Curiously, Lynne McTaggart is keen to push her anti-vaccine agenda and prints a news item in her journal of
Her expose says that, for the first time, it is admitted that people have died after having had vaccinations. In fact, 15,000 of them over a three year period in the US. Sounds frightening, doesn't it?
The link given is to this paper, Mortality rates and cause-of-death patterns in a vaccinated population (Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jul;45(1):91-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.02.020). Luckily, and in something that is becoming a bit of a habit at WDDTY, this looks like another foot in mouth for the plucky investigative journalists at the esteemed journal. If only they learned to read.
As the authors of the paper put it:
In other words, causes of death weren't related to the vaccinations but to pre-existing conditions, SIDS and accidents. They also found that deaths occurred more commonly in the winter months, in elderly people and the causes of death were consistent with the wider population.In the overall distribution of cause of death classified bybody system among all ages, the categories that represent themajority of the distribution include diseases of the circulatorysystem (32%); neoplasms (24%); and diseases of therespiratory system (10%). In children aged 0–18 months,congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomalabnormalities (22%) were the leading cause of death within30 days of a vaccination visit; sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS) was the second-leading cause of death (16%). Theleading cause of death within 60 days of a vaccination visit inchildren aged 0-18 years was external causes of morbidityand mortality (21%); next in leading causes of death werecongenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomalabnormalities (18%), and SIDS (13%).
So although Lynne McTaggart would rather have us believe that vaccination is evil somehow, the paper she cites suggests very much the opposite. The fact that people die after vaccination is not surprising. They die after all sorts of activities. Can I get funding for a study to find out how many people die within 60 days of reading McTaggart's rag?
Not that McTaggart or her magazine are in any way anti-vaccine. Perish the thought. Though in order to muddy the waters clarify matters, the article does say:
What the researchers actually say is this (my bold):Aside from the elderly, other vulnerable groups include pregnant women and those with chronic health problems, so doctors perhaps need to think carefully before vaccinating these people, say the researchers.
Although there is currently no evidence to support a causal relationship between vaccinations and death, this study provides background mortality rates following vaccinations to be used as a baseline when examining the safety profiles of new vaccines and during mass immunisations campaigns.
Similar analyses should be conducted when new vaccines are added tot eh ACIP recommended schedule, and also would be useful in other populations, including vulnerable subpopulations such as pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions.So that's not quite what WDDTY would have you believe.
There is a trend at What Doctors Don't Tell You clearly emerging. Take a health story, twist it so it looks as if it supports the agenda you are pushing and hype it up to make it more scary. Oh, and trust the intelligence of your readership does not actually rise to the level where they begin to read for themselves and check the references.
It didn't take me long to find the paper McTaggart refers to. If I can do it so can almost any reader with internet access. And an inquiring mind might be disappointed to find that the news story and the paper don't support one another.
And she wonders why true skeptics aren't taken with the magazine's efforts. It's because it isn't honest with its sources.