Vaccines: know the risks
The purpose of this page is not to tell anyone whether or not to vaccinate, but rather to point out some very good reasons why everyone should examine the facts before deciding whether or not to submit to this procedure.
A word of caution before you examine the facts laid out below: many have found pediatricians unwilling or unable to discuss this subject calmly with an open mind. Perhaps this is because they have staked their personal identities and professional reputations on the assumed effectiveness and safety of vaccines, and because they are required by their profession to promote vaccination. Anecdotal reports suggest that most doctors have great difficulty acknowledging evidence of problems with vaccines.
Vaccination is big money
In the December 1994 Medical Post, Canadian author of the best-seller book " The Medical Mafia" Guylaine Lanctot, MD, stated, "The medical authorities keep lying. Vaccination has been a disaster on the immune system. It actually causes a lot of illnesses. We are actually changing our genetic code through vaccination...100 years from now we will know that the biggest crime against humanity was vaccines."
The arguments laid out below are not coming from a handful of fringe lunatics. Entire professional organizations are beginning to speak out. Criticisms of vaccines are being sounded by an increasing number of reputable, credible scientists, researchers, and self-educated parents from around the world.
You can find out more about how money affects the medical establishment in the U.S. and how public relations firms shape and manipulate the public's beliefs on the "Why you believe what you believe" page.
Vaccination not without harm in many cases
Surprisingly, vaccination has never actually been clinically proven to be effective in preventing disease, for the simple reason that no researcher has directly exposed test subjects to diseases (nor is it possible for them to ethically do so). The medical community's gold standard, the double-blind, placebo-controlled study, has not been used to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated people, therefore the practice remains unscientifically proven.
Health authorities credit vaccines for disease declines, and they assure us of the safety and effectiveness of vaccination. Yet these assumptions are directly contradicted by government statistics, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports, published medical studies, and the opinions of credible research scientists from around the world.
The Federal government's VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) was established by Congress under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act of 1986. It receives approximately 11,000 reports of serious adverse reactions to vaccinations per year, which include as many as 100 to 200 deaths, and several times that number of permanent disabilities.
The FDA estimates that as few as 1% of serious adverse reactions to vaccines are ever reported, and the CDC admits that only about 10% of such events are ever reported.
Decades of studies published in the world's leading medical journals have documented serious adverse vaccine events and vaccine failure, including death. Dozens of books written by doctors and researchers, reveal serious flaws in immunization practice and theory.
Yet, incredibly, most pediatricians and parents are unaware of these findings. This has begun to change in recent years, however, as a growing number of healthcare providers and parents around the world are becoming aware of the problems and questioning mandatory mass immunization.
Hygiene and sanitation, not necessarily vaccination, have had enormous influences on the course of not only smallpox, but nearly every infectious illness.
There is a growing international movement away from mass mandatory immunization. On this page we introduce some of the information that provides the basis for the movement.
Thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines
You walk into your doctor's office and you think you are just getting a viral vaccine. In many cases the vaccine additives are far more toxic than the viral component. This is particularly true for thimerosol which is mercury.
Many will say that thimerosal is not found in vaccines any more. Well last summer Congress "strongly recommended" that pharmaceutical companies take the thimerosal out of vaccines... It was not mandated, just recommended. The pharmaceutical companies were not told to take the existing lots off the market. The recommendations only applies to new product-line manufacture. An unknown amount of vaccines was/is still on the shelves.
In addition to thimerosol (a mercury derivative), vaccine ingredients include known carcinogens and toxicants such as aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde (for which the Poisons Information Centre in Australia claims there is no acceptable safe amount that can be injected into a living human body), and phenoxyethanol (commonly known as antifreeze).
Some of these ingredients are gastrointestinal toxicants, respiratory toxicants, neurotoxicants, liver toxicants, cardiovascular and blood toxicants, reproductive toxicants, and developmental toxicants, to name a few of the known dangers.
