An Introduction to the contradictions Between
Medical Science and Immunization Policy
by Alan Phillips, Esq.
Revised 2001, Original Version 1996
reprinted here with permission from the author
my son was set to begin his routine vaccination series at age 2 months,
I didn't know there were any risks associated with immunizations.
But the clinic's flyer contained a contradiction: my child's chances
of a serious adverse reaction to the DPT vaccine were one in 1750,
while his chances of dying from pertussis were one in several million.
When I pointed this out to the physician, he angrily disagreed, and
stormed out of the room mumbling, "I guess I should read that
[flyer] sometime...." Soon thereafter I learned of a child who
had been permanently disabled by a vaccine, so I decided to investigate
for myself. My findings have so alarmed me that I feel compelled to
share them; hence, this report.
authorities credit vaccines for disease declines, and assure us of
their safety and effectiveness. Yet these assumptions are directly
contradicted by government statistics, published medical studies,
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) reports, and the opinions of credible research scientists from
around the world. In fact, infectious diseases declined steadily for
decades prior to mass immunizations, doctors in the U.S. report thousands
of serious vaccine reactions each year including hundreds of deaths
and permanent disabilities, fully vaccinated populations have experienced
epidemics, and researchers attribute the numbers of chronic immunological
and neurological diseases that have risen dramatically in recent decades
to mass immunization campaigns.
of studies published in the world's leading medical journals have
documented vaccine failure and serious adverse vaccine events, inclu-ing
death. Dozens of books written by doctors, researchers, and independent
investigators reveal serious flaws in im-munization theory and practice.
Yet, in-credibly, most pediatricians and parents are unaware of these
findings. This has begun to change in recent years, however, as a
growing number of parents and healthcare providers around the world
are becoming aware of the problems and questioning mass mandatory
immunization. There is a growing international movement away from
mass mandatory immunization. This report introduces some of the information
that provides the basis for this movement.
point is not to tell anyone whether or not to vaccinate, but rather,
with the utmost urgency, to point out some very good reasons why everyone
should examine the facts before deciding whether or not to submit
to the procedure. As a new parent, I was shocked to discover the absence
of a legal mandate or professional ethic requiring pediatricians to
be fully informed of the risks of vaccination, let alone to inform
parents that their children risk death or permanent disability upon
being vaccinated. I was equally dismayed to see first hand the prevalence
of physicians who are, if with the best of intentions, applying practices
based on incomplete, and in some cases, outright mis-information.
report is only a brief introduction; your own further investigation
is warranted and strongly recommended. You may discover that this
is the only way to get an objective view, as the controversy is a
highly emotional one.
word of caution: Many have found pediatricians unwilling or unable
to discuss this subject calmly with an open mind. Perhaps this is
because they have staked their personal identities and professional
reputations on the presumed safety and effectiveness of vaccines,
and because they are required by their profession to promote vaccination.
But in any event, anecdotal reports suggest that most doctors have
great difficulty acknowledging evidence of problems with vaccines.
The first pediatrician I at-tempted to share my findings with yelled
angrily at me when I calmly brought up the subject. The misconceptions
have deep roots.
VACCINATION MYTH #1:
Federal government VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System)
was established by Congress under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury
Compensation Act of 1986. It receives about 11,000 reports of serious
adverse reactions to vaccinations annually, which include as many
as one to two hundred deaths, and several times that number of permanent
disabilities. VAERS officials report that 15% of adverse events are
"serious" (emergency room trip, hospitalization, life-threatening
episode, permanent disability, death). Independent analysis of VAERS
reports has revealed that up to 50% of reported adverse events for
the Hepatitis B vaccine are "serious." While these figures
are alarming, they are only the tip of the iceberg. The FDA estimates
that as few as 1% of serious adverse reactions to vaccines are re-ported,
and the CDC admits that only about 10% of such events are reported.
In fact, Congress has heard testimony that medical students are told
not to report suspected adverse events.
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC, a grassroots organization
founded by parents of vaccine-injured and killed children) has conducted
its own investigations. It reported: "In New York, only one out
of 40 doctor's offices confirmed that they report a death or injury
following vaccination." In other words, 97.5% of vaccine related
deaths and disabilities go unreported there. Implications about medical
ethics aside (federal law directs doctors to report serious adverse
events), these findings suggest that vaccine deaths and serious
injuries actually occurring may be from 10 to 100 times greater than
the number reported.
pertussis (often referred to as "whooping cough"), the number
of vaccine-related deaths dwarfs the number of disease deaths, which
have been about 10 annually for many years according to the CDC, and
only 8 in 1993, one of the last peak-incidence years (pertussis runs
in 3-4 year cycles; no none knows why, but vaccination rates have
no such cycles). When you factor in under-reporting, the vaccine
appears to be 100 times more deadly than the disease. Some argue
that this is a necessary cost to prevent the return of a disease that
would be more deadly than the vaccine. But when you consider the fact
that the vast majority of disease decline this century preceded the
widespread use of vaccinations (pertussis mortality declined 79% prior
to vaccines), and the fact that rates of disease declines remained
virtually unchanged following the introduction of mass immunization,
present day vaccine casualties cannot reasonably be explained away
as a necessary sacrifice for the benefit of a disease-free society.
the vaccine-related-deaths story doesn't end here. Studies internationally
have shown vaccination to be a cause of SIDS, (SIDS, Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome, is a "catch-all" diagnosis given when the
specific cause of death is unknown; estimates range from 5,000 to
10,000 cases each year in the US). One study found the peak incidence
of SIDS occurred at the ages of 2 and 4 months in the U.S., precisely
when the first two routine immunization are given, while another found
a clear pattern of correlation extending three weeks after immunization.
