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More on Vaccines

Hindsight is 20/20, but I wish I knew this information 5 years ago.  Standing out to me from the article below:

Are all the ingredients in vaccines safe? The truth is that vaccine ingredients have not been tested for safety in doses given to human infants either singularly or in combination for co-toxicity. The list of ingredients in vaccines includes but is not limited to: mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, cells from aborted fetuses, cells from monkey kidneys, chicken embryos, viruses, antibiotics, yeast, polysorbate 80 and detergents

From http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/vaccinations

Vaccinations

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Written by Leslie Manookian
July 18 2012

The Ongoing Debate

Vaccinations, what a topic! They rank right up there with politics and religion as things not to discuss around the Thanksgiving table. Vaccinations are sure to elicit emotional responses from most people, though generally these responses are based largely on belief and lore rather than facts and hard science. It is easy to understand why the subject is so charged given that all parents would want to protect their children. And of course all people, even those who aren’t parents, want to believe there is a way to protect themselves from the dangers of life, which makes it easier for vaccine makers and policy makers to spread fear and sell products that promise a safer existence.

But do we really understand all there is to know about vaccines? Are those who ask questions about vaccines really fringe lunatics or are they perhaps more informed than the masses and using this information and their intelligence, combined with a healthy diet, to choose another path to health? In this heated debate, it is imperative that we parse fact from fiction so that we can all make genuinely well-informed decisions about our health and well-being.

My film, The Greater Good, does just that. The Greater Good weaves together the stories of families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccination with the perspectives of doctors and scientists from around the world. Our tagline for the film is “If you think you know everything about vaccines… think again.” The film shares different perspectives on vaccinations to help the viewer understand what we know and don’t know about vaccine science, and shows that parents who ask questions about vaccines or forgo them for their children are not crazy or ill-informed. The film also shows that vaccines may be responsible for the epidemic of chronic illness that plagues our planet today.

So let’s address the facts of what we do and don’t know about vaccines today as we begin to reconsider this controversial topic.

HOW MANY?

How many vaccines do kids get today? A child receiving all the recommended vaccines and boosters today receives:

• Twenty-six doses of nine vaccines by the first birthday;

• Forty-eight doses of fourteen vaccines by age six;

• A total of seventy doses of sixteen vaccines by age eighteen.

This is almost three times the recommended number of shots recommended by the CDC in 1983:

• Eleven doses of four vaccines by the first birthday;

• Twenty-two doses of seven vaccines by age six;

• A total of twenty-three doses of eight vaccines by age eighteen.1

VACCINES FOR ADULTS

Is vaccine safety just an issue for new parents? No. The CDC is now recommending a flu shot every year from cradle to grave as well as many adult booster shots for childhood diseases and new vaccines such as shingles. The pharmaceutical industry has an estimated two hundred vaccines in development for use in many population groups, not just children.

VACCINE SAFETY

Are vaccines safe? A large, long-term clinical study comparing the medium or long-term health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated groups of people has never been done. Moreover, while vaccines are often given simultaneously, with as many as ten vaccines given in one visit, safety studies do not evaluate the safety of simultaneous shots. Nor have the different ingredients of human infant vaccines taken individually or in combination been evaluated in large, long-term clinical studies. Until these studies are done, it is not possible to fully answer this question.

THE RISKS

What kinds of risks am I taking if I vaccinate my child?

Like all pharmaceutical products, vaccines carry risks. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, signed by President Ronald Reagan, acknowledged that vaccines can cause injury or death. It sets up a trust fund for resolving vaccine injury and death claims and provides compensation to those found to be injured by vaccines.

Recent research has shown neurological damage including motor function deficits, cognitive impairment, and behavioral changes in mice given the aluminum in vaccines.2 Research has also shown impaired immune function and autoimmune disease in humans following administration of these same compounds.3,4 Despite these findings, large scientific gaps remain; until those gaps are filled, the overall safety of vaccines is difficult to assess.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

How often do adverse vaccine reactions occur?

A large, long-term clinical study comparing the health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated patients has never been done therefore this question is difficult to assess. In addition, most vaccine trials last only a few weeks so many reactions may be unknown. Furthermore, the U.S. has a system called the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) to monitor vaccine reactions. VAERS is a passive reporting system and the CDC states that underreporting “is one of the main limitations of passive surveillance systems, including VAERS. The term underreporting refers to the fact that VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events.”5

COMMON REACTIONS

Doctors often say that reactions such as swelling, soreness, tenderness and a lump at the injection site, fever, fussiness, tiredness, and vomiting after vaccination are normal and nothing to worry about. Is this true?

While most of these reactions may seem benign on the surface, it is not known for certain what causes these reactions and whether they reflect some deeper problem. In The Greater Good, Dr. Lawrence Palevsky states that no studies exist to determine what happens to the body’s systems and tissues when a vaccine is given. In the making of the film and while conducting screenings, we have come across many parents who said their child had these “normal” reactions after a round of vaccines but never was quite the same again and went on to develop a learning disability, allergies, ADHD, or another type of chronic disease.

VACCINE INGREDIENTS

Are all the ingredients in vaccines safe? The truth is that vaccine ingredients have not been tested for safety in doses given to human infants either singularly or in combination for co-toxicity. The list of ingredients in vaccines includes but is not limited to: mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, cells from aborted fetuses, cells from monkey kidneys, chicken embryos, viruses, antibiotics, yeast, polysorbate 80 and detergents.6 While the amount of mercury has been reduced in most vaccines, it is still used in the manufacturing process and trace amounts (less than 1 mcg) still exist after filtering.7 Moreover, most flu vaccines still contain 25 mcg of mercury.8

Mercury is a well-known neurotoxin and is particularly damaging to the brain of a developing fetus or child.9Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.10

ADJUVANTS

Adjuvants are substances added to vaccines to stimulate an immune response because without adjuvants, the vaccines do not work. Aluminum is the adjuvant most commonly used in vaccines. In their study, “Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants: Are They Safe?” published in Current Medicinal Chemistry, Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw write: “Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost eighty years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. . . Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences.”11

VACCINE STUDIES

Are vaccines properly studied for safety and effectiveness?

Vaccine studies often last just a few weeks and focus on efficacy, namely whether the vaccine being studied stimulates the “desired” immune response in the blood. The pharmaceutical company developing the vaccine conducts the studies and then submits them to the FDA for approval for licensure.

Most seriously, the study is allowed to use another vaccine or a liquid containing an adjuvant such as aluminum as the placebo.12 This way, the vaccine producer can say that the vaccines cause no more adverse reactions than a placebo.

The complete vaccine schedule has not been studied for safety nor have all the various possible combinations of vaccines that might be administered on a single day.

PHYSICIAN KNOWLEDGE

Do doctors know all there is to know about vaccines and their safety?

Doctors are taught that vaccines are safe and effective; they are not taught how vaccines are studied, the components of vaccines, or the gaps in research. Doctors are taught that decades of clinical use of vaccines have demonstrated their safety and that vaccine side effects are rare, but there are no large, long-term clinical trials comparing the health and well being of those vaccinated to those unvaccinated to back up these assumptions.

RELATIVE RISK

Aren’t vaccines safer than getting the diseases?

This is a very difficult question to assess, as we don’t know the longterm health outcomes of the vaccine schedule. Given that we only have a passive surveillance system to determine adverse reactions, we don’t know the true numbers of reactions that occur. Many diseases vaccinated against today were considered fairly benign in past decades (flu, chicken pox, mumps, rubella) or quite rare (hepatitis A and B, meningitis).

