Lyn Redwood wrote this post on the Safeminds website. For those of you who do not know who Lyn is, her son is what I would consider "Child Zero" for Thimerosal/mercury poisoning. Lyn is a nurse, a lone voice of reason on IACC and one of the first people to ask about mercury in vaccines back in the 1990s - and count the micrograms - and having realize there were hundreds of mcgs in the pediatric scheduke, sounding the alarm bell. A bell that CDC, AAP, AMA, Slate, Wired, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Paul Offit, Nancy Snyderman, Dorit Reiss and so many others can NOT UNRING. We all owe Lyn a debt of gratitude for pursuing medical safety for our kids and ourselves (flu shots contain mercury).
You can purchase Robert Kennedy's book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak today.
Several months ago I received a call on my cell from a number I didn’t recognize. Usually I let such calls go to voice mail but for some reason I picked it up. A friendly raspy voice alleging to be Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. requested to speak to me. At first I thought it was a hoax. But after a few seconds I recognized the voice from the Ring of Fire talk radio program and realized this was not a prank.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was calling to invite me to attend a high profile meeting that he had arranged with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the continued use of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, in vaccines.
He also asked if I would be willing to read a research paper that he had commissioned reviewing the science regarding thimerosal, and to accompany him on a meeting with colleagues to call on select members of Congress for help.
I was more than glad to help out. I have spent the last 15 years of my life researching mercury. I have been involved in countless meetings with high levels officials at the CDC, the FDA, the NIH, and the HHS urging them to remove thimerosal from all medical products, including vaccines. I was honored to be a part of this effort and to work with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to protect other children from what happened to my son over 20 years ago.
My son’s story: poisoned by mercury
When he was born, my son weighed close to 9 lbs. He was a happy baby who ate and slept well, smiled, cooed, walked, and talked all by one year. But shortly after his first birthday, my son began to regress physically and developmentally, losing speech, eye contact, and social interactions. He no longer slept through the night and suddenly refused to eat foods that he had previously enjoyed, gagging and spitting them out. He started suffering bouts of bloody diarrhea.
We have excerpted this article from Sharyl Attkisson's website.
This is an interesting article written several years ago by UPI investigative journalist Dan Olmsted. It asks “Where are the autistic Amish?”
After the article was published, back when more reporters were covering the scientific links between vaccines and autism, I asked an official from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the supposed lack of autism in the unvaccinated Amish. She said that there could be many other reasons besides the community’s aversion to vaccines. For example, “They don’t use electricity, right?” she told me. In other words, she seemed to put lack of electricity on equal footing with lack of vaccinations when it comes to what could be responsible for the apparent lower than average autism rate in the unvaccinated Amish.
The obvious difference is there are many scientific studies supporting a link between vaccines and autism–often unreported, under-reported or dismissed by pharmaceutical interests and vaccine activists who have long fought a PR campaign to falsely portray the studies and researchers as “anti-vaccine.”
I told the CDC official that it would seem that a survey of the unvaccinated population could be a good first step in further dispelling or further confirming the possibility of a vaccine tie to autism. The CDC official acknowledged to me that the information would be worthwhile. I asked whether CDC would attempt such a survey.
Such a survey wouldn’t necessarily cost a penny because the CDC already conducts regular telephone and mail surveys to monitor childhood immunization coverage. It could just add a question: has your child been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder? Read the full post at Ms. Attkisson's site here.
Two weeks to go before the publication of Robert F Kennedy jr’s book about vaccine mercury and we all know where we are headed: the same place as last year when Jenny McCarthy was given a job on ‘The View’ and Katie Couric scheduled a program in which the safety of HPV vaccines were questioned: the unspontaneous howls of pain are starting. It does not matter that the book is apparently couched in the most diplomatic language or that its claims have been diluted, it will be too much for the sensibilities of the vaccine lobby. I am sure we have often referred on these pages to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ but this time I have been thinking of an even more succinct and ironic tale ‘The Princess and the Pea’. A prince wants to marry a princess but the only way it can be confirmed that she is a real princess is because the candidate is so sensitive that a pea hidden under a pile of mattresses causes her to lose a night’s sleep. I think we can be sure that the vaccine lobby is according to this definition “a real princess”, and that there is no criticism so slight that we will not be told about the terrible pain it has caused.
There is no doubt either that the voice of the princess is about to be heard in the land. There is no criticism so gentle or diplomatically couched that the princess can withstand the pain: the outraged opinion pieces will appear in every newspaper, the sage doctors will emerge from every corner on the TV saying “Get the damn vaccines”, we will have wall to wall Dorit Reiss: the princess will tell us how painful it all is. Of course the moral of Anderson’s story is that it is not princesses who have to endure a lot, it is ordinary people: the princess is a great deal more trouble than she is worth. She has also arranged that ordinary people cannot be heard, or they are brusquely pushed to the side. Only the princess’s pain really matters in the great scheme.
Of course, the argument will be that all this sensibility is for the benefit of ordinary people, but if this was so the princess would listen to ordinary people when they tried to express their pain rather than trying to shout them down or shut them up, hiring a mob to help her. The princess is highly manipulative and knows how to get her own way.
Unfortunately, Robert Kennedy will not be able to appease the princess any more than Jenny McCarthy or Katie Couric. Instead we will just have another great tantrum and the usual hysterical, unhinged display of self-righteousness.
The Princess on the Pea
By Hans Christian Andersen translated by Jean Hersholt
Once there was a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess. Only a real one would do. So he traveled through all the world to find her, and everywhere things went wrong. There were Princesses aplenty, but how was he to know whether they were real Princesses? There was something not quite right about them all. So he came home again and was unhappy, because he did so want to have a real Princess.
One evening a terrible storm blew up. It lightened and thundered and rained. It was really frightful! In the midst of it all came a knocking at the town gate. The old King went to open it.
Senator Richard Blumenthal is my Senator here in Connecticut. My first reaction to this article, which appeared on my FB wall, was proably the same as yours: does this include vaccines? Then the beer I was drinking shot out my nose and I had to take a break from reading..... Vaccines, as we know, live in a magical land of twirly swirly candy canes and unicorns who fart rosewater. YOYO friends, and I don't mean Duncan. You are ON Your Own if you or a loved one is vaccine injured. You could educate a few folks by commenting with facts and figures over at Automotive News, which ran this announcement. Below is what Senator Blumenthal wrote on FB (you can follow him at FB here) and the article he references. Here is the comment I left on his wall: You must include vaccines - they are exempt from American tort law. CT is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for the schooling of vaccine injured children, and will continue to pay throughout their lives. It's called autism in many... Including my own children. PLEASE. KS
From the Senator on FB:
Concealment can kill – and corporate officers should be held accountable for it. That’s why today, I’m introducing the Hide No Harm Act along with Senator Casey. Unfortunately, prison time may be the only deterrent to misconduct that a corporate officer understands. This bill would make it a crime for a company to knowingly conceal the fact that a product poses a danger to consumers or workers, and corporate officers would face criminal charges of up to five years in prison for deliberate concealment.
Hiding harm can be horrifically costly:
The Automotive News article:
7/16/14 1:45 pm ET -- updates announcement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Two U.S. senators today unveiled a bill prompted by the General Motors Co. recalls over defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products.
Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said their proposal calls for up to five years in prison and fines for officers who know their products could cause death or injury to consumers or workers and hide that information.
"Corporate concealment can kill, and corporate officers who engage in concealment must be held accountable," Blumenthal said at a news conference.
Federal prosecutors are building a criminal fraud case based on whether GM made misleading statements about a flawed ignition switch in some of its vehicles, which has been linked to at least 16 deaths and 61 crashes.
It is not clear whether prosecutors will bring cases against any individuals.
Managing Editor's Note: Below is an excerpt from Lawrence Solomon's article in American Thinker. While we have seen Liberals turn their backs on the vaccine injury community, Solomon speaks to Conservatives who have exempted (pardon the pun) vaccination from their thinking.
By Lawrence Solomon
Conservatives much more than most others stick to their principles —individual liberty, personal responsibility, and freedom of the press — while also maintaining a healthy skepticism of government pronouncements. That combination has in the past saved the U.S. from grief, such as in the 1980s, when President Reagan rolled back the statist tide, and in recent years, when the House of Representatives prevented President Obama from implementing his statist and economically ruinous global warming agenda.
But when it comes to one issue in particular — government mass vaccination programs — many conservatives forget their principles and accept as dogma studies from government bodies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This deference to government-promoted science is especially perplexing because of the parallel to global warming, another controversial area of government-promoted science, where conservatives have challenged studies from governments and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Many conservatives have had a blind spot when it comes to vaccination, buying the government line. In fact, the list of scientists who have been skeptical of the merits of various mass vaccination programs reads like a Who’s Who; it includes, for example, the former head of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and the former chief scientific officer for the U.K., whose job involved assessing the safety of vaccines.
Read the full article at American Thinker.
WATCHUNG, N.J., June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Just months after U.S. Congressman Bill Posey compared the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s vaccine safety studies to the SEC's Bernie Madoff scandal, malfeasance in the CDC's studies of thimerosal-containing vaccines has, for the first time, been documented in peer-reviewed scientific literature. While the CDC states on its website that "low doses of thimerosal in vaccines do not cause harm, and are only associated with minor local injection site reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site," the journal BioMed Research International now provides direct evidence that the CDC's safety assurances about the mercury-containing preservative are not fact-based, according to the article's lead author, Brian Hooker, PhD.
The paper opens by citing over 165 studies that have found Thimerosal to be harmful, including 16 studies that had reported outcomes in human infants and children of death, acrodynia, poisoning, allergic reaction, malformations, auto-immune reaction, Well's syndrome, developmental delay and neurodevelopmental disorders including tics, speech delay, language delay, ADHD and autism. These findings by multiple independent research groups over the past 75+ years have consistently found thimerosal to be harmful. "Substantial scientific evidence exists and has existed for many years that the vaccine ingredient thimerosal is a developmental neurotoxin" says George Lucier, former Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program.
Studies showing harm from thimerosal sharply contradict published outcomes of six CDC coauthored and sponsored papers – the very studies that CDC relies upon to declare that thimerosal is "safe" for use in infant and maternal vaccines. Dr. Hooker, biochemist and vaccine industry watchdog, said of the six CDC studies, "Each of these papers is fatally flawed from a statistics standpoint and several of the papers represent issues of scientific malfeasance. For example, important data showing a relationship between thimerosal exposure and autism are withheld from three of the publications (Price et al. 2010, Verstraeten et al. 2003 and Madsen et al. 2003). This type of cherry-picking of data by the CDC in order to change the results of important research studies to support flawed and dangerous vaccination policies should not be tolerated."
Dr. Boyd Haley, international expert in mercury toxicity and a co-author of the recently published paper said "There is no doubt that authorities in the CDC have initiated and participated in a cover-up of vaccine-induced damage from thimerosal to our children----and this I consider criminal." The paper, "Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines is Safe," was published on June 6 and contains eight pages of evidence that the CDC has had knowledge of the vaccine preservative's neurological risks, yet continues to cover them up.
By David M. Burd
The below U.S. Government text (following my own writing) is current and copied from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As stated by CDC, "The English language content on this website is being archived for historic and reference purposes only."
Though first published by CDC in 2009 their website remains the same in 2014, concerning the vast majority of annual flu shots that contain the ethylmercury (thimerosal) preservative. The CDC repeatedly claims this mercury preservative is completely harmless so I won't bother to specifically cite their repetitions. Just read for yourself. Be forewarned, you may vomit.
Importantly, it is worth noting thimerosal/mercury has been banned in vaccines for decades in the rest of the world BECAUSE it is recognized as a devastating neurotoxin - yet NOT recognized as such by the CDC and its domestic Health Industry Allies as enumerated in CDC's website dogmatic text (below).
It is also crucial to review in 2009 that scores of millions of doses of H1N1 flu shots laden with mercury/thimerosal were injected into infants and pregnant mothers (in addition to the "normal" flu shot) as panicked American parents acquiesced to the national hysteria generated by the CDC. Thus, countless millions received double and even triple doses of mercury.
At the end of said 2009-2010 H1N1 flu season, U.S. "flu-associated" pediatric deaths of 281 were three to nine times so-called normal years, with numerous news accounts of pregnant mothers aborting their unborn babies after getting their CDC-promoted mercury-laden flu shots (with the vaccine-mercury passed into the developing fetus).
So, as to today, the latest 2013-2014 flu season is over. Canada's PHAC and the US CDC (using the same flu reporting protocols) have respectively reported zero (0) Canadian pediatric flu-associated deaths; whereas flu-associated U.S. pediatric deaths were ninety-seven (97).
Guess what? Ninety-five percent (95%) of Canadian parents refuse flu shots for under two-year old infants (per Pediatrics Journal paper published by canadian doctors two years ago), and Canada had zero mortality this last flu season. Whereas 52% of pestered, fear-mongered American parents had their babies injected with TWO (2!) toxic flu shots, the first at at six months and the second at seven months, as vigorously promoted by the CDC and followed by America's negligent pediatricians.
A recent guest column in The Tahoe Daily News prompted a well-thought out response by Dawn Winkler. Below is an excerpt from the column, written by a Public Health official, and the response. We are pleased to see that the paper posted the response, allowing for cogent debate on the topic of vaccination safety.
Recent headlines declared, “Whooping cough cases rise dramatically,” “Measles outbreak in Orange County, worst in two decades,” and “Polio declared a global public health emergency.”
What do these diseases have in common? They can be prevented with vaccinations. Recently, however, we started seeing more people choosing not to vaccinate. Anti-vaccination celebrities and others have made emotional but unfounded claims that have fueled an increase in personal belief exemptions (PBEs) to school-aged vaccination.
For example, a significant percentage of parents still question if there is a link between vaccination and autism even though very large, well-done studies from multiple countries have answered that question with a resounding “No.”
As public health officials, parents and community members, we are very concerned about the rise in the number of people choosing not to vaccinate themselves or their children.
The reduction in disease from vaccination is undeniably one of the greatest achievements of mankind. Smallpox, which killed an estimated 300 million people in the 20th century, has been eradicated. The last case of smallpox in the U.S. was in 1949, and people have forgotten how terrible it was.
The world is 99 percent of the way to getting rid of polio, but this year it is re-emerging in countries that were previously polio-free. In the U.S., about 16,000 Americans were paralyzed every year from polio before vaccination. We should not forget that. We need to keep vaccinating until polio, like smallpox, is gone worldwide. Read the full column HERE.
Here is Dawn's response: Not So Fast.
To The Editor,
I would be remiss if I did not respond to today’s guest column titled “Vaccination key to maintaining health, fighting disease” by Ken Cutler and Robert Oldham.
Had either of them taken the time to look at actual statistics of ANY pertussis outbreak anywhere in the country over the past two decades, they would have seen that the vast majority of those diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough, were either fully or partially vaccinated. In fact, vaccinated children may be more likely to contract the disease according to several studies.
As for measles, this once common, beneficial childhood disease conferred lifelong immunity, something the vaccine simply does not and cannot offer. Vaccination of any kind induces what is known as temporal or humoral immunity. Not the lifelong, cell mediated immunity that is gained by either contracting or being exposed to the disease. My own grandmother, who is still alive, is one of seven children all of whom had both pertussis and measles. She actually had both diseases simultaneously.
Bordeaux: On September 18, 2013, Judge Patrick Mairé handed down a decision stating Gardasil was 50% responsible for the permanent injury of a French teenager who had received two injections of the HPV vaccine. The other 50% was attributed to a genetic pre-disposition for autoimmune disorders. Judge Mairé presides over lawsuits filed with a regional branch of the CRCI in France, which is the equivalent of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) court in the United States.
Marie –Océane’s parents, Jean-Jacques and Yveline Bourguignon, have granted permission for their daughter’s story to be published hoping they can help make people aware of the potential risks involved with HPV vaccinations. They do not want anyone else to go through what they have experienced without knowing of the possibility in advance.
In 2010, Marie-Océane Bourguignon, age 15, received two injections of Gardasil® the first on October 11th and the second on December 13th. Two weeks after the first injection, she experienced sensory and motor problems in the upper limbs, lasting approximately two weeks before spontaneously and gradually regressing.
Three months after the second injection, on the 13th of March 2011, Mlle. Bourguignon was hospitalized at Centre Hospitalier de Dax for deterioration in her general health, cerebral-vestibular disturbances and sensory-motor impairment (ataxia, vertigo). On March 15, 2011, an MRI of her brain revealed lesions in the white matter.
The initial diagnosis was that she was suffering from either multiple sclerosis or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). After multiple subsequent hospitalizations, it was determined that Marie had developed multiple sclerosis, a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue. Marie-Océane will live with this condition for the rest of her life.
Read the full article at SaneVax.org.
Managing Editor's Note: Pediatricians will "soft pedal" febrile seizures as if they are completely benign. My daughter's first seizure was called "febrile." Her 673rd was called Grand Mal..... Vaccination should not cause a baby to convulse. If a dose of Motrin caused convulsions the product would come off the shelf faster than my 17 year old can find Blue's Clues on YouTube...
Combined vaccine doubles seizure risk in children Vancouver Sun:
Combining two common childhood vaccines into one — rather than administering them separately — doubles the risk of febrile seizures in children, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found.
Febrile seizures — convulsions brought on by fever in infants or young children — are a rare side effect of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, occurring at a rate of less than two seizures per 10,000 doses. When the MMR vaccine is combined with the vaccine against chickenpox, creating the MMRV (for varicella) vaccine, that risk doubles. It still remains relatively small, however — at a rate of 3.52 seizures per 10,000 doses, according to the study by a team led by Dr. Shannon MacDonald at the University of Calgary’s faculty of medicine. Seizures among high-risk children were not significantly different, the study also found.
Febrile seizures rarely have long-term effects, said MacDonald, but they do cause distress “and may undermine confidence in immunization programs.” Read more.
Managing Editor's Note: I'm pretty jaded after 18+ years in the autism/vaccine injury community, but this story, this horrible story knocked me for a loop. Imagine this horror in a Catholic nation, on innocent children, under the "care" of the religious and ask yourself, "Could that happen today - in a world of medicine for profit?" Has the current vaccination schedule ever been tested for cumulative safety? Do we know the long term ramifications of delaying common, survivable childhood disease such as chicken pox and measles? Are children circa 2014 healthier than their peers decades ago? Also, Dan Olmsted informed me that Diptheria was the first mercury preserved vaccine in the 1930's.
Thousands of children in Irish care homes at centre of 'baby graves scandal' were used in secret vaccine trials in the 1930s
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Scientists secretly gave 2,051 children and babies diphtheria vaccine. They were used as guinea pigs for drugs giant Burroughs Wellcome in 1930s. Academic Michael Dwyer uncovered shock truth in old medical records. He found no evidence of consent, nor of how many died or were affected. Comes as Irish PM intervenes from U.S. over scandal of mass baby grave. Hundreds of babies are believed to have been buried at former baby home
Enda Kenny says he's ordered his officials to examine 'if there are others.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650475/More-mass-baby-graves-Ireland-Prime-Minister-Enda-Kenny-orders-investigation-memorial-800-dead-babies-planned.html#ixzz33u7e6Bte
By Anne Dachel
April 28, 2014, Dr. Paul Offit made an appearance on the Stephen Colbert Show on Comedy Central. I wrote about it on April 29.
Offit used that occasion to criticize parents who blame vaccines for their children's autism. He was adamant--there is no link!
Then incredibly, Offit was a guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on June 2, 2024, just four and a half weeks later.
In a skit entitled, "An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy," Samantha Bee blamed "right wing science denial" and made one big joke out of parents who don't vaccinate while interviewing vaccine developer, Paul Offit, whom she described only as an " infectious disease expert."
So just who isn't vaccinating?
Offit: "They're communities that have large populations of Caucasian, upper middle class residents who are college educated, often graduate school educated, and believe simply by Googling the term 'vaccine' on the Internet, they can know as much, if not more than anyone who's giving them advice."
Bee feigned shock that her neighborhood might contain non-vaccinating parents.
Does this make any sense in the real world? If white, upper middle class, college educated parents are MORE LIKELY not to follow the recommended schedule, then the reverse must be true: lower class, uneducated parents willingly vaccinate their children according to the recommended schedule. This disconnect from reality should raise lots of questions.
Bee was next shown interviewing "health and nutrition blogger," Sarah Pope.
Pope: "These vaccines are loaded with toxins and I'm not going to inject them into my kids." While Pope spoke, Bee appeared to foam at the mouth.
Brief film clips of parents at rallies carrying signs about mercury in vaccines and of Andrew Wakefield outside the GMC were shown. Then Offit continued speaking.
"They have an amazing ability to ignore scientific consensus."
"If you spend millions and millions of dollars to answer the question and you show people these great data and they still deny its existence.
Samantha Bee went on ridiculing parents who don't vaccinate and viewers were shown a clip of Jenny McCarthy on CNN. Paul Offit had the last word saying, "Sadly, the only way this gets better is when we start to see more and more outbreaks."
Bee: "So the cure for the anti-vaccination epidemic is observing very real negative effects of the anti-vaccination movement."
Despite the official denials and all the studies, moms who witnessed the damage done to their children are speaking out. Doctors have been trained to call this a coincidence and close their eyes to a generation of children now crippled by autism, learning disabilities, diabetes, seizures, arthritis, life-threatening allergies, bowel disease and asthma, but parents are scared. They simply don't believe officials who care more about their financial ties to industry than what's happening to our kids.
Where is the alarm? Where is the demand for answers? When is someone going to care about all the sick children? Anne Dachel
The Greater Good has some exciting news - we are launching a series of videos on the vaccine debate that are sure to open hearts and provoke thought. The first is about autism and we think you will find it very compelling. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks and months!
So let's talk a little about what the government is saying and doing about autism. In March of 2014 CDC reported new "official" autism rates stating that 1 in 68 US kids has autism, with 1 in 42 boys. But a CDC telephone survey of 100,000 US parents just last year found that 1 in 50 US kids and 1 in 32 boys suffers from autism. Why the difference? The telephone survey was conducted in 2013 looking at 6-17 year olds in 2011-2012 whereas the "official" data are from 2010 but ONLY looking at 8 year-olds.
Thank you to our friend Sandy Gottstein of Vaccination News for this editorial letter Compass: Parents right to question need for vaccines and potential dangers in the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska. Please leave a comment and take note of the comment thread. Dorit Reiss jumped in second after I left a comment. Strange how she finds our work so quickly....
In "Vaccination is a duty we owe to others," The Washington Post's Michael Gerson wrote a convincing piece - that is, if one is unaware of certain facts.
Gerson states "...vaccines have a very small risk of serious side effects..." mostly based on his wholesale dismissal of adverse events reported to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System instituted and maintained at a great cost by the CDC and the FDA. As of May 4, 2014, the CDC website had processed 37,433 serious vaccine-related adverse events. Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler once stated that only 1 percent of serious adverse events are reported in a passive reporting system such as VAERS. A vaccine manufacturer testified to an Institute of Medicine Committee that under-reporting of passively followed adverse vaccine events was 50-fold.
By Josh Mazer
Media pressure directed at vaccine injured families has been ramped up in recent months, coinciding with the March 2014 release of the latest ASD prevalence numbers. Main stream media editorials label vaccine cautious parents as “whackos” and worse. Hate speech, phony “astro –turf” public relation campaigns, and unqualified “experts” such as Dorit Reiss are the tools being used in a naked pharma funded power grab aimed at rescinding parental rights of informed medical consent.
The Washington Post, New York Times, The Daily Beast, Time Magazine and a cast of similar hundreds all recently released eerily similar editorials condemning parental vaccine choice. Time Magazine's Jeff Kluger describes parents exercising careful, informed medical consent as "morally equivalent" to "Extremists in the Middle East and Africa." His bigoted hate speech includes the terms "vaccine crazies” and "extremists anti vaccine nut jobs.”
Notwithstanding her complete lack of medical credentials, Reiss has emerged as the public face of the campaign to outlaw vaccine choice. She has posted over 30,000 times on public message boards, including Facebook; penned articles and editorials; and made personal appearances at vaccine industry conferences. Her 1500 comments on the Couric HPV story were almost exclusively aimed at dismissing out of hand all parental reports of adverse reaction to the HPV shot. Reiss’s tactics and agenda are further exposed by perusing a sampling of her prodigious output on various public comment boards.
May 9, 2014 Bloomberg The View ran an editorial by Lisa Beyer entitled “It’s Uncool Not to Vaccinate.” The comment section gives an unvarnished view of Reiss in action. She lies repeatedly; denigrates qualified expert medical experts; argues for suppression of free speech; and advocates state authority to override informed medical consent.
First, her lies. The following quotes are taken from the comment section ,:
"there is no evidence the current schedule is unsafe;" "There's no evidence that splitting the vaccines is any safer. The recommended schedule is carefully designed after an elaborate, deliberative, science based process;" "the evidence is very clear: vaccines do not cause autism;" "Mr. Deer…. did not write on medical issues in the BMJ ." "when there is a real problem with a vaccine, it is publicly discussed and handled…""The NVICP has never awarded compensation for vaccine-induced autism"
Opinions are not facts, and every statement by Reiss above is a demonstrable lie.
Reiss second technique, repeated thousands of times, is to denigrate the medical expertise of anyone who stands in her way. The following Reiss quotes are from Bloomberg View:
On Lawrence Solomon: "It's unfortunate that Mr. Solomon continues with his tradition of inaccurate anti-vaccine articles"
On Dr. Jon Poling: "In 2008, still upset from his daughter's regression, Dr. Poling bought into the vaccines cause autism myth."
On the entire Japanese Vaccine Safety Establishment: "Japan has a history of withdrawing vaccines based on unsupported claims of harms….Here, too, it withdrew it's recommendations without evidence of causation….Hardly a good public health decision."
On Dr Pete Doshi, former post doc fellow at Johns Hopkins: "Dr. Doshi is not an epidemiologist, and his analysis of the flu vaccine suffers from some serious errors. "
On Dr. Brogan: "it's unfortunate that Dr. Brogan concluded, with no evidence, that Mr. Webb died from "vaccine induced encephalitis"
Managing Editor's Note: We are pleased to welcome back Martin Walker, whose prolific coverage of the Wakefield GMC hearings was a mainstay of our site. Please visit his website Slingshot Publications which features his many books.
By Martin Walker
Throughout the years the major UK committee overseeing licensing and safety of new drugs, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) one of the committees under the central Medicine and Health Care Regulations Agency (MHRA) has been subjected to criticism over members’ conflict of interests and strong links with the pharmaceutical industry.
The JCVI is charged with making recommendations to the Government on matters of vaccine schedules and vaccine safety and as such it is thought by critics that it should be comprised of individuals who can at all times be said to be impartial and neutral especially in respect of receipt of funding through their employment.
While attention has been frequently drawn to conflict of interest, the fact that the whole governing regulatory sector, the MHRA, commonly accepted by the public as an independent part of government and always described as a ‘government agency’, is actually funded in its entirety by the pharmaceutical industry. Not only this, but members of all regulatory and advisory committees charged with addressing the safety of pharmaceutical products for the UK, are forbidden to discuss such matters in the public arena, apparently for reasons of commercial competition, under the rules of section 118 of the 1968 Medicines Act and Britain’s notorious Official Secrets Act.
A relatively recent row over vested interest and conflict of interest, with respect to vaccination, occurred in 2004 when the JCVI Chairman Professor Michael Langman, made it public that he had advised the Government to introduce a vaccine manufactured by Merck Sharpe and Dome whilst his Birmingham University department carried out medical research funded by that company. Langman claimed in his defence that he was allowed to chair the JVCI’s discussions on the vaccine because he was not personally paid by the drugs company.
The false distinction between personal financial payment or other benefits and liaison with and payments to University Departments by pharmaceutical companies, is a common screen erected to protect committee members from serious criticism.
However, it now appears that a partial message at least, has been accepted by the JCVI acknowledging that both specific and non specific ‘personal pecuniary interests involving vaccine manufacturers’ might be perceived as conflicts and should be avoided. At their meeting of the 11th and 12th February 2014 the JCVI agreed that:
The code of practice should be revised to indicate that members should avoid both specific and non-specific personal pecuniary interests involving vaccine manufacturers, since such interests might be perceived as conflicts, even if the interest is related to a non-vaccine product or a vaccine not under consideration by the Committee.
From our sponsor Safeminds.org.
By Lyn Redwood
You've noticed it.
I've noticed it.
There's been a major onslaught from the media in the past few weeks linking the recent cases of measles in the U.S. and the fact that a minority of American parents chooses to forgo vaccines for their children.
On April 28, 2014, Forbes.com accused parents who don't vaccinate as being part of an "anti-vaccine hysteria," and contended that this "hysteria" "continues to do real damage to the lives of children around the world."
On May 1, Michael Gerson, writing an op-ed in the Washington Post, argued that parents should not have the right to choose not to vaccinate.
But the most disappointing for me was from Stephen Colbert. Full disclosure: I love Colbert. He's smart and funny and does a great job of finding unexpected ways to educate and entertain. But I was incredibly disappointed with the interview he did with Dr. Paul Offit, the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, ending the show with Offit's claim that we have the pharmaceutical companies to thank for our good health in America, because Big Pharma has created vaccines that allow our children to "lead longer, better, healthier lives." Offit did not answer Colbert's question about whether he was directly profiting from Big Pharma. Which he is, of course. Dubbed "Dr. Profit" by some activists, Offit is co-inventor of the RotaTeq vaccine and a co-holder of the patent on it.
Read the full post at Safeminds.
Note: From the Child Health Safety site in the UK.
When health officials in the press criticise parents who do not vaccinate, and some on blogs attack you personally for raising justified concerns about vaccines, you can tell them the evidence is clear, and you can read it here, the vaccinated are more likely to kill a child because they are vaccinated.
So when someone makes the accusation, send them the link to this CHS post:
And you can tell them, it is parents of vaccinated children who are most likely to be responsible for those deaths. It is also health officials who fail to warn parents or do anything to ensure effective treatments are developed which might have saved the lives of those who have died or would save those who will die because of the parents who had their children vaccinated.
Read on and you will see current evidence shows it is not just measles but whooping cough and polio vaccines as well.
