Politics, Power and Public Relations
Topics on this page:
- The Big Picture
- The Food and Drug Administration
- The Centers for Disease Control
- A Word about Health Canada
- The Revolving Door... Who are some of the Players?
- "Troublemakers"... Then and Now
- Confidential: Do Not Release
- Public Relations: Pushing the Flu Shot and Other Vaccines
- Authoring Research and the Role of Academia
- Media... Researched Challenged?
- Behind the Scenes
For most people it's hard to fathom that any product that posed a serious public risk would not be removed by our regulatory bodies. After all, most of those who work for CDC, the FDA, Health Canada etc. are decent professionals concerned about the public's welfare. This raises serious issues about the extent to which government, industry, academia etc. are controlled at the highest levels by powerful vested interests. To better grasp the extent to which non-patentable modalities are suppressed consider reading: 'The Politics of Healing: Manipulation of American Medicine' by former New York State Assemblyman Daniel Haley; 'The Medical Mafia' by Guylaine Lanctot MD and 'Rotten to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower' by Dr. Shiv Chopra. Also consider viewing the revealing documentaries: 'When Healing is a Crime' and 'Sweet Misery' which documents the disturbing revolving door between industry and regulators. Lastly, consider visiting www.whale.to (link to persecuted doctors.)
"The combined profits for the ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 ($35.9 billion) were more than the profits for all the other 490 businesses put together ($33.7 billion) in 2002...Now, primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit, this industry uses its weight and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the US Congress, the FDA, academia, medical centers and the medical profession itself."Dr. Marcia Angell, former Editor, The New England Journal of Medicine
"The annual global market for vaccines is expected to go from $6 billion today to $10 billiion by 2006. With this kind of money to be made, it's not surprising that health officials are recommending mor and more vaccines."'Health Official Have Close Relationship With Vaccine Maker', United Press International, 11/23/03 (imagine 2009 pandemic profits)
"The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks its doing are as different as night and day."Dr. Herbert Ley, former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
"Only about one percent of serious events (adverse drug vaccine reactions) are reported to the FDA."Dr. David Kessler, former Head, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
"Ninety-two percent of FDA advisory meetings had at least one member with a conflict of interest."David Ayoub MD, citing USA Today, 'FDA Conflicts of Interest' 9/25/2000
"The CDC routinely allows scientists with blatant conflicts of interest to serve on influential advisory committees... for which they are supposed to be providing unbiased oversight."Dan Burton, former U.S. Congressional Representative
"Members of the CDC's Vaccine Advisory Committee get money from vaccines manufacturers. Relationships include: sharing a vaccine patent; owning stock in a vaccine company, payments for research getting money to monitor manufacturer's tests and funding academic departments."UPI (United Press International) Investigates the Vaccine Conflict
"At CDC National Immunization Conferences, Merck and other vaccine manufacturers wine and dine thousands of attendees who make their living promoting and administering vaccines... Drug company lobbyists can wear different hats. While collecting between $50,000 to $100,000 from vaccine maker Wyeth for Texas lobbying activities, the same lobbyist collects $25,000 - $50,000 from the Texas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to encourage new vaccine mandates in Texas."Kristine M. Severyn RPh, PhD, Director, Vaccine Policy Institute
"The vaccination lobby shamelessly takes the children of the world as hostages...They relentlessly abuse our concern about health to promote their gigantic business...no matter how many more vaccine victims will suffer death or side-effects. Shockingly, health policy is no longer democratic control. Everything is setup and organized with scrutiny at the highest international level by those who profit from it: the pharmaceutical industry, the financial world, politicians."
Kris Gaublome, MD, Belgium
"At the federal level the Center for Disease Control makes a project out of concealing its activities on how it crafts national vaccination policy. The Freedom of Information Act does not apply when it comes to trying to obtain this kind of information. Conflicts of interest, or shall we say paid drug industry consultants who populate key advisory committees are universal and even after Congress forced the CDC to provide written verbatim transcripts of public meetings of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to help to get to the bottom of things, the committee was being advised by other government officials on how to get around the federal law so they could avoid public meetings altogether while still being able to add more mandated vaccines."