This does not mean that all diseases are rare or benign, but rather explains the difficulty in making a statement assessing the relative risk when the true health outcomes and reactions are as yet unknown.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Are vaccines responsible for the low levels of mortality we see from infectious diseases in the developed world? According to a study by Bernard Guyer and others, published in Pediatrics in December of 2000, “nearly 90 percent of the decline in infectious disease mortality among U.S. children occurred before 1940, when few antibiotics or vaccines were available.” What happened?

According to the authors: “State and local health departments implemented these public health measures including water treatment, food safety, organized solid waste disposal, and public education about hygienic practices.”10

CHRONIC ILLNESS

Do vaccines cause chronic illness?

There are studies linking vaccines to chronic cognitive dysfunction, behavioral changes, motor function impairment, eczema, learning disabilities, arthritis, asthma, autism and more.2-4, 14-18

AUTISM

Do vaccines cause autism?

While vaccine authorities assert there is no science linking mercury or vaccines to autism, there is in fact peer-reviewed scientific evidence connecting both to autism. A study by Gallagher and Goodman found that boys who received the birth dose of Hepatitis B containing mercury were nearly three times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than those that did not receive the vaccine. They went on to study the three doses of Hepatitis B and found that boys who received the whole series were nearly nine times more likely to require special education services than boys who did not.14,17

A recent study by Tomljenovic and Shaw connected the rising incidence of autism to the use of aluminum in vaccines.19

Helen Ratajczak, PhD, a former senior scientist at a drug company, conducted a review of all the available autism research since autism was first described in 1943; her results were published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology. When interviewed after publication and asked whether the science on autism shows any relationship between vaccines and autism she said: “The data show that when more vaccines were given, and were given at earlier ages, the incidence and prevalence of autism increased. There are many aspects of vaccines that cause autism.”20

But hasn’t science proved there is no link between mercury and autism? A review by Catherine DeSoto, PhD, of all the empirical research available on the mercury-autism link found that the body of research actually shows a link between mercury and autism by more than a 3-to-1 margin. Her findings are in stark contrast to government claims that there is no scientific link.21

MANDATORY VACCINES

Are vaccines mandatory? The fact is that all states have exemptions for vaccines: medical, religious or philosophical. Some states have only medical exemptions, some have medical and religious and some have all three types. The difficulty of obtaining exemptions differs from state to state. Visit our website to explore the laws in your state:http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/ state-laws.

DAMAGES

What recourse does one have after vaccination damage?

If you or your child suffers a vaccine injury, you must apply to the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for damages. The program manages a trust fund that pays damages to those injured by a vaccine and is funded through a seventy-five-cent tax levied on every vaccine given in America. To date, the program has paid out more than two billion dollars and has about three billion dollars in reserves.

If you are denied compensation or are unhappy with the award, you are not allowed to sue the doctor, nurse, government or vaccine manufacturer. On February 22, 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have no recourse in civil court even if the vaccine manufacturer could have made a safer vaccine.22

MODERN EPIDEMICS?

Won’t disease come back if we stop vaccinating? The fact is that disease incidence is a very complex issue determined by many variables such as general health and a robust immune system due to proper nutrition; and public health measures such as sewage management and drinking water systems.13

Moreover, disease outbreaks regularly occur in fully vaccinated populations so vaccination may not be as effective a preventative as generally believed.23 Given these facts, it is difficult to make any statements about what patterns disease might take if vaccination rates declined.

AND NOW WHAT?

The coming few years will be critical for the issue of vaccine safety, and I hope you will get involved. I was thrilled to bring my film The Greater Good to WAPF’s national conference last fall, and to hear from so many chapters that the film has been a valuable discussion starter. If your chapter hasn’t screened the film yet, please visit our website for details and resources to help you do that, including a discussion and facilitation guide, tips for hosting a screening, an FAQ, links to studies and resources mentioned in the film and much more available at www.greatergoodmovie.org.

One particularly important policy issue emerging in the coming months is the protection of state level exemptions to vaccines for philosophical, religious and medical reasons. It is important that all fifty states give families the right to all three of these exemptions. Coalitions are forming across the country to educate their communities about the complex issue of vaccine safety. These groups include natural health practitioners, families, midwives, doulas, nurses, teachers, elected leaders and vaccine safety advocates of all stripes.

A vital link in that emerging group is the WAPF community. I encourage you to reach out to groups in your community and learn what is happening in your state. Collaborating on a screening is a great way to get started. I believe that together we can create a world where:

• Vaccines can be made safer;

• Doctors and parents are educated about adverse reaction to vaccines, so that these reactions may be treated appropriately, thereby reducing long-term impact;

• Parents have the information they need to make informed choices about vaccines;

• Schools and doctors respect and value parents’ rights to choose how they keep their families healthy;

• Families feel safe to make their own choices regarding their families’ health and well being without fear of expulsion from school or exclusion from their communities;

• Scientists are free to pursue research into vaccine safety without fear of jeopardizing their income or career prospects;

• All fifty states uphold family’s rights to exemption from vaccination for religious, philosophical or medical reasons;

• The top priority is health and wellness, and all vaccines go through a vigorous due diligence process for safety.

I hope you will visit our website and consider bringing the film to your chapter and to those you love. You can stream the film, buy a DVD or share either as a gift. Consider hosting an event yourself, or make a donation to our engagement campaign online to help us bring the film to families, healthcare practitioners and policymakers nationwide so they too can “think again” about vaccine safety issues. Most importantly I hope you will tell five friends about the film, and continue to learn more yourself. Find us at http://www.greatergoodmovie.org, on Twitter @GreaterGood-Film, and join our active community on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greatergoodmovie.

 


 

SIDEBARS

MY FILM, THE GREATER GOOD

While it is clear that the vaccine debate is uncomfortable for many, it is far from over. In May 2012, I attended a conference on autoimmunity and vaccine safety and listened to a dozen scientists present their research showing a wide spectrum of harm following vaccination, ranging from brain damage including cognitive impairment and behavioral changes, to autism, autoimmune disease, obesity and even infertility. A growing body of science shows cause for concern and it is important that we as a society recognize that the vaccine debate is a scientific debate, not one between emotional parents and their doctors. In The Greater Good, we tried to present all sides and perspectives and in doing so to show that this issue warrants further attention and discussion.

We hoped that by sharing a wide variety of perspectives in a fair and balanced way, we could present the issue and let the public decide for themselves what to believe. We hoped to educate audiences that the vaccine debate is not as black and white as they may have perceived, that vaccinations are a topic worth investigating and discussing, and that there is much science that needs to be carried out to fully understand the biological impact of vaccinations.

The film has been widely applauded by lay, medical, and film audiences alike and featured at film festivals all over the world. The Greater Good received the Koroni Award for a documentary feature addressing an issue of importance to public health from the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and The Greater Good was featured at the Amsterdam Film Festival where it was awarded the Cinematic Vision Award. The film recently aired nationally on Current TV in the US. Members of the public and medical professionals have signed up to host screenings and join the Think Again campaign.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN VACCINE LAWS AT THE STATE LEVEL?

