Blinding ignorance doth mislead us. O!
Wretched mortals, open your eyes! Leonardo da Vinci
Didn’t take much of a fortune teller to predict the attack on the philosophical
vaccine exemption in California, which we saw in the April 2011 Newsletter.
But it’s here, right now in California. A week ago Bill AB2109 was proposed:
“AB2109 was introduced on February 23, 2012 by Assembly Member Richard
Pan, a Democrat physician.
“This bill, if passed, would require parents to obtain the signature
of a “health care practitioner” for a personal beliefs/religious
exemption. MDs, nurse practitioners, and physician’s
assistants can sign. Naturopaths and chiropractors cannot.
The signature will need to be obtained on a separate form provided by
the Department of Public Health, which states that
the health care practitioner has provided risk and
benefit information to the parent.”
Wow. Do I see a compliment in there, hidden behind the academic insult?
They knew better than to include us DCs.
Let’s see what actions are taken by any chiropractic organizations for
We'll save you a lot of time here, as far as what it all means and what’s
going to happen. We went through all of this last year with the good
people of Washington State and Dawn Winkler, who organized opposition
to the exact same bill up there. Read the April 2011 Newsletter for
details of that fiasco. (<http://www.thedoctorwithin.com>www.thedoctorwithin.com
As predicted, Washington was the guinea pig state. Running roughshod
over the small amount of opposition, the bill became law in just a few
short months. In a flash of “why didn’t we think of this before?” since
it was a virtually painless shoo-in, several other states have introduced
similar bills AZ, VT, CA chaired by the usual mouthpieces for Big
Pharma in their respective states. Campaign coffers runneth over.
If California falls, the rest of the domino states are certain to fall
in the next 2 years. Remember you read it here.
Once the informed minority of California parents who don’t vaccinate
get over the initial outrage of “how could they?” and “who do they think
they are?”, etc., there will be some amount of grassroots petitions
outside Whole Foods and facebook lists and emails lists, etc., registering
opposition. Which we will certainly be a part of. And it might even
get to the physical level of a small group assembling at some point
at the committee meeting in Sacramento whose job it will be to ram this
But if that opposition is defused, deceived, and rudely ignored, the
bill will pass.
Such a bill probably will have a much easier time being passed in California
than in Washington State. Washington has a much higher percentage of
informed parents who don’t vaccinate than California, which means a
more informed public, and greater likelihood of opposition. But all
that is irrelevant.
Grassroots democracy is of course all but gone in California. Just ask
the people of Watsonville how effective their recent referendum against
fluoridation was. Or any of a hundred other such stories exemplifying
the force of corporate quid pro quo’s upon legislative decisions, which
have significant economic consequences for vested interests. Political
outcomes guaranteed by corporate stocking-stuffers. Not exactly
Now let’s remove the word vaccination from the whole discussion for
a minute here. And let’s pretend this whole issue isn’t about vaccines
at all, but rather about any other medical procedure.
OK so then tell me, what kind of political system, or medical system
anywhere on earth would presume to make it a law that you must obtain
permission to opt out of any medical procedure, which decisions are
completely your choice in the first place? Permission not to get medicine?
See what we're talking about here?
What’s next permission not to be euthanized? Or permission not to
The lines begin to blur, as more and more we see government as medicine
and medicine as government.
Let us be very clear here. This new law is not about trying to inform
parents about the value of vaccines. That’s the cover story the front,
the mask they’re using. No. It’s really about one thing and one
thing only: making vaccine exemptions all but impossible in California.
So much for the internal dialogue and connecting the dots. But
what does it really mean to the young parent who has just finished Vaccination
Is Not Immunization or some other well documented literature, and who
has decided that no vaccine will pollute the sacrosanct environment
of their newborn’s blood?
Now it’s going to cost them money and time to make an appointment with
a nurse “practitioner,” P.A., or MD to get permission to protect their
child. The health care practitioners are going to take this opportunity
to educate this poor deluded individual, who is so recklessly putting
the child at risk, etc. And those with weak resolve will fall back,
roll over, go with the flow, and inject the hapless child.
It may be that the above named ‘health care’ professionals have no intention
of signing anything. If they can’t convince the parent to vaccinate,
the parent will leave with an unsigned document, having just wasted
their time and money. This is already happening in Washington state.
The CA bill may well be passed in the next few months. To follow the
progress of the opposition and learn how to voice your opinion, your
best resource is certainly Dawn Winkler’s site: hapihealth.org/
A CHIROPRACTIC ISSUE?
To the organizations that say they will take no action because this
isn't a chiropractic issue, they're missing the mark twice over:
1. We are specifically excluded in the proposed Bill, in favor
of those who are not even primary portal doctors. This is a brazen
insult, both professionally and academically, as though we are not well
enough educated to inform patients about fundamental health issues.
Why was our basic science course load identical to that of medical students,
by state and national regulation?
2. Who is more informed to counsel patients on a course of natural health
that follows the holistic, vitalistic model. This has always been
a matter of personal choice. Is that model now to be sidelined,
gradually to be made illegal? Who else but DCs [and perhaps NDs]
will step up here and speak for natural health care.
WHAT TO DO
So here are some practical suggestions on how to protect your child’s
emerging immune system from this newest and most invidious of legal/corporate
machinations, should it pass:
1. Ask friends for an enlightened MD who signs the original medical
exemptions. Rare, but they’re out there. These exemptions are still
valid. This is real one-stop shopping end of story.
2. For the philosophical exemption, don’t make an appointment with someone
where you don’t know the outcome. If you do, likely there will
be no outcome. Except the needle. They’re waiting there with the
needle. Which is why DCs or NDs can’t sign.
3. Under no circumstances take the child to the appointment.
4. Be impatient. Don’t sit there politely and allow them to recite endless
mantras. They are insulting you by your very presence. To them you are
reckless and irresponsible, someone who is now required by law to listen
to their formulaic recitation. Any parent who is ready to sign
a vaccine exemption is very likely more educated than someone who has
never seriously taken a look at the vast medical literature that discusses
problems with vaccines.
5. Don’t get into a debate that lasts longer than 5 minutes. As
soon as it seems that further discussion will be fruitless, you stand
up and say:
“I didn’t come here for your opinion. I came here
for your signature, and I paid the fee to get it. So please sign this
and I’ll be on my way.”
Then stop talking and hand them the paper.
In fact, it might save time to open with that. Don’t lose your sense
of constitutional outrage here.
In retrospect, the only thing that will ultimately matter is this: was
the child left unmolested? Did you protect that emerging immune
All else is smoke and mirrors, and the Science of Lying. And one further
incursion of government into areas where it has no business morally,
legally, or constitutionally