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by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Where do licensed physicians who practice medicine in the U.S. stand today regarding the current vaccine debate to remove informed consent to vaccines? This is one area of the debate where you are not likely to hear both sides in the mainstream media.

Mainstream media, for the most part, is biased in its coverage of the current vaccine debate when it comes to the issue of removing informed consent, and not allowing parents to exempt their children from vaccines. The debate is positioned as parents against doctors, with parents supposedly representing emotional pleas, while doctors are supposedly unified in stating that “the science is settled” regarding vaccines, and universally in favor of mandatory vaccination policy removing parental exemptions.

However, nothing could be further from the truth in the vaccine debate. Doctors are not unified at all on their positions regarding “the science” of vaccines, nor are they unified in the position of removing informed consent to a medical procedure like vaccines.

In this article, I am going to summarize the many doctors today who do not take the most extremist pro-vaccine position, which is probably not held by very many doctors at all, in spite of what the pharmaceutical industry, the federal government, and the mainstream media would like the public to believe.

Dispelling the Myth that All Doctors are Either Pro-Vaccine or Anti-Vaccine

One of the biggest myths being propagated in the compliant mainstream media today is that doctors are either pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine, and that the anti-vaccine doctors are all “quacks.”

However, any journalist or investigative reporter covering this issue with any integrity at all will quickly discover that this is very far from the truth.

As is illustrated in our infographic at the top of this article, we can broadly categorize many different positions on vaccines that doctors hold to and follow in their practice of treating patients. The two most extreme positions are those who are 100% against vaccines and do not administer them at all, and those doctors who believe all vaccines are completely safe and effective, and should be forced upon everyone who does not share their belief.

Very few doctors fall into either of these two extremist positions, and yet it is the extreme pro-vaccine position that is presented by the U.S. Government and mainstream media as being the dominant position of the medical field.

In between these two extreme views, however, is where the vast majority of doctors practicing today would probably categorize their position. Many doctors who consider themselves “pro-vaccine,” for example, do not believe that every single vaccine is appropriate for every single individual. They would be opposed to government-mandated vaccinations and the removal of parental exemptions.

Many doctors recommend a “delayed” vaccine schedule for some patients, and not always the recommended one-size-fits-all CDC childhood schedule. 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 suspect seasonal flu shot.

Who Are the Extremist Pro-Vaccine Doctors?

The most extremist pro-vaccine doctors, those that believe ALL vaccines are safe and effective for ALL people, ALL the time, by force if necessary, are best represented by two high-profile doctors:

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Dr. Paul Offit

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Dr. Anne Schuchat

 

Dr. Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the mainstream media’s go-to spokesperson for vaccines. Dr. Offit is on record as stating that “a baby’s immune system could handle as many as 10,000 vaccines.” He holds a patent for one of the childhood vaccines recommended by the CDC, so he has a financial incentive to promote vaccines. Whenever he is scheduled to speak about vaccines, if he finds out that someone else will be appearing with him at the same time to give the opposing view, he immediately cancels his appearance, as he does not believe in free speech when it comes to vaccines, and believes his position is the only correct one. He once stated publicly that any reporter who covered someone articulating a different view on vaccines than what he believed should be punished and go to “journalism jail.”

When Sharyl Attkisson still worked for CBS, she ran a story with then anchor Katie Couric about his massive conflict of interest:

Dr. Paul Offit quite obviously represents the extremist pro-vaccine view among medical professionals.

Dr. Anne Schuchat is the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is an Assistant Surgeon General holding the rank of rear admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Schuchat could quite possibly be the most powerful person in the world when it comes to setting vaccine policy, as the CDC vaccine recommendations are what set the market for which vaccines are administered to children in the U.S., and closely followed world-wide.

The CDC is also the biggest customer of pharmaceutical companies when it comes to purchasing vaccines, as they purchase more than $4 billion worth of vaccines every year. This creates a huge conflict of interest for an agency that is supposed to be overseeing vaccine safety. Not surprisingly, Dr. Anne Schuchat and the CDC’s position on vaccines is that they are ALWAYS safe ALL the time and should be injected into everyone they feel should have them, by force if necessary.

Earlier this year there was a Congressional hearing “on the link between recent outbreaks of diseases such as measles, and some parents’ decision not to vaccinate their children” as a result of the “Disney measles outbreak.”

Representing the government’s view on this subject was Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC. You can watch the entire 2-hour hearing on CSPAN here.

Or if you want the abridged summary, watch this short video clip:


This was not a Congressional Hearing where both sides of the vaccine debate were presented. Only one side was presented, the government and pharmaceutical side.

Can we trust the CDC when they say, “vaccines don’t cause autism”? Are we to be impressed with Dr. Anne Schuchat and find her more credible because she is wearing a military uniform?

Why didn’t Congress address both sides of the vaccine debate? Why wasn’t Dr. William Thompson of the CDC also present to answer questions?

Dr. Thompson stated last year that one of the CDC studies that supposedly proved that “vaccines don’t cause autism” had data withheld that showed that the MMR vaccine did in fact increase the risk of autism among African-American boys. He was a co-author of the study. (See: CDC Whistleblower Dr. Thompson: “I’ve Stopped Lying” – Willing to Testify on Vaccine Fraud)

Why hasn’t Dr. William Thompson of the CDC been invited to testify to Congress yet??

Is the statement “vaccines don’t cause autism” even a scientifically accurate statement? Can it be proven that in every single case where autism is diagnosed, that it is impossible for vaccines to have had any causative effect? The rate of autism in the U.S. has skyrocketed to one out of every 10,000 children several years ago to one out of every 50 children today. The CDC says they do not know why the rate is increasing so much, but they are positive it is not due to vaccines.

Interestingly, other government officials have actually contradicted Dr. Schuchat’s testimony and admitted that vaccines can be linked to autism in some cases:

We can safely say that Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC represents the extremist pro-vaccine view among medical professionals.

Who are the Extremist Anti-Vaccine Doctors?

There are actually very few medical doctors who will come out publicly and state that they are against ALL vaccines. I find them the most compelling doctors to listen to, because they must endure tremendous ridicule, and also risk losing their license to practice for taking such as stance. What kind of doctor would take such a stance on vaccines, and be willing to risk articulating that position in public?

Most of the anti-vaccine doctors did not start out as anti-vaccine. They observed the damage vaccines caused to their patients via their clinical experience, and it drove them to research the issue much more thoroughly than what they were taught in medical school.

Dr. Suzanne Humphries, MD

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One of the most articulate anti-vaccine doctors is Dr. Suzanne Humphries, MD. Dr. Humphries earned her bachelor degree in physics from Rutgers University and her medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She is board certified in Nephrology. Prior to her leaving conventional medicine to travel around the world lecturing on vaccine safety, she held a Fellowship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University School of Medicine.

Dr. Humphries did not start out as anti-vaccine. She used to not only believe in vaccines, but she used to vaccinate her patients. Dr. Humphries has stated that she was motivated to research vaccines and learn the truth because she felt her medical training had misinformed her. She also saw friends and family members injured by vaccines.

When asked if she felt betrayed when she learned the truth about vaccines, much of which was suppressed in her medical training, Dr. Humphries gives a rather incredible response. If anyone wonders what Dr. Humphries motivation is, or what kind of character she has, her reply is very revealing:

Well, I take responsibility for what I have done in my life. And so if somebody made me go to medical school and kept everything away from me, maybe I would feel betrayed. But I chose to go to medical school, and I chose to limit my reading material to the degree that I did. So I didn’t feel betrayed.

Dr. Humphries was asked if she thought vaccines were working in keeping populations healthy. Her reply:

You have to define “working” first. Some people consider “working” to mean that you suppress a disease in a population. Some vaccines do work by that definition.

But no vaccine increases the health of a population, because vaccines do not increase the health of a human. There is nothing in a vaccine that our bodies actually require… There is no nutritive effect of a vaccine. So no, I don’t believe that they create health in a population. I believe there are always better ways to deal with diseases in a population than vaccinating everybody.

