Continuing the Vaccine Conversation

This series happened to come up in my FB newsfeed a few days ago, so I thought I would check it out.  It would be so helpful if this information could get out to the larger population so that the vaccine conversation could open up. “The truth is, is that we all care about the same thing. Pro-science, pro-common sense, pro-public health.”

Click here to watch the first of the 7 part series.  Episode 2 aired last night and episode 3 aired tonight – they have been excellent.

Unfortunately, with the exception of episode 1, each link is only up for 24 hours. I could not find a working link for Episode 2 .  Click here for episode 3, which should be up until tomorrow (Saturday, April 15) night.

Click here  to sign up for the rest of the series.

Get informed and then make the decision that is right for you and your family.

Dare I say it? The Vaccine Controversy

I have deliberated for a great deal of time as to whether to write this post or not.  Many might applaud me for the courage to post it, and others will write me off as a crackpot conspiracy theorist for doing so.  The goal would be to encourage you to honestly read and watch everything in this post and then come to your own conclusions.

This is a long post. I know that brevity makes for a much more readable post; however, I am not a savvy enough writer to know how to make it shorter. I will just state that this is an extremely important issue that will affect all of us in one way or another.  Especially now since some states are mandating vaccines, with no “option-out”. If you are really interested in having an honest discussion on this topic, I hope will consider carving out some time to get through it. Most of all the information I am providing is in the form of video clips – please DO NOT skip past them – because they hold the key information.

I would like to state at the very onset that my husband and I are not “anti-vaccine”. Our first 4 children had all started on their vaccine schedule.  Then we became personally aware of adverse reactions to vaccines.   Because of that, we started researching all we could, and we decided not to vaccinate our last 4 children. That was over 16 years ago. The issue has recently been brought up again in our lives because our oldest daughter would like to go to Africa and work, short term, in an orphanage. So we need to do what we can to keep her, and others, safe and healthy.  Over the last several months we have been researching, once again, the safest way to do this. Contrary to what many vaccine blogs may assert, just because someone questions vaccines, does not mean they are “anti-vaccine”. We are pro-education, pro-informed consent, and pro-safety.

There is no shortage of information on the vaccine issue – both pro and con – on the internet, literally millions of sites – mostly screaming at one another.  Anything I write in this article, you will be able to provide ammunition for or against – I know because I have read a great deal of it!

I am going to start this conversation with this video from the Today Show, which aired today (April 13, 2016).  The host is interviewing Robert De Niro about his Tribeca film festival,  The subject of the conversation turns to a film De Niro had wanted the festival to include, but ended up pulling it (See controversy video clips below).  The name of the movie is: Vaxxed From Coverup to Catastrophe.  The movie discusses how the CDC covered up data showing a link from the MMR vaccine to Autism.  De Niro has a son with Autism and he feels that there needs to be a conversation on this matter. “There is more to this than meets the eye,  There is something there, that people aren’t addressing. All I wanted is for the movie to be seen. People must see it. They can come to their own conclusions….there is a link…it is much more complicated.”

Now there has been a huge amount of controversy about the film since just being released a few weeks ago.

This video gives a timeline of the controversy and includes an interview clip with NBC Today host Matt Lauer and (retired head of NBC) Bob Wright, where Matt asked Mr. Wright, after stating all the scientific research has disproved a link between autism and vaccines, straight up, “As a man who has done so much in an effort to educate people what is the definitive answer on vaccines?” to which Mr. Wright says, “There is no definitive answer.”

Of note, John Wright’s book,  “The Wright Stuff” also just came out in the last several weeks. Wright has a grandchild who developed Autism.  Sheryl Attkisson (American author and formerly an investigative correspondent in the Washington bureau for CBS News) on her blog reviews a portion of his book and notes the following:

“In his book, [former head of NBC Bob Wright] says that President Obama’s key adviser, Valerie Jarrett, killed a proposal to improve the safety of vaccines, so that parental fears about the link between vaccines and autism could be addressed.

The Bush administration killed a similar proposal, he says. In that case, the explanation was that “the White House was afraid of press reaction.”

Attkisson notes: The federal government recognizes the risks and dangers, having established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate victims of vaccines. This takes the vaccine makers off the hook for injuries and deaths caused by government-mandated vaccines. In short, Big Government is protecting Big Business from liability for their products. Wright notes that $100 million a year is paid in damages to victims of vaccines.

Florida Congressman Rep. Bill Posey, who is a safe vaccine advocate, addresses this issue here on the house floor where he mentions that our government has paid out over 3 BILLION dollars in vaccine injuries. He then discusses the CDC cover-up.

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The Vaxxed film was then pulled about a week ago from the Houston film festival, with this info:

The Director of a Houston film festival was threatened by officials in the Texas government to withdraw a film that accuses government officials and scientists at the CDC of fraud and collusion with respect to science on the vaccine/autism link.

“Dear Philippe~ Good Morning…

“I wanted you to know that just like DeNiro and Tribeca, we must withdraw our invitation to screen VAXXED! It has been cancelled, and there was no press release about the film… that was scheduled for today, but after very threatening calls late yesterday (Monday) from high Houston Government officials (the first and only time they have ever called in 49 years) – we had no choice but to drop the film. Heavy handed censorship, to say the least… they both threatened severe action against the festival if we showed it, so it is out. Their actions would have cost us more than $100,000 in grants.

I do hope that they did not call or threaten you. It is done, it is out and we have been censored… There are some very powerful forces against this project. It does seem a bit of overkill, as I am confident that it will be released Online soon and millions of people can see it.

My Thanks and Best regards,
Hunter
Hunter Todd
Chairman & Founding Director
TEAM WORLDFEST
The 49th Annual WorldFest-Houston”

The local news covered the story here:

http://www.fox26houston.com/news/118794881-story

This is a fascinating article on linking all of the parties involved in the shut down of this movie- it is hard to dismiss all of the connections – this is a powerful group:

http://www.ageofautism.com/2016/04/did-the-cdc-censor-vaxxed-report-2.html

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Probably the biggest controversy of the movie revolves around the “de-frocked” doctor who has been labeled the “father of the anti-vaccine movement”, Dr. Andrew Wakefield.  The label is very much a misnomer because Dr. Wakefield has not been, and is not, anti-vaccine. He is pro-safe vaccine. If you were to Google his name you would find things like: “discredited, fraud, dangerous and disgraced, or conversely you would find: hero, champion, pioneer, child defender, greatest scientific mind of our time.

The controversy started back in 1999 when he suggested that there MAY be a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.  He was a strong proponent of the measles vaccine, but felt that it should be given by itself.  Thus was born the “anti-vaccine” movement (again, a misnomer). In lieu of writing up the entire history (which is very long) of this controversy surrounding him, this interview covers his side of the story. PLEASE, if you are sincerely interested in this controversy, you will need to take the time to listen to this ENTIRE interview from start to finish.  This is the foundational piece to this entire controversy.   If you don’t watch it, it will be extremely difficult to wade through the claims surrounding him.  Yes, it is a long, but it is important and it is only fair to listen to the words of the man who is at the heart of the story.   Now, some may object and ask why am I not posting the other side to this story? Well, because quite frankly, the other side is pretty much all you get when you research this controversy. I am not saying that you shouldn’t, I am just saying at least listen to both sides. It is often the case when people use alternative methods of curing their cancer or other diseases and even though they have been cured, when they promote what helped them, they are dismissed as quacks. You will have no shortage of sites to read about what a “fraud” he is. So to be fair please listen to him speak, and decide for yourself. Also, it is noteworthy that Dr. Wakefield is credited by Bob Wright’s daughter as the doctor that helped her child receive significant help.

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Here are some facts on the rise of autism and the vaccine schedule:

The Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). (CDC, 2014)

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. (CDC, 2008)

# of Recommended Vaccines VS Autism Prevalence:
1953 – 16 dosages of 4 vaccines (Between 2 months and age 6) 1 in 5000 (1973)(Prior to 1973 it was believed prevalence was 1 in 10,000)
1983 – 23 doses of 7 vaccines (Between 2 months and age 6) 1 in 2500 (1985)
2013 – 118 vaccines (49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6 (69 doses of 16 vaccines ages 7 – 18 ) 1 in 50 (2013)

Did you catch that?  1 in 50!

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Consider how that vaccine schedule might get even more crowed given the rise in new vaccines coming out:

“By 2016, the Global Vaccines Market is Expected to Generate More Than Twice the Annual Revenue of 2009(The global vaccine market is expected to surpass estimated USD 100 billion by 2025). 

