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Why We Need a Fearless Conversation about Vaccines

January 28, 2010 | 51,706 views
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A majority of Americans “just said no” to getting an H1N1 influenza shot last year. The truth is, most people just didn’t buy the hype about swine flu. Perhaps it is because everyone is tired of constantly living in fear.

As Barbara Loe Fisher, president and co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, shares in the video above, those who criticized the quality and quantity of government-regulated vaccine science -- or questioned the ethics of mandatory vaccination laws -- have been marginalized by those in positions of authority.

Hopefully, 2010 will be the beginning of a fearless and fierce search for the truth about health and vaccination that will enlighten us all.

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.

NVIC Advocacy poster


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:

When there are clouds, there’s almost always a silver lining, and this is even true in the case of the swine flu pandemic that wasn’t.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that the swine flu pandemic of 2009 will go down as one of the biggest government and pharmaceutical scams ever. And this has not only renewed a healthy, and necessary, skepticism about the swine flu vaccine, but it has also created a more open debate about vaccinations in general.

And, really, this debate is long overdue.

As Barbara Loe Fisher, president and co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, explained above, fear was the overriding emotion of the first decade of the 21st century in the United States. And that fear drove U.S. vaccine policy even further down a black hole.

How Fear Was Used as a Political Tool to Further the Vaccine Industry Agenda

Unfortunately, both safety and informed consent have been largely removed from the vaccine picture in favor of one-size-fits-all policies. These policies have been further pushed and perpetuated by carefully orchestrated fear-mongering that took place over the last 10 years.

Here is just a short recap of what took place over the past decade, along with its implications on vaccine policy:

Throughout all of this, media and public health officials would chastise anyone who dared to question the safety of these vaccines, or the motives driving them to market.

Now, however, the swine flu hysteria has actually opened many people’s eyes to the unsupported and unproven practices behind vaccine policies. The public is finally starting to wonder and question, en masse, what’s being injected into them and their children.

A One-Size-Fits-All Vaccine Program is Not a Safe One

The current U.S. immunization schedule calls for children to get 48 doses of 14 vaccines by the time they’re just 6 years old. By age 18, federal public health officials say they should have gotten a total of 69 doses of 16 vaccines from day of birth to age 18.

This “prescription” is the same for every U.S. child, even though it’s well known that some children do not react well to this schedule, and some will actually die from it.

Tragically, most doctors are far too arrogant to even consider that there is any possibility that there might be something wrong with vaccines.

Most pediatricians are indoctrinated to simply tell parents that anything related to a bad outcome from a vaccine is a mere coincidence.

What you currently have is a one-sided policy; a way of thinking that is impossible to really allow for the appropriate debate. Science is a field where you ask a question, you find an answer, and you don’t have the biases or the influences that change the way an answer or a conclusion is made.

You just are not seeing that with vaccines.

The Proper Safety Studies Just Have Not Been Done

Most of you are well aware that if you take a drug combination, you need to watch out for harmful interactions. The greater the number of drugs you take, the higher the risk that an adverse outcome could result.

Yet, the FDA has assumed that there is no difference in giving a child one vaccine to giving them five, 10 or 14 all at once. They have simply chosen to ignore the fact that giving multiple vaccines at one time is, in fact, very different from giving just one.

Dr. Larry Palevsky, a board-certified pediatrician trained at the New York School of Medicine, explains how even many of his colleagues are unaware of the lack of safety studies surrounding vaccines:

“I think that if you ask most of my colleagues where they get their information, they will say that they read it from the American Academy of Pediatrics, from the AMA, from the CDC, and in their journals.

But I would like to challenge most of my colleagues to look through the studies themselves to actually see if the proper scientific studies were done using a proper study group and a proper control group.

Were the ingredients in vaccines properly studied?

Is there a difference between being exposed to a virus, bacteria, heavy metal or toxin through the air, food, your intestines and your skin, versus when it’s injected into your body?

Have we really looked at what happens to vaccine materials once injected into a child? Is an antibody sufficient to provide protection for a child against disease?

More and more studies are coming out to show that:

  • The proper studies haven’t been done

  • Antibodies are not the final way in which your body is protected

  • There is a difference between how children process material through air and food versus through injection

  • There are particles in vaccines that do accumulate in your body and cause impairments in your immune system

  • There are particles in the vaccines that get into your brain

  • There are foreign DNA particles that get into your body

For many health professionals it is a shock to discover that there is such a lack of information on the safety and efficacy, and a mounting degree of information that actually raises suspicions about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, and whether or not they have been properly studied.”

It’s Time to Get These Questions Answered

Health officials like those at the CDC are often unwilling to even briefly entertain the possibility of a connection to a vaccine, but there are physicians and researchers who do believe vaccines are to blame.

So isn’t it time a real, unbiased investigation was made, and these questions finally answered? For some, it is already too late. But there are generations of children, some being born as you read this, that are depending on a new conversation about vaccine science, policy, ethics and law.

One that leaves the fear of the last decade behind you; one based on real science, that takes the best interests of your child into consideration rather than what biased government planners cite as being best for society.

Show us the science and give us a choice as to whether to get a certain vaccine, and whether to risk any possible adverse reactions that might be connected with it.

That’s all you want, really, when you ask questions about vaccines, or any medical procedure, isn’t it?

And truly, isn’t that your right?

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