To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate...

that is the question

June Russell's Health Facts

- Vaccinations -

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"Truth in all its kinds is difficult to win - and truth in medicine is the most difficult of all."

"We are not a free society when we do not question decisions that are being made."

"Parents are becoming educated and realizing that what is touted as safe today may be condemned as dangerous tomorrow, that doctors of equal competence may disagree with each other, and that medicine cannot and should not be legislated."

Vaccination Myths

  • Myth #1 - “Vaccines are completely safe....” or are they?

    One study led to the conclusion that one-half of the SIDS cases - that would be up to 5,000 infant deaths each year - are caused by vaccines, says Viera Scheibner, PhD, in “Vaccination: 100 years of Orthodox Research Shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System.”

     

  • Myth #2 - “Vaccines are very effective...” or are they? (These are only a few of the facts used.)

    In 1989 the CDC reported that among school children, measles outbreaks have occurred in schools with vaccination levels of greater than 98%. They even reported an outbreak in a documented 100% vaccinated population!

    A recent study found that measles vaccination “produces immune suppression which contributes to an increased susceptibility to other infections” {Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology, May 1996}. In the 1993 Chicago outbreak of pertussis cases, 72% of those affected were fully up to date with their vaccinations. Evidence suggests that vaccination is an unreliable means of preventing disease.

     

  • Myth #3 - “Vaccines are the main reason for the low disease rates in the U.S. today...” or is it the vaccines?

    According to the British Association for the Advancement of Sciences, childhood diseases decreased 90% between 1850 and 1940, paralleling improved sanitation and hygienic practices, well before mandatory vaccination programs. Infectious disease deaths in the U.S. and England declined steadily by an average of about 80% during this century (measles mortality declined over 97%) prior to vaccinations.

    The World Health Organization found that the disease and mortality rates in third world countries have no direct correlation with vaccinations procedures or medical treatment, but are closely related to the standard of hygiene and diet. Credit given to vaccinations for our current disease incident has been grossly exaggerated. He also gives many incidences of under reporting of the cases of infectious diseases.

     

  • Myth #4 - “Vaccination is based on sound vaccinations theory and practice...” Or is it?

    There are many documented instances showing that fully vaccinated populations do contract diseases. With measles this actually seems to be the direct result of high vaccination rates.
    {Archives of Internal Medicine 1994}

    According to studies, vaccination depletes vitamin C.

     

  • Myth #5 - “Childhood diseases are extremely dangerous . . .” or are they really?

    Not only are the most infectious diseases rarely dangerous, but they can actually play a vital role in the development of a strong, healthy immune system.

     

  • Myth #6 - “Polio was one of the clearly great vaccination success stories . . .” or was it?

    Vaccines caused substantial increases in polio after years of steady declines, and they are the sole cause of polio in the United States today.

     

  • Myth #7 - “If there is no short-term reaction to vaccination, is there nothing to worry about?”

    Vaccine components include known carcinogens (one of which is formaldehyde). Low grade encephalitis occurs in about 15 to 20% of vaccinated children, says medical historian, researcher and author, Harris Coulter, PhD.

    Viral elements in vaccines may persist and mutate in the human body for years, with unknown consequences. The long term adverse effects of vaccinations have been virtually ignored, in spite of strong correlations with many chronic conditions.

     

  • Myth # 8 - “Vaccines the only option?” Or are they?

    Documented safe and effective alternatives, such as homeopathy, to vaccinations have been available for decades but suppressed by the medical establishment.

    In the December 1994 ‘Medical Post,’ Canadian author of the best-seller “Medical Mafia,” Guylaine Lancet, MD stated, "The medical authorities keep lying. Vaccination has been a disaster on the immune system. It actually causes a lot of illnesses, and we are actually changing our genetic code through vaccination."

    Without public outcry, we will see more and more new vaccines required of us and our children. Whatever your decision, make an informed one.
    {“Dispelling Vaccination Myths” by Alan Phillips, Director of Citizens for Healthcare Freedom, 1998.}
     

Note: The above is only a sample of a few of the facts. If you want further information, write: Vaccine Awareness, P.O. Box 62282, Durham, NC 27715.

Vaccine Safety

Statistics have shown that when presented with a new and different, challenging idea, 96% of the people will spend their time and energy defending their current beliefs and only 4% will embrace the idea as something to seriously consider. When you research vaccination and the vaccine industry, you will find that your “foundation beliefs” regarding vaccines will be seriously challenged. When you begin to study the negative effects - both actual and theoretical - that vaccines have on the immune system, you will likely become a part of the 4% who understand that “truth” about vaccines is not really “The Truth” and that the mandatory vaccination policies currently being enforced must change. Pay attention to the following facts from the CDC and only a cursory review of the literature:

No vaccine has ever been proven to be completely safe; observations for side effects continue for a maximum of 14 days during a “safety study.” Complex problems involving the immune system can take weeks or even months to appear. When a vaccine “safety” study compares a new vaccine to a ‘placebo” to determine the safety of the new vaccine - the “placebo” is not benign. It is another vaccine with a “known safety profile,” and if the new vaccine has the same side effects as the “placebo,” the new vaccine is called “safe.” Vaccines are said to confer protection by causing the development of antibodies, but the CDC says that antibodies don’t necessarily protect us from infection. We want to “believe” that if we receive a vaccine, we will be protected from the infection, however, there are articles in medical journals that document that this is not so.
{“The Belief in Vaccines,” by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO, editor and director of “NextMedForum.com,” and a nationally renowned and respected vaccine expert, 2003}

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny’s three-year investigation into the real story behind vaccines includes:

  • How vaccines can cause illnesses, including autoimmune diseases, allergies, ear infections, and more;
  • The very real link between vaccines and developmental learning and behavioral disorders in children;
  • How vaccines have never been proven safe;
  • The ingredients and contaminants in vaccines and why they are detrimental to health; and
  • How vaccine studies are seriously flawed.

