Monday, June 4, 2007

Anthrax vaccine related to multiple cancers and other illnesses:

Army statistics provided to Institute of Medicine in 2001 but never published

What conditions are found much more often after anthrax vaccinations? The list is surprising, and (unsurprisingly) women are especially affected. This series of 3 tables does not give us the raw data, instead providing data that has been statistically adjusted by the army. Where does this data come from?

Benign breast lumps leading to hospitalization occurred a whopping 9 times as often after anthrax vaccinations as before. Breast and genitourinary cancer hospitalizations occurred more than 3.5 times as often. Abnormal PAP smears led to hospitalization more than 5 times as often after vaccination.

Hospitalizations for nerve damage in the arm--usually the vaccinated arm--or several damaged nerves (mononeuritis multiplex) occurred 1.6 times as often. Eyelid problems leading to hospitalization occurred more than twice as often. This is no joke. Draining, purulent eyelids appear to be a common consequence of anthrax vaccination, and the reason is obscure. Optic neuropathy leading to hospitalization occurred nearly 3 times as often after vaccination. This condition is usually autoimmune, and many cases later develop into multiple sclerosis.

Dermatophytosis is a fungal skin infection. It resulted in hospitalizations nearly 5 times as often after vaccination. Is this a consequence of impaired immunity to fungal infection?

Some illnesses made the list because they simply occur more often during deployments, like malaria, cholera and typhoid. Anthrax vaccinations are required for soldiers who deploy, but not required for other troops. Others illnesses may be miscoded. Many males have reported testicular inflammation after anthrax vaccine, which may lead to low testosterone levels, loss of interest in sex, and difficulties conceiving. (I have evaluated a number of males with this problem.) Perhaps some of these cases were miscoded as hydrocele, which is associated with fluid on the testis but is not due to acute inflammation.

Look at the second table: there are a list of cancers that caused hospitalizations more often after anthrax vaccine. Female uterine cancer hospitalizations were more than 4 times more common after vaccination. Gallbladder and bile duct cancer hospitalizations were nearly 3 times as common.

Blood clots seem to be related to vaccination. Both hospitalizations for portal vein thrombosis and "acute pulmonary heart disease" (pulmonary embolism) are more common. So are hospitalizations for varicose veins, and "injury of blood vessels of upper extremity" which may represent miscoded episodes of deep vein thrombosis.

Here are additional Tables from the Army Medical Surveillance Activity on illnesses pre and post-vaccination.

Anthrax vaccine seems to cause very unusual illnesses and patterns of symptoms that cannot be found in medical textbooks. This might be why nonspecific diagnostic codes are used more often in hospitalizations after vaccination, such as: "other disorders of stomach and duodenum," "other disorders of the respiratory system," "ill-defined descriptions of heart disease," "symptoms involving nervous and musculoskeletal," "other nonspecific abnormal findings," and "complications of medical care, not elsewhere classified." These diagnoses need to be sorted out, so we can discover precisely what kinds of complex illnesses are due to the vaccine.

It is also important to note that, overall, vaccinated soldiers did not have more hospitalizations than unvaccinated troops, or than they did prior to vaccination. Thus it appears there are specific diagnoses, or clusters or symptoms, that vaccinated troops develop at relatively high rates, which unvaccinated troops develop at much lower rates. However, because there seem to be dozens of these diagnoses, rather than just one or two, it has been harder to pin the relationships down. Compounding this difficulty is the military's failure to release hospitalization and outpatient data since 2001.

Here is the way these data were presented in the 2002 IOM report on anthrax vaccine. Each URL represents one page in the report. To get a printable pdf version, click on "printable pdf page" next to the page number:

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10310&page=246

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10310&page=247

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10310&page=248

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10310&page=249

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10310&page=250

http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10310&page=251

An HHS-DOD "Anthrax Vaccine Expert Committee" examined 1841 VAERS reports for the government, which had been reported to FDA between 1998 and 2001. This committee found that there was one report for every 282 vaccine recipients. Again, women were disproportionately represented, reporting three times as often as would be expected if there were no gender difference. Flu-like symptoms and rashes often tended to recur with subsequent doses. The Committee's report can be found here. Over 5200 people have now filed VAERS reports for anthrax vaccine.






