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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shame on PBS Frontline Show "The Vaccine War"

From Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP

April 28, 2010                                                    

Last night, PBS aired a show called "The Vaccine War." I was interviewed at great length and in great depth about vaccines and my point of view and expressed my ambivalence about the polarization of this issue and the need for more calm reasoned discussion about the number one question that new parents have. I told Kate McMahon, the co-producer of the show, that there was a large group of doctors and others who cannot be dismissed with the facile label "anti-vaccine" because we still give vaccines and see a place for them in the practice of medicine, but we do not agree with the current vaccine schedule nor the number of vaccines children receive all at one time.

A few days ago, Ms. McMahon emailed me to tell me that the decision had been made to omit my interview from the show. There would not be one word from me. She didn't tell me that she had also omitted 100% of Dr. Robert Sears' interview. And that any other comments from physicians supporting the parents on the show in their ambivalence about vaccines or their decision to refuse all vaccines would also be omitted.

She left this as a show with many doctors commenting very negatively, very frighteningly and often disdainfully and dismissively about vaccine "hesitation" as they called it.

Below is my email response to Kate McMahon.

Dear Kate,

The "Frontline" show was disgraceful. You didn't even have the courtesy to put my interview or any part of the two hours we spent taping on your web site.

You created a pseudo-documentary with a preconceived set of conclusions: "Irresponsible moms against science" was an easy takeaway from the show.

Did you happen to notice that Vanessa, the child critically ill with pertussis, was not intubated nor on a respirator in the ER? She had nasal "prongs" delivering oxygen. I'm sorry for her parents' anxiety and very happy that she was cured of pertussis. But to use anecdotal reports like this as science is irresponsible and merely served the needs of the doctor you wanted to feature.

No one pursued Dr. Offit's response about becoming rich from the vaccine he invented. He was allowed to slide right by that question without any follow up. Dr. Paul Offit did not go into vaccine research to get rich. He is a scientist motivated by his desire to help children. But his profiting tens of millions of dollars from the creation of this vaccine and the pursuit of sales of this and other vaccines is definitely not what he says it is. His many millions "don't matter" he says. And you let it go.

Jenny McCarthy resumed being a "former Playboy" person and was not acknowledged as a successful author, actress and mother exploring every possible avenue to treating her own son and the children of tens of thousands of other families.

I trusted you by giving you two or three hours of my time for an interview and multiple background discussions. I expressed my heartfelt reservations about both vaccines and the polarizing of this issue into "pro-vaccine" and "anti-vaccine" camps. I told you that there was at least a third "camp." There are many doctors and even more parents who would like a more judicious approach to immunization. Give vaccines later, slower and with an individualized approach as we do in every other area of medicine.

What did you create instead?

"The Vaccine War."

A war. Not a discussion or a disagreement over facts and opinions, but a war. This show was unintelligent, dangerous and completely lacking in the balance that you promised me--and your viewers--when you produced and advertised this piece of biased unscientific journalism. "Tabloid journalism" I believe is the epithet often used. Even a good tabloid journalist could see through the screed you've presented.

You interviewed me, you spent hours with Dr. Robert Sears of the deservedly-illustrious Sears family and you spoke to other doctors who support parents in their desire to find out what went wrong and why it's going wrong and what we might do to prevent this true epidemic.

Not a measles epidemic, not whooping cough. Autism. An epidemic caused by environmental triggers acting on genetic predisposition. The science is there and the evidence of harm is there. Proof will come over the next decade. The National Children's Study will, perhaps by accident, become a prospective look at many children with and without vaccines. But we don't have time to wait for the results of this twenty-one year research study: We know that certain pesticides cause cancer and we know that flame retardants in children's pajamas are dangerous. We are cleaning up our air and water slowly and parents know which paint to buy and which to leave on the shelves when they paint their babies' bedrooms.

The information parents and doctors don't have is contained in the huge question mark about the number of vaccines, the way we vaccinate and the dramatic increase in autism, ADD/ADHD, childhood depression and more. We pretend to have proof of harm or proof of no harm when what we really have is a large series of very important unanswered questions.

