Volume 6 Issue 1
Questionable and Dangerous Vaccine Policies
by Eva Ruppert
Every year millions of American children are routinely vaccinated for polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hemophilus influenza type b, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and chicken pox. Childhood vaccinations are the most commonly performed medical procedure in America. Practicing physicians primarily rely on reports from the pharmaceutical companies to gauge the safety of the vaccines. Some healthcare providers, however, because of personal experience and alarming reports of adverse reactions, have come to question the "one-size-fits-all" vaccine policy. Many parents put a great deal of faith in vaccines they know little about. Increasingly, parents are questioning the safety and long-term consequences of vaccinations. A signature from a parent or guardian is required for a child to be vaccinated, but what does this "consent" mean if the procedure is mandatory?
"Since there are disagreements in the scientific community and the general population about the efficacy and safety of vaccines, states should not mandate vaccination programs and force families to participate."
Even in the earliest days of vaccine history, vaccine proponents have never relied on the trust and compliance of the public. In the 19th century, people were threatened with fines and jail terms for refusing vaccinations. Today, state legislatures and health departments rely on the federal government to guide their decisions regarding their mandatory vaccine policies. Then the state policy is enforced by school districts, which demands compliance in order to attend school. Illinois law mandates more than 15 doses of vaccine by age 18 months of age and empowers the Department of Child and Family services to investigate non-compliant families. Vaccines are required unless there is a religious reason or the family physician provides a medical reason why the vaccine should not be administrated. The DCFS guidelines state: "after 30 days, if the legal parents do not make necessary arrangements for securing medical care for the child, the parents shall be indicted as perpetrators of medical neglect." Compliance is not only an issue for school children. Adult military personnel are being court-martialed for refusing anthrax vaccinations.
Since the first medical discoveries about smallpox and polio, vaccines were tested on unsuspecting people and quickly mandated for mass campaigns. In 1796, Edward Jenner, a British physician, tested his vaccination theory in an attempt to prevent smallpox, a dangerous and sometimes fatal disease. During Jenner's time, many had observed that a person could only catch smallpox once. It also appeared that those who had contracted cowpox, a very minor disease afflicting milkmaids, were immune to smallpox. Jenner took matter from cowpox and injected into a little boy who then got the disease. Forty-eight days later he injected smallpox matter into the boy's arm, but it had no effect on him.
Jenner's experiments were not one-hundred percent successful and when England later enacted mandatory vaccination laws, there were public protests. Public health officials could threaten imprisonment and impose stiff fines on parents who refused to vaccinate their children. In 1883, one mother complained: "In no country has the cry of the mothers been allowed a hearing. They who see and realize that their children suffer from this practice have never been consulted . . . If the will of the mothers could be made potent and effective, this cruel legislation would be at once universally repealed."In 1953, Jonas Salk developed the "killed virus" polio vaccine. By 1954, in a mass trial test 1,830,000 school children were given this vaccine. It was pronounced safe and effective in 1955. Albert Sabin, an American medical researcher, developed an oral polio vaccine that consisted of a weakened, live form of the virus that caused polio. Physicians in the United States began to use this vaccine in 1961, one year after Sabin developed it. Both the killed and live polio viruses were routinely used within one year after they were developed. No long-term studies were done to determine adverse reactions. No one dreamed that 40 years later, the polio vaccine would be suspected of causing rare cancers.
The Entire Theory Behind The Success Of Vaccination Programs Is In Question.
It is possible that these diseases were disappearing without medical intervention and the vaccines did not provide protection, but increased the number of cases. From 1923 to 1953, before the Salk killed-virus vaccine was introduced, the polio death rate in the United States and England had already declined on its own by 47 percent and 55 percent respectively. Many European countries doubted the effectiveness of the polio vaccine campaigns and refused to force inoculations on citizens, yet the polio epidemics ceased in these countries also. The death rate from measles decreased by more than 95% before the vaccine was introduced and the death rate from pertussis decreased by more than 75% before the vaccine was introduced. It appears that the mandatory smallpox vaccine policy instituted in England in 1853 resulted in more cases of smallpox than ever before. The highest death rate for any two-year period before compulsory vaccinations was 2,000 cases. In 1870 and 1871, after more than 15 years of mass vaccinations, 23,000 people died from the disease. During the same epidemic, over 124,000 people died in Germany; all had been vaccinated.
