On March 31, 2017 I was bumped from my speech at the “Revolution for Truth Rally” to make time for Robert Kennedy, Jr., who needed to catch a plane.
I didn’t mind the delay, as it allowed me to listen especially closely to his speech. I heard something which made me angry. It SHOULD make everybody angry.
Kennedy said in his speech, “The press has been compromised, 5.4 billion dollars annually [from the pharmaceutical industry]. I talked to Roger Ailes, who I’ve known since I was seventeen years old. He was very sympathetic with this issue. He saw the film, Trace Amounts. I said to him, ‘I just want to go on one of your shows. Nobody will allow me to talk about this or debate me.’
He said to me, ‘I can’t allow you on any of them. I would have to fire any of my hosts who allowed you on my station. Because,’ he said, ‘my news division gets up to 70% of advertising revenues during non-election years from the pharmaceutical companies.’ And if you turn on the evening news, you will see it’s just a vehicle for selling pharmaceutical ads. So the press is gone.” – (Kennedy speech at the Revolution for Truth Rally, Washington D.C., March 31, 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KEoMNxxJRc, 31:40-31:30)
I am sick and tired of powerful people who have their own personal experiences with vaccine injury, but choose not to speak out for fear of losing some of their power. They are bearing false witness against the truth and the fate of the human race. IT HAS GOT TO STOP.
Jenny McCarthy was criticized by some in our community when she talked publicly about her son’s vaccine injury. There were those who said she should’ve have waited until somebody with more gravitas stepped up to the plate. What do we know now?
Even BEFORE Jenny McCarthy suspected vaccine injury, so did Robert De Niro. Why did he remain quiet? Was it so important to make “Meet the Fockers”and “Bad Grandpa”?
We also know that Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta had children with autism during this time. I don’t know what those two thought about vaccines, but seriously, when this happens to your child, how can you not think about it?
Think of what could have existed if those three actors had joined Jenny in speaking out publicly? De Niro, Stallone, and Travolta, you let us down. Jenny McCarthy was the true action hero. You guys only play them in the movies.
But such cowardice in the face of a MONUMENTAL ASSAULT ON ALL OUR CHILDREN isn’t the sole province of Hollywood actors.
I’m talking about the April 9, 2015 appearance I was supposed to make at the Commonwealth Club of California with Dr. Brian Hooker and Dr. Judy Mikovits. We were “dis-invited.”
It seems we were the leading edge of a new trend sweeping the country in which the First Amendment and open dialogue are thrown away like yesterday’s trash.
Here’s how it happened.
On February 18, 2015 I was the master of ceremonies for a showing of the wonderful documentary film, Trace Amounts, at the Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco.
One of the audience members was a delightful woman named Christie Dames, who fell all over herself when she found out I was the co-author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of the book, PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. She quickly introduced me to her husband, Kevin, who was at the time Chairman of the Business and Leadership forum at the Commonwealth Club.
If you don’t know about the Commonwealth Club, it bills itself as “the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum” and they’ve hosted people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Gates. To say I was proud to be included in their company is an understatement.
I’ve thought about that a lot over the past fifteen years I’ve had a vaccine-injured child. I’ve been attacked over the fact that I’ve been “an advocate” by family, friends, and people who don’t even know me.
And yet, there is a secret side that I don’t usually talk about, but I’m sure that every parent of a vaccine-injured child has experienced.
It’s having a private conversation with somebody that the rest of the world considers to be “unlike you” in that they are rational, intelligent, and not given to being “anti-science”. It’s that moment when that person shares their own story of vaccine injury and you have that unique experience of saying, “Wow, what would happen if you joined me in telling the world your story?”
I remember the first time it happened to me.
I was talking to the woman who was the case manager for my daughter for the school district. At the time my daughter was about four years old. I was telling her all I was learning about vaccines as the cause of my daughter’s seizure disorder and vaccines when she stood at the door to our house getting ready to leave.
But something I’d said struck a memory in her and she had to talk about it. “My son had his first seizure after a vaccine,” she said. “I called the doctor and he said it was probably a fluke. The next time he had a seizure was in the doctor’s office, just after he got his vaccination. I remember thinking then, that there was something wrong with the vaccines. He’s had seizures ever since.”
I was left almost breathless by the statement. She was the authority with the school district. I was just the crazy parent. Later I talked to other members of the school district about the story she had told me. None of them had ever heard it. And what was even more disturbing, is that none of them SEEMED TO WANT TO HEAR IT.
Before I get into an analysis of a MONUMENTAL moment in the fight for vaccine truth…
I want to simply provide a transcript of the discussion between Tucker Carlson and Robert Kennedy, Jr. which aired on Tucker Carlson Tonight on April 20, 2017.
Tucker teased the story before a commercial break, saying:
“Up next, President Trump is suggesting he wants to investigate the safety of vaccines and if he does he has an ally in a member of the Kennedy family. We sat down with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to talk about his meeting with the President about vaccines. It’s an interesting conversation. Stay tuned.”
The screen then went to a commercial break.
The first commercial was about Chantix, a medication designed to help people quit smoking. It was a beautiful commercial in which “Thomas” was able to quit smoking and become a better dad to his son.
However, the warnings just after those wonderful domestic scenes painted a different picture:
“Some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping Chantix. Some reported seizures or sleep-walking with Chantix. If you have any of these, stop Chantix and call your doctor right away. Tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse, or of seizures. Don’t take Chantix if you’ve had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. If you have these, stop Chantix and call your doctor right away, as some could be life-threatening. Tell your doctor if you have heart or blood vessel problems or develop new or worse symptoms. Get medical help right away if you have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. Decrease alcohol use while taking Chantix. Use caution driving or operating machinery. The most common side effect of Chantix is nausea.”
Our community has been waiting for a champion with the guts, integrity, and mainstream audience to break out the vaccine-autism-cancer story out into the open. Have we found it in Tucker Carlson, the new face of Fox News?
In an email sent out to a group of activists today, Robert Kennedy, Jr. told an amazing story about how he came to be interviewed by Tucker Carlson for a segment that will run tonight.
Tucker is on at 6:00 PM PST (about 6:40 PM), 7:00 PM Mountain, 8:00 PM Central, and 9:00 PM EST.
The only other well-known media personality who has even allowed this subject to be discussed in the last ten years has been Bill Maher.
People I’ve never met before often tell me I am a hero. It’s happened to me about thirty or forty times as I’ve done my radio tour for my new book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism. The hosts will invariably have to tell me their own stories of suspected vaccine injury, tell me that my book put the entire issue into a clear and understandable narrative, and even sometimes tell me they believe God has prepared me for this mission. It’s pretty heady stuff.
Or there are the times I go to a conference or rally, and I introduce myself, or somebody sees my name tag and there’s that momentary pause as they look into my eyes as their own go wide, as if they’re meeting somebody they never actually expected to meet in the flesh. (It’s kind of the same look I get from my six-grade students when they run into me at the grocery store or the movies. They don’t think I exist in the REAL world.) I try to be friendly and agreeable and ask them about themselves. Some want to tell me everything and others get shy, as if I am some higher being who couldn’t possibly be interested in their story.
People I’ve known all my life tell me I’m dangerous…
I’m not a vegan, but some of my best friends practice this way of eating. They avoid all animal products. It usually starts out as something of an ethical concern for animals, then broadens into a worry about the effect of animal agriculture on the planet, and then they start to investigate whether the consumption of animal products is even healthy for human beings.
I can’t really say my concern for animals is as strong as the majority of vegans. But when they talk to me about the enormous toll that animal agriculture takes on the Earth, and some recent scientific findings about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, it makes me think. In my time I have loved my steaks, my Chicken McNuggets, and my beef jerky, but I really won’t be surprised if I one day end up as a vegan.
I like the idea of living a healthy life on a healthy planet. Being good to animals is just a bonus.
I encourage you to look closely at this remarkable picture of me with Minister Tony Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, taken at the Revolution for Truth Rally in our nation’s capital. Minister Tony grew up on the mean streets of Atlanta, Georgia, and was raised by a single mother with ten children. And me? I grew up on the fourteenth hole of Round Hill Country Club in Alamo, California, one of the wealthiest zip codes in the United States.
Do we look like friends? Do we look like the members of a mutual admiration society? Personally, I consider Minister Tony Muhammad to be my brother. He is a fellow warrior for truth and like the members of a well-trained military unit, I would gladly take a bullet for him.
I know many of you may be asking yourself why a white guy like me is so enamored of the Nation of Islam. Aren’t they a black separatist group who hates white people?
Well, after fighting in the trenches of the vaccine/autism war for more than a decade I’ve become a little wary of believing everything the mainstream media says about a group.
I mean, if you listen to what the mainstream media says about people like me, I supposedly want kids to die of disease.
