Vaccines That
Kill Children?
By Geoff Metcalf
© 2000
Geoff Metcalf interviews mandated-immunization opponent Michael Belkin
Michael Belkin was a financial forecaster and statistician uninvolved in medical policy -- that is, until his infant daughter died after receiving a hepatitis B vaccine. Since then, Belkin has devoted himself to battling mandated immunizations and the powerful forces involved.
Belkin has testified before Congress in opposition to forced hepatitis B vaccinations. WorldNetDaily writer and talk show host Geoff Metcalf recently interviewed Belkin about his work in combating government-mandated vaccines.
Question: How did you first get involved in the issue of mandated hepatitis B vaccines?
Answer: I learned about it the hard way. My daughter died about 15 hours after getting the second hepatitis B shot at the age of five weeks. I did an investigation and the first thing I found out was that hepatitis B is a disease of basically intravenous drug users and promiscuous homosexuals and heterosexuals. It is a blood-transmitted, sexually-transmitted disease. And they are giving it to babies.
Q: Children are not at risk but they are required to get this shot?
A: Yes. And therein lies a huge story. The way that vaccines are licensed and regulated and marketed in this country is a major scandal. Under the Freedom of Information Act, I got the adverse reaction report from the FDA. It turned out that as of two years ago, there were 25,000 adverse reactions reported to the FDA, including 440 deaths. The median onset was one day. I'm trained in statistics. I'm a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and am a former strategist at Solomon Brothers. I work with data -- I work with statistics. I provide econometric and financial market forecasts for some of the largest financial institutions in the world.
When I saw this data and started going through this, over and over I found the same thing that happened to my daughter. In the middle of the night, she became extremely agitated -- having tremors and making funny sounds -- and then she just went out like a light. That was it. She couldn't be resuscitated.
They found a swollen brain in the autopsy report. My wife's brother is a doctor in the UK studying neurology and we talked to him right away. He said, "Swollen brain -- that's a vaccine!"
Q: How often is this happening?
A: This obscure panel under the Centers for Disease Control decided in 1991 that they were going to give the hepatitis B vaccine to everybody.
If you get an acute case of hepatitis B, you may end up in the hospital, but you will survive. In 90-95 percent of the cases, you get permanent immunity just like you would with the flu or anything else. In 5 percent of the cases, you will wind up with liver problems, probably decades later.
Q: So what are they trying to do with this vaccine?
A: They are trying to eliminate some rare form of liver problems that comes from risky behavior by giving this vaccine to everyone.
Q: Perhaps it's the cynic in me, but this sounds like a classic case of the drug companies pimping a product for profit.
A: Absolutely. In the United States, you have to get a product licensed by the FDA. You do a phase-one, phase-two and phase-three trial. Then, if they like the results, you get it licensed. The next step is to go to the Centers for Disease Control. In the case of vaccines, they have this particular panel called the ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices]. I've sat through their meetings and know pretty much what goes on there. Basically, they rubber-stamp whatever the drug companies put in front of them.
But this committee comes up with language saying, such and such a person should get this vaccine at such and such a date. Then the drug company lobbyists take that recommendation from the ACIP and they go around to all the state legislatures and state health departments saying, "Did you see what the CDC says to do?" And the American Academy of Pediatrics, of course, jumps in. There are huge donations flowing back and forth between all these people. It's a huge conflict of interest.
Q: How many states mandate this? In California, at least for now, you still have the opportunity to say, "No, I don't want that vaccine."
A: It's a state-by-state situation. There are philosophical exemptions, medical exemptions and religious exemptions, depending on the state you live in.
Q: We just told our doctor no, and he shrugged it off as no big deal.
A: You can still get investigated by state social services departments. For instance, if you don't vaccinate your child, they will exclude him from school. You really have to know what you're doing. You have to know the law, and you have to come back at them and use the law in your favor. You might have to get a lawyer if you want to send your kid to public school these days.
What you're up against is basically the drug companies and the Centers for Disease Control. It's for the profit of Smith-Cline -- that's who makes this vaccine. They are using the government as their marketing department...
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