Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children
By Louise K. Habakus and Mary Holland
Skyhorse Publishing, 2011
It has taken over fifteen years of independent world-wide research by concerned parents, doctors, scientists and lawyers to spearhead the growing and increasingly vocal citizens’ movement demanding full transparency and disclosure in all matters of vaccine development, safety concerns, government mandates and policies. Through the compelling voices of experts in ethics, law, science, medicine, business and history, Vaccine Epidemic insists that we seriously examine the many controversies surrounding this troubled subject, and provides ample documentation to spur us to act in our defense.
The exponential rise in numbers of children and others who suffer serious vaccine damage cannot be ignored, nor can the shameful lack of will of medical and governmental bodies to intervene in defense of those who have been or are at risk of harm. Instead, these same agencies have abdicated their roles as public safety defenders and have shielded vaccine manufacturers from scrutiny and legal repercussions from the damages their vaccines have caused. Vaccine Epidemic urges an honest and thorough assessment of both vaccination policy and safety.
Habakus and Holland examine these issues:
• The human right to vaccination choice.
• The ethics and constitutionality of vaccination mandates.
• Personal narratives of parents, children and soldiers who have suffered vaccine injury.
• Vaccine safety science and evidence-based medicine.
• Corrupting conflicts of interest in the national vaccine program.
• What should parents do? A review of eight advice books on vaccines that span the gamut.
The recognition of intrinsic human rights is a hallmark of democratic societies, and the right to accept or decline vaccination is one such fundamental human right. The authors cite a wealth of international and national standards that uphold this basic right, such as the Nuremberg Code, free and informed consent, medical autonomy, due process, the human rights revolution, and public health revolutions in sanitation, hygiene and antibiotics. In spite of these noble principles and codes of ethics, U.S. government vaccination policies flagrantly put children’s right to public education at risk as a consequence of their parents’ partial or full non-compliance in vaccination programs.
The concept of herd immunity is used to justify vaccination mandates. However, the book exposes the many flaws in this unproven theory. Habakus states, “What is most troubling about the theory of herd immunity is that the original basis for its validity has nothing to do with vaccines. People observed a protective effect in the community when a sufficiently high number of individuals contracted the wild form of a disease and secured lifelong immunity…In the 1930s and 1940s, health officials began using ‘techniques of mass persuasion’ and ‘aggressive salesmanship’ to increase the public’s compliance in receiving vaccinations.”
For herd immunity to dictate vaccination policy, the government must prove that unvaccinated individuals will harm those that are vaccinated. This has never been demonstrated. Interestingly, the book reveals that a large portion of children who suffer from many childhood diseases have been vaccinated against them!
Additionally, since the increase in the vaccination schedule for children and the corresponding rapid rise in levels of vaccine damage, there has been a lack of justice, including an absence of due process and appropriate compensation for victims. A moral society would not allow a dubious public policy based on the flawed principle of “the greater good” to continue to cause damage and death. Parents have the ultimate authority over their children’s medical interventions. Vaccination choice must prevail.
The tragedies described in this book represent the wide-ranging effect of careless vaccine development and mandates. I attended the American Rally for Personal Rights at Grant Park in Chicago in the Spring of 2010, during the week of the Autism One conference. I was awestruck and absolutely grief-stricken by the many stories of vaccination damage I heard. Vaccine Epidemic is the outgrowth of that powerful rally. I knew that each incomprehensible story represented hundreds of thousands of children, and thousands more yet to be harmed.
Contributing author Michael Belkin, former director of the Hepatitis B Vaccine Project of the National Vaccine Information Center explains, “If you doubt the existence of adverse reactions to vaccines, you must first examine with your own eyes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which is available and searchable online at www.medalerts.org. As of November 17, 2010, VAERS listed 352,650 reports of vaccine adverse events. Former FDA commissioner David Kessler wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that ‘only 1 percent of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA.’”
Belkin’s daughter died at five weeks of age after receiving the hepatitis B vaccination. As of March 11, 2011, the tally of “adverse events” has risen to 361,519, and is acknowledged to represent only 1 to 10 percent of the actual number of those harmed as a result of vaccination.
The story is repeated over and over—a healthy child is born, and after receiving recommended vaccinations which start on the day of birth, that child is never the same—is stricken with autism—or maybe dead. Those who recover are very fortunate, as many cannot overcome the effects of vaccine-induced encephalitis—brain inflammation—despite a comprehensive array of holistic therapies. Most terrifying are the stories of hopeless parents who take their damaged child’s life along with their own—those who can no longer carry the overwhelming and isolating burden of the care of their beloved.
Contributing author Amy Pingel chronicles her teenage daughter’s terrifying plunge from perfect health to dependence on a tracheostomy breathing tube and a feeding tube as a result of her severe reaction to the Gardasil vaccine. Her saga represents the result of the pervasive acceleration to develop more vaccines for older children and adults—vaccines that are pressed on the public by medical practitioners and the media. Yet there is little disclosure of their true risks.
Contributing author Air Force captain Richard Rovet, RN, insists that the enormous risks our servicemen take to defend our country should not include being used as guinea pigs for vaccine experimentation. Yet this is what is happening to our military personnel. In the Gulf War, more servicemen and servicewomen were damaged from the experimental vaccines than from the war itself. The truth about vaccines must be widely exposed.
Vaccine Epidemic exposes problematic issues about vaccine policy. A rigorous public challenge of these troubling practices must continue.
• Why have pharmaceutical companies recently focused on expanding the vaccine market?
• Why are so many vaccines given a quick stamp of approval from the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and recommended to virtually all children?
• Why are the government and media allowed to exhibit bias and a lack of accountability for problems in the vaccine safety and policy?
• Why is forced vaccination for foster children allowed in the U.S.? When parents decline vaccination, how can they be charged with vaccination, how can they be charged with “medical neglect” and risk the forced removal of their children?
• Why aren’t vaccine ingredients and dangers clearly and openly disclosed?
• While doctors are sworn to adhere to the Hippocratic oath, “Do no harm,” why are problems with vaccine safety ignored by the majority of today’s medical practitioners?
• Why has independent, peer-reviewed research demonstrating the problems with vaccine safety been ignored and systematically suppressed?
Finally, the book moves us to action. “The American Academy of Pediatrics and its spokespeople are suggesting the abolition of philosophical and religious exemption rights. They have a lot of influential support behind them—the pharmaceutical industry, public health, government and media. We are in crisis. You can expect more federally recommended vaccines to be added to the schedule…more vaccines of unproven safety to reach the market… more efforts to dismiss vaccine injury…unless we change course, these projections will likely become reality.”
Things you can do now:
• Take a stand and sign the petition supporting vaccination choice at www.centerforpersonalrights.org. Donate to support their work.
• Stay informed—join the Center’s mailing list.
• Reach out—share and recommend the book, which is available on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere. More information is available at www.vaccineepidemic.com.
• Attend an event, and offer to sponsor one in your community.
Health freedom is an inalienable right. Whether it is food freedom or vaccination choice—it is one and the same issue. Just as we seek higher quality in our food choices, we demand honesty and free choice in all public policies that can affect our health. We must stand together and demand what is ours already—nothing less will do, for ourselves and our children.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2011.