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EDITORIAL COMMENT: Is this some sort of a "Final Solution" to the problems of over-population; a more subtle format than the concentration camps of Nazi Germany? According to the FDA/CVM 'statistics', which they admit are only the tip of the iceberg as to what they receive in the way of ADE [adverse drug reaction] reports, the CANINE HOLOCAUST has been well underway and shows no signs of slowing down; the HUMAN HOLOCAUST is currently being exposed in the news.
IS THIS REALLY "AMERICA" ? Has the "land of the free and the home of the brave" become a giant medical laboratory, reaping MEGA BUCKS while reducing the population of both pets and people and receiving "immunity" while doing it? I don't know the answer here, but it certainly merits giving some very serious thought to before it's way too late!
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 14:41:33 -0500
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kathi Williams)
Subject: [NVIC] Anti-Terror Bill Unconstitutional
for immediate release
February 4, 2005
NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER CALLS “ANTI-TERROR” BILL “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”
Washington, D.C. – The nation’s largest and oldest consumer-led vaccine safety organization, the National Vaccine Information Center, is calling a bill introduced into Congress by Senators Gregg and Frist entitled “Protecting America in the War on Terror Act of 2005” (S.3) as an “assault on the Constitution” and a serious threat to protecting the health and informed consent rights of those who use federally regulated vaccines and drugs.
“This bill is labeled as a “anti-terror” bill,” said NVIC president and co-founder, Barbara Loe Fisher, “but it is power grab by the federal government and an assault on self-governance and the informed consent ethic.
It takes away the freedom of the people to make their voices heard through their elected state representatives and protect themselves from unsafe drugs, such as Celebrex and Vioxx, and unsafe vaccines, such as those that contain high levels of mercury. It gives unprecedented liability protection to the drug industry and broad powers to federal officials to hide the truth
from the people about vaccine and prescription drug risks.”
The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution specifies that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
Protecting the public health was not delegated to the federal government and public health laws, including laws governing use of vaccines, have always been under the control of citizens residing in each state.
Of major concern to vaccine safety advocates, are the following
provisions in S.3:
· Eliminates a state’s right to more strictly regulate vaccines and drugs and more fully inform their citizens about vaccine and drug risks than does the federal government. Laws already passed in California and Iowa limiting mercury content in vaccines would be repealed.
· Gives comprehensive liability protections to drug companies. Eliminates a citizen’s right to seek justice in state courts for drug and vaccine injuries and deaths and limits awards in federal courts. Gives tax credits, grants and patent extensions to the drug industry.
· Allows the Department of Health and Department of Justice, the defendants in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, to write the terms of their own defense in order to further limit awards to vaccine injured children;
· Creates and funds a mandatory, national electronic tracking system operated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to monitor vital records of citizens relating to both notifiable and non-notifiable diseases and “new trends” and “patterns in public health.” Creates penalties for states and health care providers not reporting in a “timely manner” to the national tracking system. There are no provisions for mandatory reporting of serious health problems following vaccine and prescription drug use or punishments for not reporting serious side effects.
S. 3 is being promoted by sponsors as a military veteran benefit bill because it raises the death benefits and other financial support for the families of soldiers who lost their lives in the war in Iraq.
“The irony of this bill is that it is using the families of citizens who
have given their lives to defend our nation’s freedom in order to take rights and freedoms away from other families. Military veterans should not be used to protect the drug industry and take away the freedom for all Americans to have their voices heard through their elected state representatives,”said Fisher. “In his Inaugural speech, President Bush said ‘there is no justice without freedom.’ This bill is does not serve justice or freedom.”
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is a national, non-profit organization founded in 1982 by parents of vaccine injured children. NVIC worked with Congress on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and has worked with families in states to protect informed consent rights, including the right to have full and accurate information on vaccine benefits and risks prior to vaccination and make informed, voluntary vaccine
decisions. NVIC worked with families in California on the Mercury Free Act of 2004, which limited the amount of mercury in vaccines sold in that state.
