Live attenuated vaccines decrease total mortality while nonlive vaccines increase total mortality
From my book, Vaccines: truth, lies, and controversy: “The immune system is immensely complicated, and it is not possible to predict which nonspecific effects a targeted vaccine might have. Vaccines can affect nontargeted infectious diseases both positively and negatively. Danish professor Peter Aaby has done ground-breaking research in this area spanning 40 years.14 His group has published many papers that provide support to their hypothesis that live attenuated vaccines decrease total mortality while nonlive vaccines increase total mortality. The measles vaccine, for example, decreases mortality much more than what can be explained by its effect on preventing measles. The sequence of vaccinations also seems to be important for total mortality, and it is best to end with a live vaccine. Such observations do not render decision making about vaccines easy.
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) for tuberculosis and the measles vaccine probably reduce mortality from pneumonia and sepsis. In contrast, the combined diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP) vaccine is suspected to double overall mortality in low-income countries, which is worrying because the vaccine apparently induces tolerance and increases the risk of unrelated infections, in particular respiratory infections, which are bigger killers than the targeted diseases in such settings15 (see more about this in Chapter 8). These findings did not make Aaby popular at WHO headquarters. Public health messages become difficult when such totally unexpected results appear and become supported by subsequent studies.”
In 2019, I wrote an expert report, Effect of DTP vaccines on mortality in children in low-income countries. This was because a WHO systematic review from 2014 had assessed the effect of three vaccines on total mortality in infants and children: BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin), DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) and measles. I found serious flaws in the WHO review while I confirmed Aaby’s findings that the DTP vaccine doubled mortality in low-income countries. WHO also found that the DTP vaccine increased mortality but in trying to explain away what they found, they violated basic scientific principles. You can read my expert report here.
Psychiatry textbooks are filled with errors and propaganda
Students of medicine, psychology and psychiatry, and allied health professions learn about psychiatry by reading psychiatric textbooks. They generally believe what they read and reproduce it at their exams. University textbooks are therefore a powerful tool for indoctrination – for arriving at the “right opinion” even when it is wrong. When I read the five psychiatric textbooks in Denmark most commonly used by medical and psychology students, I uncovered a litany of misleading and erroneous statements about the causes of mental health disorders, if they are genetic, if they can be detected in a brain scan, if they are caused by a chemical imbalance, if psychiatric diagnoses are reliable, and what the benefits and harms are of psychiatric drugs and electroshocks. Much of what is claimed amounts to scientific dishonesty. I also describe fraud and serious manipulations with the data in often cited research. Read more.
ADHD is BS
Watch 6 min satire with American “ADHD expert” Professor Chip Cash, have a laugh, and then get serious and do something to help end this profitable, hypocritical, pseudoscientific, 21th century form of child abuse.
Anonymous authorship may reduce prescription drug deaths
I just published the article, Anonymous authorship may reduce prescription drug deaths, in Ind J Med Ethics, online first. I argue why the current peer review system is unfair and invites abuse and give examples of misconduct at the FDA and in drug companies which has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths we could have avoided.
I very much hope you will read my paper and open a much needed discussion of why we not only need anonymous whistleblowers but also anonymous authors to protect public health and scientific freedom and freedom of speech. Please also look up upcoming articles about this subject in the journal,
The decline in scientific freedom has been particularly visible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute for Scientific Freedom in Copenhagen and Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford will therefore hold a joint conference with the title above in Copenhagen 24-25 October 2022. We hope to see you.
Book review of “The Chinese virus: killed millions and scientific freedom”
Written by Dr. Dick Bijl, President, International Society of Drug Bulletins.
Peter Gøtzsche continues to be productive. The Danish doctor and researcher is publishing articles and books at a rapid pace. His latest book is about the impact of the pandemic on science. According to Gøtzsche, truth, science, honesty, decency, and respect for human rights were among the first victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
When will the COVID-19 follies stop?
I wonder when the authorities will think outside the “perpetuum mobile” (more of the same, indefinitely) box and conclude that we are in a situation that is not much different to flu seasons and allow us to live normally … And why did Sweden do relatively well, with fewer deaths per million than in France, Italy, Spain, the UK, and USA, despite having very little lockdown and not recommending face masks, which very few people used? Read more
The pervasive financial and scientific corruption of psychiatric drug trials
We assessed the 7 FDA approved psychiatric drugs 2013-17. All pivotal trials and subsequent review articles were scientifically corrupt. Key psychiatrist authors and speakers received huge amounts of money from the manufacturers. Read the article
The decline and fall of the Cochrane empire
I published this book on 8 January 2022. It can be downloaded for free. It is the story about institutional corruption and the rapid transformation of a prosperous democracy into a brutal tyranny. It explains why one of the most important organisations ever in healthcare, the Cochrane Collaboration, now seems to be doomed because the wrong man was employed as CEO in 2012. He systematically destroyed Cochrane, particularly the highly respected Cochrane centres, and a weak Governing Board let him do it. In April 2021, he suddenly left without a farewell message, seven days before the UK funder announced a major budget cut. Many of the things he did were highly bizarre and difficult to understand. Journalists have therefore asked: Did he have powerful friends in the drug industry? Was he planted to destroy Cochrane? I hope you will read my book and recommend others to download it. What one man did to a once magnificent and idealistic organisation should not be forgotten but should become widely known.
Experts weigh in after suing FDA for access to Pfizer trial data
Read Maryanne Demasi’s article about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine: The Department of Justice lawyers representing the FDA asked the federal judge to allow them 75 years to process the Freedom of Information Act request, which takes the end date for the final release of documents to 2096. “It is dystopian for the government to give Pfizer billions, mandate Americans to take its product, prohibit Americans from suing for harm, but yet refuse to let Americans see the data underlying its licensure.”
Open letter from BMJ to Facebook about inappropriate censoring of serious data integrity issues in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial
Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
We are Fiona Godlee and Kamran Abbasi, editors of The BMJ, one of the world’s oldest and most influential general medical journals. We are writing to raise serious concerns about the “fact checking” being undertaken by third party providers on behalf of Facebook/Meta.
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