The Greater Good- The truth about vaccines

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My husband and I watched an eye-opening and thought-provoking documentary last night called “The Greater Good”.  I got all fired up because I learned so many facts about vaccinations and vaccination policy in this country that I just didn’t know. First of all, did you know that in the 1980’s children were recommended to get 23 doses 7 different vaccines, and in the 2010’s children are now recommended to get 69 doses of 16 vaccines?!!  That is nearly three times more!!  I’m also not convinced that it’s a coincidence that during the same time period of this rise in vaccinations that there has been a huge rise in chronic disease and disabilities in children.  1 in 110 children has autism and 1 in 6 children has some form of neurodevelopmental disorder.  Something is not right here.  Now, I’m not saying that it is only vaccinations that are contributing to this, but as Barbara Loe Fisher (president of the National Vaccine Information Center) says in this quote, it would be silly to not consider it a possibility.

“Vaccine safety is not just about autism.  Autism is only one kind of brain and immune dysfunction that is associated with vaccinations.  Millions of children in America are chronically ill and disabled, and during this same time period that the numbers of doses of vaccines have more than tripled, we have seen this explosion of chronic disease and disability.  To take off the table the use of a pharmaceutical product, like a vaccines, as a potential cofactor in this explosion of chronic disease and disability among our children is irresponsible. ”

Unfortunately, just like many other industries in our country, the pharmaceutical industry is a revolving door with the policy makers in Washington.  On the board of the ACIP, the organization that approves vaccine policies in our country, sit several doctors who have a direct financial interest in these vaccines.  This is a huge conflict of interest!!!  Not to mention that the majority of vaccine research is paid for by the vaccine manufacturers themselves. So the people approving the vaccines are just taking the word of the vaccine companies that these products are safe.

When a promising drug comes forward, the FDA has a process that they call “fast tracking”.  This is what happened with Gardasil.  You know, the one you see ads for all over tv urging you to become “one less” cervical cancer death by getting the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine.  Merck, the maker of Gardasil had a 4 year safety trial scheduled, but after 15 months they went to the FDA and asked for it to be fast tracked.  The FDA said yes, and it was approved within 6 months.  As soon as this happened, Merck stopped their trial because their drug was already on the market.  Therefore, we do not know the long-term side effects of this vaccine.  In my opinion, no vaccine, particularly one that is meant for children should ever be fast tracked!!  Since Gardasil has been licensed, there have been more than 18,000 reactions and adverse events reported, with 85 of these being deaths….and the government’s response has been that all of these events are a coincidence.  What I find most fascinating about this vaccine in particular is that according to Dr. Diane Harper, one of the world’s top experts studying HPV, the death rate in the US from cervical cancer is 3 per 100,000, that is less than 1% of cancer deaths each year.  You have a higher chance of dying in a car accident.  So why are they pushing this drug on our children when it seems that the benefits do not outweigh the risks??  One thing comes to my mind: $$$

Now here is where it gets even more sick.  If you or your child were to get injured by a vaccine, you cannot sue the vaccine manufacturer.  Because it “wasn’t profitable” for the vaccine manufacturers to have to pay out lawsuits on vaccine injuries, the government stepped in, stopped all lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers, and created what’s called the Vaccine Compensation Program.  (This is where it gets crazy!!)  Guess who pays for the compensation that people get when they have a vaccine injury?  YOU!!!  Yup, the money that comes into this fund is from a tax that Americans pay every time they get a vaccine.  About 2 billion dollars has been paid out of this fund and there is about 3 billion dollars left.  So, the vaccine makers, who stand to generate $21.5 billion in annual sales, have zero accountability for the harm their products may cause to the public.  I don’t know about you, but that does not sit right with me.

These facts are just a taste of the information you will find in “The Greater Good”.  I recommend that everyone watch this film whether you have chosen to vaccinate or not!!  I am not intending to make anyone feel bad or guilty about the choices they have made, nor am I saying that I oppose vaccinations.  But I believe it is important for us all to understand what is really going on in our country, and that you (sadly) cannot always trust that the government agencies that were put in place to protect you are always right.  It is all about making informed decisions. We all deserve to have the full information about the benefits and risks of vaccines and the ability to make a voluntary choice on whether or not we want to accept those risks.   Vaccinating is a very personal decision and I think everyone needs to weigh out their own risks (risk of exposure to disease, family history, etc.) and do what they believe is best for their family. Part of doing that is understanding the risks and benefits of the vaccines themselves.  I urge you all to do your own due diligence when it comes to vaccinating so that you can feel confident about the decision you make for your family.  Below are some great resources…

The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations By: Dr. Lauren Feder

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The Vaccine Book By: Dr. Robert Sears

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The Greater Good

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