Bad news on the vaccine front

It looks like vaccine rates are trending downwards in the US:

More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren’t getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.

That growing trend among parents seeking vaccine exemptions has health officials worried about outbreaks of diseases that once were all but stamped out.

If this trend continues and gets bad enough, people will begin to die. We’ve already seen that in England as well as throughout pockets in the US. It happens. Really, you anti-vax nuts. It god damn happens.

Some states are worse than others, Alaska being the biggest offender at a 9% exemption rate. Here is my prediction: We will see increased deaths over time in parts of Alaska, and likely even more deaths in more densely populated areas with high rates, such as Colorado (7%). Places like Mississippi, where the exemption rate is basically 0%, will continue to be healthy in regard to these preventable diseases of the past.

And why are people making these bad decisions? Well:

Exemption seekers are often middle-class, college-educated white people, but there are often a mix of views and philosophies. Exemption hot spots like Sedona, Ariz., and rural northeast Washington have concentrations of both alternative medicine-preferring as well as government-fearing libertarians.

If these people were science-preferring and woo-fearing instead, we wouldn’t be heading toward this guaranteed problem.

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17 Responses

  1. I don’t know which version of “god damn” Lurker111 wants me to use.

  2. I’m not worried about Alaska, for exactly the reason you mention, few people, living far apart. Colorado seems like a problem though.

    Once again, I’m not in favor of things like the chicken pox vaccine, unless you are in a risk group that puts you at risk of dying from them, just get the damn pox.

  3. Nate, getting chicken pox on purpose is bad “DIY medicine.” You’re better off with a vaccine.

    I just wanted to say learning Sedona is an anti-vaxx haven did not surprise me. That place is a hippie retreat megamall http://www.visitsedona.com/article/151

  4. I’m not suggesting DIY medicine, what concerns me about the vaccination is you need boosters. Chicken pox is not really dangerous to kids and I’m assuming lots of people end up forgoing that booster 5 years later.

    Seems like a decent set of people are simply putting the exposure off until a later, more dangerous time to get them.

  5. Did anyone catch this bit here:

    “The number of shots is also giving some parents pause. By the time most children are 6, they will have been stuck with a needle about two dozen times — with many of those shots given in infancy. The cumulative effect of all those shots has not been studied enough, some parents say.”

    I liked this because I agree, there hasn’t been much study on the cumulative effects of 20+ vaccines.

    Unfortunately, I think the reason there has been little study is because there have been an exceedingly small number of cases suggesting there could be an issue. Grants don’t tend to be given as freely to research that appears to be superfluous.

    Except for the autism thing, that is obviously true, after all there are 3 kids in my nieces father’s family who have autism. Wait a minute… none of those kids have had any shots… Disregard.

  6. When anti-government loons and alternative-medicine freaks join forces, it’s pretty easy to determine who’s right and who’s wrong. Anti-vaxers are dealing in industrial-grade stupidity here.

  7. Not going to line up for black elder berry injections? Your loss I suppose.

  8. From the ‘horses’ mouth.

    Jon Rappaport interviews an ex-vaccine worker

    “Dr Mark Randall”.

    Q: You were once certain that vaccines were the hallmark of good medicine.

    A: Yes I was. I helped develop a few vaccines. I won’t say which ones.

    Q: Why not?

    A: I want to preserve my privacy.

    Q: So you think you could have problems if you came out into the open?

    A: I believe I could lose my pension.

    Q: On what grounds?

    A: The grounds don’t matter. These people have ways of causing you problems, when you were once part of the Club. I know one or two people who were put under surveillance, who were harassed.

    Q: Harassed by whom?

    A: The FBI.

    Q: Really?

    A: Sure. The FBI used other pretexts. And the IRS can come calling too.

    Q: So much for free speech.

    A: I was “part of the inner circle.” If now I began to name names and make specific accusations against researchers, I could be in a world of trouble.

    Q: What is at the bottom of these efforts at harassment?

    A: Vaccines are the last defense of modern medicine. Vaccines are the ultimate justification for the overall “brilliance” of modern medicine.

    Q: Do you believe that people should be allowed to choose whether they should get vaccines?

    A: On a political level, yes. On a scientific level, people need information, so that they can choose well. It’s one thing to say choice is good. But if the atmosphere is full of lies, how can you choose? Also, if the FDA were run by honorable people, these vaccines would not be granted licenses. They would be investigated to within an inch of their lives.

    Q: There are medical historians who state that the overall decline of illnesses was not due to vaccines.

