Month: February 2001

Upcoming ICA Election for President

Forwarded by Dr. Tom Klapp for members of the International Chiropractors Association

It’s happened in Florida and Rhode Island.
It’s happening right now in Vermont. Your State may be next!
An Urgent Message From Dr. Tom Klapp
About the Upcoming ICA Election for President
(Call 1 888 705-4099 toll-free to hear a message from Dr. Klapp)

Dear ICA Member:

What’s happened in Florida and Rhode Island? They’ve changed the legal name of chiropractic to “Chiropractic Medicine.” How did you feel when you just read those two words? You probably felt the same way I do when I read them–ANGRY, and frustrated. Who is going to stop this from sweeping the country? The only one who will stop it is you, the ICA member. How are you going to stop it? Only your continued support of the ICA–and by getting more of your friends and colleagues to join the ICA will stop this threat. In my opinion, the ICA is the ONLY credible association capable of standing up against–and stopping–the forces of “chiropractic medicine.”

Now, more than ever before, the ICA needs strong, focused leadership to battle the forces that would steal our history, tradition and principle. The days of the ICA standing by and letting others do our work, are over.

Two years ago, Dr. Bob Hoffman was elected President of the ICA. In those two years, Dr. Hoffman has led a movement in the ICA. Under Dr. Hoffman’s leadership, the ICA has dramatically increased its communications to its membership and amongst the leadership. The ICA has begun to open the lines of communications between the ICA and the profession like never before. At our recent mid-year Board meeting, the Board of the ICA debated the concept of publishing a newspaper and mailing it to the entire profession on a regular basis.

Under Dr. Bob’s leadership, we’ve begun to put the “I” back in the ICA by sponsoring many ICA programs outside the US. For the first time, we’ve undertaken the strategic planning process that is so necessary for the health and well-being of any association. The pride, passion and purpose of the ICA has definitely increased under Dr. Hoffman’s leadership.

As you know by now, Dr. Hoffman has decided not to seek another term, and he has asked me to run for President to continue his initiatives and reforms. He has endorsed me to be the next ICA President and I have gratefully accepted his support.

The purpose of this letter is to ask you to support–and vote for–me as well.

Below are some of my qualifications and reasons to consider supporting me to be your next President.

My leadership platform for the ICA:

I will work to stop “chiropractic medicine” once and for all.

I will work to get the ICA’s message out to the entire profession. I believe it’s critical to begin to communicate our message to the entire profession–not just in the U.S., but internationally as well. The newspaper project (discussed above) is one that has explosive potential for the ICA’s influence in the profession.

I will work to expand the program and seminar function of the ICA. Our programs are a very effective outreach for the ICA to non-members. There is a tremendous need to communicate the ICA principles and values to our profession; programs and seminars provide a wonderful medium to do that. I will work to bring more success-oriented chiropractic programs, teleconferences, conventions, etc. to ICA members.

I will work to establish an ICA “Practice Hotline” to answer our members’ questions about practice, insurance, Medicare problems/questions, and any other issues that may arise for our members. I will establish an ICA “panel of experts” to make sure the answers to these questions are as accurate as possible.

I will work to establish a program for new graduates to introduce them to the ICA and to help them get established in practice (and pay off their often-astronomical student loans).

I will work for more and better strategic planning–both short and long-term. Planning, along with better communication, is the key to increasing our success. I have been instrumental in initiating the strategic planning process in the ICA. Now, we need to expand, improve and further implement it.

I will seek better ways to do everything. I will look for better ways to fulfill the ICA’s vision and mission.

I will continue to raise the level of communication from the ICA to its membership–and from the membership to the ICA. Maintaining a high level of two-way communication will keep everyone in touch with current events and issues in the profession.

Reasons I believe I’m uniquely qualified to be your next President:

I have leadership experience. I will provide the ICA with the kind of leadership that it needs to adapt to the ever-changing chiropractic environment. I have served in many leadership positions within the profession in twenty-one years of practicing chiropractic. The most important of these include: Board Member of the ICA; President of the Michigan Chiropractic Council; and President of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA).

I have the respect of many leaders in the chiropractic profession. I have worked for over a decade in the ICA leadership–first as a Representative Assemblyman, then as a Board member.

I’ve also been involved in COCSA since 1992. One of my major accomplishments in COCSA was to help establish the mission statement that guides COCSA today. That mission statement reads: “The mission of the Congress is to provide an apolitical forum for the promotion and advancement of the chiropractic profession through service to member state associations.” The “apolitical” aspirations of COCSA began only after we adopted this mission statement in 1995.

This past April, COCSA sponsored a Chiropractic Leadership Conference where a veritable “who’s who” of the profession gathered to agree upon a common vision of the future of the profession based on the very ICA-oriented ACC’s Chiropractic Paradigm.

I want to serve. I want to make a difference in the ICA and in the profession. I want to take the ICA (and its message) to the profession rather than wait for the profession to come to the ICA. I am willing to do the hard work the ICA President must do. I’m ready to travel, to speak, to attend the meetings, to do the nitty-gritty work I believe is necessary to do this job well.

I have extensive experience in running a large state association. I ran the Michigan Chiropractic Council for eight years. During that time, our membership went from less than 100 to over 900 doctors. We went from being in debt and having to close our Lansing office due to lack of money to actually having a large surplus in our account. My experience in association management makes me uniquely qualified to understand the dynamics of the management of the ICA.

I can relate to practicing doctors of chiropractic. Like the vast majority of ICA’s members, I make my living practicing chiropractic. I have a large, subluxation-focused chiropractic practice. I have multiple associate doctors in my practice, which will allow me to devote the necessary time to the presidency. I know the challenges and problems as well as the great rewards and joy of practicing this great profession in the 21st century.

I can relate to new doctors of chiropractic. I have hired and trained many new graduates as associates in my twenty-one years of practice. I know their concerns because they’ve shared them with me. I know what new doctors have been taught and I know why the ICA’s message–more than ever–is what they need to hear.

I’m in touch with the profession. For the last five years, my wife, Kim and I have traveled around the country teaching other DC’s how to implement our benefit-oriented, long-term (B.O.L.T. Chiropractic Seminar) model of chiropractic success in their practices. I’ve seen first-hand how hungry the profession is for our message.

I’m for cooperation–not merger–with the ACA. Let me make this very clear, I don’t believe it serves the ICA’s best interests to merge with the ACA. Much has been said and written about why the ICA should–or should not–merge with the ACA. In the 1980’s, I voted against merger–twice. I’m still against it. It’s my belief that the ICA should pursue a course of cooperation with the ACA when it serves the chiropractic principle to do so. There are many points of agreement between the two associations and we should make every effort to advance the profession when we can. In those instances when we don’t agree, we will do as the ICA has always done–stand-up for what’s right and what’s best for chiropractic.

I will appoint some new committees and review the established ones. As the President, I will appoint two new committees that I believe are crucial to the success of the ICA and the profession in general.

I will appoint a “ways and means” committee (no, we don’t have a ways and means committee!)

I will appoint a “CCE” committee. I believe the CCE represents the biggest threat to traditional chiropractic values because the CCE determines what is taught in our colleges. The mission of a CCE committee will be to keep the ICA leadership and membership informed of changes in chiropractic educational standards and the activities of the CCE itself. I will appoint an ICA liaison to attend every CCE meeting possible. This person’s mission will be to express the ICA’s views on chiropractic education.

In addition to appointing these new committees, I will undertake a thorough review of all existing ICA committees to ascertain that each is functioning properly and effectively to further focus the resources of the ICA.

I will work to get the ICA’s message out. In the entire time that I’ve been a member, the ICA has never had a publication that it distributed profession-wide. Our ability to focus on our mission and to successfully promote our views has suffered. Everyone, it seems, is reporting on the ICA’s activities and telling their version of what the ICA is all about–except the ICA! As I mentioned earlier, the ICA Board has explored the feasibility of starting our own newspaper. We’ve taken the first steps toward getting our message out to the entire profession. I will make it a priority to see to it that the ICA’s newspaper is successful.

