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Woman who died from measles had been vaccinated

WDDTY headline with obligatory scary needle shot.
WDDTY headline with obligatory scary needle shot.

The Holy Trinity of anti-vaccinationists runs thus:

  1. Vaccines are dangerous.
  2. Vaccines don’t work.
  3. Vaccine-preventable diseases aren’t serious anyway.

And when one is rebutted they move to another, frequently in rotation, perennially moving the goalposts.

What WDDTY Don't Tell You about infectious disease.
What WDDTY Don’t Tell You about infectious disease when there is no vaccination.

Still, deaths from preventable disease are the anti-vaccinationist’s worst nightmare. Their narrative can only succeed in an atmosphere where the realities and consequences of preventable disease are a distant memory. We do recommend you watch The Vaccination Chronicles by Australian skeptic and all round good egg Richard Saunders.

Provable deaths in the newspapers are the ultimate heresy to the antivax cult. You need only look at the torrent of vile abuse heaped on the parents of Dana McCaffery by Australian antivax whackaloon Meryl Dorey. Your child died of vaccine preventable disease? Off-message. STFU.

So it is with the recent death of an American woman from measles.

The first death in 12 years from measles was reported last week from the USA, which had doctors emphasising the important of vaccination. However, what doctors didn’t tell you was that the woman who died had been given the MMR vaccine.

What they did tell you, however, was that she was immunocompromised, and thus in the high risk group for exposure to measles, a highly contagious disease. Hilariously, WDDTY try to spin this as an anti-pharma angle:

It’s believed the woman caught measles when she was in hospital, and she died because her immune system had been seriously compromised from too many pharmaceuticals.

Let’s get this straight, Lynne: you have no fucking clue why she was immunocompromised. She was on immunosuppressant drugs, there are a number of reasons for using these including transplants, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, control of severe allergic asthma.

The immune system is a complex beast and when it works against you, as it does in autoimmune disorders, you can suffer dramatic and life threatening symptoms.

All in all it’s just as well that all those products you pimp for “boosting your immune system” do no such thing. If they could, they would be dangerous.

Doctors at the hospital in Washington state, where she died, confirmed she had had the MMR vaccine when she was a child. One, Dr Jeanette Stehr-Green, also said on local TV that the woman had been taking medication that had interfered with her immune system, and made her more vulnerable to the measles virus.

Right, so you assumed that she was actually taking “too many pharmaceuticals” when actually you (and we) have no idea at all of her health history or the reason she was on immunosuppressant therapy. But you assume… What? That the doctors put her on it on a whim? Fatuous.

The hospital has refused to reveal the age of the victim, but have said she was not elderly.

Indeed. Measles kills indiscriminately, including years after the event due to subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. Odd that something as natural as measles turns out to be a real bastard. And don’t pretend you don’t know about SSPE: in October 2007, WDDTY said:

Latent infections also lie at the root of a number of serious chronic diseases that are dependent upon the immunological response, including progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy, a rapidly progressing neuromuscular disease, and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, a rare progressive brain disorder caused by an abnormal immune response to the measles virus. In fact, the latter is thought to be triggered, in some cases, by the MMR vaccine.

You cited this source: Latent Virus Infections. See where it mentions immunisation as a source of SSPE? Me neither. Of course nobody has ever checked this, have they? Oh, wait, yes they have:

For situations where cases of SSPE occur in vaccinated individuals who have no previous history of natural measles infection, the available evidence points to natural measles infection as the cause of SSPE, not vaccine.

WHO, Jan 2006.  And while it might be charitable to attribute your ignorance of the falsity of your claim, it would also be incredibly naive.

Mind you, that’s pretty tame. In September 1994 you said:

Besides causing dangerous mutations like atypical measles, the measles portion of the [measles] vaccine has been associated with numerous side effects, including nerve deafness, encephalitis, epilepsy, febrile convulsions, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a paralysis) and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a fatal wasting disease rarely associated with measles .

That was characteristically inaccurate, in that these things have “been associated” primarily by anti-vax cranks.

What does the reality-based community say? Two thirds of people with Guillain–Barré syndrome have experienced an infection before the onset of the condition, usually gastroenteritis or a respiratory tract infection. Vaccines can prevent some causes of these. In many cases the exact nature of the infection can be confirmed: approximately 30% of cases are provoked by Campylobacter jejuni bacteria, which cause diarrhea. A further 10% cases are attributable to cytomegalovirus (CMV, HHV-5). Despite this, only very few people with Campylobacter or CMV infections develop Guillain–Barré syndrome (0.25–0.65 per 1000 and 0.6–2.2 per 1000 episodes, respectively).[1] The strain of Campylobacter involved may determine the risk of GBS; different forms of the bacteria have different lipopolysaccharides on their surface, and some may induce illness while others will not.

