A Parent’s Response to the New York Times’ Article: Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions

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I am generally a nice person. As long as someone or something does not infringe upon my rights as a parent or individual I try to stay out of it. And that’s exactly how I feel about vaccinations. I encourage you to educate yourself but ultimately, you have the final say. That’s how it is here in the United States of America, we have the freedom to choose, freedom to parent our kids the way we see fit, and freedom from government interference into the most intimate aspects of our lives whether we are religious or not.

Or so I thought…

There was a piece published by the New York Times recently written by Dr. Kristen Feemster (a pediatric infectious disease physician who profits from “professionally advising” pharmaceutical companies and feels that a parent’s decision not to vaccinate may warrant a call to Child Protective Services) that urged the scientific and public health communities to curtail vaccine exemptions. In case you’re wondering, a vaccine exemption allows an individual to forgo the vaccination for medical, religious, and sometimes philosophical reasons. The reason for trumping these rights? The public good.

I had many problems with this article, and you should too, because it infringes on your constitutional rights as a parent, blatantly suggests that “vaccines are safe and effective,” insinuates that those of us who choose not to vaccinate our children have no educated reason for doing so, and obviously assumes that the healthcare, scientific community, and parents (the most important player in this dilemma if you will) agree on what constitutes the public good. 

Here is my response to this article.

Dear Dr. Feemster, the New York Times, and anyone else who thinks I don’t have a right to (un)vaccinate my child:

I am sorry to hear that you deem a parent’s choice of whether or not to vaccinate with so little regard. Need I refer you to the United States Constitution where it has been decided and upheld by the United States Supreme Court on numerous occassions that parents’ have the right to the care, custody, and control of their children, freedom to rear their children without  government interference, the freedom of expression and religion, freedom of privacy, and protection under the first, ninth, and 14th amendments. The right to raise my child as I see fit and the right to decide what I do and do not put into my body or my child’s is a fundamental right granted to me as a citizen of the United States of America. (See Prince v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Wisconsin v. Yoder, Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur, Pierce v. Society of Sisters, Meyer v. Nebraska,  City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health Inc., Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsStanley v Illinois, Quilloin v. Walcott, Parham v. J. R, etc.) 

You claim that personal and philosophical exemptions should be curtailed because of those who cannot medically receive vaccines. What about those of us who are subjected to virus shedding on a daily basis by those individuals who have chosen to vaccinate? What about those of us vaccinated or not, who have gotten sick as a result of vaccine-induced outbreaks of whooping cough, measles, and meningitis? What about the billions of dollars we sink into healthcare every year to cover the rising costs associated with the surge of childhood diseases, all of which are listed as side-effects on the vaccine inserts and have increased as the number of vaccines on the child immunization schedule have increased? What about the vaccine-injured children? Should we not be worried about protecting our children from the serious and sometimes debilitating vaccine-induced conditions? Are my religious freedoms not protected when it comes to vaccinations? Is my educated opinion that vaccines are harmful to the human body of less value than yours? What about the millions of Americans and medical professionals who think the same?

You state that vaccines are safe and effective but as a member of the scientific and healthcare community I’m not sure how you came to that conclusion. You see, vaccines are not research effective because they are not subjected to double-blind placebo controlled studies using a saline solution that is the standard for evidence-based medicine. Vaccinations are tested against other vaccinations, adjuvants, and complex vaccinations – this not only yields inaccurate results but altered and inaccurate safety data. How can you know if something is truly safe if it is not tested against a placebo?

“Vaccines are safe and effective. The significant reduction in illness and death from vaccine-preventable diseases is testimony to how well they work.”

You claim vaccines are safe. Have you read the package inserts, studies, or checked out the VAERS database lately? If you had, you would see side-effects like these: (Boostrix - Tdap) blood and lymphatic system disorders, immune system disorders, myocarditis, nervous system disorders, convulsions, seizures, encephalitis (brain swelling), facial palsy, skin disorders; (Pediarix IPV + DTaP + Hep B) Sudden infant death (SIDS), death, seizures, meningitis, paralysis, anaphylactic shock, encephalitis, skin and tissue disorders; (Chicken pox / Varicella) eczema, vaccine-strain chicken pox, lower respiratory infections, seizures, encephalitis, cerebrovascular accident, transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell’s palsy, aseptic meningitis, pneumonia; (Merck’s Hep-B) Guillain-Barré Syndrome, ringing in the ears, multiple sclerosis, myelitis including transverse myelitis, seizure, febrile seizure, peripheral neuropathy including Bell’s Palsy, herpes zoster, migraine, arthritis. Merck’s MMR vaccine insert is laughable. And I quote,

“Measles, mumps, and rubella are three common childhood diseases, caused by measles virus, mumps virus (paramyxoviruses), and rubella virus (togavirus), respectively, that may be associated with serious complications and/or death. For example, pneumonia and encephalitis are caused by measles. Mumps is associated with aseptic meningitis, deafness and orchitis; and rubella during pregnancy may cause congenital rubella syndrome in the infants of infected mothers.”

Assuming for a moment that the MMR vaccine actually works, the above sounds pretty good…until you get to the bottom of the insert where you see that the vaccine is associated with the same side-effects of the disease it’s designed to prevent:

Panniculitis; atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability, vasculitis, pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; parotitis; nausea, diabetes mellitus, thrombocytopenia, purpura, regional lymphadenopathy; leukocytosis, anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema, arthritis, myalgia, athralgia, encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM); febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; paresthesia.”

I’m sorry, I’m vaccinating against a rash that has a less chance of causing death than you falling out your bedroom window, being struck by lightening, and drowning in a puddle, so that I can increase my child’s chance of getting one of the side-effects listed above? No thanks. I don’t gamble (especially with those odds). That’s not safe or effective.

And of course, all of these inserts say the same thing: “This list includes serious events or events which have causal connection to components of this or other vaccines or drugs. Because these events are reported voluntarily, from a population of uncertain size, it is not possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to the vaccine.”

Does this seem like evidence-based medicine to you? Do you think this pharmaceutical company can’t establish a causal relationship between vaccinations and side-effects because of the poor manner in which they conduct their studies (and because they do not want to insinuate fault)? As a parent, don’t you think the wisest thing to do is to make sure these substances are held to the highest testing and safety standards before they’re injected into children? Are you really making me choose between a measles rash and brain encephalitis?

And I love how the package insert insinuates that the vaccine some how played a role in eradicating measles, mumps, and rubella:

“For measles, 894,134 cases reported in 1941 compared to 288 cases reported in 1995 resulted in a 99.97% decrease in reported cases; for mumps, 152,209 cases reported in 1968 compared to 840 cases reported in 1995 resulted in a 99.45% decrease in reported cases; and for rubella, 57,686 cases reported in 1969 compared to 200 cases reported in 1995 resulted in a 99.65% decrease.”

I find this correlation (that the vaccine eradicated or reduced these illnesses) interesting especially because the first measles vaccine wasn’t even put on the market until 1963. So we have twenty years unaccounted for here and the actual data shows a stark decline in mortality of measles before the vaccine was introduced. Isn’t that convenient? The same is true for polio, pertussis, diphtheria, and the rest. (Here’s a good read on that). 

