My kids are important to me, therefore your children must die

 

Let’s tell it like it is. Stop beating around the bush.

There are some people in Australia – many of them sitting parliamentarians, currently-employed journalists and medical officials – who still believe in child sacrifice.

They know that some children will be killed by their vaccines. They know that some will be permanently injured or have their futures stolen away from them. And quite honestly, they don’t care.

Without any evidence to back up their superstitious belief system, they think that our sacrifice to the Gods of vaccination (or perhaps, the Gods of mammon) will protect other children and therefore, they are willing to force us in any and every way possible, to do what they demand.

Who counts the cost?

Can’t afford to feed our children because they’ve taken away government entitlements? Tough!

Can’t afford rent or a mortgage so you have to live in your car or couch surf? Good!

Can’t work because you can no longer send your children to preschool or childcare due to No Jab No Play? Serves you and your children right!

At what point do your benefits outweigh our risks?

How do you justify our sacrifices?

According to the government, the medical community and their lackeys in the media, for the greater good, one child’s death is acceptable if it saves many children’s lives. The greater good assumes two options, however:

1- In order for this sacrifice to be worthwhile, we would need to believe that our children have to be vaccinated in order to protect others’ already vaccinated children. The statement “Vaccines only work if everyone does them” is one health ministers and government officials love to spout.

2- We would also have to believe that it is the unvaccinated who are spreading diseases in the community despite the fact that the majority of those who contract these illnesses are fully and appropriately vaccinated against them.

This kind of magical thinking has no basis in science and would be rejected out of hand were it not for the fear-mongering and outright lies of government and medical authorities.

Our families are not only invisible, the government wants to pretend we don’t exist!

If you can put a name to the children your policies and prejudices are killing, does that make it more difficult for you to sleep at night?

What if you saw their faces or spoke with their families?

The attempt to silence our voices

Is that why you fight so hard to deny our existence?

To try and silence us? To stop us from telling the stories of our families? To hide the faces of our children and our loved ones? To banish us from society?

You’ve never seen us – yet here we are

To end the denialism, below are a few of our family members for you to meet. These are just a few of the tens of thousands of children and adults who have been permanently injured or killed worldwide by your one-size-fits-all mass vaccination policies. These are just a few of those whose blood is on your hands.

Yes, you.

Every single person out there who is happy to say that others MUST do something to their beloved children in order to magically ‘protect’ their family has contributed to the medical murder and maiming of these victims.

Picture their faces at night when you fall asleep in your homes. Think of their families and the endless grief they are suffering when you sit down to dinner with your family. Realise that you are not – and never will be – innocent in the court of karma.

Every man’s death diminishes me
Because I am involved in mankind
And therefore, never send to know
For whom the bell tolls
It tolls for thee

For Whom the Bell Tolls
By John Donne

 

 

 

What part of ‘satire’ don’t you understand?

There have been some pretty cluey politicians in our nation in the past. Whether you believe that they were right or wrong, we’ve had some smart men and women in Federal Parliament who earned the respect of the nation through their ability to comprehend complex ideas and communicate clearly and accurately on a wide range of issues.

The current crop of pollies, however, is another breed altogether.

On August 15th, 2017, Kent Heckenlively, author of the books Plague and Inoculated, wrote a hilarious satirical piece on the Bolen Report blog, entitled

Kent Heckenlively’s “DANGEROUS SCIENCE” Tour Heads to Australia?…

 

This blog post was so obviously tongue in cheek, even Blind Freddy would have to see that it was simply a joke. Something to take the piss out of our government for banning Polly Tommey, the mother of a vaccine-injured boy, for 3 years simply because she opposes a push to force everyone to vaccinate, regardless of individual risk.

But instead of seeing it for what it was – satire – the government went to panic stations and articles and radio shows flew left, right and centre – all warning about the risk to the Australian public should this person be allowed into Australia. Isis can get in – no worries at all. But an anti-vaxxer? Now that is REALLY something to be terrified of!

Lanai Scarr from Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp (major shareholders in many multinational pharmaceutical companies) stated the following:

Government called on to ban Kent Heckenlively from visiting Australia

Labor wrote to immigration minister Peter Dutton on Monday demanding a travel ban on Mr Heckenlively after it was revealed his department had the anti-vaxxer under watch.

Mr Heckenlively is planning a lecture tour of Australia in December to spread his dangerous and incorrect message that vaccines are bad.

But Labor’s Health spokeswoman Catherine King said the threat of Mr Heckenlively’s visit should be taken seriously and he should be rejected entry to Australia under the character test in section 501 of the Migration Act.

“Labor is alarmed that Mr Heckenlively may be allowed to promote this dangerous nonsense in Australia,” Ms King said in the letter obtained exclusively by News Corp Australia.

“Individuals travelling to Australia need to be aware of their visa conditions and ensure they meet all requirements to legally stay in Australia,” Mr Dutton said.

“In cases where the presence of a person is assessed to be a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community or a segment of the Australian community, there may be grounds to consider cancellation or refusal of the person’s visa.”

So Kent Heckenlively, a person whose only claim to fame has been to research and write about the scientific reasons why people might want to get a second opinion before making a vaccination decision for their children or themselves, is deemed to be so dangerous to Australia that he is on a federal watch list and the opposition health spokeswoman wants him to be rejected from entry into this country! Even though he has not applied for a visa nor, to anyone with two brain cells to rub together, was his blog post describing a serious attempt to come here!

Ray Hadley, a radio host who stated that he would ban anyone from his program who did not march in lock-step with all government vaccination proclamations regardless of their evidence, personal situation or number of vaccine-injured or killed family members, did a segment on Kent Heckenlively where he spent more time discussing Mr Heckenlively’s name than he did the subject matter at hand. Apparently, Mr Hadley’s waters run very shallow indeed! He read an email from a listener in the Philippines who disagreed with Mr Hadley’s bigoted opinion of people who believe that vaccine are not above question and retorted that this gentleman was now banned and he should “…go away with the rest of the lunatics!”

Well played, Ray – very well played! Did you think up that retort all by yourself or did you get help?

Whatever the case may be, it is obvious that the government and the media, being well aware of which side of their bread is buttered (the side provided to them by Pharma, of course) are scared witless by the idea that people in Australia are becoming aware that they have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to the issue of vaccination. More and more of us are saying NO to vaccinating our children or ourselves. More and more of us are taking our kids out of school, quitting jobs that require vaccines and choosing to separate from a government that is unrepresentative, bullying and harmful to us as Australian citizens.

They can ban anyone they want to ban. They can pass legislation that takes away our rights and our money. They can encourage hatred and bullying from those less intelligent in our community (namely the majority of politicians, media personalities and mainstream medical practitioners) but no matter what they do, they can’t make us unlearn what we have found to be true:

Vaccines can and do kill

Vaccines can and do cause lifelong pain and disability

Vaccines cannot ever provide immunity to infectious diseases.