    A: I know. For a long time, I ignored their work.

    Q: Why?

    A: Because I was afraid of what I would find out. I was in the business of developing vaccines. My livelihood depended on continuing that work.

    Q: And then?

    A: I did my own investigation.

    Q: What conclusions did you come to?

    A: The decline of disease is due to improved living conditions.

    Q: What conditions?

    A: Cleaner water. Advanced sewage systems. Nutrition. Fresher food. A decrease in poverty. Germs may be everywhere, but when you are healthy, you don’t contract the diseases as easily.

    Q: What did you feel when you completed your own investigation?

    A: Despair. I realized I was working a sector based on a collection of lies.

    Q: Are some vaccines more dangerous than others?

    A: Yes. The DPT shot, for example. The MMR. But some lots of a vaccine are more dangerous than other lots of the same vaccine. As far as I’m concerned, all vaccines are dangerous.

    Q: Why?

    A: Several reasons. They involve the human immune system in a process that tends to compromise immunity. They can actually cause the disease they are supposed to prevent. They can cause other diseases than the ones they are supposed to prevent.

    Q: Why are we quoted statistics which seem to prove that vaccines have been tremendously successful at wiping out diseases?

    A: Why? To give the illusion that these vaccines are useful. If a vaccine suppresses visible symptoms of a disease like measles, everyone assumes that the vaccine is a success. But, under the surface, the vaccine can harm the immune system itself. And if it causes other diseases — say, meningitis — that fact is masked, because no one believes that the vaccine can do that. The connection is overlooked.

    Q: It is said that the smallpox vaccine wiped out smallpox in England.

    A: Yes. But when you study the available statistics, you get another picture.

    Q: Which is?

    A: There were cities in England where people who were not vaccinated did not get smallpox. There were places where people who were vaccinated experienced smallpox epidemics. And smallpox was already on the decline before the vaccine was introduced.

    Q: So you’re saying that we have been treated to a false history.

    A: Yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying. This is a history that has been cooked up to convince people that vaccines are invariably safe and effective.

    Q: Now, you worked in labs. Where purity was an issue.

    A: The public believes that these labs, these manufacturing facilities are the cleanest places in the world. That is not true. Contamination occurs all the time. You get all sorts of debris introduced into vaccines.

    Q: For example, the SV40 monkey virus slips into the polio vaccine.

    A: Well yes, that happened. But that’s not what I mean. The SV40 got into the polio vaccine because the vaccine was made by using monkey kidneys. But I’m talking about something else. The actual lab conditions. The mistakes. The careless errors. SV40, which was later found in cancer tumors — that was what I would call a structural problem. It was an accepted part of the manufacturing process. If you use monkey kidneys, you open the door to germs which you don’t know are in those kidneys.

    Q: Okay, but let’s ignore that distinction between different types of contaminants for a moment. What contaminants did you find in your many years of work with vaccines?

    A: All right. I’ll give you some of what I came across, and I’ll also give you what colleagues of mine found. Here’s a partial list. In the Rimavex measles vaccine, we found various chicken viruses. In polio vaccine, we found acanthamoeba, which is a so-called “brain-eating” amoeba. Simian cytomegalovirus in polio vaccine. Simian foamy virus in the rotavirus vaccine. Bird-cancer viruses in the MMR vaccine. Various micro-organisms in the anthrax vaccine. I’ve found potentially dangerous enzyme inhibitors in several vaccines. Duck, dog, and rabbit viruses in the rubella vaccine. Avian leucosis virus in the flu vaccine. Pestivirus in the MMR vaccine.

    Q: Let me get this straight. These are all contaminants which don’t belong in the vaccines.

    A: That’s right. And if you try to calculate what damage these contaminants can cause, well, we don’t really know, because no testing has been done, or very little testing. It’s a game of roulette. You take your chances. Also, most people don’t know that some polio vaccines, adenovirus vaccines, rubella and hep A and measles vaccines have been made with aborted human fetal tissue. I have found what I believed were bacterial fragments and poliovirus in these vaccines from time to time — which may have come from that fetal tissue. When you look for contaminants in vaccines, you can come up with material that IS puzzling. You know it shouldn’t be there, but you don’t know exactly what you’ve got. I have found what I believed was a very small “fragment” of human hair and also human mucus. I have found what can only be called “foreign protein,” which could mean almost anything. It could mean protein from viruses.

    Q: Alarm bells are ringing all over the place.

