Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dismantling Vaccine Propaganda

Once in a while something shared on the internet comes my way that I feel moved to write about. The below is one such internet gem, a meme shared on Facebook that is frankly, an angry, misinformed rant.


On the surface the meme can seem convincing, but if you spend a little time trying to find studies to back up these statements, you'll soon find it falls flat.

So piece by piece I’m going to break it down so that by the end of it, we’ll all have learned some valuable scientific information about vaccines, and understand why the above meme constitutes bogus, manipulative, propaganda.

“The diseases haven’t gone away. They are just held in check because sensible people vax their kids.” Despite extremely high and stable vaccination rates, death from infection has actually increased dramatically since the 1970’s – an era when we received over 4 times less vaccines [1-5].

“Some people aren’t sensible; they don’t vax their kids. Yes, I’m looking at you, sunshine – you with the Ph.D from Google U and the post-doc from Whale.to.” Vaccines have the ability to cause severe, permanent injury, and death [6-8]. While some screening is recommended, infants commonly receive vaccines without any testing and minimal to no screening to verify whether they will react badly. The CDC recommends administering ALL the vaccines a child is eligible for at the same doctors visit – up to 9 vaccines at once [9,10]. This practice has never been studied for safety [11]. This is NOT sensible, it is reckless.

“Because your little cherubs are un-vaxed they are far more likely to catch the diseases. 23 times more likely for whooping cough, 35 times more measles for example.” The correct phrasing would be: vaccinated individuals are 23 times less likely to show symptoms of whooping, and 35 times less likely to show symptoms of measles – but they will likely still become infected and pass on the infection to those around them [12].

“Your kidlets are much more likely to be exposed to the diseases, because anti-vaxers like yourself hang around with other anti-vaxers.” Vaccinated individuals are still likely to contract diseases, likely from other vaccinated individuals, because when exposed they usually still become infected and pass on the infection – albeit with minimal or no symptoms [12].

“Your little darlings then spread their vile viruses and bacteria to innocent children who are too young to be vaxed.” Those who suffer from “vile viruses and bacteria” are more likely to be vaccinated. Many outbreaks of disease occur almost or entirely exclusively in vaccinated populations [12]. Vaccinated kids are a danger to vulnerable individuals, just as unvaccinated kids are.

“Those innocent children get sick with killer diseases spread by people silly enough not to vax – like yourself.” Vaccinated kids are still likely to contract and pass on infections to vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and newborns because they still contract and spread infection when exposed [12]. Additionally, they can spread disease when shedding vaccine viruses after being vaccinated with live vaccines [12].

“No vaccine is 100% effective; some vaxed kids will also catch your revolting diseases. We need high vax rates for herd immunity.” Most vaccines have not been proven to stop infection at all, only reduce symptoms. So most vaccinated kids will still harbour and spread their “revolting diseases” like unvaccinated kids [12]. We have had extremely high and stable vaccination rates for over a decade, it has not stopped epidemics [1,2]. Conversely, as mentioned earlier, death from infectious disease has increased dramatically since the 1970’s – an era when we received over 4 times less vaccines.

“Infect enough children and some of them will die, more of them will suffer permanent disability, and all of them will have experienced an unnecessary and unpleasant disease.” Of course these are situations we should strive to avoid, but so is death, permanent disability and unnecessary and unpleasant experiences caused by vaccine injury. Because the necessary studies comparing the overall health of non-vaccinated vs vaccinated populations have never been done, whether the risk of vaccines outweighs the benefit is still unknown.

All of that suffering will be YOUR fault for not vaxing your rugrats.” Vaccinated individuals are still likely to harbour and pass on disease, but likely with reduced or absent symptoms, which in a way makes vaccinated kids more dangerous than unvaccinated kids – they become silent disease carriers [12].



References:
1. National Immunization Survey (NIS) - Children (19-35 months)
CDC, September 2, 2014
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/imz-managers/coverage/nis/child/index.html

2. Nationwide vaccination coverage among children age 19-35 months, 2002-2012
CDC, Morb. Mortal. Wkly.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_fOow977UVfaTBKYlBZOEZfV2M/edit?usp=sharing

3. Deaths Due to Infectious & Parasitic Diseases https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_fOow977UVfMU0xSVZEamVDNHc/view?usp=sharing

4. The Development of the Immunization Schedule
The History of Vaccines
http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/development-immunization-schedule

5. CDC Mandatory Vaccine Schedule: 1983 vs 2014
Monday, January 17, 2011
http://www.drmomma.org/2011/01/cdc-mandatory-vaccine-schedule-1983-vs.html

6. Virus in the system
Natasha Bita,THE AUSTRALIAN, MAY 28, 2011
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/virus-in-the-system/story-e6frg8h6-1226063484330

7. Little girl died in cot after flu jab
Jamie Walker, THE AUSTRALIAN, APRIL 26, 2010
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/little-girl-died-in-cot-after-flu-jab/story-e6frg6nf-1225858118518

8. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
https://vaers.hhs.gov/data/data

9. General Recommendations on Immunization
Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
The Pink Book: Course Textbook - 12th Edition Second Printing (May 2012)
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/genrec.html

11. The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies. Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2013. pg 11
http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13563&page=11
“Although each new vaccine is evaluated in the context of the overall immunization schedule that existed at the time of review of that vaccine, elements of the schedule are not evaluated once it is adjusted to accommodate a new vaccine. Thus, key elements of the entire schedule—the number, frequency, timing, order, and age at administration of vaccines—have not been systematically examined in research studies.”

12. The Implausibility of Vaccine-Based Herd Immunity
Natural Mama NZ
http://naturalmamanz.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/the-implausibility-of-vaccine-based.html
A collection of over 100 studies about the inability of most vaccines to prevent infection.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Vaccine Debate: Insults, Lies, & Hypocrisy

It’s been 8 years since I first delved into the topic of vaccination. With hopes of finding definitive answers, I combed through thousands of studies and articles written by a wide spectrum of authors – some heavily pro, some deeply against, and many in between.  Eight years on I’ve learnt a lot, knowing there is always so much more to learn, but I find myself disillusioned with what should be a straight forward, logical topic. I know many others feel the same. I’ve found I can’t enter into the topic of vaccination without being inundated with insults, lies, and hypocrisy (hence the title of this post).