So Greg Hunt, Catherine King and those other ‘geniuses’ in Parliament who think that keeping those who disagree with them from entering Australia will convince anyone to stop looking at this issue – you need to know how wrong you really are! Your actions have made Australia the laughing-stock of the free world. Nothing will change the fact that your days in power are numbered and your dirty secrets of corruption and harm to Australians will soon be public knowledge.

When that day arrives, there will be nowhere for you to run and nowhere for you to hide. You will be held accountable for the harm you have done.

The end of the tour – but not the end of the road!

The last 2 weeks have been amazing! Getting to spend time with Dr Brian Hooker, Dr Suzanne Humphries, Polly Tommey and Anu Vaidya from the US VaxXed team was an experience in both education and kindness and I feel blessed to have been involved.

Dr Hooker and Dr Humphries are both incredibly well-informed about the issues surrounding the risks and ineffectiveness of vaccines. They are able to communicate complex medical information in such a way as to make it easily understood by anyone – even doctors and health ministers.

And Polly’s mind is steel-trap sharp whilst still being such a kind and empathetic interviewer for the families whose children have been killed (far too many!) and seriously injured by vaccines.

Despite getting sick with a miserable cough and cold right at the beginning of the tour, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the team and I believe those who met them live and viewed them on the various social media channels did as well.

Generosity and caring along the way

Having never been involved in something like this, I was amazed when people would meet us at various locations with food, snacks (so much chocolate!) and other necessities simply because they wanted to help. One woman brought bags and bags of food – some of which is still being nibbled on by the team as they head over to New Zealand. Polly mentioned her love for Turkish Delight so a woman showed up at the Village Cinemas with a huge bag of it especially for her.

Polly said that this happens everywhere the VaxXed bus goes in the US but I really didn’t expect it and was so pleased to see people being so kind to the team and sharing not just their hearts but giving so selflessly as well.

Heartbreak

Along the way, I sat in on several vaccine-injury stories that were filmed by Polly and Anu. I hadn’t ever done this before (Tasha has) and could not bear the sadness and grief that I experienced just listening to these families. I came to the conclusion that Polly is made of stronger stuff than me – perhaps stronger than most of us. To watch these stories and to view the activities of the VaxXed team as they travel around the world, make sure to

To watch these stories and to view the activities of the VaxXed team as they travel around the world, make sure to bookmarke the following social media channels and turn on notifications as well:

Facebook – @wearevaxxed

YouTube – @VAXXEDTV

Periscope – @teamvaxxed

Polly told me that in the US, the VaxXed team will often be out on the road for up to two months at a time and they will interview 15-20 families every single day about vaccine injuries. It boggles the mind!

Australia will hopefully soon have its own VaxXed bus to give our famlies the voice they deserve. We will NOT be silenced!

The few stories I was able to witness on this tour made me angry at the authorities who treat our families with such disdain and so, so sad at the pain being caused by unnecessary vaccines.

One mother has a young daughter who is unable to walk or talk because of a vaccine reaction. Her family is so loving and the child who was disabled by her vaccines has the cheekiest sense of humour and fun! But the mother told about her fears of what would become of her child should something happen to her? Would her older children be left to take care of their sister, at the cost of their own lives and freedom? And watching her 14-year old change the nappy of her 8-year-old sister left the mother with a great deal of guilt over how a vaccine-injured child can affect an entire family.

One of the most frustrating stories was that of a mother of 5 whose doctor claimed that her 18-year old son was autistic because she had lived in a domestic-violence situation and domestic violence can cause autism! I have to wonder if that doctor truly believed what they said or if they were simply trying to make an excuse for the fact that this boy regressed a short time after being vaccinated? Either way, it is always blaming the parents rather than the real culprit for mainstream medicos. Absolutely criminal!

The government is scared – and they should be!

One consistent theme we experienced along the road was politicians who tried their hardest to stop the VaxXed screenings from going ahead. They said these medical doctors were dangerous (and they are – to pharmaceutical interests and corrupt politicians – VERY dangerous indeed!) and they should not be allowed to speak / citizens should not be allowed to hear what they have to say.

Though the High Court has several times upheld the right for all Australians to have freedom of communication on political issues (and this is definitely a political issue), the government and the medical community along with the bought media tried their hardest to stop these screenings and the seminars from taking place.

I think they were incredibly frustrated that with all their money and influence, they had no power to stop these events and in fact, the constant negative media attention had the opposite effect than what was intended – it drove even more people to our venues, leading to the last 5 screenings being sold out.

We even had a meeting with political movers and shakers and parliamentary aides in Victoria and a great deal of interest was displayed by these bureaucrats – especially when it was explained that vaccinations were causing a huge blowout in our health budget (especially to the disability support scheme) and that expense would only increase as more and more vaccines are added to an already overloaded schedule.

One thing that became very clear both from letters to the editor as well as from comments we received on the road, was that a large number of pro-vaccination Australians are most concerned about the attempts to force vaccinations on others; there are a large number of intelligent and well-informed parents who believe that vaccines cause (amongst other things) autoimmune conditions such as allergies, asthma, eczema and autism and cancer, behavioural difficulties and other chronic conditions. No matter how much fear and how many threats the government levy against the population, it isn’t working. They are losing control and they know it is only a matter of time before they will pay the price for harming generations of Australian families.

Momentum builds!

I don’t have an exact total for the number of people who attended every one of these events from the Sunshine Coast through to Adelaide, but it would number in the thousands.

There were many who came reluctantly because they feared being recognised and suffering abuse from the max-vaxxers as a result; there were health professionals (GPs, paediatricians, chiropractors, naturopaths, homeopaths, etc.) who were afraid that just going to see a movie would get them deregistered or have complaints filed against them with the thought police at AHPRA (or, as I prefer to call that organisation, the Australian medical SS); and there were parents who were afraid of their families, their ex-partners or bullies on social media. Despite their fears, these people came along and to a man or woman, they left feeling like they were part of something bigger than themselves and ready to take on the challenges of protecting their families against governmental tyranny.

It’s time to Be Brave!

Does our government respect our rights? No, they don’t.

Do they behave in an immoral, unethical and corrupt manner? Yes, they do.

Do they cooperate with bullies, corporate thieves and criminals? Absolutely!

Can they control us if we band together against their crimes and corruption? No way!

Their credo has been divide and conquer. So ours must be – united we stand!

If you were to see an adult on the street torturing a baby, would you walk on past without a word? I don’t believe you would.

Yet, you are afraid to speak up when you see a child being injured by their vaccines and their parents believing the doctors who cry – coincidence! – at the top of their lungs.

Vaccines can cause irreparable harm. Vaccines can and do kill. Vaccines can destroy the minds, immune systems and lives of our precious children.

It is my belief – after working in this area for more than 25 years and speaking with literally thousands of families – that every single person who takes a vaccine is harmed in some way by those shots. Every. Single. Person.

And I am not afraid to say this because I am speaking my truth. I may be vilified for it. I may be attacked as a result. But I can sleep with a clear conscience because there may be one parent out there who reads this and feels supported in their decision-making – whatever that decision may be.

