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Tue, 16 Aug 2022 18:51:13 +0000

NY Gov. Kathy Hochul’s COVID-19 Camps Appeal


In early 2022, Gov. Hochul bypassed the New York state legislative process by instituting a regulation that granted the New York State Department of Public Health broad sweeping powers in violation of fundamental, constitutional rights. The regulation allowed for a massive expansion of powers to force-isolate and quarantine New Yorkers without process or evidence of illness. In July, attorney Bobbie Anne Cox was successful in overturning this illegal health regulation enacted by Hochul. But Hochul isn't giving up on these unprecedented, quarantine powers — she and Attorney General Letitia James are spending taxpayer dollars to appeal the decision.

The overturned regulation allowed for the detention and quarantine of any individual suspected of having contracted a communicable disease — with no due process and no medical evidence — to be detained for as long as the state sees fit and within any facility the state desires. An individual could be isolated and quarantined in a prison cell, a hospital, their own home or any location the state deems acceptable. We can not allow this regulation to be reinstated and the Judge's decision reversed!

CHD is calling on you to let NY Gov. Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James and all New York state elected officials know how outraged you are that Hochul is wasting taxpayer dollars to appeal this decision to enact an illegal and unconstitutional regulation. New York public health law already allows for a process of isolation and quarantine that is not illegal or unconstitutional. There is no reason for this law to be changed or added to.

Recently, South Africa announced a similar quarantine act in their country. China and Australia have already built camps to quarantine and isolate people who are even suspected of being in contact with an infected individual. If such a regulation survives in New York, this dangerous trend is destined to spread into more of the U.S.

Please take action now to stop this fundamental violation of the rights and freedoms of U.S. citizens.

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Childrens Healt Defense
Thu, 04 Aug 2022 18:35:42 +0000

URGENT: South Africa Needs Your Help to Stand Against Medical Apartheid — Deadline Friday, August 5


ACT NOW: Defend Medical Freedom

Proposed amendments to National Health Act Regulations will give tyrannical powers over individual sovereignty to the minister of health and the government.

South African Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla, proposed controversial amendments to National Health Act Regulations that will become a long-term permanent replacement to South Africa's equally controversial state of disaster COVID-19 regulations. These proposed amendments would give the minister and the government tyrannical powers over individual autonomy and sovereignty.

The amendments would allow the government to force people suspected of having any notifiable medical condition into quarantine, with forced testing and treatments — including vaccines. These new measures are in lockstep with the WHO and its unlawful claim over our sovereignty through the proposed new pandemic treaty. Here is a summary of other measures contrary to science or law that South Africans who are aware of the proposed amendments believe are a violation of human rights.

Once the amendments are approved, the National Department of Health says they will be implemented without being tabled in parliament. In other words, there is no democratic participation process.

A similar action is the WHO Director-General Tedros' unilateral decision to declare monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), despite the WHO's International Health Regulations (IHR) expert committee's inability to reach consensus regarding whether the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox should or should not be determined as a PHEIC.

Take action and share this information with others! What happens in South Africa can set precedent worldwide to circumvent the democratic process and give governments tyrannical powers over public health policies.

ACT NOW: Defend Medical Freedom

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Childrens Healt Defense
Fri, 29 Jul 2022 22:11:37 +0000

Sen. Johnson Points Out Conflicting CDC Statements on Surveillance of COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Events


WASHINGTON – On Monday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson sent a follow-up letter to Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), demanding clarity on whether the agency performed sufficient surveillance of COVID-19 vaccine adverse events. Recent conflicting statements by CDC officials about monitoring adverse events called into question CDC's integrity and transparency.

In a June 2022 letter to the CDC, Sen. Johnson outlined the CDC's Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) document dated January 29, 2021, in which the agency claimed it would "perform routine [Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)] surveillance to identify potential new safety concerns for COVID-19 vaccines."  The SOP also stated that the "CDC will perform Proportional Reporting Ratio (PRR) analysis . . . to identify [adverse events]" and "perform PRR data mining on a weekly basis or as needed."

