By Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO
October 2, 2002
"We interrupt the current programming to bring you this important news
update. there has been a reported case of smallpox in Washington, D.C."
What will happen next? Pandemonium.
The press has done its job over the last few months reinforcing the
belief that an epidemic is about to occur, potentially causing millions
of deaths. Americans thousands of miles from Washington will demand the
smallpox vaccine, a vaccine with the highest risk of complications of any
vaccine ever manufactured and with a dubious track record for success.
However, because you are informed, you will have a different response.
You will not panic. You will turn off the TV. You won't listen to your
hysterical neighbors. And more importantly, you won't rush to be vaccinated.
Here's why: On June 20, 2002, I attended the Center for Disease Control's
(CDC) meeting of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP)
and listened to one and a half days of testimony prior to posting the recommendations
for smallpox vaccination that are currently being considered by the CDC
and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS.)
Various physicians and researchers associated with the CDC presented
by public participants and many testimonies and comments. Noting that two
weeks have past since the June 20th meeting and the media has still not
reported on this historic event, I decided it was imperative to report
the content and outcome of this meeting to the general public. After reading
this report you will gain a new perspective on smallpox and, hopefully,
in the event of an outbreak, ou will understand that you have nothing to
Generally Accepted Facts
Nearly every article or news headliner regarding smallpox is designed
to instill and continually reinforce fear in the minds of the general public.
Apparently the goal is to make everyone demand the vaccine as soon as it
is available and/or in the event of an outbreak.A very similar media campaign
was developed prior to the release of the Salk polio vaccine in 1955. The
polio vaccine had been in development for more than a year prior to its
release and was an untested "investigational new drug," just as the smallpox
vaccine will be. The difference is that the potential side effects and
complications of the smallpox vaccine are already known, and they are extensive.
Generally accepted facts about smallpox include: 1. Smallpox is highly contagious and could spread rapidly, killing
2. Smallpox can be spread by casual contact with an infected person
3. The death rate from smallpox is thought to be 30%
4. There is no treatment for smallpox
5. The smallpox vaccine will protect a person from getting the disease
As it turns out, these "accepted facts" are not the "real facts."
Myth 1: Smallpox Is Highly Contagious
"Smallpox has a slow transmission and is not highly contagious," stated
Joel Kuritsky, MD, director of the National Immunization Program
and Early Smallpox Response and Planning at the CDC. This statement is
a direct contradiction to nearly everything we have ever heard or read
about smallpox. However, keep in mind that this comes "straight from the
horse's mouth" and should be considered the "real story" regarding how
smallpox is spread. Even if a person is exposed to a known bioterrorist
attack with smallpox, it doesn't mean that he will contract smallpox. The
signs and symptoms of the disease will not occur immediately, and there
is time to plan. The infection has an incubation period of 3 to 17 days,
and the first symptom will be the development of a high fever (more than
101º F), accompanied by nausea, vomiting, headache, severe abdominal
cramping and low back pain. The person will be ill and most likely bed-ridden;
not out mixing with the general public.
Even with a fever, it is critically important to realize that at this
point the person is still not contagious. In fact, the fever may be caused
by something else, such as the flu. However, if a smallpox infection is
developing, the characteristic rash will begin to develop within two to
four days after the onset of the fever. The person becomes contagious and
has the ability to spread the infection only after the development of the
rash. "The characteristic rash of variola major is difficult to misdiagnose,"
stated Walter A. Orenstein, M.D., Director of the National Immunization
Program (NIP) at the CDC. The classic smallpox rash is a round, firm pustule
that can spread and become confluent. The lesions are all in the same stage
of development over the entire body and appear to be distributed more on
the palms, soles and face than on the trunk or extremities.
Action Item: In the event of an exposure, it is imperative that you do everything
you can to improve the functioning of your immune system so that an "exposure"
does not have to result in an "outbreak."
a. Stop eating all foods that contain refined white sugar products,
since sugar inhibits the functioning of your white blood cells, your first
line of defense. (There are many other health-conscious dietary considerations
to consider, but that is beyond the scope of this article.)
b. Start taking large doses of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven
in hundreds of studies to be effective in protecting the body from viral
infections, including smallpox. For an extensive scientific review
on the use of this nutrient and a "dosing recipe", read "Vitamin C, The
Master Nutrient, by Sandra Goodman, Ph.D. (Article found here).
c. If you develop a fever, you still have time to plan. Purchase enough
fresh, organic produce and filtered water to last three weeks. Move the
kids to grandma's or the neighbor's house.
d. Remember: you may not get the infection and you are not contagious
until you get the rash!
