Dear Mrs. Russo,
I have something I need to say to you. Actually, I have a lot of things to say to you.
I've been familiar with your work for several months, but I've never interacted in your blogs, or talked to you personally. You're a professional writer; it's how you make a living. I respect that.
I also love to write, but I haven't gotten to the point where I make any money from what I write.
If you're reading this, you're already well aware that our beliefs are polar opposite from each other.
Normally I wouldn't write to you or take the time to research you or your work like I have in the last 24 hours, but I do so now because I'm angry. I'm pissed, actually. At you.
Allow me to elaborate:
A few days ago you wrote a blog titled, "Thalia Vida: Did Vaccines Really Kill Her?"
In that blog, you break down the story as you've heard it about Thalia Gardner, the 11 month old baby from Las Vegas who died last week. Her story is quickly gaining attention throughout social media, because it is widely believed by many people that vaccines killed her. She had received a round of shots on February 25th, developed a high fever a couple days later, and a couple days after that, was admitted to the hospital with serious complications, and within a couple more days, was dead. Her poor parents and family are heart broken. A perfectly healthy child one day, gone forever a few days later. Here's the real kicker: Her father, Tyler Gardner, has been accused of shaking her, resulting in her death. This was what a CPS agent who was investigating accused him of, with little proof that that's what actually happened. From all accounts, it appears that this case was not as open and shut as some other SBS cases. There were no broken bones, no excessive external bruising, and no other external injuries. She matched the "triad" of symptoms used in SBS diagnosis, but, since there is no other explanation of how she could have died other than her father killed her, he was accused, slapped with a restraining order so he couldn't see or speak to his family, and immediately ostracized by many people.
I have a feeling you would have never heard about this case unless I had personally reached out to the family and did my best to expose this story to many corners of the anti-vaccine community, which I am a big part of.
You see, Thalia's story matches many other stories of children suddenly dying of brain swelling, and their parents being charged with murder. In some of these stories, the parents are able to provide proof of their innocence, and are later released. Thalia's case was textbook vaccine injury.
Her mother, Karla, made an eery public account on her Facebook page of the series of events.
On February 25, she posted a picture of a beautiful baby Thalia in her car seat at the pediatrician's office, with the caption: "She has no idea what's coming. Her almost 1 year doc appointment. 4 shots 2 in each leg. -Feeling Anxious at Kidfixers Pediatrics."
On February 27, she posted another public status that was since deleted that highlighted the high fever Thalia was running. In their detailed list of events following vaccination(this was not posted on Facebook), the parents said Thalia was running a fever from 100-103.5 for the next five days, and she developed a hives-like rash on her chest, neck, and face. They also recalled that Thalia's eyes and face were slightly swollen, and she was lethargic and much less vocal than usual. She wasn't completely healthy, between shots and hospital administration, as you've claimed.
On March 4, Thalia was admitted to the hospital, and Karla posted on Facebook the next day begging for prayers for her, as things were looking very grim for her.
On March 6, Karla posted a heartbreaking status that Thalia had passed away at 3:50pm.
Nine days after her vaccinations.
Since then, her family has gone through hell. Her father has been accused, though not officially charged, of killing his daughter, since he was with her on the night she went into a coma on March 4. He is adement that he is innocent, and is broken by her loss. We have all seen pictures and videos of him and his family with Thalia, and from all indications he really was a loving father who is being accused of something his family and friends feel he was not capable of. I've talked with him personally and I truly believe he's innocent.
He has hired an attorney to help him fight these accusations, and will try to clear his name and unite his family back together again. In this country, you are innocent until proven guilty, and Tyler is far from being proven guilty.
Apparently Juniper, you don't feel that way:
In your latest blog, posted on March 12, you attempt to convince Karla, along with anyone else reading, that Tyler is guilty of murder. You know he committed murder, because you know his type.