While rare cases of GBS have been reported following flu vaccination, a link with measles virus is explicitly ruled out in “Pediatric Guillain-Barré syndrome”. Current Opinion in Pediatrics 25 (6): 689–693. doi:10.1097/MOP.0b013e328365ad3f

On we go:

She was receiving hospital treatment for several health problems when she caught measles from another patient. As her symptoms worsened, she was taken to the University of Washington Medical Centre in Seattle, where she died from pneumonia due to measles last spring.
Doctors did not establish the cause of death until the autopsy was carried out, as the woman did not display any of the usual symptoms associated with measles, such as a rash.

Yup. Rare, but not unheard of especially in the immunocompromised. It’s quite likely that there have been other deaths that were never identified as being due to measles, because these patients are by definition very sick anyway.

No other patient developed the disease, and the hospital is confident the outbreak has been contained.

Good, but it should never have had to be contained.

Measles cases showing uptick due to antivaccinaitonists.
Measles cases showing uptick due to anti-vaccinationists.

Measles vaccination rates declined due to anti-vaccination activists and especially the fraudulent work of Andrew Wakefield. As rates dropped below the levels required for herd immunity, measles infection rates rose.

Antivaxers are responsible for the greater prevalence of measles. Antivaxers are responsible for its return from near-eradicated status in the 1990. Antivaxers are responsible for the fact that the virus can circulate among a larger pool of people who are not immune. The unvaccinated are much more likely to contract measles than the vaccinated.

July 2015 in review: part 2

So far we’ve looked at the cover stories and the first ten pages. Brace yourselves, there’s more to come.

Page 11 is a full-page advert for Cytoplan, who claim that their Wholefood Cherry C contains only pure, powdered acerola cherry because, as they say, “food supplement nutrients in the same form as those in food are always the most optimally effective”.

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Spot the difference. Continue reading July 2015 in review: part 2

86 per cent of children with measles had been vaccinated

If there’s one thing guaranteed to fuel the build-up of spittle on the WDDTY editors’ computer screens, it’s positive coverage of vaccines. WDDTY is, to quote Ben GoldacreW, “viciously, viciously anti-vaccine” – and this is one of the things which elevates their tawdry health fraud advertorial to the status of public health menace.

The MMR vaccine is back in the news. Australian parents will lose their welfare benefits if they don’t vaccinate their children, while up to 86 per cent of children who caught measles during the ‘Disneyland outbreak’ in California last December were vaccinated, a new study has revealed.

Logical fallacy: non-sequiturW. The two are not connected, and not even in the same stories, in general. The 86% figure is mentioned only in order to make the evidence-based Australian policy look unreasonable.

WDDTY do cite a source, though returning to their former practice of obfuscating the reference to make it hard to track down. Why would they do that, I wonder?

Oh, wait:

An analysis of publicly available outbreak data suggests that substandard vaccination compliance is likely to blame for the recent measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in California, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

I can see why they wouldn’t want you to find the original source.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will lose up to $11,000 of welfare benefits. Parents can opt out of vaccinations on medical or religious grounds, or because they are “conscientious objectors”.

But, from January next year, the conscientious objection opt-out will be removed in Abbott’s new “no jab, no pay” policy. Religious exemptions will also be tightened, and will apply only to religious bodies “approved by the government”.
The Australian government reckons that 39,000 families could lose their rights to welfare benefits.

Indeed. And the reason for the specific wording about religious bodies approved by the Government, is that Australian antivaxers invented their own church – the “Church of Conscious Living” – as a deliberate ploy to allow them to continue recklessly endangering the health of their children and those with whom they come into contact.

Their weaselly ploy has failed, and they are no doubt crying into their homeopathic beer about it.

US health authorities are also looking to tighten up on exemptions after the measles outbreak last December, in which around 140 children were infected. It is thought to have started at Disneyland in California.

It’s almost as if antivax sentiments evaporate when people are faced with the reality of preventable disease, isn’t it?

Which is of course why vaccines are not a hard sell with the postwar generation.

But a new study reckons that up to 86 per cent of the infected children had received all their MMR jabs. “Given the highly contagious nature of measles, vaccination rates of 96 per cent to 99 per cent are necessary to preserve herd immunity and prevent future outbreaks,” say the researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When WDDTY reports the study as showing “up to” 86% of victims were vaccinated, they are being disingenuous. It actually says:

The authors estimate that measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination rates among the exposed population where secondary cases occurred might be as low as 50 percent and likely no higher than 86 percent. Because measles is highly contagious, vaccination rates of 96 percent to 99 percent are necessary to preserve herd immunity and to prevent future outbreaks, according to the study.

According to Wired,

The vast majority of the infected were unvaccinated against the disease, including kids who were too young for the shots and anti-vaxxers who chose against them. That’s how you get an outbreak. But six of the cases got their measles-mumps-rubella vaccine—the MMR shot—and still managed to get infected.

Wired also give a great description of how the Disneyland outbreak spread even to the immunised:

So how does that explain what happened in Disneyland? If you have a group of 1,000 people concentrated in a small space—like oh, say, hypothetically, an amusement park—about 90 percent of them will be vaccinated (hopefully). One person, maybe someone who contracted measles on a recent trip to the Philippines, moves around, spreading the virus. Measles is crazy contagious, so of the 100 people who aren’t vaccinated, about 90 will get infected. Then, of the 900 people who are vaccinated, 3 percent—27 people—get infected because they don’t have full immunity.

