Vaccines Are They Really Safe and Effective?


This bestselling immunization handbook (new, updated 2012 edition) evaluates each vaccine for safety, efficacy, and long-term effects. It contains the most comprehensive, up-to-date, uncensored data available — information that many doctors don't even know. It includes the most recent studies, several case histories detailing vaccine-induced damage to children, and pinpoints for parents exact conditions that may put their own child at high risk. In addition, health alternatives are offered, along with legal ...

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This bestselling immunization handbook (new, updated 2012 edition) evaluates each vaccine for safety, efficacy, and long-term effects. It contains the most comprehensive, up-to-date, uncensored data available — information that many doctors don't even know. It includes the most recent studies, several case histories detailing vaccine-induced damage to children, and pinpoints for parents exact conditions that may put their own child at high risk. In addition, health alternatives are offered, along with legal options to mandatory shots. It contains 30 graphs and diagrams plus more than 900 footnotes and scientific references so that all of the information may be confirmed.

Parents, educators, health professionals, and other concerned individuals have very few sources of information permitting them to make informed choices. But concerned parents are pleading for answers to their many questions. Doctors only tell them one side of the story; there is another side.

Helps concerned people make wise and responsible decisions. Includes information on ALL childhood shots, plus current data on HPV (cervical cancer), shingles, smallpox, and flu vaccines.

Over 150,000 copies sold!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Congratulations! Finally there is something to give patients when the inquire about this overwhelming conundrum. I've already told many people about this important contribution. — Janet Zand, ND, LAc, OMD

Many thanks to Neil Miller for the thoroughness of his research. The evidence compiled in this book will help people of every persuasion to clarify their views. — Richard Moskowitz, MD

If vaccines offered benefits only, the government wouldn't need to mandate them. Parents have a right to freedom of choice. This book brings to the public attention the seriousness of this controversial decision. — Ann Millan, former Director, National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)

Mr. Miller points out the dangers of the 'mandatory' vaccines and of several others. His descriptions of each illness and delineation of the controversy are noteworthy.
Napra Trade Journal
This book is a MUST for all who have, or are contemplating having, children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881217305
  • Publisher: Midpoint Trade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 344,570
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Z. Miller is a medical research journalist and director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute ( He is the author of numerous articles, studies, and books on vaccines, including Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners (2012). Mr. Miller has a degree in psychology and is a member of Mensa, the international high-IQ society.

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POLIO: Many people mistakenly believe that anyone who contracts polio will become paralyzed or die. However, in most infections caused by polio there are few distinctive symptoms. In fact, 95 percent of everyone who is exposed to the natural polio virus won't exhibit any symptoms, even under epidemic conditions. About five percent of infected people will experience mild symptoms, such as a sore throat, stiff neck, headache, and fever-often diagnosed as a cold or flu. Muscular paralysis has been estimated to occur in about one of every 1,000 people who contract the disease. This has lead some scientific researchers to conclude that the small percentage of people who do develop paralytic polio may be anatomically susceptible to the disease. The vast remainder of the population may be naturally immune to the polio germ.

Several studies have shown that injections increase susceptibility to polio. In fact, researchers have known since the early 1900s that paralytic polio often started at the site of an injection. When diphtheria and pertussis vaccines were introduced in the 1940s, cases of paralytic polio skyrocketed (Figure 1). This was documented in Lancet and other medical publications.

Polio is virtually nonexistent in the United States today. However, according to Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, medical investigator and pediatrician, there is no credible scientific evidence that the vaccine caused polio to disappear. From 1923 to 1953, before the Salk killed-virus vaccine was introduced, the polio death rate in the United States and England had already declined on its own by 47 percent and 55 percent, respectively (Figure 2). Statistics show a similar decline in other European countries as well. And when the vaccine did become available, many European countries questioned its effectiveness and refused to systematically inoculate their citizens. Yet, polio epidemics also ended in these countries.

