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The Link Between Autism And Vaccine Was Completely Made Up

The Link Between Autism And Vaccine Was Completely Made Up

If you are a parent or are thinking about becoming a parent, chances are one of the issues you have really wrestled with is whether or not to give your children vaccines. The reason? You may have heard that there is a link between these vaccines and autism, a pervasive, neurological disease that can affect a child.

However, parents will be relieved to know that the original paper which supposedly found a link between autism and vaccines was a complete fabrication and that these shots are one of the best things you can do for your child’s health.

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The Original Paper

The paper which began this controversy was published by a Dr. Andrew Wakefield in a British journal called The Lancet in 1998. However, very soon afterwards, it was retracted from the journal for several important reasons:

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  • Its conclusions were vague and not based on statistics
  • It relied on human memory, which is not considered to be scientific proof
  • There was no control group with which to compare results of this study

This paper was more than just bad or sloppy science, according to an article in Science-Based Medicine.  The General Medical Council found that Wakefield acted “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in the way he conducted this study.  During this investigation, too, it came to light that Dr. Wakefield was getting paid by lawyers who were involved in a lawsuit over vaccine injury — and that some of the children he was studying were actually the children of parents in that lawsuit. This was obviously a major conflict of interest — and eventually this led to Dr. Wakefield being stripped of his medical license.

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The problem is that, despite the fact that this case was clearly fraudulent, it has had a powerful (and devastating) affect on the health of children around the world.

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    Last Updated on September 25, 2019

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

    When we were still children, our thoughts seemed to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

    Just imagine then, how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power!

    We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities.

    We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

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    We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb.

    We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits.

    And we’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head…

    But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

    So, how can we tap into the power of positivity?

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    “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

    It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are 4 simple yet powerful ideas on how you can get started.

    1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

    Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

    Just take a look at these 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life.

    2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

    This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

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    You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty.

    If you seek it, you will find it.

    3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

    This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what really is important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

    Here’re 60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life that can inspire you.

    4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

    How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking.

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    Instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

    Learn from this article how to change your mental images: How to Think Positive and Eliminate Negative Thoughts

    If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

    And remember:

    You are (or will become) what you think you are.

    This is reasonable enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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