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Doctor insights on: Hannah Poling Autism And Vaccines Court Case

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What is your understanding of legitimate research about thimerosal (mercury) in influenza vaccines?

What is your understanding of legitimate research about thimerosal (mercury) in influenza vaccines?

Benign product: Interest in thimersol increased after the fda randomly assigned a risk level (little evidence) & mfgs decided to remove it from most vaccines out of caution. It remains in the multidose influenza vaccine vials due to its proven safety & effectiveness in protecting the vaccine.Suggestions of a link to autism have been disproven. Today you get more mercury/yr from your diet than was ever in the vacc. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?

Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?

Misconceptions: Research often falls into 2 separate types.In forward looking studies, you study a control group and one under the study conditions. In rear looking research, you compare a control group to those who underwent the conditions in the past. Most child abuse research is done as rear looking (retrospective) studies. Your confusion is valid, no review board would allow a kid to be put in such conditions. ...Read more

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Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Certainly no help: Whether or not this constitutes mental abuse is probably a matter of degree and definition. The obvious question is why this conversation was begun in the presence of the children, and how it degenerated into an argument. Neither party appears to be acting like thoughtful adults, and the children will certainly not benefit from observing and then potentially copying this behavior. ...Read more

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Person i knew who was prodigy in visual arts committed suicide at 23. Is there some link btw the arts and suicide?

Person i knew who was prodigy in visual arts committed suicide at 23. Is there some link btw the arts and suicide?

Possibly: Though there is no specific correlation, there may be a higher incidence of "mental illness" among artists and many individuals with mental illness are very artistic. Many very well known artists have suffered from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. One example is vangough. The stigma of mental illness leads to reluctance to seek help and leads to vulnerability to suicide. ...Read more

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Are the school fire safety program drills traumatic to kids?

Are the school fire safety program drills traumatic to kids?

No: It actually helps them to know what to do so they do not panic if sa fire would occur. ...Read more

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How has the polio vaccine provided new hope for long-time workers?

How has the polio vaccine provided new hope for long-time workers?

What is theQuestion?: New hope is there that one day soon there will be no Polo anywhere in the world as it has been wiped out in all the countries except Afganistan,Pakistan and Nigeria. What it has to do with long time workers I do not understand what is this and I can not answer ...Read more

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Do people really believe MMR vaccines cause autism in children?

Do people really believe MMR vaccines cause autism in children?

False associations : The vaccine haters have tried to link shots to crib death, cerebral palsy & now autism over the past 30 yrs. Each time the science & biology have proven them wrong. The british doc who claimed MMR triggered cases lost his license when his fraudulent research was exposed. Autism is emerging as a gene linked defect & future research may point to its origin, but it has found no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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The kern country veterans service department gave it to me that letter says we r trying a claim of fermin Rodriguez for dependent indemnity compensation. In order to win this claim the death certificate must be amended to show in block 112 ischemic heart

The kern country veterans service department gave it to me that letter says we r trying a claim of fermin Rodriguez for dependent indemnity compensation. In order to win this claim the death certificate must be amended to show in block 112 ischemic heart

Inappropriate: It sounds as if you are asking someone on healthtap to amend a death certificate for you. That won't happen. The patient's own physician or the one filling out the death certificate in the first place would be the appropriate places to seek this. ...Read more

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How MMR vaccination is related to autism?

How MMR vaccination is related to autism?

No connection: Mmr vaccination has been conclusively shown by multiple studies to have no connection with autism. The intiial studies suggesting this have been debunked and shown to be fraudulent. ...Read more

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Overheard resident say "flk" and attending say my child needs to see pediatric geneticist. What was that about?

Medical slang: Flk stands for “funny-looking kid, ” and was a general term for infants affected with various malformation syndromes, particularly those involving multiple facial abnormalities. Considered demeaning and insensitive, it is no longer in use. ...Read more

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Abused by teacher in '80s. School never believed me/my parents. Abuser now sunday school teacher at church. How can I be credible in warning church?

Abused by teacher in '80s. School never believed me/my parents. Abuser now sunday school teacher at church. How can I be credible in warning church?

Police: Child abuse is very serious. They need to be stopped from harming other children. You need to report the child abuse to the police as soon as possible. It will require great courage on your part, but i know you can do it. Be brave, protect others. ...Read more

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What is the legal accountability of the ppo primary care? We don't need someone with preceived authority but with no real accountability to me. Accountability/liability and authority go hand in hand

What is the legal accountability of the ppo primary care? We don't need someone with preceived authority but with no real accountability to me.  Accountability/liability and authority go hand in hand

Please see below: Noted several of your posts. Sounds like u r pretty frustrated & angry. Perhaps at a provider &/or insurer. I'm not sure anything we can say here will help much. If ur issue is w a provider, i'd encourage u to try to work w them to clarify a poss misunderstanding. Or get a 2nd opinion. Dealing w an insurer can be more difficult & may require persistence. But try working w their cust svc. Take care. ...Read more

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Was Sigmund Freud a doctor? Are his psychoanalytic theories important in the medical community?

Was Sigmund Freud a doctor? Are his psychoanalytic theories important in the medical community?

Freud: Freud was an MD, and started his career as a neurologist, before developing his seminal theories of psychoanalysis. I would say nor only some of Freud's theories, but the psychoanalytic theories that have developed since then to the present time have importance to the medical community, most notable in psychiatry and psychology. ...Read more

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Is autism connected to MMR vaccine?

Is autism connected to MMR vaccine?

NOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!: After millions of dollars of research, ample proof that wakefield is a fraud, and years of misinformation, there is zero evidence of this connection. And all proof that is not. ...Read more

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My 16 yo son received an invitation to national academy of future physicians conference in dc. Anyone know if this is legit?

My 16 yo son received an invitation to national academy of future physicians conference in dc. Anyone know if this is legit?

I am not sure: Googling the national academy of future physicians, yielded a lot of self promotion articles. I would suggest looking at health careers programs that are connected to established universities and colleges. The best places to check would be the "sponsoring agencies" listed on their website. Perhaps another healthtap physician will have a more complete answer. ...Read more

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I just received an invitation to attend the Congress of future Medical Leaders in Boston Massachusetts. Have any doctors on here been to it before?

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Here are some...: Congratulate you for bringing such inquiry; though unable to offer its answer, I wish one of my colleagues may provide right info for you. But I would still need to remind you of my view as follows: Revealing the truth & facts of life should be the 1st step to improve the future, not political correctness and commercialism,both obscure and cover up the truth leading to more and more calamities... ...Read more

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Is it looked down upon in med school admissions committees to have previously been a nurse?

Is it looked down upon in med school admissions committees to have previously been a nurse?

Nurse to doctor: Perhaps in the past, but these days med schools like a wide variety of backgrounds—biology, music, teaching, pharmacy, sports, etc—as long as the candidate has successfully completed required science & math courses. Having been a nurse gives you an edge in practical, clinical knowledge over your classmates in the first year or two. ...Read more

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Is anyone keeping there child off school because of swine flu?

Is anyone keeping there child off school because of swine flu?

No: The best way to protect your child from any influenza: good handwashing, keep hands away from mouth, eyes, nose, and vaccinate the child and everyone in his environment. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more