My last blog, The Myth Of Vaccine Safety, has spread far and wide. I’ve received many thank you’s from parents who were on the fence and looking for information to support what they feel in their guts. I’ve received concerned mail from unvaccinated adults and their mothers asking what they should do now. I’ve heard from doctors also, who realize that they are failing their patients. I’ve gotten thoughtful mail from people on both sides of the divide. Expressing my concern has caused me to be introduced to many vaccine awareness educators. They are all veterans. Some have been fighting for decades. They mostly have painful personal experiences with vaccine injured children. They trusted their doctors and their children were harmed. They are now informed and want others to know what they have learned. Their motives are pure. It is not an anti-vax movement, but an anti vaccine injury movement.
One has to wonder, why this enormous orchestrated response to a not uncommon event? There have been measles outbreaks every year except for 2000. What’s different about this one? Could it have something to do with the impending testimony of William Thompson and the Merck vaccine lawsuits hitting all at once? It’s a good time to spread propaganda. Whipping up fear is good for preserving the myth that our vaccine program makes sense. The media is completely controlled with respect to the controversy. If one were relying on mainstream media for information, you wouldn’t know about the challenges to the integrity and safety of the MMR and other vaccines. You would still be in the comfortable place of believing that the folks at the CDC care about children and know what they are doing. Actually, they do know what they are doing, selling out, even if they are lying to themselves that this is somehow for the greater good.
Or maybe it’s a distraction from recent embarrassments concerning the handling of the Ebola scare and other mishaps, demonstrating an internal problem with both decision making and infection containment. Report: CDC may have exposed a lab worker to Ebola Dec 12, 2014.
Our children are sicker than they have ever been. The American Academy of Pediatrics has failed to protect them. Epidemiologists should be hanging their heads in shame. The vaccine program is failing, due to the toxicity of the formulations and the waning immunocompetence of the population at large. It will only get worse. Millions and millions of parents are questioning what to do, what is safest for their children. It is a very emotional issue with much rational fear, whatever choice is made. It is a parent’s duty to protect their child, over and above the society, especially given the pre-apocalyptic feel of the times we live in. It sure is clear that the media is controlled. Overtones of Orwell’s 1984, or maybe 1933 Germany. Publish the addresses of unvaccinated children on the internet. Jail their parents. Take them away and put them in homes where the parents respect the corporatocracy we live in. Take the licenses of doctors who validate parental concern. After all, what are all these kooks worried about? There were only 434,636 cases of adverse reactions to vaccines reported on VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) between 1990 and 2014, which is what, maybe 10% of the real number? But the media says everyone knows vaccines are perfectly safe.
So what do we do? What would a sane vaccine program look like? What would you do, if you were appointed vaccine tzar? Here are some obvious ones.
For starters, our government agencies, CDC, FDA, NIH need to be purged of scientists with ties to industry. The corruption needs to stop. Until that happens, we have enough evidence to know that anything they say is suspect. They need to regain our trust.
Vaccine court needs to close, so the pharmaceutical industry is forced to take responsibility for their crappy products. The 7th amendment guarantees a jury trial to all American plaintiffs in civil cases exceeding $25 in value. Doctors need to be liable for negligence also, and if tort reform is required for settlement caps, that should happen.
Pharmaceutical companies need to be accountable for fraud, including criminal charges against responsible individuals when harm has occurred, all the way to the top of the food chain. Government scientists who commit fraud also need to go to jail for their crimes.
Aluminum adjuvants have to go or be drastically reduced in size of dose at once and number of doses total. The combined amount of aluminum a child receives at one time and over the course of the first 6 years with the current products and schedule is far too high. It is probably safe for a baby to receive 5 mcg/kg/day and currently, it is possible to give a sanctioned 1200 mcg dose.
Aluminum and glyphosate (Round Up) act synergistically to do harm, so Round Up has to go, for the greater good. We must learn from our history. There is good evidence that environmental toxins, especially DDT, made polio more likely to cause damage. Here is an excellent article on the subject. The Age of Polio: How an Old Virus and New Toxins Triggered a Man-Made Epidemic.
The rest of what I’m going to say is meant to start a conversation. I am not going to attempt to reference, because this is an opinion piece and single sentences could be the subjects of whole blogs. It is for discussion only. These are my thoughts at this moment. It is an enormous subject with a steep learning curve. I’m reading widely and trying to think beyond an all or nothing approach. Would that the people responsible were having this discussion in an honest way that truly was about public health instead of money. I do want to preface the following remarks by saying that I know very brilliant people who have been studying the history of vaccines for a long time and they disagree with what I’m about to say, with very compelling arguments of their own. Probably everybody on both sides of the controversy will be mad at me by the time they finish this blog;-).
I could have easily written a very convincing blog about how there is no such thing as a safe vaccine. The whole idea is based on a faulty premise, that generating antibodies is all there is to immunity. To get this impermanent vaccine induced immunity, a child’s body has to tolerate adjuvants, animal and human cells, foreign DNA contaminants and adventitious viruses. Here is the Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary again. That is a very bad trade off in the case of diseases that are most often benign or that the individual may never encounter. In the case of the childhood viral illnesses of yesteryear, they may have even filled an important roll in priming the immune system. Also, everyone is always talking about herd immunity. Well what about the health of the herd? We have used vaccines and other medical technologies to prevent the herd from being culled, with a consequent reduction in general health.