When asked why she chooses not to get vaccines, even though she travels around the world to places where vaccines are recommended, Dr. Humphries replies:

Because I take really good care of my immune system, and my body. I believe its always a gamble. So you have to pick which side you are going to run with, and you have to believe in it and do it. So if you are going to believe in vaccines, then you need to believe in it and do it.

I don’t believe in vaccines. I don’t even believe a little bit in vaccines. I believe they can do more harm to me than I may ever be able to make up for.

Dr. Humphries believes the dangers inherent in vaccines are being suppressed by the medical community and the media, and that they do not want you to hear “the other side” of vaccine safety. She is routinely censored from the mainstream media. To listen to what is perhaps the best 22 minute presentation on the other side of the vaccine debate, uncensored, see: Dr. Suzanne Humphries on Vaccine Safety: “They Don’t Want You to Hear the Other Side.”

Dr. Suzanne Humphries is definitely an “extreme” anti-vaccine doctor.

Dr. Richard Moskowitz

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Richard Moskowitz, M. D. – Image source DoctorRMosk.com

Dr. Richard Moskowitz practices medicine in Massachusetts. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1959, and his M.D. from New York University in 1963. After a Graduate Fellowship in Philosophy at the University of Colorado, he completed his internship at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, and has practiced general family medicine since obtaining his license in 1967. He became interested in natural therapies in 1970 as part of his home birth practice, and has continued to study and use natural therapies ever since.

Like Dr. Humphries, Dr. Moskowitz did not start out as an anti-vaccine doctor, but as a pro-vaccine doctor, administering vaccines to his patients in his practice. But after more than 30 years of clinical experience, he found he could no longer recommend vaccines, even if his patients requested them:

For the past ten years or so, I have felt a deep and growing compunction against giving routine vaccinations to children. It began with the fundamental belief that people have the right to make that choice for themselves.

But eventually the day came when I could no longer bring myself to give the shots, even when the parents wished me to. I have always believed that the attempt to eradicate entire microbial species from the biosphere must inevitably upset the balance of Nature in fundamental ways that we can as yet scarcely imagine.

Purely from the viewpoint of our own species, even if we could be sure that the vaccines were harmless, the fact remains that they are compulsory, that all children are required to undergo them, without sensitivity or proper regard for basic differences in individual susceptibility, to say nothing of the values and wishes of the parents and the children themselves.

The public is surely entitled to convincing proof, beyond any reasonable doubt, that artificial immunization is in fact a safe and effective procedure, in no way injurious to health, and that the threat of the corresponding natural diseases remains sufficiently clear and urgent to warrant the mass inoculation of everyone, even against their will if necessary.

Unfortunately, such proof has never been given; and even if it could be, continuing to employ vaccines against diseases that are no longer prevalent or dangerous hardly qualifies as an emergency.

I want to present the case against routine immunization as clearly and forcefully as I can.

While he does not travel around the world lecturing on vaccines like Dr. Humphries, Dr. Moskowitz’s treatise on vaccinations is perhaps the best written document on the Internet today giving “the other side” of the vaccine debate that is routinely censored. (See: Richard Moskowitz, M. D. – The Case Against Immunizations.)

I believe it is safe to include Dr. Moskowitz among the “extreme” anti-vaccine doctors.

Every legislator across the U.S. considering legislation to force vaccinations on others against their will should be required to watch the 22 minute video by Dr. Humphries, and read the expose by Dr. Moskowitz to understand both sides of the vaccine debate held by medical doctors in the United States.

Vaccine Choice: The Majority of Doctors in the U.S.

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A small sampling of doctors who support vaccine choice.

The vast majority of doctors in the U.S. do not hold one of the extreme positions on vaccines, but fall somewhere in the middle. The mainstream media, pharmaceutical industry, and U.S. Government would like the public to believe that the extreme pro-vaccine position, that all vaccines are safe and effective and should be given to all people at all times by force if necessary, is the only position held by doctors in the U.S. They want the American public to believe that if any doctor does not hold this position, they are a “quack.”

Don’t believe this nonsense. They are targeting state politicians right now and are trying to coerce and intimidate them to pass legislation that would force their extremist position on the rest of the public, including practicing physicians.

What all these doctors featured here have in common is that they do not subscribe to the religious-like extreme pro-vaccine position that believes all vaccines are good all the time, for all people, by force if necessary. The doctors featured here are also all licensed physicians, or retired former licensed medical professionals.

Dr. Mark Geier

Dr. Mark Geier is not anti-vaccine. He is an MD and has a PhD in genetics. He spent 10 years working at the National Institute of Health, and was a professor at John Hopkins University as a geneticist. He is also the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications.

He worked on vaccine safety and efficacy for more than 30 years. He was one of four scientists that worked to replace the DTP vaccine, a vaccine that caused every child to become sick with a high fever at the time of vaccination, with the current DTAP vaccine, which is a more purified vaccine and causes illness due to fever in only 3% of those vaccinated.

Dr. Geier is not an extremist pro-vaccine doctor. His work has shown he is interested in vaccine safety, and his belief in vaccines is based on the merit of each vaccine, and the science behind it. However, he has been labeled a “quack” by some because he does share the same religious-like belief that the extreme pro-vaccine crowd tries to force on everyone else.

Dr. Geier is opposed to the flu vaccine. In the video below, he explains that the flu shot causes Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and that the flu shot is not very effective in preventing the flu. He also explains that the CDC does not follow the law for vaccines in requiring long-term safety testing for the influenza vaccine like they do with other vaccines, as it is impossible to test a vaccine that changes every year. So the flu vaccine is basically an experimental vaccine that they want to give out to 300 million people every year. There are also no studies showing the safety of giving the flu vaccine to the same person every single year. However, Dr. Geier points out that the CDC is in the business of distributing flu vaccines, because they represent 300 million doses per year, whereas all the childhood vaccines together only number 20 million. The flu vaccine is the most dangerous vaccine in America, representing the vast majority of injuries and deaths compensated by the Vaccine Court.

Dr. Geier goes on to explain that flu is “the wrong thing to vaccinate against” because you have to keep re-vaccinating against it every year, unlike childhood infectious diseases, such as smallpox, that are only vaccinated for once. Dr. Geier points out how ridiculous it is to spend billions of dollars on a vaccine that might, at its best, save about 50 lives a year, when there are far more serious problems causing death that are more worthy of that kind of expenditure.

Dr. Jay Gordon

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Jay Gordon, MD FAAP. Photo from DrJayGordon.com

Dr. Jay Gordon is a pediatrician in Southern California. He has quite an impressive resume:

In the middle of his residency training, pediatrician Jay Gordon took an unusual step. Deciding that he needed greater knowledge about nutrition, vitamins, and alternative medicine in order to practice medicine the way he wanted to, Dr. Gordon took a Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City. After his residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Dr. Gordon joined the teaching attending faculty at UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Intensely interested in infant nutrition and breastfeeding, Dr. Gordon is the first male physician to sit for and pass the International Board of Lactation Certification Exam and has served on the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League for twenty-four years.

Dr. Gordon is not anti-vaccine, and he does not hold the extreme pro-vaccine position. He is another doctor that is in between the two extreme positions. He is a strong advocate for parental rights. When you visit the home page of his website, you are greeted with this quote at the top:

No one knows your child better than you do.

Dr. Gordon is not anti-vaccine, but he is pro-parental choice. He believes parents are in the best position to make vaccine choices for their children:

First, vaccines are a really personal issue and one of my biggest problems is that pediatricians don’t feel that parents should even participate in the decision about how or when, let alone if a baby should get all, some or none of the shots at any given office visit. The whole process is inherently flawed because we give immunizations pretending to know a lot more about the immune system than we really know.

We also have combined six different vaccines with more than 20 separate antigens to be given at the two-, four-, and six-month check ups. The science behind these combinations is lacking and the challenge ‘You can’t prove it’s dangerous to give these shots at the same time,’ completely reverses the real obligation of the manufacturers and vaccine researchers to prove that the vaccines and combinations are safe. (Story here.)