Another study found that 3,000 children die within 4 days of vaccination
each year in the U.S. (amazingly, the authors reported no SIDS/vaccine
relationship), while yet another researcher's studies led to the conclusion
that at least half of SIDS cases are caused by vaccines.
studies suggesting a causal relationship between SIDS and vaccines
were quickly followed by vaccine-manufacturer sponsored studies concluding
that there is no relationship between SIDS and vaccines; one such
study claimed that there was a slightly lower incidence of SIDS in
vaccinees. However, many of these studies were called into question
by yet another study that found "confounding" had erroneously
skewed the results of these studies in favor of the vaccine. At best,
there is conflicting evidence. But shouldn't we err on the side of
caution? Shouldn't any credible correlation between vaccines and infant
deaths be just cause for meticulous, widespread monitoring of the
vaccination status of all SIDS cases? Health authorities have chosen
to err on the side of denial rather than caution.
the mid 1970's, Japan raised their vaccination age from two months
to two years; their incidence of SIDS dropped dramatically; they went
from an infant mortality ranking of 17 to first in the world (i.e.,
Japan had the lowest infant death rate when infants were not being
immunized). England's vaccination rate temporarily dropped to about
30% at about the same time following media reports of vaccine-related
brain damage. Infant mortality dropped sub-stantially for about 2
years, then rose again in close correlation to rising immunization
rates in the late 1970's. Despite these experiences, the medical community
maintains a posture of denial. Coroners don't check the vaccination
status of SIDS victims, and unsuspecting families continue to pay
the price, unaware of the dangers and denied the right to make an
and CDC admissions about the lack of adverse event reporting suggests
that the total number of adverse reactions actually occurring each
year may actually fall within a range of 100,000 to a million (with
"serious" events being approximately 20% of these). This
concern is underscored by a study revealing that 1 in 175 children
who completed the full DPT series suffered "severe reactions,"
and a Dr.'s report for attorneys stating that one in 300 DPT immunizations
resulted in seizures.
actually saw a drop in pertussis deaths when vaccination rates dropped
to 30% in the mid 70's. Swedish epidemiologist B. Trollfors' study
of pertussis vaccine efficacy and toxicity around the world found
that "pertussis-associated mortality is currently very low in
industrialized countries and no difference can be discerned when countries
with high, low, and zero immunization rates were compared." He
also found that England, Wales, and West Germany had more pertussis
fatalities in 1970 when the immunization rate was high than during
the last half of 1980, when rates had fallen.
cost us more than just the lives and health of our children. The U.S.
Federal Government's National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
(NVICP) has paid out over $1.2 billion since 1988 to the families
of children injured and killed by vaccines, with money that comes
from a tax on vaccines that vaccine recipients pay. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical
companies have a captive market; vaccines are legally mandated in
all 50 U.S. states (though legally avoidable in most; see Myth #9),
yet these same companies are "immune" from accountability
for the consequences of their products. Furthermore, they have been
allowed to use "gag orders" as a leverage tool in vaccine
damage legal settlements to prevent disclosure of information to the
public about vaccination dangers. Such arrangements are clearly unethical;
they force an unin-formed American public to pay for vaccine manufacturer's
liabilities, while ensuring that this same public will remain ignorant
of the dangers of their products. This arrangement also dimin-ishes
any incentive that manufacturers might have to produce safer vaccines.
is important to note that insurance companies, who do the best liability
studies, refuse to cover vaccine reactions. Each industry's respective
profit motives have generated these contradictory positions.
causes significant death and disability at an astounding personal
and financial cost to uninformed families and society."
are very effective..."
medical literature has a surprising number of studies documenting
vaccine failure. Measles, mumps, small pox, pertussis, polio and Hib
outbreaks have all occurred in vaccinated populations.... In 1989
the CDC reported: "Among school-aged children, [measles] outbreaks
have occurred in schools with vaccination levels of greater than 98
percent. [They] have occurred in all parts of the country, including
areas that had not reported measles for years." The CDC even
reported a measles outbreak in a documented 100% vaccinated population.
A study examining this phenomenon concluded, "The apparent paradox
is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population,
measles becomes a disease of immunized persons." A more recent
study found that measles vaccination "produces immune suppression
which contributes to an increased susceptibility to other infections."
