See Full US Congress Hearings On The Autism Pandemic – Web Links Here – Video & Transcripts

Official Title for Congressional Oversight Committee Hearings:

1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism

Oversight Committee Mission Statement

We exist to secure two fundamental principles. First, Americans have a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent. And second, Americans deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them.  Our duty on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to protect these rights.

Our solemn responsibility is to hold government accountable to taxpayers, ……. We will work tirelessly …. to deliver the facts to the American people and bring genuine reform ……..”

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Part 1

Chairman’s Preview Statement

2:00 P.M. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building November 29, 2012

Congress spends a lot of time discussing and debating issues that are determined by our own philosophical belief on what the role of government should be. Today we are drawing attention to something that has no political affiliation, no partisan allegiance, something much more fundamental and something much more personal.

Right now, 1 in 88 children are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. At the start of this century, that ratio was 1 in 150. The truth is we don’t know enough about ASD.  We do know, however, that it is being diagnosed far more frequently than it was just a few years ago.

In recognition of this increase and of the reality that we don’t know enough about ASD, the Congress passed the Combating Autism Act in 2006 to establish the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee so we could facilitate an exchange of information and coordination in the hopes of raising awareness and understanding of ASD research and services. In Fiscal Year 2012, Congress directed $230 million for ASD-specific research and services.

Today, we will get a clearer picture on what is being done, what questions still need to be answered and what needs exist for those children, adults and families who live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Part 2

Part 3

Witnesses

Alan Guttmacher, M.D. (testimony)
Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Coleen Boyle, Ph.D. (testimony)
Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mr. Bob Wright (testimony)
Co-Founder
Autism Speaks

Mr. Scott Badesch (testimony)
President
Autism Society

Mr. Mark Blaxill (testimony)
Board Member
SafeMinds

Mr. Bradley McGarry (testimony)
Coordinator of the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst
Mercyhurst University

Mr. Michael John Carley (testimony)
Executive Director
Global & Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Mr. Ari Ne’eman (testimony)
President
Autistic Self Advocacy Network

World Autism Pandemic – US Congressional Hearings 29th November 2012

Reposted from Age of Autism.

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Landmark Autism Hearing: “The Troops Have Landed on Normandy Beach”

Blaxill Burton HEaringBy  Dan Olmsted

Thursday’s hearing before the House oversight committee (view the autism hearing here: “US Lawmakers Look into Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism”) will surely be remembered as a landmark. By the end of the day, the government spokesmen from the NIH and the CDC seemed to be the ones people were looking at funny, while those who raised concerns about autism and vaccines seemed positively mainstream.

It didn’t help that the CDC’s Coleen Boyle testified under oath that fraudster Poul Thorsen  had only been involved in a couple of studies with the CDC. Shortly thereafter, a congressman introduced into evidence a list of more than 20 he had worked on. I feel like calling the CDC and asking: “Has Ms. Boyle retained counsel in anticipation of a possible perjury charge?”

The questions were tough and bipartisan — from Republicans like longtime thimerosal foe Dan Burton (above, with Mark Blaxill) to Chairman Darrell Issa, who said no topic would be out of bounds as the committee continues to probe. Democrat Carolyn Maloney, who has tried to get a vax-unvax study through the House for years, gave ’em the what-for once again. And while I have seen Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings on TV, I wasn’t prepared for the common-sense and deeply troubled approach he brought to the proceedings. The look on his expressive face was priceless. His comment, “There’s something wrong with this picture,” may go down in history with gems like Jim Carey’s “The problem is the problem.”

Cummings pointed out the animated, frustrated faces of the audience, many of whom I know quite well. Their collective eye-rolling served as a great backdrop for the in-credible defense of the federal response to autism and vaccine safety worries. And while CDC-types consider individuals as little more than walking anecdoctal evidence, to elected officials they are the voters who put them there and can kick ’em out.

As a general proposition, it is fair to say that the people responsible for running the country do not like hearing that we have double any other nation’s vaccine schedule, with a miserable infant mortality rate and an autism epidemic to show for it.

The interagency autism coordination committee (IACC) began to look like the villain it is in this disaster. One congressman even asked for questions that the panel could use if it decided to bring in the IACC for questioning.

It was just one day, but it had the feel of a new one. Our own Mark Blaxill did a fabulous job of presenting the key elements in the argument that autism is environmental, and that mercury and vaccines are so far the most plausible suspects. Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey asked him to submit evidence of scientists who have been blackballed or shoved aside for tackling uncomfortable subjects.

It’s been said that the only way to win this battle was to storm the halls of Congress. We saw a version of that Thursday: “The troops have landed on Normandy Beach,” Brooke Potthast e-mailed me afterward, and it seems like the perfect metaphor. “It may take more time, but today was significant and historic.”

Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism

USA Openly Starts BioWars Arms Race – With Big Pharma’s Help

Would you be happy to learn the US government has control over what appears to be being claimed is the first rapid production facility for pandemic vaccines, if you were the Premier of China, India, Pakistan, any Arabic country, Russia and many others not being one of the USA’s close allies or partners?  Might you see this as the start in earnest of an open biodefense arms race, which is one half of a bioweapons arms race?  After all, the technology is nearly at the stage where people can make their own pandemic viruses in their kitchen – albeit these would have to be sophisticated kitchens with a few added extras.  Scientific American reported 9 December 2011: Contagion:  Controversy Erupts over Man-Made Pandemic Avian Flu Virus – Two teams of scientists have independently constructed a deadly strain of flu.  Some say the results should never be published.

The national security implications of vaccines are not much discussed.  But there are national security implications.  Mostly it is focussed on crude and unlikely to be used bioweapons like smallpox.  And as CHS has reported, the “science”  behind that is shaky: Small Pox – Big Lie – Bioterrorism Implications of Flawed Theories of Eradication.

So when we have the bizarre abrupt about turn by the US and UK media to report flu vaccines are useless and don’t work on the back of the less well publicised [to Jo Public] news that Uncle Sam has cornered the market in pandemic vaccine production preparedness with its direct investment with Pharma in a brand new US$1 billion manufacturing plant all just approved by the US Food and Drug Administration it all starts to get a bit more interesting.

In the past the US has waged wars around the world with the cash registers of US arms manufacturers and commercial suppliers of logistics and support happily ringing their merry tune.  It is considered the US long involvement in the Vietnam war was possibly the first of the really large commercial money makers for the arms industries and other for-full-profit private sector war support companies.  The experience of the involvement of commercial companies in the “liberation” of Iraq is another example.

This time around it looks like for the first time the big commercial biowar opportunities have arrived for big pharma.

But wait a moment.  Hasn’t the US Pharma been involved previously in releasing deadly pandemic viruses in the EU?  Yep they sure have.  One certain way to get the Europeans to line up for their pandemic bird or swine flu vaccines is to create panic by making sure there is a pandemic.  And hey, let’s not do it back home in good old US of A but let’s make it close enough to Americans so they will get real scared and line up too.

Is this just the crazies talking or what?

Barely covered in the world’s media was the news that US Pharma company and flu vaccine manufacturer Baxter Pharmaceuticals was responsible for the “accidental” supply to the EU of a large quantity of pandemic flu vaccines which contained live pandemic flu viruses instead.  CHS covered this here with links to original sources: US Drug Company Released Deadly Virus In EU In Vaccine. Natural News fortunately also covered the story with useful links to other original sources about a journalist Jane Burgermeister endeavoured to commence legal action:  Journalist Files Charges against WHO and UN for Bioterrorism and Intent to Commit Mass Murder Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by: Barbara L. Minton Natural News.

Scary stuff boys and girls.

Who is the greater threat to our modern western society?  Is it all the enemies our governments dream up for us like Iraq and the invention of fake non-existent  weapons of mass destruction?  Or is it our governments themselves and the string pullers standing behind the bureaucracies?

And if your child and your family are suffering the serious consequences of vaccines like autism, remember, if Uncle Sam is to be able to vaccinate America in an emergency, it sure can’t have you scaring folks that the vaccines cause autism or any other serious health problems.  Who would line up for their shots?  And the same goes for other countries: make sure their populations are conditioned to be ready and willing to line up and roll up their sleeves for one of Uncle Sam’s favourite vaccines.

So if you thought it was just big Pharma on its own out there to make bucks, it looks like you were wrong.

Government Media Manipulation? – With Leveson Inquiry Reports On Murdoch and UK Media Standards Due Next Week

This is would be hoot if there was no serious side.

Up to Sunday this week the British press were in full flood about the importance of giving flu vaccines to pregnant women, little children, OAPs.  Medical professionals were being openly bullied into it with news stories about it being irresponsible of them not to have the vaccine.

Yesterday suddenly – in a complete volte face [u-turn] the British media report that the flu vaccine is useless and a waste of money.  CHS reported this here along with other vaccines which were not working either: Vaccine Programmes Failing Worldwide – Homer Simpson and The World of Vaccines

This was also reported in the New York Times and other US media three weeks ago.

