‘I come here with a lot of anger’—doctor crashes Vaxxed screening

Dr Lance O'Sullivan. Image: Monique Ford

A New Zealand doctor jumped on stage during a screening of the controversial film Vaxxed, and slammed the anti-vaccination movement

Dr Lance O’Sullivan attended a screening of the movie in his community of Kaitaia, in New Zealand’s far north, but not to sit through the film.

Instead, he got on stage and declared, “I’ve come here not to watch the film… but to continue my battle and my challenge for my people… and importantly for our children.

“I come here with a lot of anger… that’s because I am adamantly opposed to this because this  position, this idea of anti-immunisation has killed children around the world and actually will continue to kill children whose parents have put off immunisation because of misinformation.

“Misinformation based on lies, quite frankly.”

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, was directed by Andrew Wakefield, who was struck off the British Medical Register in 2010 after being found guilty of “serious professional misconduct” over his research into the possibility of a link between the MMR vaccine, bowel disease and autism.

Many large studies have since found that vaccines are not a causal factor in autism.

Dr O’Sullivan, who was named New Zealander of the Year in 2014, later told Stuff.co.nz that he felt compelled to make a statement regarding the film as “I know that peddling this misinformation and these falsehoods will result in children in my community being harmed by vaccine preventable infectious diseases and even die”.

He told of how he had treated a severely ill infant who was suffering from a vaccine preventable disease.

According to Stuff.co.nz, the film’s screening had been “kept secret” until not long before it took place, though Dr O’Sullivan and other health professionals had been invited.

He has since been attacked on social media by supporters of the film, reports TVNZ.

In Australia, the film was pulled from the Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival (CLIFF) in Victoria last year, after protests from the Australian Medical Association.

“I think that film festivals are a wonderful bit of art and part of their job is to challenge us and to be edgy, and occasionally seek controversy. But I would say to [festival director David Thrussell] that even small pockets of people who choose not to vaccinate their children, there is a cost to be had there,” said AMA president Dr Michael Gannon at the time.

“One, two, three per cent reductions in vaccination rates harm children.”

Image: stuff.co.nz, by Monique Ford

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  1. Judith

    Sadly this doctor did not watch the movie VAXXED. Mainstream media have ignored the fact that a Senior Scientist at the CDC has admitted fraud. The truth is as follows:

    1. CDC scientists colluded to cover up a relationship between the timing of the MMR vaccine and autism in African Americans that was first discovered in November of 2001. Rather than reporting the results to the public, all data regarding this relationship were destroyed at a secret meeting held some time in August/September of 2002. This fact has been affirmed via an affidavit given by Dr. Thompson to Rep. Bill Posey in September, 2014.

    2. Dr. Thompson attempted to warn the CDC Director at the time, Dr. Julie Gerberding, regarding this relationship, prior to the February 2004 Institute of Medicine meeting on vaccines and autism. Rather than allowing Dr. Thompson to present the information at this meeting, Dr. Gerberding replaced him as a speaker with Dr. Frank Destefano, current director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, where he presented fraudulent results regarding the MMR vaccine and autism. Dr. Thompson was put on administrative leave and was threatened that he would be fired due to “insubordination.”

    3. When Dr. Thompson attempted to leave the CDC later that same year, he was given a $24,000 retention bonus. Dr. Thompson’s impression of the timing of this bonus, in light of disciplinary actions taken against him earlier that year, is that CDC officials were “buying his silence” through controlling his actions as a CDC employee.

    4. Dr. Thompson has published two papers linking thimerosal exposure in infant vaccines to tics in boys (Thompson et al. 2007 and Barile et al. 2012). CDC fraudulently maintains on their website that “There is no evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.” The tic result was also affirmed in the earlier CDC publication by Verstraeten et al. (2003) and the Andrews et al. (2004) publication.

    5. CDC pressured Dr. Thompson to downplay the tic result of his analysis in his 2007 paper. He was instructed to deemphasize the tic result by the CDC’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Tanja Popovic, by emphasizing that the “major finding of the study” was “there is NO associations (sic) of thimerosal exposure with the great majority of the outcomes.” Dr. Popovic also instructed Dr. Thompson to interpret any negative outcomes as “chance findings.”

    6. CDC also pressured Dr. Thompson to withhold publication of his 2012 paper which reported a relationship between thimerosal and tics.

