Against All EvidenceReview by Irene Alleger
In 1985 Viera Scheibner, a principal research scientist in Australia, together with Leif Karlsson, an electronics engineer specializing in patient monitoring systems, developed Cotwatch, a breathing monitor for babies thought to be at risk from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The microprocessor in Cotwatch recorded the breathing patterns of babies and soon the link between vaccine injections and cot death (SIDS) became painfully obvious.
At that time Scheibner was not aware of the controversy surrounding vaccination, so she began a systematic search of 30,000 pages of medical papers dealing with vaccination and discovered that, in all of the material there was no evidence of effectiveness or safety, of vaccines. In addition, her research with the Cotwatch monitor showed clearly that a great number of cot deaths followed DPT injections. This book is the result of her meticulous study of the data and the monitoring research.
She reviews the ample evidence that infectious diseases which used to decimate populations in Europe some 100 years ago declined by up to 90% before any vaccine was used in mass proportions. Immunization against diphtheria, for instance, was introduced on a mass scale in 1940, by which time the annual death rate was negligible (less than 300 deaths per million). It is well-documented in the literature that this mass vaccination was followed by unprecedented diphtheria epidemics - in fully vaccinated subjects. Some 50 years later, we are seeing the same pattern of new epidemics following mass inoculations, among those supposedly protected, and with the ominous findings of serious neurological illness following vaccination.
In her book, Scheibner has documented the scientific data on the DPT vaccine, showing that pertussis has been demonstrated to cause encephalitis, and inflammation of the brain in laboratory animals and babies. Similar alarms are rung for the recommendation of hepatitis B vaccine for all infants when the known risk for this disease is limited to specific groups (prostitutes, homosexuals, intravenous drug users, the military, and people on hemodialysis). In the U.S., pregnant minority women are now being given AZT based on the speculation that their babies will not contract AIDS. (Could this new use for the drug have come about due to the loss of the homosexual market where informed patients are choosing not to take the drug?)
The author documents all of her data with extensive references, charts, tables - all the evidence showing the lack of effectiveness and safety of vaccines. Why then, are all the western industrialized countries pushing more and more vaccinations on infants and young children? Scheibner quotes Dr. George Peter, Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in 1992 re- recommending the hepatitis B vaccine for all infants: "Hepatitis B remains a public health problem which sometimes occurs outside of high risk groups; high risk groups have not accepted vaccination or have been difficult to reach; children are accessible." (emphasis added).
Does this mean that infants are fair game for the medical system? Parents are not being informed of the unacceptable risks of these vaccines, especially in countries like the U.S. where the right of choice is being taken away from parents by the government mandating of vaccination. The U.S. is now experiencing epidemics of measles and whooping cough in fully vaccinated children. No amount of denial or disinformation can cover up the one obvious fact, namely, that vaccines do not work.
But selling worthless goods is not new; what is new is the seeming indifference to the terrible toll that vaccines take on the young child. Scheibner spells out in page after page of meticulous scientific documentation, the horrendous harm that occurs from injecting highly noxious substances made up of bacterial or viral components in a solvent, into an infant whose brain and nervous system, and immune system are not yet fully developed. It does not seem surprising that neurological damage would occur, and the rising incidence of encephalopathy in vaccinated children should be a red flag.
The author cites studies that clearly show the scientific data proving vaccines to be ineffective, and more importantly, the immense amount of data on the harmful effects. One of these is increased susceptibility to bacterial infections, especially those associated with Haemophilus influenzae and invasive bacterial meningitis. The high incidence of invasive bacterial infections, and especially the high mortality rate (10% or more) and the 25% or more incidence of serious residual CNS complications, in Australia, are cited as sufficient reason to discontinue the use of pertussis vaccine in infants. Interestingly, when Japan moved the vaccination age to two years, cot deaths (SIDS) disappeared. Japan has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world, followed by Sweden, where use of pertussis vaccine was stopped in 1979. In contrast, the U.S. infant mortality puts us in 20th place, a shameful statistic in a country that has every advantage (except perhaps that of ethical science). Sutter and Cochi (1992) studied pertussis hospitalization and mortality in the U.S. between 1985 and 1988, and concluded that there is a substantial under-reporting of pertussis reactions. There are 7,000 to 10,000 cases of Sudden Infant Death per year in the U.S. In 1992, the Institute of Medicine finally admitted that: ". . . the evidence is consistent with a causal relation between DPT vaccine and acute encephalopathy (defined in the controlled studies reviewed as encephalopathy, encephalitis or encephalomyelitis) and shock and 'unusual shock-like state' . . . "
Vaccination also reveals the same denial and disinformation in the selling of the measles, mumps, and influenza (Hib) vaccines, with very limited testing for safety and similar long lists of adverse reactions. The author states: "It has been well-documented that injections of foreign proteins, including those in vaccines, do not immunize, rather they sensitize. Instead of protecting against infectious diseases, they increase the recipient's susceptibility to infectious diseases. Moreover, vaccines modify the immunologic response and cause a great variety of autoimmune diseases."
A case in point is the polio vaccine, and the total failure of the Salk polio vaccine to protect against poliomyelitis. More important, the vaccine, containing monkey kidney tissue, was proven to be contaminated with a great number of animal retroviruses (particularly the SV40), causing (for one thing), "severe lower respiratory tract illness in children." More serious charges were made by independent scientists and researchers alleging that AIDS originated in the Belgian Congo as a direct result of mass polio vaccination while the vaccine was contaminated with a simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). The continued contamination of polio vaccines with animal viruses is of great concern.
One reads this book wanting not to believe the studies, the statistics, the inevitable conclusions. We've become cynical about the pharmaceutical monopoly, about "business as usual," but it surely is time now to move beyond cynicism, to some kind of action. Our children (and I do believe as Gandhi did, that all children are our children), are being medically assaulted, experimented upon, forced to endure great suffering, and even death, at the hands of a small number of elitists and dissemblers. The medical profession and laboratory scientists have become so corrupted by the "party line," which coincides with the profit line, that they are causing great harm, not only to small children, but to the whole human race.
Our species will not long survive in an increasingly hostile environment, without an active immune system. Nor will we flourish as a nation producing neurologically damaged children. The proponents of vaccination consistently misrepresent the efficacy of vaccines, and the results of trials of vaccines, which show the disastrous effects, especially in infants. One might wonder why there has been such a concerted effort in the past 10 years for mass inoculations of American children, now starting at 2 months of age and continuing through adolescence, when even a cursory reading of the literature indicates a lack of efficacy and such serious consequences.
Parents have been the victims of scare tactics and government bureaucrats who believe what they are told by the medical establishment. The only answer is to promulgate books like this one so that parents will be informed of the consequences of vaccinations, and will refuse to comply, government or no.
(Reprint, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients - October 1995)
Copyright © 1996. The Light Party.
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