Penthouse Retrospective

by Gary Null Originally Published: March, 2001

Vaccination Speculation | 20 Years Ago This Month

Unfortunately, it takes a long time for research findings to get noticed. Someone who understands this well is Viera Scheibner, a controversial retired research scientist who wrote Vaccinations: 100 Years of Orthodox Research (New Atlantean Press). Scheibner, who has spent most of her career researching the connection between vaccination and crib death, talks about the genesis of her work:

“I was brought up and educated to believe that vaccines are good. Indeed, some 40-plus years ago, I had my children vaccinated. With the first child, we did not even link [her) chronic ill health with constant ear infections to the vaccines she was given. Five years later, with the second child, we did. But even that didn’t make me think that there was something wrong with the vaccine. It took research into the baby’s breathing.”

Scheibner goes on to say that in the 1980s her late husband, Leif Karlsson, a biomedical engineer specializing in patient-monitoring systems, developed a breathing monitor for babies: “Crib-death researchers thought that babies were dying of this mysterious affliction [SIDS] because there was something wrong with the breathing controls in their brains.”

Scheibner and her husband collected from parents feedback on alarm situations — times when the breathing monitors indicated increased risk levels. In doing so, she says, she and her husband “stumbled over vaccinations, because all babies had alarms after vaccination. Of course they had alarms after a host of other stressful events as well. But all of them had alarms after vaccination. When we were just truthfully telling these researchers and crib-death management centers that babies have alarms after vaccination, they looked at us strangely. And we didn’t know why. I mean, we were telling them the truth. Of course they knew about the controversy around vaccination. We didn’t.”

“But we continued in our research,” Scheibner goes on to say. “My late husband developed a computerized breathing monitor which gave a computer printout for a baby’s breathing. And we could monitor for weeks and weeks on end, because our monitor is a nontouch medical technology where the sensors go under the mattress.”

Scheibner recalls how she and her husband started showing other researchers their computer printouts of babies’ breathing, which were interesting because patterns were emerging. “When the babies had their vaccine injections, then the stress level followed an up-and-down pattern of critical days. There was a two-day maximum. There was an increase in the stress level between five and seven days. Then the stress level went down. And there was an increase toward the sixteenth day …. So, there was approximately a 16-day crisis, with a maximum on Day Four, approximately, in between. When you have a pattern like this, you know that you are talking about [evidence of a] causal link.”

“Decisions about vaccines,” says Dr. Jane Orient, should not be “mandated by a small group of ‘experts’ with minimal accountability.”

Adding to the disturbing picture surrounding the OPT shot is another factor that’s kept under wraps: The vaccine is not always efficacious. In the United States, the incidence of whooping cough declined steadily during the twentieth century until 1978, when a law was passed requiring proof of immunization for all children entering primary school. As a result of this law, vaccine coverage has been more than 95 percent since 1980. But from 1980 to 1986 the overall incidence of pertussis increased more than threefold, according to a 1988 article in the Takai (Japan) Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine. In both Canada and the United States, a resurgence of pertussis has been documented since the late 1980s. In 1993, for example, when pertussis-vaccine coverage here was the greatest ever registered, 5,457 cases of pertussis were reported to the CDC, the highest peak recorded since 1967. Further, the Canadians discovered that how aggressively you seek out reports of infection can make a big difference. Specifically, when an active surveillance system for the detection of cases of whooping cough was initiated in Nova Scotia, the incidence of the disease was found to be nine times higher than had been estimated the previous year based on passive reports. Incredibly, 91 percent of the pertussis cases had received at least three doses of vaccine. Researchers, writing in the November 1989 Journal of Pediatrics, concluded that “pertussis remains a significant health problem in Nova Scotia despite nearly universal vaccination.”

It is disturbing to contemplate the consequences of this for the millions of American children who, on the basis of such faulty data, are forced into being vaccinated. When parents bring their child in for their shots, they are told by the doctor that the vaccine is effective, even if clearly scientific evidence shows that this is not always true. The parents are also told the vaccine is necessary to prevent a wide range of complications that children could incur if exposed to a particular disease. Again, science can prove otherwise. Malnutrition, overcrowding, and lack of basic sanitary measures seem to be by far the main determinants of the potential complications of whooping cough. And these factors are not ameliorated by vaccination.

It gets worse: Pertussis vaccination has been shown to increase the susceptibility of certain individuals to the infection, as a 1997 Centers for Disease Control report clearly states. The authors specify that, in the Netherlands, children are vaccinated at ages three months, four months, five months, and 11 months with a diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and inactivated polio vaccine (OTP-IPV). By 12 months, 96 percent of Dutch children have received at least three of the four shots for pertussis. But despite the high immunization levels, pertussis has been endemic in the country for the past two decades.

In England and Wales, according to a March 1999 article in Archives of Disease in Childhood, incidences of pertussis increased each year after an accelerated immunization schedule was introduced. Since the immunity provided by the vaccine, unlike that derived from natural infection, is only temporary, more adults in those two countries are now contracting the disease, and are transmitting it to infants, among whom the infection manifests itself with severity and can often lead to death.

Despite what both parties of whiny brats in Washington tell you, people have been questioning the vaccination system forever. Some people just don’t like to be poked. Go figure.

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