Friday, April 21, 2017

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Guess who is sicker?

It’s never been done before. The first-of-its-kind study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated American children shows who is really ailing…and parents should be worried


Something is wrong with America’s children. They are sick – allergic, asthmatic, anxious, autoimmune, autistic, hyperactive, distracted and learning disabled. Thirty-two million American children – a full 43% of them – suffer from at least one of 20 chronic illnesses not including obesity. Across the board, once rare pediatric disorders from autism and ADD to Type 1 diabetes and Tourette’s syndrome are soaring, though few studies pool the data. Compared to their parents, children today are four times more likely to have a chronic illness. And while their grandparents might never have swallowed a pill as children, the current generation of kids is a pharmaceutical sales rep’s dream come true: More than one million American children under five years old takes a psychiatric drug. More than 8.3 millionkids under 17 have consumed psychiatric drugs, and in any given month one in four is taking at least one prescription drug for something.  
Fast food, bad genes, too much TV, video games, pesticides, plastics – name the environmental factor and it has been implicated in the surge of sickness, although none adequately explains the scale or scope of the epidemic. There is one exposure, however, that has evaded the search, despite that children have received it by direct injection in steadily accumulating doses far beyond anything past generations ever saw: 50 doses of 14 vaccines by age six, 69 doses of 16 pharmaceutical vaccines containing powerfully immune-altering ingredients by age 18.

We’re assured vaccines are “safe and effective” even though public health officials acknowledge they sometimes have serious side-effects including death and despite the troubling fact that no long-term study of their effects on overall health has ever been conducted.  Remarkably, not a single published study has ever compared vaccinated kids to unvaccinated kids to see who is healthier years after the shots. Until now.

pilot study of 666 homeschooled six to 12-year-olds from four American states published on April 27th in the Journal of Translational Sciences, compared 261 unvaccinated children with 405 partially or fully vaccinated children, and assessed their overall health based on their mothers' reports of vaccinations and physician-diagnosed illnesses. What it found about increases in immune-mediated diseases like allergies and neurodevelopmental diseases including autism, should make all parents think twice before they ever vaccinate again:

*Vaccinated children were more than three times as likely to be diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum (OR 4.3)

*Vaccinated children were 30-fold more likely to be diagnosed with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) than non-vaccinated children
* Vaccinated children were 22-fold more likely to require an allergy medication than unvaccinated children
*Vaccinated children had more than quadruple the risk of being diagnosed with a learning disability than unvaccinated children (OR 5.2)
*Vaccinated children were 300 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than unvaccinated children (OR 4.3)
* Vaccinated children were 340 percent (OR 4.4) more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia than unvaccinated children
*Vaccinated children were 300 percent more likely to be diagnosed with an ear infection than unvaccinated children (OR 4.0)
*Vaccinated children were 700 percent more likely to have surgery to insert ear drainage tubes than unvaccinated children (OR 8.01)
* Vaccinated children were 2.5-fold more likely to be diagnosed with any chronic illness than unvaccinated children

