Volume 13, Number 3, September-October 2009
Are Vaccines the Villain?
Ever since my wife and I were expecting our first child, I developed an interest in vaccines: What is in them? What will happen if we take them? What if not? The more I studied, the more convicted I became that I did not want to subject my family to them. Indeed, our last child never had any, and was our healthiest.
Now that grandchildren are a prospect, I have been
studying vaccines again. It is a good time to study. Almost every day, there
are news stories about the H1N1 swine flu and the vaccines for it. Some days
they tell us how important it is that everyone get it. Other days, they tell
us there are shortages of production and we can’t get it. On
While I have the legal right to make medical decisions for my family, I am not a doctor and am not legally qualified to give medical advice to others. But anyone can do historical research, report facts and document their sources. And I think research is the key.
In all the years that I have discussed vaccines with people, both pro and con, they seem to be divided into two categories:
1) People who are willing to research vaccines to learn about their effects, both good and bad. Nearly all of these people decide to get less or no vaccines.
2) People who rely on the advice of their doctor or the popular media. Nearly all of these people take whichever vaccines their doctors strongly recommend.
There is so much information on vaccines, that one cannot possibly read it all. There are many competent people who are good at their own job, so they expect the medical professions to be good at their job and to sort out the vaccine issue for them. It would be nice if it worked that way. But historically, it has not.
In 1976, there was a major effort to immunize the
Unfortunately, vaccine statistics and information on their side-effects are not available until months after they have been administered. When a person becomes gravely ill or dies, there is no label upon them that says: “a vaccine caused this.” Since a new vaccine is not “known” to cause major illness or death, all other causes must be eliminated first. It also takes a while to discover that the same illnesses are occurring in certain people across the country, and to show the vaccine as the common link.
Yes, we have been assured the present day swine flu vaccine is safe, but people were assured the 1976 swine flu vaccine was safe. By 1979, 4000 people had claimed damages from that vaccine amounting to 3.5 billion dollars. 4 There is already a lawsuit filed by a group of doctors alleging the 2009 swine flu vaccine is unsafe!5
Vaccines and Autism
While the safety of swine flu vaccines is a concern for us
all, it is dwarfed by the concern that childhood vaccines might be causing
Autism. The debate is huge; a Google search for autism vaccine produces
13 million hits. The Autism Society of America estimates that autism is
growing by 10 to 17% per year.6 About 1% of
Most governments and medical establishments insist there is no link between vaccines and autism. But thousands of parents have seen their children develop normally until they took their first vaccine, then they immediately exhibit the developmental delay common to autism. In the case of Banks v Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (02-738)8, the US Court of Federal claims awarded damages to Kenneth Banks because the evidence indicated the MMR vaccine caused his son, Bailey Banks, to develop PDD (Pervasive Developmental Delay) “with autistic features”—so close to autism that one doctor actually gave that diagnosis.
You have a right to wave vaccines. Make an informed choice! These websites might help:
Sources of Information
1 Whitehouse official website: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/declaration-a-national-emergency-with-respect-2009-h1n1-influenza-pandemic-0
2 Center for Disease Control & Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/emergency/swineflu.htm
7 Pediatrics, October 5, 2009, based on a National Children’s Health Survey done with 78,000 parents in 2007.
by Norman Edwards
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