This government, their tame media and the mainstream medical industry cannot and will not defend their pseudo-scientific ideas on vaccination because it is impossible to defend lies when your audience knows the truth. So the only way they can force compliance with their discriminatory policies is by using fear, bullying, threats and financial penalties. They treat our community like we are less than second-class citizens and expect blind obedience despite the fact that we are better-informed about this issue than any of their so-called experts.

We are making a difference

I met young adults in their 20s on this tour whose parents chose not to vaccinate them decades ago because the AVN helped them to source medical information about vaccine risks. I met families whose children were sickened and, in some cases, killed by vaccines who told me that our support helped to give them the courage to stand up to their doctors and the government. I cannot stay silent while others are harmed. I will not be censored by a government that cares more about protecting their own financial interests than they do about protecting citizens.

It is time for you to join me because I cannot do this alone. The AVN cannot do this alone. None of us can do this alone. And it MUST BE DONE!

Dr Hooker said he has a 3-minute / 3 feet rule. If you are in his vicinity for 3 minutes and within 3 feet of him, he will start talking to you about vaccine safety and ineffectiveness. His story is powerful because, aside from being the father of a profoundly disabled young man whose injuries were caused by his vaccines, he has researched this issue and can point out the massive flaws in the religion of vaccination.

Everyone reading this knows someone who has been injured by vaccines – you know you do. So tell those stories, share your knowledge and speak your truths too! If you don’t feel confident with your vaccination knowledge, read some books and listen to some you-tube lectures (I highly recommend Dr Suzanne Humphries’ channel as well as the NVIC’s commentaries to start) and you will be well on your way towards becoming a defender of truth and freedom in our community. We need you!

Speak out every time you have an opportunity and be the change you would like to see in the world.

Are you a frog?

There is an old parable that goes something like this: 

If you try to put a frog into a pot of boiling water, they will jump right out, thereby saving themselves. But if you put them into a pot of cool water and slowly increase the heat, they will stay in there until they are boiled alive.

I’m not sure if this has ever been tested, but I am reminded of this story by what has been happening in Australia recently – and especially by the announcement today that Prime Minister Rupert Murdoch (sorry, I meant to say Malcolm Turnbull) is taking $28 per child per fortnight away from any family that does not comply with Australia’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ vaccination regimen.

Let’s recap.

Families who make informed and conscientious choices not to expose their children to vaccines which have never been independently tested for either safety or effectiveness and which the High Court of Ireland and the US Supreme Court have labelled as unavoidably unsafe products, have already lost:

The $726 end of year Family Tax Benefit Supplement Part A which is a tax rebate previously given to all Australian families. The government is phasing this payment out for all Australian starting with the end of this financial year and finishing on July 1, 2018.

Approximately $14,000 per child per year in childcare benefits which are no longer accessible to anyone who has refused to subject their children vaccines.

But wait, there’s more

Now, Rupert Turnbull has announced that families who don’t vaccinate (named, depending on the media report you see, as either anti-vaxxers or pig-headed – sometimes both!) will lose an additional $28 a fortnight for each unvaccinated child from their Family Tax Benefit fortnightly payments, adding approximately $530 per year per child to the hit they have already taken for making legitimate, informed health choices.

It is apparent that our gover-maceutical authorities are treating us like frogs. If we won’t do what they tell us to do, they will slowly turn the heat up until we either following their orders regarding our family’s health or agree to be boiled to death.

I don’t know about you, but the only end result of that sort of compliance is croaking – one way or another!

I’ve had enough! Have you?

So I’ve decided to stand my ground – right here and right now. That line has been drawn in the sand and they will step over it only over my dead body.

Here is my plan of action – I will be changing this as I learn more and speak with others who are far cleverer than I am about this issue:

  • I will be making yet another appointment with my member of parliament to try and educate them about why it is wrong to discriminate against citizens in a democratic nation. I am going to take with me this wonderful document put together by someone on Facebook as well as reading the information on this page put together by the AVN.
  • I will be attending the No Jab No Pay/No Play Rally in Brisbane on May 28th and urge you all to make your very best effort to go to your nearest rally (and if there isn’t one, to organise one!). Here is a page with information on all currently-planned rallies. I am also looking into chartering buses to bring people from my area to Brisbane. Maybe you want to investigate the same thing where you live?
  • Wherever possible, I will be commenting on articles and talkback radio programs that are publishing or airing lies about this issue. I will make sure that my voice is heard as many in the community have no idea that this is not so much a matter of health as it is a matter of basic human rights.


How about you? Will you join me in taking action to protect yourselves and your families or will you just stay in the hot water?

 

 

 

Both Doctors and the Media Misinform the Public About Tetanus

Over the years, I have heard lots of medical practitioners and government health officials say some unbelievably stupid things about vaccination. No, really – there have been some corkers!

Vaccines don’t need to be tested…

Way back in the 1990s, I did a double-take when Dr Gavin Frost, Chairman of the National Childhood Immunisation Committee, told me that since vaccines were assumed to be safe and effective, it would be unethical to leave one group ‘unprotected’ in order to test them. So, we are basing a multi-billion dollar medical procedure on guesswork? That’s modern science for you!

Ignorance about MMR in pregnancy

A couple of years ago, I thought I’d heard it all when Dr Richard Kidd, head of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in QLD told a parliamentarian at a hearing into legislative changes to vaccination requirements, that the next time she was pregnant, she should ask her doctor to give her an MMR vaccine – something that is absolutely contraindicated during pregnancy. Whoopsie!

Why did the Northern Star misquote me?

But last night, an article came out in the Northern Star newspaper (Anti-vaxxer questions medical treatment of tetanus patient), our local pro-pharma rag, that quotes a paediatrician, Dr Chris Ingall, and NSW Health as saying several things which I believe are verifiably incorrect.

Fake News, Lying Media
Can you trust what you read, see or hear in the media?

The Northern Star based their piece on an article I published on this blog a couple of days ago (without citing the blog by name, of course) regarding a local child who was ill and hospitalised with a tetanus infection. They never contacted me (they never do), but they did misquote my statement. Below is their incorrect citation:

“Controversial anti-vaxxer, Meryl Dorey claimed in a blog post the diagnosis was “case of medical negligence based on ignorance of the symptoms … and potentially incorrect or incomplete cleaning of the child’s wound in the first instance”.”

And here is what I actually said:

“Rather than being a story of irresponsible parenting, one could possibly make a case that this is instead a case of medical negligence based on ignorance of the symptoms of tetanus infections and potentially incorrect or incomplete cleaning of the child’s wound in the first instance.”

I see what they did there, do you?

Limited value in cleaning wounds? Dr Semmelweiss would be rolling in his grave!

Cleaning wounds, tetanus prevention
The importance of proper wound hygiene

The next paragraph quotes Dr Ingall, a paediatrician with many years’ experience stating:

“…there was “limited value” in wound cleaning and “vaccination is key” to preventing tetanus.”