While I’ve seen people on all sides of this debate guilty of it to varying degrees, the majority of it seems to stem from the staunchly pro-vax camp. I’m not talking about the average parent who feels vaccinating is best for their family, more power to you. I’m talking about the rabid provaxxer who believes they have the right to FORCE each and every one of us  to vaccinate. They believe vaccination is a black and white topic, they believe those who disagree with their opinions are the enemy, and they believe you shouldn’t get to choose what is injected into your own or your children’s bodies.

Why does this particular group of individuals spew forth baseless vitriol more than any other? I’m not sure, and I won’t bother venturing to guess, but the fact they hold such radical views makes it a little less surprising. One thing’s for sure, I’m sick to death of hearing and seeing it; it needs to be exposed and it needs to end. What insults, lies, and hypocrisy am I referring to?

I see pro-vaxxers use pictures and stories of sick or dead children to expose the reality of diseases we vaccinate for, but they downplay or dismiss pictures and stories of children who become sick or die due to vaccine injury, calling them ‘scare tactics’. It boggles my mind that it even has to be said: no death or injury, whatever the cause, should be callously disregarded. When parents are told by their family GP, “vaccines are perfectly safe, your child will be fine”, only to have their child injured or die as a result of vaccination, the trauma is particularly painful - the trust they invested in the medical industry is destroyed. The anguish is made worse when many medical professionals refuse to even acknowledge the vaccine they administered was the cause. Instead of being comforted and cared for in their time of need, these families feel shunned by society, they are the dirty little secret no one wants to admit exists. Imagine being in that position. Hearing provaxxers disregard these children’s injuries and deaths is such a glaring, blatant insult, as if to say, “your child’s life didn’t matter”. Hear this well: our children’s lives aren’t yours to expend as collateral damage for ‘the greater good’. If you think they are, you should be utterly ashamed of yourself. You don’t get to force anything into me or my child, ever.

I see pro-vaxxers herald parents who speak out about their child’s sickness or death due to the diseases we vaccinate for as brave heroes, but they disbelieve and insult parents who speak out about their child’s sickness or death due to vaccine injury, labelling them ‘liars’, ‘scum’, ‘anti-science’, etc. The cruelty I’ve witnessed in this debate is both heartbreaking and enraging. I’ve seen much, much worse said to these parents that I won’t mention here because it’s  so despicable [1-3]. Grieving parents of sick or dead children, no matter the cause, who speak out in the hopes of saving others the misery they had to endure deserve a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on;  not insults and ostracism. I would have thought any decent human being would inherently understand this, but somehow this debate turns usually decent people into uncaring, arrogant assholes at the flick of a switch. Hear this well: you don’t get to tell parents what did or did not happen to their child, you didn’t witness it, you don’t know this child, have some god damn respect.

The above two examples are the two that irk me the most, more so because my own son suffered a severe vaccine reaction. If a person was standing in front of me saying these things  I’d be more than tempted to slap them across the face. But there’s plenty more…

I see pro-vaxxers call parents who choose not to vaccinate due to fear of adverse reaction ‘uneducated’ and ‘irresponsible’, but these same people choose to vaccinate their own children due to fear of adverse reactions to diseases we vaccinate for. Fear of injury or death is the common denominator driving the decision to vaccinate or not vaccinate, so if one side is deemed ‘irresponsible’ for letting fear for their children’s lives determine their decision, then so must the other. It boils down to: what poses a greater risk to my child, vaccinating or not vaccinating? There is a wealth of evidence in support for both. For our family, the experience of brain injury our son suffered after vaccination made it abundantly clear vaccines posed a greater risk than the extremely small risk of disease complications he faced [4-22]. I cannot guarantee another family will not suffer the same fate our family did, or worse, because there is so little recognition of vaccine injury [23-26] or research regarding which children are most susceptible to vaccine injury [27]. In contrast, there has been abundant research regarding who is most susceptible to the diseases we currently vaccinate for. We know what makes people more likely to suffer complications of infectious diseases (eg. poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, immune deficiencies, chronic diseases, multiple simultaneous illnesses, excessive stress, not breastfeeding, smoking, alcohol consumption, exposure to toxins and pollutants, obesity, lack of physical activity, unsanitary or overcrowded living conditions, age very young or very old, etc [28-50]).

I see pro-vaxxers proclaim vaccine injury is extremely rare and not reason enough to avoid vaccination, but they promote extremely rare complications from the diseases we vaccinate for as a reason to vaccinate. They ignore the fact that vaccine injury is grossly underreported [51], and that doctors often refuse to acknowledge vaccine injury, never mind report it [23-26]. Vaccine injury is often missed or passed off as coincidental by parents and GP’s. When concerned parents ring their doctors office to report their child has a high-pitched, prolonged cry indicating encephalitis – a brain injury that can result in chronic seizures, mental retardation, and death [52-54] - they are told this reaction is normal! It might be such a common vaccine reaction that today’s medical staff now consider an encephalitic cry ‘normal’, but the reality is encephalitis is a serious, life threatening reaction, often resulting in permanent neurological impairments. I shudder to think how many children whose parents were told their child’s reaction was, “normal and nothing to worry about”, went on to suffer neurological and developmental disorders. If only these children had been medically tested and treated for encephalitis, just maybe the severity of permanent injury could have been reduced. If only more research was done to determine which children are more susceptible to vaccine injury, maybe the vaccine injury could have been completely avoided altogether.

I see pro-vaxxers claim that there is ‘abundant’ evidence to show that  ‘vaccines are safe’, but they ignore the fact that the vaccine schedule in its entirety, or vaccines in their various combinations, have NEVER been tested for safety [55], nor has there ever been a safety study comparing unvaccinated children with vaccinated children. The only survey of unvaccinated children with vaccinated children was done by Generation Rescue in 2007 which found that, “vaccinated boys had a 155% greater chance of having a neurological disorder like ADHD or autism than unvaccinated boys”. [56]

I see pro-vaxxers claim to have done ‘extensive scientific research’ on vaccination, but they go on to state the only study linking vaccines to autism was, “that one fraudulent Wakefield study”, and they only share information from biased websites. There have been numerous studies since Wakefield associating vaccines with autism, but you won’t find them mentioned on websites whose sole purpose is to promote vaccination [57-77]. You can’t claim to know everything on  a topic by only reading material from one sided sources, in fact you can never claim to know everything on any topic. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about the vaccination debate it’s that there’s always more to learn and nothing is written in stone. Always be ready to change your mind and be proven wrong.

