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#5 When they say, “There is no autism epidemic. Doctors are just better at recognizing the signs of autism now, so there are more diagnoses.”
Then you say, “Whoops! Be sure to let the State of California know that the 680% increase in autism cases shown in their meticulously-tracked incremental climb from 1992 to 2007 proves an epidemic that doesn’t exist. And then explain the last two decades of market demands for diapers to fit adolescents, helmets for seizures and self-harm, special education programs in schools, occupational and speech therapists, sensitive Santas at Christmastime, sensory-friendly clothing, assisted living facilities for people in their 20s, and parents lobbying for the right to treat their children with marijuana.”
It’s groundless to claim that the physical need for these products and services manifested because today’s medical doctors are “better” at slapping a manufactured label on non-verbal children who have epilepsy, chronic diarrhea, extreme sensory issues, and sleep disturbances than doctors in 1990.
Here is just one sobering timeline: the existence of extra large diapers for the two million kids who struggle to master defecating in a toilet.
The EPA has traced the beginning of the explosion in autism cases back to 1988-89 (coincidentally, Tylenol began their ad campaigns of being the most doctor-trusted pain reliever in 1986). So up until 1993, parents of the front wave of autistic children were able to squeeze their kids into ordinary disposable diapers, but once they passed the age of seven/eight/nine and still weren’t toilet trained, their parents were in a panic. Toddler diapers were too small, and adult incontinence diapers were far too large.
So what did Kimberly-Clark Corporation invent in 1994? “GoodNite Disposable Underwear” for 10 year olds under 85 pounds. Why, in 1994– when the disposable diaper industry was already 46 years old– did we suddenly need older kid diapers for the first time?
Then, in 1999, when autistic 13/14/15-year olds still weren’t potty trained, the diaper industry added disposable underwear for kids well over 100 pounds.
Without a doubt, we are living in a scenario that did not exist before 1990. Do autism epidemic deniers think we’re in an epidemic of awareness of teens who can’t use the toilet?
An offshoot of this argument is that severely autistic kids of the past were squirreled away in mental institutions until the 1990s. If you believe that in the 1980s 1 in 30 of your cousins, classmates’ siblings, and community’s little boys– who were born normal but suddenly went off the rails at 2 years old– were later committed to psychiatric institutions without anyone noticing or talking about it, then you’re the one who needs your head examined.
#6 When they say, “We have a social responsibility to vaccinate so that we protect our herd immunity.”
Then you say, “No country has ever had herd immunity through vaccination. About 5% of the US population has any vaccine immunity to pertussis in any given year, and you can’t protect another person from getting pertussis by vaccinating yourself. Less than 12% of Americans have even half of the measles vaccine immunity that they had when they were kids.”
The pertussis vaccine is a symptom-reducing vaccine for the vaccinated person. It’s a toxoid vaccine, which is inactive exotoxin, and bacteria don’t make exotoxin until after a pertussis infection occurs. It doesn’t stop infection, doesn’t stop the spread of infection, and doesn’t have the ability to create herd immunity in the people who receive it.
On top of that, when adding up all infants under 18 months, 5 year olds, and 12 year olds, every year pediatricians are vaccinating only 5% of the entire US population with a whooping cough vaccine that becomes nearly useless after just one year.
And the only people with even 50% of the two-dose vaccine-induced measles immunity antibodies are between the ages of 5 years and 13, which is 11.96% of the US population.
Where’s the herd now? Are we really holding 5% and 12% of America’s kids responsible of all of our immunity?
#7 When they say, “Mass vaccination across the globe eradicated smallpox!”
Then you say, “There was never a mass smallpox vaccination program on a global scale, and the World Health Organization doesn’t claim there was.”
Ah, the smallpox vaccine. It’s a 183-year overnight success story, isn’t it?
We’d like to think that there was a worldwide mass vaccination campaign carried out against smallpox, but there wasn’t. The WHO admits that mass vaccination in high populations was ineffective and that their work in finding and containing infected individuals was where they had their success in stopping smallpox. Only people who had been in close contact with an infected person were “treated” with a vaccine.
The WHO used this “surveillance and containment” method in developing countries during their smallpox eradication push through the late 1960s and early 70s. Homes were searched, anyone found with smallpox infections was quarantined, and a small ring of people around the infected person were vaccinated– usually just the household– because smallpox isn’t as contagious as chickenpox and there weren’t large outbreaks in schools.
Not exactly an argument for vaccine-induced herd immunity, is it?
