November 2011 – An October 2011 press release by the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs informs us of likely deception in a much vaunted study which concluded: “The discontinuation of thimerosal-containing vaccines in Denmark in 1992 was followed by an increase in the incidence of autism.” Quite the contrary, documents obtained via the US Freedom of Information Act show that CDC officials were aware of unpublished study data which showed a decline in autism rates after removal of thimerosal (49.55% mercury). An email to the CDC from a study coauthor states: “I need to tell you that the figures do not include the latest data from 2001…but the incidence and prevalence are still decreasing in 2001.” Nevertheless, the CDC didn’t protest the 2003 Pediatrics publication of the study which excluded this information, misrepresented the decline as an increase, and led to the uncorroborated conclusion that thimerosal in vaccines does not cause autism. In fact, in Dec 2002 the CDC recommended that review and publication of the study be expedited.(1)
So what could possibly be the reason that officials would risk their own reputations and that of the US CDC, de facto centre of ‘Vaccine World’? Could the answer possibly be found in the latest projections for vaccine sales? A Jan. 2010 business report by businesswire.com reveals a predicted Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 11.5% for the global vaccines industry between 2009 and 2016. According to the Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy/U Penn, “These dynamics clearly affect vaccine ethics and policy.”(2)(3)
One wonders if CDC officials have children or grandchildren and, if so, those children receive the benefit of their elders’ inside knowledge about vaccine dangers. Such wasn’t the case for a Houston couple’s 15 months old daughter who suffered brain inflammation and permanent brain dysfunction after a reaction to DTaP injected together with six other vaccines. For any child this would have been risky but this little girl’s family has a 3-generation history of vaccine reactions.(4)
But will her DTaP shot at least prevent the girl from becoming seriously ill or dying from pertussis? Not likely, unless she comes into contact with someone infected with it not long after receiving the shot. A new study re: efficacy of pertussis vaccine in babies and toddlers has found it fades seriously within three years. Lead researcher, David Witt, chief of infectious disease at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center/San Rafael has admitted, “I was disturbed to find maybe we had a little more confidence in the vaccine than it might deserve.” Of course, this raises the possibility of yet another booster to sustain efficacy, Pharma profits and Pharma-related earnings.(5)
Similarly, health authorities have been shocked by their discovery that, at one Quebec high school, 52 of 98 teens who’ve contracted measles were fully vaccinated. Dr Gaston De Serres, an infectious disease expert with Quebec’s public health agency remarked, “There may be more vulnerability than we know and were planning for.” He wonders if natural immunity (conferred to infants via the placenta at birth and breastfeeding afterwards) has remained active in some up to, and possibly beyond, the time of their 12 months injection of the live measles viruses in MMR.(6)
But would the risk of re-scheduling the first dose of MMR or adding another DTaP booster be determined prior to making those changes to vaccine schedules? In researching all pertinent science for their 2011 statement, ‘Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality’, an IOM review committee was hampered by the same gaps of knowledge as they’d encountered when producing similar statements in 1991 and 1994. Therefore, it’s not surprising the IOM once again was unable to conclude definitively that vaccines cause or don’t cause adverse effects. NVIC summarizes: “The Committee’s clear acknowledgement that there is a lack of adequate scientific understanding about the way that vaccines act in the human body, including how, when, why and for whom they are harmful, is confirmation that more and higher quality vaccine safety science is urgently needed.” Of course, a major problem is that rarely if ever do mainstream institutions like the IOM – and certainly not drug companies which make vaccines – fund such studies.(7)
