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CLIP ONE, 0.00 – 7.00 minutes. Roughly equivalent to this segment on YouTube.
JB: Now, it’s cold, it’s miserable, lots of us are snuffling, lots of us have got viruses, some of us will be affected by it, some of us won’t. Every single time we come round again to ‘measles epidemic’ or ‘infection rates rise in Europe” my first thought is: I’m an independent, individual human being, I have raised a biological child and two logical children. Sometimes their responses to things were worse than others, sometimes children around them had a response that was worse than mine, than my kids. The fact is, the notion that we’re all the same, that you have to be inoculating children with this MMR jab, this debate is going to go on for ever and ever and always at the back of it, in my head is ‘hold on a minute, there’s a drug company that’s making lots of money out of it’. And I always get really anxious when I hear the you know now that we’ve got ‘Banishing measles
from Europe in 2010 may have been dashed by poor vaccinations rates in a handful of countries’. you cannot have your cake and eat it. You cannot be putting rubbish and carp in food endlessly and looking at the rise of asthma and obesity and then turn round and not say look what’s happening with measles. You have to approach the whole thing at the health of our children and the health of our society. Now back in the day (and that’s an expression I’ve learned from my [unclear] son), back in the day, children got measles, children got mumps. I’m not suggesting – I am not suggesting – that we got backwards where some children, where we have one in fifteen children die of it. And that one person in fifteen is the one we have to be looking at and wondering why and dealing with it. But if, as a human being, you decide you do not want to give your child a vaccination, you should, in a democracy, have that right to day no.
There are some children – whether you like it or whether you do not – that have a response to that triple jabbing that is not good for them. We have evidence, however much people say we don’t, we have evidence that if a child’s immune system is weak; my daughter was one of them, she was very asthmatic as a child, she could not have received that triple vaccine, she couldn’t have done it so I made a calculated decision that I didn’t want to go there. and it isn’t a decision that’s made easily, it’s a lonely decision, if you’re not part of the herd, if your’ not mooing with the other cows or baaing with the other sheep, if you wanting to stand alone, it’s a very lonely business standing under a tree in a field all on your own saying ‘I don’t want to do that’. So I want you to phone me and tell me why you decided against the vaccine and how you’re coping with people saying ‘See! You’re the reason, you are the reason we haven’t banished measles’. I had that said to me by doctor in Canada: ‘You haven’t had your child vaccinated?
You’re-’ he left me in the kitchen! He blamed me for the whole measles epidemic. 0-8-4-5-6-0-6-0-9-7-3 Why didn’t you have your child vaccinated, how are you coping with the fact that people don’t like you for it, how do you like it when you are, when the study is documenting that 12,000 cases of European measles in the two years spanning 2006 and 2007 means that we are one of the handful of countries in Britain that are not doing it right. Well maybe, maybe there are all sorts of other figures that have been withheld from us, and I don’t know what they are because they’ve been withheld! Measles is a contagious infection caused by a virus. Measles was once common but because of immunisation it’s now fortunately becoming very rare. I want to know from some kind of expert
what measles is and what is in the vaccine, and why people have a reaction to it, and really my question is: what is wrong with childhood illnesses? Is it – to hark back to the first hour – because we don’t have parents at home looking after the children? What’s going on? Is there something wrong with having mumps, is there something – you know is it – most people aren’t that one in fifteen. So if you did not have your child vaccinated, why? 0-8-4-5-6-0-6-0-9-7-3 Text me if you decided against having that triple M, and are now dealing with people saying ‘you are responsible for the rise in measles’. Text me on 8-4-8-5-0. We are living in the 21st century, we have running water, most of us have running water, most of us live in better situations than we did when I grew up – I grew up in two rooms with rats and mice in the
east end of London. I can remember it. And DON’T email me in – there’s a guy who emails me in to say ‘Oh you just want to be part of the east end’ no, I grew up in St Marks St, thank you very much, born in Mile End Road, and when I go there now I look at it and think blimey that’s my birthright and thank God for that I like it. my feet are rooted in the east end even though my parents were rehoused – rehoused – in council housing, social housing, [go to Youtube Clip 2] that welfare state looked after us poor little immigrant Jews. And we were sent to this lovely house and there we have it. Asthma runs in my family, asthma runs in my husband’s family so my daughter was not inoculated. I, however, have talked to many people over the years – 22 years I’ve lived with my daughter – and over the years many many people have said the same thing, that when we were little, chicken pox, you took your kid to get the chickenpox, you made sure your child was near somebody who had it. My brother got mumps,
he lived to tell the tale. I don’t know if we had measles. I was sitting next to Nick Owen on the settee at TV AM when his children were incubating rubella which is measles, and I was pregnant! Now I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be using science and medicine to make everybody healthy, but there’s an obsession now with trying to sanitise absolutely everything, and if your child’s immune system is strong enough it will fight and it will grow and it will be strong. Too many antibiotics and now we have MRSA and superbugs. I’m not an expert, this is what I have observed, phone me: 0-8-4-5-6-0-6-0-9-7-3. If you chose to stand under the tree in the field outside the herd. Tracey in Olympia talk to me…
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Tracy the homeopath’s phone call.