This statement directly contradicts the Australian Government’s recommendation (and common sense) which says that:

“Whatever the immune status of a person with a tetanus-prone wound, local disinfection and, where appropriate, surgical treatment of tetanus-prone wounds, must never be omitted.”

The world-famous Mayo Clinic states under the treatment protocols for tetanus:

Wound care

Cleaning the wound is essential to preventing growth of tetanus spores. This involves removing dirt, foreign objects and dead tissue from the wound.

Dr Ingall then goes on to say that:

“There is no amount of antibiotic or cleansing that will rid (the body) of the (tetanus) infection.”

But the Mayo Clinic disagrees, saying:

Your doctor may also give you antibiotics, either orally or by injection, to fight tetanus bacteria.

Are Dr Ingall’s statements an admission that this child’s wound was not cleaned properly and that antibiotics were neither administered nor offered as a means of treating this bacterial illness?

It is my personal belief the answer to this question is most likely yes since the next line in the article states that:

“Despite repeated requests, NSW Heath declined to comment whether the girl was offered either treatment when her wound was initially treated at Nimbin hospital.”

Do doctors know what tetanus looks like?

And despite the fact this child’s family say that the doctors and staff who saw their daughter did not recognise tetanus infections, and even consulted with a paediatrician who likewise didn’t know what the condition looked like, NSW Health issued a statement saying:

“…clinicians and nursing staff were trained in, and had access to, the latest clinical protocols for treatment and control of vaccine-preventable diseases, including tetanus.”

How then to explain the delay in diagnosing this child with tetanus – a delay which could potentially have led to her death?

From the research, lack of recognition of the symptoms of tetanus is neither rare nor risk-free. This study from the UK describes two cases of tetanus that were not recognised by the treating physicians, leading to the death of both patients. The importance of tetanus risk assessment during wound management

Where is the evidence that vaccination prevents tetanus?

 

Lastly, Dr Ingall, as stated above, claimed that ““vaccination is key” to preventing tetanus.””

I would like to know how that statement can be made when tetanus is a disease for which natural immunity may not exist. In other words, you can develop a tetanus infection, recover from it and then, get another tetanus prone wound weeks or months down the track and get tetanus all over again.

The QLD Department of Health states on their website that:

“As recovery from tetanus may not result in immunity, an important part of the treatment is to ensure that the person starts a course of vaccination to prevent them from contracting tetanus in the future.”

Now, I will ask you all the question I have asked medicos for nearly two decades without any answer at all – if natural infection cannot convey immunity, how can vaccination do what the disease cannot?

Lastly, the treatment this child was given, Tetanus Immunoglobulin (TIG) is yet more guesswork since drugs.com, an authoritative source on pharmaceutical products states:

“Evidence of effectiveness of TIG in the treatment of active tetanus infection is limited and optimum dosage not established.”

Once again, the medical community and the media blame the victim

This family has been pilloried in the court of public opinion for not subjecting their child to a vaccination which nearly killed one of her close relatives. Their family history most likely predisposes her to a serious reaction to tetanus vaccines. At one time,when individual health was considered to be more important than the protection of government vaccine policies, this would have been a contraindication to being vaccinated

In my opinion, this family acted responsibly and with all due care. I believe they may have been badly let down by the medical community who might have failed to diagnose or treat their daughter’s illness in a timely or appropriate manner.

And lastly, we have all been let down by the media which has done its best to incite hatred, misinform and outright lie as well as lying by omission about all aspects of this case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respecting Our Families

When it comes to the media and the so-called Skeptic community, there is a real double-standard in regards to the value of not only our children but our rights to keep them safe from harm as we see fit – whether that is the harm posed by disease or the harm posed by vaccines.

Children who have been hurt by diseases and their families are treated like saints. They are sanctified in the corridors of government (with many of them becoming unqualified consultants on government vaccination policy), in the press and amongst their fellow citizens.

Those who were harmed by vaccines, however, are told to shut up, stop their whinging and, even worse, are told that they are imagining what they saw with their own eyes. Their children are invisible, disregarded and just considered to be the sacrificial virgins thrown into the volcano to save everyone else’s children.

Worst of all, however, is the treatment that parents of unvaccinated children receive when someone in their family contracts or is harmed by one of the diseases covered by our vaccination schedule. These parents are treated like criminals, openly and gleefully abused and basically told they are getting what they deserve without any question about what actually happened.

The media and incomplete, biased coverage

Yesterday, there was a story on the ABC as well as in the Northern Star newspaper about a family whose child was near death in hospital from a tetanus infection. This young, 7-year old girl had been transferred from Lismore Base Hospital to the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane for emergency treatment and was near death. Everyone from the paediatrician who saw her in Lismore to the members of various internet hate groups to random commentators on Facebook and other social media outlets were having a go at the parents of this little girl and blaming them for her condition.

I’ve spoken with someone who knows this family well and have gotten the real story about this child’s illness and the family’s reasons for rejecting vaccines. Rather than being a story of irresponsible parenting, one could possibly make a case that this is instead a case of medical negligence based on ignorance of the symptoms of tetanus infections and potentially incorrect or incomplete cleaning of the child’s wound in the first instance.

I was told that this little girl had two members of her family who reacted badly to vaccines – one of whom nearly died from a tetanus shot. Another close relative had a serious reaction to a different vaccine which led to long-term physical problems. As a result, this family had made an informed decision not to take a risk with the tetanus vaccine. I will include more about tetanus and the vaccination at the end of this blog post.

The history of this case

On the 21st of February, a brick was dropped on this child’s toe, crushing the toe and nail badly. Her parents brought her to the local Nimbin Hospital where she was treated for this wound. They took here there once a day to get her dressing changed. The schedule later went to once every two days and then, as the wound appeared to be healing, once every few days. All this time, the child was being seen by doctors and hospital staff and was thought to be improving.

Her doctor noted that the nail would grow back crooked if she did not receive further treatment so surgery was performed on her toe to remove and reinsert the nail. This was done a couple of weeks after the initial injury took place.

Tetanus-recognised by friends and family but not by the medical staff

Lockjaw, one of the most common early symptoms of a tetanus infection, did not start to present itself until approximately 10 days later. Although she had been brought to hospital several times over this period, and her parents had asked the doctors about whether or not their daughter might have tetanus, they were always told no.

On Monday, March 13th, she was taken to a physio because of a sore back and the physio thought perhaps it was a growth spurt. That night, she woke up crying every 15 minutes so her mother slept with her and found she was waking to convulsions. She had no fever. She had weak legs and difficulty standing up. She could not open her mouth very wide and her jaw hurt when she tried to.

The parents want to make clear that they feel the medical staff did their best over this entire period and were very respectful towards them and their daughter, but no one had had any prior experience with tetanus. Regardless of this, the parents had expressed concern a number of times over their hospital visits regarding tetanus. They had pushed the point that they felt it could be tetanus and the staff had dismissed these concerns.

