THE ANTI-VACCINE MOVEMENT & REFLECTIONS OF THE PAST
By Mary Tocco
February 6, 2010
At the beginning of each New Year, I look back and evaluate the progress of the anti-vaccine movement. I started my research back in 1979 and there were only a few research books available on this topic. Even so, I knew the theory was terribly flawed; health problems for vaccinated children were on the rise. When I began fighting this battle publically, there were only a few of us in the trenches. My first major conference was the First International Public Conference on Vaccines sponsored by the National Vaccine Information Center in 1996. That conference gave me the hope and vision for change. Finally, doctors and researchers were willing to share their concerns about vaccine safety with the public.
As each presenter exposed their concerns, I was filled with anger, frustration and deep sadness. I got home and thought about the huge problem we were creating for the children of this country and throughout the world. For weeks, I actually mourned for the babies and families. I was blessed; I have five healthy unvaccinated children. My heart was broken for the vaccine injured. I realized that babies would die and thousands more would be injured before any changes would take place. That sad reality was the motivating factor that drove me to continue.
I am thankful that I didn’t realize the energy, time and perseverance it would take to see any real progress. I believed so much in the cause that I just plunged forward one day at a time. I began to do lectures to anyone who would come to hear. The chiropractors in Michigan kept me busy as I traveled from office to office to speak to as few as seven people! I would say I just help save at least seven babies from injury and even one is worth it!
I would like to acknowledge a few people who were of encouragement to me when I was discouraged. Neil Miller of www.thinktwice.com and I would have hour long discussions where we would share our frustrations, anger and discouragement but both stayed committed to the cause. April Renee Oakes and Ingri Cassell of www.vaclib.org was always reminding me of the bigger picture and the glory beyond, and gave my DVD a wonderful review, Barb Fisher of NVIC and her great conferences where the research was presented to the public, Sue Waltman of Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines who never quit and always encouraged me to keep on.
The brave doctors, who took the heat for exposing the problems with vaccines, some lost their prestigious jobs and jeopardized all they had for the truth. Dr. Howard Urnovich and the polio vaccine, Dr. Wakefield and the MMR vaccine, Dr. Vijendra Singh immunologist, Dr. John Martin former FDA employee, Dr. Harold Buttram, Dr. Incao, Dr. Russell Blaylock neuro- surgeon, Dr. Sheri Tenpenny DO, Dr. Phillip DeMio who is on my DVD, Dr. Kristine Severyns and Dr. David Ayoub were all pioneers for the cause. Then we had the Government Reform Hearings in 2000-2003 with Congressman Dan Burton and Dr. Dave Weldon highlighting the huge autism epidemic and toxic vaccine ingredients.
I acknowledge wonderful people like Liz Burt, Mark Blaxill and Dr. Vicki DeBold and Dr. Boyd Haley, mercury specialist who emerged after the hearings and were fighting for the children. I know there are many more I could include on this list but these are the people who impacted my life personally in some way. They have been the fluid in my veins that kept me going. I also must mention my five children who have always believed in me and encouraged me to never give up. I believe I will hand the torch onto a few of them as I grow old! This is such a difficult fight and yet a very noble cause. Have we come a long way? I believe that the answer is yes! Thank God for the internet and websites, parents can get truthful information to assist them in making the vaccine decision. Daily, the anti-vaccine camp is growing by leaps and bounds. More and more medical doctors are admitting that the vaccine program is causing more injury and they are joining in the fight.
I personally reached thousands of parents across America and Canada last year through my speaking events and people are searching for real answers. Literally thousands of parents have told me that they are not vaccinating their children. Many have a vaccine injured child and refuse to vaccinate the siblings. I am impressed with the level of information these parents are able to communicate. In fact, many know more about vaccines than their pediatricians. Parents are searching for healthy alternatives to drugs and vaccines. This new generation of parents has made a very big impression on me and I must say that I believe we really have a chance to bring about quantum changes in 2010.
This is a fight for freedom and the right to chose
This is a call for people who are strong and willing to stand up against the pressure regardless of the consequences. Many parents share how they feel when family members accuse them of neglect or their doctor scolds and threatens them because they have decided to not vaccinate. I know it is not easy to go against the grain but children’s lives and health are in the balance. When vaccine injury affects your child, your life will be forever changed. Ask any parent whose child has autism or other neurological problems if they would risk their child getting chicken pox or measles instead of autism and the answer is, “Yes! If only I knew I had the option.”
I believe the H1N1 flu pandemic scare can work to be a great benefit to our cause. More people are now skeptical and distrusting of the government than in years past. The new health care package which threatens our freedom is even more reason to be concerned. We need to capitalize on the fact that the H1N1 flu season was no different than any other flu season and yet thousands of children and pregnant women needlessly got experimental flu vaccines. Our government worked on behalf of the drug manufactures and not for the people. Time is of the essence! The next flu season we may not be as fortunate as they are determined to force these flu vaccines on all Americans. They will try to get rid of the stock pile they now have.
plan of action: reach thousands of people this year with education
People are empowered by education and information; this eliminates fear. I continually research and share the latest information available with my audiences. I will help parents understand the power in infectious illnesses in maturing the immune system for adulthood. I teach the ABC’s of vaccine production, ingredients and expose the problems with the whole vaccine theory. I reference top physicians and researchers and help parents make informed vaccine decisions. Some accuse me of being bias! My reply; you are damn right; I am as bias as they come and can back up my position with science and truth!
Parents, you must make the most important health-care decision for your babies that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Please do not depend on what everyone else says…you have the intelligence to make this decision providing you get all the right information. I have spent thousands of hours gathering the most important information on this topic, put it on a DVD that you can pop into your DVD player and watch at your convenience! This DVD is fully referenced and I give websites for further investigation. Take all the time necessary to make this decision and know how to defend your position. Your babies are counting on you to do the necessary research and make informed decisions. I need your help so I can reach your community.
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I pray that many of you will help me by sponsoring a vaccine talk. I guarantee that you will be totally satisfied with my 3-4 hour life-changing presentation. Continuing education credits are available in most states. My presentation is fully documented and packed with critical information to assist in this decision. May 2010 be a year of truth and positive change for our mission.