By Anne Dachel
"They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone. This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country."
As one might imagine, this drew all kinds of criticism and Kennedy issued an immediate apology. Any reference to the Holocaust is understandably a very sensitive issue to Jewish Americans. The story was covered by most major new sources. Most published Kennedy's explanation without comment, but there was some criticism.
Read more at SacBee here.
April 13, 215, Robert Kennedy Jr. apologizes for likening vaccine effects to ... Los Angeles Times
'I employed the term during an impromptu speech as I struggled to find an expression to convey the catastrophic tragedy of autism, which has now destroyed the lives of over 20 million children and shattered their families.
'I am acutely aware of the profound power attached to that word, and I will find other terms to describe the autism crisis in the future.'
April 13, 2015, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. apologizes for "holocaust" comment in ... CBS News
'The word holocaust should never be used as a flippant throwaway line to make a point in a debate,' said Assemblyman Marc Levine, vice chair of the Legislative Jewish Caucus, during a Holocaust remembrance event on Monday in the California Assembly.
April 14, 2015, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. apologizes for 'holocaust' remark in speech against ... Fox News
Robert Kennedy Jr. on Monday apologized for describing the number of children injured by vaccines as "a holocaust" during a film screening last week.
The nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy used the term last week at a screening in Sacramento of the film "Trace Amounts." The movie links autism to a vaccine preservative, even though the medical community says such claims have been scientifically disproved.
Kennedy said he was struggling for a way to convey the effects of autism on children and their families.
The New York Times however used this as an opportunity to slam Kennedy and the movie he was promoting, "Trace Amounts," without bothering to include the name of the film.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccine leader, compared the issue to the Holocaust in comments in Sacramento before the screening of a scientifically unsubstantiated anti-vaccine film last week.
One Jewish news source incorrectly reported that Kennedy compared 'vaccinating children in the U.S.' to the Holocaust, when he was clearly was talking about healthy children who suddenly lost learned skills and regressed into autism after being vaccinated.
April 14, 2015, HomeRobert F. Kennedy Jr. Calls Mandatory Vaccines 'Holocaust' Jewish Daily Forward
"We object to Robert Kennedy Jr.'s insensitive and inappropriate comment that vaccinating children in the U.S. constitutes a 'Holocaust.'," Deborah Lauter, the ADL's director of civil rights, said in a statement to JTA.
"Six million Jews and countless others were systematically slaughtered by the Nazis under Hitler," Lauter said. "Such inappropriate analogies only serve to trivialize the Holocaust and are deeply offensive to Jews and other survivors, as well as those Americans who fought valiantly against the Nazis in World War II."
A couple weeks later the Nazi era was again in news reports about vaccine exemptions, this time in Maine. On May 4, 2015, the Bangor Daily News ran the story, Auburn legislator compares forced vaccination to 'horrors of Nazi Germany'.
Rep. David Sawicki, R-Auburn, is asking Maine lawmakers to approve a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against any person who decides to forgo certain vaccinations.
Sawicki is the sponsor of LD 950, An Act to Prohibit Discrimination against a Person Who Is Not Vaccinated.
Sawicki said Monday that his bill is simple, in that if a person or the parent of a child decided against vaccinations for any reason, he or she could not be discriminated against by a school, employer or any other entity.
While Maine already allows for a "philosophical exemption," Sawicki said his measure strengthens that and would make it difficult for the state to ever rollback that exemption.
Sawicki doesn't share in the belief of many in government that the need for "herd immunity" overrides personal choice.
Sawicki said his bill is about the ability to maintain the rights of informed consent for Mainers who are opposed to vaccines or who are concerned they may be the cause for other conditions or ailments including Type 1 diabetes and autism.
"I present LD 950 to this committee to protect all Mainers' rights to informed consent when it comes to the choices we as consumers make for what we decide to put into our bodies, or, conversely, have removed from our bodies, because that is what we choose to do medically as free human beings," Sawicki said. "The right to choose."
Sawicki expressed his concern over the safety of vaccines and parental choice in no uncertain terms.
He also said the idea that people could be forced to take a vaccine they don't want conjured visions of "the horrors of Nazi Germany, forced sterilization, interment, execution and involuntary medical experimentation."
This made me think about all the times I'd heard about the lack of safety testing on vaccine ingredients, especially the use of toxic mercury (thimerosal) and aluminum.
Thimerosal has never undergone even one modern safety test. It was developed in 1927 and patented by Eli Lilly in 1928. It was first tested on small animals and killed a variety of mice, rabbits and chicks. After the animals died from exposure to Thimerosal, the decision was made to administer it to 22 patients suffering from bacterial meningitis during an epidemic in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1929.
Of the 22 persons given Thimerosal, all died, most within a day or two of administration. The doctor overseeing the trial, on stipend from Eli Lilly, declared that the patients had all died of meningitis and that Thimerosal was not observed to have caused any problem when administered to his patients. With that declaration, and a subsequent one by Eli Lilly staff that Thimerosal has a low order of toxicity for man, even though it killed small animals, Thimerosal was introduced into the drug supply. Yet, despite warnings in the published scientific literature that Thimerosal was toxic, and despite opposition to its use in every decade since, Thimerosal has remained in the drug supply.
