May, 2014

” Respondent denies that the Tdap vaccine caused petitioner’s alleged CIDP, or any other injury, and further denies that petitioner’s current disabilities are sequelae of a vaccine elated injury.

Nevertheless, the parties agree to the joint stipulation, attached hereto as Appendix A. The undersigned finds said stipulation reasonable and adopts it as the decision of the Court in awarding damages, on the terms set forth therein.

Damages awarded in that stipulation include:

A. A lump sum payment of $112,500.00 in the form of a check payable to petitioner, Douglas Frank Gilmore, Jr. This amount represents compensation for all damages that would be available under 42 U.S.C. § 300aa-15(a). ”  

Grass and sky buttonIn her commentary of April 28, “Why we need vaccinations,” Amanda Naprawa goes to great lengths to characterize the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice as a “virulently anti-vaccine” organization that “seeks to scare individuals off from immunization.” Not only is this false, as VCVC is pro informed consent, not anti-vaccine, but Ms. Naprawa fails to mention her role as a lawyer who last year wrote extensively about ways to legally scare off those who dissent from current orthodoxy regarding vaccine policy, efficacy or safety. In what is arguably a manual for pro-vaccine extremism, Ms. Naprawa proposes to carve out an exception to freedom of speech in the form of a “vaccine disparagement statute” aimed at protecting the “pecuniary interests” of big pharmaceutical corporations. In her view, not only is big pharma entitled to compensation from “anti-vaccine speakers” for lost profits when a vaccine flops, but it should also have the right to collect punitive damage awards for the purpose of permanently silencing critics. To be fair, in Ms. Naprawa’s envisioning of democracy, such special punishment is reserved only for those who “recklessly disregard the truth of the medical or scientific community.” So who precisely are these keepers of the truth by which future vaccine heretics are to be judged?

The vast majority of scientific and medical literature about vaccines is the product of the pharmaceutical industry itself. Parents should understand what this means. This is an industry that routinely engages in criminal behavior. In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of at least 25 different vaccines, admitted to bribing doctors and encouraging prescription of an inappropriate anti-depressant to children, for which it paid $3 billion in penalties. In 2009, Pfizer, maker of the vaccine Prevnar, agreed to pay a $2.3 billion criminal fine, the largest in history. Pfizer admitted mislabeling the painkiller Bextra with “the intent to defraud or mislead.” In 2008, Merck, maker of the controversial HPV vaccine Gardasil, paid $650 million for Medicaid fraud and kickbacks. In 2012, Sanofi-Aventis, maker of at least 18 different vaccines, paid $109 million for “illegal sampling arrangements” after a former Sanofi sales agent contacted the Justice Department. The list goes on and on, with fines in the hundreds of millions the rule. Yet Ms. Naprawa expects parents to accept as an article of faith that these same corporations are somehow models of integrity and transparency when it comes to their liability-free vaccine products.

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth that, since vaccines are by nature “unavoidably unsafe,” pharmaceutical corporations cannot be sued even if a plaintiff claims that an avoidable design defect had caused injury or death. Since then, there has been a steady increase in vaccine marketing, complete with industry-funded “Astroturf” groups and an aggressive nationwide campaign to eliminate exemptions. Having secured near complete protection from liability for their industry, mandatory vaccination proponents are now asking whether censorship is the right answer to continuing vaccine controversies. It is not. As Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas succinctly stated, “Effective self-government cannot succeed unless the people are immersed in a steady, robust, unimpeded and uncensored flow of opinion and reporting which are continuously subjected to critique, rebuttal and re-examination.”

Thomas McLeod


– Study: High exposure of Al (225 to 1750 μg per dose) when compared with estimated levels absorbed from breast milk (2.0 μg) (J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2010

This is an important study because – if you recall – Vermont Dr. Raszka was interviewed several times in February-April 2012 and fully supports no exemptions. In his February VPR interview he claimed that aluminum in vaccines is perfectly safe and that breast milk has more aluminum than vaccines. He acted in a condescending fashion against Dr. Curtis Gross, a chiropractor, who pointed out that aluminum is very different when it goes thru the digestive tract.

The Brazil study does not come out against vaccines (nor do we; we are pro informed consent), but does acknowledge that perhaps we should look more closely at the issue.

“Exclusively, breastfed infants (in Brazil) receiving a full recommended schedule of immunizations showed an exceedingly high exposure of Al (225 to 1750 μg per dose) when compared with estimated levels absorbed from breast milk (2.0 μg). This study does not dispute the safety of vaccines but reinforces the need to study long-term effects of early exposure to neuro-toxic substances on the developing brain. Pragmatic vaccine safety needs to embrace conventional toxicology, addressing especial characteristics of unborn fetuses, neonates and infants exposed to low levels of aluminum, and ethylmercury traditionally considered innocuous to the central nervous system.”


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