These studies suggest that the goal of complete "immunization"
may actually be counter-productive, a notion underscored by instances
in which epidemics followed complete immunization of entire countries.
Japan experienced yearly increases in small pox following the introduction
of compulsory vaccines in 1872. By 1892, there were 29,979 deaths,
and all had been vaccinated. In the early 1900's, the Philippines
experienced their worst smallpox epidemic ever after 8 million people
received 24.5 million vaccine doses (achieving a vaccination rate
of 95%); the death rate quadrupled as a result. Before England's first
compulsory vaccination law in 1853, the largest two-year smallpox
death rate was about 2,000; in 1870-71, England and Wales had over
23,000 smallpox deaths. In 1989, the country of Oman experienced a
widespread polio outbreak six months after achieving complete vaccination.
In the U.S. in 1986, 90% of 1300 pertussis cases in Kansas were "adequately
vaccinated." 72% of pertussis cases in the 1993 Chicago out-break
were fully up to date with their vaccinations.
"Evidence suggests that vaccination is an unreliable
means of preventing disease."
VACCINATION MYTH #3:
are the reason for low disease rates in the U.S. today..."
to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, childhood
diseases decreased 90% between 1850 and 1940, paralleling improved
sanitation and hygienic practices, well before mandatory vaccination
programs. The Medical Sentinel recently reported, "from 1911
to 1935, the four leading causes of childhood deaths from infectious
diseases in the U.S. were diphtheria, pertussis, scarlet fever, and
measles. However, by 1945 the combined death rates from these causes
had declined by 95 percent, before the implementation of mass immunization
at best, vaccinations can be examined only for their relationship
to the small, remaining portion of disease declines that occurred
after their introduction. Yet even this role is questionable, as pre-vaccine
rates of disease mortality decline remained virtually the same after
vaccines were introduced. Furthermore, European countries that refused
immunization for small pox and polio saw the epidemics end along with
those countries that mandated it; vaccines were clearly not the sole
determining factor. In fact, both small pox and polio immunization
campaigns were followed by significant disease incidence increases.
After smallpox vaccination was being mandated, smallpox remained a
prevalent disease with some substantial increases, while other infectious
diseases simultaneously continued their declines in the absence of
vaccines. In England and Wales, smallpox disease and vaccination rates
eventually declined simultaneously over a period of several decades
between the 1870's and the beginning of World War II. It is thus impossible
to say whether or not vaccinations contributed to the continuing declines
in disease death rates, or if the declines continued unabated simply
due to the same forces which likely brought about the initial declines:
improvements in sanitation, hygiene and diet; better housing, transportation
and infrastructure; better food preservation techniques and technology;
and possibly natural disease cycles. Underscoring this conclusion
was a recent World Health Organization report which found that
the disease and mortality rates in third world countries have no direct
correlation with immunization procedures or medical treatment, but
are closely related to the standard of hygiene and diet. Credit
given to vaccinations for our current disease incidence has simply
been grossly exaggerated, if not outright misplaced.
advocates point to incidence rather than mortality statistics as evidence
of vaccine effectiveness. However, statisticians tell us that mortality
statistics are a better measure of disease than incidence figures,
for the simple reason that the quality of reporting and record keeping
is much higher on fatalities. For instance, a survey in New York City
revealed that only 3.2% of pediatricians were actually reporting measles
cases to the health department. In 1974, the CDC determined that there
were 36 cases of measles in Georgia, while the Georgia State Surveillance
System reported 660 cases. In 1982, Maryland state health officials
blamed a pertussis epidemic on a television program, "D.P.T.-Vaccine
Roulette," which warned of the dangers of DPT, but when former
top virologist for the U.S. Division of Biological Standards, Dr.
J. Anthony Morris, analyzed the 41 cases, he confirmed only 5, and
all had been vaccinated. Such instances as these demonstrate the fallacy
of incidence figures, yet vaccine advocates tend to rely on them indiscriminately.
is unclear what impact, if any, that vaccines had on 19th and 20th
century infectious disease declines."
VACCINATION MYTH #4:
is based on sound immunization theory and practice..."
clinical evidence for vaccines is their ability to stimulate antibody
production in the recipient. What is not clear, however, is whether
or not antibody production constitutes immunity. For example, gamma
globulin-anemic children are incapable of producing anti-bodies, yet
they recover from infectious diseases almost as quickly as other chil-dren.
