In this provocative look at the US military from the Persian Gulf War through the 2003 invasion of Iraq, investigative journalist Gary Matsumoto contends that an anthrax vaccine dispensed by the Department of Defense was the cause of Gulf War Syndrome and the origins of a massive cover-up. Matsumoto calls it the worst friendly-fire incident in military history. A skillfully-woven narrative that serves as a warning about this man-made epidemic, Vaccine A is a much needed account of just what went wrong, and why.
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About the Author
Gary Matsumoto has reported from thirty-two different countries and has won ten journalism awards. His 1999 article in Vanity Fair was the first to draw the connection between the vaccine and Gulf War Syndrome. Matsumoto is based in New York City.
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Vaccine A: The Covert Government Experiment That's Killing Our Soldiers--And Why GIs Are Only The First Victims based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
This book confirmed my suspicions. I was daignosed in April 2003 with Multiple Myeloma (an immune system cancer of the plasma cells) while being Active Duty military. The military denied any relation of the Vaccine to the disease. I also developed other illnesses right after the shots. I received 5 of a 6 shot series. I also have 7 vertebrae that have cement in them so I can walk - a direct cause of the cancer. For more information on Mulplie Myeloma go to the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). You can take this book SERIOUSLY because almost 1/5 of the book is devoted to DOCUMENTATION, much obtained from the US Government only available to the Freedom of Information Act. It is a truy impressive, in fact the most impressive and documented book I have ever read. Bob Woodward could learn from Gary Matsumoto. I even sent Pam Asa, the heroine of the true story, an e-mail and she did respond. If you or one of your loved ones received the Anthrax shots buy this book, read it, and pass it on to others. The book is well written, puts real science into everyday English, and is interesting. There is no reason not to buy it and read it. Buying this book will actually encourage other journalists to investigate real issues and publish the work.
This is also my story and the EXACT same story I've been telling in more than two decades since I received three experimental inoculations, under bizarre conditions, against my will and without my informed consent, at Dugway Army Proving Grounds, UT in 1981, and began experiencing severe symptoms that are now collectively known as 'Gulf War Illness.' Dugway Army Proving Grounds, UT, in the early 1980s, is precisely the location and time-frame where a new, experimental Anthrax vaccine was being developed to counter a new USSR Anthrax variant (discovered in 1979) for which the US didn't have an effective vaccine. By 'connecting the dots,' I've come to believe that I am one of the first, if not 'Guinea Pig Number One,' for the experimental anthrax vaccination (with the 'adjuvant' squalene) that has led to autoimmune disorders and Gulf War Illness (GWI). Something that most Americans, including military personnel, don't know is that the uniformed military are used extensively for all manner of experimental vaccinations . . . if you're in the uniformed services, consider that you're a target for experimental vaccination(s) without your knowledge or informed consent; if you're in the military, and become ill (or worse, die or commit suicide) with strange, oftentimes untenable symptoms, then consider that you're just another number that the U.S. Government has used as a human guinea pig, but will never recognize and, all-too-often, never help. If you want to know what I, and tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of uniformed military are suffering from, please read this book! If you're an immediate family member of someone in the military, you should also know that you, too, can be used as a human guinea pig: for example, even military families are being used in late-stage development testing of a new smallpox vaccine. If you'd like more immediate information about this topic, do an advanced search at http://www.cbsnews.com/ for 'Sharyl Attkisson military vaccine'. There are many dozens of very good web sites but I respect Ms. Attkisson for bringing attention to this issue through her national-level reporting on the 'CBS Evening News.'
This book is frightening if true. The premise, set forth in the introduction and detailed in the book, is that the US government has used experimental vaccines from the Desert Shield / Storm era through today on GI's and other individuals. Author Gary Matsumoto methodically - sometimes excruciatingly so - grinds through facts and builds a circumstantial case supported by nearly 60 pages of endnotes.Matsumoto was the first writer to publish a connection between the anthrax vaccine and the Gulf War Syndrome, doing so in an article published in Vanity Fair in 1999. His book, Vaccine A, is the spawn of that article.Matsumoto does not have an evident bias of distrust in the US government or even the military. He acknowledges the need to develop and use a vaccine effective against anthrax. He is even willing to understand the failure to obtain knowing consent from those injected with an unlicensed vaccine due to the exigent nature of the Gulf conflict and the fear of biological agents in the possession of Saddam Hussein - at least initially.As his investigation progresses, Matsumoto learns that one of the ingredients of Vaccine A (anthrax vaccine) is squalene. This oily substance is an adjuvant that stimulates the immune system. Unfortunately, this oil too closely resembles oils found in the body and as a result, the body's immune system begins to attack itself. This causes a plethora of autoimmune diseases.Disturbingly, it appears that a wealth of scientific knowledge about the dangers of squalene was available to a thorough researcher prior to the Gulf War. Even more disturbing is the unwillingness of the US military to acknowledge more than ten years later the fact that squalene in Vaccine A caused a large number of "casualties".Matsumoto asserts that the US has stockpiled 75,000,000 doses of Vaccine A with squalene for future use by the military and civilians. He further assets that the several other vaccines have been or are in the process of being developed with the adjuvant of squalene.At times, this book is like reading a textbook - it is grueling. However, the acquired knowledge is worth the effort. This book should be read (or at least the introduction) by anybody who has family or friends in the military or is contemplating a career in the military. Apparently, enemy fire and friendly fire are not the only risks of military service.In the "how I would improve this book" category I suggest photographs of key individuals mentioned in the book. Also, it would be helpful include a complete copy of the insert that accompanies the current anthrax vaccine.A tough book to read - but five stars all the same.
As a disabled gulf war era veteran, I could never put two and two together with my wide range of gradually disabling conditions. I strongly believe that the squalene adjuvant is the fools gold of the vaccine industry and may be in use in a wide range of experimental anti cancer vaccines on the horizons based on some of my research by looking for vaccines that contain squalene which is also known as MF-59. At the very core of this issue we may all be dismayed to one day find that the vaccine industry is more than just corrupt. We may indeed find that there is a EUGENICS aspect to this as well. I am particularly concerned because I have two daughters, one almost fourteen, and recently there is a movement to make the cervical cancer vaccine manditory. If the end result of these vaccinations doesn't make these young women barren, at the very least ( if given a vaccine with the wrong adjuvant or additive )...they will become as so many veterans have become disabled adults lined up nationwide at the pharmacy, hopelessly reliant on a wide variety of medications. Here is the basic formula : M= Make Them Sick, but not dead N = Make them need pain meds,etc. P = PROFIT M+N = P Just my opinion for now. But I highly encourage everyone to read this book. It is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to human experimentation by the U.S. Military as well as our government in general. See Project 112, Project SHAD, Project MK ULTRA. Also research the horrible health effects of Depleted Uranium, JP-8 jet fuel ( over 400 compounds ). GARY has expertly focused on the Anthrax Vaccine isue here. Read it and consider the consequences of this occuring in several vaccines across the globe. I would also voice concern about the endless flogging to death of the Avian Flu Vaccine Hype. Sincerely, Thomas W. Trefts Director of the Unified Veterans Coalition xsorbit27.com/users5/unifiedveteranscoalition/index. php
As a mother of two vaccine injured children seeing the cover up by the CDC, NIH, FDA and IOM about thimerisol, I am not surprised that this is going on. This is a very well written book that touches politics, science and especially how bad business snowballs.