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TBR News April 27, 2019

Apr 27 2019

The Voice of the White House Washington, D.C. April 27, 2019: “Working in the White House as a junior staffer is an interesting experience.

When I was younger, I worked as a summer-time job in a clinic for people who had moderate to severe mental problems and the current work closely, at times, echos the earlier one.

I am not an intimate of the President but I have encountered him from time to time and I daily see manifestations of his growing psychological problems.

He insults people, uses foul language, is frantic to see his name mentioned on main-line television and pays absolutely no attention to any advice from his staff that runs counter to his strange ideas.

He lies like a rug to everyone, eats like a hog, makes lewd remarks to female staffers and flies into rages if anyone dares to contradict him.

His latest business is to re-institute a universal draft in America.

He wants to do this to remove tens of thousands of unemployed young Americans from the streets so they won’t come together and fight him.

Commentary for April 27:” There is persistent gossip about a projected US military invasion of northern Mexico. The alleged purpose of this is to both shut down the extensive Mexican drug smuggling coupled with Trump’s promises to the far-right that he will stop any Latin American from daring to enter the United States. He failed dismally in his wall project and Trump, if blocked, will try another tack. The courts are blocking many of his erratic rulings and he can do nothing about this other than to try to stack Federal courts with pro-Nazi judges. Some countries are ripe for dictators but the United States is not one of them.We got rid of our king long ago and we do not want one now, even one with a comb-over who gropes willing women. If Trump did not have money, it is doubtful that a good looking woman would look twice at him, other than to laugh.”

The Table of Contents

  • ‘Revenge of the Kurds’: Erdogan’s Missteps Are Piling Up
  • US judge blocks enforcement of anti-Israel boycott law in Texas
  • Encyclopedia of American Loons
    •  Wayne Rohde
    • Daniel Pinchbeck
    • Linda Nelson
  • Earthquake Hazards of the San Francisco Bay Area Today
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations
  • Voices from the Back Wards: Blessed Prozac Moments Revealed!
  • 50 Anti-Vaccine Myths and Misinformation


‘Revenge of the Kurds’: Erdogan’s Missteps Are Piling Up

After 18 years of unchallenged power, the Turkish president finds himself in the middle of several domestic and foreign crises of his own making.

April 27, 2019

by Conn Hallinan

After 18 years of unchallenged power and success, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suddenly finds himself in the middle of several domestic and foreign crises with no obvious way out. It’s unfamiliar ground for a master politician who’s moved nimbly from the margins of power to becoming the undisputed leader of the largest economy in the Middle East.

Erdogan’s problems are largely of his own making: an economy built on a deeply corrupt construction industry, a disastrous intervention in Syria, and a declaration of war on Turkey’s Kurdish population. All of these initiatives have backfired badly.

In the March 31 local elections, Erdogan’s conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost control of all of Turkey’s major cities, including the country’s political center, Ankara, and the nation’s economic engine, Istanbul. The latter contributes more than 30 percent of Turkey’s GNP.

Revenge of the Kurds

That’s not to say that the man is down and out. The AKP is demanding a re-run of the Istanbul election and is preventing the progressive mayors of several Kurdish cities in Turkey’s southeast from assuming office.

Erdogan isn’t a man who shies from using brute force and intimidation to get his way. Close to 10,000 of his political opponents are in prison, hundreds of thousands of others have been dismissed from their jobs, and opposition media is largely crushed. The final outcome of the election is by no means settled.

But force will only exacerbate Erdogan’s problems.

The Kurds are a case in point. When the leftist, Kurdish-based People’s Democratic Party (HDP) made a major electoral breakthrough in 2015 – winning 81 seats in the Parliament and denying the AKP a majority – Erdogan responded by ending peace talks with the Kurds and occupying Kurdish towns and cities.

Rather than cowing the Kurds, however, it sowed the wind, and the AKP reaped the hurricane in the March election. An analysis of the Istanbul mayor’s race shows that the AKP and its right-wing National Movement Party alliance won about the same percentage of votes it had in last year’s presidential election. The same was true for the AKP’s opposition – the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) and its ally, the right-wing Good Party.

The difference was that the HDP didn’t field a candidate, and its imprisoned leader, Selahattin Demirtas, urged the Kurds and their supporters to vote against Erdogan’s candidate. They did so in droves and tipped the balance to the CHP’s candidate. That pattern pretty much held for the rest of the country and accounts for the AKP’s loss of other cities, like Izmar, Antalya, Mersin, and Adana.

When the Turkish state waged a war against the Kurds in the 1980s and ‘90s, many fled rural areas to take up life in the cities. Istanbul is now about 11 percent Kurdish. Indeed, it is the largest grouping of urban Kurds in the world. So if there is a phrase that sums up the election, it might be “revenge of the Kurds.”

But the AKP’s loss of the major urban centers is more than a political setback. Cities are the motors for the Turkish economy, and for the past 18 years Erdogan has doled out huge construction projects to AKP-friendly firms, which in turn kick money back to the party. The president has delivered growth over the years, but it was growth built on the three “Cs”: credit, corruption and cronyism.

Those chickens have finally come home to roost. Foreign currency reserves are low, Turkey’s lira has plummeted in value, debts are out of hand, and unemployment – particularly among the young and well educated – is rising. In a rare case of political tone deafness, Erdogan focused the recent campaign around the issues of terrorism and the Kurds, ignoring polls that showed most Turks were far more worried about high prices and joblessness.

Troubles with NATO

Where Erdogan goes from here is not clear. Turkey is holding talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) about a possible bailout, but the president knows that means increased taxes and austerity – not exactly the kind of program that delivers votes.

There will be no elections until the 2023 presidential contest, so there’s time to try to turn things around – but how? Foreign investors are wary of Turkey’s political volatility, and the Europeans and Americans are unhappy with Erdogan’s erratic foreign policy.

The latest dustup is fallout from Turkey’s disastrous 2011 decision to support the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Assad has survived – largely because of Russian and Iranian support – and now Turkey is hosting millions of refugees and bleeding out billions of dollars occupying parts of northern Syria.

Turkey initially tried to get NATO to challenge Moscow in Syria – even shooting down a Russian warplane – but NATO wanted no part of it. So Erdogan shifted and cut a deal with Moscow, part of which involved buying the Russians’ new S-400 anti-missile and aircraft system for $2.5 billion.

Backing the extremists trying to overthrow Assad was never a good hand, but Erdogan has played it rather badly.

The S-400 deal displeased NATO, which doesn’t want high-tech Russian military technology potentially eavesdropping on a NATO member country, particularly on American warplanes based in Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base.

The U.S. Congress is threatening to block Turkey’s purchase of the F-35 fifth generation fighter plane, even though Turkey is an investor in the project. The Trump administration has also warned Ankara that it will apply the 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act if Turkey buys Russian military equipment, sanctions that could damage Ankara’s already troubled economy. Turkey is officially in a recession.

The Americans are so upset about this S-400 business that the Senate recently proposed lifting an arms embargo on Cyprus and signing energy agreements with Greece and Egypt – two of Turkey’s major regional rivals.

(Of course, not being able to purchase the F-35 may end up being a plus for Ankara. The plane is an overpriced lemon. Some of Erdogan’s advisors argue that Ankara could always turn to Russia for a fifth generation warplane – and one that might actually work.)

There is some talk about throwing Turkey out of NATO, but that’s mostly bluff. The simple fact is that NATO needs Turkey more than Turkey needs NATO. Ankara controls access to the Black Sea, where NATO has deployed several missile-firing surface ships. Russia’s largest naval base is on the Crimean Peninsula and relations between Moscow and NATO are tense.

A strategic turn toward Moscow seems unlikely. The Russians oppose Turkey’s hostility toward the Kurds in Syria, don’t share Erdogan’s antagonism toward Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, and have differences with Ankara over Cyprus and the Caucasus. And for all the talk about increasing trade between the two countries, the Russian economy is not all that much larger than Turkey’s and is currently straining under NATO-applied sanctions.

On the one hand, Ankara is angry with Washington for its refusal to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim leader that Erdogan claims was behind the failed 2016 coup. On the other hand, the Turkish president also knows that the US pretty much controls the IMF and he will need American support if he goes for a bailout.

Holding the Center

How Erdogan will handle his domestic problems and foreign entanglements is anyone’s guess. Erdogan the politician made peace with the Kurds, established a good neighbor policy regionally, and lifted tens of millions of Turks out of poverty.

But Erdogan the autocrat pulled his country into a senseless war with the Kurds and Syria, distorted the economy to build an election juggernaut, jailed political opponents, and turned Turkish democracy into one-man rule.

If the local elections were a sobering lesson for Erdogan, they should also be a wake-up call for the mainstream Turkish opposition.

The only reason the CHP now runs Turkey’s major cities is because the Kurdish HDP took a deep breath and voted for the party’s candidates. That must not have been easy. The CHP was largely silent when Erdogan launched his war on the Kurds in 2015 and voted with the AKP to remove parliamentary immunity for HDP members. That allowed the Turkish president to imprison 16 HDP parliamentarians, remove HDP mayors, and smash up Kurdish cities.

The Kurds demonstrated enormous political sophistication in the recent Turkish balloting, but they won’t be patient forever. Erdogan can be challenged, but – as the election demonstrated – only by a united front of center-left and left parties. That will require the CHP alliance to find a political solution to the demands of the Kurds for rights and autonomy.

US judge blocks enforcement of anti-Israel boycott law in Texas

Federal judge says boycotts are protected free speech, declaring the Texas law fails to serve compelling state interest.

April 27, 2019


A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don’t boycott Israel.

In a 56-page opinion filed Thursday, US District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said boycotts are protected free speech, declaring the law fails to serve a compelling state interest.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas filed the federal suit in December against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and others. It argued the law forces people to choose between their First Amendment rights and their livelihoods.

Texas is among 25 states that have enacted similar bans on participation in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. He said the statute “threatens ‘to suppress unpopular ideas” and “manipulate the public debate through coercion rather than persuasion”.

‘Deeply ingrained in American tradition’

The lawsuit was a consolidation of two court actions. One was brought last December by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on behalf of Bahia Amawi, a Palestinian Muslim speech pathologist and US citizen who lost her job with a suburban Austin school district because she refused to sign a “No Boycott of Israel” clause mandated by the state.

Another was brought by the ACLU of Texas on behalf of four persons against two local school districts and two state university boards of regents. The lawsuit claims the four plaintiffs bringing the suit have either lost “contracting opportunities” because they declined to sign the certification, or they signed “at the expense” of their First Amendment rights. One plaintiff lost two service contracts from a university, and another was forced to forfeit payment for judging a debate tournament tied to a school district, according to the suit.

In a statement, the CAIR hailed the court ruling.

“Arabic-speaking schoolchildren in Texas have been deprived of critical services from Bahia Amawi for almost this entire school year because of this unconstitutional law. Today, we welcome a victory for the First Amendment,” said Lena Masri, CAIR national litigation director in a statement.

Tommy Buser-Clancy, staff lawyer for the ACLU of Texas who argued the case, called the ruling “a victory for the free speech of all Texans. The right to boycott is deeply ingrained in American tradition, from our nation’s founding to today.”

Emails to the Texas Attorney General’s Office drew no immediate response on Thursday.

When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the piece of legislation that imposed the ban in 2017, he called the “anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally.” The Texas Comptroller’s Office threatened to include the home-sharing company Airbnb on a list of companies banned from doing business with the state. The threat was lifted when Airbnb convinced the state it was not boycotting Israel.

After Tropical Storm Harvey devastated Dickinson, a city near Galveston, the city government required persons and businesses seeking aid from the city to rebuild in 2017 to pledge not to boycott Israel during the term of the agreement. The city lifted the requirement days later under pressure from civil rights groups.


Encyclopedia of American Loons

Wayne Rohde

Wayne Rohde is an antivaccine activist, and the founder of the antivaccine group the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota, occasional blogger for the antivaccine conspiracy website Age of Autism, and a rich source of trite, endlessly repeated and falsified (and repeated again) antivaccine tropes. Rohde is an attorney, and has, as far as we can tell, no background in science or research. He is nevertheless an active figure at antivaccine conferences and was in 2019 asked to serve on the new Minnesota state council on autism together with fellow antivaccine conspiracy theorist and health freedom advocate Patti Carroll; that state council was initiated by state senator Jim Abeler, a chiropractor and fellow anti-vaccine activist, who justified the appointment of Rohde and Carroll by invoking the balance fallacy. Rohde himself is an executive for the group Health Choice, which advocates that chronic health conditions in children are caused by “unhealthy choices” including “side effects of vaccine choices.” This is not true.

To people like Rohde, vaccines are to blame for most ills. Here, for instance, is (a discussion of) Rohde trying to connect Harold Ramis’s death to vaccines through desperately bizarre speculation. Then he refers to some garbage studies by Shaw and Tomljenovic, websites that say the opposite of what he says that they say, and vaccine court cases. (Indeed, Rohde has written a book about vaccine courts: The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which seems to be mostly an instance of Badger’s Law). Of course, Rohde is mostly JAQing off. But it was the vaccines. Nothing in what he says has anything to do with facts, truth and evidence, but if you start with an idea, stick to it dogmatically, and don’t care about what is actually the case, you can connect almost anything to it with enough ingenuity.

Of course, Rohde denies being antivaccine; instead, he is – when it suits him – an advocate for health freedom. By claiming to be pro-freedom, he gets to call his opponents “fascists”, or “medical fascists”. He likes that. He also likes questioning the motivations of those who disagree with him.

Diagnosis: crackpot conspiracy theorist. He is quite vocal, however, and seems to have some influence in the antivaccine movement. Dangerous.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (2006), and Notes from the Edge Times(2010), as well as co-founder of Reality Sandwich and founder of the think tank Center for Planetary Culture, which runs the Regenerative Society Wiki. Post-modernism and New Age nonsense, all rolled up nicely in pseudointellectual deepity, and fluffy, pink word salads, has established Pinchbeck as an important figure in the New Age Movement.

In Breaking Open the Head, he goes through various shamanistic practices and their use of psychedelics and how using psychedelics is a road to insight, which he mixes with the lunatic ramblings of Rudolf Steiner. The central idea is apparently that shamanic and mystical views of reality, the ones you can access by using psychedelics, provide genuine insights into Truths because wishful thinking, and that the dull and grey reality described by those in “pursuit of rational materialism” under the curse of Enlightenment restrictions like evidence and reason forfeits understanding of intuitive aspects of being. The follow-up, 2012, was (presumably deliberately) even less constrained by reality, reason, accuracy or evidence; basically, Pinchbeck starts off from Hopi and Mayan prophecies and follows his intuitions. Everything is heavily indebted to Terence McKenna’s claim that humanity is experiencing an accelerated process of global consciousness transformation (a metaphor, of course, and one that is predictably never cashed out) and the laughable psi research of Dean Radin, crop circles and the work of calendar reform advocate José Argüelles. Apparently it all supports the prophetic visions Pinchbeck has received from Quetzalcoatl, which has something to do with 2012, so there. Apparently Quetzalcoatl began speaking to Pinchbeck during a 2004 trip to the Amazon in Brazil featuring plenty of psychedelics. 2012, meanwhile, came and passed without ushering in the New Age.

In fact, Pinchbeck must be held partially responsible for popularizing 2012 nonsense in the New Age movement, where the rambling attempts at connecting crop circles, alien abduction and drug-use-as-a-means-to-channel-gods-that-non-drug-users-couldn’t-possibly-achieve-or-understand was guaranteed a receptive audience.

His How Soon Is Now?(2017) argues that ecological crises are rites of passage or initiation for humanity collectively, and appropriately addressed by reaching “the next level of our consciousness” as a species, which is a dumb suggestion. Later the same year the metoo movement finally caught up with him (he promptly blamed his predatory behavior on women; “I was never breastfed and believe that left me feeling lacking and desperately craving some essential connection to women,” said Pinchbeck), but it really oughtn’t have been necessary to marginalize his nonsense.

