When we believe in anything we do so with our emotional side[heart] and our intellectual side[mind]. For some people, the emotional side is more dominant and for other people the intellectual side has more sway. Where does the information come from that shapes our beliefs? Here are a few sources: family and friends, education and training, books, media, and personal experiences. What do people believe about vaccines? This is a subject most people feel strongly about. Many people think that there are only two choices(get vaccines or not) but there are at least four choices as follows:
(1) Pro-vaccine position: Get every vaccine on the recommended schedule at the recommended ages.
(2) Anti-vaccine position: Obtain a religious or philosophical exemption or do home school and get zero vaccines.
(3) Delayed-vaccine position: Get all the vaccines your state requires for school but use an alternative vaccine schedule that delays and spreads out some of the vaccines.
(4) Selective-vaccine position: Get an exemption or do home school then choose a few of the vaccines that you believe are appropriate for your child and avoid the others.
Which position or belief is best for the long term health of children? The CDC and the vaccine companies obviously take the pro-vaccine side. They claim that their scientific studies are the final word that should have ended this controversy long ago. Are they right? Is pro-vaccine the only intelligent belief? I think not. Here is where I lose the passionate pro-vaccine people. Most of them will stop reading right here. They don't want to hear any evidence that is not pure pro-vaccine.
Most people tend to believe scientific studies. We have all been taught that science is the best way to get to the truth on any subject. Unfortunately, many of the pro-vaccine scientific studies are intentionally fraudulent. I'll say that again: Many pro-vaccine scientific studies are fraudulent. See examples of fraudulent scientific studies below. Studies controlled by the CDC or vaccine companies consistently support the pro-vaccine position. They find vaccines innocent. Why is this happening? Vaccines are very big business. Pharmaceutical companies are by far the largest advertisers on mainstream media. Their financial influence has gradually pushed the anti-vaccine position to the side. You will rarely hear the anti-vaccine point of view unless it is intentionally set up to be ridiculed. Don't expect unbiased reporting by mainstream media on vaccines.
Let's have a look at some of the fraudulent scientific studies mentioned above. Notice that these studies are very favorable to vaccines until you dig beneath the surface. The original data is frequently hidden or even destroyed and it is rare that a whistleblower emerges to reveal manipulation in detail.
Fraudulent Scientific Study #1:
“Age of First MMR Vaccination...”was published in the medical journal Pediatrics in February, 2004. The original data clearly shows that black boys who got the MMR on schedule between 12 and 18 months of age were more than 3 times as likely to become autistic as black boys who got the MMR vaccine after 3 years of age. The maturity of the immune system seems to be a critical factor. There was also a link between early MMR and isolated autism in all races. In the now famous February, 1998 Lancet study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield warned about a possible link between MMR and a combination of autism and serious bowel disease. When studies by the CDC or vaccine companies reveal unfavorable data, the original data is manipulated and the final published study will show no problems with vaccines. That is what happened in this study. The data was manipulated by eliminating many of the black boys from the study. The final published study claimed that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism which is the opposite of what the original data indicates. How do we know this? Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the CDC who was one of the authors of that study, has come out as a whistleblower. He has said that he and the other authors were pressured by higher ups in the CDC to manipulate the data so the study could show what the CDC wanted it to show. It seems obvious that this should be huge news but it has not been reported by mainstream media because it is not favorable to the pro-vaccine position.
Fraudulent Scientific Study #2:
“Safety of Thimerosal-containing Vaccines” was published in the medical journal Pediatrics in November, 2003. The early data showed a strong link between thimerosal preservative in vaccines and autism. Thimerosal is 50% ethyl mercury. It is very clear in the early data that the more mercury injected into children the greater the incidence of autism. It wasn't a small difference. Children who were injected with more than 25 micrograms of mercury in their first month of life were more than 11 times as likely to develop autism as children who received much less mercury. Data was added and subtracted and shuffled around to eliminate this very strong link. The final published study showed no statistically significant link between thimerosal in vaccines and autism. Early data indicated a very strong link between mercury in vaccines and autism and the final published study did not. Do you smell a rat?
