In the Name of “Protection”

The Professor

I encountered the “meme” you see here on a Facebook group that I belong to. This post is my response.

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I’m going to assume intellectual honesty here and commend the poster for actually caring about children’s health. If that’s true, and this person posted this because he cares — not because he’s making pots of money on his investments in pharmaceutical companies, or he’s getting paid to tout their safety in public forums, or he’s a physician who simply cannot accept the truth of the harm that he’s done in the name of the “greater good” — then that’s a huge positive. That means that this person might have an open enough mind to actually listen when confronted with evidence that children are being harmed on a massive scale by the practice of vaccination.

The meme essentially says that children should be forcibly vaccinated — whether or not it is okay with their parents — in order to “protect” them.

What’s wrong with this?

Well, first off, it is a fact that some people are harmed by vaccines. If not, vaccines would not be classified by the U.S. government as “unavoidably unsafe”, and there would be no Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), or Vaccine Court that has awarded over $2.5 billion dollars to date to victims of vaccine damage, including at least 83 children with autism, and no withdrawal of a vaccine from the marketplace. A quick perusal of the VAERS system will show that every vaccine comes with at least a small risk of injury, potentially catastrophic injury, or even death. It would be one thing, perhaps, if we were talking about a treatment for a condition that is sure to kill a child, or even likely to, like a malignant brain tumor, for instance. One might be willing to take on that risk, or even force someone else do so, to avoid likely death. But that’s not what we’re talking about, is it? Vaccines are about prevention, and prevention of something that is usually of short duration with few complications. So in the name of preventing one condition, you (I’m talking to the meme poster here) insist that a parent and child take on the risks of other, possibly much more devastating conditions. Why do you get to decide what’s an acceptable risk for someone else’s child?

Nearly 50% of children today are living with chronic illness. The number of long-term illnesses that ravage whole families — physically, emotionally, and economically — has risen rapidly as the vaccine schedule has exploded. Children born in the 1960s received far fewer vaccines than children do today. Most children today receive many more vaccines in their first year, when their bodies are not yet capable of producing antibodies, than my generation expected to receive in our whole lifetimes (the flu shot has complicated that expectation). Common sense would indicate that if those two facts coincide in time — the rise in chronic illness, including autism, and the rise in vaccination rates — there is a likely correlation. What’s more, there’s good reason to consider that the risk is cumulative, meaning that the more vaccines given, the more likely it is that damage will be sustained. No, that’s not proof. What it is is an indication that caution and more study are in order. Is that how “medical professionals” have reacted? With caution and more study? Unfortunately, the answer to that is a resounding, “Hell, no!” The CDC is still adding to the already overloaded vaccine schedule. The schedule my daughter, born in 1999, faced was ridiculous, but far lighter than it is today. And there has never been one study done on the safety of the vaccine schedule as a whole. Not one.

I was arguing with a woman last night who is certain that antibiotics and formula feeding play heavily into the autism epidemic, but that vaccines don’t. I fully support the idea that antibiotics play a crucial role in the development of many cases of autism, but antibiotics have been heavily overprescribed for my entire lifetime. They cannot be solely responsible for the huge recent upsurge in cases of chronic illness in children. Similarly, breastfeeding rates were actually much lower back in the ‘50s and ‘60s (inspiring the creation of the La Leche League in 1956) when the autism rate was still 1 in 10,000, than they are today. (“A 1994 Canadian government health survey found that 73% of Canadian mothers initiated breastfeeding, up from 38% in 1963.” “A 2003 La Leche League International study found that 72% of Canadian mothers initiate breastfeeding and that 31% continue to do so past four to five months.”  My mother, born in 1922, was told she had “the wrong kind of nipples” to breastfeed, hence I and my seven siblings were formula-fed. My sister, whose children were born in 1967 and 1970, was actively discouraged from breastfeeding and gave up when she got mastitis. My 14-year-old daughter, on the other hand, was nursed for three years, and my 6-year-old son for four. I think my family is indicative of overall societal trends. Antibiotic use and formula feeding cannot account for what we are seeing.

