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Paradigm shifting.

Look who cites Orac: http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/cdcwhistleblower.asp


"...And, of course, there’s no biologically plausible reason why there would be an effect observed in African-Americans but no other race and, more specifically than that, in African-American males."

Oh, but look at this research by the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.


Immune Response to Rubella Vaccine Varies by Race, Ethnicity

February 26, 2014
By Megan Brooks

NEW YORK - A new study finds "consistent" evidence for racial/ethnic differences in humoral immune response to rubella vaccination, say researchers with the Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Individuals of African descent have significantly higher rubella-specific neutralizing antibody levels relative to individuals of European descent and/or Hispanic ethnicity (p<0.001), Dr. Gregory A. Poland and colleagues reported online February 13 in the journal Vaccine.

In an interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Poland said, "We make (vaccine) policy, of course, at the population level. That's a paradigm that seems right and even self-obvious to us. But as we enter into the era of personalized medicine that paradigm is starting to fade away."

"For example, if you come here to the Mayo Clinic for treatment of resistant hypertension or depression or certain malignancies, your treatment is individualized to you based on your genomics. There are people that carry some genes that if we gave them the standard dose of chemotherapy it would kill them. There are others that carry certain genes that if we don't double the dose it does them no good," he explained.

"Nobody has applied that paradigm to vaccine responses. Our group has been pushing the concept of individualized vaccinology or what we call vaccinomics," Dr. Poland said.


SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1mwLIkQ

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3980440/ (free)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X14001534 (final edited form, fee)

Volume 32, Issue 17, 7 April 2014, Pages 1946–1953

Associations between race, sex and immune response variations to rubella vaccination in two independent cohorts

Iana H. Haralambievaa, b, Hannah M. Salka, Nathaniel D. Lamberta, b, Inna G. Ovsyannikovaa, b, Richard B. Kennedya, b, Nathaniel D. Warnerc, V.Shane Pankratzc, Gregory A. Polanda, b, d, ,

a Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic, Guggenheim 611C, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
b Program in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
c Division of Biostatistics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States
d Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States

Received 18 November 2013, Revised 20 January 2014, Accepted 27 January 2014, Available online 13 February 2014

That's not all. Guess what?

Post 138: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025653679


Regressive Autism Reported Twice as Often among African American Children
Rates of regressive autism also appear elevated among Hispanics; researcher urges further study to understand why
May 06, 2014

Reports of regressive autism – in which young children lose early language and social skills – are twice as common for African American children as for white children, according to new research. The same study found reports of regression 50 percent higher for Hispanic children than for whites.

The findings are the early results of a study made possible by families in the patient registry of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN).

“This is the first indication of racial differences in reported regression,” says researcher Adiaha Spinks Franklin. “It raises extremely important questions about why we’re seeing these differences.” Dr. Franklin is a developmental behavioral pediatrician at the AS-ATN Center of Excellence at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston. She presented her findings today at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, in Vancouver, British Columbia.


These differences warrant urgent investigation, Dr. Franklin says.

It might be that regression among minority children is over-represented in medical records because, on average, it takes more dramatic symptoms – such as regression – for these children to get diagnosed and receive medical care. “We’ve long been aware that Hispanic and African American individuals tend to be diagnosed later and have less access to medical resources for not only autism but also many health conditions,” Dr. Franklin says.

“Certainly, this is another reason why physicians should not be dismissing any parent’s concerns about lost skills,” she adds.

It’s also possible that ethnic groups truly differ in regression rates because of differences in unknown genetic or environmental risk factors for autism. However, research has never indicated any particular risk factor for regressive forms of autism.

“We don’t yet understand why children regress in the first place,” Dr. Franklin says. “We certainly need more research to understand why there might be ethnic differences.”


NOTE THAT 10 YEARS SEPARATE THESE 2 STUDIES. Dr. William W Thompson finds it unacceptable that the "signal" detected in the 2004 study was discarded prior to publication and therefore not pursued by follow-up investigations. Orac says what?
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Aug 25, 2015, 01:07 AM (1 replies)

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Prog has paid out > $3 billion, as Rep Posey stated. Fact, not woo.

OVERVIEW OP-ED: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/02/maine-voices-breakdown-in-accountability-at-heart-of-decline-in-vaccinations/


NOTHING to consider here, no, perhaps not for you. Fortunately, not everyone agrees that more is necessarily better. Science, not woo.

eg. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2015/06/acip-endorses-individual-choice-meningitis-b-vaccine
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Jul 30, 2015, 02:12 AM (1 replies)

"Germany, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain & others have all abolished compulsory vaccination."

