Nov 042013
 

What Doctors Don’t Tell You - The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook
Lynne McTaggart claims not to be anti-vaccination, although every story we can find on vaccines in WDDTY is overwhelmingly negative in tone, and many common anti-vax tropes are present.

The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook is written by Lynne McTaggart with input from regular contributor Clive Coudwell.

We’ve been sent the text of the WDDTY Vaccination Handbook. How well does this support the assertion that Lynne McTaggart’s WDDTY is not anti-vaccination?

Together, our writings make an unabashed case against vaccination. This newly updated volume covers all the latest studies we‘ve gathered on DPT, MMR, polio, Hib, BCG and hepatitis B. It also contains information about your legal rights and a consent form, prepared for us by our lawyer, which you can use to prevent your health authority from vaccinating against your will. – Lynne “I’m Not Anti-Vaccine” McTaggart

What Doctors Don’t Tell You – The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook 

Introduction

The most important decision you will ever make about your child is whether or not to have him vaccinated. This booklet pulls together all the evidence that What Doctors Don’t Tell You has amassed about childhood vaccinations, as well as adult vaccines for flu and travel.

It’s an important decision, but the significance imparted to it by anti-vaccinationists is out of all proportion. It’s arguable that calling him Tarquin may have more effect on his life…

The risks range from minor illnesses to permanent brain damage and death. Many jabs just don’t work, but the chances are that your doctor won’t tell you anything about them. He may not even know.

You mean the risks of vaccine preventable illness, don’t you?

Oh, wait, no: you mean the risks that have to be listed however rare because medicine, unlike anti-vaccinationists, is honest. Yes, the doctor will know, and yes he will tell you, because doctors have a code of ethics (no, this is not a county in the East of England, here’s a dictionary for you).

Together, our writings make an unabashed case against vaccination. This newly updated volume covers all the latest studies we‘ve gathered on DPT, MMR, polio, Hib, BCG and hepatitis B. It also contains information about your legal rights and a consent form, prepared for us by our lawyer, which you can use to prevent your health authority from vaccinating against your will.

So there we have it. Lynne McTaggart admits to being anti-vaccination. We need go no further, but why not explore in more detail just to see the basis on which this agenda is founded.

The only question is: when did she become abashed by it and feel the need to start pretending otherwise?

It is not, we argue, that the vaccines don’t work, but that they work imperfectly, and at unacceptable cost to infant and child health.

Standard antivax trope #1: “we’re not against vaccines, we’re pro safe vaccines”.

Let’s look at a single vaccine, smallpox. In the first three-quarters of the 20th Century, over a quarter of a billion people died of smallpox. It’s a staggering number. Since the late 1970s, nobody has died of smallpox. It is extinct in the wild.

This is solely and irrefutably due to the development of effective vaccines. The word vaccine comes from the development of this very inoculation.

Vaccines are only a debating point if you live in a country where vaccines have largely removed the risk of serious vaccine-preventable disease, and the measles outbreaks of 2012 show how fragile this can be.

Vaccines work. They work imperfectly, which is why herd immunity is vital, but the cost is absolutely not unacceptable – unless you believe in the alternative reality that is anti-vaccination cost accounting.

Vaccines might confer a temporary immunity and wear off at the point when exposure to the disease is most dangerous. Or they may have other health risks, including permanent disability and death, at rates far higher than those of contracting the disease naturally.

Iron lungs in the 1950s

They might indeed. Which is why there are booster schedules. Paralysis? Let’s take a quick look at that.

The worst vaccine safety incident in history was due to the politically rushed release of the Salk vaccine in 1955.

Cutter Laboratories, the worst offender, produced 120,000 doses of inadequately inactivated virus leading to 40,000 cases not involving the central nervous system,56 cases of paralytic polio and five deaths.

For comparison, the 1952 polio epidemic in the US, which triggered the  political impetus, involved 57,628 recorded cases of whom 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis and 3,145 died.

This is why today’s grandparents and great-grandparents are largely bewildered by the anti-vaccination movement. They remember the pictures of wards full of iron lungs. They remember Michael Flanders, Itzhak Perlman and other notable victims. If they are American, they may even have taken part in the March of Dimes. Anybody who lived though the period of intense urbanisation, would be likely to know people affected by polio-induced paralysis. There’s an iron lung on display at Nuffield Place because Lord Nuffield endowed so many of them.