Regular CHS readers will know to expect health officials will deny vehemently the live measles virus in the MMR and measles vaccines can be passed from a vaccinated individual to infect others with measles [horizontal transmission]. Regular CHS readers will also know to expect that one too many health officials are simply untruthful about vaccine safety and efficacy issues. They routinely grossly exaggerate disease risks, including from real examples shown here on CHS where some have been caught being untruthful about these matters. Read the full post HERE.
Note: Read Kent's interview with Jeff Hays of BOUGHT here.
by Kent Heckenlively, Esq.
We all know what we need.
We need a well-produced film that shows how the system of checks and balances which normally protects the public from defective consumer products has gone horribly wrong in vaccines. And we need to do it with a vehicle that reaches people outside of our community.
And if we really want the message to reach the general public, it would probably be best to combine our health and scientific concerns with those of other communities, especially when all of these groups face the same dysfunctional system. "BOUGHT" is that movie.
The film asks the critical questions so many of us want answered: Are vaccines really safe and effective for diseases? Are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) key to feeding the growing population. Has Big Pharma really taken over medical research? These are the questions that generations to come will look to us and ask ifwe pursued them with courage and intelligence. Their future is in our hands, and in our wallets.
There is a cohesive push to label parents who choose alternative vaccination schedules as violating public trust, shirking their duty to society - one article recently compared our less or unvaccinated children to "loaded guns" to make them appear dangerous. Here is a factual account of the very real possibility of injury from vaccination as per our government vaccine injury compensation program. A program rarely mentioned in any of the articles designed to vilify us an enemy combatant. See the full document HERE.
JILLIAN LOWRIE, parent and next friend of, EMILY PAIGE LOWRIE, a minor.
Entitlement; diphtheria tetanus acellular pertussis) (DTaP) vaccination; Respondent. ) encephalopathy; Table Injury
On June 30, 2003, Jillian Lowrie (petitioner), as the parent and next friend of her
daughter, Emily Paige Lowrie (Emily), filed a petition pursuant to the National Vaccine
1 Because this unpublished decision contains a reasoned explanation for the action
in this case, the undersigned intends to post this decision on the website of the United
States Court of Federal Claims, in accordance with the E-Government Act of 2002 § 205,
44 U.S.C. § 3501 (2006). In accordance with the Vaccine Rules, each party has 14 days
within which to request redaction “of any information furnished by that party: (1) that is a
trade secret or commercial or financial in substance and is privileged or confidential; or
(2) that includes medical files or similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute a
clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy.” Vaccine Rule 18(b). Further, consistent with
the rule requirement, a motion for redaction must include a proposed redacted decision.
If, upon review, the undersigned agrees that the identified material fits within the
requirements of that provision, such material will be deleted from public access.
Managing Editor's Note: Gerson says, "Immunizations are a communal responsibility, and opting out should be difficult." I ask him, if pharma companies have NO liability for their product safety, and consumers have to sue a labyrinthine GOVERNMENT court set up to protect vaccine manufacturers, and deal with the behaviors, medical issues and general family trauma of vaccine injury, will HE PERSONALLY visit each and every one of us, with the $3,000,0000 life time funding needed, to take care of HIS communal responsibility to us? Difficult? Does Gerson care to live in my home for a week, a day, an HOUR to see what is difficult? Has he ever crossed the doorway of a family with a vacccine injured child? Visited a grave? Or is it his job to simply make us all look like "bad Americans?" I did the "right thing" and vaccinated my girls into a lifetime of guardianship and Sesame Street, Mr. Gerson. Honestly - the hypocrisy of the "communial responsibility" company line is appalling - no one in the vaccine injury denialism "camp" gives a rat's ass about injured children or broken families. KRS
By Brooke Potthast
May 3, 2014
Dear Mr. Gerson,
I’d like to ask you a few questions in response to your piece “The Disease of Vaccine Denialism”. First and foremost I’d like to ask you if you think the FDA and drug makers
are infallible when it comes to determining the safety of a medicine? Certainly if you look even in the last five years you can find several examples of drugs approved by the FDA to treat varying medical conditions which had to be recalled due to dangerous side effects. A few that come to mind are Vioxx, Avandia and Avastin.
I don’t understand why we willingly accept that sometimes drug manufacturers and the FDA make mistakes and yet when it comes to vaccines, it is supposed to be an impossibility. Yes, individual vaccines are rigorously tested before being introduced to the US immunization schedule but do you realize that NOT ONE study has been conducted on the safety of combined immunizations? That when a baby is taken to the pediatrician and gets 3, 5 or 7 shots in one day no safety studies have been done on the effects of those vaccines being given together? I attended the Congressional Government Oversight Committee hearings on autism in the fall of 2012 and this question about the safety of combined immunizations was asked over and over to Colleen Boyle of the CDC and she had to admit in front of Congress that those safety studies do not exist.
One doesn’t have to look far to find an example of a recently introduced vaccine that is under scrutiny for safety concerns and has been removed from the immunization schedule of several countries. The HPV vaccine known as Gardasil was fast tracked at Merck’s request by the FDA in 2007. It is easy to find hundreds of families who believe their daughters were seriously injured by this vaccine and two physicians who worked at Merck on the development of Gardasil have publicly stated it is unsafe and ineffective. The doctors are Diane Harper and Bernard Dalbergue. I urge you to look into the history of this vaccine with an open mind and to recognize that when profit and public health are in bed together there is opportunity for much to go wrong.
From Dogs Naturally Magazine.
Neurological damage is one of the most prevalent and least desired adverse effects of the vaccine process. By over-vaccinating canines, we are introducing a potentially serious danger into society: brain damaged dogs.
As Harris Coulter convincingly demonstrated in his book, “Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality” the unwanted consequences of human vaccination include sudden unprovoked violence in children. No wonder the British government has seen the need to introduce the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Amongst the vaccine-induced antibodies found in the Purdue study, autoantibodies to Cardiolipin were found. Elevated levels of anti-cardiolipin autoantibodies (ACA) have been reported to be significantly associated with neurological conditions.
The Merck Manual describes encephalitis as “an acute inflammatory disease of the brain due to direct viral invasion or to hypersensitivity initiated by a virus or other foreign protein … Secondary encephalitis, usually a complication of viral infection, is considered to have an immunologic mechanism. Examples are the encephalitides following measles, chickenpox, rubella, smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and many other less well defined viral infections.”
Encephalitis has been shown to appear in dogs after vaccination. (Grene, CE, ed, Appel MJ, Canine Distemper in Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, 2nd edition, Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1998: 9-22).
Writing in the Veterinary Record during 1992 (130, 27-30), AIP McCandlish et al state: “Post-vaccinal encephalitis is a recognised complication of the administration of certain strains of live attenuated canine distemper vaccine (Hartley 1974, Bestetti and others 1978, Cornwell and others 1988)”.
According to Braund’s Clinical Neurology in Small Animals: Localization, Diagnosis and Treatment:
“post vaccinal canine distemper encephalitis occurs in young animals, especially those less than six months of age. It has been recognised as a disease entity for a number of years, and is believed to be association with vaccination using live virus. The pathogenesis of this disease is unclear, but may result from insufficient attenuation of the vaccine virus which causes subsequent infections of the CNS; the triggering of a latent distemper infection by vaccination; other vaccine components; or an enhanced susceptibility of the animal (e.g., animals that are immunosuppressed).”
Merck states: “Symptoms of encephalitis may be associated with cerebral dysfunction (alteration in consciousness, personality change, seizures, paresis) and cranial nerve abnormalities.”
It should be noted that encephalitis is a spectrum disease, ranging from mild and undetectable, through to severe manifestations, and even death.
Read the full article at Dogs Naturally Magazine.
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Danny Alger, age 37, went to heaven. He was surrounded by his mother, Joyce, and father, Ed. Danny got to see God knowing that he was loved.
Danny Alger is one of the most important people our community has ever known.
In case 89-31V, Special Master Paul T. Baird ruled Danny “sustained an encephalopathy, the first symptoms of which appeared within three days of the second DPT vaccine that he received on March 27, 1977.” The injury left Danny with seizures and developmental delays.
And the vaccine injury also left Danny with autism.
Danny Alger was one of the first cases to be decided by a hearing in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). It was a tough hearing but Ed, Joyce and their Attorney, Cliff Shoemaker, proved their case and managed to get Danny Alger compensated for his injuries.
The Algers weren’t trying to prove that vaccines caused Danny’s autism. Autism was barely understood in the late 1980’s because it was so rare. The Algers needed resources to care for Danny and managing his seizures was a never ending struggle. Autism was just another issue and a rare behavioral diagnosis is not your primary concern when you are fighting to keep your child alive.
Eventually, the money from the settlement ran out. It was never really enough and there is no way to petition the NVICP for additional assistance. Ed and Joyce went about their lives, took care of Danny, raised their other children and like all of us, did their best.
No one from the NVICP ever contacted them again. It seemed Danny and his family were supposed to fade into the fringes of the American landscape. It seemed they were supposed to become invisible.
Danny Alger was one of the first cases where the federal government, grudgingly, compensated vaccine injury victims. Danny was one of the first of those cases that also featured autism. As the years passed, there would be many more. The government wanted those cases to be invisible too.
I found the Algers after reading through dozens of old NVICP case decisions while doing the research that ultimately resulted in the publication of Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury, 28 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 480 (2011). Ed and Joyce were the first people I called and it was one of the most remarkable conversations of my life. One of my sons with autism was making a racket while I was talking with Joyce and she just happened to mention that Danny used to make all sorts of noises because he also had autism.
Amazingly, Danny Alger was no longer invisible.
Use this easy ACTION ALERT to send up to date info to your political leaders regarding constitutent views on vaccination, autism and vaccine choice. Politicians have so much information to digest - it's impossible to keep up to date with every topic, and autism is one are where they are fed info from industry that skews their thinking. Most could not tell you the current prevalence rates. Here's an opportunity to educate - and that could lead to better voting choices on your behalf. Thank you to Autism Action Networkf or this alert.
The number of adults in the US who believe that vaccines cause autism has grown from 18% in 2011, according to a Harris Interactive Health Day poll, to 29% of all adults today, with 33% of all parents with children under 18 believing vaccines cause autism, according to a National Consumer League poll released last week. At this growth rate, within 5 years a majority of US adults will believe the most destructive and largest children’s epidemic in US history is caused by the activities of physicians and the pharmaceutical industry. No data was release on the number of people who are either uncertain of undecided.
