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The Proof is in the Pudding: Our Medical System is Making America’s Children SICK

I put to you that no thinking person can look at the American childhood vaccine schedule today without having grave concerns.


I’m stealing an expression from a friend who probably wouldn’t want to be named, the pudding. The proof is in the pudding. If your children are healthy, there’s nothing to see here. Business as usual is working just fine for your family. Your doctor is your ally. All is well.


But if your child is sick, there’s a problem.


And, in the United States anyway, so many of today’s children are so sick. (There’s your pudding.)


Four children in my daughter’s fourth grade class were on the autism spectrum.


A middle schooler I know was recently diagnosed with diabetes.


My daughter’s friend has such severe eczema all over her body that her face and arms are blotchy with angry rashes.


It’s a Sisyphean task to stand up to the medical establishment. Why would anyone want to?


I spoke at a conference with James Lyons-Weiler, PhD; Mary Holland, J.D.; and Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D. this Saturday, which was organized by Informed Choice Washington and the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge.


Among the amazing people who participated were Alan Phillips, Del Bigtree, Bernadette Pajer, Drella Stein, bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein, Leah Houser, Jena Hensler Dalpez, Alissa Desancic, and many more.

Signature of Garth Stein, author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain." Garth Stein has two sons whose health was harmed by vaccines.

Signature of Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” on Jennifer Margulis’s arm


I talked to parents who attended the conference who have children who:


  • Are nonverbal
  • Smear their own feces
  • Stim
  • Scream in pain
  • Have unusually severe and early onset food allergies
  • Are uncontrollably violent
  • Cannot concentrate
  • Have multiple seizures a day
  • Have leaky gut syndrome
  • Cannot tolerate even basic foods without severe stomach pain


Many of these children will never go to college, get married, have a career, or start families of their own.


These parents are not the crunchy granolaheads who had home births, breastfed exclusively, ate kale popsicles, didn’t bother with pediatricians, and skipped diapers. (Yes, that’s a thing. Yes, it works. Yes, it’s weird. And yes, it’s awesome if you’re open-minded enough to try it.)


These are the parents who did EVERYTHING their doctors told them, followed medical advice at face value, and listened when their doctors insisted they keep vaccinating, keep using Tylenol, and keep taking antibiotics, usually for ear infections. They asked their doctors, “Could some of my child’s health problems be caused by vaccines?” and they were told no. The timing of the problems was just “an unfortunate coincidence.”


These doctors would even go on to insist that their sick child needed vaccination and other treatments MORE URGENTLY than healthy kids.


A lot of older people wonder why on earth would my generation of parents be rejecting some vaccines? My 72-year-old aunt has friends who get upset with my vaccine safety Facebook posts. They believe parents who forego or delay vaccines are “selfish” and “irresponsible,” that not vaccinating is like putting kids in a car with no seat belts.


Back to the pudding: I’ve seen time and again that many (not all) kids who are completely unvaccinated within the same family tend to be healthier than their fully vaccinated older siblings. I heard dozens of stories to that effect at the conference: the oldest child gets all the vaccines and his health starts to decline, as does his younger brother’s. But by the third child the parents have wised up and are no longer following medical conventions. Their unvaccinated youngest is by far their healthiest and smartest and best adjusted kid.


Of course those kids are also avoiding Tylenol (which can be neurologically devastating), eating real food, and not being exposed to as many neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors, which are present in everything from conventional baby shampoo to building materials.


I put to you that no thinking person can look at the American CDC childhood vaccine schedule today without having grave concerns.


A Washington State epidemiologist came to Saturday’s conference as a private citizen and she, too, has concerns.


If you use your logical thinking skills you quickly see that something is very, very wrong.


We are giving a vaccine against a sexually transmitted disease, hepatitis B vaccine, at birth and in infancy when it should be given preteen if needed.


We vaccinate against rotavirus and chickenpox, two mild childhood illnesses, which flies in the face of good science and common sense.


As William Parker, Ph.D., at Duke University’s medical school explained to me, the human immune system is like a well trained army, always on high alert, always wanting to attack. We evolved to fight off and cohabitate with bacteria and viruses. You can’t remove those illnesses from the human landscape and expect not to disrupt the organism.


We continue pushing a yearly flu shot for children and adults when a double-blind ferret study published in PLOS One showed that exposure to flu vaccine makes the flu more severe and a Canadian study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases showed that consecutive shots make the flu vaccine LESS effective. Yet we give six month olds the flu vaccine, which still contains mercury, one of the deadliest substances on earth.