JB: Phone me, 08456060973, if you chose to stand under the tree, in
the field, outside the herd. Tracy in Olympia, talk to me.
Tracy (T): Hi Jeni. Yes, I’d like to totally agree with you the fact that immunisation is totally unnecessary, especially in this day and age when hygiene has changed so much since how it used to be.
I have 4 children. The oldest being 12, the youngest being 3. [Infant noises.] You can probably hear in the background right now.
JB: Don’t talk to me, just talk to her for a second.
Tracy: [Soothes child.] My eldest is 12, my youngest is 3, none of them have ever been vaccinated, immunised. And they’re all very healthy children. They don’t have any auto-immune diseases. They don’t suffer asthma, eczema. I just think [vaccination] is total abuse of the immune system.
JB: Now, now, now. I want to do this slowly because you’re going to have people phoning in saying you’re utterly irresponsible.
12 years ago when you had your first baby, why did you not have them inoculated?
Tracy: It started off, I went on a short course about, it was a choice, making a choice about vaccination. And it was run by a homeopath.
JB: But why did you go on that course in the first place?
Tracy: Because I had a feeling inside, I inherently knew, that it must be wrong to be putting toxins and poisonous material into a young baby’s body.
Tracy: It’s as simple as that. Mercury, formaldehyde, you know – live viruses that are cured (?) in monkeys’ kidneys. How can that be right for your child?
JB: Now, are you, by any stretch of the imagination, described as a crank by your friends?
Tracy: No. They all know me too well now.
JB: So, when you made that decision, and when I made that decision 22 years ago, it is about the loneliest decision you’re ever going to make.
Tracy: Oh, absolutely! Even your family, you’ll have people standing up saying,
“Why? Aren’t you being irresponsible?”. You’ve got the doctors, you’ve got the health authorities…You know you’ve just got to take the bull by the horns and confront that on a daily basis.
People at the school would frown upon me as if my child was in some way was gonna infect their child by not being vaccinated.
But I’m a very strong-willed person anyway. And from what I learned from my first son being born I decided, yeah, I want to take this further, and investigated it a bit more and went on to college and trained to become a homeopath.
Tracy: Yes. It all came from initially just thinking, “Do I want to so this?” and it all started with that very first thought. And you know what? The more you investigate it, the more you find out about it. And anyone, right now, this moment in time can go on the internet, they can go on sites. They can find out the dangers of vaccination and make their own informed decision.
I’m not saying that for everybody it’s going to be as straightforward and as straight cut as I was able to make that decision myself. But I just knew, from the beginning, that it was the wrong thing to do.
JB: This is fascinating.
Tracy, let me ask you this. When measles-if there’s a case of measles at the kids’ school, or if there’s a case of mumps or chickenpox-what do you do?
Tracy: I say, “Great! Come on kids â let’s go get it”. Because
children get childhood diseases for a reason. It’s to boost their immune system so that later on in life when they come into contact with those diseases, it doesn’t affect them so severely. And that is why they are called childhood diseases.
The only reason children get really, really ill and perhaps, you know, suffer serious side-effects are if:
a) their immune system is not strong enough to fight off the virus, or b) they are being suppressed by drugs or in some other way. Suppressant drugs or given too much antibiotics or…
JB: Now, now, you see, Tracy. People will hear what you’re saying and they’ll say,
“It’s all right for you”. As you’ve (quite rightly) said, your
kids-Thank God, touch wood and I’m touching it as we speak-they have run through this. But you are saying it is an individual decision, aren’t you?
Tracy: Absolutely, yeah, yeah. I would never, even in my job, I would never say to people, “You mustn’t do that”. I would give them the facts and say, “This is what I’ve come across. Go on these websites-and there are thousands out there-do your own investigations, don’t take my word for it. You know, everything I say, it may be my truth, it may not be yours. But you must investigate it yourself and don’t take the easy way out”.
