How to get unbiased, well-designed research
conducted, research untainted by conflict
of interest – that’s the big bugaboo in the vaccine
arena. Ever since I got involved in this issue in the
1980’s, it has been my clarion
Of course, it’s not unusual for business to pay
for its own research, nor is it necessarily bad. R&D - that's
the name of the game.
And the vaccine manufacturers have certainly
stepped up to the plate - in fact, they're pretty much the
only game in town, when it comes to vaccine safety and
But when the lives and health of consumers are on
the line, even worse, when a company or industry stands to make more
money if its product is causing damage, recognized
or not (as can be the case with drugs and vaccines), then what might be
The government has traditionally played an
important research role. This has clearly been the case with
automobile safety, where the government does
its own crash-testing and where it would be considered unreasonable to
leave such studies to the automakers themselves.
Yet that is precisely what is happening with
vaccine safety studies.
Unfortunately, however, ever since passage of the
Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the government has
been more of a partner, even protector, of the vaccine manufacturers,
than their watchdog. Thus, the ability, even willingness, of
government to fund independent, valid research on vaccinations is
What about regulation? While certainly part
of the answer, as the Congressional
hearings and other investigations have shown, government agency
employees and advisory committee members can be financially conflicted
and/or part of the "revolving
door" between government and industry. As a result, trusting
and relying upon advisory committees, the CDC, and the FDA to monitor
vaccine safety seems, at best, naïve .
Is there any group out there, then, with the money
to pay for such research, and the incentive to do so? Is there
any group that has a reason to uncover the facts?
If those of us who are concerned about vaccines
are right, it is insurers, those who are covering the costs associated
with the alarming increase in chronic
diseases (including among children,
who as of
comprised almost 8% of the population with disability!) and behavioral
disorders, who should have just that incentive. These
increases, which involve a variety of conditions ranging from
disorders to cancer
– in our minds there is reason to believe vaccinations are at least
partially involved. And if we are right, it is the health
insurers who are paying for much of the cost associated with
vaccinating – they just don’t know it yet.
But as is the case with automobiles, where the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety conducts its own safety-testing, so could medical/health
insurers do the same.
Unlike health insurers, though, auto insurers, can
easily see that it is they who are paying for the consequences of
poorly designed vehicles and thus have made it their business to
improve safety standards.
What if insurers had, instead of mangled cars and
bodies as evidence, however, just the bodies?
Because vaccine damage, to whatever extent it is
occurring, is not obvious, it will be necessary to design studies
capable of determining what, if any, role vaccines actually play in the
growing chronic disease incidence.
Whatever the cause, however, those who pay for the
damage can expect no real help from those who play a role in causing
it. Maybe it’s time for them to realize it.