Hollywood Actor Targeted for Raising Concerns about Vaccine Safety and Efficacy
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Hollywood actor Rob Schneider got first-hand experience about the fact that corporate capitalism is not democracy and that publicly raising concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy issues results in a swift lesson about the fact that freedom of speech is a right that is mitigated by the fact that one’s livelihood and income may be threatened by addressing issues of concern for a multi-billion dollar per year vaccine industry.
Freedom of Speech exists in these United States. That is, if one can afford Unemployment
The U.S. insurance giant State Farm dropped Rob Schneider after the actor publicly raised concerns about well-known and well documented vaccine safety and efficacy issues, and in response to what appears to be a concerted and well-organized effort by pro-vaccine lobbies who urged State Farm to drop its association with the renown Hollywood actor and comedian.
The pro-vaccination lobbies social media sites, including Food Hunk, Science Babe and Chow Babe denounced Schneider of promoting pseudo-scientific claims and lobbied State Farm insurance policy holders to contact the insurance giant to demand that State Farm stop hiring someone who publicly states “dangerous opinions” about the issue. Chow Babe released a video, calling on the public to “stem the modern anti-technology tide”, and that it is time to end the “anti-vaccination movement”.
Positioning scientists, activists and celebrities who are raising awareness about serious vaccine safety issues as “anti-progress” or as “anti-vaccine” movement is a common strategy used by the pharma industry and the often industry-sponsored pro-vaccination lobbies.
The fact is, that the vast majority of the scientists, activists and organizations who are warning about vaccinations are not necessarily against vaccinations as such, but against serious vaccine safety issues, flawed ethics, incestuous relationships between the pharma industry and regulators, science by proclamation, and the systematic oppression of scientists and medical doctors who are pointing out these flaws.
Propaganda Video propagates the false Claim that Vaccine Safety Concerns are based on one flawed study
The Chow Babe video, for example, claims that campaigns against vaccination or for vaccine safety are based on “one single false study”. Meanwhile, nothing could be further from the truth. (watch the video here)
To mention but a few of the most serious concerns, studies, scandals and facts which the PRopaganda video attempts to omit with its claim about “one single flawed study”:
- In 2012, Dr. Neethu Vashisht and Dr. Jacob Pulijel from the Department of Pediatrics at St. Stephens Hospital, Delhi, India, published the article “Polio Programme: Let us declare victory and move on” in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. Doctors Vashisht and Pulijel are stressing that: “In 2011, there were an extra 47,500 new cases of NPAFP. Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated. The principle of primum-non-nocere was violated.” … The massive funding of a pro-Polio-vaccination campaign with contributions by, among others, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Monsanto was detailed in the article “Bill Gates’ Polio Vaccine Program caused 47,500 cases of Paralysis Death“.
- A Freedom of information act request in the United Kingdom revealed documentation for a 30-year-long, systematic cover-up of the fact that UK officials knew, that vaccines generally lack the efficacy that is claimed by the pharma industry, that it was known that vaccines in many cases provoke those diseases which they purportedly are protecting against, that it was known that many vaccines are hazardous to children, that UK officials colluded to lie to the public, and that UK officials actively worked to prevent vaccine safety studies.
- A peer-reviewed study in the open access journal “Open Access Scientific Reports” by John B. Classen, entitled ” Prevalence of Autism is Positively Associated with the Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes, but Negatively Associated with the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, Implication for the Etiology of the Autism Epidemic”, established a significant correlation between vaccines and the epidemic rise in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. A comment on these findings was published in a nsnbc article entitled “Epidemic Rise in Autism Linked to Vaccine Induced Diabetes – Growing Worldwide Concerns about Vaccine Safety“.
