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By J.B. Handley
 
How many times do I need to tell you people, “Correlation does not equal causation!”
 
You crazy parents are so pathetic. You just want something or someone to blame. So what, your little guy went to the doctor, got six vaccines in one minute, and then you watched him seize up, his eyes rolled into the back of his head, and he stopped talking. And you think anyone cares?
 
Oh, and now he has autism? So what! Starbucks Coffee locations have ALSO grown since the autism “epidemic” started – maybe it’s all that ground coffee in the air. Ha ha!
 
What’s that you say? Vaccines are KNOWN to cause brain damage? Well, so what, I, um, gotta go, my phone is ringing…Seth Mnookin is calling…
 
Here’s the detail, from a CBS News report:
 
“University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Brian Strom, who has served on Institute of Medicine panels advising the government on vaccine safety says the prevailing medical opinion is that vaccines are scientifically linked to encephalopathy (brain damage), but not scientifically linked to autism.”
 
Oh, thank God, vaccines won’t cause any autism. Brain damage I can live with. Thanks, Dr. Strom, for your service to the IOM--very helpful indeed.
 
Author’s note: Sorry, I’ve had a lot of coffee this morning (Peet’s, not Starbuck’s)

Comments

John Fryer Chemist

GENEROUS COMPENSATION

What a JOKE.

I helped one person after the husband got life in prison and the claim for compensation after vaccine harm was refused not after considering the evidence but by paying "experts" to say the claim was not valid and MUST not go forward.

How many times is this REPEATED?

A 50 to 100 per cent head blow up the day after a vaccine and persistant crying directly after was hidden from all records and not seen and denied even.

Not so much anecdotes as SUPPRESSING scientific EVIDENCE.

John Fryer Chemist

I hope Brian Strom isn't related to his namesake J Strom who was concerned about vaccines more than 40 years ago.

Later G T Stewart from the UK found a very neat mathematical way to show that convulsions after vaccines in most cases were not coincidental but CAUSAL.

In those days circa 1979 he could find a thousand or so cases of brain damaged children. They didn't mince words then. Today we would be happy to accept just that number AGAIN.

But even more than 30 years ago Dr Stewart for one knew the cosy argument of anecdotes / coincidence was one BIG LIE.

And his mathematics proved it.

What was the response - Just keep increasing the shots, make them earlier, watch the autism go through the roof and blame it on Starbucks Coffee,the sun rising every day but the mathematical certainty is that it was and still is the VACCINES.

How do you prove CERTAINTY to people with ALL the power. IMPOSSIBLE or so it seems!

Vaccines have REVOLUTIONISED our lives.

We never had so many brain damaged and dead children since the UK for example brought in their ACCELERATED DEATH and BRAIN DAMAGE programme in 1991.

Dr Stewart - That is just HISTORY. The science does not agree with our "experts" so like Charles Richet and ANAPHYLAXIS we confine it to the dustbin and expunge our vaccine responsibility with diagnoses like MSBP, SBS or SIDS.

Roky

unbelievable

Lu

To Elizabeth (AussieMum)

The following article might be of interest:

Brain damaged girl's family seeks compensation (ABC News 18th April 2011)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/18/3194544.htm?site=perth

This article is about the Button family whose daughter was left brain damaged by the Flu vaccine last year in Western Australia (WA). What will be interesting is to see if this family is given an ex gratia payment by the WA Government or if the family proceeds with legal action against the Western Australian Goverment and win in court and if this is a first in WA.

Possible test cases like the Buttons would test the State and Federal Australian Government's responsibility for vaccine injuries.

Barry

You gotta love the steady stream of little lies that keep feeding the big lie. While most people here understand, you have to wonder how obvious the cover ups need to get before Joe Public finally wakes up.

With Thimerosal, "scientists" somehow managed to validate the practice of injecting mercury into infants. With little more than statistics, they proudly declared that "No link could be found" between the mercury in their vaccines and the coincidental explosion in the incidence of autism. A pretty clever slight of hand really, because all that actually happened was that the group who would potentially face prison time over such a link, who were actually tasked with looking for that link....somehow allowed that link to elude them. That’s not even a good lie, yet to this day, it has managed to stand as the rock solid science that makes US look like lunatics.

