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Your Child NEEDS the HPV Vaccine: 13 Reasons Why the CDC is Right

Young teen looking at the camera. Your child needs the HPV vaccine. 13 reasons why. Via Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.

Parents, are you listening? No matter. In CA and NY children as young as 9 years old can get the HPV vaccine without parental consent…


13 Reasons Why the CDC is Right and Your Child NEEDS the HPV Vaccine


By Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.


Does your child need the HPV vaccine to protect her against the human papillomavirus?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a resounding “Yes!”


Your child NEEDS the HPV/Gardasil vaccine.


Gardasil is recommended by the CDC for all children between the ages of 11 and 12 years old.


Your child will need two shots, given six to twelve months apart.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of over 150 viruses. Some types can cause genital warts. Others can lead to cervical and other kinds of cancer.


You don’t want your precious baby to get genital warts, do you?


You don’t want your kid to die from cancer, do you?


You’re not a heartless baby killer, after all. Or are you?


C’mon, this vaccine is a no-brainer. In fact, anyone who even considers telling a parent that there are pros and cons to the HPV vaccine is committing a “hanging offense,” to borrow a turn of phrase from the Boston Herald’s Rachelle Cohen. (We loved your editorial, by the way. Thumbs up, Rachelle!)


And, since we seem to be going into the business of hanging medical freedom and children’s health advocates, perhaps we ought also to hang any parents who choose to forgo the HPV vaccine?


And while, we’re at it, how about the children who say, “No, thank you,” to the HPV vaccine themselves? We could hang them too.


In case what you’ve already read is not enough to convince you that your child NEEDS the HPV vaccine RIGHT NOW WITH NO FURTHER DELAY, here are 13 more reasons the CDC is right and your child should get the Gardasil vaccine.


13 Reasons Why The CDC is Right and Your Child Needs the HPV Vaccine


  1. You don’t care that the HPV vaccine program was halted in Japan.


The Japanese government stopped giving the Gardasil vaccine in 2013 after health officials recorded nearly 2,000 adverse reactions, according to the Tokyo Times.


Too bad, so sad.


Who cares?


What do the Japanese know, anyway?


Ah, right. Japanese health authorities recognized that the whole-cell pertussis vaccine was causing brain damage in healthy children and introduced a safer and equally as effective vaccine in 1981, a full SIXTEEN YEARS before American health officials paid real attention and recommended an acellular vaccine for widespread use in the United States…


  1. The side effects of the HPV vaccine don’t concern you.


Reported side effects from the Gardasil vaccine include fainting, seizures, brain damage, paralysis, speech problems, short-term memory loss, pancreatitis, and even death. But what’s a little death compared to preventing cervical cancer?


  1. You don’t give two hoots about Shazel Zaman, the 13-year-old girl who started vomiting immediately following vaccination.


Shazel Zaman was so dizzy and had such a severe headache that she ended up in the hospital.


Shazel Zaman died five days after receiving the HPV vaccine at Derby High School in England.


Just another unfortunate coincidence!


  1. It doesn’t bother you that there’s a UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters.


The thousands of parents who belong to this non-profit, the parents who followed their doctor’s orders and got the “cervical cancer jab,” as they like to call it in the U.K.? Whatever! They’re ALL full of baloney and making things up. Every single one of them. And so is every family interviewed for this article in The Independent…


  1. It doesn’t bother you that there’s an Irish parent support group called R.E.G.R.E.T.


They’ve got almost 15,500 followers on their Facebook page, thousands of whom are the parents of tweens and teens who have had severe side effects post-HPV vaccination, including joint and muscle pain, chronic headaches, and chronic fatigue. Ah, the luck of the Irish. They’re all full of baloney and making things up. Every single one of them. (See #4.) And who cares that the well known, well respected, definitely-not-a-hysteric Irish philanthropist Jonathan Irwin has just stepped down as the CEO of The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation because of his daughter’s lack of mobility, back pain, headaches, nausea, and ill health since Gardasil vaccination (as he tweeted on May 3 and explains in this recent interview)?


  1. You’re not interested in the Danish documentary film that details the severe adverse events following the HPV vaccine experienced by young women in Denmark.


Hmmm. There seems to be a global pattern here, of severe adverse reactions. Yeah, right. So what that hundreds of thousands of families around the world are experiencing the SAME PROBLEMS post HPV vaccination? We give MILLIONS OF DOSES of this vaccine. And all the families interviewed in this film? Probably full of baloney and making things up (see #3, #4, and #5). Because, of course, Danes are known for their dishonesty.


  1. You’ve never heard of Dr. Diane Harper.


The MIT and Stanford educated medical doctor who also has a Master’s Degree in Public Health? The one who is a vaccine developer and has worked for Merck, the manufacturers of the Gardasil vaccine? Dr. Harper has repeatedly spoken out against the HPV vaccine and raised serious concerns about whether it is safe. As reported by CBS News in 2009:


Amid questions about the safety of the HPV vaccine Gardasil one of the lead researchers for the Merck drug is speaking out about its risks, benefits and aggressive marketing.


Dr. Diane Harper says young girls and their parents should receive more complete warnings before receiving the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Dr. Harper helped design and carry out the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies to get Gardasil approved, and authored many of the published, scholarly papers about it. She has been a paid speaker and consultant to Merck. It’s highly unusual for a researcher to publicly criticize a medicine or vaccine she helped get approved.


Dr. Harper joins a number of consumer watchdogs, vaccine safety advocates, and parents who question the vaccine’s risk-versus-benefit profile. She says data available for Gardasil shows that it lasts five years; there is no data showing that it remains effective beyond five years. 


[Our emphasis. Text highlighted in bold is the part you should ignore.]



