Science for Sale?


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“Let the researchers do the research,” explained a friend whom I consider to be both educated and intelligent. This was in response to all the “soccer moms” doing their own research about vaccines. I vehemently disagree because I’ve learned a thing or two about how research gets reported and applied. Still, it got me to thinking about how critically important research, and our ability to trust research is.

After all, parents research everything from prenatal vitamins to strollers to find the option that best suits their needs. Why not vaccines? If you truly believe that the case for vaccines has been settled, then how do you explain the sheer volume of people not accepting the vaccine story? Most of these people tend to be intelligent, well-educated, and wealthy, and their ranks include doctors, pediatricians, PhD’s, and immunologists, not to mention folks with enough study under their belts to qualify for a degree. I mean, even asking the question is enough to get you publicly hammered. Right, Katie Couric?

Among the many, many reasons to carefully research before you choose to force a cocktail of potent poisons into your child’s flesh is the fact that you cannot unvaccinate a child. Also, you the parents, and no one else, will be responsible for whatever the outcome is. Those two things alone are motivation enough to research. All that is required of researchers is the ability to read and critically think. And maybe Google. That’s it.

It’s important to research, because you find very interesting things. For example, Hooker, et al., released a review article in Biomed Research International titled, “Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines Is Safe.”

Basically, this paper refutes the SIX studies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses to calm people’s fears about thimerosal as bad science and using 165 studies to demonstrate a link between Mercury and Autism. The CDC can’t find a link, but Hooker finds 165 of them.Mercury

If the CDC, your State Health Department, and your doctor all tell you that vaccines are safe and that they have not been shown to cause autism (which is not exactly the same as “do not cause autism”) but 165 studies show the opposite, what’s a parent/researcher to think? Who can you trust? The charge of “malfeasance” should be more than troubling. And it certainly isn’t going to make people like me less inclined to question.

At the heart of this matter is not whether to vaccinate or not to vaccinate. And frankly, getting distracted in a senseless debate is destructive, no matter what side you find yourself on. The heart of the matter is informed consent. People without accurate information cannot render informed consent. Informed consent is necessary, whether convenient or not, and speaks to the core of individual liberty.

The science of vaccine safety isn’t settled. Neither is the science of vaccine effectiveness. Not when vaccine researchers, the ones paid to do the primary research, lie and fake data.  Not when vaccines like the DTaP fail to protect.  Not when the concept of “herd immunity” or “cocooning” is bastardized and falsely attributed to a vaccinated state.

Misinforming people and then performing procedures isn’t just fraud; it doesn’t just damage the public trust; it is assault. To assault masses of people is to declare war on them. The Nuremberg Trials punished war criminals and the Nuremberg Code was established to protect free peoples from War Crimes.

Am I reaching here? Overblowing it just a bit? This is bigger than vaccines. Parents are having their children confiscated, based on conflicting medical opinions.  An otherwise healthy baby was taken from its mother because she questioned a vaccine.

Not all of this is happening based on science and research, but there is a clear trend of assault and bullying of the individual by hospital staff, Child Protection authorities, the news media and federal agencies, like the CDC and the FDA. Scientific studies are used as the common link of evidence-based practice, as they should be. But if we can’t trust the science, what then?

Ben Goldacre has a popular video on TedTalks that highlights some additional failings, faults, and fixes of our current research and publish model.

 

The more emphasis we put on science, especially in healthcare, the more we need real assurance that the science is impeccable. Currently, profitable science is promoted, and even “doctored” to make it more profitable. Science should never be for sale.arm-wrestling

 

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Why I Study the Vaccination Issue


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The immune system is complex. 
Almost every organ in your body, from your skin and hair to your bones, is involved either directly or indirectly with immune function. Therefore, any part that is distressed becomes a weak link.