The Vermont House and Senate have been battling over whether to retain a philosophical exemption to vaccination. While it looked like the philosophical exemption to vaccination was all but lost, in the weeks running up to a new vote, over thirty Vermont lawmakers watched The Greater Good and heard heated testimony from concerned parents. Small groups of families organized around kitchen tables and worked with groups like National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) to reach as many policymakers as possible. And ultimately, the Vermont House decided overwhelmingly to retain the philosophical exemption—that’s the good news. Unfortunately, the bill also requires parents who choose not to vaccinate to sign a statement annually that they understand they are posing a risk to the community. Do the vaccine makers also have to sign a statement that they know their products pose a risk to some children? And do the Vermont lawmakers realize that vaccine makers bear zero liability when their products cause harm?

In California, things are worse. On December 31, 2011, a law went into effect that allows school nurses to vaccinate children twelve and over for sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent and parents will have no access to the child’s medical records that pertain to these shots. So California children cannot go on a school field trip or get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental consent, but they can be injected with vaccines that injure some kids and their parents will never know. In addition, California is now requiring all seventh graders to get the TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and attenuated Pertussis or whooping cough) booster shot. Why are they doing this? Because in 2010 there was a massive outbreak of pertussis in California and elsewhere. Most of those who contracted the disease were fully vaccinated, demonstrating that the vaccine either does not work in many people or does not confer any long-term immunity despite the promises that it does. Lastly, California is considering a bill that would require parents who choose not to vaccinate to consult with a medical professional every year in order to be educated about the benefits of vaccines and the risks of choosing not to vaccinate and then obtain that medical professional’s signature.

Vaccine&Autism Link

I’ve been thinking and thinking back to my pregnancies with Sophie and Jackson, trying so hard to remember if I had a flu shot during the pregnancies.  I know my doctor suggested I have them, but I don’t think it was the H1N1.  Nothing was different in my pregnancies with Sophie and Jackson.  I was taught up until the end of my third trimester, I ate the same foods, used the same cleaning products, nursed the same amount of time.  Were vaccines just too much for Jackson’s immune system because of Lyme?  The trickiest thing is that I don’t ever remember being bit by a tick, I feel as healthy as can be, yet Jackson is so sick.  I don’t know for sure, but it must have been the Lyme compromising Jackson’s immune system combined with toxic vaccines mixing in a destructive way.

From Joel Lord and http://www.vaccineresistancemovement.org

Mother & child share the same immunity while the baby is ‘In Utero’ (all 3 trimesters) & for the entire duration of breast-feeding after birth. The mother’s Placenta, & breast milk (Colostrum) are inextricably linked, providing a baby’s primary initial source of nourishment through the long journey of formation in utero; while supplying the basic building blocks of life necessary to guarantee a safe transition into early childhood development. It goes without saying that pregnant women are at a heightened risk of adverse reactions to vaccines.

Genetics play a significant (but not central) role in determining the onset of Autism and other conditions so prevalent today. Our parents & their parents before them suffered chronic long term exposure to heavy metals & live viruses via similar mass vaccination programs given in their era. The Salk/Sabin Polio shot passed on inter-generational viruses & cancers including: Post-Polio Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Cerebral Palsy (known as Aseptic/Viral Meningitis). This inter-generational aspect of mineral & anti-oxidant depletion, reduced Mitochondrial efficacy & viability, which is passed on via the Placenta & Colostrum, compounded by vaccine derived toxicity (premature breach of the electrical grid system), strips a baby of its most vital guard during the earliest, critical stages of development. As children we often inherit a compromised system based on this legacy. It’s Russian Roulette. Your immune system enters this world with a certain vulnerability; determined by the family gene pool. Bottom line, there’s simply no escaping history.

Vaccines, by their very nature, play off each other – a synergistic reaction; triggering further infections & disorders. In many cases the very signature disease/disorder they claim to protect you against is PRECISELY that which they inadvertently spread. The tipping point comes sooner for some than others. Children with Autism fall into that category.

Thimerosal Mercury is added to the H1N1 (seasonal Influenza vaccine) series ostensibly to sterilize the giant multi-dose vats containing the serum. Mercury is such a fine neuro-toxin it gets absorbed into the Placenta thereby exposing the fetus, regardless of which trimester, to the potential of serious trauma & long-term side effects including asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, Autism, Down Syndrome, Schizophrenia and unfortunately in certain cases, even death. ‘Studies have shown that the level of mercury in the umbilical cord blood of newborns is 1.7 times higher than the mercury level in their mother’s blood.’

’Studies of the organs and tissues of the first generation progeny revealed mercury in the stomach and intestine at birth and in the first week of life, apparently on account of the entry of mercury through the placental barrier and by way of their mother’s milk. Subsequently, it was noted that the first-generation progeny of mothers that had been previously exposed to the ethylmercury compound had significantly reduced fertility in comparison to controls. The second generation progeny had low viability, lagged in their weight growth, and were retarded with respect to ossification in several cases. Finally, it was then observed when mating the second generation progeny that there was a significant decrease in fertility in comparison to the control group.‘ A Review of Thimerosal (Merthiolate) and its Ethyl-Mercury Breakdown Product: Specific Historical Considerations Regarding Safety and Effectiveness

Jackson’s Sacramento Neurology Appt.

Monday, Jackson, my dad, Misha and I went to Sacramento to meet with a Neurologist who is part of Sutter’s Autism Medical Treatment Program.  I had high, high hopes that the neurologist, being part of the Autism Program, would be open and think outside the autism box, but we had no such luck  She was the typical neurologist, by the book, willing to do some blood tests and a 24 hour EEG on Jackson, but otherwise, according to her, there are no treatments for Autism and to just continue the behavioral therapy.  She said she would run a heavy metals test on Jackson.  I asked her where heavy metals would come from in a healthy child.  I was wondering whether she’d fess up to the autism<–>vaccine connection.  Her reply was heavy metals came from toys and things in the child’s environment they put in their mouths.

We already got most of Jackson’s test results.  Everything came up in the normal ranges.  The two test results we’re still waiting for are the Fragile X Syndrome and heavy metals test.

Jackson’s 24 hour EEG test is scheduled for this owing Friday.  We go to a nearby office and the hook electrodes over Jackson’s head and tape an information recording box to his back.  How are we going to keep Jackson from ripping off the electrodes from his head?  I have no idea.  The second he takes one of the electrodes off, the test is void and we’d have to start over at another date.  I seriously have no idea how we’re going to keep Jackson from messing with the things stuck to his head.  I’m thinking about going to buy a tight swim cap so he can’t touch anything.  Knowing Jackson though, he’s a determined little boy, and he finds ways to do what he wants.  If all goes well, he’ll sleep with the apparatus and we’ll return to the office on Saturday at noon so they can disconnect everything.  The information recording box will then be sent back to Sacramento for the neurologist to analyze for seizure abnormalities and we’ll get results.

I wish, wish, wish we could have used the real time EEG technology that Harvard’s Aditi Shankardass tested out in her studies.  My aunt has a connection that brought me in contact with Dr. Shankardass, and in our phone conversation, she informed me that the study was over and that they were in the write-up phase, no longer using the technology at this time.  I think this real-time EEG technology is so innovative, and will be a huge tool once in the hands of more hospitals/doctor’s offices.

I’m not looking forward to the 24 hour EEG on Friday/Saturday, but will do everything possible to make it work so we can know if Jackson is one of the 30+% of kids with Autism who also have seizures.

Jackson Update…Back in Action!

