Published on Nov 14, 2013
Published on Nov 14, 2013
By Dr. Mercola
In the first video above, Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), summarizes one of the most important scientific reviews on vaccines that was just published in August.
Barbara has been a pioneer for the last 30 years in vaccine safety and informed consent, and this discussion is of grave importance to everyone, including pediatricians and doctors.
The report was released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which is part of the National Academy of Sciences.
They’ve been around for over 100 years. The institute analyzes health policies and issues advice to the US government.
They’re funded not just by the government but also by pharmaceutical companies and independent philanthropic organizations and individuals.
They are considered a very prestigious scientific body in the world.
In the last three decades, the IOM has reviewed vaccine safety several times.
Their first reports came out in 1991 and 1994.
However, the latest report on this issue, released in August 2011 is very significant, and many still do not understand its true importance.
Over a period of three years, they reviewed over 1,000 studies on vaccines. Interestingly, they excluded studies funded by the pharmaceutical industry, although some of the studies were funded by government agencies independently.
The review focused on eight vaccines:
|Hepatitis A-hepatitis B||Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine||Meningococcal vaccine||Pneumococcal vaccine|
|Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis, also known as DTaP or Tdap||Varicella zoster (chickenpox)||HPV vaccine||Influenza vaccine|
Perhaps the most important thing IOM did in this review is that they looked at two categories of science:
“This is very important because a lot of the studies that the CDC relies on as evidence that vaccines don’t cause any problems are epidemiological studies. This report is important because they looked at both kinds of science,” Barbara explains. “The most shocking conclusion of this report is that for more than a hundred bad health outcomes that have been reported after these eight vaccines have been given to people, they could not come to a conclusion as to whether or not those vaccines did or did not cause those adverse events!”
Some of those serious health problems included:
|Multiple sclerosis||Lupus||Encephalitis (brain inflammation)|
|Rheumatoid arthritis||Autism||Encephalopathy, involving permanent brain damage|
Why is it that the IOM was unable to determine whether there was a direct causative link between vaccines and the many serious health outcomes indicated in these studies? Barbara suggests four potential explanations: