Q: Why have you become so concerned about vaccines/vaccinations at this time?
A: I’m a grandparent now. There is much involved here of concern to all parents & grandparents. All human beings concerned about children’s health! (Which ought, of course, in a sane & reasonable world, to be all of us.)
Q: On what do you base your current concerns?
A: First off, by things my non-vaccinating friends (with children younger than my own) told me when I wrote to them asking for comments on an e-mail I’d received about vaccinations, & then all the research I’ve done since, as a result of their twigging my concern. (I’ll include a list below of the documentaries I’ve watched.) Finally, learning about the CDC fraud/cover-up/scandal really shocked me.
Q: What is the CDC fraud/cover-up/scandal all about?
A: Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a (then) U.K.-based gastroenterologist, discovered a likely link between the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine & the onset of autism in young babies/children. He was not looking for any such link, nor indeed was he initially studying autism or vaccines in the first place (he was dealing with bowel disease in his patients). He asked the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) to investigate a link he discovered after doing some research. They did, & when they confirmed a relationship, the agency then went to considerable efforts to falsify results & data, & even destroy documents, in order to avoid having to tell the world the truth. This all goes back to the year 2001.
Q: What is your most pressing concern now about vaccines?
A: I’m tremendously concerned about the injuries/possible injuries to infants, babies & young children. Autism, along with many other possible negative outcomes (allergies, asthma, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, cancer, diabetes, etc.). But not just to babies & young children. It seems all vaccines have the potential to cause harm, & that this can be from any vaccine, & to people at any age. Another major concern for me is that most people don’t seem to have a clue about this! Nor even any curiosity! Most react with a knee-jerk trust in the safety of vaccines. People are not questioning this in the way they ought to be. (It’s also the case that mainstream media are simply not reporting on the CDC fraud/cover-up/scandal, so I suppose many people have not heard about it. It’s a pretty important thing to know! That an agency the entire world relies on for information about health & vaccines & drugs is utterly untrustworthy, & outright guilty of scientific fraud. Uh, you think??)
Q: What have you learned specifically that has shaken you?
A: A list:
The increase in the number of vaccines being given since my children were young.
The combination of so many vaccines being given to young babies at one time.
The contents & unpredictable mixtures & toxicity of vaccine contents.
The fact that doctors do not inform patients/parents properly about vaccine contents & risks. (Let’s be honest: they’re not very upfront about pharmaceutical risks in general.)
The fact that vaccinations are being mandated & forced on parents & children under threat of non-admission to day care & schools. Parents are being bullied.
The # of un-recorded vaccine injuries, which I’m now convinced is very, very high. (Medical professionals often simply deny that a particular reaction or health outcome is related to the vaccination, & thus the health statistics do not reflect an accurate picture of actual vaccination outcomes. Vaccination impacts can occur months – even years, apparently – down the road. This is not taken into account; not recorded.) Posting about injuries here.
The way that liability for vaccine injury has been removed from the pharmaceutical industry (i.e., you can’t sue them if vaccines harm your child).
The skyrocketing rate of autism among young children. Not just autism. Allergies, asthma, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, diabetes, cancer, etc. Don’t believe me? Ask a teacher.
People’s naïve trust in health authorities & the overall health/medical establishment (& also their lack of awareness about the routine influence & bribery of politicians, government officials, bureaucrats, health officials, doctors, practiced by the pharmaceutical industry).
The silence of the mainstream media on this topic. Though I suppose I really shouldn’t be surprised. If you always “follow the money” (& you always must) you quickly realize who some of the big advertisers in mainstream media are. Big Pharma’s footprints are all over it. And after all, as we know, “He who pays the piper, calls the tune.” Find comments about media silence in this interview & also here, where an eloquent U.K. mother near the end of ‘Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines’ says forcefully “The media in the U.K. do not want to know. The media have been threatened; I’ve been told this.” <at 1 hour 40 minutes>
Q: Is it just the MMR vaccine that you’re concerned about?
A: No. I’m concerned about all vaccines. From what I’ve been hearing, no vaccine can accurately be declared safe. (I hear very scary things about the DPT vaccine, & about Gardasil – which is now not being used in Japan &, I believe, Spain.)
Q: What is one thing about vaccines that doesn’t come up often enough?
