Howard Owens of The Batavian reports:
It isn’t surprising, according to Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, that a doctor from New Jersey who makes a living diagnosing PANDAS came to that conclusion today in the Le Roy illness case.
Dr. Rosario Trifiletti appeared on the Dr. Drew television show tonight and also released a statement saying that “five of eight girls show evidence of carriage of streptococcus pyogenes and seven of eight show evidence of infection with mycoplasma pneumonia.”
“This is what everybody expected him to do,” said Mechtler, who is part of the team at Dent Neurological Institute who diagnosed the girls with conversion disorder.
Mechtler added that Dent’s physicians stand by their original diagnosis and added that other experts are ready to step forward — including Dr. Susan Swedo, the first doctor to write about PANDAS — to support the conversion disorder diagnosis.
click here to read the rest of the article.
What’s not surprising to me is that Dr. Mechtler, a paid spokesman for the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines, would continue to insist that an ever growing number of citizens of LeRoy, New York are suffering from Conversion Disorder, or Mass Hysteria. Dr. Mechtler has a stake in making sure vaccines are not involved. One of his employers, Merck Pharmaceuticals is the maker of Pneumovax. Pneumovax is given to combat pneumonia in the vaccine’s recipients. Pneumovax contains 23 different strains of streptococcal bacteria. Dr. Trifiletti has diagnosed the girls he has seen with PANDAS on the basis of their bloodwork, which indicates strep bacteria as the cause of their neurological disorders. (Correction: some of the girls have high strep titers, others have high titers for mycoplasma, which is another common bacterial infection and is also a frequent contaminant found in vaccines.) Unlike Dr. Mechtler, Dr. Trifiletti actually did some biological testing and reviewed the labs before pronouncing that his patients were suffering from a disorder that cannot be confirmed.
Since I first published information here on VaxTruth about the possible association of the pneumococcal vaccine and PANDAS, I have received several messages from parents reporting that their children (diagnosed with PANDAS) developed sudden tics and/or OCD symptoms shortly after receiving one of the three varieties of the pneumococcal vaccine. Today I received a message forwarded to me from a parent of one such child who is being treated with IVIG therapy. The mother of this child reports that her child’s physician routinely runs labs, testing the titers of the strains of strep contained in the vaccine, with the result that 99% of his patients with PANDAS exhibit vaccine-failure. This means there is an inappropriate immune response to the antigens (in this case multiple strains of streptococcus) even though the children have been vaccinated. This suggests that there is something about this subset of children that causes their immune systems to act differently than most children do when they receive this vaccine. This also suggests that when they are injected with the multiple strains of strep bacteria, if their immune systems do not fight it off as expected, this may be the source of their infections, and of their neurological response to the bacteria.
As I have reported previously, the pneumococcal vaccine is not recommended by Merck, or by the CDC or the World Health Organization (WHO) for routine vaccination of children or adults. That’s because there are risks associated with the vaccine, and it is only recommended for those in High Risk Populations who are known to be at increased risk of complications from pneumonia. New York State has chosen to ignore the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and the vaccine’s manufacturer, and has mandated the pneumococcal vaccine for ALL students in grades six through twelve. That is important information. Unlike Gardasil or the flu vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine is universal for students attending public school in New York. (Unless their parents are exercising their right to medical or religious exemption. Given the very small numbers of parents who do so, it is highly unlikely that any of these students fall into that category.)
Could this be why we are seeing this outbreak in New York and not to this degree in other states?
Could this be why the New York State Health Department does not want any outside interference with their “investigation?”
I really am not a conspiracy theorist at heart. I am trying very hard to just stick to the facts. But honestly, it’s not hard to understand why Dr. Mechtler and the officials leading the investigation would NOT want this to be PANDAS. That will ultimately bring the finger of blame squarely where it belongs, and this time, it’s not even Merck. It’s with the officials who decided they knew better than the CDC, WHO, and the vaccine’s manufacturer.
NOTE: Please see my follow-up post, Oh My Goodness! I Made a Mistake! for my retraction regarding New York State mandates.