Why should the US media suddenly decide three weeks ago to report that the current flu vaccines are useless?  This has been know for years and is well covered in respectable medical journal publications.  But the media have not been reporting when they should have been warning the public of the issues of vaccine adverse reactions every year with each new promotion of a government flu campaign.

So what has changed?

Two days ago the US FDA approved a new kind of vaccine technology: AP news story – Flucelvax, A Flu Vaccine Made With Cell Culture Technology Approved By FDA.

Follow The Money

Who is behind this new vaccine technology? The US Department of Health and Human Services has invested in the US$1 billion facility for manufacturing flu vaccines with Swiss drug firm Novartis and using a completely new type of vaccine technology totally different to competitor current vaccines [emphasis added]:

Novartis has partnered with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for the development of the cell-culture manufacturing technology, as well as for construction of the state-of-the-art facility in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Total public or private investment in the technology development and facility is more than $1 billion. Flucelvax will be produced in Holly Springs once the facility is ready for full-scale commercial production. The facility is the first-of-its-kind in the US and also allows for enhanced domestic pandemic preparedness.

Novartis gets FDA nod for influenza vaccine 21 November 2012 News By BioSpectrum Bureau.

So clearly a great idea for the US DHHS to make sure they trash their competitors products with their new vaccines to be on stream shortly.  Would the US DHHS have had some idea three weeks ago the US FDA was going to approve the new vaccine technology they had invested so much money in?  Surely they could not have been living in ignorance.

So what was the origin of the news story that existing flu vaccines are useless?

University of Minnesota Press Release and Report

On 15th October a news release  was issued by University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP): New U of M led analysis finds urgent need for new influenza vaccine.   It was accompanied by a report: The Compelling Need for Game-Changing Influenza Vaccines: An Analysis of the Influenza Vaccine Enterprise and Recommendations for the Future  and an executive summary.

As flu vaccination is a big thing with the US CDC and hence the US public, this report was news.    The key theme was that current vaccines provide sub-optimal benefits and that

Only with new game-changing vaccines can we ever really be prepared for the next influenza pandemic.”

The news release and report was ignored by the media.  Nothing was published.  This has the appearance that editors are not willing to run stories critical of vaccines – including vaccines which do not work and are useless and especially ones government agencies engage in active campaigns to promote.

Then it seems, and CHS will be happy to be corrected, that a New York Times blog on 5th November openly reported the story but not in a news report.  The story was then picked up by other US news outlets and reported more widely.

Clearly, there was no need for any contact between CIDRAP and any other agency nor is it suggested there was.  It could all be coincidental.

At the same time the whole thing has a curious appearance to it.  The story was a good news story on 15th October but did not run.  It goes out on an NYT blog on 5th November some three weeks later.  It then takes another 2 1/2 weeks to get into the British media.  And it all coincides with the US DHHS rolling out this new US$1 billion flu vaccine manufacturing facility using what looks like it might be promoted as the kind of “game-changing” technology CIDRAP called for.

Maybe a journalist or three whose work can be trusted might seek to get to the bottom of this.  If there is no collusion and it is all coincidental then fine and dandy.  But if that is not the case then the US public and people in other countries should be informed.

Vaccine Programmes Failing Worldwide – Homer Simpson and The World of Vaccines

Are some docs and health officials the Homer Simpsons of vaccines?  Or is it worse?

CHS looks at recent news on both sides of the pond and asks is real life and fiction distinguishable in the crazy mixed-up world of vaccine promotions, sales and marketing?

THE SIMPSONS – EPISODE 10,000,000 – HOMER MEETS VACCINES

Location:  Simpsons’ home. TV on:

DR NICK: Hi everybody, its Dr Nick Riviera and  Professor John Nerdelbaum Frink, Jr. here to tell you all about all the new vaccine shots we are planning for you.  These new ones are because they did not work the first time ….. or the second time ….. or the third time.  Hey, they probably won’t work again, but whats the big deal? If it only keeps docs in a job and off the streets and in their pools and hot tubs its worth it. 

Times are tough and your little ones are helping our economy big time – Merck, GSK, big and small pharma everywhere are really grateful.  Heh.  You thought the banks screwed you.  Wait ’til you find out what our vaccines have been doing – you’re going to love it – no, really.

So moms and dads, when the little ones are asleep – you keep up the good work in the middle of the night.  We need more and more junior citizens to help the economy – so do your duty.  Uncle Sam needs you.  Don’t ask what can America do for you, but what can you do for America.  And hey, so what if the ceiling needs painting – what you doing with the lights on anyways.”  

[CUT TO HOMER SIMPSON TRIMMING MAGGIE’S TOENAILS WITH A BEER CAN].

When CHS was engaged in charity work educating some of the poor delusional characters who seem to number amongst those who visit the cranky  pseudo-science world of Dr David Dorski’s Science Blogs dot Com a question arose.  Could it be possible that some government health officials around the world involved in selling vaccines on behalf of the drug industry to you and your kids might be like some of Dr Gorski’s cranky Dorkskis?

Yep, you all know how some of them zombie-like follow the dribbling scribble written there and post abusive comments to satiate the personality types some sadly appear to suffer the rest of us with.  Epidemiologically it must be something to do with them being mainly under 25 childless males.

So let’s cut to real-life?  Or is it?  Is this all just a delusional dream.  Are these things going on in the real world?  Can it be true?

The Whooping Cough Vaccine Which Isn’t Working – So Lets Shoot-Up Pregnant Moms Instead

This follows from the recent news of the panic measures by health officials that pregnant moms are to get the whooping cough vaccine.  This is supposedly to “protect” their unborn child.  The reality of course is that there are outbreaks of whooping cough in the vaccinated populations.  This is because the vaccine does not work.  Yep even in all those who have already had four and sometimes more shots of it as children and sometimes as adults.

Sadly folks, the promises of eradication of basic childhood diseases like whooping cough are all false – all those wasted decades when the Dr Nick Rivieras and  Professor John Nerdelbaum Frink, Jrs. of “science-based medicine” should have been working on effective treatments instead.

Now history has told us with Thalidomide and all else that one thing we should avoid is medicating pregnant moms.  But does that put these guys off?  Nah.  Who ya kidding?   The solution of the Homer Simpsons of the vaccine world instead is – give them more shots.  And hey, when it comes to flu vaccines, the multi-dose vials have a massive mercury laden dose which is toxic and neurotoxic in parts per billion.

Why keep on with something that is failing and seriously toxic to kids and adults?  Isn’t this beginning to look to you like the crazy pseudo-science world of Dr David Gorski’s cranky Dorkskis?   Zombiefied they will keep going until they get you.  There is no escape.

It gets worse.  And this is aside from all the adverse vaccine reactions which go massively unreported, ignored and buried by health officials the world over so that the claims of safety for vaccines are little more than hype.  A general benchmark for under-reporting in all drugs and not just vaccines is 98 in every 100 adverse reactions – so multiply by 50: Spontaneous adverse drug reaction reporting vs event monitoring: a comparison: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Volume 84 June 1991 341.

Millions of third world children still die despite vaccines when if we had effective treatments they could be saved.   Those kids die because of modern mainstream medicine and our drug industry.  Those guys have been killing those kids as surely as if they went over there and did it themselves – whilst of course living well and relaxing in their hot tubs and pools.  So when Bill Gates accuses anyone concerned about vaccine safety of being murderers, its time for Bill to buy a mirror  He’d better hurry before he gets too old and loses his looks.  But hey, maybe he won’t like what he sees – true – we mean, well, do you like it?

The ‘Flu Vaccine Which Isn’t Working – So Lets Shoot-Up Pregnant Moms And Little Kids Instead

Guess what else has happened recently?  We originally had proposals – repeated again this year – that pregnant moms and all kids are to get the flu shot [see eg. US CDC and UK Daily Mail and Telegraph].

This is medically unethical – because it was being done supposedly to protect the elderly – and that was because the vaccine also did not work for them either – yes – truly so.  But hey, why let a little thing like ethics and lack of health benefits hold back the roll out of vaccines?  It sure is nice in the hot tub.  Looks like docs and health officials just don’t want to give them up.

But of course that did not stop health officials giving the British Media completely false massively exaggerated figures on the thousands who die annually when in many years there are no deaths and an average when there are is 33 in a population of 66 million with 600,000 deaths overall annually: British Press Association Publishes Known-To-Be-False UK Government Flu Death Figures – In A Story To Promote Known-To-Be-Ineffective ‘Flu Vaccines To UK Elderly.

The US CDC does the same – CDC claims like 36,000 die in the USA annually from flu are out of Alice in Wonderland – so what is in those funny looking cigarettes some of those CDC guys smoke.  The United States Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management asked similar questions but in a different way in their report condemning the US$11 billion pa budget CDC as useless:  CDC Off Center.  The report is :

a review of how an agency tasked with fighting and preventing disease has spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars for failed prevention efforts, international junkets, and lavish facilities, but cannot demonstrate it is controlling disease.”

