Every time I sit down to write on this topic, I am keenly aware of the voices on both sides of this issue.
My goal in writing on this topic is not to convince you whether or not you should or should not vaccinate your child, or yourself.
My goal is to provide information that you may not be aware of in regards to vaccine issues so as to encourage a dialogue around keeping vaccine choice a viable option for parents, and adults, without fear of retribution.
This post is part of a series I have been doing on vaccines. You can read my previous posts here and here. If you have a sincere desire to understand the entirety of this issue, I would strongly encourage you to review those blog posts. The main question of each of the posts is the same: Will you be allowed to have the freedom to decide whether you, or your child should receive a vaccine?
The Problem of “Science” In This Debate
I have been working for weeks reviewing scientific studies on vaccine related topics. However, the problem I have found is that each side of this debate has their own view of the studies that have been done, which they either choose to propagate or decimate. You can find a plethora of blogs and social media sites of each side “disqualifying” what the other side has said.
This issue is incredibly divisive and contentious – think of the divide between political parties right now, or any hot button social issue. The same is true on this issue.
It would be difficult to dissuade either side, unless both sides agreed to the parameters of study to look at vaccinated versus un-vaccinated children. (There actually have been studies done, but they are disputed, of course.) It is said that such a study would be unethical – to vaccinate some and not vaccinate others. However, I am wondering if there is now a large enough sample size where it could be done since there are many parents who have voluntarily decided not to vaccinate. Perhaps that is worth considering in the future.
At the time of this writing, there has never been a safety study done on the current CDC immunization schedule, which includes 72 doses for children. That number is expected to increase as more vaccines hit the market.
We have gone from:
1983: 24 doses of 7 vaccines by age 18
2017: 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18 (2020 72 doses)
Although we hear that that ‘the science is settled”, there are many who would question the accuracy of that statement. And honestly, can science ever be “settled”? What if new information becomes available? What if new methods are developed? Would not “science” have to change as information changes?
It would be so helpful to many folks who have legitimate questions and concerns on vaccines to have an opportunity to watch a formal debate between these two viewpoints. One where each could make their case, evidence could be presented, and rebuttals given.
Unfortunately, that has not yet happened. As you will hear from the interviews below, the main voices on the pro-vaccine side have not been willing to publicly debate the vaccine-choice side.
My Attempt At Bringing A “Debate”
Because there has been no formal debate, I have decided to approach this in a different way than what I originally intended in regards to reviewing studies.
In this blog post I will be bringing to you some of the main speakers in the vaccine “cultural narrative” for you to review for yourself, while they “debate/converse”.
To begin with, let me quickly identify a few of the many voices in this dialogue that will be highlighted.
Pro Vaccine Advocates
First, certainly the most obvious pro-vaccine “advocate” is the CDC. This is where you will always be directed to find the information that “proves” that vaccines are safe and effective. It also probably carries the most name recognition as an “expert” source in the minds of most people.
(Because I am already concerned about the length of this post, I will not delve into it now, however I will be doing a future post on the revolving door at the CDC of past pharmaceutical company employees and pharmaceutical lobbyists.)
Next, two of the leading pro-vaccine doctors who are considered “experts in their fields” are Dr. Paul Offit and Dr. Peter Hotez.
Paul A. Offit, MD, is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., is president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also Professor of Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics.
Dr. Offit is a firm believer in vaccines and has said “each person can theoretically respond to 10,000 vaccines at one time.”
I have no doubt that these men both sincerely care about the health of children and believe in the efficacy and safety of vaccines.
Simply for the purpose of this post, I would like to share some information that I think is important when considering any bias these men might have.
CBS reports of Dr. Offit’s a possible conflicts of interest. Click here to read the article “How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders?“
“Offit holds in a $1.5 million dollar research chair at Children’s Hospital, funded by Merck.” He is also the inventor of the Rotavirus vaccine, a vaccine listed on the CDC schedule for all children to receive.
And this on Dr. Hotez:
“Today, Hotez is 49 and chairman of the department of microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine at George Washington University. He has received $52 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and conduct clinical trials in Brazil for his hookworm vaccine.”