The child’s condition worsens

On Tuesday, March 14th at 3:30 pm, the little girl saw the local doctor who phoned a paediatrician for advice. Neither had had any experience with tetanus and felt it best she be taken to Lismore Base Hospital either that night or the next day. The parents were very concerned and rushed her in that night.

At Lismore Base Hospital, they finally diagnosed her with tetanus and gave her two vials of tetanus immunoglobulin as that was all they had. She was placed on a ventilator and rushed to The Lady Cilento children’s hospital in Brisbane. Once at Lady Cilento, they gave her more immunoglobulin. They removed the toenail to make sure the site had been cleaned correctly and no tetanus spores remained.

The girl has now stabilised and is doing well. It was thought that she would be off of the ventilator last night and was hopefully improving now after receiving the proper treatment.

The parents have said although questioned about their stance on vaccines, all staff in all three hospitals were respectful and were doing their best with the knowledge and experience they had.

What is tetanus?

To start with, for all those out there who are filled with fear by this story, I need to tell you that tetanus is not a transmissible disease. A person who has a tetanus infection cannot then give that disease to anyone else.

The infection is caused by a bacterium – clostridium tetani – which is anaerobic in nature – in other words, oxygen will kill it.

This bacteria lives quite happily and usually harmlessly in the gut of all mammals, including humans. The problem occurs when there is a deep puncture wound which (usually) does not bleed freely and is then covered, preventing oxygen from reaching the site.

A hydrogen peroxide solution is often applied to deep puncture wounds, forcing oxygen into the site and if necessary, there have been recommendations to apply pressure to the wound, forcing blood to the surface since blood is highly oxygenated. In addition, bleeding and cleaning should hopefully remove any tetanus spores which may be present.

I have heard many stories of hospital staff recommending tetanus boosters to patients who present with closed wounds (eg non-compound fractures, sprains and severe bruising without a break in the skin). From my reading, this should not be necessary since without an entry wound, tetanus should not be able to enter the body. It is also potentially unnecessary to administer a tetanus vaccine to someone who has had a wound that has no possible contamination with tetanus spores (carried in animal faeces, remember), such as someone who has cut their hand or foot on a broken glass in their kitchen or who has cut themselves with a clean knife, though I have been contacted by many people whose doctors had made this recommendation to them. Vaccines are not benign products. They carry with them real and in some cases, quantifiable risks of harm or death and their use should be limited to instances when the potential benefits outweigh any known risks.

Tetanus in Australia

Tetanus is very rare in Australia – mainly due to the fact that very few of us now live on the same land occupied by large animals such as cattle and horses who carry tetanus spores in their faeces. We are also much more likely to clean wounds thoroughly and properly when they occur, not allowing them to fester.

Each year, an average of 7-10 (mostly elderly) Australian adults will contract tetanus infections. Many of these occur in diabetics who, due to a lack of circulation to their extremities, may not be aware of their wound and as a result, may not care for it properly.

Tetanus reports Australia
Tetanus reports – Australia 1991 to 2017 to date

Most of those who have contracted this illness since widespread vaccination began during and after WW II were at least partially, if not fully, vaccinated against it. The NNDSS (National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System) has classed many of the elderly in Australia who contracted tetanus as being unvaccinated, but it is difficult to know if that means they have not received any tetanus vaccines or they had simply not received the recommended tetanus boosters and would, therefore, have been considered to be up-to-date.

The case of tetanus in this young child yesterday is only the second case in a child in Australia since 1991. The risk for an individual child is vanishingly small – though if that child happens to be yours, this statistic will be cold comfort.

Prevention

The tetanus toxoid vaccine has been used in other countries, as I stated earlier, since the 1920s. The first tetanus toxoid vaccine was introduced in Australia in 1939 (mostly for use in our armed services) and was not routinely administered to children until 1953 when our modern schedule of mass vaccination began. At that time, it was combined with diphtheria and pertussis shots to form the DTP vaccine.

This article, by Dutch physician Dr Kris Gaublomme, tells a great deal about the ineffectiveness and risks of this vaccine. The tetanus vaccine has been routinely administered in combination with diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines since early last century. Many reactions which occurred after the DTP combined shot were blamed on the pertussis component. But many of those who received the tetanus-only shot (no longer available in Australia) suffered severe and even life-threatening reactions to just that vaccine.

One of the noted reactions is something called hyperimmunisation. Tetanus boosters used to be recommended for adults every five years. It was found, however, that such frequent boosting could lead to hyperimmunisation, meaning that the vaccinated person would develop symptoms of a tetanus infection (lockjaw, severe muscle spasms, etc) without ever suffering a tetanus-prone wound.

One of the first people to contact me to report his vaccine injury to the AVN’s database in the early 1990s after the AVN first started was a local builder who had developed hyperimmunisation. As a builder, he was constantly getting injuries at work. Despite the fact that he was totally up-to-date with the government recommended schedule, every time he was admitted to hospital for treatment, he would be given a routine tetanus booster (Tet-Tox) without being asked about how long it had been since his last shot. He subsequently developed this condition, meaning that he would suffer from periods of lockjaw and extremely painful muscle spasms over and over again.

Alternatives to medical vaccination

As many of you would know, my eldest child was injured by his DTP and then MMR vaccines. My second child received DT (we left out the pertussis component – parents can no longer do that) and polio and my third child got polio only. My 4th is completely unvaccinated.

We live on a farm so we were always aware of the potential risk of tetanus. Our solution was to always have hydrogen peroxide on hand, to clean and bathe any wounds the children got (and since they always ran around barefoot, as good country children do, there were many wounds!) and to bathe the area thoroughly in this solution. We also kept (and still keep) a vial of Ledum on hand. Ledum is one of the homeopathic remedies for tetanus and we would administer that to the children should they have a wound we felt might be at risk for a tetanus infection.

I have spoken with other families who have used other strategies to prevent tetanus infections. It is probably a good idea, if you are interested in this issue, to speak with your own trusted health professional to seek their opinion. There are several books I can recommend for further reading on this and other vaccination issues as well. I will list them in the bibliography at the end of this post.

Respect

I guess the takeaway message for this article is that parents will always love their children more than anyone else will. More than the doctors; more than the government; more than the pundit wanna-be’s at SAVN; and more than anyone in the media. They will make the decisions they feel are best for their family’s health based on the information they have at the time.

Life is filled with risk

On average, 7 children under the age of 15 are killed every year in Australia and 60 are injured after being run over by cars in their own driveways. These deaths and injuries would be (for the most part) preventable through the requirement to install reversing cameras in every car, ute and truck registered in this country. Yet the government has not made this recommendation nor do these children make front page news when such tragedies occur.

Why then is the finger of blame so often and so cruelly pointed at loving families who are doing the very best they can in a very difficult situation? There is no proof that tetanus vaccination would have prevented this child’s illness and a lot of potential evidence that earlier recognition by medical staff might have saved a lot of suffering.