Homeschooler vs. homeschooler
The trouble with doing a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study a century or so after it should have been done is that virtually all American children are vaccinated today. When 95 percent of children get injections, there are few ‘controls’ left for studying long-term outcomes. Comparing American children at large to small pockets of unvaccinated children like those in the Amish community is revealing, but critics say they are comparing apples to oranges. There are too many other variables -- diet, fresh air, computer time, for example – that might explain differences in health besides vaccination status.
So, Anthony Mawson, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, Jackson State University, along with colleagues Azad Bhuiyan and Binu Jacob, collaborated with Brian D. Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute in Salem, OR, to engage and enroll homeschooling families to participate in the study. In this way, homeschoolers were compared to homeschoolers (apples to apples), but with the added advantage that homeschoolers as a population match the profiles of American families at large. The families who responded to the anonymous online survey were recruited through homeschooling associations in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oregon.
The disease trade 
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated children in the study got sick sometimes. As expected, vaccinated children were less likely to have some infections they were vaccinated against: they were 71% less likely to have had chickenpox (Odds Ratio = 0.26), 75% less likely to have had whooping cough (pertussis) (OR = 0.3), and 87% less likely to have had a rubella infection (OR = 0.1) (see Table 2) -.
However, in spite of public health hysteria over outbreaks of measles at Disneyland and mumps resurgence, there was no evidence that vaccinated children were any more protected against these so-called “vaccine-preventable diseases”. Children in both groups had about the same rates of infection with measles, mumps, Hepatitis A and B, influenza, rotavirus and meningitis (both viral and bacterial).
Unvaccinated children in the study were actually better protected against some “vaccine-preventable diseases” than children who got the shots. Since 2000, the CDC has recommended four shots against seven different strains of pneumococcal infections before age 15 months (13 strains since 2010), but vaccinated children in the study were 340 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia compared to unvaccinated children (OR = 4.4).
Brain drain
So, what is the cost for this weak vaccine protection against chickenpox, pertussis and rubella?
The link between autism and vaccination is the biggest tornado in the vaccine storm. Autism has soared from a rare disorder to something affecting a child in every other classroom: in the 80s, it struck one in 10,000 children, by the early 1990s, one in 2,500. Five years ago it was one in 88 children was diagnosed as autistic and today it is one in 68.
In the homeschooler study, the risk of being diagnosed on the autism spectrum was more than four-fold higher among vaccinated children than unvaccinated children (OR 4.3).
 “We do not know all of the causes of ASD,” the Centers for Disease Control says– which avoids saying they haven't identified any cause for it. Or any treatment.
They still quote a 2004 Pediatrics study claiming to refute a link between autism and vaccines even though one of its authors, their own top scientist William Thompson, has admitted that he and his colleagues colluded to obscure and then shred data (he kept copies) which showed a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. “Oh my God, I can’t believe we did what we did,” Thompson confessed in one taped telephone chat to Brian Hooker, a bioengineer professor at Simpson University and the father of an autistic child.
The Thompson whistleblower case is the basis of the 2016 documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe by Andrew Wakefield, the gastroenterologist who was among the first to suggest a link the MMR vaccine and autism  in the late ‘90s, and who has become a symbol of how the system deals with dissenters. It’s the film the CDC does not want anyone to see.
The CDC also fails to mention that the federal government has been forced to acknowledge vaccination’s role in inducing autism and has awarded compensation to some parents of damaged children. Other courts have recognized the connection between autism and vaccination too. Besides that, there are the thousands of parents  the courts and federal government pretend don’t exist who all tell the same story over and over again: that they watched their children regress into autism following vaccination.
Brain and nervous system damage from vaccines is nothing new. Crippling and potentially blinding Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, for example, (which causes MRI-visible white spots on the brain and can progress to multiple sclerosis,) has been described in the medical literature for decades and is a documentedside effect for virtually every vaccine. Narcolepsy and Guillain Barré Syndrome are other examples.
So, what role might vaccines have in subtler brain damage? Don’t ask the CDC because they’ve never looked. But the JSU study found the odds for vaccinated children having a learning disability was five-fold that of unvaccinated children (OR = 5.2), four-fold for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (OR = 4.3) and more than three-fold for any neurodevelopmental disorder (i.e., impairment of growth and development of the brain or central nervous system associated with a diagnosis of Learning Disability, ADHD or ASD) (OR = 3.67).
Mercury, aluminum and what else?
Vaccine ingredients are known to cause brain damage. Robert Kennedy Jr. has been highlighting the dangers of mercury as thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines and its relationship to autism.
Aluminium is another well-documented neurotoxin added to vaccines as an adjuvant to evoke an immune system response.  Recent research has thrown everything scientists used to say about it (and the CDC still does) in the bin: aluminum is not excreted from the body within hours or days, but it persists for years and can migrate to organs including lymph, spleen and brain. Aluminum in vaccines has been implicated in Chronic Fatigue SyndromeMacrophagic Myofasciitis in numerous autoimmune diseasesAlzheimer’s disease, in sudden deaths following vaccination and in autism.
The FDA does not deny its toxicity – just that there is enoughaluminum toxin in vaccines to cause harm. But it calculates riskbased on oral exposure. Even so it describes memory impairment in lab mice and “very young animals [which] appeared weaker and less active [and] less coordinated when their mothers were exposed to large amounts of aluminum during pregnancy and while nursing.”
Injected exposure can hardly be safer.  “It should be obvious that the route of exposure which bypasses the protective barriers of the gastrointestinal tract and/or the skin will likely require a much lower dose to produce a toxic outcome,” says a 2014 review implicating aluminium in the autism epidemic.
Besides toxic metals like aluminum and mercury, vaccines may contain contaminants from DNA from human aborted fetus cells, animal DNA and retroviruses and a host of debris and metal contaminants that are not measured by oversight agencies and whose health effects have never been studied.

