It’s quite unnerving that this woman actually ran for government. Heaney is an extremist ‘Catholic democrat’. She is a homophobic, antivax conspiracy theorist who is outspoken and spouts dangerous misinformation to the public.
She has no medical training whatsoever, she has no background in infectious diseases, epidemiology or immunology, but she laps up the woes from the Irish antivax crowd and uses it to lie to the public.
Some of Heaney’s clangers
I’m the only constituent who is calling for the removal of the cervical cancer vaccine.
That vaccine is a hoax and is contaminated
The gay liberation movement are trying to destroy the family
The gay and women’s movement are trying to abolish the family unit
Our waterways and streams in Ireland are contaminated with oestrogen from the contraceptive pill
See short link here from the Vincent Browne show:
Everything in this post is untrue, she reiterates the usual speech from the antivax echo chamber. Vaccines do not cause autism and Wakefield is a proven fraud.
He’s probably one the most damaging fraudsters in medical history. He is a former british surgeon and researcher well known for his fraudulent 1998 research paper that there is a link between the administration of the MMR vaccine and the appearance of autism and bowel disease.
Other researchers were unable to reproduce Wakefields findings of the link between the MMR and autism or confirm his hypothesis, including autism and bowel/gastrointestinal disease
In 2004 British journalist Brian Deer of The Sunday Times uncovered and undisclosed financial conflicts of interests on Wakefields part and most of his co-authors withdrew support for his study. The British Medical Council then conducted an inquiry into allegations of professional misconduct against Wakefield and two of his former colleagues. The investigation centred on Brian Deer’s findings that autistic children were subjected to invasive and unnecessary medical procedures. These included colonoscopys and lumbar punctures and bowel biopsies. Wakefield had also acted without any ethical approval from an institutional review board, which was necessary.
In January 2010, a statutory tribunal consisting of 5 members found 36 charges proven against Wakefield. These included counts of dishonesty and 12 counts of involving abuse of developmentally challenged children. The tribunal ruled that Wakefield had failed in his duties as a responsible consultant and acted against his patients “dishonestly and irresponsibly”. The Lancet (medical journal) fully withdrew his study because of the general medical council’s findings and because elements of the publication had been falsified. In May 2010 Wakefield was struck off the medical register and is barred from practicing medicine in the UK. His link regarding MMR and Autism has been scientifically discredited time and time again.
In January 2011 a publication along with an article from Brian Deer in the British Medical Journal identified that Wakefields work was an “elaborate fraud” in articles that followed it was revealed that Wakefield had planned to launch a venture on the back of the MMR scare that would profit from new medical investigations. In November 2011 another article revealed that contrary to Wakefields findings in the Lancet, the children involved in his research did not have inflammatory bowel disease. It was also discovered that Wakefield had applied for patents to produce single measles, mumps and rubella vaccine leading up to his MMR scare.
Because of Wakefields claims that the MMR Vaccine may lead to autism, vaccination rates have declined in the UK, Ireland and United States; which in turn has led to an increase in measles and mumps with serious illness ensuing and fatalities in some cases. It has also led to a general distrust in vaccines which has led to a re-emergence of diseases that were previously controlled. 515 children have died from measles a disease that had been mostly eradicated prior to the Wakefield scare.
Wakefield to this day has continued to defend his research and carries with him a large cult following.
Ms. Heaney’s statement that courts in the USA and Italy have “conceded” vaccines cause autism is also untrue:
Another statement that Ms. Heaney needs to be corrected on is her “autism epidemic gripping the world” Autism is not a disease, autism is a genetic neurodevelopmental condition present from birth. There is no epidemic, better knowledge of the condition has led to better diagnostics and the spectrum is vast. The incidence of autism is recorded as 1 in 100. Not one in 68. How dare she compare autistics to a disease. A squirrel on crack has more common sense than this woman.
Vaccines including the MMR have nothing whatsoever to do with autism.
Ms. Heaney has also stated publicly on TV that she wants to get rid of the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer as it’s ‘damaging young girls’. Just more unscientific ramblings from Heaney with not one iota of evidence to back up anything that she says. See below evidence of the proven safety and efficacy of Gardasil (HPV vaccine)
It is people like Heaney that spread fear against mainstream medicine and vaccines, also notice that they never have anything to back their ‘statements’ up, it’s all hogwash.
Parents should speak to their GP or nurse if they are concerned about vaccines. With regard to the HPV vaccine, do not listen to clueless strangers on the internet with their anecdotal stories. Millions of doses have been administered with no adverse effects.Vaccines are safe and effective, the science and evidence is there. So who will you believe? A sanctimommy ranting online or scientists and doctors who have been involved in decades of research. The choice is yours. Gardasil saves lives, after all, who wouldn’t want to protect their children from a deadly cancer?
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