An "un-American suppression" of antivaccine views or good reporting?

I've been writing a lot of posts on what I like to call the "antivaccine dogwhistle." In politics, a "dog whistle" refers to rhetoric that sounds to the average person to be reasonable and even admirable but, like the way that a dog whistle can't be heard by humans because the frequency of its tone is higher than the range that humans can hear, most people don't "hear" the real message. However, the intended audience does hear the real message. The way the "dog whistle" works in politics is through the use of coded language recognizable to the intended audience but to which most other people are fairly oblivious. In our not-too-distant past, for instance, "states' rights" was code for institutionalized segregation.

As I've described before, antivaccinationists have a number of coded dog whistles that they like to use. By far the favorite antivaccine dog whistle is the invocation of "parental rights" and "informed consent." The former was most blatantly exhibited recently by Rand Paul when he bluntly stated, "The state doesn’t own the children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom." Of course, one wonders if this was a Freudian slip, because surely someone as politically savvy as Rand Paul must know that likening children to slaves who are "owned" is distasteful. But maybe not. As I've said many times before, antivaccinationism is all about the parents, not the children, and unfortunately in this country there is a pervasive assumption that children are property and that parental rights to choose trump a child's right to decent medical care. We've seen this time and time again in other contexts, such as faith healing, where the parents' freedom of religion trumps the child's right to be treated for diabetes or pneumonia or a parents' rights trump the right of a child with cancer to effective care.

Other examples of antivaccine dog whistles abound. For instance, there's "informed consent," which in the case of antivaccine activists really amounts to misinformed consent, where parents base their decision not to vaccinate on misinformation painting vaccines as dangerous and ineffective. That's why antivaccinationists hate bills that propose requiring parents to receive counseling from physician or other health care professional before an exemption to school vaccine mandates will be granted. Other dog whistles are a bit extreme, and, like a low quality dog whistle whose lower register can be heard by humans, let the crazy show even to those who are not antivaccine, such as the likening of any measure to tighten or eliminate nonmedical exemptions to the first step towards a new Holocaust or even to human trafficking. You'd have to be pretty oblivious not to recognize the crazy in these.

There's another dog whistle that I don't recall having discussed, but fortunately (or unfortunately, depending upon your view), ex-UPI journalist turned propagandist for the nattering know-nothings at the antivaccine crank blog Age of Autism, Dan Olmsted, provided a perfect example the other day in a post entitled Control All Delete, Part 1: The Un-American Suppression of the Vaccine Safety Debate. (Oh, goody. There's going to be a part 2.) In it, Olmsted puts that dog whistle to his lips and blows and blows and blows:

Last month, the Toronto Star ran a perfectly reasonable article titled “A Wonder Drug’s Dark Side,” about adverse events following the HPV vaccine Gardasil. It wasn’t long before the paper and its editor, Michael Cooke, were set on by the raving pack of hyenas that attacks anyone who dares suggest that vaccines are not pure as the driven snow.

Of course, as we know, the reason that Toronto Star article was so vigorously criticized was because it was a flaming pile of nonsense. No wonder Robert "Dr. Bob" Sears liked it. It was so bad that ultimately the Star printed an article signed by scientists about the other side, disowned the article, it and, finally, decided to take it off of the newspaper's website. Basically, the reporters made an egregious rookie mistake when dealing with vaccine stories and treated reports in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database as though they were reliable. Oh, sure, they added some disclaimers that just because an adverse event is reported in VAERS and Canada's equivalent database, the Canada Vigilance Adverse Reaction Online Database doesn't necessarily mean that the vaccine caused it, but that disclaimer was weak tea compared to portraits of a mother whose daughter died, a death she blames on Gardasil.

It's a story I've discussed before in detail before, Annabelle Morin, and her death was almost certainly not due to Gardasil although antivaccinationists have been furiously spinning it as such for years. I mean, come on! The online version of the article included a video in which Morin's mother Linda is shown looking over her daughter's old bedroom and putting flowers on her grave! Don't get me wrong; I do feel a great deal of sympathy for Ms. Morin, but her grief has led her down the dark path of believing that Gardasil killed her daughter when it almost certainly did not and then becoming an antivaccine activist. Against Linda Morin and the other girls portrayed as having been injured by Gardasil, coupled with the usual blather by Dr. Diane Harper, and the disclaimers couldn't stand. That's even leaving out the extensive contacts between some of the parents and antivaccine, anti-Gardasil groups and use of naturopathic quackery to treat their daughters.

But, hey. To Olmsted the criticism leveled at the Star, its editor and reporters, and its publisher is akin to being set upon by a "raving pack of hyenas." (You know, that wouldn't be a bad name for a band.) Indeed, he seems to be wishing for the "good old days" when editors had a "bite me!" attitude. Actually, that's just what the Star's editor, Michael Cooke, exhibited at first, when he sent Julia Belluz of Vox.com an e-mail saying, "Stop gargling our bathwater and take the energy to run yourself your own, fresh tub" and told off another critic on Twitter thusly, "Stop being an idiot." Very classy. No wonder Olmsted liked it. Of course, cooler heads prevailed and the publisher ultimately decided to retract the story, enraging Olmsted:

Under a barrage of criticism, on February 20 the publisher – his boss -- announced that “the Gardasil story package of Feb. 5 will be removed from our website.”

In explaining the article’s removal, the publisher wrote: “The weight of the photographs, video, headlines and anecdotes led many readers to conclude the Star believed its investigation had uncovered a direct connection between a large variety of ailments and the vaccine.”

Well yeah, it kind of did lead readers to conclude that – and the conclusion was more than justified, as readers of our own coverage of the vaccine will know. But “we have concluded that in this case our story treatment led to confusion between anecdotes and evidence,” the publisher said, and so it was pulled.

So, the publisher did the right thing; we don't know whether Cooke was on board with it or not or whether he simply had to swallow and accept this rebuke from his publisher. Either way, it took the Star over two weeks last month of flailing to realize what a mess it had made, but at least in the end its publisher made the right choice.

Now here comes the dog whistle:

This is just the latest example of a disturbing and, frankly, un-American (in the case of the Toronto Star, un-North American) trend: self-censorship and craven caving to criticism. Salon pulling Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s piece on the CDC’s cover-up of thimerosal's damage in vaccines was among the first and foremost.

It’s not just pulling published journalism that is suppressing urgently needed debate. Google is reported to be talking about ranking its search results not just by relevance and popularity but by deciding which sites are most “accurate.” So if you humans don't cause global warming or do cause autism, you can expect to show up lower and later because, as we all know already and need not discuss any further, you are not accurate!

Yep. If you don't have the science, invoke "open debate" or, as I like to call it the "help, help, I'm being repressed!" gambit. It just goes to show that the media has gotten a lot better at avoiding false balance that gives too much credence to crank viewpoints with respect to vaccines. Beginning a decade ago, back when I was a new blogger struggling to find a voice, I frequently noted that I both dreaded and looked forward to April. Why? Because April is Autism Awareness Month. I dreaded it because, like clockwork I'd see the media do vaccine-autism stories and trot out antivaccine loons like J.B. Handley and, later, Jenny McCarthy and her then-boyfriend Jim Carrey to give the "other side," alongside actual physicians and scientists. Calling Dara O'Briain!

I can't help it. I love that video. I also like that we don't see such egregious false balance about vaccines in the media as much as we used to. The media seem to be learning, although the Disneyland measles outbreak has unfortunately somewhat resurrected false balance or even explicitly antivaccine stories.

I also love how Olmsted has zero self-awareness:

The New York Times and other publications explicitly forbid what they call false balance – giving any credence or even coverage to what they consider “anti-vaccine” cranks. If you think that vaccine reactions are more frequent and more serious than the drug companies and government say – the heart of our argument and, again, a perfectly reasonable policy debate -- and that those reactions include autism, you are a tinfoil-hat type.

Well, yes. Exactly. Dan Olmsted and the rest of the crew at AoA are tinfoil hat types, and the media have finally started to recognize it (or at least stopped being as willing to give equal time to tinfoil hat types as they used to be). AoA uses pseudoscience, misinformation, and conspiracy theories to try to argue that vaccines cause problems that they do not, problems such as autism, autoimmune diseases, sudden infant death syndrome, and the like. They claim that they are "not antivaccine" and are "pro-vaccine safety," but you will never, ever see any of them willing to provide an example of a vaccine they consider sufficiently safe and effective to use it on their children. (If any AoA blogger has given such an example, I've never seen it, and unfortunately I've been reading the damned blog since its inception.) These are the things that make them tinfoil hat types, not their mere questioning of vaccine safety. In other words, it's the process, the reasoning (or, more precisely, the lack thereof) and pseudoscience that got them to their conclusion that vaccines are dangerous that makes them cranks, not the conclusion.

In this, antivaccine activists are just like creationists. It's not "questioning Darwin" that makes creationists cranks. It's the misinformation and pseudoscience used to question evolution. It's the process. No wonder Olmsted really detests that comparison as well:

Creationism and vaccine-induced autism – what a moral equivalency! The real equivalency is between the Times warmongering coverage of Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction, and its smug certainty that vaccines don’t cause autism – the most important international, and the most important domestic, issues of our time, both muffled and missed by the Times. Some institutions have no memory or ability to learn from their mistakes.

This is, of course, a non sequitur. Just because the New York Times got it wrong about weapons of mass destruction does not mean it didn't get it right about vaccines and autism, and it did. Its explicit policy of not giving false balance to antivaccine cranks is a wise policy. After all, when it's publishing a story about astronomy, does the NYT interview an astrologer alongside, say, Neil deGrasse Tyson for "balance"? Or when doing a story about earth science, does the NYT interview a flat earth believer, just for "balance"? Or, yes, when doing a story about evolution, does the NYT interview Ken Ham or another creationist for "balance"? No, at least not any more. The same is and should remain true about not interviewing antivaccine loons like Olmsted for "balance" in vaccine or autism stories.

Science, unlike politics, is not a system where, when you have two extreme viewpoints, the answer usually lies somewhere in the middle. That's what's known as the "fallacy of moderation" or the "fallacy of the golden mean." No, in science, there are right and wrong answers, and in the case of vaccines the right answers lie on the pro-vaccine side, not the antivaccine side. It is not "un-American" to say that and act accordingly, nor is it in any way muzzling free speech, given that the antivaccine movement has numerous outlets through which they can promote their message. Nor is Google stifling free speech by trying to tweak its algorithms to produce more accurate search results rather than the most popular; it's improving its product and responding to business imperatives. That such a change is likely to greatly diminish the rankings of many crank websites in Google searches is good thing, and certainly no website has a "right" to a high Google ranking based on popularity. It's Google's business, and it can change its algorithms as it sees fit.

In scientific and medical controversies, if you have the data and evidence, you use it. Since the antivaccine viewpoint is not a medical viewpoint and is not supported by science, that just leaves using dog whistles like appeals to freedom, warnings about creeping fascism, and complaints of being victims of "un-American" suppression of speech. It's all antivaccinationists have. Well, that and anecdotes and pseudoscience.

Oh, and calling vaccine scientists like Paul Offit names like Dr. Proffit. Stay classy, Dr. Bob.

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By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

"un-american"
I've always thought that term Orwellian.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

raving pack of hyenas.

Hyenas are highly cooperative social animals. They are working hard to get a living, and like Marines, they don't like to leave one of them behind.

Not everybody could be a lion living off his (mostly) females' followers.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Helianthus

Not everybody could be a lion living off his (mostly) females’ followers.

And the first thing that male lion or a coalition of male lions do when they take over a pride is call the young cubs and drive off the older cubs. This is a good analogy to anti-vaxxer's attitude to other people's children.

By Militant Agnostic (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

What the heck is "un-North American", anyway? Disliking football AND hockey? Refusing to partake of either apple pie or maple syrup?

Just when I think I've got the hang of this place, too...

By Johanna Mead (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

What the heck is “un-North American”, anyway?

Shouldn't there be tequila and tacos also, for a full triumvirate of North Americana?

I always thought the idea of un-American anything was a bit weird. I mean, I can't imagine declaring anything un-Swedish or un-Mexican behavior, for example.

/offtopic

@ Militant Agnostic

This is a good analogy to anti-vaxxer’s attitude

I was quite pleased coming up with this analogy, but I didn't realize it could be that deeply accurate.
In real life, the over-romanticized lion is quite a jerk and a bully. If it is the role Olmsted see himself in by giving us the hyena part, I will gladly let him having it.

OT
Re: the picture used by Orac under the headline.
Is it projection on my part, or are people surrounding the speaker having a "damn, here he goes again" face?

By Helianthus (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

@Helianthus: not projection. If my guess is correct, that man is Senator Joseph McCarthy, who headed up the House Un-American Activities Committee and whose activities are mest remembered with the phrase "McCarthyist Witch Hunts".

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Yes, that is Senator Joe McCarthy.

Actually, however, Sen. McCarthy was not the chair of the House Un-American Activities Committee for the simple reason that he was a Senator, and the HUAC was a committee of the House of Representatives. The two did operate at the same time for a while, although the HUAC predated McCarthy, having started in the late 1940s, while McCarthy's campaign didn't start until 1950. In any case, HUAC was known more for going after Communists in the entertainment industry, resulting in the blacklisting of actors, writers, directors, etc., accused of being Communists or having Communist sympathies. Sen. McCarthy was known for casting his net wider and claiming that the US government was riddled with Commies, starting with a speech accusing the State Department of having Communist infiltration. The HUAAC actually lasted a couple of decades, whereas McCarthy's reign of terror lasted less than five years—fortunately.

My husband pointed out that Rand Paul's statement implicitly makes him pro-choice, since "parents own the children".

Sometimes it's like they don't realize people have memories, or the ability to look things up.

By elsworthy (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

@ Orac, Julian Frost

Yes, that is Senator Joe McCarthy.

Ah, I thought so. I have read Joseph Welch hotly diatribe against McCarthy when he had enough of the BS and I enjoyed the style.
(actually, I just learned it's Joseph Welch in the left of the picture)

And funny enough, I just learned (or have been reminded) that McCarthyism was also against "socialized" medicine, including water fluoridation (of course, a classic), and 'ding ding ding' polio vaccine. Plus ca change...

Very apropos picture.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

"This is just the latest example of a disturbing and, frankly, un-American (in the case of the Toronto Star, un-North American) trend: self-censorship and craven caving to criticism."

First thought on reading this quote. Does Olmsted realize Canada is not the 51st state? The subsequent clarification does little to change the opinion.

I may just have too many Canadian friends and relatives but the idea that the two entities are essentially identical just grates for me.

OT more or less, but the excellent Lawrence Soloman of EnergyProbe in Toronto, noted climate denier and all-around science-phobe has just started his own anttvaxer site. http://vaccinefactcheck.org/

Isn't it hilariously ironic that Dan talks about 'suppression' when he and his fellow/ sister anti-vaccine activists work to SUPPRESS most of the studies that illustrate that vaccines and autism are un-related?

They endeavor to discourage parents from viewing more realistic writers' articles- including research - about vaccines and/ or autism by labelling them 'shills'. 'liars' or 'felons'. They call for the heads of journalists of whom they don't approve because of their support of SBM. Recently, it appears that Dan entirely mis-represented what Brian Deer discussed on his website. And it wasn't the first time. Orac's work is not exactly portrayed accurately as well.

AoA moderates comments with a vengeance and it is rare that an opposing viewpoint gets through ( although a few of Orac's minions have succeeded).

Like the alt media prevaricators, Dan & Co, would have their readers envisage a vast, looming police state, bent on censoring their rebellious voices and planning, as we speak, to jail revolutionaries for their every action and thought.
HOWEVER they do seem to spend a lot of time on the internet broadcasting these impending crimes UN-IMPEDED in any way.

I guess that's the worst form of suppression- the kind you don't see.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

If you think that vaccine reactions are more frequent and more serious than the drug companies and governmentdozens of national and international public health and scientific organizations sayhave shown with compelling evidence from large-scale studies, and you also beleive that there is some sort of global cover-up that has effectively silenced hundreds of thousands of parents, pediatricians, scientists, and public health workers while somehow entirely failing to silence a rag-tag group of mentaly disturbed parents egged on by a small handful of profiteering doctors...you are a tinfoil hat type.

FTFY, Dan.

Here are some questions** for Orac;s minions:

does anyone know what Dan is paid or earns from AoA?
Does he have other means of support? I know he writes books with Blaxill but I can't imagine that being very lucrative.
He lives in the Washington area which I've heard is rather expensive. He can afford an Uber ride.

** I did run across AoA figures a while ago but am pressed for time.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

nattering know-nothings

So close to a Safire allusion.

@KayMarie

I had the same thoughts regarding the un-American comment.

To Dan and the rest of the AoA set, anything that agrees with their mindset is automatically double-plus good and free from any faults. Anything that disagrees with their mindset is automatically double-plud un-good and clearly a conspiracy perpetrated by Eastasia (or was it Eurasia...latest missive from the Ministry of Truth seems to be late).

After the Star fiasco, CBC Radio had a lovely session with a vaxer and antivaxer on the program The Current. Definately an excellent case of media balance. More like staking out a goat to attract the prey. :)

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/vaccinations-assisted-suicide-ruling…

The host of The Current is generally well-briefed and not shy. It is an interesting look into the mind (???) of the woman who said she did her "research".

Just in time to be cut off at the knees by the host. It, really did not make the antivaxer look too good.

I don't know the audience numbers but the show is heard coast-to-coast and seems very popular. It is likely to have had a decent effect although I suspect the demographics are a bit in the older range. Still having a raging grandma asking why the kids are vaccinated may help.

By jrkrideau (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Remember, you can't be "unAmerican" without the UN!
kidding /

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

I'm sure that vaccine reactions are greater in number than what companies and the government report. Thus is the nature of epidemiological surveillance. You don't capture all cases all the time because public health is not omniscient. The thing is that these questions are best left to be answered by science than by anti-vaccine blogs and celebrities.
I'm also sure that vaccine reactions are smaller in severity than what the anti-vaccine groups say. Again, the true severity of reactions is out there, but all the evidence we have so far -- from a myriad of sources -- points to reactions that are mild, and away from autism.
But that's not what they want to hear. They want a different way of doing surveillance for adverse events only if it will lead toward their preconceived notions about the number and severity of adverse events. Anything short of their fantasies coming true is unacceptable.

(Anecdotal): When I worked as a public health nurse for a large County health department, I audited children's immunizations records at the 7 County health clinics, at area hospitals' pediatric clinics and at private doctors offices.

I also had contact with the State Department of Health's Immunization coordinator, who discussed any severe adverse events that were reported to the CDC. They were few and far between. I recall one case of a severe adverse event (onset of seizures), following a vaccination and the parents refused all vaccinations for their younger child...who, was eventually diagnosed with a seizure disorder.

"Oh, and calling vaccine scientists like Paul Offit names like Dr. Proffit. Stay classy, Dr. Bob."

Dr. Bob's classless Facebook remarks about Dr. Offit has already been covered by Skeptical Raptor, Orac:

http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/evidence-that-yo…

raving pack of hyenas.
I suspect that Olmsted meant 'ravening' but he's not very good with words. He also talks of 'moral equivalency' when he simply means 'equivalency', but that's what happens when your rhetoric is a mushy regurgitation of half-digested fragments of other people's phrasing.
As Narad noted, Olmsted seems to be an admirer of Spiro Agnew.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

@22 Ren re: under reporting of adverse effects...

The anti-vaxxers continually shout "only 10% of adverse effects are reported!" Where does this come from?

As Narad noted, Olmsted seems to be an admirer of Spiro Agnew.

That was Orac, man. I was lamenting the missing "nabobs."

Regarding Joe McCarthy, I witnessed an intriguing sidelight. When Roy Cohn, the notorious attorney who was McCarthy's right hand man, was sick with AIDS (He was a closeted homosexual who persecuted gay men alongside McCarthy.) he also had an opportunistic malignancy from it. I heard Dr. James Holland, a legendary oncologist who was head of oncology research at Mount Sinai in New York, remark that Roy Cohn had asked him for treatment. He called Cohn a son of a bitch, said he had refused his request, and also said he had had dealings with Cohn in the past that were enough for him. While Holland had a reputation for being cantankerous, he also was generally pretty reasonable, and I have always wondered what passed between them.

By Old Rockin' Dave (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

I'm affraid mr. Lanka will try to weasel out of this.

Dave, Lanka has a history as an hiv/aids denialist.( virusmyth)
Not the only one shifting focus to vaccines:
Farber, Ruggiero, Montagnier ( who was first a realist)
probably others.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

The anti-vaxxers continually shout “only 10% of adverse effects are reported!” Where does this come from?

When pressed, it generally boils down to either a comment (PDF) about AERS or a completely unsourced assertion by Mr. Dinner Jacket, Gary S. Goldman.

(The Flying Dolphin has a half-assed cite to some newspaper.)

"The anti-vaxxers continually shout “only 10% of adverse effects are reported!” Where does this come from?"

Who knows?

Even if that was the case, then that means that 90% of reactions are not bad enough to be reported... For those of us living in the real world.

In Crosby's Labyrinth, it means that 90% of really bad reactions are being covered by paid doctors, nurses, lab techs, epidemiologists, parents, daycare providers, etc. That must be where all that money from vaccines goes to, to pay all of us to keep quiet.

Not the only one shifting focus to vaccines:
Farber, Ruggiero

Ruggiero is focussing most of his attention on his yogurt-enema cancer-cure scam.* I haven't seen any sign of him switching to the vaccine grift.

* A worthy topic for Respectful Insolence.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Roy Cohn ... had an opportunistic malignancy from it

"Opportunistic malignancy" sums up Cohn's entire career.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Yogurt enemas? What is this obsession the woosters have with sticking perfectly good foodstuffs in the wrong orifice?

"The media seem to be learning, although the Disneyland measles outbreak has unfortunately somewhat resurrected false balance or even explicitly antivaccine stories." pro vaccine dog shite
LOL so according to the CDC an unknown woman who was probably unvaccinated and is now untraceable probably started the outbreak. The dog-whistle here is that the vaccine has failed and dark forces are being used as a smokescreen. Meanwhile the child that died of measles in Germany had already been vaccinated for measles and we don't mention that just in case it detracts from the emotional appeals to 'get that damn vaccine'. Hey Groski, if you push the dog whistle up your arse you could probably play a tune. toot toot

How about your site, bullshit masquerading as real news!

LOL

Is that the kind with the fruit on the bottom?

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

What is this obsession the woosters have with sticking perfectly good foodstuffs in the wrong orifice?

Ruggiero has a lucrative little business making "Bravo probiotic" magic yogurt, but there is only so much that his patients can absorb through the mouth and inhaled as an aerosol, so he also sells them suppositories per vas nefandum.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Altho' I am certainly loathe to correct my very handsome Antipodean brother, Ruggiero developed a protocol for ASD treatment (2014) and will be a presenter @ AutismOne 2015 (see website).

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

-btw- he calls it the Swiss Protocol (tm):
I wonder if it includes.......

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

I've seen Ruggiero on the autism grift, yes indeed. He has linked up with Bradstreet, a serial recipient of Oracian insolence. Oddly enough the same magic yogurt that cures cancer and HIV and heavy-metal poisoning and CFS, also turns out to cure autism! Who would have expected it!

But he seems to be circumspect on the *etiology* of autism (where rash speculation could rule out potential income streams).

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

RobRN: "The anti-vaxxers continually shout “only 10% of adverse effects are reported!” Where does this come from?"

EpiRen: "Even if that was the case, then that means that 90% of reactions are not bad enough to be reported… For those of us living in the real world."

