Cochrane Reviews: Getting Real, Evidence Based Information!

The Cochrane Collaboration

All healthcare consumers (that is pretty much everyone folks ;0) ) should get familiar with the Cochrane Collaboration.  This group provides the highest quality, evidence based healthcare information available today.

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HPV Immunization: Another Example Of Publication Bias

Do we have the whole story on HPV vaccination side effects?

This study is another real example of the need for scrutiny on existing trial data.  There needs to be an independent look both for efficacy AND safety!

New Evidence Demolishes Claims of Safety and Effectiveness of HPV Vaccine

Here is the Story-at-a-Glance as reported by

Story at-a-glance

  • A systematic review of pre- and post-licensure trials of the HPV vaccine shows that its effectiveness is not only overstated (through the use of selective reporting or “cherry picking” data) but also completely unproven
  • As of mid-August 2012, VAERS has received 119 reports of death following HPV vaccination. Reported adverse events also include: 894 reports of disability and 517 life-threatening adverse events
  • Adverse events reports of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer are occurring four to five years after HPV vaccination, and have rapidly increased between 2011 and 2012
  • A large-scale HPV study reported HPV vaccine reduced HPV-16 infections by a mere 0.6% in vaccinated versus unvaccinated women
  • High-risk HPV infections were diagnosed in vaccinated women up to more than 6% more frequently than in unvaccinated women, and the increased rate of infections by carcinogenic HPV types in vaccinated women has been found to be 4-10 times higher than the reduction of HPV 16/18 infections

HPV Vaccinations are currently a part of the CDC Recommended Vaccination Schedule.

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Ben Goldacre – Bad Science: Publication Bias and Vaccine Data

Publication Bias

As always Dr. Goldacre is able to explain, in very understandable way, how serious the impacts of publication bias are.  The examples he gives illustrate how very real this problem is.


Vaccine Data

Vaccine research, trials and studies have the SAME problem as the examples that Dr. Goldacre describes in his TED talk.  Today we can not know the real story on how effective or safe vaccines are because we simply don’t have all the data.

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Is The Flu Vaccine Safe?

What To Do About The Flu Vaccine: 

The Cochrane Collaboration is likely our very best hope at getting an accurate and clear understanding of vaccine data out there today.  Please check out their website and learn about their mission: The Cochrane Collaboration

Is The Flu Vaccine Safe For Healthy Adults and Children?

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Vaccination risks – We can do better!

As I watched I found myself thinking… “We should be able to trust the science behind vaccines!” Yet the more I dig the more bad assumptions I find.  Yes, science is a process and YES we must push forward but we must do so with sound and complete studies.  We must constantly push ourselves and our agencies, governments, corporations for more rigor in testing and analysis.  We are not entitled to our “own facts” but we are entitled to all the facts!

We can do better!

These agencies chartered to protect should be independently scrutinizing these testing methods, data and analysis.  They should be insisting on investigation into long term effects, for possible cumulative effects.

We must demand more from our government agencies:

1. There should be testing of these products that is not financially tied to the success of that product.  Truly independent test and analysis.

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Vaccine Recommendations: WHO Vaccination Recommendations vs CDC Vaccination Recommendations

World Health Organization (WHO) vs Center for Disease Control (CDC)

We started asking ourselves, “Is there a difference between WHO Vaccination Recommendations vs CDC Vaccination Recommendations?”.

We have been told by our pediatrician that for the most part the CDC bases our US vaccination recommendations on the recommendations issued by the World Health Organization.  At first glance it may seem to make perfect sense that we base our vaccination schedule on the WHO Vaccination Recommendations after all they watch out for the whole world right? Continue reading

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Vaccine Risks: What is the upper limit on the number of vaccines?

What is the upper limit on the number of vaccines today…

So, I am wondering, What is the upper limit on the number of vaccines we can give to infants.  Here we are with our current vaccine schedule which includes 27 shots for 14 different diseases in the first 15 months of life.  So assuming all of these vaccines are considered safe for all children, what IS the upper limit on how many vaccines can be safely given to infants?

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Vaccine Dangers: Thimerosal in Flu Vaccine

 What’s the story on Thimerosal in the Flu Vaccine?

Thimerosal is a Mercury based product.  There is Thimerosal in the flu vaccine (multi dose vials).  Women are told be be  cautious when eating fish while pregnant for fear of ingesting too much mercury.  The multi-dose flu vaccine contains Thimerosal and because it is  injected directly into the body it bypasses the digestive system which may provide some filtering or processing.

The mulit-dose flu shot contains more than 250X more mercury than the EPA exposure safety limit. How is this vaccine risk being rationalized?

This exposure does not pass the ‘smell right’ test.   Be cautious about eating fish, but don’t worry about the shot?

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Vaccines for Newborns: Hepatitis B Vaccine – Are You at Risk?

Vaccines for Newborns

Hepatitis B vaccine is one of the recommended vaccines for newborns that we have discussed with our pediatrician.

As we prepared ourselves for each visit we found that these were the 3 key questions we needed to focus on when talking with our doctor.

3 Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor about Vaccines for Newborns

  1. What are the risks of our child being infected with the disease?
  2. What are the real effects to our child’s health, both short and long term, of having the disease if they were exposed to and contracted the disease?
  3. What are the risks of the vaccine?

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Vaccine Dangers – Getting the Whole Picture

Starting to gather information on vaccine dangers…

So if you’re like me you’ve started to “read the labels” on all of the vaccines your child is supposed to receive and your alarm bells are starting to go off.  As you start to read the numbers on frequency of side-effects there are a few important pieces of information to keep in mind.  The system used to record vaccine injuries ( Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) )is what I would call a “passive system”.  It is there and it is ready to receive data but getting your data into it is not a straightforward task.  In addition to being passive there are gates that may in some cases may be impossible for the average patient to cross.  Appropriately assessing vaccine dangers is not always a straightforward task.

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