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Merck Unblinds AIDS Study

December 06, 2007 | 58,307 views
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Two international trials of Merck & Co. Inc.’s experimental AIDS vaccine were stopped after researchers realized the vaccine did not prevent infection with the AIDS virus.

Instead, indications suggest that the vaccine may actually raise the risk of infection, though it cannot cause an HIV infection itself.

Now, Merck has announced that it will “unblind” the study, and let the thousands of volunteers know who received the active vaccine and who got a dummy shot.

Researchers have begun counseling volunteers that they could now be at a higher risk of contracting HIV.

The AIDS vaccine trials were conducted in the United States, Peru, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Australia and South Africa.


Protect Your Right to Informed Consent and Defend Vaccine Exemptions

With all the uncertainty surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, it's critical to protect your right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone in America stand up and fight to protect and expand vaccine informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws. The best way to do this is to get personally involved with your state legislators and educating the leaders in your community.

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National vaccine policy recommendations are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made at the state level. It is at the state level where your action to protect your vaccine choice rights can have the greatest impact. It is critical for EVERYONE to get involved now in standing up for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices in America because those choices are being threatened by lobbyists representing drug companies, medical trade associations, and public health officials, who are trying to persuade legislators to strip all vaccine exemptions from public health laws.

Signing up for NVIC's free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org gives you immediate, easy access to your own state legislators on your Smart Phone or computer so you can make your voice heard. You will be kept up-to-date on the latest state bills threatening your vaccine choice rights and get practical, useful information to help you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community. Also, when national vaccine issues come up, you will have the up-to-date information and call to action items you need at your fingertips.

So please, as your first step, sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal.

Share Your Story with the Media and People You Know

If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury, or death, please talk about it. If we don't share information and experiences with one another, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.

I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the "other side" of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.

We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies or public health officials promoting forced use of a growing list of vaccines to dominate the conversation about vaccination. The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than "statistically acceptable collateral damage" of national one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn't be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the non-profit charity, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), at www.NVIC.org:

  • NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries, and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
  • If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
  • Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment and sanctions by doctors, employers, and school and health officials for making independent vaccine choices.

Connect with Your Doctor or Find a New One That Will Listen and Care

If your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines you don't want, I strongly encourage you to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become truly educated about health and vaccination.

However, there is hope.

At least 15 percent of young doctors recently polled admit that they're starting to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents. It is good news that there is a growing number of smart young doctors, who prefer to work as partners with parents in making personalized vaccine decisions for children, including delaying vaccinations or giving children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more vaccines.

So take the time to locate a doctor, who treats you with compassion and respect and is willing to work with you to do what is right for your child.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Well before I begin on my Merck rant, let me first make it crystal clear that I have zero hope in any vaccine solution for AIDS.

Secondly, although some of my friends used to call me “Merc” as a shortened version of Mercola --  I am no fan of Merck the drug company. Let’s remember this is the same company that IGNORED early warnings on their drug Vioxx that KILLED over 60,000 people in the United States alone.

So is it at all surprising that when we examine this issue that we are going to uncover more dirt?

Merck began suspecting something was wrong with their highly touted AIDS vaccine when 19 of those who received at least two doses of the vaccine contracted HIV compared with 11 of those given placebos.

Yet even before this was realized, they knew the vaccine itself did not even work.

What is the moral of the story?

Well, on the surface level it is to seriously question whether any sum of money is worth the risks you take when you volunteer yourself as a guinea pig. Sadly, many drug study volunteers are in desperate need of money, or may be seriously undereducated as to the potential risks of the drug or vaccine being studied.

On a deeper level, it is to not rely on the toxic solutions of the fatally flawed health care paradigm to “cure” you of disease. Clearly, a vaccine was never the answer to avoiding HIV infection in the first place.

In the case of HIV and AIDS, it is essential to keep your immune system strong because the virus attacks your immune system. Avoiding grains and sugars is one of the primary ways to do this, as sugar immediately decreases the functioning of your immune system.

Following a healthy diet is also of utmost importance for anyone battling HIV (or any other chronic illness, for that matter).

It may surprise you to learn that the most common cause of death among HIV-positive patients is liver failure, caused by taking toxic drugs. If this topic is of interest to you, you may want to watch this short video warning about HIV treatments and testing.

Further, Merck is the last company on earth that I would trust to manufacture something to inject into my or your body. This is the same company:
  • That continued to supply the infant hepatitis B vaccine, which was contaminated with thimerosal, a mercury preservative, for two years after announcing that it had eliminated the toxin from the vaccine.
So is it surprising that their latest vaccine has now put thousands of people at an increased risk of HIV? No. But it is a testimony to the extreme need for change.

You can start in your own home by doing some serious research prior to vaccinating yourself or your children.

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