Here in Swansea, we are besieged by news that measles is running rampant across the city- over 800 cases since November. But cutting through the hype to find the truth is very difficult as the media have created a wall which has obliterated nearly all rational debate. The mantra being repeated is 'get the MMR jab.' But what about the other options? Why is nothing else being aired?
I think many people who have had, or will get their kids vaccinated have done little or
no research into whether they actually work or not. A lot of scare
mongering is produced by the pharmaceutical companies and taken as truth
by the NHS so trying to wade through the hype is difficult.
The BBC for instance is
following the line that MMR jab is the only option.
The fact that children get the MMR jab and still end up getting measles is generally ignored. The medical response is that people should line up for more MMR jabs. That
doesn't inspire confidence in me.
Many blame a Doctor Wakefield for causing the current skepticism about the MMR, missing the actual fact that it was the media itself. Journalists with little or no scientific background were making headlines with spurious claims. Pro-MMR writer Ben Goldacre published how the media had more impact than Wakefield in his book Bad Science.
I can recall my own experience with Measles as it was a common childhood disease when I was growing up in the 1970's. It has now
been reshaped into a dangerous threat and I understand that doctors want/need to
believe that the MMR is a vital tool in their kit to save the nation.
After all it is drummed into them from day 1 at medical school, and
reinforced daily by the Pharma industry. It is surely easier for any
trainee doctor to believe than to take the trouble to step outside the box
and look at it objectively. Any doctor who gives an alternative
view of the effectiveness of MMR will be (and has been) quickly shut down or deemed to be a quack. I generally find that looking at any financial incentive is always interesting to explore motives. While most GPs back the Government line, I do wonder how much this has to do with the bonus of £860 if they achieve a 70 per cent take-up of the
jab? Or the £2,580 they get if they reach 90 per cent?
£75m of those public taxfunded Tamiflu vaccines have been flushed away unused. The government meanwhile also spent £424m stockpiling 40m units of Tamiflu between
2006-07 and 2012-13, despite question marks over the effectiveness of
the drug, a National Audit Office memo stated. You can trace similar stories with bird flu, and just about every other
kind of flu they demanded we should be jabbed against.
Links between the MMR and Autism have been largely dismissed but in 2010 New Scientist published the case of the $1.5m payout because vaccines were linked to a child's severe Autism.
Newspapers use hype to sell their papers- they did it with linking autism to MMR in the '90s and the result has been public confusion for the last 13 years. Today the media are now all backing MMR as the only thing that can save us. A complete U-turn so it is no wonder that people are confused.
The media is now in a constant campaign to create tension and fear over
measles. ITN contacted me recently asking me if I knew anyone who could give an alternative side of the MMR issue. I couldn't find a single person who wanted to go in front of their cameras. The reasons aren't difficult to understand. For weeks we have had blanket media coverage that the MMR is the only thing that will stop measles and anyone not willing to have their kids injected are bad parents.A day later The Guardian published this from blogger Sarah Ditum -
'I had a brief chat with a researcher who was trying to track down
anti-MMR talking heads for a TV report. In an area where at one time,
one in five families had eschewed the vaccine, no one was available to
explain this collapse in confidence. It was as if they were embarrassed.
And this was a problem, explained the researcher, because these
opponents were necessary for "balance". ' The Guardian
It wasn't embarrassment that stopped people talking.Expecting any parent to be able to give an alternative view
following weeks of a MMR supporting barrage is just ridiculous. They were concerned
that their kids would end up being ostracized in public.
So the mainstream media give the airwaves to people such as Dr Paul Offit, a 'US-based measles expert' who told
the BBC a few days ago that the Government should 'Make MMR jab mandatory'
This is the same 'expert' who was exposed in a CBS News investigation in
2008 with very strong Pharma industry links. He may honestly believe he is saving the
world from measles, but can we accept that the millions he is earning from his vaccine patents are
not clouding his judgement? Of course none of his patent wealth is mentioned in the news reports so the viewer isn't able to put his views into context.
I have met a number of parents in Swansea over the last week who had kids with
measles- some had the MMR, some didn't. All survived after a week or more in bed and are now healthy again
with lifetime immunity.
Should we all line up to be jabbed? Is medical intervention a help or a hindrance in our childrens health? One father whose child caught measles recently told me that he was shocked at the lack of support from doctors who offered him no information on how to treat his child or how to stop other children being infected.
'This simple information is not given
out- I notified the doctors and have heard nothing since, nor have I
come across any 'how to take responsibility' pull-out sections in the Evening Post.....I
firmly believe that the outbreak wouldn't be as extensive, that there
wouldn't be so many hospitalisations and so many complications if people
were given honest information'
One thing which is oft repeated is that Measles kills the weak and is cited as one of the key reasons we should vaccinate as it will give 'Herd immunity-- ie; the 95% who are vaccinated will protect the remaining 5% who are not vaccinated. However, the original definition (before a measles vaccine was invented) of herd immunity applied to the protective effect that occurred when a population contracted and recovered naturally from infection.
