Letter to the British Medical Journal by Harold E Buttram, MD,

practice, family medicine

      In reference to the comments by Mr. Adam Jacobs of October 1, 2004
concerning my article in the Journal American Physicians & Surgeons
(JPS),(1)he was correct in pointing out that I offered no definitive proof
for my contentions, but he missed the entire point of the article in that
there have never been any safety studies done for any vaccine in use today
that would meet the criteria of scientific proof. All we have are
epidemiologic studies, which are indicators but not proof in and of
themselves, or some preliminary before-and-after studies most of which have
never been repeated.
      In order to meet the criteria of scientific proof, a vaccine safety
study would need to perform before-and-after human studies designed to
screen for possible adverse effects on the neurological, immunologic, and
hematological systems, comparing vaccinated with unvaccinated subjects, both
in sufficient numbers and followed for sufficient periods of time to be
meaningful. There have never been any studies of this nature, and apparently
none have been attempted. Based on personal observation, it appears that
before-and-after testing has been studiously avoided by government health
agencies for fear that the results would discourage public confidence in
vaccine programs.
      Until this level of safety testing is done, it is a virtual certainty
that many adverse vaccine reactions are taking place unrecognized and will
continue to take place. By the same token,until meaningful, objective
vaccine safety testings are done, in my opinion the NIH, CDC, FDA can
justifiably be accused of negligence in protecting the health and welfare of
the American public, especially the children.
      Regarding comments of Adam Jacobs concerning the editorial policy of
JPS, this journal is unique in working to reverse the present trend towards
depersonalization in the care of patients in today's medicine and a return
to the traditions of medicine as an art as well as a science. I must wonder
if Adam Jacobs is opposed to this, considering the nature of his remarks.
      (1) Buttram H, Does free iron in the brain interact with vaccines to
trigger lipid peroxidation and hamorrhagic encephalopathy?, Journa American
Physicians and Surgeons, Fall 2004; 9(3):81-82.
      Competing interests: I have testified in defense of SBS cases and have
sometimes been paid for my services