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VacciShield: Pixie dust for an imaginary threat

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I know by now I shouldn’t be, but I am still amazed by how readily so many people buy into the seemingly endless array of bogus sCAM nostrums. Many are marketed and hawked for the treatment or prevention of diseases that are poorly managed by science-based medicine. There are countless examples of dietary supplements that are purported to effectively treat back and joint pains, depression, anxiety, autism, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue; the list goes on and on. The lure for these treatments is at least understandable and, although frustrated that scientific literacy and rational thought loses out, I empathize with the desire to believe in them. On the other end of the spectrum is the even more ethically corrupt substitution of safe and effective treatments with products that are not. I encountered what I find to be possibly the most frightening and dangerous example of this recently at my practice. A family new to the area called to schedule a routine health-maintenance visit for their 5-year-old daughter. When our nurse reviewed the medical records the mother had faxed over, she noted that the child was unimmunized and explained to her that she would need to begin catch-up vaccinations. The mother matter-of-factly stated that her daughter was actually fully vaccinated with a vaccine alternative. She had received a series of homeopathic vaccines from a naturopath. I am not going to discuss this egregious example of sCAM here, though it was addressed in previous SBM posts.1,2 Instead I’d like to focus on another part of the sCAM spectrum. Here lies a form of sCAM that, in some ways, is even more difficult for me to comprehend. These are products invented, marketed, and sold solely for the treatment or prevention of fictitious diseases or problems that exist only in the realm of fantasy.

Vaccishield: yes, you clearly CAN make this sh** up.

A mother-naturopath by the name of Catherine Clinton has identified a little known condition that has launched her career as a producer and seller of one of the newest health-maintaining elixirs. At $27.99 USD for 1.36 ounces, she’s probably doing all right. It’s not a condition, exactly, that her elixir is aimed at. It’s more of a, well, I guess you can call it a state of unsupported peri-vaccination health, or something. In her own words, VacciShield was designed to “fill a gap that we saw in the vaccination process”. To be a little more specific, ND Clinton explains on her company’s website:

I became concerned about vaccinating my son and wanted another option to support him during vaccinations. I looked to the research to see if there was something I could do nutritionally to support health during this vulnerable time. So we created VacciShield to fill a gap that we saw in the vaccination process. VacciShield is designed for infants and kids to help support healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal and detoxification function during vaccination.

The gap in the vaccination process she refers to is clearly something she found missing from her child’s routine pediatric care. A gap she has identified that, if not filled, places children at risk. At risk from what is not made clear anywhere on the company’s website. But since VacciShield is intended to support healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal, and detoxifying function, I’m assuming she believes these body systems are at some sort of risk from vaccinations. Actually, it’s pretty clear what she’s referring to by her albeit vague terminology. And the name VacciShield is certainly not ambiguous. It is meant to shield children from the potentially damaging effects of vaccines, while still presumably allowing the benefits of the vaccines to slip through.

To be fair, ND Clinton’s vagueness about what, exactly, this product is supposed to shield against and how is not entirely her fault. The Dietary Safety, Health, and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1999 (under which all dietary supplements fall) prohibits her from making any specific health claims (such as “VacciShield protects your baby from vaccine-toxin-induced autism”). That would place VacciShield in the drug category, and would require the support of real scientific evidence and FDA oversight. As a dietary supplement, so-called “structure-function” claims (such as “supports healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal, and detoxifying function”) are permitted providing they are truthful and non-misleading, and require only that the FDA be notified within 30 days of the supplement going on the market.

Now, these claims are truthful and non-misleading by only the most legal, non-scientific interpretation. The “active” ingredients in VacciShield include vitamins C, D3 (really a hormone), and E, zinc and selenium, the amino acid L-glutamine, and the nutrients choline and inositol, which are all involved in well-described biochemical or bio-synthetic processes in the body. As such, in the strictest, most uninformative way, these ingredients do “support” body function. In addition to the “active ingredients” mentioned above, VacciShield contains the probiotics Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium lactis.

DSHEA disclaimer

Based on the ingredients she has chosen to include in this product, and the references she cites in support of them, it seems that ND Clinton’s concerns about vaccinating her son are fueled by just about every vaccine myth out there, including Wakefield’s MMR-induced leaky gut-autism myth, the too-many too-soon gambit, the glutathione-deficiency vaccine-induced autism hypothesis, the thimerosal-induced neurotoxicity myth, the intestinal flora dysregulation and autism hypothesis, and probably others all thrown into the mix.

But to play devil’s advocate, let’s look into the evidence in support of VacciShield’s claims (Note: at the end of this post I present a brief synopsis of each of the references cited on the VacciShield website.)

The probiotics

Without delving into the topic of probiotics and the microbiome, suffice it to say that there is, in fact, a growing but still murky body of evidence supporting a host of either protective or treatment effects of probiotics, including possibly enhancing the immune response to the live oral polio and rotavirus vaccines. The VacciShield website cites several references to support their inclusion of Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium lactis in this product. None of these references, however, provide any evidence that can be construed as supporting the use of these probiotics when vaccinating, and some refer to studies that include probiotics not contained in VacciShield.

The vitamins

VacciShield contains small amounts of vitamins C, D3, and E. The VacciShield website cites several references to support their inclusion in this product. While some of these references document real immune-modulating and antioxidant effects, none provide any evidence suggesting benefits of supplementation during vaccination. The website states the following rationale for including these vitamins:

Vitmain C

Vitamin C has been shown in clinical research to support brain, immune, detoxification and gastrointestinal function in a growing child. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radical damage. Vitamin C is also necessary to hundreds of metabolic processes. Research out of Australia suggests Vitamin C’s ability to decrease the side effects of vaccination.

Glutathione, in its reduced state, plays an important role in the body as a free radical-scavenging anti-oxidant. The unsupported hypothesis that glutathione deficiency exists in children predisposed to autism has led some anti-vax pseudoscientists to believe that antioxidants (vitamin C is one) may protect against purported vaccine-induced autism. Other equally unsupported theories claim that thimerosal (now only in some influenza vaccines) lowers glutathione levels to cause neurotoxicity. It seems that this is the likely flawed rationale for the inclusion of vitamin C in this product.

Vitmain D3

Vitamin D3 has hormone like actions by binding to DNA receptors and promoting cell growth. Research highlights the vital role Vitamin D3 plays in maintaining healthy immune, brain, gastrointestinal and detoxification function. Recent research shows how vitamin D3 assists in the immune response to vaccination.