Jawdropping establishment journalism (3/27/15):

“Europeans are turning away from vaccines, amid rising distrust of immunization for infectious diseases,” begins an article earlier this year in EurActiv, the journal of record for the European Community, published in over a dozen languages and widely read by journalists as a go-to-source for emerging policy debates in Europe...


Distrust of vaccinations on the rise across EU
Published: 27/03/2015 - 07:55 | Updated: 27/03/2015 - 07:56


For recommendation, against obligation

If there is one domain within the sector that tends to keep its nose clean, says Selon Serge Rader, it is vaccination. In Europe, France is the only country to maintain the policy of compulsory vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.

Portugal has kept compulsory vaccination for diphtheria and polio, and Belgium just for polio. Elsewhere in Europe, Germany, the United Kingdon, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain and others have all abolished compulsory vaccination.



EurActiv Media Network

The EurActiv Network of both independent and integrated offices provides free localised EU policy news in 12 languages, reaching more than 667.494 readers across Europe and beyond, every month.

The co-branded partner publications produce editorial content in Brussels (Belgium), Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey – reaching over 80% of our readers in their mother tongue.

The Network partners complement the ‘Brussels perspective’ on EU news and policy debates with national angles and localise the coverage to the interests and needs of our readers.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jun 8, 2015, 08:18 PM (0 replies)

British Medical Journal: "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: protecting the private good?"


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: protecting the private good?
by Jeanne Lenzer, associate editor, The BMJ, USA

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2362 (Published 15 May 2015)
Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2362

After revelations that the CDC is receiving some funding from industry, Jeanne Lenzer investigates how it might have affected the organisation’s decisions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes the following disclaimer with its recommendations: “CDC, our planners, and our content experts wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products . . . CDC does not accept commercial support.”1

The CDC’s image as an independent watchdog over the public health has given it enormous prestige, and its recommendations are occasionally enforced by law.

Despite the agency’s disclaimer, the CDC does receive millions of dollars in industry gifts and funding, both directly and indirectly, and several recent CDC actions and recommendations have raised questions about the science it cites, the clinical guidelines it promotes, and the money it is taking.

Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, told The BMJ, “The CDC has enormous credibility among physicians, in no small part because the agency is generally thought to be free of industry bias. Financial dealings with biopharmaceutical companies threaten that reputation.”2

Industry funding of the CDC has taken many doctors, even some who worked for CDC, by surprise. Philip Lederer, an infectious diseases fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and a former CDC epidemic intelligence service officer, told The BMJ he was “saddened” to learn of industry funding.

The CDC’s director, Tom Frieden, did not respond to a question about the disclaimer. He told The BMJ by email, “Public-private partnerships allow CDC to do more, faster. The agency’s core values of accountability, respect, and integrity guide the way CDC spends the funds entrusted to it. When possible conflicts of interests arise, we take a hard, close look to ensure that proper policies and guidelines are followed before accepting outside donations.”


Oh, snap.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 07:20 PM (2 replies)

I strongly support informed consent and parental choice. Don't you? (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri May 22, 2015, 09:00 PM (0 replies)

Are you sure? A new case is diagnosed every 11 minutes in the US; 130 children are diagnosed per day

STAT SOURCE (AutismSpeaks publication): http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026268802#post29

IACC EXCERPT (9/23/14): http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017218238

Amaral, Zahorodny, Dawson, Gerberding: http://www.democraticunderground.com/101681839
Zimmerman: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026160996#post34
Healy: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-open-question-on-vaccines-and-autism/

Mumper, Thomas: http://www.democraticunderground.com/101672031#post22
Lin: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016122529#post5
Poling: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026160996#post78

VICP OVERVIEW: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016115541
Update at AOA today - Maine Hearing (video)

Read around. Developing...
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 21, 2015, 10:30 PM (1 replies)

Details, details... Name-calling and false memes are so much simpler.

1) Take up his challenge.


“If somebody can show me a single study, one study, if any of the doctors you’ve mentioned can show me a single study that shows that thimerosal is safe, I will go on Anderson Cooper and publicly apologize. I challenge you. Find me one study.”

~Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

2) Read the letter by Salon's founder dated 4/6/15, plus full rebuttal.


...My critics have widely cited the Salon retraction to discredit me and the proposition that thimerosal is a potent neurotoxin that should not be in medicines. In recent weeks, newspaper editors and television producers have cited Salon’s action as justification for their decision to not run my editorials, articles and letters to the editor or to allow me to talk about vaccine safety on the air. I now briefly review the history of Salon’s withdrawal.


