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Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher on the Dismissal of Parental Reports of Vaccine Injury

Mothers, who know and observe their children far more carefully than any doctors ever will, have reported for decades that their healthy babies become sick and sometimes die shortly after the doctor has given them a vaccination. But doctors have rejected, and continue to reject, their conclusions. One mother’s experience is typical.

‘I have always felt it was the shot, because her convulsion came just one hour after it. But no doctor would admit it. I would go to a hospital, and she would be having something wrong, and I would tell them her story, and they would look at me like I was crazy. They kept tell me she would have gotten seizures anyway, that it was just coincidental that the seizures happened so close to the shot.’

But how can the medical establishment evaluate vaccine reactions if no one is willing to sit down and observe them? For two thousand years, clinical observation and description of disease has been the raw material of medical science. But this raw material is apparently not to the taste of vaccine policymakers who dismiss as ‘anecdotal’ the stories of mothers and fathers who came forward with their vaccine-injured children.

— Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher, co-authors of the book DPT: A Shot in the Dark



Coulter HL, Fisher BL. DPT: A Shot in the Dark. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1985.

6 Responses to Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher on the Dismissal of Parental Reports of Vaccine Injury

  1. Shawn Siegel Reply

    July 7, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Parental anecdote is eyewitness testimony. Just as in scientific experiment, the metric to determine validity is attentiveness in observation and accuracy and honesty in recording; and just as in the laboratory experiment, when observation is keen and reporting is accurate and honest, parental anecdote is valid scientific information.

    And when it’s your child, there is no conflict of interest.

  2. M.S. Reply

    July 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    My son, who is now 13 has seizures do to two very common vaccines.
    It took the hospital that received him as a patient to confirm the vaccines were the csuse but confirm it they did.
    Also Emory and the CDC reviewed his case and also confirmed the vaccines were the cause of his seizures in 2009. Seizures that have forever changed his life.
    Just as they have confirmed Autism cases linked to vaccines among other injuries. Their answer to me personally about why they (CDC)
    do not bring these facts to the public is there are just no enough numbers to warrant it.

    • Mark Reply

      July 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      So sorry to hear about your son. My son is 19 and has had seizures all his life but the initiating event was due to an incompetent doctor. Suing for malpractice was considered but it would have been a “He said, I said” without much of a chance of winning.

      Have you looked into a form of medical marijuana? My son began it 1 year ago and it has helped enormously. It may be possible to detox the mercury, aluminum and adjuvants from the vaccines out of his body even at his age which might make a difference too. Does he drink regular tap water? have you tried a ketogenic diet or “Atkins Diet for Seizure” or the G.A.P.S. diet? (Gut And Psychology Syndrome diet)
      There is a lot one can do within alternative medicine to stop the seizures and improve over all health.

  3. Mark Reply

    July 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I have worked with dozens of parents whose child either had cerebral palsy or autistic spectrum disorder. IN EVERY CASE, the parents reported their child was healthy and acting “normal” prior to being vaccinated. After being vaccinated “all hell broke loose” as many have said. One of the mainstays of “modern” medicine is that “anecdotal proof” is no proof at all.
    Vaccinations are the systematic attempt by modern medicine (the AMA, the FDA and other gov agencies, pharmaceutical companies and media owned by the same families/persons) to produce generations of sick people to fill their bottom line. There is the lack of training in med schools to teach med students the signs and symptoms of vaccine damage, therefore the lack of reporting because of ignorance of the subject, therefore the present day denial of vaccine damage.
    It is systematic because everyone and anyone in authoritative positions within the agencies and companies deny the “anecdotal proof”. One of the premises in scientific thought is to have observable, reproducible results to establish cause and effect. Anecdotal proof in vaccine damage has always been the observational, reproducible proof. I have over 1,000 clinical studies on vaccines in PDF format. Of those, at least 650 show a relationship of vaccines to neurological, immune and other diseases. Anyone who says there is no relationship between vaccines and the damage they cause is either sorely ignorant, a drug rep, an ignorant doctor, or government rep out to protect the manufacturer. The MERE FACT, the government has given carte blanc protection to vaccine manufacturers should be enough “PROOF” of the dangers vaccines pose. I have been waiting for some individual or group to file a law suite against vaccine manufacturers under the title of “weapons of mass destruction”. Seriously, why not? Think about it.

    • Jenpea Reply

      July 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      I’m waiting for
      “Crimes against Humanity” lawsuit

  4. jason Reply

    July 16, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    National Vaccine Compensation Fund was set up to be less adversarial to pay for damages vaccines cause; but instead we have 2/3 of claims being denied, no rules of evidence and no enhanced reporting of injuries/under reporting. Vaccine proponents say not vaccinating is a risk to the public health; but a one size fits all vaccine policy has been proven to be a risk to the public health with 10 of thousands injured. 3.

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