Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Get Squarepants! Just Don’t Give the Vaccination Schedule a Glance

This week I read an great article on the Age of Autism website describing Spongebob Squarepants’ fictional response to a recent study appearing in the AAP journal Pediatrics attacking him as a threat to children. The study’s authors somehow ascertained that, based on the how well a group of children did on a series of inconsequential tests, watching the program lessened a child’s ability to do well at school. Of course it wasn’t mentioned that these kids are likely better served by having their minds engaged through a creative cartoon like SBSQ than they are by being confined to a classroom where their imaginations are assailed by boredom, authority and routine.

That aside, I found it odd that watching a harmless cartoon could alter some aspect of a child’s behavior yet a complete alteration and reworking of a child’s immune system through the "miracle" of vaccination couldn't possibly have any negative consequences (even though diseases involving the immune system have exploded just as the vaccination schedule has.) It must be a coincidence and as such no investigation is warranted. As a matter of fact such investigations should be avoided and discouraged because if one of those studies served to cast a negative light on vaccination a panic leading to the deaths of millions would ensue. Confidence in vaccination must be protected at all costs, believe those in charge of the program. And what’s a few million cases of childhood diabetes, asthma, eczema, etc., when the alternative to those diseases is widespread death?

That argument might actually make some degree of sense were prophesies surrounding a devaccination of America true. But of course they’re not. The evidence that millions or even thousands of children would die if any loss of confidence in vaccination would occur does not exist. They are simply unsubstantiated pronouncements generated by those who are inextricably tied to the vaccine industry.

Seventy cases of the measles (a mild childhood illness) in a nation of over three hundred million is called the comeback of a childhood killer. And that’s because of, according to the vaccine establishment, falling rates of vaccination – a claim refuted by the fact that vaccination rates are at all time highs.

Of course those who’s existence is tied to vaccination have no regrets about disseminating false and misleading information when it is in defense of a vaccination program upon which their very existence is dependant. An example can be found in an article describing a few cases of measles in Indiana. This illness, pre-vaccine, was described by the Pan American Health organization as a "minor annoyance."
Fort Wayne’s Journal Gazette reported the state health commissioner’s belief that without him and his public health minions, the measles “could have approached the stuff of unrealistic movie plots.” Amazingly, the movie to which he compared the measles was the recently released Contagion, described in this way on Wikipedia:

Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal indirect contact transmission virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving pandemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. As the virus spreads around the world, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.

Additionally, state health department spokeswoman Amy Bukarica was quoted a saying, in response to five cases of the measles, emergency meetings were held and their tone was “serious and urgent.”

Goshen Hospital released a statement stating the “outbreak” could have been “potentially catastrophic”

And finally, Elkhart County health officer Dr. Dan Nafziger concluded the health establishment’s parade of horribles by claiming “the state dodged a bullet.”

So it’s no wonder that studies examining a possible relationship between vaccines and the growing number of diseases affecting the very same immune system upon which those vaccines act have gone largely undone while at the same time Mr. Squarepants is raked over the coals. The difference is simple: the government and the scientific community isn’t in the "talking sponge as TV celebrity" business, it’s in the vaccination business.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Impenetrable Ignorance of the The L.A. Times

The L.A Times is at it again. One of the most virulently pro-vaccine / anti-freedom media outlets in America has yet again used it's position of prominence to attack our right to decide what drugs can and cannot be administered to our children.

In an editorial published yesterday, the Times called for the creation of more hurdles and obstacles to impeded the ability our to raise their children as we, and not the LA Times, see fit.

The rationale for this attack is silly and tiresome talking point that, "children who go un-vaccinated are putting others at risk."

Sadly, the blockheads comprising the L.A. Times editorial board still do not, or do not want to understand, that unless you have an illness you CANNOT put someone else at risk of catching the illness you do not have. Being unvaccinated is not synonymous with being sick. It's really quite a simple concept yet, due to the Times obsession with vaccination, one that cannot penetrate the boards collective consciousness.

Demonstrating their imperviousness to logic, they conclude their piece with a call for more intrusion into the lives of parents by parroting another entity sharing their rickety justification for compulsory vaccination: the ethically conflicted vaccine promoters at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania (a group receiving funding from both the Department of Health and Human services - the same department that runs the vaccine pushing CDC - and Paul Offit's Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Here's how they put it:
States, including California, should be reexamining the personal belief exemption and tightening procedures. It should not be so easy for relatively few people to jeopardize the health of many others.
So while the establishment and their media dupes have the force of the state behind them, this editorial, and hundreds like it, demonstrate that it is we who have the intellectual basis to defend current exemptions and to someday overturn the very idea of a vaccination mandate from which those exemptions must be sought.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mr. Ropeik’s Hive

Earlier this week the LA Times published a disturbing vaccination-related op-ed entitled “Public health: Not vaccinated? Not acceptable” by a one David Ropeik. Mr. Ropeik, an instructor at Harvard and member of the public health intelligentsia, operates a consulting firm specializing in “risk communication.” Not surprisingly, a list of his consulting firm’s clients reads like a who’s who of the vaccine establishment. He is, or has been on the payroll of these vaccine-dependant organizations:

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • State of Florida Department of Public Health
  • State and local health officers of Arizona
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Safety
  • State and local health and public safety officials of Utah
  • The National Academy of Sciences

So what’s the message he’s crafted to further the Machine’s agenda? It’s a simple one: Those who don’t vaccinate are enemies of the people and the people must rise up against them through the power of the state.

In his article; a piece brimming with collectivist concepts, words and phrases such as the public, society, public health, the community and the common good; Ropeik assembles a litany of ineffectual arguments to assert those having no interest in vaccination are enemies of society, the state and the common good. And that those people must be molded, pressured or nudged to fit the requirements of the collective.

Oddly, Ropeik, whose piece centers on those who don’t vaccinate, begins with a question (which appears repeatedly throughout the piece) that has nothing to do with the unvaccinated. Ropeik asks:
What does society do when one person's behavior puts the greater community at risk?
Put society at risk? The unvaccinated put no one at risk. Infectious illnesses have been transmitted between people since time immemorial. Therefore, the decision to remain unvaccinated can only withhold potential protection from others, not put them at risk. And no one has an obligation to undergo unwanted medical treatments to provide theoretical protection to others.

Ropeick, nonetheless, in a futile attempt to create the illusion that the unvaccinated do put people at risk, continues with a fusillade of bad analogies. Let’s examine each and discover why they are completely irrelevant to the vaccination debate:
You don't get to drive drunk.
No, because you are acting and creating a risk that otherwise would not exist. When you don’t vaccinate you’re neither acting nor, as we’ve already discussed, are you creating a risk.
You don't get to smoke in public places.
Unfortunately, Mr. Ropeik (probably a big Mayor Bloomberg fan) is right. In some localities - further along on the road to collectivism than the nation in general - you can’t smoke in a public place such as a park. But to use the folly of others (smoking in a park puts no one at risk) as moral justification for ill-conceived policy is to use the logic of a child: thinking actions can be justified if one can find just one other person who has committed a similar error.
You don't even get to leave your house if you catch some particularly infectious disease.
Well, influenza is infectious (I don’t know what “particularly infectious” is however). But I’m not aware of any law confining those with the flu to their homes. Nor were any quarantines in effect during a pertussis outbreak here in California in 2010. So without further exposition by Mr. Ropeik, we can attribute little meaning to this point and must therefore move on to the next fallacy. (Besides, not being vaccinated isn't, last I checked, an infectious disease.)