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37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was in the United States Marine Corps from 1996-2000. In 1996, we were forced to receive the Anthrax vaccination. Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and have read a significant amount of data related to MS and the Anthrax Vaccine. Do you think this is possible?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

The 2002 IOM report on anthrax vaccine noted that MS was more common in vaccinated females--there was supposed to be a recommendation to look into this further. It never happened.

Anonymous said...

Do you think that the MS could be from the anthrax vaccination?

Anonymous said...

I was in the Army from 97-2004 and ha 2 series of Anthrax vaccinations. I am now 26 years old with the testosterone levels of a 70 year old (150). How can I find proof that the Anthrax vaccinations are the cause so VA will cover hormone replacement therapy?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

I do not think a single published study has been done on this subject. However, it is possible the Vaccine Healthcare Center can help you, as they may have looked into it, without publishing anything.

http://vhcinfo.org/

Meryl

Anonymous said...

I've been in for ten years and have had eight anthrax shots. after the third I started having stomach pain and gaining weight. Fatigue and headaches have added to that over the years. I keep being told there is nothing wrong with me but I'm at my wits end. I really think it was the shots. Its either that or Afghanistan. both are at the beginning of my stomach issues. have you heard of anything?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Yours are typical symptoms in people who become ill following anthrax vaccines. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, you can call me at 207 412-0004.

Meryl

Anonymous said...

Dr. Nass, First of all I'm originally from Bucksport...so hello neighbor. I am retired from the Army with 22 years of service from May 1976 to June 1998. Since my retirement I've been diagnosed with several different conditions such as prostate cancer and AFib. I received 3 Anthrax shots during Desert Storm. My question is can the Anthrax vacinations in along with other toxins and environmental hazards encounter during the Gulf War (Kuwait oil well fires, depleted uranium ammunition, chemical and biological agents, etc) increase the likelyhood of service connected disabilities?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Very hard to prove that one thing caused a particular disease. I actually wrote a post on this issue several years ago. Suggest you try to find it and read it, as it explains the complexity. If you want to discuss it with me, the phone number is 207 412-0004

Unknown said...

Dr. Nass,
I've been doing extensive research of my own since 1999 on the effects of the anthrax vaccine on the uterus. I've been diagnosed with atypical endometrial hyperplasia (simple or complex has not been defined). What I most recently found is that it does increase the thickness of the uterine lining causing heavy bleeding, infertility and which could lead to cancer. Most recently I found this info here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0034862#authcontrib. Your thoughts?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Unfortunately, I have seen no data on uterine hyperplasia and anthrax vaccine, so unable to comment. MN

JENNIFER ROBY said...

I recieved 2 anthrax shots in 2004 along with small pox for my deployment to Qatar. When I had the second injection on the same arm as my small pox about two weeks prior i developed a golf ball sized lump painful to move arm for over a month, then develoed migraines (still ongoing), back pain, weight loss and unseen rash. Then three months later developed pancreatitis for 6 months (don't drink), stomach pain when eating, unusual thyroid numbers that doesn't match textbook conditions, then chrinic pain all over, then chronic constipation, my colon stopped working, pain in arm at injection site left upper arm, nerve pain in extremities, more pain sensitive left side of body than right, Bell's palsy left side of face, pancreatitis 2 more times lasting 3 or more months with slightly elevated numbers but as painful as if numbers are in the thousands, slowing down of intestinal tract, cold sweats when my GI system is processing food, nauseas, vertigo, nerve degenerative in brain (the front area of brain doesn't process information quickly diagnoses from physch testing for brain function, interstitial cystitis of bladder, skin sensitivity, muscle loss in legs, nerve damage on left toe, temperature issues, weight loss- can't eat solid food much because of pain and nausea. The AF won't link it to the shots at all and never told me to report it to VEARS. They were trying to prove I was making this up but couldn't and had outstanding military record. Got out in 2006 medically for chronic pain not linked to the shots or during war time. Spots on brain from MRI's found for years ago. Still doctors can't seem to diagnose me and won't say if it happened from the shot. What do you think and next steps I should take? My body is literally shutting down in the last ten years from the shot and im only 40.

