Vaccinations: Parents’ Informed Choice
Because the misinformation surrounding vaccination is so extensive,
many parents don’t even question whether or not they should
vaccinate their child, overlooking one of the most important decisions
a parent can make. Since medical authorities say vaccination is safe,
most parents simply go ahead with vaccination, completely unaware of
the potential dangers and unable to recognize a serious reaction when
it does occur.
And since government health departments and school authorities give
the impression that vaccination is mandated for every child in the
United States, most parents believe they are legally required to
vaccinate their child. But in all 50 states, you are free to decline
vaccination entirely, or adopt a partial vaccination schedule, an
important decision about the health and welfare of your child.
However, parents face tremendous pressure from doctors, the media,
schools and even other parents, to follow the standard vaccination
schedule and subject their child to an ever-escalating protocol of
multiple injections at various stages of their young lives, even
including injections with several vaccines in the same shot.
Because vaccines are used predominately on our precious children,
most people assume that the many vaccines have been subjected to
thorough trials and rigorous studies proving that vaccines are safe
and effective. Parents have been told that mass vaccination campaigns
ended multiple epidemics around the world, that vaccines are effective
at preventing the illnesses they are targeted against, that side
effects are rare and generally consist of sore arms or mild fevers
that pass quickly, and that the few serious negative reactions are
carefully tracked and monitored, keeping adverse reactions to a
However, parents who take the time to dig deeper and pierce this
veil of misinformation find that these assertions lack solid
scientific backing. Not only has there never been a single long-term
study comparing the health and welfare of vaccinated to unvaccinated
children, multiple examples can easily be found of vaccinated children
acquiring the very illness they have been vaccinated against.
Furthermore, there is overwhelming evidence that vaccines can be
extremely harmful, permanently disabling and even deadly to our
children. And the current system for tracking and reporting adverse
reactions to the FDA is sloppy, poorly executed and voluntary rather
than mandatory, even when a child has been permanently disabled or
killed by a vaccine.
When a baby becomes infected with a communicable disease, his
immune system responds through a sophisticated web of interlocking
reactions that can produce immunity for life to naturally acquired
childhood diseases. These miraculous defenses exist, in part, to keep
invading microbes and viruses from taking hold in the deeper systems
and organs of the body.
But vaccines, which contain both live and dead viruses, killed
bacteria, genetically engineered DNA and chemical preservatives, are
injected directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the natural immune
response. This deprives the body of the ability to naturally develop
life-long immunity in all its multifaceted complexity to normal
childhood diseases like measles, mumps and chicken pox. Mass
vaccination is a manmade attempt to remove the natural infection
response from human development and replace it with a series of
artificially imposed infections and immune responses determined by the
doctor’s vaccination schedule.
So Many Shots
Thirty years ago, children received a total of four vaccines, but
today a fully vaccinated child receives a whopping 37-50 vaccines
during the early, formative years of life, when his developing immune
system is most vulnerable. Even an adult immune system would be
challenged by so many vaccines given during such a short period of
time. While unvaccinated children will never develop every disease for
which children are given a vaccine, their bodies are forced by the
Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) vaccination schedule to respond
to them all. Furthermore, the DPT vaccine forces an immune response to
diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis on the same day, an event that would
never happen in real life. Plus, there are virtually no studies or
scientific research on the effects of multiple viral and bacterial
vaccines given in combination or in close succession, and how they
affect the human body.
Evidence of Vaccine Harm
The medical profession is extremely reluctant to acknowledge
adverse reactions to vaccination, even when the reaction is
instantaneous or occurs within a few hours, and even with adults who
can clearly verbalize their negative reactions, which infants are
unable to do. And since no studies have ever tracked negative effects
that occur over the long term, reactions that occur days, weeks or
years later are almost never attributed to the vaccine.
