Vaccine News – Study – The Introduction of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Oral Polio Vaccine Among Young Infants in an Urban African Community: A Natural Experiment

New Study: Infant Mortality More than Doubles After DTP-Vaccine
Mar 22, 2017
A new study published in Ebiomedicine by researchers Søren Wengel Mogensen and associates examined mortality rates of infants between the ages of 3 and 5 months who were given early vaccinations for DTP (Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis) and OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine) suffered a 5-fold infant mortality rate compared to infants who were not given the vaccine.
Though the study conducted in Guinea-Bissau, Africa, measured mortality rates for DTP and OPV administered together, there was still shockingly higher mortality rates for children given the DTP vaccine alone.
The researchers concluded:
“DTP was associated with increased mortality; OPV may modify the effect of DTP.”
This study is alarming for several reasons. First, you likely won’t hear about it from your pediatrician or from mainstream media.

Study – The Introduction of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Oral Polio Vaccine Among Young Infants in an Urban African Community: A Natural Experiment
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Highlights
•When DTP and OPV were introduced in Guinea-Bissau in 1981, allocation by birthday resulted in a natural experiment of being vaccinated early or late.
•Between 3 and 5 months of age, children who received DTP and OPV early had 5-fold higher mortality than still unvaccinated children.
•In the only two studies of the introduction of DTP and OPV, co-administration of OPV with DTP may have reduced the negative effects of DTP.
Few studies have examined what happened to child survival when DTP and OPV were introduced in low-income countries. These vaccines were introduced in 1981 in an urban community in Guinea-Bissau from 3 months of age in connection with 3-monthly weighing sessions. Children were therefore allocated by birthday to receive vaccines early or late between 3 and 5 months of age. In this natural experiment vaccinated children had 5-fold higher mortality than not-yet-DTP-vaccinated children. DTP-only vaccinations were associated with higher mortality than DTP + OPV vaccinations. Hence, DTP may be associated with a negative effect on child survival.
Results
Among 3–5-month-old children, having received DTP (±OPV) was associated with a mortality hazard ratio (HR) of 5.00 (95% CI 1.53–16.3) compared with not-yet-DTP-vaccinated children. Differences in background factors did not explain the effect. The negative effect was particularly strong for children who had received DTP-only and no OPV (HR = 10.0 (2.61–38.6)). All-cause infant mortality after 3 months of age increased after the introduction of these vaccines (HR = 2.12 (1.07–4.19)).
Conclusion
DTP was associated with increased mortality; OPV may modify the effect of DTP.

Aborted human fetal cell line use in vaccine production with Debra Vinnedge, President and founder of Children of God for Life.
Website:https://cogforlife.org/

Sheila Lewis Ealey #Vaxxed #PrayBig #GetOffTheBus

America is the most medicated nation in the world. Yet, many reports show that we don’t know much about the drugs we take. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr talks about the far-reaching powers of drug companies in this exclusive ClassAction.com video.

After 3 Years of Suffering 19 Year Old Girl Dies from Gardasil Vaccine Injuries
Kate was very tall for her age and a very accomplished athlete before receiving the Gardasil vaccine. She died at the age of 19 after suffering for years.
Health Impact News
The film VAXXED continues to be shown in new cities across the U.S., with the film crew also traveling to these cities to sponsor Q&A sessions after the filming. Producer Del Bigtree states that the story of the CDC whistleblower and cover-up told in the film is “Bigger than Watergate.”
The film crew also films parents of vaccine damaged or vaccine killed children who turn out to view the film and tell their own stories. Each city they go to reveals incredible stories of families who have suffered from vaccines, and wish they had known more about the risks before agreeing with doctors who seldom, if ever, discuss the side effects and risks.
In the video below, a tearful mother tells the story of the biggest decision she ever made and will regret the rest of her life, when she allowed her teen-aged daughter Kate, a tall and accomplished student athlete at the time, to receive the Gardasil HPV vaccine.
Her health began to decline, and the last 3 years of her life she suffered in terrible pain and had to be on a feeding tube. She tragically died at the age of 19.