I see pro-vaxxers promote heavily flawed research funded by pharmaceutical companies, and organisations that have been exposed by their own employees for manipulating data [79-89], but they call any research showing the harms of vaccination ‘junk science’ authored by ‘quacks’. Neuroscientist Russell Blaylock is one example of a study author who has found evidence of harm due to vaccines [59]. Because his research was critical of vaccination he is disregarded by provaxxers without any evidence to justify it. Unlike many CDC or pharmaceutical industry study authors you won’t find evidence of fraud or twisting of data in Blaylocks research, but for the sake of keeping their beliefs about vaccination intact provaxxers pretend researchers like Blaylock aren’t worth listening to.

I see pro-vaxxers present only research that backs their personal opinion, then ignore all other research presented to them that contradicts their own narrow research, dismissing it as nothing more than ‘cherry picked studies’. They think their own ‘cherry picked studies’, however, are all they need to form a scientifically sound opinion. Again, tossing out contradictory evidence to keep their beliefs about vaccination intact – more akin to anti-science.

I see pro-vaxxers dismiss research showing a link between vaccines and injury, claiming, “correlation does not equal causation”, but they go on to claim the correlation between vaccination and disease decline is evidence of causation. They ignore the fact that historical records show disease rates were already declining when vaccines were introduced, many by more than 90%, due to improved sanitation, nutrition, housing etc [90]. Instead of acknowledging these time-tested methods of disease reduction, they attribute the decline of disease entirely to vaccination! How can a vaccine that wasn't invented yet be responsible for a 90% decline in disease and mortality?
As for vaccine injury, many vaccine injuries are documented by VAERS, with 83% of those reports coming from doctors and pharmaceutical company employees, not the actual victims [90a]. However, VAERS states these reports are greatly under-reported [90a]. We truly don’t know the real number of serious, debilitating, sometimes fatal vaccine reactions that have occurred. Additionally, because pharmaceutical companies refuse to test their vaccines with a proper control population (a group of individuals who only receive a saline injection and has never been vaccinated, compared with a group who receives a vaccine) it becomes more difficult to conclusively pin down vaccines as a cause of injury.
I find it utterly hypocritical that provaxxers will refute reports of vaccine injury as 'coincidence', but any other report of a drug that someone reacts to is taken much more seriously - pharmaceutical companies have marketed vaccines so successfully that they seem to be considered by many as untouchable, beyond criticism. You don't dare criticize or even hint that vaccines have the ability to cause injury, or you'll be deemed an 'antivaxxer' or an 'enemy of the people' in a very Stalin-esque manner (for the record I am not 'antivax' - the original idea Jenner had for deliberately getting infected with a mild illness to protect yourself from a more severe illness I think is a brilliant one in many respects - I am 'pro-safe-vax').
For those unwilling to change their mind, no amount of evidence will ever be enough to prove causation; for them all evidence that contradicts their beliefs will forever be considered ‘correlation’. 

I see pro-vaxxers promote the use of vaccination to try to prevent disease despite the risk of adverse reaction, but completely ignore other scientifically proven disease prevention methods that don’t carry any risk of adverse reaction. These include healthier diets, monitoring and correction of nutritional deficiencies, reducing exposure to toxins and pollutants, reducing stress, reducing poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and overcrowding in homes, higher breastfeeding rates, not smoking, reducing alcohol intake, losing weight if obese, more education about prevention, monitoring, and treatment of illness, and stricter disease testing and quarantining in airports [28-50][91-93].

I see pro-vaxxers claim that an unvaccinated child is a risk to their child, but they ignore the fact that their child is statistically more likely to be infected by themselves or a member of their own immediate family [94]. They ignore the fact that many vaccines don’t stop infection, they only reduce symptoms, making vaccine recipients silent disease carriers [95]. They ignore the fact that their vaccinated child poses a threat to those around them when their child receives live vaccines that can shed and replicate to full strength, causing disease epidemics instead of preventing them [95].

I see pro-vaxxers claim disease epidemics have returned because of low vaccination rates, but they ignore the fact that vaccination rates are at an all time high and have remained stable over the last decade [96-97]. The logic is utterly lost on them, or wilfully ignored. Any increased rates of disease obviously have little to do with those who don’t vaccinate, and everything to do with vaccine failure.

I see pro-vaxxers tell us they were vaccinated as children and they’re ‘fine’ as if it’s proof vaccines are safe, but they scoff when someone else says they had a disease we vaccinate for as a child and they’re ‘fine’ too. Provaxxers ignore the fact they were likely injected with half the amount of vaccines that children are injected with today; their childhood experience with vaccines is not an appropriate comparison to the vaccine schedule today [98-99]. They ignore the fact that a lot of us aren’t ‘fine’. In the US 1 in 6 people now suffer from autoimmune disease [100], 1 in 5 children have a developmental and/or behavioral disability [101], and 1 in 42 boys have autism [102] – all of which are documented as adverse reactions to vaccination . That’s NOT my definition of ‘fine’.

I see pro-vaxxers claim that children are  no longer exposed to mercury from vaccines, but they ignore the fact that pregnant mothers are now recommended flu shots containing mercury [103], inadvertently exposing fetuses who are the most susceptible to mercury toxicity of any population. Additionally, childhood vaccines that are supposed to contain no mercury have tested positive for mercury contamination [104]. They ignore the fact that multiple vaccines containing the neurotoxin aluminium have been added to the childhood schedule, with levels grossly exceeding EPA guidelines [105-106]. Meaning the risk of neurological injury that was once posed by mercury laden vaccines, has now been replaced by aluminium laden vaccines.

