Apr 29, 2017

Let the EVIDENCE speak: Did Vaccines Save Us?

There is a perception out there that vaccines saved us from the deadly diseases of the 19th and 20th centuries. But did they?
Please review the evidence below.
You will see that in developed nations, mortality from these diseases declined dramatically before vaccines came in, with the trend heading downward (smallpox and polio excepted, they have different stories). This was largely even before antibiotics were widely used.
Vaccine protagonists argue we can see the worth of vaccines better by looking at graphs showing disease incidence (morbidity), rather than by looking at mortality. However death rates give us the most accurate picture of what is going on—incidence data only includes reported cases, and many cases of disease are never reported, but deaths usually are.
Also, although incidence data show declining disease rates after introduction of some vaccines, this is not significant if those diseases had become mild in the vast majority of cases anyway, due to improvements in the health of populations.
If the slope of a mortality graph is pointing downwards for a long time with no vaccine, it’s reasonable to expect it would continue to go down if not interfered with, and that serious side effects of the disease would be declining too.
England and Wales measles mortality 1839 to 1978.

US measles mortality 1900 to 1988.

(Record of mortality in England and Wales for 95 years as provided by the

Office of National Statistics, published 1997; Report to The Honourable Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Bart, MP, Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, June 30, 1860, pp. a4, 205; Essay on Vaccination by Charles T. Pearce, MD, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England; Parliamentary Papers, the 62nd Annual Return of the Registrar General 1899 (1891–1898))
Whooping cough (pertussis) mortality Australia 1870 to 1970
Diphtheria mortality, in England and Wales. Diphtheria vaccination began in 1920, and became widespread in the 1940s.

Diphtheria mortality UK vs USA. An early form of the diphtheria vaccine in limited use from 1920, widespread vaccination early 1940s (UK), late 1940s (USA).

Mumps mortality in England and Wales, 1901 to 1999 (mumps vaccination started 1988, in MMR)

England and Wales mortality for measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough (pertussis), diphtheria and smallpox, 1838 to 1978. Note – there was no vaccine for scarlet fever.

United States mortality rates from various infectious diseases from 1900 to 1965. Notice the diphtheria and typhoid graphs almost match each other, despite the fact there was no widespread use of a typhoid vaccine. There was no vaccine for scarlet fever.
(Vital Statistics of the United States 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1949, 1960, 1967, 1976, 1987, 1992; Historical Statistics of the United States— Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1; Health, United States, 2004, US Department of Health and Human Services; Vital Records & Health Data Development Section, Michigan Department of Community Health; US Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003; Reported Cases and Deaths from Vaccine Preventable Diseases, United States, 1950–2008)
Massachusetts tuberculosis, diphtheria, typhoid, measles, and smallpox mortality rates from 1861 to 1970 (although US national records did not begin until 1900, records in some cities began earlier, and give us a chance to see what was going on before 1900). There was no widespread use of a vaccine for typhoid.