Fraudulent Scientific Study #3:
“Thimerosal and the Occurrence of Autism” was published in the journal Pediatrics in September, 2003. This study claimed that the rate of autism increased after thimerosal was banned from all vaccines in Denmark. It was done by a Danish vaccine company under the direction of the CDC. Autism was diagnosed only in hospitals before thimerosal was banned from vaccines. Data collected after thimerosal was banned included autism diagnosed in both hospitals and clinics. This made it appear that there were more cases of autism after thimerosal was banned. When the data was reanalyzed by Dr. Brian Hooker after this study was published, it clearly showed that the rate of autism had decreased(not increased) significantly after thimerosal was removed from vaccines in Denmark. Again, the truth was the opposite of the conclusion in the study. This study was described as “propaganda masquerading as science” by Mark Blaxill of safeminds.org.
Let's look at one study by independent scientists that clearly indicates problems caused by vaccines. “Hepatitis B Triple Series Vaccine and Developmental Disability...” was published in the Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry journal in September 2008. This data was gathered when thimerosal was still in some hepatitis B vaccines. Boys who got all three hepatitis B vaccines with mercury were nine times as likely to receive special education services as boys who received zero hepatitis B vaccines. When a child's brain has been damaged by mercury in vaccines, they are much more likely to be enrolled in special education classes. Would you rather have your son in the group that got the hepatitis B vaccines with mercury or the group that didn't? There are literally hundreds of studies showing similar problems with vaccines but those studies are routinely ignored.
As reported in the book Evidence of Harm p.281-282, father and son researchers doctors Mark and David Geier discovered in long hidden CDC data that children who received three mercury-containing DtaP vaccines had an increased risk of autism nearly 27 times that of children who got three mercury-free DtaP vaccines. WOW! Would you prefer that your child get vaccines with or without mercury? Thimerosal has been removed from most pediatric vaccines but still remains in the multidose flu vaccine which is given to pregnant women, children starting at age two, and adults. Does that sound like a good idea? Would you like to run right out and get your flu shot with mercury? I've had two friends die by flu shot so I'll pass.
The incidence of autism rose sharply starting in the late 1980s in parallel with the increase in the number of vaccines and mercury in those vaccines. The big question is: Did more and more mercury injected into children cause the autism epidemic? I believe the answer is yes but there is a huge amount of money riding on the “Vaccines Don't Cause Autism” mantra.
Google fourteenstudies.org for more information on the fraudulent scientific studies used to deny any link between vaccines and autism. Also look at “Our Studies” on that website to see many studies that do show strong links between vaccines and autism. It is clear that all the science is not supportive of the pro-vaccine position. Regarding thimerosal in vaccines and autism, Robert F. Kennedy Jr's book Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak reviews over 500 scientific studies which clearly show that mercury is a potent neurotoxin which can cause brain damage and several neurological problems including autism. You won't hear about those studies on mainstream media but they are there and they tell a story that the CDC and vaccine companies don't want you to hear.
One key to all of this is conflicts of interest. Independent scientific studies are done by scientists who are not paid by the CDC or vaccine companies(no conflicts of interest). They can let the data speak for itself. These studies are where the truth is to be found. Studies funded by the CDC or vaccine companies cannot be trusted. The results of those studies are a foregone conclusion.
The battle for the hearts and minds of the public regarding vaccines is ongoing. The CDC and vaccine companies want us to believe that there is no controversy. According to them: “The science has been done. The results are in. Vaccines don't cause autism. There is no need to waste time and money continuing to study this issue. Let's move on.” If the science used to support current vaccine policy were true, this controversy would indeed be over. The rub comes when people start to realize that many of the scientific studies used to support vaccine policy are fraudulent. When CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson and others get the opportunity to testify before a congressional committee, more of the truth will emerge. The CDC and the vaccine companies have chosen to deny and cover up serious vaccine problems rather than admit that problems exist and work to correct them. There is now a big push to take away religious and philosophical exemptions in several states and force everyone to get every vaccine. That would only make things worse.
Most people want to trust their doctor and the CDC and the vaccine companies but that trust is badly misplaced. The whole system is structured to maximize profits for the vaccine companies and deny any problems with vaccines. The well being of children is not a high priority. This is a David versus Goliath situation but, as I recall, David won. Knowledge is power. Educate yourself. Make decisions based on truth not fraud.
Dr. Gaunt is a retired Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. He has also taught chemistry, biology, and anatomy at high school and college levels.