We also had the news about the EU and Canadian bans on ‘flu vaccines following from the quite separate withdrawal of Crucell vaccines.  The bans went pretty much unreported in the British press although covered by CHS – see eg.

And of course the medical professions were rejecting the vaccine in droves but whilst CHS covered this properly, the British media spun it the other way – about how irresponsible they were to refuse.  Here is the CHS article:  Most UK Medics Refusing Flu Vaccines – UK’s New Chief Medical Officer Resorts To Bullying

The Sudden Big Vaccine “U-Turn”

At the beginning of November headlines in USA were about the flu shot not working.  Yes, really.  Its true.  See for example the New York Times.  CHS covered the story November 7.

Well hey, cut to big headlines in the UK yesterday – after only a small delay of two to three weeks later.  The British media finally got around to telling the truth about just one of the vaccines – ‘flu – reporting what the scientists say and that the ‘flu vaccine programmes are a waste of taxpayers’ money: eg. Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail.

So what is wrong with that?  First, this has been known for years.  Whilst the British press was not covering this, CHS has repeatedly as have others on the web.  So the reality is people are getting the real news from the web because the press just don’t report it either at all or properly.

But there is worse.  Right up to last week there was a mountain of articles pushing the flu vaccine and how healthcare providers should have it and the at risk groups ie elderly and those with respiratory conditions. There was concern that none of the groups were reaching the target uptake and there was a definite attempt at a further push to get everyone on board.

And this was even though the news was out in the US three weeks ago, the British press was silent on it.

But hey, suddenly they’re now allowing publicity (which clearly was not being permitted previously) pointing to the fact the ‘flu vaccine  isn’t the numero uno top of the range vaccine they hyped it up to be.

So what might be behind this?  Is there another vaccine in the pipeline to replace the failing flu vaccine?  The drug industry realising its mistakes wants to create the good vac/bad vac scenario to get people to switch and readily accept the new one as if that is the one which really works and we can forget about the old rubbish flu vaccines.

The idea that they’ve suddenly had a prick of their conscience and want to be honest about the true state of things re the flu vaccine doesn’t sit well with the history of all this.  What’s cooking behing this sudden burst of honesty?  How come after years of silence, not be covering the story …………….. they would just ignore it, suddenly in just a couple of weeks it is all change.

Part of the reason without doubt is that the credibility of all vaccine programmes with the world’s public is getting hit with all the vaccines which are now being shown not to have worked.  After all it’s a bit like the health officials shouting ‘rotten fish‘ for sale.

Its enough to make you a conspiracy theorist – right Homer?  But just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you – heh.

Mumps and Other Vaccines Failing Too

If you want to see health officials actively discussing the introduction of vaccines for adolescents, precisely because the vaccines don’t do what they are supposed to, you can see the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation discussing a raft of vaccines to be introduced for adolescents at one of their many meetings: JCVI sub-committee on adolescent vaccinations meeting: January 2012

Now, what is interesting about this development is that it was predictable years back.  The vaccines even then were not working as they were claimed to and just do not confer lasting protection.  So what is going on?

Follow the Money

This has less to do with protecting children and adults from disease.  It is much much more about the drug industry making money.  And we are being let down badly by the mainstream media.  They are like puppets and their strings look easy peasy for the well-heeled to shell out what is to them pocket change to get those strings pulled.

And you do not have to go far to find out what is behind all of this but the British, US and other media are letting us all down badly.  And they are paying the price for it.  Why read their manipulated tosh stories when you can get the real news off the up and coming websites on the web.  Maybe you might like Alex Jones Info Wars Site for example?

It is not like they have to go far from their own screens to get hard info.  They can like you, read upon on the pharma trade press on vaccine markets and they and you can see stuff like this:

… vaccines ….. have become the darling of many drug manufacturers’ portfolios over the past few years …. With vaccines continuing to be the big success story for the pharmaceutical industry, the world market for preventative vaccines reached $22.1 billion in 2009, up from $19 billion in 2008. Kalorama Information predicts the market will increase at a compound annual rate of 9.7% during the next five years, reaching $35 billion by 2014, as new product introductions continue and the use of current products expands further.

Vaccines Continue to Bolster Pharma Market By Andrea Hiller, Kalorama Information Thursday, December 2, 2010

So there you have it folks.  The crazy cranky world of Dr David Gorski’s dorkskis over at Science Blogs dot Com does not look isolated but a reflection of some of the bizarre world of some health officials the world over.

Even if in health terms the vaccines are failing – for the drug industry and the medical professions who make lots of money out of them – they have never had it so good – the cash registers are playing their tune loud and clear the world over.

Don’t ya just love if folks.

CHS Medical Myth Smasher #1 – “The Plural of Anecdote is Data” – Is The Correct Original Quotation

As we have recently been examining the science-free zone over at Science Blogs dot Com, here is another howler from the pseudo-science pseudo-skeptics over there.  Science Blogs dot Com is the home of bloggers like Dr David Gorski and P Z Myers [and he is supposed to be a professor of biology – ha!!].

There are hundreds of references on Science Blogs dot Com to the phrase “the plural of anecdote is not data“.  They repeat it like a religious mantra to slap people down when they give examples of numerous personal experiences.

It seems they do not like the fact that what they seem to think is anecdote – namely the oral testimony of human witnesses – is in fact the primary source of evidence in common law jurisdictions around the world.

So what is the real quote?  And why is it relevant?

You see if human testimony can be reliable – and it can be and is – and it can be tested and is tested – including in Court – then medicine should take note of it.  Medicine should therefore also take note of case series even when based on oral testimony of patients.  You see when you have 10 people coming along separately and independently telling pretty much the same story but of what each of them experienced personally, you have to sit up and take notice.  But drug companies don’t like that.  You see, if medics had to take notice of oral accounts, then it would be much easier to establish a particular drug caused a particular adverse effect.  No fancy tests needed – just careful analysis of the accounts of the victims, their parents and/or physicians and maybe clinical history and any documentary and other witness corroboration.

And yep you guessed it – the pseudo-scientists like Gorski misquote the quote to say it is the opposite of the original quote.

So why would anyone want to do that?  Why would anyone running a set of blogs claiming to provide reliable information on science want to mislead everyone about something so basic?

The correct quote is “The plural of anecdote is data“.

So where is the correct quote recorded?

Raymond Wolfinger’s brilliant aphorism “the plural of anecdote is  data” never inspired a better or more skilled researcher”

Nelson W. Polsby PS, Vol. 17, No. 4. (Autumn, 1984), pp. 778-781. Pg. > 779.

And how do we know that is a true account of the original?  It is confirmed in an exchange of emails between Wolfinger and Fred Shapiro.

 Fred Shapiro happens to be Editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations, and several other books and was clearly checking his sources.  If you want to see confirmation of the source from an original source document here it is in a linguistlist.org listserv post by Shapiro – you can click on the listserv link and look it up yourself:-

Subject: Re: “Plural of anecdote is data” (Ray Wolfinger)
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On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 [log in to unmask] wrote:

> Nelson W. Polsby PS, Vol. 17, No. 4. (Autumn, 1984), pp. 778-781. Pg.
> 779: Raymond Wolfinger's brilliant aphorism "the plural of anecdote is
> data" never inspired a better or more skilled researcher.

I e-mailed Wolfinger last year and got the following response from him:

"I said 'The plural of anecdote is data' some time in the 1969-70 academic
year while teaching a graduate seminar at Stanford.  The occasion was a
student's dismissal of a simple factual statement--by another student or
me--as a mere anecdote.  The quotation was my rejoinder.
Since then I have missed few opportunities to quote myself.  The only
appearance in print that I can remember is Nelson Polsby's accurate
quotation and attribution in an article in PS:  Political Science and
Politics in 1993; I believe it was in the first issue of the year."

I also e-mailed Polsby, who didn't know of any early printed occurrences.

What is interesting about this saying is that it seems to have morphed
into its opposite -- "Data is not the plural of anecdote" -- in some
people's minds.  Mark Mandel used it in this opposite sense in a private
e-mail to me, for example.

Fred Shapiro

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Ginger Taylor’s List of Research Linking Vaccines to Autism

Over at Adventures in Autism, Ginger Taylor has compiled an impressive list of research linking vaccines to autistic conditions.

You can find it here: “No Evidence of Any Link“.

And if that is not enough for you, she says that:

TACA has blown my puny list out of the water with their master list that is approaching 600 citations.  So if you have exhausted my list, and are hungry for more, they should keep you busy for quite some time

And I don’t want to hear “No evidence of any link” ever again!”.

You may want to make a note of Ginger’s site for the list and she also does write some exceedingly good factual blog posts.