Now let me clear. I am not inferring that just because they may of “conflicts of interest” that should nullify their voices. I am just pointing that these ties should be considered, as it may affect their views.
Vaccine Choice Advocates:
Probably the biggest name in this arena would be Robert Kennedy Jr., and his organization: The Children’s Health Defense, whose mission is “to end the epidemic of children’s chronic health conditions by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards so this never happens again.”
This organization covers much more than vaccines, but vaccines are the only area I am familiar with, and that I am addressing in this article.
The other prominent vaccine choice advocate would be Del Bigtree. Mr. Bigtree is primarily known as an investigative journalist and film producer. Most notably he received an Emmy award for his work on the show “The Doctors”. He was also the producer of the movie “Vaxxed: “From Cover-Up to Catastrophe”. It was after producing Vaxxed, that he started devoting his efforts into researching vaccine safety. He is also the founder of Informed Consent Action Network https://www.icandecide.org/
Although these two men hold vastly different views on this subject compared to Paul Offit and Peter Hotez, they are also very sincere in their efforts to keep children healthy.
In Their Own Words
In preparing to write an article, my goal is to always find sources of the people themselves that I am discussing, actually speaking in their own words so that you can make judgments for yourself.
In perusing through the vast array of articles and videos, I narrowed it down to these three for this “debate.”
Please remember, there is no way to understand this controversy in a two-minute sound bite video. If you would like to fully understand the issue, this is going to take an investment of time. I will say that if you do watch all of these, you will have a very comprehensive view and a greater understanding of this issue than the majority of people around you.
Additional statements of Thompson’s:
“Oh my God, I did not believe that we did what we did, but we did. It’s all there… This is the lowest point in my career, that I went along with that paper. I have great shame now when I meet families of kids with autism, because I have been part of the problem. “We’ve missed ten years of research because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism. They’re not doing what they should be doing because they’re afraid to look for things that might be associated.”
“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”
“The authors of the study decided not to disclose to the public that African American boys under two were more susceptible to developing autism or autism-like symptoms from the MMR vaccine.
“The remaining four coauthors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can. However because I thought it was illegal and would violate La Jolla and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies in my office and retained all associated computer files. I believe that we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the pediatrics paper.”
So that is the story behind the first Vaxxed movie.
“Vaxxed II The People’s Truth” tells the real life stories of parents who were not “anti-vaccine”. However their lives changed forever, often hours or days, after their children became injured after receiving a vaccine. This is the story of what thousands of parents deal with every day. Regardless of whether one feels they are correct or not in what happened to their children, their stories should not be lightly dismissed.
This movie portrays why there is a vaccine hesitancy global movement, and why having a choice is important. It is crucial that you not skip past this movie. If you were only going to watch one of the videos in this post, this is the one that will provide you with the best understanding of the issue.
The Conversational Debates
“The next set of voices come from 2 segments of the show “The High Wire’ with Del Bigtree.
I will say upfront that I am only familiar with Del Bigtree in regards to his work specifically with vaccines.
Because Dr. Offit and Dr. Hotez will not debate publicly on the vaccine issue, Del tries to have some type of “conversation” with each of them in these two videos, with two popular social media figures, Joe Rogan and Zdogg.
Please keep in mind that a formal debate would obviously look very different than what we see here, with detailed arguments, evidence and rebuttals given in a professional and tempered forum. This is just one “show” responding to another “show”. Although, I appreciate Del’s zeal for his subject matter Del is very animated. He is very passionate and very expressive in his interviews. This can be refreshing and engaging – because sometimes you are shaking your head right along with him in what you are hearing – however I think sometimes it can take away from the seriousness of what is being discussed. I also think he gets a little too animated when talking about the measles. Although I agree that it is not the death sentence it is made out to be, certainly it can be serious in some cases.
All this to say, this does at least allow for some dialogue – understanding that it is an oversimplification of the “science”.
Joe Rogan Podcast
Here is the interview with Dr. Peter Hotez and Joe Rogan. Joe has the number one podcast in the world.