    {“Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Ready for Launch,” mercola.com - Sept. 2003}  Author's note: *A video and cassette is offered on Dr. Tenpenny's Web site.

    There are no medical studies proving the safety of combination vaccines.

    A two-month old baby can get the same amount of vaccine as a fifty-pound child entering kindergarten. Some of the trials are made on children more than 14-months old - but then extended to those who were 2-months old without adequate toxicity tests being done. Allergic children react more strongly to vaccinations and vaccines seem to heighten existing allergic sensitivities.

    The cost-benefit ratio cited has not included the cost of those seriously injured or killed from vaccines. Parents should have freedom of choice, as they are the ones who will have to assume the care of the vaccine-damaged children.

    Routine chicken pox vaccinations (good for 6-10 years) in healthy children may leave them vulnerable to this disease when they are adults, when the death rate can be quite high.
    {“How safe are vaccinations?” by Kristine M. Severyn RPh, PhD, founder and director of the Vaccine Policy Institute, Catholic Twin Circle, June/July 1997}

    The chicken pox vaccination is a relatively new vaccine and it has not been adequately tested for side effects. This is a live vaccine and should not be given to pregnant women or those who may be pregnant, and some experts warn that the live virus in the vaccine could reemerge later in the form of ‘shingles.’ Evidence has linked this vaccine to neurological disorders. Keep a good record of your shots so you won't have to repeat them unnecessarily.
    {“Shots in the Dark,” Natural Health article, Nov./Dec. 1999}

    From "Injecting Some Perspective,” the Washington Post Health, Dec. 5, 2000:

    According to the National Vaccine Information Center:

    • JAMA study this year reported a 4% rate of serious side effects ranging from anaphylaxis (severe allergic shock) to death after receiving the chicken pox vaccine.
    • In 1998, a Scottish researcher found 8 of 12 previously healthy children developed stomach problems and autistic behavior after receiving the MMR vaccine.
    • Other studies showed that vaccines increase diabetes in children, and other studies show a link to the presence of mercury in thimerosol (a preservative in many childhood vaccines) with neurological problems. Parents can request vaccines without thimerosol.
    • In the years between 1990 and 1998 there were 73 deaths in children under 14, and 2,424 reported side effects from hepatitis B vaccine. Study suggests that rheumatoid arthritis can be one of the side effects of a hepatitis B vaccination. We are reminded that side effects are not only underreported but that drug studies only monitored children for four to five days which is an inefficient time to detect autoimmune diseases that can be a side effect.
    • Most vaccine trials don't include sick children and no evidence exists that show it is safe to vaccinate even mildly ill children. However, the CDC says mild childhood illness doesn't compromise vaccine safety or effectiveness and it encourages parents not to let mild illness cause them to fall behind on scheduled vaccinations and risk serious disease.
    • It concedes that the DTaP, which replaced the old DPT vaccine in 1996 causes fewer side effects.

    Effectiveness of Vaccines

    We are wise to be nervous about the safety of the shots that are so casually given to children. Some of the evidence that has been published in the peer-reviewed literature indicates that the shots for the usual childhood diseases are neither safe nor effective. There is good evidence that the shots actually impair the immune system. The shots tie up a large part of the body’s immune function, and there is little left to fight the usual cold or flu.

    In 1993, Cincinnati witnessed an epidemic of whooping cough and 400 children caught it. Eighty percent of them had been immunized.

    Health authorities credit vaccines for disease declines, and assure us of their safety and effectiveness. Yet these seemingly rock-solid assumptions are directly contradicted by government statistics, medical studies, FDA and CDC reports, as well as reputable research scientists from around the world. In fact, infectious diseases declined steadily for decades prior to vaccinations.

    The pneumonia vaccine physicians routinely recommend for all seniors does not reduce the overall risk of the disease, scientists at Group Health Cooperative and their colleagues have found.
    {“Vaccine insufficient for the elderly, study says,” PROVE newsletter, May 1, 2003}

    ‘Cot death’ is a convenient explanation for the mortality from vaccinations. The incidence and mortality from whooping cough fell steadily between 1922 and 1975. In 1978, a nationwide vaccinations initiative was begun. The incidence of pertussis tripled, especially in the age group below six months. We know today with a 98% vaccinations status due to forced vaccination, epidemics of measles still occur at three- to four-year intervals, uninfluenced and unabated by vaccination. This means that the vaccination against measles is totally ineffective.

    The following is a summary from medical papers dealing with vaccination:

    Vaccines are highly noxious substances made up of bacterial or viral components in a solvent. The enormous upsurge in incidence of leukemia and cancer in children since the introduction and mass use of vaccines is well-documented in the medical literature. Vaccines are ineffective in preventing infectious diseases and there is growing evidence that measles in the vaccinated children can often be a much more serious illness than in the unvaccinated. Vaccines, like other noxious substances, do not immunize when injected into the blood stream, rather they sensitize {taken from the Lancet). The upsurge of allergies in children in the past 50 years is the result of repeated multiple injections of foreign antigens in vaccines. Asthma and other autoimmune diseases are another widespread side effect of vaccinations. Vaccine injections represent an enormous and unjustified insult to a young child.

    Moreover, introducing vaccines into the circulation gives them direct access to the major immune organs and tissues without any obvious way to get rid of them. Various elements in the vaccines can stay in the body for long periods of time, some of them permanently, often by incorporating themselves into the genetic material of the hosts’ cells. This provokes a constant effort to expel these foreign substances, leading to a systematic weakening of the immune system. Constant antigenic stimulation of the immune system leads to cancer and a host of other autoimmune diseases. Flu vaccines not only do not prevent influenza outbreaks, they introduce serious and deadly reactions like the Guillain-Barre syndrome and the Legionnaire’s disease.