Alright, so after today’s appointment with our LLMD, I feel back in control of Jackson’s treatment and confident enough to blog about it, so let me fill you in.  Reflecting back on the past week, I believe I wanted to take a break in the blogging because I felt at a crossroads with Jackson’s treatments.  Do we continue Jackson under the care of our LLMD and continue the Lyme/Autism treatment or do we switch to over to Homeopathy?  A choice had to be made.  Our LLMD and Homeopathy doctor s know each other and respect each others’ work, but we cannot be doing both treatments together.  Allopathy vs. Homeopathy.  Ahhhhh!  I believe in both healers, so I was confronted with a hard choice that I didn’t want to make. Thankfully, with the guidance of Misha and my parents, we’ve figured out the next steps…

I left you a week ago after we had our appointment with a well known Homeopath.  I was so impressed with him and so confident in his healing abilities, that I left his office wanting to start Jackson on his remedies and his healing path immediately.  I loved the idea of not having to use antibiotics anymore, not having to follow such a rigid medication schedule and the idea of treating Jackson as a whole and not a product of his symptoms.  Though it felt so freeing to take a break from the Lyme treatment, something didn’t sit well with me that we just cut Jackson off completely so quickly from our LLMD.  So, I made an appointment with out LLMD to lay it all out on the table.

Today we met with our LLMD to have an open, honest conversation about our feelings about the Homeopathy path, Jackson’s medication schedule, our concerns and next steps. He was very understanding and reaffirmed his underlying desire for Jackson to get better, whether it’s him or the Homeopath.

There were some new test results in Jackson’s chart from a previous blood draw that confirmed the viral component in Jackson that our LLMD wants to have the opportunity to treat.  Our decision now for Jackson is that we are going to go after the virus hard for two months or so.  If by then we don’t see the improvements we’ve been hoping for, our LLMD said that Homeopathy would be a good idea to try.

So how are we going after the virus?  We’re bumping up the Valtrex to 250mg twice a day.  We’re hoping to see some die off reaction…a rash, fever, change in behavior for the worse.  After 10 days, I’ll call our LLMD and give him an update…whether Jackson showed a herx reaction or not.  Then, we’ll be delving into Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy (HBOT).

There is an office right around the corner from us that have Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers or we are contemplating renting one to keep right in Jackson’s room.  The goal is to do 40 hour long sessions in 4 weeks.  The HBOT reduces inflammation and helps with the viral load.  It’s going to be challenging keeping Jackson in the small chamber  for so long, but hopefully with the iPad, blankie and mommy with him, it won’t be so bad.

I’m hoping for some results in this next month from upping the dose of the Valtrex and HBOT.  Jackson will no longer be taking the antibiotics and we cut out a few other supplements that don’t need to be taken at the moment.  Jackson is back on his rigid medication schedule, but I feel a lot better about it knowing we have an end goal in sight and our next plan of attack should we not see the results we’re after.

John, our Homeopath, referred Jackson to see an Osteopath after hearing Jackson’s birth story and noticing Jackson’s head shape.  Jackson’s head is not abnormal looking, but it is shaped higher up in the back.  Today, we went to see the Osteopath.  At our hour long visit, the Osteopath took a detailed history of Jackson and then began his therapy of touch on Jackson.  Jackson was such a good boy!  He sat up on the table/bed (watching the iPad), and the Osteopath touched his back, neck and head for over 30 minutes.  Jackson is very affectionate and doesn’t mind people (he knows) touching him, but I was surprised at how at ease Jackson was with the Osteopath touching him.  Just by touching Jackson, the Osteopath could tell Jackson had digestive issues and inflammation in his stomach.  He also said that Jackson’s head is very tense and  tightly smushed together (those weren’t his exact words, but I can’t remember what he said:).  Through light touch and slight adjustments, he is confident he can help Jackson and see improvements.  My eyes have opened to new types of therapies I never before thought I would believe in.  I am excited to be introduced to this new world of healing.

These past 5 months have been busy, difficult and even a bit discouraging.  It’s draining putting so much time, effort and money toward treatments that have not shown the results we wanted.  I truly think it’s all part of the process of ruling out what doesn’t work and leading us to the treatment(s) that will eventually work on Jackson.  Like I’ve said a time and again, I know Jackson is in there and waiting to come out.  We’re getting closer and closer and the day will come when new milestones are met and Jackson progresses.  I promise you, I’m not crazy.  I haven’t lost my mind.  I am still the same Elaine everyone knows/knew.  I’ve been presented with this Autism obstacle, and it’s challenged me in every way imaginable.  I’m not giving up, not by a long shot.  This past week of insecurities has put me back in the driver’s seat, with a new surge of energy, ready to kick Autism (or whatever Jackson has) in the ass.

Coming soon…Mold and School District Updates.

The Truth Behind the Lies…

from: http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/07/the-truth-behind-the-lies-play-by-play-from-iacc-meeting.html#comment-captcha

The Truth Behind The Lies Play By Play from IACC Meeting

LiesBy LJ Goes

“Just  more BS…some guy says good luck…no way Congress is giving more money…”

“What now? I’m dying here.”

“…Geri (Dawson) now.  Liked her intro statements”

This is my friend, and fellow Co-Founder of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution, Kim Spencer and me, exchanging texts on Tuesday morning, July 10th, 2012.  She was giving me the play by play from the live stream feed of the IACC proceedings taking place in Washington, D.C. while my husband, our two sons, Liam and Noah, and I languished in yet another hospital waiting room in yet another state, awaiting time with a team of the country’s top research physicians. While most families make their yearly pilgrimage to Disney or take a road trip out west, we pile our kids into the car and head to Children’s hospitals. Our son Noah is quite ill and suffers from a misdiagnosis of autism.   Since the day he received his label we have been unable to get him sufficient medical care for his bowel disease, mitochondrial dysfunction,  autoimmune illness and central nervous system damage—all very common conditions in most children with “autism” that go undetected, untreated and ignored because of their iatrogenic nature.

The IACC, about which we were texting, is the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.  They are supposed to be the best and brightest of our country who’ve come together to resolve an inconvenient and expensive  problem sweeping the nation.   The CDC recently reported that 1 in 88 kids have autism.  Many of the folks who brought that statistic to the public have some form of interaction or involvement with the IACC.  Sadly, they did not mention they’ve not bothered counting kids under twelve.  So when they say 1 in 88, they mean tweens and up…not actual children.   So, so far, we know they do not share humanity’s common definition of the word “children” and they do not know how to count. Yet somehow, they have been charged with ending the autism epidemic.   As you may suspect, we are not off to a good start.

Kim:  More BS…

Me:  What are they saying?!

Kim:  (Department of Health and Human Services Head) Kathleen (Sebelius) saying she is not Sebelius pink jacketpersonally affected by autism?  Saying…everyone has done a great  job…

I was positioning my fingers to hammer out, “WT…”   when we finally got called back.  Our first two doctors were outstanding.  The metabolic geneticist was an absolute gem.  I make sure physicians read Noah’s labs in front of me because I have learned from experience they will be thrown into a pile and ignored otherwise.   He read them, commented and (special bonus!) asked questions.  He asked me if I saw a decline in Noah’s condition after vaccination and nodded sympathetically when I answered.  At the end of the day he is still a mainstream physician who cannot confirm or deny the medical reality of autism.  He’s just a cog in the wheel, helping the kids who meet certain criteria approved of by insurance and pharmaceutical companies, alike.  Lesser affected kids (whose parents were smart enough to stop vaccinating at the onset of symptoms) have probably greatly benefited from his knowledge.  He recommended a battery of tests and concluded our time together by asking us if we’ve ever suffered migraines.  “Well, for Noah, imagine that migraine is on-going and its taking place all over his body.”   While I found his empathy refreshing, it’s not what I need.  I need help.  I need to stop his pain. I am not in need of new ways to describe it. I need competent, inquisitive, effective, FEARLESS medical expertise.  In other words, I need doctors who are not pharma’s b*tches. Let’s get the tests done and get on it.  I. NEED. ANSWERS. NOW!  MY CHILD IS SUFFERING.

