Vaccines—Are the Safety Studies Credible?

We know that the concept of vaccination is valid and has saved lives. But do we know for sure that the additives in the vaccines made by the vaccine-manufacturers—and endorsed by the CDC—are as safe as they claim?

Most of the studies on vaccine safety that get published are designed and funded by the pharmaceutical industry—an inherent conflict of interest.

Does the CDC, with CEOs of the vaccine manufacturing companies on its board, deserve our trust when it comes to the safety of vaccines?

Let’s look at the information we have available. 

Long-term vaccine safety studies

Astonishingly, no long-term safety studies have been done on vaccines. The testing for the safety of vaccines lasts only several days.

The vaccine manufacturers are not liable if the vaccines cause harm. The lack of adequate testing makes vaccines cheaper to take from trials to market. 

Accepted scientific methods for testing vaccines

The vaccine studies themselves have often deviated from accepted scientific methods of enquiry, especially regarding use of placebos.

The gold standard that is used for testing the potential side effects of a drug involves using true placebos, such as saline solutions or sugar water, substances that have no significant biological effects. Instead, the researchers use another vaccine as the control “placebo,” or they use the carrier fluid containing everything except the main antigen (the weakened or killed virus or bacteria).

In most cases, the risks come from the additives in the vaccines. If both the study group and the control group are getting essentially the same toxic exposures from the additives, then they will get similar outcomes. By using these misleading tactics, pharmaceutical companies can claim that there are no differences in outcome between the study group and the control group, and therefore the vaccines are “safe.”

Suzanne Humphries, MD, author of “Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History,” writes:

“There is only one recent study where a true saline placebo was used, rather than another vaccine or the carrier fluid containing everything except the main antigen. That study showed no difference in influenza viral infection between groups but astonishingly it revealed a 5-6 times higher rate of non-influenza viral infections in the vaccinated. It is no small wonder more true placebos are not used in vaccine research.”

https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/54/12/1778/455098/Increased-Risk-of-Noninfluenza-Respiratory-Virus

Liability for inadequate testing

During the mid-1970s, the public became concerned about vaccine safety. Several lawsuits were filed against vaccine manufacturers by people who believed that they had been injured by DPT vaccines. Damages were awarded.

As a result of these lawsuits, liability and prices soared. Several vaccine manufacturers halted production. An apparent vaccine shortage resulted which concerned public health officials. To reduce liability, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986. Since the passage of that law, vaccine manufacturers can not be held liable for injuries caused by their vaccines.

Suppression of data that is unfavorable to the drug companies.

When independent research scientists come up with results that are completely at odds with industry-funded studies, the results of their studies often never reach the light of day for several reasons.

The pharmaceutical industry wields its power by using a variety of tactics to silence independent scientists who seek the truth about vaccine safety.

The media do not report the results of those independent investigations—even though they are worthy of headlines. Most big media outlets are controlled by industry. 

Some of the journals that have published the independent researchers’ studies later retract the articles. Those authors are denigrated and often lose their positions at their institutions. Some of the scientists lose their funding so that they are unable to continue their investigations.

Destruction of the lives of independent researchers 

Andrew Wakefield, a distinguished British gastroenterologist with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease, was among the first to suggest a link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism in the late 1990s. Based on his research, he has published over 130 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries.

In the 1990s, parents started contacting Dr. Wakefield, asking for help with their children’s gastrointestinal problems that developed after vaccination, along with story after story about their normally developing child who regressed into autism or autism-like states soon after receiving the MMR vaccine. Like a good scientist and caring physician, Dr. Wakefield wanted to do whatever he could to learn more.

He and his colleagues in London published the early clinical findings of 12 children suffering from autistic regression and bowel symptoms in the eminent medical journal, The Lancet. In the study, he asked two simple questions:

  • Is the MMR vaccine safe?
  • Can the MMR vaccine cause autistic regression and intestinal disease?

