The following letter is in direct response to the recent LA Times recent vaccine propaganda piece. Please read the link provided before reading this letter.
Dear Dr. Offit,
We don't know each other so allow me to introduce myself.
I am an "Anti-vaxxer".
Since I've been labeled this by your groupies and didn't choose this title for myself, I suppose I tell you that in somewhat of a cynical manner, but now you know exactly where I'm coming from.
Or do you?
We "Anti-Vaxxers" are all the same, apparently.
You seem to think we're all identical in many characteristics of individuality, such as specific knowledge, experience, religion, race, and logic. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, since this is how you seem to approach all kids and their vaccine schedules.
For example, the recent dialogue at UCLA from a recent LA Times article meant to promote vaccine safety. In it, you are chronicled teaching other, less experienced doctors how to battle the Anti-vax mentality. California has been having a lot of anti-vaccine push back(aka sincere, concerned questions) recently.
To the average person, you seem to have all the answers. But I am not an average person; I'm very well versed in this topic and I noticed a few glaring errors. I've decided to highlight some of them here, but Lord knows I won't be able to even scratch the surface of this huge debate in just one little letter.
Please bear with me.
First, an anecdotal observation.
You are represented by LA Times reporter Eryn Brown as "The Rock Star of Inoculation", which I think is supposed to be a good thing. I'm hoping the metaphor sticks; Most rock stars are really popular for a little while and then become completely outdated and irrelevant. I can only pray this metaphorical parallel is more of a prophecy. From this point, you will understand why I refer to your pupils and colleagues as "Groupies".
But Dr. Offit(can I call you Paul?),
Why should you read a blog written by someone who opposes you and your profession? Why waste your time reading what some small shot with no formal training thinks about you and your stance on vaccines?
Am I qualified to give a medical rebuttal?
Look Doc, I'll admit I have a degree from Google University.
But Google didn't teach me; I taught me.
It started a few years ago as a weird, unexplainable impulse, and from there I evolved into an information-hungry parent of vaccine age children, to currently a full on opponent of today's vaccine protocol and the hidden lack of real, unbiased scientific research behind them. What you claim has been "proven" by science has never been proven. There is no evidence that the current vaccine schedule(as recommended by the CDC) has been tested for safety.
Until you can show me that, you have my promise that I'll try to make people aware of the vastly under-acknowledged risks.
See, I love my kids more than anything else in this world. They're pretty much like miniature versions of me, and that's pretty freaking awesome. Do you have kids? I think you'd relate if you did.
My kids are very healthy, very happy, and very normal. It would grieve me to no end to see them develop a severe reaction to any vaccine they were given. Do I want them to get vaccine preventable diseases? No, hence the concerted effort to keep their bodies full of the essential ingredients to a healthy immune system. You may not know this, but the science on healthy eating has been around for a lot longer than vaccines. It just so happens that modern day North America is a place that's evolved considerably in the last 60+ years in sanitation and cleaner living than most of the world. We take to heart the phrase "Cleanliness is next to godliness".
That, and I've seen personally what vaccines can do, and it's not pretty. We've all seen the autism stories pouring onto social media sites and alternative news outlets after the recent CDC whistle blower incident. How's that going, by the way?
The scary part is that we don't actually think you guys know what in the world you're doing. Well, some of us think you do know, and call you the equivalent of pond scum.
As a father, naturally I feel compelled to do my research when it comes to making important choices for those relying on me to make good decisions for them.
Anyway, more about my alma mater, Google U..
When I first became interested in the vaccine topic, I started really looking at things seriously, like the CDC website and CHOP. I even read a couple online vaccine insert PDFs(the banes of your existence, am I right?), just to make sure I was doing the right thing as a father. I was always told as a kid that vaccines were suspect, and apparently that always stuck with me.
I had a terrible case of Chicken Pox when I was 11.
I'm sorry, did I say terrible? I meant best week ever. No school, lots of books, whatever I wanted, real rock star treatment. The worst part was having to resist scratching. My mom was smart though, and kept me confined to one room for a few days. It was pretty awesome really. Looking back, the best part of it all is that I'll never get it again. I have a naturally life-long immunity now. You'd probably say I have an increased chance of shingles now, right? But can you tell me the odds of someone with a healthy natural immune system getting shingles as an adult?
I'm only ranting about the Chicken Pox because one of the vaccines you push is for Chicken Pox. In the LA Times piece, you state that adverse effects are only listed legally as possible side effects, but nothing has actually been proven...