Most of us don't bother reporting a sore arm.

Johnny: "Meanwhile the child that died of measles in Germany had already been vaccinated for measles and we don’t mention that just in case it detracts from the emotional appeals to ‘get that damn vaccine’. "

Stop lying.

36 posts, and the first anti-vax screed is from some dude blasting obscenities and misspelling people's names?

I remember the days when the wackjob heavyweights would show up in a comments thread. Now we get dudes who probably couldn't get an AoA or whale.to guest blogging spot. Maybe this site need to be more anti-vax insolent. :)

You know, I know what you're talking about. I used to get JB Handley, and a bunch of other antivax heavyweights commenting here. I don't think it's ramping up the insolence that's needed; what happened, I suspect, is that they so regularly got their posteriors handed to them that they now avoid the comment threads here. I know they know about me though. Readers send me examples of their complaining about me and insulting me on Facebook and various other discussion forums.

These days, only the dregs or newbies who haven't encountered RI before seem to be willing to dip their toes in.

Johnny's been elsewhere trying to peddle his lies - I truly believe the anti-vaxers believe that if they keep repeating the same lie over and over again, that eventually it will be accepted as truth.

Johnny’s been elsewhere trying to peddle his lies
Got links? I have a morbid curiosity in Johnny Labile / Philip Hill's obsessions & compulsions.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

You know, I know what you’re talking about. I used to get JB Handley, and a bunch of other antivax heavyweights commenting here. I don’t think it’s ramping up the insolence that’s needed; what happened, I suspect, is that they so regularly got their posteriors handed to them that they now avoid the comment threads here.

I remember those days. Sadly, all I've seen lately were a few tiny comments by Dr. Jay, and they were pretty pathetic examples. I've noticed this happening to a number of blogs I read on a regular basis, the big names used to come and get involved, and came out looking pretty bad to anyone that was not one of their acolytes. It actually seemed a bit strange to me, they are often very good at controlling their message, making sure they are never questioned, so coming here, and to similar blogs, always seemed like such a mistake. I suppose over time, they did learn it was not helping. Not that they have stopped caring, they still rant and rave about the same people, they just do it where they are not going to have to answer questions.

LOL so according to the CDC an unknown woman who was probably unvaccinated and is now untraceable probably started the outbreak.

Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, as usual, you're so fυcking stupid that you can't even be bothered to get the contents of your anal sacs properly congealed before repeatedly carpet-scooting the same material all over the place.

The CDC never said any such thing. Now, I know where it came from, as does most anyone who has been paying attention. Then again, I also know where the NICE guideline on antipyretics that you tediously mischaractize the year and content of is.

So, why don't you be a good little shіt and either take a hand out of your pants or off the bottle and sort it the fυck out?

Mein Herr Doktor B. - I doff my chapeau to your characterization of Roy Cohn.
I have to say that I was not the only one astonished to hear the words "son of a bitch" come out of the mouth of the usually quite proper Dr. Holland. That's what makes the background to that remark tantalizing.

By Old Rockin' Dave (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

herr doktor bimler@1

Olmsted seems to have missed out the word “think”

A most Freudian slip.

a-non, "Now we get dudes who probably couldn’t get an AoA or whale.to guest blogging spot."
More like "dudes who couldn't write their own names without auto-complete" or "dudes who couldn't pour piss out of a boot without illustrations printed on the heel" (and dudettes, of course).

By Old Rockin' Dave (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

That time Fat Jesus got tased in the face, yeah, just like that.

Meanwhile the child that died of measles in Germany had already been vaccinated for measles and we don’t mention that just in case it detracts from the emotional appeals to ‘get that damn vaccine’.

It's really extra-super-plus repellent that you keep repeating that vicious, self-serving lie.

jrkridea: "OT more or less, but the excellent Lawrence Soloman of EnergyProbe in Toronto, noted climate denier and all-around science-phobe has just started his own anttvaxer site."

Stupidity runs rampant there. It is almost like it is a AoA wannabe.

What I found interesting is that I tried to find Solomon's CV. No where can I find his educational background, it is like it is completely missing. I am going to guess that he only graduated from high school, barely.

Meanwhile the child that died of measles in Germany had already been vaccinated for measles and we don’t mention that just in case it detracts from the emotional appeals to ‘get that damn vaccine’.

Once again, supposing this were true (which, based on good information, it isn't), then what would this show? It would show that the vaccine is not 100% effective (which everyone knows) so some people who are vaccinated but not immune can still catch the measles (which only follows from the previous statement), and that measles can be fatal (which everyone knows). Thus it is important to get your children vaccinated not only for their own sake (as it's the best way we know to reduce their chances of getting the disease) but for the sake of other children, even those who are already vaccinated.

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, as usual, you’re so fυcking stupid that you can’t even be bothered to get the contents of your anal sacs properly congealed before repeatedly carpet-scooting the same material all over the place.

Jeebus you need to come with a warning sometimes. I made very strange piggly noises when I read that...but yeah I'm twelve.

By Science Mom (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Ah, yes. I remember when thought leaders from AoA would comment here- Handley, Stone, Jake.
Believe it or not, they seemed to have actually learned that they will be corrected and schooled, having their common urban legends up-ended and their pseudo-science ridiculed publicly. This is not good for their images,

So they know that they will later have to explain what occurred to their readers and it's too hard for them. Orac and company present them with questions that they can't answer. They are constantly rebuked for their misattributions and misunderstanding of basic research. AND certainly their own entrenched interests are questioned.

Thus it's better to send in the ranks as cannon fodder.
And right, the wounded ( Greg, Jen) regularly report on Orac and his scandalous minions.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Perhaps I'm being too literal minded, but the example of McCarthy is an awkward analogy.

McCarthy was a creep, and there were a substantial group of Communists working to harm the nation. Whether or not McCarthy intended it, he became their greatest asset.

By Spectator (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

there were a substantial group of Communists working to harm the nation

How substantial?

ObVenona (PDF)

(k)NobVenona (but... Conservopedia too!!)

What I found interesting is that I tried to find Solomon’s CV. No where can I find his educational background, it is like it is completely missing. I am going to guess that he only graduated from high school, barely.

Considering how Solomon boasts of his accomplishments, including being a "leading" environmentalist, a "best-selling" author and "research director" and "chairman" of a multitude of obscure "institutes" and organizations, I think it's safe to
say that if he had any educational qualifications, he would let us know about them. Oh, how he would let us know.

I suspect that he started this website because his antivax nonsense was getting too ridiculous for his overlords at the Financial Post (who still just loooove articles denying anthropogenic climate change). There have been much fewer antivax articles by the Professional Ignoramus in the FP this year compared to last.

OT more or less, but the excellent Lawrence Soloman of EnergyProbe in Toronto, noted climate denier and all-around science-phobe has just started his own anttvaxer site.

I can but hope for some sort of turf squabble with the other Lawrence Solomon.

"Believe it or not, they seemed to have actually learned that they will be corrected and schooled, having their common urban legends up-ended and their pseudo-science ridiculed publicly."

In the real world, yes. But, in Crosby's Labyrinth, they won the arguments and even unmasked us for the paid pharma shills that we are.

The pro vaxx view is difficult to comprehend. Continual failure to prevent outbreaks, even when the mythical herd immunity is achieved. Next they will be telling us that ebola vaccine is the only way to save the world.

Can't wait for the next installment - who is Mr Hills anyway?

Are you sure the Disney outbreak wasn't fielded by the marketing company that did the Sony Kim Yung scam - or maybe it was Mr Dear and Offit ? I think we should be told

Ren looks more like a burger shill, do you think he could get a test tube up im?

"Believe it or not, they seemed to have actually learned that they will be corrected and schooled, having their common urban legends up-ended and their pseudo-science ridiculed publicly. This is not good for their images," Denice the naughty

Not really, one often sees dog dirt and tries to avoid it. Deliberately standing in it is a bit weird. It is eminently funny to drift by here and see the same revolving door of science denial and religious vaccine fervor, but after a while the Narads and Her Dictors of this world become stunningly dull.

There is a whole wide world out there that beckons one away from poo poo corner. As we are all finding out the experts and 'well trained' are all fuckwits extraordinaire.

But it wasn't reached, Johnny. Even if the country as a whole reaches herd immunity, non-vaxxers tend to cluster with the result that there are pockets that fall below herd immunity levels.
This has been explained before. Are you really too stupid to comprehend?

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 16 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny, can you remind me, what did they relabel smallpox as? Or was there some other reason it doesn't seem to be around anymore?

The pro vaxx view is difficult to comprehend. Continual failure....

Phildo! Slow morning sobering up over on Stanford-le-Hope? I could have told you that nearly anyone could see through an attempt to pass off a little tremulous, perspiring slap & tickle as "Classical Osteopathy" even if billed as "Dr. Pop Sucket's Early-Bird Special."

How's the qi-based grooming side of the scam coming along? You should send your better half around sometime, as I think you can be a bit too... yin sometimes, if you get my drift.

"But it wasn’t reached, Johnny. Even if the country as a whole reaches herd immunity, non-vaxxers tend to cluster with the result that there are pockets that fall below herd immunity levels.
This has been explained before. Are you really too stupid to comprehend?" Julian FW

Jools my dear boy. Germany has 95% MMR uptake which is the mythical herd no. and that is where the only measles death occurred and that child had been vaccinated with MMR so that is a double vaccine failure. What about vaccine failure do you not understand?

Sorry Narad, I am not and never have been Mr Hill. Why don't you email him and ask. Meanwhile back at poo poo corner eoor was still.....................

Remember the latest vaccine hype started in Disney, if that isn't taking the piss.....................

Wasn't it whooping cough last year. The CDC told us ' we don't understand it, we have the highest uptake ever of whooping cough vaccine at the same time as the highest number of cases ever. The more one scratches below the marketing hype the more the holes appear.

What is it you actually believe here, market shares or bodies?

Come on Ren, how many burgers a day are you?

Johnny, stop being a God-Damned liar.
The child was NOT vaccinated. This has been pointed out to you before. Repeating the same damned lie won't make it true no matter how often you say it.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

I can but hope for some sort of turf squabble with the other Lawrence Solomon.

Good heavens there are two? What happens if they meet? Is there an annihilation?

Actually just checked and the research director of the Consumer Policy Institute and the Managing Director of Energy Probe Research Foundation seem to be the same individual.

"Germany has 95% MMR uptake which is the mythical herd no. and that is where the only measles death occurred"

Even if Germany overall had that number it wouldn't mean there's herd immunity everywhere. However, this is a lie anyway, Germany has an MMR rate of less than 90 percent. There's lots of unvaccinated adults, routine Vaccinations didn't start until the 70s. Even among children just starting school it's only 92 percent who have had both shots.

What happens if they meet? Is there an annihilation?
Well up above the tropostrata
There is a region stark and stellar
Where, on a streak of anti-matter
Lived Dr. Edward Anti-Teller.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

@ Johnny the troll

Germany has 95% MMR uptake which is the mythical herd no. and that is where the only measles death occurred

The "only"?
We had three deaths from measles in France 4 years ago. A few other deaths from measles happened in Europe.
One could quibble as well about the level of vaccination in Germany. Anyway, they add more than 500 cases of measles since October just in Germany. Next to the 170 cases around Disneyland, one would say the outbreak is a bit more serious.

Eh, all the concern trolls who were castigating Orac for being insensitive over Jess Ainscough death, where are you now? Child deaths don't matter to you?

By Helianthus (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

But it wasn’t reached, Johnny. Even if the country as a whole reaches herd immunity, non-vaxxers tend to cluster with the result that there are pockets that fall below herd immunity levels.
This has been explained before. Are you really too stupid to comprehend?

Jools my dear boy. Germany has 95% MMR uptake which is the mythical herd no.

Yes. But non-vaxxers tend to cluster with the result that there are pockets that fall below herd immunity levels.
This has been explained before. Are you really too stupid to comprehend?

and that is where the only measles death occurred

It's not the only measles death.

and that child had been vaccinated with MMR

No, he hadn't.

Holding a false fixed belief that doesn't change when you're presented with evidence that disproves it is diagnosably delusional, incidentally.

Or it can be. It kind of depends on the prevalent cultural beliefs in your immediate milieu.

so that is a double vaccine failure.

No, it's half fantasy and half stupidity.

It's also just disgusting that you're telling jerk-off lies about that poor child.

...

But it's distressing, too. It must be terrible to feel that weak, scared and angry. You have my sympathies.

ann,

It kind of depends on the prevalent cultural beliefs in your immediate milieu.

Living just a few miles away from Mr. Hills' clinic*, I think I can safely say I'm familiar with the prevalent cultural beliefs in his immediate milieu. His bizarre ideas and casual relationship with the truth are not typical, thankfully. I have never met an antivaxxer in real life, to the best of my knowledge. I did have a discussion with the father of a child with autism a few years ago, but he was firmly of the opinion that the whole MMR-autism thing was nonsense.

* I suppose it's possible that Johnny has picked up the same misspellings, gross errors and odd terminology that Mr. Hills uses, but I'm 95% certain they are one and the same person, however much Johnny denies it.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

^ A discussion about vaccines, I should be clear. I know a few people with autistic children but the subject of vaccines has never come up.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

"Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, as usual, you’re so fυcking stupid that you can’t even be bothered to get the contents of your anal sacs properly congealed before repeatedly carpet-scooting the same material all over the place."

Made. My. Day. Ruined my new suit.

By Selena Wolf (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

Continual failure to prevent outbreaks, even when the mythical herd immunity is achieved.

The recent history shows that mass vaccination is working to limit the spread of disease. Only 145 cases of measles were traceable to this incident. Based on history and on examples in countries that don't vaccination this is fewer than would be expected.

Herd immunity doesn't mean that people who aren't immunized are somehow magically made immune. It means that the spread of the disease will be limited rather than going through the entire population.

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny, a few uncomfortable facts for you:
1) The final eradication of smallpox bears a direct relation in time and geography to an intensive vaccination campaign.
2) Rinderpest is gone. It's eradication bears a direct relation in time and geography to an intensive vaccination campaign.
3) The only places in the world where poliomyelitis is still found just happen to be places where vaccination teams are being threatened or killed.
One of these might just barely be due to coincidence. Barely. But the odds of all three being coincidental? Not hardly.

By Old Rockin' Dave (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

I’m 95% certain they are one and the same person, however much Johnny denies it.

"Johnny"'s current claims of absolute ignorance about this "Philip Hills" would be more convincing if he had not, in an earlier thread, copped to familiarity with Hills' osteopathy site (while still claiming to be a different person).

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

"Stay classy Bob."

I hate just picking up on one sentence in a long article (cough, I'm wordy????), but I think we should use that on every response to Bob's nonsense.

Dr. Offit's class in his left pinky toe is probably more than Dr. Bob.

By Skeptical Raptor (not verified) on 17 Mar 2015 #permalink

I am not and never have been Mr Hill. Why don’t you email him and ask. Meanwhile back at poo poo corner eoor was still…………………

Phildo, if you press your luck, I might just ask Mrs. Hills.

Rebecca Fisher,

That loon John “Whale.to” Scudamore has a rather splendid rant on JB Handley’s latest brain fart…

Good grief. Now there's a truly unashamed antivaxxer (none of that half-assed "pro-safe vaccines" nonsense):

did you know homeopathy, nutritional medicine, and naturopathic herbalism, for example, could take over and run government medicine all by themselves? And cure all the diseases? At a minuscule fraction of the cost, and have the knowledge to prevent all disease?

Of course it could John, of course it could.

I love the way the other AoA denizens politely ignore this deranged incursion.

I also like how Olmsted's article is about a Portland-based pediatrician who, "claims there are zero cases of Autism" in his practice thanks to a modified vaccination schedule. It took me a few seconds to find this article which states:

Dr. Paul then made the stunning statement that in his practice he currently has over 1000 kids at least 3 years old, and there are no new cases of autism, while nationally, his peers in pediatric care are seeing 1 out of 50 children on the autism spectrum.

I don't think "no new cases of autism" is quite the same as "zero cases of Autism", but conflating incidence and prevalence is as natural as breathing to AoA. Thompson, by the way, has close to a full antivaxx bingo card. He has somehow managed to swallow the nonsense about aluminum in vaccines, quoting the daily limit for IV feeds and claiming that some vaccines exceed this limit, while not noticing that vaccines are not given every day for weeks or months, that they are not given IV and that blood aluminum levels post vaccination are an order of magnitude lower than those associated with adverse neurological effects.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 18 Mar 2015 #permalink

I love the way the other AoA denizens politely ignore this deranged incursion.

Give them some time. (I recall when MDC banned links to the Flying Dolphin.)

It is cute that Gus The Fuss chimes in to imply that he has exactly one friend.

Note Scudamore's reliance upon Lord of the Rings. (towards the end of comment)

Take a peek at Stagliano's post ( today) : she writes to a state representative about her objections to ending the religious exemption using a Harry Potter reference and signs it *Strega* **

** witch in Italian. She also illustrated it with a photo and quote from the HP films but I doubt that she included it along with the letter.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 18 Mar 2015 #permalink

Hey Ann, the child that died in Germany had been vaccinated. I know that shafts your appeal to emotion but there you go a fact is a fact. herd immunity is a Disney concept - unachievable and bollocks when it arrives. This is like the flat earth society here, no vaccine can ever fail, only the patient's response. That old chestnut that we are all supposed to vaccinate to save the few immunocompromised is neatly scotched here. But I can already hear calls to 'debunk' cos your priests are calling

http://fearlessparent.org/what-about-the-immunocompromised/#.VQB9Vp_Znv…

"he final eradication of smallpox bears a direct relation in time and geography to an intensive vaccination campaign." oldest vaccine chestnut there is Rocky, I suppose if you keep saying it somehow it sticks somewhere.

"The only places in the world where poliomyelitis is still found just happen to be places where vaccination teams are being threatened or killed." Rocky chestnut

Rocky it isn't called polio anymore, not in India, now it is called Bill gates variant polio or NPFP. You need to come up to speed with septic folklore and stop posting anecdotes.

I think I was right about Ren, is he ok?

Clusters, not the vaccine but the process, wrong strain, patient had genetic blah, primary failure, secondary fallacy, no herd, pockets of deniers, sounds like a banking strategy for optimum product success boys.

Oh and there is Disney, nice story there. So if flu vaccine is 3% successful and a placebo is generally accepted to be 20% of success results is it ethical to vaccinate anyone for flu? Did you see the documentaries about the 800 kids with narcolepsy after the flu jab? Where is the logic for flu vaccine safety there?

Vaccination - always an excuse

Did you see the documentaries about the 800 kids with narcolepsy after the flu jab?

Did you fail to see the ridicule heaped upon you for asserting "as reported in the UK hundreds of cases of narcolepsy in kids," Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex?

Johnny,

Hey Ann, the child that died in Germany had been vaccinated.

Not against measles he wasn't, according to the Berlin Health Minister:

The Berlin health minister, Mario Czaja, confirmed on Monday that the child - who had not been immunised against measles - died in hospital on Wednesday, the first fatality among 574 cases reported since the outbreak began in October.

If you are so sure you are right, why do you have to lie all the time?

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 18 Mar 2015 #permalink

Hey Ann, the child that died in Germany had been vaccinated.

Why do you keep repeating this lie?

Johnny,

So if flu vaccine is 3% successful and a placebo is generally accepted to be 20% of success results is it ethical to vaccinate anyone for flu?

According to Cochrane, in this review of controlled randomized clinical trials that included over 70,000 people:

15.6% of unvaccinated participants versus 9.9% of vaccinated participants developed ILI symptoms, whilst only 2.4% and 1.1%, respectively, developed laboratory-confirmed influenza.

So on average the vaccine reduces the risk of laboratory-confirmed influenza by more than 50%, which is why I will continue to get it annually. Placebos have zero effect on laboratory-confirmed influenza, by the way.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 18 Mar 2015 #permalink

From focus.de:

Wie sich der Junge in Berlin angesteckt hat, war zunächst nicht bekannt. "Das Kind war geimpft, aber nicht gegen Masern", sagte Czaja. Es hatte keine chronischen Vorerkrankungen.

a placebo is generally accepted to be 20% of success results

I wonder whose butt that little factoid was pulled out of. It is a good thing for everyone that osteopaths aren't running clinical trials.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 18 Mar 2015 #permalink

If you are so sure you are right, why do you have to lie all the time?

He seems to be an adherent of Bellman Logic. For the last three years Philip has been repeating his claim that 'polio is now called Bill gates variant polio or NPFP', in the hope that vehement asseverations will make it so. Sadly, the term has failed to catch on despite his efforts... the search engine of one's choice indicates that 0.0000 people have ever used it other than himself.

He shakes his little scrubber at reality.
“…the victim yells with hysterical paranoia… shaking his little scrubber…”

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 18 Mar 2015 #permalink

For the last three years Philip has been repeating his claim that ‘polio is now called Bill gates variant polio or NPFP’

He is however so stupid that he can't figure out the difference from VDPV (impressively also responding to one of the u######## bots):

” As I understand the reason why vaccine-derived polio (cVDPV) occurs for example is due to poor sanitation, immune-compromised communities, under- or un- immunized communities” from South Africa

Well here is more vaccine failure mythology, you understand nothing. The clue is in the title, vaccine derived which is now known as Bill Gates variant Polio.

the search engine of one’s choice indicates that 0.0000 people have ever used it other than himself.

So it's homeopathic, then, and quite powerful.

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 18 Mar 2015 #permalink

Hey Ann, the child that died in Germany had been vaccinated. I know that shafts your appeal to emotion but there you go a fa

He wasn't vaccinated against measles, which is the disease that killed him, as your phrasing ^^there shows you know perfectly f-ing well.

Sorry to cut you off mid-sentence, btw.

The weak, soulless hypocrisy of what you were saying was making me kind of impatient, I guess.

@hdb #105:

"He shakes his little scrubber at reality."

Bloom County FTW!!! *faxing over 1 quality internets* : - )

By Scottynuke (not verified) on 19 Mar 2015 #permalink

So if flu vaccine is 3% successful

Conflating the success rate among people catching the flu versus the whole population, I see.

Annoying troll is annoying.

I hope some Revenue inspector is reading this thread and decides to go investigate Philip Hills' little venture.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 19 Mar 2015 #permalink

Oh, goody. There’s going to be a part 2.

And now there is. It is ironic in the extreme, and the commentariat is swinging for the fences.

flu vaccine - fail
measles herd immunity - fail
whooping cough fail all round

Pro vaxx view - Disney fantasy - again

It is rather interesting that the septic view on vaccination is a bit like the creationist view on evolution. Wake up and smell the formaldehyde.

Johnny is so funny - perhaps you should learn some basic biology first.....formaldehyde is a nature byproduct of your own cellular metabolism - you (and babies) have more of it circulating in your system right now than in all vaccines you'd get, combined.

Because this is probably the most apropos current thread:

Spring is icumen in and anti-vax juices are a-flowing, as I learned recently-

- TMR decries how Facebook and g--gle interfere with their messaging so they are migrating to MeWe and they already have 1000 members.
- the new faux documentary, Trace Amounts, will be shown at New York University Law School ( Mary Holland works there) in 4 days and only 67 seats are sold despite its hard sell at TMR and other places.
-AutismOne 2015 appears to have new leaders aplenty:
Barry Segal and Brian Hooker of Focus Autism, I mean, Focus for Health
-TMR ( Goes, Spencer, MacNeil, Conroy, Davenhill and Marijuana activist, Thalia Segelink)
- Fearless Parent ( Habakus, Brogan, Palevsky, Sayer Ji)

Seneff, Ruggiero and Mikovits will spout their swill alongside veterans, Andy, Bradstreet, Krigsman y mucho mas.

