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A talk given at the Sheridan Holistic Health Fair, August 2004, by Erin Adams

What does it mean to be born in America today? We like to think that being born in America means freedom and opportunity. The American dream is that with a little bit of perseverance and hard work, we can do and be anything.

That American dream is crumbling. Our children are dieing, and becoming chronically ill with diseases commonly thought of as adult diseases, like diabetes, cancer and arthritis. Neurodevelopmental disorders are rising at alarming rates: ADD, ADHD, Autism, Developmental Delays, Depression, and Seizure disorders. New terms for these conditions are being added every day, things like Schizoaffective-Bipolar, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (the acronym for that one is ODD), the list goes on. One-third of the children referred for mental health services are referred for aggressive behaviors.

Far from the dream of parents and grandparents for their child's future success, many of these children can't go to a regular school, won't go to college, or hold a job, or ever be parents themselves. Not because they lack drive or ambition, but because they have been damaged in ways that have drastically altered their lives, and the lives of their families.

Being born in America today means that you have a 1 in 330 chance of developing cancer before you are 20. Cancer is the number 1 disease killer of children.

You also have a 1 in 13 chance of developing asthma, an increase of almost 87% since 1982. Asthma is the number 1 cause of chronic illness in children, resulting in 10 million absences from school annually.

Allergies are on the rise, 8% of children under 6 years old have food allergies. A recent study indicates that 1 in 25 children are now allergic to peanuts.

In 2002, 206,000 people under 20 were diagnosed with diabetes. One in 450 children and adolescents have type 1 diabetes. Nearly 50% of children and teenagers newly diagnosed with diabetes are now type 2, called adult onset diabetes.

In a November 1994 study released by the CDC they reported that between 1986 and 1990, 1.1 million persons annually in the United States reported having Epilepsy, with the highest number in persons aged 15 to 64, and the lowest in persons aged 65 and older. The current report, found on the CDC website states that the number has doubled to 2.3 million today, and the prevalence has shifted to the youngest and oldest population.

Perhaps the most alarming statistic to come out of the last two decades is that 1 in 166 children are now diagnosed with autism and autistic spectrum disorders, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Autism fact sheet states that 1 in 6 children are diagnosed with a developmental disorder and/or behavior problem.

This is only a partial list of the health problems our children currently face in growing numbers.

So- what is causing so much suffering, in our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors? Not to mention the adult population, where chronic illnesses are also on the rise.

To figure it out, we have to ask the question "What is different?" What has changed in the last two or three decades that could have such an impact on the health of our entire country?

I don't believe there is one answer to that question, but rather a list of likely suspects, and the list includes things that we were told would benefit us, things that at the very least would do us no harm.

There is a lot of talk about environmental toxins being the culprit, and while I am sure that there are many things in our environment that affect our health, I think we have to take a closer look at the toxins that are deliberately being added to our food and water supply, and forcibly injected into the most vulnerable among us, our children. I am referring to vaccines, fluoride, aspartame and soy products.

Few researchers, and fewer consumers are looking at these substances; things that we consume, knowingly or unknowingly every day.

Whenever I think of the schemes that our Health Departments and governments come up with in order to protect us, I can't help but think of Mickey Mouse.

Do you remember the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice in the movie Fantasia? Mickey Mouse thought he could wield the wand as well as the sorcerer, much like modern medicine thinks it can manipulate and improve on nature. Something that seemed like a good idea to Mickey Mouse: having the broom do his work for him, turned into a disaster- The brooms multiplied and couldn't be destroyed, and the water overflowed into a flood that poor Mickey could neither divert or stop.

Fluoridation worked like that- In 1969, 88 million people were getting added fluoride in their water, that number rose to 162 million (65% of the population) in 2000.

It seems that it never occurred to anyone that if you put fluoride in the water, and put it in ever expanding water systems, that pretty soon, it won't just be in the water, it will be in every bit of food that is grown or processed with that water, soda pop, baby food, juice, canned vegetables, soup- everything. What that means is that there is no way to control or even evaluate the levels of fluoride being consumed by every person in this country, every day.
It also means that it would be virtually impossible to do a study comparing children who consume fluoride, with those who don't.

Fluoride has always been a known toxin, there is no question about that, but the idea was that just a little bit, 1 part per million, could protect us from the "disease" of tooth decay, even though study after study shows that there is little or no positive effect of ingested fluoride on oral health. In 1968 the US Department of Health Education and Welfare stated that "The 1ppm of fluoride in drinking water poses no risk, as long as it is the only source of fluorides". Obviously, it's not.

So what does too much fluoride do to us?
Here are just a few of the known effects of fluoride:

  1. Fluoride lowers the immune response against certain diseases and bacteria, such as typhoid fever, anthrax, tuberculosis and Staph.
  2. Fluoride causes genetic damage in animals.
  3. In 1999 Masters and Coplan found that that average blood lead levels are significantly higher in children living in communities whose water is treated with silicofluorides. I wrote to Dr. Masters and asked him some questions about this study. He told me that fluoride has the ability to bond with heavy metals like lead and aluminum and cause the body to hold onto them.
    The lead, he told me, was coming from old lead pipes, which over time build up a coating of deposits that cover the lead and prevent it from getting in the water, but when fluoride, which is caustic, is run through the pipes, the coating is dissolved, and the lead is exposed.
    Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and at high levels, seizures, coma and even death. Lead is a highly significant risk factor in predicting higher rates of crime, attention deficit disorder or hyperactivity and learning disabilities.
  4. Fluoride has been associated with epileptic seizures and other convulsions.
  5. All fluoride compounds interfere with thyroid hormones, most notably leading to low thyroid. The symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression and anxiety.
  6. Many fluoride drugs, including the notorious Fen-Phen have been pulled from the market following extreme liver toxicity and adverse cardiac events. Prozac is a fluoride drug, and the only anti-depressant recommended for use in children. It might surprise you to know that not only are children from birth to age 5 being diagnosed with depression, and prescribed anti-depressants, but this age group shows the largest proportional increase in the use of these drugs.
  7. Fluoride readily passes through the placenta during pregnancy, and also readily passes through the blood-brain barrier of infants.
  8. Fluoride interferes with the function of the thymus gland, which in turn causes immune system dysfunction.

Given that it's reasonable to assume that most pregnant women are eating and drinking more than 1part per million of fluoride everyday, not to mention using fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses, it follows that even before they are born, babies are exposed to large amounts of fluoride.

But this is only the beginning of the assault on the unborn child. Pregnant women are now advised to get a flu shot during their 2nd or 3rd trimester. For decades, the preservative thimerosal has been used in vaccines, including flu vaccine. Thimerosal is 49% mercury. Mercury readily crosses the placental barrier.

Again, in the style of Mickey Mouse, the total amount of mercury contained in the ever-growing list of vaccines given to babies was never tallied. No one was paying attention to just how much cumulative mercury was being injected. Mercury is one of the most deadly poisons on earth. Currently there are more than 30 injections recommended or mandated by the time a child enters Kindergarten.

In a presentation before the Institute of Medicine this year, Dr. Boyd Haley, professor and chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Kentucky described the synergistic effects of aluminum, another ingredient in many vaccines, and testosterone on mercury. He explained that these substances increase the toxicity of mercury many times. Not surprisingly, the majority of children diagnosed with autism and learning disorders are boys.

We know that fluoride bonds with heavy metals, and we know that vaccines contain mercury. What is the synergistic effect of fluoride on mercury?

I have asked several qualified people this question, including Dr. Haley, and they all say it's a good question, but they don't know the answer, no one that they know of has ever looked.

More questions arise when we look at other ingredients in vaccines. For instance: In the Vaccine Information Sheets, put out by the CDC, and required by federal law to be given to parents prior to the vaccination of their children, we find some interesting contraindications- let's look at just a few.

