New To Researching Vaccines? Articles to Get You Started

Many people are just beginning their search for information about vaccines. I receive messages and emails daily from parents, grandparents, and family friends who are trying to help their loved ones navigate the maze of information and misinformation regarding vaccines. I have been researching and writing about vaccines and vaccine-injuries for several years. The VaxTruth website currently (as of November 2016) houses more than 200 articles, and finding what you need can be a challenge.

In an attempt to simplify your quest, I am placing some links here, which history tells me may be helpful in answering your questions.

I hope this helps.

Marcella

The following link will take you to a grid where you can easily find articles on specific diseases and vaccines like measles, whooping cough, flu, meningococal, polio, smallpox, chickenpox, and hepatitis B.  You will also find easy access to articles on the history of vaccines and “vaccine-preventable diseases,” and links to articles about Autism and PANDAS.

If you are looking for information on Religious Exemptions and why vaccination may not be consistent with your deeply held beliefs, the following articles may interest you:

 

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: What is it? Is it treatable? Can Vaccines Cause it?

WHAT IS ACUTE FLACCID MYELITIS?

From the Transverse Myelitis Association:

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) is a variant or sub-type of transverse myelitis. AFM is inflammation of the spinal cord and generally presents with unique clinical and MRI features that are not typical of classical transverse myelitis. AFM abnormalities noted on MRI are predominantly found in the gray matter of the spinal cord. In 2013, an outbreak of what is now believed to be this sub-type of transverse myelitis occurred in California and more cases were reported in the summer and fall of 2014 across the United States. The enterovirus (EV-D68) has been suspect in many of these cases however, it has not been definitively proven that it is this particular virus that has caused the paralysis,1 although several cases of AFM occurred at around the same time as an outbreak of the EV-D68 virus.

So… AFM is one form of TM – Transverse Myelitis.

IS THERE EVIDENCE THAT VACCINES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSVERSE MYELITIS?

Yes.

Transverse myelitis is a rare clinical syndrome in which an immune-mediated process causes neural injury to the spinal cord. The pathogenesis of transverse myelitis is mostly of an autoimmune nature, triggered by various environmental factors, including vaccination. Our aim here was to search for and analyze reported cases of transverse myelitis following vaccination. A systematic review of PubMed, EMBASE and DynaMed for all English-language journals published between 1970 and 2009 was preformed, utilizing the key words transverse myelitis, myelitis, vaccines, post-vaccination, vaccination and autoimmunity. We have disclosed 37 reported cases of transverse myelitis associated with different vaccines including those against hepatitis B virus, measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and others, given to infants, children and adults. In most of these reported cases the temporal association was between several days and 3 months, although a longer time frame of up to several years was also suggested. Although vaccines harbor a major contribution to public health in the modern era, in rare cases they may be associated with autoimmune phenomena such as transverse myelitis. The associations of different vaccines with a single autoimmune phenomenon allude to the idea that a common denominator of these vaccines, such as an adjuvant, might trigger this syndrome.

Source:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19880568

HAS TRANSVERSE MYELITIS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE VACCINE COURT AS VACCINE-INJURY?

Yes.

WHAT VACCINES ARE KNOWN TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSVERSE MYELITIS?

  • DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis) vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • HPV vaccine (Gardasil, Cervaris)
  • Influenza (Flu) vaccine
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • TDap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis) vaccine

Click here for a representation of cases and awards*

IS THERE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR VACCINE-INDUCED TRANSVERSE MYELITIS?

Yes. If it is recognized as a vaccine-injury, and treated accordingly.

Four days following novel influenza A(H1N1) vaccination, the patient developed longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis. Extensive diagnostic evaluation effectively ruled out causes other than vaccination-associated transverse myelitis. Following treatment with corticosteroids and plasmapheresis, the patient made a significant recovery.

Source:  JAMA Network – JAMA Neurology (JAMA = Journal of the American Medical Association)

 

*NOTE: This is not an endorsement of any particular attorney or attorneys. It was just the first one I happened to find in my search. There are others and there are more cases which have been won by other attorneys.
#VaxXed #VaxTruth #AcuteFlaccidMyelitis #AFM #TeamDaniel #JusticeForDaniel

Acute Flaccid Myelitis and Routine Childhood Vaccinations: This is Nothing New

kevin-norbury-recovering-from-polio

The photograph above is of Kevin Norbury, taken when he was recovering from polio. Kevin is from Australia. He became paralyzed with polio in 1951, at the age of 10. Kevin’s paralysis began shortly after he was vaccinated against diphtheria, and the paralysis began in the same arm where he received the vaccine. Kevin spent several years in a hospital for disabled children, and as an older adult, he still lives with the remnants of polio. It wasn’t until many years later that Kevin learned that the Australian government had known about a connection between routine childhood vaccinations and increased risk of paralysis from polio, AND they covered it up.
Kevin has written a memoir entitled, The Improbable Reporter. He was interviewed by Andrew Rule of the Sunday Sun Herald and his story was published March 12, 2016.
Here is a quote from the article:
Dr Bertram McCloskey no doubt saved many lives, maybe even Norbury’s own. But it wasn’t until the adult Norbury dug up a report McCloskey published in a medical journal that he heard of a likely link between the 1950s polio epidemic and inoculation against whooping cough and the deadly disease diphtheria, which once killed tens of thousands of children a year. His report in The Lancet makes disturbing reading, even today,” Norbury begins. McCloskey had noticed that 211 of 340 polio cases in Victoria in six months were children who had been inoculated — and that the more recent the injection, the more likely it was they had developed polio. Even more pointedly, the polio paralysis was more severe in whichever arm the child had recently had injected. This rang alarm bells with Norbury. Because of problems with the primitive syringes then used, he’d been given a double dose of diphtheria vaccine, he says, only weeks before the paralysis hit him. The veteran journalist would ferret out facts hidden from his parents and others when he was a child. He discovered that McCloskey had reported his misgivings to the Victorian chief health officer, the heads of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories and the head of the Infectious Diseases Hospital. They agreed there was a link between school injections and polio. In fact, the Medical Journal of Australia advised against injecting school-aged children in areas where polio was breaking out. Experts apparently suspected that children’s immune systems were temporarily weakened by the vaccines, making them vulnerable to polio. So what happened? Because of fears of a backlash against immunisation, the authorities buried McCloskey’s report. People in high places thought that the increased risk of hundreds of children getting polio was better than postponing diphtheria vaccinations.”
In the last several weeks there has been a growing concern about the number of children who have developed Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), which the media has reported is a “mysterious polio-like illness.” Daniel Ramirez died on Sunday, October 30th, after being hospitalized for two weeks with paralysis. The doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital are “scrambling” and “desperate” to find the cause. KOMO News in Seattle talked with Daniel’s mother before his death in a heart-breaking video report. Daniel’s mother knew her son was dying. She also knows something else the media is not reporting: Daniel was vaccinated two weeks prior to getting sick. How do I know? Because someone I know contacted her and asked. And that someone screenshot the conversation. Daniel was recently vaccinated.
The connection between childhood vaccination and paralysis has been known since the polio outbreaks in the 1940s and 1950s, and the knowledge was not confined to Australia. It also happened in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, and England. There is a very good article in The Lancet, entitled Polio Provocation: Solving a Mystery with the Help of History. In the article, the author, Stephen Mawdsley reveals some very interesting facts about the association between vaccination with diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, and the increased risk of paralytic polio in recently vaccinated children.
From the Lancet article:
… it was not until the end of World War II that injection-induced polio emerged as a public health concern. The application of epidemiological surveillance and statistical methods enabled researchers to trace the steady rise in polio incidence along with the expansion of immunisation programmes for diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. A report that emerged from Guy’s and Evelina Hospitals, London, in 1950, found that 17 cases of polio paralysis developed in the limb injected with pertussis or tetanus inoculations. Results published by Australian doctor Bertram McCloskey also showed a strong association between injections and polio paralysis. Meanwhile, in the USA, public health researchers in New York and Pennsylvania reached similar conclusions. Clinical evidence, derived from across three continents, had established a theory that required attention.
Mawdsley goes on to discuss the theories about the mechanism behind polio provocation, which included the hypothesis that the act of piercing the skin during injection drove the polio virus (an enterovirus similar to EV-D68, which has been associated with the “mysterious polio-like illness” circulating in the U.S. for the last few years) into deep tissue, and from there, into the central nervous system, where it led to paralysis and sometimes, death.
What did the United States Health Authorities do???
Mawdsley writes:
The impressive volume of literature on polio provocation by the 1950s fuelled changes in health policy. US health organisations and charities, including the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Public Health Association, accommodated the possibility of polio provocation and encouraged health professionals to avoid “indiscriminate” injections and “booster shots” during epidemics. In New York City, child health stations were closed and laws mandating paediatric vaccinations before school attendance were relaxed. Most health professionals reformed their immunisation practices and accepted that seasonal factors and cycles of disease were important to consider before immunising children.
In the 1940s and 1950s, the mechanisms of provoked polio were hypothetical. They didn’t stay hypothetical. In an article from 1998, published in the Journal of Virology, researchers reported their findings, which confirmed the suspicions of nearly half a century earlier, writing:
Skeletal muscle injury is known to predispose its sufferers to neurological complications of concurrent poliovirus infections. This phenomenon, labeled “provocation poliomyelitis,” continues to cause numerous cases of childhood paralysis due to the administration of unnecessary injections to children in areas where poliovirus is endemic. Recently, it has been reported that intramuscular injections may also increase the likelihood of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis in recipients of live attenuated poliovirus vaccines. We have studied this important risk factor for paralytic polio in an animal system for poliomyelitis and have determined the pathogenic mechanism linking intramuscular injections and provocation poliomyelitis. Skeletal muscle injury induces retrograde axonal transport of poliovirus and thereby facilitates viral invasion of the central nervous system and the progression of spinal cord damage. The pathogenic mechanism of provocation poliomyelitis may differ from that of polio acquired in the absence of predisposing factors.
The virus that is associated with the more recent hospitalizations of children is Enterovirus D68. It is not polio, but it is a very similar virus and belongs to the family of enteroviruses, which includes polio virus.
There are some doctors who remember provocation polio. One of those doctors is Alan S. Cunningham, M.D., a retired pediatrician. Dr. Cunningham’s concerns were published in The BMJ, in January of 2015.
Dr. Cunningham wrote:
Since August 2, 2014 our Centers for Disease Control has received reports of 107 cases of ‘acute flaccid myelitis’ (AFM), a polio-like illness in children in 34 states. During the same interval there have been 1153 cases of respiratory illnesses associated with enterovirus D-68 (CIDRAP News 1/16/15. CDC update 1/15/15. Catherine Saint Louis, NY Times 1/13/15). AFM affects motor neurons in spinal cord gray matter, resulting in asymmetrical limb weakness; 34% of patients have cranial nerve motor dysfunction. Median age of patients is 7.6 years/range: 5 months-20 years (MMWR 63: 1243–January 9, 2015). So far only one child has fully recovered. EV-D68 is a suspected cause but, thus far, no viruses have been found in the spinal fluid of patients, and only a minority have had an antecedent illness associated with EV-D68. Case-control studies are planned to look for clues, but presently AFM is a mystery disease of unknown cause.
It is taboo to suggest a role for vaccines, but some old-timers remember “provocation poliomyelitis” or “provocation paralysis.” This is paralytic polio following intramuscular injections, typically with vaccines. PP was most convincingly documented by Austin Bradford Hill and J. Knowelden during the 1949 British polio epidemic when the risk of paralytic polio was increased 20-fold among children who had received the DPT injection (BMJ 2:1–July 1, 1950). Similar observations were made by Greenberg and colleagues in New York City; their literature review cited suspected cases as far back as 1921 (Am J Public Health 42:142–Feb.1952). I first became aware of PP 10 years ago while browsing through “Krugman’s Infectious Disease of Children” (page 128 of the 2004 edition).AFM may result from a direct virus attack on the spinal cord, or by an immune attack triggered by a virus, or by something else.
If a polio-like virus is circulating in the U.S., the possibility of its provocation by one or more vaccines has to be considered.
The United States has a history of doing the right thing when this happened in the 1950s. The question is, will the United States and the doctors, Health Departments, and the American Academy of Pediatrics do the right thing now? And if not, how many more children like Daniel Ramirez will be sacrificed as a result of that decision?
As Mawdsley writes in his Lancet article, concerns about polio provocation resurfaced in the 1980s, as vaccination programs increased in developing countries, and as a result, increasing numbers of children were being paralyzed. In the 1980s, the United States government went on record as choosing the vaccination program over the well-being of children, publishing the following in the Federal Register (the daily journal of the U.S. government), in regard to the polio vaccine:
…any possible doubts, whether or not well founded, about the safety of the vaccine cannot be allowed to exist in view of the need to assure that the vaccine will continue to be used to the maximum extent consistent with the nation’s public health objectives.
Only time will tell what our government will do. We need to scream from the rooftops that it is time to stop the sacrifice of our children.
Please pray for Daniel’s family, and for the families of all the children who are caught in the middle of what can only be described as a battle between innocent lives and the very powerful forces of darkness fueled by the billions of dollars greasing the palms of those who make the decisions about mandatory vaccinations.

You Can’t be Pro-Life and Pro-Vaccine

This presentation was developed and delivered before parents, scientists, and activists at the third CDC Rally for Truth, Transparency, and Freedom on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Click the link to view the slides as you listen to the video below. (You will have to open a second window on your browser to do this simultaneously.)

You Can’t be Pro-Life and Pro-Vaccine

The Shooting of Charles Kinsey by North Miami Police


The shooting of Charles Kinsey by Miami Police on July 18, 2016 has hit the vaccine-injury community hard. This post is different from most things I share on VaxTruth. It’s not about vaccines, but it is very relevant to vaccine-injury. Many of our children have been diagnosed with autism (iatrogenic autism is vaccine-induced brain injury).

When my friend Karmen shared the video and initial news story of Charles Kinsey being shot as he lay in the street with his arms in the air… with his client – a young man with brain injury, diagnosed as autism, sitting next to him… I felt sick.

Charles Kinsey identified himself to the police as a behavior therapist who works in the local group home. Mr. Kinsey told the police Arnaldo had a toy truck. “He has a toy truck. That’s all it is. There’s no need for guns.”

Mr. Kinsey was shot, even though he was doing everything right. He was then handcuffed and flipped over on his stomach, where he was left for 20 minutes (his estimate) on the scorching Miami pavement. Bleeding from the gunshot wound.

The immediate and obvious conclusion is that Mr. Kinsey was shot because he is black.

Karen’s comment to me: “I guess hiring strong black men to help with our aging vaccine injured boys puts our kids at risk.”

At the time when Karen made that comment, the statement by John Rivera, President of North Miami Police Benevolent Association, had not yet been released. In his statement, Mr. Rivera claims the officer fired three bullets intending to kill Arnaldo – the 23 year-old young man with autism, who was sitting cross-legged at the feet of Charles Kinsey, playing with his toy truck.

The spin on the situation by John Rivera, appears to be an attempt to dampen the outrage at what is clearly an unjustified shooting of an unarmed black man, by claiming instead that it was merely an unjustified shooting of an unarmed autistic man.

Because we all know there will be less outrage about the killing of our children.

I keep going back to Karen’s comment: “I guess hiring strong black men to help with our aging vaccine-injured boys puts our kids at risk.”

Does it put our kids at risk? Or does it put those amazing human beings who dedicate their lives to protecting our kids at risk?

I have worked as a behavior analyst with adults living in group homes. I have been called to respond to situations just like the one Charles Kinsey was responding to. The last call I took was in response to one of my clients, who happened to be a black male, who had become agitated and was standing in the middle of the street, waving his shoe around and yelling at passing cars.

Thankfully, by the time I got to the home, he had calmed down somewhat and was sitting outside on the deck. Thankfully, my client was verbal and was able to tell me what had upset him. He talked. I listened. He calmed. I thanked him. We spent some time together listening to Marvin Gaye (his favorite singer) on my phone. I left two hours later and the incident was resolved.

Charles Kinsey is a hero. He was in a terrible situation, trying to calm a young man who was outside of his normal environment, with the goal of getting him back home safely.

I’m sure that whoever called the police did so because what they saw was someone sitting in the middle of the street, and because “normal” people don’t sit in the middle of the street unless they are trying to kill themselves, that meant “that guy is trying to kill himself.” And since “that guy is trying to kill himself,” whatever he has in his hand must be a gun.

The police were told “there is a guy with a gun who is threatening suicide.” This appears to be the interpretation of whoever saw Arnaldo sitting in the street and called the police.

The police responded, based on what they had been told.
Things SHOULD HAVE CHANGED when they arrived and assessed the situation.

What did they see?
1. A black man, lying on his back with both hands in the air
2. A young man sitting cross-legged playing with a white object

What did they hear? (assuming they could hear as well as the cell phone video picked up, given that the cell phone was behind Charles Kinsey and when he was yelling to the officers they were in front of him)
1. “I am a behavior therapist at the group home.”
2. “It’s a toy truck. That’s all it is. There’s no need for guns.”

North Miami is reported to be a city of 64,000.
I worked in Evansville, Indiana, which is roughly double that size.
In the course of my work with group homes and individuals living in the community and on waiver services, I had more than a handful of encounters with the police. They knew about group homes, and they knew about the people who lived there. Thankfully, the officers I came in contact with were always helpful and never made the situations worse. They allowed me to do my job, and respected the fact that we were dealing with a human being who did not perceive things or process information the same way as “normal” people do.

The police officers I came in contact with gave me the respect I deserved and the space and time I needed to help my clients.

I am a white woman.

#CharlesKinsey #Arnaldo

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Preparing for the “Well-Baby” or “Well-Child” Visit if You Don’t Plan to Vaccinate

Let’s pretend.
I am a young mother. I have a new baby. I also have a 4 year old.
My 4 year old was fully vaccinated as an infant and young child. I didn’t know anything about vaccines and I didn’t know to question.
I did things differently with my little one, and she has not had any vaccines; no hepatitis B at birth, and no vitamin K injection.

I have received a notice from my family doctor (or pediatrician) that it is time to bring my children in for their “well-baby” and “well-child” check-ups. Getting that notice makes me feel sick to my stomach. I know that I do not want to further vaccinate my older child, and I know that I do not want to vaccinate my baby at all.

My decision has not been made lightly. I have spent many hours researching and learning about vaccines, their ingredients, the lack of placebo-controlled studies, and the fact that they have never been studied for safety or efficacy as they are administered according to The CDC’s Childhood Schedule.

I have also prayed about this. A lot.
When I allowed my older child to be vaccinated, I felt a horrible sense of dread every time. I “knew” it was wrong. My mother’s intuition was screaming at me to grab my baby from that table and run out the door… but I didn’t know why… and I didn’t listen to that voice. I realize now that that voice… that “intuition”… is the voice of God. I didn’t listen before, but I am listening now.
And now, I know why vaccinating my babies is not right for my family.
I know better now; so now, I will do better.

This is the basis of my faith. I have erred in the past. I have asked for forgiveness and said many prayers of thanks that my oldest appears to have escaped significant harm as a result of my uninformed actions. I will not make the same mistake again.
My resolve is strong.
But I still feel so anxious about this appointment. I think I’m going to vomit.

How can I prepare myself? What can I do to ensure I am not coerced or bullied? What can I take with me to let the doctor know that I have not made a snap decision, and I am not just listening to others’ opinions?

Here is my plan:
1. Find out exactly what vaccines my children are “due to receive.”
2. Call the doctor’s office and ask which brands of vaccines they use.
3. Find out what the ingredients are in those vaccines.
4. Print the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for those ingredients.
5. Print the vaccine manufacturer’s inserts for each vaccine.
6. Print out the state law regarding school attendance.

I will put everything in a binder (actually, I’ll get two copies of everything so I can leave one with my doctor and have one to keep).

Here is where I will find the information I need…
To find out what vaccines my child is “due” for, and the ingredients (and doses), I will use the National Vaccine Information Center’s Vaccine Ingredient Calculator.

I will print out my child’s customized plan (2 copies).
Next, I will get the MSDS sheets and highlight the toxicity sections.

Page 1 of the MSDS for Thimerosal. Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells.

Page 1 of the MSDS for Thimerosal. Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells.

 

The following is a partial list of ingredients in vaccines given to infants and children in the U.S. (click each ingredient to view the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS):

If you click on each of the above links, you will be taken to the MSDS for that vaccine ingredient. Scroll down and look at the information under Section 3: Hazards Identification. This is where you can learn about:

  • Carcinogenic Effects – the KNOWN ability to cause cancer
  • Mutagenic Effects – the KNOWN ability to cause alterations in DNA (FYI… alterations in DNA cause childhood cancers)
  • Teratogenic Effects – the KNOWN ability to cause harm to a developing fetus in utero
  • Developmental Toxicity – the KNOWN ability to cause harm to children in one or more ways

Another good thing to put in my binder is the Excipient List from the CDC, which lists all of the vaccines, their ingredients, and substances used in their manufacture.
Next, I need the Vaccine Manufacturer’s Inserts for each vaccine.
On each vaccine manufacturer’s insert, I will highlight the part where it says the vaccine should not be given to anyone who has an allergy to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Given that my child has not been tested to determine if he or she is allergic to any or all of the ingredients, there won’t be any injecting going on just so we can see what happens.

ProQuad (MMR & Varicella) Vaccine Contraindications, Warnings & Precautions. Page 1 of Merck's Vaccine Manufacturer's Insert

ProQuad (MMR & Varicella) Vaccine Contraindications, Warnings & Precautions. Page 1 of Merck’s Vaccine Manufacturer’s Insert

On each vaccine manufacturer’s insert, I will highlight section 13.1 (and I will highlight the absence of section 13.1 on the Varivax vaccine, since it has been removed), which states clearly, “This vaccine has not been studied for carcinogenic or mutagenic effects, or for effects on fertility.”

Section 13.1 looks like this.

If we get this far in our discussion, I will show the doctor this information, and then we will discuss each of the MSDS’s for the vaccine ingredients – at length.
If you want more information on vaccine ingredients, this post on VaxTruth seems to be pretty helpful for a lot of people. At least they keep using it a lot…

If, after this discussion, my doctor still wants to grasp at straws and tell me that my child cannot go to school without vaccines, I will calmly point out that (in Indiana, and 46 other states) we have the right to religious exemption from vaccination for school attendance, and that as my children’s parent, I will be exercising that legal right on their behalf.

Here is where I go to find the law regarding vaccines for school attendance:

If I live in California, I will take advantage of the fact that when Governor Brown signed SB277 into law last year, he expressly stated that the medical exemption from vaccination was completely at the doctor’s discretion, and is not limited to the very narrow criteria for medical exemptions set forth by The CDC.

"The Legislature, after considerable debate, specifically amended SB277, to exempt a child from immunization WHENEVER the child's physician concludes that there are circumstances, including BUT NOT LIMITED TO, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization... Thus, SB277, while requiring that school children be vaccinated, explicitly provides an exception when a physician believes that circumstances - in the judgement [sic] and sound discretion of the physician - so warrant."

This is where I will be helping my doctor understand our family history of autoimmune disease. I will also be asking for allergy testing, and testing to determine if my child has any genetic SNPs in the methylation pathway or in the CYP-450 pathway.
Here is some information about medical exemptions:

If I happen to live in West Virginia or Mississippi… and if I am unable to obtain a medical exemption in California… my next step (as far as school is concerned) is to figure out how to home-school or how to move to another state. There are a lot of options for homeschooling, and many of my friends are doing it with fabulous success. If I am able, this is what I will do because now that I know better, I know there is no way I would sacrifice my child’s health and well-being just so he can go to a (failing) public school where he will have to sit still and have his creativity and joy stamped out of him for the next 12 years. No thanks.
If my doctor attempts to bully me after all of this, I will calmly inform him (or her) that I am aware of my rights and I am aware that the only laws regarding vaccination are for school attendance. I will also let him (or her) know that I am aware that physicians are receiving bonuses for meeting benchmarks and having a certain percentage of patients fully vaccinated by age two years. I will let the physician know in no uncertain terms that coercion (threatening to call CPS, for example) is unethical and possibly against the law (look up the definition of extortion), and I will be reporting him (or her) to the state medical board for ethics violations. For good measure, I will probably throw in, “And you’ll be hearing from my attorney,” as I pick up my babies and walk calmly and confidently out of his or her office. For the very last time.
The last thing I will say, if it gets to this point?
“You’re fired.”

NOTE:  This originated as a post on Facebook, in response to a young father’s question about how to handle the upcoming 2 month appointment for his new baby. That post was shared 400 times in the first 48 hours. Judging by the comments, this is something that is really resonating with parents. To be clear:  There is no law that you have to use a pediatrician or an allopathic physician (Family Practice M.D. or D.O.) for your children. Chiropractors, Naturopathic Physicians, and Homeopaths are all fully capable of providing excellent routine care for your family. If you need emergency medical treatment, you can seek it through an Urgent Care facility or hospital Emergency Room. The fact is, if you are not vaccinating, you generally do not need a pediatrician or other medical doctor. Obviously this may not be the case for all children. Use your judgment and do what is right for your family.
My hope in putting this information together is that those who are unsure or feel insecure about standing up for themselves, but who still feel they must go to the “well-baby” or “well-child” check-up (aka “vaccine appointment”), will take the steps outlined in this post, and as a result, they will feel empowered and strengthened in their knowledge base. We all must do the work and be prepared to defend our choices. – mpt

If you have a child entering middle school and you are concerned about vaccines, please check out this post.

If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, please check out this post.

For information on specific vaccines and “vaccine preventable diseases,” check out this post.

Dear Dr. Charity Dean: You’re Wrong About SB277. You’re Wrong About Everything.

SB277 is about to take effect in California. The law, passed in June 2015, removes all non-medical exemptions from vaccinations for California children attending public and private schools.

When Governor Edmund Brown signed SB277 into law last year, here is what he wrote:

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It is clear that the Governor of California intended for medical doctors to have the legal right to exercise their clinical expertise to determine what is best for their patients. It also appears clear from Governor Brown’s letter to the members of the Senate that the autonomy of the physician and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship was the deciding factor in his rationale to sign SB277, rather than to veto this bill.

Notice this phrase:
The Legislature, after considerable debate, specifically amended SB 277, to exempt a child from immunizations WHENEVER the child’s physician concludes that there are “circumstances, including but not limited to, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization…”

See that?

“WHENEVER the physician concludes…”

“Including but not limited to…”

“FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY…”

Enter Dr. Charity Anne Dean of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Dr. Dean sent out the following letter on June 6, 2016 addressed to School Superintendents, Principals and Child Care Center Directors (she CC’d School Nurses):

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Charity Dean somehow thinks she is entitled to view the private medical records of not only every child in Santa Barbara County who has a medical exemption (written by their own personal physician), but she also thinks she has the right to review the private medical histories of every FAMILY MEMBER of those children?

The Public Health Department MAY be HIPAA-exempt when it comes to the vaccination records of school children, but since when does the County Health Officer have the right to go digging into the private medical information of family members – or for that matter, of students, beyond their vaccination records?

It seems to me that Dr. Dean needs a bit of assistance in understanding boundaries – and legalities?

Dr. Dean says she is “directing all schools and childcare centers” to hand over the personal health information of school children – and their families – so she can “review each exemption” and “identify any Medical Exemption not meeting SB 277 criteria…”

Dear Dr. Dean:  Here is what you need to know. According to SB 277, medical exemptions are at the discretion of the child’s physician. Period. Therefore, any medical exemption written by a physician who has seen the child meets SB 277 criteria.

Dr. Dean also says she wants to “provide helpful information to physicians issuing such exemptions.”

Dear Dr. Dean:  Bullshit.  If I were a physician practicing in the state of California, and if I had been seeing MY patients and reviewing the individual and family medical histories of MY patients, I certainly would not appreciate your grandiosity. Given that you have not ever seen MY patient, it is unlikely that you could possibly offer any “helpful information” that would alter my professional clinical opinion.

Just who is this Charity Dean and why does she think she has the power to question the clinical judgement of every doctor in California?

According to her Facebook Page, Charity Dean is pals with Dr. Richard Pan.

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No surprise there…

What is interesting is that within hours of the posting of Dr. Dean’s letter demanding the private histories of California families, she scrubbed her Facebook page and eliminated all photos and posts related to Dr. Pan, or to her chummy relationship with lobbyists. Thankfully, there are some people who are a bit more… hmm…. “on the ball” than Dr. Dean, and we have some screenshots to help us learn a bit more about Santa Barbara County’s “Health Officer.”

Let’s start with this post from October 16, 2015:

pics from CMA 2015

This is a group of photos posted by Dr. Dean from the California Medical Association meeting. Notice what she says about how exciting it is to be forming public policy “on behalf of physicians…” Not on behalf of patients. Not on behalf of the citizens of California. On behalf of physicians. That’s a clue about where Charity Dean’s concerns lie.

Excuse me, but shouldn’t a physician’s focus be on what is good for his or her patients? Okay. She’s a public health physician. So shouldn’t her focus be on what’s good for the citizens of California? She sounds more like a lobbyist than a doctor. Maybe that’s because she’s been spending so much time with lobbyists…

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Wait… Is she a doctor? Or is she a lobbyist? Maybe too many cocktails to tell.

If we check further, it appears Dr. Dean’s excitement about drinking with lobbyists may be related to her own political aspirations?

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Yikes!

Do you think Dr. Charity Dean may be feeling a bit powerless as the Health Officer of Santa Barbara County? She certainly seems to want to be in the middle of “what’s happening” in Sacramento. And she seems willing to skirt the language of the law and bypass the medical privacy laws of the citizens of her county in order to get to where she wants to be.

Power hungry much?

But wait… Maybe I’m being too quick to judge. Maybe Dr. Dean really is as beautiful on the inside as she appears on the outside. You really do have to admit, she’s a pretty girl. And for some, façade is everything. So, let’s dig a little deeper and see if this is the face Californians (or anyone) might want representing the health and well-being of their children…

Let’s talk about autism. And vaccines. And let’s talk about the huge burden on families with children diagnosed with autism. Many of those families report that their children have been harmed by vaccines. They know it. They witnessed it. They SAW IT HAPPEN. For those families, when a doctor says, “It’s coincidence. The CDC says vaccines are safe,” it’s insulting and it’s a re-living of the trauma they have already experienced.

What is Dr. Dean’s stance on vaccines and autism?

We haven’t asked her. But as the Health Officer for one of Southern California’s largest counties, I think we need to know.

What we have is a photo of Dr. Dean receiving her flu shot in September 2015:

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And we have this…

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The first comment on Dr. Dean’s post is a not-so-cute little joke about getting “the autism” from the flu shot.  See those two “likes?”

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There you have it. She “liked” the comment. That’s what Dr. Charity Dean thinks about vaccines and autism. Funny, huh?

Dear Dr. Dean:  You are wrong on so many levels.

You are wrong about the language of SB 277.

You are wrong in your belief that you have the authority or the right to examine the medical histories of families of school children.

You are wrong in thinking there is anything funny about vaccines and autism.

For anyone who thinks you might be able to go to Dr. Charity Anne Dean’s Facebook Page and see the above photos for yourself, you’re too late. She has already scrubbed her page. She started the damage control within hours of when the letter she sent was posted by parents of vaccine-injured children.

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Dr. Dean:  You were wrong in that, too. In the future, if you plan on having a life in the public eye… you might want to start destroying evidence before you go public with your plans to destroy the lives of your constituents.

EDIT:  (6/8/2016) – The following video compilation should be helpful in clarifying any remaining questions regarding the language and intent of SB277 regarding medical exemptions.

Dear Pregnant Mom who is just beginning to question vaccines:

Dear Pregnant Mom who is just beginning to question vaccines:

 

The amount of information is overwhelming, and the credibility of sources is variable. In general, when you think about what is valid and what isn’t, look for articles that are well-cited. If a blog post cites its own blogposts as references, that’s not usually a good sign. I try to stay away from anything that is sensationalized, and I very rarely post anything from Natural News for that reason. Natural News articles often report on information that is true and worth looking into further, but I would suggest going to the references and reading the original source. I also rarely post anything from Mercola (even though I love what he does and the information is excellent) because he does make a lot of money from selling supplements and that can be viewed as a conflict of interest. I do READ Mercola and encourage others to do so, but again, when you are researching something as important as vaccines and YOUR child’s life, it’s important to go to the original source for your information – go to the references and get the studies so YOU are making your own decisions. This advice also applies to what I post from VaxTruth – I try very hard to always include the original citations and I hope people will dig further and not just take my word for anything. #ParentsDoTheWork
When you are thinking about what sources to rely on, there are some things to consider and bias is the first thing. Think about what someone has to gain from what they are saying. Parents who are posting about vaccine dangers are trying to prevent other parents from making the same errors in judgement that we have made. We want to spare other babies the harm our own have endured.
There are huge conflicts of interest and a lot of money involved between the vaccine manufacturers and the CDC. The CDC makes money off of the sale of vaccines. The CDC and vaccine makers are the ones who are educating your doctor about vaccines. It’s like taking the word of a used car salesman. “Trust me! This 1976 Ford Pinto is perfectly safe!”

 

This video of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. testifying in Vermont, is an excellent overview of the problems to consider when weighing whether or not to follow your doctor’s (and The CDC’s) advice:

This is another excellent piece from Bobby Kennedy:  RFK Manifesto on Mercury and Vaccines

 

One of the most important things to remember is that every single one of us is different. We have different DNA. We have different genetic backgrounds, family medical histories, environmental toxin exposures. Some families have higher rates of autoimmune disease, and that appears to be one of the biggest risk factors predisposing infants and children to higher rates (more significant damage) of vaccine-injury. Vaccines alter the immune system. It’s what they are designed to do. The aluminum in vaccines is there for the express purpose of ramping up the immune system. When you have an immune system that is already ramped up (autoimmunity is the result of an immune system that’s in hyper-drive), it’s no big surprise that your immune system may respond differently to vaccines than those who don’t have that predisposition.

 

Another important thing to think about is epigenetics and how vaccines impact us on an inter-generational level. If you were born in the 1990s and if you were vaccinated, you were one of the children to receive the full brunt of Thimerosal in vaccines. Even though you may not have had significant (clinically-recognized) reactions or lasting effects from the vaccines you received, your body was still injected with a lot of mercury, which is the second-most toxic substance on earth. Mercury is mutagenic. It alters DNA. Altered DNA is passed to subsequent generations. Even though the effects of vaccines you received as a child may not be noticeable in YOU, the effects of those vaccines can be expected to increase your children’s vulnerability to reactions. The impact of vaccines given to parents on their children can be illustrated by looking at the children of military personnel. In 2007, when the “official” autism rate was 1 in 150, it was 1 in 67 among children of military personnel – adults who receive the highest amount of vaccines.
So… with all of the options out there, where should you start?
Start with what comes first. What decisions will you have to make first?
Should you get a flu shot or TDap vaccine while pregnant?

Should you get a flu shot or TDap vaccine while pregnant?

You will have to decide about the flu shot and TDap in pregnancy. This is one place to start when thinking about the flu shot.
For information about TDap (and DTaP) vaccines, I suggest starting here and here.
More on TDap and DTaP can be found here.
If you have the Rh- factor, you will also be pressured to get the RhoGAM injection while you’re pregnant. Please check this out before making that decision.
After your baby is born, you will have to make two decisions within the first 24 hours: Will you give Hepatitis B? Will you give Vitamin K? Here is some information to consider:
After giving birth, you will have two months in which to do additional research before you will be pressured to give your infant his or her first big round of vaccines at the “well-baby check-up” (aka vaccine appointment). Here are some things you may find helpful as you strive to make an informed decision about your infant’s (and your family’s) future:

Watch this presentation from Dr. Suzanne Humphries:

 And watch this video in which Dr. Boyd Haley addresses the misinformation you may encounter from Dr. Paul Offit:

There are MANY MORE excellent resources on vaccine safety and this list is in no way making any kind of judgment about which are better than others. These are just some choices others have indicated they have found helpful. I hope they help you, too.

 

Here is a little bit of information about me:
I have a master of science (M.S.) in psychology. I took a dual track and completed the requirements for both the clinical and experimental psychology concentrations, meaning I graduated with nearly double the amount of hours needed to obtain the masters degree. I was a graduate research assistant and was involved in the design and implementation of original research studies. I received national recognition for excellence in academic research and was awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s Graduate Research Scholarship Award for my master’s thesis. My goal was to obtain a Ph.D. and work at the CDC as a researcher. I was accepted to George Washington University in D.C. for the Ph.D. program in Social and Health Psychology, where I received full funding (scholarship) and a Teaching Assistantship and was well on my way to achieving my goal of being a CDC scientist. That’s when my daughter was injured by her “kindergarten shots.” I had to leave the Ph.D. behind so I could be more available to care for her. There was no way I could be a full time student, researcher, and teaching assistant and care for my child. There just wasn’t enough of me to go around. Please understand this fact: I was a researcher before vaccine-injury became the focus of my research. Just because I am a mom and just because my daughter was injured, that does not mean I lost my skills. Quite the opposite. It means my skills have been laser-focused on one issue for the last several years. When people refer to me as being “anti-vaccine” and when they tell you “VaxTruth is not a credible source,” you can decide whether or not to listen. That’s not my call. It’s your choice to make. Just as what you do with your child is YOUR CHOICE TO MAKE. Please be sure that choice is as well-informed as possible. The ramifications of making the wrong choice can last a lifetime.

Rebuttal to Paul Offit’s “Review” of VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

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I have the smartest friends.
I was going to write a rebuttal to Paul Offit’s review of ‪VaxXed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, but one of my brilliant friends beat me to it.
Gotta share this!
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For those who haven’t seen it, here is Dr. Offit’s “review.”

And here is the rebuttal from my friend:

In this review, Dr. Offit makes some egregious errors.

1) “In Vaxxed, we learn that a 1994 study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) apparently buried the fact that MMR had caused autism in a small subset of African-American boys…”

What is Dr. Offit playing at here? The study in question was published in 2004, not 1994. That’s obviously not a typo. Does he actually believe that that study was from 1994? Or does he know that it’s not, but doesn’t care about being accurate?

2) “Vaccines are not tested prospectively in placebo-controlled trials or with other vaccines that are given at the same time. In fact, all vaccines submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for licensure are subjected to this kind of testing.”

Actually, vaccines are not tested in placebo-controlled trials according to the same standards as all other medications. Other vaccines are usually used as “placebo,” or worse, a solution containing the aluminum adjuvant–the most reactive component of vaccines–is often used and called “placebo.”

The definition of “placebo,” according to Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary: “an inert or innocuous substance used especially in controlled experiments testing the efficacy of another substance (as a drug)”

Perhaps Dr. Offit is unaware that vaccines, and especially the aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines, are not inert or innocuous?

How could they be, if their purpose is to elicit a stronger-than-usual immune response?

3) This assertion by Dr. Offit is an especially stunning sleight-of-hand: “When compared with their Caucasian counterparts, African-American boys in Atlanta in 1994 were under-vaccinated. In order to qualify for autism-support programs, this subset of under-vaccinated children with autism had to get vaccinated. In other words, it wasn’t that MMR had caused autism; it was that the diagnosis of autism had caused them to get MMR.”

Dr Offit wants us to believe that the African-American boys in 1994 (except it should be 2004, right? ANOTHER Offit error!) who received MMR vaccine BEFORE THE AGE OF 3 went and got vaccinated with MMR AFTER their diagnosis of autism? In order to qualify for their autism-support programs? Remember, this is exactly the group shown by the 2004 study to have a significantly higher risk of autism.

This is simply not true, whether you look at diagnosis rates in 1994 (to use Dr. Offit’s date) or in 2004.

Autism is rarely diagnosed before the age of 3 today; back in 2004, it was rarely diagnosed before the age of 5. In 1994, it was diagnosed even later.

And African-American boys, then and now, received their diagnoses much, much later than their white counterparts.

So much later, there have been several studies on this.

Perhaps Dr. Offit should read this 2002 study, “Race differences in the age at diagnosis among medicaid-eligible children with autism,” which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and found that, “on average, white children received the AD diagnosis at 6.3 years of age, compared with 7.9 years for black children.”

Surely he’s aware of that study? It took place in his own hometown, Philadelphia.

A 2011 review of autism in African-American children published in the journal “Social Work and Public Health” found that they have more disability due to lack of access to care.

Did you catch that? Dr. Offit wants us to believe that the African-American boys whose records were eliminated from the CDC study due to lack of a state birth certificate had such great access to care, they had already gotten diagnosed with autism a minimum of 5 years before the average, but somehow “missed” getting their MMR vaccines –the ones that they HAD gotten before the age of 3, as noted in the study?

I’d really like him to explain that one.

This 2005-2006 study, “A National Profile of the Health Care Experiences and Family Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children in the United States, 2005-2006,” published in the journal “Pediatrics,” found that, “compared with parents of white children, those of non-Hispanic black children with ASD were more likely to report delayed or forgone care, have no usual source of care, no personal physician or nurse, have difficulty receiving care, or lack ≥1 component of family-centered care.”

That study is also interesting in that it notes “A number of studies indicate that children with ASD have increased rates of other comorbidities such as seizure disorders, sleep disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and gastrointestinal complications.” You know–the medical issues that Dr. Offit has called “coincidence” in his interviews and articles.

It’s beyond ridiculous that Dr. Offit would review a documentary he has never seen. But the fact that his review contains so many outrageous and easily-refutable errors is deeply disturbing.

One is left with two choices: to believe that Dr. Offit really doesn’t know the facts — or that he does, and is lying about them.

I’m not sure which is worse.

DTaP and TDap Vaccines Are Not Protective Against Whooping Cough & Are Spreading Infection

A report from TODAY Parents (11/17/2015) presents the frightening story of an Australian infant who has contracted pertussis (whooping cough). The baby was reportedly recently vaccinated. The mother is angry at parents who don’t vaccinate, and blames them for her child’s illness.

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What does the research say?

The following is a list of published resources from The CDC, media reports from Public Health organizations, and the peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature. These resources indicate that vaccination with the acellular pertussis vaccines (DTaP and TDap) does not protect against whooping cough, and is contributing to the spread of infection.

For more information on pertussis, please read:

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough

Other articles you may want to read:

The Flu Vaccine-What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You (Or Probably Doesn’t Even Know)

Healthy Children & Adults Vaccinated with Flu Shot are Dying

Informational Articles on Influenza and Flu Vaccine

For a list of most recent articles, please go here.

Vaccines Are Poisoning African-American and Latino Babies – And The Rest of Our Children

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Since Minister Tony Muhammad’s brief speech at Sunday’s 20th Anniversary of The Million Man March, there has been a lot bandied about in the media about the fact that Minister Tony said The CDC has targeted African-American and Latino children with vaccines that are designed to harm them.

I don’t know if the vaccines are really designed to harm or kill children of color. There are a lot of what are referred to as “conspiracy theories” floating around. I try hard not to entertain “conspiracy theories.” However, when it comes to the history of medical experimentation in the United States against African-Americans, that’s not a conspiracy theory – it’s a fact.

Here are a few references that will help to outline what’s been going on in our country:

This is a well-cited article from researcher Neil Z. Miller, which documents the fact that The CDC knew the experimental measles vaccine had killed many children in African countries BEFORE the initiation of its use on African-American and Hispanic babies in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1991. The head of The CDC later admitted to “a mistake;” excusing the fact that researchers lied to economically-challenged parents, failing to tell them about the experimental nature of the vaccine, or that as many as 1 in 6 children vaccinated in Africa died.  It’s hard for me to understand how it was “a mistake” when the researchers knew about the deaths in Africa before using the vaccine on infants in Los Angeles.

For readers who will automatically dismiss Neil Miller’s article because it is posted on Age of Autism, please take the time to view this video interview of medical ethics scholar, Harriet Washington, author of the book, Medical Apartheid. The following is an excerpt from the book:

Medical Apartheid, Los Angeles Vaccine Experiment

A very important question for all of us to ask is, “Are vaccines ALSO poisoning white children?”

In order to determine the answer to the above question, we need to look at what’s in vaccines. Please check out this post for a comprehensive list of vaccine ingredients. Before you click away “because it’s posted on VaxTruth,” please notice that the Vaccine Excipient List comes straight from The CDC.

The following is a partial list of ingredients in vaccines given to pregnant women, infants, and children in the U.S. (click each ingredient to view the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS):

If you click on each of the above links, you will be taken to the MSDS for that vaccine ingredient. Scroll down and look at the information under Section 3: Hazards Identification. This is where you can learn about:

  • Carcinogenic Effects – the KNOWN ability to cause cancer
  • Mutagenic Effects – the KNOWN ability to cause alterations in DNA (FYI… alterations in DNA cause childhood cancers)
  • Teratogenic Effects – the KNOWN ability to cause harm to a developing fetus in utero
  • Developmental Toxicity – the KNOWN ability to cause harm to children in one or more ways

As you can see from a brief glance at the MSDS data for only a handful of vaccine ingredients, there is a lot that is unknown. There are also SOME ingredients that are KNOWN to cause cancer, are KNOWN to cause alterations in DNA, and are KNOWN to cause harm to the developing fetus and to children after they enter the world.

Next question…

Would you willingly inject your infant or child with substances that are known to cause cancer, alter their DNA, or impair their fertility?

Of COURSE NOT!!!

As parents who want the best for our children, we are left at the mercy of those who manufacture and promote (and increasingly mandate) vaccines for our children. Don’t we have the right to expect the manufacturers and the government agencies to ensure those vaccines are safe and will not cause harm to our kids?

Of COURSE WE DO!!!