Vitamin D3, which is really a steroid hormone, has many important functions in the body, and there is evidence supporting its role in modulating immune responses. Though they are interesting examples of the important role that vitamin D3 plays in immune modulation, none of the references cited on the VacciShield website support its use as a dietary supplement around the time of vaccination. To claim that they do is an absolute over-reading or misrepresentation of the existing science.

L-glutamine

L-Glutamine is an amino acid found in breast milk and plays an important role in several metabolic processes. L-Glutamine is an important precursor to the major detoxification enzyme, glutathione. L-Glutamine fuels the cells that line the gastrointestinal tract, helping to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Recent studies in 2005 and 2007 showed that L-Glutamine improved intestinal barrier function in children ages 2 months to 6 years old.

These statements sound okay, but they do not give us even a clue as to why we would want to provide a child with extra L-glutamine around the time of vaccination. Unless, of course, you subscribe to some vague, pseudoscientific theory of vaccine toxin-induced, leaky gut, neurotoxicity. The use of these citations is truly beyond belief (make sure you see the summaries below…).

Zinc

Zinc has been shown in research to support brain, immune, detoxification and gastrointestinal function in a growing child. Zinc is an essential mineral that is necessary in hundreds of metabolic processes. Zinc helps maintain a healthy immune system as well as healthy growth and development. Research in 2009 highlighted zinc’s ability to enhance infants immune response to vaccination as measured through immune titers.

Again, these statements are (mostly) true. But replacing the word zinc with almost any biochemically active molecule would be equally true. The last bit about zinc’s ability to augment the immune response to vaccines is another huge stretch, or it simply indicates ND Clinton’s inability to grasp the science. The study cited refers to the finding that zinc supplementation of young Bangladeshi children enhanced their antibody response to the cholera vaccine. Zinc deficiency is extremely common in Bangladesh, but not so in the developed world. Supplementing well-nourished (and zinc-replete) children prior to vaccination is pointless.

Selenium

Selenium has been shown to be a necessary component of detoxification pathways as well as immune function. Selenium is an important precursor to the major detox enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Research with selenium and the polio vaccine shows how important selenium is to the handling of vaccines and immune function.

Yes. And thankfully children have more than enough selenium in their little bodies for all of their little body functions. There is not one stitch of evidence (including the ridiculous choice of references on the VacciShield website) suggesting that supplementation with additional selenium does anything to support a child through their vaccinations.

Choline and inositol

Choline and Inositol work together as primary sources of a healthy cell membrane. They help enhance brain development in infants and children.

Yes, again. And again, this has no relevance to the recommendation for supplementation.

None of the references cited to support supplementation provide any such evidence. Her references for choline are laughably irrelevant, and there is not a single reference for inositol.

In summary, there is no evidence that any of these ingredients improve the efficacy of any vaccine. Nor is there any evidence or reason to believe that an infant or child’s immune system requires “support” to either adequately respond to or be able to handle routinely administered vaccines. Much of the evidence referenced on the VacciShield website is related to the immune modulating and enhancing effects of the substances in question. Putting aside the fact that the evidence is badly misrepresented, it seems from the research cited that the primary benefit of VacciShield must be to augment the response to vaccines rather than to shield or protect against their damaging effects. Reading between the DSHEA-restricted lines on the product website, it is implied that vaccines somehow tax or overload a child’s immune system, thus making “immune support” beneficial. We have heard this canard many times, and it has been mercilessly dealt with ad nauseam elsewhere. Simply put, an infant’s immune system is more than adequately equipped to handle the antigen load of our current vaccine schedule. In fact, compared to the immune challenge faced by the act of simply going outdoors, not to mention fighting the common cold, a child’s vaccine visit is like a drop in the bucket. And though I won’t rehash this topic here, the “toxic threat” of vaccines is no threat at all. Those who claim otherwise are either ignorant of the science or are willful fear-mongers. In the end, VacciShield can be seen only as an expensive and useless solution to a non-existent problem. Not surprisingly, the website testimonials are over-the-top, and rather hilarious. My favorites are those crediting VacciShield for a trouble-free vaccination experience,

I have been using VacciShield since my children first starting immunizations and thanks to this great product, the side effects have been minimal. No fevers, swollen arms or legs and the best part, no panic from mom! I feel at ease taking them in now. I recommend this to all my friends who have children. It really works, and it’s great for all ages!!
- Ditton in Oregon

On the other hand, maybe this is the trick for getting all of my vaccine-hesitant parents to get their children vaccinated…


Probiotic references:

Daily probiotic’s (Lactobacillus casei Shirota) reduction of infection incidence in athletes.” Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2011 Feb;21(1):55-64.

  • A double-blind, placebo-controlled RCT demonstrating a reduction in the frequency of upper respiratory tract infections in athletes taking Lactobacillus casei during 4 months of winter training. It also demonstrated a significant increase in salivary IgA, which was hypothesized to play a role in the lowered incidence of infections.
  • There is no reason to conclude from these results that Lactobacillus casei can enhance the immune response to vaccines, particularly if increased secretory IgA is the responsible factor, as suggested by the authors.

Effect of probiotic supplementation in the first 6 months of life on specific antibody responses to infant Hepatitis B vaccination.” Vaccine 2010 Mar 19;28(14):2577-9.

  • This was an underpowered RCT that produced confusing results suggesting an increase in IgG antibody response in infants receiving a very specific schedule of hepatitis B vaccination, but not another schedule.
  • The authors state that the study was designed to evaluate the effect of probiotic supplementation in the first 6 months of life on eczema in at-risk infants, however eczema is mentioned nowhere in the paper, making me wonder whether the study endpoint may have been changed during the study, or that there were multiple-endpoints.
  • The probiotics used in this study (Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus) were not the same as those in VacciShield, making this study no use as supporting evidence, though I don’t see how it would support the use of these probiotic even if they were.

Probiotic bacteria stimulate virus-specific neutralizing antibodies following a booster polio vaccination.” Eur J Nutr. 2005 Oct;44(7):406-13.

  • A double blinded RCT demonstrating a greater increase in poliovirus-specific serum IgA and IgG levels following vaccination with oral polio vaccine in patients receiving Lactobacillus rhamnosus or acidophilus compared with placebo.
  • Again, The probiotics used in this study were not the same as those in VacciShield, making this study inappropriate to use as supporting evidence.