From the moment his research was published, Dr. Wakefield’s life changed drastically. The article was discredited and removed from the Lancet, marking the beginning of a 15-year epic personal and professional battle with the very institutions perceived as being there to protect the health and wellbeing of the public.

In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Dr. Wakefield lost his job in the Department of Medicine at London’s Royal Free Hospital, his career, and his medical license.

Why should the pursuit of these possible links cause such a concerted effort to discredit, dishonor, and ultimately dispose of Dr. Wakefield and his work?

This one research paper had the very real potential to shine a bright light on the significant number of children who do not respond well to the mass vaccination policy. The pharmaceutical industry did everything in its vast power to destroy Dr. Wakefield’s professional life.

Dr. Wakefield wrote a book about his travails called Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines—The Truth Behind a Tragedy. “The book describes how, despite being exposed to the toxic underbelly of institutional and commercial medicine, and the pervasive lies, libelous attacks, and virulent strong-arm tactics that he faced daily, Dr. Wakefield never lost sight of the reason why he was fighting back. In spite of his nightmare, he is committed to revealing the truth about the safety of vaccines.

As Dr. Wakefield recounts, more and more people on a truly grand scale, either as parents or grandparents, will be tragically affected as the worldwide surge in childhood developmental disorders continues to build in scale, breaking hearts and bankrupting educational and healthcare infrastructures.

Destroying the Data 

In August 2014, CDC senior vaccine safety scientist Dr. William Thompson invoked federal whistleblower protection and confessed that CDC supervisors instructed  vaccine scientists to destroy data linking vaccines to autism. 

Dr. Thompson admitted that in 2004 he and his colleagues colluded to obscure and then shred the data that showed a link between autism and the MMR vaccine, in response to pressure by CDC officials, including Dr. Julie Gerberding, the director of the CDC at that time. Fortunately, Dr. Thompson managed to keep copies of the original studies.

After waiting 13 years, Dr. Thompson’s conscience got the best of him. He confessed in a taped telephone conversation with Brian Hooker, a friend and bioengineer professor at Simpson University and father of an autistic child. He said, “Oh my God, I can’t believe we did what we did,” and revealed in great detail the criminal behavior by the CDC regarding vaccine studies.

You can read about the CDC tactics used to keep the public in the dark about the serious harm that vaccines have been inflicting on babies and children.

https://www.focusforhealth.org/dr-brian-hooker-statement-william-thompson/

The Thompson whistleblower case is the basis of the 2016 documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe. If you watch this very disturbing and riveting film, you will gain insight into how the CDC silences dissenters and suppresses information that puts the safety of vaccines in question. It’s a film that the CDC has tried to block from the public.

http://vaxxedthemovie.com

Deceitful Practices

In June 2000, Dr. Tom Verstraeten, a CDC epidemiologist, made the following comment to a group of concerned scientists: “The results [for aluminum] were almost identical to ethylmercury because the amount of aluminum [in vaccines] goes along almost exactly with the mercury.” He was referring to a landmark study that found “statistically significant relationships” between both aluminum and mercury in vaccines and neuro-developmental delays. Why wasn’t the public informed of his findings?

Dr. John Clements, a WHO vaccine advisor, provided another telling statement:  “Aluminum is not perceived, I believe, by the public as a dangerous metal. Therefore, we are in a much more comfortable wicket in terms of defending its presence in vaccines.”

Industry-supported Manipulation of the News

Six corporations control ninety percent of the media. As a result, most of what the public reads, sees, and hears is a narrative that is created and carefully controlled by special interest groups.

http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6

These corporations use various methods for controlling public opinion. One of these methods is called “astroturfing,” a term that refers to attempts made by large corporate special interests to surreptitiously sway public opinion by creating a false impression of widespread grassroots support for a policy, individual, or product. Multiple online identities and fake pressure groups are used to mislead the public into believing that the position of the astroturfer is the commonly held view.

