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Are Childhood Vaccinations Dangerous

By Dr. Don Boys
Ellen Boys, Editor
© 2002 Cornerstone Communications

Should you permit your child to be vaccinated or get the "jab" as they say in England? Most parents are not aware of the storm that has been developing for a couple of years on this issue. It is a very complicated subject and one that good people and competent experts can honestly discuss, debate and disagree with.

However, let me say that to investigate we must follow the inexorable rule: follow the money, honey. That is the first step in any investigation. (Well, that's not exactly true. If you are a Christian, you begin with what the Bible says about the issue.) Billions of dollars are involved with physicians, public health officials and pharmaceutical companies who manufacture the many vaccines. I am not suggesting that everyone involved is motivated by money instead of the health of children, but those who refuse to consider that possibility are very naïve people whose mail should be addressed to the local cave.

Health professionals, who almost worship vaccinations, tell us that without them infectious diseases would have almost wiped out our world, however that is not exactly accurate. Dr. Harold E. Buttram, (on the Optimal Wellness Center web site) reported that the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company reveals that from 1911 to 1935 the four leading causes of childhood deaths from infectious diseases in America were diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), scarlet fever, and measles. Then by 1945, "the combined death rates from these causes had declined by 95 percent, before the implementation of mass immunization programs." It seems the greatest factors in this decline were "sanitation through public health measures, improved nutrition, better housing with less crowded conditions and the introduction of antibiotics."

Nevertheless, let's agree that vaccinations have contributed to the elimination of most childhood diseases in the past 50 years. But dare I ask about the new diseases we have been seeing in the past 30 years? Is there a correlation between government-mandated shots and allergies, autism, mental retardation, and many other afflictions that were almost unheard of until recent years? The purpose of this report is to cause parents to look into that possibility, and to provide them information about childhood health problems, especially autism, and their possible relationship to childhood vaccines.

The charge is that vaccinations of very young children have been the catalyst of many health problems in the past 20 to 30 years, with the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) and the diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (DPT) vaccinations especially dangerous. Mary Robinson's case is an example: Each of Mary Robinson's children was normal at birth, then they received the MMR vaccine. Five of Mary's six children, ages three to 13, aren't just difficult and demanding, they are autistic! The oldest and unaffected child did not have the shots because they were not required at the time. Can you imagine living with not one but five autistic children?

Most Americans are not familiar with autism since it was almost unheard of 35 years ago. Children with autism have problems with speech. They don't speak or have delayed speech, and often confuse their pronouns. They usually have problems with interaction with their peers and others, including parents. They often have a lack of eye contact and act as if the person is not there. They show almost no imagination during their playtime.

Autistic children show a combination of various symptoms: little interest in being cuddled, picked up or touched by parents and often run in circles, flap their hands, line up things, play with non-toys, repeat the same activity, dislike certain sounds, cover their ears at loud noises, and are often unaware of pain. Some kids have seizures and others don't require as much sleep as other children their age.

Sometimes these children have abnormal MRI scans and have raised levels of serotonin, but the common complaint seems to be bowel problems. Many autism specialists tell us that most autistic children benefit from a gluten and casein free diet (the younger they start the diet, the better the results). Children on the gluten and casein free diet try to avoid foods and drinks containing the gluten and casein proteins commonly found in wheat and milk.

Pro-vaccine people usually respond that the rate of increase of autism is not changing, but better diagnostic tools are available that give the impression of an epidemic. However, testimony at Congressman Dan Burton's House Government Reform Committee on April 6, 2000, by Shelley Hendrix Reynolds suggested otherwise: "There are those who will argue that we are better at diagnosing autism today than in the past and that these children were once considered mentally retarded. However, according to a recent study, the mentally retarded have followed normal population increases and remained a steady constant while the autistic population has exploded."

She continued: "Is autism just the diagnosis du jour? Hardly. I would truly like to know where the parents of these autistic children were that did not recognize that their children were not talking, were spinning constantly in circles, doing odd things, abusing themselves, not making eye contact, having serious gastrointestinal disturbances, eating and sleeping problems, experiencing a failure to thrive due to malabsorption and suffering from excessive allergies. You cannot miss these children."