Myth 2: Smallpox Is Easily Spread By Casual Contact With
An Infected Person
Smallpox will not rapidly disseminate throughout the community. Even
after the development of the rash, the infection is slow to spread. "The
infection is spread by droplet contamination and coughing or sneezing are
not generally part of the infection. Smallpox will not spread like wildfire,"
said Orenstein. He stated that the spread of smallpox to casual contacts
is the "exception to the rule." Only 8% of cases in Africa were contracted
by accidental contact.
Transmission of smallpox occurs only after intense contact, defined
as "constant exposure of a person that is within 6-7 feet for a minimum
of 6-7 days." Dr. Orenstein reported that in Africa, 92% of all cases
came from close associations and in India, all cases came from prolonged
personal contact. Dr. Tom Mack from the University of Southern California
stated that in Pakistan, 27% of cases demonstrated no transmission to close
associates. Nearly 37% had a transmission of only one generation, meaning
that the second person to contract smallpox did not pass it onto the third
person. These statistics directly contradict models that predict an exponential
spread to millions. Even without medical care, isolation was the best way
to stop the spread of smallpox in Third World, population dense areas.
With a slow transmission rate and an informed public, Mack estimated that
the total number of smallpox cases in America would be less than 10, a
far cry from the millions postulated by the press.
Dr. Kuritsky said at the CDC Public Forum on Smallpox on June 8 in St.
Louis, "Given the slow transmission rate and that people need to be in
close contact for nearly a week to spread the infection, the scenario in
which a terrorist could infect himself with smallpox and contaminate an
entire city by walking through the streets touching people is purely fiction."
Point to ponder: Mass vaccination was halted in Third World countries
because it didn't work. In India, villages with an 88% vaccination rate
still had outbreaks. After the World Health Organization began a surveillance
and containment campaign, actively seeking cases of smallpox, isolating
them in their homes, and vaccinating family members and close contacts,
outbreaks were virtually eliminated within 2 years.
The CDC and the WHO organization attribute the eradication of
smallpox to the ring vaccination of close contacts. However, since the
infection runs its course in 3-6 weeks, perhaps ISOLATION ALONE would have
effectively accomplished the same thing.
Myth #3: The Death Rate From Smallpox Is 30%
Nearly every newspaper and journal article quotes this statistic. However,
as pointed out in the presentation by Dr. Tom Mack, it appears that the
"30% fatality rate" has come from skewed data. Dr. Mack has worked with
smallpox extensively and saw more than 120 outbreaks in Pakistan throughout
the early 1970s.
Villages would apparently have "an importation" every 5-10 years, regardless
of vaccination status, and the outbreak could always be predicated by living
conditions and social arrangements. There were many small outbreaks and
individual cases that never came to the attention of the local authorities.
Mack stated that even with poor medical care, the case fatality rate in
adults was "much lower than is generally advertised" and thought to be
10-15%. He said that the statistics were "loaded with children that had
a much higher fatality," making the average death rate reported to be much
higher. Amazingly, he revealed his opinion that even without mass vaccination,
"smallpox would have died out anyway. It just would have taken longer."
Even so, people died. Why? After all, smallpox is a skin disease and "other
organs are seldom involved." I posed this question to the committee
on two separate occasions. Kathi Williams of the National Vaccine
Information Center asked this question at the Institute of Medicine meeting
on June 15th. On June 20, an answer was finally forthcoming when a member
of the ACIP committee said,
"That is a good question. Does anyone know the actual cause of death
from smallpox?" At that point, Dr. D.A. Henderson, from the John
Hopkins University Department of Epidemiology volunteered a comment. Dr.
Henderson directed the World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication
campaign (1966-1977) and helped initiate WHO's global program of immunization
in 1974. He approached the microphone and stated, "Well, it appears that
the cause of death of smallpox is a 'mystery.'" He stated that a medical
resident had been asked to do a complete review of the literature and "not
much information" was found. It is postulated that the people died from
a "generalized toxemia" and that those with the most severe forms of smallpox
-- the hemorrhagic or confluent malignant types -- died of complications
of skin sloughing, similar to a burn. However, he concluded by saying,
"it's frustrating, because we don't really know."
Comment: I find this to be extremely frightening. If we knew why people died
when they contracted smallpox, perhaps current medical technology could
treat the complications, making the death rate much lower. Considering
that the last known case of smallpox in the U.S. was in Texas in 1949,
continuing to report that smallpox has a 30% death rate is similar to saying
that all heart attacks are fatal. Based on 1949 technology, that would
be accurate reporting. But in 2002, all heart attacks are NOT fatal. Neither
would smallpox have a mortality rate of 30%.
Myth #4: There Is No Treatment For Smallpox
A more accurate statement is "there are no pharmaceutical drugs for
the treatment for smallpox." But they are working on that too. There are
274 antiviral drug compounds and testing is underway to see if one can
be useful in the treatment of smallpox. One such drug is called hexadecylosypropyl-cidofovir
(HDP-CDV). Not yet available for human use, it has been found to be 100
times more potent than its cousin, cidofovir, a drug used to treat retinal
infections in HIV patients. If studies pan out, HDP-CDV will be offered
in a pill or capsule form over 5-14 days for the prevention and treatment
of people exposed to smallpox.
Unfortunately, this drug is being developed in Europe and will most
likely be kept out of the US market until long after the general public
has been subjected to mass vaccination.It is important to note that there
are several different presentations of a smallpox infection. The most common
is called "ordinary discrete" smallpox, occurring in more than 40% of the
cases. The outbreak is seen as a small scattering of pustules distributed
across the body. The person with this type of smallpox needs minimal medical
care and the reported death rate is less than10%.
For mild cases of smallpox, adequate hydration and anti-fever products
are essential for comfort and maintaining a temperature below 102ºF.
Keeping the skin clean to prevent secondary bacterial infections is also
important. A 1927 Textbook of Medicine recommends applying gauzed soaked
in carbolic acid to "decrease itching and prevent extensive scarring."
Carbolic acid is used acutely for burns that tend to ulcerate and other
skin conditions that cause burning or prickling pain. Homeopathic forms
of carbolic acid are also available.For the severe complications of smallpox,
modern day treatment options are available. The hemorrhagic type of smallpox,
occurring in approximately 3% of cases, presents as hypotensive shock and
can be treated accordingly. In another 3% of serious cases, the confluent-type
has extensive skin involvement. These patients can be treated the same
as a burn patient. All severe cases need to be treated for dehydration
and watched for signs of bacterial suprainfection.
Research done by Dr. Peter Havens, MS, MD from the Medical College
of Wisconsin postulated that death from smallpox was due to multisystem
organ failure, a complication of an untreated acute cytokine (inflammatory)
response. Massive oxidative stress occurs, leading to free-radical damage
in the kidneys and other internal organs. However, Dr. Havens estimates
that modern medical technology would indeed decrease the death rate, to
possibly as low as 2-3%.
Comment: The treatment of choice for severe free-radical stress is high dose
intravenous Vitamin C. If conventional medicine would recognize the
value of this treatment, they would also be forced to realize mass vaccination
is simply not necessary. Treating severely ill patients would require hospitalization
and unfortunately, smallpox spreads the most quickly in the hospital setting
due to poor isolation techniques. In addition, most patients in hospitals
are ill and immunosuppressed by disease or medication, making them more
susceptible to infection.
Dr. Mike Lane, former director of the CDC's smallpox eradication
program in the 1970s, said severely ill smallpox patients could be
treated in a suburban motel or remote government building. "You can bring
care to the patient if you elect to use the Motel 6 on the edge of town"
rather than put smallpox victims in a hospital where the disease could
spread to patients with weakened immune systems.
