MMR vaccine cover-up, fluoridation, GM fruit flies, Vitamin D and dementia, pesticides and Parkinson’s, forced flu vaccination, HPV vaccine, and wi-fi everywhere
CDC whistleblower reveals decade-long cover-up of MMR vaccine link to autism
News has been breaking this week about an 11-year cover-up of ‘statistically significant’ data at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in relation to the Mumps Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccine / autism link. We are told a senior US government scientist-turned-whistleblower has anonymously worked with Dr Brian Hooker PhD of the Focus Autism Foundation, to reveal CDC data manipulation “that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys”. Age of Autism further reported “The whistleblower came to the attention of Hooker, a PhD in biochemical engineering, after he had made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for original data on the DeStefano et al MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism study”. The introduction of irrelevant and unnecessary birth certificate criteria obscured the key data, and meant that crucial information had been ‘concealed’ from the Institute of Medicine and the public since 2003. Meanwhile, the manipulated study was widely used to disprove any link with autism, and the MMR vaccine was declared safe.
Hooker's reanalysis of the U.S. CDC dataset used for the Destefano et al 2004 publication was published recently in Translational Neurodegeneration. The study “provides new epidemiologic evidence showing that African American males receiving the MMR vaccine prior to 24 months of age or 36 months of age are more likely to receive an autism diagnosis”.
A new Autism Media Channel video has been released that explains the new revelations, which you can view below. The video also features Dr Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor whose own important research was declared ‘fraudulent’ 15 years ago, when it sparked great caution about the vaccine.
Israel says no to fluoride while fears rise about a secret pro-fluoride panel in NZ
Israeli Health Minister Yael German has gone against public health advice and advice from dentistry experts in her own ministry and academia, and outlawed fluoridation of all tap water. Despite fierce criticism, German reiterated that although she recognised the tasteless, colorless gas as very effective in reducing dental cavities, especially among children, she didn’t believe all Israelis should be forced to consume it. The delivery system should be changed so each parent can decide and take action individually if they want their child/ren to receive fluoride. As of the 26th August 2014, when regulations to halt all fluoridation will go into effect, parents will have to proactively take action if they want to use fluoride as part of their dental hygiene programme. She also pointed out that, according to the World Health Organization, countries that do not have mandatory fluoridation show a decline in dental caries. Support for this decision comes from Prof. Arnon Afek, German’s director-general, who is keen to see education about fluoride and dental hygiene used as a way of controlling dental caries rather than mass, indiscriminate medication of the water system.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, anti-fluoridation group New Health NZ Inc are concerned that the Royal Society of New Zealand has convened a “secret panel” to counter intense lobbying from opponents. The panel is developing a report fronted by the prime minister's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, who is a strong supporter of fluoridation. Other supporters include the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and many major professional health associations. They claim it is a cheap, safe and proven way to improve dental health, particularly for children. But opponents claim it is forced "mass medication", which causes more harm than good.
Genetically modified fruit flies to be released into the wild
In a bid to save crops from being damaged by pests, researchers at the University of East Anglia have tweaked the DNA of fruit flies so that they only produce male flies after mating. The Mediterranean fruit fly causes extensive damage to crops throughout Europe and in South America and is considered a serious agricultural pest. The mainstream argument is that the genetically modified flies may provide a cheap, effective and environmentally friendly form of pest control. This was tested in a wild environment in greenhouses containing lemon trees at the University of Crete, where the population deceased rapidly once the GM flies were released. They aren’t sterile, but only capable of producing male offspring after mating with local females, which rapidly reduces the number of crop-damaging females in the population. Lead researcher Dr Philip Leftwich says they “believe this is a promising new tool to deal with insects”, but the researchers now have to gain approval for open-field studies, which hopefully will be looking at the wider implications for and risks to the natural balance in the environment.