So WDDTY say “up to 86%” but other sources say closer to 10%. Why would WDDTY inflate the figure? We know why: to accurately report the case would require admitting that the MMR vaccine is around 97% effective, and that the figure they quoted was a discussion of the dangerously low level of vaccination that reduced herd immunity to the point that the outbreak could take hold.

And one thing WDDTY will never do is admit that the MMR vaccine works. Saint Andrew of Wakefraud would never forgive them.


An interesting point to consider

According to WDDTY, modern medicine is dangerous, modern life toxic, and going back to “natural” methods will help you live longer.

There is of course no way of telling whether that would work, or of unpicking it from the generic effects of excess calorie consumption and sedentary lifestyles, but we can infer some things from a review of historical figures. Continue reading An interesting point to consider

Wakefield was right! Or not

Autism-bacteriaAndrew Wakefield is a figure who polarises opinion.

To quacks, cranks, and especially antivaccinationists, he is a Brave Maverick Doctor who blew the whistle on the vaccine industry and found the One True Cause of autism.

To the reality-based community he is an unethical quack, struck off for dishonesty and conducting invasive experiments on vulnerable children without proper consent or ethical oversight, reviled for publishing fraudulent research without declaring massive conflicts of interest, and demonised as a significant cause of a resurgence in measles leading to permanent harm and even death.

You might be able to guess which camp we fall into.

Antivaccinationists desperately want Wakefield to be right, even though he wasn’t. So any study showing any kind of link between intestinal disorders and autism is portrayed as vindication, regardless of the actual facts.

In this short piece WDDTY seek to vindicate Wakefield by reference to a study, Reduced Incidence of Prevotella and Other Fermenters in Intestinal Microflora of Autistic Children, Kang et. al., PLoS ONE, 2013; 8: e68322.

“We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described” – Wakefield et. al, 1998

The first thing to note is that the PLoS ONE article does not cite Wakefield’s work. Some will think this is because Wakefield is a pariah, others will know that his work has been retracted so won’t be cited, but the real reason is that the finding has absolutely nothing to do with Wakefield’s hypothesis.

Say it quietly, but the first part of maligned doctor Andrew Wakefield’s theory about the MMR (measles–mumps–rubella) vaccine and autism has been proved right: autistic children do have low levels of three critical bacteria in their gut.

No! Not even close. Wakefield’s claim was that autism is caused by “autistic enterocolitis” triggered by the MMR vaccine. You don’t have to take my word for it, the full text is available on The Lancet website (free registration required). No part of Wakefield’s paper is in any way supported by the new work!

Doctors know that autistic children usually have a range of gut problems, so researchers at Arizona State University decided to find out if it was more than a coincidence. They analyzed the gut flora of 20 autistic children aged between three and 16 years and compared them with samples from 20 typical non-autistic children. The autistic children had fewer types of gut bacteria in general and were also low in three critical varieties: Prevotella, Coprococcus and members of the Veillonellaceae family. Of these, Prevotella species are the most important as they play a vital role in gut interaction.

This is entirely unrelated to Wakefield’s claims, which in any case were admitted in the paper (though not by implication in his grossly irresponsible press statement) not to be provably causal:

“We identified associated gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in a group of previously normal children, which was generally associated in time with possible environmental triggers.”

The triggers were identified as MMR in eight cases and measles infection in one. And the claims were quite specific:

Onset of behavioural symptoms was associated, by the parents, with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in eight of the 12 children, with measles infection in one child, and otitis media in another. All 12 children had intestinal abnormalities, ranging from lymphoid nodular hyperplasia to aphthoid ulceration. Histology showed patchy chronic inflammation in the colon in 11 children and reactive ileal lymphoid hyperplasia in seven, but no granulomas. Behavioural disorders included autism (nine), disintegrative psychosis (one), and possible postviral or vaccinal encephalitis (two). There were no focal neurological abnormalities and MRI and EEG tests were normal. Abnormal laboratory results were significantly raised urinary methylmalonic acid compared with agematched controls (p=0·003), low haemoglobin in four children, and a low serum IgA in four children.

The research was funded by a payment of £55,000 to the Royal Free Hospital by a firm of lawyers engaged in preparing a suit against the manufacturers of the MMR vaccine. It subsequently emerged that a further £400,000 had been paid to Wakefield himself. The lawyers also recruited some of the children in the study. None of this was declared in the published output.

It has also subsequently emerged that the PCR tests that Wakefield claimed identified measles virus in the gut of autistic children, was the result of contamination.

