Thursday, May 01, 2008

The CDC and Vaccines

Before you allow the government to convince you to inject your children (or yourself) with toxins such as formaldehyde and aluminum, think about who benefits from mass vaccination programs and whether they have any incentive to tell the truth about the dangers .

Currently the CDC oversees vaccine research, safety and promotion, a situation that has been drawing more and more public criticism in recent years. The CDC compiles the list of vaccines that doctors are to give all children in the US, based on the recommendations of an advisory panel, and in many states kids can not attend day care or public schools unless they have received the CDC-endorsed vaccines.

A recommendation by the CDC guarantees a huge market for a vaccine and enables the drug company to use the government as a marketing device for its product. The annual global market for vaccines is expected to be over $10 billion this year.

On July 21, 2003, United Press International published a report based on a four-month investigation that found a pattern of problems linked to vaccines recommended by the CDC, as well as a web of close ties between the agency's advisory panel and the pharmaceutical industry.

By investigating members of an advisory panel of outside experts that make vaccine recommendations, UPI found that members of the panel received money from vaccine makers through relationships that included: sharing a vaccine patent; owning stock in a vaccine company; payments for research; money to monitor vaccine testing; and funding for academic departments. In fact, according to UPI, the CDC itself is in the vaccine business.

Under a 1980 law, UPI found the CDC had 28 licensing agreements with drug companies and one university for vaccines or vaccine-related products and eight ongoing projects to collaborate on new vaccines. For instance, the CDC and SmithKline Beecham worked together on the Lyme-disease vaccine. A 1992 CDC activity report, obtained by UPI, says the agency had an agreement "with SmithKline Beecham that currently funds three positions at (the CDC) for the purpose of providing information of use in developing advanced test methods and vaccine candidates."

In June 2001, the General Accounting Office delivered a report on the issue to Senator Chris Dodd, (D-Conn), that noted that CDC employees "are listed on two Lyme-disease related patents" including "a 1993 joint patent between CDC and SmithKline Beecham Corporation." The report also said that six of 12 consultants working for the CDC on Lyme vaccines "reported at least one interest related to a vaccine firm." According to CDC meeting transcripts where the committee weighed its recommendation, 3 had conflicts of interest with SmithKlineBeecham.

The LYMERIX lyme-disease vaccine was approved by the CDC on February 18, 1999, and by October of 2000, more than 1.4 million people had received the vaccine. But 18 months later, according to UPI, in February 2002, SmithKline Beecham pulled the vaccine off the market claiming that sales of LYMERIX were insufficient to justify the continued investment. However, according to UPI, the company also faced hundreds of lawsuits by people who said they suffered side effects from the vaccines.

The government's database at the time, listed possible side effects from LYMERIX as 640 emergency room visits, 34 life-threatening reactions, 77 hospitalizations, 198 disabilities and six deaths after people took the shots since the CDC endorsed it, according to UPI.UPI also found other cases where vaccines endorsed by the panel were pulled off the market after a number of people suffered devastating side effects, and some died.

An August 2001 report on the investigation by Rep Dan Burton's (R-Ind) House Government Reform Committee, stated that "four out of eight CDC advisory committee members who voted to approve guidelines for the rotavirus vaccine in June 1998 had financial ties to pharmaceutical companies that were developing different versions of the vaccine."

Critics say the conflicts of interest of Dr. Paul Offit while sitting on the advisory panel could not be more blatant. He was part of the team that mandated the use of the RotaVirus vaccine, even though he received a $350,000 grant from Merck to develop the vaccine, shared the patent, and was paid to go around the country teaching doctors that vaccines were safe, according to the Wall Street Journal.

[It is worth noting that CNN often quotes Dr. Offit for support of the notion that vaccines are perfectly safe and that there is no connection between them and the epidemic of neurological disorders sweeping America.]

In 2001, Congressman Burton's investigation also found conflicts of interest with the then chairman of the advisory panel, Dr John Modlin, a Professor at Dartmouth Medical School, who owned $26,000 worth of Merck stock. In a phone interview in 2003, Dr Modlin told UPI that he had sold the Merck stock, but that he had recently agreed to chair a committee to oversee Merck vaccine clinical trials. "Meeting transcripts over the past decade," UPI says, "showed that at some meetings, half of the members present had potential conflicts with vaccine manufacturers."

For instance, at a June 2002 meeting, four of the 11 members on the panel acknowledged conflicts with Wyeth, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Aventis Pasteur, and Bayer. Two of the four conducted research or vaccine trials and one member was a co-holder of a patent.The agency is currently facing a major credibility crisis over the issue of whether vaccines containing the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, are responsible for the epidemic of neurological disorders ranging from ADHD to autism in children all across the country.

23 Comments:

At 6:28 PM, May 05, 2008 , Blogger RR said...

While many of the conflicts of interests you cite are likely real, the fact that vaccines have essentially eradicated many, many childhood diseases -- diseases that caused horrible death -- have been eliminated by vaccination.

Polio, small pox, rubella and a host of others are essentially unknown in western countries..

