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Catholic doctors and priests versus the tetanus vaccine in Kenya

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Of the many lies and myths about vaccines that stubbornly persist despite all evidence showing them not only to be untrue but to be risibly, pseudoscientifically untrue, among whose number are myths that vaccines cause autism, sudden infant death syndrome, and a syndrome that so resembles shaken baby syndrome (more correctly called abusive head trauma) that shaken baby syndrome is a misdiagnosis for vaccine injury, the lie that vaccines are being used for population control is one of the most persistent. In this myth, vaccines are not designed to protect the populations of impoverished nations against diseases like the measles, which still kills hundreds of thousands of people a year outside of developed countries. Oh, no. Rather, according to this myth, vaccines are in fact a surreptitious instrument of population control designed to render people sterile.

You might recall how a few years ago antivaccinationists leaped on a statement by Bill Gates that “if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that [population] by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” They used it to accuse Gates of being a eugenicist and that vaccines were in actuality an instrument of global depopulation. It was a ridiculous charge of course. In context, it was clear that Gates was referring to how the expected population increase from 6.8 billion to 9 billion could be blunted with good health care; in other words, he was referring to how good health care could decrease the rate of population growth, not how vaccines could be used to depopulate the world. However, because of the prevalence of the myth that vaccines are sterilizing agents intended for global depopulation, the charge that Gates is a eugenicist, as batshit nuts as it obviously is to reasonable people, resonated in the anti-science world of antivaccinationists. Similar claims, namely that there is “something” in vaccines that results in infertility and sterilization, have been unfortunately very effective in frightening people in Third World countries and have played a major role in antivaccine campaigns that have delayed the eradication of polio.

Of late, there’s been a new variant of this particularly pernicious lie going around the usual social media sources. Naturally, the first place I saw this story was on the site of über-quack and conspiracy theorist Mike Adams, who proclaimed in his usual hyperbole-filled way vaccine Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans:

Tetanus vaccines given to millions of young women in Kenya have been confirmed by laboratories to contain a sterilization chemical that causes miscarriages, reports the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, a pro-vaccine organization.

A whopping 2.3 million young girls and women are in the process of being given the vaccine, pushed by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

“We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.”

Here we go again. Elsewhere, the ever-quacky John Rappaport has also flogged this nonsense in a story called Depopulation vaccine in Kenya and beyond:

“Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”

(“Mass Sterilization: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-Fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine,” November 8, 2014, by Steve Weatherbe, earth-heal.com)

You have to understand that every promoted so-called “pandemic” is an extended sales pitch for vaccines.

And not just a vaccine against the “killer germ” of the moment. We’re talking about a psyop to condition the population to vaccines in general.

There is much available literature on vaccines used for depopulation experiments. The research is ongoing. Undoubtedly, we only know a fraction of what is happening behind closed laboratory doors.

So this is the basic outline of the story. This group, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA), has claimed to have tested several vials of tetanus vaccine. Why did the KCDA test these vaccines? Who knows? Actually, for some reason, due to the persistence of the common myth that vaccines are being used for sterilization and depopulation, this group of doctors apparently felt obligated to test this vaccine. Interestingly, when I Googled “Kenya Catholic Doctors Association,” despite scrolling down many pages, I didn’t find any website or anything other than stories about this group’s escapades with respect to the tetanus vaccine in Kenya. It’s hard for me not to wonder if this group is real or just some faux group designed to stir up fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the vaccine. I suppose it’s probably real, given its association with the Catholic Church, but it is very odd that the only mentions of this group seem to be in connection with this particular manufactroversy. On the other hand, I have neither the time nor the inclination to keep delving deeper and deeper into Google searches until I find something.

Before you can understand the why the claim that hCG is in the tetanus vaccine would produce fear that the vaccine is in reality a sterilization agent, you need to know about a previous experimental vaccine. hCG is what is commonly referred to as the “pregnancy hormone.” Pregnancy tests are based on detecting hCG, which can first be detected about 11 days after conception and whose levels rise rapidly thereafter, peaking in the first 8-11 weeks of pregnancy. In the past, attempts have been made to produce a vaccine that targets hCG and thus results in the inability to conceive a child. It is a technique that falls under the category of immunocontraception. It takes little more than a quick trip to Wikipedia (among other sources) to learn that as far back as the 1970s, hCG was conjugated to tetanus toxoid in order to make a vaccine against hCG, because hCG itself did not provoke enough of an immune response. It’s not necessary to know all the details and history. From the 1970s on, there have been clinical trials of such vaccine contraceptives using hCG, and it is possible to prevent pregnancy by this approach, although antibody response against hCG declines with time.

This brings us back to the claims being made, described in an editorial by the Catholic Church in Kenya that appeared in Kenya Today. According to this article, the WHO had embarked on a vaccination program against tetanus that somehow had aroused the ire and suspicion of the Catholic Church because it was aimed at girls and women. The reason, of course, is because in Kenya there is a high risk of acquiring tetanus during childbirth, but the Catholic Church saw more nefarious motives:

Our concern and the subject of this discussion is the WHO/UNICEF sponsored tetanus immunization campaign launched last year in October ostensibly to eradicate neonatal tetanus. It is targeted at girls and women between the ages of 14 – 49 (child bearing age) and in 60 specific districts spread all around the country. The tetanus vaccine being used in this campaign has been imported into the country specifically for this purpose and bears a different batch number from the regular TT. So far, 3 doses have been given – the first in October 2013, the second in March 2014 and the third in October 2014. It is highly possible that there are two more doses to go.

