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The Importance of Getting Factual Information on Vaccinations

Posted by angelbabe43 on April 12, 2011

By Catherine J. Frompovich | March 27th, 2011

Early in March 2011, the world was traumatized by a series of most devastating events in Japan. An earthquake registering 9 on the Richter scale, followed by an almost eighty- foot-high tsunami in some areas, washed inland destroying untold thousands of lives, entire towns and villages, while breaching several nuclear power plant reactors that continue to contaminate the globe with deadly radiation that poisons food and water sources, may ruin the Japanese economy, and cause untold suffering from cancer.

Sadly, information about the amounts of radiation spreading across the Pacific Ocean into the western United States is being downplayed because governments either are afraid of causing panic or really don’t know what to do. To quote a familiar phrase, “Houston, we’ve got a problem.”

However, various media reports tell how either misinformation or lack of information seemed to be standard operating procedures for Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), operators of the damaged nuclear power plants even before the March 11 earthquake. More recently, the saddest of all was to hear that TEPCO apparently was not forthcoming about how much radiation was in the facilities’ water and two workers, who were valiantly trying to contain the accident, suffered radiation burns to their feet and legs and had to be hospitalized for those burns. TEPCO and Japanese government officials subsequently apologized for not informing workers about water radiation levels that exceeded ‘safe’ levels. What good is an apology when, deliberately going into a situation from the very beginning, factual information was withheld that could have made a difference or prevented those brave workers exposure?

The above horror is only too familiar a scenario when corporate interests come before human interests, regardless of the industry involved. A most interesting aspect, though, occurs when ‘sudden’ and dramatic harm happens, as with the tsunami, and officials ‘wonder’ why when all along misinformation was being presented about safety standards as to how TEPCO’s nuke plants could survive the harshest of natural accidents.

The Japan nuclear incident presents a parallel situation that correlates with health issues, in my opinion. That issue, I say, is the pseudo-science and pharmaceutical spin regarding vaccines and their ‘safety and effectiveness’ plus the media’s apparent collusion promoting that misinformation; a real health-tsunami in the making, if ever there was one.

Probably nothing supports that dramatic claim more than what has become known as the Simpsonwood Report. Here’s a brief overview of what happened:

In June 2000, a top-secret meeting of health officials and government scientists occurred at the secluded Simpsonwood conference center in Norcross, Georgia. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened the meeting, no public announcement was made of the gathering. Just 52 private invitations were issued. Participants included high-level officials from the CDC, FDA, top vaccine specialists from the World Health Organization, and representatives from every major vaccine manufacturer, including Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth and Aventis Pasteur. All of the participants were repeatedly warned that the scientific data under discussion was “embargoed.” Note-taking and photocopies of documents were strictly prohibited. No papers could leave the room.

The federal health officials and industry representatives had assembled to discuss an alarming new study that confirmed a link between thimerosal (mercury) in childhood vaccines and neurological damage, including recent dramatic increases in autistic spectrum disorders. Tom Verstraeten, a CDC epidemiologist, had analyzed the agency’s massive Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database (distinct from VAERS) containing thousands of medical records of vaccinated children and was “stunned” by what he saw:“We have found statistically significant relationships between exposure [to mercury in vaccines] and outcomes. At two months of age, developmental delay; exposure at three months, tics; at six months, attention deficit disorder. Exposure at one, three and six months, language and speech delays—the entire category of  neurodevelopmental delays.” Verstraeten also discussed previous studies showing a link between mercury and neurodevelopmental disorders. Since 1991, when the CDC and FDA started requiring newborn infants to receive multiple doses of thimerosal-laced hepatitis B vaccines, thimerosal-laced haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccines, and the already mandated thimerosal-laced diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis shots (via DPT and DTaP), cases of autism skyrocketed.

Dr. Bill Weil, with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), told the group, “You can play with this all you want,” but the results “are statistically significant.” Dr. Richard Johnston, an immunologist and pediatrician, exclaimed, “I do not want my grandson to get a thimerosal-containing vaccine until we know better what is going on.” Yet, instead of taking quick action to warn parents and recall the unsafe shots, this shameless group of 52 vaccine proponents spent the next two days calculating how to cover up the truth. “We are in a bad position from the standpoint of defending any lawsuits,” said Dr. Robert Brent, a pediatrician. However, Dr. Robert Chen, head of vaccine safety for the CDC, congratulated his group for their apparent success thus far at concealing the facts, and expressed relief that “given the sensitivity of the information, we have been able to keep it out of the hands of, let’s say, less responsible hands.”

Dr. John Clements, WHO vaccine advisor, was more blunt, declaring that perhaps the CDC study “should not have been done at all because the outcome could have, to some extent, been predicted.” He stated that “the research results have to be handled,” and warned that the study “will be taken by others and used in ways beyond the control of this group.”