However, in response to a May 9, 2022 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the CDC wrote, "no PRRs were conducted."

Dr. John Su, a CDC official on the agency's Vaccine Safety Team, recently said the opposite to a media outlet claiming that the "CDC has been performing PRRs since Feb 2021, and continues to do so to date."

The senator wrote, "CDC's assertion and Dr. Su's statement cannot both be true."

"The American people deserve the truth and you have not been providing it. That is why I, together with millions of Americans, have completely lost faith in the CDC and other federal health agencies. It is time to start regaining their confidence and your agency's integrity by coming clean, being transparent, and telling the truth," the senator added.

Read more about the letter in the Washington Examiner.

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Childrens Healt Defense
Fri, 29 Jul 2022 19:33:43 +0000

Pittsfield Massachusetts Residents File Suit Over Verizon Cell Tower Injuries


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Press Release

For Immediate Release

Pittsfield, MA — Lawyers supported by Children's Health Defense (CHD) are representing four families in a suit in Massachusetts Superior Court seeking to reinstate the Pittsfield Board of Health's cease and desist order against Verizon. The case is the next step in the resident's 24-month ordeal that began when Verizon turned on a cell tower in their neighborhood known as "Shacktown." As soon as the tower went operational, people began getting sick. Almost 20 have been definitively identified, but more may be negatively affected.

The Pittsfield Board of Health issued the cease and desist on April 11, 2022, after a long and thorough investigation into the health impacts of Verizon's tower. It rescinded the order on June 1, 2022, after Verizon sued in federal court. W. Scott McCollough (McCollough Law Firm, PC) and Paul Revere, III (Law Offices of Paul Revere, III) are representing the Plaintiffs and argue in their suit that the interference of several city officials was improper, unlawful and tainted the entire process.

The Pittsfield Board of Health studied the relevant scientific and medical information, including more than 1,000 peer-reviewed studies. The Board interviewed scientists and medical professionals. It took evidence from those being sickened and met with Verizon Wireless. The Board discovered the cell tower was making 17 individuals ill, and their homes were so uninhabitable that many had to move away, while others moved in with relatives, and some slept in their cars. The tower had rendered sleep elusive, cognition impaired, while some children were vomiting in their beds at night. Vertigo, heart palpitations and severe headaches were part of the constellation of neurological symptoms experienced by the affected neighbors.

On April 11, 2022, the Board issued an "Emergency Order" having found health and sanitary code violations and declared that the Verizon cell tower is a public nuisance. They gave Verizon seven days to request a hearing and, if it did not, then it had to discontinue operation. Verizon then filed a lawsuit contending the Board is powerless and cannot protect Pittsfield residents from the tower's toxic wireless emissions.

The Board has bravely tried to resolve the problem, but Verizon has refused to admit to the harms it is inflicting, or to engage in collaborative efforts to resolve these harms. Even worse, the Board and the residents are not just having to deal with Verizon. Others in the city have persistently tried to prevent the Board from providing meaningful relief. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, City Solicitor Stephen Pagnotta and former Dir. of Community Development Deanna Ruffer have done all they could to frustrate the Board's independent authority and duty to end the toxic wireless emissions, or at least mitigate them. The residents' suit contends that these three officials have violated the state's nepotism laws and the ethics standards for government employees and attorneys. The lawsuit extensively documents their specific actions and details the financial and legal conflicts of interest that are driving them.

Tyer, Pagnotta and Ruffer, in cooperation with Verizon, thwarted the Board's efforts to secure outside counsel, thereby ensuring that the Board could not defend its Emergency Order. As a result, the Board was coerced into rescinding the Emergency Order on June 1, 2022. The residents' lawsuit challenges the Board's decision to rescind, but its principal focus is on Tyer, Pagnotta Ruffer. The complaint seeks a court declaration that their interference was improper, unlawful and tainted the entire process. If the Superior Court grants the requested relief, these individuals will have to stop their improper interference and the Board will be allowed the flexibility it needs to remediate the harms it has already found to exist.

