Health Care

First and foremost in my mind is that people need to learn how to take care of themselves.

Second is we need to move away from this idea that we must work like fiends! We need more holidays and to stop being such a money centered society. If we get sick we should be able to take the day off to rest. The way it is now we ask for quick fixes from the doc to get back on our feet when we need rest and to let our body do the healing.

Third the democrats approach to healthcare was obviously full of corruption- from bribes to abortion, but they see a problem with medicine and are trying the best they can to come up with something in their own godless way.

Fourth, the current setup that allows doctors to get so rich is obviously flawed, but a doctor still wants your money for his mercedes even with that said. This is where the arrogance in the republican party keeps showing up. “Everything is fine! its those dang illegals that are causing all the problems with medicine!” That is nothing but wrong talk from the start. What happened to helping out? What happened to seeing people as people? Selfish people are in both parties, but shame on the republicans who should be “right” and are simply wrong.

Fifth there MUST be an alternative. Thereinlies one of the biggest problems! For some reason we think medical science as it is IS IT! It isn’t even Christian to rely on them. Does anyone else not see the problem with an atheistic system? Sorry.. but I think for myself and do see a problem. Call me and we’ll share a beer out at Greiner Hall and chat.

Sixth if you think everything is OK as it is you have a problem. See the fourth point.

Seventh if you think that those who are uninsured are leeches you have an even bigger problem. See the fourth point also. Guess what, if it were not for UPS I would probably be uninsured now also because I am not going to pay for it! I am not going to worry my life away for all the things that could possibly go wrong. You want to talk about chance? “The chance of things going wrong..” Then get on a diet and stop eating all those bad things and go exercise. That is the best insurance policy you can have! Read the Torah of all places!! And does that make me a problem then if I wasn’t insured? Start thinking of people as people and things as things. The way we are wired is to use people and love things. Start thinking the other way around!

So what we have is a problem. A big one. And these I think are some of the issues that arise when we talk about modern medicine. We need alternatives and it must be from the private sector. Keep out government. Modern medicine is a joke that puts up a mask and hides the real fact that it is all about money..

There I said it. Eat healthy and throw your TV away.

Christian Republicans see no reason to question this institution usually on the grounds that since Luke was a physician it is ok. Really? Is that your argument for justifying what modern doctors do? I hope not, because Luke was a stellar historian and the bible mentions practically nothing about HOW he practiced as a physician except to say how he performed as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Keeping in mind that modern medicine has hurtled some pretty impressive obstacles thanks to science, but last time I checked modern medicine has nothing to do with God and everything to do with man. Since you, Republican Christian, already have a problem with evolution being taught without its antithesis Creation in schools, what science do you suppose is running medicine? Creation science? I’m certain you see the problem here. So if medicine is created by man for man and has nothing to do with God’s glory why do we so readily trust the institution of medicine and not instead turn to practical Leviticus as a preventative measure to illness? I’m being serious here. God was the first doctor as one of my sisters in law (who I love dearly!) likes to say. Well, yes He was! “But wait, Luke was a physician and he would be a doctor today too.” From what I know of modern medicine and a science that has rejected God I’m inclined to say that Luke would not work for a hospital since most would agree he did not practice as modern doctors of his day. You don’t believe me? Do you suppose that Luke went to study medicine with Rome’s mystics or religious leaders? Where do you think he got his wisdom—assuming he was a doctor as we know it? Leviticus. Where else if he was a man of God? Another justification for modern medicine might be, “well we aren’t in the stone age any more so we should utilize this amazing thing called science and Luke would too.” Well, if Luke didn’t utilize methods used by superstitious Romans what makes you think he would embrace a science that has rejected God? Are you with me?? I forgot also that we are the wisest generation that ever lived because we have learned all of the mistakes of the past (sarcasm). We are so arrogant. And by the way, there are brilliant surgeons out there that I will visit when I break a let climbing Denali or making that wonderful try in a rugby match. I am not arguing about avoiding the medical system all together because it like alcohol has its benefits in moderation.

We have this sense of entitlement that we think that because medicine is there we should use it and that is must be a gift from God because lives have been saved by it. This is a poor argument indeed since medicine never cured anyone in the bible.. atleast to my knowledge. Infact there are several references of failed physicians! Read 2Chronicles 16:12 and Mark 5:26, for example. The point is, who are you trusting for your well being? And why don’t you question modern medicine? instead you give your entire being and trust to it without blinking! Do we somehow still think that it is a Christian nation we are living in? Would a Christian nation allow itself to be swallowed up in greed as our current economic condition demonstrates? or would a Christian nation allow its medical system to abort how many countless babies? Not any Christian nation that I’m aware of.. Medicine is now about money and if you don’t have an insurance policy you are not welcome there. I guess I must be wrong when I think that doctors ought to be also there for the good of just helping.. but realistically if you don’t have money you are not part of the club and you will be looked down on as a drain to the system. I thought Christians were supposed to help the poor? Hellooo? Not to call them a drain on the economy or institutions, Republicans! Our party has developed some very bad habits and its no wonder the democrats got elected. They are more interested in social reform that Christians who are instead out waging wars in foreign countries.

Leviticus has all of the answers to preventative care. The reason I mention preventative care is because the argument for Modern medicine is all about preventative care and completely dodges a biblical understanding of this. The idea is that you use antibiotics or vaccines or whathaveyou because this will save more money in the end.. as apposed to treating a full blown case of the flu you can spend less dollars and have less risk with a vaccine. This approach instead of biblical is to glorify man in its atheistic science of vaccines and antibiotics, but if you were reading Leviticus in the first place and practicing those common sense principles outlined by God why would you need such “risk” games as science plays? I am challenging you modern medicine to find fault in Leviticus. As root cause to so many of our problems has anyone checked the latest readings on how rich the pharmaceutical industry has become? One might finally begin to see why the CDC lies about flu deaths and pushes vaccines like never before. It along with pharmacy has become rich because we so readily trust medicine in our homes, in our lives, in our body- the temple that God gave us to protect because we fall for man made arguments and rationalize the bible away as a 2000 year old manuscript to read when we are feeling glum. Use some common sense here! and avoid such things as donuts and coffee because in the end those things do nothing but harm even though they taste good. Its time to stop watching tv and detox. Get out and exercise and take a bath! Read your bible in the good times and the bad. God isn’t there just to be prayed to when you get in trouble.. like in the hollywood movies when all other options are exhausted and its time to pray to God because there is nothing left to do. God is the preventative measure! He is there for you all the time not just the bad times.

Christians are ready to accept that the bible is God’s letter to them, but are not ready to accept that whole heartily apparently when it comes to modern medicine because God didn’t know about the microscopic germs we face today when He wrote the bible thousands of years ago. The bible answers it all people and if you aren’t ready to accept that are you looking to the bible for wisdom or elsewhere?

