By Anne Dachel
Here is an amazing video on vaccine choice and SB 277. I was especially interested in the comments by Dr. Greg Poland. He's one of the top vaccine experts in the country. He not only sees that the MMR vaccine has different impact on black children, but he has also previously attested to problems with this vaccine. (See the stories below by Lawrence Solomon.)
Dr. Gregory Poland (Mayo Clinic): "The most outstanding and to some degree, unexpected difference that we found was that African Americans have much higher antibody responses to this viral vaccine."
Slide: "Dr. Poland: 'African Americans hyper respond antibodies to the Rubella vaccine, (part of MMR).'"
Testimony on SB 277
Parent: "At four months we took him for his scheduled dose of vaccines, . . . that evening, he had a 104 degree fever. He screamed inconsolably for hours, vomited--he'd never been sick before. Shortly thereafter he started having seizures."
". . . It is the dream of . . . corporations to have a product that's mandated, everyone must have it and have no impetus to make it better or safer, because I have no liability."
. . . Vaccines for measles have had spotty safety records. Soon after their introduction, the Vital Statistics of the United States began recording deaths from the measles vaccine, along with deaths from other vaccines. By 1970, one of the two original measles vaccines was withdrawn in Canada and the U.S. after causing atypical measles syndrome, a harsh disease triggering high rates of pneumonia. In 1975, the second original vaccine was withdrawn due to 103-degrees-plus fevers, among other severe side effects. Two variants of this vaccine also proved unsatisfactory. A measles vaccine then became part of the combination MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine in the 1980s, only to be withdrawn in 1990 by Canada and in 1992 by the manufacturer after reports from Canada, the U.S., Sweden and Japan blamed MMR for febrile convulsions, meningitis, deafness and deaths. A second version of MMR, now in widespread use, is believed safe by government officials.
Safety aside, vaccines repeatedly failed worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s. As described in "Measles Elimination in Canada", a 2004 report authored by Canadian government officials and academics, "despite virtually 100% documented one-dose coverage in some regions, large outbreaks of measles involving thousands of cases persisted . Clearly.
The recent outbreaks of measles in Canada and the United States came as a shock to many public health experts but they wouldn't have to Dr. Gregory Poland, one of the world's most admired, most advanced thinkers in the field of vaccinology.
The measles vaccine has failed, he explained two years ago in a prescient paper, "The re-emergence of measles in developed countries." In that paper, he warned that due to factors that most haven't noticed, measles has come back to be a serious public health threat. Thankfully, in that paper and elsewhere he also spelled out in no-nonsense fashion what now needs to be done.
. . .The answer, according to Dr. Poland, lies in our genes. Because of their genetic predisposition, some people will not respond to the current measles vaccine, even with additional boosters. By the same token, the genetic predisposition of others makes them susceptible to harm from the measles vaccine, leading to public wariness, including among the well educated. What is needed, suggests Dr. Poland, is for the public health establishment to accept that the current measles vaccine has so many drawbacks as to make it unworkable, and get on with the job of developing next-generation vaccines.
"The old paradigm isn't working anymore," Dr. Gregory Poland, head of the Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group explains matter-of-factly. "It didn't work with HIV, it doesn't work with other complex viruses and pathogens." It didn't even work with measles, which countries in the west had declared eliminated. Now measles is coming back and it isn't likely to stop, not until old-school vaccine scientists give up their "cherished dogma," recognize the many limitations in today's vaccines and adopt 21st century thinking.
So who should we believe? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a ONE-SIZE-FITS-EVERY-CHILD vaccine schedule is safe and effective, while a top vaccine expert claims that certain children are genetically predisposed to vaccine injury and he says that effectiveness wanes within a few years?
Meanwhile legislators in California are eager to force every child in California to be vaccinated or they can't attend school.
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.