I don't see much from AoA or Jake. I wonder why?

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 20 Mar 2015 #permalink

Hi Laurence, so that is why aspartame is in Coke. If it heats up a bit it turns to formaldehyde which is so convenient. Isn't that great, a popular urban poison actually turns out to be really nutritious. I suppose that goes for mercury in a vaccine - more than 50 parts per million is classified now as toxic waste but in a vaccine it is completely safe - well according to Disney science that is.

Vaccination is based on the medical urban myth that promoting specific anti body production protects us from disease. But if only 2% of our immunity is acquired immunity according to the Pasteur institute and the rest of our immune function is non specific ie fever, D and V and sweating. Why is it regular doctors spend so much time suppressing our immune systems in the name of therapeutics?

Gosh there is so much useful straw on this site, enough for a very large bonfire.

How many vaccine failures have there been or was that just a rebrand, recall, rebok? You decide

johnny and his sock puppets, why do you lie?

I'm curious why johnny keeps posting the same stuff over and over. I would get bored of that.

By justthestats (not verified) on 20 Mar 2015 #permalink

Hi Laurence, so that is why aspartame is in Coke. If it heats up a bit it turns to formaldehyde which is so convenient.

Aspartame is simply a trade name for the molecule aspartyl-phenylalanine methyl ester. On ingestion it metabolizes to form aspartate, phenylalanine and methanol in a 4:5:1 ratio. The methanol is then rapidly converted to fomaldehyde, which is oxidized to produce formic acid.

But methanol is present in any food stuffs capable of fermenting, including all fruit juices. Drinking 8oz of orange juice will expose you to about 29mg of methanol, which is more methanol than you would be exposed to drinking a single12oz diet soda sweetened with aspartame (about 18 mg).

So if you're not afraid of unsweetened apple juice, you've no rational reason to be afraid of diet soft drinks sweetened using aspartame.

Of course, no one can help you deal with your irrational fears...

But if only 2% of our immunity is acquired immunity according to the Pasteur institute and the rest of our immune function is non specific ie fever, D and V and sweating.

I'd normally be impressed by someone managing to take Wassung's blunder and make it even dumber, but this is, after all, Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, we're talking about.

Quick, Phildo, find the correct paper. It's not in that press release, if you can even find that.

Meanwhile as the red smoke thins over vaccine land and avoidance of discussion over whether or not our lord vaccine is full of bull may or may not be, somehow I am still being called someone I am not - how your detective work arrived at that conclusion is beyond me. I am closer to home than any of you will ever fathom or realise.

Keep up the vaccine fallacy, it's working beautifully. So how many of you here have fallen for the vaccine fallacy?

"somehow I am still being called someone I am not "

Yes, you are a liar. Things you have posted are lies, therefore you are a liar.

I am constantly amazed that anti-vax people can get even dumber over time......

Meanwhile as the red smoke thins over vaccine land and avoidance of discussion over whether or not our lord vaccine is full of bull may or may not be

I'll be happy to entertain such a discussion just as soon as you provide to actual evidence suggesting any vaccine on the CDC's recomended childhood vaccination schedule is more dangerous than the infectious disease it protects against.

Which of course means I doubt we'll be having that conversation anytime soon...

I am closer to home than any of you will ever fathom or realise.

You don't seem particularly close to documenting this yet, Phildo:

But if only 2% of our immunity is acquired immunity according to the Pasteur institute and the rest of our immune function is non specific ie fever, D and V and sweating.

Is there some problem?

avoidance of discussion over whether or not our lord vaccine is full of bull

We are not the one avoiding discussion here, dude. There are plenty of links, counterarguments and explanations upthread for the casual observer.

And while you are here doing nothing but trying to irate us, people are out here saving lives with vaccines.

------------------------
Recently, I was made aware of the Unicef project Eliminate.
It was in the context of a charity concert by some local pop/folk music band with the motto "come see us and save 10 children's life".

The idea is to eliminate tetanos, especially among neonates.

I'm heading for this Unicef website right now to give a few bucks. Anyone reading this thread, please have a look by yourself at this project and decide if you feel like donating, too.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 20 Mar 2015 #permalink

somehow I am still being called someone I am not – how your detective work arrived at that conclusion is beyond me

Whoops

"When you are vaccinated against a disease your body produces antibodies to protect you against the disease" NHS choices.
This is supposed to give us an 'acquired' immunity and set us up for the impending battle. So what amount of our total immunity is acquired?
"Only 2% of your total immunity is 'acquired' the other 98% is fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating" Pasteur institute.

I’m curious why johnny keeps posting the same stuff over and over. I would get bored of that.

Dog : vomit :: Philip Hills : bullsh1t.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 20 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny Mop, you say " it isn’t called polio anymore, not in India, now it is called Bill gates variant polio or NPFP"
Sources?
You probably have an impression of India that comes from watching 1930s movies on late-night TV in your flat above your mother's garage.
In present day India, not to mention in the real world, it would be a lot harder than you seem to think to hide even one case of polio. Indian turns out some of the best and most competent health professionals in the world. There is no way to hide an outbreak for long.
Meanwhile, you can't refute the facts I stated. You don't touch on the elimination of smallpox. The last cases came from Somalia and none have occurred since the vaccination drive of the 1970s. Somalia certainly hasn't improved its standard of living, yet smallpox hasn't come roaring back. I'd love to hear your undoubtedly ludicrous take on the elimination of rinderpest. Better nutrition? Improved sanitation? Better supportive care?
By the way, I am Old Rockin' Dave, not "Rocky". What's "rocky" here is your understanding of science.

By Old Rockin' Dave (not verified) on 20 Mar 2015 #permalink

Sources?

Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex (PDF), is attempting – when he can avoid confusing with something else entirely – to advance the utterly brain-dead claim that the massive surveillance for acute flaccid paralyis required to monitor the state of a polio eradication program somehow means that all the cases shown not to be due to either wild-type or vaccine-strain poliovirus are therefore due to polio vaccination.

Hey, Phildo, what's the amortization of the intangible property for? A sale-and-leaseback arrangement? It's more than 4% of $30,000 per annum, and I can scarcely imagine what sort of intellectual property you might have acquired or developed for that amount back in 2007 anyway.

125: "I am constantly amazed that anti-vax people can get even dumber over time……"

Dumbosity is a constant. As the number of anti-vaxxers declines the average dumbosity must increase. This can be interpreted as a positive development.

What is Narad smoking, can I have some of that - I have always wondered if St Pepper really saw pink elephants.

Have you figured out your "source" for the 98% bit yet, Phildo? Trust me, it's hilarious.

Hey Nurdrad, it was the Pasteur institute. I know it is hilarious, all that money being spent on magik vaccine and only 2% of it could ever be any use at all. Bit like fairy dust, lovely idea but - come on, we need a bit more than that.

Your obsession with me being someone called Mr Hill is also hilarious, that is sure some wacky backy you are on there, hilarious.

By Johnny not Mr Hill (not verified) on 21 Mar 2015 #permalink

Hey Nurdrad, it was the Pasteur institute.

Cite the actual statement, Phildo. Have you just been regurgitating this exact statement – down to the comical misunderstanding of what the innate immune system does and the mangling of the "correct" talking point – for so long that you've forgotten which public toilet you found it floating in?

In scientific and medical controversies, if you have the data and evidence, you use it. Since the antivaccine viewpoint is not a medical viewpoint and is not supported by science. <~~~~false there is a lot of scinece. How about the emerging science on injected AL clearly orac missed this science in his research. Nearly 5000 mcgs are absorbed into the body by 18 months old. And not 1 single long term study to show its safety? Quackery pseudoscience

Intramuscular injection of alum-containing vaccine was associated with the appearance of aluminum deposits in distant organs, such as spleen and brain where they were still detected one year after injection. Both fluorescent materials injected into muscle translocated to draining lymph nodes (DLNs) and thereafter were detected associated with phagocytes in blood and spleen. Particles linearly accumulated in the brain up to the six-month endpoint; they were first found in perivascular CD11b+ cells and then in microglia and other neural cells.

Despite it's environmental abundance, Al is not an essential element for living organisms, and no enzymatic reaction requires Al. Al is reported to influence more than 200 biologically important reactions and to cause various adverse effects on the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) (Table 1). These include crucial reactions for brain development such as the axonal transport, neurotransmitter synthesis, synaptic transmission, phosphorylation or dephosphorylation of proteins, protein degradation, gene expression, and inflammatory responses.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3056430/

Theo, that paper is four years old. Secondly, the emotive and inaccurate language in the abstract turned me off immediately.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Theo,

How about the emerging science on injected AL clearly orac missed this science in his research. Nearly 5000 mcgs are absorbed into the body by 18 months old. And not 1 single long term study to show its safety? Quackery pseudoscience

If we assume an average body weight of 33 kilograms (15 pounds) between birth and 18 months, a child will absorb about 15 mcgs aluminum per day from food, water and air. That's about 8,200 mcgs in total. The vast majority of this is easily and rapidly excreted in the urine, just as the vast majority of the 5,000 mcgs aluminum from vaccines is excreted. Some is deposited in bone and other parts of the body, but there is no evidence that such tiny amounts has any adverse effects on health.

We do not see aluminum toxicity unless blood levels exceed and are maintained at levels of greater than 60 µg/L for long periods, yet blood aluminum after vaccination increases so slightly it is difficult to measure it, and does not exceed 6 µg/L, much less 60 µg/L, even transiently because our kidneys are very effective at excreting it. Elevated blood levels only occur if we are exposed to regular large doses and we are unable to excrete it effectively. The tiny amounts from vaccines are not enough to cause toxicity even in those with impaired kidney function.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

^ Only "and" was supposed to be bold.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

that paper is four years old

Oh, but there are two: The cited one – highlighting "the emerging science on injected AL," mind you – is a review of the in vitro literature that has nothing to do with injected anything. The first paragraph, quoted in a familiar,* sloppy fashion, is PMID 23557144.

Of course, the whole thing is a cut and paste of an Iliya comment from a thread in which Philip Hills's preceding sock was making an ass out of itself.**

* With an unpunctuated, dumb, two-word transition.
** With unpunctuated, dumb, two-word transitions.

There seems to be this misunderstanding between ingested vs injected AL. When you ingest it only a small fraction is actually ABSORBED. It goes through the gut and is cleared by the body and kidneys but when you inject it bypassing normal metabolic processes it gets 100% absorbed. This edjuvent is designed to hold the antigen in place so that immunity lasts over time. But the pro vax crowd overlooks biological studies like this and only cites epidemiological studies that are easily manipulated. Kreb can you cite a study on injected AL? Showing it clears the body as you say? This is just 1 of my issues with vaccination. In addition there are studies linking adjuvemts to auto immune diseases. We are tricking the immune system over and over. Why is it a stretch to think it could confuse the immune system and make the immune system attacking itself? It's not a stretch actually it's happening in millions of people

In addition there are studies linking adjuvemts [sic] to auto immune diseases.

Cite these studies, please.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

How do people think stuff absorbed by the intestines gets to the kidneys or liver?

Because it gets there through the blood and I don't understand how the kidneys and liver could tell if a molecule got into the blood from being absorbed vs got in the blood from being injected. It isn't like your arm blood never gets mixed into the rest of the blood.

I can understand an adjuvent helping to alert the immune system so it thinks something is going on so it goes looking for things, but how does it hold things in place? I mean the immune system finds moving targets for other things?

Confusedly yours.

Vaccines are injected into the muscle not the veins again totally different.

Plus if you look at table 1 of the review kreb cited notice the absorption of AL from source-vaccine. 100 %

from that article here pg 166
As noted above, injection of 26Al increased bone 26Al ∂100 times more than brain, yet steady-state bone Al concentration is

... I suppose that this is as good a thread as any....

I uncautiously traipsed over to the Bolen Report and the lunacy continues full bore:
he's written a great deal over the past month or so.
Pharma companies are vampires and foreigners- it's time to take action.

I suppose that the measles outbreak and legislative sequelae are driving him even madder than he already is.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Theo,

There seems to be this misunderstanding between ingested vs injected AL.

True, which is why I referred to absorbed aluminum. There is also a misunderstanding about the difference between IV injections and IM injections that you seem to be suffering from yourself.

When you ingest it only a small fraction is actually ABSORBED. It goes through the gut and is cleared by the body and kidneys but when you inject it bypassing normal metabolic processes it gets 100% absorbed.

It may get absorbed 100% but it takes weeks or months. Did you look at the paper I linked to? The injected aluminum is in the form of a poorly soluble salt that sits at the injection site and is slowly absorbed into the blood in daily amounts a little lower than those absorbed from food i.e. 0.07–0.4 µg/kg/day. Why would the small amounts absorbed from a vaccine, i.e. 0.08–0.5 µg/kg/day, be treated any differently by the body than the very similar amounts absorbed from food?

This edjuvent is designed to hold the antigen in place so that immunity lasts over time. But the pro vax crowd overlooks biological studies like this and only cites epidemiological studies that are easily manipulated. Kreb can you cite a study on injected AL? Showing it clears the body as you say?

You need to look at the body of literature about the toxicokinetics of aluminum to get a real idea of what is going on. However, there are a number of studies that support what I have written. This one shows that intramuscular injections of aluminum salts are slowly absorbed in rabbits, which have very similar muscles to humans. This study in preterm infants found no significant change in levels of urinary or serum aluminum after vaccination i.e. serum aluminum levels remained within the normal rage of up to 6 µg/L. We know from infants that have been fed intravenously for weeks or months that if their serum aluminum levels do not exceed 60 µg/L they suffer no ill effects.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

^"normal range", not "rage", probably obviously

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Vaccines are injected into the muscle not the veins again totally different.

Plus if you look at table 1 of the review kreb cited notice the absorption of AL from sources. vaccine. 100 %

Also from that article here pg 166
As noted above, injection of 26Al increased bone 26Al ∂100 times more than brain, yet steady-state bone Al concentration is

Theo,
Your last comment makes little sense to me. Hopefully my last comment clarifies things a bit. Isn't it better that vanishingly tiny amounts of aluminum ends up in the bones rather than the brain?

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Myostbwas cut off for some reason

Vaccines are injected into the muscle not the veins again totally different.

Plus if you look at table 1 of the review kreb cited notice the absorption of AL from sources. vaccine. 100 %

Also from that article here pg 166
As noted above, injection of 26Al increased bone 26Al ∂100 times more than brain, yet steady-state bone Al concentration is

Keeps doing it

Al binds preferentially to bone before any other tissue. The brain is last on the list of 'places where sorbed/IM Al will end up'.

An adjuvant will remain in the muscle tissue where injected as it slowly diffuses into the interstitial water and/or bloodstream, where it will be treated no differently than the Al compounds sorbed through the GI tract from our food. It'll be filtered out by the kidneys and then excreted in our urine.

The bottom line is that there is disagreement on AL in the scientific community and there shouldn't be especially when it come to our babies.

Nanomaterials can be transported by monocyte-lineage cells to DLNs, blood and spleen, and, similarly to HIV, may use CCL2-dependent mechanisms to penetrate the brain. This occurs at a very low rate in normal conditions explaining good overall tolerance of alum despite its strong neurotoxic potential. However, continuously escalating doses of this poorly biodegradable adjuvant in the population may become insidiously unsafe, especially in the case of overimmunization or immature/altered blood brain barrier or high constitutive CCL-2 production.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23557144

Denice Walter: Bolen is trying to gain favor with the big donors (Claire Dwoskin, Barry Segal and others), who are funding Wakefield and Hooker and their "research".

Check out mainstream blogs where the usual suspects carpet bomb the Comments section... none of them link to Bolen's blog.

The bottom line is that there is disagreement on AL in the scientific community and there shouldn’t be especially when it come to our babies you have cut and pasted an old comment from someone who was demonstrably as dumb as a bag of rocks and offered no explanation for this.

FTFY.

Theo: " This is just 1 of my issues with vaccination."

I have a feeling we will hear about the other ones in due course.

Meantime, can you explain your first stating (correctly) that aluminum is ubiquitous in the enviroment and your concern about minute amounts of it being used as a vaccine adjuvant? How do you reconcile its commonality in the human body from a variety of sources, with dire warnings about it only when it's used in a vaccine?

By Dangerous Bacon (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

An association between highly aggressive fibrosarcomas and typical vaccine location (between the shoulder blades) was made. Two possible factors for the increase of VAS at this time were the introduction in 1985 of vaccines for rabies and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) that contained aluminum adjuvant, and a law in 1987 requiring rabies vaccination in cats in Pennsylvania. In 1993, a causal relationship between VAS and administration of aluminum adjuvanted rabies and FeLV vaccines was established through epidemiologic methods

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccine-associated_sarcoma#History

@ lilady:

I know that he isn't much of an influence but the minions seem to love him- but not in a good way.

-btw- take a peek at the AutismOne 2015 speakers list/ key notes this year. Looks like AoA has split, Barry's in, TMR and Fearless Parent as well. Oy!

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

When you ingest it only a small fraction is actually ABSORBED. It goes through the gut and is cleared by the body and kidneys....

If it's being excreted by the kidneys, it was by definition absorbed.

More science. 2015

We previously showed that poorly biodegradable aluminum-coated particles injected into muscle are promptly phagocytosed in muscle and the draining lymph nodes, and can disseminate within phagocytic cells throughout the body and slowly accumulate in brain. This strongly suggests that long-term adjuvant biopersistence within phagocytic cells is a prerequisite for slow brain translocation and delayed neurotoxicity.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25699008

No, Theo - the bottom line is there's a small subsect of scientists who have crank theories about Al being the root of all evils and illnesses in the world, and have no evidence to support their accusations.

Case in point: your study uses 'science' by Schoenfield - who pretty much blames everything on Al adjuvants.

Narad how about you add some value with a relevent study showing exactly what your stating. Kreb cited 15 babies and some rabbits not very convincing compared to the 3 studies I showed.
Here us the study showing ASIA autoimmune diseases
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20708902

Darwy this is how science works it starts with 1 person then a small group and it eventually builds a consensous. Just like what happened with Mercury. Furthermore there isn't another good alternative to AL that's why there are very few studies. Meantime for independent thinking parents that don't follow the heard and trust the establishment. Vaccines are far more dangerous than we are being told. There is not 1 long term study on the current schedule. That is called experimenting with your baby. No thanks. So please don't tell the anti-vax crowd that there's no science. That's patently false. There is a lot of science. It's being purposely ignored to preserve and advance the immunization schedule.

More science. 2015
Theo links to
-- two papers from Gherardi's band of grifters, looking for the cause of a condition (macrophagic myofasciitis) which no-one outside his group has ever observed; and
-- an illiterate, apostrophe-challenged "review" squeezed out through a Hindawi journal as if to certify that it contains no value but the authors needed a publication for their careers.

I assume that these are currently in high rotation at VaxTruth and the other vaccine red-pill websites.

This edjuvent
linking adjuvemts to auto immune diseases

Perhaps Theo is under a geis such that spelling 'adjuvant' correctly would rob him of 50% of his strength.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Anti-vaxers never seem to understand that being able to find a paper or two that supports their position is not good enough. Lots of bad papers get published in one journal or another. Hell, even papers that are technically well done can end up being wrong. Papers cannot be taken in isolation. There is a body of literature that has to also be considered. It is clear, from the review published this month, that far more research has occurred on this topic, beyond the initial paper, and that work has not supported it.

Theo,

Kreb cited 15 babies and some rabbits not very convincing compared to the 3 studies I showed.

The three 'studies' you showed were:

1. PMC3616851 Found that aluminum injected into mice bred to have an impaired blood brain barrier makes its way to the brain.

2. PMC4318414 Not a study, a speculative article about alum particles hitch-hiking a ride to the brain in leucocytes, something that has not, to my knowledge, been confirmed by reputable researchers.

3.PMID: 20708902 Not a study, another speculative article claiming that aluminum adjuvants cause a syndrome they call 'Autoimmune (Auto-inflammatory) Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants' that is extremely rare if it exists at all, which is debatable.

Do you now understand that while absorption of intramuscularly injected aluminum adjuvants may be 100% it takes several weeks or even months, so aluminum trickles very slowly into the blood and is quickly excreted without elevating blood levels?

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

15 babies does not conclusivly prove anything. Do you have anything more comprehensive? Or should we just trust authority? And take their word for it. And any scientist mentioning a peep about AL lodging in body tissue is enough evidence for pause looks like we have some science deniers here?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25692535

Sorry Theo, but the work of Shoenfeld and his insular group do not constitute a consensus, nor does it overthrow the decades of evidence of aluminum adjuvant safety.

AL lodging in body tissue
I certainly hope that AL adjuvants lodge in body tissue; they couldn't do much adjuvanting if they washed out the day after the injection.
Theo then links to an article which could easily have been titled "Aluminium hydroxide adjuvants are even great; how can we make them even better?", under the impression that it is the best anti-adjuvant evidence that the Aluminati can muster. Perhaps there is some reading-comprehension issue.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

AL lodging in body tissue

Why is AL, Alabama, lodging in body tissue, anyway?

Or maybe we're discussing Al, alumin[i]um.

By Bill Price (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

the work of Shoenfeld and his insular group do not constitute a consensus

Shenfeld jettisoned his credibility when he opted to climb aboard with grifters and scammers:
"[The Greater Good] was vetted by Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen, MD, FAAP and Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, FRCP for scientific and medical accuracy.”
Of course that little commission did earn him an invitation to the 2013 Jamaica anti-vax junket to talk about his ASIA theory, which had previously been confined to the pages of his own "Journal of Autoimmunity".

The Gazoogle informs me that his first book was promoting a crank diet. More recently he has edited "New Trends in Astrodynamics and Applications".

Dude's a well-funded crank. Still a crank.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

"the mechanism of how aluminum hydroxide-based adjuvants exert their beneficial effects is still not fully understood". That was the point in the link that stands out. We have been using this adjuvant for decades and we really don't understand it? Wtf so it could cause cancers or maybe mutate genes? Cause learning disabilities & Brain damage? The sad fact is we don't know what aluminum is doing besides creating an immune response. That's quackery and pseudoscience especially when so many babies are getting injected with this garbage. My child won't be finding out that's for sure.
I will be following a wholistic nutritionsl model of care the other option the pro vax mafia won't tell you about

I meant lodging into organs

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25692535

What! And no mention of Shaw & Tomljenovic?
Oh. Maybe I should be quiet.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

No mention of Sin Hang Lee's SCIRP publications either! Imagine my disappoint.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Speaking of Sin Hang Lee, a glimpse at his ResearchGate portfolio reveals that he has not gone away, but has switched to pimping his unique and proprietary PCR techniques through different mockademic vanity presses -- two from MPDI ("Cancer [Basel]" and "International Journal of Molecular Sciences") and one from Bentham ("Current Medicinal Chemistry"). The SCIRP papers have disappeared from his CV, as if they are somehow embarrassing.

But he's paying for press releases to advertise his paid-to-publish papers so they must be legit.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

I always knew Alabama was a toxin....

'I meant lodging into organs"

You'll find the most spacious accommodations are in the colon. And after a few rounds of toxin cleansing, the air is almost breathable.

