DISPELLING VACCINATION MYTHS:
An introduction to the contradictions between medical science and
c by Alan Phillips
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Is there a legitimate
When my son began
his routine vaccination series at age 2 months, I did not know
there were any risks associated with immunizations. But the clinic's
literature contained a contradiction: the chances of a serious
adverse reaction to the DPT vaccine were 1 in 1750, while his
chances of dying from pertussis each year were 1 in several million.
When I pointed this out to the physician, he angrily disagreed,
and stormed out of the room mumbling, "I guess I should read
that sometime..." Soon thereafter I learned of a child who had
been permanently disabled by a vaccine, so I decided to investigate
for myself. My findings have so alarmed me that I feel compelled
to share them; hence, this report.
credit vaccines for disease declines, and assure us of their
safety and effectiveness. Yet these seemingly rock-solid assumptions
are directly contradicted by health statistics, medical studies,
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) reports, and reputable research scientists from around
the world. In fact, infectious diseases declined steadily for
decades prior to vaccinations, U.S. doctors report thousands
of serious vaccine reactions each year including hundreds of
deaths and permanent disabilities, fully vaccinated populations
have experienced epidemics, and researchers attribute dozens
of chronic immunological and neurological conditions to mass
There are hundreds
of published medical studies documenting vaccine failure and
adverse effects, and dozens of books written by doctors, researchers,
and independent investigators that reveal serious flaws in immunization
theory and practice. Ironically, most pediatricians and parents
are completely unaware of these findings. However, this has begun
to change in recent years, as a growing number of parents and
healthcare providers around the world are becoming aware of the
problems and starting to question the use of widespread, mandatory
My point it not
to tell anyone whether or not to vaccinate, but rather, with
the utmost urgency, to point out some very good reasons why everyone
should examine the facts before deciding whether or not to submit
to the procedure. As a new parent, I was shocked to discover
the absence of a legal mandate or professional ethic requiring
pediatricians to be fully informed, and to see first-hand the
prevalence of physicians who are applying practices based on
incomplete--and in some cases, outright mis--information.
Though only a
brief introduction, this report contains sufficient evidence
to warrant further investigation by all concerned, which I highly
recommend. You will find that this is the only way to get an
objective view, as the controversy is a highly emotional one.
A note of caution:
Be careful trying to discuss this subject with a pediatrician.
Most have staked their identities and reputations on the presumed
safety and effectiveness of vaccines, and thus have difficulty
acknowledging evidence to the contrary. The first pediatrician
I attempted to share my findings with yelled angrily at me when
I calmly brought up the subject. The misconceptions have very
VACCINATION MYTH #1:
...or are they?
The FDA's VAERS
(Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System) receives about 11,000
reports of serious adverse reactions to vaccination annually,
some 1% (112+) of which are deaths from vaccine reactions.
The majority of these reports are made by doctors, and the majority
of deaths are attributed to the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine,
the "P" in DPT. This figure alone is alarming, yet it is only
the "tip of the iceberg." The FDA estimates that only about 10%
of adverse reactions are reported, a figure supported by two
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) investigations. 
In fact, the NVIC reported that "In New York, only one out of
40 doctor's offices [2.5%] confirmed that they report a death
or injury following vaccination," -- 97.5% of vaccine related
deaths and disabilities go unreported there. Implications about
the integrity of medical professionals aside (doctors are legally
required to report serious adverse events), these findings suggest
that vaccine deaths actually occurring each year may be well
the number of vaccine-related deaths dwarfs the number of disease
deaths, which have been about 10 annually for recent years according
to the CDC, and only 8 in 1993, the last peak-incidence year
(pertussis runs in 3-4 year cycles, though vaccination certainly
doesn't). Simply put, the vaccine is 100 times more deadly than
the disease. Given the many instances in which highly vaccinated
populations have contracted disease (see Myth #2), and the fact
that the vast majority of disease decline this century occurred
before compulsory vaccinations (pertussis deaths declined 79%
prior to vaccines; see Myth #3), this comparison is a valid one--and
this enormous number of vaccine casualities can hardly be considered
a necessary sacrifice for the benefit of a disease-free society.
