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Vaccine Nations II

 “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 its 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”

― Jon Rappoport interview with ex-vaccine Researcher


Unlike the US government who has been forced to admit that the MMR vaccine does kill, in Europe there remains resistance. Let’s just remind ourselves of their own extensive list of warnings, contraindications, and adverse reactions associated with the MMR triple shot introduced in the 1980s which includes: encephalitis, encephalopathy, neurological disorders, seizure disorders, convulsions, learning disabilities, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), demyelination of the nerve sheaths, Guillain-Barre’ syndrome (paralysis), muscle incoordination, deafness, panniculitis, vasculitis, optic neuritis (including partial or total blindness), retinitis, otitis media, bronchial spasms, fever, headache, joint pain, arthritis (acute and chronic), transverse myelitis, thrombocytopenia (blood clotting disorders and spontaneous bleeding), anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions), lymphadenopathy, leukocytosis, pneumonitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, urticaria, pancreatitis, parotitis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, meningitis, diabetes, autism, immune system disorders, and death. [1]

It begs the question as to why a mother was not given the information above when her 18 month son George died 10 days after being given the MMR jab. The toddler George Fisher “…showed symptoms of lost appetite, red eyes, and diarrhoea before he died …” Experts refused to see any link claiming the reasons for the death were “unascertained.” [2]

A mother whose son suffered brain damage 18 years ago from the MMR vaccine was awarded £90,000 ($140,000) in damages. Robert Fletcher suffered his first seizure 10 days after receiving the MMR shot 18 years ago, at the age of 13 months. Epilepsy-induced brain damage rendered him permanently unable to talk or to feed himself or stand without help. [3]

Certain adverse reactions and associated brain diseases are well known for having a long incubating period so that if there are signs of a reaction and depending on the biological make-up of the child then symptoms can appear much later, as was perhaps the case with UK Toddler Robert who had the MMR vaccination in January 1990. Two years after he began behaving abnormally, losing control of his movements and sleeping for 18 hours at a time.  “Within months he fell into a coma and died in December. By 1992, Robert, then seven, had developed a degenerative brain condition called SSPE (sub-acute sclerosis pan encephalitis), linked to the measles component.” Further, the parents’ auxiliary nurse and consultant believed that “… the vaccine was the only way Robert could have developed it.” [4]

Another healthy 3 year-old received the MMR vaccine in 1985. When he was nine Ashley Shipman began “…having problems with his balance and co-ordination” and was soon also diagnosed with SSPE. He died in June 1999, aged 14. After six years, four hearings the vaccine damage tribunal awarded the parents the paltry sum of £30,000 as compensation. The consultant treating the little boy also told his parents that “his condition was caused by his vaccination.” [5]

As of the time of writing yet another child has died after being administered the inoculation, this time in Belgium, at the Kind en Gezin Child and Family Health Centre. “The toddler, the second to die in Belgium in less than six months, suffered a cardiac arrest after receiving the MMR vaccination given to him by a G.P. despite warnings from his father that he was still unwell.” [6]

The Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute was established in 1996 “…to provide parents and other concerned people with educational resources enabling them to make more informed vaccine decisions.” The testimonies flooding into the institute provide on the ground information from concerned parents which reflect an underreported phenomenon that only occasionally gets headline news such as the examples cited above. A small selection of the unsolicited adverse reaction reports associated with the MMR vaccine follow and which arrive daily at the institute:

[MMR114] My 12-month-old received his MMR shot on a Friday. The following Friday he had a 104 degree temperature and became violently ill. The doctor said it was a stomach virus. But on Monday morning he woke up with a rash all over. I took him to the doctor and was very upset to learn that this is very common.

[MMR128] Recently, my 13-month-old had his MMR. He now has constant high fevers and seizures, which he never had. He is a totally different boy. This is devastating.

[MMR176] My friend’s 15-month-old daughter received an MMR vaccine. Within eight days she was hospitalized with a 104 degree fever and a skin rash. My friend called to see what I could find out about Stevens-Johnson syndrome. They told her that her daughter may die as a result of this.

[MMR216] Three days ago my friend’s 15-month-old daughter was hospitalized after experiencing a high fever and her first seizure. The hospital put the baby through a series of tests, including a CAT scan and CBC. My friend told me he thought it was a reaction to the MMR vaccine she recently received. However, the doctors were puzzled as to the cause and disallowed this explanation.

[MMR315] When my daughter was just over one year old, she received her MMR vaccination. Later that day she had a high fever, and I put her to bed. I was busy doing housework downstairs and got this “mother’s intuition” that something was wrong. I rushed upstairs to find her blue and not breathing. I called a nurse. My daughter seemed to be convulsing, so I was instructed to reach down her throat to open her air passage. She was rushed to the hospital and they immediately put her into a cool bath. She was in the hospital for almost a week. Had it not been for my gut feeling that something was wrong, my baby would not be with me today.

[MMR317] Our son developed seizures after his MMR vaccine at 14 months. Today, after two years of anti-epilepsy medications, he has totally regressed. We decided to stop all medications five weeks ago and his grand mal fits have stopped. We are now left with a child experiencing severe constipation and bowel problems.

[MMR321] One week after the MMR shot for my 16-month-old daughter, she had diarrhea. The next day she had three seizures. What steps should be taken once a reaction has occurred. I want to be sure it is documented and the government is made aware.

[MMR398] My daughter had a serious reaction to the MMR shot when she was 22 months. She developed brain damage after a fever of 106 degrees. She also has seizures which are unresponsive to medication, damage to the nerves of her eyes, and learning disabilities that she battles every day. We took her case to court and lost. The doctor who testified on their behalf stated that the government only called him in when they wanted a finding in their favor. What a setup! Of course they don’t have to live with the frustrations and expense of raising these vaccine-damaged children.

[MMR402] Three days after my daughter received her MMR vaccine, she started blinking her eyes and sniffling a lot. She’s been doing this for 2 1/2 months now. Is there a link between the MMR vaccine and facial tics?

[MMR436] My 12-year-old had a seizure within 10 minutes of his second MMR. His head rolled side to side and his arms jerked a couple of times. He was unaware of this, so he must have blanked out. Afterwards, he felt woozy, very tired, and had a headache at the bridge of his nose. Also, his arm that got the shot was numb. The feeling in it gradually returned over the course of an hour. [7]

Autism is the umbrella term for a range of developmental disorders which affect a child’s communication, social skills, and ability to lead a normal life. Autistic conditions affect 1 in 100 US children and 1 in 64 British children according to a Cambridge University study. [8] Despite the vast majority of medical professionals constantly telling the public there is no evidence for a link between autism and MMR, the evidence continues to mount.

Setting a precedent for other civil cases to follow, an Italian court handed down a landmark ruling in favour of a parents’ evidence that their son Valentino Bocca’s autism was provoked by the MMR jab he had at aged nine months. Antonio Barboni, a doctor of forensic medicine was endorsed by two other eminent doctors who examined Valentino, investigated his medical background, and gave evidence to the court hearing. They all agreed that the MMR vaccine was the likely culprit. Judge Lucio Ardigo, awarding compensation to the family, said: “…it was ‘conclusively established’ that Valentino had suffered from an ‘autistic disorder associated with medium cognitive delay’ and his illness, as Dr Barboni stated, was linked to receiving the jab.”

And as the lawyer for the Bocca family also stated: “This is very significant for Britain which uses, and has used, an MMR vaccine with the same components as the one given to Valentino.” [9]


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“Parents in California are distraught after losing their infant son after being vaccinated. He died in his sleep and was taken to the hospital already deceased. Hospital staff ruled his death as sudden infant death syndrome. The couple was told an autopsy was required to be performed on their son.

After returning home, waiting to get an update, they never received one. Numerous phone calls were made to get answers. Weeks went by. Finally, they received verbal confirmation and told their son was best not to be seen prior to being cremated, because of the condition he was in. Once cremated, they could pick up the remains of their child from the crematory. They were not given the chance to say their goodbyes.

More than one year and four months have passed and the family has yet to receive his autopsy report. It turns out their son was given a vaccine not approved for his age and an extra dose of the hepatitis B vaccine that he shouldn’t have received until later on.

This harrowing story is a reminder that vaccines can be lethal. Parents shall maintain the rights to choose what medical interventions they feel are safe for their child. After all, they are the ones who have to live with the consequences.”

California Infant Dies after 8 Vaccines


Various studies over the years have shown conclusive links between mercury and neuro-developmental disorders. For instance, back in June 2000, a paper from an intriguing study was presented by CDC epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten using the CDC’s massive Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) at the Simpsonwood Conference Centre in Atlanta. The study provided evidence that mercury in vaccines could be responsible for causing autism-associated or autism-like symptoms in recipients. In Dr. Verstraeten own words: “We have found statistically significant relationships between exposure [to mercury in vaccines] and outcomes. At two months of age, developmental delay; exposure at three months, tics; at six months, attention deficit disorder. Exposure at one, three and six months, language and speech delays–the entire category of neurodevelopmental delays.”

This was not something the 52 vaccine manufacturer attendees wanted to hear. Since Dr. Verstraeten coincidentally went on to work for GlaxoSmithKline in Europe it is hardly surprising that the data was quashed and re-worked despite many uncertainties and grievances expressed by participants.

Nutritionist and author Catherine J. Frompovich’s article reported on the conference and attendee Dr. John Clements, of the World Health Organization (WHO) who expressed his realism about the nature of vaccines and research:

“But there is now the point at which the research results have to be handled, and even if this committee decides that there is no association and that information gets out, the work has been done and through the freedom of information that will be taken by others and will be used in other ways beyond the control of this group. And I am very concerned about that as I suspect that it is already too late to do anything regardless of any professional body and what they say.

“My mandate as I sit here in this group is to make sure at the end of the day that 100,000,000 are immunized with DTP, Hepatitis B and if possible Hib, this year, next year and for many years to come, and that will have to be with thimerosal containing vaccines unless a miracle occurs and an alternative is found quickly and is tried and found to be safe.” [10]

Though scientists have carried out numerous studies on the alleged link between autism and MMR and the mercury component in some vaccinations no definitive evidence has been found. The medical establishment has however, sponsored most of these studies. It would be naive and foolish indeed to think that such a hugely profitable business would simply roll over and wave its legs in the air when faced with challenges to a 200-year old “scientific” orthodoxy. And there are so many alternative treatments out there that do work.[11]

In fact, knowledge that some vaccinations can cause autism and other brain disorders has been known at least since the 1960s as well as the risks of giving infants and very young children a vaccine containing three live viruses in one shot. Two World Health Organisation papers published nearly 40 years ago set the dangers precisely and were clearly cognizant of the dangers involved: “Virus-associated immunopathology: animal models and implications for human disease”  along with: “Effects of viruses on the immune system, immune-complex diseases, and antibody-mediated immunologic injury” and “Cell-mediated immunity, autoimmune diseases, genetics, [all have] implications for clinical research.” [12]

So, what is in the MMR and other vaccines?

Vaccination formulas such as Measles Live Virus Vaccine: (Attenuvax); Measles and Mumps Live Virus Vaccine: (M-M-Rvax); Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio Vaccine; DTaP, IPV, HBV and Hib: (Diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type B); Gardasil HPV: Human Papillomavirus Vaccine all contain some interesting toxins. (See below).

Bovine cow serum:

Extracted from cow skin. When injected causes connective tissue disorders, arthritis and lupus; also shortness of breath, low blood pressure, chest pain and skin reactions.

Sorbitol:

Synthetic sweetener which metabolizes very slowly and aggravates IBS and gastrointestinal issues.

Gelatin:

Derived from the collagen inside animals’ skin and bones. Injecting gelatin poses the risk of infection from synthetic growth hormones and BSE infectivity (mad cow disease).

Sodium chloride:

Raises blood pressure and inhibits muscle contraction and growth.

Egg protein:

Vaccines are prepared in eggs (certainly not organic). May contain growth hormones, antibiotics, and salmonella bacteria.

Thimerosal:

A neurotoxic mercury which causes autism: There are 25 mcg in one average flu vaccine, and the EPA safety limit is 5 micrograms, so children who are vaccinated simultaneously with multiple* vaccines receive over 10 times the safety limit of mercury in one day.

Human albumin:

The protein portion of blood from pooled human venous plasma; when injected causes fever, chills, hives, rash, headache, nausea, breathing difficulty, and rapid heart rate. Injecting “pooled blood” can result in a loss of body cell mass and cause immunodeficiency virus infection, or contain SV40, AIDS, cancer or Hepatitis B from drug addicts.

Formaldehyde:

Highly carcinogenic fluid used to embalm corpses. Ranked one of the most hazardous compounds to human health; can cause liver damage, gastrointestinal issues, reproductive deformation, respiratory distress and cancer. Plus, formaldehyde has been known to fail to deactivate the virus the vaccine is intended to cure, thus enabling a live virus to enter your blood and infect your system.
Phenoxyethanol: A glycol ether/chemical; highly toxic to the nervous system, kidneys, and liver. The FDA warns “can cause shut down of the central nervous system (CNS), vomiting and contact dermatitis” in cosmetics; imagine when injected into your blood.

Aluminum phosphate

Greatly increases toxicity of mercury, so caution about minimum mercury tolerance is therefore severely underestimated. CDC scientists and all doctors are well aware of this.

MSG(monosodium glutamate)

When injected becomes a neurotoxin, causing CNS disorders and brain damage in children.[13]

The rubella virus is one of the three live viruses in the MMR vaccine. In a February 15, 2002 letter to the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Walter A. Orenstein, M.D. as US Assistant Surgeon General and Director of the National Immunization Program stated: “… rubella (congenital rubella syndrome) is one of the few proven causes of autism.”

Exposure to live measles or mumps viruses can cause encephalitis according to the Committee on Children with Disabilities who authored a paper entitled “The Pediatrician’s Role in the Diagnosis and Management of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Children” published in the journal Pediatrics Vol. 107, No. 5. 2001. In it they stated:

“measles and mumps can cause significant disability, including encephalitis.” Once again measles and mumps are found in the MMR vaccination 3-shot. Even the President of Merck’s vaccine division Julie Gerberding and the main manufacturer of the MMR vaccine commented to CBS News when she was Director of the US Centres for Disease Control that: “… if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.” [14]

As part of her research on vaccination compensation claims and autism, Sharyl Attkisson corresponded in a May 5 2008 with Federal Agency of Health Resources and Services division Tina Cheatham where she states: “We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.” [15]

Attkisson reported on 1322 cases of vaccine injury compensation secretly settled out of court by the US Government and how the former head of the National Institute of Health (NIH) believed the government “too quick to dismiss possible link.” [16]

Dr Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute and current Director of the US $30.5 billion budget National Institutes of Health gave evidence to the US House of Representatives Committee in May 2006 stating: “Recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity or autism cannot be due to major shifts in the human gene pool as those changes take much more time to occur. They must be due to changes in the environment, including diet and physical activity, which may produce disease in genetically predisposed persons.” [17] [Emphasis mine] This means there is an external influence which overwhelmingly points to vaccinations. Merck’s HPV Vaccine Gardasil given to teenage girls as a so-called preventative measure against cervical cancer also has quite a history.

Between May 2009 and September 2010, 16 deaths occurred after Gardasil vaccination, with 789 reports of “serious” adverse reactions; 213 cases of permanent disability; and 25 cases of Guillain Barre Syndrome. [16] The documents obtained from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) detail 26 new deaths of previously healthy young girls reported to the government following HPV vaccination between September 1, 2010 and September 15, 2011. [18]

At the time of writing Naomi Snell, a 28-year-old woman in Melbourne, Australia, is leading a class-action civil lawsuit against Merck after suffering autoimmune and neurological complications following injections with the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. Naomi experienced convulsions; severe back and neck pain, and was no longer able to walk, after receiving the first of three doses of the vaccine. [19]

Christina Tarsell, a 21-year-old arts student at Bard College, died suddenly just after receiving the third Gardasil shot in June 2008. And Megan, a 20-year-old college student who died suddenly, without explanation, one month after receiving her third Gardasil shot. No cause of death was found. [20]

Ashley, a 16-year-old who became chronically ill after receiving Gardasil, and now suffers regular life-threatening episodes of seizure-like activity, difficulty breathing, back spasms, paralysis, dehydration, memory loss and tremors.  [21]

Gabi Swank, a 15-year-old honour student decided to get the Gardasil vaccine after seeing a “Be One Less” Gardasil vaccine advertisement on TV. She suffered two strokes and experienced partial paralysis and lost part of her vision. At high school she needed a wheelchair due to chronic fatigue and muscle pain. Today, frequent seizures are common. [22] In 2008, 13-year-old Jenny Tetlock had a similar reaction after just one month of having the HPV Gardasil vaccine. Over one year later, a degenerative muscle disease left her nearly completely paralyzed. She went downhill fast and her battle lost and died in March 2009. [23]

There are many other painful stories associated with HPV Gardasil vaccine where young girls became severely disabled or even lost their lives.

According to a 2011 paper by Canadian researchers Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic and Dr. Christopher Shaw, published in the Annals of Medicine, so far:

  • The efficacy of HPV vaccines in preventing cervical cancer has not been demonstrated
  • Current worldwide HPV immunization practices with either of the two HPV vaccines appear to be neither justified by long-term health benefits nor economically viable
  • Serious adverse reactions including deaths, convulsions, paralysis, GBS, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms, anaphylaxis and cervical cancer remain to be fully evaluated.
  • The long-term health of many women may be at risk against still unknown vaccine benefits. [24]

If that weren’t enough, the fallout from vaccination orthodoxy continues.

For more evidence on the evidence that vaccines have had little or no effect on infectious diseases see: No Historical Benefit in Vaccines: Polish Study

Update: January 10th 2019:


Notes

[1] Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners by Neil Z. Miller. 2012.(pp.10-11).
[2] ‘Healthy toddler died 10 days after being given MMR vaccination’ By Richard Savill, Telegraph, December 2, 2008.
[3] ‘Mother wins MMR payout after 18 years’ Telegraph, by Laura Donnelly, August 2010.
[4] ‘Were all of these children killed by the triple MMR jab?’ By Lucy Johnston, Sunday Express, January 13, 2002.
[5] Ibid.
[6] ‘Parents Insist Vaccines Killed Their Sick and Fragile Toddler’By Christina England , VacTruth, June 8th, 2012.
[7] Ibid.
[8] International Meeting for Autism Research (London, May 15-17, 2008): Estimating Autism Spectrum Prevalence in the Population: a School Based Study from the UK. http://www.imfar.confex.com/imfar/2008/webprogram/Paper2245.html
[9] ‘MMR: A mother’s victory. The vast majority of doctors say there is no link between the triple jab and autism, but could an Italian court case reignite this controversial debate?’ by Sue Reid, Daily Mail, June 2012.
[10] ‘The Study That Proved Vaccines Caused Autism-like Symptoms’ By Catherine J. Frompovich, in Activist Post, Oct. 20th 2013.
[11] Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Natasha Campbell-McBride, Published by Mendinform publishing, 2010 (enlarged edition). ISBN-10: 0954852028.
[12] Effects of viruses on the immune system, immune-complex diseases, and antibody-mediated immunologic injury Bulletin of The World Health Organisation. 1972; 47(2): 257-264. | 2. Cell-mediated immunity, autoimmune diseases, genetics, and implications for clinical research Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. 1972; 47(2): 265-274.
[13] Edited and re-formatted from: ‘Health Basics: The 11 most toxic vaccine ingredients and their side effects’ April 01, 2012 by S. D. Wells. Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com.
[14] House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta – Unraveling the Mystery of Autism; Talking With the CDC Director; Stories of Children with Autism; Aging with Autism – Aired March 29, 2008.
[15] Child Health Safety Files, http://www.childhealthsafety.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/attkisson-cbs-hrsa-email-exchanges-autistic-conditions-vaccines.pdf
[16] ‘Leading Dr.: Vaccines-Autism Worth Study, Former Head Of NIH Says Government Too Quick To Dismiss Possible Link’ By Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News, May 12, 2008. | ‘Vaccine Case: An Exception Or A Precedent? – First Family To Have Autism-Related Case “Conceded” Is Just One Of Thousands’ By Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News By Sharyl Attkisson March 6, 2008.
[17] National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Request. Witness appearing before the House Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, April 6, 2006, and the Senate Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, May 19, 2006.  Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, Mr. Richard J. Turman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Budget Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee.
[18] ‘Judicial Watch Uncovers FDA Gardasil Records Detailing 26 New Reported Deaths’ October 2011, http://www.judicialwatch.org
[19] Ibid.
[20] ‘Gardasil Victims Take Legal Action Against Merck Over Miscarriage, Deadly Reactions’ by Anthony Gucciardi NaturalSociety.com, November 10, 2011.
11] ‘CDC Report Stirs Controversy For Merck’s Gardasil Vaccine’ By Radha Chitale, ABC News, Medical Unit, August 19, 2009.
[21] ‘Gardasil: Women Hurt by Medicine’women tell their stories about ‘cervical cancer vaccines’ Megan’s Story (USA) – as told by her mother Karen July 20, 2009 by Gertrude Green. http://www.womenhurtbymedicine.wordpress.com |‘Teenage Girl Disabled Following Gardasil, Meningitis Vaccine’ by Jane Akre, February 07, 2009. Injury Board National Newsdesk, http://www.news.legalexaminer.com.
[22] ‘New Worries About Gardasil Safety’ by Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News, February 11, 2009.
[23] ‘Young Woman Featured in Gardasil Media Attention Passes Away.’ By Kim Stagliano, ageofautism.com.
[24] ‘Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine policy and evidence-based medicine: Are they at odds?’ December 22, 2011. (doi:10.3109/07853890.2011.645353) By Lucija Tomljenovic1 & Christopher A. Shaw. http://www.informahealthcare.com

Vaccine Nations I

 By M.K. Styllinski

“Truly, something is amiss within the supposed science of vaccinology, especially if the only logic behind vaccines and vaccinations is the rabid belief that vaccines provide immunity from disease.”

