Month: May 2000

Immunizations: A Parent’s Choice

From the Home School Legal Defense Association’s Senior Counsel comes an article underscoring how it is a basic parental right for a parent to be able to refuse vaccines for their children.

Forwarded from PROVE
If you are in one of the 34 states without a philosophical exemption, your state has obliterated your parental rights and has appointed itself as a better judge of what is in the best interest of your child than you, the parent.

Hopefully this gets you angry enough to want to help change the laws to add a conscientious exemption in every state where they do not exist. Please consider doing a small part towards this by printing and mailing a copy of the linked article to your state senator, state representative and congressional Representatives and Senators for educational purposes with a cover letter asking them what they will do to restore your parental rights with regard to vaccines that your state took away.

The article states that, “as awareness of the dangers of vaccination grows and the pressure for mandatory immunizations increases, more and more parents are facing the questions: ‘Should I vaccinate my children?’ as well as ‘Should the government mandate vaccinations for all children?”

According to the article, “There is no easy answer to the first question” and, “the answer to the second question is definitively ‘no’.”

The article sets out to explain why the policy of “mandatory immunizations are troublesome, why existing exemptions to immunization regulations are important, and what your rights as parents are regarding the vaccination of your children.”

You may want to save the HSLDA article for offline viewing.

HSLDA: Immunizations: A Parent’s Choice @ 9:46 am | Article ID: 957890804

Buying Better Healthcare in the U.S.

According to a report in the May/June edition of the journal Health Affairs, the U.S. is spending more than double on “healthcare” than in other industrialized countries and yet has little to show for it.

We all know that what is being called “healthcare” is really some sort of disease treatment protocol which is not bringing the U.S. better results anyway. Evidence to this is shown in the fact that the U.S. ranks in the lower 50 percentile of major industrialized nations when it comes to life expectancy and infant mortality.

It was reported that the U.S. spends $4,270 per person as opposed to $2,000 per person in other industrialized countries which offer the same, or better results in “heathcare.”

As the report suggested, the extra costs in the U.S. are going to increased use of new medical technologies. This makes for happy pharmaceutical and medical industries, but it was noted that the higher spending did not guarantee happier patients.

So that would leave $2270 per person in the U.S. that could be spent on actual healthcare and their would still be the $2000 per person to spend on disease treatment protocols. One may begin to wonder what those in the U.S. could do to better invest $2270 per person in health.

Let’s begin with chiropractic wellness care: (your first choice in healthcare)
$20 per week x 52 weeks = $1040 per year

Add to that better nutrition:
$7 per week x 52 weeks = $364 per year

How about reimbursement for your gym membership?
$7 per week x 52 weeks = $364 per year

Or maybe reimbursement for the bottled water you drink?
$7 per week x 52 weeks = $364 per year

Add all of those figures and we would only have $2132 per person. Obviously the numbers may vary as some may spend more on chiropractic wellness care, or nutrition, or exercise, or many of the other things we already do to promote health and wellness in our lives and are paying for out of our own pockets.

But the $4,270 per person is not being spent on U.S. healthcare, its being spent on sickcare. Sickcare in the form of more drugs, more surgery, and more medical treatments, with a result of more unhappy patients.

For the U.S. to have more happy patients and a healthier society, we need to apply less sickcare, and continue to promote health and wellness, allowing people to realize that they are the source of their being. They themselves are the source of wholeness and happiness and health. @ 8:13 am | Article ID: 957885229

The Cost of U.S. Healthcare

Two interesting articles recently came across the news feeds here. Both were based on the same study but featured interestingly different headlines and viewpoints.

From Yahoo News the headlines read: “Higher Spending May Lead to Better Healthcare”
From Nando Media the headlines read: “Report says health care in U.S. costlier, but not necessarily better”

If one was to read just the “Yahoo” article, one may be lead to believe that if we just spend more money in the U.S., we would be healthier. The “Nando” article states that the U.S. already spends more but health in the U.S. is not necessarily better.

We suggest you read both articles and study the differences. The “Yahoo” article comes from Reuters Health Services and is written for the U.S. market whereas the “Nando” article offers a different source and is written for the global market.