the vaccine-related-deaths story doesn't end here. Both national
and international studies have shown vaccination to be a cause
of SIDS[4,5] (SIDS is "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome," a "catch-all" diagnosis
given when the specific cause of death is unknown; estimates
range from 5 - 10,000 cases each year in the U.S.). One study
found the peak incidence of SIDS occurred at the ages of 2 and
4 months in the U.S., precisely when the first two routine immunizations
are given, while another found a clear pattern of correlation
extending three weeks after immunization. Another study found
that 3,000 children die within 4 days of vaccination each year
in the U.S. (amazingly, the authors reported no SIDS/vaccine
relationship), while yet another researcher's studies led to
the conclusion that half of SIDS cases--that would be 2500 to
5000 infant deaths in the U.S. each year--are caused by vaccines.
There are studies
that claimed to find no SIDS-vaccine relationship. However, many
of these were invalidated by yet another study which found that "confounding" had
skewed their results in favor of the vaccine. Shouldn't we
err on the side of caution? Shouldn't any credible correlation
between vaccines and infant deaths be just cause for meticulous,
widespread monitoring of the vaccination status of all SIDS cases?
In the mid 70's Japan raised their vaccination age from 2 months
to 2 years; their incidence of SIDS dropped dramatically. In
spite of this, the U.S. medical community has chosen a posture
of denial. Coroners refuse to check the vaccination status of
SIDS victims, and unsuspecting families continue to pay the price,
unaware of the dangers and denied the right to make a choice.
Low adverse event reporting also suggests that the total number of adverse
reactions actually occurring each year may be more than 100,000. Due
to doctors' failure to report, no one knows how many of these are permanent
disabilities, but statistics suggest that it is several times the number
of deaths (see "petitions" below). This concern is reinforced by a study
which revealed that 1 in 175 children who completed the full DPT series
suffered "severe reactions,"  and a Dr.'s report for attorneys which
found that 1 in 300 DPT immunizations resulted in seizures. 
saw a drop in pertussis deaths when vaccination rates dropped
from 80% to 30% in the mid 70's. Swedish epidemiologist B. Trollfors'
study of pertussis vaccine efficacy and toxicity around the world
found that "pertussis-associated mortality is currently very
low in industrialised countries and no difference can be discerned
when countries with high, low, and zero immunisation rates were
compared." He also found that England, Wales, and West Germany
had more pertussis fatalities in 1970 when the immunization rate
was high than during the last half of 1980, when rates had fallen.
cost us much more than just the lives and health of our children.
The U.S. Federal Government's National Vaccine Injury Compensation
Program (NVICP) has paid out over $724.4 million to parents of
vaccine injured and killed children, in taxpayer dollars. The
NVICP has received over 5000 petitions since 1988, including
over 700 for vaccine-related deaths, and there are still some
two thousand total death and injury cases pending that may take
years to resolve.  Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies have
a captive market: vaccines are legally mandated in all 50 U.S.
states (though legally avoidable in most; see Myth #9), yet these
same companies are "immune" from accountability for the consequences
of their products. Furthermore, they have been allowed to use "gag
orders" as a leverage tool in vaccine damage legal settlements
to prevent disclosure of information to the public about vaccination
dangers. Such arrangements are clearly unethical; they force
a nonconsenting American public to pay for vaccine manufacturer's
liabilities, while attempting to ensure that this same public
will remain ignorant of the dangers of their products.
It is interesting
to note that insurance companies (who do the best liability studies)
refuse to cover vaccine adverse reactions. Profits appear to
dictate both the pharmaceutical and insurance companies' positions.
causes significant death and disability at an astounding personal
and financial cost to families and taxpayers."
VACCINATION MYTH #2:
...or are they?
The medical literature
has a surprising number of studies documenting vaccine failure.
