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Announcing… Vaccine Epidemic!

Louise Kuo Habakus, writer and analyst, and Mary Holland, research scholar at New York University School of Law, in conjunction with the Center for Personal Rights, Inc., a non-profit think tank and advocacy organization, present Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children.

Reviewed by Dr. Bernadine Healy

“There are unanswered questions about vaccine safety. We need studies on vaccinated populations based on various schedules and doses as well as individual patient susceptibilities that we are continuing to learn about. No one should be threatened by the pursuit of this knowledge. Vaccine policy should be the subject of frank and open debate, with no tolerance for bullying. There are no sides—only people concerned for the well-being of our children.”

—Bernadine Healy, M.D., former director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and current health editor, U.S. News & World Report

Vaccine Epidemic Brings You the Real Story about Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the State of Vaccine Safety Science If you are scratching your head about the British Medical Journal’s big story last week and the extraordinary treatment that Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been receiving in the mainstream press, including CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, you are not alone. Vaccine Epidemic explains what’s really going on and why the global vaccine establishment is so hopping mad.

Notably:

• NYU research scholar Mary Holland answers the question “Who is Dr. Andrew Wakefield?” with a succinct review of the relevant events and the charges against him, and the reasons they do not stand up. Learn how Dr. Wakefield is the latest in a long line of dissidents, challenging scientific orthodoxy and being punished because his views profoundly threaten conventional wisdom.

• Epidemiologist Dr. Carol Stott and Dr. Wakefield present “A Call for More Research,” an excellent summary of the state of vaccine safety science today. The authors review new peer-reviewed research and meta analyses that raise grave concerns about the wisdom of current U.S. vaccination policy. Learn information that the government and the media do not want to you to hear about the inadequacy of vaccine safety science—in the words of the Institute of Medicine and other venerable sources.

• Dr. Wakefield, in his own words and uninterrupted by rude journalists and paid industry spokespeople with an agenda tells his own story in “The Suppression of Science.” He is not who you may have heard. For example, he is not anti-vaccine—he encouraged parents to vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella using separate shots; it was the British government who took away that option, leading to a drop in MMR vaccination rates. Learn more of the facts in this insightful and personal chapter.

These chapters, and 23 others, connect the dots about this long-standing controversy that will not go away. Vaccine Epidemic explains how people concerned about many individual topics in this debate including:

• conflicts of interest and undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry

• increased compulsory vaccination for day care, secondary school, and college admission, employment, and immigration

• mandated anthrax and other vaccinations required by the military

• biochemistry of injected mercury and thimerosal, especially in babies

• deaths and devastating injury after human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination (Gardasil and Cervarix) for young girls and boys

• hepatitis B vaccination for newborns

• swine flu “pandemic” of 2010

• the myth of herd immunity, including persistent outbreaks among the vaccinated

• allegations of “medical neglect” and forced child removal involving vaccination

• thousands of families who witnessed their children’s regression into autism after vaccination, and more…

… are all asking similar questions and coming up against the same limitations of the state of the science. You will then understand why established vaccine interests feel compelled to make big news about an old story and relaunch an unprecedented character assassination of a courageous man who has already paid the highest professional price possible by telling this inconvenient truth: we need more science.

Stay tuned and you’ll hear more. Vaccine Epidemic tells you what the big story is really about.

Groundbreaking Handbook on Vaccination Choice

Nearly all Americans receive vaccines. The federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends 70 doses of sixteen different vaccines between birth and age eighteen, and all fifty states mandate between 30 and 45 doses of vaccines for admission to day care and school.

Public health officials state that vaccines are safe and effective, but the truth is far more complicated. Vaccination is a serious medical intervention that always carries the potential to injure and cause death as well as to prevent disease. Coercive vaccination policies deprive people of free and informed consent—the hallmark of ethical medicine. National polls show that Americans are increasingly concerned about vaccine safety and the right to make individual, informed choices together with their healthcare practitioners. Vaccine Epidemic focuses on the searing debate surrounding individual and parental vaccination choice in the United States.