With these arguments now disposed of, let's move another point Ropeik attempts to use to further his agenda: the issue of cost. He states:
When a woman from Switzerland who had not been vaccinated for measles visited Tucson in 2008 and became symptomatic, she went to a local hospital for medical attention. This initiated a chain of events that over the next three months led to at least 14 people, including seven kids, getting measles. Seven of the victims caught the disease while visiting healthcare facilities. Four people had to be hospitalized. The outbreak cost two local hospitals a total of nearly $800,000 [four people at 200,000 a piece? Really?], and the state and local health departments tens of thousands more, to track down the cases, quarantine and treat the sick and notify the thousands of people who might have been exposed.
Later he laments:
Outbreaks are costing the healthcare system millions of dollars, and local and state government (that's taxpayer money, yours and mine) millions more as they try to chase down each outbreak and bring it under control to protect the public's health. Your health, and mine.
But is it the governments role to “chase down” outbreaks? And if so does the government need to chase down every outbreak and should it do it with an unlimited budget? Let’s look at this example to help us decide.

Imagine a movie or TV show in which a woman on a plane, unbeknownst to her, has contracted some type of “superbug” against which no one is immune, death is likely and transmission is easy. The woman is unaware of her state yet infectious. In this case, due to the circumstances described, the government should act. The woman is creating a risk to those with whom she comes into contact whether she knows it or not. So yes there are cases when the government should become involved with infectious illnesses.

In the example Ropeik describes, a small measles outbreak, the case for intervention, while plausible, is not nearly as strong – and it certainly does not support the use of unlimited resources. Here’s why. A woman with the measles would enter into a highly vaccinated population; if there were no vaccine, she’d enter into a population high in natural immunity. And the measles is, as illnesses go, mild. Finally almost everyone disturbed by the news of an outbreak would have access vaccination.

One final factor influencing the decision to act is whether or not the intervention could be expected to help. For example, because of the ubiquity of the flu, quarantine and tracking would be a pointless task.

On the other hand with few cases of the measles, it’s possible that government interventions could help – although I’ve seen no evidence that all the money spent to supposedly “contain” measles outbreaks have had any effect on the course of those outbreaks.

What about the astronomical costs of hospitalization? Surely that’s the fault of the unvaccinated.

Ehh…not really.

The astronomical costs of hospitalization, and of healthcare in general, are largely products of a series of government interventions dating back to the early 1900s

The “healthcare system” of which Mr. Ropeik speaks is a government monstrosity apparently created with the purpose of driving healthcare costs to absurd levels.

Here are some of the government-created factors involved in the meteoric rise in the price of medical care:

· The AMA's government-granted medical monopoly

· FDA over-regulation

· Medicare and Medicaid: two enormous entities both rife with waste and abuse

· Insurance industry regulations mandating unwanted coverage and limiting competition between companies

· The countenancing of frivolous multi-million dollar lawsuits that compel doctors to practice "defensive" medicine

· The controlling of where and how many hospitals can be built

Finally, as to hospitalizations, without detailed information (rarely provided by public health officials) I have to question a measles-associated hospitalization rate that far exceeds any past utilization numbers.

Regardless, the costs incurred by a government engaged in it’s legitimate function does not countenance the violation of the rights of the American people – if money is a problem within the current system, your only solution is to dismantle that system. And if you’re not willing to do that, stop complaining.

This brings us to the punishments section of this piece. Ropeik opines:
Perhaps there should be higher healthcare and insurance costs for unvaccinated people, or "healthy behavior" discounts for people who do get vaccinated, paid for from what society saves by avoiding the spread of disease.
I’m not sure if the insurance industry is clamoring for his opinion regarding how they structure their premiums. But if he’s so concerned, perhaps he should buy an insurance company. Then he could decide what to charge his customers.

And healthy behavior rewards? Sounds like mandatory exercise and approved menus - unless you want to be nudged with 50% higher premium.

Besides, it's quite possibel those who do not vaccinate utilize the “health care system” less frequently than do vaccinators. So perhaps their premiums should be lowered. Either way let’s let insurance companies themselves decide and keep the do-gooders out of it

The errors in logic conclude when Ropeik returns to his original point for the umpteenth time calling for the “government to do what it's there for in the first place: to protect us from the actions of others when as individuals we can't protect ourselves.”

Astonishingly, Ropeik still fails to grasp the fact that not vaccinating is NOT and action and as such violates no ones right to protection.

So the choice is ours (at least for a little while longer). Do we accept more pressure, coercion and punishments and allow hired “communicators” such as Ropeik to lead us deeper into the hive of collectivism or do we think for ourselves, seeing the messages emitting from the vested interests of vaccination for what they are: contrivances manufactured by the Machine in order to persuade us to accept its agenda. Think carefully America, for as John Adams once said, "Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Age of Ignorance

Here's another example of a reporter demonstrating her belief that an utter lack of knowledge about infectious illnesses qualifies one to write about infectious illnesses.

Elizabeth Flock, on the Washington Post's blog writes:
Scarlet fever was the scourge of the 19th century, infecting thousands and bringing along with it fever, a strawberry-tinted tongue, and infected wounds. After antibiotics were invented, the disease was nearly eradicated.
I've rarely seen so many errors compressed into just one sentence. Let's take a look at them in order of appearance:

"Scarlet fever was THE scourge of the 19th century." THE implies scarlet fever was preeminent as far a "scourges" went, yet throughout the 19th century, scarlet fever killed fewer than consumption, pneumonia and cholera. Additionally depending on the time frame examined, diseases such as diphtheria and typhoid were responsible for more deaths than scarlet fever*. Finally by 1900, and well before the advent of antibiotics, influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, diphtheria, measles and whooping Cough were each killing more people than was scarlet fever.

As to the disease being nearly eradicated by antibiotics, here's what Medscape has to say:
In the past century, the number of cases of scarlet fever has remained high
Finally, as to antibiotics being the panacea that saved us from scarlet fever, that's absurd. Mortality from the illness was falling rapidly* in both Europe and The United States as far back as the 1850's: about one hundred years before the widespread use of antibiotics.

Shoddy journalism like this, because it glorifies the medical establishment and perpetuates their myths, enables the  Machine to tighten it's grip over parents, making it more difficult for those parents to decide how to raise their children. For that reason, we must take on and expose this type of ignorance where and when ever we see it, letting the media know we find it unacceptable and alerting other parents to the falsehood supporting America's vaccine regimen. 

*Modern social conditions: a statistical study of birth, marriage, divorce ... By William Bacon Bailey
P 332-333

Accessable by searching "Google books"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No Vacation from Vaccination

As Summer begins; and our children's thoughts turn to family vacations, the beach and time with friends, the Machine's thoughts turn to pumping more and more vaccine into those very same children. With a new pertussis vaccine mandate taking affect, the efforts of public health do-gooders are going into over drive. Heck, they're even making banners, buttons and fliers to support their crusade.