A: The fact that there are cumulative impacts with vaccine contents. In other words, the nasty substances in them (e.g. thimerosal, aluminum, the live or dead vaccines, the formaldehyde) add up. Babies’ brains & bodies are not good places for these substances to be collecting up in, vaccination after vaccination. (Dr. Richard Bleth refers to this near the end of ‘Silent Epidemic’ & it’s also somewhat covered by neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock in this 2013 interview. )
Q: Do you believe that vaccines have eradicated dangerous diseases?
A: Not anymore! From what I’ve learned, it seems that an inaccurate picture of vaccines’ safety & efficacy has been portrayed for many decades now. Over & over now, I hear it being said that improved environmental conditions (better diet, cleaner water, & public education efforts) are what led to the reduction or near-disappearance of some illnesses – that vaccines came along late in the game, & then extravagant claims were made about their success rate. (Fascinating story of the smallpox vaccine in the documentary ‘Silent Epidemic’.). This item is very helpful on this topic!)
Q: Explain to me why you now believe it was a good thing that you contracted measles, mumps, rubella & chickenpox as a child.
A: Well, it seems that these relatively benign childhood illnesses (now being exaggerated to sound terrifying & deadly) helped me develop immunities. The illnesses themselves were no big deal (we all got them when we were kids, we children of the 1950s & 60s). This is particularly well explained in the documentary ‘Man Made Epidemic’, where a vaccinating doctor gives an explanation of how mostly un-threatening measles, mumps & rubella are.
Q: Have vaccines/vaccinations “wiped out” measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough?
A: No indeed, they have not. Outbreaks occur, even among children who have been vaccinated. In fact it seems sometimes the outbreaks are caused by vaccination (some vaccines contain small amounts of the live virus). Pertussis vaccine is a whole sordid story all its own. Look through the Pertussis/Whooping Cough section in this A – Z posting.
Q: Do un-vaccinated children cause vaccinated children to get sick?
A: Ask yourself this: if a vaccine is “effective” … yet vaccinated children can still contract the illness … can the vaccine really be said to be effective? In what sense can this be seen as logical?
Q: Please discuss “herd immunity.”
A: I’m no expert on this topic, so I suggest you consult some doctors who are health experts. My limited understanding is this: when we get childhood illnesses (see above), we develop natural immunities. (We are born with immature immune systems. They need time to develop. Ideally, we also get immunities from our mothers, through breast milk.) Then, we get minor illnesses that help us to develop more immunities, & these help us later in life. When we are all doing this, this is what is meant by “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is in fact being lost by the excessive vaccinations, & by the fact that young children no longer contract the diseases at early ages. (They can still contract them later, at which time it is generally more dangerous.) Very well discussed in
& by Dr. Humphries here
also discussed by 2 M.D.s in The Vaccine Panel: The Insider’s Report – about an hour in
a later posting on this site. Herd Immunity, eh?
Q: What do you think is behind the increase in the vaccination schedule for children?
A: The greed of the pharmaceutical industry. When they were let off the hook from lawsuits (1986; more information here & here), they “went to town” & pressured government/medical establishment officials into bumping up the schedule. This is an industry that reaps unimaginable profits from each vaccine & each drug (so huge that we mere average mortals can’t begin to grasp it), & which has huge influence in Washington. (Well-laid out in the documentary ‘Trace Amounts – Autism, Mercury, and the Hidden Truth.’ Including, btw, the ties of the Bush presidents, both father & son, to the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lily.) Also, this short interview with a former Merck rep covers this.
Q: Do you find it difficult to believe the “health” or “medical establishment” is adhering to an industry-dominated agenda?
A: I would find it more difficult if I had not done the activist work on pesticides & nuclear energy I’ve been involved in over the past 15-20 years. What I’ve learned is that our so-called “regulatory agencies” – i.e., the agencies tasked by government with regulating the use of pesticides & nuclear energy, specifically, in this case – are not really regulators at all. They are completely dominated by industry & entirely subject to what’s called “regulatory capture.” Industry is actually calling the shots. It can be difficult to accept at first, but I’ve experienced it now enough to see (belatedly) that the very same phenomenon is at work with the so-called “health care” establishment. The pharmaceutical industry (often referred to as “Big Pharma”) is so powerful & so wealthy (pharmaceutical companies reap simply unimaginably massive profits from their sales of drugs) that in effect, the tail is wagging the dog, not the other way around. I’ve heard it said (by a U.S. Congressman) that the pharmaceutical industry has more lobbyists in Washington than there are politicians in Washington. I was simply not paying attention to this in past years, while working on other issues in which the same corporatization of everything (& the same corruption of government agencies) was taking place.