Vitamin D deficiency could double dementia risk
A study published in the American Academy of Neurology has found that Vitamin D deficiency in older people may double the risk of them developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, the largest of its kind, looked at blood levels of vitamin D in 1,658 people over the age of 65 who were dementia-free. After an average of 6 years the follow-up showed that people with low levels of vitamin D had a 53% increased risk of developing dementia and those who were severely deficient had a 125% increased risk. The association was twice as strong as the researchers had initially anticipated. Those with lower levels of vitamin D were nearly 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and those who had severe deficiency were over 120% more likely to develop the disease. The study’s author, Professor David Llewellyn, said, “our findings are very encouraging, and even if a small number of people could benefit, this would have enormous public health implications given the devastating and costly nature of dementia.” He believes there now should be clinical trials to establish whether eating foods such as oily fish or taking vitamin D supplements can delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Pesticides may increase risk of Parkinson’s
Research from earlier in 2014 has shown that pesticides may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease and that people with certain gene variants may be more susceptible to the disease. A study from 2013 discovered a link between Parkinson's and the pesticide benomyl. Benomyl prevents the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) from converting aldehydes — organic compounds that are highly toxic to dopamine cells in the brain — into less toxic agents. The 2014 study found that 11 more pesticides inhibit ALDH and therefore increase the risk of Parkinson's. Jeff Bronstein, the lead author and professor of neurology and director of the movement disorders program at the University of California, Los Angeles, commented that they “were very surprised that so many pesticides inhibited ALDH and at quite low concentrations — concentrations that were way below what was needed for the pesticides to do their job.” Co-author Beate Ritz, a professor of epidemiology at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, said, “This suggests several potential interventions to reduce Parkinson's occurrence or to slow its progression.”
Flu vaccination now by ‘Executive Order’
An ‘Executive Order’, signed by the Governor of South Dakota last week, mandates an annual influenza vaccine for all of the state’s health employees. The order directed that the following state employees should receive the vaccine by December 1st each year.
“All state-employed personnel in state institutions including the Human Services Center in Yankton, the South Dakota Developmental Center in Redfield, the South Dakota Veterans Home in Hot Springs, and the State Public Health Laboratory in Pierre, all state-employed personnel providing direct health care services to a inmate, client or patient in a clinic, office, home, or other setting, or any state-employed personnel whose routine work duties brings them into direct contact with a client or patient in a patient or client care area, and all state-employed personnel entering a licensed healthcare facility on a routine basis as part of their job responsibilities”.
Those who had a “documented medical contraindication to the influenza vaccination” or adhered to “a religious doctrine whose teachings are opposed to immunizations” would be granted exemption form the order.
HPV vaccine victims take their plight to Danish parliament
An open letter from a GP, a vaccine damaged girl, and the parents of 5 other vaccine damaged girls, is to be sent to “the Danish Parliament, the Danish Health Authorities, the Danish press and the international press in USA, England, France, Spain, India and Japan, medical magazines and Facebook”. The letter highlights their experiences and concerns, and protests against the use of the controversial Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations in the country. The authors stress that the concerns expressed in the letter are valid elsewhere. The Danish Health and Medicines Authority is accused of ignoring criticism of the HPV vaccine. The letter explains: “The HPV vaccine draws a broad and sinister trail of ruined youth, disability and broken families. The affected families have been months and years in the Danish Health System without any help”.
Based on The Danish Health and Medicines Authorities own figures, the letter states that there is at present a "445 times greater risk of being killed or seriously injured by the HPV vaccine than to die of cervical cancer", and adds “The vaccine should be stopped now, so we do not get further damaged youngsters. From a social point of view, we cannot afford the cost of continuing to vaccinate”.
Wi-Fi everywhere – including space!
The race to connect us all with Wi-Fi wherever we are on the globe appears to be expanding into space. The superfast internet that will soon be routinely available on planes and boats, is thanks to satellite broadband antennas. Satellite technology is one of the methods now being developed to offer high speed broadband for use on “fast moving platforms”. These would be designed to operate at higher frequencies, because the lower frequencies of the radio spectrum are filling up fast.
Wi-Fi is now commonly available on UK trains (from a terrestrial base), but London’s 8,700 buses could soon follow suit if current trials are successful. Given our need for constant connection these days the move has been welcomed by commuters, but the long-term health effects of exposure in such a ‘radiation sandwich’ have yet to be quantified.