The vaccination question is a hotly debated topic, even in the natural health community. It doesn’t help when vaccine companies have blatant conflicts of interest and the studies supporting their safety may be fraudulent!
What we all can agree upon is the need to keep crony capitalism out of it, to keep information clear, unambiguous, and uncensored, and to allow people to make informed choices for themselves and their families. As we noted last year, there is an increasing tendency for immunization mandates to become a financial joint venture of the vaccine manufacturer and the government. The government is providing much of the funding manufacturers need to build facilities. So the government, which is supposed to regulate vaccine makers, becomes a full financial and operating partner with the companies they’re regulating! The government then turns around and orders us to be vaccinated or be ineligible for school—or in some cases go to jail!
As it stands now, the government gives patent protection and FDA approvals to pharmaceutical companies and thus creates medical monopolies. The government also exempts vaccine makers from legal liability. But when in addition the government invests in the business itself and partners with private companies, then adds the threat of jail for consumer non-compliance, we have a completely out-of-control situation.
Many parents are concerned that some vaccines are unsafe because they may contain harmful ingredients like mercury or aluminum. Others believe the overloading of a young immune system with so many vaccines at once causes genetic changes. Some generally support vaccinations but wish there were more scientific clarity.
What is incontrovertible is that the vaccine industry is controlled and manipulated by Big Pharma. Drug companies are often able to fast-track vaccines through the FDA approval process without proper controls. And in the tight circle of scientists who work on vaccines, conflicts of interest are commonplace. Rep. Dan Burton (R–IN) says that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “routinely allows scientists with blatant conflicts of interest to serve on intellectual advisory committees that make recommendations on new vaccines,” even though they have “interests in the products and companies for which they are supposed to be providing unbiased oversight.”
This cozy relationship of government with the drug companies may be why the CDC is now recommending a cocktail of over ten different vaccines—adding up to more than 35 doses—for children under the age of 6.
One of the hot-button issues is the MMR vaccine—for measles, mumps, and rubella—and possible links of the vaccine to autism. The Journal of Immunotoxicology last month published an article by Helen Ratajczak, a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm. Ratajczak did what nobody else apparently has bothered to do: she reviewed the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Not just one theory suggested by research—such as the role of MMR shots, or the mercury preservative thimerosal—but all of them.
Ratajczak’s article states, in part, that “Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis [brain damage]following vaccination.” The article goes on to discuss many potential vaccine-related culprits, including the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time—with the body’s immune system being thrown out of balance.
Ratajczak also looks at a factor that hasn’t been widely discussed: human DNA contained in vaccines. Ratajczak reports that about the same time vaccine makers took mercury (thimerosal) out of most vaccines—with the exception of flu shots, which still widely contain thimerosal—they began making some vaccines using human tissue. Ratajczak says human tissue is currently used in 23 vaccines, notes that the increase in autism incidences corresponds to the introduction of human DNA to the MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked. Ratajczak also says an additional increased spike in autism occurred in 1995 when chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue.
The problem is not simply that physicians (and the media, and the government) are ignorant of the published research—it’s also that some of the research simply cannot be trusted. For example, many articles in the mainstream media bend over backwards to assure the public that the MMR vaccine is safe, most often pointing to a “definitive study” in Denmark proving that the vaccine did not cause autism. But earlier this month, Poul Thorsen, who administered the CDC grant money for that study, was indicted for fraud and money laundering, falsely claiming that labs had performed work on the study which had not in fact been done. If some of the study’s conclusions were derived from work that was not actually performed, the entire study could be fraudulent.
Last month, former ANH-USA board president Sherri Tenpenny, MD, wrote a scathing article on fraudulent medical research the world over, especially in highly respected medical journals, concluding that “What doctors consider to be ‘usual and customary’ may turn out to be misleading, exaggerated and chillingly, flat-out wrong. Physicians would be well served to take medical publications under advisement rather than believing that just because it has been published, it is accurate and infallible, as gospel engraved in stone.”
As we noted in our Position Paper on Vaccinations, we believe that no one—children, pregnant women, adults, the military, seniors—should be forced to be vaccinated. We believe that in order for individuals to make up their minds about vaccination, they need accurate and impartial information. And we believe that informed choice is the best way to protect the right to decide about vaccination. The vaccine industry is a billion-dollar market, but it has meager proof of its products’ efficacy or safety. Consumers are entitled to know exactly what is going into their bodies—its benefits and risks—and how safe and how effective that substance is. Above all, we have a right to government regulation that is not completely tarnished by crony capitalist deals.