    A: How do you think I felt? Remember, this material is going into the bloodstream without passing through some of the ordinary immune defenses.

    Q: How were your findings received?

    A: Basically, it was, don’t worry, this can’t be helped. In making vaccines, you use various animals’ tissue, and that’s where this kind of contamination enters in. Of course, I’m not even mentioning the standard chemicals like formaldehyde, mercury, and aluminum which are purposely put into vaccines.

    Q: This information is pretty staggering.

    A: Yes. And I’m just mentioning some of the biological contaminants. Who knows how many others there are? Others we don’t find because we don’t think to look for them. If tissue from, say, a bird is used to make a vaccine, how many possible germs can be in that tissue? We have no idea. We have no idea what they might be, or what effects they could have on humans.

    Q: And beyond the purity issue?

    A: You are dealing with the basic faulty premise about vaccines. That they intricately stimulate the immune system to create the conditions for immunity from disease. That is the bad premise. It doesn’t work that way. A vaccine is supposed to “create” antibodies which, indirectly, offer protection against disease. However, the immune system is much larger and more involved than antibodies and their related “killer cells.”

    Q: The immune system is?

    A: The entire body, really. Plus the mind. It’s all immune system, you might say. That is why you can have, in the middle of an epidemic, those individuals who remain healthy.

    Q: So the level of general health is important.

    A: More than important. Vital.

    Q: How are vaccine statistics falsely presented?

    A: There are many ways. For example, suppose that 25 people who have received the hepatitis B vaccine come down with hepatitis. Well, hep B is a liver disease. But you can call liver disease many things. You can change the diagnosis. Then, you’ve concealed the root cause of the problem.

    Q: And that happens?

    A: All the time. It HAS to happen, if the doctors automatically assume that people who get vaccines DO NOT come down with the diseases they are now supposed to be protected from. And that is exactly what doctors assume.You see, it’s circular reasoning. It’s a closed system. It admits no fault. No possible fault. If a person who gets a vaccine against hepatitis gets hepatitis, or gets some other disease, the automatic assumption is, this had nothing to do with the disease.

    Q: In your years working in the vaccine establishment, how many doctors did you encounter who admitted that vaccines were a problem?

    A: None. There were a few who privately questioned what they were doing. But they would never go public, even within their companies.

    Q: What was the turning point for you?

    A: I had a friend whose baby died after a DPT shot.

    Q: Did you investigate?

    A: Yes, informally. I found that this baby was completely healthy before the vaccination. There was no reason for his death, except the vaccine. That started my doubts. Of course, I wanted to believe that the baby had gotten a bad shot from a bad lot. But as I looked into this further, I found that was not the case in this instance. I was being drawn into a spiral of doubt that increased over time. I continued to investigate.I found that, contrary to what I thought, vaccines are not tested in a scientific way.

    Q: What do you mean?

    A: For example, no long-term studies are done on any vaccines. Long-term follow-up is not done in any careful way. Why? Because, again, the assumption is made that vaccines do not cause problems. So why should anyone check? On top of that, a vaccine reaction is defined so that all bad reactions are said to occur very soon after the shot is given. But that does not make sense.

    Q: Why doesn’t it make sense?

    A: Because the vaccine obviously acts in the body for a long period of time after it is given. A reaction can be gradual. Deterioration can be gradual. Neurological problems can develop over time. They do in various conditions, even according to a conventional analysis. So why couldn’t that be the case with vaccines? If chemical poisoning can occur gradually, why couldn’t that be the case with a vaccine which contains mercury?

    Q: And that is what you found?

    A: Yes. You are dealing with correlations, most of the time. Correlations are not perfect. But if you get 500 parents whose children have suffered neurological damage during a one-year period after having a vaccine, this should be sufficient to spark off an intense investigation.

    Q: Has it been enough?

    A: No. Never. This tells you something right away.

    Q: Which is?

    A: The people doing the investigation are not really interested in looking at the facts. They assume that the vaccines are safe. So, when they do investigate, they invariably come up with exonerations of the vaccines. They say, “This vaccine is safe.” But what do they base those judgments on? They base them on definitions and ideas which automatically rule out a condemnation of the vaccine.

    Q: There are numerous cases where a vaccine campaign has failed. Where people have come down with the disease against which they were vaccinated.

    A: Yes, there are many such instances. And there the evidence is simply ignored. It’s discounted. The experts say, if they say anything at all, that this is just an isolated situation, but overall the vaccine has been shown to be safe. But if you add up all the vaccine campaigns where damage and disease have occurred, you realize that these are NOT isolated situations.