Next doctor please.

Noah’s anxiety was getting worse, his screaming and slaps, while constant, had grown particularly disturbing to those in the office and waiting room. The nursing staff took pity on us.  They brought us toys which Noah threw back at them.  They offered GMO juice, crackers and cookies which I threw back at them.

Doctor number 2, the pediatric neurologist and main attraction, arrived.  He took a detailed history and had mostly bad news to offer.  Many more tests were required, many we will have to pay for out of pocket, and if it these tests  do confirm he suffers the particular type of neurological damage we all suspect…the  recommended treatment often makes children more aggressive. I inquired about Noah’s ongoing bowel issues and he asked us if we could stay and see their resident gastroenterologist.  While he had a reputation for treating bowel disease “conservatively” he thought it was worth us visiting with him. We agreed.  After all, we’d come all this way and they are specialists here. The best of the best…

While we waited for the gastro nurse my phone was on fire with emails and Facebook posts—commentary about the IACC.

“They are actually congratulating themselves on a job well done…doesn’t matter what the parents say. They actually said it doesn’t matter.  The parents will say we didn’t do our job…but we did a great job…”

“I could cry. So disconnected…actually glad you cannot see this right now…”

“OMG, Merck exec appointed to the IACC?! Did you know this? Holy Sh*t!  What are they doing?”

After 4 and a half hours Noah had reached his threshold and the gastro nurse was having a hard time getting comfortable in the chair she’d asked Liam to vacate. Her way of handling it was to wince painfully just a tad more dramatically than the tone or impact of Noah’s screams and slaps warranted.  Because of the seating limitations I had no choice but to hover over her, watching as his story played out on the limited horizontal lines medical forms provide.  Like so many children with iatrogenic illness his story is over 4,000 pages at this point.  How does one condense it to a page and expect the transcriber to understand?  I wanted so badly to tell her the whole truth, but with these people—you can’t just spew your story. Every word has to be deliberately chosen. You have to use words like “immune compromise,” and “food sensitivities”.  Code words for, after his 12 months shots his brain, immune system, bowels, and central nervous system imploded. Could you please, PLEASE give a sh*t?!

Nurse with shot“Now mom…you put him on something called the SCD diet?”  She scrunched up her face and pinched her perfectly manicured nails together.  “What’s thaaay-t?”

“The therapy he’s on—you call that ABA?  What does that stand for now?  Noah screamed and pulled my hair, causing her to wince and rub her temple.  “Do you get him any therapy, like speech and OT?” I sincerely had the hardest time determining if she was for real or if I was just having autism mom hallucinations. Maybe she was new?  The optimist in me was trying to find the positive while the realist began to piece it together.  They did not appear to be autism specialists, at all.  They simply tolerate children with autism in their practice.  Big, BIG difference.

“All his vaccinations are up to date mom?”

“No. He had a reaction to DTap.”  “Yes,” Dave added, and the MMR.”   That. Is what. We said.  This is what she wrote:

“Mom stopped vaccinating at 3 years.”

I glanced over at the counter where my phone vibrated beside the seated nurse’s ear.

“All they give a f#%k about is the Genome Project.  Helping kids get better isn’t even on their radar.  There’s no money in healing kids. They are clueless.  I could vomit right now…cannot watch another minute. They…don’t care about the damage done, just the money to be made.”

This, for all autism parents who’ve done their homework, is the defining moment. It was a two day trip getting here; we had such measured positive interactions with the other docs. I just didn’t know if I should risk correcting her and being labeled an anti-vaccination parent.  Plus, I hadn’t seen the gastro yet.  He could be a rock star doc operating under the radar who understands the real science behind autistic entercolitis and I would miss out on him because I lost it with her.  I have a responsibility to this movement to identify and endorse the doctors who are really helping our kids.  But yet, I wanted to b*tch slap the arrogance out of this poptart so badly.

ClooneyThe super dapper gastro entered the room, saving me from myself. Noah’s file and pleasantries were exchanged.   The doc said he didn’t have our records as this was an unscheduled visit. For the record, I brought all our gastro/food allergy/sensitivity tests and documentation.  Complete with doctor’s interpretations. Without considering this, he interviewed us and ventured a hypothesis. Despite all Noah’s obvious auto-inflammatory issues, central nervous system failings and neurological damage, he thought that maybe it was…

Toddler Diarrhea.

To his credit, he was honest and said that that simply meant, “We don’t know what’s causing it.”  But, not to worry, “they often outgrow it”. He chuckled.

“Noah will be 6 in September.” I calmly stated. “We are unable to potty train him because of the ADHD-ritalin-children-diagnosedunstable nature of his bowels.”

He closed by suggesting I return soy to his diet (after I told him we’d had him tested by two different physicians whose evaluations showed an extreme sensitivity to soy).  Dr. Gastro also wondered if we had considered pursuing an ADHD diagnosis.  Psyche meds would probably help a child like Noah a lot.  He just knew they would.

Next, Noah was restrained for a period of 14 minutes to have his blood drained.  My husband held him down while four nurses worked to find and puncture his veins.  He screamed and fought, predictably  breaking blood vessels in his eyes.  I seethed as Liam covered his ears and cried.  “What are they doing mommy?”  A grandmother and father on opposite sides of the waiting room wept openly.  The grandmother came over and asked me about his diagnosis.  I very loudly stated, “He was vaccine injured.”  “Oh my!”  She put her wizened hand to her lips and her tears flowed like faucet water.  For some reason, I was just too pissed off at the gastro and his nurse to cry.  I have cried an ocean of hot tears for my son over the past 5 years.  Now?  I’m ready to fight.  She laid her hands on me and prayed. While this may offend some, I found it quite comforting.  She was truly devastated, hearing a sweet innocent boy suffer in a way that conveyed his personal hell so vividly.  So, she did what came naturally to her in the presence of human suffering.  Dave emerged, fatigued and exasperated.   The receptionist witnessed the whole thing.  She offered me her hand as I signed the exit paperwork.  “I am so, so sorry.  God bless you.”  She said—and she meant it.

We grabbed our vials of blood and headed for the nearest FedEx.  It is common knowledge among research physicians and their patients that you cannot trust hospital labs to take care of these sorts of tests—tests outside the mainstream, tests that are not covered by insurance—tests that are incriminating. They get misread, mislabeled and lost.  So, we dutifully shipped them along with our personal checks to the universities who are researching the reality of this epidemic (until pharma catches wind of them and shuts them down).

To date we have one voice–potentially two–on the IACC.  The goal of the Genome Project is to identify a genetic predisposition for autism (which has already been identified via biomarkers by  Dr. Ken Bock).  This project will help would-be parents whose potential children may be vulnerable to ASDs, terminate their fetuses.  It does not help children living with autism.  It does not help parents trying to earn a living and care for them.  It does not help our country mitigate the extraordinary financial cost of what is to come when the next generation of kids (who’ve received the experimental Hepatitis A) reach kindergarten age (this year!) and cannot be educated in conventional school settings.  Many, if not most of them, will still delight in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Barney when they are of age to take their first legal drink.