And with Dr. Wakefiled and Professor Walker-Smith, efforts to hide the truth have been even more blatant. Prior to their ’98 case study, these scientists were regarded as experts in their field. And they appeared to be on the trail of a new GI disorder, that was causing immeasurable suffering for their autistic patients. With a little more understanding, there was a real potential for the development of treatments that could offer these patients some relief! As a minimum, you would expect that these pioneering scientists would have been swarmed by their fellow doctors and scientists, who were waiting anxiously for some king of a strategy to help these suffering children. After all, the medical experts were working night and day to find a cause for autism... weren’t they??

Of course that type of interest simply didn’t materialize. And the reason, IMO, is that further study of this new disorder would inevitably reveal the causal role of MMR. That type of discovery could never be allowed to happen, so instead of being heralded for their findings, these two doctors were persecuted by the very organizations who should have been desperate to know more.

The reason they don’t want to know more, is that they already know what Wakefield has been working so hard to understand. The only thing that the medical establishment s worried about, is making absolute sure that the public never finds out.

The MMR cover up, although well funded, is no less evil than the Thimerosal fiasco. And while these criminals represent the most cowardly form of humanity, they're still arrogant enough to hide their crimes in plain sight.

Carol

j-insanity,

Randi and other Skeptics though able to engage psychics and magicians man to man, are curiously unwilling to debate Wakefield in person, preferring to shadow box with a cartoon of their own creation. They're not even boxing, just sniping and trash talking like a gaggle of teen-age girls.

Some Skeptics seem puzzled by the tone of discourse. They're not in on the joke. The Skeptic "movement" is fundamentally a public relations tool. When that happened, I'm not certain; maybe somewhere in the early to mid-90s.

nhokkanen

It's so patronizingly offensive to hear public health administrators using "anything but vaccines" epidemiological comparisons -- especially in legislative testimony. One of their favorites is the cell phone analogy, stating that cell phone usage has increased during the same years that autism increased.

Of course, they don't actually go out and find out whether parents of children with autism used cell phones excessively during the causal time period. Nor do they look at any of the child's of medical records to find out what adverse health conditions are manifesting physiologically.

AussieMum

Australia

".....vaccines are scientifically linked to encephalopathy (brain damage), but not scientifically linked to Autism"

Does this mean we parents of children with encephalopathy have good grounds for a "litigation case?"

The legal "loopholes" will be closing as I post this comment!

Elizabeth (AussieMum)

Donna L.

Can we have a contest to see whose brain drawing turned out the best? I've been working on this thing all day long.

4Bobby

What a great post.

Carol

Causal Relationship,

Re: "Acute Encephalopathy Followed by Permanent Brain Injury or Death Associated With Further Attenuated Measles Vaccines: A Review of Claims Submitted to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program" by Weibel et al., I think most people would consider that 48 cases of encephalopathy out of 75,000,000 doses of M, MR or MMR is pretty teensy. Maybe it's remarkable that any cases of encephalopathy were found at all, given that the study was conducted with the help of Robert Chen of the CDC's National Immunization Program.

The idea that "most serious cases temporally related to a vaccination have been captured" by VICP due to its "generous compensation" program seems dubious.

j-insanity

Carol,

Those people who wrote the JennyMcCarthyBodyCount site aren't really skeptics. Their entire argument on that site is based on a strawman and false premise (that Jenny is saying to not vaccinate and that she was attacking the Polio vaccine...she has never done that, merely had her words twisted). A friend of mine wrote a nice piece about it (a little vulgar, so it may not be a good idea for kids to read it).

http://my-socrates-note.blogspot.com/2010/05/jenny-mccarthy-strawmen-fallacies-take.html

My friend also did an excellent take-down of these so-called skeptics, where he looks at what their essential beliefs are and then compares them to the definition of skepticism and critical thinking. These are both quite interesting.

http://my-socrates-note.blogspot.com/2010/12/false-skepticism.html

http://my-socrates-note.blogspot.com/2010/05/destroying-another-one-of-oracs.html

Benedetta

See, see, see;
This is why we can do our arguing behind close doors.
You can't argue behind close doors with people being silly - they just have no shame!

cmo

ioneskye

Thank you again for your "nurse - standing right there and watched it happen" comments ...(over and over and over)

unless vaccines wipe out the third world, that is where we are heading...