Assembly Bill No. 354 (a product of years of behind-the-scenes lobbying by The California Immunization Coalition: a shadowy organization representing a collection of vested interests drawn from medicine, public health, insurance, and the American Association of Pediatrics) mandates that one million older children and teens receive the Tdap vaccine each year. The public debate and input that scuttled attempts in 2007 to burden our children with an HPV vaccine mandate was this time absent.

The law targets an illness known as pertussis: a respiratory tract infection that can lead, in some cases, to severe coughing spells. It’s an illness that can be life threatening in infants but in older children (the targets of this new legislation) and adults, pertussis is usually mild or even asymptomatic.

The new compulsory vaccine includes boosters against two other infectious illnesses: diphtheria and tetanus. Don’t remember last year’s diphtheria and tetanus outbreaks? That’s because they didn’t happen. Your child just gets two extra medications because an individual pertussis booster is unavailable.

The California Immunization Coalition claims:

Immunizing school-aged children is key to preventing pertussis…from spreading in our communities, and school immunization requirements are the best tool for protecting public health from these preventable diseases.

But is the vaccination of one million children “key” to preventing pertussis and, even if it were, would those coercive vaccinations then be justifiable? The answer is on both counts no. Here’s why targeting kids won’t do much of anything. First, you already have a 43% vaccination rate (a level higher than the national average) in those being targeted) Additionally, you have many in the 7th through 12th grades who have already contracted pertussis and are therefore immune. So a large percentage of that entire group can’t transmit pertussis in the first place. Then we’ve got to consider the fact that, since there are far more adults than adolescents, adults will comprise the majority of the estimated 800,000-3 millionundiagnosed adult and adolescent cases that occur in this country each year. And those adults, free from the schoolmaster, aren’t showing much interest in the pertussis vaccine: according to the CDC only 6-14% of adults have received the adult booster.

In a population of 30 million there were, during the worst outbreak in 50 or 60 years, just ten fatalities. There were fourteen cases per one hundred thousand: hardly an existential threat to the state. Since the illness occurs in 3-5 year cycles, fatalities over the next few years will likely range form zero to perhaps two or three (the nation as a whole only experiences ~15-25 fatalities each year). Those figures, poor vaccine-induced immunity and hundreds of thousands of adult infections make it clear that targeting our children is hardly the key to anything. They’re just vulnerable because they’re kids and because they’re in school.

As to my second, point, one million older kids are not objects be used by the state to achieve their goal of providing theoretical protection to babies. Remember, vaccines like any medical procedure carry risks. Concerned families with infants can choose to vaccinate themselves and their own children (70% of infant infections are traceable to family members and or caregivers) Additionally those with babies can, if they so choose, isolate those babies until they can attain vaccine immunity (usually achieved after the first three shots at about six moths. Finally, concerned parents can encourage the hospital at which they give birth adopt vaccination policies to stop transmission by health care workers.

Additionally, vaccinating a twelve year old will likely only buy that child a few years of immunity. Remember the vaccine isn’t very good: even the experts admit “protection” lasts about five years. That’s why this booster will be the sixth pertussis vaccination in these 11 and 12 year-olds’ short lives (natural immunity on the other hand has been shown to last at least thirty years) With such weak immunity, are we then going to require a get out of school series of shots to extend immunity a little further. And will we then use college to keep these children (now really adults) under state control? And when free health care finally comes, will we use that as a mechanism with which to extend mandatory vaccines into perpetuity?

I knew about this new law, but I was surprised by such aggressive kick off: the program doesn’t start till July, which is really the next school year. I guess I shouldn’t have been, after all the group that pushed this legislation through the legislature is now, in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health, conducting something called preteen vaccine week: an event the two groups are both “observing” and “celebrating” and where among other things students are, during class, encouraged to have propaganda contests to see who can best extol the virtues of vaccination. Preteens, teens, adults and seniors are the next big vaccination markets.

Another thing I knew – unlike many Californians - was that exemptions are available to this and any other vaccine. Unfortunately the robocall failed to mention that. But failing to mention vaccine exemptions isn’t unusual. Recent articles about the law, appearing in several local papers, also made no mention of options available to parents.

So at the end of the day this post is really about building awareness. No not the usual disease awareness not even screening awareness and certainly not vaccine awareness I’m writing about freedom awareness. It’s your child’s body, not the school’s and not the government’s. If you think you can help, or if you want “protection for your child, I encourage you to get vaccinated, if however you’re not interested in this new compulsory vaccine, know your rights and know that you can say no.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Meningitis Vaccine? Follow the Money

My god, the efforts of vaccine pushers are becoming more and more dishonest every day. In Forbes, a magazine whose obsession with vaccination is unrivaled, this article, in order to foist yet another unneeded vaccine onto the already bloated schedule actually tries to portray the ACIP - one of the chief contributors to the overvaccination of America's children - as getting in the way of vaccination.

ACIP is the organization responsible for ensuring that children are compelled to receive new vaccines. First, the FDA approves the vaccine, then the ACIP blesses it with its rubber stamp recommendation and finally the states use that recommendation to mandate it for our kids. But now something might go terribly wrong with that formula. A vaccine, because it is of such little value, is in danger of becoming the first one ever to be denied this coveted recommendation. This has drug makers scrambling. At stake are millions if not billions of dollars. A recommendation must be secured at any cost.

Supporting the drug company efforts are a number of special interest groups and not surprisingly Forbes magazine. Today they released on their blog a desperate plea to garner this billion dollar blessing. Written by
Glenn G. Lammi, a lawyer, (strange until you discover he works for the Washington Legal Foundation, a corporate lobbying group) the piece attcks vaccination's best friend: the ACIP:

Lammi begins:
An immunization advisory panel at CDC may block public acceptance and use of an anti-meningitis vaccine approved as safe and effective by FDA based on “cost-effectiveness” concerns. 
It would be a deeply unfortunate irony if we allowed a small number of federal health officials to undermine all that has been achieved by the larger public health establishment (along with private entrepreneurship and enterprise).
Astonishingly, Lammi acts as if the organization whose entire Raison d'être is to peddle vaccines is somehow an impediment to those vaccines.

The author even recognizes the ACIP's fealty to vaccines, acknowledging that:
ACIP has never rejected use of an FDA-approved vaccine in its history.
My god if the ACIP doesn't think a vaccine has any benefits, that vaccine must be pretty unnecessary.

The author then, without bothering to share why it's true, makes this statement:
Even though there is now a meningitis vaccine judged by FDA to be safe and effective for infants, no pediatrician is going to use it, and no health insurer is going to cover its use, until ACIP acts.
Maybe, if no one uses it, it's because it's of little use. But talk to your doctor if you have faith in him. If he recommends it, you're certainly welcome to accept the vaccine - ACIP recommendation or not. And god forbid, if people think it's so necessary, they can actually pay for it with their own money instead of demanding the insurance pay for another unnecessary treatment that drives up costs for everyone else.