Side Bar With Dr. Mike Lane: Dr. Lane and I had a private conversation during a coffee break. During
his presentation, he had been adamant that those within the "first ring"
would need to be mandatory vaccinate with 100% compliance. The "first
ring" includes those that have had immediate, close contact with patients
who had confirmed cases of smallpox. Lane stated that this was the only
way that "ring vaccination would work." When I questioned his definition
of 100% compliance, he said, "Medical contraindications would not
apply. there would be NO exceptions. I would rather vaccinate them and
take my chances treating the potential complications. In India, we vaccinated
everyone. The only medical contraindication was leprosy, and we sometimes
vaccinated them. I'm sure that we killed a few people, but we did the best
that we could." I pressed the issue further by saying, "if the
death rate really is 30% (which I doubt), doesn't that mean the survival
rate is 70%? Shouldn't that person have the right to play the odds with
his health if he chose to?"
His answer was the same: "If the person is exposed, there will
be NO exceptions, medical or otherwise. Those people in the first ring
-- regardless of health status MUST be vaccinated." That means that all
people with medical contraindictions -- organ transplants, cancer, HIV,
eczema and other skin conditions -- would be vaccinated, even it was against
their will and with the use of force, if necessary. He was quite the zealot
about it; hopefully, in the event of a smallpox exposure, more reasonable
minds will prevail.
Myth #5: The Vaccine Will Keep Me From Getting The Infection
Most people believe that all vaccines work to protect them, meaning
that the vaccine will be clinically effective. What most people do not
know is that vaccines have never been proven to protect them from getting
the infection. This little known fact is not only true for all vaccines,
it is also true for the smallpox vaccine. Here are a few examples: Chickenpox
vaccine: "No data exists regarding post-exposure efficacy of the current
vermicelli vaccine." "Vaccinated persons have a less severe out break than
unvaccinated"  Pertussis vaccine: "The findings of efficacy studies
have not demonstrated a direct correlation between antibody response and
protection against pertussis disease." Smallpox vaccine: "Neutralizing
antibodies are reported to reflect levels of protection, although this
has not been validated in the field." Dr. Harold Margolis, Senior Advisor
to the Director for Smallpox Planning and Response, stated in Atlanta that
"the vaccine decreased the death rate among those vaccinated by 'modifying
the disease', not by preventing infection."
Take Home Points: 1. Smallpox is NOT highly contagious. You have time. Don't panic.
2. Smallpox is only spread by close contact of less than 6 feet for
at least 6-7 days. You aren't that close to
coworkers or commuters.
3. Treatment for smallpox should be surveillance and containment, without
4. Smallpox is not highly fatal. There are treatments for smallpox.
5. The vaccine will not protect you from getting the infection. The
vaccine has high complication rates, is an
experimental drug and there are many contraindications.
(Please see this article)
As I was completing this report this morning, I read in the New York
Times that the CDC plans to increase the number of "first responders" who
receive the vaccination to 500,000 from the agreed-to 15,000. Preparations
are also underway for rapid mass vaccination of the general public. The
more extensive vaccination plan is possible because supplies are increasing.
As I have stated before, the government spent more than $780 million to
develop its arsenal. Now that we have it, we will use it.
In addition to medical first responders, a presentation at the June
20th meeting suggested that first responders should also include a class
to be defined as "economic first responders," those who would be necessary
in keeping the economy moving in the event of a nationwide "lock down"
caused by an outbreak. This group would include pilots, truck drivers,
food handlers, etc. It is the "etc." that is of concern. Where do you draw
the line? Obviously, the line will be drawn after Tommy Thompson's vision
of a "vaccine for every man, woman and child" has been fulfilled. One of
the major problems is the lack of vaccinia immune globulin (VIG), the "antidote"
that is needed for those who experience a severe reaction to the vaccine.
The Times article reports that there are only 700 doses currently available.
Dr. Tom Mack, among others at the CDC warned that, "in the absence of
VIG, extensive vaccination would be extremely dangerous." With the continued
rhetoric about the US plans to go to war with Iraq, we are essentially
taunting Saddam into launching a biological weapons attack on our own people.
We are not given an exact knowledge as to Saddam's capability but are given
euphemisms such as "reasonably high" or "quite high." But we don't know
for sure. And if the government knows, it is not telling. And if Saddam
does have biological smallpox, what is the chance he has other weapons
of biological destruction, those for which we do not have a vaccine? We
are developing "grounds" for a war with Iraq in spite of the rest of the
world telling us to stay out of there. I encourage all to spend some time
on this site: www.globalpolicy.org for some eye-opening information on
policy that you won't see in the popular press. We are setting the stage
for a health disaster unlike anything we have seen before in America, and
it will be our own doing. World health records (England, Germany, Italy,
the Philippines, British India, etc.) document that devastating epidemics
followed mass vaccination.