Catherine J. Frompovich


A ‘conscientious objector’ was originally one who refused to have their children inoculated.  Were they just the religiously inclined and those unduly mistrustful of authority, cast adrift in a sea of superstition without the benefit of hard science? Or did they intuitively know something we don’t? [1]

These series of posts are about Official Culture and as such, we will be delving into hot topics. The subject of vaccinations  produces very strong reactions in parents and medical professionals. The former, due to the natural wish for their doctors to provide the best possible care for their children and loved ones and the latter, from the ingrained medical orthodoxy that there is watertight proof of historical efficacy and that vaccinations are generally beneficial as a preventative medicine.

But is this another sacred cow? I don’t mean to say that ALL vaccinations and its orthodoxy are at fault. There may be however, a strong case to question the science at the heart of vaccine acceptance, most especially when it is so inextricably entwined in the medical and pharmaceutical establishments.

The United States VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System) receives over 11,000 incidences of serious negative reactions to vaccination annually, 1 percent (or over 112 persons) which include deaths from vaccine reactions. [2] More worrying still is the fact that only 10 percent of adverse reactions are reported, a figure supported by both the FDA and the National Vaccine Information Centre (NVIC) investigations. [3] What is more, the majority of these reports are from doctors who may or may not have an allegiance to their pharmaceutical providers. It is statistically significant that according to writer and journalist Alan Philips: “… the NVIC reported that in New York, only one out of 40 doctor’s offices [2.5 percent] confirmed that they report a death or injury following vaccination, — 97.5 percent of vaccine related deaths and disabilities go unreported there. Implications about the integrity of medical professionals aside (doctors are legally required to report serious adverse events), these findings suggest that vaccine deaths actually occurring each year may be well over 1,000.” [4]

In March 2004 an influential article “Death by Medicine” was written by a group of medical and non-medical PhD researchers for Life Extension magazine. They found that: “… only 1.5 percent of all adverse events result in an incident report, and only 6 percent of adverse drug events are identified properly….The Psychiatric Times noted that the AMA is strongly opposed to mandatory reporting of medical errors…Dr Jay Cohen, who has extensively researched adverse drug reactions (ADR), commented that because only 5percent of ADRs are being reported, there are in reality, 5 million medications reactions each year.” [5]

As of August 2008, the sum of cash paid out by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was $1,804,415,262.35.

Clearly, something is amiss.

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The source of the vaccination mythology is derived from one Edward Jenner, an English physician and scientist who pioneered the smallpox vaccine in 1796. Often cited as “the father of immunology” Jenner was working under the flawed hypothesis that anyone who experienced cowpox would be immune to smallpox. Despite the fact that many health professionals during the 19th Century were aware of many cases of smallpox among those with cowpox histories, and despite the fact that there was already a decline in the number of cases of smallpox, Jenner forged ahead with his idea and placed cowpox pus under the skin of an eight year old boy James Phipps in order to prove this unsubstantiated rumour as fact. The guinea-pig boy was subsequently “vaccinated” 20 more times by Jenner and died aged 20. His son was also vaccinated more than once and died aged 21 years. Both died of tuberculosis, a condition which some researchers have linked to the small pox vaccine. [6]

Though there is no evidence that vaccination worked, King George III was suitably impressed. So much so that he obtained what amounted to a royal financial decree allowing the doctor to practice his idea of transferring diseased ingredients to otherwise healthy people in the hope that his hypothesis would prove to be true. However, from the outset, the science was entirely erroneous. What are not discussed are the facts of history which tend to deviate substantially from medical establishment and Big Pharma’s PR.

In 1872 a large compulsory vaccination program was instituted in Japan. There was little improvement in the level of smallpox. In fact, by 1892 there were 165,774 cases of smallpox with 29,979 deaths. [7] Another compulsory smallpox vaccine program was also enforced in England in 1867. After 4 years, over 97.5 percent of people between 2 and 50 had been vaccinated. The expected impact against the disease did not arrive but a smallpox epidemic did, just one year later where 44,840 died. [8] Between 1871 and 1880 the incidence of smallpox escalated from 28 to 46 per 100,000. [9] From these cases alone there was no evidence at all that the smallpox vaccine prevented the disease and lowered the death rate. Even in 1950s England with the introduction of the polio vaccine incidence of the disease was declining by 82 percent before the first vaccination program in 1956. [10] An interesting correlation appeared in European countries that refused vaccination for small pox and polio: the epidemics ended as abruptly as they had arrived. [11]

In 1959, over in the United States the state of Massachusetts saw 77.5 percent of paralytic cases receive 3 doses of injected polio vaccine (IPV). Three years later Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the Dept. of Biostatistics for the University Of North Carolina School Of Public Health, testified at U.S. Congressional hearings, that cases of polio actually increased after forced vaccinations with a 50 percent increase from 1957 to 1958, 80percent increase from 1958 to 1959. As is common practice then as it is today, the Public Health Service manipulated the statistics so that all seemed rosy in vaccination land. [12]

In 1905, just prior to US takeover of the mortality rate stood at around 10 percent. After a massive and compulsory vaccination program immunizing more than 95percent of the population, twelve years later the Philippine Islands suffered a disastrous epidemic of smallpox devastating the population resulting in a case mortality of 65 percent. The 1920 Report of the Philippines Health Service makes interesting reading:

“From the time in which smallpox was practically eradicated In the city of Manila to the year 1918 (about 9 years) in which the epidemic appears certainly In one of its severest forms, hundreds after hundreds of thousands of people were yearly vaccinated with the most unfortunate result that the 1918 epidemic looks prima facie as a flagrant failure of the classic Immunization towards future epidemics.”

“We were fortunate enough to address their own medical (and) health officials where we reminded them of the incidence of smallpox in formerly “immunized” Filipinos. We invited them to consult their own medical records and asked them to correct us if our own facts and figures disagreed. No such correction has been forthcoming, and we can only conclude that between 1918-1919 there were 112,549 cases of smallpox notified, with 60,855 deaths. Systematic (mass) vaccination started in 1905, and since its introduction case mortality increased alarmingly. Their own records comment that “The mortality is hardly explainable.” – Dr Kalokerinos (Second Thoughts on Disease by Kalokerinos & Dettman. [13]

From January, 1988, to March, 1989, a widespread outbreak (118 cases) of poliomyelitis type 1 polio occurred in the country of Oman. Transmission of Paralytic Polio took place amongst fully vaccinated children. Incidence of the disease was highest in children younger than 2 years old despite: “…an immunisation programme that had recently raised coverage with 3 doses of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) among 12-month-old children from 67 percent to 87 percent.” Even though a report in the Lancet medical journal in 1991 proposed that the reason for the cases was due to prior success of an immunization program allowing new strains to flourish, the doctors admit: “…the estimated attack rate of infection among children aged 9-23 months exceeded 25 percent in some regions, suggesting that a substantial proportion of fully vaccinated children had been involved in the chain of transmission.” [14]

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Polio vaccination started in Sweden in 1957.

