In Idaho, lawmakers are reviewing legislation to be debated in the upcoming 2018 session that would greatly infringe upon rights of parental choice and protections. In 2016, an interim committee was created at Governor Butch Otter's request to research "faith healing". This belief is practiced among some Idaho residents, including some followers of Christ Church in Canyon County. Parents in this group rely upon the power of prayer, accepting whatever results as "God's will". The state argues that "treatable illness" such as pneumonia that might result in the child's death due to lack of "proper medical treatment" are of concern.
However, when the legislature targets a specific group of people to say their beliefs are unacceptable and that lack of compliance can be punishable by law, we have to ask whether this is rational given the fact that medical errors are now in the 3rd leading cause of death nationwide, as reported by John's Hopkins University in 2016. The U.S. also has the world's highest infant mortality rate according to the CDC's own data.
It is discriminatory at least and un-Constitutional at best to create any legislation directed at a specific group. If the legislature or Congress were considering such a bill which targeted any other minority group, there would be citizens, politicians, special interest groups and lobbyists protesting and up in arms. Why are we not outraged by the idea that this specific group is being called out for their beliefs? And can we truthfully say this is only directed at one group - or is it actually a means to control and criminalize all those whose beliefs and practices fall outside the spectrum of "accepted" methods to treat medical conditions, the allopathic religion of modern, conventional science and medicine; medical practice and "science" sponsored by large, powerful corporations that take their cues from and which are the recipients of financial incentives from these corporations?
This is what is defined as a conflict of interest!
When will the leaders of the modern medical industry stop insisting that conventional medical treatments are not a "gold-standard" or a one-size fits all treatment that results in 100% success? Patients suffer and die regularly when following conventional medical recommendations. And yet these practitioners and scientists endorsing these practices, drugs, and biologics have been given a pass while those pursuing holistic or "alternatives" are thrown under the bus. Those same practitioners and scientists blatantly ignore the science and evidence that their practices result in these consequences.
Holistic health treatment may sometimes result in illness or death, but the point is that the same results occur with conventional medical treatment and the choice to refuse any type of medical treatment is the parent's sovereign right, not the state's right. The Declaration of Independence explicitly states we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Who is to say that your choice to decline medical treatment, vaccines, or any procedure is denying your child those unalienable rights when people die every day from allopathic (conventional) care?
Legislation sets a dangerous precedent
We've already seen the damage done in CA with SB277 (mandatory vaccine legislation which went into effect on July 1, 2016) and subsequent legislation, SB18 (children's "protection") from Senator Richard Pan, which according to the No On SB18 site "opens your front door and invites the government in to stay, not only as a spectator, but as a dictator". The so-called "faith healing" bill is dangerous for Idaho, and similar pieces of legislation are dangerous for other states. If more states begin to graft this type of legislation into their system of laws, more parents and families will face discrimination. We believe the language and intent of these types of legislation are dangerous and will erode parental choice and rights. This kind of legislation is fundamentally harmful and disintegrating to one of the most important foundations of our society. When we surrender our personal sovereignty to any government, we have little left to lose as a society. We also believe corporations are responsible for fueling these kinds of scenarios, with greed and control at the helm of incentives to pass sponsored legislation.
Why do parents question vaccines and decide to opt out? Is it because some parents are hysterical, irrational beings that make knee-jerk reactions based simply on social media conversations and hearsay that causes them to decline vaccination?
Instead of jumping to conclusions about the pro-education vaccine parents, let's look at the facts and attempt to understand the reasoning and research behind these discerning, educated individuals' mindset who may be concerned and seeking answers, or who may have found themselves with a vaccine-injured or deceased child.
Pharmaceutical immunity from lawsuits
While we're on the topic of medical errors being in the Top 3 leading causes of death being revealed by some of our leading and respected experts in medical and health fields, here's another issue: the vaccine-industry's not-so transparent history and actions. In the 1980s, use of pharmaceutical products was actually causing lawsuits by consumers and the pharmaceutical industry threatened to discontinue manufacturing of vaccines. After the federal government stepped in and granted immunity to these corporations, pharmaceutical companies were no longer liable for any damages incurred to consumers using their products, for any kind of vaccine injury.
From the National Vaccine Information Center:
"On February 22, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court shielded drug companies from all liability for harm caused by vaccines mandated by government when companies could have made a safer vaccine.
From now on, drug companies selling vaccines in America will not be held accountable by a jury of our peers in a court of law if those vaccines brain damage us but could have been made less toxic.
To understand how this happened, we have to turn the clock back to 1982. That is when four big drug companies (Merck, Wyeth, Lederle, Connaught) blackmailed Congress by threatening to stop selling vaccines in America unless a law was passed giving them complete immunity from prosecution.
The pharmaceutical industry knew they were in big trouble because the old, crude whooping cough vaccine in the DPT shot was causing brain inflammation and death in many children; the live oral polio vaccine was crippling children and adults with vaccine strain polio; and Americans were filing lawsuits to hold drug companies responsible for the safety of their products."
