Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Scientists fear MMR link to autism

This is not is a new article, but it makes interesting reading ...


Scientists fear MMR link to autism

By SALLY BECK, Mail on Sunday

New American research shows that there could be a link between the controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children.

The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link.

Now a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease - and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus.

Last night the team's leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: 'Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles. 'This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus.

'What it means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct. That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.'

The 1998 study by Dr Wakefield, then a reader in gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital in North London, and 12 other doctors claimed to have found a new bowel disease, autism enterocolitis.

At the time, Dr Wakefield said that although they had not proved a link between MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism, there was cause for concern and the Government should offer the option single vaccines - instead of only MMRs - until more research had been done.

The paper - and the confused interpretation of its findings - caused uproar and led to many parents withdrawing their co-operation for the triple jab. Ten of the paper's authors also signed retractions on the interpretation but stood by the science.

This is the second independent study to back up Dr Wakefield. In 2001 John O'Leary, Professor of Pathology at St James's Hospital and Trinity College, Dublin, replicated his findings.

Last night Dr Wakefield said: 'This new study confirms what we found in British children and again with Professor O'Leary. The only exposure these children have had to measles is through the MMR vaccine.

'They were developing normally until they regressed. They now suffer autism and bowel disease.

'The Department of Health and some of the media wanted to dismiss our research as insignificant. The excuse was that no one else had the same findings as us. What they didn't say is that no one else had looked.'

A spokesman for the Department of Health said they had not read the American report, but added: 'MMR remains the best form of protection against measles, mumps and rubella.'

The Trouble with ME

The above article by Sarah Boseley appeared in the Guardian newspaper on Thursday 13th May to mark ME awareness week. Malcolm Hooper has written a response to the article, pointing out a couple of inaccuracies in it; his response can be found at -

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Second Opinions


Second Opinions, Exposing Dietary Misinformation, is the website of Dr Barry Groves, author of books such as "Trick and Treat - How 'healthy eating' is making us ill" and "Natural Health and Weight Loss". Much of what is said on the website is the opposite to what we are told via the media, but it is certainly worth reading and thinking about!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

ME and Blood Donations


Today, 12th May, is ME Awareness Day. Invest in ME have marked the day by writing to the Chief Medical Officer regarding ME and Blood Donations.

Monday, 3 May 2010

His Hands

Another poem from "Echoes of Eternity" by Michael R Abbott; used with permission -

His Hands

He is the Great Creator:
His hands the heavens made;
He formed the world around us,
His wisdom there displayed.
He gives to all His creatures
Their sustenance each day;
He listens to His children
And answers when they pray.

He left His throne in Glory,
To walk upon this earth:
His hands were weak and helpless,
Like any child at birth.
But soon He grew to manhood,
And even learnt a trade:
His hands were strong and able,
With skill in all He made.

He helped the poor and needy,
His heart for them did feel;
His hands were filled with virtue,
The sick and maimed to heal.
He broke the loaves and fishes,
Five thousand once to feed,
And oft, before the Father,
His hands in prayer did plead.

He set His sight on Calvary
And freely there did go,
The love of the Redeemer
For sinful men to show.
His hands were nailed with iron
Unto a cross of wood;
The blood flowed from the Saviour
To do poor sinners good.

He’s seated now in heaven,
Once more in power to reign,
But soon, as He has promised,
He will return again.
His hands still bear the nail prints,
A token of His love,
And all who take His hand in faith
Shall dwell with Him above.

His hands, with grace and power,
Hold me, and not mine Him:
Salvation is by promise
And not some earthly whim.
His hands are strong to keep me:
No power in heaven or earth
Can pluck me from His keeping;
What comfort is this worth!

ME Awareness Month 2010

From the Invest in ME website - http://www.investinme.org/IiME-Wristbands.htm

ME Awareness WristBands for Biomedical Research

Please help us in raising funds for biomedical research and for performing activities related to biomedical research. By buying an Invest in ME wristband you will be helping IiME in its work as well as promoting the message that biomedical research into ME is the only way to make real progress in finding treatments and cures for this illness.

Sell them to friends, family, work colleagues - even in your local library, GP surgery or hospital.

Funds raised will be used for the following -

Biomedical Research into ME

Education Regarding ME

Conferences related to ME

Expenses in Sponsoring Presenters to Speak at Conferences

Cost of sponsoring PhD students performing biomedical research into ME

Set up and running of ME Clinic treating severely affected patients with ME

Assisting with equipment and other costs of researchers performing purely biomedical research into ME

From all at Invest in ME - thank you.