Unlike other mass vaccination exercise, this particular WHO/UNICEF organized and sponsored tetanus vaccination campaign was launched at the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi which is extremely unusual for a public campaign. For this reason, many people, including health professional did not know about the campaign until the matter was addressed by the Catholic Bishops.

This led to:

With the help of Catholic faithful’s who put their own lives at risk, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association managed to access the tetanus vaccine used during the WHO/UNICEF immunization campaign in March 2014 and subjected them to testing. The unfortunate truth is that the vaccine was laced with HCG just like the one used in the South American cases! Further, none of the girls and women given the vaccination were informed of its contraceptive effect.

This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO/UNICEF campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but is a well-coordinated, forceful, population control, mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine.

Sounds like a lot of cloak and dagger just to get their hands on some tetanus vaccine. Much is made of the reluctance of WHO/UNICEF to provide the Catholic Church with vials of vaccine to test, but given the unreliability and dissembling demonstrated by the KCDA, it’s not hard to imagine why the WHO would not want to provide vials of vaccine for these cranks to test. Moreover, every vial wasted in this process would be one less potentially life-saving vial that could be administered to a Kenyan. In any case, somehow the KCDA obtained vials to test. It’s not clear how they got them or even whether they actually did get the,, but they claim to have gotten six vials. The test they subjected them to appears to be the same test used to measure hCG in blood samples for pregnancy tests. If one takes Dr. Muhame Ngare’s story at face value, it sure sounds damning. The Kenyan government is even launching an investigation.

There’s just one problem.

The WHO has investigated already and found nothing wrong. Ngare’s claims are, to put it bluntly, a huge stinking pile of fetid dingo’s kidneys. For one thing, no negative controls were provided, leading the WHO to speculate that the very low measurements. In any case, even if real, the levels of hCG reported by the KCDA are far too low to be an effective immunocontraceptive:

Additionally, the findings of the laboratory tests purported to be from a woman called St. Michael (explained below) all come out with normal values from the reference values assuming that the woman is not pregnant. The highest level of the β-HCG hormone was found to be 1.12 mIU/ml (and 1.2 mIU/ml for S-Quantitative β-HCG). There was no control used (or presented) and it would have been interesting to see what the result will be with tap water. There is a situation where ant- β-HCG antibodies can be produced by the body and that can act as a contraceptive, however, this requires the administration of at-least 100 to 500 micrograms of HCG bound to tetanus vaccine (about 11,904,000 to 59,520,000 mIU/ml of the same hormone where currently less than 1 mIU-ml has been reported from the lab results.

It’s also been noted that these values might have been the results of a reaction between the preservatives in a standard tetanus toxoid vaccine and a serum/urine HCG test kit. They are too low to be considered a significant threat when compared to the millions of times. Also, the vaccine in which hCG was linked to the tetanus toxoid is 20 years out of date. Indeed, in an e-mail interview, the original scientist who developed the hCG-tetanus toxoid vaccine even said that a different carrier, LTB, has been used, to avoid the very misinformation that has been associated with the valuable tetanus vaccination.

In other words, there’s no evidence to support the claims of the KCDA, and they aren’t even plausible, given what is known about the history of vaccines using hCG coupled to tetanus toxoid. Quite simply, such vaccines are history, long abandoned. The Catholic Church and the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association are engaging in fear mongering. For all the bloviation coming from the KCDA and Catholic Church in Kenya about how “evil” the alleged “mass depopulation” campaign of the WHO is, I’d say they are engaging in evil. They are intentionally frightening women in Kenya from taking the full course of tetanus vaccine. They might believe they are doing good, but they are engaging in activity that will lead to the death of Kenyan newborns.

None of this, of course, has stopped Mike Adams from proclaiming this “vaccination genocide and “medical crimes against humanity”:

What is happening in Kenya is a crime against humanity, and it is a crime committed with deliberate racial discrimination. Normally, the liberal media in the United States would be all over a story involving racial discrimination and genocide — or even a single police shooting of a black teenager — but because this genocide is being committed with vaccines, the entire mainstream media excuses it. Apparently, medical crimes against black people are perfectly acceptable to the liberal media as long as vaccines are used as the weapon.

As this story clearly demonstrates, “vaccine violence” is very real in our world.

No, what this story clearly demonstrates is how utterly loony people making these claims are. If you doubt me, just take a look at some of Adams’ other claims, namely that there are five vectors for what he calls the “science-based genocidal assault on humanity”:

  1. Vaccines
  2. Viruses
  3. Food
  4. Water
  5. Chemtrails (i.e. atmospheric deployment of chemicals)

Chemtrails? Yes, chemtrails. If you want any further evidence of just how far gone the cranks who argue that the tetanus vaccination program in Kenya is a racist depopulation program, look no further.

Lest you think that this obsession over vaccination as a cause of infertility is limited to Kenya and other Third World countries, consider this. The very same theme frequently appears in antivaccine rants against Gardasil, which has been blamed without evidence for premature ovarian failure. Another favorite antivaccine trope is that polysorbate-80, which is used in some vaccines, causes infertility. Yes, we in the “advanced” First World nations are as prone to falling for these lies as Kenyans. Never forget that.

