HuffPo removes vaccine safety article (again) in record time!
BY J.B. HANDLEY January 25, 2017
Who’s calling the shots at HuffPo? Isn’t it sort of obvious?
NEW YORK, New York — This is the third instance I know of where a Huffington Post article that dared to question vaccines in any way was removed from their site. Very curious how people supposedly committed to the expression of free ideas feel as they delete the work of a well-informed, thoughtful journalist with a lengthy career?
You may want to copy and paste this whole article, who knows how long it will be before the HuffPo police find this one, too!
The entire post is printed below.
Two quick points:
- Martha Rosenberg is a very legitimate journalist:
HuffPo Bio: Martha Rosenberg is a nationally recognized investigative health reporter whose food and drug expose, Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, won an American Society of Journalists and Authors honorable mention. Rosenberg has appeared on CSPAN, National Public Radio and lectured at the medical school and university levels.
Linkedin Bio: My first book, Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, distributed by Random House, was part of One Book One Chicago this fall. I have spent the years since it was published writing medically-related articles about chronic pain, the opioid addiction epidemic, food safety and other topics that affect the public health. I am also a cartoonist and I am rolling out a new cartoon strip which I hope daily newspapers and progressive sites will carry in the coming weeks.
2. HuffPo is deleting articles questioning vaccine safety while the world is changing, probably best article I have seen in years appeared late last night about a speech Robert F. Kennedy Jr. just made:
CLOSE RED BANK - With a powerful new potential ally in the White House, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday that he…www.app.com
Beware HuffPo: You may end up on the wrong side of history!
Here’s an article about censorship of HuffPo from journalist Sharyl Attkisson a few months ago:
Vaccines Are Totally Safe Say the People Who Brought us Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Phen-Fen, Xarelto, Raxar and Seldane….
01/24/2017 11:19 am ET | Updated 1 day ago
By Martha Rosenberg reporter and author
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It is not surprising mainstream scientists are vaccine absolutists who vilify anti-vaccine activists given that their medical centers, hospital wings, universities and sometimes personal paychecks are funded by Pharma. What is surprisingly is that progressive news sites that challenge government pronouncements on every other level also vilify anti-vaccine activists as “unscientific.”
Are progressive news sites forgetting Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Meridia, Darvon, HRT, Phen-Fen, Raxar, Seldane, Ketek, Avandia and Xarelto — -all called safe when they were making millions?
Neither mainstream or progressive news sites want to acknowledge the existence of the federal National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) which, since 1988, has settled more than 16,000 claims and awarded $3.18 billion in injury settlements. When I asked a vaccine expert why the court existed if vaccines are unremittingly safe he told me that vaccines are so basic to public health yet so non-lucrative (compared to billion dollar pills), the government does not want vaccine makers bankrupted by lawsuits.
But ignoring the court and the ghastly injuries it settles — I was told, off the record, about a woman who lost her fingers and toes from vasculitis caused by a vaccine — mainstream scientists are the ones who are “unscientific.” The truth is not all vaccines are safe, life-saving or necessary and conflicts of interest do exist. Consider the case of Gardasil, a vaccine against the human papillomavirus vaccine types 6, 11, 16, 18.
The Case of Gardasil
A few years ago, Merck aggressively marketed Gardasil, a vaccine against the HPV virus (which is linked to venereal warts and cervical cancer) — even in poor countries where cervical cancer is hardly a leading cause of death compared to malaria or diarrheal diseases. (In developed countries, a Pap test is as effective as a vaccine in preventing cervical cancer.)
Last year, judges in India’s Supreme Court demanded answers after children died during a trial of Gardasil and Cervarix, GlaxoSmithKline’s counterpart vaccine, a few years earlier.
According to CBS News there was another cloud over Gardasil. “Merck gave $6,000 to [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry’s election campaign fund as part of a national lobbying effort to persuade states that it ought to require Gardasil as one of the vaccines all kids should have before attending school,” it wrote. The director of a Merck-funded pro-Gardasil group was also Perry’s then-chief of staff’s mother-in-law.
Nor did the departure of former CDC director Julie Gerberding to head Merck’s vaccines division look right to many ethics specialists.
Docs Gone Bad
Mainstream scientists have savaged Andrew Wakefield, a British medical researcher found to have conducted fraudulent research linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). His corruption is said to disprove any scientific doubts about vaccine safety.
Yet when researchers in the U.S. have been so corrupt they have gone to jail, mainstream scientists still accept their research. Scott Reuben published fraudulent research on Lyrica, Effexor, Celebrex and other drugs for Pharma. He went to prison for six months but the “science” behind the drugs he promoted stands. Richard Borison, former psychiatry chief at Augusta Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center and Medical College of Georgia, went to prison for 15 years for using clinical trials on veterans of the antipsychotic Seroquel to line his own pockets. The drug went on to earn billions and his for-profit “research” still stands.
As a reporter I have interviewed a man whose blindness was caused by a 1976 flu vaccine for which the government compensated him. More recently I interviewed a parent whose normal toddler was never the same after a vaccine and is now institutionalized. “He cried hysterically for 24 hours,” the parent, who is a medical practitioner, told me.
Pharma is unwise to cast such parents, of whom there are many, as “nuts.” The degeneration of their child is not their imagination. Also, there is no defensible reason for vaccines to be given all at once to a child, which many say heightens risks. Administering clusters of vaccines — once not given to children — has been called a major, new profit center for pediatricians.
But anti-vaccination activists should also not be absolutist. Vaccines are not a “conspiracy” — they are Pharma business as usual. Many are life-saving. Would anyone refuse a rabies vaccine after being bitten by a rabid raccoon? A tetanus shot after a serious wound? Would responsible parents deny their child a whooping cough or polio vaccine?
Like all drugs aggressively marketed these days, patients and parents need to do their own research and weigh benefits and risks — never forgetting Pharma’s spotty safety record.
Martha Rosenberg reporter and author
Martha Rosenberg is a nationally recognized investigative health reporter whose food and drug expose, Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, won an American Society of Journalists and Authors honorable mention. Rosenberg has appeared on CSPAN, National Public Radio and lectured at the medical school and university levels.
J.B. Handley is the father of a child with Autism. He and his wife co-founded Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy’s autism charity. He spent his career in the private equity industry and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University. He is also the author of “The Only Vaccine Guide a New Parent Will Ever Need” , “An Angry Father’s Guide to Vaccine-Autism Science”, and “7 reasons CDC employees should be “crying in the hallways”
Mr. Handley has started a podcast called “How to End the Autism Epidemic” — you might enjoy his first six interviews: