The Belief in Vaccines

By Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
New Medical Awareness Seminars

I always find it interesting when a discussion over the topic of
vaccination becomes "heated" and "volatile." Why is that? Would the same
debate rage over an antibiotic or an antihypertensive medicine if there was
evidence that it was causing harm?

Highly doubtful. It would promptly be removed from the market if deaths
resulted from its use. Even if deaths were suspected to be caused by a
medication, we would stop using it until we proved it was safe.
Not so with a vaccine. We keep using it until we can "prove" it is causing

Why the Double Standard?

The doublespeak occurs because vaccination is built around a "belief"
system, and challenging the validity of vaccines challenges long-held
foundational beliefs. We BELIEVE that vaccines are safe; we BELIEVE that
vaccines are important for our health; we BELIEVE that vaccines will
protect us from infection; we BELIEVE that vaccines were the reason
infectious diseases decreased around the world. And we really want to
BELIEVE that our doctor has read all the available information on vaccines
-- pro and con -- and that s/he is telling us the complete truth about

However, belief is based on faith, not necessarily on fact.

With only a cursory review of the literature and CDC documents, one will
find the following facts:

1. No vaccine has ever been proven to be completely safe. Safety studies
are small and only include "healthy" children. However, after a study is
completed, vaccines are given to ALL children, regardless of underlying
health conditions or genetic predispositions. We have a "one size fits all"
national vaccination policy; one that does not allow for personal choice or
individualized options; and one that has caused a myriad of health problems
for many.

2. Observations for side effects continue for a maximum of 14 days during a
"safety study." Complex problems involving the immune system can take weeks
or even months to appear. This arbitrary 14-day cut-off set by the FDA and
the pharmaceutical industry stops the observation long before complications
are likely to appear. This is the basis for the "vaccines are safe" mantra,
but the long-term complications from vaccines are relatively unknown.

3. A vaccine "safety" study is designed to compare a new vaccine to a
"placebo." However, when we examine the study a little more closely, we
discover that the "placebo" is NOT a benign, inert substance, such as
saline or water. The "placebo" is another vaccine with a "known safety
profile." So if the new vaccine has the same side effects as the "placebo,"
the new vaccine is considered to be "safe."

4. Vaccines are said to confer protection by causing the development of
antibodies. However, there are many references in CDC documents (the
Highest Authority in the land regarding vaccines), which reveal that
antibodies don't necessarily protect us from infection. Here are a few
examples from medical journals and CDC documents:

Pertussis: "The findings of efficacy studies have not demonstrated a
direct correlation between antibody response and protection against
pertussis disease." MMWR March 28, 1997/Vol.46/No. RR-7, p.4

H. Flu (HiB): "The antibody contribution to clinical protection is
unknown." -- HibTITER package insert

"The precise level of antibody required for protection against HiB
invasive disease is not clearly established."
publications/ pink/ hib.pdf.

Smallpox: "Neutralizing antibodies are reported to reflect levels of
protection, although this has not been validated in the field." JAMA June
9,1999, Vol. 281, No. 22, p.3132

We want to "believe" that a vaccine will protect us from infection. Several
medical journal articles document that this is not necessarily so. Here are
a few examples:

Pertussis Infection in Fully Vaccinated Children in Day-Care Centers,
Israel (Emerging Infectious Diseases Vol. 6, No. 5; Sep-Oct 2000)

Pertussis in the Highly Vaccinated Population, The Netherlands
(Emerging Infectious Diseases Vol. 6, No. 4 July-Aug 2000)

Pertussis in North-West Western Australia in 1999; all vaccinated.
(Communicable Diseases Intelligence 2000 Vol 2 4 No 12)

The debate surrounding the use of vaccines goes back and forth with "data"
and "studies" used to support both sides. But the bottom line is this:
Vaccination has been "accepted" as safe, effective and protective for
nearly 200 years. It is a "sacred cow" and with all "sacred cows," people
react with a visceral response, when someone suggests that the "cow" should
be "sacrificed." There are many examples of this over the centuries:
Copernicus who insisted that the Sun is the center of the solar system, and
Semmelweiss who showed that doctors performing hand washing saved women's
lives. Both men were ridiculed in their day. It is heresy to suggest that
the "status quo" is wrong.

Statistics have shown that when presented with a new, different,
challenging idea, 96 percent of people will spend their time and energy
defending their current beliefs and only four percent will embrace the idea
as something to seriously consider.

Researching vaccinations and the vaccine industry, will seriously challenge
your "beliefs" in vaccines. When you begin to study the negative effects --
both actual and theoretical -- that vaccines have on the immune system, you
will likely become part of the four percent who understand that "truth"
about vaccines is not really "The Truth," and that the one-size-fits-all
vaccination policies currently being enforced must be changed.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
New Medical Awareness Seminars