Many moons ago, back when Congress was still a venerable and respectable institution and not the disgraceful vipers’ nest that the Democrats under Pelosi have turned it into, I had the privilege of working for Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
At the time, Mr. Burton was the Chairman of the Government Reform Committee and I shared my duties between his personal office and the committee. Working for Chairman Burton was one of the greatest experiences in my life: he was a strong conservative Member of Congress, very personable and caring. A great proponent of holistic medicine and healthy living, he had tasked the committee with investigating the potential conflicts of interests between the federal agencies in charge of approving and recommending vaccines, in this case, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) respectively. This included not just the lifetime bureaucrats that work in those agencies, but also the people who serve in the committees that review and recommend the approval and recommended schedules for vaccines.
This experience opened my eyes to what these agencies do and how they work in the business of vaccine development. The overwhelming majority of people, including doctors, have absolutely no clue as to what really goes on throughout the process, which brings big money with ZERO liability for the pharmaceuticals. Even people whose family members die or suffer serious adverse effects (like paralysis) are not allowed to sue the pharmaceuticals, thanks to congressional legislation passed in the 1980’s which shields pharmaceuticals from any liability. (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/history/index.html)
Instead, persons who are injured or whose family members (usually young children) die, are referred to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) which, although defined as a “no-fault” fund for compensation, has a very intricate procedure to compensate those people who are able to prove that the vaccine caused the injury. You can read for yourself how impossibly difficult it is to be compensated at all. (https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/index.html)
The lack of liability of the companies who develop these vaccines is alarming but just as dismaying was learning the staggering conflicts of interests between the members of these committees and the pharmaceutical companies. For example, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which recommends the vaccine schedules, has 15 members, all appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Out of the 15 members, all but one are generally researchers in a slew of fields related to vaccines or medicine and one is a consumer advocate. One. (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/members/index.html)
Generally, all of the 14 researchers that make up that committee work doing research in universities throughout the US. It all sounds great until you learn that the majority of the grants at those universities are funded by…(I’ll give you a second)….the very same pharmaceuticals who manufacture vaccines! How likely is it for researchers who get millions of dollars from pharmaceuticals to fund their research to vote against the vaccines that will likely be funding them?
As with most everything else in life, this is a complicated issue. There are arguably good reasons for the government to set-up what is essentially a government-mandated monopoly which forces people to use a product manufactured by a private entity and which, in turn, has no financial liability to the consumer. You can read those reasons in just about every government propaganda, er, literature regarding this subject. Seldom, if ever, will you read about the downside. And there are plenty of potential downsides: I have personally met with dozens of people whose lives have been destroyed or changed forever due to vaccines.
I met many parents who lost their newborn babies after being given the Hepatitis B vaccine shortly after birth. I even met one mother who lost two infants to the Hep. B vaccine; the first was attributed to the catch-all Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is what most of these deaths are generally attributed to, so she never thought about the connection to the vaccine until her second child died under identical circumstances at the hospital.
And it isn’t just babies: I also met with an ER nurse in her early 40’s, an extremely active and athletic woman who loved to hike and was very involved in martial arts. As part of her job, she was required to take the Hep. B vaccine and within a week was completely paralyzed from the head down. At the time I met her, she was in the middle of a battle with the VICP to get remunerated, even though her doctors all agreed that the Hep. B vaccine had caused her paralysis.
Hepatitis B is a communicable disease generally spread through sexual intercourse and drug use. But, since it can also be spread by a mother through birth, it was recommended to be given to babies within a few hours after birth, then the additional shots (up to 4 altogether) before the baby turns 6 months. (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-b.html)
Is this really a vaccine that ALL children should be taking? Why not just identify the mothers with Hep. B and give the vaccine to their children? How many children in the US are really born at risk? Good luck finding that information: while the literature scaring people into submission is everywhere, the numbers of affected people here in the US are almost impossible to find.
One of the most heart-wrenching stories I heard about adverse reactions likely caused by vaccines, was the committee hearing testimony of the parents of 9 yr old twins. This couple had followed the recommended vaccine schedule but for the 18 month visit, one of the twins was sick with a fever and so the doctor decided to postpone the scheduled vaccinations for the sick baby while continuing with the vaccinations of the healthy baby. Within a week of the vaccinations, the perfectly healthy baby stopped talking and began to regress in behavior. Soon after, the baby boy was diagnosed with severe autism. At the time of the congressional hearing, the boy was about 9 years old and unable to communicate, living in a world where his parents or his twin sibling apparently did not exist. The twin that did not get vaccinated at the time- and which the parents chose not to vaccinate for obvious reasons- was a completely normal, smart, and active young boy. These parents were reminded daily of what life could/should have been for their now autistic son had he not been vaccinated.
The fact is that no one knows for certain why some people react to one vaccine or medication while most others don’t. It is also a fact that when vaccines are being developed, they are not tested in the schedules that are recommended by the CDC. Instead, they are tested individually and not along with all the other vaccines.