Carolyn Dean MD, ND, author of 'Death by Modern Medicine'
"My fears are not without basis. Just last month at the National Vaccine Advisory Committee meetings which I attended, Dr. Hinman told committee members how they could get around the Federal Advisory Committee Act and not be bothered with public meetings to enact public policy... Citizens are confronted with obstacles when they try to research how vaccine policy is formulated. When the CDC is questioned about the rationale behind its vaccine recommendations, which one assumes would be public information, citizens find that the agency treats formulation of national vaccination policy as a top military secret...The way CDC currently withholds information, and cites studies which only support its views, ignoring those studies that don't, one would think that the letters CDC stood for Cover-Up, Distortion and Coercion."Kristine M. Severyn RPh, PhD, Director, Vaccine Policy Institute
"I have minutes from a CDC Study Groups Meeting on Hepatitis B vaccine held in March, 1997. The minutes of the meeting show that it would take at least a 60 day study to show onset of MS. Clinical studies done by the two manufacturers were four and five days in length, respectively. It should be noted that the afternoon session of this meeting was chaired by Dr. Robert Sharrar of Merck. Can an employee of a pharmaceutical company that manufacture the vaccine be objective to show fault in a product that generates close to billion dollars in sales for his company?"Betty Fluck RN, Testimony for U.S. House of Representatives, 5/18/99
"Health Canada is the most corrupt federal government agency in Canada. They are corrupt to the core and agents of the pharmaceutical lobby."Dr. Shiv Chopra, Microbiologist, 35 year Scientist with Health Canada (who paid a heavy price for becoming a whistleblower)
"Public policy regarding vaccines is fundamentally flawed. It is permeated by conflicts of interest, based on poor scientific methodology and insulated from independent criticism. It's apparent that critical medical decisions for an entire generation of American children are being made by small committees whose members have incestuous ties with agencies that stand to gain power, or manufacturers that stand to gain enormous profits, from the policy made... We suspect financial ties between vaccine manufacturers and medical groups such as the American Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics...And the federal government pays the state bonus every “fully” vaccinated child. What's their motive—money or medicine?"
Jane Orient, MD, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
"The Institute of Medicine ... receives government contracts to evaluate which vaccines should be put on the fast track... While IOM is described as an independent scientific body, conflicts of interest betrays its independence. IOM's corporate donor list reads like a who's who of the medical industrial complex, including nearly all major drug and vaccine manufacturers, the American Medical Association, The American Hospital Association, the World Health Organization, Monsanto, the March of Dimes..."Kristine M. Severyn RPh, PhD, Vaccine Policy Institute
"... State officials are provided financial bounties for each “fully” vaccinated child...Drug companies are knee deep in passing money around to vaccine policy makers such as the AAP and unknown amounts of cash, euphemistically called 'campaign donations' or soft money help legislators feel disposed towards supporting more and more mandates. Even pediatricians are more than happy to get on the gravy train by scheduling lucrative well baby visits every few months."Carolyn Dean MD ND
"The vaccine industry gives millions to the American Academy of Pediatrics for conference grants medical education classes, even to help build their headquarters. The totals are kept secret but public documents reveal pieces $342,000 was given by Wyeth maker of the pneumococcal vaccine; $433,000 was contributed to the Academy by Merck the same year the Academy endorsed Merck's HPV vaccine... Then there's Paul Offit perhaps the most widely quoted author of vaccine safety. He has gone so far as to say that babies can theoretically tolerate 10,000 vaccines at once... Dr. Offit holds a $1.5 million research chair at Children's Hospital funded by Merck... The AAP, 'Every Child by Two' and Dr. Offit wouldn't agree to interviews but all told us they're up front about the money they receive and it doesn't sway their opinion."CBS, 'How Independent Are Vaccine Defenders', 7/25/08
"The American Academy of Pediatrics, a major supporter of mandatory chickenpox and other vaccine mandates shares financial ties with Merck. When constructing its new headquarters in suburban Chicago, the AAP solicited funds from Merck and received $100,000 for its new building campaign ... As a front for Merck's campaign to enact a chickenpox vaccine mandate in Illinois, the company established and bankrolled the 'Illinios Children's Health Coalition'. Upon investigation, the ICHC was found to be no more than a public relations gimmick. Merck's similar campaign moved to Ohio, this time using the name 'Ohio Variella Vaccine Coalition'."Kristine M. Severyn RPhD, PhD, Vaccine Policy Institute
"One had 42 relationships with fourteen companies, when does he have time to practice... I mean this is unbelievable... Why isn't this on the front page of the newspapers... You can sit there and vote on something that's going to reap millions of dollars for you."David Ayoub MD, 'Mercury, Autism and the Global Vaccine Agenda
"For the sake of your little patients, THINK CAREFULLY and CRITICALLY, evaluate this same propaganda, from the SAME agencies who are serving the SAME masters...These new vaccines have been ramrodded through these SAME kind of 'EXPERT' panels, with the SAME fraudulent assurances of effectiveness and safety...These are the SAME people who will manage the coerced vaccination of our babies and children...With their tiny immunologic functions and overwhelmed by these useless vaccines, their synthetic immune system will be unable to counter and organism of even low virulence...And these are the same people who have gone into the medical business to solve the “health-care crisis” – which they created...Our babies' and children's only hope is to have a rare pediatrician that uses his own capacity to critically evaluate and think..."Thomas E. Stone MD 'An Open Letter to Pediatricians on Flu Vaccines'
(Also see sections on Autism, and on Why Most Doctors are Silent)
"Dr. Charles Creighton's 'History of Epidemics in Britain' in two volumes, 1891 and 1894, was justly called 'the greatest medical work ever written by one man.' Having previously written for the Encyclopedia Britannica, he was asked to contribute the article on vaccination for the Ninth Edition. It's appearance, in 1988, was such a profound shock to the advocates of, and vested interests concerned in vaccination that Creighton's article was replaced as soon as possible by what was little more than an advertisement...Creighton, perhaps the greatest medical mind of the last century was virtually turned out of his profession."
Lionel Dole, author of 'The Blood Poisoners -- Photo is of Creighton
"In 1954 Dr. Bernice Eddy (bacteriologist) discovered live monkey viruses in supposedly sterile inactivated polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk. This discovery was not well received by the National Institute of Health and Dr. Eddy was demoted. Later, Dr. Maurice Hilleman ( then chief vaccine developer, Merck) isolated SV 40 virus from both the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines... It has now been identified in 43% of cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, 36% of brain tumours..."Dr. James Howenstine, MD, 'Why You Should Avoid Taking Vaccines'
"Bernice Eddy lost her labs pursuing and espousing the truth. Her treatment scandalized the scientific community and resulted in a U.S. Senate investigation during which she warned legislators that unless the vaccine contamination problems was addressed, slow monkey viruses would simply deliver human cancer epidemics around the world."
Thomas E. Stone MD Pediatrician - Photo is of Bernice Eddy
"President Ford had been told by his health advisors that there was going to be a huge epidemic of 'Swine Flu'... and that the only way to prevent the epidemic was to vaccinate the entire population of America... People were dropping dead in the buildings where they received their shots. Others became paralyzed... I was the only practicing doctor to speak out against it and warned of almost certain consequences. Dr. Anthony J. Morris, did try to speak out but was censored, and censored very hard." ( Dr. Morris, Virologist and Chief Vaccine Control Officer of the Food and Drug Administration was fired)Archie Kalokerinos MD, PhD, AMM, FAPM, 'The Swine Flu Fiasco'
"Dr. Robert Reisinger upped his pressure on the National Cancer Institute providing data showing the DPT vaccine when injected into mice with aluminum adjuvant, caused cancer. He was concerned that this aspect of vaccination had not been tested in models appropriate to babies and that the increase in formula feeding as well as vaccines like DPT based on toxins or endotoxins paired with aluminum, may be part of the explaination for the increase in childhood cancers... Naturally his views were very unpopular. There was much correspondence between the National Cancer Instittute and Dr. Reisinger as not only was his work stifled, his salary increase ceased the day he started to pressure them. By August 1978, the situation was so bad with the NCI that Dr. Reisinger left..."Hilary Butler, Founder, Immunization Awareness Society
"As a result of Dr. Erdem Cantekin's efforts his data tapes were erased, he was taken off the department's grants, fired as Director of the Ear Research Clinic and forbidden by the Chairman to publish the paper..."Lendon Smith MD speaking on the price paid by Dr. Cantekins (Prof. of Otalarynygology, Internationally recognized authority on Otis Media...) for his critique of the Prevnar vaccine.
