by Sandy Gottstein (aka Mintz)
My name is Sandy Mintz and I’ve been involved in the vaccine
safety/choice issue for a long time.
Before I start, I want to
thank everyone who has helped me along the way, particularly those who
helped me with this rally. And
thank all of you who showed up today.
You know, I don’t know
about you, but I really don’t want to be here. Virtually every
person I know and love has been vaccinated.
The last thing I want is for there to be problems with vaccines.
So I am here, not because I want to be, but because I have to be.
Please understand, at the
outset, that I am not against an informed parent choosing to vaccinate
her child. What I am against is bad
science being used to justify forcing parents to vaccinate.
What I am against is bad science being used to convince a parent to
vaccinate. And what I am against is
a parent, any parent, being forced to do something that has even a
of harming their child.
What all parents deserve is
good information, untainted by conflict of interest, on the safety of
They deserve the right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their
children. And those that choose to vaccinate, after weighing the
benefits and risks, deserve safe vaccines.
Given time constraints,
I’m going to cut to the chase.
Vaccine manufacturers are
behind pretty much everything we have been told about the safety of
As Dr. Samuel Katz (who you will hear more about later), developer of
measles vaccine stated, “Government doesn’t fund clinical studies of
vaccines. Industry does.”
We are letting the fox
guard the henhouse.
It would be like trusting
the propaganda the cigarette companies provide on the safety of
And it only gets worse.
Medical journals are supported by drug company advertising dollars.
Vaccine advisory committee members have financial ties to the vaccine
manufacturers and routinely waive their conflicts of interest.
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, which makes
recommendations to our pediatricians, is not immune (pun intended).
I have copies of letters to the AAP on the table in the back from 3
vaccine manufacturers discussing the almost $1 million they donated to
during a 5-year period alone!
I’m going to use Dr. Katz
as an example, because he is a very visible figure in the vaccine
world. His bio is on the back
table. He has served on
immunization committees of the CDC, World Health Organization and
Medicine. He was chosen as the
expert on 60 Minutes defending the MMR vaccine, even though he
vaccine! And he stated
in the Congressional Quarterly Researcher,
“I make sure neither I nor any members of my family have financial
interest in vaccine companies”.
does Dr. Katz explain the fact that in the year 2000, the FDA noted,
associations with firms that could be affected by the (Vaccines and
Biological Products Advisory) committee discussions”?
there are many more like him out there, making recommendations while
money as a result of the recommendations they make.
gets even worse.
after the vaccine manufacturers threatened to pull out of vaccine
to all the lawsuits against them, guess what happened?
Instead of saying, gee, maybe we should be concerned, Congress passed a
law covering the liability of the vaccine manufacturers!
So now we have universally mandated vaccines, no liability for the
of the vaccines, and the vaccine manufacturers the very suppliers of
information we rely upon to justify vaccine use.
And guess who pays for the liability coverage?
The vaccinated! There is a surcharge on every dose of vaccine, paid by
the consumer, which goes into a fund to pay compensation to known
vaccination. So far around $1.2
billion has been paid out.
of these facts, however, some good has come out of the Compensation Act.
Parents of vaccine injured children used to find it difficult, if not
impossible, to get money to care for their children.
Now, more can. Maureen
Forceskie, an Anchorage mom, is one such mom who, thankfully, did.
She will be speaking after I do.
Compensation Bill that Congress passed, the Vaccine Adverse Event
System, aka VAERS, was also created. All
suspected adverse vaccine reactions are required to be reported to
From mid 1990 to mid 2000, around 150,000 adverse reactions were
reported, many of them serious, many of them deaths.
That’s a lot of adverse reactions.
But it’s probably only a small fraction of what is actually
FDA commissioner David Kessler has said that it is thought 1% of
reactions are reported to the FDA. A
vaccine manufacturer testified that in their experience, a passive
is what VAERS is) results in around 2%. I
don’t know what percent of actual vaccine associated adverse reactions
reported. I do know that parents
are being told by their doctors that even deaths within hours are not
and are being discouraged from filing reports.
Although reporting is required, there is a great deal of resistance to
doing so. Consequently it may well
be that only 1-2% of serious adverse vaccine associated reactions are
there is no good reason why 100% of all possible adverse vaccine
shouldn’t get reported.
you an idea why anything less than 100% is a problem, let me share with
of what I have discovered or uncovered, as the case may be, in my
of the VAERS database, which I now have on my computer.
it turns out that the database does not contain a field to record the
person died. Thankfully, the time
between vaccination and death can usually, through considerable effort,
pieced together anyway. It takes
reading the reported text to find out, though.