I don't know much about this lyme vaccine, but it would seem 600 or so "emergency room" reactions to the vaccine out of 1.4 million is a tiny tiny percentage (< .04%). A good friend was just diagnosed with lyme disease. The disease has caused lesions on his brain which effect his short term memory... Would such a vaccine have helped him? I don't know...

I personally didn't have a reaction, but I know there is a relatively "high" (maybe a percent or two) percentage of people who have a terrible reaction to the small pox vaccine... I was personally glad to be vaccinated before going to an area where the disease is making a small resurgence. Simply google pictures of people infected with the virus if you want to get an idea of what agony must be like...

The point is the reason you aren't awake at night worrying about your child contracting a horrible disease is because we have wiped them out with vaccines.

 
At 6:31 PM, May 05, 2008 , Blogger RR said...

oops... didn't mean to include rubella on the list of 'terrible' diseases -- although we vaccinate for it...

When you deal with millions of people - some of which can die from an allergic reaction to a peanut -- you have to expect some reactions.

 
At 6:43 AM, May 06, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Rick,

Yet another example of your "faith". There is absolutely no evidence that vaccines eradicated anything. In fact, much of the evidence shows that the dreaded diseases were on their way out before introduction of the vaccines.

http://www.vaclib.org/intro/present/index.htm#8

Let me quote Andrew Weil -

"Scientific medicine has taken credit it does not deserve for some advances in health. Most people believe that victory over the infectious diseases of the last century came with the invention of immunizations. In fact, cholera, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough, etc, were in decline before vaccines for them became available – the result of better methods of sanitation, sewage disposal, and distribution of food and water."

 
At 4:43 PM, May 08, 2008 , Blogger RR said...

I read Dr. Weil... and in that case he is right: those infectious diseases are borne by unsanitary conditions.

What about Polio? What have you read on that? Small pox? Measles may be non-fatal, but without vaccination it is EXTREMELY contagious: the probability of contracting it if someone in your house gets it (and you are un-vaccinated) is > 90%.

We don't see measles epidemics because most of us were vaccinated -- plain and simple: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2265873

 
At 4:45 PM, May 08, 2008 , Blogger RR said...

Who are these vaccine "liberators" anyway?

Up in Idaho? Do they also live in bunkers awaiting the second coming? LOL...

 
At 6:57 PM, May 08, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Measles may be contagious, but so is chicken pox and I'd bet you lived to tell about it. The risks of the measles vaccine, especially for boys, aren't worth it.

The people opposing vaccines are parents who watched their kids die, get brain damaged or suffer other horrid diseases as a result of what was injected into them.

With regard to polio, here you go -
http://www.vaclib.org/intro/present/index4.htm

http://www.whale.to/vaccine/polio1.html

Measles -

http://thinktwice.com/measles.htm

You should look into the Gulf War Syndrome. Apparently, soldiers who were never deployed got it too.

http://www.909shot.com/Diseases/anthrax.htm

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/2/14/why-vaccines-aren-t-safe.aspx

 
At 5:56 AM, May 09, 2008 , Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

You're simply too young to remember the scourge of Polio. As a kid, there was always at least one in my class every year who died or returned crippled in the Fall.

There is literally no end of crackpot websites with kabbalistic statistics showing anything one may imagine, but diseases that once destroyed half the population or more every year are now gone and it wasn't because of magic.

 
At 8:01 AM, May 09, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Captain,

Of course they didn't disappear because of magic. But nothing like proper sanitation and clean water to reduce disease.

Also, many people who received the polio vaccine got polio because it used to be the common practice to inject a live virus. Many of the stats have been obscured to hide that fact. Then they use the polio case as the scaremongering to insist the vaccine is necessary.

Indeed, the most plausible explanation I've ever read for the origins of AIDS is related to the oral polio vaccine -

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v25/n07/hoop01_.html

 
At 12:51 PM, May 09, 2008 , Blogger RR said...

Well... you are obviously free to believe as you like, but double-blind scientific studies; analysis of resistance based on the presence of antibodies, etc. etc. show that vaccination works.

Yes: there are always adverse reactions. A small percentage of kids who get a vaccine will have some type of complication. But some people die from bee stings and peanuts... its to be expected when you are vaccinating 100s of millions of kids world-wide.

I don't have kids, but if I did I would vaccinate them.

I'll take the advice of doctors and scientists over a handful of disgruntled parents any day.

 
At 3:14 PM, May 09, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Your faith is unshakeable.

 
At 5:34 AM, May 13, 2008 , Blogger Saran said...

I'm still wondering why isn't anyone concerned about the dramatic rise in autism. The government constantly says that there's no link between autism and vaccinations, even though it seems to appear after being vaccinated, yet they refuse to even investigate the possibility.
It makes you wonder who is acting in who's best interest?

 
At 7:03 AM, May 13, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Exactly Saran. There is so much information out there demonstrating the connection between vaccines and neurological disorders, but politicians are more concerned about Big Pharma's economic interests than in the well-being of the citizenry.

Thanks for stopping by.

 
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