“Dear Parents, You Are Being Deceived About Vaccines and Autism”

liarDr Paul is not against all vaccines.  He does, however, encourage parents to make informed decisions about which vaccines to do and when to do them. 

This blog article points out several very important truths:

1.  Conflicts of interest do exist.  Paul Offit MD, co-patent holder on rotateq, sat on the ACIP committee that made the recommendations for that vaccine to be given here and now worldwide making millions. That vaccine has killed children and has caused intussusceptions. Virtually no one is dying from rotavirus infection in this country.

2.  The media would have you believe we are in a measles epidemic, and you should rush in to get your measles vaccine.  In fact, during the past decade, we have had less than 1000 cases a year in the entire country of over 300 million people.  That puts the risk at about 1 in every 500,000. Ohio had 42 cases out of 11.5 million people (risk= 1 in 274,000).  California had 59 cases out of 38 million people (risk= 1 in 644,000) and NY had 26 cases (risk= 1 in 754,000).  These risks are comparable to that of being struck by lightning which has killed 20-40 Americans each year.  The last death from measles in the US was in 2005!

3.  Vaccines do cause autism. Read the blog linked to at the bottom of this post. I have a practice with around 200 severe autistic children. Over half of the families have no doubt that it was caused by the MMR, or sometimes a set of vaccines given all at once, often at 12, 15, or 18 months of age. 

4.  The Hepatitis B vaccine, when given to neonates as most do in this country has been shown to increase autism as can be seen on this link…

 

5.  The study has not been done comparing autism rates or ADD and ADHD and anxiety rates etc. in non-vaccinated compared to vaccinated or partially vaccinated children.  WHY?  Might it be fear by physicians of loosing their license to practice medicine?  Remember Andrew Wakefield?  He was ultimately stripped of his license for publishing an article that showed a possible link between the MMR and autism. I  know he was right, but no one would dare risk following his foot steps!  He did not falsify data as they alleged, and that has been proven in court. His findings have been reproduced.  So until the big studies are done that will show vaccines are more dangerous as currently recommended by the AAP than doing nothing or doing a modified schedule, as I promote, parents need to educate themselves.

 

This blog is a must read and click on the links. Please read it here…

 

 

Dr. Paul

One comment

  • reissd

    It is extremely distressing to see an MD promote anti-vaccine misinformation, especially when he does it by making so many inaccurate claims. Starting from the top:
    A. Dr. Offit did not sit on the ACIP when it made the recommendation to add rotavirus to the schedule. He joined the committee later. He did vote to add it to the Vaccines for Children program, that makes it accessible to the poor.

    B. The Rotashield vaccine did, rarely, cause intussusception, and one baby did die from it. The new vaccines apparently are linked to a much lower rate of intussusception. But before the vaccine, according to the CDC’s Pink Book, “rotavirus infection was responsible
    for more than 400,000 physician visits, more than 200,000 emergency department (ED) visits, 55,000 to 70,000 hospi- talizations each year, and 20 to 60 deaths.” In other words, the claim that nobody died is simply incorrect.

    C. We do have less than 1000 cases a year. That’s because vaccination rates are very, very high. Yet we have the higher rate since 1994, mostly in the unvaccinated – directly because vaccination rates are dropping. Pre vaccine we had millions of cases, sans vaccines, they would come back. Similarly, we had no deaths because measles is so rare, thanks to high vaccination rates. Europe, on the other hand, has seen deaths.

    D. There is no credible evidence supporting a link between vaccines and autism, and plenty on the other side. It’s unfortunate the parents in your practice believe otherwise, and even more unfortunate that you do not help them see that their belief – and the guilt and anger that comes with it – is unfounded. Your job as a physician is to help your patients understand the evidence, not encourage their belief in incorrect information. See: http://justthevax.blogspot.co.il/2014/03/75-studies-that-show-no-link-between.html

    E. The Goodman and Gallagher study is a very bad one.
    http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2009/09/17/another-weak-study-proves-vaccines-cause-autism/
    http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/2010/09/16/autism-causation-and-the-hepatitis-b-vaccine-no-link/
    http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2013/05/mind-institute-no-difference-in.html
    http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2012/07/1-hepatitis-b-vaccination-of-male-neonates-and-autism-diagnosis-nhis-1997-2002-2010.html

    F. Many studies examined vaccines and autism. It’s both difficult and problematic to do the study of vaccinated v. unvaccinated children. First, remember that the percentage of completely unvaccinated children in the U.S. is tiny – about 1%. Second, remember that they are not a random sample – there will be a lot of confounders. A prospective study – in which children are left unvaccinated on purpose – would be unethical, because it means leaving children at risk. As for retrospective, some were done and they show you the difficulty:
    A. A large scale German study – over 17000 – compared vaccinated and unvaccinated children. In spite of the large number, there were only 94 unvaccinated children – reflecting the rate in the population – showing you again how hard this is to do. Because of that, autism was not assessed. Here is the link to the study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057555/
    B. Two studies compared rate of autism by level of vaccination – how many vaccines the child got – and found no difference: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/6/1134.abstract; http://jpeds.com/webfiles/images/journals/ympd/JPEDSDeStefano.pdf.
    C. This study compared siblings of children with autism and found no difference in rates of autism by whether the sibling was vaccinated or not: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23045216

    On this background, and in addition to many, many other studies that examined different hypotheses that there is a connection between vaccines and autism and found none, the anti-vaccine activists keep demanding more work. They offer no plausible hypothesis; but they seem to think it’s appropriate to spend more scarce research dollars on this issue. Since history suggests they will not accept any study that does not fit their preconceived notion, scientists are not eager to take up the invitation. With so much work done on the debunked vaccines claim, it’s a lot more appropriate to spend research dollars on avenues of research that are actually promising.

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