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      July 7, 2002
      By Sherri Tenpenny, DO


      "We interrupt the current programming to bring you this important news
      updateŠthere has been a reported case of smallpox in Washington, D.CŠ"

      What will happen next? Pandemonium. The press has done its job over the last
      few months reinforcing the belief that an epidemic is about to occur,
      potentially causing millions of deaths. Americans thousands of miles from
      Washington will demand the smallpox vaccine, a vaccine with the highest risk
      of complications of any vaccine ever manufactured and with a dubious track
      record for success.

      However, because you are informed, you will have a different response. You
      will not panic. You will turn off the TV. You won't listen to your
      hysterical neighbors. And more importantly, you won't rush to be vaccinated.
      Here's why:

      On June 20, 2002, I attended the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) meeting
      of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) and listened to
      one and a half days of testimony prior to posting the recommendations for
      smallpox vaccination that are currently being considered by the CDC and the
      Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS.)  Many testimonies and
      comments were presented by public participants and by various physicians and
      researchers associated with the CDC.  Noting that two weeks have past since
      the June 20th meeting and the media has still not reported on this historic
      event, I decided it was imperative to report the content and outcome of this
      meeting to the general public. After reading this report you will gain a new
      perspective on smallpox and, hopefully, in the event of an outbreak, you
      will understand that you have nothing to fear.


      Nearly every article or news headliner regarding smallpox is designed to
      instill and continually reinforce fear in the minds of the general public.
      Apparently the goal is to make everyone demand the vaccine as soon as it is
      available and/or in the event of an outbreak. A very similar media campaign
      was developed prior to the release of the Salk polio vaccine in 1955. The
      polio vaccine had been in development for more than a year prior to its
      release and was an untested "investigational new drug," just as the smallpox
      vaccine will be. The difference is that the potential side effects and
      complications of the smallpox vaccine are already known, and they are

      Generally accepted facts about smallpox include:

      1.  Smallpox is highly contagious and could spread rapidly, killing millions

      2.   Smallpox can be spread by casual contact with an infected person

      3.   The death rate from smallpox is thought to be 30%.

      4.   There is no treatment for smallpox

      5.   The smallpox vaccine will protect a person from getting the disease

      As it turns out, these "accepted facts" are not the "real facts."


      "Smallpox has a slow transmission and is not highly contagious," stated Joel
      Kuritsky, MD, director of the National Immunization Program and Early
      Smallpox Response and Planning at the CDC. This statement is a direct
      contradiction to nearly everything we have ever heard or read about
      smallpox. However, keep in mind that this comes "straight from the horse's
      mouth" and should be considered the "real story" regarding how smallpox is

      Even if a person is exposed to a known bioterrorist attack with smallpox, it
      doesn't mean that he will contract smallpox. The signs and symptoms of the
      disease will not occur immediately, and there is time to plan. The infection
      has an incubation period of 3 to 17 days,[i]  and the first symptom will be
      the development of a high fever (>101º F), accompanied by nausea, vomiting,
      headache, severe abdominal cramping and low back pain. The person will be
      ill and most likely bed-ridden; not out mixing with the general public.

      Even with a fever, it is critically important to realize that at this point
      the person is still not contagious. In fact, the fever may be caused by
      something else, such as the flu.

      However, if a smallpox infection is developing, the characteristic rash will
      begin to develop within two to four days after the onset of the fever. The
      person becomes contagious and has the ability to spread the infection only
      after the development of the rash.  "The characteristic rash of variola
      major is difficult to misdiagnose," stated Walter A. Orenstein, M.D.,
      Director of the National Immunization Program (NIP) at the CDC. The classic
      smallpox rash is a round, firm pustule that can spread and become confluent.
      The lesions are all in the same stage of development over the entire body
      and appear to be distributed more on the palms, soles and face than on the
      trunk or extremities.  