For more information, go to http://www.nvic.org
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POWER GRAB BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SETS STAGE FOR FORCED VACCINATION IN AMERICA
Drug Companies Get Liability Protection In Homeland Security Bill
By Barbara Loe Fisher
It all started at 5:17 a.m. EST on Wednesday, November 13, 2002 as dawn began to break in the nation’s Capitol and the Administration delivered the Homeland Security Bill (H.R. 5710) to the U.S. House of Representatives. By that night the House approved the bill 299 to 121 and sent it to the Senate. What would happen over the next seven days would change the historic balance of power between the Executive and Legislative branches of our government; give power to federal health officials to force vaccination of all citizens without their informed consent; and bar lawsuits against drug companies for injuries and deaths caused by bioterrorism and pediatric vaccines.
The Homeland Security Bill was supposed to focus on setting up a new Department of Homeland Security to address the potential threat of future terrorist attacks against America in the wake of September 11, 2001. Yet, the 484-page bill not only created a new department to handle terrorism threats, it also provided for the biggest reorganization of the federal government since the Department of Defense was created in 1947 and removed the historic checks and balances that Congress has exercised over Presidential authority since the U.S. Constitution was written. In the process of granting unprecedented power to the President and federal government employees, Section 304 of the bill removed from the states their historic control over public health laws, including vaccination laws, and handed it over to federal health officials. Simultaneously, Sections 1714-1717 of the bill shielded the pharmaceutical industry from lawsuits for injuries caused by FDA-approved vaccines, such as mercury containing pediatric vaccines associated with the development of autism in many children.
But the Homeland Security Bill went even further and eroded laws preventing the federal government from conducting the people’s business in secrecy, while creating new opportunities for federal employees to snoop into the private lives of their fellow citizens. The public’s right to know how government operates was severely curtailed in the bill with Section 214 gutting the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which has allowed the media and private citizens to obtain documents and transcripts of federal health agency meetings such as the FDA and CDC Advisory Committees regulating vaccines and making vaccine policy. Title 2 of the bill also gives federal employees unchecked surveillance power to access and track every American’s email, internet use, travel, credit card purchases, phone and bank records without a court order.
What happened when the bill landed in the Senate on Thursday morning is now a matter of public record as an informal coalition of citizen groups concerned about vaccine safety, health freedom, informed consent, privacy and civil liberties mobilized a grassroots effort to inform citizens about the bill. Among these were the National Vaccine Information Center, Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education (PROVE), the Connecticut Vaccine Information Alliance, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, the Institute for Health Freedom, the Liberty Committee, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). While the word was going out to Americans over the internet and in the media, key leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress were protesting that the bill was being rammed through Congress without enough debate on new provisions inserted into the bill by the Administration at the last moment, especially liability protection for vaccine makers. Among those legislators most concerned were Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), who has held a series of congressional hearings on vaccine safety and liability since 1999, and Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Tom Daschle (D-SD), Robert Byrd (D-WV).
In the four days that led up to the vote on the Homeland Security Bill in the Senate, opposition to the bill came to center on provisions specifically giving liability protection to the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, the maker of the vaccine mercury preservative, thimerosal. As the emails, faxes and phone calls came pouring in to Senate offices from parents whose children descended into autism after receiving mercury-containing vaccines and the C-Span2 TV cameras filmed gavel to gavel coverage of the Senate proceedings, the floor of the Senate became a national platform for public airing of the safety and liability issues relating to the mass use of smallpox vaccine as well as pediatric vaccines.
The spotlight on vaccine risks that resulted from the C-Span TV coverage of the Senate debate of the Homeland Security Bill came on the heels of C-Span TV coverage of the first day of the three-day Third International Public Conference on Vaccination sponsored by the National Vaccine Information Center Nov. 7-9, 2002. That historic five and a half hour TV coverage of NVIC’s conference on Nov. 7 brought the vaccine risk and liability issue into the homes of millions of Americans as they heard from soldiers crippled when they were forced to take the anthrax vaccine and parents whose children were brain injured by pediatric vaccines. They heard about drug company cover-up of vaccine dangers and conflicts of interest between the vaccine makers and government vaccine regulators and policymakers. C-Span viewers also saw an African human rights activist describe oral polio vaccination at gunpoint in his country after a trial lawyer described the neurovirulence and contamination of oral polio vaccine with a cancer-producing monkey virus. Finally, the American people watched parents of vaccine injured children attending the NVIC conference come to the microphone and ask for help from speakers like Andrew Wakefield, M.D., who talked about the potential synergistic effect between mercury in vaccines and the live MMR vaccine leading to regressive autism.
In less than one week, C-Span2 viewers would tune in to find the Senate discussing the very same vaccine risk issues that had been the focus of NVIC’s conference six days earlier. But this time, on Nov. 19, they witnessed the influence that the powerful and wealthy pharmaceutical industry has on American politics as the Lierberman-Daschle-Byrd amendment to strike out the vaccine injury liability bailout for big Pharma was voted down 47 to 52. That night, the Senate would approve the Homeland Security Bill unamended by a vote of 90 to 9.
There are reports of a last minute deal made between the White House and rebellious Republicans (Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee) threatening to vote for the Lieberman amendment in order to protect vaccine injured children’s right to have their day in court, the compromise would only provide for lawsuits currently filed against vaccine manufacturers to remain in the courts. All future lawsuits against vaccine makers alleging harm from vaccine ingredients would be barred.
So, in one piece of federal legislation designed to address terrorism threats against the United States, federal health officials were given the power they had been seeking to force vaccination on citizens without informed consent and generally be held blameless for the vaccine-induced death or injury of any citizen. Understanding that public health and vaccine laws are under state control, in 1999 the Centers for Disease Control commissioned the drafting of model state legislation which would give broad new powers to public health officials. Known as the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA), this draft legislation would make it easy for public health officials to persuade Governors to declare a “public health emergency” and use the state militia, if necessary, to arrest, quarantine and forcibly vaccinate citizens, while those who make vaccines or enforce use of them would be exempt from liability for any vaccine deaths or injuries which occur. This draft legislation was immediately released post-September 11, 2001 and passed by nearly half the states by November 2002.
However, not all the states passed the MSEHPA legislation and some states amended the legislation to include informed consent protections in the form of medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination and medication. Section 304 of the Homeland Security Bill allows the Secretary of DHHS to issue a “declaration” after concluding that “an actual or potential bioterrorist incident” or “other potential public health emergency” warrants the administration of “a substance or substances” to “individuals during the effective period of the declaration.” The law provides for no exemptions to vaccination or medication and is expected to override state public health and vaccine laws which currently provide exemptions to vaccination for school entry. This federal law also does not preclude the use of the U.S. military to enforce the administration of vaccines or other “substances” ordered by the Secretary of DHHS to be administered to individuals just as the MSEHPA legislation provided for use of the state militia to arrest, quarantine and forcibly vaccinate individuals.
When Congress returns in January, there will be an opportunity for legislators to amend the Homeland Security Bill with White House approval, although few expect substantial changes to the bill to be made. However, there is still an opportunity to ask legislators to insert informed consent protections to vaccination and medication by adding exemptions for religious and conscientious held beliefs, as well as one that allows a doctor to exercise individual professional judgement in giving a medical exemption. These changes are necessary to prevent widespread abuse of civil and human rights if an “imminent” or actual public health emergency is declared by the federal government.
The only way that individual citizens can have an impact on the laws which govern them is to make their voices heard. The voices of many parents across this nation, both those with vaccine injured children and those who have healthy children, were heard in Washington, D.C. in November 2002. Those voices will be important in the months and years to come as we continue to fight for health freedom and the legal right to informed consent to vaccination in America.
"First Do No Harm"
Barbara Loe Fisher and the National Vaccine Information Center work to prevent vaccine-related injuries and deaths by educating the public about rights and responsibilities.
by Neenyah Ostrom
Photographs of three beautiful children are the first images encountered by a visitor to the website of the National Vaccine Information Center. Each child is a victim of immunization gone almost unimaginably awry: Two of the children are now paralyzed -- one following a polio shot, the other following the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine -- and the third, a chubby baby in a blue knitted hat, died in infancy, only 33 hours after receiving the whooping cough (DPT) vaccine.
It is just such vaccine-related hospitalizations, injuries, and deaths that Barbara Loe Fisher, a cofounder and President of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), wants to prevent.
A tour of the NVIC's website provides a host of cautionary materials on a procedure most Americans, including the current President, consider crucial to maintaining good health: vaccination against childhood diseases.
But Fisher is concerned that, in medicine's war against microbes, citizens are paying too dear a price for the promised protection. As evidence, she cites not only vaccine failures and adverse reactions -- which include, among others, paralysis, brain damage, shock, encephalopathy, development of autism and learning disabilities, and death -- but also a public health bureaucracy increasingly intent upon mandating inoculation with vaccines that have not been studied rigorously enough to ensure they are safe.
Additionally, Fisher points out that there are no studies being conducted -- as there have been for cancer and heart disease -- to determine the long-term effects of vaccination. Some research has suggested that various defects in the vaccines routinely administered to newborns and small children may be contributing to the current explosion of chronic, neurological and immune system dysfunction in the American population, including asthma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and AIDS.
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is operated by Dissatisfied Parents Together (DPT) in Vienna, Virginia. A non-profit organization begun in 1982, NVIC receives no government or corporate funding, and operates solely on donations from concerned parents, health care professionals, and other individuals. The mission of NVIC is to encourage health care consumers to make informed decisions about vaccination; to that end, NVIC provides educational materials about the risks and benefits of vaccination.
Fisher is the author (with Harris Coulter) of DPT:A Shot in the Dark (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985; Warner, 1986; Avery, 1991), one of the first books to publicize the dangers of vaccinating in what she calls "a vacuum of scientific knowledge."
Fisher recently discussed her continuing concerns about vaccine research, development, policy making, and safety and the ongoing work of the National Vaccine Information Center in a wide-ranging interview with Chronic Illness Research Foundation.
CIRF: One of the things that I was very shocked to learn of from your website was the lack of standardization in vaccine manufacture. How can this be? Is the National Vaccine Information Center trying to get more standardization implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?
Barbara Loe Fisher: We have been most involved in trying to inform the public about the hospitalizations, injuries, and deaths that have been associated with vaccines, particularly the DPT and DPTH vaccines. The DPT vaccine -- the whole cell pertussis, or whooping cough, vaccine -- is the most reactive vaccine used in the U.S. It's still on the market, even though the FDA finally licensed a less toxic, acellular pertussis vaccine, after 15 years of pressure from NVIC and parents. Although the DTaP vaccine causes fewer reactions, it still contains pertussis toxin that is somewhat bioactive, and so has the potential of causing injury.
Even though studies have shown that the DTaP vaccine is associated with far fewer severe reactions than the whole cell pertussis, or DPT, vaccine, the FDA won't take the whole cell vaccine off the market. In the compensation program that was set up under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, most of the nearly 1,000 awards that have been made are for DPT vaccine injuries. There's no question that it is the most reactive vaccine that we use.
What we have been trying to do is get the FDA to release more information about the lots of vaccine that are associated with higher numbers of hospitalizations, injuries, and deaths than other lots of vaccines. But the vaccine manufacturers continue to claim that this is proprietary information: that they don't have to release the number of doses in a lot of vaccine, so vaccine consumers can compare one lot to another. They claim that they don't want a competitor to know how big their lot sizes are. It's obviously an attempt to keep the public in the dark about the reactivity of one lot compared to another.
We have been urging that there be a standardization of lot numbers and sizes, and that full information be given to the public. I think that the only way we're going to be able to get more information out to the public about vaccine lot variability and toxicity is if Congress steps in and forces the manufacturers to be more forthcoming.
CIRF: The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reported 54,000 vaccine injuries, hospitalizations, or deaths over a 20 month period, most of which are due to DPT. Is this vaccine more bioreactive, or as bioreactive, as those using live viruses like the oral polio vaccine?
Fisher: Unfortunately, there has been virtually no scientific research into the biological mechanism of vaccine injury and death -- in other words, there have been very few studies that have looked at what occurs in the body at a cellular/molecular level when you introduce a viral or bacterial antigen.
We are vaccinating in a vacuum of scientific knowledge. There have been no long-term studies set up, as has been done with heart disease and cancer, to evaluate all morbidity and mortality outcomes following vaccination in large populations of vaccinated and unvaccinated groups to see if we are paying a price for the control of infectious disease in childhood. Are we paying a larger price down the road, in terms of chronic illness?
We have certainly seen an explosion of chronic neurological and immunological dysfunction in the last 30 years in the American population. It has taken the form of minimal brain damage such as learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, mutiple sclerosis, diabetes, asthma, lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, otitis media, autism. There's no explanation for why these conditions are on the rise. So I think it's a very fair question to ask if increased vaccination at such an early age is playing a role. The National Vaccine Information Center has been asking for more research to be done into the biological mechanism of vaccine associated injury, death, and chronic illness.