Furthermore, a study published by the British Medical Council in 1950
during a diphtheria epidemic concluded that there was no relationship
between antibody count and disease incidence; researchers found resistant
people with extremely low antibody counts and sick people with high
counts. Natural immunization is a complex interactive process involving
many bodily organs and systems; it cannot be replicated merely by
the artificial stimulation of antibodies.
also indicates that vaccination commits immune cells to the specific
antigens in a vaccine, rendering them incapable of reacting to other
infections. Immunological reserves may thus actually be reduced, causing
a generally lowered resistance.
component of immunization theory is "herd immunity," the
notion that when enough people in a community are immunized, all are
protected. As Myth #2 showed, there are many documented instances
showing just the opposite - fully vaccinated populations have experienced
epidemics. With measles, this actually seems to be the direct result
of high vaccination rates. In Minnesota, a state epidemiologist concluded
that the Hib vaccine increases the risk of illness when a study
revealed that vaccinated children were five times more likely to contract
meningitis than unvaccinated children.
vaccination has never actually been clinically proven to be effective
in preventing disease, for the simple reason that no researcher has
directly exposed test subjects to diseases (nor may they ethically
do so). The medical community's gold standard, the double blind, placebo
controlled study, has not been used to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated
people, and so the practice remains scientifically unproven. Furthermore,
it is important to recognize that not everyone exposed to a disease
develops symptoms (indeed, only a tiny percentage of a population
need develop symptoms for an epidemic to be declared). Thus, if a
vaccinated individual is exposed to a disease and doesn't get sick,
it is impossible to know whether the vaccine worked, because there
is no way to know if that person would have developed symptoms if
he or she had not been vaccinated. It is also worth noting that outbreaks
in recent years have recorded more disease cases in vaccinated children
than in unvaccinated children.
another surprising aspect of immunization practice is the "one
size fits all" aspect. An 8-pound 2-month-old baby receives the
same dosage as a 40 pound five year old. Infants with immature, undeveloped
immune systems may receive five or more times the dosage, relative
to body weight, as older children. Furthermore, the number of "units"
within doses has been found in random testing to range from ½
to 3 times what the label indicates; manufacturing quality controls
appear to tolerate a rather large margin of error. "Hot Lots"
- vaccine lots associated with disproportionately high death and disability
rates-have been repeatedly identified by the NVIC, but the FDA consistently
refuses to intervene to prevent further unnecessary injury and deaths.
In fact, individual vaccine lots have never been recalled due to their
greater incidence of adverse reactions. However, the rotavirus vaccine
was taken off the market a few months after being introduced when
it caused bowel obstructions in many recipients. Incredibly, the FDA
and CDC knew about this problem prior to licensing the vaccine, but
both organizations still gave their unanimous approval.
vaccines are administered with the assumption that all recipients,
regardless of race, culture, diet, genetic makeup, geographic location,
or any other characteristic, will respond the same. This was perhaps
never more dramatically disproved than in Austra-lia's Northern Territory
a few years ago, where stepped-up immunization campaigns in native
aborigines resulted in an incredible 50% infant mortality rate. One
must wonder about the lives of the survivors, too; if half died, surely
the other half did not escape unaffected.
as troubling was a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine
reporting that a substantial number of Romanian children were contracting
polio from the vaccine. Researchers found a correlation with injections
of antibiotics. A single injec-tion within one month of vaccination
raised the risk of polio eight times, two to nine injections raised
the risk 27-fold, and 10 or more injections raised the risk 182 times.
other factors not accounted for in vaccination theory will surface
unexpectedly to reveal unforeseen or previously overlooked consequences?
We cannot begin to fully comprehend the scope and degree of the danger
until public health officials begin looking and reporting in earnest.
In the meantime, entire countries' populations are unwitting gamblers
in a game that many might very well choose not to play if they were
informed about all the rules in advance.
of the assumptions upon which immunization theory and practice are
based are unproven or have been proven false in their application."
diseases are extremely dangerous..."
are they, really?
childhood infectious diseases have few serious consequences in today's
modern world. Even conservative CDC statistics for pertussis during
1992-94 indicate a 99.8% recovery rate. In fact, when hundreds of
pertussis cases occurred in Ohio and Chicago in the fall 1993 outbreak,
an infectious disease expert from Cincinnati Children's Hospital said,
"The disease was very mild, no one died, and no one went to the
intensive care unit."
vast majority of the time, childhood infectious diseases are benign
and self-limiting. They usually impart lifelong immunity, whereas
vaccine-induced immunity is only temporary. In fact, the temporary
nature of vaccine immunity can create a more dangerous situation in
a child's future. For example, the new chicken pox vaccine has an
effectiveness estimated at 6 - 10 years. If effective, it will postpone
the child's vulnerability until adulthood, when death from the disease,
while still rare, is 20 times more likely than in childhood. "Measles
parties" used to be common in Britain; if a child got measles,
other parents in the neighborhood would rush their kids over to play
with the infected child, to deliberately contract the disease and
develop natural lifetime immunity. This avoids the risk of infection
in adulthood that comes with artificial im-munity, when the disease
is more dangerous, and provides the benefits of an immune system strengthened
by the natural disease process.
half of measles cases in the late 1980's resurgence were in adolescents
and adults, most of whom were vaccinated as children, and the recommended
booster shots may provide protection for less than six months. Some
healthcare professionals are concerned that the virus from the chicken
pox vaccine may become "reactivate later in life in the form
of herpes zoster (shingles) or other immune system disorders."
