The basis and foundation of vaccines has validity. However many questions have to be asked regarding this health choice
We are led to believe that vaccinations are completely safe. Why then has the government paid out millions of dollars a year to the families of those children who suffered permanent damage (usually brain) or who died! There is no scientific proof that any vaccination is effective. Do the work. I have
The presentations are virtually devoid of controversy, leading the unsuspecting parent to believe that none exists.
Let's explore the forces at play. When you factor in the estimated one billion dollar a year industry that the vaccine business generates, you might begin to see the big picture.
The fact of the matter is that there is very little proof that immunization works. So why does the government allow facilities to discriminate against children who are not vaccinated?
Now for more startling news which you probably haven't been told. In 1994 a report published in the AMA Journal said that children given the pertusis vaccine are six times more likely to develop asthma than those children who don't receive the vaccine. Money magazine reported that the DPT shot causes brain damage at a rate of one case per 62,000 fully immunized kids, and will kill at least two to four children a year.
The Center for Disease Control 1973-1983 indicated that 87% of polio cases in the U.S were caused by the vaccine,
In a study performed at the University of Nevada School of Medicine at Reno, out of 103 children who died of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) two thirds had been recently vaccinated with DPT prior to their death. Of these children, 6.5 percent died within 12 hours of the vaccination, 13 percent within 24 hours, 26 percent within three days, 37% within one week, 61% within two weeks and 70% within three weeks. The study also found that SIDS has a peak occurrence at both two and four months of age. These are the same ages when the initial doses of DPT are administered to infants.
If vaccine accidents, side effects and deaths are not real, why then was there a federal law passed by congress - namely The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, Public Law 99-680? There are two parts to this law 1. Safety provisions 2. Compensation program.
It should be noted that there are contraindications to vaccines. Many times medical doctors, or health agencies are negligent with respect to informing parents of the potential risks. Vaccine manufacturers place warnings in vaccine containers stating who should not receive vaccinations. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Department of Health and Human Services also make warnings.
The American Journal of Epidemiology described a measles epidemic in an Illinois high school. Of the schools 1,873 students 99.7% had been vaccinated for measles before the outbreak.. Again I ask, if vaccinations work, how could this have happened? Another measles outbreak in a primary school showed that 57% of the children developing measles had previous vaccination for measles.
Let me iterate here that there are no vaccines that offer complete immunity. There never has been and never will be the proverbial Â“silver bulletÂ” which will relieve parents of responsibility and worry. And please recall the cases where the opposite is true - the cases where the vaccine triggers the very disease it is supposed to prevent.
I am a doctor of chiropractic. It is well known in the health field that many chiropractors and naturopaths have voiced their opinions, and have published their facts. Immunization has become an issue vital to our freedom of choice. Chiropractors are simply encouraging parents to make an informed decision. Some chiropractors believe that vaccinations are unnecessary because when the body is working properly, it is able to fight off these bacteria, viruses, etc., on its own. As an educator/physician, the primary purpose of this paper is to enable an informed consent on the part of the parent.
Herd immunity is a phenomenon which is conveniently overlooked by the proponents of the vaccines. Most of the conditions that the vaccine takes credit for preventing were actually already declining before the implementation of the vaccines, and were in fact decreased by 90%. The Center For Disease Control has the numbers if you would like to check yourself.
All vaccines produce side effects. These reactions can range from discomfort at the injection site to brain damage and death. Minor side effects are common, severe side effects are less common.. You will be told (by biased sources) that all Â“newÂ” vaccines are safeÂ….
The long term effects of vaccinations are unknown. Like many drugs we are the test subjects. All too often Â“the latest researchÂ” shows that such and such a drug, vaccine, treatment has been proven harmful after all. History repeats itself.
As I stated above, the real issue is that of informed decision making. Both sides of the issue must be addressed before your responsibility is fulfilled. My recommendation is that you get all the facts from both holistic and allopathic (medical) sources. Only then will you be qualified to make a decision. Be proactive. Don't let anyone else force their own beliefs down your throat, or use scare tactics. I am often questioned as to the safety and validity of the techniques I use in my clinic. I welcome these questions. I actually encourage. It means my patients are becoming involved. I am involved. Education is empowerment, and I feel it is my duty to help my patients come to their own decision. I will say however, that I often observe the way these same patients take the word of their medical doctor based on his/her authoritarian approach, and thus settle for a Â“doctor knows bestÂ” type approach. My experience has been that when a doctor resorts to this approach, he has based his recommendations on opinion, not fact - the proverbial Â“best defense is a good offenseÂ”. In the case of immunizations, this may be a good place for a mother to become more assertive in her health care choices - it is easier to stand up and roar for the rights of your children perhaps than it is for yourself. Make sure the facts are coming from a reliable and or unbiased source, and ideally that they are presented without emotion.
