Vaccines: Are They Safe and Effective?
An Interview with Curtis Cost By Susan Davis
Curtis Cost has written a
well-researched, easy-to-read, no-holds-barred book entitled, Vaccines Are
Dangerous: A Warning to the Black Community. Mr. Cost served as a research
assistant through undergraduate and graduate school. He has a BA from Vassar
College, and an MBA from Northwestern University. He has a diversified
background that includes teaching, corporate sales, marketing research, and
management. He was nominated best author of the year by the National Black
Achievement Awards for his riveting work: What Is Safe Sex in the Age of
AIDS: If You Only Knew What They Arenít Telling You. Mr. Cost has appeared
on numerous radio and television networks.
Q: What prompted you to write a book on the dangers of vaccines?
A: This book is my attempt to save lives, and
save people from needless suffering. I recognized from all the reading Iíd done
that a massive hoax was being perpetrated on the general public. People were
being lied to. They were being told that these chemicals [in vaccines] would
protect them from specific diseases, when in fact study after study in their own
literature has shown just the opposite: that people have a greater chance of
getting diseases from the vaccines. Iíve found that vaccines cause all types of
terrible side-effects, terrible adverse reactions (some of which are short term,
others long term) where ten to thirty years down the road people get cancers and
other things happen to them, and they have no idea what the source of it is
unless they do some research. So, I decided to write this book because I was
thinking about children and little infants who would be exposed to these toxins
and have no defense. And also the parents who have no defense because they just
do not know the information.
Q: Through your research, youíve found a lot of evidence that vaccines cause the very diseases they were meant to prevent. Could you elaborate on this?
A: The fact is, you have a much greater
chance of contracting various diseases from the vaccines than you do if you
arenít vaccinated. Studies show that the majority of people who receive vaccines
came down with diseases in greater numbers than people who arenít vaccinated. In
the case of polio, some show as much as 76% of the people who came down with
polio had the polio vaccine. One study pointed out that between 1973 and 1983,
76% of everyone who contracted polio in the U.S. got it from the polio vaccine.
People whoíve come down with measles ó numbers like 50-70% of the cases are
among those who were vaccinated. This is a consistent pattern when you look at
the various diseases ó smallpox and others. This information is published right
in medical journals and magazines such as the Journal of the American Medical
Association, and others. But the average person doesnít take the time to
research medical literature. The fact is, vaccines donít work and the public is
just not aware of that.
Q: Could you describe some of the contents in routinely-administered vaccines?
A: All types of toxic chemicals and
substances have been placed in vaccines. Kidneys from monkeys in the production
of the polio vaccine, embryos/eggs in the measles vaccines, horse and pig blood,
aborted fetus tissue, mercury which is a toxic metal, formaldehyde (proven to
cause cancer), and many other substances, that any rational person would realize
are revolting, disgusting and have very serious implications for the human body.
People donít know about these chemicals placed in vaccines. They need to know
this. They have also developed genetically engineered vaccines, where they
genetically alter viruses and create vaccines out of them. Itís bad enough to
take a naturally occurring organism and place it into a personís blood system.
Itís absolute madness to alter naturally occurring viruses and place them in a
personís body, because they have no idea what the long term implications are.
There is no way for them to know, unless they put these chemicals out, give them
to millions of people, and watch the results. So, basically, the American public
is being used as guinea pigs on a massive scale.
Q: You uncovered a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that stated that 60% of all measles cases among schoolchildren occurred among those vaccinated. With statistics like that, why would anyone have their child vaccinated?
A: They donít know. In fact, many doctors
donít know either. Most doctors are not researchers; itís very difficult for
them to keep up with all their literature, because of time spent with patients
being consuming and stressful. The greatest challenge those of us who are
opposed to vaccines face is getting the information to the public. The
pharmaceutical industry has tremendous influence over the media. They advertise
all sorts of drugs, aspirin etc. When youíre feeding money into an industry,
that gives you influence. Couple that with the medical establishmentís blessing
on these substances and that becomes a lot of power. There are some courageous
radio and TV hosts who allow people to air their views, but it must be done on a
regular basis and on a massive enough scale. This is why the majority of
Americans are still unaware that there is a longstanding debate over the safety
and effectiveness of vaccines. We need to get both sides of the vaccine story
presented to Americans.
Q: Youíve discovered that vaccines come with no warranties. What does that say?
A: Not only do doctors and pharmaceutical
companies refuse to guarantee that the vaccines are safe, they now require
people to sign statements saying that they agree not to sue the doctor if
anything should happen to them ó now or at any time in the future. Basically,
theyíre not taking responsibility for anything, but they want you to sign on the
Q: Do you believe that African Americans are being singled out as experimental subjects for vaccine research?
A: Iíve talked to individuals who work in the
pharmaceutical industry and theyíve told me that the most experimental and
dangerous vaccines are always administered to the African American communities.
Thereís a story Iíve heard numerous times, of this Black doctor who was working
in a department that handled vaccines, and he noticed that vaccines that were to
be sent to the Black community had code numbers on them which were different
from the numbers that were on the package being sent to the White community. He
couldnít understand why there was this difference. On one occasion, he
accidentally mixed the two packages up. They found out what happened and
immediately recalled the batches of vaccines. Now, why? What was in those
vaccines that were supposed to go to the Black community that was different from
the one going to the White community? Iíve heard that story many times, from
several credible sources. So, is the Black community being targeted? Without a
doubt. Anyone who looks at history knows weíve been subjected to every form of
brutality and experiment conceivable.