Dr. A. Lavin of the Dept. of Pediatrics, St. Luke's Medical Center
in Cleveland, Ohio, strongly opposed licensing the new vaccine, "until
we actually know...the risks involved in injecting mutated DNA [the
vaccine herpes virus] into the host genome [children]." The truth
is, no one knows, but the vaccine is now licensed, recommended by
health authorities, and quickly becoming mandated throughout the country.
only are most infectious diseases rarely dangerous, they can actually
play a vital role in the developing a strong, healthy immune system.
Persons who have not had measles have a higher incidence of certain
skin diseases, degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, and certain
tumors, while absence of mumps has been linked to higher risks of
ovarian cancer. Anthroposophical medical doctors recommend only the
tetanus and polio vaccines; they believe contracting other childhood
infectious diseases is beneficial in that it matures and strengthens
the immune system.
of childhood diseases are greatly exaggerated in order to scare parents
into compliance with a questionable but highly profitable procedure."
VACCINATION MYTH #6:
was one of the clearly great vaccination success stories..."
New England states reported increases in polio one year after the
Salk vaccine was introduced, ranging from more than doubling in Vermont
to Massachusetts' astounding increase of 642%; other states reported
increases as well. The incidence in Wisconsin increased by a factor
of five. Idaho and Utah actually halted vaccination due to the increased
incidence and death rate. In 1959, 77.5% of Massachusetts' paralytic
cases had received 3 doses of IPV (injected polio vaccine). During
1962 U.S. Congressional hearings, Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the
Dept. of Biostatistics for the University of North Carolina School
of Public Health, testified that not only did the cases of polio increase
substantially after mandatory vaccinations - a 50% increase from 1957
to 1958, and an 80% increase from 1958 to 1959 - but that the statistics
were deliberately manipulated by the Public Health Service to give
the opposite impression. It is important to understand that the polio
vaccine was not universally accepted, at least initially. Despite
this, polio declined both in European countries that refused mass
vaccination as well as in those that employed it.
to Australian re-searcher/author Dr. Viera Scheibner, 90% of polio
cases were eliminated from statistics by health authorities' redefinition
of the disease when the vaccine was introduced, while in reality the
Salk vaccine was continuing to cause paralytic polio in several countries
amidst an absence of epidemics caused by the wild virus. For example,
cases of viral and aseptic meningitis, which have symptoms similar
to polio, were routinely diagnosed and recorded as polio before the
vaccine, but were distinguished and removed from polio statistics
after the vaccine. Also, the number of cases needed to declare an
epidemic was raised from 20 to 35, and the requirement for inclusion
in paralysis statistics was changed from symptoms that lasted for
24 hours to symptoms lasting 60 days (many polio victims' paralyses
were temporary). It is no wonder that polio decreased radically after
vaccines - at least on paper. In 1985, the CDC reported that 87% of
the cases of polio in the U.S. between 1973 and 1983 were caused by
the vaccine, and later declared that all but a few imported cases
since were caused by the vaccine - and most of the imported cases
occurred in fully vaccinated individuals.
Salk, inventor of the IPV, testified before a Senate subcommittee
that nearly all polio outbreaks since 1961 were caused by the oral
polio vaccine. At a workshop on polio vaccines sponsored by the Institute
of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr.
Samuel Katz of Duke University cited the estimated 8-10 annual U.S.
cases of vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP) in people who have
taken the oral polio vaccine, and the [then four year] absence of
wild polio from the western hemisphere. Jessica Scheer of the National
Rehabilitation Hospital Research Center in Washington, D.C., pointed
out that most parents are unaware that polio vaccination in this country
entails "a small number of human sacrifices each year."
Compounding this contradiction are low adverse event reporting and
the NVIC's experiences with confirming and correcting misdiagnoses
of vaccine reactions, which suggest that the actual number of VAPP
"sacrifices" may be 10 to 100 times higher than that cited
by the CDC. Notably, the live poliovirus is no longer in widespread
be sure, polio as it was known in the first half of the 20th century
does not exist today. However, declines following polio peaks in the
late 1940's and early 1950's had been underway for a period of years
by the time the vaccine was introduced.
polio vaccine temporarily reversed disease declines that were underway
before the vaccine was introduced; this fact was deliberately covered
up by health authorities. In Europe, polio declined in countries that
both embraced and rejected the vaccine."
VACCINATION MYTH #7:
child had no reaction to the vaccines, so there is nothing to worry
documented long term ad-verse effects of vaccines include chronic
immunological and neurological disorders such as autism, hyperactivity,
attention deficit disorders, dyslexia, allergies, cancer, and other
conditions, many of which barely existed before mass vaccination programs.
Vaccine ingredients include known toxicants and carcinogens such as
thimersol (a mercury derivative), aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde
(for which the Poisons Information Centre in Australia claims there
is no acceptable safe amount that can be injected into a living human
body), and phenoxyethanol (commonly known as antifreeze). Some of
these ingredients are gastrointestinal toxicants, liver toxicants,
respiratory toxicants, neurotoxicants, cardiovascular and blood toxicants,
reproductive toxi-cants, and developmental toxicants, to name a few
of the known dangers. Chemical ranking systems rate many vaccine ingredients
among the most hazardous substances, and they are heavily regulated.