So (back to the meme poster) you’re willing to force children to take on the risks of vaccination in order to “protect” them. Where do you draw the line? Or do you draw a line at all: All children should be vaccinated with anything that is okayed by the CDC and put on the vaccine schedule? After all, they’re the “medical professionals,” right?

What about illnesses that are almost always benign in children, like chicken pox and mumps? Do children need “protecting” from those? I got one mumps shot when I was 10 or 11 years old. I got the mumps right after that, and, since no one had informed my mother that it was a live-virus vaccine and could shed, I went swimming and gave it to another child as well. Soon after that I developed the allergies and asthma that have made my life miserable on numerous occasions. Those conditions made me a freak in the early ‘70s, even within my own family. I’m the seventh of eight. None of my older siblings had allergies or asthma, just my younger brother and I — the ones who, coincidentally, got that live-virus mumps shot. Allergies and asthma aren’t freakish now, when most kids have live-virus vaccines at the age of 12-15 months.

Here’s a hypothetical . . . What if the CDC were to approve a vaccine for an uncommon blood-borne illness, similar to AIDS and only transmitted by sex and dirty needles, for newborn babies – say, three doses in the first year of life? And what if whatever immunity the vaccine confers wears off by the time the child is fifteen years old? (In other words, it is highly unlikely that the average child will derive any benefit whatsoever from the vaccine.) And what if that vaccine was associated with a three-fold incidence of autism in boys? Would you force a newborn to have that vaccine?

Now I know what you’re thinking: Oh, come on! That’s a ridiculous hypothetical! The folks at the CDC are caring “medical professionals.” They would never approve that! They have only the well-being of the general public in mind. You know, I agree with you. It’s a ridiculous example. Only an extremely cynical group of money-grubbing folks, who didn’t give a damn about the health of the public they are charged “protect,” would do such a thing. Only . . . they did.

The hepatitis B vaccine is routinely administered on the first day of life in hospitals all over the United States. Hepatitis B is a blood-borne illness, transmitted in the same ways that AIDS is. There is virtually no chance that a newborn will encounter hepatitis B, unless the child’s mother is infected (easy enough to discover through a blood test). As a matter of fact, it is extremely unlikely that this child will encounter hepatitis B until he or she is having sex or sharing needles, traditionally unlikely till the teen years, wouldn’t you say? And yet, any immunity that the vaccine might confer is only good for about 15 years, and one study said 30-50% of subjects had no antibodies within seven years. In addition, the hepatitis B vaccine was associated with a three-fold risk of autism in a study conducted at Stonybrook University. It’s also a significant factor in the Verstraeten thimerosal study’s generation zero numbers. High levels of mercury content in vaccines (almost always including the hepatitis B) in the first month of life were associated with an 8-11 times higher risk of autism. The hepatitis B vaccine has also been known to kill babies. A good friend of us Thinking Moms had an apparently very healthy baby who was sent to the NICU immediately after hepatitis B vaccination. As the mother of a child who died in a NICU, this makes my blood run cold. If you’ve ever seen your newborn in a NICU, it would make your blood run cold, too.

So remind me again what this vaccination was for? Oh, yes! To “protect” my child. From something he was never going to encounter anyway.

I think it’s clear that the first priority of the CDC is not “protection” of my child. It is, however, my first priority. And I will do what it takes to protect my child, even if that means reading the studies behind the headlines; even if that means fighting with my “well-meaning” pediatrician; even if that means being called a wacko by people with far less understanding of science and logic than I have. Does that mean that I think I know more than “medical professionals” do? Damn straight, it does. Because I have made it my business to know. (This is not to say that there are not plenty of “medical professionals” who do make it their business to know as much as possible, but they tend to disagree with the CDC’s vaccine policies, too.) Why? Because I have a hell of a lot more to lose than they do. If a “medical professional” damages my child with a vaccine, that person bears absolutely no liability whatsoever for their decision, even if that vaccination is clearly contraindicated based on criteria contained in the vaccine insert. I, on the other hand, may have to live the rest of my life knowing that I allowed someone else to do something that harmed my child, all in the name of “protection.”