New Book – Inspiring True Stories of Parents Rescuing Their Children From Autism

The Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children [Hardcover]

Helen Conroy (Compiler), Lisa Joyce Goes (Compiler)

The Thinking Moms’ Revolution (TMR) is a group of twenty-three moms (and one awesome dad) from Montana to Malaysia who all have children with developmental disabilities. Initially collaborating online about therapies, biomedical intervention, alternative medicine, special diets, and doctors on the cutting edge of treatment approaches to an array of chronic and developmental disabilities, such as autism, sensory processing disorders, food allergies, ADHD, asthma, and seizures, they’ve come together into something far more substantial. Suspecting that some of the main causes may be overused medicines, vaccinations, environmental toxins, and processed foods, they began a mission to help reverse the effects. In the process, they became a tight-knit family dedicated to helping their kids shed their diagnoses.

Here, collected by Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes, are the stories of their fights to recover their kids from autism and related disorders. With each chapter written by a different TMR member, they share how they discovered each other, what they learned from each other, and why it’s important to have close friends who understand what it’s like to parent a child with special needs. You’ll read about the their experiences, and learn how their determination and friendships have become a daily motivation for parents worldwide.

Helen Conroy is president of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution, LLC. After a fifteen-year career as a vice president at a Fortune 500 company, she became the development director for The ABLE Academy, a private school for children with developmental disabilities in Naples, Florida. Helen is married to Doug and has three beautiful children, including Harrison, who is diagnosed with autism and apraxia and is on the path to healing.

Lisa Joyce Goes is a contributing editor for Age of Autism, an executive board member of The Canary Party, and head of public relations for The Thinking Moms’ Revolution. She and her husband Dave are actively working for healthcare reform in America, and have three children, one of whom suffers the tragic effects of iatrogenic autism.

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620878844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620878842

New MIT/Phynet Research – Links Autism To Vaccines

[NB: For lists of other research on the links between vaccines and autism see this CHS article: List of Research Linking Vaccines to Autism]

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Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related to Aluminum and Acetaminophen Exposure

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Abstract: Autism is a condition characterized by impaired cognitive and social skills, associated with compromised immune function. The incidence is alarmingly on the rise, and environmental factors are increasingly suspected to play a role. This paper investigates word frequency patterns in the U.S. CDC Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database. Our results provide strong evidence supporting a link between autism and the aluminum in vaccines. A literature review showing toxicity of aluminum in human physiology offers further support. Mentions of autism in VAERS increased steadily at the end of the last century, during a period when mercury was being phased out, while aluminum adjuvant burden was being increased. Using standard log-likelihood ratio techniques, we identify several signs and symptoms that are significantly more prevalent in vaccine reports after 2000, including cellulitis, seizure, depression, fatigue, pain and death, which are also significantly associated with aluminum-containing vaccines. We propose that children with the autism diagnosis are especially vulnerable to toxic metals such as aluminum and mercury due to insufficient serum sulfate and glutathione. A strong correlation between autism and the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine is also observed, which may be partially explained via an increased sensitivity to acetaminophen administered to control fever.

Keywords: autism; vaccines; MMR; HEP-B; glutathione; sulfate; cholesterol sulfate; aluminum; mercury; acetaminophen

Stephanie Seneff 1 Robert M. Davidson 2 and Jingjing Liu 1

1 Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA 2 Internal Medicine Group Practice, PhyNet, Inc., Longview, TX 75604, USA

HPV Vaccine Questioned in English Parliament

House of Lords – Written Answers –  Hansard Monday 5 November 2012

Health: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

Questions

Asked by The Countess of Mar

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their policy on the use of the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) in the light of the recent research by Tomljenovic and Shaw about the safety of HPV.[HL2911]

[ED: The research abstract is found here: Death after Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Causal or Coincidental?

and this CHS article: New Research Shows How Gardasil and Cervarix Vaccines Can Silently Kill Your Daughters And Sons]

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the data from trials conducted by Merk on the evidence of vasculitis in those using the human papillomavirus vaccination; and, if so, what conclusions they have drawn. [HL2912]

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent research by Tomljenovic and Shaw about the safety of the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV), they will issue guidance to doctors and immunisation nurses about the recording of adverse medical events following the administration of the HPV and the conduct of studies on those receiving the vaccination.[HL2913]

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use to assess whether a vaccine should be withdrawn from use; and whether they plan to test the human papillomavirus vaccination against those criteria.[HL2914]

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of surrogate marker-based extrapolations in demonstrating the efficacy of the human papillomavirus vaccination against cervical cancer.[HL2915]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), with independent expert advice from the Commission on Human Medicines is responsible for ensuring that the overall balance of risks and benefits of medicines is positive at the time of licensing, and that this remains positive after licensing.

The safety and efficacy of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil was evaluated in seven clinical trials (six placebo-controlled trials) prior to licensing with over 10,000 people vaccinated with Gardasil. These trials did not identify an association between Gardasil administration and vasculitis. Tens of millions of people have since been vaccinated with Gardasil HPV vaccine worldwide since licensing and there is no evidence to suggest that Gardasil can cause vasculitis, as suggested by Tomljenovic and Shaw.

The MHRA actively seeks ways to encourage the reporting of suspected adverse reactions by healthcare professionals, carers and patients to all medicines and vaccines through the Yellow Card Scheme. The research by Tomljenovic and Shaw provides no basis to issue any additional specific guidance on reporting suspected side effects to HPV vaccine.

Continuous safety review includes evaluation of suspected adverse reactions collected through the yellow card scheme, as well as the results from any new studies, both published and unpublished. If there is sufficient evidence that a vaccine or medicine is causally associated with a new risk based on the available data, such risks would be characterised and weighed against the known or anticipated benefits. If possible, action would be taken to minimise the risk, which could include restricting use of a product, and communicate the information to healthcare providers, patients and carers. In exceptional cases, where the risks of a product are considered to outweigh its benefits and actions to minimise the risk are not possible, consideration would be given to withdrawing it from use.

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The use of surrogate clinical end points for efficacy of HPV vaccines for prevention of cervical and other HPV related cancers is widely accepted within the scientific community and no robust evidence exists to undermine that concept.

Based on currently available evidence, the known risks of HPV vaccine are greatly outweighed by the expected benefits in preventing deaths from cervical cancer and other morbidities associated with vaccine strains of HPV. The department therefore has no plans to review policy on human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation or issue advice to the National Health Service in the light of recent research by Tomljenovic and Shaw as it does not materially add to accepted evidence and views about the safety of HPV vaccine.

As with all vaccines and medicines, the MHRA will continue to closely monitor all emerging evidence on the safety of HPV vaccines and action will be taken to minimise risk if supported by the data.

The department will monitor carefully the impact of HPV vaccination, as the early cohorts of vaccinated women will soon be subject to cervical screening surveillance.

Autism Can Be Treated – Independent Doctors Succeed vs Modern Medicine’s Massive Fail

In the UK 1 in 64 children has an autistic condition.  In the USA it is claimed 1 in 100 but in states like New Jersey the rate is around double that.  So can anything be done?

See for yourself in this video and compare:

children after treatment dramatically changed vs children in appalling pain – mentally disabled by autism and bowel disease

Also think.  These children cannot get treatment from mainstream hospitals and doctors and they had to travel the world to get it.  So the comparison is also:

modern medicine and government health officials BIG FAIL vs independent doctors and parents who sought out effective treatments

The failure of modern medicine and the western world’s media to address this worldwide health disaster is a consequence of manipulation by them and government health officials which protects the drug industry from and hides extensive vaccine and other drug caused health problems: USA’s 4th Leading Cause of Death – Pharma’s Drugs.

Take a look 10 minutes and 30 seconds into this video below and see a Rupert Murdoch Sunday Times’ journalist proclaiming about one of these children “that is not bowel disease“.  James Murdoch was a main Board Director of GlaxoSmithKline – hired by GSK to deal with “external issues that might have the potential for serious impact upon the group’s business and reputation“: James Murdoch takes GlaxoSmithKline role – Chris Tryhorn The Guardian Monday 2 February 2009:-

New York Times – Flu Vaccine Does Not Work – Yet More Research Says

Republished from Infomail 7/Nov/12 from NY USA charity Alliance for Human Research Protection – www.ahrp.org [AHRP ]
Advancing Honest and Ethical Medical Research

AHRP writes:

Last month we reported that respected international scientists–such as Dr. Tom Jefferson who have examined the evidence about the efficacy of the influenza vaccine–concluded that annual flu shots “are likely an utter waste of time and money.”  See, http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/879/9/

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that US public health policy, urging everyone over 6 months of age to be vaccinated against the flu annually, has provided “a multibillion-dollar global business bonanza” for vaccine manufacturers.

However, the Times reports that yet another independent assessment about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, by scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, found that flu vaccines provide “only modest protection for healthy young and middle-age adults, and little if any protection for those 65 and older, who are most likely to succumb to the illness or its complications.

Moreover, the report’s authors concluded, “federal vaccination recommendations, which have expanded in recent years, are based on inadequate evidence and poorly executed studies.

We have overpromoted and overhyped this vaccine,” said Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, as well as its Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance.

It does not protect as promoted. It’s all a sales job: it’s all public relations.