Why Are Nurses and Healthcare Workers Across the U.S. Refusing Mandatory Flu Vaccines?
The Truth Behind Flu Shot Mandates for Healthcare Workers
by Claire Dwoskin, Founder, Childrens Medical Safety Research Institute April 3, 2017
Special to Health Impact News
When you are sick, injured or just need a check-up, you trust that your doctor is giving you valid, conflict-free, evidence-based advice on what is best for your health. The last thing you want to believe is that your doctor is putting a drug company’s interests, or their own, over your health.
What if you discovered that the flu vaccine, or any vaccine, is being given to you or your child without your consent or knowledge, or to a loved one in the hospital at a time when it is contraindicated for his or her condition? What if you learned that your health care providers were, themselves, force-vaccinated against their better judgement just to stay employed? What if these policies were ultimately driven by financial incentives for those who make and enforce them?
The following answers, interspersed with personal stories I have heard directly from parents, patients and healthcare workers, will have you questioning the next time you are faced with vaccine decisions. Protecting your loved ones and your right to informed consent when it comes to any medical procedure that carries with it the risk of injury or death depends on YOU doing your own research.  An informed and educated healthcare consumer is the best protection against becoming a statistic in the epidemic of eroding national health.
Uncovering the Facts Behind Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Healthcare Workers
Dr. Meryl Nass, M.D., a 36-year career board certified internal medicine practitioner in Maine, has written extensively about vaccine safety and vaccine policy. She is most well-known for her work with hundreds of Gulf War Veterans who became ill after receiving the anthrax vaccine. Her most recent research has uncovered new information about a nationally imposed flu vaccine policy for healthcare workers. This policy also affects patients at hospitals and in pediatric practices, and general practitioners who are being lobbied, cajoled and sometimes deceived into getting flu vaccines.
Dr. Nass discovered that the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) established by Medicare and organizations like the National Quality Forum, a federally established, public-private health quality assessment organization are created for the purpose of enforcing policies that are selected as “quality improvement” measures, whether or not they improve care or lower costs. They are surrogate measures that can then be used to get institutions to either comply or lose millions of dollars in reimbursements (up to 4% of acute care hospitals’ total Medicare reimbursements). The more employees and patients vaccinated, the higher the reimbursement rate.

 

Vaccine News – A study from West Africa’s Guinea-Bissau discovered that all-cause infant mortality more than doubled after the introduction of the DTP vaccination

The Alex Jones Channel – Shocking! Elmo Lies To Children About Vaccine Safety / Laughs At Autistic Victim

The First 6 Years Of A Fully Vaccinated Child’s Life Looks Like This…
We want you to have a choice. We want you to always know the facts. No laws should govern your child’s medical decisions, only you should.
Here is a comprehensive list of what your child receives if you fully vaccinate them for the first six years of their life.
Source: “What The Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You To Know About Vaccines” – By Dr. Todd M. Elsner. Todd’s book is available on Amazon here.
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17,500 mcg 2-phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
5,700 mcg aluminum (neurotoxin)
Unknown amounts of fetal bovin serum(aborted cow blood)
801.6 mcg formaldehyde (carcinogen, embalming agent)
23,250 mcg gelatin (ground up animal carcuses)
500 mcg human albumin (human blood)
760 mcg of monosodium L-glutamate (causes obesity & diabetis)
Unknown amounts of MRC-5 cells (aborted human babies)
Over 10 mcg neomycin (antibiotic)
Over 0.075 mcg polymyxin B (antibiotic)
Over 560 mcg polysorbate 80 (carcinogen)
116 mcg potassium chloride (used in lethal injection)
188 mcg potassium phosphate (liquid fertilizer agent)
260 mcg sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
70 mcg sodium borate (Borax, used for cockroach control)
54,100 mcg of sodium chloride (table salt)
Unknown amounts of sodium citrate (food additive)
Unknown amounts of sodium hydroxide (Danger! Corrosive)
2,800 mcg sodium phosphate (toxic to any organism)
Unknown amounts of sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate (toxic to any organism)
32,000 mcg sorbitol (Not to be injected)
0.6 mcg streptomycin (antibiotic)
Over 40,000 mcg sucrose (cane sugar)
35,000 mcg yeast protein (fungus)
5,000 mcg urea (metabolic waste from human urine)
Other chemical residuals

What The Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You To Know About VACCINES… Paperback – 2009
This book is a must read for parents, soon to be parents and physicians who regularly administer vaccines. There are over 500 pages of information proving that vaccines are not responsible for the eradication of communicable disease; vaccines have done nothing but promote chronic disease and illness; and vaccines contain the most toxic chemicals known to man. Furthermore, there are close to 2,000 references that back up the information in this book. The references are from studies published in peer reviewed medical journals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the prestigious Institute of Medicine, and from the United States Congressional Reform Committee. Lastly, this book contains all the U.S. licensed vaccines and the ingredients each vaccine contains. The ingredients of each vaccine come directly from the pharmaceutical companies’ vaccine package insert which are cross referenced with the National Library of Medicine for their human health effects-You will be SHOCKED at the side effects these vaccine ingredients have on the human body! FACT: If anyone from the medical community wants to argue with the information in this book, they will argue among themselves-it is their information!

