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Vaccinations: Parents’ Informed Choice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lynne Born   
Monday, 07 November 2005 22:07

Because the misinformation surrounding vaccination is so extensive, many parents don’t even question whether or not they should vaccinate their child, overlooking one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Since medical authorities say vaccination is safe, most parents simply go ahead with vaccination, completely unaware of the potential dangers and unable to recognize a serious reaction when it does occur.
And since government health departments and school authorities give the impression that vaccination is mandated for every child in the United States, most parents believe they are legally required to vaccinate their child. But in all 50 states, you are free to decline vaccination entirely, or adopt a partial vaccination schedule, an important decision about the health and welfare of your child.

However, parents face tremendous pressure from doctors, the media, schools and even other parents, to follow the standard vaccination schedule and subject their child to an ever-escalating protocol of multiple injections at various stages of their young lives, even including injections with several vaccines in the same shot.


Because vaccines are used predominately on our precious children, most people assume that the many vaccines have been subjected to thorough trials and rigorous studies proving that vaccines are safe and effective. Parents have been told that mass vaccination campaigns ended multiple epidemics around the world, that vaccines are effective at preventing the illnesses they are targeted against, that side effects are rare and generally consist of sore arms or mild fevers that pass quickly, and that the few serious negative reactions are carefully tracked and monitored, keeping adverse reactions to a minimum.

However, parents who take the time to dig deeper and pierce this veil of misinformation find that these assertions lack solid scientific backing. Not only has there never been a single long-term study comparing the health and welfare of vaccinated to unvaccinated children, multiple examples can easily be found of vaccinated children acquiring the very illness they have been vaccinated against. Furthermore, there is overwhelming evidence that vaccines can be extremely harmful, permanently disabling and even deadly to our children. And the current system for tracking and reporting adverse reactions to the FDA is sloppy, poorly executed and voluntary rather than mandatory, even when a child has been permanently disabled or killed by a vaccine.

Vaccination Prevents Natural Immunity

When a baby becomes infected with a communicable disease, his immune system responds through a sophisticated web of interlocking reactions that can produce immunity for life to naturally acquired childhood diseases. These miraculous defenses exist, in part, to keep invading microbes and viruses from taking hold in the deeper systems and organs of the body.

But vaccines, which contain both live and dead viruses, killed bacteria, genetically engineered DNA and chemical preservatives, are injected directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the natural immune response. This deprives the body of the ability to naturally develop life-long immunity in all its multifaceted complexity to normal childhood diseases like measles, mumps and chicken pox. Mass vaccination is a manmade attempt to remove the natural infection response from human development and replace it with a series of artificially imposed infections and immune responses determined by the doctor’s vaccination schedule.

So Many Shots

Thirty years ago, children received a total of four vaccines, but today a fully vaccinated child receives a whopping 37-50 vaccines during the early, formative years of life, when his developing immune system is most vulnerable. Even an adult immune system would be challenged by so many vaccines given during such a short period of time. While unvaccinated children will never develop every disease for which children are given a vaccine, their bodies are forced by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) vaccination schedule to respond to them all. Furthermore, the DPT vaccine forces an immune response to diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis on the same day, an event that would never happen in real life. Plus, there are virtually no studies or scientific research on the effects of multiple viral and bacterial vaccines given in combination or in close succession, and how they affect the human body.

Evidence of Vaccine Harm

The medical profession is extremely reluctant to acknowledge adverse reactions to vaccination, even when the reaction is instantaneous or occurs within a few hours, and even with adults who can clearly verbalize their negative reactions, which infants are unable to do. And since no studies have ever tracked negative effects that occur over the long term, reactions that occur days, weeks or years later are almost never attributed to the vaccine.

It is a little-known fact that not a single study exists to prove that vaccines are safe over the long term. "It would be such an easy study to organize. Use three groups of children--the first group fully vaccinated, the second group partially vaccinated, and the third group no vaccinations. Then follow them for up to 10 years and we would be able to see the kinds of problems that are manifesting from these vaccines," says Barbara Loe Fisher, President of the National Vaccine Information Center.1 However, evidence of vaccine harm is not really a secret-- hundreds of published medical studies have documented both vaccine failure and vaccine harm, even though most pediatricians continue to vaccinate and most parents remain completely unaware of these studies.2

One well known example of a long term negative vaccine reaction occurred with the polio vaccine used in the late 1950s into the early 1960s. This vaccine was later found to be contaminated with a monkey virus, SV40, which had tainted the vaccine during production. And even though the virus was discovered in 1960, the contaminated vaccine continued to be given to American children for three more years with the full knowledge of government health authorities, until it was withdrawn in 1963. Thirty years later, SV40 has been isolated in bone, brain and lung cancers of disabled and deceased adults. The SV40 vaccine debacle proves a direct connection between a vaccine and a slow-growing cancer which developed decades after the vaccine.3 Unfortunately, authorities made no effort to find and track adult recipients of the vaccine, study and catalog their health status, or note their rate of cancer, even though a clear opportunity exists to study long term effects of a vaccine in a very direct and concise way.

Delayed negative reactions have also been confirmed by the work of Dr. Viera Scheibner, who developed a baby monitor in an effort to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Her monitor sounds an alarm if the baby stops breathing or shows patterns of stress breathing during sleep. In designing the monitor, she had no preconceived intention of specifically tracking vaccination reactions, as she had never conceived of the fact that vaccinations were in any way problematic or harmful.

In due course of tracking infant breathing at night, she recorded the breathing patterns of babies following the DPT injection. She found that the vaccine caused babies a great deal of stress and that this stress showed a remarkable uniformity, with stress flare-ups immediately following the vaccine on day 2 or 5, or delayed reactions on the 15-16th or 20-25th day in babies who recovered and those who subsequently died from SIDS. Scheibner’s monitor proved that death from the vaccine sometimes occurs weeks after the injection, in correlation with the stress patterns it identified. However, the longer time frame gives doctors and health authorities every excuse not to attribute it to the DPT shot.

