By Anne Dachel
Almost thirty years ago now, my husband and I were in Europe visiting his sister who lived in Holland at the time. (Our first child, John, who would later descend into autism, was a healthy one year old back in America with relatives.)
I clearly remember one time sitting in a train car in Switzerland talking to a German woman. She was fluent in English and very friendly. At one point she said she was sure that all Americans think the Germans who lived during the time of Hitler hated the Jews and everyone was a Nazi. I told her I understood the severe economic conditions that gave rise to fascism in Germany and that people didn't support Hitler because he promised to create a Holocaust of the Jews.
The lady went on to tell me about the wonderful things the Nazis did for Germany in the midst of the depression and the aftermath of World War I when she was growing up. As far as the Jewish situation, she empathically said, "We just didn't know what was happening."
I never have forgotten that conversation. Here was someone who was a little child in the 1930s and the Nazi provided her with summer camps and lots of fun activities. Granted, she didn't know back then what was really going on, but she knew all about mass slaughter in Hitler's death camps when we were speaking in the 1980s. Still, there were no expressions of remorse or horror at the outrages of genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime, just the often repeated, we didn't know.
Autism and the connection to vaccinations wasn't even remotely in the picture back then, but they are very much on my mind today and everyday. This leads to me think about the future. Why? Because the truth has to come out, or we have no future. And when we wake up to the reality of the holocaust created on the high altar of corporate greed, what will be the response of those in positions to have known what was happening?
What about the doctors and nurses who witnessed horrible vaccine reactions? What about the researchers hired to design studies to cover up any hint of vaccine damage? How will they explain what they did?
I ask this because I just spent hours watching individual stories cataloged by Polly Tommey and the "Vaxxed" team.
As Vaxxed continues to be shown around the U.S., voices are finally being heard. The vaccine injured, a segment of the population that has long been dismissed as an acceptable price to pay for disease prevention and otherwise silenced by intimidation, are speaking out. Victims themselves are talking, parents are talking about what happened to their children following vaccination, and doctors are talking about how they were misled to believe that vaccines could never be harmful.
There are no words to describe what we're being told here.
My thanks to Polly and the others for doing this. I can't imagine what it's like to hear these stories day after day.
Here’s a small sample of what the Vaxxed team has uncovered.
“I’m a pediatrician for 36 years. I’ve been in private practice for 26 years. I feel that every parent has a constitutional right of making that decision. They want to wait, they should be able to wait. …
“When we’re studying medicine, we are clueless of what’s in those vaccines. We are not taught what’s in those vaccines. We’re just taught what the schedule is like.
“…Unless we go at it on our own, and we decide to start looking at those inserts and really start looking at what they document as side effects, to really start listening to our parents, let them be the ones guiding us, letting us know what happened with the last set of vaccines. That’s what we should be paying attention to.”
This doctor went on to say that he was expected to do and say whatever the CDC and the AAP told them. “If we do not do that, then we’re considered outcasts.”
He went on to say that he was not surprised by William Thompson’s claim of fraud and cover-up at the CDC. “Personally I think there is just too much money involved …” This doctor’s own grandchildren are unvaccinated and minimally vaccinated. As far as how parents are treated, he said, “That’s what we do with our population, we scare them enough that they will do whatever we want them to do.”
(New Mexico) “Well, Ethan was my first born, and I was young, I was 22, so I did everything they told me to do because I was naïve and trusting.
“The first reaction…was when he was four months old and he abruptly stopped nursing, and he kept throwing his head back and arching his back and screaming. It was right after his four month vaccines, and I thought it was something that I was doing wrong.... The second one was after his twelve month vaccines. He lost eye contact, stereotypical playing with the wheels and watching wheels roll back and forth constantly. …Like an idiot I want back for his fifteen month vaccines, and he completely stopped talking. It was after for some reason, the light bulb went off, and I stopped vaccinating him….”
“My name is Robert Meyer, and this is Joshua Meyer, he’s twenty. …He contracted RSV and a rota virus when he was about fourteen months old. Prior to that he’d be pretty healthy, and he’d get a vaccine…and then he’d get an ear infection and go on oral antibiotics. So that was the cycle he was on prior to his fourteen month episode. He’d been dehydrated in the hospital and had an IV….and my wife at the time took him to a second doctor and got a second opinion, and that’s when they vaccinated him for eight diseases at once, MMR, DTP, oral polio and the HepB, I believe.
