Tuesday, June 24, 2008

AAP Fights Informed Vaccine Choices

AAP Leadership Fights Informed Vaccine Choices
by Barbara Loe Fisher
w ww.vaccineawakening .blogspot. com
www.StandUpBeCounted. org

In another fit of pique aimed at the growing number of
vaccine-educated parents questioning pediatricians about the safety
of vaccines, the largest private medical organization representing
medical doctors treating children - the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) - recently announced to its membership that it will
fight doubting parents in their offices, in the media, on the
internet and through a partnership with other wealthy and powerful
organizations funded by a pharmaceutical industry committed to doing
the same thing.

On May 30, the AAP leadership reports that it met with the leaders of
15 allied organizations in Elk Grove, Illinois to discuss the growing
refusal of parents to vaccinate their children according to
recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AAP. A
recent letter to AAP members stated:

"The group agreed that recent attacks on vaccines have left parents
confused. The rates of exemptions are climbing, and the protection of
communities from vaccine preventable diseases is in jeopardy.
Participants identified several factors that promote anti-vaccine

Parent-to-parent spread of myths,
A public that does not understand the risk of
vaccine-preventable diseases,
Internet and media exposure that is not balanced,
Decreased trust in the government and health care providers,

Slow response to negative news coverage, and;
Increasing calls for philosophical exemptions.

The group recognized strategies that have worked in the past to
address these drivers, agreed to jointly promote the positive value
of vaccines, and will come together again in July to develop a
cohesive message for dissemination. This message will be disseminated
in mainstream media, through professional organizations, and via
Internet tools. Materials are expected to be available by fall 2008.
The group will formally be known as the Immunization Alliance."/

Information on the AAP website gives pediatricians instructions about
what to do with parents who refuse to obey the doctor's orders,
including a sample letter that states:

"By not vaccinating your child you are taking selfish advantage of
thousands of others who do vaccinate their children, which decreases
the likelihood that your child will contract one of these diseases.
We feel such an attitude to be self-centered and unacceptable. We are
making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to
emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that
the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do
everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the
schedule is the right thing to do.

However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your
health care provider in advance of your visit. In some cases, we may
alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations.
Please be advised, however, that delaying or "breaking up the
vaccines" to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes
against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for
serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice
as providers... .such additional visits will require additional
co-pays on your part. Furthermore, please realize that you will be
required to sign a "Refusal to Vaccinate" acknowledgement in the
event of lengthy delays.

Finally, if you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child
despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another health care
provider who shares your views. We do not keep a list of such
providers nor would we recommend any such physician."

Educated parents of America attempting to make informed, voluntary
vaccination decisions for your children be warned: your pediatrician
is out to change your mind about vaccination or teach you a lesson
you will never forget.

Hang on to your child because the doctor you have trusted with your
child's life might just try to make you out to be a bad parent and
not only throw you out of the office but notify state officials to
charge you with child medical abuse if you don't agree to give your
child every one of those 69 doses of 16 vaccines that doctors working
for the Centers for Disease Control say all children from birth to age
18 must get.

Be prepared that the doctor, who you pay to keep your child well, may
dutifully obey recent orders given by the AAP leadership to implement
one-size- fits-all government vaccine policies: no questions asked.
The next time you visit your pediatrician and attempt to ask a
question about vaccine reactions or suggest your child get fewer or
no vaccines (especially if your child has already suffered serious
vaccine reactions your doctor refuses to recognize) be prepared to be
humiliated, harassed, threatened and thrown out of the office.

The message from the AAP leadership to vaccine-educated parents is:
you WILL give your children every vaccine that industry produces even
if it brain damages or kills them. You DO NOT have the human right to
protect your child from vaccine injury and death because you MUST
sacrifice your child for what AAP and government officials have
decided is the "greater good." Your child does NOT belong to you and
if you don't agree to do exactly what we say, we will make sure your
family is denied medical care.

Sounds like a smart plan to me, pediatricians of America, if you want
to fatally compromise the last remaining shred of trust that mothers
and fathers have in your knowledge about vaccine risks and how to
minimize them for the children they love more than anyone in the

In the words of Jim Carrey: "How stupid do you think we are?"