If I were making the decision now, I would never allow my new baby to be vaccinated. I think that is the safest thing at this moment to help a healthy baby stay healthy, but I do see problems in the future. Right now, unvaccinated children are fairly protected, because the population is still highly vaccinated. But over time, more and more families will opt out and more adults will be susceptible. Poor children will be forced to endure the full schedule, but Americans are stubborn and don’t like to be told what to do. Already many pockets of intellectualism have schools where fewer than half the children are vaccinated. The handwriting is on the wall, if it is educated parents who aren’t buying it. At some point, the diseases are going to come back with a vengeance. These diseases were terrible when introduced to disease naive populations. That may be what we are looking at when they return. We have two generations of people that are disease naive, except for exposure to the attenuated viruses. Over half of them have a chronic illness already. 20% of the patients from the Disneyland outbreak were hospitalized, rather than the historical figure of 10%, though that may have been about doctors being unfamiliar with the disease.
The later this happens, the more it will hit adults and the elderly and it will happen to a population that is increasingly immune dysfunctional. If I had unvaccinated children, I would be trying to figure out how to let them catch mumps, rubella and chicken pox. The literature suggests that there is a benefit to having these viral infections in childhood. Childhood mumps may protect against ovarian cancer (Mumps and ovarian cancer: modern interpretation of an historic association), exposure to chicken pox after initial childhood infection protects against shingles and measles infection protects against allergic illnesses (Allergic disease and atopic sensitization in children in relation to measles vaccination and measles infection). The live vaccines may confer some of the same benefits, but most likely not as strongly and there are many problems with live vaccines, including persistent shedding of infectious virus. Thinking about the origins of the first live virus vaccines is beyond disturbing, in light of what we now know about retroviruses and other adventitious viruses. Some of the original strains are still being used.
We are all a product of our own experiences. My father was a pediatrician and, in the 1950’s, he was afraid of polio and measles. I remember vividly how excited he was to give me the first oral polio vaccine on a sugar cube. In my memory, I was 5 or 6, so late 50’s. His office was attached to our house and to expose me to the usual childhood illness, he would call me in to kiss a sick patient. In the case of measles, he gave me a gamma globulin shot at the same time, so that I would get “modified measles”. I actually remember him telling me that without it, measles could hurt my brain or hearing. I don’t think he said it could kill me, but he knew that was also a possibility, however unlikely.
I actually still have enough faith in the possibilities of modern medicine to believe that safer, cleaner vaccines could be made, if our best and brightest put their heads together, acknowledging the problems with the current products. We have the technology. Maybe it is just wishful thinking on my part, but if we gave very few, very clean vaccines to only perfectly healthy children from low risk families, perhaps we could hold our gains with the most dangerous diseases, polio and measles. These diseases are absent or uncommon now in the developed world, so children could be vaccinated later, say at age 3 or 4, when the highest risk of autism is past, as long as the population remains highly immunized for the diseases we decide are worth targeting. All other vaccines should be optional, for each person to decide with a knowledgeable doctor who obtains proper informed consent for a medical procedure that carries some risk. Vaccinating almost every child for the sake of eradicating a few diseases hasn’t worked and many people have been harmed. Children need to be stratified by risk. One size does not fit all. Trying to vaccinate all adults to provide true herd immunity for these diseases would be a disaster of immense proportions, but that is what your government has in store for you: National Adult Immunization Program Feb 5, 2015. They’ll have to tie me down.
The risk, benefit considerations for vaccines against bacterial pathogens are different. Childhood viral illnesses are the subject of the current debate, but it is worth noting that vaccine failure is much higher with bacterial diseases, because the bugs adapt and colonize the vaccinated person, making them more likely to spread the disease. Acellular pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a nonhuman primate model.
Another important consideration not being talked about much with all the worrying about unvaccinated children being little typhoid Marys, but viral shedding by vaccinated children is dangerous for immunocompromised people, children and adults. Make sure you take a look at: The Emerging Risks of Live Virus & Virus Vectored Vaccines: Vaccine Strain Virus Infection, Shedding & Transmission.
In our new, safer vaccination program, it would be better to forgo the use of live vaccines completely, if possible, as we decided to do in this country in 2000, when we switched to inactivated polio vaccine, since the only cases of polio were coming from the vaccine. The live virus vaccine is still being given in the 3rd world. India has an epidemic of Acute Flaccid Paralysis just as they are being declared polio-free: The Vaccine Myth of “Polio-free” Status – Polio Vaccine Caused 53,000 Paralysis Victims in India Last Year.
Unfortunately for two generations of vaccinated people, they are dependent on more vaccines to keep these diseases at bay. As usual, the pharmaceutical companies sold everybody a bill of goods, creating lifelong customers. Healthy unvaccinated adults whose mothers hoped they would get the diseases in childhood will have tough choices to make going forward. Everyone should be demanding safer, cleaner, single vaccines. There are over 300 vaccines currently in the pipeline. How many will be mandated? It is big money. It is shaping up to be quite a fight.
In Japan, the MMR was banned in 1993, due to excessive complications, 1 in 900 children had adverse reactions. Instead they chose to give measles, mumps and rubella vaccines singly. In the US, there is no single measles vaccine. That might be a good choice for some people right now. Why is that not a choice? Maybe instead of the attenuated rubella vaccine in the MMR, young girls should be offered an exposure to wild type virus, preferably in the form of a kiss.