“My wife said he was like standing in the hallway screaming that night, probably from the inflammation of his brain, swelling and things of that nature.
“So then he stopped talking, he regressed. He had words prior to that. We thought he was deaf. …It took a few months before the official diagnosis actually came in.”
“As a baby, he was always moving along, meeting his milestones. That first year we took Dallas in for the regular checkups, the regular vaccines, hadn’t really noticed anything, but then at the time he’d had the chicken pox vaccine, about a day later, he spiked a tremendous fever—about 104, 104.5, was vomiting a white foamy, cottage cheesy almost type of something. …”
“At that point we hadn’t seen any reactions outwardly, but then when we went back, we started questioning things after the chicken pox vaccine, went back, collected all of his medical records from the doctor’s office. Each time it was noted that we’d called to report a fever or something.”
“[After the chicken pox vaccine] I called the doctor, I said something—he’s not well, he’s sick to his stomach, and even scarier than that, he forgot how to crawl. We could put him on the floor and see him thinking about how to put one hand in front of the other to crawl.
“[The doctor] basically just said, ‘I’m sure it’s not a problem, don’t worry about it. He should have another chicken pox, but we’ll just skip it.’
“After that he was fully vaccinated, flu shot included, for a few more years. It wasn’t until he was seven that we actually—and that was after his diagnosis—that we put all the information together, that we realized we were causing him harm.”
“Joey just turned twenty. …”
“They have to know some of these vaccines are doing this to these kids, don’t they?
Joey’s parents described how the whole family has been impacted by their severely disabled son.
“He would be up three, four days straight, pacing, non-stop pacing. … No doctor would say. They actually said they had no clue what was wrong with him.”
His parents talked about how he’d briefly been in a grouphome where he was left in a dark room. In another group home they refused to follow a special diet.
Joey’s mom related how his medical records showed continuous infections and medical problems from infancy onward.
“He never talked.”
“I just went along … at two months, he got his second hepatitis B shot; his first one the day he was born, but I didn’t think anything of it. I just remember before he turned a year old, he had repeat ear infections, and they said, one more ear infection, and we’ll have to put tubes.”
“At fifteen months, it was the MMR…I must have called back the next day because they said that I reported that he was crying non-stop, he was high-pitch screaming, he had a fever. At that age, I didn’t put anything together. I didn’t know anything at that time. Then I remember seeing the study with Andrew Wakefield, but I still didn’t make a connection.”
“He would be covered in blood from hurting himself. …He’d rip his skin. You can see the scars on his hands. He’d rip the skin off his hands.”
Polly Tommey then talked about GI doctors who were afraid to treat these children for their bowel problems because then they would be “Wakefielded.”
“I’m actually a physician with a vaccine injured child….I’m a psychiatrist, but I do a little bit of everything….
“I never questioned any of it. I feel so foolish. I have incredible guilt. The guilt I have just because I’m a doctor, I should know. I tell that to people when I prescribe. … I never questioned any of his vaccines, in fact I was always very pro-vaccine. …He was of course vaccinated on time for everything. Around four months we went in for his routine vaccinations. He had DTap that day. That’s what we feel like—but we don’t really know which one it was. Within three hours, we took him home , and he went—sort of had a change in his consciousness . He was very tired and not rousable. …around six that night, Stephen said, ‘He’s just really tired, and I’m just letting him sleep because he seems so tired.’ …He started screaming uncontrollably, turned bright red. He had several, I guess they were seizures. I never saw anything like it.
“We were calling the pediatrician, the on call doctor was like, ‘Oh, a 105 degree fever, just give him Ibuprofen, keep him home.’ They were trying everything they could to keep us from taking him in to the hospital, and we were like, no, I don’t care what they tell us, I’m taking him to the ER. He’s not calming down, he’s screaming, he’s fighting us. …
“[At the hospital], they treated us like we were crazy. We said it was the vaccines, and we felt very strongly that it was a vaccine injury, and what could they do for us. And they said, no, vaccines wouldn’t do this. …”
Tests were done and the parents were told the CT scan of his head showed no problem, but a year later, after reviewing his records, his mother discovered that it actually showed brain swelling.
The hospital gave the parents Tamiflu and sent them home.
