Health Front: Vaccines, Kidney Stones and Ritalin Abuse
By DR. JERRY DeCAPUA, TRT Contributing Writer
• A CDC whistleblower has now gone public with a statement posted on a law firm web site that confirms that vaccine risks were suppressed or hidden, in regards to the increased risks of autism among African American males receiving the MMR vaccine. The letter, written by Dr. William Thompson does allege that CDC scientists wanted to alter or bury significant results linking the MMR vaccine in 2004. Since this time the CDC has always reported that vaccines are absolutely safe. The entire health care industry always marches lock-step behind them.
Dr. Thompson is now condemning the CDC’s secrecy regarding vaccine risk. Thompson states, “There have always been recognized risks for vaccination and I believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly convey the risks associated with receipt of those vaccines.” The CDC has to uphold the moral obligation to communicate all risks to the public. There is growing evidence that a certain percentage of children are having reactions to vaccines. There appears to be a strong relationship with the measles vaccine and children developing autism. Hopefully, someone at the CDC, rather than an ex-employee whistle blower can tell the public just what really are the statistical odds for the MMR vaccine.
• People with kidney stones may be at an increased risk for having broken bones. A new study at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that people with kidney stones have a metabolism that weakens their bones. Researchers at the hospital led by Dr. Michelle Denburg, analyzed data from nearly 52,000 kidney stone patients and more than 517,000 people without kidney stones.
Kidney stone patients were at a significantly higher risk for fractures, and this increased risk affected all bones. Overall, males with kidney stones were 10 percent more likely to suffer broken bones, and the highest risk was among male teens.
Among women, those with kidney stones had a 17 percent to 52 percent increased risk of bone fractures, with the highest risk among women aged 30 to 39.
The findings point to a metabolic disorder unique to kidney stones that eventually causes bones to break easier.
• Nearly one of every five college students abuses prescription stimulants, according to a new study survey sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The survey also found that one in seven non-students of similar age also report abusing stimulant medications.
Young adults aged 18 to 25 report using the drugs to help them stay awake, study or improve their work or school performance. The most commonly abused stimulants are those typically prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse, the survey found.
The survey findings “shed new light on the young adult who is abusing prescription stimulants,” said Sean Clarkin, Director for Strategy for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “While there is some recreational abuse, the typical abuser is a male college student whose grade point average is slightly lower than that of non-abusers, but who is juggling a very busy schedule that includes academics, work and an active social life.”
“The profile that emerges is less that of an academic ‘goof-off’ who abuses prescription stimulants to make up for lost study time and more of a stressed out multitasker who is burning the candle at both ends and trying to keep up,” Clarkin said.
Those particular students, who have less economic resources, are more than ever having to work at jobs, due to the rise in tuition and student expenses. The abuse of Ritalin with college students has more to do with economics than it does with the stereotypical goof-off.