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What Do Cigarettes, Sugar and Vaccines Have in Common?

by Maureen H. McDonnell, RN on April 4, 2013

In 1958 the Center for Disease Control (undoubtedly influenced by Big Tobacco) announced:

                             “Smoking does not cause lung cancer”

In the 1970’s, the Sugar Industry began its well-funded PR campaign to shift public opinion away from the health destroying effects of sugar.  Documents have recently been unearthed from the archives at Colorado University’s library (1) revealing the strategy the industry took to make this happen.  By financially supporting (pre-determined outcome) studies, manipulating the data (as well as the media’s reporting of the research), and influencing the nomination of scientists to dietary guideline advisory committees, the sugar industry successfully “neutralized” public concern regarding sugar as a direct cause of chronic illness.

In 2012, the CDC (undoubtedly influenced by the Vaccine Industry)  issued this statement

                       “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism”

More recently, in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, Dr. Frank DeStefano published a study (2) suggesting that regardless of how many vaccines are given at one time, or how young the infant is at the time he or she receives them, there is no association between vaccines and autism. 

I’m sure you’ve guessed the commonality by now.  Yes, history is repeating itself!  What cigarettes, sugar and vaccines have in common is the fact that behind each one stands a well-funded, cleverly constructed PR campaign designed to convince the public that these products are safe and questioning their unrestricted use is completely unnecessary.

Don’t get me wrong, I smoked my share of cigarettes in college and I’ve certainly indulged  in sweet foods.  Additionally, as a pediatric registered nurse for 36 years, I believe there are certain vaccines that  are important for children to receive that provide protection against infectious diseases.

However, when I contemplate whether or not I’m going to have a cigarette, consume sugar or recommend  a vaccine, I’d like to be equipped with the facts so that my decision can be an informed one.   Unfortunately, with all three of these subjects, the information the public receives has been manipulated by the Madmen of Madison Avenue (and the corporations and government agencies who hire them).  And profit, not people are their priority!

Thanks in great part to the dogged determination of the truth seekers, the tobacco industry’s lies have been uncovered and the science linking smoking to lung cancer is now common knowledge.   Additionally, as a result of fearless and vocal health advocates such as Dr. Lustig, (a leading authority on pediatric obesity at the University of California-San Francisco) we now have a less clouded understanding of the inherent health dangers of consuming too much sugar.   In a recent article Dr. Lustig stated:  “ …a growing body of research suggests that sugar and its nearly chemically identical cousin, HFCS, may very well cause diseases that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, and that these chronic conditions would be far less prevalent if we significantly dialed back our consumption of added sugars”.  We also now understand that the over consumption of sugar is costing Americans $150 billion dollars per year in health care costs and driving worldwide epidemics of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity.

Case closed regarding the correlation between cigarettes and lung cancer as well as the relationship between sugar and chronic illnesses such as Obesity and Diabetes.  Bottom line, you’ve got the information– smoke and eat excessive sugar at your own risk!

But where does the public stand in regards to vaccines and autism?  Hasn’t that correlation been negated once and for all you might ask.  Is there anything to the fact that the US has the highest vaccination rate in the world (36-45 before the age of 5) and the highest rate of autism (1 in 50) ?  Confused over this subject?  That’s the point.   The spin doctors who cleverly created the misperceptions regarding the health perils of smoking and sugar are busy at work confusing the heck out of parents and pediatricians regarding whether vaccines are safe or not.   As long as that uncertainty lingers and is perpetuated by studies such as the poorly designed one that recently appeared in the Journal of Pediatrics indicating there is no relationship between vaccines and autism, they’ve accomplished their goal.  

As stated by Gary Taubes writer for Discover, Science and the New York Times Magazines  “One of the things that brought down the cigarette companies was finding enormous documentation of the efforts of cigarette companies to cover up the fact that they knew that cigarettes were unhealthful.”  As a result Gary and Cristin Couzen’s investigative journalism, verification of the same type of conspiracy tactics were found in association with the sugar industry.

The studies linking vaccines and autism do exist, but they too have been purposefully and shrewdly concealed.