By Dangerous Bacon (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Apparently bias only exists with scientists who question vaccine safety? Ok sure buddy wink wink. Just be honest with yourselves your science deniers Plain and simple. The only science you have are epidemiological studies. The more important biological studies on vaccines are extremely short in nature. And the 1 kreb cited showed this.........As noted above, injection of 26Al increased bone 26Al ∂100 times more than brain, yet steady-state bone Al concentration is >100 times that of brain. This suggests Al clearance from bone is more rapid than from brain, which is reasonable considering bone turnover and lack of neurone turnover. The elimination t1/2 of Al from human brain is predicted to be very long. This is concluded from the t1/2 of Al in the tibia of rats, 38–173 days (Greger & Sutherland 1997), com- pared to> 100 days in brain, above, and a human 26Al t1/2 of 7 years, above, which is believed to be due to redistri- bution of Al out of bone. wait so aluminum goes to the bone first and then it gets cycled to the brain? 7 years this metal is in the body?

@Tim - on the internet nobody knows you're a cat.

The only science you have are epidemiological studies.

Don't forget the large body of evidence I referred to earlier, which includes in vitro, animal and human studies as well as epidemiological evidence. This human health assessment of aluminum refers to about 1,300 papers on the subject, which should keep you busy for a while.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

@Tim – on the internet nobody knows you’re a cat.
Everyone suspects it, though. The Internet is made of cats.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi8VTeDHjcM

The speculation that adjuvants are involved in feline sarcoma is dated to 2004 in that Whackyweedia entry. I am intrigued. Are there any updates on that line of research?

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Shame on you, Herr Doktor - Theo is trying to teach us how to do science.

The speculation that adjuvants are involved in feline sarcoma is dated to 2004 in that Whackyweedia entry. I am intrigued. Are there any updates on that line of research?

Canarypox-vectored rabies vaccine, as I recall. Not sure about FeLK.

The only science you have are epidemiological studies.

Strangely, this fairly recent entry in the antivaccine playbook seems to go right out the window on a regular basis when epidemiological assertions, no matter how half-assed, seem purty.

Jess Ainscough had a rare sarcoma in her left arm- (no way to prove is was not related to earlier vaccination sites)

No way to prove that it wasn't the result of pressure from a satchel either, or a pimple on her back that got infected, or...(you get the idea).

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

#187 Google it-

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20010978 "Exclusively, breastfed infants (in Brazil) receiving a full recommended schedule of immunizations showed an exceedingly high exposure of Al (225 to 1750 μg per dose) when compared with estimated levels absorbed from breast milk (2.0 μg). This study does not dispute the safety of vaccines but reinforces the need to study long-term effects of early exposure to neuro-toxic substances on the developing brain. Pragmatic vaccine safety needs to embrace conventional toxicology, addressing especial characteristics of unborn fetuses, neonates and infants exposed to low levels of aluminum, and ethylmercury traditionally."

The study ken linked to in #195 is over four years old. In addition, it raises a lot of questions about methodology.

Exclusively, breastfed infants (in Brazil) receiving a full recommended schedule of immunizations showed an exceedingly high exposure of Al (225 to 1750 μg per dose) when compared with estimated levels absorbed from breast milk (2.0 μg)

How was the exposure measured? How were the "estimated levels absorbed from breast milk" calculated? Did the researchers use controls? How good were the controls?
Long story short, this looks like very weak tea.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 22 Mar 2015 #permalink

Jess Ainscough had a rare sarcoma in her left arm- (no way to prove is was not related to earlier vaccination sites)

Did she have vaccinations in her hand where the sarcoma first showed up? If not, feel free to take your sick exploitative fantasies and die in a fire.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Oh look, the Dorea study - which as Julian already pointed out, is methodically weak and not well written.

Not evidence of Al harm or toxicity.

Kreb can't cite a single study in a medical journal like Jama or Nejm or the lancet or in pub med regarding aluminum adjuvant safety. He has to resort to world-aluminum.org referring to neary 800 pages? Give me a break. Plus the fact that you all initially citing ingested AL in your initial response clearly demonstrates your lack of understanding about aluminum. Then when researchers in 2015 #177 say that they don't understand aluminum that is dismissed?

This is the way I see it if you want to inject vaccines into your children and follow modern medicine go for it. But stop trying to legislate the rest of us by eliminating personal belief exemptions. Like in California. We don't want the government telling women whether or not they can have an abortion. well don't tell parents whether or not they need to vaccinate their children. And please stop citing herd immunity as your reason for forcing the rest of us to inject chemicals into our kids. Herd immunity is a myth! Easily disproven

Why do you think whole foods is doing so well people are trying to avoid chemicals preservatives pesticides they want organic they don't want the toxins in their bodies and they certainly don't want them injected in their fucking kids. Leave us alone. Guess what? there's a better way to build the immune system and make it strong it's called nutrition! The power that made the baby is the same power that protects the baby. In addition there is compelling evidence that contracting measles as a child is beneficial as an adult. All you have to do is feed the human immune system the proper building blocks and it is extremely powerful more powerful then you're being told.

And to answer orac question yes it's an unamerican suppression of the facts not good reporting. Have we heard on cnn lately about the thousandsand & thousands of vaccine injured children and distraught parents? Did CNN accurately report that there's a vaccine compensation program and that vaccine makers are completely immune from lawsuit? Hell no! CNN is beholden to its advertisers the drug companies. The entire debate stinks to high heaven and there is a ground swell of people who will not sit back and be spoon fed garbage from their pharmaceutically trained pediatricians.

Did anyone else hit Antivaxx Bingo after reading Theo's latest fact-deprived rant?

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Theo, did you bother to look at any of the1300 studies he was kind enough to provide a link for?

Guess what? there’s a better way to build the immune system and make it strong it’s called nutrition!

Or AdvoCare, whatever.

In addition there is compelling evidence that contracting measles as a child is beneficial as an adult.

If there were, Cynthia Parker wouldn't need to continually embarrass herself on this front.

Have we heard on cnn lately about the thousandsand & thousands of vaccine injured children and distraught parents?

What injuries do you believe those "thousands and & thousands of vaccine injured children " suffer as the result of being vaccinated, and how has it been factually established that the injuries actually were caused by the vaccines they received? Be specific.

I trust we're talking about 'injuires' other than autism spectrum disorders (which are not causally associated with vaccination) and they've been linked to vaccines by something other than a post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy liberally seasoned with a bit of "What else could it have been?"

Guess what? there’s a better way to build the immune system and make it strong it’s called nutrition!

*sigh*
For the ten thousandth time, vaccines don't make the immune system "stronger" in the way spinach makes Popeye stronger. Vaccines are target practice and nasty drill sergeant all-in-one.
I'm happy to learn that you have good meals, but that won't replace actual hand-on experience.

It's like saying, "there’s a better way to build your shooting skills than to spend time at the shooting range, it’s called nutrition"
I eat plenty of carrots, so I guess my eyes have all the vit A they need, but without much firearm experience I will still be a lousy shot.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

And of course, nutrition was no use at all for the natives of Hawaii when they encountered measles.

By Gray Falcon (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Theo,

Kreb can’t cite a single study in a medical journal like Jama or Nejm or the lancet or in pub med regarding aluminum adjuvant safety. He has to resort to world-aluminum.org referring to neary 800 pages? Give me a break.

First you complain we haven't provided you with enough evidence of safety, now you complain I have provided too much? If you had bothered to look you would know that those 1,000+ studies cited by world-aluminum.org are all published in reputable journals, many of them the journals you mention.

Herd immunity is a myth! Easily disproven

I would love to see you disprove an undeniable fact like herd immunity. If I have measles and everyone around me is immune, none of them will contract measles. That's herd immunity - do go ahead and disprove that.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Leave us alone.

If you guarantee your unvaccinated disease-vector children won't be infecting the immunocompromised, those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or those for whom vaccination isn't effective, that's a deal.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

" contracting as a child is beneficial as an adult "

Tell that to my brother Frank. Just make sure he's got his hearing aid on, first.

Vaccine moderation rears its predictable head again!

“If you guarantee your unvaccinated disease-vector children won’t be infecting the immunocompromised, those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or those for whom vaccination isn’t effective, that’s a deal.” Kruk kux Klan

More vaccine mythology here. None of the vaccines are contraindicated for the cohort you are mentioning, that is an old urban myth that herd immunity protects the vulnerable. Certainly in Germany the kid that died had a chest condition so fat use the MMR was there, and he had had the MMR too.

So what exactly is your point and why do you use that stupid photo of a cat for an avatar?

What’s your vector Viktor? I am still not Mr Hill, however hard you try to convince yourself - I mean why would I be? We can all cut and paste, that doesn't exactly identify anyone.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

It’s disgusting that you keep proffering snake oil vaccines and pretending that they offer some kind of protection when the evidence keeps showing us it’s bullshit

I think that Narad and Chris are the same person, the quality of their posting gives it away.

Go on tell us

Johnny: Do you know what happened to smallpox? Or rhinderpest? Or polio in the US? Herd immunity happened. You cannot convince me herd immunity doesn't exist anymore than you can convince me fire does not exist.

By Gray Falcon (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

By the way, Johnny here demonstrates a fascinating feature of conspiracy theorists: An automatic assumption everything is an attempt to silence them. Everyone deals with moderation here. Perhaps the most extreme on this site was one crank who insisted all his posts were deleted before someone pointed out he had posted on another thread. He never returned after that.

By Gray Falcon (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny has some problems with recognising animals. Failed in biology class? At least he seems to have problems with the differences between a fox and a cat.

Certainly in Germany the kid that died had a chest condition so fat use the MMR was there, and he had had the MMR too

Isn't your ass getting pretty hot by now?

Certainly in Germany the kid that died had a chest condition so fat use the MMR was there, and he had had the MMR too.

Johnny, you've been informed several times that the18 month old child in germany who died due to measles infection had not received MMR vacination.

Why do you keep lying?

Vaccine moderation rears its predictable head again!

Poor Phildo, trying to change the subject from your squirming unwillingness or inability to cough up your Pasteur Institute item. And with this? Just pitiful.

C'mon, tell everybody about the innate immune system – "fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating." It'd be fascinating to see the depth of understanding required of a classical osteopath.

Johnny:

that is an old urban myth that herd immunity protects the vulnerable.

It's very strange, then, that in areas where herd immunity is reached and maintained, that children too young to be vaccinated and the immunosuppressed don't get the diseases, isn't it?

It’s disgusting that you keep proffering snake oil vaccines and pretending that they offer some kind of protection when the evidence keeps showing us it’s bullshit

Like the fact that after mass vaccination programs are introduced the rates of the diseases vaccinated against fall off a cliff? And that when these vaccination programs break down (e.g. Syria, the former Soviet republics shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union) the diseases make a resurgence?
Herd immunity exists. It works too.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Comment of mine in moderation.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Poor Johnny could shut us up by providing his "evidence" that the German toddler was vaccinated against the Measles.....

Ahhh, but once he offered evidence to support that point, he'd be expected to offer evidence to support the rest of his claims. Don't want to set that precedent...

First of all vaccines are the holy grail of modern medicine. Let's play the what if game shall we? What if vaccines were linked to learning disabilities autism ADHD auto immune disease like asthma allergies type 1 diabetes lupus, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, seizures, childhood cancer etc. let's just say it were true.

There's absolutely no way the FDA the CDC the AMA, U.S. Govt. U.S. Armed forces is going publicly implicate vaccines in any type of serious injury. Clearly there is no upside to it. When your child gets injured tough shit! You can go to the vaccine kangaroo court. And try your luck. 3 billion in paid out damages and counting

Trillion dollar industries are at stake! Trust on a global scale is at stake!
Read between the lines!

Now with regards to any of these diseases it's pretty obvious something is impacting our children. What are the likely causes?

Malnourishment?
Pesticides?
Preservatives?
Chemicals?
Noxious fumes from the air?
Fluoridated water?

Vaccine adjuvants
Aluminum and Mercury accumulation?

Vaccine ingredients
Polysorbate 80, DNA fragments, attenuated viruses, bovine serum, formaldehyde etc....?

Immune system overstimulation by vaccine?

Genetics?
Hereditary?
Congenital?

Am I missing anything?

The most likely scenario is vaccine Injury. It has the most immediate effect of overwhelming the immune system damaging it and ultimately causing it to malfunction creating autoimmune disease. Sure some children handle it just fine but many do not. Now that makes logical sense. Sorry if that conclusion is shocking to you. There are coverups in every single industry. Yes even in the healthcare. Don't be so naive! #CDCwhistleblower

They will aways say its safe and effective officially. And then put out 1 manipulated epidemiological study after another. never doing long term biological studies. or the dreaded vaccinated vs unvaccinated study . Push for mandatory vaccinations removing exemptions like they are attempting in 35 states as we speak. Threaten any scientist who dissents or censor independent scientific research linking them. If people found out that you dont need vaccines and as time went on you noticed your child was healthier the the unvaccinated that would be problematic. this all makes perfect sense. GET IT!

Seriously it would be total chaos. It would raise significant doubt in the efficacy of all vaccines and the faith and trust In the MYTH of modern medicine. So you can see why the government will never admit vaccines cause autism ever. Ever ever.

yours truly

theo the truth teller!

http://www.amazon.com/Science-Sale-Government-Corporations-Universities…

http://www.amazon.com/Science-Private-Interest-Corrupted-Biomedical/dp/…

Since Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, is obviously either too stupid find or too much of a chickenshіt to cop to his source, here we go:

The locus classicus is Keith Wassung, for example, here and, in variant form, here.

The latter version is quite amusing because of the cite that it gives:

Degrave W. "A B-cell mitogen from a pathogenic trypanosome is a novel eukaryotic proline racemase" Nature Medicine,Aug 2000 p.890

The title rather plainly suggests that it isn't the correct source....

.... which instead is this press release for the Reina et al. paper. Apparently, none of the halfwits who trot this one out have bothered to track down the original paper, which is this.

Yes, it's all about Chagas disease. Amazingly, Phildo even omits the marginally useful bits of the press release and simply leaps to the conclusion that the adaptive immune system is only responsible for 2% of host defense, all the while drooling about vomiting, sweat, and diarrhea as being components of the innate system.

It would be a singular monument to incompetence if only Phildo didn't feel compelled to peddle knockoffs from his FB page under his usual variety of asinine pseudonyms.

^^ "too stupid to find"

The latter version is quite amusing because of the cite that it gives:

Degrave W. “A B-cell mitogen from a pathogenic trypanosome is a novel eukaryotic proline racemase” Nature Medicine,Aug 2000 p.890

The title rather plainly suggests that it isn’t the correct source….

If I understand correctly, the story begins with a press release from the Pasteur Institute promoting the 2000 paper, and emphasising the earlier discovery (by other researchers) that "non-specific immune response" is a problem which needs to be suppressed in order to handle trypanosome infections.

Someone from Team Antivax argled and bargled the words of the press release, obtaining a distorted sentence (usefully diagnostic, in that anyone who cites it has clearly part of the human centipede and has not bothered to read the original press release):

In the 1980's Paola's team at the Pasteur. Institute in Paris showed that 98% of the immune response triggered at the early stages of infection is non-specific.

Wassung further distorts that by inserting the fabricated sentence into the 2000 paper to which it is commentary. Because sloppiness and laziness.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Ha! Narad is too fast, and I am a slow typer.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Theo went full anti-vax, as was predicted up-thread....never go full anti-vax theo....

Let’s play the what if game shall we? What if vaccines were linked to learning disabilities autism ADHD auto immune disease like asthma allergies type 1 diabetes lupus, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, seizures, childhood cancer etc. let’s just say it were true.

No, let's not, because it's not. What's the point of a discussion based on a false premise?

@Theo

Take a big breath. You have time to insert some comma in your text, you know.

What if vaccines were linked to learning disabilities autism ADHD auto immune disease like asthma allergies type 1 diabetes lupus, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, seizures, childhood cancer etc. let’s just say it were true.

Do you have any idea how much diabete type 1 and childhood cancers are costing to the society?
Add the rest.
If governments had good reasons to suspect vaccines to cause all of this, vaccines would get the axe.

Tobacco is only a cause for pulmonary illnesses - cancer, emphysema, and a few related illnesses. It got the axe.
Asbestos is only a cause for some pulmonary diseases. It got the axe.
CFCs gases were only affecting the ozone layer. They got the axe.

Do you really believe that vaccines drain more cash than any of the above?

By Helianthus (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

You can go to the vaccine kangaroo court. And try your luck.

Speaking of "trying your luck," how many pre-NVCIA lawsuits were ultimately successful?

It would kind of suck if what you're implicitly advocating would dramatically worsen what you're bitching about, now wouldn't it?

^ Or you can go post-NCVIA if you want. Remember the thimerosal class actions? How did those work out for plaintiffs, Theo?

Funny how everyone was happy with the vaccine court for the first 15 years of its existence, until about 2001, when a whole synchronised raft of manufactured claims all took the #34 Omnibus to Clapham Junction Nowhere. Then it became a "kangaroo court".

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

The antivax idiots usually claim that the vaccine court is rigged against claimants, or that the fact that it has awarded 3 billion dollars is proof that vaccines are extremely dangerous. Theo, though, surpasses them all, by making both claims at once, in this hilariously contradictory passage "When your child gets injured tough shit! You can go to the vaccine kangaroo court. And try your luck. 3 billion in paid out damages and counting" Brilliant.

@Thomas #235

You lucky dog, the antivaxxer idiots *I* get to argue with always claim both that the kangaroo court is stacked against the innocent victims AND that the payouts are proof positive that vaccines and that the government knows this AND that the government is covering up this knowledge.

So any two parts contradict the third, which doesn't make any sense but these people are nothing if not enthusiastic and self righteous and oh so persistent. They seem to have discovered a veritable Fountain of Youth that keeps them forever yammering.

By Robert L Bell (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

grrr.... that vaccines are dangerous...

By Robert L Bell (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

I honestly don't understand why anti-vaxxers have so much trouble understanding herd immunity. One community has no burglar alarms on the houses, another has alarms on 95% of the houses but there's no markings to show which house has one and which doesn't. Which community will have a higher rate of burglary? Even only counting the homes without alarms it will always be lower in the community with 95% coverage 'cause most burglars get caught before they can do any real damage. Not hard, no fancy math or anything to strain their walnut-sized brains. This is so simple I really don't see how anyone could possibly question it except through willful ignorance.

By J.W.Chaplin (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny,

“If you guarantee your unvaccinated disease-vector children won’t be infecting the immunocompromised, those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or those for whom vaccination isn’t effective, that’s a deal.” Kruk kux Klan

I suppose wanting to protect the vulnerable from disease makes me just like the Ku Klux Klan on your planet. You must be very lonely there.

More vaccine mythology here. None of the vaccines are contraindicated for the cohort you are mentioning,

Is anything you write here true, or do you just make it all up? Live vaccines are contraindicated in severely immunocompromised people, and in those who cannot be vaccinated for other medical reasons (the clue is in the words). As for the small minority for whom vaccines are not effective, I wasn't suggesting that vaccines are contraindicated for them, but keeping vaccine uptake levels high enough will protect them despite their lack of immunity.

that is an old urban myth that herd immunity protects the vulnerable.

Of course it isn't a myth. If a vulnerable person only ever comes into contact with those who are immune to a disease, how are they going to contract that disease? It isn't a difficult concept to grasp, for most people anyway.

Certainly in Germany the kid that died had a chest condition so fat use the MMR was there, and he had had the MMR too.

That's a flat lie as has been pointed out repeatedly. Unless you know better than the BBC and the Berlin Health Minister, which I doubt.

So what exactly is your point and why do you use that stupid photo of a cat for an avatar?

My point is that you are spouting easily refuted drivel. I'm glad you like my avatar, though if you think it's a cat you have even more serious problems than I realized.

I am still not Mr Hill, however hard you try to convince yourself – I mean why would I be? We can all cut and paste, that doesn’t exactly identify anyone.

I don't particularly care who you are, though why you would do such an excellent imitation of someone who runs an alternative health clinic that is barely making ends meet beats me.

It’s disgusting that you keep proffering snake oil vaccines and pretending that they offer some kind of protection when the evidence keeps showing us it’s bullshit

How anyone can believe that utterly baffles me. Why do 90% of children in the UK get chicken pox, yet fewer than 1% do in the US? Where did measles, mumps and rubella go? It used to be the case that almost every child in the developed world got these diseases, but now hardly any do. Why did the number of bacterial meningitis cases I saw in the hospitals I have worked in plummet after vaccination was introduced? I could go on. It disgusts me that anyone can deny what an astonishingly effective health intervention vaccination has been - it has saved almost a million lives in the past 20 years in the US alone, and prevented millions of hospitalisations.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Theo,

There’s absolutely no way the FDA the CDC the AMA, U.S. Govt. U.S. Armed forces is going publicly implicate vaccines in any type of serious injury.

Really? How did the killed measles vaccine, the whole cell pertussis vaccine and the Rotashield vaccine get withdrawn from the market? It seems to me that there are very effective surveillance mechanisms in place that can pick up even rare adverse events associated with vaccines, and when they are picked up the vaccine is taken off the market and a safer one developed.

Also, are all the other public health organisations in the world a part of this sinister cover-up? Why would countries like North Korea and Iran join in with a conspiracy like this? Do they blindly accept what the CDC tells them?

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Hell, let's also get around to another one that Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, has never been able to cough up, despite its practically being handed to him in the thread:

Now how do you respond to new (2009) NICE guidelines telling doctors not to dish out antipyretics to kids with fevers because it is doing what many alt meds speakers have known since Hipporcrates- suppressing temperatures in acute illness directly leads to chronic illness.

This was preceded at #581 by this:

How about the NICE guidelines after studies on kids with fevers at great Ormond Street finally realising that suppressing fevers in kids was not only counterproductive it produced more sequalae. It showed that kids with meningitis recovered much quicker than using magical medical potions to thwart nature.

There exactly two relevant sets of guidelines, CG47 (2007) and CG160 (2013), which succeeded the former.

Phildo, astonishingly, managed to fυck up so colossally – over and over – that he couldn't figure out where the "2009" actually came from.

The two relevant documents are here:

h_tp://web.archive.org/web/20090216000718/http://nice.org.uk/guidance/CG47
h_tps://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg160

One may surmise that Phildo was "referring to" the former based on the 2011 date of this blindingly stupid entry from the "Clinic":

h_tp://www.hope-osteopathic-and-acupuncture-clinic.co.uk/managing-fever-from-t…

What does CG47 have to say about "dish[ing] out antipyretics to kids with fevers"?

Antipyretic agents do not prevent febrile convulsions and should not be used specifically for this purpose. (8.3).

The use of antipyretic agents should be considered in children with fever who appear distressed or unwell. Antipyretic agents should not routinely be used with the sole aim of reducing body temperature in children with fever who are otherwise well. The views and wishes of parents and carers should be taken into consideration. (8.2.2).

There is nothing even vaguely resembling Phildo's attempt to elevate a terminal case of the repetition compulsion into onanistic fantasy. For the sake of completeness, on may turn to CG102, "Bacterial Meningitis and Meningococcal Septicaemia":

This guideline assumes that fever in children younger than 5 years will be managed according to Feverish illness in children (NICE clinical guideline 47) until bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia is suspected.

h_tps://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg102

Predictably, there is nothing even vaguely resembling Phildo's #581 anywhere, which seems to imagine that once the condition is diagnosed, the first thing on everybody's mind will be looking to "reduce fever" with anything but IV ceftriaxone.

The second link is there in the last three words, but for the sake of convenience, "actually came from."

but for the sake of convenience, “actually came from.”

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Never mind, there is still the Gazoogle Cache. But shirley no-one would be so stupid as to confuse the 2009 guidelines on lower back pain (and osteopathic attempts to cherry-pick a role for themselves) with childhood fever guidelines!!

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Ha! Narad is too fast, and I am a slow typer.