  1. You don’t believe in or practice preventative medicine. Not for yourself. Not for your kids.


Pap tests detect the presence of HPV. If pre-cancer HPV is detected, most kinds can be easily treated. According to the American Cancer Society:


A well-proven way to prevent cervical cancer is to have testing (screening) to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. The Pap test (or Pap smear) and the human papilloma virus (HPV) test are used for this. If a pre-cancer is found it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it really starts. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests.


Since your kid isn’t going to go for that preventative medicine and pap smear nonsense, you’ll be first in line at the doctor’s office to have her get the HPV vaccine.


  1. You’ve never heard of the microbiome.


HPV is a common virus, which nearly 80 million Americans carry in our bodies. Our bodies, incidentally, are full of microbes—bacteria and viruses that live in us and on us. These microbes play a crucial part in our health and our immunity, as scientists have recently uncovered. There’s more we don’t know about how we live in symbiosis with microbes. But you’ve never heard of the microbiome and you’re not keeping up with the current science. Germs will be germs. It’s never crossed your mind that there may be benefits to cohabitating with viruses and bacteria and that wiping out a virus we have co-evolved to live with may not actually be a good idea. Bring on the vaccine. (And the severe auto-immune reactions and primary ovarian failure that sometimes go along with it.)


  1. You don’t believe the CDC when they point out that most people with HPV never develop ANY symptoms or health problems.


Since you think it seems like a fabulicious idea to vaccinate against a virus over 80 million of us carry (see #9), who cares that HPV is also harmless in the vast majority of cases? Bring on the unnecessary vaccines! And let’s develop one for the common cold while we’re at it.


  1. You don’t care that HPV will not cause cancer on its own and that most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within two years.


Turns out that HPV doesn’t cause cancer on its own, at least according to this international team of distinguished researchers …


Persistent infection with oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) is necessary but not sufficient for the development of cervical cancer. The factors promoting persistence as well those triggering carcinogenic pathways are incompletely understood,” according to peer-reviewed science anyway.


And we know that at least 90 percent of HPV infections clear up by themselves and never cause any health concerns (see #10)? So OF COURSE we should vaccinate! Because vaccines are safe, effective, and oh so necessary. Always. Except when they’re not.


  1. You believe doctors should promote vaccines for children after being wined and dined by the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and profit from the vaccines.

Chances are your doctor has not ever read a vaccine insert. Your doctor received almost no training on safety, efficacy, or necessity of vaccines in medical school. So your doctor does not know that the HPV vaccine contains, among other things, a known endocrine disruptor thought to cause bowel disease as well as infertility in some mammals—oopsie! (polysorbate 80); a known neurotoxin (aluminum); and a substance that is in pesticides and banned for food use by the FDA (sodium borate). So you called Merck to find out why a banned substance was being injected into our children and they referred you to their legal department. Which did not return your call. Ah well.


Your doctor has PROBABLY never looked up the ingredients in the HPV vaccine that your child needs, which are, according to the CDC: “vitamins, amino acids, mineral salts, carbohydrates, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, sodium chloride, L-histidine, polysorbate 80, sodium borate, yeast protein.”


But we can pretty much GUARANTEE that your doctor has gotten a free lunch, free swag, and perhaps even an all-expenses-paid trip from pharmaceutical representatives eager to sing the praises of their latest and greatest vaccines.


  1. You think your child should make medical decisions, especially decisions about vaccines, behind your back.


This is the messaging given to teens—“Just don’t tell your parents!” And you’re all for it. Because, of course, your youngsters should be making medical decisions about everything—vaccines, psychotropic drugs, birth control, abortion, antibiotics, ADHD medication—without telling you or talking to you first.


Say what?


A few months ago an unidentified public health nurse* went into Ashland High School an unidentified school to give a talk to the freshman biology class about infectious diseases. During that talk she told the freshman biology students—14 and 15-year-olds—to “please, please, please get the HPV vaccine,” and not to tell their parents.


Because the HPV virus is very scary. She even showed them pictures.


After she instructed the freshmen not to tell their parents she realized—oh, my!—she had made a mistake.


So she added the words, “Just kidding.”


[*This nurse’s identity is well known in our community but the aforementioned unidentified high school refused to release her name when baffled parents repeatedly asked for confirmation, choosing to refer to her only as “the speaker.” Because we live in a small town and this nurse’s behavior was inexcusable, even reprehensible, to so many people who live here, we have chosen not to print it here.]


She was representing AshlandChild. Note there is no name or contact information on AshlandChild’s website. This website poses as a site that is “supporting the immunization conversation.” Except the public health nurse in question actually told me that she has no interest in having a conversation with people who are “intractable” (translation: anyone who does not wholeheartedly agree with her. That is, with all of the CDC’s vaccine recommendations).


AshlandChild is interested in “supporting” one conversation, however. A monologue in an echo chamber. That monologue is how best to get every child to have every vaccine on the CDC schedule, regardless of that child’s genetic vulnerabilities, individualized medical needs, or risk of exposure to said infectious diseases. Because, as we have convincingly shown you by now, your child NEEDS the HPV vaccine.


The purpose of AshlandChild is to “remove barriers” to vaccination.


In the case of teenagers, the “barriers” that need to be removed? Thoughtful, well educated parents. Remove ’em or lynch ’em. Take your pick.

List of reported reactions to vaccines from the British newspaper The Independent, includes over 8,200 side effects from HPV vaccine

Screenshot from The Independent


This post is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, or services to you, your child, or to any other individual. General information is provided here for educational purposes only.


