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June 2018 (Vol. 3 Issue 4)

Bryan Hubbard



Bryan Hubbard is Publisher and co-editor of WDDTY. He is a former Financial Times journalist. He is a Philosophy graduate of London University. Bryan is also the author of several books, including The Untrue Story of You and Secrets of the Drugs Industry.














MMR: Don't treat parents like children

March 28th 2008, 12:10

It's all unravelling badly for our health guardians who have been trying their upmost to convince us that the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is perfectly safe.

In the past few weeks we've heard from the US that a court has awarded substantial damages to a family whose child developed autism after being vaccinated, and this week Dr Andrew Wakefield - the man who started the controversy about the autism link - began his defence against charges of professional misconduct.

Dr Wakefield's case is an own-goal by health regulators who clearly wanted revenge for a study that they considered was damaging to their aim of achieving mass immunity from vaccination. Either way they can't win. If they succeed in getting Dr Wakefield struck off, they'll be accused of staging a witch hunt against a doctor who was trying to help parents. If Wakefield successfully defends the charge, his research will be vindicated. And all the time the MMR debate - and Wakefield's claims - continues to get a public airing.


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The poisoned brain

March 14th 2008, 11:46

Are we poisoning our children to the extent that they can't function in the classroom?

A new study into the abilities of children in the UK who are failing basic exams known as SATS has discovered that 55 per cent have an undetected learning problem such as dyslexia.


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Off label, out of sight

March 7th 2008, 12:54

Around 25 per cent of all prescription drugs are given to patients 'off label' or for unlicensed use (see BMJ, 1998; 316: 343-5). This means that, despite the expensive safety trials that all drugs have to go through, one in four is given either to a group - usually children - who were not part of any safety trials, or for conditions for which they were not tested to treat.

Not only does this practice provide the drug company with its profit margin, it also gives it a legal loophole that allows it to conceal research feed-back, even when it suggests the drug may be dangerous.


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