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Well written, especially for the pharmaceutical related advertisers in the Inlander. However, parents will be ill served by the misinformation in "Bad Connections." A little research would have turned up the fact that polio and ice cream had more in common than summer. One of the several causes of polio was DDT which was sprayed more in summer, sometimes on flies perched on cows. Spraying the flies killed them but also caused the cow to absorb the pesticide which in turn was excreted in her milk. A Doctor Sandler advised avoiding ice cream and soft drinks resulting in a 90% drop in polio rates in 1949 in North Carolina. Several researchers have confirmed the observations of Dr. Wakefield leading to widespread suspicion that recent publicity about Dr. Wakefield was the result of a smear campaign. In Japan, when the MMR vaccine was withdrawn, the autism rate temporarily dropped, and when 3 individual vaccines (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) given close together in time increased in usage, only then did the autism rate resume it upward trend. The largest study population of children given 6 vaccines compared to children given the same 6 vaccines plus the MMR showed that the children receiving the MMR vaccine had almost one-fourth more autism cases. The authors of this study, done in Denmark, rearranged the figures for publication to hide the different autism rates in the two groups. The lead author, was an employee of the vaccine institute that created the vaccine and one of the secondary authors was Poul Thorsen who was indicted April 13, 2011 on charges of wire fraud and money laundering and was alleged to have stolen more than $1 million in autism research money from the US based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Children can die with measles and other childhood diseases, usually due to mistreatment and deficiencies of critical elements needed to heal from the disease. These elements are often vitamin A and vitamin C. Such nutritionally deficient children can die equally easily from vaccine challenges. Worse, vaccine challenges deplete needed reserves of nutritional elements and children who die within weeks of vaccination seldom have symptoms that lead doctors to recognize that the death was vaccine related. Diseases like polio, diphtheria, whooping cough or tetanus yield to proper treatment far faster than do vaccine injuries which in the case of autism, or even diabetes, typically are chronic.Parents should not be blamed for their children´s autism but it is inescapable that parents face the burden of becoming educated about the causes of good health, immunizing without vaccines, and the causes of autism including vaccination. Equally important, parents must retake the reins of control over health care decisions from the hands of both politicians and a misinformed medical profession.
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