Let’s look at some of those vaccines and see what safety precautions have been taken…

  • ActHIB (Haemophilus b):  (page 3 of 4):  ActHIB vaccine reconstituted with saline diluent (0.4% Sodium Chloride) or Tripedia vaccine (TriHIBit vaccine) has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic, or mutagenic potential or
    impairment of fertility.
  • Adacel (TDap):  (page 3 of 4; Section 13.1):  Adacel vaccine has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic, or mutagenic potential, or impairment of fertility.
  • Afluria (Influenza 2014-2015):  (page 5 of 7; Section 13.1):  Afluria vaccine has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or male infertility in animals.
  • BOOSTRIX (TDap): (page 15 of 25; Section 13.1):  BOOSTRIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
  • CERVARIX (HPV): (page 13 of 27; Section 13.1): CERVARIX has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potential. Vaccination of female rats with CERVARIX at doses shown to be significantly immunogenic in the rat, had no effect on fertility (in the rat).
  • COMVAX (Hepatitis B, Haemophilus b): (page 8): COMVAX has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or its potential to impair fertility.
  • DAPTACEL (DTaP): (page 5 of 6; Section 13.1):  DAPTACEL has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or impairment of fertility.
  • ENGERIX-B (Hepatitis B): (page 11; Section 13.1):  ENGERIX-B has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
  • FLUARIX (Seasonal Influenza): (page 12; Section 13.1): FLUARIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
  • FLULAVAL (Seasonal Influenza): (page 12; Section 13.1): FLULAVAL has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential. Vaccination of female rats with FLULAVAL, at doses shown to be immunogenic in the rat, had no effect on fertility (in the rat).
  • GARDASIL (Quadrivalent HPV):  (page 12; Section 13.1): GARDASIL has not been evaluated for the potential to cause carcinogenicity or genotoxicity (“genotoxicity” is another name for mutagenic toxicity).
  • GARDASIL 9 (9-strains of HPV): (page 10; Section 13.1): GARDASIL 9 has not been evaluated for the potential to cause carcinogenicity or genotoxicity (“genotoxicity” is another name for mutagenic toxicity).
  • HAVRIX (Hepatitis A): (page 8; Section 13.1):  HAVRIX has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic potential, mutagenic potential, or potential for impairment of fertility.
  • HIBERIX (Haemophilus B, booster): (page 9; Section 13.1): HIBERIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
  • INFANRIX (DTaP): (page 13; Section 13.1):  INFANRIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
  • IPOL (Inactivated Polio): (page 13 of 28):  Long-term studies in animals to evaluate carcinogenic potential or impairment of fertility have not been conducted.
  • MENOMUNE (Meningococcal): (page 3 of 4; Section 13.1):  MENOMUNE A/C/Y/W 13 vaccine has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or impairment of fertility.
  • MMR-II (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): (page 6): MMR-II has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for potential to impair fertility.
  • PEDIARIX (Diptheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Inactivated Polio): (page 14; Section 13.1):  PEDIARIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
  • Pentacel (Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus B): (page 4 of 6; Section 13.1):  Pentacel vaccine has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
  • Prevnar (Pediatric Pneumococcal): (page 14 of 30):  Prevnar has not been evaluated for any carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or impairment of fertility.
  • ProQuad (MMR plus Varicella): (page 16; Section 13.1): ProQuad has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic, mutagenic, or teratogenic potential, or its potential to impair fertility.
  • RECOMBIVAX HB (Hepatitis B): (page 7; Section 13.1):  RECOMBIVAX HB has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or potential to impair fertility.
  • ROTARIX (Rotavirus): (page 11; Section 13.1):  ROTARIX has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
  • ROTATEQ (Rotavirus): (page 9; Section 13.1):  ROTATEQ has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or its potential to impair fertility.
  • TWINRIX (Hepatitis A and B): (page 8; Section 13.1):  TWINRIX has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or for impairment of fertility.
  • VARIVAX (Varicella [Chickenpox]): The makers of this vaccine have eliminated Section 13.1, with no explanation as to why. There is no indication there has been any testing regarding carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or impairment of fertility.
  • ZOSTAVAX (Varicella [Shingles]): (page 8; Section 13.1): ZOSTAVAX has not been evaluated for its carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or its impairment of fertility.

There are a few other vaccines not listed above (mostly seasonal flu vaccines like FluZone), which have removed any reference to Section 13.1 and the lack of testing for carcinogenic or mutagenic effects, or impairment of fertility. They don’t say anything about having actually DONE any evaluation of their vaccines, they’ve just removed the notification, so you (hopefully) don’t notice and won’t ask.

Why would they do that?

Simple. They don’t have to. Vaccine manufacturers are not liable for any harm their products cause. They’re protected by the U.S. government. They have no incentive to make safer products.

Even so… you would think manufacturers of products that are supposed to protect our children from “vaccine-preventable diseases” would CARE enough about our children’s health to at least evaluate if their products cause long-term harm. Wouldn’t you?

Why do you think they don’t evaluate for carcinogenic or mutagenic effects, or for impairment of fertility?

I have a guess…

You cannot inject carcinogenic and mutagenic toxins repeatedly into fetuses, infants, and children without causing carcinogenic and mutagenic effects, including infertility.

My guess? They don’t test because they know what the results will be.

Toxic vaccine ingredients cause harm. To everyone. The difference is in the degree.

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Vaccines and Autism at the Million Man March

I spent about five hours today watching the broadcast on C-SPAN of the 20th Anniversary of The Million Man March (MMM).

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I will admit that as a middle-aged white woman growing up in the Deep South, all I heard prior to a few months ago about Minister Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam (NOI) was either soundbites from mainstream media (MSM) or things repeated by others who had listened to soundbites from MSM.
Several months ago, Minister Farrakhan made a statement that he would include information about ‪#‎cdcwhistleblower‬ and the increased risk of autism from MMR vaccine to African-American males, as part of today’s platform.

Minister Tony Muhammad spoke today about the #cdcWhistleblower, and about the harm that has been done to African-American children and Latino children from the MMR vaccine (and other vaccines).
I am so VERY thankful that the issue of vaccine-injury and the increased risk to susceptible groups is finally being addressed to a very large audience.
So often, it is just us. Preaching to the choir.
Today was monumental.
However…

During his speech today, Minister Tony Muhammad made a statement that the MMR vaccine and other vaccines “have been genetically modified to attack Black and Latino boys.”
I have already received some messages expressing concern about this statement.
I also had some concerns when I first heard this statement from Minister Farrakhan, shortly after he met with Dr. Brian Hooker and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., months ago.
I have examined my own emotional response… as a white, middle-class woman… and I am attempting now to respond to those who also have had an immediate emotional response.

I can’t help but think about the genocide of Native Americans who were wiped out by smallpox, which was intentionally spread to them through blankets that were “gifted to them” by the white soldiers who wanted their land. The atrocities enacted upon Native Americans by European invaders (“immigrants” to the North American continent) have been largely accepted in our modern age. It wasn’t so very long ago, however, that Native Americans were portrayed in the media as “aggressive savages.”
The truth about what happened to many millions of Native Americans is no longer hotly debated by intelligent people, and the role of our white ancestors in the atrocities is now widely accepted as fact.

For some reason, we aren’t there yet with African-Americans.
Could the differing responses be related to our (white) fears?
After-all… We (white Americans) don’t really have much to worry about from the Native American Community. We have successfully contained them. The same cannot be said about the African-American community – and especially not about those highly educated and enlightened members of society, including members of NOI.
There is a big difference.
Could that difference be a contributing factor in why none of the major networks covered today’s ‪#‎MillionManMarch‬? The possibility certainly seems plausible to me.

There is still a huge amount of denial by many white Americans about the shameful role our ancestors and our government played in the kidnapping, torture, killing, and subjugation of human beings from African countries – for the furtherance of white wealth.
Growing up in the Deep South, I have heard the following statements all my life:
1. It’s time for them to get over it.
2. It was my ancestors. It wasn’t me.
3. I don’t owe “them” anything.

As I am writing this, I wonder how many of my white friends have preconceived ideas (As I did; based on MSM) about the Nation of Islam and ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬, and how many of my friends actually took the time today to listen to what was being said in Washington, D.C.

We just cannot continue to believe we are “informed” about each other without spending time listening. That includes listening to things that make us uncomfortable and which go against what we have “always believed.”

Is it true that the MMR and other vaccines are intentionally genetically modified to cause more severe reactions in African-Americans and Latinos?
I don’t know. Neither do you.
What we do know is that there is a senior CDC scientist who admits the MMR vaccine causes autism much more often (236% increased risk) in African-American male children than in their non-black peers.
We also know there are more than 100,000 documents that have been turned over by this CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, to Congressman Bill Posey.
We know that Bill Posey has asked Congress to investigate – not only the MMR vaccine and the 2004 study – but the ENTIRE body of work produced by the CDC Vaccine Research Division.
Until that investigation is accomplished, we have no idea of the truth.

I would ask all of my friends and followers who are questioning what to believe, to please remember this… (in the paraphrased words of Tony Muhammad, speaking in Los Angeles against SB277), “The same media you have been listening to about us (or “them”), is the media that has been lying about you and your children’s vaccine-injuries.”

Please help stand for truth, and do not be drawn into spin that divides us.
As Ava Muhammad said today, “Fight for those who fight with you.”
When it comes to vaccine-injuries, and the abuse and fraud at The CDC, this is most definitely a ‪#‎UniversalFight‬
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Congressman Bill Posey Asks For CDC Whistleblower Hearings; CDC Scientists Destroyed Documents to Hide MMR-Autism Link

 

Newest Macaque Study on Vaccines and Autism is Bunk

UPDATE (10/6/15): Lyn Redwood from SafeMinds has issued this statement about the Newsweek article.

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UPDATE (mpt; 10/5/15): Yesterday morning I posted my thoughts after reading the Newsweek article about the most recent study regarding infant macaques, vaccines, and “autism.”
As I noted yesterday, I had not read the study. I was going by what Newsweek was reporting.
Today I read the study. And the Supporting Information.
In my post yesterday, I stated that my thoughts were based on Newsweek’s write-up, and questioned whether or not it was accurate.
It wasn’t.
The total number of macaques (79) was reported, but there was no mention about the actual number in each study group (so I averaged.).
The Newsweek article reported the macaques were vaccinated beginning at 12 months of age. That was incorrect. According to the published study, the vaccinated macaques were vaccinated according to schedule, with one group of monkeys getting the 1990s schedule (on the human timeline), another group getting the 1990s schedule (on the macaque timeline; accounting for differences in chronological development between human infants and macaques), and another receiving the 2008 schedule. There were 12 macaques in each of these three study conditions.
15 macaques received the MMR vaccine only.
12 macaques received Thimerosal-containing vaccines only (without also receiving the MMR vaccine).
There were 16 infant macaques who only received saline injections.
For anyone who has ever delved into the issues with pro-vaccine research, this one is consistent…
In the final analysis of the brains of the sacrificed monkeys, there are a lot of missing subjects. One of the analyses compares two groups of only five subjects. In other analyses, 50% of control subjects are missing and 33% of those in the 2008 schedule group are missing.

Macaque Purkinje Data

Notice Tables S2 & S3 (from the Supplemental Information). There were 12 subjects in the 2008 group. Why did they only include 8 in the analysis of Purkinje cell number? In Table S3, There are only 8 Controls compared with 8 from the 1990s Primate group. Who chose which subjects to exclude and why? 50% of the Controls are missing and 33% of the 1990s Primate group is missing.

All of the monkeys were sacrificed, so it is unclear at this point what happened to their brain tissue and why those samples were left out in the final analysis.
When dealing with human subjects, there is often the issue of “attrition,” which means the drop-out of subjects from the study. Parents don’t complete forms, or don’t bring kids back for follow-up, etc…
It’s difficult to imagine what could account for attrition in a study of captive macaques, especially after they have been killed.

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Below is my original post, written after reading the Newsweek article. This is a very good example of the quality of reporting we get from mainstream media, and of the necessity to always read the original study thoroughly.  Thank God I had the sense to note that I was ONLY writing based on what Newsweek reported.

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If you have a child diagnosed with autism, you have probably already had the reports of the latest study shared with you on social media, just as I have.

In my case, it was the Newsweek article. The title proclaims, ”

Anti-Vaxxers Accidentally Fund a Study Showing No Link Between Autism and Vaccines

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Unfortunately for everyone, this is just simply not true; at least the part about showing no link between autism and vaccines.

This study looked at 79 infant male macaques, divided into six study groups.
The macaques were between 12-18 months of age.
Two study groups got Thimerosal-containing vaccines.
Two study groups got MMR vaccine.
Two study groups got saline injections.

Problems:

  1. 79/6=13.1 per study group. Subtract the 2 saline groups (26) and you have 53 macaques who received ANY vaccines. Assuming the groups were evenly divided, there would be 26 macaques who received thimerosal-containing vaccines ONLY and 26 who received MMR vaccine ONLY. If the Newsweek article is reported accurately (?) then NO monkeys received ALL of the vaccines that are given to infants because our kids get thimerosal-containing vaccines AND MMR vaccines. They also get vaccines containing whopping doses of aluminum (and other neuro-immune toxins).
  2. The macaques were 12-18 months of age. Human infants are vaccinated at a much younger age, when their Blood-Brain-Barriers and their immune systems are much less mature and much more vulnerable to insult from exposure to toxins from all sources. (Human infants vaccinated according to CDC schedule receive 25-26 vaccines before 12 months of age.)
  3. The life expectancy of  macaques is about 30 years. A 12 month-old macaque is approximately equivalent (in terms of chronological development) to a 30 month-old human child. Vaccinating macaques beginning at 12-18 months is analogous to giving human babies no vaccines before 30-40 months of age.
  4. There are no females, so even without the other problems, the results cannot be generalized to female human infants.
  5. The autism rate, according to the CDC is 1/68 (an underestimate). In order for this study to be meaningful, they would have to have at least 68 monkeys in each study condition. At that level, if the CDC estimates of prevalence are assumed correct, your hypothesis would be that 1 monkey in 68 would develop autistic-like symptoms from vaccination. But there are only 52-53 monkeys who received vaccines of any type.
  6. They examined behaviors and reflexes from birth to 21 days of age… But the vaccines were not administered until 12-18 months of age? What???

I have not yet read this study. (I will.) Judging from the Newsweek write-up, the reporter also has not seen the study and if she has, she has no idea how to read research.
Once again, this is propaganda. Bias. Bunk.

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Congressman Bill Posey Asks For CDC Whistleblower Hearings; CDC Scientists Destroyed Documents to Hide MMR-Autism Link


Transcript below.

Congressman Bill Posey (Republican from Florida):

“Thank-you, Mr. Speaker.

I rise today on matters of research and scientific integrity.

To begin with, I am absolutely, resolutely, pro-vaccine. Advancements in medical immunization have saved countless lives and greatly benefited public health. That being said, it’s troubling to me that in a recent Senate hearing on childhood vaccinations, it was never mentioned that our government has paid out over 3 Billion Dollars through a Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for children who have been injured by vaccinations.

Regardless of the subject matter, parents making decisions about their children’s health deserve to have the best information available to them. They should be able to count on Federal Agencies to tell them the truth. For these reasons I bring the following matter to The House Floor.

In August 2014 Dr. William Thompson a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked with a whistleblower attorney to provide my office with documents related to a 2004 CDC study that examined the possibility of a relationship between mumps, measles, rubella vaccines and autism. In a statement released in August 2014, Dr. Thompson stated,

“I regret that my co-authors and I omitted statistically-significant information in our 2004 article published in the Journal of Pediatrics.” (end quote)

Mr. Speaker I respectfully request the following excerpts from the statement written by Dr. Thompson be entered into the record.

Now quoting Dr. Thompson,

“My primary job duties while working in the Immunization Safety Branch from 2000 to ’06 were to lead or co-lead three major vaccine safety studies:  The MADDSP- MMR Autism Cases-Control study was being carried out in response to The Wakefield Lancet Study that suggested an association between the MMR vaccine and an autism-like health outcome. There were several major concerns among scientists and consumer advocates outside The CDC in the Fall of 2000 regarding the execution of The Verstraeten Study. One of the important goals that was determined up front in the Spring of ’01 before any of these studies started, was to have all three protocols vetted outside The CDC prior to the start of the analyses, so that consumer advocates could not claim that we were presenting analyses that suited our own goals and biases. We hypothesized that if we found statistically significant effects, at either 18 or 36 months thresholds, we would conclude that vaccinating children early with MMR vaccine could lead to autism-like characteristics or features.

We all met and finalized the study protocol and analysis plan. The goal was to not deviate from the analysis plan to avoid the debacle that occurred with The Verstraeten Thimerosal Study, published in Pediatrics in ’03. At the September 5th meeting we discussed in detail how to code race for both a sample and the birth certificate sample. At the bottom of Table 7 it also shows that for the non-birth certificate sample, the adjusted race-effect, statistical significance was HUGE.

All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September ’02 not to report any race effects for the paper. Sometime soon after the meeting we decided to exclude reporting any race effects, the co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can. However, because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies of all documents in my office, and I retained all associated computer files. I believe we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper. (End of quote of the doctor [William Thompson]).

Mr. Speaker:  I believe it’s our duty to ensure that the documents Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored. Therefore, I will provide them to members of Congress, and the House Committees upon request.

Considering the nature of The Whistleblower’s documents, as well as the involvement of The CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted.

So I ask, Mr. Speaker…I beg… I implore… my colleagues on the appropriations committees, to please, please take such action.

Thank-you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.”

Here is the full video of this morning’s session. Congressman Posey’s comments can be found at the 1 hour, 2 minute, 25 second mark.

Meet Jordan

Jordan’s life was forever changed because of his vaccine injury. As I type this, I am overrun with so many emotions: anger, anxiety, joy, excitement, relief, hope, etc. Although my Jordan struggles, and it isn’t fair, he’s here. About a week ago, I realized what my purpose in life is. I have always searched for this. It is so very clear now. I’m limited with where I can go and how I can help because my every day is spent caring for my vaccine injured son. He’s almost 18 and does not speak. I need to speak for him, just as I always have. I am his mother, his protector, his advocate. Yes, I do this for all 5 of my kids, but he needs me to do this for him and all the other children who suffer or who will. I’ve sat in silence while I watch others believe that vaccines are protecting their kids. I need to do something with what I was given. God spoke to me that morning. I used to believe my son was a minority. I now know better. I thought it was a freak accident. It was preventable. He also has a purpose. He taught me so much. Now I know that he has a much greater purpose. He is here to show others the truth. It’s ugly, but it is fact and it’s real. He’s not a statistic. He’s a person. He has rights. The last few weeks have been very rough. School is out. My son is a mess. I’ve had lots of anxiety. I kept asking God, “why me? Why? Is this punishment?” He spoke to me and told me why. It is not punishment. It is purpose. My life and outlook completely changed that morning. I’m no longer feeling sorry for myself or my son.

infant Jordan

Jordan was born December of 1997. He first smiled January 27, 1998. He first rolled over February 13, 1998. He was making eye contact. He was happy and cooing. This all stopped before he was three months old. He had his “well-baby” checkup and immunizations (DTP, Oral Polio, HIB, and HEP B) on February 17, 1998. Little did I know that within a week he would be having seizures on February 23, 1998. Jordan was hospitalized from February 24th to the 26th. His head was swelling quickly. Jordan was diagnosed with brain damage and continuing brain regression, which affected the motor skills (fine and gross) and speech areas of his brain. He was put on phenobarbital twice per day. Jordan continued to decline and sleep most of the time. He developed reflux and was not able to sleep lying flat.

April 20, 1998, Jordan had another well-visit and immunizations (DT – no pertussis, Oral Polio, HIB). During this visit, I was told that Jordan would not receive any more Pertussis vaccines because of his condition. July 7, 1998, he received a TD immunization. Jordan continued to make no progress like the average infant. The doctor ignored my concerns and said, “He’s just a little behind”. A little behind? He was not sitting unsupported (not even close), he was not making eye contact, and he was not making any cooing sounds… He was silent and he would spend a lot of his time staring blankly.

toddler Jordan

With early intervention, Jordan was able form a few words (Night night, Bye bye, No no, Mama, Dada, Grandma, Papa, and Lindsay). He loves music and would play his little piano while “singing”. He smiled and made eye contact. He loved to look into my eyes and smile and laugh. He was not able to crawl on all fours until July 21, 1999 (Over a year and a half old). He was able to walk on his own at four years old. He went through intensive therapies every day. His speech took a turn in 2003/2004. He received, what I thought was DT, August 14, 2003. However, in recent findings, he actually had received DTaP. This is very recent news to me, but is indicated in his medical records. This explains why his speech suddenly stopped. His autistic like tendencies continued to become greater. He was banging his head, rocking back and forth, flapping his arms, making grunting sounds. His speech never progressed again.

Jordan has also had several sets of ear tubes and currently has T tubes. He had his tonsils removed before he was 3 years old because they were twice the size of the average adult’s and he was not able to swallow a lot of foods.

teen Jordan

Jordan is now 17 years old. His mentality is that of 15 to 24 months, depending on the area. He will never drive a car. He will never live alone. He cannot communicate with words. He has OCD, ADHD, ADD, and classic autism tendencies. Jordan received another DT immunization December 2014. This triggered permanent and constant arthritis like symptoms in his joints. It is mainly affecting his hands. All tests are negative for rheumatoid and other arthritis. He is now on Zoloft (to offset the steroid) and Prednisone (which is not helping the swelling). He had a full panel done and does not have any autoimmune disorders. Jordan does not carry any abnormal chromosomes or genetic disorders. All tests were “normal”. The most recent test, in 2014, determined that his immunizations did not “trigger” anything. There was nothing to be triggered. This was plain and simple, a vaccine injury, according to the neurologist that reviewed his records and did the most recent tests.

My name is Brandi and this is my son, Jordan’s, vaccine injury story.

Vaccines DO Cause Autism. Here’s How.

Problem: How to explain the issue of synergistic toxicity in vaccines…
Importance of the problem: There are many who believe “The Problem” is Thimerosal. There are many who believe “The Problem” is the MMR vaccine.
It’s neither.
It’s both.
And SO MUCH MORE.
A baby is born. On day one, that baby receives the Vitamin K shot (not a vaccine), which contains quite a lot of alcohol and many times the level of vitamin K that any infant would take in during a 24-hour period naturally. Alcohol is detoxified by the liver.
On that same day, that baby receives the Hepatitis B vaccine – which contains 250 micrograms of aluminum. The FDA safety limit for aluminum in other injected medications (not vaccines – never been studied) is 5 micrograms per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight, administered over a 24 hour period. The reason for the FDA limit is because before it was set, adults who received doses above that limit had such problems as kidneys shutting down and brain damage from too much aluminum.
Aluminum also targets mitochondrial function.
At each of the 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 month “well-baby checks” infants who are vaccinated according to The CDC’s Childhood Schedule receive up to 1,200 micrograms of aluminum in a matter of seconds. Those babies also receive (through injection or ingestion) multiple viruses, bacteria, and toxins, including, but not limited to: Thimerosal, aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 and MSG.
Stop.
Concept time.
Have you ever heard of the terminal complement immune system?
If not, you should look it up (LIU).
In short: The Terminal Complement Immune System contains three different arms: one to deal with viruses, one to deal with bacteria, and one to deal with toxins. Each part responds like a designated army going after whatever invader happens to be identified on the horizon (your infant’s blood stream – after everything injected goes through the capillaries…)
Okay.
Re-orient your attention here…
At each of the 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 month “well-baby checks,” infants are injected with viruses and bacteria (Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Polio, multiple strains of streptococcus in the prevnar vaccine, Haemopholis B, Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, 3 strains of influenza [beginning at six months], and possibly multiple strains of meningococcus). Obviously, those parts of the terminal complement immune system are going to be VERY BUSY during the first couple of years of your child’s life.
Reorient again…
Thimerosal is 49.5% mercury. Mercury is toxic. Period. It is toxic to the brain and it is toxic to the immune system.
Mercury is not the only toxin in vaccines.
Compared to the Childhood Vaccine Schedule of the 1990s, there is far less mercury in vaccines today’s children are receiving. However, it is NOT true that it’s gone. There are still “trace amounts” of the second most toxic substance on the planet in vaccines given to infants and children every day in the United States.
How much of a poison is safe to inject into your children?
So glad you asked…
The answer depends on how much aluminum your child receives at the same time.
Aluminum is an adjuvant. Its purpose in vaccines is to ramp up the immune system. Aluminum increased in childhood vaccines at the same time when mercury (Thimerosal) was being reduced. These two things are not mutually-exclusive events. They are directly related. Here’s how…
Thimerosal (mercury) is a preservative and an anti-microbial. It was used (and still is) in multi-dose vials of vaccines because it helps to prevent contamination. In multi-dose vials, each time the seal is pierced, it increases the chance that the remainder of the vaccine inside the vial will be contaminated. Thimerosal helps to prevent that.
Multi-dose vials are cheaper to produce than single-dose vials of vaccines.
When the U.S. government agencies finally made the recommendation for mercury to be taken out of vaccines for American children, vaccine manufacturers were faced with the problem of losing profits because single-dose vials are more expensive.
What to do?
Well… they figured out a way to use smaller bits and pieces of viruses and bacteria, but they needed an adjuvant to be sure the weaker vaccines were able to stimulate the immune system response. That’s why the amount of aluminum has increased so much since Thimerosal was “removed.” (It wasn’t)
Aluminum makes single dose vials of vaccines cheaper.
Okay…
Like mercury, aluminum is also neuro-toxic and immuno-toxic (remember The FDA safety limit? It was set for a reason.)
But… aluminum is a very good adjuvant, so it ramps up the immune system and makes it respond to even smaller bits and pieces of viruses and bacteria…
AND TOXINS.
The reason why aluminum is used in vaccines in the first place, is exactly why aluminum is SO DANGEROUS when combined with even the smallest amounts of OTHER TOXINS – including Thimerosal (still present in “trace amounts”), formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, MSG and others.
Aluminum ramps up the immune system – and just think about what that does when food proteins are injected along with aluminum…
Do you think it’s any great coincidence that those proteins used in vaccines for infants and children (milk, egg, yeast, peanut) are among the most frequently diagnosed and the most serious food allergies in children?
So….
Gather your thoughts for a moment.
Here’s what happens.
Infant is vaccinated with hep B (virus) containing 250 mcg. Aluminum on first day of life. Liver is already overwhelmed from alcohol in the vitamin K shot. Infant develops jaundice (or worse).
Infant receives 6-9 vaccines simultaneously at each of his/her “well-baby checks” at 2, 4, and 6 months of age. At each appointment, infant receives way more than the FDA “safe” amount of aluminum and mercury (since there is no safe amount of mercury), along with multiple viruses, bacteria, food proteins, animal proteins and DNA.
Infant starts having signs of immune-system problems, usually within a short time of the 4 month vaccinations (if not before), and is then started on multiple rounds of antibiotics for ear infections and upper respiratory infections. Infant also starts having weird rashes (“viral”) and “fevers of unknown origin.”
What parents and physicians don’t realize or take into account is what happens to the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) and the lining of the gastrointestinal tract as a result of the repeated injection of aluminum and mercury.
Nutrition time!
There are certain things that are ESSENTIAL in the human body. Among those that are most important are Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc. These, along with Elemental Lithium, are “ESSENTIAL MINERALS.”  (Note:  in nutrition, the term “essential” means these nutrients must be taken in through either diet or supplements, because the body cannot produce them on its own.) For the purpose of this discussion, I am referring to these particular minerals as “essential” because when they are out of whack, nothing works right. Magnesium and Zinc are each involved in more than 300 enzymatic processes in the body, so when either one of them is depleted, or bio-unavailable, enzymes don’t work. When the enzymes don’t work, the body doesn’t work. Period.
And here’s another fun fact – the essential minerals have to be in the right ratio in the body and if they aren’t, they don’t work. So if you have zinc, but you don’t have the right amount of magnesium, zinc doesn’t work (it’s bio-unavailable), and vice-versa.
Aluminum and mercury deplete magnesium and zinc.
Here’s a little information about zinc: ZINC is essential to maintain the integrity of BOTH the blood-brain-barrier AND the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
Read that again.
The linings of the GI tract and the protective covering of the brain both contain something called “zinc fingers.” Zinc fingers are like the weaves in a very well-constructed basket. Native Americans used to make baskets with weaves so tight they would not leak when filled with water. That’s what zinc fingers do for the brain and the gut. They keep the weaves tight. They keep good things in and they keep bad things out.
When zinc is either depleted or bio-unavailable, due to displacement by aluminum and mercury, those weaves open up. The GI tract and the BBB become “hyper-permeable.” As in… intestinal hyper-permability (“leaky gut syndrome”) and increased permeability of the blood-brain-barrier, which allows the passage into the central nervous system (CNS) of things like viruses and bacteria which should NOT be there.
Some of the research regarding MMR vaccine and “autism” involves the finding of active measles virus in the gastrointestinal tract and in the central nervous systems of children diagnosed with “autism.” Those researchers who are looking at MMR vaccine may say, “Aha! MMR vaccine causes the GI problems and brain problems that lead to the behaviors and then the diagnosis of ‘autism!'”
Some of the research regarding Thimerosal/mercury and “autism” involves the finding that symptoms of “autism” are identical to symptoms of mercury toxicity, and children who regress into ‘autism’ after receiving vaccines containing mercury tend to have problems with the excretion of mercury. Those researchers may say, “Aha! Thimerosal in vaccines causes “autism!”
Both are correct.
Neither is exclusively correct, and neither is wrong.
Let’s invite the 800-pound Aluminum Gorilla to the discussion and start talking about the fact that the amount of aluminum injected in vaccines has never been studied for safety or efficacy. And while we’re at it, let’s talk about the fact that those 6-9 vaccines given at each of the “well-baby checks” have never been studied as they are being administered.
Next, let’s talk about The Nuremberg Code and how medical experimentation on human subjects without their consent or knowledge is against international law.

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Dear California Doctor:

We would like to offer you an opportunity to get off the treadmill.

First, we would like to say how much we appreciate your intelligence and your heart. It takes a very special person to devote his or her life to helping children and families.

Second, we want you to know that like you, we care about our families’ health and we want to make informed decisions that are based on best practices and grounded in the published medical literature.

We are a group of parents and families (some without children, some considering having children in the future) who have come together for a common purpose. We are seeking a physician to care for our families. We are seeking a physician who is not afraid to practice individualized medicine. We are seeking a physician who will listen to us, take family medical history into consideration, and who is willing to consider the published medical literature (even if we bring it to you and you haven’t seen it before) to make truly informed decisions about our healthcare.

We have done our research and we realize that a majority of physicians are dissatisfied and disillusioned with the medical system. The increased paperwork and loss of autonomy as a result of HMOs and The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) are frustrating for us as patients; we can only imagine what it must mean for you. We know that you did not go into medicine because you wanted to be controlled and dictated to by a bunch of bean-counters.

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Is MY Child at Risk for Vaccine-Injury?

Vaccinations:  Your Child vs. “The Greater Good”

Vaccinations: Your Child vs. “The Greater Good” – Updated July 5, 2015

By Marcella Piper-Terry, Founder of VaxTruth

Note (7/5/2015): The majority of this post comes from a presentation I put together in April 2009. I updated and posted here on VaxTruth in September 2011. It is now 2015 and California has just passed SB277, taking away parental rights to make medical decisions for their children. We all need to be educated about vaccinations, and we all need to realize that the media’s goal is to prevent that from happening. This post is lengthy and contains many links. Please take the time to follow them. You will note that in this post, there is little to nothing mentioned about DTaP or TDap vaccines. At the time when I gave the original presentation, I had been researching and writing about vaccines for a long time, but I had never researched DTaP or TDap. Some may view it as a cruel twist of fate that TDap was the vaccine that nearly killed my daughter in 2010. That experience taught me a big lesson, and it was what led to me raising money to put up billboards to educate other parents in Evansville, Indiana after the state added TDap to the “mandatory” vaccines for sixth grade students.
I have not yet updated the entire original post. However, I have since done extensive research on DTaP and TDap, and have expanded the information on Measles/MMR, Gardasil, and Flu vaccines. Links to that information can be found at the bottom of this post. Please do not skip through. This post, and the posts linked at the end, represent the best information I can offer.  Educate before you vaccinate. – Marcella.

Original Post:

When people talk about childhood vaccinations, it becomes almost immediately apparent that this discussion is not one that is likely to be had calmly. I believe that’s because there are basically three “camps” – or three different types of individuals who are likely to engage in this kind of discussion. The first “camp” is the “Official” one. Those who represent this camp are often doctors, nurses, and other “public health officials.” This camp is also represented by the CDC, AAP, and other organizations such as “Every Child By Two.” From the perspective of those in the “Official” camp, vaccines are safe. The argument that is used to prove vaccines are safe is basically, “Because we said so and we are the experts.”

The other two “camps” are composed mostly of parents and grandparents; though admittedly there are some organizations that could be lumped into these groups, as well. VaxTruth, for example, is just one such organization. VaxTruth, like many of the other organizations that are lumped in with the parents, differs from the “Official” groups in that we make no money from either the sale of vaccines or from any other sources related to vaccine uptake:  whether it is higher or lower makes no difference to our financial bottom lines. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, we can talk about the remainder of the population who have opinions that are strong enough for them to weigh in, when it comes to vaccines.

Among the “Non-official” participants, there are those who are pro-vaccine and those who are labeled “anti-vaccine.” Among the “Anti-Vaxx” crowd, there is a lot of variability, much of which can be attributed to the “All-or-Nothing” stance we are forced to take, at least here in the U.S.  For more about why some of us align ourselves with this Anti-Vaxx group, please read the article, “We Are Anti-Vaccine Wackos. It’s Just What We Do.”

Those parents and grandparents who argue on behalf of the pro-vaccine side do so for their own reasons. I can’t speak for them because I am not one of them. My suspicion is that they argue FOR vaccines because they believe they work and they believe they are safe. I’ll admit, my views about this are from personal experience because I used to believe the same things. Notice the emphasis on belief. Belief is different from knowledge. Knowledge comes from research and experience. Belief comes from what one has been taught to accept without question. This issue of belief is exactly why the debates about vaccines become so heated. It is also why, when you view one of these debates from the sidelines, you may notice that those who have invested the time to do their own research will have more ready access to citations to back up their concerns, whereas those who are relying on beliefs will often use such language as, “I know because my well-respected physician told me” – or – “There is no link between vaccines and autism! It’s been scientifically proven!”  One of the things I learned during graduate school is that beliefs are the most difficult thing to change. That’s because they are so deeply held, and because they are taken on faith to be completely true. Sadly, for many of us who now find ourselves in the “Anti-vaxx” camp, it took our children’s health and in many cases, their lives, before we were able to alter our beliefs in the goodness of vaccines.

Without a doubt, the most frequent debate when it comes to vaccines is the one surrounding autism. This brings me to the question, “Has the vaccine-autism question been answered?”

Why don’t we ask Dr. Bernadine Healy, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Click here  to read about Dr. Healy’s credentials and to watch an extended video of Dr. Healy’s 2008 interview with Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News.

Not only has the question NOT been answered, it has not even been addressed. Injured children have not been studied because the government is afraid of what they will find. “The public health officials have been too quick to dismiss…”

What does this mean for YOUR child? Well, that depends on if your child happens to be a member of a “susceptible group” who is more vulnerable to vaccine-injury.  According to Dr. Healy, it appears there are those within the “Official” medical establishment (funded by the U.S. goverment) that do not care what happens to your child. If your child is one of those susceptible children, then so be it. The death or lifelong disability of your child is deemed by these “Officials” as acceptable collateral damage so that other children can receive vaccinations that protect them from such deadly diseases as measles, chickenpox, and polio. This “greater good” concept is what is used to scare parents into vaccinating their kids, and to shame them into feeling responsible for what happens to other people’s kids if they even think about not vaccinating.

First of all, those “deadly” diseases may not be as monstrous as they are made out to be. Yes, during the early part of the 20th century there were large outbreaks of measles in the U.S., and yes, children did die as a result. However, in order to understand the true role vaccines played (or did not play) in the end of these epidemics, you need to look at the chronological information. Just when did measles stop killing so many people? Just when did the vaccine become available? And just when did the vaccine become widely utilized? Please check out the information available here  and see for yourself.

If the previous link did not provide you with enough evidence, this next set of graphs will. In particular, check out not only the natural incidence of decline of infectious diseases; also be sure to check out the increase in chronic illness and the mortality rate among infants and children. You will notice that as the number of vaccines administered to infants and children increases, the number of chronic illness and deaths among this population also increases.  Those in the “Official” camp will caution you to just be sure to remember the mantra, “correlation does not equal causation.”  Whenever I hear this, most frequently offered by pro-vaccine folks as the stop-gap measure to “prove” there is no association between vaccines and autism, I think to myself, “I wonder how many times the lights have to suddenly go out in the middle of a violent thunderstorm before people can safely say that the lightening strike preceding the thunder and then sudden darkness and silence are causally related?”  Of course, in the case of vaccines and autism, we’ve already heard from Dr. Bernadine Healy that the proof of causality, while it exists, is not as strong as it could be because those who make the decisions about what research to pursue refuse to do so because they are afraid of what they will find. I would alter this a bit, proposing that they are not really afraid of what they will find – they know what they will find; they’re terrified that you will find out what they already know, and that when you do, you will stand up and demand they be held accountable for what they are doing.

Aha! you may say…Dr. Healy is only ONE physician and she is no longer the director of NIH anyway. Why should we believe her? Those who have been misled and who believe (as my own family physician did until I gave him the proof) “there is no mercury in vaccines anymore” may think that Dr. Healy’s mention of mercury is proof that she was not up-to-date on this issue when she aired her concerns in 2008.  Just to clarify, there is still mercury in many vaccines. You are especially likely to get mercury if you follow the push for yearly flu vaccines. Click here  to find out more about mercury in vaccines. Click here to learn more about the flu vaccine.

To see what mercury does to neurons (brain cells), I highly recommend watching this video, from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine (Shown Below).  In the interest of informed consent, all parents should be made to watch this video before being allowed to give permission for their child to receive vaccines containing mercury.

The problems with mercury have been known for decades, and it’s not just mercury. Aluminum does many of the same things that mercury does. Although according to the University of Calgary video, aluminum does not cause the same level of damage to the microtubules of neurons, this does not mean aluminum is safe.  If you want to learn more about this read the article by Dr. Russell Blaylock reporting on the cover-ups at the Simpsonwood Conference and conferences held regarding the toxicity of both mercury and aluminum.

If you have read much about vaccine safety, you may be familiar with Dr. Paul Offit; the biggest proponent of vaccines, and member of the Institute Of Medicine (IOM), which has declared with a great degree of certainty that vaccines are safe. I encourage you to watch the video clip below of Dr. Offit, promoting his book about the subject.

 

Dr. Offit is pretty impressive. Unfortunately he doesn’t understand neuroscience. If he did, he would realize that his argument about problems with the synapse being the cause of autism, he is actually MAKING the CASE for vaccine injury, since mercury and aluminum (both vaccine additives) are both NEUROTOXINS and damage the ability of one neuron to communicate with another by way of the SYNAPSE.

Dr. Offit makes a big point of the fact that in the previous year there has been the largest oubreak of measles in decades. 135 cases of measles, and 10% of those children had serious complications – measles associated pneumonia. For clarification: 10% of 135 is 13.5, meaning that when Dr. Offit is cautioning about the impact of measles, he is talking about complications that impacted less than 14 children in the United States in the last year – which was “the largest measles outbreak in years.” What Dr. Offit doesn’t tell you is that more than 50% of the measles cases he talks about have been determined to be from the vaccine strain of measles, meaning the children who got measles either got them from the vaccine, or from being exposed to someone who was shedding the virus after being vaccinated. This is the same thing that happens with many of the polio cases, but Dr. Offit is not going to tell you that. Dr. Offit’s statement that children get 14 vaccines in early childhood is also misleading and greatly minimizes the truth about the number of vaccinations U.S. children currently receive if they are vaccinated according to “The Schedule.”  Why would he want to be…less than honest about these facts? Watch the video clip below and draw your own conclusions.

 

And what about the AAP? Surely the American Academy of Pediatrics can be trusted to tell the truth about the safety of vaccines, right?

I don’t know if anyone reading this happened to catch the segment of “The Doctors” television show that aired a couple of years ago in May of 2009. The guests that day included Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, and J.B. Handley.  If you missed it, you can watch the first part of the debate that ensued below.

 

What I noticed is that when J.B. Handley stated that he is tired of physicians telling parents that vaccines are safe when the physician has not personally looked at the science, Dr. Stork blew a gasket. Dr. Stork began yelling at J.B. Handley and accusing him of “antagonizing me” and “personally attacking me on MY stage.” Dr. Stork then switched the topic away from vaccines and started talking about environmental toxins and dietary changes that may be contributing to autism. He was willing to entertain the idea that there are other toxins and seemingly benign things that may be problematic for our kids, but to question vaccines? That is out of bounds. Wait…I thought he wanted to have an open debate…

And here is the next segment.

Again, let’s have an open discussion, but not about vaccines, since we “Know the Truth” that “Vaccines have been studied and scrutinized” so let’s stop talking about that. Did anyone else hear Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Kartzinel, and J.B. Handley saying over and over again “They’ve looked at 2 vaccines and only one ingredient (mercury).” Drs. Sears and Stork continued to talk over their guests as if they could not hear what they were saying. They just continued to tow the party-line, from the AAP and the CDC. During the break, after the above “discussion,” Dr. Stork stated that they contacted the AAP and had received a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  This is the official party-line:

  • “It is upsetting for families not to know what caused their child’s autism. While it is likely that there are many environmental factors that influence the development of autism, because of very careful and repeated studies we know that vaccines do not cause autism. We share the concern that additional research is needed to investigate genetic and environmental factors that may affect the developing brain.”

J.B. Handley’s response: “It’s maddening for them to put out a statement like that…scientific dishonesty.”

Who are you supposed to believe?

To boost The Doctors’ position that vaccines have been proven safe, Dr. Stork showed a clip from a previous episode where the expert, Harvey Karp, M.D. declared: “A dozen or so large studies that have shown zero association between vaccines and autism.”

That might be pretty convincing, IF any of those studies had included children with autism as part of the subject pool. But wait…this “expert” is declaring that 36 vaccines have been “proven” safe and to have “zero association” with autism, and ALL of that information has been gleaned from “A dozen or so” studies. In order for that to be true, each study would have had to cover 3 different vaccines, since “a dozen” goes into 36 (the number of childhood vaccines) 3 times. I would like to see those studies because I’ve looked at PubMed and they aren’t there.

Remember the American Academy of Pediatrics’ statement on “The Doctors?” Why would they declare 36 vaccines “safe” when only “a dozen or so” studies have been done and none of them have included children with autism? Follow the money.

Fifty-five doses of vaccines by age six. Wait, you might say…I thought it was 36! Thirty-six vaccinations or shots, but because so many are multi-dose shots (DTaP, MMR) when you add them all up, it’s actually 55 doses of vaccines.

UPDATE: The CDC’s 2015 Vaccination Schedule

2015 CDC schedule

Update February 7, 2015:  Since this article was first written, there have been some changes. According to the 2015 CDC Childhood Vaccination Schedule, Infants vaccinated according to the schedule can receive as many as 13 vaccines at six months of age, if they receive the MMR, Meningococcal, and Influenza vaccines. The total number of vaccines recommended could be as high as 54 by age six, if the first MMR is given at six months and if the child is deemed “at risk” for meningococcal infection. If you add flu vaccine and TDaP given to mothers while pregnant, the number increases to 58. One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that there has never been a single study done to investigate whether this practice is either safe or effective.

Remember, it’s not just mercury that is neurotoxic, aluminum is a huge problem that most people haven’t even considered at this point. Here is a link to a very informative article about aluminum, which highlights some very good reasons to be concerned about injecting this metal into our children.  This article is written by Dr. Robert Sears. Dr. Robert Sears happens to be the brother of Dr. James (Jim) Sears of “The Doctors.” Both are pediatricians, but they apparently have some different views on the issue of vaccine safety. If you saw the episode of “The Doctors,” you may have noticed that at one point after being asked by Dr. Jim Sears about “the scientific studies” showing that diet is effective in treating autism, Dr. Kartzinel spoke about how so many doctors are questioning if diet works, but they are not coming to his clinic and actually talking to parents of kids who are improving. He also made reference to Dr. Robert Sears, saying something along the lines of, “Those who are saying there are no studies are not talking to your brother about what he sees at the clinic.” My hunch is that the reason Dr. Jim Sears appeared more rational and reasonable than Dr. Stork on the subject of vaccine safety is because he has had this conversation many times within his own family. Unlike Dr. Stork, who seems to be married to his position of “Devil’s Advocate” (interesting choice of terminology).

Dr. Stork is okay with talking about ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS as a possible contributing factor in autism, but he adamantly denies that toxins in vaccines (which are injected directly into the bodies of tiny infants) could have anything to do with autism. Let’s ask another physician (one of the .1% who disagrees with Dr. Stork, according to his own estimate) about her experience with autism. Dr. Stephanie Cave is a Family Practice Doctor in Louisiana. She is also author of the book, “What Your Pediatrician May Not Tell You About Vaccinations.” In an interview with Mothering Magazine, Dr. Cave stated:

  • We started testing hair, urine and blood samples…we found low levels of mercury in the hair and high levels of several other metals like aluminum, antimony, arsenic, and tin in the blood and urine. These children retain mercury, which is toxic to them.
  • …these children don’t have to be around a high exposure to metal – they just have to be around metal, per se, because they do not have the biochemistry to aid them in the removal of metals. I believe that’s because we have overloaded them with metal through the vaccines. We give them so much metal early in life, specifically through the hepatitis B vaccine given at birth, that their bodies keep producing metallothionein, which is what helps us to remove metals from the body. After their biochemistry is depleted, they end up with an inability to handle any metal at all.
  • Biochemist Bill Walsh of the Pfeiffer Treatment Center tested 503 autistic children…91% had deficiency of metallothionein. Neurotypical children did not.

To read the interview with Dr. Cave in its entirety, click here.

So, which sources of mercury and aluminum should we be concerned about?  Even Dr. Stork seems to agree that it’s valid to worry about environmental toxins and their association to autism.  There are many environmental sources of mercury and aluminum, especially where I live, in Southwest Indiana.  We have a lot of coal-burning power plants, and they put a lot of heavy metals into our environment. When it’s in the air, water, and soil, it’s hard to avoid it, which is exactly why it is so important to be able to detoxify. If your metallothionein is depleted, that’s not going to happen and metals are going to build up in your system. As a side-trip, this might be a good time to mention that when we talk about genetic predisposition and considering which children might be most at risk, we need to consider where the parents live and how many toxins are built up in the mother before she gets pregnant. The message is, “It’s all ADDITIVE.” It’s not JUST the vaccines, but if the mercury and aluminum that is injected into an infant on the first day of his or her life shuts down the baby’s ability to detoxify AND that infant lives in an area with a lot of toxins, ENVIRONMENTAL toxins are going to pose more of a problem for that child.

The problem is, Dr. Stork is thinking just like a traditionally-trained physician who practices traditional western medicine and is not open to considering any other points of view because that would be inconsistent with the party-line. He does not see the cumulative effect of toxins, but only wants to attribute the effects of poisons to those he is not involved in administering. This is the same kind of thought process behind his statement that there are increases in autoimmune diseases and all kinds of other diseases, and using that argument to establish as “truth” the “fact” that there is no connection between vaccines and autism. As Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartzinel pointed out during their visit with “The Doctors,” those other diseases are ALSO related to vaccines.

I found it interesting that nobody on the show brought up aluminum, and how this metal found in vaccines may be related to neurological and cognitive problems like autism and Alzheimer’s disease. On this subject I encourage you to go to PubMed and search for “aluminum with alzheimer’s” – I just did and I got 929 studies.

Do you know anyone with Alzheimer’s Disease? or “Alzheimer’s type dementia?” If you do, I would ask you to envision that older person as a young child with the same problems: memory problems, communication problems, disturbed sleep and wake cycles, anxiety and irrational fears, behavior problems, etc… Sounds like autism, doesn’t it?

Many pediatricians will tell you there is “No mercury in the childhood vaccines” anymore. This is not true. For a list of childhood vaccines that still have mercury (thimerosal) click here.  When you are evaluating how much poison is safe for your infant to have injected into his or her body, the following information may be helpful: 12.5 mcg. of ethyl mercury (thimerosal) is 25 times the EPA “safe level” for an adult. When Dr. Cave gave her interview in 2002 she talked about the vaccine schedule at that time, pointing out that at 2 months of age, children were receiving 62.5 micrograms of ethyl mercury from just two vaccinations (Hep B & Hib). 62.5 micrograms in a 10 pound infant is up to 125 times the EPA “safe level.” Dr. Cave went on to explain that mercury is a neurotoxin and as such, inhibits brain function. It also suppresses the immune system.