Veteran investigative journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, gave an eye-opening TED talk about how astroturfing is very effectively manipulating and distorting media messages. According to Attkisson, this method of manipulation is even more effective than lobbying by Congress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bYAQ-ZZtEU

Attkisson says, “….political, corporate or other special interests disguise themselves and publish blogs, start Facebook and Twitter accounts, publish ads and letters to the editor, or simply post comments online, to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking.

Astroturfers seek to controversialize those who disagree with them. They attack news organizations that publish stories they don’t like, whistleblowers who tell the truth, politicians who dare to ask the tough questions and journalists who have the audacity to report on all of it.”

The extent to which information is manipulated is enormous. Attkisson gives us an example of how we can experience astroturfing. “Let’s say you hear about a new drug for an ailment you have, or your doctor recommends it, and you decide to research it to be on the safe side. Ultimately, you conclude it is safe and effective because everywhere you look, the information seems to support this conclusion. You feel good knowing you’ve done your homework, and fill the prescription. What you don’t know is that:

  • Facebook and Twitter pages speaking highly of the drug are run by individuals on the payroll of the drug company
  • The Wikipedia page for the drug is monitored and controlled by a special-interest editor hired by the drug company
  • Google search engine results have been optimized, ensuring you’ll find all those positive sources while burying contradicting information
  • The nonprofit organization you stumbled across online that recommends the drug was secretly founded and funded by the drug company
  • The positive study you found while searching online was also financed by the drug company
  • The news articles reporting the positive findings of that study sound suspiciously alike for a reason — they’re reiterating information provided by the drug company’s PR department; hence, you will not find any contradictory information there either
  • Doctors promoting the drug and making derogatory comments about those who worry about side effects are actually paid consultants for the drug company
  • The medical lecture your own personal doctor attended, where he became convinced the drug is safe and efficacious, was also sponsored by the drug company

Dr. David Gorski is a high-level editor at Wikipedia who writes all the entries involving vaccines, chemotherapy and cancer surgery. He has been accused of removing dissenting facts or information that he doesn’t agree with.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gorski

So, what can you do? How can you possibly decipher the truth when the truth is so well hidden beneath layers of astroturf? The keys to recognizing astroturfing, according to Attkisson, are certain telltale signs, some of which include the following:

  • Certain key message lines repeatedly crop up. For example, the line “talk to your doctor” is highly suggestive of a PR message for a drug, even if what you’re reading doesn’t look like an advertisement
  • Use of inflammatory and derogatory language. Keywords to look for include crank, quack, nutty, lies, paranoid, pseudo and conspiracy
  • Astroturfers will often claim to debunk “myths” that are not myths at all
  • They will attack people, personalities and organizations rather than address the facts or concerns in question
  • Astroturfers are skeptical of those exposing wrongdoing rather than the wrongdoers. As noted by Attkisson, rather than questioning authority, astroturfers question those who question authority

She says, “Once you know what to look for, you’ll start to recognize the telltale signs everywhere you look.”

Challenge to journalists

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmental attorney and chairman of the World Mercury Project (WMP), announced a $100,000 challenge aimed at putting an end to vaccines in the US and globally that use mercury, a neurotoxin that is 100 times more poisonous than lead.

Kennedy explained that the WMP will pay $100,000 to the first journalist, or other individual, who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women.

Kennedy believes that even “a meager effort at homework” will expose that contention as unsupported by science. He says the science is unequivocal that mercury is a serious health hazard and exposure is linked to many different diseases and conditions.

Thimerosal is still in 48 million U.S. flu vaccines given each year, and in tetanus toxoid and meningococcal vaccines. Massive doses of thimerosal are also found in the pediatric vaccines given to 100 million children across the developing world

“On one hand, the government is telling pregnant women which mercury-laced fish to avoid so that they don’t harm their fetuses, and on the other, the CDC supports injecting mercury-containing vaccines into pregnant women, infants and children,” said Kennedy, who spent decades litigating polluters who dumped mercury into water systems. “This defies all logic and common sense.”