It seems as if she is saying that for parents not to recognize that an autistic child is living in their home is like a bartender not being aware of an adult bull elephant sitting on a bar stool in the local tavern–drinking a marguerite from a washtub. (That is a non-medical simile!)

On April 6, 2000, Mary Megson, M. D., testified at the House Government Reform Committee affirming: "The segment of children with 'regressive autism,' the form where children develop normally for a period of time then lose skills and sink into autism most commonly at 18-24 months of age, is increasing at a phenomenal rate. I am seeing multiple children in the same family affected, including in the last week four cases of 'autistic regression' developing in four-year-old children after their MMR and DPT vaccination. In the past, this was unheard of. …I think we are staring a disaster in the face that has affected thousands of Americans."

But the medical establishment will quickly tell everyone who will listen to them that no scientific study has found a causal link between vaccinations and autism. However, what they don't tell you is that no serious studies have been done! It is in the financial interests of physicians who administer the shots, the pharmaceutical companies who produce the vaccines and the health officials who lobby for and insist on the shots not to find problems with the vaccine. Then we must add the politicians who garner votes from the non-thinking public when they "do something to help the children." When "doing something for the children" turns into a disaster, politicians are off on another crusade. For the children, of course.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield studied 170 English children who had undergone regression after receiving the vaccine. He's a doctor of gastroenterology, writer of more than a hundred papers on the subject, and highly honored by his peers. Wakefield has found what may be links between the measles virus and the sudden onset of a form of autism in children who had seemed to be developing normally. He did what many physicians refused to do: He listened to his patients or rather to the parents of his patients.

He began to see an obvious trend. When normal kids got the MMR vaccination, they began to have problems with their bowels. "The first thing one does as a physician is take a history, and do an examination of the patient," said Wakefield. "And the histories were consistent." Wakefield decided to look at the problem rather than mouth shibboleths he learned in medical school. He was shocked at what he found: Autistic children who had never had measles had the measles virus in their guts! Dr. Kawashima from Japan has confirmed that the virus found comes from the MMR vaccine! Sounds like a smoking gun to me!

Wakefield makes it clear that he is not against vaccines, only against unsafe vaccines. In February of 1998, he published the results of his study in Lancet, one of the world's most prestigious medical journals. When he did so, the special interests groups (translate: those who have much to lose or gain) came out of the closets brandishing their hatchets with which to scalp their colleague. For the sake of the kids of course.

Wakefield has done further work with almost 200 kids and the results confirm his earlier study. He says that the single measles shot is no problem but the combination of three vaccines seems to be the culprit. Because Dr. Wakefield has asked too many embarrassing questions, he was fired from the Royal Free Hospital Medical School in London. His firing came one month after he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in recognition for his research work! The Scottish Government even tried to squelch his report in a medical journal, but without success.

Wakefield and others maintain that the MMR vaccine was released too quickly without time to observe children's reaction to the shots. He believes that the combination of the three virus strains may overload a child's immune system and cause the bowel disorder to develop. He says that three single shots should be given with a year between each shot. A colleague of Wakefield's agreed that there was no problem when the shots were given separately.

Wakefield is slowly getting support from others such as Dr. Vijendra Singh of Utah State University. Singh has also found the link between vaccinations and autism. Dr. Singh told the International Public Conference on Vaccination in Virginia, September 16, 2000, that his experiments have shown MMR vaccine causes autism in some children. “He says his work shows that the jab [vaccination] triggers an immune reaction which damages a protein in the brain, causing autism." Wakefield and Singh have arrived at the same destination by taking different routes. “This is very exciting. Wakefield and I are looking at this from different angles but we are both coming to the same conclusions,” commented Dr. Singh. In both experiments the culprit seems to be multiple childhood vaccinations.

Some say that the triple shots are too much for a young child's system to take, especially if the child has been ill. But what's the problem with the other vaccines? Most childhood vaccines (but not the MMR) are made with a preservative called thimerosal, which is basically mercury, a poison as recognized by all health officials. In fact it is the second most toxic element on earth, second only to plutonium according to Dr. Andy Cutler and Dr Amy Holmes.

Drs. Cutler and Holmes reported that the amount of mercury found in one mercury thermometer could pollute a small lake! They also said that mercury toxicity "has been linked to a large number of diseases, including arthritis, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, learning disabilities and ADHD."