I will work to make the ICA more responsive. In the past, the ICA has often been accused of being unresponsive–to our members, to other chiropractic organizations, to internal and external challenges. Some of these criticisms have merit. The point is, that the ICA is a membership-driven association and as such, utmost priority should be given to serving the membership.

Growing the ICA will be a priority. Our chiropractic colleges are graduating new doctors at an unparalleled rate. Yet, the ICA hasn’t seen the growth that would be expected given the number of new graduates. For a variety of reasons, we simply aren’t reaching the new doctors. I will work hard to change this problem.

I am team-oriented. Historically, the ICA President has been an individual who has taken on many of the burdens of leadership alone. I believe there is a better way. I will work with ICA leaders (past and present), members, and staff persons to begin to cultivate the great talent we have within the ICA. The ICA should become a wellspring of leaders-in-training for our profession. I will work to nurture new, strong leaders for our future.

I have asked Dr. Gene Cretsinger, the Chairman of the ICA Representative Assembly, and the acting chairman of the Distinguished Fellows of the ICA, to run with me as my choice for ICA Vice President and he has accepted. All who know Dr. Cretsinger know he is a man of great integrity and wisdom. He is a solid, well-grounded doctor of chiropractic who the ICA membership can be proud of and who will raise the level of respect for the ICA–both inside AND outside the ICA. I am very proud of and confident in my choice of Dr. Cretsinger to be my “running mate.”

As your new President, I will work to bring all factions of the ICA together to make one, unified, dynamic, powerful chiropractic organization. I will work with the other members of the ICA’s Board of Directors, the Representative Assembly and the membership to take the necessary steps to raise the ICA to its full potential as an international chiropractic association. At the same time, I will honor and respect the ICA’s rich history and tradition as the conscience of the profession, the guardian of the chiropractic principle and the defender of our chiropractic values.

The following ICA leaders have endorsed me for ICA President:
(This is a preliminary list. More doctors are adding their names to it every day)

The Nominating Committee of the ICA
Dr. Bob Hoffman, President of the ICA
Dr. James Gregg, Past President of the ICA
Dr. Tim Tarry, Past Vice President of the ICA
Dr. William Caddell, Past ICA Representative Assembly Chairman
Dr. Michael Brickman, ICA International Director
Dr. Michael McLean, ICA Board Member and Legislative Chairman
Dr. Christopher Quigley, ICA Board Member
Dr. Hugo Gibson, ICA Board Member
Dr. John Hofmann, Past ICA Representative to the CCE
Dr. Charles Ribley, Past ICA Assembly Representative, Michigan
Dr. Michael Petrie, ICA Assembly Representative, Florida
Dr. Brad Robinson, ICA Assembly Representative, Virginia
Dr. Ken Hughes, ICA Assembly Representative, Michigan
Dr. Joe Lupo, ICA Assembly Representative, Michigan
Dr. Kerry Kilpatrick, ICA Assembly Representative, Michigan
Dr. John Russo, ICA Assembly Representative, New York
Dr. Stephanie Youngblood, ICA Assembly Representative, Nevada
Dr. Alan Lichter, ICA Assembly Representative, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Evalie Heath, ICA Assembly Representative, Zimbabwe, Africa
Dr. Stuart Hoffman, ICA/Chiro-Secure President
Dr. Kevin Fogarty, Past President, Florida Chiropractic Society

I have also been endorsed by the Michigan Chiropractic Council to be the ICA President.

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read this and I look forward to serving you–and the ICA for the next two years.

For chiropractic,
Thomas M. Klapp, D.C., F.I.C.A. @ 5:46 am | Article ID: 982763179

News Spinning & American Home Products

This article is just one example of how the “news” works and why it’s important to get your news information from more than one source.

We’ve seen several articles in the last few days related to American Home Products and the new vaccine they were pushing during NBC’s ER commercial break. Though the company claims it had no hand in the shows pro-vaccine message, some strongly beg to differ.

American Home Products makes drugs. It was American Home Products that brought us the failed rotavirus vaccine as well as the diet drugs Fen-Phen which has resulted in a multi-billion dollar proposed settlement due to heart valve damage that resulted in those taking the drugs.

Today there are a few news articles related to recent studies that look at the health of those who were taking the drugs Fen-Phen. Both articles talked about the study and suggested that the health outcomes appear to look good for those that were affected by the drugs and that valve damage has not gotten worse.

One article mentions the following: “American Home Products agreed last year to pay up to $3.75 billion in a proposed settlement that could cover all 6 million users of the drugs, sold under the brand names Pondimin and Redux.”

The drugs were pulled from the market after a 1997 study found that patients who took fen-phen showed heart valve damage.

The second article which appeared on our outside-in news feeds at the same time basically stated the same thing, that researchers found promising results and that valve damage was not getting worse.

However, the second article makes no mention of American Home Products or the proposed settlement. Down towards the bottom of the article they do tell us (for no seemingly apparent reason) who funded the research study which showed such promising results. The study was funded by the Wyeth-Ayerst Research Division of Wyeth-Ayerst laboratories in Philadelphia.

If your paying attention (which they hope you aren’t) you’ll notice that American Home Products is the parent company of Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories. The parent company funds the lab who funds the research which finds that the problems encountered “do not worsen” and heart damage is “seen improving” in those who took the drugs that are responsible for a “proposed” multi-billion dollar settlement.

Have a wonderful drug-free day!

Nando Times: Heart damage in fen-phen users seen improving, study says
Yahoo News: Valve Problems Do Not Worsen in Fen-Phen Patients @ 8:32 am | Article ID: 982686778

Valentine’s Abundance in Ontario

Valentine’s Day was a little sweeter for the Wiarton Salvation Army Foodbank this year with the addition of just under one ton of food to top up their dwindling stores.

A Ton of Food! - Photo by Keith Gilbert, Wiarton EchoThe sixth annual H.O.P.E. Day at the Wiarton Family Chiropractic Centre brought in 1,921 pounds of food in a record-breaking food-drive. “Our patients and wellness clients have done it again” is how Dr. Steven Silk responded when asked to comment on the mountain of food in the reception area of the Brown Street facility.

“I believe it to be a statement of how people value what we are accomplishing here” said Dr. Silk when asked how their small office could generate such a large volume of food year after year. “It is also a reflection of the spirit of the people who utilize chiropractic to improve their health, which in turn dramatically demonstrates the heart of small-town Ontario.”

H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Eat) has brought in 11,048 pounds of food since being developed by Dr. Silk’s partner and wife, Dr. Raelynn Cancel, in 1996. “This is our way of giving back to our community” said Dr. Cancel in explaining the exchange of fees for food concept of the food drive. “With a large number of people in this area being seasonal workers, the need of a well-stocked food bank at this time of year is reality that we can’t ignore” she said.

“We’d like to thank everyone who made a donation, no matter how big or how small, for each of you has done your part to make life a little easier for your fellow citizens” said Dr. Silk, “We’re proud to have you as members of our practice.”

Congratulations to Drs. Silk and Cancel for the dedication and commitment they have shown to their community and to chiropractic.

Planet Chiropractic would like to thank Keith Gilbert, the Publisher and Editor of The Wiarton Echo for supplying us with the above photo. Visit the Wiarton Echo website at: @ 5:36 am | Article ID: 982676174

American Home Products, Vaccines & ER

Lot’s of news this week regarding the recent episode on ER. Congratulations to the families and doctors out there who are doing such a fine job of exposing just what’s going on.

So there’s an absolutely biased vaccine episode on ER and “coincidentally” there is also an advertisement by a vaccine manufacturer. Many have suggested that the airing of the show was simply an opportunity for the vaccine machine to flex it’s mega-muscle. Could it really all be about the money? You betcha.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that the vaccine manufacturer had plenty of time to preview the segment so that they could decide whether to run advertising or not.

The vaccine maker and advertiser is none other than American Home Products. Let me remind you that those are the same people that brought us the rotavirus vaccine which was pulled from the market due to serious risk of injury and/or death. There’s more, AHP also brought us the diet drug Fen-Phen, remember that one?

