Leading doctors have called for an end to the use of mercury in vaccines to avoid potential threat to health of children. The call has come at a time when India has agreed to ratify the Minamata Convention – the international treaty banning use of mercury – and phase out the use of the toxic element over the coming decade.
“Continuing to use this potentially toxic substance when there is little justification for it, will erode the trust of the public and endanger many public health initiatives,” Jacob Puliyel and Ritika Chhawchharia of the Department of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital in New Delhi states.
WSJ: ‘School entry requirements have proven to be the best way to vaccinate children. It’s a good way to catch people.‘
An Ebola vaccine that protected us from this killer disease would be a godsend. But rushing a vaccine to widespread use, history has shown, could be tragic, not only by infecting the healthy but also by delaying the development of safe and effective vaccines.
In 1934 and 1935, two polio vaccines were prematurely employed in large-scale trials with disastrous results. The vaccines, given to 17,000 children in Canada and the U.S., killed six and paralyzed a dozen others, the deaths and paralyses typically involving paralysis in the inoculated arm rather than in the legs, as was more normal. So traumatic was this experience — to both the public and the research establishment — that it would take another two decades before another polio vaccine would be brought to market.
Tragically, the 1955 vaccine — named after its inventor, Jonas Salk — had an even more disastrous debut. In the rush to mass-produce this vaccine amid the polio outbreaks of the early 1950s — this vaccine received the quickest federal approval on record — caution was thrown to the winds, with Salk and the head of the National Institute of Health refusing to heed warnings, including from other scientists in the field and from a scientist within the NIH itself. The result: 70,000 afflicted by the polio vaccine, 51 of them left permanently paralyzed, plus five deaths. These afflictions were then followed by an epidemic among the family and friends that these vaccine recipients came into contact with, with a further 113 paralyses plus five deaths.
Excellent piece, Mr. Solomon. Why is it that no one in the mainstream news ever admits that vaccines, like any other medical product, carry risks? WHEN IT COMES TO VACCINES, WE NEVER HEAR ABOUT THE FAILURES OF THE PAST. With only rare exception, we’re constantly told on every major network, newspaper and magazine that vaccines carry no real risks. With over 250 new vaccines in the testing stages right now, we have to be ready to accept an ever-increasing numbers of recommended vaccines. In the case of our children, they are mandated by the states.
What everyone reading this needs to realize, when it comes to an Ebola vaccine and every other shot out there…neither the doctor nor the vaccine maker has any liability in the U.S. They’ve been protected by federal law. Instead, when someone is injured by a vaccine, they have to appeal to a federal program where they’ll find themselves up against government lawyers defending a government program using government money. Few people are ever successful. Those that are report that it took seven to fourteen years to reach a settlement.
A new report says Michiganlacks enough autism specialists to handle the number of children being diagnosed and treated with the disorder.
The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) says that means long wait times before many children and their families can get help.
“We actually talked to all of the treatment programs to get a sense of the average waiting time for appointments, and it was anywhere from a month to, in some cases, two years, depending on the particular program,” said CHRT Director Marianne Udow-Phillips.
Dr. Douglas Hulstedt, a pediatrician in Monetery, California, shares Smoot’s preference for personal stories over scientific evidence. Hulstedt accepts patients who are not vaccinated. He goes even further, and recommends refusing vaccinations if a patient has a family history of autism, lupus, Crohn’s disease, or Type 1 diabetes.
“Why do I need a medical study?” he says. “If 80 percent of the parents of children with regressive autism in my practice say their child reacted after the MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] shot, why do I need a medical study?” Hulstedt says that studies showing no link between the MMR vaccine and autism or showing that vaccines are safe and effective might have “fraud in the reportage.”…
The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren’t over for NBC News’ chief medical editor.
An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman’s credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long. The network would not comment.
Listen NBC, Dr. Nancy’s credibility was damaged far beyond repair years ago when she decided to cover up the horrendous damage from an unchecked, unsafe vaccination schedule.
Eighty percent of adults with autism live at home once they “age out” of special education programs at 22, said Kathy Ohman, who is president of Friends Or Relatives With Autism & Related Disorders, or FORWARD. That means there is little opportunity for social involvement and a lack of a clear plan for a future when parents can no longer care for them, she said….
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration argues that, “American consumers benefit from having access to the safest and most advanced pharmaceutical system in the world. The system set in place to approve pharmaceutical drugs, medications and vaccines provides for immense scrutiny of the effects of the medication on a subject well before that drug ever comes up for sale. Although the FDA and its Center for Drug Evaluation and Research do not conduct pharmaceutical testing themselves, they require testing and review data from these studies that are attached to new drug applications, or NDAs….
“A lot of that has to do with what people find on the Internet. They get a lot of misinformation from Googling, and just because something’s on the Internet does not mean it’s accurate,” said Dr. Mary Maher, a pediatrician with Cornerstone Care Pediatric Alliance in Washington. “At Cornerstone, we have very few parents who opt out of vaccines. In the office, we really promote the vaccines and give parents literature about the importance of having children vaccinated.”…
But despite medical evidence, not everyone is convinced vaccinations are safe.
Parental concern about vaccinations increased following a 1998 study by a British physician, Andrew Wakefield, which linked vaccines to autism. His paper was discredited, but uncertainty remains for some parents.
Pam Perry of Canonsburg is the mother of three sons, and her oldest two, who are in their 20s, have autism.
When her third son, Evan, was born, she and her husband decided to have him vaccinated on an altered schedule starting at the age of 3 – a decision her pediatrician did not support, so Perry took him to another doctor.
“We weren’t against (vaccines), but we thought there was something we could do differently than we did for Blake and Justin. I don’t know if that’s what caused (autism), but it’s always made me wonder. Blake was born a month premature, and that wasn’t taken into consideration when they gave him his vaccinations.
“Then we started reading some of the ingredients in the vaccinations and we read something about how you shouldn’t give a vaccination to kids who are allergic to eggs,” said Perry, who recalled two occasions when Blake touched egg whites and had a reaction. “Who knows what caused it, it could be the environment, it could be anything, but how do you know these babies have a strong enough immune system to tolerate all of these things that are injected into their little bodies?”
Louise Francis, a Pennsylvania leader of the Vaccination Liberation group, is opposed to all vaccinations.
“I think they’re neither safe nor effective, and while some studies show limited effectiveness, any limited effectiveness is far outweighed by adverse reactions,” said Francis, an actuary who volunteers her time to talk with parents who are considering foregoing vaccinations.