Vaccine Truth vs. Propaganda
The following was posted by Kristen Tea on Motherwise:
A reality TV star (Kristin Cavallari) recently announced that she does not vaccinate her child.
All hell promptly broke loose. Accusations of being an “anti-science idiot conspiracy theorist” are rampant.
I have to speak up, at the risk of being bombarded with the bizarre and vile hatred that so often comes from SOME (I said SOME, not ALL) pro-vaccine people.
I do not vaccinate, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Jenny McCarthy, nor Andrew Wakefield, nor any celebrity or conspiracy theorist or science-denier.
It’s funny yet sad to see some pro-vaxxers are so heavily programmed that they continue to think any parent who questions vaccine safety and efficacy is worshipping at the Jenny McCarthy altar.
It’s really easy to tell when people have been spoon-fed what the media and pharmaceutical industry tells them, and fail to do their own research into vaccines.
They call anyone who questions vaccines “anti-science,” even though (in my experience) parents who choose not to vaccinate may have done a lot more reading on the topic than those who simply follow their doctor’s orders. And no, not reading just from “conspiracy theorist” blogs. Alex Jones’ Info Wars is not my idea of solid cited sources.
They say things like: “Vaccines don’t cause autism!” and “Vaccines are safe!” and “Keep your unvaccinated kids away from my vaccinated kids!” and “My vaccinated kids will never have to worry about getting a deadly disease!” and “The recent outbreak of whooping cough/measles/the flu is the fault of non-vaccinating people!” and “Vaccines have never killed anyone!”
All of the above are misguided at best and completely false at worst.
In my experience, the majority of non-vaccinating parents do not count autism as a top reason to decline vaccination, yet many pro-vaccine people think that’s what we’re afraid of. The scared-of-autism hype is media-manufactured, nothing more, and baselessly blamed on all non-vaccinating parents. Forget about autism and vaccines– there are many, many other issues at hand here. It has been confirmed that vaccines CAN and DO cause neurological issues.
Vaccines have never been transparently tested for safety in terms of the “trace amounts” of neurotoxins and carcinogens, and how they add up over time, over hundreds of injections. Vaccine injury is real. It is not a myth or conspiracy theory.
If your child is fully vaccinated, being scared of unvaccinated kids is nonsensical. Fully vaccinated people contract and spread diseases too.
Vaccines are not 100% effective, and in many cases the effectiveness wanes and/or is significantly less than the overall risk of contracting diseases or experiencing vaccine injury. Getting your child vaccinated DOES NOT by any means guarantee they will remain disease-free.
Many of the recent outbreaks of flu, whooping cough, measles, and even polio are in VACCINATED people. The media publishes an article about a whooping cough outbreak, people blindly blame non-vaxxers, and yet the article itself will tell you it was an outbreak amongst vaccinated people.
Vaccines absolutely HAVE killed in the past, and will kill again in the future. Death from vaccines may be a rare side effect, but that does not mean adverse reactions from vaccines are rare.
How do we explain the eradication of disease, if not for vaccines? If you actually look at the decline of many diseases vs. the introduction of each vaccine, you’ll see that clean water, sanitation, and proper nutrition played a larger part in overall health. One example is the Bubonic Plague. It was eradicated thanks to sanitation, not vaccines. Clean water and sanitation (and antibiotics as truly needed), is what helps prevent/treat disease. Breastfeeding is also an essential tool of preventing serious childhood disease.
This is why vaccine programs in impoverished nations fail so drastically. The oral/live Polio vaccine is responsible for CAUSING polio to spread, because the live vaccine sheds through fecal matter. Another example of how clean water and sanitation are needed:
Keep in mind that the United States has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, and yet one of the worst child mortality rates in the developed world. If we are to believe vaccines keep us healthy and prevent disease, our child mortality rates should not be so drastically worse than other developed nations with clean water and sanitation, and much lower vaccine rates.
Concerning measles, because there have been recent “outbreaks”: measles are, largely, NOT SERIOUS. The incident rate of measles in the US is 0.7% per 1 million population. Severe complications from measles are rare and can be prevented with breastfeeding, nutrition, and hydration (yes– despite what so many people believe, using real fresh FOOD full of vitamins and minerals does more to promote health than an intramuscular shot contaminated with known carcinogens and neurotoxins).
