Editorial by Susanne Saltzman, MD
“Then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” – John 8:32
Scoreboard: Autism: 1,082,353. Measles: 644
As published in the June issue of the American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine e-Journal, we present VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe which describes senior scientist and whistleblower William Thompson’s attempts to alert his superiors to the alleged manipulation of data in the 2004 CDC vaccine-autism study as well as information on the 1986 National Child Vaccine Injury Act, which Jim Moody, public interest attorney, claims was a large motivation for the cover-up.
We also present a case of an autistic child successfully treated with homeopathic medicine by Dr. Amy Rothenberg. Due to the time constraints and the effort involved in completing part II of the VAXXED review, we will not be publishing Dr. Rothenberg’s case according to CARE guidelines. However, the reader will enjoy Amy’s conversational style and benefit from her expertise both as a teacher and a practitioner of our wonderful healing art. We are also printing another piece on the scientific myths surrounding the measles “craze” by Dr. Ronald Whitmont, who is another voice of reason (see also Moskowitz’ The Current Measles Craze, AJHM May 2016) in the mass hysteria promulgated by the major media that surrounds this infectious disease. Compare the hysteria surrounding the 644 cases of measles that were recorded as a result of the Disney outbreak last year vs the 1,082,353 cases of autism diagnosed in 2014 alone that has barely received the media attention it so justly deserves.
This Journal represents the American Institute of Homeopathy that, since 1844, has represented a minority of physicians who truly understand our most sacred Hippocratic oath, “Primum non nocere”—“First do no harm.” This is no small matter, indeed, in a society where conventional medical errors are now the third leading cause of death.(1) In fact, many of us discovered homeopathy as a result of our experiences as young physicians in allopathic training where we witnessed too many of its failings. We yearned for a better way to heal our patients and, when we discovered homeopathy, our search for a system of medicine that was gentle, safe and effective was finally realized.
The alleged cover-up by the CDC that may have affected millions of children is only part of the problem. It is our society’s blind allegiance to authority or “the experts” on many different levels, whether it’s parents’ unquestioning faith in their doctors, their doctors’ trust in the CDC, or the public’s deference to the medical establishment/pharmaceutical industry in general, that is literally killing us.(2) How many parents have said to me through the years, “I knew I should never have given my child that shot?” How many pediatricians felt that uneasiness in their “gut” before giving multiple vaccines to a baby at once? We are all complicit at some level in this debacle because we refuse to trust that innate wisdom and intuition that comes from a Higher and much more loving and compassionate place. It is this love and compassion for ourselves and others that will ultimately heal this wounded planet.
Part of that healing requires us to have the courage to expose transgressions at every level of our society—from our governments, the military-industrial complex, and the medical/pharmaceutical establishment to our workplaces and in our own homes. By witnessing the “shadow” parts of ourselves, we can decide Who We Are in relationship to it. In fact, our world demands it. Witness Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning’s exposure of the Iraq and Afghan War logs, Edward Snowden’s release of the classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents, Dr. Marcia Angell’s The Truth About the Drug Companies, Dr. Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, the Vioxx debacle and now Dr. Thompson’s confession, just to name a few.
I believe each and every one of us is calling forth these events at this critical time in our history because we deeply desire to live in a more just and humane society, whether we fully realize it or not.
It is through transparency at every level of our society (“shining a light on the darkness”) that the truth will ultimately “set us free” to evolve and become fully conscious human beings who remember that we are deeply interconnected and that when one of us suffers, we all do.
Every vaccine damaged autistic child that I see in my practice is my own.
Every heartbroken parent who may never see his or her child grow up to become independent, fully functioning adults is me.
Susanne Saltzman, MD
Editor, American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine
Review first published in the May edition of the American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine with Part 2 first appearing in the June edition.