"I think to release certain information prematurely is not a public service. There is too much scaring the public unnecessarily. Oh, your children were injected by a cancer virus."Albert Sabin, Developer of the Oral Polio Vaccine
"They were obviously terrified that the information would leak out to the public. Stamped in bold letters at the top of each page of the study was the words – "DO NOT COPY OR RELEASE" and "CONFIDENTIAL" This is not the wording one would expect on a clinical study of vaccine safety... Why was this information being secreted? The answer is obvious – it might endanger the vaccine program and indict the federal regulatory agencies for ignoring this danger for so many years. Our society has been littered with millions of children who have been harmed in one degree or another by this vaccine policy."Russell Blaylock, MD, Neurosurgeon, 'The Truth Behind the Vaccine Cover-up'
"The issue of possible simian cytomegalovirus (SCMV) contamination of live olio virus vaccines has been suppressed since 1972. (This is an issue aside from the SV 40 above that was supposed to be removed in the early 70s) On the eve of Nixon's "war on cancer", a joint Lederle Corporation/FDA Bureau of Biologics study showed that eleven test monkeys, imported for polio vaccine production tested positively for SCMV. The reluctance of the FDA to act on this matter was revealed in a corporate memo delivered the following year. Even in 1995, following a report to FDA officials concerning a patient infected with SCMV-delivered virus, no new in-house testing of polio vaccines for SCMV has occurred. Moreover, this authors request for vaccine material to undertake specific testing were denied on the basis of protecting "proprietary" interests."
W. John Martin, MD, PhD, Founder, Center for Complex Diseases
"From 1995 through late 2002, I served as a Research Analyst in a program supported by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control designed to study the effects of this newly licensed vaccine...Several years after the program began positive aspects of vaccination program were allowed to be published. However, data I collected suggesting adverse events were being handled quite differently. A preliminary trend suggested that the vaccination itself might have the potential to spawn widespread epidemic among adults of a disease far more serious than the one being inoculated against. When CDC affiliated health authorities learned this, they began to take action, including legal steps to prevent my making these findings known to the public and scientific community."Gary Goldman PhD discussing his research findings on the Chickenpox Vaccine.
"A bill called The Flu Prevention Act which is now winding its way through Congress...aimed at preventing so-called vaccine shortages...and financial losses like the $120 million hit taken by flu manufacturers the year before when vaccine rates stagnated – gives tax breaks to flu manufacturers and guarantees that the federal government will buy up any unused doses of flu vaccine...It also mandates that the CDC conduct an annual campaign to increase flu vaccination...In exchange for all this which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies for an industry already making double digit profits, the companies merely have to agree to give the government advance warning if they plan to stop making the flu vaccine."Tara Servatius, 'The Great Flu Scam of 2003'
"Raising demand is key to raising supply."Howard Pien, President, Chiron Corporation (vaccine producers)
"I spoke to the head of the CDC, the person who actually put these programs in place and he told me specifically that he was terminated in job because he refused to make the annual public announcement that the influenza vaccine should be administered."James S. Turner, Chairman, Citizen's for Health, Documentary 'Vaccine Nation'
"The launching of the BCG vaccine was a model of economic gangsterism, a gigantic, commercial operation. Nothing was missing from the scenario: falsified laboratory experiments, a pseudo-scientific varnish, garbled statistics, shameless publicity, the purchased support of powerful magnates and the final touch, a 'free' product financed by the taxpayer."Jean Elmiger, MD, Author of 'Rediscovering Real Medicine', France
"There has been a tenfold increase in autism and related forms of brain damage over the past 15 years, roughly coinciding with the MMR's introduction and an extremely worrying increase in childhood inflammatory bowel diseases and immune disorders such as diabetes, and no one in authority will even admit its happening, let alone try to investigate the causes... Why is the government not investigating it further – diverting some of the millions of pounds spent on advertising and PR campaigns to promote MMR uptake into detailed clinical research instead?"Dr. Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer, Dept. of Health, Great Britian