"Pittsfield has previously taken on companies that were hurting its citizens," said CHD president and general counsel Mary Holland. "The residents of the Shacktown neighborhood epitomize the reality that prosperity means nothing if your citizens are sick and even dying. The only difference here is that it is Verizon, not General Electric, and the toxin is wireless radiation not PCBs. When GE left Pittsfield, it created an economic vacuum but moving the tower to address the residents' suffering, including three homeowners with cancer, does not create a hardship for anyone. Several commercial landowners in Pittsfield have offered their property for the tower. In this picturesque city in the Berkshires with 40% open space, Verizon can put their tower where it is not a potentially lethal nuisance."

"The Board is trying to do the right thing, but they have been prevented from carrying out their duties because of cronyism and favoritism," continued Holland. "We hope that this suit will stop the interference and free up the Board so it can finally force Verizon to the negotiating table as the Emergency Order intended prior to its forced rescission."

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Children's Health Defense is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to end childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable and establish safeguards to prevent future harm. For more information, visit ChildrensHealthDefense.org.

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Childrens Healt Defense
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 00:16:03 +0000

15% of American Adults Diagnosed With New Condition After COVID Vaccine, Zogby Survey Finds


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Washington, DC – More than two years after Operation Warp Speed began, Children's Health Defense (CHD) commissioned John Zogby Strategies to conduct two surveys (see here and here) about attitudes and the overall health of American adults.

Key highlights from the survey of 1,038 adults

The survey found that 67% of respondents received one or more COVID-19 vaccines, while 33% are unvaccinated. Furthermore, among those vaccinated, 6% received one dose, 28% received two doses, 21% received three doses, and 12% took four or more.

Of those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, 15% say they've been diagnosed by a medical practitioner with a new condition within a matter of weeks to several months after taking the vaccine.

"The fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 232 million Americans ages 18-65 have taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 15% of those surveyed report a newly diagnosed condition is concerning and needs further study," said Children's Health Defense (CHD) executive director Laura Bono. "The mRNA vaccine technology is new and clinical trials naturally have no long-term data. CHD believes this survey points to the need for further study."

Other key demographics of newly diagnosed medical conditions after COVID-19 vaccines show:

  • 17% of those receiving two doses
  • 13% of respondents had three shots
  • 30% of those ages 18-29
  • 23% of those ages 30-49
  • 6% of those ages 50-64
  • 4% of those older than 65
  • 7% of whites
  • 21% of African-Americans
  • 32% of Hispanics
  • 15% of liberals
  • 14% of moderates
  • 8% of conservatives

A follow-up question provided a list of medical conditions and asked diagnosed respondents to "select all that apply." Among those who were medically diagnosed with a new condition within a matter of weeks to several months, the top five cited conditions were:

  • 21% blood clots
  • 19% heart attack
  • 18% liver damage
  • 17% leg clots/lung clots
  • 15% stroke

Overall, 67% reported that getting the vaccine was a good decision, 24% were neutral and 10% regret it.

Survey participants were then asked if someone they personally know had been medically diagnosed with a new medical condition within the same time frame. Overall, 26% reported yes, while 63% reported no.

Looking at age cohorts:

  • 34% of those ages 18-29 say they know someone who was diagnosed, as did
  • 30% of those ages 30-49,
  • 21% of those ages 50-64,
  • and 18% of those older than 65

Again, respondents were offered the same list of conditions and asked to "select all that apply." The top five cited conditions were:****

  • 28 % blood clots
  • 20% stroke
  • 19% autoimmune
  • 16% lung clots
  • 15% heart attack
Key highlights from the survey of 829 adults ages 18-49

Among those under age 50 – 62% report receiving a COVID-19 vaccine vs. 38% who have had none.

Among those receiving any COVID-19 vaccine, almost one quarter — 22% — report being medically diagnosed within a matter of weeks to several months after taking a shot.