Ability of probiotic Lactobacillus casei DN 114001 to bind or/and metabolise heterocyclic aromatic amines in vitro.” Eur J Nutr. 2009 Oct;48(7):419-27.

  • An in vitro study exploring the ability of Lactobacillus casei to absorb and/or metabolize several heterocyclic aromatic amines, which may be potentially carcinogenic dietary compounds.
  • This study has no relevance as a piece of supporting evidence for the use of this or any other probiotic during vaccination.

(Two additional studies cited as supporting evidence were not included here because they were simply topic overviews.)

Vitamin references:

Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses.” Br J Nutr. 2007 Oct;98 Suppl 1:S29-35.

  • This is a journal supplement that summarizes the roles of selected vitamins and trace elements in immune function, discusses how deficiencies in these micronutrients may lead to immune disregulation, and then hypothesizes that supplementation may support the body’s natural defense system.
  • No evidence here.

Combined ascorbate and glutathione deficiency leads to decreased cytochrome b5 expression and impaired reduction of sulfamethoxazole hydroxylamine.” Arch Toxicol. 2010 Aug;84(8):597-607.

  • A study suggesting that guinea pigs fed a vitamin C and glutathione-restricted diet may be less able to metabolize reactive metabolites of the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole (SMX). The authors hypothesize that this mechanism could contribute to the higher risk of SMX hypersensitivity in patients with AIDS and antioxidant depletion.
  • To cite this as evidence for the use of vitamin C around the time of vaccination indicates either profound scientific illiteracy or outright fraud. That said, there are anti-vaccination pseudoscientists who believe subtle glutathione deficiency predisposes some children to autism following vaccination, or that thimerosal lowers glutathione levels to produce vaccine-induced neurotoxicity. There is no sound science to support these beliefs. Even if there was, the paper cited here still provides no evidence for the use of vitamin C with vaccination.

Ascorbic acid promotes detoxification and elimination of 4-hydroxy-2(E)-nonenal in human monocytic THP-1 cells.” Chem Res Toxicol. 2009 May;22(5):863-74.

  • This in vitro study demonstrated that pre-treating a human leukemia cell line with vitamin C decreased HNE-induced formation of reactive oxygen species and formation of protein carbonyls. HNE (4-Hydroxy-2(E)-nonenal) is a reactive aldehyde derived from oxidized lipids, and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. According to the authors, the study results suggest that the protective effects of vitamin C are related to its ability to reduce glutathione.
  • This is an in vitro study that has nothing to do with vaccines. Unless, again, you believe in the glutathione theory of vaccine-induced autism.
  • If you are looking for evidence to support the use of vitamin C with vaccinations, you will not find any here.

TLR-induced local metabolism of vitamin D3 plays an important role in the diversification of adaptive immune responses.” J Immunol. 2009 Apr 1;182(7):4296-305.

  • Discusses the role that naturally occurring vitamin D3 and calcitriol have on the adaptive immune response to injected antigens and actual infection.
  • Does not discuss the role or potential effect of vitamin D supplementation during vaccination.

TLR ligands that stimulate the metabolism of vitamin D3 in activated murine dendritic cells can function as effective mucosal adjuvants to subcutaneously administered vaccines.” Vaccine. 2008 Jan 30;26(5):601-13.

  • This study demonstrated in a mouse model that active metabolites of vitamin D3 produced locally are able to affect various aspects of innate and acquired immune responses. This may be useful in developing new forms of adjuvants (substances added to vaccines to “jump start” the immune response).
  • It in no way supports the notion of supplementing the diet with vitamin D3 when vaccinating.

Developmental vitamin D deficiency causes abnormal brain development.” Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2009 Dec;34 Suppl 1:S247-57.

  • The authors developed an animal model to test the biological plausibility of the hypothesis that developmental vitamin D deficiency may play a role in schizophrenia. They report structural brain changes in the developmentally deprived animals, and some subtle behavioral changes.
  • Really? Evidence for giving vitamin D to children prior to vaccinations?
  • This is getting ridiculous.

1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 regulates genes responsible for detoxification in intestine.” Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2007 Jan 1;218(1):37-44.

  • Using microarray technology, the authors studied the effect of a single dose of vitamin D3 on gene expression in the intestine of vitamin D-deficient rats. They found increased expression of several phase I and phase II biotransformation genes, and an increased expression of antioxidant genes. They suggest that the results support the idea that vitamin D is a significant factor in detoxification and protection against environmental toxins.
  • Ok, so if you believe these results, and you believe that vaccines contain dangerous toxins that need to be eliminated, and you believe that administering vitamin D3 to children around the time of vaccination will stimulate the relevant enzymes to do the relevant detoxifying, then maybe you’ve hit on something here. Another enormous stretch.

Vitamin D receptor negatively regulates bacterial-stimulated NF-kappaB activity in intestine.” Am J Pathol. 2010 Aug;177(2):686-97.

  • By ablating the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in mice, the authors demonstrated that the VDR negatively regulates bacterial-induced intestinal NF-kappaB activation and attenuates response to infection. They conclude that VDR is an important contributor to intestinal homeostasis and host protection from bacterial invasion and infection.
  • And how does this support “protecting” children through vaccination with supplements of vitamin D3? It doesn’t.

L-glutamine references:

Intestinal barrier function and weight gain in malnourished children taking glutamine supplemented enteral formula.” J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005 Jan;40(1):28-35.

  • Malnourished infants/young children fed a formula supplemented with glutamine had a lower Lactulose/mannitol excretion ratio (used as a surrogate marker for intestinal permeability) than those receiving standard formula, indicating improved intestinal barrier function.
  • So? Again, if you believe that vaccines damage your intestinal barrier (there is NO evidence for this anywhere in the literature. ANYWHERE.), and your child is malnourished, then go at it.

Wasting and intestinal barrier function in children taking alanyl-glutamine-supplemented enteral formula.” J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2007 Mar;44(3):365-74.

  • Same authors and basically the same as the above.

Zinc and glutamine improve brain development in suckling mice subjected to early postnatal malnutrition.” Nutrition. 2010 Jun;26(6):662-70.

