Archive for July 13, 2011

Pertussis Vaccination – For the Greater Good or Medical Tyranny?


My school is requiring that Jr. High students get vaccinated for Pertussis (whooping cough) before school starts.  I was told that all students in California from grades 7th to 12th must be vaccinated or they won’t be allowed to attend school this Fall.  However, there are waivers available and it is state law in California that you be given the choice for vaccination.  It’s not well publicized, but you just need to contact your district office to get the paperwork.

Pertussis banner in front of local school

Whooping cough can be deadly to infants. In 2010 there were 10 infant deaths from it in California – all were infants 3 months old or younger.  It can be spread from older children and adults to infants who have a tougher time fighting this disease.   That does sound bad, but there are over 2,500 infant deaths per year in California.  That means pertussis causes only .4 % of them.  That’s less than one percent.  I suppose if I were one of the parents who lost their child due to whooping cough, I might be pushing for forced inoculations. However, taking away civil liberties from individuals for the greater good is tyranny. Denial of public education for this reason is a horrible plan.

Parents want what’s best for their children. We want our kids to be healthy and not be sick. By vaccinating our kids with Pertussis are we just helping save infants or are we endangering our teenagers with unproven vaccines? Are we strengthening kids and building up their defense mechanisms or are we undermining thier bodies?  Vaccines, in general, are meant to build up defenses against disease. But they actually don’t do nearly as good a job as the human body does naturally. In fact, many vaccines need to be used several times over a lifetime in order to be effective. However, allowing your body to shake disease off naturally is the best method to build up defenses. Humans have been doing this a lot longer than vaccine companies and big pharma have been around. Furthermore, the ingredient list for many vaccines, including Pertussis, are: lab altered viruses and bacteria; aluminum; mercury; formaldehyde; phenoxyethanol; gluteraldehyde; sodium borate; sodium chloride; sodium acetate; monosodium glutamate (MSG); hydrochloric acid; hydrogen peroxide; lactose; gelatin; yeast protein; egg albumin; bovine and human serum albumin; antibiotics and other contaminants. Does this list sound healthy? Do we have to allow this concoction of chemicals into our children’s blood vessels and organs? The answer is no.

The signs in front of schools make it sound like you don’t have a choice. Don’t be deceived. Also, do a little research on your own about this vaccine. You might discover that it is not very effective and can be dangerous. You might find out that many patients diagnosed with whooping cough were given vaccinations for it beforehand. You might find out that vaccine manufacturers are making loads of money on them.  Thomas Jefferson once wrote; “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” You do have a choice

 Ben Theiss is a devoted father and husband as well as an avid runner and cyclist. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Math and Science Teacher for over 13 years. Ben served in the US Army and is a Veteran of Desert Storm.

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