Dr. Cave relates, “When Hepatitis B began to be administered at birth during the 1990s, we started seeing ear infections beginning around two weeks of age, which was almost unheard of before that…they have antibodies to the basic myelin protein in brain tissue. These antibodies disappear after the children are treated and the mercury is eliminated.”

As noted, this interview was given in 2002, and according to the current information from the FDA and AAFP (American Academy of Family Practitioners) there is no longer 62.5 mcg. of ethyl mercury in the Hep B and HiB vaccine combination. However, as you will see if you check the information for yourself, there is still plenty of mercury to damage your child’s brain, particularly if you follow the newest “guidelines” and get the flu shot every year, beginning in utero. If 62.5 mcg is 125 times the “safe limit” for a 10 pound infant, I wonder how many times the “safe limit” 25 mcg is to a 1 or 2 pound fetus.

Okay, so you now know that mercury is a neurotoxin and it also damages the immune system. If you watched “The Doctors” show, or have seen other interviews of Jenny McCarthy, you probably know that Ms. McCarthy often talks about the importance of dietary changes – specifically the Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet. She has often noted that when she removed casein from her son Evan’s diet “his eye-contact returned.”

If you saw the show, you also heard Dr. Kartzinel talk about how some children produce opiates from certain foods (gluten and casein) and how removing those foods from their diet often leads to improvement in the “symptoms” associated with autism. Here is an explanation of how all of this is related to mercury:

  • Mercury and other heavy metals deactivate DPPIV
  • DPPIV is an enzyme that breaks down gliadomorphin and casomorphin peptides in the body.
  • Casomorphin comes from casein, the protein in milk and dairy products.
  • Gliadomorphin comes from gluten, the protein in wheat, oats, barley, and rye
  • Casomorphin & gliadomorphin are endogenous opiates – morphines – that make children spacy & irritable
  • Children with autism are spacy & irritable

This is why the GF/CF diet works. It is also why it is necessary. Mercury and other heavy metals deactivate the enzyme that breaks down the peptides that are formed from gluten and casein. When they are not broken down, the kid is making his or her own opiates and is therefore spaced out and irritable – just like any other drug addict. This is also why so many kids on “the spectrum” are such picky eaters – they will often ONLY eat things that contain gluten and casein (bread, pizza, pasta, cheese, milk, ice cream, etc.). The reason is because they are not seeking food for nourishment, they are drug-seeking. Just like any other drug addict, they are not interested in eating, they are only interested in obtaining their fix – and they get it from foods that supply gluten and casein. BUT, the important thing to remember, in this conversation, is that mercury inactivates the enzyme that breaks down those two proteins, so if it weren’t for the mercury, would these kids be addicted in the first place? Probably not.

The explosion of autism cases coincided with the doubling and then tripling of the number of childhood vaccines during the 1990s. Mercury was finally “removed” from the “childhood” vaccine schedule in 2002-2004, although there were still stockpiles of vaccines in doctors’ offices after that time.  The only way to know if your child was given vaccines containing mercury is to review the vaccine insert information. But, remember, if you are giving the “recommended” annual flu vaccine, your child is still getting 25 mcg. of mercury each year, unless you specifically request a mercury-free vaccine. And there is still mercury in a number of other vaccines, but you have to really look to find it. The language has been changed. Sometimes it is referred to as “a trace” amount that is used in the manufacturing process, but NOT as a preservative. What does that mean? It’s still there – it’s just not labeled as a preservative. So, get the vaccine insert and read it BEFORE you allow anyone to inject anything into your child.

Back to aluminum:

Remember Dr. Offit said that delaying or altering the vaccine schedule would expose more infants to disease…Of particular concern is the Hepatitis B vaccine given at birth. This has whopping amounts of aluminum, which hyperstimulates the immune system and shifts the balance from TH1 to TH2 – towards hyper-responsiveness (allergies, asthma, RSV, ear infections, and autoimmunity). One primary way to avoid this is by not giving the Hepatitis B vaccines unless Mom is positive for Hep B. There are some pretty good arguments that even if Mom is positive for Hepatitis B, the vaccine should be avoided, since by definition giving it after the baby has been incubating for 9 months in the womb of an infected mother is akin to shutting the gate after the cows have gotten out. It may make more sense to test the baby over a period of several months to determine if he or she is hepatitis positive, and to wait and see if he or she clears the virus naturally, as the vast majority of people do.

Unfortunately, we hear from experts like Paul Offit that delaying vaccinations during the first year will expose millions of babies to diseases that are preventable by vaccines. What to do????!!!!

What to do is research for yourself and not buy into the hysteria promoted by those who have so much to gain, monetarily, from vaccinating your children.

Remember, mercury and other metals (including aluminum) damage the immune system and impair the body’s ability to detoxify, making young children more vulnerable to damage from environmental toxins and viral and bacterial infections.

The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for ALL children on the FIRST day of life. Does your child REALLY NEED to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B as an infant? If you (mother or father) are positive for Hepatitis B, then the answer is … Maybe… Maybe Not.  This is a decision you will need to make after thoroughly researching all sides of the argument so that you can make an informed decision.  If someone in your immediate family, or someone who will be caring for your child on a consistent basis and from whom your child might be exposed to infected blood, then the answer is “possibly – your child is at increased risk.” Otherwise, the answer is “No.”

INFANTS ARE NOT AT RISK FOR HEPATITIS B! In 1991, there were 18,003 cases of hepatitis B reported in the U.S. out of a total U.S. population of 248 million. According to the October 31, 1997 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the CDC, in 1996 there were 10,637 cases of hepatitis B reported in the U.S. with 279 cases reported in children under the age of 14. The CDC stated that “Hepatitis B continues to decline in most states, primarily because of a decrease in the number of cases among injecting drug users and, to a lesser extent, among both homosexuals and heterosexuals of both sexes.”

But Dr. Offit wants ALL babies vaccinated for Hepatitis B, not once but three times. I wonder if that’s because if they are going in for their Hep. B shots, they are also more likely to receive the Rotavirus Vaccine, for which HE developed the patent, which sold for 182 MILLION dollars. Hmmmnnn….

If you think babies and young children should be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease at birth, with a vaccine that contains up to 125 times the “safe” limit of aluminum (according to the EPA regulations), watch the videos below.

Part 1
 

Part 2
Wow! That’s some scary stuff. It must be the media exaggerating things, right? Yes. And No.

Remember when Dr. Kartzinel talked about how there is nothing in medicine that can be utilized universally without some percent of the population having problems? This is an example of what he was talking about. Aluminum is a neurotoxin and it damages the immune system.

So just how much aluminum is in vaccines that are “recommended” for ALL infants living in the United States? And what is the “safe level” of aluminum?

According to the FDA, the “safe level” of aluminum for full-term babies with healthy kidneys is 5 micrograms per kilogram per day. As Dr. Robert Sears points out, using this “safe level” determined by the FDA, a 12 pound, 2 month-old infant should be able to handle “at least” 30 mcg. of aluminum in one day. A 22 pound one year-old infant should be able to handle “at least” 50 mcg. of aluminum in one day. As Dr. Robert Sears states, the FDA “safe level” was determined from studies of premature infants with immature kidneys, so full-term infants with healthy kidneys should theoretically be able to handle more than the “safe level.” However, we don’t know because there haven’t been any studies done – at least none Dr. Sears (or I) could find.

Okay, so how much aluminum is really in the childhood vaccines?

  • DTaP (for Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis): 170-625 mcg, depending on manufacturer
  • Hepatitis A: 250 mcg
  • Hepatitis B: 250 mcg
  • HIB (for meningitis; PedVaxHib brand only): 225 mcg
  • HPV: 225 mcg
  • Pediarix (DTaP/Hepatitis B/Polio combination): 850 mcg
  • Pentacel (DTaP/HIB/Polio combination): 1500 mcg
  • Pneumococcus: 125 mcg

The above information is from Dr. Robert Sears’ article, “Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal?”

So what does this mean for your child, living in the United States and complying with the “recommended” childhood vaccine schedule?

Dr. Robert Sears does the math:

  • Newborn gets Hepatitis B injection on day one of life would get 250 micrograms of aluminum.
  • Repeated at one month of age with the next Hep B shot.
  • When a baby gets the first big round of shots at 2 months, the total dose of aluminum can vary from 295 micrograms (if a non-aluminum HIB and the lowest aluminum brand of DTaP is used) to a whopping 1225 micrograms if the highest aluminum brands are used and Hep B vaccine is also given.
  • These doses are repeated at 4 and 6 months.
  • A child would continue to get some aluminum throughout the first 2 years with most rounds of shots.

Okay, so going back to the issue of metals depleting metallothionein, and basically shutting down the body’s ability to detoxify other environmental toxins, you may want to ask yourself, is the Hepatitis B vaccine really something my child needs, if I do not have Hepatitis B?

Is your child really at risk for Hepatitis B? And is the risk worth the consequences of injecting aluminum (a neurotoxin and immunotoxin) into your child at levels that are exponentially higher than the “safe level” determined by the FDA?

Question: Is your child really at risk for Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B

  • Is not common in childhood and is not highly contagious.
  • Is primarily an adult disease transmitted through infected body fluids, most frequently infected blood
  • Is prevalent in high risk populations such as: needle using drug addicts; sexually promiscuous heterosexual and homosexual adults; residents and staff of custodial institutions such as prisons; health care workers exposed to blood; persons who require repeated blood transfusions; babies born to infected mothers.

According to the CDC Guide to Action publication on Hepatitis B (1997):

“the sources of [hepatitis B] infection for most cases include intravenous drug use (28%), heterosexual contact with infected persons or multiple partners (22%) and homosexual activity (9%).”

Although CDC officials have made statements that hepatitis B is easy to catch through sharing toothbrushes or razors, Eric Mast, M.D., Chief of the Surveillance Section, Hepatitis Branch of the CDC, stated in a 1997 public hearing that: ” although [the hepatitis B virus] is present in moderate concentrations in saliva, it’s not transmitted commonly by casual contact.” (National Vaccine Information Center)

Once again, you as a parent are faced with a difficult question: “Who am I supposed to believe?”

Another question you need to ask yourself is “Just how serious is Hepatitis B?” You need to ask this question in order to make an informed decision about whether the risks associated with vaccination outweigh the risks of actually contracting the disease. The following information comes from the National Vaccine Information Center.

Hepatitis B is not a killer disease for most people.

Symptoms of Hepatitis B infection include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, low grade fever, pain and swelling in joints, headache and cough that may occur one to two weeks before the onset of jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and enlargement and tenderness of the liver, which can last for three to four weeks. (YUCK)

Fatigue can last up to a year. (Again, YUCK)

Translation: You will feel REALLY YUCKY for 6-8 weeks, and it may take you a year to recover your energy level to pre-illness status.

According to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (1994): in cases of acute hepatitis B most patients do not require hospital care; 95 percent of patients have a favorable course and recover completely; case-fatality ratio is “very low (approximately 0.1 percent).” (1/10th of 1% or 1 out of 1,000); and Those (95%) who recover completely from hepatitis B infection acquire life-long immunity (this is a good thing).

According to Robbins Pathological Basis of Disease (a medical textbook published in 1994), of those who do not recover completely, fewer than 5 percent become chronic carriers of the virus with just one quarter of these in danger of developing life threatening liver disease later in life.

Translation: Of the 5% of people who do not recover completely from hepatitis B infection, 5% will become chronic carriers and ¼ of them will eventually die from Hep B related liver disease.

What does this mean? It depends on which statistics you look at. Let’s take the worst-case scenario and go with the “200,000 new cases yearly” cited in the 1999 video from ABC’s 20/20 show.

  • 200,000 x .95 = 190,000 will recover completely (95% will recover completely)

Of the 5% of people who do not recover completely from hepatitis B infection, 5% will become chronic carriers and ¼ of them will eventually die from Hep B related liver disease.

  • 10,000 will not recover completely
  • 10,000 x .05 = 500 will become chronic carriers
  • 500 x .25 = 125 will die in later life due to liver disease

Are we over-reacting and over-vaccinating as a result? Remember, it’s not just the Hepatitis B we have to worry about, it’s the aluminum. We, as parents, have to weigh the actual threat of disease against the cost of “protection.” Given the amount of Aluminum contained in Hepatitis B vaccinations, AND the very low risk of young children becoming infected (if Mom is not infected), this particular vaccine does not seem worth the risk.

If Hepatitis B is not worth the risks associated with injecting aluminum directly into the bloodstream, AND if those who adamantly state that by delaying the Hepatitis B vaccines we, as parents are putting our children’s health at risk, maybe we should start questioning further the advise we are getting from those who rigidly follow the party-line put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Despite the declarations of the AAP and the CDC that the huge amount of money they receive from the vaccine manufacturers does not influence the advice they give to parents, delving further into the facts about Hepatitis B (one vaccine out of MANY the AAP and CDC have declared as “safe”) leads me to believe that these sources may not be completely vested in the best interest of my child – or yours.

PLEASE – do not follow blindly everything you are told by your pediatrician or family physician. Ask first if he or she has actually looked at the science, or if your trusted health advisor is simply following the party-line. And remember – ultimately you, as the parents, are the ones who are responsible (and who will live with the consequences) for the decisions you make about your child’s health. The pediatrician may order the shots, but he or she is not the one who will be raising your child for the rest of his or her life.

Educate before you vaccinate.

What Are the Most Dangerous Vaccines?

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough! (And the DTaP/TDaP Vaccines)

Informational Articles on Measles

Thanks TODAY Show! Great Interview! Now. The Rest of the Story.

Mitochondrial Disorder and Vaccine-Injury:  Stuff You NEED to Know.

Vaccine Ingredients – A Comprehensive Guide

Paul Offit is Right! Autism is About the Synapse – And Dendritic Immunity

 

My Declaration of Independence

Written by Marcella Piper-Terry, M.S., Founder of VaxTruth.org

I admit to being a lazy student of history. Too much rote memorization for me. As seems to be the case with all things in my life… I often do not realize what I don’t know until necessity pushes me to learn.

With today being Independence Day, I woke up thinking about The Revolutionary War, King George and Gov. Jerry Brown, and the parallels between, “No taxation without representation” and “No school in California without vaccination…” but, oh… you still have to pay taxes for schools your children can’t attend unless you bow to the will of politicians who have been bought and paid for by pharma money.

Because I have always been such a poor student of history (science, art, and music are more my thing), I have found myself drawn to the computer over and over again today… in search of things I didn’t know I didn’t know.

What I have learned is just what I suspected, or “knew” in my soul.
History is, once again, repeating itself.

Yes. It is like the 1960s all over again. Bobby Kennedy and Louis Farrakhan. Black churches in the south being burned. Terrorism perpetrated against people of color in their places of worship and in the streets; not just by proclaimed white supremacists, but by the police officers who have sworn oaths before God to protect and serve.
What is happening now goes deeper, though.
We are ALL being threatened, and the terror being perpetrated against us is aimed at what we cherish most deeply… it is aimed at our children. And it is coming from our own government.
Those of us who have experienced vaccine-injuries and deaths in our children are not just afraid. These are not just “scary times.”
I ran into a long-time friend today at the grocery store. Like me, she has children who have suffered vaccine-injury. I asked about her kids, we talked about our plans for this day, and then THE SUBJECT came up. She put it perfectly.
She said, “It’s terrifying.”

IT IS TERRIFYING.

Our own government is committing acts of terror against families who have already sacrificed their children in the name of “the greater good.”

For those of us who have lived the nightmare of serious vaccine-injury and vaccine-related deaths of our children, the actions of the elected officials in California are TERRIFYING.

That is no accident.
We are being terrorized in order to keep us “in line.”

When I watched Brother Tony Muhammad’s speech (June 18, 2015) at the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles, I was drawn to the truth and strength in his words. Of everything he said, the one thing that struck my soul most deeply was this:
“We are taught in Islam to LIVE and DIE for the TRUTH.”

Since the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan announced, after meeting with Bobby Kennedy, Jr., that he would be making the CDC fraud perpetrated NOT ONLY against black boys, but against ALL of OUR children, part of his platform at the 20th anniversary of The Million Man March on Washington, there has been a surge of energy. Those of us who want the truth about vaccines and the government conflicts of interest to come to light are active, awake, and moving forward. Even many who have previously viewed The Nation of Islam with suspicion (or outright fear) have realized that when it comes to the health and safety of our children, we really are not that different. We share a common goal. We also share a common abuser.

It occurs to me that many of us in “the autism community” or “the anti-vaccine community” (or whatever label you choose), are currently feeling a level of terror that our brothers and sisters in the African-American and Muslim communities have been feeling for some time. We have had several prominent doctors die under suspicious circumstances – and not just in the last three weeks. If we go back to when the ‪#‎CDCwhistleblower‬ issue was first revealed (August 2014), we can also include Dr. Mayer Eisenstein among those prominent in “the vaccine-injury/autism field” who have left us very suddenly. It never even occurred to me to question Dr. Eisenstein’s death, which saddened me greatly, and still does.
He was a giant. He was our leader. He was my mentor and even though we only met a few times, I considered him my friend.
Dr. Eisenstein also had the largest group of vaccine-free children in America in his practice, and his records represented “the unvaccinated” subject group in the study which has been promised, but is still yet to be done.
I have been hesitant to comment about this before, but with “our” doctors dropping like flies, somebody had to say it.

There are an awful lot of “coincidences.” And while all of these events really may just be coincidences, with the amount of money involved in the vaccine program and the depth of conflicts within our government agencies and among politicians, there is one thing which cannot be questioned… WE NEED CHANGE and WE ARE THE ONES WHO MUST MAKE IT HAPPEN.

There is one statement we all need to ban from our lips and from our collective psyche:  “I don’t like conflict.”

Unless you plan on handing over all of your rights to oppressive government tyrants, you are going to be thrust into the middle of conflict – like it or not.
This is not about “choice.”
This is about freedom.
As we have all heard many times, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

Today of all days, we need to remember that if our forefathers had been afraid of conflict we would still be living under British rule.

Today is Independence Day.
This is my Declaration of Independence.
I declare my independence from government-sponsored forced medical experimentation on myself and my children.
I declare my independence from pHARMa-sponsored, illegal government “laws” that are only designed to benefit the corporations.

The United States of America is MY country!
It does NOT belong to corporations.
As Abraham Lincoln stated in the Gettysburg Address, 87 years after Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers established a government OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE – not for the corporations and certainly not for the pharmaceutical companies.
It is time to take OUR government back.

SB277 Its America not A-MERCK-A

In the words of Patrick Henry, and paraphrasing Brother Tony Muhammad, “Give me LIBERTY or give me DEATH!”

I am not afraid. And I am NOT GOING AWAY.

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Medical Exemptions to Vaccination, But Didn’t Know to Ask

With the passage of SB277 in California, parents of vaccine-injured children, and parents whose children have escaped vaccine-injury are understandably concerned that similar UN-Constitutional vaccine mandates will be coming to their state next.

As I wrote in my initial response after hearing of the passage of SB277, the fact that Governor Brown indicated that he signed the bill BECAUSE it provided expanded medical exemptions is important.

"The Legislature, after considerable debate, specifically amended SB277, to exempt a child from immunization WHENEVER the child's physician concludes that there are circumstances, including BUT NOT LIMITED TO, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization... Thus, SB277, while requiring that school children be vaccinated, explicitly provides an exception when a physician believes that circumstances - in the judgement [sic] and sound discretion of the physician - so warrant."

“The Legislature, after considerable debate, specifically amended SB277, to exempt a child from immunization WHENEVER the child’s physician concludes that there are circumstances, including BUT NOT LIMITED TO, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization…
Thus, SB277, while requiring that school children be vaccinated, explicitly provides an exception when a physician believes that circumstances – in the judgement [sic] and sound discretion of the physician – so warrant.”

Concerned parents are now left with the task of trying to figure out how to protect their children. Those who are educated about vaccines and whose children have not been harmed are in the same boat with those who have already sacrificed a child (or more than one) on the vaccination alter. Those parents whose children have already suffered serious adverse reactions to vaccines understandably do not want to repeat that experience, and they should not have to.

If I were faced with this problem, here is what I would do…

First, I would look at the CDC’s current Childhood Vaccine Schedule.

2015 CDC schedule

 

Next, I would find out what the requirements are for my state. You can do that by contacting the school your child is or would be attending. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) also has good information on requirements for public schools, daycare, and post-secondary education (colleges and universities). Here is NVIC’s information for California.

If your child has had ANY vaccines, you need to compare his or her vaccination record with what is required and see what he or she is “missing.”

I would print out all of the vaccine manufacturers inserts for the vaccines my child is “missing.” I would read them through from front to back and pay particular attention to the ingredients list, adverse reactions, and contra-indications sections.

Next, I would get allergy testing for all my children. I would get IgE and IgG allergy testing. I would get the most extensive panel I could afford.

Then, I would cross-reference any reactions with known allergens in ALL of the vaccines in the childhood schedule – or at least those in the vaccine my child is “missing.”

Many people do not realize that vaccines are made with food proteins, including eggs, chicken, beef (bovine), pork (porcine), cow’s milk (bovine casein), gelatin (bovine and porcine) and yeast. Vaccine ingredients include some of the most common food proteins to which children (and adults) are allergic. There’s a very good reason for that. I wrote about it here.

The next thing I would do is document my family medical history. I would pay extra-special attention to any and all incidence of autoimmune disease, since doctors (even mainstream doctors!) have come out publicly (on CNN!) stating that family history of autoimmune disease is a contra-indication to vaccination.

Please watch the following video and pay close attention around the 1:30 to 2 minute mark:

From what I understand, it sounds like there is a history of autoimmune disorder in the family, um… and if he’s not responding to the vaccine, that actually points to an immunodeficiency, meaning his immune system is not normal. It doesn’t normally respond the way yours and mine would. Her son is actually precisely the kind of child who has a reason… a medical reason not to receive the vaccine…

Whether or not to do titer tests is an “iffy” subject. On the one hand, if you find out that your child already has adequate titers for “evidence of immunity,” then your doctor can help you make the case that your child does not need another vaccine. However, as the doctor in the CNN video above discusses, some children never respond to vaccines the way “they should” because their immune systems are different. If your child has an immunodeficiency syndrome and you don’t know it, and you get titers drawn to vaccines your child has already had… you could end up with your doctor advising that your child needs more vaccines. Be careful. Discuss this with your doctor first and make sure that if your child comes up with no demonstrable “immune response,” the doctor will be willing to pursue further testing to figure out WHY your child did not respond as expected.

As we now know, there are differences in how children of different races respond to vaccines.

I would get a complete copy of my child’s medical records, including his or her vaccination record. I would construct a timeline. I would pay particular attention to the number of infections, asthma attacks, seizures, and any other incidents that occurred after vaccinations. As much as I already knew about vaccines and about vaccine-injuries, it wasn’t until I did the timeline that I finally realized what happened to my daughter. Do it. Also… go back and dig through your photos. Compare the photos with the timeline. Look for any evidence of changes in your child’s facial symmetry.

Stroke in Infant, Abby

The above photo is of a beautiful baby girl who died from vaccine-injuries. The photo was taken five days after she received six vaccines. Two days after this photo was taken, she died. The droop on one side is a sign that cranial nerve VII has been damaged. Damage to the cranial nerves may also show up in changes in the eyes, with one eye or eyelid drooping when it didn’t previously. These signs may be temporary and may disappear. Check your child’s photos. Any previous sign of vaccine-injury such as this should be brought to the attention of your doctor and noted as a contra-indication to future vaccination. Other issues that are associated with stroke in infants and young children include early preference for being either strongly right-handed or strongly left-handed, fisting of one hand, sudden dragging or weakness of one foot, and inability to walk or crawl after vaccination.

I would put all of this information in a binder and be prepared to educate my doctor.

Parents need to know that doctors do not know what they don’t know. Every doctor I know (who is honest) has told me they only learned two things about vaccines in medical school:

  1. They learned how to give them according to the CDC’s schedule;
  2. They were told, “Vaccines are the greatest advancement in the history of medicine.”

That’s it.

Doctors don’t know what they don’t know.

It is time for you, the parent, to step up and learn how to educate those who hold your children’s lives in their hands. As my dear, amazing friend and mother to a severely vaccine-injured child has said, “Parents: DO THE WORK!”

It’s your child. Do it.

Please download and print this incredible resource from Chelsea Lynch. This one document really does contain EVERYTHING YOU EVER NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT VACCINES BUT DIDN’T KNOW TO ASK.

Learn more:

Vaccine Facts – Information on Specific Vaccines and Diseases

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs SB277 Vaccine Mandate into Law

Today (June 30, 2015) California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB277 into law.
He signed it less than 24 hours after it hit his desk, even though he had 12 days to review before making a decision.
What does that mean?
It means his mind was already made up.
This is no surprise.

This morning, on Facebook, I posted the inspirational and hopeful comments of my friend Vasanth, because I wanted everyone to stay positive. I do believe in the power of prayer. I also believe in the power of truth. Given that we have truth on our side, and so many of us praying and visualizing a positive outcome, many are no doubt asking, “Why didn’t it work?”
The answer to that question is because it’s not time yet.

Let’s think about this…
What has happened in California as a result of Richard Pan’s push for SB277?
What has happened is that with every hearing, every testimony, every step closer to what happened today, more people woke up. More people became enlightened about what is happening to our children. More people became concerned about the government over-reach and the abusive tactics being employed to take away parental rights. People got involved. They stopped looking at each other as “the enemy” and they started working together to stand against a common abuser.
California is awake.

Californians who have been fighting SB277 are not just going to start lining up at pediatricians’ offices to have their children vaccinated according to The CDC’s schedule, just because Richard Pan and Governor Brown say so.

Those parents and activists in California are not going to back down.
There are already multiple discussions going on about the next steps, which include taking the state of California to Court.

Do you know what happens in Court?
There’s this very important thing called “Discovery.”
Discovery means witnesses are called and they get to tell their stories. In public. On the record. For everyone to see and hear.
Discovery is what has been denied in Vaccine Court. Parents of vaccine-injured children have been silenced. Until now.
The doors have just swung wide open.
It would have been far better for the pharmaceutical industry if Governor Brown had vetoed SB277.

And, guess what? That’s not the only good news…
As a result of what has just happened in California, more and more parents and activists around the globe are becoming informed about vaccine injuries. People who never even questioned are pausing and paying attention. If it weren’t for the fight in California, many people who are now questioning the safety and efficacy of vaccines would not have ever even given a glance. They are now wondering, “What is this all about? Maybe we should investigate a little further.”
As we all know, once a parent starts investigating, he or she is not going to stop. That can only work in favor of truth.

The third positive thing that comes as a result of Governor Brown’s signature on SB277 is this…

"The Legislature, after considerable debate, specifically amended SB277, to exempt a child from immunization WHENEVER the child's physician concludes that there are circumstances, including BUT NOT LIMITED TO, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization... Thus, SB277, while requiring that school children be vaccinated, explicitly provides an exception when a physician believes that circumstances - in the judgement [sic] and sound discretion of the physician - so warrant."

The Legislature, after considerable debate, specifically amended SB277, to exempt a child from immunization WHENEVER the child’s physician concludes that there are circumstances, including BUT NOT LIMITED TO, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization…
Thus, SB277, while requiring that school children be vaccinated, explicitly provides an exception when a physician believes that circumstances – in the judgement [sic] and sound discretion of the physician – so warrant.

Governor Brown’s emphasis on this aspect – expanded medical exemption – paves the way for legal challenges to SB277 if school systems and health departments refuse to accept a physician’s written medical exemption – FOR ANY REASON. This has been a huge problem for families seeking medical exemptions for their children, and not just in California.
I am not naive enough to believe this will work the way it is written.
I don’t think Governor Brown is, either.

One final word about what happened today…
I know many, and especially many of those in California, are grieving today. Some may be panicking. Many are no doubt being triggered by the recurring trauma they have endured as a result of vaccine-injury and repeated denial and threats (this is a big threat) by their government. I am genuinely sorry for what my California friends are feeling. You deserve to grieve. Your pain is real. Your fear is justified. Allow yourself to feel it. Honor those feelings and emotions so they do not cloud your judgement as you pick yourself up and prepare for the next leg of this journey. This is a MISSION and YOU have been chosen. Your work is going to end up saving not only your children, but all of our children, and ultimately, the future of humanity itself.
Without these challenges, and without your strength, your extraordinary care and concern, and your willingness to stand up for what is right and not back down, many who are now awake would still be ignorant of the danger that is heading for their own families.

If SB277 had been vetoed, things would have died down, not only in California, but in the rest of the country. That’s why this is happening. It is not time for things to die down.
This is just the beginning.
I hope you are all organizing in your own states. If not, get busy.
This is coming to you.

Read more:

Vaccinations: Your Child vs “The Greater Good”

Is MY Child at Risk for Vaccine Injury?

Vaccine Facts and Information About Specific Diseases and Vaccines

Response to Rubella Vaccine in Somali and Black Children Suggests MMR Vaccine and Autism Connection

Watch this video:

Now read this article.

Somali Americans develop twice the antibody response to rubella from the current vaccine compared to Caucasians in a new Mayo Clinic study on individualized aspects of immune response. A non-Somali, African-American cohort ranked next in immune response, still significantly higher than Caucasians…

Now… read this article.

“This study validates the concerns of the Somali community in Minneapolis,” comments epidemiologist Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks associate director for public health research. “There may be factors that put Somali-American children at higher risk of autism and autism with intellectual disability,” he says. “Or these findings may reflect better autism awareness and detection within this tight-knit community. We need to explore these possibilities, and that takes further research.”

Yes. It does take further research.

Or DOES IT???

Let’s review.

  1. Somali Americans and Black Americans have greatly increased immune response to the Rubella vaccine, as compared to the immune response of Whites and Hispanics.
  2. Children in the Somali immigrant community have significantly higher rates of autism, as compared to the rates of autism for non-Somali children.
    1. The Autism Speaks article shows lower rates of autism in Non-Somali Black Children in Minneapolis; this is hypothesized to be due to lower awareness and lack of access to care among those in the Black Community. This article and this article support that hypothesis.
  3. As the vaccinology scientist in the video above explained, differences in the immune response are not only related to how well the vaccine works, they are also related to the frequency and severity of side-effects from the vaccine. (Many of us refer to “side effects” as “adverse reactions.” Adverse reactions may include autism.)
  4. The 2004 study conducted by the Vaccine Safety Research Group at The CDC found that Black children who received the MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age had greatly increased rates of autism, as compared to their non-black peers. (That information was eliminated from the published report. You can read more about that here.)
  5. The MMR vaccine contains three live virus vaccines: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
  6. A growing body of research indicates that at least for many, autism may be the result of an autoimmune response (here and here for a sampling), with higher rates of autoimmune disease among family members, most especially in the mother. This strongly suggests that children who regress in early childhood and are later diagnosed with autism may do so because their immune systems do not respond in the same way TO SOMETHING, as do children who do not develop regressive autism.

What do you suppose that SOMETHING might be?

Could it be…. vaccines? If you believe what the vaccinology scientist has to say, it certainly could be.

A bit of history you might find interesting… When the MMR vaccine was first introduced, it was believed that a single administration would provide protection for life. There continued to be measles outbreaks every year, and it was discovered that approximately 10% of the population showed no sign of antibody response even though they had been vaccinated. So, instead of trying to figure out who those children were, The CDC and ACIP decided to add another MMR to the schedule for ALL children. The result is that 90% of children were OVER-VACCINATED. Guess when that happened? 1989. The huge jump in autism started around 1990.

It should be noted that the study at Mayo was ONLY looking at the Rubella vaccine. As the doctor discussed, further research will no doubt lead us to a better understanding of the differences in response to different vaccines and how things like race, gender, family medical history, and other factors such as genetic SNPs including MTHFR mutations and Cytochrome P450 mutations influence an individual’s response to a particular vaccine, a particular component of a vaccine, or to the simultaneous administration of multiple vaccines.

Until that research is done, it is unconscionable for politicians like Richard Pan to bow to pharmaceutical company pressure by pushing for mandates that would require ALL parents to vaccinate ALL children exactly according to the CDC’s Schedule. The 2015 CDC Schedule for children includes giving up to 13 vaccines at a single well-baby visit.

As noted above and in this post, the elimination of data from the 2004 MMR study has a direct bearing on whether or not parents should be forced to vaccinate their children. Dr. William Thompson was an author of that study and he says things were not reported that should have been. Those things directly affect our children – all of them, regardless of race and regardless of gender.

Please follow this link and

Tell the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee That We Want Hearings 

Our children deserve better. We deserve better. Our future as a nation depends on it.

 

Here is the transcript of the video, just in case it happens to disappear…

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The most outstanding and to some degree unexpected
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difference that we found is that African-Americans have
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much higher antibody responses to this viral vaccine, rubella,
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than we have seen in any other population.
0:16
Why would that be? Well that’s the subject of the next set of studies,
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but it’s really a foundational finding
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in this respect: We sort of have a population level approach
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to medicine. We do it with drugs, we do it with vaccines. We assume everybody is
0:34
alike and that they all respond the same. This is the basis of personalized or
0:39
individualized medicine.
0:41
Our group has been among the first to show
0:44
that what we know for how people respond to drugs
0:47
turns out to also be true in how people respond to biologics like vaccines.
0:52
So you and I may respond very differently
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as a cohort, say of Caucasians, but my colleague who is African-American
1:01
and the population of African-Americans turn out to have a
1:05
much better response
1:07
to that vaccine. Hispanics have a lower response.
1:10
Well this is really important in terms of how we deliver vaccines, how we design
1:15
vaccines.
1:16
Perhaps the safety of vaccines and this is new information in the biologic field
1:22
and I think is going to change how we practice medicine.
1:25
The vaccine in essence is working differently.
1:28
The question is, “Why?” It’s the same vaccine
1:32
in human beings administered the same way
1:36
and yet it stimulates a very different set of
1:40
gene expression and protein secretion, that protein being
1:45
antibody that protects us when we see the virus.
1:48
 A lot of people haven’t heard of rubella. They think it’s a disease that doesn’t
1:52
exist anymore
1:53
and and that would be naive to think that, certainly in California along some
1:57
of the border states.
1:59
We do still see rubella cases.  In Japan
2:02
and in Europe we’re seeing outbreaks of rubella and measles,
2:06
they’re vaccines that are given together, primarily because if people rejecting
2:11
the vaccine
2:12
out of unfounded fears about the safety of the vaccine,
2:16
but the interesting thought occurs to me maybe we only have to give
2:20
African-Americans
2:22
half the size of the dose that we give to Caucasians.
2:26
That’s an example of individualizing our approach
2:30
to somebody. Eventually what will happen is it won’t be something as
2:34
complicated as race, it will be genetically based.
2:38
So we will look at somebody’s genes that are important to developing immunity
2:43
and based on which ones they carry, say,
2:46
“You don’t need the vaccine. You’re not at any risk.”Or “You need twice the dose of
2:50
the average person, or half the dose.”
2:52
Or, “You’re at risk for this kind of side effect.”
2:55
And that changes how we practice medicine. It’s it’s an exciting new era
2:59
in that regard.
3:01
So we may be able to save cost,
3:04
we may be able to reduce the amount of side effects.
3:08
If you only need half as much vaccine
3:11
to reach the same level of protection, we’re adding cost and potential risk by
3:16
giving you double what you actually need.
3:18
We could extend the vaccine supply twice as far.
3:22
Take African countries for example with this kind of knowledge, and with the
3:27
cost to vaccines…
3:28
What might it mean, that for the same cost we could immunize
3:32
twice as many people? That would just be one practical example
3:37
of an outcome that would be important at least at a population level.
3:41
Fundamentally what it begins to do
3:44
is build a scientific case and database
3:47
for this idea. If we see these kinds of
3:51
dramatic differences with this vaccine, will we see it with another vaccine?
3:57
The answer is yes. We’ve seen that with other vaccines.
4:00
And does that inform our approach to new vaccine development? For example,
4:06
African-Americans, Hispanics, maybe other
4:10
more traditional minority groups could be at greater risk of certain diseases.
4:16
Let’s take HIV for example, or hepatitis B, or
4:20
an even number of diseases. Might knowing this about genetics and how they respond
4:25
to a vaccine
4:27
inform how we go about developing the new vaccine
4:31
for groups most at risk of that disease?
4:34
The other thing that we we didn’t find in this study, but we have found in other
4:38
studies is the effect of gender or sex.
4:41
Traditionally, for every vaccine that’s been studied
4:44
women always respond better than men –
4:47
always without exception. Why is that?
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How do we take advantage of that information
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in building new vaccines and delivering the vaccines we currently have?
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It’s worth pointing out that in years, decades past
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Hispanics, African-americans and other minority groups
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tended to get excluded from research
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and therefore the benefits of medical research.
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That’s changed. And we certainly understand the
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the value of that. This study
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demonstrates the important differences that one can find
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and informs how we approach the medical care of those groups.

For more on the issue of susceptibility to vaccine-injury, please read Is My Child At Risk for Vaccine-Injury.

Dear Senator Richard Pan – An Open Letter About SB277

From Marcella:  This letter was posted on Facebook and it came to my attention. When I first read it, it gave me chills. I shared it on my personal page and on the VaxTruth page. I shared it in a few groups. I watched as the audience grew. I read the comments. This mother’s voice is the same as that of many parents who are seeking to protect their children. That is why we are posting it here, and we are honored to be able to do so.

 

Dear Senator Pan:

SB277.

It sounded like an EXCELLENT way to bolster your ratings. I get it. It sounded like a piece of legislation that would quickly fill your pockets with some big money, while holding hands and canoodling with powerful corporations. What an excellent deal, right? Work with Merck, make an ungodly amount of money, and boost your political career all the while ensuring that consistent donors are on your side.

A good career move. It should fly under the radar, right?

I mean only 2% of Californians hold a personal belief exemption. Such a small number to sacrifice. That had to have crossed your mind at some point. Take into account the large amount of American people who have long since lost hope in any sort of real democracy.

Add in our own selfish values and you have a slam dunk bill right?

I mean the American people are far too busy wasting incredible amounts of time on “social media” sharing videos of women fighting in Wal-Mart to worry about a little ol’ bill about vaccinations. We are so eager to claw into each other over ‘personal beliefs’ and spend our time de-friending our “friends” and relatives over whether or not they plan to address former Olympian as Bruce or Caitlyn from here on out.

Clearly we are too busy to worry about vaccines.

A large number of American people have given up on government and are ignorantly accepting legislation without a second thought. It should have been a slam dunk bill for you.

The only problem, it hasn’t been.
This bill has been met with droves of people who are no longer willing to stay silent.
SB 277 has not been a slam dunk for you, because you forgot just who you were messing with. You forgot just who made up that 2%, but more importantly, you failed to see that this doesn’t just affect California. No this little slam dunk bill that you thought would help fund a fancy vacation, bolster your popularity, and boost your political career (because we all know that 1.5 star pediatrician rating wasn’t going to work out for you) has been met with opposition, phone calls, dozens of rallies, and an incredible amount of testimony throughout each hearing.
No, you didn’t realize you were not just dealing with the 2% in California anymore. Instead, you are dealing with a country of angry mothers, fathers, doctors, lawyers, health professionals, and scientists.
Another article said it best, “You woke up a beast” and you did in fact. Other bloggers have expressed a sincere gratitude for bringing this nationwide attention.
You should know time isn’t on your side. The more time this takes, we will get stronger, we will continue to rally, we will continue to educate others and we will continue to be united.
This is no longer about politics.
To be honest this isn’t even about vaccines anymore.
This is about something far greater than “the greater good.”
This is about vaccine injury awareness. This is about freedom. This is about corruption. This is about greed. This is about the ignorance of SB277 to take away parental rights. This is about informed consent. This is about uniting religions. This is about uniting pro-choice and pro-life. This is about uniting race.
No, this “slam dunk” bill no longer means a life in politics flying under the radar passing laws for the benefits of those donating to your campaign.
No, this bill has united a firestorm of opposition and now this bill only means one thing.
This bill means WAR.
So, Senator Pan enjoy your Merck sponsored vacation because when we are done with you, you may not have a career left.
When you unite people together from all walks of life, then ignorantly insult them and spew your agenda on them, I can assure you, you will not be left alone! Your name will not be forgotten.
We will win, this bill may get signed, but one way or another, we will win. Our lawyers will win. Our children will win. For you, this bill may have meant luxurious and lucrative kickbacks, but for us this bill is about our children and messing them only means one thing.

 

It means war.

 

Sincerely,
Your opposition

 

About the author: 

I’m Jinan, the keeper of the cookies, master of dance parties, and single handedly responsible for using up all of our family’s internet data each month. Hey, don’t judge, there’s a TON of stuff to research when you have two kids (and one on the way)! About 10 years ago I became very interested in holistic living. To expand my knowledge and skills in this, I began studying at Natural Health Institute for Massage Therapy. I spent time learning Eastern Medicine and took classes on Ayruvedic Medicine, Pathologies, and the Anatomy and Physiology of the body.
After a few years working as a Licensed Massage Therapist, I retired my license in order to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Communications with a minor in Global Studies from MTSU.  My husband and I own Wild and Sunny Farms, an organic urban farm. We hope to continue to use sustainable methods to grow food and find ways to give back to the community through our CSA. We are currently working to partner with another non-profit to establish a community garden in order to continue to give back. When I am not working in corporate America, taking care of the kids, or running the farm. I enjoy firing up the keyboard to write!
Jinan Robison

Less than 30% of Congress Admits to Vaccinating Their OWN KIDS!!!

This is HUGE!!!

In a story released yesterday, NBC “News” reports on the results of their poll to United States Congressmen and Congresswomen.

NBC asked our nation’s leaders, “Are your kids vaccinated?”

Here are the results of the poll:

NBC poll vaccination congress

Out of 434 members of the House of Representatives, 121 responded affirmatively, indicating “Yes. My children are vaccinated.”

That’s less than 30% – 27.65% to be exact.

How did NBC report the results?

They declared “It’s UNAMINOUS!”

On Capitol Hill, disagreement is the rule, not the exception.

But when it comes to the issue of vaccinations, there appears to be a level of unanimous agreement. An NBC News survey of all 434 voting members currently serving in the House of Representatives finds that not a single member indicated that their children had NOT been vaccinated.

Wait. What?SayWhat

How can NBC say the results of their survey indicate “UNANIMOUS” agreement, when their own numbers reveal less than 30% of House Representatives said their kids are vaccinated?

What do the results of the survey REALLY indicate?

One of my really smart friends broke it down very well…

“LOL….ok. Let’s evaluate this.

1. Do they really agree? They say every one should vaccinate, but not them because 280 of them SAY WHAT about vaccinations?
2. Declined to answer means, “None of your business” what the vaccination status of THEIR children is.
3. No response means they ALSO declined to answer what the vaccination status of THEIR children is.
4. NBC makes it sound like NO congress members have an unvaccinated child when 280 of them answered….NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
5. Why do the public or parents need to answer this question?

Do you see what NBC did here? It’s UNANIMOUS!!! Because 121 people said yes but 280 DECLINED to answer….it’s UNANIMOUS!!!

Okay, American public… Are we REALLY that stupid?

NBC “News” seems to think so.

Let them know what you REALLY think.

Link to the NBC “report.”

Is MY Child at Risk for Vaccine-Injury?

Marcella on The TODAY Show – February 3, 2015.

Anderson Cooper Becomes a Vaccine Expert

 

Is MY Child at Risk for Vaccine-Injury?

“Vaccines are safe.”

“The science is clear. For the majority of the population, vaccines are safe.”

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“No medication is safe for 100% of the population. What we know is that there are rare instances where vaccine-injury occurs, but for most people, vaccines are safe.”

All of the above quotes are things we hear repeatedly in the media. Yet, we know that in some cases, vaccines do cause autism, and other serious injuries, including death. The U.S. Government has awarded more than 3 Billion Dollars to families of vaccine-injured children, including many children who developed autism after vaccination.

For parents and prospective parents, a very relevant question is, “What might make my child more likely to have a serious adverse reaction to vaccines?” Every parent should be able to ask this question. It is a reasonable expectation that the government which “mandates” vaccines for 100% of children born in the U.S. would also be concerned about which children may be more likely to be harmed by such a mandate. Unfortunately (for us), the U.S. government agencies who are in charge of investigating this stuff just really couldn’t give a rat’s you-know-what about whether or not your child might be more vulnerable to vaccine-injury. That’s why it is up to you to investigate prior to vaccination, and to make informed decisions about whether or not vaccines are advisable or safe for your particular child. Those decisions should be made based on your own family history.

You should know that the U.S. government has decided that if your child happens to have certain genetic predispositions and/or environmental exposures, which make him or her more vulnerable to serious vaccine-injury (including autism and death), that’s just your tough luck. It’s survival of the fittest.

In the 2004 publication, “Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism” from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) it is stated on pages 11-12 of the Executive Summary that research (funded by your tax dollars) is NOT TO PURSUE the identification of “susceptible groups.” The reason for this is because the government has made the decision that is is most important to protect the general public from infectious diseases. The government has also decided that it is most important to protect the vaccine-manufacturers, who have been granted complete immunity from liability if their vaccines happen to kill or permanently injure your child.

You might find it interesting (as I did) to know that the IOM issued their mandate “DO NOT DO THE RESEARCH” within a mere matter of months after Frank DeStefano delivered a presentation to the IOM about the findings of a particular study performed at The CDC, which showed an increased risk (236% increased risk) of autism to African-American males vaccinated with the MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age. Sometime after that meeting and prior to when the paper went to publication, according to one of the principal authors of the study, the decision was made (under pressure, according to Dr. William Thompson) to eliminate the data that identified the increased risk, alter the study protocol, and publish the paper saying there was no increased risk. This whole episode is what has come to be known as “The CDC Whistleblower Issue.” Dr. William Thompson is “The CDC Whistleblower” and he issued an official statement through his attorney (who specializes in “Whistleblower Law”) on August 27, 2014, stating what happened, and also stating his regret about his participation in the fraud.

As I have written previously, what people need to understand is that the elimination of data regarding increased risk of autism to African-American boys in metro Atlanta does not just affect African-American boys in metro Atlanta.

Science is never “settled.” By definition, science is always evolving. The goal of scientific inquiry is NOT TO SHUT DOWN FURTHER INQUIRY.

The goal of research is to open up further inquiry. When researchers FIND something, they are SUPPOSED to report it. They are also supposed to pursue and encourage others to pursue further research to determine:

  1. if their findings are replicable (if other researchers find the same thing), and
  2. if their findings apply to other groups in different situations

What does that mean, when it comes to your child?

If the researchers involved in the 2004 DeStefano et al paper had reported their findings and if further research had been done as it should have been, we would have seen studies looking at increased risk of autism from MMR administration in children living in the Midwest, and living in Appalachia, and living in Texas, California, Alaska, and New Jersey. We would have seen follow-up studies evaluating increased risk of autism from MMR in populations with a large percentage of Latino children, and Asian-American children, and maybe even Somali immigrant children in Minnesota. We should have also seen follow-up research investigating DTaP vaccines in these groups, and combinations of vaccines in these groups, and how things differ between groups who are vaccinated exactly according to the CDC’s Childhood Vaccination Schedule, and among those who are not vaccinated at all, and among those who are partially, or “selectively” vaccinated.

That’s what SHOULD have happened. But it didn’t.

Why?

I know. You might be thinking I’m just a conspiracy theorist. After-all, many people refer to this is an “anti-vaccine” website.

Meet Dr. Bernadine Healy:

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Dr. Healy had some very important things to say about the vaccine-autism question in a 2008 interview with Sharyl Attkisson, on CBS News.  Watch the video:

The take home message here is that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for your child’s health care. You are also responsible if something happens to your child as a result of following The CDC’s Childhood Vaccination Schedule. Vaccines are the only medication that our government “recommends” (mandates) for 100% of children, while simultaneously refusing to protect families if those vaccines cause serious injury or death. We are on our own.

So… It is important for us to know what factors may cause our children to be more vulnerable to vaccine-injury. Yesterday morning, I conducted an informal poll. At 7:00 (CST) I posted the following Facebook status:

I am conducting research. If you or your child has had a vaccine-injury, what do you think may have contributed to making you or your child more vulnerable?
You guys are the experts in your family history.
For me, things that contributed are:

  1. Strong family history of autoimmune thyroid disease;
  2. Multiple amalgam (“silver”) fillings (in me);
  3. Dad in the military (high vaccination rates);
  4. Previous exposure to lead (from living in older homes, renovation);
  5. Living near freeways in Southern California;
  6. Previous miscarriages, clotting problems;
  7. MTHFR, COMT, VDR & CBS mutations;
  8. Recurrent strep throat and tonsillitis (chronic) in me (mom);
  9. Rh negative blood type in mom & RhoGAM injections in pregnancy;
  10. Previous adverse reaction to vaccines in mom (me)

I have asked this question previously, and at that time I received 108 responses in a five-hour period.

Since yesterday morning, I have received an additional 201 responses.

Many of the respondents indicated they had the same predispositions as those I believe to be factors in my daughter’s vaccine-injury. Others left comments indicating they believed other factors were involved in their children’s vaccine-injuries. I collected everything.

Here are the results, reported in order, from most frequently reported to least frequently reported:

  1. Multiple amalgam fillings (in the mother):  153 of 309 responses (49.5%)
  2. MTHFR genetic mutations identified (by laboratory analysis):  106 of 309 responses (34%)
  3. Strong family history of autoimmune thyroid disease:  88 of 309 responses (28.5%)
  4. Previous adverse reaction to vaccines (in mom):  79 of 309 responses (26%)
  5. Chronic strep, tonsillitis, bronchitis, sinus infections in mother as a child: 79 of 309 responses (25.5%)
  6. Strong family history of autoimmune disease other than thyroid disease: 78 of 309 responses (25%) – (specifically mentioned: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Eczema, Allergies)
  7. Rh- factor in mother and RhoGam injection during pregnancy:  65 of 309 responses (21%)
  8. Parent in the military:  61 of 309 responses (20%)
  9. Previous exposure to lead: 57 of 309 responses (18.5%)
  10. Previous miscarriage, history of clotting problems:  56 of 309 responses (18%)
  11. Antibiotics given to child at birth or early infancy: 35 of 309 responses (11%)
  12. Mother’s diet high in GMO foods: 28 of 309 responses (9%)
  13. Living near freeways:  24 of 309 responses (8%)

Other factors that were mentioned specifically by respondents included the following:

  • Environmental exposures to chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals (e.g., lived on or near farms, lived near coal burning power plants, worked in health care and received yearly flu vaccines, worked in dental office)
  • Flu shot in pregnancy
  • TDaP in pregnancy
  • Antibiotics in pregnancy
  • Rubella vaccine while breast feeding
  • Sulfa allergies in mom
  • High incidence of alcoholism, bipolar, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD diagnoses in family
  • Giving Tylenol before and after vaccines
  • Lyme disease
  • Pitocin (induced labor)
  • Multiple ultrasounds
  • Family history of cancer (immediate family)
  • C-section
  • Traumatic birth
  • Terbutaline
  • Premature, low birth-weight
  • Mold exposure

So, there you have it.

What does this mean?

Well… First of all, I have to say that there are some problems inherent in this informal poll. This is not a random sample. This data was collected from parents who are friends of mine (or friends of friends) on Facebook. These parents have children who have suffered vaccine-injury. They have likely been doing their research for a while, and they are more likely than the general population to respond to my request for data. This data has not been compared with data from families in the general population whose children have not suffered significant vaccine-injury, or who do not report their children as having suffered from significant vaccine-injury.

You may choose to discount this information because it is not published in a respected peer-reviewed medical journal.

You may choose to discount this information because it was collected via social media.

You may choose to discount this information because you don’t like me.

Whatever your reason for discounting this information, please remember this…

It’s the best we got. It’s all we have.

The government will not collect this information and they will not report on what factors may increase your child’s risk of serious vaccine injury. The researchers at the CDC have been instructed specifically, “DO NOT LOOK.”

Are your kids and your future kids at increased risk?

HEAR THIS WELL:  Vaccines DO Cause Autism

Meet the Children – Stories of Children Who Have Suffered Vaccine-Injuries

Anderson Cooper:  How to be a Vaccine Expert

Anderson Cooper: How To Be A Vaccine-Expert

Last night on CNN, Anderson Cooper became a vaccine-expert. Well… he tried, anyway.

Watch the video, courtesy of CNN:

I know. Painful to watch.

Dear Anderson Cooper:  I have a few tips for you…

First, if you want to argue like an expert, learn how to pronounce Thi-mer-o-sal. Actually, I understand why it’s so confusing to someone whose status as a vaccine-expert is only a few hours old. There are two different spellings:  Thimerosal is the spelling and pronunciation generally used in the United States. Thiomersal is the alternate spelling, which is generally used in the United Kingdom and other areas of the world. Since you are (generally) in the United States, you should probably go with Thimerosal, since more of your audience will understand what you’re talking about, and fewer U.S. viewers will be familiar with the alternate pronunciation. One more time:  Thigh-MARE-uh-saul.

Second, and this is REALLY important… memorize this… there has never been any Thimerosal in the MMR vaccine. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If a vaccine contains a “live attenuated virus” it cannot contain Thimerosal because the mercury would kill the virus. Adenovirus, herpes zoster (shingles), influenza (FluMist), MMR, MMRV, rotavirus, typhoid, varicella (chickenpox vaccine), smallpox, and yellow fever vaccines do not now and have never contained Thimerosal. (source)

Third, you really should research and know your facts about Thimerosal. I can help you with that…

Thimerosal is 49.5% ethylmercury. All forms of mercury are toxic. I know you are a television personality, and not a chemist, so here’s a good thing to do when you aren’t sure about the toxicology of any particular substance:  Get the MSDS – Material Safety Data Sheet for that substance. Here is the one for Thimerosal.

Page 1 of the MSDS for Thimerosal. Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells.

Page 1 of the MSDS for Thimerosal. Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells.

Two terms we need to define:  The first is “Mutagenic.”

 

mutagenic

 

The second term we need to define is “mammalian somatic cells.” From Science Daily:

A somatic cell is generally taken to mean any cell forming the body of an organism.

Somatic cells, by definition, are not germline cells.

In mammals, germline cells are the sperm and ova (also known as “gametes”) which fuse during fertilization to produce a cell called a zygote, from which the entire mammalian embryo develops.

Every other cell type in the mammalian body, apart from the sperm and ova, the cells from which they are made (gametocytes) and undifferentiated stem cells, is a somatic cell; internal organs skin, bones, blood and connective tissue are all made up of somatic cells.

 

More from the MSDS for Thimerosal:

From page 2 of the MSDS for Thimerosal. Hazards of exposure.

From page 2 of the MSDS for Thimerosal. Hazards of exposure.

 

Page 3 of MSDS for Thimerosal. Do not ingest. Do not breathe. Wear protective clothing. Don a hazmat suit in case of a spill.

Page 3 of MSDS for Thimerosal. Do not ingest. Do not breathe. Wear protective clothing. Don a hazmat suit when handling.

Scientists working with Thimerosal are instructed to wear hazmat suits and respirators to protect themselves from ingestion, inhalation and skin contact. We're supposed to believe that even though Thimerosal is that dangerous to the scientists, it's perfectly safe for infants and children?

Scientists working with Thimerosal are instructed to wear hazmat suits and respirators to protect themselves from ingestion, inhalation and skin contact. We’re supposed to believe that even though Thimerosal is that dangerous to the scientists, it’s perfectly safe when injected into a developing fetus, an infant, or child?

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I know those visuals are difficult to read. Let me help with that:

Special Remarks on other Toxic Effects on Humans:

Acute Potential Health Effects:  Skin: Causes skin irritation. Eyes: Causes eye irritation. May cause chemical conjunctivitis. Inhalation: Causes respiratory tract irritation. May cause allergic respiratory tract irritation. Exposures to high concentrations may produce unconsciousness with cyanosis (a blush discoloration of the skin due to deficient oxygenation of the blood) and cold extremities and may also affect the cardiovascular system (rapid pulse). Acute exposure to high concentrations of mercury vapors may also cause kidney damage and affect behavior/central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and autonomic nervous system, and liver and cause gastrointestinal effects (nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting). Ingestion: Harmful if swallowed. May cause gastrointestinall tract irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, headache. Exposure to high concentrations may affect respiration and cardiovascular system which may produce unconsciousness with cyanosis, cold extremities and rapid pulse. May also cause central nervous system effects and/or neurological effects, and may affect the urinary system (kidneys), and liver. Chronic Potential Health Effects: Skin: Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause skin sensitization, an allergic reaction. Inhalation and Ingestion: Repeated or prolonged exposure may cause kidney damage, and may affect the liver, and bone marrow. Chronic exposure to mercury vapors: behavioral/central nervous system and peripheral nervous system (depression, irritability, nervousness, weakness, ataxia, fatigue, tremor, jerky gait, limb spasms, personality changes), metabolism (anorexia, weight loss) and cause gastrointestinal disturbances which is collectively referred to as “aesthenic-vegetative syndrome.” Chronic ingestion may cause accumulation of mercury in body tissues and may result in salicylism which is characterized by nausea, vomiting, gastric ulcers, and hemorrhagic strokes.

From page 6 of the MSDS for Thimerosal.

From page 6 of the MSDS for Thimerosal.

 

Thimerosal is a Mercury compound. It is on the Prop. 65 list as a Mercury compound. Under Prop. 65, Mercury and Mercury compounds are listed as “Chemicals known to the State of California to Cause Reproductive Toxicity.”

Are you still with me, Anderson?

I know this is difficult. I also know you may not believe the MSDS. You did seem very sure of your position that Ethylmercury is completely safe to inject into fetuses, infants and children. And… to be fair, the MSDS doesn’t give us any information on injecting Thimerosal into babies and kids; it just says adults working with it should wear hazmat suits to prevent them from ingesting, inhaling, or getting it on their skin.

So… what other information do we have that might be helpful? Oh!!! I know!!!!

How about this Power-Point Presentation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) website?

IOM PPP slide1

This is the first of 17 slides in the presentation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), comparing methyl-mercury and ethyl-mercury (Thimerosal).

IOM PPP slide2

Ethyl-mercury (in Thimerosal) exposure resulted in higher accumulation in the brain than did exposure to methyl-mercury.

Ethyl-mercury (in Thimerosal) exposure resulted in higher accumulation in the brain than did exposure to methyl-mercury. Kidney damage was also worse from exposure to ethyl-mercury than for methyl-mercury.

 

What was that about Thimerosal being excreted rapidly from the body?

What was that about Thimerosal being excreted rapidly from the body?

IOM PPP infant exposure to etHg

What were you saying about methyl-mercury in breast milk as compared to mercury exposure from vaccines?

 

Gee. Looks like "autism," doesn't it?

Gee. Speech disorders, vision disorders, tremor, ataxia, spasticity, delerium… sounds like “autism,” doesn’t it?

Ethyl-mercury (in Thimerosal) is a neurotoxin.

Ethyl-mercury (in Thimerosal) is a neurotoxin. Infants may be more susceptible than adults. Although etHg is less “acutely toxic” than methylmercury, it accumulates at increased levels in the brain and kidneys, resulting in chronic toxicity. Inadequate data to compare for assessment of developmental neurotoxicity. That is NOT THE SAME as saying it’s safe.

IOM PPP Conclusions, last slide

 

Now that we’ve cleared THAT up…

If you’re going to sound like an expert, you need to learn the difference between methods of delivery (it’s taught in pharmacology 101). In a nutshell, there are differences in how the body reacts to medications and toxins, depending on how those medications and toxins are introduced to the body. Something that goes through the gastrointestinal tract after being taken orally produces a different response in the body than something that is injected either subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or into a vein. Things can also be introduced vaginally or rectally, in the form of suppositories. Each of these methods of delivery results in a different potency for drugs, and in the case of toxins (including ethyl-mercury and other toxins in vaccines: aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, etc…), varying degrees of toxicity. As an example, we can think about the drug oxycodone.

Oxycodone has been under fire from many sides for its potential for abuse, due to the drug’s ability to manage chronic pain in a time-release formula to provide patients with proper pain management. Unfortunately, this formulation has increased the allure of oxy as one could achieve a better high by crushing and snorting or injecting the drug directly into the body. In 2013, the FDA approved an “abuse-deterring” reformulation of the original drug that contains physical and chemical properties that do not allow for the same effects if the drug is crushed. This was enacted to reduce the risks for overdose and death associated with crushing Oxy and snorting or injecting it. (source)

So… as the above quote indicates, Oxycodone is a good drug for people who use it for pain management, but when crushed and snorted (through the nose) or injected (into the blood stream), it causes a different effect in the body and increases the risk of death.

Are there other things to which this principle applies? What about alcohol? Have you heard about Vodka Tampons and Butt-Chugging? These are just two of the methods used by some people to increase the potency of alcohol… VERY DANGEROUS, and at times producing alcohol intoxication and death, according to news reports.

“Quicker high, they think it’s going to last longer, it’s more intense,” said Dr. Dan Quan from Maricopa Medical Center.

“There’s been documented cases of people going to the hospital with alcohol poisoning just from utilizing it that way,” Thomas said.

Thomas spends his days patrolling the halls of a Valley high school. He’s heard first hand how kids are getting tipsy.

“What we’re hearing about is teenagers utilizing tampons, soak them in vodka first before using them,” Thomas said.

“It gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream. There’s no barrier, there’s no stomach acid to prevent it,” Thomas said.

“I would expect it to absorb pretty quickly as well, because it’s a very vascular structure,” Quan told CBS 5.

“This is definitely not just girls,” Thomas said. “Guys will also use it and they’ll insert it into their rectums.” (source)

I’m so glad we can put that myth to rest. From now on, let’s have no more talk comparing levels of mercury, aluminum, or formaldehyde in breast milk, okay? It just REALLY makes you look foolish and uninformed. I know Dr. Offit does it on the CHOP website, but this is one of those (many) cases where you just shouldn’t repeat what he says. I think we might need to see his college transcript to see if he passed pharmacology 101. Sometimes I just want to shake that goofy guy and ask him, “Just how stupid do you think parents are, Paul?”

tequila

If there are any doubts remaining about this, I will invite you to join me in a little experiment, Anderson. Let’s have some cocktails. Tonight we’ll go out and shoot Tequila. We’ll keep track of how many shots we do, and we’ll monitor our vital signs and behavioral changes with each shot. Tomorrow night we’ll get together and I’ll monitor your vital signs and behavioral changes as you inject the same number of shots of Tequila. Or if you choose, you can use the Tequila Tampon or Butt-Chugging method.

Now… let’s talk about that research you kept talking about. You know… the ones that show “no connection between thimerosal and autism?”

Let me introduce you to Poul Thorsen.

Poul Thorsen

 

Dr. Thorsen was involved in 21 of 24 studies conducted to “prove” the safety of Thimerosal. I don’t know about you, but I have a bit of trouble trusting him when it comes to the safety of what’s being injected into our children.

Oh, and Anderson, I’m so glad you brought up that 2010 study in the journal Pediatrics – we’ll be hearing about that one when Dr. William Thompson (one of the authors of that study) testifies before Congress about the fraud – you know… when he and his co-authors eliminated data and broke the study protocol to hide the 236% increased risk of autism from the MMR vaccine?

Yeah, well… that 2010 study you talk about? Same bunch. Same methods. They got rid of the kids with the biggest evidence of mercury toxicity. Click this link to read my brief analysis of that study when it first came out.

Okay… hang in there, Anderson. I know this is a lot of information, but the good thing is, it will be here and you can come back to it.

No matter how many times you say there is no “thermiSAL” in childhood vaccines anymore, you can’t make it true.

Thimerosal (50 mcg) is still present in multi-dose flu shots given to pregnant women (at an even more critical period of fetal neurological development), and to infants and children.

the meningococcal vaccine given to children age two years and older contains the same amount of thimerosal (50 mcg.) as the multi-dose flu shots.  Click this link and go to section 11, on page 17 of the Menomune manufacturer’s insert.

Thimerosal has also not been removed from many other childhood vaccinations; it’s still there. The FDA changed the rules so vaccine manufacturers do not have to include thimerosal on the label as an ingredient unless it is used as a preservative. According to the FDA, if Thimerosal is used in the manufacturing process but it is not used as a preservative, the vaccine can be labeled “Thimerosal-free” when that is not the case. You can read more about this semantic trickery and what it really means for infants and children here.  The point is, several vaccines given to infants and children still contain Thimerosal, including the DTaP vaccine, DT vaccine, Hib (ACTHib, TriHIBit) and Meningococcal vaccine. Click this link and scroll down in the CDC’s Vaccine Excipients List until you get to Thimerosal. (On your way to “Thimerosal,” you might want to also notice all the other toxic ingredients and the vaccines that contain them.)

So many things to learn, AC…

How to play nice and demonstrate respect and compassion for parents and grandparents whose children have been severely injured or killed by vaccines is another lesson for another day. Actually, that might take a lot longer and quite frankly, I know my limitations. Let’s just say your treatment of Congressman Burton last night was atrocious. You didn’t come off like an intelligent young man (Congressman Burton’s words; he does have quite a lot of class and tact), you came off like an arrogant ass who didn’t know what you were talking about. I may have too much faith in the American public, but from what I saw, you weren’t believable at all. You were just a playground bully, picking on a grandfather who has had the courage to stand up for what is right, even when it was not the popular or politically-saavy thing to do. If we could just clone Dan Burton, this nation’s children might actually have a chance.

If you aren’t familiar with Dan Burton and his commitment to vaccine-safety, please take the time to watch this video:

There is ONE thing I would like to emphasize, with regard to Congressman Burton’s points last night. Congressman Burton places a lot of emphasis on the problems with  mercury in vaccines; he does not talk about the problems with aluminum, or synergistic toxicity, or recombinant DNA from aborted fetal tissue, or issues related to contamination and quality control. That’s understandable. At the time when his grandson was severely vaccine-injured, and subsequently regressed into “autism,” vaccines given to infants and children did contain a lot more mercury than they do now – at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. The proof is not available to us, so we have to take the vaccine manufacturers’ word for it.

I would like to see the quality control mechanisms in place for vaccines that are made outside the United States. I would also like to know exactly where the MMR vaccines and the Varicella vaccines are made. According to this site, a lot of the vaccines injected into America’s children are made in places like Belgium, France, and Germany. What’s missing from the list is any reference to where the MMR vaccine is made. Can we get that information, please? A blanket assurance of “trust us,” just really isn’t good enough. Parents need access to the information about where vaccines are made, by whom, in what countries, with what quality control measures. That’s not too much to ask, particularly since you and the other media folks and politicians are working so hard to mandate 100% compliance with the use of vaccines, and threatening to remove our civil right to refrain from injecting them into our children. And… especially since the government protects vaccine makers from any liability. Doesn’t that remove any incentive for them to make a safer product?

Before you go spouting insults and calling me a “conspiracy theorist,” I would like to offer the following, as an incentive to investigate this issue further. That is what you do, right, Anderson?

In 2004 and 2005, long after vaccine manufacturers supposedly removed Thimerosal from childhood vaccines, an independent organization called H.A.P.I. (Health Advocacy in the Public Interest) wanted to find out if the manufacturers were telling the truth. H.A.P.I. obtained a few sample vaccines and had them sent to two different labs for independent analysis. The following chart is one of the reports they received:

Lead in Engerix-B, HAPI results

According to the manufacturer’s insert for Engerix-B vaccine (for Hepatitis B, given to infants on the first day of life and twice more before six months of age), there shouldn’t be any mercury in the vaccine, but it’s there. There definitely shouldn’t be any cadmium, tin, tungsten, lead, or copper. Where did they come from? How big is this problem? What do you think, Anderson? Is that something worth investigating?

Learn more:

Mercury and Aluminum in Vaccines:  A Primer on NVIC’s Vaccine Ingredients Calculator

Vaccine Ingredients: A Comprehensive Guide

Informational Articles About Measles

HEAR THIS WELL: VACCINES DO CAUSE AUTISM

Thanks, TODAY Show! Great Interview! Now. The REST of the Story.

I would like to thank the producers and editors at The TODAY Show for including me in this morning’s daily blurb about the current measles outbreak.

When I got the call from TODAY Show producer Kat Keene on Monday afternoon, she made it clear that she knew who I was and had already checked out VaxTruth. Ms. Keene said The TODAY Show was looking for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, for a taped interview. Ms. Keene listened intently as I told her about what happened to my daughter. She was empathetic and said I was exactly what they were looking for. Ms. Keene assured me in very sympathetic tones that The TODAY Show wanted to provide some balance to the very nasty things being said about “anti-vax” parents.

After speaking for about 30 minutes, Ms. Keene asked if I would be willing to do an interview if she could get a camera crew to Evansville. I agreed, with one stipulation… that I be allowed to record the interview on my phone, so I would have a record of what was said. I told Ms. Keene, “You are not going to have a lot of luck finding parents willing to talk with you without that safeguard. We don’t trust you. We’ve seen too many times how our words are edited and used against us.” Ms. Keene responded, “Absolutely. I can respect that.”

So… As Paul Harvey would say… “Now for the rest of the story.” You will notice that all you see is my skirt at the beginning of the recording. That’s because I had my phone in my lap, for all to see, while recording the interview. The voices you hear are those of Jennifer (the freelance producer from St. Louis) and Randy (the camera man; also from St. Louis).

NOTE: The video below is the 30 minute audio recording of the interview. The screen shot is from The TODAY Show segment, but if you click to play, it will take you to the full interview.

If you haven’t seen the TODAY Show clip, you may want to see what they kept from the interview… I’ll summarize it for you:  I was made to look like an overly-emotional mother, looking for someone and something to blame.  Four sentences out of the 31 minute interview made the air:

“Not for my daughter.”

“It’s discriminating.”

“It’s hate speech.”

“I can’t believe I’m living in America.”

Hmmm…. balanced reporting, right?

If you have trouble viewing the TODAY Show clip in this post, try this link.

You may be asking yourself why The TODAY Show would go to such great lengths, when they really clearly only wanted to paint me in a negative light.

I think I know the answer to that. You might know, too.

It has to do with the CDC Whistleblower issue.  The truth is going to come out. They know it. They can’t stop the truth, so they are actively targeting those who are speaking out in a pre-emptive strike to discredit us. Paint us as crazy. Emotional. “People with psychological problems.”

Did you happen to hear the interview Paul Offit did last week on Thompson and Espinoza (KFI Radio)? If you missed it, I highly encourage you to listen. During the first part of the show, Mark Blaxill was on and did an excellent job. Then Dr. Offit gave his counterpoint. If you don’t have time to listen to the entire thing, go to the 18 minute mark and hear what Dr. Offit has to say about Dr. William Thompson.

Wow. Well that’s interesting.

If, as Dr. Offit claims, Dr. William Thompson… Senior CDC Scientist working in the Vaccine Safety Research Division of the CDC is a “guy with psychological problems,” then we definitely need to dig deeper into the validity of the research he has been involved in over the last 16 years. That means instead of just looking into the 2004 study in which Dr. Thompson admitted he and his co-authors committed fraud to hide a 236% increased risk of autism from MMR vaccine, the Congressional Investigation needs to thoroughly examine all 91 vaccine safety studies Dr. Thompson has participated in.

So many questions.

Please join the many thousands of parents who are working hard to bring the #CDCwhistleblower story into the mainstream media. Follow us on Twitter and share your child’s story.

Write your Congressional leaders and ask them to support Representative Bill Posey in calling for a Congressional Investigation of the fraud at the CDC.

Join NVIC’s Advocacy Portal and become active in your state to protect your vaccine exemption rights. There are bills sailing through as we speak, which will only benefit the pharmaceutical industry and which will result in the loss of our civil rights to decide what is and what is not injected into our children’s bodies.

Oh. And one more thing… If you are asked to give a taped interview. Be sure to make your own recording.

Helmets on Raggedy Ann

Thanks again, TODAY Show! You ROCK!!!

 Informational Articles on Measles

How Many African-American Babies Have Been Harmed by CDC Fraud?

Dr. William Thompson Granted Official Whistleblower Status and Immunity – #CDCwhistleblower

The original title of this post (8/26/14) was, “How Many African American Children Have Been Harmed by CDC Fraud?

I am republishing this information because I want to make it clear it is not only African-American children who have suffered and died as a result of the fraud at the CDC. The study that has been at the center of the #CDCwhistleblower issue was published in 2004 in the journal Pediatrics. In that study, the researchers eliminated data and broke the study protocol to hide their own findings of a 236% increased risk of autism to African-American boys who received the MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age.

That’s huge. But it’s not the end of the story.

The researchers at the CDC found an increased risk of autism from MMR vaccine for ALL children… the risk was just a lot more significant for African-American males.

What people need to understand about this is that when researchers find significance, they are supposed to report it. What happens then is that those researchers are supposed to call for MORE research to determine if their findings are the same for other groups, in other areas, and under similar and other circumstances. In this case, that would mean repeating the study in other areas of the country, with other groups of children – white, hispanic, asian, males, females… None of that was done. The researchers shut down the process by not reporting their initial findings.

Is this a racial issue? Yes.

Is it ONLY a racial issue? NOT BY A LONG SHOT!

Please read on and learn more about the #CDCwhistleblower issue.

Please write, call, email, and tweet your congressional representatives and demand a full congressional investigation into the CDC fraud.

Please join us on Twitter and help spread the word about #CDCwhistleblower.

Whistleblower status granted

UPDATE 02/01/2015:  Sources have confirmed that Dr. William Thompson (senior scientist at The CDC) has been granted Official Whistleblower Status and immunity. This paves the way for Dr. William Thompson to go before the United States Congress and testify about the CDC FRAUD regarding vaccine safety and to explain the thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional representatives.

The original post here on VaxTruth was published on August 26, 2014. On August 27, 2014, Dr. William Thompson issued this press release through his attorney, Morgan Verkamp (reported to be one of the top attorneys in the United States specializing in whistleblower law).

My name is William Thompson.  I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.

I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information  in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased  risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.

 

Questions:

1. How long will we have to wait for a Congressional Hearing?

2. How many children will be harmed while we wait?

 

Original post (August 26, 2014):

If you haven’t heard by now about the biggest news to hit the autism community in a long time, here’s what’s been happening:

  • Dr. Brian Hooker reanalyzed the CDC’s data and found a statistically significant increase in the risk of autism for children who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age. [1]
  • The increased risk was strongest for African-American males, who were 3.4 TIMES more likely to develop autism when vaccinated with MMR prior to 36 months, compared to matched controls. [1]
  • There was an increased risk of autism seen across the board for children who received the MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age. [1]
  • Dr. Hooker was alerted to this problem by one of the CDC scientists involved in a 2004 study which declared there was no risk of autism based on MMR vaccination prior to 36 months of age. The CDC scientist in question (Dr. William Thompson) is listed as one of the authors on the 2004 paper. Dr. Thompson is now referred to as “the CDC whistleblower.” Dr. Thompson revealed to Dr. Hooker that the CDC researchers knew as early as 2001 about the greatly increased risk to African-American male children, and they intentionally covered it up. [2]
  • The CDC has released a statement in which they do not deny the increased risk of autism for African-American males vaccinated with the first MMR prior to 36 months of age. [3]
  • In the CDC’s statement, they basically rationalize the increased incidence by attributing it to a rush on the part of parents of children with autism to vaccinate their children in order to enroll them in special education preschools.  In other words, it’s just a coincidence.  A claim, by the way, that isn’t the least bit credible.  African-American children to this day are diagnosed later than the current average age of diagnosis, which is four, and receive fewer services such as special education preschools.  How is it credible then that, back in 2004, there was a mad rush to vaccinate African-American boys by three for special education preschools?

Dr. Hooker’s analysis of the data revealed a Relative Risk (RR) of 3.36 for African-American Males. The level of Relative Risk was statistically significant at p=0.0019, which means the probability of Dr. Hooker’s findings being by chance was approximately 1 in 1,000.

In research, “p” means probability. When something is “statistically significant” it means a certain level of probability has been demonstrated when the data is analyzed.  A p-value of .05 is necessary to consider whether the results are meaningful, or “statistically significant.” A probability of .05 means that you have achieved a 95% assurance that what you are seeing is real and not by chance. A 1 in 1,000 level translates to 999% assurance that what you’re seeing is real and not by chance. (I do realize 999% is impossible; trying to make a point.)

The reanalysis of the data is important because in 2004, a group of researchers from the CDC published a study using the same data, and in their paper, they claimed there was no statistical significance between children with autism and controls (children without autism) based on the timing of the administration of the MMR vaccine. This was a lie. (I know. You’re shocked.)

When it comes to lies about vaccines and autism, the CDC is very good at what they do. Lying liars that lie. As Dr. Hooker stated so eloquently in his interview with Teri Arranga on VoiceAmerica, “They lied before. Now they’re lying about lying. Where else have they lied?” [5]

And therein lies (pun intended) the real scope of this issue. Where else have they lied, and just how big are the implications of those lies?

How big is this problem?

The 2004 study in question has been cited in 91 additional studies currently listed among the peer-reviewed medical literature on PubMed. Many of the studies in the peer-reviewed literature concerning vaccines, vaccine safety, and the relationship of vaccines and the autism epidemic have been authored by the same researchers involved in the fraudulent 2004 study. The scope of this is enormous. It’s not just one study – this brings into question the validity of the entire body of research on the subject. That body of research is what families, medical professionals and policy-makers rely on when making decisions for the health of individual children and recommendations for vaccine policy  — things  like what vaccines get added to the childhood schedule, and what vaccines are going to be “mandated” for school attendance. That body of research also influences the decisions made for children across the globe. This is not just about one study, and it’s not just about African-American children in Atlanta.

There are a lot of things to discuss about Dr. Hooker’s findings. The first thing is that his findings are not different from the findings of the CDC scientists. That’s right. No difference. The CDC researchers ALSO found that “Children with autism were more likely to be vaccinated before 36 months of age compared to matched controls.” This information was related to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2004, by Dr. Frank DeStefano, in his presentation about the results of the study. [6] (See slides 35 and 39 of the presentation.)

Is that confusing to you? It is to me. The principal author of the DeStefano et al. 2004 study told the IOM that children who received MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age were more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than were their peers who did not receive the MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age. Yet . . . when the final paper that reported the findings of their research was published in the journal Pediatrics, they left out that little tidbit of information.

So now you are up to date on what’s been happening.

Let’s go on . . .

With all of the coverage of this important revelation over the last several days, it is daunting for me to figure out what I can contribute that hasn’t already been covered elsewhere. Some who know me have made the observation that I tend to be pretty good with research and with making things make sense for those who are not so well versed in statistics and experimental design. I am a nerd. I like numbers. I also have an insatiable curiosity about why certain things happen the way they do, and that fuels my need to pick things apart. Having said that, I am not perfect and like most people, I make mistakes.

Since this story broke, it has been stated many times (including by me) that the data indicates a 340% increase in the risk of autism for African American males. 340% is a huge increase. So is 236%, which is actually what we should have been saying. The numbers reported by Dr. Hooker were for Relative Risk. Basically, because the control population has a relative risk of 1.0, the percent increase in risk for the case group is obtained by taking the Relative Risk for the case group (3.36) and subtracting the Relative Risk of the control group (1.0); in this instance, the percent increase for African-American males is 3.36-1.0, or 2.36, which translates to a 236 percent increased risk.

Confused yet? Take a deep breath. It gets better.

So . . . here it is. I’m sorry. We made a mistake. See, CDC? It’s really not that hard to admit when you’ve made a mistake. Thankfully, this error did not go unaddressed for more than 10 years, and thankfully, no children were harmed as a result of our math mistake.

When I realized we had been using the wrong percent increase, I felt a bit ill. My thoughts went to something along the lines of, “Oh crap. We are going to look like a bunch of no-nothing alarmist parents and this is going to be used against us to say we don’t know what we’re talking about.” Well . . . Why would that scare us? It certainly wouldn’t be anything new.

As I thought more about this, it occurred to me that there are reasons why we would be so eager to believe the number was 340% – or even much higher. Those of us who have experienced vaccine-injury first-hand have lived a million percent increase in what we were led to expect would happen. We were told, “Vaccines are safe. There is no risk of autism from the MMR or any other vaccine.”

As parents who were lied to, and who have watched our children’s health be destroyed by vaccines we were told were “safe,” we certainly may have finely tuned radars when it comes to detecting malicious intent from the CDC.

Many of us have been researching vaccines for a LONG time. We have read the science, and we know this is not an isolated event. Many of us are also living the consequences of the lies that have been perpetuated. As TMR’s Zorro discussed in her blogpost earlier this week, the institutional gas-lighting and denial of our own observations and reports of our children’s regression and chronic health problems by those who are supposed to protect our children’s health re-traumatizes us on a regular basis. [7]

This is PTSD. It’s trauma. It’s the denial of what has happened to ALL of our children, which makes us have absolutely NO problem in seeing the increased danger to other people’s children. This is what happens when researchers refuse to report the truth. If the truth of the damage is less than what we believe it to be, we are more likely to be able to accept that, if they would only acknowledge that there IS ANY AMOUNT of damage being done to our children.

Let’s not lose sight of what really matters!

A 236% increase is still huge, and none of this changes the fact that the CDC cooked the data and buried the truth. Just as they have done repeatedly in the past, and just as they will continue to do if there is no Official Congressional Inquiry and if those responsible are not held accountable. We want the truth. Our children deserve at least that much.

So, now that the highlights have been covered, and now that the fessing-up is over with, what’s left is to discuss what the numbers really mean, in terms of real children.

How many children are we talking about?

What does a 236% increased risk of autism mean for the population of African-American children? According to the website, stats.org, “A small increase in risk in a large population can result in many deaths” – or in this case, many more cases of autism. [8]

But, we aren’t talking about a small increase. We’re talking about a 236% increase for African-American males. Again . . . what does that mean? To figure that out, we need some (more!) statistics. The most recent stats we have on the rate of autism among American children comes from the CDC’s ADDM data. [9]

I know. I can hear the groaning. Let’s start with those numbers and break them down.

The 2014 ADDM report contains information for children who were 8 years old in 2010. The data was gathered from 11 sites in the U.S. I have written before about why the data is problematic, so I won’t go into too much detail about that here. In a nutshell, the 1 in 68 number is a vast underestimate for the following reasons:

  1. By the time the 1 in 68 number was announced, the children in question were 12 years old;
  2. The 11 sites from which the data was gathered only included one state (New Jersey) in the top ten states with the highest autism rates, according to IDEA (educational) data;

According to the CDC’s report, the 2014 ADDM data reveals a 13% yearly increase in the rate of autism, and this yearly increase has been consistent for the last several years. So, when we extrapolate the data down to children who are currently three years of age, a more accurate estimate of the autism rate in America (2014) is 1 in 21 three-year-olds, and 1 in 18 two-year-olds. Anyone who has been in a preschool class recently shouldn’t have any problem believing that.

If we use the CDC’s old, under-reported number of 1 in 68 for the entire U.S. population, that translates to a rate of 14.7 children with autism per 1,000, or 1,470 cases of autism per 100,000 American children.

The next thing we have to do is figure out how many African-American male children there are in the United States. The total number of children (birth to age 18 years) in the U.S. in 2013 was 73,585,872. African-American children comprise 14% of the total population of American children. It should be noted that the 14% number only includes those whose parents identify them as “Black Only,” so the 14% number doesn’t include children of mixed racial heritage. Okay. So the official number of “Black Only” children in the U.S. (2013) was 10,179,544. [10]

The ratio of black male children to black female children in the U.S. has been fairly consistent since the 1980s, and stands at around 1.03 to 1.0, meaning that for every 1,000 female black children born, there are 1,030 black male children born. [11]

My head is spinning at this point, so for the sake of my own remaining sanity, I’m going to simplify things and say that half of the total of black children born are boys.

  • Total of African-American children in the United States divided by 2:

10,179,544/2 = 5,089,772 (African-American male children under the age of 18)

Hang in there. We’re in the home stretch . . .

Okay. So if autism affects 1,470 of every 100,000 children, then a 236% increase (relative risk of 3.36) in autism results in 3,469 additional cases per 100,000 African-American male children. That’s ADDITIONAL cases, so we have to add 1,470+3,469 and we get 4,939 cases of autism per 100,000 African-American male children.

With the total population of African-American male children at approximately 5 million, the total number of African-American male children with autism as a result of increased risk from timely MMR vaccination is estimated at 4,939 x 50 = 246,950 children. (100,000 x 50 = 5,000,000)

250,000 lives. 250,000 families.

At LEAST 250,000 African-American male children could have been spared if the CDC scientists had told the truth when the increased risk was first known to them in 2001. Please remember that this is the number of African-American male children who are CURRENTLY under the age of 18, and does not include any of the children who were over the age of five in 2001. Those victims of the CDC’s deception are no longer considered children so they are not included in the 250,000 number.

Is this a racial issue? No doubt. Is it JUST a racial issue? No way.

What we know at this point is that the CDC buried the knowledge of a significant increase in the risk of developing autism for African-American male children who received the MMR vaccine according to the CDC’s Recommended Childhood Vaccination Schedule. That one lie is responsible for at least 250,000 cases of autism in African-American male children. And that number is a vast underestimate of the true extent of the damage.

What are the real numbers? My brain can’t handle that today. My heart can’t either.

African-American males are not just more likely to be diagnosed with autism as a result of the MMR vaccine. As those of us with our own vaccine-injured children know, there is an entire continuum of neurological and immune-system damage that can result from vaccines. While preparing this article, I did a little research on other issues facing African-American male children and the picture is not pretty. As one recent article reports, African-American children are far less likely to finish high school, far more likely to be suspended from school, and more likely to suffer language-based learning disabilities than their non-black peers. [12]

Are these other learning and behavioral difficulties among African-American male children also related to vaccine injury? It certainly seems likely. Of course, these are questions that could have been pursued 13 years ago if the CDC hadn’t buried the information. As a result of the CDC’s lies and fraud, we have no way of knowing how much vaccine injury factors into these (or other) issues that plague our country’s young black males. It is certainly time to change that, and research investigating these issues should be funded and undertaken immediately.

Scientists whose salaries are funded with taxpayer money, and whose research is relied upon for decisions affecting the health of children, should be held to the highest standard of accountability.

The goal of scientific research is not to shut down inquiry. The goal of scientific research is to further inquiry. The shutting down of scientific inquiry by the CDC and other aspects of the government is not unique to the 2004 paper, and it is not unique to the MMR vaccine-autism link.

Covering up the evidence of a group of children who were at greatly increased risk of significant harm from the MMR not only denied African-American families the right to make informed decisions about their children’s health care, it denied the scientific community the opportunity to design and carry out follow-up studies to find out WHY those children are at increased risk. The answers to those questions could have helped to uncover other groups of children in other areas of the country who may have similar risk factors, including factors that may not be specific to African-American males.

The fraudulent 2004 study identified one particular susceptibility group. If follow-up studies had been done, it is very possible that other susceptibility groups may have been identified.

Bingo. That’s why they covered it up.

Does anyone remember Dr. Bernadine Healy? The former head of the National Institutes of Health? Yeah. That Bernadine Healy.

In a 2008 interview with Sharyl Attkisson, Dr. Healy stated:

This is the time when we do have the opportunity to understand whether or not there are susceptible children, perhaps genetically, perhaps they have a metabolic issue, mitochondrial disorder, immunological issue that makes them more susceptible to vaccines, plural, or to one particular vaccine, or to one component of vaccines, like mercury. So we now, in these times have to take another look at that hypothesis; not deny it. I think we have the tools today that we didn’t have 10 years ago. That we didn’t have 20 years ago . . . to try and tease that out and find out if there is indeed that susceptible group. Why is that important? A susceptible group does not mean that vaccines aren’t good. What a susceptible group will tell us is that maybe there is a group of individuals or a group of children that shouldn’t have a particular vaccine or shouldn’t have vaccines on the same schedule. I do not believe that if we identified a susceptibility group, that if we identified a particular risk factor for vaccines; or if we found out that they should be spread out a little longer, I do not believe that the public would lose faith in vaccines . . . . It is the job of the public health community and of physicians to be out there and to say, “Yes, we can make it safer because we are able to say, this is a subset and we’re going to deliver it in a way that we think is safer . . . .” I think the government or certain public health officials in the government have been too quick to dismiss the concerns of these families without studying the population that got sick . . . . The public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational, without sufficient studies of causation. I think they have often been too quick to dismiss studies in the animal laboratory, either in mice, in primates, that do show some concerns with regard to certain vaccines and also to the mercury preservative in vaccines. The government has said in a report by the Institute of Medicine  . . . in a report in 2004, it basically said, “Do not pursue susceptibility groups. Don’t look for those patients, those children who may be vulnerable.” I really take issue with that conclusion. The reason they didn’t want to look for those susceptibility groups was because they were afraid that if they found them, however big or small they were, that that would scare the public away. First of all, I think the public’s smarter than that; I think the public values vaccines, but more importantly I don’t think you should ever turn your back on any scientific hypothesis because you’re afraid of what it might show . . . If you read the 2004 report and converse with a few of my colleagues who believe this still to be the case, there is a completely expressed concern that they don’t want to pursue a hypothesis because that hypothesis could be damaging to the public health community at large by scaring people. I don’t believe the truth ever scares people and if it does have a certain edge to it, then that’s the obligation of those who are delivering those facts to do it in a responsible way so you don’t terrify the public. One never should shy away from science; one should never shy away from getting causality information in a setting in which you can test it. Populations do not test causality; they test associations. You have to go into the laboratory, and you have to do designed research studies, in animals. What we’re seeing is in the bulk of the population vaccines are safe. Vaccines are safe. But there may be the susceptible group. The fact that there is concern that you don’t want to know that susceptible group is a real disappointment to me. If you know that susceptible group, you can save those children. If you turn your back on the notion that there’s a susceptible group that means that you are . . . what can I say? [13]

Indeed.

[1] http://www.translationalneurodegeneration.com/content/3/1/16

[2] http://finance.yahoo.com/news/study-focus-autism-foundation-finds-133000584.html

[3] http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/Autism/cdc2004pediatrics.html

[4] http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/child-adolescent.html

[5] http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/79945/dr-brian-hooker-on-mmr-study-statistics-with-marcella-piper-terry-and-candyce-estave

[6] http://iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/PublicHealth/ImmunizationSafety/DeStefanoslides.pdf

[7] http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/stop-calling-us-crazy-autism-mmr-institutional-gaslighting/

[8] http://www.stats.org/faq_risk.htm

[9] http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/states/comm_report_autism_2014.pdf

[10] http://tinyurl.com/novtbkx

[11] http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005083.html

[12] http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/04/10/troubling-statistics-for-african-american-males-in-the-classroom/

[13] http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-open-question-on-vaccines-and-autism/
 

#CDCwhistleblower to hit 1 Billion Tweets – Be a Part of This!

The Needle and the Damage Done – by Jane Know-it-all

This post is from guest-blogger, Jane Know It All

gonegone the damage done

I think every autism parent whose child is a non-responder wonders at some point… why? Maybe I just haven’t found the right treatment, yet. Maybe I didn’t try the right thing long enough… Maybe the damage was just too much, too bad, non-reversible. Maybe I missed that window.

Thanks to hindsight and medical records it took me a while to realize that my child was not born with some kind of delay. Yes, I was one of those moms who thought my son was “born with it” to *some* degree –even though I witnessed a regression immediately following his MMR/DTaP at 15 months. “But you know,” I would say, “from the start there were issues. He had some words… but only about 6. And there never was shared attention, not really… he never pointed to a thing. And all those medical problems! The allergies, the reflux, the eczema… the 106 fever… he was a sickly baby.”

I had one of those ah-ha moments about 6 years ago… when you realize that your child was perfect when he was born. Perfect. For a whole day. Then he got his birth dose of Hep B, and like dominoes, it all went down. Projectile vomiting. Screaming for two solid days. The rashes… He had an auto-immune reaction to that Hep B. And he also had brain swelling. –Encephalitis. A known and recognized and compensatable vaccine injury. I compared his first 15 months to a boxing match. With every round of vaccines he’d get knocked down on his ass… but then he’d get back up. Recovering a little from the last round, but not fully. Each round… a little worse, until the 15 month K.O. punch.

A known and compensatable injury. But I missed it at the time. So did his doctors. Those Gods that you people defer to –when you tell me my opinion doesn’t count. Because I don’t have MD after my name. Because somehow that means I can’t possibly read and comprehend medical literature and concepts for myself. They aren’t gods.

Recently I discussed my sons case with a couple doctors, and upon reviewing his charts and history, they agreed. He suffered a compensatable vaccine injury –and these were not “autism” doctors. These are general practitioners with no dogs in the fight.

So why don’t I file? I can’t. It’s too late. More on NVICP later… As what I’ve typed so far isn’t new info from me, you can find it in other blogs… but it’s an intro to what I wanted to talk about today… which is, What exactly happened to  my son at his 15 month “well baby” appointment.

I shared a photo the other day that you have all seen several times from me. And it shook the troll tree.  They took to my page with personal insults and a death threat, even! How dare I spread illness! How dare I kill babies by telling my son’s story! This one:
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One mom implied that I took a couple sleepy “nose picking” photos of my son to fake my point.  Thing is…  I have a shit ton of photos of my child. Before and after. I have video… this was just a sampling. They are all the same. For months after that vaccine my son took up that pitiful position. Lost. Gone. Self-soothing. He doesn’t suck his thumb. He is using it to apply pressure to the roof of his mouth –it’s a great pressure point for comfort. He did this for such a long time that his hand pushed his bottom teeth out of alignment. By the time he’d actually take a break from this position, I chalked up the droopy lip to misaligned teeth.

I even had a professional working with my child point it out.
I even had a doctor point it out.
Both times *I* dismissed it. “Oh… he pushed his teeth out of alignment.”
Yes, folks, the “Know It All” in my name is a joke. For those of you who miss the sarcasm. I had medical professionals willing to tell me it looked like my son had a stroke, and *I* blew it off. A compensatable vaccine injury.

Yesterday, a friend shared that photo with the words, that to her, it looked like a stroke.