It is a little-known fact that not a single study exists to prove
that vaccines are safe over the long term. "It would be such an
easy study to organize. Use three groups of children--the first group
fully vaccinated, the second group partially vaccinated, and the third
group no vaccinations. Then follow them for up to 10 years and we
would be able to see the kinds of problems that are manifesting from
these vaccines," says Barbara Loe Fisher, President of the
National Vaccine Information Center.1 However, evidence of
vaccine harm is not really a secret-- hundreds of published medical
studies have documented both vaccine failure and vaccine harm, even
though most pediatricians continue to vaccinate and most parents
remain completely unaware of these studies.2
One well known example of a long term negative vaccine reaction
occurred with the polio vaccine used in the late 1950s into the early
1960s. This vaccine was later found to be contaminated with a monkey
virus, SV40, which had tainted the vaccine during production. And even
though the virus was discovered in 1960, the contaminated vaccine
continued to be given to American children for three more years with
the full knowledge of government health authorities, until it was
withdrawn in 1963. Thirty years later, SV40 has been isolated in bone,
brain and lung cancers of disabled and deceased adults. The SV40
vaccine debacle proves a direct connection between a vaccine and a
slow-growing cancer which developed decades after the vaccine.3
Unfortunately, authorities made no effort to find and track adult
recipients of the vaccine, study and catalog their health status, or
note their rate of cancer, even though a clear opportunity exists to
study long term effects of a vaccine in a very direct and concise way.
Delayed negative reactions have also been confirmed by the work of
Dr. Viera Scheibner, who developed a baby monitor in an effort to
prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Her monitor sounds an
alarm if the baby stops breathing or shows patterns of stress
breathing during sleep. In designing the monitor, she had no
preconceived intention of specifically tracking vaccination reactions,
as she had never conceived of the fact that vaccinations were in any
way problematic or harmful.
In due course of tracking infant breathing at night, she recorded
the breathing patterns of babies following the DPT injection. She
found that the vaccine caused babies a great deal of stress and that
this stress showed a remarkable uniformity, with stress flare-ups
immediately following the vaccine on day 2 or 5, or delayed reactions
on the 15-16th or 20-25th day in babies who recovered and those who
subsequently died from SIDS. Scheibner’s monitor proved that death
from the vaccine sometimes occurs weeks after the injection, in
correlation with the stress patterns it identified. However, the
longer time frame gives doctors and health authorities every excuse
not to attribute it to the DPT shot.
Not Reported Or Tracked
One of the great dangers of the current pro-vaccine mentality is
the fact that negative vaccine reactions are very rarely reported to
the adverse event reporting system, a system rife with problems. When
a vaccine is released onto the market, post-marketing surveillance is
supposed to track any negative reactions from the millions of people
taking the newly released vaccine. However, not only is the adverse
reporting system entirely voluntary, 90 to 99 percent of all adverse
reactions are never reported, according to David Kessler, head of the
FDA for most of the 1990s.4 And no oversight of any kind
ensures that reports made directly to the pharmaceutical companies are
then forwarded to the FDA--the process is run entirely by the
A very clear example of the poor adverse event documentation
occurred during President Bush’s recent Smallpox Vaccination Program
of 2003. Before the program, the public was repeatedly told to expect
death rates from the vaccine of one to two per million. In fact, there
were three deaths (that we know of) among the approximately 36,000
civilians and few hundred embedded reporters who were vaccinated.5
This makes the actual death rate 80 times higher than that which the
CDC told the public to expect. Serious adverse reactions such as brain
swelling, heart inflammation, heart attacks, uncontrolled ulceration
of the skin, among others, were one in 583, seven times higher than
the CDC’s original guesstimate of one in four thousand. And yet
medical authorities and mainstream news continue to use the old,
inaccurate numbers rather than update the risk estimate as they
Even worse, these numbers were probably vastly underreported since,
just as with childhood vaccination reactions, reporting adverse
reactions during the smallpox vaccine was not mandatory and was also
limited to an arbitrary and ill-defined time frame of 2-4 weeks. What
was the rate of death and injury from the vaccine over the next few
months and years? All of these important risks should have been
studied and tracked for an honest assessment of the true risk of this
vaccine, but researchers missed this valuable opportunity due to the
usual shoddy and incomplete tracking system that reflects the poor
science behind vaccine development.