If the nurse giving the injection does not shake the multi-dose vial according to directions before drawing out the vaccine dose, there is a chance that the child receiving the last dose could get as much as 10 times the usual amount of thimerosal in one dose resulting in an overload of the child's system.

It may be that a single dose of vaccine may not be harmful, but given with others, it could, in some cases, be deadly. According to the Mercury and Vaccination Information web site, the FDA "chose to average an infant's total exposure to mercury over the first six months of life as though children were being exposed on a daily basis, and reported that amounts were only slightly above one of the Federal guidelines." But that dog won't hunt! Those federal officials are assuming that a large amount of mercury was taken in over a long period of time in small doses, but that is a false assumption. Often many vaccinations are given on the same day and mercury stays a long time in the body.

You might give a child two Tylenol a day for 60 days without ill effect, but it would be dangerous, even deadly to give him 120 Tylenol all at once in a single day. In fact, some children are given shots containing over 100 times more mercury than is recommended by EPA officials! Drs. Cutler and Holmes report that since multiple vaccines are often given on the same day, "the amount of mercury injected into a typical infant exceeds the EPA's 'safe' limits."

There are many health problems that have been linked to mercury poisoning such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD, depression, learning disabilities, etc. So the mercury in your child's vaccine can be extremely dangerous, even deadly. The Mercury and Vaccination Information web site reports that while Federal agencies affirm that there are acceptable levels for exposure to mercury, it is a poison at any level!

In light of the above it is incredible that physicians have not been required to report any adverse reactions to a vaccination they have administrated! Wait a minute! They are required by law to snitch on parents if they discover a minor bruise on a child's butt, but they don't have to report kids who, as a result of state-mandated shots, bang their heads against the wall, run constantly in circles, lose ability to talk, and basically have a whole new personality! Someone's a little nutty.

The symptoms of autism in many cases are almost identical with the symptoms of mercury poisoning, and most vaccines are manufactured with mercury. All medical authorities tell pregnant (and nursing) women and all children to avoid foods containing mercury, while at the same time we are being assured that the mercury in vaccines cannot harm our children! Vaccines containing thimerosal (a preservative) were not recalled because, we were told, the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the possibilities of autism in children who get the shots.

Thimerosal was added to vaccines that protect children against diseases such as hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, and others, but it seems to be more dangerous than the diseases they are supposed to prevent!

Boyd Haley, chemistry professor at the University of Kentucky, wrote: “Thiomersal is extremely toxic. The preliminary data is convincing and does indicate that vaccines are the most likely suspect for causing autism.”

Most vaccines have contained thimerosal which is 49.6% ethylmercury by weight. The amount of mercury a typical child under two years receives from vaccinations equates to 237.5 micrograms, and is not excreted and instead migrates to the brain. (Many parents are concerned about other ingredients as well, including formaldehyde, MSG, and aluminum in vaccines.)

The British government has been making noises about a major epidemic of childhood diseases if the triple shots of MMR and DPT are not forced upon parents. However, they refuse to permit single shots for the three diseases. If they really cared about children would they not permit the single shots? Or is money the motivating factor? How about ego?

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has jumped into the fight by passing a resolution at their 57th Annual Meeting that calls for the elimination of laws that require vaccinations for children. According to Jane M. Orient, M.D., the association's Executive Director, "Our children face the possibility of death or serious long-term adverse effects from mandated vaccines that aren’t necessary or that have very limited benefits." Bravo, that was a courageous statement from the "establishment"!

Congressman Dan Burton, a long-time friend of mine, held hearing on the subject in April of 2000 and March of 2001, and as a result of the information which was brought to light in those hearings he took the unprecedented step of writing Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, asking that all vaccines which contain thimerosal (mercury) be banned from the American market. She refused to answer his letter!

Following are Congressman Burton's opening, very personal remarks at the April 6, 2000 hearings: "My grandson Christian was born healthy. He was beautiful and tall. We were already planning his NBA career. He was outgoing and talkative. He enjoyed company and going places. Then, his mother took him for his routine immunizations and all of that changed. He was given what so many children were given – DTaP, OPV, Haemophilus, Hepatitis B, and MMR – all at one office visit. That night Christian had a slight fever and he slept for long periods of time. When he was awake he would scream a horrible high-pitched scream. He would scream for hours. He began dragging his head on the furniture and banging it repeatedly. Over the week-and-a-half after the vaccinations, Christian would stare into space and act like he was deaf. He would hit himself and others, which was something he had never done. He would shake his head from side to side as fast as he could. He lost all language."