Interesting points mentioned:
U.S. Health care costs are double the health expenditures in other industrialized countries but do not necessarily result in better health.

$4,270 per person, or 14 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), was spent on health care in the United States in 1998, according to the report.

Among the 23 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD) the U.S. ranks in the bottom half of countries for life expectancy and infant mortality, according to the report.

So what does a U.S. citizen get for $4,270 per person?
The report suggests that “Higher spending gets you a shorter wait” but as the Yahoo article states, “it doesn’t necessarily get you better health outcomes.”

I would bet that many U.S. citizens would prefer a $2000.00 per family member tax credit and/or some real U.S. healthcare for a change.

Read the “Yahoo” article first and then the “Nando Media” article to get a comparison. (The Reuters version was published in U.S. newspapers today.)

Yahoo News: Higher Spending May Lead to Better Healthcare

Nando Media: Report says health care in U.S. costlier, but not necessarily better @ 4:57 pm | Article ID: 957830275

Patients keep MD’s in the dark

From comes an article titled: “Patients Do Not Tell Doctors Their Concerns, Fears”

The article is based on a report in this week’s issue of the British Medical Journal and explains that when visiting a medical doctor, “many patients do not voice many of the concerns that prompted them to make an appointment in the first place” according to researchers.

The BMJ report points out that “only 4 out of 35 patients were able to voice all their concerns to their physicians”, but what is most important is the statement that, “the most unvoiced concerns included worries about a possible diagnosis, fears about the side effects of medication, and concern about being given an unwanted prescription.”

According to the article, not discussing a patients concerns may lead to “miscommunication and unnecessary treatment” and in one case it was noted that, “a doctor prescribed antibiotics to a child because he thought the mother wanted them, when in fact, the parent had concerns about giving her daughter unnecessary medication.”

The article addresses concerns that patients are having when meeting with doctors and suggests that patients may be behaving as “expected” and not as they would prefer. Patients that are reluctant to take drugs should feel free to say so and doctors should not “merely be prescribing medication.”

Most unvoiced concerns when visiting an M.D. included:

diagnosis: (di = two + agnos = not knowing = both doctor and patient don’t know)
fears about the side effects of medication
concern about being given an unwanted prescription

This is good news for chiropractors and their patients since for most, chiropractors do not diagnose, and do not prescribe drugs.

With medical doctors focusing on better communication with their patients and not just merely prescribing drugs, and chiropractors focusing on the practice of chiropractic and not just merely trying to duplicate medicine, and patients taking responsibility for their health and speaking up regarding their concerns to all types of health care practitioners, and not just hoping someone will fix it and pay for it, we will all be much better off as a society and as a planet.

I think good advice for all would be something a mentor once told me. “Tell them what they need to hear and not what you think they want to hear, tell them the truth.”

BMJ 2000: How to improve communication between doctors and patients Patients Do Not Tell Doctors Their Concerns, Fears @ 4:17 pm | Article ID: 957827850

Recreational Ritalin Use

From comes an article titled: “Recreational Ritalin – Kids Using Prescription Drug for Fun”

The article states that, “Authorities fear Ritalin is becoming increasingly popular as a recreational drug among teens and pre-teens.”

According to the article, a “significant amount of data from school surveys, emergency room reports, poison control centers, adolescent drug treatment and law enforcement encounters all indicate a growing problem with the abuse of MPH among school children.” MPH or methylphenidate is another term used for Ritalin.

Those using ritalin for recreational use are snorting and/or injected it into the bloodstream, according to the article.

The article also states that, “emergency room admissions studied by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that in 1995 and 1996, patients ages 10 to 14 were just as likely to mention methylphenidate as cocaine in a drug-related emergency room episode.”

ABCNEWS: Recreational Ritalin

Related stories on ABCNEWS include:
Prescribing Psychotropics to Kids
Can Ritalin Lead to Drug Abuse?
Classes, Recess and Ritalin
Feds to Issue Child Psychiatric Drug Use Warning @ 9:52 am | Article ID: 957718342

Get sick – or get a clue

Just yesterday we reported on ADHD in the news and commented on an article titled: “Strep Infection Possibly Linked to Attention-Deficit Disorder”

I commented that, “On one side, one may suggest increased use of antibiotics or maybe even a vaccine to hopefully prevent the strep infections or maybe a combination of vaccines, antibiotics and ritalin and whatever other drugs would be needed to treat the side effects of those initially prescribed. On the other, one may want an immune system that functions optimally thus decreasing the risk of developing an infection in the first place and allowing the body to do what it does best.”

Here are the headlines of three articles from “Outside-In” news, and all in within 24 hours of each other.

Strep Infection Possibly Linked to Attention-Deficit Disorder
“A prior infection with streptococcal bacteria may contribute to the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), results of a recent study suggest.” Yahoo News: Strep Infection

Chickenpox Raises Risk of Dangerous Strep Infection
“A vaccine against chickenpox could prevent up to 15% of cases of a potentially fatal streptococcal infection in children, researchers report. Based on their findings, the investigators call for all children to receive the chickenpox vaccine.” Yahoo News: Chickenpox

Ear Infections Linked to Impaired Speech
“Infants who have persistent middle ear infections may be more likely to experience a small impairment in verbal skills by the age of 3, results of a recent study suggest.” And it’s important to point out, “Because middle ear infections can affect hearing if the problem is persistent, children may have draining tubes surgically implanted into the eardrum to correct the problem.” Fox News: Ear Infections

So here is the scenario. Your watching the news on Monday and you hear something about strep something or other and ADHD. It was a quick blurb but whatever it is, you don’t want your kids getting it.

Tuesday comes and you hear that chicken pox can lead to “deadly” strep infections. “Oh my god” you say, “I’ve heard about that strep stuff somewhere and it’s bad news.” But a chicken pox vaccine? Is it effective? Oh yeah they say, “up to 15%” maybe, and “all children should receive it.”

So do you get the vaccines, get the antibiotics, get the tubes, and get the ritalin?

How about this: Get a clue. @ 10:49 am | Article ID: 957376151

Editorial Reply Re: Congressional Hearings on Vaccines and Autism

From: Dawn Richardson

This is a phenomenal letter written by a parent of a vaccine injured child in response to an editorial comment published on WebMD. It clearly illustrates the incestuous ties some of those who make vaccine decisions for our children have with drug companies. These are the very people who are critical of the parents and elected representatives who are doing such a great job shedding light on some of the dangers of vaccines because of the threat the truth poses to their pocketbooks. The internet (source of all this information) is a wonderful thing.

In Reply to Editorial Comment from: Wayne L. Pines Re: Congressional Hearings on Vaccines and Autism

Wayne L. Pines, you belittle Congressman Burton as an “angry grandfather” when his goal is to make vaccines safer for children. Your feeble attempt to undermine Congressman Burton’s efforts made sense only after your ties to the vaccine manufacturers and drug companies were revealed. This is a day in your life Wayne L. Pines. Let’s see who you really are and then people will understand that your words are meaningless because they are motivated by avarice.

You started your career in Washington as the associate editor for The Pink Sheet a pharmaceutical trade magazine. Then you went to work at the FDA for 10 years from 1972 to 1982. Your next job was with the PR firm Burson-Marsteller. After that, you got a job with APCO Associates. Then you joined a company called Therametrix (1). In between you became involved with various pharmaceutical trade groups such as the Food and Drug Law Institute (2), the Drug Information Association (3), and the Internet Healthcare Coalition (4).

Now let’s start connecting the dots to see why you would not want a public discussion about how to improve the safety of our children’s vaccines. We’ll pick-up your career after you leave the FDA. You immediately landed a job with the PR firm Burson-Marsteller (a subsidiary of the advertising agency Young & Rubicam). Your title there was executive vice president. Marsteller clients include Monsanto and their bio-engineered foods and Dow-Corning and their silicon breast implants. In addition, Marsteller has several large drug companies as clients including Eli Lilly. Lilly produces the drug Prozac which has accumulated more adverse reaction reports than any substance (besides vaccines) in the history of the FDA’s adverse drug reporting system. Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act challenged the veracity of Prozac’s clinical trials that led to FDA approval. Lilly’s PR firm Burson-Marsteller was called in to do damage control. There, according to the Campaign Against Fraudulent Medical Research, it was reported that you helped Lilly get past its troubles by exploiting your contacts with current FDA officials (5).