It is interesting to note that later in this interview Dr. Hotez says that doctors like himself are at a disadvantage of getting their message out, which, as Del will also expand on, seems rather contradictory as he is sitting in front of the microphone of the number one podcast in the world. The other comment I would like to note on Dr. Hotez’s statement is that both he and Dr. Offit enjoy the great benefit of being well received by mainstream media. As anyone who has ever raised a question regarding vaccine safety knows, the reality is that you are quickly labeled as a quack, a fraud and excoriated for spreading misinformation. Just google the names Robert Kennedy or Del Bigtree and you will quickly see how they are portrayed.
Dr. Hotez once said this about parents who questioned vaccine safety, “They are a hate group who hates their families and hates their children.”
What about all those people in the movie above? Do they hate their children if they decided not to vaccinate any more of their children? I think we have to have space for each other in this conversation – respecting each other. People can disagree without being disagreeable.
I know this is a long video, but it does an excellent job of covering many of the main issues, and it actually moves pretty quickly. I think this is an informative podcast for both sides of this issue.
ZDogg and Paul Offit
Next is Zdoggs interview with Paul Offit. Zdogg (Zubin Damania) is an American physician, assistant professor, comedian, internet personality, and musician.
If you watch nothing else in this video, please check out the time frame from 19:40-26:30. If this is truly how a vaccine gets voted on, no matter what your view of vaccines, we should all be seriously concerned.
So, what about all the injuries to the children you witnessed in the movie?
Is Paul Offit correct? Can a person theoretically receive 10,000 vaccines at a time?
If even our government acknowledges that vaccines can, in some cases, cause injury and thus set up the NVIC program, and the Supreme court stated, “… vaccines have “unavoidable, adverse side effects”, should we be allowed to take that information into consideration when deciding whether we choose to receive a vaccine or not? See info here.
The listing of all adverse effects for each vaccine can be found at this fda.gov site here.
Can vaccines cause injury or illness in some children? Yes, it states the injuries on the package insert and because of that we have the National Vaccine Injury Court.
So, who should get to make the decision for your child, or for you, to receive a vaccine?
What happens if you don’t get vaccinated? Will you be disallowed to travel? Go to school? Go to work?
I am hesitant to post this video for fear that some one will say I believe in a conspiracy theory about Bill Gates. That is not the case. I know there is a great deal of controversy surrounding some of the things he is involved with but I have no personal first-hand knowledge nor the experience to debate those issues, so I do not wish to engage on the topic. However, with all the financial resources Mr. Gates has, he certainly has enormous influence on which direction public policy will go. Thus it is important to know his involvement in this conversation.
Again, in his own words – except for the fact that the last sentence was edited out before being posted on the Internet. I am assuming it was taken out because of all the controversy surrounding his involvement with the digital ID 2020. (Please note that June 10th date is the day I uploaded it, not the day Bill Gates gave his talk.)
Will vaccine choice freedom end up being decided by “The Golden Rule”? Whoever has the most gold, rules?
In researching this for so many years, I would have to concur that the science is not settled. Therefore, I will make a prediction that this debate is going to be fought in the “cultural narrative” that goes out in movies, social media, podcasts and advertising. My guess is that at some point here in the near future we are probably going to see a multi-million dollar marketing campaign for getting all “caught up” on any missed vaccinations – and we will see some of the most amazingly well crafted commercials that will make us want to rush to the doctor as soon as possible and get all our shots, because if we don’t, we may be at risk for losing our jobs or not having our kids be allowed to go to school.
This will further divide people on this issue, and therefore I also predict, it will ultimately end up before the highest court in the land. This is especially true in regards to religious freedom. (See my last post here.)
This video with Constitutional lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, tells us that the constitution allows the government to forcibly vaccinate each one of us.
“You have no right not to be vaccinated.”
So what happens then?
I don’t know.
But when we get there, if you have read everything in this series, you will have a much better understanding, than probably even the Supreme Court justices, of how we got there.
#beinformed #vaccinechoice #withoutretribution
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