For Hepatitis B vaccine, it says people who have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to baker's yeast (the kind used in making bread) should not get the vaccine. In spite of this fact, the shot is routinely given to all newborn babies within 12 hours of birth.

The flu shot fact sheet says: if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to eggs, you should not get the shot, yet it is now recommended for every child 6 months and older.

For Chicken Pox vaccine- people who have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin or the antibiotic neomycin should not get the shot. Neomycin can cause damage to hearing, balance and kidneys in children. This one is recommended for children as young as 12 months. Mild problems listed for chicken pox vaccine include fever, and rash, up to a month after vaccination. It is also possible for vaccinated people to infect other members of their household. Moderate problems are seizures- caused by fever. Severe problems from chicken pox vaccine include pneumonia, severe brain reactions (unspecified) and low blood count.

One of the other things stated in the Information Sheets for every vaccine, is that people who are moderately or severely ill should wait to be vaccinated. In spite of this, pre-mature babies are routinely vaccinated with Hepatitis B vaccine.

Now I don't know about your kids, but my kids were not eating bread at 12 hours old, or eggs at 6 months old, or using neomycin at one year old. I would have had no idea if they were allergic to these things.

We are in effect being asked to take the chance that our child may be the rare one who has a life-threatening reaction to these substances.

I also have to question the fact that fever is listed as the cause of seizures after chicken pox vaccination. Fever is listed as a mild reaction to almost all vaccines. It seems to me that seizures should be listed as a possible side effect for every vaccine that may cause fever. Seizures are an indication that the nervous system and brain are involved. Remember that seizure disorders and epilepsy have increased to 2.3 million people in the United States, with the prevalence shifting to the youngest and oldest populations.

This brings up the fact that the other group of people who are over vaccinated are people over 65. They are encouraged to get the flu shot every year, which contains mercury, and a pneumonia vaccine which contains 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria and is preserved with phenol (carbolic acid) which is also highly toxic, and dangerous because of it's corrosive action on tissue. Alzheimer's has also reached epidemic proportions. A study conducted by Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, has reported that if an individual had five consecutive flu shots, his or her chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is ten times higher than if they had zero, one, or two shots. He said that the gradual buildup of mercury and aluminum in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction.

Formaldehyde is another common ingredient in vaccines. Formaldehyde is used to kill the viruses in a vaccine, theoretically keeping it from giving us the disease it is designed to prevent. Formaldehyde is known to cause gradual damage to the nervous system, the immune system and more recently, has been shown to cause irreversible genetic damage with long-term low-level exposure.

There is a disturbing trend that I have noticed lately. The trend is to promote the idea that when a child dies, or is injured by a vaccine, the child must have had an underlying genetic disorder or defect. We are to believe that the vaccine simply triggered an inevitable condition, like autism or asthma or diabetes -that the child was destined to die or be brain damaged even if no vaccine were given. This of course means no one is responsible except the child, for being defective, or the parents, for passing down this genetic defect. This trend is appalling, but convenient for the doctors and drug makers, who then have a ready explanation, which absolves them of any responsibility or liability.

If fluoride has been shown to cause genetic damage, is there a connection between the so-called genetic defects in certain children and the accumulation of fluoride? Nobody knows.

There are lots of things we don't know about vaccines, and much like the difficulty in comparing children who consume fluoride with those who don't, finding enough unvaccinated children to compare to vaccinated ones is difficult to do, but these are the studies that must be done, so that we can see if we are just trading childhood diseases for chronic and fatal illnesses.

I find fluoride and vaccines to be particularly insidious. Fluoride, because it can no longer be avoided completely, even by those choosing to do so, and vaccines because every state follows the CDC's recommendations when mandating vaccinations for licensed child care and school entry. Every state has exemptions, but many parents don't know that, or let themselves be persuaded or intimidated into vaccinating when they feel they have no choice. I hear more and more stories every day about doctors who refuse to keep a child as a patient whose parents decline vaccination. Soon, vaccination will be mandatory for families receiving welfare- no shots, no check.

