A Pox On Their Arrogance and Their Dark Motivations ~ by Shawn Siegel

A recent book by Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, – CHOP – is titled, Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. For a more realistic view of the source of threat to us all, particularly to our kids, let’s take a closer look at the author. Dr. Offit personally reviewed and approved for publication on the CHOP website an article urging parents to vaccinate their kids for chickenpox, which states that, beyond minor discomforts such as fever or pain at the injection site, the shot is perfectly safe. (1) Meanwhile, Merck’s insert describes both upper and lower respiratory infections as adverse reactions noted during its own vaccine trials, and among the listed post-marketing reports are anaphylactic shock, encephalitis, Guillain-Barre and other disabling, potentially catastrophic illnesses. (2)

There’s a matter-of-fact reality to those post-marketing reports: to negate their association with the vaccine, one needs proof – especially when you enjoy the bully pulpit enjoyed by Dr. Offit. Unless he has available a detailed analysis of each individual instance of report, showing conclusively that there was no causal relation to the vaccine, he dare not suggest or insinuate that those reports may simply be summarily discounted as unrelated, or risk serious breach of ethical conduct. In this case, the total lack of mention of the reported post-marketing severe reactions defies excuse.

Chickenpox is described as a mild infection in the preface to the article, and indeed, resulting damage or death is rare. As per the CDC’s description, the probability of death if you had the disease was around 1 in 30,000:

Chickenpox used to be very common in the United States. About 4 million people would get the disease each year. Also, about 10,600 people were hospitalized and 100 to 150 died each year because of chickenpox. (3)

The article goes on to cite the anomaly – a child for whom chickenpox proved a death knell. Iatrogenics, however – injury or death at the hands of allopathic medical treatment – is one of the primary causes of both mortality and morbidity in the U.S., killing anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 annually, depending on which estimate you access, and hospitalizing 1,000,000. (4) So while a case of death from chickenpox is undeniably tragic, one has to wonder about how the few kids who died, most of whom, says the article, were previously healthy, were treated. Of the 4 million kids who got the disease each year, surely many thousands were previously unhealthy, yet they didn’t die. It defies common sense that even a few previously healthy kids succumbed to chickenpox, if they were treated properly, and in timely fashion.

It also defies common sense to ignore the importance of proper treatment, and focus instead on a potentially deadly medical procedure. Typically, what the article fails to mention is that 138 chickenpox vaccine-associated deaths have been reported (5); and that, knowing how egregiously broken is the reporting system (6), the real total over the now twenty years of the use of the vaccine could easily be several thousand, which means the vaccine could be killing as many or more kids each year as the disease did. Nor does it mention that shingles is among the top 1% of the reported vaccine reactions. We can’t even take the supposed post-vaccine reduction in the incidence of chickenpox at face value, since it’s a well known propensity of pediatricians, in defense of a healthy component of their bottom line and/or blind obeisance to their educations, to protect the good name of vaccination, and avoid diagnosing any disease for which a child has been vaccinated.

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