Some really great things happened.
Some really terrible things happened.
Some really fascinating things happened.
Overall, it was a great year for those active in the trenches, despite one state's huge exemption loss.
Here is a list of 10 of the most noteworthy things that happened in 2015 regarding vaccines:
What really started the vaccine topic spreading like, well.. the plague, was a huge outbreak of measles in January that allegedly was traced to Disneyland in California. I only say huge because to be honest, it felt like everyone was getting the measles. Everywhere you looked, people were talking about it. What started in one state spread to several others, and soon, according to the news, it would surely kill us off. We heard everything from "Anti-vaxxers started it and should be jailed", to "Measles is extremely deadly", to "Oh-my-God what about the immune-suppressed that can't get vaccines??". While several of us trench veterans were busy doing damage control and putting out false flag fires and answering questions with facts, the mainstream media took the opportunity to feature the opinions of several well known doctors, such as Paul Offit, David Gorski, and Richard Pan, who told us without vaccines our kids would probably die. While several (previously) respected doctors like Jack Wolfson, Sherri Tenpenny, and Richard Moskowitz tried to publicly calm us and provide facts over fear tactics, they were severely ridiculed and driven from further national exposure. Many doctors suggested "immunizing" children as young as six months with MMR, despite the vaccine package insert itself stating it should not be given under one year of age, and despite the inconvenient fact that children cannot start producing their own antibodies until at least 12 months.
The word panic is probably an understatement, but in the end, there were well under 200 cases reported the entire year across the country. It killed no one. We also didn't hear about any cases that resulted in severe complications, and rest assured we would have heard about it if it happened. One person did die from pneumonia that was contracted after a measles case, but as it turned out, this person was immuno-compromised to begin with, and it's unclear where the diseases came from or who passed it on. I'm not belittling death by disease, but the facts need to be presented.
Interestingly, we never heard from anyone who had the measles, but it was reported that up to 30% of the cases were in people who had been vaccinated. The good news is, now everyone is fully immune to the measles for life.
Many children have died following vaccinations, and they are one of the big reasons that so many of us are so passionate about this topic. It is absolutely sickening, because we see hundreds of similar stories: child gets vaccinated, and days, sometimes even hours later, they're dead. Gone from this world, leaving the parents in a state of horrific shock. It can destroy families and rip apart marriages. the most disturbing thing is the lack of acknowledgement that the vaccines caused it. Doctors will deny it until they're blue in the face. It can't be the vaccines, many say. Then, upon investigation, the cause of death is often ruled as SIDS; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It doesn't seem important to consider that the US has by far the highest rate of infant mortality, coinciding with the most rigorous vaccine schedule among developed countries.
Thalia was a beautiful and healthy girl, just shy of her first birthday, when her mother took her to the doctor to have a catchup round of shots. She was given the 3rd round of DTaP/hep B/Polio, and her 2nd rounds of Hib and Pneumococcal 13-Valent(Prevnar 13) that day. Five vaccines in total; three injections.
The thing that was different with Thalia's case is that we could basically follow it as it was happening. Her mother posted publicly to Facebook the day of shots, and continued posting in the days that followed, as Thalia developed a high fever, body rash, swollen face, and lethargy. They went to the hospital, and she seemed to be doing ok. Then, 8 days after her shots, Thalia was found unresponsive by her father. She was rushed to the emergency room, where she was eventually announced dead. It was originally diagnosed as encephalitis, a rare but possible effect of vaccines. As a few concerned parents(who recognized the symptoms as vaccine injury), including myself, reached out to the parents, even in their grieving state, they provided me with details of her medical records from birth, videos, and more information on the details leading up to her death. It turned out that the authorities suspected Thalia's father of shaking her to death, and proceeded to investigate under that presumption. However, Thalia did not exhibit many common aspects of SBS. There was no external bruising, internal fractures, or broken bones. There was eye hemorrhage, but that can happen with severe encephalitis(brain swelling).
When some of the vaccine awareness groups like mine started sharing the Gardner's information about Thalia(with their permission), several well known pro-vax zealots started attacking her father publicly, calling him a baby killer, and using the story as a tactic to make "anti-vaxxers" look like we support murderers. It turned into quite a heated topic in the trenches, and shots were fired from each side, while the poor family was left to pick up the pieces.
In the end, Thalia's cause of death was officially labeled as "Unknown", which acquitted her father of any wrongdoing, but effectively covered any evidence of vaccine injury because her body had been harvested for organ donation.
It showed us all just how the system goes to great lengths not only to hide vaccine related death, but also the effect it has on families. CPS stepped in immediately and removed the family's other two children from the house while the "investigation" dragged on(for months), and the whole thing effectively ended the parent's marriage. We saw first hand just how devastating vaccines can be to a family, and it opened thousands of eyes.