In 1976, Dr. Jonas Salk, creator of the killed-virus vaccine used in the 1950s, testified that the live-virus vaccine (used almost exclusively in the United States from the early 1960s to 2000) was the "principal if not sole cause" of all reported polio cases in the U.S. since 1961. (The virus remains in the throat for one to two weeks and in the feces for up to two months. Thus, vaccine recipients are at risk, and can potentially spread the disease, as long as fecal excretion of the virus continues.) In 1992, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an admission that the live-virus vaccine had become the dominant cause of polio in the United States. In fact, according to CDC figures, every case of polio in the U.S. since 1979 was caused by the oral polio vaccine. Authorities claim the vaccine was responsible for about eight cases of polio every year. However, an independent study that analyzed the government's own vaccine database during a recent period of less than five years uncovered 13,641 reports of adverse events following use of the oral polio vaccine. These reports included 6,364 emergency room visits and 540 deaths. Public outrage at these tragedies became the impetus for removing the oral polio vaccine from immunization schedules.

Fact sheets on polio, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, warn parents that the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) can cause "serious problems or even death..."

POLIO VACCINES AND CANCER: In 1959, Bernice Eddy discovered that polio vaccines being administered throughout the world contained an infectious agent capable of causing cancer. In 1960, Drs. Ben Sweet and M.R. Hilleman, of the Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research, were credited with discovering this infectious agent-SV-40, a simian virus that infected nearly all of the monkeys whose kidneys were used to produce polio vaccines. Hilleman and Sweet found SV-40 in all three types of Albert Sabin's live oral polio vaccine, and noted the possibility that it might cause cancer, "especially when administered to human babies."

Further research into SV-40 uncovered even more disturbing information. This cancer-causing virus was not only ingested via Sabin's contaminated oral sugar-cube vaccine, but was directly injected into people's blood streams as well. Apparently, SV-40 survived the formaldehyde Salk used to kill microbes that defiled his injectable vaccine. Experts estimate that between 1954 and 1963, 30 million to 100 million Americans and perhaps another 100 million or more people throughout the world were exposed to SV-40 through ill-conceived polio eradication campaigns (Figure 6). Studies in eminent journals throughout the world appear to confirm that SV-40 is a catalyst for many types of cancer. It has been found in brain tumors and leukemia. In 1996, Michele Carbone, a molecular pathologist at Chicago's Loyola University Medical Center, was able to detect SV-40 in 38 percent of patients with bone cancer and in 58 percent of those with mesothelioma, a deadly type of lung cancer. Carbone's research indicates that SV-40 blocks an important protein that normally protects cells from becoming malignant. In 1998, a national cancer database was analyzed: 17 percent more bone cancers, 20 percent more brain cancers, and 178 percent more mesotheliomas were found in people who were exposed to SV-40-tainted polio vaccines.

Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this ongoing simian virus debacle can be found in other studies suggesting that SV-40, introduced to humans through the polio vaccine, can be passed from human to human and from mother to child. A study of nearly 59,000 women found that children of mothers who received the Salk vaccine between 1959 and 1965 had brain tumors at a rate 13 times greater than mothers who did not receive those polio shots.

Another study published in the U.S. medical journal Cancer Research found SV-40 present in 23 percent of blood samples and 45 percent of semen taken from healthy subjects. Apparently, the virus is being spread sexually and from mother to child in the womb. According to biology and genetics professor Mauro Tognon, one of the study's authors, this would explain why brain, bone, and lung cancers are on the rise&#151a 30 percent increase in U.S. brain tumors alone over the past 25 years&#151and why SV-40 was detected in brain tumors of children born after 1965 who presumably did not receive polio vaccines containing the virus.

Despite official denials of any correlation between polio vaccines, SV-40 and increased cancer rates, by April 2001, 62 papers from 30 laboratories around the world had reported SV-40 in human tissues and tumors. The virus was also discovered in pituitary and thyroid tumors, and in patients with kidney disease.

