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    Michael W. Elice, M.D.
    2/3/2015

    As a board certified pediatrician, I took the same oath as all physicians, “to do no harm.”

    The latest media presentation of the measles outbreak at Disneyland as a result of unvaccinated children is very upsetting to me. We are being fed information that is essentially inaccurate by media journalists - none of whom have medical degrees - which may actually be promoting medical harm to our children.

    The latest reports blaming a failure of the measles vaccine on the unvaccinated population are not accurate, and in some reports, not true at all. In fact, over the past 30 years, there have been similar numbers of measles cases reported in various areas of the United States. Studies published in leading medical journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health and others around the world have confirmed small numbers, 75-140 cases of measles annually. So why then is the latest statistic of over 90 cases of measles spread over 14 states, representing tens of millions of people being billed as an epidemic?

    The media would have us believe that this is a result of the fringe population of anti-vaxers who refuse to have their children vaccinated according the guidelines of the current vaccine schedule. Medical reporting has brought to light the glaring ineffectiveness of the measles vaccines in fulfilling their widely claimed promise of preventing outbreaks in highly vaccine compliant populations.

    Keep reading: http://www.aimintegrativemedicine.co...easles-matters
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    "As a board certified pediatrician, I took the same oath as all physicians, “to do no harm.”

    A doctor told me a few years ago that Australian doctors no longer take this oath, That doesn't exactly inspire confidence!

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    I wonder why the change.
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    Thanks Islander, helpful post to have from a pediatrician.

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    I had heard that US physicians, as well, no longer take the "first do no harm" oath; it would be great to obtain some verification of this rumor from some authoritative source.

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    I can't imagine that doctors are no longer taking the hippocratic oath. From medicine.net
    "Hippocratic Oath: One of the oldest binding documents in history, the Oath written by Hippocrates is still held sacred by physicians: to treat the ill to the best of one's ability, to preserve a patient's privacy, to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, and so on."

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    The Hippocratic oath is not mandatory and is not legally binding. Approximately 98% of physicians in the US take it but in Europe it's about 50%. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/greek/greek_oath.html Also, the modern versions of the oath do not contain the words "DO NO HARM" while the original Greek version did.

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    Wow, that's interesting. So they can start with harm!
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    Excellent article. Thanks for posting it, Islander.

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