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Comment Re: worse than the anti-vaxxers (Score 1) 652

If you weren't addressing me with such totally inappropriate and abusive language, I would have explained that it is possible to mod in a thread in which one has commented. Only all those comments will be deleted at the first mod in the thread.
I suggest you talk some more to yourself that way, because what you said seems to totally apply to yourself.
By the way, you are also blacklisted now due to inappropriate abusive language.
You can take your faeces somewhere else, thank you very much.

Comment Re: evidence backed science (Score 1) 652

You are wrong. There are studies that compare vaccines (modified virus proteins plus adjuvants) against adjuvants.
This is not a true comparison, because if the were negative side effects from vaccines, they could have been caused by the adjuvants and the comparison would see no difference between the two because both groups will show the same frequency of (side) effects.
A proper control would then be vaccines controlled against for instance distilled water, that's why I put emphasize on (true) placebo controlled studies.

...hand washing...

Why am I still debating with you as you clearly show mal intent in your dismissive non-arguments. Again you are falsely equating steadily improved hygienic, nutritional and medical conditions with 'hand washing'.

...smallpox is eradicated...

Do you realise that there was a problem with the varicella vaccines? For instance, debunk this.

And yes, the ruling governments prefer to have the poor people, who live in unhygienic conditions with no access to clean water, proper nutrition nor healthcare, vaccinated.
If you would have paid attention to the thread of this discussion you would have found out that I'm not fighting the claim that vaccines may work, but the claim that in the western world, with the improved hygienic, nutritional and medical conditions, the vaccines are the sole cause of the decline in the infectious diseases. Either you failed to read this properly although I have repeatedly stated this, or you didn't want to understand it.

Comment Re: ...sufficiently tested by now (Score 1) 652

Brian Deer is an investigative journalist, not a scientist, interested in stirring up as much controversy as possible in order to sell his stories for the highest price.
I really don't understand how this paper could ever be published in the BMJ unless there is some special interest in giving such a scientific peer reviewed status to his paper, like further condemning Dr. Wakefield because he just doesn't give up.
The medical establishment can be very nasty, and I think they are showing this again in their continued witch hunt against Dr. Wakefield, who not even is against vaccinations.

Comment Re: ...sufficiently tested by now (Score 1) 652

...result of better hand washing...

I call malign intent of you by falsely equating 'better hand washing' with all the improvements in hygienic, nutritional and medical conditions had already contributed to a serious decline in the infectious diseases, before the vaccinations campaigns were even started. Or at least you are 'innocent' but somehow just fell prey to a false equivalence fallacy. It is distorting my argument in a demeaning way, trying to dismiss the value of my argument.
Discussion pollution is what I call that.

So, because vaccination was introduced while the decline in infectious diseases had already set in, then how are you going to prove that this was thanks to the vaccination? This is clearly your claim, so one might expect some proof from you.

Points 1. and 2. that you bring up are totally unnecessary as no one was claiming the opposite of neither the one nor the other.
Your point 3. is highly interesting. It mentions an article by Harrison who starts by citing a lot of people, 'anti-vaccinationists' he calls them, which are totally irrelevant and a waste of time but cleverly done because it associates Dr. Wakefield with some unspecified people that he is free to accuse of the most irresponsible, stupid and irrational behaviour, letting the associative powers of the mind do the rest so the reader can already start thinking that, therefore, Wakefield also must be a 'anti-vaccinationist'.
Well, to start with, he isn't. I have spent various hours of my precious time listening to his side of the story, including the famous press conference at which the panel was asked, and Walker-Smith directed the question to Wakefield, well knowing what kind of answer he could expect, what they themselves would do as a parent.
Wakefield's answer was, maybe contrary to your expectations, not to skip vaccination, but that he would try to separate the measles vaccination out of the MMR and delay the administration of it by 6 months.
So let's make us very clear that Wakefield is not at all against vaccination.
The first result of this statement was, as can be expected, that parents started requesting exactly that: individual measle vaccines.

So what did government and healthcare officials do in response?
They played the following trick on those parents: collude with the producer to stop production of the vaccine and bar the importation thereof in Britain.
A disgusting display of disrespect for the choice of parents regarding which type of medical treatment they prefer for their children.

Now, of course one can expect that parents who are concerned about the possible health effects of MMR will do next: They will re-consider the MMR altogether, and that's why there was a down-tick in the number of vaccines administered.
As a result of government meddling with the wishes of the parents, all for financial reasons of course.

Then the author brings the following complaint against Wakefield: That he subjected kids to tests without prior approval.
If you'd have listened to the various interviews of Wakefield you would know that he admitted this. However, this doesn't 'prove' that his results were incorrect.
Just not authorised by the medical ethical board of the hospital.

Next the author, very unscientifically, attributes some also totally unproven malign intentions to Wakefield for not pursuing the appeal while just before that he wrote that Wakefield would probably not be supported by his insurance company. With this, to me, author himself (again) shows malign intent and no real objectivity in his analysis of the case.

So, to cut it short, this paper is a hit piece, characteristic for a medical establishment that has a history of this kind of blunders and witch hunts as proven in the cases of Drs. Ignacio Semmelweiss and Barry Marshall.
Wakefield is not an 'anti-vaccinationist', no matter how hard author tries to associate him with such groups.
Walker-Smith was exonerated because he submitted to 'the system' and withdrew himself from the paper, publicly stating that for him there is no proof that MMR causes autism.
The parents of the 11 or 12 children under investigation also weren't 'anti-vaxxers' as they clearly had led their children to the clinics in order to be vaccinated.
Now, I also have seen interviews of the parents themselves, and those convinced me that 'something' indeed was wrong in relation to the vaccinations.

I also believe that health authorities, government authorities and especially the pharmaceutical industry don't want to see any publication to appear that might suggest any problem with any vaccination within the government schedule, and that therefore Wakefield, although not at all against vaccinations, had to be 'career-suicided'.
After all it's a multi-billion dollar industry, and any 'glitch in the matrix' could have huge financial repercussions, never mind the health impacts.

Comment Re:Is that all (Score 1) 652

You write about ADHD:

...the disease obviously didn't magically spring up overnight and spread like wildfire in the latter half of the twentieth century...

but I totally miss the evidence that would support your 'obviously'. We have seen various diseases spreading like wildfire, like heart disease, obesity, and the likes. So on what do you base the assertion that his is 'obviously impossible' for ADHD (and Autism)?

Now, maybe you are right in asserting that (part of) the rise in autism can be attributed to a development in diagnosing the disease, but when did that 'development' then exactly stop? In autism there is still clearly a rising trend, you know...

No chatting with a psychologist will be able to change this reality.

So I hate to brake it to you, but I'm going to totally ignore your contribution here and classify it as utter nonsense, thank you very much.

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