Diagnosis: It is worth emphasizing the sheer arrogance and narcissism of those who think their intuitions, wishful thinking and explorations of their imaginations are guides to truth and sufficient reason to dismiss the work of the generations on whose shoulders privileged nincompoops like Pinchbeck stand. Hopefully neutralized, but we realize that his audience will probably just move on to the next peddler of inane nonsense to pop up.

Linda Nelson

Altmed comes little more ridiculous than homeopathy, which is so desperately nonsensical that even hardened New Agers have occasionally been caught hesitating when hearing what it actually is and how it is actually supposed to work. But homeopathy also has the trappings of a cargo cult science, complete with its own educational institutions, degrees, terminology, journals and conferences – made to look as much like science as possible, but by people who wouldn’t be able to distinguish scientific methodology from a word document written in random wingdings characters if their lives depended on it, and it shows.

Linda Nelson is a homeopath, and true to the cargo cult-science trappings, she has a lot of letters to her name: “CHom, NCTMB, is a member of NASH, NCH, AMTA,” none of which ought to inspire confidence any more (but arguably slightly less) than random strings. Nelson “graduated from Homeopathy School of Colorado, which is now Homeopathy School International,” which also makes you slightly less prepared to deal with real suffering than nothing. Nelson is apparently a Classical Homeopathic Practitioner and also a “reiki master” – a degree that usually costs between $600 and $800 by mail but is anyways not a protected title – and is apparently currently affiliated with the Institute of Bioenergetic Medicine (where “bioenergetic” seems to refer to orgone energy, no less); she also teaches Spiritual Awareness classes at Yoga West and Crystal Books.

Among Nelson’s many areas of self-defined expertise is STD, or symptoms of STDs: “These symptoms may not be coming from you and your life experiences, they may be coming from your family history that no one wanted to talk about because it was too embarrassing. We also need to remember two things: Males rarely show symptoms of Chlamydia and Chlamydia is on the rise nationwide. One of the remedies that we have to look at is Chlamydium which is taken from a person who has Chlamydia. Why would we want to put such a horrible disease into our body? The body will kick out the disease that is vibrating at a lower vibration to help balance itself. This is the same theory as vaccinations.” It is not the same theory as vaccinations. What she refers to above – the family history part – is presumably homeopathy’s idea of miasms, which is roughly as silly as the ideas that your illness is caused by hereditary demonic homunculi, just vaguer. If you think a proposal to help you deal with diseases “vibrating at a lower vibration” sounds like a good idea, there is probably little we can do to help, however.

Diagnosis: Ok, so this is not a big fish by any means, but Nelson’s karmic vibrations were apparently vibrating at some unfortunate vibrations today, so she ended up in our Encyclopedia nonetheless. Nothing we can do about that. Blame the miasms.

Earthquake Hazards of the San Francisco Bay Area Today

United States Geological Survey

Urban Areas

In 1906, only 650,000 people lived in the Bay Area. The 1906 earthquake left 225,000 of San Francisco’s 400,000 citizens homeless. At the time of the earthquake, much of the Bay Area was sparsely populated; San Jose was a small town of 25,000. Today, the Bay Area population has increased ten-fold to 7 million people, all at risk from expected earthquakes on one or more of the Bay Area faults. 2 million people, for example live on or close to the Hayward fault, which has among the highest probability of producing a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake in the next 30 years.

Earthquake Probabilities for the Bay Area

In 2003, earthquake scientists led by the USGS estimated that there is a 62% probability of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake in the Bay Area in the next 30 years. Some faults are more likely to rupture than others. The two most hazardous faults in the region are the Hayward-Rodgers Creek fault system (27%) and the San Andreas fault (21%). The East Bay has a higher earthquake hazard than the San Francisco peninsula due to the higher number of faults that traverse the East Bay. Which fault is closest to your house? What probability for a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake in the next 30 years have scientists assigned to it?

Liquefaction Susceptibility in San Francisco

Liquefaction occurs when young, sandy, water-saturated deposits are shaken strongly during earthquakes. When this occurs, these deposits lose their load-bearing strength and behave like a liquid. Buildings and other structures can be damaged when their foundations sink into these soupy sands. Geologists map the potential for liquefaction by mapping young, sandy deposits that are likely to contain water.

Bay Area Faults

The San Francisco Bay Area is transected by a series of subparallel faults that together accommodate the relative motion between the Pacific and North American plates. The San Andreas Fault and 6 other significant fault zones are present in the Bay Area: the Calaveras, Concord-Green Valley, Greenville, Hayward, Rodgers Creek, and San Gregorio Faults


The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

April 27, 2019

by Dr. Peter Janney

On October 8th, 2000, Robert Trumbull Crowley, once a leader of the CIA’s Clandestine Operations Division, died in a Washington hospital of heart failure and the end effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. Before the late Assistant Director Crowley was cold, Joseph Trento, a writer of light-weight books on the CIA, descended on Crowley’s widow at her town house on Cathedral Hill Drive in Washington and hauled away over fifty boxes of Crowley’s CIA files.

Once Trento had his new find secure in his house in Front Royal, Virginia, he called a well-known Washington fix lawyer with the news of his success in securing what the CIA had always considered to be a potential major embarrassment.

Three months before, on July 20th of that year, retired Marine Corps colonel William R. Corson, and an associate of Crowley, died of emphysema and lung cancer at a hospital in Bethesda, Md.

After Corson’s death, Trento and the well-known Washington fix-lawyer went to Corson’s bank, got into his safe deposit box and removed a manuscript entitled ‘Zipper.’ This manuscript, which dealt with Crowley’s involvement in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, vanished into a CIA burn-bag and the matter was considered to be closed forever.

The small group of CIA officials gathered at Trento’s house to search through the Crowley papers, looking for documents that must not become public. A few were found but, to their consternation, a significant number of files Crowley was known to have had in his possession had simply vanished.

When published material concerning the CIA’s actions against Kennedy became public in 2002, it was discovered to the CIA’s horror, that the missing documents had been sent by an increasingly erratic Crowley to another person and these missing papers included devastating material on the CIA’s activities in South East Asia to include drug running, money laundering and the maintenance of the notorious ‘Regional Interrogation Centers’ in Viet Nam and, worse still, the Zipper files proving the CIA’s active organization of the assassination of President John Kennedy..

A massive, preemptive disinformation campaign was readied, using government-friendly bloggers, CIA-paid “historians” and others, in the event that anything from this file ever surfaced. The best-laid plans often go astray and in this case, one of the compliant historians, a former government librarian who fancied himself a serious writer, began to tell his friends about the CIA plan to kill Kennedy and eventually, word of this began to leak out into the outside world.

The originals had vanished and an extensive search was conducted by the FBI and CIA operatives but without success. Crowley’s survivors, his aged wife and son, were interviewed extensively by the FBI and instructed to minimize any discussion of highly damaging CIA files that Crowley had, illegally, removed from Langley when he retired. Crowley had been a close friend of James Jesus Angleton, the CIA’s notorious head of Counterintelligence. When Angleton was sacked by DCI William Colby in December of 1974, Crowley and Angleton conspired to secretly remove Angleton’s most sensitive secret files out of the agency. Crowley did the same thing right before his own retirement, secretly removing thousands of pages of classified information that covered his entire agency career.

Known as “The Crow” within the agency, Robert T. Crowley joined the CIA at its inception and spent his entire career in the Directorate of Plans, also know as the “Department of Dirty Tricks. ”

Crowley was one of the tallest man ever to work at the CIA. Born in 1924 and raised in Chicago, Crowley grew to six and a half feet when he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in N.Y. as a cadet in 1943 in the class of 1946. He never graduated, having enlisted in the Army, serving in the Pacific during World War II. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1986 as a lieutenant colonel. According to a book he authored with his friend and colleague, William Corson, Crowley’s career included service in Military Intelligence and Naval Intelligence, before joining the CIA at its inception in 1947. His entire career at the agency was spent within the Directorate of Plans in covert operations. Before his retirement, Bob Crowley became assistant deputy director for operations, the second-in-command in the Clandestine Directorate of Operations.

Bob Crowley first contacted Gregory Douglas in 1993 when he found out from John Costello that Douglas was about to publish his first book on Heinrich Mueller, the former head of the Gestapo who had become a secret, long-time asset to the CIA. Crowley contacted Douglas and they began a series of long and often very informative telephone conversations that lasted for four years. In 1996, Crowley told Douglas that he believed him to be the person that should ultimately tell Crowley’s story but only after Crowley’s death. Douglas, for his part, became so entranced with some of the material that Crowley began to share with him that he secretly began to record their conversations, later transcribing them word for word, planning to incorporate some, or all, of the material in later publication.

Conversation No. 66

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 1997

Commenced:  11:15 AM CST

Concluded:  11:45 AM CST


RTC: That has to be you, Gregory. Such timing. Corson was speaking with me a few minutes ago about you. Are your ears still ringing?

GD: No.

RTC: Ah, you are so popular. Bill was warning me that we had both best cut you loose because the wrath of God might descend. Bill has a paper asshole.

GD: Who is it this time? The Pope?

RTC: No, the Kimmel people. He regularly turns his Justice people loose on both of us. I think they need a new record. The current one gets stuck. Is it true you killed Abraham Lincoln, Gregory? I mean it’s pretty well set that you are the illegitimate son of Adolf Hitler, or is it Josef Stalin? I can’t seem to remember, it’s all so mixed up. Anyway, you are pure evil and have to be kept away from. And do let’s keep the Pope out of this. I had enough trouble with that one.

GD: Which Pope?

RTC: John Paul I. We also went after John Paul II but that one didn’t work, and we didn’t want to try it again.

GD: Why, in God’s name, did you want to kill the Pope? And out of curiosity, how did you pull it off?

RFC: The first one was going to put a terrible crimp in our drug business out of Italy and we tried to do the second one to blame the Russians. It was a sort of a game with us. Always try to do a bad bit and make it look like the Russians did it.

GD: The drug business? What did the Pope have to do with drugs?

RTC: He didn’t. It was the bank there that did. He had nothing to do with it but it was the Vatican bank.

GD: The Vatican bank was involved with drugs?

RTC: No, we used it to launder money. Who, I ask you, who would ever question the Vatican bank? It was the Mafia who had the inside bank contacts and, believe me, there was a lot of money moving around. Let’s see, the Pope was elected in, I think, August of ’79. He replaced Montini. Former Vatican Secretary of State….he was Paul VI. Anyway, we had a fine working arrangement with the Italian Mafia about the movement of money as I said.

GD: I met Montini once, I think in ’51.

RTC: The new one had been in Venice….Luciani….

GD: There was another one from Venice….

RTC: I know but not the same one. That was back in the ‘60s. But the new Pope posed quite a problem. He had been told that there were certain irregularities in the IOR…that’s the Vatican bank. And the new Pope was inclined to be honest and was demanding a full review of the books and so on. If this had happened, a good deal would have been uncovered, so the Pope had to go. It was that simple, Gregory. Politics had nothing to do with it, nothing at all.

GD: Couldn’t someone have cooked the books? Was murder necessary?

RTC: You don’t understand the whole picture, Gregory. The Mafia was involved in this up to their eyebrows and if any of it had come out, someone would have talked and pointed to us. We couldn’t have that. We had to get rid of Dag Hammarskjold because he was interfering with the uranium people in the Congo. It was nothing personal at all.

GD: How did you do it?

RTC: Our Station Chief in Rome ran the show. Contacts in the Vatican and especially with Buzonetti, the Pope’s doctor. My God, old Renata cost us plenty. On our payroll since God knows when. And our Political Psychological Division worked on this to put the blame on the KGB. And the P-2 Lodge was also involved and they were ours.

GD: The what?

RTC: The P-2 Lodge was an Italian Masonic group and early in 1970, we got our hands on it. It was designed to attract right wing Italian bankers and businessmen to combat the very active Italian Communist party.  No, if the Pope had started something, it would have wrecked years of hard work on our part and ruined some of our more important assets. In the end, it was money, not Renaissance-style politics, that did Luciani in.

GD: Does the Vatican know now?

RTC: Suspects, but would rather not know anything. After the Pope assumed room temperature, we consolidated and revamped the system. There was quite a bit of mopping-up to do. We had to kill off a number of Italian players who had been pushed out of the picture and were longing to get back into the money. One hanged himself from a bridge in England. Obviously killed himself out of remorse.

GD: Stalin said once that it was not difficult to execute a murder, but much more difficult to arrange a suicide.

RTC: Josef was a clever man.

GD: And, he said, “No man, no problem.”

RTC: That one I know. A friend and co-worker had that up over his desk. I am not joking.

GD: Oh, I believe it, Robert. It is lawful to be taught by your enemies.

RTC: I detect a critical attitude here, Gregory. You have to realize that the amount of money we were, and are, making from our drug partnerships is nothing to walk away from. Vast sums of money, Gregory, and enormous political power therefrom.

GD: I can see that, but one day they will go too far.

RTC: The Kennedy business is a classic example why nothing will ever come of this sort of thing. If you publish the ZIPPER material you already have and what I am going to give you, you will only excite the conspiracy buffs, all of whom will gather together and hiss at you and heap coals of fire on your head. Let us say that you write a newspaper article on what I just told you. It would never get published and within minutes of your submitting it to an editor, we would be notified.

GD: And then you’d shoot me?

RTC: No, trash you. Laugh at you. Get our little broken down academics to piss on you. The press would ignore you completely and eventually, you would find something else to do. Now, on the other hand, if you had been one of us and had inside knowledge and worse, proof, you would perish very quickly. The faulty brakes while driving on dangerous mountain roads, an overdose of some kind of popular drug and dead in an overheated apartment. Things like that. But as an outsider, just laughter and silence. Of course, there are those who would believe you and if you wrote about this business with the Pope and mentioned some Italian names, you might get different treatment. The bomb under the front seat of your car or something crude like that. But we wouldn’t have done it and I would recommend against stirring those people up. We would look into your tax records and turn the IRS loose on you or let your wife know you were boffing a nice waitress at a cheap local motel. Or one of your nice children would be introduced to dangerous drugs. That’s more effective than a bomb in the car or someone shooting you dead in a parking garage. The Italians tend to be very emotional, and we do not.

GD: The Italians once said that he who went softly went safely and he who went safely went far.

RTC: It would be less messy if they actually practiced that sentiment.

GD: By the way, Robert, why did you go after the other Pope? I assume that’s the one that got shot by the Arab in front of the Vatican.

RTC: Yes, but not an Arab, a Turk. They do not like to be equated with Arabs. That one? Actually, we thought that if we had him done in right in front of everybody, it would draw a lot of attention and we could really blame it on the KGB. It was a perfect set up. He was a Polack who was agitating the Solidarity people against Russia, so who would be the most logical suspect? And we had been financing the Turkish Grey Wolves for some time. They got the hit man for us. Of course, he didn’t know anything so no one shot him in the courtroom.

GD: Que bono! But for no other reason?

RTC: Isn’t that enough? Turn all the world’s Catholics against the Russians in a hurry.

GD: Let’s see here. One Pope for sure, another shot at, a dead UN chief, a dead American president, assorted deceased South American leaders, a Pakistani or two, at least one high level Indian, and so on. I would hope not all for such trivial motives.

RTC: Turning huge number of people against Russia is not a trivial motive at all.

GD: The wheel does turn, Robert, it does. And what is now at the bottom comes to the top. Out of curiosity, have you killed any Israelis?

RTC: No, they know just how far to go, and we work very closely with them. They do a lot of our dirty work for us. They blew up the Marine barracks in Lebanon and, of course, we blamed it on the Arabs. It goes on, Gregory, and if you had sat in my chair and walked in my shoes, you would be a bit more understanding.

GD: This is not aimed at you, of course.