Dan said that his staff received many letters and phone calls from distressed parents with autistic children, and he revealed that the calls make his Washington staff weep.

Dr. Wakefield testified at the March 2001 hearings and so did a British spokesperson, Dr. Elizabeth Miller who testified: "There is no evidence that the onset of autistic symptoms is more likely shortly after MMR vaccine than at any other time."

Wakefield testified: "Our study was initiated at the request of parents, and was stimulated by the conviction that their children had; 1) developed normally during the first 1-2 years of life; 2) undergone developmental regression to autism, in the majority of cases following measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccination; and 3) developed gastrointestinal symptoms that, in the parents' opinion, were closely associated with the behavioral/developmental pathology. Almost without exception, the anxieties of the parents, as described above, had been dismissed by the medical professions. Bowel symptoms had been disregarded without investigation."

What non-medical people need to understand is that medical people can have vested interests and egos like anyone else. Furthermore, one Finnish study that attempts to refute Wakefield's thesis was funded by Merck, a company that produces MMR vaccines! Follow the money.

Dr. Wakefield suggested that it is more of a propaganda war instead of scientific research, and in every war, the first casualty is truth. The second is the children.

Congressman Burton told his committee on mercury in vaccines in July of 2000 "One would think that the FDA would have moved aggressively to remove vaccines that contained mercury from the market immediately. They did not. On July 9, 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Public Health Service issued a joint statement recommending the removal of thimerosal from vaccines. On May 31, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration notified vaccine manufacturers that their review of mercury compounds in drugs and foods concluded that reducing or eliminating thimerosal from vaccines is merited. However, there has been no mandatory action. These vaccines are still in use. The FDA continues to allow the mercury-containing vaccines to remain on the market. Today, over eight thousand children in America may be given a toxic dose of mercury in their vaccines."

Thimerosal, was first marketed in 1930 and has become the most widely used preservative in vaccines. It is present in over 50 licensed vaccines. At Burton's July 2000 Congressional Hearings on mercury in vaccines, Burton stated: "The FDA recently acknowledged that in the first six months of life children get more mercury than is considered safe by the EPA. The truth is that sometimes kids go to their doctor’s office and get four or five vaccines at the same time. My grandson received vaccines for nine different diseases in one day. He may have been exposed to 62.5 micrograms of mercury in one day through his vaccines. According to his weight, the maximum safe level of mercury he should be exposed to in one day is 1.51 micrograms. This is forty-one times the amount at which harm can be caused."

Burton continued: "While thimerosal has previously been ruled by the FDA to fit the 'generally recognized as safe' standard, when the FDA conducted their Over the Counter (OTC) drug review they changed their minds. The FDA determined that mercury compounds used as active ingredients in Over the Counter drug products were not found to be 'generally recognized as safe.' Additionally the FDA has not approved any mercury containing compounds as food additives and does not consider any mercury containing compounds to be 'generally recognized as safe.' On their own website, the FDA states, 'lead, cadmium, and mercury are examples of elements that are toxic when present at relatively low levels.'"

On March 15, 2001, Congressman Burton, speaking from the floor of the House of Representatives demanded that all mercury-laden vaccines be recalled from the doctors' shelves "immediately."

I would like an answer from the Feds: Why is mercury not safe for food additives and Over the Counter drug products, but it is safe in vaccines? And I will remind you that most vaccinations are given to children, even babies while still in their developmental years. What an adult brain may be able to absorb and flush out, may be devastating to a child.

Burton revealed in his June 15, 2000, hearings on vaccines some incredible information about the corruption of the drug and vaccine approval process in the U.S. He revealed that members, including the Chair, of the CDC and FDA advisory committees own stock in drug companies that produce the vaccines they were evaluating! Furthermore, people on both advisory committees own patents for vaccines that were under consideration or affected by the committee's decisions! It was also revealed that three of five of the FDA's advisory committee's members had conflicts of interest (that were waived) yet voted for the vaccine in question! It continues but I won't. Suffice it to say that the members of those Federal committees must have an enormous amount of impudence to even show their faces around Washington, let alone testifying as expert witnesses.