Also, never forget just how far antivaccine liars and quacks will go to demonize the object of their hatred: Vaccines.

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221 replies on “Catholic doctors and priests versus the tetanus vaccine in Kenya”

Orac, I have to take issue with:

The Catholic Church and the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association are engaging in fear mongering

I read that article you linked to. It was written by someone for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association. It doesn’t look as if the Catholic Church has anything to do with it.

“It is targeted at girls and women between the ages of 14 – 49 (child bearing age) and in 60 specific districts spread all around the country.”

One would suppose, if one were rational — which I guess leaves these guys out — that an epidemic of female infertility in just “60 specific districts”, the same sixty chosen for the vaccination campaign, would tend to tip people off about the effect of the vaccine.

The anti vaccine loons over on Mothering are losing their collective minds over this, of course.

http://www.mothering.com/forum/443-i-m-not-vaccinating/1463562-update-tetanus-vaccination-program-kenya.html

“They just need to come clean about the program. “Yes, we are trying to lower the population. It is for the benefit for humanity though, since the world cannot handle a larger human population. If we don’t do something to stop it now, the problem of an overpopulated planet would be much worse. Since people won’t voluntarily participate (as in one child policies or not having more children), we must use preventative measures. Hey–at least we are not surgically sterilizing people like we used to in the USA!”

I have been following this for a number of days. Along the way, I found

http://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/resources/milstien.pdf

Milstien J., Griffin PD, and Lee JW, Damage to Immunization Programmes from Misinformation on Contraceptive Vaccines, Reproductive Health Matters, No. 6, 1995.

Precis: a disinformation campaign, apparently lead by Human Life International (a US-based anti-contraception group) made claims that the maternal tetanus vaccines were “laced” with hCG hormones. These claims were circulated in the form of a press release, written by Fr. Matthew Habiger, and circulated in over 60 countries. The press release had talking points identical to those made by the Kenyan bishops in their letter of November 6 2014.

Message of the Kenyan Catholic Bishops, November 6, 2014

http://www.dioceseofkitui.org/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/111-kutui-nairobi-dinner

2. The Tetanus Vaccine
Dear Kenyans, due to the direction the debate on the ongoing Tetanus Vaccine campaign in Kenya is taking, We, the Catholic Bishops, in fulfilling our prophetic role, wish to restate our position as follows:

The Catholic Church is NOT opposed to regular vaccines administered in Kenya, both in our own Church health facilities and in public health institutions.

However, during the second phase of the Tetanus vaccination campaign in March 2014, that is sponsored by WHO/UNICEF, the Catholic Church questioned the secrecy of the exercise. We raised questions on whether the tetanus vaccine was linked to a population control program that has been reported in some countries, where a similar vaccine was laced with Beta- HCG hormone which causes infertility and multiple miscarriages in women.

On March 26, 2014 and October 13, 2014, we met the Cabinet Secretary in-charge of health and the Director of Medical Services among others and rasied our concerns about the Vaccine and agreed to jointly test the vaccine. However the ministry did not cooperate and the joint tests were not done.

The Catholic Church struggled and acquired several vials of the vaccine, which we sent to Four unrelated Government and private laboratories in Kenya and abroad.

We want to announce here, that all the tests showed that the vaccine used in Kenya in March and October 2014 was indeed laced with the Beta- HCG hormone.

On 13th of October 2014, the Catholic Church gave copies of the results to the cabinet secretary and the Director of Medical Services. The same was emailed to the Director of Medical Services on October 17, 2014.

Based on the above grounds, We, the Catholic Bishops in Kenya, wish to State the following:

*That we are shocked at the level of dishonesty and casual manner in which such a serious issue is being handled by the Government.
*That a report presented to the Parliamentary Committee on Health November 4, 2014 by the Ministry of Health, claiming that the Government had tested the Vaccine and found it clean of Beta- HCG hormone, is false and a deliberate attempt to distort the truth and mislead 42 million Kenyans.
*That we are dismayed by attempts to intimidate and blackmail medical professionals who have corroborated information about the vaccine, with threats of disciplinary action. We commend and support all professionals who have stood by the truth.

That we shall not waver in calling upon all Kenyans to avoid the tetanus vaccination campaign laced with Beta-HCG, because we are convinced that it is indeed a disguised population control programme.

May the Lord guide you and keep you safe now and forever more.

November 6th , 2014

Signed

His Eminence John Cardinal Njue

Chairman-Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops

Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo Vice Chairman (KCCB)Homa Bay
Most Rev. Zacchaeus OkothKisumu
Most Rev. Peter Kairo Nyeri
Rt. Rev. Philip Sulumeti Kakamega
Rt. Rev. Paul Darmanin Garissa
Rt. Rev. Cornelius K. Arap Korir Eldoret
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mairura Okemwa Kisii
Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich Military Ordinariate
Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley Kitale
Rt. Rev. Norman Wambua King’oo Bungoma
Rt. Rev. Peter Kihara, IMC Marsabit
Rt. Rev. David Kamau Ng’ang’a – Aux. Bishop Nairobi
Rt. Rev. Anthony Ireri Mukobo, IMC Isiolo Vicariate
Rt. Rev. Virgilio Pante Maralal
Rt. Rev. Salesius Mugambi Meru
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo Kericho
Rt. Rev. Martin Kivuva Musonde Machakos
Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria Kitui
Rt. Rev. James Maria Wainaina Muranga
Rt. Rev. Paul Kariuki Njiru Embu
Rt. Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba Nakuru
Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich Lodwar
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Barbara Malindi Apostolic Administrator Mombasa
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mbatia Nyahururu
Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa Ngong
Rt. Rev. Joseph Allesandro Co-adjutor Garrisa

