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Vaccines Part - One



Childhood Diseases, Vaccines and Burying the Truth

Part 1

"Even an honest man can lie if
he doesnít know the truth..."

- Alan Phillips, Director
Citizens for Healthcare Freedom


TERRY

Terry is seven years old and stays alive with the help of a respirator and 24-hour nursing care. He can move his eyes and mouth but he can't move his head. Terry was left paralyzed by vaccine strain polio after swallowing live oral polio vaccine at nine weeks of age.

Terry was a beautiful baby, the only child born to parents in Alabama. Blond and blue-eyed with what his mother described as a "healthy pink glow" to his skin, Terry had been a happy, healthy, strong baby from birth. He was lifting his head and attempting to roll over when he was two months old.

When Terry was nine weeks old, his doctor gave him his first DPT shot and oral polio vaccinations. In the 48 hours after his vaccinations, Terry started to sleep more than usual and his mother couldn't wake him up to eat. Terry's breathing became shallow and the pretty pink glow of his skin turned gray and mottled. When Terry's mother called the doctor's office, she was told to wait until the morning to bring him in. But Terryís mother was so worried she decided not to wait until morning and took her baby into the doctor's office without an appointment.

When the nurse saw the color of Terry's skin, she immediately grabbed him and started oxygen therapy. An ambulance was called to take him to the hospital. When the doctor asked Terry's Mom what had happened to him, she reminded the doctor that Terry had just gotten vaccinated but the doctor said he did not think the vaccines had anything to do with Terry's condition. Still, the doctor wrote on the medical chart that Terry should not receive any more DPT vaccine.

At the hospital, Terry was put on a respirator. For the next two months, Terry was fed through a tube in his nose and had to remain on the respirator 24 hours a day while one lab test after another was performed to try to find out what had happened to him. All the tests came back negative. Terry's parents kept talking about the vaccines he had been given but nobody would listen.

Terry spent another nearly six months in a major hospital while doctors searched for a clue to the cause of his sudden collapse and paralysis. One muscle biopsy pointed to Werdig-Hoffman disease, which is similar to Lou Gehrig's disease, but a follow-up biopsy failed to support that finding.

When Terry returned home after nearly eight months in the hospital, a local neurologist researching the cause for Terry's illness found a reference in the neurology textbook that the oral polio vaccine can mimic Wernig Hoffman disease.

Today Terry spends most of his time in bed or in a recliner while he is visited by teachers, physical therapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists. Because the respirator that keeps him alive is so big, he is unable to leave his house most of the time. Terry is still in diapers and must wear a permanent catheter because of kidney problems. Although he can sometimes swallow a little bit of solid food, he is primarily fed through a tube in his nose. His nurses suction him regularly to keep the tubes allowing him to eat and breathe clear, but he frequently goes into respiratory arrest and experiences other medical emergencies that send him to the hospital.

Even with the severe injuries that the live polio vaccine left him with, Terry loves Barney and likes to have his parents and therapists read to him. His Dad says he gives you a special look when he wants something. He loves to be picked up and held close but he can't hug you back.

In 1996, the US Court of Claims in Washington, DC, officially acknowledged that Terry's paralysis was caused by the live polio vaccine he received as a baby.

Sadly, Terry passed away on January 8, 1999.

Today, the only cases of polio in the US are caused by the live oral polio vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control reports that there are eight to ten cases of vaccine associated polio in the US every year but there is a question about how many cases like Terry remain undiagnosed. It has become such an issue, that the CDC has changed the guideline to stop using the Oral vaccine in January 2000.

-- National Vaccine Information Center

Are you aware that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) have all reported cases similar to Terryís? And, in addition to these reports, there are also hundreds of published medical studies that document other vaccine failures and their adverse effects on infants and toddlers, not to mention the several dozen books available that condemn the overuse, or even use at all, of vaccines. Considering all these reports, it amazes me that most pediatricians and parents today are completely unaware of these findings and will look at you like you are a child abuser if you donít jump to immunize your child.

According to my research, the NVICP has paid out over one billion dollars to parents of vaccine-injured or killed children, at the expense of our taxpaying dollars. And since 1988, the NVICP has received over 5,000 petitions, 700 of which were for vaccine-related deaths, and there are still some 2,000 total death and injury cases pending that may take years to resolve. Wow!

How can this be? How can pharmaceutical companies, in good consciousness, continue to manufacture unnecessary vaccines when they know the damage, pain and suffering they are causing to so many innocent families? It seems to me that they are the ones that are becoming "immune" -- immune from any accountability for the consequences of using their products. Even after extensive legal settlements for vaccine damage, these same companies have been allowed to use "gag orders" as a tool to prevent disclosure of information to the public about vaccination dangers. I find the whole thing outrageous, and I believe the American public has the right to know whatís been going on behind closed doors.

