Your Choice Or Your Command?

Are you sure vaccination is safe, beneficial and will cause no future bodily harm? It is time to take a good look at some very disturbing facts concerning vaccination/immunization.

Since 1986 our government has paid well over 22 million dollars to families in compensation for injuries following vaccinations for whooping cough and other diseases. Now this has been going on for a much longer time than 1986, let’s go back to a report in Newsweek July 18, 1977. One hundred thirty five million dollars was appropriated by Congress to indemnify makers of the swine flu vaccine. Yet claims over 1.3 billion dollars were filed with the Justice Department alleging injury or death as a result of the swine flu shots. Yes, the ill fated “Swine Flu” vaccine is a perfect example of the folly of vaccination. And what happened to the terrible “Swine Flu” epidemic that was supposed to sweep our nation? Well, 517 Americans were struck with Guillain-Barre syndrome caused by the vaccine, and at least 23 died. Meanwhile there were only 6 verified cases of swine flu and even in those cases the diagnosis was questionable. Most certainly it is high time we took a good square look at immunization / vaccination.

Noted authorities are speaking out against the fallacies of artificial immunization. Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling was quoted to say that he and his family would not take the swine flu vaccine because as he stated there was “significant danger” associated with it. In the same supposed swine flu epidemic emergency, the Pennsylvania “Intelligence Journal” reported that 100% of the medical physicians surveyed said they would not administer the shots to their own children.

, a pediatrician, was an MendelsohnThe late noted medical doctor Robert S. out-spoken critic of immunization, he made this statement condemning the practice.

“Although I administered them myself during my early years of practice, I have become a steadfast opponent of mass inoculations because of the myriad hazards they present. The subject is so vast and complex that it deserves a book of its own.”

After his death in 1989 this book was written. Taken from his many news letters, the book, “But Doctor, About that Shot - The Risks of IMMUNIZATIONS And How to Avoid Them” is a treasure trove of information opposing immunization. Another good book on the subject is “IMMUNIZATION, The Reality Behind the Myth” by Wylene James.

vaccine was “the principle if not the sole cause of the 140 polio cases reported since 1961. At the present SabinA look at history coupled with the statistics of modern times reveals the fallacy of artificial immunization. History shows us that diseases came and went long before vaccination was employed, the bubonic plague is a perfect example. Most all vaccination programs started long after the disease they were meant to defeat, was already on its decline. The polio vaccine is an example, the disease was well on the decline when the vaccine first came out. Today Dr. Jonas Salk, the developer of the first polio vaccine has stated that the time the risk of acquiring polio from the live virus vaccine is greater than from natural occurring viruses.” In other words the vaccination is worse than the disease itself.

The same was true in England in regards to the small pox vaccination. Thank goodness it now has been stopped in both England and the U.S.A., more people contracted the disease from the shot than anything else. In the Philippines, where 10,000,000 were vaccinated for small pox, it resulted in the worst epidemic that had ever occurred on the islands. The death rate quadrupled from 15 to 60 percent. This happened in 1937 and the pity of it all is that we haven’t yet learned from our mistakes. From the small pox epidemics to the swine flu deaths to the deaths and mental retardation from D.P.T. shots, the vaccinators continue on.

The American Journal of Epidemology, January 1989, reported on a measles “epidemic” in an Illinois high school. The report stated that 99.7% of the 1,873 students had been vaccinated - WHY the epidemic?

) . . . the Rubella (measles) vaccination to arthritis . . . and SIDSThe fact that the vaccination can cause the very disease it is designed to prevent is not the only problem. The D.P.T. shot has been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (the tetanus shot to; peripheral neuropathy, dizziness, difficulty in swallowing, myelopathy and encephalopathy. The list can go on and on. Noted chiropractic authority and clinician, the late Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead made this statement:

Vaccines did not clean up the country, clean living did.”

Plain language and truer words were never spoken, the pity is vaccines got the credit.

The International Chiropractors Association makes this statement in its policy handbook:

The International Chiropractors Association recognizes that the use of vaccines is not without risk and questions the wisdom of mass vaccination programs. Chiropractic principles favor the enhancement of natural immunity over artificial immunization.

supports each individual`s right to select his or her own health care and to be made aware of the possible adverse effects of vaccines ICAThe upon a human body. In accordance with such principles and based upon the individual`s right to freedom of choice, the ICA is opposed to compulsory programs which infringe upon such rights.

The International Chiropractors Association is supportive of a conscience clause or waiver in compulsory vaccination laws, providing an elective course of action for all regarding immunization, thereby allowing patients freedom of choice in matters affecting their bodies and health.

Yes, it should be your “CHOICE” not your “COMMAND,” in all health matters, freedom of choice should be the rule.

So, what can you do? This matter is for you and your own family to decide. But you should know all the facts. Check your state laws carefully, most states provide for a waiver or exemption. Read carefully the material on the pros and cons of artificial immunization.

The chiropractic profession holds that natural immunity is to be favored over artificial immunization. Chiropractic believes that keeping the spine free of nerve interference helps promote a healthy body and a normally functioning neurological and immune system.

“The best immune system is in the body, not in the Lab.”

C.S. Gonstead, D.C.

Dr. Gonstead, stated it clearly.

Noted chiropractic author, Dr. Fred H. Barge said it well:

“Disease is not so much the virulence of outside organisms as it is the resistance of internal inside mechanisms that produce a healthy body.”

“A spine chiropractically maintained in youth is the best assurance to a healthy life that you can give a child!”


What Is Vaccination?

