Are Pro-Vaccine Advocates Illiterate?

by Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM
The speed at which the pro-vaccine forces are working to stomp out freedom of speech, freedom to learn and freedom of choice is simply staggering. Hijacking the media so they can take complete control of the message shows how far they are willing to go to censor information that is not lockstep with the Healthy People 2020 agenda. The plan is to vaccinate everyone, with few exceptions, allowing only difficult to obtain medical exemptions.

On February 5, 2015, Amy Goodman, on Democracy Now, interviewed Dr. Paul Offit, Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia alone. He refused to be simultaneously interviewed with attorney Mary Holland,Director of the Graduate Legal Skills Program at New York University School of Law. His final comment to Ms. Goodman?

“I think it is not important to have a debate about the science with someone who clearly doesn’t know the science. Ms. Holland misrepresented the science again and again. That doesn’t help your viewers. I don’t think it is fair to have a debate with two sides when only one side is represented by the science.”

Back in 1899, Charles H. Duell, the Commissioner of U.S. patent office made his famous quote, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Offit seems to be saying that every article in every publication lauds vaccines as safe, effective, harmless, wonder drugs. All research about vaccine efficacy and safety that can be done, has been done. He dismisses the myriad of side effects – even deaths – as anecdotal. He rebukes parents who have concerns about a vaccine connection with autism because “that article” has been refuted and “that doctor” has been discredited.

I’m beginning to wonder, in spite of his big credentials, is he illiterate? Or does he simply choose to ignore the science that could possibly contradict his views?

Abundant evidence has been published in scientific journals proving that aluminum and thimerosal do injure the brain. Several package inserts clearly state that a potential side effect is encephalopathy, asyndrome of global brain dysfunction. Encephalopathy and encephalitis are the accepted medical words to describe brain injury without using the “A” word.

As for the MMR vaccine, it can and has caused autism. But autism is not the only potential side effect from the MMR vaccine. A few of the adverse reactions from the package insert includes:

Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE); subacutesclerosingpan encephalitis(SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS);acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM); transverse myelitis; febrile convulsions; afebrileconvulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; paresthesia.

Again: These are possible side effects caused bythe vaccine.

The pro-vaccine “science” is rife with conflicts of interest and deceptive research. For example, a shot of aluminum was used as the placebo during a safety study with Gardasil, a vaccine containing aluminum. When it was discovered that a true, inert placebo wasn’t used, pro-vaccine pundits shrugged it off. How can anyone say the science is settled when one the most essential truths in research – the use of an inert substance as a control – is abandoned in safety trials? You don’t have to be a scientist to understand this high school fundamental.

Why do Dr. Offit and public health officials refuse to have an open debate? Why should the opinions of the CDC and its drug company cronies be accepted without question? By saying that persons who have a differing opinion should be punished and jailed, complete medical tyranny.

Offit, CDC representatives, and the media talking heads are determined to gag any mention of science that glaringly points out vaccines are neither as safe nor as effective as claimed. Even the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life camps have more civil debates about their position on abortion than the Pro-Vaccine camp allows. Instead of intelligent discussion, vaccine advocates, and their internet trolls, resort to childish, condescending remarks and near-slanderous name calling. They label informed advocates lunatics. Nut jobs. Idiots. Morons. Habitual liars. Quacks. Dangerous.

The proverbial sticks and stones will never deter those who plow through PubMed, read full text studies and draw their own conclusions. The shrieking mainstream media will not persuade them to ignore what they have methodically studied. Once you know what you know, you can’t Un-Know It.

Over the last several years, medical and public health journals have published papers to instruct doctors on how to “deal with” parents who refuse to vaccinate, or want to choose a different schedule. Webinars and continuing education seminars are available to tutor doctors on how to convince parents to vaccinate.

Offit and his buddies should spend less time working to suppress choice and coerce parents, and do something rather novel: Read. Perhaps they will find evidence that vaccines are ineffective and harmful right in their own pharma-funded journals.

Perhaps Dr. Caplan, who called for revocation of a doctor’s medical license if s/he questions the sacred solutions and doesn’t comply with the vaccine schedule, and Dr. Offit don’t know where to begin. Here are a few studies to get them started.

>Aluminum and autism: “Aluminum (Al), the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant, is a demonstrated neurotoxin and a strong immune stimulator. Aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences.Is it unreasonable to question whether the current pediatric schedules, often containing 18 vaccines with aluminum, are safe for children?… Aluminum has all the necessary biochemical properties to induce neurological and immune disorders. The application of the Hill’s criteria to these data indicates that the correlation between aluminum in vaccines and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be causal. (Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2011)

>Thimerosal and developmental disorders: “Thimerosal, an organomercury compound, has been widely used as a preservative. Therefore, concerns have been raised about its neurotoxicity…These results indicate that embryonic exposure to thimerosal produces lasting impairment of brain monoaminergic system, and thus every effort should be made to avoid the use of thimerosal. (Brain and Development, 2013)

>Thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders: “Thimerosal, an organomercurial added as a preservative to some vaccines, is a suspected iatrogenic factor, possibly contributing to pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders including autism. These findings document neurotoxic effects of thimerosal, at doses equivalent to those used in infant vaccines or higher, in developing rat brain, suggesting likely involvement of this mercurial in neurodevelopmental disorders.” (Folia Neuropathologica, 2010).

>The Cost of Vaccination: The rate of hospitalization due to shingles did not change significantly from 1993 through the first few years of [chickenpox] vaccination use, which began in 1995. However, beginning in 2001, the rate of hospitalizations began to increase, and by 2004 the overall rate was 2.5 cases of shingles per 10,000 U.S. population, significantly higher than any year prior to 2002. Hospital fees increased by more than $700 million annually by 2004; in particular, persons aged 60 years or older accounted for 74% of the total annual hospital charges in 2004. Eliminating varicella…could generate an extra 21 million cases of herpes zoster (shingles) resulting in 5,000 deaths.(Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008;2000. Nov. 10, 2008)

There are more than 6,500 similar articles and abstract links collected in the pages of the Vaccine Research Library. The subscription site costs $9.98 per month or $99 per year. I will gladly give Dr. Offit and Dr. Caplan a lifetime free membership.

Let’s see if they would dare to use it.


Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny is an osteopathic medical doctor, board certified in three medical specialties. From 1986 to 1998, she was a full time Emergency Medicine physician and the director of the Emergency Department in Findlay, Ohio. In 1996, she opened a center for Integrative medicine now located in Middleburg Heights. Patients have come from nearly all 50 states and 14 countries to get well using a combination of conventional and holistic therapies.

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