Albert and Lisa Claire Dwoskin are passionate about children’s health. In 2001, they decided it was time to create a foundation of their own through which they could give back some of their good fortune and use their donations to directly support underfunded areas of children’s health research. The Dwoskin Family Foundation was created, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation.
Claire Dwoskin went to work immediately. She and other child health advocates and scientists began identifying neglected health threats and areas of research that were not receiving adequate attention and funding. In particular, she was alarmed by the research showing that vaccines may have significant health risks for children, and at the high number of chronically ill and disabled children in clinics and waiting rooms. Although vaccines are believed to prevent a number of infectious diseases, some researchers have found evidence that these same vaccines can also cause life-altering medical conditions.
Although high quality vaccine safety research was limited, Claire Dwoskin felt it was worth exploring. This seemed especially prudent because the belief that vaccines are safe and effective had become dogma in the medical establishment. Even scientists and doctors were unaware that vaccines were tested against groups receiving other vaccines or aluminum containing placebos, instead of true placebos. Many believed the vaccine schedule in its entirety had been tested for safety, considering they have cumulative and synergistic effects. Something had to be driving up the incidence of chronic illness and disability in children that adults were not exposed to, as there were few adults similarly affected.
Doctors routinely issue scores of vaccines to children in developed nations, and international organizations are working tirelessly to bring these vaccines to developing nations as well. If the very tools that are becoming standard worldwide for protecting children are also causing disease, she felt people had a right to accurate information about how vaccines affect overall health.
This research helped set the direction for the Dwoskin Family Foundation overall. Research into vaccine safety has become a major priority of the Foundation, and it has expressed that mission by giving substantial support to the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute. CMSRI is dedicated to carrying out research on the biological and genetic effects of vaccines and making data from its findings available in a way that can influence public health policy.
In particular, CMSRI has focused on the possibility that vaccines have effects on brain health and may be linked to autism in children. Similarly, CMSRI’s research has examined whether vaccines, which stimulate the immune system, may be triggers or causes for auto-immune disorders, some of which are on the rise. Finally, a great deal of CMSRI’s work has been focused at identifying potential toxicity of ingredients in common vaccines.
The Dwoskin Family Foundation continues to support CMSRI and other related children’s safety research causes, in the hopes that parents will have a more complete understanding of the full effects of the pediatric vaccine schedule—and that where needed, best medical practices and vaccine recommendations can be adjusted. This is work that Claire Dwoskin, her husband Albert, and everyone involved in the Foundation and CMSRI believe can improve health and better the world.