When I say that forcible vaccination of my children will happen only over my dead body, I mean that literally.

~ Professor

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41 Responses to In the Name of “Protection”

  1. Kate says:

    Crazy “meme”. Except for the first two lines, can I say the same things in a pro-life ad? Hmm.

  2. Hank Bolduc says:

    Most people are exposed to the virus as children, when the disease produces no noticeable or only flu-like symptoms. In developing countries, people are exposed to the virus in early childhood more often than in developed countries. As a result, the disease in its observable form is more common in developed countries. It is most common among adolescents and young adults.:-`”

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  3. Liz says:

    Someone else who read this article because of my suggesting wondered where the statistics came from that 50% of children have chronic illnesses… She wondered if maybe her definition of “chronic illness” was just different..? I’d love to know as well… if anyone can shed light on this, we’d appreciate it! Thanks!

    • Edda West says:

      Director of Gaia Health, Heidi Stevenson discusses the study which found a staggering percentage of children who suffer a chronic health disorder today. She writes, “The study reported that 43% of children suffer from at least one of the 20 conditions considered—when obesity and developmental delays are not included. That is is over 32 million children whose health is damaged. If you add in all those children they’ve classified as obese or “at risk for developmental delays”, as the study states, the number is 54.1%”

      http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2013-01-08/study-finds-that-the-average-child-is-now-chronically-sick/

    • Helen says:

      I’ve been web-jumping and I read about 1 article to decide if I will like the content of the rest of the site and I often misinterpret things on first glance, so when I started reading this I was like: “Oh here we go again, another person convinced that vaccines should be forced on kids and any parent who doesn’t vaccinate a child is an inconsiderate, life-stealing asshole who deserves to be punished by law and should be demonized in public by family, friends, strangers, society and all sorts of medical professionals and child”care” providers”.
      I couldn’t understand the logic around vaccinations so I did my research and have come to similar conclusions… that vaccinations cause more problems than they solve, if they solve anything at all. I am glad I am not the only one out there refusing vaccinations, I am met with hatred from family, friends and anyone dealing with children (especially government child health providers). They hate that fact and it can be difficult to deal with, but the more I realize that I am not alone with my reasons the easier it gets. In my country, you cannot send children to school if they are not vaccinated and it is also compulsory to send children to school by age 6… funny that you can refuse vaccinations yet that means you will later be committing a crime. Another attitude I meet a lot in my country, is that un-vaccinated foreigners bring over these diseases that we “must” be vaccinated against… yet many of these people come from countries that had vaccinations forced on them. Does anyone see what I see here? I will continue to argue with the people in society who force their vaccinations upon me and my kids, by refusing them.

  4. Bach says:

    I was given a Typhoid vaccine roughly 10 years ago. Right away I came down with Typhoid! I even had the classic Typhoid spots on my chest. It took months to shake this little devil. Never again would I want to take a live “attenuated” vaccine like that. How many people I would have infected with Typhoid from the vaccine? 1? 100? Who knows but clearly some vaccines are more dangerous than others.

  5. Varick T says:

    I recently read an article on a related topic which you might find interesting.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/04/29/are-ultrasounds-causing-autism-in-unborn-babies.html

    • Professor says:

      Varick, I find that topic VERY interesting indeed. Jennifer Margulis, author of The Business of Baby did a presentation of Dr. Manuel Casanova’s work on the subject at the Autism One conference because he was unable to attend at the last minute. I have long suspected that ultrasound was having effects that had not been determined. They were adopted without rigorous safety testing and their use has ramped up tremendously to the point where one can have an “ultrasound party.”

