By Guest Columnist Marco Caceres di Iorio: Honduran Human Rights Activist and Editor of the online newspaper Honduras Weekly (1436 words)

Here’s how it usually goes: You say you have some doubts about vaccine safety and all those vaccinations the government requires you to give your kids. You say you’re concerned about serious side-effects you keep reading about, and particularly potential links to autism and autoimmune disorders, and the reports of encephalitis and shock. A typical response from mainstream proponents of vaccines would proceed like this…

“Oh, you’re being silly, you don’t know the science. Look, 99.9% of all doctors and scientists will tell you that vaccines are safe and effective. The science is solid, it’s long been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.”

Ninety-nine point nine percent. That sounds pretty convincing. Of course, it’s unclear what formula, study or survey was used to come up with that figure, so you start to do your own research, and you quickly realize there are lots of doctors and scientists, in addition to well informed parents, journalists and consumer advocates, who do not subscribe to the establishment’s mantra about vaccine safety and effectiveness. They do not believe the myth that the science is settled, and some are very vocal about their reservations or opposition to it.

The more you read, the more you start to realize that there is a growing chorus of doctors, scientists, nurses, and other health care providers who have serious questions about the current vaccine paradigm favored by the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and Food and Drug Administration [FDA]), medical trade groups (such as the American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], the American Medical Association [AMA], the American Academy of Family Practice [AAFP], etc, etc, and the mainstream media (which relies on Big Pharma’s advertising income that represents 70 % of annual revenues). More