Q: Has what you’ve learned shaken your faith in the medical/health establishment?
A: I’m going to be really honest here, & admit that I didn’t have an awful lot to start with. (The erosion of my faith has taken place over the span of many years.) That being said, I’ll admit I’ve been shocked to learn that the doctors in whom so many do place their trust are woefully ill-informed about vaccine risks. Ill-informed, or willfully blind. I personally am a big believer in good nutrition & regular exercise (along with fresh air; “fresh” being a relative term these days, of course) as possibly the most important health boosters. I’ll continue to be a very, very skeptical consumer of medical advice (as I have been for some years now) & a highly reluctant consumer of pharmaceutical drugs. As for the pharmaceutical industry? I have zero trust in it whatsoever. Less than zero.
Q: What do you see as the role of fear as regards the vaccine issue?
A: I believe the health establishment deliberately uses fear (along with bullying) tactics to pressure parents into “toe-ing the line.” They exaggerate the dangerousness of mild childhood illnesses in order to convince parents that vaccinations are necessary & life-saving. Doctors are one of the last professional groups in which people have placed significant trust, & thus are in an excellent position to leverage fears pretty readily. When we’re fearful, we’re entirely too easy to manipulate.
Q: Why do you think people are so resistant to the message that vaccines are actually dangerous?
A: Decades of observing the human race closely, & always being quite analytical about this (always trying to figure things out, puzzle things out, reading & reflecting a lot, writing a lot) have convinced me that human beings are fundamentally quite naïve & trusting. Too much so, in fact. We are very easy to manipulate. We want so much to trust – to be able to believe in, have faith in – something. Some idea, some ideology, some professional group or political party … something! (Look at the way we’ve been such suckers for advertisers for all these decades!) In a sense too, I feel there is a childishness in us. We want to lay our lives, our health, in the “health” establishment’s (supposedly) capable hands, rather than being more skeptical consumers & spending more time doing our own research (& exerting our own efforts to be healthy). I believe we need to question things more. Our naivete can be very, very dangerous. Very costly. (Not just in the health sphere, either, of course.)
Q: What is your advice to parents, friends, colleagues, doctors?
A: For starters, don’t get your child vaccinated – at all. Stop! Wait. Delay. Do lots of research. Talk to friends & family & especially, if at all possible, to some parents who have not had their children vaccinated, to learn how their children have responded & turned out, health-wise. There is a wealth of information now available about vaccine risks, vaccines’ (supposed) safety & efficacy. Be sure you’re clear about the fact that doctors are subject to considerable influence & pressure from the pharmaceutical industry. An ex-pharmaceutical rep discusses this in The Vaccine Panel. (Her portion is from 14 to 20 minutes.) She reports that she saw doctors repeating to nurses what she had just told them – & then nurses repeating it to patients – as though she herself were a medical/health expert … rather than a pharmaceutical sales rep. Two key take-aways: “Vaccines do more harm than good.” & “Just because something is on the market doesn’t mean it is safe.” [See also later posting Vaccination: Dissenting Doctors Have Their Say]
Q: If you could recommend only one information source to people who feel they don’t have enough time to pursue a lot of information, what might that be?
A: Any single one of the following:
This long 2019 letter by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Americans Can Handle an Open Discussion on Vaccines—RFK, Jr. Responds to Criticism from His Family covers all the key bases of the vaccine issue.
Dr. Suzanne Humphries on vaccination risks, efficacy, the human immune system
Any single one of the documentaries listed below
** Please, if you do nothing else, watch Dr. Suzanne Humphries in a short (11-minute) YouTube that covers many bases of the vaccine issue.
Q: What do you recommend that people do in response to this issue? What do you recommend to parents & grandparents?
A: As above. Read. Be curious. Do research. Talk to people. Be inquisitive. Be insistent. Be noisy. Decisions about vaccinations could prove to be the most important decision you ever make regarding your child, your family. Don’t fall prey to naivete & excessive trust placed in supposedly “expert” authority figures – whether doctors, health bureaucrats … or friends & family members who really don’t know what they’re talking about. Certainly, certainly not in corporations like the pharmaceutical companies that have no conscience whatsoever – & whose only bottom line is the profit motive.