By Genevieve H. at Rational Catholic:

http://rationalcatholicblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/does-the-kenyan-unicef-tetanus-vaccine-contain-hcg-and-make-women-infertile/

…there are some reasons that I am very skeptical that what has been claimed by the bishops in Africa has happened, or even could happen. Looking at the claims made, only a few options seem possible.
1. Instead of a standard tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccine, an actual infertility vaccine was administered, rendering women infertile. This would either be the result of a specific eugenics program or a clinical trial where informed consent was not obtained from the women in question.

2. A tetanus toxoid vaccine that was contaminated with HCG was administered, rendering women infertile but no one knew or cared whether the vaccines were contaminated.

3. The test results that the bishops and doctors of Kenya are discussion are actually false positives, and there is no effect on fertility of the women who received these vaccines.

Discussion ensues, including a comment from a spokesperson for Human Life International.

Unfortunately, I watched Mikey’s nearly 15 minute long video:
he repeats the same nonsense as in the article HOWEVER he does so with a blank but disturbed look of desperation-
now that the public is less terrified of impending Ebola outbreaks, he needs something else to rile up his adherents. By the look of his numbers, he gets more with this article than with the others he wrote over the past few days.

Here’s the March 26 2014 Press Statement from the Conference of Kenyan Catholic Bishops. Note how similar the talking points are to the press release distributed by Human Life International in 1995:
http://www.kccb.or.ke/home/com/statements-com/press-statement-by-the-catholic-health-commission-of-kenya-kenya-conference-of-catholic-bishops-on-the-ongoing-national-tetanus-vaccination-campaign-in-60-districts-in-kenya/

We follow up on the recent questions raised by the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue and therefore seek answers to the following:

Is there a tetanus crisis on women of child-bearing age in Kenya? If this is so, why has it not been declared?
Why does the campaign target women of 14 – 49years?
Why has the campaign left out young girls, boys and men even if they are all prone to tetanus?
In the midst of so many life-threatening diseases in Kenya, why has tetanus been prioritized?

Information in the public domain indicates that Tetanus Toxoid vaccine (TT) laced with Beta human chorionic gonadotropin (b-HCG) sub unit has been used in Philippines, Nicaragua and Mexico to vaccinate women against future pregnancy. Beta HCG sub unit is a hormone necessary for pregnancy.

When injected as a vaccine to a non-pregnant woman, this Beta HCG sub unit combined with tetanus toxoid develops antibodies against tetanus and HCG so that if a woman’s egg becomes fertilized, her own natural HCG will be destroyed rendering her permanently infertile. In this situation tetanus vaccination has been used as a birth control method.

The ongoing tetanus vaccination campaign bears the hallmarks of the programmes that were carried out in Philippines, Mexico and Nicaragua. We are not certain that the vaccines being administered in Kenya are free of this hormone.

The Catholic Church acknowledges that maternal and neonatal care is imperative in prevention of death; the Church therefore maintains that adequate and clear information is provided to the general public to avoid misinformation and propaganda in regard to the vaccine. The sanctity of Life and the dignity of the human person must always be priorities in health care and the Catholic Church, in the absence of proper and adequate information will not shy away; from raising moral questions on matters affecting human life.

Rt. Rev. Paul Kariuki Njiru Chairman, Catholic Health Commission of Kenya – KCCB

Rt. Rev. Joseph Mbatia Vice Chairman, Catholic Health Commission of Kenya – KCCB

Oh, Mikey keeps repeating that -because vaccination target women and Africans it is both racist and sexist.

He’ll say anything to get numbers.

I saw this referenced in a totally unrelated comment thread and was baffled; now I know where the claim is coming from and understand.

And they call themselves *Catholics*, these supposed bishops who want to stir up fear of one of the most important interventions to protect newborn babies in Africa. Neonatal tetanus is no joke. Or should we take this as one of those instances where they care about conception but not about the life of the child once it has been born? (We can’t have sterility, but it’s okay if they die of tetanus!)

Say the Bishops:

May the Lord guide you and keep you safe now and forever more”.

Says me: “May you burn in hellfire for eternity, you disease-mongering scum”

Full statement of Dr. Muhame Ngare: http://tinyurl.com/nkj9766
Full statement of Kenyan Bishops: http://tinyurl.com/loz4ro4

The KCDA appears to be an actual organization. Whether it exists outside the official Church hierarchy, or is affiliated with the Church, is not stated anywhere I could find, but it appears KCDA has the Bishops’ ears: “the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association brought the matter to the attention of the Bishops and together sort audience with the Ministry of Health…”

The “together” suggests two separate entities working together, But Ngare says, “With great difficulty, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association managed to access the tetanus vaccine used during the WHO immunization campaign in March 2014 and subjected them to testing. The Bishops say, “The Catholic Church struggled and acquired several vials of the vaccine, which we sent to Four unrelated Government and private laboratories in Kenya and abroad.” This would suggest KDCA IS an arm of the Church.

