I sense that tomorrow's (Wednesday's) SB 276 hearing in Sacramento will mirror a lot of what took place in Colorado. Democrats in Colorado should think long and hard of the coldhearted mindset of the legislators who are supposedly voting on behalf of their constituents.
Colorado HB 1312 “Debate” – First Hand Report
by Dr. Shelley O’Neill, MD, April 16, 2019
Those Against the Bill: The Opposition’s Turn
Approximately 150 spoke in opposition to the bill. There were four chiropractors, one acupuncturist, two “Vaccine Risk Aware” MD’s (including me), a representative from NVIC, and Del Bigtree. The rest were vaccine injured families, although many of the parents were also highly educated professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, PhDs, etc.
The testimonies of vaccine injury were powerful and heartbreaking. Even more heartbreaking were the stories of grief, devastation, seizures, regression, disability, and death that did not touch the seven Democratic legislators’ stone-cold hearts. They were silent, dismissive or combative. A few of them dozed off during the testimonies.
Much of the time, they appeared distracted by whatever was on their phone or laptop. The bill’s main sponsor would frequently come and go from the hearing room, missing much of the testimony, instead choosing to congregate with lobbyists in the hall. The four Republican legislators were attentive, listening and clearly touched by the stories. They asked excellent questions of both sides.
The contrast between the two parties was stark and noticeable to all. There were three exchanges with the Democratic legislators that took my breath away.
The first was from a pediatrician/representative who assailed a vaccine injured mother for speaking about MTHFR mutation. She implied that the mom “must be confused or lying” because she knew, and stated unequivocally, “that anyone who had double MTHFR mutation would have homocystinuria, which is screened for at birth!” The pediatrician / representative was very confident in her ignorance and could not be swayed. I so wished I had been up there to defend this mom and to let the other legislators know that pediatricians and allopaths do not study, utilize or understand epigenetics, detoxification or vaccine injury related to those factors and that their colleague was gravely misinformed. I personally have homozygous MTHFR mutation – and so did many others in the room – and I can assure you that I don’t have the diagnosis of homocystinuria.
For those who are curious, homocystinuria is an amino acid disorder that can be caused by many genetic polymorphisms, most commonly the CBS mutation. These newborns are screened for this disorder by measuring levels of amino acids and do not receive a genetic snp testing. So children having the MTHFR mutation, which may predispose them to vaccine injury, would not know that before injections started.
MTHFR and other single nucleotide polymorphisms. They are not genetic mutations like Down’s syndrome where everyone with that gene manifests with the same unalterable condition. These SNPs can turn on and off based on environmental factors and have many different manifestations, such as early heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and intolerance to medications. Most pediatricians know very little about this, and thus the hostile arrogance she demonstrated while shutting this informed mother down was shocking and quite symbolic of our bigger problems.
The second exchange was between an African-American legislator who seemed not to care at all when presented with information that the CDC had committed scientific fraud around a study looking at autism in African-American boys. Her very polite answer was, “My nephew is high up in the CDC so I have all the information I need from him, but thanks anyway”. Wow.
The third comment was heartfelt and by a legislator who has a grandchild with autism. She stated that the child was different even before his 2-month shots and she knew that his autism was “just how he was and not a vaccine injury”. I wondered if she knew four vaccines are now given during pregnancy, that the hepatitis B vaccine is given a few hours after birth and that the Hepatitis B vaccine given at birth has a higher correlation to autism than tobacco does to lung cancer?
She went on to say that she found it very hurtful that anyone would suggest that vaccines cause autism because that wasn’t the case for her grandson. Yet she couldn’t see that denying the experience of hundreds in the room who had watched their children regress after vaccines was just as hurtful.
What she didn’t seem to realize is that not all autism is the same and assuming that he was unvaccinated before two months old, both scenarios could be true. But it is wrong to deny one version of reality while clinging to another, especially when the choice validates Pharma, letting the drug companies and the CDC off the hook and at the same time, throwing hundreds of thousands of families under the bus.
The biggest outrage and wake up call for me came at the very end of the hearing. The sergeant directs the seating in the hearing room. I was seated next to a woman who I didn’t know, but I assumed was a lobbyist or maybe even the bill’s author. I was annoyed by her constant typing on her computer, jumping up from her seat to chat with lobbyists. She was completely oblivious and unconcerned with the heartfelt testimonies being shared, even rolling her eyes when people spoke about toxins.
Her incessant typing involved writing numerous legislators with talking points and follow-ups, reinforcing the legislation and refuting points made by the opposition. I also saw a more formal email, which she worked on for quite a while, and then sent to the bill’s sponsor. She was typing furiously on it, ignoring the father who was crying, describing the death of his infant. I watched to see if she would even look up, but she just tic-tacked away, cold as ice. Her lack of humanity disturbed and saddened me. The email looked like a speech and I thought maybe it was for the next reading of the bill or an interview. But what do you know? As the sponsor began his closing remarks, it was word-for-word what I had watched her type just hours before.
I admit that I was naive and inexperienced as to how things work in the state capitol but it made me sick to my stomach to watch someone so disrespectful and oblivious be able to “speak” through a puppet legislator, while everyone else clearly assumed his words were his own. It also really drove home what a David and Goliath fight this is, how it truly is a war lead by Pharma, with the help of media and legislators, against already beleaguered families, their providers and the population as a whole.
I don’t have words to describe the disgust, betrayal, and fury I felt, as a life long Democrat, watching my Party’s legislators vote down all reasonable amendments and pass this egregious bill out of committee, despite 13+ hours of compelling personal testimonies. They are on the wrong side of history. They heard the stories of injury, disability, and death and truly didn’t care. They heard facts about corruption and scientific misconduct at the CDC and truly didn’t care. It was clear they had witnessed the weird disconnect of doctors saying “this can’t happen”, while surrounded by hundreds of people saying “it happened to me”.