"If you look at the original package insert for chicken pox vaccine, it says, 'Broken leg has been associated with this drug,'" you say in an apparent effort to trivialize adverse effects.
Doc, is that your version of humor?
I've never seen "Broken Leg" on an insert, and I've pretty much read them all now.
Oh, you're saying they took that one out?
Because vaccines were clearly not the cause of broken legs?
That means everything else still on there just might be from the shots, right?
"Life threatening allergic reactions, Seizures, unusual weakness, convulsions, behavior changes, high fever, insomnia, nausea, joint/muscle pain, and easy bleeding or bruising?" Those are all correlations to the Varicella vaccine.
You just admitted it. And you're supposed to be the smart one here...
But, without even getting into the weak safety(not efficacy) studies on the insert of the Varicella Vaccine, I'll jump right to the really hot button: Human Diploid Cells. These cells(that carry the varicella virus) are cultured from aborted fetal cells.
You brought this up in your UCLA training exercise, and it really stuck out to me.
Now, if you don't have a problem with killing babies and using their parts in the name of science, then so be it, that's your choice.
But I do.
And it's not just because I wasn't aware that the Pope said it's acceptable until an alternate method is concocted.
Quite frankly, I don't give a darn what the Pope thinks. Also, I'm not sure how you think his opinion relates to me and my own individual set of morals. It doesn't. Nor does it affect any of the other 58% percent of Americans that still oppose abortion, according to a recent CNN poll.
That's your best argument against using murdered baby parts in vaccines? Catholics? That's weak, Paul.
Still, it leads me to my next point.
There are many nasty ingredients mixed into each and every vaccine, and I notice you chose to specifically mention formaldehyde, but decided to not bring up Thimerosal, Aluminum, Monkey kidney, mouse brain, or fetal bovine serum.
All of those scare me just as much as formaldehyde, to be honest.
None of these ingredients(except Thimerosal, supposedly) has been tested for safety for repeated injection into human babies.
Not one. You can't tell me they are Paul, because you'd be lying. Just admit it already.
This all should raise eyebrows; especially when we consider that the US has the highest rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) of anywhere in the Western Medicine influenced world. Putting aside our recent, perplexing onslaught of neurological and behavioral issues, let's ponder for a moment why so many of our infants are dying suddenly. Often healthy, happy babies are just robbed from us for no apparent reason. When we study some of the root causes of SIDS, we find that often those are symptoms that many kids get after vaccinations, with various cases of timing and severity.
Open blood barriers while teething. Weak immune systems to fight toxins. Encephalitis: A recognized link to vaccines, as stated on the CDC website and the package inserts themselves. Seizures, sometimes severe or fatal. SIDS is linked to encephalitis. Is it impossible to think SIDS is related to vaccines? Not at all. I suppose your response would be something like: "Correlation doesn't equal causation". Do you know how sick I am of hearing this tired argument from you and your groupies? At what point to we take notice and conduct further research?
Anyway, back to Formaldehyde. You say we've been "making formaldehyde in our cells since we crawled out of the ocean onto land". That's an interesting angle. But then, I see your point. Why be honest and forthcoming about the real dangers of prolonged exposure to it in our systems? It is a known carcinogen, and according to your own fellow scientists, "very likely causes cancer". I wouldn't bring that up if I were you either. Somebody might get the wrong impression. After all, cancer is only killing us at a faster rate than ever and we've yet to figure out exactly what triggers certain types, and exactly how it can be manifested.
So why put carcinogens in your vaccines and then put a positive spin on it? If we've been "making it in our cells since the beginning," and now know it's a bad thing, shouldn't we try to limit our exposure? Something doesn't add up, Doc.
You know what else doesn't add up? The fact that you are a walking conflict-of-interest. You invented a vaccine for Rotavirus. Nice. Your groupies like to report that it saves up to a half million people each year.
That must feel good. Death from Diarrhea sounds like crap.
But it's really just a classic case of twisting stats.
Really, that half a million number is from a world wide death rate per year. What you and your cohorts at the CDC don't report thoroughly is that 82% of those cases are from 3rd world countries with high disease levels and unsanitary living conditions.
So, 82% percent of them don't apply to us here in this conversation.
