Vaccine Controversy 2014Susan Fletcher, B.Sc. September 1, 2014
Doctors and Scientists Sound the Alarm
“The best data indicates that vaccine induced chronic disease is now of a magnitude that dwarfs almost all prior poisoning of humans, including poisoning from agents like asbestos, low dose radiation, lead and even cigarettes.” ~ Dr. Bart Classen, MD
The above statement was made by immunotherapist, Bart Classen, in a July 2013 press release about one of his latest studies. It showed that, “The prevalence of autism has a statistically positive association with the incidence of Type 1 diabetes.” (Classen’s research dating back to 1998 repeatedly provides evidence that vaccines can cause Type 1 diabetes.)
His most recent study, published in 2014, reviews vaccine-induced immune overload and suggests it has caused recent increases in childhood epidemics of Type 2 diabetes, asthma, food allergies, obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and metabolic disease as well as autism, Type 1 diabetes, and more. The study notes that vaccine dosage is based on the amount required to stimulate the weakest immune systems. But that dosage overstimulates the 90% or more of recipients with adequate or robust immunity.
As well, most babies and toddlers are now injected at frequent intervals with multiple vaccines. And yet those children’s parents rarely know when their families suffer from vaccine adverse events because health authorities rarely acknowledge or record them; even when they do, Canadians aren’t allowed easy access to the documentation.
Heather Fraser MA, BEd, author of The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, has written about her difficulty accessing complete records from Health Canada on adverse events following immunization (AEFI) with PENTA. This was an unlicensed vaccine – meant to prevent diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio and Haemophilus influenzae B – that was injected into children between 1994 and 1997. According to health officials, it was withdrawn due to “significant side effects.” It was also “only about 60-80% effective against pertussis.” Fraser’s son suffered from numerous PENTA AEFI which increased with each dose injected: food allergies, ear infections, eczema, rhinitis, asthma and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. By the time he was one year old he was anaphylactic to peanut. Many other “significant side effects” were listed in the more than 11,000 pages of AEFI reports that Fraser eventually received in spring 2014. These side effects included anorexia, head banging, lethargy, pallor, abnormal gait, involuntary muscle contractions, tremors, seizures, and fifteen deaths.
In April 2014, the French magazine Principes de Santé published an interview with Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, a physician who’d worked for Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil HPV vaccine. Dalbergue predicted: “Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all times. This is because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine, technical and scientific feat that it may be, has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects, which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers.”
Despite these warnings from authoritative sources, in April 2014 Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews told CTV: “Parents need to understand that it’s perfectly safe to vaccinate their children,” and admonished “not immunizing your kids can actually result in their death.” The vaccine propaganda piece announced that, “Starting this fall, students must have proof they’ve been vaccinated against two additional conditions – meningococcal disease and whooping cough. Those born after 2010 must also prove they’ve been immunized against chickenpox.” As well, there will be “updated dose requirements for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and mumps immunizations.”
The CTV news piece was referring to the Ontario ‘Immunization of School Pupils Act’. But the Act doesn’t mandate vaccines; since 1984 it’s allowed exemptions for reasons of conscience as well as its original exemptions for religious and medical reasons. In 1992, some members of the committee which won the third exemption formed Vaccination Risk Awareness Network (VRAN). However, even to this day, VRAN struggles to make public health personnel provide the exemption information to the public and to the media that quote them.
In February 2014, VRAN held a teleconference with representatives of the Ontario Ministry of Health concerning the ongoing omissions. One of the points VRAN raised was regarding the absence of exemption forms on the MOH website. In July the complaint was finally addressed by advising that the forms could be accessed on the Ontario government’s central forms repository by using the search engine on the website; the MOH expected parents to ask for the forms at their public health units, the very source of the ongoing omissions. Note that Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act stipulates that consent to treatment “must be informed,” “must be given voluntarily,” and “must not be obtained through misrepresentation or fraud.”
The Dynamic Response of Genes
Dr. Gregory Poland maintains that today’s vaccines are unreliable. He notes that, “The current science doesn’t allow for an informed understanding of an individual’s genetically determined risk for an adverse event due to a vaccine.” Poland is the leader of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group and editor-in-chief of the science journal, Vaccine. He questions not only the safety of vaccines but also their effectiveness. For instance, his research has shown that “people who have mutations in a gene for a protein called SLAM produce 70% fewer antibodies after live measles inoculation than people without the mutation…In addition, genetics is just part of the immune-response story.” A 2001 study in Vaccine showed that, “Heritability, the ratio of genetic variance to total variance, was 88.5% for measles, 38.8% for mumps, 45.7% for rubella.”
Since 1988 Poland has attempted to unite the fields of genomics and vaccinology, a combination he’s named ‘vaccinomics.’ He’s claimed that by using vaccinomics, “We’ll actually be able to predict whether you need a vaccine, how many doses you need, and whether you’re likely to have a serious side effect.” But a huge challenge for vaccinomics has been that it’s extremely difficult to identify the genes responsible for vaccine responses. Humans have thousands of immune system genes, and they interact with one another in complex ways; some, for instance, control others. “You’re trying to understand the simultaneous contribution of hundreds to thousands of things happening at the same time,” Poland has remarked.
Peter D’Adamo, ND, author of Change Your Genetic Destiny, has stated: “Your genes are not a fixed set of preprogrammed instructions. They are a dynamic, active part of your life, responding every single day to your environment, your history, and your diet.” And consider this: in his book, The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton PhD, discusses recent research in cell biology and quantum physics which shows that DNA can be modified by our thoughts.
The Benefits of Infection
D’Adamo gives an example of epigenetics facilitating immunity: “When you pick up an infection, even one as mild as a cold or flu, you boost the activity among your bone marrow genes, which produce the white blood cells you need to get better.” And, of course, once you’ve had an infection, it’s likely you’ll retain lasting immunity to that particular pathogen. As well as this significant benefit of infections, other health benefits may ensue.
Before her death, vaccine researcher Heidi Stevenson wrote about a recent study published in Cancer Causes and Control. It showed that ovarian cancer can be prevented by mumps infection, and states in its conclusion: “Prior to vaccination, mumps was generally a mild illness but could have serious sequelae including orchitis [inflammation of testicles] and sterility, meningitis and deafness, and pancreatitis. Nevertheless, our study suggests there could also have been unanticipated long-term anti-cancer benefits of a mumps infection. We know that many cancers have been increasing. How much of that increase, besides ovarian cancer, could be due to the mumps vaccine?” Stevenson remarked that, “The best way for an adult to avoid sterility from getting mumps was by having had mumps as a child.” She also questioned the logic of the authors’ suggestion that, “Understanding the scope of, and basis for, the potential benefits of childhood infections may allow immunologists to duplicate the beneficial effects at the same time that vaccination provides the means for avoiding a natural infection.”
Vaccine researcher, Viera Scheibner PhD, refers to numerous studies which have shown that so-called vaccine–preventable infections are beneficial. One study in Cancer Causes and Control, published in 1969, showed that mumps infection can prevent ovarian cancer. A 1985 study showed that measles infection provides life-long immunity to degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, sebaceous skin diseases, immunoreactive diseases and some types of tumours. A 2009 study in which the researchers injected measles virus into a cancerous tumour demonstrated its “propensity to preferentially infect, propagate in, and destroy cancerous tissue.”
Suzanne Humphries, MD, refers to a 2002 study conducted in West Africa. She states that the researchers showed that: “children who survived natural measles had a much higher survival rate from all other infectious causes than other children. Children who had had the measles vaccine had a lower rate of survival. And the worst group, in terms of overall survival from infections, was the group which had neither measles vaccines nor measles disease.” But without acknowledging the risks of the vaccine, “Their compromise conclusion was that it would be necessary to use the measles vaccine forever, because of the value of the vaccine in protecting against all cause mortality in the absence of actual infection”!
No similar study has been conducted with the relatively wealthy, well nourished North American populations. However, most of them were vaccinated as children; only a small percentage contract measles which could naturally boost others’ waning vaccine immunity as well as ensure lifelong natural immunity. Therefore, we have a difficult choice to make: either we accept additional MMR boosters with their risks, or risk suffering the possible more dangerous consequences of measles when it’s contracted in adulthood.
Pertussis vaccine is another that’s likewise putting us all at risk. Dr. J. Mercola informs: “The vaccine is clearly ineffective, and it’s not just failing to prevent whooping cough in the U.S. In the U.K., researchers similarly revealed that nearly 20% of fully vaccinated children still contracted whooping cough.” The VRAN website’s Science page – Vaccination Failure and Ability to Transmit Disease – has a very long list of titles hyperlinked to studies which discuss other problematic vaccines as well.