The ear infection connection
Vaccinated children in the study were four-fold more likely than   unvaccinated children in the study to have had a doctor-diagnosed ear infection (OR4.0), and they were 700% as likely to have had surgery to implant ear tubes for repeat or persistent infections. (OR 8.01)
Acute ear infections have increased worldwide in recent decades and are so common they are almost unremarkable now; they affect 80% of American children by age three and are the leading reason for child doctor visits, antibiotic use and the number one pediatric surgical procedure –insertion of plastic tubes in the ears. Childhood ear infections cost the health care system almost three billion dollars a year.
The study points to reports of middle ear infection filed with the government's Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). A VAERS database search for children younger than one year of age who developed otitis media within one week of vaccination revealed 438,573 cases reported between 1990 and 2011, “often with fever and other signs and symptoms of inflammation and central nervous system involvement.” If that was the reported number for children under a year old within one week, how many children of all ages get common ear infections following vaccination? No one knows.
Messed up microbiomes
As a possible mechanism for vaccine-induced ear infection, study authors Mawson and colleagues cite a 2006 study that looked at the types of bacteria in the nasal passages of children immunized with pneumococcal vaccine vs. “historical control”  – kids from the prePCV-7 era -- and found an increased colonization of a bacteria called M. catarrhalis in the vaccinated group. M. catarrhalis, it turns out, is associated with an increased risk of ear infection.
No surprise then that vaccinated children in the study were over two-fold more likely to have taken antibiotics (OR 2.7). They were also hospitalized more often (OR 1.8).
Broad spectrum antibiotics like those frequently used for ear infections are like napalm on the microbiome -- they may wipe out bugs that cause ear infections but they affect many other microbes as well, shifting microbiome composition in ways that science is only beginning to understand how profoundly this impacts health. New research links microbiome shifts to a growing list of diseases from irritable bowel syndrome, obesity,  Crohn’s diseasediabetes and multiple sclerosis to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and  autism.
In a 2011 Lancet studyDanish researchers concluded the pneumococcal vaccine had a “much broader effect...on the microbial community than currently assumed, and highlights the need for careful monitoring when implementing vaccines...”
Another recent study found it isn't just pneumococcal bugs that are affected, but several unexpected types of infectious bugs rush in to colonize where vaccines have been. What is the net effect of 69 vaccines on a developing child’s microbiome? Public health officials haven’t even asked the question.
Wheezy and itchy
The JSU study shows that vaccinated children’s risk of being diagnosed with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) was 30-fold higher than that of unvaccinated children (OR == 30.1), which exceeds the strength of the association between smoking and lung cancer. They also had a higher odds of overall allergies (OR = 3.9), and three-fold higher odds of getting eczema. (OR = 3.1).
All this allergic disease was leading to more medication. The vaccinated children in the study were 22-fold more likely to have taken allergy medicine than the unvaccinated.
Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is another one of those current inexplicably soaring pediatric plagues; in 2012, it affected 6.6 million children. It is strongly associated with another spiking childhood disorder, asthma. More than three million American kids have a food allergy and one in four children have eczema. Worldwide, allergies have been increasing and they now affect almost half of all American school kids.
As with autism, public health has no answers to explain the explosion of immune-mediated allergic disease. But researchers routinely create animal models of allergic disease by exposing them to aluminum adjuvants – the sort used in vaccines – at the same time as allergens. Recent experiments (here , here and here, for example) describe how scientists use aluminum to stimulate allergic rhinitis (hay fever) in mice.
This 2014 study describes how researchers used aluminum hydroxide bound to a bordetella pertussis  (that's whooping cough bacteria in every child's two, four, six and 18-month DTaP which also contains aluminum) and exposed the animal to an oral antigen (ie., food, like peanuts or soya)  to produce rats with food allergies.
Studies like these (here and here) describe how aluminum hydroxide linked to egg white protein (another vaccine ingredient) is used to create animal models of asthma.
So how does the CDC fail to consider if the very thing scientists are using to create allergic disease in animals is also creating allergic disease in children?
No explanation?
“There was no explanation for the differences in health outcomes observed between the vaccinated and unvaccinated groups of children other than vaccination itself,” the study's authors concluded.  Although the design of the study limits causal interpretation, they added, there is an apparent dose-response relationship between vaccination and chronic illness too, with the partially vaccinated showing intermediate odds of being diagnosed with chickenpox and whooping cough as well as ear infection, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis, ADHD, eczema, and learning disability (see Table 4).
“The extent to which these findings apply to the population of homeschooled children as well as the general population awaits further research on vaccinated and unvaccinated children,” Mawson and colleagues say. “Investigating and understanding the biological basis of these unexpected nonspecific outcomes of vaccination is essential for ensuring evidence-based vaccine policies and decisions.”  
There is little evidence, however, that the mainstream medical establishment has any interest in understanding unexpected outcomes. Its message is clear: vaccines are modern medicine's greatest miracle, an intervention that has saved millions of lives and improved quality of life for millions more. The fine print, acknowledged since vaccines began, is that a few children will suffer serious consequences from vaccines, including death, but their lives are a small sacrifice for the greater good of protecting of humanity from plagues of infectious disease.
For more than a century it has been accepted public health dogma that vaccine benefits outweigh risks. What's more, with the introduction of five new vaccines since 1995 bringing the total inoculations to 35 by kindergarten age, studies of the combined effect of vaccines have never been done. The reality is: real vaccine benefits are theoretical and real vaccine risks are unknown.
The emerging “vaccine war” is really just growing numbers of “hesitant” parents (and health practitioners) questioning the CDC vaccine schedule for good reasons: Why are doctors who profit from vaccines the spokesmen for public health? Can government health agencies really be trusted to protect our children when they are so wedded to the pharmaceutical industry?  Why are toxins in vaccines? Does my kid really need this vaccine or is somebody selling it, like Coca Cola and video games? Why is it acceptable to knowingly sacrifice some children for the greater good? Is that greater good real or is it a mirage?
That vaccines may sometimes curb natural infections like chickenpox sometimes appears to be the case. What’s not been answered is the cost? What else do vaccines do? And if they are such a miracle, then why are American kids so sick?
This pilot study shows us that if mainstream medicine and our public health agencies are really interested in children's health, not just vaccine profits or defending vaccine religion against blasphemy, what is needed is not the will to make everyone believe, but the courage to find out.
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The Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute (CMSRI) is a medical and scientific collaborative established to provide research funding for independent studies on causal factors underlying the chronic disease and disability epidemic.

Last night was only the 2nd time in 10 years Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was allowed to be a guest on a national television program to talk about vaccines.

Note: Kennedy has a rare condition called spasmodic dysphonia, a specific form of an involuntary movement disorder called dystonia that affects only the voice box.

Fingerpointing section:

Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, Pediatricians Do
They convince you to give your child every single vaccine, never mentioning that the vaccine schedule has tripled since the 1980s and quintupled since the 1960s. Hepatitis B on the first day of life? A useless vaccine few other countries use, but essential for your baby!

Should Congress Investigate Potential Autism-Vaccine Link?
Many health experts have been calling for congressional hearings since August 2014, when a senior researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. William Thompson, claimed that the CDC found and then hid data from a study that linked the MMR vaccine to autism.

Speaking to members of the media today, Robert F.Kennedy Jr. said he plans to chair a commission on vaccine safety as part of President-elect Trump's administration.


  1. Hear this well, your unvaccinated child could kill another child:

    I wonder why I dont have autism, i was vaccinated?

    1. Only children with an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction seem to be at risk of developing autism from vaccinations. That's no more than 1 out of 50 children.

  2. chuck gregory2/11/15, 3:40 PM

    One of the biggest favors the anti-vaxxers could do for the public is sign a statement that if their child is crippled or killed by an immunization-preventalbe disease, the Department of Health is authorized to provide all the details to the public. It would be more fascinating reading than the DUI stories.