In case you were wondering, as I practice pediatrics every day of my career, I base nothing I do on Dr. Wakefield's research or on Jenny McCarthy's opinions. I respect what they both have done and respectfully disagree with them at times. I don't think that Dr. Wakefield's study proved anything except that we need to look harder at his hypothesis. I don't think that Jenny McCarthy has all the answers to treating or preventing autism, but there are tens of thousands of parents who have long needed her strong high-profile voice to draw attention to their families' needs: Most families with autism get inadequate reimbursement for their huge annual expenses and very little respect from the insurance industry, the government or the medical community. Jenny has demanded that a brighter light be shone on their circumstances, their frustration and their needs.

I base everything I do on my reading of CDC and World Health Organization statistics about disease incidence in the United States and elsewhere. I base everything I do on having spent the past thirty years in pediatric practice watching tens of thousands of children get vaccines, not get vaccines and the differences I see.

Vaccines change children.

Most experts would argue that the changes are unequivocally good. My experience and three decades of observation and study tell me otherwise. Vaccines are neither all good--as this biased, miserable PBS treacle would have you believe--nor all bad as the strident anti-vaccine camp argues.

You say the decisions to edit 100% of my interview from your show (and omit my comments from your website) "were purely based on what's best for the show, not personal or political, and the others who didn't make it came from both sides of the vaccine debate." You are not telling the truth. You had a point to prove and removed material from your show which made the narrative balanced. "Distraught, confused moms against important, well-spoken calm doctors" was your narrative with a deep sure voice to, literally, narrate the entire artifice.

You should be ashamed of yourself, Kate. You knew what you put on the air was slanted and you cheated the viewers out of an opportunity for education and information. You cheated me out of hours of time, betrayed my trust and then you wasted an hour of PBS airtime. Shame on you.

The way vaccines are manufactured and administered right now in 2010 makes vaccines and their ingredients part of the group of toxins which have led to a huge increase in childhood diseases including autism. Your show made parents' decisions harder and did nothing except regurgitate old news.

Parents and children deserve far better from PBS.

Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Progressive News Weekly Newsletter

Progressive News Weekly E-Mail Newsletter

What Happened to the Pandemic? 
Protect Yourself and Loved Ones by Educating Before Vaccinating.

This week (Wednesday 4-28-10, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
on PRN (Progressive Radio Network) "Progressive News Weekly"

Dr. Rima Laibow, a freedom crusader and Ralph Fucetola, a respected doctor and noted health attorney, will expose how unadulterated food supply is truly in jeopardy.  We continue to educate on what those in political & business power are doing behind the scenes that will adversely affect our well being.  

Click here on Wednesday to listen in live:

Join in on this candid discussion live, during the show, by calling (888-873-4643) or e-mailing me at: ( ) during the show.

10:00 AM, Commentary on current issues; your voices (you're invited to bring to the table your thoughts, concerns, and ideas related to the current societal landscape).  Calls to action; impromptu guests.

10:12 AM, Dr. Rima Laibow - MD, Natural Health & Wellbeing Advocate
Dr. Laibow is the founder and Director of Natural Solutions Foundation (whose goal is to protect our health freedoms and inform us of issues affecting our health and well being).  With hundreds of thousands of members/supporters internationally, the Natural Solutions Foundations is a grass roots action oriented non-profit organization that serves to protect our well being through advocacy in world and government affairs.

Dr. Rima joins us again, in her no-holds-barred approach, to expose the latest attacks on our wellness and health freedom by big pharma, big agri, and worldwide organizations.  This is another opportunity to understand, with facts, how we are manipulated by misinformation about, vaccines, genetically modified foods, and efficacy of drugs (to name a few) from mass media and other sources. 

Dr. Rima is one of only a few in the world who have been able to infiltrate the international meetings of CODEX, WTO (tune in to find out what these organizations are), and others who are making decisions about our health that we don't endorse.  In this in-depth interview Dr. Laibow will share what's on the agenda for the next CODEX meeting being held soon this upcoming month of May).

This is not just a discussion interview but a call to action.   With hundreds of thousands of participants internationally already, Dr. Rima will share how we can get involved and have an impact on our wellness.  Don't let this become another financial crisis (chasing the horse after it's gotten out of the stable).  Get involved now before it's too late!

10:25 AM, Ralph Fucetola - JD, Attorney, Nationally recognized health attorney and natural health advocate. 
As the debate on vaccines heats up and big agri/big pharma flex their financial muscle to have their way with our health (combined totaling one of the highest spending lobbyist industries influencing our government with over $150 million annually being spent by some accounts), Ralph will update us with the specifics of the so-called "food safety bill" and other federal Bills (e.g., S-510 & S-3002) being proposed to take away our right to choose safe and effective approaches to health (even so far as to impose drugs on our children in school without our consent and adversely affect our food supply nationally!). 

