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Gates Foundation Invests in for-Profit Ventures

Posted: 10/16/2017 8:58:41 AM | with 0 comments
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The Gates Foundation, a “nonprofit” charity, funded 1,561 grants worth $4.3 billion dollars in 2016. They also invested in businesses whose primary goal is profit. In 2010 they purchased 500,000 shares of agribusiness and chemicals giant Monsanto for $23 million. In 2013 they bought $5 million worth of stock in Anacor Pharmaceuticals in Palo Alato, CA and paid them another $17 million to perform research on drugs to treat worm diseases and tuberculosis. Last year, Pfizer acquired Anacor for $5.2 billion, netting the Gates Foundation a windfall of $86.7 million.

More recently, the Gates Foundation invested $52 million in biotechnology company Curevac of Tubingen, Germany in 2015. Curevac is a pioneer in the development of mRNA (messenger Ribonucleic Acid) vaccine technology, which is viewed as a “game changer” in the manufacture of vaccines. When the Gates Foundation agreed to invest in Curevac, co-chair Bill Gates said, “If we can teach the body to create its own natural defenses, we can revolutionize the way we treat and prevent diseases. Technologies like mRNA give us confidence to place big bets for the future.”

There is certainly a humanitarian spirit to this statement by the founder of one of the largest and most politically powerful philanthropic foundations funding the development of vaccines and promoting their global purchase and use. However, clearly, there is also an entrepreneurial one, and that’s the troubling part. 

The social advocacy group Global Justice Now issued a report in 2016 critical of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for pursuing a strategy of funding projects of companies in which it holds a financial interest. According to the report, “This is a corporate merry-go-round in where the [Gates Foundation] consistently acts in the interests of corporations,” and is more of a money-making venture than a typical charitable organization. They criticize the Gates Foundation for pursuing a strategy of funding projects of companies in which it holds a financial interest, which means that it has an “interest in the ongoing profitability” of those companies. 

Is the primary motivation behind the Gates Foundation to rake in big profits or is it, as it widely advertises, to improve the quality of life?


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Is the Childhood Vaccine Schedule Safe?

Posted: 10/1/2017 6:19:57 PM | with 11 comments

By Barbara Loe Fisher

Is the childhood vaccine schedule safe? 1

In 1953, health officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control told doctors to give children 16 doses of four vaccines by age six. 2

In 1983, it was 23 doses of 7 vaccines by age six. 3

In 2013, it was 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18, with 50 doses given by age six. 4

With infants and children in America getting four times as many vaccinations as their grandparents got, how healthy are they?

Today, 1 child in 6 is learning disabled. 5 In 1976, it was 1 child in 30. 6

Today, 1 child in 9 has asthma. 7 In 1980, it was 1 child in 27.8 9

Today, 1 child in 50 develops autism. 10 In the 1990s, it was 1 child in 555. 11 12

Today, 1 child in 400 has diabetes. 13 In 2001, it was 1 child in 500 has diabetes. 14   

On top of that, millions of children suffer with seizures, inflammatory bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, life-threatening allergies, anxiety, depression and behavior disorders. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

In 2013, a physician committee at the Institute of Medicine reported that there were fewer than 40 studies examining the safety of the government’s vaccine schedule for children under age six. 25

Only 40 studies.

Vaccine safety science has so many knowledge gaps 26 27 28 that the Institute of Medicine could not determine whether the timing and numbers of vaccinations given to babies and young children is or is not responsible for the development of learning disabilities – asthma – autoimmunity – autism – developmental and behavior disorders – seizures – and other kinds of brain and immune system problems. 29

An unprecedented number of children are born healthy, get vaccinated and are never healthy again. It is a public health crisis that cannot be ignored.

Before you take a risk, find out what it is.

Read and view references for this message from the National Vaccine Information Center by expanding the link to view refernces below.

It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.

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The Prospect of a Third Dose of MMR

Posted: 9/26/2017 10:55:22 AM | with 0 comments
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The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study titled “Effectiveness of a Third Dose of MMR Vaccine for Mumps Outbreak Control.” Pediatrics published a study in 2012 titled “Impact of a Third Dose of Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine on a Mumps Outbreak.” These studies reflect a concern over the continuing outbreaks of mumps among high school and college students in the U.S. despite vaccination rates as high as 97 or 100 percent. 

Both the 2012 and 2017 studies concluded that a third dose of MMR vaccine resulted in a lower rate of mumps infection. The 2017 study concluded that, “waning immunity probably contributed to propagation of the outbreak.”

It is not clear that a third dose of MMR will address the problem of waning immunity, or that it will not aggravate the problem by accelerating the evolution of the mumps virus, making the MMR vaccine even less effective with each dose given. Joseph Mercola, DO has observed that the “mumps virus may be evolving in response to mass vaccination campaigns, much in the same way that bacteria have evolved in response to excessive use of antibiotics.”