It’s irresponsible and unscientific to have such an aggressive and unnecessary schedule.


The proof is in the pudding.


The emperor is naked.


Whatever metaphor you choose, we can do better than this.

Jennifer Margulis will be speaking at the Architects of a New Paradigm Conference in Ashland, Oregon

Jennifer Margulis will be speaking at the Architects of a New Paradigm Conference in Ashland, Oregon on March 25 and 26, 2017…


Jennifer Margulis will be speaking at the Revolution for Truth rally in Washington, D.C. on March 31, 2017

… And also at the Revolution for Truth rally in Washington, D.C. on March 31, 2017.


Related posts:
It’s Time to Start a New Conversation About Vaccines
13 Reasons Why the CDC is Right and You Should VACCINATE Your Kids
My son’s SPD was caused by the Hib vaccine


Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning science journalist and investigative reporter whose work has been published in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and featured on the cover of Smithsonian magazine. A Fulbright awardee, she has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a doctorate from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family (Scribner, 2015) and coauthor, with pediatrician and addiction specialist Paul Thomas, M.D., of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine, 2016). Learn more at Follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Your Words Matter: How to Write a Letter to Your State Senator or State Representative

Your words matter. If you care about something, write a letter to your lawmaker

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Even if you’ve never taken political action in your life, never phoned a lawmaker, can’t remember that Schoolhouse Rock cartoon primer on how a bill becomes a law that you watched as a kid, and feel like politics are for other people, if you live in Oregon, you need to know about SB-442-3.

SB-442-3 is a bill sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a doctor from Beaverton. The bill seeks to abolish all philosophical and religious exemptions to vaccines for children in Oregon. It has been written in a very sloppy way. If it moves out of committee and passes into the senate and the house and is signed into law by our new governor Kate Brown (she’s already said she’ll sign it) in its current form, Oregon’s children who are not fully vaccinated on the government recommended schedule will be barred from both public and private schools, as well as from “children’s facilities” (whatever that means).

I believe the bill’s sponsors have good intentions. They want what every Oregonian wants: good health for Oregon’s children.

How to write a letter to your state senator or state representative

But this bill is wrong on so many levels. I agree that we should educate parents as much as possible to make informed decisions about vaccines and explain to them why vaccines are necessary and effective, but ultimately the choice of whether or not to vaccinate lies with parents themselves. The state should not be making medical choices for our families.

This bill is, ultimately, not about vaccines. It is about a family’s freedom to make health care decisions for themselves.

Our country was founded on the idea of religious and civil freedom. This bill is un-Oregonian and anti-American. I’m disappointed to see any Democratic lawmakers voicing support for or staying silent about this bill. It’s a bipartisan issue with one bottom line: The people of Oregon do not want our children’s medical decisions made by state legislators.

If you care about this issue, you need to write and call state lawmakers and tell them how you feel and why. If you call, you will talk to an aide. That aide may be surly or may be chatty. Always be polite and thank them for their time. They are tracking how many phone calls they get. Your voice matters.

Here’s a tip sheet for writing to the Oregon Legislators, put together by and used with permission from Rebecca Tweed.

How to Write your Oregon Legislators:

• Address them by “Senator” or “Representative” and their last name.

• Introduce yourself in the first line with your name. Identify yourself as a constituent (if you are) or as a representative of an organization or an affiliation (if you have one).

• Be polite. Use appropriate and respectful capitalization and punctuation. Check spelling and grammar.

• Be clear and concise. Try to keep your letter as close to 250—300 words as possible, while including enough information about why you are writing to them.

• Explain your issue clearly and why it is important that you are contacting them. Give enough information for the legislator to understand your position.

• If applicable, include slides, charts or other documents that support your arguments as attachments.

• Be specific with your request. Tell the legislator you are asking them to oppose SB 442.

• Remember that SB 442 is not a partisan bill, regardless of your Legislator’s party affiliation. This is an issue that impacts all Oregonians.

• It is appropriate and encouraged to request a response. Ask what his/her position on the issue is or how s/he will vote on SB-442-3.

• Offer yourself as a resource if they would like any additional information.

• Remember any and all correspondence with staff and legislators at a state or government issued email address is part of the public record and is not considered private or confidential correspondence.

• Don’t forget to include your contact information.

• Conclude the letter politely with “Sincerely” or “Thank you for your time.”

Ready? Set? Go!