The worst smallpox disaster occurred in the Philippines after a 10 year
compulsory US program administered 25 million vaccinations to its population
of 10 million resulting in 170,000 cases and more than 75,000 deaths from
'smallpox', in a country having only scattered cases in rural villages
prior to the onslaught of vaccines. I received an excellent bulletin
from Larken Rose (www.Theft-By-Deception.com) who is an activist regarding
taxes. So much of what he said applies to the vaccine movement, that I
got his permission to include part of his letter here.
It is time to stand against forced vaccination. Stop the hysteria! Information is power. However, after gaining power,
you must ACT. Here is something to inspire you:
More than 200 years ago, the people of this country chose to tell King
George, not just that he was unreasonable, not just that they didn't like
him, not just that they had complaints about him, but that they were going
to resist by force his tyrannical ways. The Declaration was not a threat
to take King George to court; it was not a petition, or a request for fairness,
or even a demand. It was a statement -- a declaration -- that the people
of America refused to tolerate the oppression, and were going to openly
resist it, and didn't give a damn what the King thought about it. Though
it may be politically incorrect to describe it this way, the Declaration
of Independence was a bunch of people openly stating that they were going
to ignore the law (not debate it or litigate it), and overthrow their present
government. (King George was not a foreign invader; he was "the government.")
Again, in the words of the Declaration, "when a long train of abuses
and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evidences a design
to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is the people's right, it is
their duty, to throw off such government." Where are the Americans who
still have that attitude? There are a few (very few), and most people consider
them to be "fringe extremists."
Where do YOU draw the line? What injustice would government agents have to commit, before YOU would
openly resist? Is there a line for you? Or would you complain and bicker
all the way to absolute tyranny? "Power concedes nothing without a demand.
It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit
to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong that
will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they have resisted
with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed
by the endurance of those whom they suppress." - Frederick Douglas This
is a very different country today from what it was 226 years ago. We have
become a country of sheep. We occasionally "baaa" at government injustice,
but we do not ACT. For the most part, our "rebelliousness" now consists
of pushing buttons in voting booths, to hopefully elect the less scummy
of two lying scumbags (after a debate about which one is scummier). For
most people that is the extent of their resistance to government-imposed
Each of us cowers in a corner for fear that we will be the next one
that government makes an "example" of. While self-preservation is no sin,
at some point a country of "self-preservers" will "preserve" itself into
total submission to tyrants. We are one step away from that now. Once upon
a time, a group of individuals declared to the world that they would fight
and risk death, rather than tolerate the oppressions of an abusive government.
Now, we are too comfortable for that. We are spoiled. We are cowards. For
today's battle, we need only the smallest fraction of the courage our forefathers
demonstrated.We do not need to lie in the mud, squinting in the cold to
see the rifle sites, waiting for the glimpse of British Troops that we
know are headed our way just over the next ridge. We do not need to run
into the open field, in heavy enemy fire, to retrieve our buddy who just
had his leg blown off by a cannonball. We do not need to leave our families
and friends to fight, and possibly to die. No, today the price for our
freedom (at least a huge chunk of it) is a pittance compared to what others
have paid, but I have my doubts about whether we are willing to pay even
that. What is that price? What do we need to do?
We need to just say NO by affirming the following: • I will avoid fear.
• I will seek alternatives to the forced medical experimentation.
• I will avoid being injected with an experimental new drug based on
a "hunch" or based on something that
happened hundreds or thousands of miles from where I live.
• I will resist the government's efforts to take away my right to do
what I believe is best for my body.
• I will take personal responsibility for my heath and for the health
of my family.
One of the major problems is the lack of vaccinia immune globulin (VIG),
the "antidote" that is needed for those who experience a severe reaction
to the vaccine. The Times article reports that there are only 700 doses
currently available. Dr. Tom Mack, among others at the CDC warned that,
"in the absence of VIG, extensive vaccination would be extremely dangerous."
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