I’ve had doctors ringing me at home. I’ve had Health Visitors having angry conversations with me. And now, what I say to those people-whose minds I’m not going to change anyway-that’s fine-I just say, “That’s my choice I’m making and I am making an informed decision”. And every parent has the right to make an informed decision. Unfortunately, not many people do want to do that.
JB: Tracy, I think that with you inspiring them they may jolly well want to after that.
Fantastic. 2:15 and [going to travel segment].
JB: You just heard from Tracey, four kids, became a homeopath on the back of thinking of whether she should have her first child immunised.
And this is on the back of us being the âDirty Landâ, really. We are the dirty land of Europe; a new study has documented that we are now up there with the best of the them, with more cases of measles than we should have. They wanted to banish measles from Europe by 2010.
âThere are many other ways of doing it, rather than jabbing people! And I am a responsible parent!â This is from Kay (that was the mail address) â âmy son was fully immunised with MMR; I did not let my younger daughter have the MMR booster. They have been fine until this summer.
My fully immunised son got the mumps, mildly and everyone thought that my daughter would get it worse â guess what, she didnât get a single symptom! Interesting – that the doctors did not know what to do with the mumps, it had been so long since theyâd seen it â they had to look up in their computers or in the manuals to answer my questions about incubation or staying out of circulation.â
Now, you heard what our young homeopath said â youâve always got to hear two sides, youâve got to make an informed decision â your children will not be the same as anybody elseâs children. But I can remember my brother getting mumps and him getting swollen glands and him being given jelly and ice-cream and I can remember running around and NOT getting mumps! And I can remember my mother saying âweâve got to be careful, because heâs a boy and you know what happens with mumps âŚâ â I didnât know what happened with mumps, who knew? Something to do with the testicular region, well, I didnât know.
But the fact is that the more we sanitise society and the more we become absolutely â whatâs the word â hypocritical about stuff â you cannot support letting our children run riot and not converse with each other and not play and all the other stuff that weâre doingâŚ and then get up in high dudgeon when we donât put drugs into their body!
Stick the kids out running in air, ban cars on the road, make them have six hours a day PE at school give them an hour every single day where theyâre running around playing rounders and walls and not just â a few! My daughterâs beautiful boy Nathan, heâs a footballer and he gets an infection and he falls over â he gets better, because heâs always running and jumping and doing star-jumps or whatever you do!
We have to look at the source of this, and itâs not good for you â you listened to that clip from Nick Ferrariâs program â if you scare-monger, people donât know how to make clear decisions about some things.
Do you want your kids to have an inoculation or donât you? Donât make people feel guilty if you make the decision that they donât want to have drugs put into them; when I was out in American, eighteen months ago, the only cases of polio that were coming across were the ones where the children had the polio vaccine. And most doctors who were out in the States were not letting their children have it! What does that say to you?
Itâs empirical! Empirical wisdom! Experience! [Phone number] How do you make decisions on behalf of your children?
John in Epsom â talk to me.
John: Afternoon Jenny. Iâm not a medical expert, but I listen to the radio and I listen to LBC â I listen to your competitors quite a lot. Every single medical expert that youâve ever had on LBC, always said MMRs are a good thing and all the evidence against them have been refuted.
JB: Does that make it right??
John: Well, yeah! I pretty much think it does, actually! Yeah!
JB: How come?
John: Well, you sound likeâŚ when you say âMy four kids, this ladiesâ four kidsâ â you sound like one of those people who say âMy Aunty Flo lived to be a hundred and ten and she smoked a hundred cigarettes a dayâ! Thereâs always going to be someone, but in generalâŚ
JB: Uh, but wasnât Aunty Flo ALLOWED to do that?
John: She was, but would she have done it and would you have let her do it, and would the world been happy for her to do it, if we knew nowâŚ
JB: What we knew then?
John: What we know now?
JB: But thatâs precisely why I didnât want my kids and my granddaughter and I donât know what Zowieâs choice is going to be, but thatâs precisely because we do know what we know now, that I donât want to go anywhere near drugs! Iâm sixty in eight months time and people ask if Iâll go on HRT â no! Do I want plastic surgery? No! But the media and the drug companies would like to make me unusual!
John: Do you not feel that all this information thatâs out there, it is being weighted in a certain directionâŚ
JB: Yeah, to frighten us!
