Dear Wonderful Parent,
Do you feel that you have been given all of the facts when it comes to vaccines? That you have enough knowledge to weigh up any risks against any benefits and to make an informed choice for your child’s safety? What if we are actually not being given this information? What if that information is being actively withheld from us?
When it comes to vaccines there is a lot of talk about pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine and we are led to believe that these are the only two groups. The reality is different there is a third group, one which is asking questions about the safety of vaccines. All parents want what is best for their child.
What if you gave your child a vaccine and saw your child change before your eyes? This was me. I gave vaccines, so am I deemed pro-vaccine? Having seen my child hurt and injured by vaccines I started to research them by reading studies on vaccines, by looking at the ingredients in them, by learning about how the safety of vaccines is established, by learning how our immune system works, how vaccines are designed to work and by studying the diseases for which vaccines are given. Then I chose not to give vaccines to my children, so now am I anti-vaccine? Does it matter to you what my choices are? If so why?
Might it be because you have been told about Herd Immunity? That Herd Immunity protects those who have not been vaccinated. What if I explained to you that Herd Immunity was an hypothesis that was put forward in the 1930’s by Dr AW Hedrich when he observed that in his community if 68% of the population caught the wild measles virus the other 32% did not show any signs of measles and so appeared to be protected. Note that this was the wild virus and that it was long before any vaccine for measles had been introduced (that was in the 1960’s). This hypothesis has never been proven to be true for either wild or vaccine viruses. In fact in China where there is a 99% uptake of the measles vaccine they still have measles outbreaks. Interesting isn’t it? In fact the World Health Organisation confirms this.
“Herd immunity theory proposes that, in diseases passed from individual to individual, it is difficult to maintain a chain of infection when large numbers of the population are immune.” Global Manual of Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Immunization (2.1.3).
This theory is further challenged by the fact that most of the adult community in the world is outside of this proposed Herd Immunity. I bet you are wondering how this can be. Surely if adults had vaccines as children then if Herd Immunity were to possibly work they would be in the “herd”. Well in a word “No”. You see if a vaccine does confer an immunity then that immunity is known to only last between 2 and 15 years depending on the vaccine and the individual. Whereas if a child catches a wild virus such as chickenpox they have an immunity to this virus and over the years every time they come into contact with that virus their immune system is challenged and reminded that it has met this virus before and their immunity is boosted or updated. This only happens with the wild virus not with vaccines.
So is it possible that vital information is actually being withheld from us when it comes to vaccines? And if so, why?
By law we are supposed to receive a Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) for every drug or vaccine that we are being offered. On that PIL we will find the ingredients contained in the vaccine and any adverse effects (side effects) caused or linked to that vaccine. Yet how many of us have ever been given this information? Certainly I was not and I would hazard a guess that most of you have not. This is very strange, do you not think, as vaccines, like drugs, are medical interventions and so carry risks.
It would appear that in Ireland the Health Service Executive (HSE) has made a conscious decision to withhold this information. Not only this but the HSE would also like the public to only make decisions that they and the medical profession believe in.
In 2014, Dr Kevin Kelleher, the then Assistant National Director of the HSE, stated (at 6:40 minutes) while speaking on Autonomy during an International Symposium on Disaster Ethics:
“Part of it is us (the medical profession) equally being able to put in place a system where they (the public) have enough knowledge to undertake the decisions that are appropriate. Now that is quite a paternalistic approach as well, cause actually what I am saying is, I want to give them the knowledge to make the decisions I want them to make….but then this is an institution (the medical profession) that is doing the same thing the whole time. You know, your teaching people to make decisions that are sort of the decisions that you want them to end up making“
Are you really happy about the above statement? I know that I am not. This statement applies to the medical profession worldwide and not just in Ireland. So it would appear that doctors and governments are withholding vital information so that parents are not able to make informed decisions for themselves. Not only are we being manipulated, but this “paternalistic” attitude is incredibly insulting as it assumes that we, the parents, lack the intelligence to make educated and informed decisions for ourselves.
Why would this be happening? Medicine has some wonderful qualities. It is second to none in cases of trauma for instance. So how could such an insulting “paternalistic” attitude have developed over vaccinations?