I interviewed Minister Tony Muhammad for my book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, to find out how he and Minister Louis Farrakhan became involved in this issue.
Minister Tony Muhammad is in charge of the Los Angeles Mosque of the Nation of Islam and is responsible for most of the Nation’s activities west of the Mississippi. About a year ago, Minister Tony got a call from one of his members, saying that Robert Kennedy, Jr. wanted to meet a member of the black community who had the courage to take on the vaccine/autism issue.
The minister agreed to the meeting.
He was shocked by the story told to him by Robert Kennedy, Jr. of how Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control was alleging a cover-up of data showing that African-American males were at an increased risk of autism from earlier administration of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Minister Tony immediately realized the significance of the information and put in a call to the head of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan, to tell him about what he’d heard. Minister Farrakhan asked the group if they would be willing to fly out to Chicago to discuss the information with him personally.
On the afternoon of March 31, 2017 you will find me on the steps of the United States Capitol, taking part in the Revolution for Truth Rally, put together by Michelle Ford and many others. I will actually arrive a day earlier, and it will be a busy time. Many of the activists will be meeting with their representatives, and the community is being asked to make calls to their representatives and the White House to support our rally.
On Friday morning, we will rally in front of the White House, march to the National Press Club to support an event there, then proceed to the U.S. Capitol for an afternoon rally.
It is an impressive list of speakers, starting with Robert Kennedy, Jr., Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center, Minister Tony Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, Del Bigtree, the producer of VAXXED, Dr. Brian Hooker, Dr. Paul Thomas, Dr. Judy Mikovits, Dr. Toni Bark, Marcella Piper-Terry of VaxTruth, Dr. Diane Hennacy Powell, Sheila Lewis Ealey, and of course, me.
For a solid year I labored on the definitive book on vaccines and autism, backed up by documents turned over to the office of Congressman William Posey by senior Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientist, Dr. William Thompson. These documents definitively show that by the early 2000s the administration of the CDC knew that vaccines were linked to autism, specifically through earlier administration of the MMR vaccine and the presence of mercury, and possibly other substances, like aluminum.
I expected to get little coverage in the mainstream media.
It’s why I paid a publicist more than $4,000 dollars to get me on more than fifty radio stations across the country. My agent took the book around to publishers, even those who had published similar topics, and every one of them was absolutely terrified. To get it published, I had to put out some of my own money.
I expected the mainstream media to ignore me.
What concerns me even more is that the autism community itself does not even seem to support such books. It’s probably why publishers like Skyhorse aren’t putting out that many titles in the area. They just don’t sell. If the pro-vaccine forces knew how much we don’t support our own community, they’d probably breathe a sigh of relief.
Don’t believe me?
This is what other disease communities do. I wrote PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism and Other Diseases with Dr. Judy Mikovits, and the chronic fatigue syndrome/ME community responded by buying more than 10,000 hardcover copies and putting up 137 reviews on Amazon.
How is INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism doing after four months of being on the market? It’s sold a little under a thousand copies and there are 25 reviews on Amazon. Frankly, I’m kind of ashamed of my community. How can we defeat the pharmaceutical industry if we don’t even stand together?
I know that dealing with autism all the time gets parents down.
There is no vacation. I live it every day. I understand it. I know it seems overwhelming. But you have to get up off of your back and fight. We are so close. We know have a President who supports getting to the bottom of the vaccine/autism issue. He has even said that he knows of many children who were fine before getting their shot and were different afterwards. I cover all of that in my book.
I believe there are scientists who are getting to the bottom of HOW the vaccines derange the immune and neurological system of the developing child.
Remove all vaccines from usage for a period of five years, study them in laboratories and in animal models, then create a system to slowly introduce one vaccine at a time and monitor for long-term effects before even thinking of introducing a second vaccine.
Oh, and while that’s being done, immediately REPEAL AND DON’T REPLACE the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which currently gives pharmaceutical companies COMPLETE IMMUNITY FOR HARM DONE BY THEIR PRODUCTS.
What are the things we know?
We know that vaccines are causing MASSIVE DAMAGE to the health of our young and contributing to the massive epidemics of chronic diseases among those of working age and the dementias of the elderly. Don’t believe me? Just read the vaccine safety inserts.
It must be difficult to realize that once you strode the Earth as the lords of creation, and now you are simply confined to a small few herds on an isolated island, awaiting your inevitable extinction.