But it is even worse. The Guardian Unlimited web site dated February 7, 2002, reveals even more corruption. "Ghostwriting has become widespread in such areas of medicine as cardiology and psychiatry, where drugs play a major role in treatment. Senior doctors, inevitably very busy, have become willing to "author" papers written for them by ghostwriters paid by drug companies." So some VIP doctors "write" papers that they don't write and get paid by drug companies for their names. Doctors are paid thousands of dollars to "give a talk" at various meetings with lavish accommodations, meals, etc., paid for by drug companies. Sounds very similar to the oldest profession in the world–prostitution!

The Food and Drug Administration is supposed to be in place to protect us from the quacks, charlatans and crooks in the medical and health fields, but they spend much of their time (and our money) chasing down vitamin producers, holistic health professionals, etc. It is interesting that I co-sponsored Congressman Burton's bill in the Indiana House to permit the sale of Laetrile (a substance that some thought could help cure cancer). And we had the establishment on our backs trying to present us as Neanderthals when we were the ones with the scientific facts on our side. They warned that Laetrile, (usually made from apricot seeds) contained cyanide and could be deadly. While the bill was being debated and some of our colleagues (even Republicans) were making that point, Dan and I were eating a bag of apricot seeds! Without poisoning either of us!

But I digress.

The FDA, on March 1, 2002, posted their most recent Consumer Advisory (issued in January 2001 and revised in March 2001) for pregnant women and women of childbearing age who may become pregnant. The advisory recommended that these women should avoid eating the four fish species with the highest levels of methyl mercury: shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tile fish. All right, but why have mercury-laden vaccines been permitted to be administered to helpless children? Inquiring minds want to know. So do taxpayers!

What we do know is that vaccinations only give partial protection anyway, and everyone admits that some children are irreparably harmed. What happens is that the shots produce much greater harm to young children than the childhood diseases would do! While it is important that pregnant women have had a rubella vaccination there is little necessity for children to have one.

In January of 2002, Dr. Andrew Wakefield was hired by the International Child Development Resource Center (ICDRC) in Florida as its Director of Research. Dr Wakefield told reporters, "The autism world is in crisis with the number of children affected skyrocketing. Not only does the medical establishment have no answers, it appears that it doesn't want to ask the right questions. ICDRC breaks that mould. It holds tremendous potential and it will be an honour for my team and I (sic) to help realise that potential."

However, Wakefield is getting support from more U.S. experts. A Harvard researcher has replicated the results of Wakefield's research! Dr. Timothy Buie, a pediatric gastroenterologist has been conducting independent research similar to that reported by Dr. Wakefield. He has examined 400 gastrointestinal cases that were diagnosed with autism, and he found a chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract (as observed by Dr. Wakefield) in a significant number of cases.

Dr. Buie's findings have been supported by research done at the University of Maryland, by Dr. Karoly Horvath and others. They obtained essentially similar results to those found by both Drs. Wakefield and Buie. So Wakefield no longer stands alone. Honest, concerned physicians have looked into the black hole of autism and see thousands of affected children.

The pro-shot people tell us that there will be an epidemic of childhood diseases if the triple shot is abandoned or if legislators refuse to continue to mandate it by force of law. Even the pro-vaccination Centers for Disease Control's admits that only 27.7 percent of the measles cases in 1987 could have been prevented if all children had been vaccinated.

At a recent IMRAR (International Meeting For Autism Research) conference Dr. Eric Fombonne, an epidemiologist, suggested a 1300% increase in the prevalence of autism over a 25-year period, or on average, a doubling of the prevalence of autism every two years between 1976 and 2001! Do the math, and you will understand why some think we are peering into a very deep, dark and dangerous hole. Recent epidemiological studies reveal that 1 out of every 150 American children may be affected with autism!

Some wonder where the federal government is in all this. We should especially ask that question when the federal government has pressured the states to mandate vaccinations for children before they are permitted to enroll in public school. The agencies involved are the CDC, FDA, NIH and EPA.