Adverse Events Not Reported Or Tracked

One of the great dangers of the current pro-vaccine mentality is the fact that negative vaccine reactions are very rarely reported to the adverse event reporting system, a system rife with problems. When a vaccine is released onto the market, post-marketing surveillance is supposed to track any negative reactions from the millions of people taking the newly released vaccine. However, not only is the adverse reporting system entirely voluntary, 90 to 99 percent of all adverse reactions are never reported, according to David Kessler, head of the FDA for most of the 1990s.4 And no oversight of any kind ensures that reports made directly to the pharmaceutical companies are then forwarded to the FDA--the process is run entirely by the "honor system."

A very clear example of the poor adverse event documentation occurred during President Bush’s recent Smallpox Vaccination Program of 2003. Before the program, the public was repeatedly told to expect death rates from the vaccine of one to two per million. In fact, there were three deaths (that we know of) among the approximately 36,000 civilians and few hundred embedded reporters who were vaccinated.5 This makes the actual death rate 80 times higher than that which the CDC told the public to expect. Serious adverse reactions such as brain swelling, heart inflammation, heart attacks, uncontrolled ulceration of the skin, among others, were one in 583, seven times higher than the CDC’s original guesstimate of one in four thousand. And yet medical authorities and mainstream news continue to use the old, inaccurate numbers rather than update the risk estimate as they should.

Even worse, these numbers were probably vastly underreported since, just as with childhood vaccination reactions, reporting adverse reactions during the smallpox vaccine was not mandatory and was also limited to an arbitrary and ill-defined time frame of 2-4 weeks. What was the rate of death and injury from the vaccine over the next few months and years? All of these important risks should have been studied and tracked for an honest assessment of the true risk of this vaccine, but researchers missed this valuable opportunity due to the usual shoddy and incomplete tracking system that reflects the poor science behind vaccine development.

Hepatitis B Vaccine At Birth

Let’s look at the hepatitis B vaccine as a way to examine problems with the development and introduction of any new vaccine.
Hepatitis B is primarily an adult disease transmitted through blood and body fluids. High risk populations include drug users, heterosexuals and homosexuals with many sexual partners, health care workers exposed to blood, and babies born to infected mothers. In 1996, 270 children under the age of 14 were infected with hepatitis B, with only 54 cases reported in the 0-1 age group.

In spite of the low risk for children in general, and in spite of the ability to target at-risk children by specifically testing their mothers before birth, the CDC added the hepatitis B vaccine to the recommended vaccination schedule in 1991, with the first of three doses to be administered on the very day of birth before leaving the hospital.

In 1986, Merck & Co. began marketing the first genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine. A flagrant example of the poor science behind vaccination development, the FDA approved the vaccine for use after only 1636 doses of Recombivax HB were administered to only 653 children who were subsequently monitored for only 5 days after each dose.6 Since the vaccine is recommended for the first day of life, Merck was asked for safety data on newborns. They replied, "We have none. Our studies were done on 5- and 10-year-olds."7 Further, Merck admitted in 1996 that no data is "available for the simultaneous administration of Recombivax HB with other vaccines" even though children are routinely given other vaccines along with Recombivax HB vaccine.

Since the introduction of this vaccine, there have been hundreds of reports in the medical literature (mostly published in international medical journals outside of the United States) citing central nervous system diseases, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, arthritis, severe rashes, fever, chronic fatigue, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as a direct result of the vaccine. Parents have filed tens of thousands of adverse event reports with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, including emergency room visits, hospitalization and deaths. A study in New Zealand reported a 60 percent increase in juvenile diabetes after a massive campaign to vaccinate babies from 1988 to 1991 with the hepatitis B vaccine.8 Even Merck itself admits to systemic complaints such as fever, joint pain, fatigue and weakness in up to 17 percent of all hepatitis B injections. And perhaps most telling of all, over 50 percent of the doctors surveyed in the UK refused to take the hepatitis B vaccine themselves, citing the known dangers from the vaccine, even though as medical professionals working in hospitals, they belong to a high risk group exposed to blood products and needles in the daily course of their work.

But most disturbing is the fundamental question of why this vaccine was recommended for infants in the first place. In 1996, there were 1,080 reports of adverse reactions among 0-1 year olds from the vaccine, including 47 deaths. If only 10 percent of the true deaths and injuries are being reported--an extremely conservative estimate--this means that there were actually over 10,800 adverse reactions and 470 deaths from the vaccine. Yet in that same year, there were only 54 cases of the disease reported in the 0-1 year old group. This frightful equation reveals that for every child that acquires hepatitis B, the vaccine kills 9 babies and injures 200.

Why subject tens of millions of infants to the known dangers of this vaccine when the few babies actually at risk for the disease can be identified by simply screening the mother?9 And finally, even if parents opt to include this vaccine in their child’s vaccine schedule, why is the vaccine given on the day of birth? Parents need time to get to know their child first, so they can compare the baby’s health status before and after vaccination, so any harm can be noticed, tracked and treated.

In addition to problems with genetically engineered vaccines, many vaccines--notably the MMR, chickenpox and Sabin polio vaccines--inject live viruses into the body. Various stabilizers and preservatives are added including formaldehyde, lead, aluminum and MSG. Unknown amounts of RNA and DNA from animal and human cell tissue culture have been found as well. And even though concerned parent groups have fought for the removal of the mercury-based preservative thimerisol from childhood vaccines, the pharmaceutical industry still uses mercury in flu vaccines, a new addition to the recommended yearly vaccination schedule for children starting at age 6 months. Additionally, the medical industry has continued to use old lots of thimerisol-containing vaccines until supplies are exhausted, rather than pull them from the market immediately, as they should.

Families "Compensated" For Loss Of Their Child

Because of the dramatic increase in the number of injuries from childhood vaccines over the past decades, Congress enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, setting up a fund to compensate parents for injured or dead children (as if a parent could ever be "compensated" for the loss of their child due to vaccination). Application to this fund is the first step parents must take when their child has been harmed; thus, the fund serves to shield the pharmaceutical company from all initial liability. To date, the fund has paid out over $1.2 billion to parents with over 12,000 reports made every year. This is a staggering number considering how many reactions occur that medical authorities refuse to attribute to the vaccine. And if David Kessler is correct and 90-99 percent of all injuries are not even reported, the true number of children injured or killed by vaccines would be 1.2 million or more per year.

The many excellent organizations10 that work to inform doctors and parents of the risks of vaccines describe the anguished phone calls they receive, recounting the devastation, guilt, confusion and distress that follow.11 Parents describe babies who within hours or days of their vaccination, run fevers, become restless or listless, fall into deep sleeps interspersed with piercing screams, arch their backs strangely while they cry, fall into comas or repetitive seizures, twitch, jerk, or stare into space blankly. Or, parents describe a general decline in overall health with constant ear infections, sudden sensitivities to foods and food allergies, sleep disturbances, asthma, unexplained rashes, and loss of developmental milestones replaced instead with repetitive head banging or body rocking.

Many parents and doctors believe the staggering increase in chronic childhood illness is a reaction to the dozens of vaccines that are now part of the standard vaccination schedule. Fifty years ago, autism affected less than 1 in 10,000 families, but now 1 in every 68 families have an autistic child. The rate of schoolchildren with autism has increased 1700 percent nationally from 1992 to 2002, creating a huge drain on families, school resources and social services that can never be remedied if the root cause turns out to be vaccination as many suspect, and the true solution is never addressed. Childhood asthma, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, and obesity have skyrocketed as well. As the SV40 polio debacle proved what can happen, "We may be trading mumps and measles during childhood, for cancer and leukemia in adults,"says Barbara Loe Fisher.

Do Vaccines Even Work?

Even if parents find out about the risks of vaccines on their own, their doctors usually assure them that the risk is worth the almost certain benefit of freedom from infectious disease that their child receives. However, time and again, vaccines have simply not worked against the disease they are targeted to prevent. A 1978 survey of 30 states showed that more than half of all children who contracted measles had been fully vaccinated. Sweden abandoned its whooping cough vaccine after it examined 5,140 cases of whooping cough in 1978 and found that 84 percent had been vaccinated three times. A 1990 Journal of American Medicine Association article stated that "Although more than 95 percent of school-aged children in the US are vaccinated against measles, large measles outbreaks continue to occur in schools and most cases. . . occur among previously vaccinated children." The medical literature is filled with example after example of the failure of vaccination to furnish protection against common childhood diseases.

But rather than accept the premise that the entire system of vaccination is fundamentally flawed, the medical industry calls for "booster" shots and re-vaccination, without any solid, long-term studies to see whether immunity is actually achieved and, if so, for how long.

Vaccination Did Not End Epidemics

While we have all been taught that vaccination ended the world’s many deadly epidemics, an honest and careful review of original historical medical sources, publications and statistics from the past two hundred years reveals that infectious diseases declined 90 percent before mass vaccination was ever introduced.

Experts attribute the cessation of epidemic diseases not to mass vaccination, but to a major sanitation reform movement that swept Europe during the 1800s. These reforms included moving human waste out of streets via plumbing systems; regularly cleaning streets and stables of horse manure and human waste; improving roads so that meats, vegetables and raw milk could be distributed in cities while still fresh; and upgrading water distribution systems to prevent bacterial contamination.12

All the old terror diseases of plague, black death and cholera responded to these reforms, and epidemics declined throughout the 1800s, long before the advent of vaccination. Even the CDC reported in 1999 that infectious diseases declined in the past century due to improvements in sanitation, water and hygiene. Vaccination against whooping cough, diphtheria, measles and polio all occurred only at the very end of the life cycle of each epidemic, exposing the fallacy of the claim that vaccination ended epidemics.13

The only exception to this decline in epidemic disease is smallpox, which, contrary to all we have been taught, actually increased with the advent of mandatory vaccination and decreased only after an organized uprising by parents and doctors forced European governments to end their mandatory vaccination programs.14 Even though the World Health Organization claims credit for the eradication of smallpox worldwide through vaccination, the fact is that smallpox declined in countries around the world whether the population had been vaccinated or not. As Dr. Glen Dittman said in 1986, "It is pathetic and ludicrous to say we vanquished smallpox with vaccines, when only 10 percent of the population were ever vaccinated."

Vaccination Charts

Big Business Creates Pressure to Vaccinate

The children of the United States represent the most highly vaccinated population in the world. Millions of dollars are provided by the multi-national pharmaceuticals to create front organizations like "All Kids Count" and "Immunization Action Coalition," groups with friendly, neutral names that disguise the pharmaceutical funding behind their mandate to promote vaccination. Vaccines produce billions of dollars a year for the drug companies, in part because the federal government funds massive vaccination drives by buying vaccines with our tax dollars and then giving state health departments millions of dollars with the goal of achieving 100 percent vaccine compliance. If they fail, the money can be withdrawn from the state. The result of all of this money available to state health authorities is enormous pressure applied to the schools, which in turn pressure parents by requiring proof of vaccination for entry into school at every level of a child’s development.


Yet resistance to the mandatory vaccination schedule is growing and millions of parents are questioning both the underlying science of vaccination and expressing concerns about side effects. A 2003 study found that 93 percent of pediatricians and 60 percent of family physicians reported at least one family that had refused a vaccine for their child.

When a parent chooses to limit or opt out of the vaccination schedule, a wide variety of official responses have been reported ranging from no difficulties at all, to the opposite extreme, official threats of medical child neglect charges. It is an unfortunate fact that parents who decline vaccination have been thrown out of their doctors’ offices and children have been refused entry into school. In extreme cases, officials have charged parents with medical child neglect and forced them to go to court to retain the right to raise their child.15 Parents receiving benefits such as welfare, food aid and medical care risk the loss of such aid when they wish to opt out of vaccination.

Yet it is also true that many parents experience no resistance from authorities with their right of vaccination refusal unchallenged, as long as they follow the various state laws for exemption.

How To Opt Out

Since this short article cannot examine every vaccine, if you have questions about a specific vaccine, please see the footnotes and recommended reading list at the end of this article to help you decide which, if any, vaccines you feel are safe for your child. While vaccines may be "mandated" by the CDC, they are not "legally required." No one has the legal authority to vaccinate your child against your wishes.

If the birth will take place in a hospital, you can amend the medical treatment forms or your birth plan, and clearly state that you do not want any vaccines for your baby while in the hospital. You should also communicate your request verbally with the staff on all shifts, either yourself or by having your spouse or advocate communicate your wishes clearly and directly.

Once your child is born, the pressure to vaccinate comes from two sources--medical authorities and school authorities. Medically, you are free to make any decision at any time you feel is best regarding your child’s vaccination schedule. However, if you opt out of vaccination, many doctors may lie about vaccines being mandatory or frighten you with exaggerated statistics about the dangers of not vaccinating and refuse to treat your child. Unfortunately, the "bread and butter" of pediatric practice are the many "well baby" visits that include vaccination throughout your child’s development.16

However, it is the entry into day care or school that triggers the need for legal exemptions. There are three types of exemptions--philosophical, medical and religious. There are medical exemptions in all 50 states, religious exemptions in all but two states (West Virginia and Mississippi), and philosophical exemptions in 16 states. You can check the laws for your particular state at or

Private schools have their own rules and may reject children that have not been vaccinated. Public schools, however, are required by law to accept your exemption, when properly prepared according to the laws of your state. Home schooling sidesteps the issue entirely.

Once you check the laws for your particular state, you can choose the exemption type that is best for your situation. It is very important to submit the appropriate paperwork to the school so that your refusal to vaccinate cannot be interpreted as parental neglect. A philosophical exemption generally requires a short letter simply stating that you object to vaccination. The religious exemption also requires a letter, but some states stipulate that you actually belong to, and are a practicing member of, a religion that specifically objects to vaccination. The medical exemption is usually the most difficult to obtain because doctors are subject to review and censure by state medical authorities when they grant exemptions. In some cases medical exemptions may be obtained from the school nurse--and are often easier to obtain than from a physician.

Happily, simply signing and submitting the exemption is generally all that is needed. Some exemption letters must be notarized or drafted as a signed affidavit. And some School Immunization Records have an exemption section on the form itself, that you simply fill out. Here is an example for California: For examples of exemption letters for all possible scenarios and all states see

When discussing your decision to opt out, it is best to remain calm, courteous and diplomatic, even in the face of ignorance or resistance from authorities. Do not enter into arguments with authorities and draw attention to your decision. There is no need to attach documents to your exemption proving evidence of the problems with vaccination or explaining your reasons for opting out--you simply want an exemption for your child. If you encounter belligerent or arrogant authorities who intimidate you with threats of sending you to jail or taking your child away, try to sidestep their resistance in a non-confrontational manner and leave the situation as soon as possible. If you run into this kind of resistance, you should put your wishes in writing, escalate your exemption request to someone above that official, and demand a written response. You’ll be surprised how quickly resistance from authorities can fade once they must put their illegal statements and intimidations in writing.17

Above all, remember that no authority has the legal right to vaccinate your child without your permission. Should they do so, they open themselves up to legal liability and you have all the resources of the law behind you. While you may experience resistance, they are breaking the law, not you. Do not be coerced or intimidated into vaccinating your child--it is your choice and your right to do what you feel is best.

Naturally Derived Immunity

Those of us involved in the Weston A. Price organization have an intimate understanding of the lies and distortions that various government and corporate forces use to control our food choices. The grassroots Campaign for Real Milk started with research into the facts of the situation, analyzed how the media and agribusiness distorted the true history of raw and pasteurized milk, the organized a drive for freedom of choice, and supported the farmers committed to producing raw milk.

It is these same kinds of distortions and propaganda regarding drugs and vaccines that are sometimes overlooked in the natural food community. The doctor who tells parents that raw milk will give their child TB is the same doctor who assures parents that vaccines are safe, effective and nothing to be concerned about.

We know that children of the many cultures that Weston Price studied needed no vaccination--they grew up vibrant, healthy and strong, able to fight off infectious disease as long as they maintained their original, native diets. Should a child be in any danger from an infectious disease, we have many powerful tools available to us--nutrient-dense healing foods along with homeopathy, acupuncture, herbalism and naturopathy, all systems of earth-based healing that take into account the full well being of the whole person to restore and maintain true health.

The recent avalanche of drug scandals exposing death and injury from drugs fully approved by the FDA demonstrates harm far greater than specific problems with individual drugs. Western medicine operates under the assumption that synthetic, genetically engineered drugs and vaccines heal the sick and protect the young from disease, an assumption that parents are expected to accept without question. But when it comes to your child, you are the expert most qualified to decide what is best for your child, using your intelligence and common sense in the same way we fight for our right for real food.


Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? by Neil Z. Miller, 2002. Check his website for additional books,

National Vaccination Information Center, Check for recommended reading.

Immunization, The Reality Behind the Myth, by Walene James, 1995.

Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows that Vaccines Represent a medical Assault on the Immune System, by Viera Scheibner, PhD., 1007, New Atlantean Press, (505) 983-1856.

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctors, by Robert Mendelsohn, MD.



The mercury-autism connection has surfaced to the public’s attention with the publication of "Deadly Immunity," by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in the July issue of Rolling Stone magazine, simultaneous with publication in Salon. Kennedy describes a Center for Disease Control and Prevention meeting held June 2000 at which CDC epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten presented evidence to industry and government officials that thimerosal, the mercury-based preservative in vaccines, was responsible for the epidemic of autism in America’s children. Instead of taking immediate steps to alert the public and rid the vaccine supply of thimerosal, the attendees spent the rest of the meeting discussing ways to cover up the damaging data.