    Thompson himself stated that “tics were like five times more common in children with autism.” Yet the CDC will not recommend thimerosal-free vaccines and thimerosal is still used in many flu shots given to infants and pregnant women in the U.S.

    • bing181

      Judith. This is just a total fabrication. There is no link between vaccines and autism, and never was, and autistic people are not in any way sick or damaged. Autism is a naturally occurring neurological difference, that has been amongst us from long, long before we started using vaccines. Apart from anything, the causes of autism are genetic, and are already present in the womb. Vax at 18 months play no role. As for the rest of your post, it’s just a nonsense.

      FWIW, the study itself showed no link between autism and vaccines, and the higher rates amongst the african american kids was because they already had autism diagnosis, and had to get vaccinated to be included in support programs. i.e. not vaccines cause autism, but autism causes vaccines. (there’s also a subtext there regarding the under-vaccination of kids in lower socio-economic groups.)

      • Judith

        Bing – there is no proof at all that the African American children already had autism. That was made up as an excuse. There is evidence of neurological harm from vaccines:

        “A team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine have found a disturbing association between the timing of vaccines and the onset of certain brain disorders in a subset of children.

        Analyzing five years’ worth of private health insurance data on children ages 6-15, these scientists found that young people vaccinated in the previous three to 12 months were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with certain neuropsychiatric disorders than their non-vaccinated counterparts.

        This new study, which raises important questions about whether over-vaccination may be triggering immune and neurological damage in a subset of vulnerable children (something parents of children with autism have been saying for years), was published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, Jan. 19.

        • bing181

          Citing Robert Kennedy Jr. isn’t going to help your credibility.

          In any case, the “study” in question a) has nothing to do with autism and b) proves nothing. As the authors say themselves:

          “These findings do not prove a causal role of antecedent infections or vaccinations in the pathoetiology of these conditions … we encourage families to maintain vaccination schedules according to CDC guidelines.”

          The usual anti-vax conspiracy theory nonsense. There is no link between vaccines and autism and never was.

          • Judith

            Actually the VAXXED bus has collected the stories of thousands of parents who have watched their children shut off shortly after being vaccinated – they were developing normally and then they get vaccinated and wham… Could this what happened to these triples be genetics – I don’t think so..

            “By noon, 2 hours later, Claire had completely shut off … as if she was blind and deaf. She just stared at the ceiling.
            At 2:00 pm, Richie shut off.
            Before the end of the day, Robbie looked like he was hit by a bus … he had a stunned look on his face

            All the giggles, all the smiles, all the babbling stopped
            all the furniture walking stopped; all their reflexes stopped
            They stopped blinking, yawning, sneezing
            They never held hands again … they never looked at each other again

            Almost 5 years later they found out about the Vaccine Injury Court, but it was too late to apply.
            They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to recover their children.
            7 years after the shots, they found out that the Vaccine Lot was Contaminated. It was recalled for Sterilization issues a couple of weeks later, as it had already killed a 2-year-old, but that was hidden from the public.”


          • bing181

            The NVICP have not paid out on a single case of autism “caused” by vaccines. They have, on the other hand, confirmed in the Autism Omnibus Proceedings that there is no link. End of.

          • Judith

            French authorities ruled there was a direct relationship between the Hepatitis B vaccine and a sudden rise in multiple sclerosis.] In 2012, after a long investigative trial, an Italian court ruled that the MMR vaccine caused brain injury leading to autism in the case of Valentino Bocca. This ruling was intentionally blacked out by the American media. The Japanese government halted the MMR in 1993 due to rising autism rates. To date, the US vaccine injury compensation court has paid out approximately $3.1 billion to families of vaccine-victimized children. The actual number of awarded cases nevertheless is very small compared to the large number of claims filed and subsequently denied. Among these are cases related to autism, such as Hannah Poling, Bailey Banks, Ryan Mojabi, Emily Moller, and several others. Many more compensations have been awarded to cases of vaccine-induced encephalitis or brain inflammation, a common event associated with regressive autism. Therefore, within the legal record, contrary to the adamant denials of the CDC and pro-vaxxers such as Paul Offit, vaccines can cause autism.

          • bing181

            The case of Valentino Bocca was thrown out, and none of the other names you cite have diagnosis of autism.