Somehow we think that if we have our pathetic masquerades once a week on Sunday that this is Christian Culture and that this will be enough to drive a nation.. as long as we feel right with God! well last time I checked this isn’t enough. It isn’t enough to simply make a covenant with your eyes as Job says it not to look lustfully on a virgin and then follow through with bad thoughts. Action must be taken! And God doesn’t love us any more or less based on our feelings. The reality is this Jesus. God is looking at Jesus no matter what. Are we? Practically we go out into the real world and make a difference with actions. And that also means looking to Scripture for wisdom regarding institutions. Some how we continue to be fooled into the arguments and rationalizations of the world outlined above. Can’t we as Christians come up with something better? With better ingredients?! I’m fairly certain that none of the Levitical recommendations would ever have mercury, formaldehyde, dyes, antifreeze, lye, aluminum, see the full list here. Can you imagine for a moment that God might put any of these in Leviticus or any of His imperatives in Scripture? “Jacob, here take this formaldehyde. Its good for you.” Are you feeling it? But in a misleading sort of way here is what our evolutionary doctors who are very interested in making the most money off of YOU say.. “The amount of chemical additives found in vaccines is very small.” Kind of misleading isn’t it? especially since on the main page only the pleasant ingredients are listed.. Check it out. Ok? Are you seeing more clearly now? What do you think the public school is doing to children? “Oh, right and wrong– that is a great opinion and everyone has one! God is only an opinion anyway..” Little bits here and there. There is no black and white and we are putting our kids through this?

Stop being fooled. Satan is doing a very good job of luring us outside of God’s city gates and completely eradicating Christian culture even at its most precious and sacred place– the home. Christian family practically looks no different than the secular world’s best representatives with the difference being Christians pray before eating and might not watch a rated-R movie sometimes.

If the work is by man and for man who is receiving the glory? Ask yourself that before you entrust your life to the science of evolution or give yourself a break from your child and let an atheistic school system teach him or her! If you are still thinking about it, ask yourself this: does it remove a work load off of my shoulder? For example, if you ask yourself that regarding your child, the one that God gave you, are you following your biblical role? It is hard work for a reason and the payoff is beyond any measure.

Christian culture drives forward because at its heart is the most beautiful thing and that is Christ, the ultimate symbol of love, sacrifice, mercy, justice, grace! With Christ at its core how can it lie stagnant! Yet somehow we have let it become just that! We’ve put God in a building to open once a week on Sunday. This is not Christian! If we can’t reflect Christ in our lives and in our actions how are we any different than the world? How are our actions regarding institutions made by man and for man any different than our non-believing neighbor? If there is no difference then the question will naturally rise.. where does your wisdom come from? Christian culture challenges the world- are you apart of this? Are you challenging the state with your family? If the state doesn’t tremble at what is going on in your home then are you really living biblically?

Think some of these myths through. How have they infiltrated our homes?

Common Myths that have Infiltrated Christian Culture:

1.) The role of the husband is to make money. The wife is supposed to raise the kids.
FALSE: Genesis says she is a helper to you, husbands- A helpmate to you, brothers. Those kids are YOUR kids. In the final analysis of your days you will give an account- not your wife. Family is your responsibility and she is a helper to you.

2.) Public School is the Best for your kid.
FALSE: I am only going to point you to scripture here. I think that if you were to do a biblical outline it would probably look like children working with their mother or father all day though and learning directly from those interactions. I’m not sure where sending your kids off has any place in the examples given in Scripture. Here are some references that put responsibility for raising children squarely on the family and not on a worldly institution. Psalm 78:5, Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 22:15. Check this link on homeschooling!

3.) Medicine is trustworthy because Luke was a physician.
FALSE: This is a poor argument because Scripture makes no reference to how Luke practiced or that he took part in any of the “modern” institutions. Would he take part in godless science of today? And by the way I am not questioning anyone’s calling in the system, only the institution and its policies.

Concluding Thoughts:

I hope you are atleast thinking analytically here and looking to one place for healing, for raising a family, and for wisdom. You won’t find that in Fox News and its 10 second headlines and makeup wearing actors boiling down centuries of conflict into seconds of emotionally charged “news.”

Its time to detox yourself and start leading the culture around you instead of being lead around by culture and that comes from reading and studying God’s Word!

There comes a time to be in the world and not of it.

Speaking of  not being of the world how about the panic attacks we are given by the media concerning flu outbreaks?  My question being a history major is how many people died last year from the flu? It seems logical to compare last year’s death toll with this year’s in order to gauge the severity of our present situation- and I refuse to think of it as a crisis as the administration does now.

So, the CDC is telling us that 95 kids have already died from the flu and that if we don’t get ourselves vaccinated we are going to be next!! October 23rd, 2009 And yet if we take a look at the CDC’s website about last year’s data here is what they say, “Exact numbers of how many people died from flu this season (2007-2008) cannot be determined.” Read the full article here.  (The CDC has recently removed this article.. for obvious reasons.)

Seems odd that they suddenly are able to track this year’s death toll? and they seem to be broadcasting it with an almost frantic tone across all media bands. Why is that? Yet last year’s “crisis” is only an after thought and no one seems to be frantic about it anymore.

It seems to me that all they are doing is advertising their latest drug. And when I say “they” I mean the CDC, Pharmacy, and anyone else who is looking to profit from this so called national emergency. Isn’t it only the latest capitalist propaganda scheme? Only this one is seeking to inject your body instead of offering you some new high tech gadget– which you obviously can’t afford because we are coming out of an economic crisis.

Think about it. Since you aren’t going out to buy the latest electronics how else are they going to get the economy going? Bush tried war- Obama working with the CDC and other corrupt organizations are using a little virus to scare an otherwise healthy population into spending a fortune in insurance at the good old doctor’s office.. and to top it all they are only guessing at the virus for their 2009 h1n1 vaccine. So that means they are gambling that they will get the right now.. sound like science to you? Sound like a good response to a “national emergency”? a guess?!

It all makes sense if you agree that there are greedy men behind our system corrupting an otherwise functional America and spoon feeding garbage to a population that is not thinking analitically.. and by the way if it were really an emergency as the President says why aren’t the President’s own daughter’s vaccinated? Ohhh- well, they really aren’t at risk.” NEITHER IS THE REST OF THE POPULATION THEN. Be consistent! Is any one else reading this? Do you understand what is going on? THINK! And all of this is being forced on us! If you don’t get it you are going to be deamonized as a risky person! “DON’T YOU DARE DEFY US!”

So much for democracy where rational thought and debate take place. It is becoming a tyrrany that is afraid to hear alternatives. If it really were free there would not be a problem when an individual says, “nah, i’d like to look at some other options.”

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There can be no greater insult thrown at a well thought out and thoroughly researched position than to call it a gamble. A gamble as is popularly defined and thought of is ” to take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome.” This can have no place with a well thought out position, obviously. It is my belief that men in general are risk takers as the population at large sees it, but they by no means gamble with issues they believe strongly about. Am I right, men? Such men might call a move that they believe to be risky as a “chance” or risk. But what the difference in meaning? Gamble or chance? Well I’ll tell you, there are two completely different meanings I am going to argue! A gamble is looked at under negative light and is usually placed on decisions that are not mainstream or generally viewed as negative whether they are or not, while a chance seems to have a more positive aura as it is one of several possible outcomes of a calm, cool, and rational thought process. Can you see where I’m going with this?

I have posted several notes already on the absurdities of modern medical science and all of its pinpoint brilliance coming up with a vaccine that has a “chance of success.” But a chance is OK as long as it is not called a gamble, mind you. It matters not that the multibillion dollar corporations called pharmacies, who influence the CDC, WHO and other policy makers with their drug money, is making cost/benefit analysis as to whether such toxic substances in their vaccines, which will allow the drug to stay longer on the shelf and makes it easier to mass produce, will have any negative effects on a large scale to those who are going to be inoculated with it. You don’t believe me? Read the warnings of side effects that “may occur” on the printout of your next vaccine if the doctor or nurse has time to let you. So, this chance is ok. The risks are minimal they say and yet there is an entire generation poisoned by a chemical called Thimerosol.. aka mercury, that was put into mainstream use by drug companies and approved by the FDA. Read about it in such books as “Evidence of Harm” by David Kirby or “Overtreated” by Shannon Brownlee. Or better yet why don’t you spend some time with special ed kids like I got to see every single day at the school I taught at.

