Mistrust Highlights Vaccine Town Hall


Deborah Johnson (L), Communication Director for CDC Vaccine Justice or Else and Jermaine Muhammad, Chair of CDC Vaccine Justice or Else were pleased with the results of the Town Hall at Atlanta Metropolitan College, March 12, 2016. Photo Credit: (c) 2016 Harold Michael Harvey
Deborah Johnson (L), Communication Director for CDC Vaccine Justice or Else and Jermaine Muhammad, Chair of CDC Vaccine Justice or Else were pleased with the results of the Town Hall at Atlanta Metropolitan College, March 12, 2016.
Photo Credit: (c) 2016 Harold Michael Harvey

Mistrust of pharmaceutical companies and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was the key sentiment expressed at Saturday’s CDC Vaccine Justice or Else Town Hall in Atlanta. The Town Hall was a collaborative effort between several vaccine free organizations, that have for years urged more accountability from the CDC and the pharmaceutical industry over disclosing what ingredients are in various vaccines approved for use in children, and by the Nation of Islam, who joined the effort last year.

“There may be a purpose for vaccinations,” Hassan Muhammad, 41, and father of two small children, said, “but the pharmaceutical companies have lost credibility in telling us what is in the vaccines.”

Hassan Muhammad, a nurse, when asked what he hoped to learn from the town hall said, “I am interested in finding a better way to keep us safe. I am interested in finding out the truth.”

Muhammad’s mistrust was likely elevated after he heard a presentation from Dr. Judy A Mikovits, a biochemist and researcher. She told the group about her efforts to publish a study which identified the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as the presence of a retrovirus (RNA) in patients with the disease.

At the time of her study, Dr. Mikovits was employed at the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease in Reno, Nevada. She subsequently lost her job, career and was jailed for standing behind the results of her study.

Although the government says she was jailed because she stole her research papers, Mikovits said Saturday, that she was fired from the job at a time when she was out of the office; and when her research assistant went to retrieve her papers, she walked in on a group of thieves who had ransacked her office. Malkovits said the robbers took all of her research, including her Ph D thesis.

Retroviruses are man-made viruses. Their design ist in reverse of the DNA (the building block of all living beings) and produces a separate molecular structure (RNA). This causes the body’s immune system  to fight the intruder. Retroviruses are problematical because once injected into the body, they lie dormant until some other malady causes the immune system to weaken, then the RNA springs into to action and never leaves the body.

According to James P. Thomas, retroviruses were introduced into human beings in the early 1930s in efforts to find a polio vaccine and a yellow fever vaccine.

Shortly after the introduction of these vaccines, “the first recorded cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autism appeared.”

The trial study for both vaccines involved the use of laboratory mice to prepare the vaccines for human use. See more at: http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/vaccines-and-retroviruses-a-whistleblower-reveals-what-the-government-is-hiding/#sthash.8gmhvBYF.dpuf

Further mistrust was fueled by Nevorn K. Askari, M. D., a pediatrician. She told the attendees that a prestigious local hospital instructs  “their doctors not to allow the parents out of the parking lot without their children being vaccinated.” She said this often places her between her patients health needs and the profit motive of the pharmaceutical companies.

“Health matters in this country,” Dr. Askari said, “are driven not by what is good for you, but what is good for profits.”

She described the healthcare industry in America as a system of “medical tyranny.”

Michelle Ford, president and founder of Vaccine Injury Awareness League did little to resolve Mr. Muhammad’s mistrust. She said via Skype, “Since congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Act of 1986 (NCVA), the pharmaceutical companies don’t have to make safe products anymore.”

The NCVA freed the drug manufacturers from civil liability if their product caused harm to anyone taking them. Also, she noted that after the passage of this Act, the number of recommended childhood vaccinations skyrocketed from six to over thirteen.

Ford cautioned that the CDC is currently seeking to fast-track a vaccine for the Zika virus that has been in the news of late. Ford said that whenever, CDC fast-tracks a drug it usually means that the drug manufacturer does less testing to make sure that the drug is safe.

Milkovits did give some helpful advice for Muhammad and other parents with young children. Based upon her research, she recommends that parents not approve “Injections of anything before three years of age.”

Following the session, indication of mistrust were still on the faces of the town hall participants. They agreed to hold a protest rally in front of CDC in Atlanta, Georgia on April 22 and to follow up their protest the next day with a “World Leadership Information Symposium” at Life College. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an environmental lawyer and activist is expected to speak along with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, spiritual leader of the Nation of Islam.


Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist, the author of Paper puzzle and Justice in the Round. He can be contacted at haroldmichaelharvey.com









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Harold Michael Harvey is a Past President of The Gate City Bar Association and is the recipient of the Association’s R. E. Thomas Civil Rights Award. He is the author of Paper Puzzle and Justice in the Round: Essays on the American Jury System, and a two-time winner of Allvoices’ Political Pundit Prize. His work has appeared in Facing South, The Atlanta Business Journal, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Black Colleges Nines, and Medium.