2009: The Vaccine Freedom Tipping Point

by Barbara Loe Fisher

Last night the nighttime medical soap opera, "Private Practice," on ABC-TV demonized parents of children with MMR-vaccine related autism for refusing to vaccinate normal siblings while glorifying doctors forcibly vaccinating children without parental consent. The segment entitled "Contamination" left the viewer with the impression that every child who gets measles will die and that MMR vaccine poses no risks whatsoever to any child. It was a cheap shot at parents with vaccine injured children trying to protect their healthy children from vaccine injury and yet another wake-up call for Americans, who understand the importance of voluntary, informed consent to taking any pharmaceutical product or undergoing any medical procedure that can injure and kill.

As 2008 ended and the New Year began, evidence that the "Tipping Point" in the 27-year old vaccine safety and informed consent movement has arrived is becoming more apparent. There is the escalating rhetoric and hyperbole being spewed by the evangelistic pediatrician from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who called for doctors to be burned at the stake for the heresy of individualizing CDC and AAP vaccine use guidelines. In a brilliant letter to Pediatrics, it was a parent of a vaccine injured child, neurologist Jon Poling, M.D., who pointed out why sophomoric errors in logic and misunderstanding of the scientific method invalidated the claims of Paul Offit. Soon Dr. Poling was joined by others speaking out in defense of pediatricians like Bob Sears, M.D., who are wisely advocating that doctors and parents engage in shared vaccine decision-making for children.

Then there was the stern reminder to parents from militant New Jersey health officials that babies must get flu shots by January 2009 or face being kicked out of daycare and pre-school. Parents living in the state with the most vaccine mandates (41 doses of 13 vaccines), especially those with children already suffering with health problems, are trying to protect their children from further damage but have no recourse because New Jersey state law only allows restrictive medical and religious exemptions. Vaccine educated parents are writing letters to legislators urging them to pass a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.

After a Dec. 14 legislative roundtable discussion at Stony Brook University with proponents for and against addition of a philosophical exemption to New York vaccine laws, vaccine educated parents are urging that letters be written to legislators (New York Assembly at http://assembly.stat e.ny.us/ and New York Senate at http://www.senate.state.ny.us/senatehom epage.nsf/senators?OpenForm ) and also to New York Governor David Paterson, Executive Chamber, State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224 in support of the exemption.

Merck rang in the New Year trying to pump up sales of the reactive Gardasil vaccine by asking the FDA to open up the young boy market, while Prevnar-maker Wyeth is making a bid to become the world's most profitable vaccine manufacturer. The Jan. 1 voluntary moratorium by drug companies on giving doctors free pens and trinkets is a token drop in the bucket compared to the big bucks Big Pharma will spend in 2009 to keep doctors convincing Americans that the only way they can stay healthy is to consume more and more drugs and vaccines.

But then came a breath of fresh air this week when the formidable M.I.N.D. Institute at UC-Davis published an epidemiological study confirming that the autism epidemic that has emerged during the past three decades is not due to genetics or "better counting" but is likely caused by environmental co-factors.

2009 is off to a contentious, challenging and promising start. Like all social movements that advocate reform of institutions stubbornly resistant to change, the way is not easy and change does not come quickly or without sacrifice. The three-decade U.S. vaccine safety and informed consent movement is approaching its final and most important stage: the fight for freedom of choice. As several hundred vaccines are being developed and tested in several thousand clinical trials around the world and drug companies are jockeying for market-share positions, doctors are trying harder to convince Americans that 69 doses of 16 vaccines given to children between birth and age 18 will keep America healthy.

The argument that more vaccination will equal better health is an argument that is getting harder to make as one in two Americans suffers from chronic disease and America plummets to 39th in infant mortality while 25 percent of all children are suffering with learning disabilities, ADHD, severe allergies, autism, asthma, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disorder, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic immune and brain disorders. The question that doctors and public health officials fear most is:


Until that question is answered by doctors and public health officials, there aren't enough daytime or evening soap operas, bogus news reports and poorly conducted studies claiming that vaccines are totally safe, or threats by vaccine patent holders and doctors shouting "coincidence" every time another child regresses into chronic poor health after vaccination to keep the tipping point from tipping.

Happy New Year!

