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Trump Picks Vaccine Critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Chair Vaccine Panel

Trump Picks Vaccine Critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Chair Vaccine Panel | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News |

Outspoken vaccine critic Robert Kennedy Jr. (read“Off The Grid: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vacines are Pay Dirt’ for #Pharma”; said Tuesday that he had accepted a position in Donald Trump’s administration as chair of a panel on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, in what would be the clearest sign yet of the president-elect’s suspicions about vaccines.


Kennedy’s remarks followed his meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower and immediately sparked outrage from scientists, pediatricians, and public health experts, who fear the incoming administration could give legitimacy to skeptics of childhood immunizations despite a huge body of scientific research demonstrating that vaccines are safe. Many of those skeptics believe vaccines are a cause of autism.


Hours later, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement that the president-elect was “exploring the possibility of forming a commission on Autism,” but said “no decisions have been made at this time.”


Kennedy was unequivocal about an offer when speaking to reporters at Trump Tower in New York after the meeting. He also said Trump has doubts and questions about current vaccine policies.


“His opinion doesn’t matter but the science does matter and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science,” Kennedy said. “And that everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have — he’s very pro-vaccine, as am I — but they’re as safe as they possibly can be.”


Further Reading:

  • “Off The Grid: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says Vaccines are Pay Dirt’ for #Pharma”;
  • “Vaccines Are Path to Better Revenue Growth for Some #Pharma Companies”;
  • “When Does It Makes Economic Sense for #Pharma Industry to Develop Vaccines vs Drugs?”:
  • “Want to Avoid Toxins in Your Flu & Other Vaccines? ‘Good Luck,’ Says Cleveland Clinic Wellness Doctor”;
  • “CDC’s #VaxWithMe Social Media Campaign has been updated”;
  • “Intelligent, High Income People Refuse Vaccinations”;
  • "Everything You Wanted to Know About Vaccine Marketing, PR, Earned Media, Lobbying, and 'Anti-Vaxxers'";
  • “Discredited Anti-Vaxxer Researcher Is “Very Positive” He Has an Ally in Trump”;
  • “Better to Keep Vaccine Adverse Event Reports Secret, Concludes Study”;
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Sesame Street Julia: Is She a #Pharma Effort to Minimize Effects of Vaccines?

Sesame Street Julia: Is She a #Pharma Effort to Minimize Effects of Vaccines? | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News |
The announcement of a new autistic character named "Julia" brought cheers from many, but scorn from some anti-vaccination circles.

You’ve probably heard the news that Sesame Street is introducing a new character who has autism, but at least some people in the anti-vaccination community are furious with the announcement.

Julia, portrayed as an autistic child, is really just an effort to normalize injuries caused by harmful vaccines and make them look like they are happy — something that distracts from a legitimate effort to make vaccines safer, wrote one blogger, Mike Adams of Natural News, according to a Raw Story report.

The introduction of Julia was hailed by much of the public as a step forward in getting kids familiar with those who may be different than them, although in addition to the vaccination issue, some complained that more boys than girls get autism and therefore Julia should have been a boy. Also, Julia has a mild autism, while many kids with it may find the condition much more inhibiting.

But it’s the vaccination issue that Adams said was “another sickening example of the absolute mental derangement of modern society,” he said according to the report.

Pharma Guy's insight:

If the Julia character is "different" it's not in her looks or the in the pose as depicted here. In that sense, autism is being "normalized." However, there are subtleties that probably come into play when other characters have conversations with her.

In any case, the original title of this piece (Anti-vaxxers: Is Big Pharma behind new autistic Sesame Street character?) is misleading in that it is based on one blogger's opinion (Mike "The Health Ranger" Adams) and not on the opinion of the majority of "anti-vaxxers":

“The rollout of autistic Julia is Sesame Street’s attempt to ‘normalize’ vaccine injuries and depict those victimized by vaccines as happy, ‘amazing’ children rather than admitting the truth that vaccines cause autism in some children and we should therefore make vaccines safer and less frequent to save those children from a lifetime of neurological damage,” wrote Mike “The Health Ranger” Adams, of Natural News.

You might say, therefore, that this piece is an attempt by anti-anti-vaxxers (Big Pharma?) to discredit anti-vaxxers.

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Want to Avoid Toxins in Your Flu & Other Vaccines? "Good Luck," Says Cleveland Clinic Wellness Doctor

Want to Avoid Toxins in Your Flu & Other Vaccines? "Good Luck," Says Cleveland Clinic Wellness Doctor | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News |

I, like everyone else, took the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - the government - and received a flu shot. I chose to receive the preservative free vaccine, thinking I did not want any thimerasol (i.e. mercury) that the "regular" flu vaccine contains.


Makes sense, right? Why would any of us want to be injected with mercury if it can potentially cause harm? However, what I did not realize is that the preservative-free vaccine contains formaldehyde.


WHAT? How can you call it preservative-free, yet still put a preservative in it? And worse yet, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Yet, here we are, being lined up like cattle and injected with an unsafe product. Within 12 hours of receiving the vaccine, I was in bed feeling miserable and missed two days of work with a terrible cough and body aches.


My anger actually stems from a constant toxic burden that is contributing to the chronic disease epidemic.


Why do I mention autism now twice in this article. Because we have to wake up out of our trance and stop following bad advice. Does the vaccine burden - as has been debated for years - cause autism? I don't know and will not debate that here. What I will stand up and scream is that newborns without intact immune systems and detoxification systems are being over-burdened with PRESERVATIVES AND ADJUVANTS IN THE VACCINES.


The adjuvants, like aluminum - used to stimulate the immune system to create antibodies - can be incredibly harmful to the developing nervous system. Some of the vaccines have helped reduce the incidence of childhood communicable diseases, like meningitis and pneumonia. That is great news. But not at the expense of neurologic diseases like autism and ADHD increasing at alarming rates.


When I was in medical school in the late 1980s, the rate of autism was 1 in 1,000 children. For those born in the 1950's and 60's, do you recall a single student in your grade with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for ADHD or someone with a diagnosis of autism? I do not.


As of 2010, the rate of autism in the U.S. escalated to 1 in 68 children. The deniers will simply state that we do a better job of diagnosing this "disorder". Really? Something (s) are over-burdening our ability to detoxify, and that is when the problems begin.


So let me be clear - vaccines can be helpful when used properly. But the vaccination timing and understanding one's epigenetics (how your genes interact with the environment) are all critical to our risk of developing chronic disease. Please talk to your doctor about the optimal timing of vaccinations for your children, and therefore reduce your risk of raising a child with a neurologic complication.


For those who want to dive in further, help me understand why we vaccinate newborns for hepatitis B - a sexually transmitted disease. Any exposure to this virus is unlikely to happen before our second decade of life, but we expose our precious newborns to toxic aluminum (an adjuvant in the vaccine) at one day of life.


And when they actually need the protection, many who have received this three-shot series in the first year of life will lack antibody protection--as immunity may not last. Perhaps delaying the series until the immune system is more mature would reduce the risk of neurologic complications.


[The Clinic responded by doubling down on its disavowal of Neides' column, saying that the health system is "fully committed to evidence-based medicine," and promising to take disciplinary action against Neides.



The Clinic's full statement reads:

"Cleveland Clinic is fully committed to evidence-based medicine. Harmful myths and untruths about vaccinations have been scientifically debunked in rigorous ways. We completely support vaccinations to protect people, especially children who are particularly vulnerable. Our physician published his statement without authorization from Cleveland Clinic. His views do not reflect the position of Cleveland Clinic and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken."]


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