I thought that the suspension points would suffice to signal that the break was intentional (link conservation). Once I decided to clear out this overstock, the links were ready to hand. The two were separately written on the fly, though.

Access Denied
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That not an HTML response. It's working for me.

Perhaps here somewhere.

Sounds like the osteopathy website is routing traffic through the Incapsula Web Application Firewall.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

^ Beat me to it.

I don’t particularly care who you are, though why you would do such an excellent imitation of someone who runs an alternative health clinic that is barely making ends meet beats me.

I am vaguely amused that Phildo has selected an accountant based at Capricorn "Centre."

The CDC says that the benefits of vaccinating immunocompromised children aged 6 through 18 with both Prevnar 7 and Prevnar 13 outweigh the harm.

The CDC goes even further to declare all inactivated vaccines safe for the immunosuppressed to use.

We haven’t got rid of mumps or measles, just shunted it sideways. I have no idea what Mr Hill does or says, you have to deal with that obsession somewhere else.

You still haven't talked about why the measles vaccine doesn't work or provide any protection. It's some wacky belief system ya got there.KKK

Johnny, you're in denial (and I don't mean the longest river in the world).
If the measles vaccine "doesn't work" and we "shunted [measles and mumps] sideways", why was Chris able to show that the rates of these diseases fell after vaccination was introduced?

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Nice attempt at misdirection, ken.From your first link:

MMR vaccination in England by age 2 is at the highest level since its introduction in 1988.

I'll bold the relevant part.
by age 2
That doesn't mean that the rest of the population has an equally high level, and given that Andrew Wakefield started the MMR scare in 1998, it's a safe bet that large numbers of the population are not vaccinated, or never had the second MMR.
One last thing: the BBC link about the outbreak is dated BEFORE the link about vaccination rates. It's safe to assume that after the outbreaks, a lot of parents took their kids to get vaccinated.
A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny is still lying like a car salesman, I see.
Scratch this, a car seller would lie better.

You still haven’t talked about why the measles vaccine doesn’t work or provide any protection.

We did, at length.

As reported for the Disneyland outbreak, the majority of sick people were non-vaccinated.
Yet, they are a minority in the whole population.
It's as if the virus was targeting the non-vaccinated.

Our conclusion: the vaccine may not protect efficiently all of us, but it does protect a big many of us.

There is an ongoing outbreak of measles around Montréal.
Again, most sick people were unvaccinated.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 23 Mar 2015 #permalink

" it’s a safe bet that large numbers of the population are not vaccinated, or never had the second MMR." gambling, where is the science.

the majority of sick people were anecdotally non-vaccinated. but the only one who died in Germany was vaccinated. It really is like talking to the flat earth society here, amusing to a point but for shits sake some of the posters here are supposed to be doctors!!!! Herd immunity is a fail and so is lessened mortality a fail, again.

@252

Were these links supposed to be a sort of "Gotcha, how do you explain this?" moment?

Either you didn't read past the headline (which is a little naughty, and can come back to haunt you when others look closely)

or you willfully lied about the report content (which is really naughty) hoping that no one will look at the link.

Neither of the above inspire confidence in what you have to say.

By stewartt1982 (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

johnny,

The CDC says that the benefits of vaccinating immunocompromised children aged 6 through 18 with both Prevnar 7 and Prevnar 13 outweigh the harm.
The CDC goes even further to declare all inactivated vaccines safe for the immunosuppressed to use.

So what? Live vaccines are contraindicated for severely immunocompromised people, just as I wrote. A transplant patient isn't going to be protected against measles because they are vaccinated against pneumococcus. You do understand that vaccines are specific for different pathogens, don't you?

We haven’t got rid of mumps or measles, just shunted it sideways.

What does "shunted it sideways" even mean? Incidence of mumps and measles has fallen by over 99% in countries where MMR is given routinely. Do you think vaccination in the US causes measles in Africa or something?

You still haven’t talked about why the measles vaccine doesn’t work or provide any protection. It’s some wacky belief system ya got there.KKK

How can anyone claim that a vaccine that is 97% effective (after two doses of MMR), and has reduced the incidence of a disease by 99% "doesn’t work or provide any protection"? That's delusional.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

the majority of sick people were anecdotally non-vaccinated.

So a few hundred cases of measles (US, Canada and Germany) in non-vaccinated people is anecdotal, but one death in Germany isn't?

but the only one who died in Germany was vaccinated

Anyway, he wasn't vaccinated against measles. We provided sources upthread.
Do you have a source telling otherwise?

By Helianthus (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

ken,

Even though UK now has the highest MMR vaccine coverage in 25 years – they also had the highest # of measles cases reported in two decades-
Explain please.

The number reported may be higher, probably due to improved surveillance, but according to the HPA there were 1413 laboratory confirmed cases of measles in 2013, but only 111 laboratory confirmed cases of measles in 2014. It looks as if the catch-up campaigns for 10-16-year-olds who may have missed MMR during the Wakefield years are working.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny, why do you persist in lying?
It has been pointed out to you (with irrefutable sources) that the child who died in Germany was not vaccinated against Measles, and had no underlying health conditions.
Why do you continue to insist that he was vaccinated in the teeth of proof to the contrary?

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Kreb we are not talking about replacing a vaccine we are talking about Vaccines causing major damage to suscepltible children. Do you have a sold theory as to why Autism and learning disabilities are at all time highs? The medical establishment doesn't have a good answer and they are NOT doing biological studies on vaccines over the long term to find out. how convenient that is. nothing to see here.....

Here is a study makes sense too. We are overstimulating the babies immune system.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19157572

Does anyone haver a good theory as to why we have so many sick children?

Pharmaceutical companies are GLOBAL and its the only solution right now for infectious disease. its a cost of doing business. plus they can't be sued. so who cares about a few brain damaged children its for the greater good.

@johnny --

Please tell the class on what you base your (false, fixed) belief*** that the toddler who died of measles in Germany had received the MMR.

Seriously. Citation or GTFO.

***IOW: Your delusion!

We are overstimulating the babies immune system.

Err, the study you linked to showed a state of inflammation in the brain of 10 ASD people.
It's interesting and, if confirmed on bigger numbers, could lead to some good insights.
But it's a bit early to blame it on "overstimulating the babies immune system". You still have to show that it is overstimulated.
Especially in comparison of the usual "stimulation" of the babies' immune system by natural infections.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

@ Theo:

Whilst I am not Kreb, I can answer why "Autism and learning disabilities are at all time highs"..

Over time,.
- there were expansive changes in diagnostic standards that led to a greater number of children being diagnosed since mid-1990s ( esp for higher functioning autism/ Asperger's Syndrome)
- there were more active screening processes ( which also explains higher ASD rates in areas that spend more money on screening vs in those which don't)
- there were diagnostic substitutions wherein many children who formerly had been labeled as Intellectually Disabled/ Mentally Retarded would now be called 'autistic'

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

You hardly hear of people receiving a diagnosis of "mental retardation" - damn, I feel dirty just writing that....but, of course, you do see a number of people receiving diagnoses of ADHD, Autism, and ASD....

MR was a blanket diagnosis given to just about everyone who was even a bit off back in the day - today, we are much more specific about what labels get used.

This isn't rocket science theo - but then again, you've gone full anti-vax....

Some children may have been labelled as schizophrenic.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

plus they can’t be sued

Were you planning on getting around to dealing with the actual history of such litigation, or do you just plan to emptily repeat this as a mantra?

and learning disabilities are at all time highs?

I gather by Theo's spelling of immunization (with a |z| not an |s| that he is an American.

Learning disabilities are my field. LDs such as dyslexia are under-diagnosed and under-treated. LDs are not (or are rarely) "brain damage" -- they are normal variations in human brain structure.

@Theo:

Aren't there other countries with other legal systems that don't have NVIC-like procedures? How does that work out?

By justthestats (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

I was going to do a takedown of theo's most recent load of droppings, but instead...
Citation needed for everything you said.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Kreb we are not talking about replacing a vaccine we are talking about Vaccines causing major damage to suscepltible children.

Exactly what "major damage" do you believe vaccines causing in susceptible children, and how hs it been factually established that the the damage isi n fact caused by the vaccines? Be specific.

Do you have a sold theory as to why Autism and learning disabilities are at all time highs?

First, recall that what we are seeing is an increase in the number of individuals diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder or learning disabiliy, not necessarily an increse in the actual proportion of individuals in the population which suffer from these disorders. Secondly, it's clear that broadened diagnostic criteria, diagnostic substitution and increased surveillance are responsible for much of the increase in diagnoses.

For example, a recent (January 2015) study Explaining the increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders: the proportion attributable to changes in reporting practices (PMID: 2536503) found that changes to reporting practices in Denmark accounted for as much as 60% of the observed increase in the prevalence of ASD’s in that nation. (See also See PMID:16585296; PMID: 17975721; PMID:18384386 for additional studies addressing the contribution of broadened diagnostic criteria, increased surveillance, etc., to the observed increase in diagnoses.)

The medical establishment doesn’t have a good answer and they are NOT doing biological studies on vaccines over the long term to find out. how convenient that is. nothing to see here

Not doing long term studies? Off the top of my head I recall Madsen 2002 looked at all children born in Denmark from january 1991 through December 1998 and Hviid 2005 looked at all children born in Denmark from 1990 through 2001, and in addition ongoing post-marketing surveillance of all approved vaccines is continuous.

Recall that postmarketing surviellance has been proven capable of detecting even extremely rare adverse events that are associated with vaccines (e.g., one additional case of intussusception per 10,000 infants immunized with RotaShield). If vaccines actually did cause those vaccinated to develop autism spectrum disorders with sufficient frequency to cause the observed increase in diagnoses we'd have no trouble spotting it.

Theo,

Does anyone haver a good theory as to why we have so many sick children?

We don't. We have far fewer sick children than we used to, thanks to vaccines.

Pharmaceutical companies are GLOBAL and its the only solution right now for infectious disease. its a cost of doing business. plus they can’t be sued.

So the North Korean government has instituted a vaccination program just to keep Big Pharma happy? And they are bound by the US National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act? Who knew?

so who cares about a few brain damaged children its for the greater good.

The whole cell pertussis vaccine was replaced with the acellular vaccine in the US and other countries because it was thought to be responsible for aseptic meningitis and brain damage. That was despite the incidence of aseptic meningitis after the vaccine being far lower than that after a wild mumps infection, and it now seems that no children were permanently injured by the vaccine. Those brain-damaged children (whose damage turned out not to have been caused by the vaccine) mattered, didn't they? Why did the sinister global Big Pharma cabal make an exception for them?

Why were studies finding increased incidence of aseptic meningitis after the pertussis vaccine allowed to be published, but studies that show vaccines cause autism (according to your scenario) are suppressed or manipulated to cover up the truth?

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

@Kreb - because any evidence or historical events (like vaccines being taken off the market) that refute what an anti-vaxer believes...either don't exist or are just more evidence of the actual cover-up.

Kreb we are not talking about replacing a vaccine we are talking about Vaccines causing major damage to suscepltible children. Do you have a sold theory as to why Autism and learning disabilities are at all time highs?

Well. It can't be due to vaccines, since (for example) the MMR uptake rate is higher in Canada than it is in the United States, where it's higher than it is in France. And yet autism prevalence rates are presently approximately equal in France and the United States, where they're roughly double that of Canada.

And so on.

Here are some further fun facts:

Autism rates in the United States began to go up after the 1990 amendment to the IDEA Act that made autism one of the diagnoses for which a free, appropriate public education was mandated by law, at which point diagnoses that didn't qualify children for federally funded services began to decline.

See if you can figure out what might have happened there.

@JCG:

Off the top of my head I recall Madsen 2002 looked at all children born in Denmark from january 1991 through December 1998 and Hviid 2005 looked at all children born in Denmark from 1990 through 2001, and in addition ongoing post-marketing surveillance of all approved vaccines is continuous.

But you know, those aren't LONG TERM studies! Why, they are only 10 years or so. That's not truly long term and doesn't take into account the effect of the mama's ebil vaccines when she has her own precious snowflakes!!!!! TEH HORRORZ!!

"Long Term" = any amount of time that is longer than the studies that have been published to date (a great +1 scenario).

Madsen? Hviid?
Aren't they *Danish*? ((shudder))
And right, Thorsen is Danish and you know what HE did.
So those studies can't matter because they're all part of the Big Fix ( Thorsen's crimes)

I'm trying out for a part time job as an anti-vaccine blogger.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Krebiozen @257:

So what? Live vaccines are contraindicated for severely immunocompromised people

You're arguing with a cut-&-paste troll. You'd probably have more success if you went to the source of the plagiarised passage and argued with the organ-grinder, rather than with the monkey.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Do you have a sold theory as to why Autism and learning disabilities are at all time highs?

Coming from a nutrition/MLM shill, "sold theory" is wonderfully apt.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Denice Walter @277:

Let's go to the judges...

J.B. Handley gives you an 8.
Barbara Loe Fisher gives you a 7.
Jay Gordon gives you a 9.

I'm still the only commenter who was put "on probation" and then banned on Respectful Insolence and the SBM blogs, by Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP. :-)

You still haven’t talked about why the measles vaccine doesn’t work or provide any protection how you could have managed to so colossally fυck up your own "talking points".

FTFY, Phildo. May I recommend some Veet for Men to try to unshrivel your knob and bollocks?

Since compliance with vaccination is at a high level maybe these issues can be addressed-
HIV deaths decreased slightly from 1.7 million (3.2%) deaths in 2000 to 1.5 million (2.7%) deaths in 2012. Diarrhoea is no longer among the 5 leading causes of death, but is still among the top 10, killing 1.5 million people in 2012.
Q: How many young children die each year, and why?
In 2012, 6.6 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday; almost all (99%) of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. The major killers of children aged less than 5 years were prematurity, pneumonia, birth asphyxia and birth trauma, and diarrhoeal diseases. Malaria was still a major killer in sub-Saharan Africa, causing about 15% of under 5 deaths in the region.
About 44% of deaths in children younger than 5 years in 2012 occurred within 28 days of birth – the neonatal period. The most important cause of death was prematurity, which was responsible for 35% of all deaths during this period.
www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index2.html

there is compelling evidence that contracting measles as a child is beneficial as an adult.

"Compelling evidence" is a marvellous phrase, full of bluster and bluff, but it is no substitute for the evidence itself.

All you have to do is feed the human immune system the proper building blocks

The Gazoogle reports 414,000 results for "building blocks" + AdvoCare. MLMarketers seem to be keen on eating Lego.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

"Since compliance with vaccination is at a high level maybe these issues can be addressed-
HIV deaths decreased slightly from 1.7 million (3.2%) deaths in 2000 to 1.5 million (2.7%) deaths in 2012.

What on the planet Earth do HIV deaths have to do with vaccination compliance?

@ken 283:

What does any of that have to do with vaccines?

And by the by, that number of kids who die before the age of five is a little more than half of what it was 25 years ago. I'm pretty sure a significant chunk of that is due to kids not dying from vaccine-preventable diseases.

What on the planet Earth do HIV deaths have to do with vaccination compliance?

Perhaps ken's point is that when vaccination eliminates communicable diseases, third-world kids just die of something else, so why bother?

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

The major killers of children aged less than 5 years were prematurity, pneumonia, birth asphyxia and birth trauma, and diarrhoeal diseases.

With respect to preventing deaths from pneumonia, the CDC recommends the vaccine PCV13 be given to infants a series of 4 doses, at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12 through 15 months of age.

With respect to preventing deaths associated with diarrheal disease, there are two approved vaccines (Rotateq and Rotarix) against rotavirus, the leading cause of diarrheal disease in children.

ken,
Did you miss this in the WHO factsheet you cired?

Key measures to prevent diarrhoea include:
access to safe drinking-water;
use of improved sanitation;
hand washing with soap;
exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life;
good personal and food hygiene;
health education about how infections spread; and
rotavirus vaccination.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

I'm trying to figure our what your point is, Ken. HIV deaths decreased (owing to effective, expensive drug therapy) . . . so why bother developing a prophylactic vax?

"cired"? I meant "cited", I think.
I believe drug companies are working on HIV and malaria vaccines. It is possible to support vaccination and other measures to improve health, by the way.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Yes, HIV vaxes have been in the hopper for ages. Just trying to understand if Ken believes a vax would be folly in light of treatment advances.

@290
Not only in the USA: from the link you provided "Rotavirus and Escherichia coli are the two most common etiological agents of diarrhoea in developing countries."

#295 The USA has safe drinking water. ( I oppose fracking for this reason.)
I'm probably the only one among you who had the smallpox
vaccination LOL (among others)

@ Krebiozen

“cired”? I meant “cited”, I think.

I don't know, in French "cire" means "wax".
So you are saying that ken had a waxing citation, or maybe that he waxed it, as in pouring hot wax on it...
A bit avant-guardiste as an expression, but not completely devoid of sense :-)

By Helianthus (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

HIV is a horrendous disease- I knew many personally who died from it. Any means to prevent it would be welcome.

Did you miss this in the WHO factsheet you ci[t]ed?

One might note that rotavirus and PCV are just starting to make their way into Africa. I don't have the papers handy, but IIRC, the VEs for PCV vary quite a bit by population (rural vs. urban, presence or absence of relative poverty). I think there's also a combination vaccine either in the works or already deployed.

I'll try to find the stuff when I'm a bit less frenzied.

So ken, what is your point?

I’m probably the only one among you who had the smallpox
vaccination LOL (among others)

You really have a penchant for baseless assumptions, don't you? Oh, and protip: using "LOL" pretty much brands one as an idiot.

I'm sure there are still more than a few of us who received the Smallpox Vaccine - I am probably just young enough to have missed it....but just barely.

Certainly if more people had safe drinking water it would cut down on cholera, typhoid, typhus, schistosomiasis, amoebic dysentery, and cryptosporidiosis, among other diseases.

I'm not sure what that does against airborne diseases like measles or diseases that are spread by direct fluid transfer such as HIV.

I’m probably the only one among you who had the smallpox vaccination LOL (among others)

Your estimates of probability are somewhat off. Also, what is funny about the smallpox vaccination?

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Correction: clean water will not prevent typhus. My error.

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

No, ken: you're not.

I was vaccinated for smallpox..

"Oh, and protip: using “LOL” pretty much brands one as an idiot."

It's better than "Hahaha".

By Dangerous Bacon (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

I was vaxed for smallpox. I recall my mom showing me my scar at one point. She was so pleased it was done on my inner arm.

luv my vaccinated grandkids- running joke with them is LOL-
Sorry -they say "you're old"LOL I say back you're young LOL
silly habit using it -PS not an idiot have advanced degree.
Good nite

I was vaccinated for smallpox as a child.. Almost got a booster in the 1970s when I was traveling to the third world, but by that time the disease was all-but-eliminated and the nurse found some lame excuse (look! a pimple!) to avoid the vaccination, which I guess was a little riskier than most.

My grandmother actually contracted smallpox, but avoided scratching her face to smithereens through an almost superhuman act of will. An amazing lady.

By palindrom (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

PS not an idiot have advanced degree.

The two are not mutually exclusive.

"We are overstimulating the babies immune system."
Do you have any clue what life was like historically, and still is in much of the world? Babies weren't born in nice sterile hospital beds; for much of human evolution, babies weren't born in anything resembling a bed. They weren't wrapped up in nice clean clothes; they were wrapped up in whatever was available, which was by our standards not at all clean. They were immediately attacked by their family's parasites. They were of course breast-fed, but their mothers didn't (couldn't) scrub the grime off with antibacterial soap before offering the breast.

We are descended from babies whose immune systems coped with that onslaught from the moment of birth.

In 2012, 6.6 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday; almost all (99%) of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. The major killers of children aged less than 5 years were prematurity, pneumonia, birth asphyxia and birth trauma, and diarrhoeal diseases. Malaria was still a major killer in sub-Saharan Africa, causing about 15% of under 5 deaths in the region.

The WHO estimates that 1.7 million of those children die of vaccine-preventable diseases. Because they're not vaccinated. BTW.

#313 "we are descended.....your quote- not the same thing according to this article-
"This is logical, since passive immunization is obviously not a normal, physiological component of mammalian immune systems."
cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/32/1/76.full

#314 if you're drinking contaminated water you are more likely to contract a VPD. Not a valid argument - clean water is more important- while the Gates are sincere, I hope they start with financing the means to safe water.

luv my vaccinated grandkids- running joke with them is LOL-
Sorry -they say “you’re old”LOL I say back you’re young LOL
silly habit using it -PS not an idiot have advanced degree.

You struggle to put together a coherent sentence and don't know how to signal a quotation, leaving others to infer that you're doing so when one of your comments suddenly has a stretch of recognizable content-bearing English. What's your "advanced degree" in?

Good nite

This is much more "effective" if you don't promptly post several more comments.

not the same thing according to this article-
“This is logical, since passive immunization is obviously not a normal, physiological component of mammalian immune systems.”

What in the name of FSM does "passive immunization, or administration of exogenous antibody" * have to do with exposure to antigens in childhood?

* E.g. tetanus antitoxin, snakebite antivenom, diphtheria serum.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

E.g. tetanus antitoxin, snakebite antivenom, diphtheria serum.

You left out the "maternal" part.

Liz Ditz: LDs such as dyslexia are under-diagnosed and under-treated. LDs are not (or are rarely) “brain damage” — they are normal variations in human brain structure.

Yep. And until very recently, universal schooling wasn't attempted. Dyslexics who weren't bluebloods would never have been noticed, since most of the population was illiterate.

By Politicalguineapig (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

"We are descended from babies whose immune systems coped with that onslaught from the moment of birth." LW

Yes but the immune system was designed to cope with external assaults, not injected directly into the blood stream via the muscles bypassing all the defense mechanisms that nature has provided. If none of our natural defense mechanisms were strong enough - explain how we have population explosion in the third world and infertility issues in the so called first world please.

"The WHO estimates that 1.7 million of those children die of vaccine-preventable diseases. Because they’re not vaccinated. BTW." Ann

Well they would, wouldn't they and it is an estimate. If we looked at the WHO capacity to estimate world deaths from swine flu I wouldn't take this estimate to mean much at all.

Oh Narad, I am not Phillip Hills and never have been. That is some serious obsession complex you have there. Maybe you should get some nice medical treatment for it.

Anti pyretics do not reduce the likelihood of febrile convulsions and that is why most people falsely give them. Who gives a fuck what the date was, that study turned around the common medical myths about medicating during fever in kids, highlighting the disastrous sequalae from fever suppression. If you want to wank yourself stupid over a date detail and obsession with me being someone else get on with it. If you are interested in the science that challenges a common medical mistake that could be easily rectified by following good research then welcome to the real world sonny.

Yes but the immune system was designed to cope with external assaults, not injected directly into the blood stream via the muscles bypassing all the defense mechanisms that nature has provided.

Oh Johnny, Johnny, Johnny.
If ignorance was bliss, you'd be euphoric. This is a PRATT (Point Refuted A Thousand times). Children fall and scrape their knees. Adults cut themselves while working. People eat food with open sores in their mouths. I've cut myself both preparing food and cleaning knives. All these things happen and our immune systems handle them fine, but an injection with a tightly controlled quantity of substances isn't?
Fail.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 24 Mar 2015 #permalink

Narad, if you want to wank yourself stupid over a date and an obsession with me being someone called Mr Hill then that's fine. If you were a scientist then you would be interested in research that showed the old medical myth of giving anti fever medication to kids to stop fits was not evidence based. Most doctors and parents thought that anti fever meds stopped fever fits but that is now known not to be true. Also it causes far more complications to suppress the fever which is also one in the eye for those who think suppressing fever is to be done for the best interests of the child.

