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The Measles Scare and CDC Politics

The United States mandates 26 vaccine doses against 14 diseases for infants under age 2, and no fewer than 50 injections against 16 illnesses by the time they are 18.


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At the instigation of the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), a number of prominent Jewish pediatricians have stepped forward to warn the Jewish community that they must immediately subject their children to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) 3-in-1 combination vaccine.

The reason given is that there have been a number of measles cases in the Jewish community, and, therefore, parents must immediately protect their children.

I propose to give an alternative view, based on five years of research into the vaccine industry and the practices of the DOHMH and the CDC.

With all due respect to the fine pediatricians in our community who do their best to care for our young children, I strongly differ with their statement that “there is no credible evidence that the MMR vaccination causes mental or physical damage to children.”

I have personally advised all members of my family to postpone all vaccinations until at least two years of age, and then to selectively give single shots only, not combinations of 3-in-1, 4-in-1, or 5-in-1. That means no MMR and no DPT.

As a public service to the Jewish community, I would like to present the results of my investigations, in an attempt to introduce some measure of balance into the frenzied push for unlimited vaccinations to every child, regardless of their health condition.


As a member of the Bris Milah Anti-Defamation League, I have found it necessary to research the operations NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in connection with their accusations that Traditional Bris Milah has caused injury, and even death, to Jewish children.

Because most people assume that the CDC is a completely professional organization which is beyond politics, their attacks on Bris Milah have, unfortunately, struck fear and uncertainty among many of our fine Jewish mothers.

In Washington, D.C., there is a joke that the government follows the “Golden Rule”—“He who has the gold, makes the rules.” Thousands of well-heeled lobbyists spend fortunes to influence and even write the legislation that comes out of Washington.

The pharmaceutical industry, which manufactures all the vaccines, is one of the most well-heeled players in Washington. They can pretty much get anything they want from the Congress.

During the 1980’s, the vaccine industry succeeded in passing a law that made it impossible for vaccine-injured children to sue the vaccine manufacturers. Instead, the Government set up a “Vaccine Court” to hear cases and pay compensation from Federal Government taxpayer money.

Billions of dollars have been paid out for serious vaccine injuries, ranging from paralysis to mental retardation and, yes—Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The information is available on a special database maintained by the CDC, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS).

Reb Avrohom “Romi” Cohn, an experienced Mohel who has performed over 35,000 Bris Milahs without even a single problem, told me that he just heard of a mother in Queens who was so terrorized by the NYC Department of Health’s fear-mongering campaign that she locked the door to her room and refused to allow her child to be taken to his Bris Milah, saying “I don’t want my baby to be killed.”


Unlike the general impression, the CDC is a heavily-politicized organization, as bad or worse than the IRS (at least the IRS doesn’t kill you).

The CDC and the DOHMH are, basically, one and the same. They share the same people in important positions.

The current Director of the CDC is none other than Thomas Frieden, the very same person who started the inquisition against Bris Milah when he was the Commissioner of DOHMH under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Susan Blank, the NYC Assistant Health Commissioner, who conducted the Bris Milah inquisition against Rabbis and parents, also works for the CDC and was Chairwoman of the 2012 AAP Task force on Circumcision.

So, here you have a person, Susan Blank, who single-handedly controls circumcision policy at the CDC, the NYC Department of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Imagine, a single woman has the power to create a blood libel against hundreds of Mohels in our community, despite the fact that they have a safety record that is universally—if grudgingly—acknowledged to be superior to the safety record of any surgeon practicing in New York city’s hospitals.

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107 Responses to “The Measles Scare and CDC Politics”

  1. Lisa Kamins says:

    thank you for sharing this. I have B"H grandchildren now, when my children were young I did not know what to do. I did not know that the single vaccine was an option. I have had the feeling for a long time that he who holds the gold holds the power and the "truth", in what ever form it takes.

  2. Vince Iannelli says:

    Nice summary of anti-vaccine talking points.

  3. Dorit Reiss says:

    I am sorry to hear you are discouraging people from vaccinating young infants against diseases as dangerous as pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus and measles. Any of these diseases can kill or seriously harm a child. Adverse events from vaccine can happen, but are very very rare; that is not true of the harms of vaccine preventable diseases.

  4. Dorit Reiss says:

    I am even more sorry to see you do it on the basis of an attack on the institutions, rather than on the basis of actual information. You say that you "differ with their statement that “there is no credible evidence that the MMR vaccination causes mental or physical damage to children.”"; but there is no evidence that serious risks from MMR are anything but very, very rare and you have brought none. The vaccine injury court exists; it compensated less than 3300 cases in the 24 years of its existence, a very small numbers, especially given the large number of vaccine doses used. Here is a detailed analysis of the number: http://www.redwineandapplesauce.com/2013/03/05/a-look-at-the-numbers-in-vaccine-reactions/. There is no evidence that vaccines are harmful, and you have brought none; and still you encourage people not to use them to protect children.

  5. Dorit Reiss says:

    Your autism claim – that vaccines cause autism – is based on two things: a defense of Wakefield, and the Hanna Poling case. As to Wakefield, putting aside his behavior, remember that his finding could not be replicated. Large scale studies from throughout the world found no connection. You can't blame the CDC for that – it included studies from Finland, Poland and Asia. Here is a link summarizing studies: http://www2.aap.org/immunization/families/faq/vaccinestudies.pdf.

  6. Dorit Reiss says:

    Hanna Poling was not awarded compensation because a vaccine made her autistic. She had a rare mitochondrial disorder that could be triggered by many things – including a fever from a vaccine preventable disease – but the government conceded the possibility it could be caused by her vaccines and awarded compensation.

  7. Carolyn Bursle says:

    Not really caused, but probably triggered deterioration/clinical manifestations.

  8. Michael Simpson says:

    Someone is still pushing this old canard? Even if vaccines were causal in this case, and there's no evidence suggesting that, one case out of hundreds of millions of vaccinations that prevented millions of deaths seems like an amazing risk benefit ratio.

  9. Sue Keller says:

    Thank you, Rabbi Handler, for this information so that parents can make "informed consent" before they decide whether to vaccinate or when to vaccinate. For even more information, parents can google "vaccine package inserts" to find out out what adverse reactions have been reported both in the testing and after-market phase of vaccines. Anywhere you see "encephalitis" or "encephalopathy", be very cautious. This is brain damage, which underlies autism symptoms. Here are some links: http://www.immunize.org/packageinserts/ and http://www.vaclib.org/chapter/inserts.htm#human.

  10. Sue Keller says:

    Readers should be aware that some commenters here may be in the employ of vaccine manufacturing companies.

  11. The old Pharma Shill Gambit. How tired. You can't argue facts so you try to make it sound like some mysterious conspiracy is trying to make you sound foolish. Who is paying you? Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Big Suppla. Mercola, Natural news?

  12. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    The CDC determined there was no link between autism and vaccines after studying 25 children. Do you believe that's "credible"? …. read a little more into what the CDC's knowledge is…. http://www.aapsonline.org/vaccines/cdcfdaexperts.htm

  13. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/graphs/ vaccines get ALL the credit. What about scarlet fever? scurvy? typhoid fever? no vaccines but they are no longer around…

  14. Jenifer L Sellars 25? I am counting around 4 million in the listed studies. AAPS? The John Birch Society of medicine? 3000 members and declining. HIV denialists? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. A fringe crackpot group like antivaxers.

  15. Jenifer L Sellars Do you even know what those are?

  16. Jane Snape says:

    From a report issued by the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene dated January 7, 2013:


    Direct oral suction during ritual Jewish circumcision (metzitzah b’peh) has been documented to transmit herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 to newborn males (1-4). In December 2012, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) received a report of a new case of HSV-1 infection in a newborn male infant attributable to direct oral suction.

    In total, 12 laboratory-confirmed cases of HSV-infection attributable to direct oral suction have now been reported to DOHMH from 2000 – 2012. Two of these infants died, and two others suffered brain damage (4). In the most recent case,
    the location of herpes lesions (on the penis), viral type (HSV type 1, which is commonly found in the mouth of adults), and timing of infection (10 days after circumcision) are consistent with transmission during direct contactbetween the mouth of the ritual circumciser (mohel) and the newly circumcised infant penis.

    When evaluating an ill infant boy in the weeks following circumcision, providers should inquirewhether direct oral suction was performed during circumcision and consider infection with HSV or other oral pathogens.

  17. Jenifer L Sellars Scarlet fever is still around but currently can be treated with antibiotics, for the moment. Scurvy is a vitamin C deficiency. Typhoid fever is still around and even with modern treatment has a 1% fatality rate. sanitation has helped curb it's spread.

    All of that has nothing to do with whether vaccines work. Modern evidence and science based medicine has shown that they do. It seems to make you angry that vaccines are so effective. Does it threaten your closely held beliefs?

  18. Jane Snape says:

    Kelly M. Bray No, she's just counting on people not to click through and to instead trust that her links somehow prove what she's saying.