(Historical Statistics of the United States—Colonial Times to 1970 Part 1, Bureau of the Census, p. 63)
FRANCE measles mortality rate. Note – measles vaccination rate was less than 20% in 1983 and less than 40% in 1989.
US influenza and pneumonia mortality rates 1900 to 2002, vaccination was introduced early 1970s
Note – Influenza and pneumonia are bundled together, because influenza leads to pneumonia, and the exact cause of death cannot be determined (when your country or state health authorities declare X thousand people died from influenza, know that pneumonia deaths are included in that figure).
Above graph magnified, 1960 to 2002, includes vaccine coverage in blue
This is what US investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson wrote in 2014:
“An important and definitive “mainstream” government study done nearly a decade ago got little attention because the science came down on the wrong side. It found that after decades and billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination program did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially.”
Read it here: Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All
And flu pandemics?
In 2011 Professor Collignon, professor of microbiology at the Australian National University and director of infectious diseases at Canberra Hospital, had this to say, regarding Australia’s 2009 swine flu episode:
“What was a bit surprising when we looked at some of the data from Canada and Hong Kong in the last year is that people who have been vaccinated in 2008 with the seasonal or ordinary vaccine seemed to have twice the risk of getting swine flu compared to the people who hadn’t received that vaccine.
“Some interesting data has become available which suggests that if you get immunised with the seasonal vaccine, you get less broad protection than if you get a natural infection.
“It is particularly relevant for children because it is a condition they call original antigenic sin, which basically means if you get infected with a natural virus, that gives you not only protection against that virus but similar viruses or even in fact quite different flu viruses in the next year.
“We may be perversely setting ourselves up that if something really new and nasty comes along, that people who have been vaccinated may in fact be more susceptible compared to getting this natural infection.
Tetanus mortality England and Wales 1901 to 1999. Vaccine widespread in late 1940s.
Note – The numbers of farm labourers fell by half after the second world war, and the increase in mechanisation reduced the chances of the types of  injuries likely to result in tetanus.
Tetanus mortality England and Wales 1901 to 1999. Vaccine widespread in late 1940s.
From the CDC (US gov):
“Tetanus is not contagious from person to person. It is the only vaccine-preventable disease that is infectious but not contagious.”
A marked decrease in mortality from tetanus occurred from the early 1900s to the late 1940s. In the late 1940s, tetanus toxoid was introduced into routine childhood immunization”
Meningitis in Australia

The Hib vaccine was introduced to reduce bacterial meningitis – bacterial meningitis can be caused by a wide variety of bacteria but the Hib bacterium was the predominant one found in bacterial meningitis cases at the time. The Hib vaccine has indeed reduced the incidence of Hib infections, but has it reduced meningitis deaths? Or have other bacteria simply taken over?

Meningitis all ages in Australia, 1907 to 2007Meningitis Australia under fives. Note – the Hib vaccine greatly reduced most Hib infections in just 2 years, so the meningitis occurring after 1995 has been caused by other bacteria (there are unlimited species and strains of bacteria that can cause this type of infection).
Meningitis Australia under fives, 1960 to 2006
Australian graphs are from Fooling Ourselves: on the fundamental value of vaccinesby Greg Beattie
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Apr 27, 2017

If You Have Heart Problems Or High Blood Pressure Avoid These 14 Foods At All Costs

If You Have Heart Problems Or High Blood Pressure Avoid These 14 Foods At All Costs
The fact that nutrition is one of the main causes of coronary diseases shows that you should take care of your diet and be very careful if you want to maintain your health at optimal level.
There are some foods which can be harmful to your heart, have a negative effect on the blood circulation and cause many other serious health problems.
So, today we will present you 14 foods which can damage your health and you should avoid them at all cost if you want to protect yourself!
-Table salt
The excessive intake of salt can lead to water retention and impaired blood circulation, and increase the risk of kidney, heart, and brain problems.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association confirmed that pizza(especially cheddar and meat pizza) contains sodium, which is known to have a damaging effect on the body.
French fries
Only one portion of French fries has up to 270mg of sodium and 19 grams of fat.
The excessive intake of sodium can lead to water retention and weight gain.
Ramen noodles
Only one bundle of Ramen noodles has 14 grams of fat and 1580 mg of sodium.
Frozen pot pies
One sweet pie contains 1300-1400mg of sodium and 35 g of fat. This is more than the recommended and allowed daily limit.
Canned biscuits
Canned biscuits are packed with processed substances and are excessively seasoned. When you are buying biscuits, make sure to check the sodium content and the ingredients listed on the label.
Canned chicken noodle soup
Canned chicken noodle soup contains excessive amounts of sodium. In fact, only 1 serving of this soup has 800 mg of sodium.
Considering their low-calorie content, you would never imagine that pickles are high in sodium. But, a medium-sized pickle contains 570 mg of sodium, which is 1/3 more of the recommended daily intake.
Even though margarine is a common everyday used ingredients, the reality is that it is one of the unhealthiest ingredients. It is packed with nickel, platinum, and aluminum.
Red meat
It is very important to try to avoid junk food and trans-fat based foods like red meat as much as possible because they can have a damaging effect on your heart and veins.
Sugar, especially the artificial one, is linked to serious heart problems and hypertension.
Even though they are delicious, doughnuts are abundant with calories and fat. Actually, only one doughnut has 200 calories and 12 grams of fat.
Processed meat
In most cases, the excessive consumption of bologna, bacon, frankfurter, and wieners leads to serious heart issues. So, in order to keep your heart healthy and avoid high blood pressure, make sure to stay away from processed meats. It is recommended to eat low-salt meat like chicken, turkey bosom, and incline hamburger.
According to many studies the alcohol can reduce blood supply levels. A study conducted in South Korea showed that liquor is one of the main reasons for hypertension.
The America Heart Association conducted a study which confirmed that sodas and contain artificial sugar, which is known to be the main cause of hypertension.
Foods which help to reduce blood pressure
Fiber-dense foods can help you to reduce the blood pressure. Make sure to consume pasta, rice, grain oats, peas, veggies, and beans. They are abundant with minerals and vitamins and they will keep you full for a longer period of time
Natural products and veggies
Foods which are high in potassium will help to lower sodium levels, thus prevent hypertension. You should consume more tomatoes, oranges, bananas, spinach, lima beans, and sweet potatoes.
Herbs and spices
Do not make it a practice of yours to add more salt to the dishes. Instead, choose healthy herbs and recommended spices to enrich the meals. Try adding basil along with mixed greens. The same goes for thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano.

