But first, the dumbest thing the VC do, IMO. I have been very critical of both the tactics and strategic decisions made by the Vaccine Concerned powers-that-be. For example, although I understand the emotions behind them, I think all the lawsuits challenging SB 277 were a waste of time and money.
No court is going to create a constitutional right to a personal belief exemption, or stop mandatory vaccination under the current medical vaccine paradigm. (You all know and hate the paradigm/mantra: vaccines are safe and effective, serious side effects are rare, herd immunity is a thing and vital, and vaccines have saved zillions of lives.)
I think the VC community has it backwards by looking to the judiciary for protection. The judiciary basically enforces medical norms/paradigms, at least when it comes to public health and safety. Judges do not create rights that jeopardize public health according to the accepted state of medical knowledge.
In explaining why every single vaccine rights case has upheld mandatory vaccination and denied a right to a PBE, one of the most prominent thought leaders candidly stated at the recent Physicians for Informed Consent workshop that judges don’t want to make a decision which could cause an infectious disease outbreak. That sums up the futility of attempting to obtain any kind of vaccine relief from judges on direct challenges.
In my view, there are only two viable ways to move things in the VC’s direction. The first is legislation, but even that’s hard in light of the vaccine paradigm.
The good news for the VC is that most states still have either a PBE or a religious exemption. In Arizona, expanding vaccine concerned rights is on the legislative table. The bad news is that there is a renewed effort afoot to eliminate the PBE (recently failed in Washington, still pending in Oregon) and a new concerted effort to eliminate negative vaccine information from the Internet is underway.
Obviously, the best way to change things wholesale is to change the vaccine paradigm.
Beginning last week something surfaced which I think is the smartest and most exciting development in the VC area, maybe ever. I think if played right, it could be the game-changer the community has been searching for.
Here is is:
Rock Star physician Paul Thomas announced on Rock Media Star Del Big Tree’s podcast last week that in response to an Oregon medical board investigation about his public vaccine position, he commissioned an outcome study on his patients. So far, he’s focused on the rates of autism in his pediatric practice. He’s a popular guy and reports seeing 3345 pediatric patients.
Here are the numbers:
CDC published autism rates: 1 in 45
Autism rate in his signature “Vaccine Friendly Schedule 1 in 440
Autism rate in his complete unvaccinated patients
(actual numbers, not rate) 1 in 715
Here is the link to a U tube where Thomas discusses this.
That’s a dramatic difference, but of course, it’s only one pediatric practice.
I’m wondering what the autoimmune disease picture would show with the same stratification? I would speculate that if you take a historical graph of the explosive acceleration of autoimmune disease over the past few decades and plotted it against the graph showing the dramatic increase in the number of vaccines given in the last few decades, there would be a strong correlation. (Or maybe that’s already out there in the VC world.)
Of course, that proves nothing. But then if you take what we have learned over the past decade or so about SNPs/genetic polymorphisms and adjuvants, a causation hypothesis/mechanism of action starts to appear. But that’s just the speculations of a lawyer.
So, what’s needed to help change or challenge the current paradigm?
More data for sure.
Here is my suggestion to the VC thought leaders. Think by example or for strategic guidance, medical and recreational marijuana, and right to try, and for goal purposes, think cancer registries.
Look, it’s clear that the feds aren’t part of the initial solution. Indeed, based on all the conflict, collusion and outright fraud at these agencies, the feds seem to be at the heart of the problem. Same with the main professional organizations. So, they have to be bypassed.
Impossible you say?
Look at the marijuana situation. It’s still federally illegal, but the pot movement bypassed the feds and went right to the states. They are winning the legalization battle, state by state. The feds have largely been marginalized in the medical marijuana field.
Same thing with the right to try. I worked on federal right to try legislation back in the 90’s and got nowhere. (In fairness, we had no money and some were some other problems). In the last few years, the right-wing Goldwater Institute has engaged in a fabulously successful campaign to make right to try the law in most states. The feds came around with its own right to try law last year, but that was only after dozens of states already had the law on their books.
The point is bypassing the federal vaccine mafia in favor of individual states is a plausible and probably better strategy to start to change the vaccine paradigm.
What if what the data Paul Thomas collated was required to be reported under state law? Suppose every pediatrician was required to register autism cases, severe autoimmune conditions and say vaccine status, and maybe even when each condition appeared in relation to vaccination. This is like what happens in state cancer registries, part of the reason for which is to identify cancer clusters. I think within a year or two, things might become much clearer on many fronts.
What if all the data was made public and you could look up a pediatrician’s autism and autoimmune disease rate? We are a society of consumers and consumers are entitled to as much information as possible to make an informed decision about their health care professionals. Why shouldn’t such information become a standard part of shopping for a pediatrician?
In addition, what I’ll call the “Thomas Gambit” should be employed by every pediatrician who comes under attack by a state board for vaccine beliefs or exemption activities. Also, I’m thinking it might be an interesting talking point, to demand that this information be collected and made public from the pro-vax pediatrician talking heads. Sort of a head-to-head comparision. Think there will be any takers?
Anyway, slick move Paul. Keep it up!
Rick Jaffe, Esq.