Vaccine Policy: What goes on behind the curtains?
NACCHO: A Big Pharma Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
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In the late 1990s, the Federal Communications Commission deregulated advertising allowing Big Pharma to advertise direct-to-consumers (“ask your doctor”). At a time when traditional media outlets were being replaced by the internet in order to feed a voracious 24/7 news cycle, Big Pharma was able to throw around enough big money in advertising revenue to intimidate traditional media from providing unbiased coverage of vaccine injury. This practice continues today. And despite the fact that multiple vaccines are being pulled in other countries and the vaccine makers are being sued by those same nations for vaccine damage, the news goes uncovered here in America, except for the very alternative health press — Spain, France, India and Japan alone are currently suing for damages from Merck’s controversial Gardasil vaccine.
This hostile climate for vaccine manufacturers is a boon to PR agencies and spin masters like Big Pharma’s PR agency Ogilvy and Mather, which now boasts offices in Washington, D.C., and has a division devoted to ‘social change’ and policy. They create content that plugs into pseudonym fronts trumped-up to sound like federal agencies but instead are storefronts for Big Pharma’s political agenda — all designed to boost sales while simultaneously squelching any doubt in the mind of parents that vaccines are unsafe.
The result? Aggressive, skewed and heavily biased propaganda is now being accepted in the United States as responsible journalism. Peripheral health corporations — the hand-maidens to Big Pharma — have participated in this effort, trumping up hype to discredit parents questioning the system at every turn.
One of the worst examples is an article published in Healthline in 2014. In a story entitled “Anti-Vaccination Movement Causes a Deadly Year in the U.S.” reporter Brian Krans posted a story comparing Californian soccer moms who choose to not to vaccinate to the Taliban. Krans’s misleading headline doesn’t live up to its claim, and makes no mention of any deaths in the U.S. that year as a result of unvaccinated children (because there weren’t any), choosing instead to make a leap from 101 cases of polio in Pakistan as being an ‘epidemic,’ even though it represented only .00004% of Pakistan’s 250,000 children in 2014. (Had Krans been a responsible journalist, he would have reported the truth, which is because polio is transmitted from fecal matter entering the body via the mouth, living in a war zone with no running water or sanitation clearly would contribute directly to outbreak more so than non-vaccination — especially since it has been a matter of public record since 1979 from Jonas Salk himself when he testified before Congress that the polio vaccine itself contributes more to spreading the disease than anything else.)
Krans’ publication, Healthline? Owned in part by … Kaiser Permanente, a massive healthcare conglomerate that benefits from the sale and use of vaccines.
Score: Big Pharma 2, Children of the World 0.
According to Kaiser Permanente’s wikipedia page, the company ran clinical trials from June 1990 to October 1991, along with the Los Angeles CountyDepartment of Health, Johns Hopkins University and the CDC, injecting “1500 mostly black and Latino babies with an Edmonton strain of Measlesvaccine.” Additional trials were conducted in Haiti and Africa, but were discontinued due to increased mortality, inadequate consent and unlicensed use of the vaccine on these children. The CDC had “concerns over U.S. government department ethics, and occasioned an apology by the CDC who ascribed it to an administrative oversight.”
This news is of considerable interest, since Dr. William Thompson — a senior scientist at the CDC — recently confessed that he and his co-workers intentionally omitted statistically significant data in a 2004 study published in the journal Pediatrics that demonstrated that “African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were 336% more likely to suffer an autistic response” (DeStefano F, Bhasin TK, Thompson WW, et al. “Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta.” Pediatrics 2004 Feb; 113(2): 259-66).
Thompson’s study was verified independently by Dr. Brian Hooker in August of 2014, who published almost the exact results in Translational Neurodegeneration (Hooker BS. “Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African-American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data.” Translational Neurodegeneration 2014 Aug 8; 3: 16).
The result? 110 bills introduced in 35 states that will mandate the injection of vaccines or deny children access to education. On that list? The MMR.
Big Pharma 3, Children of the World 0.
The Director of the CDC during Dr. Thompson’s tenure was Dr. Julie Gerberding. In a letter dated February of 2004, Dr. Thompson expressed concernabout the integrity of scientists at the National Immunization Program, in light of an upcoming presentation in front of the Institutes of Medicine around autism and vaccines.
The result? In 2009, Dr. Gerberding did nothing to assist Thompson, and instead left the CDC in 2009 and became head of Merck’s vaccines division. In December of last year, just as measles was being included in the Disneyland parade, Dr. Gerberding was promoted to Merck’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health.
Big Pharma 4, Children of the World 0.
Legislation is being forged on the tip of Big Pharma’s sword, and they’re doing it in the name of social change (notice how Merck stands out on that list of government agencies? That’s because they are funding a lot of those agencies activities and are now considered as credible on the subject of social change — interchangeable as the NIH, the CDC, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs and FEMA).
Moreover, they’ve been throwing a lot of money everywhere from politicians to schools and universities, to community organizations, to health care workers to doctors to anybody that will take it — all contributing to the continued illusion that Merck has the world’s best interest at heart.