Lets try talking about chance this way. Why is it that JMU is putting together an autism clinic? And why is it that autism is on the rise? Doctors have argued that it is absolutely not environmental, but that it is genetic! That could be a feasible argument if we still lived in the 80s when autism only occurred in something like 1 in the thousands of babies born, but now it is closer to 1 in 100. If it is genetic then we are all doomed because 1 in 100 is a crisis! Are you listening? There are bullet shells all over the floor and the only person holding a gun is the medical system we are all gleefully submitting ourselves to. Vaccines are on the rise and the vaccine schedule has become stricter and has only filled up with more vaccines at younger ages. Kids are getting sometimes six shots in one sitting. How much can a developing immune system take? “Oh kids are tough.” Don’t believe them. Kids need parents to nurture and protect them and train them to be tough as an eventuality. But by the way! there is only a chance that your baby will have an adverse reaction to the slam bam dosages. A 1 in 100 chance to be precise even though precision is better calculated with dollar signs as far as the medical community is concerned.

So do I gamble? Only with cards and when nothing at value is at stake. Do I take chances? I would say not, though sometimes I may stretch it to the next gas station. Do I do the research? Yes I do and I make well thought out, calculated decisions that are based on facts. When we are talking about my family health there can be place for neither gambling- as the medical community demonizes alternatives to it nor chance as those bigots call their so called precise science, but only a firm resolute responsibility to ensure that we make sound decisions for the good. And hey, sometimes that means going to see the doctor. There can be no doubt that when an auto accident results in interior trauma that a surgeon is needed. But some may argue that preventative measures must be taken. Well, I say that preventative measures are listed out in an ancient book called the bible- specifically Leviticus. Don’t you know that God was the first Doctor?– with a capital ‘D’. Modern medicine has not cured a single disease even though it tries to take credit for doing so. Healthy living and a clean infrastructure that buries its dead outside the city and pipes away its sewage and waste has done more for eradicating disease than vaccines ever could or ever will according to my Book. It may be old, but the Bible is not out of date.

When was the last time you placed your trust there instead of a strange modern religion called medicine for preventative care? I’m talking about being in the world not of it. If you find comfort nowhere else tonight, let it be in the one true God who saves through Jesus Christ. That is it! Live responsibly for sure, but think things through before you allow yourself to be spoon fed by the world. You see it is much easier to go with the flow than it is to paddle upstream and that is precisely what big CEOs of pharmacy want you to do.. go with the flow. Do something most Americans have forgotten- read. I have listed three books already for you.. What are you waiting for?

As you can see there are so many reasons to dodge the hospital, but here is another one.

Because our country is rife with corruption and our loved ones don’t even question the doctor’s blade anymore.. I recommend reading Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer by Shannon Brownlee.

Listen to this from page 41:

“Wennberg’s discovery of huge variations in the rates of different surgeries was partly a reflection of the uneven distribution of doctors around the country. When several doctors with a particular subspecialty live in a particular region, he says, and they happen to be aggressive, then a lot of unnecessary surgery will be performed, as in Lewiston, Maine, where there were unneeded hysterectomies, and Morrisville, Vermont, where doctors were doing countless tonsillectomies. In other words, he says, the supply of physicians can determine how much surgery is performed, rather than how much surgery patients actually need.

These doctors forget that they are our servants. They are supposed to be working for us.. not the other way around. Sadly, the negative seems to be the case. RMH in Harrisonburg and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Lexington for example, are both hospitals where you are statistically more likely to get a C-section- atleast according to local rumors. And we’ve all heard them.. now will somebody kindly look up the data?

The sad part about it all is this: Americans continue to think that some minuscule bug that makes the nose run is a reason to see the doctor. Modern medicine caters to the irresponsibility of this generation like never before. Instead of offering help and advice we have health care practitioners who have become almost tyrannical in what they do. If you decide to hesitate the horror stories of what could happen are shoved down your throat. This is not a system that trusts God or seeks to bring Him glory. This is a system that is hell bent on one thing and that is money. You don’t believe me?

Let me tell you this and I will make yet another good book recommendation. The book is called The End of Education by Neil Postman. In this book he outlines how our education system beginning in high school seeks only to entertain students and that their education is not about learning but getting a job that pays well someday. This is absolutely true as I have seen in the classroom today as a teacher. If I cannot entertain my students I am not doing my job well as I have found out and discussed with other teachers. If instead I bore students with an hour and a half long lecture (as I am known to do.. :D) and if I insist that students work out of their textbook alone instead of using the projector then I am not a good teacher according to the authorities. It is a simple truth and it is one reason I will not be returning to teach. Furthermore, when asked what the goal of their education is most (if not all) of my students respond exactly as Postman said they would.. “to make money.” If that is the goal of our future generation then what do you suppose these doctors are up to as well? Of course it is for the money. If you do not have God to glorify then why else are you in it? Certainly it must be for the money with a few notable exceptions strewn in there. If the majority are willing to put the population under the blade in order to drive a Mercedes-Benz then why on earth would you subject yourself so willingly to the corrupting and emotionally driven advice of a fire and brimstone doctor?

I cannot imagine where we will be in yet a few more years if the system continues. Probably devoid of any and all of our “unnecessary” organs.

But let me say there are good reasons to go see the doctor- everybody must be in agreement here. Most of them are called emergencies. We have got to become a people that use our heads and stop getting fooled into emotionally responding to fear or any other irrationality. Scripture says this, “‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is constructive.” 1 Corinthians 10:23 That is exactly how we should look at medicine! All things are certainly permissible, but how much of it is beneficial? How much of it actually is constructive to and works with our bodies’ immune systems? Hasn’t God given us capable bodies with immune systems our wisest are still trying to figure out? And unless we have become compromised to the point that life will be or has become threatened why do we twist this scripture to mirror the world’s philosophy and say about this verse instead, “All things are beneficial” !!? Not all things this worldly system is offering are beneficial. Remember that the next time you are getting OVERTREATED.

So before you decide to visit the hospital again has the government ever admitted to being wrong? That is a very good question to ask. As far back as I can remember the government has made a point to either cover up or skew data so as to save face value and maintain the American people’s trust as best as possible. Take for example the 1989-2003 Thimerosal scandal. Just so you guys don’t think I’m a nut here are the facts. And by the way, you cannot argue with facts.

At UPS if there is even a drop of mercury detected or known to be lose in the building we evacuate. No joke. Mercury is serious stuff. But you might ask, “What does mercury have to do with going to the hospital or government coverups?” Well, I’ll tell you. Thimerosal is 49%+ mercury and it was injected into infants as a preservative in vaccines. But don’t let that bother you because since its exposure and the exponential growth in autism rates the FDA and CDC have decided that “just in case there is a link, and we’ll never admit there is one, we’ll go ahead and take it out so parents don’t lose faith in us.” 

Here are the facts in this note:
1.) Infants and young children exposed to Thimerosal have increased risk of developing Autism.
2.) Drug Companies profit in the billions from their connection to the government and the mandate that all children receive their product.
3.) Autism rate used to be 1 in 10000 before the 1970s, but has skyrocketed to 1 in 150 for some reason (and genetics is a poor argument else we are doomed).