Even more important though is the finding in the National Consumer League poll that 76% percent of parents believe they should have the final say on the vaccines their children receive, with 64% of all adults agreeing. To those who don’t think parents should have the final say we would suggest if you want to give a child a vaccine have some children of your own, and leave ours alone.
We want to share this poll data far and wide. Please click on the Take Action Link to send a message to your state and federal legislators, informing them that the American people overwhelmingly support parental choice for vaccines, and that the number of people who believe autism is caused by vaccines is rapidly growing despite the efforts of the trillion dollar plus drug industry.
Managing Editor's Note: "demonize the enemy" is a war tactic. Time Magazine recently compared unvaccinated children to loaded guns. Use this easy ACTION ALERT to contact your Congressperson.
With any luck, they will be in the office and not at a Merck golf event.... Last day of April - the vaccine industry has used this month to try to distance themselves from autism - when you resort to propaganda films, however, not sure the effort is working.
Take Action: Warn Congress about vax propaganda film Invisible Threat
Vaccine industry front group Every Child By Two (ECBT) kicked off a letter-writing campaign asking legislators to attend a pro-vaccine film featuring millionaire vaccine developer and industry spokesman Paul Offit. In the film, Offit calls those who question vaccine safety “evil.” Every Child By Two posted online:
By flooding legislators’ offices with calls and emails between now and May 1st we can make it clear …we stand firm against vaccine misinformation that is resulting in weakened public health policies, watered-down school vaccination requirements and the resurgence of deadly diseases!... Explain that this student-film aims to uncover the truth about the anti-vaccination groups who seek to dismantle the progress made to combat deadly diseases that used to take the lives of millions of people each year.
The “student film” was directed and produced by adults, not students, and the project has deep pharma ties. Paul Offit is the film’s “Scientific Technical Advisor.” ECBT has received millions in funding from pharmaceutical companies. Funding and other support for the film comes from the Rotary Club; Rotary International receives grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – a major investor in vaccines.
The student who is listed as the film’s writer, Camille Posard, posted on the ECBT blog that she fears vaccine safety advocates, and she compares us to “white supremacists.” This is not the first time the vaccine industry has resorted to hate-mongering. But exploitation of high school students is a new low.
JOHN and JANE DOE 94 as parents and natural guardians of\ CHILD DOE 94 Petitioners v. SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Respondent.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Damages decision based on stipulation;
v. hepatitis A, varicella;
On October 4, 2010, the parties filed the attached stipulation, in which they agreed to settle
this case and described the settlement terms. Petitioners alleged that CHILD DOE 94 suffered from significant aggravation of CHILD DOE 94’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (“OCD”)
following his hepatitis A and varicella vaccinations. Respondent denies that CHILD DOE 94’s
significant aggravation of his OCD was caused in fact by the vaccinations. Nonetheless, the
parties agreed to resolve this matter informally. The court hereby adopts the parties= said
stipulation, attached hereto, and awards compensation in the amount and on the terms set forth
Pursuant to the stipulation, the court awards:
a. a lump sum of $225,000.00 in the form of a check made payable to petitioners as
guardians/conservators of CHILD DOE 94’s estate; and
b. a lump sum of $35,000.00 in the form of a check made payable to petitioners for
past out-of-pocket medical expenses.
April 26 - May 2 is National Infant Immunization Week.
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS OFFICE OF SPECIAL MASTERS
Respondent denies injury, pays out $650K in lump sum.
JEFF KAY and PAMELA KAY, Parents of MASON KAY, a Minor v. SECRETARY OF HEALTH * AND HUMAN SERVICES
On November 4, 2010, the parties filed a joint stipulation concerning the petition for
compensation filed by Jeff and Pamela Kay on behalf of their son Mason on August 28, 2008. In
their petition, the Kay’s alleged that the Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis (“DTaP”),
Hemophilus influenza type b (“Hib”), inactivated Polio (“IP”), Prevnar, and Rotavirus vaccines,
which are contained in the Vaccine Injury Table, 42 C.F.R. §100.3(a), and which Mason
received on March 3, 2008, caused him to sustain the first symptom of the onset of an
encephalopathy and sustain
Respondent denies that Mason suffered the onset of an encephalopathy within the time
period set forth in the Table, and that Mason’s seizure disorder and alleged residual effects were
caused-in-fact by the DTaP, Hib, IP, Prevnar, and Rotavirus vaccines.
Nevertheless, the parties agree to the joint stipulation, attached hereto as Appendix A.
The undersigned finds said stipulation reasonable and adopts it as the decision of the Court in
awarding damages, on the terms set forth therein.
Damages awarded in that stipulation include:
A lump sum payment of $650,000.00 in the form of a check payable to petitioners as
guardians/conservators of Mason’s estate.
This amount represents compensation for all damages that would be available under 42
By Dan Olmsted
I hope the CDC is enjoying these warm spring days and basking in the sunshine of mainstream media love during Autism Awareness Month. But I strongly suspect that the shadow of darker times ahead is starting to haunt their dreams.
The CDC -- mailing address, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta -- is clearly managing, massaging and manipulating the data about the growth of the autism rate. It is really hard to see how long this can go on, with people like Florida Congressman Bill Posey going after the agency's Coleen Boyle in a powerful Autism One radio interview with Brian Hooker. Sample:
"I know we have an autism epidemic. You know it. She knows it. She knows we know it. But for some reason they refuse to acknowledge it publicly." Regarding Boyle's assertion that the increase is due to better diagnosing, Posey said, "I don't think anybody that's intellectually honest with this issue can begin to fathom that lame excuse that she uses."
Yesterday, we ran an extraordinary piece by Katie Wiesman of SafeMinds making clear just how lame that excuse is.
Because problems with our blog platform (not AOA specifically) meant we were down part of the day, I'd like to urge you to go back and read that piece carefully if you have the chance. As our own John Stone wrote:
"This is a colossal and important piece of work - a superb documentation of the CDC's smoke and mirrors operation. At every point the way the data is collected is inconsistent and obfuscating. Not an ounce of good faith behind any of it and the bottom line is the four trillion dollar bill, the cold monetary figure measuring destroyed human lives.
"No wonder Coleen Boyle quaked before the congressional committee."
Yes, no wonder. Bill Posey must look like Freddy Krueger to Coleen Boyle.
Katie, whose writing is always marked by respectful but relentless clarity and attention to detail, shows how messed up the CDC epidemiological data is, even by the standards it sets one year, then forgets the next. No follow-up, no action plan, no urgency. To borrow a wonderful headline from yesterday's Dachel Media Update: "Autism No Crisis, No Cause, No Chance It's Vaccines."
Anne has been attacking the mainstream media's credulous reporting on the CDC, and Katie makes the same point: "On March 28th, thousands of media outlets released the new US autism prevalence numbers of 1 in 68 in 8-year-olds born in 2002 and counted in 2010. These children are 12 years old now. What was glaringly lacking in the media coverage was any critical thought about that actual data, any sign that reporters had actually read the new report or any sign of urgency on behalf of our children."
Which is what the press is for -- not to give 24-hour coverage to a still-missing Malaysian jetliner, but to hold powerful interests, and specifically the United States government, to account on behalf of the people.
One of the most interesting among the many overlooked points in the CDC report: The percent of autistic children who also have intellectual disability seems to be declining, a trend that roughly coincides with the phasing out of the mercury additive thimerosal in vaccines when these now-12-year-olds were infants. But as Katie summarizes the CDC attitude:
"There is no possibility that autism and vaccines are connected because the numbers are still going up."
Katie's comment: "Assuming that there is, in fact, a smaller percentage of ASD children with Intellectual Disability, those shifts do correspond to the beginning of the phase out of thimerosal in vaccines, which is a plausible explanation as well – but one CDC doesn’t mention. Thimerosal reduction in the recommended childhood vaccine schedule (HepB, Hib and DTaP) started in 1999 and it was phased out over several years. However, shortly thereafter, in the 2002-2003 season, the CDC started encouraging flu shots (most of which contained thimerosal) for infants 6-23 months and in the 2004-2005 flu season flu shots were formally recommended for all infants starting at 6 months of age. Meanwhile, the CDC and ACOG also added influenza vaccines (most of which still contained thimerosal) to the recommendations for pregnant women in all trimesters in 2004. This FDA letter makes clear that thimerosal-containing infant vaccines would still have been administered throughout 2002 – the birth year of the current ADDM report but at amounts, on average, probably less than in the 2000 birth cohort. The exposure to any particular child is an unknown without checking their history."
I called attention to this possibility in a brief editor's note the day the CDC released its data, and I continue to find it fascinating. As Katie points out, the CDC data is so gummed up it's impossible to tell what might be going on, but this observation is, in fact, consistent with a pretty intriguing possibility -- the CDC, which both surveils autism and recommends the childhood vaccine schedule, might find it convenient to bumble and stumble long enough to obscure any connection between the removal of mercury in vaccines and any sort of improvement in the autism outlook.
I've been "gathering string" on this issue for quite some time (this is a phrase an editor of mine used for pulling together separate threads that might eventually build a story, like a robin finding bits and pieces that become a nest). I've heard many people in the autism community talking for several years about seeing more "autism lite" -- not Asperger's necessarily, but kids who are less impaired, less physically ill and easier to recover with biomed.
Managing Editor's Note: Below is an excerpt we encourage you to share from Megan, of the LivingWhole site. From her bio, I have a degree in Political Science, a law degree, and am a Naturopath, Certified Natural Health Educator, Registered Power Yoga Instructor, writer, and stay-at-home mama. My better-half holds a biology degree, chemistry minor, is a Family Practice Physician, and is a Captain in the United States Air Force. Together we have four kids under three; and yes, we plan to have more. We encourage you to bookmark LivingWhole.org.
I am sick of it – this vaccination debate. My convictions not to vaccinate have been firm for six years now and I was comfortable living a low-profile life and letting other more notable activists carry the torch; and then I started seeing misleading t.v. interviews, news stories, and backlash against parents and unvaccinated children. I saw reputable medical professionals get crucified and reputations destroyed for questioning the mainstream norm. I saw laws passed in other states removing freedoms that rightfully belong to parents and individuals as a whole. I saw fear, blame, finger-pointing, lies, and flat out hate being propagated and encouraged by people, physicians, and popular media avenues towards parents who don’t vaccinate, and their children.