Subsequently, powerful friends in Congress have tried to protect vaccine manufacturers with legislation to shield them from more than 4000 pending lawsuits. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has received $837,000 in contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, quietly slipped a rider known as the "Eli Lilly Protection Act" into the homeland security bill. The measure was repealed by Congress in 2003 but earlier this year, Frist slipped another provision into an anti-terrorism bill that would deny compensation to children suffering from vaccine-related brain disorders. "The lawsuits are of such magnitude that they could put vaccine producers out of business and limit our capacity to deal with a biological attack by terrorists," says Andy Olsen, a legislative assistant to Frist.

More than 500,000 children suffer from autism, with 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. The disease was unknown until 1943, when it was identified and diagnosed among eleven children born after thimerosal was first added to baby vaccines in 1931.
The CDC counters parental anger and negative publicity by citing studies that vindicate thimerosal, studies opponents claim are doctored and highly suspect. "You couldn’t even construct a study that shows thimerosal is safe," says Dr. Boyd Haley, one of the world’s authorities on mercury toxicity and head of the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. "It’s just too darn toxic. If you inject thimerosal into an animal, its brain will sicken. If you apply it to living tissue, the cells die. If you put it in a petri dish, the culture dies. Knowing these things, it would be shocking if one could inject it into an infant without causing damage."

Internal documents reveal that Eli Lilly, which first developed thimerosal, knew from the start that its product could cause damage. Yet the lure of profits proved greater than the company’s concern for the public. Thimerosal enables the pharmaceutical industry to package vaccines in vials that contain multiple doses. The larger vials cost half as much to produce as smaller, single-dose vials, and are needed to make in mass vaccination programs cost effective.

The introduction of thimerosal into vaccines coincided with an increase in the number of vaccines given to children. Infants who receive all their vaccines, plus boosters, by the age of six months are exposed to levels of ethylmercury, injected directly into the bloodstream, 187 times greater than the EPAs limit for daily exposure to methylmercury, a related neurotoxin.

Kennedy describes a burgeoning scandal that has the potential to bring down the pharmaceutical industry. To read his article, see


  • Wait until the child is at least 2 years old.
  • Do not give more than one vaccination at a time.
  • Never vaccinate when the child is sick.
  • Be sure that the vaccines are thimerosal-free.
  • Supplement the child with extra cod liver oil, vitamin C and B12 before each shot.
  • Obtain a medical exemption if the child has had a bad reaction to a vaccination before or if there is a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, convulsions or neurological disorders, severe allergies and/or immune system disorders.


  1. Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccination Information Center, Nevada County, California, has the highest percentage of unvaccinated children in the state of California, providing a perfect setting for this simple study.
  2. For their excellent collection of hundreds of peer reviewed, published articles on the dangers, side effects, and inefficacy of vaccination, see Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System, by Viera Scheibner, Ph.D., 1997. Available from New Atlantean Press, 505-983-1856. See also any of the excellent books by Neil Z. Miller, including Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?, 2002. Check his website for additional books,
  3. Even Dr. Jonas Salk who developed the first polio vaccine admitted under oath that most cases of polio in the USA since 1961 were actually caused by the vaccine.
  4. David Kessler, " Introducing MedWatch: A new approach to reporting medication and device adverse effect and product problems," Journal of American Medical Association, July 2, 1993, 269(21): 2765–68.
  5. As the deaths followed one after another in March and April 2003, headlines read "First death: Nurse dies after smallpox vaccination"; "Second worker dies of heart attack after smallpox vaccination"; and "Coroner rules [smallpox] vaccinations contributed to reservist’s death." (An internet search easily reveals these articles.) Yet, by June 2003, mainstream media articles were not only ignoring the earlier deaths, they continued to use the old, inaccurate figures of one or two deaths per million rather than the newly updated, more truthful numbers that had become apparent during this vaccination program.
  6. Merck & Co. 1993 product insert for Recombivax HB.
  7. 1997 Illinois Board of Health hearing, The Congressional Quarterly, August 25, 2000, pg. 647.
  8. Barthelo Classen, M.D., CEO of Classen Immunotherapies Inc. Epidemiologic study in the New Zealand Medical Journal, 1996.
  9. See for more detailed information about the dangers and risks of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
  10. National Vaccination Information Center,; Think Twice Global Vaccine Institute,
  11. See,
  12. The concept that epidemic diseases were ended by sanitation reforms is reinforced when natural disasters destroy sanitation systems and roads, bringing epidemic diseases with the collapse of the infrastructure. Vaccination does not end these epidemics – only the restoration of basic services restores health.
  13. See charts showing the decline of epidemics in my article "Smallpox Vaccine has the Pox",, July/August 2003.
  14. For an in-depth study of the unscientific and fraudulent development of the smallpox vaccine, see my article referenced in footnote 13.
  15. See Immunization, The Reality Behind the Myth, by Walene James, 1995, Chapter 10 "Appointment with Tyranny" for a story of a court battle over the right to not vaccinate in 1981.
  16. See How To Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctors, by Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. for an excellent resource on parenting without vaccination.
  17. Dr. Joseph Mercola has written an excellent article that details how to handle resistance in your state: How to Legally Avoid Unwanted Immunizations of All Kinds,
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2005.

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written by Jordana, Nov 07 2013
In the paragraph, Vaccinations prevent real immunity, I think there is a typo??? "are injected directly into the bloodstream"
Vaccines are not injected directly into the bloodstream, otherwise babies and children would die from the aluminum. But they are injected subcutaneoulsy and intra-muscularly. There have been no studies that look at how much are how little of what is injected SC or IM is absorbed into the blood stream at one time though.
written by Joshua Rogers, Oct 15 2013
This is sad on a lot of levels. Not only do people not question getting vaccinations, but they DO question anything that might disrupt their positive view of vaccinations, however scientific it is. Its a pretty big problem.
written by vanessa perez, Sep 05 2013
It's not fair that the nurses just lie for the could vaccinating you.People or nurses don't like when they have a disease because some people die over the time.I decided to not give vaccines for the first 2 year at least since the baby's immune system and liver are still immature.That right there will help reduce the number of vaccines. One doctor told me that my child was a sitting duck for any of the illnesses that we have vaccines for and that I would have to keep him in a bubble, guess what I did not keep him in a bubble and my child is now 1 year of age and he has never been sick, not even a sniffle, he is the picture of perfect health and an gorgeous little personality as well.Also,I will not allow the new vaccines or any i didn't receive, like cancer. i had chicken pox and i am sure my immune system is better because of it. thanks for your advice.
Vaccination, injuries and immune system.
written by Richard S.C., Aug 27 2013
Two comments. Corey, there is a complete data base of people who are awarded money from a US govt taxpayer fund set up. You can not sue the drug companies for vaccine injuries.
Joshua Smith, Med student: The problem with the vaccines and harming the immune system is the 'main' ingredient, it is the neurotoxins like formaldehyde, MSG, thimerosal... that weakens the body.