In a quote that sounds more like a you're a psychologist than a professional writer, you break down Karla's feelings like you've met her before and talked to her in depth:
"Your husband, Tyler Justin Gardner, was arrested on charges of battery and domestic violence in May of last year. I’ve been abused before. I know what it feels like. I can’t be sure of what convinced you to take your husband back when he was released from jail, but I can guess. You wanted to think that he could get better. That it wasn’t one-sided; you somehow provoked it. That it wouldn’t happen again, and that it certainly wouldn’t happen to your children. You felt guilty about your kids witnessing violence but the idea of raising them without a father—especially your youngest—was scary and inconceivable. And, really, you loved him. Drug addiction, violence, and questionable parenting aside, you really loved your husband."
Clearly, you are close friends with Karla, and know exactly what she's going through, right?
Well, no. No, you aren't, and no, you don't.
You are jumping to hasty conclusions based on a whole bunch of false allegations and hear-say. A good writer researches all sides objectively, and writes based on evidence. You really leave a lot to be desired.
Tyler was arrested on charges of battery and domestic violence in May of 2014, but from all accounts, it was for grabbing her wrists and not allowing her to leave after a verbal dispute. Not beating her, not abusing her. He plead no contest and was released 12 days later. Now, even if he HAD been arrested for abusing her, as you've claimed, it doesn't mean he's automatically guilty of murder ten months later in an unrelated case. As a professional writer, I would have hoped you could reach this conclusion.
As for your accusations of Tyler being a drug addict, those were way off base too. Tyler was never arrested for illegal use of drugs, although he has admitted he struggled with getting off pain killers, like millions of others. However, according to his family, he's been clean for months. This was confirmed by a drug test that he submitted to right after Thalia's death that turned out negative.
Again, your theory holds no water.
"Then, at some point, your daughter was in your husband’s care, and the next thing you knew, she was in the hospital with opiates in her bloodstream and what the doctors later diagnosed as shaken baby syndrome. But, then, wait—your husband swears that the opiates in Thalia’s bloodstream were caused by naloxone (strange, since naloxone doesn’t cause a positive drug screen). Maybe the hospital was wrong, after all, right?"
The opiate theory has been debunked, by the way. You got that tidbit from Thalia's aunt, who posted on her Facebook timeline that Thalia had been found to have opiates in her bloodstream. This was apparently originally stated by the hospital staff, but then for some reason later recanted. Even if there were opiates in her system, this wouldn't have accounted for her death, so it's strange that you keep beating that drum. Not only were there no drugs or evidence of drugs in the home, or a positive drug test by either parent, but Karla's sister removed the Facebook post. No one has been arrested in this case, and you can bet that if authorities were given any reason to believe Tyler was really a killer or drug abuser, he would have been locked up long ago. He's not. Again, it appears at this point that another of your theories just doesn't hold up to scrutiny.
"After all, she did have her shots nine days before she died. And nine days is practically the same thing as eight days, which you might as well go ahead and call six days. And four vaccines is pretty much the same as six, which might as well be ten, and you’ll accept it when someone online tells you that it’s really twenty. Grieving minds don’t follow reason or logic. Plus, there are lots of parents who have been accused of shaken baby syndrome who say they didn’t do it. And your husband is a changed man, right? He’s different now. He couldn’t have done this. He loves you, and he loves your children, right?"
This quote from you really shows your true colors. It becomes apparent that you really don't give a damn about Karla or Tyler, or Thalia for that matter. This might be one of the most condescending, mocking quotes I've ever seen from a professional writer. It makes my stomach turn.
Let us now examine why Karla, her husband, their family, myself, and everyone else in the anti-vaccine community believe that Thalia died as a result of vaccine complications. As you are well aware - since you are an avid advocate for vaccines and their safety - vaccines can and do cause severe complications, including death. It is undeniable, and I doubt even you would have the gall to claim that death via vaccine is impossible. While complications such as encephalitis are admittedly rare, it can and has happened in the past and there's no reason to believe Thalia wasn't one of those tragic, rare cases.