- In September 2013, the parliament of India launched an inquiry into vaccine trials after the death of seven children and issued a statement describing scientific, medical and ethical flaws with the study with the words “Flouting Ethics and a PATH of violations”. The use of the capital letters only word PATH was a direct reference to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored pro-vaccination lobby NGO PATH. The parliamentary inquiry resulted in accusations, that PATH was exploiting, with impunity, loopholes in legislation during the trial of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
- Questionable ethics, lack of independent trials and incestuous relationships between the pharma industry and regulators, in fact, prompted 69 % of polled U.S. citizens to state that they neither trust their government, nor their medical doctors with regard to vaccinations and vaccine safety.
- In March 2014, a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Netherlands concluded that most cases observed during a nationwide mumps epidemic in the Netherlands, between 2009 and 2012, had received two shots of the MMR vaccine. The fact was reported in a nsnbc article entitled “Mumps Epidemic among MMR Vaccinated Persons in The Netherlands“ while it was largely ignored by Dutch and international corporate and state-sponsored media.
- Also in 2014, “Science Magazine“ reported that a U.S. citizen who had been fully vaccinated against measles not only developed the childhood disease, but that he infected others. nsnbc published a report about the incident entitled “Vaccinated Patients catch Measles and Infect Others”. Also that incident was largely ignored by corporate mainstream media.
The list could be continued, virtually endlessly. Other factors which support the calls of e.g. Hollywood actor Rob Schneider for attention about vaccine safety issues include the documented fact that pharma giants like Glaxo Smith Cline sponsor allegedly independent reports by government-linked think tanks such as the RAND Corporation, as documented by independent analyst Tony Cartalucci, in his article entitled “Big-Pharma Vaccines Deemed “Safe” by Big Pharma Funded Study”.
Ph.D Candidate and military officer Baz Bardoe, who has a unique insight in e.g. the use of vaccines within military context warned in his article entitled “All Trials: because no test should go unheralded”, that the work of Dr. Peter Doshi and the independent Cochrane Collaboration stressed that:
“The current system. …. is one in which meager details of clinical trials published in medical journals, often by authors with financial ties to the companies whose drugs they are writing about, is insufficient to the point of being misleading”
Bardoe also noted that Richard Horton, writing as editor of the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, stated that:
“A study of the interactions between authors of clinical practice guidelines and the pharmaceutical industry……… found serious omissions in declarations of conflicts of interest. Almost 90% of authors received research funding from or acted as consultants for a drug company. Over half had connections with companies whose drugs were being reviewed in the guideline, and the same proportion indicated that there was no formal procedure for reporting these interactions.” He also wrote in 2004 that “journals have devolved into information laundering operations for the pharmaceutical industry”.
This list, which also supports the warnings of Hollywood actor Rob Schneider who had the courage and integrity to speak out, probably anticipating that his use of “free speech” may have repercussions on his career and livelihood, could also be continued, almost ad infinitum.
A thought-provoking article by Efthimios Parasidis, who is an Assistant Professor of law at Ohio State University, entitled “Public Misinformed about Seal of Approval from FDA”, sums the problem up. Professor Parasidis is stating that:
“Between 2005 and 2011, nearly half of all new drug formulations in the US were approved without companies having to demonstrate a tangible benefit, such as relieving disease symptoms, extending life, or improving someone’s ability to go about normal activities”.
These findings were documented in a paper by Nicolas Downing of Yale University and colleagues. The paper is part of a series of papers on drug approval processes, and was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).The team of researchers also found that nearly two out of five drugs approved by the FDA were brought to market after one single pivotal trial.
This is especially problematic when the trials are funded by the multi-billion dollar per year pharma industry, and conducted in rural communities in e.g. India, where those suffering adverse effects have no funds which would be even be remotely sufficient to mount legal challenges against transnational corporations who have virtually unlimited funding that exhausts the money of those who want to mount a legal challenge before it ever comes to court.
CH/L – nsnbc 24-09.2014
Below is the video that prompted the problems Mr. Schneider encountered. Rob Schneider tweeted on his Twitter account: “I hope the Wilber Theater in Boston (ONE SHOW THIS SAT GET TIX) doesn’t fire me for this completely factual video!” Video, courtesy of Canary Party