    That's one reason why, when I linked to the NYC Dept. report on bris-related HSV in infants, I also included pertinent text.

  19. Jane Snape says:

    Your first link (to a legit organization) doesn't say what you imply it says, and your second link leads to this warning from Facebook: "The link you are trying to visit has been classified as potentially abusive by a Facebook partner."

  20. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    Can you name 5 ingredients in a vaccine and what effects they have on the body? How about ever read a vaccine insert? Look at the science, and by that I mean from CREDIBLE sources, not those influenced by the almighty dollar. Sanofi Pasteur showing SIDS and Autism as side effects in Tripedia: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm101580.pdf
    http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/vaccinetable.html US Dept of Health's "Vaccine Injury Table" Yep. This exists….
    A good read about the lack of credibility vaccine.com (a Pharma sponsored website) references. They assume we don't look further into the science. This author did and found conflicting support. If anything, the references they cite create more doubt about aluminum safety. http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress/2011/11/28/overinformed-refusal-has-to-be-stopped/
    Vaccine ingredients, their purpose and what vaccines contain them: http://vaccinedamagehub.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/excipient-table-1-after-it-disappeared-off-the-CDC-Pink-Book-Appendix.pdf

  21. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    How about some SCIENCE? Its difficult to vet our solid science without a conflict of interest. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3170075/ Infant mortality rates regressed against number of vaccine doses routinely given: Is there a biochemical or synergistic toxicity?

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21745553 Effects of long-term low-dose formaldehyde exposure….
    http://lup.sagepub.com/content/21/2/223 Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21549155 "Persistent behavioral impairments and alterations of brain dopamine system after early postnatal administration of thimerasol in rats."
    http://www.safeminds.org/mercury/vaccinated-children-likely-to-have-a-higher-risk-of-developing-autism.html In 2007, Generation Rescue funded a Cal-Oregon Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated Survey. Amongst boys age 11-17, the study found an RR (“relative risk”) of 2.12 for autism and 4.17 for ADHD when comparing prevalence amongst vaccinated versus unvaccinated children.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20200027 Acellular pertussis vaccination facilitates Bordetella parapertussis infection in a rodent model of bordetellosis.
    http://het.sagepub.com/content/31/10/1012.long Relative trends in hospitalizations and mortality among infants by the number of vaccine doses and age, based on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1990–2010.

  22. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    single vaccines are VERY difficult to obtain. I've tried, to no avail. Only countries like Japan are smart enough to realize the need.

  23. I see damage control from the usual shills for the drug industry, too late!

  24. Jenifer L Sellars All it is saying is that acellular Pertussis vaccine needs a booster shot at around 11 to 13. You still are 23 times less likely to have Pertussis with the shot than without.

    Quote from the summary of the article…"To overcome the problem, it needs to be recognized that B pertussis is circulating in all age groups and, therefore, for herd immunity there is a need to universally vaccinate all age groups at frequent intervals"

    Have you considered an adult literacy class?

  25. Scott Taylor says:

    The VICP has paid out at least 83 cases of vaccine-induced encephalopathy (aka "autism) and that has been documented by Pace University School of Law. Vaccines are legally categorized as "hazardous waste" and "unavoidably unsafe." Dorit you work at a law school so you must be smart but you're not thinking critically and seeing through the government/corporate propaganda. I wish you well as you continue to study this.

  26. Vaccine "science" is NOTHING BUT "tobacco science" plain & simple. It is NOT based in valid & legitimate UNBIASED fact, but rather just like the same "science" that claimed that smoking & tobacco were safe in the 1950s (and prior) vaccine "science" is based on manipulated data & biased studies conducted by those with clear conflicts of interest, secret agendas & ulterior motives!

  27. "but for every life they help save from disease – the dreaded jab also harms more than 1,000 children, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention."

    Is THAT what you call "the benefits outweighing the risks?!?!?" *smh*


  28. Your comment is total BS!

    First off, the ONLY reason that the Vaccine Injury Court has only compensated a very small number of cases is because LESS THAN 10% OF VACCINE INJURY & VACCINE INDUCED DEATH CASES ARE EVER EVEN REPORTED to VAERS!!

    So IN ONLY 3300 CASES have been compensated and that is LESS than 10% of the TOTAL VACCINE INJURY cases, the number of UNREPORTED vaccine injuries is NOT small, but rather a LARGE PERCENTAGE of the number of vaccine doses given!!

    For example, the CDC in China ADMITS that "for every life they help save from disease – the dreaded jab also harms more than 1,000 children, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention."

    Is THAT what you call "the benefits outweighing the risks?!?!?" *smh*


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