Vaccine Science – Propaganda

March 21, 2008 at 10:34 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Bad Science) (, , , , , , , , , , )

A WordPress blog called Inside Vaccines has published a ‘critique‘ of the Pichichero1 study called ‘Vaccine Science???’. Before I comment on this blog post, it’s worth pointing out a couple of things. Firstly, here’s what the people behind Inside Vaccines say about their blog:

Inside Vaccines is a group of citizens (scientists, authors, engineers, librarians, researchers, parents and grandparents) who believe that making an effective risk v. benefit assessment regarding routine immunizations is crucial.  Our articles discuss vaccinations, studies and research compilations.  We cite sources such as the CDC and JAMA.  Our hope is that we are able to provide you with clear, concise data which will spur your own research and analysis.  Read on!

I read one of their posts and left a comment expressing my disappointment with the lack of discussion about studies and research compilations, the lack of clear, concise data in the post and the fact that the entire post was a sensationalised account of a meeting between concerned parents and an angry doctor. I didn’t consider that fiction of this kind was really appropriate for a blog with clearly stated aims to provide data and discuss studies and told them so. In their responses to my comment, one point made was that I had not criticised any of their other posts and they asked if it should be assumed that I “took no issue with” the others, they asked “are you merely disappointed that we have strayed from our impeccable style with this one skit?” and referred to their blog as containing “many well-researched, well-referenced articles”.

The article on the Pichichero study has been reproduced – it was first published on this site: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/ group/VaccineScience/message/430. The author of this piece writes that the authors excluded samples for vague reasons and complains of ‘apple picking’. The study states that of the samples taken, they only included those with mercury in range – “only measurements within the range of reliable quantitation were used in these calculations”. That seems to me to be a single explanation for the exclusion. The authors even state the assay used for measuring mercury levels and the limits of reliable quantitation for this assay.

There was a second point made by the author of this ‘critique’ of Pichichero. Apparently, “the very low mercury levels in the blood and stool don’t add up to the amounts of mercury injected”. I’ve read the study and I can’t see any figures for absolute amounts of mercury – except for the total amount provided by injection. The levels in blood and urine were measured in nmol/L and the levels in stool samples were measured in ng/g dry weight. I’d be interested to know how the writer of this post calculated the total amount of mercury from the figures in the paper.

My comments on the Vaccine Play were reproduced on the JABS forum2 and the poster stated that they were currently working on MMR – The Musical, with the part of Iago played by a Pharma Rep. This isn’t a blog that discusses vaccinations, studies and research compilations, provides you with clear, concise data which will spur your own research and analysis or believes that making an effective risk v. benefit assessment regarding routine immunizations is crucial. It is propaganda.

1. Mercury concentrations and metabolism in infants receiving vaccines containing thiomersal: a descriptive study. The Lancet, Volume 360, Issue 9347, Pages 1737-1741. M. Pichichero, E. Cernichiari, J. Lopreiato, J. Treanor. Link to abstract: Pubmed.
2. The JABS forum have featured on a few sites. Here are some: JABS blog; Black Triangle; an open letter to JABS; JABS and public health; JABS; more from JQH on JABS; JABS forum; JABS and Whale.

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JABS and Whale

February 15, 2008 at 12:46 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Conspiracy) (, , , , , , )

The JABS anti-vaccination forum has several regular posters who link to the whale.to site. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Open Letter to JABS (updated)

January 28, 2008 at 1:50 pm (Alternative Medicine, Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , )

Dear Moderators,

Someone posted on your forum last week asking for advice. Their child had been seen by a doctor, who had diagnosed an ear-and-throat infection and prescribed antibiotics. The first response to this post is reproduced below. I’m saddened that moderators of this forum allowed such an ignorant and potentially dangerous response to be posted without making any kind of comment.

We have all on this site had the same reactions with vaccines given to our kids
I would stop the anti biotics as this wipes out his /her immune system. Then give him/her half teaspoon VIT A cod liver oil per day a good natural one not a synthetic man made excuse .Also ask for pro-biotics as this replaces the bacteria the ant-biotics have just wiped out (they do have them)and are given as routine in America when anti-biotics are used.
Get a clinically trained homeopath to give him a remedy there is one I have heard that is good at fighting the vaccine in the early stages.Also any wireless devices baby monitors etc..mobiles radios switch them of or keep them at least 20 feet away from the child as the wireless waves stop detoxification.
P.S. I am not a doctor just a parent trying to pass on some information that worked for us a bit

Unbelievable – first this poster advises someone to take their child off antibiotics that have been prescribed by a medical professional, they then advise Cod Liver Oil, Probiotics and Homeopathy as alternative treatments and, finally, they finish by advising that wireless devices – including baby monitors – be switched off or removed.

Later, the same poster returned and not only did they state that they stood by their previous remarks but they also claimed the following:

Ant-biotics wipe out all the GOOD and BAD bacteria which form most of ones immune system again exacerbating the problem and allowing the vaccine to run riot(not to mention mecury and all the other petrochemical bi products) .Yes antibiotics will stop an infection but I would rather take my babies chances with the infection than a wipe of ones immune system any day of the week

They also claim that “Cod-liver oil(natural ) boosts the immune system” and “children prone to autism have a biological deficiency in terms of methylation, meaning they can’t clear heavy metals efficiently”. I think this advice is reckless and irresponsible and that as moderators of this forum it is important that you take action to prevent such potentially harmful advice from being propagated unchallenged.

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