I hate to sound callous, but you're talking to American doctors about convincing American people to vaccinate their Amerikids, so let's be a little more accurate. According to the CDC itself, Rotavirus kills approximately 40 babies in the U.S every year. That is hardly the epidemic you'd have us believe in. Not only that, it's got one of the lowest death rates of any "vaccine preventable" diseases out there. I don't see it as necessary, but of course, you'll tell me I should follow the CDC's recommended schedule.
I'm curious, do you get a commission for every Rotavirus vaccine sold?
But, I digress.
The real reason that I'm writing you today, Dr. Offit, is that I feel insulted. I feel that you and your groupies have really made some degrading comments about me, and you don't even know me. You seem to think that since I'm an "Anti-Vaxxer", I must automatically be off my rocker. I must be a nut job. A hack. A habitual liar. An idiot. A moron. My tin cap's on too tight. No need to deny it, I've seen and heard it all. After a while, the insults just bounce off me. I don't care what you and your groupies think anymore.
But the truth is, you know better.
You know I have a point. You are worried about us really doing the research, because if you weren't, you wouldn't be trying to prep other doctors to give the same, tired responses to our increasingly difficult questions.
I've noticed a pattern, Doc. Your game is bending the truth, and in some cases, leaving the truth out altogether. You twist stats and numbers to fit your agenda, and you were hoping I didn't notice.
Here's the deal:
I'm tired of constantly informing people of the real threat of "vaccine preventable" illnesses, the amount the government has paid families with vaccine-related settled cases(over 3 billion), the repulsive relationship between the drug companies and the CDC/medical field, and the billions of dollars vaccines rake in. There's so much to this Anti-Vax movement that you haven't even wrapped your head around. Or maybe you have. I could go on, but I'm just a conspiracy theorist right? It's become clear as day. There are millions like me, and more opening their eyes by the day. Does that make you squirm, Paul?
Allow me to speak for all Anti-Vaxxers, since after all, we're all the same:
We're sick of having to constantly debunk the myth that all of us worship Jenny McCarthy or follow Dr. Oz, which is so far from the truth it's just silly. We're the same people who believe Dr. Wakefield was silenced for the sake of your agenda. Crazy, right?
We're tired of defending our countless hours of research into a topic that we stand to make no personal gain by except that of our own kids' well being.
We're bored with debunking the silly herd immunity theory over and over again. Like even you really believe that 90% of us are actually immune to these "vaccine preventable diseases"? It was almost funny at first, but it's just dragging us down now.
Nice job though, I gotta say. You really made your mark on the pro vaccine crowd, they just won't let that one go..
We're really sick of doctors not giving us all the facts when they should be able to give us accurate reports and statistics. We're sick of them telling us we must vaccinate or we're going to die, like somehow we only miraculously survived before 100 years ago.
Seriously. I mean, according to your groupies, before vaccines came along, we might as well have been wrinkly little dingle berries hanging from an elephant's rear, clinging for life and hoping the big gray dude didn't feel like rubbing his backside on a tree.
Natural immunity? Cleaner living? Healthy eating? More sanitary conditions? What are those?
Come on, people! Vaccines save lives! We just don't know exactly how many they're taking/ruining in the process..
The fact is, Dr. Offit, we do our research. We have nothing to gain from lying or spreading false information, like you've accused us of. We can't say the same for you and your groupies.
We started by researching your own material, and we've been given the gift of common sense and power of parental logic to see through many of your empty, false statements.
I could go on refuting your claims for days Doc, and I'm not even a doctor. I'm a parent, and you work for me. I choose whether or not to give you my business and pay you for service. That means you don't get to force me to do anything against my will. Especially when it's obvious there are so many risks. Especially when it's obvious you and your cohorts are burying conflicting evidence and employing mass amounts of marketing tactics to win the unsuspecting public to your agenda.
Why even bother going back to you and your brainwashed friends for medical services, when smart, informed doctors that realize the dangers of the current vaccine schedule are becoming more and more prevalent? Holistic doctors(you just squirmed, admit it..) really do know what they're talking about. I have personally witnessed dozens of lives changed for the better through natural healing. I can't say the same for western medicine; although I suppose you could probably fix up a broken leg pretty good.
The point is, we're onto you. We can see through you, and now we know that you're completely filled with straw. If this LA Times article's representation of us is the best you think we "Anti-Vaxxers" have, then you are in for a real treat as we grow larger in number and more aware than ever before.
You want to push your vaccines on us?
You better step your game up.
Better spend even more on marketing and brainwashing tactics. Our questions are tougher. Our concerns are real. The winds are shifting.
Our resistance is already upon you.
You're fired. Doc.