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Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist, Fulbright grantee, and a champion of children’s health. She is the author/editor of seven nonfiction books, including Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family and (with Paul Thomas, M.D.) The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health, From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years. Her articles have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian magazine. She has taught literature in inner city Atlanta; appeared live on prime-time TV in France; and worked on a child survival campaign in West Africa. Learn more about her research on vaccines in Ty Bollinger’s mini-series, The Truth About Vaccines (you need to give your first name and email to sign up). Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Injecting Common Sense: This Family’s Take on California’s New Law Barring Kids From School

photo via picture-baby dot com

photo via picture-baby dot com

Editor’s note: This family’s take on California’s new law (SB-277) barring children from public school, private school, and daycare is an opinion piece by a California mom. She prefers to remain anonymous to protect her family’s privacy and avoid negative reprisals.

Injecting Common Sense: This Family’s Take on California’s New Law Barring Kids From School

By Anonymous, Special to

New parenthood isn’t the kind of adventure that comes with a road map. So we follow our hearts, seek out good advice, and make the best decisions we can, the best way we know how.

Except if you’re an expectant parent in the state of California. Here, in my home state, some important parenting decisions are now being made for you.

Last spring, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 277, a law making childhood vaccine requirements mandatory for entry into daycare or school. Effective this July, children whose parents have chosen to delay or opt out of even one dose of the required vaccines are not eligible to enroll at any daycare, public, or private school, unless they have an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or a hard-to-obtain and almost-never-given medical exemption signed by a California physician.

This new law is relevant before you even leave the hospital with your newborn. Just a few hours after your baby is born, as you are recovering from the birth and learning how to breastfeed, you will be told that your newborn must have a hepatitis B vaccine.

Hopefully your doctor will explain the risks and benefits, to assist you in making an informed decision. Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver, and is spread by sexual contact or intravenous needles. Your doctor should also tell you the potential side effects of the vaccine.

These include (but are not limited to):


Finally, your doctor should tell you that the hepatitis B vaccine contains 250 mcg of aluminum, a known neurotoxin that is not safe to inject intramuscularly. Your doctor should also tell you that the vitamin K shot your baby has been given also contains aluminum, meaning that your newborn is getting what amounts to a massive dose of poison in the first few hours of life. Your doctor may or may not tell you this. Many doctors won’t, because they’ve never taken the time to read and research the ingredients in the vaccine, or in the vitamin K shot.

Unless your tiny son or daughter is having unprotected sex, sharing contaminated needles, living with a carrier, or in need of a blood transfusion and the blood is contaminated, there is essentially no risk of your baby contracting or transmitting hepatitis B.

Let’s say you consider this information, and make a conscientious and evidence-based decision to refuse this vaccine for your newborn. It’s now illegal for your child to attend any school or daycare in California.

This is troubling for a variety of reasons, the most apparent being that children aren’t capable of spreading a disease they don’t have. (Interestingly enough, state law says children who are actually infected with hepatitis B can attend school, but children who have not been vaccinated cannot.)

As a new parent, I hope you’ll consult with a doctor you trust, do your research, weigh the risks and benefits, and make a decision you feel is right for your family. While you may deem some vaccines absolutely necessary, you may decide some are less so. Unfortunately for Californians, these decisions about your baby’s health care are now more confusing, amidst government coercion for conformity.

This new California law gives you three choices:

1) Fully vaccinate your child according to state mandates, making no allowances for your family’s medical history, risk factors, genetics, or particular situation
2) Homeschool
3) Move out of state

Is that really much of a choice?

We declined the hepatitis B vaccine for each of our babies. We made a carefully considered, evidence-based decision. I am not hepatitis B positive, and neither is my husband. None of our family members or our children’s caregivers have hepatitis B. The scientific, rational, healthiest decision for our children was not to give them this vaccine.

And now our children are barred from going to school.

Fortunately, I’m a credentialed, veteran teacher, and we’re able to get by on one income while we homeschool this year. This is not the case for everyone. Dear friends of ours sold their successful business and settled in Colorado. Others have moved north to Oregon, a state which values medical freedom.

Many families are in the unimaginable position of being forced to vaccinate because relocation isn’t feasible, and they can’t afford to homeschool.

I find myself stunned that these times are really upon us.

While we can’t speak for other parents, we know we have acted out of highest regard for the intelligent design of the human immune system. We value our body’s ability to do what it was designed to do. Vaccination is a complex and invasive medical treatment. It is clear that vaccines are effective in preventing some diseases, but the risks of side effects of giving so many vaccines to such young children have not been adequately studied and are not fully understood.

I don’t care what you think of our decision. I’m not trying to convince you for or against hepatitis B. But the point is that this decision is ours to make. Simply put, we have a right to medical freedom. Nobody ought to be coerced into accepting medical treatment, especially when there is risk involved.

A popular narrative in America today is that the science is settled: vaccines are highly effective and safe for everyone. Let’s consider the inception of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in 1986, after Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The government began compensating victims of vaccine injury on behalf of vaccine manufacturers, after a flood of lawsuits nearly drove these companies out of business. Since that time, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has awarded $3.1+ billion of tax dollars to people injured or killed by “safe” vaccines.

Can you think of another industry whose manufacturers cannot be held liable when their product harms a consumer?

Rather than proclaiming a clear, scientific consensus that vaccines are safe for all, we ought to be demanding better vaccines, and insisting that doctors implement a screening process to identify which children may be susceptible to adverse reactions. The pharmaceutical industry owes us ongoing, longitudinal research about vaccination as it exists today, and safeguards to protect our kids from vaccine injury.

The hard truth is that disease exists in the world. Vaccine side effects exist, too. Parents face difficult decisions about how to protect their children. It’s terrible when bad things happen to the people we love, despite our efforts to keep them safe. Children fall ill or die from preventable diseases, and other children lose their life or livelihood due to vaccine injury.

