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Problems with ethical approval and how to fix them: lessons from three trials in rheumatoid arthritis

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4626 (Published 09 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4626

Autoimmune Disease

Prolific and protean, but idiopathic, autoimmune diseases are pandemic and increasing exponentially. Curiously, the exponential increase of autoimmune diseases parallels the exponential increase of vaccines. Since autoimmune diseases and vaccines both relate directly to immunity, it’s reasonable to wonder if vaccines play a causative role in the prevalence and severity of autoimmune diseases. Is autoimmune disease pharmacogenic and iatrogenic?
 Is autoimmune disease a synonym (euphemism) for vaccinosis?*

*Autoimmune disease, in which our immune system rejects our own body, affects every cell, tissue, organ, and system in our body. Here's a partial list of autoimmune diseases: allergy, anemia, arthritis, asthma, cancer, carditis, celiac, colitis, diabetes, encephalitis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis, ileitis, iritis, nephritis, pancreatitis, thyroiditis, and vasculitis.

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 September 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA