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Infant Formula Affects Juvenile Diabetes

Infant Formula Affects Juvenile Diabetes

Commented Jun 17, 2011 at 13:07:18 in Healthy Living

“this is not true. the synopsis compares infant formula and weaning which makes it sound like the breastfed have a higher incidence of type I - but if you read the entire article, the study actually compares formula-fed babiesnwith babies who were weaned and put on COWS milk. I'm sure if they compared both groups (formula and cow-milk fed) to a prolonged breastfeeding group, the breastfeeding group would have an even lower incidence.”
Flu Vaccines: Should They Be Mandatory For Health Care Professionals?

Flu Vaccines: Should They Be Mandatory For Health Care Professionals?

Commented Oct 26, 2010 at 07:53:24 in Home

“please be sure to post in your office whether or not the staff has had the mist which can shed and infect for up to 10 days (according to the insert). People should have the right to refuse treatment from doctors/nurses etc that are freshly misted with flu bugs.”

Sheldon101 on Oct 27, 2010 at 00:15:28

“At absolute worst, the only virus that gets spread from the flu mist vaccine is the vaccine strains of virus.

"Can people receiving the nasal-spray flu vaccine LAIV (FluMist®) pass the vaccine viruses to others?
In clinical studies, transmission of vaccine viruses to close contacts has occurred only rarely. The current estimated risk of getting infected with vaccine virus after close contact with a person vaccinated with the nasal-spray flu vaccine is low (0.6%-2.4%). Because the viruses are weakened, infection is unlikely to result in influenza illness symptoms since the vaccine viruses have not been shown to mutate into typical or naturally occurring influenza viruses."
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm

Note the "close contact."”
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Vaccine Safety: Why Parents Are Concerned

Commented Oct 18, 2010 at 11:26:14 in Healthy Living

“I'm in agreement. Norway has far fewer vaccines administered and its not because they need fewer 'booster's as ANB claimed. They have the same number of DTaP and MMR as the US requires for school, and 5, not 4 doses of IPV. They don't recommend flu, rotavirus, Hep B, varicella or Hep a. And I think you do have to start counting flu as mandatory in the US. They require it in at least NJ now. So that's 13 vaccinations by 6 in Norway, 28 by 2 years old in the US. Thanks for bringing that to our attention Autism News Beat!”
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Vaccine Safety: Why Parents Are Concerned

Commented Oct 18, 2010 at 11:16:12 in Healthy Living

“No one is 'borrowing' some mythical safety net. You fear chicken pox, you get your child the chicken pox vaccine. I don't fear chicken pox, I don't get my child the chicken pox vaccine. You conduct your own risk/benefit and do what's best for you, and I'll do the same. AND please stop with the 1800's nonsense. No one is suggesting we discontinue sound nutrition, clean water and antibiotics.”

Doybia on Oct 19, 2010 at 10:10:06

“Yeah! The data just doesn't hold up about the horrendous epidemics that would kill thousands every year if the vaccine rate dropped or if we discontinued a couple of vaccines or delayed some of them by a year or two. http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/2010/02/28/vaccine-myths-round-four/

And then there is the sad fact that medical interventions either caused or exacerbated some illnesses. Polio, for example: http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/2010/10/10/polio-causes-and-effects-part-ii/

75% of the people who ended up with bulbar polio (think iron lungs, think death) had undergone tonsillectomy at some point in their lives.”

Sheldon101 on Oct 18, 2010 at 19:31:18

“See pages 8 and 13 http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/downloads/mtg-slides-jun10/13-1-rota.pdf and the amazing results that showed vaccinating younger kids against rotavirus had a huge impact on serious rotavirus infections in 2 year olds, none of whom were vaccinated against rotavirus. And at time when the rate of vaccination didn't approach herd immunity numbers. Wowser.”

samaxtics on Oct 18, 2010 at 13:47:40

“I agree Sarah130.
What a ridiculous argument is the "do you want to go back to the time...." Do they mean the time when people didn't have access to healthcare or the money/insurance plans to access healthcare? Do they mean the time before supermarkets with a vast array of fruit and veg all year round? The time before people had fridges in their homes? Are we going to abandon our homes and live in tenements with shared loos? It really is time for pro-vaccinators to retire that silly argument.”
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Vaccine Safety: Why Parents Are Concerned

Commented Oct 18, 2010 at 09:13:24 in Healthy Living

“Here's Norway's schedule: http://www.vhpb.org/files/html/Meetings_and_publications/Presentations/LJUS48S4Nokleby.pdf

Less diseases being vaccinated for. Same amount of doses, or in the case of IPV, more doses than the US.”

CaroKnows on Oct 18, 2010 at 09:49:17

“18 vaccines by the age of 16 (and I'm only counting the trivalent vaccines as a single vaccine) as opposed to the US, who has 28 by the age of 6 (and I'm not counting flu vaccines).”
What to Do About All These Non-Vaccinating Families

What to Do About All These Non-Vaccinating Families

Commented May 8, 2010 at 08:00:39 in Healthy Living

“"H1N1 was the only flu going around" Well actually, most folks with flu-like symptoms didn't really have H1N1 at all last year. if you look at the CDC website, you'll see that in any given week of the pandemic, only 3%-40% of the samples sent to the CDC for testing as 'probable' swine flu turned out to be flu at all. This means that at any given week, 60-97 out of 100 folks told by the doc they had swine flu turned out not to have any flu at all. Imagine the hordes of others going to the doc that didn't bother to test, just said, 'yeah, its probably swine flu'. Well, the testing showed the docs were wrong anywhere from 60%-97% of the time. There 'guesses' were no good in this pandemic. problem is, if you have bacterial meningitis, and the doc guesses you have swine flu and tells you take some anti nausea medication, you are going to die. think of the 9 year old girl in England diagnosed over the phone with H1N1 who really had tonsillitis and died. And the CDC recommended to stop routine testing. By the way, the US had less than 3,000 lab-confirmed deaths from swine flu. check the website. This was the mildest flu season in decades.”

CraigWilloughby on May 8, 2010 at 08:38:55

“Yeah, that Shelly...he's just a barrel of misinformation.”
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Why We Worry about Vaccines

Commented Oct 3, 2009 at 16:45:19 in Healthy Living

“Until we actually know what the long-term side-effects are of our mass vaccination schedule and have a valid way to weigh risk/benefit, I believe I will abstain. If you fear disease, Neal, you probably should make a dr appt for all those recommended adult boosters. I'm still waiting for that vaccinated vs. never-vaccinated data to see what exactly IS going on with vaccination. These small, piece-meal studies will never tell me what I want to know - even when the conclusion is sensible - like yeah, injecting creatures with a liver disease and toxic metal right after birth isn't sensible (no kidding).

and autism news beat - geez dude, either you get paid to be here or you have an amazing trust fund! how you find the time is just fascinating!”
Vaccines And Autism: What Can Parents Do During This Controversy?

Vaccines And Autism: What Can Parents Do During This Controversy?

Commented Sep 9, 2009 at 15:12:06 in Healthy Living

“You know there are adult boosters for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps...you up to date? Had your Hep A vaccination? Hope you practice what you preach.”
Vaccines And Autism: What Can Parents Do During This Controversy?

Vaccines And Autism: What Can Parents Do During This Controversy?

Commented Sep 9, 2009 at 15:07:46 in Healthy Living

“for goodness sakes - if you fear chicken pox, then give your child the shot and accept the imperfect and temporary protection it offers without whining about the choices others make. why in the world do you think your neighbors should have to vax for diseases they don't fear in order to alleviate YOUR fears? take responsibility for yourself.”

AutismNewsBeat on Sep 9, 2009 at 15:13:51

“No vaccine is 100 percent effective - that's why it's important for your neighbor to vaccinate. Look up "herd immunity". Take responsibility for your comments. ; -)”
Vaccines And Autism: What Can Parents Do During This Controversy?

Vaccines And Autism: What Can Parents Do During This Controversy?

Commented Sep 9, 2009 at 15:03:51 in Healthy Living

“But dianedares - your example of chicken pox is meaningless. This is a live vaccine and like the MMR, can shed from a recently vaxed child. There are stories of too young to vaccinate siblings catching chicken pox from a recently vaccinated sibling. So it is not just the 'unvaxed' that provide disease possibility for others. Flumist sheds for 3 weeks and those immunized are told to keep away from immunocompromised folks for that period of time. Do you know anyone who keeps their toddler or school-aged child tucked away for 3 weeks after a flu mist vaccination? When that vaxed vs. unvaxed study is finally done and we are certain that vaxes do not contribute to ASD, asthma, allergies, diabetes, cancer, etc....I will fully vaccinate my kids. Until then, those of us with immunocompromised kids do what we can. And part of that is understanding that vaccinated kids can be just as much a danger as the unvaxed to our children.”
The Judgment on Vaccines Is In???

The Judgment on Vaccines Is In???

Commented Apr 23, 2009 at 10:14:06 in Healthy Living

“Tim, if you don't like the idea that chicken pox is still out there and your child may be exposed and contract the disease despite being vaccinated - then write Merck and demand a better vaccine. or homeschool YOUR child. what you are forgetting is that without a strong immune system, your child is susceptilbe to much graver illnesses than the VPDs. ask yourself why we've traded chicken pox, mumps, etc for a dizzying array of chronic illnesses, including skyrocketing childhood cancers. Lets do that crazy vaccinated/never-vaccinated study and see who's really healthier.”
The Judgment on Vaccines Is In???

The Judgment on Vaccines Is In???

Commented Apr 23, 2009 at 10:06:09 in Healthy Living

“i agree, incidence of some diseases would go back up...however, we would quickly find that most of these diseases are easily weathered. does society really NEED every child to be vaccinated against chicken pox, mumps, hep A,rotavirus, flu - and then there are others like hep b that should only be administered to those actually at risk. such a simply solution. If you, in your ignorance, have an irrational fear of mumps or chicken pox - get that vaccine for your child and ACCEPT without complaint the imperfect and temporary protection it offers your child and stop whining about the choice others might make.”

calfacon on Apr 23, 2009 at 11:55:47

“A small problem with that - as small pox, chicken pox, polio re-emerge, with many vaccinated and some not - only the strains that have mutated to be the strongest and most viral will survive. The repercussions of getting any of these will become more and more serious. The exisiting vaccines will become less and less effective. We already have a super TB. I'd hate to see my children or grandchildren fighting Super Polio.”

AutismNewsBeat on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:23:44

“Rotovirus vaccine is not mandated.”
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Monday's Los Angeles Times

Commented Apr 21, 2009 at 10:01:04 in Media

“I read the decisions and it was pretty clear to me. The basis was simply, 'we are not required to accept testimony that is not considered mainstream medical science, and mainstream medical science does not believe in a vaccine/autism link'. Every study, doctor, etc that suggests or believes a link is marginalized by 'mainstream medical science'. This is exactly what happened during the years big tobacco was trying to hide itself.

so silly at this point, why the push againsts a safer vaccine schedule?”

AutismNewsBeat on Apr 21, 2009 at 18:05:03

“Sarah, where in the decision did you find this quote: "We are not required to accept testimony that is not considered mainstream medical science, and mainstream medical science does not believe in a vaccine/autism?"”
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"There Is No Proof that Cigarettes Cause Cancer"

Commented Feb 17, 2009 at 13:11:16 in Healthy Living

“how many know that the mumps component of the MMR was reformulated in 1997 and then again in 2007 and remains triple what it was in the 70s? new formulations and dozens of shots added without a single safety study with a real control group are the reason the link has been difficult to 'prove'. there are many studies that show a link of vaccine/autism - it is just that the journals refuse to publish anything outside of giant pharma funded studies. and I don't know what the formal 1957 government declaration on smoking was, but I do know that smoking was still heavily promoted through the late 80's despite the knowledge that it was harmful. I think its an apropo analogy.

and let's not forget that Vioxx damage was discovered - number one, because consumers still control free-market drugs like Vioxx and can sue makers for damage. IF Vioxx were part of the government mandates, shielded by the government from lawsuits, Vioxx would no doubt, still be on the shelves.”

samuel99 on Feb 17, 2009 at 14:33:33

“"and I don't know what the formal 1957 government declaration on smoking was,"

Surgeon General Leroy E. Burney, on June 12, 1957, declared it to be the official position of the U.S. Public Health Service that a causal relationship exists between smoking and lung cancer.

"but I do know that smoking was still heavily promoted through the late 80's despite the knowledge that it was harmful."

Perhaps, but not by the medical establishment or the government, who were both strongly discouraging smoking since the 60s.

“ I think its an apropo analogy.”

You think that promoting smoking by tobacco and its fringe scientists and perhaps Hollywood, in direct contradiction to recommendations from the government and the medical establishment, is the same as promoting vaccine BY the medical establishment and the government, in direct contradiction to recommendations by a few fringe scientists (who admit they haven’t demonstrated a link) is apropos?”

samuel99 on Feb 17, 2009 at 14:05:54

“'how many know that the mumps component of the MMR was reformulated in 1997 and then again in 2007 and remains triple what it was in the 70s?new formulations and dozens of shots added without a single safety study with a real control group are the reason the link has been difficult to 'prove'."

How does that make it difficult? If vaccines were to blame for autism, wouldn’t incidence follow these changes? That should make it easier to assign correlation. And anyway, I thought it was the measles component that was the culprit.

"there are many studies that show a link of vaccine/autism - it is just that the journals refuse to publish anything outside of giant pharma funded studies."

Not true. A recent article by Davies et al. (BMJ 2009;338:b354) reports a bias for industry funded articles (on vaccines) in higher impact journals, but they nevertheless cite 92 published non-industry funded studies, and 52 studies funded wholly or in part by industry. There may be a bias, but there is no difficulty in publishing studies without support from Pharma. Can you be specific about rejected studies that show a link?”
New Jersey To Require Mandatory Kidney Donation

New Jersey To Require Mandatory Kidney Donation

Commented Oct 20, 2008 at 15:54:42 in Politics

“70% effective? the three post-marketing studies I've read, including the Cochrane review, have all indicated that the flu vaccine results in absolutely no difference in hospitalization and death rates amoung the elderly and children. that's 0% effective. Year after year the American public has rejected the worthless flu vaccine. Remember supply and demand anyone? Think the chicken pox vaccine is silly? Don't want the flu vaccine? How dare you! Pharma will simply go to work state by state to get its wares on the school mandates. Let what happneded in NJ be a wake up call, America. Vote those that can be bought out of office. We've taken the political process for granted for too long. There is backbreaking work ahead to get our government out of the hands of the special interests.”
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Up to 1-in-50 Troops Seriously Injured... By Vaccines?

Commented Aug 15, 2008 at 13:46:24 in Healthy Living

“I have to be reading this incorrectly...are you saying what's the big deal of a 1 in 32 risk? One kid out of every classroom in America is not a big deal? Wow.”

BlackJAC on Aug 15, 2008 at 16:04:14

“I'm saying that the odds are decidedly in favor of nothing happening. There are no absolutes or guarantees in life, and the failure rate here is abysmally low that it's not worth freaking out over it.”
ABC News' Dan Childs on Michael Savage and Autism

ABC News' Dan Childs on Michael Savage and Autism

Commented Jul 23, 2008 at 10:37:21 in Media

“Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention. So sickening to see that the generally shabby and degrading treatment of young children in this society is now being extended no holds barred to autistc children. My hubby really tries to disuade me from reading the 'comments' section because the hate focused towards kids in this society leaves me exhausted.”
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Amanda Peet vs. the Medical Establishment

Commented Jul 21, 2008 at 17:17:54 in Healthy Living

“I agree, Jenny McCarthy is an unlikely spokesperson. But she has a right to speak on this matter. She persisted through a tremendous ordeal in order to recover her son from autism. Amanda Peet isn't talking through life experience. Ms. Peet is parroting Paul Offit who has a vested financial interest in the success of vaccines.”
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Amanda Peet vs. the Medical Establishment

Commented Jul 21, 2008 at 17:09:55 in Healthy Living

“yes, and things ingected IM are absorbed into the bloodstream.”

LindsE on Jul 21, 2008 at 18:38:53

“as are things that are orally ingested.”
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Amanda Peet vs. the Medical Establishment

Commented Jul 21, 2008 at 17:09:20 in Healthy Living

“No - the recommendations on the flu vaccine have been changed. They are recommended yearly for every child 6mos -18 years of age. your info is out of date. Check the CDC website.”

LindsE on Jul 22, 2008 at 09:13:21

“As I stated, I was referring to the AAP guidelines for adolescents outlined here:
http://www.cispimmunize.org/IZSchedule_Adolescent.pdf

You'll note that influenza is purple, which is recommended for certain high risk groups.”