In the USA 14,000 parents are accused of SBS every year and in 2009 as many as 547,000 parents in England were referred to social services departments accused of child abuse. Many of these parents will be cleared of any wrong doing, however, the accusation alone will affect these families forever. Many of the children will have been taken into care and some will have gone on to be adopted. Professionals are referring to these cases as cases where the children have been legally kidnapped.
On August 4th, 5th and 6th professionals from all over the world are going to be speaking at the second ever conference, to address the subject of false accusations of child abuse. The conference aptly entitled Evidence Based Medicine And Social Investigation will be discussing several issues of paramount importance surrounding the areas of child protection. One of the areas covered, is parents are being falsely accused of child abuse after an adverse reaction to vaccine has occurred. This prestigious event will be taking place in Vancouver, Canada.
Before covering the August conference in detail, I feel it is vital that the first conference looking into these matters is discussed. In 2004 a conference was held in Sydney Australia addressing similar issues.This huge event has been neatly swept away because of it’s controversy. Experts from around the world gathered together to take part. These experts included Lisa Blakemore-Brown, psychologist, specialist in autism, author and defense expert witness, Dr Michael Innis, MD, MBBS, DTM&H, FRCPA, FRCPath, Charles Pragnell, Independent social care management consultant, a child/family advocate, and an expert Defense Witness – Child Protection, Dr Kalokerinos M.D.and Dr Helen Hayward- Brown, PhD. The Sydney Conference was the 1st International conference ever to take place to directly challenge the Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy and Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis head on.
The conference was heavily covered by the world press but strangely enough not in the UK even though the whole event was linked heavily to the House of Lords and the Shadow Minister for Health at the time Earl Fredrick Howe was actually speaking at the conference. Why has this crucial evidence not been listened to and why has everything been hidden away without trace?
This monumental conference should have paved the way and served as a severe wake up call to the world that mistakes were being made. The information presented should have been cataloged, documented in full and the information used in court cases today. However, as with most evidence showing that vaccines do cause injuries and that parents are being falsely accused, all references to this conference disappeared without trace. Sadly there is very little information left to show that this conference ever took place. Except that is, for one very very important Powerpoint and the advertising of the event which was passed to me by a leading journalist and author Mr Michael Nott.
They can be accessed here:
The advertising alone, shows the enormity of the occasion and the powerful impact that this event should have had. The original advertising and time table of the speakers says this about Earl Howe:
THE EARL HOWE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH, UK
Lord Howe has been opposition spokesman for Health and Social Services in the
House of Lords UK, since 1997. He is an elected hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999. Apart from his frontbench responsibilities,Earl Howe’s special interests include penal affairs and agriculture.He is a member of the all-party groups on penal affairs, abuse investigations, pharmaceuticals, adoption, mental health and epilepsy.
Amongst a number of charitable appointments, Earl Howe is President of the
National Society for Epilepsy, President of the South Bucks Association for
the Disabled, Patron of the Chiltern Society, a Patron of DEMAND, Honorary Treasurer
of the Trident Trust, a member of the Committee of Management of the RNLI,
President of the Abbeyfield Beaconsfield Society, and a trustee of Milton’s Cottage.
Lord Howe has been an outspoken critic of accusations of MSBP.
In the press release it stated:
The UK’s shadow health minister in the House of Lords, Earl Howe, said his country’s child protection system was failing with its use of highly questionable and doubtful practices and with the originator of some child protection theories under intense government scrutiny and official investigation.
Those theories, Earl Howe said, were used across the world, so the impact would be felt in New South Wales along with many other areas.
In England, Earl Howe has been a strong advocate against the child abuse theories of eminent UK paediatrician, Professor Sir Roy Meadow, and he believes that people and authorities in other countries should also be aware of the problems surrounding Professor Meadow and his theories.
Earl Howe continues to speak out on these issues today.
The powerpoint was presented by Lisa Blakemore-Brown who was also chairing parts of the event.
The powerpoint entitled ‘ Pseudo Science of MSBP – Malice in Wonderland’. Is another example of this exceptional professionals work.
On slide three Blakemore – Brown speaks about what she calls ‘Ommissions’ she says:
EXPERTS SHOULD BE OBJECTIVE AND NOT OMIT FACTORS WHICH DO NOT SUPPORT THEIR OPINION” (Mr Justice Cazalet Re R (1991)”
This was an extremely important point and one which continues to be practiced throughout the child protection agencies. She also highlighted three other extremely relevant points which to this day are not considered in child abuse cases. They are-
MEDICATIONS TAKEN BY CHILD AND KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS i.e. CISAPRIDE — USED FOR GASTRO–OESOPHEGAL REFLUX WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE MARKET DUE TO SERIOUS ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDING SUDDEN DEATH ((SEE FILM)
SIDE EFFECTS ON THE UNBORN CHILD OF ESSENTIAL EPILEPSY DRUGS TAKEN BY THE EXPECTANT MOTHER SUCH AS: TWO OR MORE AUTISTIC FEATURES, GROSS MOTOR DELAY, SPEECH DELAY, HYPERACTIVITY,, BEHAVIOURAL TRAITS ((MOORE ET AL 2000 SEE OVERHEADS)
TEMPORAL RELATIONSHIP OF COT DEATH OR ONSET OF IMMUNE SYSTEM PROBLEMS TO TRIPLE VACCINES (EG: CANNINGS AND CLARK)“STILL AT FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE” LORD JUSTICE JUDGE, CANNINGS APPEAL JUDGMENT 19TH JANUARY 2004.
Strangely enough these are the same points now being discussed by Dr Waney Squier in recent newspaper articles discussing the Shaken Baby Syndrome debate.
On slide six she says::
MISUNDERSTANDING AND SHAPING OF EVIDENCE TO FIT THEORY
BEHAVIOURS ASSUMED TO BE CAUSED BY ABUSE i.e. “dislike of close physical contact and cuddling because it recalls episodes of smothering”, Jones and Bools (1999)
A RANGE OF CHILD EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOURAL DISORDERS CONTINUING EVEN AFTER REMOVAL FROM HOME, WHEN MSBP THEORY SUGGESTS THAT DIFFICULTIES WILL ABATE – INTERPRETED AS INDICATING HOW EARLY ABUSE CAN LEAD TO A LIFE TIME OF DISORDERS RATHER THAN AN ERRONEOUS DIAGNOSIS OF ABUSE.
MOTHER BEHAVIOURS INTERPRETED AS INDICATIVE OF THE MSBP MOTHER – BUT NO RESEARCH BASE AND EASY TO ATTACH TO ANYONE i.e. are often upper class well educated persons, praise medical staff excessively, have some medical education, either formal or through self initiated study or experience, might have a history of the same illness as the victim ( Artingshall 1995 – taken from a profile of MSBP offenders by the FBI – in Shattock 2001
MOVEABLE FEAST – TWISTING OF EVIDENCE TO MAKE PICTURE FIT THE FRAME.
To see her powerpoint go to http://www.profitableharm.com/pdf/SYDNEY_-_MSBP_PSEUDO_SCIENCE2.pdf
Looking through the above points, I know for a fact these factors are still being used in our court systems today. The most crucial of these I feel is the point regarding the ‘twisting of evidence’. Twisting the evidence to fit the facts often occurs in cases of suspected Shaken Baby Syndrome. For example, when a child arrives at the hospital with the triad of injuries currently used to diagnose SBS (Subdural hemorrhages, retinal hemorrhages and swelling to the brain), professionals are quick to jump on the ‘blame the parent bandwagon’ and accuse the parent of shaking the baby. However, there is evidence to support that these injuries can also be caused by –
Adverse reactions to vaccines
Shaken Baby Syndrome or Vaccine-Induced Encephalitis? By Dr Harold Buttram http://www.whale.to/v/buttram68.html
Vitamin K deficiency
Vitamin K Deficiency Disease by Dr Michael D. Innis, http://www.vaclib.org/basic/sbs/Michael-InnisJOM.pdf
Rare Genetic Disorder Could Lead To Shaken Baby Syndrome Type Injuries http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-shaken-baby-fox-files-102809-story,0,627984.story
Despite the overwhelming evidence to support other possibilities however, it is astounding the amount of professionals who are quick to look to the parents as the cause rather than to explore other avenues of possibilities first. Blakemore-Brown describes this as putting on the Munchausen’s lenses, which she says are put on by the ‘duped professional’ looking at a case involving a parent who is suspected of suffering from MSBP. She very cleverly shows the slide as blurred which says:
“Once wearing the lenses (influenced by the phenomena) the duped professional is blinded ro the truth and can’t see what is staring him in the face and what his training has taught him”
Sadly despite the multitude of evidence supplied at this wonderfully insightful conference which has been so conveniently hidden away, the lessons that could have been learned were not and now seven years later a second conference has been arranged, this time by a falsely accused parent herself.
The E.B.M.S.I. conference taking place in Canada, will be discussing areas of expertise which fall into the following categories -
1. Evidence based medicine
2. Medical differential diagnosis in cases of suspected child abuse
3. Establishing the standards and requirements for a medical expert’s defense witness
4. Legal challenges surrounding defending those innocent but accused of criminal acts relating to child abuse and the challenges of defense in family court related issues,
5. The standards of practice and guidelines for child protection investigations and process and
6.The failure of the legal systems to protect the innocent.
The experts to be speaking have been selected for their expertise in the above areas and they are:
- Dr John Plunkett – Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology, Forensic Pathology From Hastings, MN
- Dr John Galazanik – Pediatrician MD Alabma
- Dr Horace B. Gardner – Opthalmologist, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Dr Patrick Barnes – Pediatric Radiologist Pako Alto, CA
- Dr Harold Buttram – MD, FAACP. Quakertown, PA
- Dr Chris Vann Ee – Biomechanic, Detroit
- Dr Viera Scheibner – Principle Research Scientist Retired, Australia
- Dr Mark Freeman – Legal Counsel, PA
- Dr Zachary Bravos – Legal Counsel, Wheaton,Illinois
- Mr Ray Ferris – Retired Social Worker Victoria British Columbia
- Doug Christie – legal counsel, Victoria British Columbia
- Dr Andrew Moulden – MD, PhD Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate and Medical degree Canada
- and Myself.
Many of the experts speaking will be discussing vaccines and adverse reactions in relation to false accusations of child abuse, however, this is not the only topic to be discussed.
I have decided not to speak as a professional but as a falsely accused parent. This is because I feel as the keynote speaker I needed to offer something different to the conference. I am speaking on the subject of labels and the families they affect. I feel that as I am not medically trained and have no training in law, this is an area where I have the most to offer. I am speaking about what happens to the families who have been falsely accused. I am also discussing how mistakes happen and showing evidence of this, using my own paperwork as an example. I will be following my talk with a short film using examples of families who have been falsely accused, describing what has happened to them and what they say about about their accusations. This film was made with the families full written consent. The majority of the cases I use are cases where the family have been accused after a vaccine injury has occurred.
Please come and support this event.
For those of you who are interested in learning more about false accusations of child abuse and the subject of how adverse reactions to vaccination plays a large part in many of the cases where parents have been falsely accused, then this is an important event to attend.
The organizers of the conference are not only looking for more people to register for the event but also for any sponsors to come forward as they need help to with funding If you wish to register or offer financial support/air miles please contact the organizers at
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