H1N1…to jab or not to jab…that is the question?

Posted on November 16, 2009. Filed under: Apply topically |


It’s crunch time…the H1N1 jabs are here.

We were one of the last places to receive the first batch. Patients and staff are approaching me, asking whether they should have one or not.   My instinct is to shirk the issue and hide under my couch, but alas I can not do that.

Everyone asks me all the questions, and I can give the answers to all but one….”Are you going to have the jab?”  So lets answer that now….

I virtually hang out with a few conspiracy theorists who tell me that the jab is a government ploy, or that the jab itself has been rushed through the testing stage. I know the 1976 jabs were blamed for neuro problems including Guillain Barre, see below…

but convincing evidence is difficult to find.   The coincidence factor is always a concern.

Every year I hear : “I had my flu jab, and the next day…<add any random common presenting feature here>…my hair turned blue!

I argue with myself….I’m perfectly healthy (physically, mental health is debatable….I mean I blog therefore I must be a tad nutty!)

So why should I have the jab??? Well….

In 1991 I did a research project looking at the effect of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) and specifically looking at the WHO target of complete UK eradication of the three childhood diseases.  My research found that indeed the three nasties would be eradicated by the year 2000 as planned…. it didn’t happen of course as some twit Andrew Wakefield in 1998 decided the vaccine caused autism… which was later disproved ad nauseum, none-the-less the damage was done and the diseases were not eradicated. So I am quite pro- immunisation and aware of the detrimental effects of negative press.

The H1N1 vaccines are much the same as any other flu jab, just one aspect of it has changed, surely the risks must be fairly minimal.

Perhaps a microbiologist opinion might be worth having….

Then I argue back with myself… It’s just another upper respiratory tract infection, mild flu symptoms in the vast majority of cases, why bother getting stabbed.

Then the good angel appears on the other shoulder…if I get piggy flu and feel just a bit sick, I can still pass the bugs on to someone else who may not cope with it as well, that may be an immune suppressed patient or one of my precious kids, and that wins the case.

I get the jab and I get some brain altering weird extra head growing side effect…well that is rotten luck. Cash in on the critical illness cover, pay the mortgage off.

I don’t get the jab, I pass the bugs to my nearest and dearest and they get really ill… and it’s my fault, the mortgage doesn’t get paid off early.

Yes I’m a cynical nurse, but I’m a dad first.

…and “Yes” Deborah, that’s just a government ploy to get us all jabbed, but it’s a good one!

and “No” Sister, you don’t have to make any jokes about just having a small prick, my sleeve is up, just get on with it!

OW!

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I did not get the seasonal flu shot till I was 49 when I got the a bad case of the flu and missed Christmas and New Year. It wass my first time being sick in almost 30 years. I was so cik and thought that if a supposed healthy person could be this sick I do not know how a compromised individual would handle this so I receive the seasonal and do get the HINI vaccine also.

Whenever patients ask me questions such as these I research the topic as completly as possible and educate them with the information. Providing the information equips the individual with the information to weigh out the benefits vs the risks. This information allows them to make the best educated decision possible.

Oh, and you might want to remove your slanderous remarks concerning Dr. Wakefield. Here’s why…

http://www.naturalnews.com/z035256_Professor_Walker-Smith_MMR_vaccines_High_Court.html

naturalnews.com
March 15 2012
Doctor from MMR controversy wins High Court appeal – next up, Dr. Andrew Wakefield himself
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) The U.K. General Medical Council’s (GMC) rash and unfounded decision to strike Professor John Walker-Smith, who had helped Dr. Andrew Wakefield in treating desperately-ill children with regressive autism symptoms and severe gastrointestinal problems, off the medical register for alleged “professional misconduct” has been exposed as a fraud. During a recent High Court appeal, Mr. Justice Mitting ruled that Prof. Walker-Smith’s striking “cannot stand” because of serious misconduct in the way GMC handled the case against him, and that the entire council needs to be reformed.

For many years now, Prof. Walker-Smith has had to endure having his reputation tarnished by the likes of freelance journalist Brian Deer, GMC, the British Medical Journal, and the lapdog American media who have together conspired to destroy the legitimate work of Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues on the gastrointestinal problems they observed in young children, many of whom had received the combination measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. And caught in the fray of this malicious crusade against independent thought and honest medical inquiry was the life and career of Prof. Walker-Smith, who had already retired from his medical practice when the controversy began.

