Risk in childhood vaccinations has jumped into the public’s eye, and for very good reasons, we believe. For a long time the risk of harm from vaccinations for children was downplayed or ignored. It still is.
What has changed is the swelling of outcry from a public that is informed, educated, well researched, and well referenced. A grass roots movement has been born.
Healing Oceans supports families that choose to not vaccinate as well as those that simply want a schedule of slowed-down vaccinations. Dr. Ginsburg is very sensitive to the issue of vaccination safety and the faulty science often used to justify them. She calls attention to the fact that these vaccines that are approved for public use (and made mandatory for kids) are never properly tested for safety.
This web page includes the following sections:
What harm could a vaccine cause?
In the scientific data, there is no dispute that vaccine shots can cause harm. The vaccine controversy is over how often it occurs.
In spite of the fact that industry, government, and Medicine routinely minimize or deny the risk, it is happening often enough that the US Government has established an agency (the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) just to settle injury claims against the vaccine makers.
Note: the pharmaceutical companies that make the vaccines do not have to pay the damages. The US government pays the settlements for them, which are sometimes very large. Vaccine makers received a very unusual Act of Congress to make them not responsible for any damages from vaccine injury. You cannot sue them for putting out a dangerous or reckless product, or for lying about it. This would seem to remove a lot of incentive to make safe vaccines.
Known risks from vaccine shots
From the website of the United States CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):
The US Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System of the US FDA lists, as of November 17, 2010, 352,650 reports of vaccine adverse events. (United States General Accounting Office, Report GAO-01-13). This is the most recent data is available from the GAO.
But former FDA commissioner David Kessler wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA 269(21): (1993) 2765-2768) saying that “Only about one percent of serious events are reported to the FDA, according to one study”.
It took less than a thousand adverse reactions for the FDA to withdraw other drugs from the market, such as Vioxx. But if you use the FDA commissioner’s numbers, we would be talking about over 30 million adverse reactions to vaccines.
But vaccines remain on the market,.
Most common vaccine side effects?
Many of the known side effects of children’s vaccinations are the result of damage to the nervous system and/or the immune system.
It does not take much to speculate that these neurologic and immunologic risks from vaccinations could then cause the chronic diseases that we are seeing sweep the nation at epidemic levels, like ADHD, autism, asthma, and allergies.
And these epidemics have been building at the same time that vaccine use has increased dramatically.
Critics say there is no proven link between autism and vaccines. But a lack of information is not proof of anything.
Instead, we point out that what we need is evidence of vaccine safety, but this evidence does not exist.
Immune system changes and damage from vaccines
We will be adding a page that discusses the evidence for this.
How are vaccines tested?
Aren’t vaccines tested for safety? Well, no. They are not.
The trials that are done for vaccines and drugs are “efficacy trials”, not trials to determine safety. Efficacy trials simply test to determine if certain, very specific immune responses result from the vaccine, such as improved immunity to a particular disease. Safety data is very limited in clinical trials, and they always test short term effects (between 6 hours and 42 days after injection). You can see this information on the vaccine package inserts. They do not look at the longer term (months, years, decades). They should always look at the effects years later.
More and more we are seeing that we often do not recognize the result of a new chemical in the environment or drug in our bodies until years late, because initially we did not know what to look at. It is only this short term risk and efficacy data that is collected and provided to the FDA to get the drug approved for sale.
When vaccines are tested, they are NOT tested in comparison with unvaccinated kids. This is in spite of public demand and in spite of congressional bills calling for it.
Instead, kids who receive the test vaccine are compared with kids who receive a different vaccine. End of story. You cannot possibly determine safety in such a test when the only thing the test subjects are compared to are kids receiving a different, possibly harmful vaccination.
Scientifically, this kind of test is completely invalid. And passes for a “safety test”.
There is no independent testing of vaccines, such as could be done by an agency that is independent of the pharmaceutical industry.
What does this mean? It means that the tests are designed by and the data is interpreted by the very companies that stand to make millions of dollars if the vaccine is approved, or lose just as much if it is not. This creates a conflict of interest, an opportunity to withhold or misrepresent important data.
The government simply accepts this data from them, and uses it to decide if it is approved.
It is not until a drug is widely dispersed into the population that you see the side effects adequately. This is why a product like Vioxx, approved by the FDA, got pulled from the market when it became evident that it produces heart failure.
Has a similar mistake happened with the childhood vaccinations the government is now demanding at a steadily increasing rate?
The vaccine schedule for children
There is also absolutely no data on the safety of the recommended vaccine schedule, in which dozens of vaccine shots are given to children in a very short time, and while their immune systems are still not fully developed.. No studies have ever been done comparing kids who receive vaccines on the CDC schedule with unvaccinated kids. And as further vaccines are added, and you add another element of untested risk to the many unevaluated risks of all the other vaccines, the question of safety becomes more and more difficult to evaluate.
The fact is that tests of both the benefits of vaccines and the damage they can do are often badly compromised and should not be trusted.
At the same time, the number of children ‘s vaccinations required by law has exploded.
The number of mandated immunizations per child has increased from four in the 1950s to approximately thirty to forty-five for most children today.
At the same time:
HHS has reduced the number of compensable injuries [i.e. injuries from vaccines] since the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act took effect. As a result, there are more exposures to possible harm, but fewer officially recognized injuries. See also Vaccine Epidemic, p. 34, James Turner, JD; Habakus and Holland ED, p. 34, 2011.
In New Jersey the law requires 22 vaccine shots before the age of six, most of them in the first twelve months. And the number is only increasing.
A few physicians are beginning to speak out
Now you have doctors such as Susan Humphries, MD, who has now spent three years studying vaccines, going on the record to say that, as she now sees it, there can never be a safe vaccine.
And Meryl Nass, MD, alluding to corrupt collaboration between big pharma and the US CDC in promoting vaccines in spite of questions about both effectiveness and safety.
Sometimes it takes time for the truth to come out.
Websites and books to help you find information about vaccination:
(This is not a complete list, and we will add to it as we read and vet the quality of other resources.)
Movies and documentaries:
The Greater Good
The National Vaccine Information Centerhttp://www.nvic.org/
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting Systemhttp://vaers.hhs.gov/index
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
The International Medical Council on Vaccination
The official website of the United States Centers for Disease Control and prevention:
The New Jersey Coalition for Vaccine Choice:http://njvaccinationchoice.org/
The New York State Campaign for Vaccine Choicehttp://www.cfic.us/
My Kids, My Choicehttp://www.mykidsmychoice.com/ Information on legal ways to refuse vaccines for children.
How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten out Human Rights, our Health, and Our Children
by Louise Kuo Habakus, Mary Holland, editors.
A stunning collection of short articles by experts with the highest credentials and from different fields (i.e. medicine, government, science, law, the military, religion, etc.). It strips away the illusion from the reality behind the many decisions. that brought us to where we are with vaccines today, the results of those decisions, and why these decisions have not been changed. Well documented and devastating to the pharmaceutical industry.
If you can read only one book only on vaccines, this is a good one.
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, by Robert Sears
A valuable point of view. Dr. Ginsburg prefers a gentler rate of vaccination than the alternate schedule of vaccine shots recommended by Dr. Sears, although his does pay good attention to reducing the amount of toxic aluminum (used as a preservative) the child receives.