Lammi then reveals the real reason this recommendation must be granted:
ACIP and CDC need to understand how their recent actions could severely undermine vaccine development and production in America. Vaccine manufacturing is already fraught with risk. Vaccines are an inherently unstable drug due to the complexity of biologics, resulting in far more failures than successes in development. Bringing one vaccine to market costs upwards of $1 billion. Manufacturing plants, which cost up to $300 million, must meet exacting FDA standards and pass scores of inspections. The return on such massive investments is small compared to other drugs due to actual and virtual government price controls and the inherent limited time and amount of vaccines’ use.
So we must accept anything the drug companies can concoct for the sake of vaccines and vaccine manufacturers - not us. We spent 1 billion dollars on this vaccine and regardless of whether or not it's good for children, they're going to get it. We need to recoup our investment.

Lammi continues, asking incredulously, "If an infant use for meningococcal vaccines becomes the first [vaccine rejected by the ACIP], what kind of message will that send to vaccine makers?"

Let me answer that for you. The message it send is that people are not vaccine receptacles, existing to benefit drug companies.

After his brief flirtation with honesty, Lammi the lobbyist returns to form with this deceptive appeal to get this vaccine its precious recommendation.
Vaccination against diseases that used to kill millions is one of human kind’s greatest technological achievements, a success in which public health organizations and their leaders have played a major role.
He shamelessly conflates a story about millions of saved lives (which even if true applies to Third World countries and long forgotten times) to sell a vaccine against an illness that affects a vanishingly small number of people.

I ask you, do we really need to be continually hit over the head with stories such as these until we realize this obvious truth: it's all about them, not us. With the amounts of money involved, the drug companies will go to any length to insure our children get these vaccines needed or not. The Machine is about the money and the special interests, not our children.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Welcome to West Virgina: Measles Sanctuary State

Today California finds itself at the mercy of a measles outbreak raging through the state. Thirteen cases have already been reported. Terrified for the safety of my family (after all public health officials say the measles is a killer), I began to think of leaving the state. But where would I go? It seemed the entire country was being affected. Perhaps we could seek refuge in America's heartland, I thought. Those hopes were crushed when I, to my dismay, heard a single case, occurring in Iowa, had triggered a state-wide public health emergency there. How long would it be till that case would engulf the entire region? Too risky, I told myself. It was back to square one. Then I began to hear whispers of a place that was measles-free, of a place where a family could go to live in safety away from the specter the measles

Initially, I scoffed at the idea, "Measles-free? Impossible!" But those whispers wouldn't stop. They grew louder until finally it was revealed to me that there was a safe zone. In the mountains, there was a whole state of people there who didn't get sick; and that state was West Virgina.

I learned local news station were reporting on this miracle.

WOWK TV trumpeted: 
No Measles in W.Va. while Other States See Increases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a nationally increase in measles, but that trend is not holding true in West Virginia, state officials said.There have been no cases of measles reported to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services (OEPS), this year, officials said.
How could that be? What was West Virginia's secret?
“West Virginia has a strong school entry law which requires vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and there is no doubt that could be playing a role in helping protect our children,” said State Epidemiologist and OEPS Director Dr. Loretta Haddy.
So that was it. We could thank the herculean efforts of petty tyrants such as Dr. Loretta Haddy: Public Health Servant of the People.

Apparently, the virus couldn't survive the authoritarian vacciantion laws implemented by the state.

While the rest of the country was playing Russian roulette with the lives of their children by allowing parents to claim a vaccination exemption, those in West Virginia, by forcing unwanted vaccines on children and their families, were creating an impenetrable cocoon into which no infectious illness could penetrate.

West Virginia do-gooders were like the pig who built his house ot of bricks while others, oblivious to the dangers, built theirs out of straw: ideal kindling for the wildfire that is the measles

There was one thing however that seemed odd and it made me want to read the story one more time so I could better understand what was transpiring.

What stood out was Dr Public Servant's saying, “West Virginia has a strong school entry law ... and there is no doubt that could be playing a role in helping protect our children."

Which was it, I though, "There's no doubt its protecitng our children" or "It could be playing a role protecting our children" My curiosity was piqued. Rather than rely of the word of public health officials, I was motivated to learn more about the measles and the factors influencing West Virgina's absence of cases. I came across this report by the CDC stating:
During January 1--May 20, 2011, a total of 118 cases were reported from 23 states and New York City
So more than half the states, regardless of vaccination laws, were just like West Virginia: they also experienced exactly zero cases of the measles. The Mountain State and its totalitarian laws were not so special after all.

I even discovered that California, with it's liberal exemption laws, had a 79% vaccination rate. West Virgina with it's draconian laws managed a vaccination rate of only 77%. (This is based on 2008 data the most recent I could find)

Additionally the CDC reported:
Of the 118 cases, 105 (89%) were associated with importation from other countries,
That made me ask myself, "Is West Virginia a hub of international travel?" After all four states accounted for almost half the reported cases. And all see more visitors from abroad than does West Virginia. California and Massachusetts (another state without a philosophical exemption) due to their size; Utah, due to Mormon missionaries and Minnesota, due to it large Somali population.

As to the measles, the more I looked into it I found they weren't the deadly killer they were portrayed to be. As a matter of fact, before vaccination, almost everyone who got the measles did quite well. Even parents of the era expressed little concern when their children contracted the illness.

There was no West Virgina miracle. It was all an illusion. We could stay home. We'd be safe in California, measles or no measles. What a relief

Turning a few cases of a mild illness about which few parents in the pre-vaccine era were concerned into a disease akin to Ebola or for that matter the Andromeda Strain is simply a transparent attempt by the vested interests to lay the groundwork to restrict exemptions in the future. If more people wake up to the scam that is the modern vaccine program, rates may, as the establishment fears, drop. If that does happen, more cases of mild illnesses may occur. Therefore, if the public can be made to accept the idea that a few cases of the measles is an emergency, the establishment will be well positioned to call for rollbacks to exemptions if any substantial increase in infectious illnesses occurs due a partial repudiation of vaccination.

What the establishment does not want to accept is that regardless of the number of measles cases, they do not have the right to medicate children against the wishes of their family. If people see more cases of a certain illness and feel threatened by that, they can certainly get their children vaccinated. But to force that vaccination on families is a direct affront to the liberty that lies at the core of this nation. Forced vaccination was not justified when all children contracted these childhood illnesses and it certainly wouldn't be justified if a fraction of those pre-vaccine era cases returned.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Measles Emergency.