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Vaccines did not eradicate these diseases. Quarantine programs, sanitation, clean living conditions, and clean water did. If you look at how these viruses are transmitted (dirty water, poop, unpasteurized milk from infected cows, etc.) and the time frame during which these diseases actually decreased you’ll see this occurred during a time in both Britain and United States History where our society became more industrialized as a whole and access to clean water, clean food, and public health services drastically improved. But we’ll just pretend that the high prevalence of these diseases in other parts of the world like Africa and India have nothing to do with the fact that there are millions of people living in poverty without access to clean living conditions or water. 

But wait, what about whooping cough?
Not only was the mortality rate practically nonexistent before the introduction of the pertussis vaccine, the actual prevalence of pertussis was relatively unaffected by the vaccine until 2003-2004 when the outbreaks doubled. Of course this was attributed to “better diagnostic and reporting methods” which is code for “the new vaccine we created to replace the old vaccine has failed miserably and has made the vaccinated asymptomatic carriers that can infect anyone in the population…Oops.”  I know, the unvaccinated are easy scapegoats but according to the science, we’re not the carriers causing the outbreaks here. 

The Era of Chronic Disease
I have to agree with your article, we are fortunate to live in an era where we rarely see polio, small pox, diphtheria, and other major illnesses. I certainly am not a fan of paralytic polio or any sickness for that matter – what parent is? But to say that these diseases are “vaccine-preventable” or that the vaccine eradicated these illnesses is a stretch at best (you can look at other countries who have comparable vaccination rates and see the failures here).

Do you really think that the increase in chronic disease in this country has nothing to do with the massive amount of vaccines being shoved at the American people? If you can’t see the correlation…please read the vaccine inserts here

No, what I see around me is a new generation of disease. We have a 1 in 50 autism rate – the highest in history and of any other country. We have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, eczema, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, seizure disorders, birth defects, psoriasis, food allergies, thyroid conditions, and outbreaks of vaccine-strain disease like pertussis, measles, shingles, and mumps. Does this seem like a win to you?

Ask any parent with an autistic child if they’d rather choose a simple fever and rash that lasts for 3-5 days that gives their child life-time immunity or the life-long condition of autism (which is listed as an adverse reaction on page 11 of the Tripedia DTaP insert  which is now discontinued, but not before millions of children were injected). I think WE as PARENTS owe it to our children to make sure these vaccines, with absolute certainty, do not cause these diseases before we inject anything and everything into our children on a whim. Oh, but how can we do that when vaccines are not research effective?

Herd immunity does not exists when it comes to vaccines. 
Herd immunity is this concept that a certain percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated in order to eradicate a disease. Herd immunity does not exist with vaccines and here’s why:

Herd immunity only applies to those diseases that are naturally derived that confer lifetime immunity. Vaccine manufactures promise to introduce an antigen. They do not promise that the antigen will initiate an antibody response (e.g. MMR vaccine insert). Even if there is an antibody response the doesn’t mean one will have immunity and if they do, immunity is temporary (up to 4-10 years). Chicken pox vaccine gives immunity for “unknown duration” but no more than 10 years, MMR is unknown, Pertussis “protection” is a joke, Hep B is a maximum of seven.

So my child could get the simple childhood chicken pox as a child and have lifetime protection, or she could get vaccinated, get sick anyway (by chicken pox or one of the many other diseases associated with the vaccine), have only temporary (if any) immunity, and increase her chances by 50% of getting shingles as an adult?

But wait, I should be happy that my infant is at least getting some protection from the mean hepatitis B that is transmitted via sex and dirty needles. I was really worried about that one. Good thing she’ll get another booster when she starts school to prevent that risky kindergarten behavior.

So we have a bunch of vaccinated people out there who may or may not have developed antibodies and if they have, will have “worn off” in a period of days, months, or years. How many people in their 30s and 40s do you know who have been vaccinated lately? Why do we not see these “vaccine preventable” outbreaks in this age group? Why are the outbreaks occurring among the most heavily vaccinated population and in the vaccinated themselves? And is it safe to get continuous boosters of these vaccines throughout the course of one’s life? Has anyone done a study on the long-term effects of repeated vaccines? What about the accumulation of heavy metals like mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum that have an affinity to the brain and intestines and accumulate in toxic levels in the body? What about the DNA of the cells (of aborted fetuses and animals) and its ability to interact with our own?

Don’t you think these are questions that need to be answered before we go “curtailing” a person’s exemption rights?

Dr. Feemster, please let me tell you why I as a parent and educated individual have chosen not to vaccinate my children:
Vaccines have not been proven safe. They are not effective. They have not eradicated any diseases. They cause illness including the ones they are designed to prevent. They cause viruses to mutate and strains of what were simple childhood diseases to become more virulent. Vaccines assault the immune system, contain additives that are deemed harmful and toxic by the EPA and FDA, and are responsible for the most recent outbreaks of pertussis, measles, mumps, and meningitis. The CDC’s response to their failed vaccine? Get more boosters because somehow getting more of something that didn’t work in the first place is logical.

My decision to “unvaccinate” my child in no way affects your children or anyone else’s children. If anything we should protect the people who cannot be vaccinated from children who are, since many of the vaccines cause virus shedding for six weeks or more. In addition, my unvaccinated child does not put anyone else’s vaccinated child at risk. If their child is vaccinated then shouldn’t they be protected?

And finally, please tell me how my child, who has never has measles, whooping cough, (or any other sickness for that matter) is responsible for the recent outbreaks of these diseases – in the almost exclusively vaccinated population no less. Blaming an unvaccinated child for the spread of a disease they’ve never had on a population that is almost entirely vaccinated is like you blaming a random person’s cat in Oklahoma for the grey hair you found on your head. Exactly. It’s ridiculous at best.

Until doctors receive training in medical school on the subject of vaccinations (that goes beyond the viewing of a child’s picture in a third world country who has the rarest and worst case of polio known to man), and start reading the package inserts, educating patients on the potential risks, are knowledgeable on the history and “science” of vaccines, and are willing to accept the liability for my child becoming injured as a result of what comes through the needle…I will always…ALWAYS…question my doctor.

Until the media stops promoting agendas from financial backers, I’ll question them too. And until a pharmaceutical company decides to properly research the product they’re promoting and puts the welfare of the people over the buck, I’ll question them too.

Until vaccines are properly tested, proven to be safe, proven to work, not exempt from liability, free of harmful additives, and proven to be incapable of harming my child…I will not be vaccinating. And as a parent and citizen of the United States, as an individual who has done their research, as a professional married to a physician – it is my right to say no. For the sake of the “public good,” let’s start asking questions. You don’t have to have a degree to read a package insert or to understand what it says.

Until then, hands off our exemptions.

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  1. M says

    I think you might want to look at Commonwealth v. Johnson. The Supreme Court decided in 1905 that mandatory vaccines are constitutional when they protect the public health. That case, which says that “it was the duty of the constituted authorities primarily to keep in view the welfare, comfort, and safety of the many and not permit the interests of the many to be subordinated to the wishes or convenience of the few,” is still good law.

    • Mary says

      Much has changed insofar as public health since 1905. I don’t need to remind you that the majority of ‘diseases’ declined substantially BEFORE vaccines came on the market per CDC graphs from the early to mid-1900′s from better sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, etc. What can be argued w/much merit is that vaccines do NOT ‘protect the public health’…never have, never will.

