Sherri Tenpenny, D.O., AOBNMM, ABIHM
Have you ever heard the expression, “Some things you pick…and some things pick you”?
I was drawn into the ever-changing, emotionally charged vaccine debate after attending the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) meeting in September 2000. I was troubled by what I had heard and decided to search for answers by going straight to the leading vaccine “authority” in the country: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Imagine my surprise—and dismay—when I discovered that most of what I had accepted as The Truth about vaccines really wasn’t the truth at all.
Here are a few examples:
- Vaccines are not responsible for the eradication of infections, such as polio and smallpox.
- Vaccines have never been proven to be safe.
- When a vaccine is called “effective”, it is not a synonym for being “protective.”
- Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies are not used in vaccine research. The new, investigational vaccine is compared against a vaccine with a “known side effect profile.” Therefore, “control group” is given a “placebo” that is another vaccine, not saline, sterile water, or no vaccine at all.
- Vaccines are not “relatively harmless”…they absolutely cause harm, including death.
And the list goes on and on.
From that first NVIC meeting through the end of 2018, I have invested more than 30,000 hours of time into my research, and that continues with a commitment of at least 2-3 hours per day, reading and researching vaccine-related information. That level of commitment is required to keep abreast of the vaccine issue because it is a big topic, some of which includes:
Vaccine Schedule Changes: As of 2018, children receive multiple doses of 14 different vaccines included in the routine childhood, and up to 20 more are anticipated to be developed for adolescents by 2020. If children receive every dose of all recommended childhood vaccines, they will receive 54 doses of vaccine, with 208 foreign proteins, 500 mcg of mercury and nearly 12,000 mcg of aluminum by 18 years of age. Expanded doses and new vaccines are always in evolution.
Adult vaccines: Some of the vaccines on the pediatric schedule are also given to adults. In addition, there are at least 9 separate adult/travel vaccines. Vaccine mandates are being considered for adults, meaning, they’re coming after you next.
New pipeline vaccines: More than 300 vaccines are in the developmental pipeline. New adjuvants, new additives, new culture media (including the use of human stem cells) and new delivery technologies are under continual development. In addition, there are entire cadres of bioterrorism vaccines being considered.
Vaccine politics: Exemption laws, national mandates (example—smallpox mass vaccination attempts) and issues in the media are constantly in motion and need to be updated.
Medical issues: The skyrocketing autism epidemic, thimerosal/mercury/aluminum toxicity issues, and the rampant childhood epidemics—asthma, allergies, eczema, ADD/ADHD and cancer—are all being scrutinized as part of the vaccine-injury spectrum. Substantiating these connections with articles using references from the conventional medical literature is part of my ongoing research.
To be involved with the vaccine issue requires not only intense commitment and dedication but passion. I have all of these….so, as you can see, this is an issue that “picked me.”
My Position on Vaccines
I am frequently asked my position on vaccines. That position has evolved over time, but in a nutshell:
- I oppose the one-size-fits-all public health policy imposed by state rules and implemented by physicians regarding childhood vaccination.
- I oppose a system that forces parents to inject their children, against their better judgment, in exchange for an education that they have paid for with their tax dollars.
- I oppose a system that forces parents to make decisions based on fear. Any physician who forces a parent to vaccinate through threats—threatening to turn them into Children’s services for “medical neglect” or threatening to dismiss them from their medical practice—is not the physician you want caring for your family’s health. I am opposed to those behaviors.
- I support the freedom to refuse any medical procedure, including the right to refuse a vaccination, and I am willing to fight to defend that choice. Once people understand the real risk of the viral “vaccine-preventable” infections vs. the risks of vaccines designed to prevent the infections, I believe people should be allowed to make a choice regarding which risk they are willing to accept.
- I am pro-information. Most of the information given to the general public is incomplete and even deceptive. Information stimulates discussion. Vaccination needs to be questioned and debated. That cannot occur without substantiating information to support a contrarian position on vaccination.
- I believe it is time to end this entire industry. Vaccination is a 200 year mistake whose risks far outweigh any possible benefit of avoiding infection and a fever. Am I against vaccines? Absolutely. The systematic poisoning of the human race must end.