  3. It is this kind of irresponsible journalism that causes mass hysteria. I love the fact that science does not show an ounce of credit to these claims. You have 200 people who want to BLAME something for their child's health related issues because they don't want to believe that their own genetics caused an issue. SO HEAR ME...this is embarrassing and this is the exact reason why educated folks think Vermonters are hillbillies because someone entertained the idea of promoting this propaganda. Shame on you ED

  4. I cannot believe you would post this story with that headline. Talk about irresponsible journalism and behavior. This is behavior that kills children and adults. Neither the story nor the interview supports the headline that vaccines cause Autism. The one thing we know for sure is that many of the disabilities and deaths resulted from the diseases we vaccinate children against.

  5. You do know this study of vaccines and autism was recanted. HE WAS PAID BY AN ANTI-VACCINATION ORGANIZATION TO DO THE STUDY. #sheep

  6. For over 20 years, the federal government has publicly denied a vaccine-autism link, while at the same time its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has been awarding damages for vaccine injury to children with brain damage, seizures and autism.

    Below is a link to their February 2015 update of case statistics. It shows they have paid out nearly $3 billion dollars since 1989. So understandably, the government would prefer everyone believe vaccines are perfectly safe and never suspect some new health problem might possibly be due to a vaccine injury.

    A 2011 peer-reviewed study investigated approximately 1300 cases of childhood brain injury in which the Special Masters for the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program ruled for the plaintiffs, looking for references to autism, symptoms of autism or disorders commonly associated with autism.

    It reports that twenty-one cases actually stated "autism or autism-like symptoms" in the court records. The researchers then identified and personally contacted 150 more compensated families to find out whether the children had autism. They were able to find an additional 62 cases (greater than 40% of their sample) for a total of 83 cases of autism. In 39 cases (47%) there was confirmation of autism beyond parental report.

    Vaccine defenders often cite studies that show no association between autism and vaccines. These are rife with conflicts including authors who have been paid by vaccine companies and federal agencies and foreign governments charged with administering vaccines. Here is a link to a page listing the 14 studies most commonly referred to in the press with conflicts given.

    And here is a page listing 86 research papers supporting the vaccine/autism link. All were accepted for publishing in respected medical journals.

  7. chuck gregory2/13/15, 8:57 AM

    The evidence is irrefutable that immunizations have saved far more lives than have been lost through reactions to vaccinations.

    As factual as anti-vaxxer information might be, the reality is that life is a crap shoot, and immunizations are part of it.

    With 19.2 million children vaccinated in 2013 for MMR, 83 case of autism definitely attributable to immunization reaction is 4.3229167e-06, or 0.0004323%. Parents are more likely to have their two-year-old win the lottery or get hit by lightning.

    This is not to say that what happened in these cases is to be dismissed lightly-- there are other equally horrible or worse possible outcomes. But they are possible outcomes. The question is, how PROBABLE are they?

    The possibility for developing autism from a shot is minuscule compared to the possibility of a six-month-old dying from pertussis (too young for a vaccine to provide protection), which is 50%. There is another side effect of pertussis, called "rectal prolapse," in which the baby coughs so hard he expels his rectum. The probability of this is very low, but it is a real possibility.

    The same can be said of all the vaccines and all the illnesses they prevent.

    Parents want to act on the best information available, but the lazy ones rely on word of mouth, be it from Dr. Laura, Judge Judy or a surgeon general appointed by someone of a different race.

    If they really want accurate information, they can do this: Crack open one of the standard pediatric textbooks (about ten times the size of the Bible) and research the effects of each disease and each immunization. Make a chart noting the effect and its probability. How likely is it that an eighteen-month-old will die from pertussis? Fifty percent. How likely is it he/she will die from the vaccine? Almost zero. How likely is it that he/she will feel irritable and run a fever from pertussis? One hundred percent. How likely from the vaccine? Sixty percent.

    Parents will find about 48 possible reactions to both illnesses and immunizations, ranging from soreness to death or lifelong spasticity. By comparing the probabilities of the corresponding pairs, they will get a good sense of which way to place their be, and they can choose to vaccinate or not. There is always the possibility they will have bet wrong, but at least the choice they made was not based on some hyper-sensationalism.

    Warning: The whole chart is incomplete unless it has about 1280 data points.

    I know. I made one.

  8. The 83 awarded compensation for autism represent only a fraction of similar cases. Lawmakers designed vaccine court to favor payouts, but the court’s Justice Department lawyers fight legitimate claims. Cases can drag on for as long as 3 years.

    Japan banned the MMR vaccine in 1993 after an analysis of vaccinations over a three-month period showed one in every 900 children was experiencing problems. This was over 2,000 times higher than the expected rate of one child in every 100,000 to 200,000.

    Vaccine manufacturers can’t always be trusted with facts and statistics. According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint in 2010 vaccine manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted mumps and measles outbreaks, and ripped off governments and consumers who bought the vaccine thinking it was "95% effective." View the court papers here:

    Merck would lose its exclusive license to manufacture the vaccine if it didn’t show 95 percent efficacy. So the whistleblowers claimed that Merck juiced the numbers to keep vaccine sales up.

    This is particularly interesting as Merck has an exclusive license with the U.S. government to produce the measles vaccine. The company brings in $1 billion in revenues yearly on childhood vaccine sales. The lawsuit points out that the FDA requires such a high efficacy rate to promote herd immunity.

    The fraudulent Merck vaccine led to the 2006 mumps outbreak in the Midwest, and a 2009 outbreak elsewhere.

    Rather than taking action on this false claims act, the U.S. government simply ignored it, thereby protecting Merck’s market monopoly instead of properly serving justice. This demonstrates the collusion between the U.S. government, FDA regulators and the vaccine industry.

  9. chuck gregory2/14/15, 8:48 AM

    Admin, you’re talking about two different things here, and I fully agree with you on the corporate conduct of Merckn with its deliberately flawed vaccine. If it were a person, it should be taken out and shot. Unfortunately, the system will not let that happen. Merck’s pyschopathic conduct is the result of three things: 1) the “government is bad for you” Republican philosophy (now adopted by many Democrats) which has resulted in the evisceration of protections formerly employed in our behalf; 2) “tort reform,” which denies victims in many states for just recompense for what Merck did; and 3) the present system of campaign finance, which has corporations owning our government. All of this is far too long to be dealt with here.
    The second issue is the matter of the efficacy of the measles immunization.

    Let’s assume that the problems the Japanese government discovered with Merck’s MMR were all vaccine-caused autism cases. Given that the state rate of MMR causing autism is 0.0004323%, their discovery of a 2,000-fold increase in autism would indicate the likelihood of that happening with the Merck vaccine would have been 0.8646%— around 9 in 1,000, a rate that would cause an immediate cessation of MMR vaccinations in any country around the world. But as the autism rate in Japan did not rise to that level, the problems they found were in other areas.

    Let’s assume that the MMR is responsible for a nine-in-a-thousand rate of autism. What does measles cause? I don’t have my pediatrics textbook, but was able to get some numbers off the internet:

    death from measles— one in 5,000 (otherwise healthy child) to 100- 300 in 1,000 (malnourished or immunocompromised child). panencephalitis— 1 in 100,000 children, who are likely to experience one or more of the following sequelae (I couldn’t get stats for these): fever lethargy headache confusion loss of appetite death
    subacute sclerosing panencephalitis— 1 in 10,000, who are likely to experience (again, no stats): permanent muteness permanent coma

    corneal ulceration— with the possibility of: scarring of the cornea

    penumonia— viral or bacterial, which might bring: myalgia headache
    fevers rigors cough shortness of breath runny nose chest pain shaking chills death

    otitis media (earache)— which can include perforation of the ear drum
    mastoiditis (swelling of the mastoid space behind the ear) bacterial meningitis (which can include: stiff neck fever
    rashes central nervous system involvement deafness
    amputation brain damage death (1 in 100)
    brain abscess
    blood clots in the dual sinuses, which might include: headaches
    stroke symptoms seizures tympanic membrane rupture infection lifelong mild hearing loss (2.1 out of 100)

    Now, given the risks for getting measles, what are the risks for getting the MMR vaccination? This is what the CDC reports:
    “Mild Problems
    • Fever (up to 1 person out of 6)
    • Mild rash (about 1 person out of 20)
    • Swelling of glands in the cheeks or neck (about 1 person out of 75)
    If these problems occur, it is usually within 7-12 days after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.
    Moderate Problems
    • Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about 1 out of 3,000 doses)
    • Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints, mostly in teenage or adult women (up to 1 out of 4)
    • Temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder (about 1 out of 30,000 doses)
    Severe Problems (Very Rare)
    • Serious allergic reaction (less than 1 out of a million doses)
    • Several other severe problems have been reported after a child gets MMR vaccine, including:
    ◦ Deafness
    ◦ Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
    ◦ Permanent brain damage
    • These are so rare that it is hard to tell whether they are caused by the vaccine.”

    While the CDC gives the statistics, mine are incomplete. Parents will have to research the numbers themselves in order to come to a fully-informed decision, or they can contact me and I will find my textbook.

    1. At a vaccine risk conference in 2000, Dr. Philip Incao cited the Ghana study above as an example of the vital role of fever. “The doctors began to think that the higher fevers and rash helped clear the measles virus from the body and enhanced survival. And so half way through this measles epidemic, the doctors revised their treatment and gave no sedatives, no aspirin or tylenol, nor cough suppressants, but still gave antibiotics, antimalarials and blood transfusions if needed. In this group, also of 56 children, only 7% died compared to 35% in the first group. This is a dramatic demonstration, and there are many others, of the vitally important basic principle that it is dangerous to suppress an inflammatory discharge.”

  10. chuck gregory2/16/15, 9:18 PM

    What's the death rate from measles? What's the death rate from the vaccine?

    1. The CDC claims that around 1 or 2 out of a thousand Americans who get measles will die from it.

      The U.S. Government keeps a database of reports called The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Anybody with a computer and Internet access can search this database by visiting . In the past 10 years, there have been 96 deaths attributed to the MMR vaccine, and another 12 from lesser used measles vaccines.

      Below is a link to a chart showing declining U.S. measles mortality rates over the past 115 years. It shows that better nutrition and health hygiene managed to bring the death rate way down even before the measles vaccine was introduced.

      It's an even larger drop than it appears on this chart. Our population rose from 139.9M in 1945 to 189.5M in 1963: That’s almost FIFTY MILLION new Americans. Greater than an additional 1/3 of the population was added to the U.S., but it is not even considered when the government presents measles data.

      United States Measles Mortality Rates

    2. chuck gregory2/18/15, 9:49 AM

      So, there's a likelihood of 1 or 2 in a thousand that a child will die of measles in the US and a chance of 1.08 in two to four million that a chid will die of a measles vaccination (108 deaths in 20-40 million)? As I said, it's a crap shoot, but we can see what the odds are.

    3. The US childhood immunization schedule specifies 26 vaccine doses for infants aged less than 1 year—the most in the world—yet 33 nations have lower infant mortality rates (IMRs).

      Nations like the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, that also require between 24 and 26 vaccine doses, also have among the highest IMRs. In contrast, nations like Sweden, Japan, Iceland, and Norway that average 12 required vaccine doses for infants have the lowest IMRs.

