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"How to Write a Legal Vaccine Waiver", Sunday May 15th, 7PM CST, Complementary Webinar Bill would allow pharmacists to give shots to children (includes video)

Action Alert! Support the Reporters Who Support Us - Autism Action Network (A-CHAMP)

Background on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program - The Right to Legal Redress by Mary Holland, JD, and Robert Krakow, JD (exerpt from Vaccine Epidemic)

Response to “Anti-Vaccine Proponents Claim Court Paid for Autism Cases”
- Letter from Robert Krakow to Robert Lowes regarding Medscape article - EBCALA

Hundreds of herbal remedies now outlawed across Europe - NaturalNews

Is cabbage the ultimate anti-cancer food?
- NaturalNews

Study: Most people have no idea what's actually in the painkiller drugs they take - NaturalNews

You Want Some Autism Awareness? Autism Is A Disorder, Autism Can Restrict Lives, Autism Can End Lives
- Facing Autism in New Brunswick

Made-up minds - Since political beliefs are rooted in emotions, says Chris Mooney, the facts are often irrelevant - The Week "Vaccine denial has all the hallmarks of a belief system that's not amenable to refutation. Over the past decade, the assertion that childhood vaccines are driving autism rates has been undermined by multiple epidemiological studies — as well as the simple fact that autism rates continue to rise, even though the alleged offending agent in vaccines (a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal) has long since been removed."

Comment: It’s hard not to wonder who it is that is really in denial over the vaccine issue.  For instance, there are around 90 medical journal articles demonstrating that thimerosal appears to be harmful:  Normally, far fewer studies would be more than enough to at least keep the discussion open.  Instead the scientific evidence is dismissed or ignored and those who think the issue far from settled are called names like “vaccine deniers” and “anti-vaccine”. 

There is a long history of ridicule in science, ridicule that has postponed our ability to discover the truth, Semmelweis being the most famous example.   Only time will tell what the truth is, but time will tell.  The only questions are how long it will take and what we will learn if and when we open our eyes and our minds.  And how much unnecessary damage will occur if, in fact, vaccines are causing problems that we should know about sooner than later.

Until and unless properly designed and conducted studies are carried out that include never-vaccinated children as controls, we simply do not know if the vaccine benefits (far) outweigh their risks.   In fact, all we really know is that the vaccinated have the same health outcomes as the vaccinated, hardly a comfort or meaningful.

PS Thimerosal has not been removed. It is still in the flu vaccine, which is now being recommended for children 6 months and older and pregnant women. A recent study also found it in one vial of vaccine thought to have none: It is also there in 'trace amounts. We simply do not know if there is a threshhold amount of thimerosal that triggers autism in susceptible children. (Former NIH head Dr. Bernadine Healy spoke of this: ) But even if thimerosal is not A culprit, the continuing rise in autism could be related to the ever-growing number of vaccines being given our children. Our children deserve a fair-minded, properly studied assessment of vaccine risks compared to disease risks. We need answers not ridicule.

United Nations Push To Vaccinate Every Female for HPV by Catherine J Frompovich - VaccineTruth

Smallpox: A Vaccine Triumph Story           

Your Healing Retreat: Education & Hope for Autism and ADD - Age of Autism

Police Dashcam Captures "Real Autism" for Thousands of Families
- Age of Autism

Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy Common in Idiopathic Autism; Associated With Early Seizure Onset and Cognitive Impairment - The Refusers

The Expert Patient: Who knows best, the doctor or the patient?

Parents of autistic kids have enough problems without quack “cures”

Scientists discover new method by which bacteria become resistant to antibiotics - NaturalNews

Sound bites – Autism tidbits from IMFAR 201 by John Elder Robison - Look Me in the Eye

Asthma Becoming More Common

First, Do No Harm: Improving Health Quality and Patient Safety - Testimony of Carolyn Clancy before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee - IOM

World Health Organization to Decide Fate of Smallpox Stocks - Heated debate expected next week over when to destroy lab samples of deadly virus. - Scientific American

Pharmalot… Pharmalittle… The Weekend Nears - Pharmalot

Medical Repression - The Refusers

145 New Vaccines in Development - The Refusers

Flu Vaccine Glut - The Refusers

Exposed: Medical Imaging Delivers Big Doses of Radiation - Scientific American

Infant deaths declining globally, WHO reports - The number of women dying in pregnancy, childbirth is also dropping - Reuters via MSNBC

HIV and Measles - What's the Connection? by Vincent Ianelli, MD - "The article, 'HIV May Be Culprit in Spread of Measles,' suggests that instead of blaming 'lax vaccination efforts' for recent measles outbreaks, the 'real culprit may be HIV.'"