Q: If vaccines worked, wouldnít TB be wiped out by now?
A: Yes, thatís the amazing thing about the
whole logic behind vaccines. They tell us that when we receive a vaccine, we
develop antibodies, and these antibodies would then protect us from diseases.
The first question I have is: if the body naturally produced antibodies in
response to the presence of diseases, why does man have to interfere with that
process. Itís almost as if the human body and the immune system needs a little
ďboosterĒ to get the job done. Why donít we use natural approaches as opposed to
artificial approaches? Natural approaches such as getting this society more
disposed to eat properly. I mean a really massive drive to get people to eat
more organic fruits and vegetables. My point is: boost the system naturally with
more emphasis on organic produce, exercise, reducing the intake of sugar and
fat. This society has to decide if it wants to maintain the health of its
citizens or the profits for certain segments of the corporate structure. The
bottom line is that there are natural approaches to enhancing a personís immune
system. The artificial approach, which is vaccination, is an attempt to say:
ďYou can eat all the junk you want, donít worry, about exercising, this vaccine
will protect you.Ē To anybody with any conception of the human body, that type
of logic is ludicrous! You canít put trash in your body and not suffer
Q: Would you say that the evidence of the dangers of vaccines outweighs any evidence of vaccination success?
A: Some studies have linked vaccines to cancers and brain damage, to say nothing of the more subtle side effects such as arthritis, ear and eye problems. For a list of side effects, anyone can refer to the Physicianís Desk Reference and look up the various vaccines. It gives you a detailed list of side effects associated with vaccines: side effects such as autism, seizures, mental retardation, hyperactivity, dyslexia, convulsions, paralysis, sudden infant death syndrome, blindness, death, premature aging, multiple sclerosis, blood and skin disorders, allergies. These are documented.
The medical establishment gets away with constantly saying
that these side effects are small and that the chances of them happening are
limited. In fact, doctors have gone so far as to not even tell parents which
pharmaceutical company produced which particular vaccine, or the batch number of
that vaccine, which by law they have to do. You have to realize that no doctor
wants to be sued or put in the position where they are challenging the AMA.
Q: To the best of your knowledge, is there any data to support the continued use of vaccines?
A: I can tell you from the research Iíve done
that not only do I say thereís no proof, but Iíd say there are blatant lies
perpetuated. For example, the concept of vaccines causing a decline in the
incidence of disease. On one level youíd think that sounds nice, and some
statistics suggest that. But on another level, if you look a little deeper,
youíll find that measles, mumps, smallpox etc. were steadily declining before
the vaccines came on the market, declining as much as 90% before they came to
market. These declines were due to overall improvements in sanitation and
nutrition. People had greater access to fresh fruit and vegetables as roadways
to cities opened up.
So, if there any proof for the continuation of vaccination? from the research Iíve done: No! If I had to face the decision of subjecting my child to a vaccine, would I give it any consideration? The answer is: No. Under no conditions whatsoever would I allow my child, myself, or any member of my family to be vaccinated. Thatís how strongly I feel about this. Most importantly people need to draw their own conclusions. Donít just relax and take my word for it: get some books, read some articles, look up specifically adverse reactions; make an informed decision.
Q: How can African Americans and others protect themselves from future inoculations?
A: Everybody has the right not to be
vaccinated. If you are a member of a church or become a member of a church that
has a position against vaccines, you can have your priest or minister draw up a
document stating that itís the church belief that itís wrong to be vaccinated,
and that is accepted by most states as a legal exemption category. You can also
draw up a document stating that itís against your personal belief system not to
be vaccinated. And thatís also recognized. There are groups such as Vaccination
Alternatives, Natural Hygiene, National Vaccination Information Center, and
others which can provide you with an exemption letter.. Another one, which I
like a lot, allows you to have a lawyer draw up a document stating that you
agree to allow your child or yourself to be vaccinated under the condition the
school and health officials giving the vaccine all agree to take full
responsibility for anything that happens to you or your child now or at any time
in the future. Since they know how dangerous vaccines are, they never sign that
type of statement, and always grant a waiver.
Q:Do you consider yourself a pioneer?
A: Yes I do: in that my book was tailored
primarily toward the African American community. Thatís why I gave it the title
I did. Thereís a tremendous gap in that the majority of all the books Iíve read
on the subject of vaccines were written by White authors, and distributed
primarily to White book stores. I thought the Black community had no sensitivity
whatsoever to the magnitude of the threat these vaccines represented to the
Black community. So I consider myself a pioneer in the sense that Iím the first
Black author, to my knowledge, who has written a book on the subject of
vaccines. I also did strive to make the book very readable. People can digest
the information very quickly, but at the same time understand a lot of what
theyíre reading and get plenty of documentation to follow up and do additional
Vaccines Are Dangerous: A Warning to the Black Community can be ordered from A & B Publishing, 149 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Tel.: 718-596-3389 or 718-231-9683. For further reading and information consult: Vaccine Alternatives, P.O. Box 346, New York, NY 10023. Tel.: 212-873-5051. Attn: Sharon Kimmelman.
Susan Davis has been active in the animal rights movement for seven years. She recently founded TAAR-Get health, an anti-vivisection organization dedicated to the promotion of human health by means of abolishing animal research.