I don’t have a solution for this dilemma, but I do believe that it’s incorrect for legislation to value one child’s life over another.

In an effort to achieve “total immunization” and build a “healthy California,” SB-277 mandates childhood vaccines, and removes those who are unvaccinated (or under-vaccinated) from schools. Will these same kids be unwelcome at the park, soccer practice, the swimming pool, restaurants, or their future workplace? Will they be asked to use separate drinking fountains, or wear a scarlet V?

It’s easy to hurl insults at parents like us, hiding behind the safety of a computer screen.

You wouldn’t believe the name-calling that happens on comment threads and message boards: people describe parents like us as “reckless,” “selfish,” and “retarded,” and label children like ours “baby-killers” and “diseased spawn.” I’m publishing this blog anonymously because I don’t want to be targeted in that way; I don’t want my loving family ripped to shreds by anonymous bullies.

Are YOU up to date on your vaccines?

If you grew up in America in the 1960s, you received perhaps 4 injections as part of the typical immunization schedule. In the 1980’s, maybe 8. This new law mandates 15 injections for children entering kindergarten. Fifteen! Questioning an immunization schedule that has quadrupled over just two generations is neither selfish nor reckless. It’s using common sense.

So what consequences can we expect for adults who are not fully vaccinated in accordance with this new standard? With regard to “herd” immunity and potential threats to public health—is society prepared to hold all individuals accountable for their vaccination status? Californians of any age, visitors from out-of-state, foreign travelers—all are capable of transmitting disease. If legislation required that everyone met these new requirements, I hope and imagine there would be some push back.

The greater issue we should be discussing is the enforcement of medical mandates—where will it stop? Imagine if the government compelled you to take antibiotics to fight off an infection, psychiatric medication to combat anxiety, or Ritalin to treat ADD, and then barred you from school or work if you refused?

I’m disturbed as a Californian—and as an American—to see our personal health care decisions influenced by the government in such a significant way.

Humans have a fundamental right to choose what they allow to enter their bodies. The diseases we face in modern times do not present imminent danger to greater society, especially when the vast majority chooses to vaccinate.

The California legislature has reached too far, in a futile attempt to achieve “total immunization.” Coercing parents to accept vaccines for their young children is wrong. Decisions about vaccinations—or any medical treatment—must be made privately between patient and doctor.

Whether you are far or near—educate yourself about Senate Bill 277, and the lawsuits filed to combat it. Form an opinion about laws related to medical freedom and your personal health care decisions. If you think this legislation doesn’t affect you now, it’s coming soon to a state near you. You’ll wish you’d spoken up when they tell you it’s time to line up for your shots.

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My Son Can’t Go To School Tomorrow Because of SB-277

California parents feel shackled by mandatory vaccine laws

Photo credit: LittleBearBanshee

Editor’s note: This is an anonymous post by a parent in California. The writer has decided to remain nameless for fear of negative repercussions against the writer’s family.

My Son Can’t Go To School Tomorrow Because of SB-277

By Anonymous, Special to

Today I was told my child wouldn’t be allowed into school because he didn’t get his MMR booster.

Yes, I live in California.

And yes, this is about SB-277.

When SB-277 passed last year in the great state of California, I wanted to pretend it didn’t happen.

SB-277 mandated that all children who enter school must have be up to date on all the vaccines. I wasn’t thrilled.

Let me start at the beginning. I’ll try to be quick.

I started out a big, big fan of vaccines.

My oldest child was vaccinated according to the CDC schedule. I thought people who didn’t give their kids vaccines had rocks in their head.

And then one day that child had a reaction–not an awful one, but a noticeable one–and it scared me. I started questioning everything that had once seemed obvious to me.

Fast forward to SB-277.

My partner and I had decided to delay vaccines with our youngest because our of older child’s reaction. We wanted to do things more slowly and spread the shots out. With the help and approval of our child’s doctor, we have been spacing out the shots, giving one shot at a time, allowing enough time between shots so if our son had a visible reaction we would know which vaccine had made him sick.

A few weeks ago I took him to get the MMR booster. There was a problem on the doctor’s end and it couldn’t be given. No big deal, right? The doctor wrote me a signed note explaining my son was scheduled to get the booster later, when the vaccine was back in stock.

The school wasn’t happy but they let it pass.

We went to get the booster today and my child had a fever and a runny nose. The doctor didn’t want to vaccinate my son because he is an excellent doctor and errs on the side of caution and there is no proof that it is safe to give a feverish child, whose immune system is fighting off one infection, a vaccine. Doing so can provoke dangerous vaccine reactions, the same way a child fighting one infection can get much much sicker if he gets exposed to another.

So the doctor wrote another note so my child could still attend school and we rescheduled the shot for a later date when my son’s immune system would be stronger.

Yet, even with a signed physician’s note stating that we WOULD get the shot and that my child was too sick to safely vaccinate today, the school administration told me my son will no longer be allowed in school.

[Editor’s note: The school’s actions may have been illegal. According to this explanation of the law, the school must grant the child a temporary admittance.]


I sat in the parking lot and cried.

I called my husband and cried some more.

I’m actually not a big crier. I like to think I’m tough.

But frustration–that feeling of total helplessness when you just feel wronged and can’t do anything about it–brings out the tears for me.

My child is a little sick so I wouldn’t take him to school until he feels better anyway. I love spending time with him. In fact, I’ve missed having him around since school started. I miss a little companion who always reaches up to hold my hand and who loves reading together. I wasn’t upset because he’ll be home with me. I even welcome the time off work.

So why am I so frustrated?

