Prof Christopher Shaw advocates scientific freedom for vaccine research. ► By Danni Shanel
With the advent of the recent measles outbreak in the US, the eyes of parents everywhere are once again drawn to the hot-button topic of whether or not to vaccinate their children.
One UBC professor has felt the force of this topic upon his vaccination studies.
In 2011, neuroscientist and professor in UBC’s ophthalmology and visual science department Christopher Shaw published two papers concerning a possible correlation between the aluminum found in vaccinations and autism. These were later discredited by the World Health Organization for appearing to declare causation based on correlation. In recent months, these papers have again come under fire.
In the CBC segment “Day 6” last month, Shaw’s research was accused of being “anti-vaccination,” bringing into question both the integrity of his work and the university’s judgement.
According to Shaw, his papers and the 2011 study have been grossly misrepresented, and that vaccines as a whole are not solely responsible for the spike in cases of autism.
Instead, Shaw believes that autism is most probably the result of a combination of genetic susceptibility and its interaction with one of many possible toxins.
Shaw’s studies look at aluminum in certain vaccines as one of these potential toxins.
“The problem is that aluminum has no role in biology,” said Shaw. “It’s not an element that you want anywhere near any of your cellular processes — it can mess things up very badly.”
As a result, Shaw and co-author Lucija Tomljenovic decided to examine the potential toxicity of aluminum.
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Dear Members & Friends,
In June of this year, our new not-for-profit society, Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC) was formed by families whose loved ones have suffered vaccine reactions and injuries. We continue the educational work of VRAN – Vaccination Risk Awareness Network which, for many years, served as Canada’s leading watchdog group reporting on the vaccine controversy. Our mission is to continue this work to empower families to make educated, voluntary, and a fully informed decision when considering vaccination.
We’re pleased to announce that the Vaccine Choice Canada website has now been launched and can be viewed at www.vaccinechoicecanada.com. VCC will continue to serve you as a trusted source of news and research on vaccination, related health issues, as well as personal stories attesting to vaccine injuries. Our Science page offers an extensive section on studies linking vaccines to health risks.
In an era when disease outbreaks are occurring in fully vaccinated populations and untold numbers of vaccine injuries remain unacknowledged, Vaccine Choice Canada aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of this complex issue. We work to protect health freedoms and the individual’s right to exercise the basic human right to voluntary, informed consent when considering pharmaceutical products like vaccines which are known to carry a risk of injury and death. We believe these health freedoms are worth protecting and invite you to join us in this important work.
Thirty years ago, a small group of determined parents won their fight against the Ontario government’s ‘mandatory’ Immunization of School Pupils Act. We formed the Committee Against Compulsory Vaccination in protest of this oppressive new law giving the government the power to threaten our children’s education if we refused to medicate them according to their rules.
Our two year lobby effort culminated in an amendment to the Act on December 14, 1984 granting parents the right to obtain philosophical vaccine exemptions for their children. On this thirtieth anniversary, it seems fitting to revisit our victory and the long road we’ve travelled since.
The haste with which the legislation was passed blindsided many families whose children were vaccine injured and those philosophically opposed to vaccination. Although medical and religious exemptions were permitted, few had religious affiliations that prohibited vaccination. Medical exemptions were difficult if not impossible to get even if a child had suffered a vaccine injury. Many of us faced the possibility that our children wouldn’t be able to attend school.
The new law threatened our most basic human right – the right of autonomy over our own bodies and the right to self determination. It violated our fundamental Constitutional guarantees of ‘freedom of conscience and religion’ and ‘security of the person’. Government had suddenly gotten bossier, pushier and nastier as it moved toward medical tyranny. At stake was the sacred right to determine what is best for our children and to protect them from harm.
This quote, taken from a Brief we presented to the government in protest of the new law, is as relevant and inspiring today as it was 30 years ago;
“The state has no business telling us what we must think, believe, read, eat or what medicines we and our children must take. Such imposed conformity is antithetical to the ideals of a free society. The state acts completely illegitimately when, for instance, it compels us all to accept the tenets of a particular religion. And the government acts with equal illegitimacy when it decides what particular medical point of view all individuals in society must accept and adopt. Such a question is in the realm of culture and there are, understandably, a great variety of opinions about which methods are best as there are varieties of opinions on other cultural matters. There is no room in a free society for a state-mandated medical dogma which we all must accept.”
Perpetuating the ‘mandatory’ vaccination lie
Although our victory in 1984 set an important legal precedent that dissuaded most other provinces from adopting similar coercive vaccine laws, health officials have never stopped trying to force vaccines on the people. Parents are still lied to and told, “your child must be vaccinated to attend school or daycare” – even in provinces without laws governing vaccination of children. The ‘mandatory’ vaccination mantra drones on and on, and unless parents plug into networks like ours, and are somewhat politically savvy, they are easily duped by the lies.
