Argument against vaccinations for disease continues to persist
To the editor:
A Kelowna chiropractor, Dr. Dale C. Forsythe recently forwarded an article written by Dr. Harris Coulter, in the U.S., who had apparently had his opinion published back in 1990 about why mass killings are on the increase.
According to evidence collected by Dr. Coulter, there is a connection between vaccinations of the young for a variety of diseases.
To this day, there are many people who are convinced that vaccinations are dangerous; much more dangerous than the diseases they have been created to treat. Both doctors’ views about vaccinations are almost in lock step. But Dr. Coulter takes his hypothesis giant leaps forward—that these vaccinations for our kids can turn them into mass murderers.
The hysteria around vaccinations started to build up in the 1990s, and for some, it continues today. There have been background reports on this issue from the U-K’s National Health Service, The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and from health departments of every developed country in the world, including Canada!
The hysteria began with “proof” gathered by Andrew Wakefield in the U.K. His letters to English newspapers stated absolutely that vaccinations are very dangerous. The prestigious medical tome, The Lancet, picked it up and the mainstream newspapers in England followed. Eventually, it was front page news around the world. But a reporter with The Guardian newspaper didn’t believe Wakefield’s claims and he set out to prove that he was wrong.
The Guardian published a news item saying that the dozen parents of vaccinated children Wakefield talked with were convinced that the medical injections had caused severe problems with their children; Those parents were taking the drug manufacturers, among others, to court. The energetic Guardian reporter also found that Wakefield had received funding from the parents so he could build up their legal cases with “scientific proof.”
In the eyes of editors of Lancet that was a clear case of conflict of interest and said they never would have given Wakefield’s data the peer review had they known. The original review was retracted. News items on the subject changed, 180 degrees.
So today, consider this: Only 28 per cent of registered homeopathic practitioners in Austria consider such vaccinations an important preventative measure; 83 per cent per cent in Australia do not recommend vaccinations; in Canada, 29.4 per cent of 4th year students at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College oppose vaccinations; in 2002, the World Health Organization estimated that the lack of vaccinations for whooping cough (alone) in developing countries killed 294,000 children.
Stuart Morrison, Kelowna