This isn’t a vaccination debate, it’s a hate debate, so let’s call it what it is. And when it got personal, I got involved. Most importantly, I felt the need to clear a few things up:
I am not an “anti-vaxxer” or a “disinformation activist.”
I am a parent. Some people believe that parents can’t make an educated decision on this issue, that you should check all of your questions and reservations about vaccinating at the door and trust your physician, that is unless your physician also questions vaccines (or supports a delayed schedule), then he’s a quack.
Note: We have covered the strange case of fugitive from justice Dr. Poul Thorsen (Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, indicted on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury) at AofA:
Autism Researcher Poul Thorsen Indicted
Round 2: CDCs Poul Thorsen Lying in Plain Sight
First Fraud: Dr. Poul Thorsen and the original “Danish Study”
Poul Thorsen Called Industry “Scumbag” Scientist and Mercury Shill
WANTED BY THE FEDS: Poul Thorsen, Who Helped Pull Off CDC Vaccine Autism Heist
Three years after his indictment, here is follow up from Safeminds:
Dr. Poul Thorsen, Principal Investigator on the Danish Autism Studies, extends his unwarranted freedom from prosecution as another anniversary on his indictment for 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury passes on April 13.
SafeMinds calls upon the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State to bring Dr. Thorsen back to the United States and to justice. We also call upon Chairman Darrell Issa and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to take up this issue as an oversight activity this year. We believe this warrants a Congressional hearing to understand this failure to fully address the allegations, to determine if others at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were complicit, and to address the failure of the CDC and the scientific community to investigate all of the studies from this project while holding current findings in deferral until fully investigated.
Following Thorsen’s indictment in 2011, SafeMinds issued a statement calling for an independent review of vaccine/autism research for data manipulation and conflicts of interest. To review those comments, click HERE. A year later a full report delivered to Chairman Issa, the Committee and other members of Congress outlined the issues. For that detailed report on Poul Thorsen, click HERE. In 2013, the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS/OIG) elevated Thorsen to the top of their “Most Wanted” List. Information from the OIG may be viewed HERE.
A Brief Background on the Indictment: The Criminal Indictment No. 1:11-C R-194 United States of America v. Poul Thorsen states that beginning around February 2004 and continuing through February 2010, that Thorsen ‘aided and abetted by others known and unknown, did knowingly devise and intend to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises and omissions of material facts, well knowing and having reason to know that said pretenses, representations and promises were and would be false and fraudulent…’ The indictment provides that Thorsen submitted false invoices and created private invoices (from a CDC laboratory using false signatures). He is alleged to have stolen more than $1 million from a CDC grant to Denmark he helped establish while working at CDC. If convicted on all counts, Thorsen could face up to 260 years in prison and $22.5 million in fines.
Managing Editor's Note: Thank you to Elizabeth Hart for allowing us to print and excerpt of and link to her Over-Vaccination: Challenging Big Pharma's lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals site. You can read the full post Questions about vaccination policy and ethics for the NHMRC.
On 15 April 2014, I forwarded a letter to Professor Warwick Anderson, CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
One of the functions of the NHMRC is to provide ethical guidance on health and medical research issues.
In my letter to Professor Anderson, I suggest the ethical spotlight needs to be shone on the way vaccination policy and practice is being implemented in Australia, and I provide examples of the lack of transparency and accountability in the vaccination bureaucracy.
In particular, I raise the problem of potential conflicts of interest and lack of disclosure by people involved in vaccination policy, followed by an example of parents being coerced into having a vaccine product for their children (i.e. the live Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine second dose) without being properly informed about this vaccine, and their options.
See below my letter to Professor Anderson:
15 April 2014
RE: Vaccination policy and practice in Australia
Professor Anderson, one of the functions of the NHMRC is to provide ethical guidance on health and medical research issues.
I suggest the ethical spotlight needs to be shone on the way vaccination policy and practice is being implemented in Australia, and I request that you urgently address this matter.
In this regard, I provide two examples of the lack of transparency and accountability in the vaccination bureaucracy.
1. Potential conflicts of interest and lack of disclosure
Various committees and groups provide advice to the Australian Federal Government on vaccine products which can result in the addition of new vaccine products to the national vaccination schedule.
These groups wield enormous power. The members of these groups are part of a process that results in effectively mandating medical interventions (i.e. vaccinations) for healthy people. The decisions these people make affect not only children and adults in Australia, but can also impact internationally as the ripple effect of their decisions spreads around the world.
Panelists Rolf Hazelhurst, autism parent and attorney, Jim Moody, attorney, Aidan Quinn, autism parent and actor, Rob Schneider, autism parent and comedian, Mike Guido, autism parent and comedian, Jeanna Reed, autism parent, co-founder Autism Is Medical, and moderators Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Jill Rubolino, autism parent, co-founder Autism Is Medical sharing their experience with autism and regression post vaccination in a powerful and poignant way at the Give Autism a Chance conference in Austin, TX on April 12, 2014. Dr. Andrew Wakefield moderates the panel with his British aplomb and even handed determination. "Welcome to the calm, quiet world of autism and vaccines. Hello to the trolls online." Classic Brit wit.
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The video of the autism vaccine panel starts at 2:39 minutes. There's plenty to watch before that start, however. Enjoy.
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Note: Here is an easy to use action alert to ask Dr. Paul Offit's bosses to request that he stop making "stuff" (another word would fit well) up about autism - as a distraction for the epidemic and to protect his industry land connections. Click HERE.
Offit: "When you have autism, you are born with autism"
Ask Offit's bosses to stop him making stuff up
In a recent interview with Medscape (www.medscape.com/viewarticle/822981) millionaire vaccine industrialist and spokesman, Paul Offit, MD, pretends that he knows that autism begins before birth, which denies that autistic regression occurs, “When you have autism, you are born with autism. There is no changing that, and to some people, that is helpful to know.” We thought this might come as a surprise to many people who watched their healthy child regress into autism, and anybody who follows autism research.
Offit promotes himself as one of America’s leading authorities on autism, even though, like most parents, he has no professional training in autism. Which may account for him saying things that have no foundation in either the medical literature, or the experience of hundreds of thousands of people. And he has several jobs at very prestigious institutions, which one would hope would value a close adherence to truth and known facts. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Please take 7 minutes to listen to Dr. Albert Enayati passionately petition IACC to include regressive autism and vaccination in their work. Their blithe response? "You've used up two minutes of your time." Thank you to Canary Party for posting this video link.
From the Safeminds site: Albert Enayati is one of the original founding board members of SafeMinds and an author of the original Auitsm and Mercury paper. He is a Principal Research Engineer with 33 years experience in R&D/mechanical testing of over 100 orthopedic devices maxillofacial, trauma and spine systems.
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By Kent Heckenlively
It was through chiropractors that documentary film producer, Jeff Hays, first became acquainted with those he jokingly calls “the most dangerous people on the face of the Earth.”
Hays was working on a film called, Doctored, which recounted the attack made by traditional medicine on the chiropractic profession and the fight the chiropractic profession waged in response and won. “It was a small film that told the chiropractic story. The AMA (American Medical Association) tried to contain and eliminate the profession of chiropractic. Some chiropractors sued them in 1974, and it took 13 years, but the AMA was eventually found guilty. That story had never really made its way into the mainstream. And I felt it was a microcosm of what happens to alternative therapies that come under attack from mainstream or political medicine.”
Many of the chiropractors Hays interviewed had parents who were chiropractors and several of them said that in their life they’d never, “taken a drug, an aspirin, or a vaccine.” Hays was startled to hear that many of them had never had a vaccine and what followed from that was a slow awakening to the fact that there was even a discussion about the safety of vaccines.
The SaneVax Team would like to share a series of events in Japan which culminated in a decision which was nothing short of miraculous. This decision and the events leading up to it offer hope to millions of families whose lives have been adversely impacted by the use of Gardasil and Cervarix.
Due to massive efforts by HPV vaccine victims and their families, independent medical and scientific professionals willing to speak about their concerns, traditional media outlets with the integrity to investigate and report accurately, input and assistance from the SaneVax team, and political representatives who actually did the job they were elected to perform – THERE WILL BE NO GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDED HPV VACCINATION PROGRAM IN JAPAN FOR AT LEAST A YEAR.
Because all of the groups just mentioned worked together to preserve the health of Japanese girls, multiple members of the House of Councilors, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party intervened making it impossible for Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to call for the re-instatement of Japan’s official recommendation for HPV vaccines (both Gardasil and Cervarix) for 2014.
Basically, the HPV vaccine debate in Japan came down to one side claiming psychosomatics versus the other side presenting science. Science won!
Timeline of Events Recorded by SaneVax:
Managing Editor's Note: Dr. Stacia Kenet Lansman is a Tufts University Medical School graduate - the same college Dr. Paul Offit attended. As an aside, I too attended Tufts Undergrad, (although my degree is from Boston College) my father, sister, uncle and cousin are Tufts graduates. This video and the body copy below are from Senior Editor Kiera Butler. It's an informative interview, and offers a thoughtful dialog on vaccine safety. Slate.com has already tried to label, bully and denigrate Dr. Kenet Lansman for her point of view: Meet the Anti-Vaccination Pediatrician Catering to California’s Rich, New Age-y Parents. As you can see in the video, she is NOT against vaccination. In fact, some of our own readers will disagree with her vaccination schedules. What she is doing is personalizing medicine for children. Hardly anti-vaccine. Thank you to Ms. Butler and Dr. Kenet Lansman.
Read the full post at Mother Jones.
The waiting room at Pediatric Alternatives in Mill Valley, a town in the affluent hippie enclave of Marin County, California, is a far cry from the drab doctors' offices I remember from childhood. Instead of old copies of Highlights magazine and a few sticky Legos, there's a veritable Montessori classroom's worth of appealing toys: wholesome-looking wooden blocks, stacks of picture books, and even a ride-on Radio Flyer fire engine. For parents, there are bookshelves stocked with Moosewood cookbooks and herbal remedies and tomes about how French people get their children to eat. Black-and-white portraits of grinning kids line the walls. Even the patients and their parents look great: trim moms in yoga pants, a giggling, pigtailed preschooler playing with a sticker, an elementary-school girl holding an American Girl book. No one seems to have so much as a runny nose.
