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Wakefield Upheld: Italian Court Gives Case to Family of MMR-Vaccine Injured Child

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It seems the “fraudulent” findings of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s work are being proven once again in a court of law to solidify the very real connection between autism and vaccines. An Italian court has ruled that Valentino Bocca’s autism symptoms were in fact linked to the MMR injection he received when he was 15 months old.

The child was vaccinated in March of 2004. After returning home, there were immediate adverse symptoms noticeable by the parents. Over the next year, regression was evident, and the autism diagnosis was given. The child is now 100% disabled by the disease.

Previous court cases which used similar research findings

This isn’t the first time a court has ruled in favor of parents of a child with autistic health symptoms who was given the the MMR vaccine. In September of 2010, the Poling family was awarded 1.5 million for life care in a case where the investigation revealed that prior to July 2000, Hannah Poling was a “normal” child at the age of 18 months, but after receiving vaccines to immunize her against 9 different diseases – measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae.

Shortly after, Hannah began exhibiting the following symptoms: screaming fits, developed high fevers, stopped eating, failed to respond when spoken to, and other symptoms of autism. Her parents filed a claim in federal vaccine court, and more than 2 years lapsed before both sides came to a settlement about the compensation amount for Hannah’s injuries.

In August of 2010, the Fletcher family in Britain was compensated £90,000 for their son Robert who experienced severe brain damage after receiving the MMR vaccine as an infant, and 18 years of legal battles.  He is unable to stand or feed himself, and speaks minimally.

Another case in 2009 awarded a family $810K+ when it ruled that acute brain damage was caused by an MMR vaccine given to a child. Here are the court case papers.

“But”, you may ask, “Why haven’t I seen anything about this in the mainstream news media?

Mainstream news outlets have shown their clear and unrelenting support for mainstream medicine, which has flagrantly criticized and derailed brave doctors like Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues. In 2010, a British Journalist named Brian Deer made it his mission to be a major instrument which would bring Dr. Wakefield down, and he was successful.

“But”, you may ask, “Didn’t Dr. Wakefield make money after his reputation was soiled?”

There are always those who will point the finger at Dr. Wakefield and say that he’s made money on his book Callous Disregard, or that he’s becoming a millionaire from all the press he’s gotten (interviews, publications, etc.) because of the “fraudulent studies” he produced. And those people believe that study is somehow harmful to children.

Everyone is entitled to make a living, it’s what’s done with that living that counts.

Here are some important questions: exactly how are Dr. Wakefield’s findings, his interviews, or his book harming children? Because parents wanted answers and weren’t getting to the bottom of why their children were sick? Because he produced findings showing an outcome about something people didn’t want to hear? Because his findings are the same as what’s now being revealed at Wake University Medical School, and also previously replicated in study after study after study?

In his book, Dr. Wakefield talks about how since 1991, the U.S. Vaccine Court and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been settling cases of vaccine-related issues (autism) who exhibit neurological and developmental issues. These cases usually don’t make the news, and you can’t read about them in general media outlets.

In 2008, CBS News reported that these entities had in fact settled these cases out of court, and their public statements continued to be that no connection existed between the incidence of autism and the vaccines they were recommending.

I want to understand how these facts somehow make Dr. Wakefield a bad, incompetent doctor. The real answer is, they don’t.  But it does show how a massive cover up on the behalf of journalists being paid off by special interests of the pharmaceutical companies takes place.

Why doesn’t Brian Deer look into the reasons why so many parents bring their children to the doctor with complaints of many different types of symptoms that match up with autism and related disorders? Why isn’t there a thorough investigation being done about the thousands upon thousands of children who are vaccine-injured?

There is a database containing this information called VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), and the cases listed are just what’s been reported. Why isn’t there a massive outcry of injustice and fraud to these journalists and these entities, who are clearly covering up important information the public should know?

So even despite reports that these entities were settling cases of vaccine-injured children out-of court, according to the CDC’s vaccine information page:

“Gaps in the scientific knowledge of rare vaccine side effects prompted the CDC to develop the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) project in 1990. This project involves partnerships with eight large managed care organizations (MCOs) to monitor vaccine safety.”