  • Malnourished Swiss mice that received subcutaneous injections of glutamine showed increased hippocampal gamma-aminobutyric acid and synaptophysin levels, and increased CA1 brain layer volume vs. controls.
  • Ok then, clearly we need to give our kids glutamine when they get their shots.
  • Are you laughing or crying? If neither, you need serious help. Or you need to buy some VacciShield…

Zinc references:

The influence of marginal zinc deficient diet on post-vaccination immune response against hepatitis B in rats.” Hepatol Res. 2006 May;35(1):26-30.

  • In vitro cell-mediated immune response and in vivo specific antibody response to hepatitis B vaccine was decreased in rats fed a diet with marginal zinc content. The authors suggest that marginal Zn deficiency might influence the efficacy of hepatitis B vaccination in humans.
  • See above.

Micronutrient deficiencies are associated with impaired immune response and higher burden of respiratory infections in elderly Ecuadorians.” J Nutr. 2009 Jan;139(1):113-9.

  • This was a cross-sectional study of elderly Ecuadorians in a low-income community in Quito, Ecuador. It demonstrated that the burden of infectious diseases, micronutrient deficiencies, and anemia was substantial in this elderly Ecuadorian population, and that deficiencies of essential vitamins and minerals place these elderly adults at risk for infections through their negative impact on immune function.
  • If you’re an elderly Ecuadorian with micronutrient deficiencies, it might be a good idea to take some zinc supplements. If your children live in a well-developed nation and are fortunate to be well-fed, stop wasting your money on products like VacciShield, and donate it to UNICEF instead.

Therapeutic potential of N-acetyl cysteine with antioxidants (Zn and Se) supplementation against dimethylmercury toxicity in male albino rats.” Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2012 Jan;64(1-2):103-8.

  • Combined treatment of zinc and selenium with N-acetyl cysteine (replenishes reduced glutathione stores) to dimethylmercury-exposed rats showed a substantial reduction in the levels of DMM-induced oxidative damage and comet tail length (a measure of DNA damage).
  • In the US there are no more thimerosal-containing vaccines (except for multi-dose vials of influenza vaccine).
  • Thimerosal contains ethyl mercury, not methyl mercury. There is a huge difference.
  • Thimerosal was never a risk to children and has been shown to have no linkage to autism (nor does industrial methyl mercury by the way…).
  • This can in no way be construed as evidence supporting the use of zinc supplementation for children receiving vaccines.

Selenium references:

High selenium status in individuals exposed to arsenic through coal-burning in Shaanxi (PR of China) modulates antioxidant enzymes, heme oxygenase-1 and DNA damage“. Clin Chim Acta. 2010 Sep 6;411(17-18):1312-8.

  • The authors conclude that inorganic arsenic exposure from coal-burning power plants in China is associated with oxidative stress, which may be prevented by high levels of selenium.
  • Do I really need to address this? No, because if you believe this is good evidence to support supplementing children with selenium prior to vaccination, then the cause is lost.

Influence of selenium on innate immune response in kids.” Folia Microbiol (Praha). 2009 Nov;54(6):545-8.

  • Supplementation of baby goats with inorganic selenium was found to up-regulate some in vitro immune responses but not others.
  • We’re scraping the bottom here. And why are we trying to upregulate immune response again?

Selenium-dependent and -independent transport of arsenic by the human multidrug resistance protein 2 (MRP2/ABCC2): implications for the mutual detoxification of arsenic and selenium.” Carcinogenesis. 2010 Aug;31(8):1450-5.

  • Explores the role played by selenium in the transport and detoxification of arsenic in human embryonic kidney cells.
  • No relevance to the use of selenium in vaccinating children.

An increase in selenium intake improves immune function and poliovirus handling in adults with marginal selenium status.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jul;80(1):154-62.

  • Selenium-deficient adults who received selenium supplements showed increases in some but not all measured immune responses to oral polio vaccine compared to controls.
  • These were adults who were selenium deficient, and the vaccine was the oral polio vaccine, which is no longer given in the US.
  • Children respond just fine to vaccines and do not need their immune response augmented.

Choline and inositol references:

Pre- and postnatal health: evidence of increased choline needs.” J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Aug;110(8):1198-206.

  • Reviews the importance of choline in fetal development and suggests that pregnant woman may not consume adequate choline during pregnancy. Once again, this is not relevant to the discussion of supplementing children who receive vaccines.

Dietary choline reverses some, but not all, effects of folate deficiency on neurogenesis and apoptosis in fetal mouse brain.” J Nutr. 2010 Jun;140(6):1162-6.

  • This study demonstrated that choline supplementation could reverse some, but not all, of the damaging effects of folate deficiency in fetal mouse brains.
  • This is another evidentiary non sequitur. It is meaningless to the issue of peri-vaccination supplementation.

Early reduction of total N-acetyl-aspartate-compounds in patients with classical vanishing white matter disease. A long-term follow-up MRS study.” Pediatr Res. 2008 Apr;63(4):444-9.

  • Leukoencephalopathy with vanishing white matter is an autosomal recessive degenerative disease of the brain and spinal cord that can present in children or adults. It is not linked in any way to vaccines.
  • I can only guess that ND Clinton cited any references containing the terms choline and brain disease that came up in her PubMed search, because while the word choline does appear twice in this paper, it has no relevance to a deficiency state or anything else I can imagine her wanting to reference. Oops.

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81 thoughts on “VacciShield: Pixie dust for an imaginary threat

  1. highnumber says:

    At some point does the outcome of vaccinated children justify selling malarkey like this? It would be cynical and opportunistic but I might be able to wrap my head around making a few bucks off that for a while. I’d certainly donate some of my profits to science education. Watch for my kickstarter.

  2. Silver says:

    All this Vacci-Quack needs is a kid on her product being diagnosed as autistic, and she’ll be out of business and out of pocket. Big $$$$$. It’ll happen in no time. Sweeeeet!

    1. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      Oh, no, that won’t happen. Instead, the person with the autistic child will convince themselves they didn’t use enough of it, and most of the people who bought the product will be smug that they used it properly and therefore protected their children.

      Read Mistakes were made (but not by me) and despair at the future of humanity. It’s amazing anything works.

      1. Silver says:

        Unfortunately, I might have to agree with you: on vacci-quack/auti-crack issues, smug ignorance and nonsensical peer pressure might deter litigation. Saaaaad.