There is a huge gap in our scientific knowledge about the effect of the MMR vaccine on mumps. CDC’s Janell Routh, MD states, “We don’t know the level of antibody required to stop a case of mumps in a person, so that question of knowing if the vaccine works less well over time is something we’re still working to investigate.”

In the meantime, there seems to be a gravitational pull toward requiring a third MMR dose. But where will it end? Four? Five? As screenwriter and former psychiatric researcher Barbara Benedek once said, “More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.”

Read the full article The Prospect of a Third Dose of MMR in the NVIC’s newspaper The Vaccine Reaction. Learn more about measles, mumps and rubella. Learn about the two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint against their company for falsifying its mumps vaccine test data in Merck Fraud Case Raises MMR Efficacy Questions. Read more about mumps outbreaks and the role of vaccinated persons in Mumps Being Spread by and Among Vaccinated People, Scapegoating Anti-Vaxxers for the Mumps Outbreaks, Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Are the Vaccines to Blame? and Minnesota Mumps Outbreak Largest Since 2006

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Odds of Vaccine Harm are One in a Million?

Posted: 9/15/2017 5:56:59 PM | with 0 comments
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Many people believe that vaccines are safe and effective, and public health authorities often assure people that serious adverse effects are an extremely rare, “one in a million” event. But on what basis do CDC officials and others make that claim?

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was an integral part of the vaccine safety informing, recording and reporting provisions secured by parents of vaccine injure children into the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. This act was passed by Congress to shield doctors and vaccine manufacturers from liability when a federally recommended or state mandated vaccine caused injury or death. 

VAERS was designed as a post-marketing vaccine safety surveillance program run jointly by the CDC and the FDA to gather critical information on health problems occurring after vaccination that were not identified in pre-licensure clinical trials. Theoretically, this system should show whether certain vaccines were more problematic than others or whether there was an obvious pattern of harm caused by vaccines. It was not designed to determine causation in individual vaccine adverse event cases reported to VAERS or estimate the incidence of vaccine adverse effects in the U.S. population receiving vaccines.

Doctors and vaccine providers are required to report when a person who has been given a federally recommended vaccine experiences a serious health problem, is permanently injured, or dies after vaccination. However, most vaccine providers do not report either because they feel they are too busy; they are not aware that VAERS exists; they believe that vaccines do not cause serious injury or death so they write off health problems that occur after vaccination as a “coincidence;” or they do not make reporting a priority because there are no sanctions for not reporting. As a result, only an estimated one to 10 percent of vaccine reactions are reported to VAERS.

The true safety of vaccines routinely administered in the U.S. is not known. If all vaccine providers would report, it would give a clearer picture of the effects of vaccinations post-licensure and could be used to stimulate further research into vaccine-related injuries and deaths and identify individual high risk factors for reactions.

Using VAERS data, which is very incomplete, to conclude that serious adverse effects of vaccines occur in only “one in a million” doses is unscientific.. One Canadian study revealed that vaccination led to an emergency room visit for one in 168 children after their 12-month vaccinations and one in 730 children after their 18-month vaccinations—far from extremely rare. 

Read Odds of Vaccine Harm are One in a Million? In NVIC’s online newspaper The Vaccine Reaction. Learn more about the1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and vaccine safety reporting in Gauging Vaccine Reactions Absent Reliable Reporting. Visit the International Memorial for Vaccine Victims Video Collection to hear personal stories of vaccine injury. 

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Forced Vaccination Judged Unconstitutional in Colombia

Posted: 9/5/2017 6:44:49 PM | with 0 comments

The Constitutional Court in Columbia recently ruled that mandating the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Columbia is unconstitutional. They further affirmed the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking, stressing that decisions involving medical procedures should ultimately be made by patients themselves and not the government. 

The group Columbian Rebuilding Hope Association filed a class action lawsuit against the Columbian government and Merck Sharp & Dohme on behalf of 700 people alleging they had been harmed by the Gardasil HPV vaccine. The lawsuit seeks over U.S. $30 million dollars in compensation for damage to the immune and neurologic system, and calls for a declaration that the vaccine is unsafe. 

There has been heightened concern about the HPV vaccine in Columbia since 2014 when more than 200 girls between the ages of nine and 16 years old in the town of El Carmen de Bolivar were hospitalized after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. 

Read Forced Vaccination Judged Unconstitutional in Colombia in NVIC’s newspaper The Vaccine Reaction. Learn more about international concerns with the HPV vaccine in HPV Vaccines Raise International Red Flags and Japan, U.S. Poles Apart on Harmful HPV Vaccine. Read a mother’s experience with Gardasil in Gardasil Devastation is NO Coincidence, and Barbara Loe Fisher’s Statement on HPV and Why Is Informed Consent to Vaccination A Human Right?

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