JENNIFER ROBY said...

I recieved 2 anthrax shots in 2004 along with small pox for my deployment to Qatar. When I had the second injection on the same arm as my small pox about two weeks prior i developed a golf ball sized lump painful to move arm for over a month, then develoed migraines (still ongoing), back pain, weight loss and unseen rash. Then three months later developed pancreatitis for 6 months (don't drink), stomach pain when eating, unusual thyroid numbers that doesn't match textbook conditions, then chrinic pain all over, then chronic constipation, my colon stopped working, pain in arm at injection site left upper arm, nerve pain in extremities, more pain sensitive left side of body than right, Bell's palsy left side of face, pancreatitis 2 more times lasting 3 or more months with slightly elevated numbers but as painful as if numbers are in the thousands, slowing down of intestinal tract, cold sweats when my GI system is processing food, nauseas, vertigo, nerve degenerative in brain (the front area of brain doesn't process information quickly diagnoses from physch testing for brain function, interstitial cystitis of bladder, skin sensitivity, muscle loss in legs, nerve damage on left toe, temperature issues, weight loss- can't eat solid food much because of pain and nausea. The AF won't link it to the shots at all and never told me to report it to VEARS. They were trying to prove I was making this up but couldn't and had outstanding military record. Got out in 2006 medically for chronic pain not linked to the shots or during war time. Spots on brain from MRI's found for years ago. Still doctors can't seem to diagnose me and won't say if it happened from the shot. What do you think and next steps I should take? My body is literally shutting down in the last ten years from the shot and im only 40.

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Call me to discuss further. See if you can tape the call, as your condition is complex and there are many avenues to pursue.

207 412-0004

Meryl Nass

John Jacobson said...

I received 6 Anthrax vaccine shots while deployed to the Persian Gulf in the Navy. A couple years later I had a pulmonary embolism. While in the hospital for the PE it was determined I have Factor V Leiden. Has there ever been research done on the effects of the vaccine on people with Factor V Leiden?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Walter Reed AMC studied anthrax vaccine and blood clotting about 14 years ago. One would assume they looked into Factor V Leiden, since it is a common mutation that increases thrombosis. The Vaccine Healthcare Center is where this research was done. To my knowledge it was never published.

Benjamin Harris said...

I'm a 41y/o mal. I became I'll after receiving vaccines / during my tour in Afghanistan as a combat medic. It started with esophageal spasms, and has progressed to peripheral sensory and motor issues which are quite episodic, labs seem fine over four years, yet no definitive dx from the army or Va. I've requested an Mrs MRI with and without contrast, ASA, and testing for endogenous diseases from the middle east. My requests were downplayed and written off as ptsd. Theses episodes occur at random and without stress or triggers. The most recent lasting the last 21 days. Numbness starting in my left leg, followed by my legs giving out bilaterally and multiple falls Last week. Severe headache and fatigued to the point that walking and regular routines are interrupted. It is once again in going away with my feet still numb, and dull ache, or borderline cramping bilateral lower extremities. Cognitive problems coincide with the episodes. Loss of coordiation, memory loss, and dysnomia. I can't help but recognize most of the symptoms from working as a nurse in the civilian sector and being around multiple patients with demyelinating disorders. This all started after vaccines, and prior to seeing combat. I suspect ptsd can be ruled out. Seems to be the catch all phrase now instead of GWS.

Anonymous said...

I had 6 shots and it was not until the 6th shot that I became ill about 4 months after recieving it. I was never in a combat zone nor anywhere near Itaq, i was in a squadron. Now i just read about Beu Biden, VP Biden's son passing away due to cancer. So i dug alittle more and it would appear that after he was deployed to Itaq, camp Victory, that he started to get sick..brain leasions,,and even a mild stroke...i am assuming he recieved the shot. My health has gotton soewhat better, albit slowly...i have had the muscle achs...muscle loss...stomach achs...constipation...and discolartion of my skin...plus my vision suddenly changed ...howver my vision seems to be getting back to what it was...I recieved the 6th shot about 5 years ago.
To those whom are sick keep your head up and know that it seems at least for me that over time it slowly recedes..i have found that changing my diet has helped alot..drinking green tea with ginger root helps me out alot in the morning and at night...calms me down and no violent nightmares anymore, plus my muscles seem to be responding much better i have noticed...