Prof. Walker-Smith had been head of the department of pediatric gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH) in London where Dr. Wakefield was making observations about children’s health that would later be published, and retracted, by The Lancet. During this time, Prof. Walker-Smith was helping to treat these suffering children, the parents of whom had directly approached both him and Dr. Wakefield for help after being ignored by their own general practitioners.

“There has been a great burden on me and my family since the allegations were first made in 2004 and throughout the hearing that ran from 2007 to 2010,” said Prof. Walker-Smith in a recent statement about the case. “I am relieved that this matter is now over.”

Since GMC’s handling of the entire case has been proven fraudulent, it is now Dr. Wakefield’s turn to be exonerated
Mr. Justice Mitting’s scathing indictment of GMC’s unprofessional and dishonest handling of the Dr. Wakefield case is telling, as it once again calls into question the legitimacy of any of the claims made against Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues concerning their observational, peer-reviewed study. It only further reinforces what has already come to light about the blatant fraud that is the continued witch hunt against Dr. Wakefield for his independent work.

“The welcome decision to exonerate Prof. Walker-Smith is a clear indication that the GMC’s case against the Royal Free doctors was manufactured to discredit any association between bowel disease, autism conditions and some of the parents’ reported link to the MMR vaccine,” writes Age of Autism. “The allegations leveled at Prof. Walker-Smith and the Royal Free team now have to be viewed with total skepticism as nothing more than a witch hunt by vested interests at the highest levels in government, media and the pharmaceutical industry.”

This ruling will clearly bolster the efforts of Dr. Wakefield to vindicate his own reputation and career, including his recent lawsuit against Brian Deer, BMJ, and BMJ editor Fiona Godlee, all of which have repeatedly spread lies and slander about Dr. Wakefield and his paper (http://www.naturalnews.com/034974_Andrew_Wakefield_BMJ_lawsuit.html).

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ageofautism.com

http://www.independent.co.uk

http://www.naturalnews.com/Andrew_Wakefield.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17283751

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New Evidence Refutes Fraud Findings in Dr. Wakefield Case
Posted By Dr. Mercola | January 24 2012 | 8,943 views

Story at-a-glance
• A new investigation into Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s hotly contested MMR-autism study concluded there was no fraud committed by Dr. Wakefield
• At least 28 studies from around the world support Dr. Wakefield’s controversial findings; Dr. Wakefield has also published dozens of peer-reviewed papers looking at the mechanism and cause of inflammatory bowel disease, and has extensively investigated the brain-bowel connection in the context of children with developmental disorders such as autism.
• Growing research is now supporting the link between gastrointestinal disturbances and autism; it could be that if your child has suboptimal gut flora, vaccines can become the proverbial “last straw”—the trigger that sends his/her immune system over the edge into the development of chronic heath problems