The most covert of activities has reared its ugly head in the form of an organization known as the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
NACCHO is described as “2700 local health departments across the United States” — a definition that at first blush appears to be an umbrella organization for the public health departments in the United States. Their self-described vision is “health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services.”
The inference is very much on purpose — they want you to think they are a federal organization, and that their function is to serve as a governing body for all the local health departments. They even have a directory of all the local health departments in the United States on their website.
There’s only one problem: NACCHO accepts membership dues from health departments that only accounted for $2.6 million in 2014. Yet it received $23 million in 2014 in contributions and grants. Where do they get their funding and what exactly are they doing with it?
First, let’s take a look at their leadership.
Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, who was promoted to Executive Director of NACCHO in February of this year, is an old buddy of Dr. Gerberdings from Merck (remember her? the former head of the CDC who went directly from the CDC to running Merck’s vaccine program?).
In December, just as measles was cozying up to Dumbo, Dr. Gerberding is promoted to Merck’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications for Global Public Policy and Population Health. Read that carefully: VP for STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS for GLOBAL PUBLIC POLICY and PUBLIC HEALTH. That means she’s in charge of master strategy for policy and public health. Do you think vaccines are at the top of her list?
She certainly is seeding the field.
Sixty days after Dr. Gerberding is promoted to Merck’s head global policy maker, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck — one of Gerberding’s buddies from the CDC — is promoted to Executive Director of NACCHO. Not only are Gerberding and Hasbrouck both alumnus from the same school (UC Berkeley), but in fact they were both employed by the CDC for 11 years at exactly the same time. (Gerberding from 1998 – 2009), (Hausbrouck 1998 – 2009).
Do you think Dr. Gerberding had a say in Dr. Hasbrouck’s appointment? Is it a coincidence that during the period between Gerberding’s promotion and Hasbrouk’s appointment the trumped-up measles noise was unfolding, resulting in 110 bills rolling out on cue in 35 states?
Deadline for introducing new bills has limits. In California, it’s February. So this well-rehearsed symphony was tuning up right on cue.
Let’s get back to the money.
Here is a list of every organization NACCHO receives money from. Remember: NACCHO’s income from membership falls way short of its budget needs, which means it is set up by design to be funded by outside resources. Let’s take a look at these contributors, and see what we see:
1. Center for Advancement of Health: gets money from Bill and Melinda Gates, which turns around and funds NACCHO.
3. Alliance for Community Health Plans: several board members from Kaiser Permanente including the Permanente Trust, which then turns around and funds NACCHO.
4. Health Together.org: a barely-there website — more of a four-page brochure that could’ve been thrown together in 20 minutes by any high school student with the latest post from May 2014? Yet they somehow give money to an organization that receives $25 million annually? Hmmm.
5. American Academy of Pediatrics: after being redirected in circles on this website, we finally found the corporate sponsor page which includes vaccine manufacturer and Merck partner Sanofi Pasteur, Merck, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Boeringher Ingleheim and more.
6. American Association of Health Plans: of which, our friends at Kaiser Permanente are of course members. KP pays for membership, and AAHP pays NACCHO, and health plans directly reimburse physicians based on vaccination rates. The higher the patient population, the higher the percentage of reimbursement which is why so many physicians are dropping patients with children who delay or opt out.
7. American Public Health Association: donates an entire page to vaccines, using fear by comparing a lightning strike as being more likely than a vaccine reaction.
9. Association of Maternal & Child Healthplans: Even though this link was dead on the NACCHO funder’s page, we googled it and found something shocking: an entire program funded by Merck called Merck for Mothers. This is a global front for worldwide vaccines and includes India, which is currently suing Merck over Gardasil (you won’t find that on their website). Their sponsors are numerous including… Bill & Melinda Gates.
10. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: Sounds official, right? Look at their sponsors. Their sponsors gives ASTHO money, and ASTHO gives money to NACCHO. Are you seeing the pattern?
11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: That’s where our friends Dr. Gerberding and Dr. Hasbrouk met, remember? NACCHO lists two CDC divisions as sponsors: the National Center for Environmental Health and the … wait for it … National Immunization Program.
Let’s start with NCEH. The NCEH states it is “working to prevent illness, disability, and death from interactions between people and the environment.” Hmmm. Wonder how Erin Brokovitch and Robert Kennedy Jr. think they’re doing, because they’ve both made great careers off of cleaning NCEHs’ unaddressed environmental messes.
Now for the juicy CDC division that sponsors NACCHO, the National Immunization Program. This is the massive nerve center of policy, influence, funding and agenda setting which, in Feb. 0f this year, research and market analysts are predicting is now so effective due to the squeezing of parental rights, that the vaccine market alone which is already in the billions annually will increase 10+% in the next five years for all these manufacturers. The main reason? “According to the report, the primary driving factor is the inclusion of pediatric vaccines in the national immunization schedule of many countries. This helps increase the consumption of vaccines in the market, thereby boosting growth.”