        1. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

          Oh, no, I hate to tell you that you are still wrong. It has nothing to do with smug ignorance or peer pressure – the human mind has an inborn mechanism that makes it incredibly difficult to sincerely utter the words “I was wrong”, so instead people double-down.

          Seriously, read Mistakes were made, it’s riveting, short, readable and horrible. And it’s not just quacks and their customers – remember elevatorgate? South Park’s Go God Go episodes were a cartoon-based demonstration of these principles.

          1. Silver says:

            I can’t read every book I’d like to. I don’t “get” everything people would like me to “get.” This doesn’t make my comment invalid or irrational.

            1. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

              No, and I’m not trying to belittle your comment (though I probably came across as doing so – my apologies). Only that I thought similarly, then read MWM and was amazed (along with probably everyone who has read it) at just how irrational we “thinking men” actually are. MWM along with the invisible gorilla (theinvisiblegorilla.com) and You Are Not So Smart are a great, popular-level account of just how nutty, weird, and deceptive our senses and thought processes are.

              We all have the firm impression that we can rely on our senses and that we think things through from a rational perspective, and we really, really don’t!

  3. Windriven says:

    “Selenium has been shown to be a necessary component of detoxification pathways”

    I didn’t know I had a detoxification pathway – unless we’re talking about my colon.

    1. DevoutCatalyst says:

      Your colon is clogged, there’s a veritable Loch Ness monster up there. Only selenium or Céline Dion can vacate the savage beast.

      1. Windriven says:

        “Your colon is clogged…”

        Are telling me I’m full of sh!t? This is not a novel observation you know ;-)

      2. Frederick says:

        Yeah ‘take a Kayak’

        1. Windriven says:

          Not being a huge (or even small) Celine Dion fan, it took me a few minutes to semi-figure out the ‘kayak’ allusion. A commenter on the Youtube stream where I witnessed her ‘take a kayak, go into those walls’ mini-drama wrote:

          “Celine Dion is to liberals as Pat Robertson is to conservatives: An embarrassing caricature.”

          I thought that was pretty apt.

          1. Frederick says:

            I am at all a Fan, I really don’t like that kind of cheesy music and her voice, But I still have some respect for her because she does not hide the fact that she is Quebecoise, and their huge Shows in the US oftne use people from quebec to work of them. But that “take a Kayak” bit is now a running gag around here, EVERYBODY knows about it. And she is a great person to have fun about, Lot of Comedian do joke about her, and she is good with that.

    2. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      We do have a detoxification pathway, it’s called the hepatic portal vein. And in adequately nourished people there’s pretty much nothing one can do to improve it.

      1. Windriven says:

        “it’s called the hepatic portal”

        I guess some people are looking for a titanic portal.

        1. Calli Arcale says:

          My liver will go on….

    3. Eldric IV says:

      “I didn’t know I had a detoxification pathway”

      You have a bunch of them. Of course, they are all biochemical pathways that modify specific, identifiable molecules that would otherwise exert specific, identifiable effects, rather than mysterious “toxins” that hide about like ninjas and cause all manner of ailments.

      1. Windriven says:

        Eldric, it’s Friday. I was going for the laugh. Obviously without much success.

    4. november says:

      Well I thought of the liver mtabolim, which also has detoxification as a function. At least some articles say it has some potential benefits to Hep C patients… although selenium overdose can harm various organs including liver.

  4. R3d says:

    Glutathione is an enzyme?

    1. Verna Lang says:

      Glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, they’re all enzymes aren’t they? Head-desk. If this stuff gets even a small number of babies to the doctor for their vaccines, I’d be willing hold my nose, dress up like a witch doctor and hand it out in the waiting room. (Singing, dancing and shaking of rattle available by request)

      1. Eldric IV says:

        Charge people $27.99 for the vitamin-infused probiotic smoothie and give them the shot for free?

        1. Lytrigian says:

          What, and funnel all those profits to Big Probi? I don’t think so!

    2. MadisonMD says:

      Glutathione is a reducing agent not an enzyme. It is a substrate for the xenobiotic detoxifying enzyme, glutathione S-transferase.

  5. Tsu Dho Nimh says:

    You know … slapping a pastel green or blue or lavender bandaid over the vaccine site and telling the mom that it was to detox the site might work just as well.

    1. Chris Hickie says:

      We’ll be in trouble using band-aids if this area of vaccine development comes to full fruition: http://news.discovery.com/tech/ouchless-needles-flu-vaccine.htm

    2. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      Shake it first, or hit it with a Bible. If you’re going to use sympathetic magic, might as well go all-out.

      1. Windriven says:

        “or hit it with a Bible”

        You are healed! (TM) Benny Hinn

  6. goodnightirene says:

    Ahhh, but you forget that the American diet consists of food grown in “depleted” soil which makes it devoid of any nutritional value, so all kids are “malnourished” unless they eat 100% organic and GMO-free food! I’ve always been struck by how easily well-off, doting and caring parents will believe that their children are somehow nutritionally deficient.

    This stuff is a big placebo for the mother–who feels better about getting the evil vaccine. Still, I refuse to go down the path of “whatever helps to get the kid vaxxed”.

    Thanks very much for the very thorough investigation. The summaries of the studies are a good example of how easily a non-scientist can go down the garden path of thinking she has “done the research”.

    1. Lytrigian says:

      People are often irrational about nutrition. My wife has a constant fear that our younger son isn’t getting enough “protein”. It’s the only nutrient she ever talks about.

      This is our 5’10″, 195lb 15 year old. How anyone might think that he’s even remotely malnourished, I can’t imagine.

  7. Chris Hickie says:

    Like a certain pediatrician I won’t name, it’s a given this woman will say she’s not anti-vaccine and that she created this–with “research she did”–to help parents who are hesitant to vaccinate. No, she is anti-vaccine and she didn’t do any research.

  8. bluedevilRA says:

    One of my most absurd experiences in my 3rd year of med school was in peds clinic. I was talking with a vaccine hesitant family. I was eager to apply my SBM knowledge of antivaccine tropes to help this family make the right decision. We discussed toxins, too many too soon, aborted fetal tissue, etc for a good 20 minutes. I tried my best to address their concerns. In the end, the mom said “we still don’t want to vaccinate. We want to wait a few more visits” (I think she really meant never). I was so frustrated and annoyed that when I saw her give her 6 month old baby a multi-level marketing vitamin supplement, I couldn’t resist asking “what’s in that?” She responded “um, I’m not sure. Vitamins?” I called her out on the fact that this supplement was likely never tested in infants for safety and that it could be potentially harmful. She didn’t care. Toxins in vaccines = bad. The unknown ingredients in an unregulated sCAM supplement = totally fine.