I feel like SB-277 is an unfair, stupid law. I’ll admit that. But even though I didn’t like it, I went along with it.

Even though I think giving my young child a hep B shot–against a sexually transmitted disease that he has no chance of getting unless he is sharing IV drugs, getting a tainted blood transfusion, or having intercourse with a hep B positive person (he’s five)–is ridiculous, I’m doing it.

[Editor’s note: It is our understanding that a child who tests positive for hepatitis B is allowed to attend California public schools. However, a hepatitis B negative child who has not been vaccinated may not.]


Even though I think that being forced to provide medical records to a non-medical entity is a violation of HIPPA, I’m doing it.

Even though I think that denying a child access to education because a parent has read the science that shows that it is better to get lasting immunity to the chickenpox and would rather forgo that one vaccine violates the mandate set forth by Brown vs Board of Education, I have been dutifully taking my child to get every single shot.

Even though I think that laws that mandate medical procedures violate freedom of religion for anyone whose religion speaks to the right or wrong of specific medical procedures, I’m being a good soldier and signing my kid up for shots. Score one for Senator Pan.

Even though I think a family and their physician should make health and medical choices together in the privacy of an office, I’m letting the state make my child’s medical choices for me.

Even though I feel laws like SB-277 that specifically target children are proof that our society still does not respect the bodily autonomy of children (and by extension women, who more often than not are primarily dealing with children), I’m towing the party line and doing as I’m told.

Even though I believe that SB-277 could lead to much more grievous assaults on patient’s rights and women’s rights, I’m taking my child in and teaching him that others are lawfully in charge of his body- not him, not me, not our family–the state.

Even though I worry that the new “religion” in this country is Western Medicine–with those ever changing studies taking the part of scripture, doctors taking the role of priests issuing life saving sacraments that only they can give, and state senators stepping into the powerful shoes of religious leadership and enforcement–I’m doing my part.
Even though I thought church and state were supposed to be separate in the United States–I’m ducking my head and trying not to make a stink.

You know what I’ll do?

Probably nothing.

I’ll probably keep my son home for a few days until he appears totally healthy and take him down and get the shot.

My baby loves school.

I love the school.

I love the people at the school.

I know that they are stuck in a hard place. I don’t want to make their lives harder.

I want to be nice.

I am incredibly appreciative of medical personnel who, I think, probably made a good call having us wait a bit for the next shot. I don’t want his doctor to get in trouble either.

It sure looks like there is a witch hunt in California and any doctor who steps out of line is asking for trouble. I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus because I’m frustrated.

I don’t want to get angry.

To be honest–I’m scared.

I’m scared of repercussions.

I’m scared of what will happen to my children, their school, their doctors, to me–if I say anything.

I’m afraid my children could be taken from me.

That I could be considered unfit.

I used to think stories about things like that were just crazy. Maybe I was wrong. Now I’m scared too.

So I’m writing anonymously, like a coward.

I’m part of the problem.

I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks this law is unfair and unjust.

I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks vaccines are a great idea, but still thinks we should have some say in how and when and even if we do them.

But I’m afraid to stand up and shout that it is wrong and un-American.

So I’m part of the problem, as is anyone else in California who says nothing and does nothing.

I feel a little like “they” are coming for us- those of us who to step outside the line and question current recommendations.

I worry that someday soon “they” will come for more of us.

I always thought conspiracy theorists were crazy, but I’m becoming one of them! It’s hard not to when children are denied access to school because of their medical status.

Who will they come for next?

Will there be anyone left to stand up and say something?

Or maybe I WILL say something and do something because I don’t just want to keep my children safe, I want to keep my grandchildren safe. Safe from laws that override medical choice, bodily autonomy, and freedom of religion.

What will you do?

What will you say?

It’s time we decide to do something–not just about issues that matter to us, but about anything that slowly and steadily takes away the individual’s right to choice and replaces it with rigid, unscientific, irrational state mandates.

Related posts:
Let’s Start a New Conversation About Vaccines
Why I #StandWithSears
13 Reasons Why The CDC is Right and You SHOULD Vaccinate Your Kid
SB-277 Bars Lawmakers From Sending Their Own Kids to School

Confused about vaccines? Looking for lasting ways to support your baby’s immune system, brain and body development? This new book by Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., will help you make the safest vaccine decisions for your family.

Dr. Bob Sears Stands With California Families, and I #StandWithSears

Dr. Bob Sears, M.D., is under fire for granting a medical exemption to a child who had adverse vaccine reactions

Dr. Bob Sears, M.D., is under fire for granting a medical exemption to a child who had multiple adverse vaccine reactions

Dr. Bob Sears, M.D., is under fire for granting a medical exemption to a child who had multiple adverse vaccine reactions

Dr. Bob Sears, M.D., is a pediatrician in private practice in Southern California. He’s also the author of The Vaccine Book, the co-author of the classic, The Baby Book, and the son of Dr. William Sears, M.D. His brother, James Sears, is also a medical doctor. The Sears are perhaps the most highly respected family of doctors in the United States. They work tirelessly on behalf of children’s health and wellbeing.

I heard Dr. Sears lecture about vaccines to a group of about a hundred parents, mostly moms with small children, in Portland, Oregon, and I’ve interviewed him–both in person and on the phone–several times. He is well spoken, articulate, scientific-minded, and very fair and balanced. He describes himself as a pro-vaccine doctor and he administers vaccines in his office every day.

As well respected as Sears is among so many parents, readers, integrative pediatricians, and other colleagues in various health professions, there are some who find his balanced and informative approach to educating the public about vaccines threatening. Especially some California doctors.