Contradictions

While the CDC claims that vaccines are safe, they fail to admit that the federal government has been forced to acknowledge vaccination’s role in inducing autism and has awarded compensation to some of the parents of damaged children. Other courts have recognized the connection between autism and vaccination too.

While the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 removed all liability from the vaccine industry, the law did acknowledge that vaccine injuries and deaths are real.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) is a federal program that was created to compensate people who may have been injured by certain vaccines. By 2016, the U.S. Court of Claims had awarded nearly $3.6 billion dollars to vaccine victims for their catastrophic vaccine injuries, although two out of every three applicants have been denied compensation.

If all vaccines are safe, how does one reconcile these facts?

There is no question whatsoever that vaccines can cause widespread harm and death. Yet this simple, irrefutable fact is not even allowed to be debated today due to the coordinated, pharmaceutical industry-funded efforts to absolutely destroy any person who even asks a simple question about vaccine safety or vaccine ingredients.

Below is a link reporting the large number of people in the UK injured by the swine flu vaccine with total compensation of 60 million pounds to the most injured.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/brain-damaged-uk-victims-swine-flu-vaccine-get-60-million-compensation-1438572

Science is about examining all the currently available evidence dispassionately before reaching a conclusion—and that conclusion is always open to further evidence or analysis. Sadly, those claiming the mantle of “science” in the vaccine debate are actually rejecting science.

Facts That Speak For Themselves

Public health officials have wondered why so many infants and children in America are plagued with brain and immune system problems. The unprecedented, unexplained epidemic of chronic disease and disability has worsened in the past three decades.

With one child in six now learning disabled; one in nine suffering with asthma; one in 50 developing autism; one in 400 becoming diabetic and millions more suffering with severe food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and other chronic illnesses, we need to take a hard look at what might be the cause of this relatively sudden and dramatic downturn in the health of our children.

The health of American adults has also deteriorated during the past three decades compared to other wealthy nations where health is improving. The CDC says that today chronic diseases are the most common and costly causes of death and disability, with about half of all adults living with at least one chronic illness.

With a population of 316 million people out of 7 billion people on the Earth, the U.S. spends nearly $3 trillion per year on health care – more than any other nation in the world. And we consume 40 percent of all drugs sold globally. In addition, America is the leading purchaser of vaccines in the world’s $32 billion vaccine market.

In a crusade to eliminate an expanding list of microbes, U.S. health officials currently direct pediatricians to give children 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age six starting on the day of birth, with more than two dozen doses administered before an infant’s first birthday. More than two dozen additional vaccinations are recommended or mandated for teenagers and adults, including annual flu shots throughout life.

The U.S. also gives more vaccines to its citizens than does any other country in the rest of the industrialized world. (Source: WashingtonPost.com)

Has Mandated Use of More Vaccines Compromised America’s Health? 

Today, American children are the most highly vaccinated in the world — and the most chronically ill. The CDC reports 1 in 6 children, or 16 percent, have learning disabilities, while in 1976 the prevalence was less than 1 percent. In that same period between 1976 and 2008, the number of vaccines children received more than doubled.

Maternal and infant mortality rates are high in the US, a classic measure of a nation’s public health status.

Health Outcome Studies of Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated Children 

We’re adamantly assured that vaccines are “safe and effective” even though public health officials acknowledge that they sometimes have serious side-effects—including death—and despite the troubling fact that no long-term study of their effects on overall health has ever been conducted.

While vaccinations have prevented millions of infectious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths among U.S. children, the long-term health outcomes of the vaccination schedule remain uncertain. Studies have been recommended by the U.S. Institute of Medicine to address this question.

Remarkably, not a single published study has ever compared vaccinated kids to unvaccinated kids to see who are healthier—until now. 

A pilot study of 666 home-schooled six to 12-year-olds from four American states, recently published in the Journal of Translational Sciences, compared 261 unvaccinated children with 405 partially or fully vaccinated children, and assessed their overall health based on their mothers’ reports of vaccinations and physician-diagnosed illnesses.

http://www.firstfreedoms.org/key-findings-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated.html

Results: While vaccinated children were significantly less likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis, they were significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with other infections, allergies and NDDs (Neurological Developmental Disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability).

