|Dr. Offit presents a flawed argument that “misguided” parents are to blame for the “reemergence” of infectious diseases. A deeper investigation into the statistics he quotes brings about a more accurate argument.
Dr. Offit, one of three inventors of a vaccine now marketed by Merck, presents a flawed argument that “misguided” parents are to blame for the “reemergence” of infectious diseases. A deeper investigation into the statistics he quotes brings about a more accurate understanding of what is truly happening with regard to these illnesses.
He focuses mainly on outbreaks of pertussis in California. First, it must be noted that the raw numbers of pertussis cases reported in the media are not reflective of lab-confirmed pertussis; they also include “suspected” cases which could actually be infection with B. parapertussis, known to cause “pertussis-like illness”. There is evidence in peer-reviewed literature of the mutation of the pertussis bacteria as the direct result of vaccination. The mutated version, B. parapertussis, is not covered by the current vaccine and reports referring to pertussis outbreaks do not distinguish between which patients had lab confirmed pertussis and which had the mutated bacteria. Second, he points to 58 ICU admissions for pertussis so far this year. The AAP has recently recommended early ICU intervention – even for those whose eventual disease progression doesn’t warrant it – because previously doctors had been ignoring the severity of the disease in a subset of children. So, the ICU numbers may not reflect true need for such treatment.
Dr. Offit spends much time on the incidence of pertussis in Los Angeles County, blaming declining vaccination rates in certain affluent areas. In fact, Los Angeles County public health records show that the pattern of whooping cough occurrence there matches not only the rest of California, but also the United States. Further, the rates of transmission among older children seem to be on the rise in the state, which corresponds to what the CDC refers to as “waning immunity” conferred by the DTaP vaccine. The CDC has also concluded that pertussis is a cyclical disease, not one that has ever been eradicated but rather one that peaks every 3-5 years. The CDC acknowledges that the peaks have recently grown larger, but they list “increased awareness, increased diagnostic tests, better reporting, more circulation of the bacteria, and waning immunity” as the causes.
Before one assumes that “more circulation of the bacteria” is due to an increase in vaccine exemptions, note that an FDA study last year found that baboons inoculated against pertussis became silent carriers of the bacteria, spreading the disease unknowingly for several weeks post-vaccination. The same phenomenon was found in a study, cited on the CDC website, that looked at the spread of pertussis in an Israeli daycare setting – children recently immunized were asymptomatic carriers of the disease and were giving it to infants.
Dr. Offit and others have rehashed a quote about vaccination rates in certain LA subdivisions matching those of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, two private schools are named and their percentages of fully vaccinated students are criticized. However, no one has bothered to explore whether these two schools have had any confirmed cases of “vaccine-preventable” diseases recently. As of the time of this writing, the two schools had not responded to my attempts to contact them.
It seems to me that these private schools are intentionally referenced as a distraction from the facts. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the percentage of children in the public school system that are fully immunized according to the recommended CDC schedule is nearly 91%. Private school children fall just below that, at nearly 87%. Further, the percentages of public and private school children who have four or more pertussis shots are 94.2 and 92.6, respectively. The herd immunity crisis picture that is painted by Dr. Offit is simply, and quite likely intentionally, inaccurate. The CDPH also reports that immunization coverage peaked across all school types in the 2010-2011 school year. This is significant simply because 2010 marked the last time CA had an “outbreak” of pertussis. If immunization rates among school children correlated with outbreaks, theoretically the 2010 outbreak would never have occurred.
Dr. Offit says that stories about vaccine concerns disappeared after the 1990s because “study after study that these concerns were ill-founded”. I must take issue with that.
He then goes on to make a common argument that parents are simply not afraid of legitimately dangerous infectious diseases anymore because vaccines have been so successful at their elimination. I won’t touch upon whether his claim of success is true, but I will say this: Parents are not unaware of the risks of these diseases. Their older relatives undoubtedly have recounted stories of summers spent in bed with the measles or schoolmates with iron lungs. It isn’t about dismissing those stories, it’s about performing a current risk-benefit analysis for their own children.
As one of those parents, I can tell you that I have spent much time weighing whether my children are legitimately at risk of contracting a virus like the measles and how that disease would likely progress in the age of better and quicker detection and intervention. My personal choice, and that of parents like me, is to take that risk as opposed to subjecting my children, two of whom have had adverse reactions, to the possible risk of chronic illness which I find to be quite alarming and potentially more devastating. I didn’t conclude this because Jenny McCarthy told me so, I actually read the science (all of it) and considered my family’s experiences, both with adverse reactions and previous contraction of vaccine-preventable diseases (I have had chicken pox and shingles; my mother has had measles, mumps, and chicken pox; my husband’s grandmother has told me stories about polio striking in her school as a child). Personally, I had paid little to no attention to Jenny McCarthy’s own stance until after I had made my decision.
