Sustained Argument Essay (#7)
Pricking and Prodding for Profit
Medical science has discovered a vast amount of treatment for diseases both chronic and infectious. People are inclined to want to take the immediate, quick approach to solving problems especially when it comes to health and wellness. As a result of this common approach in today’s twenty-first century, modern medical standards include a distinct increase of vaccinations especially on children. Many of these vaccines have prevented millions of infectious diseases since their beginnings over sixty years ago. The western medical practices have been promoting vaccines more and more over these years. Because every parent wants the best for their child, is why most parents insist on following doctors orders and get their children vaccinated. Parents do this because there is the unchallenged assumption that vaccine public mandates and physician recommendations are based upon sound, scientific and medical principles of safety and efficacy. This is not only true for the HPV vaccines, but for all childhood vaccines.
There has been some opposition to vaccine mandates by those parents who have witnessed these vaccines destroying their children’s developing brains and immune systems. But because the medical journals and scientific research is driven by the corporate pharmaceutical industry, very little evidence has been shared with the general population to suggest that vaccines could be the culprit for conditions such as autism and other immune and brain injuries sustained from vaccine uptake. Only a fraction of vaccine adverse events reported by pediatricians, physicians, medical clinics and hospitals, make their way into medical databases and few parents even know such a reporting system exists.
Sadly, the long-term health outcomes of such a vaccination surge remain unknown. The pharmaceutical and medical industries are not going to pass up the opportunity to make huge profits if so many previous viruses are absent from threat. Therefore in the past ten years, there has been a huge rise in the amount of vaccines given to children and the number of diseases for which they are vaccinating some of which are only a threat if the child is exposed to blood carrying the virus like hepatitis B.
Relying upon the data from the CDC’s, Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), the vaccine watch organization Sanevax determined that, since Gardasil’s launch in 2006 until November 2012, the HPV vaccine was linked to 121 deaths and over 27,485 medical injuries of young girls, some as young as 11 years old. At the end 2012 the number rose to over 30,000 serious injuries and over 150 deaths. This data is kept out of the public eye because vaccine makers do not want such statistics to cause a decrease on the number of people receiving vaccine uptake and lowering the amount of potential profits they could potentially make.
Ones who see the truth
On Nov. 16, 2016, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. who is senator of New York and strong advocate against the use of neurotoxins such as mercury in vaccines, made an argument against the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA). The act launched the $32.2 billion yearly vaccine market and some argue indirectly spawned the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders, including autism. Kennedy is seeking a repeal of the NCVIA. “This act provided vaccine manufacturers blanket immunity for any harm caused by injuries from vaccines, no matter how wanton, reckless or negligent the manufacturing, how anemic the testing or how grievous the injury,” Kennedy said. “That act and the mountains of pharmaceutical cash going to politicians, regulators and the press have helped obliterate all the checks and balances that normally stand between a rapacious industry and vulnerable children in a free and Democratic society. The complete vacuum of accountability caused by the NCVIA has emboldened the worst kind of behavior by vaccine makers including the continued use of mercury in vaccines.” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. launched the “World Mercury Project” that vows to change the government policies which are injuring children daily. While the exposure of neurotoxins such as mercury may not affect each person in the same way, further research is needed to verify and understand data in order to judge the impact of vaccines on human health. The definitive answer of zero correlation is not acceptable especially while there has been information coming out from some inside whistleblowers stating that data has been hidden from public knowledge connecting injuries with vaccines.
Other doctors choose to recommend vaccines based on the actual science and merit of each vaccine, recommending some, while determining that others are not worth the risk for children, such as the flu shot. These doctors would be opposed to government-mandated vaccinations. Michael Hiltzik contact reporter from the Los Angeles Times reported in his December 5th, 2016 article “The 21st Century Cures Act: A huge handout to the drug industry disguised as a pro-research bounty” the following quote describing a current bill going through congress, “When American voters say Congress is owned by big companies,” Senator Elizabeth Warren, said from the floor during the week of November 28, 2016, “this bill is exactly what they are talking about.” Hiltzik brings to light details of the bill that will continue the cycle of using improper scientific research methods in order to pass the use of drugs and vaccines without legitimate proof of safety and efficacy.