John: No, not to frighten us â look thereâs this fellow who was on James OâBrianâs program this week, whoâs written a book called âBAD SCIENCEââŚ
John: âŚand he went on about all the things â like, your previous lady was a homeopath, and with all due respect, the guy talking about BAD SCIENCE was talking about all kinds of things that people regard as remedies, and this guy who is a doctor was laughing at the, umâŚ
JB: [interrupts] Listen, let me put this to youâŚ
John: âŚthe lack of evidenceâŚ
JB: John, let me put this to you â thereâs a good point and I take your point. But let me put this to you â my nan, if you had an ear infection, would have put salt in a sock, heated it up, somehow (she didnât have a microwave), put it behind your ear and good golly, Miss Molly, that ear infection would slow down in some way.
Now, thereâs not a lot of science in it, but it blooming well worked!
John: You donât know that thereâs a lot of science in it Jeni?
JB: No, but what Iâm saying is that
John: It might be down to heat on the back of the earâŚ
JB: âŚ of course it is! But you said it yourself, John, scientific evidence and the media, we all weigh things in a particular way, so that we come up with the answer that we want to come up with â if you are funding a vaccine as a drug company, you are going to want to frighten people into having to take it! Because somebody wants to make the money out of it! And itâs all about â itâs all about economics.
And Iâm delighted that you listen to LBC, itâs wonderful, because it means that you are listening to both sides.
âBad Scienceâ? Absolutely! And you know, Darwin was born a hundred years ago this week and thereâs a lot of people who thought Darwin had it wrong.
Things change, John!
Amandaâs in Haywardâs Heath, talk to me, AmandaâŚ.
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JB: Amanda, talk to me.
Amanda: Hello! Um, Iâve got eight children,
JB: Mazel-tov! Are you still sane?
Amanda: No! Anyway, and I started off, young, about twenty – did all the things you were supposed to do and presented my daughter and she had all her vaccinations and my second daughter had all her vaccinations. Then my son was born and he reacted very badly to the first, and what I think then was the double or triple jab.
Um, so he then didnât have any more, although he did then have the MMR, well, he did have some more, but he didnât have any more Whooping Cough. He then had the MMR, umâŚ and then when he was three he was diagnosed with autism. And so I got quite involved in vaccines, because I wasnât sure, um, my paediatrician was quite sure that it was the cause of the autism, but I mean, I didnât know.
And from then on, I decided not to have my children vaccinated â I just thought âbetter be on the safe sideâ â I mean, my paediatrician thought it was great, my GPs werenât; they were always very unhappy that I didnât have them vaccinated.
JB: Why, why though, that the GPs wonât take on what the paediatrician did??
Amanda: I donât know! I mean, my paediatrician is great, sheâs a very holistic paediatrician â she was the of big chief consultants at a hospital down on the south coast, so sheâs a very good paediatrician, but she very much believed in âŚ in just sort of holistically looking after the child. Um, she didnât like giving drugs for things if you didnât need it.
JB: But you know, people do throw âguilt thingsâ, at you, donât they? They must say to you âall right, for you, Amandaâ.
JB: How do you cope with that?
Amanda: Well, yeah, they probably do, um, âŚ the main thing I found is that my eldest who has everything, she actually had a really bad case of Whooping Cough, about two years ago. And we did get quite a lot of things thrown at us then but she was the one who had been vaccinated. None of my other children picked it up.
JB: Now what would you say â I mean, itâs not my job to say to people âdonât do itâ, itâs not my job to do any of that. But youâre allowed to have your say. What would you say to people as a mum of eight little lives that youâre deeply responsible for? What would you say to people who are in two minds about it?
Amanda: Um. Well, I would never recommend having children vaccinated, and people think Iâm very strange. But all my younger children who have never been vaccinated have been very, very healthy. Um, the youngest had measles, um, now three months ago. And he was fine, he wasnât very well for about a week, ten days â and then he was fine, and none of my others picked it up. So, I think they must have a certain amount of natural immunity â and Iâm far, far happier for them to have developed that ânatural immunityâ â than to be constantly filled with artificial substances.
JB: Well, thank you so much, my darling, that was Amanda in Haywordâs Heath.
âI was just listening to your show, if people took the time to look at whatâs in vaccines, they would think twice about giving them to their children. As well as not being a hundred percent effective, they also have cancer-causing agents.
âAlso a childâs immune system takes approximately two to three months to fully get up and running from birth. Also, if we look at the countries that have the highest population vaccinated, you will notice that they have the most allergies. Iâm not totally against immunisations, but we should be giving children at least a year to develop their own immune system to deal with the onslaught.â
I didnât say that â I wish youâd given me your name? Thereâs a third way, says somebody else whoâs nameless: âWhy donât we allow children to have the jabs individually?â Why not? Itâs half-past two!