    Q: Did you ever discuss what we are talking about here with colleagues, when you were still working in the vaccine establishment?

    A: Yes I did.

    Q: What happened?

    A: Several times I was told to keep quiet. It was made clear that I should go back to work and forget my misgivings. On a few occasions, I encountered fear. Colleagues tried to avoid me. They felt they could be labeled with “guilt by association.” All in all, though, I behaved myself. I made sure I didn’t create problems for myself.

    Q: If vaccines actually do harm, why are they given?

    A: First of all, there is no “if.” They do harm. It becomes a more difficult question to decide whether they do harm in those people who seem to show no harm. Then you are dealing with the kind of research which should be done, but isn’t. Researchers should be probing to discover a kind of map, or flow chart, which shows exactly what vaccines do in the body from the moment they enter. This research has not been done. As to why they are given, we could sit here for two days and discuss all the reasons. As you’ve said many times, at different layers of the system people have their motives. Money, fear of losing a job, the desire to win brownie points, prestige, awards, promotion, misguided idealism, unthinking habit, and so on. But, at the highest levels of the medical cartel, vaccines are a top priority because they cause a weakening of the immune system. I know that may be hard to accept, but it’s true. The medical cartel, at the highest level, is not out to help people, it is out to harm them, to weaken them. To kill them. At one point in my career, I had a long conversation with a man who occupied a high government position in an African nation. He told me that he was well aware of this. He told me that WHO is a front for these depopulation interests. There is an underground, shall we say, in Africa, made up of various officials who are earnestly trying to change the lot of the poor. This network of people knows what is going on. They know that vaccines have been used, and are being used, to destroy their countries, to make them ripe for takeover by globalist powers. I have had the opportunity to speak with several of these people from this network.

    Q: Is Thabo Mbeki, the president of South Africa, aware of the situation?

    A: I would say he is partially aware. Perhaps he is not utterly convinced, but he is on the way to realizing the whole truth. He already knows that HIV is a hoax. He knows that the AIDS drugs are poisons which destroy the immune system. He also knows that if he speaks out, in any way, about the vaccine issue, he will be branded a lunatic. He has enough trouble after his stand on the AIDS issue.

    Q: This network you speak of.

    A: It has accumulated a huge amount of information about vaccines. The question is, how is a successful strategy going to be mounted? For these people, that is a difficult issue.

    Q: And in the industrialized nations?

    A: The medical cartel has a stranglehold, but it is diminishing. Mainly because people have the freedom to question medicines. However, if the choice issue [the right to take or reject any medicine] does not gather steam, these coming mandates about vaccines against biowarefare germs are going to win out. This is an important time.

    Q: The furor over the hepatits B vaccine seems one good avenue.

    A: I think so, yes. To say that babies must have the vaccine-and then in the next breath, admitting that a person gets hep B from sexual contacts and shared needles — is a ridiculous juxtaposition. Medical authorities try to cover themselves by saying that 20,000 or so children in the US get hep B every year from “unknown causes,” and that’s why every baby must have the vaccine. I dispute that 20,00 figure and the so-called studies that back it up.

    Q: Andrew Wakefield, the British MD who uncovered the link between the MMR vaccine and autism, has just been fired from his job in a London hospital.

    A: Yes. Wakefield performed a great service. His correlations between the vaccine and autism are stunning. Perhaps you know that Tony Blair’s wife is involved with alternative health. There is the possibility that their child has not been given the MMR. Blair recently side-stepped the question in press interviews, and made it seem that he was simply objecting to invasive questioning of his “personal and family life.” In any event, I believe his wife has been muzzled. I think, if given the chance, she would at least say she is sympathetic to all the families who have come forward and stated that their children were severely damaged by the MMR.

    Q: British reporters should try to get through to her.

    A: They have been trying. But I think she has made a deal with her husband to keep quiet, no matter what. She could do a great deal of good if she breaks her promise. I have been told she is under pressure, and not just from her husband. At the level she occupies, MI6 and British health authorities get into the act. It is thought of as a matter of national security.

    Q: Well, it is national security, once you understand the medical cartel.

    A: It is global security. The cartel operates in every nation. It zealously guards the sanctity of vaccines. Questioning these vaccines is on the same level as a Vatican bishop questioning the sanctity of the sacrament of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church.

    Q: I know that a Hollywood celebrity stating publicly that he will not take a vaccine is committing career suicide.

