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Dr. Timothy Caulfield purports to be an advocate of science. He regularly lectures on the benefits of scientific thinking and acts as a champion of the scientific method with one exception – when the topic of investigation is the safety and effectiveness of the current artificial immunization program. Then, Dr. Caulfield becomes a cheerleader instead of a scientist.
Science is a methodology and a quest for authentic understanding. In reality, science is a perpetually unfinished quest. Scientism, on the other hand, is an ideology that has many similarities to fundamentalist forms of belief. The common denominator to all fundamentalist positions is the absolute certainty of the rightness of their claims. They leave no room for dissent or differences of opinion.
Dr. Caulfield seems to recognize that science works because it allows for critical thinking. Yet he is dismissive of critical thinking about vaccine safety or acknowledging that the science of human immunology has more to learn. This is evident when Dr. Caulfield routinely demeans, dismisses, and disregards parents, medical professionals, and researchers who acknowledge vaccine injury.
Those who acknowledge vaccine injury are regularly subject to tirades from Dr. Caulfield that include descriptors such as “anti-vaxx”, “conspiracy theory”, “fake science”, “pseudo science”, “Jenny McCarthy”, “false balance”, “Wakefield’s study was a complete bogus”, “the evidence against it [the safety of vaccines] is either nonexistent or very small”, “no evidence to support it”, and “flat earth” theory. (See March 14, 2017 interview with TVO’s Steve Paikin.)
Science advances by being open to new information as it emerges. Yet Caulfield seems more committed to preserving medical dogma than in knowing the truth about the safety and effectiveness of the current vaccination program on our children.
Dr. Caulfield is a proponent of a very dangerous experiment. In his quest to advance the economic and ideological interests of the medical industry, Caulfield has shown a willful blindness and callous disregard for those children whose lives have been destroyed by vaccine injury. He dismisses these life-altering experiences as simply “anecdotes” and insists on blaming increasing vaccine hesitancy on Hollywood celebrities and conspiracy theorists.
While we assume Dr. Caulfield’s intention is to protect children from serious illness, his concern and compassion appears not to extend to children injured by vaccines. Caulfield appears to be of the position that vaccine injured children either do not exist and are a figment of a parent’s imagination, or are acceptable casualties in the ‘war on disease’ that we should willfully ignore for the ‘greater good’.
This is not science. This is not honest. This is an immoral and an unscientific position that needs to end. To deny and dismiss vaccine injuries puts all of us at risk.
The State of Vaccine Science
Fact #1: The safety of the current childhood vaccine schedule has never been proven in large, long-term clinical trials.
Fact #2: Vaccines have not been tested for the ability to cause cancer (carcinogenicity), the degree to which a substance can damage an organism (toxicity), the ability to damage genetic information (genotoxicity), the ability to change the genetic material (mutagenicity), or for long-term adverse reactions.
Fact #3: The current vaccine schedule has never been tested for safety in the real world way in which the schedule is implemented.
Fact #4: No independent trials confirm the safety of giving multiple vaccinations at once. Research shows a dose-dependent association between the number of vaccines administered simultaneously and hospitalization or death.
Fact #5: No long-term clinical evidence exists that show vaccinated children have better overall health than unvaccinated children.
Fact #6: There is no independent biological science that shows injecting mercury into humans is safe. There is increasing evidence that the use of mercury in vaccines increases the risk of neuro-developmental disorders.
Fact #7: No clinical studies have been conducted to establish the safety of using aluminum in vaccines. The neurotoxicity of aluminum is well documented, affecting memory, cognition, psychomotor control, and damage to the brain when the aluminum passes through the blood brain barrier.
Fact #8: The amount of aluminum used in vaccines regularly exceeds the maximum amount permitted by the FDA.
Fact #9: Most vaccine safety trials use control groups consisting of other vaccinated populations, or placebos containing aluminum and other vaccine ingredients. These are not true placebos. The failure of the medical industry to use a neutral placebo undermines the integrity of vaccine safety claims as this does not adhere to good scientific practice.
Fact #10: The US Vaccine Court has awarded more than $ 3.7 billion dollars in compensation for vaccine injuries and death since 1988. This includes children who developed autism following vaccination.
Fact #11: Vaccine safety trials are not conducted by the government or independent agencies. Vaccine safety trials are conducted by the vaccine manufacturers. As of 1986, US vaccine producers are no longer legally liable for the safety of their products.
Fact #12: Vaccine manufacturers Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have paid billions in criminal penalties and settlements for research fraud, faking drug safety studies, failing to report safety problems, bribery, kickbacks, and false advertising.
Fact #13: The disclosures by CDC senior scientist, Dr. William Thompson, reveal the CDC has known for more than a decade that children receiving the MMR vaccine on schedule are significantly more likely to regress into autism compared with children whose parents withheld the vaccine until the child was older.
Fact #14: The rate of autism has increased from less than 1 in 10,000 prior to 1980 to more than 1 in 36 children today. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurological condition, now affects 1 in 10 children.
Fact #15: Canada has one of the most aggressive vaccine schedules in the world. The number of recommended vaccines in Canada has more than doubled since 1980. Children in Ontario can receive as many as 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6.
Fact #16: Artificially induced immunity from vaccines is not life long. Disease outbreaks regularly occur in fully vaccinated populations. Vaccines do not confer long lasting immunity.
Fact #17: ALL vaccines in Canada are voluntary and cannot be made mandatory because of the rights guaranteed Canadians in the Canadian Constitution. Mandatory vaccination is a violation of the medical ethic of informed consent, the Nuremberg Code, and the Universal Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights.
Fact #18: Canada is the only G7 nation without a national no-fault vaccine injury compensation program. If your child is vaccine injured in Canada, you are on your own.
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
~ Aldous Huxley
Dr. Caulfield, if you are serious about the importance of responsible science, a good place to start is to advocate for a robust, long term ‘vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated study’ to provide the scientific evidence needed to determine whether the current vaccine schedule is, in fact, “safe and effective” or even necessary.