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Iâve just got one or two announcements, and there are many of you who want to talk about this measles thing â I get so impassioned about it, because I think itâs about freedom â and I think that self responsibility for your body and children and health is top of the list! You know, early to bed, early to rise, makes you HEALTHY, wealthy and wise! The four-square of life: health, wealth, love, and perfect surface expression!
Where do you go from there? About being healthy â and YOU have to make a decision, donât you, on behalf of your children! Itâs the WORST decision youâll have to make â should you / shouldnât you! Itâs alright when youâre making it for yourself â but I want you to tell me, why you think we have to have this measles jab and why Iâve got several things Iâm going to read out in a minute, why you think itâs not necessary!
And Iâll be talking to a doctor in a moment, and somebody who is pro-jabs, I just have to make two announcementsâŚ
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CLIP FIVE, 0.00 – 11.00 minutes. Starts 30 seconds into this segment
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JB: -little band that didn’t do anything. Now they’ve just been signed by FM records – Mazel-tov! – fantastic and their debut EP is going to be released on the 26th of January. Well done Nylonski, fantastic. So the 31st of January if you want to go to the BreastFest it should be really really good. Now, that’s my little announcement – we’ll come back to the discussion. Geraldine in Hampstead, thank you very much for holding the line, you are absolutely pro the jabs, are you?GH: I’m not absolutely pro or anti anything, but before I talk about that can I say I think you radio show is wonderful but isn’t it a little irresponsible to read out a text from somebody you don’t know at all?
JB: I keep saying! You know-
GH: Let me finish.
JB: Go on.
GH: – to say that the vaccinations have cancer-causing substances. Because you will scare new mothers.
JB: Well no no listen-
GH: You don’t know who wrote it-
JB: I don’t, well absolutely not, but it’s an articulate email and I do – you’re absolutely right Geraldine and I think people have to give their names,
but she was – whoever has written it was the second person to say it. You heard a homeopath saying, if you go to the same, if you go to a website you will find exactly what this email has been written. But I take your point, I don’t know that it’s irresponsible but I take your point. Anyway please continue.
GH: OK the only other thing I wanted to say I think it’s a luxury, it is a luxury that people can not vaccinate their children because the majority do.
JB: Absolutely, I’ll give you that.
GH: I have friends who’ve had polio, because they weren’t vaccinated, I have friends who’s children died of whooping cough, in Eastern Europe, because there were no vaccinations, these are very nasty illnesses.
JB: Are you a medic, Geraldine?
GH: My husband’s a medic, my daughter’s a medic and my grandfather was a medic. And the only other thing I wanted to say was it’s not the drug companies, of course the drugs companies are pushing it, it’s the doctors, it’s the GPs, who see the children that aren’t vaccinated, that do catch the illnesses.
JB: Do you see – I find this fascinating -
is this a mindset? I don’t come from medicine, you do, I don’t like anything to do with allopathic medicine, and you don’t have an issue with it. Now do you think it’s a mindset that cannot be changed?
GH: I think that science has proved more children survive childhood since the vaccinations have been enforced. Strongly. I’m sorry for the children that do get whooping cough because they were vaccinated and the seventh one that wasn’t vaccinated didn’t get whooping cough. But I do think that modern medicine saves lives. And I repeat what I said: I think it is a luxury of the few, the middle class few – and I couldn’t be more middle class if I tried – it’s a luxury of the middle class few to enjoy homeopathy and all the other things that are wonderful!
JB: Yes but why-
GH: – but alongside regular medicine. And it-
JB: Yes that’s right and I think that it has to be complementary, and I think that debate has to continue,
because if we’re looking at countries that aren’t as luxurious as ours – what do we do with them?
GH: But children are dying! From whooping cough and measles, or going blind-
JB: But that’s actually Geraldine, my problem, with the hypocrisy of it. If [feedback] – ooh, are you there?
GH: Yeah, I’m here.
JB: If the medical profession absolutely cared, it would be sending drugs freely to countries where they need it. If we’re having to pay for these drugs, it’s not an altruistic thing that’s happening.
GH: No, it’s not, I’m talking about this country.
JB: Yeah but I’m talking about the notion of a drug-fuelled world, where if we’re going to be using drugs, and if some of them are better than others, and some are beneficial and some aren’t, why isn’t it free?
GH: Because big business isn’t free. Because that’s the real world. Sadly, it’s wrong, I think 100% it’s wrong; but it’s not free.