Mainstream media is equally complicit in the ‘mandatory’ vaccination lie as it
willingly prints the disinformation handed them by health officials. For decades, media articles have consistently omitted mention of legal vaccine exemptions leading the public to believe that vaccination is mandatory for school attendance.
The Mature Minor doctrine
The “mature minor” doctrine is another insidious legal maneuver used by public health officials to coerce underage children to submit to vaccines, usually in the school setting. In Canada, children as young as 10 or 11 can be vaccinated without parental knowledge or consent. The “mature minor” clause is incorporated into most provincial health care Acts and permits under age children to make their own decision about vaccines, obtain birth control and abortions.
Every year parents contact us, outraged that their children have been vaccinated without their consent. Recently an Ontario mother informed us that her 11 year old son had been injected with hepatitis B vaccine and meningococcal vaccine without her consent. The child was threatened with suspension if he didn’t get the shots. Fearing he would be barred from school he signed a consent form without an opportunity to speak to his parents first. He received NO information about the risks and side effects of the vaccines, nor was he given the option of a legal vaccine exemption. This child’s consent was NOT informed. Worse, it was obtained fraudulently in violation of Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act, the same Act that bizarrely also enables the medical treatment of minor children without parental consent.
The “mature minor” doctrine usurps parental authority giving governments the power to coerce children into making health care decisions that conflict with family values. Every reasonable person knows that an 11 year old child does not have the maturity or life experience to evaluate the risks or benefits of receiving one or multiple vaccines. A child this young is incapable of making an informed decision about complex medical issues. Added to this insult is the pro-vaccine propaganda disseminated in the public school system which paints a rosy picture of vaccines without disclosing the very real risks of injury associated with all vaccines. It is one of the most challenging vaccine issues we face in Canada.
We thank you, our members for your ongoing support and would like to remind you to renew your membership for 2015. For those who are not yet members, we invite you to join and receive our acclaimed newsletter, The Vaccine Choice Journal. Please email us if you’d like to receive a sample issue. Your membership donation enables us to continue this important work and is easy to do via our secure PayPal account.
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and best of health for the New Year.
Edda West, President,
Vaccine Choice Canada
“Whistleblower says CDC knew in 2003 of higher autism rate among African-American boys receiving MMR shot earlier than 36 months.
A top research scientist working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in helping Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulation by the CDC that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys. The whistleblower came to the attention of Hooker, a PhD in biochemical engineering, after he had made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for original data on the DeStefano et al MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and autism study. Dr. Hooker’s study, published August 8 in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Translational Neurodegeneration, shows that African-American boys receiving their first MMR vaccine before 36 months are 3.4 times more likely to develop autism vs. after 36 months.” Read full report at Age of Autism.
New video from Autism Media Channel tells the story: Senior government scientist breaks 13 year silence on CDC’s vaccine-autism fraud.
CDC Responds: Admits Omitting Vaccine Data – Gary Franchi video interview with Dr. Brian Hooker
August 27, 2014 Press Release, “Statement of William W. Thompson, Ph.D., Regarding the 2004 Article Examining the Possibility of a Relationship Between MMR Vaccine and Autism”
Translational Neurodegeneration Removes Vaccination Timing Article – Age of Autism, August 27, 2014
Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher A. Shaw
Fall 2012, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
There are not many public health issues where views are as extremely polarized as those concerning vaccination policies. Ever since its Fast Track approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, Merck’s human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil has been sparking controversy.
Initially, the criticism has been focused at Merck, due to their overly aggressive marketing strategies and lobbying campaigns. According to a 2007 editorial in Nature Biotechnology,1 “Surrounded by a chorus of disapproval, Merck cracked. As Nature Biotechnology went to press, the company announced a cessation of all efforts to lobby for US state laws requiring compulsory vaccination.” Subsequently, questions have been raised whether it was appropriate for vaccine manufacturers to partake in public health policies when their conflicts of interests were so obvious. Some of their advertising campaign slogans, such as “cervical cancer kills x women per year” and “your daughter could become one less life affected by cervical cancer,”2 seemed more designed to promote fear rather than evidence-based decision making about the potential benefits of the vaccine versus any risks. Although, conflicts of interests do not necessarily mean that the product itself is faulty, marketing claims should be carefully examined against factual science data. Currently, Gardasil vaccination is strongly recommended by the U.S. and other health authorities while public concerns about safety and efficacy of the vaccine appear to be increasing. This discrepancy leads to some important questions that need to be resolved. The current review examines key issues of this debate in light of currently available research evidence.
The HPV Vaccine Debate
In June 2006 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil, the first vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV).3 The quadrivalent vaccine targeting four common HPV strains (6, 11, 16 and 18) was the first pharmaceutical product specifically developed to protect against cervical cancer.4 Five years later, Gardasil became a key topic in the U.S. 2011 Republican presidential debate when Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann criticized Texas Governor Rick Perry over his prior executive order to make the vaccine mandatory.5 Bachmann later expressed serious concerns about the safety of the vaccine which added even more heat to the already controversial subject.