          • Judith

            The vaccine court awarded the parents of Hannah Poling, who developed autism after being vaccinated:


            “But my understanding is that the child has a — what we think is a rare mitochondrial disorder. And children that have this disease, anything that stresses them creates a situation where their cells just can’t make enough energy to keep their brains functioning normally. Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”

            — CDC Director Julie Gerberding (who left her government job to become president of Merck’s vaccine division).


            We are denied the truth from the manufacturers and regulatory authorities. A court in Milan (Milan November 2014) insisted that GSK disclose a 1271 page ‘confidential to regulatory authorities’ document concerning the clinical trials for Infanrix Hexa vaccine. It contained a record of 5 cases of autism which were omitted from the list of adverse events that were submitted for marketing authorisation. The judgement made was “clearly established a causal link between the vaccination and the disease”. The report also identified thousands of serious adverse events during the clinical trials including 22 deaths, 21 eating disorders, 47 sleep disorders, 169 loss of consciousness, 22 encephalitis, etc, etc. GSK and the Regulatory Authorities had always stated that the vaccine is safe!

            Then there’s Dr. Frank DeStefano, who has acknowledged that “it’s a possibility” that vaccines could trigger autism in genetically susceptible individuals.

            Evidently, this CDC Director of Immunization Safety, who has coauthored several of the CDC’s studies finding no link between vaccines and autism, is into “pseudoscience”, as well.

            The trouble is, DeStefano added, “It’s hard to predict who those children might be”, and trying to determine what underling conditions put children at risk of vaccine injury is “very difficult to do”.

            Acknowledging the lack of studies in this area, he added that, “if we ever get to that point, then that kind of research might be fruitful.”

            And here’s the CDC’s website, current as of this writing, on the lack of such studies: “More research is needed to determine if there are rare cases where underlying mitochondrial disorders are triggered by anything related to vaccines.”


          • bing181

            Hannah Poling does not have a diagnosis of autism.

          • Judith

            Bing – the plethora of neurological conditions which have been caused by vaccines – will never be called “autism” because the government could never afford the payouts – however autism is not one condition but a complex neurological disorder and it is admitted that vaccines cause neurological disease.

          • bing181

            So, confirmed: Hannah Poling does not have a diagnosis of autism and is not autistic.

          • Judith

            Autistic conditions can result from acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following MMR vaccination as held by the US Federal Court in the case of Bailey Banks. In his conclusion, US Federal Court Special Master Abell ruled that Petitioners had proven that the MMR had directly caused a brain inflammation illness called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which, in turn, had caused the autism spectrum disorder PDD-NOS in the child:

            Is this from the toxic ingredients in vaccine – in particular aluminium:

            The most commonly used vaccine adjuvant, is a demonstrated neurotoxin and a strong immune stimulator. Hence, adjuvant Al has the potential to induce neuroimmune disorders. When assessing adjuvant toxicity in children, two key points ought to be considered: (i) children should not be viewed as “small adults” as their unique physiology makes them much more vulnerable to toxic insults; and (ii) if exposure to Al from only few vaccines can lead to cognitive impairment and autoimmunity in adults, is it unreasonable to question whether the current pediatric schedules, often containing 18 Al adjuvanted vaccines, are safe for children? By applying Hill’s criteria for establishing causality between exposure and outcome we investigated whether exposure to Al from vaccines could be contributing to the rise in ASD prevalence in the Western world. Our results show that: (i) children from countries with the highest ASD prevalence appear to have the highest exposure to Al from vaccines; (ii) the increase in exposure to Al adjuvants significantly correlates with the increase in ASD prevalence in the United States observed over the last two decades


          • bing181

            Here you go, here’s the ruling. All you need to know is in the very first line under Publication:

            “Non-autistic development delay”.

            You (along with all your ignorant pals intent on distorting the facts to your own ends) are deliberately confusing a general developmental DELAY (which is not autism) with a specific autistic diagnosis (Pervasive Developmental DISORDER – NOS). Which doesn’t apply in this case, as the ruling points out.


          • bing181

            It’s not vaccines causing harm to those on the autistic spectrum, it’s ignorant people like you. No, autists are not damaged, any more than autism is a disease. You do nothing but reinforce negative stigma and prejudice around autism with your “better dead than autistic” message, and there is no greater enemy of the autistic community than anti-vaxers who demonise autism for their “cause”.

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