We all do what we can, when we can to keep our children safe, happy and healthy. When something goes wrong, that is the time for us to come together and support each other – not to play the game of ‘what if’, ‘if only’ and ‘you should have…’.

Please try to keep that in mind the next time this situation arises. Especially those of you in the media who are the biggest and most public offenders.

Until then, I wish this family and their little girl all the very best for a quick and complete recovery to full and vital wellness.

by Meryl Dorey

Suggested reading:

Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners, 2nd Edition: Guide to Immunization Risks and Protection

Vaccine Illusion

Dissolving Illusions

Please note: Blog posts are opinion pieces which represent the views of the authors. They do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of the nocompulsoryvaccination blog. This blog is a forum, support and information site and outlet for discussion about the relative benefits and risks of vaccinations in particular – and medical procedures in general. We do not provide medical advice but believe that everyone has the opportunity and the obligation to do their own research before making decisions for their families. The information we provide (including your personal review of the references we cite) should be taken in conjunction with a range of other data, including that obtained from government, your health care provider and/or other medical source material to assist you in developing the knowledge required to make informed health choices.

 

Jane Hansen: Can We talk? My Shout!

Dear Jane Hansen,

As you know, I have long been critical of your reporting on the issues surrounding the subject of vaccination. I believed and still do believe that your attacks on those who hold a different opinion to your own are beyond the pale, unfair and in some cases, cruel and abusive.

Of course, I do understand where that attitude comes from. Most of those in mainstream media would see nothing wrong with your position and how you promote it. They would say that for the greater good, those like myself who question both the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations need to be silenced and if that means bullying them or calling them and their children names, so be it!

But I don’t believe this sort of behaviour is necessary. I think it is fear-based, ignorant and beneath the dignity of someone who calls herself a journalist.

So, I would like to ask you to meet with me here in the Northern Rivers for a meal and a chat – my shout. I know you are up here often but if you are no longer in this area, I will be happy to pay for your airfare.

What precipitated this offer?

Earlier this week, I received an email from a long-time AVN supporter. She had approached you regarding your attacks and was quite polite, I felt, in her language (please note: I have not changed or corrected any of the text in either her message or your responses). The original post from the AVN supporter is in blue and the responses from Jane Hansen are in red – just for ease of identification. My comments are in black.:

I read your article with disappointment about anti vaccers. There are many facts and studies about why people choose not to vaccinate their children. And yes there are cases on both sides where children have died. I believe good journalism provide both sides of the argument and allows people to think, questions and decide from an informed position…not the fear mongering we have ended up with in so many articles. Please take a look for yourself with I hope an open mind to discover why there are so many people who do not vaccinate their children. http://vaxxedthemovie.com/stream/

Your response to her was indicative of the problem with your reporting on this issue. You have conflated so many facts and shown a horrendous amount of ignorance for someone who has been writing about this subject for so many years!

Are you serious? You think this fraud of a film is correct? If it was true it would be on the front pages of papers around the world.

There are many truths that never make it to the front pages – or any pages – of newspapers. If that is your gauge of veracity, I’m afraid you are being naïve in the extreme!

The study got retracted because the African American children already had autism and were behind in their MMR vaccine..

Jane Hansen, I am unsure of which study you are referring to. I believe you may have confused the original 1990 Wakefield study, Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children; THE LANCET • Vol 351 • February 28, 1998, with the 2004 Dr William Thompson study but f that’s the case, I have to tell you that neither of these studies says what you have claimed.

I would have thought since you have been calling Wakefield a fraud for nearly a decade, you would have at least read the study to know what you’re writing about. Apparently not.

Please read the study and view the documentary before commenting on them

There were no African-American children in Wakefield’s study since all of the subjects (12 of them) were British.

None of the children were “behind in their MMR vaccines”. They had consulted with Dr Wakefield and his 12 co-authors including Dr John Walker-Smith, the preeminent paediatric gastroenterologist practising at that time. Dr Walker-Smith had also been struck off by the GMC and he was able to take his case to the High Court in the UK to oppose that decision regarding the so-called Wakefield study. In case you were wondering, Dr Walker-Smith was cleared and the GMC were criticised by the court for the way they handled this case. No fraud was found.

I believe your statement was probably referring to the African-American children who were left out of the study co-authored by Dr William Thompson, the CDC Whistleblower. As you would know, if you had actually watched the documentary, VaxXed, (a video dealing with the cover-up of vital information linking vaccination with the current epidemic of autism, not, as you appear to believe, with Dr Wakefield’s 1998 Lancet study) Dr Thompson was ordered by his superiors in the CDC to destroy evidence demonstrating that African American boys were 380% more likely to develop autism following vaccination depending upon the age at which they were vaccinated. The CDC found backhanded ways to exclude this cohort from the trial and used other fraudulent methods to massage the data to make it look like this risk didn’t exist – but the actual data shows that the correlation was real and strong.

It was a requirement to access autism services to catch up their vaccines .. So of course all the kids in that group with autism has the MMR vaccine .. That’s why they were left out of the study.. Doh!!

Where do I start? Jane Hansen, I have no idea what you are referring to here? There is no study that I am aware of (certainly none that are discussed either as part of Dr Wakefield’s original case series or in the documentary, VaxXed) where children had to have vaccines to access autism services. Your use of the pejorative – Doh!! – to someone who approached you honestly and kindly, is uncalled for, don’t you agree? Especially when you are the one making an incorrect statement.

I don’t want to be rude but you insult all journalists believing this shit.

Handy hint, Jane Hansen. If you start out saying you don’t want to be rude, it’s not a good idea to finish by being rude.

Sorry you’ve been conned but you have. William Thompson never spoke to the vaxxed team who are not journalists .. He sought whistle blower status to avoid getting sacked for being a bad scientists..

I’m beginning to think you are making this up as you go along. Dr William Thompson spoke with Dr Brian Hooker for many years and Dr Brian Hooker is, most assuredly, one of the VaxXed team. Again, had you watched the documentary prior to commenting on it, you would have known that.

Dr Thompson sought whistleblower protection because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), his employer and the organisation that had ordered him to commit fraud in a study he co-authored on vaccination and autism, was afraid that he would be arrested for speaking with Dr Hooker about this subject. You are the first (and only) person I have ever heard claim that Dr Thompson would be granted whistleblower protection because he was a bad scientist. Think about it. Bad science is not a reason for someone to become a whistleblower. It is, however, a reason to try and cover up results which the CDC has done and is still doing regarding this case.

The other scientist tried to put the confounding factor tram back in and his paper got thrown out too.. Not because it’s a conspiracy but because it was bad science. Now you do your research !

What scientist are you talking about Jane Hansen? And what confounding factor are you referring to? Honestly, my head is spinning here. You are moving seamlessly from 1998 when Wakefield publishing his original Lancet paper (with 12 other scientists, remember) to 2004 when Dr Thompson published his CDC Study to 2016 when VaxXed premiered. You are very unclear about what you’re referring to so a bit of clarity would be very helpful. What data, study and scientist are you referring to here?