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding an Urgent Public Health Concern - Friday, April 29, 2011 New Brunswick, New Jersey - CDC events

Could Sugar Be a Dangerous Toxin?

Are We Gaining Ground, or Losing? - Skepticblog

Microinjection Flu Vaccine Product Approved by FDA - Intradermal Needle Is One-tenth Size of Those Used in Intramuscular Products - AAFP

Autism Prevalence In South Korea Estimated To Be 2.6 Percent Or 1 In 38 Children

Approach To Autism May Increase Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Estimates In Children Worldwide

Flu season is over Main surveillance developments in week 18/2011 (02– 08 May 2011) - ecdc

Don't Get Caught Without the MMR Shot - The choice to not vaccinate a child may put whole communities at risk. (opinion)

Association of financial or professional conflict of interest to research outcomes on health risks or nutritional assessment studies of genetically modified products

Crying Baby Symphony (includes video) - Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Comment:  Good grief. 

Actual Court paperwork awarding $1.5 Million for autism caused by vaccines

BMJ Editor on Big Pharma - Autism Jabberwocky

Household Germs Hide in Unexpected Spots
- Study Shows More Germs Are Found in Kitchens Than in Bathrooms

Measles outbreak warning as cases rise in Europe and UK

Comment:  Another side to the measles story - list of my measles columns.

Global measles outbreak reaches O.C. (Orange County)


Testimony against mandatory human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination of young girls for cervical cancer prevention by Sin Hang Lee, M.D. Pathologist, Milford, Connecticut before the DC Department of Health Budget Committee meeting on May 5, 2011 - SaneVax

Testimony Opposing Mandatory Gardasil Vaccination - DC Department of Health Budget Committee Hearing – May 5, 2011 Submitted by Emily Tarsell - SaneVax

Inovio reports sustained immune responses from cervical cancer DNA vaccine

Govt, drug experts fight over HPV vaccine (video)

Studies Fail to Reveal Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Vaccine Safety Working Group - "The Vaccine Safety Working Group (VSWG) of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) is accepting comments on a draft report and recommendations, as detailed in a May 10, 2011 Federal Register notice. The public comment period is open until June 6, 2011."

Visitation rights expanded for mom in Detroit standoff

State Law Makes It Difficult To Opt Out of Vaccinations For Kids

IMFAR: Difficult Labor and Fever Tied to Autism Risk

Comment:  Anything but vaccines?

Testimony against mandatory human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination of young girls for cervical cancer prevention By Sin Hang Lee, M.D. Pathologist, Milford, Connecticut Before the DC Department of Health Budget Committee meeting on May 5, 2011

Did you vaccinate your children?

Doctors warn parents to keep newborns at home as whooping cough epidemic escalates

Vaccine Debate Reopened With New Study

Using Vaccines To Treat Addiction

A Bad Reason to Avoid Vaccinations Have a Kid? Here's A Bad Reason to Avoid Vaccinations

Study finds unhealthy substance use a risk factor for not receiving some preventive health services

The biggest success story in global health you’ve never heard of

Children's vaccine for pneumococcal disease given a boost The sole bright spot in the budget for Australia's drug industry is the decision to fund a catch-up program to protect children aged up to three against a wider range of strains of pneumococcal disease.

SIV Vaccine Holds Promise for AIDS

Wyo. governor considers more money for vaccines

National Research Council report: Vaccine program should aid civilian labs

Innovations and Opportunities in Therapeutic Vaccines

HPV Vaccine Project Marred by Companies’ Narrow Agendas Brinda Karat, MP and member of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau, wrote on May 9 the following letter to Ghulam Nabi Azad, union minister for health and family affairs, regarding the HPV vaccine project.