Hepatitis B Vaccine At Birth
Let’s look at the hepatitis B vaccine as a way to examine
problems with the development and introduction of any new vaccine.
Hepatitis B is primarily an adult disease transmitted through blood
and body fluids. High risk populations include drug users,
heterosexuals and homosexuals with many sexual partners, health care
workers exposed to blood, and babies born to infected mothers. In
1996, 270 children under the age of 14 were infected with hepatitis B,
with only 54 cases reported in the 0-1 age group.
In spite of the low risk for children in general, and in spite of
the ability to target at-risk children by specifically testing their
mothers before birth, the CDC added the hepatitis B vaccine to the
recommended vaccination schedule in 1991, with the first of three
doses to be administered on the very day of birth before leaving the
In 1986, Merck & Co. began marketing the first genetically
engineered hepatitis B vaccine. A flagrant example of the poor science
behind vaccination development, the FDA approved the vaccine for use
after only 1636 doses of Recombivax HB were administered to only 653
children who were subsequently monitored for only 5 days after each
dose.6 Since the vaccine is recommended for the first day
of life, Merck was asked for safety data on newborns. They replied,
"We have none. Our studies were done on 5- and
10-year-olds."7 Further, Merck admitted in 1996 that
no data is "available for the simultaneous administration of
Recombivax HB with other vaccines" even though children are
routinely given other vaccines along with Recombivax HB vaccine.
Since the introduction of this vaccine, there have been hundreds of
reports in the medical literature (mostly published in international
medical journals outside of the United States) citing central nervous
system diseases, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome,
arthritis, severe rashes, fever, chronic fatigue, and Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome (SIDS) as a direct result of the vaccine. Parents have
filed tens of thousands of adverse event reports with the Vaccine
Adverse Event Reporting System, including emergency room visits,
hospitalization and deaths. A study in New Zealand reported a 60
percent increase in juvenile diabetes after a massive campaign to
vaccinate babies from 1988 to 1991 with the hepatitis B vaccine.8
Even Merck itself admits to systemic complaints such as fever, joint
pain, fatigue and weakness in up to 17 percent of all hepatitis B
injections. And perhaps most telling of all, over 50 percent of the
doctors surveyed in the UK refused to take the hepatitis B vaccine
themselves, citing the known dangers from the vaccine, even though as
medical professionals working in hospitals, they belong to a high risk
group exposed to blood products and needles in the daily course of
But most disturbing is the fundamental question of why this vaccine
was recommended for infants in the first place. In 1996, there were
1,080 reports of adverse reactions among 0-1 year olds from the
vaccine, including 47 deaths. If only 10 percent of the true deaths
and injuries are being reported--an extremely conservative
estimate--this means that there were actually over 10,800 adverse
reactions and 470 deaths from the vaccine. Yet in that same year,
there were only 54 cases of the disease reported in the 0-1 year old
group. This frightful equation reveals that for every child that
acquires hepatitis B, the vaccine kills 9 babies and injures 200.
Why subject tens of millions of infants to the known dangers of
this vaccine when the few babies actually at risk for the disease can
be identified by simply screening the mother?9 And finally,
even if parents opt to include this vaccine in their child’s vaccine
schedule, why is the vaccine given on the day of birth? Parents need
time to get to know their child first, so they can compare the
baby’s health status before and after vaccination, so any harm can
be noticed, tracked and treated.