I could keep going, it certainly doesn’t end there. Jessica over at the Gianelloni Family blog has written an excellent piece called ‘Dear parents, you are being lied to’ that I also recommend reading:
http://gianelloni.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/dear-parents-you-are-being-lied-to/

Bottom line: don’t take anything at face value. If someone makes a statement about vaccines verify it by researching the studies to prove it, or disprove it – whatever the evidence ends up being. I wish I could say that after years of research I knew all the answers and that I felt at least something in this debate was proven 100%. But sadly the research that desperately needs to be done just hasn’t been done. I fear that unless we fiercely demand that the research be done, no vaccine manufacturer or government agency will ever do it of their own accord. It’s up to us to raise hell, to bring it to the forefront of the media, the public, and our politicians.

References:

1.Blog Bullies & Hate Messages

2.The Dirty, Filthy Unvaccinated

3.Bombshell TV Show About HPV Vaccines Reveals Cruel Nature of Vaccine Pushers

4.Disease Risk: Measles

5.Disease Risk: Mumps

6.Disease Risk: Rubella

7.Disease Risk: Pertussis

8.Disease Risk: Rotovirus

9.Disease Risk: Hib meningitis

10.Disease Risk: Pneumococcal disease

11.Disease Risk: Influenza

12.Disease Risk: Varicella

13.Disease Risk: Tetanus

14.Disease Risk: Polio

15.Disease Risk: Hepatitis A

16.Disease Risk: Hepatitis B

17.Disease Risk: Diphtheria

18.Risk-Benefit Analysis: Measles, Mumps and Rubella

19.Risk-Benefit Analysis: Pneumoccocal, HPV, Meningococcal

20.Risk-Benefit Analysis: Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus

21.Risk-Benefit Analysis: Chicken Pox, Hib, Flu

22.Risk-Benefit Analysis: Hep A, Hep B, Rotavirus

23.Lioness Arising Mother Series

24.Parents Voice:  Children’s Adverse Outcomes Following Vaccination (huge list)

25.Stories of vaccine-injured children (huge list)
Raising a Sensitive Child

26.My child's vaccine reaction

27.The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies. Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2013. pg 11
“The committee found that evidence assessing outcomes in subpopulations of children, who may be potentially susceptible to adverse reactions to vaccines (such as children with a family history of autoimmune disease or allergies or children born prematurely), was limited and is characterized by uncertainty about the definition of populations of interest and definitions of exposures or outcomes.”

28.How to boost your immune system

29.Vit C studies. Vitamin C function and status in chronic disease.
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31.Toward a new recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C based on antioxidant and health effects in humans. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

32.Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren
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33.Ample evidence exists from human studies that vitamin D reduces the risk of selected bacterial and viral infections. Experimental Biology and Medicine

34.Vitamin D-Mediated Induction of Innate Immunity in Gingival Epithelial Cells▿
Journal of Infection and Immunity

35.1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 Treatment Shrinks Uterine Leiomyoma Tumors in the Eker Rat Model. Journal of Biology of Reproduction

36.Prevalence of eczema and food allergy is associated with latitude in Australia.
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

37.The Global Burden of Disease study and applications in water, sanitation and hygiene
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38.Estimating the burden of disease from water, sanitation, and hygiene at a global level.
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39.Sickness behavior induced by endotoxin can be mitigated by the dietary soluble fiber, pectin, through up-regulation of IL-4 and Th2 polarization. Journal of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

40.Does tomato consumption effectively increase the resistance of lymphocyte DNA to oxidative damage? The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

41.DNA damage and repair activity after broccoli intake in young healthy smokers
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42.Watercress supplementation in diet reduces lymphocyte DNA damage and alters blood antioxidant status in healthy adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

43.A randomized trial of isonitrogenous enteral diets after severe trauma. An immune-enhancing diet reduces septic complications. Annals of Surgery

44.Upper respiratory tract infection is reduced in physically fit and active adults
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45.Risks of Formula Feeding
Natural Mama NZ

46.People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , September 9, 2014
"Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old, Adults 65 years of age and older, Pregnant women, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, People who have medical conditions including: Asthma, Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury, Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis), Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease), Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease), Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus), Kidney disorders, Liver disorders, Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders), Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids), People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy, People who are morbidly obese (Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 40 or greater)."

47.Risk factors for community-acquired pneumonia diagnosed by general practitioners in the community. Farr BM1, et al. Respir Med. 2000 May;94(5):422-7. PMID: 10868703
“…these data suggest that cigarette smoking is the main avoidable risk factor for community-acquired pneumonia in adults.”

48.Alcohol consumption as a risk factor for pneumonia: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Samokhvalov AV1, Irving HM, Rehm J. Epidemiol Infect. 2010 Dec;138(12):1789-95. PMID: 20380771. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20380771
“…alcohol was found to be a risk factor for pneumonia with a clear statistical association, and a monotonic dose-response relationship.”

49.Who Is at Risk for Pneumonia? National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pnu/atrisk.html
“Your risk (of Pneumonia) also goes up if… you're exposed to certain chemicals, pollutants, or toxic fumes.”

50.Psychosocial factors and susceptibility to or outcome of acute respiratory tract infections.
Falagas ME et al. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2010 Feb;14(2):141-8. PMID: 20074403
“Most of the relevant studies show a significant relationship between psychosocial factors and the onset or progression of acute respiratory tract illness.”

51.The reporting sensitivities of two passive surveillance systems for vaccine adverse events.
Rosenthal & Chen. Am J Public Health 1995; 85: pp. 1706-9.
http://www.ajph.org/cgi/reprint/85/12/1706?view=long&pmid=7503351
VAERS reports are estimated to be anywhere from less than 1% to 72% of the actual number of adverse events that occur; less than 1% for thrombocytopenia and rash after MMR, 4% for hypotonic-hyporesponsive episodes and 42% for seizures after DTP, 23% for seizures after MMR + MR, and 72% for vaccine-associated polio after OPV. Only 6 vaccine reactions were analysed, there was no analysis for autism or developmental delays.

52.MENINGITIS AND ENCEPHALITIS
JAMES F. BALE JR, MD. Current Management in Child Neurology, Third Edition 2005
“Young infants with encephalitis often have nonspecific signs, such as inactivity, poor feeding, irritability, “fussy” behavior, and “high-pitched” cries.”