And where did the WHO learn this ring containment method, which was used to end the famous 1947 New York City smallpox outbreak, although millions were needlessly vaccinated after the spread had been stopped?
Remember that the fight against mandatory vaccination dates to the late 1880s, and back then the hotbed of non-vax parents was Leicester, England. What the WHO calls “surveillance and containment” is really the Leicester Method.
While reading about the Leicester Method I came across a 1904 first-person account from C. Killick Millard, MD.
Dr. Millard– who was the Medical Officer of Health for Leicester and believer in giving the smallpox vaccine to anyone who was at real risk of exposure to smallpox– performed a fascinating analysis of the events in non-vax Leicester.
My summary of his writing (which you should read when you have a half hour) in 300 words:
In years prior, approximately 60% of Leicester’s residents were vaccinated for smallpox, but in 1883 the whole town began to revolt against the requirement to vaccinate four-month old infants because they knew the vaccine was causing serious injury and death. Instead, when one-off cases of smallpox popped up– which Dr. Millard said were traced to adults whose vaccine immunity had worn off– a rational assessment of risk was performed. It involved notification, isolation and disinfection, and in the end, 73% of houses with an infected person agreed to get quickly vaccinated before the disease incubated. Almost no infants were vaccinated and the whole population was never vaccinated.
There was a prophecy in 1887 that there would be a massacre of children in Leicester due to parents’ failure to vaccinate. But 17 years later, as Dr. Milliard was writing, the prophecy was still unfulfilled. By 1900, other English towns were carrying out Leicester’s method.
Dr. Millard included a comparison of vaccinated versus unvaccinated cases of smallpox, and showed that while the vaccine reduced the incidence of death in individuals who received it, vaccination had no effect on the prevalence of smallpox.
In fact, he argued that the vaccine was guilty of increasing smallpox prevalence by introducing the disease to districts that had previously been free from it, and that vaccination increased the severity of the disease, causing far higher mortality rates in the unvaccinated than the pre-vaccine era.
The residents of Leicester figured out how effective quarantine-and-disinfection was 87 years after Edward Jenner invented the first smallpox vaccine. Imagine what our world would be like today if sanitary precautions had been used first?
Toward the end, Dr. Millard wrote this beautiful sentence:
“In the face of Leicester’s experience, the exemption of a few conscientious objectors of other towns is unlikely to have any appreciable effect in determining smallpox incidence.”
That’s right. Even in 1904, learned doctors knew that the unvaccinated weren’t causing disease outbreaks, not even for smallpox.
#8 When they say, “Vaccinations have saved millions/billions/gazillions of lives over the years!”
Then you say, “Using the World Health Organization’s own estimates, the total number of lives saved and improved in the entire history of their worldwide measles and polio vaccine campaigns adds up to less than the number of people who died of starvation last year.”
At the end of 2015 the WHO declared that the MMR had saved 17 million lives across the globe since 2000. If you believe the WHO, that averages to 1.13 million people a year on a planet currently at 7.6 billion. To put that into perspective, this means that thanks to the work of the vaccinators, a whopping 0.0148% of the population was saved by the MMR last year.
That’s almost one-and-a-half of one-hundredth of one percent. Great job with the vaccines, I guess.
And the WHO’s estimate for polio is even lower– just over 53,000 lives saved a year, or 0.0007% of the population, with an additional 571,000, or 0.0075%, spared paralysis.
Adding it all up, the WHO is claiming that the MMR and polio vaccines have saved 34.5 million people from measles death, polio death, and polio paralysis, which is less than one half of one percent of the population of the world today. Since at least that many people die of starvation every single year it looks like the WHO is leaning their ladder against the wrong wall.
And how statistically significant is the WHO’s claim to saving 17 million people over 15 years (for measles) or 17.5 million over 29 years (for polio) when taken in context with all of the other life-saving changes happening at the same time?
Consider UNICEF’s clean drinking water program, which created drinkable water for 2.6 billion people since 1990, or UNICEF’s program that brought toilets to 11 million people in just 12 months. How did those improvements impact polio transmission? Or the 45 million children a year who receive crucial vitamin A supplementation — which is key to withstanding a measles infection– through Helen Keller International?
Here in the US the measles passes as a mild rash because we are already healthy, relatively speaking. We aren’t starving, drinking bacteria and virus-infected water, and we aren’t vitamin A deficient. With the ongoing evolution of medical care, sanitation, clean drinking water, and better housing in developing nations, calculating the number of “lives saved” by vaccine programs is virtually impossible.
Stay tuned. More to come.
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