Vaccinating a child inevitably causes at least the mild reactions described in the Information sheets- irritability, fever, fussiness, and swelling at the injection site. The recommendation given by most pediatricians is to give the child liquid Tylenol, or Tempra. Most children's medications these days are sweetened with Aspartame.

Aspartame is composed of aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. As it's digested, the methanol becomes formic acid and formaldehyde. We've already looked at the damage formaldehyde can do. Aspartame consumption raises blood levels of phenylalanine. When a pregnant woman ingests aspartame, the placenta concentrates the blood level of phenylalanine, so that the baby is exposed to 2 to 4 times the concentration than that of the mother. The concern regarding aspartame during pregnancy is not limited to obvious birth defects, but changes or damage to the brain. The potential damage includes parts of the brain involved in complex learning, as well as hormonal regulation. There are some 92 known side effects of aspartame poisoning. Many involve neurological damage, like seizures, tremors, and hyperactivity, and psychological damage, like depression, aggression, phobias and anxiety.

Given that most doctors don't caution women about consuming aspartame during pregnancy, and given that they are told to keep weight down, it is highly plausible that pregnant women are ingesting some quantity of the artificial sweetener in low calorie foods or beverages.

It is also quite plausible that infants are given some quantity of aspartame in the form of medicine for fever reduction, pain, cough or congestion, and that young children are given quantities in artificially sweetened drinks, ice cream, Popsicles, candy, and yogurt.

Finally, I want to mention soy products. The facts about soy, contrary to popular belief, are that soy, like fluoride inhibits the activity of the thyroid gland. Soy contains extremely high levels of manganese, which has been implicated in many severe behavior disorders, including violence and aggression. Soy contains very high levels of aluminum. Soy acts as an estrogen mimic, which some people believe is good for post menopausal women, but what about men and babies?

Because the incidence of allergy is currently so high in infants, many people are giving their children soy formula. 25% of North American babies drink soy formula. Soybeans contain high levels of phytic acid and phytates, which block the uptake of essential minerals- calcium, magnesium, iron, and especially zinc. A strong correlation between retarded growth and phytates has been found. A reduced rate of growth is especially serious in infants, as it jeopardizes the development of the brain and nervous system.

Toxicologists estimate that an infant exclusively fed with soy formula receives the estrogen equivalent of 5 birth control pills a day. Pediatricians are noticing greater numbers of boys whose physical maturation is delayed or does not occur at all, and an alarming number of girls are entering puberty much earlier than normal.

Soy, either as oil, isolates, solid filler or flour can be found in almost every packaged and processed food on your grocer's shelves. Soy is widely used in school lunch programs. Soy has never been approved by the FDA as a food, or even been given GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status.

I chose these four things to talk about, because although there are countless other places to look for environmental contributors to the state of our children's health, these substances are viewed by most people as benign, or even healthy.

Given that any one of these things, fluoride, vaccines, aspartame or soy can potentially cause harm to a child, the question must be asked; what happens when these things are combined?

A very likely and believable scenario, is that a child is born to a mother who has consumed fluoride and aspartame, and been given a vaccine containing mercury- shortly after birth, and for the next several years, the child is inoculated with vaccines which contain know toxins, heavy metals and carcinogens, and as that child grows, they have been given soy formula, or processed foods containing soy additives, and is likely to be drinking and consuming additional unknown quantities of fluoride.

Section 1 of the Nuremberg Code begins with the following two sentences: "The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision."

Our children are part of a huge experiment- the proper studies have not been done on the biological mechanism of vaccination, or what happens at the cellular level with any of these substances. Long-term studies are lacking. Hundreds of published medical studies documenting vaccine failure and adverse reactions are being ignored.

Obviously coercion is already being used to force people to comply with vaccination programs. There are over 200 new vaccines in the making, how many more will be mandated?

The right to informed consent is a human right that has been sadly overlooked when it comes to vaccination and fluoridation.

In our America, where we value freedom of choice so dearly, we can't afford to let Mickey Mouse be in charge.

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