Do not get me wrong. I am not, in any way, telling parents to vaccinate or not to vaccinate their children. That is, obviously, only a choice a mother and/or father can make. But I would recommend that parents take a good look at all the data available to them before they decide to allow toxic, pustule viruses, sometimes mixed with thimerosal (a mercury-containing preservative), to be shot into their childís body. Remember, there is "what we know to be true... and then, thereís the actual truth."

You may say, what does Spice know anyway? Sheís not a doctor. But you know what, neither were Augusto and Michaela Odone when they fought to save the life of their beautiful son, Lorenzo, who was diagnosed in early 1984 with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). After participating in several failed therapies, this incredible couple exercised dauntless faith, utilizing all their resources and more. They researched, researched and researched, refused to give up, and eventually found a cure for their sonís "incurable" brain disease. It was a miracle and their findings absolutely stunned the medical community! Their incredible love for their son and their unrelenting drive for the TRUTH uncovered a secret that conventional medicine was unable to find for itself. So donít always believe everything the so-called experts tell you. Yes, doctors are educated, knowledgeable, and well-intended, but theyíre not gods. They are human, conditioned by the media, and make mistakes just like everybody else. Take your personal power back by finding your own answers in life. Research, ask questions, and most of all, use your intuition. Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. I never came upon my discoveries through the process of rational thinking."

Thimerosal has been used as an additive to biologics and vaccines since the 1930ís because it is very effective in the killing of bacteria and for preventing bacterial contamination, particularly in opened multi-dose containers. The problem is that it contains 49.6% mercury by weight and is metabolized to ethyl mercury and thiosalicylate in the body. This is not a good thing when you consider that mercury toxicity is a serious issue these days. So much so, that on July 7, 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued, along with the Public Health Service, a joint statement that alerted all clinicians and the public of their deep concern over the consequences of using thimerosal. Whatís even scarier is that all whole-cell diphtheria-tetanus- pertussis (DTP) preparations widely used today contain thimerosal and nobody seems to be doing much about it.

Vaccines, vaccines, vaccines! When will it stop? We have shots for hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), Haemophilus influenzae type b, and chickenpox. From the moment a child is born into our beloved country, he or she is barely able to digest his or her motherís breast milk before a needle is shoved into his or her fragile little body to introduce the hepatitis B virus. And if the same infant has a hepatitis B-negative mother, he or she will receive a second dose of heptitis B vaccine at least one month after the first dose, with a third dose shortly thereafter. Think about it. Before a kid even reaches puberty, the following vaccines and schedules will more than likely be administered and adhered to by conventional pediatricians:

i) DTaP (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine) given four times by the age of 18 months, with subsequent routine boosters every ten years;

ii) three H. influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccines before the 6 month mark;

iii) two inactivated poliovirus vaccines by the age of 2 and 4 months, followed by two oral doses at 12 to 18 months and 4 to 6 years;

iv) the rotavirus vaccine which was created to combat severe diarrhea among children 6 months to 2 years of age. (I think itís important to note that health care providers were being warned about this vaccine and have being asked to suspend its administration to unimmunized and partially-immunized children. It was causing a condition know as "intussusception," a disorder wherein the intestines begin to telescope in on themselves which, in turn, causes severe pain and blockage). It is now dead and gone and will not be used again;

v) the second dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) at age 4 to 6 (the first having been given at 12 to 15 months), and then finally, the varicella vaccine is administered to replace the "chickenpox parties" that most of us over the age of forty remember having when we were kids.

Taking into consideration this relentless self-induced "virus invasion," is it any wonder why our children have weak immune systems today!!! Nature gave us our immune systems, and believe it or not, it wasnít doing that bad of a job before we began pumping a grab bag of diseases into our little ones. The two key questions parents need to ask themselves are whether vaccines actually work, and if so, are they prepared to gamble with the growing number of adverse reactions children seem to be experiencing by receiving them. Health authorities may credit vaccines for disease declines, and assure us of their safety and effectiveness, but these seemingly rock-solid assumptions are directly contradicted by health statistics, medical studies, FDA and CDC reports, and reputable research scientists from around the world. In fact, according to Alan Phillips, independent investigator and writer on vaccine risks and alternatives, infectious diseases steadily declined for decades prior to vaccinations. His extensive studies also show that there are thousands of vaccine reactions each year that result in hundreds of deaths, maladies and permanent disabilities, including chronic immunological and neurological conditions. Something is wrong here and we need to open our eyes and really look at the facts.

