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The information in this blog should not be regarded as medical advice. I am not a doctor; I am not trained and do not have the expertise needed to provide medical advice. I am a parent, who is trying to find out as much information as I possibly can about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases. This is a journey of discovery, and as such, it is possible that bad information might find it’s way in this blog. Please speak to your doctor about any questions you might have, and especially before making any medical decisions.

Hello, and welcome to The Vaccine Times, a quarterly publication a website about vaccines, for parents, by parents. The Times was created in an effort to counter the vaccine misinformation that parents are exposed to in the internet, TV shows, books and other sources. Our mission is simple: to advance a pro-health message , and to counter inaccurate, and potentially dangerous, information about childhood vaccinations.

To help fulfill our mission, the category structure, tag use and additional pages have been thought off very carefully to make it as easy as possible for users to find the information they are looking for.  I opted for the blog format, instead of the web page format, simply because a blog is more flexible. Additions can be done at random, under any category and can be shared with the readers right away. By contrast, a web page must be complete, to some degree, before it is ready to be published. That means that it would take much longer for the information that I have to share to make its way to the reader.

The need for a site such at this one became apparent to me years ago as I was verifying a claim made by a Generation Rescue report. The claim was straightforward: the US mandates 36 vaccines by the age of 5, while the average of another 30 countries was only 18. The claim itself does not sound much, count the doses and compare. Nevertheless, I soon found that a couple of hours of work, finding information from reliable sources, compiling it, verifying the calculations etc., just weren’t enough. If it was that time-consuming to verify a simple claim like that, I wondered, how much more time-consuming is it to verify the other claims?

Google Search did not help much either. The problem with Google University is that there is too much misinformation out there, too much opinion, too little fact, and separating the one from the other can be an arduous task. Also, while I was able to find very good websites with much information, I still felt like there was too much digging to be done, too many clicks, to get to a piece of information I was looking for.  I wished there was an easier way. Maybe there is and I just didn’t find it in my search, who knows!

Luckily, since then a host of sites have come online (or come to my attention), many admittedly more complete, and updated far more frequently than mine here. I welcome the effort that pro-healthers worldwide are making in our shared goal to spread the pro-health message.

The purpose of this site will be to present the best information available (that I can unearth), and trying to stay clear of expressing too many opinions, although I may fail in that regard every now and then. Every entry will be chock full of links to the sources of my information, so the reader can judge for herself if my conclusions are warranted. The idea is to make information available to anyone interested, so we may all make our decisions based on the facts not the hype.

Join me in my journey of discovery. I hope it is a pleasant learning experience for us all!

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  11 Responses to “About”

  1. [...] best way for me to help folks, is to focus my time and energy on the vaccine issue. If you read the About page you’ll see why I decided to concentrate on this issue specifically. Many blogs and [...]

  2. Hi, nice to meet you !

  3. Thanks for making this information available! While it is true that there is both factual information as well misinformation on the internet, “official” sources are also guilty of misinformation.

    Here is a good example:

    Currently, the flu vaccine which contains Thiomersal (49.6% ethyl mercury) is being recommended for children and pregnant women.

    Thiomersal is pronounced safe by the medical authorities, yet the Material Safety Data Sheet put out by Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of Thiomersal, tells a very different story. Here is an excerpt:

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    Eli Lilly and Company
    Thimerosal Material Safety Data Sheet
    Effective Date: 22-Dec-1999

    Emergency Overview

    Special
    R = Reproductive
    A = Allergen

    Emergency Overview Effective Date: 08-Dec-1999

    Lilly Laboratory Labeling Codes:
    Health 2 Fire 1 Reactivity 0 Special R, A

    Primary Physical and Health Hazards: Skin Permeable. Toxic. Mutagen. Irritant (eyes).
    Allergen. Nervous System and Reproductive Effects.
    Caution Statement: Thimerosal may enter the body through the skin, is toxic, alters genetic material,
    may be irritating to the eyes, and causes allergic reactions. Effects of exposure may include numbness
    of extremities, fetal changes, decreased offspring survival, and lung tissue changes.

    Chronic Exposure
    Thimerosal is a mercuric compound. Toxicity data for thimerosal and mercury are presented.
    Target Organ Effects: Thimerosal – Kidney effects (tubule necrosis), lung effects (tissue changes).
    Mercury – Nervous system effects (insomnia, tremor, anorexia, weakness, headache), liver effects
    (jaundice, digestive effects (hypermotility, diarrhea).
    Other Effects: Thimerosal – Decreased weight gain.
    Reproduction: Thimerosal – Decreased offspring survival.
    Mercury – Changes in sperm production, decreased offspring survival, and offspring nervous system
    effects including mild to severe mental retardation and motor coordination impairment.
    Sensitization: No applicable information found.
    Mutagenicity: Thimerosal – Mutagenic in mammalian cells.

    http://www.vaccine-tlc.org/docs/Thimerosal%20Material%20Safety%20Data%20Sheet.pdf

    ————

    Mutagenic: from ‘mutagen’. A mutagen is a chemical that changes the hereditary genetic material that is a part of each living cell. The mutation may be the first step in the sequence of events that ultimately leads to the development of cancer.

    http://www.gla.ac.uk/seps/chemical_emergencies/090.html

    —————–

    Do parents have reason to distrust government health agencies? I think so!

  4. [...] talking to parents, which is why I’m glad I’ve discovered The Vaccine Times, whose purpose is: The purpose of this site will be to present the best information available (that I can [...]

  5. Hi Leart,

    Just reading about you above. You state that you are a mum… “a parent, who is trying to find out as much information as I possibly can about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases.”

    That is very much like me.

    You want to research vaccines and go on a “journey of discovery”.

    That journey of discovery will lead you where it will.

    However, you have already closed yourself off to much of the critical debate surrounding vaccines, saying that you created The Times “in an effort to counter the vaccine misinformation that parents are exposed to in the internet, TV shows, books and other sources…. to make it easy for interested individuals, especially parents, to find good information on vaccines.”

    It appears to me that this site presents a very one sided view of this complex issue. You seem to have already made your mind up about what constitutes “good information on vaccines” and are presenting only that “information” which subscribes to your own already preconceived viewpoint. You are not really going on a journey at all. I have not found any information on your site which challenges that viewpoint or takes into account other conflicting but equally compelling information.

    Also, I am just wanting to clarify whether this site receives any donations or financial assistance from the Vaccine Industry or people associated with the vaccine industry.

    • Francesca,

      Actually I am a dad, not a mum. I do not see how having a goal of “countering misinformation” somehow leads to me closing myself to the critical debate. I would think that countering misinformation should be the goal of anyone whose goal is to spread correct information.

      All information that is scientific and follows the requirements of logic and reason will be included, however you will not find any false balance at The Vaccine Times. I will not present bad, illogical ideas for the sake of “balance”.

      No, we have not received any money from Big or Small Pharma. As a matter of fact we are very strapped for cash. But I will accept funding from anyone, regardless who they are, so that I can fulfill our mission or goals.

      • Mr. Shaka,

        I’ve only briefly skimmed through your blog, here, but I can tell you already that your research into Dr. Sherri Tenpenny’s medical background is somewhat lacking.

        She is practicing medicine now and has been for quite some time, now. She is a Board Certified Osteopath. You’ve not even the most elementary bit of information on her background, which would lead one to wonder how in depth your other research into vaccines, really is.

        Does or has, your research into vaccine safety entailed thoroughly researching peer reviewed medical journals? Have you visited public, medical and legal libraries for your research?

        I am afraid I have to agree with the above comment. Your research seems to be a bit one sided.

      • You know where I stand with regards to transparency.

        So I hope that you do disclose to your readers any conflict of interest you may:- whether you, or anyone else involved in this site, is affiliated with, or receives money from corporations involved in the vaccine industry.

  6. As the number of children who are injured or killed by vaccines continues to increase, so WILL the numbers of the anti-vaccine movement. Where do you think the anti-vaccine movement is coming from? Jenny McCarthy? No. Unfortunately it’s coming from experience. This is the sickest most disabled generation of children in American history and vaccines are the culprit.

    • Mark, apparently it’s not the sickest generation in history.

      Someone on here actually commented that “there is little evidence that the actual true incidence of autism has increased. what has increased is detection and diagnosis”.

      So there you go….

      why then did the government declare Autism a national health emergency?

      Ummm, I don’t know…. Apparently, autism has not been increasing in this nation all along, we just didn’t *notice* it before! ; )

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