    A: Hollywood is linked very powerfully to the medical cartel. There are several reasons, but one of them is simply that an actor who is famous can draw a huge amount of publicity if he says ANYTHING. In 1992, I was present at your demonstration against the FDA in downtown Los Angeles. One or two actors spoke against the FDA. Since that time, you would be hard pressed to find an actor who has spoken out in any way against the medical cartel.

    Q: Within the National Institutes of Health, what is the mood, what is the basic frame of mind?

    A: People are competing for research monies. The last thing they think about is challenging the status quo. They are already in an intramural war for that money. They don’t need more trouble. This is a very insulated system. It depends on the idea that, by and large, modern medicine is very successful on every frontier. To admit systemic problems in any area is to cast doubt on the whole enterprise. You might therefore think that NIH is the last place one should think about holding demonstrations. But just the reverse is true. If five thousand people showed up there demanding an accounting of the actual benefits of that research system, demanding to know what real health benefits have been conferred on the public from the billions of wasted dollars funneled to that facility, something might start. A spark might go off. You might get, with further demonstrations, all sorts of fall-out. Researchers — a few — might start leaking information.

    Q: A good idea.

    A: People in suits standing as close to the buildings as the police will allow. People in business suits, in jogging suits, mothers and babies. Well-off people. Poor people. All sorts of people.

    Q: What about the combined destructive power of a number of vaccines given to babies these days?

    A: It is a travesty and a crime. There are no real studies of any depth which have been done on that. Again, the assumption is made that vaccines are safe, and therefore any number of vaccines given together are safe as well. But the truth is, vaccines are not safe. Therefore the potential damage increases when you give many of them in a short time period.

    Q: Then we have the fall flu season.

    A: Yes. As if only in the autumn do these germs float in to the US from Asia. The public swallows that premise. If it happens in April, it is a bad cold. If it happens in October, it is the flu.

    Q: Do you regret having worked all those years in the vaccine field?

    A: Yes. But after this interview, I’ll regret it a little less. And I work in other ways. I give out information to certain people, when I think they will use it well.

    Q: What is one thing you want the public to understand?

    A: That the burden of proof in establishing the safety and efficacy of vaccines is on the people who manufacture and license them for public use. Just that. The burden of proof is not on you or me. And for proof you need well-designed long-term studies. You need extensive follow-up. You need to interview mothers and pay attention to what mothers say about their babies and what happens to them after vaccination. You need all these things. The things that are not there.

    Q: The things that are not there.

    A: Yes.

    Q: To avoid any confusion, I’d like you to review, once more, the disease problems that vaccines can cause. Which diseases, how that happens.

    A: We are basically talking about two potential harmful outcomes. One, the person gets the disease from the vaccine. He gets the disease which the vaccine is supposed to protect him from. Because, some version of the disease is in the vaccine to begin with. Or two, he doesn’t get THAT disease, but at some later time, maybe right away, maybe not, he develops another condition which is caused by the vaccine. That condition could be autism, what’s called autism, or it could be some other disease like meningitis. He could become mentally disabled.

    Q: Is there any way to compare the relative frequency of these different outcomes?

    A: No. Because the follow-up is poor. We can only guess. If you ask, out of a population of a hundred thousand children who get a measles vaccine, how many get the measles, and how many develop other problems from the vaccine, there is a no reliable answer. That is what I’m saying. Vaccines are superstitions. And with superstitions, you don’t get facts you can use. You only get stories, most of which are designed to enforce the superstition. But, from many vaccine campaigns, we can piece together a narrative that does reveal some very disturbing things. People have been harmed. The harm is real, and it can be deep and it can mean death. The harm is NOT limited to a few cases, as we have been led to believe. In the US, there are groups of mothers who are testifying about autism and childhood vaccines. They are coming forward and standing up at meetings. They are essentially trying to fill in the gap that has been created by the researchers and doctors who turn their backs on the whole thing.

    Q: Let me ask you this. If you took a child in, say, Boston and you raised that child with good nutritious food and he exercised every day and he was loved by his parents, and he didn’t get the measles vaccine, what would be his health status compared with the average child in Boston who eats poorly and watches five hours of TV a day and gets the measles vaccine?

    A: Of course there are many factors involved, but I would bet on the better health status for the first child. If he gets measles, if he gets it when he is nine, the chances are it will be much lighter than the measles the second child might get. I would bet on the first child every time.

    Q: How long did you work with vaccines?

    A: A long time. Longer than ten years.

    Q: Looking back now, can you recall any good reason to say that vaccines are successful?

