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About A Tale of Two Sides
Why did I write A Tale of Two Sides?
I wrote and self-published this novel in 2018 under the pen name John Phillip Ryan. Up until that point, all my writing on vaccines came from my head. I was always trying to stay neutral and objective. I gave my readers the facts and let them decide for themselves what to do. While most readers have thanked me for this intellectual approach, some wanted more from me. More what, you ask? More heart.
I live and breathe the vaccine debate every day of my life. I talk to every patient about it. I read research articles and news stories on it. I browse social media now and then to see others' experiences. I jump in to fight mandatory vaccine legislation when I can. I record podcasts and produce video tutorials on it. I speak publicly about it whenever anyone will let me. My wife and I discuss it almost every day. My friends and I laugh, cry, and anguish over it. And through all of this I have witnessed thousands of stories of real people living through every aspect of the vaccine decision.
So I figured I would let my readers see into my heart and get to know my inner-most thoughts about the vaccine debate. You are welcome ... or, I'm sorry, depending on what side of the line you stand. Or, how about we have no lines? How about that? One of my favorite chapters depicts two women who bravely step across this line and find that friendship, acceptance, and humanity are more valuable than science and politics. And thus, the cover of this book was born.
I also figured that some people might find reading The Vaccine Book in story form would be way more interesting than reading it regular-like. Both contain much of the same information, but in ATOTS you get to live it, not just read it. And that makes everything you learn about vaccines much more memorable.
Why use a pen name?
Honestly, I thought this book would get me in trouble. I thought, "If anyone found out where all these stories came from, I'd be done for." Hence, the last chapter of the book (inspired by one of my favorite novels, The Bourne Identity). Well, as it turns out, pharma doesn't seem to care. Maybe I'm not as influential as I thought I was. Regardless, writing anonymously gave me a freedom I'd never experienced before. And, seriously, it was way more fun than writing non-fiction.
Why JPR? I've always been a Tom Clancy fan and thought John Patrick Ryan was the coolest name ever. Since that was taken, I imagined that Jack Ryan had a brother, and their parents would find it humorous to give their kids the same initials. So, Phillip was born.
Will there be another tale of two sides?
You bet. I've already started working on Another Tale of Two Sides. Can't tell you what it's about yet - that will be a surprise. Hopefully this one might even have a regular publisher. We'll see. I plan to have it done by late 2023.
RESOURCES FOR A TALE OF TWO SIDES
Here are all the studies, articles, news stories, and references discussed in this book. These are all organized by chapter, and each chapter depicts a specific aspect of the vaccine debate. Even if you don't read the book, you should find these resources interesting and invaluable as you take your own journey down the rabbit hole.
Chapter 1 - Hepatitis B vaccine
Studies that Dr. Tommaso sent to Dr. Goodman on hepatitis B:
Unexplained fever in neonates may be associated with hepatitis B vaccine, Linder N, et al. Archives of Disease
in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition 1999; 81(3):206-207.
The changing epidemiology of hepatitis B in the United States: Need for alternative vaccination strategies,
Alter MJ, et al. Journal of the American Medical Association 1990; 263:1218-22.
Prevention of hepatitis B virus infection in the United States: a pediatric perspective, West DJ and Margolis HS, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 1992; 11:866-74.
Hepatitis B: evolving epidemiology and implications for control, Margolis HS, et al, Seminars in Liver Disease 1991; 11(2):84-92.
Achievements in public health: hepatitis B vaccination, United States, 1982-2002, MMWR 2002; 51(25):549-552, 563. Chart at end of paper.
Estimated and reported cases of hepatitis B infection in children, Sepkowitz S, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 1993; 12(6):542-44. Research letter challenging all the above research.
Chapter 2 - How to recognize severe vaccine reactions
Darla Johnson’s all-nighter:
Safer pertussis vaccines for children: trading efficacy for safety, Munoz FM, Pediatrics 2018, June.
Research studies Dr. Tommaso has shown Dr. Goldstein over the years:
Acellular pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a non-human primate model, Warfel JM, et al, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 2014, Jan 14; 111(2):787-92.
Unexpectedly limited durability of immunity following acellular pertussis vaccination in preadolescents in a North American outbreak, Witt MA, et al, Clinical Infectious Diseases 2012, June; 54(12):1730-5.
Tdap vaccine effectiveness in adolescents during the 2012 Washington State pertussis epidemic, Acosta AM, et al, Pediatrics 2015, June; 135(6):981-9.
The 112-year odyssey of pertussis and pertussis vaccines - mistakes made and implications for the future, Cherry JD, Pediatric Infect Dis Soc 2019, Sep 25;8(4):334-341.
Chapter 3 - Aluminum in vaccines
Dr. Smith’s resources:
Title 21- Food and Drugs Chapter I - FDA, Department of HHS, subchapter F - Biologics, Part 610 - General Biological Products Standards, section 610.15 - constituent materials: must enter 610.15 into the first box of the Search Database section.
Adverse events after immunization with aluminum-containing DTP vaccines: a systematic review of the evidence, Jefferson T, et al, Lancet Infectious Diseases 2004, Feb; 4(2):84-90.
The biological behaviour and bioavailability of aluminum in man, with special reference to studies employing aluminum-26 as a tracer, Priest ND, Journal of Environmental Monitoring 2004, 6(5):375-403.
Aluminum toxicokinetics regarding infant diet and vaccinations, Keith LS, et al, Vaccine 2002, May 31; 20 suppl 3:S13-7.
Addressing parents’ concerns: do vaccines contain harmful preservatives, adjuvants, additives, or residuals? Offit PA, Jew RK, Pediatrics 2003 Dec; 112(6):1394-7.
Macrophagic myofasciitis lesions assess long-term persistence of vaccine-derived aluminum hydroxide in muscle, Gherardi M, et al, Brain 2001; 124(9):1821-31.
Dr. Ward’s resources:
Priest’s 2004 study in Jour Env Monit as above.
Effect of routine vaccination on aluminum and essential element levels in preterm infants, Movsas TZ, et al, Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics 2013, Sept; 167(9):870-2.
Jefferson’s 2004 study in Lancet, as above.
Aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines versus placebo or no intervention, Djurisic S, et al, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Sept; Issue 9.
Keith’s 2002 study in Vaccine, as above.
Aluminum neurotoxicity in preterm infants receiving intravenous feeding solutions, Bishop NJ, et al, New England Journal of Medicine 1997; 336(22):1557-61.
Title 21- Food and Drugs Chapter I - FDA, Department of HHS, subchapter C, Drugs, Part 201 - Labeling, Section 201.323 - Aluminum in large and small volume parenterals used in total parenteral nutrition.
Aluminum toxicity in infants and children, Committee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics 1996; 97:413-16.
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) statement on aluminum in parenteral nutrition solutions, Aluminum Task Force, Charmey P, Nutrition in Clinical Practice 2004; 19:416-17.
Biopersistence and brain translocation of aluminum adjuvants of vaccines, Gherardi RK, et al, Frontiers in Neurology 2015, Feb 5; 6:4.
Effects of aluminum on the neurotoxicity of primary cultured neurons and on the aggregations of beta-amyloid protein, Kawahara M, et al, Brain Research Bulletin 2001, May 15; 55(2):211-17.
Aluminum-adjuvanted vaccines transiently increase aluminum levels in murine brain tissue, Redhead K, et al, Pharmacology and Toxicology 1992, April; 70(4):278-80.
Aluminum hydroxide injections lead to motor deficits and motor neuron degeneration, Shaw CA, Petrik MS, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2009 Nov; 103(11):1555-62.
Long-term persistence of vaccine-derived aluminum hydroxide is associated with chronic cognitive dysfunction, Couette M, et al, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2009, Nov; 103(11):1571-8.
Aluminum impairs the glutamate-nitric oxide-cGMP pathway in cultured neurons and in rat brain in vivo: molecular mechanisms and implications for neuropathology, Canales JJ, et al, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2001; 87(1-2):63-69.
Effects of aluminum exposure on brain glutamate and GABA systems: an experimental study in rats, Nanak P and Chatterjee AK, Food and Chemical Toxicology 2001; 39(12):1285-89.
Neuropathology of aluminum toxicity in rats (glutamate and GABA impairment), El-Rhaman SS, Pharmacological Research 2003; 47(3):189-94.
Systematic review of potential health risks posed by pharmaceutical, occupational, and consumer exposures to aluminum, aluminum oxides, aluminum hydroxide, and its soluble salts, Willhite CC, et al, Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 2014 Oct; 44 Suppl 4:1-80.
Aluminum in brain tissue in autism, Mold M, et al, Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology 2018, Mar; 46:76-82.
Aluminum in brain tissue in familial Alzheimer’s disease, Mirza A, et al, Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology 2017, Mar; 40:30-36.
Chapter 8 - How to fight mandatory vaccination laws
Resources given to Elena Moretti by a constituent and her three friends:
Two more articles that Emilio found later (not in book):
The resources that Emilio Sanchez made available to Legislators during his speech:
Also see Ch. 2 resources for pertussis.
Chapter 9 - Whooping cough disease and vaccine
The whooping cough commercial that Sherrie watched: GSK's big, bad whooping cough vaccination campaign bares its teeth | Fierce Pharma (actual video seems to have been taken down though).
Chapter 10 - Media conflict of interest
Although the story in this book is not intended to portray any real life events or people, this link describes a similar news interview video that was done in a different state: https://youtu.be/mfl5VM95Cjo (video censored from YouTube)
Chapter 11 - Mercury, vaccines, and autism
LA Times article: '91 memo warned of mercury in shots
Chapter 13 - Justified discrimination
Risk of recurrence of adverse events following immunization: A systematic review, Zafack JG, et al, Pediatrics 2017 Aug.
Chapter 14 - Pneumococcal disease and vaccine
Clinical features and outcomes of stereotype 19A invasive pneumococcal disease in Calgary, Alberta, Ricketson LJ, The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology 2014 Mar-Apr; 25(2):e71-e75.
Chapter 18 - HPV disease and vaccine
Research reviewed by Leslie and Tamara over wine and Oreos:
Videos of doctor who did safety research on HPV vaccine:
Teen girl in The Greater Good movie trailer (no relation to the character in this book) reacted to HPV vaccine:
Lawsuits in other countries:
Aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines versus placebo or no intervention (protocol), Djurisic S, et al, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 9
Prophylactic vaccination against human papillomaviruses to prevent cervical cancer and its precursors, Arbyn M, et al, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 5.
Although the story in this book is not intended to portray any real life events or people, this link describes a similar news story: Girl commits suicide after gardasil vaccine destroys her life.
Chapter 20 - FDA conflict of interest
A story that went through Toby Turner’s mind: FDA now officially belongs to big pharma.
Chapter 21 - No more medical exemptions from vaccines
Chapter 23 - SIDS and vaccines
Although the story in this book is not intended to portray any real life events or people, this link describes a similar case that occurred in 2017: US Vaccine Court SIDS Case
Chapter 25 - Fraud in vaccine safety research
Although the story in this book is not intended to portray any real life events or people, this link describes a similar case about alleged fraud in CDC research: William Thompson Healthcare Bills Testimony.
Although the story in this book is not intended to portray any real life events or people, this link describes a similar case of a legislator appearing before congress: Representative Bill Posey Calling Investigation on CDC MMR Research Fraud
See resources from Ch. 8 regarding CDC SPIDER and Stock holdings of CDC leaders and doctors.
Kennedy lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over failure to submit vaccine safety updates to congress: Click here for story.
Chapter 27 - Vaccines for premature babies
Research that Dorothy shared with the NICU director on vaccine reactions in premature babies:
Primary immunization of premature infants with gestational age less than 35 weeks: cardio respiratory complications and C-reactive protein responses associated with administration of single and multiple separate vaccines simultaneously, Pourcynous M, et al, Journal of Pediatrics 2007 Aug; 151(2):167-72.
Adverse events after routine immunization of extremely low-birth-weight infants, DeMeo SD, et al, Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics 2015 June 1.
Adverse events following vaccination in premature infants, Sen S, et al, Acta Paediatrica 2001 Aug; 90(8):916-20.
Chapter 29 - Forcing vaccines on special needs children
Information on kids with special needs and school - scroll down to the section on IEPs for a discussion on IDEA law.
Chapter 30 - Mumps disease and vaccine
Chapter 31 - Flu vaccine and disease
Influenza vaccination of healthcare workers: critical analysis of the evidence for patient benefit underpinning policies of enforcement, De Serres G, et al, PLOS ONE 2017 Jan 27;
Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults, Demicheli V, et al, Cochrane Systematic Reviews - Intervention 2018 Feb 1.
Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children, Jefferson T, et al, Cochrane Systematic Reviews - Intervention 2018 Feb 1.
Vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly, Demicheli V, et al, Cochrane Systematic Reviews - Intervention 2018 Feb 1.
Two Op-Eds that Dr. Saul referred to:
Chapter 32 - Mandatory vaccine policies and vaccine safety
Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year old U.S. children, Mawson AR, et al, Journal of Translational Science 2017 Apr 24.
Preterm birth, vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders: a cross-sectional study of 6- to 12-year-old vaccinated and unvaccinated children, Mawson AR, et al, Journal of Translational Science 2017 Apr 24.
Bill in Congress for NIH to study vaccines - see resources in Ch. 26.
Chapter 34 - Forcing vaccines in custody disputes
Although the story in this book is not intended to portray any real life events or people, this link describes a similar case of a parent jailed for not vaccinating: Mother Jailed for Refusing to Vaccinate Her Son
Chapter 35 - A return to separate but equal
State laws governing discrimination in education: Go to chapter 6.
Chapter 38 - Long-term plan for vaccine mandates
The unofficial vaccine educators: are CDC funded non-profits sufficiently independent? Doshi P, British Medical Journal 2017, 359:j5104.