RTC: If it were, I wouldn’t be defending you to the monkeys when they jabber about you. They aren’t worth much. I think your problem is that you never were in a position of command and at a high level. If you had been, you would be less judgmental.

GD: I am just an amateur, Robert, just a dilettante. Thank God.

(Concluded at 11:45 CST)

Voices from the Back Wards: Blessed Prozac Moments Revealed!

Here is a typical exposition of the antivac thesis. If it sounds like something faintly heard from the back wards at feeding time, that is because it is.


by Andrew Moulden MD, PhD; www.BrainGuardMD.com

  • Medical & Neurobehavioral Therapies Director
  • Former Leader – www.CanadianActionParty.ca
  • Moulden has joined and supports the Christian Heritage Party of Canada

This is a stern, yet humble, warning to all citizens of the globe. It is now proven that we are all being harmed by repeat vaccinations. This evidence must be circulated broadly in light of the imminent Fall, 2009 plan to turn North American schools into MASS vaccine centers to institute triple flu vaccine to us all. Children will be the first to be injected with experimental flu vaccines. The entire vaccine industry, as it turns out, has been experimental. We did not know that we were causing damages – for us all.

In case you are wondering what will happen, the answers are contained in this article. The same thing will happen as has been happening with all vaccines. Clinically silent ischemic brain and body damages will happen. The only difference is that you can now see these damages, with your own eyes, in the here and now, in real time, and in your family photos going back fifty or more years if you have to.

ALL vaccines are causing immediate and delayed, acute and chronic, waxing and waning, impairments to blood flow, throughout the brain and body. This IS causing us all to become chronically ill, sick, and causing brain damages along a continuum of clinically silent to death. This is causing ischemic “strokes”. In some respects, this is also “aging.” Since the damages are microscopic, we cannot see them as they occur. However, we can now see the neurological aftermath of these damages – within hours and days of vaccination – all vaccinations.

In Revelations 18:4 by the epistle of Saint John we are told: “And I heard another voice from Heaven saying “Come out of her my people that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues.” All vaccinations, as you can now clearly see, are causing chronic illness and mass disorders on mass scales. The global health consequences clearly amount to plaques.

As a medically trained Doctor, a PhD trained neuroscientist/neuropsychologist, with a Masters degree in Child/language neurodevelopment, I have been trained to follow clinical observations to empirical assessment couched within the scientific model we rely upon to answer questions of: What is normal and what is not? What is cause? What is coincidence? What is factual? What is fancy? What is reproducible? What is random? What is measurable? What is predictable? What is truth? What is consequence? What is “going on”?

Science is only a man made truth-seeking tool. It is fallible. It is a statistical, probabilistic mathematical model. It has limitations. Wielded for profit – truth can become lost.

Scientific methods, design, and analyses can just as soon hide the truth as they can discover truth, or create ‘truth” de-novo.

Science cannot replace God-given tools of common sense and observation we all have. You do not need statistical probabilistic mathematical models, wielded by experts, to deny what you can see with your very own eyes.

If you place your hand on a hot stove element, you will be burned. If you do not experience pain and you cannot see the burn, then you will not learn that touching hot stove elements is harmful.

All vaccines have been causing “burns” to body and brain. The brain has no pain receptors. You will not feel the pain. You can, however, see the footprints of these “burns” immediate and delayed, from each vaccination. The evidence was before our eyes all along. We simply did not appreciate what these “burns” meant let alone that they were emerging, after each vaccination. The “burns” are largely to internal organ systems. We can ALL now see the damaging effects of these “burns” with our own eyes.

As a physician, it is my sworn duty to cause no harm. As a human being, it is my duty to watch over my fellow beings. As an educator, it is my responsibility to teach awareness and understanding. As a scientist, it is my duty to separate cause from coincidence. As a Christian, it is my value to do unto others, as I would have others do unto myself. As a man, it is my responsibility to stand up to power, with truth and understanding, when those that wield power are in error

My statements are not the words of a zealot. These are the words of integrity, couched with understanding, that has the potential to reside in every one of you.

Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you. I have sought. I have knocked. The door has been opened. I have found the truths I was seeking. The answers have not come from my own understandings. The answers are simply self-evident – res ipsa loquitur – the thing speaks for itself.

All vaccinations cause brain damage, disease, chronic illness, aging, and death – res veritas loquitur – the truth speaks for itself. If you do not seek, if you do not knock, if you do not look, if you trust your own understandings, then caveat emptor – buyer beware.

We have answers. We have solutions – www.Therapies4Kids.com . We cannot provide solutions or treatments to a medical system and model that denies it is sick.

My training has taught me how to translate anecdotal clinical observations into empirically sound clinical measurements in medicine, neurodevelopment, and human physiology. This is especially so in dealing with functions of the human brain and behavior.

The pictorial evidence attached to this article represents a small sample of the data I have now collected from thousands. The truth about all vaccinations causing harm is now available for your understanding.

The truth is frightening, disheartening, alarming, and now self-evident.

We have made a global medical mistake based on a lack of knowledge and understanding. We have translated forest fires for 1% of the population into chronic brush fires for the entire population. The brush fires are chronic illness and disease, least of which are the neurodevelopmental disorders.

12-IMAM Brain Damage measurement system

The measurement system I have created is based on the 12 cranial nerves and the clinical skills Doctors are supposed to use to assess brain function and integrity. I have called the measurement system the 12 “Eye” M.A.S.S. Anoxia Measures (12-IMAM).

M.A.S.S. is an acronym for many chronic illnesses and diseases that impair blood flow – “Moulden Anoxia Spectrum Syndromes.” One-size-fits-all global vaccination schemes have created M.A.S.S. disorders on MASS scales. MASS disorders, from infectious diseases to vaccinations, have a common sequence of injuries which includes impaired blood flow, oxygenation, blood carrying capacity, and non-specific immune hyper-stimulation.

In essence, we are creating disease and chronic illness by an over-zealous activation of a natural set of healing mechanisms in human physiology – a component phase of the MASS physiological response.

Remarkably, it is not so much the specific “germs and toxins” that are causing death and disease. It is the response of the body and blood to foreign substances entering the blood and tissues that causes pathology. The state of the blood, the nature of the triggers, the state of the immune system relative to repeat antigenic challenges, conspires to effect damages along a continuum of harm – all organ systems can be affected.

The cellular and tissue damages are additive with each exposure. Direct vaccination is no longer necessary to be vaccine injured. Vaccinations are not the only trigger to pathology. Serial (repeat) vaccinations aggravate the core problems. Once the blood vessels are damaged, to a critical point, the pathological process can take on a self-perpetuating life of its own – from infants to teenagers to adults, to companion pets alike.

Four features of the 12-IMAM measurement system that you can now see, include the eye turning in, the eye turning out, the smile becoming asymmetrical, and the eye blinks coming out of sync. These are strokes, from ischemia, throughout the brain and body, for all. Repeat vaccination is the primary culprit, however, vaccination is not the only cause of this MASS problem in human physiology.


If you repetitively dump a million rubber duckies at the mouth of the Mississippi river, where they become lodged downstream will vary from truckload to truckload. Repeat vaccination, by its effects on the non-specific immune system, is like dumping the triggers which call for repetitive “dumping” of millions of rubber duckies (white blood cells) at the head of the Mississippi river. Once the “triggers” are sequestered in various bottleneck end tributary river branches, they continuously attract more “rubber duckies” to these areas. This impairs blood flow and leads to a net loss of tissue by acute or slow strangulation.

It is the act and magnitude of the “rubber duckies” being called to these end vascular areas that causes congestion, impaired blood flow, lack of oxygen, glucose and nutrients to the affected tissue areas. Without oxygen or nutrients, he cells lining the walls of capillaries self-cauterize (clamp shut). This is a healing mechanism that must be instituted in order to prevent leakage of plasma and or blood into tissues.

With MASS impairs blood flow and oxygenation to the tiny blood vessels in the eye, we sometimes see “retinal hemorrhages.” When MASS occurs in the brain, we call it intracerebral bleeding. When MASS occurs to the bones, we call it brittle bones. Collectively, we label this “shaken baby syndrome.”


When the blood sludging MASS process happens to brainstem areas controlling automatic respiration, the central drive for respiration is lost. We call this sudden infant death or sudden death.

When M.A.S.S. happens to the descending motor tracts in the brain, we call this paralysis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, infantile paralysis, seizures, encephalopathy.

CBS News has found that since 1988, the vaccine court has awarded money judgments, often in the millions of dollars, to thirteen hundred and twenty two families whose children suffered brain damage from vaccines. All of these children will show the same IMAM-12 ischemic brain damages as children who have been rendered autistic, learning disabled or dead after vaccinations. The process that causes brain damages from vaccination is also the same MASS process that causes all damages after vaccination – all vaccinations. It is not the vaccines doing this. It is “M.A.S.S.” ischemia. Vaccines have been inadvertently concocted to induce MASS.

When M.A.S.S. happens to internal organs or connective tissue, we call it colitis, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, post-concussion syndrome, a psychiatric disorder.

When M.A.S.S. happens in infants, and children, we call it autism-spectrum disorders, specific learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, Aspergers syndrome, global developmental delay, and some childhood cancers. Sometimes M.A.S.S. causes or compounds cerebral palsy – both conditions result from impaired oxygenation and blood flow to the brain

Sometimes we call M.A.S.S. “Kawasaki” syndrome, “Moyamoya”, ‘aseptic meningitis”, “encephalopathy”, “Meningitis”, hypsarrythmia, infantile spasms, West syndrome, or febrile seizures. It is all simply M.A.S.S. ischemia.

Autism and schizophrenia are the same ailment, in physiology, albeit the triggering pathways for schizophrenia (loss of immunological tolerance) has a different trajectory than acquired autism-spectrum disorders. Nonetheless, a similar mechanism is at work for both ailments – MASS ischemia from derailed blood flow.

When MASS happens in teen girls after Gardasil vaccination, it creates death, disease, illness, clouded thinking, and paralysis. Remarkably, the Gardasil shots are simply completing the silent ischemic vascular damages, to body and brain that were caused from each childhood vaccination the girl received. Sudden death is due to loss of central drive for respiration in the same manner that vaccinations are causing many cases of sudden infant death. Sometimes seizures may also occur. The course can be waxing and waning. All vaccines are causing these problems – silently, in an additive manner over each vaccination, for all of us. No one is spared.

When MASS happens in military and armed services personnel, this causes “Gulf war Syndrome.”

When MASS happens to schizophrenia patients being treated with powerful psychotropic drugs that de-rail white blood cell functions, sudden “unexplained” death can occur by the same MASS sudden death sequence that vaccinations sometimes induce in infants and teen girls.

When MASS happens in the elderly, it causes a slow, step-wise deterioration in cognitive functions – we call this dementia. This is slow strangulation of brain tissue from ischemia at the microscopic level.

Febrile seizures are not caused by “fever”. The fever expands the diameter of the tiny blood vessels so that more white blood cell infection fighting “soldiers” can traverse down the ‘roads.” When the blood vessel roads become jammed, by too many white blood cells, and altered fluid dynamics, there is ischemia. Ischemia causes a lack of oxygen to the brain.

No oxygen to electrically active cells causes depolarization. In the heart, ischemia causes arrhythmia – a seizure to the heart. In the brain, ischemia causes seizures – arrhythmia to the brain. Seizures are a symptom of impaired blood flow and oxygenation just like vaccine induced autism-spectrum is a symptom of the same process.

You can have autism without seizures. You can have seizures without autism. You can have brain damages with or without autism or seizures. This is all ischemia – immediate and delayed, from instability of blood flow dynamics.

I can make these statements of fact, and so can you, since the photographs you can now see, before and after vaccination, show we are all having ischemic microvascular strokes – silently. Some of these damages are called “bulbar palsies” and they are the exact same damages we saw from wild polio exposure as we now see from vaccinations. Remarkably, no one ever told you that wild polio and other infectious diseases, were inducing the body to cause ischemic strokes to the brain. Vaccinations induce the same process – albeit in an attenuated and chronic form.

The ischemic brain damages, after vaccination, from infants to adults, cut across all symptom based medical diagnostic end points.

Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is a MASS disorder, as is Parkinson Disease, Tourette’s syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, and several other neuropsychiatric disorders.

Aphasia and loss of expressive speech functions with vaccinations is called “isolation of speech syndrome” or “transcortical motor aphasia.” This is caused by ischemia to end blood vessel watershed vascular territories in the brain – period.

Silent MASS ischemic strokes is how the body caused paralysis and respiratory failure from wild polio virus exposure. This is how death occurred from Smallpox. This is how swine flu vaccine caused paralysis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. This is how thalidomide caused infants to be born with no arms and legs. This is how a series of anthrax vaccines causes military veterans to give birth to children with no arms and legs 18 months after receiving the vaccine series. This is how Vioxx caused heart attack and stroke. This is how pre-natal German measles caused autism-spectrum and organ damages. This is how a systemic drop in maternal blood pressure, during gestation, causes Mobius syndrome (and autism-spectrum). This is how repeat vaccination is causing dementia.

M.A.S.S. is how vaccinations are causing a multitude of chronic illnesses and disease. It is not the germs causing this problem. It is the response of the body to de-railed and unbalanced immune challenges.


When microscopic end blood vessels are destroyed (closed off), as blood flow diminishes and starts to “sludge”, this impairs healing, cellular functioning, and promotes build-up of toxins, heavy metals, and pathogens in circumscribed tissue areas. The ischemia causes disease, autoimmunity, and some cancers if the cells are forced to function in a low energy, low oxygen state. It is not so much “Rome” that is being damaged as it is the roads to and from Rome that are being damaged first. The “fall of Rome” follows as the Romans are starved, strangulated, and forced to live in a “City” that can neither bring supplies in to repair damages, nor can it remove waste from within its central territory by efficient means to meet supply and demand. This is an example of too many Roman Centurions (white blood cells) called to Rome to protect the City. The Centurions, by magnitude and response, block the roads to Rome by virtue of a chronic “Call to Arms.”

There is a better way to prevent disease. Vaccination only masks the cause of disease, it does nothing to address the core problem in physiology – the non-specific M.A.S.S. response and colloidal stability of blood flow dynamics. There are alternative solutions to controlling infectious diseases in populations that do not require injecting foreign substances into your body.

Doctors, pathologists, and coroners cannot see what is right before their very eyes. The cause of sudden infant death, and dementia, in life, is impaired microscopic blood flow. In death, there is no blood flow. Medical science cannot find cause of death and disease, in life, from looking at dead tissue, when the dead tissue exhibits the same cause of death during life – no microscopic end vascular blood flow.


A 300 foot Giant Redwood can transport water (nutrients and oxygen) against gravity from the ground to the very top of the tree. The redwood has no moving parts or pump. This transpiration feat is accomplished by the electrodynamics nature of water.

Human blood is 95% water. The human body is 75% water by weight. In physiology, when the electrodynamics quality of water is de-railed by heavy metals, infectious diseases, vaccinations, and other adverse influences, the water which carries oxygen, nutrients, glucose, and healing cells cannot traverse tiny blood vessels to deliver their life sustaining cargoes. This is especially true in end vascular “pipes” that are uniquely oriented against gravity. Blood flow is a function of the colloidal stability of the blood and its products.

The human blood is a colloidal suspension. Proteins. Amino acids, heavy metals etc.. are carried in suspension within the blood as a function of the net negative charge within the system. Drop the net negative charge, flow pressures in tiny end blood vessel “pipes” will start to sludge, agglomerate, and increase viscosity of blood in circumscribed microscopic vascular areas. Medical science has no live imaging tool powerful enough to see this process as it is happening.

By analogy, coffee cream remains in a fluid state when it is moving. If the cream remains stagnant in your coffee cup for several days, it will phase change into a gel. Stagnant blood also turns to sludge and “gel” when it stops moving in a spiral column. Stagnation causes an increase in mass as blood products “come together” to form various degrees of sludge and “gel”.

Agglomerates of sludged blood products cannot traverse microscopic blood vessels designed to carry oxygen transporting red blood cells, in single file. Capillary blood vessels oriented against gravity are uniquely susceptible. Forward blood flow momentum is a function of the negative charge and “spin” in fluid dynamics which keeps particles with mass separated from one another.

Newtonian laws of physics govern how objects with mass move in our universe . The “Big G” is Newton’s Universal Law that Force equals Acceleration x MASS. Increasing MASS (as in sludged blood) with no net increase in Force causes deceleration and no forward flow. No forward flow translates into no oxygen or fuel delivery. For the brain, and body, this causes hypoxia (low oxygen), anoxia (no oxygen) and ischemia (impaired blood flow).

In terms of vaccine damages, impaired forward blood flow in end vascular territories creates brain and organ damages – in us all. These damages have been clinically silent – for millennia. This ischemic process, from germs, toxins, to vaccinations, is the cause of much human disease, pain, and suffering. All vaccines are causing chronic disease, in our attempts to prevent acute disease. We never got rid of the problem, as we did not know what the problem was – until now.

There are some common “end vascular” blood vessels in the human brain, irrespective of age. It is for this reason that we see the exact same measurable signs of brain damage, immediate and delayed, from all vaccinations, for us all in the same manner we saw identical damages from the wild polio virus in the 1950’s. Some of these damages are called bulbar palsies (paralyses) from impaired blood flow through the brain and brainstem. They were present from deadly infectious diseases as much as they are now present from vaccinations. This is slow death, for us all, rather than a fast death, for the few.

When there is impaired blood flow there is impaired oxygen delivery to tissue. Vaccines cause impaired blood flow in an immediate, delayed, waxing and waning pattern. This impairs oxygen delivery throughout the 60,000 miles of microscopic end blood vessel networks in the brain and body. Microscopic brain tissue regions can only survive 4 minutes in an absolute oxygen deprivation state.

Cerebral Vascular Network

Whenever you impair “flow” in any riverbed system, the first areas to “dry up” downstream are the weakest trickling streams furthest from the flow source. These areas are called “end vascular networks.” If an area of tissue is served by a singular blood vessel branch, these areas are called “watershed vascular territories.” These tissue areas are most susceptible to damages when blood flow is partly or completely impaired upstream. For example, the finger-tips, toe-tips, nose-tips, and ear-tips are most susceptible to frost bite as they are end vascular, watershed areas in the human body.

The evidence you can now see, represents the beginning of the end of a flawed medical model and system that has caused the greatest harm, by man-kind to man-kind, in the history of recorded history. Remarkably, we managed to perpetrate these acts under the guise of the greater good, for handsome profit, endorsed by political leaders, corporate merchants, public health officials, and medical professionals alike – they don’t know what they don’t know – a part of the problem.


Debates over the safety, efficacy, and utility of the one-size-fits-all global vaccination programs has reached a fervent pitch. According to the World Health Organization there are 43 million vaccinations administered globally, on any given day. As citizens, we are told “leave the science to scientists.” If you do not have a medical or advanced science degree, your input is irrelevant.” You are told children can handle ten thousand vaccinations safely as they are all attenuated, killed germs, or weakened.”

The problem is that medical science has not known what to measure in order to ensure safety – for all. Now that we have the hard, clinically reproducible, see for yourself measures of neurological damages, we can now see that ALL vaccinations, just like the wild viruses in the pre-vaccine era, are causing tissue, organ, and brain damages. These damages exist along a continuum of harm. The damages are additive with each vaccination received – you can now see this. The clinically silent adverse effects include derailments of all organ systems, to death. We call these adversities by a plethora of clinical labels that are seemingly unrelated to the causal event – repeat vaccinations.

Remarkably, I can now make these bold statements as we can all now see, with our own eyes, the ischemic brain damages, for us all, across ALL vaccinations, from infancy to adulthood, immediately and delayed, irrespective of the end organ damages or clinical diagnostic labels that emerge.

We are selling you vaccines, for profit, which are causing illnesses and death. We then sell you symptom based pharmaceutical products, for profit, to treat the damages and disorders we have caused.

Remarkably, I can now say that the vaccine damages extend to the realm of cancers in addition to varied autoimmune and neurodevelopment disorders.


Determining the cause of a particular disease or disorder, in medical physiology, is the first “Bright Step Forward” towards providing rational, targeted, therapeutic interventions to recover from the damages by which a particular disease and disorder state emerged.

All vaccinations are causing “silent” brain and organ damages in exactly the same way that wild polio virus caused paralysis and respiratory failure and how other infectious “plaques” of days gone by, have crippled, maimed, paralyzed, and killed. This is now proven. The damages are additive and summative with each vaccination given. The organ, tissue, and brain damages have been clinically silent, – until now.

You may now see, with your own eyes and understanding, amongst your own family and loved ones,. Evidence now before the United States federal Circuit Courts on vaccine injuries proves that we have ALL been harmed, and are being harmed, by this universal one-size-fits-all vaccination program. Some of this evidence is compiled in an educational 3 disk, 6 hour DVD series entitled: “Tolerance Lost – Volumes 1 to 3.

The Tolerance Lost DVD series, a USA vaccine legal exemption guidebook, and a evidence of harm materials are available at www.BrainGuardMD.com, , or by calling 1-877-NOW-I-CAN.

For answers, solutions, assessment, and help – please contact us directly at 1-877-NOW-I-CAN. www.Therapies4Kids.com, www.BrightStepsForward.org.

There are ways to address the MASS problem and to enable healing to occur even for those that have been damaged. This does not require placing foreign substances or synthetic drugs in the human body – MASS FLO2 LIFE is where the answers must start.

God heals, and the doctor collects the fee. We have reached a time, in history, that we must return to paying fees to the master physician as the medical sciences, in dogma and discourse, has clearly led us a stray.

“Be the change we must see in the worldŠone Bright Step Forward at a time.”


The global vaccination program is an evil deed, perpetrated by mankind against mankind, for profit, based on a fallible man made tool (‘scientific method”) that can just as soon convince you that the what you see with your own eyes is not true as it can be wielded to “prove” the non-existence of G-D.

These vaccines, as it turns out, are like a maddening wine, which political leaders and “Kings” of the earth have enabled merchants of the planet to grow rich from, at the expense of our collective health and wellness.

The next issue of Spectrum magazine will contain more of the empirical, see for yourself, data and science to explain how this has happened, why it is happening, and what we must now do to help us all.

Matthew 13:41 “The Son of man shall send forth his Angels and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend them which do iniquity.

These autism children are Angels. These vaccines are iniquity. The evidence now before you beckons your spirit, body, mind, and soul to “come out of her my people” as you see God’s desire and character more clearlyŠ. Mystery, Babylon the Great.

Without Faith, without hope, we are lost. Faith and hope can be found. 1-877-NOW-I-CAN

Dr Andrew Moulden MD, PhD

BrainGuardMD.com “12-IMAM”

Therapies4Kids.com ; BrightStepsForward.org

1-877-NOW-I-CAN for assessment and help

Comment: And remember that wearing a metal colander on your head blocks CIA/Illuminati Thought Control waves from taking over your mind! Scientists have proven this so beware! And next week we learn that giant frogs have eaten Hawaii and part of Taiwan.


50 Anti-Vaccine Myths and Misinformation

Myths That Keep Parents From Vaccinating Their Kids

April 17, 2019

by Vincent Iannelli, MD

Vincent Iannelli, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Medically reviewed by Richard N. Fogoros, MD


“I did my research,” parents often say when they are ready to delay or skip vaccines.

Because the idea that vaccines are dangerous is easy to disprove, the anti-vaccine movement surrounds that idea with many myths and much misinformation to confuse parents who are trying to “do their research” on vaccines and how best to keep their children safe and healthy.

This guide to the 50 most common anti-vaccine myths and misinformation will help you understand that vaccines are safe, are necessary, and that getting your kids vaccinated and fully protected against each and every vaccine-preventable disease is the right decision to make.


No One Else Is at Risk If I Don’t Vaccinate My Kids

A common idea that folks who are anti-vaccine use to justify their decision to themselves is to think that “if vaccines work so well, then your kids aren’t at any risk if I choose to not vaccinate or selectively vaccinate my kids.”

Of course, intentionally unvaccinated kids and adults do pose a risk to others, especially those who are too young to be vaccinated and those with immune system problems, who can’t be vaccinated.

Unvaccinated children and adults are also responsible for starting most of the outbreaks that we continue to see today, including the measles outbreaks that are costing millions of dollars to contain.


Vaccines Cause Autism 

Individuals and autism organizations who are trying to keep the focus on a link between vaccines and autism are actually doing a great harm to autistic children, autistic adults, and their families. How can they get support when these anti-vaccination folks continue to focus on vaccines as a cause for autism?

Vaccines do not cause autism.

The Autism Omnibus Proceedings helped to dismiss most of the autism claims in vaccine court. Dividing the claims into test cases, they found that neither thimerosal nor the MMR vaccine caused autism.

The settlement of the Hannah Polling case, a young girl with a mitochondrial disorder and autism, was not an admission by the vaccine court that vaccines cause autism, as some people claim.

And in their review, “Vaccines and Autism: A Tale of Shifting Hypotheses,” Dr. Jeffery S. Gerber and Dr. Paul A. Offit concluded that:

Twenty epidemiologic studies have shown that neither thimerosal nor MMR vaccine causes autism. These studies have been performed in several countries by many different investigators who have employed a multitude of epidemiologic and statistical methods.

The large size of the studied populations has afforded a level of statistical power sufficient to detect even rare associations. These studies, in concert with the biological implausibility that vaccines overwhelm a child’s immune system, have effectively dismissed the notion that vaccines cause autism. Further studies on the cause or causes of autism should focus on more-promising leads.

There is also the fact that:

over 100 studies have shown that there is no link between vaccines and autism.

multiple Institute of Medicine reports have concluded that there is no relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism, thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism, and that “few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines.”

at least one study has found that “the rates of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis did not differ between immunized and nonimmunized younger sib groups” of children with autism.

studies that anti-vax folks use to claim a connection between vaccines and autism either have nothing to do with vaccines, nothing to do with autism, or are easily debunked.

Andrew Wakefield has also not been proven right. There have been no landmark events to prove that Wakefield was right.

There was no government concession in U.S. Vaccine Court. The Ryan Mojabi case was about encephalitis, not autism. So vaccines still don’t cause autism.

There was no groundbreaking scientific paper. In fact, the latest study, “Vaccines are not associated with autism: An evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies,” again said that vaccines are not associated with autism.


Shedding After Vaccines Gets People Sick 

It is actually true that some vaccines can shed the vaccine virus after it is given to a child, but it is hardly a reason to avoid vaccines. For example, both the rotavirus and oral polio vaccines can shed the vaccine strain of virus. You don’t have to actually get a rotavirus or polio infection for that to happen, but it would only be a problem if the person they were in contact with was immunocompromised.

Flumist can shed too (an attenuated strain of flu virus that is only active in the nasal passages), but it is rare for this to actually cause flu symptoms in someone. In fact, even if you are going to be around someone with a weakened immune system (unless they are in a bone marrow unit or something), you can still get Flumist.

Shedding is usually not an issue with other vaccines, including other live vaccines. And the oral polio virus is not even given in the United States anymore.

How worried do anti-vax folks get about vaccine shedding? You can actually read about how some parents who intentionally don’t vaccinate their children go out of their way to avoid friends and family members who do vaccinate because they are worried of catching something!

Keep in mind that the Medical Advisory Committee of the Immune Deficiency Foundation warns about “the increased risk of disease in the pediatric population, in part because of increasing rates of vaccine refusal,” which can mean that immunodeficient children of a bigger risk of being exposed to vaccine-preventable disease. In most situations, they are not worried about vaccine shedding from vaccinated kids. In fact, to avoid vaccine-preventable diseases, they talk about creating “a ‘protective cocoon’ of immunized persons surrounding patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases.”

In the policy statement, “Recommendations for live viral and bacterial vaccines in immunodeficient patients and their close contacts,” they state that except for the oral polio vaccine, close contacts of patients with compromised immunity “can receive other standard vaccines because viral shedding is unlikely and these pose little risk of infection to a subject with compromised immunity.”

If vaccine shedding isn’t a risk for children with an immunodeficiency, then why should it be a reason for you to avoid vaccines or children who are vaccinated?

The craziest thing is that some anti-vax parents go out of their way to take their kids to chicken pox parties, so that their kids will intentionally catch this disease, but they are worried about them catching a milder form of the disease through shedding from a child who had the chicken pox vaccine…


Most People Who Get Sick During Outbreaks Are Vaccinated 

Most people who get sick during outbreaks are not vaccinated when you consider the percentage of vaccinated and unvaccinated in the outbreak.

Although the absolute number of cases in some outbreaks might include many people who have been partially or completely vaccinated, that is simply because so many more people have received all of their vaccines as compared to those who have skipped one or more vaccines. It is much more important to look at the attack rate in vaccinated and unvaccinated people in an outbreak.

Consider a school of 1,000 kids and 44 of them get mumps during an outbreak, 29 are vaccinated, and 15 aren’t. If 95 percent of the people in the school are vaccinated, then even though it seems like far more vaccinated than unvaccinated kids got mumps, since there were far fewer unvaccinated kids in the school (50 unvaccinated kids versus 950 vaccinated kids), the attack rate is far higher among those who didn’t get a vaccine. In fact, in this example, those who were not vaccinated had a 10 times higher chance of developing mumps than those who were vaccinated, even though more vaccinated kids got sick (remember that only 35 unvaccinated kids didn’t get mumps, while 921 vaccinated were protected and didn’t get the mumps) and their vaccine was about 90 percent effective at keeping them from catching mumps.

You clearly have to research the numbers on these outbreaks a little before believing that most of the people are vaccinated.


Vaccines Don’t Really Work 

Vaccines are effective and work very well to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases.

Anti-vax folks often try to convince people that most vaccine-preventable diseases were on their way to be eradicated just before a specific vaccine to prevent them was introduced, typically because of “clean water and a healthy diet.” They claim that vaccines didn’t save us and that vaccines don’t even work. Many anti-vax websites even have graphs to “support” their conspiracy theory—graphs and claims that have been thoroughly debunked.

The big problem with this false idea is that most of these diseases began to be eradicated at different times—smallpox, diphtheria, polio, measles, etc. If hygiene and better nutrition were the reasons, wouldn’t they all have been eradicated at the same time?

And why didn’t other diseases, like rotavirus and chicken pox, decrease until so much later, when their vaccines were introduced?

Also consider that the daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Alice and her daughter, Princess Marie, both died of diphtheria in 1878. Did they not have clean water and access to a healthy diet in Windsor Castle at that time?

On the extreme end of these anti-vaccine beliefs are those who think that many vaccine-preventable diseases were never eradicated at all! They simply believe that doctors and public health experts simply changed the name of the diseases in a big conspiracy to just make it seem like the diseases went away.

They believe that these diseases, like polio, are still here—just with different names.

For example, instead of being on the way to being eradicated, polio is really still around—it is just called Guillain-Barré syndrome now. And smallpox? That was never really eradicated in the 1970s. It is now monkeypox.

It doesn’t end there either, though. Whooping cough is now croup and diphtheria is epiglotitis.

What’s wrong with this conspiracy theory?

  1. Since smallpox, polio, diphtheria, etc. were all so common in the pre-vaccine era, if their names were simply changed, then why don’t we see a lot of people with Guillain-Barré syndrome, monkeypox, and epiglotitis today?
  2. These different conditions have quite different symptoms. For example, when kids in California recently developed a polio-like syndrome, doctors actually ruled out their having Guillain-Barré syndrome.
  3. If diphtheria was simply changed to epiglotitis, then what has it been changed to now, as epiglotittis has been mostly eliminated thanks to the Hib vaccine?

Whatever else you want to believe about vaccines, you should at least know that vaccines work.


Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Aren’t Really That Serious 

This is one of the more dangerous ideas of the anti-vaccine movement.

The only reason that they get away with it is because vaccines have done such a good job! Since vaccines have eliminated and reduced most vaccine-preventable diseases, few people actually remember just how devastating these life-threatening diseases can be.

It is important to remember that in the modern pre-vaccine era (the polio vaccine wasn’t developed until 1952):

there were regular outbreaks of polio in the United States causing 13,000 to 20,000 cases of paralytic poliomyelitis each year and about 1,000 deaths. In even larger polio epidemics in the 1940s and 1950s, there were up to 3,145 deaths.

there were about 500,000 cases of measles in the United States, with at least 500 to 1,000 deaths and 500 cases of measles encephalitis. As late as 1989-1991, there were 55,622 cases and 123 deaths in the US.

there were up to 200,000 cases of diphtheria and 15,000 deaths each year.

the Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria caused life-threatening infections, including meningitis, epiglottitis, and pneumonia, in up to 20,000 young children each year. Many were infants, and up to 5 percent died. Among those who survived their Hib infection, up to 30 percent had hearing impairment or neurologic complications.

there were about 270,000 cases of pertussis and 10,000 deaths each year in the United States.

20,000 babies were born with congenital rubella syndrome during a severe epidemic of rubella in 1964 (12.5 million cases). An additional 2,100 newborns died and there were at least 11,250 surgical and spontaneous abortions in women with rubella while pregnant. The 1964 rubella epidemic is thought to have affected at least 1 percent of all pregnancies. These severe rubella epidemics were thought to have occurred every six to nine years, with smaller epidemics in two to four-year cycles.

Even today, about 200,000 children die each year from pertussis, and at least 122,000 die from measles around the world.

Vaccine-preventable diseases are clearly serious. We should also not overlook the fact that they would be just as deadly today if we stopped vaccinating our children and allowed them to come back in the United States.


Big Pharma 

When faced with evidence that their anti-vaccine talking points are basically lies and propaganda, the fall-back position is often that you are a “shill for Big Pharma” if you actively support following the immunization schedule of the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics.

They often go so far as to say that Big Pharma pays people to spend all day posting supportive comments on Facebook and on message boards.

The Pharma Shill Gambit is a popular attack method of many who prefer alternative medicine to more traditional methods of health care, including protecting their kids from vaccine-preventable diseases. Can’t defend your position that vaccines are toxic (the toxin gambit) or that they don’t work? Then just launch an ad hominem attack on the experts you are “debating.”

Not surprisingly, the Big Pharma or Pharma shill argument is also used to try and discredit research studies that anti-vax folks don’t like.


Vaccines Contain More Mercury Now Than Ever 

Many anti-vaccine folks moved on to worrying about other vaccine ingredients and additives once thimerosal was removed from vaccines back in 1999. There are still some who cling to the idea that many vaccines still contain thimerosal and to the fully debunked idea that thimerosal in vaccines causes autism.

In addition to the fact that thimerosal was removed from almost all vaccines beginning in 1999, many vaccines never contained thimerosal, including:


Varivax (chicken pox vaccine)

hepatitis A vaccine


rotavirus vaccines (RotaTeq and Rotarix)


IPV (polio vaccine)

Menactra and Menveo

HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix)

Prevnar (both Prevnar 7 and Prevnar 13)

So, even at the height of the mercury craze, say in 1998, kids routinely only received three vaccines with thimerosal: hepatitis B, DTaP, and Hib. None of the other vaccines that were a part of the 1998 recommended childhood immunization schedule ever contained thimerosal.​

And even then, thimerosal-free versions of DTaP and Hib were available, so not all kids got vaccines with thimerosal or all three vaccines with thimerosal. Some may have gotten just one or two.

It is also important to remember that although it was recommended that thimerosal be removed from vaccines, it was as a precaution and that experts stated that “a risk assessment of thimerosal use in childhood vaccines finds no evidence of harm from the use of thimerosal as a preservative, other than redness and swelling at the injection site.”

So, what’s left of the thimerosal controversy? There are no remaining vaccines with thimerosal (the last ones expired in January 2003), the CDC isn’t hiding data about mercury, vaccines, and autism, and there are plenty of thimerosal-free flu shots available for parents who want them. In fact, over 100 million doses of flu vaccine will be either thimerosal free or preservative free (with only a trace amount of thimerosal) for this year.

A Selective or Alternative Immunization Schedule Is Safer

When parent’s think about a selective or alternative immunization schedule, they are usually thinking about Dr. Bob Sears.

He isn’t the only self-proclaimed vaccine expert with an alternative vaccine schedule though. He wasn’t even the first. His vaccine schedule simply became the most popular.

Dr. Bob’s alternative vaccine schedule spaces out vaccines so that infants don’t get more than two at a time, but they have to get monthly shots instead, delays hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine until kids are older, and his original schedule recommended individual measles, mumps, and rubella shots instead of the combination MMR vaccine.

If his alternative vaccine schedule is too aggressive for you, Dr. Bob also offers a selective vaccine schedule.

Parents should understand that whether a selective or alternative schedule can reduce vaccine side effects or even safely prevent vaccine-preventable infections (the delay in getting vaccines leaves your child unprotected and at risk for getting vaccine-preventable diseases), is untested and unproven.


Many People Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids 

The overwhelming majority of parents vaccinate their kids according to the recommended immunization schedule of the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics.

A 2015 report from the CDC found that more than 90 percent of children aged 19 to 35 months were up to date on the following vaccinations: polio; hepatitis B; measles, mumps, and rubella; and varicella.

Another 2016 report from the CDC, this one looking at vaccination coverage among children in kindergarten, found that almost 95 percent of children entering kindergarten were fully immunized against measles (two doses of MMR) and over 94 percent for diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine among 49 states and DC. The report also found vaccination exemption levels continue to be low.

If it seems like a lot of people you know aren’t vaccinating their kids, it is likely because many anti-vax parents cluster together on Facebook groups and parenting message boards to reinforce their beliefs. They may also enroll their kids in the same schools.

And for every anti-vax celebrity you read about, whether it is Jenny McCarthy, Alicia Silverstone, Kristin Cavallari, or Rob Schneider, always remember that there are many more celebrities who not only are vaccine advocates, but who also do so much for kids all around the world, such as:

Ewan McGregor – worked with UNICEF to document his Cold Chain Mission to “deliver vaccines and immunise children in some of the world’s remotest places”

Jennifer Garner – has advocated for flu vaccines and is now on the Board of Trustees of Save the Children

Lenny Kravitz – works with Unicef to help them with their goal to “make sure that 100 percent of children are immunized against preventable diseases. Failing to reach every last child is unacceptable, especially when the cost of a vaccine is so little.”

David Beckham – In addition to working with Unicef’s Sport for Development program, David Beckham has helped children around the world, including those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the tsunami in Indonesia.

Keri Russell – The star of Felicity and The Americans partnered with Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs) in the Silence the Sounds of Pertussis public service announcement.

Serena Williams – worked with Unicef’s health campaigns in Ghana.

Salma Hayek – In addition to promoting breastfeeding, she helped women and their babies in Africa and Asia get tetanus shots.

Christy Turlington Burns – started the Every Mother Counts campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world, including in part, by giving them access to life-saving vaccines.

Ewan McGregor, in describing the work that he does also offers a nice observation, which I think sums up why the anti-vaccination movement always remains so small:

“You hear about people who don’t like to vaccinate their kids in the Western world, which I suppose is a personal choice, but when you’re out there, the result of your children not being vaccinated is that they’ll likely die, or be horribly maimed. So yes, I saw a real desire to have their children protected, and also a real understanding of it—I didn’t seem to come across anybody who went “What is it?” Or “What does it do?” They all seemed to know about it.”

Remember, the overwhelming majority of parents don’t get vaccine exemptions and instead do vaccinate their kids and protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases.


Vaccines Are Made With Aborted Fetal Tissue 

Vaccines are not made with aborted fetal tissue.

A few vaccines are made with cell lines that were originally derived from fibroblast cells from an aborted fetus. This occurred on two separate occasions in the 1960s, creating the MRC-5 and WI-38 cell lines, in which viruses are grown to make some vaccines, including the rubella vaccine.

It is very important to note that these cell lines have been replicated over and over again, are now grown independently, are far removed from the first cell cultures taken in the 1960s, and that no new fetal cells are ever used. Also, these two elective abortions were not done for vaccine research.

It is even more important to note that during the rubella epidemic of 1964, there were:

12.5 million cases of rubella in the United States

2,000 cases of encephalitis associated with rubella

11,250 spontaneous and elective abortions because of mother’s infected with the rubella virus during pregnancy

2,100 neonatal deaths caused by rubella infections

20,000 cases of congenital rubella syndrome

It was to prevent these tragic complications that the first rubella vaccine was developed.

Dan Connors at the Catholic Digest sums up the issues very nicely when he says that: “These babies were not aborted to make vaccines; in fact, no child has ever been aborted for vaccine production, and no aborted fetal tissue or even tissue descended from the cell tissue of an aborted child, is in the vaccine itself.”

So it should be clear that vaccines are not made with aborted fetal tissue. At best, you could say that very few vaccines have “a distant association with abortion,” but it should also “be obvious that vaccine use in these cases does not contribute directly to the practice of abortion since the reasons for having an abortion are not related to vaccine preparation.”

When thinking about the issue, concerned parents should also consider the opinion of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, which has stated that:

“One is morally free to use the vaccine regardless of its historical association with abortion. The reason is that the risk to public health, if one chooses not to vaccinate, outweighs the legitimate concern about the origins of the vaccine. This is especially important for parents, who have a moral obligation to protect the life and health of their children and those around them.”

Thinking about this “moral obligation” to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases will hopefully motivate more parents to get their kids vaccinated.


Too Many Too Soon—Overloading the Immune System 

“Too many too soon” was the rallying cry for Jenny McCarthy at her “Green Our Vaccines” anti-vaccine rally in 2008.

Of course, the idea that following the routine childhood immunization could somehow overwhelm a child’s immune system has been thoroughly debunked.

In fact, even though they get more vaccines now and are protected against more vaccine-preventable diseases, kids actually get far fewer antigens with each vaccine than ever before.

Why does that matter? It is these antigens that stimulate the immune system. If you are worried about overstimulating your immune system, then that is what you would look at, not the total number of vaccines.

For example, children used to get both the smallpox vaccine, which had about 200 proteins or antigens per vaccine and the DTP vaccine, with 3000 antigens. That is far higher than the total amount of antigens in ALL of the vaccines that children and teens get today, from hepatitis B to HPV—about 137 to 152 antigens.

Dr. Offit first addressed this question more than 10 years ago in the article, “Addressing Parents’ Concerns: Do Multiple Vaccines Overwhelm or Weaken the Infant’s Immune System?” He discussed how:

When children are born, they emerge from the relatively sterile environment of the uterus into a world teeming with bacteria and other microorganisms.

The neonate is capable of mounting a protective immune response to vaccines within hours of birth.

The young infant is fully capable of generating protective humoral and cellular immune responses to multiple vaccines simultaneously.

In this article, Dr. Offit also explains how an infant’s “immune system has the capacity to respond to extremely large numbers of antigens,” going so far as to say that “each infant would have the theoretical capacity to respond to about 10,000 vaccines at any one time.”

Did he say that infants should get 10,000 vaccines at one time? Nope. It was just another way of explaining that our kids aren’t going to overwhelm their immune system when they get their vaccines.

Dr. Offit actually explained it another way, saying that “if 11 vaccines were given to infants at one time, then about 0.1 percent of the immune system would be ‘used up.'”

Or to put it even more plainly, our kids do not get too many vaccines too soon and we do not overwhelm their immune system when we immunize them according to the latest childhood immunization schedule from the CDC and AAP.

And if anything, kids are getting exposed to far fewer antigens from vaccines than ever before—from 3,000 in just one DTP shot they used to get, to just 315 in all of the vaccines that they get by age 2 today.


Natural Immunity Is Better Than Immunity From Vaccination 

Natural immunity after getting an infectious disease is a great thing, as it typically keeps you from getting the same infection twice.

Natural immunity comes at a high price, though. And I’m not talking about the high cost of those supplements many of the anti-vaccination sites sell to boost your natural immunity.

Not to mention the fact that your child could be sick for days, or weeks, or months, as we once saw in the pre-vaccine era, and still see today, vaccine-preventable diseases can be life-threatening and can have terrible complications, including that:

diphtheria can cause myocarditis, neuritis, and diaphragmatic paralysis, and death in 5 to 20 percent of people

Hib can cause hearing impairment, neurologic sequelae, and death in 2 to 5 percent of cases

measles can cause pneumonia, seizures, encephalitis, and death in 0.2 percent of cases

mumps can cause orchitis (testicular inflammation), oophoritis (ovarian inflammation), pancreatitis, meningitis, encephalitis, deafness, and sometimes death.

polio can cause meningitis, flaccid paralysis, and death in 2 to 5 percent of children.

rotavirus can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration and used to cause 20 to 60 deaths a year.

rubella can cause arthritis, thrombocytopenic purpura, and encephalitis, but the bigger concern is pregnant women who get rubella, which can lead to spontaneous abortions, neonatal deaths, and congenital rubella syndrome.

tetanus can cause generalized muscle spasms and death in 11 percent of cases. Neonatal tetanus is also a concern.

chicken pox can be associated with meningitis, encephalitis, secondary pneumonia, skin infections, and sometimes death.

pertussis can cause pneumonia, seizures, encephalopathy, and death in 0.2 percent of cases.

And natural immunity is far from perfect. For example, it is possible to get chicken pox more than once after a natural infection and natural immunity after pertussis isn’t lifelong, lasting only about four to 20 years.

There are also some late complications that can occur when you have a natural infection, including:

Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE) – a fatal, late complication of natural measles infections and which might occur in as many as 1:1700 people who have had measles. It is not caused by the measles vaccine itself.

Post-Polio Syndrome – new symptoms of pain, fatigue, and weakness that develop in 25 to 40 percent of people who have survived ​polio infections

Shingles – a late complication of a natural chicken pox infection that is less common after having the chicken pox vaccine

Liver Cancer – about 50 percent of children (and 90 percent of infants) develop chronic hepatitis B infections and can later develop scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), liver failure, and liver cancer.

Dr. Paul A Offit answers the natural immunity question nicely, when he states that “the high price of natural immunity, that is, occasionally severe and fatal disease, is a risk not worth taking.”


Vaccines Are Not Vigorously Tested Before Being Approved by the FDA 

Vaccines that are licensed by the FDA must meet “stringent criteria for safety, efficacy, and potency.”

Like a new drug, vaccines go through preclinical studies and at least three phases of clinic trials before a company can even submit an application to the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), including CBER’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review, Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality, and Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

By the end of Phase 3 trials, studies have been done to show that the vaccine is safe and non-toxic, immunogenic (it produces an immune response), and is efficacious (it works).

In addition to reviewing all of this information, when an application for a new vaccine is submitted, the FDA also:

does pre-licensure lot-release testing on the vaccine

reviews and inspects the manufacturing facilities and the manufacturing process

reviews the vaccine label

A non-FDA expert committee made up of scientists, physicians, consumer representatives, and a member of the industry (non-voting), the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), then reviews and evaluates the application. The committee is made up of experts in immunology, molecular biology, rDNA, virology, bacteriology, epidemiology or biostatistics, allergy, preventive medicine, infectious diseases, pediatrics, microbiology, and biochemistry. They vote and provide advice to CBER.

If approved, the vaccine continues to be monitored for safety concerns through Phase 4 studies, lot release testing, inspections, review of reports to VAERS, and studies using data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink.