      In the event of an exposure, it is imperative that you do everything you can
      to improve the functioning of your immune system so that an "exposure" does
      not have to result in an "outbreak."

      a. Stop eating all foods that contain refined white sugar products, since
      sugar inhibits the functioning of your white blood cells, your first line of

      (There are many other health-conscious dietary considerations to consider,
      but that is beyond the scope of this article.)

      b. Start taking large doses of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven in
      hundreds of studies to be effective in protecting the body from viral
      infections,[iii] including smallpox.[iv]  For an extensive scientific review
      on the use of this nutrient and a "dosing recipe", read "Vitamin C, The
      Master Nutrient, by Sandra Goodman, Ph.D.


      c. If you develop a fever, you still have time to plan. Purchase enough
      fresh, organic produce and filtered water to last three weeks. Move the kids
      to grandma's or the neighbor's house. Remember: YOU MAY NOT GET THE


      Smallpox will not rapidly disseminate throughout the community. Even after
      the development of the rash, the infection is slow to spread. "The infection
      is spread by droplet contamination and coughing or sneezing are not
      generally part of the infection. Smallpox will not spread like wildfire,"
      said Orenstein. He stated that the spread of smallpox to casual contacts is
      the "exception to the rule." Only 8% of cases in Africa were contracted by
      accidental contact.

      Transmission of smallpox occurs only after intense contact, defined as
      "constant exposure of a person that is within 6-7 feet for a minimum of 6-7
      days."[v] Dr. Orenstein reported that in Africa, 92% of all cases came from
      close associations and in India, all cases came from prolonged personal
      contact. Dr. Tom Mack from the University of Southern California stated that
      in Pakistan, 27% of cases demonstrated no transmission to close associates.
      Nearly 37% had a transmission of only one generation, meaning that the
      second person to contract smallpox did not pass it onto the third person.
      These statistics directly contradict models that predict an exponential
      spread to millions.

      Even without medical care, isolation was the best way to stop the spread of
      smallpox in Third World, population dense areas. With a slow transmission
      rate and an informed public, Mack estimated that the total number of
      smallpox cases in America would be less than 10, a far cry from the millions
      postulated by the press.

      Dr. Kuritsky said at the CDC Public Forum on Smallpox on June 8 in St.
      Louis, "Given the slow transmission rate and that people need to be in close
      contact for nearly a week to spread the infection, the scenario in which a
      terrorist could infect himself with smallpox and contaminate an entire city
      by walking through the streets touching people is purely fiction."

      Point to ponder: Mass vaccination was halted in Third World countries
      because it didn't work. In India, villages with an 88% vaccination rate
      still had outbreaks. After the World Health Organization began a
      surveillance and containment campaign, actively seeking cases of smallpox,
      isolating them in their homes, and vaccinating family members and close
      contacts, outbreaks were virtually eliminated within 2 years. The CDC and
      the WHO organization attribute the eradication of smallpox to the ring
      vaccination of close contacts. However, since the infection runs its course
      in 3-6 weeks, perhaps ISOLATION ALONE would have effectively accomplished
      the same thing.


      Nearly every newspaper and journal article quotes this statistic. However,
      as pointed out in the presentation by Dr. Tom Mack, it appears that the "30%
      fatality rate" has come from skewed data.  Dr. Mack has worked with smallpox
      extensively and saw more than 120 outbreaks in Pakistan throughout the early
      1970s. Villages would apparently have "an importation" every 5-10 years,
      regardless of vaccination status, and the outbreak could always be
      predicated by living conditions and social arrangements.  There were many
      small outbreaks and individual cases that never came to the attention of the
      local authorities.