POLIO VACCINES AND AIDS: SV-40, the cancer-causing monkey virus found in polio vaccines and administered to millions of unsuspecting people throughout the world, was just one of numerous simian viruses known to have contaminated polio vaccines. "As monkey kidney culture is host to innumerable simian viruses, the number found varying in relation to the amount of work expended to find them, the problem presented to the manufacturer is considerable, if not insuperable," one early vaccine researcher wrote to a congressional panel studying the safety of growing live polio-virus vaccine in monkey kidneys. "As our technical methods improve we may find fewer and fewer lots of vaccine which can be called free from simian virus."

According to Harvard Medical School professor Ronald Desrosier, the practice of growing polio vaccines in monkey kidneys is "a ticking time bomb." Evidently, some viruses can live inside monkeys without causing harm. But if these viruses were to somehow cross species and enter the human population, new diseases could occur. Desrosier continued: "The danger in using monkey tissue to produce human vaccines is that some viruses produced by monkeys may be transferred to humans in the vaccine, with very bad health consequences." Desrosier also warned that testing can only be done for known viruses, and that our knowledge is limited to about "two percent of existing monkey viruses."

Virus detection techniques were crude and unreliable during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s when polio vaccines were initially produced and dispensed. It wasn't until the mid 1980s that new and more sophisticated testing procedures were developed. That was when researchers discovered that about 50 percent of all African green monkeys&#151the primate of choice for making polio vaccines&#151were infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a virus closely related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the infectious agent thought to precede AIDS. This caused some researchers to wonder whether HIVs may simply be SIVs "residing in and adapting to a human host." It caused others to suspect that SIV may have mutated into HIV once it was introduced into the human population by way of contaminated polio vaccines. In fact, according to Robert Gallo, an expert on the AIDS virus, some versions of the SIV monkey virus are virtually indistinguishable from some human variants of HIV: "The monkey virus is the human virus. There are monkey viruses as close to isolates of HIV-2 as HIV-2 isolates are to each other."

TODAY'S POLIO VACCINE: Despite the polio vaccine's long history of animal-virus contamination, today's inactivated shot is manufactured in much the same way as earlier versions: "The viruses are grown in cultures of a continuous line of monkey kidney cells...supplemented with newborn calf serum..." The vaccine also contains two antibiotics (neomycin and streptomycin) plus formaldehyde. In Canada, the inactivated polio vaccine is produced in human fetal tissue.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 11
Childhood Vaccines 13
Polio 13
Tetanus 23
Measles 26
Mumps 31
Rubella 33
Diphtheria 37
Pertussis 39
Acellular Pertussis 47
Hepatitis B 49
Chickenpox 52
Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib) 56
Pneumococcus 59
Meningococcus (Meningitis C) 61
Hepatitis A 63
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) 64
More Vaccines 67
Anthrax 67
Smallpox 74
Flu 83
Multiple Vaccines (Administered Simultaneously) 88
Long-Term Effects 89
The Immune System 89
Genetic Mutations 90
Developmental Disabilities 91
Autism 92
Hyperactivity/Minimal Brain Dysfunction 94
Violent Crime 95
Drug Abuse 96
Additional Information 97
Reporting Vaccine Reactions 98
Promoting Vaccine Safety 100
Claims for Compensation 102
Are Vaccines Mandatory? 102
The Germ Theory 103
Natural Immunity 104
Summary and Conclusion 105
Notes 107
Index 127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    Outstanding Research!

    An earlier reviewer made some derogatory statements about this book, so I decided to do some fact-checking on my own. The reviewer claimed that the chapter on polio was all about an earlier vaccine that has not been used for quite some time. Actually, the polio chapter in this book is really quite amazing, and documents the history of the polio vaccine. The earlier vaccine is still pertinent today because it was contaminated in the production process, infected millions of people with new ailments -- including various types of cancer -- and is still spreading from person to person. All of this is documented in the references. In addition, the polio chapter DOES discuss the current vaccine being used today. The reviewer also claimed that the author wrote that diphtheria is spread by direct contact, not by coughing and sneezing. This appears to be an intentional lie because the very first sentence in the diphtheria chapter states that 'Diphtheria is a contagious bacterial disease of the upper respiratory system that is mainly spread by the coughing and sneezing of infected persons.' The diphtheria chapter also states that the disease requires medical attention and never mentions anything about controlling the disease through hand-washing. Thus, the earlier reviewer is intentionally trying to deceive people about this book. She also says something vague about a study and doctors making a viable conclusion, but this is too vague to locate in the book for fact-checking. I have recommended this book to many people, especially new parents. It is well reseached and easy to read, with many important charts. The author also wrote a new book in April of 2008, the Vaccine Safety Manual, that I highly recommend. His new book is very extensive and much more thorough -- more than 500 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Mr. Miller --