Well it turns out that actually doctors are taught very little about vaccines in medical school, that they are actually at a disadvantage. They are taught the vaccine schedule and how vaccines are designed to stimulate an antibody response in the body. They are not taught about the ingredients in vaccines such as chicken, dog, mouse and human cells, or about the aluminium, mercury and formaldehyde. They are not taught to wonder where all this material goes once in the body and what effect it may have on organs such as the brain, liver or reproductive system. They are not taught to read vaccine PIL’s, to study the adverse effects listed on these in order to be able to recognize them or the contraindications to giving vaccines and so to know when not to give them.
It turns out that doctors receive their information about vaccines and drugs from the manufacturers of these products, the pharmaceutical companies. They are taught to take this information at face value and not taught to question it. For instance no vaccine has ever passed the gold standard of drug testing, the “double blind placebo controlled” test. No vaccine has ever been tested for its carcinogenic (ability to cause cancer) or mutagenic (ability to alter DNA) properties. Each time a vaccine is added to the schedule no test is carried out to see what the accumulative effect of the vaccines and their ingredients are on children.
Furthermore the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), all of whom are supposed to be the public’s watchdogs, are in fact heavily funded by the pharmaceutical industry and therefore cannot be impartial or unbiased.
This has lead to some fraudulent and dangerous practices. A Senior Scientist with the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, came forward in 2014 with the information that the CDC had altered the findings of a study which they had carried out to see if there was a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. The following is from his statement via his lawyers Morgan Verkamp LLC:
“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
The CDC carried out this report, did not like the findings, removed data to alter the report’s conclusions in favour of an outcome they wanted to show and then published the altered and skewed report. This was fraud. This fraud is now the subject of a movie called “Vaxxed“, a movie that parents are being told not to watch. Why? Has this “paternalistic” approach happened often with information on vaccines and drugs? If the science on vaccines and drugs is sound then the medical industry, the government and the pharmaceutical industry has nothing to fear and should welcome parents doing their own research.
So when we are told by our governments and medical professionals that vaccines are safe, they are either unaware or ignoring the fact that the manufacturers of the vaccines state on the PIL that vaccines carry adverse effects including Bronchitis, Arthritis, Cellulitis, Respiratory Tract Infection, Anaphylactic Reaction, Encephalitis, Cyanosis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Transverse Myelitis, Febrile Convulsions, Seizures, Diabetes Mellitus, Death and much more. All that they tell parents is that there might be a mild temperature, some swelling, a headache, nausea and joint or muscle pain.
We are not told that 19 countries have vaccine damages compensation programmes. Some of which have been in place since the 1960’s and which have paid out billions to children and adults injured by vaccines. That among these payments are ones to children with autism diagnoses on the grounds that the vaccine caused encephalitis which caused changes in the brain leading to the development of autism.
Diseases have, in the past, indeed killed many people. For example, between 1900-1920 measles killed 10,000-12,000 per year in the UK. However, by 1960 the death rate had fallen to 100 per year and this was prior to mass immunization, a >90% decline without the intervention of vaccines. Measles still kills people today but in underdeveloped countries where there is poor nutrition, no clean water, poor sanitation and rudimentary access to medical aid. It rarely kills in developed countries, in fact more people have died from the MMR vaccine in America than measles, which can be found by looking at the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). However some diseases like measles may in fact be on the rise again, but could this be due to vaccines? You see live virus vaccines shed and can not only cause the disease to manifest in the recipient but also infect others. This is known in the medical profession who advice those with a compromised immune system, such as people who have had chemotherapy, to stay away from those recently vaccinated because of this fact. So could some of the measles cases been reported actually be due to the vaccine virus? We do not know because no one is testing to see. What we do know is that most of those who are contracting measles have been vaccinated, so the vaccine did not work for them.
Vaccines are intended to work by creating an immune response in the individual so that they produce antibodies to the particular virus or bacteria. The manufacturers deem a vaccine to be effective if this response happens. However antibodies do not equal immunity, it is known that people without antibodies to a particular virus or bacteria can be immune to it and that people with antibodies can have no immunity. In vaccine trials the vaccinated individual is not exposed to the virus or bacteria that they have been inoculated against to see if they are immune, they are just tested for antibody levels.