Ever wonder WHY we NEED a religious exemption from vaccines?
Are you aware that some vaccines are made from ABORTIONS?
Marcella Piper-Terry explains in detail how abortions are used in vaccine manufacturing and the implications of that.
Interview by Polly Tommey and camera by Joshua Coleman and Anu Vaidya with editing by Joshua Coleman.

#RFKCommission #Vaxxed

Countless teenage girls suffer paralysis, blood clots, brain damage and chronic pain from force-vaccination of Gardasil’s HPV “shot in the dark”
Friday, March 17, 2017 by: S.D. Wells
(Natural News) A sexually transmitted disease called human papillomavirus (HPV) is the only form of cancer known to be contagious, but what the medical community won’t tell parents of teenagers and preteens is that HPV is easily defeated by a normal functioning immune system. Of the 120 or more different strains of HPV, only about 15 are carcinogenic, and the HPV vaccines, which have never been proven safe or effective in any clinical trials, literally take a shot in the dark at a couple of these strains, much like the haphazard flu shot administered every year to tens of millions of unsuspecting victims of neurological poisoning.
Still, the CDC and rogue hacks and shills from Big Pharma use scare tactics to all but force-vaccinate girls as young as 9-years-old with sodium chloride and two versions of the dormant HPV cancers hidden in protein and genetically modified organisms.
Scare tactics and medical propaganda con mothers into getting their young daughters jabbed with deadly neurotoxins
“You won’t be able to have children if you get cervical cancer.” “You can catch cancer from having sex and die.” “The shot will make you immune to cancer.” “The shot prevents cancer.” “You wanna have children later? You better get this shot.” The propaganda is mind-blowing, and it unfortunately works. It convinces parents to do the unthinkable: have their little girls (and boys) jabbed with some of the most dangerous carcinogens on earth to “prevent” a couple of strains of a rather benign, pre-cancerous STD. It doesn’t even make sense. What’s even worse is that the HPV vaccine’s protection effect wears off after a few years (as does the cancer itself under normal immune conditions), so what’s the use of taking the risk of getting jabbed with all these neurotoxins? Just how young are kids becoming promiscuous enough to worry about STDs anyhow?
More than 10,000 adverse events have been reported from victims of the HPV scam, including blood clots in the heart and lungs, anaphylactic shock, loss of muscle use and seizures. Most infections from HPV are benign and cleared rapidly by the human immune system and never progress to cervical cancer, or even precancerous lesions of the vagina, vulva or anus. No valid reason for administering the HPV vaccine has ever even been established.
Why are HPV vaccines, like Gardasil (made by Merck) and Cervarix (made by GSK) so dangerous? Answer: They’re made with “denatured” forms and fragmented strains of the virus, meaning the virus is weakened and can remain dormant for months, if not years, so if you do get the virus later, who’s to say you didn’t get it from the vaccine itself? No studies on this have ever been conducted, nor will they likely ever be. Plus, Gardasil contains aluminum, sodium chloride, polysorbate 80 and l-histidine, the latter of which interferes with the brain’s defenses against metal toxins. That means the aluminum has a heightened chance of crossing the blood/brain barrier. Got brain damage? No wonder. The following are just four examples of the hundreds (if not thousands) of girls permanently damaged by HPV vaccines.