Oh, and the producer got struck off the medical register for chafing dates on vax, performing lumber punctures on children without permission, accepted millions from the lawyers to ‘find a causal factor’ and was developing his own vaccine !!!

Jane Hansen, I studied journalism for a time at University and one thing I clearly remember learning, though it was so many years ago, was to research before writing. That was drummed into my head – research, research, research! It is obvious that you’ve forgotten this lesson. You see, the producer of the documentary, VaxXed, is Del Bigtree. Del, though he was a producer on the television show, The Doctors, for many years, has never been a doctor himself. Therefore, he never was, nor could he ever be, struck off of any medical register. I believe you are referring to Dr Andrew Wakefield who directed VaxXed but was not the producer (details do matter). And Dr Wakefield was a gastroenterologist. He referred children for endoscopies – not lumbar punctures. Ethical permission for both publication and testing was properly obtained and as far as I know, this was never in question. 

Please note – I have received a correction to the above statement (the one that has been struck out) and until it has been confirmed by Dr Wakefield, I will insert the correction below. I will update this when and if I have more information:

Could someone who knows Meryl please tell her she has got this bit below wrong? He did not refer children for endoscopies, he suggested parents get referrals from their doctors to go to the hospital, (so was found guilty by GMC of interferring with referrals), he was found guilty of organising tests including both endoscopies and lumbar punctures when it was not his job at the hospital (his defense was he had only an administrative role in planning the tests), and most importantly, not having ethical permission for the testing (according to them) was the main thrust of the charges against him, so was certainly in question.

“And Dr Wakefield was a gastroenterologist. He referred children for endoscopies – not lumbar punctures. Ethical permission for both publication and testing was properly obtained and as far as I know, this was never in question.”

A better response to Hanson’s lumbar punctures claim would be W didn’t treat children, the hospital’s doctor did, and he didn’t need permission.

Dr Wakefield was never paid ‘millions from lawyers’ to find a causal factor. He was retained by a legal team preparing a compensation case in the UK and both his involvement in this case and his fees (which totalled in the thousands – not the millions) were public knowledge at the time the Lancet article was published. The Lancet editors were perfectly well-aware of this as were the other doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

You also claim that he (again, I’m assuming you mean Dr Wakefield though you are referring to the producer of VaxXed) was developing his own vaccine. Again, this is incorrect. Dr Wakefield was working on something called transfer factor to help prevent inflammatory bowel disease (this was never designed to be a vaccine) as well as a diagnostic test for determining the presence of measles virus in the body. It is time for you to stop getting all of your information from the so-called Skeptics and do some reading yourself, Jane.

Now there is corruption .. That is the story ! Now goodbye.

I will rephrase that to make it more accurate. Now THERE is ignorance. Now THERE are rumours. Now THERE is a made-up story.

Please don’t say good-bye. Take me up on my offer. We can have a good meal, a good chat, and I can hopefully encourage you to become a bit better informed and (I have to say it) a bit kinder to those whose knowledge about the subject of vaccines differs from your own.

What do you say, Jane? I’ll even buy you a glass of chardonnay – though I don’t drink it myself.

Chiropractor, Childhood Chiropractic, Healthy Baby

Does the CAA represent Australian Chiropractors? The Courage of Their Convictions

Chiropractor, Childhood Chiropractic, Healthy BabyWhen the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) began, way back in 1994, amongst the core group of 6 founders were 2 chiropractors. One was a local practitioner and another was from further away. They, like most chiropractors, fully supported the rights for all individuals to make free and informed health decisions without fear of coercion, financial penalty or government threats. One of those chiropractors went on to run a State branch of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA), one of the 2 peak bodies governing the profession in this country.

Since its inception, the AVN has had a close, cooperative and friendly relationship with Australian chiropractors and the CAA. They had in excess of 10% of all Australian Chiropractors as Professional Members of the organisation when that level of membership was still available and I have personally spoken at many conferences and meetings hosted by both state and national branches of the CAA. Chiropractors who came to hear me have even been granted CE (continuing education) points.

Pressure brought to bear on chiropractors

Several years ago, things started to change. Chiropractors started to come under attack for supporting freedom of choice because many of them are sceptical about the benefits and safety of vaccination and were very supportive of their patients’ right to make informed choices about this issue. They were also being abused for daring to treat infants and children as well as adults, and for having the nerve to claim that chiropractic adjustments could treat more than back and neck pain.

The Chiropractic Board at that time deemed that chiropractors must not discuss any vaccination issues with patients. Chiropractors were not to have any information or books about vaccination in their offices and if a patient asked for their opinion on this topic, that patient was to be referred to the government health authorities or their local GP. In other words, chiropractors – health professionals who go through nearly the same training as medical doctors (without the emphasis on drugs and surgery) for the same number of years, were being told that they were not allowed to use their expertise to help their patients! Many of the chiropractors I spoke with at that time, including sitting Board members of the CAA, were furious about these moves!

Asking the hard questions

A few weeks ago, I was copied in on an email sent to a large list of Australian chiropractors by one of the top practitioners in this country. his question is below as well as my answer sent to him directly.

Q. should we get involved in this [vaccination] debate, as chiropractors, at this time ?

A. I’m not a chiropractor (as you well know, XXXXX :-), but Palmer went to jail (several times, from memory) for what he believed to be true regarding health. If he hadn’t done so, we most likely would not have chiropractic anywhere in the world!

If chiropractors allow themselves to be silenced, they are not doing right by themselves or by their patients. The only ones who will benefit from your silence are corporate government, corporate media and big pharma – all of whom want to see the end of chiropractic care, patient rights, the right to choose any and all forms of natural health. Do you really think that staying silent at this time will be a good thing?

The question is a good one: should chiropractors get involved in the vaccination debate or should they simply hide their own opinions, beliefs and the data their education has prepared them to analyse and just let their patients get information from one side only – the side that has been approved by the government?

On November 14, 2016, the CAA, a body that charges chiropractors for membership and purports to represent their interests with both the government and the general public, issued a statement you can read in its entirety at this link.

On the one hand, the CAA states, regarding best practice when caring for infants and children, that:

Best practice requires:

• placing the interests and wellbeing of the paediatric patient first;
• ensuring there is informed consent from the paediatric patient’s parent or guardian;
• carefully explaining the risks of care and alternatives to care to the parent or guardian; and
• identifying any ‘red flags’ particular to the paediatric patient and investigating, managing, co-managing or referring to an appropriate health practitioner.

All laudable goals when it comes to any form of treatment!

But then, they proceed to state that:

The CAA supports the Australian government’s view that immunisation is an important health care initiative. It is outside the scope of practice for chiropractors. When considering immunisation, patients should consult with either their GP or Maternal and Child Health Nurse for further information.

Now, this is a view that, I can comfortably state after personally speaking with many hundreds of chiropractors, represents a tiny minority of those in the profession.

