Thursday, 28 October 2010

40 UK children killed by MMR – and the true picture could be 10 times worse

27 October 2010

Forty children have died after a routine vaccination such as MMR and 2,100 more have suffered a serious reaction, UK health authorities have been forced to disclose this week – and these figures are just the tip of the iceberg.

Two of the vaccinated children have been left with permanent brain damage, and 1500 others have suffered neurological reactions, including 11 cases of brain inflammation and 13 cases of epilepsy and coma. Overall, there have been more than 2,100 adverse reactions to a childhood vaccine in the UK in the last seven years.

The UK’s Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) was forced to reveal the figures following a request from a journalist under freedom of information legislation.

The true picture is likely to be far worse. The MHRA cases are only those that doctors have reported; if the doctor does not believe the vaccine has caused the reaction, he will not report it. It is suspected that just 10 per cent of all deaths and reactions from vaccines are ever reported; if so, this means that 400 children have died from a vaccine and 21,000 have suffered an adverse reaction in the UK alone. The true situation will be far worse in countries such as the US where childhood vaccination is compulsory.

Last month, the UK government was forced by a court to pay damages to a mother whose son was left with severe brain damage after an MMR vaccination. Another 500 similar cases are currently going through the UK courts.

These figures represent a major setback in the relationship between doctors and parents. Most parents have accepted the reassurances of doctors and health authorities that the vaccines are safe, and that they are doing the best for their child and the community.

Now, if things go wrong, they may be less inclined to believe the doctor’s denials that the vaccine is to blame.

(Source: Sunday Times, October 24, 2010).

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Worldly Wisdom

Another poem from "Echoes of Eternity", a collection of Christian poems by Michael R Abbott; used with permission.

Worldly Wisdom

The wise according to this world
Their judgments freely make:
“There is no God,” some do declare,
His name in vain they take.
But when the years do take their toll
And life doth fade away,
God shall remain unchanged, whilst they
Await the Judgment Day.

With science, falsely called, they seek
To make their theories known
And those who hold the truth are jeered,
Whilst heresies have grown.
“This world has no design or plan,”
Wild fables they believe;
But such will God to their own thoughts
And condemnation leave.

The things of God are clearly seen
In all this world around:
His works both in the heavens above
And in the earth are found.
Yet greater still the works of love,
Which Jesus Christ has wrought;
When, on the cross, the souls of men
With blood He dearly bought.

Oh why should God, who reigns above
On heaven’s glorious throne,
Deign to reply to sinful men
To make their folly known?
In vain their voices do defy
The Lord, their God and King:
Through time and through eternity
His praises loud shall ring.

Friday, 15 October 2010

ME in the New Scientist

People with ME banned from giving blood in UK

BLOOD transfusion services in the UK last week became the latest to ban people who have had ME or chronic fatigue syndrome from giving blood.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), the body which oversees donations, says the ban protects people with ME from possible relapses after they have given blood.

Charles Shephard, medical adviser to UK charity the
ME Association, backs the ban. But he suggests it could be linked to the recent finding that potentially harmful mouse leukaemia viruses are present in the blood of some people with ME. Shephard believes that the primary aim of the ban is precautionary, to stop donated blood becoming contaminated with the viruses, in case they later turn out to be problematic.

Sue Barnes, associate medical director of the NHSBT, says there is no evidence of a transfusion risk from the viruses, but that the UK transplant service would continue to monitor the situation.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

How Sweet The Name Of Jesus Sounds

Another one of my favourite hymns:

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
'Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary rest.

Dear name! the rock on which I build,
My shield and hiding-place,
My never-failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest, and King;
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I'll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath;
And may the music of Thy Name
Refresh my soul in death!

John Newton, 1725 - 1807

Friday, 1 October 2010

ME Association Website

The ME Association have re-designed their website. I think the new site looks good, is much clearer and better laid out than previously, and it can be found by clicking on the link above. Do take a look!

Looking at the front of the site, my main concern is the continued use by MEA of the term Myalgic Encephalopathy instead of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. ME-opathy is not an official, accepted (alternative) name for ME; it is not recognised by the World Health Organisation; and, as I see it, its use only serves to cause further confusion.

For further information, see the article Note on the term "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis" by Eileen Marshall and Margaret Williams, available online at -