Here’s what the government has to say about Thimerosal:

“Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930s. 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. However, in July 1999, the Public Health Service agencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers agreed that thimerosal should be reduced or eliminated in vaccines as a precautionary measure.” (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal.htm)

“Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound (an organomercurial). Since the 1930s, it has been widely used as a preservative in a number of biological and drug products, including many vaccines, to help prevent potentially life threatening contamination with harmful microbes. Over the past several years, because of an increasing awareness of the theoretical potential for neurotoxicity of even low levels of organomercurials and because of the increased number of thimerosal containing vaccines that had been added to the infant immunization schedule, concerns about the use of thimerosal in vaccines and other products have been raised. Indeed, because of these concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has worked with, and continues to work with, vaccine manufacturers to reduce or eliminate thimerosal from vaccines.” (http://www.fda.gov/CBER/vaccine/thimerosal.htm)

Do you notice how these guys in an effort to save face say such things as “no scientific evidence” and “theoretical potential for neurotixicity.” Do you know what that means? It means they are either not sure of the actual harm (in which case they should all be fired for lack of common sense) OR they know it is a killer and they are trying to save face and reassure the citizens that they are to be trusted in taking care of YOUR child (in which case they should all be fired for crimes against humanity) OR they are too lazy to study the chemicals they are putting in vaccines (In which case they should also be fired for gross negligence). It also means that the next time some brilliant doctor with no common sense tells you that thimerosal is “sugar-water” you can point him to the following data sets:

By the mid-late 90s the CDC commissioned Dr. Verstraeten and others to do the math. Here is the data they came up with: (http://www.nomercury.org/science/documents/ThimerosalVSDstudy_2-29-00.PDF)

CDC Study results 2000.

These data sets are significant enough to sound the alarm, but that might shake American confidence in our government so let us make the numbers go away. In emails between the researcher and the commissioner, Verstraeten and the CDC (by the way don’t you think it is interesting and quite convenient that the government always gets to commission a study on itself? Like if they make a mistake they are really going to release that data to the public.) the following conversation ensued: “In the memo, he said, ‘all the harm is done in the first month,’ without defining what the ‘harm’ was. And he ended with this plea: ‘Some of the relative risks increase over the categories, and I haven’t yet found an alternative explanation. Please let me know if you can think of one.” (p. 192) Kirby, D. Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy. St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2005. Anybody catching the corruption? “How can we make the data go away?” in essence.

If this still isn’t convincing enough, why did the FDA and CDC decide they had better remove thimerosal from the vast majority of vaccines?

Furthermore, why did the autism rate go up exponentially as mercury exposure went up in infants? See the following data set for the answer that the CDC, FDA and IOM will never fess up to:

“This report confirmed EPA’s Reference Dose (RfD) of 0.1 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day as a scientifically justifiable level for protecting human health from the adverse effects of methylmercury.” (http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=20853)

So if 0.1 is a safe LIMIT per day, then why did so many children between 1989-2003 go over that limit? The FDA put the safe limit at 0.5.

In just ONE visit a baby could receive 125 times or more that safe limit. (p.54-55 of Evidence of Harm) For example, if your child was scheduled for a diphtheria-tetanus shot, Hib, and Hep-B the child would have received a total 62.5 micrograms of mercury. That in one day. Is that safe? Not according to the EPA. So why did the FDA and CDC allow this to happen? Perhaps we all would like to know how much the pharmaceutical industry profited during those years? And how many doctors were driving Mercedes-Benz or other luxury automobiles at the expense of children across the country? Perhaps also we’d like to know why Denmark removed Thimerosal all together!?

Here is one answer for why Thimerosal was kept in despite known neurological risks:

“As a group, the drug companies had $35.9 billion in profits in 2002.”
(http://www.citizen.org/documents/Pharma_Report.pdf) Does that sound right to you? Why are these guys making such huge profits at our expense? Knowing what the CEOS and others who received the recent bailout funds is it really that hard to make the corruption connection? Next time you are visiting the doctor use your constitutional right to ask questions. You may be shunned for it, but isn’t the health of your baby worth it? For that matter do you know what other common practice is used and abused? Ultrasounds. These have never been tested because of “ethical” concerns on humans. Yet nobody is willing to look into the neurological effects either. A recent Yale study looked at mice and the harm created from exposure to sonography. Just some thoughts. Sonography is supposed to be there for medical necessities only and yet it has become mainstream just like that with NO QUESTIONS asked. (http://www.radiologytoday.net/archive/rt10092006p24.shtml)

While you are at it check out the following ingredients still used today by our brilliant scientists:

Thimerosal
Aluminum
Hydrochloric acid
MSG
Fermaldehyde
Lye
Paraffens
Polysorbates
Sodium Hydroxide

Do these guys think we are stupid? And that they can make a fortune off of us while poisoning the next generation?

By the way, I believe there are good individuals working within the corrupted world institution of medicine. I have no doubt that they are doing good for individuals on a daily basis, but for the good of the society when a person comes in with a head cold and leaves with antibiotics? There can be no doubt in my mind that these good people serving through medicine have been fed bad information.

For further reading check out:

“Early Downward Trends in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Following Removal of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines.” http://www.jpands.org/vol11no1/geier.pdf

Barry, John M. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History.

Brownlee, Shannon. Overtreated: Why too much Medicine is making us Sicker and Poorer.

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The National Vaccine Information Center offers an lengthy article, “Autism & Vaccines: A New Look,” on the search for autism’s cause, finding that “at the heart of the debate stand a few courageous physicians whose independent, multi-disciplinary approach to investigating the possible biological mechanisms of vaccine-induced autism is serving as a counterweight to the steadfast denials by infectious disease specialists and government health officials defending current mass vaccination policies.” (source)

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The connection between vaccination and autistic behavior, first reported in DPT: A Shot in the Dark (Coulter & Fisher, 1985) fifteen years ago and now being discussed in the medical literature, has finally entered the U.S. public arena after simmering for more than a decade. This enhanced public awareness has been fueled by persistent reports by parents in the U.S., Canada and Europe that their children were healthy, bright and happy until they received one or more vaccines and then descended into the isolated, painful world of autism marked by chronic immune and neurological dysfunction, including repetitive and uncontrollable behavior. Conservative estimates are that about 500,000 Americans are autistic but that number is growing daily, with new evidence that perhaps as many as 1 in 150 children are suffering from autism spectrum disorder that can include a range of neurological, behavior and immune system dysfunction.

In 1999, as states revealed skyrocketing rates of autism spectrum disorder among children and a congressional hearing was held in the U.S. Congress, the media began to explore the medical controversy in print and broadcast reports. At the heart of the debate stand a few courageous physicians whose independent, multi-disciplinary approach to investigating the possible biological mechanisms of vaccine-induced autism is serving as a counterweight to the steadfast denials by infectious disease specialists and government health officials defending current mass vaccination policies. As scientific evidence reveals that a portion of autism lies on the vaccine injury spectrum, parents determined to find help for their children are turning to doctors exploring diet and immune modulating therapies.

The Past Is Prologue

Parents of now grown vaccine injured children, who warned pediatricians and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials in the 1980’s that their once healthy, bright children regressed mentally, emotionally and physically after reacting to DPT vaccine with fever, high pitched screaming (encephalitic cry), collapse/shock, and seizures, are grieving with a new generation of parents whose healthy, bright children suddenly regress after DPT/DTaP, MMR, hepatitis B, polio, Hib and chicken pox vaccinations. The refusal two decades ago by vaccine manufacturers, government health agencies and medical organizations to seriously investigate reports of vaccine-associated brain injury and immune system dysfunction, including autistic behaviors, is reaping tragic consequences today.