      Prior to contemporary vaccination programs, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or ‘Crib death’ was so infrequent that it was not mentioned in infant mortality statistics. By 1980, SIDS had become the leading cause of postneonatal mortality (deaths of infants from 28 days to one year old) in the United States. Some studies show there is some evidence that a subset of infants may be more susceptible to SIDS shortly after being vaccinated.

      Slight improvements in IMRs can make a substantial difference. In 2009, there were approximately 4.5 million live births and 28,000 infant deaths in the United States, resulting in an infant mortality rate of 6.22/ 1000. If health authorities can find a way to reduce the rate by 1/1000 (16%), the United States would rise in international rank from 34th to 31st and about 4500 infants would be saved.

      A companion study also published in Human and Experimental Toxicology noticed a positive relationship between number of vaccine doses and hospitalizations rates of U.S. children. The researchers examined records from the government's own VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Reporting Event System) and found that the more vaccines a child received earlier in life, the more likely the child was to suffer a reaction requiring hospitalization.

    4. chuck gregory2/19/15, 6:09 PM

      I checked the WHO recommendations and came up with 19 (including seasonal flu, one dose at 6 months or older if needed):

      hepB— 3 to 4 doses starting at birth, by 8 mos.
      DTP— 3 doses,@ 6-14 weeks
      HiB— 3, @ 6-14 (possible booster at 24 wks)
      PCV— 3, @ 6-14
      rotavirus— 3, 6-14
      MMR, 2 @ 9 + 72 wks.
      seasonal Flu—1 @ 24 wks.

      these are all for children less than a year. If you count MMR as three separate immunizations, then the total is 25, excluding the flu shot. Looks like we're in agreement on the count! More to follow.

    5. chuck gregory2/19/15, 9:16 PM

      Interesting post, Admin! I did some digging around and ran across the Goldman-Miller study. It has some good starting points for further research, and M&G do conclude penultimately with a few cautions I include here in #1.

      Here are a few points that occurred to me:

      1. What are the known causes of IMR? Goldman and Miller admit that the field is murky because of the possible misreporting of SIDS.

      While a peek at low-birthweight rates for those countries does not indicate a causal link, Goldman and Miller did not factor in congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities which are a major factor. They also state a cautionary about the problems inherent in the quality of data gleaned (some countries report by different standards; Japan, which they do include, might not be reporting a baby as a live birth until its fourth week, which used to be the practice only 20 years ago and still might be), plus ecological bias and the possible role of pre-term births.

      2. Their anecdote of “a 3-month-old infant who died suddenly and unexpectedly shortly after being given six vaccines in a single shot” is just an anecdote, but it ought to spur additional research along those lines, preferably by the CDC and not Merck or some other drug company.

      3. I did some research on the four vaccines not given to <1-year-olds in Sweden, but given in the US: rotavirus, flu, hepatitis b and bacterial meningitis.

      I believe I have established a pediatric mortality rate for each: for every 200,000 population, the rates are 1, 20, 100 and 1.66, for a total mortality rate of 122.66 per 200,000, or 0.6133 per thousand, which is about one-tenth of the US infant mortality rate of 6.22/1,000.

      In other words, is it possible that eliminating those immunizations might bring the US rate down to Sweden's-- but only if all other factors were equal, which we do not yet know, but at the risk of increasing a child's likelihood of mortality for a specific disease?
      So, if my reckoning is correct, there is only a 10% increase in the risk to an infant if those immunizations are foregone.

      However, it’s still a crap shoot.

      In the Wikipedia entry for meningococcal disease, there is a picture of a nine-month-old baby who will have both arms amputated to save its life.

      Parents who want to reduce their baby's risk of mortality will want to weigh their opposition to the meningococcal immunization against the risk of such brutality if their baby happens to lose the roll of the dice.

      As I said earlier in this thread, parents can make the choices they want, but they’ll feel better if they know they did their homework.

      Finally, I will point out you moved the goalposts on this thread, from MMR/autism to IMR/immunizations. I did enjoy sniffing around the data, however!

  11. chuck gregory2/16/15, 9:29 PM

    Parents: Note well what Dr. Incao said: "In this group, also of 56 children, only 7% died compared to 35% in the first group. This is a dramatic demonstration, and there are many others, of the vitally important basic principle that it is dangerous to suppress an inflammatory discharge.”

    In other words, helping the child by encouraging a high fever and a rash produces a death rate of only 350 per 5,000 cases?

    In the UK, where bogus science caused the National Health Service to suspend the measles immunization for almost a decade, after they reinstated it-- and barred the scientist from the profession for life-- the mortality rate improved just a little bit better than the Ghanaian result of 350 per 5,000. The UK's death rate is 1 per 5,000.

    1. Death rate is very much higher in Africa, with so many children there being poor and malnourished since conception.

    2. chuck gregory2/18/15, 1:16 AM

      In Britain in 1987-- the last year before the MMR was introduced, there were 80,000 cases of measles, with 16 deaths resulting ( Had Incao's course of treatment been followed, there would have been only three deaths.

      However, in the years 1990-2013 (skipping 1989 to allow development of herd immunity) use of the MMR resulted in an average of only 1.3 deaths (

      This means that Britain’s measles death rate would now rise, if it were to lose the present herd immunity, from 1.3 to 3.0, or more than double. Not a good move. Incao's treatment is helpful in countries where MMR is not available, but not otherwise.

      As for autism: The autism rate in Britain “rose significantly in the 1990’s” ), even though the MMR vaccination had been discontinued.

      One would think that it would have plateaued in the UK at the discontinuation of the MMR in 1988 rather than twelve years later, in 2000.

