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Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science



Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science PDF

Author: Louise Kuo Habakus

Publisher: Skyhorse

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Publish Date: September 1, 2012

ISBN-10: 1620872129

Pages: 512

File Type: PDF, Epub

Language: English

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Book Preface

Louise Kuo Habakus, MA, and Mary Holland, JD

Vaccination evokes strong opinions and emotions. Some are grateful and relieved to get vaccines. Others are angry and resentful about vaccination mandates. Many are caught in the middle—afraid, confused, and looking for the straight scoop. If you want to understand the real issues in the vaccination debate, read this book. Whether you are a parent, student, employee, soldier, or anyone else, you have a stake in this debate. No matter who you are, sooner or later you will wonder,

Should I get a vaccine?
Do I have a choice?
Who decides?

The vaccination debate has two distinct viewpoints, one “pro-vaccine” and the other “pro-choice.” The camps usually hurl the same insults at one another, characterizing the other side as irresponsible, dangerous, denialist, corrupt, and antiscience. Although this book favors vaccination choice and explains why, we attempt to objectively outline each basic view by setting derogatory labels aside.

THE PRO-VACCINE CAMP

The pro-vaccine camp strongly supports U.S. vaccination policy. Two new books published in early 2011 advance this position: Paul Offit’s Deadly Choices and Seth Mnookin’s The Panic Virus. These books join Arthur Allen’s Vaccine, Susan Jacoby’s The Age of American Unreason, and Michael Specter’s Denialism in their critique of those who question vaccine safety. Here are their key arguments:

  1. Government officials are best qualified to make vaccination decisions. Only government can ensure that a sufficiently high percentage of people vaccinate to preserve societal herd immunity.
  2. Vaccines are overwhelmingly safe and effective, and the benefits vastly outweigh the risks. Adverse events are vanishingly rare.
  3. Science proves the benefit of vaccines beyond a reasonable doubt. The science is in—vaccines are not responsible for any increase in common childhood health problems, including autism. They’re safe and effective.
  4. Vaccine refusers are dangerous and selfish. People who elect not to vaccinate are parasites. They are selfish, irrational, and threaten others with deadly disease.
  5. Only “false prophets” suggest that vaccines may cause disorders like autism. Quack healthcare practitioners concoct unfounded treatments for autism and prey on vulnerable parents desperate for help. People should disdain and shun them.
  6. Vaccine exemptions should be abolished. Dr. Offit and others suggest that states should abolish philosophical and religious exemptions. People abuse them and put others at risk. Because vaccines have been proven safe and effective, people have a social responsibility to vaccinate.

THE PRO-CHOICE CAMP

This book details the pro-vaccination choice perspective in law, religion, science, ethics, philosophy, and personal experience. Here are its key points:

  1. Vaccination choice is a human right. Because vaccination poses a risk to life, liberty, and security of person, only an individual or guardian may decide how, when, and whether to vaccinate.
  2. Society as a whole benefits from the cumulative impact of free and informed individual healthcare choices. The theory of herd immunity is not an adequate rationale for state compulsion to vaccinate.
  3. Vaccine safety science is flawed and incomplete. The Institute of Medicine as well as informed scientists, doctors, and officials have repeatedly acknowledged that fundamental questions about vaccine safety remain unanswered.
  4. The U.S. vaccine program is rife with conflicts of interest. Vaccines are big business and all of their promoters—pharma, government, medicine, and science—get their cut. The vaccine program does not put children’s safety first.
  5. Biomedical interventions are valid. Considerable science and anecdotal evidence support biomedical interventions for autism spectrum disorders and other chronic conditions. These interventions include diet, vitamin and mineral supplementation, chelation, and gastrointestinal treatment. Individuals are entitled to the practitioners and remedies of their choosing.
  6. Vaccination exemption rights must expand, not contract. Individuals have the right to free and informed consent for all medical interventions, including vaccination. In practice, not just in theory, individuals must have the right to make their own decisions.

As polarized as these camps are, we do share common ground. Both sides want a healthy, vibrant society. Both sides want responsible health policy grounded in ethics and science. Both sides see the vaccination issue as hugely important and seek to sway the public. Both sides are doing the work to understand each other’s analysis and arguments. Progress will not come from shadowboxing in our respective corners. It is now time for engagement and dialogue.

So, we invite the leaders of the pro-vaccine camp—in government, industry, and the professional medical associations—to publicly debate our different views. And, we invite the reader to read on.

Table of Contents

Cover
Title Page
Copyright Page
Dedication
Epigraph
FOREWORDLouise Kuo Habakus, MA, and Mary Holland, JD
IntroductionTHE CASE FOR VACCINATION CHOICE
Part ITHE CASE FOR VACCINATION CHOICE
Chapter OneVACCINATION CHOICE IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT
Chapter TwoTHE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARD
Chapter ThreeA HUMAN RIGHTS ASSESSMENT
Chapter FourDUE PROCESS AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION
Chapter FiveTHE RIGHT TO LEGAL REDRESS
Chapter SixGOD, GOVERNMENT, AND PARENTAL RIGHTS
Chapter SevenAN URGENT CALL FOR MORE RESEARCH
Chapter EightA LONG AMERICAN TRADITION
Chapter NineMEDICAL ETHICS AND CONTEMPORARY MEDICINE
Chapter Ten“THE GREATER GOOD”
Part IINARRATIVES AND THE ECHOES OF “OMELAS”
Chapter ElevenTHREE SHORT YEARS
Chapter TwelvePEDIATRICS: SICK IS THE NEW HEALTHY
Chapter ThirteenMY DAUGHTER IS “ONE LESS”
Chapter FourteenA MOTHER-SON STORY
Chapter FifteenWHO WILL DEFEND THE DEFENDERS?
Chapter Sixteen“GET YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER”
Part IIITHE TOPICS IN DEBATE
Chapter SeventeenTHE VACCINE BUBBLE AND THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
Chapter EighteenTHE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA
Chapter NineteenMERCURY TOXICITY AND VACCINE INJURY
Chapter TwentyFORCED CHILD REMOVAL
Chapter Twenty-OneGENETIC INFORMATION: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Chapter Twenty-TwoA DOCTOR’S VIEW OF VACCINES AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter Twenty-ThreeA HOLISTIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE
Chapter Twenty-FourWHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?
Chapter Twenty-FiveWHO IS DR. ANDREW WAKEFIELD?
Chapter Twenty-SixTHE SUPPRESSION OF SCIENCE
AFTERWORD
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
APPENDIX A: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER SEVEN: AN URGENT CALL FOR MORE RESEARCHAbstracts from Underlying Scientific Studies
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER TWELVE: PEDIATRICS: SICK IS THE NEW HEALTHY
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER FIFTEEN: WHO WILL DEFEND THE DEFENDERS?
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO?COUNTING VACCINE DOSES AND COMBINATION VACCINES
APPENDIX TO CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: WHO IS DR. AN DREW WAKEFIELD?
APPENDIX B: TOOLS FOR VACCINATION CHOICE
NOTES
CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX

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