Yes, that is what scientists reported in the March 2, 2017 issue of PLOS Genetics regarding the last few woolly mammoths who persisted on Wrangel Island until approximately 3,700 years ago must have endured.
But much the same could be said for the pro-vaccine forces in pharmacy and the media.
If you are of a certain age and were ever interested in politics you probably went through a stage where you read everything you possibly could about Senator Robert Kennedy. I know I did. I still do.
The reason Robert Kennedy, Sr. continues to attract and inspire us is because he demonstrated a continuing capacity to learn. This was made clear to me in a recent book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon by Larry Tye. Kennedy demonstrated that rare trait in a politician of being moved by the times and circumstances in which he lived.
This same trait has been shown by his son, Robert Kennedy, Jr., in his crusade to clean up our waterways from mercury, and now with his greater mission of protecting children from massive corruption at the Centers for Disease Control regarding vaccines and autism.
Heroes still live among us.
You don’t have to be interested in politics to feel like you know Robert De Niro. You just have to be living on planet Earth. From the Godfather movies to Goodfellas, Awakenings, and his comedic turns in movies like Meet the Parents, De Niro is our consummate tough guy, and as the years have passed, he seems almost like a conscience for the world.
Supporting the two men in a ‘war room’ nearby were Del Bigtree, the producer of VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, autism activist, Becky Estepp, Dr. Brian Hooker, Lynne Redwood, and many others. One participant, Jimmy said “Thank you, Bobby Kennedy. Thank you Bob De Niro, you are kicking some serious ass out there.”
These two amazing men have joined forces and at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Before their talk they fielded more than 20 interviews with local and national and local media.
In an interview prior to their talk at the National Press Club, De Niro explained how he came to be part of this project. He explained how the documentary VAXXED, caused such an uproar when it was accepted at the Tribeca Film Festival and that because of the controversy he made the decision to pull the film.
All you really need to know is that the French aristocrats who lost their heads in the Revolution were unbelievably blind to the reasonable calls for reform and engaged in monumentally stupid acts which ensured their complete destruction.
It’s one thing to be on the losing side of a fight.
It’s another to know you’re losing.
The white majority in South Africa knew they were losing to Nelson Mandela’s call for justice and they took actions which averted a catastrophe. Even though the British ended up fighting a war with us, there were voices in England who thought that the whole affair was utter madness. Eventually, their views prevailed. Hell, even some Nazis could see where Hitler was leading them after D-Day and tried to change things by blowing him up.
But those Vaxxers, they’re an entire breed of STUPID unto themselves.
On the bonehead roll-call of history I think there are going to be two people topping the list, Peter Hotez, writing in The New York Times and Rachel Roberts writing for The Independent.
I have to say I feel like I’m making a LOT of new friends.
Okay, so maybe they’re not the kind of friends I’m used to having, the kind where I can get together with them on a moment’s notice, go out and see a movie with, or maybe play a round of golf, but I consider them friends nonetheless.
One of my new good friends is Deirdre Imus, the multiple New York Times bestselling author, President and Founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at Hackensack University in New Jersey, wife of radio superstar, Don Imus, co-founder of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids (the only vegetarian cattle ranch for kids with cancer), and a regular guest on Imus in the Morning’s Blonde on Blonde and Psychos segment.
What has Deirdre Imus done recently to make herself my friend?
Well, she has made my recent book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, a “recommended reading” for her Environmental Health Center. That’s quite an honor. I consider anybody who takes such an action to publicize the scandal regarding vaccines and autism at the Centers for Disease Control, as alleged by whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson, to be one of my very best friends, even if I have never laid eyes on them.
I’ve handed out somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty copies of the DVD, “VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,” the fine documentary by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree, and Polly Tommey, about the allegations of CDC whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson, and the allegation of a cover-up of research linking the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine to autism.
Usually this follows a predictable pattern, with me feeling like I’ve essentially thrown another DVD down the black hole of societal indifference. But sometimes I’m surprised.
The Subtle Change…
This last week, one teacher (I’ll call her Darcy*) I’d given it to, returned it to me with a short note that simply said, “WOW!” After school ended that day I called Darcy and said I wanted to know more. She briefly told me she thought it was powerful, but then said she had to rush off, and we’d find some time later to talk about it.
The next day I stopped by her room and she had more time for me. “Yeah, I thought it was really well-done,” she said, then proceeded to ask me some questions, such as whether I thought the issue would be fixed by breaking up the MMR shot into its individual components, or whether I thought that vaccines should be avoided entirely.