The Times reports that Dr. Osterholm comes from the world of public health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A bioterrorism and public health preparedness adviser to Tommy Thompson, the former health and human services secretary, he served on the interim management team during a transition period at the C.D.C. in 2002.

I’m an insider,” Dr. Osterholm said. “Until we started this project, I was one of the people out there heavily promoting influenza vaccine use. It was only with this study that I looked and said, ‘What are we doing?’ ”

The Times reports that “C.D.C. officials acknowledge that the vaccines do not work as well in the elderly population as they do in younger healthy adults.

So, when you’re offered to be vaccinated against the flu, just say, “no thank you

See, “Reassessing Flu Shots as the Season Draws Near?” By RONI CARYN RABIN, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Most UK Medics Refusing Flu Vaccines – UK’s New Chief Medical Officer Resorts To Bullying

When most frontline UK medical professionals refuse the ‘flu vaccine you know it is something you should avoid.  Over 60% refuse the jab:

NHS figures reveal only 34.7% of staff were vaccinated last year:

Health workers urged to get flu jab Denis Campbell and James Meikle The Guardian, Thursday 22 September 2011

And the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and other health officials have resorted to bullying NHS staff into taking the vaccine when it is known to be ineffective, the risks of death exaggerated by false Department of Health figures and when vaccine safety data is being suppressed.  CHS has covered these latter issues in detail in the following articles [with links to original sources]:-

Here you can see the bullying,  as reported and quoted in British press reports:

Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, recently criticised NHS staff who did not have the jab. “It is very selfish not to be vaccinated. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for infecting my patients. You owe a duty to your patients. I don’t see it as responsible behaviour if you haven’t been vaccinated.”  

Dr Lindsey Davies, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health ….. said staff who did not get vaccinated against seasonal flu were guilty of “complete dereliction of duty” and could endanger the lives of at-risk patients such as babies, the elderly, pregnant women and those with breathing trouble.

Health workers urged to get flu jab Denis Campbell and James Meikle The Guardian, Thursday 22 September 2011

What neither of these people are quoted saying is whether they have had the ‘flu vaccine this year.  That is leadership for you.  Odd that journalists have not asked.  But of course, anyone can say they have had the ‘flu shot.  They can even be photographed having a shot.  But neither means what it appears they have had is the ‘flu vaccine.  If they are content for vastly false ‘flu death figures to be issued and published [especially in the many years when there have been no deaths from ‘flu] then we can expect anything from officials and politicians in the UK’s Department of Health.  It seems to be how all political and public life is these days.  No one is honest.

British Press Association Publishes Known-To-Be-False UK Government Flu Death Figures – In A Story To Promote Known-To-Be-Ineffective ‘Flu Vaccines To UK Elderly

An irresponsible scaremongering UK Press Association story published today in the British Media falsely claims a grossly inflated known-to-be-false invented figure for UK ‘flu deaths of 4700.  This was in a story intended to promote ‘flu vaccines to the elderly when numerous repeated peer reviewed papers show the vaccines are ineffective and when the risk of ‘flu death is often nil and other times tiny.  The story falsely claimed:

Around 4,700 people die every year in England after getting flu, a Department of Health spokeswoman said. People in at-risk groups are 11 times more likely to die than someone who is not in an at-risk group.”

Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab Press Association 3rd November 2012. 

In many years the true figure is there are no deaths.  A four year average around the time of the supposed swine flu pandemic was 33 deaths per annum. If in winter 300 people die in an aircrash or 50 die in a motorway vehicle accident, the UK Department of Health will treat the deaths as if from flu and add them to the figures, claiming they are flu deaths.  CHS covered this back in 2010:  UK Fakes Flu Death Numbers

So how is it the British Press allow the British public to be conned by the British government every year like this?

How do we know the figures are false?   The bizarre way they are calculated was explained in 2009 by the out-going Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson in a letter published on Christmas Eve in the British Medical Journal: Mortality from pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza in England: public health surveillance study BMJ 24th December 2009.

There are around 600,000 deaths in the UK annually from all causes.  So the risk of a ‘flu death is extremely small for a UK population of 66 million.  But in a calculated fashion clearly promoting known ineffective drug industry products British health officials every year use British tax funds to put out these false and invented figures for their friends in the drug industry to benefit financially and some British citizens are certainly injured every year by the vaccines.

How do we know the vaccine is ineffective?  Because study after study from the mainstream medical international research organisation The Cochrane Collaboration has demonstrated it countless times.  Again, CHS covered this here with a list of the papers and weblinks to them: New Study – Flu Vaccine Doesn’t Work

The PA story with the false figures was republished by a number of national UK newspapers and a large number of local newspapers.  None of the papers questioned the figures even though they are known to be false and provably so.

This is a measure of how little we can trust the information published and broadcast by professional news media when they get stories from government sources.  The media do not check or  question the information and the public are then tricked when the press should act as a protection against such blatant corruption within Government.

This is when we also know that the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency coldly and deliberately suppress data about serious vaccine adverse reactions: New Research Shows How Gardasil and Cervarix Vaccines Can Silently Kill Your Daughters And Sons.   In other words, our health officials are promoting known-to-be ineffective drug industry products whilst suppressing information about how many people are killed or seriously injured by them.  And the media are complicit in putting out false information which could lead to elderly people being killed or injured by an ineffective vaccine.

The PA story with the false scaremongering shroud-waving figures has been covered by national media BBC, The Independent, The Guardian:-

Take-up of flu jab drops The Guardian – Press Association – Saturday 3 November 2012

Fewer pensioners and at-risk patients are receiving the flu jab than last year The Independent – Ella Pickover – Saturday 03 November 2012

The Telegraph also ran the story but omitted the false claim about 4700 deaths annually:-

Flu campaign relaunched as vaccine uptake stalls – Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor 03 Nov 2012

Here are examples from the first three pages of a Google search of the numerous news outlets which have repeated the PA story:

  1. Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab « Express & Star

    19 hours ago – Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab. Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

  2. The Independent | Health News | Latest Health and Hospital Related

    November 2012 10:34 AM. With winter fast approaching, many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it

  3. Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab – Yahoo! News UK

    uk.news.yahoo.com/fewer-risk-patients-flu-jab-001034403.html

    19 hours ago – get flu jab’ on Yahoo! News UK. Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

  4. Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab – Staffordshire Newsletter

    17 hours ago – Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it. The number of pensioners who have

  5. icNewcastle – Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab

    icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk/…/tm_headline=fewer-at-risk-patients-ge…

    18 hours ago – Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it. The number of pensioners who have

  6. icCheshireOnline – Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab

    iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk/…/tm_headline=fewer-at-risk-patien…

    18 hours ago – Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it. – News from across the UK.

  7. Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab

    16 hours ago – Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it. The number of pensioners who have

  1. MKNews | News | UK-World-News

    patients get flu jab · Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab. Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

  2. Fifth have no savings safety net – Press Association

    19 hours ago – among vulnerable people have fallen. Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

  3. Kingston Guardian: Local news, sport, leisure, jobs, homes & cars in

    rates among vulnerable people have fallen many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it vidic may be

  4. UK News Headlines – Yahoo! News UK

    uk.news.yahoo.com/uk/

    Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it

  5. Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab

    Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it. The number of pensioners who have received the

  6. UK news archive from 2012-11-03, page 15

    4 hours ago – Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it. The number of pensioners who have

  7. Breaking News: Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab

    localuknews.co.uk/…/breaking-news-fewer-at-risk-patients-get-flu-ja…

    Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it

  8. National – Leyland Guardian

    Fewer at-risk patients get flu jab. Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

  9. Local & National – Belfast Telegraph

    at-risk patients get flu jab. Saturday, 3 November 2012. Many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

EU Flu Vaccine Bans Still Unreported – Medics Sick After Vaccine Refuse More

One weak news report of the UK flu vaccine ban has appeared in one mainstream UK national newspaper – the Telegraph by Health Editor Rebecca Smith.  Smith’s report ignores the developments in the EU and in Canada [reported on CHS – links below].  Smith reports “the recall should not affect supplies” and seems not to have sought independent expert comment on the safety issues just accepting the official line: Thousand of flu vaccines recalled Telegraph Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor 31 Oct 2012.

In contrast the UK General Medical Practitioner newspaper Pulse reports concern about the supply problems – also without considering further any safety issues or seeking independent expert comment – quoting GP sources Pulse reports:

Any reduction in flu vaccine available is a problem in the UK as the various vaccine manufacturers have tried hard to supply the Crucell practices with enough vaccine to carry out the Government influenza immunisation programme.

‘The Novartis withdrawal is worrying, but it may not significantly affect our immunisation programme if the other vaccine manufacturers can make up the numbers.

‘More worrying is the fact that the DH has not come forward with offer of vaccines to Practices from its reserves, if they indeed exist.’

Two publicly anonymous comments on the Pulse story by registered commenters each independently claim they got sick after the vaccine.  Here are the comments as they appear with the Pulse report:

Anonymous | 31 October 2012 4:39pm

So does this mean the vaccine would be ineffective if already given? mmmm had the flu jab begining of Oct and then been laid up with flu for last 3weeks, another strain?