    1. Jessica S says:

      Call me crazy but I’d be terrified giving my infants/toddlers this Vacci-Shield or any other such cocktail of supplemental hokum. And I’m perfectly fine shooting them full of “toxic” vaccines. I’m with you – it’s difficult to wrap my head around it from another angle.

  9. Young CC Prof says:

    You know what else can “help support healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal and detoxification function” in infants?

    Baby formula. Or milk. AKA, the stuff they eat every day. It also supports growth and hydration.

    And I’m so tired of the probiotic hype. Yes, it appears that there is a connection between microbiome and health, and probiotics have the potential to help with many diseases. But that’s like saying drugs can help with diseases. The bald statement is useless unless you know which organisms, how much to give, and how best to administer it for that particular condition at that particular stage of life. Taking a random probiotic might be about as healthy as wandering around behind the pharmacy counter with your eyes closed and grabbing the first bottle you find.

    1. nutrition prof says:

      What else supports a healthy immune system?
      oxygen
      maybe we should market that
      -oh wait, someone is

    2. stanmrak says:

      You clearly don’t know much about probiotics. Do some research.

      1. Windriven says:

        YoungCCProf says:
        “[I]t appears that there is a connection between microbiome and health, and probiotics have the potential to help with many diseases. But that’s like saying drugs can help with diseases. The bald statement is useless unless you know which organisms, how much to give, and how best to administer it for that particular condition at that particular stage of life.”

        “You clearly don’t know much about probiotics. Do some research.” says the doctor of deceit, the professor of puffery, IdiotMittensStan.

        What is your precise complaint with YCCP’s statement? Or are this just one of your typical ejaculations of intellectual flatulence?

        1. Lytrigian says:

          Or are this just one of your typical ejaculations of intellectual flatulence?

          There are probably probiotics that can help with that.

      2. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

        You clearly don’t know much about probiotics. Do some research.

        But stan, I thought you couldn’t trust the studies? And much of the human-trials research showing the benefits of “good” bacteria are funded by yogurt companies – are they magically somehow trustworthy bastions of good science, blissfully free of the conflicts of interest that so plague Big Pharma? And does that extend to the agricultural companies that usually own Big Yogurt? The companies that also publish research on genetically modified organisms? Does this mean you’ll eat a fishmato?

  10. TwistBarbie says:

    I’ve noticed “vaccine support” products becoming more popular lately, both homeopathic or supplement combinations. I’m so torn, on one hand it’s painfully stupid, but on the other I think it represents a trend of former vaccine-shunners realizing how important vaccines really are for their children. Honestly I think everyone’s hard work has paid off and science is winning over antivaccine foolery. I’ve sincerely noticed more critical thinking lately in some of the least “science-y” parts of the internet, whether it’s the flood of pro-vaccine messages on FB (and I’ve got some real morons on my FB) or comments on a celebrity gossip website shouting down Gwyneth Paltrow for hyping that crazy Japanese scientist’s goofy “emotions affect water” BS.
    So yes, these products are a stupid, useless waste of money, but if that’s what it takes for people to vaccinate I’m ok with it*, provided the products aren’t harmful. Maybe we can say vaccine + stupid “protective” supplement is the gateway drug to straight vaccines :)
    *of course I’m not commenting on the ethics of people producing, marketing and selling products for made-up conditions, which, of course, is horrid.

  11. Frederick says:

    Just the picture and the name of the product was enough to understand what the article was about… I was like : .. huum what??… really? ( here is a good way to put it : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq8NOpt-nfQ )

    I guess that if quack believers vaccinate their kids now because of that product, it’s not too bad, but it is a scam. It still playing with fear, and people that’s are “not sure” will see that and think ” if there’s a product to protect my kids, it is because that something risky”. So for some it might confirm their fear.
    Even the name of the company is super cheesy and manipulative : WellFuture, I mean, Come on! Those sCAM are always super cheesy: butterfly and rainbow with little fairy dancing around the bottle.

  12. Harriet Hall says:

    You went to a lot of work researching this. Thanks for your efforts. I hope this article comes up when prospective buyers google the product.

    What intrigues me most about products like these is how they come up with the particular combination of ingredients, and how they assume that there will be a synergistic effect without testing to rule out antagonistic effects. My favorite example was a weight loss supplement that included ingredients that would be expected to work against each other; a couple of ingredients were known to cause weight gain!

  13. Roadstergal says:

    The name and the color scheme are straight out of a Prescott Pharmeceuticals product from a Cheating Death With Dr Stephen T. Colbert, DFA, segment. “New VacciShield! SIde effects may include…”

  14. Roman says:

    Reads to me like a takeoff on the Airborne scam.

  15. Vicki says:

    What caught my eye is that they are admitting that they are giving children this stuff in order to treat their parents’ unjustified anxiety. Can you imagine putting that on the packaging of an actual drug?

  16. Dr. Raymond Whitham DrMéd, DrMédVét, MPH says:

    A mother-naturopath by the name of Catherine Clinton :

    “I became concerned about vaccinating my son and wanted another option to support him during vaccinations. I looked to the research to see if there was something I could do nutritionally to support health during this vulnerable time. So we created VacciShield to fill a gap that we saw in the vaccination process.”

    I think she was actually saying to herself:

    I became concerned about vaccinating my son and wanted another option to make MONEY. I looked to the research to see if there was something I could do to help my finances. So we created VacciShield to make a lot of $$$$ selling a bogus product to “cure” a bogus health risk. We must find a way to make real science appear to back our claims so we can create an illusion of authenticity.

  17. cloudskimmer says:

    I really enjoyed the article–thorough and well-supported, but I’m anxiously awaiting the outcome of the story you opened with: What happened to the child? Did the family accept the catch-up vaccines? Did you invite them to find another pediatrician? C’mon; inquiring minds want to know!

    1. Anna says:

      I came here to ask just that. I’d love to know how the nurse responded to the woman who said her children had received vaccine alternatives from a homeopath and therefore didn’t need catch-up immunizations!