By Dr. Mercola
In February 1998, the Lancet published Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s case series of a group of autistic children with gastric problems, which has become one of the most controversial studies in medicine because part of the patients’ story included regression after receiving the MMR vaccine.
The debate is a heated one, as the study suggests there may be a link between the MMR vaccine, bowel disease and autism.
In an interview I conducted with Dr. Wakefield in 2010, he said he knew he was about to enter treacherous waters when the study was published, and he expected the inevitable backlash from the vaccine industry.
However, “backlash” is putting it mildly, as Dr. Wakefield’s reputation was completely smeared.
The latest revelations in this controversy add yet another twist, and suggest that a series of articles published by the BMJ in January 2011 alleging that Wakefield falsified data, making the original Lancet article fraudulent, were in fact the inaccurate ones …
New Investigation Defends Wakefield’s Lancet Study
At the heart of the Wakefield controversy has been whether or not the children in the study were, in fact, diagnosed with non-specific colitis, or if that information had been fabricated — allegations that were largely initiated by investigative journalist Brian Deer.
Writing in the BMJ, research microbiologist David Lewis, of the National Whistleblowers Center, explains that he reviewed histopathological grading sheets by two of Dr. Wakefield’s coauthors, pathologists Amar Dhillon and Andrew Anthony, and concluded there was no fraud committed by Dr. Wakefield:
“As a research microbiologist involved with the collection and examination of colonic biopsy samples, I do not believe that Dr. Wakefield intentionally misinterpreted the grading sheets as evidence of “non-specific colitis.” Dhillon indicated “non-specific” in a box associated, in some cases, with other forms of colitis. In addition, if Anthony’s grading sheets are similar to ones he completed for the Lancet article, they suggest that he diagnosed “colitis” in a number of the children.”
In a press release, Lewis continued:
“The grading sheets and other evidence in Wakefield’s files clearly show that it is unreasonable to conclude, based on a comparison of the histological records, that Andrew Wakefield ‘faked’ a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
Now that these records have seen the light of day, it is time for others to stop using them for this purpose as well. False allegations of research misconduct can destroy the careers of even the most accomplished and reputable scientists overnight. It may take years for them to prove their innocence; and even then the damages are often irreparable. In cases where mistakes are made, every effort should be taken to fully restore the reputations and careers of scientists who are falsely accused of research misconduct.”
Wakefield is Not the Only Researcher to Look Into the Possible Connection Between MMR Vaccine, Bowel Disease and Autism
While the press continues to battle over Dr. Wakefield’s purported guilt or innocence, the bigger issue — that there appears to be a connection between inflammation, and particularly gut inflammation, and autism — is getting lost in the shuffle.  Plus, other research has confirmed Wakefield’s hotly contested findings, linking the MMR triple vaccine with bowel disease and autism — contrary to what you might hear in the press.
The Daily Mail reported:
” … a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus … the team’s leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: ‘Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.
This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus. What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct.
That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.”
The lead researcher, Stephen J. Walker, Ph.D., was also quick to state however, that this does not necessarily mean the MMR vaccine causes autism. Still, his research notes the same connection that Wakefield’s team did, which is that many autistic children have chronic bowel inflammation, and have the vaccine strain of the measles virus in their intestines.
Says Dr. Wakefield of his original 1998 findings:
“… it’s been replicated in Canada, in the U.S., in Venezuela, in Italy… [but] they never get mentioned. All you ever hear is that no one else has ever been able to replicate the findings. I’m afraid that is false.”
You can see a list of 28 studies from around the world that support Dr. Wakefield’s controversial findings in this past article. In addition to his hotly contested MMR study, Dr. Wakefield has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers looking at the mechanism and cause of inflammatory bowel disease, and has extensively investigated the brain-bowel connection in the context of children with developmental disorders such as autism.  As described below, other researchers are also doing the same …
What You Should Know About Gut Health and Autism …
In her research, Dr. Campbell-McBride discovered that nearly all of the mothers of autistic children have abnormal gut flora, which is significant because newborns inherit their gut flora from their mothers at the time of birth. Establishing normal gut flora in the first 20 days or so of life plays a crucial role in the maturation of your baby’s immune system. Babies who develop abnormal gut flora are left with compromised immune systems, putting them at higher risk for suffering vaccine reactions.
If your baby has suboptimal gut flora, vaccines can become the proverbial “last straw”—the trigger that “primes” his/her immune system to develop chronic heath problems.
In short, there is a close connection between abnormal gut flora and abnormal brain development—a condition Dr. Campbell-McBride calls Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS).The best way to prevent GAPS is for the mother to avoid all antibiotics and birth control pills prior to conception and then by breastfeeding and avoiding the use of antibiotics after delivering.  This is because they destroy the balance of gut floras and promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria. In addition to breastfeeding,
I highly recommend the use of fermented foods and probiotics for your baby to help reduce his/her risk of GAPS.
Fortunately, it’s possible to screen your child for GAPS before he or she is vaccinated, so that you can make a better-informed vaccination decision. Dr. Campbell-McBride describes the entire process in her book. It involves providing a detailed family health history to a knowledgeable healthcare provider, combined with stool and urine analysis, and these combine to give you a picture of your baby’s gut health and overall immune status.Dr. Campbell-McBride states:
“If your child has abnormal gut flora, we can assume that your child has compromised immunity, and these children must not be vaccinated with the standard vaccination protocol because they simply get damaged by it. They should not be vaccinated.”
These non-invasive tests are now available in most laboratories around the world for, typically, $80 to $100 each. This cost is insignificant compared to the incredible expense of treating an autistic child, once the damage is done.
New research published by the American Society for Microbiology further contends:
“Many children with autism have gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances that can complicate clinical management and contribute to behavioral problems. Understanding the molecular and microbial underpinnings of these GI issues is of paramount importance for elucidating pathogenesis, rendering diagnosis, and administering informed treatment.
Here we describe an association between high levels of intestinal, mucoepithelial-associated Sutterella species and GI disturbances in children with autism. These findings elevate this little-recognized bacterium to the forefront by demonstrating that Sutterella is a major component of the microbiota in over half of children with autism and gastrointestinal dysfunction (AUT-GI) and is absent in children with only gastrointestinal dysfunction (Control-GI) evaluated in this study.”