Seekinf further enlightenment, I checked the Nairobi newspapers. It seems Muhame Ngare is a spokesperson of convenience, as the head of the KDCA, and the driving force behind the anti-tetanus-vaccine campaign is a Dr. Stephen Karanja. Kenyan Health officials are unhappy with Karanja and have called for him to be summoned before Kenya’s Medical Practitioners Board for disciplinary action on the basis that his promotion of vaccine conspiracy theory is a breach of professional ethics. http://tinyurl.com/kukeja9

Karanja has been in the news before. As the AIDS crisis unfolded in Kenya, the Kenyan Catholic Church remained adamant that condom use was sinful, and promoted the idea that condoms do not HIV infection. “Latex rubber from which condoms are made does have pores through which viral sized particles can squeeze through during intercourse.” This became widely accepted among the Kenyan populace. In 1996 Cardinal Otunga, the highest ranking Catholic in the country, led a symbolic burning of condoms and safe sex literature. Karanja participated, and told the BBC, “It was a condom bonfire. I was there. I have to be there. I lead by example. We had a symbolic burning of the evil that is the condom.” http://tinyurl.com/2jt2wv

In 2008, Karanja attacked the election of Barack Obama;

This administration of Obama, is going to be a nightmare for our people. We in Kenya know him as a person who is anti-family. A person who would support abortion. Now we are in big trouble because of these Americans. They have no business electing a person who is going to destroy our countries. The truth is that they have put a bad man in the most powerful office in the whole world. And are putting people outside your borders in danger.

Karanja claimed Africa had been ‘saturated’ with contraceptives by US-based international aid organizations, promoting the “abomination” of abortion (and condoms).

The “one thing” that many Kenyans fear from Obama’s presidency, said Karanja, is the renewal of the attacks on the family and the unborn. “The only resource we have that is truly ours,” he said, “is our people. http://tinyurl.com/o3nvwva

Kenyan news coverage of the tetanus shot issue:
http://tinyurl.com/olvloje
http://www.the-star.co.ke/search/node/tetanus
http://tinyurl.com/ndcrqnu

I must note that Catholic diocese in different parts of the world are not all so extremist, and even in Kenya many Catholics do not follow the strict line of the Church. But the leadership? I learned at pub quiz the other night that the Vatican did not officially accept the heliocentric model of the solar system until 1993, when John Paul II formally acquitted Gallileo, and accepted the validity of his work.

Speaking of population control…

From The Guardian 8/21/14. Old story but news to me:

Richard Dawkins has become embroiled in another Twitter row, claiming it would be “immoral” to carry on with a pregnancy if the mother knew the foetus had Down’s syndrome. Dawkins later defended his view, saying he would not apologise “for approaching moral philosophic questions in a logical way”.

I wonder how RD’s “logic” approaches the moral philosophic questions of autism, and parents who euthanize their ASD children?

Orac, how did you get the test results? I have been following this story as possible since a friend tipped me off to it on Facebook. My first questions were why the Bishops did not release the lot numbers, laboratory names and full test results?
The Catholic Bishops may be well intended but I get the impression there are anti first world feelings and false medical information being given to them.

If there was an contraceptive vaccine I would think plenty of first world women would want it or be willing to take part in the trials. Secret 3rd world testing would not be needed.

Of course the Church, from which I am a deconvert despite 13 years of parochial schooling, would be opposed to a vaccination program.

When children stop dying young or in childbirth, women have fewer children. That means fewer tithes if they do survive into adulthood and fewer pure young souls for Heaven if they don’t.

I picked this up off a link from RatCat. The biggest problem I have with blogs like this is that they don’t come across as objective or even aware of a need for professionalism, ie. full of name calling and assumptions about the people simply reporting the story. It actually makes your claims seem as if they aren’t credible and your motives seem wrong. And the comment section is the same thing. If you have expertise, by all means offer it up. But the obnoxiousness and arrogance only feeds the sense of mistrust that has developed and further alienates people. It’s pretty dumb.

Today’s statement from WHO and UNICEF

http://www.afro.who.int/en/kenya/press-materials/item/7179-statement-from-who-and-unicef-on-the-tetanus-vaccine-in-kenya.html

It reads in part.

WHO and UNICEF confirm that the vaccines are safe and are procured from a pre-qualified manufacturer. Their safety is assurred through a three-pronged global testing system and the vaccine has reached more than 130 million women with at least two doses in 52 countries.

The level of entitlement radiating from those authoritarian theocrat wannabees is extraordinary.

The Catholic Church has not been engaged as members and participants of the Health Sector Coordinating Committee and in the respective Technical Working Group.

OUTRAGE!

A.H. @19:

The biggest problem I have with blogs like this is that they don’t come across as objective or even aware of a need for professionalism, ie. full of name calling and assumptions about the people simply reporting the story.

You seldom see Tone Trolling in such a pure form, so completely unrelated to the specific thread, or indeed to the blog itself.

Oh, how I wished that vaccination was a one-stop shop. Instead, I have to go in for one appointment to get my vaccines, and another for the Magic Stick under my arm to keep me from getting pregnant. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you! Why can’t the evil pharma-industrial complex take care of it all with one shot?

On a more sober note, the Catholics don’t like condoms for AIDS control in Africa, either. What is wrong with these people?

Tone Trolling or not. I am interested in the story and interested in understanding the facts. I’ve seen enough vaccine blogs and comment sections when researching other topics to know that the name calling is creating its own epidemic. Who wants to listen to anyone that can’t manage basic respect? And who is going to take seriously anyone who has no awareness of professionalism. It happens on many blogs and it is a shame.