Lack of vitamin A in the diet has proven to worsen measles significantly. Instead of blaming non-vaccinating people, we might do well to consider pointing the finger at our culture of extremely unhealthy daily dietary choices that is raising a nation of malnourished children.
The measles vaccine failure rate is about 5%, and natural immunity (when a healthy kid gets a mild illness and their immune system is strengthened for life because of it) has proven to be more effective. Because natural immunity is more effective, and because fully vaccinated people are also contracting and spreading diseases, basing the entire argument of vaccines on “herd immunity,” and blaming non-vaccinating parents for outbreaks is inaccurate.
It’s interesting how the media constantly blames non-vaccinating parents, even though we remain a small minority, instead of reporting on vaccine failures.
Parents deserve to know the lack of evidence and the multiple ethical issues with vaccines. For instance the Hep B vaccine is simply absurd in most cases, and yet is routinely given.
The Rotavirus vaccine is also questionable because the risk of serious complication from rotavirus is very low and even lower with breastfeeding.
The Diphtheria vaccine is another one which, like the whooping cough vaccine, has shown to need lifelong boosters for effectiveness, and the chance of contracting diphtheria is very low.
Tetanus is another example. Only around 30 cases are reported every year, and most of the people who die from it are over 75 years old. Tetanus is only a concern when a wound is so deep it is not oxygenated (doesn’t bleed). If exposure to tetanus is suspected, the tetanus immunoglobulin will be effective; a post-exposure tetanus vaccine (which is what is usually administered) will not be.
And with diphtheria and tetanus, the pertussis vaccine is automatically included (at least in the US). Because pertussis is a higher risk, it’s unfortunate that parents cannot consider this one separately. If we are to believe the data gathered thus far (which is questionable, see the links below on whooping cough vaccine and ethical issues), the risk of death from pertussis in unvaccinated people is .000004%, while in vaccinated people it is .000002%. Again, this vaccine requires lifelong booster shots, which most adults are not up-to-date on (the horror!). The waning protection of this vaccine is the reason we’ve been seeing an increase in cases– not unvaccinated people (who still remain a tiny minority).
And, since we cannot say “vaccines are safe,” we really cannot claim that the risks of vaccine injury are outweighed by the small risks of these diseases.
Did you know billions of dollars have been paid out to vaccine-injured people in the past few years? Here is the government database (keep in mind that because vaccine reactions are often denied and swept under the rug, it’s fair to assume these numbers are low):
But who cares about those kids anyway? Canary in the coal mine, right?
And since people always bring up autism and Andrew Wakefield, it’s important to mention Poul Thorsen, the CDC scientist who was hired to “debunk” Wakefield’s work. He “executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the CDC… Thorsen allegedly diverted over $1 million of the CDC grant money to his own personal bank account… According to bank account records, Thorsen purchased a home in Atlanta, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an Audi automobile, and a Honda SUV with funds that he received from the CDC grants.”
But don’t pay any attention to that at all. And definitely don’t get curious about why everyone knows Wakefield was a “fraud,” but no one knows about Thorsen. It has nothing to do with the fact that the majority of media reports tearing Wakefield apart were orchestrated by scandalized media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose son is on the board for and profits from the MMR shot…
And then we have issues like this: major ethical concerns over vaccine safety information. Why? Because the people who profit from vaccines are also those who claim they are safe. They fund the studies.
Especially when major pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline are fined $3 billion for fraud, falsifying safety information, bribing doctors and scientists. Yes, I will blindly trust the vaccine safety information that comes from these organizations. To not blindly trust would be “anti-science,” I’ve been told.
Also, as one example of vaccine failure, measles outbreaks in FULLY VACCINATED people:
And whooping cough in FULLY VACCINATED people:
But we’re not supposed to pay any attention to any of this. We’re not supposed to look at the risks of specific diseases vs. the risks (that we’re aware of due to limited transparent safety testing) of vaccines. Don’t question vaccines at all– it makes you an anti-science conspiracy theorist.
We’re supposed to continue to inject neurotoxins into the bodies of children whose blood-brain barrier may still be permeable. As parents, we cannot even question vaccines without being verbally attacked, called idiots, threatened with CPS, and refused as patients at doctors’ offices. And that is what’s most troubling of all.