Twenty-six years ago, the co-founders of the National Vaccine
Information Center came to the table with the AAP leadership to talk
about compensating children injured by mandated vaccines because the
AAP said it was a matter of "simple justice for children." We
believed the AAP leadership really cared about minimizing vaccine
risks for the individual child rather than just wanting to pass the
National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 for the purpose of
protecting drug companies and pediatricians from liability for
vaccine injuries and deaths so they could continue to implement
one-size-fits- all vaccine policies. Time and time again over the past
quarter century, the AAP leadership has demonstrated that they
betrayed the trust of parents then and now by refusing to work with
parents to minimize vaccine risks.

In 1982, it was far easier to sweep vaccine injured children under
the carpet because 1 in 6 American child was not becoming learning
disabled and 1 in 150 child was not regressing into autism. Today,
there are so many highly vaccinated children who are sick and
disabled that there is no place to run and no place to hide.

The vaccine safety and informed consent movement has been led by
educated middle class mothers and fathers who DO know how to tell a
bad scientific study from a good one; who DO know how to calculate
the amount of mercury or aluminum in a vaccine; and who DO know the
difference between being told a lie and being told the truth about
vaccine risks.

AAP: we are not stupid. We will not stand by and watch our children
and grandchildren become vaccine damaged because you are obsessed
with forcing every child to use every vaccine that Pharma produces
with no concern for protecting the children who cannot use every
vaccine safely. You can deny us medical care and try to take away our
human right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination but you will
never win the war you have declared on millions of vaccine- educated
parents in America.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Rally

Relief. Anger. Hope. Devastation. Wow. These are just a few words to try to describe a moment in my life that is truly indescribable. The Green Our Vaccines Rally in Washington DC on June 4th was one of the most amazing events that I have ever participated in. Thousands and thousands of parents gathered in honor of their vaccine injured children in order to make a statement to the CDC and the government that the current vaccine schedule is Too Many Too Soon for our kids. It was amazing to gather with so many parents who know what kind of road that I have been traveling since KC was diagnosed with IS. Most of the kids are autistic, so it's a bit different, but it's the same in the fact that we KNOW that it was a vaccine reaction that hurt our kids, and we spend so much time screaming that at the top of our lungs, but all too often our voices go unheard. With each and every parent that I saw, I felt a bond. When we gathered at the capital, I could not help but cry. The song Not Ready to Back Down, by the Dixie Chicks was playing over the speakers, as thousands of people stood, clutching to pictures of their beautiful, vaccine damaged children. It was absolutely devastating to see so many families that have been affected. And it was utterly amazing to know, that even for just one day, our voices would be heard. I put my son on my shoulders and danced as the tears swam in my eyes. I saw signs made by parents with pictures of their children before vaccines, and after. It was as if someone took the very soul out of them. One mother said it best. The pic of her son smiling with light in his eyes was titled "What God Made". The next pic was her son, glazed look in his eyes, hands floppy, was titled "What Man Made."
There were several keynote speakers, including Robert Kennedy Jr., Dr. Jay Gordon, Jim Carey, and Jenny Mcarthy. The facts discussed were ones that I have heard before, but it never ceases to amaze me. For instance, the children who are diagnosed with Autism often RECOVER or regain many skills when they are treated for heavy metal poisoning. Yet the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) does not recognize this as a form of treatment for Autism. In 2001 the CDC claimed to have removed all mercury (thermosal) from vaccines, and since the autism rate has not gone down, they believe that this is plenty of evidence that vaccines do not trigger Autism, therefore no more research is done. They fail to mention that by "removal" of mercury, they mean "less" mercury, and what they call trace amounts is actually toxic if eaten in fish or drinking water! At the time of the mercury "removal" there was a change in the process for reporting Autism. It became mandatory to report cases of Autism spectrum disorders, therefore the statistics that we are relying on to protect our children are not consistent! A child receives the same dose of a vaccine at 8lb that a man does at 200lb. As many as 75% if SID's cases occur within one week of vaccinations.
I could go on and on. And I will. I will continue posting info as often as I can. Please watch the video's of the rally that I have on my page, or just go to You tube and search Green Our Vaccines. Again, this is NOT an anti vaccine group. It is a group promoting safer vaccines.
At this point, the biggest tragedy that I can see in the future is those Mothers who see this info, read about the rally, or in some other way are warned about vaccine dangers, but ignores it and her child becomes damaged. She will never forgive herself. Trust me on this. This is something that will hurt in ways you never imagined. And it never goes away. Open your mind, and research all sides of this issue before forming your opinion. And above all, listen to your heart.