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Apr 26, 2017

Man moves paralyzed legs using device that stimulates spinal cord

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic researchers used electrical stimulation on the spinal cord and intense physical therapy to help a man intentionally move his paralyzed legs, stand and make steplike motions for the first time in three years.
The case, the result of collaboration with UCLA researchers, appears today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers say these results offer further evidence that a combination of this technology and rehabilitation may help patients with spinal cord injuries regain control over previously paralyzed movements, such as steplike actions, balance control and standing.
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“We’re really excited, because our results went beyond our expectations,” says neurosurgeon Kendall Lee, M.D., Ph.D., principal investigator and director of Mayo Clinic’s Neural Engineering Laboratory. “These are initial findings, but the patient is continuing to make progress.”
The 26-year-old patient injured his spinal cord at the sixth thoracic vertebrae in the middle of his back three years earlier. He was diagnosed with a motor complete spinal cord injury, meaning he could not move or feel anything below the middle of his torso.
The study started with the patient going through 22 weeks of physical therapy. He had three training sessions a week to prepare his muscles for attempting tasks during spinal cord stimulation. He was tested for changes regularly. Some results led researchers to characterize his injury further as discomplete, suggesting dormant connections across his injury may remain.
Following physical therapy, he underwent surgery to implant an electrode in the epidural space near the spinal cord below the injured area. The electrode is connected to a computer-controlled device under the skin in the patient’s abdomen. This device, for which Mayo Clinic received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for off-label use, sends electrical current to the spinal cord, enabling the patient to create movement.
After a three-week recovery period from surgery, the patient resumed physical therapy with stimulation settings adjusted to enable movements. In the first two weeks, he intentionally was able to:
  • Control his muscles while lying on his side, resulting in leg movements
  • Make steplike motions while lying on his side and standing with partial support
  • Stand independently using his arms on support bars for balance
Intentional, or volitional, movement means the patient’s brain is sending a signal to motor neurons in his spinal cord to move his legs purposefully.
“This has really set the tone for our post-surgical rehabilitation – trying to use that function the patient recovered to drive even more return of abilities,” says Kristin Zhao, Ph.D., co-principal investigator and director of Mayo Clinic’s Assistive and Restorative Technology Laboratory.
The Mayo researchers worked closely with the team of V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D., at UCLA on this study, which replicates earlier research done at the University of Louisville. The Mayo study marks the first time a patient intentionally controlled previously paralyzed functions within the first two weeks of stimulation.
The data suggest that people with discomplete spinal cord injuries may be candidates for epidural stimulation therapy. However, more research is needed into how a discomplete injury contributes to recovering function.
Teams from Mayo Clinic’s departments of Neurosurgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Division of Engineering collaborated on this project.
“While these are early results, it speaks to how Mayo Clinic researchers relentlessly pursue discoveries and innovative solutions that address the unmet needs of patients,” says Gregory Gores, M.D., executive dean of research, Mayo Clinic.  “These teams highlight Mayo Clinic’s unique culture of collaboration, which brings together scientists and physician experts who work side by side to accelerate scientific discoveries into critical advances for patient care.”
Co-authors are:
  • Peter Grahn, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Igor Lavrov, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Dimitry Sayenko, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Meegan Van Straaten, Mayo Clinic
  • Megan Gill, Mayo Clinic
  • Jeffrey Strommen, M.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Jonathan Calvert, Mayo Clinic
  • Dina Drubach, Mayo Clinic
  • Lisa Beck, Mayo Clinic
  • Margaux Linde, Mayo Clinic
  • Andrew Thoreson, Mayo Clinic
  • Cesar Lopez, Mayo Clinic
  • Aldo Mendez, M.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Parag Gad, Ph.D., UCLA
  • Yury Gerasimenko, Ph.D., UCLA
The research was funded by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation, Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, Mayo Clinic Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center, Mayo Clinic Transform the Practice, and The Grainger Foundation.
The Broccoli Foundation and Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation supported the UCLA team.
Drs. Edgerton, Gerasimenko and Gad have a financial interest in NeuroRecovery Technologies.
About Mayo Clinic ProceedingsMayo Clinic Proceedings is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal that publishes original articles and reviews dealing with clinical and laboratory medicine, clinical research, basic science research, and clinical epidemiology. Mayo Clinic Proceedings is sponsored by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research as part of its commitment to physician education. It publishes submissions from authors worldwide. The journal has been published for more than 80 years and has a circulation of 130,000. Articles are at mayoclinicproceedings.org.
About Mayo ClinicMayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
MEDIA CONTACTSSusan Barber Lindquist or Rhoda Madson, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Apr 24, 2017