Oh Juilian Beans really really - Injecting a cocktail of lab chemicals is not the same as scraping your knee. This fallacy is often used by GM fans who think that mating a whale with a strawberry by extracting DNA to make freeze resistant fruit is the same as hand pollinating fruit trees. Nice distraction if you can get away with it but still complete bullshit

"Johnny" sez:

immune system was designed to cope with external assaults, not injected directly into the blood stream via the muscles bypassing all the defense mechanisms that nature has provided.

Will you make up your mind, please, between "directly into the blood stream" vs "via the muscles"..

By Bill Price (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

bypassing all the defense mechanisms that nature has provided

"all"?
A big bucket of antigen-presenting cells would like to have a word with you.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

Bill Price, Johnny covered his bets by stating vaccines are "injected directly into the bloodstream 'via' the muscles".

Are all vaccines administered intramuscularly Johnny?

No Johnny, you are misinformed when you state "most doctors and parents thought that anti fever meds stopped fever fits but that is now known not to be true." Antipyretic medication will eventually lower body temperature...within 30-60 minutes of administration. In order to stop prolonged seizures (status epilepticus), you need IV Push Lorazapam.

The decision to administer an *antipyretic (with high fevers or following a febrile seizure) is based on the child's medical/ neurological history and based on the goal of improvement of the child's comfort level. It's all part of doctors' and nurses' professional practice to provide reliable information to children's caretakers about the proper use of antipyretic medications.

Did you happen to notice that you're posting comments on a United States-based science blog, where the proper terminology is "seizures"...not "fits"?

* Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen...never ASA during a viral illness, because of the risk of Reye Syndrome for children who have a previously undiagnosed mitochodrial disorder or metabolic disorder:

http://www.pedneur.com/article/S0887-8994%2808%2900266-X/abstract

If you were a scientist then you would be interested in research that showed the old medical myth of giving anti fever medication to kids to stop fits was not evidence based.

What's interesting about SBM's practice of constant re-evaluation? This is a dog-bites-man story. The results will be examined; confirmed or not, as needed; and the SBM standards of care will be adjusted, if adjustment is indicated. Ho hum.

The man-bites-dog, interesting story would be for Faith-Based-Medicine aka sCAM, were to (1) have standards of care, (2) re-evaluate them, and (3) adjust them when the FBM practice was found wanting.

By Bill Price (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny,

Anti pyretics do not reduce the likelihood of febrile convulsions and that is why most people falsely give them.

Neither of those assertions are true. Antipyretics do reduce the likelihood of febrile seizures, but they do not reduce the recurrence rate. Anyway, most people give/use acetaminophen or ibuprofen because they reduce unpleasant symptoms, not just to suppress a fever.

Who gives a f^ck what the date was, that study turned around the common medical myths about medicating during fever in kids, highlighting the disastrous sequalae from fever suppression.

What "disastrous"sequalae" [sic]? This systematic review found a reduction in antibody responses, but not a clinically significant one ('PCM' means paracetamol aka acetaminophen).

Prophylactic antipyretic administration significantly reduced the febrile reactions of ≥38.0°C after primary and booster vaccinations. Though there were statistically significant differences in the antibody responses between the two groups (being lower in the prophylactic PCM group), the prophylactic PCM group had what would be considered protective levels of antibodies (GMCs) to all of the antigens given after the primary and booster vaccinations. There was a significant reduction in the local and systemic symptoms after primary, but not booster vaccinations (except for any severe symptom, that had a significant reduction after booster but not primary vaccinations).

Antipyretics significantly reduce uncomfortable symptoms while allowing the generation of protective levels of antibodies. What's wrong with that?

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny, the fact that you believe that vaccines are

[A] cocktail of lab chemicals.

shows just how little you know about vaccine manufacture.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

cocktail of lab chemicals

Tell me, do they come with the little umbrellas?

@Johnny, you seem to have missed this:

"They [babies, historically] were immediately attacked by their family’s parasites."

Those parasites would be things like fleas, lice, or bedbugs, all of which bite and inject chemicals (*gasp*) under the skin. In addition, depending on season and location, babies would also be bitten by mosquitos and other flying insects. Moreover, the baby's environment would not be so cleaned-up and smoothed-out as ours, so particularly when the baby started crawling around, he was likely to acquire scrapes and cuts that also inject chemicals (*gasp*) under the skin, into the muscles, and even at times into the bloodstream.

My point, which you seem to have missed, is that our ancestors (human and earlier) lived in an environment where their immune systems were challenged far more rigorously than any vaccination schedules could match. They evolved immune systems that could cope with that. We have inherited such immune systems. Babies that can't handle the challenges of the vaccination schedule are going to be very rare.

What “disastrous”sequalae” [sic]?

100 quatloos says he believes in the anthroposophic "medicine" belief that "working through" fevers is beneficial for children.

^ That was a terrible sentence, sorry.

“The WHO estimates that 1.7 million of those children die of vaccine-preventable diseases. Because they’re not vaccinated. BTW.” Ann

Well they would, wouldn’t they and it is an est

Again, sorry to interrupt.

But provide a citation/source for your false assertion that the child who died of measles in Germany had received the MMR.

Or GTFO.

Thanks.

To add to LW

so particularly when the baby started crawling around, he was likely to acquire scrapes and cuts that also inject chemicals (*gasp*) under the skin,

Some of these chemicals would be from dirt and dust.
Our old pal aluminium oxide, as one of the most common chemicals on Earth surface, could be expected to be among the invaders.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

“The WHO estimates that 1.7 million of those children die of vaccine-preventable diseases. Because they’re not vaccinated. BTW.” Ann

Well they would, wouldn’t they and it is an estimate. If we looked at the WHO capacity to estimate world deaths from swine flu I wouldn’t take this estimate to mean much at all.

Those don't really seem like equivalents to me. Apples and oranges, in fact. But all right. If WHO estimates are a problem:

The most recent non-estimated, actual WHO figure for unvaccinated children under the age of five dying of vaccine-preventable diseases is from 2008. And it is:

1.5 million.

Got a problem with that?

Yes but the immune system was designed to cope with external assaults, not injected directly into the blood stream via the muscles bypassing all the defense mechanisms that nature has provided.

Exactly what defense mechanisms are bypassed, Johnny, and what evidence indicates that because they're bypassed the risk associated with being vaccinated exceedis the risks assoiciated with remaining vulnerable to infection by diseases they protect against?

Be specific

Oh--and one more point: re: "the immune system was designed to cope with external assaults": the immune system did not arise as the result of goal-oriented design.

Oh Juilian Beans really really – Injecting a cocktail of lab chemicals is not the same as scraping your knee.

That's correct: injecting that "cocktail of lab chemicals" exposes one to small, defined number of "chemicals" and (in the case of live virus vacines) attenuated pathogens at levels which have not been found to cause harm.

When you instead scrape your knee you have no idea how many or what chemicals and pathogens in what amounts you're being exposed to.

First sentence should have been blockquoted

If you were a scientist then you would be interested in research that showed the old medical myth of giving anti fever medication to kids to stop fits was not evidence based.

Well, there are some problems here, Phildo: (1) You're an osteopath, so you have no idea of what "a scientist" would think about anything. (2) You've only just now come up with the "to stop fits" routine after the actual facts of your whole stupid shіttrip were rammed down your fυcking throat.

Remember this, Bitsy?

Well yes but you still haven’t obviously. Try adjusting the septomiter filter.

(3) Nobody else is obligated to pretend that your screamingly idiotic assertions never happened just because you are, jackass. So you get right back to explaining where the "directly leads to chronic illness" and the "more sequalae [sic]" after meningitis came from.

Or keep right on squirming for the audience. It's a lovely testimonial for the level of professionalism that one is likely to encounter at the Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex.

Who gives a f^ck what the date was, that study turned around the common medical myths

What "study"? You think a set of clinical guidelines is a study?

Now, that's what I call an encore.

Try adjusting the septomiter filter.

A septomiter filter is designed to keep out seven-headed mitre-wearing Beasts of Revelation.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

the immune system was designed to cope with external assaults not injected directly into the blood stream via the muscles

And here Phildo adds on to his catastrophically demonstrated wholesale ignorance of the innate immune system by asserting that it's all about barrier systems, which come before the innate response.

explain how we have population explosion in the third world and infertility issues in the so called first world please.

I've noticed this with Essex boys in the past. It only takes a few pints of lager and they're ranting about over-population in the 3rd World, dark-skinned people breeding like rabbits, white people losing the population race. The only question is whether Philip Hills votes UKIP or BNF.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

Oh Narad, I am not Phillip Hills and never have been. That is some serious obsession complex you have there.

Strangely, denial of this seems to be the sole item that manages to hold your attention, here, comically, in back-to-back comments:

Narad, if you want to wank yourself stupid over a date and an obsession with me being someone called Mr Hill then that’s fine.

And this is ignoring a level of unconcern on your part that extends to whomping up pseudonyms that deny it and inserting denials into the "location" field. All very convincing, indeed.

injected directly into the blood stream via the muscles bypassing all the defense mechanisms that nature has provided.

Injections bypass all the body's defense mechanisms, which is why they produce no immune response. But apparently they do. It is a paradox!

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

Boy, you'd think the immune system never had any experience with "injected" viruses or bacteria in its evolutionary period - you know, like insect bites or trauma....

Seriously Johnny, you're one of the stupidest people I've ever had the misfortune to meet.

Boy, you’d think the immune system never had any experience with “injected” viruses or bacteria in its evolutionary period – you know, like insect bites or trauma….

The fact that Drosophila and C. elegans can be used to model human innate immunity is a pretty good tipoff that that machinery was set up a long time ago.

What make you of this-

Reinforcement that you can't think, mostly.

As a fun aside, though, it does also point out that the DEM POISONZ GONNA DO OVARWELMIN' ON MAH BABBY'S BABBY MUNE SYSTIM!!! routine is still brain-dead.

I think a far more entertaining approach here would be for you tell the audience what you "make of this." It would surely be better than offering you possible conclusions, asking whether you agree with them or not, and waiting for you to change the subject.

#357 I really wasn't interested in this but thought somebody might be. I am so amused at your hubris.

Despite causing diseases later in life, HBV might actually be beneficial to humans early in life."

Sounds like one hell of a lousy trade off...

I really wasn’t interested in this

Barfing up a press release with no comment other than "What make you of this" strongly suggests otherwise.

but thought somebody might be.

How? Why? Tell the story from your perspective.

Or, let's cut to the chase: Where did you regurgitate it from?

I am so amused at your hubris.

Demonstrating that you don't know what words mean isn't a way of doing yourself any favors.

Acquiring the hepatitis B virus at birth could help the child to develop a mature immune system to fight serious bacterial infections...such as S. typhimurium Chronic HBV carriage from infancy leaves the baby at risk for chronic glomerulonephritis and vasculitis...even in the absence of the HBV "e" antigen.

Nice, real nice tradeoff.

Oops no HBV DNA viral loads were reported for the two groups of infected study subjects.

#358 Why would anybody consider this as positive?
Lousy tradeoff actually in my opinion. Who would want to see a baby infected with HBV if it's preventible with a vaccine.

I suppose this might as well be taken care of, too:

I am not and never have been Mr Hill. Why don’t you email him and ask. Meanwhile back at poo poo corner eoor was still…………………

This might be a propitious time to take inventory of who else you are Most Certainly Not. This is elementary linear programming.

Are you also not "sarah007"?

Are you further not "smoky mirror"?

How would you like to work this, Phildo?

Narad, I am sure I am not the only one who has come to in some way admire your reload time. You still seem unable to explain why the current Disney measles outbreak does not confirm again another vaccine failure marketed up as 'blame in on the immigrants'. We have mythical herd immunity communities failing to be protected - again- and all you can do is take Captain Picard to warp speed yet again over some illusory diversion of identity.
That is the nature of vaccine failure denial and when Merck get nailed to the wall for fiddling its MMR data.............................
An insect bite is not the same as a cocktail of lab chemicals - next you will be telling us that GM is the same as hand pollination.....

Once again, Johnny shows his belief that if you tell a lie enough times, it'll become true.

You still seem unable to explain why the current Disney measles outbreak does not confirm again another vaccine failure

Most, if not all, of the infected, were intentionally unvaccinated. How you can claim that this is a "vaccine failure" defies comprehension.

marketed up as ‘blame in on the immigrants’

Immigrants are not being blamed. Wealthy, arrogant individuals with a major entitlement complex are.

We have mythical herd immunity communities failing to be protected

As has been pointed out to you, false. Antivaxxers cluster, and those clusters have not reached herd immunity levels. The failure is with people not getting their vaccines. When herd immunity is reached, the diseases can't spread.
2 + 2 will never equal 5, no matter how often you say it Johnny.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

and all you can do is take Captain Picard to warp speed yet again over some illusory diversion of identity

Setting aside the spectacle of your bizarrely resorting to a 20-year-old pop culture reference as an evasion tactic, Phildo, it might help if you clarify what "illusory" is supposed to, ah, mean here.

If you had said, say, "illusory division of identity," that would be one thing. But you were asked two simple questions, and you ran the fυck away.

Do they call your specific facial grooming style "the Essex mυff," Phildo? They should.

In fairness to chavs, they do not all affect facial stylings reminiscent of a toilet brush.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 25 Mar 2015 #permalink

In all fairness, as well, to muffs, I have come across rather more comely ones in my day.

I am so amused at your hubris.

I cannot speak for the members of Narad's staff, but my Hubris are all hard-working individuals and they are not there for your entertainment.
Each Hubri is proud of his heritage and he does not appreciate mockery.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

Nice try Julian. But the only measles death was a boy in Germany who had been vaccinated. It is dull repeating truth to idiots and deniers.

The limits of Narad's pseudo science are appeals to emotion and the straw phallus.

"Most, if not all, of the infected, were intentionally unvaccinated. How you can claim that this is a “vaccine failure” defies comprehension." Julian

More modern medical anecdotes - come on try and support that supposition with some science Julian.

Remember the official CDC statement about the measles Disney fairy story was that an unknown woman who was probably unvaccinated and is now where abouts unknown probably stayed at Disney.............. how many bears were there Julian..............who has been eating baby bears porridge.................how many people have shares?............call yourself a scientist pooooooo.h

But the only measles death was a boy in Germany who had been vaccinated.

He had not been vaccinated against measles.

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

the measles Disney fairy story

So tell us, Johnny, what really happened?

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

Why do you repeat that lie in the teeth of proof to the contrary?

Because all vaccines are one. Just as bad side-effects from the mumps vaccine, or the whole-cell pertussis vaccine, prove that the measles vaccine causes autism, any vaccine must protect against every vaccine-preventable disease.

Johnny,

But the only measles death was a boy in Germany who had been vaccinated.

What evidence do you have that the Berlin Health Minister was lying or mistaken when he stated that the boy had not been vaccinated against measles?

Also, the only measles death? What about the other measles deaths in Europe over the last few years? In 2011 it was reported that "21 877 people were admitted to hospital and 21 died (case fatality 0.69 deaths/1000 reported cases); 71% of people infected were aged under 20 years and 85% were unvaccinated". More have died in Europe since then. By the way, in 2011 alone 158,000 people died of measles globally.

Remember the official CDC statement about the measles Disney fairy story was that an unknown woman who was probably unvaccinated and is now where abouts unknown probably stayed at Disney

Here's some more information about that outbreak that you can ignore because it doesn't fit with your bizarre world-view:

This preliminary analysis indicates that substandard vaccination compliance is likely to blame for the 2015 measles outbreak. Our study estimates that MMR vaccination rates among the exposed population in which secondary cases have occurred might be as low as 50% and likely no higher than 86%. Given the highly contagious nature of measles, vaccination rates of 96% to 99% are necessary to preserve herd immunity and prevent future outbreaks. Even the highest estimated vaccination rates from our model fall well below this threshold. While data on MMR vaccination rates are available, coverage is often calculated at the state or county level and may not be granular enough to assess risk in an outbreak situation; this is especially the case for outbreaks originating at a tourist destination, where vaccination coverage among visitors is highly heterogeneous. Clearly, MMR vaccination rates in many of the communities that have been affected by this outbreak fall below the necessary threshold to sustain herd immunity, thus placing the greater population at risk as well.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

#314 if you’re drinking contaminated water you are more likely to contract a VPD. Not a valid argument

That seems to be a non sequitur. What isn't a valid argument?

– clean water is more important-

Than what?

while the Gates are sincere, I hope they start with financing the means to safe water.

Well then, you'll be pleased to know that it's one of their chief areas of concern. You can read all about it on their website's "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" page.

But why are we even talking about the Gates Foundation? Are you sure you're replying to me? All I said was that the WHO estimated that 1.7 million children a year died of vaccine preventable diseases.

Which, incidentally, clean water does not prevent. That's why they're called vaccine-preventable diseases, as a matter of fact. .

In any event. The Gates Foundation is on it.

It is dull repeating truth to idiots and deniers.

Ha.

I've been tangling with someone like Johnny on another board. This individual keeps insisting that the last measles death in the US was in 2003, even after I've repeatedly pointed out that that only applies to *acute* measles, since there have been deaths in the US due to SSPE since then. It's like a very specific form of deafness.

By Calli Arcale (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

Remember the official CDC statement about the measles Disney fairy story was that an unknown woman who was probably unvaccinated and is now where abouts unknown probably stayed at Disney

No, it wasn't, Phildo. You've already tried this one, remember? Go find that "official CDC statement."

I'll wait. Keep in mind how these things play out for you while you're at it.

When someone is as breathtakingly out of touch on the facts of the German measles death or the Disneyland measles outbreak as Johnny appears to be, then you're dealing with a troll. Who must not be fed.

You still seem unable to explain why the current Disney measles outbreak does not confirm again another vaccine failure marketed up as ‘blame in on the immigrants’.

Except that we're not seeing vaccine to fail, as the large majority of infections in this outbreak have occurred in unvaccinated individuals despite the fact that unvaccinated individuals comprise a minority of the population.

Let's see - measles is probably the most contagious disease on the planet, infecting up to 90% of those who are exposed - and potentially thousands of people were exposed at Disneyland, yet only a handful actually got sick (and most of those were unvaccinated).

Sounds like the vaccine works pretty damn well to me.

Let’s see – measles is probably the most contagious disease on the planet, infecting up to 90% of those who are exposed – and potentially thousands of people were exposed at Disneyland, yet only a handful actually got sick (and most of those were unvaccinated).

Sounds like the vaccine works pretty damn well to me.

But-but-but Lawrence Solomon himself says that the measles vaccine is a failure! Case closed!

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lawrence-solomon/measles-vaccine_b_5376951…

(Please note: the foregoing was sarcasm.)

Except that we’re not seeing vaccine to fail

It seems quite likely that the problem here is that you're failing to understand what Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, "means" by "vaccine failure." Let's return to his first attempt:

“The California department of public health said on 7 January that officials believe a person infected with measles was staying in the Disneyland theme park in December. That unknown patient then infected others at the park. ” Guardian

Are you taking the piss, officials believe! an unknown woman! stayed at the park……………..

That’s one fucked up belief system ya got there…….

More like the vaccine fu“The California department of public health said on 7 January that officials believe a person infected with measles was staying in the Disneyland theme park in December. That unknown patient then infected others at the park. ” Guardian

Are you taking the piss, officials believe! an unknown woman! stayed at the park……………..

That’s one fucked up belief system ya got there…….

More like the vaccine fu“The California department of public health said on 7 January that officials believe a person infected with measles was staying in the Disneyland theme park in December. That unknown patient then infected others at the park. ” Guardian

Are you taking the piss, officials believe! an unknown woman! stayed at the park……………..

That’s one fυcked up belief system ya got there…….

More like the vaccine fυcking failed………………………………..

Note also that Phildo doesn't believe that influenza is a communicable disease:

40 years of RCT’s by the English government failed to prove the ‘contagion theory of flu so I have no idea what your belief system is, probably playground lurgy, I mean the idea of ‘catching flu’. That’s pure supposition.

In comment #507, he extends this:

This playground lurgy idea of catching disease is bonkers.

This is consonant with the tenets of "classical osteopathy":

"I will say that many of my patients report that they have never been physically strong since they were vaccinated with impure vaccine matter. Thus we have the effects to combat, and our only hope is to adjust and keep the bony framework all in line so that all impurities will have a chance to pass off and out....

"It is not necessary for the osteopath to enter into the discussion of the unanswerable question of how a contagious disease gets possession of the person. A knowledge of this process has long since been pronounced by the medical world an impossibility....

"We have no controversy with scientists over the fact that
germs are found in the system. This was proven many years ago. The germs must have suitable conditions or they fail to appear in dangerous numbers. First, they must have dead flesh to eat or they will die.... A few germs have been reported to have been found in healthy persons. We are well satisfied that there was some failure of the blood, Nature's reliable germicide, to reach and repair and hold healthy possession of that part of the body in which the germ has been found. We will stick to the belief that Nature's chemistry can produce and apply the substance that will destroy any germ that appears in the various kinds of disease in which it is claimed they are found. Not only can Nature's chemistry destroy the germs but it can disorganize and pass away unnatural accumulations of lime.

"Measles is a condition or effect produced by a poisonous, infectious and contagious gas, so far as we know. The question is not what is the cause, but what part of the body does this poisonous substance affect? It irritates the whole constrictor system of the human body and closes the excretory gates so tight that the foul gases cannot pass out from the body through the porous system. All infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, smallpox, chickenpox and other rashes are simply an exhibit of the method that Nature uses to get rid of deadly poisons that should have passed through the excretory pipes or ducts. We conclude that when the fluids of the body are stopped in the fascia, organs and other parts of the system, stagnation, fermentation, heat and general confusion will follow until the system grows hot enough to produce a finer gas or cold enough to relax the skin and let those poisonous fluids pass out and off."

h_tps://www.atsu.edu/museum/subscription/pdfs/still,%20a.t/stillosteopathyresea…

It strikes me as entirely self-consistent to construe "vaccine failure" in the Phildoverse as the vaccine's plugging up the fascia or something and causing the retention of the germs.

Ah, I see why I just sent a comment into moderation – a cut-and-paste error. As it happens, this also makes it almost unreadable, so I'm just going with a do-over.
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Except that we’re not seeing vaccine to fail

It seems quite likely that the problem here is that you're failing to understand what Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, "means" by "vaccine failure." Let's return to his first attempt:

“The California department of public health said on 7 January that officials believe a person infected with measles was staying in the Disneyland theme park in December. That unknown patient then infected others at the park. ” Guardian

Are you taking the piss, officials believe! an unknown woman! stayed at the park……………..

That’s one fυcked up belief system ya got there…….

More like the vaccine fυcking failed………………………………..

Note also that Phildo doesn't believe that influenza is a communicable disease:

40 years of RCT’s by the English government failed to prove the ‘contagion theory of flu so I have no idea what your belief system is, probably playground lurgy, I mean the idea of ‘catching flu’. That’s pure supposition.

In comment #507, he extends this:

This playground lurgy idea of catching disease is bonkers.

This is consonant with the tenets of "classical osteopathy":

"I will say that many of my patients report that they have never been physically strong since they were vaccinated with impure vaccine matter. Thus we have the effects to combat, and our only hope is to adjust and keep the bony framework all in line so that all impurities will have a chance to pass off and out....

"It is not necessary for the osteopath to enter into the discussion of the unanswerable question of how a contagious disease gets possession of the person. A knowledge of this process has long since been pronounced by the medical world an impossibility....

