The Truth About Vaccinations
By Julian Whitaker, MD
I recently attended the National Vaccine Information Center’s (NVIC) fourth international conference in Reston, Virginia, where experts from around the world gathered to discuss the medical and legal ramifications of our country’s vaccine policies.
Researchers presented scientific studies on the links between childhood immunizations, inflammation, and autism. Physicians talked about the appalling lack of safety and efficacy data for the HPV and influenza vaccines. Experts compared vaccination policies in the US and abroad and pointed out that American kids get more vaccines and are worse off than those in other countries. And one of several mothers who spoke told the poignant story of her perfectly healthy son’s descent into autism after receiving seven different vaccines during his 15-month well-baby visit.
This is in stark contrast to the pro-vaccine propaganda from drug companies, government officials, medical policymakers, schools, mainstream media, and most physicians that we’re constantly bombarded with. Belief in the benefits of childhood vaccinations is so entrenched that parents who choose to selectively immunize their kids—or forego vaccines altogether—are accused of being irresponsible, unfit parents, and their children are labeled a dangerous threat to others.
It’s a heated topic that leaves many parents and grandparents confused and concerned. However, when you eliminate all the noise and focus on the core issues, it’s hard not to conclude that the dozens of legally mandated vaccinations in this country have disastrous effects on millions of children.
A Generation Lost in Autism
According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, one in 91 American children has an autism spectrum disorder. Thirty years ago, it was one in 2,500. Rates of other neurological and immunological disorders affecting children have skyrocketed as well. Today, learning disabilities affect approximately one in six kids, and asthma one in nine.
When I was young, these problems were rare to nonexistent. What’s happened? In my opinion, the major culprit in this unprecedented surge in childhood illness is the dramatic increase in federally mandated vaccinations.
You may find this hard to believe, but there is not a shred of evidence to support the safety of giving children so many vaccines, which are administered as early as a few hours after birth and as many as six or eight at a time. And any doctor who assures parents that vaccines are completely safe is flat-out lying.
To ascertain immunization safety and efficacy, large comparative studies of the health outcomes of statistically significant numbers of vaccinated and unvaccinated children would have to be conducted. But this has never even been attempted. Yet one vaccine after another has been added to the already overloaded list of required immunizations.
Depending upon which vaccine is being administered, a single shot can contain a brew of adulterated bacteria, viruses, aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid, and/or numerous multisyllabic chemical additives. To say that repeated exposures to such a wide range of toxins have no cumulative adverse effects on a child’s developing nervous and immune systems is more than irrational—it’s diabolical.
Too Many Unnecessary Vaccinations
American infants and children are recommended to receive 14 different vaccines, administered in a whopping 49 doses, all before age six. Forty-nine! Compare this to Japan, where children receive just six vaccines in 12 doses by age five. Or to the US just a generation ago—today’s kids get four times more vaccines than those born in the 1970s.
Many of the required vaccines are absolutely unnecessary. Hepatitis B—which is given hours after birth—is transmitted primarily by sexual contact or dirty needles. Why in the world would newborns of healthy moms need such a vaccine?
The same goes for diphtheria and tetanus, which are first administered at two months of age. Diphtheria may be a problem in developing countries, but its incidence in the United States since 1980 is one case for every 100 million people. And tetanus (lockjaw) isn’t even contagious—it’s usually contracted through deep wounds with contaminated objects. Granted, neonatal tetanus isn’t uncommon in countries with unsanitary childbirth conditions, but it is virtually nonexistent here in America.
Polio is another vaccine that is completely unwarranted. Although you may associate polio with the paralysis, iron lungs, and deaths of the mid-1900s epidemic, this disease was eradicated decades ago. Today, you’re much more likely to get it from the vaccine than to contract “wild” polio.
The annual flu vaccine, which kids are supposed to get at six months, is also terribly overrated. The Centers for Disease Control have long maintained that 36,000 Americans die of the flu and its complications every year. But that’s simply not true—it’s only their frightening “estimate.” Actually, the number is considerably lower, and most of these fatalities occur in older people with other health problems.
It is obvious that the odds of developing autism or another vaccine-induced brain or immune system disorder—and that the consequences of children and their families living with these disorders—far exceed the disease risks these vaccines are intended to prevent. Yet our vaccination policies are damaging millions of kids before their lives even get started, and for what?
“Reprinted with permission from Healthy Directions. To learn more about Dr. Whitaker’s monthly newsletter, Heath & Healing, visit www.drwhitaker.com. ”