September 24, 2010

Conventional Medical Beliefs

Helicobacter pylori2Image via WikipediaTwenty five years ago the conventional medical treatment for ulcers ranged from antacids to gastric surgery. The approach was to manage the ailment for which there was no known cure. As far back as 1983/4 two Australian doctors - Barry Marshall and Robin Warren - established a clear association between the H. Pylori bacterium and peptic ulcers. However this met with stiff resistance and even scorn from gastroenterologists all around the world. It was not until 1998/9 - some 15 years later, that antibiotics finally became the accepted first line of treatment, transforming peptic ulcers from a chronic to a curable illness. Someone who once worked with Marshall said his perseverance was responsible for the eventual acceptance of the theory, stating: "Any lesser of a person likely would not have been able to withstand some of the ridicule and scorn that was thrown at him initially." Recently both men were awarded the Nobel prize in 2005 for discovering the bacterial link.

Four centuries ago the famed astronomer Galileo (called the Father of Modern Science), was forced to spend the last decade of his life under house arrest for refusing to abandon his support for the belief that the Earth was not the Center of the Universe. As to why progress seems to occur in such a manner, Einstein had these words: "Concepts which have proved useful for ordering things easily assume so great an authority over us, that we forget their terrestrial origin and accept them as unalterable facts. They then become labeled as 'conceptual necessities', etc. The road of scientific progress is frequently blocked for long periods by such errors." It was during his lifetime when the first television system was demonstrated to the Royal Society - these British scientists scoffed at and ridiculed it. Preceding Einstein by just about a hundred years, distinguished German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer put it this way: "Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self evident."

Despite growing evidence to the contrary, the scientific consensus in 2010 remains that there is no credible evidence linking the MMR vaccine to vastly increased levels of autism. The CDC, WHO, and other organizations to which the public look for direction concerning vaccination issues continue to reassure the public of its safety, all the while ignoring new research findings. Meanwhile doctors who dare to speak out in opposition to the official view are deprived of research funding, sidelined and otherwise suffer career setbacks. Perhaps the most prominent of these to date is Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a gastroenterologist who was only recently struck off the medical register. Time will reveal the truth of what now appears to be the latest in a series of 'witch-hunts'.

Following are a couple of recent interviews with Dr. Wakefield:
Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s Interview by Dr. Mercola on His MMR Study
Dr. Andrew Wakefield on the Autism/Vaccine Controversy and His Ongoing Professional Persecution
Please also review this article and must-see video: Vaccinated By FORCE, NOW AUTISTIC
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