.