53.Encephalitis. National Institutes of Health
“Symptoms in newborns and younger infants may not be as easy to recognize:… Irritability and crying more often (these symptoms may get worse when the baby is picked up)… If brain function is severely affected, interventions like physical therapy and speech therapy may be needed after the illness is controlled… The outcome varies. Some cases are mild and short, and the person fully recovers. Other cases are severe, and permanent impairment or death is possible. Permanent brain damage may occur in severe cases of encephalitis. It can affect:  Hearing, Memory, Muscle control, Sensation, Speech, and Vision.”

54.Effects Of Encephalitis. The Encephalitis Society

55.The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence and Future Studies. Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2013. pg 11
http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13563&page=11
“Although each new vaccine is evaluated in the context of the overall immunization schedule that existed at the time of review of that vaccine, elements of the schedule are not evaluated once it is adjusted to accommodate a new vaccine. Thus, key elements of the entire schedule—the number, frequency, timing, order, and age at administration of vaccines—have not been systematically examined in research studies.”

56.Cal-Oregon Unvaccinated Survey. Generation Rescue, June 26, 2007

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62.Administration of aluminium to neonatal mice in vaccine-relevant amounts is associated with adverse long term neurological outcomes. Shaw CA, et al. J Inorg Biochem. 2013 Jul 19. pii: S0162-0134(13)00177-3.
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63.Aluminum in the central nervous system (CNS): toxicity in humans and animals, vaccine adjuvants, and autoimmunity. Shaw CA, et al. Immunol Res. 2013 Jul;56(2-3):304-16. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12026-013-8403-1

64.Autism: a novel form of mercury poisoning.
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65.Case Control Study of Mercury Burden in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. James Adams, PhD [Arizona State University]. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeon, 2003. http://www.progressiveconvergence.com/A%20Case-Control%20Study%20of%20Mercury%20Burden%20in%20Children%20with%20Autistic%20Spectrum%20Disorders.pdf

66.Cultured lymphocytes from autistic children and non-autistic siblings up-regulate heat shock protein RNA in response to thimerosal challenge. Neurotoxicology. 2006 Sep;27(5):685-92. Walker SJ, Segal J, Aschner M. http://www.genome-explorations.com/images/pdfs_publications/10-Cultured%20lymphocytes%20from%20autistic%20children%20and%20non-autis.pdf

67.Detection and Sequencing of Measles Virus from Peripheral Mononuclear Cells from Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Autism. HISASHI KAWASHIMA et al. Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol. 45, No. 4 (April 2000), pp. 723–729 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1005443726670#page-1

68.Detection of Measles Virus Genomic RNA in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Three Children with Regressive Autism: a Report of Three Cases. J.J. Bradstreet et al. J Am Physicians & Surgeons Vol 9 no.2 2004.
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69.Do aluminum vaccine adjuvants contribute to the rising prevalence of autism?
Lucija Tomljenovic et al. J Inorganic Biochemistry Vol 105, Issue 11, 2011, Pg 1489–1499
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70.Elevated levels of measles antibodies in children with autism. Singh VK, Jensen RL. Pediatr Neurol. 2003 Apr;28(4):292-4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12849883

71.Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related to Aluminum and Acetaminophen Exposure. Stephanie Seneff, et al. Entropy, November 7, 2012

72.Hypothesis: conjugate vaccines may predispose children to autism spectrum disorders.

73.Influence of pediatric vaccines on amygdala growth and opioid ligand binding in rhesus macaque infants: A pilot study. Hewitson L t al. Acta Neurobiol Exp (Wars). 2010;70(2):147-64.Author information http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20628439

74.Phenotypic expression of autoimmune autistic disorder (AAD): a major subset of autism. Singh VK. Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2009 Jul-Sep;21(3):148-61. Brain State International Research Center. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19758536

75.Risk of neurological and renal impairment associated with thimerosal containing vaccines
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76.Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccine in first month of life. Thomas M. Verstraeten, R. Davies, D. Gu, F DeStefano. Division of Epidemiology and Surveillance, Vaccine Safety and Development Branch, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1999.

77.Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism. CM Gallagher, MS Goodman. Annals of Epidemiology , Vol. 19, No. 9 ABSTRACTS (ACE), September 2009: 651-680,  p. 659

78.Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young african american boys: a reanalysis of CDC data. Hooker BS. Transl Neurodegener. 2014 Aug 8;3:16.

79.CDC Whistle-Blower Reveals Cover-up Of Vaccine & Autism Link Data
August 27, 2014 by Lisa Bloomquist.

80.Is Big Pharma Addicted To Fraud? Erika Kelton, 7/29/2013, Forbes.
“Glaxo is accused of using a Shanghai travel agency to funnel at least $489 million in bribes.”

81.Home Pharma Recent 6 ‘Big Pharma’ frauds China 6 August 2013 Analysis
By Sheetal Sukhija, China 6 August 2013
“Each year big pharma giants end up spending billions of dollars in paying for fraud, misrepresentation of data and other such corruption allegations leveled out against them. In the last three years, global pharma giants have paid fines to the tune of $11 billion for criminal wrongdoing, including withholding safety data and promoting drugs for use, beyond any licensed condition. While GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) paid $3 billion, the biggest fine ever after pleading guilty on three criminal counts in US, Novartis ended up paying $420 million and Pfizer paid $2.3 billion in related scandals. “

82.Scientists Sue Merck: allege fraud, mislabeling, and false certification of MMR vaccine.
Suzanne Humphries, MD,  JUNE 25, 2012
“This is the story of the MMR vaccine and two Merck scientists who filed a lawsuit in 2010 over Merck’s efforts to allegedly “defraud the United States through Merck’s ongoing scheme to sell the government a mumps vaccine that is mislabeled, misbranded, adulterated and falsely certified as having an efficacy rate that is significantly higher than it actually is.” Merck allegedly did this from 2000 onwards in order to maintain its exclusive license to sell the MMR vaccine and keep its monopoly of the US market.

83.Pharmaceutical Industry Criminal and Civil Penalties: An Update
Sammy Almashat, Sidney Wolfe, September 27, 2012
“A total of 74 additional settlements, totaling $10.2 billion in financial penalties, were reached between the federal and state governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers between November 2, 2010 and July 18, 2012, with the first half of 2012 alone already representing a record year for both federal ($5.0 billion) and state ($1.6 billion) financial recoveries. Since 1991, a total of 239 settlements, for $30.2 billion, have now been reached (through July 18, 2012) between federal and state governments and pharmaceutical companies.”