With the pertussis epidemic of 2010 behind us, the public health community is scrambling for some new contrivance with which to scare the American public. They appear to have found it. Their latest propaganda efforts surround a few cases of measles scattered across the nation. To rational human beings it's the measles; to the public health community it's "an emergency"

Yesterday I posted a little comment on a story out of Iowa in which it was reported public health fanatics were declaring an "emergency" over one, yes one, case of the measles. I thought that was the end of it until I saw a story even more absurd than the original. It began with the same news reported yesterday:
State health officials declared a “public health emergency” Tuesday after a test confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated Dallas County baby who apparently picked up the disease in India.
The piece then went from humorous to absurd with a statement that is among the most ridiculous I've ever come across; and it comes from a doctor: the person parents are told to talk for unbiased credible answers about vaccination. Anyway here's (witch?) doctor Patricia Quinlisk on the measles:
 “I get asked by medical students, ‘Which disease are you most afraid of?' And they expect me to say Ebola or SARS or something like that – but, it’s measles,” she said. “I don’t think people understand how bad it can be, how many people can get seriously ill and, unfortunately, how many people can die from this disease. It’s bad and it’s probably the most spreadable disease we have in our society.”
Nothing could be farther from the truth. In the pre-vaccine era, there were three to four million cases of the measles each year with only about four hundred and fifty reported deaths. And those deaths likely occurred in a subset of the population that were at increased vulnerability due to nutritional deficiencies or inadequate living conditions. The fact that naive medical school students are subjected to fabrications such as the one put forth by doctor Quinlisk perhaps explains the fanaticism that drives some pediatricians to discharge patients who decline the vaccine for this mild illness.

Those who were parents back when the measles was prevalent didn't think much of the illness and saw it as just another part of childhood. Much like those of us who've gone through the chickenpox with our own children. This fact is however antithetical to Quinlisk's goal of fear mongering so, in the same story, she's reported as engaging in this odd attempt at historical revisionism:
Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said many Americans falsely recall measles as a benign childhood illness.
Quinlisk's attempt to redefine the past to serve her establishment is eerily is reminiscent of the tactics used by the totalitarian regime portrayed in George Orwell's novel 1984. "The Party," as it was called, famously believed that the past needed to be recreated in a way to serve the needs and desires of the regime. (The novel's famous quote "Those who control the past control the future" summarizes that philosophy) But sadly for the good doctor her assertion about America's experience with the measles is as fictitious as Orwell's novel. Unfortunately, for readers of the Register, the fiction continues with this statement:
Two to three people die out of every 1,000 who come down with the disease, health authorities say.
We did two pieces on this recently bandied-about statistic, debunking it here and showing the CDC can quote no basis for it here.

The piece winds down revealing:
Most Iowans are either vaccinated against measles or are immune because they had it as children.
So what's the emergency then? The rational person, not having a vested interest in either  vaccines or the promotion of an irrational fear of infectious illnesses, would say there is none. But the vested interest driving this story are not interested in the truth, they're interested in advancing an agenda that solidifies their power and reinforces a system upon which they depend. This story of a measles "emergency" and the blatant attempts at historical revisionism further demonstrate that the entire vaccine program is simply a contrivance built to serve the needs, not of us, but of the Machine and those who comprise it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dr Wendy's Washington

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens 
unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. 
George Washington

In the state named after a great champion of freedom, freedom has just suffered a chilling setback. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children will now be forced to attend meetings with medical professionals designed to harass them into accepting unwanted vaccines. Reminiscent of Chairman Mao's reeducation camps, these meeting are finding great favor among the community of do-gooders comprising the public health and medical establishments.

One who is particularly enamoured with the new law is Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a.k.a. Seattle Moma Doc,
a pediatrician and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s school of Bioethics, home of vaccine cheerleader Art Kaplan. She's taken the time to write a blog post celebrating the type of nanny state progressivism that would have George Washington spinning in his grave

I stumbled upon it when I ventured into that viper’s nest of vaccine extremism, Vaccinate Your Baby!

Anyway Dr. Swanson begins:
Yesterday Governor Gregoire signed a new bill into law that will demand families talk with a health care worker about the risks when exempting from immunizations
How nice. In Dr. Swanson's police state utopia, the government can demand parents subject themselves to harassment from the propagandists of a public health apparatus dependant upon vaccination.

Swanson then, perhaps to create an imaginary crisis from which the state must save us, employs the common trick popular among the vaccine establishment of pretending that numbers appearing significant on a relative basis are meaningful in absolute terms. She warns:
In the last 10 years there has been a doubling in the number of students with exemptions for vaccinations in our schools. 
Yes, that may be true; exemptions may climb from 2,000 to 6,000 (the press release only gives percentages not actual numbers so 2,000 to 6,000 is a guess extrapolated from California exemption data) over a ten year period - in a population of millions - but rates overall may increase due to various factors including state funding, vaccine campaigns and public heath outreach.

But what if rising exemptions mean more parents are becoming aware of the scam behind vaccination and are deciding not to participate. For a Machine whose existence is predicated upon such a scam, dissent of this nature cannot be tolerated and must be extinguished at first sign.

To that end, Dr Swanson then descends into wild speculation to advance her rickety case in support of these browbeating sessions, stating:
The biggest reason [for exemptions] may be a convenience factor. 
And that's based on what exactly? She offers no evidence, even though, in today’s blogosphere, links to support statements are quite easy to incorporate into one’s work. Maybe she just made it up? Regardless, what she does do is use the weasel word may which can be used to say anything regardless of the facts.

Weasel words are important components of the Machine’s propaganda efforts and in this case Dr. Wendy Sue employs the weasel word may with great alacrity. But in reality, with no evidence, "convenience" may either be the biggest reason or "convenience" may not be the biggest reason.

Perhaps she feels the public will be more amenable to being led around by the nose if she can sketch the debate in terms of irresponsible parents to busy to take the time to get their life saving vaccines

Or maybe parents, rather than being lazy and stupid like the establishment imagines us to be, just realize despite the millions spend hyping vaccines those vaccines aren’t very important.

But wait here comes her defense of her position
The state suggests that 95% of exemptions are not for a medical reason, but one for convenience.
Ah yes, an unsubstantiated “suggestion” by the state. Wonderful. We’d be crazy not to believe anything the state “suggests” because they have our best interest at heart and because they have no vested interest in maintaining high levels of unwanted vaccination.

Her limited grasp of the vaccination issue (and fixation on the imagined convenience factor) then leads her to state:
Seems like you’d never opt out of immunizations for convenience putting your child or another child at risk.
But as readers of this blog are well aware, not vaccinating cannot put anyone at risk. Infectious agents predate vaccines; therefore one can only protect against, not create, risks because, again, those risks have always existed. As a parent you do have the responsibility to protect your child (not the children of others) so then the issue becomes protect from what: potentially risky medical interventions or mild illnesses that used to be part of growing up. I think I’ll let parents, not the police state, decide which is more worrisome.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Me and the CDC

While writing last weeks post on Forbes magazine's infatuation with vaccination, I came across a statistic (wildly inconsistent the the current body of scientific evidence) that's bandied about endlessly in the vaccine community: as many as 1 out of every 500 contracting the measles will die from it. In the piece, I speculated as to where it's origin lie but it was only speculation. I decided to contact the CDC and wrote:
Your site makes this claim:
 For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.
What is the basis for this number? In the pre-vaccine era ~450 deaths occurred out of 3-4 million cases. That's far fewer that 1 or 2 deaths per thousand.
To their credit, they responded promptly, proffering this "answer":
Measles can have more serious effects and complications on children, especially children less than 5 years of age, than on younger adults. Pneumonia, which is more common in children, is responsible for approximately 60 percent of deaths. It is estimated that 1 out of every 1,000 children with measles will die. In the pre-vaccine era in the US, approximately 3 to 4 million cases occurred each year, but not all cases occurred in children. So, one would expect the mortality rate to be lower than 1 per thousand.
Very nice, but I don't actual see an answer to my question in the text. Do you? Was my question confusing or unclear? I don't think so.