Parents have EVERY RIGHT to question vaccines and demand transparency and safety. We have every right to make fully informed decisions for our children without being ridiculed and threatened.
If you want parents to vaccinate, start demanding that the money be removed from the medicine. Start demanding transparent, ethical safety and efficacy testing. Start advocating for parents’ rights to ask questions and have them answered by people who have no ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Fight for vaccines that are free of toxins, chemicals, and additives. Fight for the children who have been injured by vaccines.
Support parents who dare to question vaccines, instead of painting them as “anti-science” idiots, when we are just trying to make the healthiest choices for our children.
Learn More About The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program:
Vaccines Did Not Save Us
Two Centuries Of Official Statistics
This is the data the drug industry do not want you to see. Here are two centuries of UK,USA and Australian official death statistics showing conclusively and scientifically that modern medicine is not responsible for, and played little part, in substantially improved life expectancy and survival from disease in western economies.
The main advances in combating disease over 200 years have been better food and clean drinking water. Improved sanitation, less overcrowded and better living conditions also contribute. This is also borne out in published peer reviewed research. Read the full article here with research & citations or download the full [.PDF].
Learn More via Vaccination: A Mythical History by Roman Bystrianyk and Suzanne Humphries MD
The Greater Good documentary highlights several powerful personal stories of vaccine tragedies to bring increased awareness to this important issue:
Watch the full feature length documentary for free on HULU.
The following is from a recent article entitled, Dear parents, are you being lied to?:
I came across a post last week entitled “Dear Parents, you are being lied to. “ In it the author attempted to essentially tell parents who choose not to vaccinate that they are wrong, victims of a deceitful web of lies, and the equivalent of “vaccine preventable disease receptacles.” I was so hoping this article would not be popular because to be honest, I didn’t want to address the flaws in her argument (where does one start?) and I certainly didn’t want to increase her blog traffic.
But reading that article was like dangling a carrot in front of a ravenous rabbit or a carcass in front of a starving wolf. Okay, maybe it’s more like throwing a red flag at an attorney (can someone say charge!). Either way, this article got shared, and posted on my wall, and posted on other walls, and people began to wonder “Are they being lied to?” Well, yes…you are…if you actually believe what you read in that article.
Here is how the article should have read:
You are being lied to. There are pharmaceutical companies who claim to be acting in the best interests of your children, but they’re putting your health and even lives at risk for the sake of profits. There are some doctors, who, despite not being trained on the history of, lack of science behind, adverse reactions, or additives in vaccinations, refuse to read the package inserts and contrary scientific evidence, and do not inform you of the true risks of a vaccine so you can make an educated decision. You’re being lied to…because you’re told you’re just a parent, and you don’t have a say.
They say that measles is a deadly disease. But it’s not…unless you look at a fact sheet from the World Health Organization (cited in the opposing article) which looks at measles rates globally. You know what else is deadly in third-world countries? A sneeze. Do you know how measles presents most of the time? A rash.
They say that chickenpox is a big deal. But it’s not.
Before the licensure of the vaccine, only 4 million cases of chicken pox occurred annually and the varicella mortality rate was only 0.4 deaths per 1 million people. In the 25 years prior to vaccine licensure, only 2,262 people died (about 90 people per year). Let’s put that into perspective…more than 1,000 people die every year falling down their stairs and 200 people die each year from accidentally drowning. I think the real epidemic here centers around your staircase.
They say the flu is dangerous. But it’s not.
The data on influenza statistics is a mess. Currently influenza/pneumonia is the 9th leading cause of death. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, “influenza and pneumonia” took 62,034 lives in 2001. Most people would hear that number and run out and get a flu shot. Funny how they lump two “illnesses” in together like that. What they should have said was “61,777 people died from pneumonia and 257 from the flu and in only 18 cases was the flu virus positively identified.”
Since the flu shot is ineffective and often exposes one to the flu. I’ll opt out and take my chances.
They say the vaccine prevents whooping cough. But it doesn’t. According to the pertussis prevalence data, incidence of pertussis was decreasing before the licensure of the vaccine in 1949. After licensure pertussis incidences increased, stabilized, and then reached a 50-year high in 2013. (Do check out the lovely chart on p. 64 here). And now, the CDC admits they’ve discovered vaccine-resistant pertussis and that children who receive the vaccine can become asymptomatic carriers and spread the bacteria. What? So the vaccine is to blame for the outbreaks occurring in an almost exclusively vaccinated population? I’m shocked (okay, not really).