      Common sense dictates that injecting a neuro-toxic and carcinogenic slew of chemicals and heavy metals will NEVER confer immunity, period! It’s akin to blood-letting which was in vogue at one time and heavily lauded, although it was never proven that it provided any benefit and ultimately went by the wayside when it was realized how crazy and dangerous such a procedure was. The same can be said and will be said about vaccines when they are finally realized for what they are…an ineffective, dangerous, immune-damaging concoction that medical quacks have promoted for strictly profits, bottom line, all in the name of ‘public health.’ Caveat emptor!

  2. says

    My two child had never been vax and are the two little healthiest children around. We live in a poor black community and you should see the doctors face around here when we tell them no vax for us. It’s tough in NY but our daughter attend a Christian school and never had any problems. I agree with the writer it’s simply about “choice”. If freedom of choice is taken away from us than we are in big trouble.

    • Mary says

      So glad you are holding your own and refusing to allow your precious children to be inoculated w/neuro-toxic and carcinogenic chemicals via vaccines. My own children, now in their early 20′s, have never had one $hot and are among the healthiest of children. An admitting nurse for over 37 yrs at Denver Health hospital told me that in all her yrs as a nurse, that the healthiest children she ever saw and admitted were those who were NOT vaccinated. She did not even allow her own children to be vaccinated and they are adults now and are very healthy which she attributes to organic food and a healthy lifestyle, but most important she said was not to poison their system w/vaccines of which few people inquire as to what is contained on an insert label…go figure…

  3. says

    Thank you for another excellent and very comprehensive post! I find it incredibly disturbing that parents are losing their rights when it comes to vaccines and other health-related issues; and adults are losing their right to hold certain jobs or attend certain colleges and universities unless they submit to state-mandated vaccinations.

    As an “older” mother of three daughters — ages 36, 34 and 25, I was selective about the vaccines my daughters received, especially in the case of my youngest who was born at a time when the vaccine schedule was on the rise and I had done extensive research. When she started school in the early 1990′s in the state of Pennsylvania, I was able to obtain a “Religious Exemption” based on “a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.”) That exemption was honored throughout her elementary, middle and high school years. She attended college in Vermont where her exemption from further vaccines was upheld. Now at age 25, she has lost her exemption rights.

    Next month, my daughter will start law school — on a part time basis — in the state of New Jersey — “the #1 vaccination jurisdiction in the entire world.” She will attend class two to four hours per night, four nights per week at a private university. Her class will consist of approximately 35 people. She will NOT be living on campus or in student housing; however she is required — by state law — to show proof of vaccines for MMR, Tetanus, and if she takes 12 credits or more (which will not be the case in her first year) the Hepatitis B series. My primary concern — at least for now — is the MMR. I have read the Merck “prescribing information” in detail and the facts you point out in your post are all there.

    Can you or other readers offer any suggestions? I share this too, so that other readers will understand and take action to help change the laws that are rapidly eliminating or severely restricting our legal rights for vaccine exemptions. To learn more about this issue, visit http://www.nvic.org and read “Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law.”

      • says

        Rita . . . thank you so much for your encouraging reply and the link. I will pursue your suggestion. I have received advice from another source that also felt that our religious exemption might be upheld. I was originally told that a religious exemption would only be upheld in NJ if you were part of an “organized” religion that opposed vaccines; and as catholics, that is not the case. Just yesterday, July 4th — a day that we celebrate freedom — I created a “Vaccine Choice Prayer Community” on FB at https://www.facebook.com/groups/vaccinechoiceprayercommunity/. It is still in it’s infancy, but I am hopeful that as others learn about it, join and pray together for vaccine choice, our combined prayers and energy will move mountains! Rita, I invite you and others to join. Perhaps you can help me spread the word. I will be creating a website soon. Thank you again . . . God bless and take care . . . Jeanette

        • says

          Jeanette, my heart goes out to you. However, do not give up, there are other ways to go about it. I would fight tooth and nail to exempt your daughter from these dangerous shots. There are now attorneys specializing in vaccine matters, maybe you could consult one. Also, there is a possibility that your daughter already has immunity from measles, mumps and rubella. Your blood can be drawn and TITERS can be checked for each of these diseases. I did this for my daughter when entering college and she was immuned to all. After a vaccine injury with MMR at 15 months, she was immuned at 19 years old to all three. You can show proof of titers from a lab as a substitute for getting the shots. Good luck, God bless.

          Penny

          • says

            Dear Penny . . . thank you so much for your kind and very helpful reply. Thanks to Rita’s comment and to help from Megan and a few other resources, I have learned more about religious exemptions and NJ laws regarding vaccines, so I feel more optimistic about the possibility of our religious exemption being honored. Of course, now that my daughter is 25, it must be her request for the exemption and no longer mine on her behalf. She has not done the research that I have done in the past 25-30 years, and it is challenging to give a very busy 25 year old a “crash course” in all the reasons why vaccines are dangerous as well as to help her clearly understand why the ingredients in vaccines and injecting them into our bodies goes against our religious beliefs. I have wondered about having titers checked as a “Plan B.” Since my daughter never received an MMR vaccine or — at least to my knowledge — was never exposed to or developed measles, mumps or rubella, is it possible for her blood work to show titers for those diseases? Could the titers reflected in your daughter’s blood tests at age 19 been the result of the MMR shot she received at 15 months? Do you, Megan or any other readers of this blog have any information or experience with titers? Thanks again. God bless and take care . . . Jeanette

            P.S. Penny, I would like to invite you and other readers concerned about vaccines to join the Vaccine Choice Prayer Community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/vaccinechoiceprayercommunity/. Perhaps if both sides of the vaccine issue join together in prayer, we will protect the rights of those who choose not to vaccinate and find safer vaccines for those who choose to vaccinate. More information and blog at http://www.vaccinechoiceprayercommunity.org.

  4. Anastasia says

    Thank you for this educational and informative article. Best one I have read in a very long time. One that I feel I can refer to when needed. Again, thank you!

  5. says

    The scientific definition of ‘Safe’ is an acceptable level of risk. The public often mistake doctors mentioning ‘safe’ as 100% risk free. There is no such thing, especially in medicine.

  6. Ale says

    That is a great article – comprehensive and covering all bases. Thank you so much!

    I am a mother of 2 year old boy. I had been researching vaccination issue for 2 months after his birth and decided not to vaccinate him. We refused Hep B vaccine in the hospital with no research, just common sense – we asked a nurse how our baby could get Hep B.

    In 2 years of his life my son has had only 3 colds (badly running nose, cough) and nothing else. No fever ever! Each time he would recover with no meds in about 2 weeks. I think it’s pretty great!! Btw, I was breastfeeding him till he turned 19 months.

    But I’d lie if I said I have never worried about my decision not to vaccinate (especially with his pediatric Dr and nurse constantly using scare tactics because of my refusal to vaccinate). I still worry what happens if he gets any of so called “vaccine-preventable” diseases. How would they treat him? How can I make sure it’s in line with my decision not to vaccinate and avoid meds as much as possible? (We can’t afford expensive alternative treatment, since our insurance doesn’t cover it). My new constant worry is how I get him into day-care unvaccinated. NY is notorious for strict scrutiny of religious exemptions. I can’t stay home with him much longer or home-school in future.

    With a new baby on the way, I still believe it is safer to not vaccinate than vaccinate. But the worrying questions above still remain..

    • Kimmy says

      There are a number of good books that will help you stand firm in your commitment. Read “Make an Informed Vaccine Decision for the Health of Your Child: A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Shots “, and “Vaccination is Not Immunization” and “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations”.