(That quote is from the website for the movie, "Trace Amounts," which the NY Times said was "a scientifically unsubstantiated anti-vaccine film.")
This is what Robert Kennedy, Jr wrote about in his book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak. A book the New York Times and every other news source refused to honestly and thoroughly review.
The shoddy history of mercury use in vaccines has even been acknowledged by U.S. health officials. In 2004, acting director of the FDA William Egan was called to testify before Rep. Dan Burton's subcommittee in Washington.
Congressman Burton: "Has thimerosal ever been tested by our health agencies?"
William Egan: "Only those early tests that were done by Lilly--"
Burton: "And when was that done? That was done in 1929. . . . Let me follow up on that. In 1929, they tested this on 27 [sic] people who were dying of meningitis. All of those people died of meningitis, and so they said there was no correlation between their deaths and the mercury in the vaccines. That is the only test that has ever been on thimerosal, that I know of. Can you think of any other. "
Egan: "In people, no, except for accidental exposure."
Burton: "So we have mercury that's being put into people's bodies in the form of this preservative and has been since the 30s, and it's never been tested by our health agencies. And yet you folks come here and you testify that there's no conclusive evidence--conclusive evidence, and the IOM says, 'They favor'--get it. They don't say they're sure. 'They favor rejection of a causal relationship between mercury and autism and other neurological disorders.
"Mr. Egan, can you say to me right now that that amount of mercury being injected into a baby will not hurt it?"
Egan: "It's impossible to make those categorical statements on hundred percent."
Burton: "That's right.. . . . So it is possible that the amount of mercury being injected, even in trace amounts, could damage a child neurologically, right?"
Egan: "I don't think it has that capacity."
Burton: "But you can't say categorically, can you?"
Egan: "Do I have evidence for every single child, for every possible dose, the answer is no."
Burton: "There you go. We've been after this for eight years. . . ."
And as far as the use of aluminum in our children's vaccines, the story is just as bleak. Seven years ago I wrote the piece, Is Aluminum the New Mercury for Age of Autism. Here I pointed out that nationally known pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears tried to investigate the safety testing on aluminum in vaccines, and he couldn't find any studies that had been done.
All this should be very concerning to parents and a huge embarrassment for doctors and health officials who continually tell us that our vaccines have been exhaustively tested and their safety is assured. (And it needs to be said that the numerous population studies conducted seventy years after thimerosal was first used in vaccines aren't proof of safety. These are the weakest form of science, known to result in false and misleading findings.)
This gets me back to David Sawicki's comment about forced vaccination and the Nazis. It should be pointed out that their atrocities led to establishment of the Nuremberg Code in 1947.
This is the description right from the HHS website. It called for informed consent for any medical experiment.
The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.
This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that, before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject, there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person, which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.
Barbara Loe Fisher laid out the meaning of the Nuremberg Code in her article, The Moral Right to Conscientious, Philosophical and Personal Belief Exemption to Vaccination.
Out of the Doctors Trial in Nuremberg came the Nuremberg Code, of which Yale law professor, physician and ethicist Jay Katz has said "if not explicitly then at least implicitly, commanded that the principle of the advancement of science bow to a higher principle: protection of individual inviolability. The rights of individuals to thoroughgoing self-determination and autonomy must come first. Scientific advances may be impeded, perhaps even become impossible at times, but this is a price worth paying."
In another article, Dr. Katz said that the judges of the Nuremberg tribunal, overwhelmed by what they had learned, "envisioned a world in which free women and men, after careful explanation, could make their own good or bad decisions, but not decisions unknowingly imposed on them by the authority of the state, science, or medicine."
Bioethicist Arthur Caplan concurred when he said, "The Nuremberg Code explicitly rejects the moral argument that the creation of benefits for many justifies the sacrifice of the few. Every experiment, no matter how important or valuable, requires the express voluntary consent of the individual. The right of individuals to control their bodies trumps the interest of others in obtaining knowledge or benefits from them."
The First Principle of the Nuremberg Code is "The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision."
The Nuremberg Code, which speaks most specifically to the use of human beings in medical research but also has been viewed by bioethicists and U.S. courts as the basis for the right to informed consent to medical procedures carrying a risk of injury or death, was followed by the passage in 1964 of the Helsinki Declarations by the World Medical Association. Like the Nuremberg Code, the Helsinki Declarations emphasized the human right to voluntary, informed consent to participation in medical research that may or may not benefit the individual patient, science or humanity.
Untested vaccine ingredients constitute a medical experiment whenever anyone is vaccinated. The fact that there has never been a study of fully vaccinated and never vaccinated children to prove that both groups have the same health issues means that there are unknown risks. Doctors never tell this to parents. There is no informed consent.
I can only add that forcing anyone to be vaccinated against their will violates both medical ethics and international law. The legislators around the country who are currently considering laws that would force children to be vaccinated in order to attend school need to recognize that basic human rights are at stake here.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.