So, as summer trips are in full swing, and you question whether it was the right decision to take the road trip over the cruise,  I had to decide between visiting  out of state doctors our son had waited a year and a half for, or flying to Washington for a press conference aimed at exposing the IACC’s ineffectiveness. I tell ya, I sure as hell wish I was still in your shoes making your decisions instead of mine.  But, I’m not…and at the end of the day…I sincerely do not want you to end up like me. Do the research about vaccines and autism yourself–ahead of time! Please read the studies and healthcare legislation, yourself.  Read the MSD sheets you are given at the time of vaccination.  Question. Question. Question. Discover the truth beneath the lies so you can make truly  informed decisions for your child.  If you are a parent with an affected child but you are not yet involved please consider joining us at The Canary Party and The Thinking Moms’ Revolution.  We have a lot of work to do.

Lisa Joyce Goes is Vice President of Public Relations for The Thinking Moms’ Revolution www.thinkingmomsrevolution.com, a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism, and National Executive Board Member of the Canary Party www.canaryparty.org

 

Camels Milk Experiment

The shipment came today!  From http://www.camelmilkassociation.org/, I paid the $25 membership fee and ordered 9 pints of frozen camel’s milk.  I thawed the first bottle today, and this evening, Jackson and Sophie each had their first taste.  For Jackson, I put the milk into the oral syringe (my best friend), and squirted away.  He liked it, and kept opening willingly until he drank about 2 ounces in all.  I may try it in his sippy cup tomorrow.

   

When I asked Sophie if she wanted some camel’s milk, she said, “sure, but can I have some horsie milk too?”  For those of you who don’t know (almost 5 year old) Sophie, she is in love with horses.  Sophie liked the milk, especially since I warmed it and added some chocolate syrup.  She said it tasted like hot chocolate.

So far, so good with the camel’s milk.  Crossing my fingers I see some gains from this expensive beverage.  The milk itself is actually reasonably priced at $10 a pint…it’s the $40 shipping that gets ya.  Camel’s milk is one intervention on my list of things to try, so here it goes.  I’ll keep you posted….

 

Article: Merck Accused of Lying about Vaccine Effectiveness

Merck Accused of Lying about Vaccine Effectiveness

By Dr. Mercola

Things aren’t going so well lately in the litigation department for Merck, which stands accused of lying according to not just one, but two class-action lawsuits.

In the first case, two former Merck virologists accuse their former employer of overstating the effectiveness of the mumps vaccine in Merck’s combination MMR shot, which may have cost the US government hundreds of millions of dollars over the past decadei.

Merck’s mumps vaccine was originally licensed 45 years ago. Since the 1970s, it’s been part of the trivalent measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is part of the recommended childhood vaccination schedule. The case, which was initially filed in 2010, was unsealed late last month. As reported by the Courthouse News Serviceii:

“… Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski were Merck virologists who claim in their unsealed complaint that they “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings.”

… As the largest single purchaser of childhood vaccines (accounting for more than 50 percent of all vaccine purchases), the United States is by far the largest financial victim of Merck’s fraud,” according to the 2010 False Claims Act complaint.”

According to Nasdaq.comiii:

“Merck–which stressed that none of these allegations relate to the safety of its product–said the lawsuit is “completely without merit”, and that it plans to “vigorously defend itself.”

It’s quite interesting to note the chosen language in Merck’s rebuttal. It in no way addresses the issue of the vaccine’s effectiveness, which is the core issue of the lawsuit and the allegation by the two former Merck employees that the drug company purposefully used improper testing methods and falsified data to make the mumps vaccine appear highly effective when the opposite was true. Instead, Merck responds by saying that none of the lawsuit’s allegations relate to the safety of its products. Such evasive maneuvering certainly gives the appearance of an admission of guilt.

Second Lawsuit Filed

A mere week after the first case was unsealed, a federal antitrust class action lawsuit was filed by Chatom Primary Care. According to Courthouse News Serviceiv:

“Merck has known for a decade that its mumps vaccine is “far less effective” than it tells the government, and it falsified test results and sold millions of doses of “questionable efficacy,” flooding and monopolizing the market, a primary caregiver claims in a federal antitrust class action.

… Chatom says in its antitrust complaint that Merck falsely claims its mumps vaccine is 95 percent effective. That claim “deterred and excluded competing manufacturers,” who would enter the risky and expensive vaccine market only if they believed they could craft a better product…

Merck is the only manufacturer licensed by the FDA to sell the mumps vaccine in United States, and if it could not show that the vaccine was 95 percent effective, it risked losing its lucrative monopoly… That’s why Merck found it critically important to keep claiming such a high efficacy rate, the complaint states. And, Chatom claims, that’s why Merck went to great lengths, including “manipulating its test procedures and falsifying the test results,” to prop up the bogus figure, though it knew that the attenuated virus from which it created the vaccine had been altered over the years during the manufacturing process, and that the quality of the vaccine had degraded as a result.”

According to these two lawsuits, Merck began a sham testing program in the late 1990’s to hide the declining efficacy of the vaccine. The objective of the fraudulent trials was to “report efficacy of 95 percent or higher regardless of the vaccine’s true efficacy.” This program was initially referred to as “Protocol 007,” the Chatom claim states, and instead of testing the vaccine’s efficacy against a wild mumps virus, as is the norm, Merck used its own attenuated strain of the virus—the identical strain with which the children were being vaccinated!

That’s as brilliant as it is devious, and a perfect example of how medical research can be manipulated to achieve desired results. Suzanne Humphries recently wrote an excellent summary for GreenMedInfo.com, explaining in layman’s terms how the tests were manipulated (see Sources). The two virologists bringing the lawsuit against Merck claim they witnessed firsthand this deception and were asked to directly participate in it.

As reported by the Courthouse News Servicev:

“That “subverted” the purpose of the testing regime, “which was to measure the vaccine’s ability to provide protection against a disease-causing mumps virus that a child would actually face in real life. The end result of this deviation … was that Merck’s test overstated the vaccine’s effectiveness,” Chatom claims.

Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with, or represent real life … virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint.

Chatom claims that the falsification of test results occurred “with the knowledge, authority and approval of Merck’s senior management.”

Health versus Profits

Considering the extent of the allegations here, it is really shocking that the conventional media has not picked up on this story. About the only major media source reporting on it was Forbes Magazinevi

Interestingly, Forbes stated that this case gives “vaccine foes” new ammunition for their argument that drug companies are more interested in money than protecting consumers’ health. And rightfully so. While I do not advocate indiscriminately abstaining from all vaccines—I strongly advise and encourage exercising due diligence because vaccines can cause serious reactions that can have such devastating consequences. I believe in informed consent and the freedom to choose. There can be little doubt anymore that drug companies are in it for the profits, and virtually no price seems too high for them when it comes to protecting their profit-making.

I’ve written extensively about the many criminal and ethical wrongdoings of Big Pharma, and this is certainly not the first shocking allegation of pharmaceutical product manufacturing fraud that involves launching or keeping an inferior and/or dangerous product on the market.