Assuming vaccinations have some efficacy at all, only a small percentage could said to be attributable to a real decline in deaths in the last two hundred years. But this is a huge leap away from scientific reality as the rate of decline has remained virtually unchanged after the introduction of mass vaccinations. A far more likely reason for the decline of disease and associated deaths is the steady improvement in better nutrition, water quality sanitation and higher standards of living in general. A 2000 World Health Organization report found that the disease and mortality rates in third world countries have no direct correlation with immunization procedures or medical treatment, but are closely related to the standard of hygiene and diet. [15]

There may be a case for a marginally different type of vaccination that is known as “imperfect” which may offer minimal protection and prevention but studies are largely inconclusive and do not justify the vast expenditure as oppose to research and development into areas that are less invasive and costly. As a December 2001 study in the science journal Nature explained:

“..vaccines designed to reduce pathogen growth rate and/or toxicity diminish selection against virulent pathogens. The subsequent evolution leads to higher levels of intrinsic virulence and hence to more severe disease in unvaccinated individuals. This evolution can erode any population-wide benefits such that overall mortality rates are unaffected, or even increase, with the level of vaccination coverage. In contrast, infection-blocking vaccines induce no such effects, and can even select for lower virulence. These findings have policy implications for the development and use of vaccines that are not expected to provide full immunity, such as candidate vaccines for malaria.” [16] [Emphasis mine]

Even the “infection-blocking vaccine” inducing no effects is a moot point and wholly unsubstantiated. The above citation does underscore why vaccines may actually suppress the immune system over the long-term and cause increased vulnerability to future infections. Nevertheless, for the sake of compromise, transferring to a less invasive form of vaccination prior to evaluating and changing to alternatives ( as well as addressing the socio-economic factors involved) may eventually make vaccinations obsolete.

Most revealing as to the true nature of how the medical establishment defines the parameters of our health is from the MMR vaccine manufactured by Merck designed to offer protection against mumps, measles and rubella.

In 1998 Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a paper in the medical journal The Lancet which presented evidence that autism spectrum disorders could be caused by the MMR vaccine. Sunday Times journalist Brian Deer wrote a scathing critique of Wakefield’s personality history and gave only a cursory evaluation of the actual findings of the paper. It amounted to a vicious hit piece designed to distract attention away from MMR and autism link.

He was accused of having multiple undeclared conflicts of interest; of manipulating the evidence and breaking ethical codes of conduct. This was buttressed with an editorial by Fiona Godlee in the British Medical Journal which described Wakefield’s research as “fraudulent.” The Lancet paper was partially retracted in 2004 and fully retracted in 2010. In the same year Wakefield was found guilty by the General Medical Council of serious professional misconduct and struck off the Medical Register. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Paediatrics, the UK National Health Service, and the Cochrane Library undertook studies of the findings in 1999 and beyond but found no connection between the vaccine and autism. The health benefits of MMR were roundly supported and reiterated. [17]

In summary, Wakefield was comprehensively vilified, hanged, drawn and quartered for revealing a possible link with MMR and autism. A 2011 journal article described the vaccine-autism link as “the most damaging medical hoax of the last 100 years.” [18] That conclusion heavily promoted by the mainstream media – often with heavy Vaccine industry and Big Pharma backing –  remains the final conclusion on the subject of MMR–autism link. Wakefield hardly did himself any favours with his financial irregularities yet we must also remember that the original research called for more research rather than a categorical proclamation of a definitive link. In Wakefield’s own words he was: “…part of a group of well-respected physicians who presented a study that simply suggested that there might be a connection between the combined MMR vaccine when administered as a combination of live viruses to certain children and autism, and that suggested that further research is warranted.[19]

Then all hell let loose. If we read the press reports, anyone would think he has advocated poisoning little old ladies and torturing kittens. Stepping back from the crusade drawn up by a profit-based edict of unassailable belief rather than science, it becomes clear that there is much more to this David and Goliath furor than meets the eye.

According to Dr. Wakefield this is an unjustified campaign of slander based on his findings. In his continuing legal action against Deer and BMJ, the suit states: “Deer misrepresented the facts of the underlying cases, repeatedly misrepresenting or distorting the content of records for the purpose of falsely accusing Dr. Wakefield of having done precisely what Deer has done…” [20]

Reading the actual lawsuit is sobering. Many more examples of Deer and Godlee’s character assassinations and fabrications against Dr. Wakefield come to light though you would be hard-pressed to find any mention of such in the mainstream media. Wakefield lists some of the false and misleading statements which constitute libel and defamation from the Times article of January 2011 which include:

  • Dr. Wakefield’s case study was “fixed” and based on “bogus data”;
  • Dr. Wakefield’s findings were “manufactured” to give “an appearance of a link [to] autism;”
  • Dr. Wakefield’s undisclosed goal of the project “was to sue the vaccine manufacturers” and that “Wakefield evidenced his [new] ‘syndrome’ for the lawsuit and built his platform to launch the vaccine scare;”
  • Deer’s self-proclaimed “investigation of the MMR issue exposed the frauds behind Wakefield’s research.”
  • Dr. Wakefield doctored the underlying data to reach his conclusions as “[n]o case was free of misreporting or alteration;”
  • The children who were the subject of The Lancet paper “were recruited through anti-MMR campaigners and the study was commissioned and funded for planned litigation;” and
  • Plaintiff Wakefield “nevertheless, apparently now self-employed, professionally ruined, remains championed by a sad rump of disciples.” [21]

The same level of attack was carried out by Dr. Fiona Godlee in the British Medical Journal which Wakefield describes as “factually inaccurate, malicious, unwarranted and constitutes defamation per se.”

The sheer weight and “unprecedented personal attack” carried out by Deer and the BMJ began to be understood when it was revealed that both received “significant revenue from the very vaccine manufacturers” named in Dr. Wakefield’s original paper. These are Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline. BMJ posted a note online explaining that these “competing interests” should have been disclosed. This was a little too late for Andrew Wakefield who  continues to seek exemplary damages, actual and compensatory damages; and special damages, including injury to reputation and character, injury to feelings, humiliation, loss of earning capacity, declaratory relief, costs and expenses, and pre-judgment and post-judgment interest. [22]

Far from measles outbreaks rising because of lack of vaccinations – the opposite is true. Most children who succumb to measles had already been vaccinated against the disease. When did measles and chicken pox become the deadly disease; the horror that strikes down your child never to recover, a line now promulgated by health organisations?

Yet again, outbreaks of measles were already in decline by the 1970s and well before the onset of vaccination programs.  Not only is immunity short-lived but it may actually extend the resistance to future strains of measles. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s own literature: “measles transmission has been clearly documented among vaccinated persons. In some large outbreaks…over 95 percent of cases have a history of vaccination.” [23]

See also:

Dr. Andrew Wakefield Discusses Vindication of His Original Study Linking Vaccines to Autism