Even microscopic doses of some of these ingredients are known to be
able to cause serious injury. In addition, some vaccine mediums used
in the production of vaccines contain human diploid cells originating
from human aborted fetal tissue, a fact that might affect many people's
vaccination choices, if they knew this was the case.
historian, researcher and author, Harris Coulter, Ph.D. explained
that his extensive research revealed childhood immunization to be
"causing a low-grade encephalitis in infants on a much wider
scale than public health authorities were willing to admit, about
15-20% of all children." He points out that the sequelae [conditions
known to result from a disease] of encephalitis [inflammation of the
brain, a documented adverse effect of vaccination]: autism, learning
disabilities, minimal and not-so-minimal brain damage, seizures, epilepsy,
sleeping and eating disorders, sexual disorders, asthma, crib death,
diabetes, obesity, and impulsive violence are precisely the disorders
which afflict contemporary society. Many of these conditions were
formerly relatively rare, but they have become more common as childhood
vaccination programs have expanded. Coulter also points out that pertussis
toxoid is used to induce en-cephalitis in lab animals. The pertussis
vaccine's ability to cause brain damage is thus not only known, but
relied upon by clinical researchers studying brain disorders.
German study found correlations between vaccinations and 22 neurological
conditions including attention deficit and epilepsy. Another dilemma
is that viral elements in vaccines may persist and mutate in the human
body for years, with unknown consequences. Millions of children are
partaking in an enormous, crude experiment, and no sincere, organized
effort is being made to track the negative side effects or to determine
the long-term consequences. Since long-term studies on the adverse
effects of vaccines are virtually non-existent, their widespread use
in the absence of informed consent and adequate safety testing constitutes
medical experimentation. As the American Association of Physicians
and Surgeons and the National Vaccine Information Center have pointed
out, this is a violation of the first principle of the Nuremberg Code,
"the centerpiece of modern bio-ethics."
Classen, MD, PhD, founder of Classen Immunotherapies and developer
of vaccine technologies, conducted epidemiological studies around
the world and found vaccines to be the cause of 79% of insulin type
I diabetes in chil-dren under 10. The increase risk ranged from 9%
with the diphtheria vaccine to 50% with the Hepatitis B vaccine. Ac-cording
to Classen, CDC data confirms his findings. However, the implications
of Classen's findings go well beyond diabetes, as his comment in a
1999 issue of the British Medical Journal points out: "The incidence
of many other chronic immunological diseases, including asthma, allergies,
and immune mediated cancers, has risen rapidly and may also be linked
to immunization." The diabetes findings may be only the tip of
Recent studies in the U.S. and England suggest that vaccines cause
au-tism. Mercury poisoning and autism have nearly identical symptoms,
and a single day's vaccination regimen may inject 41 times the level
of mercury known to cause harm. California's au-tism rate has mushroomed
1000% over the past 20 years, with dramatic increases following the
introduction of the MMR vaccine in the early 1980's. England had dramatic
autism increases beginning in the 1990's, following the introduction
of the MMR vaccine there. Some infants receive 100 times the EPA's
maximum allowable amount of mercury through vaccines. In January,
2000, the Journal of Adverse Drug Reactions reported that the MMR
vaccine was not adequately tested and should not have been licensed.
Further reinforcing the suspected vaccine-autism connection is the
fact that many physicians using a systematic mercury-detoxification
regimen with autistic patients have seen dramatic improvements in
the health and behavior of their patients. Today, one out of every
150 children are affected by autism, according to the National Vaccine
Information Center. In the early 1940's, prior to the introduction
of most vaccines in current use, it was considered a rare condition
that few doctors would ever encounter in their practice.
long term adverse effects of vaccinations have been ignored in spite
of compelling correlations with many serious chronic conditions. Doctors
can't otherwise explain the dramatic rise in many of these diseases."
VACCINATION MYTH #8:
are the only disease prevention option available..."
parents feel compelled to take some disease-preventing action for
their children. While there is no 100% guarantee anywhere, there are
viable alternatives. Historically, homeopathy has proven many times
to be more effective than allopathic medicine in the treatment and
prevention of disease. In a U.S. cholera outbreak in 1849, allopathic
medicine saw a 48-60% death rate, while homeopathic hospitals had
a documented death rate of only 3%. Roughly similar statistics still
hold true for cholera today. Recent epidemiological studies show homeopathic
remedies as equaling or surpassing standard vaccinations in preventing
disease. There are reports in which populations that were treated
homeopathically after exposure had a 100% success rate - none of the
treated caught the disease.
are homeopathic kits available for disease prevention. Homeopathic
remedies can also be taken only during times of increased risk (outbreaks,
traveling, etc.), and have proven highly effective in such instances.
