Originally Posted by sciencemum
Posting this as an example of what happens when special interest groups try to censor scientists.
As you see it's not going well for them.
A coverup on the scale needed to fake the benefits of vaccines or hide serious and frequent side effects wouldn't work either.
Interesting article. I applaud their courage in speaking up. It may cost them big time.
I wonder though about the constant claims of a large scale cover-up on vaccine issues.
I suppose you are picturing something like this:
The graduating class of a medical school is gathered in a dark room where a professor stands up and says "we are going to let you in a major, world-wide conspiracy. Vaccines are fairly dangerous, side-effects are not uncommon, and we expect you to keep up your end of the medicine show by lying to your patients and staff whenever someone has a bad reaction. Following my brief statement, there will be a slide show on how to deny various types of vaccine reactions and how to continue to push vaccines on adults, teens, children and babies despite their experiencing dangerous reactions."
I have to agree with you. It probably wouldn't work.
On the other hand, how is it that when a parent calls a doctor and says that their baby has been screaming for 3 or 4 hours, a truly awful, high-pitched scream, that they can't be comforted, that this started shortly after they received their two month vaccines, the doctor will say: "that is normal." Without even looking up which vaccines the baby got. Without looking at the list of possible reactions. If a parent called describing a severe problem in a child who had recently been put on a new drug, would the doctor dismiss it in the same off-hand way?
So why do doctors respond in this odd way to problems following vaccinations? Is there something in their education or experience that encourages them to assume that if it happens after a vaccine it is probably okay, with the exception of anaphylactic shock?
This response doesn't actually have good results for the vaccine program, so if it is the result of a conspiracy it is a half-assed one. I've heard from a lot of unhappy parents over the years, and one of the triggers that moves them towards an anti-vaccine position is the "doctor's shrug" when something comes up after vaccines are given.
On the other hand, when someone does raise a concern about vaccine efficacy or safety, they don't seem to get applause or pats on the back or career boosts. Consider the mumps whistleblowers for example. They have had their veracity questioned, Merck tried to blame them for the mumps outbreaks (took them too long to sue Merck), they have gone through years of unemployment or hidden employment and their story has only been discussed by the business news.
Doctors who speak up find themselves under relentless attack. I wonder why?
Their must be a bit of conspiring going on somewhere. As I've demonstrated in that huge thread on the subject of dirty dealing (not just vaccines), large corporations and regulatory agencies can get away with all sorts of evil behavior and either not get caught at all or get away with stuff for many many years. Given that track record, it doesn't really seem that odd that a few huge pharma corporations working with moderately supine regulatory agencies might be able to get away with covering up problems with vaccines. Nor does it seem likely that doctors who have based their careers on the general wonderfulness of modern medicine would question one of the pillars thereof. Especially if they suspect that questions can make life very unpleasant for them. I think that the majority of doctors and nurses and pharmacists may have some niggling discomfort at this point with the size of the vaccine schedule and the pressure they are under to vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, but it takes a lot of courage to even bring up the problem.
Actually, given some of the books I read as a librarian, there are a number of excellent doctors who have extreme worries about the entire edifice of modern medicine in the US. But they don't seem to see any way out of the mess. A few adjustments here and there aren't likely to fix the problems, alas.