The CDC is the same group who told the American people that condoms prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, while many of us argued with them otherwise. (I interviewed CDC officials four different times for my book, AIDS: Silent Killer.) They said condoms prevented most STDs when the evidence showed condom use did have partial effectiveness while encouraging the risky behavior. Because of them, we have an epidemic of STDs in America. Well, the real cause of the epidemic in STDs is the immoral lifestyle of the infected people.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 19, 2001, that the CDC vaccines committee recommended that mercury-containing vaccines no longer be used in vaccinations after March 31, 2002; however, the key word is "recommended." The Feds are definitely not patient with vitamin makers, holistic health professionals, etc. Wonder why? Is it because they are dull, uninformed, prejudiced or what? Could some of those on Federal committees be in bed with vaccine manufacturers? Well, there is no doubt about the truthfulness of that statement. In fact, about half of the various committees who voted for vaccine manufacturers had stock in those companies or received large grants from them. No, they are not asleep at the switch. The metaphor is that they are in bed with the vaccine producers.

So, if that is true, and it is, then could that be the reason the mercury-laden vaccines are still on the market and being used on innocent kids? Most sane people would say it is. About 5.5% of the mercury vaccines still on the doctors' shelves are the old dangerous vaccines. Mercury free vaccines are now available in single shots, but various Federal officials want the old supply to be used before everyone moves on to the non-poisonous shots. Remember, follow the money. That is not cynicism; only reasonable, workable philosophy.

You must also consider insisting on single mercury-free vaccinations given months apart rather than the multiple dose shots that could overwhelm a child's immune system.

When you read or hear anything from those officials, filter it through your skeptic filter. Prove all things. Question them and "follow the money."

Keep in mind that many states have a religious or philosophical exemption that you can take advantage of if you are so inclined. According to Louis Briegel in Parental Rights, The following states permit a religious exemption: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

The following states permit a philosophical exemption: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.

What many bureaucrats will tell you is that you can have an exemption if you provide a letter from your church hierarchy declaring that your church, does in fact, have a religious conviction against vaccinations. That is not necessary. The U.S. Constitution guarantees an individual religious rights. If you provide a letter from your church, it is simply taking the easy way out and giving undeserved authority to an unelected bureaucrat. Develop your own convictions then stand on them. But make sure they are convictions.

Follow some of the web sites listed at the conclusion of this report to learn about treatment of autism patients including chelation. Some of the sources I have used in this report reveal help for autistic children by taking supplements. They tell you to give your child these 4 times a day: Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, and Milk Thistle extract. Give the following often (frequency not as critical): Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin E, mixed carotenes and lypocene, and flax seed oil.

Some specialists have found success with secretin in treating autistic children. They have concluded that secretin was somewhat more effective when the symptoms of autism were more severe, and this effectiveness was greater with higher dose secretin therapy.

The hepatitis B vaccine has been given to children at birth but that has now been delayed in most states. Dr. Joseph Mercola on his Optimal Wellness Center web site said that at birth there is a "very limited role for hepatitis B vaccination, but only in the children of mothers who are currently infected with the virus." That is exactly what I've been saying. If the pregnant mother has hepatitis B then vaccinate the child, but why expose millions of children to another shot when there are no risk factors? The purpose is not to sell vaccines but to protect children.

When I was a boy, polio was the scourge. I remember homes where the quarantine sign was nailed. People were fearful of going to public swimming pools. There was fear of being with your friend if his sibling had contracted the dreaded disease. It was a fear on everyone's mind. Then the Salk vaccine was introduced, but few remember an important fact: The incidence of polio declined before the advent of the vaccine and rose again after the introduction of the Salk vaccine! It has been suggested that the pertussis vaccine, or at least the DPT vaccine, might have somehow provoked the polio epidemic.

Congressman Burton commented on the Salk vaccine. " It was a mad dash to the finish line of licensing for the manufacturers of these vaccines. Wild polio-which caused so much illness, appears to have been eradicated. But there are still cases of polio today-cases caused by the vaccine. Jonas Salk spent the last months of his life pleading with the Government to stop the use of the live vaccine because of the cases of polio it was causing."

The smallpox vaccination was halted in 1979 after that disease was eradicated from the face of the earth. It was the most feared infectious disease and killed 30% of those infected. Now they are giving it again. Vaccination administered within four days of first exposure helps protect against acquiring infection and provides significant protection against a fatal outcome. An infected person coughing or sneezing near uninfected people spreads smallpox.