Stronger More Toxic Gardasil Vaccine Approved by FDA: Will More Girls Suffer and Die?
March 23, 2017
Malfeasance is when a public official violates the public trust by performing an act that is wrongful, legally unjustified, or contrary to law. Nonfeasance is the failure to act where there is a duty to act. Misfeasance is conduct that is lawful but inappropriate. Perhaps, when it comes to the recent approval of Gardasil 9 all of these apply.
10 December 2014: The FDA approved the use of a reportedly “new and improved” version of Gardasil, which will be marketed as Gardasil 9. According to the FDA approval letter, this action was taken without consultation with VRBPAC (the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee) which is responsible for reviewing and evaluating data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of vaccines and related biological products.
The FDA approval letter, signed by Marion Gruber, Director of Office of Vaccines Research and Review CBER,  states the reason for bypassing the advice of VRBPAC writing:
”We did not refer your application to the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee because our review of information submitted in your BLA, including the clinical study design and trial results, did not raise concerns or controversial issues which would have benefited from an advisory committee discussion.”
So, the Office of Vaccines Research and Review, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) committee took it upon themselves to decide there were ”no concerns or controversial issues” regarding the approval of Gardasil 9?
This division of CBER decided there would be no benefit from ”an advisory committee discussion”?
According to their own mission statement, the FDA is ”responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.”
The FDA, and all committees associated with the FDA, are public officials and therefore obliged to act in the public’s best interest particularly when it comes to health and safety issues.
Is bypassing advisory committee discussions regarding Gardasil 9’s potential safety and efficacy acting in the public’s best interest, or is it malfeasance, nonfeasance and/or misfeasance?
Gardasil 9 Facts: More than DOUBLE the amount of Toxic Aluminum!
CBER decided there was no need for VRBPAC to review or evaluate any data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of Merck’s proposed Gardasil 9 vaccine before making a decision to approve the nine-valent HPV vaccine. This move is particularly disturbing when one considers the worldwide controversy surrounding Gardasil’s safety, effectiveness and appropriate use.

Studies about the aluminium toxicity on humans
Gardasil 9 insert
Gardasil insert

Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld says vaccines cause auto-immunity. It’s really not a question of “IF” there are adverse events from vaccines, it’s a question of “how often?”, “how severe?”, and whether it’s worth the trade-off? You can listen to the pre-eminent expert on vaccine-induced autoimmunity in the world, or you can go to your mainstream pediatrician who will tell you that vaccines have “no risk, lots of benefits.” It’s really up to you!
This is just a clip from his talk, entire talk in comments below, as well as Dr. Shoenfeld’s new TEXTBOOK, called “Vaccines and Autoimmunity”!
By the way, “autoimmunity” includes all the crazy epidemics in our kids that weren’t around in the 1980s or earlier: asthma, food allergies, skin rashes, etc. “Some of the main examples of autoimmune disorders include diabetes mellitus type 1 (IDDM), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease of the thyroid, Sjögren’s syndrome, Churg-Strauss Syndrome, Coeliac disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purport.”
Listen to Dr. Shoenfeld: “Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld is on the editorial board of 43 journals in the fields of rheumatology and autoimmunity and is the founder and editor of the Israel Medical Association Journal, the representative journal of science and medicine in the English language in Israel. He is also is the founder and editor of “Autoimmunity Reviews” and co-editor of “The Journal of Autoimmunity”. His clinical and scientific works focus on autoimmune and rheumatic diseases, and he has published more than 1700 papers in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, the Lancet, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of Immunology, Blood, the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, Circulation, Cancer, and others, and his articles have had over 31,000 citations. He has written more than three hundred and fifty chapters in books, and has authored and edited 25 books.”

A study from West Africa’s Guinea-Bissau discovered that all-cause infant mortality more than doubled after the introduction of the DTP vaccination.
An observational study from the West African country Guinea-Bissau titled, “The Introduction of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Oral Polio Vaccine Among Young Infants in an Urban African Community: A Natural Experiment,” [i] examined the introduction of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) and oral polio vaccine (OPV) in an urban community in Guinea-Bissau in the early 1980s. The World Health Organization introduced the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) in low-income countries in the 1970s with the goal of universal immunization for all children. In the introduction, the study’s authors state, “Except for the measles vaccines, surprisingly few studies examined the introduction of vaccines and their impact on child survival.”
The purpose of the study was to examine what happens to child survival when DTP and OPV were introduced in low-income countries. A community study [ii] of the state of nutrition and family structure found that severe malnutrition was not evident in urban Guinea-Bissau although it was initially assumed to be the main cause of the under-five mortality rate.
The study findings emerged from a child population that had been followed with 3-monthly nutritional weighing sessions since 1978. From June 1981 DTP and OPV were offered from 3 months of age at these sessions. Due to the 3-monthly intervals between sessions, the children were allocated by birthday in a ‘natural experiment’ to receive vaccinations early or late between 3 and 5 months of age. The study included children who were greater than 6 months of age when vaccinations started and children born until the end of December 1983. The researchers compared mortality between 3 and 5 months of age of DTP-vaccinated and not-yet-DTP- vaccinated children in Cox proportional hazard models.
When mortality was compared, the mortality hazard ratio (HR) among 3-5-month-old children having received the DTP (±OPV) was 5.00 compared with not-yet-DTP-vaccinated children [i.e. a 400% increase]. According to the authors, differences in background factors did not explain the effect. All-cause infant mortality after 3 months of age increased after the introduction of these vaccines (2.12 (1.07–4.19)) [i.e. a 212% increase]. However, the study findings revealed the negative effect was particularly strong for children who had received DTP-only and no OPV (10.0 (2.61–38.6)).
The researchers concluded:
“DTP was associated with increased mortality; OPV may modify the effect of DTP.”