So, if a parent allows a child to be vaccinated and the child becomes injured or dies, the parent has essentially no recourse. The "vaccine court" set up by the federal government, the VICP (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) via Health and Human Services which deals with vaccine court cases is funded by tax payer dollars. What does this mean? Essentially, a surcharge is applied to every vaccine sold. Over 300 million Americans pay for the damages when children are vaccine-injured, not the pharmaceutical industry. This is the only instance where a manufacturer remains free from liability for damage from their own products. Shouldn't the industry that damages be held accountable?
CDC database contains a list of reported vaccine-injuries
VAERS is a joint database maintained by the CDC and FDA. On the VAERS site, you can read the following statement: ""Underreporting" is one of the main limitations of passive surveillance systems, including VAERS." The term "underreporting" refers to the fact that VAERS receives reports for only a SMALL FRACTION of actual adverse events."
For example, in 2010 alone, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a voluntary reporting system, catalogued 30,000+ reports of possible vaccine injury or death. 4,000+ were categorized "serious" where an ER visit/hospitalization, professional care, death or permanent injury was necessary. To access data for a specific year, visit the VAERS Database.
Here's an explanation of what "small fraction" actually means:
Let's say that "small fraction" equates to 1-5%, that means the actual vaccine-related injuries and deaths are 600,000 - 3,000,000. Serious incidents fall inbetween 80,000 - 400,000. Actual deaths linked to the immunization program in 2010? 4,600 - 23,300
In that same year, 54%+ of reported fatalities occurred in children younger than the age of 3. It's no coincidence that children under 3 receive more vaccines than all other age groups combined.
So, if these numbers are accurate - based on the CDC/FDA approximations ("small fraction"), then there is a much higher number of injuries and fatalities linked to vaccines!
The numbers of vaccine-injuries and deaths are not insignificant. A search for "vaccine-injury" on Youtube will yield dozens and dozens of testimonials by parents and more discussions of this by medical doctors and other professionals.
Adverse reactions on vaccine product inserts
Here are a few examples of Adverse Reactions or Adverse Events listed in some vaccine package inserts:
The MMR vaccine insert lists encephalopathy in its "Adverse Reactions", which has been correlated in scientific studies to autism here, here, and here. Hear Gladys's story about her son's autism diagnosis after receiving the MMR vaccine.
The DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) vaccine Kinrix lists dehydration and hypernatremia; cerebrovascular accident; dehydration and gastroenteritis under "Serious Adverse Events". Hear the story of 19-month old Lauren's vaccine reaction to the DTaP.
The Heptatitis B Pedvax vaccine insert lists Lymphadenopathy and Febrile seizures as well as unusual high-pitched crying, prolonged crying, diarrhea, vomiting, crying, pain, otitis media, rash, and upper respiratory infection. Kimberly speaks out about her baby's reaction to the HiB vaccine.
The HPV Gardasil (human papillomavirus) vaccine insert lists the following: "headache, fever, nausea, and dizziness; and local injection site reactions (pain, swelling, erythema, pruritus, and bruising) occurred after administration with GARDASIL. Syncope [temporary loss of consciousness], sometimes associated with tonic-clonic movements and other seizure-like activity, has been reported following vaccination with GARDASIL and may result in falling with injury; observation for 15 minutes after administration is recommended. Anaphylaxis has been reported following vaccination with GARDASIL." See this CNN report on Gardasil vaccine adverse events and Gardasil vaccine-injury from a mother's perspective.
More information on vaccine reactions:
Modern Alternative Health - Vaccine reactions
Health Impact News - Have you or your child been damaged by vaccines?
Parents and consumers have the right to know what could happen, and the right to Informed Consent! Are they receiving accurate, forthcoming information from their care providers?
Most parents don't receive the package inserts when they take their children in to be vaccinated. The majority of nurses and doctors hand parents a colorful piece of paper that provides minimal descriptions of what could happen when their child receives a vaccine. This is not the same as a package insert.
Informed Consent is the law, and this information is typically not upheld by medical and health professionals!
What if a child has a weakened immune system, vaccine-injury, allergy, intolerance or life-threatening reaction to a drug or biologic (vaccine)? What if the parent relays this information to the doctor and the doctor administers the medication or vaccine regardless? Should we simply ignore symptoms and damage caused by medications and vaccines? Ignore the biological reasons why children' become ill and need treatment that heals (not drugs or vaccines, in numerous cases) so that we can say we are "making children safe", when in reality we are actually causing much more harm, and irreparable damage that could compromise them for a lifetime, or worse ... kill them?
Right now, there is a family in northern ID who needs everyone's support (November 2017): Baby Elijah was taken by authorities shortly after birth when the parents, a disabled mother with non-progressive Cerebral Palsy and the baby's father decided against vaccination at Kootenai Health in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Hospital staff were not concerned about the parent's ability to care for the child until the vaccination declination was given. It was shortly after this event that CPS workers came in to take the newborn infant from his family. Read more and donate here.