Then there is an ethical question, one I was certainly unaware of. I did not know that several of the live virus vaccines are grown on a culture of human cells obtained from aborted fetuses. The DNA from these cells can and does combine with the DNA from the virus, so anyone using these vaccines is actually accepting DNA from another human being into their body. Even if you are happy with the source of these cell cultures, we know that when a human receives a transplanted organ from another human they need to take anti-rejection drugs for their lifetime as the body will do everything it can to get rid of this foreign DNA. Is it possible that the 50% increase in autoimmune diseases over the last 30 years could have been affected by the foreign DNA being injected into us as babies? Again, we do not know as no one is testing for this.
We now have new epidemics such as, 1 in 6 has a learning disability, 1 in 9 has asthma, 1 in 50 has autism, 1 in 400 has Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 Diabetes) and 1 out of every two men and one out of every three women will develop a cancer. We appear to be trading diseases that are no longer a major threat for chronic lifetime health issues and it is now believed that the current generation of children will be the first to see a decrease in their life expectancy. In other words they will not live to be as old as their parents or grandparents.
Genetics do not cause epidemics. Genetics accounts for a 3% rise over 10 years. Could vaccines be playing a part in the rise of these new epidemics? Quite possibly, certainly according to parents like me who have seen our children change after vaccines it is playing a part. But how and why? Is it the ingredients that are in vaccines such as aluminium, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, human and animal cells and much more? Well there are studies that are showing that indeed these could be having an affect on us. For instance polysorbate 80 is known to cause Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) or early menopause, in rats (it has not been researched in humans). Up till the early 1990’s vaccines were contaminated with SV40, Simian (monkey) Virus 40, which causes cancer in monkeys and which is now being found in many human cancers. Several vaccines have been found to contain glyphosate which is listed as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
I could go on – as this is just the tip of the iceberg on the information available on vaccines that we as parents are not being told – but it is up to you to do your own research and to make an informed choice for yourself and your child when it comes to vaccines. Not one based on what someone else says, be that the government, a doctor or me.
Many diseases if caught as a child serve to increase our immunity to other diseases later in life. When children catch childhood diseases they boost the immunity of the adults around them as the adults immune system is challenged by the disease, recognizes it and deals with it from its memory of that disease. When a mother breastfeeds she passes her immunity on to her baby. If she has not been exposed to the wild virus or bacteria and her vaccine induced immunity has waned, what is she able to pass on? By vaccinating are we in fact decreasing our immunity and that of our children?
I am putting this open letter out on the internet because the mainstream media, in the form of national/regional/world papers and radio and television news stations are not reporting both sides of this issue and are expressing a bias. They are only advocating for vaccines and that vaccines are safe. As a parent who gave vaccines to her children and as a result has two Vaccine Injured children, I am telling you that the risk is real, it is not rare and that there are 100’s of 1000’s of other parents saying the same thing. That those advocating the safety of vaccines will be nowhere to be seen if your child is injured, you will be on your own and treated as a social pariah.
The issue of vaccine safety needs to be discussed openly and honestly. People have the right to both sides of this issue so that they can make up their own minds. After all we are intelligent enough to do so and we are entitled to do so. No one side has the right to dictate to the other which is exactly what is happening now. Some doctors are denying families care if they choose not to vaccinate. Other doctors are refusing to operate on sick children if they are not vaccinated – which is not only morally reprehensible but also medically incorrect as no vaccine has ever been tested on the sick, the immune compromised or those who are pregnant.
We do not know why some children are adversely effected by vaccines, nor can we tell ahead of time which child will be adversely effected. Where there is a risk there must be a choice. As a parent this is your choice and yours alone. Make an informed choice based on your own research and not one driven by fear.
Kelly CS Johnson
Herd Immunity Hypothesis – Hedrich, A. W. “MONTHLY ESTIMATES OF THE CHILD POPULATION ‘SUSCEPTIBLE’ TO MEASLES, 1900-1931, BALTIMORE, MD.” American Journal of Epidemiology 17.3 (1933): 613-636.