Now parents of old and young vaccine injured children in the U.S. and Europe are joining with enlightened doctors in a rejection of the unscientific a priori assumption that a child’s mental, physical and emotional regression after vaccination is only coincidentally but not causally related to the vaccines recently given. They are calling for credible basic science research into the biological mechanism of vaccine adverse events to develop pathological profiles which will separate health problems caused by vaccines from those that are not; the development of screening techniques to identify children at genetic or other biological risk of developing vaccine-induced health problems; the institution of informed consent protections in vaccination laws; re-examination of vaccine licensing standards; and an end to one-size-fits-all vaccination policies.

This, while the U.S. government, the pharmaceutical industry and international corporate interests announced on March 2, 2000 the creation of a new multi-billion dollar alliance called the Millennium Vaccine Initiative (MVI) to vaccinate all of the world’s children with existing and new vaccines, including those being targeted for accelerated development for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. According to the annual NIH Jordan Report, there are more than 200 vaccines in various research stages. Dozens are under consideration for childhood use. Even as the race to add new vaccines to the routine child vaccination schedule rushes forward, parents, whose children became autistic after receiving existing vaccines, are changing the direction of autism research and the vaccine safety debate.

Increase in Autism Reflects Real Increases in Childhood Chronic Diseases and Disability

The incidence of autism, like that of learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune and neurological disorders, has risen dramatically in the U.S. and other technologically advanced countries, while high vaccination rates have caused the incidence of childhood infectious diseases to fall just as dramatically in these countries. Instead of epidemics of infectious disease, there are now epidemics of chronic disease.

A University of California study published by the U.S. Department of Education in 1996 found that “The proportion of the US population with disabilities has risen markedly during the past quarter-century . . . this recent change seems to be due not to demographics, but to greater numbers of children and young adults reported as having disabilities.” The study concluded that “these changes may be partly accounted for by the increases in the prevalence of asthma, mental disorders (including attention deficit disorder), mental retardation, and learning disabilities that have been noted among children in recent years.”

Autoimmunity Epidemic

After heart disease and cancer, autoimmune disease has become the third leading cause of illness in the United States and in many technologically advanced countries. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the autoimmune disease, asthma, is now “the most common disorder in children and adolescents, affecting nearly five million children under the age of 18, including an estimated 1.3 million children under the age of five. Fifty to 80 percent of children affected with asthma develop symptoms before they are five years old.” (http://www.aaaai.org).

A 1997 study published in Science found that asthma has doubled in prevalence in Western societies during the past 20 years and in the United States causes one-third of pediatric emergency room visits. A 1995 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stated that between 1982 and 1992, asthma increased 52 percent for persons between 5 and 34 years old and asthma deaths increased 42 percent.

Another autoimmune disorder, arthritis, is also “on a steady rise” according to the CDC in 1998, which estimated that arthritis now plagues more than 40 million Americans and projected that the number will grow to 60 million by 2020. Cases of diabetes, yet another chronic autoimmune disorder, have tripled in the U.S. since 1958, now affecting nearly 16 million Americans and ranking fourth in the leading causes of death in America. The CDC concluded in 1997 that “the number of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes was almost 50 percent higher in 1994 than in 1980” and did not appear to be a result of the aging of the population.

In Europe, a new report issued by the EURODIAB study group (Lancet-2000), evaluated the incidence rate of diabetes from 1989 to 1994 in Europe and Israel and found a 63 percent increase in children under 5 years old; a 31 percent increase in children five to nine years old; and a 24 percent increase in children 10 to 14 years old. They said, “The rapid rate of increase in children under 5 years old is of particular concern.” There is no explanation for why adult-onset diabetes, once extremely rare in children, has become more prevalent in American children in the past ten years.

In addition to an unexplained increase in autoimmune disorders during the past three decades, there also has been an unexplained dramatic increase in the numbers of minimally brain damaged children who are filling special education classrooms in schools across America.

Minimal Brain Damage Epidemic

A disability survey of U.S. children under 17 years old in 1991–1992 published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (August 25, 1995) stated that the “6 to 14 year old age group had the greatest number of disabled people.” Learning disability led the way, occurring in nearly 30 percent of all disabled children. A total of 1,435,000 children were listed as learning disabled with another 1,446,000 children reported as suffering from speech disorders, mental retardation, mental or emotional disorders, epilepsy and autism.

The 1997 Digest of Education Statistics looked at children 0 to 21 years old served in federally supported programs for the disabled between 1976 and 1996 and found that the numbers of children with specific learning disabilities more than tripled in those years; those with serious emotional disturbances nearly doubled; and the numbers of autistic children served rose from 5,000 in 1991–92 to 39,000 in 1995–1996 to produce a staggering 680 percent increase.

ADHD Epidemic

About five percent of U.S. school children (at least two million children) are now estimated to have attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to Sears and Thompson (1998), a 1990 survey of 2,400 practicing physicians showed there were about two million patient visits associated with the diagnoses of ADD and by 1994, it had increased to 4.7 million, with 90 percent of the visits resulting in drug therapy. By 1995, there were 1.5 million children taking Ritalin and in a recent study (Zito, JAMA) it was reported that the number of two to four year olds taking prescription drugs like Ritalin and Prozac rose 50 percent between 1991 and 1995.

According to one NIH official, 40 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD have learning disabilities and “anywhere from 20 to 70 percent of children who have ADHD also have conduct disorder” often involving delinquent behavior (www.intelihealth.com). The growing numbers of children with an ADHD diagnosis is cause for concern because, as one researcher observed in 1988: “Adults with a history of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder appear to be over represented in the ranks of felons.” (Cowart, JAMA).

In his 1990 book Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality, medical historian Harris Coulter, Ph.D., expands on the evidence he and Barbara Loe Fisher first presented in DPT: A Shot in the Dark and draws parallels between the residual learning disabilities and hyperactive/abnormal behavior caused by complications of disease or vaccine-induced encephalitis and the hyperactive/abnormal behavior and learning disabilities being exhibited by more and more American children.

Many children with learning disabilities, ADHD and developmental delays exhibit signs of autoimmune dysfunction, with severe allergies to foods, drugs, and environmental toxins. (Geschwind, 1982; Geschwind & Behan, 1982; Colgan & Colgan, 1984; Boris & Marvin, 1994). In her book, Is This Your Child’s World?, Doris Rapp, M.D. documents compelling evidence for the association between allergies, learning disabilities and ADHD.

Autism Epidemic

Responding to the concern of a Dad, whose healthy son became autistic following a series of DPT, Hib and MMR vaccinations, in 1998 the California Legislature decided to analyze the history of autism in the state. Rick Rollens, father of two, former Secretary of the California Senate, and co-founder of F.E.A.T. (Families for Early Autism Treatment — (http://www.feat.org) and the University of California-Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, persuaded the legislature to fund an investigation by the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) into state autism statistics after he concluded his son, Russell, now 9, was not the victim of a rare disorder but one that had become quite common in children.

California Autism Rates Soar

Sure enough, in an April 1999 report (http://www.dds.ca.gov) DDS found a 273 percent increase between 1987 and 1998 in the numbers of new children entering the California developmental services system with a professional diagnosis of autism. The report concluded that “the number of persons with autism grew markedly faster than the number of persons with other developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, epilepsy and mental retardation)” and “compared to characteristics of 11 years ago, the present population of persons with autism are younger (and) have a greater chance of exhibiting no or milder forms of mental retardation. . . .”