“It wasn’t until I got his records later that I was so profoundly disgusted and depressed at how people could lie to the family of an infant. …
“So now Anders is four. He has said almost three words. He has no words. He is autistic, he goes into rages, he attacks frequently.”
“He bangs his head into the wall, he bites himself.”
“He hurts himself all the time.”
“He gets upset really easy.”
“I can’t tell you how much I wish I had done something different. I wish I had done more. The guilt that I have as a mother, as a physician who should know better—I’ll never forgive myself.”
“I was given the flu shot when I was pregnant with him, and it put me in the emergency room. I was almost on a ventilator. …Severe allergic reaction to it. One of the internal medicine doctors came in and asked me why I accepted the shot, and I said I didn’t want it, they just stuck it in my arm. He said you could really hurt your baby.
“He was born and he was doing real well, developing well, talking and walking, and then when he got his MMR shots when he was like thirteen months, he got real sick and ended up in the hospital. They’d given him like a bunch of antibiotics, …then he just stopped walking, stopped talking, just regressed backwards. We eventually got him talking again at the age of four. … “
After this child got away from his family and jumped into the Mississippi River, the mother was investigated by CPS.
Dr. Sarah Bridges:
“I am Sarah Bridges, I am mom to four kids, one who is vaccine-injured. ..
“I was in the PhD program in neuropsychology, working at the med school, as mainstream as you get. …We had Porter and he was totally healthy, ahead of his milestones, doing great. …Went into his four month well baby check, and he received eight vaccines. …Ten hours later, after the shots, we are awoken with the worse high-pitched scream I have ever heard, go down to his room, and I pick him up and I find him soaking hot and unconscious—head just flopping to the side. …
“We initially called the nurse’s line, just not knowing what to do and said, knowing that he’d been healthy in the morning, and said, ‘Is this something about the vaccines?’ and she said, ‘They often run a little fever.’
“I said, ‘He’s totally unresponsive.’
“She said, “Get to the hospital right now, the doctor’s going to meet you.’
“[At the hospital], he’s still unconscious and then goes into a grand mal seizure that lasts two hours. So this is the beginning. Doctors are calling doctors. Our pediatrician came in at three in the morning.
“He seizing and seizing, and they’re trying to give him Valium and different things. Nothing is working. And this is a four month old baby. Finally a neurologist who was called in said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll get him to stop seizing, he just might stop breathing. …
“The ER doctor that night turned to me and said, ‘He’s had a severe pertussis reaction.’ He told me about the vaccine program, which I’ve since learned, nobody has that experience. I didn’t know it existed, and I said, ‘Oh, I don’t sue people.’
“‘No it’s not suing doctors, you need to report this. I’m reporting this to the CDC.’ And he did as well.
“That was the beginning of our whole story. Dr. Bridges son went on to describe how Porter continued to deteriorate with multiple hospitalization for seizures.
Sarah noted that while the ER doctor was sure Porter had a vaccine reaction, his pediatrician said, ‘Absolutely not, vaccines are totally safe. …They never cause problems.’
A fellow researcher at the University of Minnesota who knew the history of the pertussis vaccine disagreed. He said, ‘Sarah, they’re covering their ass. …There’s long history with this vaccine, you need to go to the med school library.’
“I go there and it was just shocking to learn that in Japan, in Europe—this is not a new issue… So we started the process and filed a claim in the vaccine program. Just a few months later—and I was so happy to hear it was swift justice, it would just take six months, that’s what we were told.”
“And it turned out to be eight years, rather than six months, and though that time, Porter continued to be in a similar fashion…”
“We split up. The family totally broke up under the pressure. Eight years of this,…We went through a couple of years where Porter would be up much of each night. I knew the firemen by name …because they arrive first when you call 911.
“What happened was, despite the meds, Porter would have what’s called status seizures that can go on indefinitely. …
“His behavioral issue got worse and worse also because the medications for the seizures. It was just out of control, family life went down the tubes….The whole focus of the family became centered on Porter.”
Sarah described the grueling process involved in having a case in vaccine court. Most chilling of all was her comment that despite it being fifteen years since Porter was injured, “nobody has ever reached out to us once to follow up. Wouldn’t you think having done original research, wow, you have this group of people we’ve all agreed were brain damaged, maybe there is something we should be studying about these kids?”
