So many things pile up during the week that I've decided to do a Midweek Mashup from time to time to make sure I get to all of it. Some don't require a lot of words but are nonetheless worth noting. For instance, the vending machine at the left? That is in the waiting room of my doctor's office in a large health maintenance organization. Very large. Obese. Bloated. Not much left to say, except perhaps to call it an ill-health maintenance organization. These are the folks that want me to get a shingles vaccine stat!
I get a lot of e-mails. A lot of them I ignore, because I don't wish to pass my time in a state of low-grade irritation. Here's one from this week:
BALTIMORE, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new peer reviewed paper was published in a recent issue of Molecular and Genetic Medicine (s1:025)(s1:2014) that presents convincing evidence that the rapid increase in the number of vaccines given to US children has now created a state of immune overload in the majority, or close to the majority, of young US children and that this is being manifested by related health issues including epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and autism. The new paper is authored by immunologist J. Bart Classen, MD.
"We have been publishing for years that vaccines are causing an epidemic of inflammatory diseases including diabetes, obesity and autism. However the number of vaccines given to children has continued to rise to a point where we have reached a state of immune overload in roughly the majority of young US children. The new paper reviews the evidence of immune overload and the plethora of different health effects the children are developing because of the immune overload," says Dr. J. Bart Classen, MD.
Dr. Classen's research indicates that the large number of vaccines given to patients is leading to an epidemic of chronic inflammation resulting in epidemics of autoimmune diseases, allergies, and a comprehensive inhibitory response manifesting as obesity and metabolic syndrome.
"The best data indicates that vaccine induced chronic disease is now of a magnitude that dwarfs almost all prior poisoning of humans including poisoning from agents like asbestos, low dose radiation, lead and even cigarettes. Most patients don't even realize that they are suffering from the adverse effects of vaccines. Even more concerning, patients and or their parents are being harassed, accused of practicing poor dieting and exercise habits leading to development obesity and diabetes when in fact they suffer from vaccine induced obesity and diabetes," says Dr. J. Bart Classen.
Copies of many of Dr. Classen's papers can be found on the website www.vaccines.net.
SOURCE Classen Immunotherapies, Inc.
Copyright (C) 2014 PR Newswire. All rights reserved
On Saturday I wrote about vaccines and pesticides as two vectors that implicate each other, and organic mercury, in the roots and rise of autism and other disorders. Recently Mark Blaxill and I wrote about a mysterious cluster of cases in California in which children suddenly suffered permanent partial paralysis. The medical "experts" were focused on a viral cause, but as we reported, the high-profile family featured in press accounts had strong ties to agriculture -- owning and managing vineyards near San Francisco. What's more, the child ate raspberries the morning of her illness, and the mom kept mentioning it to the "experts," who ignored this important clue.
The other day I was flipping through People mag, which featured a second child in the cluster. Lucian Olivera of Moorpark, California, got a runny nose and cough at age 10 months. A few days later, he started dragging his left leg as he crawled. Now the leg is paralyzed.
Moorpark is one of those Los Angeles exurbs that has sprawled into what used to be agricultural country. There's an apricot tree named for it. The likeliest explanation for these paralyses is the same as for polio outbreaks, which also began in agricultural centers -- a normally benign enterovirus potentiated by pesticide exposure. (That's an idea Mark and I put forward three years ago.) Interestingly, the CDC is emphatic that these paralysis incidents do not raise the threat of an epidemic. Makes you wonder what they know or suspect.
Another population points to the same etiology: honeybees, whose colonies are collapsing around the country, threatening not just our morning tea-with-honey, but the interdependent ecoystem they support. The Christian Science Monitor reported: "The exact mechanism behind these collapses remains dauntingly unclear, but they have been linked with pathogen infestation, malnutrition, and pesticide exposure. This week's report strongly indicates that two neonicotinoid insecticides that are widely used on crops can decimate honeybee colonies' winter survival rates, whether or not mites or parasites are present.
"The two chemicals, imidacloprid and clothianidin, both block insects' central nervous systems, killing them by paralysis."
So insecticides that wreck the central nervous system and cause paralysis are implicated in the collapse of honeybee colonies. How about in seemingly random cases of infant paralysis in heavily agricultural California? How about in children with neurological conditions like autism and ADHD? How about it? And how about vaccines, which also contain substances that affect the nervous system, and which thousands of parents report immediately preceded their child's problems?
Recently I wrote about a cover story in The Nation, "Pesticides and the Young Brain." Here's a further observation from that article: Studies of both migrant farm workers' children in California, and inner city kids in New York "exposed to pesticides used to control cockroaches," found those with the highest exposure to the organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos "were more likely to have lower IQ's." Other studies of such pesticides have also found "associations between in utero exposure and birth defects or childhood cancers. Other research, meanwhile, has linked childhood exposure with asthma, ADHD, early puberty and obesity."
This reminded me of the theory, put forward by the CDC and others, that cockroaches cause the higher rate of asthma in inner city kids. I wonder: Could it be the pesticides used to kill the cockroaches?
One more intriguing link: Obesity.
"Early evidence from animal studies suggests pesticides might play a role in promoting obesity," The Nation reported. The article says that children of migrant workers in pesticide-drenched California produce fields are especially overweight -- "off the charts" -- but researchers still think "the kids are showing the effects of too much junk food (common when money is tight and hunger presses), not enough physical activity (gang violence in their neighborhoods keeps many indoors), and a cultural attitude in which calling a baby gordo is considered a compliment."
Wow, these are some pretty ingenious explanations for off-the-charts obesity in migrant farm workers' children! More likely, they've just been hanging out in my doctor's waiting room.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.