An anonymous source told me that several of this source’s colleagues have repeatedly urged their colleagues in the American Academy of Pediatrics to find a way to take away Dr. Sears’s license. In 2015 this source described Dr. Sears as “the second most hated pediatrician in California.” The first being, Dr. Jay Gordon, M.D., an outspoken breastfeeding advocate and a medical doctor who also speaks openly about vaccine safety issues.

The doctors who criticize Sears are not ill meaning. They truly believe one-size-fits-all when it comes to vaccines and that the safety of the public is compromised if even one parent chooses not to vaccinate a child. They do not do independent research for themselves. They follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because they believe the people at the CDC are smarter and better informed than they are. They also believe that parents have no business researching vaccines for themselves. And they feel grave concern that parents are “too selfish” and simply “not smart enough” to make the right medical decisions when it comes to vaccines.

Now Dr. Sears is under scrutiny by the state agency that grants and regulates doctor’s licenses and faces disciplinary action by the board.

He has been accused of “gross negligence” by Kimberly Kirschmeyer, Executive Director, Medical Board of California because he granted a medical exemption to a toddler who had had two serious and separate adverse reaction events to infant vaccines.

The public can read the full complaint here.

Dr. Bob Sears, M.D., faces disciplinary action for granting a valid medical exemption to a toddler who had multiple adverse vaccine reactions

Accusation against ROBERT SEARS, M.D.

The toddler’s medical records note that the mother said the baby’s bladder and bowels shut down after his 2-month shots and that he went “limp as a rag doll” for 24 hours after his 3-month shots.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds very concerning to me, both as a mom of four children and a science journalist.

Vaccines are administered to otherwise healthy children and must be held up to the highest safety standards, as Dr. Cindy Schneider, M.D., in Phoenix, Arizona, has pointed out. If a child has a concerning vaccine reaction, doctors must take this seriously.

In this case, the mother went ahead with the baby’s 3-month shots and saw more concerning adverse reactions. In reality, to have continued to vaccinate this child may have constituted gross medical negligence.

“Dr. Sears, by granting a medical exemption, may very well have saved a young child’s life while causing no harm to the public,” said Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., a pediatrician who has over 13,000 children in his private practice in Portland, Oregon, Committee Chair of Oregonians for Medical Freedom, co-author of the Amazon best-seller, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan (full disclosure: I am the co-author of this book) in a press release. “As many remember during the SB 277 proceedings, Californians were publicly and repeatedly reassured by Senator Richard Pan, M.D. that doctors would not be under inappropriate scrutiny for providing medical exemptions from vaccines for at-risk patients. How much more at-risk can a child be than one who has suffered multiple adverse vaccine reactions?”

Oregonians For Medical Freedom has declared tomorrow (Monday, September 12, 2016) #StandWithSears day.

I, too, stand with Sears.

I also stand with every family who was dismissed from their pediatrician’s office because they wanted to follow a slower, gentler, more evidence-based European-style vaccination schedule, and with every family whose doctor refused to listen to their concerns and whose children subsequently suffered serious health problems not of their own making.

I ask all of California’s doctors to honor informed consent, pay attention to individual risk factors and medical history, listen to families’ vaccine concerns, and respect the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.

Screenshot from the article, "The Vaccine Debate," published in Mothering Magazine

Screenshot from the article, “The Vaccine Debate,” published in Mothering Magazine


JenniferLookingSideJennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning science journalist, book author, Fulbright grantee. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University, her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Emory. A sought after public speaker, her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.

Ashland, Oregon Discusses Vaxxed



Editor’s note: this is the 3rd in a 3-part series about the documentary film made by Emmy-award winning television journalist Del Bigtree and British Gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield (read their bios) about a senior scientist, William Thompson, Ph.D., who has thousands of pages of documents in his possession that allegedly show that the CDC committed scientific fraud in a study about the relationship of the timing of the MMR vaccine and autism.

You can read part 1, a journalist’s reaction to the film and defense of free speech, here; and part 2, a summary of the film’s main points, here.


VAXXED Community Panel and Discussion

By Liz Schmidt, Special to

Approximately 90 Rogue Valley residents packed the Gresham Room at the Ashland Public Library on Wednesday evening, June 1, 2016, for a three-hour community panel and discussion of the issues and questions presented in the film Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, the documentary about vaccine-related government corruption that has been playing for the past two weeks at the Varsity Theatre.

The evening started with a description by each of the six panel members of what they know and believe about vaccines.

Cynthia Cournoyer, a Grants Pass mother and author of the book, What about Immunizations? Exposing the Vaccine Philosophy, took us on a brief journey through her 30+ year investigation of vaccines, starting when she and her husband were young parents.

Their decision to not vaccinate their children, based on Cynthia’s extensive research, was accepted by others as a personal parenting decision; unlike today when the mainstream media dishonestly portrays non-vaccinated children as pariahs spreading disease. The Cournoyers’ resolve has been strengthened over the years as their children have remained extraordinarily healthy. Throughout the evening, many parents shared observations of how their unvaccinated kids are extremely healthy compared to their vaccinated friends.

Katelyn Carey, R.N., an emergency room nurse at Ashland Community Hospital, argued that vaccines are an effective means of preventing disease. She expressed concerns about Andrew Wakefield’s credibility as a doctor and about the dangers of infectious disease, especially whooping cough. As an ER nurse, she treats children who are dangerously ill. Carey also expressed some ambivalence about the number recommended today by the CDC and limitations of conventional Western medicine, and appreciation for the many natural treatment modalities available in our area.