Take a look at the Washington Post article, as well as the several related articles we will have posted today.

The Washington Post: No Pulling The Plug On ‘ER’ Spot @ 8:42 pm | Article ID: 982557722

Mothering Magazine calls to boycott NBC’s ER

Forwarded by PROVE

Journalists around the world are threatened, tortured and murdered for telling the truth. As journalists in the US we have immense privilege not enjoyed in many other countries. With this privilege comes a responsibility. You especially, the writers for ER, have a privileged platform from which to tell the truth and instead you have used your privilege for propaganda.

On the ER episode that aired February 15, 2001 a child died from measles.This episode portrayed the parents’ informed choice not to vaccinate as irresponsible and negligent and implicated them in the death of their child. Not coincidentally, the episode’s implication of the parents’ negligence was followed immediately by an advertisement for Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceutical’s Prevnar vaccine.

Surely you have breached your journalistic integrity by aligning the message of your episode with the message of your sponsors. In doing so you have breached the truth. Your transparent and one-sided coverage of a very important issue only fuels belief in the “conspiracy” that your character so vehemently derides.

Your depiction of parents who choose to forgo vaccinations as irresponsible and negligent is simply not borne out in fact. Nor are the numbers of these parents significant. The Institute of Medicine in their 1997 workshop summary Risk Communication and Vaccination stated “The goal that all parties share regarding vaccine risk communication should be informed decision making. Consent for vaccination is truly “informed” when the members of the public know the risks and benefits and make voluntary decisions.”

In fact, the “rich” parents you portray do not “free-ride” off the poor. Research at the University of Pennsylvania concluded that parents were more likely to do what everyone else did than to “free-ride” on the perceived immunity of others. It is the inadequate access to health care of the unimmunized poor that is the greater risk to immunization compliance than is the minority of well-informed and health conscious families who do not vaccinate.

Your portrayal of the parents ignored and patronized important vaccine issues. There is no argument that vaccines are effective. The argument is about legitimate safety concerns that parents have about vaccines. And, it is about informed consent, a tradition in American jurisprudence for nearly 100 years. By definition, a parent’s right to informed consent means that he or she must not be coerced into making a decision. Your cooperation with Wyeth-Ayerst in coercing the parents of America is unethical. And, your portrayal of doctors who coerce parents into making such decisions violates the standards of the medical profession.

Your portrayal was further compromised by its blatant association with advertising. It is often the case that the medical establishment places stories in the media prior to a major announcement. I’m certain that this recent ER episode was meant to test public opinion for the upcoming American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of the Prevnar vaccine and its subsequent requirement by the CDC.

I can understand the need for the advance publicity. Prevnar will be marketed to parents as a preventative to ear infections even though it has not been approved for this use. According to Erdem Cantekin, PhD, professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh and an international authority on otitis media, “Prevnar will have the same effect that antibiotic abuse currently has…. This vaccine is the perfect example of profit-driven health care with no checks and balances.” Prevnar is one of the most expensive vaccines ever developed and is expected to deliver sales of up to $500 million per year.

Prevnar is made by Wyeth-Ayerst, the same company that made Rhotoshield, a diarrhea vaccine. Rhotoshield was withdrawn from the market in 1999 after reports of numerous cases of vaccine-associated bowel obstruction and amidst claims of conflicts of interest between vaccine manufacturers and governmental agencies that, critics say,knew of the vaccine risks all along.

Your portrayal of the complexity of the vaccine decision was not only one-sided; it was also inaccurate and therefore inflammatory. One character stated that the death rate for measles was one in 500. While this was the death rate in the prevaccine era, the death rate today is one in 5,000. As there are less than 1,000 cases of measles a year in the US, it would be rare for a US hospital to witness a measles death. To terrorize parents with the threat of such a rare
occurrence is unconscionable.

A character in the episode also stated that there was no proof that measles vaccine causes autism while, in fact, the evidence that implicates the MMR vaccine in autism is compelling and should be taken seriously if we are genuinely interested in safe vaccines.

It is not uncommon for industry to use its influence in the media to frame stories. Increases in breastfeeding rates, for example, are met with increased stories in the media about the very rare and preventable “insufficient milk syndrome.” For example, in July and August of 1994, breastfeeding was widely discredited in the media. During this two-month period, coverage of unusual cases of tragic infant dehydration was included in a cover story in The Wall Street Journal, in Time magazine and on Prime Time Live to name just a few. More recently, a 1998 episode of TV’s Chicago Hope and a 2000 episode of Law and Order again implicated breastfeeding in shows about “insufficient milk syndrome.” “Insufficient milk syndrome” is a media euphemism for failure of the medical establishment.

Interestingly, this breastfeeding bashing has not been balanced in the media with public service programming that encourages breastfeeding or portrays breastfeeding advocacy in a positive light. This is particularly ironic in light of the World Health Organization recommendation that all women breastfeed for at least two years. Most babies in the US are weaned by six months.

Likewise, the pronouncement on co-sleeping from the Consumer Product Safety Commission in September 1999 and the publication a few months later of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ book on infant sleep were preceded by newspaper articles, and talk shows on the topic.
Most coverage parroted the official viewpoint of the government and medical associations. Increasingly, the responsibility of a watchdog press, and the conscientious actions of a minority of citizens who question the status quo are looked upon as un-American when it is, in fact, the minority viewpoint that the US constitution was written to protect.

The American Academy of Pediatrics minimizes parental concerns about vaccines by labeling them misconceptions. ER suggests that informed choice is criminal. The media and the medical establishment increasingly attack parents who exercise legitimate, informed choice if that choice is controversial. All states, however, grant religious exemptions to vaccination and parents can claim these exemptions based on deeply held personal beliefs as well as on church membership.

As an editor, I advocate for parents to be able to make personal choices regarding the care of their own family. I am for informed choice. None of us is safe to act on our deeply held beliefs if one of us is unsafe. This is not about vaccines. It is about informed consent. Whatever we believe or choose regarding vaccines is irrelevant to the fact that we all want to reserve the right to
choose medical care that is appropriate to the needs of our particular family. Standing by while journalists trample on the freedom of parents is something I will not do.

Citizens are not interested in watching television shows that are so obviously compromised. It is bad enough that television programming on the public airways is a vehicle of advertising for the few, but it is doubly bad when advertising is disguised as programming.

If we are to have any impact on the excesses of materialism, we will have to start by refusing such overt manipulation.

ER has misused its position of media privilege.
ER has violated its own standards of artistic excellence.
ER has violated journalistic integrity by overtly aligning the content of the episode with the interests of the advertisers.

Please join me in boycotting ER for violating journalistic ethics in their portrayal of a medical establishment that correctly coerces parents into making vaccine decisions.

The boycott has a long and rich tradition as a freedom that we can exercise when our other freedoms are compromised. It’s something we can do that will have an impact on ER’s ratings. It’s something we can do to remind ourselves that we do indeed live in a free society.

Peggy O’Mara
Editor and Publisher

The letter and call to boycott will be on the Mothering web site at @ 8:40 pm | Article ID: 982557612

Informed Vaccine Choice Insulted on NBC’s ER

From Dr. Ron Adams

Dear Docs:

I know there are many opinions on vaccines. But I thought I would send this to the hub anyway.

Did anyone besides me see the 2/15 episode of ER on NBC? It was a full-court press PR stunt for vaccination. A non-vaccinated kid was taken into the hospital with measles. You know the drill: quarantine, judgmental indignation about the kid’s lack of vaccination, all the shmarm about the utter safety and efficacy of vaccinations — and naturally the kid ends up dying from an “utterly preventable” disease and his parents’ evil vaccine decision.

I am going to write a letter protesting their treatment of the issue. It is an insult to the hundreds of thousands of kids that have been killed or maimed by government-mandated medical procedures. And it flies in the face of the near-billion dollars paid out by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program since 1986.

It is a parental decision that should be honored — whichever way the parents decide. Making them out to be societal deadbeats that aren’t doing their “civic duty” is the height of medical bigotry!

I would encourage you to go to the NBC website and register your opinion on this show. Here is the URL: NBC

And please, pass this along to all your doctor friends.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Ron Adams
Jackson, Michigan

From Dr. Steven J. Silk

Good Afternoon Chiropeople,

Some of you have already received notification of the recent pro-vaccination condemnation of non-vaccination rights on the most recent episode of the NBC show ER. For those who have concerns with our right to refuse vaccination being taken away, you may want to take a moment to contact NBC to make your own comments. Here’s mine.


I feel that I must take the time to comment on the most recent airing of the NBC drama “ER”.

I recognize that the main goal of any show of this type is to entertain, but it is apparent that it is also your intent to make social commentary. I applaud your attempt to often take on “hot topics” for our contemplation. The writing of the series has often presented the neutral viewpoint in such cases, allowing the viewer to come to their own conclusion. There has been little need to “preach to” or “condemn” a secondary point of view, as the situation most often speaks for itself.

I find my indignation at your not having followed this method of presentation this past week to have brought me to correspond with you now. The content of part of the story-line of the episode in question (air date 2/15/01) that has me concerned is based around the child who died from complications of Measles. While the scenario of death from this disease state, though extremely rare, is real, the angle of blaming it on the parents for failing to vaccinate their child is prejudiced against the democratic right of Freedom of Choice. It is also not in step with a growing amount of research which indicates that not only is the “Vaccination Mandate” not delivering it’s promise of better health, but in fact the repeated introduction of trace amounts of toxic chemicals into our children’s developing bodies may be causing more harm than good.

I would invite you to visit the website “” to peruse the list of research papers, professional opinion papers and media reports on the down-side of vaccination. I might also suggest two well-researched books for your consideration:
“Immunization: History, Ethics, Law and Health” by Catherine Diodati and “Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research” by Viera Schiebner.

Both have volumes of documentation to back up their conclusions on the misguided concept of “Vaccination as Sacred Cow”. If you can look at both sides of this issue and give the information an unbiased review, and still come to the conclusion that vaccination is a good thing, then you will obviously proceed with further shows in a similar vein. However, should you come to the same conclusions that I and many other well-educated people have, then I encourage you to proceed as your conscience guides you.

Thank you for your time and energy on behalf of the multitude of people you influence with the shows you present.

Dr. Steven J. Silk
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada @ 8:40 pm | Article ID: 982557650

Physician Organization Responds to NBC’s ER

Forwarded by PROVE

Your show concerning the unvaccinated child who died of measles, which was highly insulting to concerned parents who have done their homework and are rightly concerned about vaccine reactions, could do much harm.

It is true that measles can be fatal. Perhaps 1 in 1,000 children who gets measles has complications, occasionally resulting in death. Measles is very rare these days, but vaccinated children can get it too. Of cases reported in Colorado between 1987 and 1998 (time interval probably chosen to include the epidemic of 1989-90), 45 were in “exemptors,” but 137 were in vaccinated children (see JAMA of 12/27/00.) In most cases, the source of the infection was not known or stated, but it was probably not indigenous to the U.S.

However, vaccine reactions can be fatal or seriously disabling too. The safety standards for vaccines are unacceptably low. Testing involves a limited number of subjects, who are generally followed for a very short time.

All medical treatments carry some risk, and the risk:benefit ratio is different for different individuals. Therefore, we believe that no one should be forced to undergo a medical treatment, even if a physician recommends it. Physicians have a duty to present the risks and benefits as accurately as they can, including an honest appraisal of gaps in our knowledge. Glibly assuming that “absence of evidence is evidence of absence”–when in fact studies of sufficient power have simply not been done–is a profound disservice to patients.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgens passed unanimously a resolution condemning mandatory vaccines at its annual meeting in October, 2000. AAPS was founded in 1943 to preserve the traditional patient-physician relationship. We are not against vaccines per se.

I am sure you are getting positive email from a group of self-styled “quackwatchers,” who call anybody who questions any vaccine mandate a “chiro anti-vax quack.” They do not represent very many physicians. I have spoken, for example, at hospital grand rounds on this subject, and not one physician has objected to or refuted my concerns about certain vaccines.

Stories that should be of interest to NBC include:

1. Serious adverse reactions to vaccines (I have a Microsoft Excel data base of 25,000 adverse reactions to hepatitis B vaccine from the FDA and CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, VAERS, available on request.)

2. The money trail: state agencies or school districts that get money for forcing children to receive vaccines, and conflicts of interest that compromise the “experts” who testify for mandates.

3. CDC stonewalling on requests for safety data on hepatitis B and other vaccines.

4. Parents or other caregivers jailed for murder when their babies die, possibly from a vaccine reaction, when there is no direct evidence that they ever abused the child in any way. (Was a vaccine history taken in the English nanny case, by the way?)

5. Parents whose children are excluded from school and reported to Child Protective Services because they have exercised a legal and conscientious objection to a mandated vaccine (even against a disease such as hepatitis B that is very rare in children and not ordinarily transmitted in a school setting.)

You could be missing the story of the decade, even the century, while being complicit in forcing children to risk harm from inadequately tested vaccines. (And remember, we’re not talking about smallpox or other diseases that are common, highly lethal, and very easily transmitted.) Firestone, asbestos, and even tobacco might seem like minor escapades in comparison, in
retrospect. Investigative reporters are needed, but must be prepared for a lot of flak from powerful special interest groups.

You are cordially invited to examine material on vaccines posted on our web site,

Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director, AAPS. @ 8:38 pm | Article ID: 982557488

Letters to NBC regarding ER Broadcast

Forwarded by PROVE

(Thank you to the folks at PROVE and the NVIC for their hard work and dedication of continually shining the light on these issues.)

NBC’s television drama ER contained a highly controversial story line about a family who chose not to vaccinate their children, and one of the children contracts measles and dies from complications while the doctors on the show lash out at the mother and categorically deny any risks posed by the vaccine.

NBC’s lack of responsibility, compassion and sensitivity about a very real problem is highly disturbing. Measles containing vaccines do sometimes injure and kill children. A death or injury from a vaccine is just as awful as a death or injury from a disease.

Anyone wanting to read some of the MMR vaccine adverse event reports can do so at

Here is a case from FedBuzz that would have been a more realistic basis for a story line.

VAERS ID 105905
State FR
Vaccine Type MMR
Vaccination Name MMR II
Manufacturer MSD
Age in Years 1
Sex M
Lab Data biopsy brain measles inclusion bodies; Reported Text pt recv vax 1997 & pt exp encephalitis & was hosp; COD encephalitis, viral & measles inclusions bodies were found @ the brain biopsy;investigation found type 1 virus;
Life Threatening Illness Y
Died Y
Recovered N
Disability Y

Families across the country are lashing back in their letters to NBC. There are several below. As these letters demonstrate, parents concerned about vaccine safety are hardly the blubbering idiots portrayed by NBC’s ER (which is supported with vaccine manufacturers’ advertising money.)

Pass this on to anyone asking you questions about this latest pharmaceutical stunt so the truth can shine.

Also, it is not too late to send your letters to NBC. Go to: NBC. There is an online form where you can let the producers know what you think about this episode.

Letters to NBC:

I’ve been a faithful ER fan for years. It’s the ONLY show I have ever been able to say that about. Last night was my last viewing. I was actually watching the show in my daughter’s hospital room. She was admitted suffering from yet another side effect from one of the horrible treatments she received for her autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease caused by the MMR vaccine. I’m thankful she was so sedated from her pain medication that she missed the whole show. We usually watch it together.

I found it sadly ironic that in the same show you showed such compassion for the man suffering from lupus, the disease that my daughter’s hemotologist believes she is developing. Are you even remotely aware of the connection between the vaccine and autoimmune diseases? You could have at least had the sensibility to catch that sad insult. After your condescending and reprehensible treatment of the parents, you cut immediately to a vaccine commercial. You left me spinning with nausea. Now I leave your viewing audience.

Shame on you.
Sara Smith

Letters to NBC:

As a pediatric physician in the alternative health care field, I am becoming increasingly alarmed by the growing incidence of chronic, debilitating auto-immune and immunodeficiency diseases in my pediatric patients. It is not merely coincidental that the disease symptoms presented by these helpless children, whose ages vary from six months to seventeen years old, either started or became severely aggravated shortly after a vaccination or series of vaccinations.

It is very frustrating, if not infuriating, to witness such a biased and obviously unethically promoted view of vaccination in a recent ER. You people have not done your homework. If, at a minimum, this promotion was a public service message courtesy of a government regulatory agency in need of more regulatory control over the lives of its people, your message is little more than propaganda for the sake of “the end justifies the means.” If, on the other hand, this advertisement was an attempt to educate your audience about the benefits of vaccination, your message will end up benefiting the pharmaceutical industry far more than it will the millions of children who are at high risk for adverse reactions and/or long term consequences from our very reckless mandated vaccine policy.

For your information, there is not only plenty of measurable scientific evidence to suggest that our reckless vaccine policy is dangerous; there also exists a number of ethical premises upon which the very notion of health is predicated (such as: “Doctor, do no harm”) that lead intelligent people to question whether the application of our reckless vaccine policy is flawed.

Without considering or weighing the pros and cons of vaccination, one need only understand that the fundamental issue of importance in this vaccine controversy is the right of consent. You have not only done a disservice to people by insulting our collective intelligence with your biased view (and incomplete facts) of this controversial medical procedure, you have succeeded in leading us further down the slippery slope towards political expedience and moral decay by condoning the repression of our constitutional freedoms.

This particular ER program was another example of ignorance on display in the media and another reason why more and more rational people are turning television off and looking for news in other places.

Toni Krehel

Letters to NBC:

I am a long time fan of ER but I was shocked last night by the inaccuracy of the measles story line. First of all to portray the parents in the light that you did is unconscionable. This is 2001. Not only do parents have a right to make an informed decision for their child it is their responsibility. Did the people who wrote this story have any idea that there are children being injured every day in the United States from vaccine reactions. In 1986 Congress passed a law to compensate these individuals. This government program has paid out over $1 billion to children who have been injured and killed by mandated childhood vaccines, including the measles vaccine. To flat out say there is no connection between autism and vaccination is a lie and disservice to your audience.

There is evidence and studies are ongoing at the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Medicine and the M.I.N.D. Institute to name a few. You have done a great disservice to your viewers by presenting such a biased story. About the only thing that was accurate were the way doctors treat parents on this issue. Many parents are berated by health care providers for exercising their informed consent rights on the vaccination issue which pushes parents away from their health care providers. I would like to know why your producers would think that the life of a child that dies from a disease is more valuable than the life of a child who dies or is permanently injured by a vaccine?

As a viewer I have to wonder who brought this storyline to ER. I’m sure it was only a coincidence that the first advertisement was for a new childhood vaccine, Prevnar. You sold out and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Kathi Williams
Co-Founder and Director National Vaccine Information Center
Vienna, VA

Letters to NBC:

You’ve gone too far. As a registered nurse, disabled with an ‘undifferentiated connective tissue disease’ and severe peripheral sensory neuron disease because of multiple vaccines including: influenza, DPT, hepatitis B and MMR series – mandated as a condition for clinical practice – I have a “desk job” which affords me the option of working flexible shifts. Uncharacteristically, I was home to see the ‘ER’ episode February 8, 2001, including previews for February 15th promising something outrageous in the way of infectious diseases.

‘Lordie, what now?’ I pondered. ‘Small pox?’ It was obvious that the Vaccine Machine had reached into their deep pockets and bought an episode of ‘ER.’ I chose to work my usual preferred evening shift and avoid watching the exaggerated infectious disease scenario, to miss this episode that promised further insult and condescension to vaccine casualties like myself.

It was my responsibility to do professional fee abstraction for the ER at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1997, and for 15 months reviewed an average of 150 pediatric’ ER medical records per day, 5 days a week. I never read of one incident of death from wild measles virus presenting to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Emergency Room.

On the other hand, there were countless, daily reminders of the pervasiveness of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Asthma, Diabetes, metabolic and other chronic disorders in this generation of vaccine mutated children. Are we going to tamper and promote chronic disabling conditions in our society by terrifying them with horror stories of infectious disease epidemics when we’ve barely shaken hands with human genome prototypes? Your ties to your sponsors, the promoters of Prevnar, were shamelessly transparent. May I suggest, as a way of making amends with the increasingly large autoimmunity and otherwise vaccine-injured community – how about a story line about Dr. Green’s pathology report, owning up to the fact that his malignancy is seeded with SV40? That Dr. Green was one of the hundreds of millions of citizens, 100 million in the U.S. alone, infected +/- 40 years ago from the polio vaccine that was contaminated by Simian Virus 40. You might win back a few of us, your Former Fans that you’ve offended.

If it is sensationalism you’re after. Give credit that a few of us out here can still appreciate subtlety in ethical issues.

Disappointed RN, CPC

Letters to NBC:

I have been wondering over the years why ER and other medical shows haven’t gone near this issue regarding the vaccination controversy. You have chosen to air one side of the controversy. Why not go to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System and select 1 of the thousands of reports of children who have reacted to a vaccination, been rushed to the ER in full blown tonic/clonic seizures, brain swelling, projectile vomiting, edema, rash all over the body, fever, etc. Have the ER crew valiantly try to save the child but fail.

Then {the doctors would} console the parents saying that most children that survive this sort of vaccine reaction are left severely damaged and maybe this outcome was best for all. And as the parents slowly leave the hospital, Elizabeth Corday does a little research and finds that same lot of vaccine given to the child that died had 136 other reports of vaccine reactions, of which: 68 were rushed to the ER, 2 had life threatening conditions, 19 were hospitalized, 1 was immediately and permanently disabled, 19 had unknown recovery, 3 had no recovery, and 5 died, and the FDA new this, but didn’t recall the vaccine. Then Elizabeth Corday would throw down her stethoscope in outrage and say “those bastards.”

Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center could be your medical consultant/expert.

Michael Framson

Letters to NBC:

I am writing to you today because of the ER episode in which a non-vaccinated child died on your show. My suggestion to you is that you do your homework on vaccines.

You see, my son is vaccine injured. He is one of the victims of vaccination. We should all be allowed to do our homework and decide what is best for our children and protect them the best way we know how. The way you portrayed the family was wrong. I am an educated person from the medical field. The condescending tone you used to the family was disgusting.

My son is severely and permanently brain injured. He had many complications following his vaccinations. He eventually had an aneurysm rupture in his brain, he died three times and was resuscitated, his aneurysm ruptured a 2nd time 10 days later. He was only 4 months old. He was hospitalized for over 4 months and he was not expected to live many, many times during this stay. No one can understand the pain that this can cause. Since this happened to my son I have done extensive research and have been sickened by what I have uncovered. My son will never receive another vaccine. I will not play Russian Roulette with his life again.

I suggest that you do your homework, read the package inserts, and hopefully you will never need to deal with vaccine injury personally. I also noticed that you ran an ad for Prevnar during this show. You can view a 33 page research paper on this which shows all the conflicts of interest in getting this vaccine approved. I would be happy to supply you with this research paper. It has killed children already. No child should be expendable in the name of the public good.

When one child died from getting locked inside a trunk of a car the world was mortified and made changes in automobile manufacturing. The result was a release latch inside the trunk. One child’s death was one too many. Why does this rule not apply to my child? To the millions of vaccine injured children?

Because shows like yours mislead people about the truth.

I am shocked that you would run something like this and I am never going to watch your show again. I truly believe that you owe the entire vaccine injured community (there are millions of them out there) an apology.

Tammy Carrington

Letters to NBC:

Above, the preamble says that you value opinion and feedback.

I would like to think that that is not some sort of platitudinous garbage put in as corporate weasel-speak.

No doubt in your intent as executive producer and creator of ER – and as a person who can do what you want, was to do your pediatrician a favor. The program, about which I am sure you are heartily sick of hearing about, concerns a boy who dies as a result of measles, because his mother makes an informed choice not to vaccinate him.

The problem with this program is that it misrepresents the truth in two ways.

Firstly, to my knowledge there has never been a death of a child, by measles, to a parent who has conscientiously chosen not to vaccinate. That is borne out by statements issued in the past by the FDA and CDC saying that the problem of vaccine uptake has nothing to do with choice, but everything to do with delivery of service.

While children who are not vaccinated do get measles, recent medical articles facilely suggest that we should not have exemptions, because the vaccinated children get it to. What is a vaccine supposed to do? Prevent you from getting “IT.” So why are fully vaccinated children getting measles? Could it perhaps be…. that is doesn’t work?

In New Zealand, we recently had an interesting double lesson. Firstly, a huge measles vaccination campaign using MMR to pre-empt a measles outbreak. Of the 150,000 children revaccinated, I have documented evidence of 8 children who landed up in ICU with encephalopathy between 8 – 14 days after the vaccine. One child died. Every parent tells me that the medical personnel tested for every “OTHER” thing that could have caused encephalopathy and got a blank sheet. Interestingly, not one child was tested for MMR viral encephalopathy.

Such good science – good medicine, don’t you think? So naturally, my documented evidence is classified as “anecdotal” and proves nothing. Now, why do you think that might be, Mr Wells? That is real life – and would portray reality far more accurately than your program. But ER is about glorifying everything medical theory stands for, not showing another reality, John, isn’t it.

Shortly after this MMR campaign, I got involved with a family near me, whose 10 month boy got encephalopathy after MMR, and they did all the right things. But did they get a correct diagnosis? No. He was misdiagnosed as microcephaly. Fortunately I knew a thing or three, and the child, after evaluation by a knowledgeable doctor,was correctly diagnosed. Not only that, the child now has government compensation, and is state supported. That that child, also subsequently developed autism.

But lets also talk about this measles epidemic that was supposed to be forestalled by this campaign – during which some children received their third MMR. The Health Department said the campaign prevented an estimated 90% of cases that COULD HAVE HAPPENED. They of course tell the future and have crystal balls which mere mortals don’t… But what they don’t tell you, is that of the thousands of children who did happen to get measles, most were appropriately vaccinated, and some had had 3 MMR shots. And that some of the children hospitalized had severe measles. What they also don’t tell you is that of the unvaccinated pre-school children, very few landed in hospital, none had serious complication – and…. wait for it… most of them caught it from the vaccinated children. That is actually the most interesting thing about this epidemic – that the early notifications were all in vaccinated children.

Right now, we are in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic. And guess what.

Nearly all the cases are in fully vaccinated children. Who by our regulations, are allowed to stay at school, since according to school records, they are protected. This situation is compounded, because many cases are diagnosed incorrectly, so that these vaccinated infectious children, are erroneously at school with whooping cough, because idiotic doctors who believe vaccinated children can’t get it, won’t test for it – they just prescribe steroids for asthma.

And these vaccinated infection spreading children, whose parents haven’t a clue that they have whooping cough, are spreading it to all the other vaccinated – and a few unvaccinated children. The Health Department is aware of this. Are they doing anything? Yes, Showing an advertisement of a 6 month old child with whooping cough and saying “Vaccination prevents this…”

My hope for you, and your family would usually be for the best of health. After this program, I hope that circumstances in the future will bring home to you the reality of what hundreds of thousands of parents in the USA are now suffering. So please, make sure your children and grandchildren are fully vaccinated with all their boosters. Without you taking this action, you are less likely to share, or understand, their pain. Unless a close friend wakes you from your present torpor.

Hilary Butler

Letters to NBC:

I was disappointed in the handling of the measles case in last night’s ER episode (2/15/2001.) It included distortions that can mislead the public and, ultimately, affect the health of children.

The incidence of autism as well as other chronic, auto-immune diseases (asthma, diabetes, etc.) among children is growing at an alarming rate, and coincides with the increase in the number of vaccinations routinely given to children. The possible relationship between these diseases and various vaccines has been recognized for a generation. Some physicians have offered the explanation that the chemicals included in vaccines tamper with the body’s immune system, both suppressing and over-stimulating, until the immune system finally starts attacking itself. New vaccines put forth by drug companies are being accepted by pediatricians and, in many cases, mandated by state laws, without the necessary long-term studies to guarantee safety.

In last night’s episode, the ER doctor dismisses these concerns with statements that there is “no relationship” between vaccines and autism, and that “vaccines improve the immune system.” Parents who take the time to study the risks and benefits, and make their own choice against vaccination, rather than leaving it up to the experts, are dismissed as “fringe lunatics.” The statistic of “1 in 500 children die from measles” does not take into account the previous health of the child, management of the disease, other complications, etc. In fact, this type of statement is often used by doctors to scare parents who question vaccine safety and make them fall into line.

I would encourage you to balance the scales by presenting the other side of the issue. You might present an episode where a child dies or becomes severely retarded following a vaccination. The parents then decide not to give that vaccine to their younger child but are hounded by health and child welfare authorities because of state vaccination laws. If you want to study some real-life cases for background information, the National Vaccine Information Center at 1-800-909-SHOT or could surely provide them.
(Believe me, this situation is no more rare than a healthy child dying of measles.)

Martha Fitzgerald

Letters to NBC:

I’m quite sad to say this, as a loyal viewer and fan of ER, but I believe the Thursday, February 15 show was the last one I’ll ever watch. And, unfortunately, I’ll most likely give up Will and Grace as well as the West Wing and Law and Order and Law and Order SVU.

In your thinly disguised propaganda piece for vaccine manufacturers ER just goes beyond anything a reasonable, fair-minded production should do. You vacated the principle I wrongly believed was one of the tenets for ER.

I have not always agreed with the story lines of certain characters and, frankly, this is the last straw. When you portrayed the woman who was into herbs as slightly kooky and astral, I let that pass, when you have had highly medicated, technical, overly complicated births, I’ve let those pass. I mean after all, I expect you to portray the allopathic opinion as this is an “ER” docu-drama. But the vaccine episode was the end. The only accurate part of this story line was the condescension and pretentiousness as well as the closemindedness and parroting of the physicians.

This wasn’t a case of strong arguments on both sides where a doctor disagrees with a patients desires or doctors differ about treatments — those story lines catch you and make you think — that is one thing I’ve always admired about the show, it’s ability to put people between a rock and hard place with no definitive answer.

Not only was the vaccine information presented inaccurate and highly inflammatory, but it was delivered so condescending and patronizing as to make me feel physically ill.

It only takes a short look to determine that physicians are not always correct in what they believe and do — vaccine doses, administration schedules and formulas are as different around the globe as the languages and colors of the people who inhabit this planet. This is not the proven, safe, effective treatment physicians would have us believe it is.

In addition, your portrayal of this woman as a blabbering ninny is uncomprehensible and unforgivable. In the time I have been researching this subject and making decisions (going on 11 years now), I have found people who opt out of the vaccine roulette game to be intelligent, educated and VERY concerned about their children. They know and understand concepts and information that would make you shrink and hide in the closet. For most of us this has come at a dear price.

For me, my first son became quite ill the day after his first shot. I thought he was going to die. From that day, until the time I quit doing what our pediatrician told us to do,he was one sick child.

For many of us parents, this can be categorized under the heading “More than We Wanted to Know.” I was brought up in a midwestern state by a highly-educated mom who was a physical therapist and convinced me that any other approach was just quackery. I did not come to CHANGE my beliefs easily or quickly. (Which BTW, I think most of us conscientious objectors are converts)

It was only after much agony and strenuous research I discovered the dangers and issues associated with this process. (11 years ago there WAS NO internet for us, just a few books and a couple of people willing to question this.) Just like the woman in your story line I was LIED to! I live in Minnesota where it is a parents’ free choice to opt out of this dangerous and untested practice. Guess what?!?!? NO ONE, not one single person advised me I had the right to opt out of this. Why would the doctors and others have to lie if this was such a great, safe, effective thing?