Although autism has been cited by public health officials and autism researchers to occur in 2 to 10 in 10,000 children nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control in a report released in April 2000 found the incidence of autism in Brick Township, New Jersey in 1998 was 1 in 150 children (the incidence in the Granite Bay, California public elementary school district is 1 in 132 children), which may be more reflective of the true rate of autism in the U.S. today. The Autism Society of America estimates that “more than one-half million people in the U.S. today have autism or some form of pervasive developmental disorder,” making autism one of the most common developmental disabilities. (http://www/autism-society.org)

After the California report documented the dramatic increases in autism in the past decade, the California legislature voted to appropriate one million dollars to the UC-Davis M.I.N.D. Institute to look for environmental and biological factors, including vaccine use, that could have contributed to this autism increase. At the same time, parents began to check autism statistics in other states.

Other States Report Similar Increases

The story is the same in other states. The 1998 Maryland Special Education Census Data revealed that the state experienced a 513 percent increase in autism between 1993 and 1998, while the general Maryland population from 1990 to 1998 increased just seven percent. A comparative analysis of the 16th and 20th Annual Reports to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) conducted by Ray Gallup, President of Autism Autoimmunity Project (http://www.gti.net/truegrit) and father of Eric, who has vaccine-associated autism, showed increases of more than 300 percent in autistic children served under IDEA between 1992 and 1997 in the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,

Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

New Behavior Disorder Blamed On Bad Parenting

The brain and immune system dysfunction diagnosed in previously healthy children after viral and bacterial infections or vaccination complications, documented in the medical literature, parallels the brain and immune system dysfunction suffered by previously healthy children who become autistic. But it took nearly forty years for the medical profession to agree that the cause of a child’s autistic behavior was not to be found by putting Mom on the psychiatrist’s couch but by looking in the microscope at the cells, molecules and genes — by evaluating the biological basis for the constellation of physical, emotional and mental symptoms which were first called childhood schizophrenia and now have come to be known as autism.

In 1943, when child psychiatrist Leo Kanner first described 11 cases of a new mental illness in children he said was distinguished by self absorbed detachment from other people and repetitive and bizarre behavior, he used the word “autistic” (from the Greek word auto, meaning “self.”) Pointing out similarities with some behaviors exhibited by adult schizophrenics, Kanner and other psychiatrists assumed autistic children were exhibiting early-onset adult-type psychoses.

Education, I.Q. and “Refrigerator Moms”

Kanner’s young patients came from well-educated middle and upper class families in Baltimore with mothers and fathers who were doctors, lawyers and professors. In 1954, Kanner said, “we have not encountered any one autistic child who came of unintelligent parents.” This concentration of autistic children in educated and professionally successful families led Kanner to develop the “refrigerator Mom” theory as the cause of autism, theorizing that the warm maternal instincts of educated working mothers was absent or diminished. Embracing the popular psychiatric, Freudian themes echoed by Kanner, for decades pediatricians were persuaded to blame mothers of autistic children for being cold and emotionally rejecting, causing the children in turn to coldly reject contact with other people.

By 1954, Kanner had started to modify his “Blame the Mother” stance in recognition that the brothers and sisters of autistic children were often well adjusted, high functioning children and suggested that the development of autism was also a result of genetic or “constitutional inadequacies” as well as bad parenting. By 1971, Kanner admitted Mom was not to blame.

But the damage had already been done. The rejecting parent theme was taken up by psychoanalyst Bruno Bettleheim in various books and articles, such as The Empty Fortress (1967). Bettleheim insisted the autistic child was behaving in abnormal ways in retaliation against a rejecting mother who had traumatized the child by failing to provide enough love or attention.

A Father Shows The Way

But even as Bettleheim’s influence was growing, a California psychologist and father of an autistic child, Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., already had taken on the psychiatric establishment which had dominated autism research and treatment. In his landmark book Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior published in 1964, Rimland methodically dismantled the psychoanalytic theory of autism and argued for a biological, specifically a neurological, basis for autistic behavior. He documented the similarities between brain injured children and autistic children, liberating parents from the destructive guilt associated with having an autistic child and pointing autism research in the direction it should always have taken: investigation into the biological mechanisms underlying the brain and immune dysfunction symptoms and their possible causes.

After founding the Autism Society of America (ASA) in 1965 and establishing the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in 1967, Rimland began distributing a questionnaire to parents of autistic children. Some 33 years later, his databank includes information on more than 30,000 cases of autism from around the world. In analyzing the data for age of onset of autism, he discovered that before the early 1980’s, most of the parents reported their children first showed signs of abnormal behavior at birth or in the first year of life. But after the mid-1980’s, there was a reversal of this pattern. The numbers of parents reporting that their children developed normally in the first year and a half of life and then, suddenly, became autistic, doubled. Today, said Rimland, “the onset-at-18 months children outnumber the onset-at-birth children by 2 to 1.” (http://www.autism.com/ari)

Class, Vaccines and Autism

Rimland, like Kanner, noticed early in his research that autistic children often came from intelligent, well-educated parents who were successful professionals in their communities. Upper middle class families in America have always sought out and received quality medical care. Children, whose parents are well educated are the most likely to take full advantage of the latest developments in medicine. This would have been especially true in Kanner’s day as two miracle drugs of the 20th century — antibiotics and new vaccines — elevated trust in and reliance upon pharmaceuticals to a new plateau.

In the early 1940’s, state-of-the-art pediatric medical care would have included a smallpox vaccination plus a separate dose of diphtheria vaccine. In 1944, pertussis vaccine was recommended for all babies. By 1947, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended routine use of the new combination DPT vaccine. By 1958, Kanner’s case files contained more than 100 cases of autism.

In 1969, M.S. and W.C. Goodwin reported a dramatic upsurge of autism cases in their pediatric psychiatric practice after 1964. By 1964, the well-cared-for American child was getting simultaneously vaccinated with DPT as well as polio vaccine at two, four, six and 18 months of age (the inactivated polio (IPV) was licensed in 1955 and the live virus oral polio (OPV) vaccine was licensed in 1963). After 1959, more than three million children were injected with the combination DPT-IPV shot (Quadrigen) before it was pulled off the market in 1968 for safety and efficacy reasons. By the mid-1960’s, many state-of-the-art pediatric practices were also giving babies the new live virus measles vaccine, which had been licensed in 1963 and was routinely used by 1965.

More Vaccines and More Vaccinations

By 1979, a combination live virus measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, which was licensed in 1971, had been added to the routine child vaccination schedule and given to children at 12 to 15 months of age; federal grants were being given to states to provide free DPT, polio and MMR vaccines to children in public health clinics; and the CDC was encouraging states to enforce mandatory vaccination laws to raise national vaccination rates. By 1979, rubella vaccine, which had been licensed in 1969 for use in children also began to be routinely administered to mothers in hospitals after giving birth (Preblud, 1985; Tingle, 1986).

In 1988, the CDC added haemophilus influenza b (Hib) vaccine to the child vaccine schedule; in 1991 the CDC recommended the recombinant hepatitis B vaccine be used by all newborn infants and children; in 1993 the combined DPTH vaccine was licensed; and in 1995, the live varicella zoster (chicken pox) vaccine was put on the market.

Almost Three Dozen Doses By Age Five

In 1999, the average American child regardless of the parent’s educational level or ability to pay was being injected with hepatitis B vaccine at 12 hours of age and 1 month; with DPT or DTaP, Hib, OPV or IPV at two and four months; with DPT/DTaP, Hib, OPV/IPV and hepatitis B at six months; with live varicella zoster at 12 to 18 months; with MMR and Hib at 12 to 15 months; with DPT/DTaP, OPV/IPV at 18 months; and with DPT/DTaP, MMR, OPV/IPV between four and six years for a total of 33 doses of 10 different viral and bacterial vaccines by the age of five. National vaccination rates for children under age three have climbed from between 60 to 80 percent in 1967 for DPT, polio and measles vaccine to 90 percent in 1999 for DPT, polio, MMR, and Hib vaccines. Vaccine coverage rates with core vaccines for five-year-old children entering kindergarten have reached 98 percent plus in many states.