And since these remedies have no toxic com-ponents, they have virtually
no side effects. In addition, homeopathy has been effective in reversing
some of the disability caused by vaccine reactions, not to mention
many other chronic conditions with which allopathic medicine has had
safe and effective alternatives to vaccination have been available
for decades. However, they have been systematically attacked and suppressed
by the medical establishment."
are legally mandated and unavoidable..."
the U.S., vaccine laws vary from state to state. While every state
legally requires vaccines, every state also has one or more legal
exemptions from vaccines. School and health officials will seldom
volunteer exemption information, and are sometimes misinformed about
legal exemptions, so it is important to check the laws in your state
to find out exactly what the requirements are. Each state offers one
or more of the following three kinds of exemptions:
Medical Exemption: All 50 states in the U.S. allow for a medical
exemption. However, few pediatricians check for indications of increased
risk before administering vaccines, so it is advisable for parents
to research this matter for themselves if they have reason to believe
that their child may be predisposed to vaccine reactions. Epilepsy,
severe allergies, and a previous adverse reaction in a child or sibling
are but a few of the many conditions in child or family history which
may increase the chances of an adverse reaction, and thus may qualify
for a medical exemption from one or more required vaccines. In general,
though, medical exemptions are difficult to get, may be available
only to those who have already had a serious vaccine reaction or who
have a family history of serious vaccine reactions, may be granted
only for the specific vaccine believed to have caused a previous reaction,
and may be valid only as long as the condition giving rise to the
exemption persists (i.e., may be temporary).
Religious Exemption: 48 states allow for a religious exemption
(all but MS and WV). A state's laws may state that membership in an
established religious organization is required. However, this requirement
has been held unconstitutional in New York federal courts; personal
religious beliefs are sufficient for a religious exemption, regardless
of which religious organization you belong to, or whether or not you
belong to an organized religion at all.... In one case, the plaintiffs
were awarded money damages when the court found that the state had
violated their civil rights by denying them a religious exemption.
Philosophical or Personal Exemption: Approximately 17 states allow
parents to refuse vaccination for personal or philosophical reasons.
is worth noting that exempted children may be banned from attending
schools during local outbreaks. But all schools, public or private,
must comply with state vaccination laws and honor legal exemptions.
best source for a copy of your state's vaccination laws is state health
officials. A phone call to the state Department of Epidemiology or
Immunization (the specific name varies from state to state) may be
all that it takes to get a copy mailed to you. Or, for a small fee,
the NVIC and New Atlantean Press will sell you a copy of your state's
im-munization laws (see contact information at the end of this article).
Statutes can be searched on the internet (for ex-ample, see www.findlaw.com),
but these sources may not reflect very recent changes in the law,
if there have been any. Law libraries and lawyers are, of course,
a good source as well.
exemptions from vaccinations are available for many - but not all
- U.S. citizens."
VACCINATION MYTH #10:
health officials always place the public's health above all other
history is riddled with documented instances of deceit portraying
vaccines as mighty disease conquerors, when in fact vaccines have
had little or no discernable impact on - or have even delayed or reversed
pre-existing disease declines. The United Kingdom's Department of
Health admitted that vaccination status determined the diagnosis of
subsequent diseases: Those found in vaccinated patients received alternate
diagnoses; hospital records and death certificates were falsified.
Today, many doctors still refuse to diagnose diseases in vaccinated
children, and so the "Myth" about vaccine success persists.
Conflicts of interest are the norm in the vaccine industry. Members
and Chairs of the FDA and CDC vaccine ad-visory committees own stock
in drug companies that make vaccines; individuals on both advisory
committees own patents for vaccines under consideration or affected
by the decisions these com-mittees make. The CDC grants conflict-of-interest
waivers to every member of their advisory committee a year at a time,
allowing full participation in the discussions leading up to a vote
by every member whether or not they have a financial stake in the
over vaccine adverse effects and conflicts of interest led the American
Society of Physicians and Surgeons to issue a Resolution to Congress
calling for a "moratorium on vaccine mandates and for physicians
to insist upon truly informed consent for the use of vaccines."
Approved by unanimous vote at the AAPS October 2000 annual meeting,
the resolution made references to the "increasing numbers of
mandatory childhood vaccines, to which children are
information about potential adverse side effects";
the fact that "safety testing of many vaccines is limited and
the data are unavailable for independent scrutiny, so that mass vaccination
is equivalent to human experimentation and subject to the Nuremberg
Code, which requires voluntary informed consent"; and the fact
that "the process of approving and 'recommending' vaccines is
tainted with conflicts of interest."
In an October 1999 statement to Congress, Bart Classen, M.D., M.B.A.,
founder and CEO of Classen Immuno-therapies and developer of vaccine
technologies, stated, "It is clear
that the government's
are driven by politics and not by science.
I can give numerous examples where employees of the US Public Health
appear to be furthering their careers by acting as propaganda
officers to support political agendas. In one case
of a foreign government, who were funded and working closely with
the US Public Health Service, submitted false data to a major medical
journal. The true data indicated the vaccine was dangerous however
the false data that was submitted indicated there was no risk. An
employee of the NIH who manages large vaccine grants jointly published
a misleading letter about the subject with one of these foreign civil
servants. As you are aware it is illegal to falsify data from research
funded by the US government." Dr. Classen recommended that Congress
hire a special prosecutor "to determine if public health officials
are following the laws enacted to ensure vaccines are safe" and
to determine "if public health officials along with manufacturers
are misleading the public about the safety of these products."