Dr. Geier and Dr. Gordon are representative of the multitude of doctors in the U.S. who do not hold either extreme position on vaccines, but fall in the middle somewhere. Here are a few other doctors that fall in the middle somewhere (or have possibly moved all the way to the anti-vaccine position), based on public information available.

Remember that according to the religious-like extreme pro-vaccine position, all of these doctors are “quacks” in their opinion.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Like Dr. Humphries, Dr. Tenpenny is one of the most articulate spokespersons on vaccine safety in America today. She is an accomplished author and speaker, and is the director and founder of OsteoMed II, a clinic established in 1996 in Ohio. Dr. Tenpenny talks about the lack of safety studies conducted on vaccines, pointing out that studies are only conducted on healthy individuals which are not representative of a large part of society that vaccines are given to. People who are chronically sick and are taking many different kinds of medications are never studied.

Dr. Tenpenny also discusses whether or not vaccines are effective, pointing out the difference between “vaccine antibodies” and natural immunity. She helps people understand that when a claim is made saying “vaccines are effective,” it simply means it effectively created an “antibody” for a specific disease, but not that it has proven to prevent the person from contracting that disease. She discusses the growing number of cases in the U.S. where disease outbreaks are occurring among the vaccinated populations, who have been fully vaccinated for the disease from which they are suffering.

Dr. Meryl Nass

Dr. Meryl Nass is an M.D. in internal medicine. She exposes the revolving door that exists between pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines and the U.S. government. She covers the Gardasil controversy and says “Healthy girls don’t just die suddenly.” Dr. Nass is also an expert on the anthrax vaccine and Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Nicholas J. Gonzalez

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Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D., graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with a degree in English Literature. He subsequently worked as a journalist, first at Time Inc., before pursuing premedical studies at Columbia. He then received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1983. During a postgraduate immunology fellowship under Dr. Robert A. Good, considered the father of modern immunology, he completed a research study evaluating an aggressive nutritional therapy in the treatment of advanced cancer. Since 1987, Dr. Gonzalez has been in private practice in New York City, treating patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious degenerative illnesses.

Dr. Gonzalez is a critic of the Polio vaccine. See: Scientifically No Polio Vaccine was Needed

Dr. Stacia Kenet Lansman

Dr. Stacia Kenet Lansman, the founder of  Pediatric Alternatives in Marin County, California. She graduated from Tufts University Medical School in Boston, MA, in 1989 and completed her pediatric residency at Oakland Children Hospital, Oakland, CA, in 1992.

Dr. Lansman works with five other physicians in her clinic, all of whom “have impeccable credentials, having trained and completed residencies at some of the nation’s top medical schools and institutions.” Several are fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

These five physicians in California believe that families should delay certain childhood immunizations—in some cases for years past the age recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and forego others entirely. (See: Top California Pediatricians: Don’t Dictate Vaccines to Parents.)

Dr. Russell L. Blaylock

Dr. Blaylock is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. He attended the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. During his residency he ran the neurology program for one year and did a fellowship in neurosurgery after his residency. For the past 25 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice.

Dr. Blaylock has written on excessive vaccination during brain development and the link to autism.

Dr. Robert Rowen

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Dr. Robert Rowen. Image from Facebook Page.

Dr. Rowen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University (1971), followed by medical school at the University of California at San Francisco San Francisco (1975). He has been board certified and recertified by the American Boards of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. He also served on the Alaska State Medical Board.

Dr. Rowen has documented how the current measles vaccine is ineffective, and that most outbreaks of measles are being spread by those who have been vaccinated, not the unvaccinated. (See: Dr. Rowen: Measles Spread by those Vaccinated)

Dr. Lee Hieb

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Dr. Lee Hieb Facebook Page

Dr. Lee Hieb is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. She is past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Hieb discusses the medical ethics and political implications of government forced vaccinations. She also addresses two crucial issues that you are unlikely to hear in the mainstream media regarding the vaccine debate: Are vaccines safe, and are they effective? (See: Dr. Lee Hieb M.D. – Vaccine Hysteria Could Spark Totalitarian Nightmare.)