Vaccination today is not just a medical intervention afforded by the rich and taken advantage of by the well educated but an equal opportunity extended to the rich and poor, the educated and uneducated alike, and enforced in the U.S. by state mandates. Although cases of autism in the 1940’s and 1950’s were concentrated in the upper and upper middle classes, today the growing numbers of children affected with autism come from all social classes.

Encephalitis: From Disease and Vaccines

Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis, encephalomyelitis, encephalopathy) has been documented for more than 200 years in the medical literature to be caused by viral and bacterial infections as well as the vaccines containing altered viruses and bacteria. Smallpox infection can involve brain inflammation with symptoms ranging from fever, vomiting, drowsiness, and convulsions which progress over a period of one to four weeks, sometimes ending in coma and death.

The vaccinia virus used by Edward Jenner in 1796 to prevent smallpox was found to cause acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) within one to six weeks of smallpox vaccination estimated to occur in 1 in 5,000 persons. Smallpox vaccination has also been reported to cause a slow, subacute persistent viral infection that can emerge years after vaccination (Adams et al, 1972) and end in death. (The myelin sheath that encloses many nerve fibers helps the transmission of neural impulses and if the myelin sheath is damaged through traumatic injury, metabolic disorders, toxic insult, viral or bacterial infection or vaccination, it can cause degeneration or demyelination).

Pasteur’s Rabies Vaccine

Rabies, a viral disease of the central nervous system (CNS), can take 10 days to a year for the virus to reach the brain but, once it does, encephalomyelitis symptoms include excessive motor activity, excitation, agitation, confusion, combativeness, bizarre aberrations of thought, seizures and other CNS dysfunction. After Pasteur began to inject patients with rabies vaccine in the 1880’s, it became obvious that brain inflammation was a side effect. Encephalitis and polyneuritis has been estimated to occur in as many as 1 in 400 vaccinated individuals, with Hemachudha, Griffin, et al in 1987 presenting evidence for an immune-mediated mechanism involving antibodies to myelin basic protein.

Measles and EEG, Behavior Changes

Within three weeks of even a mild measles infection, one in 1,000 cases can develop encephalomyelitis with signs including fever, headache and drowsiness. Residual brain damage from measles encephalitis ranges from mental and behavior changes, including subtle changes in performance, to seizure disorders and mental retardation. Changes in the electroencephalogram (EEG) have been demonstrated in half of those who have had measles but do not show other signs of CNS dysfunction.

Measles virus infection has long been known to be associated with demyelinating disorders. Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) has been reported following measles disease (Lidin-Janson, 1972) and after measles vaccination (Grose and Spigland, 1976). Optic neuritis and multiple sclerosis in children has also been reported after measles disease and measles vaccination (Riikonen, 1989). In 1973, Landrigan and Witte described 45 cases of encephalitis occurring between 6 and 15 days following measles vaccination.

Persistent Measles Virus Infection

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a rare subacute encephalitis complication of measles infection which causes slow demyelination of the brain over a one to two year period and ends in death. It has also been reported after measles vaccination (Schneck, 1968). In 1994, the Institute of Medicine concluded that the live measles virus vaccine can cause death from measles vaccine strain viral infection.

In 1998, officials of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Public Health Service (Pediatrics; March 1998) found that a causal relationship exists between live measles vaccine and encephalopathy after analyzing cases of children who received measles vaccine alone or in the combination MMR shot and, within 15 days of vaccination, suffered neurologic signs that progressed to death or mental regression, retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits and movement disorders.

An outbreak of aseptic meningitis in Brazil has been linked to the MMR vaccine (Am J Epidmiol, 2000). A research team found there was a sharp increase in the number of cases of aseptic meningitis three weeks after a 1997 mass MMR vaccination campaign in northeastern Brazil. The researchers “conservatively estimated” that the risk of aseptic meningitis is 1 in about 14,000 MMR vaccine doses. (A type of brain inflammation involving the meninges, aseptic meningitis can be caused by viruses and bacteria as well as stroke, lead poisoning, and vaccine reactions (Berkow, 1987). Most people recover from aseptic meningitis without damage but some are left with muscle weakness or other motor dysfunction).

Mumps, Rubella and Brain Inflammation

Mumps has been known to cause meningitis and encephalitis since the eighteenth century. Russell and Donald, observed in 1958 that “the clinical resemblance between mumps

encephalitis and the encephalitis which may follow measles, varicella and rubella, and the fact that the histological appearance of perivascular demyelination are common to them all, suggest that they arise from the same pathological process. The nature of this process is unknown, but it may be a non-specific allergic reaction to virus protein (Miller and Evans, 1953) and similar lesions have been produced experimentally by the injection of brain material with adjuvants (Lumsden, 1949).”

There have been many case reports and studies documenting meningitis within three weeks of mumps vaccination (Brown, 1991), and after MMR vaccination (Sugiura and Yamada, 1991), primarily with the Urabe vaccine strain virus. There have also been reports of meningitis after vaccination with the Jeryl Lynn mumps vaccine strain (Ehrengut and Zastrow, 1989) now used in MMR vaccine.

Rubella disease is caused by an RNA virus and, although mild in children, it can be transmitted from mother to fetus in utero and cause enchephalitis and devastating harm to the unborn child, including mental retardation, hearing and vision loss, heart and neuromuscular deformity. In the rubella epidemic that swept the U.S. in 1964, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 children whose pregnant mothers were infected with rubella were born severely damaged and a high rate of classic and “partial” autism was observed in those children by Chess in 1971. In 1977, Chess reported that the rate of autism in children born with congenital rubella from the 1964 epidemic was equivalent to a rate of “412 per 10,000 for the complete syndrome of autism and 329 for the partial syndrome, giving a combined rate of 741 per 10,000” compared to the rate of autism in children without congenital rubella syndrome (estimated in 1966 to be 2.1 cases of autism per 10,000 children (Lotter, 1966).

Encephalitis and Mild Brain Damage

In the 1920’s, when a mini-epidemic of “von Economo’s encephalitis” swept through Europe and America, doctors found that some of those who recovered were left with minimal brain damage including changes in behavior, restlessness, insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns, irritability, short attention span, emotional disorders and seizures. In 1934, Kahn and Cohen described a group of children with the inability to sit still or concentrate, which they attributed to exposure to von Economo’s encephalitis.

Japanese encephalitis can cause permanent CNS changes including personality and behavior problems featuring emotional lability and irritability, speech disorders, hemiplegia, mental retardation and seizures. Chicken pox and mumps infections can, in rare cases, progress to encephalitis and brain inflammation has also been reported to follow chicken pox and mumps vaccines.

Polio and CNS Damage

Poliomyelitis is caused by an enterovirus in which one to two percent of infected individuals develop disease in the central nervous system, and fewer go on to have residual paralysis or die. Likewise, within one to six months of receiving the live attenuated polio vaccine, complications can occur which, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1994, can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome as well as vaccine strain viral infection ending in paralysis and death. In both cases, the polio virus invades the CNS and destroys neurons. (Since 1979, the only cases of paralytic polio which have occurred in the US have been caused by the live oral polio vaccine (OPV) and it is no longer recommended by the CDC or AAP, having been replaced by the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) which cannot cause polio in the person vaccinated or a person who comes into contact with that person’s body fluids).