    • Darla says

      Also read Dr. Mendelsohn’s “How To Raise A Healthy Child… In Spite of Your Doctor” – it’s old, but has good basic info. Educate yourself about natural health including a “clean” diet low in processed foods; unnatural chemicals; artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors; GMOs; preservatives. Educate yourself about home remedies and *homeopathic* medicine (which is an entirely different system of medicine and does not just mean “natural remedies”) – there are online classes you can take, and a basic homeopathic remedy kit can be bought for about $150 or you can buy individual remedies for a few dollars each and build your own kit over time. Make sure your kids (and you!) have plenty of outdoors play time and keep their vitamin D level up, supplement appropriately, get regular chiropractic care, keep stress low, avoid unnecessary exposure to pathogens (i.e. pediatrician’s office waiting room, recently vaccinated children) but allow them to “exercise” their immune system with “regular” germs i.e. dirt, pets, other healthy kids.

      I have lots of kids, none of them vaxed, from age 2 to 13. When a cold goes through our household, theirs lasts 24-48 hours without treatment (except extra fluids, vitamin C, low sugar, plenty of rest, etc.). I had awful ear infections as a child, to the point that they finally put tubes in and removed my tonsils. None of my kids has ever had NOT ONE ear infection, EVER. Three colds in a 2yo that last 2 weeks seems excessive to me; you might want to have your child’s vitamin D level checked?

      I don’t understand how any state can have strict scrutiny of religious exemptions, when there is supposed to be separation of church and state – even *asking* your religious affiliation is (supposedly) illegal. I’ve never been asked, but my standard answer would be “God created us in His perfect image, including a perfect immune system, and to vaccinate would be to bring God’s perfection into question.” And I’m an atheist. Really I do believe that nature and evolution has created a pretty great system for kids to survive, thrive, and eventually to reproduce – and when I say “God” I mean “Nature”, but “God” is easier for most random bureaucrats to understand. If the state requires you to state specific church affiliation… pick one. I’m pretty sure they can’t test you. If they push it, ask them to provide to you, in writing, proof that what they are even asking is legal. Even better, research the statutes yourself, print out and highlight relevant portions, and present them if asked. Maybe you will never even be asked. As more parents opt out of vaccination, more bureaucrats simply sigh, roll their eyes, and wave you on through. :)

      Private day-cares should have their own policies and might be convinced that your unvaccinated child is not a threat to the vaccinated kids (because if they are vaccinated, they are protected, right?), especially if you offer to keep your kid home in case of illness or an “outbreak”. Ask them. :)

  7. Jay says

    I found out once when I was pregnant that I had low/no immunity to german measles/rubella after getting blood tests to confirm pregnancy/prenatal blood tests done. B/c I was pregnant I couldn’t get the vaccine and I thought well I hope I don’t come across the rare person that has german measles/rubella that never got vaccinated against it. It is rare to get this type of measles in developed countries, but it is possible if people don’t vaccinate. In that case you could hurt others: the pregnant person and her unborn baby-rubella causes fetal defects. Not being vaccinated doesn’t just affect you.

    • says

      Do you understand that the danger to you came not from unvaccinated people ( naturally acquired rubella is very rare no matter if the country vaccinates or doesn’t vaccinate against it)? Those recently vaccinated people , who shed the virus in the week(s) after vaccination, put you at risk.
      Another strange thing in your post: doctors push flu vaccines on pregnant women, why they didn’t offer you rubella vaccine? If you were vaccinated against rubella before, why no antibodies were detected? Is it a prove that rubella vaccine is not effective, at least in your case, when doctors for some reason decided to test for antibodies? Something doesn’t add up here.
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  8. parent says

    thank you for wiriting this. this issue is way too polarized by misinformation on both sides, and it is of immeasurable value when someone like yourself maps out the simple logic that leads some people to choose not to vaccinate.

    thank you thank you thank you

  9. Lou Lou Grissman says

    I am not a doctor lover or an advocate for the ridiculous amount and mixture of meds. given to children with some kind of medical problem. It frightens me to see how many children are on serious prescriptions at such an early age, especially the kind that may affect brain development. I do believe doctors are valuable in most black and white type medical emergencies. Not so much with the grey areas. And, this does approach one of those difficult grey areas. But, I have had no real help with the natural practitioners either and feel there is just as many potential problems of abuse arising from that corner. The research can be argued on both sides. Will we ever know the true answer? Probably not because it would require going back into every study, checking every doctor and researcher involved from the beginning. How, can we truly know all the facts since studies can be slightly altered to support any agenda. Many dubious medical practices have been exposed over the years. And, far too much important info. has been hidden. There is a kind of backlash now towards Western medicine in general. And rightly so, because abuses have been discovered although in many cases, far too late. Medicine really is an art more than a science at times. Educated guesses are still part of the plan when hard evidence is not available or no one seems to agree on what the hard evidence actually means for treating the patient. The domination and very questionable practices of pharm. companies has not helped people to trust the medical community. Should a parent vaccinate or not? How can anybody really know for sure if their decision is a good one? I suppose time will tell. And, I really hope children do not suffer more because of either decision. Nobody wants to see epidemics of old diseases return. That would be horrendous. And, yes, I’m old enough to remember how it felt to have some of those diseases. Although I was strong enough to survive fairly unscathed, some children were not. One friend in particular ended up with a lifetime of heart and lung problems. But, how can people be assured of the absolute safety of the shots? Parents do question more then they used to. Doctors are no longer the Gods they once were. For better or worse it’s what we’ve got for now and all a parent can do is try to make an informed decision based on balanced information. I get nervous when I see so many knee jerk reactions to this information. Although I suppose it’s good because at least it means a dialogue has been opened. For the children’s sake we must try and work together instead of against each other and find a way to protect them from serious diseases without any political or personal propaganda involved.

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  10. says

    From John:

    This is so awesome to see an ordinary American become educated and go up against the New Bolshevik medical/pharm industrial complex. There is tons of evidence out there as to the true purpose of vaccines. A book that helped me decide is Vaccine Free. Also, there is a great new documentary coming out called Bought. It is a crowdsourced project so if you can help, please do and if not, watch for its release.

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bought-the-movie

    • says

      The funny thing about New Bolshevik policy is that a few years ago Russian government made it a law that a parent has a right to REFUSE vaccines, and that a doctor must give a parent to sign an INFORMED CONSENT form before they vaccinate. Also, Moscow was declared GMO free zone. Amazing, isn’t it?
      We used to think of Russia as a police state. What country is a police state now?
      Not everything is easy, though. It was scientists, mainly immunologist Galina Chervonskaya, who inspired the law. At the same time their pharma/med industry received huge amount of money from the government to push vaccines. Doctors there ignore the law and do not offer patients the required form. But at least former Soviet people have the right to resist the poison and they use it!
      MZ recently posted…New Autism Study Raises More Questions About the Safety of VaccinesMy Profile

      • says

        MZ- Could you possibly provide a link to that Russian law? Or some sort of documented proof? I am currently lobbying NYS legislators to add a conscientious belief exemption to our short list of legal (and cumbersome) exemptions and it is helpful to compare what NY offers to other countries and states- and point to the fact that NY comes up short. To be able to say Russia has a more liberal system that NY (how ironic!) would be powerful.