Your chances of being paralysed by all the vaccines you will ever have, are many orders of magnitude less than your chances of being paralysed by polio in the years before an effective vaccination became available.

You will find in these pages copious evidence, now recognised by the medical profession in America, about the dangers or ineffectiveness of these drugs, evidence that makes a lie of any health worker’s blithe assurance that childhood vaccines are ‘perfectly safe’.

Almost certainly more dangerous than any vaccine in the current schedule.

The only people using the words “perfectly safe” in respect of vaccines, are anti-vaccinationists arguing for a mythical “perfectly safe” vaccine.

You might as well argue for perfectly safe tea cosies.

We have narrowed our vision to two questions. ‘How effective are these drugs?’ and ‘How safe are they?’ We’ve also concentrates on evidence published in the medical literature. If you are going to make a case against vaccination with your doctor, this is the kind of material he will respect.

Notice how the idea of not making a case against vaccination is somehow not relevant?

Finally we acknowledge our debt to the late Robert Mendelsohn and his editor Vera Chatz, who first enlightened us, like many other grateful disciples, about the risks of immunizations, back in the early Seventies. As the first American paediatrician to publicly denounce the most sacred of medical cows, Mendelsohn was the bravest man I have ever known. And to Dr J Anthony Morris, a top American virologist at the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, who has alerted us to many specific studies on vaccination. Dr Viera Schreiber of Australia provided some data on MMR vaccine dangers, Jane Colby and Doris Jones compiled material on the link between ME and the polio virus.

Lets run those authorities past Wikipedia.

  • Robert S. Mendelsohn, anti-vaccinationist, anti-fluoridationist, opponent of animal testing, X-ray opponent and self-confessed “medical heretic”. His opposition to mastectomy and hysterectomy appears to be based on outdated ideas of their prevalence: while the Halstead procedure outlived its usefulness by decades, it had declined as routine treatment by the 1970s.
  • J Anthony Morris is a bust on Wikipedia but is lauded by whale.to (so fails Scopie’s Law). He is lauded as a “distinguished virologist” and “top American virologist”, but this is not the case: he was a bureaucrat at the FDA, not a research scientist, he was forced out during a political battle (read: chip on shoulder) and his only published papers are on bacteria, not virology. The claim that he was a virologist, let alone a distinguished one, seems to originate within the anti-vaccination movement.
  • “Viera Schreiber” is presumably Viera Scheibner of whom it is said that “a great number of doctors, scientists, legal professionals and other critics have questioned her qualifications, research abilities, and honesty.” She has no professional expertise in virology or vaccines generally, she is a micropaleontologist.

Which of the many millions of scientists and doctors who support vaccination are cited? Who from the hundreds that written extensively debunking the anti-vaccination myths, are identified as influences?

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In other words, McTaggart has studied as a “disciple” (her word) of a high priest in the church of anti-vaccination. The worldview is religious, not evidential.

And, finally, we are again grateful to our regular contributor, Clive Coudwell, for overseeing the editing revision.

Lynne McTaggart

So there we have it: Lynne McTaggart is a self-confessed anti-vaccinationist.

According to Sir Graham S Wilson, Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Bacteriology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, many different types of vaccine can precipitate polio (GS Wilson, The Hazards of Immunization, 1967:265-80).

Only polio vaccines can do this, regardless of what Graham Wilson said in 1967. It is primarily a problem in under-immunised populations. Of the ten billion doses of live vaccines distributed since 2000, a total of 655 vaccine derived polio cases were recorded. That compares with an estimated ten million cases of polio averted. And vaccine derived polio is typically less severe.

In highly vaccinated populations, the inactivated virus may be used instead – it is less effective but when exposure is lower, this is less important than the fact that it is (to quote a figure beloved of anti-vaccinationists) 100% safe.

Vaccines themselves do not give the patients polio. But muscle damage caused by the needle can allow polio vaccines to track up the nerves. This recently occurred in Russia, where children are commonly given injections of antibiotics. This provoked polio strains from vaccines to spread from the damaged muscle to the spinal cord, causing paralytic polio.

Polio vaccines can indeed transfer polio. Most polio vaccines are orally administered. I can trace no reliable source for the idea that polio was induced by antibiotics through this or any other method. It is hard to think of a plausible scenario where this might occur.