  6. Toosweet says:

    I am a neonatal nurse. Um…. I’m frowning because I give the hepatitis b vaccine to newborns, according to orders (it’s my job… I hate that aspect of it! and i have to work and do some other great things as a nurse!) within 6 hours of birth and only with a consent. BUT when I’m asked by a parent, co worker, or friend my opinion on the hepatitis b vaccine, I ask them if they are: an IV drug user, have multiple sex partners, or plan to visit a crack house with their baby and risk their baby getting stuck by a dirty needle? If their answer is no, then I say your newborn has no risk factors for hepatitis b. I have seen a parallel line with the introduction of hepatitis b vaccine and ASD and I could probably blog for you what I have seen over the last 12 years since its debut! I totally agree with you!

    • Professor says:

      Bless you, Toosweet! I have a gazillion nurses in my extended family and it touches me deeply when I hear the work they’re doing on the front lines. We’d LOVE it if you could do a blog for us and we can keep your name confidential if you need to do it that way.

      • Toosweet says:

        Yes! I would! Can you contact me privately?

      • Professor says:

        Toosweet,

        I’ll see if one of the folks who “accept” the comments can see your email address. I don’t personally have access to that. You can always send us a message on our Facebook page (also Thinking Moms’ Revolution). Hope to get to speaking with you soon…

    • cia parker says:

      Thank you for your responsible caution regarding the hep-B vax. I went to the pediatrician a month before my baby was born only to tell him I didn’t want her to get it: I was negative for the disease (didn’t know at the time that they had tested me for it), and she would not ever be exposed to it. I had read even in 2000 that it often caused autism. They gave it to her anyway at midnight the day she was born. Nearly four days later, she started to scream constantly and inconsolably, screamed in my arms literally all night. The doctor tried to dismiss it as colic, which never occurs in the first week and doesn’t interfere with feeding. She stopped feeding, and lost one pound two ounces in the first two days of the screaming, which lasted four days and nights. Then she nursed avidly again, regained the weight, but eventually missed all her language milestones. I misguidedly let her get the DTaP at 2, 4, and 6 months, but she caught pertussis anyway at a La Leche League meeting when she was 8 months old: coughed alarmingly ten coughs per breath for over a month, and gave it to me, and I coughed ten coughs per breath for over two months. We both eventually recovered. She started to say two words, uh for up and uff for dog, until she got the DTaP booster at 18 months, which erased her only two words. She didn’t say another word until 34 months of age, but had been diagnosed with autism at 20 months. She’s 13 now, still very low verbal and developmentally delayed, in a special autism program at school. This is a criminal vaccine to give to babies and children, except those born to infected mothers. In the ’80s there were only 360 babies and children a year diagnosed with hep-B, according to figures cited by Dr. Sears in The Vaccine Book. School nurse Patti White in her congressional testimony attributed the huge increase of autism in Missouri public schools in the mid-’90s to the use of this vaccine in all newborns starting in 1991 (although the MMR also causes a lot of autism, as well as the pertussis and other vaccines). It’s definitely all about the money, there is no other explanation.

  7. Lori Culbertson says:

    I have been saying over my dead body…but really, it might be someone else’s dead body besides mine…I just know I would do whatever it takes to protect my children who are my “property”..cuz they sure as hell ain’t anybody else’s!!!!

  8. Brava, Professor!
    Fabulously written and I completely concur – Over My Dead Body!!

  9. Taximom5 says:

    Great post, as usual!

    Am I the only one who noticed that the picture on the meme–the pro-vax meme–is of a hypodermic needle drawing up FROM A MULTI-USE VIAL? As in, preserved with THIMEROSAL? You know, the kinds of vaccines they tell us (untruthfully) are no longer given to children in the US?

    Right….

  10. SavageTMR says:

    That meme makes me sick to my stomach :(

  11. Sarah says:

    I do have a problem with this study you posted: Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002.

    the problems are: A. The authors’ sample includes people from before the Hep B was introduced and before the changes in the diagnostic criteria of autism – so basically, as one of the reviewer Ditz sites says, “pretty much anything that changed in that time would “correlate” with autism.”. B. There is no statistically significant difference in autism between the two groups – in other words, whatever difference is seen can easily be a fluke. Statistical significance is science measure to whether a result is reliable. C. The numbers are off – for example: “the prevalence of autism in this group is 1 in 238 (in the groups with HBV data, the prevalence was 1 in 241). Seems a bit low.” “the authors found after their regression that the odds ratio for autism for non-Hispanic whites was 0.385.