Kacie Flegal, D.C. presented a detailed explanation of how our immune system is designed to develop from birth into a robust health-promoting function within the first few years of life. She discussed cellular vs. humoral immunity, how vaccines shortcut important parts of the immune system, and how babies’ bodies cannot appropriately process and excrete the ingredients contained in vaccines. During the evening many audience members directed questions to Kacie and it was obvious that she has extensive knowledge of this development process.

Lisa Nichols, a community member and music teacher, talked about how she formed an appreciation for homeopathy through personal experience with health challenges over the years, and briefly touched on homeoprophylaxis as an effective alternative to pharmaceutical vaccines. Later in the evening Lisa talked about her 2015 meeting with Andrew Wakefield, describing him as one of the most sincere and caring doctors she has ever encountered and offered a passionate defense of his character and intentions.

Gerry Lehrberger, M.D., an emergency room physician at Ashland Community Hospital, gave us a brief history of how our medical system evolved into what we have today. Particularly interesting is how so many health disciplines were pushed into the shadows during the 20th century as pharmaceutical interests exerted tremendous power over the purveyors of effective natural alternatives.

Gregg Marchese, a local activist, presented further insights into the money and power structures that influence our health care system. He stated “No vaccines have ever been effective at preventing disease and all cause some degree of harm. The global vaccine programs are perhaps the most successful part of a eugenics and population control plan enacted by a cabal of oligarch banksters.”

Throughout the evening, the panel moderator, Matt Vogel, SOU staff member and instructor, added interesting insights from his research and experience. “There can be a subtle silencing of students who bring up critical questions about vaccines in many college classes and programs across America,” Vogel said. “I know students who have been shamed and labeled for expressing differing views.”

When the floor was opened to questions and comments many hands went up, and it quickly became obvious that the audience, as well as the panelists, were informed and passionate about vaccine-related medical issues. A poll revealed that almost all attendees had seen the film #VAXXED during its run at the Varsity, and the pursuing discussion was energetic and informative.

Several audience members of the older generation described how they and their childhood friends spent a few days home from school with chickenpox, measles, mumps and/or rubella, but were not afflicted with the chronic and serious health challenges that are so common among today’s children…asthma, eczema, food allergies, arthritis, seizures, bowel disorders, ADD, autism, diabetes, cancer, and so on.

One brave, highly-functioning student with autism from SOU gave a thoughtful, impassioned plea to be accepted as simply different, rather than defective. It was apparent from the audience’s response to her story that there was much compassion, understanding and appreciation for how those categorized as ASD (autism spectrum disorder) are unique and valuable persons, not just numbers on a graph.

An important issue that was raised several times throughout the evening, and the primary reason I started the campaign to bring the film VAXXED–described by many as a “game-changer”–to our valley, is the increasing threat of vaccine mandates.

Though my husband and I did a great deal of research on vaccines over ten years ago before arriving at the decision to stop vaccinating our daughter, we did not give it a lot more thought until early 2015, when SB442 was introduced in the Oregon Senate. This bill was written to eliminate all children’s vaccine exemptions except narrowly defined medical waivers, and this threat pushed us and many other parents into high gear. Fortunately there was not enough support to bring it to a vote last year, but the word among Oregon’s vaccine-cautious community is that Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a physician-senator from Beaverton affiliated with powerful pharmaceutical interests, will make another attempt in the next legislative session to strip away our parental right to decide whether to allow drugs with serious side effects to be injected into our children in order to attend school. This push is part of a nationwide effort, orchestrated from the highest levels of the pharmaceutical industry, to mislead, coerce, and/or bribe our elected officials to tighten vaccine exemptions and to squash dissenting opinions by medical professionals, parents, students and citizens concerned about adverse effects.

It is my hope and prayer that the film Vaxxed will create a chink in the dam that has been holding back the truth of the ongoing fraud and corruption at the CDC which has allowed our children to be used as guinea pigs for pharmaceutical interests under the guise of public health. I could go on for hours explaining this statement, but I’ll close by encouraging all who were not able to see Vaxxed while it was in town to watch for it in other cities and/or see it when it comes out on video. A couple other vaccine-related films already available on DVD and online are “Bought” and “Trace Amounts.” Other titles will be coming out soon to further this important conversation.

The deceit has gone on far too long…our children need us to act on their behalf, before it’s too late.

~Liz Schmidt
Founder, Southern Oregon for Medical Freedom

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Related posts:
Facts on Vaxxed: A Cheat Sheet
Watching Vaxxed is the Hallmark of a Free Society, Not Censoring It
13 Reasons Why the CDC is Right and You Should Vaccinate Your Kids
How Journalists are Censored from Covering Both Sides of the Vaccine Debate

Facts On Vaxxed: A Cheat Sheet

Synopsis of the movie Vaxxed

Screen shot from the trailer of the movie Vaxxed


Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, a documentary about the timing of the MMR vaccine, opened in Portland, Oregon today.


A lot of people think you should NOT see this movie. The loudest voices calling for censorship did not bother to see it themselves. Why watch a film when you can condemn its contents based on the trailer alone?


For those who think the film is “too dangerous,” as well as anyone who lives in a city where the film is not available to screen, we have a handy dandy cheat sheet for you.


Here’s what the movie is actually about.


Summary of the film #Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe


This summary was compiled by Liz Schmidt, founder of Southern Oregon for Medical Freedom. It is the second in a 3-part series. You can read Part 1, “Watching VaxXed, Not Censoring It, Is The Hallmark of a Free Society,” by journalist Julie Akins, here.


Notes from the film VAXXED by Liz Schmidt


SYNOPSIS: In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker, Ph.D., received a call from a senior scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism. This scientist, Dr. William Thompson, Ph.D., confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the timing of the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker recorded the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who explained to Hooker how to access the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC. Dr. Hooker enlisted the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine might cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directed this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens. Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children in the film reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism, which is potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.