Measles, mumps, small pox, polio and Hib outbreaks have all occurred
in vaccinated populations. [11, 12, 13, 14 ,15] In 1989 the CDC
reported: "Among school-aged children, [measles] outbreaks have
occurred in schools with vaccination levels of greater than 98
percent.  [They] have occurred in all parts of the country,
including areas that had not reported measles for years." 
The CDC even reported a measles outbreak in a documented 100
percent vaccinated population.  A study examining this phenomenon
concluded, "The apparent paradox is that as measles immunization
rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a
disease of immunized persons."  A more recent study found
that measles "produces immune suppression which contributes to
an increased susceptibility to other infections."[19a] These
studies suggests that the goal of complete immunization is actually
counterproductive, a notion underscored by instances in which
epidemics followed complete immunization of entire countries.
Japan experienced yearly increases in small pox following the
introduction of compulsory vaccines in 1872. By 1892, there were
29,979 deaths, and all had been vaccinated.  Early in this
century, the Philippines experienced their worst smallpox epidemic
ever after 8 million people received 24.5 million vaccine doses;
the death rate quadrupled as a result.  In 1989, the country
of Oman experienced a widespread polio outbreak six months after
achieving complete vaccination.  In the U.S. in 1986, 90%
of 1300 pertussis cases in Kansas were "adequately vaccinated." 
72% of pertussis cases in the 1993 Chicago outbreak were fully
up to date with their vaccinations.
that vaccination is an unreliable means of preventing disease."
VACCINATION MYTH #3:
the main reason for low disease rates in the U.S. today..."
or are they?
the British Association for the Advancement of Science, childhood
diseases decreased 90% between 1850 and 1940, paralleling improved
sanitation and hygienic practices, well before mandatory vaccination
programs. Infectious disease deaths in the U.S. and England declined
steadily by an average of about 80% during this century (measles
mortality declined over 97%) prior to vaccinations.  In Great
Britain, the polio epidemics peaked in 1950, and had declined
82% by the time the vaccine was introduced there in 1956. Thus,
at best, vaccinations can be credited with only a small percentage
of the overall decline in disease related deaths this century.
Yet even this small portion is questionable, as the rate of decline
remained virtually the same after vaccines were introduced. Furthermore,
European countries that refused immunization for small pox and
polio saw the epidemics end along with those countries that mandated
it. (In fact, both small pox and polio immunization campaigns
were followed initially by significant disease incidence increases;
during smallpox vaccination campaigns, other infectious diseases
continued their declines in the absence of vaccines. In England
and Wales, smallpox disease and vaccination rates eventually
declined simultaneously over a period of several decades.)
It is thus impossible to say whether or not vaccinations contributed
to the continuing decline in disease death rates, or if the same
forces which brought about the initial declines--improved sanitation,
hygiene, improvements in diet, natural disease cycles--were simply
unaffected by the vaccination programs. Underscoring this conclusion
was a recent World Health Organization report which found that
the disease and mortality rates in third world countries have
no direct correlation with immunization procedures or medical
treatment, but are closely related to the standard of hygiene
and diet.  Credit given to vaccinations for our current disease
incidence has simply been grossly exaggerated, if not outright
point to incidence statistics rather than mortality as proof
of vaccine effectiveness. However, statisticians tell us that
mortality statistics can be a better measure of incidence than
the incidence figures themselves, for the simple reason that
the quality of reporting and record-keeping is much higher on
fatalities. For instance, a recent survey in New York City
revealed that only 3.2% of pediatricians were actually reporting
measles cases to the health department. In 1974, the CDC determined
that there were 36 cases of measles in Georgia, while the Georgia
State Surveillance System reported 660 cases. In 1982, Maryland
state health officials blamed a pertussis epidemic on a television
program, "D.P.T.--Vaccine Roulette," which warned of the dangers
of DPT; however, when former top virologist for the U.S. Division
of Biological Standards, Dr. J. Anthony Morris, analyzed the
41 cases, only 5 were confirmed, and all had been vaccinated.
 Such instances as these demonstrate the fallacy of incidence
figures, yet vaccine advocates tend to rely on them indiscriminately.