For those and many other reasons i do not vaccinate. I understand the power of the human nerve system and focus on a strong immune system. The intelligence that created us is far better than what man can create in regards to growth and health/healing.

Dr. Richard
written by Christina Waldman, May 02 2013
Corey asks for scientific evidence that vaccines harm children. Endnote 2 above mentioned Dr. Viera Scheibner's book, "Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research," so this isn't a new topic. To find scientific studies on vaccine safety, you can go to and look up "vaccine research." The first one listed, the Cochrane Review, is well respected. Its ultimate conclusion is that adequate safety studies have never been done on MMR.

Here is New York Law School Professor Mary Holland's paper showing the US Vaccine Court has been settling vaccine-autism/related injury cases for some time. (download) or go directly here:
Mary Holland is the co-author with Louise Habakus of the book "Vaccine Epidemic." She believes her autistic son is vaccine-injured.

There are two lists here: the smaller one has over thirty articles.

Neil Z. Miller's "Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Parents and Health Practitioners" with foreword by Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurologist explaining how vaccines can damage children's brains through inflammation, is helpful.

Here is a recent Italian article, F. Manzotti et al, "Partial Third Nerve Palsy after Measles Mumps Rubella Vaccination," Ital J Pediatr. 2010; 36: 59.

Yes, there are studies that purport to "prove" that "vaccines do not cause autism," but all they really say is that those particular studies do not show the connection. I do not think anyone can deny that vaccines can damage children. Otherwise there would not be a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Court (See Mary Holland's article above.) A small subset of children are more vulnerable than others. The very young, those who have been ill or on antibiotics, those who do not process mercury out of their systems well, those who have the common mitochondrial disorder that Hannah Poling has, those who have had a bad vaccine reaction already, those who are allergic to one or more of the vaccine ingredients, all are more at risk of vaccine injury.

Andrew J. Wakefield's book, "Callous Disregard, Vaccines and Autism, the Truth Behind a Tragedy" (Skyhorse Pub. NY 2010) is well-documented. "Silent Witnesses" Vols. I and II, ed. Martin Walker, written by the parents of children who became autistic after their MMR in the UK in the late 80's and 90's, are compelling (

just a mother
written by Bonnie , Apr 26 2013
My daughter is 15...never had a needle. We supplement with homeopathics when she's not feeling well and boost her immunity naturally. Vaccines are the drug companies way of making more money and cause no proven affect that we are better off WITH vaccination.
written by Corey, Apr 24 2013
I read through the article that relates to vaccinations, and was disappointed by the lack of scientific proof used to disclaim the vaccination of children. I would have thought that making such an important decision to not vaccinate children would have been based on more than just common wives tales. I know that if I were to make this decision, I would want to base it on scientific fact. Much of the information relating to the immunological basis of vaccinations was inaccurate and misleading to the general public, who themselves do not understand the intricacies of mounting immune responses and the like. While it was claimed that there is insufficient evidence to prove the effectiveness of vaccines, the writer at no point provided statistical and scientific evidence to disprove the effectiveness of vaccinating children. Instead a list of common 'stories' were sited, claiming them to be factual proof of the 'DANGER' of vaccines. I am of the belief that the negative effects of not vaccinating, far outweigh the negative effects of vaccinating. However, I am happy to be proven wrong in light of the most recent scientific evidence.
written by Thomasu, Mar 12 2013
We have Vaccinated our child for most compulsory Vaccinations and at the time I was just an ordinary father with no information apart from the occasional rumour and news article.
We trusted the Doctors and I am now concerned that perhaps we have been bad parents as we did not ask the right questions and go to research the facts or look at both sides.
What changed? My parents death from Cancer in 2010 within 3 months of each other.
Ages under 71. The motivation and duty I felt as an oldest son and carer to help in any way I can.
Over 2 years of independent research and looking at causes of Cancer and alternate treatments as well as the conspiracies surrounding the Cancer Industry.
We are in Australia, only a small population of over 22 million people.
We are not in China and did not need the U N and US to suggest the introduction of population control such as the One Child policy. So this would have been totally out of imagination and insane if someone had suggested it here.

