UPDATE (Aug. 14, 2017): Since I published this post, the Washington Post has reedited the video, cutting it down to one minute! Read on to learn how utterly dishonest and downright idiotic the Post is being to say you can learn everything you need to know about vaccines in one minute.
The Washington Post has this video presenting “Everything You Need to Know About the Vaccine Debate”. It’s 1 minute and 34 seconds long.
It opens by suggesting it is presenting “Arguments for and Against Vaccination”. But it actually presents only arguments for vaccination. It spends 38 seconds on the “Pro-Vaccine” arguments: Vaccines save lives; vaccines protect the “herd”; vaccines are safe and effective. The same old spiel.
Then it presents the “Anti-Vaccine” arguments in about 45 seconds:
- Unsubstantiated claims of autism despite numerous studies finding no link;
- Vaccines contain ingredients that can be harmful in large doses, like aluminum, but which the FDA assures us are safe in the small amounts contained in vaccines. Reassuringly emphasized across the bottom of the screen are:
- “FDA STUDY: ALUMINUM IN VACCINES POSES EXTREMELY LOW RISK TO INFANTS”
- “THE FDA REQUIRES 10+ YEARS OF TESTING FOR ALL VACCINES BEFORE THEY ARE LICENSED”
- Natural immunity is better than vaccine-induced immunity
- “PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE JOURNAL: IMMUNE RESPONSE OF VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS JUST AS GOOD AS PEOPLE WHOSE IMMUNITY COMES FROM INFECTION”
So here is just a tiny little sample of facts the Washington Post thinks you don’t need to know about vaccines:
- Despite reassuring claims from the government, media, and medical establishment that studies have conclusively shown that there is no association between vaccines and autism, they admit they don’t have any other answer for what does cause autism, and there has never been a study comparing rates of autism in children who’ve received the CDC’s scheduled vaccinations and children who remained unvaccinated.
- Aluminum is a common vaccine ingredient despite being a known neurotoxin that can pass the blood-brain and placental barriers.
- While some individuals may be able to tolerate the accumulated amount of aluminum from doses of vaccines, others might have an impaired ability to eliminate it from their body or genetic susceptibility to greater harm.
- Studies have linked vaccinations with development of autoimmune diseases, with the use of adjuvants like aluminum being of particular concern in this regard.
- Some individuals may be genetically predisposed toward adverse events or injury from vaccines, yet public policy is one-size-fits-all, thus playing Russian roulette with our children and laying down those children who are damaged by vaccines on the sacrificial altar in the name of the “greater good”.
- The FDA doesn’t conduct its own studies or tests to determine the safety of vaccines. The drug companies conduct their own studies. Those that produce the desired result are submitted to the FDA; those that don’t can be avoided by asking the right questions during study design, or by doing such things as using a “placebo” that isn’t a placebo at all, but another experimental injection; e.g., sometimes another vaccine is used.
- Clinical trials consider only short-term adverse events, i.e., reactions that might occur within weeks of having received a vaccine; long-term health outcomes aren’t a consideration, e.g., to determine whether vaccines might increase the risk of children developing asthma, allergies, or autoimmune disease.
- Since the 1992 Prescription Drug User Fee Act was passed, pharmaceutical companies can pay the FDA to get their products fast-tracked for approval (a process that a BMJ study found was associated with a higher rate of subsequent safety withdrawals).
- The claim that vaccine-induced immunity is “just as good” as natural immunity is an outright lie.
- Influenza vaccines, for example, favor a humoral response, i.e., the production of antibodies, while inhibiting the cell-mediated response that would otherwise occur through natural infection; hence while flu shots can protect against the specific strains of the flu contained in the vaccine, there are hundreds of known strains of virus that can produce influenza or influenza-like symptoms, and natural infection confers immunity against not only the specific strain of infection, but against other strains as well (leading to possibility that getting the flu shot could actually increase your chances of getting the flu).
- Vaccine-induced immunity for measles is less robust than natural immunity, leading to waning immunity over time, whereas birth before 1957 is considered “evidence of immunity” to measles by the CDC since natural infection generally confers permanent, lifelong immunity.
- Mothers who were naturally infected in their youth are able to pass on their antibodies to their infants through their breastmilk. Infants born to vaccinated mothers, on the other hand, are at a higher risk in the event of an outbreak since their mothers are less able to protect them due to waning vaccine-induced immunity.
- Immunity from natural infection with pertussis may last from 4-20 years, whereas protection from the vaccine lasts only 2-4 years.
- Furthermore, pertussis vaccine doesn’t prevent infection and transmission. Vaccinated individuals can carry and spread pertussis, falsifying the claim that vaccination is necessary for “herd immunity”.
- Widespread vaccination can cause evolution of pathogen strains into potentially even more virulent forms. For example, the use of the pertussis vaccine has resulted in a genetic shift so that today the dominant strains in circulation are not only resistant to the vaccine and capable of producing more pertussis toxin, but seem to have a selective advantage in infecting individuals who are vaccinated.
- In the 1980s, vaccine manufacturers were facing so many lawsuits for vaccine injury that it threatened public policy, prompting the government to intervene by granting the pharmaceutical companies legal immunity. The Supreme Court has upheld legal immunity for the vaccine manufacturers on the grounds that vaccines are unavoidably unsafe. The law granting this immunity established a separate “court” where parents of vaccine-injured children can go to try to win some compensation, paid for out of a fund that comes from a tax on every dose of vaccine — which is to say the government shifted the financial burden of compensation for vaccine injuries from the manufacturers onto the consumers. Families have been awarded compensation through this court after their children developed autism following vaccination. Former CDC director Julie Gerberding acknowledged after one of these cases that vaccines can cause “symptoms that have characteristics of autism” in children with mitochondrial disorders. After her stint at the CDC, Gerberding went on to head up the vaccine division at Merck.
We could go on and on. This is just barely scratching the surface, but it’s enough to sufficiently illustrate how utterly idiotic and dangerously irresponsible it is for the Washington Post to say that you can learn “Everything You Need to Know” about vaccines in under two minutes.
The fact that the mainstream media thinks you don’t need to know any of the above information, or any of the wealth of additional information from the medical literature that doesn’t conform with government/industry propaganda, speaks volumes.
It pretty much summarizes the nature of the discussion about vaccines in the mainstream media. The Post and the rest of the mainstream media are constantly insulting their readers’ intelligence when it comes to the subject of vaccines.
The government and media not only don’t educate the public about vaccines, but routinely lie to maintain public policy and ensure that parents remain obedient to the state, fall in line, and get their kids the damn shots.
For example, along the lines of the Post’s lie above, a CDC information sheet I picked up at a pediatrician’s office states that vaccines confer immunity “in the same way” as natural infection, but without causing symptoms of the disease — an outright lie, as already illustrated.
Another thing I picked up at the doc’s office is a pamphlet reassuring parents febrile seizures occur naturally in a certain percentage of the population and are no cause for great concern. Nowhere does it inform parents that vaccinating their child can increase the risk of febrile seizures. The pamphlet thus serves the propaganda purpose of conditioning any parent whose child suffers febrile seizures as a result of vaccination to believe that it is just a normal event completely dissociated from the shot they just got their child.
And on and on and on we could go.
Now, how does it make you feel to have your intelligence insulted and to be routinely lied to by the government and media?
There is a discussion to be had about vaccines. The media ought to start having it instead of exerting such tremendous effort to avoid doing so.