In response to the increasing number of pro-vaccine books by authors such as Seth Mnookin, Arthur Allen and the prolific Dr. Paul Offit, whose books are being published at a furious rate and with an increasingly vitriolic tone, those of us who stand against vaccines and stand for person’s right to refuse are digging in our heels and fighting back.
The new book, “Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children” is about to be released. It’s an important book offering a range of experiences from different authors. No doubt, the book will get a lot of attention from those on both sides of the vaccine war. I’m anticipating the malicious volleys that will likely be hurled at all the contributing authors, including me, from the Skeptics crowd and the paid minion, Dr. David “Orac” Gorski. We have lost a few battles, but overall, those who promote vaccine choice – especially the right to say no – are winning the war.
Case in point: The recent well-orchestrated attack on Dr. Andrew Wakefield by Pharma and its emissaries. Most who have followed the Wakefield story for years were scratching their collective heads, perplexed as to why this years-old story was suddenly new-news. The entire episode reminded me of the familiar scene in grade B sci-fi movie, where the mortally wounded dinosaur bellows in pain, violently thrashes about and causes immense damage, before it roars and crashes to the ground with a massive thud.
Almost on a daily basis, thousands are waking up and rejecting drug-based, vaccine-laden medicine. Pharma may think their industry is “too big to fail” but if its prize widget, vaccination, is refused by most, the industry is likely to crash to the ground with a massive dinosaur-like thud. It’s hard to maintain a $500billion/year industry if most of the population is vaccine-free and healthy.
Below are a few excerpts from my chapter in the book, Vaccine Epidemic. For the full story, go here to get your copy.
“Discussions about the right to refuse vaccination can become contentious, even hostile. Those who firmly believe that vaccines are safe, protective and mostly harmless stand a chasm apart from those who have a different experience with vaccination, including serious injury, chronic illness and even death. The debate has intensified, and so have the stakes. As more parents investigate and weigh the risks and benefits of vaccines, many have opted out. These parents have decided to take personal responsibility for the health of their children, refusing to accept that health can come through a needle. Every vaccination has potential side effects and many feel that the risk of the vaccine is unacceptably larger than the risk of the illness.”
“A fact that cannot be debated, however, is that we have a national epidemic of sick children. Today, parents nonchalantly schedule occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy into their weekly routines, as though these activities were as ordinary as soccer practice and piano lessons. Pediatricians have started to say, “Well, two years of age is when kids get asthma,” or “Children get autism before age three,” as though these were typical growth milestones.”
“We have come to accept asthma, allergies, eczema, chronic ear infections, and learning difficulties as ‘normal’ childhood conditions. In our zeal to eradicate infectious disease, it appears we have traded the usual mild diseases in childhood, such as chickenpox, mumps and measles, for a lifetime of poor health and drugs. We have exchanged temporary illnesses for pervasive life-long diseases, disorders, dysfunctions and disabilities. A chronic illness held in check by medication is not health. The well-being of children and a community must be gauged by more than high vaccination rates and low infection rates caused by a specific, short list of pathogens.”
Join Dr Tenpenny in New York City on February 18th for a book signing and presentation at NYU School of Law. See the February calendar of events for more information.