JB: OK, thank you very much, and I’m taking Geraldine’s point,
do you know what I might not read out your emails ever again unless you give me your name. I think she’s made an absolutely important point and I don’t want to scaremonger. Just give me an initial, say who you are, and then Geraldine, she’s put her finger on it, she’s absolutely right. Rob in Bermondsey, please speak to me.
RB: Good afternoon Jennie
JB: Good afternoon sir.
RB: The very last point that you made, the answer to that is that it’s a geopolitical thing, it’s got nothing to do with the facts of medicine and measles and how measles affects individuals and indeed how the vaccine affects individuals.Â Let me give you just a few very basic facts for your listeners.Â My background, I’m quite happy to
tell you what I do, I was a paediatrician for a while and then I became a GP, I also do some acupuncture and some complementary medicine so I’m [unclear] to most arguments and can listen to most points that I can during my day.Â And the facts of measles are that most people’s experience of measles if their gets measles is that it’s a
mild illness, gives them fever and a rash and mum has to take a few days off work to look after their child, and they get better.Â That’s because that’s what happens with most children with measles. Some children however, get very very very serious complications of measles and because the measles rate in the UK is lower – although is now on the increase – most people’s experience is of the mild illness.Â AllÂ you need to do is meet one family whose normal child, they took the decision not to vaccinate their child, they got measles, and they got a devastating complication such as inflammation of the brain which we call encephalitis, or they died, then your opinion changes.
JB: Not necessarily.
RB: Well it may change your-
JH: But you see Rob let me just-
RB: A different level to your-
JB: It’s a different level, I completely take what you’re saying, but I can counter that with: ‘Gave my son MMR, and then watched him
shut down for a week as autism took hold, went from chatty little boy to no speech at all, now lives in his own world, I live with guilt’ – that’s from Paul.Â Now I can counter an emotional argument-
RB: Of course I completely appreciate that and people are, and still are, very worried about the links between MMR and even though as Jen, one of your listeners said ‘Every GP who comes on the phone says all of that evidence has been disproved’, it still lingers as a concern, and I meet parents every day who are concerned about that, and it’s very hard to dispel that.
JB: What do you same to them though, what’s your advice?
RB: Well I think, what I take them through is the facts that I started off this conversation with.Â The other fact I just want to tie in and I know you’re busy-
JB: No!, you can talk.
RB: Is that vaccination, with vaccinations, some children don’t respond to a vaccination, so some people phone up and they say ‘Look my child’s had this vaccine and still got measles.’Â That’s because of the science of the vaccine, after one vaccine of MMR about
90% of children will mount a response to protect them from measles. After the booster – so the second vaccine of MMR – that figure goes to about 95-96%.Â That’s about 4% children who’ve had both doses who’ll still be vulnerable.
JB: But there are those [unclear] and if you were [unclear] are you sneezing?!
RB: Yeah; I’m still here.
JB: God bless you darling, gezundheit, how lovely to have you sneezing on air.Â If you were my doctor, and I brought in my daughter, I would want to know what side effects there were of these things, and then I would then have to make my decision based on that, wouldn’t I?
RB: Well of course, of course, the other-
JB: And that’s what I think- go on.
RB: The other complicating factor [unclear] vaccine is that, if you’re [unclear] is, as you said through your show, you can make an automous informed decision for yourself once you’re over sixteen.Â One your making for your child is a completely different thought process, isn’t it?
JB: Well absolutely, but Paul has said-
JB: God bless you again my darling, you’re sneezing [unclear]
RB: Yeah, everyone’s given me a cold, people cough in my face and I get a cold-
JB: But you see there’s a point, I’m going to ask you something here.
Have you had the flu jab?
RB: Yes I have.
JB: And still you’ve got the cold?
RB: I’ve got a cold but I haven’t got the flu, I’m not in bed unable to get out for a week.
JB: But why-
RB: That vaccine protects you from influenza, it doesn’t protect you from colds.
JB: You see, I, would there ever be, I mean you say that you give acupuncture and you give all sorts of complementary things, why is measles, in the 21st century, such a hot topic?
JB: Because, I think one of the problems Jennie, the honest [unclear] is that people like – because the measles, mumps and rubella comes as one, people think about each of the individual diseases.Â Now rubella really is only a problem in early pregnancy,
as you talked about on your show, and mumps, OK, it can lead to some complications for boys, with their testicles if they get involved, but measles is the one that really does kill.Â And it does kill children, and it’s just because the numbers in Western Europe and the States and Australia are lower that we don’t see this so often.Â And in fact a few years ago there were children dying in Ireland of measles, I think there were two children, died in Ireland.