84.How Corporations Corrupt Science at the Public's Expense (2012)
Union of Concerned Scientists. February 2012

85.Harvard Scientists warn about Epidemic of Side Effects due to Corruption

86.Public misinformed about seal of approval from FDA

87.‘All Trials’: because no test should go unheralded

88.SafeMinds Authored Commentary, Critiques & Presentations

89.Studies critiqued by VACCINES AND AUTISM –WHAT DO EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES REALLY TELL US? Coalition for SAFE MINDS

90.Vaccines Did Not Save Us – 2 Centuries Of Official Statistics

90a.  VAERS FAQS
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91.Development of an infection screening system for entry inspection at airport quarantine stations using ear temperature, heart and respiration rates. Sun G, et al. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:6716-9. PMID: 24111284.
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“We tested the system on 13 influenza patients and 33 normal subjects. The sensitivity of the infection screening system in detecting influenza were 92.3%, which was higher than the sensitivity reported in our previous paper (88.0%) with average facial skin temperature.”

92.Development of a non-contact screening system for rapid medical inspection at a quarantine depot using a laser Doppler blood-flow meter, microwave radar and infrared thermography. Matsui T, et al. J Med Eng Technol. 2009;33(5):403-9. PMID: 19440915
“In order to conduct fast screening of passengers with infections such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or pandemic influenza at a quarantine depot, we developed a non-contact screening system with a self-produced program to conduct a human screening within five seconds, via a linear discriminant function from non-contact derived variables, i.e. palmer pulse derived from a laser Doppler blood-flow meter, respiration rate determined by a 10-GHz microwave radar, and facial temperature measured by a thermography … The proposed system appears promising for future application in fast screening of infection at a quarantine depot.”

93.Epidemiological trends and the effect of airport fever screening on prevention of domestic dengue fever outbreaks in Taiwan, 1998-2007. Kuan MM et al. Int J Infect Dis. 2010 Aug;14(8):e693-7.
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“Our results show that airport fever screening had a positive effect on partially blocking the local transmission of imported dengue cases.”

94.Infant Pertussis: Who Was the Source? Bisgard, Kristine M. et al. Ped Infectious Disease J: Nov 2004 - Vol 23, Iss 11, pp 985-989

95.The implausibility of vaccine-based herd immunity
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96.National Immunization Survey (NIS) - Children (19-35 months)
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97.Nationwide vaccination coverage among children age 19-35 months, 2002-2012
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98.CDC Mandatory Vaccine Schedule: 1983 vs 2014
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99.The Development of the Immunization Schedule

100.Autoimmune Statistics
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“We at AARDA say that 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease.” US population in 2014 is 317 million people, meaning that 1 in 6 people suffer from autoimmune disease, or about 15%.

101.Identification of Developmental-Behavioral Problems in Primary Care: A Systematic Review
R. Christopher Sheldrick et al. PEDIATRICS Vol. 128 No. 2 August 1, 2011 pp. 356 -363
“Estimates indicate that at least 1 in 5 children has a developmental and/or behavioral disability.”

102.Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010
Jon Baio. Surveillance Summaries March 28, 2014 / 63(SS02);1-21
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“Approximately one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls living in the ADDM Network communities were identified as having ASD.”

103.Influenza Vaccines — United States, 2014–15 Influenza Season
Table displaying  amount of mercury in each flu vaccine. Flu vaccines that mercury include Afluria, FluLaval, Fluvirin, and Fluzone.

104. Mercury in vaccines from the Australian childhood immunization program schedule.
Austin DW, et al. Toxicol Environ Health A. 2010;73(10):637-40. PMID: 20391108
"Eight vaccines administered to children under the age of 5 yr were assessed for Hg content via a DMA-80 direct mercury analyzer. Seven of the 8 vaccines contained no detectable levels of Hg (less than 1 ppb); however, 1 vaccine (Infanrix hexa) tested positive for mercury at 10 ppb. The result was confirmed and validated by retesting the original sample. Follow-up testing was conducted on three additional samples of Infanrix hexa (one from the same production lot and two from a different lot). All three tested positive for mercury (average of 9.7 ppb).... the results of this study reveal that inaccuracies exist in public health messages, professional communications, and official documentation regarding Hg content in at least one childhood vaccine."

105.Childhood Vaccination: Aluminum. Natural Mama NZ.

106A.S.P.E.N. Statement on Aluminum in Parenteral Nutrition Solutions
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107.Dear parents, you are being lied to. Gianelloni Family. POSTED ON APRIL 7, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Disease Increases: Has the West's Health Really Improved?

CDC Wonder is an interesting tool to play with. It's an online US data base that collects data on the environment, population heath, births, and deaths. You can create tables or graphs, specifying by year, age, location etc. For instance, using this tool you can ascertain the mortality rate of certain diseases, and get an idea of how those diseases have risen or fallen over time. Which is exactly what I did. What I found was huge growth in particular of mortality for neurological or autoimmune diseases. These are usually chronic diseases, that progressively get worse over a period of years, as opposed to a sudden onset infection that can kill within days or weeks. The results were very startling, and my mind raced to think of all the different factors that have changed over time that could account for this huge rise in disease. My first thought was neurotoxic substances such as aluminium, mercury, fluoride. Make of it what you will.














  




Sunday, January 26, 2014

Straight From the Mama's Mouth: Advice on Fussy / Gassy Babies

Very often women bring up gassy / fussy baby issues on Beautiful Breastfeeding's Facebook page (Natural Mama NZ's sister site). Mothers pour in with helpful advice, sharing what has worked for them personally. For me this is the best advice and it's one of crowning achievements of motherhood support pages on Facebook. Because gassy / fussy baby  issues keep coming up on Beautiful Breastfeeding and other motherhood pages I thought I'd collate some of the great advice shared through various threads into a blog post. Enjoy...

Check the Latch
"Have you had your latch checked? It's more likely a latch issue than a milk issue; if your latch is slightly off he may be swallowing large amounts of air and he will get very uncomfortable from this."