Louise Kuo Habakus and Mary Holland edit and introduce a diverse array of interrelated topics concerning the explosive vaccine controversy, including:

• The human right to vaccination choice

• The ethics and constitutionality of vaccination mandates

• Personal narratives of parents, children, and soldiers who have suffered vaccine injury

• Vaccine safety science and evidence-based medicine

• Corrupting conflicts of interest in the national vaccine program

What should parents do? A review of eight advice books on vaccines that span the gamut

Featuring more than twenty experts from the fields of ethics, law, science, medicine, business, and history, Vaccine Epidemic urgently calls for reform. It is the essential handbook for the vaccination choice movement and required reading for all people contemplating vaccination for themselves and their children.

Available Early February: Pre-Order Today

Vaccine Epidemic will be available online and in bookstores—including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders.

Pre-order now to reserve your copy. Our book ships from the printer to warehouses on January 13. Order today and it could be in your hands by the end of this month. And consider buying two copies. Not only will you get free shipping, but once you start reading, we guarantee you’ll want to talk about it.

NYC Book Launch Event on February 17, 2010

Join us on Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 pm at New York University School of Law for the public and media launch of Vaccine Epidemic. The event will include a presentation, panel discussion, and Q&A with the editors and several of the contributing authors, including Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Michael Belkin, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, Dr. Annemarie Colbin, and Kim Mack Rosenberg, JD. We welcome attendees from all sides of the vaccine debate—we want to foster dialogue on these critical issues.

More details will follow. Since the event is open to all, please register as soon as possible to confirm your attendance. It will allow us to plan for space and security requirements and to create a waitlist, if necessary.

Books will be available for purchase. Bring your copy to be signed, or buy one there (cash only). Many of you have told us that you are planning to stock up—contact us for volume purchases over 10 books. It’s the perfect baby shower gift, and don’t forget one each for your children’s pediatrician and school nurse!

Keep in Touch with Us. Sign up for our mailing list so you can receive breaking news about our book and related events.

If you can’t join us in Manhattan next month, check back often on the Vaccine Epidemic website to find out if we’ll be in your neck of the woods soon. If you would like to plan an event or sell books at a university, conference, or workshop, write us with your ideas. Send us the name of a local bookstore and we can help you set it up.

As you read the book, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you think. Post a review on Amazon. Talk it up on Facebook and Twitter. Add it to your book club list. Ask your professor to add it to curricula for public health, law, philosophy, history and other coursework. It’s time to start a national conversation on the real story… the human right to vaccination choice.

Hope to see many of you very soon!

Louise Kuo Habakus

Mary Holland

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CDC Media Plan Shocker – We Don’t Have the Science – “Some claims against vaccine cannot be disproved.”


By Jim Moody, Esq.

http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/08/cdc-media-plan-shocker-we-dont-have-the-science-some-claims-against-vaccine-cannot-be-disproved-.html


An internal draft CDC Media Strategy, made public HERE for the first time, concedes that CDC does not have sound science supporting vaccine safety and must therefore resort to a program of misinformation and propaganda, referring to critical parents and “safety first” advocacy organizations as “anti-vaccine.”  If this is how CDC wants to conduct a meaningful debate about vaccine safety and science, then I can only imagine that we all will be holding the next major autism conference at GITMO.  Rather than a “safety first” program of sound science, CDC’s solution to quelling the coming vaccine rebellion is an aggressive public/private media war: “vaccinate or die.”


CDC Brands Safety Advocates As “Anti-Vaccine.”

In addition to conceding that fear-based propaganda will have to substitute for basic science, the memo reveals how completely CDC has descended into a military them-against-us mind set.  Critics of vaccine safety are labeled “anti-vaccine,”  as “hostile parents,” or as “adversaries of vaccination,” with no acknowledgment that criticism and inquiries can be in good faith, can sincerely be interested in promoting vaccine safety as a sensible, indeed necessary, scheme to protect the benefits to public health of mass immunization.  For example, CDC complains that “assaults against routine vaccination are occurring in the United States and in many developed nations worldwide,” “the voice against vaccination is becoming more organized,” and “routine childhood vaccination is increasingly under fire.” (emphasis added).   The “critics of vaccination” fall into a few “predictable” categories:

– Religious Objectors
– Hostile parents and non-professionals who envision vaccines as more harmful to individual children than good or believe in conspiracy theories related to vaccination programs
– Proponents of alternative medicine and naturalists
– Health care professionals and scientists who doubt the benefits of immunization and fear long-term effects of vaccination

It’s just plain bizarre to brand as “hostile” parents and “non-professionals” (i.e. those who are not members of the white-coated and Nanny State elites) who are simply curious whether vaccines injured their children or whether vaccines and the schedule are sufficiently safe to use in an exercise of their ethical right to informed consent.  As for scientists who “fear effects of vaccination,” give them a gold star for being prescient.  As the National Vaccine Advisory Committee has now conceded, there is a crucial gap in safety science, fatal to any claim that “vaccines are safe.”  NVAC unanimously approved HERE the report of the Vaccine Safety Working Group on June 3, highlighting (see recommendation 7 (HERE) ) the lack of baseline data on the health of unvaccinated children developed in a comprehensive program of retrospective and prospective research.

Barbara Loe Fisher once said of the false labeling of vaccine safety advocates as “anti-vaccine:” “This article is a sophomoric attempt to label the vaccine safety and informed consent movement as “anti-vaccine” in order to deflect attention from the very real gaps in scientific knowledge about the biological mechanisms of adverse responses to vaccination. Should the Institute of Medicine be labeled anti-vaccine for repeatedly publishing reports over the past decade calling for increased scientific research into outstanding questions about vaccine safety?”

The “Problem” According to CDC – Vaccine Rebellion.

CDC actually correctly identifies the “threat” faced by its mass vaccination program is that: “[T]he number of reported adverse events associated with vaccination was greater than the number of reported cases of vaccine-preventible disease.  With the disappearance of a perceived threat in the United States from these diseases, the safety of routine childhood vaccination is increasingly under fire.”  What would be the rational response to growing concerns over vaccine safety? Research to make them safer? What CDC really fears is change, especially people asking too many questions and a parent rebellion: “[W]ith the increase [sic] use of media advocacy by small organized special interest groups to promote societal change, the possibility of critics against vaccination gaining strength and voice in public health policy decisions at local, state and national levels warrants serious consideration.  For example, in Japan and Sweden, the anti-vaccine movement’s message diffused from small organized groups to mainstream popular acceptance, which led to changes in vaccination policy and severe drops in vaccination levels and increased morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases.”


So, Where’s the Safety Science?

CDC makes a stunning admissions: “Some claims against vaccine cannot be disproved.”  And: “CDC does not have complete adverse event surveillance data on which to base health messages.”  But where can this little bit of honesty be found on the Vaccine Information Statements [Your Baby’s First Vaccines: What You Need to Know, (HERE)] required by law to be given to parents, which claim with all the earnest certainty of a government bureaucrat. “Getting several vaccines at the same time will not harm your baby,” “More severe reactions can also occur, but this happens much less often.  Some of these reactions are so uncommon that experts can’t tell whether they are caused by vaccines or not,” and “The risk of any vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. Getting a disease is much more likely to harm a child than getting a vaccine.”  And, in a sample flyer (HERE), CDC claims:

Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent. The most comprehensive scientific studies and reviews have not found a link between vaccines and autism. Groups of experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies also agree that vaccines are not responsible for the number of children now recognized to have autism.