      This strongly argues that there is no connection between the two, as anti-vaxxers maintain, their" correlation means causation” argument.

      Since autism is not contagious, the presence or lack of herd immunity does not explain why it continued to increase even after MMR was stopped in the UK.

      Clearly the surge in US autism rates during that same period calls for continued investigation. The anti-vax adherence to MMR as the explanation is just as damaging as a state attorney's insistence that an innocent man is a killer. If everybody believes the charge, somewhere a killer still is on the loose.

  12. The Chuck Gregory and Admin ED Vortex.

    1. Whatever keeps him off the streets with that silly wheeled contraption of his...

    2. chuck gregory2/23/15, 3:11 PM

      If someone paid you $6,000 a year to use one, would you?

  13. chuck gregory2/21/15, 4:08 PM


    There are three main explanations parents will refuse proven health measures (such as immunizations or water fluoridation) for their children: Rational consideration of all the information; unwitting ignorance; or willful pleasure in being the arbiter of a child's health care, even if at the expense of the child's health. I do what I can to make sure the first reason prevails.

  14. Chuck for person of the year (or at least a day )

  15. Snopes uncovers the actual fraud here:

    On 27 August 2014, Dr. Hooker's article published in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration that concluded "African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis" was removed from public domain due to issues of conflict of interest and the questionable validity of its methods:

    "The Editor and Publisher regretfully retract the article as there were undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process. Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings. "

    The CDC issued a statement regarding the data in question, with instructions for accessing the study at the center of the controversy. As the CDC noted, the authors of that study suggested that the most likely explanation for the moderate correlation between autism and vaccination in young children was the existence of immunization requirements for autistic children enrolled in special education preschool programs: "...

    ..."The study looked at different age groups: children vaccinated by 18 months, 24 months, and 36 months. The findings revealed that vaccination between 24 and 36 months was slightly more common among children with autism, and that association was strongest among children 3-5 years of age. The authors reported this finding was most likely a result of immunization requirements for preschool special education program attendance in children with autism. "

    For a thorough analysis of the flaws and misinformation associated with the current CDC autism "cover-up" conspiracy theory, we recommend the posts on the subject at ScienceBlogs which note of the claim at the heart of this matter (i.e, allegedly suppressed proof of a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American boys after MMR vaccination) that:

    "Vaccination data were abstracted from immunization forms required for school entry, and records of children who were born in Georgia were linked to Georgia birth certificates for information on maternal and birth factors. Basically, no significant associations were found between the age cutoffs examined and the risk of autism. I note that, even in the "reanalysis" by Brian Hooker, there still isn't any such correlation for children who are not African American boys

    There's no biologically plausible reason why there would be an effect observed in African-Americans but no other race and, more specifically than that, in African-American males. In the discussion, Hooker does a bunch of handwaving about lower vitamin D levels and the like in African American boys, but there really isn't a biologically plausible mechanism to account for his observation, suggesting that it's probably spurious. There are multiple other studies, many much larger than this one, that failed to find a correlation between MMR and autism.

    What [Hooker] has done, apparently, is found grist for a perfect conspiracy theory to demonize the CDC, play the race card in a truly despicable fashion, and cast fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the CDC vaccination program, knowing that most of the white antivaccine activists who support [him] hate the CDC so much that they won't notice that even Hooker's reanalysis doesn’t support their belief that vaccines caused the autism in their children. "

    1. chuck gregory2/23/15, 3:09 PM

      7:24, you're probably going to have someone respond that Snopes is run by a married couple from their home with no formal background in inv--" Oh, somebody already did.

      Well, that couple probably also bribed the editors of Translational Neurodegeneration to pull the article, so they could save themselves a lot of spadework and further the cause of international Communism, just as they're doing with fluoridation. Just thought I'd tip you off ahead of time.

      Actually, my opinion of the Mikkelsons is that they are the people who ought to be invited to be the commencement speakers at Springfield High School. They're self-taught in their field, they're persistent, and so far they haven't been as chronically wrong as Politifact or the ombudsman at the Washington Post.

  16. Snopes is run by a married couple from their home with no formal background in investigation. No big office of investigators scouring public records in Washington, no researchers studying historical stacks in libraries, no team of lawyers reaching a consensus on current case law. Doing Google searches is their main research tool. They like to go with information that comes from government agencies, so not likely to take seriously anything that might conflict with the official CDC positions.

    Here are the published facts concerning this issue, from published recorded phone calls between Dr. William Thompson and Dr. Brian Hooker, as well as Dr. Thompson’s own personal statement issued by his attorney, one of the most well-known whistleblower attorneys in the United States:

    1. Dr. Thompson regrets that he participated with the CDC in withholding data linking vaccines to autism, and believes that proper protocols were not followed.

    2. Dr. Thompson is willing to participate in a full Congressional investigation into why this data was withheld from the public.

    Even Dr. Thompson’s co-author in the study published in 2004, Dr. Frank DeStefano, the CDC Director of Immunization Safety, has stately publicly in an interview with investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson that the CDC did indeed exclude certain data showing a link between vaccines and autism. See:

  17. No, the relevant facts concerning this issue is that :

    "What got lost in the brouhaha over Dr. Thompson's "confession," allegations about a "cover-up" at the CDC, and threats of whistleblower lawsuits was what should have been the main point: Did collected data actually prove that the MMR vaccine produces a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American boys? The answer is no, it did not.

    On 27 August 2014, Dr. Hooker's article published in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration that concluded "African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis" was removed from public domain due to issues of conflict of interest and the questionable validity of its methods:

    "The Editor and Publisher regretfully retract the article as there were undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process. Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings. ""...

