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"Rudolph Steiner, the founder of the philosophy behind Waldorf
education, would turn over in his grave if he knew that a Waldorf school
was forcing this medical procedure on their students since he was a
STRONG opponent of vaccinations."|
Dear Members and Friends -
The TB test is now commonly given as a requirement for school entry and employment in various fields. Although I was able to get out of having the test when I worked for the Panhandle Health District 10 years ago, I had to take my case all the way up the chain of command to the director of Public Health in our state. I now am told that it is not so easy.
Dr. Len Horowitz moved to Hawaii this past winter and attempted to enroll his two daughters in a Waldorf school there.
They would not let his children in the school without this invasive procedure -- the TB tine test.
When I told him to present the packet insert for Tubersol in which it clearly states that there are many false positives from the test itself and that a SURE test is a sputum sample, the Waldorf school declined this more accurate test saying that his children were too young to pull up sputum from their lungs. A chest x-ray is another SURE test but wasn't discussed to my knowledge.
Dr. Horowitz couldn't find a lawyer that had his heart into challenging the state of Hawaii's law so he opted to homeschool his children. Rudolph Steiner, the founder of the philosophy behind Waldorf education, would turn over in his grave if he knew that a Waldorf school was forcing this medical procedure on their students since he was a STRONG opponent of vaccinations.
Another lady I met in Washington state told me that she was told she had to have the TB test for a job. She told her employer that she would take the test if her employer would sign a paper guaranteeing that the test did not contain any live or dead viruses. Since the employer was not able to do so and did not want to be caught in a discrimination case (this lady is an American Indian), she let my friend slide.
Below is an excellent fact sheet from England on Tuberculosis. We suggest that you format it into a Word document and make copies to share with others.
Tuberculosis: The Disease, The TB Test and the BCG Vaccine
--a fact sheet from UK's Vaccination Awareness Network
TB is a disease which affects the lungs and can cause people to cough up blood. Other symptoms are: chest infection, fever, swollen glands, weight loss, night sweats, constant tiredness, loss of appetite. Rarely, it can affect the bones and brain.
The disease is linked to poor living standards and is more common in inner city areas where living conditions are cramped. TB can be spread by coughing and sneezing. In 1996 there was a 13% rise in TB incidence worldwide. (1, 2 and 3)
The BCG vaccine is given to children aged 10-13 years. It is also given to newborn babies of ethnic minority and to babies who live in inner city areas (1 and 2) In the case of older children, a test is normally done to see whether or not a child is already immune to TB. This is called the Heaf test.
The Heaf test...
The Heaf test is used by 95% of school districts. It is done by puncturing the skin with 6 tiny needles that inject a trace amount of TB infection into the body with the purpose of seeing whether the person has a reaction. If the person doesn't have a reaction, the result is negative and they will be given TB vaccine.
The test, however, is not known for it's efficacy. The American Academy of Pediatrics tells its members that the test could give false negative and false positive results. The Lancet reported that a lot of medical professionals aren't even sure what a positive test means. It could mean that someone is immune to TB, or it could mean that they are simply allergic to the test. (4)
Freeze dried attenuated live bacteria, dextran, glucose, Triton WR 1339, water, sodium chloride. (7)
In the world's largest and only double-blind vaccine trial of BCG vaccine in India, the incidence of TB was higher in the vaccinated group then in the control group.
The New Scientist wrote: "the world's biggest trial to assess the value of BCG tuberculosis vaccine has made startling revelation that the vaccine does not give any protection against bacillary forms of tuberculosis." (5)
The Lancet (14 March 1992) also carried out a study of 83,000 people who had been vaccinated against TB and concluded that they could find no statistically significant protection by the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis. (6) Holland does not have a BCG programme, and they have the lowest TB death rate in Europe. (5)
They don't know how or if it works
In the book `Vaccines' by Plotkin and Mortimer, under the heading `Efficacy of Bacille Calmette-Guerin' it states:
"The true effectiveness of BCG vaccine has been debated for decades. Large clinical trials from the 1930's and through the 1970's yielded wide ranging and conflicting results, demonstrating efficacy from 0 to 80%. The most recent trial in India only served to continue the argument".even after years of study and debate, the question `does BCG work?' cannot be answered definitely."
"The exact immune response elicited by BCG vaccination and its mechanism of action within the host are not well understood"..Studies of the immunological events that occur within the human host after BCG vaccination are almost totally lacking".both animal data and human clinical studies have provided information about the immune response to BCG, yet no vaccine so widely used is so little known about its mechanisms of action.
The immunology is complicated and development of an assay has been hampered by the lack of understanding".given our incomplete understanding of tuberculosis immunology, we are left with imperfect indicators of immunity." (12)
Rash, fever, local induration, pain and lymphadenopathy, discharging ulcer, abcess formation, anaphylactic shock, lymphadenitis, difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting, phlyctenular conjunctivitis, draining sinuses, death.
In 1930, 73 children were killed by BCG vaccine in a few months. A book by Dr. Neville Irvine, "BCG Vaccination in Theory and Practice" reports of this disaster.
There had been a similar number of deaths in Spain when the Association of Spanish Pediatricians told their members not to use the vaccine. (7, 8, 9 and 10) A report in the Medical Monitor (June 1992) also stated that the vaccine can give you TB!
"It can cause disseminated TB in immuno-suppressed individuals, including children, and local ulceration and osteitis (wasting away of the bone) appears to be more common in babies."
Complication rates for serious side effects (from the vaccine) were recorded at 3-6 children per 200 (1.5% - 3%). (4)
The vaccine should not be administered if the recipient:
1. Birth to Five Years - Health Education Authority.
2. Immunising Your Baby (from "Our Baby" magazine, June 1998).
3. What You Need to Know about Tuberculosis – New York City Department of Health Clinics.
4. WDDTY Vaccination Handbook.
5. Vaccine Legacy – Pat Rattigan, ND.
6. Lancet, 14 March 1992.
7. Manufacturers insert for TB vaccine.
8. Brisbane Telegraph (30/10/81).
9. Vaccination and immunisation: dangers, delusions and alternatives.
10. The Blood Poisoners, Lionel Dole [http://www.alternative-doctor.com/vaccination/dole.htm]
11. A guide to childhood immunisation – Health Education Authority.
12. `Vaccines' by Plotkin and Mortimer, and also the London Evening Standard, 19/7/00. "Schools bring back vaccine as number of TB cases soars."
TB / BCG factsheet (c) 1997-2001 VAN UK. Produced by Vaccination Awareness Network UK. 0870 444 0
A letter I sent out regarding the TB test:
I have enclosed the package insert for Tubersol, the most common of the brands used for the TB skin test. This will be the best tool we can give you in asserting your right to abstain from this experimental procedure. I have highlighted a couple significant portions: page 3 admits the experimental nature of the product and on page 5 the manufacturer, Aventis Pasteur, admits that the test may give false positive reactions and the only sure test is microbiological examination of sputum (saliva) or a chest x-ray. You will also note on pages 2 and 3 the many contraindications and potential adverse reactions.
Although we cannot guarantee that your employer will honor your wishes in opting for a sputum sample to be checked out in a laboratory, it is certainly worth a try and certainly always worth educating folks about the danger of compromising anyone's immune system by injecting foreign proteins into their system. These carcinogenic substances end up in the bloodstream without censoring by the liver or tonsils, a harmful practice in and of itself. Afterall, the purity of our bloodstream is our greatest health asset and a true barometer of our state of health. You can also try using the acceptance of medical liability form, as well as others listed on our website: www.vaclib.org
We sincerely wish you the best in your attempts to abstain from this unwarranted medical procedure. Many people do not realize that tuberculosis is unheard of in unvaccinated populations.
"Note: James Phipps, the eight-year-old boy initially vaccinated by Jenner in 1796, was re-vaccinated 20 times, and died at the age of twenty. Jenner's own son, who was also vaccinated more than once, died at twenty-one. Both succumbed to tuberculosis, a condition that some researchers have linked to the smallpox vaccine." [Favez, G, "Tuberculous Superinfection Following a Smallpox Re-Vaccination", Praxis, July 21, 1960; 49:698-699; Ambs, E et al, "Tuberculous Abscess of the Upper Arm With Regional Lymphadenitis as a Consequence of Injection in Two Siblings", Med Klin, July 7, 1967, 62:1050-1054; Eleanor McBean, The Poisoned Needle (Mokelumne Hill, CA : Health Research, 1974) pp. 28-29, 66] (p. 46)
Good luck to you in ALL your future endeavors!
In the Spirit of Truth,
Ingri Cassel, President
Our most comprehensive method to date for avoiding TB tests and Vaccinations:
Affidavit for filing at county court house
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Lead Testing Exemption Letter:
Sample Exemption Letter for Lead testing. May be modified to your use. http://www.vaclib.org/letters/Lead_testing_waiverGen.htm
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Activism in Hawaii. Parents take a stand:
Dr. Len Horowitz on TB testing and the issue of religious rights.
Important information on TB testing:
The Rationale for TB Screening of Healthcare Workers (HCWs) and Other Low-risk Populations: By Dr. David Ayoub
The link to Tubersol's package insert is available online here:
A L T E R N A T I V E S
Alternatives to TB Testing:
Reasons to avoid the Mantoux Skin test
By Vaccination Liberation
Blood test that is an FDA approved alternative for determining TB...
Activism in Hawaii. Parents take a stand:
College Nursing Student uses QuantiFERON TB Gold test
I am a nursing student. This year I decided that I did not want to get the TB Skin Test, which my college
said was required in order to participate in clinicals. Last year, while participating in the same degree program,
I got the TB Skin test, but declined getting the required vaccinations (flu shot, MMR, etc).
The school honored my request to decline the required vaccinations, but the clinical sites still had the right to decline
me from participating in clinical. As it turned out, the clinical sites allowed me to go to clinical in spite of not
getting the required vaccinations. This year, I was concerned that by my choosing to not get the TB Skin test,
I wouldn't be able to go to clinical and finish the program I am in. Then, I found out about the QuantiFERON TB Gold test,
which can be used in place of the TB Skin test in proving that I do not have TB. When I submitted the results of the
quantiFERON TB Gold test to the school, they contacted the clinical sites, and one of the sites replied that this test is
So, I was able to go to the clinical site that accepted the test and to continue in the nursing program.
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