With details from a legal perspective Ralph will provide insight as to the what, who, and how, behind our health being put in jeopardy if we don't once again take action now (e.g., the so-called McCain bill S-3002 has been withdrawn; however there is more to this story than meets the eye).  Ralph will join Dr. Rima in our discussion.

As promised, we are revisiting this all so important topic so we can be educated/informed to discuss with others and take action to impose the 'peoples will' in our democracy.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

April 28 - Children's Health and Wellness Expo - 3pm in Brick, NJ


Frontline Examines The War Between Vaccine Opponents and Public Health Officials

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The Vaccine War
Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS

Vaccines have changed the world, largely eradicating a series of terrible diseases, from smallpox to polio to diphtheria, and likely adding decades to most of our life spans. But despite the gains—and numerous scientific studies indicating vaccine safety—a growing movement of parents remains fearful of vaccines. And in some American communities, significant numbers of parents have been rejecting vaccines altogether, raising new concerns about the return of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough.

In The Vaccine War, airing Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE lays bare the science of vaccine safety and examines the increasingly bitter debate between the public health establishment and a formidable populist coalition of parents, celebrities, politicians and activists who are armed with the latest social media tools, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and are determined to resist pressure from the medical and public health establishments to vaccinate, despite established scientific consensus about vaccine safety.

“Scientifically, I think the matter is settled,” says Anders Hviid, an epidemiologist at the Statens Serum Institut in Denmark. In one of the largest and most comprehensive epidemiological studies available, Hviid and colleagues analyzed data on more than a half million children and found no link between the MMR “triple shot” for measles, mumps and rubella and an increased rate of autism—a link that’s been strongly asserted for years by anti-vaccine activists. Similar epidemiological studies in Denmark also failed to reveal a link between the mercury preservative thimerosal and autism. In fact, around the world, peer-reviewed epidemiological studies have found no link between autism and either the MMR shot or thimerosal.

But vaccine skeptics like celebrity Jenny McCarthy, whose son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism following a series of vaccinations, including MMR, are convinced that further study into the other 15 pediatric vaccines and their additives will ultimately reveal a link. “Something happened. And when I say something, I mean a behavior, a trigger,” McCarthy tells FRONTLINE. “Is it mercury? Is it the schedule? Is there just too many? My answer to people and what I’ve been telling them is, ‘It’s all of the above.’ We don’t know for sure, which is why we keep saying, ‘Study it.’”

Further vaccine safety research is what businessman J.B. Handley, who founded the autism support group Generation Rescue, has been calling for, too. Handley tells FRONTLINE he has little doubt that vaccines are responsible. “There is no real-world study that shows me that those six vaccines didn’t cause my son’s autism.”

Nowhere has The Vaccine War grown more heated than in Ashland, Ore.—an area that FRONTLINE learns is of high concern to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With an estimated quarter of the town’s children entering kindergarten not fully immunized, Ashland is one of the least vaccinated places in America. Despite the best efforts of local pediatricians like Dr. Donna Bradshaw-Walters, many parents are simply not convinced that vaccines do more good than harm, and they’ve been using Oregon’s religious and personal-belief exemption to get out of the state vaccine mandate. “I think a child’s immune system is so immature,” says Jennifer Margulis, an Ashland writer and mother of four who chooses vaccine exemption. “If you read the list of ingredients about what you’re putting intramuscularly into your child, it’s scary.”

According to public health workers, however, Margulis’ decision puts the entire community at risk. Vaccines don’t work for everyone, and in some kids the effects wear off, so it’s only when everyone—or almost everyone—is immunized that “herd immunity” is effective. “There are hundreds of thousands of people in this country who cannot be vaccinated,” says Dr. Paul Offit, the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the inventor of a vaccine for rotavirus. “They’re getting chemotherapy for their cancers, or they’re getting immunosuppressive therapy. They depend on those around them to be vaccinated.”

Bioethicist Art Caplan argues that society has the right to coerce its parents to vaccinate their children even if vaccines carry a small risk. “Parents don’t have unlimited rights with respect to the welfare of their children. You can’t kill them. You can’t put them at risk of fatal disease. You can’t put them at risk of devastating disability.”