        • tom woolf says

          In the world of contracts, financial, in court and all things to do with government, there is a little known methodology referred to as Conditional Acceptance For Value (CA4V). I have not tried this regarding vaccine refusal. There has been no problem getting around vaccines for us in Hawaii because our vaccine injured son, who is autistic, does not attend public school. And since we refused our pediatricians’ overtures to further vaccinate he simply unceremoniously kicked us out of his office. You see, no problems here. Who needs the services of a poison peddler anyway!
          The way this works is you accept their offer, but on one or more conditions. Their inability to fulfill any one of the conditions gives you the right to refuse their offer. What I was thinking is that there is no way they can medically justify shooting up mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum or any of the other toxic blends they have concocted. And when they try to say that the mercury, usually in the form of thimerosal, has been removed then you have to ask at what point in the process was it removed. From what I understand they actually add the thimerosal and at some later point in time they magically “remove” it. But they fail to mention that in that process the mercury comes out of solution and then binds itself to the proteins in the vaccine. So, you are assured of still getting your “appropriate” dose of mercury.
          In the end, there is no way anyone in any state of the union is going to claim sovereignty over my body or anyone in my family. It is outright assault with a deadly weapon. They even admit it in the fine print of their own circulars. That is also the first step in your defense. GET A COPY OF THE CIRCULAR. That is that little piece of paper inside the vaccine box that unfolds like a Chinese manuscript and is written in a fashion that is equally unintelligible requiring a large magnifying glass or microscope to make out the fine print! When the pharmacist plays dumb and acts like he doesn’t know what you are talking about just be firm and stand your ground. Make them find it!

          • Diane says

            Another strategy I picked up from another post said to say the following nine magic words to your doctor. the reaction will reveal that vaccines are indeed harmful. The nine words are: ‘If a vaccine injury occurs who will be responsible ? ” Take note of their reaction. Since they won’t take any responsibility, then clearly the responsibility lies with the parent, who based on that response alone, should be able to refuse any vaccine.

          • tom woolf says

            I like it. Clean, simple, very to the point! The key is to get THEM to squirm.

        • says

          Dear Outside-in, I am very glad to help you in your work. You will need someone to help you translate from those websites, because google translation from Russian is not perfect. I will try to translate some articles from 1998 law in my next post’

          Федеральный закон от 17.09.1998 № 157- Ф3 (ред. от 21.12.2013) “Об иммунопрофилактике инфекционных болезней”
          http://www.consultant.ru/document/cons_doc_LAW_156043/?frame=1

          Website of organization connected to vaccine inventor, immunologist, one of the authors of vaccination law Galina Chervonskaya, Ph.D. magichild.ru
          She wrote a book in which all laws on vaccination, on parents rights, legal advice to parents, are given.

          http://www.magichild.ru/vaccine/law_17_06_1998.html

          U tube video of a talk show where the death of a 4 month old girl who died after DTP vaccination with a diagnosis meningoencephalitis, brain abscess

        • says

          Dear Outside, I translated some parts of the law (adopted in 1998 and amended in 2013)
          from magichild.ru and this site

          Федеральный закон от 17.09.1998 № 157- Ф3 (ред. от 21.12.2013) “Об иммунопрофилактике инфекционных болезней”
          http://www.consultant.ru/document/cons_doc_LAW_156043/?frame=1
          The most important line that I would love to see in american law I typed in capital letters, and it is hidden in the end of lengthy paragraph

          Article 5 paragraph 1 The person has the right to receive information on vaccines,.. and vaccine injuries … and has THE RIGHT TO REFUSE VACCINATIONS
          paragraph 3 Refusal to vaccinate should be done in written

          Article 11 paragraph 2 Vaccination requires CONSENT of a person, or a parent (guardian) if the person is a minor or has an appointed guardian.
          paragraph 3 Vaccines are given to those who do not have contraindications.

          /The list of contraindications was compiled separately, and included, among other things, prematurity/
          Article 5 paragraph 2 Refusal to vaccinate may result in… TEMPORARY refusal of admittance to educational institutions and health resorts during EPIDEMICS of infectious diseases…

          The law was created during relatively liberal time, as a response to petition of parents and physicians to president Eltsin. The petition to Putin in 2005 to broaden the law (the text is on magichild.ru) was ignored.
          Still, thanks to the law, parents can resist the pressure, and it is said that only 64% of children in Russia are vaccinated (the statistics needs to be verified – sounds too good to be true, given all the pressure from pediatricians, who are given money bonuses if they “fulfill the plan”)
          What we desperately need is the book written by lawyer that gives advice how to refuse vaccinations legally and deal with the pressure in different situations (birth center, pediatrician office, school). Literally, what to say, what to write – written in a simple and concise form. There are some valuable comments above from Tom Wolffe, Diane. I found advice on one site that tells never to sign exemption form, offered by the doctor (which was developed by Pharma to make you legally liable) , and write your own refusal. Another advice was to obtain antibody test for Hep B before birth to prove that you are not infected with hepatitis. The woman in Alabama who failed to produce such a form had an ugly standoff with hospital pediatrician and was forced to submit her child for vaccination or have him taken by so called “Children and Family Services”. Vaccine dangers are known, but the most difficult thing is to know what to do under pressure.
          Megan, please, can you WRITE the BOOK? Your article above should be at its core. I think we all would be glad to help you with links and stories, May be Mike Adams from naturalnews.com or the author of “Bought” can make a video based on that book? Please, Megan!
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    • Aussie Mum says

      Thanks Cecilia, it’s useful to be reminded of that process in a nutshell!

      The article reminded me of my own experience as a student with Epigenetics leanings that were pooh-poohed, back in the 90s. It’s great to se that the scientific community, at least its open-minded number, is catching up with what others have long thought- namely that ‘nurture’ (environment) has a significant impact on ‘nature’ (genetic inheritance).

  11. Nutrition gal says

    When I posted your article, this is a response I got. I would love to have your response since it is debating your points (that are well made in my opinion).

    AS long as you are willing to take responsibility for the preventable diseases OTHER people get as a result of your choices. Anti-vacciners seem to conveniently forget what the real and known dangers are from measles, mumps, whooping cough, and polio, as if these diseases are trivial little things that people can just get over.

    It’s considered immoral to do a double-blind placebo in many instances because it means withholding medication from people. It happens a lot in medical research.

    Besides, those side effects, the ones that ACTUALLY are due to the vaccine (which is not shown by someone just writing it in their blog), are much rarer than were the diseases the vaccine controls. Whereas some people do clearly have allergic reactions to vaccines, most of those side effects of vaccines she lists have never been proven to be caused by vaccines. Just because your kid gets diagnosed with autism after having a vaccine, does not mean the vaccine caused the autism. And she DOES gamble. That’s exactly what she’s doing, and, unfairly, she’s gambling with someone else’s life as well hers and her kids’ lives. She can keep her kids home from school and day care and anywhere else where her “choices” can have an negative impact on those who have chosen to try to protect their children from communicable diseases.

    It’s also completely disingenuous and dishonest, and thus undermines the credibility of her entire article, to dismiss these serious diseases as “a rash”. Have you ever seen someone (who lived) that had polio? I have. I watched my friend’s mother drag herself around to school events on crutches for 12 years because she had zero use of her legs due to polio. That’s not “a rash.” You don’t like encephalitis? Well, measles can give you encephalitis. Do you remember the pictures of kids with smallpox when you were a kid? I do. It wasn’t pretty. Why don’t we see those now? Because immunization got rid of smallpox. Do I think we should subject people to that nightmare again so that someone who can’t accept the bad news that her kid is on the autism spectrum can find someone or something to blame? (OK, that’s not fair; not all anti-vacciners are doing that, but some are.) Measles, polio, smallpox, and whooping cough are not proven safe through double-blind placebo controlled research. Rather the opposite.

    Statistics come into play here. The chances of getting some debilitating disease from a vaccine are much smaller than the chances of getting the debilitating disease itself if no-one were to vaccinate. She doesn’t vaccinate because the chances of getting killed by measles are less than falling out of a window or drowning in a puddle? Newsflash – your kid’s chance of getting one of those diseases from vaccines are also vanishingly small. So, if you can dismiss measles for being so rare, why can’t you dismiss all those other disease supposedly “caused” by vaccines as well? These people now are getting protection from those diseases because of other people’s vaccinations, which keep the prevalence of the disease low. The more people “opt out” of vaccinating, the more these outbreaks will occur. Then maybe they will no longer dismiss them as just “a rash”. It’s because, thanks to vaccines, these diseases are so rare now, and most new parents have never seen them, that this cavalier attitude towards them exists.

    I’m a scientist. The day the scientific data (peer-reviewed in good medical or scientific journals) support that vaccines do more damage than the diseases they control is the day I will stop advocating for vaccine use. That day is not here, not even close, no matter what cherry-picked anecdotal evidence bloggers use to support their claims. This is like climate change denial. The data say one thing, but people don’t care; they’re gonna believe what they want to believe.

    • Diane says

      How can you call any study that claims that vaccines are indeed safe, science ? I don’t care what your rationale is for not doing the scientific method. Rupert Sheldrake wrote a whole chapter on the illusion of objectivity in much of science today. For your own reference here 100 arguments against vaccinatinghttp://www.fhfn.org/one-hundred-arguments-against-vaccines/.

    • says

      Nutrition gal,
      Although I would love to refute this response you got in detail, I have long learned that there are some people out there who aren’t ever going to see things in a different light, no matter how its said or how many citations are thrown out. I’ve also learned that it’s not smart to get emotionally invested in moral arguments. This person is attacking me, not my position. He/she has clearly not checked the VAERS database, the requirements for approval for FDA drugs versus vaccinations (explained in other comments on this forum) or seen the thousands of cancer patients who died because the FDA would not give them an experimental drug that had not completed all of the required phases of testing.

      One may argue that I care a great deal as I require a higher level of testing and accountability for things injected into our children. This person also assumes that vaccines are the ONLY way to prevent these diseases. I am smart enough to know that’s not true. This person also assumes that vaccines are not to blame for the outbreaks of “vaccine preventable diseases” when even the CDC has admitted failure when it comes to the pertussis vaccine, which he/she could find in plenty of peer-reviewed journals. I would refer this person back to my article, tell them to seriously read it, follow the citations, and actually do the research. Look at how these “vaccine preventable diseases” present most of the time, their lack of research and efficacy, and acknowledge that the Supreme Court was right when they…in their landmark case (that exempted doctors and pharma companies from liability for vaccine injuries) stated that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” While he’s reading the case, please refer him to the amount of money awarded in damages for vaccine injuries in the last decade. Vaccine injuries are real and one shouldn’t make light of that.

      Just because one claims to be a “scientist” does not give them superiority over another. Arguing about who is smarter never goes anywhere. I personally don’t think anyone needs an acronym behind their name to take an educated stance. However, if this person is a scientist I would suggest arguing from the scientific perspective and not an emotional/moral perspective.

      Kindly,
      Megan

      • Aussie Mum says

        Well said Megan.

        I’ve been encountering a lot of scientific smugness from people who don’t bother to read widely on the subject and who both minimize the fallout (as if VAERS doesn’t exist) and the anecdotal evidence.

        As well as having been at uni among them, My training and degree, to the extent that it’s of value, is in Anthropology and Sociology, so I’m naturally drawn to peer closely at cultures and belieff systems within our society. I was fascinating to study the rise of the medical model for instance, which could be argued to have been as much a political process as an altruistic one, and I’m grateful to have been exposed to a way of thinking that questions, rather than takes the claims of the dominant culture on face value.

        I’ve coined a term IBS – no, not Irritable Bowl Syndrome!- ‘Identity-Based Science’ to reflect the phenomenon of people who have studied certain types of science, especially at university level, and who respond derisively to anyone who challenges their religion of choice. It seems to me some proud scientisits can get a bit cosy with the cultures and belief systems they inhabit, and that it’s somehow bound up in their identity of who they are in the world, their ego identities if you like. There seems to be a tendency among some scientists to hang on to scientific theories which are, frankly, passé, and don’t stand up against recent evidence, because of this tendency. I guess when we put a lot of years into believing in or working on something, it’s hard to let go and move on when that’s proven to be inaccurate. Herd theory being an example.

        I see this a lot in the fathers at our school. So, although I know that many men follow a more holistic health paradigm or belief system, it happens that around me there are lots of naturopothic and homeopathic skeptics among the fathers, even where the mothers subscribe to ‘alternantive’ practicies, becasue it isn’t perceived as masculine enough, despite some strong evidence of its effectiveness and ptoential to ‘do good’ in the way that mass vaccinaiton is thought to do sciety good (see my previous post with a link to Isaac Golden’s work).

        And so then out comes the derisive language directed towards those (in their view) poor mis-informed plebian (but actually very well-read and well-informed and astute) civilian parents who routinely get called ‘the lunatic fringe’, ‘the anti-vaccination lobby’ (into which, by the way, they lump people like Andrew Wakefield, who most certainly was NOT and still is not anti-vaccination per se, only ‘anti’ triple anitgen and pro-single measles vaccination), etc.

        I believe the one thing we need to watch out for here, and the one thing that is at stake, is respect for dissenting beliefs, regardless of how minority a voice that represents, and to get thoroughly off the persecutors moral high ground podium when sharing our experiences and our beliefs. Which ever side of the fences (yep, it’s there!) we are on.

        It happens that the dominant social paradigm is a scientific one, as is the medical model of health, and that holds sway and power which renders it open to that power being abused. Whereas, gaining recognition, let alone credibility as a mother and a parent, or someone who pursues so-called complimentary or alternative health modalities, is still a challenge. So I think ‘pro-vaccine’ people assume a moral right to pressure quesitoners, whereas questioners, like you Megan and indeed myself, are frequently only saying ‘please respect my right to make my own choices’, and are keen to share alternative information as it comes to light- but it’s not about pressuring or shaming anyone else into NOT vaccinating.

    • Mamu says

      You, m’dear, just proved her point. Your scientific mind is closed to the fact that all the “research” in the world doesn’t explain to many of us the “logic” used in deciding to introduce disease into an innocent environment. Let me ask you something: would you be comfortable, as an adult, if your doc said: “Alright..we’re gonna shoot you full of a modified strain of herpes to build your immunity to it. Then come back in a month and we’ll add collera to the mix and see what happens.”? First thing you’d say: WHY??? Would you accept “for the safety and good of the public” as an answer when you KNOW that these diseases are nothing to trifle with? Nope. So why, then, do you expect parents to allow a mixture of a modifed cocktail of poisons to be injected into their INFANTS??? You give your life to protect you off-spring, right? Only to put them in harm’s way because people like you want to profit off of fear. Yes, seeing a friend’s mother deal with polio was hard for you. So is knowing that before you took your child in for their vaccination they were fine. Then suddenly: BAM!!! Autistic tendencies start to surface. So you start researching on your own, asking scary questions; hunting the “WHY” behind it, only to read right there on the insert the very side-effects your bitty one is going through. Yet you scoff at those of us that “opt out” of vaccinating. One more queston: if we’re wrong, ignorant, etc, in our decision to not dump crap into our children, why, then, is the number of people doing their own research, asking hard questions, and educating themselves before making the decision to NOT vaccinate rising??