"It is unclear
what impact vaccines had on the infectious disease declines that
occurred throughout this century."
VACCINATION MYTH #4:
is based on sound immunization theory and practice..."
...or is it?
evidence for vaccinations is their ability to stimulate antibody
production in the recipient, a fact which is not disputed. What
is not clear, however, is whether or not such antibody production
constitutes immunity. For example, agamma globulin-anemic children
are incapable of producing antibodies, yet they recover from
infectious diseases almost as quickly as other children.
Furthermore, a study published by the British Medical Council
in 1950 during a diphtheria epidemic concluded that there was
no relationship between antibody count and disease incidence;
researchers found resistant people with extremely low antibody
counts and sick people with high counts.  Natural immunization
is a complex phenomenon involving many organs and systems; it
cannot be fully replicated by the artificial stimulation of antibody
indicates that vaccination commits immune cells to the specific
antigens involved in the vaccine, rendering them incapable of
reacting to other infections. Our immunological reserve may thus
actually be reduced, causing a generally lowered resistance.
of immunization theory is "herd immunity," which states that
when enough people in a community are immunized, all are protected.
As Myth #2 revealed, there are many documented instances showing
just the opposite--fully vaccinated populations do contract diseases;
with measles, this actually seems to be the direct result of
high vaccination rates. A Minnesota state epidemiologist
concluded that the Hib vaccine increases the risk of illness
when a study revealed that vaccinated children were five times
more likely to contract meningitis than unvaccinated children.
epidemiological studies are yet another justification for vaccination
programs. However, many of these may not be legitimate sources
from which to draw conclusions about vaccine effectiveness. For
example, if 100 people are vaccinated and 5 contract the disease,
the vaccine is declared to be 95% effective. But if only 10 of
the 100 were actually exposed to the disease, then the vaccine
was really only 50% effective. Since no one is willing to directly
expose an entire population to disease--even a fully vaccinated
one--vaccine effectiveness rates may not indicate a vaccine's
Yet another surprising
concern about immunization practice is its assumption that all
children, regardless of age, are virtually the same. An 8 pound
2 month old receives the same dosage as a 40 pound five year
old. Infants with immature, undeveloped immune systems may receive
five or more times the dosage (relative to body weight) as older
children. Furthermore, the number of "units" within doses has
been found upon random testing to range from 1/2 to 3 times what
the label indicates; manufacturing quality controls appear to
tolerate a rather large margin of error. "Hot Lots"--vaccine
lots with disproportionately high death and disability rates--have
been identified repeatedly by the NVIC, but the FDA refuses to
intervene to prevent further unnecessary injury and deaths. In
fact, they have never recalled a vaccine lot due to adverse reactions.
Some would call this infanticide.
practice assumes that all recipients, regardless of race, culture,
diet, geographic location, or any other circumstances, will respond
the same. This was perhaps never more dramatically disproved
than an instance a few years ago in Australia's Northern Territory,
where stepped-up immunization campaigns resulted in an incredible
*50%* infant mortality rate in the native aborigines. Researcher
A. Kalokerinos, M.D. discovered that the aborigine's vitamin
C deficient "junk food" diet (imposed on them by white society)
was a critical factor (studies had already shown that vaccination
depletes vitamin C reserves; children in shock or collapse often
recovered in a matter of minutes when given vitamin C injections).
He considered it amazing that as many survived as did. One must
wonder about the lives of the survivors, though, for if half
died, surely the other half did not escape unaffected.
Almost as troubling
was a very recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine
which revealed that a substantial number of Romanian children
were contracting polio from the vaccine, a less common phenomena
in most developed countries. Correlations with injections of
antibiotics were found: a single injection within one month of
vaccination raised the risk of polio 8 times, 2 to 9 injections
raised the risk 27-fold, and 10 or more injections raised the
risk 182 times [Washington Post, February 22, 1995].
What other factors
not accounted for in vaccination theory will surface unexpectedly
to reveal unforeseen or previously overlooked consequences? We
will not begin to fully comprehend the scope of this danger until
researchers begin looking and reporting in earnest. In the meantime,
entire countries' populations are unwitting gamblers in a game
that many might very well choose not to play if they were given
all the "rules" in advance.