    And for the record the good people at Snopes are far more respected than Andrew Wakefield or Brian Hooker, who are both clearly frauds.

    1. Conflicts of interest are rampant in a mass vaccination infrastructure that has the same people, who are regulating and promoting vaccines, also evaluating vaccine safety.

      The previous director of the CDC Julie Gerberding has been president of Merck's vaccine unit since 2009.

      Poul Thorsen, the principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th, 2011 on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money laundering. The charges relate to funding for work he conducted for the CDC, which claimed to disprove associations between vaccination and increased rates of autism.

      What we need is a long-overdue INDEPENDENT review of vaccine/autism research for data manipulation and conflicts of interest. Vaccine safety remains questionable. Rep. Bill Posey is working on setting up a Congressional hearing. The Florida legislator is known as "Mr. Accountabililty.”

  18. No, according to the empirical evidence, conflicts of interest are actually rampant in the anti-vaccination infrastructure where these antivax hacks with a pecuniary have been found guilty of fraud for profit.

    Poul Thorsen is a red herring, the truth is that there have been a great many INDEPENDENT reviews and meta-studies across the globe clearly showing that there is NO link between vaccinations and autism.

    The overwhelming consensus in both the scientific and medical communities is that vaccines are safe and effective, saving countless lives from preventable disease.

    It is pretty telling that you think Rep. Bill "birther" Posey will somehow uncover a magical link between vaccinations and autism, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary when he gets tired of demanding the presidents birth certificate. If anybody needs to held accountable it is Posey, for wasting congresses time chasing another equally ridiculous conspiracy theory concerning our presidents nationality.

  19. You want to get your medical advice from Playboy models and doctors who were convicted of fraud and stripped of their medical licence for their fraudulent science?

    I'l stick with the experts at the CDC and sources like the New England Journal Of Medicine:

    1. Most vac­cine safety studies have been epi­demi­o­log­ical in nature. They examine large population-based datasets rather than indi­vidual autistic sub­jects. The latter type of study has revealed the cen­tral role of oxida­tive stress and inflam­ma­tion, which could not be iden­ti­fied in epi­demi­o­log­ical studies. Below are a few of dozens of published individualized studies that suggest a vaccine-autism link:

       1. A study published in the Journal Annals of Epidemiology has shown that giving the Hepatitis B vaccine to newborn baby boys could triple the risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to boys who were not vaccinated as neonates. The research was conducted at Stony Brook University Medical Centre, NY.

      2. A study published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry  by researchers at the Neural Dynamics Group, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia determined that Aluminum, a highly neurotoxic metal and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant may be a significant contributing factor to the rising prevalence of ASD in the Western World.  They showed that the correlation between ASD prevalence and the Aluminum adjuvant exposure appears to be the highest at 3-4 months of age. The studies also show that children from countries with the highest ASD appear to have a much higher exposure to Aluminum from vaccines. The study points out that several prominent milestones of brain development coincide with major vaccination periods for infants.

      While the FDA does set an upper limit for Aluminum in vaccines at no more that 850/mg/dose, it is important to note that this amount was selected empirically from data showing that Aluminum in such amounts enhanced the antigenicity of the vaccine, rather than from existing safety. Given that the scientific evidence appears to indicate that vaccine safety is not as firmly established as often believed, it would seem ill advised to exclude paediatric vaccinations as a possible cause of adverse long-term neurodevelopment outcomes , including those associated with autism.

      3. A study published in the Journal of Biomedical Sciences determined that the autoimmunity to the central nervous system may play a causal role in autism. Researchers discovered that because many autistic children harbour elevated levels of measles antibodies, they should conduct a serological study of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and myelin basic protein (MBP) autoantibodies. They used serum samples of 125 autistic children and 92 controlled children. Their analysis showed a significant increase in the level of MMR antibodies in autistic children. The study concludes that the autistic children had an inappropriate or abnormal antibody response to MMR.

      4. Study published in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry  suggests that Autism is likely triggered by a virus, and that measles virus (MV and/or MMR vaccine) might be a very good candidate. It supports the hypothesis that a virus-induced autoimmune response may play a causal role in autism.

      5. A study published in the Journal of Child Neurology noted that autistic spectrum disorders can be associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. Researchers determined that children who have mitochondrial-related dysfunctional cellular energy metabolism might be more prone to undergo autistic regression between 18 and 30 months of age if they also have infections or immunizations at the same time.

  20. GOP Chair of House Science and Tech Subcommittee: I Didn't Vaccinate My Kids

  21. In Australia, when well meaning pediatricians vaccinated aboriginal children, the first cohort suffered 50% mortality within ten days, from adverse vaccine reactions. Aboriginal children were found to have very low ambient vitamin C. Vaccines are powerful histamines, and vitamin C is nature's antihistamine. Vaccinations triggered full blown scurvy, the symptoms of which are described in America as exclusively seen in shaken baby syndrome. (How ignorant are our doctors?) 3% of the American population, despite their economic circumstances, have low ambient vitamin C. After supplements of vitamin C were given to aboriginal children for a month before they were vaccinated, there were no adverse reactions. A simple litmus paper test can determine which children have low ambient vitamin C, and are therefore at risk of very serious adverse reactions, but American doctors don't bother with such a simple solution to prevent horrific vaccination results. The bottom line is parents who have their children vaccinated should give their children plenty of vitamin C for a month before they receive vaccines.

  22. chuck gregory4/26/17, 12:36 PM

    In the first forty-eight years after contact with white men and their diseases-- primarily measles, smallpox, pertussis (all vaccine-preventable), the native Hawaiian population plummeted over 70 percent, from 700,000 to 200,000 (from 1748 to 1820).


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