I am writing in response to an opinion piece by Mr. Groenveld in the January 28, 2016 edition titled “Educated ignorant get no apology.”
While I do realize it is an opinion piece, I would like to bring up some interesting facts that many people do not know when it comes to vaccines:
1) Raw Data shows that deaths from childhood diseases were already on the decline prior to the introduction of vaccines.
“Up to 90 per cent of the total decline in death rate of children betwen 1860 and 1965, because of whooping cough, scarlet fever, diptheria, measles, occurred before the introduction of immunizations and antibiotics.” Dr. Archie Kalokerinos, MD
Important to note that there never has been a vaccination for scarlet fever, yet you do not hear of many cases of this today.*
“In 1900 there were 13.3 measles deaths per 100,000 population. By 1955, before the first measles shot, the death rate had declined 97.7 per cent to only 0.03 deaths per 100,000.” Dr. Mendelsohn, MD
2) Vaccines actually reduce immunity to diseases.
“One vaccination decreases cell-mediated immunity by 50 per cent, two by 70 per cent, all triple (MMR, DTaP) markedly impair cell-mediated immunity which predisposes to recurrent viral infections, especially otitis media, as well as yeast and fungi infections.” Dr. H. H. Fudenberg, immunologist
“Vaccines build up only one line of your immune system (the antibody system) but put the main immune system (cellular immunity) to sleep. You need both for fully developed immunity.” Dr Robert Rowen, MD
3) The CDC recently admitted that the whooping cough (B pertussis) vaccine is ineffective. In September 2013, there was a B pertussis outbreak in a Florida preschool. Of those infected (and vaccine-compliant) it was found that the vaccine was only 45 per cent effective. Interesting to note throughout this study/intervention by the CDC is that the three students not vaccinated did not get sick. (It is also little known in the general population that whooping cough actually consists of two known strains, but up to five strains potentially exist.) The CDC admits that there are indications that the B pertussis has developed an immunity, of sorts, to the vaccine strain.
“During 2000–2012, reported pertussis cases increased >six-fold from 7,867 cases to 48,277 cases. One potential contributing factor for increased incidence of pertussis is waning immunity after acellular pertussis vaccination “ (from Sustained Transmission of Pertussis in Vaccinated, 1-5 Year Old Children in a Preschool in Florida, USA)
In an article found on PubMed “Pertactin-negative Bordella pertussis Strains: evidence for a possible selective advantage”, there are indications that the bacteria has disabled the pertactin protein which renders the vaccine ineffective. Another interesting minor detail is that this is a problem only in vaccinated children. The unvaccinated children in the study did not have this issue. (It could be inferred that the unvaccinated would stand a better chance at defending this newer strain than the vaccinated.)
4) Vaccinated children are carriers of diseases they are innoculated against. With the measles vaccine, the virus is still in the system (urine, saliva) up to six weeks after vaccination. The story is similar with polio where the virus lingers in the system post-innoculation for three weeks. Vaccinated children are just as likely to spread diseases as non-vaccinated. I cannot emphasize this enough as there seems to be a false sense of safety with those who vaccinate that they do not and will not carry the disease – that they are in no way contributors to the spreading of disease. Case in point: In 1983-84 there were several pockets of measles outbreaks across the USA. In a high school in Illinois, for example, the immunization compliance rate was 100 per cent against measles. The curious thing, however, is that they still suffered a localized outbreak of measles in their school. One must ask: How is this possible if every single child in that school was compliant with their immunizations? The answer that does not want to be heard: ineffectiveness, herd immunity myth debunked.
These are just a few examples of many that are not widely published in government health brochures. (SV40 cancer gene in the 1950s polio vaccine is still seen in tumors today; influenza vaccine ineffectiveness and falsified death rates due to influenza in order to push vaccine; Down’s Syndrome and vaccines; mercury still in vaccines; aluminum and formeldahyde in vaccines; and so much more!)
We expect, as a society, that our health professionals have our best interests in mind. It’s not that they don’t, because I truly believe that the large majority do. I believe that they are too reliant upon drug-company safety studies – studies that FDA relies upon in order to approve drugs. Let me repeat that: FDA does not independently verify safety of drugs, they rely upon drug companies to do this for them. I believe that is slowly changing, but the FDA is far too tied to the drug industry and it’s funding to do too much about it.
Peer-reviewed, prominent medical journal articles? Even in medical journals, the articles may have prestigious names and institutions attached as authors, but the reality is that many of the articles are ghost-written by drug company employees, and then drug companies reach out to prominent “independent” medical staff to “author” the article in order to give the impression that an independent study was done. I am sure that comes with a nice bonus check as the top nine drug companies spent tens of billions (that’s with a B) in such payouts to the medical profession in a single year.
(This is according to Marcia Angell, MD former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.)
The “Educated Ignorant” are not those people who simply refuse to vaccinate. The “Educated Ignorant” are those people who refuse to do the research with an open mind and instead do whatever the government health authorities tell them, without questioning the data. In order to be an informed parent, one must research and ask questions. If you still decide to vaccinate your child, then the anti-vaxxers should respect that decision. Likewise, if you decide not to vaccinate your child, then the vaxxers should also respect that decision. Demonizing each other for the choices made is counter-productive to the advancement of society as a whole.
Thank you for taking the time to read this in its entirety.
Melissa LeClair, Langley