According to one article I read;
'The herd immunity theory was originally coined in 1933 by a researcher
called Hedrich. He had been studying measles patterns in the US between
1900-1931 (years before any vaccine was ever invented for measles) and
he observed that epidemics of the illness only occurred when less than
68% of children had developed a natural immunity to it. This was based
upon the principle that children build their own immunity after
suffering with or being exposed to the disease. So the herd immunity
theory was, in fact, about natural disease processes and nothing to do
with vaccination. If 68% of the population were allowed to build their
own natural defences, there would be no raging epidemic.
vaccinologists adopted the phrase and increased the figure from 68% to
95% with no scientific justification as to why, and then stated that
there had to be 95% vaccine coverage to achieve immunity. Essentially,
they took Hedrich’s study and manipulated it to promote their
Natural immunity lasts a lifetime whereas vaccine induced immunity does not which is why the call for booster jabs is being heard. Some people are blaming unvaccinated kids for spreading measles. They are missing the fact that many adults who were given MMR in their childhood are now just as likely to contract the disease because their vaccine ceased working years ago. If this is the case,why aren't simple blood tests being made available to test if we are immune rather than just giving us even more MMR?
'Measles kills' is the headline grabber but I am frustrated by media reports which do not paint the wider picture. The first death linked to the Swansea outbreak occurred last week. The young man already had health problems and tests are being done to determine what role the measles played in his death. Looking back at how the media reported other deaths, much emphasis was given to the Dublin measles outbreak in 1999/2000, which also resulted tragically in two deaths. However none of the media reports I read at the time offered any reasons on why they actually died. One of the victims was a
12-month-old baby girl from a very poor family living in grim
conditions on a large Dublin housing estate and was malnourished. The
other was also exceptional and seriously ill before he contracted
measles. He was a two-year-old with a severe malformation of the throat
which linked his windpipe with his oesophagus and who had to be fed by a
tube let into his stomach.None of the media reported this at the time, preferring to hype it up as a simple death by measles and ignoring the wider facts and using it to scare people into getting the MMR. One investigative reporter found that the Irish epidemic revealed 'that at least ten per cent of those who
developed measles had been given the MMR jab.' One in ten is a
pretty high failure rate for any treatment. I wonder what the failure rate is in Swansea?
Measles is an unpleasant disease, but not as unpleasant as the hype and
divisive role being played out by the media and big Pharma. One supporter of vaccines told me that while he supported the vaccines, he would;
'like to see all vaccines produced generically out of patent,
ideally by not-for-profit businesses answerable solely to regulators or
something like that, and i also believe strongly that the results of
every single medical trial should be published so we can finally start
to make fully informed decisions'
To that end it is worth checking out http://www.alltrials.net
So to conclude- less hype and more useful information is needed. On that basis, here is a pamphlet produced by a Swansea mother:
Practical ways to support someone with measles
“Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases. Severe complications from measles can be avoided though supportive care that ensures good nutrition, adequate fluid intake and treatment of dehydration with WHO-recommended oral rehydration solution. This solution replaces fluids and other essential elements that are lost through diarrhoea or vomiting. Antibiotics should be prescribed to treat eye and ear infections, and pneumonia. All children in developing countries diagnosed with measles should receive two doses of vitamin A supplements, given 24 hours apart. This treatment restores low vitamin A levels during measles that occur even in well-nourished children and can help prevent eye damage and blindness. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50%.” – World Health Organisation.
“Vitamin A is found abundantly in dairy products; eggs from free range hens; liver; fish, shellfish, cod liver oil. The best plant sources of beta-carotene are yellow/orange vegetables & fruits like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apricots, nectarines, peaches, mangoes, plums; and dark green leafy vegetables: spinach, broccoli, kale, watercress, beet leaves, turnips, asparagus and peas. In order to be absorbed, vegetable sources requires fat, so serve them with butter, coconut or olive oil. Chopping and puréeing also enhance their bioavailability” -
Dr Jayne Donegan.
(Try fresh raw juices e.g. carrot, or if child is fussy, try drops e.g. Vitasorb A by BioCare.)
“Fever represents a universal, ancient, and usually beneficial response to infection, and its suppression under most circumstances has few, if any demonstrable benefits. On the other hand, some harmful effects have been shown to occur as a result of suppressing fever. It is clear, therefore, that the widespread use of antipyretics should not be encouraged either in developing countries or in industrial society.” Heinz Eichenwald, Professor of Paediatrics, writing for WHO 2003 This means: Do not suppress a fever. It is a sign that your body is fighting infection properly, helping to detox and strengthen your immune system.
"Vitamin A supplements have been shown in some studies to help prevent some
of the serious complications arising from a measles infection" – NHS
Ensure your child is in a well ventilated, dimly lit room. Get them to drink lots of water, and keep food intake to a minimum. Supplements like Vit C, D and Zinc, garlic and echinacea will all support the immune system. Elderberry and rosehip tea could also be useful. For helping with a rash, baths with 3 tbsp of baking soda or porridge oats will help to soothe it. Chamomile, Calendula and Aloe Vera also help. (These also help Chicken Pox)
To help eyes, Euphrasia (Eyebright) baths or internally (homeopathic remedy) can help. Breastfeeding boosts babies’ natural immunities.Take a week off work! We can forget that love, hugs, care and attention make all the difference to a child’s recovery. Enjoy the time with them, they will remember it.
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