CIRF: Some researchers have suggested that vaccines are given to infants before they are able to mount an immune response to microbial agents, and so they become tolerized to the presence of the microbe, which may result in chronic illness later in life. Do you see evidence we are vaccinating children too young?
Fisher: Well, when I was doing the research for A Shot In the Dark back in the early 1980s, it certainly became clear that the main reason the vaccination schedule was instituted at as early as two months of age was because the mothers were bringing in their babies for the postpartum visit. This decision wasn't made on sound scientific grounds; public health officials just felt it was a great opportunity to get the babies vaccinated. They felt that, at all costs, they should get the vaccines in the baby.
So vaccination became associated with not only the postpartum visit, but with "well child" visits at two, four, and six months of age. And indeed, that tradition has continued as the drug companies have produced new vaccines, such as HIB, hepatitis B, and now, chicken pox. When a new vaccine comes on the market, the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] plugs it into the existing vaccination schedule. Today, in this country, a one-year-old child can be vaccinated with ten different viral and bacterial antigens on one day. That is an incredible assault on the immune system.
And there are no studies to evaluate the damage this might be doing to the immature immune system and how it will affect health later in life. When I sat on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I repeatedly asked the public health officials for the scientific studies proving that it was safe and effective to give so many vaccines on one day. They never, ever gave me any of the studies, or even a list of them.
I think the public is unaware that, when a new vaccine comes out, decisions are made to plug it into the schedule for reasons other than, perhaps, those that are good for the individual child.
One of the things that I've learned in the last 15 years of sitting on government advisory committees, going to scientific conferences and to government meetings, is that public health officials see themselves -- and they have stated this -- as being in a war with microorganisms. They have decided that the only way they can eradicate these organisms is to employ vaccines to eliminate all reservoirs where the microorganisms can thrive which, in most cases, is humans. So they insist that everyone use these vaccines, because their goal is eradication.
Public health officials seem to believe that, having achieved the eradication of smallpox, every other organism they believe should not exist on earth should be eradicated using the same means. What they haven't factored in, in this rather fanatical mission to eradicate these microorganisms, is whether or not they are compromising the biological integrity of the human race. They've developed tunnel vision about it.
In the meantime, there have been a large number of casualties in their war on disease that have never been acknowledged, are not being counted, and therefore the benefit/risk equation is not truly known on a public health or an individual basis. There is probably a genetic predisposition to vaccine injury for some children, but there's no effort to do research and find out which children are at risk and screen out high-risk children. They're telling us that we must vaccinate -- our children must take the risk -- but they are unwilling to spend the money and do the work to evaluate or minimize that risk.
I've been at meetings where public health officials basically have said, "Why are you complaining? Yes, your child was a casualty, but we must all risk for the welfare of the whole." And I remind them that the whole is made up of individuals, and when you devalue the life of the individual, you devalue the whole. And I remind them that the right to informed consent to any medical procedure which carries the risk of injury or death is a human right.
But they don't want to hear that. They don't want anybody questioning the decisions they have made.
CIRF: Something that scientists have known about for a while, but is just now coming to public attention, is the contamination of early polio vaccines with monkey viruses. One in particular, simian virus 40 or SV40, has been shown to cause cancer in humans. It has also been suggested that the monkey kidney cells in which polio virus was grown for the early polio vaccines were infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) and that, when the monkey virus was introduced into the human population, it recombined with human genetic material to create the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV. I understand that NVIC wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala in 1994, asking her to investigate this matter. What was her response?
Fisher: We did get a response in 1994, from an official in the FDA, who replied for Secretary Shalala. This official basically tried to say that there was no problem, it had been looked at, and they were going to continue to evaluate it, but that no serious scientist believed that there was a connection between contamination of polio vaccines with simian viruses and the development of HIV in humans.
Of course, over the last few years, there have been several scientists who have come forward with evidence that the early polio vaccines were contaminated with monkey viruses, both SIV and SV40, and that chronic illness has resulted from that contamination. There was recently a National Institutes of Health conference held here in the Washington, D.C., area that brought together a number of researchers who are culturing SV40 from tumors of adults and children who are suffering from rare forms of bone, brain, and lung cancer.
