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Concerns about immunisation

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:240

Vaccination MYTHOLOGY

An enduring mythology persists due to incessant propaganda developed
by biased researchers, vaccine producers, and government health bodies
despite overwhelming evidence that vaccine science is flawed &
dangerous; this fact is appreciated by many parents and objective
observers, but the vast majority of medical practitioners apparently fail
to recognise, or accept, the obvious as they're bombarded with that
propaganda and edicts about what to think and do.
Many of these medics are desperate to serve their patients well, yet they
do not ask the right questions, seek the right answers, and therefore fail
those patients who are damaged by vaccine policy.

For those who wish to know the facts;

the enduring MYTHS are that:-

A. Vaccines are generally safe.

B. Vaccines almost always work/are efficacious

C. Vaccine science is generally accurate

The facts that prove the mythical basis for the above:-

A. Vaccines are generally safe -

MYTH supported by BMJ papers written by Bedford and Elliman (1)"the
routine vaccines are safe"; J. Claire Bramley (2) "vaccination programmes
of proven worth"; Prof Edzard Ernst "some complementary medicine
practitioners put their patients at risk thro' their attitude to
immunisation" (3); Begg & Nicholl (whole article) (4).

- they all imply that vaccines and vaccinations are inherently safe

1. From 1979 onwards pertussis vaccine was excluded in Sweden due to
fears for its safety and efficacy(5)

2. From July 1990 thro' April 1994, 5799 ADRs following MMR
vaccination were reported to US Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System
(VAERS); including 3063 cases requiring emergency medical treatment, 616
hospitalisations, 309 who did not recover, 54 children left disabled and
30 deaths. Due to massive underreporting these are considered only 10-15%
of the total number of ADRs (6)

3. In 1973 one study described 80 cases of neurologic disorder
starting within 30 days of live measles vaccination (JAMA

4. Convulsions after measles vaccine occurred in 1 in every 526 cases
(Prod Roy Soc Med, 1974;67:24)

5. Millions of children who received the Salk vaccine in the 1950s
were infected with Simian Virus 40 (SV40); SV-40 and similar agents have
since been recovered from human brain tumours and also precancerous
conditions in the brain; SV-40 was shown to cause cancer in hamsters after
the equivalent of 20 human years.(WDDTY vaccination handbook, p17)

6. The Rubini vaccine, used in Europe for many years, was shown to
virtually useless by the mid-'90s and probably responsible for many
outbreaks of mumps during the '80s and '90s with resultant morbidity.

7. Finland 'eradicated' mumps measles and rubella by mass
from 1982 with two doses of live virus vaccines. "the 99% decrease in
diseases was accompanied by an increasing rate of 'false positive
diagnoses'" - "In 655 vaccinated patients with clinically diagnosed
disease, serologic studies confirmed presence of measles in only 0.8%,
mumps in 2.0%, rubella in 1.2%." (8)

The question I would now ask is, Finland replaced measles, mumps
and rubella with "approximately 655 cases" of WHAT?

8. DTP vaccination resulted in convulsions within 3 days in 1 in
children; measles of MMR resulted in convulsions within 6-11 days in 1
1000 children; Urabe mumps vaccine caused convulsions in 1 in 866
in 15-35 days (and an outbreak of bacterial meningitis in 1992
in it being withdrawn from use); MMR caused idiopathic thromocytopaenic
purpura (ITP) within 15-35 days in 1 in 8000 children. (9)

9. "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome after a further attenuated measles
vaccination" (10)

10. Finland eradicated M,M and R by mass vaccinations starting from
1982; from 1987 Finland's rate of Insulin Dependent Diabetes (IDDM) in
under 15 year olds increased by 40%, its rate of IDDM is THE HIGHEST IN

11. "In the past two decades ('70s and '80s) Finland's IDDM incidence
rose by 57%" (11); the highest rise between 1987 and 1996 was in 1-4 year
old children (1987-93 rate of 36/100,000 p.a. rose by 1996 to 45/100,000
p.a.) (12)

12. "Autistic Syndrome (Kanner) and vaccination against smallpox"

13. "The reasons leading to discontinuance of smallpox routine
vaccination in Italy - epidemiology and deaths from vaccination
complications" (14) 1979

14. Hepatitis B vaccine starting at 2 months of life associated
increased occurrence of IDDM in New Zealand; Finland study showed Hib
vaccine associated with increased occurrence of IDDM; several studies
BCG vaccine after 1 month of life with development of diabetes.(15)

15. Risk of Hib-induced diabetes outweighs vaccine benefits (16)

16. MMR-triggered autoimmune response to myelin sheath may play
pathogenic role in Autism (Jan. '99 Journal of Clin. Immunology &
Iimmunopathology; University of Michigan, Singh et al Oct '98)

17. "Preferential stimulation of Type 1 CD4+ T cells by inactivated
virus vaccines is hypothesized to play a role in subsequent development of
Atypical Measles" (17)

18. Critical Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) suspected
caused by Atypical Measles (18)

19. Atypical Measles believed cause of delayed hepatobiliary disease
& eosinophilia (19)

20. Atypical Measles with hepatic involvement (20)

"If the germ theory was founded on facts there would be no living
being to read what's written" Dr. George White.