    The natural polio virus produces no symptoms at all in over 90% of the people who are exposed to it, even under epidemic conditions. The number of reported cases of polio following mass inoculations with the killed virus was significantly greater than before mass inoculations. Even Dr. Salk himself was quoted as saying: “When you inoculate children with a polio vaccine you don't sleep well for two or three weeks.” However, the U.S. Public Health Service was coerced into signing a false proclamation that the polio vaccine was safe and 100% effective.

    Adverse Reactions

    The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is an advocacy group in Vienna, VA. NVIC president Barbara Loe Fisher believes her son’s learning disabilities stem from a severe vaccine reaction. She says that there is not enough research into possible links between vaccines and developmental disorders and chronic disease, nor do parents receive enough information about the potential risks. She worries that bombarding children’s immune system with more and more inoculations could be dangerous.

    U.S. doctors report thousands of serious vaccine reactions each year, including hundreds of deaths and permanent disabilities (the FDA estimates that only about 10% of the adverse reactions are reported), fully vaccinated populations have experienced epidemics, and researchers attribute dozens of chronic immunological and neurological conditions to mass vaccinations programs.  Author's comment: “I urge caution when discussing this subject with doctors, as most have staked their identities and reputations on the presumed safety and effectiveness of vaccines, and thus have difficulty acknowledging evidence to the contrary.”

    The incidences of asthma, autism and autoimmune diseases have increased since these shots have become so common. We can blame diet and pollution, but the shots seem to play a role as well. Dr. Smith wrote that he used to advocate vaccines when he first went into practice in 1951, but noted that many of his patients were still getting the diseases after being fully immunized. He now feels that the best approach is to provide children with optimal immune systems. Vitamin C, A, and E, phytochemicals, and other antioxidants help the immune system fight off diseases naturally.
    {Let’s Live magazine - March 1998 - “Should We Use Vaccines?” Lendon Smith, MD}

    In Sept. 1999, at the First International Public Conference on Vaccination, sponsored by the NVIC, scientists describe how childhood vaccination can provoke genetic and chromosome damage, as well as the connection between vaccines, infant death, and learning disabilities.
    {“Fitness On Line” - Nov. 1999 Natural Health magazine}

    Researchers report in the American Journal of Epidemiology, that children die at a rate eight times greater than average within 3 days of getting a DPT shot.
    {“Vaccination: Prevention or Poison?” Delicious magazine, Sept. 1994, by Kathleen Finn}

    In childhood vaccines there are many extremely toxic substances with a long history of documented hazardous effects - some can lead to cancer, neurological damage and death. Researchers say that this biological matter that is injected into our bodies can change our genetic makeup.

    Childhood vaccinations cause various types of mental retardation ranging from a slight drop in I.Q. to total idiocy; they also generate dyslexia and other reading disabilities. It is no coincidence, therefore when the 1945 generation took the examinations in 1963 for entry into college or into the army, they gave notice of an incipient decline in the American intelligence. And since the tests themselves have become easier, other researchers conclude that the I.Q. decline is 50% worse.

    Mass vaccination for smallpox was discontinued in the U.S., as much because the vaccine caused brain damage and death as because the disease had virtually disappeared. Since a repeal of the draft in 1970, mandatory vaccination remains the only law that requires a citizen to risk his life for his country.

    Medical researchers have estimated that in the U.S. alone, thousands of babies die every year from vaccinations, and hundreds of thousands suffer severe injuries, including seizures, comas, paralysis, apnea and permanent brain damage. It is incredibly misleading for doctors to inform parents that vaccinations present "little or no risk" to their children. Even the manufacturer’s product insert gives many of these dire warnings! Doctors frighten their patients with unlikely possibilities of disease, yet fail to warn of the dangers of the vaccine.

    Vaccines can trigger immune system suppression say clinical researchers who study illness patterns preceding and following vaccination. Vaccines are destroying our immune systems. In response to tetanus vaccine seven of ten individuals became more susceptible to HIV infection, and HIV viral replication increased dramatically in response to this vaccine. The view of the American Academy of Pediatrics is that if this information is given to parents it might alarm or confuse them, and others say that to inform the public about the adverse effects would hinder vaccine campaigns. An uninformed patient is compliant. This cover-up is reminiscent of the tobacco industry’s denial and misinformation campaign about the dangers of cigarettes. Hugh profits are at stake and vaccine manufacturers cannot afford to have their product maligned in a public forum. In every polio epidemic since 1909, DPT injections have caused the onset of polio disease. The DPT vaccine suppresses the body’s ability to fight off the polio virus.

    The Lancet, the Los Angeles Mirror, and Time magazine, reported that the polio epidemic of 1945 to 1954 may have been the result of the widespread DPT vaccinations.
    {“Vaccinations - Deception and Tragedy” - Michael Dye}

    In his book, “Vaccinations; an Informed Choice,” Dr. Daniel Lander states, “There is no doubt in my mind that immunizing children at two to six months of age is the largest cause of upper respiratory infections, allergies and ear infections.”

    Vaccines and Chronic Health Problems

    Some adult vaccinations have been associated with chronic health problems, such as multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other autoimmune disorders, while other vaccines have been known, in rare cases, to actually trigger the diseases they are meant to prevent. The CDC says the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risks, but anti-vaccine advocates say there hasn't been enough research and, unless you are at high risk for an infectious disease, there is no reason to put your health in jeopardy by getting unnecessary vaccinations.

    Richard Moskowitz, MD - “For us to bombard a newborn baby with a whole battery of vaccines as their very first immunological experience I think is reckless beyond measure. I would say it borders on the criminal. Because of my experiences in medical practice, I am sensing and fearing that by making war on specific, acute diseases, we're promoting the incidence of chronic diseases in the population. I call vaccines a sacrament because we don't question their use. Vaccines should be optional for anybody who wants them: those that do, as well as those that don't, should be studied for information.”