Anonymous | 31 October 2012 6:13pm

Same as first comment, was advised to have as front line staff but have been laid up since and know of others off sick, also I now have headaches and wooziness, will never have again!

PRIOR CHS NEWS REPORTS:-

Now UK Recalls Another Novartis Flu Vaccine – Agrippal – Recall Follows EU and Canadian Bans of Agriflu and Fluad Flu Vaccines

Canada and Switzerland lift Novartis flu vaccine bans – Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain Yet to Decide

EU And Canada Flu Vaccine Ban – Not Reported By Press

Now UK Recalls Another Novartis Flu Vaccine – Agrippal – Recall Follows EU and Canadian Bans of Agriflu and Fluad Flu Vaccines

Following prior bans reported by CHS [EU And Canada Flu Vaccine Ban – Not Reported By Press] UK’s drug regulator the MHRA yesterday issued an announcement which includes the following:

At the request of MHRA, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics S.r.l. is executing a precautionary recall of the above batches. This is due to the presence, in one of the components, of visible protein aggregates that were identified following additional testing during the course of an investigation. Such protein aggregation can occur in influenza vaccines. The aggregation consists mostly of viral proteins expected in the vaccine, and when observed, aggregation is transient and disappears upon shaking as recommended in product labelling. No visible protein aggregates were detected at the time of product release in any of these UK batches.

Based on the information available, there is no evidence of any new safety concerns or of any impact on efficacy. No adverse reactions which may be associated with this issue have been reported to Novartis in connection with these batches. Those who have had a flu vaccine from these batches should have no cause for concern and there is no need for revaccination.

Class 2 Drug Alert (Action Within 48 hours): Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics S.r.l. – Agrippal suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe – Influenza Vaccine – EL (12)A/34

Canada and Switzerland lift Novartis flu vaccine bans – Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain Yet to Decide

UPDATE TO CHS ARTICLE Posted October 30, 2012:  EU And Canada Flu Vaccine Ban – Not Reported By Press

Reuters reported at 16:09 GMT that Canada and Switzerland have lifted the ban on Novartis flu vaccines on the basis that “white particles found in the vaccines were normal clumps of protein particles and did not indicate a safety issue”  Canada, Switzerland lift ban on Novartis flu vaccines ZURICH | Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:09pm GMT.

But CHS notes that the news should be reported so that there is at least the possibility that the conduct of drug companies and drug regulators can be subjected to public and political scrutiny.  We cannot be sure they tell the truth – as we know some have not done on previous occasions.  They may also be wrong.  Are white particles in vaccines safe and normal “clumps of protein”.  If the news is not reported there is no prospect of anyone scrutinising what is taking place.

EU And Canada Flu Vaccine Ban – Not Reported By Press

The ban on 500,000 doses of flu vaccines manufactured by Novartis extends so far to Canada, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and non EU state Switzerland but appears to have gone largely unreported in the mainstream media even though the news was put out on the wire by news bureau Reuters.  The first ban appears to have been announced by the Italian Medicines Agency:  Ban on the use of influenza vaccines in the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics  25/10/2012.  The official Italian document can be downloaded here Comunicazione AIFA.  You can search Google News yourself in your own country to check for any mainstream media reports.

STOP PRESS October 31, 2012Now UK Recalls Another Novartis Flu Vaccine – Agrippal – Recall Follows EU and Canadian Bans of Agriflu and Fluad Flu Vaccines

The conduct of health officials and drug regulatory agencies should be subject to careful public scrutiny in the media.  Health Canada’s statements are especially troubling.

The bans follow the news the previous week that Netherlands-based vaccine maker Crucell, a unit of U.S. drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, had suspended a delivery of 2.36 million seasonal flu vaccine doses to Italy after finding problems with two lots of it: Crucell temporarily withholds supplies of influenza vaccine NeLM 08/10/2012 Source: BBC Health , Daily Telegraph; UPDATE 3 -Italy bans Novartis flu vaccines pending tests Reuters24-Oct-2012.

STOP PRESS 17:00 October 31: Reuters reported an hour ago that Canada and Switzerland have lifted the ban on Novartis flu vaccines on the basis that “white particles found in the vaccines were normal clumps of protein particles and did not indicate a safety issue”  Canada, Switzerland lift ban on Novartis flu vaccines ZURICH | Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:09pm GMT. 

But CHS notes that the news should be reported so that there is at least the possibility that the conduct of drug companies and drug regulators can be subjected to public and political scrutiny.  We cannot be sure they tell the truth – as we know some have not done on previous occasions and they may also be wrong – are white particles in vaccines safe and normal “clumps of protein”.  If the news is not reported there is no prospect of anyone scrutinising what is taking place.

The day after the European bans on the Novartis products, Health Canada stated the problem is common in vaccines, they have seen it before and claim to have had no reports of health problems.  But they also fail to report making any effort of any kind to investigate.  If this is “common in vaccines” Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland would not have banned the vaccines. It seems Health Canada had previously done nothing about it. This time they have been caught out by the European bans and appear to have banned the vaccines as a precaution: Novartis Suspends Distribution of Seasonal Flu Vaccines Agriflu and Fluad in Canada as a Precaution Health Canada News Release October 26, 2012:

OTTAWA – Health Canada would like to provide further information to Canadians about its assessment of the voluntary suspension of use in Europe of the seasonal flu vaccines Agriflu and Fluad.

…. Agriflu and Fluad are two of the seasonal flu vaccines produced by Novartis that have been pulled from use in several European countries pending further examination of white floating material discovered clumping in the vaccines.

………

Clumping of the kind noted in Europe is common in vaccines. Health Canada has previously seen such particles before in other vaccines and has observed no impact on their safety or effectiveness. The Public Health Agency of Canada monitors for adverse events following immunization. To date it has received no reports of serious or unexpected adverse events related to these vaccines.

As a precautionary step, Health Canada asked Novartis to suspend distribution of the vaccines in Canada until a full review of the situation is completed. Novartis has agreed. The Public Health Agency of Canada is also recommending that health care professionals in possession of these vaccines refrain from using them until the review is complete.

And Health Canada also claimed seemingly falsely that the European ban was voluntary by Novartis, but that is not correct – according to the Italian authorities they issued an official ban.  That according to Reuters news reports [see links below] was followed by other EU states:

The Italian Medicines Agency has prohibited the use of influenza vaccines Fluad – AGRIPPAL – INFLUPOZZI subunit is INFLUPOZZI ADJUVANTED of Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Srl.

The measure was necessary because the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Srl announced the presence of a phenomenon of protein aggregation observed in the production of influenza vaccines submitting reports qualitative assessment, toxicology and pharmacovigilance that do not provide sufficient information to clarify the exact composition of the aggregates, or the impact of the defect on the quality, stability of the vaccine and, consequently, on the safety and efficacy of the same. We are waiting for the further investigations and analyzes deemed necessary also the outcome of the evaluation of the documentation notes that the company will have to send.”

 Ban on the use of influenza vaccines in the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics  AIFA 25/10/2012.

The Italian ban was followed by a series of news reports by Reuters Oct 25th and 26th:

Associated Press eventually also reported the story 27th October: 6 European countries pull Novartis flu vaccines but also added that Novartis had known of the problem since July but had not reported it until now and only to the Italian medicines agency AIFA.  AP also reported that by then Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland had limited the use of Fluad or Aggripal, or both, after the company reported the appearance of small particles in the vaccine to Italian authorities.

In the light of the recent problems the British Broadcasting Corporation and criticism the British media are facing over not reporting the activities of the television celebrity Sir Jimmy Savile as the most prolific child pervert and molester over a 40 year period, these kinds of failures seem to be common.

You can search Google News yourself in your own country to check for any mainstream news reports.  The result of the first page of a search on Google India appearing below seems to indicate the news is not being reported internationally by mainstream news outlets.