Stroke.
I hadn’t even entertained that word before yesterday.
But once I “heard” it…

There is another photo… most of you have seen it as well. I took it a couple months ago and it disturbed me once I saw it. But I got it all backwards. To me, it didn’t look like my child… I considered the angle, maybe some lens distortion… I thought perhaps he had a sinus infection on the left side of his face that was making him puffy, making his face so asymmetrical… I posted it on Facebook to my friends asking for opinions… and they didn’t notice the “puffy” left side –they all noticed the droopy right side. I was saying, “No, No… he’s been like that for years… that lip… misaligned teeth…” But then I looked at his eyes… I’d been looking at that face, with the obvious nerve damage, for 16 years and missed it.

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The left side isn’t swollen. The left side is what the right side of his face SHOULD look like.
–Still, my brain didn’t really process it. Sure. One more thing…
Yes, he regressed fully into moderate-severe autism after his MMR. But I never knew what to think about that because he had no signs of gut damage. (He was never scoped, maybe I am wrong on that, but we didn’t have any of the bowel symptoms that other families see.)

But what about that DTaP? It was his first DTaP –all the others had been DTP. The more dangerous, whole cell, version of the vaccine that was basically the reason behind the NVICP. In 1996 it was supposed to be off the shelves. Yet, my son got three. Dec 96. Feb 97. April 97.
Even the “less dangerous” (NOT SAFE) DTaP can kill and maim.  And he got it in combination with the MMR.

My son was born in 1996. He got far less vaccines than kids get today –but the ones he got? ALL of them are off the shelf today –think about that. He got OPV. Not given today. He got DTP. Not given today. All his other vaccines were fully loaded with 12.5 or 25 mcg of mercury. NOT given today (Unless you get the IM flu shot, there is still the full amount of mercury in the flu shot. In the adult version, which is given to kids age 7 and older, 25 mcg. In the “kids” version 12.5 mcg of mercury, but babies are given two their first year –so they get 25 mcg of mercury. A known neurotoxin, in case you’ve been living under a rock.)

And don’t get me started on aluminum.
Today you think kids are getting “safer” vaccines –but they are getting almost twice as many as my son got. STILL with aluminum. STILL with mercury. Nothing’s gotten better.

Some kids are genetically susceptible to damage. Yes. But we all have a tipping point –as evidenced by the, still, increasing number of cases year after year. My son has several methylation cycle mutations in his DNA… But where did those mutations come from? Our environment is toxic. Chemical exposure is altering DNA, and we are passing those mutations to our kids… and the needle… it’s too much. You can read my post on Agent Orange/Dioxins, Vietnam Grandpas and MTHFR moms and autistic kids if you want my thoughts on that.

I learned my lesson the hard way with my family. My autistic son and I are fully vaccinated. He paid greatly for that. I pay too. Not as great for my own vaccine injury, but this whole house suffers. And your tax dollars suffer, I promise you that. The future of the human race is suffering.

Yet, today we are in the midst of a measles “epidemic” (their words, not mine… 70 cases make an epidemic of a once common childhood illness! But 1 in 68 kids with autism, Meh. Nothing to see there! –though those are the numbers for kids born 13 years ago, we know it’s closer to 1 in 20 for kids being born now. By 2025, an MIT scientist has estimated 1 in 2.) And strangers are telling me that I should vaccinate my youngest child. The one who is the winner in all of this. The one who was spared the needle and the damage done. I should vaccinate him anyway, they say –to save THEIR child. If it kills my son, if it causes a brain injury… “Oh, well, at least he won’t get measles.” Except –that is not even true because we know the vaccine is not effective.  My youngest has worse MTHFR mutations than my autistic child! Hear this well… over my DEAD BODY will my youngest be sacrificed for your ignorance. I had a doctor willing to write me a medical exemption for vaccines for him, based on family medical history. Don’t even try to tell me that you know better than a medical doctor familiar with my children and our DNA. And THAT doctor is not an “anti-vaccine autism” doctor. He runs a family practice. He vaccinates his patients.

There ARE susceptible groups to vaccine damage.
My children are among them.
Why do we not want to figure out who they are?
Why do we not want to back the vaccine schedule up to the 1983 one –the one that gave far less vaccines and in a time when there were no mass deaths from vaccine “preventable” illness? And in a time when autism rates were 1 in 10,000.
We’ve gone too far.
Pharma makes BILLIONS upon BILLIONS.
They cannot be sued for the needle and the damage done.
So what is stopping them from convincing you that you need a vaccine for every little sniffle that comes your way? There are billions of dollars to be made! “Health and Wellness” be damned!

Our only compensation can come from the NVICP –and there is only a three year window to file. From when the injury occurred… NOT from when it was discovered. My new found hunch, that my son suffered a stroke 16 years ago? Sorry. SOL on the SOL.

I sing the song because I love the man…. I know that some of you don’t understand.

Informational Articles on Measles

Let’s Talk About Measles Video:

More information articles on measles:

From the International Medical Council on Vaccination:

Other informational measles articles:

Informational Articles on Influenza (Flu)

State of the Union for Autism Families Remembering Avonte Oquendo

Today is January 20, 2015. Tonight, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address. Among those present will be Vanessa Fontaine, mother of Avonte Oquendo. Avonte’s name is well-known among parents and advocates in “the autism community.”

This beautiful tribute to Avonte Oquendo was made by Natalie Palumbo and was posted by many parents of children with autism, after learning of Avonte's death.

This beautiful tribute to Avonte Oquendo was made by Natalie Palumbo and was posted on Facebook by many parents of children with autism, after learning of Avonte’s death.

Avonte’s disappearance from school on October 4, 2013 was followed by more than three months of searches, fear, and prayers until his body was finally discovered on January 16, 2014. It took another five days before DNA analysis confirmed Avonte had been found. The DNA results were revealed almost exactly one year ago, on January 21, 2014. There are many reports online regarding the disappearance, the bungled handling of the initial search, and the agonizing months of uncertainty. I have not read all of them. Of those I have read, this article appears to paint the most complete picture of the boy so many of us prayed for and grieved over.

Flyers were posted all over New York, and online for months as the search for Avonte continued.

Flyers were posted all over New York, and online for months as the search for Avonte continued.

Avonte’s mother will be attending the State of the Union address as the guest of Senator Charles E. Schumer [D-NY]. Senator Schumer has introduced a bill (S.2386) which, if passed, will provide $10,000,000 in grant money to be dispensed each year.

From the bill:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Avonte's Law Act of 2014''.

SEC. 2. GRANT PROGRAM TO REDUCE INJURY AND DEATH RELATING TO THE 
              WANDERING AND SAFETY OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

    Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 
(42 U.S.C. 3711 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

  ``PART LL--GRANT PROGRAM TO REDUCE INJURY AND DEATH RELATING TO THE 
         WANDERING AND SAFETY OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

``SEC. 3021. PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.

    ``(a) In General.--The Attorney General may make grants to law 
enforcement agencies to--
            ``(1) reduce the risk of injury and death relating to the 
        wandering characteristics of some individuals with autism and 
        other disabilities; and
            ``(2) safeguard the well-being of individuals with 
        disabilities during interactions with law enforcement."
Read the Bill here.


The reason Avonte’s disappearance and death touches so many of us so deeply is because way too many of us know all too well how easily what happened to him could happen to our own children. Wandering, also known as “elopement” is a huge safety issue affecting half of all children diagnosed with autism.

The issue of wandering is so worrisome there are multiple websites and organizations attempting to bring attention to the problem; most are run by parents of children who have been diagnosed with autism.

This post from Atypical Familia provides links to several helpful resources and also presents the following statistics:

Children with ASD are eight times more likely to [wander] between the ages of 7 and 10 than are typically-developing [children]. Dangers associated with wandering include drowning, getting struck by a vehicle, falling from a high place, dehydration, hyperthermia, abduction, victimization and assault.

According to data released in April 2011 by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) through the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI):
  • Roughly half, or 49%, of children with autism attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings
  • More than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
  • Two in three parents of elopers reported their missing children had a “close call” with a traffic injury
  • 32% of parents reported a “close call” with a possible drowning

In 2012, the National Autism Association found that from 2009 to 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with autism subsequent to wandering, and that 23% of total wandering-related deaths occurred while the child was in the care of someone other than a parent.

 

The AWAARE Collaboration in association with The National Autism Association has a great interactive FAQ page which you can access here.

Included in the AWAARE FAQ page is a link to the stories of 34 children who have died as a result of wandering, and as the page’s authors note, “This is just a sampling of recent news stories, sadly there are many, many more.” Please note that the most recent entries to this particular page are from 2012.

The National Autism Association(NAA) tracks deaths of children and adults from wandering, and has confirmed via email (1/20/15) there were 34 wandering-related deaths in 2013-2014. NAA has many excellent resources geared toward increasing the ability of families and caregivers to provide safe environments for loved ones with autism. The Big Red Safety Box is a Toolkit for families. Please consider making a donation to help fund this project. You may save a life.

NAA has published a White Paper (2012) entitled Lethal Outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Wandering/Elopement, in which the authors report nine deaths each in the years 2010 and 2011.

National Autism Association produced this video on Autism & Wandering as an aid for first responders:

As the video above states, it was produced in 2012, when the CDC announced the rate of autism was 1 in 88 among American children. That number did not include any children under the age of 12. The number announced in 2014 was 1 in 68, and again, that number did not include any children who were less than 12 years old in 2014. The yearly increase in the rate of autism has been 13-15% since the 1990’s and unless something drastic changes, predictions are that by 2025, one in every two children will be on the autism spectrum.

Naysayers will tell you it’s just about better diagnosis. That’s just ridiculous. I worked as a behavior analyst with adults living in group homes. My clients ranged in age from 18 to 80. The older folks held a variety of diagnoses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, cerebral palsy, and a couple with autism. The older ones with autism were few, and there wasn’t a lot of misdiagnosis going on; I know the difference, having worked as a neuropsychological evaluator for several years. The younger clients; those who were between 18-25 years of age, were almost exclusively on the autism spectrum.

There is an increase and it is huge. That’s why we are seeing more deaths from wandering. It’s because there are more children with autism.

There are a lot of people who want to paint me as being “anti-vaccine,” and as being extreme or “fundamentalist” in my views. I have never said vaccines are the sole cause of autism. I have not always been “anti-vaccine.” If I had been, my daughter would not have been harmed. Since I started researching the causes of autism several years ago, it has become increasingly clear there are multiple factors involved. Those factors interact with individual differences and in susceptible children those factors can and do cause physical harm, on a whole-body level, which then leads to the diagnosis of autism.

Environmental toxicity interacts with genetic susceptibility, and through the process of epigenetics, the numbers of those who are genetically susceptible are increasing. That’s because toxins alter DNA. All one has to do is look at the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for thimerosal, formaldehyde, Triton x-100, 2-phenoxyethanol, aluminum-potassium sulfate, glutaraldehyde, and ammonium sulfate and look to see how many times the words “mutagenic” and “carcinogenic” appear. And this list is just a starting point. Here is the link to the CDC’s Vaccine Excipient List, if you want to look further. I highly recommend doing this if you are considering vaccinating your kids. You read labels on foods, right? Learn about what’s being injected into your children.

The issue of epigenetics and the interaction between environment and genetic susceptibility is discussed further in the article, When 1 in 88 is Really 1 in 29. I also talk about these interactions in this video presentation. I have already linked to the video presentation from Dr. Stephanie Seneff, in which she discussed the synergistic toxicity between glyphosate in GMO foods and aluminum in vaccines, but because that information is so important, I will put it here again. PLEASE. Watch the video.

Getting back to The State of the Union… for those of us who have children with autism or other vaccine-injuries, or who have lost children to vaccine-related deaths, or to wandering secondary to autism, the state is grim. We see a tsunami overtaking our nation and we grieve deeply for the lives already lost, and for those who are being harmed at this very moment.

I know that Avonte’s mother has said she does not want her son to be “the poster child” for anything. I have no idea of her views on vaccination or other factors that may have contributed to the autism and associated elopement that ultimately led to his tragic and needless death. This post is not to single out Avonte as being representative of anything other than the fact that we, as a nation, have a crisis on our hands and that crisis is being largely ignored and actively denied by the very people who have the power to do something to stop it.

This morning, the number of #CDCwhistleblower impressions on Twitter rolled passed the 800,000,000 mark. That’s 800 MILLION impressions, and more than 550,000 original tweets. There have been more than 36,000 parents and activists involved with sharing the #CDCwhistleblower hashtag and associated information since Dr. William Thompson issued his public statement on August 27, 2014, in which he admitted the fraud in the CDC Vaccine Research Group. So far, there continues to be a complete blackout of this issue in the mainstream media. The story has been covered by numerous alternative news sources, including The Robert Scott Bell Show, Leslie Carol Botha’s Holy Hormones, Honey, and Local News Source, KHC-News.tv Mobile News. Our children deserve better. It is unconscionable for public health authorities to continue pushing vaccines on children, including the MMR vaccine, when one of the senior scientists responsible for the safety studies of vaccines has admitted to eliminating data and altering the study protocol to hide the finding that MMR vaccine given according to the schedule increases the risk of autism in African-American males by 236%. See more about the impact of the CDC’s fraud on African-American males and other children in this post:  How Many African-American Children Have Been Harmed by CDC Fraud?

In the wake of the measles outbreak at Disneyland, the newspapers and television reporters are fear-mongering, and public health authorities are threatening people with quarantines unless they race out and get their children vaccinated with what they are claiming is a “safe” and “effective” vaccine, which they claim has “virtually no side-effects.” There is absolutely ZERO reliable research from the CDC to back up those claims. Until the CDC Whistleblower case is investigated thoroughly, and ALL of the vaccine research that has been conducted by those researchers has been completely examined and replicated, there is no reliable or valid vaccine research from the CDC. Period.

And that is the REAL state of the union.

Please support the #CDCwhistleblower movement on Twitter. And PLEASE, call, write, email and visit your Congressional Representatives and ask them to support Representative Bill Posey in bringing a Congressional Hearing to investigate the CDC fraud.

Read More from VaxTruth:

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MMR Measles Vaccine Side Effects

Putting Measles into Perspective

 

MMR, Measles Vaccine Side Effects

I was just listening to the latest fear-mongering on NBC Nightly News and most of what was said was the same-ole, same-ole regarding the Disneyland measles outbreak. Until…. “the vaccine has virtually no side-effects.”

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I’m really trying to be a G-rated person here, so….

Baby, Say What 1

Virtually no side effects?

The first thing I would recommend is reading the vaccine-manufacturer’s insert, which you can get here.

Please see PRECAUTIONS beginning on page 5, and ADVERSE REACTIONS beginning on page 6 and continuing through page 8.

When you get through with the vaccine-manufacturer’s insert, please check out the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’s page here.

And then, read this article about the case of Hannah Poling, who regressed into autism after a round of vaccines, including the MMR vaccine. You should also know that despite what you have been told by mainstream media news outlets (who are funded by advertising dollars from pharmaceutical companies), there have been several children whose autism has been recognized by the United States government, and those families have been awarded a portion of the nearly $3 BILLION (in tax dollars – yep – you paid for it) to compensate those families and to pay for the life-long care their children will require.

After that, please go to this article, which contains dozens of links to peer-reviewed medical literature dating back decades, documenting the harms from the MMR vaccine – and guess what? It’s not just about “autism.”

“Virtually no side effects?” In what universe?

Read More from VaxTruth:

Measles is GOOD for YOU?

Putting Measles into Perspective

Mitochondrial Disorder & Vaccine-Injury

Civil Rights Violations, Nancy Snyderman & Forced Quarantines – for MEASLES???

The ridiculousness of the current measles outbreak tied to Disneyland is getting completely out of hand.

ABC7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles is reporting the story of Ylsa Tellez, a 26 year-old graduate student who is being threatened and harassed by public health authorities.

Watch the video:

I was alerted to this threat to Civil Rights by several people on Facebook, and I have seen it posted in other places. This is a good write-up from Health-Nut News.

So, my response to this is…

SayWhat

What the… WHAT???

 

Surely I’m not the only person who has a problem with this?

Surely I’m not the only person who is thinking back just a few short weeks ago… to a certain high-profile morning talk-show doctor…

EbolaNancy

 

Is it just me, or is there a double-standard going on here?

#EbolaNancy wasn’t issued a citation. Dr. Nancy Snyderman wasn’t even under mandatory quarantine.

Are public health officials implying measles is worse than ebola? Or are they saying that some people are allowed to do what they want, and others have to comply with heavy-handed government “interventions” and loss of civil rights?

Of course, there is a difference between measles and ebola. Ebola is a serious illness that has killed a lot of people in the last two years. Measles, at least for those living in the United States, is not only not a serious illness, it can be beneficial and getting measles may even help to prevent cancer.

I haven’t spoken personally with Dr. Snyderman, but based on previous history, I can imagine what her opinion might be, regarding Ylsa Tellez and the proposed threats of false imprisonment if she doesn’t comply and submit to being injected…

 

In addition to the obvious double-standard at play, what is really troubling here is a far more serious concern about government control and Civil Rights violations.

If the governmental agencies (Public Health Authorities) follow through on their threats and attempt to force a quarantine on Ylsa Tellez, they are violating her civil rights if they do not also force-quarantine anyone who is recently vaccinated.

Research has documented horizontal transmission (“shedding”) of the virus for up to 37 days post-vaccination with MMR vaccine. Research also documents that people who are fully vaccinated according to the CDC’s schedule can have chronic infections without overt symptoms and they can infect others.

The 2011 outbreak of measles in New York was traced to a 22 year-old woman who was fully vaccinated. Referred to as Measles Mary, the young woman determined to be the “ground zero patient” worked in a theater and was not quarantined because she was presumed to be “safe” on the basis that she had been vaccinated. In that measles “outbreak,” 88 people were infected. Oh… and guess what? Nobody died.

Guess what else? Just because the 2011 outbreak in New York was the only time such an event was “documented” does not mean it was the only time it has happened.

Ylsa, don’t give in. You need a civil rights attorney.

Read More from VaxTruth:

The Real United States’ Threat – And it Ain’t Measles

Disneyland Measles Fear-Mongering & Reality TV

Healthy Children & Adults Vaccinated with Flu Shot are Dying

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough

 

Disneyland Measles Fear-Mongering & Reality TV

This will be a short post. I just wanted to keep you updated on any new developments in the measles cases reportedly tied to Disneyland.

I didn’t find any reports today of newly diagnosed infections. What I did find was a post from yesterday (January 14, 2015), from Michael Kitchen at Market Watch.

MarketWatch Measles

OMG!!! That’s some scary stuff! “Potentially FATAL MEASLES!!!” “Run out and get vaccinated, QUICK! Before you DIE!!!”

Hold on!

Before you get in your car and drive to the pharmacy… let’s think about this. Driving is also potentially fatal… best to call in and ask for your vaccine to be delivered. Just for the record, other “potentially fatal” activities include walking down a flight of stairs, chewing a piece of steak, and being struck by lightening. Better start looking for a 50’s ranch-style home, rev up the NutriBullet, and never, ever go outside during a rain storm. Or when it’s real hot… that heat lightening can be tricky!

If you are still determined to call the pharmacy for your delivery of the MMR vaccine, and if you happen to live in Ohio or New York, no need to panic. Mr. Kitchen is wrong about a lot of things. The Los Angeles Times article to which he refers says nothing about New York or Ohio. The Times reports 22 cases in California, two in Utah, and one each in Washington and Colorado. Mr. Kitchen has the dates wrong, too. The possible exposure window at Disneyland is reported in the Times as December 15 through 20th (not the 17-20th, as Mr. Kitchen indicates). Of course, those are just minor details, right? I mean, it’s not like we’re talking about information that might really impact your life – like stock market and investment stuff…

So, for those of you who are picking up your phones and looking for the pharmacy number… please take another moment to scroll to the bottom of the MarketWatch page and click on the Number 1 Sponsored Results searches…

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MarketWatch Measles3

That’s RIGHT, Ladies and Germs! (sorry… couldn’t resist)  This fear-mongering update brought to you by the manufacturers of the measles vaccine, the flu vaccine, Tamiflu and drugs to cure your herpes infections.

And now… for some Reality TV and a flashback to what measles is really like:

Use your head. Don’t panic. Always consider who is paying for the “news” you are receiving.

More from VaxTruth:

The United States’ Real Threat – And It Ain’t Measles

Measles is GOOD for YOU?

Measles at Disneyland!

The United States’ Real Threat – And It Ain’t Measles

The recent hype about Measles outbreaks has gotten me a little miffed — not because I’m afraid of measles, but because people are blinded.  They are so blinded that they have become afraid of a disease that shouldn’t be so feared.  They don’t see the big picture and are literally ignoring the reality of true suffering and travesty in our own country.  The media has successfully brainwashed us so much that we are more afraid of Measles and Chickenpox that we seem to shrug off the reality of much more serious and deadly disease like diabetes, cancer, obesity, and what I’m going to bring to light today: Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs (ARSs).

All of us have probably heard about this fairly new phenomenon somewhere along the lines.  It’s been in the papers, magazines, talk shows, and news for the better part of a decade.  But we aren’t nearly as worried about it as we are Measles.  Why are we more afraid of Measles than we are of ARSs?  Remember that question, we’ll come back to it.

First, lets do a little comparison.  Remember, we’re more afraid of Measles than ARSs.  Should we be?

I’m using Measles as the example because of the latest attention.

ARSs

Did you know at least 23,000 people die from ARSs each year in the United States, and over 2 million people contract one of the bacteria (a conservative estimate, according to the CDC)?  There are 3,100 TIMES more cases of ARSs every year than of Measles.

So why be so concerned?

1. ARSs target anyone — the healthy and the weak.  A completely healthy and active person can contract an ARS and can die from it within a number of days.

2. Unlike ARSs, Measles is highly treatable and is not a threat to healthy people.

3. ARSs are literally antibiotic-resistant, meaning doctors have no treatment for you.  They would normally give you antibiotics, but these superbugs do not respond to them.

4. ARSs are man-made.  They are mainly found in hospitals, but are also in the environment, and they came about because of the overuse of doctor-prescribed antibiotics.

They’re man-made?

Anne Miller with Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin, in 1942 after her recovery.

 

Yes.  The first antibiotic, penicillin, was used on Anne Miller when she was near-death after having a miscarriage that led to an infection in her blood.  It was a great success.  Penicillin’s discoverer, Alexander Fleming, became famous.  But even back in the 40s he began to see resistance in bacteria, and he warned us of it.  He recognized that the bacteria were mutating and warned of the overuse of his new discovery. Fast forward 6 decades to an era where the CDC estimates that more than half of all antibiotic usage is unnecessary.   Every time an antibiotic is used, the genes of the bacteria mutate to be able to fight off the antibiotic better the next time it’s used, which eventually makes the bacteria resistant to antibiotics.  Humans are creating superbugs because we’re overusing antibiotics.

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Have you noticed how easy it is to get an antibiotic?  You can walk into a doctor’s office with any number of complaints and leave with an antibiotic without having any tests done.  Children, especially, receive more antibiotics than they should.  According to the CDC, ear infections, sore throats, colds, flu, bronchitis, and coughs are generally viruses.  Antibiotics only target bacteria, not viruses.  They are completely ineffective against viruses, and yet children receive antibiotics almost every time they have a complaint.  This is mainly to help ease the worry of the parent, but it’s a choice that has heavy consequences.  Keep this in mind the next time you take your child to the doctor.  Just because the doctor prescribes an antibiotic doesn’t mean it’s the right medication your child should be taking.  Talk to your doctor about it first, and make sure he really thinks your child has a bacteria.  Most doctors are more than happy to allow you to “wait it out” and will educate you on what you need to look out for if you need to head back in to the office. Antibiotics don’t just kill bad bacteria, they kill ALL bacteria. So if you kill off the good bacteria in your child’s body, it leaves more possibility for the bad bacteria that didn’t get killed to mutate and grow.  Antibiotics are not healthy for the body, they should be a last resort.

Symptoms of ARSs versus Measles.

I could use pretty much any “vaccine-preventable” illness to prove this point.  I’m again using measles as an example, but almost every “vaccine-preventable” illness has very mild symptoms for the majority of the population. The same cannot be said for ARSs.  Symptoms of measles include a fever, dry cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, and a body rash that isn’t generally bothersome.  Some of those symptoms do not even show up in all children, like the inflamed eyes, for instance. When you catch an untreatable bacteria, however, depending on which one you catch symptoms could include painful, pus-filled skin boils and lesions, severe abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, severe joint pain, pneumonia, and severe infections in parts of the body that could lead to amputation or removal of large amounts of tissue.

The main difference between these symptoms is that one is a 2-4 day mild illness (measles), and one generally takes several weeks, and hospitalization, to try and treat before symptoms may subside, but there is no promise that it’s gone forever.  Most people that contract ARSs will have re-occurrences of the bacteria over their lifetime.

Why are we more afraid of Measles than we are of ARSs?

So back to the original question.  Here’s the major contributing factor: the media. The media revels in glory when they hear of a small outbreak of mild viruses that they can spin to sound like the worst known illnesses on the face of the planet.  It’s what they’re good at.  Why is it that we seem to hear about every single case of measles, 100 times a day, even though there are so few cases compared to ARS cases?  That’s the real travesty.  And here’s why: The government has required all cases of “vaccine-preventable” diseases to be reported immediately, while there is NO requirement to do so for cases of ARS. So hospitals don’t report about these highly contagious and far more deadly infections, even though they are known to be much more prevalent in a hospital environment. This is why the CDC’s numbers are “conservative”.  They don’t have real numbers, and the rate of infection and death is probably much higher than their estimates.  But they have to play it safe and go with what they can comfortably say — “we for sure have at least 2 million cases and 23,000 deaths attributed to Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.”  That’s just a little unsettling.

As an example, in 2011, KPC (one of the many strains of ARSs, first-ever seen in just 2009) came to one of the nation’s flagship research hospitals, the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, known as the NIH.  Patient zero was a 43-year-old woman with complications from a lung transplant .  She was transferred from a New York City hospital with this highly resistant superbug. The NIH is one of the most prestigious research hospitals in the country, but it had never had a case of KPC before. “We immediately went on high alert, the equivalent of hospital epidemiology Def-con 5,” David Henderson, the clinical center’s deputy director later told FRONTLINE in it’s episode Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria. “And we tried to implement as many things as we could think of at the time to prevent any further spread of the organism in the hospital.” The patient was later discharged, and hospital officials believed they’d contained the bug.

But unfortunately it was not contained.  18 other patients in the hospital contracted KPC, and 6 of them died. That’s a mortality rate of 33%! In this well-researched article on VaxTruth, Putting Measles Into Perspective, we can see that even prior to the vaccine being introduced, the mortality rate for measles was .015% — a little more than the death rate for the common cold.  The stats are even better today — in about 1536 cases, which account for the number of cases in the United States spanning 10 years (2005-2014), there has been one death.  The death occurred in 2005. That’s a mortality rate of .0065%.  (Still more afraid of measles?)

The outbreak of KPC in 2011 proved to be devastating to the hospital, but after extreme quarantine, deep cleaning and sterilization of the entire hospital, and even adding on a new wing to house infected patients, it appeared that KPC was gone.  That is until the following year.  A 20 year old young man was being treated at NIH for complications from a bone marrow transplant.  While at the NIH, he contracted KPC and died from the infection. Unfortunately, these stories of deaths attributed to contracting an ARS in a hospital is rampant, but the media generally doesn’t report about these precious lives lost.

So what are your doctors and researchers doing to help save us from this crisis of resistant bacteria?  

Remember that our doctors really care about us.  They want us to be healthy.  It’s not all about the money like we hear so often, right?  Well, actually it is.  Every doctor in the United States is very aware of this deadly epidemic that is a threat to every human, but not much is being done.  Why?  Because it really is all about the money.  Researchers and drug companies have actually closed down more than 80% of the antibiotic-making facilities in the United States because they don’t make as much money with antibiotics anymore.  Doctors are trying to prescribe less antibiotics than they were before, which means less money is being made for those that create the drug.  Why would they focus on making a drug that isn’t supposed to be used very much when they could be focusing on drugs for illnesses that a person will be required to take every day for the rest of their life?  Diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, and so forth — those are the real money-makers, and that’s what researchers are focused on.  In fact, on the list of “things to work on”, finding a cure or fix for the ARS problem is number 87 on the list, which means it will eternally be “shelved”.

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I’m not trying to give us parents just another reason to be afraid, I’m just trying to show that your fears are misplaced.  Measles should be on the bottom of your list to worry about.  Don’t lost sleep over what the media is trying to hype up.  Focus instead on what’s really happening in the United States, and the real threats to your children so we can work together to fix it.  Become less fearful so we can become more powerful.

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Becoming empowered is the best thing we can do to combat these realities.  There are treatments for ARSs.  There are a few remedies that I have seen work on ARSs with my own eyes.  It doesn’t mean we should jump right on this and use it for everything, it means there needs to be more research, because I believe these remedies can work long term.  I have only seen MRSA first-hand.  It’s probably one of the most common ARSs in the United States.  I have several friends that have contracted it, then went through several rounds of different antibiotics, but the infection always occurred again.  They then tried a combination of tea tree oil, colloidal silver, active manuka honey, and coconut oil.  Their infections (so far) have never reoccurred and they have finally found comfort again.  Some have been 10+ years without the painful bacterial symptoms of MRSA.  This means there is hope in the fight against ARSs.

 

Measles is GOOD for YOU?

Let’s Talk About Measles:

 

 
Update: 1/19/15: The official number of measles cases is now 51, according to this article from USA Today, published on Sunday, January 18, 2015. Other than the updated numbers, nothing new is being added. Public health officials are still emphasizing the need for people to be vaccinated. There is no attempt to determine how many of the cases are wild measles vs. vaccine-strain, and the “ground zero” patient in the latest outbreak has not yet been identified.

It is worth noting that in the 2011 measles outbreak in New York, when 88 people contracted measles, the “ground zero” patient was a fully-vaccinated (with 2 MMR doses) 22 year-old woman. Everyone needs to know that and to remember that without testing to determine what strain of measles is circulating, it is impossible to know how many of the current cases may be related to vaccine-free individuals and how many are the result of the vaccine itself.

Please read this article and share it with others. Also, please remember that just because the article states this was the “first time” an outbreak has been “traced” to a fully-vaccinated individual, that does not mean it was the first time it has happened, nor does it mean it’s the last time it will happen. The blaming of vaccine-free children and their parents is getting out of hand, and is completely unfair. From the article:

Get the measles vaccine, and you won’t get the measles—or give it to anyone else. Right? Well, not always. A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated.

 

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Original post:

As the number of measles infections associated with the Disneyland outbreak increases, so does the panic and the disdain toward those parents who opt out of vaccination for their children.

The first thing we all need to do is to take a deep breath and really look at what is happening now… and what happened in the past.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, there are now 20 cases of measles that have been linked to Disneyland during the week before Christmas.

Of the 20 cases reported on January 11th in the L.A. Times, 5 were in people who had been vaccinated against measles. So 25% of the cases have occurred in vaccinated individuals. What the L.A.Times article doesn’t tell you is that in previous years, most of the outbreaks of measles have involved people coming into the U.S. from other countries, where measles is endemic.

Here is another article reporting on the outbreak at Disneyland; this one is from the U.K.

Huh. Do you notice what I notice?

The Los Angeles Times article blames the outbreak on unvaccinated children living in Southern California, but the Daily Mail article says foreign tourists are to blame.

I personally believe it could be a combination of multiple factors, including the MMR vaccine. As this article explains, contrary to what most people may believe, vaccination with the MMR vaccine does not give lifelong immunity (even with two doses), and any immunity that may be conferred is gone within anywhere from 5-25 years. Vaccination also may cause some people to harbor the measles virus even in the absence of symptoms, and those people may be able to spread the measles to others. Have you ever heard of the concept of “shedding?” That’s what happens when you give a live virus vaccine to someone and the virus can infect other people who come in contact with the person who was vaccinated. Shedding has been proven to occur up to  37 days after someone is vaccinated. And this study investigated shedding of measles virus in the urine of vaccine-recipients. How many people at Disneyland go to the bathroom while they’re there?

So… is it really the unvaccinated children in Southern California who are responsible for this outbreak? Think about it.

As the hype heats up and the attacks on parents who refuse vaccination reach a fever pitch, you might find yourself asking, “Why wouldn’t any parent want to have their child vaccinated to protect against measles?”

That’s a good question, and there may be more than one answer.

First, there is evidence that catching the measles and getting over it may actually be good for you!

While it is true that children in third-world countries, and especially those who are malnourished and who have deficiencies of vitamins A and C are more likely to suffer serious complications due to secondary bacterial infections, measles itself and especially measles infections in children living in developed nations, is not generally a serious issue. As the article from Roman Bystrianyk reveals, based on published reports in the medical literature dating back to the 1950’s (prior to the development of the measles vaccine), “Yes, Virginia! Measles can be good for you!”

In the majority of children the whole episode has been well and truly over in a week, from the prodromal phase to the disappearance of the rash, and many mothers have remarked “how much good the attack has done their children,”as they seem so much better after the measles. . . In this practice measles is considered as a relatively mild and inevitable childhood ailment that is best encountered any time from 3 to 7 years of age. Over the past 10 years there have been few serious complications at any age, and all children have made complete recoveries. As a result of this reasoning no special attempts have been made at prevention even in young infants in whom the disease has not been found to be especially serious. (Vital Statistics, British Medical Journal, February 7 1959, p. 381)

Where else have we heard that measles infection might be a good thing? Oh! That’s right… from CNN!

Yep! You heard it right! Measles virus conquers cancer! Of course, modern cancer researchers are using a modified vaccine-strain of the measles virus, but if you listened closely to the CNN video, you might have heard about the boy from Uganda whose cancer went into spontaneous remission after he got the measles. The REAL measles.

Occasional “spontaneous” tumor regressions of Hodgkin’s disease and Burkitt’s lymphoma have been documented after measles infections. Perhaps the most compelling was the case history of an 8 year old African boy who presented to a clinic in Uganda with a four month history of painless right orbital swelling. A biopsy specimen of the right retroorbital tumor was histologically diagnostic of Burkitt’s lymphoma but at the time of planned initiation of therapy, he was noted to have a generalized measles rash. On the same day, the right orbital tumor was noted to be regressing and because of the presumed measles infection, he was given no chemotherapy for the Burkitt’s lymphoma. During the course of the next two weeks, his rash disappeared and he seroconverted to measles. At the same time, the tumor regressed completely and remained in complete remission for at least four months after the measles infection in the absence of antineoplastic therapy. The mechanism underlying the rapid tumor regression that was observed in this remarkable case history was never elucidated but Burkitt’s lymphomas are known to express high levels of SLAM and are therefore susceptible to infection by wild-type measles viruses. The timing of the regression, coinciding with the period during which measles virus burden and measles-induced immunosuppression are at their peak, supports the contention that the tumor cells were directly destroyed by the virus. (citation: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926122/)

And guess what? The Ugandan boy was not the only one!

A published report in the British Medical Journal in 1973 documents the spontaneous remission of Infantile Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in a 23 month-old child in Portugal. (You can download the report at brmedj01557-0065a.pdf)

Measles Lymphoma 23 month old

 

And there was a report of regression of Hodgkin’s after measles, reported in The Lancet in 1981. If you have 36 bucks to spare, you can purchase the article and read it. And then there’s this article from December 2013, which states:

Among the 16 reported cases of SR (Spontaneous Regression of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma), most were of the mixed cellularity subtype, while five cases occurred in children following measles infection.”

The above journal references to the protective effect of measles virus against childhood cancers are very interesting. From a common sense standpoint, and from what I understand, the incidence of childhood cancers, including those of the blood, brain and bone have been increasing over the last several decades. I personally know of several kids in the small community in which I live, who have either died or are battling cancer. It just didn’t used to be that way, did it? I tried to find statistics on the incidence of childhood cancer, dating back to 1960, because I wanted to check the increase and compare rates now with those prior to universal vaccination with MMR. I could find a lot of information on the rates of survival of childhood cancers over time, but wasn’t able to find any graphs illustrating the incidence of disease. If someone has those, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add that information to this post.

What I did find was some information from Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In this blog post, Dr. Brandee Aquilino has this to say:

The types of cancers that develop in children are different from those that develop in adults. Lifestyle or environmental risk factors don’t play a role. Instead, it’s usually the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life.

Pediatric cancers are the result of DNA changes? In early life? Okay… now that rings a bell…

What could cause DNA changes early in life? I suppose there may be many things, but one thing I know of is the MMR vaccine. In this study from an independent research lab, scientists looked at the effect of “Homologous Recombinant DNA” (from MMR and Varicella vaccines) and the effects on autism. The study is very interesting, and I suggest you read it. The results indicated “hotspots” in certain genes that have been identified as being important in autism; most notably genes associated with the synapse. What’s important for this discussion is the “recombinant” part of the equation.

Changepoint analysis of autism disorder demonstrates a temporal correlation with events associated with human DNA residuals in vaccines. The levels of residual DNA are well over FDA-recommended limits. To reduce the dangers of residual DNA, recommendations were made to fragment the DNA. Unfortunately, in vitro studies in model organisms have shown that shorter fragments have a higher chance of entering the nucleus. Cell culture experiments are in progress to determine the rate and sites at which these residual DNA fragments integrate into the genome.”

What does “recombinant DNA” do? The research from Sound Choice strongly suggests it alters the DNA of children who are injected with it.

When does it happen? Between 12-15 months of life, if the child is vaccinated with the MMR vaccine according to the CDC’s Childhood Vaccination Schedule.

Now that’s one of those things that make you go “Hmmmmm……”

Have we traded a mild, childhood infection for growing incidence of childhood cancers?  DNA changes in early life. Cold chills.

For more informative articles on measles and the role MMR vaccine is playing in the outbreaks, please read the following articles from the International Medical Council on Vaccination:

Measles and Measles Vaccines; Fourteen Things to Consider

Measles Vaccines Part 1; Ineffectiveness of Vaccination and Unintended Consequences

Measles Vaccines Part 2; Benefits of Contracting Measles

Read More from VaxTruth:

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough

Hepatitis B Vaccine for Infants:  Is it Worth it?

Foster Families Mandated to Get Flu Shot

KOMONews in Tacoma, Washington is reporting the story of a Foster parent who is fighting to keep a foster infant. Jamie Smith and her husband have been foster parents before, having previously fostered 7 infants, including their now adopted 4 year-old daughter. The most recent infant to whom the Smiths have opened their home was born on Christmas Day and is now two weeks old.

Mrs. Smith is refusing what appears to be a new mandate that all members of foster families receive yearly flu vaccines. She states she has done her research and believes the potential harms of the flu vaccine outweigh the risk for herself and for her children. Her husband did get a flu shot because he was mandated to as a condition of his employment. Flu vaccine mandates for health-care workers and hospital employees (even those who are not involved in patient care) have been increasing in the last few years. Nurses have been the most targeted for mandates, and many of them are refusing the shot, opting instead to wear surgical masks for months at a time, throughout the officially designated “flu season.”

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Groups of nurses and other healthcare workers have protested in New York, Chicago, Massachusettes, and around the country.

Protest against mandatory flu shot

As this article reports:

According to Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccination (NAMV), Boston nurses aren’t the only ones fighting mandatory flu vaccines. Six protests are planned for Nov. 1 in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Texas. The organization says fighting the issue is difficult because each state determines vaccination rules differently—or not at all. California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee all have “offer laws” which means that while healthcare facilities are required to offer the flu shot, workers also have the right to decline the vaccination. Alaska, New Hampshire and Rhode Island all require annual vaccinations.

 

With all these nurses refusing and protesting to avoid the flu shot, doesn’t it make you wonder what they know? The article linked above indicates nurses are refusing because they have witnessed the serious reactions and they don’t believe it is right to be forced to accept an invasive medical procedure that has such a poor record of success.

It’s not just nurses who are being injured and dying.

I learned this morning of the death of Katherine McQuestion, a 26 year-old health care worker who was forced to get the flu shot as a condition of her hospital employment. Katherine’s mother reported her daughter was a healthy, active young woman who had just been married in September of 2014. Her funeral was held on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Katherine McQuestion, age 26, received a mandatory flu shot as a condition of her hospital employment.

Katherine McQuestion died at 26. She was forced to receive a mandatory flu shot as a condition of her hospital employment.

 

Have you heard that there is a shortage of nurses, which is predicted to get worse as baby-boomers age? It would seem to me that an important question to ask is, “What effect does mandatory flu vaccination have on the shortage of nurses?”

Another question that comes to my mind is:  What effect does the witnessing of vaccine-reactions in their patients have on the nurses’ resistance to the flu shot?

A study published in 2012 in the journal Vaccine titled “What lies behind the low rates of vaccination among nurses who treat infants?” found that one third (33.5%) of nurses are leaving their jobs within the first 2 years after graduation, citing factors such as lack of faith in vaccines, and objection to forced vaccination of themselves and of infants.

We already have a nursing shortage. The vaccine mandates are having a serious impact on the worsening of that situation.

When it comes to the mandating of flu vaccines for foster families, can we learn anything, or possibly predict anything about how those mandates might affect children who need homes?

Do we really have that many good foster families that we can afford to lose one third of them, too? Not according to the many articles I looked at regarding foster care. As this article from USA Today indicates, even though the number of children requiring care has decreased in recent years, there are still critical shortages of foster parents in several states, and as a result, infants, children, and adolescents who need loving families are often housed in group homes because they don’t have enough foster parents to take them in.

Does it make sense to mandate the flu vaccine? If the goal is to protect children, the answer is NO.

The Cochrane Collaboration’s research on the flu vaccine is very important reading for anyone who wants an unbiased, well-researched opinion. After studying the published research dating back to the 1960s, on flu vaccine efficacy and safety, the Cochrane Collaboration researchers found that the makers of the flu vaccine actually hit their mark about 10% of the time. So this year’s flu vaccine fiasco is nothing new. Ninety percent of the flu vaccines made since the 1960’s have been ineffective. In a “good year,” when the vaccine actually targets the strain of flu that is circulating, the effectiveness varies, depending on the age and immune status of the recipient. Efficacy at preventing flu ranges from about 30%  to about 1% in healthy adults. The researchers found no effect on flu vaccination when it comes to preventing hospitalizations, preventing the spread of influenza-like-illness, or preventing serious complications from flu. You can read more about the Cochrane Collaborations flu research here.

When attempting to make informed decisions about health care, we need to not only consider if a proposed intervention works (the benefit); we also must consider the potential harm of the intervention (the risks). This is what is known as the Risk-Benefit Analysis. With regard to the flu vaccine, assessing the risk is difficult because we don’t have accurate data. The best we have is VAERS – Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System; a database maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Unfortunately, because VAERS is a voluntary reporting system and there are no consequences to doctors, nurses or pharmacists for failing to report adverse reactions to vaccines, the AMA estimates that less than 10% of reactions to any medical procedure or product is ever reported, and the number may be as low as 1-2%. This makes it very difficult to assess whether any benefit of flu vaccine outweighs the risks. What we do know is that in the last few years, the number of serious reactions reported to VAERS from flu vaccines has been steadily increasing. We also know that adverse events from flu vaccines are now the most frequent cases being filed with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Go here for more information.

In the article from KOMONews, Mrs. Smith stated her (very valid) concerns about mercury. Mercury is still present in the majority of flu vaccines given to adults and children under the age of two years. It is possible to obtain a mercury-free flu vaccine, but it has to be requested and you will not get it at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, health departments, grocery stores, university or other school clinics, or any other places where large numbers of vaccines are being administered. You have to ask for it and be sure the vaccine you receive comes from a single-dose (and NOT a multi-dose) vial. Dr. Oz talked about this issue a while back, and I wrote about that show here. I hope you will check it out.

As noted above, and in the Dr. Oz show, mercury is a big problem. However, it is not the only problem with the flu vaccine. Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccines (FluMist) can also be very dangerous. There are issues of shedding, which the manufacturer’s insert states can occur for up to 28 days post vaccination (see table 5, page 14) and can result in the spread of the flu to others in close contact (like families and school classrooms).

Since all medical interventions should be based on good science and not just because those who benefit from the sale of vaccines say you should get them, it is important to know what the research really says regarding the flu vaccine. I have already linked the Cochrane Collaborations study of vaccine efficacy in adults. In analyzing the published research on flu vaccines for children, the Cochrane Collaboration researchers reviewed 75 studies, with more than 300,000 participants. This is what their review says about flu vaccines in healthy children:

The review authors found that in children aged from two years, nasal spray vaccines made from weakened influenza viruses were better at preventing illness caused by the influenza virus than injected vaccines made from the killed virus. Neither type was particularly good at preventing ‘flu-like illness’ caused by other types of viruses. In children under the age of two, the efficacy of inactivated vaccine was similar to placebo. It was not possible to analyse the safety of vaccines from the studies due to the lack of standardisation in the information given, but very little information was found on the safety of inactivated vaccines, the most commonly used vaccine in young children.

 

If you do a search trying to find evidence regarding the flu vaccine and increased hospitalizations from pneumonia and asthma attacks, you will be flooded with information from pro-vaccine sites stating that the myth has been debunked. However, there is evidence to the contrary, as the following article reveals.

Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Enhances Colonization ofStreptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in Mice

Following infection with an influenza virus, infected or recently recovered individuals become transiently susceptible to excess bacterial infections, particularly Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. Indeed, in the absence of preexisting comorbidities, bacterial infections are a leading cause of severe disease during influenza epidemics. While this synergy has been known and is well studied, what has not been explored is the natural extension of these interactions to live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIVs). Here we show, in mice, that vaccination with LAIV primes the upper respiratory tract for increased bacterial growth and persistence of bacterial carriage, in a manner nearly identical to that seen following wild-type influenza virus infections. Importantly, LAIV, unlike wild-type virus, did not increase severe bacterial disease of the lower respiratory tract. These findings may have consequences for individual bacterial disease processes within the upper respiratory tract, as well as bacterial transmission dynamics within LAIV-vaccinated populations.

 

The bottom line is, when you really look at the evidence, the efficacy of the flu vaccine is very poor, and the risk of injury or death is real.

Mandating a vaccine that has such a poor record of efficacy, and which carries significant risk of injury is unconscionable. When it comes to mandating such invasive medical procedures on foster families, the state is forcing them to choose between their own health and the health of their other children, in order to qualify to provide a home for a child who desperately needs it. If the mandates stand, in the end, everyone will lose. Loving foster parents and their children who have bonded with infants and children will face the loss of those children. Foster children who have already faced more loss and often trauma that exceeds what any child should have to endure will be taken from families they have already bonded with, and that trauma will be added to the list of abuses. This re-victimization of infants and children by the state must be stopped. It is nothing short of just plain evil for the state to remove a child from a good home for such a flimsy reason.

If we can learn anything from what is happening with nurses and healthcare workers it is this:  The already critical shortage of foster parents will increase dramatically as a result of this insanity and those who will suffer the most will be the children.

More from VaxTruth:

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough

 

Dr. Oz Show: Thimerosal in Flu Shots – What He Got Wrong & What You NEED to Know!

 

Vaccinations:  Your Child vs. “The Greater Good”

 

Learn about the #CDCwhistleblower campaign on Twitter.

