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about side effects afflict vaccine sales
Please note that
the Lyme Disease vaccine referred to in this article has since been
removed from the market.
Alameda Times-Star (CA) – Monday, April 29, 2002 Author: Staff Writer
steep drop in sales, attributed to worries about side effects, led the
only manufacturer of Lyme vaccine
recently to cease production of the
While health experts in California said the
preventive tool was used infrequently locally, the vaccine’s
also be a sign of escalating, but unwarranted concerns, over the health
effects of vaccines,
said Dr. Henry Shinefield, the co-director of
Kaiser Permanente’s Vaccine Study Center in Oakland.
done with vaccines is so remarkable. There’s nothing in medicine that
we’ve come up
with that’s been so beneficial as a preventative (tool),”
“We don’t want to get into an ‘analysis paralysis’
where we’re not using vaccines that are very effective
protective,” Shinefield added.
Some individuals reported that
they experienced joint aches and muscle pain after getting the Lyme
disease vaccine, and numerous lawsuits were filed against manufacturer
large-scale studies found no untoward health
effects from the vaccine, Shinefield said.
“We’ve got to be very
careful about indicting vaccines erroneously when they’re very usable,”
Currently in Britain, he noted, fewer children are receiving
their measles, mumps and rubella shots since
one investigator asserted
that he found in 12 patients a connection between the childhood
autism. Yet the vaccine prevents “terrible” diseases ,
The work of an
Oakland photographer who tackled the sensitive job of photographing
survivors after reconstructive surgery appears in a new
pictorial book called “Reconstructing Aphrodite.”
Terry Lorant said the idea for the book came from watching a close
friend, pictured in the
book, contend with the anguish of
reconstructing her body after breast cancer surgery.
there was nothing to look at that was helpful. She was looking at
medical mug shots and they’re
really scary and horrible,” Lorant said.
“So she was the person who said ‘this is something you can do
Lorant teamed up with her friend’s reconstructive
surgeon, Dr. Loren Eskenazi, a plastic surgeon in
who founded the Institute for Transformational Surgery, was an artist
becoming a surgeon.
“So her sensibility is that of an
artist,” Lorant said. Eskenazi and her associate, Dr. Katherine Young,
performed the reconstructive surgeries shown in the women photographed,
most of whom live in the
The book retails for $19.95,
although is currently only available on Amazon.com. It will be
bookstores next year, Lorant said. For more information,
Bad genes in my cooking oil
this month, Monsanto admitted to the federal government that canola
containing genetic material
not approved by the Food and Drug
Administration may be growing in the United States.
Environmental Protection Agency cleared the crop plant for human
consumption, the USDA
hasn’t yet approved it for field planting.
assurances about the health safety of the altered crop doesn’t mollify
Anuradha Mittal, the co-director
of Food First in Oakland. The
nonprofit group, founded by Frances Moore Lappe, the author of “Diet
a Small Planet,” is calling for a moratorium on the planting of
genetically engineered crops until more
studies are conducted on the
environmental and health effects of the novel genes.
“One of the
biggest problems is you have a breakdown regarding regulation of GE
foods, and not enough
funds have been set aside to study health
concerns,” she said.
Dave Ryan, a spokesman for the EPA,
responded the agency is “committed to working with other federal
agencies to ensure that the products developed with biotechnology do
not pose unreasonable risks to
human health and the environment.”
Suzanne Bohan at the Oakland Tribune/ANG Newspapers, 410 13th St.,
Oakland, 94612 or
by e-mail at email@example.com .