Anonymous said...

I received 1 anthrax shot in may 2015 and since around that time I have developed symptoms such as high weightloss, body tremors, hot all the time plus sweating, high heart rate and weard heart paplutations. I went to my doctor for advice and he told me he wanted to test me for hyperthyroid. When I got the results back my levels were all screwed up. I am 32 years old and I run and workout normally, but ever since that shot all kinds of weard things have been happening, could this have caused my thyroid to to crazy?

Anonymous said...

I received 5 anthrax shots, last shot was in 2004. After the 5th shot I experienced some mild side effect. I've always been a health and active individual. About 2.5 years ago I stared experience daily headaches, which later landed me in the hospital in March of 2013. 6 months later I noticed fatigue, and sore muscles. At first I just blamed it on poor diet and lack sleep. This went on for about 3+ months with no improvement, and at times worsening symptoms. In early 2014 I made in appt to see my PCM for a small dry patch under my right eye. During this visit I explained my symptoms to my PCM of fatigue, insomnia, and occasional night sweats. So he ordered a full blood work up, which resulted in mod -severe neutropenia. My current dx is autoimmune idiopathic neutropenia. About a month ago I was started on neupogen for neutrophils of 300-500 ANC. My family has also noticed some memory loss. Do you think all this could be related to anthrax vaccine?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Unfortunately, there are no data about side effects that may occur so many years after anthrax vaccine. So we just don't know if there is any connection--Meryl Nass, MD

Unknown said...

In 1999 i received my anthrax shots all the way up to the yearly booster. I haven't had any more shots since 2000. I the last couple years ive developed lung issues and the doctor's can't find nothing from cat scans or mri. Could i be developing something from those shots?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

The documents from DMSS sent to the IOm in 2001 shoed asthma to be greater in vaccine recipients.

An article in the journal CHEST suggested that a condition abbreviated as BOOP can be caused by anthrax vaccine--see the following discussion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronchiolitis_obliterans_organizing_pneumonia

MN

Mark Sherman said...

Dr. Nass, I received a series of Anthrax shots plus a couple boosters in 2004-2005 while in the Army. I am now 43 recently had a cancerous polyp removed from my duodenum. My Doctor found it by accident when he was checking my stomach to figure out what is causing my anemia. Any advice would be appreciated.

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Cancer of the duodenum is very rare. I have not seen mention of enough cases to be able to identify them as a side effect of any drug or vaccine.

My thoughts: This can be part of a hereditary syndrome--that needs to be checked. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1774628/

If so, you and your family will need screening every so often (of colon and duodenum)

My other thought is that cancer of the biliary tract HAS been linked to anthrax vaccine, and might this have been a biliary or ampullary cancer rather than being a duodenal primary? It might be good to send the slides for a second opinion.

M Nass, MD

RandyR said...

Dr Nass, I received my Anthrax shot in July 2006 prior to being deployed to Kuwait. In December that same year I was diangnosed with BPPV which I still have to this day. Could tyere be a connection?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

There has been no study of benign positional vertigo and anthrax vaccine, to my knowledge. That said, I have heard many complaints of vertigo after anthrax vaccine, often associated with other symptoms, like tinnitus and hearing loss.

MN

John Goertzen said...

I received the injection plus all 8 boosters. I was discharged in 2004 and have had many gastrointestinal problems. After going to the Er for severe stomach pain they found three large stones and removed the organ. I have had several bacterial infections along with joint pain. Looking for advice.

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Stones where? Removed what organ?

To my knowledge gallstones are unrelated to anthrax vaccine and are exceedingly common. The treatment is cholecystectomy (removal of gallbladder) which should not cause much impairment.

MN

Anonymous said...