What can probably be credited with stirring up the most vaccine controversy this year was Senator Richard Pan(D, California)'s bill to eliminate the two most common vaccine exemptions from the state of California. After a lengthy and hard-fought battle over SB-277, Governor Brown signed it, and California vaccine opponents lost their war to maintain the exemptions they'd been clinging to. It wasn't for lack of effort. Thousands protested the bill, and many more thousands of signatures were collected on petitions to eliminate the bill. Despite a very strong case made by mandatory vaccine opponents, the bill passed in each senate assembly it went through; a testament to just how powerful the vaccine proponents are. It didn't seem to matter how much Senator Pan(who also happens to be a licensed pediatrician) lied, stammered, and excused. It didn't seem to matter that he had a direct conflict of interest, from tracking his payments from drug companies supporting him. It didn't matter that the opposition was loud, persistent, and presented plenty of scientific and testimonial evidence. It was a wake up call for everyone, and the number of people interested in the topic increased at a rapid rate in those months.
Despite a defeat at the hands of political pit bulls and pharmaceutical powerhouses, Richard Pan may have done more for the anti-vax movement than he ever would have dreamed. His bill started an avalanche of research, truth, and awakening to the facts. While it appears he may have won the battle, it appears just as clear that he has awakened a sleeping dragon; one that will not be bullied and trivialized. It seems that using the word "mandatory" is like political suicide, and his victory hasn't come without serious battle wounds. His career is now in jeopardy, and hundreds of thousands of people around the whole country have banded together to stop similar state's subsequent bills. The vaccination debate is now a hot button issue, and many are discussing it, which could not be said before.
Evidence that this topic is at the heart of a heated national debate is that it has been recently discussed in front of millions in a presidential nominee debate. Donald Trump, fore-runner in the republican party for 2016, sparked instant controversy when he declared that vaccines caused autism, and that the childhood schedule was way too much, and should be reduced. Despite whatever you may think of Trump otherwise, he was spot on with this assessment, and was an instant hit with many in the vaccine trenches. Vaccines and autism began trending, and it reached a point where on of the moderators of the debate asked two of his competitors(with medical degrees) if Trump should stop saying it. Shockingly, both Ben Carson and Rand Paul didn't say what the moderator baited them to say; instead, Carson acknowledged that the schedule was too much, and Paul stated explicitly that the choice should always be up to the parents, not the government. This public debate opened countless eyes, as more and more people started looking into the topic more objectively.
While this really is a completely separate controversy, one with its own headlines, passion, and activists, it was interesting to monitor just how much impact it had on the vaccine topic. Many people began researching the link between vaccines and aborted fetal cells, and found out that they are indeed used in many shots; a fact that has been denied by many in an attempt to downplay the foreign ingredients used to make them. Not only did we find out that Planned Parenthood was involved in a black market-type scandal of selling aborted baby parts(giving us clear visuals into the practice and act of abortion itself), but it became clear that new fetal cell lines are being developed currently, using new fetal tissue. This also contradicted the often repeated argument that "the fetal lines found in vaccines only came from two aborted fetuses, and we didn't need to worry about it anymore; it was all done for the greater good, and is over now." Instead, we found that this research is ongoing, and that fetal tissue is still needed in vaccines for growing the viruses and bacteria of certain diseases.
This left many pro-life pro-vaxxers sick to the stomach, and many began researching more in depth. Some have reportedly decided to stop vaccinating until a different ingredient is found to replace fetal tissue and the subsequent fetal DNA that is found in many of vaccines on themarket.
Whatever you may think of Jim Carrey, there's no debating the fact that he stirred up a hornets nest when he went on a social media writing spree, as over 15 million of his social media followers looked on and carried the debate to new levels. It was obvious he'd been doing some hard research, and eloquently destroyed Governor Brown of CA over the signing of SB-277 into law. Carrey went on a civilized rampage that included standing at the very top of his social soap box and sharing accurate information on vaccines and the risks associated with them.
Carrey is not the first major celebrity to speak out on vaccines. Besides the always (negatively)associated Jenny McCarthy, there are many others who have spoken out. Rob Schneider, Robert Kennedy jr, Bill Maher, Glenn Beck, Mayim Bialik, and Kristin Cavillari are among those who have taken a stand either that vaccines should be solely a parent's choice after true informed consent, or that they are more dangerous than beneficial and should be avoided.
It was also recently reported that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are not vaccinating their 8 month old son, which stirred up even more controversy. While celebrities are no different as people with brains capable of doing research and loving parents, it is always reassuring as an activist to see people with such massive followings saying all the things you've been saying for who knows how long. Celebrities waking up is a good sign that this debate will not go away any time soon.
The story of William Thompson and the fraud at the CDC came out in August 2014, but the untamed dumpster fire(pun intended) was eventually calmed and quieted subtly by the mainstream media simply refusing to cover the story. Despite rabid attempts by AV activists to expose the story to the general public aside from alternative media, the CDC has still to this day not given an official explanation, summary, or even comment on the situation. If you're somehow not familiar with #CDCwhistleblower, simply click on the hashtag to reveal literally millions of tweets on the subject.