"Many of the
assumptions upon which immunization theory and practice are based
have been proven false in their application."
VACCINATION MYTH #5:
are extremely dangerous..."
...or are they,
infectious diseases have few serious consequences in today's
modern world. Even conservative CDC statistics for pertussis
during 1992-94 indicate a 99.8% recovery rate. In fact, when
hundreds of pertussis cases occurred in Ohio and Chicago in the
fall 1993 outbreak, an infectious disease expert from Cincinnati
Children's Hospital said, "The disease was very mild, no one
died, and no one went to the intensive care unit."
The vast majority
of the time, childhood infectious diseases are benign and self-limiting.
They also may impart lifelong immunity, whereas vaccine-induced
immunity is only temporary. In fact, the temporary nature of
vaccine immunity can create a more dangerous situation in a child's
future. For example, the new chicken pox vaccine has an effectiveness
estimated at 6 - 10 years. If effective, it will postpone the
child's vulnerability until adulthood, when death from the disease
is 20 times more likely.
About half of
measles cases in the late 1980's resurgence were in adolescents
and adults, most of whom were vaccinated as children, and
the recommended booster shots may provide protection for less
than 6 months. Furthermore, some healthcare professionals
are concerned that the virus from the chicken pox vaccine may "reactivate
later in life in the form of herpes zoster (shingles) or other
immune system disorders."  Dr. A. Lavin of the Dept. of Pediatrics,
St. Luke's Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, strongly opposed
licensing the new vaccine, "Until we actually know...the risks
involved in injecting mutated DNA [herpes virus] into the host
genome [children]." The truth is, *no one* knows, but the
vaccine is now licensed and recommended by health authorities.
Not only are
most infectious diseases rarely dangerous, but they can actually
play a vital role in the development of a strong, healthy immune
system. Persons who have not had measles have a higher incidence
of certain skin diseases, degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage,
and certain tumors, while absence of mumps has been linked to
higher risks of ovarian cancer.
"Dangers of childhood
diseases are greatly exaggerated in order to scare parents into
compliance with a questionable but profitable procedure."
VACCINATION MYTH #6:
"Polio was one
of the clearly great vaccination success stories..."
...or was it?
Six New England
states reported increases in polio one year after the Salk vaccine
was introduced, ranging from more than doubling in Vermont to
Massachusetts' astounding increase of 642%. In 1959, 77.5% of
Massachusetts' paralytic cases had received 3 doses of IPV (injected
polio vaccine). During 1962 U.S. Congressional hearings, Dr.
Bernard Greenberg, head of the Dept. of Biostatistics for the
University of North Carolina School of Public Health, testified
that not only did the cases of polio increase substantially after
mandatory vaccinations (50% increase from 1957 to 1958, 80% increase
from 1958 to 1959), but that the statistics were manipulated
by the Public Health Service to give the opposite impression.
researcher-author Dr. Viera Scheibner, 90% of polio cases were
eliminated from statistics by health authorities' redefinition
of the disease when the vaccine was introduced, while in reality
the Salk vaccine was continuing to cause paralytic polio in several
countries at a time when there were no epidemics being caused
by the wild virus. (For example, in the U.S., thousands of cases
of viral and aseptic meningitis are reported each year--these
were routinely diagnosed as polio before the Saulk vaccine; the
number of cases needed to declare an epidemic was raised from
20 to 35; and the requirement for inclusion in paralysis statistics
was changed from symptoms for 24 hours to symptoms for over 60
days; it is no wonder that polio decreased radically after vaccines--at
least on paper.) In 1985, the CDC reported that 87% of the cases
of polio in the U.S. between 1973 and 1983 were caused by the
vaccine, and later declared that all but a few imported cases
since were caused by the vaccine--and most of the imported cases
occurred in fully immunized individuals.