Courts Quietly Confirm MMR Vaccine Causes Autism


Notes

[1] Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex 2009 By Mary Roach. Published by Canongate Books Ltd.
[2] National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161, 703-487-4650, 703-487-4600.
[3]  Dayton Daily News, by KM Severyn,R.Ph.,Ph.D, May 28, 1993 | National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), ‘Investigative Report on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.’
[4] ‘Dispelling Vaccination Myths’ By Alan Philips, Citizens for Healthcare Freedom Last Revision: May 2001.
[5] Death by Medicine By Gary Null, Ph.D., PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD. Life Extension magazine, March 2004 issue.
[6] Favez, G, “Tuberculous Superinfection Following a Smallpox Re-Vaccination”, Praxis, July 21, 1960; 49:698-699; Ambs, E et al, “Tuberculous Abscess of the Upper Arm With Regional Lymphadenitis as a Consequence of Injection in Two Siblings”, Med Klin, July 7, 1967, 62:1050-1054; Eleanor McBean, The Poisoned Needle (Mokelumne Hill, CA : Health Research, 1974) pp. 28-29]
[7] ‘Smallpox: Setting the Record Straight By Vaccination Liberation’ Idaho Observer, June 2000 | http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20000607.htm
[8] Ibid.
[9] Ibid.
[10] ‘The Salk Vaccine And The “Disappearance” of Paralytic Polio-  Is Paralysis A Viral Disease?’ By Gary Krasner & Barry Mesh. http://www.whale.to/a/krasner1.html
[11] NVIC News, April 92, p12. See Note 23 pp 45-46.
[12] Hearings before the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, 87th Congress, Second Session on H.R. 10541, May 1962, p.94.
[13] The Blood Poisoners By Lionel Dole Published by Health for All; First Edition edition, 1965 | ISBN-10: 0852690312.
[14] ‘Widespread Transmission of Paralytic Polio Amongst Fully Vaccinated Children in Oman’1991: Sutter R W; Patriarca P A; Brogan S; Malankar P G; Pallansch M A; Kew O M; Bass A G; Cochi S L; Alexander J P; Hall D B. Outbreak of paralytic poliomyelitis in Oman: evidence for widespread transmission among fully vaccinated children. Lancet 1991;338(8769):715-20.
[15] ‘Dispelling Vaccination Myths’ By Alan Philips, Citizens for Healthcare Freedom Last Revision: May 2001.
[16] ‘Imperfect vaccines and the evolution of pathogen virulence’ Gandon S, Mackinnon MJ, Nee S, Read AF Nature 414 (6865): 751-756 DEC 13 2001.
[17] Demicheli V, Jefferson T, Rivetti A, Price D 2005. Demicheli, Vittorio. ed. “Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children”. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 19 (4): CD004407. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD004407.pub2. PMID 16235361. Lay summary – Press release.
[18] Flaherty DK (October 2011). ‘The vaccine-autism connection: a public health crisis caused by unethical medical practices and fraudulent science’. Ann Pharmacother 45 (10): 1302–4. DOI:10.1345/aph.1Q318. PMID 21917556.
[19] Law suit filed by Andrew Wakefield January 12 against BJM, Brian Deer, Fiona Godlee. D1GN-12-0000003.Travis County, Texas.
[20] Ibid
[21] Ibid.
[22] Ibid.
[23] ‘A New Look at the Vaccine Question’ by Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D., Animal Natural Health Center, Eugene Oregon | http://www.geocities.com/~l

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Big Pharma II

“‘It is scary how many similarities there are between this industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and deaths, and the side effects are the same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry…’”

– a Former Vice-President of Pfizer, from: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Organized Crime Ring That Is the Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel’


Deceit and bad science underpinning so much of pharmaceutical practice is not exceptional.

Take the case of, Dr. Scott Reuben, a researcher at Baystate Medical Centre in Massachusetts, who was found to have faked the data used in 21 “scientific” papers published in peer-reviewed medical journals from 1996 – 2008.  The journal Anesthesia & Analgesia retracted 10 studies authored by Dr. Reuben, and the journal Anesthesiology retracted further studies in 2009. What of the doctors? Most of them were psychiatrists whose judgments and business vectoring were largely tied to the drugs they prescribed. Yet the evidence they cited were from doctors like Reuben whose studies were drawn from his imagination.  [1]

While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been found to be in bed with Big Pharma for some considerable time, the level of subterfuge and corporate terrorism is still reaching new heights.

In 2011 Harvard medical school psychologist Dr. Irving Kirsch blew the lid on yet more pharmaceutical skulduggery in his expose of the anti-depressants scam entitled: The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Kirsch was able to pore over forty-two previously classified and unpublished placebo-controlled clinical trials. What he found proved what many medical professionals had suspected: anti-depressants are at the very least, largely useless for moderately depressed patients.  The placebos used in the 42 studies cited proved to have an 82 percent efficacy rate – better than the drugs being tested.

Kirsch went public and was able to secure air-time on the CBS US investigative and consumer programme 60 minutes. Yet the most damning evidence was not revealed in the report. A UK commission banned anti-depressant use on mild to moderately depressed patients below the age of eighteen yet this was not included in the report or the catalogue of extremely negative side effects which characterises the history of anti-depressants and psychotropic drug use continually pushed by psychiatrists and their Big Pharma handlers. [2]

A 2011 report on anti-depressants also showed that those taking certain prescriptions could lose their sex drive. On top of this, many of the drugs induce anxiety and double the risk of suicide. If statistics are accurate and one in ten Americans take antidepressants then this has serious consequences for a significant proportion of the population. [3]

Practising psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mental Health Sciences at University College London, and highly critical of the relationship between psychiatry and pharmaceutical companies and the political and commercial interests which surround the two.  Moncrieff argues that psychiatry is guilty of gross scientific misconduct a conclusion drawn from her decades of study of clinical trials. Her conclusion: “It is as if the psychiatric community cannot bear to acknowledge its own published findings…” And according to Moncrieff, these findings show that there is no objective, concrete evidence for the long-term effectiveness of anti-psychotic drugs and that the psychiatric establishment and Big Pharma lied about the damage antipsychotics cause. Or in Moncrieff’s words there is a danger that an: “epidemic of iatrogenic brain damage” will continue to exist if psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry is not given a radical overhaul. [4]

With those taking anti-psychotic drugs 2.5 times more likely to die prematurely and 40 percent of people with psychosis on levels of anti-psychotics exceeding recommended limits which then cause heart attacks, it is unsurprising that the average of 40 deaths of patients in UK mental health wards is labelled “unexplained.”  Add to this other side effects of anti-psychotics such as metabolic impairment, increased risk of diabetes and the “zombie effect” it is little wonder the mental condition of the patient seldom reaches a state beyond a manageable stasis. [5]

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The FDA’s duplicity in this age-old racket has been a gradual one. They receive substantial payments from drug companies to approve the drugs but do not carry out the required trials or reports. They leave it to the pharmaceutical giants to do their own outsourced and biased research while they pocket a hefty profit. Big Pharma then cherry-picks the most positive results and publishes seemingly glowing reports that may still and often do harbour extremely negative side effects on top of a frequent non-existent efficacy.

It is only when we see that the fraud is a way of life in Big Pharma just as it is in the international banking industry that we realise that the structure and evolution of large corporations invite such pathology. As one journalist commented: “If it is not particularly innovative in discovering new drugs, it is highly innovative—and aggressive—in dreaming up ways to extend its monopoly rights.” [5] And keeping the medical treadmill rolling out the synthetic toxins means sweeping under the carpet 68 percent of all drug study data which indicate detrimental side effects. Studies are also cut short in favour of early positive results thereby overestimating and simplifying initial data which may contain contraindications. In fact, drug trails carried out by Big Pharma almost never fail. The success rate of drug studies has reached 85 percent according to the Annals of Internal Medicine which would be suspicious even without their long record of lying to the public.  [6]

The recent prosecutions of pharmaceutical companies are to be welcomed but the frameworks upon which these activities are based continue to exist. Therefore, it is of little comfort to the poor and the middle classes who are still desperately reliant on drugs peddled by doctors who are firmly inside the pockets of pharmaceutical lobbyists. Alternative medicines and more natural forms of palliative care are routinely side-lined, disparaged and ridiculed as worthless forms of quackery, which is often untrue.

What is at stake is not the encroachment of the odd snake-oil salesman with dodgy herbal pills or untested claims of a new cancer treatment, but the defence of a multi-billion dollar medical monopoly. While the case for the supply and long-term health benefits of prescription drugs can be disputed, even this source of relief is increasingly squeezed as health insurance continues to shrink.  As Obama-care begins to bite and employers shift the payment of health insurance to the individuals, pharmaceutical companies, doctors and insurance companies are creating one big bonanza for themselves while ironically excluding people from basic medical care. [7]

The hardest hit is the elderly most of who struggle with supplementary insurance that just about stretches to prescription drugs. However, this too is falling away as employers and insurers decide it is not cost effective. From 2006 a Medicare reform bill included a prescription drug benefit which was always going to be a drop in the ocean from the start as rising prices and administration costs sky-rocketed.  And those without insurance have to pay the highest prices and this once again, is the poor, the battered middle classes and the elderly across all the lower social rungs.