There have never been any medical studies that have been performed that clearly demonstrate that vaccines increase the immune system competence of the human body.
While antibody levels (titers) are an accepted measure of vaccine effectiveness, there are some inherent issues with this assertion. It does not explain the lack of resistance in individuals with high titers or the resistance of those without detectable levels. Titers measure only activity of a limited portion of immune system activity.

Vaccines effects are measured on a relatively small portion of the immune system.
The adaptive portion of the immune system is divided into humoral-mediated (antibodies) and cell-mediated (white blood cells, including T-cells). Vaccines effects are measured only through the humoral portion.

Many vaccines are targeted at viruses (e.g., measles, flu, chicken pox, polio, HPV).
The portion of the immune system that arguably does the lion’s share of the work is not the vaccine-targeted humoral-mediated division, but the general, non-specific immune system. Toxic interventions, including vaccines and antibiotics, risk weakening this barrier and lowering general viral defenses.

Vaccines are credited with the near eradication of many diseases, but incidence rates for infectious diseases were already in decline prior to the introduction of the vaccine. Are vaccine effects overstated?
Advances in infrastructure, like sanitation, our understanding of how the body works, the availability of adequate nutrition, and non-vaccine medical advances have all played a role in eliminating the environment necessary for infectious disease to gain a foothold. Giving credit to vaccines makes pharma companies and government policy-makers look good.

The Greater Good vs. Individual Rights
Recently, States, like California, have begun limiting the parental option to opt out of vaccines due to religious or philosophical convictions. At the same time, arguments have been made in medical-ethical circles that the liability and blame for infection of the vaccinated should be shifted to the unvaccinated. Both of these trends erode the protection of the individual from the government and set disturbing precedents with regards to the establishment of informed consent.

A lot of money is attached to public vaccination.
This, by itself, is not especially problematic. But profit incentives are not balanced by responsibility for the methods of achieving profit. Neither manufacturers nor providers have any specific liability incentives for securing best practices.

All liability lands on the shoulders of the parents.
Much of the time, parents vaccinate without legitimate informed consent. Risks are minimized, benefits are exaggerated, and strong-arm tactics are employed to achieve compliance. As a healthcare consumer, I believe that my questions need to be answered and my concerns addressed to MY satisfaction, before I can consent in a truly informed manner.

There is mounting evidence that the current US vaccine schedule is associated with rising incidence of lifelong debilitating conditions, ranging from neurodevelopmental disorders to autoimmune and allergic conditions.

In Prog Health Sci 2012, Vol 2, No 1, “Neurologic adverse events vaccination”, the Department of Pediatric Rehabilitation of the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland makes the following statements:

 “Reports in many Polish and foreign medical journals lead us to conclude that postvaccinal complications among children can be observed in sporadic cases and that they are disproportionate to the benefits of vaccination in the elimination of dangerous diseases in childhood.”

 “Notably, other than not providing an effective stimulus for proper immune system development, recent research has shown that vaccines are actually capable of disrupting it.”

The vaccine issue is not as simple as “vax vs. nonvax.” Nor is it as simple as vaccinating or “doing nothing.” In fact, there are many more issues than the ones I bring up today. I would encourage each parent to investigate the matter for yourself. Emotions have a tendency to run high on both ends, because each believes that lives of children are at stake.

Parent Pro-tip: Don’t wait until your well-baby visit to talk to your pediatrician. Appointment time limits may not allow for an adequate conversation. Let them know ahead of time that you have questions, and they can help guide you. Also, do research on your own. The more specific your questions, the more specific the answers are likely to be. A good starting point is the National Vaccine Information Center. No matter your decision, the risks and consequences lie with you and your child, alone.

My family utilizes a sensible, logical, scientific strategy to boost immune function. And yes, specific subluxation-centered chiropractic care is a big part of that strategy. I invite you to learn more about how a strategy that includes chiropractic care can benefit your family, no matter what your ultimate decision regarding vaccination is. We have a number of different opportunities for you to see for yourself.
Email us at info@bamachiro.com,and we’ll help you find the right fit.