      • Kathy says

        What you responded to Nutrition Gal really struck a chord with me – “Would you be comfortable, as an adult, if your doc said ‘alright we’re gonna shoot you full of a modified strain of herpes to build your immunity to it’.” What happened to me personally in 1968 at the tender age of 21 was a lot worse than that.
        I went to a very good allergist in Chicago to discuss pet allergies. During the exam I complained to her that I was plagued with “cold sores” off and on in my life. She got very excited and said that they were trying a new protocol to treat herpetic lesions (cold sores) by giving smallpox injections. She explained that I probably wouldn’t get new scars because I had already had my smallpox immunization as an infant. Without thinking about it, I agreed to the treatments – I had four shots in each arm over a period of weeks. SMALLPOX VACCINES. I had no idea what I was doing. I thought my Mom would pass out when I told her about the shots (I was married at the time). My father was so anti-medical establishment that he never even allowed me to get the polio “sugar cubes” in the 1950′s. Thank you, Dad.
        Today at age 66 I still break out in sores on my arms , sometimes spreading to the side of my back. They last for months. Doctors have biopsied them and come up clueless. I certainly know what it’s from….. I’ve done my own research on this debacle of human experimentation with smallpox (Dermatologists today have never even heard about it). As it turns out, the JAMA warned about this “potentially dangerous practice” in a July 6, 1970 article and suggested “that his form of supposed therapy be discontinued”. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=355350 IT WASN’T. Then the CDC did an article on the use of smallpox vaccination for the treatment of herpes. In their weekly journal on September 17, 1982, the CDC warned of “the risk of using smallpox vaccination, a treatment with no proven effectiveness, for herpes disease. The Food and Drug Administration recently published a warning to all physicians on the inappropriate use of smallpox vaccination for herpes infection.”
        http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00001160.htm So I was the guinea pig for this little experiment, just like our children are today. Parents – Copy this article and show it to your pediatricians!!

  12. Mary says

    If vaccines are so ‘safe’, then why has over $3 billion been paid out since 1986 when Congress was implored by vaccine manufacturers to indemnify them from the thousands of lawsuits filed by families of DTP-injured children? This number is under-estimated in that less than 1% of vaccine reactions are reported to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), an after-the-fact database which records info re: vaccine injuries/deaths, the latter which pays out $100k, small change for a precious life. This database is voluntary and is not required of doctors and/or ‘health’ professionals to record such reactions/deaths. It is not good busine$$ to have patients become damaged and/or die on your watch, hence the under-reporting.

    Appx $100 million is paid out each yr for vaccine injury/death. Again, this number is not reflective of ALL vaccine injuries/deaths, which if calculated on a comprehensive basis, would see pHARMa go under. We would see the largest class-action lawsuit in history as a result. Every effort is made to under-report and marginalize vaccine injuries.

    Children are receiving a hepB $hot at birth w/250 mcgs of aluminum, more than Shaquille O’Neal could handle and upwards of 49 doses of 14 vaccines by 1st grade w/more to follow. ‘Pincushions of Profit’ is how pHARMa sees our children.

    As one of many informed parents, I did my homework before our children were born and found it interesting that of all the doctors I interviewed to be our pediatric physician, seven stood out for not vaccinating their own children, nor recommending them to their patients, w/two of these doctors treating vaccine-injured children.

    A vaccine insert label includes, but is not limited to the following ingredients: formaldehyde, aluminum, thimerosol (49.6% ethyl mercury), phenols, carbolic acid, polysorbate 80 (reproductive sterilization chemical), msg, peanut oil, foreign DNA/viruses, neomycin, streptomycin, dead animal pus, etc., etc. The accumulative exposure and subsequent damage done to the immune system by injecting these neuro-toxic and carcinogenic chemicals into the bloodstream, bypassing the mucosal system, sets up a permanent inflammatory immune response resulting in neurological damage such as: Autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid/juvenile arthritis as well as seizures and Guillain-Barre (paralysis).

    Common sense tells us that health and a life-long immunity is not conferred by such inoculations.
    1 in 6 children is now neurologically impaired and boys are much more susceptible to such neurological disorders than girls as testosterone is not as protective as estrogen. Glutathione levels are also an important factor and are often depleted upon vaccination. Encephalitis (brain inflammation) is the common denominator in these neurological disorders and mercury has been found to bypass the blood-brain barrier. Yes, it is still in vaccines in the form of thimerosol (49.6% ethul mercury) and is used as a preservative, which is not always effective (witness the Chiron flu vaccine contamination). It cannot be removed entirely during the latter phase of production as the protein antigens within the vaccine serum bind to mercury. As a result, miniscule to large amounts of mercury via thimerosol have been found in the finished product.

    Caveat Emptor!

    • says

      Brilliant, Mary! What a pleasure to read intelligent posts about vaccines on sites like this one, naturalnews.com, vactruth.com, whale.to, sanevax.org, thinktwice.com, vaccinerights.com, vaccinesafety.edu, vacfacts.info , garynull.com. I am so grateful to people who post on these sites. Regular media is flooded now with vaccine propaganda, virtually every post siting inconvenient to vaccine industry statistics or links is deleted by moderators on regular media discussion sites; their trolls stifling any honest discussion with insults.
      Yes, only about 1% of vaccine injuries are reported, and students in medical schools are told to avoid reporting. Justina Pelletier case is an example that we can not rely on doctor’s or judge’s integrity anymore (and putting the word integrity and Big Pharma’s next to each other is itself a joke). Most of the vaccines are now manufactured in China and India. When FDA inspected a few facilities in India, they found multiple violations. China doesn’t even allow inspections. Of course, FDA doesn’t make big fuss out of that problem.
      Really, we don’t even know what is in these vaccines! Even when some of the toxic ingredients are mentioned, it is very difficult to find any information about concentrations. Flu shots contain 25 mcg of ethylmercury in 0.5 ml dose (one of the most toxic forms of mercury), in parts per billion it is 50 000 ppb. EPA limit for drinking water is 2 ppb of mercury. Anything that contains more than 400 ppb is a hazardous waste and has to be transported and decontaminated with special precautions. Even if we believe that in vaccines for infants mercury is filtered out and only 1 mcg left, it is still 2000 ppb (5 times hazardous waste threshold and 2000 times drinking water limit) injected into baby’s blood. Ethylmercury is a known neurotoxin. It goes straight through blood-brain barrier, and has special affinity for neurons. Ethylmercury accumulation in the brain is 6 times higher than in other tissues. So children’s brains are becoming literally dumpsters for hazardous waste. In reality, mercury is not filtered out properly. FDA doesn’t monitor mercury content, and I read on one of the blogs that when someone checked privately, it was 4 mcg rather than 1 mcg. Many vaccines legally have much higher Hg concentrations than 1 mcg, And after that vaccine industry repeats like parrots that there is no connection between their products, loaded with several neurotoxins mixed together in high concentrations, and autism! More correct way would be to say that not only vaccines, but other environmental hazards (pesticides and nutrient deficiencies in GMO crops, industrial pollution, other medications, and- Megan is right- overexposure to prenatal ultrasound also play a role, but vaccines are major contributor. No amount of fraudulent research produced by the likes of CDC ‘scientists” Poul Thorsen is going to “debunk” the truth about vaccine – autism connection. 80% of inner city New York high school graduates are not able to pass simple community college entrance test. A few years ago it was 70%. Autism is diagnosed in 1 out of 68 children now – 30% increase over last 2 years! 60 years ago it was 1 in 10000. Autism rate is still very low in communities that do not vaccinate and eat natural food, like Amish.
      I have a question. Can anyone post the numbers what are toxic ingredient concentrations in vaccines? ( In addition to mercury and toxic aluminum compounds, there are formaldehyde, viral DNA, monkey kidney DNA, many others?) That is something that vaccine industry will never tell. May be someone with access to chemical lab can do tests?
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    • says