The vaccinated children were more than three times as likely to have allergies, six times as likely to have pneumonia, about three times as likely to have NDD, and almost twice as likely to have a chronic illness.

The study also found that vaccinated kids were far more likely to use medications and other health services. They were more likely to have been prescribed antibiotics, allergy drugs, and fever medications; fitted with ventilation ear tubes; visited a doctor in the previous year for a health issue; and been hospitalized. Readers can consult the study for the specific numbers, but we can extrapolate that the healthcare costs of vaccinated children are at least twice that of unvaccinated children—not counting the real costs of caring for children with NDD and chronically sick children for a lifetime.

Like any study, this one has limitations. The sample size (666 children) is relatively small, and self-reporting surveys can be unreliable. These findings indicate that larger studies comparing the health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated kids should be done.

“This is a long-overdue study involving a fair comparison of vaccinated vs unvaccinated children where the two subpopulations likely don’t reflect other biases, due to their being drawn from a common population of home-schooled children,” said Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. “The results are alarming, and it leaves no doubt that we need to seriously question whether the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks. A much larger study to see if the results still hold up is paramount at this point.”

 Among the Amish who do not vaccinate, the rate of autism is strikingly low. Although the Amish lead a distinctly different lifestyle than mainstream Americans, such observations regarding the low rates of autism in a community that does not vaccinate are worth noting. 

What are other countries doing about vaccination? 

Every state in the U.S. has laws requiring dozens of vaccinations for daycare and school attendance in contrast to neighboring Mexico and Canada, which recommend but do not mandate vaccines (a provision in Canada’s Constitution prohibits compulsory vaccination). 

Sweden has boldly decided to ban mandatory vaccinations citing both “serious health concerns” and the violation of each citizen’s constitutional rights to choose their own healthcare.

http://yournewswire.com/sweden-mandatory-vaccinations/

Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland and Norway recommend but do not legally require vaccines and 15 countries in the European Union, including United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Greece, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland and Austria similarly recommend but do not mandate vaccines. All of these countries have lower infant mortality rates than the U.S. and do not recommend that infants under one year old get as many vaccines as American infants do.

In fact, no other country legally requires the numbers of vaccinations that the U.S. does for children to attend daycare and school or for adults to keep their jobs.

American children are the most vaccinated in the world. (Sources: NVIC.org & CDC.gov)

  • AGE 12 hours:  1 vaccine
  • AGE 2 months:  8 more vaccines
  • AGE 4 months:  7 more vaccines
  • AGE 6 months: 8 more vaccines
  • AGE 12-18 months: 12 more vaccines
  • AGE 2-6 years: 13 more vaccines
  • AGE: 7-18 years: 20 more vaccines

GRAND TOTAL: 69 vaccinations

It is no wonder that more Americans are asking questions about why our children need so many vaccines and why adults need to get a flu shot every year – even during pregnancy – when our population is already the most vaccinated in the world but far less healthy than other countries that do not mandate or recommend so many vaccines.

In 2015, the Pharmaceutical industry spent 238 million dollars lobbying for new laws and products.  (Source: opensecrets.org)

Summary 

Something is wrong with America’s children. They are sick – allergic, asthmatic, anxious, autoimmune, autistic, hyperactive, distracted and learning disabled. Thirty-two million American children – a full 43% of them – suffer from at least one of 20 chronic illnesses not including obesity. Across the board, once rare pediatric disorders from autism and ADD to Type 1 diabetes and Tourette’s syndrome are soaring, though few studies pool the data. Compared to their parents, children today are four times more likely to have a chronic illness. And while their grandparents might never have swallowed a pill as children, the current generation of kids is a pharmaceutical sales rep’s dream come true: More than one million American children under five years old takes a psychiatric drug. More than 8.3 million kids under 17 have consumed psychiatric drugs, and in any given month one in four is taking at least one prescription drug for something.