For 60 Years, This Woman Defied Her Medical Diagnosis Living INSIDE An Iron Lung

One might think that every bad thing that happens in life is insurmountable. This woman makes us reflect: there’s no greater gift than life itself and she has been able to enjoy it for 71 years.
Martha Mason was a girl like any other in the 1940s. She lived happily together with her family in North Carolina, USA, until one day, when she was diagnosed with polio.
Martha’s brother had died because of the illness, so, to avoid making her parents even more depressed, Martha decided to hide it from them.
It wasn’t long, however, before her parents realized she was suffering from the same disease.
At just 11 years old, Martha took a decision that would change her life. What she didn’t know is that she would go on to live a further 60 years, because surprisingly, she was able to outlast the one year left to live prognosis given to her by doctors.
Due to her illness, she was left totally paralyzed from the neck down. Martha chose to live in an iron lung instead of living with tubes attached to her. This lung became one of her most faithful allies. Thanks to this metal box that was 6 and a half feet long and weighed 1,800 pounds, she was able to breathe.

Daily Mail
For years, Martha received the support of her family and school friends. Her condition didn’t stop her graduating with honors from college and even becoming the author of a local paper.
In the mid 1990s, Martha Mason decided to write a book called Breath: A Lifetime in
the Rhythm of an Iron Lung, telling her story with the help of a voice-activated computer.

She wrote that she never chose to live in such a way, but that she was happy to have so many people supporting her.
In 2009, Martha died at 71 years of age. She is known for having the record of having lived the longest amount of time inside an artificial lung. Her doctor believes that she was able to do it because of her strength and her overwhelming desire to continue living and learning.
This story shows us that, despite the conditions or difficulties we are faced with, we must always fight to overcome them.
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