But let's eliminate some extranious material to examine the question's clarity. Stripped down, the dialogue goes something like this:
Robert: What's the basis for the claim "for every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die."
CDC: It is estimated that 1 out of every 1,000 children with measles will die
No, the question was clear; maybe they were just avoiding it. Or maybe they don't even know their own sources. Neither is a glowing reflection on the agency. But I really was hoping for an answer considering the "statistic's" popularity within the vaccination community. Anyway it's no big deal. It's a point that can be easily refuted with citable evidence. And I'm sure one day, a source or rationale will emerge. 

More troubling than this unsatisfying response was the thought that some would have to deal with the CDC or another government agency to provide answers regarding questions of much greater importance - such as those involving vaccine injuries and their causes. What would those people do and what recourse would they have? It's a sobering question and, in light of the bureaucratic, pro-vaccine nature of the establishment,  one I'm happy I'll never have to ask

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Forbes: Magazine of the Machine

Forbes magazine and have become, over the past year, particularly active in dispensing establishment propaganda. I’ve come across a number of their pro-vaccine pieces in recent months but have not had the opportunity to comment. That is until now. Yesterday I came across an article by Steven Salzberg, a Professor and Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park, that was so absurd it demanded action.

Characteristic of Forbes reporting, the piece contains a slew of either unsubstantiated or patently false talking points.

The author begins by imagining that a few cases of the measles now appearing across the country are the product of an amorphous “anti-vaccine” movement. Unsurprisingly, he provides no evidence of such causality. (Vaccine propaganda requires only assertions not evidence)

Arguing against this theory are record high vaccination rates and the fact that, since the introduction of vaccinations, there have always been sporadic cases of vaccine preventable illness, “anti-vaccination movement” or not.

Unless there were a 100% vaccination rate, no one too young to be vaccinated, no travel and vaccines that were perfectly effective, sporadic cases of infectious illnesses will occur. Besides, not everyone who is unvaccinated is under the spell of the anti-vaccine movement.

Moving along, the author goes on to parrot the Machine talking point that the “measles is a dangerous …virus,” employing, to support his assertion, an unsubstantiated CDC claim that:
“For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.”
The CDC provides no basis for the figure but they’re likely clinging to data obtained during a single US outbreak occurring in the 90s affecting a particularly unrepresentative and especially vulnerable population: the urban poor. Further, underreporting of cases was widespread during this outbreak, making the measles seem more formidable than they actually were.

As a matter of fact, in the pre-vaccine era out of 3-4 million cases only about ~450 deaths were reported. Additionally, a recent European outbreak to which Salzburg, in his piece, refers, shows one death occurring out of 6,500 cases. This is in line with other recent European outbreaks. Additionally, as mentioned previously, it’s well known that measles cases are widely underreported; so deaths are likely to occur in at a rate of even less than 1 per every five or six thousand cases.

It is upon this rickety foundation that Salzberg claims, in regards to the measles, “This is not a disease to take lightly.” But, as far as “diseases” go, the measles is one to be taken lightly. It’s hardly even worthy of being called a disease. In the pre-vaccine era, when kids got the measles, parents said their kid was sick. Not that he or she had a disease.

Salzberg’s attempts to paint the measles as “dangerous” is just another example of the Machine distorting language in order to create a false impression under which vaccination seems warrented.

His obsessive fondness for vaccination then compels him to lament:
California now has about 2% of parents refusing vaccines for their children for personal beliefs. This gaping hole in our public health system needs to be closed.
Calling a 2% personal belief exemption rate a “gaping hole” is nothing more than wild hyperbole. The sad fact is that (since there should be no such thing as a vaccine mandate) there is an exemption rate at all. As to the “gaping hole,” one does exist, but it is in regards to the gaping hole in a parent’s freedom to raise their children as they see fit and without the interference of a hyperactive public health apparatus.

Salzberg then turns to a common - yet absurd - talking point popular with vaccine peddlers: those who don’t vaccinate put others at risk.
…they [parents who don’t vaccinate] appear unconcerned about the risk they forcing on the rest of us…if parents refuse to vaccinate their children, they are putting the rest of us at risk, and these children need to be kept out of public schools.
As to putting you at or forcing risk upon you, the risk of infectious illness exists and has existed for thousands of years. No one forces it upon you. My not vaccinating simply denies you additional protection to which you have no right. It’s you, not I, who is responsible to protect yourself. Vaccines give you the means by which to do this.

In regards to keeping kids out of school, people, kids included have a right to reject unwanted medical interventions. This right does not stop at the schoolhouse door. If not for government interference in education, one would be free to attend whichever school one chose. Schools would be free to set their own requirements for admission. Vaccination could be among those requirements. Fans of vaccination such as Salzburg could attend those with rigid vaccination policies while others not so enamored with the practice could attend schools without a vaccination requirement. Unfortunately, government makes a scenario involving free choice impossible and therefore morally abrogates it’s right to set such vaccine requirements

Continuing, Salzburg claims:
Parents who follow this advice [not to vaccinate] rely on the immunization of others to protect their own children,
But we don’t rely on you to do anything. Stop vaccinating. I dare you. You vaccinate because you’re afraid of the mumps. I’m not. Besides, rely implies that I’d be in dire straits or I’d have to act without you. Neither is true.

His terror at being put at risk by unvaccinated children cavorting through schools continues:
They also neglect to consider that vaccines are never 100% effective, so even those of us who vaccinate our kids are still bearing a greater risk by allowing the unvaccinated to attend school.
 Yes, your risk is greater than if you had the right to have government thugs force unwanted vaccines on other people. But you don’t have that right so get over it. You just have the right to the protection you can obtain by your own voluntary actions; not actions forced upon others.

In conclusion, Salzburg floats the bizarre suggestion that: 
We could start by telling people to get vaccinated before they leave the country. If they refuse, we could require them to be tested for infections when they return.
He fails to comprehend is that people have rights and these rights supercede his personal desires. People, going about their everyday lives, cannot have their freedom violated. And freedom involves the right to travel without being poked with the vaccinators needle. It also includes the right not to be, unless probable cause exists, tested, examined and probed for signs of infectious illness.

Crazy ideas such as the one proffered by Salzberg warn us about what the police state of the future may look like. And we must be vigilant in resisting  such a regime. But more importantly we must begin to dismantle the hidden police which already exists and has as it's foundation  mandatory vaccination

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter to Everybunny!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ode to Vaccination

Vaccines are great,
About that there can be no debate

They’re really quite the miracle,
Observe the evidence, it’s empirical

Were we to grant the right to choose
It’s the herd immunity we’d lose.

Fail to vaccinate against an illness that’s contagious?
That kind of talk is just outrageous!

Absent vaccines, the chickenpox would rage
Disability and death would seize center stage.