Carol

I thought that Skeptics only had boners for Andrew Wakefield, but apparently they swing both ways:

"Rest assured, there are real verifiable reasons to be Skeptical specifically where NOT being Skeptical has serious and dangerous consequences such as in the areas of medical claims and conspiracy theories. One glaring example that stands out and touches both areas is Jenny McCarthy’s claim that childhood vaccinations cause Autism. Using her Mommy Sense and a discredited study, Jenny went on a crusade with her comedian boyfriend Jim Carrey to prevent people from getting their children vaccinated against Mumps, Rubella, Measles, and, if you can believe it, Polio. Apparently, she has never known a polio victim or seen an Iron Lung. These things are rare now precisely because the Polio vaccine was so effective. To put an even finer point on this discussion, please go to the web site that shows in graphic detail how many people have suffered and died needlessly because of this lesser known celebrity and her cause: (http://www.jennymccarthybodycount.com/Jenny_McCarthy_Body_Count/Home.html). While this in one case, there are hundreds of other anecdotes described at What’s the Harm?: (http://www.whatstheharm.net/index.html) which is put up by my friend and a prominent member of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

Needless to say, there are many, many examples of people being harmed when they don’t apply critical thinking skills, or as we like to call it Skepticism, to their daily lives but that raises another question: How do you go about advancing Skepticism?

The first step is to acquire the necessary tools and keep them sharp and the best way to do that is to join Skeptical organizations and speak with other Skeptics to learn from their experiences. A list of some local and national organizations is at the end of this article...."

http://tucsoncitizen.com/freethought-arizona/2011/04/11/why-advance-skepticism/

Parent

In reference to another post, I'm a conservative, former Indiana resident and I would NEVER vote for Mitch Daniels.

Stagmom

"mental regression and retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits, and movement disorders" = AUTISM

MIA NOEL STAGLIANO - whose HEAD SHAPED CHANGED and her ped didn't say jack diddly boo squat. Whose seizures were chalked up to "autism." And people wonder why I think some medical specialties aren't worth thge tyvek cloth to make their paper hats? KIM

Excuse me, Dr. Brian Strom - THIS IS AUTISM

"mental regression and retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits, and movement disorders" = AUTISM

Carol

Mitch Daniels wants to be president and I guess Hendrik Hertzberg thinks that would be a good idea because he's giving him quite a tongue bath in The New Yorker.

Daniels would be a disaster. Here's Steven Higgs writing about him:

"From 1987 to 1990, Daniels led the right-wing think tank Hudson Institute, which did then and still does receive generous funding from the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co., inventor of and primary profiteer from the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, a component of childhood vaccines suspected of contributing to the worldwide epidemic of autism. He left Hudson for an executive position at Lilly, where he rose to the position of senior vice president for corporate strategy before leaving in 2001 to head George W. Bush's Office of Management and Budget....That Daniels is indebted to Lilly is well-documented, as is whose interests would be served if in fact he makes it as far as the White House. Thus far, everywhere he has gone, Lilly, its money and influence have preceded him, from the Hudson Institute to the Bush White House to the governor's office in the Indiana Statehouse.