It is children once again, who are providing the profitable testing ground for many psychiatrists and their pharmaceutical handlers.  The US healthcare system and many doctors who work within it are similarly shackled. As of 2013, there is a war going on between insurance companies that do not want to pay any claims, on one side and doctors and hospitals that have a cash incentive to keep the wheels of Medicare fraud and often unnecessary drug prescriptions and surgeries inexorably turning. Big Pharma keep doctors in their very deep pockets while insurance-led bureaucracy and the lawsuit culture maintains profit ratios as the Prime Directive instead of patient care.

The long and the short of it is the profits for pharmaceutical companies can only be viable and consistent when people have to take treatments indefinitely for an incurable disease. The maintenance of the medical status quo means more disease supported by conventional drug-based “cures” which may offer temporary respite and/or prolong the illness as well exacerbating existing symptoms. Through the covering up of negative results of cherry-picked drug trials they lie or bribe everyone from the FDA to the scientific community about their toxic products.

The suppression of alternative modalities and the dominance of a medical-drug cartel helps to keep profits high and global populations’ health low and is key to Big Pharma’s success.

 


Notes
[1] ‘A Medical Madoff: Anesthesiologist Faked Data in 21 Studies’By Brendan Borrell, Scientific American, March 10, 2009.
[2] ‘UK – Major antidepressants banned – suicide threat’ Medical News Today (MIT) December 13, 2003.
[3] ‘America: The Anti-Depressant nation?’ –  Pill Pushing – an inside report on the business side of anti-depressants RT News report with psychologist Bruce Levine, interviewed by Liz Wahl. July 15, 2012
[4] The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment by Joanna Moncrieff. Published by Palgrave Macmillan; 2008. Revised edition, October 13, 2009 |ISBN-10: 0230574327.
[5] ‘Myth of the antipsychotic’by Adam James, The Guardian, March 2, 2008.
[6] ‘The Truth About the Drug Companies’ By Marcia Angell, The New York Review of Books, Volume 51, Number 12, July 15, 2004.
[7] ‘Why drug studies can’t be trusted’ by Dr. Mark Stengler, http://www.healthrevelations.com
[8] ‘Twenty million could lose employer coverage under Obama health care overhaul’ by Kate Randall, Global Research, March 17, 2012. “…during the administration’s campaign for its health care “reform,” the scheme was the opposite of universal and quality health care for all. Drawn up in close consultation with the insurance, pharmaceutical and hospital industries as well as Wall Street, it was driven by a determination to reduce government deficits and health care costs at the expense of the working class. In addition to cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, the government health insurance program for the elderly, the plan is designed to ration health care on class lines, depriving millions of working people of benefits on which they currently rely.Beginning in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will mandate individuals and families to obtain insurance or pay fines that could eventually rise to as much as 2 percent of income for all but the very poor. Those who purchase insurance on the health care “exchanges” set up under the PPACA will be at the mercy of private insurers who can increase premiums without any meaningful government oversight.Companies with more than 50 employees that stop offering health coverage will be levied a $2,000 per employee tax penalty. The CBO projection indicates that a significant proportion of businesses will find it financially advantageous to drop coverage and pay the penalty.”

Big Pharma I

 By M.K. Styllinski

“No one should approach the temple of science with the soul of a money changer.”
– Thomas Browne, English doctor


In a recent report it was stated that: “young people in developing nations are at least twice as likely to feel happy about their lives than their richer counterparts.” The survey of over 5,400 young people in 14 countries aged 16 to 34 years showed that 43 percent of the youth were unhappy with their lot. The main source of sadness came from the US and the UK. [1] With the US having already lost billions of dollars in revenue due to rude immigration officials and visa delays it suggests that this is merely the tip of a psychological crisis. [2]

According to a major US report on mental health in 2000, one in five Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year and half the entire population have such disorders at some time in their lives. Mental illness, including suicide, is the number two cause of disability. [3] The report goes on to list a plethora of mental disorders with a fifth of all children showing signs and symptoms of diagnosable mental disorders in any given year; 5 percent suffering “extreme functional impairment” 15 percent of adults aged between 18 to 54 suffering from anxiety disorders; 7 percent battling mood disorders and just over 1 percent diagnosed with schizophrenia. Senior citizenship usually represents the onset of depression occurring mostly in the over 65’s. It is also the age group with the highest rate of suicide.

As Writer Jim Windolf posed a somewhat more abrasive question on this subject in an October 1997 issue of The New York Observer:

If you add up all the psychological ailments Americans complain of, the portrait that emerges is of a nation of basket-cases. Ten million suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Fourteen million are alcoholics. Fifteen million are pathologically socially anxious. Fifteen million are depressed. Three million suffer panic attacks. Ten million have Borderline Personality Disorder. Twelve million have ‘restless legs.’ Five million are obsessive/compulsive. Two million are manic-depressive. Ten million are addicted to sex.

“But give the experts a little time,” he quipped, “With another new quantifiable disorder or two, everybody in the country will be officially nuts.”

There are great numbers of honest, descent people who have become the technologically dispossessed whose jobs have been lost through labour-saving technologies and re-structured work places. Long-term reliance on technology has displaced vast numbers of blue-collar workers who have no skills to find other work taken by robotic efficiency and software streamlining. This has produced significant mental health problems in the unemployed. A spate of studies in the 1980s and 90s found distinct correlations between the rise in technological unemployment and “increased levels of depression and psychotic morbidity.”[4] One clinical psychologist whose patients include the “hard core” unemployed for up to and over fifteen years found “symptoms of pathology similar to dying patients.” As social commentator Jeremy Rifkin bluntly states: “The death of the Global labor force is being internalized by millions of workers who experience their own individual deaths, daily, at the hands of profit driven employers and a disinterested government.” [5]

big-pharmaThe answer to one in ten children in Europe suffering from depression is to give them more Prozac or to lock them up if they don’t fit into a particular diagnostic category. It may boost the exorbitant profits of pharmaceutical companies and that of their shareholders but it will only increase the mental health problems for youngsters. It doesn’t help that 46 percent of American adults can’t read well enough to understand the label on their prescription medicine for their own needs let alone the needs of their children. [6]

The European Medical Agency knows full well that this is a failure to find creative solutions and that such a product and many like it, are part of a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).  There is copious evidence suggesting that some SSRIs are associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviour and thoughts. Yet, the profit margins demand that such inconvenient data disappears down the throats of a new generation of children as young as eight years old. [7]

The pharmaceutical industry is big business. In 2006, global spending on prescription drugs reached $643 billion with the United States taking $289 billion in annual sales – almost half of the global pharmaceutical market, followed by the EU and Japan. While China, Russia and Mexico represent the emerging challengers to American dominance growing by 81 percent in 2006. [8] According to the retail prescription drug sales census from 1995 to 2006 U.S., prescriptions have had a 61 percent increase at $3.4 billion a year.  Retail sales of prescription drugs have soared by 250 percent from $72 billion to $250 billion, with the average price of prescriptions doubling from $30 to $68. But are these massive profits justified?