How long does the vaccine development process take? It varies for each vaccine, but it is certainly a thorough process, with the average vaccine going through over 10 years of development. In fact, the FDA sometimes gets criticized for not approving vaccines quickly enough, such as the MenB vaccine (Bexerso), which is already approved by the European Union.

The original Prevnar, for example, was approved by the FDA after an eight and a half month review. Of course, this followed a three-year Phase III trial that began four years before the vaccine was approved and previous preclinical trials and Phase I and Phase II human clinical trials.


Herd Immunity Isn’t Real

Herd immunity is the well-accepted idea that if most people around you are immune to an infection and can’t get sick, then there is no one around to infect you, and you won’t get sick, even if you aren’t immune to the infection.

Although many who intentionally don’t vaccinate their children or themselves claim they aren’t part of the herd or don’t believe in herd immunity, they still are. They are simply an unprotected member of the herd who relies on the rest of us for protection.

In Dr. Bob’s book about vaccines, he even seems to advocate parents who intentionally don’t vaccinate their kids try protecting them by hiding in the herd.

So why do we still have outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases if herd immunity is real? In the case of measles, it is very easy to see why. Although the endemic spread of measles was eliminated in the United States in 1990, measles is still common in many other parts of the world. In fact, measles killed 122,000 people worldwide in 2012.  Outbreaks in the US are typically started when unvaccinated people travel to these areas, get sick, and return home. They are leaving the herd, exposing themselves to the disease, and then contaminating the herd.

Rather than proving that herd immunity isn’t real, the simple fact that these outbreaks aren’t any larger is a good testament to the fact that herd immunity works.


I Use PubMed to Do My Vaccine Research 

PubMed includes over 22 million citations and abstracts from MEDLINE, the “U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) premiere bibliographic database that contains over 20 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine.”

While it might seem like a good way to do research on vaccines and many other things, the main problem is that PubMed does not offer access to the full-text of these journal articles. That leaves the vast majority of people jumping to conclusions about articles after reading a short summary or article title. This is not research.

In fact, when you actually read many of the articles that anti-vaccine folks cite to support their reasoning, you find that they clearly don’t, including:

these 22 medical studies are supposed to show that vaccines can cause autism

these 72 medical studies that are supposed to support a link between vaccines and autism

these 30 medical studies that are supposed to link vaccines to autism

Can you search PubMed for keywords, and as one parent puts it, “read until your eyes are bleary?” Sure.

But people who do real research using PubMed simply use it as a resource to find relevant journal articles. They then read the complete article and use their critical thinking skills before making a decision to see if the article supports or rejects their original idea. That is research.

Unfortunately, most people who are anti-vaccination simply use PubMed to plug in keywords and find titles or abstracts that sound good. If they actually ever read the full articles, which aren’t usually available on PubMed, they would find that they are weak studies, are usually fatally flawed, are often labeled as junk science, sometimes don’t have anything to do with vaccines and are misused, and have been widely debunked.

Saying that you have done your research using PubMed has now become almost synonymous with someone who has actually not done any real research, believes whatever vaccine misinformation they read, and has simply relied on antivax websites for their “research.”​


10 Vaccines in the 1980s Ballooned Into 36 in 2008 and Into 49 Now 

This is the kind of propaganda that anti-vaccine folks use to try and link vaccines to autism.

In 1983, the immunization schedule protected kids against seven vaccine-preventable diseases by getting 10 doses of three vaccines before starting kindergarten—five doses of DTP, four doses of OPV, and a dose of MMR. And teens got a tetanus shot.

By 2008, kids were protected against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases by getting up to 36 doses of 10 vaccines before starting kindergarten—three doses of HepB, three doses of Rotavirus, five doses of DTaP, three or four doses of Hib, four doses of Prevnar 7, four doses of IPV, two doses of MMR, two doses of chicken pox, two doses of hepatitis A, and six to seven doses of the flu vaccine.

Not much has changed in 2014, except that kids get the Prevnar 13 (in place of Prevnar 7) vaccine and they can get either two or three doses of Rotavirus vaccine, depending on which brand their health care provider is using.

It is only by using special anti-vaccine math that you can go from 36 vaccines in 2008 to 49 vaccines in 2014. They might do this by counting the DTaP and MMR vaccines as three separate vaccines each, but then you have to do it in 1983 and 2008, don’t you? There is no good explanation for changing the counting style between years except to fool people into thinking that the immunization schedule is growing more than it has.

And why start with 1983? Kids were getting vaccines for decades before that. In 1963, for example, they got vaccines to protect them against smallpox, diphtheria, polio, pertussis, and tetanus.

The latest counts? Although no new vaccines or vaccine doses have been added to the immunization schedule since 2006, the vaccine count seems to be rising almost exponentially every few months.

In a recent OpEd in USAToday, we ‘learned’ that “U.S. health officials now recommend 69 doses of 16 vaccines for every child.”

And just a few days later, I read that the vaccine count had already ballooned to “81 vaccines by 6 years of age.”

So how does one anti-vax organization think that kids get 49 vaccines, while others think it is 69 or 81? The better question is why is their count so much higher than the official vaccine count:

36 doses of 10 vaccines before starting kindergarten that protect infants and children against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases

as few as 22 shots if you are using combination vaccines, like Pediarix, Pentacel, Kinrix, Proquad, and Flumist

It should be clear that they inflate the vaccine counts to make parents afraid of vaccines.


Package Inserts 

Vaccines are dangerous—just read the package insert!

Anti-vaccine folks like to quote things from the package inserts of vaccines. The package insert is included with each vaccine (and other medications) and is widely available online.

As a part of their “summary of the essential scientific information needed for the safe and effective use of the drug,” the package insert contains a list of adverse reactions. Unfortunately, this can range from adverse reactions discovered in clinical trials to less common, low-frequency adverse reactions for which there is less reason to suspect causality and then adverse reactions from postmarketing spontaneous reports.

That last group of spontaneous reports of adverse reactions is typically the one that anti-vaccine folks turn to when they want to say that a vaccine has been proven to be dangerous or is proven to cause autism. Per FDA rules, though, these types of adverse reactions are reported voluntarily and are included in the package insert without any way to “establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.”

In other words, vaccine package inserts are not the smoking gun of “vaccines are dangerous” evidence that anti-vaccine folks believe.


More Vaccines Are Linked to Higher Infant Mortality Rates

Anti-vaccine folks often try to link infant mortality rates (the number of deaths per 1,000 live births) together with the number of vaccines that a country gives its children.

If vaccines weren’t dangerous, they claim, then why would the infant mortality rate in the United States be higher than the infant mortality rate in some countries that don’t protect their children from as many vaccine-preventable diseases?

Not surprisingly, infant mortality rates and vaccines are things that you can’t really link together. For one thing, many experts have pointed out that simply comparing infant mortality rates between different countries isn’t reliable because they don’t all count live births the same.

And most experts have found that one factor, premature births, is behind the higher infant mortality rates in the United States. They believe that preterm-related causes of death are more important for our higher infant mortality rates than other possible causes, such as birth defects, SIDS, maternal health complications, or unintentional accidents.

And why, you might ask, have infant mortality rates decreased by at least 12 percent in the United States since 2005 if kids continue to get more vaccines?


Most Adults Aren’t Up to Date on Boosters 

A favorite anti-vaccine argument of mine is: “How can herd immunity be real if most adults aren’t up to date on their boosters and so aren’t immune to anything?”

Looking at the Adult Immunization Schedule, historically, there haven’t been many boosters that adults have had to routinely get besides a tetanus shot. And although tetanus is an infectious disease, it is not contagious, so herd immunity doesn’t have anything to do with it.

Most adults are immune to most vaccine-preventable diseases because they were either vaccinated or had the disease when they were children. They don’t need to get boosters of the MMR, chicken pox vaccine, or polio vaccine, etc.

Adults should get a Tdap vaccine to protect them against pertussis, but that is a relatively new recommendation, so it isn’t surprising that many adults haven’t had it yet.

It is also important to remember that herd immunity is not a one-size-fits-all concept. You can have a breakdown in herd immunity for pertussis, for example, while herd immunity still protects everyone from polio. That’s because the necessary vaccination rates to maintain herd immunity is different for each disease.


Sick People Should Just Stay Home 

For many childhood infections, including many vaccine-preventable diseases, you are most contagious before you even start to show symptoms. Following a strategy of just staying home when you get sick won’t prevent any outbreaks from occurring.

People with measles, for example, are contagious for up to four days before they even develop a rash, which is when they usually first know that they have measles.

Similarly, people with pertussis, or whooping cough, are typically contagious during the first two weeks of being sick. During this stage, they often still have just a mild, occasional cough with a runny nose, sneezing, and a low-grade fever. It isn’t for another few weeks that they develop coughing attacks that they might think they have pertussis, all the while exposing everyone around them.

What about other vaccine-preventable diseases?

It is much the same story, which is why a strategy of just staying home when you are sick with measles or pertussis won’t keep other people from getting sick:

mumps – You are contagious for up to three days before you have active disease.

hepatitis A – Infected people can shed the hepatitis A virus up to one to two weeks before they develop jaundice and other symptoms.

rotavirus – You are highly contagious up to two days before you start having diarrhea.

chicken pox – You are contagious up to one to two days before you start to develop the classic chicken pox rash.

influenza – You are usually contagious the day before you develop flu symptoms.

polio – People with polio are contagious up to seven to 10 days before they develop symptoms.

It should be clear that you are typically contagious and can get others sick well before you know that you or your child has a vaccine-preventable disease, including those who are too young to be vaccinated and those with immune system problems. Choosing to intentionally not get vaccines, with the idea that you will simply quarantine your family at home if they get sick to avoid exposing others doesn’t actually keep outbreaks from happening.

The flip side of this is that it is hard to avoid vaccine-preventable diseases by simply trying to avoid people who appear to be sick.


The Media Is Just Scaring People About Measles and Whooping Cough 

Measles is a scary, vaccine-preventable disease.

Before 1963, in the pre-vaccine era, there were about 500,000 cases of measles in the United States and 500 deaths each year, with many more cases and deaths during epidemic cycles every two to three years.

As late as 1989 to 1991, there were 55,622 cases and 123 deaths in the United States, which led to the recommendation for all kids to get an MMR booster.

Even today, measles kills about 122,000 people each year around the world. And even in industrial countries, measles is still deadly:

During the large measles outbreaks in Europe in 2011, there were over 30,000 cases, which led to eight deaths, 27 cases of measles encephalitis, and 1,482 cases of pneumonia. Not surprisingly, most cases were in unvaccinated (82 percent) or incompletely vaccinated (13 percent) people.

In 2013, there were at least 2,499 cases in the Dutch “Bible belt” with at least one case of measles encephalitis and one death, a 17-year-old girl. Almost all of the measles cases in this outbreak are unvaccinated and the majority are children.

With just 10,271 cases of measles in Europe in 2013, with most of the cases being found in Germany, Italy, Romania, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, there were still eight cases of acute measles encephalitis and there have been three deaths.

What happens after these large measles outbreaks? More people start getting vaccinated and the cases go down. People can see first-hand just how bad measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases can be.


You Cannot Sue If Your Child Is Injured by a Vaccine 

It is not true that you cannot sue if your child is injured by a vaccine.

Before someone can try to sue a vaccine manufacturer directly, they must first file a claim through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (Vaccine Court). A claimant can file a civil lawsuit against a vaccine manufacturer if their claim is denied or if they reject the compensation offered after their claim is approved. In fact, this is what happened recently in the Bruesewitz v. Wyeth case, which went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 as a no-fault compensation program for those who want to make a claim that they were harmed or injured by a vaccine, including all of the vaccines in the childhood immunization schedule.

As part of this Vaccine Program, an Office of Special Masters within the U.S. Court of Federal Claims oversees and makes decisions on these vaccine injury cases, which includes anaphylaxis, thrombocytopenic purpura (MMR), or paralytic polio (oral polio vaccine), etc.

Since 1989, 3,540 claims have been paid, typically by settlement, while at least 9,734 claims were dismissed.

Keep in mind that according to the HRSA, “Conclusions regarding the safety of the vaccines should not be drawn based upon the fact that cases were settled.  Settlements are one way of quickly resolving a petition or claim.” It is much more rare for one of these cases to actually go all the way to a court decision.


Vaccines Go Against Some or Most Religions 

There are actually very few religions that have an absolute objection to vaccines, including some small Christian churches that believe in faith healing over medical care and Christian Scientists, who believe in healing through prayer and think that vaccines aren’t necessary.

There are many more groups within other religions who are opposed to getting their kids and themselves vaccinated, which helps explain some outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. These include some Amish, some Dutch reformed churches, and some Muslim fundamentalists. There is no absolute objection to vaccines within these groups. Even among the Dutch reformed churches, there is a subset who describe vaccines “as a gift from God to be used with gratitude” and vaccination rates in these communities have been on the rise.

For example, a large outbreak of measles in Ohio recently was linked to an Amish group that had traveled to the Philippines. They weren’t necessarily against getting vaccinated, but simply didn’t know that they needed an MMR vaccine when traveling out of the country. Many quickly got their shots to help contain the outbreak.

More often than a true religious objection, even though they are clustered in a church or religious group, it is simply a fear over vaccine safety that drives some people to avoid vaccines.


Most Vaccine Side Effects Aren’t Reported by Doctors 

Vaccine side effects can be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) by anyone, including healthcare providers and parents themselves. VAERS, which “collects and analyzes information from reports of adverse events (possible side effects) following vaccination” are not just for doctors.

It was by analyzing VAERS reports that a problem with the RotaShield vaccine was first detected (increased risk of intussusception), and helped lead to that vaccines removal from the market.

VAERS is hardly the only post-marketing surveillance program that is helping to make sure vaccines are safe, though. In addition to the voluntary reports to VAERS, the Vaccine Safety Datalink has been looking for links between adverse reactions and immunizations since 1990 by looking at de-identified health records from nine large managed care organizations. The Vaccine Safety Datalink database includes combined doses of vaccines that a child might have gotten at one visit, lot numbers, and any potential adverse events.

The Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Project or CISA is yet another tool to review possible adverse events that could be linked to vaccines.


Many Experts Are Against Vaccines 

Very few medical experts are actually against vaccines.

When you find one, it is typically someone who is very far outside of their medical specialty (if they studied medicine…), such as:

Dr. Russel Blaylock – a retired neurosurgeon who thinks that he is an expert on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases among other things that are not related to neurosurgery. In addition to believing that vaccines are dangerous and don’t work, Dr. Blaylock also thinks that mercury in dental fillings and fluoride in water are dangerous, among many other conspiracy theories.

Bob Sears, MD, FAAP – a pediatrician, Dr. Bob wrote The Vaccine Book, which includes his own selective and alternative immunization schedules, but which many parents use as justification to simply not vaccinate their kids at all. He also consistently downplays the risks of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in his own community.

Mark Geier, M.D. – a geneticist, he had worked as a professional witness in nearly 100 vaccine injury cases and created a series of clinics to treat autism with dangerous regimens. Dr. Geier’s medical license has since been revoked in most states, judges have ruled that he has “no training, expertise, and experience” in these areas and have stated that his testimony is “wholly unqualified,” and papers he has published have been criticized for flaws and inaccuracies and one was even retracted.

Susanne Humphries, MD – a nephrologist who “left the conventional system,” Dr. Humphries has become a homeopath and has written an anti-vaccine book. She is also quite obsessed with Dr. Paul Offit (a real vaccine expert).

Dr. Boyd E. Haley – a retired chemistry professor, Boyd Haley is a strong believer that mercury in vaccines causes autism and Gulf War Syndrome, warns about the dangers of mercury in dental amalgams (fillings), and Dr. Haley once sold an industrial chelator as a dietary supplement to treat autism until he was shut down by the FDA.

