MMR – Myths and Maths

MMR – Myths and Maths

by Grace Filby BA(Hons) CertEd FRSA

In March 2009 a UK Shadow Minister of Health wrote:

“We know that the decline in the numbers of children having the MMR vaccine has led to a re-emergence of measles. Children will lose their lives and suffer long term health problems as a result. We have to take this extremely seriously from a public health perspective.” (Personal communication, March 4 2009).

Indeed, the Minister of Health Dawn Primarolo claimed that “many areas are now paying the price in an explosion in measles and mumps cases”. (Hansard, 13 May 2009)

May I respectfully bring to your attention the official statistics below from the HPA and ONS. They speak for themselves.

In combination with an independent pro-bono interpretation from a commercial lawyer with a scientific background, online at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/clifford.g.miller/risks.html#Measles isn’t it reassuring to discover that

1. there is no re-emergence of measles
2. the risk of children losing their lives from measles in England and Wales is extremely small
3. the risk of them suffering long term health problems as a result of measles is very small
and

4. we therefore do not have to take this extremely seriously from a public health perspective?

Instead we need to take extremely seriously the risk of unnecessary vaccines and the risk of putting parents in a state of fear and confusion from public misinformation.

http://www.hpa.org.uk/hpr/news/default.htm#msls
Confirmed cases of measles by region and month of onset, England and Wales:

Month

Lond-on

East Mids

East of Engl’d

North East

North West

Sth East

Sth West

West Mid’s

Wales

York & Humb

N/k

Jan 08

53

2

6

1

1

1

3

6

Feb

48

6

3

4

1

8

Mar

71

1

1

8

1

1

1

5

Apr

74

7

3

6

14

2

14

May

117

1

6

22

4

7

3

5

June

106

11

1

24

7

4

5

3

July

63

1

10

19

13

2

8

1

Aug

35

7

6

17

21

1

6

3

Sep

30

5

4

7

2

9

21

Oct

42

12

4

2

31

8

1

8

14

1

1

Nov

14

8

9

3

36

26

2

34

1

2

Dec

11

11

20

4

22

28

9

34

1

2

Total 2008

664

48

90

17

179

128

41

113

39

50

1

Jan 09

33

7

2

1

7

16

3

13

6

‘The number of laboratory confirmed cases of measles decreased in January 2009 to 88 from 113 in the preceding month (see table). The majority of cases were reported from London (33), where numbers increased following a reduction during November and December (table and figure 1). There was continued, but reduced, activity in the North West, South East and West Midlands regions.’

Measles notifications and deaths in England and Wales, 1940-2007

Year

Notifications

Total Deaths

1940

409,521

857

1941

409,715

1,145

1942

286,341

458

1943

376,104

773

1944

158,479

243

1945

446,796

729

1946

160,402

204

1947

393,787

644

1948

399,606

327

1949

385,935

307

1950

367,725

221

1951

616,182

317

1952

389,502

141

1953

545,050

242

1954

146,995

45

1955

693,803

174

1956

160,556

28

1957

633,678

94

1958

259,308

49

1959

539,524

98

1960

159,364

31

1961

763,531

152

1962

184,895

39

1963

601,255

127

1964

306,801

73

1965

502,209

115

1966

343,642

80

1967

460,407

99

1968

236,154

51

1969

142,111

36

1970

307,408

42

1971

135,241

28

1972

145,916

29

1973

152,578

33

1974

109,636

20

1975

143,072

16

1976

55,502

14

1977

173,361

23

1978

124,067

20

1979

77,363

17

1980

139,487

26

1981

52,979

15

1982

94,195

13

1983

103,700

16

1984

62,079

10

1985

97,408

11

1986

82,054

10

1987

42,158

6

1988

86,001

16

1989

26,222

3

1990

13,302

1

1991

9,680

1

1992

10,268

2

1993

9,612

4

1994

16,375

0

1995

7,447

1

1996

5,614

0

1997

3,962

3

1998

3,728

3

1999

2,438

3

2000

2,378

1

2001

2,250

1

2002

3,232

1*

2003

2,488

0

2004

2,356

1

2005

2,089

0

2006

3,705

1

2007**

3,700

1

* Known not to be measles infection
**Provisional data

Source: Office for National Statistics

‘In 2006 there was one measles death in a 13 years old male who had an underlying lung condition and was taking immunosuppressive drugs. Prior to 2006, the last death from acute measles was in 1992.

Other measles deaths shown above are in older individuals and were caused by the late effects of measles. These infections were acquired during the 1980s or earlier, when epidemics of measles occurred.’

Other Comments from Grace

1. Can we separate the MMR controversy from Cervarix?

Yes, I think we could. MMR was bound to become a complicated story because first, it involved a mixture of 3 live vaccines; second, it is given to babies of only a year old; also the original Urabe mumps strain had to be changed in the 1990s by the NHS due to cases of transient mild viral meningitis. Alarmingly the preservative in MMR is the antibiotic Neomycin at 0.025mg per dose, which specifically kills bacteria in the intestinal tract and is extremely toxic so is not normally given intravenously. Why an exception is made with these MMR vaccines for babies is anyone’s guess. No wonder that many children get bowel disorders and symptoms of toxicity/poisoning interfering with healthy growth and development. Neomycin also impairs the absorption of essential nutrients such as minerals, vitamin B6, carbohydrates and fats.

Here is a useful quote: “A single vaccine given to a six-pound newborn is the equivalent of giving a 180-pound adult 30 vaccinations on the same day.” Dr Boyd Haley, Professor and Chair, Dept of Chemistry, University of Kentucky (2001)

And another: “The Medical Observer in Australia published my response to an attack by a fanatical pro-vaccinator in which I challenged him to go on television, allow himself to be injected with the baby vaccines adjusted to his body weight by a doctor of my choice and in my presence… We haven’t heard from him. I think that this is a reasonable request to be issued to all vaccinators. And let’s just watch the horror in their eyes.” Dr Viera Schreibner (1999)

Also false assumptions have been drawn from official statistics regarding the incidence and death rates of the diseases, deceiving and confusing the public and politicians via the media.

In contrast the preservative in Cervarix is Aluminium and I was explaining on the phone that Prof. Haley’s research shows that Aluminium, Mercury and Neomycin even in very small amounts work synergistically together to make a very dangerous cocktail of drugs. When teenage hormones are also involved it is hardly surprising that in lab cultures, nerve cells are completely destroyed. This would explain why it is especially sporty girls that are suffering from Cervarix side effects. This interaction has not been looked at before, to my knowledge. I thought of it last week and am putting it forward to you just as a possibility but it does probably fit in with what is being said about the effects of oestrogen. If the Cervarix campaign is ever extended to teenage boys (as some have suggested…)  then I do think it could be very harmful indeed to them because of the high levels of testosterone.

PG

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