• Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 18:37:41View | Delete

    Our Catalogue of Science: http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/learn-more/science/ There are 200 studies you can peruse.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 18:35:53View | Delete

    Thanks to FDL for having us here tonight – it was great to be here and engage with you all!

    Please check out our blog http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/category/news-views/ and our FB page. The science is changing rapidly and we are continuously updating our Catalogue of Science as well as writing about recent research and its implications. Join us in the conversation. All the best. Leslie

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 18:32:02View | Delete

    We have read A Shot in the Dark and know Barbara well. We filmed with her and her family for years. I would not say she is at the far end at all – even though her first child suffered a severe vaccine reaction she is staunchly not anti vaccine. She wants vaccines to be as safe as they possibly can be and that people have the right to choose whether to use them. If they are safe and effective and we have choice, it is a win-win.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 18:29:04View | Delete

    For starters he has written that there is no science linking vaccines to autism. That is simply not true. The balance of all the science investigating a potential link between mercury and autism actually favors a link by a factor of 3:1 (DeSoto, et al) yet he and many others continue to say there is NO science. That is demonstrably untrue.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 18:25:08View | Delete

    Mauimom, we are so so sorry to hear of your loss – unfortunately we have heard similar stories many many times. We would be grateful if you would send your story to us at info@greatergoodmovie.org so we can share it on our website.

    We are also grateful for all the work you did to try and bring some awareness to the issue and to getting this legislation passed. You mentioned the tax and the court system set up by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 and its intent. What most folks don’t know is that while this system was set up to be no fault (as you mentioned) it has morphed into a “court” where government lawyers defend a government program with government money. It is extremely difficult to obtain compensation and this “court” does not follow any of the norms in a court of law such as due process, discovery. It is really a shame that parents have to experience the damage to their child and then deal with what this system has become.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 18:15:24View | Delete

    He, Gorski, is part of a group – that is the “they”. I believe he has his own blog but also is part of this skeptics group. He/they write many things that are not supported by the science. The only reason I brought up my credentials is that he attacked me for some of mine but dismissed those that were acceptable. To me the biggest issue is, is there research showing vaccines can cause harm? The answer to that is a definitive yes and given that fact, how can we mandate them and why should we not discuss their problems as that is the only way to make the better. Nothing is ever improved by pretending everything is OK. And the mere fact that the vaccine makers bear zero liability when their products do cause harm is deeply worrying to many.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 18:09:47View | Delete

    We have DVD’s and a new parent gift box, and wholesale kits. We also have a Vaccine Fast Facts and Frequently Asked Questions, all fully referenced from the main stream medical literature in case folks want to explore. And I almost forgot but our DVD in on sale for 20% off for the month of April – $15.95

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 18:05:37View | Delete

    Other adjuvants have been tried and unfortunately have had bad consequences. The problem is finding something that stimulates the immune system but does not really cause harm – that is a heck of a balancing act. THey have tried peanut oil with very poor results so that was abandoned, the swine flu vaccine in Europe (not in the US) contained squalene – shark liver oil and we now know that vaccine caused narcolepsy in a bunch of kids. This is an area of real concern and I do know that there is research being done looking for better adjuvants and they can’t come quickly enough.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:56:50View | Delete

    Lisa one other thing – as of today, we don’t know how to make many vaccines without an adjuvant – the component that stimulates or irritates the immune system into reacting. In most cases that is aluminum and sadly the reasearh continues to mount showing just how hazardous aluminum is. The problem is that many vaccines are made using weakened viruses and bacteria and they just don’t prompt the body to mount an immune response unless there is also something like aluminum present. This has to be an area of focus as it is growing increasingly clear that adjuvants are a problem.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:51:26View | Delete

    Lisa, we don’t really know the answer to that. What we do know is that aluminum is dangerous and has no biological function. Mercury (still in many flu shots) is harmful. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Other chemicals are known to be dangerous. We don’t know how these all interact when injected into the body, let alone a human infant. It would be great to remove those. BUT there is also research showing that simply injecting the tetanus toxoid – with no other chemicals or adjuvants or preservatives, etc. is enough to cause anti-phospholipid syndrome, an autoimmune disease where the mothers body rejects the baby. Getting rid of the toxins would certainly be better but that does not mean that would solve the whole problem. We just don’t know.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:45:15View | Delete

    Hi Zachary, I don’t personally rely on Wiki as the definitive source of information. As for “they” I meant the organization, not anyone person – I have met and interacted with many of them. They attacked me for having changed my name – horror of horrors (I got divorced) and also for the fact that I did a homeopathic training as though that makes me a fool. I also have an MBA from one of the most prestigious university in the US and worked for some first rate financial institutions but I guess an ad hominem attack served them better.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:40:46View | Delete

    Dave, do you believe peer reviewed medical literature? There are hundreds of studies documenting brain inflammation, death, asthma, allergies, kidney failure, cognitive impairment, neurological changes, and on and on after vaccines. You seem to be arguing that just because vaccines might do some good, they can’t possibly harm anyone and that just does not hold water. All drugs have downside. That is not to say they can’t do good for some. Read some of the research for yourself then let’s talk.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:33:34View | Delete

    Elliott the number is well over 100 now – I believe around 125. This is a number from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) , a program run jointly by CDC and FDA. In addition there have been several thousand serious adverse events reported after Gardasil. Although CDC and FDA say they have followed up, the families we know have never been contacted. Also, know that VAERS is a passive reporting system and is officially recognized to be very inaccurate – estimates are that between only 1% and 10% of all adverse events are ever reported and yet this is the system we rely on to track adverse reactions.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:28:52View | Delete

    Dave there is also an outbreak of measles in Pakistan and over 50% of the kids who came to the hospital were fully vaccinated. Interesting the British government has given no data about how many of those with measles were vaccinated. Perhaps they don’t want that out in the public. It is not as black and white as either you or the media represent.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:26:37View | Delete

    It was serendipity to some extent but we also wanted to reframe the debate so that we represented a range of vaccine injuries so that viewers would understand this issue is complex, multifaceted and hopefully have some understanding of why there is a debate today.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:25:01View | Delete

    If you think they are independent, you might want to investigate that further.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:24:16View | Delete

    There is actually now an epidemic of shingles because of the chicken pox vaccine as folks are no longer getting asymptomatically boosted by being exposed to kids with chicken pox.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:22:58View | Delete

    It was really sad for us as well but we have seen the same with most media. They don’t actually read the research themselves. They just take an expert’s word for it and unfortunately many of those folks have ties to industry.

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:21:46View | Delete

    greatergoodmovie.org

  • Leslie Manookian commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

    2013-04-29 17:20:26View | Delete

    Lisa, new research has just been presented at a very large conference on aluminum which has shown a very likely causative link between aluminum and alzheimers, parkinsons, autism, gut issues, autoimmune disease, and much more. It is just not reported in the mainstream media and what saddens me is that some folks have such strong opinions when they have not actually read the research. I always got vaccines, I was not anti vaccine in anyway but once I actually read the research myself I realized that those who raise questions have very legitimate concerns and more and more science is being done which is truly worrying.

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