“If our government seriously wanted to investigate what is behind continued outbreaks of viral infections, the seriousness (or lack thereof) of these outbreaks, and why “vaccine hesitancy” is mushrooming across our country, they would hold balanced, unbiased hearings where multiple points of view could be expressed by credible professionals who hold different points of view from the pharma-based, pro-vaccine “professionals” called to provide singular testimony at this hearing. They would hold the Hearing in an adequately sized room, where all could attend and participate. They would hear from doctors, scientists and parents and concerned individuals, including their constituents.”

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by Dr. Janet Levatin, Holistic Pediatrician at Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, Cleveland Ohio

On March 5, 2019, I attended the US Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee hearing entitled “Vaccines Save Lives: What is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?”

The hearing was a travesty, a one-sided presentation on the purported “amazing benefits of vaccines” and an inquiry into why uninformed, misinformed, “vaccine hesitant” parents are saying no. Based on the name of the hearing and who the scheduled “expert” witnesses were, I was not at all surprised at the content of the hearing.

Here is a summary of my experience and the content of the hearings.

The Experience

I drove from Ohio to Washington DC the day before the hearing. I spent the afternoon visiting the offices of my state senators and my district’s representative (I live in Lakewood, OH) as well as the minority and majority party HELP committee offices. I gave staffers in those offices my views on the necessity of maintaining freedom of choice in medical decision-making, especially vaccines, emphasizing the fact that vaccines have acknowledged side effects, including death. I was received politely but with mostly blank stares and no meaningful reaction.

I paid a visit to Room 430 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building where the hearing would be held the next day. The room was fairly small, with seats for the Committee members, a table with chairs for the witnesses, and about 65 seats for observers. I figured about 65 citizens would be admitted to observe. I was told there would also be an overflow room that was about the same size, but I never saw that area.

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