Fallout From The Senate Hearings Trying To “Canonize” Vaccines…
Opinion by Kent Heckenlively, JD
I really want to like Rand Paul. In fact, my fondest wish is that he reads this article and considers what I have to say.
He has more courage then just about any person in Congress, but if you approach the enemy with a flawed plan you’re going to get obliterated. I don’t like to waste our soldiers in futile battles. Brave men with foolish plans are no help at all.
I’m going to give you Rand Paul’s comments from the recent propaganda fest on March 5 in the Senate on the marvels of vaccines. I want to let him speak in entirety, then I’ll tell you what is so flawed about what he said.
Paul’s comments are typical of why the health freedom community is losing so often. He sounds like a professor when we need to be warriors. This is not a pleasant academic debate.
This is a bare-knuckled brawl for the survival of the human species.
Here in his own words is Senator Paul:
For much of modern history, science and freedom have lived in relative harmony. Traditionally, as medical discoveries came about, smallpox or polio vaccines, anti-sepsis or anti-biotics, the results were so overwhelming that over time the vast majority of the public accepted these advances voluntarily.
In fact, innovations like the smallpox vaccine had to initially overcome great public prejudice. Dr. Zebidiel Boylston learned about the Middle-Eastern technique from the servant Onesimus for the famous Pastor Cotton Mather. His first patient was his son, an incredibly brave choice. The consensus of the medical community was entirely opposed to him at the time.
The vaccine was a live vaccine and as Dr. Woolston learned that about 1 in 50 would die from the vaccine. And yet the death rate from smallpox was approximately fifty percent. The government did not mandate the vaccine, though. But within two generations it was accepted enough that George Washington insisted that Martha be vaccinated with the smallpox vaccine before visiting him in the military camps.
Today, though, instead of persuasion, many governments have taken to mandating a whole host of vaccines, including vaccines for non-lethal diseases. Sometimes these vaccine mandates have run amok, as when the government mandated a rota-virus vaccine that was later recalled because it was causing intestinal blockage in children. I’m not a fan of government coercion. Yet given the choice I believe the benefits of most vaccines vastly outweigh the risks.
Yet it is wrong to say there are no risks to vaccines. Even the government admits that children are sometimes injured by vaccines. Since 1988 more than $4 billion dollars has been paid out from the vaccine injury compensation program. Despite the government admitting and paying more than $4 billion dollars for vaccine injuries, no informed consent is used or required when you vaccinate your child.
This may be the only medical procedure in today’s world where an informed consent is not required. Now proponents of mandatory government vaccination argue that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children risk spreading these diseases to the immuno-compromised community.
There doesn’t appear to be enough evidence of this happening to be reported as a statistic, but it could happen. But if the fear of this is valid, are we to find that next we’ll be mandating flu vaccines? Between 12 and 56 thousand die from the flu or are said to die from the flu in America and it’s estimated to be a few hundred from measles. So I guess those who are after us for the measles will be after us on the flu next.
Yet the current science only allows for educated guessing when it comes to the flu vaccine. Each year before that flu vaccine’s strain is known, the scientists put their best guesses into that year’s vaccine. Some years it’s completely wrong. We vaccinate with the wrong strain.
Yet five states already mandate flu vaccines. Is it really appropriate to mandate a vaccine that more often than not vaccinates for the wrong flu strain? As we contemplate forcing parents to choose this or that vaccine I think it’s important to remember that force is not consistent with the American story. Nor is force consistent with the liberty our forefathers sought when they came to America.
I don’t think you have to have one or the other, though. I’m not here to say don’t vaccinate your kids. If this hearing is for persuasion, I’m all for persuasion. I vaccinated myself. I vaccinated my kids. For myself and my children I believe the benefits of vaccines greatly outweigh the risks.
But I still do not favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security. Thank you.
If we lived in the little girl world of rainbows, flying unicorns, and public health officials who did their job I might be inclined to agree with Senator Paul.
The real world we live in is the one Robert Kennedy, Jr. talks about when he reports that whenever Congress has looked at the vaccine program they find it to be a “cesspool of corruption.”
In the world of Rand Paul there’s no acknowledgment that when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) looked at the question of thimerosal and vaccines in 2000 they were so terrified of what they found they ran away to the Simpsonwood Retreat Center to talk about it with their scientists and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. Then they decided to wash the data so many times until the signal was too difficult to detect.
In the world of Rand Paul, he doesn’t seem to know about CDC whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson, who with others looked into Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s claim of a link between autism and the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) shot. When the results showed a link, especially among African-American males, they covered up the link, even going so far as to schedule a Saturday meeting at the CDC to destroy the data. Watch the film VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe or read my book INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism for a full accounting of that case.
In the world of Rand Paul, he doesn’t seem to know about Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, the government’s own medical witness in the Omnibus Autism Hearings who told government lawyers in 2007 that vaccines could cause autism in some children (probably about 30% of autism cases). Of course, less then forty-eight hours after he told them this opinion, they kicked him out of the case, and then proceeded to misrepresent his testimony.
I know that others can find many other flaws in Paul’s brief remarks and those criticisms would support my own.
Senator Paul, you are not a champion of health freedom. You are the Captain of Team Loser.
You need to improve your game and apparent knowledge before you speak for us again.
Opinion by Kent Heckenlively, JD
Kent’s book PLAGUE was released by Skyhorse Publishing in 2014 and is now available in paperback. Skyhorse also publishes the work of Mo Yan, the 2012 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature.
The book is co-authored with Judy Mikovits PhD. It is an indictment of the “Fake Science” we find so prevalent in the US.
Kent Heckenlively is also the author of INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, available on Amazon and at Barnes&Noble.com