  18. Chris says:

    I have been slogging through Sarah Pope’s blog (hehealthyhomeeconomist) because she claims in the comments of her post about The Daily Show: “I never googled anything to decide against vaccines. I read medical textbooks and scanned microfiche at the library.”

    I have been looking for the non-googled stuff it her vaccine articles, but not finding anything very convincing. Though she does have an article that advertizes this nonsense:

    1. MadisonMD says:

      Microfiche? When did she do the research? 1970?

      1. Chris says:

        The rest of that comment is: “All google has done is put the same thing I read in 1997 at people’s fingertips. Smart people will find the truth if they dig in and search. Google is not necessary to find this information. It just makes it more convenient.”

        I remember using AltaVista then, along with an early rendition of PubMed (mostly at the library). It was with AltaVista I found this page that was debunking the “evidence” that Ms. Pope was probably using:
        http://www.pathguy.com/antiimmu.htm

        On another comment in that thread she claims: “When my Dad was in medical school, he was taught that vaccine induced immunity lasted a lifetime like natural immunity. Whoops! Big mistake, big HUGE mistake wouldn’t you say?”

        Obviously her father’s medical school did not know about boosters for tetanus, diphtheria, Yellow Fever, etc.

        1. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

          Obviously her father’s medical school did not know about boosters for tetanus, diphtheria, Yellow Fever, etc.

          Chances are he was dumbing it WAAAAAAAYYYY down for her.

    2. Sawyer says:

      I had completely forgot about the Healthy Home Economist until you reminded me of her. Let’s hope she never gets enough attention to merit coverage on this site.

      I’m still searching for the Cylon factory that has spawned the Food Babe, Sarah Pope, and every other indistinguishable model of “moderately attractive woman ranting about food with 3rd grade science education.” Whenever one disappears a new one seems to pop up with the exact same objectives. And they don’t seem too keen on coexistence with rational human beings.

  19. Greg Gilbert says:

    By focusing on specific cases and their supportive arguments we may be missing the larger issue, the devaluation of truth. We now have political parties, television networks, and other institutions making money telling people what they want to hear despite the clear absence of evidence. Indeed, lying has become a ritualistic practice of 1st Amendment rights. Before you had to mislead, now it’s ok to plain out lie.

  20. Scote says:

    So, they are afraid of the tiny amount mercury found in some vaccines, and the answer is selenium? Funny how they are afraid of one heavy metal but not another…

  21. Here many different things and supportive parameters to increase brain signals are well discussed and described. The deficiency of such things may bring the mental retardation and abnormal behavior with neurological disorder.
    Autism is one of brain disease or neurological disorder. Autism does not come with one particular symptom but has a complex of disorders.
    Apart from neurological disorder autism is a genetic disorder too. It is well proved that autism has a strong genetic basis but besides genetic abnormal expressions, there are many parameters to understand the cause of autistic disorders.
    One thing is GRM pathway which is associated with quantity of glutamate (neurotransmitter) in brain, which is not described here.
    So, we should be up to date about recent findings and researches of autism or ASD.

    1. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      You’re a shitty autism quackery shill and I hate you personally.

      1. Windriven says:

        @WLU

        I’d like to note that Paul generally won’t remove a comment once it has been responded to. I would have asked for this comment to be pulled as it is clearly a commercial appeal for hyperbaric chambers and adds nothing to this thread.

        That said, I join you in your loathing of this despicable parasite.

        1. Chris says:

          Perhaps a good reply to the spammer is to remind people that hyperbaric chambers can be deadly, especially when run by opportunistic shysters.

        2. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

          Paul usually does that for blatant spam, this looks like someone actually wrote it and thought about it. Plus, I like calling out assholes. And this person is an asshole.

    2. Disparaging personal opinions are unscientific and shows a lack of professionalism which affects credibility.

      1. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

        So you support the use of ozone therapy for autistic kids?

        You can’t define “valid medical treatments” as “those that a stranger on the internet disagrees with”. That’s how a child picks their favourite candy. A grownup would base their opinions on the scientific evidence. So grow up.

      2. Windriven says:

        “Disparaging personal opinions are unscientific and shows a lack of professionalism which affects credibility.”

        Honesty does not show a lack of professionalism and the only way that honesty affects credibility is by improving it.

  22. Marcus Aurelius says:

    On the other hand, perhaps public health agencies could use this idea to their advantage. They could provide a quick round of homeopathic “vitamins & supplements” to go with the child’s regular vaccinations – a sort of placebo pacifier for the parents.

    Could VacciShield even be some some sort of anti-anti-vaxxer plot? ;)

  23. Flower says:

    I’d be more worried about the CDC pedaling flawed and falsified science with respect to the toxicity of thimerosal in vaccines in order to cover up the growing incidence of neurological conditions in children.

    1. Chris says:

      Please tell us which vaccine on the American pediatric schedule is only available with thimerisal. Do not cite influenza because half are thimerosal free, and do not mention DTaP since all but one is thimerosal free.

    2. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      What would be the CDC’s motivation to “to cover up the growing incidence of neurological conditions in children”? I mean, why would they ever, ever, ever bother to do this? To avoid having to change the vaccines? Well, they’ve already removed thimerosal and switched from multidose to single-dose vials, an act that was tremendously profitable for the pharma companies (single-dose vials are more expensive than multidose, so they can charge more per vial). “Too many, too soon” would also benefit them since spacing out vaccines means more individual vaccines, which again means more profit.

      How does it feel to be supporting Pfizer’s bottom line? Does it feel good?

    1. Chris says:

      So what is the status the medical license for the authors whose name is “Geier”?

    2. Woo Fighter says:

      Brian Hooker? Boyd Haley? THE GEIERS?!!!!

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    3. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      Forgot the reference:
      http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2014/247218/

      Um…who cares? A question you could ask the authors of that journal article is “who cares, since thiomersal has been removed from vaccines for decades now?”

      Actually, I could ask you the same question – who cares? Except Merck, and their newly-profitable line of single-dose vaccines.

