Scandals - 05/31/02
"Knowledge being to be had only of visible
and certain truth, error is not a fault of our knowledge, but a mistake
of our judgment, giving assent to that which is not true." - John Locke in "An
Essay Concerning Human Understanding"
"Appearances often are deceiving." -
One of the touted benefits of vaccination is the
fact that vaccination produces a mild
(inapparent) case of the disease. It is also considered a
often experience mild or subclinical disease upon exposure.
But what if instead of being a benefit, such
mild or subclinical disease is, in fact, a risk of vaccination?
In what should have been considered a
ground-breaking 1985 study by Danish researcher
in Lancet, it was reported that childhood measles without rash,
identified only through serum sampling, resulted in highly significant
increased risk of serious disease in adults. While the reason for
this increased risk was merely speculated upon, these results
raise the specter of a heretofore unacknowledged risk of
What are the implications of this study?
Why aren't the questions raised by this study
Why is this study, in fact, being virtually
What is the explanation for such a
result? Is a rash, in those diseases where rash naturally occurs,
a necessary component of disease resolution?
Why does it continue to be assumed rather than
tested, that mild or subclinical cases of measles or any other disease
Are hordes of previously vaccinated children
going to experience serious disease as adults?
Given the obvious difficulties in connecting
long-term outcomes to their causes, unless meaningfully and assiduously
studied, what is the chance such outcomes will be recognized as being
due to vaccination, if indeed, that is the case?
Given the growing evidence of long-term
consequences of vaccination, including autism
,and recent revelations about polio vaccine-associated
as well as general increases in chronic
disease among children, can we afford to continue to bury our
heads in the sand?
Can we not, as a concerned community, bring
pressure to bear on the appropriate spheres of government to require
that properly designed studies be conducted (minimally studying
long-term differences between the vaccinated and the never vaccinated),
in order to determine the actual long and short-term benefits and risks