    This is polar opposite to the administrative data (which usually shows very high “odds” for whites) and against what actual prevalence studies show (no variation by race/ethnicity).”. D. The authors do not explain how they control for confounders – additional factors that may influence the result. That is suspicious, because it allows the authors to massage the data. E. The authors cite problematic papers, e.g. the Geiers’ non-scientific work. F. The data they used is problematic: “The data are drawn from the NHIH — so it’s interview data with no independent confirmation of autism diagnoses, and there appears to be a lot of relevant information missing. For example, although they found about 193 cases of autism in the sample they used, only ~45 of those actually had usable vaccination records.”

    http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2012/07/1-hepatitis-b-vaccination-of-male-neonates-and-autism-diagnosis-nhis-1997-2002-2010.html

    • shell says:

      Hi, People can split hairs with scientific data, and fancy numeration all they want but the fact is that 1 in 5 US children now have Neurological Impairments, mental/emotionall illness, 1 in 6 are DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED, 1 in 50 has autism when just a few years ago ,a few vaccines ago it was 1 in 88 and in some states it is 1 in 25 boys. I do not think you realize what is in them. Aluminum, thimerosal (49.6%mercury) fetal cells, embalming fluids, latex, parts of pigs, cows, caterpillars, dogs, PEANUT products, squalene, antifreeze, tar/petroleum ether and much more. Shell “Recovering Autism, ADHD, & Special Needs.”

  12. Bronwyn says:

    The CDC has removed the page you linked to “no withdrawal of a vaccine from the market”. Big surprise.

    What a beautifully written, compelling article. Thank you.

  13. Joy says:

    Has anyone ever considered that the asthma and allergy epidemic that seems to be spreading among younger generations could be blamed on the fact that they just don’t go outside to play? They don’t get exposed to pollen, mold, dirt, etc. like we did. Not to mention that houses now are sealed up, air tight with HEPA filters to keep any bit of dirt and dust out. I truly believe that my generation’s exposure to “outside” helped us build up an immunity to it. I can count on 1 hand the number of kids who had allergies/asthma when I went to grade school. Now, it’s closer to 50-50.

    And don’t get me started on the peanut allergies.

    • Jenn says:

      You are absolutely correct. There is actually a wealth of scientific research backing this up. Not to mention recent research has been published suggesting that if parents suck on their child’s soother it helps expose the children to oral bacteria, and reduces risk of allergies/asthma. The reason allergies & asthma are increasing is because of the rise of parents attempt to bring up their kids in a completely sterile environment. To add some anecdotal evidence, my mother was a huge neat freak. She spent almost all of her spare time cleaning our house. My 5 siblings and I all have either severe seasonal allergies or asthma or both.

    • cia parker says:

      But even more than that, allergies and asthma are linked to the vaccines which children are getting many more of than ever before. The Manitoba study (1998) looked at several hundred thousand Canadian children to find that starting the pertussis series at two months, as is usual, more than doubled their risk of asthma at seven, as opposed to starting it several months later (not getting it at all leads to virtually no children getting asthma). Peanut oil in vaccines is responsible for our modern peanut allergy crisis. Israeli children never get peanut allergies because their vaccines don’t have peanut oil: they get sesame allergies because their vaccines use sesame oil.

  14. nhokkanen says:

    I’ve had measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, scarlet fever, chicken pox, pneumonia, influenza, and what was probably mononucleosis. My mother took it all in stride, having seen it in generations before.

    Almost 50 years later, medical knowledge and patient access have increased dramatically. Yet the “quick easy fix” mentality has beset health policy — inject tiny tots with a one-size-fits-all chemical cocktail and assume it will work as planned. That’s not science; that’s a faith-based belief system.

