The independent experts advising on vaccine policies are about as independent as links in a chain.

American Chronicle

by Christina England
June 5, 2010

Conflicts of interest run high in the field of vaccines and it is becoming increasingly obvious that the very experts asked to give advice on vaccines are sleeping with the drugs companies that manufacturer them, leaving the USA public with the huge dilemma of who exactly to trust.

Lets first examine The American Academy of Paediatrics.

CBS News have discovered that the Academy of Paediatrics receive millions of dollars from the vaccine industry for conferences, grants, medical classes, they have even helped them to build their headquarters.

Although the full figures of exactly how much they have been given has never been revealed, CBS News report that the following is known for certainty-

“A $342,000 payment from Wyeth, maker of the pneumococcal vaccine – which makes $2 billion a year in sales.

A $433,000 contribution from Merck, the same year the academy endorsed Merck’s HPV vaccine – which made $1.5 billion a year in sales.

Another top donor: Sanofi Aventis, maker of 17 vaccines and a new five-in-one combo shot just added to the childhood vaccine schedule last month.”

Shocked? Well you should be. These are people that the American people trust to give them advice on vaccines.

So just who are the Academy of Paediatrics? The AAP are a body of experts who promote the physical, mental and social health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

This what their site AAP says about vaccination-

IMMUNIZATIONS/VACCINES

“The AAP believes that vaccines are one of the most successful medical advances of all time, but understands that parents may have questions about vaccines and their children. AAP is not able to provide information regarding individual children and their medical conditions, but the following resources are provided as background for a dialogue with your child’s paediatrician.

The AAP just launched a new Immunization area on its Web site. Please take a minute to view the new site and give us your feedback!

The 2010 Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules were approved by the American Academy of Paediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians and are now available below.”

So here we see professionals offering parents advice on immunizing their children, which is paid for by the drugs companies who provide the vaccines. So just who do the USA citizens trust? Well certainly not Paul Offit because the CBS News found him also, sleeping with the enemy.

Paul Offit, is perhaps the most widely-quoted defender of vaccine safety.

He’s gone so far as to say babies can tolerate “10,000 vaccines at once.”

The CBS News say-

This is how Offit described himself in a previous interview:

“I’m the chief of infectious disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at Penn’s medical school,” he said.”

“Offit holds in a $1.5 million dollar research chair at Children’s Hospital, funded by Merck. He holds the patent on an anti-diarrhea vaccine he developed with Merck, Rotateq, which has prevented thousands of hospitalizations.

And future royalties for the vaccine were just sold for $182 million cash. Dr. Offit’s share of vaccine profits? Unknown.”

So again we ask the question just where else could American parents go for advice that they can trust?

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.