To deny the reality that vaccines have killed people in the very way that Thalia died, is to cleanse yourself of any credibility whatsoever. Only a truly ignorant person would claim that vaccines never kill or maim people. These cases may be rare, or maybe they're not as rare as we've been led to believe, but the fact is, they do. Let me share a few links with you to illustrate. I really hope you take the time to read these instead of simply dismissing them because someone you disagree with posted them.
***My apologies for the lack of live links; my free website does not allow them unless I upgrade, which I plan to do in the near future. You'll have to copy and paste to pull up the websites. Perhaps if I ever become a professional writer I'll be able to start a website with all the bells and whistles like yours:
Christina England, researcher, illustrates that vaccines are found to sometimes cause symptoms of SBS:
From the Merck Manual; Encephalitis and the causes. Vaccine reaction is listed:
Dr. Harold Buttram describes in vivid detail how SBS isn't primarily due to physical abuse:
A recent PubMed study reports 896 deaths from the HiB vaccine(which Thalia received):
Dr. Edward Yazbak describes in great length how too many vaccines can cause SBS symptoms:
The 2004 case of Alan Yurko, whose father was accused of the same thing Tyler has been accused of. This quote is quite interesting: "New evidence has surfaced indicating that the contraindicated administration of vaccines and medical malpractice, not shaking, caused the death of baby Alan." http://educate-yourself.org/cn/yurkohearing1day23aug04.shtml
A bunch of similar cases to Thalia's:
The package insert for The DTaP, Hep B, & IPV vaccine that Thalia received on 2/25/15. There were 5 deaths reported in 14 clinical studies, as well as numerous other adverse reactions:
The package insert for the hib(bacterial meningitis) vaccine, which Thalia received on 2/25/15. No noteworthy adverse reactions besides the normal irritability, sleepiness, injection site
pain/soreness, injection site erythema, injection site swelling/induration, unusual high-pitched crying, prolonged crying (>4hr), diarrhea, vomiting, crying, pain, otitis media, rash, and upper respiratory infection.
The package insert for Prevnar 13(pneumoccocal) vaccine, which Thalia received on 2/25/15. Prevnar clinical studies are full of adverse reporting, including several deaths and debilitation.
A mainstream news article written the day after Thalia had her shots, highlighting the questionable convictions and diagnostics of SBS:
Another mainstream article questioning the convictions and diagnostics of SBS:
An attorney's view, full of details, on wrongly convicted parents of SBS:
More extensive information on SBS and the myth that it can only be caused by physical abuse:
Dr Moulden was a genius who documented some amazing things and was an opponent of vaccines. He mysteriously died last year:
Below is a comprehensive video documenting vaccine injuries, including a few cases very similar to Thalia's:
Below that is a video of Dr. Viera Schriebner describing in great detail how vaccine injury can mimic SBS:
As you can see Juniper, there are plenty of reasons that it's acceptable to believe that Thalia's injury was not caused by physical abuse. To declare that you know her father killed her is to dismiss science, which I thought you were a big fan of. Speaking of which, how did you hear about Thalia's case, anyway? The only people that were sharing it were Anti-Vax communities on social media, so how did someone like yourself become so involved and feel the need to interject so hatefully and with so few details?
Here's my Sherlock Holmes-type deduction of you and who you are:
First, you are a self admitted professional writer. According to your website, you claim that once, you were an "anti-vax" mother who described herself as a "crunchy" mom. Then your daughter developed autism, and you changed your views forever, and fully embraced the pro-vax community, immediately convinced that since your daughter was never vaccinated and developed autism anyway, that vaccines couldn't possibly be a cause of autism. Seems strange, since no anti-vaxxer claims that vaccines are the sole cause of autism, but ok.
However, I find it telling who your "friends" are. You see, you're not the only one who researches before they write. I've been able to find quite a few interesting tidbits about you that you don't mention in your writings. For one, you are buddy buddy with Liz Ditz and Dorit Reiss, two of the most disgustingly extreme pro-vax pukes to ever walk the earth. For example, both have been found quoting you in several different forums, including TAVS and Science Blogs. Ditz even claims to know you personally, and Reiss seems infatuated with your work. These are both people who have made it their business to destroy the reputations of people speaking out on the dangers of vaccines, so when I see them touting you and your writing as commendable, like some sort of twisted sponsorship program, I get suspicious.