    I do not understand why vaccine promoters have cut themselves off from their product consumers. That avoidance by government, industry and medical trade unions has created the problems they blame on their victims.

  15. Amy says:

    Well said!! I’m curious to know what, if any, response the meme poster gave.

  16. Maggie May says:

    Ahhh Professor…very well said. I have no ability to speak with elegance or grace. Hell I can’t even be ‘not-angry’ at this point. Because of that, I appreciate your posts more than you know. This insanity has got to stop. Your very awesome post will be shared!!

  17. Sarah says:

    I totally agree. I’m also amazed by how many people have that attitude (we must vaccinate to “protect” because our precious children simply MUST be sheltered from illness) and while they go ahead and follow the vaccine schedule to a “T”, they do it while allowing their children to swill sodas, eat whatever packaged garbage they want to, stay up late, and turn their noses up at vegetables other than french fries. Personally, I don’t want my children to suffer or die from ANY illness, vaccine-available or not. So instead of putting all (or any) my faith in toxic vaccines, I go to much, much more effort to nourish my children’s immune systems. They get a developmentally appropriate amount of sleep, eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients and whole foods, spend time in the sun, take supplements that address deficiencies (which I have actually made an effort to identify), are allowed to have virus and infection killing fevers, eat nothing artificial, and are nursed through their infrequent illnesses with natural care and common sense. All steps that were necessary, by the way, to overcome vaccine damage in the first place. It bugs me so much when someone vaccinates their children and does absolutely nothing else to support their health and then acts like that is somehow better than a working immune system. Meanwhile, their kids are sick all the time, mine are finally strong and healthy, and they want to imply that I am neglecting their health? How exactly?

  18. Amy says:

    Great post! I stand along beside your comments, Over my dead body! SHARING this post with friends and family!! Thanks for writing so eloquently what is on so many parents’ minds!!

  19. Rationalist says:

    Exactly. In other words it boils down to the counter question:

    “If my child suffers brain damage from your vaccine, would you accept responsibility and provide care for the rest of her life?”

  20. sam says:

    Great article— If you don’t know what is the cause, how do you know what it is not? It is amazing that the CDC has spent over ten years letting us know –what is not the cause….

  21. Chrissy says:

    Well said! I agree 100%! What makes matters worse is finding all of this out AFTER the damage has been done. Woe to the first born child who was our experiment as we blindly trusted our medical professionals to “protect” our children. My first born was vaccinated in the hospital with Heb B and I was not even consulted. Likewise they vaccinated me for German Measels without consent. We have to be informed and have our eyes open that “they” don’t think we’re smart enough to make decisions for ourselves. Thank you for this great overview of what is happening to our babies, their Guinea Pigs.

  22. Janessa says:

    yes over my dead body indeed! And yes as previous post said- they aren’t my “property”? I don’t know if property is a great word but did YOU carry them for 9 months, stay up breastfeeding, change their diapers, feed and cloth them and pay $$ to support them. Gimmie a break. This stuff makes me crazy!

  23. Diana Gonzales says:

    I couldn’t agree more! Over my dead body! Thank you for putting into words what I feel and am quite unable to share because my vocabulary is very dark and dirty when I try to defend my decision to not vax my kids any further. I’ll share this instead, it’s right on time!

  24. Robyn says:

    They are not our property? What the hell? They certainly don’t belong to anyone else. Why doesn’t the government buy our food, pay for our doctor appts. and all of her 40 hours a week of recommended therapies then? Why won’t they pay for her college? Surely they must admit that you need to do these things to really care for a child.

  25. laura says:

    Bravo. Over our dead bodies, literally. Right there with you.

  26. Gilded Thinker says:

    Luckily, I missed that meme. The attitude that we are not protecting our children infuriates me! Thank you for the beautifully worded response, Prof!

  27. Jennifer Power says:

    Sharing!

  28. Laura says:

    Ditto! Over my dead body!

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