      Mack stated that even with poor medical care, the case fatality rate in
      adults was "much lower than is generally advertised" and thought to be
      10-15%. He said that the statistics were "loaded with children that had a
      much higher fatality," making the average death rate reported to be much
      higher. Amazingly, he revealed his opinion that even without mass
      vaccination, "smallpox would have died out anyway. It just would have taken

      Even so, people died. Why? After all, smallpox is a skin disease and "other
      organs are seldom involved."[vi]  I posed this question to the committee on
      two separate occasions. Kathi Williams of the National Vaccine Information
      Center asked this question at the Institute of Medicine meeting on June
      15th. On June 20, an answer was finally forthcoming when a member of the
      ACIP committee said, "That is a good question. Does anyone know the actual
      cause of death from smallpox?"

      At that point, Dr. D.A. Henderson, from the John Hopkins University
      Department of Epidemiology volunteered a comment. Dr. Henderson directed the
      World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication campaign (1966-1977)
      and helped initiate WHO's global program of immunization in 1974. He
      approached the microphone and stated, "Well, it appears that the cause of
      death of smallpox is a 'mystery.'" He stated that a medical resident had
      been asked to do a complete review of the literature and "not much
      information" was found. It is postulated that the people died from a
      "generalized toxemia" and that those with the most severe forms of
      smallpox‹the hemorrhagic or confluent malignant types‹died of complications
      of skin sloughing, similar to a burn. However, he concluded by saying, "it's
      frustrating, because we don't really know."

      COMMENT: I find this to be extremely frightening. If we knew why people died
      when they contracted smallpox, perhaps current medical technology could
      treat the complications, making the death rate much lower. Considering that
      the last known case of smallpox in the U.S. was in Texas in 1949, continuing
      to report that smallpox has a 30% death rate is similar to saying that all
      heart attacks are fatal. Based on 1949 technology, that would be accurate
      reporting. But in 2002, all heart attacks are NOT fatal. Neither would
      smallpox have a mortality rate of 30%.


      A more accurate statement is "there are no pharmaceutical drugs for the
      treatment for smallpox." But they are working on that too. There are 274
      antiviral drug compounds and testing is underway to see if one can be useful
      in the treatment of smallpox.[vii] One such drug is called
      hexadecylosypropyl-cidofovir (HDP-CDV).  Not yet available for human use, it
      has been found to be 100 times more potent than its cousin, cidofovir, a
      drug used to treat retinal infections in HIV patients. If studies pan out,
      HDP-CDV will be offered in a pill or capsule form over 5-14 days for the
      prevention and treatment of people exposed to smallpox.[viii]
      Unfortunately, this drug is being developed in Europe and will most likely
      be kept out of the US market until long after the general public has been
      subjected to mass vaccination.

      It is important to note that there are several different presentations of a
      smallpox infection. The most common is called "ordinary discrete" smallpox,
      occurring in more than 40% of the cases. The outbreak is seen as a small
      scattering of pustules distributed across the body. The person with this
      type of smallpox needs minimal medical care and the reported death rate is

      For mild cases of smallpox, adequate hydration and anti-fever products are
      essential for comfort and maintaining a temperature below 102ºF. Keeping the
      skin clean to prevent secondary bacterial infections is also important. A
      1927 Textbook of Medicine recommends applying gauzed soaked in carbolic acid
      to "decrease itching and prevent extensive scarring."[x] Carbolic acid is
      used acutely for burns that tend to ulcerate and other skin conditions that
      cause burning or prickling pain. Homeopathic forms of carbolic acid are also

      For the severe complications of smallpox, modern day treatment options are
      available. The hemorrhagic type of smallpox, occurring in approximately 3%
      of cases, presents as hypotensive shock and can be treated accordingly. In
      another 3% of serious cases, the confluent-type has extensive skin
      involvement. These patients can be treated the same as a burn patient. All
      severe cases need to be treated for dehydration and watched for signs of
      bacterial suprainfection.

      Research done by Dr. Peter Havens, MS, MD from the Medical College of
      Wisconsin postulated that death from smallpox was due to multisystem organ
      failure, a complication of an untreated acute cytokine (inflammatory)
      response. Massive oxidative stress occurs, leading to free-radical damage in
      the kidneys and other internal organs. However, Dr. Havens estimates that
      modern medical technology would indeed decrease the death rate, to possibly
      as low as 2-3%.

      COMMENT: The treatment of choice for severe free-radical stress is high dose
      intravenous Vitamin C. If conventional medicine would recognize the value of
      this treatment, they would also be forced to realize mass vaccination is
      simply not necessary.  

      Treating severely ill patients would require hospitalization and
      unfortunately, smallpox spreads the most quickly in the hospital setting due
      to poor isolation techniques. In addition, most patients in hospitals are
      ill and immunosuppressed by disease or medication, making them more
      susceptible to infection. Dr. Mike Lane, former director of the CDC's
      smallpox eradication program in the 1970s, said severely ill smallpox
      patients could be treated in a suburban motel or remote government building.
      "You can bring care to the patient if you elect to use the Motel 6 on the
      edge of town" rather than put smallpox victims in a hospital where the
      disease could spread to patients with weakened immune systems.


      Dr. Lane and I had a private conversation during a coffee break. During his
      presentation, he had been adamant that those within the "first ring" would
      need to be mandatorily vaccinated with 100% compliance. The "first ring"
      includes those that have had immediate, close contact with patients who had
      confirmed cases of smallpox. Lane stated that this was the only way that
      "ring vaccination would work." When I questioned his definition of 100%
      compliance, he said, "Medical contraindications would not applyŠthere would
      be NO exceptions. I would rather vaccinate them and take my chances treating
      the potential complications. In India, we vaccinated everyone. The only
      medical contraindication was leprosy, and we sometimes vaccinated them. I'm
      sure that we killed a few people, but we did the best that we could."  

      I pressed the issue further by saying, "if the death rate really is 30%
      (which I doubt), doesn't that mean the survival rate is 70%? Shouldn't that
      person have the right to play the odds with his health if he chose to?" His
      answer was the same: "If the person is exposed, there will be NO exceptions,
      medical or otherwise. Those people in the first ring‹regardless of health
      status MUST be vaccinated."  

      That means that all people with medical contraindictions -- organ
      transplants, cancer, HIV, eczema and other skin conditions -- would be
      vaccinated, even it was against their will and with the use of force, if
      necessary. He was quite the zealot about it; hopefully, in the event of a
      smallpox exposure, more reasonable minds will prevail.


      Most people believe that all vaccines work to protect them, meaning that the
      vaccine will be clinically effective. What most people do not know is that
      vaccines have never been proven to protect them from getting the infection.

      This little known fact is not only true for all vaccines, it is also true
      for the smallpox vaccine. Here are a few examples:        

      Chickenpox vaccine:

      "No data exists regarding post-exposure efficacy of the current varicella

      "Vaccinated persons have a less severe out break than unvaccinated"

      (300 vs. 50 lesions.)[xi]

      Pertussis vaccine:

      "The findings of efficacy studies have not demonstrated a direct correlation
      between antibody response and protection against pertussis disease."[xii]

      Smallpox vaccine:

      "Neutralizing antibodies are reported to reflect levels of protection,
      although this has not been validated in the field." [xiii]

      Dr. Harold Margolis, Senior Advisor to the Director for Smallpox Planning
      and Response, stated in Atlanta that "the vaccine decreased the death rate
      among those vaccinated by 'modifying the disease', not by preventing


      Smallpox is NOT highly contagious. You have time. Don't panic.

      Smallpox is only spread by close contact of less than 6 feet for at least
      6-7 days. You aren't that close to coworkers or commuters.

      Treatment for smallpox should be surveillance and containment, without

      Smallpox is not highly fatal. There are treatments for smallpox.

      The vaccine will not protect you from getting the infection. The vaccine has
      high complication rates, is an experimental drug and there are many
      contraindications. (Please see article at:



      As I was completing this report this morning, I read in the New York Times
      that the CDC plans to increase the number of "first responders" who receive
      the vaccination to 500,000 from the agreed-to 15,000.[xiv]  Preparations are
      also underway for rapid mass vaccination of the general public. The more
      extensive vaccination plan is possible because supplies are increasing. As I
      have stated before, the government spent more than $780 million to develop
      its arsenal. Now that we have it, we will use it.

      In addition to medical first responders, a presentation at the June 20th
      meeting suggested that first responders should also include a class to be
      defined as "economic first responders," those who would be necessary in
      keeping the economy moving in the event of a nationwide "lock down" caused
      by an outbreak. This group would include pilots, truck drivers, food
      handlers, etc. It is the "etc." that is of concern. Where do you draw the
      line? Obviously, the line will be drawn after Tommy Thompson's vision of a
      "vaccine for every man, woman and child" has been fulfilled.  

      One of the major problems is the lack of vaccinia immune globulin (VIG), the
      "antidote" that is needed for those who experience a severe reaction to the
      vaccine. The Times article reports that there are only 700 doses currently
      available. Dr. Tom Mack, among others at the CDC warned that, "in the
      absence of VIG, extensive vaccination would be extremely dangerous."

      With the continued rhetoric about the US plans to go to war with Iraq, we
      are essentially taunting Saddam into launching a biological weapons attack
      on our own people. We are not given an exact knowledge as to Saddam's
      capability but are given euphemisms such as "reasonably high" or "quite
      high." But we don't know for sure. And if the government knows, it is not
      telling. And if Saddam does have biological smallpox, what is the chance he
      has other weapons of biological destruction, those for which we do not have
      a vaccine?

      We are developing "grounds" for a war with Iraq in spite of the rest of the
      world telling us to stay out of there. I encourage all to spend some time on
      this site: www.globalpolicy.org for some eye-opening information on policy
      that you won't see in the popular press.

      We are setting the stage for a health disaster unlike anything we have seen
      before in America, and it will be our own doing. World health records
      (England, Germany, Italy, the Philippines, British India, etc.) document
      that devastating epidemics followed mass vaccination. The worst smallpox
      disaster occurred in the Philippines after a 10 year compulsory US program
      administered 25 million vaccinations to its population of 10 million
      resulting in 170,000 cases and more than 75,000 deaths from 'smallpox', in a
      country having only scattered cases in rural villages prior to the onslaught
      of vaccines.[xv]

      I received an excellent bulletin from Larken Rose
      (www.Theft-By-Deception.com) who is an activist regarding taxes. So much of
      what he said applies to the vaccine movement, that I got his permission to
      include part of his letter here. It is time to STAND AGAINST forced
      vaccination. Stop the hysteria! Information is power. However, after gaining
      power, you must ACT.

      Here is something to inspire you:

      More than 200 years ago, the people of this country chose to tell King
      George, not just that he was unreasonable, not just that they didn't like
      him, not just that they had complaints about him, but that they were going
      to RESIST BY FORCE his tyrannical ways. The Declaration was not a threat to
      take King George to court; it was not a petition, or a request for fairness,
      or even a demand. It was a STATEMENT -- a DECLARATION -- that the people of
      America REFUSED TO TOLERATE the oppression, and were going to openly resist
      it, and didn't give a damn what the King thought about it.  

      Though it may be politically incorrect to describe it this way, the
      Declaration of Independence was a bunch of people openly stating that they
      were going to IGNORE the law (not debate it or litigate it), and OVERTHROW
      their present government. (King George was not a foreign invader; he was
      "the government.") Again, in the words of the Declaration, "when a long
      train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object,
      evidences a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is the
      people's right, it is their duty, to throw off such government."  

      Where are the Americans who still have that attitude?  