Vaccination is a medical procedure which theoretically works on theprinciple that artificially stimulating the immune system with small amounts ofinactivated (killed) viruses and bacteria or attenuated (partially inactivated)live viruses will make the body immune to infectious diseases. Vaccines produceantibodies (small molecules of protein) that are supposed to attack achallenging virus or bacteria in the same way that recovery from a naturalinfection produces antibodies to protect the body from future challenge by avirus or bacteria.

However, vaccines do not work to stimulate antibodies in the same way asnatural disease. When bacteria or viruses enter the body normally, such asthrough the respiratory system, the body produces a type of natural immunitywhich is often permanent. When lab-altered viruses and bacteria are injectedinto the body through vaccines, an artificial, temporary immunity is created.Also, vaccines can contain additives, such as aluminum, mercury, MSG,formaldehyde, antibiotics and other chemicals, which do not enter the bodyduring natural infection.

Sometimes vaccines fail to provide any immunity at all. That is whymultiple doses of most vaccines are required in order to “boost” and extendprotection.

Along with better sanitation, nutrition and health care, mass vaccination programs inthe U.S. and other modern countries have contributed to the eradication or steepdecline in childhood infectious diseases such as smallpox, polio, measles, mumpsand rubella. However, while the numbers of vaccines and vaccination rates haveincreased and once-common childhood infectious diseases have decreased, therehas been a corresponding rise in  chronic disease and disability in children:asthma, learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) have doubled; diabetes has tripled; and autism has increased 200 to 500percent in every state in America in the past quarter century.

Some scientists, doctors and parent groups are questioning whether theroutine practice of giving children three dozen doses of nearly a dozendifferent vaccines before age five is contributing to the unexplained rise inchronic disease in children, along with overuse of antibiotics and exposure toenvironmental toxins such as pesticides. Everyvaccine, like every drug, has side effects. It is important to be fully informedabout the risks and complications of infectious diseases and the risks andcomplications of vaccines and make an educated vaccination decision.

For more information, contact the National Vaccine Information Center, anon-profit, educational organization dedicated to preventing vaccine injuriesand deaths through public education at



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Vaccine Reactions - Weighing the Risks

Every vaccine, like every drug, carries a risk of injury or death. Some vaccines have been reported to be associated with higher numbers of reactions than other vaccines. For example, one government study showed that 1 in 875 DPT shots is followed by a convulsion or collapse shock reaction.

Between 12,000 and 14,000 reports of hospitalizations, injuries and deaths are made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) every year. But it is estimated that these reports represent only one to ten percent of all vaccine-related serious health problems because so few doctors are willing to report them.

Vaccine reactions can range from very mild, such as a sore arm or slight fever, to severe, such as brain inflammation, seizures and shock. Some vaccine reactions take a few minutes, hours or days to appear and others take several weeks or months to develop. Vaccine reactions can cause no lasting harm or can result in permanent brain and immune system damage or even death.

Vaccine reactions are not well understood but are thought to be due to a combination of factors, including:

  • the general health of the individual at the time of vaccination;
  • genetic predisposition;
  • whether there are high risk factors such as a history of previous vaccine reactions;
  • the type of vaccine(s) given;
  • vaccine quality variability.

In 1991 and 1994, the Institute of Medicine analyzed the medical literature and issued three historic reports that concluded vaccines can cause a wide range of brain and immune system damage, including death. Their most significant finding was a “lack of adequate data regarding many of the adverse events under study” and “many gaps and limitations in knowledge bearing directly or indirectly on the safety of vaccines.”

Because medical science does not have a good understanding of how vaccines work in the body or why they can cause reactions, there are many outstanding questions about vaccine safety. In order to protect vaccine manufacturers and doctors from being sued when vaccines cause injury and death, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. In the past decade, more than one billion dollars has been paid out to about 1,000 families whose loved ones suffered serious vaccine reactions during the past decade. However, this represents only one out of four vaccine victims who apply to the program - three out of four are turned away.

When making a vaccination decision, it is important to be fully informed about the risks of diseases and risks of vaccines and make an educated decision. For more information, contact the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education at



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Vaccine Laws and Making Vaccination Decisions

 All 50 states in the US have laws which require proof of vaccination with certain vaccines for individuals to attend daycare, elementary and high school or college. Although in the early part of the 20th century, only one vaccine (smallpox) was required to attend school, in the past two decades the number of vaccines required in most states has grown to 33 doses of 10 vaccines with more that will be added in the next few years. Most states require children to receive vaccines for diphtheria, , tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussishaemophilus influenzae B, hepatitis B, and chicken pox to attend school.

All states have exemptions to vaccination for “medical” reasons, but these medical exemptions can only be written by a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.). It is difficult to obtain a medical exemption because national vaccine policymakers recognize few health conditions as contraindications to vaccination. Most medical doctors do not want to give medical exemptions that do not conform with national vaccine policies issued by the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics.

All states but two (Mississippi and West Virginia) allow religious exemption to vaccination and this exemption can be interpreted broadly or narrowly depending upon how the law is written in each individual state. Although some state laws stipulate that a parent seeking a religious exemption for a child must belong to a church with a tenet opposing vaccination, most state high courts have upheld a parent’s right to hold sincere personal religious beliefs that do not require the parent to belong to a specific church opposing vaccination.

Fifteen states allow philosophical, personal belief or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination. Some states allow parents to selectively oppose certain vaccines and others require parents to oppose all vaccinations in order to qualify for this exemption.

When considering vaccination, it is important to be fully informed about the risks and complications of infectious diseases and the risks and complications of vaccines and, with an understanding of the law in your state, make an educated vaccination decision. You and your family are the ones who will live with the consequences of the decision you make and you have the ethical and legal right to voluntary, informed consent to any medical procedure which carries a risk of injury or death. You should always be comfortable with any health care choice you make and never feel pressured into acting until you are confident in your decision.

For more information, contact the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education at