Certainly many factors have been involved in creating this dismal health picture of our children, such as processed foods, sedentary lifestyle, toxic chemical exposures in our food and air—to name just a few. But, there is reason to believe that vaccines have played a major role in the declining health of our children.

The CDC makes vaccine policies that are influenced by the vaccine manufacturers, endorsed by the FDA, enforced by the government, and put into effect by doctors and other healthcare providers. The public has put their trust in the recommendations made by these entities.

Pubic health officials from the CDC and the FDA have been caught lying to the public concerning vaccine safety. The lies get passed down, repeated over and over by public health organizations, healthcare providers, and the media, until they become “The Truth.” The lies help create vaccination laws. Parents who question the safety of vaccines have been accused of being anti-vaxxers, anti-science, and conspiracy theorists. They are often pressured and shamed into getting their babies and young children vaccinated in the face of their legitimate concerns about safety. 

There is little evidence that the mainstream medical establishment has any interest in understanding unexpected outcomes. Its message is clear: vaccines are modern medicine’s greatest miracle, an intervention that has saved millions of lives and improved quality of life for millions more. The fine print, acknowledged since vaccines began, is that a few children will suffer serious consequences from vaccines, including death, but their lives are a small sacrifice for the greater good of protecting humanity from plagues of infectious disease.

The CDC scientists and officials who have lied to the public about the risks of vaccines in babies and young children need to be held accountable for the harm that their policies have caused.

For the sake of the health of our people, the relentless commercial promotion of vaccines needs to stop. Public education regarding risks versus benefits needs to be increased. All vaccines need to be rigorously tested before they are brought to the market. And concerted efforts need to be made to produce vaccines without harmful additives like mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde.

It dismays me how many medical providers blindly follow the recommendations from the CDC without doing their own research.

The “standard of care” is not necessarily the best care. Following the “standard of care,” simply means doing what everyone else is doing. Doctors don’t have to think for themselves and will be protected from legal trouble if they follow the “standard of care.”

Some healthcare practitioners have indeed done their own independent evaluation of vaccine safety and have seen the unbiased studies, yet they don’t speak up because of fear—fear of going against the dogma, fear of being penalized at their institution or losing their job, and fear of being shamed. Some of these same healthcare practitioners do not vaccinate their own children.

The next time your doctors tell you that a vaccine is safe for your baby or young child, ask to see credible scientific studies that demonstrate that vaccines are safe. They will not be able to produce any such document because there are none. It is for you to decide if the benefits justify the risks to your children. 

When I finished my medical training, I practiced mainstream medicine for close to a decade. After becoming injured by chronic exposure to toxic chemicals in the clinic where I worked, I realized that my colleagues were unable to help me get well. In my search for wellness, I found the field of environmental medicine where I learned about areas of medicine that I knew nothing about, including the effects of toxic chemicals, where they are found, and what to do about them. I eventually became board-certified in the field of environmental medicine.

During my training, I learned about the additives in the vaccines and their potentially harmful effects, especially in young children. I remembered that after my son got his recommended series of vaccines in his the first year of life, he developed chronic yeast infections, food allergies, and bouts of eczema. I had dutifully followed the vaccine schedule without being fully informed about the risks.

Please educate before you vaccinate!  Don’t wait for something bad to happen before you begin researching vaccines. I have talked with many distraught families with brain-damaged children who deeply regret that they simply believed what they were told by their doctors and the media.

To parents, Dr. Wakefield implores:

Trust your instincts above all else. When considering how to vaccinate your children, read, get educated, and demand fully informed consent and answers to your questions. 

When you are stonewalled or these answers are not to your satisfaction, trust your instinct. I say this as someone who has studied and engaged in the science and who has become aware of the limitations of our knowledge and understanding of vaccine safety issues.

My son Barrett and I are standing in front of Yosemite Falls. When the troubles of the world weigh heavily on me, I find solace and joy in nature. Vaccination safety issues are out of mind.