Dr. Michael W. Elice

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Michael W. Elice, M.D. is a board certified pediatrician. Image Source.

Michael W. Elice, M.D. is a graduate of Syracuse University and the Chicago Medical School. He maintains teaching positions at New York University Medical School and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has adjunct professorship at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York and the Cohen Children’s Hospital of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York.

Dr. Elice is a critic of the current measles, mumps, rubella combo vaccine (MMR), and believes that the media’s inaccurate characterization of the measles “epidemics” is actually promoting “medical harm” to America’s children. (See: Dr. Michael Elice M.D. – Media Promoting Medical Harm to Our Children.)

Dr. David Brownstein

Dr. David Brownstein is a Board-Certified family physician and the Medical Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Brownstein is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine. Dr. Brownstein has received two prestigious awards by his colleagues. The first was given by the American College for the Advancement in Medicine at the 2005 annual meeting. The award was the Norman E. Clarke Sr. Award for Science and Practice. The second award was given by the American Academy of Integrative Medicine at their 2005 annual meeting in Florida. This was titled, 2005 ARC Excellence Award for Distinguished Clinician for his “Advancement in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Diseases.”

Dr. Brownstein is a critic of the flu shot, and has recently written about human DNA from fetal cells in the measles vaccine, and how this could be inked to increases in autism. (See: Dr. Brownstein, M.D. – Human DNA From Fetal Cells in Measles Vaccine Could be Linked to Increase in Autism.)

Dr. Toni Bark

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Dr. Toni Bark – YouTube clip from Bought Movie.

Dr. Bark received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The University of Illinois in 1981 and her medical degree from Rush Medical School in 1986. Dr. Bark completed her Pediatric Residency training at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1991, and trained at New York University in Pediatrics from 1986 through 1987 and Rehabilitation Medicine from 1987 through 1988. Immediately post-residency, Dr. Bark worked as attending staff in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Michael Reese Hospital. She then took a position as the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Room at Michael Reese Hospital until 1993 when her commitment to natural remedies led her to begin her study of Holistic Medicine.

Dr. Bark is a strong proponent of vaccine safety, and has taken time out of her busy schedule to try and educate lawmakers on vaccine safety. (See: Dr. Toni Bark, M.D. – Do Not Remove Vaccine Exemptions – Some Children Die from Vaccines.)

Dr. Susan McCreadie

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Susan McCreadie, MD is a Board Certified Pediatrician with the American Board of Pediatrics. She obtained her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Dr. McCreadie wrote an article about vaccines that once was published in many places on the Internet but now has been removed in most places. We have republished it here: Susan McCreadie, MD:  I Rest Easier NOT Vaccinating my Children. She wrote:

I am not pro or anti-vaccine, I am pro INFORMED choice. Think again – Watch the movie The Greater Good to hear a rational scientific discussion from leading experts. This documentary weaves together the stories of three families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccination. Hear the vaccine debate reframed beyond fear, hype and politics.

Dr. Joseph Mercola

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Dr. Mercola. Youtube image.

Joseph Mercola, DO, is board-certified in family medicine and served as the chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical Center for five years. He was trained in both traditional and natural medicine. He was granted fellowship status by the American College of Nutrition (ACN) in October 2012. In order to obtain fellowship status with the ACN one must meet a minimum of four requirements. Those requirements include: (1) co-author five or more publications relevant to nutrition in referred medical or scientific journals, (2) demonstrate significant experience in patient care, (3) hold a doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by the Regional Accrediting Organizations, and (4) maintain status with the ACN.

He is a New York Times Bestselling author and publishes one the most-read alternative health newsletters and websites in the world. He is a well-published critic of the pharmaceutical industry and vaccines. (See: How Fascism Creates Science-Biased Medicine in Federal Policies.)

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition. She graduated as a medical doctor in Russia. After practicing for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition.

She is well known for developing a concept of GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome), which she described in her book Gut And Psychology Syndrome – Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression and Schizophrenia, now in its second edition. Thousands of people around the world follow the highly successful GAPS Nutritional Protocol to help themselves and their families.