It’s time that healthcare professionals cease demeaning parents who question vaccine safety and instead acknowledge the validity of their fears, because they are justified. It is well past time that the media discontinue perpetuating misinformation simply because it makes for good headlines and provides unsure parents a black and white (though wholly inaccurate) picture about vaccine pros and cons. According to recent polling data, over 50% of Americans question vaccine safety and that number will likely increase in the future. This large percentage of people cannot be continually and publicly disdained. By just closing the door on discussions and dismissing people as “misguided” or “stupid” (as the writer of the LA Times article, referenced by Dr. Offit, calls these parents), doctors and other vaccine promoters are further sowing the seeds of doubt.
|Dr Graham Downing drugthebug.com
If you follow the main stream media, there appears to be one crisis after another all seemingly random and each more deadly than the next. The latest being the events from Africa as they unfold across the World’s media: Ebola is on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Are those events random or, as many more researchers, doctors and members of the public suspect, there is a hand behind them. Geopolitical expert Ian R. Crane and Neil Saunders a UK expert in Mind Control after many years of research are of the conclusion that the constant use of fear is a significant weapon used against modern society and allows better control of the masses by such a so-called “Elite”. REF1a REF 1b
I was asked on a UK radio interview what is going on with the Ebola outbreak and what that means in terms of a government response eg mass vaccination.REF 2
I started off by saying that Ebola is the bogey man of the viruses; it strikes fear into us because we have been led to believe that there is no cure and it is an efficient killing machine. The latest revelations in the news are hyping that up and the transportation of infected Americans from Africa back to the US adds to the fear of an uncontrollable plague affecting western civilisation. REF 3
During the interview I suggested we needed to look at this with a clear head and step back from the hysteria, especially if this is another psy-op to keep us off balance and controllable. I looked at the research and went through many Ebola cases to see for myself just how dangerous is this virus. What I found surprised and shocked me.
The Ebola virus is within our own genome, our DNA—Yes, we have it already in us, a part of us. Our ancestors have obviously encountered and dealt with this virus in the past and the remnants of the virus’ DNA have been incorporated into our DNA. Researchers have uncovered that it has probably been around for a very long time maybe many millions of years. As a scientist and clinician what I found most strange and unique about this virus is that it doesn’t really mutate like other viruses; it remains pretty much the same: it is incredibly genetically stable. REF 4
I posed a question: is the high mortality rate of Ebola due to solely to it being a deadly virus or to the lack of proper medical care in Africa in the “field”. When I looked at the research, I was shocked to see that, contrary to its public perception, survival rates in the correct medical setting where far higher than we are being led to believe. REF 5
One example was the treatment of eight Ebola infected patients that received relatively good care compared to that of other unfortunate souls. They received adequate nutrition, nursing, blood transfusion and appropriate meds for things like secondary infection and significant inflammation. Of those eight treated only one died; the rest walked out of hospital after two weeks. Similarly, in Europe there was a case of an infected woman transported to Switzerland from Africa. She was isolated and treated with the full compliment that the best of modern medicine could offer. No one else was infected and after two weeks she walked out of hospital to resume her life. REF 5, REF 6
The other concern is that it can easily be “caught” and will spread rapidly through communities. If that were the case that would have happened by now, and it hasn’t. As it stands, you physically have to touch an infected person to contract Ebola and as long as proper infection control is implemented the risk of “catching” this virus is low. REF 7
The natural reservoir (where the virus lives) is thought to be Fruit Bats and although many animals have been demonstrated to be infected by Ebola; humans and primates seem to be particularly susceptible to infection. From a pathophysiological view that is extremely interesting because they all have one thing in common: they don’t make vitamin C. Couple that with the clinical picture of Ebola—high temperature and bleeding—and the simple thought of scurvy comes to mind.
Therefore, treatment with therapeutic doses of vitamin C would be mandatory in my view. Others share my view: Dr Cathart MD and Dr Levy MD. REF 8, REF 9
Regarding vaccination to prevent an epidemic of Ebola virus. History has demonstrated that the much lauded success of vaccination programs in preventing infection is not justified. Data demonstrate that infectious diseases in large part were well over 90% reduced before the advent of vaccination and that proper hygiene, good food and water supply and better living standards were responsible for the decrease. REF 10
Regarding the “success” of vaccination programs, in many cases, recent research from well-respected institutions demonstrates quite the opposite eg regarding the mass flu immunisation across the World every year: those receiving vaccination are twice as likely to get the flu and more likely to get a severe case of flu, and outbreaks of infectious disease occur in well vaccinated populations. In other words: vaccination doesn’t seem to work and more alarmingly may precipitate an outbreak of infectious disease. REF 11, REF 12, REF 13, REF 14
For those reasons, I am extremely worried at the prospect of mass vaccination programs for Ebola. In my opinion, the evidence strongly suggests that such programs may cause the very epidemic they are meant to prevent.
But is that what they want.
There are those that believe there is a hand behind the recent Ebola events and that mass vaccination programs will be brought in alongside loss of civil liberties, and that will lead to increased infection and a significant reduction the World’s population “heralding” in the New World Order. Reports of a bioweapons facility near the Ebola outbreak involved somehow with Ebola research and an arrest of a nurse warning people in a nearby town that “they” are deliberately infecting Africans with Ebola are also surfacing. It is alleged that George Soros’ and Bill gates’ foundations fund the lab. Both of whom are implicated with the New World Order. Also an Ebola vaccine has been tested since January this year and, as was suggested with the Swine Flu “epidemic” of 2009, is the causative agent in the recent epidemic. Other dots are being connected, including the tragic loss of Glenn Thomas, the WHO publicity officer who, it is suggested, was in the middle of this conspiracy and “knew too much”. He died as a passenger of the plane brought down over Ukraine. REF 15, REF 16, REF 17
I cannot confirm or deny the above points; only time will tell.
As I said in the Radio interview: what’s needed here is a clear head. There is no doubt that Ebola is potentially very dangerous but handled correctly it need not be. Our greatest enemy, regardless of how this outbreak came about is not the Bogey man of the viruses—Ebola—but the Bogey man of our minds. Treat that and hopefully rational minds will prevail: pushes for mass vaccination will be defeated and life will continue as normal. Fail to do that and, psy-op or no psy-op, we will have a problem, the magnitude of which, no-one dare think about.
9. Levy, T. Vitamin C, Infectious Disease, & Toxins (2002) Xlibris pp107-110.