Is There a Vaccine Debate Occurring? It Doesn’t Seem Like It.

When analyzing coverage of the recently reignited vaccine debate, it seems as though there’s not much of a debate occurring at all. Rather, media outlets and commentators have quickly dismissed those that maintain doubts about the safety of vaccines as illogical or misinformed, without understanding the reasoning behind their views.  This imbalanced coverage should strike those on both sides of the issue as highly problematic. If scientific understanding is to truly advance, the voices and concerns of minority groups shouldn’t be overtly marginalized or suppressed, especially in light of an abundance of credible supporting evidence.

In the last three decades, extensive research has been conducted by multiple scientists and organizations that demonstrate links between vaccine administration and a risk of chronic illness, disability, and neurodevelopmental disorders. These researchers comprise a group of highly-qualified and experienced scientists from around the world. In 2013, Canadian scientists Dr. Lucija Tomljenovi and Christopher Shaw found that the aluminum adjuvants in childhood vaccines increase a recipient’s risk for developing autism, neurological problems, and autoimmune diseases. In addition to aluminum adjuvants, many vaccines include a number of other toxic elements, including Thimerosal, polysorbate 80 and formaldehyde, to name a few. Dozens of independent research articles have been published on the negative effects of these ingredients, yet the CDC has only relied on a handful of studies, many of which have been identified as maintaining methodological flaws, to support its stance that vaccines pose no threats to recipients.

Immunologists like Dr. J Barthelow Classen have also identified links between vaccines and chronic illnesses like obesity, autism, and diabetes, all of which have increased dramatically among children in recent years. Numerous studies about the adverse health effects of the Gardasil vaccine, flu vaccine, and hepatitis vaccine also provide extensive insight into the potential dangers of vaccination.

There are also a number of prominent health professionals that have made statements in support of the anti-vaccination movement, yet these officials are rarely included in mainstream discussions of vaccination. For example, the former head of the National Institutes of Health, the Red Cross, and the Chair of the White House Cabinet Group on Biotechnology has spoken out against the dismissal of research that suggests a link between vaccines and chronic illness, noting that the research does raise legitimate doubts about vaccine safety.  Even Dr. Diane Harper, a developer of the Gardasil HPV vaccine, has stated she now believes the vaccine has the potential to be harmful to recipients. Prominent researchers and faculty from a number of academic and research institutions like the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute have made public their concerns about vaccine safety, yet these voices are not the ones the media , nor the government, has acknowledged.

We may also note that pharmaceutical companies and government health organizations have more to gain from asserting that vaccines are safe than those who question vaccine safety do. Widespread vaccination translates into substantial profits for pharmaceutical companies, while those that question the safety of vaccines have nothing to gain, other than safer vaccinations for their children.

Ultimately, a real debate about vaccine safety, one in which evidence from both sides is presented, will pave the way for more productive discussion and a better understanding of the potential risks of vaccination.

 

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.