CAA attacks the AVN-an organisation supported by many chiropractors

As if that were not bad enough, or disrespectful enough of the majority of their members’ informed and educated opinions, the CAA made a statement on their Facebook page:

Chiropractors Association Australia, Freedom of Choice, Chiropractic Care

I have spoken with the AVN Committee and to date, nobody from the CAA has contacted them about removing any link. In addition, since I was the one who set up the AVN’s web page and their links (medical, natural health and general), I can tell you that for many years, the CAA link has been reciprocal – in other words, they linked to the AVN and the AVN linked to the CAA.

Are the leaders of the chiropractic profession in Australia now guilty of cowardice? When their founder, Daniel David Palmer, felt so committed to the health of his patients that he spent time in prison in their defence, have his descendants strayed so far from their roots that their income has now become more important than their morals and knowledge?

Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I revere the chiropractic profession. My family’s healthcare provider has been a chiropractor for the last 25 years. But when I see that profession so afraid to hold to the courage of their convictions that they are willing to allow their patients to make decisions based only on information they themselves disagree with, I have to ask whether their usefulness as a healing modality is in its last days?

I support chiropractic and want to know what you think

By writing this blog, I know that I am exposing chiropractors to attack. In fact, all natural health modalities are and have been under attack. There are no rocks big enough for them to hide under any longer. It is time to fight back. It is time to stand up for what you believe in. It is time to tell the government, organisations like Friends of Science in Medicine and others whose stated goal is to see your profession exterminated that you will not bow to government-approved health tyranny.

Please comment on this blog if you are a chiropractor or if you use chiropractors for your healthcare. Feel free to use an alias since you will be threatened with deregistration if you dare to become public about your beliefs. It is time to support each other!

Experts in Ignorance

ignorance of expertsWe are told all the time that we are not qualified to make medical or healthcare decisions for ourselves or our children. Instead, we need to leave it up to the ‘experts’ – namely the doctors and medical specialists – whose training has supposedly made them better-qualified than any of our own research and knowledge possibly could.

This is despite the FACT that medical doctors learn very little (nothing, really) about vaccination, nutrition or most other aspects of staying healthy when they receive their medical school training. Once they leave school, much of their continuing education comes directly from the drug companies so really, I think they are not qualified to advise anyone about these topics. The only exception would be if they themselves have done research outside of their normal areas and, if they have done so and offer advice that goes against the status quo, they are threatened with deregistration or worse!

Most doctors are only qualified to advise patients about drugs, and even that qualification is not independent since, as I said earlier, their training, in large part, comes from the multinational pharmaceutical companies who test and market their own products.

Do doctors understand health?

If you feel that health does not come from a pill or a needle, I think there is very little that a doctor can offer you in the way of staying healthy.

Time and time again, doctors have demonstrated clearly that their knowledge of the basics of health and the immune system/infectious diseases is seriously lacking.

A recent example of this was the incident with Dr Richard Kidd, head of the Australian Medical Association in QLD. During a hearing into legislative changes in the QLD Parliament, Dr Kidd advised a sitting Member to ask her doctor to give her an MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine during her next pregnancy. This despite the fact that MMR is absolutely contraindicated during pregnancy because the rubella portion of the shot could possibly cause congenital rubella syndrome in an unborn child.

I filed an official complaint with the QLD Health Care Complaints about Dr Kidd’s dangerous advice and was told that because Dr Kidd had said this during a hearing, it was not official advice and therefore, was not covered by their legislation! Yet, if you’d said this to your neighbour over the back fence, you could be in trouble! Double standards once again.

In the last few days, another AMA official – this one, none other than the National President – has demonstrated an incredible ignorance of something so basic, most parents would be ashamed to have made this kind of error.

AMA and PolioLuckily, Dr Julie Leask (a social scientist – not a medical doctor) picked him up on his mistake, but the fact remains that not only is the President of the AMA displaying a shocking lack of knowledge about one of the main diseases we vaccinate against, but he is comparing those of us who are better informed and better qualified than himself on this subject (e.g., most educated parents and natural therapists/holistic GPs) to Islamic terrorists!

Now, I can’t follow the link to the BBC article the @amapresident was referring to because he removed his original tweet (what is it with health officials constantly trying to rewrite history in order to cover up their numerous errors?) but the implication is obvious: If you are sharing information about vaccination that the AMA does not agree with, you are the equivalent of a terrorist.

Responsible health choices

I believe that making decisions by ONLY seeking the advice of self-proclaimed experts who make such basic errors is irresponsible. I also believe that parents should be taking responsibility for the health of their children, and this means that in addition to speaking with their doctors, they should be seeking out information from a wide range of sources, including their own reading and research and sourcing data from organisations that are critical of government vaccination policies such as the Australian Vaccination Network and the National Vaccine Information Centre (for just two examples).

To show you that this sort of institutional ignorance is nothing new, here is an interview I did on Channel 7’s Sunrise Program in 2002 with Dr Trevor Mudge, then Vice President of the AMA. While I was able to cite data from peer-reviewed medical journal sources, Dr Mudge’s only comeback was to accuse me of being Anti-Vaccine and therefore, claim that everything I said was wrong whilst not being able to back up anything he said with source material.

He admitted that we did not test vaccines here in Australia; he admitted that he had no information on the known side effects and deaths from the vaccine in question (the then unlicensed meningococcal vaccine) and he admitted that the strain covered by the shot did not match the circulating strain of the majority of cases in Australia.

Despite these admissions and despite his lack of knowledge, he still urged people to get this shot because – SCIENCE!

There’s science – and then, there are vaccines…

Science means never having to say you haven’t studied anything thoroughly. Science means always questioning, always testing and never making any absolute statements because today’s science is tomorrow’s junk.

The ignorance being displayed by those who the government claims are the experts we should be listening to without question is disturbing. It is frightening and it should not be allowed to continue.

Doctors have done nothing to earn our trust or our respect, nor have their peak bodies. Indeed, the arrogance, the ignorance and the insistence on being trusted simply because they are doctors has only led to a great deal of suspicion from the majority of the thinking public.

Some doctors have even gone so far as to say that those who disagree with them should be punished, fined or jailed for their beliefs – even if those beliefs are backed by real science! The question that needs to be asked here is – is there more than one way to stay healthy? And if the answer to that question is yes, should any one segment of society – especially one responsible for a holocaust’s worth of pain, death and suffering worldwide each year – be allowed to dictate to others?

YOU as the parent and a thinking adult are and will always be the expert on your body and on the bodies of your children. YOU should ask your doctor for advice, but YOU should only consider taking that advice after seeking out a second (and perhaps a third) opinion, doing your own research and considering your options carefully.

Any doctor who does not respect that innate right; any industry body (like the AMA) who insists on your not being allowed to make these choices, deserves to be shut down; and any government that tries to force free citizens to make medical choices which they do not feel is in their family’s best interest deserves to be charged with crimes against humanity and replaced by a truly representative body.