  24. Catherine Clinton says:

    Hi, I’m Catherine Clinton and I’m the founder of WellFuture and creator of VacciShield. Thanks for taking the time to check us out. While reading your review it became clear that some of the links that were up weren’t going to the correct address. We’ve fixed the problem and now the links point to the right adresses. The scientific research links illustrate how the ingredients in VacciShield support healthy immune, gastrointestinal, neurological and detoxification function. VacciShield isn’t pixie dust or magic powder. It is a nutritional supplement. We’ve never claimed that it was more than that. I created VacciShield because I was nervous about vaccine side effects in my children. I looked for nutrients that would support the systems in the body that I’m concerned about during vaccination. I do the same for my family and patients any time we have foreknowledge of a potential risk environment be it flu season, airline travel, etc. There is a small but real segment of vaccine patients who experience adverse reactions. These adverse reactions are not simply a matter of chance or a roll of the dice, they are influenced by multiple factors and nutrition is one factor that parents can control. Millions of people use nutritional supplements to boost health in all kinds of situations- illness, stress, academics, travel, just to name a few. Parents are left wanting a way to support their children’s health during immunizations and it is an important option to have available for families.

    1. Chris says:

      “These adverse reactions are not simply a matter of chance or a roll of the dice, they are influenced by multiple factors and nutrition is one factor that parents can control. ”

      Citation needed. Please do not include any that involve research on children in developing countries, since you really cannot compare the nutrition between an American child and one living in Guinea-Bissau.

      By the way, you might try reading some of the articles on this blog about nutritional supplements: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/tag/supplements/

    2. Andrey Pavlov says:

      I looked for nutrients that would support the systems in the body that I’m concerned about during vaccination. I do the same for my family and patients any time we have foreknowledge of a potential risk environment be it flu season, airline travel, etc….Millions of people use nutritional supplements to boost health in all kinds of situations- illness, stress, academics, travel, just to name a few. Parents are left wanting a way to support their children’s health during immunizations and it is an important option to have available for families.

      And, as Chris linked, there is absolutely no evidence to support or reason to believe that such “nutritional support” would have any benefit, nor that any of the issues raised by VacciShield exist or are a result of nutritional deficiency. Nor is there evidence to indicate that the vast majority of people in developed nations are anything but completely nutritionally replete.

      We are not claiming that VacciShield is literally pixie dust. But we have demonstrated that there is no evidence to support the claims that are made for it, plenty of reason to believe there is no reason to need such a product, and no reason to believe that vaccines can cause such sort of health problems.

      1. Chris says:

        “Nor is there evidence to indicate that the vast majority of people in developed nations are anything but completely nutritionally replete. ”

        Especially the “worried well” who seem to be the primary market of this kind of vaccine scaremongering. It seems odd that a group of people who obsess over every little health issue would have a diet that could cause nutritional deficiencies.

        Unless, of course, these are the ones that have decided whole groups of foods like dairy, wheat and/or heated food should be avoided. Though I doubt VacciShield would be sufficient, those people should consult a registered dietician.

    3. Sawyer says:

      There is a small but real segment of vaccine patients who experience adverse reactions

      Give us a ballpark estimate of what you think “small” means. Of course answering this question still tells us nothing about the reliability of your product, but it would be the first step in distancing yourself from anti-science nutjobs.

      Be aware that you will be fighting an uphill battle every step of the way on this site. In the last six years I’ve yet to see someone pitch their product here and come out ahead after the dust settles. I look forward to someone breaking the streak, but I’m not holding my breath for VacciShield.

    4. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      VacciShield isn’t pixie dust or magic powder. It is a nutritional supplement.

      And like all nutritional supplements, it is not tested for safety or efficacy. And you fail to address the fact that “detoxification” is a nonsense word, and that vaccines do not include “toxins” except in your fevered imagination. Oh, and that vaccines do not “stress the body”, it doesn’t challenge any systems that would require support.

      I created VacciShield because I was nervous about vaccine side effects in my children.

      So…you thought some random searches on pubmed resulted in you being better-informed than the group of pediatric immunologists, infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists who developed the vaccine schedule and the ingredients list? But at least you get to sell something for a profit, right? Who cares if it’s a nonsensical bunch of irrelevant ingredients to address a non-problem? Who cares if you’re addressing issues of malnourished third-world populations in well-nourished first-world populations, as long as you can make a fast buck, right?

      There is a small but real segment of vaccine patients who experience adverse reactions.

      Yes, and that’s why the experts at the CDC put together a list of who should not be vaccinated. The CDC doesn’t say “pop a vitamin pill and eat some yogurt”.

      Millions of people use nutritional supplements to boost health in all kinds of situations- illness, stress, academics, travel, just to name a few.

      Yeah, and they’re wasting their money. Nutritional supplements do not “boost health”, they prevent and address deficiencies, which most people do not have in the absence of frank symptoms. Like all nutritional supplements, you’re merely fleecing the gullible.

      Parents are left wanting a way to support their children’s health during immunizations and it is an important option to have available for families.

      Yes, and parents want to support their children’s health, a nonproblem for the most part, because people like you make a point of spreading fear to generate a market. Having an option like this available is about as useful as having the option to buy a flying carpet in case your plane crashes.

      Not all options are good.

      1. Chris says:

        “Who cares if you’re addressing issues of malnourished third-world populations in well-nourished first-world populations, as long as you can make a fast buck, right?”

        Which makes me wonder why a naturopath would even sell supplements. Often the NDs try to convince they are better than actual medical doctors by claiming they are able to better counsel patients on proper diet and exercise.

        So if naturopaths are so good with diet and exercise advice to their patients, why would their patients need supplements?

  25. Autism is becoming a social curse because it is incurable as autism or ASD is neurological as well as a genetic disorder.
    Many different genetic bio-markers are found, responsible for autism. But an actual method or protocol is needed to get the gene/s responsible for autistic disorders.

    To study we need the HGP (Human Genome Project) database, an updated protocol with quality kits. High quality DNA isolation kits http://www.mpbio.com/index.php?cPath=2_77_917 with supplied buffers can give a quality result to do further study of autism in cellular and molecular level.

    So, have to be careful on procedure and methods which can unlock the door to find an ultimate cure of autism

    1. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

      Assuming autism is caused by genetic differences that lead to a neurological structure that differs considerably from the norm, there is no “cure” for autism, any more than there is a cure for being short, or brown haired, or left handed. If you identified the genes responsible for autism (of which there are obviously a multitude of low-penetrance genes), the most you could do would be to selectively breed them out of the population.

      But mostly your post is about you being an asshole attempting to sell your shitty unproven technology to desperate parents who want to “cure” children who can probably never be “cured” because there is no external factor that is causing their condition.

      You’re a fucknuckle and I hope you die in a fire.

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