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Over 250 Doctors and Research Scientists Ask Trump for Independent Vaccine Safety Commission

More than 300 doctors and scientists call on President Trump to form an independent vaccine safety commission

More than 300 doctors and scientists call on President Trump to form an independent vaccine safety commission

This letter from medical doctors and research scientists calls on the president to convene an independent vaccine safety commission.

“I am a clinical researcher long experienced in trials. An unbiased inquiry is never dangerous nor superfluous … The gold standard in medical problems is a randomized clinical trial with and without the agent. Everyone will benefit from the answer, particularly children.” ~James Holland, M.D.

“I am a practicing medical doctor, neuroscientist, geneticist, and scholar who was trained at Johns Hopkins, where autism was first described by Leo Kanner … When doctors first started vaccinating children, the benefits clearly outweighed the risks. We are seeing more complications now, most of which could be prevented by taking into consideration factors such as gender, age, nutritional status, and exposure to neurotoxins. We need to redefine this debate in scientific, and not political terms. Then we can vaccinate safely.” ~Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D.

As a journalist and book author who has been researching and writing about vaccine safety for over 15 years, I believe we need an independent vaccine safety commission. Some small evidence-based changes to the current CDC vaccination schedule could significantly improve health outcomes among America’s children.

I call on the media to:

1) Investigate and report on the growing body of scientific evidence that shows that acetaminophen/paracetamol given before or after vaccines is directly contributing to the autism epidemic. This brand new (March 16, 2107) peer-reviewed article by researchers at Duke and Harvard Universities should be making headline news.

2) Investigate and report on the fact that the United States is one of the only industrialized countries that gives a vaccine against a sexually transmitted disease (hepatitis B) to infants at birth regardless of risk. This vaccine contains 250 mcg of aluminum, more than ten times the safety limit for newborns, according to the FDA. We know now that its efficacy wanes by the time children reach the age where they are sexually active or using drugs. In this peer-reviewed study, for example, only 24% of those vaccinated in infancy had protection (which indicates a 76% failure rate) without an extra (“challenge”) dose.

3) Investigate and report on the dozens, if not hundreds, of medical doctors who are making evidence-based changes to the vaccine schedule and seeing excellent results. These doctors argue that they are able to keep children safe from infectious diseases without compromising their brains or immune health. My co-author, Dartmouth-trained pediatrician Paul Thomas, M.D., has 13,000 children in his pediatric practice in Portland, Oregon. He is available to the media who would like to speak with him. His phone should be ringing off the hook.

Vaccine Safety Advocates Call for Honesty in Medicine and the Media

Vaccine Safety Advocates Call for Honesty in Medicine and the Media

WHO: 
Paul Thomas, M.D.; Brian Hooker, Ph.D.; Judy Mikovits, Ph.D.; Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D; and Toni Bark, M.D.

WHAT: 
Medical doctors, PhD scientists, and a science journalist will speak to the press on behalf of over 300 doctors, scientists, and scientific organizations who have written to President Trump in support of an independent vaccine safety commission.

WHERE: 
Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

WHEN: 
Friday, March 31, from 9:00am to 10:30am Eastern Standard Time.

WHY: 
Since 1986, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, established through legislation signed by President Reagan, has paid out more than $3.5 billion in claims for injuries caused by vaccines. It is estimated that only a small fraction of people injured by vaccines pursue remediation through the Program’s “Vaccine Court” and that two out of three claims are denied. Despite these figures, the nation’s prominent news agencies consistently fail to acknowledge the inherent and extensive risks of vaccines. Medical professionals and members of the scientific communities are coming forward to demand more accurate and unbiased reporting to better serve the public’s interest.

RSVP:
Credentialed members of the media who plan to attend must RSVP to info@honestyinmedia.org. It is not open to the general public. This event will be live streamed on Facebook via Your Baby, Your Way.

Media interviews are available. Please contact Caroline Kennedy at (703) 801-9319 or info@honestyinmedia.org to make arrangements.

More information is available at http://www.HonestyinMedia.org.

**PLEASE NOTE: This post was edited on 3/29/2017 at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. It originally read “well over 300.” While this was accurate when it was first published on 3/28/2017 at 12 p.m., the signatures have since been reviewed and verified. It was found that some signatures were not valid. As of this writing, a more accurate count is over 250 medical doctors, researchers, and organizations.

Make These Two Lifestyle Changes and Never Take Antibiotics Again

Make two lifestyle changes and never use antibiotics again

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“Your daughter has an ear infection,” the concerned pediatrician told me.

When I put my her in the car to drive to the doctor’s office in Atlanta, my baby had been the picture of good health. She was a pudgy, engaged, curious six-month-old who loved nothing better than to fist a toothbrush, one in each hand, and gnaw on each in turn. As my daughter whimpered in my arms at the doctor’s office, I felt perplexed.

Was I really such an inexperienced mom that I had not noticed she was sick?

Has she been tugging on her ears? The doctor’s voice interrupted my anxious thoughts.

I shook my head.

The pediatrician wrote me a prescription for the course of antibiotics we would need to give the baby and tore it off her pad with a satisfying sshhpp. She smiled when she handed it to me, clearly pleased with herself at having diagnosed the problem.

Then she handed me some ear drops, “for the pain.”

Only, the baby had no pain.

She also did not have an ear infection.

Make two lifestyle changes and never use antibiotics again

Jennifer Margulis with her newborn daughter. Photo copyright Jennifer Margulis

I’ve told this story before, at the beginning of a chapter of my book, Your Baby, Your Way, called “Sick is the New Well: The Business of Well-Baby Care.”

What my daughter had was a misdiagnosis caused by an over-zealous doctor trying to solve a problem that she herself had inadvertently created.

We’d been waiting for our “Well Baby” appointment for almost an hour. My baby had been crying because she missed her nap. Because she was crying her ear drum looked red. So the doctor decided she was sick.

We filled the prescription, paid the co-pay, and went home. The baby took a nap and woke up her smiling drooling happy self, eager get back to the fascinating work of teaching herself to crawl and gnawing on toothbrushes.

She did not need an antibiotic. Luckily my husband and I were confident enough as parents to pay attention to her behavior and realize she was fine, despite the doctor’s insistence to the contrary. We did not give the antibiotics to her.

The problem of overprescribing antibiotics has reached a crisis point in America today.

23,000 people a year die of infections related to antibiotic resistance, according to the CDC

23,000 people a year in the United States die of infections related to antibiotic resistance

Even though doctors are now much more aware of the problem than they were 14 years ago when my oldest was a baby, they can’t seem to kick the antibiotic habit.

This recent study found that 78 percent overused or overprescribed antibiotics.

Another study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that children and teens are prescribed antibiotics TWICE as often as they are actually needed.

Our children are also being exposed to antibiotics in the food chain. When we eat factory farmed animal meat, chances are good that it contains antibiotics.

There are also small amounts of pharmaceuticals–including antibiotics, anti-depressants, and other drugs–in the water we drink. According to Harvard Medical School, sewage treatment plants are not designed to filter out pharmaceuticals from the drinking water. They explain:

A study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1999 and 2000 found measurable amounts of one or more medications in 80% of the water samples drawn from a network of 139 streams in 30 states. The drugs identified included a witches’ brew of antibiotics, antidepressants, blood thinners, heart medications (ACE inhibitors, calcium-channel blockers, digoxin), hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone), and painkillers.

The misuse, overuse, and over-exposure to antibiotics leads to antibiotic-resistant superbugs, putting us all at risk for serious hard-to-treat infections.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

The increasing number of drug-resistant infections results in:

  • More-serious illness or disability
  • More deaths from previously treatable illnesses
  • Prolonged recovery
  • More-frequent or longer hospitalization
  • More doctor visits
  • Less effective or more-invasive treatments
  • More-expensive treatments

World health researchers are so worried about the rise of antibiotic superbugs that some warn of an upcoming antibiotic apocalypse.

Over 11 million antibiotic prescriptions are written for children and teens every year. At least half of them are unnecessary in the first place.

The vast majority of those other prescriptions for antibiotics could easily be avoided.

How? By making two simple evidence-based lifestyle changes, we can vastly improve our own immune systems and help our children’s bodies better fight off diseases.

From the moment of conception, or even before a baby is conceived, moms- to-be need to:

1) Eat healthy, fresh, whole foods instead of processed food-like substances.

2) Seed the immune system with beneficial bacteria by eating fermented foods like raw sauerkraut and cultured foods like plain yogurt, as well as by taking a high quality probiotic daily supplement.

Is it really that easy?

Yes!

And no.

We also need to make sure our children get enough sleep, exercise daily, spend lots of time outside, and do not feel chronic stress. As William Parker, Ph.D., an associate professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine, explains in this webinar, a sedentary lifestyle, vitamin D deficiency, and depleted biome have all been shown to cause inflammation, which can lead to more susceptibility to disease agents, as well as to auto-immune disorders.

I grew up eating Apple Jacks for breakfast every morning and canned Chef Boyardee ravioli for lunch. I was also plagued with strep throat, ear infections, inexplicable stomach aches, and body rashes. I found out when I was seven that I was allergic to penicillin and took more rounds of erythromycin than I can count. My little sister was on prophylactic antibiotics for over a year. But in fifteen years of parenting four children, I have never had to give any of them an antibiotic.

Maybe all those years of exclusive breastfeeding and making sure they got enough sleep paid off.

Maybe we’ve just been lucky.

Or maybe your kid really doesn’t need antibiotics.

So there you have it. The most radical thing you can do to take back your children’s health: feed your family real food.

 

Jennifer Margulis, author and journalist.

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is a former Fulbright grantee, a sought-after speaker, and the mother of four. She is the author of Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family (Scribner) and co-author of The Baby Bonding Book for Dads (Willow Creek Press). She lives with her family in Southern Oregon. Find her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.