B. Vaccines almost always work/are efficacious - MYTH

1. Only 5 of 25 children (5-19) had measles enzyme IgG and IgM
antibodies present (21)

2. 58% of 212 children (2-4yrs) who had been vacccinated or had
measles disease were without detectable antibody (22)

3. Despite mass vaccination campaign in 1985 epidemics hit Turkey in
1989 and 1993 in groups 5-9 and >15 yrs; most in previously immunised
primary and secondary school children (23)

4. 1992 measles epidemic in Cape Town in 91% vaccinated community -
possible reasons "include both primary and secondary vaccine failure" (24)

5. For whole cell pertussis vaccine there was "low antipertussis
toxin response; hypotonic hyporesponsiveness occurred significantly more
frequently than acellular vaccines; more frequent seizures and high fevers
were seen than after any acellular vaccine" (25)

6. "Because of fears of safety and efficacy no pertussis vaccine has
been included in vaccination program in Sweden since 1979 (5)

7. Immunology of whole cell vaccine studied was POOR after 1 month
(and third dose) and no antibodies were detected in nearly all 1572
children 15 months after whole cell vaccination. 1998 (26)

8. Post MMR vaccination results in 5-6 year olds "data indicated that
a large proportion of children vaccinated under routine conditions do not
have detectable measles or mumps antibody" (27) 1995

9. Lederle/Takeda acellular pertussis component DTP vaccine but not
Lederle whole cell component DTP vaccine was efficacious against
Bordetella parapertussis infection. (28)1999.

10. The Rubini strain of mumps vaccine is still widely used in Europe
despite studies showing it not to be efficacious.(7) 1999

C. Vaccine Science is generally accurate - MYTH

1. 1995; "Salivary measles antibody assay was not sufficiently
sensitive for population screening"; 54% shown positive by serum HI
antibody showed negative by salivary test (22) yet....

2. Implication of national salivary testing program for England and
wales "salivary testing is an acceptable method" (29) 1997

3. 1997; Pasteur Merieux paper:- "whole cell pertussis vaccines
provide best protection against pertussis" (30) yet...

4. 1998; "immunogenicity of whole cell pertussis study vaccine was
poor 1 month after 3rd dose, no antibody was detected in nearly all
children 15 months after whole cell vaccine" (26)


5. "The whole cell pertussis vaccine was associated with
significantly higher rates of protracted crying, cyanosis, fever, and
local reactions than the other three (acellular)
vaccines"....conclusions.."the five-component acellular pertussis
we evaluated can be recommended for general use, since it has a
safety profile and confers sustained protection against pertussis; the
component acellular vaccine and the WHOLE CELL vaccine were less
efficacious" (5) 1996 Sweden "but acellular vaccines are not available
outside of Japan" (1991)

6. "A new method for active surveillance of ADRs from DTP & MMR
1995..."The estimated absolute risk of 1 in 24,000 doses of MMR and
Idiopathic thrombocotopaenic purpura resulting in admission was five times
that calculated from cases passively reported by clinicians". (9)

7. The safety and efficacy of vaccines is very dependent on ADR
reporting by clinicians yet one study showed underreporting by GPs could
be as much as 24,000 times!
(Moride et al Br J Clin Pharm 1997 Feb;43(2):177-81)

Are homeopaths correct in recognising serious flaws, that have
rise to the current MYTH that medical vaccinations prevent disease,
in vaccine science? Some say a vaccine alters our immune response by
SUPPRESSING IT therefore we do not show a reaction to the disease but
suffer it albeit with altered immune reaction, ( e.g.. atypical

Do diseases have natural cycles - the fourth horseman rides in
and out with impunity - from a few years to decades or more? TB had
declined dramatically before a vaccine was introduced such that the
vaccine said to have prevented TB worldwide was revealed as a 'fraud'
when the worlds biggest
trial to assess the value of BCG vaccine, carried out in Southern
India, made the startling
revelation that the vaccine "does not give any protection against the
bacillary forms of TB" (New Scientist Nov. 1979). The Lancet (14th
1992) carried study of 83,000 individuals of Malawi vaccinated with BCG
"there was no statistically significant protection offered by BCG

Does the vaccine merely 'remove the alarm' (well-recognised
symptomatology) from our immune 'security' system by inserting germs,
avoiding natural routes, and invading our bodies directly via blood
stream? It then appears as an 'atypical' disorder such as atypical
instead of measles, aseptic meningitis instead of polio, 'post-polio
syndrome/ME instead of polio etc.). What was the disease that was
incorrectly diagnosed disorder 97% wrongly as measles in then Prime
Minister John Mayjor's Huntingdon constituency not long after the 1994
campaign' which questioned the merits of the 'mythical' impending
epidemic of measles? What
disorder did the study in Finland uncover that was so like measles as
be mistaken for it by clinicians in 655 vaccinated people (8) - was it
'atypical measles', the more dangerous (than wild measles) disorder
usually found in vaccinated
communities which, along with increases in IBS, autism, diabetes and
asthma probably due to vaccination assaults, are the new diseases of
late 20th and early 21st Century?