      Our 37 year old daughter has a vaccine related lifetime “injury” from her 6 mos DPT vaccination. She qualified under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.
      She was diagnosed with autism at age 13, when there were 1 in 10,000 children diagnosed. Just a mere 24 years ago and now the diagnosis are 1:50.

      I am curious to your opinions of the chicken pox; shingles; pneumonia and flu vaccines.

  13. pedi-doc says

    While I fundamentally disagree with your opinion, this is a country in which we are able to agree to disagree. However, here is my biggest complaint with your article.

    Claiming that a parent would prefer a “simple fever and rash that lasts for 3-5 days that gives their child life-time immunity or the life-long condition of autism”.
    - i will just move past the fact there is NO credible evidence linking vaccines and ausism (the newest study is showing neurological changes occurring in utero)
    - yes, some things like chicken pox are pretty benign for the general public. but neonates affected with Hib meningitis are neurologically devastated. pertussis in a newborn or a child with cystic fibrosis can cause irreversible pulmonary hypertension and death. emergency medicine physicians saw 1-2 cases of Hib epiglotitis a day (which obstructs your airway and kills you) before the vaccine came about. a pregnant mother exposed to measles risks her fetus having severe birth defects. an immuno-compromized child with leukemia can die from varicella (aka chickenpox).
    - yes, some of these diseases are just 3-5 days of fever and a rash. but many of these are far, far worse than that. the “unvaccinate generation” is living in a time when, thanks to development of these vaccinations, the consequences of these debilitating diseases are so rare most do not know they exist.
    - you do not get to choose which illnesses your children are exposed to and/or contact. sure, if you dont vaccinate for chickenpox and your child gets chickenpox, you probably arent going to feel so terrible. not vaccinating against HepB when you dont engage in high risk behaviors is not the worst thing in the world. but i assure you if you ask any parents of a a child left neurologically devastated or that has died from a PREVENTABLE condition if they would vaccinate, 100% would say yes.

    • says

      I can only address part of your post for the sake of time and for fear of sounding repetitious but…let’s pretend there is no “evidence” vaccines cause autism. Let’s go with your in-utero study. I hate to point out the obvious here but most women get vaccinations and flu shots while they are pregnant.

      Research on ultrasounds reveal that ultrasounds produce cavitation which destroys the sheaths (protective coverings) of neurons/nerves. This makes one more susceptible to live viruses and heavy metals that cross the blood brain barrier. It’s no coincidence that children experience autistic “symptoms” after their MMR shots which happen to contain a live virus that has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier with the assistance of a heavy metal (and attacks exposed neurons?). This particular vaccine is also administered during a time in which most toddlers are cutting teeth. Histamines released during this time give invaders and heavy metals direct access to the brain.

      So vaccinations are not exonerated even using the study you suggest.

      I don’t make light of any sickness a child may have but you and I disagree on the risks, benefits, and statistics here. A child is by far much more likely to be injured by a vaccination then they are by the disease it is designed to possibly, temporarily, prevent (and can also cause). We also disagree that vaccinations eradicated these illnesses. You should check the mortality and prevalence charts for that. And we obviously disagree over the research that shows pertussis has increased the prevalence of pertussis and causes outbreaks. Even the CDC has admitted it’s failure.

      If you ask any parent if they would vaccinate if the vaccine could lead to a child being neurologically devastated or dead…100% would not vaccinate.

      Although I respect everyone’s opinion and encourage discourse I must respectfully disagree with you.

    • Mary says

      If vaccines are so ‘safe’, then why has over $3 billion been paid out since 1986 when Congress was implored by vaccine manufacturers to indemnify them from the thousands of lawsuits filed by families of DTP-injured children? This number is under-estimated in that less than 1% of vaccine reactions are reported to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), an after-the-fact database which records info re: vaccine injuries/deaths, the latter which pays out $100k, small change for a precious life. This database is voluntary and is not required of doctors and/or ‘health’ professionals to record such reactions/deaths. It is not good busine$$ to have patients become damaged and/or die on your watch, hence the under-reporting.

      Appx $100 million is paid out each yr for vaccine injury/death. Again, this number is not reflective of ALL vaccine injuries/deaths, which if calculated on a comprehensive basis, would see pHARMa go under. We would see the largest class-action lawsuit in history as a result. Every effort is made to under-report and marginalize vaccine injuries.

      Children are receiving a hepB $hot at birth w/250 mcgs of aluminum, more than Shaquille O’Neal could handle and upwards of 49 doses of 14 vaccines by 1st grade w/more to follow. ‘Pincushions of Profit’ is how pHARMa sees our children.

      As one of many informed parents, I did my homework before our children were born and found it interesting that of all the doctors I interviewed to be our pediatric physician, seven stood out for not vaccinating their own children, nor recommending them to their patients, w/two of these doctors treating vaccine-injured children.

      A vaccine insert label includes, but is not limited to the following ingredients: formaldehyde, aluminum, thimerosol (49.6% ethyl mercury), phenols, carbolic acid, polysorbate 80 (reproductive sterilization chemical), msg, peanut oil, foreign DNA/viruses, neomycin, streptomycin, dead animal pus, etc., etc. The accumulative exposure and subsequent damage done to the immune system by injecting these neuro-toxic and carcinogenic chemicals into the bloodstream, bypassing the mucosal system, sets up a permanent inflammatory immune response resulting in neurological damage such as: Autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid/juvenile arthritis as well as seizures and Guillain-Barre (paralysis).

      Common sense tells us that health and a life-long immunity is not conferred by such inoculations.
      1 in 6 children is now neurologically impaired and boys are much more susceptible to such neurological disorders than girls as testosterone is not as protective as estrogen. Glutathione levels are also an important factor and are often depleted upon vaccination. Encephalitis (brain inflammation) is the common denominator in these neurological disorders and mercury has been found to bypass the blood-brain barrier. Yes, it is still in vaccines in the form of thimerosol (49.6% ethul mercury) and is used as a preservative, which is not always effective (witness the Chiron flu vaccine contamination). It cannot be removed entirely during the latter phase of production as the protein antigens within the vaccine serum bind to mercury. As a result, miniscule to large amounts of mercury via thimerosol have been found in the finished product.

      Caveat Emptor!

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