So we are writing another letter to HHS which is going to request further information under the Freedom of Information Act, about new research in the last few years -- since the FDA's 1994 reply to us -- which again raises the question about the connection between monkey viruses contaminating polio vaccines and HIV.
CIRF: As I have been watching the work on the development of AIDS vaccines for the last few years, from the viewpoint of someone following AIDS science, I've been appalled at how ineffective and potentially dangerous these vaccines are. Nevertheless, some researchers are calling for thousands of people to be injected with experimental AIDS vaccines on the chance that they might be 20 or 30 percent effective.
Fisher: The worst nightmare of those of us who've been involved for several decades in vaccine safety work is waiting for the day when public health officials will present an AIDS vaccine to the American public. The work we are doing right now is critically important, because it will lay the foundation for that day when Americans are going to have to decide if they are going to line up with their children, and with their babies, and accept the injection of the AIDS virus, essentially, into everyone.
I have absolutely no confidence whatsoever that public health officials and drug companies are going to know what they are doing on that day. I am extremely concerned that, unless the issues of vaccine safety and the inherent flaws in the mass vaccination system are addressed right now, we are in danger of literally jeopardizing the genetic integrity of the human race, not only with the HIV vaccine but with the more than 200 new vaccines that are currently in the research pipeline.
The public doesn't know that the scientists and physicians in the pharmaceutical industry and government who are in charge of the mass vaccination system are policing themselves. Nobody is looking over their shoulders. The mass vaccination infrastructure is totally unsupervised, with no oversight mechanism in place to safeguard the public health. Our organization is the only organized effort to monitor vaccine research, licensing, development, promotion, and policy making. And ours is a consumer-led movement that was started by parents of vaccine-damaged children.
We receive no federal grants -- obviously -- no corporate grants, and are supported entirely by the people.
It's amazing that, on one side, there is a huge, powerful, wealthy lobbying group that is rushing vaccines to market, after which they are put into the vaccination schedule for adults and children, and promoted heavily by the government and the pharmaceutical industry. And on the other side, there is one little group, our little non-profit group, that is saying, "Wait a minute. Is this good science or junk science? Is it good medicine or good politics? Is it good for the people or good for drug company stockholders and career bureaucrats? Who is providing any oversight on a multi-billion dollar mass vaccination system?"
One of the ways that the public can have more control is to win the right in this country to make informed vaccination decisions for ourselves and our children. Mandatory vaccination has made the vaccines, which are a product like any other product, legally required to be used by every citizen born in this country. Therefore, there has been no ability by the public to put pressure on the system to improve the product or to remove dangerous vaccines from the market. In other words, vaccines are treated uniquely in the free enterprise system. As consumers, we can bring very little economic pressure on the system to have that product improved or removed, because all of us are required by law to use it.
It's a dream for the pharmaceutical industry involved in making vaccines, because there's no way anybody can say no. It's a stable, ready-made market, and the enactment of the compensation law in 1986 has removed almost all liability for drug companies.
You would think that, because vaccines are required to be used by everyone, they would be held to the very highest safety and efficacy standards, but that is not the case. What the National Vaccine Information Center has been pushing for is more consumer involvement in the public health decisions that are made in this country with regard to vaccination. We believe that health care consumers should have the right to choose the type of preventive health care that they want to use -- including choosing whether to use one, ten, or no vaccines.
Our vaccine safety and informed consent movement is really part of a larger health care revolution that is moving away from exclusive reliance on the allopathic medical model. There has been, in the last ten years especially, an interest in going back to basics -- better nutrition, better lifestyles, more exercise, more natural ways of maintaining health and well-being. With that return to a healthier lifestyle, there has also been a growing interest in what we call alternative health care options: chiropractic, homeopathic, naturopathic, acupuncture, and so on. Our movement is really part of that new paradigm shift, in which there is less of a reliance on drugs, vaccines, and surgery, and a return to less invasive ways of maintaining health.
What concerns us most is that there is an electronic monitoring system being put in place by state public health departments with federal funding -- they're trying to get it in every state -- called Vaccination Registries, which are going to track every child born and monitor his or her vaccination status. It will be linked to the birth record and social security number. A person will not be able to move from state to state without being tracked, because the tracking systems will be linked together. This monitoring system also includes entitlement programs being linked to your vaccination status. It started out with "no shots, no school." They've now graduated to no shots, no welfare; no shots, no food stamps; no shots, no women, infant, and child benefits. In other words, a pregnant woman who is poor will get no federal assistance unless she can show that all of her children have been vaccinated with all the recommended vaccines. There is a state legislator in Oregon who has introduced a bill that will take away parents' rights to file a state tax exemption for their children unless they can show that the kids have had all the government-recommended vaccines.