Why do systems like the Vaccine Safety Datalink exist if vaccines are safe?

In 1986, the CDC also established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: 

“Individuals and their families can qualify for compensation in three ways. One is to show that an injury found on the Vaccine Injury Table occurred in the appropriate time interval following immunization. The other two ways to qualify include proving that the vaccine caused the condition or demonstrating that the vaccine worsened or aggravated a pre-existing condition.”

and the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act:

“The topic of vaccine safety became prominent during the mid 1970s with increases in lawsuits filed on behalf of those presumably injured by the diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccine. [4] Legal decisions were made and damages awarded despite the lack of scientific evidence to support vaccine injury claims.”

If all of these cases were truly lacking in real scientific evidence to support vaccine injury claims, why bother having these systems in place? And why do courts continue to rule in favor of the vaccine-injured children?

Another important question: Why are there no real, third party studies or research showing the efficacy and safety of vaccines? The vested interest studies conducted by the vaccine manufacturers should not be considered sufficient, which is what are currently used in defense of the vaccines pharmaceutical companies manufacture and sell.

An even more important question iswhy are there so many reports of children having tell-tale symptoms after receiving these vaccines? 

Misrepresentation on the other side

Remember, everyone has to make a living…it’s what you do with that living that counts.

What about the income Brian Deer received from efforts to destroy Dr. Wakefield’s livelihood and career while protecting large, corrupt, corporations who never seem to have real answers for the vaccines they produce…and which continue to harm children?

In March of 2012, Brian Deer was found to have misrepresented the facts about findings of Dr. Wakefield’s research. The high court in the U.K. found that Professor John Walker-Smith, a co-author of the same document prepared by Dr. Wakefield detailing findings of the connection between bowel disorder and the MMR vaccine, was found innocent of all charges brought against him alleged by the GMC (General Medical Council in Britain).

Judge Mitting reported that the GMC, “on the basis of sensible instructions, does not invite me to remit it to a fresh Fitness to Practice panel for redetermination. The end result is that the finding of serious professional misconduct and the sanction of erasure are both quashed.”

In a post I wrote in 2010, I discussed why the statements made by Brian Deer were false. I also listed out a series of other valid studies done before Wakefield’s work, showing similar findings.  Fraudulent findings cannot be replicated over and over again. It’s just not possible.

What about this article by J.B. Handley discussing reasons why Brian Deer’s professional character should be called into question – such as the fact that Brian Deer made the statement that he worked for the Sunday times since the 1980s, when the The Sunday Times refutes this in print, claiming that he is not a member of their staff.

Dr. Wakefield’s reputation

It would stand to reason that if Professor John Walker-Smith’s name was cleared, Dr. Wakefield’s would be also, correct? However, if he were exonerated, the results for pharmaceutical companies would be disastrous. Consumers would know once and for all that the MMR vaccine is problematic and that there is a clear connection between bowel disorder and the vaccine, and that autism is not a made-up health issue which does involve pathologies in the gut that are introduced by an outside source such as a vaccine.

These facts are the very things that the pharmaceutical industry, government, and media have collectively spent much time, effort, and money working to cancel out and eliminate as truth to the public.

This document shows new evidence which would condemn the BMJ’s retraction of Dr. Wakefield’s research, showing a study from Professor John Walker-Smith:

“New documents have come to light confirming our report of intestinal disease and autistic regression following MMR vaccine published in the medical journal The Lancet in 1998, The documents prove that there was no fraud. They describe 7 of The Lancet children, and were written by Professor John Walker-Smith in December 1996, 14 months before our team’s paper was published.

Professor John Walker-Smith prepared the documents as a report for a scientific meeting based upon his own assessment of the children’s disorder, supported by the study’s senior pathologist Dr. Dhillon. I was not involved in these assessments (see Level 4, Walker-Smith’s sworn testimony). I am accused of altering the findings to report disease where none existed and deceiving my colleagues in the process.

It has also been revealed that Dr. Godlee, the responsible editor at the British Medical Journal that published the allegations, did not adequately check these facts – facts that were referred to in both my book, Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines – The Truth Behind a Tragedy, published by Skyhorse Publishing in May 2010, and my complaint
about Brian Deer to the UK’s Press Complaints Commission.”