So if you want your schoolin’
Get your vaxes, we ain’t foolin’

And when we call for freedom of choice
They tell us were too vocal with our voice

There’s got to be balance they say
To allow vaccines to save the day

Heck that needle won’t hurt all,
Here, just take a little Tylenol

And those parents who report 3 hours of cryin’
Surely they must be lyin’

Religious exemption, don’t even try
We’ll challenge your faith till you comply

So get used to it my friends
This is where your freedom Ends

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Religious Exemptions in New York

While researching the New York state religious exemption process for the piece on the Habakus / Patterson interview, I discover this little gem of a video on Youtube. It's funny, informative and sadly all too true

Vaccine Epidemic's Louise Habakus Talks with Governor David Patterson

Good interview with Louise Habakus. Be patient it takes a few minutes to get going. Ex-NY governor David Paterson does the interview and surprisingly he seems amazingly sympathetic to Louise's position (says he didn't take H1N1 vaccine and seems quite open to the idea that vaccines could cause autism and other developmental delays) But then it's rather bizarre that he was "running" the state while they were conduction inquisitions regarding vaccine exemptions. Does this mean the public health Machine has more power than our elected officials?

At the end, the interview becomes surreal as Patterson asks how listeners can get the book so they can make own vaccination choices while apparently, after years in the Governor's Mansion, unaware that parents,  in his state don't have vaccination choices.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Vaccination Cult Attempting to Censor the National Vaccine Information Center

It's come to my attention that the the link on the site encouraging the censorship of the NVIC was incorrect ( There is no S at the end of outdoor. If you've sent an email I suggest you resend it to

A group of die-hard vaccine fanatics are currently massing their resources to shut down an ad being run on the CBS JumboTron on Times Square by the National Vaccine Information Center and Dr. Joseph Mercola. We must respond

The ad encourages parents to know their rights when it comes to vaccination. Any information contrary to the controlled message of the Machine is seen as a huge threat to the establishment. Therefore, vaccine pushers and their supporters are they’re getting all their little scientist and wanna be scientist friends involved in a campaign and petition to silence the NVIC and any other voices not towing the vaccine party line. We’ve got to fight back! Let CBS know that censorship is unacceptable and that parents have the right to hear the other side of the story when it comes to vaccination. Please contact CBS outdoors - the group in owning the JumboTron - and repost this and encourage your contacts to tell CBS outdoors that censorship at the behest of the vaccine vested interests is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Contact information below.

Vaccine fan boy and blogger "Orac" seems to be spearheading the campaign. Details here:

This is where we need to respond with emails

Finally this links to the vaccine cult's little censorship petition

Here's my response sent in an email to CBS:

Censorship campaign targeting CBS outdoors:

It's come to my attention that a number of internet groups with an unusual affection for vaccines are massing in an attempt to encourage your company to engage in a act of censorship by taking down an innocuous ad by the National Vaccine Information Center appearing on the CBS JumboTron on Times Square. The ad simply asks parents to learn about vaccines and become aware or their rights as it pertains to those medical treatments. The campaign represents an intolerance to any thought straying from the formulated message that no choices involving vaccination can be tolerated. I hope you'll see this fringe group of vaccine extremists for what they are and reject these absurd, unwarranted and anti-American attempts at censorship

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

When Do-Gooders Do Good

This story came in yesterday and reveals the sad little lives of those who's primary goal in life is to push unwanted vaccines on innocent children. Vaccine News Daily reported that:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention honored Connecticut for having the largest increase in the nation for teen immunization rates for certain vaccinations during a national conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
I can just imagine the little do-gooders scurrying to the stage to collect their little collect gold stars from their CDC icons. No doubt a little pat on the head and a hearty, "well done," accompanied the distribution of the golden stickers.

Jewel Mullen, the public health commissioner of Connecticut, even crowed about how the agency was so very proud of itself.

But don't think the department's road to fame was easy. Jewel and her underlings, with the undying support of the CDC, vaccine propaganda sites such as Every Child but Two and a coalition of vaccine vested interests, had to scratch and claw to achieve their glorious success.

A combination of compulsion, propaganda and asinine vaccination events and celebrations - yes that's right, vaccine "celebrations" - are employed with great skill in Connecticut . Compulsion is an indispensable tool in the vaccinator's arsenal. In Connecticut, like in all states,the threat of force that looms ominously over mothers from the day they give birth is used with great alacrity by vaccine-obsessed pediatricians (a group working in partnership with public health crusaders) who warn parents of daycare, summer camp and school mandates in order to garner the compliance of the reluctant. 

To make outright force less necessary, and to make vaccines seem like something parents would actually want Jewel and her department provide parents with  free - I mean tax payer funded - propaganda material such as the "book" Shots For Tots—The Importance of Immunization For Your Child, which, "clearly explains why immunization is important for every child." And don't think those who can't read are free from these propaganda-laden "books". Connecticut offers Guard Your Child's Health -- With Shots! (the exclamation point driving home the absolute necessity of these life-saving vaccines) a "very basic text" replete with "engaging illustrations" that "make for an effective way to promote childhood immunizations to parents for whom reading is a challenge."

In addition to the distribution of these propagand materials the department puts on a number of bizarre vaccine "events," most of these seem to target vulnerable, lower-income populations. These include:

“Walk For Shots"
Department Heads from the City of Hartford and other child health organizations will walk from City Hall to Bushnell Park promoting childhood immunization. [Wow, getting to see your favorite public health official in person! Can you feel the electricity?]

A National Infant Immunization Week celebation where "Participants will receive gift bags filled with immunization brochures [Immunization brochures as a gift? Only from the mind of public health could such a concept emerge], parent-held immunization record booklets, and baby gift items." [Trinkets and other free stuff seems to be an indispensible tool when taking advantage of the less well to do]

"Mother's Day Social" 
A "fun event" that "will feature an immunization presentation, Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System bingo [Oh my, that does sound like fun], public health education for parents and preschoolers, giveaway bags [there's that free stuff again] , a raffle basket and refreshments.

Wow, what a lot of work. And what a big bureaucracy to carry out all that work. Makes me think this whole Machine is about a lot more than vaccines. Makes me think its about giving these vested interests a place to feel good about themselves, realize their delusions of grandeur, collect a paycheck and, maybe most importantly, expand their power over others.What's it make you think?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vaccine Pushers Party in Prague

This week a big vaccination conference in is taking place in Europe. Vaccine pushers from all over the globe are congregating in the picturesque city of Prague to celebrate the miracle of vaccination.

Professor Giuseppe Cornaglia, conference attendee and President of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases gushed:
Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions and is a proven tool for controlling and even eradicating diseases around the world, on the premise that prevention is better than cure
While John McConnell, Editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases exclaimed:
Prevention of disease is at the heart of good public health, and there is no more effective prophylactic intervention than vaccination.
But in the midst of all the congratulatory rhetoric, there was the usual talk of those mean old "anti-vaccine" groups threatening the establishments obsession with life saving and germ eradicating. McConnell found time to warn of complacency, lamenting that the Machine is just not spreading the good news of vaccination with enough fervor, stating
Politicians and sections of the medical community have sometimes confused the public with an ambivalent attitude to immunization. A responsible approach to improving human health depends on healthcare providers and policy makers giving their full support to safe and effective modern vaccines."
The Machine, exhibiting symptoms of paranoia, worries endlessly that people, given the freedom to choose, and free from the establishment's relentless fear mongering and propaganda, might undermine the crusade to have every man, woman and child on the planet vaccinated, revaccinated and rerevaccinated into perpetuity.