Why has such critical information been made difficult, at times even
impossible, to obtain?
this initial examination has revealed some startling statistics.
To simplify things a bit, I looked at just one year, 1998.
Here is some of what I found:
people vaccinated in the U.S. in January of 1998, just one month, 332
reported an adverse reaction that began within 2 days of receiving one
vaccines. In 22 % of those cases,
it was recorded that it was unknown whether or not the person had even
there no follow up? Does anyone
from the CDC or FDA monitoring this data even look at it? Do they
even care? Why
collect all this information and yet allow it to be incomplete?
matters worse, because we don’t know what percent of adverse vaccine
get reported, we don’t know if it was a few hundred, a few thousand, or
thousands of January vaccinees who reacted within 2 days.
those January vaccinees also made a visit to the ER.
But because unknown portions of adverse reactions get reported, we
don’t know if those people represent hundreds or thousands of people
to the ER after having a serious reaction within 2 days of vaccination.
81 U.S. infant deaths were reported to have occurred in 1998, most of
occurring within days, 43% by the day following vaccination.
Not only that: 62% had died by the 3rd day, and 73% by the 6th!
But we still don’t know whether those 81 reported infant deaths mean
that hundreds or thousands died. Wouldn’t
that be a good thing to know?
demand answers to these and other important questions concerning our
children’s health. And perhaps we
should question whether our children should be routinely vaccinated, at
until we get and are satisfied with those answers.
sorry, I am really sorry, but there is definitely evidence against the
vaccines. And in spite of how difficult it is to get such information
there is plenty in the literature to worry anyone who is paying
In addition, VAERS is a gold mine.
Mind you, it merely documents an association between vaccination and an
event, but it is evidence, nonetheless.
think of it - in most cases when an adverse event occurs shortly after
drug, the drug is considered the most likely cause.
Phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, (which is found
in over the counter cold
medicine), was recently banned for over the counter use by the FDA,
strokes were associated with it. This
is what should happen when a drug maims or kills.
thousands of children die, many thousands more are injured, often
of receiving a vaccine, and the vaccine is automatically said to be
“It is only a coincidence”, they will tell us.
They tell us this without even knowing what is happening, how many
it is happening to, or how long after vaccination it happened.
child dies within hours or days of vaccination, the vaccination should
first thing suspected, not automatically rejected. And don’t kid
yourself - calling a death SIDS does not mean
the death was not related to the vaccine. For
what is SIDS, after all, but an infant death of unknown causes?
Is no one curious as to the cause? Again,
they will say, “but that is when SIDS occurs”.
Yes, that is when SIDS occurs among the vaccinated.
But what was the SIDS rate prior to vaccines, prior to smallpox
prior to DPT? We don’t have that
information. So we don’t really
know what would be happening were our children not being vaccinated at
if your doctor tells you some new or unusual symptom or disease is not
to vaccination, don’t believe him or her, because they CANNOT KNOW THAT
fact are required, by federal law, to report it. Not reporting
these things just perpetuates the myth that
there is no evidence.
brings us to the poor quality of the research.
The Institute of Medicine, or IOM, which was mandated by Congress in
to review the safety of the childhood vaccines, reported that it was
“handicapped” by the lack of good research.
Handicapped! How ironic is
it that they used that term? In
spite of being handicapped, however, they found “evidence was
with” or “indicates a causal relation” in a number of cases, including
between encephalopathy and the pertussis component of the DPT vaccine.
That’s brain inflammation. Brain
inflammation in developing infant brains. Imagine
what that could be doing to our kids.
“experts”, by the way, denied there was a connection right up until the
report was published. Dr. James
Cherry wrote an editorial, which appeared in the Journal of the
Medical Association about one year prior to the IOM report.
It was entitled, “'Pertussis vaccine encephalopathy': it is time
recognize it as the myth that it is.” Shortly
after it was published, however, JAMA issued a “correction” – it seems
Cherry had failed to disclose his financial ties to the industry…
remember who’s paying for the research.
are many ways to skew research results. One
way is to compare the wrong groups. How
do you do it in the case of vaccinations? By
only comparing the vaccinated to other vaccinated children.