When the Bush administration slipped an indemnification for Lilly and other pharmaceutical companies from liability for mercury-caused damage in vaccines in the 2002 Homeland Security Bill, Daniels was Bush budget director, and Lilly CEO Sidney Taurel served on the Homeland Security Council. George W.'s father had served on the Lilly board before becoming president."

http://www.bloomingtonalternative.com/node/10557

causal relationship

Acute Encephalopathy Followed by Permanent Brain Injury or Death Associated With Further Attenuated Measles Vaccines: A Review of Claims Submitted to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Robert E. Weibel, MD*, Vito Caserta, MD, MPH*, David E. Benor, JD, Geoffrey Evans, MD*

From the * Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Health Resources and Services Administration, Public Health Service, Rockville, Maryland; and the
Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland.

Objective. To determine if there is evidence for a causal relationship between acute encephalopathy followed by permanent brain injury or death associated with the administration of further attenuated measles vaccines (Attenuvax or Lirugen, Hoechst Marion Roussel, Kansas City, MO), mumps vaccine (Mumpsvax, Merck and Co, Inc, West Point, PA), or rubella vaccines (Meruvax or Meruvax II, Merck and Co, Inc, West Point, PA), combined measles and rubella vaccine (M-R-Vax or M-R-Vax II, Merck and Co, Inc, West Point, PA), or combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (M-M-R or M-M-R II, Merck and Co, Inc, West Point, PA), the lead author reviewed claims submitted to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Methods. The medical records of children who met the inclusion criteria of receiving the first dose of these vaccines between 1970 and 1993 and who developed such an encephalopathy with no determined cause within 15 days were identified and analyzed.

Results. A total of 48 children, ages 10 to 49 months, met the inclusion criteria after receiving measles vaccine, alone or in combination. Eight children died, and the remainder had mental regression and retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits, and movement disorders. The onset of neurologic signs or symptoms occurred with a nonrandom, statistically significant distribution of cases on days 8 and 9. No cases were identified after the administration of monovalent mumps or rubella vaccine.

Conclusions. This clustering suggests that a causal relationship between measles vaccine and encephalopathy may exist as a rare complication of measles immunization.

Key Words: measles vaccine • encephalopathy • encephalitis


Abbreviations: MR = measles-rubella vaccine • MMR = measles-mumps-rubella vaccine • DTP = diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine • Hib = Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine • OPV = oral poliovirus vaccine • CSF = cerebrospinal fluid

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Received for publication Jul 30, 1997; Accepted Sep 23, 1997.


Jenny

Don't forget, kids...never say "autism" in court. Encephalopathy, you "win". Autism, you lose.

Rileysmom1204

Does anyone else think this is a made up name? No one, I mean NO ONE could possibly have a name like Brain Storm (???). It simply must be made up. An Anagram to thumb their collective noses at all of us???
Maybe I didn't have quite enough coffee this morning. Did this guy legally change his name or did his parents not like him?

Katie Wright

I love it! Autism is linked to environmentally triggered brain inflammation but not autism!

On that note one of my best friends is homosexual, NOT gay! Please do not confuse the two!

Anne McElroy Dachel

JB, you are brilliant!
What health officials hope is that "encephalopathy" is a big word that a lot of people would have to look up. As long as enough people with MD or PhD after their name
agree that sure, vaccines can cause seizure disorders and encephalopathy, BUT NOT AUTISM and enough corrupt, ignorant, lazy people in the media repeat it..........
then the claim stands, VACCINES DON'T CAUSE AUTISM.

Anne Dachel, Media

Carol

I grew up in the "better living through chemistry era." The neighborhood kids ran behind trucks spraying DDT. We held our breath, but didn't bother to change our clothes. I'd eat all the maraschino cherries and follow it up with a red dye #1 chaser. I loved the taste of Vicks VapoRub and ate it a half a jar at a time. I thought Pledge Furniture Polish smelled wonderful. I'd spray it on a rag and hold it over my nose. (Maybe I was ahead of my time.) I'd breathe deeply at the gas station because gasoline also smelled divine. I doubt if I was much different from my contemporaries.

Nobody I knew had autism. I didn't even know anybody with a learning disability. Some kids were a little smarter than others. That's about it.

What if the cause of autism is really, really simple?