While vaccine makers often claim there’s not a lot of profit to be had in vaccines, you have to remember that vaccine patents do not expire like drugs do. Vaccines continue to make profits as long as they’re in use, so risk of future losses due to competition is virtually nonexistent. So of course there’s profit in vaccines—especially once it’s placed on the childhood vaccination schedule because that guarantees the vaccine will have a stable, guaranteed annual market as a new cohort of babies are born every year. And of course vaccine makers will protect those huge profits—even, apparently, when it means putting children’s health at risk.

There is also the issue of immunity from prosecution. Merck lost many billions when their drug, Vioxx, killed tens of thousands of people and was taken off the market in 2004. If any of their vaccines killed similar numbers, or even more, they would not be held liable in damages for a single cent because Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have completely shielded big drug companies like Merck from civil liability for vaccine injuries and deaths.

Also you need to remember that IF a vaccine is indeed highly effective, and avoiding the disease in question is worth the risk of the potential side effects from the vaccine, then it could be said that the benefits outweigh the risks. However, if the vaccine isineffective (and/or the disease doesn’t pose a great threat to begin with), then the vaccine may pose an unacceptable risk… At the very least, an ineffective vaccine will certainly skew the benefit to risk ratio toward greater risk, unless the vaccine is guaranteed harmless, and this, I’m afraid, cannot be said for the MMR.

This, I believe, is one of the most important points to remember in this discussion.

It’s not so much about determining whether or not the reduced effectiveness of this vaccine allowed the mumps outbreaks of 2006 and 2009 to occur, both of which occurred in highly vaccinated communities, but rather it’s a question of: “Have millions of children taken an unnecessary health risk by being injected with an ineffective vaccine?”

“Nothing Matters More than Safety,” Merck Says

“Nothing is more important to Merck than the safety and effectiveness of our vaccines and medicines and the people who use them,” Forbes quotes a Merck spokesmanvii.

Really?

Then WHY did they heavily promote Vioxx and keep it on the market until it had killed more than 60,000 people? I warned my readers that this pain killer might be a real killer for some people, five years before Merck made its $30 billion recall! Five years they let it go, and they undoubtedly would have kept it on the market longer had the lethal dangers not become so shockingly obvious to other scientists.

After Vioxx came the HPV vaccine Gardasil—perhaps the most unnecessary vaccine ever created, and likely one of the most dangerous to boot. Merck claims their main concern is safety… They must be speaking about some parallel Universe, because ever since Gardasil’s approval in 2006, reports of life-altering side effects and sudden deaths of otherwise healthy teenagers have stacked up into the thousands, yet Merck steadfastly refuses to acknowledge or address these health risks.

Gardasil appears to have one of the highest risk to benefit ratios of any vaccine on the market, and India even halted Merck’s post-licensing trials of the vaccine after four young participants died, yet Merck has the gall to claim that nothing is more important to them than safety. Give me a break… Actions speak louder than words, and Merck has a long paper trail of litigation highlighting the company’s questionable ethics.

Did Ineffective MMR Vaccine Promote Mumps Outbreaks?

In 2009, more than 1,000 people in New Jersey and New York came down with mumps. At the time, questions arose about the effectiveness of the vaccine as 77 percent of those sickened were vaccinated. No vaccine is ever 100 percent effective, of course, and according to the CDC, the MMR was estimated to be somewhere between 76-95 percent effective. In fact, the second MMR dose is necessary because up to 20 percent of individuals do not develop measles immunity after the first dose. The second dose is intended to provide a “second chance” for the vaccine to work, which is further evidence of this shot’s ineffectiveness.

A similar scenario occurred in 2006, when mumps infected more than 6,500 people in the US. Most of those cases also occurred among the vaccinated population, primarily among college students who had received two doses of MMR vaccine. About the only people who were truly immune to mumps were older Americans who had recovered from mumps as children, and therefore had received natural, lifelong immunity.

But just how and why did these outbreaks occur?

Typically, vaccine promoters will stress the importance of compliance with the vaccine schedule that requires multiple doses of a vaccine in order to create and maintain vaccine induced “herd immunity,” because a vaccine is never 100 percent effective. However, they never quite seem to be able to explain why the majority of outbreaks occur in areas that are thought to HAVE herd immunity status, i.e. where the majority of people are vaccinated and “should” therefore never get the disease.

What You Need to Know about “Herd Immunity”

The problem is that there is in fact such a thing as natural herd immunity. But what they’ve done is they’ve taken this natural phenomenon and assume that vaccines will work the same way. However, they do not, and the science clearly shows that there’s a big difference between naturally arising herd immunity and vaccine-induced herd immunity. To learn more, I urge you to listen to the following video, in which Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), discusses the concept of herd immunity.

Download Interview Transcript

Barbara explains:

“The original concept of herd immunity is that when a population experiences the natural disease… natural immunity would be achieved – a robust, qualitatively superior natural herd immunity within the population, which would then protect other people from getting the disease in other age groups. It’s the way infectious diseases work…” Barbara explains. “But the vaccinologists have adopted this idea of vaccine induced herd immunity.

The problem with it is that all vaccines only confer temporary protection… Pertussis vaccine is one the best examples… Pertussis vaccines have been used for about 50 to 60 years, and the organism has started to evolve to become vaccine resistant. I think this is not something that’s really understood generally by the public: Vaccines do not confer the same type of immunity that natural exposure to the disease does.”

Vaccine professionals would like you to believe they are the same, but they’re qualitatively two entirely different types of immune responses.

“In most cases natural exposure to disease would give you a longer lasting, more robust, qualitatively superior immunity because it gives you both cell mediated immunity and humoral immunity,” Barbara explains. “Humoral is the antibody production. The way you measure vaccine-induced immunity is by how high the antibody titers are. (How many antibodies you have, basically.)

But the problem is, the cell mediated immunity is very important as well. Most vaccines evade cell mediated immunity and go straight for the antibodies, which is only one part of immunity. That’s been the big problem with the production of vaccines.”

Vaccines are designed to trick your body’s immune system into producing the antibodies needed to resist any future infection. However, your body is smarter than that. The artificial stimulation of your immune system produced by an attenuated or dead virus simply is not the same as your body engaging with and overcoming the real live virus.

According to Barbara:

“The fact that manmade vaccines cannot replicate the body’s natural experience with the disease is one of the key points of contention between those who insist that mankind cannot live without mass use of multiple vaccines and those who believe that mankind’s biological integrity will be severely compromised by their continued use.

… [I]s it better to protect children against infectious disease early in life through temporary immunity from a vaccine, or are they better off contracting certain contagious infections in childhood and attaining permanent immunity? Do vaccine complications ultimately cause more chronic illness and death than infectious diseases do? These questions essentially pit trust in human intervention against trust in nature and the natural order, which existed long before vaccines were created by man.”

More Censored News: MMR Vaccine Caused Autism, Italian Court Rules

These two lawsuits couldn’t come at a more precarious time for Merck, as the Italian Health Ministry has conceded the MMR vaccine caused autism in a now nine-year old boy. As a result, a court in Rimini, Italy recently awarded the family a 15-year annuity totaling 174,000 Euros (just under $220,000), plus reimbursement for court costs, ruling that the boy “has been damaged by irreversible complications due to vaccination (prophylaxis trivalent MMR).”