Study – The Introduction of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Oral Polio Vaccine Among Young Infants in an Urban African Community: A Natural Experiment
Abstract
Background
We examined the introduction of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) and oral polio vaccine (OPV) in an urban community in Guinea-Bissau in the early 1980s.
Methods
The child population had been followed with 3-monthly nutritional weighing sessions since 1978. From June 1981 DTP and OPV were offered from 3 months of age at these sessions. Due to the 3-monthly intervals between sessions, the children were allocated by birthday in a ‘natural experiment’ to receive vaccinations early or late between 3 and 5 months of age. We included children who were <6 months of age when vaccinations started and children born until the end of December 1983. We compared mortality between 3 and 5 months of age of DTP-vaccinated and not-yet-DTP-vaccinated children in Cox proportional hazard models.
Results
Among 3–5-month-old children, having received DTP (±OPV) was associated with a mortality hazard ratio (HR) of 5.00 (95% CI 1.53–16.3) compared with not-yet-DTP-vaccinated children. Differences in background factors did not explain the effect. The negative effect was particularly strong for children who had received DTP-only and no OPV (HR = 10.0 (2.61–38.6)). All-cause infant mortality after 3 months of age increased after the introduction of these vaccines (HR = 2.12 (1.07–4.19)).
Conclusion
DTP was associated with increased mortality; OPV may modify the effect of DTP.

Health News – 400 Children Rescued/348 Adults Arrested After Police Take Down $4 Million Child Porn Empire

400 Children Rescued/348 Adults Arrested After Police Take Down $4 Million Child Porn Empire
December 2, 2016
Some may find the following post to be disturbing. Reader discretion advised.
Nearly 400 children have been rescued and 348 adults arrested following an “extraordinary” international child pornography investigation in Canada, according to a report by NBC News.
The three-year undercover project, named Project Spade, began back in 2010 when Toronto police officers first made contact with a man who had been sharing “very graphic images” of child sexual abuse.
What they eventually found was a full blown child porn production and distribution company in Toronto that was distributing their content online. The site was run by 42-year old Brian Way and sold and distributed images of child exploitation to people across the world.
The head of Toronto’s Sex Crimes Unit said they enlisted the help of the United States Postal Inspection Service since many of the videos were being exported to the U.S. and began a joint investigation. After a seven-month long investigation, officers executed search warrants across the city of Toronto including at the business of Brian Way.
It was there that investigators catalogued hundreds of thousands of images and videos of “horrific sexual acts against very young children, some of the worst they have ever viewed,” said the lead investigator at a recent press conference.
Police seized over 45 terabytes of data from the $4-million business that distributed child porn to over 50 counties including Australia, Spain, Mexico, Sweden and Greece. As a result of the investigation thus far, 50 people were arrested in Ontario, 58 in other parts of Canada, 76 in the United States, and 164 internationally.
What was most alarming was that many of the arrests were of people who worked with or closely interacted with children. Among those arrested were 40 school teachers, nine doctors and nurses, six law enforcement personnel, nine pastors and priests and three foster parents.
In one particularly horrific example of those arrested, police found over 350,000 images and over 9,000 videos of child sexual abuse in the home of a retired Canadian school teacher. Some of the images were of children known to the man and he was also charged with sexually abusing a child relative.

Doctors Confirm First Human Death Officially Caused by GMOs
Madrid| Doctors of the Carlos III hospital confirmed this morning in a press conference, the first case of human death caused by the ingestion of genetically modified food. Juan Pedro Ramos died from anaphylaxis after eating some recently developed tomatoes containing fish genes, which provoked a violent and lethal allergic reaction.
This surprising announcement comes after the autopsy of the 31-year old Spanish man who died  at the Madrid hospital in the beginning of January. The young man’s health rapidly deteriorated after he suffered an unexplained allergic reaction, and all the drugs used to refrain the anaphylaxis were entirely inefficient. The team of experts claims to have been able to determine that the genetically modified tomatoes that the victim ingested at lunch were the cause of the allergic reaction that caused his death.
Mr. Ramos was working as a clerk in a Madrid warehouse on January 7, when he started feeling ill just after lunch. A number of symptoms started to manifest themselves, including a violent itchy rash, some serious swelling of the throat and a drastic drop in blood pressure. The man, who was known to have allergies, quickly injected himself some epinephrine, but his health condition continued to deteriorate.
The young man was rapidly carried to the hospital by co-workers, but the medical staff was unable to identify the cause of his allergic reaction in time and none of the usual treatments or drugs seemed to work. Mr. Ramos was confirmed dead just over an hour after arriving at the hospital.

