The Mission & Work of the Dwoskin Family Foundation

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.

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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.

Vaccines: Showing Signs of Problems in People and Animals

The mission at Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute has always been specifically geared to address emerging health threats, including those posed by vaccines. The biological and genetic reactivity of vaccine additives like mercury preservatives, aluminum adjuvants and other toxic agents can have negative affects when administered to children; now there may be some relating evidence with animals and vaccinations.

Drawing on stronger evidence that vaccines induce adverse reactions, injections given to both people and animals are showing signs of negative health effects.

Just like humans, household pets are usually recommended to be vaccinated for various diseases, but could these injections be damaging to their overall health? Over $28 billion were spent by pet owners just on veterinary bills in one year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In relation to this data, the AVMA found that 84 percent of dog owners had their dogs vaccinated that same year.

A Colorado-based veterinarian, Dr. Brad Hines, believes vets do over-vaccinate for some diseases. While caring for a dog diagnosed with immune mediated hemolytic anemia, otherwise known as IMHA, he says vaccinations play a role in the development of the disease, but the hard part is proving the association. IMHA causes an animal’s immune system to attack red blood cells, and the odds of surviving the disease are dismal.

In an article by Dr. Wendy Brooks, she says that IMHA has no apparent cause, but in some cases, something triggers the reactions. Drugs most commonly implicated include penicillins, trimethoprim-sulfa, and methimazole; these drugs could induce a reaction that will stimulate the immune system in seeking out proteins that resemble the drug, ultimately attacking the red blood cells. Without adequate controlled research, the causal factors cannot be precisely determined.

Hines does support the use of vaccinations, however, making clear not to over-vaccinate.

A veterinarian based in California, Dr. W.Jean Dodds, has spent years researching animal vaccinations and says there is a close association with vaccinations and certain illnesses. In an article written by Dodds, titled “Changing Vaccine Protocol,” she points out research findings showing that 38 dogs for every 10,000 were adversely affected by vaccines. She also reveals that certain factors raise a dog’s risk of negative reactions, including multiple vaccines given at the same time with increased risks for small breeds.

Dodds says the dosage amounts of vaccines given to small dogs and large dogs should be different because of the diverse proportions of breeds. She notes that other countries use smaller dosages which work just as well, if not better for the animal.

Another safety consideration promoted by veterinarians for pet health that pediatricians have not heeded is the removal of the mercury based preservative, Thimerosal, from pet vaccines. Thimerosal is still contained in most flu shots, which are recommended during pregnancy, at 6 months of age, and every year throughout life. The decision to remove mercury from pet vaccines was made 10 years before the recommendation was made by the American Academy of Pediatrics to remove mercury from most, but not all pediatric vaccines.

However, Dr. Jeff Fankhauser of the Colorado Veterinarian Medicine Association says the risks of vaccinating animals are small compared to the consequences of not vaccinating them, adding that vaccines are essential to keep pets healthy. No scientific evidence was provided for this assertion, but this belief is shared by many veterinarians. Like Fankhauser, many medical doctors are still standing by the recommended vaccine schedule for children as well, but the trends of vaccination are changing as parents learn more about vaccines.

Other animals are displaying adverse effects from vaccines other than just the common household pet.

A relatively new post-vaccine syndrome called Autoimmune Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants, also known as ASIA, is being found in commercialized sheep. This syndrome has developed from vaccine ingredients that trigger disease. The sheep that were injected showed symptoms of extreme cachexia, poor wool coat, redness of the skin, atrophy of muscular masses and generalized weakness.

Horses are one of the most heavily and frequently vaccinated domesticated animals and can suffer from adverse reactions. Health issues in horses linked to adverse vaccine reactions have included fever and nasal discharge, temporary blindness, muscle weakness and laminitis just to name a few.

Evidence and supporting research outlining adverse reactions to vaccines continues to be collected and is showing similar data between people and animals.

Research on mice, rats and primates administered age and weight adjusted vaccines or vaccine ingredients have revealed significant neurological, cognitive, social, motor and immune system impairments compared to saline control groups. The loss of motor neurons and other brain abnormalities have been observed. Many of these deficits resemble features of autism, autoimmune diseases, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities and chronic illnesses that have affected increasing numbers of children over the past three decades. No evidence has emerged that unvaccinated or undomesticated animals are suffering similar adverse health effects.