One of the most glaring errors the media, mainstream medical authorities, and other critics of Dr. Wakefield have made is a lack of acknowledgement of many other bodies of research confirming his findings.  Repeatedly, researchers are finding a clear link between inflammation in the digestive tract and autism, as well as the connection between the MMR vaccine with bowel disease.  Autism is caused by bowel disease.  In these cases, the bowel disease is exacerbated to the point by the vaccine that children experience full-blown autism.

The media and mainstream medical community continue to dispel this occurrence, and so its importance is reduced to nothing in the eyes of the world-wide health community. 

From The Daily Mail discussing an ongoing study being conducted by Wake Forest University:

” … a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease – and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus … the team’s leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: ‘Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.

This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus. What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct.

That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.”

The second paragraph is very telling: in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, who are shown to be experiencing GI inflammation and other problems which may be related to the MMR, there is evidence of measles virus being present (vaccine strain).

Although there are many factors which come into play in the development of autism including environmental factors, diet, health of the parents before conception, none of these kids were healthy before they received their vaccines. If they were, autism would not have become a full-blown issue. In my mind, that is clear evidence of the causation between the MMR and autism.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

More information:

Summary of MMR vaccines and damages

Industry studies showing the MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism

Why Medical Authorities Went to Such Extremes to Silence Dr. Wakefield (interview with Dr. Mercola)

Autism Fraud? Researcher a Victim of Yellow Journalism

Charlie’s Story: From A Mother’s Heart

Why Vaccines are Scientific Fraud 

Vaccine Risk Awareness Network

Dr. Wakefield Interview with Dr. Mercola, Part I of 10

VaxTruth: Meet The Children

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Big Corporations And Big Pharma – Dictating What's Acceptable To Eat

Has anyone noticed how the law is on the side of agribusiness, big pharma, and profit, but fails to protect the interests of small farmers/food producers, or whole foods? These corporations have spent billions of dollars making sure entities such as the Food Pyramid tell consumers to purchase and eat the most processed and chemically-filled foods available.

Just look at which foods are on the top – grains. The most pervasive grains in our food supply are processed, genetically-engineered, and full of chemicals. If anyone eats that much processed grain foods per day, health problems are sure to follow. Not enough supporting information in mainstream sectors exists to drive home the fact that these food-like substances are one of the primary causes of degenerative disease.

On the Food Pyramid, fruits and vegetables are ranked below grains with meats, fish, eggs, and dairy near the bottom, just above fats and sweets. What about meat and eggs – are they naturally raised or industrially-produced? Corporations have also successfully convinced the entire health industry – scientists & researchers, medical doctors, college professors, teachers, dietitians, personal trainers, health coaches, and fitness clubs – to teach this rhetoric of eating processed foods to patients, clients, students, and consumers.

Just ask the authors of Our Stolen Future, written by Theo Colburn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers, who have conducted extensive research into the fact that manufacturers frequently withhold information about the ingredients contained in their products. Instead of disclosure, companies declare their contents are proprietary ingredients or trade secrets. And they are supported by laws and regulatory upholdings which continue to allow them to sell whatever product they develop to the public.  The government is oblivious to and disregarding of repeated scientific studies and research revealing that these substances are questionable at best and proven to be carcinogenic to human health.

Corporations have made it politically incorrect and too expensive to eat real food not only because of profits at stake, but because the demand for fake food exceeds the public’s level of awareness about it. One reason real food is too expensive to purchase for many people is because big corporations sell products at lower cost and tout their health benefits – which are swallowed hook, line and sinker by consumers – driving the cost of real food up as the demand for industrial food continues to skyrocket. Agribusiness and bloated corporations work in tandem with Big Pharma – you eat the food you are told is good for you from the corporations, and then when your immune system becomes weakened from consuming the food and you become sick, you are shuffled over to the doctor’s office where Big Pharma takes over – emptying out your bank account a second time as you fork over your hard-earned money to pay for drugs that won’t make your health problems go away. Then you go home and eat industrial, processed food for dinner. Repeat.