No honesty here about CDC’s real doubts about vaccine safety.  The CDC media plan also concedes: “Issues of contamination (e.g. SV-40, stealth virus) are compelling and our research is not complete enough to state with all certainty that there is no risk.”  Yet, despite all this doubt, CDC still links (HERE) (without disclosing his financial conflict of interest) to Paul Offit’s 2003 book, Vaccines: What You Should Know in the “Myths Busted” section (HERE) of its vaccine safety webpage.  And CDC claims on its “Some Common Misconceptions” page (HERE): “Most vaccine adverse events are minor and temporary, such as a sore arm or mild fever.  These can often be controlled by taking acetaminophen before or after vaccination. More serious adverse events occur rarely (on the order of one per thousands to one per millions of doses), and some are so rare that risk cannot be accurately assessed.”  How “rarely” do these “more serious adverse events” occur.  Nobody knows, especially CDC.

So the CDC’s mantra “vaccines are safer than the diseases they prevent” is a lie until all of the risks from vaccines can be determined by comparison to the health status of unvaccinated children.  Regarding this comparison, CDC says (HERE):

Even one serious adverse event in a million doses of vaccine cannot be justified if there is no benefit from the vaccination. If there were no vaccines, there would be many more cases of disease, and along with the more disease, there would be serious sequelae and more deaths. But looking at risk alone is not enough – you must always look at both risks and benefits. Comparing the risk from disease with the risk from the vaccines can give us an idea of the benefits we get from vaccinating our children. . . . The fact is that a child is far more likely to be seriously injured by one of these diseases than by any vaccine. While any serious injury or death caused by vaccines is too many, it is also clear that the benefits of vaccination greatly outweigh the slight risk, and that many, many more injuries and deaths would occur without vaccinations. In fact, to have a medical intervention as effective as vaccination in preventing disease and not use it would be unconscionable.

This comparison is a bald faced lie because the risks of vaccination, especially for chronic adverse events, are unknown.  Even if they were known with some precision, the choice demanded by principles of ethics and informed consent, must remain with the parents.  And, this gets us back to the real fear underlying the Government’s policy of “deliberate ignorance,” i.e. that any significant risk of chronic vaccine injury could induce a vaccine rebellion so that their children are not sacrificed on an alter made of herd immunity.  Not surprisingly, Parents of Kids With Infectious Diseases (HERE) merits a weblink from CDC’s “What Risks Are Parents Taking in Their Child’s Healthcare” section, but groups such as Safeminds [safeminds.org] and NVIC [nvic.org] are ignored.

CDC’s media plan claims the “[f]ederal government has a critical role in disease prevention through routine vaccination,” but there’s no commitment to a “critical role” for a “safety first” agenda.  CDC also states a commitment to new vaccines: “The rapid pace in which new vaccines and new combinations of vaccines are being introduced in the United States for routine childhood vaccination will continue, increasing the anti-vaccine rhetoric.”  But again, no commitment to understanding, much less improving, safety.

DC admits: “Risk communication messages regarding vaccine adverse reactions are difficult to develop.”  Yes, exactly, because they just don’t know the risks.  How, then, can CDC claim as a “strength” of their media plan that the “[b]enefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks?” This is, as J.B. Handley would say so eloquently  (see Paul Offit, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Alison Singer, and the Italian Study), is a “hungry lie.”  As the National Vaccine Advisory Committee finally admitted with a unanimous vote on June 3, one of the key gaps in our safety science (HERE) is baseline data on the chronic health of unvaccinated kids.  Perhaps what CDC really means is that all chronic vaccine-caused injuries, including autism, are acceptable collateral damage in the war against infectious disease?  This is an even bigger lie because it presupposes that such “collateral damage” cannot be minimized or even eliminated by, e.g., screening, schedule changes, eliminating known nasties such as heavy metals, re-designed vaccines, greater reliance on anti-virals, etc.

Another CDC lie: “Parents today, overwhelmingly, want to vaccinate their children against disease.”  No!  Parents want healthy children.  As doubts grow about vaccine-caused disease, and the apparent threat from infectious diseases is all but gone, the “healthy” choice is to avoid unknown vaccine risks and rely on others’ herd immunity.