Incidentally, do you know why all these vaccines are given to young children, all at once? How can anyone think that it is okay to bombard the tender & young immune system of a baby with a number of viruses (whether active or inactive), along with all the preservatives and chemicals included in the vaccine? I mean, they tell you that it isn’t safe to give babies honey, but a cocktail of chemicals and diseases is no big deal? The answer has nothing to do with science or medical necessity: the answer is that Big Pharma, doctors, and the government that enforces these business transactions, all know that parents are much more likely to take their children to a doctor’s appointment and get vaccinations when they are still babies and not when they are older. It is simply a business strategy: the more vaccines they can cram into babies’ bodies, the more money Big Pharma makes.
And money will take precedence over safety until the data becomes overwhelming against the vaccine. At the time I was working on this conflict of interest investigation, there was a recommended rotavirus vaccine already on the market. It wasn’t until an inordinate amount of infants had died due to the vaccine that the ACIP quietly recommended that it be taken off the market. (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4843a5.htm ) Before you try to argue that at least the government committee did its work and that’s why the vaccine was pulled, consider this: the risk of death in infants had been raised by the lone consumer advocate BEFORE the vaccine had been added to the schedule. I read the minutes of that meeting and in it, the concerns were dispelled in less than one paragraph. In other words, dozens of infants died unnecessarily simply because the 14 “experts” didn’t think the risk was serious enough to merit more research.
This is one of the reasons why I never take a medication or a vaccine that has been on the market for less than 5 years. Even then, I will try natural remedies and will only consider medication as a last resort. More than 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease for which almost every single person takes medication. After a doctor had put the fear of the disease in me, I tried the medications and the side effects were exponentially worse than the condition itself, so I stopped taking the meds. My doctor tried to get me to take a new, easy to take, medication which had just come on the market to great fanfare and hope and I politely declined. A year later, at my next visit, my doctor told me how glad he was that I had declined to take the medication as 40 people had died of heart attacks caused by the medication in that last year alone. I’m not even sure whether the medication is still on the market.
A few years ago, I tore my ACL during a black-belt Tae Kwon Do training and required surgery. To reduce the inflammation after the surgery, my doctor insisted that I take Aleve, which I hated taking. The Aleve, in turn, affected the lining of my stomach so the gastroenterologist prescribed a medication to help heal the lining. Three days after I started taking the medication, I could barely walk. My joints became very painful and I developed a rash all over my body. It wasn’t until I read the fine print on the possible side-effects of the medication that I found out that it could cause Lupus-like symptoms. I immediately stopped the medication and the symptoms disappeared within a day. Another case of the medication being worse than the condition it intends to heal.
Now, due to my personal experiences and the wisdom I have acquired through the years, I am more careful than ever about what I put into my body. I have learned that the best weapon against diseases and viruses is a strong immune system. While I do rely on diet, exercise, natural (essential oils & herbs) and homeopathic remedies to help me achieve balance and stay healthy, I do not shield my immune system from the outside world. During this past year, our family did everything we have always done: we went out, never quarantined (even for one day), ate at restaurants, traveled to Florida, went to Universal and Sea World at the height of the plandemic in Florida, flew on airplanes, and attended lacrosse games, parties, and church services, all the while only wearing flimsy masks when absolutely necessary. Thank God, we are fine.
All this to say, I absolutely do not want and will not be taking a barely-tested vaccine for a virus which has an over 99% recovery rate and for which therapeutics already exist. The only way I would even consider taking it is if I were a diabetic, which I am (thankfully!) not. I admit that I may roll my eyes when I hear the ridiculous, screechy happiness of people who behave as if they won life’s lottery or a guaranteed pass to heaven when they get the COVID vaccine but, hey, that’s their prerogative. I will respect these people’s right to put whatever they want into their bodies, just like I will respect their right to wear as many masks as they want in public, and their right to stay inside their homes for however long they want to live in fear and delusion.
What I will not accept is other people trying to impose their fears and their ready-compliance on those of us who choose to live free and to trust our judgment. And I will certainly fight to the end any efforts by the government to implement restrictions on those of us who know better than to blindly trust the government and the pharmaceuticals who stand to make upwards of $32 BILLION dollars out of the COVID vaccines. ( https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/11/business/pfizer-vaccine-covid-moderna-revenue/index.html)
Requiring a “vaccine passport” goes against everything our country and our Constitution stand for. In this day and age, it is the equivalent to being forced to wear a yellow Star of David or have an identifying number tattooed on your forearm, as the Nazi’s did. It is anti-American and it serves only one purpose: to control the population through fear and manipulation.
So whether you choose to believe the fear and the propaganda and take the vaccine or not, let’s all agree that not everyone should be compelled to take it if they don’t want it. Isn’t it our body, our choice?