Sarah

When the trains left for Auschwitz and Buchenwald many of the doomed passeners took suitcases with them surely expecting to return home from this "camp". God knows what lies the Nazis told these poor people to get them on those trains. Same with the vaccines. We are repeatedly told they are safe when they are loaded with dangerous toxins. Our children are being poisoned right in front of our eyes and we're being told that it's all in our heads.

I came across this piece yesterday. I don't know who wrote it but it gave me a chill because it prophesizes the events that are unfolding today with our childen. I have no idea if it's for real but, in the context of our experience, and the declining health of our citizens, the repeated lies we've been told, the misleading science...I have to wonder.

This is a real mindblower.


The Secret Covenant (full version- read)

http://www.unveilingthem.com/SecretCovenant.htm

or listen here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?381c7c181ecks3l


ioneskye

I love J.B. Handley! He's the only one making sense of this terrible nightmare. Since the 80's, I would witness newborns admitted to my pharm/medical/industrial complex with irretractable infantile spasms immediately after vaccination (just like your above story), I would point out to a million dollar team of white coats that these babies had just received six vaccines. In front of the grieving mothers and fathers, I was told this affliction had nothing to do with vaccines and I was never to mention it again. After admission these babies are tested, tortured and administered a plethora of costly pharmaceuticals produced by the same companies that injured them. (What a surprise, sort of reminiscent of DES, Eli Lilly and Synthroid, how convenient they have the wonder drug to repair the other drug's damage, gives new meaning to the phrase: adding insult to injury). This is very real and someone needs to stop it immediately.

Thanks for the good laugh JB

Thanks for the good laugh JB. Still smiling.

Albert

It sounds like Dr. Brian Strom is sticking his neck out. To only call it prevailing medical opinion that vaccines are not scientifically linked to autism suggests to this reader that he has doubts that would be perilous for someone in his position to hold. Are the words "brain damage" in brackets part of the quote?

John Stone

JB

Just to recall the HRSA told Sharyl Attkisson in 2008:

"We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.”

http://childhealthsafety.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/attkisson-cbs-hrsa-email-exchanges-autistic-conditions-vaccines.pdf

Oh dear, dear me! It looks like the boarderline between being utterly misleading, and lying outright.

Such reactions are Under-reported

Rev Neurol. 1999 May
[Self-limited acute encephalopathy related to measles component of viral triple vaccine].
[Article in Spanish]
Martinón-Torres F, Magariños MM, Picón M, Fernández-Seara MJ, Rodríguez-Núñez A, Martinón-Sánchez JM.
Source

Departamento de Pediatría, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago de Compostela, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, España. pdjmmsup@uscmail.usc.es
Abstract
INTRODUCTION:

Neurological disorders secondary to the measles component of viral triple vaccine are not frequent. In spite of controversy regarding the cause, the clinical, diagnostic and legal implications are worth considering.
CLINICAL CASE:

We present the case of a 16 month-old baby with a clinical picture of self-limiting acute encephalopathy characterized by cerebellar ataxia and alterations in behavior, accompanied by the clinical signs of attenuated measles. The negative results of complementary tests and an obvious time-relationship with a triple virus vaccination lead us to interpret the condition as being secondary to the measles component of the vaccine.
CONCLUSIONS:

We consider that although there is a low incidence of complications, the index of suspicion is also low, and even lower in cases with only minor neurological signs. It is therefore possible that such reactions are under-reported.

Diophantia

Goodness even I recall the Transitive Postulate: If A = B and B = C then A = C. Seems the mainstream media and medical world skipped algebra 101. Vaccines cause brain damage. Brain damage causes behaviors called autism. Vaccines cause autism. Class dismissed. KS

Bob Moffitt

Can't really blame Dr Strom for following the marching orders he is given .. which are to authenticate and confirm the CDC's often cited mantra:

"We don't know what causes autism ...

but ...

We know it's not vaccines"

Ergo .. Dr. Strom's "vaccines cause brain damage" .. PERIOD.

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