Pro-Vaccine Doctor Now Questions Vaccines After Researching Them – ‘The Science on Vaccines is Settled’ is Wrong
by Braxton DeGarmo – MD
First and foremost, everything you’ve ever heard or read stating that “the science on vaccines is settled” is wrong.
Five years ago, I stood firmly in the pro-vaccine camp. As a physician, we were never taught specifically about vaccines, although we learned about the forms of immunity our bodies possess. We were told that vaccines worked, they were crucial to public health, and that we could trust the CDC, WHO, and other health agencies which had only our “best interests” at heart.
Since retiring from practice, I’ve actually had the time to research the topic and discovered just how naive I was. This article is just a “brief” summary of what I’ve learned. I could add pages and pages on each vaccine.
We’ve all been told repeatedly that the measles vaccine dramatically reduced measles mortality, but as you can see from the graph, the vaccine barely made a dent in a mortality rate that had already diminished significantly due to improved sanitation, better nutrition, new standards of hygiene, and other improvements in healthcare.
Vaccines and Autism
By 1986, a new concern [arose about] the role of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine (released in 1963) in the formation of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) such as Asperger’s Syndrome.
Many believe that autism has a genetic cause. However, in the 1940s autism was unheard of in the U.S., which makes it unlikely to be genetic, although there could be a genetic predisposition. By the late 1970s (the period in which I went through medical training), the incidence had increased to 1 in 10,000. For a child born in 2018, the risk of developing an ASD is now 1 in 36. The incidence has grown in lock step with the rise in required vaccinations. Circumstantial? No.
Despite the “assurances” that MMR and other vaccines do not cause autism, dozens of such studies have been published showing a direct cause. In fact, as of 2017, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., of the Children’s Health Defense Initiative, had identified over 240 studies linking autism to the MMR.
The CDC itself predicts that within the next ten years the rate of ASD in the US will reach 1 in 2 children. This will dramatically affect the destiny of our society. Can you imagine the society we’re leaving to our grandchildren where half of their children have an ASD?
You might hear claims from some today that more children die from the vaccines than from the diseases the vaccines are intended to prevent. Is there any truth behind that statement? Let’s use measles as the example since so much hype about recent outbreaks has been in the media.
Between January 1st and September 21st, 2018, the Pan American Health Organization reported that 6,629 cases of measles had been reported in 11 countries of North, Central, and South America. With these cases, there were 72 deaths reported, 62 of which were in Venezuela where socialism has decimated the economy and eliminated even the most basic medical care. For all of 2018, the U.S. reported 349 cases and zero deaths, which is reported as being a typical year for the U.S.
Statistics on deaths from vaccines, however, are hard to come by. From its inception in 1986 to September 2018, the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) has had 457 deaths reported due just to the MMR. The federal VICP (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program), as of January 2, 2019, has had 82 claims made for death from the MMR. Several studies have shown that VAERS data is vastly under-reported, with a range from 1 to under 10% of all cases actually being reported by doctors since the system is purely voluntary.
If we assume the most generous level, that 10% of all cases were reported over that 32-year period, the real number of deaths could be over 4.500. That amounts to 141 deaths/per year if averaged over the 32-year span of the VAERS. Since these VAERS numbers are for the U.S. only, it’s easy to see why people might say that vaccines (the MMR in this specific case) are more deadly – 141 deaths vs. 0 deaths.
Currently, the CDC states that the death rate from measles is 1 in 1,000 cases. Based on that, we’d then have to see a jump in measles cases from 349 (2018) to 141,000 to match the estimated death rate from the MMR.
However, the CDC’s own web page on the history of the measles states that in the decade prior to the vaccine (1963) there were typically 3-4 million cases of measles a year with 400-500 deaths. That works out to roughly 1.3 deaths per 10,000, not 1,000.
But wait, go back and look at the first graph above. That graph, taken from CDC itself several years ago, shows a mortality rate of less than 1 in 100,000 at the time of the vaccine’s introduction. So, has the CDC’s proofreader missed that discrepancy, or is the CDC playing numbers games as part of their fear-mongering tactics to sell vaccines?
Read the full article here.
About Dr. DeGarmo
At Duke University I earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Engineering with a major in Bio-Medical Engineering and a minor in good times. After that came medical school at the University of Cincinnati where I got into trouble perpetually because they could read my handwriting.
During my residency in Emergency Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, the Army tried to straighten me out, but I had grown up watching M.A.S.H. and its reruns. They had an uphill battle and I held the high ground.
Ultimately, I served tours as the Chief, Emergency Medical Services at Fort Campbell, KY and as a research Flight Surgeon at Fort Rucker, AL.
January 21, 2020
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