Thursday, June 14, 2007

New-Thinking About Vaccines and Autism


A landmark court hearing is about to begin and is expected to wrap up sometime around the end of June. The hot topic: childhood vaccinations. The premise of the case and the charge of the plaintiff is that thimerosal (a mercury containing vaccine additive) caused their 12 year old daughter’s autism. Nearly 5,000 people are standing in line behind them waiting for compensation if the ruling goes the way of the plaintiff. To win, the plaintiffs must prove a better than even connection between the vaccine and autism.

So what is the position of New-Think? It is clear that throughout the years folks have put stuff into their bodies and the bodies of others in the name of prevention and health that have been determined, in retrospect, to be horribly toxic to humans. It is very difficult to sort through the opposing sides of an issue like this. On the side of the drug companies we often are left with suspicions about whose interests are being served. On the side of folks who claim to have been negatively affected we are often met with raw emotion and outrage from the outset. Sometimes, but not always, more like a witch hunt than a scientific investigation.

There are two easy paths that can be taken…one is to blindly vaccinate your children with everything the government tells you they need. The other is to fear all vaccinations and thus never vaccinate. Both of these paths are less responsible (and easier) than the middle ground which seeks wisdom about these decisions and takes the responsibility on oneself to learn and decide what is best for each individual child. As parents, we alone are responsible for what goes into the veins of our children. Take time to learn about individual vaccinations. Are they controversial? Why? What is the likelihood of the illness the vaccine prevents affecting your child? How does that risk compare with the statistics of adverse reactions to that vaccine? Has adequate testing been done on the vaccine? The task is not easy….but what else about raising children properly is?

Our children trust us to be wise adults. Proverbs 14:15 says, “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps”. Let’s give thought to our steps. We are children of God, not lemmings.

All of that being said the number of folks who choose to take the path of blindly vaccinating (instead of blindly not vaccinating) appears to be much much larger. So to shock you into thinking about it I will leave you with a list of vaccines that were derived from human fetal cells (from aborted fetuses).

Poliovax…………………………….......Polio
MMR II…………………………….......Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Biavax II…………………………….....Measles, Rubella
MR-VAX………………………….........Rubella
Imovax……………………………........Rabies
Hivrax………………………………......Hep A
Vaqta………………………………........Hep A
Twinrix……………………………........Hep A/B
Varixax……………………………........Chickenpox
Acambix 1000……………………….....Smallpox
MedImmune (manufacturer)…….......Influenza (flu)
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2 comments:

Marcy said...

Excellent article!!! Thanks for posting that!!!

Geezer said...

I have a few comments about the autism article:
1. Regarding vaccines and autism: Most of the "government required" vaccines have been administered widely to children since the 1950's--when the baby boomers were children. Why was the spike in autism not seen in their generation? I doubt that the manufacturers would have only relatively recently intentionally added mercury or other well known bad actors.

See this link to a John Stossel report on vaccines and autism: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/story?id=2892683&page=1
Seems the relatively recent increase in child autism diagnoses correlates almost exactly with the decrease in diagnoses of childhood mental illness.

You mention the drug companies' interest in promoting childhood vaccinations. There is also obviously an interest by personal injury lawyers in keeping the autism/vaccination scare (factual or not) alive and well stirred.

2. Regarding using material from aborted fetuses as a vaccine ingredient: This claim is fascinatingly similar to one that was going around 20 years ago that cosmetic companies were using collagen from aborted fetuses in their products. Since cattle, hogs, and chickens also contain collagen, and millions of them are slaughtered yearly it would seem to make a lot more sense that collagen from animals would be a lot more plentiful (as well as a lot cheaper) than the supply available in whatever "market" that might be in aborted fetuses. Turns out this was an urban legend widely circulated among some well meaning people. I suspect this may be one as well.

3. The post contained some seemingly propagandistic language. When I see blame being ascribed broadly to "big oil" or "big pharmaceutical companies" or whoever, red flags immediately go up in my brain. I go into "on guard" mode. The writer is either assuming something about my beliefs or subliminally trying to influence them without discussion. While these large entities certainly have their interests, there is always another side to the story.

I would gently urge Newthink to foster careful examination of all sides (or at least more than one side)of topics like this, and also to use more neutral language.

Thank you,
Geezer