Here are your real options: increase your child’s chance of getting (and spreading) whooping cough by getting a harmful, ineffective vaccine associated with brain damage (DTP), one that may cause autism and enhances the growth of parapertussis bacteria, which can cause a typically milder strain of whooping cough (DTaP) or makes one an asymptomatic carrier (Tdap). No thanks. I don’t want my child to get pertussis (or give it to anyone else) so I’m running as far away as I can from that vaccine.
They give credit to vaccines for eradicating diseases, but they didn’t. Polio (licensed in 1955), hepatitis A (1995) and B (1991), mumps (1967), measles (1963), and pertussis (1949), were all on the decline before the vaccines were introduced. Small pox and pertussis ultimately saw an increase in prevalence after the vaccine and rubella and tetanus was practically nonexistent prior to the vaccine. Mortality in all areas with all diseases were significantly decreased before the vaccine came on the scene. Instead of looking at deceptive CDC graphs that give credit where credit’s not due, try plugging in the year of licensure on both prevalence and mortality charts and discover where the decline occurred for yourself. (For prevalence of polio refer to “Incidence of poliomyelitis in the USA from CDC, 1972 and for measles prevalence use healthsentinel.com).
What eradicated and decreased the prevalence of these diseases? Considering “germs only live in environments conducive to their growth,” the stark declines in disease can be attributed to better living conditions, quarantine programs, hygiene, clean water, indoor plumbing, and better access to acute care. But if you want, we can pretend that maggots, parasites, microbes, and other germs don’t respond to changes in their environment. They’d much prefer a clean house to a rotting trash can.
They say vaccination is better than “natural infection.” But they’re wrong.
Yeah, it completely makes sense that we are all born with immune systems that have absolutely no clue how to function. Instead of exposing ourselves to viruses in nature which build our immune systems (like every other mammal) and give us lifetime immunity, we’ll expose ourselves to the mutated, live, and attenuated viruses and harmful additives in a vaccine, that may or may not work, and if it does only affords temporary immunity. Makes complete sense.
They say that vaccines have been rigorously tested for safety and are subjected to a higher level of scrutiny than any other medicine. But they’re wrong.
Medical drug approval is rigorous and requires pre-clinical testing in animals, an application and review, three phases of testing, and another review before it is approved. Studies are usually done with inactive placebos (like a sugar pill or saline solution) to determine side-effects, and then later compared to other treatments for the same disease, but not without passing the prior phase first. The dying cancer patient who did not get into the clinical trial will not get their hands on that experimental drug until it’s licensed and approved. Period.
Vaccine approval is a cake-walk in comparison. Usually two small studies (where test subjects are followed for a mere 5-15 days) are all that a pharmaceutical company needs to have before approval is granted (except in the case of the meningitis vaccine, which is being distributed without a license and is not approved for use in the United States). Most studies are not even done in this country – they are done in other countries and disposable children in Africa. Oh, the CDC conveniently leaves out the part about clinical trials being done with prior vaccines, adjuvants, or complex vaccines.
Indeed, the FDA has never even spelled out in regulations the criteria it uses to decide whether a vaccine is safe and effective for its intended use. – Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC
They say doctors readily admit the side effects of vaccinations, that side effects are well-known, and except in very rare cases, are “quite mild.” Actually, most doctors haven’t read the package inserts, don’t inform the patient of side-effects that go beyond “redness, pain, and swelling at the injection site, dizziness, or fainting” and in all actuality, they don’t have to because the U.S Supreme Court exempted physicians and pharmaceutical companies from vaccine liability in their infamous landmark case that declared vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe.”
So the side-effects of a vaccine are “quite mild” but the rash associated with chicken pox isn’t? Tell that to the recipients of rewards from the Vaccine Compensation Injury Act or the parents of children listed on the VAERS database. Yeah, I know you got paralysis, cancer, guillain barre, and your baby died of SIDS but hey…good thing your baby didn’t get that 3-5 day flu people used to get or that ugly red rash.
They say vaccines are safe. But they’re not.
See also: Dear parents, you are being lied to.
What’s Bill Gates have to say about the issue? Watch:
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