Janet Levatin, MD, Holistic Pediatrician
Anyone who is paying attention to the vaccine issue knows that the controversy over vaccines and vaccine mandates has really heated up. Many states are trying to pass laws to eliminate philosophical and religious exemptions. Some states… California, for example… are even going a step further and trying to remove a doctors’ ability to issue medical exemptions for their patients. Instead, they want to accord that power to state officials who have never even met the patients in question. They plan to restrict the diagnoses that qualify people for medical exemptions to a very narrow list of conditions. If today’s pro-vaccine legislators get their way, the vaccine will nearly have to kill you to qualify for a medical exemption.
In short, our rights to decline the elective medical procedure know as vaccination are being curtailed, removed, limited, and denied. Choose whatever word you wish. The powers-that-be are trying to control us and force us submit to their flawed pharmaceutical products.
They like to say, “The science is settled. Vaccines are safe and effective.” But is science ever settled? Ask some real scientists and I’m sure they will tell you that science is never settled, but is always ongoing. It takes a great amount of arrogance to claim you know it all and there is nothing more to the story.
Vaccines are Flawed
Each vaccine has its own story of the harms it has caused and the failures that have been experienced. The many reasons I call vaccines flawed are too numerous to list in this post, but here are a few:
- Acellular pertussis vaccine: The bacterium that causes pertussis has mutated since the introduction of the vaccine in the 1920s. Therefore, the vaccine no longer targets the majority of circulating strains. In many recent outbreaks, most of those who contracted the infection were fully vaccinated. Effective? I think we can conclude no.
- Pneumococcal vaccine: When it was first introduced in 2000, this vaccine targeted 7 strains of pneumococcal bacteria, most of which were drug-resistant strains at the time. Subsequently, other strains developed drug resistance, most likely because pressure was put on the organism to evolve or die out. Therefore in 2010, a 13-strain pneumococcal vaccine was released to replace the original one. There is also a 23-valent vaccine for people with certain more serious health conditions. It is also used in adults.
But will these be iterations be enough? Will new resistant strains emerge? I think the handwriting is on the wall, as there are over 90 existing strains of pneumococci, leaving many more to develop antibiotic resistance in the future and the ability to cause infections that may be untreatable.
Effective? Settled science? You decide.
- Mumps vaccine: Whistleblowers have alleged that Merck:
- (i) failed to disclose that its mumps vaccine was not as effective as Merck represented,
- (ii) used improper testing techniques,
- (iii) manipulated testing methodology,
- (iv) abandoned undesirable test results,
- (v) falsified test data,
- (vi) failed to adequately investigate and report the diminished efficacy of its mumps vaccine,
- (vii) falsely verified that each manufacturing lot of mumps vaccine would be as effective as identified in the labeling,
- (viii) falsely certified the accuracy of applications filed with the FDA,
- (ix) falsely certified compliance with the terms of the CDC purchase contract,
- (x) engaged in the fraud and concealment … for the purpose of illegally monopolizing the U.S. market for mumps vaccine,
- (xi) mislabeled, misbranded, and falsely certified its mumps vaccine, and
- (xii) engaged in the other acts … to conceal the diminished efficacy of the vaccine the government was purchasing.”*1
Safe and effective? I think we can definitively say no.
Defining Those who Decline or Question Vaccines
Several names are used for those who are declining or even questioning vaccines. Here are some of the designations you may have heard:
“She’s an ex-vaxxer.”
“She’s vaccine risk aware (VRA).”
“He doesn’t believe the science is settled.”
The term that seems the most pejorative is, “They are anti-vaxxers.”
What is an anti-vaxxer?
I do not object to the definition I found in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary: “A person who opposes vaccination or laws that mandate vaccination.” That is fair and objective.
I found other terms in the definition of anti-vaxxer at www.UrbanDictionary.com, a site that allows people to submit their own definitions. Included were such terms as conspiracy theorist, narcissist, dumbass, illiterate, a sub-cult, dangerous idiot, rejector of science, and “someone who discounts scientifically valid medical research pertaining to vaccines in favor of data produced by a discredited researcher.”