Curving the Credence
Congress has been looking at the 21st Century Cures Act since 2015, but this year its promoters came up with an idea that would get many Democrats on board. The funding for the National Institute of Health has been lacking of resources, so to combined the rollback of FDA standards would help greatly in some eyes. By clouding the minds of the undecided, it got people to believe in the good. Sadly the bill reduces regulations on drug- and medical-device makers hidden from the publics ears and eyes. “This continues a trend of eroding standards at the Food and Drug Administration since the 1990s,” says Michael Carome, director of the Health Research Group at the advocacy organization Public Citizen. The bill opens a path for the FDA to approve new uses, or indications, for existing drugs without demanding thorough clinical tests conducted along customary lines. These include randomized samples, to prove they’re safe and effective for the new indications.
Safety and Efficiency First!
Instead, the FDA could rely on “real world evidence,” which includes observations, safety and side-effect claims, and other data not subject to rigorous analysis. Carome furthers his argument, “Why bother with the time, bother and expense of those pesky clinical trials to get your drug approved for additional indications, when you can rely on clinical experiences?” The bill also allows drug makers to promote off-label uses of their drugs to insurance companies. This would allow them to vastly expand the markets for these drugs while bypassing FDA scrutiny. It creates what Public Citizen calls an “overly broad” category of “breakthrough devices” that the FDA will be pressured to approve hastily. This attitude of using patients as human guinea pigs is a dangerous one, especially when drug companies are exempt of any liability in vaccine injuries.
Modern western medicine has made huge breakthroughs in controlling and treating illness. When human wellness is the primary focus and ethical practices are followed, the possibilities for advancement are enormous. However, there are definite dangers in today’s corporate medical practices that we are threatened by. The government we elect has an obligation to set forth laws and standards that protect the consumer safety. The multi-billion dollar vaccine industry and pharmaceutical industry in general has too much power in congress with its lobbyists to adequately protect patients from harm and base medical practices on true evidence of safety and efficacy.
Time to Stand up and Fight
Unfortunately, with the new federal administration that is about to take power in Washington D.C., our prospects are bleak. The new administration does not represent the average American citizen, but rather the corporations that make the profits at the expense of human suffering and wellness. It will be the people of the United States who will have to demand protection and change in order to assure medical practices are moral and safe for all in the future. Ultimately, it is each person’s responsibility to take matters into their own hands when it comes to health and wellness. People must see the dangers in corporate medicine and make wise choices and even go against the normal trend. We cannot be sheep lined up ready for injections of substances that will harm our immune system and jeopardize our health.
The citizens of the United States must stand up and demand change if we are going to see the current medical practices improve when it comes to vaccination policies and mandates. The medical industry must prioritize true well being for all rather than huge profits for medical corporations. The government is obliged to protect its people and employ legislation and policy that focus on honest, clear science. Such medical practices must be put in place now before the health of future generations is damaged irreversibly.
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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “Government Regulation,” www.chop.edu, Jan. 27, 2014
Generation Rescue, “Questions before You Vaccinate,” www.generationrescue.org. 30 Jul. 2014
Hiltzik, Michael. “The 21st Century Cures Act: A huge handout to the drug industry disguised as a pro-research bounty” Los Angeles Times. 5 Dec. 2016
Lowe, Derek “The 21st Century Cures Act: A Giant Piñata.” Los Angeles Times 5 Dec. 2016
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, “Top Reasons to Get Vaccinated,” www.nfid.org 5 Jun. 2014
National Vaccine Information Center, “Autism,” www.nvic.org 18 Sep. 2013
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“National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (42 USC 201),” Federal Register, Nov. 14, 1986