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It is my strong feeling that the media, overall, preys upon people whom
they know have limited access to information and limited resources
and/or education about particular issues.
It is also my strong feeling that distributing and following medical and
other types of advice which may have far-reaching consequences for
people's lives, which are gleaned from TV news programs, is
irresponsible and can be dangerous and destructive.
Having said that, I must specifically take issue with and caution people
about the article below that was recently sent out on DeafIllinoisNews.
The most obvious question we must ask first is who is Dr. Mona?
Many people with doctorates in one field of study use their titles to
gain credibility in other fields in which they may or may not have true
The second question has to be who are the sponsors of this "news" show
in Fort Worth, Texas?
Are the advertisers during the breaks pharmaceutical companies who have
a clear, vested interest in making people believe their products are
necessary for health?
Is the American Medical Association involved in any way, financially,
with this TV station?
Surely there are many more potential conflicts of interest we could
As for the body of the article itself, it is easy to take issue with
almost every "point" made, but I will address just a few of the ones
that bothered me the most.
The assertion that "...immunizations are our most
effective method to prevent disease..." is a bias of the Western
medical/pathological mindset which groups people according to
"disease," "disability" and "symptoms," a method foreign to most
indigenous, holistic, natural and ancient systems of healing.
I am not saying there is NO validity in the statement, nor that
immunizations are all bad; only that such sweeping statements are a red
flag for more of the same...
Another point: the article never states that there is any conclusive,
research-based, empirical evidence that rubella is associated with the
other physical symptoms named.
But from the tone of the article, the reader is led to believe that
these connections are clear and require only some kind of report to be
After stating twice that Stephen's mother was not vaccinated against
rubella, only towards the end of the article does the reporter admit
that she "probably missed" the vaccination that prevents rubella.
So which is it?
Did she get it or not?
And lastly, though the entire report focused on ONE case of rubella and
its POSSIBLE, associated complications, the conclusion the reporter
tries to get us to come to is that everyone therefore needs to be
immunized for EVERYTHING when they are children.
This certainly does not follow from what has been reported here, since
only rubella has been duscussed. Also, some diseases the Western
medical profession currently forces children to be innoculated against
have already been virtually eradicated, rendering immunization
superfluous. Some vaccines also come with potentially dangerous side
effects, and worse.
I hope everyone will read this article critically and gather much
information and come to their own decisions based not on the medical
profession's scare tactics and overcautious and sometimes unsafe
"preventive" measures, but rather on facts.
One source of information on "alternatives" to immunizing and the
dangers of vaccines is Mothering Magazine.
Conscious Choice magazine may also be a good starting place and can be
picked up free in any health food store and many other places in the
There are also a number of books on the subject on the market.
If anyone is interested in reading and getting educated further, you can
contact me at rivka@....
Keep an open mind,
From: Jodi <jodoscraps@...>
Subject: [Deaf IL News] Dr. Mona -- Importance of Immunizations
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 18:36:39 -0700 (PDT)
From the newsroom of the KTVT-TV, Channel 11 News, Fort Worth, Texas,
Thursday, July 29, 2004 .....
Dr. Mona -- Importance of Immunizations
Immunizations -- An Ounce of Prevention
Because immunizations are our most effective method to prevent disease,
often don't realize how much disability and devastation we haven't
like to now introduce you to Stephen. His mother wasn't vaccinated
rubella and she became infected with the virus when she was pregnant.
Thirty-nine year old Stephen Wenzler was a rubella baby. Born with
congenital rubella syndrome, he grew up deaf with limited vision and a
defect. Now, as an adult, he's developing even more medical problems.
"My vision became fuzzy and I already had a corneal transplant but it
appear to be working well," said Stephen Wenzler, whose mother wasn't
vaccinated. "Very recently, my family doctor discovered I have Type II
At the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind youth and adults,
O'Donnell heard many tales of adult rubella children developing serious
late-onset medical conditions. So she surveyed the center's more than
"We found high instances of diabetes in the group, glaucoma,esophageal
problems, gagging, vomiting problems with eating, some thyroid
hormonal problems, and, in very rare instances a degenerative process
whole body," said Nancy O'Donnell.
The question is -- can these developing medical problems be blamed on
"If we could get that documentation, then it would really improve the
of services and care, in terms of longterm care as well, " said Nancy.
O'Donnell is spearheading a project with the Centers for Disease
Prevention to find out if biological markers of the rubella virus
the body into adulthood. Such markers could be used to definitively
Despite his medical uncertainties, Stephen is getting ready for a
"I'm planning to go out into the world of work and I want to fully
out there," said Stephen.
Knowing what to expect with his health could be a big help in planning
Stephen's mother probably missed her M-M-R vaccine when she was a child
the R protects you against rubella. All of her future unborn children
placed in jeopardy. Talk to your doctor to make sure you have had all