    I thank you every day for my daughter's amazing health and happiness. And I thank you for the strength and knowledge to say 'no' to vaccines and to seek the medical professionals who also think freely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    Amazing Research! The Best Vaccine Book on the Market!

    The latest edition of this book is fantastic! I read both the earlier edition and this latest edition and must say that the improvements are phenomenal. I was looking for scientific studies to confirm both vaccine benefits and risks. This book summarizes hundreds of studies from peer-reviewed medical journals such as the British Medical Journal, the American Journal of the Medical Association, The Lancet, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Pediatrics, the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatric Nursing, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Archives of Neurology, the American Journal of Epidemiology, the National Academy of Sciences, the CDC¿s Morbidity and Mortality Reports, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and many, many others. Studies from dozens of foreign journals published in Japanese, German, and other languages are reviewed in this book as well. When I read the earlier edition of this book, the documentation was good, but substantial studies linking vaccines to new diseases was sparse. A lot of effort was devoted to vaccine failures and studies showing efficacy problems. However, in this new updated book, the latest safety and efficacy studies are included plus there is a greater focus on the newest research showing that vaccines appear to be causing an exchange of diseases. For example, the section on polio dramatically illustrates this point. The author lists numerous peer-reviewed studies published in lesser known yet quite prestigious medical journals -- Virology, Oncogene, Cancer Research, Neoplasma, Cancer Genetics and Cytogenics ¿ linking the polio vaccine to brain cancers, bone cancers, and tumors. These studies are not discussed in the media, and I have not seen them summarized in other vaccine books. Apparently, the medical establishment does not want us to learn about them. I was also deeply affected by the many graphs and illustrations. For example, Figure 19 on adverse reactions to the chickenpox vaccine summarizes a CDC study recently published in JAMA showing links to serious blood disorders and immune damage. Figure 20 on the Hib vaccine summarizes a recent study published in the British Medical Journal linking this vaccine to rising diabetes rates. A pie chart on the hepatitis B vaccine shows that more than 3 of every 4 doctors do not think babies need this vaccine. I looked up these references myself because I thought that maybe somehow the author was exaggerating. But all of the information is true. I have been following the international controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine and autism. I personally know two sets of parents who are convinced this vaccine is responsible for their baby¿s condition. This book does an excellent job of summarizing the debate and even includes references to recent government hearings investigating MMR and other vaccines. The author of this book encourages parents to explore all aspects of this heated issue so that we can all make informed decisions. If you are pregnant, recently gave birth to a new baby, or know someone who is interested in learning about vaccine safety issues, BUY THIS BOOK. It is the best investment you can make.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Full of misinformation

    The author claims that this book is well-researched. However, even a cursory check of the facts he states show some serious misrepresentations and exaggerations. For example, the entire discussion about the polio vaccine is based on a version of the vaccine that has not been used in the United States in decades. The author also states that diphtheria is spread by direct contact, so is readily controlled through careful attention to simple sanitary measures. Diphtheria is spread by coughing and sneezing, which is controllable by quarantine, not by hand-washing. In another place, the author summarizes a study, notes that the doctors who conducted the study wouldn't draw a specific conclusion, then states that that conclusion is the only viable conclusion. That's very presumptive. I'd advise you to do more research after reading this book and you'll find out that the author is the one doing the fear-mongering and using scare tactics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    Well written, balanced, and factual

    Comprehensive and logical discussion with verifiable sources for studies and data. Read this along with the books from Randall Neustaedter to get the information you need to make good decisions for your children

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