Dr. Nass,
The latest issue of Disabled American Veterans (DAV, 2016) had an article "Toxic exposure in Iraq causes breast cancer." In the article the author wrote that Michael Michelotti, a DAV National Service Office supervisor, and the VA claimant, Dr. T. Danielle Russell, "pointed to a number of credible studies that show findings of a statistical association between the anthrax vaccine and the development of multiple cysts and especially breast cancer." The article never cited those studies and I have yet to find the studies to which they referred. Do you have any ideas?
v/r,
Andrew

Richie said...

I was in the Marines from 1998 to 2002 and received the mandatory anthrax vaccines of 5 doses, along with many others including yellow fever and typhoid. Prior to going into the service, I had mononucleosis as a teenager. In 2012, I experienced optic neuritis and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I experienced symptoms during the time I was in the service including joint pain, headache, fever, sore throat, weakness, calf pain, rash, numbness, tingling, weakness, arthralgia, and a bout of severe depression within the presumptive seven year period of time following discharge. Could there be any link between the vaccines, the prior history of mononucleosis and my multiple sclerosis?

Unknown said...

I received the shots all the way through the booster in 1999. After separating in 2000 I discovered a mas on my right muscle. Autopsy revealed a "sack" that had jell like substance. After the samples making it to a few places with no results they finally ended up at university of Flordia where I was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. Went through the whole nine yards (chemo and radiation) and have been clear since. Any chance this is connected to the vaccine?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

I am responing to 3 comments from the past 2 weeks here.

1. Although I am unaware of evidence of rhabdomyosarcoma linked to anthrax vaccine, cats may develop a sarcoma after vaccinations, so the possibility seems reasonable.

2. Breast cancer rates were elevated after anthrax vaccinations, according to data provided to the Institute of Medicine in 2002 by the Army, and which I often cite. Several hundred pages were provided and they should be available at the IOM library.

3. Optic neuritis was linked to anthrax vaccine by myself and others. MS was linked to anthrax vaccine as a "red flag" deserving further consideration by the IOM in its 2002 report on anthrax vaccine.

4. I have no knowledge of how mononucleosis (caused by EB Virus) might link to MS, but since EB Virus is linked to Burkitt's Lymphoma and other diseases, I would not rule it out.

M Nass, MD

Anonymous said...

I was in the AF from 1995-2007. I am a female and received 5 anthrax vaccine injections. After the third injection I had a sudden reaction of dizziness, tingling up and down the arm they jabbed and tunnel vision. I had basically started to faint. They had me sit for 2 hours until it passed and claimed I was good to go. After that injection I started to get really fatigued, and developed very shaky hands. I also began to have painful gastric episodes after eating. Like, on the floor rocking because of the stabbing pain. This lasted on and off for about 3-4 years. Stomach pains happened at least 3 times a week. I also experienced only what I can explain as not being able to breath fully. Gasping for air...like asthma episodes. I had never experienced these things before and I didn't have asthma! I went to the doctor on base and each time was basically told nothing was wrong. The breathing episodes stopped around the same time the stomach pains stopped..about 3-4 years after my last injection. I also had horrible migraines during this time...I still get them occasionally. I never equated these things with the vaccine till now. You know, I actually knew someone who developed MS out of nowhere after deploying several times and getting the booster. I always wondered if it was related. He seemed so healthy prior to his diagnosis. I now have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, but not sure that is related.

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Asthma can be a consequence of anthrax vaccine, according to the DMSS data. Headaches, fatigue and GI pains are also common in my experience.

MN

Al said...

While I am still in the Army at 55 yrs old and have taken Anthrax injections in the past, I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and will have an operation within a month. Is there any new information that links Anthrax injections to prostate cancer and do you know if the VA has granted any disability benefits for prostate cancer based on Anthrax vaccinations?

Meryl Nass, M.D. said...

Re prostate cancer: interesting question, since prostate cancer has been linked to agent orange. And breast and cervical cancer were linked to anthrax vaccine.

I have no knowledge of prostate cancer and anthrax vaccine. I think you are the first person to contact me with this diagnosis.

MN