I did not see any positive definitions there.
Some in the Vaccine Resistant Movement Deny Being Anti-Vaxxers
One trend that I have observed is people who are purportedly fighting for freedom of choice in vaccines, state they are not against vaccines. I will not name any names, but many in the movement have stated repeatedly that they are not anti-vaccine.
Perhaps they want to be seen as politically correct. Perhaps they are just against vaccine mandates and for freedom of choice. Perhaps they believe vaccines just need to be safer, cleaner, greener, or organic, and that this is possible. Perhaps they fear being labeled as pro-disease or baby killers. Even though these individuals feel the need to say they are not anti-vaccine, they often state, in the next breath, that vaccines are neither safe nor effective.
I find this disconcerting and confusing.
I Don’t Mind Saying I’m an Anti-Vaxxer
I do not mind saying I am an anti-vaxxer. Let’s face it, vaccination has been a failed technology from the beginning when smallpox inoculation was introduced in the late 1700s. These days vaccines are usually injected with needles (a few are oral or intranasal) but back then the procedure was “arm to arm inoculation.” If a person had smallpox, he would cut open a pustule on his arm. The inoculation recipient would also cut his arm and then pus (euphemistically called “lymph”) from the first person would be smeared into the second person’s cut. People could contract smallpox from this procedure as well as syphilis or other bacterial or viral infections. And if one did happen to develop immunity, it often waned with time, leading to the need for further inoculations.
Because syphilis was often spread via the arm-to-arm method, vaccinators began using calves, donkeys, and rabbits to propagate the virus. These procedures were so injurious and disgusting that many people protested against them and the anti-vaccine movement was born. No, anti-vaxxers are not new!*2, *3
Ultimately it was the advent of better sanitation and standard of living, along with the use of quarantines for infected people, that led to the decline and eventual disappearance of smallpox. People don’t know the real history so it is almost universally accepted that smallpox vaccination is the reason we no longer see this infection.
A controversial story, with different details, holds true for polio and polio vaccine. Although it is widely believed that the vaccine was responsible for the near disappearance of polio, much of what was called poliomyelitis (a syndrome defined by paralysis) was not even caused by the polio enterovirus but by other viruses and by pesticides, including arsenic, lead-arsenate, and DDT, toxic chemicals that were widely used during the era of the larger polio epidemics. Additionally, some early versions of the vaccine actually caused cases of polio, or death.*4
Difficult, inconvenient-truth stories can be told about other microbes and their corresponding vaccines.
After seeing three babies die of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) within 24 hours of being vaccinated, in the 1980s, it was easy for me to accept that vaccines have side effects that can be severe and tragic. It has been a longer and more difficult learning curve for me to understand that in addition to their toxicity, vaccines don’t even prevent infections. Yes, a vaccine may temporarily suppress the expression of an infection in a population, but there are always unintended consequences that inevitably occur.
Instead of trying to control the microbial world with the use of unnatural substances, we need to focus on improving health with nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, and other forms of energy medicine. In low-resource countries, improvements in nutrition, sanitation and overall standard of living are what is needed. It should be widely known that diseases and infections can be cured with frequencies of sound and light and other vibrational energies. These technologies should be developed and made widely available. Instead, we are stuck with the looming nightmare of vaccine mandates, more and more vaccines in the pipeline, and a government that has sold us to Big Pharma.
I want to see more doctors and opinion leaders come out and say they are anti-vaxxers. Why should we continue to pretend there is any merit to the ineffective, toxin-laden, dangerous procedure called vaccination?
It is time to accept and own the truth and not be afraid to speak it. Our very lives depend on it.
*2 Saying No to Vaccines: A Resource Guide for all Ages, Sherri Tenpenny, 2008.
*3 Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, Suzanne Humphries, MD, Roman Bystrianyk, 2013.
*4 The Moth in the Iron Lung, Forrest Maready, 2019.