France, 15,000 French citizens have sued their government over adverse
Hepatitis B vaccine reactions. Former public health officials there
are serving prison sentences following findings that they did not
follow the law to ensure the safety of the vaccine, and school-age
Hep B vaccination has been discontinued. U.S. military personnel may
be even worse off: "
four letters from the FDA/Public Health
clearly reveal that the anthrax vaccine was approved
for marketing without the manufacturer performing a single controlled
clinical trial." Clinical trials are, of course, absolutely critical
to determining the safety and effectiveness of any pharmaceutical
product. Military per-sonnel have been, and continue to be, unwitting
subjects in unethical experi-ments.
of the public health officials who determine vaccine policy profit
substantially from their policy decisions."
SOME CLOSING REMARKS
the December 1994 Medical Post, Canadian author of the best-seller
Medical Mafia, Guylaine Lanctot, M.D., stated, "The medical authorities
keep lying. Vaccination has been a disaster on the immune system.
It actually causes a lot of illnesses. We are actually changing our
genetic code through vaccination.... 100 years from now we will know
that the biggest crime against humanity was vaccines." After
critically analyzing literally ten's of thousands of pages of the
vaccine medical literature, Dr. Viera Scheibner concluded that "there
is no evidence whatsoever of the ability of vaccines to prevent any
diseases. To the contrary, there is a great wealth of evidence that
they cause serious side effects." Dr. Classen has stated, "My
data proves that the studies used to support immunization are so flawed
that it is impossible to say if immunization provides a net benefit
to anyone or to society in general. This question can only be determined
by proper studies that have never been performed. The flaw of previous
studies is that there was no long-term follow up and chronic toxicity
was not looked at. The American Society of Microbiology has promoted
my research...and thus acknowledges the need for proper studies."
These may be radical positions, but they are not unfounded. The continued
denial and suppression of the evidence against vaccines only perpetuates
the "Myths" of their "success" and, more importantly,
their negative consequences on our children and society. Aggressive
and comprehensive scientific investigation into adverse vaccine events
is clearly warranted, yet immunization programs continue to expand
in the absence of such research. Manufacturer profits are enormous,
while accountability for the negative effects is conspicuously absent.
This is especially sad given the readily available safe and effective
positions asserted above are not coming from a handful of fringe lunatics;
entire professional organizations are speaking out. Criticisms of
vaccines are being sounded by an increasing number of credible and
reputable scientists, researchers, investigators, and self-educated
parents from around the world. Instead, it is public health officials
and die-hard vaccine advocates (many of whom have a financial stake
in the outcome of the debate) who are beginning to lose credibility
by refusing to acknowledge the growing body of evidence and to address
the very real, serious, documented problems.
the race is on. There are over 200 new vaccines being developed for
everything from birth control to cocaine addition. Some 100 of these
are already in clinical trials. Researchers are working on vaccine
delivery through nasal sprays, mosquitoes (yes, mosquitoes), and the
fruits of "transgenic" plants in which vaccine viruses are
grown. With every adult and child on the planet a potential recipient
of vaccines administered periodically throughout their lives, and
every healthcare system and government a potential buyer, it is little
wonder that countless millions of dollars are spent nurturing the
growing multi-billion dollar vaccine industry. Without public outcry,
we will see more and more new vaccines required of us all. And while
profits are readily calculable, the real human costs are ignored or
your personal vaccination decision, make it an informed one; you have
that right and responsibility. It is a difficult issue, but there
is more than enough at stake to justify whatever time and energy it
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of Citizens for Healthcare Freedom (CHF), a nonprofit corporation
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magazine, summer 2000.
2. Claudia's Abundant Life Health Food Market, 09/1999 - 02/2000.
3. Epidemics, Opposing Viewpoints, Greenhaven Press, 1999.
4. birth issues, fall 1999. Canadian magazine of the Association for
Safe Alternatives in Child-birth (ASAC).
5. The Home-Grown Family, spring, fall, winter 1998-99. Christian
6. The Immune Manual, Life and Health Re-search Group, CA, 1997.
7. Hindustan Times and other Indian newspa-pers; two Indian homeopathic
journals, 1997 (according to Sai Sanjeevini Foundation, New Delhi,
8. NEXUS Magazine, October-November 1997. Multinational magazine.
9. Wildfire, spring 1996. US Native American magazine.
10. Numerous grass-roots organizations' news-letters around the world.
1. Sai Sanjeevini Foundation, New Delhi, India.
2. HealthAction Network, UK.
3. Vaccine Information Network, New Zealand.
4. Prometheus (publisher), UK.
5. Medical Missionary Press, NC, USA.
6. Asian Pacific Homeopathic Association, Hong Kong.
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