If your delicate eyes can’t standing reading a little bit of harsh criticism that the Kenyan Catholic hierarchy deserves for peddling this dangerous and potentially deadly myth about the tetanus vaccine, there are plenty of other blogs around. In some cases, anger and outrage are quite justified. This, I believe, is one such time. If you want dispassionate, read the WHO rebuttal I linked to. I rarely do dispassionate on topics like this.

It’s rather interesting to me that you are clutching your pearls so tightly over a relatively little harsh language about how the claim that the tetanus vaccine is being used for depopulation is a “pernicious lie” and the main people promoting this story outside of Kenya are quacks (which Mike Adams undeniably is), but seem untroubled by what the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association and Kenyan Catholic bishops are doing. That doesn’t even consider Adams’ labeling the tetanus vaccination program as “racist genocide.”

Methinks your righteous indignation is misplaced.

name calling and assumptions about the people simply reporting the story.

Who are these “people simply reporting the story” who are receiving “name calling and assumptions”? The cranks using terms like race-based genocide and Depopulation vaccine — is that your idea of “simple reportage”?

I see some harsh words directed at Mike Adams, whose bad faith and exploit-anything-for-money mendacity are not “assumptions” but are documented within the post.

Thanks Orac. Not wearing or clutching pearls, and while my ears can certainly take the harsh criticism, my point is that it makes your argument seem less credible. Not sure why this link was included over at Rat Cat but I certainly am aware that there are other blogs. If you just enjoy being snarky for the fun of it, well alrighty then. However, I’m just pointing out that you may have other visitors, like myself, trying to find information on this story, who will immediately wonder why they should believe your take on this, given all the snark. Just sayin.

The biggest problem I have with blogs like this is that they don’t come across as objective or even aware of a need for professionalism, ie. full of name calling and assumptions about the people simply reporting the story

AH< we're talking about a story promoted by Mike Adams. There’s no need to assume anything about his lack of credibility or his personal agenda-driven motivation to popularize this story: they’re a matter of public record (he’s entry #1 in the Encyclopedia of American Loons, for dog’s sake).

Also, I’m not familiar with Mike Adams but the characterizations also seem to be applied to Catholics, Kenya’s Bishops, KCDA, unnamed “antivaccinationists”, I’ve probably missed someone. Granted, I can see questioning what any of these folks have said. That is perfectly legitimate. But since you probably don’t know all of the reasons why they are motivated to say what they have, it makes you seem ill willed, and possibly not trustworthy.

AH: ” Who wants to listen to anyone that can’t manage basic respect?”

Why should we respect anyone who makes fakes claims about tetanus vaccines in an area where about one infant per day dies from tetanus? From this report:

Tetanus is regarded as a big threat to babies in Kenya, with a new-born child dying every day of the infection.

According to Kenya’s health ministry, about 550 babies died of tetanus in Kenya last year.

But since you probably don’t know all of the reasons why they are motivated to say what they have, it makes you seem ill willed, and possibly not trustworthy.

How do you suppose nattering on about your personal dissatisfaction with the post while showing no sign whatever of having managed to extract any content from it makes you seem?

But since you probably don’t know all of the reasons why they are motivated to say what they have, it makes you seem ill willed, and possibly not trustworthy.

So it’s not enough to know that they”re spreading lies, we also have to know why they’re spreading lies before we can characterize them (accurately) as liars?

AH: “I’m not familiar with Mike Adams ”

There is little search box at the top of this page, perhaps you should read up on the “Health Ranger”, who would be more accurately called “Health Danger.” Especially after he called for the murder of certain scientists.

Seriously, you actually think we need to treat a computer spam vender turned supplement marketer with respect?

Why should we respect anyone who makes fakes claims about tetanus vaccines in an area where about one infant per day dies from tetanus?

Exactly. Respect is earned. So is disrespect, but obviously in a different way. These people have more than earned disrespect for what they are doing. I make no apologies for showing them disrespect in my posts because they do not even come close to deserving my respect, and I don’t care if my expressing that disrespect on my blog offends AH’s very delicate sensibilities.

Rejecting an argument based on tone alone, rather than facts and evidence (which is what AH is doing), is the very definition of what tone trolls do.

Obviously the people making the claims feel they have reason. That sad reality is that they may be completely wrong. But if you think that they are saying this because they are liars, cranks, idiots, Catholics, loons, people who should rot in hell etc. then I think you are completely wrong. Misinformation and mistrust abound. You have to care about both. Whether you like it or not.

I will now Godwin the thread because it is appropriate here as the “nuclear option” to show how silly your argument is.

Adolf Hitler thought he had very good “reason” for what he did. Should I show respect for Adolf Hitler because he thought that by exterminating European Jewry he was saving his people and helping them to fulfill their destiny? After all, he thought he was doing great good by destroying what he viewed as the implacable enemy of Germany.

Finally, I was raised Catholic. My entire family is still Catholic. I even still have a soft spot in my heart for Catholic ceremonies and culture, even though I’m long lapsed. If I get criticized for anything it tends to be for being too easy on the Catholic hierarchy.