You use either the less recently vaccinated, or those receiving another
vaccine, and then call them “unvaccinated”.
study which finds no adverse effects from vaccination, which does not
vaccinated subjects as controls, is meaningless, and, in fact, has no
vaccination whatsoever is intervention. A
control group represents those who are not receiving whatever
being studied. When you are
studying the effects of vaccination, the only legitimate, meaningful
group is the NEVER vaccinated. End
all research which finds few to no effects attributable to vaccination
questioned to see if there is conflict of interest or no legitimate
group. But is there any research
actually supporting the notion that we should be concerned?
Yes, and such research is plentiful, in spite of the obstacles against
ever getting published. The following are some of the issues being
form of autism, called regressive autism, is rising at an explosive
In some places the incidence of autism is 1 out of 150 children or more.
This autism, unlike the older one, occurs in previously normally
developing children who lose their skills, often shortly after the MMR
vaccine. This is not a question of
improved diagnosis. You would not,
could not, have missed these children – many of whom bang their heads,
through the night, exhibiting all sorts of heartbreaking and
of behavioral disorders among children has skyrocketed, now thought by
be around 1 out of 6. When I was
growing up, I don’t remember any children in my classroom who could not
control themselves. Now such
children are commonplace. Remember
that pretty much established brain inflammation problem?
Minimal to major inflammation could be causing all sorts of problems in
children’s developing brains.
disorders and other forms of chronic disease like asthma have also
dramatically. It is now thought by
many that there is a benefit to getting these childhood diseases, which
prime the immune system against chronic diseases.
Remember recent news that our children need exposure to germs or they
more likely to have asthma? It is
similarly thought that experiencing these infectious diseases of
boosts the developing immune system of children. There is also reason
that vaccines themselves may suppress the immune system, thereby
problem of cell-culture contamination has long plagued vaccines.
For instance, the polio vaccine given in the late fifties, early
was found to be contaminated by a carcinogenic monkey virus, SV40.
All existing stock of the vaccine was allowed to be used up, rather
“erode confidence in the vaccine” by recalling it. Some time after that
polio vaccine was introduced, cancer in children rose.
SV40 is also now showing up in tumors, including cancerous ones.
additives, like thimerosal, a form of mercury, and a known neurotoxin,
thought to be serious problems. Until
recently, thimerosal was routinely used as a preservative in vaccines.
The symptoms of mercury toxicity are virtually identical to the
that many of these autistic children display.
Of course the “experts” say there is no relation between this known
neurotoxin and brain or other damage. All
the while they are warning pregnant and nursing women, and children, to
foods containing high amounts of it.
abhors a vacuum. Just as antibiotic
overuse has led to drug resistant strains, new vaccine derived strains
disease are emerging, and can be more serious than the original
evidence that vaccination may cause chromosomal damage.
the so-called experts will argue vociferously against there being a
between things like MS and vaccination, vaccines are commonly used to
cause demyelination experimentally. MS
is a form of demyelination.
published in the Lancet provided evidence that measles without rash,
is, subclinical measles, causes a significant increase in serious adult
including cancer. The vaccinated
often get subclinical cases, i.e., rashless disease.
Measles and chickenpox vaccination in themselves may be a form of
rashless illness. Many parents are
comforted by the idea that their children are only getting mild or
cases of these diseases. But should they be? The
rash is the body’s way of removing the disease. Is vaccination
and the suppressed illness it causes going to
predispose our children to serious things like cancer?
article found that 2 totally harmless herpes simplex viruses recombined
mice, killing 62% of them. We are
combining all sorts of diseases in these vaccines and in our children
any evidence that harm will not come of it.
epidemiology of these diseases has changed so that high-risk groups,
adults, who normally don’t get these diseases, and for whom they are
considerably more serious, are now more likely to get them.
We were originally told, without any long-term research to support the
claim - after all these vaccines had just been developed - that
the vaccines would be lifelong. Now
that it turns out not to be true, we are being told the solution is to
revaccinate. But repeated
vaccination may neither be safe nor work. Is
our future to be filled with large, uncontrollable outbreaks, with
adults getting and dying from theses diseases?
Might it not have been better to get these childhood diseases as
children, when they are relatively benign?
Have we made these diseases vastly more serious because of vaccination?
truth is, in developed nations like ours most of these diseases were
both in incidence and severity prior to the advent of vaccination.