Sharia laws in Pakistan – Christian mother burned to death in front of her children for refusing to convert to Islam
There is no justice under Sharia laws of Islam.
Islamic persecution of Christian minorities in the Muslim world has become a genocide!
Please pray for the Christian minorities in Muslim countries.
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How Nepali Women Are Forced To ‘Sell’ Their Skin To Make Rich Indians Beautiful
Posted by Soma Basu in Society, Staff Picks
March 6, 2017
Three years ago, when Sushila Thapa managed to flee from a brothel in Mumbai to her native village in Nepal, the big scar on her back did not matter. What mattered to her more was that she was home alive.
A year later, when she saw another woman with a similar scar, she realised that the skin from her back wasn’t scarred because of one of her clients’ fetish or any injury. She mustered up the courage to make inquiries without raising suspicion and found that the skin was “stolen” to “make rich men and women beautiful”.
The other woman had sold 20 inch square of skin tissue to an agent voluntarily for Rs 10,000 to fight poverty. The money was soon over because of the huge debt she had to clear. The same agent helped her get into sex work. “The agent told her that he supplies skin to another agent and it’s used in making some sort of stuff that helps in plastic surgery,” said Thapa.
Streets of Thamel in Kathmandu are dark after 11 pm but the dance bars situated here buzz with life. Agents offer a wide range of “services” in these bars to lure tourists inside.
Since Thapa had come back from a brothel, she was hounded out by the community in her native village in Sindhupalchowk, about 75 km away from Kathmandu.
The agent brought her to a massage parlour in the tourist area of Thamel in Kathmandu in exchange of first three months of “salary”. Thapa knew what she was getting into but had no choice. Her only grouse now is if she had not been disfigured, she could have earned more, and safely.
Thapa has to cater to men mainly from South Asian countries. If she insists on using a condom, the client would not even pay Rs 300-Rs 500 that they, despite her disfigurement, agree to shell out. Other women in the massage parlour earn as much as Rs 5,000 “per sitting”.
These parlours also have facilities for beauty massage, but it’s a no-go area for South Asian women. A few women who visit these parlours for body massage are trekkers from western countries. This is why I went to the parlour for a body massage, Thapa was sent to the cubicle because it gave her an opportunity to earn more than what she would have earned for sex work. I started talking to her during the massage, and after discussing several things, including latest Shahrukh Khan movie and various creams to remove acne marks, I started pitching the questions I had gone to the parlour for.
“I am not in demand,” was all she could say, adding that if she spoke further much worse could happen to her. On pestering her for more, she showed me her scar and told me what happened to her and how.
The conversation was cut short by an elderly woman who ran the establishment. Somebody had overheard the conversation and complained to her. The masseuse was changed promptly. Thankfully, Thapa had given me the tip-off that helped me dig deeper.

Did You Know Vaccination Today Is More Than “Just A Few Shots”?

Did You Know Vaccination Today Is More Than “Just A Few Shots”?
You were fully vaccinated as a child and you turned out just fine. How much has the recommended vaccine schedule changed since then? Has the number of doses increased by much? You may be surprised to learn what today’s parents are told to give their babies.

Whether you choose to fully vaccinate, delay vaccines, spread out the shots, or opt out for your child, vaccination is a complex medical treatment that requires parents be HONESTLY informed of both the side effects and benefits before making a decision that works for their family.
All medical decisions must involve informed consent, and vaccination is no exception.
CHANGE YOUR COMMUNITY THROUGH IMMUNITY EDUCATION
Medicine should always be a free choice, and parents are the only ones who should decide what medicine or medical procedure their child receives under the guidance of their trusted health care professional. There is currently a concerted effort in the legislative, medical, and pharmaceutical arenas to take this right away from parents nationwide.
Concerned citizens do not want any medical intervention to become mandatory, whether it be psychiatric medications, antibiotics, immunizations, or other invasive medical procedures. The reason for this is simple: every human body is unique and responds differently to medical treatment, and therefore health care can never be a one-size-fits-all approach. Medicine should be a free choice, and informed consent without coercion is a human right guaranteed by every international medical organization.