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http://www.naturalnews.com/031116_Dr_Andrew_Wakefield_British_Medical_Journal.html
NaturalNews.com
January 26 2011

Documents emerge proving Dr Andrew Wakefield innocent; BMJ and Brian Deer caught misrepresenting the facts
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) New documents have emerged that clear Dr Andrew Wakefield of the allegations of fraud recently made by the British Medical Journal and its reporter Brian Deer. This new evidence “completely negates the allegations that I committed scientific
fraud. Brian Deer and Dr. Godlee of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) knew or should
have known about the facts set out below before publishing their false allegations,” says Dr Andrew Wakefield (see sources, below).

Newly-revealed documents show that on December 20th, 1996, a meeting of The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group based at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School featured a presentation by Professor Walker-Smith on seven of the children who would later become part of the group of patients Dr Wakefield wrote about in his 1998 The Lancet paper (which was later retracted by The Lancet).

Remember, Dr Wakefield has been accused of completely fabricating his findings about these same children in his 1998 paper, but these documents reveal that fourteen months before Dr Wakefield’s paper was published, two other researchers — Professor Walker-Smith and Dr Amar Dhillon — independently documented the same problems in these children, including symptoms of autism.

Thus, Dr Wakefield could not have “fabricated” these findings as alleged by the British Medical Journal, which now finds itself in the position of needing to issue a retraction, or it must now expand its accusations of fraud to include Professor Walker-Smith and Dr Dhillon… essentially, the BMJ must now insist that a “conspiracy of fraud” existed among at least these three researchers, and possibly more, in order to back up its allegation that Dr Wakefield’s study results were fabricated.

The smoking-gun evidence
Professor Walker-Smith’s 1996 presentation at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School was entitled, “Entero-colitis and Disintegrative Disorder Following MMR – A Review of the First Seven Cases.”

His presentation notes began with the following text: ““I wish today, to present some preliminary details concerning seven children, all boys, who appear to have entero-colitis and disintegrative disorder, probably autism, following MMR. I shall now briefly present
their case history [sic].”

He then went on to detail the clinical history of these seven children as derived from his medical team as well as senior pathologist Dr Amar Dhillon. Importantly, Dr Andrew Wakefield was not part of this investigation. This means that Dr Wakefield’s findings were independently replicated by another medical research team.

The British Medical Journal’s accusations against Dr Wakefield — that he fabricated his findings — are therefore false. The mainstream media accusation that Dr Wakefield’s findings have “never been replicated” is also blatantly false.

Here are the notes on the seven children, as presented in 1996, 14 months BEFORE Dr Wakefield published his landmark paper in The Lancet:

Child 1. Immediate reaction to MMR with fever at 1 [corrected, illegible]
Rapid deterioration in behaviour – autism
Histology active chronic inflammation in caecum
Treated Asacol
INDETERMINATE COLITIS** (1)

Child 2. MMR at 15 months – head banging 2 weeks later.
Hyperactive from 18 months.
Endoscopy – aphthoid ulcer at hepatic flexure
Caecum: lymphoid nodular hyperplasia with erythematous rim and pale swollen
core.
Histology, Ileum mild inflammation, colon moderate inflammation
Acute and chronic inflammation.
Treated CT3211 [a dietary treatment]
INDETERMINATE COLITIS** ? CROHN’S DISEASE

Child 3. ? dysmorphism – chromosomes and normal development
MMR at 5 months [sic]
Measles at 2.5 years* – 1 month later change in behavior
Hyperactive with food
Colonoscopy – granular rectum, normal colon and lymphoid nodular
hyperplasia.
Histopathology: lymphoid nodular hyperplasia.
Increased eosinophils 5/5 mild increase in inflammatory cells (Dhillon)
Routine normal
LYMPHOID NODULAR HYPERPLASIA
INDETERMINATE COLITIS**
[* correction: he received measles vaccine first at approximately 15 months of
age and MMR at 2.5. years]

Child 4 (2). Reacted to triple vaccine 4 months – screaming and near cot death
(DPT)
MMR at 15 months – behaviour changed after 1 week.
“measles rash” week before
Endoscopy – minor abnormalities of vascular pattern
Histology – non-specific proctocolitis**
Treated
INDETERMINTE PROCTOCOLITIS
LYMPHOID NODULAR HYPERPLASIA