Big Pharma has no problem standing by its exorbitant price hikes claiming that Research and Development (R&D) investments are costly and in order to push the envelope of innovation and ultimate success, therefore, expenditure is inevitable. The only wrinkle in this sales pitch is that it is standard PR nonsense that bears no relation to reality.  R&D takes up the smallest part of Big Pharma budgets where for more than thirty years the industry has been one of the most profitable in the United States coming in at third place behind the oil and banking industries. The R&D excuse for theses price hikes is merely a ruse to extract more profits from a gullible public. Even the innovation is stunningly pedestrian when one considers the billions of dollars created each year. The vast majority of “new” drugs are simply variations of previously marketed drugs re-packaged and redesigned with a big advertising fanfare to make them appear original and innovative. The hundreds of different shampoos on offer to the consumer would be a suitable comparison: they offer a bewildering array of choice yet largely do exactly the same thing. The only difference is that the drugs may not have been sufficiently tested and may exacerbate and extend the problem while inducing addiction and over-reliance. However, like most companies which become too big the occasional cases of fraud become institutionalised to such a degree that before long, fraudulent activity becomes part of the very fabric of operations.

pharmaceuticalsThe Merck Corporation describes itself as: “A global healthcare leader working to help the world be well…” Nevertheless, it fraudulently represented the mumps component of its MMR vaccine, as well as lying to the public that the MMR II, used to replace the MMR vaccine Pluserix, was a viable, when studies proving the effectiveness of the vaccines were falsified. Merck allegedly did this from 2000 onwards in order to maintain its exclusive licence to sell the MMR vaccine and keep its monopoly of the US market, a practice that makes up much of the normal business of many pharmaceutical companies. [9]

A Child Health Safety report noted that “…virologists Stephen A. Krahling and Joan A. Wlochowski described a supervisor working for Merck manually changing test results that showed the vaccine wasn’t working and then hurriedly destroying the evidence to keep the fraud from being exposed.” [10] (More on the MMR vaccine in a future post: “Vaccine nations”).

The Vioxx pain-killer scandal is another example. In 2009 Merck was fined $321 million for illegally (and knowingly) marketing an unsafe drug, and after the company had reported over $11 billion in Vioxx sales during the 5 years the drug was on the market. Yet, the drug was so dangerous that Merck has paid almost $6 billion in litigation settlements and criminal fines. What this really means, according to journalist Craig Stellpflug: “Looking back we see the largest ever rise in US mortality rates occurred in 1999, the very year Vioxx was introduced. Not exactly a smoking-gun until you compare it with the largest ever drop in mortality in 2004, the year Vioxx was withdrawn. The net increase was 100,000 deaths per year in 1999 through 2004. … This equates to 500,000 people who died needlessly and Vioxx is the prime suspect in these murders.” [11]

GlaxoSmithKline was another large company recently caught out by its own greed and had to pay $3bn (£1.9bn) which resulted in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history. The drug giant pleaded guilty: “…to promoting two drugs for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a diabetes drug to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The settlement will cover criminal fines as well as civil settlements with the federal and state governments. The case concerns the drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia.” [12]

According to U.S. federal investigators, GlaxoSmithKline:

• Routinely bribed doctors with luxury vacations and paid speaking gigs
• Fabricated drug safety data and lied to the FDA
• Defrauded Medicare and Medicaid out of billions
• Deceived regulators about the effectiveness of its drugs
• Relied on its deceptive practices to earn billions of dollars selling potentially dangerous drugs to unsuspecting consumers and medical patients
[13]

This was followed by an apology from GSK Vice President of Marketing Sir Andrew Witty having finally been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. In fact, millions of cookie jars. Whistleblower Gregory Thorpe believes the apology is worth very little as Witty was highly likely to have been involved with the illegal activity during the years he worked for the company. As Thorpe was punished by GSK for revealing the truth to the public with considerable pressure brought to bear on his stance, it is ironic indeed that Witty’s reward for his complicity was a knighthood. [14]

As part of a coordinated European program of routine inspection of safety reporting systems: “…80,000 reports for medicines marketed by Roche in the USA … had been collected through a Roche-sponsored patient support program, but which had not been evaluated to determine whether or not they should be reported as suspected adverse reactions to the EU authorities.”  What made this investigation particularly alarming were the reports of 15,161 patient deaths either through a natural progression of disease or via a causal link to the prescribed medicine.  As yet, nobody has thought to investigate these findings in the context of drug safety that was already known to be fraudulent at best. [15]

The presence and control of the medical community by drug companies on the internet and in subscription journals is widespread. Medical professionals who write articles for these medical journals do so to endorse specific drugs or medical devices. What is not commonly known is that most fail to disclose that they are receiving payment by Big Pharma for doing so. A report by the journal Archives of Medicine found approximately 50 percent of surgeons who received more than $1 million from orthopaedic medical device manufacturers did not disclose this information in their published journal articles.  The total for such payments amounted to $248 million in 2007. [16]

This report was preceded by the 2009 federal lawsuit filed against the AstraZeneca drug giant for paying Chicago psychiatrist Dr. Michael Reinstein almost $500,000 over a decade to conduct research and to promote its anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel which was found to have massive side effects. Reinstein was paid to essentially pimp for AstraZeneca by giving promotional speeches for the drug and to oversee a research company for which he was also paid in his capacity as consultant. It was alleged that Reinstein prescribed double the amount of drugs other psychiatrists administered for the same conditions. As patients reported their discomfort, pain and general suffering to Reinstein it was clear that profits were more important than patient concerns. Seroquel prescriptions from the doctor ran to more than 1,000 patients at a cost to the US taxpayer reaching $7.6 million.

Meanwhile, AstraZeneca racked up unknown millions. [17]

 


Notes

[1] Young people in developed countries unhappy-survey Reuters, Nov 19, 2006.
[2] U.S. is most unfriendly country to visitors, survey says’ Reuters, Nov 20, 2006.
[3] Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, Dec. 16, 1999.
[4] Quoted from Chapter 12, P. 195; The End of Work, – Technology, Jobs and your Future, The Decline of the Global Labor Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era by Jeremy Rifkin, published by Tarcher / Putnam Books 1995 |  ISBBN 0-87477-824-7.
[5] op. cit. Rifkin, (1995; p.197).
[6] Journal of American Medical Association via ‘Reading, Literacy & Education Statistics’ | http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp
[7] ‘Eight-year-olds ‘can use Prozac’ BBC News, June 7, 2006.
[8] ‘The World’s Ten Best-Selling Drugs’ by Matthew Herper and Peter Kang March 22, 2006.
[9] ‘Scientists Sue Merck: Allege Fraud for MMR Vaccine’ by Dr. Suzanne Humphries, GreenMedInfo, July 4, 2012.
[10] ‘Are MMR vaccines dangerous for children? Dr Suzanne Humphries urges parents to get informed’, February 02, 2011. http://www.naturalnews.com/
[11] ‘Big Pharma: Getting away with murder’ June 07, 2012 by: Craig Stellpflug Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com
[12] ‘GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3bn in USdrug fraud scandal’ BBC News, 2 July 2012.
[13] ‘GlaxoSmithKline fraud criminal charges’ By Ehthan A. Huff, Natural NewsJuly 8, 2012.
[14] ‘Glaxo admits “mistakes” over US guilt’ The Yorkshire Post, 26 July, 2012.
[15] ‘European Medicines Agency acts on deficiencies in Roche medicines-safety reporting’, June 21, 2012www.fiercepharma.com/
[16] ‘Surgeons fail to disclose big payments to journals’ Reuters, Sep 13, 2010.
[17] ‘Pharmaceutical Giant Paid $500,000 to Psychiatrist Who Used Chicago’s Poor as Guinea Pigs’ Dr. Michael Reinstein reaped a cool half million off his patients’ misery.’ By Christina Jewett and Sam Roe AlterNet, November 20, 2009.