Surveys reveal that America’s conversation about vaccines is complex, involving not only medical risks and benefits but also ideological beliefs about parental choice and the limits of government. “This is true even of individuals who see the benefits of vaccines as substantial,” political scientist Hank Jenkins-Smith tells FRONTLINE. “They still want it to be a choice. They don’t want it to be compulsory.” Government control over individual choice is another factor fueling the anti-vaccine backlash, despite the peer-reviewed science that vaccines are safe.

“People now have a way to get the information they couldn’t before, to communicate it to other people, and to have a robust public debate that is not controlled by money or political power or by government policy,” says Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center. “Physicians are going to have to get over the idea that they tell people what to do, and people are going to do it without questioning.”

Audience Engagement: Beginning one week before broadcast, Wednesday, April 21, visitors to FRONTLINE’s web site can interact with medical experts who will be responding to comments and answering questions. Visitors can also take a survey featuring five key questions about their attitudes toward vaccines, and find out how well their responses match responses from a nationwide survey.

The Vaccine War is a FRONTLINE co-production with the Palfreman Film Group. The writer, producer and director is Jon Palfreman. FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund. FRONTLINE is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers and described for people who are blind or visually impaired by the Media Access Group at WGBH. FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation. The senior producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is David Fanning.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Public Invited: NVAC H1N1 Vaccine Safety Report Conference Call

Public Invited: NVAC H1N1 Vaccine Safety Report Conference Call

Call nowNational Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Meeting
Friday, April 23, 2010 3 - 5 pm EDT
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Participants call-in: 1-888-677-1385 Passcode: NVAC

3:00 pm
Introduction (5 minutes)
Dr. Gus Birkhead (NVAC Chair)
3:05 pm
Report of H1N1 Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group (VSRAWG)(15 minutes)
Dr. Marie McCormick
3:25 pm
Public Comment (10 minutes)

3:35 pm
Summary / wrap-up / next steps (5 min)
Dr. Gus Birkhead (NVAC Chair)
3:40 pm

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

FDA Shuts Down Common Infant Vaccine After Startling Discovery

The FDA Shuts Down Common Infant Vaccine After Startling Discovery (source: CNN March 22, 2010)

One million U.S. children, and about 30 million worldwide, have already received GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix vaccine. Now a research team has discovered it is contaminated with "a substantial amount" of DNA from a pig virus.

What is pig virus DNA doing in a vaccine intended to prevent rotavirus disease, which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration?

It's anybody's guess, although CNN reported that GlaxoSmitthKline detected the substance in the cell bank and the seed used to make the vaccine, "suggesting its presence from the early stages of vaccine development."

It is actually common for vaccines to contain various animal matter, including foreign animal tissues containing genetic material (DNA/RNA), but even FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told CNN:

"It [Pig virus DNA] should not be in this vaccine product and we want to understand how it got there.

It's not an easy call and we spent many long hours debating the pros and cons but, because we have an alternative product and because the background rates of this disease are not so severe in this country, we felt that the judicious thing to do was to take a pause, to really ask the critical questions about what this material was doing in the vaccine, how it got there."

History has shown that it can indeed be very dangerous when an animal virus unintentionally enters the vaccine supply.

During the 1950s and 1960s, the polio vaccine, which is still given in the United States, typically four times during a child's first 16 months of life, was widely contaminated with the monkey virus, SV40, which had gotten into the vaccine during the manufacturing process (monkey kidney cells, where SV40 thrived, were used to develop polio vaccines).

In lab tests, the virus was found to cause several different types of cancer, including brain cancer, and now SV40 is showing up in a variety of human cancers such as lung, brain, bone and lymphatic.

According to the authors of The Virus and the Vaccine: The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed, leading scientists and government officials turned their heads to repeated studies showing that SV40 was in the vaccine, and even today some well-known agencies are still dismissing study results.

The virus is even showing up in children too young to have received the contaminated vaccine, and some experts are now suggesting the contaminated virus may have been in the polio vaccine up until as late as 1999.

Disturbing Findings in Rotarix and Two Other Common Childhood Vaccines
Dr. Eric Delwart is the researcher who, along with colleagues, made the discovery of contamination in Rotarix. Their intent was reportedly to "show that live attenuated vaccine only contained the expected viral genomes and no other," but what they found told a different story.