GOOGLE NEWS INDIA SEARCH

  1. Novartis says banned flu jabs safe and that ‘particles’ common in

    In-PharmaTechnologist.com45 minutes ago
    Novartis says two seasonal influenza vaccines temporarily banned by the 2012-2013 seasonal influenza studies required for European

    euronews

    DigitalJournal.com

    CTV News

    Economic Times

    Deutsche Welle

    swissinfo.ch

    Yahoo! News (blog)
  2. The problem with the flu vaccine

    Deutsche Welle26-Oct-2012
    Several European countries have banned a flu vaccine produced by the Swiss pharmacetucial company, Novartis, for safety reasons. DW looks
  3. Europe Pulls the Rug Out from Underneath Novartis AG, So Who’s

    SmallCap Network9 hours ago
    The company’s influenza vaccines Agrippal and Fluad in most of the European market, and more recently, in parts of Canada; more bans are
  4. Health Canada suspends distribution of Novartis flu shots

    CTV News27-Oct-2012
    A total of six European countries have banned the vaccine until further of flu vaccine manufactured by drug giant Novartis –at a plant in Italy.
  5. 6 European countries pull Novartis flu vaccines

    The Associated Press26-Oct-2012
    BERLIN (AP) — Six European countries have ordered a temporary ban on the import or use of some Novartis flu vaccines. Austria, France
  6. Novartis does not expect further sales ban of flu vaccines

    Economic Times24-Oct-2012
    Novartis does not expect further sales ban of flu vaccines shipped the two vaccines produced in Italy to European markets and parts of Asia.
  7. UPDATE 1-France halts sale of Novartis flu vaccine

    Reuters26-Oct-2012
    (Adds comment from European Medicines Agency) the announcement by Swiss and Italian authorities on Wednesday that they were banning some flu vaccines Agrippal is the only Novartis flu vaccine marketed in France.
  8. France, Germany and Spain join list of countries banning Novartis

    PMLiVE28-Oct-2012
    Austria and Italy in banning flu vaccines produced by Novartis after which doesn’t extend to Fluad, is pending action from the European
  9. France halts sale of Novartis flu vaccine

    Reuters India26-Oct-2012
    The French decision follows the announcement by Swiss and Italian authorities on Wednesday that they were banning some flu vaccines
  10. Spain regulator halts sale of some Novartis flu vaccines

    Reuters India25-Oct-2012
    European countries in halting the sale of anti-influenza vaccines made anti-flu vaccines produced by Novartis was banned on Wednesday

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New Research Shows How Gardasil and Cervarix Vaccines Can Silently Kill Your Daughters And Sons

How have vaccines been silently killing children and adults without seeming to leave any trace?   Many unexplained infant deaths have occurred over decades following vaccination but the vaccines are never blamed by health officials as the cause.

New research into Gardasil and Cervarix HPV vaccines just published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Canada reveals what appears to be evidence of the smoking gun – traces indicating the vaccines have been triggering potentially fatal autoimmune vasculopathies.  Below we publish the abstract of the new research with a link for you to download and read the full paper.

Autopsy results of two young women who died from seemingly unknown causes following vaccination with the HPV vaccine Gardasil revealed no anatomical, microbiological nor toxicological findings that might have explained their deaths.  The two young women suffered from cerebral vasculitis-type symptoms following vaccination with the HPV vaccine Gardasil.  Post-mortem brain tissue specimens from their brains were analysed for various immunoinflammatory markers.

Results from this research suggest that HPV vaccines containing particular substances [antigens HPV-16L1] pose an inherent risk for triggering potentially fatal autoimmune vasculopathies.  Cervarix also contains these substances.

So should you risk your daughter’s life and health by exposing her to the HPV vaccine?   The vaccine itself is pointless for 12-13 year old British school girls.  The chance of death from cervical cancer before age 20 is ZERO [see Cancer Research UK statistics – Cervical cancer mortality Statistics By age] – download stats as a table].   The evidence of duration of protection is 5 years [assuming the vaccine works as claimed – which is unproven and will not be known for 40 years].

The research shows that many of the symptoms reported to vaccine safety surveillance databases following HPV vaccination are indicative of cerebral vasculitis, but are unrecognized as such (i.e., intense persistent migraines, syncope, seizures, tremors and tingling, myalgia, locomotor abnormalities, psychotic symptoms and cognitive deficits).

CHS has separately obtained evidence showing that British Health officials in the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency [MHRA] published analyses of adverse reactions to GSK’s Cervarix vaccine in such a way that the conditions underlying the reported symptoms of 4700 adverse reactions in 4.2 million British schoolgirls could never be identified.  This looks like “cooking the books” to ensure no information would be made public which might suggest the vaccine is dangerous – thereby ensuring the lives and health of British school children was put at risk in this mass experiment on these schoolgirls.  British health officials have now from this September abandoned GSK’s Cervarix vaccine in favour of Gardasil claiming the change is all due to tendering competition.  That of course cannot be correct because the Department of Health was previously heavily criticised for allowing only a single source to supply a vaccine when that resulted in supply difficulties.  So leaving a single source for the HPV vaccine would similarly repeat the previously heavily criticised arrangements.

To diagnose an underlying condition it is fundamental that all the symptoms be considered together.  What the MHRA officials did was to split up the symptoms each girl suffered to report the symptoms separately under five categories which bore no relation to the potential underlying conditions suffered by these children.  A large number of the reported individual symptoms are symptoms of an encephalopathy – which is a general medical term for a brain disease or injury.  But it will never be known from the MHRA’s published analyses because 1) all the symptoms were split up and 2) not a single reported adverse reaction was the subject of clinical investigation despite Cervarix being a new vaccine whose full adverse effects were unknown.

98 in every 100 adverse drug reactions are known to be under-reported and symptoms of some vaccine adverse reactions do not appear for months or years so the real rate of adverse reactions from the mildest to the most severe could well have been as high as 1 in every 10 girls receiving the vaccine.

So can we trust government and health officials with anything including when it comes to keeping our children safe from harms they insist the children are exposed to?  No.  So nothing new there then.  Same old same old crooked government behaviours.  Which is the bigger risk to your children?  World terrorism or your own government?  Yes that’s right – government wins that contest by a massive margin.  It is unbelievably rare for any of your children to be at risk from terrorist attack.  It is vastly more common for your children to be at risk from all manner of government health and other agencies.

And why does our headline refer to sons?  It is being suggested the same vaccines be given to boys also.  Breathtakingly health officials are coming for your sons too.   It is more bizarre than the plot of a Batman movie.

For previous CHS articles about HPV vaccine and the widespread harms they have been causing please see the following:

Abstract:  Death after Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Causal or Coincidental?

Lucija Tomljenovic1* and Christopher A Shaw1,2,3
1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada
2Program in Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada
3Program in Neuroscience, University of British Columbia, Canada

Abstract:

Background: The proper understanding of a true risk from vaccines is crucial for avoiding unnecessary adverse  reactions (ADRs). However, to this date no solid tests or criteria have been established to determine whether adverse events are causally linked to vaccinations.

Objectives: This research was carried out to determine whether or not some serious autoimmune and neurological ADRs following HPV vaccination are causal or merely coincidental and to validate a biomarker-based immunohistochemical (IHC) protocol for assessing causality in case of vaccination-suspected serious adverse neurological outcomes.

Methods: Post-mortem brain tissue specimens from two young women who suffered from cerebral vasculitis-type symptoms following vaccination with the HPV vaccine Gardasil were analysed by IHC for various immunoinflammatory markers. Brain sections were also stained for antibodies recognizing HPV-16L1 and HPV-18L1 antigen which are present in Gardasil.

Results: In both cases, the autopsy revealed no anatomical, microbiological nor toxicological findings that might have explained the death of the individuals. In contrast, our IHC analysis showed evidence of an autoimmune vasculitis potentially triggered by the cross-reactive HPV-16L1 antibodies binding to the wall of cerebral blood vessels in all examined brain samples. We also detected the presence of HPV-16L1 particles within the cerebral vasculature with some HPV-16L1 particles adhering to the blood vessel walls. HPV-18L1 antibodies did not bind to cerebral blood vessels nor any other neural tissues. IHC also showed increased T-cell signalling and marked activation of the classical antibody-dependent complement pathway in cerebral vascular tissues from both cases. This pattern of complement activation in the absence of an active brain infection indicates an abnormal triggering of the immune response in which the immune attack is directed towards self-tissue.

Conclusions: Our study suggests that HPV vaccines containing HPV-16L1 antigens pose an inherent risk for triggering potentially fatal autoimmune vasculopathies.

Practice implications: Cerebral vasculitis is a serious disease which typically results in fatal outcomes when undiagnosed and left untreated. The fact that many of the symptoms reported to vaccine safety surveillance databases following HPV vaccination are indicative of cerebral vasculitis, but are unrecognized as such (i.e., intense persistent migraines, syncope, seizures, tremors and tingling, myalgia, locomotor abnormalities, psychotic symptoms and cognitive deficits), is a serious concern in light of the present findings. It thus appears that in some cases vaccination may be the triggering factor of fatal autoimmune/neurological events. Physicians should be aware of this association.

Access entire article here.

*Corresponding author: Lucija Tomljenovic, Neural Dynamics Research Group, 828 W. 10th Ave.,Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5Z 1L8, Tel: 604-875-4111 (ext. 68375); Fax: 604-876-4376; E-mail: lucijat77@gmail.com

Received September 13, 2012; Accepted October 02, 2012; Published October 04, 2012

Citation: Tomljenovic L, Shaw CA (2012) Death after Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination: Causal or Coincidental? Pharmaceut Reg Affairs S12:001. doi:10.4172/2167-7689.S12-001

Copyright: © 2012 Tomljenovic L, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Drug, Food & GM Industries Eradicating Your Access to Vitamins and Other Safe Health Foods

Here CHS presents a news release today from the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine on the continuing efforts in the USA to deny freedom to obtain health giving and sometimes life-saving vitamins and other healthy foods. It reports a recent study showing that the vitamins and food supplements are so safe the risk of mortality is lower than risks of death from a lightning strike and obviously vastly less risky than pharmaceutical drug reactions.  The risk of dying from preventable medical injuries in hospitals is 350,000 times greater [in percentage terms that is a 35 million percent greater risk].