Doris Jones MSc showed, in her study of 222 students with M.E.,
vaccination within the month prior to the onset of M.E. was common (12%
of cases),
especially anti-tetanus vaccine; Dr. Charles Shepherd, medical advisor
The M.E. Association showed how Hepatitis B vaccine is suspected of
a cause of M.E. Neither managed to have their work published in major
medical journals.

Government and Industrialist health politicians are not without
- and perhaps this is where good physicians should look for the origins
their vaccine MYTHOLOGY; after all isn't this where most of the edicts
arise, arriving often with little specific evidence? The comforting
stance "everything's fine, safe, efficacious, just get on with it,
there's money to >be made out of high percentage vaccination coverage"
works every time; How about the new
Meningitis C conjugates, how many physicians have referred to research
supporting these vaccines, are they sufficiently accurate and valid? Do
they prove safety and efficacy for vaccines which are already being
injected into our youth before the publication of supporting evidence!
sufficient research data been published such that professionals and
guardians can make informed assessments? I do not think so.

In a year long investigation of the US VAERS operated by the FDA,
National vaccine Information Center (NVIC operated by Dissatisfied
Together DTP) analysed computer discs used by the FDA to store death
injury data of ADRs to DTP vaccinations. A total of 54,072 reports of
following vaccination were listed in a 39 month period from July 1990
November 1993 with 12,504 reports being associated with DTP vaccine,
including 471 deaths. A wide variation by batch was noted, some with
more deaths and injuries than others. At least one batch met the FDA
criteria for triggering an investigation (report of one death or two
serious ADRs within a 7 day period) eleven times within a 12 month
There were 129 ADRs and 9 deaths reported for this batch between
Septembers 1992 & 1993. The FDA did not act in every case - it failed
in its statutory duty! (Campaign Against Fraudulent Medical Research
Newsletter 1994).

Where does the impaired vison end and mythology begin? What is the
true reality of vaccine science? Smallpox vaccination was banned on threat
of imprisonment due to the large outbreaks of smallpox the vaccine
appeared to be causing - why was it reinstated despite continued serious
outbreaks associated with vaccination; and the findings that sanitation
and avoidance of vaccination could save the day? (Leicester, relying on
hygiene and sanitation without vaccination, in 1892-3 outbreak had only
19.3 cases per 100,000 compared to 99.2% vaccine-uptake Warrington with
123.3 cases per 100,000 and death rate 8 times Leicester's); diptheria
vaccine in UK was similarly blamed for sparking outbreaks. After 15 years
of intensive vacciation by the US command of the Phillipines from 1903
where smallpox had been virtually unknown, epidemics struck in 1905 thro'
to 1923; in 1918 47,000 cases occured with 16,000 deaths(Phillipines
Health Service, 1918).

The 1918 'Spanish Flu' started in American military Camp Funston,
Fort Riley,
USA amongst troops making ready for W.W.I - taking on board
vaccinations, recruit training and all. It eventually killed about
40,000,000 people worldwide. That flu strain only appeared briefly once
again, according to the US Atlanta CDC. This was in 1976 and again it
struck at the US army camp Fort Dix, USA, amongst recently vaccinated
troops (and no one else EVER); Fort Dix is
known to have been a vaccine trial centre. Was the world's greatest
'influenza' scourge another well-hidden vaccine disaster?

Regards all

John H.

1. Bedford & Elliman BMJ 2000;320:240-243

2. Association between type 1 diabetes and Hib vaccine, J Claire Bramley,

3. Prof Ernst BMJ 1995:311:811 (23 Sept)

4. Begg & Nicholl BMJ 1994;309:1073-1075

5. Gustafsson L et al N Engl J Med 1996 Feb 8;334(6):349-55

6. What doctors Don't Tell You (WDDTY) Vol 5, no. 6. Sept 1994, p2

7. Schlegel, Osterwalder, Galeazzi, Vernazza BMJ 1999; 319-52 ( 7 August)

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14. Frongillo RF, Ann Sclavo 1979 Nov-Dec;21(6):856-62

15. Vaccines and type 1 diabetes (IDDM), data supports a causal relation;

18 Jan 2000, Classen & Classen, BMJ eLetter for Jefferson et al,
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16. Association between type 1 diabetes and Hib vaccine, Classen et al,
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28. Heininger U et al, Clin Infect Dis 1999 Mar;28(3):602-4

29. Ramsay M et al, Bull World Health Organ 1997;75(6):515-30. Plotkin
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Competing interests: No competing interests

24 January 2000
John P Heptonstall
Director of Morley Acupuncture Clinic and Complementary Therapy Centre
West Yorkshire