It is this dissociative, mechanistic view of the world that causes the problems. I too have been patronized by the John Carters, Deb Chens and Cleo Finch’s of the world. In most cases I was well into adulthood before these children were out of their diapers!

In this case, I have a free choice to discontinue viewing a tv show blatantly bought and paid for by big drug money.

Celia Cezzium

Letters to NBC:

From Feat
The Mean Spirit of NBC’s ER Episode Commentary and Letters

It is perhaps, the most overused cliché in medical television drama. The patient lies motionless on a platform in surgery or the emergency room surrounded by medical types in high drama. Everyone is racing to resuscitate a cardiac arrest. “Clear!” shouts the rescuer. Paddles are slapped down on the victim’s chest. The lifeless body arch in response to the thumping sound of electricity supplied with a jolt. The pulse is checked. Nothing. Again, “Clear” is shouted and another jolt is hopefully applied, this time with some success. “I’m getting a pulse!” shouts a tech or nurse. Cautious sighs of relief are passed around to everyone in room, and also to the loved ones observing from a distance. Most of the time the viewer can guess whether the patient is going to make it or not depending on the context of the plot.

On last night’s episode of NBC’s ER, this cliché played out again with a handsome blond-hair, blue-eyed, nourished, four year old boy with morbid complications from measles. The mother explains that she intentionally did not have her children inoculated out of her concern over possible vaccine side effects. Autism is specifically mentioned. The boy gets his heart restarted, but he remains unconscious and motionless.

“Is he OK?” asks the frightened mother. “Yeah, he’s doing fine,” the doctor sarcastically sneers back without looking at her. Portraying the mother as suburban and articulate highlights the contempt. This is not white trash operating from ignorance. No sir, this is one of those educated moms who gets her information on vaccines and autism from questionable sources on the Internet and not the family pediatrician. Every word of dialog that addresses the mother from that point on is expressed with utter contempt. The writers could have added the phrase “you stupid, irresponsible twit” to end of every sentence spoken to her. The boy dies shortly thereafter. You couldn’t make it any more heavy handed without having the ER set morphing into a Smack Down Wrestling event.

Considering that this publication is the most-read, highest profile independent source of information on autism and vaccines on the Internet, the program’s references are to you, our readers, and to us, the FEAT newsletter. We had a role in killing that beautiful, innocent little boy, is the implication.

The mean spiritedness of NBC’s ER message can only add heat, not light to the public conversation now going on about the safety of vaccines. The desire for parents to make informed decisions about their children’s health should be encouraged, and not vilified with comic book theatrics like the ER production. The autism community demonstrates every day its commitment to a fair handed and competent education of ourselves on the issue of vaccines and their safety. With the incidence of autism being at its historical high, it is only a matter of time before someone close in the family of an ER writer or producer has an autistic child. It is only a matter of time before someone in the family of a programming executive at NBC gets autism. And when that happens we suggest that you avoid your own spin and theatrical productions; it won’t help you much. We suggest you come here to get a balanced presentation of the facts on vaccines and autism. When you come you will find a responsible commitment to the facts, and not theatrics and scare tactics, if you read this newsletter.

You will find that we do not sneer sarcastically at families who suddenly find themselves with disasters like autism or any of the other possible side effects of vaccines, no matter where you come from, hometowns or Hollywood. We won’t bash you – simply because at the least, you have now become one of us. It’s just a matter of time.

Lenny Schafer

P.S. From the early letters, a number of readers noted the contradiction of ER Show star Anthony Edwards and character Dr. Green, being connected to this production. Edwards is a high-profile supporter of autism research and works closely with Cure Autism Now (CAN.) Often it is asked, “Why didn’t he say something to someone about this awful presentation of parents concerned about autism?”

Jon Shestack of CAN provides following explanation of Edward’s role.
I have spoken with Anthony Edwards who did not agree nor endorse that storyline and was in fact distressed by the patronizing dismissal of family concerns about vaccine safety. Evidence of this is that Tony’s, character, Dr. Green, did not participate in that story.

The idea for the episode rests totally with John Wells who is the executive producer and creator of the show and who basically gets to do what he wants. That he was influenced by his pediatrician, the American Academy of Pediatricians, the National Institute of Child Health, and vaccine manufacturers is possible and even likely but totally beyond Tony’s sphere of influence.

Letters to NBC:

First the vaccine commercial with the episode (who say’s advertisers don’t pay for Hollywood scripts), then the worst case of scare tactics I have ever seen on TV. ER and those associated with that program should be ashamed of themselves. Bought and paid for to the highest bidder. At the very least they should disclose in the credits the names of the scriptwriters from Merck who wrote this fiction.

First Hollywood makes “Rain Man” and tells us it’s about autism, later we find out the character the story is based in part, on someone who is not even autistic! Now tonight Hollywood does it again, this time serving as the mouthpiece of the vaccine manufacturers and their cronies in the public health department telling us about autism and MMR, nothing based on science mind you, only scare tactics designed to coerce parents into vaccinating their children at all costs. Hollywood should stick to what it does best: making cartoons.

Rick Rollens

Letters to NBC:

WOW!! I can’t believe what I just saw on ER tonight. Did you do your homework? What a pathetic display of misinformation. Do you have any idea of how many families are touched by horrible reactions to vaccination (including death)? If your actors were aware of the truth would they agree to portray this information in the light it was presented? I find the timing of this program quite ironic with all the controversy over the validity and safety of our current vaccination program. I sure hope you are prepared to present the other side of this story.

A funny thing happened to me about a month ago. I was at one of our local elementary schools to do a presentation. During the two hours I was there two students presented to the school nurse, one with mumps and one with measles. Both were vaccinated. What’s up with that? You lost a viewer.

Yvonne Wood, D.C. @ 8:37 pm | Article ID: 982557446

A Valentines Message For You

Be My Valentine

My Mission for Today,

I am a chiropractor. Today, I will love everyone, serve everyone, and give the message of chiropractic to everyone I contact. Every man, woman and child needs my help today, in becoming and remaining subluxation free. At no time today, will I withhold the truth of chiropractic for fear of rejection.

Today, I am an expert at correcting subluxations. I will correct subluxations on everyone I care for. When I do this, the power within them, heals them, every time without exception. I CAN help everyone I see Today.

Today, I ask for the strength to serve all those who are coming to see me. I ask for the love to give fully to each one individually. I ask for the innate wisdom to correct every subluxation I lay my hands on today. And I ask for the authority to convert others so that Today, they may share in, and spread the truth of chiropractic.

Today, I serve God by serving others through the gift of chiropractic.
Today, I am a chiropractor.
Robert Braile, D.C.

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All For Love,

I chose Chiropractic for the money. Soon I figured out that Chiropractic chose me. Then I figured out that I was really helping people for love, not money. I was shown by some of the most successful Chiropractors that if you take care of your patients, they in turn take care of you. It is a universal law. What you give you will receive back many times.

Maybe if the colleges would accept students on their love for humanity instead of love for financial success there would be no question to the outside world about what Chiropractic is about.

Dr. Robert Ciprian

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Michael, Thanks for this opportunity.

I love my profession, which allows me to grow every day.
I love James W. Parker, who founded Parker Seminars 50 years ago.
I love Parker Seminars, which allow me such spiritual growth.
I love my colleagues for loving me and all their patients.
I love my patients, who always love me in return in many different ways.
I love my employees for helping me love so many patients
I love my parents for raising me with values that still carry me today.
I love my In-laws for raising my beautiful wife of 24 years.
I love my 3 sons for reminding me of all my past trials when I was their age.
I love my wife for tolerating all my faults and making our family and business so successful.
I love my lord for providing all the love for me to experience.

LLL, Dr. Rick Wren
(Founder of the Society of Chiropractic Masters and Parker Team Teacher)

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Happy Valentine to all the pioneers in chiropractic, that made it all possible. This includes my Mom and Dad, my wife Patsy, and of course all my children, friends and associates that have helped and supported me all the years.


