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Government convenes Coastal Water Safety Roundtable today

NSW Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib will lead an expert roundtable looking at how more lives can be saved on NSW beaches after more than a dozen coastal drownings this summer.

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Government convenes Coastal Water Safety Roundtable today

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One of the many arguments against vaccination is that it occasionally doesn’t work. True, but then again does your car always start every time you turn it on? Nothing is guaranteed.

But for every child that is protected the world is a little safer for those who are immunocompromised. (roughly ‘non-functioning immune systems’). There are people out there who are unable to be vaccinated as they do not have a functioning immune system. Their lives are hell as they cannot be exposed to anything that may compromise their health, not even a cough or cold. They cannot even be hugged or kissed. I know, my son was one of them.

So, every time you immunise a child/adult, it may not benefit that child or adult, but the effects extend far beyond, to the safety of the general public such as those too young to be vaccinated or the elderly, and all the quietly suffering ‘bubble people’. (Remember The Boy In The Plastic Bubble?)

Thank you from a mother whose child nearly died from the effects of vaccination but was saved because of it. It helped us realise his immune system wasn’t functioning, so we went looking as to why. Six years and a bone marrow transplant later, followed by a series of vaccinations to boost his immunity, he is now well and happy – and safe because those around us were kind enough to make sure their immunisations were up to date.

Ang van den Heuvel




Katie Clarke’s letter in last week’s Echo urges parents to ‘please, please, please vaccinate your kids’. My answer as a parent is ‘please, please, please, do your research first!’

Her research originated from the website of the WHO. The WHO is just the loudspeaker for the pharmaceutical mafia. So, Katie, did the WHO also tell you that Dr Robert Bell, former vice-president International Society for Cancer Research at the British Cancer Hospital, said, ‘The chief, if not the sole, cause of the monstrous increase in cancer has been vaccination’? No! Not good for business!

Did the WHO mention that the (now deceased) head of vaccines at Merck, Dr Maurice Hillermann, admitted on camera that all of Merck’s vaccines are contaminated with cancer and other viruses? Anyone who believes there is no problem injecting mercury (the third-worst poison we know of) into a newborn seems to be happy to take the chance to deal with autism.

Yes, and the famous polio vaccination: the first time that a virus from another species has been deliberately injected into humans. Sixty-one per cent of all human tumours (at autopsy) contain the SV40 monkey virus, traceable to the polio vaccines. This monkey virus has been the cause of soft-tissue cancers for decades. Still nothing on the WHO site? No! Not good for business!

Just a few years ago another great sales push: Gardasil HPV, the wonderful vaccine that prevents cervical cancer! Not that there was any real proof it works, nor was there enough research that it’s safe, but it was a billion-dollar Christmas sale. Statistics from the US: August 12, 2011 – deaths 103; disabled 763; life-threatening 444; emergency room visits 9,115; hospitalised 2,307; adverse events 23,388. Any mention on the WHO site? Still not good for business.

Let’s conclude with a German study from last year on 8,000 kids: children who were vaccinated had a two to five times higher rate in diseases and behavioural problems.

As the father of a very healthy and happy 22-year-old daughter without vaccinations, I urge parents to please, please, please do your research!

Andy Holm

Ocean Shores


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