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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.

THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ATTACKS THE MOHELS

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.”

CDC, A HEAVILY-POLITICIZED ORGANIZATION

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.

Agudas Yisroel of America, in Federal Court depositions by experts on epidemiology and statistics, exposed the fraudulent data which Susan Blank and her friends at the CDC presented to bolster her case.

So seriously flawed was the City’s case against the Mohels, that liberal, secular Jewish Federal judge, Naomi Buchwald, had no choice but to reject it.

So much for honesty and objectivity at the CDC.

Unfortunately, all doctors, pediatricians included, are controlled by the CDC. They ignore the guidelines of the CDC and the NYC Department of health at their peril. If they step out of these guidelines, they may be open to an expensive and messy malpractice suit.

The only legal protection a doctor has is to follow the “standard of care,” as laid down by Government authorities.

WHO CONTROLS VACCINATION POLICY AT THE CDC?

So, now that we have some idea of how corrupt the CDC is, let’s see how they handle the question of vaccinations.

First, we have to understand that vaccines are a multibillion-dollar business for the large pharmaceutical firms, Merck, Pfizer, Novartis.

It is a captive business, guaranteed to grow, since vaccines are forced upon children by law. A school or a daycare center may not admit a child who has not been given the entire recommended vaccine schedule.

Let’s take a look at this “recommended schedule.”

By the time a baby is one year old, the CDC recommends that he receive 21 injections against 10 diseases (some injections are boosters for the same disease).

This, despite the fact that, during the first year of life, the baby is unable to mount an effective response to any disease, because a full-fledged immune reaction would damage the baby’s brain—God, in His wisdom, designed the baby’s body that way.

That means that the baby is unable to tailor the immune system—the TH1 white immune blood cells—to respond to a particular bacterium or virus.

Heather Zwickey, PhD, Immunology and Microbiology, Yale University, explains that this is why any vaccines that doctors give before 12 months of age must be given again after that time in order for the immune system to tailor the THI cells properly.

THE HEPATITIS-B SHOT AT BIRTH “ASININE, POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING”

One of the very worst vaccine abuses is the Hepatitis-B shot that is routinely given AT BIRTH. This vaccine is medically necessary only for the children of drug addicts, and, indeed, in most modern countries, this shot is given only when medically indicated.

“The Hepatitis B vaccine doesn’t make any medical sense,” says Dr. Larry Palevsky, a pediatrician in Long island. “Hepatitis has never been a disease prevalent in neonates (newborns)—Asinine, there’s no medical indication for it.”

Dr. Robert Sears, a famous pediatrician in California and author of The Vaccine Book, agrees that side effects of Hepatitis-B vaccination can be devastating to babies: high fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and prolonged hospital stays.

That’s what happened at Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Israel. The first year that Hepatitis-B was injected into newborns, in 1992, the number of newborns admitted into the Neonate Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was double the number of the previous year, when the vaccine was not given routinely.

More than fifty scientific studies in both humans and animals, in peer-reviewed medical journals, have revealed that Hepatitis-B vaccine can cause lupus as well as potentially-fatal Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) (a form of paralyses). It increases the risk of type-1 diabetes by 250% and can cause other autoimmune diseases.

In a study done at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, one group of rhesus monkeys got the Hepatitis-B shot, while a similar group did not. The monkeys who got the shot showed significant developmental delays, when compared with those who did not.

Given this information, why would anyone in his right mind recommend this shot for a newborn child?

HOW ABOUT AUTISM? 

Pediatricians deny that there is any reliable research that demonstrates a link between vaccines and autism. Everything is blamed on a single doctor in England—Dr. Andrew Wakefield—who, it is claimed, single-handedly created panic among the British population by publishing a peer-reviewed article in the British medical journal The Lancet, proposing a possible link between the MMR shot and the explosive rise of autism, and recommending single shots only.

In the 1970’s, fewer than 3 children in 10,000 were diagnosed with autism. Only twenty years later, in the 1990’s, this became 30 per 10,000—a tenfold increase.

Today, one out of every 88 American children is classified by the CDC as autistic. Incredible!

In 2008, the U.S. Courts awarded $1.5 million in damages to an autistic child, Hannah Poling, as well as a yearly sum of $500,000 to help pay for her care.

A panel of medical evaluators from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concluded that the NINE SHOTS that Hannah had received in a single doctor’s visit when she was only nineteen months old resulted in irreversible and devastating brain damage.

To protect the Government from more lawsuits of this kind, HHS sealed her files, so no one would be able to see the exact scientific evidence that led to the conclusion that Hannah’s autism was caused by vaccines.

In June, 2012, the Italian Health Ministry concluded that severe neurological damage suffered by fifteen-month-old Valentino Bocca was triggered by the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. Once a thriving toddler, Valentino cannot speak or hold a pencil.

By the way, I read Dr. Wakefield’s book, Callous Disregard, in which he gives a blow-by-blow account of the dirty tricks that were used against him at the instigation of the pharmaceutical companies to bring him down.

He had published his research in The Lancet together with 13 eminent specialists—that’s right, he was not alone.

It took them 10 years of hounding him, before they succeeded in destroying his reputation and livelihood.

The incredible fact is that there have been no large-scale safety studies in humans conducted with a control group of entirely unvaccinated babies, even though those unvaccinated babies are available for study.

The CDC doesn’t want to know.

Another startling fact is that vaccine manufacturers do their safety studies on SINGLE VACCINES ONLY. There are NO STUDIES on 3-in-1 vaccine combinations, like DPT and MMR.

No one really knows for sure what happens when a baby is assaulted with three diseases at the same time.

When John iskander, M.D., M.P.H., chief science officer at the CDC’s Immunization Office, was asked (at a CDC-led community meeting on childhood vaccination in Ashland, Oregon) if vaccines could cause long-term immune dysfunction, he answered honestly “We don’t know. More study is required.”

And, by the way, that is exactly what Dr. Wakefield recommended in his Lancet article—further research, and the discontinuance of 3-in-1 combination vaccines, pending the results of that research.

Just to show you how crazy some prominent vaccine advocates are, Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine inventor, and one of the most prominent proponents of vaccination, says that–in his opinion–an infant can be vaccinated against ten-thousand illnesses at once, with no negative repercussions—sheer lunacy!

One of the most disturbing concerns with vaccines is the real possibility that they may be triggering autoimmune diseases, in which the body’s immune system mistakenly labels vital organ systems, like the pancreas, as foreign intruders and attacks them.

That’s how the pancreas is destroyed, causing type-1 (insulin dependent) diabetes in children. Type-1 diabetes has increased fivefold between 1985 and 2004. Also on the rise are Crohn’s disease, allergies, asthma, dermatitis, and Grave’s Disease.

According to Drs. Palevsky and Zwickey, “fatal allergies and autoimmune diseases are exponentially on the rise.”

Says Dr. Palevsky, “Vaccines can lead to dangerously high fevers in babies. If you have a vaccination or any infection that makes a baby spike a high fever in the first year, it can lead to all sorts of brain disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, it’s dangerous to a developing brain.”

The United States mandates 26 vaccine doses against 14 diseases for infants under two years of age, and no fewer than 50 injections against 16 illnesses by the time they are 18 years old—more than any other country in the world.

This is four times as many injections as were given in the 1970s and double the number of injections given in modern European countries.

Yet we also have one of the highest infant mortality rates among the industrialized countries.

Many parents are beginning to question this very aggressive vaccination schedule. Even doctors most vocally championing the CDC’s current schedule are choosing quietly an alternative schedule for their own infants.

A 2011 study published in Human and Experimental Toxicology, a medical journal, found a correlation with aggressive vaccination rates and high death rates among infants.

Increasing numbers of parents—especially the more educated parents—no longer trust the American government’s public health campaigns.

In March, 2008, when Hannah Poling’s family was awarded more than a million dollars by the government to pay for her care, Julie Geberding, M.D., then head of the CDC, insisted: ”the government has made absolutely no statement about indicating that vaccines are the cause of autism.”

In December 2009, Geberding left the CDC and was named president of Merck Vaccines.


I wish to acknowledge author Jennifer Margulis whose careful and thorough research in her book The Business of Baby was invaluable.

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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:

    https://a816-health29ssl.nyc.gov/sites/NYCHAN/Lists/AlertUpdateAdvisoryDocuments/HAN_MBPandNewRegs.pdf

    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*

    http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-07/05/content_16735899.htm

  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*

    http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-07/05/content_16735899.htm

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