    What we have done by artificial vaccinations is essentially to trade off our acute, epidemic diseases of the past century for the weaker and far less curable chronic diseases of the present, with their amortizable suffering and disability.
    {Health Freedom News - May 1984. “How Do The Vaccines Work?” Richard Moskowitz, MD}

    The rate of chronic illness in children has tripled since 1960, possibly due to the overuse of childhood vaccinations. It is healthier for the child to undergo an acute respiratory infection, with appropriate herbal and homeopathic support, than to suppress or preempt it with antibiotics and vaccinations.
    {“Supporting Children’s Health” - Philip Incao, MD, Alternative Medicine Digest, Aug./Sept. 1997}

    According to an article in The Lancet (1985), “Measles Virus Infection Without Rash in Childhood is Related to Disease in Adult Life,” warned that when the measles vaccine prevents the spots and fever from occurring, the measles virus is not destroyed, and can stay in the body throughout adulthood. Because of this, people who did not develop adequate measles rash as a child were found to be more likely to develop degenerative and immuno-reactive diseases.

    Leon Chaitow in his book, “Vaccinations and Vaccinations: Dangers Delusions and Alternatives,” says that there is strong evidence to link vaccines with allergies. For example, those adults receiving flu vaccinations have shown a worsening of allergic symptoms (in one survey this occurred in 6 out of 7 people who were immunized), as well as a worsening of other symptoms. Chaitow also explains the “Provocation” Disease, in which a vaccination against one disease leaves the body more susceptible to another disease. This occurs when there is a latent or incubating infection already present.

    Vaccination, by introducing viruses directly into the blood stream, does not prevent disease but actually pushes the disease into a chronic form and deeper into the body where it attacks vital organs. The result is cancer and other auto-immune and chronic diseases.

    The destructive effects of vaccines on the immune system can persist over an extended period of time. A study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases documented a long-term depressive effect on interferon production caused by the measles vaccine - interferon renders the host resistant to infection. Vaccination of one-year-old infants with measles vaccine showed a decline in immunity for one year following the vaccination. Some investigators are concerned that vaccines could be disabling our body’s ability to react normally to disease, and creating the climate for autoimmune self-destruction. The Institute of Medicine established a Vaccine Safety Committee to report adverse events associated with vaccinations, but the criteria was most rigid and most adverse effects were dismissed as ‘coincidental.

    The CDC advises women of childbearing age to get the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination, since contracting rubella during the first three months of pregnancy will put the fetus at risk of serious birth defects. However, because it is a live vaccine, and could possibly cause the disease it was intended to prevent, it should never be given during pregnancy or to women who are trying to conceive - or those who might already be pregnant. There should be a 3-month waiting time after the shot before conception. A number of measles outbreaks have been documented in populations that were completely vaccinated, and studies have linked the MMR vaccine to an array of chronic disorders.

    An association between asthma and vaccination, as well as studies showing a connection between vaccines and diabetes and autism have sounded alarms among consumers. If vaccines are capable of causing such long-range problems, then perhaps our strategies for disease prevention require evaluation. Perhaps these chronic diseases are the result of the repeated assault on the infant’s immature immune system from the vaccines. Some parents are forming advocacy groups and confronting what they see as coercive medical laws that force vaccinations on their children, vaccines that may be dangerous or unnecessary.

    The vaccine industry and medical textbooks inform us that vaccination is the greatest miracle of preventive medicine, but we perhaps have exchanged acute childhood illnesses for lifelong, chronic damage to the immune system. Authorities usually claim that any onset of symptoms after a vaccination is pure coincidence. There is an illusion of the effectiveness of the vaccines, and criteria have been drastically altered and manipulated so that it appears the numbers are fewer. The fact that a disease has declined in the population is not proof that the vaccine works, for often the disease was already on the decline before the introduction of the vaccine. Only 10% of whooping cough cases were ever diagnosed after the vaccine became widely distributed, so it appeared that the vaccine was effective.

    Recent studies have shown that vaccinations may be at the root of the population’s alarmingly increased autism, ADHD and developmental delays, asthma and eczema. Now new studies have made a connection between increased vaccination and rheumatic disease, Lupus Erythematosus and allergies.
    {“Vaccines: Cure or Dangerous Medicine?” Spectrum - May/June 2000}

    Vaccine Production Procedure

    Vaccine production is a disgusting procedure. To begin, one must first acquire the disease germ - a toxic bacterium or a live virus. To make a live vaccine, the virus must have been weakened for human use. This is accomplished by serial passage - passing the virus through animal tissue several times to reduce its potency. For example, measles virus is passed through chick embryos, polio through monkey kidneys, and the rubella virus through human diploid cells (the dissected organs of an aborted fetus!). Killed vaccines are inactivated through heat, radiation, or chemicals.

    A vaccine is made by acquiring the original disease germ (such as polio, diphtheria, measles, etc.) and then weakening it for human use. The germ is then weakened by a process known as ‘serial passage,’ which involves passing the disease germ or virus through animal tissue, or the aborted tissue of a human, several times to reduce its potency. For example, the germ that creates the measles virus is passed through chick embryos; the polio virus through monkey kidneys; and the rubella virus is injected into the dissected organs of an aborted human fetus. To make the diphtheria vaccine, diphtheria serum is injected into the jugular vein of a horse over a six-month period. When the horse is sufficiently ill from diphtheria, a large amount of blood is withdrawn from the horse to make diphtheria vaccine. The weakened germ is then mixed with antibody boosters, stabilizers, drugs, antibiotics and toxic disinfectants. In addition these formulas have been found to be contaminated with animal viruses and foreign genetic material. Many examples given of those who have been vaccinated having the disease.

    Toxins in Vaccines

    The diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines are generally combined in a single formula (DPT). Both the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines are ‘stabilized’ using formaldehyde - a known carcinogen. Each dose of DPT also contains mercury and aluminum - both toxic to humans.

    Reporting Vaccine Reactions

    The FDA recently reported that 90% of the doctors do not report vaccine reactions. In the 7 years from 1990 to 1997 more than $802 million had been awarded for hundreds of injuries and deaths caused by mandated vaccines. Thousands of cases are still pending, but for the majority of claimants there is no money available.

    The name “Hot lots” is given when particular ‘lots’ of vaccines are toxic (defined by 10 reports of illness, or two reports of seizures, or two reports of death), and if it is ‘hot’ then it is supposed to be withdrawn from the market. The problems of removal are because many doctors do not report reactions or keep a record of the manufacturer’s name nor lot and batch number of the vaccines they purchase and deliver. Other ‘lots’ drawn from a defective batch cannot easily be found. This book not only gives examples of how minimizing the dangers of serious reactions by officials has resulted in injury and death to children, but also the added risks of vaccines when there is a lack of proper temperature control.

    The FDA estimates that less than 10% of physicians report vaccine adverse reactions, so when parents are told that the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks, no one knows what the true risks are.

    Because 90% of the doctors do not file reports of adverse reactions to vaccines as required by law, the statistics do not accurately reflect the damage being done by vaccines. Added to this we have the government down-playing the damage and exaggerating the benefits. After vaccines were introduced, the definition of a disease and the length of time of the symptoms were changed.

    In the U.C.L.A. - FDA SIDS study in 1981, only those children who died within 48 hours after a vaccination were counted, even though they became ill immediately after the shot. Also infants whose reactions included convulsions and collapse were excluded because their reactions were not severe enough.

    The practice of redefining a disease when it is contracted by an immunized person is not new - if a person who has been vaccinated contracts the disease, then the disease is simply recorded under a different name. Doctors often justify their refusal to report vaccine reactions by merely claiming the shot had nothing to do with the child’s injury or death, and medically trained coroners rarely list the cause of death as being from vaccination.

    Vaccination Policies and Practices in other Countries

    In 1998 France became the first country to end hepatitis B vaccination requirements for schoolchildren after numerous reports of chronic arthritis, symptoms resembling multiple sclerosis, and other serious health problems following the hepatitis B vaccination. The rotavirus vaccine was licensed for use in children to combat viral diarrhea but was taken off the market in less than a year because of reports that as many as 99 infants developed a life-threatening bowel obstruction after receiving the vaccine - two of these babies died.

    The West Germans and several other countries have made vaccinations optional, and no epidemics have occurred. Vaccinations essentially suppress the immune system.
    {The Vaccination Debate - “Modern Miracle or Time Bomb?” Natural Health - Nov./Dec. 1997}

    The connection between the AIDS epidemic and smallpox and polio vaccination has been well established. All countries with intensive or mandatory vaccination of infants experienced a 400% increase in the incidence of cerebral palsy in the last 50 years (where the problem was not diagnosed at birth).

    Vaccination is the single biggest cause of ‘cot death.’ When Japan moved the vaccination age up to two years, cot deaths, following DPT injections, disappeared in that country. Japan zoomed to having the lowest incidence of infant mortality in the world. When approaching pediatricians with the research, the author was shocked to find that they did not want to hear anything negative about children’ vaccinations. Vaccinations are one of their primary sources of revenue.

    Even in 1969, a group of Swiss doctors questioned the use of trying to suppress fever instead of recognizing its importance in the healing process.

    Vaccines, Big Business and The Profit Motive

    At least seven childhood vaccinations are legally required - and more on the way if the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has its way - for admission to school, which assures drug manufacturers a stable, ready-made market. There is also a tremendous market for yearly flu vaccines. Often when vaccine experts leave the government they either go to a related medical field or go to work for a pharmaceutical manufacturer.

    “Take all the profit out of manufacturing and administration of serums and vaccines and they soon would be condemned, even by those who are now using them.”
    {Dr. George S. White, MD - World Wide Web}

    When the use of certain products is shown to greatly increase a disease, those who stand to profit from these will discredit valid scientific research. An example of this is the case of a Dr. Benjamin Sandler who, in 1948, detailed a connection between polio and an excessive amount of sugars and starches, which leach calcium from the body. He found that a serious calcium deficiency preceded polio. Responding to the warnings through newspapers and radio, North Carolinians reduced their sugar intake by 90%, and the N.C. Health Department reported a decrease in polio by the same percentage during 1949. However, the Coca Cola and the Rockefeller Milk Trust, whose sales were plummeting, combined forces and convinced the people that Sandler’s findings were a myth and the polio figures a fluke. By the summer of 1950 sales were back to normal and the polio cases were back to normal!

    Vaccines are big business for revenues from vaccines and total more than $1 billion in the U.S., and 3 billion worldwide. This figure will increase in the next few years. To ensure continuing profits, vaccine manufacturers conduct their own research, pay for ad campaigns encouraging parents to get the shots, and foot the bill for state legislation to mandate each vaccine for every child in America. Drug companies enjoy a guaranteed market for their product, and in many states parents are threatened with imprisonment or removal of their child from their home if they refuse to vaccinate. Doctors employed by drug companies also advise government recommendation panels, and the same physicians who write position papers for the American Academy of Pediatrics are also paid consultants for vaccine manufacturers. Your pediatrician is not allowed to question vaccine utilization. Liability issues, boards of medical examiners and the policies of HMO's govern the doctor’s recommendations. Step outside this set of rules and they risk their jobs or licensing.

    Economic interests have spurred the adoption of a chickenpox vaccine, not our concern for the well-being of our children. The most frequently stated purpose of the chickenpox vaccine is not to protect children from this benign childhood illness but to keep parent at their jobs rather than missing a few days of work to care for a sick child at home.