In February, William Thompson was quietly granted official federal whistleblower immunity by the Obama administration, although you'd be hard pressed to find that detail anywhere in mainstream reporting. Thompson himself seemed to literally fall off the face of the earth, no doubt gagged by the CDC and threatened to shut up and disappear from the spotlight. It almost worked for the CDC, as the story eventually faded in the public eye. That is, until we learned that Dr. Thompson had in fact turned over 10,000 documents to the federal government(specifically Congressman Bill Posey, R-FL) for review. These documents were the last hope we had to expose this massive fraud scandal of the CDC's to the public, as it was originally reported that the documents contained everything needed to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the CDC knowingly destroyed relevant data that showed a causative increase of autism rates in African-American boys after MMR vaccination(The story is deep; for more info do some digging). Congressman Posey then went to the house floor and proceeded to confirm that he had indeed been given the "lost" documents for review(video below).
This video has stirred up the whistleblower story again, and has people eagerly waiting to get their eyes on these documents themselves. It's only a matter of time, Posey insists.
In October, a large, organized vaccine risk awareness event was held in Atlanta. Hundreds of people(including many families with vaccine injured children) showed up to protest in front of the CDC, and thousands showed up the next day to hear the event's scheduled speakers. Barbara Lo Fisher(founder of NVIC), Robert Kennedy Jr, Dr. Brian Hooker, Dr. Toni Bark, and Marcella Piper-Terry(founder of vaxtruth.org) were among the several guest speakers to address the crowd and those watching on live streaming. It turned out to be a big moment for vaccine safety advocates, as they were featured on Atlanta's CBS news station and a few other mainstream news markets around the country. While most news outlets still had their typical disclaimers that "vaccines are safe and recommended by medical professionals", the fact that the event was actually covered in the mainstream is a huge battle won. Remember, this is an industry that has refused to acknowledge this raging debate for over seven years. 2007 is really the last time we can find objective reporting on vaccines; it certainly seems there is some sort of gag order on the big networks at least, and at the same time, it is clear they are pushed to 'sell' vaccines. Of course, if you've been around the topic for a while, you know about the corporate money trails, and the billions spent on marketing and advertising by pharmaceutical companies. We know the big networks get the majority of sponsorship dollars from big pharma, just watch a set of commercials some time and count how many are peddling drugs.
So, seeing the CDC protest(#CDCtruth.org) being covered on a big network was somewhat of a relief, and a victory in itself. There is a ton of great videos on You Tube of the event, and if you haven't already, you should watch some of the speakers.
In a recent video(included below), Dr. Judy Mikovits, who has a PhD as a molecular biochemist and had a long career working for the government studying cancer, HIV, and the ingredients in vaccines, breaks down exactly how vaccines do what they do. I've seen a lot of information-packed articles and interviews, but none more intriguing and interesting than what she had to say. She had her career destroyed after she and some of her colleagues discovered what was causing an epidemic of vaccine injury. That was in 2011. She was jailed after an attempt to frame her for "research fraud" and refusing to share her work when asked(she explains why in the interview) by her government superiors, and was put on a four year gag order.
Four years later, here we are, and she doesn't care what happens to her for speaking out. She has truth to tell, and won't stop until it's told. This is a lifelong scientist we're talking about here; one that has the credentials to promptly quiet the zealots who claim folks like me aren't credible because we're not scientists. Well, here you go; this scientist is confirming everything we've ever said and then some. What now?
The pro-vaccine zealots can only discredit so many people opposed to them before the public catches on to their game: Discredit and ridicule anyone who speaks out on vaccines.
If you're a scientist(no matter how accomplished or brilliant), they work feverishly to make it appear that the science was somehow rigged to produce different results.
If you're a doctor(no matter how renowned or beloved), they do everything you can attack character and education, label as quack, come up with bogus yet scientific sounding rebuttals to their work.
If you're a celebrity(no matter how followed or famed), they drag through the mud, drum up any dirt they can and circulate it incessantly to defame and shame whichever celebrity speaks out.
If you're a regular concerned parent(no matter if you've experience vaccine injury to your own child), they stalk, cherry pick quotes, use them out of context, spread them around in echo chambers to let other pro-vaxxers know how ignorant you are.
It's quite the vicious and juvenile cycle, and thankfully most people are seeing through it.
It's taken over a year, but it looks like the concealed/destroyed documents that prove a link between vaccines and autism, are finally going to find their way into the public eye. Ben Swann, of CBS News(Atlanta), has taken it upon himself as an objective journalist to investigate these documents and share them with the world. According to a recent update from Swann, he has now been given the copies of these documents by Congressman Posey, and is putting together a sufficient way to get them to us. This is happening as of December 1, 2015, and it may be the best news we in the trenches have received all year. We are very eagerly awaiting these documents, as we believe they point to the truth of (more)fraud, deception, and scandal in the CDC, and that once the public see they've been lied to, that even more will wake up and start researching. Overall, 2015 was a great year, although it's been draining and emotional along the way. As we move toward 2016, we look forward to this movement's growth, and continuing to raise awareness in every way that we can.
The truth is out there, and it will be told one voice at a time.
It's time to wake up and fight for our lives.