- "We have a duty...to protect the vaccine system
in this country." - FDA Committee
- Eating meat from infected cows is not the only, or even
the most likely way of contracting the human form of Mad Cow Disease (vCJD).
It has been known for some time that an even greater risk to humans is
posed by the injection of vaccines containing brain and nerve tissue derived
from infected cattle - products which are contained in many childhood and
- Despite the fact that alternatives are available, bovine
material which may be contaiminated with the prions known to cause BSE
in cattle and vCJD in humans, continues to be used in the production of
vaccines administered to American children and adults every day.
- This risk has been accepted since the late 1980's. In
February 1988, The Southwood committee, charged by the British government
with investigating the potential for transmission of Mad Cow disease from
cows to humans issued a report stating that. "The greatest risk ...
would be from parenteral injection of material derived from bovine brain
or lymphoid tissue. Medicinal products for injection which are prepared
from bovine tissues... might also be capable of transmitting infectious
- Many drug companies have claimed that this material was
safe because it was sourced from American herds which were free of BSE
(though it is known that many vaccine seed-stocks and gelatines actually
come from British herds and were sourced in the mid-1980's - the time of
greatest risk). We now know that this is not the case and millions of American
children and adults may have been placed at risk of death, not only from
eating infected meat products, but from the very vaccines which were meant
to keep them healthy.
- An FDA Committee which met to discuss the issue of potential
risk of BSE from vaccines actually talked about revealing the risks to
parents and decided that, "We have a duty...to protect the vaccine
system in this country."
- Read the report: http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/00/transcripts/3635t1c.pdf
- "With an incubation period before symptoms emerge
of between 20 and 40 years and a prognosis of almost certain death from
prolonged and terrible neurological symptoms, it is essential that we err
on the side of caution," states Meryl Dorey, editor of the Australian
health magazine, Informed Choice. "Many of the most commonly prescribed
medications in use today (such as insulins and many hormone-based drugs)
and almost all injected and oral vaccines contain bovine products which
have the potential to spread this deadly disease to our children. Parents
need to be made aware of this risk and pharmaceutical companies must immediately
withdraw all products which contain this material. The FDA does not have
a duty to 'protect the vaccine system' as stated above. Rather, they have
a sacred duty of care to protect the citizens of this land and to ensure
that the drugs and vaccines which they use are as safe and pure as possible."