By John Stone
An unusual correspondence has been appearing beneath the abstract of an article in Pubmed led by redoubtable vaccine safety campaigner Jacob Puliyel (possibly chosen as a venue by him so that the discussion could take place on the open web). The paper by Tozzi et al including veteran Johns Hopkins Institute of Vaccine Safety professor Neal Halsey assesses the World Health Organization Adverse Event Following Immunization criteria which further dilute the possibility of adverse vaccine events ever being acknowledged. Alberto Tozzi is lead the author of the notorious CDC funded Italian thimerosal study which received widespread media publicity in 2009 despite the fact that the data could have been specially selected not to discover anything. This being the case the new paper finds Tozzi on fine form. Dr Puliyel’s letter headed ‘DEATHS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WILL COUNT FOR LESS’ reviews how the system has worked in practice rather than whether health officials like it. It states in conclusion:
“Under the new scheme, fatal AEFI in developing countries will be falsely recorded as ‘Not an AEFI’, simply because some time or test criterion was not met. Death is the worst AEFI possible. Continued use of the CIOMS [Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences]/WHO scheme will result in missing an important opportunity to pick up signals that could save lives…”
There are further contributions from Paul G King, Brandon Horn, Y Mahdavi, Lokesh Tiwari, Toni Bark and Akash Malik, an Indian government official, but no response so far from the authors. In the original paper - which is not available on the open web - Prof Tozzi acknowledges research grants from Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur MSD. Read further here.
John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.
By Dan Olmsted
It’s interesting – in the sense that a train wreck that leaks toxic fumes and kills an entire town of sleeping souls is “interesting” – to watch the mainstream media descend deeper into denial about vaccines and autism.
The latest round of tut-tutting comes in the wake of a report that Americans are prone to believe in conspiracy theories, in particular that the government, corporations or both are trying to cover up the truth about some health information, USA Today reports.
Over on MSNBC, Chris Hayes blamed the recrudescence of measles in Manhattan (20 cases or so) on “purveyors of anti-science hokum” like Jenny McCarthy. “This kind of thinking, it spreads like disease.” The segment was dubbed “Anti-Vaccination Trutherism.” Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Salz, laughed off the vaccine-autism connection: "This is essentially a coping mechanism gone awry. It makes us tremendously anxious to feel that we have no control over the possibility that our baby could get autism, and to be life-ruining, it's terrifying. So that idea that we can identify something that makes us less anxious."
And this, apparently, requires belief in extravagant conspiracy theories. Well, what is a conspiracy after all? It’s more than one person working in concert, and in secret, to effect a desired and usually nefarious result.
Clearly, doctors and public health officials do know that vaccines can cause autism, because they couldn’t have missed the press accounts of awards in vaccine “court” for children who developed autism as a result of vaccination. Further, studies have found a much higher rate of autism and other developmental issues in boys vaccinated as newborns with the Hepatitis B vaccine.
There is a concerted effort to keep these truths from emerging and to replace them with the false idea that vaccines have been vindicated as never causing autism. That in effect is the “trutherism” right there.
What I find amazing is the credulity of the press – many journalists are too young, and some apparently too naïve, to run this idea through their Watergate filter. Here’s the truth: Public officials – and putting “health” in between those words doesn’t inoculate them – do conspire to create certain outcomes when their professional mission and personal reputation are on the line. And corporations are not immune, obviously.
I didn’t have to look far to be reminded of how complicit corporations can be in conspiracies. In the same Thursday issue of USA Today that reported on the health conspiracy beliefs, two stories caught my attention.
One – Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle a criminal case involving its handling of those deadly accelerator problems a few years back. “Today, we can say for certain that Toyota intentionally concealed information and misled the public about the safety issues behind these recalls,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Put simply, Toyota’s conduct was shameful.”
I love this part: Toyota, to save its corporate scalp, agreed to allow a monitor to oversee its “safety communications, its internal handling of accident reports and its processes for handling technical bulletins.” In other words, the government wants to prevent another conspiracy to hide the truth about unsafe products.
Two – GM President Mary Barra penned an op-ed in which she fell on her stick shift to apologize for the mishandling of safety recalls, delays that appear to have caused a handful of deaths.
“Everyone at GM regrets that it took so long to confirm the problem with the Cobalt and similar models and issue a recall. We are deeply sorry for the lives lost and the lives it has affected.”
She’s deeply sorry, in effect, for a conspiracy to conceal safety defects over many years.
What’s so crazy about all this is that drug companies are not held in terribly high regard in the first place, and for good reason (Vioxx, four hour erections, et al). Neither is government. Neither is the media. Yet these three groups team up to treat those with well-earned reasons to be suspicious as “truthers.”
Measles is inconsequential in the fact of the real truth – that the autism epidemic is driven by excessive vaccination. But anti-vaccine truthers get blamed for every illness this side of spring fever, and probably for that.
By Cathy Jameson
An honest mom’s response made late last week during an interview opened the doors to a circus frenzy typical of the mainstream media. If you’ve stayed up with vaccine and autism news since that comment aired then you’re already well aware of the lively conversations that have taken place on the internet about it.
A great number of people came out of the woodwork offering their opinion about vaccines and about Kristin Cavallari’s choice to not vaccinate. Some people left a comment or two in online forums while others cranked out a good 10,000 or more. Everyone had something to say. Or prove. Or demand. Or yell IN ALL CAPS. Quite a few parents who have children with documented vaccine injuries merely wanted to leave a heartfelt thanks while other people, many of whom appear to hail from a pro-vaccine stance, badgered those parents with malicious responses in reply.
Baiting parents and belittling them and their well-thought out opinions
became the new discussion. It wasn’t about Kristin anymore. The attack turned toward the parents who have wised up about vaccines. Moms were belittled. Their science was shot down. Parents were told their anti-vax choices were putting innocent people at risk. It never makes sense to argue that point because the majority of people in this country have the choice to vaccinate or not. It’s quite simple, really. If we parents don’t want to vaccinate, they don’t have to. That right is protected by law. But some people forget that little fact and would rather have an online hissy fit instead.
Even though I had several opportunities to say something as the story went viral, because I too am thankful Kristin’s knows that she has a choice in the matter, I kept out of the fray. I watched instead. Many times I wish I hadn’t. I am all for discussing and offering insight to others in a public forum, but there is no need to point fingers at moms who are vocal about a personal decision. But that happened repeatedly last week.
As the days went on, while the media did nothing to calm the drama they started, more people added to online conversations. What struck me as the most unfortunate after reading thread after thread after thread was that in all the comments, not one person chimed in saying,
Thanks for the info, everyone! Your incredibly heated discussions have offered me a significant amount of useful insight. It even helped me make the decision to vaccinate/to not vaccinate my child. Keep up that fantastic back-and-forth dialogue. I’m sure it’ll help someone else too!”
Nope. Not one.
From SaneVax: The Sane Vax Mission is to promote only Safe, Affordable, Necessary & Effective vaccines and vaccination practices through education and information.
The International Symposium on the adverse reactions experienced by girls who have been vaccinated by Human Papillomavirus vaccines and subsequent events which took place in Tokyo on February 25th and 26th have sparked a high-profile debate over HPV vaccine safety, efficacy and need.
The Researchers’ Organization Sounding a Warning concerning the Adverse Reactions induced by Human Papillomavirus Vaccines, led by Dr. Harumi Sakai, a former professor of Tokai University, School of Medicine and a former leader at the immunochemical research team at Texas University, Galveston, reported that Sin Hang Lee, MD, former Associate Professor at Yale University and currently pathologist of Milford Hospital, Dr. Francois Jerome Authier, MD, a professor at Universite Paris XII and a doctor at Systeme Hospital Henri Mondor de Paris, and research fellow Lucija Tomljenovic, a PhD from the University of British Columbia, presented evidence regarding the risks involved with HPV vaccines during the symposium, two press conferences and a government-sponsored public hearing on February 26th.
The public hearing was attended by eight medical academic members of the Japanese government’s Advisory Council on the Alleged Adverse Reactions to HPV Vaccines, several top-ranking Health Ministry bureaucrats, medical doctors and journalists from the nation’s major newspapers and television networks.
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By Zack Peter
I want to take a moment to throw a huge THANK YOU out to Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler for making a very well research and thoroughly thought-out decision to not vaccinate their son, Camden. And I want to thank Kristin for her courage to come out and publicly admit that and stand proudly behind her decision.
Too many people make irresponsible decisions — both to vaccinate and to not — without weighing out all the benefits and side-effects of vaccinations.
Do your research people. Read up. I’m not telling you to vaccinate. I’m not telling you not to. I’m telling you to educate yourself. Autism is real. Stats have reached 1 in 50. That scary. For a celebrity (in today’s age) to speak out publicly about such a controversial issue shows an immense amount of bravery, considering all the backlash she is likely to face, online and in the media.
Thank you, Kristin. Thank you, Jay. Wishing your family lots of health, happiness, and wellness for many years to come!
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It is time for New Yorkers to win back the right to decide which vaccines our children get, and when they get them. More than half the American population lives in states where parents have the right to decide. These states include California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Washington, Vermont and a dozen others.
Most other developed democracies in the world have this right including Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, Germany, etc. But not New York.
Please click on the Take Action Link below to send a message to your State Senator asking him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor to S3934 introduced by Senator Martin Malave Dilan of Brooklyn, and ask your Assemblymember to sign on as a co-sponsor of Assemblymember Tom Abinanti’s A6359.
Please share this message with friends and family, and please like Autism Action Network on Facebook to help spread the word.
Theoretically, we have the right to an exemption from vaccine mandates for medical and religious reasons. But just ask anyone who has tried to get a medical exemption in New York, physicians are afraid to issue them for fear of reprisals from the state health department, and school districts such as New York City ignore them anyway.
Managing Editor's Note: Thank you to Elizabeth Hart for allowing us to excerpt a post from her site Over-vaccination. "Challenging Big Pharma's lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals."
‘Informed consent’ and the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine – challenging the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
As I have argued previously on Over-vaccination.net, it’s likely that most children will be immune after the first dose of the live Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
However, mass populations of already immune children are being arbitrarily revaccinated with a second dose of the live MMR vaccine because a small proportion of children may not have responded to the first dose.
In other words, millions of children are being over-vaccinated with the second dose of live MMR vaccine. Read the full post at Over-vaccination.
