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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.

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.


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.


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?


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.

Rabbi William Handler

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