    A: No, I can’t. If I had a child now, the last thing I would allow is vaccination. I would move out of the state if I had to. I would change the family name. I would disappear. With my family. I’m not saying it would come to that. There are ways to sidestep the system with grace, if you know how to act. There are exemptions you can declare, in every state, based on religious and/or philosophic views. But if push came to shove, I would go on the move.

    Q: And yet there are children everywhere who do get vaccines and appear to be healthy.

    A: The operative word is “appear.” What about all the children who can’t focus on their studies? What about the children who have tantrums from time to time? What about the children who are not quite in possession of all their mental faculties? I know there are many causes for these things, but vaccines are one cause. I would not take the chance. I see no reason to take the chance. And frankly, I see no reason to allow the government to have the last word. Government medicine is, from my experience, often a contradiction in terms. You get one or the other, but not both.

    Q: So we come to the level playing field.

    A: Yes. Allow those who want the vaccines to take them. Allow the dissidents to decline to take them. But, as I said earlier, there is no level playing field if the field is strewn with lies. And when babies are involved, you have parents making all the decisions. Those parents need a heavy dose of truth. What about the child I spoke of who died from the DPT shot? What information did his parents act on? I can tell you it was heavily weighted. It was not real information.

    Q: Medical PR people, in concert with the press, scare the hell out of parents with dire scenarios about what will happen if their kids don’t get shots.

    A: They make it seem a crime to refuse the vaccine. They equate it with bad parenting. You fight that with better information. It is always a challenge to buck the authorities. And only you can decide whether to do it. It is every person’s responsibility to make up his mind. The medical cartel likes that bet. It is betting that the fear will win……

    http://www.alternative-doctor.com/vaccination/rappaport.htm

  9. “Spamtastic”? LOL.

    “If this trend continues and gets bad enough, people will begin to die. We’ve already seen that in England as well as throughout pockets in the US. It happens. Really, you anti-vax nuts. It god damn happens.”

    It isn’t GOD DAMN HAPPENING and it stopped happening in England when basic sanitation increased.

    The reason why SMART, well educated persons aren’t listening to hysterical boobs like you is because they KNOW BETTER than to be bullied into believing the lies of those who have won complete legal immunity to any harm their products may cause.

    Why don’t you have a problem with THAT?

    You can sue Merck for harm that Vioxx caused but NOT for any harm (paralysis) that Gardisil can cause?

    Get real. SMART people aren’t willing to take their health advice from those who refuse to be held accountable. Any dumbass recognizes that much.

    Last but not least: Is YOUR KID vaccinated?

    If so then stop getting your drawers in a bunch about what OTHER people ought to be doing with their own children and enjoy that so-called immunity you paid for in a shot.

  10. Here is some more food for thought.

    Glaxo makes these vaccines:

    BOOSTRIX
    CERVARIX
    ENGERIX-B
    FLUARIX
    FLULAVAL
    HAVRIX
    HIBERIX
    INFANRIX
    KINRIX
    PEDIARIX
    ROTARIX
    TWINRIX

    HOW MANY OF THESE DO YOU THINK WERE MADE IN A SANITARY ENVIRONMENT?

    If it weren’t for Cheryl Eckard, we might never know……..

    Glaxo Whistle-Blower Lawsuit: Bad Medicine
    CBS-Jan 7, 2011

    (CBS) Of all the things that you trust every day, you want to believe your prescription medicine is safe and effective. The pharmaceutical industry says that it follows the highest standards for quality. But in November, we found out just how much could go wrong at one of the world’s largest drug makers. A subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to distributing adulterated drugs.

    There was reason to believe that some of the medications were contaminated with bacteria, others were mislabeled, and some were too strong or not strong enough. It’s likely GLAXO WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT had it not been for a company insider: a tip from Cheryl Eckard set off a major federal investigation.

    She’s never told the public what she saw inside Glaxo, but now she has. Her story opens a rare window on how one company traded its good name for bad medicine.

    Eckard worked in Glaxo quality control and over ten years she had risen to become a manager of global quality assurance. Her job was to inspect plants to make sure that the drugs had the right ingredients, the right potency and met government standards for purity.

    In 2002, Eckard was assigned to help lead a quality assurance team to evaluate one of Glaxo’s most important plants, in Cidra, Puerto Rico. Nine hundred people worked there, making 20 drugs for patients in the U.S. But Eckard says that when she saw what was happening to some of the company’s most popular drugs, she couldn’t believe it.

    “All the systems were broken, the facility was broken, the equipment was broken, the processes were broken. It was the worst thing I had run across in my career,” she told “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley.

    The worst, because so many things behind the walls of the plant were going wrong at once: Eckard says water used to make tablets was tainted with bacteria; failures on production lines made some drugs too strong, some not strong enough; and the employees were contaminating products, including the anti-bacterial ointment Bactroban, which was made in a sealed tank to prevent contamination.

    “They were opening up the lid and then they were sticking their body into the tank and scraping it with like a paddle,” Eckard said.

    “But this product is supposed to be free of bacteria. Why would they do that?” Pelley asked.

    “It saved money,” Eckard replied.

    As her team continued its evaluation of the plant, Eckard says she discovered something much worse than contamination: because of failures on various production lines, she says that powerful medications were getting mixed up.

    “Are you saying that different kinds of drugs were packed into the same bottle?” Pelley asked.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/29/60minutes/main7195247.shtml

    I’m sure ALL of the vaccines that babies and children got during this time period were completely vetted for safety…… ;)

  11. I’m sure the iron lungs many kids with polio would be in would be far safer than those vaccines.

  12. Not that I actually read any of your prattle.

  13. More ‘prattle’ for Nate. ;)

    An injection of realism
    January 3, 2012

    Are Vaccines Magical?

    It is magical thinking that there are virtually no injuries caused by vaccines and the vaccination process. The safety factors promoted are completely unrealistic and could not be achieved by the use of a real placebo. Why? Because virtually all vaccines are injected, and the injection process itself, separate and distinct from the vaccine, is by definition an invasive medical procedure with multiple known risk factor rates greater than current vaccine safety claims.

    Ask any responsible medical professional if it is possible to perform 1,000,000 insulin, Vitamin B12, or even saline injections without an injury. Serious adverse reactions from injections happen all the time. And medical error in general is a much larger problem than most people realize.

    From the National Academy of Science: Medication Errors Injure 1.5 Million People and Cost Billions of Dollars Annually

    This PowerPoint illustrates multiple common errors, see slide 2
    Here a technician was using improper injection techniques for flu shots
    “But they must be the only ones…” Nope, sorry. It turns out that this is a continuing problem across the entire health care industry.

    “3 Myths About Safe Injection Practices”-
    ….Premier survey conducted in May and June last year, indicating that of 5,446 provider respondents (better hope your HCP is not one of these), the following engage in unsafe injection practices:

    6% sometimes or always use single-dose/single-use vials for more than one patient
    9% sometimes or always reuse a syringe but change the needle for a second patient
    15.1% reuse a syringe to enter a multidose vial
    6.5% save that vial for use on another patient.
    So, are vaccines and vaccination magical?

    What about manufacturing errors?
    Just before the earthquake Japan halted vaccinating with a couple of vaccines due to contamination

    Merck was recently cited for delivering vaccines containing pieces of charred shrink-wrap and other problems .

    You cannot even guarantee sterility using proper procedures, as illustrated by the recent recall of contaminated Triad alcohol wipes, which the FDA didn’t correct for several years. So you could have a properly manufactured, etc. shot and still get a sick patient.

    Imagine every potential failure point- manufacturing, packaging, labeling, shipping, storage, reconstitution and preparation for injection, correct injection method, proper sanitary procedures followed, patient mix-ups, etc. Project that out over the several hundred million vaccine injections given annually.

    Is it really reasonable to claim that every dose of the 100’s of millions of injected vaccines used every year in the US – is manufactured, labeled, etc. and administered perfectly?

    The World Health Organization doesn’t think so, that’s why they have a manual for investigating the expected, inevitable Adverse Events Following Immunization, or AEFI. They expect a certain number of adverse events and use that baseline as an indicator for troubleshooting vaccine campaign problems.

    Part of the communication problem between parents and doctors, is that for vaccinators “rare” and “very rare” adverse events have a numerical value assigned to them by the Brighton Collaboration that greatly exceeds the general public’s value. For a vaccinator an adverse event is very common (>1/10); common (>1/100); uncommon (>1/1000); rare (>1/10 000); very rare (<1/10 000), or not previously reported. The average parent does not consider an event that occurs more frequently than 10/100,000 to be rare, or up to 9/100,000 to be very rare
    Injury reporting in the US is hobbled by the patchwork method healthcare is delivered- one facility for routine care, another for urgent, and yet a third for emergencies. Like most things health care related Canada does a better job than we do. Public Health Canada records that serious adverse events, defined as birth defect, extended hospitalization, permanent disability, or death, occur at a rate of 1/100,000 doses.

    What is more likely, that Canada has an inferior vaccine administration system or that the US has an inferior vaccine injury tracking system?

    While this is a very low individual risk, a 1/100,000 or 10/million rate projected out over the 350+ million or so doses annually administered in the US adds up to 3,500+ injuries or deaths.

    This is why the safety question will never go away. These are people who have suffered legitimate injury and have family and friends who also know that the injuries occurred. If every injured person has a circle of 10 others, we are looking at 35,000 people who know that the risk is real.

    Calculate that over 20 years and you will understand where the pool of “refusers” is coming from.

    Does a healthy child have a 1/100k risk of serious injury or death from the Mumps or Chicken Pox? Those were never even reportable diseases prior to the development of vaccines for them. Was there a public outcry demanding these vaccines?

    I have heard of vaccines being compared to seatbelts , (and therefore not vaccinating is equated to not using a seatbelt), but that analogy would only hold true if 1/100,000 times someone was wearing a seatbelt, it malfunctioned and choked the wearer to the point of serious injury, brain damage or death. In the real world all kinds of failures occur.

    Vaccines are some of the most complex pharmaceutical products manufactured, using live and attenuated biologics, that require very specific handling. Some have to be frozen, some refrigerated. Many have to be reconstituted with a “diluent”. It is a common mistake to mix the incorrect diluent, or even inadvertently use another medicine.

    Medical mistakes are made all the time- so why would vaccines be different? Are vaccines and vaccination magical?

    Dennis Quaid’s children were almost killed by a medication error at Cedars-Sinai, yet the medical profession assigns perfect safety records to vaccine administrators at [COLOR:BLUE]Rite Aids and Walgreens ?[/COLOR]

    How many conventional injection mistakes (quite apart from reactions caused by the vaccine ingredients) are being masked by the near hysterical defense of vaccine safety?

    Why is the immutable medical dogma one which states that “vaccines are incapable of causing harm, and any or all temporally associated events following an injection labeled vaccine are coincidental” ?

    How many “vaccine” injuries are really undiagnosed medication errors?

    Symptoms that would normally warrant a medical emergency are often dismissed when they occur following an injection that is labeled a “vaccination”.

    In a “non-vaccine” medication error investigation the first thing confirmed would be what was actually injected into the patient. Did the patient receive the correct medication? In many hospitals, medications are prepared in a central pharmacy and sent out to the various wards on medication trolleys. Maybe the patient was injected with a syringe originally intended for another person in a different treatment room because the staff member didn’t double check the medication. Was the vial mislabeled? Next, was it manufactured properly? Contaminated or adulterated in some way? Was it properly prepared with mixing and dosage ratios? Was it used within the recommended time-frame, as some products have a limited window for administration. A toxicology report could be performed to see if any common medical office medications were improperly administered.

    The bottom line is that because of the foregoing, for some people the scenario, “My child was fine before the shot, and then was injured or killed”, is a true statement.

    And perhaps not because of what the WHO classifies as a “vaccine reaction”, but from a “programme error”. Not everyone who claims vaccine injury is mistaken or lying. Vaccines are not magically exempt from the normal natural laws of statistics and errors.

    From the “Arizona Immunization Conference” April 28, 2011, Powerpoint-
    Slide 36; Reporting Vaccine Administration Errors
    CDC currently has no mechanism for reporting vaccine administration errors If an adverse event occurs it should be reported to VAERS
    (*My Note- The only organization tasked with tracking injuries and apparently structured in such a way that its information is disregarded by proponents as inaccurate.)

    Discussions are underway to develop a reporting mechanism
    Slide 38
    “Rights” of Medical Patients (*My note- short list of potential errors)
    Right patient
    Right vaccine or diluent
    Right time
    Includes administering at correct age, correct interval, and before vaccine/diluent expiration
    Right dosage
    Right route, needle length and technique
    Right site
    Right documentation

    insidevaccines.com/wordpress/2012/01/03/an-injection-of-realism/#more-1843

  14. show me a scientifically literate anti-vaxer and i’ll show you pigs that fly

  15. Tis an assault of dense wording!

    To arms, fellow knights. Steel yourself to the long-winded knave!

  16. I know these are always cut-and-paste jobs, but part of me hopes these people sat and typed out all their junk specifically for my blog. I like the idea of FTSOS having exclusive rights to ignoring every last bit of it.

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