Explaining the Skeptic Guide’s Deception Regarding Autism Diagnosis

Here we go again. Another attempt to compare Danish children to American children with autism.

This latest is from Dr. Steven Novella, who writes for The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: Your Escape to Reality.

Wow. That sounds like a very official and trustworthy source!  A neurologist. At Yale! Take a deep breath and check this out before going forward…

Before we go being all impressed and start taking Novella’s word for things, just because he wears a fancy white coat and works at a prestigious hospital (which gets a lot of money from the makers of vaccines) let’s take a little time to analyze Dr. Novella’s latest blog post.

But first, I’d like to look at the title of the blog… Specifically, let’s talk about “reality.”

“Reality.” What is reality? Relax, I’m not going off into philosophy or “woo.”

I’m asking, “How is the word ‘reality’ defined in the dictionary?”

Reality Definition, Google

Yeah. I know. I “Googled it.” Just to be sure… let’s get a second opinion from Merriam Webster:

Reality definition, merriam webster

I really do want to be fair. Let’s see just how firmly aligned with “reality” Dr. Novella’s most recent blog post is.

As you read Dr. Novella’s piece… you will notice that he says:

A recent study looks at the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Denmark over the last 20 years and finds that 60% of the increased [sic] in prevalence can be accounted for by changes in diagnostic practices.”

Hmmm… a “recent study” may be true, but it’s probably more accurate to say, “A recently published report of a study…” since the report of the study has just been published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study itself was conducted between 1995 and the end of 2011, according to the JAMA Pediatrics article.

Let’s examine Dr. Novella’s statement further… “in Denmark” is true. “… over the last 20 years…”  Now, wait a minute… That’s not exactly true. It’s not “the true situation that exists” and it’s not “something that actually happened.”

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When Dr. Novella refers to “the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder… over the last 20 years,” what he isn’t telling you is that NONE of the individuals in the study were born after 1991 – so the results of the study in Denmark have NOTHING to do with the explosion of autism in the United States, which really took off in 1990-1991, after the addition of the Hepatitis B vaccine and the HiB vaccine to the infant schedule. So his claim that the Danish Study has ANYTHING to do with the last 20 years is not based in reality. At all.

When we go to the ACTUAL STUDY, we see that the study participants were born between 1980 and 1991.

Design, Setting, and Participants  We used a population-based birth cohort approach that includes information on all individuals with permanent residence in Denmark. We assessed all children born alive from January 1, 1980, through December 31, 1991, in Denmark (n = 677 915).”

 

I know we just had a change in the year, since New Year’s Eve was just 10 days ago, but really? It’s now 2015. If I subtract 20 from 2015, I get 1995.

What’s going on here?

1. Maybe Dr. Novella made a math error?

2. Maybe, since he chose to leave out the information on the birth dates of the study cohort, he was actively trying to deceive you.

I choose answer number 2. Which is what Dr. Novella’s article is.

Let’s move on and see what else we find…

Much of the rest of Dr. Novella’s piece… contains bits and pieces of information cut and pasted from the actual JAMA Pediatrics report. If you compare his piece with the JAMA Pediatrics article, you will notice a few other important things Dr. Novella left out…

Like the fact that the results, conclusions, and relevance of the study are applicable ONLY to DANISH children who were born DURING the years 1980-1991.

Conclusions and Relevance  Changes in reporting practices can account for most (60%) of the increase in the observed prevalence of ASDs in children born from 1980 through 1991 in Denmark. Hence, the study supports the argument that the apparent increase in ASDs in recent years is in large part attributable to changes in reporting practices.” (IN DENMARK!!!)

Let’s look at the last word from Dr. Novella:

This data contradicts claims that environmental factors have been increasing ASD over the last two decades.”

Really? How does it do that? Time for another reality_check

In addition to the omission of the actual ages of the individuals under study… and the “confusion” regarding how long “the last two decades” really were… (Does Dr. Novella have an issue with the reality of space and time?)

The Danish study cannot be used to draw any conclusions for children who live in the United States.

The vaccination schedule for Denmark is much less aggressive than the vaccination schedule in the United States. Comparatively speaking, children in Denmark NOW receive about 1/2 the number of vaccines as children in the U.S. during their first year of life. This is one factor contributing to the validity (“reality”) of the statement of the Danish researchers when they attempt to generalize findings based on children born between 1980-1991 and the increase in ASDs over “the last 20 years” (in Denmark). The Danish Childhood Vaccination Schedule has not changed the way the United States’ Vaccination Schedule has over the last 25 years. Because the U.S. schedule has ballooned, any comparison between children in the two countries is just… “number 2.”

Here is the current Danish Childhood Vaccination Schedule:

Danish Vaccine Schedule 2013

Here is the United States’ current Childhood Vaccination Schedule:

2014-schedule-1300x1004

If you look at the Danish Vaccination Schedule and compare it with the U.S. Vaccination Schedule, you may notice some differences. While the current Danish Schedule does contain the pneumococcal vaccine, it was not added until 2007, so it wasn’t given to any infants who were included in the Danish Study. And the HiB vaccine wasn’t even invented until 1987, and wasn’t added to the Danish Schedule until 1997, so once again… none of the subjects in the Danish Study received it as infants or young children.

And what about the MMR vaccine? Oh, right! MMR vaccine was not added to the Danish Vaccination Schedule until 1987, so we can conclude with a reasonable amount of certainty that probably somewhere between 50-70% of those in the study either never received the MMR, or they received it at a much later date than do children living in the United States and vaccinated according to the CDC’s Childhood Vaccination Schedule.

As you compare the two current schedules, you will also note that in Denmark, there are no yearly flu vaccines, no meningococcal vaccine, no hepatitis B, no rotavirus, no hepatitis A vaccines and no varicella (chickenpox) vaccines… The Danish people also do not push flu vaccines or TDaP on pregnant women.

Oh, MY! you might think that Danish children are dropping dead like flies without all that protection from vaccines!

You would be wrong.

Denmark’s infant mortality rate (children who die before their first birthday) is about half the infant mortality rate of the United States.

Coincidentally? The number of vaccines given to Danish Children (currently) prior to their first birthday is TWELVE, which is less than half the number of vaccines given to children living in the United States, who receive 25-26 vaccines, depending on whether they are deemed “high risk” and receive the meningococcal vaccine.

Infant mortality rate graph, study heading

As we ponder the differences between Dr. Novella’s version of “reality” and “what actually happened,” we may have some very pertinent questions… the first of which would be, “Why would Dr. Novella be… less than honest when he is reporting on something as important as the meteoric rise in the incidence of Autism?”

Oh. Right. I know why.

And so do you.

One last thing… In his current piece, Dr. Novella attempts to shore-up his own version of “reality” by citing two other studies: one he says is from 2014 and one from 2006. If you click the link for the “2014” study, it goes to his own write up from October 2014, and if you click the links in THAT piece, you will go to a link for the study published in the journal Psychological Medicine, with the publication date of February, 2015. (What? Maybe Dr. Novella really DOES control space and time? Just kidding.) At any rate, when you actually get to the study, it’s from 2010, and is just being PUBLISHED. I know, that’s nit-picking. Sorry. The important thing about that study is that it was an epidemiological study on the GLOBAL incidence of autism. You can probably guess by now that if we have so many problems just comparing the United States’ autism rate and contributing factors with Denmark, there are enormous issues with attempting to generalize any results from a global review to U.S. children. As for the 2006 study linked by Dr. Novella, it just goes to an abstract and there is no information AT ALL about where the study was done, who the participants were, what measures were used, or how the data was gathered and from where. We are able to go to another link that eventually gets us to a place where we are offered the chance to purchase the article for $35, but given the quality of research Dr. Novella tends to reference, I have more important things to do with my money. You do, too. I was able to get a sneak peak at the first page, and could see that the study was performed in the U.K., so I’m guessing it probably wasn’t about American children. I’m sure Dr. Novella has access to the full article, and that he didn’t just make assumptions based on reading the abstract. Perhaps he would be willing to provide it for us to review?

While we’re waiting, I suggest reading this article, which reports on the findings of a study performed at Stanford in 2011, using data on American children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The researchers analyzed data from 192 pairs of twins from California. Their findings indicate that genetics accounts for 38% of the risk for autism, and non-genetic (environmental) factors account for 62% of the risk.

And there you are! That’s your REALITY CHECK for today!

FYI:  The use of Danish studies to try and convince you that the vaccine-autism connection has been “debunked” has a long history. For a good read on previous trickery of this sort, read this.

Read more from VaxTruth:

When Bad Astronomy Becomes Bad Science – The Pitfalls of Proselytizing

 

Vaccines Do Not Cause Allergies – Dr. Offit Says So! Oh… Really???

 

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough

 

Measles at Disneyland!

There are nine confirmed cases of measles among people who visited Disneyland during the week before Christmas, according to this report from KTTV in Los Angeles.

Let the hysteria begin! Or not.

Before everyone starts panicking and racing out to get vaccinated. Please take some time to learn the truth about measles, and about the MMR vaccine.

Nearly three years ago there was another “big scare” when two cases of measles were tied to people who visited the Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis. That “outbreak” resulted in near-hysteria in three states and a huge media campaign to blame parents of children who had not received the MMR vaccine. Did you hear about it? Yeah. It didn’t last long. And guess what? Nobody died.

I wrote about it at the time, and since I collected a lot of information then, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel for this “outbreak.”

Here is the article from USA Today, which was written about the Indiana outbreak. I’m sure there will be similar articles regarding the Disneyland “outbreak.”

 

Dr. John Christenson of Riley Hospital for Children here said in an email that although measles can be a fatal disease, it is also preventable.

Parents should take this opportunity to make sure their children are up to date on their shots, he said.

“While some parents may have concerns about the MMR vaccine, there is no evidence that this vaccine causes autism or other chronic adverse conditions,” Christenson said, referring to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine that is a recommended childhood vaccination and usually needed to attend school.

 

Dr. Christenson’s statements are likely to be repeated by other doctors and by Public Health officials in California, so let’s examine what Dr. Christenson says.

“Measles can be a fatal disease.”  This is true.  It is more likely to be fatal if you happen to live in a third-world country than if you live in the United States.

The CDC has this to say about the severe complications from measles:

Some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). They may need to be hospitalized and could die.

  • As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children.
  • About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or mentally retarded.
  • For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.

 

The statement that 1 out of 1,000 “children” who get measles will die from it is misleading. That’s because those numbers are based on the global measles problem; not measles in the United States.

When I wrote the article on the Indiana “outbreak” in 2012, there was a CDC MMWR publication I used and linked to, to show how inflated the 1/1000 number was. That publication has either been moved or taken down. I will try to find it and include it here, but for now I have to leave this information without the citation (due to limited time). In the CDC’s MMWR report on measles, it stated there are approximately 20 Million cases of measles each year worldwide and of those cases, there are approximately 197,000 deaths. This appears to be where they are getting their figure of 1 or 2 deaths per 1,000 cases.  The MMWR report also stated that about 1/2 of the deaths from measles occur in India.  So if half of the roughly 200,000 deaths from measles occurs in India, then the rest of the world splits the remaining 100,000 deaths per year. That still sounds like a lot. And SOME of them were children – not all. So the 1 in 1,000 deaths among children statement just doesn’t make sense, unless you are talking about children in third-world countries.

My friend Dawn wrote a great article called Putting Measles Into Perspective, which was published here on VaxTruth. In her article, Dawn points out that prior to the availability of the measles vaccine, which was licensed in 1963, the number of yearly measles deaths in the U.S. was approximately 450.

Here is a photo Dawn used in her article, to demonstrate a more likely estimate of the risk of U.S. citizens dying from measles:

 

 

Dawn writes:

Also, consider that in 1963, the population was 189,241,798. That means that prior to the vaccine, the percentage of the entire US population that died from measles was .000237%.

 

.000237% is a very small number.  What this means is that prior to the availability of the measles vaccine in the U.S., between 2 and 3 people out of every ONE MILLION U.S. citizens died from measles complications.   Are you feeling a little better now about the “outbreak” of measles at Disneyland?  I hope so.

Dr. Christenson states:  “Measles is also preventable.  Parents should take this opportunity to make sure their children are up to date on their shots.”

The implication of Dr. Christenson’s statement is that vaccines will prevent your child from getting measles.  Is this true?

Here are a few studies that do not support Dr. Christenson’s statement:

  • “The phenomenon of declining vaccine efficacy may have become more pronounced in recent years because there has been less exposure to measles infection; we have found that exposure to natural measles is important in maintaining protective antibody levels among vaccinated children.”  (citation)
  • Clin. Invest. Med., vol. 11, no. 4, August 1988, pp. 304-9:    “Measles serodiagnosis during an outbreak in a vaccinated community” –  From a group of 30 measles-sufferers displaying IgM antibodies during the acute phase of illness, 17 had been vaccinated for measles. All 17 experienced measles again, showing IgM antibodies indicating acute infection. “A history of prior vaccination is not always associated with immunity nor with the presence of specific antibodies.” (citation)
  • Boulianne N, et al.(1991) [Major measles epidemic in the region of Quebec despite a 99% vaccine coverage]. Can J Public Health. 1991 May-Jun;82(3):189-90. French. PMID: 1884314; UI: 91356447. The 1989 measles outbreak in the province of Quebec has been largely attributed to an incomplete vaccination coverage. In the Quebec City area (pop. 600,000) 1,363 confirmed cases of measles did occur. A case-control study conducted to evaluate risk factors for measles allowed us to estimate vaccination coverage. It was measured in classes where cases did occur during the outbreak. This population included 8,931 students aged 5 to 19 years old. The 563 cases and a random sample of two controls per case selected in the case’s class were kept for analysis. The vaccination coverage among cases was at least 84.5%. Vaccination coverage for the total population was 99.0%. Incomplete vaccination coverage is not a valid explanation for the Quebec City measles outbreak. (citation)
  • Davis RM, et al.(1987) A persistent outbreak of measles despite appropriate prevention and control measures. Am J Epidemiol. 1987 Sep;126(3):438-49. PMID: 3618578; UI: 87295970. From January 4 to May 13, 1985, an outbreak of 137 cases of measles occurred in Montana and persisted for 12 generations of spread. A total of 114 cases occurred on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in northwest Montana. Of the 137 cases, 82 (59.9%) were in school-aged children (aged 5-19 years). Of the 114 cases on the reservation, 108 (94.7%) were classified as programmatically nonpreventable. A total of 64 (82.1%) of the 78 patients on the reservation who were born after 1956 and were above the recommended age at vaccination had a history of adequate measles vaccination. Additionally, an audit of immunization records at the schools in Browning, Montana, where most of the cases occurred, showed that 98.7% of students were appropriately vaccinated. A retrospective cohort study in the Browning schools failed to identify age at vaccination or time since vaccination as significant risk factors for vaccine failure. Overall vaccine efficacy was 96.9% (95% confidence interval =89.5-98.2%). None of 80 Browning students who were vaccinated at less than 12 months of age and revaccinated at 15 months of age or older became infected. A case-control study showed a significant association between attendance at Browning basketball games and infection early in the outbreak. This outbreak suggests that measles transmission may persist in some settings despite appropriate implementation of the current measles elimination strategy. (citation)
  • Barratta et al. (1970) investigated an outbreak of measles in Florida from Dec 1968-1969 and found there was little difference in the incidence of measles in vaccinated and unvaccinated children. (citation). Note: There is no abstract for this article on pubmed. This link provides more information.
  • Gustafson TL, (1987) Lievens AW, Brunell PA, Moellenberg RG, Buttery CM, Sehulster LM.    Measles outbreak in a fully immunized secondary-school population.  N Engl J Med 1987 Mar 26;316(13):771-4      An outbreak of measles occurred among adolescents in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the spring of 1985, even though vaccination requirements for school attendance had been thoroughly enforced. Serum samples from 1806 students at two secondary schools were obtained eight days after the onset of the first case. Only 4.1 percent of these students (74 of 1806) lacked detectable antibody to measles according to enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and more than 99 percent had records of vaccination with live measles vaccine. Stratified analysis showed that the number of doses of vaccine received was the most important predictor of antibody response. Ninety-five percent confidence intervals of seronegative rates were 0 to 3.3 percent for students who had received two prior doses of vaccine, as compared with 3.6 to 6.8 percent for students who had received only a single dose. After the survey, none of the 1732 seropositive students contracted measles. Fourteen of 74 seronegative students, all of whom had been vaccinated, contracted measles. In addition, three seronegative students seroconverted without experiencing any symptoms. We conclude that outbreaks of measles can occur in secondary schools, even when more than 99 percent of the students have been vaccinated and more than 95 percent are immune. (citation)
  • MMWR Measles in an Immunized School-Aged Population — New Mexico Vol 34, No 04;052 02/01/1985. The school system reported that 98% of students were vaccinated against measles before the outbreak began..  (citation)

So, you probably get the picture by now.  If you want to see more studies documenting vaccine failure for measles, I suggest you go here.

Dr. Christenson says:

“While some parents may have concerns about the MMR vaccine, there is no evidence that this vaccine causes autism or other chronic adverse conditions,” Christenson said, referring to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine that is a recommended childhood vaccination and usually needed to attend school.

Let’s break this one down.

“…there is no evidence that this vaccine causes autism or other chronic adverse conditions.”

First, let me say that I personally believe Andrew Wakefield’s report, in which he stated there “may be” an association between MMR, gastrointestinal disease and autism was correct.  If you believe that makes everything I say suspect, then there is probably very little I can do to convince you otherwise.  Did you know Dr. Wakefield’s research has been replicated? It has. In at least 28 studies in multiple different countries.  I know his observations have been replicated because even those who are trying to refute his findings have replicated them.  See my article, Only 5 of 25 if you doubt the veracity of this statement.

Here are a few other studies that have reported an association between autism and MMR vaccine:

Regardless of what you believe about the MMR/Autism debate, Dr. Christenson has stated (as others no doubt will also state) that there is no evidence of other chronic adverse conditions.  Is THIS part of his statement true?

No.

Here are a few articles from the peer-reviewed medical literature, documenting some of the “other chronic adverse conditions” from MMR vaccination:

 Neurological disorders:

Serious Blood Disorders:

  • Oski, F.A. and Naiman, J.L. “Effect of live measles vaccine on the platelet count.” New England Journal of Medicine1966; 265:352-56.
  • Bottiger, M., et al. “Swedish experience of two dose vaccination programme aiming at eliminating measles, mumps, and rubella.” British Medical Journal1987; 295:1264-67.
  • Koch, J. et al. “Adverse events temporally associated with immunizing agents�1987 report.” Canada Diseases Weekly Report1989; 15:151-58.
  • Fescharek, R., et al. “Measles-mumps vaccination in the FRG: an empirical analysis after 14 years of use. II. Tolerability and analysis of spontaneously reported side effects.” Vaccine1990; 8:446-56.
  • Nieminen, U., et al. “Acute thrombocytopenic purpura following measles, mumps and rubella vaccination: A report on 23 patients.” Acta Paediatrica1993; 82:267-70.
  • 146. Farrington, P., et al. “A new method for active surveillance of adverse events from diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis and measles/mumps/rubella vaccines.” Lancet1995; 345: 567-69.
  • Jonville-Bera, A.P., et al. “Thrombocytopenic purpura after measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination: a retrospective survey by the French Regional Pharmacovigilance Centres and Pasteur-Merieux Serums et Vaccins.” Pediatr Infect Dis J1996; 15:44-48.
  • Beeler, J. et al. “Thrombocytopenia after immunization with measles vaccines: review of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting Systerm (1990-1994).” Pediatr Infect Dis J 1996; 15:88-90.

Sensory Impairments Including Eye Disorders and Hearing Loss:

Immune System Damage, other than Autism:

Bowel Disease:

Severe Allergic Reaction:

Atypical Measles from MMR Vaccination:

 

Thank-you to Think-Twice, Global Vaccine Institute for compiling much of the information above.

Of course, if you don’t want to weed through all of the above studies to find out if the MMR vaccine can cause long-term, serious, chronic conditions, you could just ask the mother of this child:

 

 

 

Final word:

The last part of of the statement that needs to be addressed does not appear to be from Dr. Christenson; rather, it appears to come from the author of the USA Today article.  It is the assertion that MMR Vaccine is “usually needed” for school attendance.

It’s not… unless you happen to live in West Virginia or Mississippi.

To find out about vaccine exemptions in your state, please click this link.

Educate before you vaccinate. Read more from VaxTruth:

 

Aluminum Toxicity and a Primer on NVIC’s Vaccine Ingredients Calculator

 

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough

 

Healthy Children & Adults Vaccinated with Flu Shot are Dying

 

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough

Update:  This article is very heavily referenced with scientific research. Some have commented that it may be overwhelming. I believe it is important to reference everything we say, because if we don’t, we are accused of following Jenny McCarthy and making our decisions based on “a single study from England that was debunked…”

I would like for everyone to really read this article and be sure to save the links to peer-reviewed medical literature that are included. However, I also understand the feeling of being overwhelmed.

My friend Dana and I have put together a youtube video, which is basically “the Cliff’s Notes” on this article. It may help to watch and listen to this first. (Dana is the brilliance behind the graphic design… )

 

Let’s talk about those whooping cough outbreaks, shall we?

And while we’re at it, can we talk about DTaP? The Diptheria,Tetanus and acellular Pertussis vaccine? We have to. Because that’s what’s causing the outbreaks. I’m betting at this point 98% of those on the pro-vaccine side have stopped reading. It astounds me how many people have made up their minds, and they seem to think they “know” everything there is to know about the whooping cough outbreaks and DTaP/TDap vaccines. I could be wrong about this, but it appears that many listen to Paul Offit as if he is a “prophet,” and they don’t feel the need to think for themselves or look further. When we are talking about science, and the human body, I just don’t see how we can ever say there is nothing left to learn. The fact that we never know everything there is to know is the basis of scientific inquiry – and that includes science that influences the medical decision-making process. For those who are still with me, thanks for sticking around and for being brave enough to use your own intellect and the discernment God gave you. Here we go…

The first thing I want to say about the acellular vaccine is that the reason it was developed in the first place was because the whole cell pertussis vaccine was so dangerous and too many babies were dying. SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was one of the most serious adverse events following vaccination with the whole cell pertussis vaccine. Prior to the establishment of the 1986 Vaccine-Injury Compensation Program (VICP), parents whose children were seriously injured or killed by vaccines could pursue legal action against vaccine manufacturers. There were so many lawsuits being filed that vaccine makers basically held the U.S. federal government hostage and threatened to stop making vaccines altogether if the government didn’t step in and protect them from lawsuits. And that is why now, if vaccines injure or kill your child, you cannot sue the vaccine manufacturer. For more information on the history of DTP, please go here and here.

So… it was known that the DTP (or DPT) vaccine was very dangerous.

In 1991, the first DTaP vaccine was licensed in the U.S. on the premise that the acellular version would be safer and would produce fewer side effects and deaths than the DTwP (whole cell) version of the vaccine. There are two versions (and multiple producers) of the acellular vaccine. DTaP is given to infants and children up to age ten. TDap is given to persons who are 10 and older, including adults. Much of the information in this post refers to both DTaP and TDaP, as they are both acellular pertussis vaccines.

Safety studies for the DTaP vaccine are problematic in that the new vaccine was tested against the old vaccine. There was no true placebo group. This is common practice in vaccine safety studies. Other problems with the clinical safety studies include the use of unequal numbers of subjects between groups, and very short follow-up of participants; generally 3-4 days post-vaccination. It is also noted that in the clinical trials there is a consistent rate of attrition (children who dropped out or were removed from the study by their parents), which resulted in fewer and fewer participants as the studies progressed. There is no mention in the vaccine-manufacturer’s inserts as to why the children were removed from the study. We can speculate that one possible reason for parents pulling their child from a study might be due to the child having an adverse reaction, and the parent not wanting to take that risk again, but that would just be speculation on our part. There is some evidence to suggest this may be the case, judging from the fact that in the clinical trials, the percentage of children who experienced systemic reactions increased with each successive vaccine in the series. In other words, the percentage of children whose parents reported adverse reactions was higher at doses 4 and 5 than at doses 1 and 2.  To review this information for yourself, you can obtain the vaccine manufacturer’s inserts here, with the exception of the Tripedia insert, which is no longer available on that site. It can be obtained here. I wrote a piece a while back on the Tripedia vaccine, which some folks will tell you is no longer being used in the U.S. This is incorrect. It is still used and is now being combined with the HiB vaccine to form ActHIB and TriHiBit. Just an FYI…

One other little tidbit of information about Tripedia… while you have the manufacturer’s insert up on your computer screen, go to page 11. You will see this:

Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea. Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccine.”

 

Again, when you are using small groups in your clinical trials and only following them for 3-4 days after the vaccine, it’s no wonder you can’t make reliable estimates about what really happens when you give the vaccine to four million infants each year, as if they are all the same.

So… that’s a little history about how we came to have the acellular version of the vaccine and why.

As a result of issues just discussed, there really isn’t a lot of evidence that the DTaP is much safer than the DTP. When we are making decisions about whether or not a medical intervention is appropriate for our children or for ourselves, we need to do what’s called a cost-benefit analysis. Basically what we need to know is:

1. What are the reported risks (cost) of the intervention?

2. What are the reported benefits of the intervention?

3. Based on the evidence, do the benefits outweigh the risks?

When doing a cost-benefit analysis, we also must take into consideration individual differences and family history. Anyone who has ever worked in a clinical practice where patient safety is valued will tell you the importance of individual and family medical history, when considering whether or not a patient is a good candidate for medications or for invasive medical procedures. Good doctors won’t prescribe birth control pills to young women with a history of blood clots. They won’t prescribe certain medications to children who have epilepsy. Even over-the-counter medications are not safe for everyone, as anyone with high blood pressure and a head cold will tell you. Good doctors realize there is nothing in medicine (no prescription, no procedure) that is safe for 100% of their patient population, and they realize the importance of taking the time and exercising caution before prescribing or recommending any medication or procedure. It’s called patient care.

When it comes to childhood vaccinations, patient care goes out the window and it’s all about patient compliance. If we listen to Paul Offit we are all supposed to ignore family medical history and genetics, and line up and do as we are told. Dr. Offit is a vaccine-extremist. He has stated that infants can receive 10,000 vaccines in a single day without any problem. In this most recent propaganda piece from Australia, Dr. Offit also appears to express the view that parents who wish to exercise caution or who choose not to vaccinate their children should have their kids taken away by the state. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want someone that extreme making decisions about my child’s healthcare. And while we’re on the subject of Dr. Offit, it should be known that he holds a research chair position at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and his salary is paid by Merck – the maker of a number of vaccines given to children. I don’t know what his current salary is, but a few years ago it was reported to be $1.5 Million per year. I doubt he is making less money these days, given that his position as the voice of universal vaccination has only become louder and more extreme since that time. Dr. Offit also developed a vaccine for rotavirus – and the patent for that vaccine sold for a reported $182 Million. But, I’m sure, when it comes to the vaccination of 4 million children per year, with vaccines that sell for anywhere from $10 to $100+ each, the money is not an influence at all. RRRRiiight. (insert eye-roll)

Let’s start with the reported benefits of the vaccine. According to the CDC, the vaccine is safe and effective. If we believe what the CDC tells us, the vaccine will protect us and is the best thing we can do to ensure our children, especially our infants, are protected. According to this Whooping Cough Fact Sheet, there were 255 deaths from whooping cough in the United States between 2000 and 2012, and 221 of those deaths occurred in infants under three months of age.

Now let’s look at the risks part of our Risk-Benefit analysis of the DTaP vaccine. I should clarify that when assessing risks, this can be stated in terms of the known or reported risks of the DTaP vaccine. When trying to figure out the true risks, there are some problems; chief among them the fact that we don’t have accurate data to assess.

The only database we have is the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The problem is, even though the 1986 Federal Law states that it is mandated for physicians and other health providers to report known and suspected adverse reactions to vaccines, they aren’t doing it. Estimates by the AMA indicate that less than 10% of adverse reactions is reported to VAERS, and the number may be as low as 1-2%. So, when we look at those numbers, we need to remember that the actual number is much higher.

Since VAERS is all we have to go by, what do those numbers look like?

These numbers are from a search I did in October of 2014:

DTaP VAERS Sept 14, 2014

 The VAERS database is updated in 3 month cycles.

These are the numbers today (01/06/2015), after the most recent update:

DTaP VAERS Nov 14, 2014

These numbers represent the total number of adverse reactions reported to VAERS, since the DTaP was licensed in the early 1990s. Remember, these numbers are very likely to be a small fraction of the real number, due to severe under-reporting by doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. Parents can also report adverse reactions to VAERS… if they know about it and if they are able to jump through the hoops to do so.

Please notice that in three months’ time, there have been:

  • 50 Emergency Room Visits
  • 31 Serious Adverse Events
  • 8 Patients Disabled
  • 7 Life Threatening reactions
  • 2 Deaths

This is what was reported to VAERS as adverse reactions to the DTaP vaccine, in just 3 months. This does not include reactions reported for TDaP, so the numbers here ONLY include severe adverse reactions in children ten and under.

Let’s look at the numbers for TDap:

Vaccinations, Questions and Answers, CWI, Oct2014

 

Why are the numbers for TDap so much lower than for DTaP? There are probably several reasons, but the two most important are that TDap was only licensed in 2005, so DTaP has been around much longer. The other really big reason is that it wasn’t until just the last few years that TDap has been strongly pushed on adolescents and adults – this is in stark contrast to DTaP, which is administered five times to every infant and child born in the United States and vaccinated according to the CDC’s Childhood Vaccination Schedule. More vaccines given = more serious adverse events and deaths.

So, if we total the number of deaths from the acellular pertussis vaccine (just those that have been reported to VAERS), that number is 871.

871 deaths reported to VAERS from the acellular pertussis vaccine.

One reason why people die from the vaccine is anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction to a component of the vaccine. The vaccine-manufacturer’s inserts warn about this, and they state that anyone who has had a previous severe reaction or who has a known allergy to ANY of the vaccine’s ingredients should not receive the vaccine.

How many people do you know with milk allergies? There are a lot of them. Did you know the DTaP and TDap vaccines contain milk protein? Neither did I until my daughter had a severe reaction. She has a milk allergy.

This article reports on the observations of a group of physicians who witnessed several cases of anaphylaxis in their patients following administration of the DTaP vaccine. (Note:  The online report states the children received DPT vaccine. This is an error, since the DPT vaccine was no longer in use in the U.S. at the time.) The doctors presented their observations at an annual meeting of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology in 2011. What I find most interesting is that initially, the doctors (who are trained in allergy and immunology) were at first shocked to find milk protein in the vaccines they tested. They thought it was due to contamination. They knew that food proteins are not supposed to be injected into the body – they’re supposed to go through the gastrointestinal tract where they can be appropriately broken down. Well, guess what? It wasn’t contamination. The bacterial components of the vaccine are cultured on casamino acids – milk. This problem has been known since at least 2011. Have you heard anything about it? Has your doctor asked if you or your child have a milk allergy before recommending the DTaP or TDap vaccine? Our doctor knew of my daughter’s milk allergy, but he recommended (pushed) for her to get the TDap anyway. Why would he do that? He didn’t know. He had never read the manufacturer’s insert.

Going back to our Cost-Benefit Analysis and the questions:  “Is the intervention beneficial, and if so, do the benefits outweigh the risks?”

We have already heard what the CDC has to say. “Vaccines are GREAT! Vaccines save lives! Line up and get your vaccine!”

As thinking people, we need to dig deeper and see if what we are being told is true.

In other words… Does the vaccine REALLY work? We are told it does, and we are also told we need to get the vaccine in order to protect “herd immunity.” Unfortunately, there is no evidence that “vaccine-induced herd immunity exists.” It’s a theory. Let’s think about this theory for a few moments…

Pro-vaccine folks who try to shame you into vaccinating to protect “the herd” often state that we have to have 90-95% vaccine coverage in order to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases. How many of you reading this are over the age of 30? I am. I’m 54. My last DTP vaccine was in the fifth grade. When I was a kid, teenagers, college students and adults were not targeted for vaccination, so after I got my fifth grade booster shots, that was it. The same is true for most adults my age. That being the case, and given that at least 50% of the adult population has been walking around with ZERO vaccine-induced immunity for years (since we now know vaccines wear off in 3-5 years, if they work at all), that kind of shoots down the whole “herd immunity” argument, doesn’t it? There IS actually something to the herd immunity thing, and it used to be a real benefit to infants and young children whose mothers had natural immunity from the childhood illnesses they caught and fought through. That natural immunity was conferred to infants during their first year of life, and they were protected from things like measles and whooping cough. So, while it is true that vaccines have had an effect on herd immunity, it has not been a positive one. You can read more about herd immunity in this article from neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock.

In spite of the evidence (and common sense) telling us that vaccine-induced herd immunity is a load of whooey, we have all heard the reports on the morning talk shows and we have seen the news stories blaming unvaccinated children and their parents for outbreaks of pertussis. We need to take a deep breath and see just how likely this is to be the case. One way of doing that is to see if there are other explanations for what is going on.

CDC Emerging Infectious diseases

According to this study, the number one bacteria that causes whooping cough is mutating. (Any bells going off yet?) Where have we heard THAT recently? Hint… The CDC says the 2014-2015 flu vaccine doesn’t work as well as in most years because the flu strain is mutating. That’s what viruses and bacteria do. They have been around since the dawn of time and they are very resilient. They will change and mutate in order to survive. Does this surprise you? It shouldn’t. If you’ve ever taken an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, think back to what the doctor told you. It probably went something like this…

Be sure to take this antibiotic for the entire 7-10 days, and take it exactly as prescribed. Do not stop taking it when you feel better. If you don’t take it exactly as prescribed, it can cause the bacteria to change (mutate) and become resistant, and the next time you need the antibiotic it may not work.”

(Light bulb yet?)

Here’s the thing… If a bacteria can change to avoid eradication over the course of a 7-10 day administration of antibiotics, how are we supposed to believe a vaccine developed in 1991 against one strain of multiple bacteria that cause pertussis is still effective?

Light-bulb-moment

Ah! There it is! Light bulb moment!

Yep. At the time when the DTaP was developed in 1991, Bordatella Pertussis was the major problem bacteria that was causing whooping cough. However, it is not the only bacteria that CAN cause whooping cough. That means the DTaP is a “partial coverage vaccine.” Partial coverage just means there are other types of either viruses or bacteria that can also cause the disease in question. Right now, we’re talking about whooping cough. Other partial coverage vaccines include the pneumococcal vaccine, the flu vaccine, the meningococcal vaccine, and the HPV vaccine.

One thing that happens with partial coverage vaccines is that when the vaccine only covers one or a few strains and doesn’t cover the others, those that are not covered can (and do) become stronger. Those that are not covered can (and do) start to cause disease outbreaks when they didn’t or at least not as much, or not as serious, as before the vaccine became widespread. This has happened with the prevnar vaccine (for pneumococcal disease), and it’s why there are now three different versions: Prevnar7 (with 7 strains of streptococcus bacteria), Prevnar13 (with 13 strains of streptococcus) and Prevnar23 (with 23 strains of streptococcus). As the strep strains that are not covered in the vaccines become more problematic (this is known as “shift”), vaccine-developers have to keep going back to the drawing board (laboratory) to make new vaccines to cover more strains. Here is an article from the peer-reviewed medical literature that describes this issue. Of note… it’s not just too many vaccines at work. It’s also too many antibiotics. The overall issue is the bacteria are mutating and they are becoming more virulent and are more likely to be resistant to antibiotics. This is not a small issue. And it’s not because children aren’t getting enough vaccines or enough prescription medications. It’s because they are getting too many.

The pro-vaccine folks are probably rolling their eyes and screaming at the computer (or phone), “You don’t have any proof of that!”

Read on…

Let’s look at some very recent studies that have been done in the laboratory, using non-human subjects. Yes. Non-human subjects. Why? Because that’s where the research is being done. As far as Dr. Offit and other pro-vaccine folks are concerned, the questions have all been asked and answered and we don’t need to look any further. Unfortunately, that’s not the way science works. That’s the way religion works.

As Dr. Bernadine Healy (former head of NIH) stated to Sharyl Attkisson in a 2008 interview for CBS, we need to look at the research being done in animal models and not discount that research just because it doesn’t agree with the already-decided stance of those who benefit financially from the sale of vaccines. When we are talking about animal models and research, there are some that carry more weight than others, simply due to the fact that human beings share more DNA with certain animals (primates) than with others. I’m sorry if that offends anyone, but it’s a fact.

At this point, I’m going to take a little side-trip and discuss one animal-model study which, although it does not have anything to do with whooping cough, is a very good study to illustrate certain points.

This study, published in 2010, investigated the effects of the infant vaccine schedule (the one given to infant humans – the one Paul Offit wants to mandate without exemptions or exceptions for individuality), when adjusted for weight and given to infant macaque monkeys. The researchers used macaques because they share 93.5% of DNA with humans. In this study, the researchers divided the infant macaques into two groups. Unlike vaccine studies conducted with human participants, this was a true experimental design, with one experimental group (those who got vaccines) and one placebo group (those who didn’t get vaccines). Here are the results:

Macaque study results

So, there you have it. In a true experimental research study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated infant macaques, those that were vaccinated developed physiological symptoms consistent with what is often seen in children who have suffered reactions to vaccines and were later diagnosed with autism. Baby macaques in the placebo group, who were not vaccinated, did not.

Back to the DTaP…

As is discussed in this peer-reviewed scientific article, there are some animals that are more useful than others when we are talking about experiments investigating human physiology. Mice are often used. Baboons are the most preferred because they share 91% of DNA with humans, and therefore we can make stronger assumptions about whether or not the results of research can be applied to human beings.

So, what are we learning from the baboon studies?

Pertussis1

Pertussis2

According to this study, baboons who are vaccinated with the acellular pertussis vaccine can still harbor the bacteria in their throats (with or without symptoms) and spread it to others.

WHAT???

Yes. Vaccinated baboons can spread pertussis to others EVEN WHEN THEY HAVE ZERO SYMPTOMS.

Let that soak in.

Now… think about the practice of “cocooning.” Cocooning is the insane practice of vaccinating family members of infants (0ften before the infant comes home from the hospital), under the premise that in doing so, the infant will be protected from getting whooping cough. Tiny infants are the MOST vulnerable to serious outcomes from pertussis. If the findings of non-human primate studies hold true… cocooning is probably THE MOST dangerous thing that can possibly happen, from the vantage point of the tiny infant.

Now think about this…

If an unvaccinated child has pertussis, parents will know it and can take steps to stay away from newborns. If the results of this study hold true for humans, a vaccinated child or adult can hug and kiss a newborn and spread pertussis without even realizing it. If the results are true for humans, it also means the more people are vaccinated with the DTaP or TDap vaccine, the more likely they are to be contributing to the outbreaks of whooping cough. Could that be why, in recent history, every single pertussis outbreak has occurred in populations where the percentage of vaccinated individuals is higher than the national average? Whip out your common sense meter here.

Still not convinced? Okay… Let’s dig some more.

Remember when I told you that Bordatella Pertussis is only ONE of multiple strains of bacteria that cause whooping cough? And remember when we talked about “shift” and how those strains not covered in the vaccine can become more problematic? So far, we’ve been talking about evidence from non-human studies. As you are probably aware, the biggest and most widely publicized “pertussis outbreaks” have been in California. (“Pertussis” is in quotes, because according to the California Department of Public Health, it’s not just Bordatella Pertussis that’s causing the outbreaks.)

Parapertussis, California 2011

 

See that little blurb under the heading of Incidence of disease ???

It is estimated that 1% to 35% of known Bordatella infections are caused by B. parapertussis. Outbreaks are known to occur and have been reported recently in California.”

 

I’ll give you a moment to absorb that. I know it’s difficult. This is completely different from everything we’ve been told by the mainstream news sources so many of us rely on. Not to sound like your mother, but… “Don’t believe everything you hear on television. Especially when each 60 minute news cast has between 5-10 commercials for pharmaceutical products.” Yep. Just like Paul Offit, your “news” is bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. Shocking. I know.

So, if up to 35% of whooping cough cases are being caused by B. parapertussis, what could be causing what appears to be an increase in those cases? For this one, we don’t have human studies, and we don’t have primate studies. We have a mouse-model.

pertussis vaccination enhances parapertussis colonization

 

Their data showed no within-host competition between B. pertussis and B. parapertussis, as well as a strong acellular vaccine-induced protection against infection with B. pertussis in both singly and co-infected mice. In contrast, VACCINATION LED TO A 40-FOLD ENHANCEMENT OF B. parapertussis COLONIZATION IN THE LUNGS… It is speculated to involve specific immune responses skewed or dampened by the acellular vaccine…”

This research from the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State University STRONGLY suggests that, despite what you are being told about how the unvaccinated are spreading disease, the opposite is true, and it is THE VACCINATED who are infecting each other through a combination of factors, including vaccines that don’t work, and which cause the development of new, more virulent strains of bacteria and viruses, which are spreading in the absence of symptoms, and which are greatly increased in the lungs of vaccine recipients WHEN THEY ARE VACCINATED.

There.

I’m so glad we’ve cleared that up.

Please. Educate yourself about vaccines before you vaccinate your children. If you choose to vaccinate, do not do it because you are fear-mongered or guilted into it. Consider where your information is coming from, and who is paying to ensure what information you receive. And remember, if something happens to your child, Dr. Offit won’t be the one paying for the funeral or for the life-long care of your child. You will.

Read more:

Healthy Children and Adults Vaccinated with Flu Shot are Dying

Healthy Children & Adults Vaccinated with Flu Shot are Dying

Today we are mourning as we learn of more deaths of previously healthy children and young adults.

VaxTruth and the #CDCwhistleblower community of parents would like to offer our most sincere condolences and prayers to the families of Kiera Driscoll, Katherine McQuestion, Ayzlee McCarthy, Amber Gray, Kristie Green, Kaylynne Matten, Christopher Kanervisto, Chandler Webb, Ronan Burgess, and Patty Methot.

Kiera Driscoll, age five, died from the same strain of flu for which she had been vaccinated.

Kiera Driscoll, age five, died from the same strain of flu for which she had been vaccinated.

Kiera’s father, Patrick, said his daughter developed a cough and fever Sunday. On Monday, she was taken to a clinic, and prescribed steroids and a nebulizer. She collapsed later that day, and his wife performed CPR on Kiera until paramedics arrived. Kiera later died.

Patrick Driscoll said that Kiera had been vaccinated against the flu. He said doctors confirmed that Kiera had contracted the same strain for which she had been vaccinated.

 

Katherine McQuestion, age 26, received a mandatory flu shot as a condition of her hospital employment.

Katherine McQuestion, age 26, received a mandatory flu shot as a condition of her hospital employment.

McQuestion’s mother said her daughter was healthy, beautiful and smart. She married in September, and her funeral was held on Tuesday. McQuestion’s mother said her daughter was required to and had received a flu shot, but it didn’t keep her from becoming sick.”

 

Ayzlee McCarthy

Ayzlee McCarthy. Dead at age three.

 

Ayzlee McCarthy, 3, was buried New Year’s Day in Elk Horn… she died Monday morning at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines not even 72 hours after she started showing flu like symptoms.

 

Amber Gray

Amber Gray. Dead at age fourteen.

“She was completely healthy, nothing wrong with her. Yeah just a healthy typical 14-year-old girl which makes what happens to her that much more shocking.”

 

Kristie Green

Kristie Green. Dead at age 37.

Kristie Green died the day after Christmas… Green’s daughter says she can’t believe her mother is gone.

 

Kiera, Ayzlee, Amber, and Kristie had two things in common. They all got this year’s flu shot. They all were diagnosed with Type A Influenza, which is one of the Influenza strains contained each year in the flu shot, regardless of which version is given. Influenza Type B is also contained in yearly flu shots. Ayzlee was diagnosed with both Type A and Type B Influenza. Because of her age, it is likely that Ayzlee received the Flu Mist vaccine – a live virus vaccine. We do not know for sure which vaccines they received. All we know is that each of these formerly healthy, vibrant individuals got the flu shot. They (or their parents) thought they were protected and now they are gone.

The CDC has stated that this year’s flu shot is less effective than most yearly flu shots because the virus has mutated. That happens. Viruses mutate and change (so do bacteria). They do so in order to avoid eradication. The viruses are trying to survive and the more we try to wipe them out, the more likely they are to mutate. This may be happening with the flu viruses in part as a result of the increase in vaccination of children and young adults. In the not-so-distant past, deaths from flu were nearly unheard of in children and young adults. They were far more likely to occur in the aged – those past the age of 65. That was during the time (prior to 2004-2009) when basically the only people who were pressured to get yearly flu shots were people over the age of 65.

We all need to be informed. We all need to make educated decisions. Many of us turn to the CDC for advice when we don’t know what to do.

Why is the CDC pushing this year’s flu shot when it is ineffective against this year’s strain of flu? It is difficult to say, but one possible reason may be related to finances. The CDC receives money for each vaccine that is sold.

When we are seeking unbiased advice about decisions that carry life and death consequences, maybe we shouldn’t be asking for it from those who have a financial stake in the outcome of our decisions.

In their push to get every man, woman and child to get this year’s flu shot, the CDC and the mainstream media reports have repeatedly stated that everyone should still get it, even though it is “less effective” than usual, because getting the flu shot will provide some sort of “cross-over protection” and may make flu symptoms less severe. I haven’t seen ANY proof of those statements and they really just don’t make sense.  A vaccine for one virus works against different viruses? If getting a vaccine for chickenpox worked against measles, why do we need both?

I really would like to see the data the CDC is using to base its claim that getting the vaccine lessens symptoms of flu. As this excellent article  indicates, research strongly suggests the opposite is true and that getting the flu vaccine actually makes flu symptoms worse. Judging from the increasing number of deaths among children and young adults who have received the flu vaccine, and using a little common sense… the CDC’s claims don’t really resonate with me. And then there’s some very compelling evidence from the Cochrane Collaboration, one of the world’s most prestigious independent research groups. (Independent meaning unlike The CDC, they don’t receive any money from the sale of vaccines.)

The Cochrane Collaboration has this to say about the CDC’s claims:

The CDC authors clearly do not weight interpretation by quality of the evidence, but quote anything that supports their theory.” – from the Cochrane Collaboration’s Review of Influenza Vaccine Efficacy & Safety Studies

 

The Cochrane Collaboration’s research on the flu vaccine is very important reading for anyone who wants an unbiased, well-researched opinion. After studying the published research dating back to the 1960s, on flu vaccine efficacy and safety, the Cochrane Collaboration researchers found that the makers of the flu vaccine actually hit their mark about 10% of the time. So this year’s flu vaccine fiasco is nothing new. Ninety percent of the flu vaccines made since the 1960’s have been ineffective. In a “good year,” when the vaccine actually targets the strain of flu that is circulating, the effectiveness varies, depending on the age and immune status of the recipient. Efficacy at preventing flu ranges from about 30%  to about 1% in healthy adults. The researchers found no effect on flu vaccination when it comes to preventing hospitalizations, preventing the spread of influenza-like-illness, or preventing serious complications from flu. You can read more about the Cochrane Collaborations flu research here.