    The drug companies are protected from legal action. The zealous rush to bring new vaccines to the market, heedless of the damage inflicted in the name of prevention, can set the stage for the unwitting destruction of our population’s health, a result that may continue to remain a hidden cause of widespread immune system failure and autoimmune disease.
    {“Do Vaccines Disable the Immune System?” Randall Neustaedter, OMD, 1996}

    Vaccination and Politics

    “Political immunology” is the practice of applying political pressure through the press and other media for political ends, sometimes with incomplete and distorted versions of medical facts, often discrediting anyone who questions the safety of the vaccine. These political immunologists are quick to minimize the problem and convince the general public that things would be much worse without the mandatory mass vaccination program. If a doctor openly disagrees with medical procedures, he then risks being ostracized by his colleagues. Editors tend to print pro-vaccine articles in medical journals, which can only be challenged in letters - they will not print anti-vaccine articles.

    However, mothers are getting smarter and scare tactics are not convincing them that the vaccines are safe. Parents must evaluate the role they play in allowing doctors to inject their children with a vaccine about which so very little is known, and permitting elected representatives to pass laws that require it.

    A statement by Clinton Miller (given in testimony before the House of Representatives): "A mass vaccination program carries a built in temptation to oversimplify the problem, to exaggerate the benefits, to minimize or completely ignore the hazards, to discourage opposition, to create an urgency where none exists, and to continue support of a vaccine long after it has been discredited."
    {“Why Vaccination Persists” - Nov. 1999 - World Wide Web}

    Fear and intimidation are powerful weapons to make parents submit to this barbaric, unscientific and totally unnecessary procedure. Parents must realize that illness is good for the health and development of children, and they must allocate the time and patience to allow the infectious diseases to take their natural course. Above all, parents have the moral and legal obligations to ensure health, and their loyalty should be to these children - not with their peers or the medical system.
    {“Vaccination - 100 Years of Orthodox Research shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System,” by Viera Scheibner, PhD}

    Some authorities argue that parents should vaccinate their children to protect society as a whole from epidemics. But if the vaccinations offered true immunity only the unvaccinated would become ill. Our medical policy-makers have lobbied for laws against freedom of choice, and they have had a pattern of coercion and denial - and sadly many parents pay for this with the health or life of their own child. The family and society are both victims of vaccination programs forced on them by state legislatures that are too responsive to medical opinion and medical organizations. Even TV and radio are now encouraging adults to get vaccinated!

    Vaccinations and Larger Effects on Society

    Society’s increasing production of neurological defectives has caused a remarkable upsurge in crime. (Examples are given connecting problems to the 1965 vaccination program making it obligatory) What kind of ‘science’ is it that inflicts neurological damage on several hundred thousand children a year?

    The first corrective measure, which should be taken at once, is to suspend all childhood vaccinations pending an investigation of their true impact on the public health. When and if these programs are resumed, the ‘shots’ should be voluntary, not compulsory.
    {“Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality, The Medical Assault on the Brain.” by Harris Coulter}

    Teachers complain that nearly all of their students are cognitively inferior and have shorter attention spans when compared to the kids they taught in the 60’s. In an attempt to please the school administrators, who are often blamed for declining scores, test makers have been ‘dumbing down’ their tests since the 60's.

    Disease Decline Due to Vaccinations?

    The medical establishment and government officials credit vaccines for a decline in disease, yet are directly contradicted by government statistics, medical studies, the FDA and CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports, as well as reputable research scientists from around the world.

    According to the National Vaccine Information Center; infectious diseases declined steadily for decades prior to vaccinations, U.S. doctors report thousands of vaccine reactions each year, including hundreds of deaths and permanent disabilities, fully vaccinated populations have experienced epidemics, and researchers attribute dozens of chronic immunological and neurological conditions to mass vaccination programs.

    The documented truth is that the incidence of, and mortality from, any infectious disease which decimated populations in Europe only some 100 years ago declined by 90% before any vaccine had ever been used in mass proportions. Diseases like bubonic plague and scarlet fever disappeared without any vaccination at all. The mass vaccination for diphtheria was followed by unprecedented diphtheria epidemics - in fully vaccinated subjects.

    Immunity from Natural Disease versus Immunization

    From “Integrative Medicine,” lecture by Mitch Fleisher, MD, a board-certified family physician with over 20 years’ experience. He is a clinical instructor at the University of Virginia and at the Medical College of Virginia, and specializes in homeopathy, botanical medicine and nutrition:

    “Over the years it has been discovered that getting the natural disease has some definitive survival value, as opposed to getting the artificial disease from vaccines. Getting the natural disease strengthens us over all and prevents chronic disease, and in my experience - and those of my colleagues as well - when children have been brought up unvaccinated they tend to be healthier and more robust than those who have been vaccinated.”

    For more information, see Mitch Fleisher's web site at Alternative MedCare.

    One of the problems with vaccinations is that they can weaken the total immune system as much as from 30 to 70% of its total immunological reserve, while the body is experiencing a disease would only use 2 to 7% while fighting a specific virus.

    Immunity and Aging

    There is a slow, steady, decrease in immunity after young adulthood. When the body is exposed to bacteria or other microorganisms (by an actual exposure or by immunization) fewer protective antibodies are formed at a slower rate. Although the number of T cells does not decrease with aging, T cell function decreases, which causes a weakening of the immune system. Aging changes result in flu shots or other immunizations being less effective, and protection may not last as long as expected. The immune system becomes less able to detect malignant cells and infection risk is greater.
    {“Aging changes in immunity,” www.thirdage.com - Sept. 2003. Article reviewed by Stephen Angelo, MD, Yale School of Medicine.}

    Influenza

    Joe Graedon: "I've heard from people who did get their flu shots and they still have come down with influenza, really feeling bad, having headaches and fever, and muscle aches. Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the Health Research Group advised not to use the new flu drugs because they are not very effective. There are some reports that pain relievers like aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen, may increase viral replication."
    {Joe Graedon, People’s Pharmacy (popular health program on Public Radio), Jan. 22, 2000.}

    Information from Dr. Severyn’s pamphlet on “Flu Shots: Do They Really Work?” and from her newsletters:

    Congress and the American taxpayer have been defrauded about the alleged advantages of flu shots. Instead of being an effective prevention, evidence indicates that flu shots may be worthless. The benefit is for those who make money from them.

    As far as the flu shots are concerned, the medical community seems divided about their appropriateness. While some research has shown that these vaccinations may be beneficial for the elderly or immuno-compromised individuals, other research suggest that these shots are most ineffective. According to Richard Judelsohn, MD, Associate Chairman of the New York State Vaccinations Advisory council, 30% of these vaccines are not effective. Flu and pneumonia vaccines are 50 to 60% ineffective.

    The influenza shot prevents the flu in only about 30 to 40% of the elderly population. In fact, getting vaccinated could give these people a false sense of protection - which might lead them to be less cautious. The flu shot does not protect a person from getting a host of other upper-respiratory-tract infections that also commonly circulate during the winter season. Although the CDC claims the flu vaccine is safe, a large body of anecdotal evidence shows a link between the flu shot and Guillain-Barre syndrome (which causes muscle weakness, pain and paralysis).

    The 1976 Swine Flu Fiasco: Medical officials warned that the ‘swine flu’ would be one of the worst epidemics in medical history, and millions of dollars were appropriated by Congress to develop and administer a vaccine to prepare for this ‘killer flu.’ Only a total of six cases were reported, but the swine flu vaccine caused a reported 565 cases of Guillain-Barre paralysis, 30 to 60 deaths and numerous other problems, including blindness and impotency.

    Although improvements have been made in flu vaccines since 1976, all flu vaccines are capable of causing Guillain-Barre.

    An article in the Lancet on “Vaccinations and the control of influenza,” described the effect of an influenza vaccination on a Post Office staff. After comparing absences due to sickness in over 50,000 employees in both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, it was concluded that the flu shots did not result in a significant reduction in flu. The effectiveness levels of flu vaccine can be down as low as 30%. Ever since the flu vaccine was introduced, published reports of ineffectiveness and adverse reactions, including deaths, were filling medical journals. Mass influenza vaccinations programs, just as for other vaccinations programs, instead of protecting, actually predisposed many people to the disease and made them susceptible through the process of sensitization to serious and even fatal outcomes.

    Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks (even in different parts of the U.S.) coincide with flu vaccine injections. Humanity has not really become wiser or more scientific for all its technical progress.

    --- FluMist Nasal Flu Vaccine ---

    MedImmune Inc. will soon launch its nasal spray flu vaccine, the first needle-free flu vaccine, supported by a $25 million direct-to-consumer marketing campaign, the largest ever for a vaccine. The nasal vaccine, called FluMist, contains a live virus while the standard shot contains a dead virus. The live virus could pose a threat to those with weakened immune systems, so FluMist is approved only for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49.
    {Washington Post, Sept. 10, 2003}

    However, Wyeth, the partner vaccine maker, will be spending another $75 million to promote this vaccine to doctors, for a grand total of $100 million. They anticipate making a cool $1 billion. The ‘experts’ will use fear to motivate people to get a flu vaccine, but flu shots don’t prevent illness. The flu vaccine can actually weaken the immune system and make you more predisposed to the disease. People are dying from the flu because they are already sick and have compromised immune systems.

    Physicians occupy a privileged and respected position in our society and they must assume extra responsibility for what they do and say. Doctors are discouraged from doing research on the risks of vaccinations because of the impossibility of getting the research published. The editorial boards of reputable journals are full of vaccine policymakers, recipients of federal vaccine-research grants, and paid consultants to vaccine manufacturers. When refusing to print anti-vaccine articles, the editorial boards need only to say that the research is below “accepted standards.”

    For additional information on FluMist vaccine, see FluMist: What you should know about the FluMist vaccine on this Web site.

    Hepatitis B

    Instead of emphasizing a healthy, wholesome lifestyle as the best prevention against hepatitis B disease, including refraining from illicit drug use and premarital sexual intercourse, the federal government targets middle schools for government mass hepatitis B vaccination programs. It is unjust to require persons who practice premarital chastity to submit themselves to vaccine risks for diseases they will likely never encounter. Because of the incomplete knowledge of the long-term safety and effectiveness, compulsory vaccination laws essentially employ children as involuntary medical research subjects, in direct violation of the Nuremberg Code (whose first and most important tenet is voluntary consent).

    The CDC estimates that it will take 20 to 30 years of routine infant and pre-teen hepatitis B vaccinations to determine if the campaign actually results in decreased incidence of disease.

    The hepatitis B vaccine can produce neurological symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis, says Burton Waisbren, MD, a vaccine researcher, and he suggests that people not get the hepatitis B vaccine unless they have a known risk factor. Medical journals have documented many cases of autoimmune disorders of the central nervous system from the hepatitis B vaccine.

    Hepatitis B contains a vaccine preservative which contains mercury.
    {Newsweek - Sept. 13, 1999 - “Necessary Shots?”}

    As is true of all foreign antigens, hepatitis B vaccine affects the newborns’ liver, which may become dysfunctional for 14 days or more after the injection.

    Smallpox

    Not too long ago Fox news showed us a picture of a man who was covered with smallpox pustules on his arms, face, legs and abdomen. He looked like a monster from another world. However, I know that the cause of those ugly marks was the drug treatment, carbolic acid that had been used to kill the supposed germ that caused the eruptive rash. Who are the terrorists, the pharmaceutical companies or the Taliban? It is claimed by medical historians that the vaccination process wiped out smallpox all over the world. However, the truth is that compulsory vaccination was abandoned because more deaths were caused by the vaccinations than there were cases of smallpox. A slight of the hand trick was used to foster the claim that smallpox was eradicated by the vaccination practice. Everyone who had been vaccinated and who developed smallpox was diagnosed as having chicken pox! Edward Jenner, a notorious fake and quack, is credited with having ‘discovered’ vaccination. However, it was a practice of many ancient peoples, including savage and barbaric tribes in various parts of the world. But, due to its proven evils, one of which was an increase in smallpox in England, the practice was abolished in 1840. James Phipps, the 8-year old boy vaccinated by Jenner in 1986, died at the age of 20. He had been re-vaccinated twenty times. Jenner’s own son had also been vaccinated more than once and died at age 21. Both succumbed to tuberculosis, a condition that some researchers have linked to the smallpox vaccine.

    After the skin eruptions, the fever subsides and the patients would normally be on the road to recovery were it not for the suppressive medications given by the doctor. All the various treatments to kill microbes that are supposedly causing the disease, are killing the patient. They are not permitting the body to eliminate toxins or restore the blood and tissues to their normal healthy condition. Getting rid of the rash by ‘rash’ means, or to doctor it in any way, is the disastrous blunder that causes horrible side effects, more disease, and even death. Smallpox is a disease of the person who overeats on a daily basis, especially on animal foods. When diseases are ‘treated’ the body is inundated with toxic substances and it may shut down.
    {See details on chetday.com/naturalhygienesmallpox.htm by Dr. Vivian Virginia Vetrano. Dr. Vetrano holds degrees in homeopathy, and medicine and studied naturopathy. The author of many articles, she studied radiation biology at Trinity University as an undergraduate.)

    Records show that 90% of all smallpox occurred after the individual was vaccinated. The credit of vaccination is kept up statistically by diagnosing all cases of smallpox - after being vaccinated - as pustular eczema or something else. Of all the school-age cases of measles in the U.S. in 1984, 58% had been vaccinated for measles. Research has demonstrated that approximately 25% of those vaccinated against rubella show no sign of immunity five years later. One example given was of 80% of all army recruits who had been vaccinated against rubella just four months earlier still contracted the disease.

    What Can You Do?

    Since some vaccinations are mandatory, the following steps have been recommended for those who are concerned and want to help minimize the dangers from vaccinations:

    1. If possible, have the children’s mandatory shots at the upper age allowed. This lessens the health risks for the child and, because the immune system is more developed, improves antibody response.
    2. Give vitamin C before they have inoculations.
    3. In order for harmful effects to be minimized or eliminated, be under the care of a Homeopathic physician prior to vaccination.
    4. Use preventive methods. There are several ways you can protect yourself against contagious diseases. Wash your hands (with soap and water) several times a day. Wash dishes in very hot water, and keep the kitchen surfaces and common areas (such as the bathroom) clean. Boost your body’s immune defenses by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, taking vitamins/herbs/supplements, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep.

    Get political and contact ‘Health Freedom’ organizations to give them your support. Write letters, speak out, and share the information in this article with others. Our medical policy-makers have lobbied against our freedom of choice with a pattern of coercion and denial, responding more to politics and money than a regard for our health. Parents have the moral and legal obligation to ensure their children’s health, and their loyalty should be to them, not with the medical system.

    Not only has your right to choose been taken away when vaccinations are mandatory, but facts about the risks of vaccination are being suppressed so few are aware of the many risks.

    Rarely, if ever, will you see a medical journal print negative facts about vaccinations. No matter how valid the studies, most conventional physicians will not listen to any facts that call their judgment into question. Without public outcry, more and more vaccinations will be required. Read books, health magazines, newsletters, etc. that give balanced coverage on issues that concern you. Explore Web sites and be informed so you can make responsible decisions about your health and the health of your children.

     


    More than 70 people are suing the maker of a vaccine against Lyme disease, alleging that they failed to warn them of the known risks.
    {“Vaccine Victims” by Ephrat Livni, abcnews.com, 5/17/00}

     

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vaccines for 10 diseases in a baby’s first 18 months of life, and that doesn't include booster shots. Make an informed choice and learn about the risks.

    Few parents are prepared to arrive at their own conclusions regarding the vaccine decision. They tenaciously, almost religiously, trust their doctors and pediatricians, and they are afraid to ask questions or even consider all of their options.

    Many medical experts not only refuse to take vaccinations but refuse to let their families be subjected to the dangers of vaccination. This makes a very powerful statement. Researchers have identified an actual lowering of the body’s resistance resulting from vaccinations.

     


    What can you do? You can read books and visit web sites and not blindly accept the recommendations of the pediatricians/doctors. Educate yourself and then weigh the risks. The schools may tell you that your child will not be admitted without vaccinations but all states allow a philosophical exemption to vaccinations, and all states but Mississippi allow a religious exemption. A religious exemption should be worded to conform to the language of the law, so a parent would need to get a copy of your state’s Vaccinations regulation from the health department. Attorneys who specialize in this area can help you obtain a religious exemption.

    For more information:
    Books

    • “The Vaccine Guide: Making a More Informed Choice,” by Randall Neustaedter (North Atlantic Books 1996)
    • “Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?” by Neil Z. Miller (New Atlantean Press, 1992)
    • “Vaccinations Theory vs. Reality: Expose on Vaccinations,” by Neil Miller (New Atlantean Press,” 1995)
    • “What Every Parent Should Know About Childhood Vaccinations,” by Jamie Murphy (Earth Healing Products, 1993)
    • “The Vaccinations Resource Guide,” by Diane Rozario, 1998 (Patter Publications, P.O. Box 204, Burlington, IA 52601)

    Web sites:

    • Health World Online - http://healthy.net/vaccine
    • Vaccine Information & Awareness - http://access1.net/via
    • National Vaccine Information Center - http://909shot.com

    Articles

    • “Vaccines - Does your child really need them?” Randall Neustaedter, OMD, LAc (Family Health Special, Let’s Live magazine, April 2000)

       

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