I’m thinking on these questions: why do I write about vaccines all the time? Why do I talk about this to people? What is my goal of it all? What am I hoping will happen to the vaccine situation in our country?
And my answers are this:
- Americans need to recapture and retain the freedom to decline vaccines.
- Parents need true informed consent about the very real risks of vaccination.
- “Science” needs to be allowed to discover and report on the dangers of injecting aluminum, mercury, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, Triton X and so on, and the chronic health conditions that arise from it that are denied right now.
I don’t expect the CDC to ever issue a mea culpa. I accept that there is zero chance that our government is going to compensate the millions of children who developed autism, anaphylactic food allergies, epilepsy, or diabetes after vaccination. Victory isn’t going to come in the form of a check or an apology. If we can win freedom and transparency, we have won.
And once the transparent science is out there (especially CDC science), I think consumer rejection of the product will drive improved safety, secure exemptions, stop the insurance bonus payments, and change pediatrician attitudes toward patients.
But how do we get there from where we are today? This is the flow of how we end up where we are year after year:
- The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes vaccine schedule recommendations
- The CDC sets the schedule based on the ACIP recommendations
- State legislators adopt a vaccine schedule based on the CDC, and make that schedule mandatory to attend school, but with exemptions in most states
Look, the gig is up. The ACIP and the CDC know exactly what they’ve done to two generations of children. They’re not going to admit what they’ve done, but they don’t have to keep going down this road.
How can we make an exit ramp for them? There has to be a mechanism for the ACIP and CDC to gracefully free themselves from the chokehold that the pharmaceutical industry has had on them for decades.
And if they could separate and create a policy that the pharmaceutical industry is no longer permitted to advise the ACIP and CDC, no longer permitted to provide staff for or influence the doctors who volunteer on the ACIP, that pharma is no longer permitted to hire CDC employees into their corporations, and no longer permitted to donate money to any CDC-affiliated organizations, perhaps there would finally be enough space between pharma and the vaccine program that we could shine some light on what is really happening to our children.
But really, Congress should create such a law.
And, I think, once you take all of the pharma money and power out of the equation, things are going to get a whole lot more honest in the vaccine program.
The problem here is entirely the pharmaceutical industry. It’s not the ignorant pediatricians who haven’t taken 12 hours to educate themselves about vaccine risks, ingredients, and health outcomes. The days of $1,000 dinners and exotic vacations courtesy of pharma are over for doctors (except exotic vacations for speakers at medical forums, I know). Do we really think that free pens, a bag of Subway sandwiches, and a box of drug samples wield that much influence over your pediatrician? I don’t think so. I think they’re lazy when it comes to continuing medical education that isn’t spoon-fed to them by a doe-eyed drug rep.
And the problem isn’t the doctors and lawyers who become state legislators and don’t have an hour to make an educated decision on a Goddamned thing before they cast a vote. It’s not all of the ignoramuses who get degrees in public health and end up at the CDC because they thought they’d be able to “help people.”
All of these professionals are just the pawns. They’re the front line, taking marching orders from the queen in the back row.
The problem is the pharmaceutical industry and all of our US Congressmen who think they can remain neutral on drug issues on one hand while accepting pharma donations with the other. And pharma has poured $2.5 billion dollars into lobbying and funding members of Congress in just 10 years.
How do we make Congressmen care? How many of them clam up when asked about vaccine freedom, exemptions, or mandates? How many say it should be a state issue and then run away from the person asking?
It’s a grenade the vast majority don’t want to jump on. I don’t know that we can ever get 51% of them to care about our kids.
But there’s another way to go about this. There might be a crack in another door.
What if we crept in through the opioid epidemic?
In October 2017 the international media exploded when DEA whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi came forward with juicy details of pharmaceutical corruption in government. I’m sure the irony of the media blowing up for a DEA opioid whistleblower just three years after completely ignoring a would-be CDC vaccine whistleblower is not lost on you; not all epidemic whistleblowers are created equal. Obviously.
The media began shouting about American opioid addiction and how the pharmaceutical industry stomped all over the DEA by influencing Congressmen to the tune of $152,000,000 in 2016. They were outraged that there are, on average, two pharmaceutical lobbyists for every Congressman in Washington.
Apparently, in 2015 and during the height of the opioid epidemic, the drug industry was able to get Congress to pass a bill to protect their interests. Obama signed it into law, allegedly without knowing what its impact would be. Obama refused to ever speak about it.
And if we think about it, what the pharmaceutical industry has done to the FDA and DEA to cause the devastation in the opioid epidemic isn’t all that different than what they’ve done with the ACIP and CDC to cause the autism and chronic illness epidemic. The difference is that nearly all of America is willing to rally behind getting pharma out of the government when it comes to addictive drugs, and the same people are dumbstruck when it comes to getting pharma out of the vaccine schedule.
I know I’m the first person to preach that we should act locally and focus on our state legislatures, but I think there may be a real opportunity here. We have national outrage about pharma’s influence over our government. We have Congressmen calling for new laws or to undo old laws. We have the media sufficiently engaged about both a crisis and a whistleblower. Sen. Claire McCaskill is calling for an end to pharmaceutical subsidies on advertising (did you know your tax dollars paid for that?) and in February 2016 Rep. Rosa DeLauro introduced a bill to enact a three-year ban direct-to-consumer drug advertising for new drugs, backed by the American Medical Association. The FDA just announced they will be researching the risks of pharmaceutical advertising and the claims made in commercials.
See, this doesn’t have to be about opioids and it certainly doesn’t need to be targeted toward vaccines. They are parallel epidemics. It is the pharmaceutical industry as a whole: get it out of our government. All pharma out of all government entities means all opioid manufacturers out of the DEA, but it also means all vaccine manufacturers out of the CDC. All money, all influence, all power, all consulting, and all gifts-in-kind need to get out of all government entities, all advisory committees, and all Congressmen election funds. No money that can ever be traced back to a pharmaceutical industry can be received, donated, or spent.
Besides, it’s the campaign spending for Congressmen that’s allegedly driving the high drug prices for Americans, right? Or it’s just a coincidence that the day after Donald Trump made that accusation, pharmaceutical companies donated more money to Congressmen than they ever had before– $279,400 in a single day.
If you were to talk to a vaccinating parent about this issue, but kept it in general terms, it would sound like this:
“America has a tremendous problem with our elected officials and regulators being captured by pharmaceutical money, and it has created a relationship where the corporation that is supposed to be regulated is writing its own rules. This happens when drug corporations donate money to election campaigns and agency foundations, or offer high-paying jobs to government agency employees. When a Congressman accepts several hundred thousand dollars of drug corporation money in a year, not only does the Congressman then help pass laws that favor the corporation, but they act as a liaison between the corporation and its regulating agencies, creating pressure to put the kibosh on plans the agency might have to reign in the corporation. When a corporation is allowed to staff government advisory committees, they’ll staff them with pharmaceutical-friendly medical doctors. They create committees that will certainly make the most industry-friendly recommendations as possible, and they pretend this is done through consultation and collaboration rather than through capture.”
And this vaccinating parent could easily assume that you are talking about America’s prescription drug problem, but you’re talking about America’s vaccine problem. In the first, everyone is willing to acknowledge the grand conspiracy. In the second, they call you a conspiracy theorist.