They were wonderful questions, and I struggled to answer them. I confessed that a lot of my answers had a great deal of vagueness to them, but it wasn’t due to my lack of consideration of the issue. The problem was the lack of good science done by our public health agencies.
I said that I believed breaking up the MMR vaccines into its individual components was SAFER, but couldn’t say it was SAFE. As to the vaccine program itself, if you believe the authorities have lied about one portion of it, what makes you believe the rest of it has any validity? It’s a little like saying you trust that drunk driver who smashed up his car with your kid in it on last Saturday, because it’s Monday, and he says he’s only a weekend drinker.
When it comes to the safety of children, I’m going to have to have a little more information than has presently been provided. I told her I had a simple answer. Get rid of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, throw ALL the vaccines back into the regular civil justice system, then let the attorneys work on these cases for the next five years, and take another look. Our justice system can handle vaccines fine. The vaccines just need to be in the regular civil justice system, and not in the abomination called “Vaccine Court.”
It was then that our conversation took a deeper turn. Darcy said, “Everything in that documentary is just like what happened to my nephew.”
I’ve been wanting to write this article for a long time. I’ve been waiting years for the moment to arrive when the normal rules which govern human behavior begin to reassert themselves.
What do I mean by that?
I mean that when some child falls down a well and can’t immediately be rescued, the whole country stops, prays, and holds its collective breath until that child is rescued. Have two crazed lunatics set off bombs at the Boston Marathon and the city will push itself to the very limits of endurance until the perpetrators are caught. Our televisions are filled with images of sick children asking for money for the hospital which cares for them and we are moved.
Nothing even remotely similar happens for autism families.
Our children have fallen down the well of neurological injury, and not only are we ignored, but we are actively attacked for saying that vaccines caused these injuries, and are doing so on a massive scale.
Years before Hillary Clinton used the expression, “basket of deplorables” we knew that was how the mercenary media, propped up by their pharma dollars, portrayed us to the public.
Our public health authorities and the pharmaceutical companies have blown apart the health of a generation of children and yet the public is strangely silent. Instead, we who point out this carnage are depicted as the enemy. Like the vassals of some totalitarian state, the public outrage is directed at those who simply point out the truth.
Our children are sick and nobody comes to our aid.
I never expected that this is what would become of my life.
I never expected that the boy who grew up on the fourteenth hole of Roundhill Country Club would become an activist against the pharmaceutical companies which are pursuing actions which might well lead to the wholesale destruction of our species.
It’s enough to ruin your whole day.
Like many activists who have fallen down this particular rabbit-hole, I have often found the immensity of what is at stake with vaccines to be over-whelming. I can only look to historical examples, sometimes for inspiration, and others for what to avoid.
I think of nineteenth century Hungarian physician, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, who decades before the hygiene theory of health, had the presence of mind to notice that women who delivered their children with mid-wives had a much lower rate of death than women who had their children delivered by doctors. Attempting to account for this discrepancy, he noted that the doctors of the day were often dissecting human cadavers, then were going straight to delivering. Semmelweis thought that maybe something from those human cadavers was sticking around on the hands of those doctors. Maybe they needed to wash their hands after doing a dissection. What a revolutionary thought.
I was deeply honored to get the following foreword by Barry Segal, the founder of Focus for Health, to my new book, “INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism.” In every campaign of hope there is the challenge of getting individuals who feel marginalized and defeated to rise up and take action. This autism challenge has been a great example of that problem.
Who wants to read another autism book which will just make me feel bad and overwhelmed, you might ask?
I didn’t write this book to make you feel hopeless. I wrote this book to make you feel empowered. I want you to know how fragile our enemy is and how close we are to a cure for this terrible diseases, even for the older children like my daughter who seem so far from hope. I GUARANTEE you that my book is a POSITIVE force for GOOD that can lead us to VICTORY if only enough people buy it, read it, and figure out how to take ACTION.
Foreword – By Barry Segal
As we approach the beginning of 2017, the autism epidemic rages on unhindered and unnoticed by the Federal Government. In the early 1980s the incidence of autism was about 1 in 10,000. Now, it is 1 in 45, and continuing to grow at an exponential pace. I was first exposed to the autism epidemic in the late 2000s and heard recurring accounts of children regressing into the condition following one or more of their infant vaccines. To respond to this tragedy that so many families were and still are facing, I formed Focus Autism in 2009. The controversies surrounding the cause of the autism epidemic are many and the U.S. government’s response is woeful at best.