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There is no greater love than a chiropractic patient bringing in their children just to get checked because they don’t want them to get subluxated. This is part of the indirect love that patients give to us with their referrals.
Luke S. Cohen, D.C.

Be My Valentine

Until last week I had a secure job as a CA in a wonderful clinic in Hexham, England but was frustrated with the lack of ‘love’ shown to our clients and ourselves. It was too easy for us to talk symptoms and generalities so that we weren’t made to feel uncomfortable spreading the philosophy of the wonderful thing that is Chiropractic.

So I have let go of the reed and I am now about to start a new and exciting career “spreading the word.” I would like to thank all those I leave behind in Hexham as without your love and support I would never have been brave enough to believe in myself. I would like to thank Straubury for having the faith and love not only of myself but of chiropractic, to give me the vehicle that allows me to share my belief. I particularly send my love to my mentors Sigafoose and Stew Bittman who believe in me even when I doubt myself, Yours is a true love.

For my Mum who makes me so proud, and to my wonderful Andrew. I love you for all that you are.

If we who know the power of Chiropractic are too scared to share it, we do the greatest dis-service. It’s only the first step that is frightening – go on, walk by faith. Spread the love of chiropractic with pride.

I remain your humble servant


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Some people ask me how I can travel every weekend, practice during the week and keep up with our large family. The energy I get is because I love what I do and I do what I love. It is my privilege to speak with DCs every weekend–I love what we share and I become more and more excited about it from the enthusiasm and love I feel from the attendees. What we have is so special and so needed in the world!! Let’s come together in our love and passion for Life and the way chiropractic allows us its expression!!

Jeanne Ohm D.C.

Be My Valentine

Once I fully realized this wonderful gift of God we have called Innate Intelligence and how we as chiropractors need not to have fear but to trust totally in the ability that God has given us to unleash that potential in every one of our patients, I have started to become a better chiropractor.

On my first chiropractic mission to Panama I learned that I need not to have fear when giving that adjustment, to trust totally in the ability that God has given me to move that bone and all else will follow, for that I am totally grateful to all my fellow chiropractors that have come here to my country and have practiced this brand of no fear, love and giving chiropractic and especially grateful to Luis and Lina for their vision and dedication to this quest.

On this Valentine day I will like to also give a wonderful and humble thanks to my lovely wife Virginia and my two step sons Steven and Sterling, whom words cannot begin to express the love that I have for them and what a change in my life they made (positive one), for all their patience, support, love and understanding through this globe trotting adventure that we have been in for the past year to finally culminate here in my country of Panama with a practice that will certainly will be the greatest this region has ever seen or experienced.

For your understanding a big and heartfelt I LOVE YOU. And to my fellow mission chiropractors a big thank you, and I Love you for all that you have done and all that you will continue to do.

Have no fear, when it is being done for the right reasons. Walk by faith and not by sight.

Marco Antonio Belizaire, D.C.

Be My Valentine

Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Because of chiropractic, I’ve been blessed with a lot of friends, that make my life a wonderful experience, each and every day. Julie A., Audrey, Anne, Yohann, Brad, Véro, Julie D., all the New Beginnings people, you are the sunshine of my life.

Keep the flame.
Valerie Lachance
4Th Year Chiropractic Student, UQTR

Be My Valentine

Recently I was lecturing to a group about adjusting kids. I was using a doll as a demo. After hours of teaching, I took the doll and threw it at one of the students. As the doll flew through the air, everyone in the class gasped. The doll had become a real baby to them. I wondered how many things in our lives have become real just because it was used in a certain context.

God is about love, not fear. If we focus on the fear for long periods of time it becomes real to us… Let’s focus on Love… That is REAL…

My life, my family, my mission is all about love…
Happy Valentine’s Day to all
Armand Rossi D.C.

Be My Valentine

There are few words to describe how it feels to adjust a child that lies motionless in a hospital bed in a coma for nearly 36 hours and watch his eyes open and embrace his mother less than a minute after his subluxation is removed. I am often asked by my patients why I smile all day long. I ask them if they have ever had one of their children so sick that they didn’t know if they would make it to see another day. If they have, I ask how they felt when they knew their child was going to make it and be fine. You see, that is how I feel up to one hundred times a day after I adjust each and every one of my patients. It is simply impossible not to be overwhelmed with joy and passion when your god given gift is being a chiropractor. Happy Valentines Day and thank you for keeping me up to date with such an on purpose web site.

In Chiropractic Health,
Dr. Jay Korsen

Be My Valentine

This is a special Valentines message to Frank Conley Jr. This is our first valentines day together honey, and I want you to remember it always. You are one of the strongest, most compassionate men I know, especially when it comes to Chiropractic, and that is what attracts me to you the most. Thank you for being such a positive part of my life.

I love you baby.
Love, BooBoo

Be My Valentine

I thought I might share my chiropractic love story with you all. I have a very small office (4 rooms.) My wife is my office manager. This, I was told, was a bad business decision. When my son Zachary was born,three years ago, we made a decision to keep him in the office with us. This, also, we were told, was bad for business. Well I can honestly say after 10 years of practicing with my wife and 3 years of practicing with my son in the office, those two decisions were the best business decisions I could have possibly made. Having the three things that I feel most passionately about under one roof, my wife, my son and my practice could only bring out the best in me everyday. I am quite certain patients feel the love we have in our office and that could never be bad for business.

Joe Balobeck
Pittsburgh PA

Be My Valentine

I came into this profession as a lost young man, it has not only changed my life but given me the honor to play a part in changing the world, for that I love CHIROPRACTIC and CHIROPRACTORS. Remind yourself every day of the mission God has chosen you for, and thank him. Also I want to thank you for helping me remember every day what I am a part of, with your inspiring web page, Thank you all at Planet Chiropractic.

Lance Mahoney

Be My Valentine

True Love and the experience it brings begins with the recognition and acceptance that we exist in this reality, all of the same essence (Innate Intelligence)… nothing separating us. When we can let our beings flow, one to another, without the physical interfering (Ego, The Physical Human), we will at that moment experience True Love. The subluxated, interfered-with human cannot express or feel this experience maximally as one can when in adjustment. It’s as simple as that!

Bob and Evelyn Tarantino

Be My Valentine

To my ever so lovely Kathie, my angel, thank you for everything that you do not only for me and our family, but for chiropractic. To my mom and dad, thank you for all of the opportunities you have provided me. To all of you, that are a part of this journey, thank you for allowing me to express my gift as we walk the red road together.

Michael @ 9:05 am | Article ID: 982170346

It’s All About The Love

Today is a day of love, a day in which we express our emotions for one another. Every day in our lives should be like today. For several years, there has been a saying among many of my friends, “it’s all about the love.”

“It’s all about the love” is a statement that is made when we experience something beautiful, when we witness a kind act, or simply when we share with one another. However, when we witness an act of contradiction or an act of deception, we turn to each other and say, “where is the love in that?”

It’s often been said that we need to first love ourselves before we can love others. Is this a difficult task, to love one’s self? And then, are we not all one? We are all made up of the same particles of matter. How can one find love in another yet not find love in themselves? I believe that some of us may be looking for love in “all the wrong places.” Maybe we need to look within ourselves and ask, “where is the love in that?”

There are people that are a part of our mission in chiropractic, our spouses, our families, our staff, our patients, that may not necessarily be chiropractors. Many of these people are doing more for chiropractic than those of us that have a D.C. after our name. Is that not true? Where is the love in that?

These people love you and they believe in you. They believe in you with such faith that they have committed their lives to you. In the short time that I have been a chiropractor, I have yet to find a successful one that does not have someone standing at their side. A person to share the love, a person to be constructively critical of their actions, a guide, an angel, a partner. A partner that has a deep commitment in what it is that we do. For them,

…it’s all about the love.

Happy Valentines Day! Thank you for being such an important part of my life. @ 8:31 am | Article ID: 982168274