Burp More Often
"Burp your baby mid-feed. Makes a world of difference with gassy barfy babies."
"Burp more throughout day not just around feedings. Also try burping before feeds. Check out Dunstan baby language."

Try Different Positions
"If you walk around with them tummy down on your forearm, head resting in the nook of your arm. I found this position helped them get through it. And sucking makes their guts move so nurse him. Even if he’s fighting it and cranky...it will help it move through."
"Holding upright after feeding helps, as does gas drops and gripe water. The best thing I've found are what I call “fartercise”. Bicycling wasn't enough I have to gently stretch his legs up until his feet touch his face. GENTLY I stress. And I start with knees bent and gentle pressure towards his tummy and work my way up. It was the only way I could get him some relief. Now he giggles the whole time I do it but as he's getting older he is able to take care of most of it himself."
"I had gassiness / fussiness problems with my daughter, what I did was to hold her up for an hour or more after each breast feed! Now she's two months and she is better, baby needs time to adjust with everything."

 Baby Massage
"Before cycling baby’s legs get some lotion and do the "I love you" massage (google it) and instead of doing JUST his legs lift his body up and slowly roll it back down, like you would do if you were stretching your back. Doing that gets so much more gas out."
"Along with bicycling baby's legs, I would do infant massage on tummy. Worked like a charm with mine."

Babywearing
"Carrying in a sling/wrap close to you is worth trying."
"My little guy had similar issues, so I would burp him after 10 min or so. I also wore him everywhere, and the movement helped him a lot. In the Moby wrap I would bounce-walk and it would calm him down when he was screaming in pain."
"I wear my baby in a Sleepywrap for most of the day and he is so comfortable, he just sleeps, and wakes when he's hungry."

Probiotics
"You can give your baby their own probiotics. It's the only thing that helped my daughter when she had gassiness / fussiness around the same age. We used BioGaia."
"Probiotics helped my son so much. We used Flora Baby."
"I give my baby probiotics! Works great! You can get it at any health food store!"
"You can buy Florajen probiotics for baby." 
"I highly recommend probiotics for your baby too! I started giving them to my baby girl when she was 8 weeks for gassiness / fussiness and they worked very fast. I've been giving them to her ever since and she's never had any GI problems. They're very good for immunity and overall health (I've been working on probiotic research in different diseases for the last 8 years). Hope he feels better soon!"

Change Your Diet
"Could be what you are eating... when I made some changes in my diet I saw a wonderful improvement in my baby."
"Write down what eat! I found out I can't have pepperoni at all my daughter gets gas and stomach ache so bad."
"I chose to cut out many things and it works for me. Some are ok with onions, garlic, soy, dairy, gassy veggies, corn and red meat, some are not. In order to know, you have to cut it out COMPLETELY for a couple of weeks."
"I had to cut all dairy and gluten and it made a HUGE difference."
"My youngest had an issue with me consuming any caffeine."
"Hot sauce hurt my little guy's tummy too."
"What about broccoli? Gave mine gas something fierce."
"I had to eliminate caffeine, peppers, and dairy from my diet."
"Cutting out dairy and other "gassy" foods completely was the only thing that helped us. My baby did grow out of it by about three months except for large amounts of dairy. Goodluck!"
"Try the elimination diet. It takes at least 3 weeks of total elimination from your diet for diary to get out of your system and see results that are consistent."
"If diary is the problem ALL dairy has to be avoided if it is supposed to work. Any dairy will elicit an adverse response in an infant that is allergic or sensitive to dairy (even hidden diary like casein). Same goes for soy and wheat. Please read this: http://kellymom.com/health/baby-health/food-sensitivity/ Also, if you consider cutting dairy altogether, this list may be helpful: http://www.godairyfree.org/dairy.../dairy-ingredient-list-2 See also here: http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-faq/gassybaby/ Take care x"
"Have you tried cutting all soy out of your diet? Could be egg allergy, too."
"Watch the onions, garlic, peppers, beans, broccoli and cabbage. I know it's tricky getting your feet on solid ground, but you will get there! And it's SO worth it!"
"Gluten could definitely be a culprit. Cut gluten containing foods front your diet (pay as much as you can attention to all products labels, it can hide anywhere) just for few days and see what' s new in his status. Take care!"
"Watch out for certain seasonings too. All I can eat is salt on my food. Only veggies are corn and squash too. It's worth it as no screaming baby! Oh and no soy either, even soy oil or lecithin... which is in chocolate!"
"My daughter was like this and it turns out she is cows milk protein intolerant. This meant I couldn't have any dairy or soya in my diet - none at all. It takes a month to get out of your system so you have to be patient, but it definitely worked for us. She's now 20 months and still has a dairy and soya free diet. Could be worth a try."

Foremilk / Hindmilk Imbalance
"What are his poops like? If green and lettuce like, you may have a foremilk/hind milk imbalance....baby may not be getting the full day milk that comes toward the end of a feeding session."
"It may be a foremilk and hindmilk imbalance, try to make sure he feeds at least 25 mins both sides. Lots of good energy, you can do it!"
"We had this issue ourselves! For us it had nothing to do with what we were eating, or when I breastfed. My baby was getting too much of the start of the breast milk that is like skim milk, and not enough of the cream at the end of the feeding. If this is your issue, feed on one side until that breast is completely empty. Even if the baby stops because it's full, start again on that same side the next time until it is empty. This way the baby gets all the digestive enzymes that are in the thicker milk to help them digest the skim. We fixed that problem in 24 hours doing that. We sure had a lot of crap advice to the contrary though. Hang in there!"
"How long is your baby nursing on one side?...If he is a quick nurser he could be getting too much foremilk. Foremilk has a lot of lactose in it when that lactose mixes with his little intestines it is painful. And creates a colicky acting baby. Try nursing on one side for a block if time. Each time in that block baby nurses go to the same side, don't switch. When the block is over do the same on the other side. Good luck!"
"Try feeding on one side only. My little guy was getting horrible gas from too much foremilk. Once I started nursing him on just one side it helped tremendously. I pumped out the other to keep my supply up. Around eight weeks it all changes a lot anyway. Stick it out mama! You're doing a great job!"