A Final Comment
We humans are not always very quick to “connect the dots.” It’s really important for us to do so … if we’re not to just behave “like sheep”… but we are often terribly slow at it. (Often, of course, we fail altogether. I’ve done this plenty myself, I now realize.)
Decades ago, as a young woman fresh out of university (brimming with naive idealism & energy), I worked briefly in the psychiatric field. I was disappointed to find it quite broken. I moved on to the correctional field, where I found the so-called “justice” system quite broken as well. (I’ve called it the “legal system” ever since, as there is precious little justice in it.)
Yet in spite of these early inoculations (if you will) against naivete & excessive trust in human systems & bureaucracies (&, let’s face it, human beings), it still took me far too many years to accept the true state of the myriad other broken systems I went on to discover. (e.g., my discovery of the utter un-trustworthiness of the government so-called “regulation” of pesticides & nuclear energy.)
The world isn’t a very pretty place, in many ways (the human-made parts of it, I should say; the natural world is simply stunningly beautiful!) … & the realizations we come to about how the human parts of it work are not always comfortable. (Well – let’s be honest. They seldom are.)
We really need to step up to the plate, readers. There is no beneficent agency out there, outside of us, watching out for us, & guarding us. We must be adults, & we must figure things out for ourselves (preferably with the help of credible information sources & the loving support of friends, colleagues & family members we can trust). Even those among us with religious faith (admittedly, I am not one of these) still have to step up to the plate in order to properly protect ourselves & our families.
We really simply must learn to connect the dots!
p.s. one question I have, & must find out more about: I’ve heard the advice given more than once – do NOT use Tylenol if your child has a reaction to a vaccination. I do not yet know why this is so, & I need to find out! [Note: Information on that has been added to the later Vaccines: Miscellany, A – Z posting. Scroll to T for Tylenol.)
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Vaccines do more harm than good.” – Brandy Vaughan, former Merck sales rep, in The Vaccine Panel: The Insider’s Report
“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy
“The CDC can no longer be trusted to do vaccine safety work.” – Dr. William Thompson, senior scientist at the CDC who became a whistle-blower about the now-15-year fraud/cover-up/scandal of suppressed evidence of the link between the MMR vaccine & autism (from the ‘VAXXED – from Cover-up to Catastrophe’ documentary)
“It’s all there – this is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem.” – Dr. William Thompson, CDC whistle-blower
“The boys that were so happy – always smiling – looking at me – blabbering – saying, even if it was mama, dada, you know – they just disappeared. I’m not deluded. I actually saw my children disappear right in front of me.” – Nina Lteif, mother of Eli & Christian, her twin sons who became autistic right after their MMR shot at 18 months. From the documentary ‘Man Made Epidemic.’
“I saw it. I felt it. I questioned it. But I didn’t question loud enough. I allowed them to bully me. And that’s something I have to live with.” – Heather Turano, mother of 11-year old autistic Sabrina, in Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines
“You really need to think twice and really need to learn the risks that truly are there and that are involved if you decide to vaccinate your child.” – Mother Heather Turano, as above
“I was once an idiot. I once thought that people who didn’t vaccinate were taking advantage of all the people that were. I thought that they were being privileged opportunists, and I was a vaccinating doctor, because I was taught nothing about vaccines, because I had never met an unvaccinated child. But once I met unvaccinated children, and started seeing problems first-hand with vaccinations in my own patients – and started doing my own research – I flipped around 180 degrees. And I’ve known other doctors that were able to do that as well, and some of them, because parents like you have presented the facts to them – quietly, calmly and rationally. That’s key.” – Dr. Suzanne Humphries in her November 2015 lecture Trojan Horses & Cluster Bombs
** More good quotes in the posting ‘Vaccines: 12 Things You May Not Know + Quotes’
** & also a later section of vaccine-related quotations here.
Documentaries I’ve watched & highly recommend
BOUGHT – the truth behind vaccines, big pharma and your food (2014) Parents of vaccine-damaged children. 2 pharmaceutical industry whistleblowers. Big fines levied against Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline & Johnson & Johnson. Excellent. (I’ve only seen Part I.)