The five senators on the healthcare committee who need to hear from you today are:

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Democrat – District 25 – Gresham
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1725
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-413, Salem, Oregon 97301

Senator Jeff Kruse
Republican – District 1 – Roseburg
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1701 District Phone: 541-580-3276
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-315, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Address: 636 Wild Iris Lane, Roseburg, Oregon 97470

Member and the bill’s sponsor
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Democrat – District 17 – NW Portland/Beaverton
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1717
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-215, Salem, Oregon 97301

Senator Chip Shields
Democrat – District 22 – Portland
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1722 District Phone: 503-231-2564
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-421, Salem, Oregon 97301
District Address: 2104 NE 45th Ave., Portland, OR 97213

Senator Tim Knopp
Republican – District 27 – Bend
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1727
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-309, Salem, Oregon 97301

How to write a letter to your state senator or state representative

Why Every Oregonian Should Oppose SB-442: My Testimony to the Senate Committee on Health Care

Oregon's Senate Committee on Health Care on February 18, 2015

Oregon’s Senate Committee on Health Care on February 18, 2015

February 18, 2015

Salem, Oregon — My name is Dr. Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D. I am an award-winning author and researcher and I have been writing books, magazine and newspaper articles about issues related to childhood health for over ten years.

I grew up in a house full of scientists: My uncle, Sheldon Glashow, Ph.D., won a Nobel Prize in Physics and my mother, Lynn Margulis, Ph.D., was one of the most important evolutionary biologists of the 20th century.

I suspect I am also one of the most vaccinated people sitting in this room. I was fully vaccinated as a kid, I worked on a child survival campaign in West Africa in the 1990s for which I received an additional round of vaccines. Most recently, I was awarded a Fulbright grant by the United States government in 2006 – 2007 to teach and do research in Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, necessitating even more vaccines.

I am pro-vaccine. I think vaccines are one of the most important medical inventions of our time. Yet I am opposed to any attempt to take away philosophical and religious exemptions from Oregon parents who decide not to vaccinate their children.

For me this is not a debate about the merits of vaccines, the harm vaccines may cause in a subset of vulnerable children, or whether or not the current CDC schedule is really in the best interests of our children’s health. It is a debate about freedom and parental choice.

The only two versions of the MMR vaccine available today contain human diploid lung fibroblasts, which are cells that were grown from aborted fetal tissue. Religious parents who do not want to inject their children with aborted fetal tissue cells should have the right to forgo these vaccines.

Three of the polio vaccines currently on the market contain cells grown from African green monkeys. Parents opposed to animal cruelty, those who are vegan, and those who do not want the cells of other animals injected into their children should have the right to forgo these vaccines.

Thousands of scientific studies have shown that a human baby’s immune system benefits tremendously from human breast milk. One study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences showed that infants who were breastfed had a 20 percent lower risk of dying before they turned one than babies who were not.

Other studies have shown that breastfeeding—more than access to clean water and vaccines—helps children survive and thrive.

Not breastfeeding is a public health emergency.

So given the overwhelming evidence of the positive benefits of breastfeeding and the unequivocal benefit to a child’s immune system, should we legislate that American women breastfeed their babies? And exclude any children from public school if they have not been breastfed?

As farfetched as that may sound, lawmakers in the United Arab Emirates threaten women who refuse to breastfeed with jail time.

We all care about the same thing: how best to keep our children safe and healthy.

We should absolutely be educating parents about vaccines and vaccine safety.

But Oregon is not the United Arab Emirates. There is no place for forced vaccination in a free society. Oregon parents must have the right to choose to do what is best for their children.

Thank you.
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.

Senator Alan Bates has expressed public support for SB-442. He is a thoughtful, smart legislator. If enough of his constituents explain to him why they oppose limiting parental freedom, he may change his mind

Senator Alan Bates has expressed public support for SB-442. He is a thoughtful, smart legislator. If enough of his constituents explain to him why they oppose limiting parental freedom, he may change his mind

Contact information for Senate Committee on Health Care. Please write and call them and tell them that you oppose this misguided attempt to take away freedom of choice in health care decisions for our children:

Laurie Monnes Anderson, Chair. Email: Phone: 503-986-1725

Jeff Kruse, Vice Chair. Email: Phone: 503-986-1701

Tim Knopp. Email: Phone: 503-986-1727

Chip Shields. Email: Phone: 503-986-1722

Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, sponsor SB-442. Email: Phone: 503-986-1717

Senator Alan Bates has publicly expressed his support of this bill. If you live in Southern Oregon, please let Senator Alan Bates know that his constituents are not in favor of limiting parental freedom. His email is: Email and call his office: 503-986-1703.