Once you have made a decision, stick with it. With any choice, there is the possibility of having to deal with an unfavorable outcome, but you will have the satisfaction of being proactive with respect to your health care.
A final note. The host with respect to vaccines. The cases involving adverse reactions or serious health consequences probably (?) involved children that had suboptimal digestion (nutrition) along with immune system challenges. Therefore I see it fit to once again challenge the entire paradigm that our medical system has been founded upon... For more information please refer to the book "A Course In Health"
Is This Freedom?
Parents cannot decide what's best for their children. By the time most children are 5 they are must be injected with 77 vaccines; over 200 new vaccines are in production, and many will become mandatory. Your children may not enter public school/many private schools and colleges unless they are vaccinated while MDs, school and health care workers don't inform people of their legal exemption rights.
Laws are being proposed making vaccines mandatory for adults; if your "vaccine papers" are not up-to-date won't be able to travel by plane, rent a hotel/motel room or a car according to proposed new legislation.
Bureaucrats can take your children from you if you don't vaccinate them; if your newborn doesn't have synthetic Vitamin K injections or nitrous oxide in their eyes.
Autism spectrum disorder, allergies, asthma, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, dyslexia, vision and hearing deficits, pervasive developmental disorder, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and many other conditions that were rare are increasingly being linked to mandatory childhood vaccinations.
Doctors who use safer alternatives may be fined, lose hospital privileges, arrested, and lose their license to practice.
Medicine is at least the 3rd and quite possibly the leading cause of death in the US. Medical care may bankrupt this country by 2040. Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from Adverse Drug Reactions of properly prescribed FDA approved drugs, medical mistakes, malpractice and hospital infections while AT THE SAME TIMEÂ…
Alternative health care providers' freedom to practice and teach is restricted; many Americans are forced to travel to foreign lands at great expense and risk to avail themselves of less toxic health care that is illegal in the US;
Organized medicine, the pharmaceutical companies and government agencies not only refuse to change this state of affairs, they support it.
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Alzheimer's Disease is one of a host of serious illnesses that have grown explosively in America over the past 40 years. My search of the web and other sources of information has convinced me that vaccinations pose more risks than benefits for my wife and me.
According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots between and 1980 (the years studied) the chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is ten times higher than if they had one, two or no shots. This was due, according to Dr Fudenberg, to the mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot (and most childhood shots). The gradual buildup of these metals in the brain causes "cognitive dysfunction."
(Dr Fudenberg is the world's leading immingle and 13th most quoted biologist of our times (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals! ),
The documented long term adverse effects of vaccines include chronic immunological and neurological disorders such as autism, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia, allergies, cancer, and other conditions, some of which barely existed 40 years ago before mass vaccination programs.
Vaccine components include known carcinogens such as: thimersol, mercury,
aluminum phosphate, and formaldehyde.
For you who want more information: Go to http://www.google.com . Then type in --
You will find the 1st and 3rd site well worth perusing.
Pig Vaccine Contaminates U.S. Crops
By Suzanne Goldenberg
U.S. authorities, shaken by a case in which food crops were contaminated with an experimental pig vaccine, are preparing to impose stringent guidelines on a new generation of experimental GM crops.
The department of agriculture and the environmental protection agency are encountering growing disquiet from a coalition of farmers and food manufacturers about the potential dangers of the next phase of GM products -- "biopharming," or the implanting of genes in food crops to grow drugs and industrial chemicals.
The idea of tightening regulations on GM products represents something of a revolution in thinking in the U.S., where about 70 percent of the processed food on supermarket shelves contains genetically engineered ingredients.
But concerns have risen after a small biotech firm in Texas was fined $3 million for tainting half a million bushels of soya bean with a trial vaccine used to prevent stomach upsets in piglets.
Under a settlement reached this month, the first of its kind against any biotech company in the U.S., a firm called Prodigene agreed to pay a fine of $250,000 and to repay the government for the cost of incinerating the soya bean that had been contaminated with genetically altered corn.
U.S. authorities said the corn did not reach food crops or animal feed. But the episode has drawn unwelcome attention to an as yet experimental area of GM farming.
The premise behind biopharming, or "pharming" for short, is that genetic tinkering can turn an ordinary-looking corn or barley field into a potential drug factory, producing insulin, chemotherapy drugs, and other products for much less than it would cost to set up an industrial plant.
At present, two-dozen trials of the experimental GM drugs are under way across the U.S.
The biotech firms argue that the new technique can revolutionize health care, especially in the developing world where hospitals short on syringes can dispense edible drugs. But in the wake of the Texas case, questions are being asked.
The latest incident was the worst violation so far of regulations intended to keep biopharming out of the food supply. It was also seen as the most serious setback to date to the next generation of GM farming.
Until now, genetic engineering has been used mainly to make crops such as corn and soya bean resistant to insects and disease, and the U.S. food industry has been solidly on side.
