Vaccine Link to Autism or Not

By Nonna Joann • Feb 9th, 2010 • Category: Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Part 1–Retraction End of Concerns?

Katy & MadisonLast week, it was announced in the media that a 1998 study relating the measles, mumps and rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine to autism was faulty.

The Lancet, the medical publication in which the article first appeared, decided there were “concerns about ethical breaches by one of the study authors.”

The retraction from The Lancet was a response to a ruling from England’s General Medical Council (GMC).

“We fully retract this paper from the published record,” The Lancet editors said in a statement.

Sisters Katy and Madison play doctor.

Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, told The New York Times, “I certainly hope that our retraction today will help to reassure parents that there really isn’t anything to be concerned about with the vaccine.”

End of Vaccine Concerns?
Whoa! Not so fast. I’m not certain I’m reassured. There must be more to this story. The vaccination link to Autism has been hotly debated. Why haven’t we heard the other side of the question from the media? There are usually two sides to every story.

It turns out that Dr. Wakefield strenuously denies all the findings of the GMC and plans a vigorous appeal. I didn’t hear that from the media, did you?

A statement from Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey says they believe the press has been misled in the way The Lancet retraction has been characterized (and the Feingold Association among others agree).

“Led by the pharmaceutical companies and their well-compensated spokespeople, Dr. Wakefield is being vilified through a well-orchestrated smear campaign designed to prevent this important new work from seeing the light of day.”

They say that behind the scenes, the pressure to keep the work of Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues from being published is “immense and growing every day” because of the impact this study has already had with vaccinations.

“Medical journals take extreme risk of backlash in publishing any studies that question the safety of the vaccination program, no matter how well-designed and thorough the research might be.”

McCarthy and Carrey believe that it is not a coincidence that this retraction came just before another study is released concerning the Hepatitis B vaccine. Sounds like a effective plan, discredit the first study, so the second study will be ignored.

“The first phase of this monkey study was published three months ago in the prestigious medical journal Neurotoxicology, and focused on the first two weeks of life when the vaccinated monkeys received a single vaccine for Hepatitis B, mimicking the U.S. vaccine schedule. The results, which you can read for yourself HERE, were disturbing.”

“Vaccinated monkeys, unlike their unvaccination peers, suffered the loss of many reflexes that are critical for survival. Dr. Wakefield and his scientific colleagues are on the brink of publishing their entire study, which followed the monkeys through the U.S. childhood vaccine schedule over a multi-year period. It is our understanding that the difference in outcome for the vaccinated monkeys versus the unvaccinated controls is both stark and devastating.”

Are Children Being Over-Vaccinated?
Parents deserve to see this and other studies on the safety of vaccines and the relationship to Autism and other potential health issues, so they can make up their own minds. Today, children receive 36 vaccinations by the time they attend school. Compare that to only TEN vaccinations in 1976.

Was there another time when studies were disproved concerning the safety of the public to profit others? You bet. It wasn’t that long ago the tobacco industry adamantly refused to acknowledge the link between smoking and cancer. Who stands to lose, if a study on the safety of vaccines is published? There is a great deal of money in pharmaceuticals with the vaccination of children…follow the money.

Click Here for Vaccine Controversy–A Shot in the Dark–Part 2.

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