Salon’s founder and former editor-in-chief, David Talbot, was likewise baffled and dismayed by Salon’s actions. He explained his reaction in a letter to me on April 6, 2015:

"I was dismayed when I first heard that Salon had removed your article about the hazards of thimerosal from its web archives. As you know, I was no longer the editor of Salon when your article was published. And I am not an expert on the subject. But without taking a position on mercury preservatives in vaccines, I know enough about the debate -- and about the pharmaceutical industry's general track record on putting profits before people, as well as the compromised nature of regulatory oversight in this country when it comes to powerful industries -- to know that "disappearing" your article was not the proper decision.

I founded Salon to be a fearless and independent publication -- one that was open to a wide range of views, particularly those that were controversial or contested within the mainstream media. Removing your article from the Salon archives was a violation of that spirit and smacks of editorial cowardice. If I had been editor at the time, I would not have done so -- and I would have offered you the opportunity to debate your critics in Salon's pages.

In my day, Salon did not cave to pressure -- and we risked corporate media scorn, advertising boycotts, threats of FBI investigations by powerful members of Congress, and even bomb scares because of our rigorous independence. Throwing a writer to the wolves when the heat got too hot was never the Salon way. It pains me, now that I'm on the sidelines, to ever see Salon wilt in the face of such pressure.”
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu May 21, 2015, 01:23 PM (2 replies)

Yahoo News: McDonald's Destroyed the Gut Bacteria of a College Kid in 10 Days


McDonald's Destroyed the Gut Bacteria of a College Kid in 10 Days

May 12, 2015

By Khushbu Shah

It’s common knowledge that fast food isn’t exactly healthy, but just how unhealthy is it? According to Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, it is devastating to a human’s gut bacteria. He writes in The Conversation, that eating that type of highly processed food can wreak total havoc on the healthy bacteria in a person’s digestive system. Spector wanted to find out just how bad McDonald’s is for gut bacteria for his upcoming book The Diet Myth.

Spector had his son, a student at the University of Aberystwyth, eat only McDonald’s for 10 days straight. Tom was allowed to eat Big Macs, chicken nuggets, fries, and Coca-Cola. Throughout the experiment, Tom sent his stool samples out to be analyzed by different labs. Tom notes that he felt fine for the first three days, but he started to slowly go “downhill.” He became lethargic and after a week, his friends said he had taken on a “strange grey” color.

As for the lab results, they were shocking. Spector writes that Tom’s gut bacteria were “devastated.” Over the 10 days, Tom lost nearly 1,400 types of bacteria species, or nearly 40 percent of his total variety. Even after two weeks of returning to a normal diet, the microbes in his gut did not recover. Spector notes that “the loss of diversity is a universal signal of ill health.” He adds that humans rely on the bacteria “to produce much of our essential nutrients and vitamins.”

Link from: https://twitter.com/foodawakenings
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 19, 2015, 05:09 PM (43 replies)


Also from Twitter: http://www.vaccinatecalifornia.org/california_democrats_pass_resolution_supporting_removing_pbes

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue May 19, 2015, 02:49 AM (0 replies)

Have you seen the US infant mortality rate lately? We're 56th in the developed world in 2014 -56th!

SOURCE: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html

The CDC reported in 2011 that 1 in 6 children in the US had a developmental disability: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/05/19/peds.2010-2989.abstract

Also, more than half of American children suffer from chronic ill-health: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876285910002500

RELATED: http://het.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/05/04/0960327111407644.full.pdf+html


What's next for vaccination bill?

11:41 AM, May 14, 2015

Following approval by the Senate, the bill that would eliminate the personal choice exemption that allows parents to decide not to vaccinate their children and still attend school now moves to the Assembly for consideration.

First, the Assembly Rules Committee will determine to which committee or committees SB 277 will be assigned. Preliminary indications are that, unlike in the Senate where it was considered by three separate policy committees, it will be heard in the Assembly only by the Health Committee.

The Assembly committee hearing will likely take place sometime after June 8. Policy committees must act on all bills by July 17.

If the bill advances out of committee, it would then be considered by the full Assembly, likely in early September.

If, as is likely, the bill is amended by the Assembly, it will then be returned to the Senate for concurrence on those amendments.

A final vote to send it to the governor would have to be taken by Sept. 11.

If it is sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, he would then have until Oct. 11 to decide whether to sign or veto the bill.


Your framing is wrong. Stay tuned.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon May 18, 2015, 01:50 AM (0 replies)
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