"Sears' book, published in October 2007 as part of the Sears Parenting Library, has already sold more than40,000 copies and has moved into the top 100 on the Amazon.com bestseller list. The popularity of Sears' book centers in part on 2 schedules, called alternative and selective, that offer parents a way to avoid giving their children several vaccines at one time. Sears' book is unique. Unlike typical antivaccine books, he offers a middle ground, allowing parents to act on their fears without completely abandoning vaccines. Unfortunately, Sears sounds many antivaccine messages....At the heart of the problem with Sears' schedules is the fact that, at the very least, they will increase the time during which children are susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases. If more parents insist on Sears' vaccine schedules, then fewer children will be protected, with the inevitable consequence of continued or worsening outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. In an effort to protect children from harm, Sears' book will likely put more in harm's way." - Paul Offit, Pediatrics (December 29, 2008) http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cg i/content/full/123/1/e164

"In their assault on Dr. Sears, Offit and Moser confuse scientific methodology. Even more dangerous than not having an understanding of science, is the presumption that one does "grasp the scientific method." Actually, in designing an epidemiological study, one must have a good estimate of the effect size, in order to determine the power of a study. Offit misuses the statistical term 'power' to suggest that this allows one to "reject or not to reject the null hypothesis." This is incorrect.....As physicians we took an oath to 'first do no harm' to our individual patients. Dr. Sears offers a pro-vaccine individualized approach to childhood immunization that acknowledges the risks, benefits, and uncertainties of this medical intervention. Dr. Sears should be applauded for his efforts to provide safe vaccination alternatives to his patients, given the void of randomized controlled trials to support continued growth of the current CDC/AAP schedule. Rather than personal attacks, let's turn to science to provide the answers. The enormous public benefit of vaccination cannot be used to stifle open discourse on critical vaccine safety issues. One size does not fit all." - Jon Poling, Pediatrics (January 2, 2009)
http://pediatrics.aappublications.or g/cgi/eletters/123/1/e164#39891

"The state's new law requiring young children attending licensed pre-school and child care centers to get flu vaccinations will be tested this week when thousands of children return to classrooms and playrooms after the long holiday break. New Jersey, the first state in the nation to require flu shots for young schoolchildren, set a Dec. 31 deadline for parents to obtain flu vaccinations for their children. It was part of a new policy requiring a total of four additional immunizations for schoolchildren over the objections of some parents who worry about possible risks from vaccinations. The requirement applies to children between 6 months and 5 years who are attending licensed day care and preschool programs." - Derrick Henry, New York Times (January 4, 2009) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/ 04/nyregion/new-jersey/04flunj.html? _r=1&ref=education

"Merck filed last month for approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the use of its drug Gardasil by males between the ages 9 to 26, CNBC has confirmed. Since 2006, Gardasil has been approved as a means of preventing cervical and other types of cancer in girls and women. Males carry and transmit the sexually-transmitted virus HPV, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer. Gardasil, a vaccine against HPV, has been a blockbuster product for Merck , but sales growth for the drug has slowed. Approval for boys and older women could help reinvigorate that...." - Mike Huckman, CNBC-TV (January 5, 2009) http://www.cnbc.com/id/28506419/

"Wyeth may become one of the world's biggest vaccine makers with the acquisition of Crucell NV, a Dutch developer of medicines against AIDS, rabies, and Ebola. The drugmaker is in talks to buy Crucell, based in Leiden, Netherlands, for $1.35 billion, according to a person familiar with the deal....Wyeth Chief Executive Officer Bernard Poussot has focused the company's research on vaccines, a dependable source of sales for drugmakers because they don't lose patent protection and are often purchased by governments. Poussot turned Wyeth's pneumonia vaccine Prevnar into its second best-selling product with $2.4 billion in 2007 revenue...." - Shannon Pettypiece, Bloomberg News January 8, 2009 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news? pid=20601087&sid=as4rY9TI49Yo&refer=worldwide#

"Starting Jan. 1, the pharmaceutical industry has agreed to a voluntary moratorium on the kind of branded goodies - Viagra pens, Zoloft soap dispensers, Lipitor mugs - that were meant to foster good will and, some would say, encourage doctors to prescribe more of the drugs. No longer will Merck furnish doctors with purplish adhesive bandages advertising Gardasil, a vaccine against the human papillomavirus....But some critics said the code did not go far enough to address the influence of drug marketing on the practice of medicine. The guidelines, for example, still permit drug makers to underwrite free lunches for doctors and their staffs or to sponsor dinners for doctors at restaurants, as long as the meals are accompanied by educational presentations....The industry code also permits drug makers to pay doctors as consultants "based on fair market value" - which critics say means that companies can continue to pay individual doctors tens of thousands of dollars or more a year. "We have arrived at a point in the history of medicine in America where doctors have deep, deep financial ties with the drug makers and marketers," said Allan Coukell, the director of policy for the Prescription Project, a nonprofit group in Boston working to promote evidence-based medicine. "Financial entanglements at all the levels have the potential to influence prescribing in a way that is not good." - Natasha Singer, New York Times (December 31, 2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/ 12/31/business/31drug.html? partner=rss&emc=rss

"It is time to focus on environmental causes for the rapid rise in autism, a leading researcher said Thursday, after her study concluded that such factors as earlier diagnosis and families moving to California cannot fully explain a dramatic seven- to eightfold increase in the state since the early 1990s. "With no evidence of a leveling off, the possibility of a true increase in incidence deserves serious consideration," states the study, published in the January issue of the journal Epidemiology.... Rick Rollens, the father of an autistic child and co-founder of the M.I.N.D. Institute, agreed. "This is a definitive study that should once and for all put the proverbial nail in the coffin of those who have been denying the existence of an autism epidemic," he said. "The sooner that people recognize the significance of this crisis, the sooner we'll be on our way in trying to address the needs of the children and families," Rollens said." - Sandy Kleffman, Contra Costa Times (January 9, 2009) http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci _11411611?source=rss


Jill said...

I love your blog. I am so grateful that you are doing such great work to get the word out about vaccines and the dangers they pose. I have been posting some info on my blog about vaccines also, but it is just my own personal feelings and things that I have read. I am so grateful for the awakening I got from my chiropractor and finally listening to him after years of ignoring him. THANK YOU!!

Aimee said...

Barbara: I wonder if you have any resources for Pediatricians in the NOVA area that are outside of the box and open to a revised schedule or the choice to not vaccinate. I have yet to find one this area and don't know how to go about finding this resource.

John H said...

The Medical Industrial Complex HAS TO use propaganda to SCARE the 'uneducated' population into putting these MEDICALLY PROVEN NEUROTOXIC vaccines in their bodies and the bodies of their children.


The movement against vaccines is growing by leaps and bounds and runs parallel with the 'natural organic food' NON GMO movement. The same movement that has given our government's little darling Monsanto fits is giving Wall Street's Medical Industrial Complex fits as well. Even though your local government is reporting 95% cooperation with the NEW MANDATED vaccination program for children DON'T KID YOURSELF. They know the 95% is a lie and will NEVER give the TRUE falling numbers.

AGAIN, this Complex (which owns what you watch on TV) HAS TO ATTACK the 'consumers' who have said NO to vaccines because vaccines have NOTHING to do with preventing disease and have EVERYTHING to do with MASSIVE PROFITS. These profits include making money on 'TREATING' (not curing)the damage done by the vaccines.

Our numbers are strong and growing. We all need to stick together and tell the stations and their sponsors that air this propaganda WE WILL BOYCOTT THEM if they continue to air this garbage.

John H said...

after reading Aimee's question about Pediatricians 'outside the box' I don't think such an animal can exists or is even allowed to exist in America. From my research the Medical Industrial Complex and big government put the clamp down on ALL doctors and institutions practicing 'natural medicine' going back to the yearly years of the last century where the Rockefeller e.t. al (I. G. Farben...) used their paid off government cronies to shut down medical schools and college departments that taught natural healing.

Dr. Blaylock has the specific documents that address this. Founded in 1901 as the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, all medical colleges / schools would have to follow the sticked methodology of the Rockefeller University or face being shut down. These Rockerfeller schools includes what is referred to as 'Oncology' science or as I like to call it... the 'nuked medicine' closed loop system of cashing in on Cancer TREATMENT.

Don't forget the recent events where 'independent' doctors tried to form a coalition against the same machine as described above which steam rolled HMO's right over the top of them. These doctors were ALL threaten to have their licenses and practices tied up in court forever. Not to mention the death threats that, you yourself Barbara, probably get. Which brings us back full circle to Pediatricians that 'truely' practice out of the box.

I'm sure you're much more knowledgeable then me, it sure would be interesting to get your perspective on the question.

Modern Greetings said...

There is only one thing that I want to point out: Continue on doing as to what you believe is best for you and for all the people

donya said...

I am so grateful for the awakening I got from my chiropractor and finally listening to him after months of ignoring her. THANK YOU!!

John said...

As I see it, pharmaceutical companies tend to combine manufacturing and marketing so as to sell themselves and their products . A perfect twist.,., Nice Article.