After my Facebook group shared the Gardner's story in an effort to get the emotional and financial support they desperately needed, TAVS(Things Anti-Vaxxers Say) posted on their page the story, and encouraged their fans to go disrupt the donation process and blame Tyler for being a baby killer. I'm guessing you are affiliated with TAVS, and found out about this story there. Either that, or you're an undercover member of one of the subsequent AV groups that began sharing the story.
Either way, it's interesting that you felt the need to get involved, and find the opportunity to slander those of us who were honestly just looking to support the Gardners. We are not doing anything to further our agenda, although Thalia's death, if found to be due to vaccines, would automatically do that for us. We were simply making them aware that they weren't alone; thousands of us have lost children to vaccines, but this is covered up by the mainstream media and activists like you.
Forgive us for reaching out to a grieving family. However, we are not exploiting them, as you've boldly claimed. It is the people like you who have caused them nothing but additional grief who are exploiting them.
Now, back to your involvement here. You've written three blogs about the Gardners already, with only minimal details and a whole bunch of assumptions. I know you feel like you're a five star gumshoe, but you are missing many of the pieces to this puzzle. Since you claim to do extensive research before writing anything, I call bullshit. I think you were paid to write the blogs about the Gardners. I don't think you did it out of the goodness of your heart. I think you're trying to push YOUR agenda, and that you obviously have a lot of pre-existing hate issues with "anti-vaxxers". You have also expressed a troubling hatred for people who can't write as well as you. I'm thinking this turned you off to Tyler right away(you've angrily stated that Ty "has never been able to string together a coherent sentence"); a terrible reason to dismiss anyone, but hey...
I'm also thinking that as soon as you saw that the Gardners were Christians, you automatically went in for the kill, since you've made it very apparent that you have an issue with Christians who can't spell:
Could it be that as soon as you saw that Tyler was a Christian who wasn't a very articulated typist, you automatically dismissed him? I can't say that's not a possibility, after watching the video above about the hurtful things people said about your transgendered partner.
Look, I'm sorry not everyone agrees with your sexual preferences, but not everyone cares or is that hateful. I'm guessing you intentionally chose some of the more atrocious, grammatically offensive comments to read to further your own agenda and make the rest of us seem like lunatics. This is a common tactic by pro-vax activists.
How does it feel to be judged by people who don't know you and offer their condemnations so freely? Based on your video above, it doesn't make you feel very good; perhaps you should take that into consideration before you do the same to others.
For the record, I'm a Christian, and I don't agree with your partner's lifestyle, but you won't find me judging or leaving hateful comments. To each their own, I say, and even Jesus told us not to judge one another, so I do my best not to. I couldn't care less about your personal lifestyle, but I happened to stumble on it while researching you and found it interesting.
You have also claimed various times that you write for medical professionals and leaders in the medical field:
"What makes you qualified to write about this topic?
I'm a writer. I do not write anything without first doing extensive research on the topic, and I try my best to hold to evidence-based science. I am a professional only in that I am someone who has written (often for leaders in the field) about these subjects."
Certainly what you wrote about the Gardners or to Karla was not based on extensive research OR evidence based science, as I have provided you with plenty of information to the contrary.
I have extensive experience ghostwriting nonfiction for professional clients. My past clients have included medical experts, self-help authors, and political figures."
So, who were you writing for when you wrote about the Gardners? Someone desperately trying to keep the reputation of vaccines above water? If you didn't write this for anyone and really did write this on your own because you found this story interesting, it says a lot about your biased stance and pre-existing anger toward the "anti-vaccine" community. This is not objective writing, as you claim.
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So Juniper, what is it? Who are you writing for? For what agenda? I'm looking forward to your honest response.
Until then, why don't you leave the Gardners alone while they grieve the loss of their daughter?
Even money shouldn't persuade you to do something that inhuman, unless you are a completely compromised individual.