In a recent letter to congress drafted by Dr. Brian Hooker, PhD, (3) he outlined the research (some even conducted by the CDC) that shows the negative health impact of vaccines and their mercury containing preservative thimerosal  (which remains in many vaccines).  “The initial analysis of the data used in the CDC’s own “landmark” study, by Verstraeten et al. published in 2003 in the Journal Pediatrics showed that infants exposed to the highest thimerosal levels in their vaccines at one month of age were 7.4 times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis. The children exposed to the highest doses of mercury from vaccines were 7 times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than children who received the lowest doses of mercury!  It is clear that the CDC researchers responsible for this study worked very hard to bury this result via statistical manipulations as even the head researcher, Dr. Thomas Verstraeten entitled an email, regarding the consistent relationship between thimerosal and autism, “It just won’t go away.” Yes, the relationship between thimerosal and autism won’t  go away, no matter how expert the experts are at using science to obscure the data.

It is time for the CDC to come clean.  Their own data show that vaccines cause neurodevelopmental disorders in children including autism.”

Just as the number of people who died from lung cancer as a result of smoking, and the number of people who developed illnesses as a result of their excessive consumption of sugar continued to increase until the truth about these substances were revealed, so too will the number of children with autism (which has grown from 2 per 10,000 in the 1970s to 1 in 50 currently) continue to escalate.

History has taught us the power these well- funded PR campaigns have in keeping the public blind to the truth. Creating a body of so called science that government health agencies and  industries fearful of being exposed can use to deploy any unfavorable research has been a principal tactic.

It is only when enough of us wake up, voice our concern and demand the truth will the real answers come as to why 1 in 50 of our children develop autism.  Looking under every rock  (and not hiding the dirt we find there) is how the truth will be found.

1. Big Sugar’s Sweet Little Lies

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/10/sugar-industry-lies-campaign?page=3

2. “Increasing exposure to antibody-stimulating proteins and polysaccharides in vaccines is not associated with risk of autism, by Frank DeStefano, MD, MPH, Cristofer S. Price, ScM, and Eric S. Weintraub, MPH, appears in The Journal of Pediatrics (www.jpeds.com), DOI 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.02.001, published by Elsevier

3.http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/video-highlights-from-first-congressional-hearing-on-autism-in-10-years/

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Maureen H. McDonnell, RN

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I am a registered nurse with a strong interest in helping to reverse the escalating number of children affected by chronic illnesses. After coordinating the Defeat Autism Now! Conferences for 10 years, I joined forces with Jill Urwick to form Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet. This website and our conferences focus on the role nutrition and toxins in the environment are playing in Autism, ADHD, childhood cancers, etc. More importantly, our goal is to offer solution-based information that is both practical and affordable.

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Maria Rohlsler April 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Maureen……I am really enjoying your articles….so well written and full of great information…..Vera and Denny would be very proud of you!

Maria

Maureen H. McDonnell, RN April 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thanks Maria,

So glad you are reading them. I’m so worked up over this last situation with the AAP and CDC trying to convince parents that it doesn’t matter how young an infant is, or how many vaccines they receive at one time, there is no connection with vaccines to autism. After 36 years as a pediatric nurse, I can tell you that’s a lie!

Any way, so good to hear from you. Give my best to all the IHA ladies when you see them I really want to get together again in the not too distant future. Best, Maureen

Monika April 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Maureen,

Thanks for always speaking the truth and standing up for the children- they need a strong and intelligent voice such as yours to be heard!

M.B.

Ken Carman April 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I thought they pulled thimerosal from our vaccines and sent the vaccine stock that had thimerosol to other countries.

My stance here is very practical Since other preservatives and other ways to provide safe vaccines are possible, why even take the chance with a mercury based product? Or is it all about the cheapest way and therefore the way to make the most money?

Donna Loveless April 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

This is a great article, I plan on sharing with everyone I know, as I am a parent of an autistic child, (vaccine injured).

Dan OBeirne April 12, 2013 at 8:43 am

Thanks so much for your work here
& great way to organize your thoughts.

BTW do you have info or thoughts on dangers
of cellphone towers and or WIFI to humans under constant exposure?

best from Spain, Dan

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