Here is the main graphic summarising.  Look in the bottom left corner to see how vastly safer herbal remedies vitamins and food supplements are:

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Societal vs Individual Risk of Death in Europe

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The efforts of the drug and food industries to elimimate competition, including lobbying to legislate vitamins and food supplements out of existence, continue in the USA following legislation introduced in the EU. Vitamins and food supplements have been proven safe over decades, sometimes centuries and in the case of clean water since the beginning of life on earth. But EU legislation has led to the bizarre situation that it is illegal to advertise that water can help prevent dehydration.  These kinds of developments have been reported by CHS here:

EU bans food claim that water prevents dehydration – Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to water and reduced risk of development of dehydration and of concomitant decrease of performance pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006

Orwellian World of “Nineteen Eighty-Four” Is Here for Health and Food

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 16, 2012

Restrictions on Food Supplements are Based on Misinformation

An alert from Europe to the rest of the world

by Gert Schuitemaker, PhD

Introduction: “It can’t happen here” qualifies for top placement on the all-time list of famous last words. The United States still has, for now, over-the-counter access to nutritional supplements. But no one who reads newspapers, watches televised news, or leafs through a magazine can miss the preponderance of negative reporting on vitamins. As OMNS continues to counter such misinformation (this issue is the 145th), we take a look at the real “risks” of dietary supplements. Readers may wish to keep in mind what Dr. Abram Hoffer famously said: “All attacks on supplement safety are really attacks on supplement efficacy.” If supplements are vilified, they can be made prescription. If they are prescription, costs will go up and access will vanish. – Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS Oct 16, 2012) A recent study explains that the risk of mortality from taking food supplements is far lower than other risks like smoking, pharmaceutical adverse drug reactions, cancer, and even dying from a lightning strike. [1] This important new information is relevant to recent food regulations in the European Union (EU) that are supposed to make commercially sold food supplements safer. The study shows the belief that food supplements are dangerous is mistaken.

The Codex Alimentarius was established In 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and later the World Trade Organization (WTO) as an international standard, with guidelines and codes of practice for the sale of food products, including food supplements.[2] In the natural health community, the Codex is considered a threat to freedom of choice and purchase of food supplements because it stipulates what doses of supplements can be sold and what wording may be used in advertising and packaging.

The Codex has not been adopted by the United States, but within the EU, it was signed into law in 2002 with the adoption of the European Food Supplements Directive. This set of regulations restricts the free choice of consumers when purchasing food supplements. To more fully appreciate this issue, it should be understood that compared to the United States, the EU is highly socialized and regulated. Acceptance of such rigid legislation by policy makers and politicians is easier in Europe than on the other side of the Atlantic. But giant food corporations are lobbying for similar limitations in the USA. Thus, the Codex Alimentarius and the EU legislation are considered a likely template for exporting this type of food regulation to the rest in the world.

This type of food legislation is designed to protect every citizen of the EU from suspected risks, even those imagined to be related to taking food supplements. Thus, if a dietary supplement does not have “scientific evidence that it is not harmful,” it is treated as harmful until proven otherwise. . On first thought, many of us would expect that the government has a moral obligation and an implied mandate to research such risks and impose such precautionary laws. However, this paralyzing “dangerous until proven safe” logic recently drove the EU committee in charge to deny claims that water treats dehydration and prunes treat constipation, because there was not enough scientific evidence to make these claims! [1]

Threat to freedom of health

The implementation of the European Food Supplements Directive is imminent. As of December 14, 2012, health claims made on food supplements must be authorized by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based on a very rigid and restrictive set of rules. Of the 4000 claims submitted so far, only about 220 have been accepted. For example, the regulations forbid the use of terms such as ‘energy’ for coenzyme Q10, ‘antioxidant’ for quercetine, and ‘probioticals’ for probioticals on supplement labels. The reason is that the law considers these terms to be unfounded claims of health benefits.

This EU legislation is in opposition to the wishes of consumers who want to take responsibility for their own health. Citizens worldwide fighting for freedom of choice should take note, because the template for global implementation has been set in motion with nothing to stop its assault on your health freedom. In response to this insidious threat, the Alliance for Natural Health International compiled a chart that quantifies the risk of mortality from various causes within the EU.[1]

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Societal vs Individual Risk of Death in Europe

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Figure 1. Risk of death from various causes in the EU. First, note the position of the bubbles in the quadrants. The X-axis (horizontal) indicates the risk of mortality for an individual (per million people) when the individual is exposed to the risk. The Y-axis (vertical) indicates the overall risk of mortality per million EU residents. A.The upper right quadrant shows mortality risks that apply to a relatively large proportion of the population, for example cancer or preventable medical injury, and that are also relatively large for individuals when exposed. B. The bottom right quadrant shows that a relatively small proportion of the total EU-population dies from the risk, for example railway work, but an individual has a relatively large risk of mortality from exposure. C. The bottom left quadrant shows a relatively small risk of mortality for the overall EU-population, and that an individual also has a small risk of mortality from exposure. D. The upper left quadrant shows a theoretical risk which is relatively large for the overall population, but is small for an individual when exposed. In reality this cannot occur because if individual risk of death is small, then overall the risk must also be small. The size of each bubble represents the relative risk for individual exposure. Note: the log scale is used to allow the data to be meaningfully presented on one graph, but this implies that the differences in risk are exponentially greater than shown by the bubble positions. Figure adapted from ANHI [1].

Results of the ANHI risk study

  • Result 1. Smoking and illicit drug use have equally large bubbles (upper right quadrant). This means an equal and relatively large risk of mortality from smoking and drug use for the individual smoker and individual drug user (about 2,500 per million [1:400]). But the overall risk for drug use is much lower because fewer people use illicit drugs than smoke (risk from illicit drug use: ~10 per 1 million EU inhabitants [1: 100,000]; from smoking: ~1,000 per million [1 : 1,000]).
  • Result 2. Lightning and use of food supplements (lower left quadrant) both represent an extremely small risk. The risk of mortality from food supplement use by individuals is 1 in 100 million, and for being struck by lightning is 80 in 100 million. So the risk of mortality as a result of a food supplement use is 80 times smaller than from lightning.
  • Result 3. Comparison of the use of food supplements (lower left quadrant) vs. preventable medical injuries in hospitals (upper right quadrant). The relative size of the bubbles shows that the risk of mortality from food supplements is much lower than the risk of mortality from preventable medical injuries in hospitals. Reading from the X-axis, it is apparent that the risk of mortality to individuals from food supplements is extremely small (1 in 100 million), but the risk of mortality from preventable medical injuries in hospitals is thousands of times greater (5,000 per million or 0.5%). Reading from the Y-axis, it is apparent that the overall risk of mortality in the EU from food supplements is even lower (6 in 1 billion or 1 in 170 million) and from preventable injuries during a stay in the hospital about 700 per million [1 in 1400].
  • Result 4. – Comparison of risk for individual (represented by bubble size and the location on the X-axis):
Use of food supplements Compared to preventable medical injuries in hospitals 1:351,220
Compared to smoking 1:173,000
Compared to cancer 1:173,000
Compared to pharmaceutical adverse drug reactions 1:123,125
Compared to lightning 1:26
Use of herbal remedies Compared to preventable medical injuries in hospitals 1:206,600

Conclusion

Taking your daily food supplement in the EU is one of your safest daily activities. Even getting fatally struck by lightning is a bigger risk. The risk of dying from preventable medical injuries in hospitals is 350,000 times greater. The European authorities meant to impose precautionary legislation to protect the EU citizen against the risks they imagined, but in fact their prejudice favoring large food corporations is shown by the risk chart. Food supplements are very, very safe. The Codex Alimentarius is considered by many as an imminent threat to the freedom to take the food supplements of citizens of the US. Unfortunately, like the food legislation in the EU, it is currently being considered as a template for legislation worldwide [3]. This most definitely includes America.

(Dr. Gert Schuitemaker trained as a pharmacist and then completed his PhD in medicine at University of Maastricht. He is the founder of the Ortho Institute in the Netherlands, which publishes Orthomoleculair magazine for health professionals and Fit mit Voeding (“Fit With Nutrition”) for the public. Dr. Schuitemaker has published several books and more than 300 articles.)

For further information:

The Alliance for Natural Health International is a non-governmental organization promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare. ANHl campaigns across a wide range of healthcare fields, including the use of herbal products and essential nutrients in adequate doses. http://www.anh-europe.org and http://www.anh-usa.org

References:

1. http://www.anh-europe.org/news/anh-exclusive-lightning-more-dangerous-than-herbs-or-vitamins.

2. http://www.codexalimentarius.org/.

3. Schwitters B. Health Claims Censored. The case against the European Health Claim Regulation. De Facto Publications, 2012.

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