Bacteria Also Cause Brain Inflammation

But brain inflammation is not only caused by viruses and viral vaccines. Bacterial infections and bacterial vaccines also can cause brain inflammation ending in permanent CNS damage.

Encephalitis has always been the most dreaded complication of pertussis or whooping cough, with endotoxin and pertussis toxin in the B. pertussis bacteria responsible for most of it. Pertussis toxin is one of the most lethal toxins in nature and can cross the blood brain barrier when conditions are right. It has long been known that a severe case of whooping cough accompanied by brain inflammation symptoms such as fever, lethargy, vomiting and seizures can be fatal or cause permanent brain damage ranging from seizure disorders and mental retardation to learning, personality and behavioral disorders (Lurie & Levy, 1942).

Pertussis Toxin Lethal

Since the 1950’s, scientists conducting experiments have added pertussis toxin to a solution of nerve tissue and injected it into sensitized mice to deliberately induce brain inflammation. However pertussis toxin is also thought to be involved in acquiring immunity to the disease, both after natural infection and after vaccination (Pittman, 1979).

Vaccine developers continue to have a problem making a pertussis vaccine that contains pertussis toxin inactivated enough to be safe but active enough to be immunogenic, which is why the purified DTaP vaccine is associated with the same CNS complications as the whole cell DPT vaccine, although they are reported to occur at a much lower rate with DTaP. (The more reactive whole cell DPT vaccine has not been taken off the market and it is still being used by some pediatricians, especially in the combination DPTH (DPT plus Hib). Parents who want the purified DTaP for their children must ask for it by name.)

DPT Vaccine Causes Brain Inflammation

By 1947, the first reports of brain inflammation and chronic brain damage, including death, after pertussis vaccination were published (Brody, 1947; Byers and Moll, 1948). In 1955, Niels Low showed that the EEG (electroencephalogram) of infants sometimes was altered by the DPT shot. He concluded that “mild, but possibly significant, cerebral reactions occur in addition to the reported very severe neurological changes.”

By 1982, numerous reports of CNS dysfunction following DPT vaccination had appeared in the medical literature (Berg, 1958; Strom, 1960, 1967; Dick, 1967, 1974; Kuhlenkampff, 1974; Stewart, 1977, 1979). In 1981, Pediatrics published a UCLA/FDA study by Cody et al revealing that 1 in 875 DPT shots in the U.S. is followed by a convulsion or collapse/shock reaction.

Finally, after more than 40 years of evidence in the medical literature that the DPT vaccine was causing brain inflammation and CNS damage in previously healthy children, this fact was confirmed by medical science in the 1981 National Childhood Encephalopathy Study (NCES) and in 1991 and 1994 by the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (IOM).

Brain Damage On A Continuum

Signs of brain inflammation within seven days of DPT vaccination can range from high fever, irritability, high pitched screaming, prolonged crying for hours, drowsiness, and vomiting to seizures, collapse and unresponsiveness (altered state of consciousness) followed by immediate frank regression or progressive changes in mental, emotional and physical health ending with a diagnosis of mental retardation, seizure disorders, learning disabilities and other chronic neurological damage. DPT vaccine-induced brain inflammation, the IOM noted in 1994, is associated with a “broad range of long term dysfunctions (neurological, behavioral, educational, motor, sensory, and self care dysfunctions)” that are similar to those experienced by children after serious acute neurologic illnesses due to other causes.

[A child, who had been healthy and bright before he reacted within four hours of his DPT shot at 19 months of age with a convulsion followed by days of fever and screaming and was left mentally retarded with autistic behaviors, was awarded compensation in 1996 under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act despite protests by federal health officials that he was autistic and there is no proof that DPT vaccine causes autism. The U.S. Court of Claims made the award, agreeing with the plaintiff’s lawyer that autistic behaviors can be the result of brain injury, including brain injury caused by DPT vaccine.]

A Shot in the Dark

One of the sources of information reviewed by the IOM and included in references in their 1991 report on pertusiss vaccine was original research documenting more than 100 case histories of DPT vaccine associated immune mediated neurological dysfunction contained in Coulter and Fisher’s DPT: A Shot in the Dark (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985; Warner, 1986; Avery, 1991). Their book was the first to undertake an extensive examination of the history of pertussis and the pertussis vaccine within the larger context of the medical, scientific, legal, social, and political issues involving mass vaccination policies.

In their book, Coulter and Fisher described numerous case reports in more than 50 years of medical literature and in new case studies they presented of children, who had been developing normally (and in many cases were of above average intelligence), and then received a DPT shot (often simultaneously with live oral polio vaccine) who then exhibited symptoms of brain inflammation, including high fever, extreme drowsiness, vomiting, high pitched screaming, seizures, and alterations of consciousness. Many of these children were subsequently diagnosed as mentally retarded, epileptic, learning disabled, hyperactive, or autistic.

In a good number of cases, the children who had reacted neurologically to DPT were allergic, particularly to milk, or had been vaccinated while they were sick with a coinciding viral or bacterial infection. In addition to neurological damage, many were also left with chronic gastrointestinal dysfunction and severe allergies, as well as autoimmune disorders such as asthma. The personal or family history of autoimmune disorders appeared to outweigh a history of neurological disorders in terms of being a high risk factor for reacting to DPT, although a history of convulsions in the family was also a high risk factor.

Tetanus, Hib Affects The Brain

The tetanus bacillus produces one of the most potent toxins in nature which can severely damage the brain. In 1991, the Institute of Medicine concluded that tetanus vaccine can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), which begins one to four weeks after vaccination and takes up to four weeks to progress. The tetanus vaccine was also found to cause brachial neuritis, a neuropathy that usually appears within three weeks of vaccination involving painful nerve inflammation in the arm and shoulder which can progress over a period of many months.

Hib disease, a type of bacterial meningitis, is known to have a direct effect on the CNS and can involve seizures and profound brain damage. Although reports of demyelination (transverse myelitis and GBS) have been reported after children receive Hib (haemophilus influenza B) vaccine, which contains the Hib organism’s capsular polysaccharide, a causal relationship has not yet been confirmed. The combination DPTH vaccine has been given to children since 1988.

Autoimmunity: From Disease and Vaccines

In 1935, scientists investigating the neurological complications of rabies vaccine discovered they could deliberately induce brain inflammation in lab animals by injecting them with brain myelin, causing an autoimmune reaction whereby the animal develops antibodies to its own brain tissue, causing demyelination. (Rivers & Schwenker, 1935).

The autoimmune diseases diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and lupus, for example, involve chronic inflammation that causes tissue destruction including central nervous system damage. It is thought that these diseases may be triggered by an infection that activates autoreactive T-cells and, in individuals genetically susceptible to developing autoimmunity, results in chronic inflammation and/or autoantibodies that selectively destroy organs in the body such as the brain.

Hepatitis B and Autoimmunity

During the past decade, there have been persistent reports in the medical literature that, within weeks of recombinant hepatitis B vaccination, some children and adults are suffering recurring fevers, severe joint pain, vision and memory loss, muscle weakness, debilitating fatigue and other chronic immune and neurological dysfunction which can involve demyelination of the brain. The virus that causes hepatitis B disease attacks the liver and can cause such severe joint pain, fatigue and weakness that the disease is sometimes mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Rare complications of hepatitis B disease include demyelinating disease, such as transverse myelitis, and neuropathy.


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