Dr. Richard Moskowitz questions the long-held belief that mass vaccinations are responsible for the decline of a variety of viral infections: "The customary assumption that the decline is attributable to the vaccines remains unproven, and continues to be seriously questioned by eminent authorities in the field (Moskowitz "Immunizations" 32). Furthermore, all known outbreaks of measles, mumps and diphtheria, since mandatory vaccinating was implemented, have included large numbers of vaccinated people." (ibid. 34)
For an example of "large numbers," in 1984, 58% of all school-age children in the USA who contracted measles were previously vaccinated against the disease.
Despite the evidence that viruses may have a natural life cycle and then disappear, the medical community generally supports keeping the viruses circulating through continued vaccinations. Since 1979, every case of polio originating in the U.S. was caused by the vaccine itself. [VJK: PLEASE MAKE THE PREVIOUS SENTENCE A PULL QUOTE.] Three people who contracted polio outside of the U.S. had been previously vaccinated. The motivation to vaccinate more and more of the population stems from another unproven theory that "herd immunity" can be achieved. Proponents of the herd immunity theory believe that viruses are eliminated when every host that could potentially be infected has achieved immunity. Assuming that the vaccines have created immunity in the recipients, it is then unlikely that susceptible individuals can come in contact with the disease. After this "community immunity" is accomplished, the virus dies. This has not worked with the measles virus. Researchers claim, however, that measles possess a "unique transmissibility" and they have not wanted to abandon their herd immunity theory. As one researcher puts it, "The apparent paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons". In plain English, the measles vaccine does not prevent measles.
Why Would Ineffective Vaccination Programs Be Continued?
Lawmakers were convinced by doctors and pharmaceutical companies that government-mandated vaccination policies were protecting public health. Both doctors and politicians wanted the tools to assure the public that they could stop the feared epidemics. Unfortunately, the motives of the drug companies that developed the vaccines were not so noble. Then, as now, money was at stake. Once the large investment is made in the development of a vaccine, the pharmaceutical companies expect the government to mandate its use. The worldwide projected market for human vaccines will increase from $2.9 billion to more than $7 billion in the year 2001. The federal government is making critical medical decisions for all American children when it sets vaccine policy through the working partnership it has with drug companies. "Recommendations" are issued from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), "a small group whose members have incestuous ties with agencies that stand to gain power, or manufacturers that stand to gain enormous profits, from the policy that is made. Even if such members recuse themselves from specific votes, they are permitted to participate in discussions and thus influence the decision." (Orient 166-168).
Ineffective vaccines would be bad enough, but concerned military personnel and parents who worry about the safety of their children get little sympathy from powerful vaccine advocates. Thomas Herr, president of the Illinois Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics testified before the Illinois State Board of Health: You heard from parents describing injuries they believe were caused to their children by vaccines. We feel badly for all children who are injured, whatever the cause. We must remember, however, that we are concerned here with public, not private health. We are concerned with the health of all children of Illinois, not just some . . . ."
Dr. Jane Jackman, president of the 18,000 member Illinois State Medical Society also strongly supports existing childhood immunization requirements, which she believes, is "good public health policy. It prevents suffering and saves lives. It works. Polio, diphtheria and smallpox were once feared killers in this country. People don't worry about them anymore."
For 16 years Bonnie Dunbar, PhD, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, has researched autoimmune disease, infertility problems, and vaccine development She has grave concerns about adverse reactions to vaccines. According to Dr. Dunbar, vaccines and viruses will affect the immune system in a different ways, therefore "every vaccine or combination of vaccines must be tested as a completely different drug. And the complete follow-ups on these vaccines must be carried out in diligence with every new combination."
According to the Center for Disease Control guidelines, a 4-month-old child should be given hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hib and polio vaccines. Drug companies, however, do not test what happens to children when they are injected with this many different viruses in one day. According to vaccine package inserts, in the testing phase, before the vaccines are approved, subjects are only observed for five days following the vaccination. Drug manufacturers refuse to follow the subjects for a lifetime to watch for any long-term damage; however, some researchers are discovering some startling cancers linked to the polio vaccine given more than 40 years ago.
In 1955, the creator of the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk unknowingly used Rhesus monkey tissue contaminated with monkey viruses which scientists identified as simian virus 40 or SV40. In 1959, SV40 was found to cause cancer in lab animals, but by then, some 98 million children had already received the vaccine. Today, molecular pathologist and researcher Michele Carbone, MD, as well as other researchers around the world, have been culturing out SV40 from cancerous brain, bone, and lung tumors from both adults and children. These researchers are trying to understand the inexplicable rise of these rare cancers.