Dr. Viera Scheibner – with a PhD in micropaleontology (she studied tiny fossils), Dr. Scheibner became a leader of the anti-vaccination movement in Australia, linking vaccines to SIDS. She has since moved on to the idea that vaccines cause autism and shaken baby syndrome.

J.B. Handley – the founder of Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy’s autism organization, J.B. Handley, not surprisingly, believes that vaccines cause autism.

Jenny McCarthy – although she now claims that she is not anti-vaccine, many people credit Jenny McCarthy with reviving the modern anti-vaccine movement, using “Google University” to do her research on the links between vaccines and autism.

These are just a few of the so-called experts in the anti-vaccination community. It is their conspiracy theories that you buy into when you believe that vaccines aren’t safe for your children.


Vaccinated Kids Are the Cause of Most Outbreaks 

Vaccinated kids are not the cause of most outbreaks.

In fact, when a fully vaccinated person in New York City got measles in 2011 and got four other people sick, it made big news because it so rarely happens.

The great majority of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases are caused by those who are unvaccinated or who are not fully vaccinated.

The latest argument of anti-vax folks is that people who are vaccinated with the pertussis vaccine can become carriers for the pertussis bacteria and that they cause pertussis outbreaks. While there is some truth to this, it isn’t the vaccine that makes them a carrier. An FDA study in baboons who were vaccinated with a pertussis vaccine (aP), while protected against pertussis, could become colonized when exposed to the pertussis bacteria. They could then get unvaccinated baboons sick with pertussis.

It is important to note that the pertussis vaccine didn’t turn them into carriers or make them shed the pertussis bacteria. Instead, the vaccinated baboons in the study got infected with pertussis when exposed to the bacteria, even though they didn’t develop symptoms, they became carriers who could get others sick (if they weren’t immune).


Vaccines Cause Shaken Baby Syndrome 

This has to be the most misguided claim made by anti-vaccine folk—that vaccines are the cause of shaken baby syndrome.

A few anti-vaccine websites and people seem to have made this issue their specialty, claiming that “not only are vaccinations harming our children, but that harm is being covered up by blaming innocent parents of abuse.”

Instead of helping “innocent parents,” these sites are actually providing a road map for a defense after they harm and often kill their babies.

They have even made up new diseases, like vaccine-induced tissue scurvy. And have even tried to bring back the idea that vaccines cause SIDS, despite the fact that rates of SIDS are way down.

This is not a new tactic.

Lawyers once tried to defend their clients accused of shaken baby syndrome by saying it was instead caused by the DTP vaccine. According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, “prosecutors of shaken baby cases should be aware of this untrue defense and be prepared to exclude this irresponsible medical testimony.”


The Chicken Pox Vaccine Is Creating a Surge in Shingles Cases 

The chicken pox vaccine is not causing a surge in shingle cases or a shingles epidemic.

While there has been a rise in cases of shingles, it has been shown that:

the trend in rising shingles cases in adults began before we started giving kids the chicken pox vaccine in the United States

the trend in rising shingles cases in adults did not increase after we started giving kids the chicken pox vaccine in the United States

the trend in rising shingles cases in adults exists in other countries that do not routinely give kids the chicken pox vaccine

In fact, in addition to protecting kids against chicken pox, it appears that the chicken pox vaccine actually lowers their risk of later developing shingles.


The US Gives More Vaccines Than Other Developed Countries

Do we give more vaccines in the United States than in other countries?

In the United States, kids get:

36 doses of 10 vaccines before starting kindergarten that protect infants and children against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases

a few more vaccines as a preteen: HPV, MCV4, Tdap

What do some other industrial countries do for their kids?

Some, like Iceland, give fewer, still not offering vaccines for rotavirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or chicken pox infections. It is important to note that Iceland is a unique island country with just over 300,000 people, though, making it smaller than most major American cities. And they do vaccinate their children and teens with Pentavac (DTaP-Hib-Polio), Synflorix (PCV), MenC, MMR, dTaP, HPV, and a dTaP-Polio combination shot. So Iceland isn’t anti-vaccine or more vaccine-hesitant than the United States; they have just determined that their citizens aren’t at risk for some of the vaccine-preventable diseases that are more common in the United States and other larger countries.

Many others, like Australia, Canada, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland, etc., now have similar immunization schedules as the United States.

Many more countries are catching up, protecting children from more vaccine-preventable diseases, for example, adding the rotavirus and HPV vaccines. If a vaccine is missing from a schedule, it is usually the hepatitis A or chicken pox vaccine, although those countries continue to monitor rates of those diseases to see if the vaccine should be added.

In fact, in some countries, infants get even more vaccine doses by the time they are 4 months old, as they get their vaccines at four-week intervals, when they are 2 months, 3 months, and 4 months of age, vs. the two-month interval that is used in the United States.

And in some other countries, like Germany, toddlers might get even more vaccine doses than we give in the United States. For example, by 15 months, kids in Germany get:

4 doses of DTaP

3-4 doses of IPV

3-4 doses of HepB

3-4 doses of Hib

4 does of Prevnar

3 doses of Rotavirus vaccine

the Meningococcal C vaccine (not given in the US)

2 doses of the MMR vaccine (vs. just 1 dose in the US at this age)

2 doses of the chicken pox vaccine (vs. just 1 dose in the US at this age)

In Taiwan, while kids don’t get vaccines for Hib, rotavirus, or HPV, they do get all of our other vaccines, plus the BCG vaccine and a vaccine to protect them against Japanese encephalitis.​

In South Korea, in addition to all of the routine vaccines given in the United States, including the flu vaccine, by 24 months, children also get the BCG and the Japanese encephalitis vaccine.

Japan has a bit of a complex immunization schedule, in that it is split into routine vaccinations (Hib, Prevnar13, DTaP-IPV, DT, BCG, MR, JapE, and the HPV vaccine) and voluntary vaccinations (flu, chicken pox, mumps, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, and the rotavirus vaccine). What’s the difference between routine and voluntary vaccinations? The routine shots are given free of charge. Not surprisingly, the vaccination rates for the voluntary vaccinations are much less than the free, routine vaccinations. For example, only about 30 percent of children get vaccinated against chicken pox in Japan.

Overall, we do routinely give more vaccines in the United States than in some other countries. This is only anti-vax argument that has some truth to it. Of course, they are stretching that truth when they compare the latest immunization schedule from the U.S. to schedules that were used five to 10 years ago in other countries. As you can see in the links above, most countries have added most of the same vaccines that we are routinely using today and many give additional vaccines that we don’t give.

Globally, more children than ever before are receiving vaccines that are on the Basic Immunization schedule recommended for all children by the WHO Expanded Programme on Immunization, including BCG, HepB, Polio, DTP, Hib, Prevnar, Rotavirus, Measles, Rubella, and HPV.


The Anti-Vax Movement Is Growing

The anti-vax movement is not growing.

Many people think that the anti-vaccine movement started in 2007 when Jenny McCarthy, using a degree from “The University of Google,” and her son as her “science,” appeared on “Oprah” and moved from thinking that he was an indigo child to knowing that he was injured by vaccines.

Others think the anti-vax movement began when Dr. Bob published his “Vaccine Book,” which many people refer to as the “Anti-Vaccine Book.”

Of course, this wasn’t the start of the anti-vaccine movement. It wasn’t even the start of the modern anti-vaccine movement, which Dr. Offit, in his book, “Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All,” describes as beginning with the airing of the discredited report “DPT: Vaccine Roulette” by Lea Thompson in 1982.

Not surprisingly, the original anti-vaccine movement grew up around the first small pox vaccine. How could people be against the small pox vaccine, when small pox was such a devastating disease? Would you believe that although some of the details have changed, many of the arguments of anti-vax folks back in the 1700s are basically the same as the ones that people use now, including that:

the vaccine won’t provide life-long immunity

the vaccine will give you syphilis

it is against their religion

small pox isn’t that bad

Fortunately, most people did get vaccinated and since smallpox isn’t as contagious as many other vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles, pertussis, or the flu, it was eventually eradicated, despite the interference of the anti-vaccine groups.

The anti-vax movement never really grows. It goes up and down all of the time, but as it hits a peak as a vaccine-preventable disease hits a low, outbreaks begin to pop up, and more people get vaccinated.

People who support having kids protected from vaccine-preventable diseases want the cycle to stop, so that we don’t have to wait for more kids to get sick in outbreaks of measles, mumps, and pertussis, etc., before parents get scared enough to start vaccinating again.


Vaccines Aren’t Tested Together 

Vaccines are actually tested together.

Consider the vaccine Pediarix, which combines DTaP, hepatitis B, and IPV (polio) into a single shot. In use since 2002, it was tested with Hib and Prevnar at the same time at two, four, and six months. At these visits, infants either got the combination shot or separate DTaP, hepatitis B, and IPV shots, in addition to their Hib and Prevnar shots.

Most other combinations of vaccines have also been tested together, including:

MMR, Varivax (chicken pox), and Hib with Prevnar

DTaP, hepatitis B, IPV, and Hib with RotaTeq

hepatitis A with DTaP, IPV, Hib, and hepatitis B

And remember that in addition to the clinical trials that are done before a vaccine is approved by the FDA, which often includes testing in combination with other vaccines, post-marketing surveillance programs continue to look for potential problems all of the time.


I’m Pro-Safe Vaccine, Not Anti-Vaccine 

For some reason, anti-vax folks don’t like be called out as being anti-vaccine. Their preferred term for what they are is “pro-safe vaccine.”

Jenny McCarthy is the latest anti-vax person to come out as claiming that she is not really anti-vaccination.

They even like to use the analogy that if you called for a plane or car to be recalled for a defect, then no one would call you anti-plane or anti-car, right?

Of course, that’s a false analogy, because we all want safer planes and cars, and while we would certainly want an unsafe plane or car to be fixed, we wouldn’t then find 100 different things wrong with every plane or car that has ever existed and make our kids walk everywhere they go.

If you don’t want to be called anti-vaccine, then don’t use propaganda, anti-vaccination talking points, and over-the-top rhetoric to further your anti-vax agenda.


It Is Safer to Wait Until Your Kids Are Older Before Getting Them Vaccinated

t is certainly not safer to wait until your kids are older before getting them vaccinated.

Consider that you are most at risk from some vaccine-preventable diseases when you are an infant and toddler. This is especially true for rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and pneumococcal disease (Prevnar).

The peak age for these infections is:

6-11 months for Hib

3-35 months for rotavirus

3-18 months for pneumococcal disease (3-5 months for pneumococcal meningitis)

And unlike some others, like polio and diphtheria, these vaccine-preventable diseases are still very much around.

What about other vaccine-preventable diseases, like pertussis, influenza, and measles, etc? In addition to being at risk from these diseases when they are young, children continue to be at risk when they get older. Still, they will be most at risk for serious complications from these vaccine-preventable diseases if they get them at a younger age. Why delay their vaccine and put them at more risk?

Of course, the general idea seems to be that delaying a vaccine until a child is older will make them less prone to side effects from the vaccine—an anti-vaccination myth that isn’t true. Unfortunately, it is only going to leave them unprotected for a longer period of time, putting them at risk for catching a potentially life-threatening vaccine-preventable disease.

There is no risk/reward benefit for delaying vaccines. Just added risk.


Vaccine Court Has Paid Out Billions to Vaccine-Injured Children 

While it is true that since it began in 1989, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (or Vaccine Program) has awarded $2,671,223,269.97 (as of March 2014), it is important to keep in mind that:

most cases are settled and not based on a court decision

many cases are dismissed

And most importantly, keep in mind that almost 2 billion doses of vaccines were given between 2006 and 2012, as compared to only 1,328 payments made by the Vaccine Program.


Vaccines Are Creating Resistance in Viruses and Bacteria 

Are vaccines creating resistance in viruses and bacteria?

We actually see this a lot when we talk about resistant bacteria and the overuse of antibiotics. Is the same true for vaccines?​

Are we seeing more outbreaks of measles because the measles virus has mutated and become immune to the MMR vaccine? Fortunately, the MMR vaccine still works great and the measles virus has not mutated or developed resistance.

There has been some research to suggest that the Bordetella pertussis bacteria has changed, which has led some people to believe that this vaccine-driven adaptation could be contributing to outbreaks of pertussis. These new pertactin-negative strains of B. pertussis could have evolved through vaccine selection pressure.

Fortunately, pertactin is just one component of B. pertussis that is used to make current pertussis vaccines. The CDC states that “current evidence suggests pertussis vaccines continue to prevent disease caused by both pertactin-positive and pertactin-negative pertussis strains, since other components of the vaccines provide protection.” In other words, it does not seem like this change in the B. pertussis bacteria is making the pertussis vaccine less effective or that it is responsible for the current outbreaks of whooping cough.

There is no evidence for this type of evolution or vaccine-driven adaptation in other viruses or bacteria. That the flu virus changes each year is a well-known phenomenon and was happening well before the development of the first flu vaccine.

And it is important to keep in mind that the use of certain vaccines can help prevent infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a decrease in antibiotic use, and might even lead to a decrease in some antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


Unvaccinated Kids Are Healthier Than Vaccinated Kids 

The headlines sound convincing:

Studies Prove Without Doubt That Unvaccinated Children Are Far Healthier Than Their Vaccinated Peers

New Survey Shows Unvaccinated Children Vastly Healthier – Far Lower Rates of Chronic Conditions and Autism

Large Scale Study Concludes: Unvaccinated Children Healthier Than Vaccinated Generation

Vaccinated Children Have Up to 500% More Disease Than Unvaccinated Children

Not surprisingly, there is little else about these studies or surveys besides their title that will convince you that unvaccinated kids are healthier than vaccinated kids.

Firstly, they are all talking about the same study, which really wasn’t a study, but was instead an online survey in which a homeopathic doctor in Germany, Andreas Bachmair, asked parents of entirely unvaccinated children to fill out an anonymous form. He then compared the rates of illnesses from these forms to those that are published for all children (the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents or Kinderund Jugendgesundheitssurvey, KiGGS).

In contrast, a real study in Germany, “Vaccination Status and Health in Children and Adolescents,” looked at medical records from KiGGS to see “whether unvaccinated children and adolescents differ from those vaccinated in terms of health.”

The diseases they looked at included allergies, eczema, obstructive bronchitis, pneumonia and otitis media, heart disease, anemia, epilepsy, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Not surprisingly, this second study did find that unvaccinated children were more likely to get vaccine-preventable diseases. However, it also concluded that “the prevalence of allergic diseases and non-specific infections in children and adolescents was not found to depend on vaccination status.”

So, since these unvaccinated and vaccinated children had the same incidence of allergies, pneumonia, and other conditions, etc., plus unvaccinated children were also more likely to have vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and mumps, that hardly sounds like unvaxed kids are healthier.


People Didn’t Use to Worry About Vaccine-Preventable Diseases 

Not true. Most people worried quite a bit about vaccine-preventable diseases in the pre-vaccine era.

During polio outbreaks in the 1940s to mid-1950s, for example, just before the first polio vaccine was invented, it was not uncommon for:

pools to close

summer camps to shut down

churches and schools to close

entire cities to become quarantined

Parents literally lived in fear that their children might get polio, the “summer terror.”

In 1952, an article in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, “Those Childhood Diseases,” stated that “One of the most trying features of being a parent is worry and uncertainty over scarlet fever, mumps, chicken pox and all the other communicable diseases that come with childhood.”

Whether or not you or someone in your family was affected by a vaccine-preventable disease (my own uncle had polio) or you have a family member who remembers the “worry and uncertainty” of the pre-vaccine era, it is very easy to dismiss the idea that people weren’t always concerned about vaccine-preventable diseases.

It is especially easy to understand how concerned parents were about these diseases when you see how readily they lined up to get their kids vaccinated once a vaccine was introduced.


One More Study 

No matter how many studies are done to prove that vaccines are safe, effective, and don’t cause autism, anti-vaccination folks are always after just one more study.