Unfortunately, this is the case Globally, this goes along with the Agenda 21 our former PM had signed during 1988 period from recollection.
The problem with us the people is that we often view the world in restricted vision and in addition we are thought to be trustworthy and compliant.
When we are presented with conspiracy theories we often just brush them aside as utter nonsense and some crazy fools or mental retards delusions. We do not even investigate the possibility as we are too busy with our every day financial and survival needs. We would rather watch movies and get away from life s realities.
We as the people are on a “need to know basis”, often the things we need to know are never presented by the political parties that we elect as our representatives.
Vaccinations and Immunisations fit into this category, unfortunately there does not seem to be any independent research or organisation appointed by the Governments to check the information that is presented by the Chemical and Pharmaceutical companies and often they are biased by financial and profit concerns not by health concerns in many cases. The Governments work as corporations as do the Doctors and often take the information on face value. When the bottom line is presented as royalties, employment, financial and stock market and Tax dollars they often do not even ask are there any side effects?
World Health Organisation Statistics seem to indicate that Cancer rates globally are higher in countries with more Immunisations and Vaccinations, Autism and infant death seems to follow the trend as well.
It would be unfair to blame only one cause for the Cancer rates. As it seems to be the case of “add on” or “multiplier effect”. The safe acceptable limits for Toxic substances and diverse health effects are greatly exceeded when we take into account the fact that we are bombarded with every day toxins while using every day items and foods as well as the environmental factors such as pollutants.
Accidental or by design? You have to make your own mind up as we have had world population control agendas and plans since 1930. Coincidentally we have known how to create and infect healthy test rodents and rabbits with cancer sine that period as there were Nobel prize winners as far back as 1930 to 1932 that have made discoveries regarding Cancer.
So why have Cancer rates increased by a stated figure of 500% in the last 100 years and last year it was said to be expected to increase by a further 72% by the year 2020?
I think you have misunderstood the concept of a vaccination.
written by Joshua Smith, Feb 13 2013
Where you state that vaccinations 'bypass the natural immune system', this is completely false. Most vaccinations given are an attenuated form of the disease. This means that the body is infected but with a harmless form. The body still produces antibodies and reacts accordingly so that next time it meets the real virus it can protect itself. Therefore the body still maintains its immune system and is in no way weakened. I just thought I should clear this up for people who are putting their children at risk in fear that they might not be as healthy as they grow up.

Joshua Smith - Medical Student
written by J, Jul 14 2011
•Wait until the child is at least 2 years old. Check!
•Do not give more than one vaccination at a time. Check!
•Never vaccinate when the child is sick. Check!
•Be sure that the vaccines are thimerosal-free. Check!
•Supplement the child with extra cod liver oil, vitamin C and B12 before each shot. Thank you for this information. I knew about vitamin C but not B12 or CLO.
We have chosen several very carefully and prayerfully selected vaccines for our son. He has received 2 doses of one and one of a third for a total of 5 shots in his whole life. We eat as much organic as possible (about 80-90% I'd say) and do other things to improve our health and he is a very healthy little one. I'm comfortable with my choice. For some who have severe reactions it makes sense not to vaccinate but from my research (going from both ends of the spectrum over the past 6 years) I'm comfortable with a selective and delayed schedule.
Thank you for this information!
written by Lynn, Jun 30 2011
I have a 4 year old whom received two doses of the DTP, not on schedule, I was pressured into getting it for her from my parents and I finally cracked when she was 10 months I believe....We do have a lot of reported cases of whooping cough in our area in the winter (is there anyway I can find out if the cases reported last year were un-vaccinated persons or vaccinated?) I am concerned for my now 7 month old as we will be in a day care setting in the fall...I have been debating back and forth about this vaccination, because like I said there are many cases here in the winter and I couldn't bare if either of my children got it...I was going to ask the doctor's for the titier's test (not sure the spelling on that, it's pronounced teeter I believe - our holistic dr. told us about the blood test that will show us what the girls have antibodies for already)...Also, I heard there were holistic vaccinations that are much safer, is this true? I forgot to ask our holistic dr. last visit. I also heard that they are trying to change the law about claiming it's a personal religious belief so that you will have to vaccinate your child - is this true? What then? I'm so worried on this subject, I believe vaccinations are no good but at the same time what if my child get's what they could have been vaccinated against...I have no idea which vaccinations to get, what to do.... :/
Thank you
written by Sue, Apr 03 2011
For such a well written article.

Because I myself had a severe adverse effect from a Vaccine as an adult (brushed off by my Doctor as in no way being caused by the vaccine I had one week earlier by the way) which I just happened to have a few months after the birth of my child, this led me to question what was in the vaccines and if this could happen to me this could happen to my child.

Because of this incident I chose to do in depth research into the issue including reading books written by doctors on the real side effects of vaccines and the cocktail of toxins that are included into each and every one of them as well as reading as much information and sorting through hundreds of articles written by doctors.

After researching this literally for months on end my partner and I who are educated people in our 30's, decided that we would hold off on the vaccines which had extremely suspect ingredients like Mercury, Formaldehyde, Squalene, Bovine Sero and Aluminium, to mention a few.

One doctor told me that my child was a sitting duck for any of the illnesses that we have vaccines for and that I would have to keep him in a bubble, guess what I did not keep him in a bubble and my child is now 1 year of age and he has never been sick, not even a sniffle, he is the picture of perfect health and an gorgeous little personality as well.

It is clear to me that the safety of vaccines is limited and is not done by independant researches but by those connected to the vaccine industry, when you choose to vaccinate your child, you are very well saying yes experiment on my infant. No thank you.

At the end of the day the proof for me is in the fact that my son has not had one single sniffle, cold, ear infection or any other health problem since birth.

Do you think this is a coincidence? How can it be, when every other child that has been vaccinated is suffering from colds and worse, ear infections, febrile seizures and have people not even realised that there could be a link between the high instances of allergies to peanuts, egg and wheat thesedays, you dont hear of anyone doing research into it, why is that? Perhaps they may find out vaccines were one of the causes, it would not surprise me at all.

Pro vaccination groups love to state that Dr Wakefield's study was discredited well funny thing is if you start looking into it, you realise that there are other doctors in Europe that had come up with similar findings. But your local media outlet will not report on that, you will only find that information should you research as long and hard as I did.

All I can say is, do your own research, talk to people that have children that are not vaccinated, see how healthy and well they are, most likely than not its because those parents also understand what true health is, it is not eating a junk food diet then turning to junk medicine to save you after you do everything to poison yourself. Eat well and reduce sugar intake, eat fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs with your foods, and drink water not soda, get sunlight on your skin, fresh air and you will be and feel wellness.

written by CF, Nov 07 2010
I've read the first half dozen sections and am disappointed by the lack of cross-references made available in the end-notes. A number of the claims are not supported by any end-note, and has caused me to doubt the credibility of the claims.
written by Elena Novak, Jul 29 2010
Hello! This is a response to the comment posted by jimsepa, Feb. 10th 2010. As a Registered Nurse I would like to give you a little insight on how vaccinations are administered and how our body works. You don't have to put a needle into a major blood vessel such as a jugular vein or aorta in order to inject something into the blood stream. Yes, vaccinations are indeed injected directly into the blood stream because our tissues (such as muscles and deep layers of skin) are supplied by blood supply via tiny capillaries. How do you think a diabetic gets insulin from a subcutaneous (into a skin layer) shot? Most vaccinations are intramuscular, which means that they are injected even deeper than insulin. I hope you can now see how vaccinations find their way directly into the bloodstream. The article did not present you with any misinformation in this respect and the author's as well as the Foundation's credibility is still very much intact and strong.

I am in complete agreement with you that Polio is a devastating disease and no child should ever suffer from it or any other disease for that matter. However, there is nothing wrong with citing a 7 year old research article about a disease epidemic that took place in the United States in the 1950's. Your comment about the "peer reviewed" quality of the article doesn't stand the ground (in my humble opinion) because the author has provided you with seventeen references from brilliant MDs and scientists whose work has been reviewed and studied by thousands.

Personally, I don't know why Polio cases in Nigeria are increasing, but I wouldn't be so quick to come to a conclusion (peer reviewed or not) that this is happening because the government made a decision to not vaccinate children. There are many other factors in life that play a role in the disease process. Nutrition is a rather big one. If you feel passionate about the healthacare issues in Nigeria, you may find it useful and educational to look into the quality of food, the quality of aid, and the quality of soil and other resources these children are provided. You may very well find some real connections from that information to the disease itself. I hope this helps you on your quest for the truth.
written by Elena Novak, Jun 15 2010
To Chris: Disease of Europe or Diet?
The natives were definetely strong, robust people until their world was invaded by the european civilization (that's really the plague - the Europeans- that wiped them out). Once their traditional foods were compromised, their immunity was compromised. Their spirits were broken in the process as well. This is happening to many small societies all over the world to this day. Look at the story of Pocahontas hundreds of years ago... she ended up in the European society and dead in her mid twenties... Weston Price has written about many accounts of vanishing traditional societies due to their exposure to nutrient-poor foods in his book (Nutrition and Physical Degeneration). The fact that many natives vanished has nothing to do with vaccinations, which remain ineffective and never proven safe. The key to strong bodies and strong immunity is in nutrition not in vaccinations. I hope this helps.
written by virginia, May 19 2010
i have decided to not give vaccines for the first 2 years at least since the baby's immune system and liver are still immature. that right there will help reduce the number of vaccines. i will do a partial vaccination schedule but i'll follow your advice under "if you must vaccinate". also, i will not allow the new vaccines or any i didn't receive, like varicella. i had chicken pox and i am sure my immune system is better because of it. thanks for your advice.
Disease of Europe or Diet?
written by Chris, May 17 2010
If vaccinations weren't needed and everything could most likely be fought off by a strong immunity, then how come the native americans were virtually wiped out? Vaccinations probably would have saved their lives. Europeans had immunity to those specific diseases. So should we immunize against foreign diseases? I would be very curious to hear someones take on why the robust Natives fell to these diseases. Could the natives have adapted European's love for flours, wheats, and sugars, while facing the threat of their diseases now with a compromised immunity? Please share thoughts.
Great article.
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written by Lucy, May 03 2010
Excellent article. I would like to point out that if a previous commenter had done some light research they would have learned that the rise of polio in Nigeria is in fact due to the polio vaccine.
Peanut oil is GRAS and does not have to be listed in pharmaceuticals
written by barb, Apr 04 2010
There is a new book "The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic" by Heather Fraser. Heather is a historian and mother of a child who has the fatal peanut allergy.

The World Health Organization, the FDA, and many other government health agencies decided that highly refined peanut oil is GRAS (generally recognized as safe) and can be used as an ingredient in pharmaceuticals without having to list it on the package insert. Furthermore, neither the manufacturer nor the government will tell you if the vaccine or injectible vitamin you are using contains peanut oil because it is protected by trade secret legislation.

We have a peanut allergy epidemic among our vaccinated children. 1 in 125 have a possibly fatal peanut allergy.
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written by Shelly, Feb 25 2010
I hope there is an article or response to my question and I would appreciate if it could be forwarded to my email.

I would like to know if/how you can "detox" or remove any residual vaccines/ingredients from your body.
Unfortunately, I was pressured (by Doctors, nurses & especially my husband) despite my best efforts, knowledge & education on the matter of vaccines, when my now 4 yr old was born, to vaccinate her in the state of MS. within hours/ actually minutes of her birth.
As well, she did receive some of the "required" vaccines up until she was 10 ms. old. I did try to limit the number of vaccines at her visits, but it was still excessive. I feel terribly guilty about this! Especially since I went against my beliefs on the subject.
Thankfully, she did not have any reaction (other than a mild fever) or adverse affect to my knowledge, but there are some behavior traits that I wonder would be present if I had stuck to my instincts. I have a 2 1/2 yr. old as well, and she has had 0 vaccines and she is so much more advanced in every area and her behavior is completely different than that of her sister. My 4 year old is extremely intelligent, smart, funny, healthy & happy, don't get me wrong, but there are a few things that I have noticed that make me wonder if they might be different if I hadn't vaccinated so early, or at all...
I understand that it could simply be a difference in personality traits, etc. or guilt ridden paranoia, etc.
Any information would be appreciated. Thank you!

ps. I also think it is unfair that the nurses use scare tactics to convince you (& my hubby) into vaccinating by telling you that they could "catch" Hep B while in the hospital) especially when it has already been voiced that you don't want to vaccinate.

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written by Tony Bateson, Jan 26 2010
This is the most lucid and succinct commentary I have ever read on these issues. Well done, thank you very much for putting a lot of information in one place where I can make ready reference to it when needed.

If you have any information about vaccine up-take figures and prevalence of autism especially for Nevada County, Calif I would be pleased to learn that. Thank you.

Tony Bateson, Oxford, UK.

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