"We have no controversy with scientists over the fact that
germs are found in the system. This was proven many years ago. The germs must have suitable conditions or they fail to appear in dangerous numbers. First, they must have dead flesh to eat or they will die.... A few germs have been reported to have been found in healthy persons. We are well satisfied that there was some failure of the blood, Nature's reliable germicide, to reach and repair and hold healthy possession of that part of the body in which the germ has been found. We will stick to the belief that Nature's chemistry can produce and apply the substance that will destroy any germ that appears in the various kinds of disease in which it is claimed they are found. Not only can Nature's chemistry destroy the germs but it can disorganize and pass away unnatural accumulations of lime.

"Measles is a condition or effect produced by a poisonous, infectious and contagious gas, so far as we know. The question is not what is the cause, but what part of the body does this poisonous substance affect? It irritates the whole constrictor system of the human body and closes the excretory gates so tight that the foul gases cannot pass out from the body through the porous system. All infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, smallpox, chickenpox and other rashes are simply an exhibit of the method that Nature uses to get rid of deadly poisons that should have passed through the excretory pipes or ducts. We conclude that when the fluids of the body are stopped in the fascia, organs and other parts of the system, stagnation, fermentation, heat and general confusion will follow until the system grows hot enough to produce a finer gas or cold enough to relax the skin and let those poisonous fluids pass out and off."

h_tps://www.atsu.edu/museum/subscription/pdfs/still,%20a.t/stillosteopathyresea…

It strikes me as entirely self-consistent to construe "vaccine failure" in the Phildoverse as the vaccine's plugging up the fascia or something and causing the retention of the germs. Thus, the cause of the Disneyland outbreak can be "vaccine failure" per se.

Why do you repeat that lie in the teeth of proof to the contrary?
He's learned that it gets a reaction. Trolls gotta troll.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

I can't possibly answer everyone. But I can give you a birds eye view of the problem.

Ever since the medical establishment took control over the health care system 80 or so years ago and pushed out naturopaths homeopaths and chiros we have had a meteoric rise in chronic disease and a focus on controlling symptoms not finding out causes. This has lead to an explosion in drugs, vaccines and surgeries. Which has lead to big buisness and corruption with a focus on profits. Money influences health care just like politics. With that said.

Point #1
I trust independent research finding new evidence that vaccines are linked to autoimmune diseases. It makes logical sense that 49'doses of 14 shots up until age 6 has the potential to do harm to the immune system by artificially stimulating it. Vaccines clog our lymphatic system and lymph nodes with large protein molecules which have not been adequately broken down by our digestive processes, since vaccines by pass digestion with injections. This is why vaccines are linked to allergies, because they contain large proteins which as circulating immune complexes (CICs) or "klinkers" which cause our body to become allergic. Then the child goes on multiple rounds of antibiotics for ear infections etc..linked to vaccines. This destroy's the child's micro-biome where 80% of the innate immune system is. Doctors are ignorant of the the micro biome and the need for probiotics. Then the kids feed on GMO foods found in cereal containing glyphosphate which destroys the epithelial cells of the digestive tract. This leads to leaky gut syndrome allowing ingested aluminum & circulating food proteins into the blood causing autoimmune diseases. Then 15 years later you have lupus or chrons disease all thanks to the chemical based medical establishment monopoly #boom. See Dr Seneff research on this

Point #2

There is simply no current long term studies actively looking at the vaccine schedule. Sure they study 1 vaccine and do surveillance but they are short term in nature. What if natural measles antibodies protect you from cancers? See HBO "vice" special on that. What if these benign childhood diseases are designed to develop the immune system but we are depriving the human body of this right of passage? Vaccines are one huge massive experiment with no long term follow up...what if the subtle side effects come 5 -20 years later? there is no way of knowing. Show us the science it's safe long term! You can't

Point #3
Trusting the medical establishments viewpoint on this subject is a matter of personal judgement. There is absolutely no reason to trust I drug companies when they are immune from lawsuit. And I certainly do not trust the pharma trained pediatricians to be objective. They are but mere soldiers in this, trained to believe that vaccines are safe and effective and completely benign.

Point #4
Aluminum works great for vaccines and an immune response but there is a cost to that. It disrupts the biochemistry of the human body in ways we don't fully understand. Your study says we piss it out the study I cited says aluminum deposits in distant organs, such as spleen and brain where they were still detected one year after injection. Which study are you going to believe? Judgement call.

Point#5

We know that many supposed vaccine preventable diseases were declining prior to vaccination because of sanitation,access to clean water,personal hygiene, ending hunger, better nutrition etc . So it's impossible to say with 100% confidence vaccines are solely responsible for saving lives. I'm sure you have seen the charts cited by our side. For example, in the United States the mortality rate for measles decreased by more than 98% before the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963. In England, we see the same thing – a dramatic decrease in deaths before the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1968. I'm going to go with logic and bet that better living conditions was the main reason for the decline in diseases and the big push for vaccines is more profit driven than science. So please do the fucking vax vs unvax study already and settle this debate once and for all. I have heard the arguments against this idea and they are flimsy at best! Do the damn study!

Point #5
I believe we are at the beginning of a long term trend away from vaccines over safety issues. I also think the whole foods all natural mommy movement is really growing. There is a realization that health and wellness comes from food,nutrition and lifestyle. Not from the end of a needle containing chemicals or frequent trips to your medical doctor for your monthly prescription. Duh! Poor health outcomes in this country will continue to increase more and more kids will be chronically ill and people will take notice, and in 20-30 years from now the truth will come out as it always does. Oops vaccines do actually build the foundation for auto immune diseases. Oops sorry aluminum is in fact mutagenic. And God knows what else they will find. Maybe more Xmrv retroviruses?

Point#6

This idea that we have to vaccinate against every single infectious disease and reprogram the immune system in developing babies doesn't make sense either. why can't we wait until they're 3 years old when they are toddlers? What's the fucking rush? Hep b hours after you are born is quackery. Shouldn’t we be putting our efforts into things that are far more dangerous than measles? Every year in the United States nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) kill 16,500 people through gastrointestinal complications. [39] Secondhand smoke kills 42,000 nonsmokers.[40] Hospital-acquired pressure sores kill 60,000 people. [41] Hospital-acquired infections kill 100,000 people, [42] and one study estimates there are as many as 400,000 premature deaths from preventable medical harms associated with hospital care [43]. The odds of dying because of medical harm associated with hospital care is 1 in 790 – a far cry from the 1962 chance of dying from measles at 1 in 457,000. And ironically those pediatric offices where you’re getting your vaccine to protect your healthy child from measles was recently reported at causing 700,000 flu-like illnesses each year in children and family members within two weeks of the visit. [44] That is higher than the approximately 500,000 measles cases that occurred in 1962.

Point #7
why are legislators trying to take away personal exemptions in 35 states? If vaccines are incredible life saving procedures we wouldn't have to be forced, we would line up for them wouldn't we. Anytime the govt tries to take domain over you or your child's body that is a red flag. Abortion rights? The reason they want high vaccination rates is to blur the lines so that people won't find out that the unvaccinated are significantly healthier. Eventually science will conclusively find out they do long term damage to your immune system and leave you with plastic artificial immunity bulked up on antibodies leaving the cellular mediated immune response compromised. I won't be waiting around for CNN to report it.

Point #8

Dr mercola
True Immunity: Where Does it Come From? Nutrition!
Science has glossed over the most valuable point of health, ... nutrition. What is it that boosts our immune system and gives one a vibrant healthy life? ... nutrition. What is it that allows one to over -come the most devastating diseases known to mankind? ... Nutrition. What is the key factor for the recovery of disease? ... Nutrition. What is needed for the body to heal itself? ... Nutrition. What key factor prevents disease? ... Nutrition. What is missing from allopathic medicine today? ... Nutrition! It is nutrition and only nutrition which boosts our immune system and helps the body defend itself from foreign pathogens. Herbs, foods, nutrients and vitamin supplements are the tour-de-force of our immunity and it is virtually ignored by medical science in favor of drugs (chemicals).

Finally

Just like the tobacco industry denied smoking caused cancer. More doctors smoke camels than any other cigarette remember the ads? Or in the case of the NFL Denying that football caused long term head injuries. Change takes time. we are at the very beginning of this movement.and the this is precisely what it should look like. Non vaxxers being called kooks cranks science deniers and crazy. It's right out of the playbook. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident

I call Anti-Vax bingo on Theo!

[39] [40] [41] [42] [43] [44]
Pro-tip: Edit out the footnotes when you're cut-&-pasting someone else's bullsh1t; they make you look like a lazy plagiarist.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident"

That is certainly the path that vaccines took. First people laughed at the idea of vaccines, then there were violent protests (with real violence, not just criticism), and finally everybody accepted them. We've found a new step though. After an idea is accepted as self evident, people like Wakefield figure out how to scam people by opposing the truth.

P.S. I'm glad you mentioned tobacco science. It's fascinating how intertwined tobacco companies are with antivaxxers. Both Dr. Healy and Jenny McCarthy took money from tobacco companies, and told antivax lies.

Interesting you say that. The immunologist Hugh Fudenberg was massively funded by the tobacco industry before he joined up with Wakefield. That was when Wakefield was funded by the drug industry.

By Brian Deer (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

@#388 --

That's why I picked it to focus on. Repeating it doesn't do him any favors. And it's something a casual reader can easily check.

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident

You lose (PDF).*

* One of the very few undergraduate professors who really stands out in my memory, BTW.

From Narad's osteopathy excerpt @389

We will stick to the belief

in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

That describes osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, Gerson, homeopathy, Healing Touch....

Lawrence - is this just a line or have got a blackout on your card.

By Militant Agnostic (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

Theo,

You basically hit every single pathetic anti-vaccine canard in one post. Some facts:

Point 1 - Dr. Seneff is a computer scientist at MIT. Orac has blogged about and debunked her nonsense before. Try again.

Point #2: You provide zero evidence for your claims that vaccines are somehow decreasing the effectiveness of one's immune system.

Point #3: A subjective opinion. Because pharmaceutical companies have engaged in less than desirable practices in the past does not mean that vaccines are harmful.

Point #4: There is no evidence that aluminum in the amounts contained in vaccines causes harm. Aluminum is everywhere and you probably breathe in more of it than the amount you get in a vaccine.

Point #5: Yes, medical care improved in the first half of the 20th century to keep people from dying from VPD's. I guess your position is that if you're permanently scarred or disabled from a vaccine preventable disease, that's ok as long as you don't get the evil chemicalz.

Point #6: A complete non-sequitor. What does the number of people who die in hospitals have to do with vaccines?

Point #7: I sympathize with the libertarian view that government shouldn't interfere with personal decisions. But I also want the government to make sure that your stupid personal decision doesn't interfere with my life. If you don't want your kids to be vaccines, then that's your choice, but that choice has consequences.

Point #8: Quoting Dr. Mercola is an automatic fail.

In conclusion - you make the analogy between vaccines and the NFL. And I'll use them (rather than tobacco companies) as the example.

The NFL, and other similar entities, denied the effects of head trauma for financial reasons in the face of increasing scientific evidence to the contrary. There has been no such mounting of scientific evidence with regards to the alleged dangers of vaccines. None. You can claim there is, wish there was, or delude yourself into believing that the quacks and charlatans that make up the anti-vaccine "scientific" community are putting out good science.

But they're not. And in a lot of cases, like Andrew Wakefield, they know they're not. They have other motives, like, you know, making millions off an alternative vaccine or herding kids to their quackariffic autism-detox centers.

At the end of the day, I don't follow the money, because everyone's making it. I follow the science that makes the most sense.

I’m glad that Theo numbered the points in comment #389. Otherwise I might not have realized Theo had any. But why are there two Points #5?

As for moving from ridicule to self-evident? Well . . . dare I say my own point is self-evident ?

More doctors smoke camels than any other cigarette remember the ads?

Given that I hadn't been born in 1946, no.

Do you? You'd be pushing 80, Iliya Theo.

And [G-d] knows what else they will find. Maybe more Xmrv retroviruses?

Heh.

Theo, as far as I can tell every single point in your post @ 389 is a blatant falsehood. Hell, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

This is science, Ken. In science you don't follow the money, you follow the evidence.

So...got any?

Dammit. The strikeout should have been a blockquote.

Science? GSK committed fraud! It is a leading supplier of vaccines!

You're all dummies if you are not getting paid by BigPharma.
What a laugh! Years of debating for zero money while Pharma is raking in millions. It's the same old posters exercising their need to mentally whack off. I doubt if you changed anyone's mind about the vaccine schedule.
Thank God my grandchildren are OK - vaccinations were held off until they were older.
My last post.

Oops sorry aluminum is in fact mutagenic.

Perhaps Theo will show us an aluminium-induced mutation! Perhaps he knows what 'mutagenic' means! Alas, I am skeptical on both points.

And God knows what else they will find. Maybe more Xmrv retroviruses?

It is somehow heartwarming to know that although Judy Mikowits was cashiered from science for incompetence and / or fraud, and her invention of "XMRV" became the target of reproach and mockery, there is still a place for her aboard the Antivax Failwagon, where "being caught making up evidence with Photoshop" is seen as a source of authority.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

Ken, I'm trying to figure out what point you're trying to make in your post @406.

Surely you're not trying to suggest that because GSK was found guilty of promoting antidepressants for off-label uses and failing to report safety data about a diabetes drug, every study by every single researcher (employed by GSK or otherwise) and every public health agency on the planet attesting to the safety and efficacy of the vaccines found on the routine childhood immunization schedule must also be considered invalid?

I'm afraid I'll have to interpret your post as an explicit admission that in fact you do not have any evidence to supports your claims regarding the dangers of routine vaccination.

why are legislators trying to take away personal exemptions in 35 states?

Does anyone have any ideas as to which orifice Theo pulled this nugget? The Gazoogle advises me the 35 states (and the D of C) *maintain statistics* about the use of personal exemptions, but it would take an egregious act of stupidity to get from there to "trying to take away personal exemptions".

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

If vaccines seat-belts are incredible life saving procedures we wouldn’t have to be forced, we would line up for them wouldn’t we. Anytime the govt tries to take domain over you or your child’s body that is a red flag. Abortion rights? The reason they want high vaccination rates seat-belt usage is to blur the lines so that people won’t find out that the unvaccinated unbelted are significantly healthier.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 26 Mar 2015 #permalink

Still waiting for you to offer any evidence demonstrating that the risk associated with routine childhood vaccination exceeds the risks associated with remaining vulnerable to the infectious diseases they protect against, ken.

If you're unable to provide any, I strongly suggest you stick the flounce.

Does anyone have any ideas as to which orifice Theo pulled this nugget?

There's the small issue that only 17 states have "philosophical exemptions," which is what I tend to think of as "personal," but sure.

I take it that it goes without saying that he shouldn't be anticipated to have discerned what the text actually says.

The relevant passage was omitted from Babs's official version from two days later.

Science? GSK committed fraud!

This should be good.

Ken, be a good boy and go figure out what part of what you're attempting to refer to involves a fraud count and what the actual resolution of this was.

I expect that you will report back promptly.

Perhaps Theo will show us an aluminium-induced mutation!

Obviously, it mutates The Epigenome, you stupid chief.

"Surely you’re not trying to suggest that because GSK was found guilty of promoting antidepressants for off-label uses and failing to report safety data about a diabetes drug, .......Vioxx killing 160,000 worldwide before withdrawn.. mass whooping cough vaccine failure......" DVT JVC

Well of course a few fuck ups are ok, they have learned their lesson or are they too big to fail. Why should we trust companies with absolutely no evidence of honorable work and consistent lies to make good eventually? The point is in Ken's post - why on earth do you think they are worth supporting?

Let's ask the 800 kids with narcolepsy that were given a totally useless swine flu vaccination last year under appeals to emotion like - you are all going to die. None of those kids will benefit now they have been permanently disabled. How many alt meds have killed and disabled on the levels that big pharma is guilty of ?

So in and out of moderation - either I am shitting the pants out of you or I am shitting you up - you decide. Not seen this kind of selective cherry picking since early Catholicism. It's kind of funny David, every day you wake up and have to support this site! LOL, I wonder when the nervous breakdown kicks in - you can't just leave it, can you? How can such an intellegent person spend all day with the likes of Narad and Jbanana? Nice friends you got there, what on earth must your wife think of the amount of time you are wasting here? Says a lot really, do you spend any time with your kids?

@ken - given your ability to barely string two sentences together, I believe the conversation would be better served should you stick with your flounce this time.....

On topic of things un-American, over on AoA there seems to be a report that Kent Heckenlively, Esq [sic] has had his appearance at the Commonwealth Club cancelled.

Perhaps someone at the Commonwealth Club has seen the light - or in this instance noticed the darkness.

I did send Dr Duffy at the Commonwealth Club a couple of emails pointing out that none of the speakers could be reasonably described as "whistleblowers" in any meaningful sense, and also providing a few links to some of (particularly Heckenlively's) their anti vaccine stupidity...

By Rich Scopie (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

@Johnny,
Citation needed.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

I truly pity ken's grandchildren, if he/she/it actually does, since they seem to have such an ignorant grandparent who would think nothing of putting his/her/its grandchildren at such unnecessary risk.

Also, showing johnny's posts to an osteopathic doctor who practices at the hospital here. Made the doctor feel ashamed at him for considering himself to be in the same field as johnny.

Yes I hit all the points like I said we are early in the scientific investigation Ino the biological studies of vaccines. It's self evident to us that pumping chemicals into babies is as destructive as concussions are to nfl players. Wake the fuck up already what part of that do you not understand.

Here we go mercola cannot be trusted but this blog can? He speaks the truth threatens pharma and he is called a quack.

All opinions. We will never convince each other. Our side will prevail in the long run. Just a matter of time

Have any of you offered up a theory for autoimmune diseases or autism?

FWIW, there are comments I could live without ever seeing again. These include:

Upon tripping the spam filter and going to moderation, declaring that people must be really scared of what the writer is saying.

On getting no response to a statement (or none from the person the writer really, really wanted one from), declaring that nobody can refute his/her/its argument.

On getting multiple responses, berating people for wasting their free time responding to them.

On getting multiple responses, boasting about how much of other people's time was wasted responding to the writer.

The pharma shill gambit.

References to other people's children. You don't know their children. You don't know the situations of their children. It's foolish to say "you wouldn't say that if your child had (condition)", because someone will likely have a child with (condition). It's foolish to advise people to spend more time with their children, because you run the risk of a comeback like "I was sterilized by mumps, so don't have any" or "I was exposed to rubella during pregnancy so had a stillbirth" or "my children died of (something)". Mentioning someone's children in an argument is a bad ploy, unless you know something about that person's children.

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

As for what Johnny said @ 250 about eradicating measles.One point that antivax types like to ignore,that needs to be driven home over and over again,was that measles was well on the way to being eradicated in the developed world,until St. Andrew came along and screwed things up.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/13/2617061/measles-outbreak-vac…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/01/23/how-the-u-…

As has been pointed out by Brian Deer,and others,countless times Andy had his own measles vaccine patented,and hoped he could discredit the existing MMR vaccine enough,so he could replace it with his own measles vaccine,and profit.

The antivax movement is one of the biggest financial windfalls Big Pharma ® ever had.

Li Ditz @268 PGP @321 You are slipping dangerously into neurodiversity territory there.Let's not do that mmkay?Neurodiversity is merely the other side of a very bad penny as far as views on autism,as far as autism and intellectual disabilities are concerned.Both views are toxic and just as deadly.Both need to go.Profound learning disabilities,like I had,are often related to neurdevelopmental disorders,that can either be congenital or medical disorders.Anything from Fragile X,to fetal alcohol Syndrome,to Cerebral Palsy,to mitochondrial disease,like I have.They can greatly impact every area of functioning of life.It is possible

By Roger Kulp (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

Narad@386

Maybe we ought to have "seance parties" to try an raise the ghost of John F Enders to scare some sense into the likes of Phildo.

By Roger Kulp (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

@ Johnny:

The probable reason that you are 'in and out of moderation' is because you write out words like *sh!t* and *f@ck'. Notice that I don't and am not moderated.

And the first post you submit with a new e-mail or 'nym
And any posts containing more than 2 links IIRC.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

@ Rich Scopie:

Thanks for doing that. I think that another anti-vaccine group's presentation there was stopped as well.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

Johnny @ 418,you really DO need too keep up with this stuff dear boy.
In 2010, a puzzling cluster of sudden-onset narcolepsy cases was reported in Europe among children vaccinated with GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix flu vaccine against the H1N1 ‘swine flu’ that had caused a pandemic in 2009.

On 18 December 2013, researchers reported a possible connection between the vaccine and narcolepsy. In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, they showed that people with narcolepsy produce immune cells called T cells that recognize hypocretin, a neurotransmitter that regulates wakefulness. People with narcolepsy tend to have low levels of hypocretin in neurons that control wakefulness, and the results supported the notion that autoimmune responses could be destroying the neurotransmitter.

The authors, led by immunologist Elizabeth Mellins and narcolepsy researcher Emmanuel Mignot of the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, went on to demonstrate that pieces of a flu protein often used in vaccines stimulated immune cells that recognize hypocretin. This suggested a mechanism by which the vaccine could contribute to narcolepsy in some people.

But on 31 July, the authors announced that they have been unable to repeat a key finding: that immune cells from people with narcolepsy respond to hypocretin more so than immune cells from people who do not have narcolepsy. “Because the validity of the conclusions reported in the study cannot be confirmed, we are retracting the article,” the team wrote.

The retraction is a setback for a field struggling to find an answer. “We continue to believe that the original scientific hypothesis remains a valid one that needs to be further explored,” said GlaxoSmithKline, a London-based pharmaceutical firm, in a statement. The company says that it is supporting research, including in its own labs, to explore the possible link between its vaccine and narcolepsy, and particularly to learn more about interactions between the vaccine and other risk factors in the people who developed the condition.

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2014/07/journal-retracts-paper-linking-vac…

BTW,this vaccine was never approved for use in the US.That is mentioned in this statement from the CDC.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/h1n1_narcolepsy_pandemrix.html

CDC recently published a study External Web Site Icon on the association between 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines, 2010/2011 seasonal influenza vaccines, and narcolepsy. The analysis included more than 650,000 people who received the pandemic flu vaccine in 2009 and over 870,000 people who received the seasonal flu vaccine in 2010/2011. The study found that vaccination was not associated with an increased risk for narcolepsy.

By Roger Kulp (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

While the Mikovitz-Heckenlively-Hooker event has been postponed, the moderator of the postponed event, Clare Danes, is boasting that she has booked RFKjr for April 7 at noon. It's not yet on the published calendar:

http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/filter/all/20150407

Evidently new events go live at noon. Stay tuned.

Theo @424

Have any of you offered up a theory for autoimmune diseases or autism?

There are new theories and autoimmune connections to autism being published about all the time.Even if we put aside the connection of autism and PANDAS/PANS and Anti-Neuronal Autoantibody connection,

https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/grants/anti-neuronal-autoantibodie…

there are still loads more.Rather than point them all out,I did a Google on a blog I read every day,that I find essential for keeping up with all the advances in autism.Read the papers Dr. Whiteley talks about in these blog posts,and get back to us in a few days.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%22questioning+answers%22+autoimmu…

By Roger Kulp (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

The company (GlaxxoSmithKline) says that it is supporting research, including in its own labs, to explore the possible link between its vaccine and narcolepsy, and particularly to learn more about interactions between the vaccine and other risk factors in the people who developed the condition.

Absolute rubbish. Everyone knows that vaccine companies never do safety testing and don't care about possible interactions. They're only in the business for the millions and millions of dollars they make off forced vaccinations.