Using new technology to test eight infectious attenuated viral vaccines, the results showed three of the vaccines contained "unexpected viral sequences":

A measles vaccine was found to contain low levels of the retrovirus avian leukosis virus

Rotateq, Merck's rotavirus vaccine, was found to contain a virus similar to simian (monkey) retrovirus

Rotarix (GlaxoSmithKine's rotavirus vaccine) was found to contain "significant levels" of porcine cirovirus 1

So in their tests, nearly 40 percent of the vaccines they tested contained viral contaminants. The implications of these findings on the alleged safety of the vaccine supply remains to be seen, but clearly there is contamination occurring that was a complete surprise to researchers, health officials and vaccine manufacturers alike.

As Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), said in her commentary on the Rotarix contamination issue:

"There are lots of questions about how the manufacturer of Rotarix vaccine and the FDA both missed the pig virus DNA contaminating the original seed stock and all doses of Rotarix vaccine given to more than one million American children in the past few years.

Is there state-of-the-art technology that is being used by private laboratories but not by drug companies and the FDA?

Why did the independent team of scientists, who found the contamination, notify the vaccine manufacturer first rather than also immediately reporting their finding directly to the FDA?

What about the significance of finding bird viral DNA in measles vaccine and the monkey viral DNA in RotaTeq vaccine?"

There are clearly a lot of unanswered questions right now. At the very least, it certainly makes you wonder what other "unknown" contaminants are lurking in vaccines. At worst, we could be injecting children with substances that could potentially cause serious health problems down the road.
Animal Ingredients Common in Vaccines
You should know that it is very common for vaccine manufacturers to use cells from animals and birds in their manufacturing process.

To put this in perspective, Barbara Loe Fisher has explained what animal material is par for the course in manufacturing the Rotarix vaccine for your children:

"Rotarix is a genetically engineered vaccine that GSK created by isolating human rotavirus strain infecting a child in Cincinnati and using African Green monkey kidney cells to produce the original viral seed stock from which all Rotarix vaccine has been made.

In the FDA licensing process, Rotarix had to meet certain FDA standards, that included demonstrating the vaccine was not contaminated with, for example TSE (Transmissable Spongiform Encephalopathy or "mad cow" disease, a brain wasting disease) or with cow viruses because bovine (cow) serum was used to prepare the original viral seed stock.

Porcine trypsin, an enzyme in the pancreatic juice of a pig, was also used to make the viral seed stock."

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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Vaccine War

The Vaccine War
A PBS Frontline program featuring Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jay Gordon

On April 27th, PBS Frontline will be airing a one hour special called "The Vaccine War" featuring Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jay Gordon. This special will be discussing how parents and activists are using social media to take on public health scientists' view of vaccines.

               You can find out what time this program is airing in your area on April 27th here.

To purchase the DVD please visit this website.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sept 21, The Science, Ethics, Politics of Vaccine mandates

The Center for Bioethics
of the University of Pennsylvania
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The University of Pennsylvania Health System and the
Society for Health Care Epidemiology of America

Present a Conference on:

The Science, Ethics and Politics of Vaccine Mandates
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

University of Pennsylvania campus
Bio medical Research Building Auditorium
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You MUST pre-register for this conference with:
Janice Pringle
Email: <>
or call
The Center for Bioethics at 215-898-7136.

Patricia R. Schissel, LMSW
President, AHA
Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA) Inc.
PO Box 916
Bethpage, NY 11714


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May 15, The Indigo Festival - A Celebration of Holistic Pregnancy and Parenting - Lake Hopatcong, NJ

The Indigo Festival

Hosted by Family Chiropractic Center

A Celebration of Holistic Pregnancy and Parenting

Share in a day of learning and fun for the whole family!

For more information:

Kids: Free


Adults: $5


NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice



May 15th, 2010 11am-4pm

Camp Jefferson - 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

DJ * Face Painting & Balloon Entertainer * Carnival Games * Crafts

Spinal Health Checks for All * Holistic Health Assessments

Group Weight Loss Hypnosis Session * Healthy Snacks



Our Professional Speaker Line-up:     TBA  


Come and Meet Our Area’s Top Holistic Practitioners and Advocates:

Midwives, doulas, nutritionists, naturopaths, homeopaths, chiropractors, prenatal yoga instructors, holistic counselors, holistic medical practitioners, organic farmers, green living advocates and much more!

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