So what I'm saying is that an Orwellian infrastructure is being set up that is not only tied to education -- no shots, no school -- but to economic penalties.
When speak in public, I often make the prediction that soon you will have to carry a health care card with your vaccination status on it, among other information, and you will not be able to get into a hotel, you will not be able to get into a nursing home, you will not be able to get a job, unless you can show you've been vaccinated with all the government-recommended vaccines.
I think Americans have got to wake up and realize that, in the name of disease control, their rights are being taken away every day. People must go to their state legislatures and change mandatory vaccination laws to allow them to make informed, independent decisions about vaccination. Then we will have the ability to put economic pressure on the drug companies and on the health agencies to do a better job with vaccine safety and efficacy.
CIRF: Something else that shocked me greatly when I read it about it recently was all the unapproved and experimental vaccines that were given to the soldiers who went to the Gulf War. We've been talking about taking control of our lives. Of course, when you go into the military, you give up control over your life, including your health care, but this seems like a moral dilemma to me: I do not understand how these doctors can use these young people as guinea pigs in the way that they have.
Fisher: That's an issue that is very close to my heart, because my father was a military officer, and I was in effect in the military with him, in terms of the health care I got, for 18 years. And I know well that, as a military dependent -- especially when we lived overseas -- when new drugs came out, we were among the first to get them, whether they knew at the time what the adverse effects were or not. We were part of that post-marketing experiment. Every time we turned around, we were vaccinated. I was chronically sick, my whole childhood, with respiratory infections, throat infections -- I was just a very sickly child, despite all the vaccines and drugs I got. And I don't have any doubt, at this point, that my immune system was never allowed to recover and get back in balance, because it was constantly being manipulated.
You do give up your rights when you enter the military. You are at the mercy of whatever the military wants you to do. Both the reservists and the active duty soldiers who went over to the Gulf were threatened that if they didn't cooperate and take these experimental drugs and vaccines -- I think it was 17 bacterial and viral vaccines, simultaneously -- that they would be court-martialed.
I am horrified, with everything that is not known about the cofactors involved in the illnesses that the Gulf War veterans are now experiencing, that the Pentagon would announce that all active military personnel -- more than a million -- are going to be given anthrax vaccine.
I have called the Pentagon three times and asked for information on that announcement. What I'm looking for is the studies to show the efficacy and safety of this anthrax vaccine. And I've yet to receive any information. The Pentagon public relations officials say they don't have any information on that yet.
It is shocking that military personnel are being experimented on and that, as we have found out with Gulf War Syndrome, nobody wants to take responsibility when questions are asked.
CIRF: I fear that the HIV vaccine is going to be foisted first on the military, and then on women -- especially poor women, who depend on the state for health care -- just as women are now tested for HIV antibodies, without informed consent, when they give birth in New York State.
Fisher: I think our society has become obsessed with fear of infectious disease. We have become deathly afraid of viruses and bacteria which, in some cases, have been on this earth longer than humans. Instead of trying to find natural ways to enhance the functioning of our immune systems and come to an accomodation with microorganisms, we have blindly trusted public health officials who, like generals in a war, are determined to exterminate without evaluating the number of human casualties it will take. This climate of fear is the breeding ground for the draconian measures being employed by, and powers given to, public health officials. It's very dangerous.
If we don't act now, the public health infrastructure is going to get more power to intrude in our lives, intrude in our health care choices. It all comes down to whether or not we, as individuals, are going to fight for the right to make informed health care choices, including vaccination choices, for ourselves and our children, and whether we are going to hold the drug companies and government health officials accountable for the injuries, deaths, and chronic illnesses caused by vaccines they produce, sell, and promote for mass use.
The National Vaccine Information Center can be reached in Vienna, Virginia, at 1-800-909-SHOT to order information, or 703-938-DPT3 to report a vaccine reaction. NVIC's website is located at www.909shot.com; it provides information on how to obtain the organization's publications and information about making vaccination choices, as well as a host of resources and information on related topics.
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