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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.

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107 Responses to “The Measles Scare and CDC Politics”

  1. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Incorrect; the amounts of neomycin present in a vaccine are not sufficient enough to cause resistance – and vaccines are not administered often enough to be a contributing factor

  2. Amanda Wrigg says:

    I was with you until you mentioned the anti-defamation for the mutilation of boy's genitals. I could no longer read after that because of that absolutely disgusting statement. I'm sure I'll get ripped apart here, and honestly I didn't know what else I would expect from a Jewish linked article, but the fact that your website even exists is enough to make me want to vomit. Get your hands off of little boy's penises!

  3. Yori Yanover says:

    Amanda Wrigg – Are you nauseated at the notion that a Jewish website would be in favor of circumcision for boys?

  4. Jerusha Barton says:

    I stopped midway through the second paragraph. It's people like this who are perpetuating the ongoing transmission of these vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are the one medical intervention that have been recommended over and over and over, for centuries, administered around the world to millions of people. "Subject" people to vaccines? Because people should prefer to be subjected to the life-threatening sequelae and even death that can result from enduring the disease itself. It is frightening to see such a widely read newspaper disseminate blatantly false and harmful information. I am abhorred.

    Articles and authors like this drove me to pursue my MPH. That vaccines are good is, in fact, old news. These "news" stories must be fought tooth and nail to protect the larger community and the vulnerable populations. http://www.voicesforvaccines.org/

    "At lease the IRS doesn't kill you?" Lord help us all if this mentality continues to spread. It's not bad enough that resurgence of pertussis at this point in 2013 is the worst in fifty years. To quote Dr. Alan Hinman, former Assistant Surgeon General, "Vaccines are good; disease is bad."

  5. Thank you for this important information.

  6. Kelly M. Bray says:

    Toni Bark Why don't you quote the CDC figures directly? Not a newspaper article. What is considered harm?

  7. Kelly M. Bray says:

    Anti-Vaccine Liberals Nice rant with random capitalization. How do all those *bogus* studies get past the rigorous peer reviews…because in the end they are valid.

  8. Kelly M. Bray says:

    Anti-Vaccine Liberals Really, cite the studies that have replicated Fakefields findings. Also people do not become resistant to antibiotics. If you can't get that straight why are you commenting?

  9. Kelly M. Bray says:

    Sue Keller " Possibly an over-zealous vaccine proponent is abusing the Facebook reporting system? "

    Or maybe you simply have no idea what you are talking about.

  10. Abby Cooper says:

    jewish press gets more absurd on a daily basis. how the hell do they print this crap?

  11. No Kelly actually they DON'T have any "rigorous peer studies". If the "peer studies" are so rigorous as you CLAIM, why is it that drugs like Vioxx were able to KILL OVER 50,000 PEOPLE before it was finally TAKEN OFF the market?? Or Baycol, or Bextra, or Avandia, or Phen-Fen, or Meridia, or Redux or whatever other the "drug du jour is"?

    EVERY drug and vaccine that has been taken off the market (thalidomide, DES, Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, etc.) were first deemed "safe and effective" by your so-called "rigorous peer studies"!!

    WAKE UP and STOP being such a BLIND AND NAIVE SHEEP!!

  12. No Kelly actually they DON'T have any "rigorous peer studies". If the "peer studies" are so rigorous as you CLAIM, why is it that drugs like Vioxx were able to KILL OVER 50,000 PEOPLE before it was finally TAKEN OFF the market?? Or Baycol, or Bextra, or Avandia, or Phen-Fen, or Meridia, or Redux or whatever other the "drug du jour is"?

    EVERY drug and vaccine that has been taken off the market (thalidomide, DES, Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, etc.) were first deemed "safe and effective" by your so-called "rigorous peer studies"!!

    WAKE UP and STOP being such a BLIND AND NAIVE SHEEP!!

  13. OMG you are such a brainwashed ignorant idiot it is INCREDIBLE!!

    People DO become resistant to antibiotics! Ever heard of "Multi-Drug Resistant TB"? "Drug-Resistant MRSA"??

    Do some research BEYOND just the biased propaganda that the Big pHARMa industry spoon-feeds you!!

  14. Linda Tick Tock you are just as stupid and ignorant as Kelly!

    With 50+ vaccines in JUST THE FIRST TWO YEARS of life, vaccines ARE administered enough to be (or become) a contributing factor to developing antibiotic resistance.

    Especially when the 50+ vaccines in just the first 2 years of life is COMBINED with the antibiotics that are prescribed for every ear infection (which occurs PRIMARILY among the vaccinated while being RARE among the unvaccinated) and other illnesses, AND the antibiotics added to food.

    Vaccines may not/are not the sole cause of the development of antibiotic resistance, but they DEFINITELY help "load the gun"!!

  15. Linda Tick Tock Once again, your comment is total BS!

    First off, since LESS THAN 10% of vaccine injuries are ever even reported, the figure of 1,000 injuries for each one "saved by vaccines" is ITSELF significantly underestimated when you factor in the OTHER 90% of vaccine injury cases that were never reported or recorded (usually because the biased brainwashed sheeple [like you!] doctors refuse to report vaccine reactions, instead minimizing & dismissing those with vaccine injuries, claiming that it is something else, or more frequently, that they don't know what it is, but yet at the same time, trying to categorically state that "it has nothing to do with vaccines")

    Secondly, your claim about being more likely to die in a car accident than be injured by a vaccine is complete crap as well. Because the difference is that, with car accidents, it is RANDOM, and for the most part, it is NOT preventable (though the risks CAN be reduced, by not driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, by not texting & driving, and by trying to avoid being on the roads at times when drunks are more likely to be on the road, etc.)

    However vaccine injuries ARE preventable, because it is NOT necessary to inject toxic sludge into oneself or one's own kids to stay healthy. The SIGNIFICANTLY better health of the unvaccinated (http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/marvelous-health-of-unvaccinated/) compared to those who willingly pump themselves full of hazmat waste (if you don't believe me that its hazardous waste, just ask/see what happens if someone drops & spills a vial of vaccine solution! They have to call in the Hazmat team in Tyvek suits to clean it up!)

    So yet again, another BS post by a brainwashed pHARMa sheep!!

  16. Your comment is such BS, I don't even know where to begin, and I don't have the time for it anyway.

    But since you ended with a quote, so will I, from Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former Chief Vaccine Control Officer and research virologist at the US FDA who said, "There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good."

  17. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    If you have grandchildren, you don't want to listen to Willy Handler, given his pro-molestation agenda.

  18. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    Vaccine trolls are even worse than 'intactivist' trolls

  19. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    LOL

  20. Jenifer L Sellars says:

    formaldehyde, high aluminum, polysorbate 80, etc… add it all together and its a recipe for toxicity. Anyone can nitpick one ingredient, but perhaps you should review the synergistic interaction of the entire list. Oh wait, that's right.. we have ZERO studies on aluminum and mercury for example.

  21. Jacob Alperin-Sheriff says:

    Maybe a pro-child molestation guy isn't the best to speak up for bris milah or metzitza b'peh? You should've only let him speak his words about child molestation after this other nonsense, or better yet, not let him speak at all.

  22. Rachel Klein says:

    And so my sister's life long dream of being able to (legally) beat fools about by vaccines with a two by four begins!

  23. Rachel Klein says:

    And so my sister's life long dream of being able to (legally) beat fools about by vaccines with a two by four begins!

  24. Marc J. Kolb says:

    You mean vaccines aren't a government conspiracy to keep us down?

  25. Rachel Klein says:

    Jerusha Barton, don't worry about what this "Rabbi" says. He advises that Jews shouldn't go to the "secular" authorities in cases of child abuse/molestation, because he argues the non Jews are too over zealous and see abuse everywhere. There are special places where such people go, and I have a hard time imagining it's a good one…

  26. Jerusha Barton says:

    Awwww thanks, sis. =)

  27. Jerusha Barton says:

    Those who advocate for a more "spread out" schedule are almost as bad as the vaccine refusers. The vaccine schedule is precisely laid to ensure maximum protection of infants while balancing any interference from maternal antibodies. The immune system does not handle one germ at a time only, so while it appears disturbing the doctor "runs out of appendages" to vaccinate, the immune system is NOT overwhelmed. Therefore, there is NO basis for asking for a more spread-out schedule. Give the child a pediatric Motrin and be done with it. MMR has NOT been "proven" to have a bad record. In fact, in countries where there are current measles SIAs (mass vaccination campaigns), the WHO and local governments are petitioning to use the MMR so as to protect against congenital rubella syndrome. MMR got a bad reputation from a "doctor" who received payment from lawyers looking for someone to blame for a child's mental disabilities. He has since been stripped of his medical license and practicing privileges in the U.K., moved to Texas, and from there has been the subject of many a lawsuit. Study after study after study has debunked the Wakefield's claim that MMR vaccine "causes" autism. It is false and it perpetuates fear, which leads people to not vaccine or delay vaccination, which breaches herd immunity and leaves the youngest segment of the population vulnerable while ensuring the disease spreads within other age groups as well. Vaccines are neither 100% perfect nor 100% effective. But they work. The schedule works. The only vaccine that had a "bad enough" rap was the whole-cell pertussis vaccine. People accused the vaccine of causing "brain damage." That was unfounded. However, whole-cell pertussis vaccine did seem to associated with an increased incidence of seizures and other more-severe-than-expected adverse events and so was phased out by 1997 from use in the U.S. Since then, we have seen an increasing resurgence in children and adolescents who have received a mix or ONLY the acellular pertussis vaccine. Because of the resurgence, Tdap was created and recommended for use in 11-12y.o. in 2005. Eight years out, immunity provided by DTaP (pediatric formulation) and Tdap wane a horrifying amount within 5-10 years. The CDC has investigated the option of having two Tdap booster doses, but this recommendation was declined at the most recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP, which makes immunization recommendation for the CDC and thus the U.S.) in June 2013. Vaccines work. When people call their safety and effectiveness completely into doubt and the demand is high enough, we have disappointments like Tdap and frequent resurgences, like measles and mumps. So with millions of lives saved and very few severe adverse events, who would dare say vaccines cuase "more harm than good?" Last I checked, smallpox was eradicated off the face of the Earth and how many diseases have decreased in incidence by 80-90% since their implementation? That's pretty damn hard to argue with, @Anti-Vaccine Liberals. And whomever you quoted probably doesn't work for the FDA at this point.

  28. Jerusha Barton says:

    Actually, Wakefield's study was based on very few children (some of whom were attending his own child's birthday party). The CDC isn't the only entity to attempt to replicate Wakefield's findings. Therein lies the LACK of evidence to support Wakefield's "causal" link between vaccines and autism.

  29. Dorit Reiss says:

    "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!!" VAERS and the vaccine court are two different things. First, there is no evidence for your claim that only 10% of serious injuries (as opposed to sore arms and mild fevers) are reported. Second, anyone with a serious injury can sue. Some people may not sue, but we know that people sue for injuries not caused by vaccines, like autism. So if you are going to claim the suits are less than the total, please provide some evidence. Second, even if we go with your assessment – 10 fold as many – that's 0.3%.

  30. Dorit Reiss says:

    As to peer review studies – to remind you, we are talking about vaccines, not drugs. Vaccines have an elaborate system of post-clinical trials monitoring in place, and many studies are done after they are on the market. Done by researchers in universities across the world. With multiple sources of funding. The claim that all the researchers in the world are bought, all the governments in the world that monitor vaccines and support their safety are bought is just unconvincing, especially since you provided no evidence for it.

  31. Dorit Reiss says:

    "he 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." encephalopathy is not autism. The article you refer to found that 83 of the 3300 cases compensated by the NVICP had autism. Given the rate of autism in the country, that's pretty low; and it's certainly not evidence that vaccines cause autism. The NVICP never compensated a child on the theory that vaccines caused that child autism. Never.