Their “One Study” would ideally include a control group of unvaccinated children who would just get a placebo instead of a real vaccine. That way, they could compare vaccinated children to unvaccinated children.

It would also not involve any researcher who has ever gotten a grant from a vaccine manufacturer, federal agency, or foreign government to help avoid creating a study that would be “rife with conflicts.”

As most people would guess, such a study between vaccinated versus unvaccinated children would be unethical. Instead of simply observing children whose parents already chose to intentionally not vaccinate them, in the vaccinated versus unvaccinated study, you wouldn’t know and couldn’t choose if your child got a real vaccine or a shot of salt water that left him vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases.


The One-Size Fits All Immunization Schedule 

Why do all children have to get their vaccines on the same, one-size-fits-all immunization schedule?

Think your child is so unique that a selective or alternative immunization schedule would be better or safer?

Your child may be unique in many ways, but his immune system is almost certainly going to respond to vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases just like mine.

And there are rules and flexibility built-in to the standard immunization schedule to help account for those who do have immune system problems or other true contraindications to getting vaccinated.

According to the American Academy or Pediatrics, “The schedule is considered the ideal schedule for healthy children, but there may be exceptions. For example, your child might not receive certain vaccines if she has allergies to an ingredient in the vaccine, or if she has a weakened immune system due to illness, a chronic condition, or another medical treatment. Sometimes a shot needs to be delayed for a short time and sometimes not given at all.”

It is important to keep in mind that the immunization schedule is created so that vaccines are given at the “age when the body’s immune system will work the best” and “the need to provide protection to infants and children at the earliest possible age.” Those are not unique factors for different children.

By creating a “unique” immunization schedule for your child or simply following Dr. Bob’s alternative immunization schedule, you are simply gambling that your child won’t be exposed to one of the vaccine-preventable diseases that you haven’t protected your child against yet.


Doctors Don’t Learn Anything About Vaccines 

After four years in college, the average allopathic doctor (M.D.) or osteopathic doctor (O.D.) then spends another four years in medical school and does an internship and residency that lasts at least three years.

During that time, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. From cell biology and immunology to pediatrics and family medicine, medical students and doctors learn a lot about vaccine-preventable diseases and immunizations.

Why do anti-vax sites and anti-vaccine parents in message boards claim that doctors don’t know anything about vaccines?

Why do many parents feel that they know more than their pediatrician when he or she doesn’t know which vaccines are made with peanut oil (Adjuvant 65) or the latest on squalene?

It is not because your doctor isn’t very knowledgeable about vaccines.

Instead, it is likely because your doctor just doesn’t know about the latest anti-vaccine conspiracy theories you might have heard of that have gotten you scared of vaccinating your kids.

How much time does the average chiropractor or homeopath spend learning about vaccines?


Parents Are Not Legally Obligated to Vaccinate Their Kids 

I think that some anti-vaccine folks are a bit confused about the differences between forced vaccinations, mandatory vaccinations, vaccine exemptions, and legal obligations, etc.

The state legal obligations for getting your kids vaccinated only have to do with going to school or daycare.

It is important to keep in mind that even when talking about mandatory or mandated vaccines, they are vaccines that are required to attend school or daycare.

There are no laws or plans for laws that will force parents to vaccinate their kids. Even in states that don’t have easy-to-get vaccine exemptions, no one is going to hold your child down and force him or her to get vaccinated.

That being said, there is no Constitutional right for parents to intentionally not vaccinate their kids and put them at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases.

And keep in mind that even with a vaccine exemption, schools have the right to keep your unvaccinated kids out of school when there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.


Aren’t Vaccines Made for Adults? 

Don’t all kids get the same dosage of vaccines as adults?

Not always.

There are different formulations based on a child’s age for some  vaccines, including:

hepatitis B vaccine (pediatric and adult formulations)

hepatitis A (pediatric and adult formulations)

Fluzone Pediatric Dose (6 months to 35 months) vs Fluzone

DTaP (pediatric) vs Tdap (10 and over)

Vaccines aren’t usually dosed based on a child’s weight or age, except in these few instances, it doesn’t matter that infants receive the same dose as a teen or adult.

The small amounts of antigens in the vaccine don’t actually travel throughout your body to work like an antibiotic or other drug does. They just stimulate the immune cells near where the vaccine was given.


The HPV Vaccine Just Encourages Kids to Have Sex 

Does getting a vaccine that protects you from the human papillomavirus (HPV) mean that your teens will be more sexually active?

Will they be more likely to have sex for the first time or have unprotected sex?

Although they sound like silly questions, some parents still use them as excuses to not vaccinate their teens.

Fortunately, those questions have already been answered and those parents should now feel comfortable getting their kids vaccinated with either Gardasil or Cervarix, the HPV vaccines. The study, “Risk Perceptions and Subsequent Sexual Behaviors After HPV Vaccination in Adolescents,” concluded that “risk perceptions after HPV vaccination were not associated with riskier sexual behaviors over the subsequent six months


Doctors Don’t Vaccinate Their Own Kids 

“If so many doctors are refusing to give it to their children, what is that telling you?”

Of course, some doctors don’t vaccinate their kids. The above quote is from an anti-vaccine chiropractor, and I’m guessing he doesn’t vaccinate his kids.

I wouldn’t even be surprised if there are some pediatricians who don’t vaccinate their kids or grandkids. If Dr. Bob Sears, Dr. Jay Gordon, and Dr. Larry Palevsky push selective and alternative vaccine schedules for their patients, then why should we expect them to do anything different for their own families.

Most pediatricians and most other medical doctors do in fact vaccinate their kids. Studies have shown that almost all pediatricians vaccinate their own kids following the routine immunization schedule and gave their kids all of their vaccines.

And all of the doctors I know vaccinate their kids.


Why Are We Still Injecting Toxins Into Our Kids? 

Well, we’re not. And we weren’t before.

So now that thimerosal is out of vaccines, why are anti-vax folks still worried about toxins in vaccines?

Of course, they simply moved on to other so-called toxins—the toxin gambit.

They are now worried about:

aluminum – an adjuvant that is added to most vaccines to make them more effective. It is also found naturally in many other things, including drinking water, breast milk, and infant formula. Aluminum didn’t replace thimerosal in vaccines. Aluminum is not a preservative. Aluminum has been “used and studied in vaccines for 75 years and is safe.”

formaldehyde – a residual ingredient (most of it is removed) that is used to inactivate toxins and kill viruses and bacteria the might contaminate the vaccine while it is being made. Keep in mind that formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical. Our bodies actually make formaldehyde, so it is not as scary as it sounds, even though formaldehyde can certainly be toxic. Remember: The dose makes the poison.

thimerosal – a preservative that WAS used to prevent contamination and which is still used in multi-dose vials of the flu vaccine, although most kids now get thimerosal-free flu shots from single-dose vials or the thimerosal-free nasal spray flu vaccine.

MSG – like sorbitol (a sugar) and gelatin, MSG is added to some vaccines as a stabilizer.

egg proteins – residual cell culture materials, such as egg proteins, are present in some vaccines (flu and yellow fever). To make a vaccine, the vaccine virus or bacteria is typically grown in a cell culture that is derived from chicken eggs, yeast, bovine extract, or monkey kidney cells, etc. Most of these are then removed.

neomycin – an antibiotic that is used prevent bacterial contamination while the vaccine is being made. These antibiotics, which might also include polymyxin B and gentamicin sulfate are eventually removed from the vaccine and only remain in residual amounts.

antifreeze – except, of course, ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is not an ingredient in any vaccine, which might instead contain polyethylene glycol, a totally different chemical.

fetal tissue – vaccines do not contain any fetal tissue from aborted fetuses. A few vaccines are made with cell lines that were originally derived from fibroblast cells from an aborted fetus. It is very important to note that these cell lines have been replicated over and over again, are now grown independently, are far removed from the first cell cultures taken in the 1960s, and that no new fetal cells are ever used.

So while you might see a long list of “toxic” ingredients on an anti-vax website, it is important to remember that the average vaccine will likely just contain:

the vaccine antigens – made up of either attenuated live viruses, killed viruses, partial viruses, or partial bacteria

an adjuvant – usually aluminum. Squalene, adjuvant 65 (peanut oil), and other adjuvants you might read about aren’t used in vaccines in the United States.

a stabilizer – including gelatin, albumin, sucrose, lactose, MSG, or glycine

tiny amounts of residual cell culture materials

tiny amounts of residual inactivating ingredients

tiny amounts of residual antibiotics

So, should you be worried about these ingredients?

In a special article in Pediatrics, “Addressing Parents’ Concerns: Do Vaccines Contain Harmful Preservatives, Adjuvants, Additives, or Residuals?” the authors concluded that except for very rare chance of allergic reactions from gelatin and egg proteins, the other ingredients “have not been found to be harmful in humans or experimental animals.”


Babies Don’t Need an STD Vaccine 

Anti-vax folks are, of course, talking about the hepatitis B vaccine when they give this argument.

In the United States, hepatitis B is most commonly transmitted by sexual contact with someone who is infected with the hepatitis B virus. You can also get hepatitis B by exposure to a contaminated needle, typically drug use, and more rarely tattooing, piercing, or acupuncture, etc.

Newborns are also at risk if their mother has an acute or chronic hepatitis B infection. Before the first hepatitis B vaccine was licensed, about 18,000 children developed hepatitis B infections by the time they were 10 years old.

Couldn’t the vaccine just be given to high-risk babies?

That actually was tried when the vaccine first came out. For the first 10 years, it was only recommended that people in high-risk groups got vaccinated with the hepatitis B vaccine. Unfortunately, a lot of people, including babies, still got hepatitis B.

It wasn’t until we changed to a universal vaccinated strategy in 1991 that rates of hepatitis B infections really started to drop. In fact, hepatitis B infection rates in kids decreased 89 percent as hepatitis B vaccination rates increased from 16 percent to 90 percent in the next 10 years.

The problem with the targeted strategy is that not everyone knows that they are at risk or that they have a chronic hepatitis B infection. And even when trying to test all mothers before they deliver their baby, some babies will get missed and will develop hepatitis B. That is what happened during the years of targeted hepatitis B vaccination.

The other problem is most people think that hepatitis B can only be transmitted through high-risk behaviors, such as having sex with someone who has hepatitis B. Unfortunately, you can also get hepatitis B through more casual contact, including sharing a toothbrush, washcloth, or razor that is contaminated with a small amount of blood. And remember that not all needle sticks are intentional.

What happens if you get hepatitis B? It depends on the age that you get it, because:

90 percent of newborns become chronically infected

30 to 50 percent of children less than age 5 years become chronically infected

5 percent of adults become chronically infected

Unfortunately, a chronic hepatitis B infection can lead to liver failure and liver cancer.


Correlation Equals Causation 

Why do so many people think that vaccines cause autism?

Because it is easy to think that just because two things happened at about the same time, then one must have caused the other.

The usual term is “correlation implies causation,” but for anti-vax folks, there is no “implies” in their thinking. They believe that the correlation or relationship between vaccines and autism proves that vaccines cause autism.

And it is not just because their child seemed to regress after they got their shots, but also the correlation that is as more vaccines were added to the immunization schedule over the years, more kids were diagnosed with autism.

Again, for some people, correlation implies causation.

Of course, that kind of thinking is a logical fallacy. The real scientific phrase is “correlation does not imply causation.”

Just because two things seem to be related, it does not automatically mean that one caused the other. You still have to do some research to prove or disprove your idea, which is exactly why we know that vaccines do not cause autism.​

If we simply went with the correlation implies causation way of proving things, we would also think that:

organic food sales cause autism

ice cream causes polio

ice cream causes murder

importing lemons from Mexico prevents highway deaths

car seats cause autism

Eating ice cream didn’t cause polio, as people once believed. It was just a coincidence that polio outbreaks occurred in the summer when people eat more ice cream.

Correlation does not imply causation.


Vaccinations Are Not Immunizations 

Many people who are against vaccines say that they are actually all for immunizations. The problem for them is that vaccination is not immunization.

Confused? Since most people think that the two words mean the same thing, I’m not surprised if you are.

Let’s look at the Merriam-Webster medical definitions of the two terms and see why saying that vaccination is not immunization doesn’t really make sense:

vaccination – the introduction into humans or domestic animals of microorganisms that have previously been treated to make them harmless for the purpose of inducing the development of immunity

immunization – the creation of immunity usually against a particular disease; especially treatment (as by vaccination) of an organism for the purpose of making it immune to a particular pathogen

So, vaccination induces vaccine-induced immunity. As there are other types of immunity, including natural immunity (you get the actual disease and develop antibodies so that you don’t get it again) and passive immunity (like the temporary antibodies babies get through the placenta), I guess technically, you could say that immunization is not always vaccination.

But you can’t say vaccinations are not immunizations. It is a favorite argument among some anti-vaccine “experts,” including many chiropractors, but it is plain silly.

When anti-vax folks say this, what they are really saying is that vaccines don’t work, don’t create immunity, didn’t eliminate small pox and haven’t helped to decrease or eliminate many other vaccine-preventable diseases.

To believe that vaccinations are not immunizations, you have to buy into a lot of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. Tim O’Shea (Dr. T), a chiropractor actually wrote a book called Vaccination is not Immunization. He also warns everyone about the multi-billion dollar drug and vaccine cartels that are lying to you and are creating a new Shaken Baby industry and ongoing Peanut Allergy and Autism epidemics.

Vaccination is immunization.


I Did My Research 

Anti-vaccination folks who say that they have done their research typically have done it all on anti-vaccination websites.

If you really want to do your research and make the best decision for your family, in addition to spending that time on anti-vax sites, you should also talk to your pediatrician and:

  1. Read the book Deadly Choices: How The Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All by Paul Offit, MD
  2. Read the books Your Baby’s Best Shot and Do Vaccines Cause That?!
  3. Read the book The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear by Seth Mnookin
  4. Ask the 10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science
  5. Read the article Cashing In On Fear: The Danger of Dr. Sears
  6. Review why vaccines really aren’t linked to autism
  7. Learn about some of the myths – and facts – about vaccination
  8. Review these top 20 Questions about Vaccination
  9. Understand Why my child is fully vaccinated
  10. Learn Five things you never knew about child immunization
  11. See how Dear parents, you are being lied to
  12. Wonder why Parents Fake Religion to Avoid Vaccines
  13. Learn why the Too Many Too Soon Anti-Vaccine Argument doesn’t Hold Water.
  14. Understand how to Evaluate Reliable Vaccine Resources
  15. Question When Did “Attachment Parenting” Come to Mean Vaccine Refusal?
  16. Understand the Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement
  17. Learn What Happens When We Don’t Vaccinate?
  18. Read Leaving the Anti-Vaccine Movement
  19. Don’t Follow the Herd
  20. Read Nine Questions. Nine Answers.

And spend some time on websites that offer sound advice about vaccines:

CDC – For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children

AAP – Healthy Children

CHOP – Vaccine Education Center

Every Child By Two – Vaccinate Your Family

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia – History of Vaccines

Families Fighting Flu

Parents of Kids With Infectious Diseases

Voices for Vaccines

Immunization Action Coalition

If you still have questions or concerns, your pediatrician is a great resource to help you sort through the myths and misconceptions that still surround vaccines and vaccine safety.

Get Educated. Get Vaccinated. Stop the Outbreaks. 

The vaccine “debate” continues for some people, despite the overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe and don’t cause autism, that vaccine-preventable diseases are terrible, and that outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases are becoming more common.

Make sure that you have really done your research about vaccines before believing what you read on anti-vaccination websites, what you hear from a celebrity on TV, or someone you have never met in a parenting forum.

If you are going to make a decision to not vaccinate your child, especially in this day with rising cases of pertussis, measles, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, be sure to read these stories from parents who lost a child to one of these vaccine-preventable diseases so that you don’t later regret that decision.





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