Professor Cornaglia, with this in mind, put forth this challenge to his comrades:
...the public health community must step up its efforts to educate parents, at risk groups and frontline health workers of the critical importance of vaccination to help avoid resurgences in serious, preventable illnesses and deaths
The forces aligned against freedom, and so very dependent on the current vaccination status quo, are stepping up their attacks on vaccine choice They’re afraid the message that vaccines aren’t the right choice for each and every American and that forced vaccination is inherently immoral is getting out. So for all of you on Facebook and the interweb, keep spreading the word, because someday - and someday soon – enough people will realize the truth of our beliefs. And when they do the house of cards known as compulsory vaccination will come crashing down.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What Would Amanda Peet Do?

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about a teen vaccine schedule. Apparently the drug companies realized they were leaving lot money on table by not going after teens with the same vigor as they currently go after infants and toddlers. Additionally the government do-gooders probably realized there was a lot of do-gooding left to be done and additional budget resources to be claimed by targeting our twelve through eighteen year olds.

My daughter falls into this twelve to eighteen year old group, so all this talk got me to thinking, “What if we were wrong all along? What if vaccines actually were the right choice?”

I raised the issue with my wife who, insightful as always, said, "You know whose opinion I‘d like to get?" 

"No, who?" 

"Amanda Peet." 

"Yes that’s it! Amanda Peet."

My wife had hit the nail on the head

I’d been impressed by Ms. Peet since she burst onto the entertainment scene back in the 90s, appearing in both a Skittles television commercial and an episode of Law & Order

“But, maybe her voice would echo those of other celebrites, celebrites who questioned the safety of vaccines,” I told my wife.

“Amanda peet isn’t like other celebrites!” she snapped. “We’ll just have to sit tight until we find out where she stands on the issue.” 

So I got to work and googled Amanda Peet and vaccines and vaccination and discovered she was actually quite active speaking out for vaccines, even calling parents who don’t vaccinate parasites. Additionally I found she was affiliated with a shadowy vaccine activism group known as Every Child by Two and under the tutelage of noted vaccine guru Dr. Paul Offit.

With Amanda Peet, supported by a respected medical professional, firmly behind vaccines, my wife and I agreed: it was time for the catch-up schedule. Since Dr. Offit says that a child can theoretically receive 100,000 vaccines at one time and that those that space out vaccines risk their children’s lives by increasing the time to which they are vulnerable to largely non-existent infections illnesses, I hoped we could get my daughter in for all forty-five or so doses she’d missed over the last fifteen years.

But when I called the pediatricians office, the receptionist said the doctor couldn’t actually give all the vaccines one day.

That’s strange I thought, so I looked a little more deeply into Offit’s background. What I found was troubling to say the least. Offit, I discovered, was on record stating that vaccines were safer than vitamins. But I’d never heard of vitamins causing seizures or hours of non-stop high-pitched crying. There wasn’t even a National Vitamin Injury Compensation Program

Additionally, I learned that Offit, responding to concerns that vaccines might cause autism, said studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated had been done (It’s common knowledge that they haven’t. Only one vaccine, the MMR, and one vaccine ingredient, thimerisol, have ever been studied to any great extent) Additionally Offit, in another interview, contradicts himself by stating studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated children would be both unethical (some children would not have the protection of vaccines) and even if such studies were performed, they would be "fraught with bias."

Furthermore, it came to my attention that Dr. Offit, when discussing the risks posed by vaccine-preventable illnesses, is often wildly off base. For example he states that, in the pre-vaccine era,  deaths as a result of measles-related complications numbered 3,000 while in reality the number was only about 450.

So if Offit was clueless and he was Peet's mentor, how could we trust her opinion? I was crestfallen. With my faith in Amanda Peet crushed, I had to look to myself and trust the information that I, and not vaccine special interests such as ECBT, had gathered over the years: information that said vaccines didn't deliver enough reward to offset the risks they presented.  Ms. Peet, Dr. Offit and ECBT could have their shots, but for us and our teen, there would be no vaccine.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Jersey: Of God and Vaccine

In New Jersey, the government’s pathological obsession with vaccination continues unabated. This week reported the state's Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Commission approved a bill "that would establish stricter guidelines before allowing exemptions on religious grounds." The bills sponsor, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, was quoted as saying:
"By adding the words 'bona fide,' we certainly are suggesting that you should not be using a religion just as an excuse,"
As usual, the American Academy of Vaccination Pediatrics joined the debate with their predictable apocalyptic warnings. According to the story, Fran Gallagher, executive director of the organization's New Jersey chapter, said many doctors had told her about parents seeking exemptions on religious grounds, then choosing which vaccinations to skip. "I think it has been abused to the point where it puts the public at risk," Gallagher said.

But what Fran doesn't understand is that the public has always been at risk - at least as long as there have been towns and cities populated by people and animals living in close proximity to one another.

So moving away from forced vaccination doesn't put the public at any more risk than they were before this immoral system was first implemented. It simply takes away protection that should never have existed in the first place, returning us to a morally defensible baseline. (It's important to remember little is gained by compulsory vaccination. The large drops in infectious illnesses attributed to vaccination came before the nationwide push to make those vaccinations mandatory)

Besides, proponents of forced vaccination are not only endangering children (vaccinations, like all medical treatments, carry risks) but they’re harming them directly – that is unless you don’t think plunging needles into a young child is painless. Additionally, there’s the mental anguish inflicted upon parents who see vaccinations as both dangerous and unnecessary. And finally, there’s perhaps the most important harm of all: the harm done to the individual liberty that lies at the heart of this great nation.

Setting aside the philosophical questions of morality, one wonders how, as a practical matter, these government vaccine peddlers will determine what constitutes a “bona fide” exemption

Maybe they’ll take a page from the Middle Ages and employ a trial by ordeal. Trial by hot water would work nicely, I think. As was the custom at the time, government do-gooders (assuming the role of the clergymen of the day) would place a stone, representing the exemption, at the bottom of a cauldron of boiling hot water. Parents claiming a religious opposition to vaccination would have to reach into the cauldron to retrieve the stone. God would of course protect those whose requests were “bona fide”.

Those simply using the exemption as an “excuse” would not gain God’s protection; their hand would be scalded horribly and their exemption denied.

This type of test would certainly be appropriate considering New Jersey appears to see it's people as nothing more than subjects, at the mercy of the state, living only to be told what to do and how to live.

But perhaps it won't come to that. Perhaps the politicians of New Jersey will be denied their chance to conduct their tests of religiosity. The one bright spot appearing in the article was that number of sources expressed their belief that a determination by the state of religious sincerity would be unconstitutional. We can only pray.