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Parents Should Not Be Forced to Vaccinate Their Kids: Top Cardiologist

Friday, 13 February 2015 09:44 AM

The growing outbreak of measles tied to unvaccinated children has led to new calls from doctors and public health officials to tighten vaccine practices in the U.S. But Phoenix cardiologist Jack Wolfson, M.D., says decisions should be left to parents to decide, when it comes to vaccinating children.
 
Well, I don't believe anything should be mandatory,” said Dr. Wolfson in an interview on Newsmax TV’s “Steve Malzberg Show.”
 
“It should be the parents’ decision, it should be their informed consent, they should know the risks and the benefits of any procedure they choose whether it's cardiology wise or certainly vaccines.”
 
Dr. Wolfson — a board-certified cardiologist, who uses nutrition and supplements to prevent and treat disease — has been criticized for his stand against the mainstream medical view on childhood vaccines.
 
Mainstream medical authorities and doctors say there is indisputable scientific evidence that childhood vaccines are safe (and do not cause autism or other serious side effects), and are both effective and necessary to protect children from life-threatening diseases. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that preventable childhood illnesses — such as measles — kill more than 140,000 kids worldwide, primarily in countries where vaccines are not readily available.
 
Mainstream health experts also note that unvaccinated children, who contract measles and other childhood disease, can put other kids at risk — including those too young to be vaccinated (inoculations are recommended after 12 months of age) or who can’t receive shots because they have cancer or other health conditions.
 
Malzberg noted that Dr. Wolfson has been “treated like a leper” for taking an opposing stance and suggesting parents’ have a right to choose, when it comes to childhood vaccines.
 
“I'm a very good doctor, and my patients love me. I'm getting letters from all over the world supporting me,“ Dr. Wolfson said, in response. “Mothers of vaccine injured children just from all over the place and in talking to them and natural doctors, they are all hearing the same thing.”
 
He added that his views are motivated by concerns that vaccines are risky.
 
“We'll go back to the Gardasil injection for the HPV,” he said. “If you read the package insert, it says in there we do not know what this does to female fertility and certainly to male fertility. Without these kind of answers, I would hate for the truth to come out down the road, but whoops we were wrong, it does affect fertility and now you've got millions of young girls that have been injected with this and we don't know."
 
He added that the vaccine debate is “obviously a very hot button topic” with parents, doctors, and alternative medicine practitioners.
 
“Nobody likes to see children sick, certainly me. It pains me to think of any child suffering in the world,” he said. “I just don't believe the answer is to inject the entire population, trying to get rid of things like chicken pox that rarely caused any problems and even measles, mumps, rubella.

"These are typically really just simple childhood infections that rarely cause problems and if we change the focus to a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle, that we can really do, that's going to be the best results for our children as far as their health.”
 
Dr.  Wolfson confirmed a CNN report that he is being investigated by the Arizona Medical Board, but said it is because of his vocal anti-vaccine stance.
 
“Oh, I know that's why. I haven't done anything else wrong, but that is the reason and listen, when you go out like I have and you've created this controversy, you're going to find a lot of people that oppose you and this [is] just kind of part of it,” he said. “I'm not minimizing it, I'm not exactly happy with the complaint against me but this is just part of the fight that a lot of natural doctors have to fight.
 
"I'm continuing the fight for parents' rights, for informed consent, for informed decisions, for research, but I tell you, once you talk to hundreds and hundreds of mothers of vaccine injured children, what else do you need?

"Do you need big studies to tell you that there's a problem? There is a problem, there's science that's out there, and we've got to get more of it on our side going forward.”

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The growing outbreak of measles tied to unvaccinated children has led to new calls from doctors and public health officials to tighten vaccine practices in the U.S. But Phoenix cardiologist Jack Wolfson, M.D., says decisions should be left to parents to decide, when it comes to vaccinating children.
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