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Mar 1, 2013

Homeopathy Plus in Australia

Fran Sheffield of http://homeopathyplus.com.au/ is summoned by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and advised that two pages on their website about Whooping cough, the whooping cough vaccine, the homeopathic treatment and prevention of whooping cough contained potentially misleading and deceptive statements. One more page, which is earlier removed in April 2012, is found objectionable by ACCC. What these pages contains:-

Page 1 
“Most developed countries are currently in the grip of the whooping cough epidemic. To stop its spread, health officials are calling for the vaccination of adults as well as children. But is large-scale vaccination the best solution? Not only is protection from the current vaccine short-lived and unreliable, but side-effects are common. Recent research also suggests that the bacterium has mutated to a strain against which the vaccine is no longer effective. The homeopathic approach to this problem offers a safe and sensible solution. Homeopathy has a 200 year history of treating and preventing whooping cough without the risk of dangerous side-effects. It can also be used as a 2nd line of defence should vaccine from whooping cough already have been given.” (This page has not been on the website since April 2012).
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“Many of those affected by whooping cough have already been vaccinated. Recent studies show that the vaccine has limited effect. To stop the spread of the current epidemic, health officials are calling for the vaccination of adults as well as children. But is large-scale vaccination the best solution when protection from the current vaccine appears unreliable at best and side-effects are common? Perhaps it is time to revisit Homeopathy – Homeopaths certainly think so. Homeopathy offers an alternative or ancillary approach to whooping cough management. It is been used by medical and non-medical Homeopaths during the past 200 years for that purpose and has an excellent safety record.”
(This page is not in the public domain but in the private members area.)

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  Government Data Shows Whooping Cough Vaccine a Failure.
Australia, along with other countries, has seen a meteoric rise in the number of notified cases of whooping cough in the past few years. Lack of vaccination is often blamed but now information from the Australian government shows that the whooping cough vaccine has been largely ineffective. Between 2008 and 2010, of children aged 0-4 years whose vaccination status was known and who had contracted whooping cough, 75% were fully vaccinated and a further 14% were partly vaccinated. Only 11% were un-vaccinated. Why was the Australian government so slow to release this information? Do records from other countries show this vaccine has been equally unsuccessful? What is the future recommendation from government about whooping cough prevention? In the absence of an effective vaccine for this dangerous disease, it is also wise to know about homeopathy and whooping cough.
(This article was in the public area and linked to the following material:http://vaccinationdilemma.com/whooping-cough-australian-children-how-many-were-vaccinated - It is now in the private members area)

Is Fran Sheffield really misleading or trying to deceive the common peoples as claimed by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)? What are facts? Let us see ourselves:-

Whooping cough in Australian children - how many were vaccinated?

For the years 2008-2010, there were a total of 9333 cases of whooping cough reported in children aged 0-4 years. Among them were 754 who were either too young or otherwise not eligible to have been vaccinated, and 1497 for whom vaccine status was not known.
Of the remaining 7082 cases whose vaccine status was known, and who were eligible to have received the vaccine, 5296 (75%) were fully vaccinated for their age. A further 986 (14%) were partly vaccinated. Only 800 (11%) were un-vaccinated.

In USA 10,000 to 27,550 peoples get pertussis or whooping cough every year and many more cases remains unreported. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about nine out of every 100,000 Americans get pertussis each year.

A whooping cough outbreak at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California in 2010 studied by Dr. David Witt.

“We have a real belief that the durability (of the vaccine) is not what was imagined,” said Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California, and senior author.
Dr David Witt had expected to see the illnesses center around unvaccinated kids, knowing they are more vulnerable to the disease.
“We started dissecting the data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in fully vaccinated children. That's what started catching our attention,” said Witt.
Witt and his colleagues collected information on every patient who had tested positive for pertussis between March and October, 2010.
Of the 132 patients under age 18years, 81 percent were up to date on recommended whooping cough shots (Vaccinated) and eight percent had never been vaccinated. The other 11 percent had received at least one shot, but not the complete series (Partially Vaccinated).
“The longer you went from your last vaccine, the greater your risk of disease,” Witt told Reuters Health.
Dr. Tom Clark, a medical epidemiologist with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), said it's understood that vaccine protection wanes over time.
But moving up the Tdap booster shot to an earlier age is not so easy, Clark said, and it might not fix the problem.
“It's likely if we move doses around we'd shift the burden of disease, but not necessarily reduce it,” Clark said.
A spokesperson for GSK, one of the pertussis vaccine makers, wrote in an email to Reuters Health that studies conducted by the company have shown the vaccine is about 78 percent effective in warding off disease up until the age of six years.
GSK has never studied the duration of the vaccine's protection after the shot given to four- to six-year-olds, the spokesperson said.

3. Link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pertussis#Epidemiology
According to Wikipedia – “Worldwide, whooping cough affects 48.5 million people yearly resulting in nearly 295,000 deaths. Pertussis is the only vaccine-preventable disease that is associated with increasing deaths in the U.S. The number of deaths increased from four in 1996 to 17 in 2001, almost all of which were infants under one year.”

Now conclusions are same as they are written and revealed by Fran Sheffield of http://homeopathyplus.com.au/ Conclusions-

1. Whooping cough outbreaks are higher among vaccinated children compared with unvaccinated children.
2. The whooping cough vaccines have never been tested for long-term efficacy. GSK, one of the pertussis vaccine makers, has never studied the duration of the vaccine's protection after the shot given to four- to six-year-olds, the spokesperson of GSK said.
3. Doctors openly admit the vaccine “doesn't provide lasting protection” against the disease.
4. All the doctors and government authorities still pushing the Vaccine anyway. Why? Even any suggested safe and more reliable alternatives are taken as MISLEADING and DISCEPTIVE statements, as in the case of Fran Sheffield.
Whooping cough vaccines, it turns out, do nothing to reduce the rate of whooping cough infections. But they do accomplish something else that's even more important for Big Pharma. Government agencies in various countries, as same in Australia, working in favor of Pharma companies and not in favor of common man.
   Any one, who will dare to reveal truth, will be summoned to courts and put under trials for sake of pharma lobbies. We the Homeopaths from India, stand in unity with Fran Sheffield, For Truth, For Humanity and For Homeopathy.

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