Bartlett Democratic Club Speech,
by Sandy Gottstein (aka Mintz
Note: As I
have time, I will add links to points that have been made here.
Hi everybody. Before I start,
I want to thank the Bartlett Democratic Club, Jean Graves, and all of
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
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
has even a remote chance of harming their child.
What all parents deserve is
good information, untainted by conflict of interest, on the safety of
vaccines. They deserve the right to
choose whether or not to vaccinate their children. And those that
choose to vaccinate, after weighing the known
benefits and risks, deserve safer 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
vaccines. As Dr.
Samuel Katz (who you
will hear more about later), developer of the measles vaccine stated,
“Government doesn’t fund clinical studies of vaccines. Industry
We are letting the fox guard
It would be like trusting
the propaganda the cigarette companies provide on the safety of
And it 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 on my website copies of subpoenaed
from 3 vaccine manufacturers to the AAP discussing the almost $1
million they donated to the AAP 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. He has served on immunization
committees of the CDC, World Health Organization and Institute of
Medicine. He was chosen as the expert
on 60 Minutes defending the MMR vaccine, even though he developed the
vaccine! And he stated in the
Quarterly Researcher, “I
make sure neither I nor any members of my family have financial
does Dr. Katz explain the fact that in the year 2000, the FDA noted,
he has "associations with firms that could be affected by the (vaccine)
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 makers of the
the vaccine manufacturers the very suppliers of the information we rely
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
which goes into a fund to pay compensation to known victims of
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, from Anchorage,
such mom who, thankfully, did. Her
April 2001 rally
speech is included in your handouts.
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
VAERS. From mid 1990 to mid 2000, over
100,000 adverse reactions were reported, many of them serious, many of
deaths. That’s a lot of adverse
reactions. But it’s probably only a
small fraction of what is actually happening.
FDA commissioner David
Kessler has said that it is thought 1% of serious drug
reactions are reported to the FDA. A
manufacturer testified that in their experience, a passive system
(which is what VAERS is) results in around 2%.
I don’t know what percent of actual vaccine associated adverse
are 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
doing so. Maureen’s speech is a
testament to that, as is the letter I’ve included from Em, Sophie’s
Mom. Consequently it may well be that only 1-2%
of serious adverse vaccine associated reactions are reported
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
some of what I have discovered or uncovered, as the case may be, in my
investigation of the VAERS database, which I now have on my computer.
The 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
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 who went to the ER after having a serious reaction within 2
vaccination in just one month alone.
infant deaths were reported to have occurred in 1998,
most of them
occurring within days, over 40% by the day following vaccination.
Not only that: around 60% had died by the 3rd
day, and over 70% 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? (Note: percentages have changed
somewhat with the addition of more reports since the speech, and may
continue to change as more deaths are added.)
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
published, there is plenty in the literature to worry anyone who is
attention. Meanwhile, VAERS is a gold mine and
although it merely
documents an association between vaccination and an adverse event, it
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 banned last year 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
unrelated. “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 cause?
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 vaccine, prior to DPT?
We don’t have that information. So we don’t really know what
happening were our children not being vaccinated at all.
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
1986 to review the safety of the childhood vaccines, reported that it
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 consistent with”
“indicates a causal relation” in a number of cases, including between
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 American
Association about one year prior to the IOM report. It was
entitled, “'Pertussis vaccine encephalopathy': it is time to
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.
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”.
which finds no adverse effects from vaccination, which does not use
subjects as controls, is meaningless, and, in fact, has no control.
vaccination whatsoever is intervention.
A control group represents those who are not receiving whatever
intervention is being studied. When you
are studying the effects of vaccination, the only legitimate,
control group is the NEVER vaccinated.
End of story.
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 it ever getting published.
following are some of the issues being addressed:
form of autism,
called regressive autism, is rising at an explosive rate. 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
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, scream through the night,
all sorts of heartbreaking and frightening symptoms.
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
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, including among children.
It is now thought by many that there is a benefit to getting these
childhood diseases, which may prime the immune system against chronic
diseases. Remember recent news that our
children need exposure to germs or they are more likely to have asthma?
It is similarly thought that experiencing
these infectious diseases of childhood boosts the developing immune
children. There is also reason to believe that vaccines themselves may
the immune system, thereby contributing to chronic disease.
of cell-culture contamination has long plagued vaccines. For
instance, the polio vaccine given in the
late fifties, early sixties, was found to be contaminated by a
monkey virus, SV40.
All existing stock
of the vaccine was allowed to be used up, rather than “erode confidence
vaccine” by recalling it. Some time after that polio vaccine was
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 symptoms that many of these autistic
children display. Of course the
“experts” say there is no relation between this known neurotoxin and
other damage. All the while they are
warning pregnant and nursing women, and children, to avoid foods
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 disease.
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,
that is, subclinical measles, causes a significant increase in serious
disease, 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 symptom free 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 childhood diseases has changed so that high-risk
infants and adults, who normally don’t get these diseases, and for whom
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
been developed - that immunity from 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 infants and adults getting and dying
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?
is, in developed nations like ours most of these diseases were
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.
When death rates in developing
World nations are used as examples, rather than the rates in developed
like ours, to scare us into using vaccinations, we are being
believe these diseases are more serious than they really are.
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 vaccination!
example of a disease which is really not all that serious, but which
children are now expected to get a vaccination for in order to attend
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 subclinical hepatitis at one end,
typical acute hepatitis with jaundice, to fulminant hepatitis at the
other. The single most important factor
in determining the outcome of HAV infection appears to be age.
Whereas greater than 90% of infections
acquired before the age of 5 years are silent, the proportion of
individuals with symptoms increases steadily, reaching approximately
25% by 15
years and 90% or above in adults. The
duration of illness varies but most patients feel better, have lost
hepatomegaly, and have nearly normal liver function test results within
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
has been found in up to 10% of cases, but recovery is universal.
Hepatitis A never becomes chronic.”
Is that 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 (and don’t forget that mothers
screened to see if they have it), there is virtually no chance that an
will get the disease. Why should
infants get a vaccine to protect sexually promiscuous or intravenous
teens and adults? Why should anybody
have to do that?
than infants, most people who get Hepatitis B completely recover.
infants aren’t likely to get Hepatitis B, anyone else is not likely to
long-term problems if they DO get it, and those that do get it in most
have only themselves to blame.
And then there’s
the chickenpox vaccine, originally 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 normally
not all that sick kids, how about letting them do so and still be able
attend our public schools? (After they
have recovered, of course.) That way
they can avoid the not so unlikely prospect of having their children
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 the 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
disease, while my heart goes out to such people, they are not more
than children who are harmed by vaccines.
Nor should the notion that vaccination may in itself be creating immune
suppression 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
decides? What's the right number? Who's counting?
wartime, the draft of adults is only used very judiciously and
sparingly. We also go to considerable effort to avoid
enemy civilian casualties. Yet we seem
to think nothing of sacrificing our own innocent children.
bottom line? 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
products. Why, on earth, do they need
to improve them now, when we are required to have their vaccines, and
not accountable for the outcome?
way, remember our old friend Dr. Katz?
He has a niece
who chooses not to vaccinate her children, and yet he
considers her a good parent, even though he personally disagrees with
parents deserve the right to choose what we feel is best for the
children we love,
and for whom we are responsible. No one
else will be expected to care for our children if the vaccines or
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.