The Texas alarm has begun to change that. "The incident overall just reaffirms our concerns that something could go wrong," Stephanie Childs of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, which represents food companies such as Kellogg and General Mills, told the Los Angeles Times.
Analysts in Washington said yesterday that they expected the department of agriculture to impose more stringent guidelines next year. Published reports said yesterday that guidelines under consideration by the authorities include moving experimental farms away from America's grain belt in the Midwest, or requiring growers to dye the leaves of the altered crops.
The agriculture department's disciplinary measures against the small Texas firm have crystallized concerns among farmers, environmentalists and industry about the risks of experimental vaccine crops getting into the food supply.
"The department of agriculture wanted to send a signal that the companies need to take the obligation to protect the food supply very seriously," said Michael odemeyer, the director of Washington's Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology.
"The whole issue of growing pharmaceuticals in food crops has certainly raised concern within the food industry, as well as among environmentalistsand others, about genes from these crops getting into the food supply."
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)
By Barbara Loe Fisher
Barbara Loe Fisher is co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). She is co-author of DPT: A Shot in the Dark and editor of The Vaccine Reaction newsletter. She served on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Forum and the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
It is one of the most successful public relations stories of the last two centuries: the worldwide acceptance of mass vaccination to suppress infectious diseases. Yet the universal use of vaccines as a worthy goal that prevents needless suffering and benefits all mankind has begun to be challenged by a growing number of parents and physicians in the United States, Canada and Europe. At the heart of the heated public debate is a challenge to the premise that mass vaccination with multiple vaccines safely and effectively controls diseases and improves individual and public health.
The voices of critics are heard in the living rooms of families whose children have been injured or have died from vaccine reactions, and in courtrooms and state legislatures, where parents are suing vaccine makers and challenging mandatory vaccination laws. At scientific conferences and in the pages of prestigious medical journals, researchers and physicians are risking their careers by discussing their research into vaccine side effects.
On network TV, millions are watching parents, who say vaccines hurt their children, square off with mandatory vaccination proponents, who say vaccines rarely hurt anyone at all. And in Congress, federal legislators are trying to come up with a way to fix the broken federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) while others are holding investigative hearings into vaccine safety issues and conflicts of interest involving vaccine makers and federal health agencies.
In the middle of this scientific, legal and political battle are defensive pediatricians backing parents into a corner and losing their trust and a booming pharmaceutical industry with billions of dollars invested in new vaccine development.
How It All Began
It has been 207 years since British physician Edward Jenner acted on a hunch and scraped cowpox pus onto the arm of an 8-year-old boy. He theorized that a mild bout of cowpox would prevent a more virulent case of smallpox, and then convinced enough people he was right because his procedure was quickly adopted by physicians. But it failed in JennerÂ’s own 11-month-old son and lethal reactions were legendary.
One mother in England bitterly complained in 1883 about mandatory vaccination laws that allowed public health officials to issue a summons, threaten parents with imprisonment, and impose stiff fines for refusing to vaccinate their children. She said, "In no country has the cry of the mothers been allowed a hearing. They who see and realize that their children suffer from this practice have never been consulted as to its initiative or its continuance. If the will of the mothers could be made potent and effective, this cruel legislation would be at once and universally repealed."
The mothers prevailed in Victorian England and got mandatory vaccination laws repealed in that country, where vaccination remains voluntary today. But 19th century physicians in Europe and the U.S. quickly adopted and promoted JennerÂ’s new procedure despite public protests. Physicians and politicians were desperate to keep epidemic diseases from invading the overcrowded, filthy cities of Europe and the New World.
They failed to realize that eliminating the root causes of poor health--poverty, malnutrition, water contaminated by human and animal waste, spoiled food, and industrial air pollution, among others--would help prevent the spread of many diseases. Today, effective public health measures such as improving sanitation, nutrition, living conditions, health education and access to affordable and convenient health care, especially in underprivileged populations, often take a back seat to achieving a 100 percent vaccination rate.
Health officials and doctors point to how successful mandatory mass vaccination policies have been in dramatically reducing the numbers of cases of once routine childhood diseases, such as measles. In 1965 before routine use of measles vaccine, there were more than 400,000 cases of measles reported in the U.S. By 1995 with nearly 95 percent of American children receiving measles vaccine, there were only 309 cases.
Baby boomers, who lined up in school in 1955 for polio vaccinations, witnessed the eradication of polio from the western hemisphere in 1979. These impressive declines in childhood infectious diseases have made mass vaccination policies the cornerstone of government preventive health programs around the world.
The Paradigm Shift
However, despite the millions of dollars that are committed by industry and government to touting the accomplishments and benefits of mass vaccination programs, cracks are appearing in the united front that the medical establishment has maintained for two centuries. In industrialized countries, dissatisfied patients and alternative health care proponents are questioning orthodox medicineÂ’s basic foundations, especially its heavy reliance on surgery and synthetic drugs.