Child 5 (3). MMR at 14 months.
Second day after, fever and rash, bangs head and behaviour abnormal
thereafter.
Endoscopy – Lymphoid nodular hyperplasia
Histopathology: Marked increase in IEL’s [intraepithelial lymphocytes] in ileum
with chronic inflammatory cells in reactive follicles. Increase in inflammatory cells in colon and IELs increased.
LYMPHOID NODULAR HYPERPLASIA
INDETERMINATE COLITIS

Child 6 (7). MMR – 16 months – no obvious reaction
2 years behavioral change – 2.5 years
Screaming attacks – / food related
Endoscopy – Lymphoid nodular hyperplasia terminal ileum
Histology – Prominent lymphoid follicles
Dhillon: moderate to marked increase in IEL’s, increase in chronic inflammatory
cells throughout the colon – superficial macrophages not quite granuloma
INDTERMINATE COLITIS
Child 78. MMR 14 months
16 months “growling voice”
18 months – behavioural changes – autism diagnosed at 3 years
Barium [follow through X ray] 5 cm tight stricture [proximal] to insertion of
terminal ileum
Endoscopy- prominent lymphoid follicle in ileum
Mild proctitis with granular mucosa
Histology
Ileum – reactive follicles
Colon – bifid forms, increased IEL’s
Slight increase in inflammatory cells
INDETERMINATE COLITIS
? CROHN’S DISEASE

NOTES:
(1) Inflammation that is not diagnostic of either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
(2) Child 6 in The Lancet paper. The chronological order was corrected for the final Lancet paper.
(3) Child 3 in The Lancet paper

BMJ caught in its own fraud
These documents reveal that the British Medical Journal has been caught in its own fraud for willfully ignoring this evidence, which was presented to it long before its recent publication of Brian Deer’s article calling Dr Wakefield a fraud.

The BMJ willfully ignored this evidence and simply decided to destroy Dr Wakefield’s professional reputation by any means necessary. As Dr Wakefield explains:

“In allowing itself to become the vehicle for Brian Deer’s particular brand of journalism; in circumventing the process of due diligence in its enthusiasm to “kill the beast”, the BMJ has taken a huge risk. As the document presented above shows, this was a mistake. Medicine, presented with the possibility of an iatrogenic catastrophe, has boarded a dissonant bandwagon and has gone after those who have concerns – genuine concerns – that childhood vaccines may be responsible, at least in part, for the autism epidemic. The relevant science has been grossly misrepresented, crushed beneath the wheels of a Public Relations 16-wheeler that is out of control. In the meantime a relentless tsunami of damaged children claims this land.”

Brian Deer caught as a liar
It has also been revealed that journalist Brian Deer, the author of the BMJ article condemning Dr Wakefield as a fraud, is himself a liar. In attempting to gather evidence for his article in the BMJ, he lied about his identity and entered the home of one of the parents of the autism children. Specifically, he claimed he was working for The Sunday Times even though he was never a Sunday Times employee.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the outright deception that has been used by the BMJ and Brian Deer in their attempt to silence a doctor whose only “crime” was publicly expressing concern about the safety of MMR vaccines.

That the BMJ and its writer Brian Deer have now been caught ignoring evidence and engaging in their own fraud gives credence to the idea that MMR vaccines may, indeed, not only be dangerous; but that they may be so dangerous that the top medical journals have to lie about the facts in order to protect them.

What’s clear here is that the BMJ has strayed so far from the realm of evidence-based scientific thinking that it can no longer be called a reputable medical journal at all. Its callous disregard for the truth — and its politically-motivated witch hunt against a researcher who only sought to protect the health of children — exposes it as a danger to the scientific community and the world of conventional medicine.

As this truth unfolds, these revelations will rock the medical world and expose these science journals as the frauds they truly are. Think about this: While these medical journals are taking money from vaccine manufacturers (who pay their ads), they are ignoring any scientific evidence they don’t like in order to vilify anyone who threatens the profits of these very same vaccine companies! And yet, these medical journals never admit that their very existence depends on the financial flow of money from these vaccine manufacturers who are strongly impacted by their editorial decisions!

There is fraud taking place in the vaccine industry today, of course, and the medical journals are the point men who push their distorted disinformation into the minds of doctors, journalists and anyone they can reach with their scientific distortions. At stake is the future of the vaccine industry, which is of course a multi-billion-dollar industry that thrives on misinformation and the ongoing scientific censorship of the facts surrounding the health risks posed by vaccines.


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