      There are a few (very few), and most people consider them to be "fringe
      extremists." Where do YOU draw the line? What injustice would government
      agents have to commit, before YOU would openly resist? Is there a line for
      you? Or would you complain and bicker all the way to absolute tyranny?  

      "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.
      Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact
      amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these
      will continue till they have resisted with either words or blows, or with
      both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom
      they suppress."

      --- Frederick Douglas

      This is a very different country today from what it was 226 years ago. We
      have become a country of sheep. We occasionally "baaa" at government
      injustice, but we do not ACT. For the most part, our "rebelliousness" now
      consists of pushing buttons in voting booths, to hopefully elect the less
      scummy of two lying scumbags (after a debate about which one is scummier).  

      For most people that is the extent of their resistance to government-imposed
      injustice. Each of us cowers in a corner for fear that we will be the next
      one that government makes an "example" of. While self-preservation is no
      sin, at some point a country of "self-preservers" will "preserve" itself
      into total submission to tyrants.  

      We are one step away from that now.  

      Once upon a time, a group of individuals declared to the world that they
      would fight and risk death, rather than tolerate the oppressions of an
      abusive government. Now, we are too comfortable for that. We are spoiled. We
      are cowards. For today's battle, we need only the smallest fraction of the
      courage our forefathers demonstrated.

      We do not need to lie in the mud, squinting in the cold to see the rifle
      sites, waiting for the glimpse of British Troops that we know are headed our
      way just over the next ridge. We do not need to run into the open field, in
      heavy enemy fire, to retrieve our buddy who just had his leg blown off by a
      cannonball.We do not need to leave our families and friends to fight, and
      possibly to die. No, today the price for our freedom (at least a huge chunk
      of it) is a pittance compared to what others have paid, but I have my doubts
      about whether we are willing to pay even that. What is that price? What do
      we need to do?

      We need to just say NO by affirming the following:

      I will avoid fear.

      I will seek alternatives to the forced medical experimentation.

      I will avoid being injected with an experimental new drug based on a "hunch"
      or based on something that happened hundreds or thousands of miles from
      where I live.

      I will resist the government's efforts to take away my right to do what I
      believe is best for my body.

      I will take personal responsibility for my heath and for the health of my


      [i] JAMA, June 9, 1999; Vol. 281, No. 22, p 3132

      [ii] Bernstein J et al. Depression of lymphocyte transformation following
      oral glucose ingestion. Am. J. of Clin. Nut. 1977;30:613

      [iii] Murata A.  Virucidal Activity of Vitamin C: Vitamin C for Prevention
      and Treatment of Viral Diseases. Proceedings of the First Intersectional
      Congress of Microbiological Societies, Science Council of Japan 3:432-442.

      [iv] Kligler IJ, Bernkopf H. Inactivation of Vaccinia Virus by Ascorbic Acid
      and Glutathione. Nature, vol. 139:pp.965-966. 1937

      [v] Am. J. Epid. 1971; 91:316-326.

      [vi] JAMA, June 9, 1999; Vol. 281, No. 22, p 2130

      [vii] LeDuc, James and Jahrling, Peter B.  Strengthening National
      Preparedness for Smallpox: an Update. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Jan-Feb
      2001, Vol. 7., No. 1

      [viii] Highfield, Roger. New drug could conquer smallpox,
      www.news.telegraph.co.uik  3-21-02.

      [ix] Data from Rao, 1972, quoted in Fenner Table 1.2

      [x] Blumgarten, A.S. "A Textbook of Medicine" for nursing students. 1927.

      [xi] MMWR July 12, 1996/45(RR11);  p. 12

      [xii] MMWR March 28, 1997/Vol.46/No. RR-7, pg. 4

      [xiii] JAMA, ibid. p 2131

      [xiv] www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/national/07SMAL.html?todaysheadlines

      [xv] Physician William Howard Hay's address of June 25, 1937; printed in the
      Congressional Record.   New Medical Awareness Seminars   14761 Pearl Road |
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