The proliferating numbers of vaccines are just one more target for increasingly well educated and Internet-savvy health care consumers, who are wary of the many magic bullets drug companies promote.
Where doctors once prescribed antibiotics for every sore throat and sniffle, prescription-dependent patients are now being blamed for new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A new drug promoted as a lifesaver today is sometimes pulled off the market tomorrow for killing those who took it.
In the April 15, 1998 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), an analysis of drug side effects found that toxic reactions to correctly prescribed medications make more than two million Americans seriously ill every year and kill 106,000, putting the side effects of doctor-directed drug taking among the top 10 causes of death in the United States.
Among children, antibiotics and vaccines cause more adverse reactions than any other prescribed medicines, according to a Canadian study presented at the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma in 1998. An analysis of Canadian data on more than 1,500 cases of drug reactions between 1985 and 1995 found that the antibiotics amoxicillan and ampicillan accounted for 24 percent of total adverse reactions, with vaccines coming in second at 19 percent.
As the over-drugged, over-vaccinated baby boomer generation comes of age, many are intuitively moving toward the notion that preventing illness and maintaining health requires better nutrition, more exercise, management of stress, adopting a positive attitude and a less toxic and medically intrusive approach. A 1998 survey in JAMA found 39 million Americans made more than 600 million visits to alternative health care practitioners in 1997, more than to primary care physicians.
The patients paid most of the $21.2 billion cost themselves because health insurance plans generally donÂ’t reimburse patients or have limited reimbursement for alternative health care, such as chiropractic. The patients wanted alternative therapies primarily to "prevent future illness from occurring or to maintain health and vitality."
Embracing the more spiritual concept of achieving better health through better living rather than through better chemistry, members of the ME generation--who challenged every institution and social convention as teenagers--continue to exercise their counterculture instincts as adults and parents by asserting their right to make independent health care choices for themselves and their children.
And they have been joined by segments of the "X, Y and echo" generations who grew up going to health food stores with their parents and now can pick up bottles of Echinacea, Goldenseal and soy vitamin drinks at the chain grocery and drug stores.
The pharmaceutical industry and organized medicine, which have had a stranglehold on the popular imagination when it comes to how we view health, may be gritting their collective teeth about the peopleÂ’s move toward herbal supplements and yoga and away from Ritalin and Prozac, but they are not about to tolerate independent thinking when it comes to vaccination. The public demand for the freedom to make vaccination choices puzzles and worries MDs, including some outspoken alternative health care advocates.
Andrew Weil, MD, a respected leader in the alternative health care movement, defends mass vaccination. Sparring with Richard Moscowitz, MD in Natural Health magazine in 1997, Weil asserted, "The debate about immunization could only be going on in a country where the people are mostly immunized.
If people in this country lived with these diseases, you wouldnÂ’t hear them questioning immunization." Moskowitz, a clinician who specializes in homeopathy, countered, "For us to bombard a newborn baby with a whole battery of vaccines as, in effect, their first immunological experience I think is reckless beyond measure. I would say it borders on the criminal."
And as questioning parents are thrown out of pediatriciansÂ’ offices if they do not submit their children to every state mandated vaccine and the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) adopt a "no exemption to vaccination" stance, parent vaccine safety and informed consent advocates are organizing in states and fighting for the right to freely make vaccine choices. In 2003, after seven years of work in Texas and two years of work in Arkansas, citizens of both those states won the legal right to exercise conscientious, philosophical or religious belief exemptions to vaccination.
Outraged by the success of the effort in Texas led by Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education (PROVE), physicians and public health officials mounted a public protest in an unsuccessful attempt to convince the legislature in special session to repeal the conscientious belief exemption just signed into law by the Governor.
Sensing a threat to their dominance that could become contagious, even the international public health community got into the act. An article on what the parents in Texas managed to do became hyperactively discussed in the pages of The Lancet. PROVE President Dawn Richardson commented "I didnÂ’t know we were creating an international incident by standing up for the right to exercise informed consent to vaccination. If vaccines are so safe and so effective, why are doctors so afraid of people having the freedom to follow their conscience and make informed vaccine choices?"
Vaccines: Man vs. Nature
Vaccines are supposed to fool the bodyÂ’s immune system into producing antibodies to resist viral and bacterial infection in the same way that actually having the disease usually produces immunity to future infection. But vaccines atypically introduce into the human body lab altered live viruses and killed bacteria along with chemicals, metals, drugs and other additives such as formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, monosodium glutamate, sodium phosphate, phenoxyethanol, gelatin, sulfites, yeast protein, antibiotics as well as unknown amounts of RNA and DNA from animal and human cell tissue cultures.
Whereas natural recovery from many infectious diseases stimulates lifetime immunity, vaccines only provide temporary protection and most vaccines require "booster" doses to extend vaccine-induced artificial immunity. The fact that manmade vaccines cannot replicate the bodyÂ’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 mankindÂ’s biological integrity will be severely compromised by their continued use.
Philip Incao, M.D., a Colorado physician who utilizes a multidisciplinary approach in his alternative health care practice, maintains that health is about the individual successfully overcoming illness. He is part of a group of physicians in the U.S. and Europe who are taking a holistic approach to health and healing that marks the paradigm shift that is occurring in health care. According to Incao:
"Physically, health is about balancing acute inflammatory responses to infection, which stimulate one arm of the immune system, and chronic inflammatory responses to infection, which stimulate the other arm of the immune system. Just like a seesaw, the two arms of the immune system must remain in balance to maintain health. Vaccines tend to stimulate only one side of the immune system. Overuse of vaccines to suppress all acute, externalizing inflammations early in life can set up the immune system to respond to future stresses and infections by developing chronic internalizing disease later in life."
However, visitors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site are told that "vaccines give your babyÂ’s immune system the chance to practice and make protective antibodies before real germs invade. If left totally to chance, your babyÂ’s first exposure to a disease may be from a germ too strong for your baby to fight. ThatÂ’s why before parents had vaccines for their children, many children died from whooping cough, measles, diphtheria and other diseases. Those same germs exist today but todayÂ’s babies are protected by vaccines."
At the center of the vaccination debate, then, are two equally contentious questions. First, is 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? Second, do vaccine complications ultimately cause more chronic illness and death than infectious diseases do? Both 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 Vaccines and More Immune and Brain System Dysfunction
Between 1964 and 2002, the United States added eight new vaccines (a total of 23 doses) to the mandatory vaccination schedule, including five doses of live virus polio; two doses of live MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine; four doses of Hib (haemophilus influenza type b, which is a type of meningitis); three doses of hepatitis B vaccine; one dose of live virus varicella zoster (chicken pox) vaccine; four doses of pneumococcal vaccine and more strictly enforced existing laws mandating five doses of DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) vaccine.
In addition to more than doubling the number of doses of vaccine children have received during the past four decades, vaccination coverage rates rose in the United States from between 60 percent and 80 percent in 1967 for MMR, polio and DPT vaccines to between 80 percent and 95 percent coverage in 1996 for MMR, polio, DPT, hepatitis B and Hib vaccines. Since 1996, vaccination coverage rates for American children entering kindergarten have continued to hover around 95 percent with the "core" vaccines. Reported coverage rates are lower in states that include the two newest mandated vaccines, hepatitis B and chicken pox, in their reports.
During the same time period that the number of doses of childhood vaccines have more than doubled and vaccination coverage rates have neared 95 percent for five year olds, the number of American children suffering from immune and brain system dysfunction has risen dramatically. There has been a doubling of learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and asthma, a tripling of diabetes and a 300 to 600 percent increase in autism in most states.
These increasingly common brain and immune system disorders plaguing our children are forcing public school systems to build special education classrooms to accommodate the special needs of these children who are "stuck on sick."
After heart disease and cancer, autoimmune disease has become the third leading cause of illness in the United States and in many technologically advanced countries. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the autoimmune disease, asthma, is now "the most common disorder in children and adolescents, affecting nearly five million children under the age of 18, including an estimated 1.3 million children under the age of five. Fifty to 80 percent of children affected with asthma develop symptoms before they are five years old."
A 1997 study published in Science found that asthma has doubled in Western societies during the previous 20 years and in the United States causes one-third of pediatric emergency room visits. A 1995 report by the CDC stated that between 1982 and 1992, asthma increased 52 percent for persons between 5 and 34 years old and asthma deaths increased 42 percent.
Another autoimmune disorder, arthritis, is also "on a steady rise" according to the CDC in 1998, which estimated that arthritis now plagues more than 40 million Americans and projected that the number will grow to 60 million by 2020. Cases of diabetes, yet another chronic autoimmune disorder, have tripled in the US since 1958, now affecting nearly 16 million Americans and ranking fourth in the leading causes of death in America. The CDC concluded in 1997 that "the number of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes was almost 50 percent higher in 1994 than in 1980" and did not appear to be a result of the aging of the population.
In Europe, a 2000 report by the EURODIAB study group published in The Lancet evaluated the incidence rate of diabetes from 1989 to 1994 in Europe and Israel and found a 63 percent increase in children under 5 years old, a 31 percent increase in children five to nine years old; and a 24 percent increase in children 10 to 14 years old. They said, "The rapid rate of increase in children under 5 years old is of particular concern." There is no explanation for why adult-onset diabetes, once extremely rare in children, has become more prevalent in American children in the past ten years.
In addition to an unexplained increase in autoimmune disorders during the past three decades, there also has been an unexplained increase in the numbers of minimally brain damaged children who are filling classrooms for the learning disabled in schools across America. A disability survey of US children under 17 years old published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (August 25, 1995) stated that the "6- to 14-year-old age group had the greatest number of disabled people."
Learning disability led the way, occurring in nearly 30 percent of all disabled children. A total of 1,435,000 children were listed as learning disabled with another 1,446,000 children reported as suffering from speech disorders, mental retardation, mental or emotional disorders, epilepsy and autism.
The 1997 Digest of Education Statistics looked at children 0 to 21 years old who served in federally supported programs for the disabled between 1976 and 1996 and found that the numbers of children with specific learning disabilities more than tripled in those years; those with serious emotional disturbances nearly doubled; and the numbers of autistic children served rose from 5,000 in 1991-92 to 39,000 in 1995-1996 to produce a staggering 680 percent increase.
About five percent of U.S. children (at least 2 million children) are estimated to have attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A 1990 survey of 2,400 practicing physicians showed there were about two million patient visits with the diagnoses of ADD. By 1994, ADD diagnoses had increased to 4.7 million, with 90 percent being prescribed drug therapy. By 1995, there were 1.5 million children taking Ritalin and a 2000 study reported that the number of two to four year olds taking prescription drugs like Ritalin and Prozac rose 50 percent between 1991 and 1995.
According to one NIH official, 40 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD have learning disabilities and "anywhere from 20 percent to 70 percent of children who have ADHD also have conduct disorder" often involving delinquent behavior. The growing numbers of children with an ADHD diagnosis is cause for concern because, as one researcher observed in an article in JAMA in 1998: "Adults with a history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder appear to be over represented in the ranks of felons."
This observation coincides with the evidence presented by medical historian Harris Coulter, Ph.D. in his 1990 book Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality, where he draws parallels between the residual learning disabilities and hyperactive/abnormal behavior caused by complications of disease or vaccine-induced encephalitis and the hyperactive/abnormal behavior and learning disabilities being exhibited by more and more American children.
Many children with learning disabilities, ADHD and developmental delays exhibit signs of autoimmune dysfunction, with severe allergies to foods, drugs, and environmental toxins. This is particularly true for a brain disorder, autism, which is affecting more and more children in the US, Canada and Europe and has caused the most controversy in the vaccine safety debate.
Autism Numbers Soar
The Autism Society of America (ASA) estimates that "more than one-half million people in the US today have autism or some form of pervasive developmental disorder," making autism one of the most common developmental disabilities. Autism is also the fastest growing developmental disability affecting children in the U.S.
A 1998 Maryland Special Education Census Data report revealed that the state experienced a 513 percent increase in autism between 1993 and 1998, while the general population in Maryland increased just seven percent from 1990 to 1998. Between 1992 and 1997, data from the 16th and 20th Annual Reports to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) showed a 300 percent increase in autistic children served under IDEA in 25 states.
In an April 1999 report, the state of CaliforniaÂ’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS) found a 273 percent increase between 1987 and 1998 in the numbers of new children entering the DDS system with a professional diagnosis of autism. The report concluded that "the number of persons with autism grew markedly faster than the number of persons with other developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, epilepsy and mental retardation) and "compared to characteristics of 11 years ago, the present population of persons with autism are younger (and) have a greater chance of exhibiting no or milder forms of mental retardationÂ…"
In a report in April 2000, the CDC found the incidence of autism in Brick Township, New Jersey in 1998 was 1 in 150 children. In 2003, the state of California issued another report that revealed that during a 15 year period from 1987 to 2002, the number of new cases of autism increased by 634 percent while the number of other disabilities only increased between 57 and 79 percent. Between the years 1999 and 2002, the number of new autism cases entering the system nearly doubled.
Autism, once rare (1 in 10, 000 births) is now the number one disability entering CaliforniaÂ’s DDS system and is estimated to be occurring in 1 in 323 children. Because these latest figures only represent those cases which are professionally diagnosed as full spectrum autism and does not include milder forms of autism or those children born before 1997, the autism prevalence numbers for California may be closer to 1 in 150 children.
Although public health officials and doctors in the US, Canada and Europe are claiming that autism in children is not actually increasing but just appears to be increasing because of changes in diagnostic criteria, better diagnosis and better record keeping, parents of autistic children disagree. Rick Rollens, the father of an autistic son and co-founder of the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California-Davis, said "Anyone who knows anything about autism knows it canÂ’t be better diagnosis because you canÂ’t hide an autistic child. You can spot an autistic child from across an airport."
Conservative Institute of Medicine Weighs In
Because the brain and immune systems develop at their most rapid rate in the first three years of life, it is a legitimate scientific question to ask whether artificial manipulation of the immature immune system with vaccines can cause permanent damage and death and could be contributing to an increase in immune mediated neurological and autoimmune dysfunction in children.
Underlying the skepticism about the safety of national one-size-fits-all vaccine policies, which do not take into account biodiversity and genetic differences and justify vaccine casualties with the utilitarian "greater good" argument, is a basic challenge to the quality and quantity of the science, which is used to under-pin mass vaccination policies.
When Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, they included a mandate for the Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Sciences, to convene independent experts to examine the medical literature and gather other evidence to find out whether vaccines can or cannot cause permanent disability and death. Between 1991 and 2003, the IOM published reports, which have been both praised and denounced by public health officials and parents alike.
But whatever the two sides have to say about the IOM reports, it is clear that one of the most conservative segments of the scientific community has looked at the evidence and concluded that, yes, vaccines can cause a range of autoimmune and brain dysfunction and there is a lot that is still unknown about vaccine side effects. And, like the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, this is the first "official" acknowledgement of that fact in the history of vaccination in the U.S.
In the 1991 and 1994 reports, IOM committees found a causal relationship between certain vaccines and autoimmune disorders such as acute and chronic arthritis, Guillain Barre syndrome (GBS), and thrombocytopenia (failure of blood to clot) as well as brain inflammation and encephalopathy (degenerative disease of the brain). Two live virus vaccines--oral polio (OPV) and measles--were found to cause vaccine strain viral infections that could end in death.
Because either too few scientific studies had been conducted or the quality of the studies which were conducted were not good enough, the IOM could not conclude whether or not vaccines were involved in the development of many other brain and immune system disorders such as residual seizure disorders, aseptic meningitis, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, erythema multiforme (lesions of the skin or mucous membranes), or certain demyelinating diseases of the brain such as optic neuritis and transverse myelitis.
The 1991 IOM report concluded "In the course of its review, the committee found many gaps and limitations in knowledge bearing directly and indirectly on the safety of vaccines. Such shortcomings relate, for example, to pathologic mechanisms of specific infectious agents, the molecular basis of vaccine injury, and the natural history of conditions such as encephalopathy, mental retardation and chronic arthritis Â… many of the population based epidemiologic studies are too small or have inadequate lengths of follow-up to have a reasonable chance of detecting true adverse events, unless these effects are large or occur promptly and consistently after vaccination. If research capacity and accomplishment in this field are not improved, future reviews of vaccine safety will be similarly handicapped."
The 1994 IOM report again noted that "the lack of adequate data regarding many of the adverse events under study was of major concern to the committee. Presentations at public meetings indicated that many parents and physicians share this concern." The report added, "The committee was able to identify little information pertaining to why some individuals react adversely to vaccines when most do not. When it is clear that a vaccine can cause a specific adverse event, research should be encouraged to elucidate the factors that put certain people at risk for that adverse reaction."
In a report in 2002 issued by the IOM Immunization Safety Review Committee on vaccines and autoimmune dysfunction, the committee found that scientific evidence from epidemiological studies on whether allergy, including asthma, can be caused by multiple vaccination was conflicting and concluded the evidence "was inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship." The committee found there was biological mechanism evidence that vaccines could increase the risk of immune dysfunction in some children that could lead to increased infections and allergy, including asthma. It stated that "the biological mechanism evidence regarding increased risk for infections is strong." The report added:
"The committee was unable to address the concern that repeated exposure of a susceptible child to multiple immunizations over the developmental period may also produce atypical or non-specific immune or nervous system injury that could lead to severe disability or death. There are no epidemiological studies that address this. Thus, the committee recognizes with some discomfort that this report addresses only part of the overall set of concerns of some of those most wary about the safety of childhood immunizations."
Evidence that Diseases and Vaccines Adversely Affect Brain Function
Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis, encephalomyelitis, encephalopathy) has been documented for more than 200 years in the medical literature to be caused by viral and bacterial infections as well as by vaccines containing altered viruses and bacteria. It is well known that smallpox infection and smallpox vaccine can both cause brain inflammation as can rabies and rabies vaccine.
It is widely accepted that pertussis or whooping cough can cause brain inflammation and permanent brain damage, with endotoxin and pertussis toxin in the B. pertussis bacteria responsible for most of it. In 1994, the IOM acknowledged that the whole cell pertussis vaccine in the DPT shot, which contains endotoxin and pertussis toxin, can cause both acute brain inflammation and chronic neurologic dysfunction in previously healthy children within seven days of receipt of DPT vaccine.
Measles virus infection has long been associated with demyelinating disorders and brain damage. In 1998, officials of the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program found that a causal relationship exists between live measles vaccine and encephalopathy after analyzing cases of children who received measles vaccine alone or in the combination MMR shot and, within 15 days of vaccination, suffered neurologic signs that progressed to death or mental regression, retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits and movement disorders.
Evidence that Diseases and Vaccines Cause Immune Dysfunction
In addition to brain inflammation, however, viral and bacterial diseases and viral and bacterial vaccines have been associated with the development of autoimmune dysfunction. In 1935, scientists investigating the neurological complications of rabies vaccine discovered they could deliberately induce brain inflammation in lab animals by injecting them with brain myelin, causing an autoimmune reaction whereby the animal develops antibodies to its own brain tissue, causing demyelination.
The autoimmune diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and lupus, for example, involve chronic inflammation that causes tissue destruction including central nervous system damage. It is thought that these diseases may be triggered by an infection that activates autoreactive T-cells. And in individuals genetically susceptible to developing autoimmunity, chronic inflammation and/or autoantibodies may occur that selectively destroy organs in the body such as the brain.
The pertussis toxin has been shown in animal studies to provoke excess production of insulin by the pancreas and diabetes in mice. And from the earliest days of pertussis vaccine use, it has been associated with development of asthma in previously healthy children .
The primary complications for rubella disease and live rubella vaccine are autoimmune. There is evidence that persistent rubella viral infection in congenital rubella victims can cause diabetes. And chronic arthritis has been confirmed to be caused by both the disease and vaccine.
Since the late 1800s, the development of diabetes after mumps infection has been reported and there have been case reports of diabetes following mumps vaccination and after measles-mumps vaccination and MMR vaccination. In 2003, a study conducted by Barthelow Classen and David Carey Classen, published in the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, identified clusters of cases of type 1 diabetes mellitus, occurring in consistent temporal time periods after Hib vaccination, and it concluded that there are also clusters of cases of diabetes occurring 2-4 years after pertussis, MMR and BCG vaccination. The study data were also consistent with the occurrence of clusters following mumps infection.
A gastrointestinal disorder thought to be caused by infectious or immune mechanisms is CrohnÂ’s disease, which has been linked to measles infection and measles vaccine. CrohnÂ’s disease and ulcerative colitis, both thought to be autoimmune disorders, have also been reported to occur at a high rate in persons who had measles and mumps infections in the same year of life.
The virus that causes hepatitis B disease attacks the liver and can cause such severe joint pain, fatigue and weakness that the disease is sometimes mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Rare complications of hepatitis B disease include demyelinating disease, such as transverse myelitis and neuropathy.
Likewise, clinical symptoms that follow hepatitis B vaccine complications are similar to lupus or rheumatoid arthritis as well as optic neuritis and multiple sclerosis. GBS, chronic fatigue and vascular disorders have also been reported following hepatitis B vaccination. Researchers have also described CNS inflammation within 10 weeks of hepatitis B vaccination and concluded that, "The persistent inflammatory activity observed clinically and on MRI in these patients is comparable to that usually observed in multiple sclerosis," hypothesizing a triggering role of hepatitis B vaccination in CNS demyelination.
Sixty Kids Vaccinated Against the Flu Die of the Flu
JON RAPPOPORT see more at www.nomorefakenews.com
JANUARY 10, 2004. NY Times. Lawrence Altman, the dean of American medical writers, reported that 93 children have died from the flu this season in the US. Altman states: "Thirty-three of the victims had not been vaccinated. The disease control agency [CDC] recommends vaccination for all healthy children 6 months and older."
Okay Altman...therefore? Are we supposed to imagine that he doesn't see the corollary of what he just wrote? He's brain addled? He can't take the next logical step? He can't push the ball with his nose one last inch? He refuses to mention THEREFORE, 60 OF THE CHILDREN WHO DID DIE FROM THE FLU WERE VACCINATED AGAINST IT. Hello? Gosh o gee, if I were an editor at the NY Times, I would have blasted the headline: 60 VACCINATED CHILDREN DIE OF FLU ANYWAY. And then I might insert a sub-head: WHOLE VACCINE CAMPAIGN CALLED INTO DOUBT. But no.
And how many readers of the Times do you imagine caught the omission? How many will write a letter to the paper? Oh well, just another day in journalism hell. How about a little interview with a mother of a child who died, who says, "WE THOUGHT OUR GIRL WAS PROTECTED AFTER SHE GOT THE SHOT, BUT THEN SHE DIED. WHAT'S GOING ON?" How about asking the head of the CDC to comment on the fact that two-thirds of the kids who have died so far received the vaccine? This is fake news at its best. Reverse the whole meaning of the facts. Spin it to the wrong side. "All those kids who got the shot died, but the CDC says vaccinate your kid." And you thought the Jayson Blair scandal at the Times was bad? It was just a tempest in a teacup. THIS is bad. This is the kind of reporting that wouldn't even get by a bored-to-death teacher at a college journalism class. THIS is about health and illness and death. This is madness.
This is a very powerful piece about a mother who "thanks" the MDs and drug companies for causing her child's autism: http://help-bradley.tripod.com/