The top five cited new conditions include:

  • 21% autoimmune
  • 20% blood clots
  • 19% stroke/lung clots
  • 17% liver damage/leg clots/heart attack
  • 15% disrupted menstrual cycle/Guillain-Barré/Bell's palsy

Regarding describing the conditions, 47% report mild, 43% report serious and 10% report severe/still recovering.

Describing their experience with taking one or more COVID-19 vaccines, 58% report it was a good decision, 28% are neutral and 14% regret it.

Finally, 30% of those ages 18-49 report knowing someone else who has been medically diagnosed within a matter of weeks to several months after taking a COVID-19 vaccine.

The top five cited medically diagnosed conditions of the person known by those under age 50 are:

  • 30% blood clots
  • 23% stroke
  • 20% autoimmune
  • 18% leg clots/lung clots
  • 17% heart attack

In other findings:

Regarding trust in the government to handle future pandemics among the all-adults survey — 23% say it has increased, 34% say it has decreased, 32% say it has remained the same, the rest were unsure.

The surveys included 1,038 American adults of all ages (MOE +/- 3.1) and 829 18-49-year-olds (MOE +/- 3.5) Both polls were fielded July 22-24, and data sets were pre-stratified and weighted to be representative of their respective populations. Error margins are higher for subgroups.

For questions, wording and full results, see ALL ADULTS and 18-49.

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Children's Health Defense is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to end childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable and establish safeguards to prevent future harm. For more information, visit ChildrensHealthDefense.org.

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Childrens Healt Defense
Tue, 26 Jul 2022 20:01:05 +0000

Don’t Let Bad Policy Stand Between Novak Djokovic and US Open


U.S. travel restrictions requiring non-citizens to be "fully vaccinated" against COVID-19 to enter the country are keeping Novak Djokovic from competing in the 2022 US Open Grand Slam. It's time to end the ineffective, discriminatory policies preventing him from competing. The Wimbledon champion, already banned from playing in the Australian Open due to his vaccination status, has asserted he is willing to sacrifice participation in tournaments to preserve his health and bodily autonomy. Coercion should not play a role in his personal health decisions.

Djokovic's concerns are valid. The link between COVID vaccines and myocarditis is well documented. Athletes have been collapsing and suffering cardiac events at alarming rates. Moreover, he contracted COVID in December, which likely resulted in natural immunity. The Wimbledon champion is no more a public health threat than any vaccinated player. Other sports organizations, including the NCAA, now recognize immunity conferred by prior infection and have factored it into their policies.

Last October, President Biden issued Proclamation 10294 — "Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic," which states, "It is the policy of my Administration to implement science-based public health measures."

These discriminatory policies are based on outdated data. Policies based on science must evolve with science. According to the proclamation, our current travel restrictions:

  • Are intended "to prevent further introduction, transmission, and spread of COVID-19 into and throughout the United States, including from international air travelers."
  • Include "an air travel policy that relies primarily on vaccination."
  • Are based on a 2021 assertion from the CDC that "vaccinated individuals are 5 times less likely to be infected and 10 times less likely to experience hospitalization or death due to COVID-19 than unvaccinated individuals."

This policy cannot achieve its stated goal based on an incorrect assertion from last year. The scientific community has since conceded that COVID vaccines do not stop infection or transmission and any protection they offer is limited and short-lived. Last November, a CDC-supported study concluded that "Clinicians and public health practitioners should consider vaccinated persons who become infected with SARS-CoV-2 to be no less infectious than unvaccinated persons."

With increasing COVID hospitalizations among the vaccinated, we can no longer claim this is a "pandemic of the unvaccinated."

Furthermore, current restrictions allow for exceptions for "any noncitizen or group of noncitizens whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees." Widespread mainstream media coverage, paired with a change.org petition with over 39,000 signatures, suggests that Djokovic's plight has become a matter of national interest.

In short, Djokovic poses no public health risk — his participation is good for the game and he shouldn't have to forfeit his principles to compete.

The US Open is willing to let Djokovic compete. Don't let tyranny stop him.

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