The great nation
of Canada is experiencing birth pangs and an identity crisis induced by the
free exchange of vaccine information. In January, I gave a vaccine presentation
to a large group of holistic farmers in Ontario, Canada. There were about 250
people in attendance, including numerous Mennonites. Much like the Amish, or
Pennsylvania Dutch, Mennonite families lead simple lives, often avoiding modern
technology, including vaccination.
conference was hosted by the owner of a family-owned Canadian company that
supplies natural, GMO-free products supporting sustainable agriculture. They
also provide consultation services for livestock and crop production. The owner
of the company became aware of vaccine problems when several of his own cattle
became severely sick after cattle on an adjoining farm were vaccinated. Both
the vaccinated and unvaccinated animals were affected.
speakers were invited to this conference: a homeopathic veterinarian and
myself. The veterinarian lives in upstate New York and drove across the border
at Niagara Falls. She was held up by customs agents for one hour because they
claimed she was taking jobs away from Canadians (by giving a two-hour talk).
The agents even went online to find other Canadian veterinarians whom they
believed could give the same presentation at the conference. Later, after
telling me this story, the veterinarian and I suspected that the agents were
not happy that her talk was on vaccinations. (Providing homeopathy for horses
and cows probably didn't help either.) Perhaps Canada is protective against nefarious
A few days
before I gave my talk in Ontario, I was invited to give another talk in Canada,
this time in Vancouver, British Columbia. (I love Vancouver, Canada. I
vacationed there a few years ago and came to appreciate the land and people.
The Canadians seemed so genuine and civilized.) Joel Lord, who was organizing
this event, invited me to speak at his Vancouver Vaccine Summit. However, he
told me that he was on a shoestring budget and couldn't afford to fly me up
there but that I could give my presentation via Skype. Darn! I always welcome
opportunities to share my vaccine knowledge and I readily agreed to participate
but I was disappointed that I wasn't going to visit Vancouver once again.
organizing the one-day event in January and set the date for March 12. He
rented out a space for the conference at Simon Fraser University (SFU). One
week before the conference, the Centre for Inquiry, a "science-based
atheist group," wrote a scathing letter to Andrew Petter, the president of
the University, calling for the University to "acknowledge its mistake in
allowing the promotion of inaccurate information and dangerous quackery to
happen on its grounds." Several members of the University's Faculty of
Health Sciences and some local medical doctors also added their signatures to
this letter and exerted pressure on the president to deny endorsement of the
president Andrew Petter was being pressured to prohibit the vaccine conference
from occurring, he stated: "We have a university policy. It says we
support freedom of expression. It doesn't mean we endorse the views. One of the
reasons we endorse freedom of expression is because we believe the views that
are expressed that are false or unthinking will be exposed as such through an
exchange of views."
response did not quell the impending firestorm. Several newspapers picked up on
the controversy and fanned the flames. For example, CBC News wrote that
scientists believe the conference "is a threat to the health of children
and the community." Nearly 400 comments were posted in their online forum.
Many of them called for shutting down the conference and censoring the free
exchange of information. Others were downright nasty. For example, one person
claimed that anti-vaccinators "would rather see kids dying and getting
disfigured from old world diseases, just as long as those evil corporations don=t make a profit."
The forum was
pre-moderated. I tried to post a comment but the moderators would not allow it
to be posted. Here is what I wrote:
health authorities recommend 9 vaccines — hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus,
pertussis, rotavirus, pneumococcal, Hib, polio, and meningitis C — for 2‑month‑old
infants. Yet, this combination of vaccines was never tested for safety in any
scientific study. The individual vaccines were put through clinical trials but
the synergistic effect of combining them during a single pediatric visit was
not studied for toxic synergy. Thus, the Canadian immunization schedule is not
evidence‑based; it is not based on science — it is pseudoscience. The pro‑vaccinators
on this forum who are criticizing anyone who questions vaccines by calling them
'anti‑science' need to provide scientific evidence that the childhood
immunization schedule is safe. Provide one study that was conducted to confirm
that injecting 2‑month‑old infants with a battery of 9 drugs simultaneously is
were allowing pro-vaccine propaganda to be posted but they were apparently
censoring some comments, so I wrote to the moderators:
"Moderators, why are so many people on this forum allowed to call non‑vaccinators idiots or anti‑science? Their derogatory comments are permitted, yet you censor my very pertinent comments addressing the non‑scientific immunization schedule. I weep for Canada. If the censoring you have exhibited at CBC News is typical of other media outlets in Canada, I don't see how freedom of speech and democracy can survive. The great nation of Canada will eventually fall. You have my email address. At least be kind enough to tell me your reasons for stifling the free exchange of ideas."
I never received
a response from the CBC News moderators. That was too bad because I could have
also provided them with a recently published peer-reviewed study that I
co-authored with Dr. Gary Goldman. We analyzed more than 38,000 official
reports of infants that had adverse reactions following their vaccinations. We
compared the number of vaccines each infant received to the severity of the
adverse reaction. Infants who received the most vaccines were the most likely to be hospitalized and die. Our
study confirms the dangerous practice of administering several vaccines
simultaneously to infants. Our study also confirms the unscientific nature of
the childhood immunization schedule: studies have not been conducted to
determine the safety (or efficacy) of administering multiple vaccine doses in a
variety of combinations as recommended by CDC guidelines. You can read our
entire study here .
In the midst of
all the pre-conference hysteria, I was contacted by the producer of a prominent
radio station in Vancouver. The host of one of the shows wanted to interview
me. Once on the air, he went into a frenzy about Dr. Wakefield and how he lost
his license. Apparently, that was all the "proof" he needed to
confirm that vaccines are safe and that anyone speaking out about them is
crazy. He also told his audience that if the conference were allowed to
proceed, it would cause huge epidemics throughout Canada and around the world,
and would eventually lead to the end of civilization as we know it.
demonstrations against the university and against the conference were being
planned. Extra security was required and Joel Lord was forced to pay for it or
lose the site. I was starting to feel good about not being in Vancouver, and my
planned presentation via Skype from the safety of my home made sense.
conference finally started, there were technical difficulties with the sound
and two of the presenters dropped out. I was asked to start my presentation
early, right after Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych, a research immunologist. I had
prepared a powerpoint presentation on the American and Canadian immunization
schedules, ingredients in vaccines, and overdosed babies. However, due to
technical difficulties I had to give my presentation without my powerpoint
slides. (That didn't bother me too much since I have all the information in my
head.) I also summarized the two vaccine studies that I co-authored with Dr.
Goldman. (Our study on international immunization schedules and infant
mortality rates can be read here :)
presentation, I opened up the floor to questions. The audience could see and
hear me on a big screen. I could see the audience as well. I answered questions
on numerous topics including some that were clearly from pro-vaccinators. My
talk lasted 90 minutes and ended with exuberant applause. Everyone left the
conference more knowledgeable than when they arrived.