Liz Ditz, what's the back story on the Commonwealth Club's anti-vaccine and anti-science guest presenters?

Roger Kulp @ 246. If I were you with your history of flip-flopping between posting comments on anti-vaccine and on science-based blogs, I'd stay away from commenting on neuro-diversity.

If you don't like to hear about the advocacy activities of ASAN and other groups or read comments about neuro-diversity, perhaps Respectful Insolence is not the blog where you should be commenting.

On June 11, 2013, Christie Dames hosted "The Thinking Mom's Revolution" for a talk.

http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2013-06-11/thinking-moms-revolut…

The TMR people wrote on July 19, 2013:

Christie Dames and Kevin O’Malley of The Commonwealth Club of California. Christie found TMR somehow on Facebook as she is a victim of environmental illness and never knew what to do for herself until she found the autism biomed community. Her husband, Kevin, is the business manager of the Club. Their kind invite to speak there was as shocking and exciting as anything TMR could have expected. As circumstances laid themselves out for our group, it fell to Sunshine and me to make it happen and get there. What an experience it was. San Francisco, that’s one thing, but this place . . . Who would have thought?

So this Christie Dames person has continued her anti-science, anti-vaccine advocacy.

Heh. Thanks Liz Ditz. I knew there had to be a back story for the Commonwealth Club's choice of speakers.

And...here's the YouTube video of the TMR presentation at the Commonwealth Club. (Christie Dames is the moderator):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5rslBwsbKA

RK: "You are slipping dangerously into neurodiversity territory there.Let’s not do that mmkay?Neurodiversity is merely the other side of a very bad penny as far as views on autism,as far as autism and intellectual disabilities are concerned."

Apparently, you're still using your former pals definition of neurodiversity. I don't see what's bad about autistic people advocating for themselves, or suggesting that different people may learn in different ways. Maybe you just think it's bad that most ND people don't hate themselves?

By Politicalguineapig (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

Yes, RFKjr will speak at the Commonwealth Club April

From New York Times bestselling author, and Time magazine's 2010 Hero of the Planet, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., comes a call for the immediate removal of the preservative Thimerosal from vaccines. Over a decade ago, the mercury-containing preservative Thimerosal was widely believed to have been eliminated from vaccine supplies in the United States and abroad. However, Kennedy says that dangerous quantities of Thimerosal continue to be used, posing a significant threat to public health and leading to a crisis of faith in vaccine safety.

Kennedy argues that the elimination of this chemical from the world’s vaccine supplies and its replacement with safer alternatives would increase vaccination rates by restoring the trust of concerned parents in the vaccine program — a program that is so vitally important to public health.

http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2015-04-07/robert-f-kennedy-jr-t…

Why am I not surprised that Christie Dames snared Bobby Kennedy for a presentation at the Commonwealth Club?

Kennedy has been on an extended road trip showing up in every State which has proposed legislation to remove religious and/or personal belief exemptions for vaccination requirements for public school entry. He's pathetic and still trying to be relevant by commissioning a new anti-Thimerosal book which cost him $200,000 of his considerable fortune.

@ Theo
Perhaps something to do with Dunning Kruger?

Have any of you offered up a theory for autoimmune diseases or autism?

If "coming up with one's own stupid idea" is to be a prerequisite for pointing and laughing at Theo's stupid ideas, let the record show the latex of the common decorative spurge Poinsettia contains no end of toxins and allergenic proteins, and its rise to world windowsill domination correlates PERFECTLY with the rise in diagnoses of autism over the decades.
Also "A spurge's syndrome".

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

Let’s ask the 800 kids with narcolepsy that were given a totally useless swine flu vaccination last year

I see that it's Happy Hour again.

Everyone is still waiting for you to cough up the "now as reported in the UK hundreds of cases of narcolepsy in kids from flu vaccination," Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex.

Squirm, Phildo, squirm.

Kinds sad that Theo, Johnny and Ken are the best we're getting in terms of anti-vax commenters these days. Clearly the B-team. I guess the AoA minions are too busy planning their next rally or soliciting quack treatement ads to care.

"Remember the official CDC statement about the measles Disney fairy story," Phildo? Ran away from that one yet again, as well?

It's impressive that the Guardian is above your level of reading comprehension.

And that the whereabouts of an "unknown woman" are so well known.

Also, showing johnny’s posts to an osteopathic doctor who practices at the hospital here. Made the doctor feel ashamed at him for considering himself to be in the same field as johnny.

If this was a D.O., he's not.

We all know by know that the parents who are not vaccinating their children are highly educated. It's not like they are bible thumpers in Kentucky. We are talking uber wealthy liberals in California. these are not kooks and cranks like you think. Much smartter and that Los alamos statistic adds even more credibility. I find that fact interesting.

Yup trust in vaccines is unraveleing right before your eyes. The Internet is making science easily accessible. Anyone with half a brain knows you don't trust drug companies. All it takes is an open mind to consider both sides of the argument. When you examine both sides completely it's a no fucking brainier. Of course if you already jabbed your children there is no changing your minds prolly the case with the posters here.

A few days ago Theo tried on "compelling evidence" as an IOU in lieu of evidence itself. "We all know by know" seems to serve the same place-holder purpose.

no fvcking brainier
That's certainly how I feel after reading the comment.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 27 Mar 2015 #permalink

@ Theo
Having a high education doesn't mean much if it has nothing to do with medicine. High educated people are more prone to the Dunning-Kruger effect. They think they can do their own research, but they overestimate their ability to separate the good research from the bad.
Less educated people mostly know their limitations, so they trust the experts.

We all know by know that the parents who are not vaccinating their children are highly educated.

Politicians and people working in drug companies are also highly educated.
Yet you trust the latter to make good decisions but not the former.
I mean, allowing a company to poison half the people who would vote to elect you or keeping working for such a company and using their products seem really like bad decisions to me.

Fun fact: people adhering to weird groups like the Church of Hubology also tend to be highly educated. A few French CNRS scientists have been known to be sympathetic, if not outright members.

By Helianthus (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

" autoimmune diseases"

Well that is a dustbin diagnosis for doctors having no clue what the F is going on. RA is not autoimmune, turning off repair with medication is not treatment either.

At the end of the day it is about evidence and the modern medical view has that sewn up with its mythical peer review, not unlike many Catholic and other religious 'courts'.

Bo Pal is a good example of multinational companies quite prepared to poison whole nations, why are vaccine companies any different?
Sorry if you work for these assholes and I understand your insecurity and defensiveness but at some point it has to stop.

Lots of people recover from the medical autoimmune nightmare without recourse to medication and why should that be made illegal or controlled by the CDC or FDA. These groups are quite happy to rubbers stamp mass poisonings with medications and let companies get away with it.

Your experts took us to war with the middle east, destabilized world security and fucked the banking system so why should the ordinary citizen trust its medical system in its entirety with no critique?

I becomes difficult to take any kind of dialogue seriously when you keep moderating everything - it kind of undermines your appeals to authority - which quite frankly are Micky mouse most of the time.

We all know by know that the parents who are not vaccinating their children are highly educated. It’s not like they are bible thumpers in Kentucky.

Perhaps people in Kentucky are smarter than you think.

We are talking uber wealthy liberals in California. these are not kooks and cranks like you think.

As has been noted before, there are both liberal and conservative rationalizations for antivaccine sentiment. Just because someone is "uber wealthy" (I presume that means they made their money from Uber) or a liberal does not rule out being a kook or a crank.

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

” autoimmune diseases” Well that is a dustbin diagnosis for doctors having no clue what the F is going on. RA is not autoimmune, turning off repair with medication is not treatment either.

I suppose all those dozens of different autoantibodies that can be measured, like rheumatoid factor, are imaginary. Does your ignorance have no limits?

If you want to avoid moderation, don't use profanities and use no more than two links.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

I think there is more moderation on anti-vaccination sites, or sites that promote quackery for cancer, than on this blog.
I get the impression every fool can drop his or her far of ideas in the comments. Yes, sometimes people have to wait till they see their braindroppings appear, but judging from what I've read from Johnny (the one who currently is most present) Theo and various others, one has to write really, really foolish things to be moderated here.

why should the ordinary citizen trust its medical system in its entirety with no critique?

No particular reason. If you've got valid criticism, state it.

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

If you really feel the need to swear in a post but don't want to go to moderation, I can suggest the following:
- frack
- bowb
- smeg
- yarbles
- tanj
- gaLAXy
- zark
- belgium

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

I becomes difficult to take any kind of dialogue seriously when you keep moderating everything – it kind of undermines your appeals to authority

Are you addressing some sort of floating pronominal antecedent here? You know perfectly well how to avoid moderation, so either you're too drunk to successfully manage the task or it's just another rote evasion tactic in your painfully limited repertoire.

"Dialogue," indeed.

Example, "In message 454 above, Johnny was so fracking upset he really bowbed up his meaning and became smegging incomprehensible. If he has a point, I wish he'd hitch up his yarbles and make it. That or he can zark off."

By Mephistopheles… (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

Bo Pal is a good example of multinational companies

Oh, dear, I guess I'd better sell my stock in Bo Pal.

We all know by know that the parents who are not vaccinating their children are highly educated.

More educated on average than your typical classical osteopath, perhaps, but otherwise, not so much.

I don't consider a random baccalaureate degree to represent "highly educated," sorry. The fact that the dingbats who proudly trot this line out ad nauseam do just adds to the comic value.

"I suppose all those dozens of different autoantibodies that can be measured, like rheumatoid factor, are imaginary. Does your ignorance have no limits?" Kreb....

They are markers dear boy, they don't cause the disease. Research has shown us that the relationship between suppressed atopy and RA are genetically connected via the Runx 1 gene. The research even suggests that the two diseases are interchangeable. Ask anyone who has gone down the atopic road via steroids and immunosuppressants. You know those drugs that are supposed to stop distress but then lead to irreversible side effects. Research shows that the re emergence of atopy can also co incide with the loss of RA factors that you so love, without the use of meds as well.

What is imaginary Krebby is that they somehow magikly cause the disease and because doctors can't 'treat' them they call it auto immunity. If you bothered to track the life of someone who kept on getting just palliative treatment for atopy you would see that correlation for yourself but I am not holding my breath. You need to get out past the pubmed CDC world of fake believe Krebby, there is a whole other world waiting to be discovered that isn't based on pills or creams.

The point about educated people coming to different conclusions than you is a valid one. There are 2 sides to this story not 1!
That is a fact. We are not all idiots for not vaccinating. lets find some middle ground here. Maybe if the USA was still at 1983 vaccine levels of 10 doses instead of 49 doses in 2015 we could live with the idea of jabbing our kids. Japan and Sweden are at 11 doses. Are we smarter than them? of course not. Actually we are dumber because we let crony capitalism seep into the health care system.
Something is very very wrong in this country with our children. What is the cost to society for the additional 39 doses added over the last 20 years?

Science is not looking at this incremental increase to see how it effects children. Great so we have little if any measles and chickenpox. But exploding allergies, Adhd, asthma and auto immune diseases. Something has impacted our childs immune systems. I wonder what it could be? hmmm possibly Vaccines? no way thats impossible the medical establishment would have caught this a long time ago. that can't be true. We trust the CDC and FDA and our doctors to protect our kids. Sadly thats not true. And its easily proven. NOW

Here is an interesting article. WAIT the parents are a fraud and are lying right?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3008822/Tasha-David-chose-not…

Narad has obviously had one flu jab too many, I thought we could have 10,000 vaccines or was that just some Offit chaff?

If you want to look at a good study that shows autoimmune pathways for most diseases affecting us now look at the Purdue studies that looked at vaccinated versus non vaxx split dog litters. It is why top breeders and up to speed dog and pet owners are now not vaccinating.

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/purdue-vaccination-studies/

I would be happy for my kids to be part of the non vaxx cohort and thousands of others would too. Until this is done you will never be able to convince anyone who can read a book and go to a lecture by an ex vaccine scientist. Appeals to authority are actually part of your problem, no one believes in this Nirvana of 'doctors know best' anymore because we all know someone who has turned away from chronic medication regiemes and taken control of their own health. Asthma and eczema are two great examples of modern medical fail. period

” autoimmune diseases”

Well that is a dustbin diagnosis for doctors having no clue what the F is going on.

Fυckin' Type 1 diabetes, how does it work?

RA is not autoimmune,

Yes, this must have been a coincidence (see PMID 12931243 for a dated summary).

turning off repair with medication is not treatment either.

Yes, one must not turn off natural "repair."

Definitely a strong recommendation for the insight to be found at the Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, Phildo.

If you want to look at a good study that shows autoimmune pathways for most diseases affecting us now look at the Purdue studies that looked at vaccinated versus non vaxx split dog litters.... I would be happy for my kids to be part of the non vaxx cohort and thousands of others would too.

I take it that this is either an assertion by Philip Hills that his dog has repeatedly managed to successfully inseminate his wife or that he is inviting ruthless mockery of his imaginary understanding of statistics.

C'mon, Phildo, give me a study design. It'll be uproarious.

Narad has obviously had one flu jab too many, I thought we could have 10,000 vaccines or was that just some Offit chaff?

Reflexive non sequitur duly noted, Phildo.

@Iliya THEO:

The point about educated people coming to different conclusions than you is a valid one.

Educated in what? A Ph.D. in Classics doesn't make somebody an expert in epidemeology any more than an MD makes somebody an expert in economics. And I doubt you've got a degree, let alone an advanced one, in anything, so there's not much reason to put yourself in your admired group of "educated" anti-vaxxers to begin with.

There are 2 sides to this story not 1!

I suppose this is literally true, but one side is based in reality and one side is not.

Science is not looking at this incremental increase to see how it effects children.

That's a blatant lie.

Oh, and I see you're quoting the Daily Fail as "proof" of... something. Nice one.

"I suppose this is literally true, but one side is based in reality and one side is not." JP

The dilemma here is that you think industry funded peer reviewed published medical studies are reality!

Most ordinary citizens see your reality for the value that it has in share prices and choose not to comply with its rulings.

www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Adverse-Effects-of-Vaccines-Evidence-and-Causa… committee finds that evidence convincingly supports a causal relationship between some vaccines and some adverse events—such as MMR, varicella zoster, influenza, hepatitis B, meningococcal, and tetanus-containing vaccines linked to anaphylaxis. Additionally, evidence favors rejection of five vaccine-adverse event relationships, including MMR vaccine and autism and inactivated influenza vaccine and asthma episodes.
However, for the majority of cases (135 vaccine-adverse event pairs), the evidence was inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship. Overall, the committee concludes that few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines.
Sounds like sloppy science to me-" For the majority of cases(135 vaccine-adverse event pairs), the evidence was inadequate......... But they conclude "Overall......"

“I suppose this is literally true, but one side is based in reality and one side is not.” JP
The dilemma here is that you think industry funded peer reviewed published medical studies are reality!

Most ordinary citizens see your reality for the value that it has in share prices and choose not to comply with its rulings.

I assume Narad read the Purdue study and his belief system collapsed. Unable to engage in a constructive argument about anything beyond his own helmet polishing he is unable to grasp even the most basic of facts and discuss them.
I am not, and never have been Mr Hill. Period

I mean Theo it is a pretty dull ride here, it only exists to gather the anti view and then use that to diss anything that shows how crap vaccination is. They are so paranoid they even think you are someone you are not -

Thanks for the links Johnny- I'm open-minded. I come from the generation that only had the small pox vaccine up until the age of 13. At that time the polio vaccine was introduced and it was a free choice in my Catholic school. One was allowed to opt out.
I come from a very very large extended family with no measles ever, not heard of in my schools either. I did have chicken pox, german measles and mumps- no big deal.

If one researches the Hep B vaccine in the US (not denying HBV infection a major problem in Asia) the reasons for it's introduction into the schedule seems flimsy at best. It's completely unnecessary to give this to infants of non-HBV infected mothers on the first day of birth.

My G-d, but you people are dense. It's like talking to a brick wall.

ken, go back and look at that link you showed us again, or read the bit you freaking excerpted again. I'm not sure what you think it "proves." Nobody here denies that vaccines can cause adverse reactions, like anaphylaxis, in rare instances. But the risk of injury from a vaccine is orders of freaking magnitude lower than the risk of death or serious injury from VPD. And the pet causal connections of the anti-vaxxers - like, say, MMR causing autism - are rejected.

I come from a very very large extended family with no measles ever, not heard of in my schools either.

Lucky you? I also come from a very, very large extended family with no measles as far as I can remember, and I'm sure farther back, because we were all f*cking vaccinated against it.

I did have chicken pox, german measles and mumps- no big deal.

Yeah, and my grandma's 87 years old and still smokes a pack a day, so smoking must be just fine and dandy for your heath, right? I mean, it's not like some people might make it through vaccine-preventable diseases without a hitch, and other people, mostly kids, might, say, die from them. But I guess we can just tell those kids' parents it's "no big deal."

#481 You are indulging in hyperbole again. There was no reason to increase the schedule to the maximum it is now. My children were vaccinted in 1968 and 1970 and they are doing fine and their children are fine. It is not an all or one issue- anti,
pro for God's sakes. This is bullying and using scare tactics and alienating a lot of parents who have seen autism. There are now 2 autism cases among my cousins' grandchildren. Why? No one has provided any answers to them. Yes they were vaccinated.

Most ordinary citizens see your reality for the value that it has in share prices and choose not to comply with its rulings.

This curious over-estimation of how many people share antivaxxers' views is very strange:

Median vaccination coverage was 94.7% for 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine; 95.0% for varying local requirements for diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine; and 93.3% for 2 doses of varicella vaccine among those states with a 2-dose requirement. The median total exemption rate was 1.8%.

On what planet is 1.8% of the population "most ordinary citizens"?

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

JP What does smoking have to do with vaccines BTW?
Some people have no adverse reactions to vaccines but the incredible increase in childhood illnesses should give one pause-
Vaccines are messing around with an immature immune system with individual variations. Poling case- mitochondrial disorder.
How many more kids might have it? Not relevant?

There was no reason to increase the schedule to the maximum it is now.

Says who? You? Based on what? Maybe the schedule is where it is now because it provides the optimal level of protection against disease for a vulnerable population, i.e. children.

It is not an all or one issue- anti,
pro for God’s sakes.

If you can provide an actual rationale for some sort of "grey area" between "pro" and "anti" like a delayed vaccination schedule, and some actual evidence to support it in lieu of the current schedule, I'm sure we'd all be fascinated. Otherwise, not so much.

This is bullying and using scare tactics and alienating a lot of parents who have seen autism.

Snookums, I've been bullied, and this is not bullying. When people are exasperated with stupidity and the arrogance of ignorance, they may not respond in the way you think is most "polite," but tough.

There are now 2 autism cases among my cousins’ grandchildren.

Considering you come from a "very, very large extended family," this is hardly surprising and can be explained by statistically normal incidence, probably.

Why? No one has provided any answers to them. Yes they were vaccinated.

Yeah, so we haven't entirely worked out the causes of developmental disorders yet. Genetics, de novo mutations, there are a lot of things that are probable causes/contributors. Vaccines ain't on of 'em, though.

JP What does smoking have to do with vaccines BTW?

You're not terribly bright, are you? You made a really stupid inference based on anecdotal evidence - "well, I had the mumps, etc., and I was just fine, so it's no big deal!" I provided you with an example of a similar inference to try to show what a stupid approach you're using.

the incredible increase in childhood illnesses should give one pause-

Which childhood diseases? Do you have any actually</b plausible reasons to suspect vaccines in the etiology of any of these illnesses, or are you just JAQing off?

The increase in autisms rates can be pretty much completely explained by a change in the diagnostic criteria for ASD disorders, increasing awareness of autism and Asperger's, and a desire among parents to obtain services from schools, etc., which only come with a diagnosis.

^ Bah, sorry for the tag fail. There's a typo or two in there, too.

If you want to avoid moderation, don’t use profanities and use no more than two links.

I believe that "Johnny Labile" has been placed in moderation by default, having proven his untrustworthiness by generating more sockpuppets than a G.R.R. Martin novel has characters, and by making up email identifiers.

In his defense, he is (if he has any sense) clearing his browser's history and cache after each furtive session on the Interweb, and he can't be expected to remember which ID he used last time.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

ken,

Some people have no adverse reactions to vaccines but the incredible increase in childhood illnesses should give one pause-

What "incredible increase in childhood illnesses" are you referring to? Before routine vaccination almost all children got measles, mumps and rubella, and now hardly any do. The dramatic fall in infant mortality is also evidence for a large reduction in childhood illnesses.

If you mean autism, the increase is almost certainly due to changes in diagnostic criteria and diagnostic substitution. I used to volunteer at a hospital for the 'mentally handicapped' in the late 70s and early 80s and there were hundreds of residents hidden away from public view, many of whom would now be diagnosed with autism. They are now out in the community, leading ignorant people to believe there is a 'tsunami of autism'.

If you mean ADD and ADHD, since the term was only invented in the 80s it isn't surprising more children are now diagnosed with the condition. There is no evidence for a link between vaccines and these conditions.

If you are referring to allergies, the likelihood is that improved hygiene is responsible. Vaccines are not associated with allergies, and neither are autoimmune diseases; in fact by reducing infections vaccine very probably reduce the risk of autoimmunity.

What else could you mean? Diabetes? No sign of any link (PMID: 11731639).

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

I am not, and never have been Mr Hill. Period

Yes, you just happen to spontaneously generate identical text and have the same "attribution" style, inconsistently both claim to have never heard of Philip Hills and praise his site, are desperately fixated on denying it, and take pains to misspell "Hills."

Remember, Phildo, your wife's fond of Twitter.

JP What does smoking have to do with vaccines BTW?

It's an allegory, peabrain. Just as there are people who smoked a pack of ciggies a day and lived to a ripe old age, so are there people who had all the childhood diseases and survived with no lasting negative sequelae. Before vaccines were introduced, most children ate organic, were breastfed, got plenty of exercise and still died from those diseases. In 1650 the odds of reaching 18 were 1 in 3. That was because measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, smallpox, hepatitis, polio and chickenpox could (and all too often did) kill.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

The dilemma here is that you think industry funded peer reviewed published medical studies are reality!

Philip Hills, Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex, of course, only believes in "peer reviewed published medical studies" that are figments of his imagination.

#491 You're confusing allegory with analogy.

the Hope Osteopathic Clinic Essex

Narad is forgetting, it is now the The Hope Osteopath and Acupuncture Clinic to reflect the inclusive, syncretic nature of the family scam.
The website emphasises the classical traditionality of the acupuncture and the fresh-forged option of "cosmetic acupuncture". It is guided by the usual ethical principle, "It is immoral to leave a sucker in possession of money".

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

ken, okay, I'll grant you that. Nevertheless, you haven't tackled or tried to refute what I said about the death rate of these diseases before vaccines become available.

By Julian Frost (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

Cosmetic acupuncture?

The whole body is treated as well as your face to ensure a healthy flow of Qi along the meridians.

Ah, a healthy flow of imaginary Qi along those imaginary meridians makes the gullible imagine they look more attractive.

By Krebiozen (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink

I am SHOCKED AND AMAZED at Theo’s lack of basic counting skills

These things can happen when one is in the habit of proudly dragging in random carcasses, in this case a six-year-old GR "special report" (PDF) that was of questionable accuracy when it was "fresh."

Using their "counting rules," Japan is at 30 and Sweden is at 25.

one is in the habit of proudly dragging in random carcasses

Ah, I see you are used to the company of cats.

By herr doktor bimler (not verified) on 28 Mar 2015 #permalink