In addition to problems with genetically engineered vaccines, many
vaccines--notably the MMR, chickenpox and Sabin polio vaccines--inject
live viruses into the body. Various stabilizers and preservatives are
added including formaldehyde, lead, aluminum and MSG. Unknown amounts
of RNA and DNA from animal and human cell tissue culture have been
found as well. And even though concerned parent groups have fought for
the removal of the mercury-based preservative thimerisol from
childhood vaccines, the pharmaceutical industry still uses mercury in
flu vaccines, a new addition to the recommended yearly vaccination
schedule for children starting at age 6 months. Additionally, the
medical industry has continued to use old lots of thimerisol-containing
vaccines until supplies are exhausted, rather than pull them from the
market immediately, as they should.
For Loss Of Their Child
Because of the dramatic increase in the number of injuries from
childhood vaccines over the past decades, Congress enacted the
National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, setting up a fund to
compensate parents for injured or dead children (as if a parent could
ever be "compensated" for the loss of their child due to
vaccination). Application to this fund is the first step parents must
take when their child has been harmed; thus, the fund serves to shield
the pharmaceutical company from all initial liability. To date, the
fund has paid out over $1.2 billion to parents with over 12,000
reports made every year. This is a staggering number considering how
many reactions occur that medical authorities refuse to attribute to
the vaccine. And if David Kessler is correct and 90-99 percent of all
injuries are not even reported, the true number of children injured or
killed by vaccines would be 1.2 million or more per year.
The many excellent organizations10 that work to inform
doctors and parents of the risks of vaccines describe the anguished
phone calls they receive, recounting the devastation, guilt, confusion
and distress that follow.11 Parents describe babies who
within hours or days of their vaccination, run fevers, become restless
or listless, fall into deep sleeps interspersed with piercing screams,
arch their backs strangely while they cry, fall into comas or
repetitive seizures, twitch, jerk, or stare into space blankly. Or,
parents describe a general decline in overall health with constant ear
infections, sudden sensitivities to foods and food allergies, sleep
disturbances, asthma, unexplained rashes, and loss of developmental
milestones replaced instead with repetitive head banging or body
Many parents and doctors believe the staggering increase in chronic
childhood illness is a reaction to the dozens of vaccines that are now
part of the standard vaccination schedule. Fifty years ago, autism
affected less than 1 in 10,000 families, but now 1 in every 68
families have an autistic child. The rate of schoolchildren with
autism has increased 1700 percent nationally from 1992 to 2002,
creating a huge drain on families, school resources and social
services that can never be remedied if the root cause turns out to be
vaccination as many suspect, and the true solution is never addressed.
Childhood asthma, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, and obesity
have skyrocketed as well. As the SV40 polio debacle proved what can
happen, "We may be trading mumps and measles during childhood,
for cancer and leukemia in adults,"says Barbara Loe Fisher.
Do Vaccines Even Work?
Even if parents find out about the risks of vaccines on their own,
their doctors usually assure them that the risk is worth the almost
certain benefit of freedom from infectious disease that their child
receives. However, time and again, vaccines have simply not worked
against the disease they are targeted to prevent. A 1978 survey of 30
states showed that more than half of all children who contracted
measles had been fully vaccinated. Sweden abandoned its whooping cough
vaccine after it examined 5,140 cases of whooping cough in 1978 and
found that 84 percent had been vaccinated three times. A 1990 Journal
of American Medicine Association article stated that "Although
more than 95 percent of school-aged children in the US are vaccinated
against measles, large measles outbreaks continue to occur in schools
and most cases. . . occur among previously vaccinated
children." The medical literature is filled with example after
example of the failure of vaccination to furnish protection against
common childhood diseases.
But rather than accept the premise that the entire system of
vaccination is fundamentally flawed, the medical industry calls for
"booster" shots and re-vaccination, without any solid,
long-term studies to see whether immunity is actually achieved and, if
so, for how long.
Vaccination Did Not End Epidemics
While we have all been taught that vaccination ended the world’s
many deadly epidemics, an honest and careful review of original
historical medical sources, publications and statistics from the past
two hundred years reveals that infectious diseases declined 90 percent
before mass vaccination was ever introduced.
Experts attribute the cessation of epidemic diseases not to mass
vaccination, but to a major sanitation reform movement that swept
Europe during the 1800s. These reforms included moving human waste out
of streets via plumbing systems; regularly cleaning streets and
stables of horse manure and human waste; improving roads so that
meats, vegetables and raw milk could be distributed in cities while
still fresh; and upgrading water distribution systems to prevent
All the old terror diseases of plague, black death and cholera
responded to these reforms, and epidemics declined throughout the
1800s, long before the advent of vaccination. Even the CDC reported in
1999 that infectious diseases declined in the past century due to
improvements in sanitation, water and hygiene. Vaccination against
whooping cough, diphtheria, measles and polio all occurred only at the
very end of the life cycle of each epidemic, exposing the fallacy of
the claim that vaccination ended epidemics.13
The only exception to this decline in epidemic disease is smallpox,
which, contrary to all we have been taught, actually increased with
the advent of mandatory vaccination and decreased only after an
organized uprising by parents and doctors forced European governments
to end their mandatory vaccination programs.14 Even though
the World Health Organization claims credit for the eradication of
smallpox worldwide through vaccination, the fact is that smallpox
declined in countries around the world whether the population had been
vaccinated or not. As Dr. Glen Dittman said in 1986, "It is
pathetic and ludicrous to say we vanquished smallpox with vaccines,
when only 10 percent of the population were ever vaccinated."
Big Business Creates
Pressure to Vaccinate
The children of the United States represent the most highly
vaccinated population in the world. Millions of dollars are provided
by the multi-national pharmaceuticals to create front organizations
like "All Kids Count" and "Immunization Action
Coalition," groups with friendly, neutral names that disguise the
pharmaceutical funding behind their mandate to promote vaccination.
Vaccines produce billions of dollars a year for the drug companies, in
part because the federal government funds massive vaccination drives
by buying vaccines with our tax dollars and then giving state health
departments millions of dollars with the goal of achieving 100 percent
vaccine compliance. If they fail, the money can be withdrawn from the
state. The result of all of this money available to state health
authorities is enormous pressure applied to the schools, which in turn
pressure parents by requiring proof of vaccination for entry into
school at every level of a child’s development.
Yet resistance to the mandatory vaccination schedule is growing and
millions of parents are questioning both the underlying science of
vaccination and expressing concerns about side effects. A 2003 study
found that 93 percent of pediatricians and 60 percent of family
physicians reported at least one family that had refused a vaccine for
When a parent chooses to limit or opt out of the vaccination schedule,
a wide variety of official responses have been reported ranging from
no difficulties at all, to the opposite extreme, official threats of
medical child neglect charges. It is an unfortunate fact that parents
who decline vaccination have been thrown out of their doctors’
offices and children have been refused entry into school. In extreme
cases, officials have charged parents with medical child neglect and
forced them to go to court to retain the right to raise their child.15
Parents receiving benefits such as welfare, food aid and medical care
risk the loss of such aid when they wish to opt out of vaccination.
Yet it is also true that many parents experience no resistance from
authorities with their right of vaccination refusal unchallenged, as
long as they follow the various state laws for exemption.
Polio, smallpox and diphtheria were in decline before the
introduction of vaccinations. Mandatory smallpox vaccination
in England and Wales resulted in a huge increase in the
disease. Typhoid fever died out with no vaccination program.
How To Opt Out
Since this short article cannot examine every vaccine, if you have
questions about a specific vaccine, please see the footnotes and
recommended reading list at the end of this article to help you decide
which, if any, vaccines you feel are safe for your child. While
vaccines may be "mandated" by the CDC, they are not
"legally required." No one has the legal authority to
vaccinate your child against your wishes.
If the birth will take place in a hospital, you can amend the medical
treatment forms or your birth plan, and clearly state that you do not
want any vaccines for your baby while in the hospital. You should also
communicate your request verbally with the staff on all shifts, either
yourself or by having your spouse or advocate communicate your wishes
clearly and directly.
Once your child is born, the pressure to vaccinate comes from two
sources--medical authorities and school authorities. Medically, you
are free to make any decision at any time you feel is best regarding
your child’s vaccination schedule. However, if you opt out of
vaccination, many doctors may lie about vaccines being mandatory or
frighten you with exaggerated statistics about the dangers of not
vaccinating and refuse to treat your child. Unfortunately, the
"bread and butter" of pediatric practice are the many
"well baby" visits that include vaccination throughout your
However, it is the entry into day care or school that triggers the
need for legal exemptions. There are three types of
exemptions--philosophical, medical and religious. There are medical
exemptions in all 50 states, religious exemptions in all but two
states (West Virginia and Mississippi), and philosophical exemptions
in 16 states. You can check the laws for your particular state at www.thinktwice.com
Private schools have their own rules and may reject children that
have not been vaccinated. Public schools, however, are required by law
to accept your exemption, when properly prepared according to the laws
of your state. Home schooling sidesteps the issue entirely.
Once you check the laws for your particular state, you can choose
the exemption type that is best for your situation. It is very
important to submit the appropriate paperwork to the school so that
your refusal to vaccinate cannot be interpreted as parental neglect. A
philosophical exemption generally requires a short letter simply
stating that you object to vaccination. The religious exemption also
requires a letter, but some states stipulate that you actually belong
to, and are a practicing member of, a religion that specifically
objects to vaccination. The medical exemption is usually the most
difficult to obtain because doctors are subject to review and censure
by state medical authorities when they grant exemptions. In some cases
medical exemptions may be obtained from the school nurse--and are
often easier to obtain than from a physician.
Happily, simply signing and submitting the exemption is generally
all that is needed. Some exemption letters must be notarized or
drafted as a signed affidavit. And some School Immunization Records
have an exemption section on the form itself, that you simply fill
out. Here is an example for California: www.dhs.ca.gov/publications/forms/pdf/pm286b.pdf.
For examples of exemption letters for all possible scenarios and all
states see www.vaclib.org/pdf/exemption.htm
When discussing your decision to opt out, it is best to remain
calm, courteous and diplomatic, even in the face of ignorance or
resistance from authorities. Do not enter into arguments with
authorities and draw attention to your decision. There is no need to
attach documents to your exemption proving evidence of the problems
with vaccination or explaining your reasons for opting out--you simply
want an exemption for your child. If you encounter belligerent or
arrogant authorities who intimidate you with threats of sending you to
jail or taking your child away, try to sidestep their resistance in a
non-confrontational manner and leave the situation as soon as
possible. If you run into this kind of resistance, you should put your
wishes in writing, escalate your exemption request to someone above
that official, and demand a written response. You’ll be surprised
how quickly resistance from authorities can fade once they must put
their illegal statements and intimidations in writing.17
Above all, remember that no authority has the legal right to
vaccinate your child without your permission. Should they do so, they
open themselves up to legal liability and you have all the resources
of the law behind you. While you may experience resistance, they are
breaking the law, not you. Do not be coerced or intimidated into
vaccinating your child--it is your choice and your right to do what
you feel is best.
Naturally Derived Immunity
Those of us involved in the Weston A. Price organization have an
intimate understanding of the lies and distortions that various
government and corporate forces use to control our food choices. The
grassroots Campaign for Real Milk started with research into the facts
of the situation, analyzed how the media and agribusiness distorted
the true history of raw and pasteurized milk, the organized a drive
for freedom of choice, and supported the farmers committed to
producing raw milk.
It is these same kinds of distortions and propaganda regarding
drugs and vaccines that are sometimes overlooked in the natural food
community. The doctor who tells parents that raw milk will give their
child TB is the same doctor who assures parents that vaccines are
safe, effective and nothing to be concerned about.
We know that children of the many cultures that Weston Price
studied needed no vaccination--they grew up vibrant, healthy and
strong, able to fight off infectious disease as long as they
maintained their original, native diets. Should a child be in any
danger from an infectious disease, we have many powerful tools
available to us--nutrient-dense healing foods along with homeopathy,
acupuncture, herbalism and naturopathy, all systems of earth-based
healing that take into account the full well being of the whole person
to restore and maintain true health.
