[NVIC] Pencil Pushers Deny Vaccine/Optic Neuritis Link

June 14, 2006

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BL Fisher Note:

   Optic neuritis is a demyelinating inflammation of the optic nerve. Many
times development of optic neuritis precedes development of multiple
sclerosis (MS), which is inflammation of the myelin sheath of the brain.
More than 75 percent of all females who develop optic neuritis go on to
develop MS.

   Multiple sclerosis, which affects more than 1 million people worldwide,
is a dreaded chronic disease because it can cause severe deterioration of
the brain and block nerve signals that control muscle coordination,
strength, sensation and vision. Multiple sclerosis has been positively
associated with hepatitis B vaccine in studies linvestigating the biological
mechanism of molecular mimicry.

   All vaccines have the potential to cause inflammation in the body,
particularly brain inflammation leading to permanent brain damage. Public
health officials and medical doctors promoting forced use of use of
hepatitis B, influenza, anthrax and smallpox vaccines in the military and
civilian life have a vested interest in denying an association between
vaccination and serious chronic diseases, such as MS.

  Those determined to deny an association between vaccine induced
inflammatory conditions in the body usually like to use retrospective, case
controlled "studies" that look at old medical records. Using pencils and
calculators to dismiss causal associations between vaccines and chronic
diseases is easier than having to look at real live patients or study what
happens to their blood, urine, eyes, brain, colons, etc. after vaccination.

  The pathetic attempts by the pencil pushers to write off onset of brain
and immune system dysfunction after vaccination in previously healthy people
as just a "coincidence" will not wash. The people, whose lives have been
ruined by doctors too proud to admit the harm being done, will not let them
get away with it.


Release Date: June 14, 2006

Optic Neuritis Not Linked to Anthrax, Hepatitis B, Influenza or Smallpox

News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
CME Author: Hien T. Nghiem, MD

June 14, 2006 - Anthrax, hepatitis B, influenza, and/or smallpox vaccination
is not linked to the development of optic neuritis, according to the results
of a postmarketing surveillance of military personnel reported in the June
issue of the Archives of Neurology.

"Numerous case reports have suggested a possible association between optic
neuritis and receipt of several different vaccines," write Daniel C. Payne,
PhD, MSPH, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta,
Ga, and colleagues. "The most frequently identified vaccines associated with
optic neuritis in the literature are influenza and hepatitis B, and a report
describing 2 US military cases suggests an association with the currently
used anthrax vaccine (anthrax vaccine adsorbed)."

Using the Defense Medical Surveillance System, the investigators conducted a
matched case-control study in US military personnel from January 1, 1998,
through December 31, 2003. They estimated statistical associations between
vaccine exposures and optic neuritis within 6-, 12-, and 18-week study
intervals using multivariable conditional logistic regression analyses. The
1131 cases of optic neuritis were matched by sex, military component, and
deployment status to 3393 controls.

There were no statistically significant associations between optic neuritis
and anthrax vaccine for any of the 3 study intervals: 6-week interval (odds
ratio [OR], 1.18; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.74 - 1.87); 12-week
interval (OR, 0.92; 95% CI, 0.63 - 0.35); and 18-week interval (OR, 0.81;
95% CI, 0.58 - 1.14). Comparing those who received no dose, 1 dose, and 2
doses of anthrax vaccine, there was no difference in optic neuritis risk.
For all study intervals, there were no statistically significant
associations between optic neuritis and smallpox, hepatitis B, or influenza
vaccines, and no vaccine-to-vaccine interactions were statistically

Study limitations include lack of medical record review to confirm the
diagnosis of optic neuritis; inability to rule out an infectious cause for a
minority of cases; and age imbalance between cases and controls.

"The results from this vaccine postmarketing surveillance investigation
suggest that there is no association between optic neuritis and receipt of
anthrax, smallpox, hepatitis B, or influenza vaccinations in the US
military, whether these vaccines are administered alone or in combination,"
the authors write. "The negative findings presented here are important to
the continuing discussions regarding the safety of these vaccines."

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