Many of them were considered a normal part of growing up, some of us
never even knowing we had gotten them. We
are being manipulated to believe these diseases are more serious than
really are when death rates in developing or Third World nations are
examples, rather than the rates in developed nations like ours.
these diseases have become more serious than they used to be, because
changing epidemiology and other adverse factors due to vaccination,
should admit it. The solution
proposed for vaccine-caused problems should not, however, be more
example of a disease which is really not all that serious, but which we
required to have our children receive is Hepatitis A. Let me
share with you what the textbook “Vaccines” says
about Hepatitis A Virus or HAV. “Infection
with HAV may produce a wide spectrum of outcomes from silent or
hepatitis at one end, through typical acute hepatitis with jaundice, to
fulminant hepatitis at the other. The
single most important factor in determining the outcome of HAV
to be age. Whereas greater than 90%
of infections acquired before the age of 5 years are silent, the
infected individuals with symptoms increases steadily, reaching
25% by 15 years and 90% or above in adults.
The duration of illness varies but most patients feel better, have lost
their hepatomegaly, and have nearly normal liver function test results
weeks. In the large 1989 Shanghai
outbreak, 90% of a subset of 8647 hospitalized patients observed
completely recovered in 4 months and all had recovered in one year.
Relapse consisting of renewed symptoms, elevated liver function test
results, and possibly detection of virus in stools has been found in up
of cases, but recovery is universal. Hepatitis
A never becomes chronic.”
a vaccine you feel your child should be required to have?
about Hepatitis B? Unless an infant
is born to a Hepatitis B positive mother, there is virtually no chance
infant will get the disease. Why
should infants get a vaccine to protect sexually promiscuous or
using teens and adults? Why should
anybody have to do that?
there’s the chickenpox vaccine, developed mostly to avoid the cost of
“work days lost”. Hey, why not let the parents decide?
Those that can and want to stay home and care for their not
all that sick kids, how about letting them do so and still be able to
public schools? (After they have
recovered, of course.) That way
they can avoid the not so unlikely prospect of having their children
chickenpox as adults, when it really can be a problem.
Health will say that these vaccines must be mandatory or these diseases
spread. But if the vaccines work,
anyone choosing them will be protected. If
they don’t prevent the spread of the disease to the vaccinated, what is
point? It hardly seems right that
those who don’t want to be vaccinated should be required to be
because vaccines don’t always work.
whatever extent vaccines are being required because the “immune
cannot be vaccinated, and are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of
while my heart goes out to such people, they are not more important
children who are harmed by vaccines. Nor
should the notion that vaccination may in itself be creating immune
be left out of this equation.
there is documented proof of outbreaks in 100% vaccinated populations.
Now, whose fault is that?
also consider any notion of "public health" to be suspect, which
sacrifices the individual to some alleged higher goal. Many of us
way scarier that the state would sacrifice children to someone's idea
common good, than to take our chances with Mother Nature. Who
What's the right number? Who's counting? Even the wartime
adults, is only used very judiciously and sparingly.
simply, we need good information, we need a choice, and we need it now.
If we had such a choice, the vaccine manufacturers just might improve
their products. Why, on earth, do they need to improve them now,
when we are
required to have their vaccines, and they are not accountable for the
way, remember our old friend Dr. Katz? He
has a niece who chooses not to vaccinate her children, and yet he
a good parent, even though he personally disagrees with her decision.
you do to help? Please support the
following pieces of legislation, if and when they are introduced:
A law that would
require that all deaths have as part of their death certificate, the
record of the deceased.
A law that allows
philosophical exemptions to vaccination. Currently there are 15
states that have such laws, while
other states have legislation pending. Most of the rest of the world,
way, allows parents to choose.
A law which
requires public health to notify parents in a meaningful way of any
changes to vaccine requirements.
A law which would
prevent DFYS from using vaccination status as the sole determinant when
whether or not to investigate a family.
Other laws which
may come up.
please consider signing an open, ongoing letter I’ve written to the
and sponsors of NBC’s “ER”. Copies
of it, along with instructions for “signing” are on the back table, but
be easily emailed to anyone interested. There are now well over 500
across the country who have “signed” this letter.
consider becoming a part of my educational/political action email group.
There are already over 50 signed on.
Sign-up sheets are on the back tables, as well as cards with my email
address you may take.
table are current state requirements, as well as tons of handouts.
You can also get any and all information by signing my email list.
parents deserve the right to choose what we feel is best for the
love, and for whom we are responsible. No
one else will be expected to care for our children if the vaccines or
maim them. No one else’s heart
will be broken like ours if they are killed or otherwise harmed.
stop ignoring what is happening to our children. The Alaska
Legislature will only change our laws if we ask
them to. And ask we must.
Please join me in this fight. Our
children need us.