Forceful Letdown
"When my daughter had that problem our issue ended up being my letdown was too much for her to handle and caused her to take in air. We switched nursing positions to one where she sat upright while nursing and this worked out great for us."

Reflux
"It may be reflux. My son has it. He just takes reflux medication and keeps on breastfeeding."
"You could ask your doctor to give you acid reflux meds and if the problem is reflux it will all go away within days. It worked for all 3 of my children. After weeks of crying with my first. Acid reflux is common in children whether breastfed or bottle fed. So if the problem is reflux, changing to formula will not fix this problem at all, the baby will still be fussy and upset."
"Might be acid reflux, try Ranitidine. Get it from your doc. That is what my baby had and it worked. He had the same symptoms."

It Gets Better With Time
"Time will solve it, some babies are gassy and colicky but this won't last forever!
Don’t give up because it is just a stage!"
"My pediatrician said baby’s guts "wake up" at around 4-6 weeks and they are just fussy and gassy for a little while."
"Some babies might just have a rougher time getting their digestion up and running smoothly. Baby will make it promise."
"Gas starts going away around 2 months old. My baby just smiles and farts now when it was so bad at first."
"We went through gassiness / fussiness with my daughter (now nearly 8mo). It was a rough 6 weeks but after that she was much better."
"ALL my babies (4) went and are going (3weeks old) through a period of gassiness / fussiness. I honestly think it is just their guts adjusting to life on the outside. I nursed them all until after 2 years old including my 21 month old I am still nursing along with the 3 week old."
"Both my babies always seemed in pain with gas, grunted, cried, and struggled...but breast feeding helped them push through it. It does and will pass as he grows, it may seem like it takes them forever to do so, but it will happen. Keep on breast feeding!"
"It will go away, mine went through a gassy phase at 6 weeks and it was gone around 8 weeks or so."
"My son had colic for the first three months of his life. He was our first baby and it broke our hearts to see him in such pain. He cried constantly and so did I. Everyone I knew (and didn't know) commented on his colic and many insisted I switch to formula. I refused and nursed him for the first three years of his life. I have absolutely no regrets about this decision. He was a very high needs baby who was and still is super sensitive but today he is an amazing 5 year old."
"I nursed, held and wore him constantly as a baby and I truly believe this attachment parenting created the foundation for a remarkable and confident young boy. Good luck to you, follow your heart and try to remain positive. His colic will decrease with age and you too can experience an incredible relationship together particularly with breast feeding."
"Both my babies were gassy in the beginning. What I can say is that by 12 weeks it disappeared completely, it's just that until then their tummies are incapable of digesting properly. Hang in there, I promise it passes."

Medication
"They say breastfed babies don't get colic but mine did, it was awful, but once we started colic drops it settled down."
"Baby Gerber Colic Drops. I didn’t believe in it til I tried the drops."
"Simethicone is good - it gathers all the air in the tummy just ingested with a feed, and it all gets burped up in one glorious burp! After a day of this, the colic settles down a lot as those tiny air bubbles never made it into the intestines. My son is 12 weeks and had a lot of colic. I started giving him simethicone a few weeks ago and it's made a difference."
"Mylicon works for my son."
"I had to give my baby Levsin (Hyoscyamine) and it worked wonders!"
"I used to use Infacol drops before each feed which helped."
"My baby was really gassy the first month or so too. I used the target brand gas drops. It worked better than the gripe water. And it tastes way better."
"Colief definitely."
"Try Little Remedies: Little Tummies. Both of my kids used it."
"My son is 7 weeks old and went through this the first 6 weeks. He has reflux and now is on a PPI medication and I give him gas drops Colic Calm he is a whole different baby! It’s truly trial and error! good luck momma!"
"I got stuff called Colic Calm at Walgreens and I'll tell you what IT WORKS! Invest in some!
"Try a product called Iberogast it's an amazing herbal product that is great for wind, colic and reflux."
"My son was very gassy and the only thing that worked was Ovol."
My daughter responded well to a little chamomile tea! I'd breastfeed then give her a couple tablespoons of tea...big burp, big fart and she was happy. Good luck mama" 
"Try cooled fennel tea or homeopathic chamomilla. My boy was the same and they really helped. Health food shops stock chamomilla granules especially for tiny ones."
"My baby had issues with gas and my pediatrician suggested an ounce of prune juice mixed with an ounce of water once a day. Helped my little guy out tons!"
"Buy some carroway seeds and make a tea out of it, you and the baby should drink some, it will help the gas get out!"

Check For Anatomical Problems
"Just make sure that your baby does not have lip or tongue tie that would cause the baby to have a poor latch and get more air when eating. Look at www.kiddsteeth.com to get information about how to check. If you think this is a problem, you can PM me. Good luck! This probably isn't the issue, but I just wanted you to rule it out because it does affect 3-5% of babies."

Chiropractic Care
"My son was diagnosed with GERD and given Zantac. It helped for a few months but he started presenting similar symptoms again. We took him to a chiropractor that diagnosed him with a hiatal hernia. He's been so much better ever since! I suggest looking into a reputable chiropractor that works on infants. And they don't adjust infants the same as adults. My son was on my lap the entire time. Good luck!"
"Chiropractor works miracles for babies! Highly recommend, we dealt with the same issue with my youngest and nothing else helped but the chiropractor. Good luck!"

Try to Avoid Formula
"Worst possible idea is to switch to formula - it will only make things worse as formula is a lot harder on an infant's gut than breast milk. Even just a bottle can cause severe damage to the natural Ph level of his gut. My son was the same, very colicky. I just persisted and he is now 5 months, still breastfeeding and very happy! Don't supplement his milk with anything, and just hang in there. http://www.health-e-learning.com/articles/JustOneBottle.pdf"
"Formula actually gave my daughter much worse gas."
"We tried formula and it made no difference with gas! Only made him constipated."

Helpful Books
"It may have nothing to do with his stomach or the milk. Colic is not always caused by stomach issues. My baby had colic for the first 4.5 months and it was so difficult but I was given a book called "Happiest Baby on the Block". Seriously this book is a must read for mothers of colicky or fussy babies, it saved our sanity. He will grow out of it and the book gives real solutions for calming him in the meantime that work. Good luck and don't give up yet."