The smallpox vaccine was not tested for mass inoculations and the drug companies producing the old and new vaccines want the federal vaccine safety standards to be aborted so they can be produced more quickly. If that is not outrageous enough for you, they also want to be released from liability for any injuries or deaths! They want to make billions of dollars (which is very reasonable) but don't want to be held accountable (very unreasonable).

When taking a child for a vaccination, don't be intimidated by the medical personnel. Tell your doctor your concern and how you want mercury-free vaccines and no triple shots. Remember that they work for you. If you don't understand something, ask. If they are too busy to answer your questions, walk out without paying..

Since the first edition of this report was published, we have discovered that some physicians are very understanding and cooperative while most are not. You will probably be assured that "the doctor knows best," and this is usually affirmed in an arrogant and authoritative fashion. If that happens to you when you express concern for your child, you must take the position that if you are going to err, it should be on the side of caution since your child's life is in the balance. Remind your physician that a study done at a Boston hospital revealed that 36% of hospital admissions were the result of physicians' blunders! Then, if you are convinced that it is useless to discuss any further your concern of vaccinations with him and there is no hope of continuing his services you might consider informing him of the following facts relating to the care of patients by physicians and hospitals.

Even if your physician is competent, the hospital has a 67% chance of misdiagnosis according to JAMA. Further remind him or her that one-third of U.S. hospitals admit that they give patients the wrong blood! Then smile and remind your physician that surgeons have been known to amputate the wrong leg, remove the wrong kidney and come to surgery drunk. Your anesthesiologist will probably not be drunk but he just may sleep during your surgery! As you leave his office inform him that the Harvard School of Public Health reported on ABC's "Nightline" that about 1.3 million people per year are injured because of hospital treatment with about 180,000 dying as a result! As you close the door, suggest that some physicians are as dangerous as Bonny and Clyde! Exit as you look for another physician.

I think you should also insist on having months between each shot. Before permitting a shot, some things should be considered as offered by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC): Ask, is my child sick? Has he had a bad reaction to a shot before? Does the child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies, or an immune system disorder? Am I aware of the vaccine's side effects? Do I know what to expect from a reaction? Do I know the vaccine manufacturer's name and lot number?

If you are convinced that children need the vaccinations, especially for mumps, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, etc., then it would be wise to insist on separate shots with months in between. And of course, shots without any mercury!
Furthermore, your doctor is required by law to provide you information regarding the vaccine benefits and risks before the shot. He also must keep a permanent record of all vaccinations given, and that information must include the manufacturer's name and lot number.

If your doctor refuses to report a reaction following vaccination, you have the right to report to the government yourself. If your child is left permanently brain damaged or dies as a result of a vaccine reaction, you may be entitled to benefits under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.

Monitor your child closely after vaccination. Call your doctor if you suspect a reaction. If your doctor is not concerned and you are, take your child to an emergency room.

(The advice in this report is the opinion of its author. The information is, to the best of his knowledge, accurate and timely; however any health decisions should be made with the consultation of health professionals. This report may be purchased for $2.00 including postage. Send check to P.O. Box 944, Ringgold, GA 30736.)

Some web sites for further study:

http://www.healing-arts.org/children/holmes.htm Dr. Amy Holmes, treatment for mercury poisoning; chelation information.

http://www.adhdezine.com/Mar01.html#danger Excellent source for mercury poisoning information.

http://www.geocities.com/autism_mercury/faq.htm Mercury, autism information

http://www.cureautismnow.org/sciwatch/am_manuscript6-30-00.doc A rather technical paper on autism and mercury poisoning.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MCCFHC/messages/921 Much autism information, congressional hearings..

http://www.mercola.com/2000/feb/6/mercury.htm Optimal Wellness Center; Dr. Joseph Mercola; excellent site for mercury information

http://www.autism-spectrum.com/vaccine.htm Very worthwhile site dealing with vaccinations.

http://www.safeminds.org Good site for mercury poisoning information.

http://www.gpo.gov/congress/house U.S. House of Representatives

http://www.house.gov/reform Committee on Government Reform

http://www.909shot.com National Vaccine Information Center

http://vaccinesafety.edu/IOMreport-multiplevax.htm Pro-vaccine site
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