In Canada, our constitution does not allow vaccine mandates. There are exemptable ‘requirements’ for school entry in Manitoba and New Brunswick as well as Ontario. (Exemption forms can be accessed at https://vran.org/exemptions/) In some cases, nursery schools, daycares, and other schools which are privately owned and operated can demand vaccination for enrollment. Of course, parents don’t have to enroll their children in such facilities. And recent requirements for healthcare workers to get influenza shots allow the option of wearing face masks instead. Furthermore, Canadian Medical Law stipulates that, in order to be able to consent to a therapy, a person must be informed of all its risks and must understand those risks – something that’s never or rarely done for vaccine consent.
If you do choose to be exempted – or in case you accept a vaccine but contract the disease it was meant to prevent – it’s wise to learn about harmful therapies used to treat infections as well as those which are beneficial. Referring to a 1981 study, Scheibner states: “It is disconcerting that, as in the past, even today’s doctors still relentlessly suppress fever and administer antibiotics as part of the standard practice ignoring well-documented published research which demonstrated that suppressing fever at the same time as administering antibiotics (and other medications) encourages the growth and general viability of the pathogens and their ability to develop resistance to such medications and may lead to their increased virulence.”
Concerning much less dubious therapies, holistic pediatrician Dr. Palevsky has commented: “Extending far beyond Western medicine’s conventional treatments, holistic medicine and mindful parenting allow us to boost children’s natural immunity, support their optimum health and wellness, safely heal any illnesses, and prevent disease – without dangerous side effects. Holistic medicine provides us with the tools to nurture the physical, emotional, social and spiritual health of our children.”
Intuition and Research
Beyond that, each of us knows much more about ourselves and our children than any health advisor, even one who’s known us for a long time. Pete Egoscue is author of The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion: A Revolutionary Program That Lets You Rediscover the Body’s Power to Protect and Rejuvenate Itself. He’s written: “I suppose the preoccupation with complexity is a byproduct of education and knowledge. The more we know, the more we must know. Technology adds to the confusion by accelerating the learning process and removing us from a direct, hands-on relationship with many facets of life that were once readily experienced and understood…We’ve been outsmarted by the experts and the technology they serve.” But he counters: “When it comes to the human body, everyone is an expert. We don’t need technology to understand our own bodies and the biological imperatives that drive them. By tapping our own expertise, we can unlock the maximum potential that lies within each of us.”
And how do we tap our expertise? We do it by using our intuition, unless it’s largely inaccessible. There are many resources which inform about methods to increase intuition. Kirsten Harrell, PsyD states: “Everyone has intuitive potential…It is not something special limited to only a few gifted individuals. As a child, you freely accessed your intuition. Unfortunately, over time you likely received negative feedback from your peers, teachers, or family. You likely began to doubt your intuitive voice and shut down this channel of information. The good news is that, with a little patience and practice, you can strengthen and hone your intuition to create a valuable guidance system.”
Life Coach, Dawn Abraham, has this to add: “We all have a built-in system that, if we pay attention to it, tells us what decisions to make and who really has our best interests at heart. It will also tell us if another person is being honest with us.” Further enlightenment is provided by books and audio CDs by Shakti Gawain.
In order to make wise vaccine decisions, we should also do our own research, looking at the subject from all perspectives. As mentioned previously, VRAN’s website has a ‘Science’ section; it also lists links to other websites including several which favour vaccines. A combination of knowledge and intuition could be a powerful aid to those wanting to make the best choices for their children or themselves.
For more information on the therapeutic benefits of infection, see Bonnie Black’s review of The Healing Power of Fever in the Book Review section of this issue of Vitality Magazine.
- Classen studies: https://vaccines.net/newpage11.htm
- https://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_ statutes _96h02_e.htm#BK8
- Change Your Genetic Destiny by Dr Peter J D’Adamo; ISBN 978-0-7679-2525-9.
- Palevsky newsletter, May 29, 2014
- The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion by Pete Egoscue; ISBN 0-06-016881-1.
- Shakti Gawain’s Books: https://www.amazon.com/Developing-Intuition-Practical-Guidance-Daily/dp/B004JZWWUS