According to The Daily Mail, a British paperviii:

“Judge Lucio Ardigo, awarding compensation to the family… said it was ‘conclusively established’ that Valentino had suffered from an ‘autistic disorder associated with medium cognitive delay’ and his illness, as Dr Barboni stated, was linked to receiving the jab. Lawyer Mr Ventaloro explained yesterday: ‘This is very significant for Britain which uses, and has used, an MMR vaccine with the same components as the one given to Valentino. ‘It is wrong for governments and their health authorities to exert strong pressure on parents to take children for the MMR jab while ignoring that this vaccine can cause autism and linked conditions.’

Claudio Simion, a leading member of the lobby group Association for Freedom of Choice in Vaccination (Comilva), adds: ‘The Rimini judgment is vitally important for children everywhere. The numbers with autism are growing. It is a terrible thing that the authorities turn a blind eye to the connection between the MMR vaccination and this illness.'”

The UK newspaper, The Independentix, also reported on this groundbreaking case, stating that about 100 similar cases are now being examined by Italian lawyers, and more may be brought to court.

“Luca Ventaloro the family lawyer, said yesterday: “This is very significant for Britain which uses, and has used, an MMR vaccine with the same components as the one given to Valentino. It is wrong for governments and their health authorities to exert strong pressure on parents to take children for the MMR jab while ignoring that this vaccine can cause autism and linked conditions.” The number of autism cases has risen sharply since the 1970s, with one in 64 British children affected,” The Independent reported.

One can speculate about the reason why this news story was not picked up by a single US media outlet when it happened, but if I was a gambling man, I’d place my bet on protecting the vaccination program—not because it’s a marvelous panacea that promotes optimal health and longevity and can be defended with raw facts and first-class science, but because it’s a major profit center, both for the vaccine makers and for those whose pockets are lined with Big Pharma greenbacks in return for promoting and protecting the industry’s golden goose.

Even More Bad News: U.S. Varicella Vaccination Program a Total Flop

In related news, a recent review of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccination program in the U.S. concluded that the vaccine has:

  • Not proven to be cost-effective
  • Increased the incidence of shingles
  • Failed to provide long-term protection from the disease it targets―chicken pox―and
  • Is less effective than the natural immunity that existed in the general population before the vaccine

Here, vaccine efficacy was found to have declined well below 80 percent by of 2002. This damning news was published in May in the journal Vaccinex.

The information was gathered from a review of chicken pox and shingles statistics in the years since the vaccine was introduced. The researchers point out that although statistics showed shingles rates increased after the vaccine, “CDC authorities still claimed” that no increase had occurred. The authors also state that the CDC not only ignored the natural boost in immunity to the community that occurred with wild chickenpox, as opposed to the vaccine, but also ignored the “rare serious events following varicella vaccination” as well as the increasing rates of shingles among adults:

“In the prelicensure era, 95% of adults experienced natural chickenpox (usually as children)—these cases were usually benign and resulted in long-term immunity. Varicella vaccination is less effective than the natural immunity that existed in prevaccine communities. Universal varicella vaccination has not proven to be cost-effective as increased herpes zoster [shingles] morbidity has disproportionately offset cost savings associated with reductions in varicella disease. Universal varicella vaccination has failed to provide long-term protection from VZV disease.”

Get Informed Before You Vaccinate

Stories such as these underscore the importance to take control of your own health, and that of your children. It’s simply not wise to blindly depend on the information coming directly from the vaccine makers’ PR departments, or from federal health officials and agencies that are mired in conflicts of interest with industry…

No matter what vaccination choices you make for yourself or your family, there is a basic human right to be fully informed about all risks of medical interventions and pharmaceutical products, like vaccines, and have the freedom to refuse if you conclude the benefits do not outweigh the risks for you or your child.

Unfortunately, the business partnership between government health agencies and vaccine manufacturers is too close and is getting out of hand. There is a lot of discrimination against Americans, who want to be free to exercise their human right to informed consent when it comes to making voluntary decisions about which vaccines they and their children use.

We cannot allow that to continue.

It’s vitally important to know and exercise your legal rights and to understand your options when it comes to using vaccines and prescription drugs. For example, your doctor is legally obligated to provide you with the CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) sheet and discuss the potential symptoms of side effects of the vaccination(s) you or your child receive BEFORE vaccination takes place. If someone giving a vaccine does not do this, it is a violation of federal law. Furthermore, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 also requires doctors and other vaccine providers to:

  • Keep a permanent record of all vaccines given and the manufacturer’s name and lot number
  • Write down serious health problems, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths that occur after vaccination in the patient’s permanent medical record
  • File an official report of all serious health problems, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following vaccination to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)

If a vaccine provider fails to inform, record or report, it is a violation of federal law. It’s important to get all the facts before making your decision about vaccination; and to understand that you have the legal right to opt out of using a vaccine that you do not want you or your child to receive. At present, all 50 states allow a medical exemption to vaccination (medical exemptions must be approved by an M.D. or D.O.); 48 states allow a religious exemption to vaccination; and 18 states allow a personal, philosophical or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.

However, vaccine exemptions are under attack in a number of states, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to protect the right to make informed, voluntary vaccination decisions.

What You Can Do to Make a Difference

While it seems “old-fashioned,” the only truly effective actions you can take to protect the right to informed consent to vaccination and expand your rights under the law to make voluntary vaccine choices, is to get personally involved with your state legislators and the leaders in your community.

THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY.

Mass vaccination policies are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made at the state level, and it is at the state level where your action to protect your vaccine choice rights will have the greatest impact.

Signing up to be a user of NVIC’s free online Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org gives you access to practical, useful information to help you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community. You will get real-time Action Alerts about what you can do if there are threats to vaccine exemptions in your state. With the click of a mouse or one touch on a Smartphone screen you will be put in touch with YOUR elected representatives so you can let them know how you feel and what you want them to do. Plus, when national vaccine issues come up, you will have all the information you need to make sure your voice is heard. So please, as your first step, sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal.

Right now, in California, the personal belief exemption is under attack by Pharma-funded medical trade organizations and public health officials trying to get a bill (AB 2109) passed that would require parents to get a medical doctor’s signature to file an exemption for personal religious and conscientious beliefs. Watch NVIC’s 90-second public service message and learn more about what you can do if you are a California resident.

Internet Resources

To learn more about vaccines, I encourage you to visit the following web pages on the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) website at www.NVIC.org:

  • NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
  • If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
  • Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment by doctors or state officials for making independent vaccine choices.
  • Vaccine Ingredient Calculator (VIC): Find out just how much aluminum, mercury and other ingredients are in the vaccines your doctor is recommending for you or your child.
  • Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) on MedAlerts. Search the government’s VAERS database to find out what kinds of vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths have been reported by patients and heath care workers giving vaccines.

Find a Doctor Who will Listen to Your Concerns

Last but not least, if your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines you don’t want, I strongly encourage you to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to punish those patients and parents, who become truly educated about health and vaccination and want to make vaccine choices instead of being forced to follow risky one-size-fits-all vaccine policies.

If you are treated with disrespect or are harassed in any way by a doctor (or government official), do not engage in an unproductive argument. You may want to contact an attorney, your elected state representatives or local media, if you or your child are threatened.

That said, there is hope.

At least 15 percent of young doctors recently polled admit that they’re starting to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents. It is good news that there is a growing number of smart young doctors, who prefer to work as partners with parents in making personalized vaccine decisions for children, including delaying vaccinations or giving children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more vaccines.

So take the time to locate and connect with a doctor who treats you with compassion and respect and is willing to work with you to do what is right for your child, and isn’t just competing for government incentives designed to increase vaccination rates at any cost.

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