CDC’s Solution – a public/private propaganda campaign.

Instead of actually doing the science to accurately ascertain the risks of vaccination, and make appropriate changes to the schedule, screening, etc., CDC proposes an aggressive public/private media campaign: “[C]ommunity acceptance of vaccination demands that we take a stand to not only explain the risks of complication due to natural disease, but also toward unfounded arguments or [sic] adversaries of vaccination.” [emphasis added].

CDC intends to rely in part on surrogates to carry its message: “Any communications strategy must be supported by and employ our immunization partners.”  Yet, ironically, CDC complains: “Some members of the anti-vaccine movement are making a profit with their message of fear and will not be dissuaded through debate and inclusion in the process.”  CDC’s Partners website lists eighteen partners and 19 immunization-related websites.  Most of these, doctors, nurses, industry “fronts” such as Families Fighting Flu, make a profit from selling or injecting vaccines.  And, isn’t Paul “Profit” making oodles of money from his interest in Rotateq and at least expecting to profit from his unsupported yet unbridled message of fear in Autism’s False Prophets?  (Amazon rank: Offit, 18,473; Jepsen/Johnson/Wright, 10,305.)  CDC claims that the “federal government [is] not in position to discuss hidden motives for behaviors of anti-vaccine groups.”  “Hidden” motives, come on!  Advocacy for safer vaccines and infrastructure reform is hardly a “hidden” motive, nor are such groups in any way “anti-vaccine.”

What Does CDC See as Threats?

Although CDC’s admited lack of key safety science is deadly serious, the humor in the media plan lies in the “threats” section.  CDC begins; “Detractors resort to incomplete reference, misquotes, and distortions to promote their positions, making debate difficult at best.”  Let’s see what CDC says: About MMR (HERE): “In 2004, a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that there is no link between autism and MMR vaccine, and that there is no link between autism and vaccines that contain thimerosal as a preservative.”  But actually, IOM covered its vulnerable ass by conceding: “Absent biomarkers, well-defined risk factors, or large effect sizes, the committee cannot rule out, based on the epidemiological evidence, the possibility that vaccines contribute to autism in some small subset or very unusual circumstances.”  That the IOM ISR Committee’s “cannot rule out” a finding simply cannot be reconciled with CDC’s “no link” version of the “truth.”

CDC’s claim on its “Thimerosal” webpage (HERE) is another example of its “distortion:” “There is no convincing scientific evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.”  After the revalations about CDC’s infamous VSD-based study of thimerosal were unearthed by Safeminds via FOIA and extensively discussed in David Kirby’s Evidence of Harm, the lead author, Thomas Verstraeten, was forced to retract the “thimerosal is safe” interpretation CDC sought from the 2003 publication in Pediatrics: “The article does not state that we found evidence against an association, as a negative study would. It does state, on the contrary, that additional study is recommended, which is the conclusion to which a neutral study must come. . . . A neutral study carries a very distinct message: the investigators could neither confirm nor exclude an association, and therefore more study is required. . . .  The bottom line is and has always been the same: an association between thimerosal and neurological outcomes could neither be confirmed nor refuted, and therefore, more study is required.”  The article itself amounted to scientific fraud because all the data manipulation to conceal the “generation zero” results (which did show statistically significant associations between thimerosal exposure and neurodevelopmental delays) were not disclosed.

CDC ends its media plan by honestly identifying one threat to their “vaccinate or die” media campaign: “We have close relationships and involvement with vaccine manufacturers that can be distorted in counter communication – we’re supporting the drug manufacturers’ business interests at the expense of children.”

Jim Moody chairs the government affairs committee of SafeMinds. He is the founder of Citizens for a Competitive Economy. Jim is a practicing attorney and is active in cause-related advocacy for children with autism.

 

Source: AGE OF AUTISM