In any case, consider this quote from my post above:

The Catholic Church and the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association are engaging in fear mongering. For all the bloviation coming from the KCDA and Catholic Church in Kenya about how “evil” the alleged “mass depopulation” campaign of the WHO is, I’d say they are engaging in evil. They are intentionally frightening women in Kenya from taking the full course of tetanus vaccine. They might believe they are doing good, but they are engaging in activity that will lead to the death of Kenyan women.

Yes, contrary to your claim, I did consider the motivation behind what the Catholic bishops and the KCDA are doing in Kenya.

Obviously the people making the claims feel they have reason.

Say what you like about scammers and grifters, at least scamming and grifting is an ethos a reason to spout mendacious claims!

“Obviously the people making the claims feel they have reason.”

Perhaps because they hate women, and any health initiative that prevents their suffering will be demonized by them.

To JGC @34
The point is they don’t think they can trust the WHO. And they don’t believe that they are telling a lie. So call them liars if you want, but they have a fear that they are being targeted. Now, cooler heads, have to sort through the conflicting information to understand what happened and what to do. I hope it gets straightened out quickly. Somehow, someway the issue of mistrust is going to have to be dealt with. It just is. It’s a big part of this story. Why people who love science think they can just ignore that part , is hard for me to understand.

But if you think that they are saying this because they are liars, cranks, idiots, Catholics, loons, people who should rot in hell etc. then I think you are completely wrong.

Again: why do you believe it matters that we identify why they’re saying what they’re saying? It’s enough that they’ve ade the statement to characterize them: if they’re saying things that are demonstrably false they’re liars, if they’re embracing and/or promoting ideas that are not rational they’re loons, etc.

The point is they don’t think they can trust the WHO.

So we’ve identified the reason they’re lying: do their lies then somehow become true statements?

And they don’t believe that they are telling a lie.

So they also aren’t aware they’re telling lies: do their lies then somehow become true statements?

So call them liars if you want, but they have a fear that they are being targeted.

Assigning motivation to their behavior does nothing to alter that behavior nor make it somehow acceptable.

Now, cooler heads, have to sort through the conflicting information to understand what happened and what to do. I hope it gets straightened out quickly.

It seems to me that if you want to straighten it out quickly you’d be arguing in support of an aggressive response to the spread of misinformation, rather than arguing we wait for ‘cooler heads’ to prevail.,

the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, a pro-vaccine organization.

Needless to say, Mike Adams is lying here; the KCDA is not a pro-vaccine organization. It appears to be some sort of alt-health group set up with the imprimatur of Kenyan Catholicism, to convert medicine into a branch of religion (“I invite you, in the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath to rise, witness, and evangelize the medical and health care world”), stripped of any vestige of reproductive health (“anti-life principles”).

Well clearly I’d better go back to my pearl clutching. I’m obviously not rational enough or science-y enough to offer anything to the people who know everything already.

hdb (quoting the KCDA): “(“I invite you, in the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath to rise, witness, and evangelize the medical and health care world”), stripped of any vestige of reproductive health (“anti-life principles”).”

Yup, it is one of those women hating groups that thinks they should just make babies and suffer because they lack a Y-chromosome.

AH: “I’m obviously not rational enough or science-y enough to offer anything to the people who know everything already.”

Nor open minded enough to learn anything.

name calling and assumptions about the people simply reporting the story

I’m still wondering, who are these “simple reporters” of a story? Evidently not Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, who invented the story with his fraudulent test results.

hdb (quoting the KCDA)

No, that’s not quoting the KCDA, that’s “His Eminence Cardinal John Kjue”, on behalf of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference, conferring the blessing of Kenyan Catholicism upon the KCDA and its goal of dressing up dogma in a white coat.

Human Life International began promoting this falsehood — that the tetanus vaccine given to women is “laced” with HGC — in 1994-1995, as I mentioned in post #5.

The misinformation (to be generous) was thoroughly refuted in the document I referenced above,

http://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/resources/milstien.pdf

Milstien J., Griffin PD, and Lee JW, Damage to Immunization Programmes from Misinformation on Contraceptive Vaccines, Reproductive Health Matters, No. 6, 1995.

Nevertheless, HLI has continued to advance this information, with exactly the same talking points since then. In this instance, the Kenyan bishops and Dr Wahome Ngare, of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, has continued to advance this story, frightening many Kenyan girls and women away from the vaccine.

In this episode, MaterCare International

In the meantime, one (or many more) Kenyan infants continue to die in agony from neonatal tetanus.

Calli Arcale:
And they call themselves *Catholics*, these supposed bishops

Well they are bishops; they are Catholics; they’re the ones who determine whether someone else is catholic. I know they come across as a bunch of self-deluded sacredotal cosplayers dressing up in stolen cassocks and sounding like cartoonish stereotypes of superstitious theocratic scoundrels dreamed up by PJ Myers, but they are the official Catholic church in Kenya.

Trust really is the issue. I know it’s hard to convey the nuance of scientific results and explain how we know what we know, but there has to be someway to gain that trust.

This is an intriguing bit of immunological wisdom:

When tetanus is laced with HCG and administered in five doses every 6 months, the woman develops antibodies against both the tetanus and the HCG in 2 – 3 years after the last injection.

The funny thing is that the actual Talwar anti-hCG vaccine wears off in about 3 months (PDF).

ORAC the pharma paid doctor accuses others of lying about vaccines. Has ORAC written yet about Dr William Thompson, a 20 year CDC vaccine researcher who confessed to covering up how MERCK’S MMR caused an increase of autism (340%) in black children?