You then became president of the Health Care Practice of APCO Associates a “communications consulting firm.” According to PR Watch, APCO Associates specializes in setting up front groups and coalitions for the tobacco and insurance companies (6). In fact, APCO’s website boasts that “excellence in public affairs and public relations, like excellence in art, is about the power of communication” (7). No it’s not. Excellence in public affairs is about honest communication and adding substance to the public discourse. It’s what Congressman Burton is doing. It’s not about ridiculous, crude and poorly veiled attempts to protect and further your client base. You may think excellence in public affairs and public relations is about power, but power won’t help you when it comes to our children. As much as it may disturb your plans, parents will not sacrifice the health and lives of their children in order to drive up the stock prices of your drug company clients.

Next you joined Therametrix whose website gloats that “Wayne L. Pines is a world-renowned health care consultant (who) has consulted for virtually all of the major pharmaceutical companies…”(1). It also states that Therametrix is a “medical marketing research agency that serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and consumer health products industries” (8). Your clients are listed as including: Abbot Laboratories, Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Du Pont Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Pharacia & Upjohn, Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Roche Laboratories, Schering-Plough, Triangle Pharmaceuticals and Warner Lambert – all of them drug and vaccine manufacturers (9). Your company’s mission statement declares, “We see nothing more important than meeting our client’s needs” (9). I don’t doubt it.

You are also on the marketing and advertising committee of the Drug Information Association which describes itself as a “member-driven scientific association with a membership of over 22,000 primarily from the regulatory agencies, academia, contract service organizations, pharmaceutical, biological and device industry, and from other health care organizations” (10). Who are some of the other committee members in the Drug Information Association? They include Dr. R. Venkataraghaven of Lederle Laboratories (3) manufacturer of Orimune, Tetramune and other vaccines, Dr. Elizabeth B. D’Angelo of AstraZeneca (3), and Dr. John F. Bedard of Bristol-Myers Squibb (3). The board of directors include Stuart W. Cummings of Merck, Sharp & Dohme manufacturer of the vaccines associated with autism – MMR, MR Vax, Meruvax II, Mumpsvax, Varivax and others, Francoise de Cremiers of Wyeth-Ayerst another major vaccine manufacturer, Charles C. Depew of SmithKline Beecham, Brenton James of Glaxo Wellcome, Murray Lumpkin of the FDA, and Irwin G. Martin of Parke-Davis (11).

In addition, you are a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute which describes itself “as a private organization, not affiliated with the FDA.(but our) mission, however, does relate to the activities, policies and procedures of the FDA…”(12). As a participant in this institute you work with the other members, and in fact, you are scheduled to moderate one of the institute’s conferences on medical technology, drugs and biologics (i.e. vaccines) in June of this year (2). Nearly every drug company including the major vaccine manufacturers is a member of this organization. The list includes: American Home Products (i.e. Lederle), Bayer, Medeva Pharmaceuticals, Merck & Co., Organon Teknika, and SmithKline Beecham.

I could go on and on about your affiliations with vaccine manufacturers and drug companies but I believe the point has been made ad nauseam.

One of Congressman Burton’s assertions is that an inherent conflict of interest may exist amongst the people who decide what gets injected into our children’s veins. The Congressman understands that many of the individuals in our halls of government who make health decisions affecting our children get money from the very drug companies they are supposed to be regulating. During the hearings, when Coleen Boyle of the CDC was asked if she thought there was anything wrong with such a conflict she was literally speechless. Wayne L. Pines your behavior is a text book example of what Congressman Burton and tens of thousands of parents disdain.