So Wakefield’s thesis was:

  • Autism is caused by enterocolitis
  • This enterocolitis is triggered by the measles virus

Both of these claims are wrong. And the PLoS ONE study does not in any way challenge that. In fact even Wakefield’s own original paper does not support it, it contains the following statement:

“We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described”

The PLoS ONE paper does not find evidence of measles virus in the gut, or of a form of enterocolitis. It doesn’t use the term enterocolitis. the signature features claimed by Wakefield et. al include lymphoid nodular hyperplasia and aphthoid ulceration. Neither of these is mentioned in the PLoS ONE paper. The PLoS ONE paper mentions PrevotellaCoprococcus, and unclassified Veillonellaceae. Wakefield et. al. make no mention of these, its only mention of bacteria is screening for evidence of campylobacter, salmonella, shigella and yersinia – in other words specifically ruling out bacteria as a cause of the purported enterocolitis. No mention is made of the level or makeup of gut flora.

It does not claim to find a causal relationship, in fact it states that:

[T]he direction of causality among interconnected pathophysiological factors (e.g., autistic symptoms, diet patterns, GI symptoms, and gut microbiome profile) is still unclear

It does not identify a distinct “autistic enterocolitis”, but a “relatively low level” of gut flora, specifically a reduction in diversity.

It concludes:

In summary, we demonstrated that autism is closely associated with a distinct gut microflora that can be characterized by reduced richness and diversity as well as by altered composition and structure of microbial community. Most notably, we also discovered that the genera PrevotellaCoprococcus, and unclassified Veillonellaceae were significantly reduced in autistic children. Unexpectedly, these microbial changes were more closely linked to the presence of autistic symptoms rather than to the severity of GI symptoms and specific diet/supplement regimens. Despite limited information on the direction of causality among autism, diet, GI problems, and microbiome profiles, the findings from this study are stepping-stones for better understanding of the crosstalk between gut microbiota and autism, which may provide potential targets for diagnosis or treatment of neurological as well as GI symptoms in autistic children.

To infer from this that Wakefield is in any way vindicated, is to engage in wishful thinking of the most fanciful kind. The two are related only in as much as they both involve the gut – and given the drivers for Wakefield’s work this is almost certainly pure coincidence.

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Why don’t doctors tell you that new research vindicates Andrew Wakefield?

Because it doesn’t.

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Jayne Donegan on the MMR (measles–mumps–rubella) jab

2013-11_8Jayne Donegan on the MMR (measles–mumps–rubella) jab:

Measles: This is a benign childhood illness in the child with a strong immune system. In the Steiner alternative school community, during a measles outbreak not one severe case was reported. There is plenty of evidence about adverse reactions to the vaccine that should convince parents not to have it. Don’t give in to the fear about measles generated by doctors and governments.

Mumps: This is generally a mild illness. I do not recommend mumps vaccination, as any benefit is minimal and any side effects unacceptable.

Rubella (German measles): The effects of rubella are minor and the vaccination cannot be recommended. And the vaccine doesn’t seem to work very well, as it often fails to protect the unborn child of women who are not immune.

From WDDTY November 2013

The facts:

Just fancy that!
In evidence Dr Donegan accepted that measles was at the serious end of children’s diseases. The consequences can be grave, even fatal.
The Hon. Mr Justice Sumner.

MeaslesW: A highly contagious disease whose complications include pneumonia, encephalitis and blindness. Steiner schools are considered at risk as unvaccinated communities. A Cochrane review found little difference in side effects between MMR and placebo.

MumpsW: A viral disease whose complications include spontaneous abortion, male and female infertility. Serious adverse effects are most likely in adolescents, herd immunity is important to protect this community and pregnant women.

RubellaW: A viral disease that is occasionally fatal and can cause spontaneous abortion, but whose most serious effect is birth defects. The prognosis for children born with congenital rubella syndromeW is poor. Herd immunity is important to protect pregnant women.

The MMR vaccineW is safe and effective in preventing a dangerous disease.

For responsible information on the MMR vaccine, see NHS Choices.

Hygiene, not vaccine

Hygiene, not vaccine
Hygiene, not vaccine, published in the November 2013 edition of WDDTY, is based on the author’s own online self-published source. The author is GP and homeopath Dr. Jayne Donegan, whose evidence to a court was described as “junk science” by judges.

This article repeats the standard anti-vaccination trope of comparing measles fatalities with the official figures on reported cases and vaccine uptake, a tactic deliberately designed to make the official figures look as if they have been massaged, when in fact they have not.

The article claims that there have been no measles deaths in the UK since 1992, except for one immunocompromised individual. This is contradicted by the official published figures and ignores a high-profile measles death in April 2013.

This is an inaccurate article written by a known anti-vaccinationist that gives obviously false figures and repeats a well-debunked fallacious argument.

Hygiene not vaccineHygiene, not vaccine

Jayne Donegan

Vaccinations are given a lot of credit for eliminating childhood diseases. But good hygiene, sanitation and nutrition have much more to do with it.

False. For example, in the first three-quarters of the 20th Century, over a quarter of a billion people died of smallpox worldwide. The combination of an effective vaccine and a determined effort by the medical community eliminated the disease in the wild. There has been no reported case of smallpox in the wild since 1977.

Nobody has died of smallpox due to a natural infection in over thirty years.

The American satirist Mark Twain famously said there were three kinds of untruths: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Abuse of statistics is indeed a plague. Let’s see if we can spot any abuse of statistics in this story.

As if to prove his point, the UK’s Department of Health regularly produces its immunization handbook—more popularly known as the ‘Green Book’—which is sent out to doctors and healthcare workers. The Green Book provides all the latest information about the effectiveness and safety of the major vaccinations.

Naughty. This is characterising the green book as lies. As we will see in a moment, that is a precise reversal of the truth.

Reading it, you’d have to agree that vaccinations are a good thing as they’ve eradicated most of the major diseases that afflict us, especially when we’re young.

Take, for instance, measles.

Protection is offered by the MMR (measles–mumps–rubella) shot, which has certainly attracted more than its fair share of controversy over the years, but the Green Book confirms its positive effect on our health.

As does every reputable scientific study.For example, the first two decades of MMR vaccination in the US prevented an estimated 52 million cases of the disease, 17,400 cases of mental retardation, and 5,200 deaths (source). In five years from 1999-2004 initiatives by UNICEFW and the World Health OrganizationW improved measles immunisation coverage and averted an estimated 1.4 million deaths. A Cochrane review in 2012 confirmed that the evidence still supports mass MMR immunisation.

To make the point, the book’s compilers have produced a handy graph that clearly shows the vaccine has saved lives.

Measles cases vs. immunisation
Measles CASES vs. immunisation

Bait and switchW alert!

The graph begins in 1950, 18 years before the first measles vaccine was introduced and 38 years before the MMR jab was introduced. For the first 16 years up to 1966, the number of cases of measles varied between 160,000 and 800,000 each year before suddenly dropping to around 100,000 cases annually. Today there are just a few thousand cases a year.


The disease claimed around a hundred lives every year from 1950 to 1968 before falling to 13 deaths a year—until 1988,
when the MMR vaccine was introduced. After that, measles claimed its last life in 1992 in the UK, except for one case in 2006 of a 13-year-old boy with a failing immune system.

Measles DEATHS by year
Measles DEATHS by year

…and switch!

But wait: “measles claimed its last life in 1992 in the UK, except for one case in 2006 of a 13-year-old boy with a failing immune system”.

This is 2013. The current statistics show:

  • 2 deaths in 1992
  • 4 deaths in 1993
  • 1 death in 1995
  • 3 deaths in 1997
  • 3 deaths in 1998
  • 3 deaths in 1999
  • 1 death in 2000
  • 1 death in 2001
  • 1 death in 2004
  • 1 death in 2006
  • 1 death in 2007
  • 2 deaths in 2008

And what about poor Gareth Colfer-Williams? He died of pneumonia, a common and historically deadly complication of measles.

So it looks as if the claim that  “measles claimed its last life in 1992 in the UK, except for one case in 2006 of a 13-year-old boy with a failing immune system” is A BIG FAT LIE

But push the start date of the graph way back—to 1850 in fact—and a different picture emerges. From 1850 to 1910, measles was responsible for around 1,200 deaths every year.

Did you spot it? The relevant words are highlighted in the captions to the two graphs.

Yes, this is the classic antivax trope of comparing measles deaths with vaccination uptake.  It’s usually combined with the have-your-cake-and-eat-it claim that measles isn’t that dangerous anyway.

Death is not the only adverse effect of measles. There’s also measles encephalitis and blindness, diarrhoea and pneumonia – and herd immunity is vital because it’s extremely contagious (90% of unimmunised people who share  living space with an infected person will be infected in turn) and immunocompromised individuals are at particular risk.

Then, year on year the death rate plummeted. By 1920, it was down to 650 deaths a year; by the start of the 1930s, deaths had fallen to 250 and down they continued to go until 1950—the year the Green Book takes up the story—when around a hundred deaths were recorded.2

Reference 2: Donegan JLM. Vaccinatable Diseases and Their Vaccines. Self-published online, 2004

Why don’t doctors tell you to check this source? Because it’s a worthless piece of anti-vaccination garbage by a doctor who was described by judges as using “junk science” and admitted to the GMC that she had selectively used only those sources that support her beliefs, described by the GMC as “deeply held”

The decline in death rates is well understood and is largely down to improvements in the management of pneumonia (up to 30% of measles pneumonia patients died in the 1920s, before antibiotics).

And all of this happened long before vaccines were introduced.

For reasons which are well understood and do not undermine the reasons for continuing to immunise against measles, because, as the Green Book graph shows, however much you try to hide the fact, measles cases plummeted after the MMR was introduced.

The idea that measles is a relatively benign disease and only deaths should concern us, is a poisonous bit of anti-vaccination propaganda.

What had happened were better sanitation and public hygiene, better living conditions and improved nutrition.

So it could be argued that mass MMR vaccination reduced the death rate from 13 to zero—but good sanitation had already reduced it from 1,200 to 13 deaths.

And antibiotics, curing the pneumonia that was the largest cause of death, but not the largest cause of permanent harm.

Perhaps vaccination shouldn’t take all the credit after all.

And perhaps they should. The one person whose judgement cannot be trusted on that, is an anti-vaccinationist.

Why don’t doctors tell you that hygiene protects against infectious disease and vaccines don’t?