The global vaccines industry was valued at $24 billion in 2009 and is expected to reach $52 billion in 2016 at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.5%.The ability of vaccines to generate high revenue and profits despite being priced at a premium has proven attractive to both existing players in the market and to big pharmaceutical companies who have been watching the development of the market with interest.

The surge in revenues and growth rates came at a time when the pharmaceutical industry was under huge pressure from patent expiries and weakened pipelines…. The success of premium priced vaccines such as Prevnar, Gardasil, and Cervarix has prompted big pharmaceutical players such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca to invest in the vaccines industry which promises safe revenues due to a lack of threat from generics.

The Vaccines Industry is Looking to Increase its Revenues Through the Introduction of Novel Vaccines and Indication Expansions for Established Products.”  (business wire.com)

Is it any wonder that these companies would not like any one questioning any adverse effects of vaccines? Perhaps this is too much of “good thing’?

It is understandable that government officials do not want to put the general public in a panic mode; obviously millions of people don’t react to vaccines. Certainly government officials are concerned for the health and safety of its nations’ citizens. However, it is just as understandable that the thousands of families whose lives have been changed just hours or days after their child was vaccinated want the truth of their injuries to be heard, and bring awareness for the safety of others. We need to start building trust on both sides of this issue. I don’t know of a parent who is not concerned for the safety and health of their child and would like to be able to trust what they are told by their health care providers.

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Lastly is the Gardasil vaccine. This has nothing directly to do with Andrew Wakefield or the movie Vaxxed.  There has just been so much written regarding this vaccine that I have seen over the last several years that I am simply just going to share these links. Is the risk of what you see here really worth any benefit? While reviewing these links, keep in mind that Gardasil has been a huge profit maker for Merck.

Not a coincidence

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Oh, I guess there is one more item – you know how many kids have peanut allergies today? Check this out  –  this was interesting:  http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/whats-really-behind-peanut-allergy-epidemic/ )

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Finally,  here is just a sample post of a recurring theme which has probably been reiterated thousands of times –  many educated, well informed individuals who are just trying to raise awareness:
My son was born in July 1995. He was bright, alert, engaging and clearly neurotypical in every way. He met and exceeded all of his developmental milestones until 7 1/2 years of age when he sustained a vaccine injury from the flu shot in late 2002. Within a very, very short period of time after the vaccine, he developed severe neurological, neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral changes. I was forced to research this issue, as did my late husband, a physician, in order to save our son. We were not anti-vaccine (which should be obvious, otherwise, our child would not have suffered a vaccine injury). We were not conspiracy theorists. We were intelligent, educated, articulate parents trying to find out what happened to our formerly healthy son. We understood medicine, statistics and how to read and comprehend scientific research. My late husband was a triple board certified physician and Chairman of Emergency and Trauma at a major Level 1 Trauma Center. He served as Associate Professor of Surgery at a well-respected medical school/teaching hospital, as well as Medical Director of a Physician Assistant program at a major university. He did peer-review for numerous medical journals, served on the boards of numerous National, State and local medical societies. He was a published author of numerous medical articles, peer-reviewed scientific studies and even a medical textbook. My background was in politics, nursing in physician offices and forensic accounting. In others words, we were NOT clueless, gullible, conspiracy theory, “anti-science” parents as the CDC and mainstream media try to paint anyone who has the audacity to question vaccines.
All one has to do is follow the money to ascertain why the pharmaceutical companies and government vaccine program defenders (like the CDC, FDA, NIH, WHO, etc. are attacking anyone who questions vaccines. They have 30+ billion reasons per year (money generated each year from vaccines) to deny any evidence of harm from vaccines. Denying that vaccines cause severe harm does not change the FACT that vaccines CAN and DO cause severe harm and/or death to some. My child IS evidence of harm. This is why I encourage all parents to educate themselves about the true RISKS before they vaccinate their child. I wish I had done so instead of relying on the misinformation of my well-intentioned, but woefully misinformed pediatrician.”

Andrei Sakharov, a Russian nuclear physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb, said before dying, ‘I always thought that the most powerful weapon in the world was the bomb. I’ve changed my mind. The most powerful weapon in the world is not the bomb, the most powerful weapon is the truth.'”

So, is it the truth that this is the greatest cover-up of our time, or is it all just an “anti-vax” conspiracy that is going to bring mass disease back into the land? Or perhaps, the answer lies somewhere in-between?

You will need to decide for yourself.

Get informed.