Savannah Schneider received the Gardasil vaccine when she was in the seventh grade.
“I went in for my seventh grade physical. …They gave me my shots in my left thigh and the last one hurt really bad. It felt like they were injecting fire in my leg. I started getting these purple dots around the injection site, and I felt extremely sick for the rest of the day. The doctor told us it’s normal for that to happen. It’s just because you’re getting shots in general…”
“She received a DTap, and she received a couple of other boosters. I’m not sure which ones off-hand. … They were the typical seventh grade required shots. I had asked the nurses and the doctor to administer only the required shots. …”
Savannah’s mother specifically told them NOT to give her daughter the Gardasil vaccine because she wanted to do more research.
“Three nurses came into the room. They seemed like they were in a huge hurry. Two nurses were prepping her, and one nurse turned around and handed me a piece of paper, but only after her skin had been prepped on her legs for the vaccines. All three nurses were sitting there staring at me, and they said, ‘Oh you need to sign that before we can do this.’
“And I said, ‘This is only for the required vaccines for her seventh grade shots, right?’
“And they said, ‘Yes.’ And so I signed it because I didn’t feel I had enough time to read the fine print…’
“The next thing I know, one of the nurses turns around and says, ‘She’s going to have to come back in two months for her next Gardasil vaccine.’
Savannah's mother expressed her shock that her daughter had been given the very vaccine she had so no to.
"But I was thinking, well what are the odds? What are the odds of her getting an adverse reaction to this vaccine, you know since it's one in a million.
"She had a headache, she felt weak, she almost fainted. The blood rushed out of her face. I basically had to help carry her back to our truck. ...
By the next day there was hemorrhaging in her leg. "She had a fever and within two days she had pneumonia. She kept getting sick, kept getting sick.
“Over the next eight weeks, she came down with pneumonia, bronchitis, two ear infections, a sinus infection, a throat infection, and constant thrush. Her immune system was compromised.
“After that eight week period, I took her to a neurologist because she started having times when she would just blank out, stare off into space, and she was unresponsive. She wouldn’t respond to her name. We’d be walking, and she would literally walk into a wall. And it scared me because it’s not her….”
Savannah’s mother discovered that her daughter’s symptoms were identical to what many other girls had suffered as a result of the Gardasil vaccine.
Savannah began to have migraines, and “she was sleeping anywhere from twelve to twenty-one hours a day for two months. She had a constant fever for five weeks of 102 to 103degrees. And the seizures, after a few months, went from small seizures to grand mal seizures.…
“She’s been hospitalized nine times in twenty-six months. …for extreme pain that is uncontrollable.”
“Absolutely everywhere. My joints, my spine, my head especially, and in some muscles. And it’s just uncontrollable.”
“And the pain has been so bad that there have been nights where she has woken up and told me, ‘Mom, I am so sorry, but I’m dying.’…
“We’ve met so many wonderful people through Facebook that have been through the same injuries, and it has helped me to stay sane because we know we’re not alone. But we want to get the word out there, that this vaccine is not safe. It injures way more than the CDC says it does. We saw injuries immediately, but they progressively got worse over several months.”
Savannah was referred to the Mayo Clinic by her doctors. There they said that “she might have had some sort of underlying issue that the Gardasil could have triggered.”
Before the Gardasil,“she was one hundred percent healthy. She had zero problems. …She’s on so many medications [now]. We try to do natural therapies now to try and build her immune system naturally in hopes to get her off the pharmaceutical drugs.”
Savannah explained that her “stomach is paralyzed.”
“For the past year, she has had symptoms of stomach pain, pain in her ovary and uterus area.”
Savannah has been left with severe digestive problems, including being malnourished. She lost thirty pounds “because her stomach wasn’t absorbing basically anything.” She now has a feeding tube.
“I can’t walk without assistance. I either have to have a cane or have her help me. My pain is never below a six. …It never goes away. I don’t have as much energy as I used to.”
Next viewers were shown before and after photos of Savannah.
Polly Tommey: “Savannah, we’re so sorry this happened to you. There just are no words.”
What I simply can’t get over is that these injuries were seen by doctors—lots of doctors and lots of nurses. How could they not start to research vaccines for themselves? How could they not collectively start to ask questions and demand that the insane, one-size-fits-all, ever-expanding vaccine schedule be stopped immediately until we have real answers?
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.