Falsified Research Caused Many to Avoid Vaccination

Are you someone that gets a vaccination?

When flu season comes around do you get one or not?

If you don’t what is your reasoning? Is it because there is a cost associated with it? Is it because you believe it is only really necessary for health care workers, young children, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems? Or is there some other reason?

Because for the past few years there has been a growing movement against getting vaccinated. And some of this influence came as a result of the ‘work’ of Andrew Wakefield from the UK.

You should notice that I haven’t referred to him as a doctor and I wouldn’t consider his findings as research. This is because Dr. Wakefield was stripped of his medical license in May 2010 and the British Medical Journal called his research ‘elaborate fraud’ with financial self interest and falsified data.

Does this ring a bell?

A few years ago there was an email circulating warning us of the dangers of immunizations and vaccines. It was worded in official scientific language and style and referenced medical and health authority. The gist of the email was that the various vaccines going around were causing a number of diseases and conditions such as autism.

So began the great debate. Should you get vaccinated or not?

And then there were the associated conspiracy theories. I never knew that that getting vaccinated when I was a boy for measles had nothing to do with preventing this disease but everything to do with:

* Installing a tracking device inside me so the government can monitor my daily activities via satellite.

* Using me to test out chemical war-fare agents.

* Instigating a disease within me that leads to the purchase of over-priced prescription medication.

Other than the first one I naively believe that vaccines are actually to prevent disease. The first one is true because I lead such a rock star life I don’t blame the government for wanting to see what I put in my oatmeal at 430 am. Makes sense, right?

The information age is an amazing thing. It allows us to connect with others that previously would have been beyond our reach.

It allows us to access information that only a few years ago that could only be found by visiting a university campus and doing a search of their archives.

But it also can be a dangerous thing and cause many to make wrong and sometimes dangerous decisions.

In the case of vaccines or any type of medical information, use the following guide to determine where the truth is.

#1 Where is most of the evidence?

If 99 research papers come to one conclusion and 1 paper finds an alternate outcome there is fairly strong evidence as to what the truth is. This doesn’t mean the one paper is wrong. There may be valid reasoning as to why a different outcome was observed. But for the most part go with what most experts have been able to reproduce in the lab.

#2 Is there financial motive?

If there is a link between proving one’s argument and financial gain then the motives become questionable. A truth should be independent of financial gain.

#3 Can the evidence be reproduced?

In Wakefield’s case none of his findings could be reproduced in the lab by others.

The unfortunate end of this story is the number of children who have been diagnosed with disease as they were not vaccinated. Vaccinations in parts of London dropped as low as 50%.

Consider this.

In 1998, the year the Wakefield paper was being submitted for publication there were 56 cases of measles.

By 2006 this number had grown to 449. In the first 5 months of the year!

There were almost 5000 cases of mumps in the first few months of 2005.

Other countries noticed similar increases in these diseases.

And what about autism rates in the UK?

A UK database study found that children who did not receive the MMR vaccine were at increased risk of developing measles AND autism!

So what’s the take home message?

Speak to your family doctor when you have questions. Put more faith in medical journals than internet blogs. Just because something is printed, on paper or online, doesn’t make it fact. And always weigh the risks versus the benefits.

So what do you think? In the comments section below let me know whether you agree or disagree.

Yours in health,

Chris                                                                                                                                                                                   okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

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8 Responses to Falsified Research Caused Many to Avoid Vaccination

  1. Anny says:

    Hi Chris,

    This really is a controversial topic. My younger sister refused to have her children vaccinated which definitely caused some trouble between her and my parents. I absolutley respect her right to raise her child how she deems appropriate. However, regular chiropractic adjustments from birth on would not be my choice of prevention of diseases such as measles or TB. She and I have had conversations about this and she certainly has some solid ground for her reasons. My concern lies where my nieces and nephews are at the age where they decide to explore the world and when you do so, more often thatn not you can not leave the country unless you have been vaccinated. It will be interesting to see what the future holds in her decision making process. All of that said, when it comes to the flu shot, I do believe from an adult perspective, that is a personal choice and not something that can be mandated by an employer. It should be your choice to allow or not allow drugs in to your body. Only you know your real medical history and…there is a reason for that! Off by soap box for the day!

    • Chris says:

      Hi Anny: Wow! Chiropractic to prevent measles or TB. Interesting. Not my choice either. I agree that employers, unless in health care, should not mandate what you do.

      Thanks for stepping up on the box.

      Chris
      okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

  2. Tania says:

    Hi Chris,
    I appreciate this topic, although I am of the opinion that some vaccinations should be avoided and this is based on facts (or lack thereof) regarding information on the vaccinations’ side effects, ingredients and effectiveness. I will not put chemicals into my body or my child’s body when results are not proven, or ambiguous, as was the case with the H1N1 vaccine. That case can be one of the “follow the money” ones, as well as lack of adequate testing time and some questionable ingredients causing more harm than good, not to mention the difficulty in not having access to the ingredient list.
    I agree wholeheartedly that one should not base their opinions solely on what it on the net, or written unless it can be supported with facts.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Tania

    • Chris says:

      Hi Tania: It makes perfect sense to become educated as to everything you put in your body whether it be food, drink or vaccine.

      Thanks for your comments.

      Chris
      okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

  3. Sean Swift says:

    Chris I know you are a man of science. The science shows there is absolutely no contoversy. Dr. Wakefields research has been proven to be false. I am sure this will spurn religoius like furor however

    • Chris says:

      Dr. Swift: Great to have a medical professional back me up. Surprising how even though there is no debate as to the falsified research there will still be some who will reference the correlation of vaccinations and autism.

      All the best,

      Chris
      okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

  4. James Young says:

    some common sense at last.

    there seems to be a correlation between positive thinking and the acceptance of alternative medicine. people in BC are fairly upbeat and positive and I think this reflects in the number of alternative medicine practices. alternative medicine sounds like a great idea, marketed as a healthier way to a better life. people look on the bright side and think ‘hey that sunds like a great idea’ … it does. unfortunately people don’t realise that many of the proven techniques … diet, excercise etc are recommended by medical doctors. which leaves the unproven techniques, which for many alternative practitioners can be a bit of a cash cow.

    there is the old question.

    q. what do you call alternative medicine that actually works.
    a. medicine.

    for some the thought of a better diet and lots of excercise is simply too much to deal with and alternative medicine practitioners become the prop for their laziness. it may or may not work but hey … at least I am putting in the effort and have something to tell my friends over coffee!

    another question for you. why would people not believe a scientifically evidenced report on the benefits of the MMR vaccine yet believe a fictitious, unproven report on the dangers of the MMR vaccine.

    the answer is simply marketing. medical MD’s have no real need to market themselves. so they don’t. which leaves the debate in the hands of the alternative guys. with noone really fighting the MD corner it is a one sided argument, one which the public seem easily swayed by.

    Gotta run, I need to get my back clicked, get a homeopathic cure for malaria that the homeopathic vaccine failed to deter and write a fictitious report on the dangers of getting your kids vaccinated.

    Rant over! :)

    James Young

    • Chris says:

      James! Well said. Good mix of logic and humour.

      Please comment more often.

      Chris
      okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

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