It is certainly true that technologies such as heart bypass procedures, pacemakers, kidney dialysis devices, respirators, and other developments have played an undeniable role in extending life. But on the other end of that realm of technology, drug companies have been more than happy to take credit for the fact that the average human life span has extended beyond anything in recorded history. Anthony Cortese, a former U.S. public health service official, confirms otherwise. “Ninety percent of the reduction in the death rate occurred before the introduction of antibiotics or vaccines.” He goes on to explain that longer life spans were actually attributed to improvements in food, water, and sanitation of milk, a reduction in physical crowding, the inception of central heating, plumbing, and refrigeration, and the migration from toxic coal and wood burning to lower-toxicity natural gas and oil. But it certainly cannot be attributed to any success for health on behalf of the drugs company’s doing; it’s all about the almighty dollar.

As discussed in Randall Fitzgerald’s The Hundred Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health, “The United States spends more than twice as much on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world- $6,100 per year for every man, woman, and child. Fifteen percent of the economy is now devoted to medical care, up from 10 percent in 1987. Yet, the United States ranks forty-sixth in life expectancy and forty-second in infant mortality among the nations of the world.”

This attitude of promoting the consumption of processed foods filters down through many levels. A good example of this system at work is the school lunch program. Food for children is offered at a lower cost per meal than you would be able to find almost anywhere else – making real, local, and organic foods unappealing due to their cost, not to mention the fact that big corporations pay for research telling us that organic food is no better for us nutritionally than the conventionally-produced variety.

Another example is health clubs pushing physical fitness while their food philosophy dictates eating low-fat foods and selling unhealthy snacks and meals to members. The health club where I work recently decided to cut out the weekly healthy snack class I taught because the local food bank is going to bring in daily free lunches and snacks. And what do you suppose you’ll find in these meals and snacks? “Popcorn chicken”, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese sticks and bagels, potato or tortilla chips, and low-fat or skim hormone-filled chocolate milk. They are offering vegetables two to three times per week, and some fruit. But the rest is completely processed and devoid of nutrition. But because it’s free, the health club has decided to take it over the raw, unprocessed, organic food I provided to the children each week. For a list of ingredients in popcorn chicken, read this article about school lunches.

My husband commented that it’s a liability for the health club to allow real food to be served because the law says processed food is fine to consume (i.e., The Food Pyramid), but it’s “unlawful” to promote or serve organic, real, whole foods because there is not enough valid “research” backing up claims to its superiority and health benefits. This seems impossible to believe, but it is unfortunately true.

I spent nearly two years trying to convince my employer that a nutritionally-based program should be designed for their members. What I asked for was education and awareness about organic, whole, and traditional foods and their impact on health. What I heard from the management was that the concepts I requested for inclusion were not backed up by research nor substantiated by government or university studies.

Even when I produced valid research, there was no response or acknowledgment. It is maddening to have an entity such as a non-profit organization purporting to stand for health and wellness ignore data such as this – especially when those in authority claim to be educated and informed.

The fact remains the food allowed to be served by the club to the members is clearly below standards for good health and is a main culprit for the persistence of health problems – both the food donated by the foodbank and that which is served in the health club snack bar on a daily basis. In order to “save money” on real foods to serve as snacks for their members to eat (i.e., the foods I was serving once a week), they have opted to accept free food which is synthetic and full of chemicals. It should be noted that the children LOVED the food I served, and the parents frequently thanked me for serving healthy snacks and commented on how much they liked the nutrition activity. There was never a complaint or problem the entire time I served these weekly snacks for over 10 months.

The reality is, if you want to be able to eat real, organic foods, you can expect to receive attitude, opposition, and great difficulty obtaining it – no matter where you find yourself. The important questions are: why have we deemed it acceptable to put profit in front of health, and why has it become unacceptable to sell, serve, and eat real food? Have you encountered issues when trying to eat the way you want, or been in a situation where you wanted to have healthy food at some type of function or event and were thwarted in some fashion?

Update! Read this great article at the Journal of Natural Food and Healing -Big Pharma Wants to Make You Sicker

I’d love to hear your comments, stories, and frustrations about these situations, and what you might have done to remedy the problem.