World Health Organization to Decide Fate of Smallpox Stocks Heated debate expected next week over when to destroy lab samples of deadly virus.

Research Group Seeks Reforms to Army Vaccine Initiative

Title: Vero cell-based influenza virus strains and vaccines (patent)

CDC Seasonal Influenza What's New on this Site

Scientists design new anti-flu virus proteins using computational methods One goal of antiviral protein design is to block molecular mechanisms involved in cell invasion and virus reproduction

Rolling Stone re-posts RFK Jr. story lauding chemically castrating autism researchers
by Seth Mnookin

Andrew Wakefield and Mark Geier: Why does the "autism biomed" movement love one and not the other?

Flu hospitalizations fell 25 pct. during Ohio flu season, awareness increased after swine flu

Traffic Police Immunizes 500 Drivers against Meningitis

Chickenpox Vaccine The availability of vaccination against chickenpox has significantly reduced the occurrence and spread of this disease.

Real Life: Chicken pox led to my son's brain and body swelling like a balloon

Steamboat Briefs: VNA to offer free hepatitis A, B shots to at-risk adults

New Whooping Cough Case at Bernardo Heights Middle School

Tetanus: Are You at Risk?

Adverse effects of immunization minimal -- DOH 12

Postmarketing Drug Safety Evaluations

Notice: Office of Biotechnology Activities; Recombinant DNA Research: Action Under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines)

Benton Hall Academy students walk to eliminate MNT

Cochise County now offering adult vaccinations for whooping cough

Lab Notes: Traveling Backwards and Catching Viruses

URMC Observes HIV Vaccine Awareness Day with Events Networking and parties as a call to action to raise awareness that the search for an effective vaccine continues.

Viruses: Influenza, HIV, XMRV

Measles outbreak warning as cases rise in Europe and UK In the 1990s, experts thought they were close to eliminating measles for good.

Orlando preschooler diagnosed with measles is area's first case in 17 years

Measles seems to be rising in California

Modulation of apoptosis by V protein mumps virus

Q&A: With More Measles Reported, What Should Adults Do?

Which Shots Do I Need When Traveling?

‘Clinically dead’ baby fights for life and beats the odds

Bend teen relearning after meningitis battle

Deadly Infection Nearly Claims Splendora Girl's Life Sakura Barden Battles Meningococcal Bacterial Meningitis

Many countries hit by health threats from both infectious and chronic diseases

Medical tourism boom raises superbug risk

Minister under attack over cholera comments

Siga Technologies Shares Jump On US Government Contract Win >SIGA

Merck’s hepatitis drug gets final FDA approval

Title: Targeted combination immunotherapy of cancer and infectious diseases (patent)

Antiretroviral Therapy Cuts Risk of Sexually Transmitted HIV

Concern over rise in oral cancer cases Dentists have expressed concern at the rise in cases of oral cancer in Ireland, especially among young people.

Unsettling weather conducive for diseases The recent unsettling weather conditions are proving conducive for the spread of diseases, with many hospitals admitting children as well the elderly for all kinds of ailments.

Researcher: Current Equine Flu Vaccines Effective Against Foreign Strains

NACDS: In emergencies, pharmacies ready to help

A lifelong practice

Managing animal-disease risk in public settings

Pet insurance: Animal vaccinations being neglected by many Brits

Shelter gets grant to vaccinate against dog flu

CharmTracker for Female Autism Issues (includes video)

Children with Asthma can be “Active With Asthma”

May 17 Webinar: Foreign Inspections

The Expert Patient: Who knows best, the doctor or the patient?

Fox that bit children was rabid Children undergoing treatment (includes video)

Chronic Diseases Are Difficult to Diagnose and Manage Walking Through the Fog of Alzheimer's Disease

Schafer Autism Report May 12, 2011

"Army" of Moms Tackle Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Food Industry (audio)




The Greater Good A Documentary Film looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.

The PBS NewsHour series "Autism Now"

Click here for all of the Dr. Andrew Wakefield GMC/Lancet Decision Articles and Videos

Click here for the most recent articles by F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

Click here if you might be interested in participating in a study of never-vaccinated children


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