This is a great video, though slightly comedic, John Oliver makes some great points about raising awareness for the benefits of vaccines
“…but then you get in 1998 this since proven fraudulent paper in The Lancet from Andrew Wakefield suggesting that there’s a link that MMR, the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine might cause autism, but that had a really serious impact on vaccination uptake for a number of years”
Herpes virus may be a trigger for autismThere are a number of known viral antibodies that are known to damage a fetus including Cytomegalovirus, Toxoplasma gondii, rubella, HSV-1, and HSV-2. Only HSV-2 was discussed to be correlated to the development of ASD and we do not know why the other antibodies did not induce similar effects. This however, is only a correlation, not causation as being an HSV-2 carrier is not determinate of the child developing ASD.“In the new paper, the researchers posit that a subgroup of women is genetically predisposed to develop intense immune responses to certain disease-causing organisms—like HSV-2—and that the inflammatory molecules and antibodies generated by the mother’s vigorous immune response cross the placenta and damage the fetal brain.”Unlike studies that suggest vaccines cause autism (coughcough Wakefield 1997) this article suggests that the new study examined the cause of the ASD development to be en utero and not post natal.
- Trump on Tuesday asked a prominent anti-vaxxer to lead a commission on vaccine safety.
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of Bobby Kennedy, said he agreed
to lead the commission, which will seek to ensure there is “scientific
integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety effects,” Kennedy said.
- Kennedy believes vaccines have led to a rise in autism, a claim that’s been debunked by doctors and scientists.
- Kennedy told reporters Tuesday that Trump “has some doubts about the current vaccine policies.” Read more
Really? Does it ever end?
We must wake up and really, truly realize that we are the masters of our domain. If we don’t look out for ourselves and each other, we can expect to hear about more cancers, more autism, and more auto-immune diseases. As a doctor, I should be thinking – great, this is perfect for business. I am a primary care doctor with a three month wait to get in. That is unacceptable. So YOU have to help yourself if you want me to help you.
My opinion: This article could not be more scientifically and politically incorrect. There has only been one study in the history of the vaccine debate that stated vaccinations were correlated with the onset of autism but that study was deemed FALSE. Vaccinating is about more than yourself, don’t be selfish. Vaccinations provide what is known as herd immunity meaning that if everyone is immune a pathogen cannot spread through a population; this is how we helped to eliminate polio. Next time you consider supporting anti-vaccination please consider what happens when you do not vaccinate. Wake up.
The following quote accurately critiques the blog post of Dr. Neides:
“This is really part of a larger movement that distrusts mainstream medicine, distrusts mainstream public health, and really trades in conspiracy theories,” he told STAT. “This article is a really prime example of that. It’s just a shame that it’s a physician spreading these conspiracy theories because people naturally trust physicians.”