Dr Wahome Ngare is only the front being employed being employed by MaterCare (from whence all the U.S. woo-ists have taken the story) to keep quick fact-checkers off the trail of the actual KCDA honcho behind this campaign, Dr. Stephen Karanja. Theres are zero references to Ngare in the Kenyan press. Karanja is a condom-burning, Obama-demonizing loose canon (sic) facing possible disciplinary action by the Kenyan Health Board for promoting vaccine conspiracy theory. See post #15 above for details and links.

On the positive side, the comments threads in the Nairobi papers indicate well-educated Kenyans aren’t buying what Karanja and the Bishops are cooking. On the not-so-positive side, Kenya is full of impoverished folks without Web access, many of them illiterate and like the porous condom blather before it, the vaccine-sterilization scare is probably spreading like wildfire through the slums of Kibera and out to the poor townships.

Well, if it makes anybody’s little butthurtness feel any better then it may be worth remembering that the Catholic Church also quite assertively forbade herbalism once the very lucrative and proprietary ‘bloodletting’ came along…

AH you are right about one thing it does boil down to trust. But here’s the rub in that, you have organizations like WHO and CDC full of scientists who have dedicated their life’s work to advancing public health. They put in long hours, for low pay, fighting diseases most people in the first world have never heard about and could care less about if they did. Do they not deserve respect? On the other hand you have internet charlatans like Mike Adams making a comfortable profit selling green goo on the internet to the gullible by making wild claims about ‘toxins’. Who regularly demonizes vaccination and any other medical intervention as ‘evil’. You have the Catholic church of Kenya engaged in spreading lies and fear about an intervention to save the lives and health of women and their newborn infants. Why do they deserve so much more respect? Why is there such virulent hatred of science and reason? Such demonization of doctors, nurses, and scientists dedicating their careers to ending these diseases? Why should these naysayers get respect? Why can’t they be called out as liars? Can’t you see that by treating them with ‘respect’ as we used to do with the antivaccine nuts who would regularly appear on TV to tell ‘both sides’ of the story we just continue this charade that there is some kind of controversy? These idiots should be shouted down immediately and in no uncertain terms that they are not rational and not based in science. Being ‘respectful’ just gives them their 15 minutes of fame and results in lingering doubt over their wild claims.

I am totally confused by the test results that are being reported.
What, exactly, was tested. Some words (reference to error due to preservative) seem to suggest it was actual TT vaccine that was tested, yet other things (purported to be from a woman called St. Michael ,,, normal values from the reference values assuming that the woman is not pregnant. ) seem to be saying it was some sort of sample(s) (urine? blood?) from a woman (who had been vaccinated?).

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I don’t know much of anything about Mike Adams, only what I’ve read here, but based on that I’m guessing he has very little influence with anyone in Kenya. As for the Bishops and others actually in Kenya I know that they report mistrust of and corruption in their government and of certain Govt programs. I know that they also report being pressured by foreign groups on any number of issues, some moral issues. You can imagine how the situation might blow up if people in Kenya, who already feel they can’t trust what their govt is doing, think they are being blown off, disrespected etc. Imagine if the Bishops were given bad information but not knowing that, they felt they were doing a good thing warning their people. I’ m just speculating. I don’t really know why they made that call. Since they are wary of WHO that issue needs to be addressed.

As for the Bishops and others actually in Kenya I know that they report mistrust of and corruption in their government and of certain Govt programs.

So they dislike the competition?

Imagine if the Bishops were given bad information but not knowing that, they felt they were doing a good thing warning their people.

But HLI, Cog4Life, etc., know it’s bad information, and they just keep serving it up.

Imagine if the Bishops were given bad information
They created the propaganda channel which is providing them with bad information. They own those lies.

I know that they report mistrust of […] their government and of certain Govt programs.
They are creating the mistrust. They are part of the feckin’ government — having managed to weasel their way in and take over delivery of some of the social and health services — but as happens when you let theocrats into the tent, they want more, and they want more power to impose their own dogma as a condition of the services.

Nothing yet from Pharyngula on the story. I am disappoint. PZ Myer’s turns of phrase would be far less snarky, far more to AH’s tastes.

Hi squirrelelite, the Snopes page was posted (according to my records) on November 10. Possibly the 9th.

Squirrelelite, If you listen to the whole Kenyan television interview I posted at comment #9, the Kenyan health ministry estimates that for every neonatal tetanus death reported, there are about 20 that are not recorded. In Kenya, a poor country with a patchy health infrastructure, many births and deaths are not recorded.

The Kenyan tetanus immunization campaign of 2013-2014, which the Catholic bishops have effectively sabotaged, was focused on those districts with the least access to maternal care.

Orac: “They might believe they are doing good, but they are engaging in activity that will lead to the death of Kenyan women.”

Isn’t that the point though? Anything that makes a woman’s life more comfortable, like education, birth control and not dying is obviously going to make God unhappy. God isn’t happy unless women are miserable, and every single bishop, priest and pastor knows that.

PoliticalGuineaPig, I am a card-carrying atheist, and I find your pronouncement in the previous comment both ignorant and abhorrent.

Thanks, Liz!

I’ve been busy all day after checking this story early in the morning.
I tried to look up Kenya specific data from the WHO, but the results are very sparse. The WHO tetanus numbers for Kenya (and Zambia, which I compared it with) are unbelievably low.

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