The weakened live viruses in vaccines can themselves mutate, causing new disease in the population. One group of researchers found that one so-called wild circulating enterovirus most closely resembled the polio vaccine virus (Brit Med Bull, 1991; 47:4; 793-808).

Resembled, but was not. The live polio virus can mutate to a more virulent form of the polio virus, but it cannot mutate to another virus any more than neutrinos can mutate.

ME patients have also been found to be infected with mutant or defective viruses (J Gen Virol, 1990; 71: 1399-402).

If they have, it would not be a surprise. Symptoms of CFS are similar to post-viral syndrome and many sufferers plausibly have at least an element of this.

In April 1992, a concerned New Zealand physician prepared a report on the use of recombinant hepatitis B vaccine in newborns. In it, he says: ‘I believe giving the hepatitis B vaccine with DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus triple shot) and/ or polio vaccine causes a significant immune suppression in a significant number of children, as witnessed by a number of recurrent infections… These events often happen when previous DPT, DT (diphtheria-tetanus only), or polio vaccines have been well tolerated on their own… When we were giving hepatitis B vaccination at birth, there were a number of children who had prolonged post-natal jaundices, lasting up to two or three weeks. This was not something I had observed in the preceding 15 years, and, again, I have not seen it since the early immunization has been
stopped’. As a result of all these problems, the proposed program to inject hepatitis B vaccine in all babies of less infectious mothers and all newborn babies in seven districts in New Zealand came to an abrupt halt.

It’s odd that the quote “I believe giving the hepatitis B vaccine with DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus triple shot) and/ or polio vaccine causes a significant immune suppression in a significant number of children” scores precisely zero Google hits outside of this document.

In fact, the only references I can find to this claim, are cited to this very document.

If anybody has an authoritative source for this claim please contact us.

Homeopathic alternatives to vaccinations

As we already know, WDDTY adopt an entirely credulous approach to homeopathy.

Proof of effectiveness

If this existed, the debate would be over. The existence of the continued debate – in reality not a debate but echoes from homeopaths loudly asserting that reality is wrong – is evidence that no such proof exists.

Once you begin to question the tradition vaccines, you begin to wonder just how effective are the homeopathic ‘nosode’ alternatives?

We have an answer to that: 0%

Even the British Homeopathic Association admits that “There are no proven homeopathic substitutes for immunisation. Some people have suggested using ‘nosodes’ (homeopathic preparations of the ‘bugs’ which cause the diseases). There is currently no evidence that nosodes are effective in humans.”

After 1830 – some 52 years ahead of Koch’s first isolation of the tubercle bacillus for the tuberculosis vaccine – nosodes – that is the homeopathic dilutions of the illness in question given orally – were commonly used as just –in-case measures against a wide variety of diseases. According to government statistics, at this point, when homeopathy was a strong contender against orthodox medicine for medical dominance, the use of these homeopathic ‘vaccines’ was accompanied by an amazing drop in the incidence of whooping-cough, diphtheria, scarlet fever and measles in children. In all groups, the numbers of people of all ages contracting TB, dysentery, typhoid fever and Asiatic cholera plummeted (Gaier, Thorsons Encyclopaedic Dict of Hom, Harper Collins, London, 1991).

You have got to be kidding.

1830. A decade before Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. gave the celebrated lectures “homoeopathy and its kindred delusions“, the year Charles Babbage published “Reflections on the Decline of Science in England, and on Some of Its Causes”, seventy years before the virus was properly identified as a distinct entity and over a hundred years before it could be seen for the first time, using the newly invented electron microscope.

This is the best you have?

Virtually nothing from this period survives in modern medicine. Only homeopathy remains essentially unchanged since this time, steadfast in its ignorance of germ theory, the atomic nature of matter and so on.

Homeopathy’s “success” in treating typhoid is well understood: doing nothing in a clean hospital is better than bloodletting and purging in a dirty one. The importance of cleanliness is an accidentally correct tenet of early homeopathy.

Although proof of the scientific benefit of the various vaccines is generally thin on the ground, a few published studies suggest the effectiveness of nosodes used as preventatives against specific diseases, including cancer.

I think we already dealt with that one.

Why don’t doctors tell you that vaccines are ineffective and dangerous?

Because it’s dangerous  nonsense.

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