BACKGROUND: The 2004 MMR study was conducted as a result of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s appearance at a science symposium on autism at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Long Island, New York in 2000, and the congressional review of vaccines and autism conducted by Congressman Dan Burton in front of Congress in 2000. At these events, Dr. Wakefield put forward the hypothesis that the earlier a child received the MMR vaccine the greater the risk of developing autism. Because of his testimony, the CDC was asked to do this study. Authors were Frank DeStefano, Coleen Boyle, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, William Thompson, and Tanya Bhasin. Study subjects included 624 autistic and 1824 control children.


The CDC’s Analysis Plan stated that data on children’s race will come from “School Records.” Thompson ran the numbers on race from this source and discovered a 2.64X or 164% increase in autism among African American children who got the MMR between 12 and 18 months vs. after 36 months. This was a highly statistically significant result. Upon discovering this correlation, the five co-authors deviated from the analysis plan and re-ran the race statistics using the “Birth Certificate” group instead. This reduced the overall number of children in the study by nearly half and lowered the statistical result to 1.89X or 89% increase, which the final paper described as “statistically insignificant.”


Example #1: The CDC omitted the 2.64X increased risk of autism in the African American children discovered in the “School Records” group. This alarming result never appeared in the final published paper.


Example #2: One of the first things Thompson did in 2001 was plot a graph with age at first MMR against percentage of children vaccinated. If there is no link between age at first MMR and autism risk, these two lines (autistic and control children) should track together, which they do until fifteen months; but then they separate and remain apart. This graph was omitted from the final published paper.


Example #3: The risk for the ISOLATED AUTISM group (children who had no other pre-existing health problems) developing autism after receiving MMR between 12 and 18 months was 700-800% higher than those who received the vaccine after 36 months. This staggering result was omitted from the final published paper.


In his statement to Congressman Bill Posey, Thompson asserted: “Sometime soon after the meeting where we decided to exclude reporting any RACE effects, the coauthors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. Dr. Coleen Boyle was not present at the meeting even though she was involved in scheduling that meeting. The remaining four coauthors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all our hard copy documents that we thought we should discard and put them in the large garbage can. However, because I assumed this was illegal and would violate both FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] laws and DOJ [Department of Justice] requests, I kept hard copies of all my documents in my office and I retained all the associated computer files.”




1) Every 7 minutes a child in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. By 2032, one in two children born will develop autism if something is not done to stop the current rate of increase, 50% of children and 80% of boys will be diagnosed with autism by the year 2032, according to MIT professor Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., who is interviewed in the film.


2) Mark Blaxill, the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism, Editor-at-Large for Age of Autism, a former director of SafeMinds, and a frequent speaker at autism conferences, describes how autism didn’t exist before the ‘30s. Genetic evolution takes much longer than decades; the increase from 1 in 10,000 children born with autism in 1970 to 1 in 45 in 2015 cannot be genetics; it must be environmental.


3) In 2014 there were 644 cases of measles and 1,082,353 cumulative cases of autism in the U.S. Based on a population of 320 million, measles risk is 1 in 496,894 vs. autism risk of 1 in 68.


4) Polly Tommey and her husband John Tommey tell the story of how their son Billy became autistic after MMR vaccination. Billy’s medical records showed he was developing normally and his parents saw that he was meeting all his milestones. As a baby, though, he was prescribed round after round of antibiotics for infections that would not go away. After the MMR vaccine, he was diagnosed with regressive autism. In 1999 the Tommeys started The Autism File, the first magazine ever published devoted exclusively to Autism Spectrum Disorders. The magazine acquired 45,000 subscribers in the first four months of publication.


5) The estimate for lifetime care of a child with autism is $5 million. In 2000, Congressman Dan Burton estimated the future cost to taxpayers to care for autistic children at trillions of dollars.


6) The 2004 IOM report that closed the door on research about vaccines and autism, which omitted Thompson’s findings, was cited in the Omnibus Autism decision that denied over 5,000 families compensation for vaccine-induced autism claims in Vaccine Court. This report continues to be widely cited for exonerating vaccines’ role in causing autism.


Though this is not included in the film, it’s important to note that other “studies” used to refute a link between vaccines and autism were authored by Poul Thorsen, who is on the Office of Inspector General’s Most Wanted Fugitive list for diverting over $1 million in CDC grants designated to fund these studies. In April 2011, Thorsen was indicted on 22 counts of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering. He is currently in Denmark and awaiting extradition to the United States.


Related Reading:

William Thompson’s press release:


I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.

Dr. Deborah Gordon, M.D.’s opinion piece in the Medford Mail Tribune:

The main issue at hand in the movie is the reliability of the CDC. We learn of the existence of a CDC whistleblower, a member of the original team studying the safety of the MMR, who has divulged previously unavailable information about the study — information that contradicts the stated official conclusions of that study. Congress has been asked, as protectors of the health of US children, to solicit the testimony of the whistleblower. So far, no public body nor news organization has expressed an interest in hearing his testimony. Without a hearing, we don’t know if he’s delusional or brave, imaginative or brilliant, pitiable or heroic.

Dr. Paul's book about vaccine safety and effective ways to support immunity will be published on August 23, 2016 by Ballantine Books

Dr. Paul’s book about vaccine safety and effective ways to support immunity will be published on August 23, 2016 by Ballantine Books

The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health, From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years.


Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an investigative journalist and book author. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University, her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Emory. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. She is also a frequent contributor to Jefferson Public Radio.Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an investigative journalist and book author. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University, her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Emory. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. She is also a frequent contributor to Jefferson Public Radio. Follow Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.