Jonas Salk, inventor
of the IPV, testified before a Senate subcommittee that nearly
all polio outbreaks since 1961 were caused by the oral polio
vaccine. At a workshop on polio vaccines sponsored by the Institute
of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Dr. Samuel Katz of Duke University cited the estimated 8-10 annual
U.S. cases of vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP) in people
who have taken the oral polio vaccine, and the [four year] absence
of wild polio from the western hemisphere. Jessica Scheer of
the National Rehabilitation Hospital Research Center in Washington,
D.C., pointed out that most parents are unaware that polio vaccination
in this country entails "a small number of human sacrifices each
year." Compounding this contradiction are low adverse event reporting
and the NVIC's experiences with confirming and correcting misdiagnoses
of vaccine reactions, which suggest that the actual number of
VAPP "sacrifices" may be many times higher than the number cited
by the CDC.
substantial increases in polio after years of steady declines,
and they are the sole cause of polio in the U.S. today."
VACCINATION MYTH #7:
"My child had
no short-term reaction to vaccination, so there is nothing to
...or is there?
long term adverse effects of vaccines include chronic immunological
and neurological disorders such as autism, hyperactivity, attention
deficit disorders, dyslexia, allergies, cancer, and other conditions,
many of which barely existed 30 years ago before mass vaccination
programs. Vaccine components include known carcinogens such as
thimersol, aluminum phosphate, and formaldehyde (the Poisons
Information Centre in Australia claims there is no acceptable
safe amount of formaldehyde which can be injected into a living
researcher and author Harris Coulter, Ph.D. explained that his
extensive research revealed childhood immunization to be "...causing
a low-grade encephalitis in infants on a much wider scale than
public health authorities were willing to admit, about 15-20%
of all children." He points out that the sequelae [conditions
known to result from a disease] of encephalitis [inflammation
of the brain, a known side-effect of vaccination]: autism, learning
disabilities, minimal and not-so-minimal brain damage, seizures,
epilepsy, sleeping and eating disorders, sexual disorders, asthma,
crib death, diabetes, obesity, and impulsive violence are precisely
the disorders which afflict contemporary society. Many of these
conditions were formerly relatively rare, but they have become
more common as childhood vaccination programs have expanded.
Coulter also points out that "...pertussis toxoid is used to
create encephalitis in lab animals."
A German study
found correlations between vaccinations and 22 neurological conditions
including attention deficit and epilepsy. The dilemma is that
viral elements in vaccines may persist and mutate in the human
body for years, with unknown consequences. Millions of children
are partaking in an enormous, crude experiment; and no sincere,
organized effort is being made by the medical community to track
the negative side-effects or to determine the long term consequences.
"The long term
adverse effects of vaccinations have been virtually ignored,
in spite of direct correlations with many chronic conditions."
VACCINATION MYTH #8:
the only disease prevention option available..."
...or are they?
feel compelled to take some disease-preventing action for their
children. While there is no 100% guarantee anywhere, there are
viable alternatives. Historically, homeopathy has been more effective
than "mainstream" allopathic medicine in treating and preventing
disease. In a U.S. cholera outbreak in 1849, allopathic medicine
saw a 48-60% death rate, while homeopathic hospitals had a documented
death rate of only 3%. Roughly similar statistics still hold
true for cholera today. Recent epidemiological studies show
homeopathic remedies as equaling or surpassing standard vaccinations
in preventing disease. There are reports in which populations
that were treated homeopathically after exposure had a 100% success
rate--none of the treated caught the disease.
There are homeopathic
kits available for disease prevention.  Homeopathic remedies
can also be taken only during times of increased risk (outbreaks,
traveling, etc.), and have proven highly effective in such instances.
And since these remedies have no toxic components, they have
no side effects. In addition, homeopathy has been effective in
reversing some of the disability caused by vaccine reactions,
as well as many other chronic conditions with which allopathic
medicine has had little success.
and effective alternatives to vaccination have been available
for decades but suppressed by the medical establishment."
VACCINATION MYTH #9:
are legally mandated, and thus unavoidable..."
...or are they?