Dr. Campbell-McBride has a chapter in her GAPS book: Vaccines. Does MMR cause autism? She recommends that a comprehensive immunological survey of every baby be performed before any vaccines are administered.

Doctors Involved in the Politics of Vaccines

Doctors are busy people. So when a physician takes time out of their busy schedule to testify at government hearings on the issue of mandatory vaccines, it must mean they are passionate about the subject. Here are two doctors that recently took time out of their busy schedule to testify before government committees considering removing vaccine exemptions.

Dr. Paul Thomas

Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D. was born in Portland Oregon, and grew up in Southern Africa. He has a masters degree in biology, an M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, and completed his pediatric residency at the University of California, San Diego. He is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and also carries board certifications in Addiction Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. He started the Pediatric After-hours Clinic (now Pediatric ER) at Emanuel Children’s Hospital, where he also taught medical students and residents from 1988-1993.

Dr. Thomas recently testified in the Oregon Senate on a proposed bill to remove vaccine exemptions, a bill he called “a travesty.”

See: Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D. – Preserve Medical Freedom – Vaccines Linked to Autism

Dr. Lynn Mielke

Dr. Mielke is the founder of Developmental Spectrums clinic in California, which specializes in the biomedical treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Mielke graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and did her Psychiatry residency at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. After finishing her residency, she was an Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA in the Department of Family Practice for several years and had a private practice in Westwood, before moving to Pleasanton, where she practiced as a Psychiatrist for several years. She is a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs. She is also the mother of an autistic child.

Dr. Mielke recently took time out of her busy schedule to address the California Senate Health Committee meetings regarding CA Bill SB277.

See: Doctor Specializing in Special Needs Children Speaks out Against Mandatory Vaccines in California

Dr. Donna Campbell

Donna Campbell, M.D. is certified in both emergency room medicine and ophthalmology. She completed her Masters of Nursing from Texas Woman’s University as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist. She received her M.D. from Texas Tech University, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the honor society for medical schools.

She is also a State Senator in Texas, and recently resisted the pressure from other politicians to support a bill that would remove vaccine exemptions:

Summary: Non-extremist Vaccine Choice Doctors Represent the Majority

These are a few of the doctors who do not support the extremist pro-vaccine position that would force vaccines upon others, and have been willing to take a public stand on vaccine choice. How many other physicians are there practicing medicine all across the U.S. who fear to speak out, at the risk of losing their careers?

By the way, one doctor in the U.K. who did lose his career by daring to question vaccines, was Dr. Andrew Wakefield who is vilified in the U.S. mainstream media with various statements of belief that are completely false.

Dr. Wakefield was a pro-vaccine doctor, like many of the doctors here, and believed in single dose vaccines instead of multiple dose vaccines. He dared to study the issue in the hope that he could help make vaccines safer, and help his patients who were suffering from medical conditions that could be linked to too many vaccines. Because he was so well known, being a world-renowned gastrointestinal surgeon, his work was seen as a threat to the vaccine industry and he became the scapegoat for the pro-vaccine extremists to vilify. Read the truth about Dr. Wakefield here. As one can see from the other doctors documented above, there are many doctors who see a link to excessive vaccines and autism. Their clinical experience and “the science” completely contradict what the pro-vaccine extremists in the media, government, and pharmaceutical industry would like the public to believe.

Should the Majority of Doctors in the U.S. Who are Not Pro-vaccine Extremists be Silenced?

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American citizens, wherever they are on the line between extreme anti-vaccine and extreme pro-vaccine, need to wake up and realize that the debate is not between extreme positions. It is not an either/or debate as the extremists want to frame the debate.

If the government takes away the freedom to choose a medical procedure such as vaccines, this is not only a violation of the right to choose and informed consent for parents regarding the health of their children, it is also a violation of the doctor-patient privilege to determine what is best on a patient by patient basis by the doctor – not a politician. Any doctor truly concerned about patient health, and not a career or medical profits, will most certainly oppose what amounts to medical tyranny: government deciding what is best for all patients, regardless of what the patient or the patient’s doctor thinks.

And that is exactly where the United States stands: on the brink of medical tyranny.

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