How to “handle” undesirable scientific data:
At the Simpsonwood gathering, a plot was hatched. To begin, the CDC relinquished control of its vast database on childhood vaccines—the very same database Tom Verstraeten used to confirm a link between thimerosal-laced vaccines and autism. Although the VSD database was public property—developed at taxpayer expense—it was turned over to a private health insurance agency, ensuring that it could not be accessed by non-collaborators for additional research. Three years later, Verstraeten had reworked the data and published a new version of his original study in the November 2003 issue of Pediatrics. However, this time “no consistent significant associations were found between thimerosal-containing vaccines and neurodevelopmental outcomes.” [Dr. Mark Geier, an independent scientist, eventually gained access to the VSD data. His findings were published in a recent issue of the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.]

After the Simpsonwood gathering, the CDC also instructed the Institute of Medicine (IOM), i.e., the National Academy of Sciences, to produce a new study with contrived results: no correlation between thimerosal and brain disorders. According to Dr. Marie McCormick, who chaired the IOM’s Immunization Safety Review Committee in January 2001, the CDC “wants us to declare, well, that these things are pretty safe.” In fact, “we are not ever going to come down that [autism] is a true side effect” of thimerosal. In transcripts of the meeting, the committee’s chief staffer, Kathleen Stratton, predicted that the IOM would conclude that the evidence was “inadequate to accept or reject a causal relation” between thimerosal and autism. Apparently, that was what “Walt wants”—a reference to Dr. Walter Orenstein, director of the CDC’s National Immunization Program.

To complete the deception, the CDC would need additional “proof” that thimerosal-laced vaccines are safe. They never intended to conduct honest science; rather, their goal was to establish a plausible defense, insulate manufacturers against liability, while producing justification for continuing mandatory vaccine campaigns. For example, in May 2001, Dr. Gordon Douglas, then-director of strategic planning for vaccine research at the National Institutes of Health, assured a Princeton University gathering that “four current studies are taking place to rule out the proposed link between autism and thimerosal.” Furthermore, “in order to undo the harmful effects of research claiming to link the [measles] vaccine to an elevated risk of autism, we need to conduct and publicize additional studies to assure parents of safety.” Douglas formerly served as president of vaccinations for Merck.

The Simpsonwood gathering places all CDC-sponsored research into question. Although this civic institution was originally entrusted with a lofty mandate to protect our children, it has degenerated into a private arm of the pharmaceutical industry. The CDC has lost its ethical bearings and cannot be trusted to objectively oversee scientific studies whose outcomes affect the health and welfare of our youngest, most innocent members of society. Who is looking after our children—the brain-trust of our future—if policy trumps science, and profits trump safety? “The CDC is guilty of incompetence and gross negligence” says Mark Blaxill, vice president of Safe Minds, a nonprofit organization concerned about mercury in medicines. “The damage caused by vaccine exposure is massive. It’s bigger than asbestos, bigger than tobacco, bigger than anything you’ve ever seen.” [Emphasis added]


The above information was excerpted from Vaccine Safety Manual by Neil Z. Miller. Original sources are fully referenced in the book. This information also appears in Vaccines & Vaccinations: The Need for Congressional Investigation along with hundreds of other examples with documenting links, research, and science supporting how misinformation is being perpetrated upon unsuspecting health consumers and their children, in particular. Additionally, there’s an apparent pharmaceutical industry spin to rewrite chemistry regarding toxic substances like mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, etc. as being ‘safe and effective’—something that resonates similarly to TEPCO’s claim that its nuke plants could withstand any natural disaster only to realize that Japan may never be the same as a result of that misinformation.

Thus the importance of getting factual information, something the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in collaboration with Big Pharma apparently to prevent, I contend from thirty-five years of researching consumer health issues. Medical science has been hijacked and made into a legal prostitute plying its toxic wares without any oversight from Congress; no challenge from an inquisitive media; and an apparent concerted effort to subjugate everyone under a pharmaceutical-industry-induced medical inquisition, I contend. That has to be reined in—and very soon.

Consumers, taxpayers, citizens—all—must take back the sovereignty of our bodies, lives, children, and health as there’s a tsunami coming. To give you an analogy, the tide has pulled out; the shoreline is devoid of water and awaiting the final rush of devastation that will come with mandated vaccinations or imprisonment. Not vaccinated, you will be a threat to society. Maybe those who refuse vaccinations will be declared ‘health terrorists’ or ‘homeland security threats’. Think that’s impossible? There are many presidential executive orders that negate the U.S. Constitution and your personal rights.

For example: “EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency [FEMA] to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA’s Civil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA’s role as a “new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis.” (

Nothing is more important to Big Pharma corporate governance than all their moneymaking vaccines with neurotoxins and other poisons that, incidentally, the U.S. Congress should be investigating and not caving in to Big Pharma’s pseudo-science and ‘herd protectionism’ marketing philosophy.

Two states, Washington and West Virginia, recently passed legislation that medical exemptions no longer apply there. The tsunami is washing ashore.

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