There are three
exemption possibilities in the U.S.:
1) Medical Exemption:
All 50 states in the U.S. allow for a medical exemption. A few
states allow licensed naturopathic or chiropractic doctors to
issue medical exemptions in addition to medical doctors. However,
few pediatricians check for indications of increased risk before
administering vaccines, so it is advisable for parents to research
this matter for themselves. Epilepsy, severe allergies, and siblings'
previous adverse reactions are but a few of the many conditions
in child or family history which may increase the chances of
an adverse reaction, and thus qualify for a medical exemption;
Exemption: Nearly all states allow for a religious exemption.
This may or may not require membership in an established religious
organization, as individual state laws vary; and
or Personal Exemption: An increasing number of states allow
one of these exemptions, in recognition of the controversy and/or violation
of freedom that mandated vaccination laws impose.
children may not be banned from attending public schools and
colleges except during local outbreaks. It is best to contact
local school officials in advance to determine their particular
procedure for handling exemptions.
The best source
for a copy of your state's vaccination laws is state health
officials or your public library. A phone call to the state Department
of Epidemiology may be all that it takes to get a copy mailed to you.
from vaccinations are obtainable for most--but not all--U.S.
VACCINATION MYTH #10:
officials always place health above all other concerns..."
...or do they?
is riddled with documented instances of deceit designed to portray
vaccines as mighty disease conquerors, when in fact many times
they have actually delayed and even reversed disease declines.
The United Kingdom's Department of Health admitted that vaccination
status determined the diagnosis of subsequent diseases: Those
found in vaccinated patients received alternate diagnoses; hospital
records and death certificates were falsified. Today, many doctors
are still reluctant to diagnose diseases in vaccinated children,
and so the "Myth" about vaccine success continues.
doctors may not be wholly to blame. As medical students, few
have reason to question the information taught (which does not
address the information presented in this report). Ironically,
medicine is a field which demands conformity; there is little
tolerance for opinions opposing the status quo. Doctors cannot
warn you about what they themselves do not know, and with little
time for further education once they begin practice, they are,
in a sense, held captive by a system which discourages them from
acquiring information independently and forming their own opinions.
Those few that dare to question the status quo are frequently
ostracized, and in any case, they are still legally bound to
adhere to the system's legal mandates.
In the December
1994 Medical Post, Canadian author of the best-seller "Medical
Mafia," Guylaine Lanctot, M.D. stated, "The medical authorities
keep lying. Vaccination has been a disaster on the immune system.
It actually causes a lot of illnesses. We are actually changing
our genetic code through vaccination...10 years from now we will
know that the biggest crime against humanity was vaccines." After
an extensive study of the medical literature on vaccination,
Dr. Viera Scheibner concluded that "there is no evidence whatsoever
of the ability of vaccines to prevent any diseases. To the contrary,
there is a great wealth of evidence that they cause serious side
effects." John B. Classen, M.D., M.B.A. has stated, "My data
proves that the studies used to support immunization are so flawed
that it is impossible to say if immunization provides a net benefit
to anyone or to society in general. This question can only be
determined by proper studies which have never been performed.
The flaw of previous studies is that there was no long term follow
up and chronic toxicity was not looked at. The American Society
of Microbiology has promoted my research...and thus acknowledges
the need for proper studies." To some these may seem like radical
positions, but they are not unfounded. The continued denial of
the evidence against vaccines only perpetuates the "Myths" and
their negative consequences on our children and society. Aggressive
and comprehensive scientific investigation is clearly warranted,
yet immunization programs continue to expand in the absence of
such research. Manufacturer profits are guaranteed, while accountability
for the negative effects is conspicuously absent. This is especially
sad given the readily available safe and effective alternatives.
race is on. According to the NVIC, there are over 250 new vaccines
being developed for everything from earaches to birth control
to diarrhea, with about 100 of these already in clinical trials.
