The Greater Good
Written by Leslie Manookian
Produced by Leslie Manookian, Kendall Nelson, Chris Pilaro
The Greater Good puts a very human face on the vaccine controversy by looking at several children who started having serious problems just after receiving a vaccine or cluster of vaccines. There is an autistic boy whose most neutral facial expression shows constant pain, almost torment. There is a girl who was an active cheerleader and straight A student but has started getting F’s and barely has the energy to walk. Her kitchen table is filled with drugs she has to take every day, some of them are really wicked like methotrexate (chemo drug). This started after she had the Gardasil vaccine. She said she would rather have cancer. Some children have not survived.
If you are wondering why there are so many conflicting claims about vaccines, The Greater Good should give you a few clues. First we see Paul Offit, MD, Chief, Division of Infectious Disease, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He tells us that history teaches that vaccines are effective and rarely have side effects.
Then we see Lawrence Palevsky, MD, a pediatrician who states that the science is not there to say that vaccines are safe. He also brings up the questionable Hepatitis B vaccine mandate in New York in 1991. This is odd because newborns are not at risk for Hepatitis B. Next Dr. Diane Harper points out that there is a greater chance of death by motor vehicle than by cervical cancer. Is there a vaccine for automobile accidents yet? Maybe I shouldn’t give the pharmaceutical companies ideas.
Dr. Offit claims there is no epidemic rise in autism and other neurological or behavioral disorders. Dr. Palevsky invites you to ask any school counselor, teacher or principal. They will tell you there is a clear rise in these problems. I asked my mom, who is a school teacher, and she agrees that there has been a rise in problems. Bill Maher has noticed something going on, as we see in his comment: “Fifty years ago children didn’t even get type 2 diabetes. Now it’s an emerging epidemic as are a long list of ailments which used to be rare and have now been mainstreamed. Things like asthma, autism, acid reflux, arthritis, allergies, adult acne, and attention deficit disorder. And that’s just the A’s.”
Dr. Palevsky has taken a look at the ingredients in vaccines and found things like mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, antibiotics, and preservatives like polysorbate 80. He said no one has looked at how a human body processes those chemicals. I don’t think he was talking about all of them because I’m pretty sure things like mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum have been looked at and they aren’t good. Dr. Chris Shaw, neuroscience researcher has done animal studies that are very clear about vaccine effects and they are not good.
Mark Feinberg, MD, PhD, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Policy for Merck & Company, says “We are very committed to the safety of our products…” Blah, blah, blah. I wonder how much he was paid to say that. A clip from CNBC shows Governor Perry of Texas trying to mandate the Gardasil vaccine for cervical cancer in that state but the state legislature overturned it. Dr. Palevsky is shown attending a protest rally in New Jersey where four more vaccines were recently required for children to get into school.
Why is the principle of informed consent being violated by governments around the country? Well, here’s a clue. Pharmaceutical companies spent more money on bribing, I mean lobbying, in the last decade than anybody, including the oil or insurance industries. Along those lines, Perry has ties to Merck. Specifically, one of Merck’s lobbyists in Texas is Perry’s former chief of staff.
Dr. Offit has an interesting perspective. He says, “Sadly, some people don’t do what’s best for them unless it’s mandated.” He says he wishes he could find some better word than “mandated” because it just doesn’t sit well with us. My translation of that is that you are too stupid to know what is good for you so you should let the arrogant overlords decide for you. And the overlords wish they could find a way to force you to do things without you realizing you’re being forced. But he’s not done yet. He goes on to say, “The problem is that we’re a country that’s founded on the notion of individual rights and freedoms. . .” I don’t even need to translate that very much. For the vaccine pushers, freedom is a problem. The idiots who founded this country didn’t know what they were doing.
Glenn Ivey, state attorney for Maryland’s Prince George’s County, apparently is on the same page as Offit. When around twelve hundred parents didn’t get their kids vaccinated in time for school, he issued an ultimatum. “We can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way, but it’s gonna have to get done.” I thought I saw a swastika in the background but that may have just been the power of suggestion. I did see heavily armed police with dogs at the courthouse where the vaccine violators were ordered to appear to make amends. The message I get from that is that you will let the Maryland mafia help you and protect you, or they will beat you senseless.
The film provides even more samples of contradictory information from the vaccine pushers. Melinda Wharton, MD, of the CDC says, “I deeply believe that vaccines are the best choice for almost all children.” Dr. Offit says there are six studies that show mercury from vaccines is not a problem. Dr. Palevsky says the majority of vaccine research is paid for by the vaccine manufacturers. The government says that eighteen thousand reports of adverse reactions from vaccines are a coincidence. Dr. Offit says it doesn’t matter what people say, just what the (industry funded) studies say.
A pattern is emerging here. Everyone who defends vaccines has a vested interest in doing so, including Dr. Paul Offit, co-inventer of a rotavirus vaccine. The defenders point to all the studies the industry has helpfully provided. Dr. Offit sees no problem with conflict of interest and I will admit it is hard to see something if you don’t look for it. It’s even harder if you really don’t want to see it. If you understand that conflict of interest is always a problem then everything becomes pretty clear. If you don’t, you’re doomed to remain confused. The message of the movie is not that vaccines are all bad all the time but that we really need to do some honest science based on facts and not on industry propaganda or political bullying. I hope the Maryland mafia doesn’t break my thumb if I point it UP for this.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2012.