The recent avalanche of drug scandals exposing death and injury from
drugs fully approved by the FDA demonstrates harm far greater than
specific problems with individual drugs. Western medicine operates
under the assumption that synthetic, genetically engineered drugs and
vaccines heal the sick and protect the young from disease, an
assumption that parents are expected to accept without question. But
when it comes to your child, you are the expert most qualified to
decide what is best for your child, using your intelligence and common
sense in the same way we fight for our right for real food.
About the Author
Lynne Born has been an alternative health care activist, writer
and independent medical researcher for over 20 years. She is a
longtime member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and enjoys a diet
based on homemade full-fat foods, bone broth, raw milk and fermented
1. Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccination Information Center, http://www.909shot.com.
Nevada County, California, has the highest percentage of unvaccinated
children in the state of California, providing a perfect setting for
this simple study. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/05/25/CM171959.DTL.
2. For their excellent collection of hundreds of peer reviewed,
published articles on the dangers, side effects, and inefficacy of
vaccination, see Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research
shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System,
by Viera Scheibner, Ph.D., 1997. Available from New Atlantean Press,
505-983-1856. See also any of the excellent books by Neil Z. Miller,
including Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?,
2002. Check his website for additional books, http://www.thinktwice.com.
3. Even Dr. Jonas Salk who developed the first polio vaccine
admitted under oath that most cases of polio in the USA since 1961
were actually caused by the vaccine.
4. David Kessler, " Introducing MedWatch: A new approach to
reporting medication and device adverse effect and product
problems," Journal of American Medical Association, July
2, 1993, 269(21): 2765–68.
5. As the deaths followed one after another in March and April 2003,
headlines read "First death: Nurse dies after smallpox
vaccination"; "Second worker dies of heart attack after
smallpox vaccination"; and "Coroner rules [smallpox]
vaccinations contributed to reservist’s death." (An internet
search easily reveals these articles.) Yet, by June 2003, mainstream
media articles were not only ignoring the earlier deaths, they
continued to use the old, inaccurate figures of one or two deaths per
million rather than the newly updated, more truthful numbers that had
become apparent during this vaccination program.
6. Merck & Co. 1993 product insert for Recombivax HB.
7. 1997 Illinois Board of Health hearing, The Congressional Quarterly,
August 25, 2000, pg. 647.
8. Barthelo Classen, M.D., CEO of Classen Immunotherapies Inc.
Epidemiologic study in the New Zealand Medical Journal, 1996.
9. See http://www.909shot.com/History/Newsletters/hepbnlr.htm
for more detailed information about the dangers and risks of the
Hepatitis B vaccine.
10. National Vaccination Information Center, http://www.909shot.com;
Think Twice Global Vaccine Institute, http://www.thinktwice.com.
11. See http://www.thinktwice.com/stories.htm,
12. The concept that epidemic diseases were ended by sanitation
reforms is reinforced when natural disasters destroy sanitation
systems and roads, bringing epidemic diseases with the collapse of the
infrastructure. Vaccination does not end these epidemics – only the
restoration of basic services restores health.
13. See charts showing the decline of epidemics in my article
"Smallpox Vaccine has the Pox", http://zmagsite.zmag.org/Aug2003/born0803.html,
14. For an in-depth study of the unscientific and fraudulent
development of the smallpox vaccine, see my article referenced in
15. See Immunization, The Reality Behind the Myth, by Walene James,
1995, Chapter 10 "Appointment with Tyranny" for a story
of a court battle over the right to not vaccinate in 1981.
16. See How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctors, by
Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. for an excellent resource on parenting without
17. Dr. Joseph Mercola has written an excellent article that details
how to handle resistance in your state: How to Legally Avoid Unwanted
Immunizations of All Kinds, http://www.mercola.com/fcgi/pf/article/vaccines/legally_avoid_shots.htm.
RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND WEBSITES
Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? by Neil Z.
Miller, 2002. Check his website for additional books, www.thinktwice.com.
National Vaccination Information Center, www.909shot.com.
for recommended reading.
Immunization, The Reality Behind the Myth, by Walene
Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows that Vaccines
Represent a medical Assault on the Immune System, by Viera
Scheibner, PhD., 1007, New Atlantean Press, (505) 983-1856.
How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctors, by
Robert Mendelsohn, MD.
MERCURY IN VACCINES AND AUTISM
The mercury-autism connection has surfaced to the public’s
attention with the publication of "Deadly Immunity," by
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in the July issue of Rolling Stone magazine,
simultaneous with publication in Salon. Kennedy describes a Center for
Disease Control and Prevention meeting held June 2000 at which CDC
epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten presented evidence to industry and
government officials that thimerosal, the mercury-based preservative
in vaccines, was responsible for the epidemic of autism in America’s
children. Instead of taking immediate steps to alert the public and
rid the vaccine supply of thimerosal, the attendees spent the rest of
the meeting discussing ways to cover up the damaging data.
Subsequently, powerful friends in Congress have tried to protect
vaccine manufacturers with legislation to shield them from more than
4000 pending lawsuits. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has
received $837,000 in contributions from the pharmaceutical industry,
quietly slipped a rider known as the "Eli Lilly Protection
Act" into the homeland security bill. The measure was repealed by
Congress in 2003 but earlier this year, Frist slipped another
provision into an anti-terrorism bill that would deny compensation to
children suffering from vaccine-related brain disorders. "The
lawsuits are of such magnitude that they could put vaccine producers
out of business and limit our capacity to deal with a biological
attack by terrorists," says Andy Olsen, a legislative assistant
More than 500,000 children suffer from autism, with 40,000 new
cases diagnosed every year. The disease was unknown until 1943, when
it was identified and diagnosed among eleven children born after
thimerosal was first added to baby vaccines in 1931.
The CDC counters parental anger and negative publicity by citing
studies that vindicate thimerosal, studies opponents claim are
doctored and highly suspect. "You couldn’t even construct a
study that shows thimerosal is safe," says Dr. Boyd Haley, one of
the world’s authorities on mercury toxicity and head of the
chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. "It’s just
too darn toxic. If you inject thimerosal into an animal, its brain
will sicken. If you apply it to living tissue, the cells die. If you
put it in a petri dish, the culture dies. Knowing these things, it
would be shocking if one could inject it into an infant without
Internal documents reveal that Eli Lilly, which first developed
thimerosal, knew from the start that its product could cause damage.
Yet the lure of profits proved greater than the company’s concern
for the public. Thimerosal enables the pharmaceutical industry to
package vaccines in vials that contain multiple doses. The larger
vials cost half as much to produce as smaller, single-dose vials, and
are needed to make in mass vaccination programs cost effective.
The introduction of thimerosal into vaccines coincided with an
increase in the number of vaccines given to children. Infants who
receive all their vaccines, plus boosters, by the age of six months
are exposed to levels of ethylmercury, injected directly into the
bloodstream, 187 times greater than the EPAs limit for daily exposure
to methylmercury, a related neurotoxin.
Kennedy describes a burgeoning scandal that has the potential to
bring down the pharmaceutical industry. To read his article, see www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/7395411.
IF YOU MUST VACCINATE
- Wait until the child is at least 2 years old.
- Do not give more than one vaccination at a time.
- Never vaccinate when the child is sick.
- Be sure that the vaccines are thimerosal-free.
- Supplement the child with extra cod liver oil, vitamin C and B12
before each shot.
- Obtain a medical exemption if the child has had a bad reaction
to a vaccination before or if there is a personal or family
history of vaccine reactions, convulsions or neurological
disorders, severe allergies and/or immune system disorders.