How Vaccines Harm Child Brain Development, with Dr. Russell Blaylock. It covers all the important bases about vaccines. Mercury, aluminum. Brain science. Under-reported vaccine injury statistics. Lies originating with CDC regarding their scientific studies. Myths about polio & tetanus & measles, plus the dangerous folly of vaccinating pregnant women. DTaP vaccine & SIDS deaths. The nonsense told about “herd immunity.”
Man Made Epidemic (2016) A young mother goes to visit – in England, Italy, Germany – doctors (including one who runs a vaccine clinic in the U.K., & who says Dr. Wakefield has been made a scapegoat), researchers, health professionals, an Italian lawyer who won a case establishing that the MMR vaccine caused a child’s autism, families of children with autism – to establish whether she can feel confident about her own son receiving the MMR vaccine. Many insights here about how vaccines really work (& don’t), about the growing autism epidemic. Amazing interview with a British man – who headed up a major U.K. autism group – & now admits that his early skepticism about the vaccine-autism link was utterly misguided (he admits he was arrogant, even, & twisted the facts to fit a theory). He agrees there is an autism epidemic, & that to too many, vaccines are like a god, & must not be questioned.
Shots in the Dark NFB (National Film Board); 2008. Excellent for conveying the very important message that vaccines of all kinds can be of harm to people of all ages. It’s the very first one I watched, & I made some notes about it (click on Shots in the Dark review).
Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines (2013) How the aluminum in vaccines inflates auto-immune disorders; how do vaccines really work?; herd immunity; a cancer gene in the polio vaccine; deaths from the Gardasil vaccine; inaccuracy of the history of vaccines that we are told; polio being caused in India by the polio vaccine; how with vaccinations diseases become more dangerous; mandatory vaccinations; how antibodies wane; the autism epidemic (esp. among boys); the innate immune system; it’s never been just about the mercury; vaccines are about a commercial, not a health, imperative; fraudulent CDC research; Simpsonwood secret meeting; liability issues & 1986 law (which Dr. Jonas Salk advised against); the cost of caring for so many vaccine-damaged children/people; corporate influence on the science being done, & published in medical journals; 100s of vaccines “in the pipeline”; media refusal to tell the truth; affected families speak; advice on refusal; quotes from the mother of an 11-year old autistic daughter, Sabrina. Wildly informative, heartbreaking. Great quotes from MDs, parents & researchers.
The Vaccine Panel: The Insider’s Report (2016). Panel discussion in L.A. in Feb. 2016. A ton of useful info. Includes a panelist who used to work for Merck (pharmaceutical company) & now preaches an anti-vaccination message (her site) ++ affected parents & 2 MDs. Herd immunity thoroughly covered. I’m super-glad I watched this!!
Trace Amounts – Autism, Mercury, and the Hidden Truth (2014) Plenty of info on this site. Fantastic resource on the long history of thimerosal use (the story of how it came to be used is a real shocker!); science that has proven its dangers over & over & over again; how the CDC found a strong autism link, then massaged the data until it “went away” – with shots of the transcript of the secret “Simpsonwood” meeting – & voice recordings of Dr. William Thompson, the CDC scientist who is now ashamed of his work with CDC & states the CDC has put vaccine science 10 years behind. Also: the Bush ties – both Georges – with the pharmaceutical industry. How males are at much higher risk for autism. Other sources of mercury in the environment. Decades of the autism rate being 1 in 10,000. Through the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s. Until the 90s. Then? The autism generation. (I rented the documentary online. $6 for 72 hours of use. Highly recommended!)
Trojan Horses & Cluster Bombs Nov. 2015 lecture to parents in Finland by Dr. Suzanne Humphries, about aluminum in vaccines. Quite technical about the immune system, & what aluminum does in the brain. She makes the aluminum/autism link. Great quote from her about being a doctor who used to give vaccinations: “I used to be an idiot.” — exhorting parents to do research, & educate their doctors.
VAXXED – from Cover-up to Catastrophe (2016) Full story of the CDC fraud/cover-up/scandal, with (senior scientist) Dr. Thompson’s voice relating how he & colleagues manipulated studies & data on the MMR vaccine/autism link – even gathering in a room in order to burn documents. Simply a must-see.