A documentary, ‘The Greater Good’, recently posted on mercola.com includes discussions by Chris Shaw PhD and Diane Harper MD, PhD re the gaps in vaccine safety science. The film also includes the perspectives of prominent pro-mandatory vaccination proponents associated with vaccine manufacturers, the American Academy of Pediatrics and federal health agencies. To counter their noise, it features the perspectives of families with children who’ve been injured or died from vaccinations along with pro-informed-consent advocates. The latter include Barbara Loe Fisher; pediatricians Lawrence Palevsky MD and Bob Sears MD; Stephanie Christner DO (whose infant daughter died after a series of vaccinations in Oklahoma), Gabi Swank (who suffered a severe reaction to a series of Gardasil shots in Kansas), and the King family of Oregon (whose now-teenage son suffered regressive autism after childhood vaccinations).(8)
But it’s business as usual for the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPA). Marina Salvadori, principal author of the Society’s latest statement re: chickenpox explained to media: “It’s becoming obvious that one dose is unlikely to give lifetime protection, and is unlikely to prevent all outbreaks of chickenpox.” (Oh, really? Who would ever have guessed?) The recommendation is for an extra dose at 4-6 yrs; two doses “at least four weeks apart” for teens who’ve never received the benefit of natural immunity and a shot (or two?) for women post partum if prenatal assessment showed no chickenpox immunity.(9)(10)
Ontario launched a two-dose chickenpox vaccine schedule in August but Salvadori’s position statement urges that taxpayers in all provinces and territories pay for the extra “free” shots. However, according to a September CBC report, “The pediatricians called for more research such as on how long the immunity lasts and what is the best spacing of the two doses.” Globe and Mail reported: “Adults who get chickenpox have a higher death rate from the disease than kids, and are more likely to get pneumonia, the society noted.” and, “The painful disease shingles is a reactivation of the varicella virus in adults who have previously had chickenpox.” Regarding the latter, recall that shingles can also be a reactivation of live chickenpox virus from the vaccine. Undoubtedly, that was the reason for the invention of the related money maker, shingles vaccine.(9)(10)
But we must give the CPA credit for omitting pregnant women from their new recommendations for chickenpox vaccine. Perhaps they’d heard of conclusions of a study which was published online September 22nd in Vaccine. Using the flu shot, the study examined the possibility that vaccines injected into pregnant women cause inflammation. It noted that, “As adverse perinatal health outcomes including preeclampsia and preterm birth have an inflammatory component, a tendency toward greater inflammatory responding to immune triggers may predict risk of adverse outcomes” and, “data on the maternal inflammatory response to vaccination is lacking and would better delineate the safety and clinical utility of immunization. In addition, for research purposes, vaccination has been used as a mild immune trigger to examine in vivo inflammatory responses in nonpregnant adults.” The study concluded, “The inflammatory response elicited by vaccination is substantially milder and more transient than seen in infectious illness…However, further research is needed to confirm that the mild inflammatory response elicited by vaccination is benign in pregnancy.” We hope that if further research finds it’s not benign, that research will be published.(11)
The flu shot is the subject of a film posted on the NVIC website during Vaccine Awareness Week, Oct 30-Nov 5. It tells the heartbreaking story of a flu shot complication which led to strokes and ended in complete paralysis from Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS). The injured person was once a professor of nursing at a Connecticut university and an active, vibrant, mother and grandmother.(12)
Apparently, despite the fact that GBS has been acknowledged as a possible vaccine adverse event; despite the fact that early vaccination with live virus chickenpox vaccine can result in later onset of shingles and increased chickenpox complications such as pneumonia and death; despite the adverse events documented on the ‘Greater Good’; despite the permanent brain damage in a 15 month old girl post-DTaP plus six other vaccines; and despite all the other well-documented adverse events – there’s still not enough proof that vaccines cause harm. The IOM must have absolute proof delivered to them in replicated studies reviewed by peers who adhere to conventional vaccine dogma. It seems it matters not to them that these studies are filtered to eliminate non-conforming ‘bias’ or data that could pose problems or that many have not even been done.
But problems are mounting: possible lawsuits on the horizon re cover-up of more autism when mercury’s in vaccines; vaccine refusal; failing efficacy; mounting costs for more vaccines and more pricey high-tech vaccines; more people speaking out. Vaccine dogma is showing its age.
- NVIC’s Statement on the Institute of Medicine Report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines