Barbara Marx Hubbard Peacefully Passed Away April 10th, 2019 …

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In the 1920s,Edward Bernays, the so-called father of public relations, wrote several influential books outlining the principles of successful propaganda. In his book by that title, Bernaysarguedthat the mind of the peopleis made up for it bythose persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion and know how to skillfully supply the public with inherited prejudices and verbal formulas.

Bernays comments come to mind in the current climate of hostility and intolerance being directed against individuals pejoratively dubbed by the vaccine lobby as anti-vaxxers. The dumbed-down propaganda being plastered across the mainstream media on an almost daily basis would have the public believe that anyone who questionsanyaspect of vaccination is ignorant, selfish or both. However, there is a glaring flaw with this logic. The incontrovertible factwhich the legislators, regulators, reporters and citizens who are participating in mass tarring and feathering are not honest enough to admitis that many of the people classified as anti-vaxxers are actually ex-vaxxers whose dutiful adherence to current vaccine policies led to serious vaccine injury in themselves or a loved one.

Parental compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDCs) heavy-duty vaccine requirements for infants is often the catalyst for the injuries that start families down the path of becoming ex-vaxxers.

Vaccine coverage in the United States is high. In their first three years,over 99%of American children receive some vaccines. By the governments indirect admission, however, vaccine-related adverse events are also commonwith fewer than 1% of vaccine injuries ever gettingreported.

Parental compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDCs) heavy-duty vaccine requirements forinfantsis often the catalyst for the injuries that start families down the path of becoming ex-vaxxers. In one tragic case, a parent who followed doctors orders lost her six-week-old infant girl 12 hours after the child received eight vaccines; medical experts conclusion that vaccination was thecause of deathprompted a different valuation of risks and benefits with a subsequent child. There aremany othersuch stories. Moreover, when individuals who suffer nonfatal vaccine injuries stick to the standard vaccination regimen, research shows that they often experienceeven more severe injuriesthe next time around.

In the U.S., vaccines have been liability-free since 1986and evidence suggests that vaccine safety hasdeterioratedsignificantly as a result. The only current recourse for the vaccine-injured is to file a petition with the stingy and slow-moving National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). Although the NVICP has paid out over$4 billionin taxpayer-funded compensation, it denies far more petitions than it awards. The family of the six-week-old described in the preceding paragraph eventually received NVICP compensation, but not before the program expended considerable effort to leave the cause of death unexplained. And, literally adding insult to injury, the maximum payout for any vaccine-related death is only$250,000.

The chair of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee has stated, Congress is getting paid tonothold pharma accountable.

When people or their loved ones are vaccine-injured, many begin to unravel the unscrupulous world of pharmaceutical influence on our media, government agency leaders and lawmakers. Connecting the dots is a horrifying and enlightening experience, exposing facts to which the general public generally remains oblivious. These revelations weigh heavily when someone makes the decision to permanently change into an ex-vaxxer.

Why would the peoples elected representatives (and the officials they appoint) propagate smears,promote censorshipand ignore the testimonials of the many families that have experienced devastating vaccine injuries?

Why would officialdom ignore the escalating fiscal implications of vaccine injuries, which are imposing a staggering financial burden onhouseholdsandtaxpayers?

Why do the media increasingly advocate for theeliminationof informed consent and vaccine choice?

One of the inescapable answers has to do with the overt and covert influence of pharmaceutical industry funding on those who shape vaccine policy and public opinion.

At the government level, senior Senators openlyadmitthat drug companies have too much influence in Washington, with big pharma spendingmore than any other industryon lobbying and campaign contributions. For example, the pharmaceutical industry poured an estimated$100 millioninto the 2016 elections, rewarding politicians on both sides of the aisle with its largesse. The chair of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee hasstated, Congress is getting paid tonothold pharma accountable [emphasis added].

studies show that medical journal advertising generates the highest return on investment of all promotional strategies employed by pharmaceutical companies.

Not content to just influence legislators, the pharmaceutical industry puts equallyhigh valueon print advertising directed at doctorsthe all-important gatekeepers between drug companies and patients. In fact, studies show that medical journal advertising generates thehighest return on investmentof all promotional strategies employed by pharmaceutical companies.

Covering all bases, pharmaceutical companies also advertise vaccines and other drugs directly to U.S. consumers. The U.S. is one of onlytwo countriesin the world (along with New Zealand) that permits this type of direct-to-consumer pandering. Drug company spending on television and print advertising in the U.S. rose to $5.2 billion in 2016a60% increaseover 2012with untold additional amounts spent on digital and social media advertising. Astoundingly, pharmaceutical companies even get a tax break for these marketing expenditures, a corporate deduction that costs taxpayersbillionsannually.

The media benefit handsomely from the steady infusion of pharma advertising dollars. Four networks (CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox) receivedtwo-thirdsof the TV ad monies spent on top-selling drugs in 2015, with the Prevnar 13 vaccine representing the eighth most-advertised pharmaceutical product that year. Under these bought-media circumstances, it is somewhat astonishing that a few media outlets were willing to concede that drug money coursing through the veins of Congressdirectly contributedto the opioid crisis. So far, however, no reporters have been willing to connect similar dots between drug money and unsafe vaccines.

What the WHO failed to mention, however, is the preponderant role of commercial interestsand especially pharmaceutical industry interestsin shaping its goals and strategies.

Pharmaceutical industry influence makes itself felt not just domestically but also globally, and this has led to a corresponding amping-up of rhetoric against anti-vaxxers around the world. In early 2019, theWorld Health Organization(WHO) hyperbolically declared reluctance or refusal to vaccinate to be one of ten major global health threats. What the WHO failed to mention, however, is the preponderant role of commercial interestsand especiallypharmaceutical industryinterestsin shaping its goals and strategies.

Back in 2009, sleight of hand by WHO scientists rebranded the swine flu from a perfectly ordinary flu into a dangerous pandemic. This maneuver successfully generatedbillionsin profits for vaccine and anti-flu drug manufacturers; however, the vaccine in question (Pandemrix) caused cases ofnarcolepsymany inyoung peopleto surge all over Europe tonearly four times higherthan prevaccine levels. In all likelihood, the parents of the narcolepsy-afflicted youth joined the ranks of ex-vaxxers. A researcher looking back on the Pandemrix fiasco recentlystated:

If vaccine regulators were serious about safety, the entire vaccine fleet would have been grounded following the Pandemrix narcolepsy disaster, to check for the same mechanism of failure in other vaccines. But nothing of that sort happened.

If consumers want to learn about the potential risks of widely used FDA-approved drugs, they canwith a little legworkfind detailed information on hundreds of drugs on the FDAs website. Forazithromycin, for example, the FDA links to studies showing that the antibiotic increases risks of cancer relapse and cardiovascular problems. A link forfentanylclearly warns of the potential for life-threatening harm from accidental exposure and deadly risks to both children and adults. Although it can be an uphill battle to get drugs taken off the market, the ongoing pressure of lawsuits has succeeded in removing some egregious offenders such as Vioxxand Merck, Vioxxs manufacturer, has been forced to pay outbillionsin settlements.

In contrast, consumers who go to the FDA website for risk information about vaccines (classified as biologics rather than drugs) will search almost in vain, finding sparse information for onlyfour vaccines. One of the four is Gardasilalso manufactured by Merck, and one of the most notoriously dangerous vaccines ever rushed onto the market. While the FDA cautiouslystatesthat concerns have been raised about reports of deaths occurring in individuals after receiving Gardasil, the agency asserts that there was not a common pattern to the deaths that would suggest they were caused by the vaccine. The 2018 book,The HPV Vaccine on Trial, contradicts this benign narrative and describes how Gardasil has caused thousands of perfectly healthy young women and men to suddenly lose energy, become wheelchair-bound, or even die while Merck continues to enjoy soaring revenues.

For government and the media to dismiss these and other accounts of serious vaccine injuries as insignificantwhile falsely labeling injured individuals and their advocates as irresponsible anti-vaxxersis both shameful and insulting.After revealing how the mainstream narrative about Gardasil is riddled with discrepancies and half-truths, the authors ofThe HPV Vaccine on Trialissued a call for greater civility. Noting that marginalization and bullying of the vaccine-injured destroys civil public discourse and discourages scientific inquiry, they pointed out that we urgently need both.

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