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If I Had Known Then What I Know Now


Ted Kuntz - November 1, 2018


[Editor's Note: Last week, ACIP removed prolonged inconsolable crying (encephalitic cry), fever >105°, and seizures following DTP vaccine as contraindication for DTP vaccination. This article therefore addresses a serious ongoing threat to some children that is now ignored by ACIP. ACIP has abdibicated their responsibilities to give due consideration to vaccine.]


The decision of whether or not to vaccinate one’s children is a critically important decision. I suggest it is the most important decision a parent is required to make. This decision has the potential to significantly alter the quality and direction of a child’s life.


I admit that when I was a young parent I didn’t recognize the significance of the vaccine decision. I simply went along with the recommendations of my family physician. I spent no time researching vaccine safety, reading the product information inserts, or evaluating the risk of contracting an infection versus the risk of vaccine injury. I put more thought into which cereal to give my children than I did the vaccination decision. Such was my trust in the medical industry and my ignorance of vaccine injury. I deeply regret my failure to better inform myself about vaccine safety, effectiveness and necessity. If I had known then what I know now I would not have subjected my son to vaccinations and he might still be alive today.


Josh was born healthy and showed all indications of being a happy and thriving child. His condition changed suddenly one afternoon in a doctor’s office. In 1984 my wife and I “agreed” (I use that term loosely) to have our son vaccinated with the diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccine known as DPT. Josh became agitated following the shot. Over the next few days his agitation increased. We took our son to the doctor twice in the next two weeks because of the level of agitation and discomfort our son was experiencing. Three weeks post vaccination Josh had his first grand mal seizure. The seizure lasted more than twenty-five minutes. It was the longest twenty-five minutes of my life.


This was to be the first of thousands of seizures Josh would experience in his lifetime. Josh would eventually be diagnosed with an uncontrolled seizure disorder of “unknown cause”. The timing and proximity to his vaccine shot would be considered a “coincidence” and irrelevant to understanding his changed medical condition. Vaccines are “safe and effective” I was told. No further research or investigation is warranted. The medical profession showed absolutely no interest or concern with the impact of the vaccine on my son’s deteriorating health.


Then, in 1986, the US Congress granted vaccine manufacturers legal immunity for the harm caused by their products. This action was motivated primarily because of the large number of court settlements for brain injury that was caused by the DPT vaccine. The vaccine industry was threatening to discontinue manufacturing their products unless the US government protected them from the financial consequences of vaccine injury. It was then that I came to fully recognize the role of the DPT vaccine on my son’s health. What the doctors failed to acknowledge, Congress and the legal system did. The DPT vaccine was causing significant neurological injury in children.


As a result of the neurological injuries caused by the DPT vaccine, the United States and other governments eventually withdrew this product from the market and replaced the vaccine with the acellular pertussis vaccine (DtaP), thought to be less harmful. Their action, however, was too late for my son and many others.


As a result of the injury to my son I began to investigate the vaccine industry’s claims of safety and effectiveness. What I know now that I didn’t know then is the following:


1. Lack of Scientific Evidence

The practice of licensing and monitoring the safety and effectiveness of vaccines does not follow standard science based protocols for pharmaceutical products. As a result there is a lack of solid scientific evidence of vaccine safety, effectiveness and necessity. The lack of evidence includes the following:


  • There are no long-term clinical trials that prove the safety of the current vaccine schedule.

  • Most effectiveness trials are limited to the measurement of anti-bodies in the blood rather than producing verifiable evidence that the vaccine actually prevented the targeted infection or improved health.

  • No safety trials exist that determine the safety of giving multiple vaccinations at once.

  • No large safety trials, using an unvaccinated population as the control group, have proven that vaccines are safe and effective. In fact the opposite is true.

  • There is no evidence that vaccinated children are healthier than unvaccinated children.

  • The current vaccine schedule has never been tested for safety in the real world way in which the schedule is implemented – giving multiple vaccines at once.

There are no biological studies that show injecting mercury is safe in any amount.

No clinical trials have been conducted to establish the safety of using aluminum in vaccines.


“Vaccine safety trials are almost entirely funded, conducted, and micromanaged by the manufacturers themselves, employing methods that deviate sharply from accepted scientific standards. These methods indicate widespread corruption at the heart of the drug industry . . . with the result that these studies can no longer be relied upon to provide fair, objective, unbiased evidence, and that vaccines must necessarily be reckoned

as considerably more dangerous than officially acknowledged.”

~ Dr. Richard Moskowitz, MD - Vaccines – A Reappraisal


2. Lack of a Neutral Placebo

Unlike all other pharmaceutical products, vaccines are not studied against a neutral placebo. A placebo is an inert substance – a sugar pill or saline solution. Most vaccine safety trials use control groups consisting of other vaccinated populations or placebos containing aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, and other vaccine ingredients. These are not true placebos. Vaccine safety trials that are conducted without a neutral placebo cannot determine if a product is safe. None of the vaccines on the current childhood vaccination schedule were tested against a neutral placebo.

The failure of the vaccine industry to use a neutral placebo undermines the integrity of medical industry claims that vaccines have been proven safe and effective. Until true vaccinated vs. unvaccinated research is conducted any claims of vaccine safety and effectiveness is an assumption and not scientifically proven. Further, many pre-licensure trials do not include patient populations most at risk of serious adverse events. This is not responsible science. In fact, this is not science.

Vaccine safety “science” is not recognizable as science anymore.

~ James Lyons-Weiler, Ph.D.


3. Vaccination is a Medical Experiment

Vaccines given in the combination schedules recommended for our children and adolescents today have never been tested for safety, which makes the current practice a medical experiment. The medical practice of vaccination is an uncontrolled experiment upon our infants and children.


Timothy Caulfield, the Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta, Canada is of the opinion – If they are science-based, step up and be science-based. If they're not science-based, make that explicit and then society can have an interesting discussion about whether we should have these philosophies … as part of our health-care system.


4. Vaccine Impact Exaggerated

The medical industry and the mainstream media commonly refer to vaccines as “a miracle of modern medicine” and the single most important advancement in medicine in the last century. However, this bold claim is not supported by evidence. No clinical proof exists to support the claim that vaccines are responsible for the decline in mortality, let alone the claim of millions of lives saved.


Researchers McKinlay & McKinlay discovered that vaccines and other medical interventions contributed only 1 - 3.5% of the total decline in mortality since 1900. The decline in mortality was primarily due to other public health measures including: clean drinking water, closed sanitation, better nutrition, and better housing. Measles, which the media often present as a “killer illness”, declined in mortality more than 99% before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1964.


As of March 31, 2018, there have been more than 89,355 reports made to the US Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) of measles vaccine reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths. These reactions include 445 related deaths, 6,196 hospitalizations, and 1,657 related disabilities. Over 60% of those adverse events occurred in children three years old and under. A Harvard hospital study revealed that less than 1% of vaccine injuries are reported and thus the number of vaccine injuries and deaths is undoubtedly higher.


This situation calls for some humility on the part of vaccine authorities.


Instead, the US has a long list of vaccine mandates, regardless of the severity or the public health importance of the target diseases, and regardless of the scientific quality of the background research. The American Academy of Pediatrics wants to eliminate all nonmedical exemptions from all vaccine mandates. I am not alone in asserting that this policy is neither scientifically nor ethically justified.

~ Allan S. Cunningham, Pediatrician


Educate Before You Vaccinate

The most important message I can offer parents is to take educate before you vaccinate. Consult with your doctor, but extend your research beyond this financially and ideologically conflicted group. Be an advocate for your children. Good questions to ask pertaining to vaccines are:

  • What are the ingredients in the vaccine?

  • What is the total amount of aluminum in the vaccine?

  • What evidence do you have that injecting this amount of aluminum is safe?

  • What is the total amount of mercury in the vaccine?

  • What evidence do you have that injecting this amount of mercury is safe?

  • Can I have a copy of the manufacturer’s product information insert?

  • Can you provide me with clinical studies that show this combination of vaccines is safe when given together?

  • Can you provide me with clinical studies that compare the safety of vaccines against a neutral placebo?

The challenge of vaccination is that this decision cannot be undone.


The absence of real scientific evidence of vaccine safety and effectiveness leads informed parents to conclude that the vaccination paradigm is ideology rather than evidence-based medicine and more akin to religion than science. Parents whose children have been harmed are no longer accepting the vaccine ideology on faith. Their trust has been broken.

~ Ted Kuntz, Parent


Ted Kuntz is a father, a medical choice activist, author, educator and retired psychotherapist. Kuntz’s journey to examine the claims of the vaccine industry began after his son Joshua was neurologically damaged by the DPT vaccine in 1984. Ted Kuntz is the author of ‘Dare to Question – One Parent to Another’. Kuntz’s son Josh passed away in February 2017 after a life of uncontrolled seizures and diminished capacity due to vaccine induced neurological injury.


A free copy of Dare to Question can be downloaded at www.daretoquestionvaccination.com


Joshua Anthony Kuntz, July 25, 1984 - February 16, 2017

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