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Doing "God's Work": is Bill Gates's Second Career Ethically Messier than his First?

Posted Jan 01 2013 12:00am

God dna By John Stone

Next week Bill Gates is to deliver the BBC’s annual Dimbleby lecture. In advance of this event Gates was profiled by a Daily Telegraph feature writer, Neil Tweedie. Unfortunately – like so many modern mainstream journalists – Mr Tweedie seems to have abandoned the task of balanced and informed reporting. He certainly shows no sign of responding to the letter I sent him three days ago. Thus it is Gates seems to be able to rely on a defeated and abject mainstream media to ignore or cover over the tracks of disaster.

Gates’s second career is in many ways very like his first: a matter of global conquest without too much finesse (everyone simply has to have his products) but this time the price in human terms is very high when it goes wrong. Here is my letter to Tweedie
Dear Mr Tweedie,

You may not have known but on the day your interview with Bill Gates was published he was successfully negotiating for the exclusion of mercury containing paediatic vaccines from a UN global mercury ban , a matter which he omitted to mention and in which he has kept a low profile . Despite what his underlings or the British government say, all mercury is toxic and it is being administered to infants in toxic quantites. The use of these vaccines in the UK was phased out in 2004, either because the British government thought it politically unacceptable or because they tacitly knew they were doing damage. I have also written about it here .

Meanwhile, in regard to polio eradication I draw you attention to a paper by Vashisht and Puliyel in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics sarcastically titled: "Polio programme: let us declare victory and move on" for which this is the abstract:

It was hoped that following polio eradication, immunisation could be stopped. However the synthesis of polio virus in 2002, made eradication impossible. It is argued that getting poor countries to expend their scarce resources on an impossible dream over the last 10 years was unethical. Furthermore, while India has been polio-free for a year, there has been a huge increase in non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP). In 2011, there were an extra 47,500 new cases of NPAFP. Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated. The principle of primum-non-nocere was violated. The authors suggest that the huge bill of US$ 8 billion spent on the programme, is a small sum to pay if the world learns to be wary of such vertical programmes in the future.

Also, the schedule which Gates, GAVI, the WHO and governments are implementing takes no account of the adverse synergistic effects of the combined vaccines. I attach  a copy of the paper by Aaby et al 'Vaccine programmes must their effect on general resistance' ( BMJ. 2012 Jun 14;344:e3769. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e3769).

Finally, I note the horrific story , so far unreported in the mainstream media of Europe and the US of the tragic consequences of an experiment in Chad ... with a new meningitis vaccine [which] has left 40 out of 500 children paralysed.

My own view is that if Bill Gates really wants to do good he should be more careful : just being a big guy with a big heart is not enough. In the "war on disease" the collateral damage can be utterly appalling and the media should not shy away from reporting it.

Yours sincerely,

John Stone (UK Editor, Age of Autism)

Greetings to Seth Kalichman.

Posted by Age of Autism at January 24, 2013 at 5:45 AM in John Stone Permalink

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