From Autism Action Network:
Michael Fine, MD, the state of Rhode Island’s Director of Health, is pushing the adoption of the worst forced shots regulations in US history. Every shot on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended schedule, including the controversial HPV shot, will become mandatory to attend pre-school, daycare, elementary school, middle school, high school and college in Rhode Island. The ACIP is a federal commission composed of representatives of the vaccine industry with well-documented and pervasive conflicts of interest among its members. Fine has also proposed sweeping new vaccine requirements for employees of pre-schools. And unlike 20 other states where more than half the American population lives Rhode Island does not allow exemptions from vaccine mandates for secular reasons.
Children as young as six-months will be exposed through flu shots to quantities of mercury vastly higher than maximum exposure limits for adults. The HPV has an extremely bad safety record, and there is no data studying the effect of multiple injections of products the US Supreme Court has declared “unavoidably unsafe.”
ALERT: Please click this Take Action link to send a message to Governor Lincoln Chafee and your Rhode Island State Legislators stating your opposition to the plan.
Please Call Governor Lincoln Chaffee and politely state your opposition:
Please call Dr. Fine and politely let him now that you are opposed to his proposal:
Fine has been a private physician in family practice, and his wife is currently a physician in family practice which gives the Fine family a direct financial interest in the implementation of his proposal. Rhode Island law requires any public official to declare a conflict of interest and recuse themselves from decisions in which they or their families have a direct financial interest. Fine clearly should recuse himself from the adoption of these regulations.
Professional vaccine operatives like Dorit Reiss have been hard at work for some time to exaggerate the dangers of the vaccine-preventable diseases, while simultaneously denying the damage that the vaccines for them often do. A case in point was found in the comments on this article on the Mother Jones website last week:
The topic had turned to the hepatitis-B vaccine, given to all newborns in the U.S. while they were still at the hospital, beginning in 1991 (at the beginning of the autism epidemic). I put up information I had found in Dr. Bob Sears’ The Vaccine Book, a link to a CDC report with a chart at the bottom showing the rate of hep-B diagnosis in children 1-9 from 1986, five years before the vaccine program began.
The chart at the bottom of the report clearly shows that the rate at which hep-B was diagnosed in children was less than one per 100,000 or fewer than 360 a year in a childhood population of 36 million in 1990. The text at the top of the report, however, states: “Before 1982, an estimated 200,000--300,000 persons in the United States were infected annually with HBV, including approximately 20,000 children.” The source for this large number was an article in Pediatrics in 2001. It uses the word “estimated” because this is a purely speculative figure, not based on the disease being diagnosed by blood tests carried out by physicians.
Hepatitis B is a very dangerous disease when contracted in the first year. At that time, the only means of transmission, except in extremely unusual and almost unimaginable circumstances, is from contagion by an infected mother. It is usual to perform a blood test on a pregnant woman to learn whether her child is at risk, in which case it would probably be best to give the baby immunoglobulin and the vaccine when it was born. But instead it has become standard practice in the U.S. to give this dangerous vaccine to all newborns, even those born to healthy mothers, and very common to give the vaccine to the newborn without the permission or knowledge of the parents, making it harder to realize that the vaccine was the cause of the child’s autism, diagnosed years later.
The virus is transmitted like AIDS, by infected blood/body fluids to blood/mucus membrane contact. It is most commonly contracted by unsafe sex with a carrier or by shared use of needles used by illegal drug users. Medical personnel exposed to infected blood are at some increased risk, but it is not as great as is commonly believed. It is not spread by the sharing of eating utensils or drinking glasses, or sleeping in the same bed as an infected person. It may sometimes be transmitted by sharing toothbrushes or razors. Australia did a study which showed that it was not transmitted by children at school. (Burgess, MA and McIntosh, EDG, “Hepatitis-B in urban schoolchildren – No evidence of horizontal transmission between high-risk and low-risk groups,” Med J Australia, 5 Sept. 1993; 159: 315-319, quoted Wendy Lyall, Raising a vaccine-free child, p.178). Everett Koop went to a lot of trouble thirty years ago to persuade people not to fear casual contact with those infected with HIV or AIDS. But now the pharma operatives are drumming up terror at the idea that there MAY have been twenty thousand children a year getting hepatitis-B before 1991, but, since they had NO symptoms, no one ever noticed or diagnosed it. It was only when they grew up and were finally diagnosed with it that the moment they had contracted it was unsuccessfully sought.
Many believe that the vast majority of this group caught it in the usual ways, by unsafe sex and/or sharing of illegal IV drug needles. Many of them were probably unwilling or unable to share the details of their sex and drug lives with inquiring researchers. But, without having proven that there really had been twenty thousand children a year getting a sexually-transmitted disease by unknown vectors, was it really a good idea to start giving all newborns a highly reactive vaccine?
Dr. Brian Hooker, PhD, says Forbes misrepresented congressional record and CDC studies
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Last week, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker created a stir when he announced he had obtained sensitive documents from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to Hooker, these documents implicated the vaccine preservative Thimerosal (50% mercury by weight) in causing autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, revealing what he says CDC officials had long known, but never disclosed publicly: a 7.6-fold increase in autism during infancy after exposure. Emily Willingham, who frequently editorializes in support of the vaccine program, responded in Forbes by criticizing a news story that went viral on the subject of Dr. Hooker's FOIA revelations.
Dr. Hooker methodically itemized "misrepresentations and outright errors" that he says appeared in Forbes.com. "Willingham either confused two CDC studies or intentionally deceived Forbes' readers," said Hooker. "There was one concealed study that found a very high association between Thimerosal and autism. That was the study that was kept from the public which I obtained. And there was a later study by the same researcher – CDC-paid epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten – who had watered down the results of the earlier study to appear as if there were no association between Thimerosal and autism. That second study was made public even though it was fraudulent. Willingham pointed to the conclusions of the later study and implied that they came from the earlier study."
Although Willingham denies that the CDC researcher, Dr. Verstraeten, was under pressure to alter the results of the earlier study, Dr. Hooker points out that Verstraeten's own email written at the time (an internal CDC document obtained through FOIA) reveals otherwise. Verstraeten's subject line, "It just won't go away," refers to his difficulty in making the statistical association between Thimerosal and autism disappear.
Making an example of how he says Dr. Verstraeten hid that association in his reanalysis of the data on 400,000 infants, Dr. Hooker says Verstraeten did not include clinics within HMOs where there was a strong correlation between Thimerosal exposure and autism incidence. According to Hooker, "Willingham brazenly disregarded Verstraeten's own chilling words: 'All the harm is done in the first month [of life]…' He wrote those words about the study I obtained." The abstracts of Verstraeten's two studies and further comment on the controversy can be viewed here.
Our indefatigable Anne Dachel passed along a story Friday with the kind of title we are by now immune to, so to speak: "The Dangerous History of Anti-Vaccine Comspiracies," by Jeffrey Kopman. It was the usual mashup -- mishmash is probably a better word -- of Andy Wakefield being a fraudster, and the horrifying attack of mutant killer illnesses, and parents being so profoundly deluded as to think their child had a life-wrecking vaccine reaction just because their child had a vaccine followed by a life-wrecking reaction. (They are not the same thing!) How dare these benighted parents tell anyone such a tale, when endless scientific "experts" say it didn't happen because it couldn't happen? How very dare they?
But this article, as the Church Lady would say, was special: the piece was published by The Weather Channel, of all places. And its first paragraph is quite a piece of work: "Forty-three years after the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine hit the mainstream, the disease is still flaring across the country — as are mumps, rubella and whooping cough."
Now say whut, exactly? MMR disease is still flaring, as are mumps, rubella and whooping cough? Not gonna happen. Like all Gaul, the MMR is divided in three -- their cumulus total is not another disease, unless you want to count autism (snicker, snicker). These people, they make fun of our lack of scientific understanding and then they start off like that?
On a happier note, I was really glad to see that Paul Krugman is retiring from Princeton and heading to City University, in part because he wants a vibrant big-city milieu (he mentioned Zabar's, a specialty food store on the Upper West Side), and also to focus more sharply on the issue of income inequality.
Not that there's anything wrong with Princeton. What makes me happy, rather, is that Paul is my age, 61, shares my political outlook, and even my college class, and is serving notice that he's not letting up, he's bearing down on what he cares about most. And he's enjoying himself.
I can dig it.
Managing Editor's Note: We've excerpted this terrific post from Nutrition Care for Kids.
By Judy Converse
Want to clear a room fast? Tell people your kids aren’t vaccinated. Then say, “Not only is that why they’re so healthy – it helps your kids stay healthier too.” Wait. What? Unvaccinated kids, healthier? Aren’t they walking cesspools of infection, recklessly spreading disease in their wake? Aren’t they leaches, getting a free ride away from infections, on the backs of all those good parents who vaccinate their kids?
The CDC maintains that they can’t solve this question for us. Their posture is that it’s unethical to study vaccinated versus unvaccinated kids, presumably because it isn’t safe to not vaccinate anybody. But ongoing survey data show that unvaccinated kids are healthier. They have fewer allergies and asthma, less autism, fewer chronic conditions and are sick less often. Even though these data come from an uncontrolled voluntary survey (over 13,000 participants worldwide and growing), the differences are enough to give anyone pause – and plenty big to warrant formal investigation. By factors of double, triple, or tens of times, vaccinated kids show a higher illness burden than their unvaccinated peers, for conditions like epilepsy, diabetes, thyroid disorders, autoimmune conditions, autism, allergy, asthma, and more.
Meanwhile, the argument that a pool of vaccinated kids is needed to quash a return of infections is starting to crumble (bolstering the position held by some that vaccines can’t confer herd immunity): Even with compliance for most immunizations at over 90% across the US – above the level considered necessary for successful herd immunity – we still have outbreaks of pertussis, measles, mumps, chickenpox, polio, and flu in vaccinated groups. The global level of pertussis coverage was 83% in 2012 – pretty darn good – but, still: Outbreaks. In fact, vaccinated people may spread infections they are recently inoculated against, as they shed viral and bacterial material from vaccines – just as occurs with wild type, naturally acquired infection. This has been documented for those recently vaccinated against pertussis, polio, flu, chickenpox, rotavirus, and measles.
Read the full article and bookmark Judy's site at Nutrition Care for Children.