Because it’s a big fat lie.

The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook

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?

Continue reading The WDDTY Vaccination Handbook

WDDTY on vaccines

Lynne McTaggart claims that she is not anti-vaccine

WDDTY is not-anti-vaccine?

Totally not anti-vaccination cover of WDDTY
Totally not anti-vaccination cover of WDDTY
WDDTY: not anti-vaccinatio, just totally indistinguishable form anti-vaccinationists.Precisely the kind of picture never used by anti-vaccinationists. Much.

Does this stack up?

Here’s a list of stories on wddty.com matching “vaccine”. The number is a round hundred, making it  likely that searches are limited to 100 results.

  • Stories supportive of vaccines: 0
  • Stories taking a “neither for nor against” stance (false neutrality): 0
  • Stories with an anti-vaccine stance: 100

Looks like McTaggart is anti-vaccine after all…

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  13. Dtp vaccine: too early Two studies on the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine found that introducing it too early or with other vaccines can…  more » news)
  14. Meningitis vaccine planned despite american failure The government is planning to introduce a routine vaccine against a common cause of meningitis by l992. … …  more » news)
  15. How many components make a good acellular vaccine? There is still some dispute over what elements ought to be included in an acellular vaccine, largely because scientists…  more » cover story)
  16. Flu vaccine may make asthma worse The flu vaccine can cause pulmonary complications and exacerbate asthma, according to new research. …  more » news)
  17. Meningitis c vaccine strikes again I started a music degree course at Birmingham Conservatoire as a mature student (I’m 24) in September 1999. A month lat…  more » Doctors training notes
  18. Vaccine update: japan bans mmr The mumps portion of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine could bring on mumps, which could be transmitted to other child…  more » news)
  19. Me could be a reaction to the polio vaccine Re your article on ME (vol 14 no 12), I contracted the illness after an afternoon spent with two children who had just h…  more » Letters
  20. Vaccine news: mmr and dtp Incidents of meningitis linked to the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine in Japan are far higher than first thought,…  more » news)
  21. How does this new vaccine differ from the old one? The old combined A and C meningitis vaccine was a “polysaccharide”, made of a bit of the coat that forms the bacterial w…  more » cover story)
  22. The other triple vaccine Last autumn, while we were all busy worrying about whether baby Leo got his MMR jab, the British government sneaked anot…  more » Viewpoint
  23. Hepatitis b vaccine debate heats up among us parents Parents and antivaccine groups in the US are making their objections to the routine universal hepatitis B vaccine for in…  more » news)
  24. Drug company provides funding for vaccine ad A national advertising campaign for a chicken pox vaccine in Israel has triggered a furore among health officials. …  more » news)
  25. Childhood Colitis linked to MMR vaccine Further to your article linking childhood colitis to MMR vaccine (vol 4 no 9), the homeopathic view would be to give MMR…  more » Family matters
  26. Meningitis c vaccine reactions common in practice FL’s sad case only reaffirms what I have been experiencing through my practice. The reactions to the vaccine seem to inc…  more » Family matters
  27. New TB vaccine doesn’t work The new TB (tuberculosis) vaccine doesn’t work. Vaccinated children are as likely to develop the disease as those who d…  more » e-news
  28. Hib vaccine may cause juvenile diabetes Children who receive multiple doses of the Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib) vaccine are at increased risk of developing ty…  more » news)
  29. Meningitis c vaccine every child a guinea pig The British government has rushed through a new vaccine for meningitis C and plans to offer it to every child and colleg…  more » cover story)
  30. Success of hib vaccine hyped by poor reporting of disease Consumers may have been misled about the effectiveness of routine immunisation with the Haemophilus influenzae type b (H…  more » news)
  31. Parents refuse Gardasil HPV vaccine for their teenage daughters Parents are turning their back on the new Gardasil HPV vaccine, and are refusing to allow their teenage daughters to hav…  more » e-news
  32. HPV: The higher profits vaccine The latest vaccine has big question marks over its safety, effectiveness—and necessity  more » cover story)
  33. Cancer linked to contaminated polio vaccine The sudden rise in the number of deaths from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may be linked to the polio vaccine given to children…  more » news)
  34. Booster vaccine: one jab too many? The US drugs regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has approved a new booster shot of the DPT (diphtheria,…  more » Family matters
  35. Vaccine Damage: Parents receive $2bn compensation pay-outs Vaccine manufacturers have paid out nearly $2bn in damages to parents in America whose children were harmed by one of th…  more » e-news
  36. Parents refusing the ‘unsafe’ HPV vaccine for their daughters Parents are holding back, and are not allowing their daughters to have the controversial HPV vaccine, new research has d…  more » e-news
  37. Medics refuse to take new swine flu vaccine More than half of doctors and a third of nurses in the UK say they would not take the new swine flu vaccine when it beco…  more » e-news
  38. Polio vaccine may cause rise in cancer risk A new report by the Institute of Medicine’s Immunisation Safety Review Committee has reviewed studies into the carcinoge…  more » news)