Some people will say : "My child had no adverse reaction to the vaccines, so there is nothing to worry about." ...or is there? The documented long term adverse effects of vaccines include chronic immunological and neurological disorders such as autism, attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, allergies, dyslexia, and other conditions, many of which barely existed before mass vaccination programs.
Recent studies in the U.S. and England suggest that vaccines can in some cases cause autism. Autism and mercury poisoning have nearly identical symptoms, and a single day's vaccination regimen may inject 41 times the level of mercury known to cause harm.
Some infants receive 100 times the EPA's maximum allowable amount of mercury through vaccines. In January 2000, the Journal of Adverse Drug Reactions reported that the MMR vaccine was not adequately tested and should not have been licensed.
Childhood infectious diseases and vaccines
"But childhood diseases are extremely dangerous, aren't they? What would we do without vaccines" The truth is that most childhood infectious diseases have few serious consequences in today's modern world. Even conservative CDC statistics for pertussis during '92-'94 indicate a 99.8% recovery rate.
The vast majority of the time, childhood infectious diseases are benign and self-limiting. Getting the disease usually imparts lifelong immunity, whereas vaccine-induced immunity is only temporary. In fact, the temporary nature of vaccine immunity can create a more dangerous situation in a child's future, once they become adult.
The new chicken pox vaccine, for example, has an effectiveness estimated at 6 - 10 years. If effective, it will postpone the child's vulnerability until adulthood, when death from the disease, while still rare, is 20 times higher than in childhood.
Anthroposophical medical doctors recommend only the polio and tetanus vaccines. They believe contracting the other childhood infectious diseases is beneficial in that it strengthens and matures the immune system.
Some experts are of the opinion that the dangers of childhood diseases are greatly exaggerated in order to scare parents into compliance with a questionable but highly profitable procedure. In their opinion, the government and its mandatory regulations, are under the thumb of a traditional medical system grown fat on extreme drug profits.
Big money and vaccines
A few years ago, Gov. George Ryan of Illinois vetoed Senate Bill 1304, entitled "An Act Concerning Immunizations."
Bill 1304 would have provided that a person is ineligible to serve on the Illinois Immunization Advisory Committee if the person or his spouse is an officer, employee, or agent of, or has any ownership or other financial interests in a pharmaceutical company which manufactures vaccines.
The bill also would have prohibited committee members or their spouses from soliciting or accepting anything of value or any other economic benefit from a pharmaceutical company which manufactures or produces vaccines unless it is offered and available generally to licensed physicians or the public.
This sounds like an excellent rule to me and one wonders why this hasn't always been the law. The people who officially advise government agencies whether or not to force Americans to submit to vaccines should not be on the payroll of the corporations that profit from those government mandates.
Legal exemptions to vaccination
Medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions are worded differently for each state. To use an exemption for your child, you must know specifically what the law says in your state.
Philosophical Exemption: The following 17 states allow exemption to vaccination based on philosophical beliefs: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
In many of these states, in order to use the philosophical objection or personal conviction exemption, individuals must object to all vaccines, not just a particular vaccine.
Religious Exemption: All states allow a religious exemption to vaccination except Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia.
The religious exemption is intended for people who possess a sincere religious belief against vaccination to the extent that if the state forced vaccination, it would be an infringement on their right to exercise their religious beliefs.Medical Exemptions: All 50 states allow medical exemption to vaccination. Proof of medical exemption must take the form of a signed statement by a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) that the administering of one or more vaccines would be detrimental to the health of an individual. Most doctors follow the CDC and AAP guidelines.
Some states will accept a private physician's written exemption without question. Other states allow the state health department to review the doctor's exemption and revoke it if health department officials don't think the exemption is justified.
Whatever your personal vaccination decision, make it an informed one. You have that right and responsibility. It is a difficult issue, but there is more than enough at stake to justify the energy and time it takes.
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