JB: And what causes measles?
RB: Measles is caused by a virus, and it’s spread by coughing, it’s spread by sneezing, it’s spread by close contact-
JB: So let me ask you this, I’m sorry to interrupt, but I want to squeeze it out of you, if it’s viral, if childrens’ immune systems are strong-
JB: God bless you again!Â If it’s a viral thing and childrens’ immune systems are strong, what’s the problem?
Is it because our childrens’ immune systems are now so shot that they cannot deal with an ordinary childhood illness?
RB: I don’t believe that to be true, you have three children in a class, one gets a cold, and that child sneezes in his class, over his two classmates, one of them may get a cold and one of them may not, but all three of those children are perfectly healthy, that’s just the nature of disease.
JB: I didn’t say that though. I asking you as a medic, and you’ve got an -ology, and I’ve only got half an -ology,
RB: I have got an -ology [laughs]
JB: [laughs] and an allergy, it sounds like too – if all threeÂ childrens’ immune system were very very strong, they would deal with it differently, wouldn’t they?Â Who’s done that test?Â Who’s done that scientific test?
RB: Well I can’t quote you a scientific paper about that, but it’s an observation, isn’t it, that people seem to think that a sanitised country, and the sanitised parts that we live in, is weakening children, that’s why there’s more eczema,
there’s more allergies and this kind of thing, it’s a theory, it’s not-
JB: It’s not science-
RB: You can dig out papers to prove that, you can dig out papers to disprove that, but that’s the same with modern medicine, that you have to weigh it in the balance, and my ending argument really would be, it’s a numbers game, and the numbers are that most children who get measles will get over it, a very few minority get very serious complications.
JB: That’s what needs to be said, and I bless you, Dr Rob in Bermondsey, and actually, he has to go because we’re going to Travel.
CLIP SIX, 37.00 – 44.00 minutes. Starts 2.43 minutes into this segment Note: it’s difficult in this section to discern between Jeni’s comments and points when she is reading other’s letters, exercise caution. This segment is hosted at Holford Watch
JB: It’s 10 to 3. The body is a really delicate organism. The tiniest bit of something can make you go weird. A little tiny bit of caffeine and you can be running up and down the stairs. A little bit of potassium sor…I don’t know-whatever they put in these drinks-can make you itch. The body is a finely-tuned animal. We are animals. Obi in Richmond was looking at his sister’s London County Council Public Health Department Immunisation Record Card from 1966. Between 2 and 4 months of age, she was injected for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. 2 to 4 months of age. 8 weeks. That little, tiny body was injected for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. Between 6 and 8 months, she was injected for poliomyelitis.TIMESTAMP 38:00
15 months, diphtheria again. 16 months, the smallpox test. 5 years, diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis. “So, my question is”, says Obi, “When did the immunisation for the measles and mumps start? I know that I had an allergic reaction to whooping cough as a baby, so I had no further jabs, not even the BCG at Secondary School. It’s all government spin”, says Obi. “Children don’t need the triple jab.”
And Helen says, “If there’s such a fear of measles epidemic because of lack of take-up of the MMR, why don’t they make it easier to have the jabs individually? That way surely more children would be vaccinated. There seems to be an agenda for reaching a target to wipe out measles by a certain date but at what cost to individuals?”. She concludes, “It’s so difficult for young mums now. You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. It’s such a minefield and you have to live with the consequences of your decision whichever way you vote”.
And I think that the reason you fill up my telephone-there are no calls being able to come in at the minute- is because you’re phoning is because there isn’t a definitive answer. There is no absolute answer.
As a parent, whether you are male or female, you have to make a decision based on your family history. I took my daughter who kept getting ear infections when she was a kid and one of the doctors said to me, “If you do not give her an asthma spray, and do not do this, that and the other, she will die within a week”. You don’t say that to a young mum, well, I was an old mum but she was only a little person.
Since I had asthma and my mother in law died of asthma and I’ve told you this before, that doctor didn’t take into account where I was coming from. I required him to look in my child’s ear and give me some indication of what was going on so I could make an informed decision.
I, however, am not like Yasmin in Chelsea. You would – what would you have done in that situation?
Yasmin: Iâm just wondering how much longer your programme is on air. Because I give hundreds of MMR vaccines
and all the work that we do in general practice is probably being undone by your programme in 15 minutes and I think itâs very irresponsible.
JB: Why. [Indistinct]
Yasmin: It doesnât seem to be based on any facts. Iâm very sorry to hear that your child had autism but if youâŚ
JB: My child. Yasmin â [not] my child â somebody elseâs child had autism.
Yasmin: Somebody elseâs child, Iâm very sorry to hear that. But if they read the Wakefield study in the Lancet in 1998, Dr Wakefield actually said that he didnât prove an association between MMR andâŚ
JB: Well he wasnât really allowed to have his say, was he, Yasmin. He was kindaâŚ
Yasmin: I think he was. I think he said it recently in court.
JB: But youâre notâŚ
Yasmin: I think heâs being tried for medical negligence. I think that your programme is extremely irresponsible. Youâre talkingâŚ
JB: Ah, let me just ask thisâŚLet me ask you this before you go on with that.
How, if you are so certain that your MMR jab is correct, how can 15 minutes on LBC 97.3 rock what people are thinking?
Yasmin: Well, youâd be surprised. And at the moment we are expecting a measles epidemic and itâs because of people like Ken Livingstone and people like yourself.
You talk about young mothers who have a very difficult decision to make and, I agree, they do, and I spend a lot of time talking to them. But people like you donât really make it any easier for them.
And you were just talking about somebody with an ear infection. Iâve been talking to somebody I know who had a child who woke up with the contents of their ear on the pillow and that was down to the rubella virus.
So you really need to think about what youâre doing here and why youâre doing it.
JB: Well, you see, I could argue, Yasmin, that you have to think about it, too. Iâm allowedâŚ
Yasmin: I do, every day.
JB: And so do I, as a parent, and thatâs what Iâm saying.
Yasmin: Iâm a parent. And one of my children has had 3 doses of measles [sic. Possibly meant MMR] and thereâs no problem with it. You could have a hundred doses of measles [sic. Possibly meant MMR] and it would do nothing.
[Yasmin and JB talk over each other]
JB: But why give them the vaccine if they get the measles? I never can understand that.
Yasmin: We donât give vaccines to children who have had measles. They need a combined vaccine of measles, mumps and rubella.
If they have one dose the studies show that they possibly need to be revaccinated within a couple of years to make sure that that protection carries on for life.
JB: Do you not think, though, that as a parent, I am allowed to make a decision about what I put in my kidâs body?
Yasmin: Yes. And do you not think that a parent whose child has cancer and is having chemotherapy and has a much lower resistance to things like measles, mumps and rubella, has a right for their child to go to normal PrimaryâŚ
JB: Absolutely, absolutely.
Yasmin: A normal Primary School. But because there may be one child in the class, such as yours, who is lucky to have the immunity, that child might get measles, mumps or rubella and die.
JB: Yasmin, my daughter did not have decent immunity which is exactly why I did not have her inoculated.
Yasmin: We donât. We wait until your child is well and fit enough to give the MMR.
JB: But I donât want my child to be fiddled with with all sorts of stuff thatâs in a vaccine. Now whyâŚ
[JB and Yasmin talk over each other]
Let me finish.
Yasmin: Could you tell me whatâs in the vaccine? What do you think is in the vaccine?
JB: No, I canât.
Yasmin: Then how can you make a decision for your child? Youâre taking about parents having to make decisions for the child but if you go into any secondary school, which I have done, weâve been asked to vaccinate kids against MMR, they all say they want it.
If youâre deny immunisation then youâre denying health to your child and other children.
JB: No, no, no. My child is absolutely strong and healthy in many waysâŚ
Yasmin: Then youâre one of the lucky ones arenât you? If your kid had chemotherapyâŚ
JB: Listen, listen, listen. Yasmin will you stopâŚStop.
Yasmin: Youâd want your child to be protected, wouldnât you?
JB: Stop being so dramatic about it. If you
[JB and Yasmin talk over each other.]
Yasmin: You should think about what youâre doing in this programme. Youâre doing a lot of damage. A lot of damage.
JB: Well, maybe. I donât think so.
Yasmin: You donât know what youâre talking about. You canât even tell me whatâs in an MMR vaccine so you shouldnât be talking about it.
JB: Well, I can get itâŚShall I get it off the internet, Yasmin?
Yasmin: Yeah, get it off the internet, from a reliable source, the such as the Department of Health
Yasmin: and then I might listen to you, yeah.
JB: The Department of Health frightens people.
Thanks, Yasmin, for your call.
I think itâs quite interesting. When I was told I had a high blood sugar, I was told in that room I had diabetes. I donât have diabetes, I have high blood sugar. My blood sugarâs normal now but they frightened me. Which is what people like Yasmin does.