  39. Children’s flu vaccine weakens immune system Children with a weakened immune system are supposed to have a flu vaccine every year – but the jab could be making them…  more » e-news
  40. HPV Vaccine: Gardasil may be a killer The HPV vaccine – which is being given to girls aged between 11 and 12 to prevent cervical cancer in later life – may be…  more » e-news
  41. Mmr vaccine : cold alert If you’re going to give your child with measles, mumps, rubella jab, don’t do it when he or she has a cold. …  more » news)
  42. People snubbing untested swine flu vaccine The swine flu (H1N1) vaccine isn’t proving to be the money-spinner that the drugs industry expected. More than half the…  more » e-news
  43. HPV: Teenage vaccine is causing death and injury Gardasil, the vaccine designed to protect against the cervical cancer-causing HPV virus, is responsible for the deaths o…  more » e-news
  44. Major swine flu vaccine causes sleeping disorder A major health alert has been issued on the world’s major swine flu vaccine – although it has already been given to 31 m…  more » e-news
  45. Polio vaccine suspected as cause of fatal mutant form of encephalitis The polio vaccine isn’t protecting children – and, worse, it appears to be causing a new and sometimes fatal form of the…  more » e-news
  46. Untested swine flu vaccine offloaded on elderly and sick The untested swine flu vaccine is being included in the annual flu jab being given to the elderly this winter. Although…  more » e-news
  47. MMR: Vaccine can cause blood disorder There’s more bad news for advocates of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine with the discovery this week that it can…  more » e-news
  48. Hepatitis vaccine causes mutants of the disease A worldwide vaccination programme against hepatitis B (HBV) may be strengthening the virus rather than wiping it out. ….  more » news)
  49. Meningitis: Vaccine causes severe neurological disorder Medicine is all about risks and benefits, and this comes into stark focus with the news that the vaccine designed to pro…  more » e-news
  50. Parents want HPV vaccine banned after it wrecked health of their daughters A group of American mothers wants the HPV vaccine Gardasil banned after it ruined the health of their teenage daughters….  more » e-news
  51. Swine flu vaccine causes sleeping disorder, regulators fear The swine flu vaccine – rushed out to combat a pandemic that wasn’t – causes narcolepsy, the sleeping disorder, drug age…  more » e-news
  52. New Childhood Vaccine: It may cause convulsions – and even kill – but it still gets approved Our children will soon have to receive yet another vaccine on top of the cocktail they already get – and it’s one that m…  more » e-news
  53. The mmr vaccine and autism After their initial study, the Royal Free team went on to find similar gut abnormalities in a group of children with aut…  more » cover story)
  54. MMR vaccine isn’t safe after all, UK government forced to concede After years of reassuring parents about the safety of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, the UK government has f…  more » e-news
  55. MMR: Major mumps outbreak proves the vaccine doesn’t work At a time when health officials are quietly admitting that there could be a link between the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella)…  more » e-news
  56. Vaccine update: hiv, polio, flu Three vaccines against HIV infection are to be tested on children in the US. Ninety healthy HIV infected children aged…  more » news)
  57. Loss of speech after hib vaccine In 1992, immediately following a then new vaccination against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infection, my two year…  more » Doctors training notes
  58. The live vaccine’s victims Bernard Reis, an English professor at Vassar College and former graduate of Cornell University and Harvard, described as…  more » cover story)
  59. Hep b vaccine: Hope, too, for the midwife who doesn’t want to take the Hep B jab. One health visitor says she’s avoided having the vacc…  more » e-news
  60. Vaccine trials in children deemed unethical Three trials of vaccines conducted in Ireland between 1962 and 1973 have been condemned as unethical by the Irish Minist…  more » news)
  61. The origin of the hepatitis b vaccine What no one is talking about is how the old vaccine got made. No vaccine production is very pretty (whooping-cough uses…  more » cover story)
  62. Dpt vaccine: lawsuit victory British parents suspecting that their children have been damaged from the whooping-cough vaccine can take heart from a r…  more » news)
  63. Mass vaccine blunders This is not the first time the government has rushed through a vaccination programme in response to a threatened epidemi…  more » cover story)
  64. Polio among vaccinated Analysis of one of the largest outbreaks of polio since the advent of the vaccine shows that it occurred in an area with…  more » news)
  65. Hib vaccine: poor showing A major study examining two versions of the new haemophilus influenzae b (Hib) vaccine, introduced this month in Britai…  more » news)
  66. Vaccine linked to ms – New study confirms worst suspicions over the hepatitis b jab After years of speculation, it’s finally been confirmed that the hepatitis B vaccine causes multiple sclerosis (MS). Re…  more » Family matters
  67. Mmr vaccine and autism: the case against The British government and the Public Health Laboratory Service (as well as governments around the world) have rushed ou…  more » cover story)
  68. Pertussis jab ‘not working’ The pertussis (whooping-cough) vaccine in the DPT shot is failing to … more » news)
  69. Meningitis vaccine fails A Finnish hospital has come up with a new approach to the prevention of acute otitis media in children between one and t…  more » news)