Researchers are working on vaccine delivery through nasal sprays,
mosquitoes (yes, mosquitoes), and the fruits of "transgenic" plants
in which vaccine viruses are grown. With every child (and adult,
for that matter) on the planet a potential required recipient
of multiple doses, and every healthcare system and government
a potential buyer, it is little wonder that countless millions
of dollars are spent nurturing the growing multi-billion dollar
vaccine industry. Without public outcry, we will see more and
more new vaccines required of us and our children. And while
profits are readily calculable, the real human costs are being
personal vaccination decision, make it an informed one; you have
that right and responsibility. It is a difficult issue, but there
is more than enough at stake to justify whatever time and energy
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is an independent investigator and writer on vaccine risks and
alternatives. This report appeared in the April 1996 edition
of "Wildfire Magazine," as well as numerous newsletters in the
U.S. and around the world. It is being used by the Sheffield
School of Homeopathy, UK. Alan has written to the Australian
Minister for Human Services and Health for the Immunisation Investigation
Group and the Campaign Against Fraudulent Medical Research in
Alan is also
the founder of Human Development Services, Inc., an international
nonprofit conducting training and research in psychorientology;
the designer of a national children's literacy program and materials;
and a singer-songwriter and composer with albums of original
songs and music in over two dozen countries on six continents.
His academic achievements include a B.A. Magna Cum Laude, and
election to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and The
National Dean's List.
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(2) Reported by KM Severyn,R.Ph.,Ph.D. in the Dayton Daily News, May
28, 1993. (Ohio Parents for Vaccine Safety, 251 Ridgeway Dr., Dayton,
(3) National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), 512 Maple Ave. W. #206,
Vienna, VA 22180, 703-938-0342; "Investigative Report on the Vaccine
Adverse Event Reporting System."
(4) Viera Scheibner, Ph.D., Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research
Shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System.
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Division of Immunization, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA 30333.
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in the Congressional Record.
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transmission among fully vaccinated children Lancet vol 338: Sept 21,
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(24) Chicago Dept. of Health.
(25) See Note 23 pp 18-40.
(26) See Note 23 pp 45,46 [NVIC News, April 92, p12].
(27) S. Curtis, A Handbook of Homeopathic Alternatives to Immunization.
(28) Darrell Huff, How to Lie With Statistics, p 84.
(29) quoted from the internet, credited to Keith Block, M.D., a family
physician from Evanston, Illinois, who has spent years collecting data
in the medical literature on immunizations.
(30) See Note 20, p 15.
(31) See Note 20 p 21.
(32) See Note 20, p 21 (British Medical Council Publication 272, May
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Magazine, Winter 1985 p 30;
Kalokerinos and Dettman, MDs, "The Dangers of Immunization," Biological
Research Inst. [Australia], 1979, p 49).
(34) Archie Kalolerinos, MD, Every Second Child, Keats Publishing, Inc.
(35) Reported by KM Severyn,R.Ph,Ph.D. in the Dayton Daily News, June
(36) Vaccine Information and Awareness, "Measles and Antibody Titre Levels," from
Vaccine Weekly, January 1996.
(37) NVIC Press Release, "Consumer Group Warns use of New Chicken Pox
Vaccine in all Healthy Children May Cause More Serious Disease".
(38) See note 35 (quoted from The Lancet)
(39) Hearings before the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce,
House of Representatives, 87th Congress, Second Session on H.R. 10541,
May 1962, p.94.
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(42) See Note 27.
(43) Golden, Isaac, Vaccination? A Review of Risks and Alternatives.
Vaccination Myths: Unsolicited Reader Comments
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3) Dispelling Vaccination Myths Mirror Site, Jan. 1997 - present:
1) Health Action
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2) The National Vaccine Information Center, Vienna, VA
3) The Parent's
Information Network, WV
4) The Vaccine
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5) Vaccine Information
and Awareness (VIA), CA
6) Sai Sanjeevini
Foundation, India (distributor)
7) Hindustan Times, N. India, January 1997 (est. 1 mil readership)
C. Requests for
use in college instruction:
1) Sheffield School of Homeopathy, UK, I. Townsend, Instr., fall 1996
2) UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, S. G., Ph.D., Instr., spring