When attempting to make informed decisions about health care, we need to not only consider if a proposed intervention works (the benefit); we also must consider the potential harm of the intervention (the risks). This is what is known as the Risk-Benefit Analysis. With regard to the flu vaccine, assessing the risk is difficult because we don’t have accurate data. The best we have is VAERS – Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System; a database maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Unfortunately, because VAERS is a voluntary reporting system and there are no consequences to doctors, nurses or pharmacists for failing to report adverse reactions to vaccines, the AMA estimates that less than 10% of reactions is ever reported, and the number may be as low as 1-2%. This makes it very difficult to assess whether any benefit of flu vaccine outweighs the risks. What we do know is that in the last few years, the number of serious reactions reported to VAERS from flu vaccines has been steadily increasing. We also know that adverse events from flu vaccines are now the most frequent cases being filed with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Go here for more information.

As we are grieving the loss of increasing numbers of children and young adults, the goal of this post is two-fold:  It is my  most sincere prayer that the families of Ayzlee, Amber, and Kristie know how much we mourn the loss of their precious family members. Our prayers, our sympathy, and our love go out to you. As painful as this is, it is also our goal to educate others and to hopefully prevent more lives being lost.

Please. Educate before you vaccinate.

Kiera’s story

Katherine’s story

Ayzlee’s story

Amber’s Story

Kristie’s Story

These are just four of the most recent deaths of which we have become aware. There are others.

Kaylynne Matten, age 7. Died December 6, 2011, four days after receiving the flu shot.

Kaylynne Matten. Died at age 7, four days after receiving the flu shot.

Kaylynne Matten. Died at age 7, four days after receiving the flu shot.

Nicole and Justin Matten of Barton have lived every parent’s worst nightmare. On December 2 their 7-year-old daughter, Kaylynne, visited her physician for an annual checkup. She got a flu shot. The next day, she developed a bad headache and fever. On December 6, the normally happy and healthy girl, who had no previous history of chronic health problems or adverse reactions to vaccines, turned blue, stopped breathing and died in her mother’s arms.”

 

Christopher Kanervisto, age 19. Died November 20, 2009, one month after receiving FluMist.

Christopher Kanervisto. Died at 19, one month after receiving the flu shot.

Christopher Kanervisto. Died at 19, one month after receiving the nasal flu vaccine (FluMist).

We finally received the autopsy results in mid-February 2010. Cause of death:  Viral Myocarditis. The medical examiner said it was the “flu” he had in October. I reminded her he had not had the flu; it was the vaccine he had in October… In Christopher’s case I believe it was the vaccine that triggered the Myocarditis… I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, he was my little boy.”

 

Chandler Webb, age 19. Died November 19, 2013. One month after receiving the flu shot.

Chandler Webb. Died one month after receiving the flu shot.

Chandler Webb. Died at age 19, one month after receiving the flu shot.

A doomed man pleaded with his doctors to save him as he slipped into a coma last month — a coma he never woke up from…Now Lori Webb says the death of her son, Chandler Webb, 19, was caused by a flu shot he received the week before he was rushed to the hospital.”

 

Ronan Burgess, age 5. Died December 25, 2013, one month after receiving the flu vaccine (Flumist).

Ronan Burgess died at age 5, one month after vaccination with FluMist.

Ronan Burgess died at age 5, one month after vaccination with FluMist.

Calandra (Ronan’s mother)  told our reporters that Ronan received the nasal flu vaccine in November. “All three of my children had the nasal spray. My other two kids didn’t get sick at all,” said Burgess.

Calandra hopes Ronan’s death will help others learn about the flu vaccine.

“It gives his life meaning. And it gives his death meaning. That’s the only way I can look at it,” Calandra said.

 

VaxTruth notes that when interviewed after Ronan’s death, his mother did not believe the vaccine was a contributing factor. Sadly, she blamed herself. She stated she and her husband had not been vaccinated and they contracted the flu. Mrs. Burgess expressed her feelings of guilt and urged others to ensure they were vaccinated. We wanted to include Ronan among those we honor in this post because we feel it is important to report the truth. There is no way to know if the vaccine contributed to his death, or if he would have become ill even if his parents had not. FluMist is a live virus vaccine and can cause infection in those who receive it. FluMist recipients can also spread the flu to others for up to a month after vaccination, as the manufacturer’s insert states (see Table 5, page 14). We pray you Rest In Peace, Ronan, and we pray blessings for solace to your family.

Patty Bill Methot, age 49. Died January 30, 2014 from pneumonia, a complication of H1N1 infection.

Patty Bill Methot, age 49. Died from pneumonia following H1N1 infection.

Patti Bill Methot, age 49. Died from pneumonia following H1N1 infection. She was vaccinated.

Patty Methot developed pneumonia and a blood infection after being diagnosed with H1N1, Giusti said. She said Methot died with family members by her side, including her husband and Kelsey (her 10 year-old daughter).
Neither antiviral medication nor vaccination was able to save Patty Methot’s life, Giusti said.
“That’s the kicker of the whole thing. She had the flu shot — we all did,” Giusti said.

 

Sadly, we know there are many we haven’t heard about yet, and many more to come. Please help us spread the word, so other families are able to make informed decisions.

Additional research regarding FluMist:

Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Enhances Colonization ofStreptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in Mice

Following infection with an influenza virus, infected or recently recovered individuals become transiently susceptible to excess bacterial infections, particularly Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. Indeed, in the absence of preexisting comorbidities, bacterial infections are a leading cause of severe disease during influenza epidemics. While this synergy has been known and is well studied, what has not been explored is the natural extension of these interactions to live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIVs). Here we show, in mice, that vaccination with LAIV primes the upper respiratory tract for increased bacterial growth and persistence of bacterial carriage, in a manner nearly identical to that seen following wild-type influenza virus infections. Importantly, LAIV, unlike wild-type virus, did not increase severe bacterial disease of the lower respiratory tract. These findings may have consequences for individual bacterial disease processes within the upper respiratory tract, as well as bacterial transmission dynamics within LAIV-vaccinated populations.

 

More from VaxTruth:

Let’s Talk About Whooping Cough

 

Dr. Oz Show: Thimerosal in Flu Shots – What He Got Wrong & What You NEED to Know!

 

Vaccinations:  Your Child vs. “The Greater Good”

 

Learn about the #CDCwhistleblower campaign on Twitter.

Measles Case in North Carolina – Keep Calm and Read On

Officials in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina have identified a single case of measles, which they report involves an unvaccinated individual who had traveled to a country where measles was not an unusual thing.

For the record, measles didn’t used to be an unusual thing in the United States, either. Pretty much everyone who is over the age of 60 had measles as a kid, and pretty much everyone got over it just fine, without any lasting problems. Did you know that getting measles naturally as a child was actually celebrated in many cultures? That’s because catching the measles and getting over it grants lifelong immunity and helps to strengthen and train the immune system to help fight off other viruses in the future. Cool how God’s perfect design works.

The news article linked above, announcing the single measles case in North Carolina is pretty similar in some ways to other news articles from the past. Certain things are brought up:

  1. Measles is contagious (true)
  2. Measles can be prevented by vaccination (true, maybe, but definitely not always)
  3. Measles can be fatal (true, much more likely to happen if you live in a third world country with poor sanitation, no running water, and a high rate of malnutrition and starvation in your indigenous population)

In addition, these kinds of news articles almost always contain highly inflated death statistics warning the reader that every year hundreds of thousands of people die from measles. They almost never mention that those numbers are completely irrelevant in the United States or other developed nations, and they certainly don’t mention that those numbers were not relevant to people living in the United States, even many years before the measles vaccine was ever invented. See this article for more on how the decline in the death rate from infectious diseases had little or nothing to do with vaccines.

The article from North Carolina is consistent with previous “disease announcement articles” in that it contains all of the above. However, there is something in the North Carolina measles article that is missing and its absence is quite interesting. What’s missing at this time is any mention of the “safety” of the MMR vaccine. There is no mention of parental concerns about MMR and autism. There is no mention of the frequently reported lie that the MMR vaccine has been “proven” to have no causal effect in the development of chronic illness and autism.

My… how things have changed.

Do you remember the big ruckus when two cases of measles were identified among people who had attended the 2012 Super Bowl? I do. Here is the article I wrote about that debacle.  In the report of the Super Bowl measles outbreak Dr. John Christensen of Riley Hospital for Children maintained that the MMR was safe, effective, and had nothing to do with autism.

What has happened that might have changed the way measles cases are now reported?

I’ll tell you what happened. The CDC Whistleblower happened.

We now know that the MMR vaccine DOES cause an increase in autism, and we know that at least for African-American boys, that increased risk is HUGE – nearly 240% increased risk. We don’t know how big the increase is for other children because the CDC scientists who are charged with doing the research committed fraud and covered it up for more than 10 years.

What we also know is that since the #CDCwhistleblower story broke, there has been a complete media blackout of the story. Today, December 30, 2014 is the 130th day of that media blackout. The media is desperately trying to avoid reporting anything about the #CDCwhistleblower issue. In the meantime, parents of children harmed by vaccines, including the MMR vaccine, are blowing up Twitter, with more than 600,000,000 tweets and on schedule to break a billion tweets in the coming days.

Day130

Could this be why there is no mention of the “safety” of the MMR vaccine?

So… Should you panic at the thought of measles? No. Please read this article for a shot of perspective, before racing out to update your vaccination status. I also highly recommend reading Dr. Viera Scheibner’s series on Measles Vaccination at the International Medical Council on Vaccination website. Check out their other articles while you’re there for lots of excellent, research-based information on all things vaccine-related.

The one thing we don’t need to do is panic. Education is power. Be awake, aware, and informed. And join the thousands of parent-activists seeking justice for our children. We’re on Twitter, and we’re waiting for you. Follow me @MarcellaPiperTe and help us #BREAKaBillion.

When Bad Astronomy Becomes Bad Science – The Pitfalls of Proselytizing

This morning I happened across this Slate article, published on the Bad Astronomy Blog.

Dr. Mayim Bialik is not only a talented actor, she also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

Dr. Mayim Bialik is not only a talented actor, she also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

I like (for the most part) how Phil Plait argues his point about being supportive of Dr. Bialik as a scientist overall. However, I find it interesting that he, as a scientist with a Ph.D. in astronomy, appears to feel confident that his background and training have given him the tools to understand vaccines and the brain on a deeper level than the training and experience of Dr. Bialik, whose Ph.D. is in neuroscience.

Phil Plait seems to have forgotten (or is intentionally ignoring) the basic tenet of science, which states that the purpose of the field is investigation and inquiry. A hypothesis can never be proven; it can be supported by the results of well-conducted experiments, or the results of research can fail to support the hypothesis.

When it comes to “vaccine science,” the bulk of research regarding the safety or efficacy of vaccines as they are administered to children is fraught with deep problems in validity and reliability. Much of the research has been conducted and paid for by the companies who benefit from the sale of vaccines. This raises concern about bias, a very basic consideration when it comes to validity.

Another very basic problem is that, as Dr. Bernadine Healy (another brilliant female scientist and the first woman to head the National Institutes of Health) stated in her 2008 interview with Sharyl Attkisson, those who are putting out the research that argues against causality in the vaccine-autism debate are intentionally refusing to do the type of research that would identify such an association because they are afraid of what they will find and they are afraid the results will scare the public away from vaccines altogether. That’s not good science.

Arguing, as Phil Plait does, that this issue has somehow been settled, and that there is nothing further to investigate or pursue in the way of scientific inquiry regarding the dangers of the untested Childhood Vaccination Schedule, is also not based on science, and it’s not good journalism.

As a scientist, Dr. Plait should know that something as complex as the synergistic interaction between untold numbers of injected chemicals (many of them toxic), viruses, and bacteria, in a subject pool comprised of billions of individual children, with unique body chemistry, and individual differences in genetic makeup and other environmental exposures, the question of vaccine safety can never be answered. It can never be solved and put to rest. There are simply too many potentially confounding variables. And… The scientists and policy-makers are NOT LOOKING. They stopped doing ANY experimental work that could show causality a decade ago.

To maintain, as Dr. Plait does in his blog entry, that the question of vaccination has been solved, and there is no more need or justification for inquiry or doubt is absolutely not scientific.

To assert that there is no gray area (pun intended) regarding the effect of vaccines on the developing brain (and body) is not science. What Dr. Plait is saying is “This is truth and you must believe.”
That’s not science. That’s religion.

proselytizing

Phil Plait should probably stick to what he knows (astronomy), and stop proselytizing. A refresher course in the scientific method might also be a good idea.

#CDCwhistleblower to hit 1 BILLION TWEETS – Be Part of THIS!

The biggest and most important news of 2014?
Hands down: ‪#‎CDCwhistleblower‬. It was also the most censored health story of 2014.
Remember it? Remember Dr. William Thompson? The senior CDC research scientist who has worked for 16 years in the CDC’s Vaccine Safety Division? The same group of researchers whose body of work has been used by the CDC and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) as “proof” that vaccines do not cause autism…
In case you don’t remember, or in case you missed it,
Dr. William Thompson ADMITTED PUBLICLY that the group of researchers whose work has been used to deny that vaccines have injured and killed our children, and that vaccines CONTINUE to injure and kill our children, committed FRAUD by:
1. Eliminating data that showed a 240% increase in autism for African-American boys vaccinated according to the CDC Vaccine Schedule,
2. Changing the study protocol AFTER THE FACT,
3. Hiding the evidence of a KNOWN statistically-significant VACCINE-AUTISM connection, by not including any mention of it in their publication,
4. Keeping silent about what they knew for 13 years, while continuing to allow it to happen and while PROMOTING MORE VACCINES for universal use in our children.
The #CDCwhistleblower story broke in August. There was a flurry of excitement, anger, and HOPE among us, that finally something would change. Finally, our children’s lives and what has happened to them and to our families, would be recognized and acknowledged. There was hope that those responsible would be brought to justice. There was hope that we as a nation would no longer continue to inflict such harm on our most vulnerable citizens, by universally pushing an over-zealous and untested vaccine schedule.
Our children, our families and our national security depends on it.
What happened?
The mainstream media ignored it. They didn’t just ignore it, they enacted a complete blackout of information, preventing the general public from hearing the truth.
There was a big flurry of activity among a large group of parents and activists, and the #CDCwhistleblower Social Media Truth Campaign took off. And then… The infighting started up. And people got tired. They got frustrated. They lost hope. They lost focus. They went back to their lives… A little sadder, a little angrier, and a little more beaten by what appeared to be the realization that even when a deliberate fraud and cover-up is admitted by the CDC scientists responsible for our children’s safety, nothing was done. Nothing was changed… Which definitely makes it feel like nothing ever will change.
BUT, WAIT!!!!!!!
What many people don’t know is that while we were losing hope and going back to our lives… While so many people who initially got really excited and jumped in dropped out…. There was a very committed, VERY hard-working, and VERY SMART group who never stopped. They never wavered in their pursuit of truth and justice. They are still going at it and as of a few days ago, this handful of committed truth-warriors broke the HALF BILLION mark for #CDCwhistleblower tweets on Twitter!
Half a BILLION Tweets!!!!!
All of the information this group has been putting out STEADILY over the last several months is still there and they have organized it into a HUGE and growing database, which is easily accessible to anyone who goes looking for it. Anyone… Anyone. Like young parents. Like teenagers. Like our senators and congressional leaders, who, if they are convinced this is big enough, will be more likely to push for a Congressional Hearing and FULL Investigation of the #CDCwhistleblower case and associated malfeasance.
How can we make it big enough?
What can we all do?
This is easy. All we have to do is tweet and re-tweet. Follow the core group on Twitter. You can follow me @MarcellaPiperTe. Others to follow:  @TimTannersDad, @ceestave, @NOWinAutism.

The goal is to break the ONE BILLION mark as soon as possible.

Be part of this.

Do it for your kids, and for all of our children, now and in the future.

Do it in the name of truth.

Vaccines Do Not Cause Allergies – Dr. Offit Says So! Oh… Really???

The latest news from Paul Offit and his cronies is that we can all stop trusting our own eyes and experiences. I know. Nothing new, right?

According to a piece published December 11, 2014 in Medscape Medical News,

Children who receive routine childhood immunizations are not more likely to develop allergies later in life, despite contrary claims from parents, and are even protected against allergic disease, a cohort study indicates.

“What we hear from parents is that vaccination leads to more allergic reactions in later life,” said Olf Herbarth, MD, from the University of Leipzig in Germany.
The study, which compared vaccinated with unvaccinated children, showed “a lower prevalence of allergic disorders if children had been vaccinated, even in children predisposed to allergies, so a higher risk of allergies is not a consequence of vaccination.”

 

The write-up goes on to describe Dr. Herbarth’s study, giving some information about the participants, and a few snippets of information about the study design. What is missing is a link to anything published. That means we can’t review the actual study itself. That’s a problem. We don’t know how many children were in each cohort. One of the groups is described as coming from a study that was performed on children at increased risk of atopy, based on parental history, but we don’t know anything else about that group, including when they were born. We don’t know the type of statistical analysis that was performed. We don’t have enough information to assess the validity of the study at all. When we don’t have these things to examine, we cannot make any kind of generalizations about the results to ANY population. If the study IS published, it should have been linked in the Medscape write-up.

Here’s what we do know…

  1. The study was performed in Germany.
  2. The participants in two groups were children born in 1988-1989 and 1994-1995 (these are referred to as age-cohorts).
  3. Vaccination of children is not mandatory in Germany.
  4. Germany did not add the Hepatitis B vaccine to its recommended schedule until 1995.
  5. Therefore, it is highly likely that NONE of the children in Dr. Herbarth’s study received the Hepatitis B vaccine.
  6. The Hepatitis B vaccine was added to the United States Childhood Vaccination Schedule in 1990 and was nearly universal by 1992.

What does all this mean? It means any results of Dr. Herbarth’s study CANNOT be generalized or applied to children living outside of Germany and those results certainly cannot be used to imply that there is any relevance to what is happening to children in the United States, who receive more vaccinations, beginning with the Hepatitis B vaccine on the first day of life. Please read this article for an in-depth discussion on Hepatitis B vaccination in the United States.

The author of the Medscape piece writes, “The linking of vaccination to allergies by parents has been going on for years, said Paul Offit, MD, from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. That thinking is likely related to the “hygiene hypothesis,” he explained.”

Dr. Offit is quoted further:

“If you look at children in the developing world — where they are much more likely to be exposed to infections earlier in life and where their intestines are often colonized by toxin-producing bacteria and parasites — the incidence of allergies and asthma is lower than in children in the developed world,” he told Medscape Medical News.

This is what prompted the formulation of the hygiene hypothesis, which, in Dr. Offit’s view, is not a hypothesis but a fact.

“I think the hygiene hypothesis is where this all comes from, but I think it has nothing to do with vaccines,” he said. “All of the diseases that vaccines prevent have nothing to do with the level of sanitation in a country or hygiene in the home. You are not targeting agents with vaccines that are more prone to occur in one country or another.”

 

Dear Dr. Offit:  I would like you to understand something. I do not trust you. I am not going to take your word for anything, just because you say so.

When it comes to vaccines and allergies, I trust Dr. Sicherer, who reported his observations at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – observations which included the fact that he and his colleagues were seeing anaphylaxis in their patients with milk allergies when they were injected with DTaP, which contains milk proteins.

I also trust Dr. Tim O’Shea, who has researched and written extensively about the association between peanut oil in vaccines and the very significant increase in life-threatening allergies to peanuts in children who received those vaccines.

I also trust myself and I trust the parents of the children I’ve seen. I trust the research, and I trust the lab results.

In response to Dr. Offit’s assertion that we (parents) are just so simple in our thinking that we somehow believe the “hygiene hypothesis” is responsible for vaccines causing allergies, I have this to say:

NOPE.
The linking of vaccination with allergies is not related to the hygiene hypothesis. It’s related to the act of injecting food proteins (eggs, milk, peanut, yeast) along with neuro-immune toxins (mercury, aluminum, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde) and viruses and bacteria, and the fact that because those food proteins are injected along with toxins, what should be recognized by the body as “benign” becomes instead recognized as “toxic.” It’s also because when you introduce a food protein into the blood stream you are bypassing the digestive tract, which is where food proteins belong…. AND because mercury and aluminum deplete essential minerals, including zinc, which is essential for the integrity of the digestive tract (and the blood-brain-barrier) – AND because mercury and aluminum and other toxins damage the immune system, which results in more frequent infections, which results in more frequent antibiotic administration, which results in wiping out the good gut bacteria, which results in overgrowth of pathogens including candida and bacterial infections including clostridia, and because by that time the GI tract is so inflamed it can’t handle certain food proteins – especially gluten and casein, which are extremely difficult to break down, and which are even more difficult to break down because mercury and aluminum deactivate DPP-IV, which is the enzyme that is responsible for breaking them down… And… it’s also because when you assault an immature immune system (prior to the age of two years) with multiple vaccines containing multiple viruses, bacteria and toxins (as many as 10 vaccines at the 2, 4, and 6 month “well-baby checks”), the body is thrown into a state of metabolic confusion trying to figure out what to fight off, and in the confusion, it starts fighting things that should not be considered “enemy” or “pathogen” – the result is autoimmunity and allergies – and ADHD, Autism, and whole host of other chronic conditions.  So… No, Dr. Offit. It’s not about the hygiene hypothesis.

As noted above, Dr. Offit and Dr. Herbarth want us to believe that results of an apparently unpublished study, conducted in Germany, on children who were voluntarily vaccinated with a schedule that is significantly different than what is given to children living in the United States are somehow even remotely applicable or valid if applied to our kids. Just because Dr. Offit says so? I don’t think so. And to take that invalid, unpublished information even further and insinuate… NO… ASSERT that vaccination is protective against allergies? Talk about making grand leaps. Evel Knievel couldn’t jump that far.

One last thing… At the end of the Medscape piece, we can read the disclosure information. This is what it says:

Dr. Herbarth and Dr. Offit have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

 

Really? Dr. Offit’s research chair at CHOP (used to be $1.5 million per year; probably has not decreased in the last few years…) is funded by Merck Pharmaceutical Company. Merck manufactures and sells many of the vaccines this piece is promoting as being protective against allergies. Dr. Offit also developed a rotavirus vaccine, with a patent that sold for $182 MILLION dollars.

Interesting he has “no relevant” financial relationships to declare. That’s an awful lot of money. I wonder what Dr. Offit does consider relevant and worthy of disclosure.

NOTE:  I tried to link to the Medscape article itself, but that was not possible, as the newsletter requires the reader to establish an account and log in. The photos below contain the entire text of the article, with the citation at the bottom.

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What Are The Most Dangerous Vaccines? Questions & Answers…

What are the most dangerous vaccines? It depends on who you are.
Do you have questions about DTaP? Hepatitis B vaccine? Flu Vaccine? Gardasil? Does the practice of “cocooning” infants with TDaP and DTaP help prevent the spread of whooping cough, or is the practice increasing the risk of infection for our most vulnerable infants?
What about the CDC Whistleblower? What about Poul Thorsen and those pesky Thimerosal studies?
All of these issues and more are discussed in this presentation, “Questions and Answers About Vaccinations.”
Please watch and share!

Smallpox, Infectious Disease, and Vaccination Policy in the United States

By Marcella Piper-Terry, M.S., founder of VaxTruth

This article presents an overview of the history of infectious disease in the United States as it relates to the development of U.S. policy regarding mandatory vaccination in general, and the requirement that children must be vaccinated prior to attendance in school.

History of Smallpox

Examination of the establishment of the United States’ policies on vaccination begins with the devastation caused by a single infectious disease:  smallpox.  Smallpox appears to have been endemic in many countries throughout the world, dating back to ancient history (1).

Smallpox is mentioned in ancient Sanskrit from China (1122 BC), and the mummified remains of Ramses V bears scars suggesting the Egyptian pharaoh’s death in 1156 BC may have resulted from smallpox (2).

Ramses V, Egyptian Pharoah appears to have scars from smallpox.

Ramses V, Egyptian Pharoah appears to have scars from smallpox.

Smallpox epidemics were responsible for bringing about the end of at least three empires (3) and its potential for use as a biological weapon dates back to the French-Indian War (1754-1767) when a British commander suggested using the virus to reduce the Indian population (4).

Smallpox was first brought to the New World by conquistadors from Spain and Portugal, and later by European settlers to the
northeastern coast of North America.  The virus had devastating effects on populations of Native Americans, including the Inca and Aztec tribes.  The slave trade contributed to the incidence of smallpox in America because the disease was endemic in many of the regions of Africa from which slaves were captured (2).

Smallpox is not easily spread through casual contact (5), but conditions of overcrowding and poor sanitation contributed to epidemics in the Northeast during the 1890s and into the early 1900s (6).

Conditions of overcrowding and poor sanitation in tenement housing helped fuel the smallpox outbreaks in the Northeastern U.S. during the 1890s and into the early 1900s.

Conditions of overcrowding and poor sanitation in tenement housing helped fuel the smallpox outbreaks in the Northeastern U.S. during the 1890s and into the early 1900s.

Estimates of the virulence of smallpox vary widely, and appear to be related to particular populations and environmental conditions of the time.  Throughout the course of history, it is estimated that approximately 30% of those who contracted the virus died from it (7), though estimates of mortality rates range from 12% (6) to as high as 60% (3).  Recovery from smallpox granted lifelong immunity, but survivors were often left with disfiguring scars that were especially prominent on the face.  Many people were rendered blind by smallpox due to scarring of the cornea (7).

History of Vaccination

The history of vaccination begins with attempts to reduce the number of people who died as a result of smallpox infection (3, 8).  The process of inducing immunity to a disease by exposing a non-immune person to the virus that causes it began centuries ago and was known as “inoculation” (2).  Inoculation against smallpox involved using a knife, lancet, or scalpel to make a cut in the arm or leg of the patient and then transferring biological matter taken directly from the oozing pustule of an infected person (9).  This process, called arm-to-arm inoculation, resulted in the inoculated person developing a form of the illness, but the course tended to be shorter in duration and milder in symptoms.  Some people died as a result of inoculation, but those who recovered were immune to smallpox for life (2).

Variolation involved cutting into the person to be inoculated and introducing diseased matter into the body.

Variolation involved cutting into the person to be inoculated and introducing diseased matter into the body.

As the incidence of smallpox increased in North America during the 1700s, inoculation (or variolation, as the procedure had come to be known) against the virus became more widely used (2).  Two of the most well-known proponents of variolation were Rev. Cotton Mather and Dr. Zabdiel Boylston.  Mather and Boylston performed and promoted the procedure among the citizens of New England, beginning in 1721 (1).  Their activities were well-received by some but many people were suspicious of the practice and believed variolation was as dangerous as contracting smallpox naturally.  Using statistical analysis to compare the death rate among the approximately 6,000 citizens of Boston who contracted smallpox during the 1721 epidemic, Mather and Boylston demonstrated that among those who were variolated the death rate was 2%.  Among those who contracted the naturally-occurring form of smallpox, the death rate was 14%. (2)

The success of Mather and Boylston’s use of variolation in New England led to wider acceptance of the process in Europe, where smallpox had resulted in the deaths of more than a few young members of the ruling class (2).  Variolation grew in popularity and was practiced widely among the European aristocracy during the mid-to-late 18th century.  However, despite the success and popularity of the procedure, there were well-founded concerns about safety, due to the number of people who developed not only smallpox, but other blood-borne diseases including syphilis and tuberculosis as a result of undergoing variolation (2).

In the late 1700s, a young English physician named Edward Jenner began experimenting with using cowpox virus to inoculate humans against smallpox (8).  Jenner collected data in controlled experiments and wrote articles publishing his findings among his peers in the medical societies of Europe.  Jenner coined the term “vaccination” to refer to his procedure, taking the Latin vacca (cow) and vaccinia (cowpox) as the root (2).

Jenner not only shared his knowledge through published literature, he also shared the vaccine itself, giving samples to other physicians and anyone else who requested it. Use of the cowpox vaccine grew as those who received it from Jenner passed it on to others.  In 1800, Dr. John Haygarth was responsible for the introduction of the vaccine in the United States when he sent some of Jenner’s cowpox vaccine to a physics professor at Harvard University.  After introducing the vaccination in New England, professor Benjamin Waterhouse convinced Thomas Jefferson to try the vaccination in Virginia.  It was this contact between Waterhouse and Jefferson that led to the establishment of the National Vaccine Institute and the implementation of the United States’ first national vaccination program (2).

The first mandatory vaccination law in the United States was enacted in 1809 in Massachusetts, giving the government the power to enforce mandatory vaccination or quarantine in the event of a disease (smallpox) outbreak that posed a threat to the public health (10).  Throughout most of the 1800s vaccination against smallpox in the United States was voluntary, though coercion was often used to convince citizens to receive the procedure.  During the 19th century the widely held belief that those who suffered the ravages of poverty were responsible for their own circumstances due to a lack of moral fortitude contributed to the success of “the vaccinators.”  Outbreaks of smallpox, and other highly contagious diseases such as scarlet fever, measles, and diphtheria almost always originated in populations of impoverished immigrants living in overcrowded conditions characterized by poor sanitation and lack of access to heat, clean water, or nutritious food.  Because illness and poverty were so frequently and closely linked, proponents of vaccination promoted acceptance of the procedure on moral grounds to increase the numbers of those who were willing to accept vaccination against smallpox, even as the incidence of the disease continued to decline in the general population (6).

Two outbreaks of smallpox in New York’s German and Italian immigrant communities around the turn of the century set the stage for the establishment of policies for compulsory vaccination. In response to the increasing number of infections, Brooklyn’s Republican Mayor, Charles Schieren, appointed Dr. Z. Taylor Emery to head the city’s health department.  Emery was charged with increasing vaccination coverage, particularly among the city’s immigrants.  To achieve this goal, Emery was granted the power to mandate vaccination and enforce quarantines for anyone who refused.  The number of health department employees responsible for delivering vaccines (e.g., “vaccinators”) was increased, eventually numbering more than 200, and teams of vaccinators fanned out across the city enforcing the procedure in tenements and apartment buildings that housed mainly poor, immigrant families.  Colgrove (6) reports that according to the official “Rules for Vaccinators” quarantines could be ordered and enforced by the Sanitary Police only if there had been a confirmed case of smallpox infection in the vicinity.  However, according to reports published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper (cited in Colgrove, 2006), as time went on, it became increasingly common for families to be quarantined without cause, even in the absence of any identified cases of infection.  According to Colgrove’s review, families who were quarantined were denied access to employment or even food deliveries until they eventually acquiesced to the demands of the vaccinators (6).

The city’s homeless population was targeted by the vaccinators, who descended on the rooming houses where the 2,400 homeless members of Brooklyn’s society congregated.  Colgrove (2006) reports on the language of a health department publication, which reveals the attitudes toward those who lived in poverty.  According to Colgrove, the report discussed the importance of targeting Brooklyn’s 72 lodging houses, stating, “In them are gathered nightly a large proportion of those homeless and vagrant ones in our population whose unwholesome heredity and unsanitary lives render them liable not only to the commission of crimes, but to the contraction of disease” (Colgrove, 2006, p. 25).

A rooming house in Brookllyn, 1890s.

A rooming house in Brooklyn, 1890s.

To ensure the highest possible rate of vaccination among the city’s homeless population, the proprietors of the lodging houses were forced to require their tenants to produce proof of vaccination status as a condition of receiving a room for the night. Proprietors who failed to comply with the mandate were threatened with loss of licensure (6).

As the aggressiveness of Emery’s teams of vaccinators continued to increase, they began targeting businesses and enforced mandatory vaccination on employees who were threatened with losing  their jobs if they did not comply.  In his review of the social context of Brooklyn in the 1890’s, Colgrove (2006) reports that the fact that the city was in the middle of a severe depression most likely had a significant impact on the willingness of employees to accept vaccination rather than risk unemployment.  Colgrove also notes that the effects of the depression most likely contributed to the zeal with which the vaccinators pursued their prey, as the administrators of the smallpox vaccine were paid thirty cents for each person they vaccinated.

As public complaints against the vaccinators increased, one letter published in The Daily Eagle newspaper charged that paying the vaccinators in this manner “created an incentive for them to ‘terrorize or intimidate healthy people to be revaccinated by them under penalty of quarantine for refusal’” (Colgrove, 2006, p 23).

During the smallpox outbreak of  1893-1894 resistance against compulsory vaccination increased and several legal challenges were filed by the Anti-Vaccination League, which was a grass-roots organization based in Brooklyn and comprised largely of homeopathic physicians.

Anti Vaccination League Bulletin

Throughout the mid-to-late 1890s, the Anti-Vaccination League filed several lawsuits against the local government and Emery, asserting that the actions of the vaccinators were infringing on the Constitutional rights of United States citizens.  In addition, there were frequent allegations that the vaccinators falsified death records in an effort to cover up the fact that their zealous activities were resulting in death for a percentage of those citizens they were charged with protecting (6).

compulsory vaccination photo

Despite multiple challenges from the Anti-Vaccination League during the 1890s in Brooklyn, the conflict leading to the seminal legal ruling regarding compulsory vaccination did not begin until the winter of 1902 and it took place in Boston, Massachusetts. The case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts involved an adult, Henning Jacobson, who refused smallpox vaccination and also refused to pay the $5.00 fine imposed for not complying with the health board’s order of compulsory vaccination.  At trial, Jacobson presented evidence that vaccination was dangerous and frequently caused serious injury or death, and that he himself had been harmed by vaccination as a child.  The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ultimately ruled that The State (in this case, Massachusetts) was not unreasonable and had not violated Jacobson’s Constitutional rights because in the midst of the smallpox epidemic, laws enacted by the state had a “real and substantial relation to the protection of the public health and safety” (10; Welborn, 2005, p. 1-2).

Sacrificing the rights of the individual in the name of the greater good has been going on for a long time.

Sacrificing the rights of the individual in the name of the greater good has been going on for a long time.

The ruling of the Supreme Court affirmed the sovereignty of individual states to enact and enforce laws to protect the public health and safety, with the only provision being that in doing so, state laws did not violate the United States Constitution or infringe on rights granted by it (10).

Mandatory Vaccination as a Condition of School Attendance

Many states had laws on the books regarding compulsory vaccination against smallpox as a prerequisite for school enrollment, beginning in the early 19th century (11).  The first recorded mandate in the U.S. was in 1827 when smallpox vaccination became a requirement for entry into public school (12).  However, the laws were not widely enforced or challenged until the smallpox epidemic of 1893-1894 (6).  In 1894 a lawsuit was filed against the principal of a public school in Brooklyn, seeking admittance of the two children of a physician, Charles Walters. Dr. Walters was involved with the Anti-Vaccination League and his children had not been vaccinated against smallpox (6).

Despite the fact that court rulings had generally been decided in favor of the civil rights of adults who had challenged mandatory vaccination (6), the earliest cases involving school attendance were decided in favor of the state and local authorities. In the case of Walters v. Public School No. 22, The Court ruled that compulsory vaccination could be enforced through city and state laws as long as they did not violate the U.S. Constitution in doing so.  The basis for the judge’s decision was that attendance in a public school was a privilege and not a right.  Colgrove reports the findings of the case, quoting the judge’s ruling, “A common school education, under the existing constitution of the State of New York, is a privilege rather than a right… It follows that the State can certainly exercise this discretion by debarring from attendance at the public schools such persons as are unwilling to adopt a precaution which, in the judgment of the legislature, is essential to the preservation of the health of the large body of scholars” (6; Colgrove, 2006, p. 28-29).

The question of whether mandatory vaccination against smallpox as a condition of attendance in public school violated Constitutional rights was heard again by the Supreme Court in 1922,  and again The Court ruled that mandatory vaccination was legally enforceable, basing its decision on precedent established by the Jacobson v. Massachusetts case of 1905 (11).

The Expansion of the Childhood Vaccination Schedule

During the first half of the twentieth century there was a great expansion in vaccine research, leading to the development of new vaccines for pertussis, diphtheria, and tetanus in 1902, 1926, and 1938, respectively (9).  The polio vaccine was licensed in 1955, followed by the development of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines in the late 1960s (9).  Although smallpox vaccination had been a requirement of school attendance for decades, it was during the late 1930s that compulsory vaccination against other illnesses began to be instituted for children enrolling in public school (11).  By 1942, nine states had adopted laws requiring immunization against diphtheria, in addition to smallpox vaccination for school children (11).  It was not until the 1980s that laws regarding vaccination of children in public school were expanded to include more than one or two vaccines.  Many of the laws concerning mandatory vaccination of school children sprang up as a result of measles outbreaks in the 1960s and 1970s (10).

Examination of the childhood immunization schedules from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reveals that in 1983, children vaccinated according to the schedule received eight injections against seven illnesses by the time they were 18 months old.  Vaccinations were administered beginning at two months of age and were said to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP), polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) (13).

schedule1983s

By 1994, the ACIP’s recommended childhood schedule included 21 injections against nine diseases by the age of fifteen months, more than doubling the recommendations made in 1983 (14).  The major difference between the 1983 schedule and the 1994 schedule involved immunizing infants against Hepatitis B, and against Haemopholis Influenza type B (HiB).  The series for immunization against hepatitis B was begun within hours of birth for infants born to mothers who tested positive for the hepatitis B virus, and at two months of age for those whose mothers were not infected (15).

schedule1994s

The current (2014) childhood vaccination schedule from the ACIP recommends 27 injections (many of them containing multiple vaccinations) against fourteen illnesses by the age of eighteen months.  An additional ten or eleven injections (depending on the child’s birth date), against eleven illnesses are recommended prior to school entry (16).

2014 schedule

Currently, a child living in the United States must be vaccinated fifty times prior to entering kindergarten in public school, according to the ACIP recommendations.  Because the laws regarding compulsory vaccination prior to enrollment in public school are based on acceptance of recommendations from the CDC, and because the Supreme Court has upheld the legality of individual states to enforce laws mandating vaccination as a requirement for receiving education through the public school system, parents of children attending school in the U.S. are now “required” to vaccinate their children against hepatitis B and chicken pox, even though neither illness has ever been associated with significant mortality in children living in the United States (17, 18, 19).  (Please note that the term “required” is in quotation marks because that is what mainstream media and those who take a pro-vaccine stance would have us believe.  All parents in the U.S. have the legal right to declare exemptions from vaccination.  Please see information posted on VaxTruth regarding your legal right to Medical, Religious, or Philosophical exemptions.)

Problems with the Current Vaccination Policy

The United States’ policies mandating vaccination against infectious diseases began in response to the serious threat of illness and death posed by the smallpox virus.  Smallpox was eradicated during the 20th century and mandatory vaccination against this particular threat has since been eliminated (20) as a requirement for entrance by children in the public school environment.

Public policy that mandated vaccination against infectious diseases was initiated at a time when the threat of death from smallpox was a genuine concern, especially for persons living in conditions of overcrowding, poor sanitation, and poverty (6).  Review of the results of early court cases challenging the right of local jurisdictions and state governments compelling citizens to vaccinate against smallpox reveals that judges deciding those cases took into account the seriousness of the illness not only in terms of immediate harm to the individual, but with regard to the threat to the community and the capability of the public health authorities to respond to the threat (6, 10, 11).  Notably, the earliest court case regarding compulsory vaccination was decided in favor of the school system and the local government, but in his remarks, the judge in that case specifically mentioned that his decision was based on the fact that at that time (1894) attendance in public school was a “privilege” and not a right. This distinction would seem to be of import to current advocates facing increasingly zealous attacks from mainstream media and attempts to alter legislation to eliminate currently available exemptions for parents who object to the one-size-fits-all vaccination schedule.

Several of the vaccines that are currently required before a child is allowed to attend school or even daycare are known to cause serious side effects and in some cases, death, for a segment of the population receiving them (21, 22, 23, 24).  Proponents for vaccine safety argue that mandatory vaccination of all infants and children with vaccines that have not been proven to be effective at eradicating serious illness or death, and which have resulted in serious illness or death for a percentage of children makes no sense.  In short, the cost (in human life and suffering) is too high.

Proponents of vaccine safety often advocate for individuality in the vaccine schedule, asserting that decisions about what vaccines a child should receive (or not) should be based on careful consideration of the risks of that child contracting a particular illness, the possible harm to that child as a result of having contracted the illness, and the possible threat to the community if others should become infected.  The argument has been made that since a large percentage of the population of the United States does not object to vaccination and willingly complies with the recommendations of the CDC, even if the number of parents filing exemptions and “opting out” of vaccinations were to increase considerably, there would be little chance of outbreaks of disease in school settings, as the vast majority of children would continue to be fully vaccinated.  If the vaccines do indeed work, children who are fully vaccinated should not be at risk of contracting illnesses for which they have received vaccinations.  As one popular mantra among advocates for more thoughtful vaccination states, “Saying my unvaccinated child is a risk to your vaccinated child is like saying my child must take birth control pills so your child doesn’t get pregnant.”  If you’re protected, you’re protected.

Attitudes about parents who are concerned about the safety and necessity of so many vaccinations are often disparaging and downright nasty.  This has been the case since the beginning of the vaccine controversy, dating back to the 1890s when those who refused vaccination were accused of being morally corrupt and lacking in a sense of responsibility for the health and welfare of the public at large (6).  At present, mainstream media outlets contribute to the divisiveness among parents, with figures as prominent as Dr. Nancy Snyderman declaring on The Today Show that the majority of parents who claim religious exemptions are lying about their beliefs and putting the general public at risk (25).  Dr. Snyderman stated on national television that parents who refused vaccination were responsible for the recent deaths of eight babies in California from pertussis.  During her rant, Dr. Snyderman stated that parents who choose not to vaccinate their children according to the CDC’s recommended schedule are guilty of neglect and should have their children removed from their custody.  Dr. Snyderman went so far as to suggest that such parents should be held liable and criminal charges should be filed against them, holding them responsible for the children that died.  With a daily viewership numbering in the millions, Dr. Snyderman’s opinion carries a lot of weight and rhetoric such as hers is contributing to the chasm between concerned parents and their neighbors, school systems, and personal physicians.  What the majority of the public does not know is that more than two-thirds of the pertussis infections in California this year have occurred in individuals who were fully vaccinated and in the majority of cases the illness occurred as a result of vaccine failure (25).

Dr. Snyderman’s rhetoric is insignificant when compared to the activities of Dr. Paul Offit. Dr. Offit is without debate the single-most vocal pro-vaccine voice in the United States.  He is the chair of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that reviewed the evidence regarding the association between vaccines and autism.  The IOM’s 2004 report of findings announced there was insufficient evidence at this time to determine a causal association between vaccines and autism.  This review was based on the results of 14 studies that evaluated one vaccine (MMR) and one vaccine ingredient (thimerosal).  The committee further concluded that future research funding for autism should go to the areas that show the most promise, in effect declaring that further research regarding vaccines and autism should not be pursued.

Advocates for vaccine safety argue that there are significant conflicts of interest that prevented the IOM from delivering a balanced report, chief among them being Paul Offit’s membership on the committee.  Dr. Offit is not only the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he is the recipient of an annual $1.5 million dollar research award from Merck pharmaceuticals, which is a major manufacturer and distributor of vaccines.  Dr. Offit is also heavily involved in vaccine research on a personal level, having developed a vaccine against rotavirus (Rotateq).  During the time Dr. Offit was serving on the IOM committee to review vaccine safety, he was the patent-holder for Rotateq vaccine, a patent that was since sold, for a reported sum of $182 million.

When evaluating the risks of vaccination versus the benefits to society, there are a number of issues that must be considered.  As this review of the history of infectious disease in the United States shows, the early development of vaccine policy was in response to outbreaks of smallpox, a highly contagious disease that carried a high rate of mortality.  Even so, when the first court cases objecting to mandatory vaccination for school attendance were decided in favor of the state and local governments, the ruling judge tempered his decision, stating that mandatory vaccination was not a violation of Constitutional rights because at the time, school attendance was not considered a right, but was a privilege.

Given that school attendance is now not only a right, but is compulsory, the factors mitigating The Court’s ruling in those cases that set precedence have changed.  It is the opinion of this writer that just as times have changed, so must the law.

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Coerced Vaccination and the Medical Rapist

Note:  I have received some very strong reactions to this post. I understand the upset and expected it. I am not comparing all situations of vaccination to all situations of rape. As the post states, my feelings and thoughts about this are based on the situation described. It is most certainly not my intent to insult or emotionally harm anyone who has survived sexual assault. However, with increasing numbers of families being threatened if they do not vaccinate, there is a very strong element of coercion involved in what is still an optional medical procedure. That is where the parallel is drawn. When parents are coerced and threatened if they do not comply, and their children are harmed as a result, with no acknowledgment of the harm and no consequences for the one who administered the vaccine, the trauma is similar to what is felt in other types of assault and the damaging effects are just as deep and last just as long.

Original post:

I have been thinking this morning about the parallels between vaccine-injury and sexual assault. I happened to hear a news story today about the incidence of rape on college campuses, and as I was listening, I could envision several commonalities.

In the story, a young woman was interviewed about her experience. She described a situation in which she had accompanied a young man to his dorm room and they had engaged in sex – both agreed and it was an interaction to which both gave informed consent. They both knew they were going to have sex before entering the dorm room and there was no force or coercion involved. There was an element of trust and equality in the decision-making process.

She said that afterward, she was ready to leave and when she got up to get dressed, the young man pushed her down onto the bed, and held her down while he turned up the stereo so her cries for help could not be overheard by neighboring students.

After the assault, the young woman reported the rape to campus police. The investigation was dropped and the rapist was not prosecuted. She sees him on campus and has classes with him, which she reported is extremely difficult and re-traumatizing for her.

Coerced or forced vaccination of our children is in many ways similar to medical rape. (I have edited this statement, which originally did not contain the modifiers “coerced” or “forced.”)

We know the person who has harmed our infants and children. We trust them. We willingly go into the environment and we even participate in holding down the victims. In many cases, we have been in those rooms and participated willingly, albeit without truly informed consent, in the medical assault on our children (or on ourselves.)

In other cases, we entered those rooms with people we trusted, believing we were NOT going to engage in the act proposed by the perpetrator, only to be talked into it, shamed into it, threatened into it, coerced into it, or tricked into it with promises that, “This won’t hurt” or “It’s only going to hurt for a second” or “Come on… you know it’s the right thing to do… everyone else is doing it….” 

Afterward, the perpetrators, pat us on the thigh or shoulder while looking us straight in the eyes and saying, “There now. That wasn’t so bad, was it?” They straighten their white coats, instruct us to get our things together, as they turn their backs and stride out of the room in search of their next victim. We may be left feeling afraid, and numb, not knowing how that happened and praying that it’s over. Praying they won’t come back and do it again, and praying there won’t be any lasting harm from what just happened.

In many cases, as we leave those rooms, feeling sick to our stomachs… dirty… with lumps in our throats and tears in our eyes, we force ourselves to take deep breaths and resolve to be stronger next time; more prepared to say NO and mean it.

For many of us, we ARE more prepared and we ARE able to say NO the next time. Others of us are not so strong.

Some of us resolve to change our lives and we seek new relationships, which are good for us and in which our decisions and our choices – our right to say NO is respected.

Some of us endure the worst when we realize that the medical assault inherent in the act of coerced vaccination is only the beginning, as our children or ourselves become sick, often within minutes or hours following the assault. It is at that point that we are suddenly faced with the horror that when we reach out to those who are supposed to help us, we must again confront the assailant and beg for assistance. Not only is the help denied, the assault is also denied and the harm minimized. We are told, “It’s nothing,” “You’re over-reacting,” – no different from the rapist’s claim, “It was consentual. After-all, you came here asking for it. What did you expect?” If there is ANY admission that what happened was harmful, the victim is blamed for the damage because “Everyone else does just fine. In fact, they keep coming back for more. They love it. It’s only those extremely rare individuals who are weak, or flawed, or physically or emotionally damaged to start with who don’t like it. The problem is not with the perpetrator, and certainly not with the act itself… it’s the victim. Something is wrong with that one…”

And just like the rape-victim in this morning’s radio story, we are continually re-traumatized when we encounter the rapist in public – in our churches, in the grocery store, at PTA meetings and community gatherings.

The medical rapist is empowered by laws that protect him (or her) from liability. There are no consequences when they harm us or our children and this has emboldened them to become even more callous in their actions.

This must change.

Just as victims of sexual assault have had to stand up publicly and demand their assailants be held accountable for their crimes, we must also stand up and demand the laws be changed to protect us and our children from forced and coerced medical procedures like vaccination. Freedom to choose whether or not to participate in a medical procedure and to decide medical risk-taking with fully-informed consent is a basic human right.

Are you willing to stand up and fight for your rights?
‪#‎HealthFreedom‬

Read one young mother’s story of how she saved her child from forced vaccination:

Indiana Doctor tells Mom: “Be Compliant! Vaccinate or I’ll Call CPS!

CDC Whistleblower Will Tell the Truth to Congress. Will Congress Investigate?

The CDC scientist who has come forward with the revelation of fraud in the Vaccine Safety Research Division says he will tell the truth about what he knows if he is forced to testify before Congress.

I’m done lying.

Whistleblower video

 

Dr. William Thompson has carried the guilt long enough. What we need now is for Congress to ask the questions.

Please click here to watch the video and listen to what Dr. Thompson says.

 
Congressman Bill Posey is in possession of more than 1000 documents in which the details of the CDC’s malfeasance may be found. Congressman Posey needs other Congressional Representatives and Senators to stand with him and do the right thing. Our children are more important than the campaign money they receive from pharmaceutical companies. The conflicts of interest must be put aside in favor of protecting children from harm.

Ask your Representative to support Bill Posey in this effort. The Autism Action Network has made it easy for you. All you have to do is click the link below and complete the form on the left, beneath the red banner that reads, “Hot Alerts! Take Action Now!”

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Meet Nathan

Nathan’s story was shared by his mother.

Nathan’s story starts in October 2000, when I was pregnant with my fourth child. I went to the pediatrician’s office to have the doctor get ready to take on my 4th child. She noticed that my son Nathan was not up to date on his vaccines, so as a favor to us she decided it would be a good idea to catch Nathan up, since I was getting ready to deliver my baby. That day Nathan received his before, during, and after vaccines in one day.

Nathan was never the same. He went in perfectly healthy and left a very different little boy.

He had this head-to-toe body rash that looked like he had the measles. Then it would blister like chickenpox and start all over again. He had this rash for three years.

Two weeks after Nathan received the vaccines, on October 31st, I had my 4th child. I learned a few years later that Nathan’s MMR was recalled on that day.

Nathan continued to get worse. He had fevers of above 100 degrees daily. He would scream in so much pain, he was inconsolable. He couldn’t talk anymore and he couldn’t even walk without falling down.

He didn’t get better.

His rash was so bad that he had three biopsies done and over 200 dermatologists couldn’t figure it out. Finally the CDC was called and ended up doing a deep tissue biopsy of his rash. The findings pointed to his vaccines. Again.

Nathan kept getting worse. He was so sick.

I had 4 kids but Nathan took up all of my time. That Christmas Eve (2000), we spent the night in the hospital E.R. because Nathan scratched his rash and it became infected.

In January of 2001, Nathan’s blood work indicated leukemia. Later I found out that leukemia was on the rise after the MMR was given. Long story short, Nathan ended up having 3 biopsies of his rash, one of which was performed by the CDC. He also had an optic nerve biopsy, which indicated Central Nervous System Insult resulting from the vaccines. There were many MRIs, EEGs, spinal taps, and blood draws, and at one point he had spent more than half his life in a hospital.

Finally, in April of 2003, one of Nathan’s ELEVEN doctors grabbed my hand and said, “Nathan is very sick.” I asked him if Nathan could die. The doctor looked me in the eye and said, “Yes.”

WHAT?!

I went in for preventative medicine and came out being told Nathan could die?

The strain of Nathan’s care was too much. My husband of 12 years left me and the kids. I missed my oldest son’s first day of high school and my oldest daughter’s first day of kindergarten because Nathan was in ICU.

I brought Nathan home from the ICU. The red mark on my hand was from me holding him down so he wouldn't pull out his IVs. This was the day the doctor said, "Take him home and make him comfortable."

I brought him home from the ICU after the doctor said, “Take him home and make him comfortable.”

 

In the photo above, I was so exhausted, holding onto him, but I wouldn’t let him go. The red mark on my hand was from me holding him down so he wouldn’t pull out his IVs.  I personally don’t like this photograph because of the memories… but many families find find comfort in it, find hope. I pray that you share this with everyone so that they may know my story, but also so that they may find hope.

I even had to put my newborn in daycare. I have never had any of my kids, not even once, have a babysitter, and here I was was, forced to put her in daycare. I felt like the worst mother ever. I felt like I had given her away.

… a longer story short… During the time between 2000 and 2003, Nathan’s doctors wouldn’t treat him. They left him in miserable pain. It wasn’t until November of 2003 that Nathan’s care was finally put into the hands of someone who cared. That was when I attended my first DAN Conference.

Nathan was on the road to recovery.

Fast forward again…
During the time Nathan required 24-hour care, my other children were put on the back burner. Not by choice but through necessity. I ended up having to sacrifice my other kids to save the one. My oldest son said, “The day Nathan got sick was the day I lost my mom.”

My daughter, Dominique, made a video for her Honors English Class about what it’s like to have a brother with autism. Please watch it and share with anyone and everyone. I’m letting you know now, grab a tissue. It’s powerful. This video is a testimony to the struggles our entire family has had to go through. We still face problems.

My youngest, Veruschka, has had to watch her brother be bullied at school.

I have raised four kids alone and almost lost my son because I trusted the wrong people.

Autism has affected us in every way.

The Dirty, Filthy Unvaccinated

Today’s post is from guest-blogger Mama Brave. This article was originally posted on her blog, Vaccinelinks.

“Your children can’t go to school with other children.”

“Keep your dirty filthy kids away from my kids.”

“We will not be providing medical care for children like yours any longer. Please seek medical care elsewhere.”

“You don’t deserve to be a parent. You should be in jail for child abuse.”

“I hope your children prove you wrong by dying.”

“Don’t you love your kids?”

These are some of the comments parents have told me they’ve received from people in their lives: doctors, schools, co-workers, friends, and family members.

children's hands dirty from the soil .

We are the parents of unvaccinated children.

 

My children were born this way:  Vaccine-free.

And I want to keep them that way. I do not want to inject drugs into them before they can walk and talk- at 12 hours old; before I even know who they are.

Are my children dirty? Are they walking germ-pools?

Are people with black skin dirty? Are homosexuals walking germ-pools, infecting us all with AIDS?

Of course not! These are stigmas- negative and unfair beliefs- that come from fear, misunderstanding, discrimination and inaccurate teachings. At one point in time, they are stigmas that much of society held. But just because the majority of society believes something doesn’t make it true.

Unvaccinated children are not walking around spreading disease simply because they’re unvaccinated. Our children are not dirty, and they are not a danger to society.

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Is it extreme to say that unvaccinated children (or their parents) are facing discrimination?

Not if things keep going the way they’re headed.

For example, watch this short video of what happened to one mom who refused to give her daughter Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication.

Maryanne Godboldo wanted to stop giving her daughter Risperdal after it worsened her daughter’s symptoms.

The kicker?

Maryanne’s daughter was a normally-developing child before she had her vaccines at age 11 to “catch-up” so that she could attend public school. Maryanne’s daughter, Ariana, was given Risperdal to treat the symptoms she developed following her shots. Another doctor who saw Ariana later diagnosed her with encephalitis (brain inflammation or swelling) caused by her vaccines.

Maryanne was imprisoned and her child was taken away for 9 months. As recently as March 2014, Maryanne Godboldo was still fighting the case in court, and Wayne County prosecutors said they will appeal yet again.

This mom is a hero.

Those of us who don’t vaccinate have heard it all before.

This is what we are told: “We don’t need to discuss vaccines. Just make your decision and move on. Lucky for you, we live in a free country so you can choose not to vaccinate. You have that right.”

Do we?

We have been publicly shamed.

We have lost our careers.

We have been refused medical care.

We have been refused education.

Maryanne lost her child for 9 months. And she is not the only one.

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This is where we are.

Read any article about vaccines and you’ll get an idea of the war that is going on against parents who are making the choices they feel are best for their children.

For example, here’s a lovely comment left on one of my previous blog posts:

It’s such a shame people can’t be jailed for spreading false information that misleads and kills -If one could, the author would be in jail before any drug company ceo. And should be rightly so .

 

You think so, America?

Here are some other fun comments that parents who choose not to vaccinate get to deal with, both online and in person:

Babykiller quotes

Child abuser.

Baby killer.

Wack-a-loon.

Fool.

Is it true?

Unvaccinated children are being blamed for outbreaks. Parents who vaccinate their children are being told to ask a child’s vaccination status before they play. They’re told that an unvaccinated child is dangerous and that they should be able to “exercise their rights” against the parents of the unvaccinated child if their vaccinated child gets sick.

But how true is it that unvaccinated children are causing disease outbreaks?

Let’s look at the facts.

  • The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine does not prevent the spread of whooping cough. According to a 2013 study on baboons, those who are vaccinated can still harbor the bacteria in their throats (with or without symptoms) and spread it to others. If an unvaccinated child has pertussis, they’re going to know it and they’re going to stay away from newborns. If a vaccinated child or adult has pertussis, they may have only mild cold-like symptoms or no symptoms at all. A vaccinated child or adult can hug and kiss a newborn and spread pertussis without even realizing it.

  • Pertussis is mutating and new strains do not match the strains in the vaccine.

  • Those who are vaccinated against pertussis have a 40-fold increase in lung colonization of parapertussis, which also causes whooping cough. There is no vaccine for parapertussis.

  • Immunity against measles begins to wane quickly (after 6 months) even after 2 doses of MMR vaccine. The same is true for mumps and rubella. (Click here to read more about herd immunity and the MMR for measles, click here for mumps, and click here for rubella).

  • Those who are vaccinated against measles can still potentially and unknowingly become infected and spread the virus without even getting sick.

  • We don’t know how long immunity lasts with the polio vaccine (which is not a regularly recommended booster for adults). The CDC says, “The duration of immunity with IPV (inactivated polio vaccine) is not known with certainty, although it probably provides protection for many years after a complete series”.

  • Among adults in the U.S., vaccination rates are low.

  • Among children in the U.S., vaccination rates are stable or increasing.

Let’s look at these last two points closer:

According to the CDC, most adults are not up to date on their shots.

Tetanus: 64.2% of adults aged 19-49 years, 63.5% of adults aged 50-64 years and 55.1% of adults aged 65+ years are up to date on their tetanus vaccine.

Pertussis/whooping cough: 14.2% of all adults over the age of 19 are up to date on their whooping cough vaccine. For adults aged 19-64 years of age living with infants under the age of 1, this number is slightly higher: 25.9%. Only 31.4% of health-care personnel over age 19 are up to date.

Hepatitis A: 12.2% of adults aged 19-49 years old are up to date on their hepatitis A vaccine.

Hepatitis B: 35.3% of adults aged 19-49 years are up to date on their hepatitis B vaccine.

Let’s compare those rates with vaccination rates in children aged 19-35 months old for 2012-2013:

DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough): 83.1% of children are up to date

Polio: 92.7% of children are up to date

MMR (measles, mumps and rubella): 91.9% of children are up to date

HIB (haemophilus influenza type B): 82% of children are up to date

Hepatitis B: 90.8% of children are up to date

Chickenpox: 91.2% of children are up to date

PCV (pneumococcal conjugate): 82% of children are up to date

The CDC notes that coverage remained stable from 2012 to 2013, except for hepatitis B and rotavirus vaccines, which saw an increase in vaccine coverage.

The CDC even stated:

No change was observed in the percentage of children who received no vaccinations.

It’s time to get rid of stigmas.

The mainstream media won’t report what has been going on in the vaccine world this month. Parents deserve to know about the study showing an increase of autism for African-American boys who are given the MMR. They deserve to know about the study linking fetal DNA in vaccines to autism that was also published this month.

To the media:

It is not your job to decide what YOU think we need to know. It is not your job to tell us what or how to think, or to report half of the story. It is your job to report the news, period.

To the schools:

Unless you’re ready to check the antibody levels of every single child AND adult in your school, you don’t have the right to force my child to stay home. Children may obtain exemptions in all 50 states and attend school unvaccinated if that is their choice. It is not your job to say who does and does not deserve to be educated. It is your job to educate, period.

To the doctors:

If you’re worried about an unvaccinated child who is being seen for a rash or a cough, have them come in before or after hours. This is what doctors have done for years and you can do it too. It’s ridiculous to pretend that by excluding a child who may or may not be sick you’re protecting the rest of your patients. Do you refuse to see a child who might have scarlet fever (aka strep throat) because they might give it to someone else in your waiting room? Do you kick out one of your patients who has a cold because a child in the waiting room might have asthma? You can advise parents to vaccinate if you wish but it is not your job to enforce what you think onto a parent (and refusing medical care to a child IS forcing what you think upon that family.) Advise away, but it is your job to provide individual medical care, period.

To friends and family:

We are not doing this to spite you, or to make you upset. Yes, we know that Andrew Wakefield’s study was discredited- we actually read the entire thing, not just a news article about it. Yes, we know you vaccinated your children and they’re just fine. Yes, we know that you’re worried my child will give your baby whooping cough, even though anyone you expose your baby to could be a potential carrier, vaccinated or not. We don’t choose to not vaccinate our children because we think we’re better parents than you. In fact, when it comes to making such important decisions for our children we aren’t thinking about you at all. We are thinking about the long-term health, safety and happiness of our children. It is not your job to raise our children, period.

No matter how much you disagree, vaccination IS a personal choice.

I choose not to put

aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol, aluminum hydroxide, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), sodium chloride, thimerosal, gelatin, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, yeast protein, aluminum salts, bovine serum albumin, neomycin, sucrose, purified capsular polysaccharide, amorphous aluminum hydroxphosphate sulfate, amino acid supplement, polysorbate 20 (Tween 20), formalin, phosphate buffered saline, MRC-5 cellular proteins (from aborted fetal cells), aminoglycoside antibiotic, phosphate buffers, disodium phosphate, dihydrate, sodium dihydrogen, insect cell and viral protein, bacterial cell protein, L-histidine, sodium borate, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate adjuvant, monobasic sodium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium taurodeoxycholate, ovalbumin, mercury, sodium, chloride, beta-propiolacton, egg proteins, CTAB, kanmycin, octoxynol-10 (Triton X-100), a-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, sodium deoxycholate, host cell proteins, baculovirus, Triton X-100, residual MDCK cell protein (canine cells from a female adult Cocker Spaniel), other cell proteins, MDCK cell DNA, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, B-propiolactone, phosphate-buffered saline solution, monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, arginine, dibasic potassium phosphate, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), polymyxin, betapropiolactone, nonylphenol ethoxylate, sorbitol, sodium phosphate, hydrolyzed gelatin, recombinant human albumin, fetal bovine serum, other buffer and media ingredients, urea, monodium L-glutamate, human albumin, sodium bicarbonate, potassium phosphate, residual components of MRC-5 cells (including DNA and protein), sodium phosphate dibasic, succinate buffer, isotonic saline solution, phenol, streptomycin, residual calf serum, polygeline (processed bovine gelatin), human serum albumin, potassium glutamate, sodium EDTA, bovine serum, chicken protein, chlortetracycline, amphotericin B), amino acids, dextran, Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium (sodium chloride, magnesium sulfate, ferric (III) nitrate, sodium pyruvate, D-glucose, concentrated vitamin solution, L-cystine, L-tyrosine, amino acids solution, L-glutamine, sodium hydrogenocarbonate, phenol red), calcium carbonate, xanthan, monosodium L-glutamate, bovine calf serum, monobasic, EDTA

…into my baby’s body.

I get to decide what to put or not put into my child. The law agrees with me. And I will continue to fight to protect that choice.

Whether you vaccinate or not, whether you’re white or black, whether you’re Christian or Muslim or an atheist, if you see someone treating another human being like they don’t deserve the same rights that you have, speak up.

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Dr. Oz Show: Thimerosal in Flu Shots – What He Got Wrong & What You NEED to Know!

On September 11, 2014, Dr. Oz’s guests included Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman and the topic of discussion was thimerosal in flu vaccines. It is great to see Dr. Oz expressing concerns about thimerosal, which is 49.5% mercury and is a potent neuro-immune toxin.

Dr. Oz advised his audience that pregnant women and parents of children should request thimerosal-free flu shots so they can avoid injecting mercury into their bodies.

You can view the video clips here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

There is a recap here, which is pretty good. In short, all three men agreed thimerosal in vaccines is a very bad idea. All three agreed it should be removed completely, not only from vaccines, but from ALL medical products. Period.

While I appreciate the effort, there were several inaccuracies in the show, which need to be cleared up.

1. Contrary to the assertions of Oz, Hyman, and Kennedy, thimerosal has not been removed from childhood vaccinations; it’s still there. The FDA changed the rules so vaccine manufacturers do not have to include thimerosal on the label as an ingredient unless it is used as a preservative. According to the FDA, if thimerosal is used in the manufacturing process but it is not used as a preservative, the vaccine can be labeled “thimerosal-free” when that is not the case. You can read more about this semantic trickery and what it really means for your child here.  The point is, several vaccines given to infants and children still contain thimerosal, including the DTaP vaccine, DT vaccine, Hib (ACTHib, TriHIBit) and Meningococcal vaccine. Click this link and scroll down in the vaccine excipients list until you get to thimerosal. (On your way to “thimerosal,” you might want to also notice all the other toxic ingredients and the vaccines that contain them.)

 2. In addition to the problems with the FDA rule change, which allows vaccine-manufacturers to lie about the fact that their vaccines still contain thimerosal, Dr. Oz and his guests missed the fact that the meningococcal vaccine given to children age two years and older contains the same amount of thimerosal (50 mcg.) as the multi-dose flu shots they are so concerned about. Click this link and go to section 11, on page 17 of the Menomune manufacturer’s insert.

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3. Another GLARING inaccuracy from Thursday’s Dr. Oz show was the graphic shown on the screen (Part 1, at 2:30) stating that in 1999 thimerosal was taken out of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. This was a face-palm moment. Really?      Dr. OZ!!! You are the most trusted television doctor in the United States and people listen to you! It’s important for you to get your facts straight. This is VACCINE INFO 101:  The MMR Vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) does not now and NEVER HAS CONTAINED THIMEROSAL!!! The MMR is a live virus vaccine and thimerosal would kill the viruses. Got it? What MMR and other live virus vaccines like the chickenpox vaccine and the shingles vaccine DO CONTAIN is the DNA from aborted human fetal tissue. Independent laboratories (conducting research that is not funded by the makers of the vaccines) have found that these vaccines are associated with autism genes in the brain; particularly with those affecting the synapse (which is responsible for processing of information). Research indicates the “recombinant homologous DNA” from aborted fetuses (their cells are used to grow the live viruses) basically “recombines” with the DNA of the recipient child and this results in an autoimmune attack on specific brain proteins. This should be another face-palm moment. When you think about autoimmunity, what is it? In layman’s terms, “Autoimmunity is when the body gets confused about self and other, and it starts to attack its own tissues.” What better way to induce autoimmunity than to inject the DNA of another human being into your body? Click this link to read the study.

4. As noted above, Dr. Oz’s only concern about the flu vaccine appears to be that it contains thimerosal. He went on to advise pregnant women to ask for thimerosal-free vaccines. What he didn’t tell his audience is that The CDC’s advisory committee on immunization practices, or the ACIP’s recommendation for ANY flu vaccine in pregnancy was not supported by their own research. The research on administration of flu vaccine (with or without thimerosal) indicates that NO Flu vaccine should be given to pregnant women. Period.** Click here to read the paper.

5. Thimerosal is a toxic metal. It has no place in vaccines injected into pregnant women, infants, and children. This was the sole focus of this limited discussion, which was full of inaccuracies and omissions. One important omission is this:  Aluminum is a toxic metal which also causes widespread neurological and immunological damage. It has no place in vaccines injected into pregnant women, infants and children. Aluminum is present in MANY vaccines given to infants and children at levels greatly exceeding the FDA limits for other injectable medications. Click here to learn about aluminum and how to know how much is in vaccines given to your child. 

If you would like to know more about the ingredients in vaccines, please read Vaccine Ingredients – A Comprehensive Guide.

If you would like to learn more about the flu vaccine, please read The Flu Vaccine: What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You (Or Probably Doesn’t Even Know)

**I have edited issue number 4, due to an error in the original post of this article, in which I incorrectly stated that the ACIP did not recommend flu shots (regardless of whether or not they contain thimerosal) for pregnant women. I apologize for the error and appreciate the reader who pointed it out.

Vaccines, Autism, and Susceptible Groups: Is Your Child At Increased Risk?

“Vaccines are safe.”

“The science is clear. For the majority of the population, vaccines are safe.”

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“No medication is safe for 100% of the population. What we know is that there are rare instances where vaccine-injury occurs, but for most people, vaccines are safe.”

All of the above quotes are things we hear repeatedly in the media. Yet, we know that in some cases, vaccines do cause autism, and other serious injuries, including death. The U.S. Government has awarded more than 3 Billion Dollars to families of vaccine-injured children, including many children who developed autism after vaccination.

For parents and prospective parents, a very relevant question is, “What might make my child more likely to have a serious adverse reaction to vaccines?” Every parent should be able to ask this question. It is a reasonable expectation that the government which “mandates” vaccines for 100% of children born in the U.S. would also be concerned about which children may be more likely to be harmed by such a mandate. Unfortunately (for us), the U.S. government agencies who are in charge of investigating this stuff just really couldn’t give a rat’s you-know-what about whether or not your child might be more vulnerable to vaccine-injury. That’s why it is up to you to investigate prior to vaccination, and to make informed decisions about whether or not vaccines are advisable or safe for your particular child. Those decisions should be made based on your own family history.

You should know that the U.S. government has decided that if your child happens to have certain genetic predispositions and/or environmental exposures, which make him or her more vulnerable to serious vaccine-injury (including autism and death), that’s just your tough luck. It’s survival of the fittest.

In the 2004 publication, “Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism” from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) it is stated on pages 11-12 of the Executive Summary that research (funded by your tax dollars) is NOT TO PURSUE the identification of “susceptible groups.” The reason for this is because the government has made the decision that is is most important to protect the general public from infectious diseases. The government has also decided that it is most important to protect the vaccine-manufacturers, who have been granted complete immunity from liability if their vaccines happen to kill or permanently injure your child.

You might find it interesting (as I did) to know that the IOM issued their mandate “DO NOT DO THE RESEARCH” within a mere matter of months after Frank DeStefano delivered a presentation to the IOM about the findings of a particular study performed at The CDC, which showed an increased risk (236% increased risk) of autism to African-American males vaccinated with the MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age. Sometime after that meeting and prior to when the paper went to publication, according to one of the principal authors of the study, the decision was made (under pressure, according to Dr. William Thompson) to eliminate the data that identified the increased risk, alter the study protocol, and publish the paper saying there was no increased risk. This whole episode is what has come to be known as “The CDC Whistleblower Issue.” Dr. William Thompson is “The CDC Whistleblower” and he issued an official statement through his attorney (who specializes in “Whistleblower Law”) on August 27, 2014, stating what happened, and also stating his regret about his participation in the fraud.

As I have written previously, what people need to understand is that the elimination of data regarding increased risk of autism to African-American boys in metro Atlanta does not just affect African-American boys in metro Atlanta.

Science is never “settled.” By definition, science is always evolving. The goal of scientific inquiry is NOT TO SHUT DOWN FURTHER INQUIRY.

The goal of research is to open up further inquiry. When researchers FIND something, they are SUPPOSED to report it. They are also supposed to pursue and encourage others to pursue further research to determine:

  1. if their findings are replicable (if other researchers find the same thing), and
  2. if their findings apply to other groups in different situations

What does that mean, when it comes to your child?

If the researchers involved in the 2004 DeStefano et al paper had reported their findings and if further research had been done as it should have been, we would have seen studies looking at increased risk of autism from MMR administration in children living in the Midwest, and living in Appalachia, and living in Texas, California, Alaska, and New Jersey. We would have seen follow-up studies evaluating increased risk of autism from MMR in populations with a large percentage of Latino children, and Asian-American children, and maybe even Somali immigrant children in Minnesota. We should have also seen follow-up research investigating DTaP vaccines in these groups, and combinations of vaccines in these groups, and how things differ between groups who are vaccinated exactly according to the CDC’s Childhood Vaccination Schedule, and among those who are not vaccinated at all, and among those who are partially, or “selectively” vaccinated.

That’s what SHOULD have happened. But it didn’t.

Why?

I know. You might be thinking I’m just a conspiracy theorist. After-all, many people refer to this is an “anti-vaccine” website.

Meet Dr. Bernadine Healy:

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Now listen to what Dr. Healy had to say about the vaccine-autism question in a 2008 interview with Sharyl Attkisson, on CBS News.

The take home message here is that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for your child’s health care. You are also responsible if something happens to your child as a result of following The CDC’s Childhood Vaccination Schedule. Vaccines are the only medication that our government “recommends” (mandates) for 100% of children, while simultaneously refusing to protect families if those vaccines cause serious injury or death. We are on our own.

So… It is important for us to know what factors may cause our children to be more vulnerable to vaccine-injury. Yesterday morning, I conducted an informal poll. At 7:00 (CST) I posted the following Facebook status:

I am conducting research. If you or your child has had a vaccine-injury, what do you think may have contributed to making you or your child more vulnerable?
You guys are the experts in your family history.
For me, things that contributed are:

  1. Strong family history of autoimmune thyroid disease;
  2. Multiple amalgam (“silver”) fillings (in me);
  3. Dad in the military (high vaccination rates);
  4. Previous exposure to lead (from living in older homes, renovation);
  5. Living near freeways in Southern California;
  6. Previous miscarriages, clotting problems;
  7. MTHFR, COMT, VDR & CBS mutations;
  8. Recurrent strep throat and tonsillitis (chronic) in me (mom);
  9. Rh negative blood type in mom & RhoGAM injections in pregnancy;
  10. Previous adverse reaction to vaccines in mom (me)

I have asked this question previously, and at that time I received 108 responses in a five-hour period.

Since yesterday morning, I have received an additional 201 responses.

Many of the respondents indicated they had the same predispositions as those I believe to be factors in my daughter’s vaccine-injury. Others left comments indicating they believed other factors were involved in their children’s vaccine-injuries. I collected everything.

Here are the results, reported in order, from most frequently reported to least frequently reported:

  1. Multiple amalgam fillings (in the mother):  153 of 309 responses (49.5%)
  2. MTHFR genetic mutations identified (by laboratory analysis):  106 of 309 responses (34%)
  3. Strong family history of autoimmune thyroid disease:  88 of 309 responses (28.5%)
  4. Previous adverse reaction to vaccines (in mom):  79 of 309 responses (26%)
  5. Chronic strep, tonsillitis, bronchitis, sinus infections in mother as a child: 79 of 309 responses (25.5%)
  6. Strong family history of autoimmune disease other than thyroid disease: 78 of 309 responses (25%) – (specifically mentioned: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Eczema, Allergies)
  7. Rh- factor in mother and RhoGam injection during pregnancy:  65 of 309 responses (21%)
  8. Parent in the military:  61 of 309 responses (20%)
  9. Previous exposure to lead: 57 of 309 responses (18.5%)
  10. Previous miscarriage, history of clotting problems:  56 of 309 responses (18%)
  11. Previous exposure to lead: 57 of 309 responses (18.5%)
  12. Antibiotics given to child at birth or early infancy: 35 of 309 responses (11%)
  13. Mother’s diet high in GMO foods: 28 of 309 responses (9%)
  14. Living near freeways:  24 of 309 responses (8%)

Other factors that were mentioned specifically by respondents included the following:

  • Environmental exposures to chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals (e.g., lived on or near farms, lived near coal burning power plants, worked in health care and received yearly flu vaccines, worked in dental office)
  • Flu shot in pregnancy
  • TDaP in pregnancy
  • Antibiotics in pregnancy
  • Rubella vaccine while breast feeding
  • Sulfa allergies in mom
  • High incidence of alcoholism, bipolar, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD diagnoses in family
  • Giving Tylenol before and after vaccines
  • Lyme disease
  • Pitocin (induced labor)
  • Multiple ultrasounds
  • Family history of cancer (immediate family)
  • C-section
  • Traumatic birth
  • Terbutaline
  • Premature, low birth-weight
  • Mold exposure

So, there you have it.

What does this mean?

Well… First of all, I have to say that there are some problems inherent in this informal poll. This is not a random sample. This data was collected from parents who are friends of mine (or friends of friends) on Facebook. These parents have children who have suffered vaccine-injury. They have likely been doing their research for a while, and they are more likely than the general population to respond to my request for data. This data has not been compared with data from families in the general population whose children have not suffered significant vaccine-injury, or who do not report their children as having suffered from significant vaccine-injury.

You may choose to discount this information because it is not published in a respected peer-reviewed medical journal.

You may choose to discount this information because it was collected via social media.

You may choose to discount this information because you don’t like me.

Whatever your reason for discounting this information, please remember this…

It’s the best we got. It’s all we have.

The government will not collect this information and they will not report on what factors may increase your child’s risk of serious vaccine injury. The researchers at the CDC have been instructed specifically, “DO NOT LOOK.”

Are your kids and your future kids at increased risk?

HEAR THIS WELL:  Vaccines DO Cause Autism

Anderson Cooper:  How to be a Vaccine Expert

Meet LoRenzo

This is LoRenzo’s story, as told by his mother.

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my son, LoRenzo and my personal issues concerning the government’s role in dealing with the injuries my son has acquired through vaccines. I don’t consider my story anecdotal as I am an expert when it comes to my son. I was advised that the flu shot was a good thing when I was pregnant for my son. I of course, blindly trusted that as fact. I did not know the ingredients of said vaccine nor was I offered an insert listing the ingredients, side effects, or recommendations. Had that one thing happened, I may not have been writing this.

I got the shot and was violently ill. When LoRenzo was hours old he received the HepB shot which is an unnecessary vaccine for an infant. He was a lethargic baby and did not cry. At 2 months he received multiple vaccines and lost the ability to have bowel movements. He then cried all the time. At 4 months he stopped responding to noises, cooing, and lost eye contact. At 6 months he stopped crying unless he was in pain from not being able to poop. This was awful since crying was the only way he could communicate. I had to guess if he was hungry and constantly check to see if he was wet.

LoRenzo’s development was very slow from there. He could not hold his head up by himself or sit up by the time he was 10 months. He didn’t walk until 17 months. When he learned how to walk, he would stay in the corner of any given room because the world was just too big for him. He preferred to be in his crib or playpen until he was 2yrs old and he still could not talk.

At every “well baby” check I brought up my concerns citing these things happened after every vaccine but was told boys developed slower and to wait it out. Finally at 2½ yrs a friend of my sister’s told her my son had Autism after she heard that he had not had an unassisted BM since he was an infant. My doctor didn’t give me this info, a parent did. When I took th

is concern to the pediatricians, I was then told she had suspected this all along but didn’t think I was ready for the news!? He was sent to the local children’s hospital where they said it was too soon to diagnose his delay and that again vaccines were not to blame. They tested his genetics, mine, his father’s and came up with nothing. Mind you, NOBODY in either family had any kind of connection to Autism, until my son.

LoRenzo will be 9 this December. My son can only speak a handful of 4-5 word sentences. He was not potty trained until he was 6. He is hypersensitive to light, textures, noise, and even certain foods.  I am on disability and cannot afford any treatment to help my son.

I did what the CDC recommended and held him down to receive multiple doses of poison only to find out that LoRenzo was at high risk – yes, he is also African-American.  I told his doctor of my concerns at 8 weeks! “Wait it out” is what I was told over and over again. Now at soon to be 9 my son is Autistic, resources are next to nothing, and there is no recourse, no compensation for having to wait it out! Early intervention is key they say, yet “they” are very slow to give the parents a definitive diagnosis. I have found that I am not the only parent who feels this way. It may be too late for my son but I shouldn’t have to accept that, until all avenues of healing are explored with the expense being picked up by those who knowingly caused the harm.

To Congressman Bill Posey:  Thank you for your action in this matter and please stay vigilant as the number of Autism parents is rising. Our rights to refuse vaccines should be respected until such a time a truly unbiased study on vaccinated vs unvaccinated is done.

Lorenzo

Meet Lily

This is Lily’s story, as told by her mother.

Lily was born perfectly healthy in 2003 and was a happy, precocious baby who was advanced in meeting all of her developmental milestones. By 9 months old she had been crawling for 2 months and was well on her way to walking.

Lily at 8 months.

Lily at 8 months.

After her 9 month vaccinations where she received a 4th dose of the Hep B shot, Lily was a different child. She became very clumsy after immediately getting sick after the vaccine. She became agitated and seemed to be in pain all the time in addition to being severely constipated. She went on to receive her 12 month vaccines but continued in a downward spiral of one infection after another, and unexplained crying for hours and hours at a time. She was slowly drifting away from us socially and emotionally as well.

By her 15 month vaccinations, which included the MMR, I remember Lily saying a few days later, “It hurts” and holding her stomach. Within several weeks after, she became completely non-responsive, to the point that we thought she may be deaf. She didn’t utter words for a very very long time. At 25 months old, Lily was diagnosed with autism. We now know too late that Lily suffered all the signs of vaccine injury. We would have realized if we had known to read the package inserts, but we were never alerted by her pediatrician, even though we were in the office almost every week for months.

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I can’t begin to put into words how much our family has been devastated financially and emotionally by autism. We have spent thousands and thousands of dollars trying to undo the damage for Lily with biomedical and homeopathic therapies that aren’t covered by insurance. I couldn’t work for many years mainly because I had to be home to oversee therapies because no one else knew how to manage my child. Her siblings have never experienced anything close to a normal childhood because we are prisoners in our own home. We can’t travel anywhere or do anything that a normal family does. There is no Disney World or extended family vacations for us.

At age 10, Lily has benefited from many years of therapy to address her physical health, but she remains minimally verbal.

At age 10, Lily has benefited from years of therapy to improve her physical health. She still has autism.

Lily has come very far with the help of diet, biomedical treatments, homeopathy and our undying love, but she is still minimally verbal. What breaks my heart is that this didn’t have to happen to her and so many other children.

 

Meet Jeremy

This is Jeremy’s story, as told by his mother.

Jeremy received all vaccinations according to schedule, beginning at birth. Every vaccine left his immune system weaker. He had chronic ear infections and fevers. He learned to walk and talk on schedule. He would imitate us and tell us all about Pooh characters (which he still watches).

Jeremey, before vaccine injury (left), and after vaccine injury (right).

Jeremy, before vaccine injury (left), and after vaccine injury (right).

 

When he was 16 months old, he received MMR, DTaP and HIB in one well-baby visit. He was sick with a fever the full week after and kept holding his head. He slowly regressed and 4 months later I wrote on his calendar…”why did you stop talking?” His pediatrician said it was just because he was busy with other things. Well, it was “Autism” and seizures (dx landau kleffner at first). We enrolled him in every therapy possible. Nothing was getting through. He would drool all his food out of his mouth and could not use utensils anymore. He was not off a bottle or potty trained until after 5 yrs old – while in ABA 40 hours per week. Intensive detoxing, tests, therapies (speech, OT, Hippo), and ABA followed the next 12 yrs. He has been through so much.
When Jeremy was around the age of 12, an ABA professional told me to focus on life skills only. Basically, give up and look into residential homes. His raging frustration during ABA left him in full BARR holds by 4 adults. He couldn’t talk so he was mad and they thought they would “break” him like a horse. So, they would hold him down until he stopped crying. I am horrified now thinking about what he has been through.

Jeremy, Therapy
These kids have so many biological problems; colitis, severe headaches, chronic constipation, food allergies, seizures… and more.  Then they cannot communicate like some stroke victims. They are in there but how would you know? No handwriting, no words.

Jeremy, Family

Please understand, his other 3 siblings did not receive the absurd vaccine schedule he endured and they are fine and thriving. Jeremy was bombarded and his body could not handle it.

Meet Grace

This information was submitted by Grace’s mother. The first part of this post is a timeline constructed from Grace’s medical records.

  • Vaccination:  Hep B : Aug 20, 2007 (12 hours old) unable to maintain body temp for 7 hours.
  • 9/04/07: Well visit: dr. notes: Patient is female. Alert, well nourished, developmentally normal, symmetrical eyes, symmetrical ear placement, symmetrical smile, hips, legs, feet, shoulders, arms, hands. infant is calm and easy to console.
  • 11/02/07: Sick visit: crying, fever, diarrhea.
  • 11/07/07: 2 month Vaccinations:  DTaP, HepB, HIB, Polio (even though he knew she was sick) notes state doing well, no developmental concerns. coos, follows past midline, chest off table, head in midline, attn to sounds, social smile.
  • 1/23/08: 4 month Vaccinations:  DTaP, Hep B, HIB, Pneumococcal, Polio: at visit dr notes babbles, reaches, supports on hands, heads up, steady, laughs, rolls front to back.
  • 3/25/08: 6 month Vaccinations:  DTaP, Hep B, HIB, Pneumococcal, Polio: at visit dr notes: babbles, responds, sits unsupported, no longer rolls, raking grasp, transfer object, no stranger anxiety.
  • 4/16/08: sick visit: Rash on back of neck, chin, and head, 100.2 fever, cough, crying. (gained 10 lbs between 1/23 and 4/16)
  • 6/19/08: Dr notes: throws objects, says Dada, sits well, pincer grasp, finger foods, stranger anxiety, scoots.
  • 7/24/08: I contacted Dr to discuss Developmental delay, not crawling, no longer scooting, large weight gain, sleeping 14 hours.
  • 8/6/08: spontaneous hypothyroid dx (thyroid at birth was normal)
  • 8/21/08: 12 month Vaccinations: MMR, Prevnar, Varicella

(Dr visits and calls missing from records (Dr deleted) Gracie appeared to have “gone deaf” stopped looking at us, stopped answering to her name, stopped babbling. Hearing test was normal. First steps contacted.

  • 9/9/08: lethargic, fever, no improvements with developmental delays.
  • 10/10/08: Influenza vaccine
  • 10/28/08: sick visit: 101 fever for 1 week prior, cough and chest congestion.
  • 11/7/08: influenza vaccine

More records are missing.

All further vaccines have been declined.

These photos show Grace before her 4 month vaccines (given at 5 months) and after her 6 month vaccines (given at 7 months).

These photos show Grace at around 9 months (left) and at one year (right), following her 12 month vaccinations. She was no longer able to sit on her own, and had stopped crawling or scooting. She stopped responding to her name, stopped smiling, and stopped babbling.

Grace never regained the ability to babble (talk). She struggles with her walking and balance. She has a very hard time using her hands and struggles with grasp. We have had several genetic tests done (including 2 tests for Rett’s Syndrome, with normal results – no mutation). She had an MRI showing no concerns. She had an EEG showing no seizure activity.

Grace works hard at therapy but struggles due to weak grasp and deficits in eye-hand coordination.

Grace works hard at therapy but struggles due to weak grasp and deficits in eye-hand coordination.

Grace now suffers from severe IgE food allergies to Corn, Wheat, Milk, Eggs, Soybeans, Peanuts, Treenuts, and Sesame Seeds. She has rarely has a formed bowel movement. She wakes at night screaming in pain that I can not stop because she can not tell me where or what hurts. She is only able to eat 3 foods currently. She suffers from severe eczema. She is nonverbal so these are the major ailments that we can tell she suffers from.

Yet another allergic reaction to God knows what...thank you vaccines for creating a mess of my baby's gut causing her body to attack everything including the food she eats. Thank you medical community for leaving us alone to figure it out.

“Yet another allergic reaction to God knows what…thank you vaccines for creating a mess of my baby’s gut causing her body to attack everything including the food she eats. Thank you medical community for leaving us alone to figure it out.”

I have had to leave my career in order to stay home to care for Grace 24/7. It is unknown if she will ever lead a productive, functional life on her own. She has 3 siblings that are constantly affected by her vaccine injury. Their lives are put on hold as every event revolves around who will care for Grace, what food can we bring, and whether we afford it as our finances have been severely affected.

Worth Every Penny

Therapy now runs $120,000 a year and her diet is roughly $300 a week. I can no longer work, and my husband is a firefighter. This is bankrupting us. We are losing our home.

I did seek compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund but was told by 3 attorneys that they are not taking any autism cases and do not know of anyone who is. The others that I contacted never returned my calls. Her statute has expired. The pediatrician to this day has refused to provide our complete vaccine records. I have made 4 written attempts and my attorney has made 3.  I have contacted the IN Attorney General to begin filing complaints with the medical board. His lack of providing records also would have prevented us from filing in vaccine court.  We are left on our own to find the money and resources to try to make her life livable.

I will get better

Meet Nick

My name is Alison MacNeil. My son Nick became Autistic following his 15 month shots in 2006.

This is a segment on Nick’s vaccine injury in a PBS Autism documentary I put together with my father, Robert MacNeil formerly of the NewsHour, three years ago.

After a healthy pregnancy Nick was born one month early by C-section at Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital in Boston, MA 11/12/04. He was in the Nicu for 12 hours for observation. He received oxygen for 30 minutes on a C-pap machine and two anti-biotics by IV, in the chance my early labor had been caused by Sepsis. It had not. He was born 6 lbs 9 oz and his Apgar scores were good.

Within 30 minutes of being brought to me from the Nicu he was given the Hep B vaccine. We were discharged together four days later. Nick latched and nursed beautifully. He was a well-regulated and happy baby. He slept well and delighted in watching his sister. He flirted with everybody over my shoulder and was meeting milestones beautifully.

At 8 months, Nick was a happy, social baby who enjoyed being around people.

At 8 months, Nick was a happy, social baby who enjoyed being around people.

We vaccinated Nick exactly according to schedule as we had his older sister.

Between eight and nine months Nick began talking. He also received 2 infant flu shots at one month apart and another Hep B shot. Looking back at photographs I can see that this was when the lights began to dim. He lost his smile and began to have back to back upper respiratory infections. At his first birthday I noticed he still had the first three words but he wasn’t gaining new ones. Between 12-15 months he had several bad upper respiratory colds. We gave him Tylenol quite a bit more than I had needed to with my daughter.

At 8 months, Nick's smile was contagious.

At 8 months, Nick’s eyes were bright and his smile was contagious.

At Nick’s 15 month appointment the Nurse Practitioner commented at what a busy, happy baby he was, noting in the chart that he was on track for all of his milestones. She then gave him the DTtaP, MMR and a version of the Hib called the TriHib.

This photo was taken 10 days after Nick received the MMR, DTaP, and TriHib vaccines at 15 months.

This photo was taken 10 days after Nick received the MMR, DTaP, and TriHib vaccines at 15 months.

Within three days Nick developed an extremely bad cold with a croupy cough with a whoop to it. He had a high fever, was lethargic and very, very irritable. Around the tenth day he was inconsolable and I couldn’t put him down, he screamed constantly, tugged at his ears and coughed incessantly. I was alarmed. That night he finally fell asleep and so did I around 10pm. At 11pm our German Shepherd woke me up because he was scratching at Nick’s door whining and barking. I went to scold the dog and checked on Nick whose lips had turned blue and he was struggling to breath. I wrapped him in his father’s down jacket next to the door and raced one block on foot to the community hospital near our house.

They gave him a shot of Decadron almost immediately after we arrived and put him on back to back nebulizers. They discharged us around 3am and had put him on an anti-biotic. They told me he needed to be seen by a pediatrician the next day outpatient. It was Sunday so I was sent to the on-call of our practice which happened to be a very prominent retired pediatrician in Boston who only did weekend, on-call coverage. He examined Nick and said, “you do realize you have a very sick boy here.” He told me Nick had a double ear infections and Bronchitis.

I gave Nick the antibiotic as prescribed, but Nick did not improve. One week later I took him in to see the Nurse for a sick visit. She said “yes Nick’s ears were full of fluid but that was to be expected after an ear infection. She said I was over-reacting because I had told her I had recently had a miscarriage.” She put Nick on Augmentin. Between 15-18 months I contacted our pediatrician six times, we were given multiple back to back courses of anti-biotics, Nick was seen repeatedly for sick visits. During this time I was told he had bad upper respiratory infections.

During this time Nick lost all eye contact. He didn’t notice if you walked in the room. He just sat about twelve feet from the tv staring at the screen. He also became obsessed with watching the spinning clothes in the washing machine, would spin his sister’s doll plates and would press his ears to the warm clothes dryer. He lost the speech he had. He had putrid, foul diarrhea, often as many as ten episodes a day all the way up his back and down to his knees, sometimes it was just liquid. He got terrible blisters from this diarrhea, once with a wound that bled and left a scar. He would only eat goldfish crackers, yogurt and chicken nuggets. He screamed and cried all day. He was very irritable. He would stare into space for long spells and his eyes wouldn’t shift if you put your hand in front of them. He was gone.

About six times during this time he would scream out in his sleep a feral cry I had never heard before as a mother. It was like nothing I had ever heard in my life, so high pitched and intense. I would race to his crib and he wouldn’t recognize me. I would hold him and he would lurch backwards out of my arms with incredible force, I was afraid a few times I might drop him. In these episodes he wouldn’t know how to latch on to nurse even though he’d been nursing for 16 months. It would take an hour or longer to calm him back to sleep. My pediatrician assured me these were night terrors. I now know he was having an encephalitic reaction in his brain. My pediatrician also told me the diarrhea was “toddler diarrhea” because he drank too much juice.” We never gave Nick any juice.

At 18 months I took Nick back to his pediatrician for his scheduled visit and I laid out all of my concerns. My pediatrician looked visibly panicked when he saw what terrible shape Nick was in. He ordered blood work, did a lead test and wrote “rule out autism” on his medical record.

We went from “meeting all his milestones to rule out autism” in three months after his 15 month shots.

Nick was in fact diagnosed with Moderate Autism at 21 months old. Nick was subsequently diagnosed with: Absence Seizures, Lymphoid Nodular Hyperplasia of the Small Intestine, Hypothyroid, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Severe Gut Dysbiosis, Auditory and Visual Processing Delays.