  70. Polio:not gone, not forgotten In spite of the widely circulated myth that vaccinations have wiped out polio, recent evidence suggests that a new strai…  more » news)
  71. Autism tied to dpt vaccine A link between autism and the DPT (diptheria, pertussis, tetanus) has been suggested by an American doctor who tried to…  more » news)
  72. Smallpox vaccine: shots for all The smallpox vaccine is back in the news this week, with plans to inoculate all careworkers in case of a bioterrorist at…  more » e-news
  73. The flu vaccine: a shot in the dark With the colder weather coming in, some of our readers are wondering if it’s time to have that flu vaccine. It’s somethi…  more » e-news
  74. Case study:Multi Allergy Vaccine I have been in poor health since 1971, and virtually bed ridden since 1981. Finally in 1985, when I saw Dr Jean Monro, i…  more » Doctors training notes
  75. Meningitis B vaccine rejected as number 27 for UK children A vaccine for meningitis B is not going to be added to the 26 vaccinations that a UK child will receive within the first…  more » e-news
  76. Vaccine damage: suit successful A man severely brain-damaged after being given whooping-cough vaccine as a baby has been awarded £2.75m by an Irish cour…  more » news)
  77. Pertussis jab: no protection The whole-cell DPT (diptheria-tetanus-pertussis) vaccine is not very effective, protecting less than half the children v…  more » news)
  78. Hepatitis b vaccine Q I want to train as a midwife, but don’t want to take the required hepatitis B vaccination. Is there any way out of thi…  more » Q & A
  79. Cellist damaged by vaccine:try cranial osteopathy Re FL in your case study on meningitis C damage (WDDTY, vol 11 no 6): …  more » Family matters
  80. Vaccine causes severe nerve damage The vaccine designed to protect teenagers against meningitis can cause Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe inflamma…  more » news)
  81. Drug company pays up for vaccine side effects A French appeals court has ordered drug giant Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) to pay US$6686 and $10,697, respectively, as compen…  more » news)
  82. Old vaccine proves a dud Acellular pertussis (whooping-cough) vaccines have been developed because they are supposed to be safer and more efficie…  more » Updates
  83. Dpt vaccine: new brain damage Yet another side effect has been linked to the diptheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccine for children. Researchers are…  more » news)
  84. Hiv and hepatitis vaccine Q:I learned through your articles that I, along with possibly many thousand other health workers across the country, had…  more » Q & A
  85. Vaccine update: hib, hep, mmr The Hepatitis B vaccine has been linked with the kidney disease glomerulonephritis. The Lancet (23 January 1993) reports…  more » news)
  86. Malaria vaccine not as effective as the press claims The media has been quick to celebrate GlaxoSmithKline’s new vaccine, heralded as the great hope against malaria. GSK an…  more » e-news
  87. Rubella vaccine in MMR doesn’t protect up to 4 per cent of children The rubella (German measles) component of the MMR vaccine isn’t effective in a sizeable minority of children, leading re…  more » e-news
  88. Killed polio jabs: new delays America’s top health officials have delayed the introduction of the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) even though the…  more » news)
  89. Whooping cough vaccine: the new ‘improved’ booster – Is the new booster really safer? Public health officials claim that there are fewer serious neurological side-effects with the new vaccine, but few studi…  more » cover story)
  90. Autism: the part that the mmr vaccine may play A new study has thrown more light on the controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine and whether it causes autism. In a stud…  more » e-news
  91. Dtp jab causes polio in thousands of children An immunisation programme in India that included the DTP jab and three oral doses of the poliomyelitis vaccine has left…  more » news)
  92. A vaccine against cervical cancer: you’ve read the headlines, but don’ Your daily newspaper may well have reported on the latest medical breakthrough – a vaccine that fights a virus that can…  more » e-news
  93. Squeezing a balloon Many in the scientific community wonder whether this vaccine will increase other forms of meningitis. A a great deal of…  more » cover story)
  94. ‘Safe’ HPV vaccine kills up to 1,700 young girls Nearly 1,700 young girls in the US have died or suffered permanent disability after being given the HPV vaccine, new off…  more » e-news
  95. Vaccine compensation board refuses to pay out to damaged children Just days after the UK’s Department of Health announced it may start vaccinating newborns, it’s been revealed that child…  more » e-news
  96. Us vaccine drive hits dead-end US President Bill Clinton’s Vaccine for Children (VFC) initiative, which aims to have vaccinated 90 per cent of America’…  more » news)
  97. Increase in unreported whooping cough The pertussis (whooping-cough) vaccine may not prevent transmission of the disease and infants aged 0-2 months are most…  more » news)
  98. Jabs behind polio outbreak Although medicine has always pointed to polio as proof that vaccination works, worrying new findings from Romania indica…  more » news)
  99. Mmr: the vaccine that just won’t go away Despite the best efforts of the UK’s Department of Health to allay fears about the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine,…  more » e-news
  100. Tuberculosis jab: better for leprosy The BCG vaccine for tuberculosis (TB) isn’t working. The disease is rampant in tropical countries where vaccination prog…  more » news)

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