Researchers and families are alarmed about vaccine reactions. Assurances about vaccine safety mean little to individuals who have been harmed by vaccines. According to Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, a young man doing research at Baylor was required to take the hepatitis B vaccine. He was healthy before the injection. After a baffling array of symptoms, and opinions from fifteen doctors, his medical bills have amounted to $300,000 so far. A female medical student working in the research lab spent two months in the hospital after her third hepatitis B vaccine. She has lost all of her eyesight in one eye and is expected to be completely blind before she is 30. These case histories are from adult health professionals who can speak on their own behalf about their distressing symptoms. Babies and children often cannot testify to the damage they have experienced and it is often difficult for parents to convince health providers that their children's health problems coincided with their vaccinations.
Other Health Professionals Are Beginning To Distrust Vaccines.
In written testimony presented to the Congressional Committee on Government Reform overseeing hepatitis B vaccine hearings, Patti White, RN, wrote on behalf of the Missouri Central District School Nurse Association: "We have very grave concern about the hepatitis B vaccine. Over the past three or four years our school districts have noticed a significant increase in the number of children entering school with developmental disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and/or serious chronic illness such as diabetes, asthma, and seizure disorders. Each year has been worse than the year before. There is only one common thread we can identify in all these children: They are the children who received the first trial hepatitis B injection as newborns in the early 1990s.
"As the hepatitis B compliance rate in newborns has gone up in our community so has the percentage of damaged children. This is very alarming."
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report confirms the observations of the school nurses. It published a disability survey August 25, 1995 that covered U.S. children under 17 years old in 1991-1992. The 6-to-14-year-old age group had the greatest number of disabled children: "Learning disability, the largest category, occurred in nearly 30% of disabled children for a total of 1,435,000 . . . another 1,446,000 children suffered from speech disorders, mental retardation, mental or emotional disorders, epilepsy and autism.
Parents in the1980's were reporting to the Center for Disease Control officials that their children were reacting to the DPT vaccine with fever, high pitched screaming, collapse and fever. Their previously healthy children regressed mentally, emotionally and physically after their vaccine reactions, but health officials refused to seriously investigate. Now, 20 years later, there are still reports of brain injury, including autism, and immune system dysfunction and low estimates are that approximately 500,000 Americans are autistic. Public awareness of the connection between autistic behavior and vaccinations has been fueled by persistent reports by parents in the U.S., Canada and Europe that their children were healthy, bright and happy until they received one or more vaccines and then descended into the isolated, painful world of autism marked by chronic immune and neurological dysfunction, including repetitive and uncontrollable behavior.
Physicians Were Noting the Inherent Danger of Vaccination in 1937
Dr. William Howard Hay addressed the Medical Freedom Society on June 25, 1937. His speech is excerpted in the Congressional Record. He would not be surprised that parents believe their children have been damaged by vaccines. In his medical practice, he could compare vaccinated and unvaccinated children: "It is nonsense to think you can inject pus -- and it usually from the pustule of the dead smallpox victim. . .it is unthinkable that you can inject that into a little child and in any way improve its health . . . It is now 30 years since I have been confining myself to the treatment of chronic diseases. During those 30 years I have run against so many histories of little children who had never seen a sick day until they were vaccinated and who, in the several years that have followed, have never seen a well day since. Their resistance is gone. . . .you can't record those as deaths from vaccinations because they are still alive."
Dr. Hay was observing children affected by only one vaccine virus. Currently, vaccine researchers are seeking $500 million from all the world's governments "to create a genetically engineered 'super-vaccine' that will be given orally at birth. . . .[It] will contain raw DNA from 20 to 30m viruses, parasites, and bacteria that will insert itself directly into the cells of babies . . . In all, vaccine manufacturers and U.S. government researchers are developing more than 150 different viral and bacterial vaccines" (Fisher "Shots", 54). Vaccine developers have already said that when the HIV vaccine is ready, the target group will be middle school children. (ibid. 52) Where is it going to end?
Since the days of Jenner, concerned scientists have tried to ease the human suffering by protecting people with vaccines. By the time smallpox had disappeared, polio was a fearful threat. People who were well-acquainted with smallpox and polio still chose not to be vaccinated. This reluctance to vaccinate in the face of dreaded disease is why government has mandated vaccination programs since the beginning. More and more researchers and doctors are questioning the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. The time has come to allow people to assess their own risks and choose which voices from the medical community they believe. E.R.Copyright © 2006 Modern Media