  32. Dorit Reiss says:

    "unavoidably unsafe" – actually, the majority of the Supreme Court in BRuesewitz v. Wyeth rejected the application of the term (which does not mean what you think it means) to vaccines. I urge people to read the case.

  33. Dorit Reiss says:

    Science did not claim that tobacco and smoking were safe in the 1950s; studies were slowly accumulating to the problems. Tobacco companies claimed it was safe. The CDC collects peer reviewed vaccine studies on vaccine safety from all over the world and organizes them by year here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/library/index.html. If you think any of those studies are corrupt, would you mind pointing them out and explaining why?

  34. Dorit Reiss says:

    Vaccines are 0.5 ml, a 1/10th of a teaspoon, most of which are liquid, usually distilled water. The amounts of additional ingredients them are minute. Since all these ingredients are already all around you – in the air, in the earth, in the food, and in the case of formaldehyde already produced by your body, obsessing about the tiny amounts in the vaccines is a little strange.

  35. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Anti-Vaccine Liberals said:

    "OMG you are such a brainwashed ignorant idiot it is INCREDIBLE!!

    People DO become resistant to antibiotics! Ever heard of "Multi-Drug Resistant TB"? "Drug-Resistant MRSA"??"

    I do have to point out a rather large flaw in your statement.

    People do NOT become resistant to antibiotics. From your own words, "Multi-Drug Resistant TB"

    TB stands for tuberculosis. It's not a person. Neither is "Drug-Resistant MRSA" They are bacteria. The individual with DR-TB or DR-MRSA is not resistant to antibiotics, the bacterium in question is resistant.

    If you're going to call someone an idiot, please be sure to leave your stupid behind before posting.

  36. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Anti-Vaccine Liberals said:

    "OMG you are such a brainwashed ignorant idiot it is INCREDIBLE!!

    People DO become resistant to antibiotics! Ever heard of "Multi-Drug Resistant TB"? "Drug-Resistant MRSA"??"

    I do have to point out a rather large flaw in your statement.

    People do NOT become resistant to antibiotics. From your own words, "Multi-Drug Resistant TB"

    TB stands for tuberculosis. It's not a person. Neither is "Drug-Resistant MRSA" They are bacteria. The individual with DR-TB or DR-MRSA is not resistant to antibiotics, the bacterium in question is resistant.

    If you're going to call someone an idiot, please be sure to leave your stupid behind before posting.

  37. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Actually Jenifer, the Vaccine Safety Datalink does monitor the recipients of vaccines in the US (and it isn't headed by the CDC) and they also watch for any possibility of synergistic effects of vaccines.

    To date, there is no evidence to suggest that the components of the vaccine schedule exhibit any synergism in the recipients.

  38. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Furthermore, Jenifer – you want 'solid science', then I'd suggest you drop using safeminds and any 'study' promoted by its members, such an Neil Z. Miller, Ron Goldman, etc.

    Their attempts at science are laughable, and their handling of the scientific method is, at best, poor

  39. Linda Tick Tock says:

    Anti-vaccine liberals doesn't have the time to begin with all this.

    That's ok, he/she doesn't have any evidence to begin with, either.

  40. Jerusha Barton says:

    Actually, it's not the PEOPLE who become "antibiotic-resistant," it's the particular strain of an organism that receives this resistance, whether through conjugation with another organism or learned resistance from repeated, incomplete treatments of antibiotics. Pick up a microbiology textbook sometime. And maybe an immunology book at that, those who don't "believe" in vaccines.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Very, Very few cases ever reach the vaccine court. There are very many technical rules that disqualify cases from even being heard, and those cases that are heard are a very tiny percentage of the actual cases that are out there. This is clearly a case of bureaucratic stonewalling.

  42. Anonymous says:

    There have been confirming studies in other countries. The famous Danish study that "debunked" Wakefield's research was conducted by a scientist connected to a major vaccine manufacturer–hardly an unbiased study!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Dorit: How do you know so much about Hannah Poling?–Her file was sealed–Why?

  44. Anonymous says:

    Kelly M. Bray Yes, all of the above have paid for the article–a true conspiracy!

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