Opinion: Vaccines – Just How Dangerous Are They?

A recent study by the National Institute of Health boasts a “99.9% annual decrease in the spread of measles” thanks, in part, to vaccinations. With a percentage like that its hard to imagine why so many parents, the vast majority of whom are well educated, are hesitant about having their children receive these “immunizations.”

In 2010 the Centers for Disease control declared that “widespread use of vaccines [has] eliminated or nearly eliminated” most infectious diseases within the United States. But the CDC and NIH fail to adequately address growing concerns over potentially dangerous and life altering side effects associated with vaccines; perhaps the most prominent, or “news-worthy” side effect, being autism.

During a recent panel on the causes of autism hosted by the National Autism Association in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Robert Otnik, who holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard Medical School, spoke before a crowded audience, saying, “in nearly forty years of studying autism and it’s causes, while working alongside some of the most prestigious names in medicine, I have not been presented with anything that suggests there is a correlation between vaccinations and autism. But,” he added,”I have not seen anything that proves there isn’t, either.”

For some this may come as an unsettling admission, especially from such a renowned and accomplished neuroscientist as Dr. Otnik. However, as frightening a disease as autism is, it is just one of many potentially dangerous and life threatening “side effects” associated with vaccinations.  Even on the American Medical Association-sanctioned site WebMD, using the proper search parameters, one can pull up a host of potential side effects which include seizures, allergies, Sudden Infant Death syndrome, cancer, AIDS, and worst of all, death.

Then there are the unintended side effects, the ones you don’t hear about on the news. Seemingly unrelated in nature but when studied under the right light, they form a clear picture of perhaps the biggest threat to the safety and well-being of our youngest generation since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

According to a study conducted by the Department of Transportation, the vast majority of fatal car accidents occur within five miles of the home. This brings us to the tragic death of Claire Redfield and her two children, Leah, age 6, and Chris, age 11, who were killed when a tanker truck failed to stop at a red light and collided with their minivan, killing them instantly.  Ms. Redfield, a single mother, had been on her way to the family pediatrician for a scheduled appointment in which the children were to receive vaccinations which would allow them to attend public school. The family practice was located just three miles from the Redfield residence.

In 2012 the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported a total of 33,561 motor vehicle related deaths. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 36% of those fatalities occurred when the deceased were traveling to or from medical centers where they were to receive doctor-administered vaccinations.

But young children and adolescents aren’t the only victims of these unintended, yet preventable, vaccine-related “side effects.” In 2013, the U.S. Department of State issued an internal briefing, which has since been released to the public on the whistle-blower website Wikileaks.org, that stated “individuals traveling to conflict zones who have previously received vaccinations for malaria are four times more likely to be abducted by groups hostile to the U.S. and it’s interests.” As of this writing the Department of State has ignored multiple requests for comment.

Perhaps the most terrifying aspect surrounding the vaccination controversy is the U.S. government’s seeming unwillingness to provide the public with the truth about the dangers of vaccinations.  Even leading medical organizations, many of whom receive funding from the federal government, are silent on the subject, leaving many Americans skeptical. Why does our government continue to sanction a seemingly endless supply of vaccines? Some, like the NIH, say its to prevent the spread of disease. Others speculate mass distribution of RFID chips.  But do we really know what these so-called “immunization shots” contain? The frightening fact of the matter is we may never know.

R. Hobbus J.D.

Investigative Journalist

R. Hobbus J.D. is an internationally acclaimed independent investigative journalist specializing in international politics, health, business, science, conflict resolution, history, geography, mathematics, social issues, feminism, space travel, civil rights, human rights... more

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