According to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, childhood diseases decreased 90% between 1850 and 1940, paralleling improved sanitation and hygienic practices, well before mandatory vaccination programs were even implemented. In fact, both smallpox and polio immunization campaigns were followed initially by significant disease increases, and during smallpox campaigns, other infectious diseases continued their declines in the absence of vaccines. I, for one, know my dear friends, Paul Dallas and Don Laing, both got polio from their vaccines when they were children. Did Paul and Donís vaccines protect them? I think not. And it seems to me that vaccine advocates point to incidence statistics rather than mortality rates as proof of vaccine effetiveness.

At best, vaccinations can be credited with only a small percentage of the overall decline in disease related deaths during the 20th century. And even this small portion is questionable since the rate of decline remained virtually the same after vaccines were introduced. Whether or not vaccines actually helped in the decline of these diseases is hard to say in light of the many variables which brought about the initial declines such as improved sanitation, hygiene, improvements in diet, and natural disease cycles. It was a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report which found that the disease and mortality rates in third world countries have no direct correlation with immunization procedures or medical treatment, but are rather closely related to their standard of hygiene and diet. So, credit given to vaccinations for our current disease incidence is, and I agree with Alan Phillips, grossly exaggerated, if not outright misplaced. Measles, mumps, small pox, polio, and Hib outbreaks have all occurred in vaccinated populations. In fact, in 1989, the CDC even reported a measles outbreak in a documented, 100% vaccinated population.

The clinical evidence for vaccinations is their ability to stimulate antibody production in the recipient, a fact that no one can dispute. What is not clear, however, is whether or not such antibody production constitutes immunity. "Agamma globulin-anemic" children are incapable of producing antibodies, yet they recover from infectious diseases almost as quickly as other children. It was noted by the British Medical Council in 1950, during a diphtheria epidemic, that there was no relationship between antibody counts and disease incidence; researchers found resistant people with extremely low antibody counts and sick people with high counts. Natural immunization is a complex phenomenon involving many organs and systems; it cannot be fully replicated by the artificial stimulation of antibody production.

Viera Scheibner, PhD, is a retired principal research scientist with a doctorate in natural sciences. She has published three books and some 90 scientific papers in scientific journals. During the 1980ís, she helped develop the Cotwatch breathing monitor for babies at risk of cot death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Her extensive research into vaccines and vaccinations brought her to writing "Vaccination: The Medical Assault on the Immune System," published in 1993. She has found a definite link between "shaken baby syndrome" and Vaccinations. "Sometimes," says Dr. Scheibner, "A hepatitis B injection is given shortly after birth while the mother and child are still in the hospital. However, a great number of babies now die within days or within two to four weeks of birth after hepatitis B vaccination, as documented by the records of the VAERS in the USA. So, the baby stops progressing, starts deteriorating, and usually develops signs of respiratory tract infection. Then comes the second and third injections, and tragedy strikes: the child may cry intensely and inconsolably, may stop feeding properly, vomit, may have difficulty swallowing, become irritable, stop sleeping, and may develop convulsions with accelerating progressive deterioration of its condition and mainly its brain function."

What Viera Scheibner writes about in her published work found in Nexus Magazine, Volume 5, #5, Aug-Sept Ď98, is a definite link to vaccines and brain swelling, intracranial bleeding, ocular retinal hemorrhages, and broken skull and other bones found in babies of parents that had been unjustly accused of abusing their children. Says Dr. Scheibner, "Ever since the mass vaccination of infants began, reports of serious brain, cardiovascular, metabolic and other injuries started filling pages of medical journals." This is not surprising to me considering that vaccines, like the pertussis vaccine, are actually used to induce encephalo-myelitis (experimental allergic encephalomyelitis) in laboratory animals. (Levine, S. and Sowinski, R. (1973), "Hyperacute allergic encephalomyelitis," Am. J. Pathol. 73:247-260). What a nightmare!

In closing, I have decided to bring this information to you in two parts as it is virtually impossible for me say all that Iím compelled to say in only a few pages. With permission, I have tried to take as much information from reputable books, articles, journals and web sites that I could to instill in you a need and want to educate yourself to a much greater level. Know that there are three exemptions from having your child subjected to vaccines within the United States: medical, religious and philosophical. If, after you have studied all the data, you still choose to vaccinate your child, then at least find out the safest way to do so. Heed any warnings from the AAP, ACIP, and the actual vaccination manufacturers themselves, i.e., is your child acutely sick with fever or respiratory infections, currently taking medication that may suppress the immune system, does he or she have a personal history of convulsions or neurological disease, is your child past his or her seventh birthday, or has he or she had severe reactions to a previous dose, etc. National Vaccine Information Center lists additional contraindications that are available on a web site called www.909shot, or you can call 1-800-909-SHOT.

Until, next time, please donít let you and your children suffer because you were not an informed parent!

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