The Judgment on Vaccines Is In???
Recently, I was amazed to hear a commentary by CNN's Campbell Brown on the
controversial vaccine issue. After a ruling by the 'special vaccine court'
saying the Measles, Mumps, Rubella shot wasn't found to be responsible for
the plaintiffs' autism, she and others in the media began making assertions
that the judgment was in, and vaccines had been proven safe. No one would be
more relieved than Jenny and I if that were true. But with all due respect
to Ms. Brown, a ruling against causation in three cases out of more than
5000 hardly proves that other children won't be adversely affected by the
MMR, let alone that all vaccines are safe. This is a huge leap of logic by
anyone's standards. Not everyone gets cancer from smoking, but cigarettes do
cause cancer. After 100 years and many rulings in favor of the tobacco
companies, we finally figured that out.
The truth is that no one without a vested interest in the profitability of
vaccines has studied all 36 of them in depth. There are more than 100
vaccines in development, and no tests for cumulative effect or vaccine
interaction of all 36 vaccines in the current schedule have ever been done.
If I'm mistaken, I challenge those who are making such grand pronouncements
about vaccine safety to produce those studies.
If we are to believe that the ruling of the 'vaccine court' in these cases
mean that all vaccines are safe, then we must also consider the rulings of
that same court in the Hannah Polling and Bailey Banks cases, which ruled
vaccines were the cause of autism and therefore assume thatall vaccines are
unsafe. Clearly both are irresponsible assumptions, and neither option is
In this growing crisis, we cannot afford to blindly trumpet the agenda of
the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or vaccine makers. Now
more than ever, we must resist the urge to close this book before it's been
written. The anecdotal evidence of millions of parents who've seen their
totally normal kids regress into sickness and mental isolation after a trip
to the pediatrician's office must be seriously considered. The legitimate
concern they and many in the scientific community have that environmental
toxins, including those found in vaccines, may be causing autism and other
disorders (Aspergers, ADD, ADHD), cannot be dissuaded by a show of sympathy
and a friendly invitation to look for the 'real' cause of autism anywhere
but within the lucrative vaccine program.
With vaccines being the fastest growing division of the pharmaceutical
industry, isn't it possible that profits may play a part in the
decision-making? That the vaccine program is becoming more of a profit
engine than a means of prevention? In a world left reeling from the
catastrophic effects of greed, mismanagement and corporate insensitivity, is
it so absurd for us to wonder why American children are being given twice as
many vaccines on average, compared to the top 30 first world countries?
Paul Offit, the vaccine advocate and profiteer, who helped invent a
Rotavirus vaccine is said to have paved the way for his own multi-million
dollar windfall while serving on the very council that eventually voted his
Rotavirus vaccine onto our children's schedule. On August 21, 2000 a
congressional investigation's report titled, "Conflicts in Vaccine Policy,"
It has become clear over the course of this investigation that the VRBPAC
and the ACIP [the two main advisory boards that determine the vaccine
schedule] are dominated by individuals with close working relationships with
the vaccine producers. This was never the intent of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, which requires that a diversity of views be represented on
Isn't that enough to raise questions about the process of choosing the
With many states like Minnesota now reporting the number at 1 in 80 children
affected with autism, can we afford to trust those who serve two masters or
their logic that tells us "one size fits all" when it comes to vaccines? Can
we afford to ignore vaccines as a possible cause of these rising numbers
when they are one of the fastest growing elements in our children's
environment? With all the doubt that's left hanging on this topic, how can
anyone in the media or medical profession, boldly demand that all parents
march out and give their kids 36 of these shots, six at a time in dosage
levels equal to that given a 200 pound man? This is a bias of the most
I've also heard it said that no evidence of a link between vaccines and
autism has ever been found. That statement is only true for the CDC, the AAP
and the vaccine makers who've been ignoring mountains of scientific
information and testimony. There's no evidence of the Lincoln Memorial if
you look the other way and refuse to turn around. But if you care to look,
it's really quite impressive. For a sample of vaccine injury evidence go
We have never argued that people shouldn't be immunized for the most serious
threats including measles and polio, but surely there's a limit as to how
many viruses and toxins can be introduced into the body of a small child.
Veterinarians found out years ago that in many cases they were
over-immunizing our pets, a syndrome they call Vaccinosis. It overwhelmed
the immune system of the animals, causing myriad physical and neurological
disorders. Sound familiar? If you can over-immunize a dog, is it so far out
to assume that you can over-immunize a child? These forward thinking vets
also decided to remove thimerosal from animal vaccines in 1992, and yet this
substance, which is 49% mercury, is still in human vaccines. Don't our
children deserve as much consideration as our pets?
I think I'd rather listen to the more sensible voice of Dr. Bernadine Healy,
former head of the National Institute of Health, who says:
Listen to the patients and the patients will teach...I think there is an
inexcusable issue, and that's the lack of research that's been done here...A
parent can legitimately question giving a one-day old baby, or a two-day old
baby [the] Hepatitis B vaccine that has no risk for it [and] the mother has
no risk for it. That's a heavy-duty vaccine given on day two [of life]. I
think those are legitimate questions.
Dr. Healy is also calling for a long overdue study of vaccinated vs.
unvaccinated. Dr. Frank Engly, a researcher and microbiologist who served on
the boards of the CDC, FDA and EPA during the 70s and 80s, warned:
The CDC cannot afford to admit thimerosal is toxic because they have been
promoting it for several years...If they would have followed through with
our 1982 report, vaccines would have been freed of thimerosal and all this
autism as they tell me would not have occurred. But as it is, it all
In all likelihood the truth about vaccines is that they are both good and
bad. While ingredients like aluminum, mercury, ether, formaldehyde and
anti-freeze may help preserve and enhance vaccines, they can be toxic as
well. The assortment of viruses delivered by multiple immunizations may also
be a hazard. I agree with the growing number of voices within the medical
and scientific community who believe that vaccines, like every other drug,
have risks as well as benefits and that for the sake of profit, American
children are being given too many, too soon. One thing is certain. We don't
know enough to announce that all vaccines are safe!
If the CDC, the AAP and Ms. Brown insist that our children take twice as
many shots as the rest of the western world, we need more independent
vaccine research not done by the drug companies selling the vaccines or by
organizations under their influence. Studies that cannot be internally
suppressed. Answers parents can trust. Perhaps this is what Campbell Brown
should be demanding and how the power of the press could better serve the
public in the future.
-- Jim Carrey