As a former employee of the FDA you use your clout to influence what should be a scientifically sound, reasonable and objective decision making process. But even with all of your industry’s money and consultants and PR firms and communication experts and doctors on payrolls you are still missing one key ingredient – the truth. The truth can’t be bought, spun, manipulated, or turned into a sound bite. Parents know the truth when they watch their children become ill, disabled and die. So despite your supreme efforts to sell more vaccines, we will not allow some greedy industry to decide what is safe and to dictate to us what should be put into our children’s bodies.

Wayne L. Pines go back to your “medical marketing research agency” and your “communications consulting firm,” shut up, and leave our children alone.


Michael Horwin Father of Alexander – a vaccine injured child who passed away at the age of 2 1/2 years old


PROVE provides information on vaccines, and immunization policies and practices that affect the children and adults of Texas. Our mission is to prevent vaccine injury and death and to promote and protect the right of every person to make informed independent vaccination decisions for themselves and their family. @ 8:31 am | Article ID: 957281465

AIDS Declared National Security Threat

A concerned parents viewpoint
From: Dawn Richardson Date: Mon, 01 May 2000

Here are some of my thoughts about the Clinton Administration’s recent declaration of AIDS as a National Security threat. This has got to be one of the most unbelievable and dangerous claims of this administration. Different versions of the original Washington Post article appeared on front pages of newspapers across the country. Additionally, in many papers, buried in the other sections were articles talking about the developmental progress of so-called AIDS vaccines. Hundreds of millions of our tax dollars are being poured into this black hole.

Although recent articles focus on foreign governments, this is something we all need to watch carefully because it sets the stage for some dangerous vaccine policy at home and abroad. Once a vaccine is available, and the vaccine is used by this country to supposedly protect our national security, those who refuse the vaccine could be considered a threat to national security. Vaccine policy makers have been brazenly forward about their intentions that all our kids in their adolescent years will be targeted for a so-called AIDS vaccine. Now that a disease has been declared a threat to national security, we need to really make sure laws exist in all our states guaranteeing every man woman and child the right to refuse any vaccine. What U.S. parent in their right mind would ever want portions of the HIV virus put into their child on purpose?

Link: US Brands AIDS National Security Threat

There are also a growing number of scientists challenging the role that HIV plays in AIDS. If these scientists are right, then the above declaration about AIDS warrants even more concern since the developmental efforts of a vaccine center around the HIV virus. If you would like to read more about this, ABC NEWS’s Nicholas Regush has commented on this in a very clear and concise manner in several of his commentaries. His past columns can be accessed on

Second Opinion


Dawn Richardson PROVE: Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education @ 7:45 am | Article ID: 957278751

ADHD in the news

From Yahoo Health News and MSNBC Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines on Monday aimed at helping physicians diagnose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.(ADHD)

There has been much news regarding ADHD and it’s over diagnoses and misdiagnoses. There has also been increasing news regarding ritalin and it’s use in children under the age of six.

While its great that the AAP has released guidelines to better deal with these issues, one must ask the question, why now and not ten years ago?

Where were the pediatricians and the medical profession on this issue ten years ago? Although news regarding ritalin and ADHD is now popular, it surely is not new to many of us. Who has been lining their pockets with the income these “over diagnoses” and inappropriate uses of ritalin have supplied? It surely has not been the parents of these children.

Here are two sources:
MSNBC Health: First ADHD guidelines issued
Yahoo’s Health News: Guidelines Help Doctors Diagnose ADHD

Here is a link to the American Academy of Pediatrics: American Academy of Pediatrics

While there, you may want to read the article “Why Should I Immunize My Child?”

Also in this weeks news:
A recent study suggests that a prior infection with streptococcal bacteria may contribute to the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Yahoo’s Health News: Strep Infection Possibly Linked to Attention-Deficit Disorder

On one side, one may suggest increased use of antibiotics or maybe even a vaccine to hopefully prevent the strep infections or maybe a combination of vaccines, antibiotics and ritalin and whatever other drugs would be needed to treat the side effects of those initially prescribed. On the other, one may want an immune system that functions optimally thus decreasing the risk of developing an infection in the first place and allowing the body to do what it does best. @ 7:20 am | Article ID: 957277249