"In 2002, the Guardian revealed that British and U.S. scientists are putting their names to papers they have not written. The papers are Ghosted or co-written by employees of the drug companies, then signed for a handsome fee by respectable researchers. In some cases, the researcher have not even seen the raw data on which the papers conclusions are based. A pharmacologist who has studied the practice told the Guardian: 'It may well be that 50% of the articles on drugs in the major journals across all areas of medicine are not written in a way the average person expects...Three years ago, eleven of the biggest medical journals drew up a code on conflicts of interest. It is plainly not working. Since it was published an analysis of the Journal of American Medical Association revealed that 87% of the scientists who write the clinical guidelines used by doctors for prescribing drugs have financial ties to drug companies. Over half of them are connected to the companies whose drugs they are reviewing."George Monbiot, The Guardian, 2/24/04
"The stir four years ago has grown into a full blown movement by more than 200 Harvard Medical students intent on exposing and curtailing the industry influence in their classrooms and laboratories, as well as in Harvard's seventeen affliated teaching hospitals and institutes... David Tian, a first year medical student said 'Before coming here, I had no idea how much influence companies had on medical education...And it's something purposely meant to be under the table providing information under the guise of education when that information is also presented for marketing purposes'...:The school was unable to provide annual measure of the money flow to its faculty, beyond the 8.6 million that pharmaceutical companies contributed last year... Most of the money goes to professors at the Harvard affliated teaching, and the dean's office does not keep track of the total."'Harvard Medical School in Ethics Quandry,' Duff Wilson, New York Times, 3/3/09
"One feels rage as well at the complicity of the "peer reviewed" journals which print these awful productions. It is abundantly clear, if further proof were needed, that “peer review” means simply preventing criticism of certain commercial interests and blocking the emergence of competing viewpoints. Finally, one feels total exasperation at the total inability of journalists – who are reputed to be professional skeptics – to see through, and expose, this duplicity."Harris Coulter PhD., Medical Historian, Researcher and Author of several books on vaccination
"Severe constraints are placed on the media in the name of "responsible journalism" with the result that the American public very seldom hears both sides of the vaccination story, and comes to have an unquestioning faith in vaccinations as our greatest hope against future imagined disease plagues. In this fear based scenario, the questioning voice of reason is drowned out amid the hysteria surrounding the emerging "killer infections" which are such a favourite media topic. The propagation of fear by the media and by its sources in the public health industry has resulted in a growth of power in this industry far beyond the usual checks and balances of our democracy."Philip F. Incao MD ( Gave Testimony re. Hepatitis B Vaccine, Ohio, 1999)
"It's not too late to get your flu vaccine. The vaccine is 70% effective."Comment made after a BCTV news Reporter reporting on the flu overloading BC hospital emergency wards and that the 32 who caught the flu at a senior's home, 30 were vaccinated. Jan. 11, 2000 (The reporter seems oblivious to the fact that not only was the vaccine ineffective in this case, but those that got the vaccine were clearly more prone to succumb to illness)
"Thirty-three of the victims had not been vaccinated. The CDC recommends vaccination for all healthy children 6 months and older."Lawrence Altman of The New York Times reports that the CDC recorded 93 infant deaths from the flu, Jan. 10, 2004 (ignoring that the majority who died 60 had been vaccinated)
"Natalie Morton died on a hospital Monday, a few hours after being vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer. There Are no indications of any link between Morton's death and the vaccine although Morton appeared to be healthy before being given the shot."Meera Selva, Associated Press 9/29/09 (Since when do 14 year old girls drop dead out of the blue?)
"It's hardly astonishing that in every major vaccine campaign, one finds the same tangled web: the World Bank, financiers, governments, the military, laboratories..."
Guyliane Lanctot MD, "Why Vaccination Continues" extracts from the Medical Mafia'
"The entire vaccine program is covertly owned and controlled by those directly and indirectly profiting from the mandated vaccines."Thomas E. Stone MD, Pediatrician, wrote 'An Open Letter to Pediatricians on the Flu Vaccine'
"Take the profit out of the manufacture and administration of serums and vaccines and they would soon be condemned even by those who now use them."George Starr White MD