One of the most frequent questions I've been asked is how long have I
been involved with vaccine issues. Those who have read my book will
know the broad sweep of it. Hopefully this literature timeline of my
involvement in the issue, will give you a tiny feel for the media of
the time, who in comparison to today, were a lot more "investigative"
and far less "tabloid" than today. In fact, there has been little
serious investigative journalism done on vaccination issues since 1997.
Vaccination wasn't an issue with mothers, when I first became a mother. Most people just did it without thinking. And because there weren't very many vaccines at all, it was something that people just "got out of the way" so that they didn't have to think about it any more. I haven't kept everything I've written, or that has been written about me, but here is a small selection. The whole lot would really make for a page that was much too long.
1985 - 1990
Bio 1985 (360 KB)In 1986, the medical profession started the beginning of what I felt was zealous vaccine pushing without any factual basis. the pamphlets of the day were a total joke. A journalist at the Herald heard about me and wrote an article. At first she was quite frosty, but after being given the run around by the Health Department who produced three completely different set of measles data, she started to get the gist of what I was saying:
Bio 1986 Herald (2553 KB)After the Herald article there were many invites to do talks around the country, the first in February 1987:
Bio Feb 1987 (591 KB)By June 1987, we were in the middle of the Menomune A campaign, with all its raffles, competitions and issues, which are covered in JALP:
Bio June 3 1987 (556 KB)The editor of the local paper invited me to do a guest column as things heated up with reactions denied as "coincidental".
Bio June 9 1987 (0 KB)By 1987, I was talking with researchers overseas, and had started to study Polio vaccine cultures in more depth:
Bio 18 August 1987 (553 KB)On 14th September, the New Zealand Woman's Weekly decided to talk about the issue as well:
Bio 14 September 1987 (2543 KB)On September 23rd, I weighed in over the Tasman as well:
Bio 23 September 1987 (398 KB)In October, More Magazine did an extensive article. This was an interesting time for us, and the journalist concerned was pro-vaccine to start with. As she spent time going through my files, books and other material, she started to get a bit annoyed. Her partner was regaled with lots of information which was totally new to her. It's never ceased to amaze me how little most journalists know, yet they think they know... until they realize that they just... don't know. As one mentioned to me..
Bio pt 1 Oct 1987 (2549 KB)
Bio Pt 2 Oct 1987 (1997 KB)In December, Peter Calder from the Listener did a series of people who spoke out on various things:
Bio Dec 1987 (434 KB)In mid 1988, a drug company which made a yeast based Hepatitis B vaccine, started a scaremonger campaign about blood based vaccines, and the finger was pointed at me :lol:
Bio May 24 1988 (288 KB)A talk at Thames centred on a video produced by Dr Robert Strecker featuring documents he obtained under the OIA which lead him to believe that AIDS wasn't totally a freak of nature.
Bio May 31, 1988 (444 KB)1989 we attended a conference in New Plymouth.
Bio May 13, 1989 (337 KB)and in December, Broadsheet did an article:
Bio September 1989 (2233 KB)
1990 - 1995
1991 was the year of a measles outbreak,
Bio July 5, 1991 (808 KB)which, by 1997, would have the cases and deaths vastly inflated, as is detailed in JALP. Healthy Options did an article on measles,
Bio HO 1991 (1497 KB)Metro Magazine came out with an article called "Measles on Elm Street",
Bio Pt1 Metro 12 1991 (2246 KB)and then Little Treasures sandwiched a mother whose fear of measles knew no bounds.
Bio 12 1991 (438 KB)1992 Manukau Courier did an article because of the talk about monkey viruses.
Bio Apr 1992 (465 KB)Then Next Magazine wanted to talk about it.
Bio Next 92 (2059 KB)1993 there was talk in Parliament of making vaccination mandatory with financial penalties as well as medical practice financial inducements.
Bio June 1 93 (362 KB)1994 Very few magazines were interested in the issue.
Bio Nov 94 (120 KB)
1995 - 2000
Most of 1995 newsclippings were small letters to the editor.
In 1996 there was a humungous "fight" in the Northern Age, a newspaper in Whangarei about the Hepatitis B vaccine. Letters went back and forth, and in one, Sandy Milne who did much of the research on the Hep B vaccine in New Zealand, replied to a letter by Jan Clark, a nurse who had been permanently disabled as a result of a booster shot, mandated when her detectable antibody level dropped to zero. He talked about memory immunity, something we all know about, but something doctors don't talk a
Bio March 1996 (493 KB)1997 things picked up with a measles outbreak, which was predicted to be a dire epidemic. Afterwards an amazing piece of rubbish was written about how many lives were "saved", which was utter rubbish. The most galling this to me about this year was being written to by the Minister of Health, and told that there was no basis for the use of vitamin A in the treatment of measles, and basically, that it was time for me to shut up. This is a very small selection of the fire that was 1997
Bio Feb 97 (493 KB)
Bio Apr May 1997 (393 KB)The Listener though, alerted the country that meningitis was back again, 11 years after the menomune A campaign, but this time, was meningitis B. Funny how the medical profession kept saying that had no idea why.
Bio 4 June 1997 (175 KB)
Bio July Men 1997 (590 KB)
Bio Oct 1997 (469 KB)1998, started with a local doctor making comments about asthma.
Bio Jan 20 1998 (345 KB)Then the possible connection between MMR and autism was discussed,
Bio May 1998 (1326 KB)and then yet another whooping cough epidemic being blamed on unvaccinated children as usual.
Bio June 1998 (1409 KB)
2000 - 2005
2000 started with an article about vaccines and sids,
Bio Feb 2000 (3409 KB)and the rest was minor brushfires: chorinated water
Bio July 2000 (230 KB)and more whooping cough blamed on unvaccinated children.
Bio Sept 2000 (213 KB)2001 started on an interesting note with an employee of IMAC making some classic statements in two papers. Outraged, I wrote the following letter,
Bio Jan 2001 (582 KB)but the editors wouldn't publish it without the evidence, so I sent them the relevant information. After that they published very happily, though perhaps blushed when I asked them if they asked IMAC to provide documentary proof of their claims as well. In July, the same doctor made yet more strange statements in the GP Weekly which also deserved a reply.and the rest was minor brushfires: chorinated water
Bio July 2001 (199 KB)2002 the whooping cough debate continued in the Herald, with a Dr from IMAC contradicting my comments about the whooping cough in Australia. Even though I sent the reporter the URL to the Australian report, and the report itself, he wouldn't put that in. That's when you see that journos now, are basically protecting the system. The days of anything that even pretended to be "investigative journalism" pretty much ground to a halt in 1997
Bio June 2002 (988 KB)
2003 - 2006. These years, I spent most of my time on internet boards in USA, and writing the first of out books, "Just a Little Prick, and left any battles to others.
2005 - 2010
Bio March 2006 (963 KB)After JALP came out, we decided to talk about why the medical profession no longer talked about whooping cough, even though it was as bad as it ever has been.
Bio August 2007 (1248 KB)2007, the year was kicked off by a letter in the SST by Dr Paul venting spleen about nonvaxxers. Though my reply was vastly abridged, at least it got in. Dr Paul, though, did get a copy of the original much stronger one.
Bio July 2007 (515 KB)2008. After FOPTA came out, we decided to talk about what parents had not been told about Gardasil.
Bio Sept 2008 (787 KB)
So as you can see, it's been an ongoing issue since 1985.