Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Responds to New CDC Study on Association Between Aluminum in Childhood Vaccines and Asthma

September 30, 2022

Washington DC — On Tuesday, a federally funded study was published in the journal Academic Pediatrics titled “Association Between Aluminum Exposure from Vaccines Before Age 24 Months and Persistent Asthma at Age 24 to 59 Months,” coauthored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Immunization Safety Office officials Dr. Frank DeStefano, Dr. Jonathan Duffy and Dr. Satoshi Kamidani. The authors reveal that higher aluminum exposure from infant vaccines leads to a greater incidence of asthma in 2- to 5-year-old children. Children diagnosed with eczema were at the highest risk of asthma when exposed to aluminum in vaccines with a hazards ratio of 1.62, meaning they were 62% more likely to get an asthma diagnosis.

The most compelling results came when the CDC looked at asthma incidence in children receiving more than 3 milligrams exposure versus less than 3 milligrams exposure. Typically, an infant vaccinated following the CDC schedule can be exposed to as much as 5 milligrams of aluminum within the period between birth and age 2 years.

In response, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) chairman and chief legal counsel Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said:

“It’s noteworthy that a senior author on this study is none other than Frank DeStefano, the CDC’s longtime director of the notoriously corrupt Immunization Safety Office. DeStefano has played a key role since 1999 in generating the fraudulent studies CDC cites to deceive the public about the links between the exploding childhood vaccination schedule and the devastating epidemic of neurological, autoimmune, allergic and other chronic diseases that now debilitate an astonishing 54% of American children in the ‘vaccine-generation kids (born after 1989).

“It’s significant that, at the end of an extraordinarily destructive career undermining public health, DeStefano has signed on as coauthor to a study that hints at one of the catastrophic side effects of childhood jabs — the asthma epidemic — that he helped impose on American children.”

CHD chief science officer, Brian Hooker, Ph.D. commented:

“I find it very interesting that despite the caveats made in the discussion section of the paper and the typical whitewashing of the results that you would expect from the CDC, it is clear here that aluminum exposure in vaccines is related to asthma incidence. This affirms results from my paper with Neil Miller where we saw a statistically significant odds ratio of 4.49 for asthma in vaccinated children versus unvaccinated children. Similar results were found in Mawson et al in 2017.”

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National School Lunch Testing for Glyphosate, Pesticides, Heavy Metals, Hormones and Nutrients Revealed

National School Lunch Testing for Glyphosate, Pesticides, Heavy Metals, Hormones and Nutrients Revealed

September 28, 2022

Asheville, NC Moms Across America announces a nationwide project measuring pesticides, heavy metals, veterinary drugs, hormones and nutrient test results of 43 school lunches gathered from public schools in 15 states in the United States. The initiative was conducted by Moms Across America – mothers, fathers and students who gathered school lunch samples. The testing was funded by Moms Across America supporters and Children’s Health Defense.

Moms Across America Director Zen Honeycutt stated:

“These test results of the school lunches show us that we have a national crisis on our hands. Our government is allowing our children to be poisoned with a shocking number of toxins that contribute to various health, behavioral and learning issues. In addition, the nutrient density of the food is almost completely deficient, leaving our children’s bodies starving for nutrients, unable to develop properly and lacking nutrients that their brains need to learn and make sound decisions. If our government cares about America remaining a superpower and a prosperous nation, it must immediately take action to supply organically grown, nutrient-dense food to our nation’s children.”

The results show that the food America’s children eat at school is unsafe, toxic and low in nutrients:

  • Of the 43 school items tested, 41, or 95.3%, had detectable levels of glyphosate weed killer, the most widely used herbicide in the world, a known carcinogen.
  • The highest level of glyphosate and AMPA (AMPA is glyphosate’s breakdown and can be even more toxic) were found in a beef taco with soft tortilla at 286.77 ng/g and in pizza at 156.14 ng/g.
  • 28 of the 43 school meal samples, or 65.1%, contained wheat ingredients.
  • 100% of the wheat products were positive with glyphosate, averaging 42.09 ng/g.
  • The average level of glyphosate in pizza was 154.51 ng/g.

Several items had very high glyphosate levels, well above 25 ng/g, which, according to animal studies, would be expected to be harmful when consumed consistently, along with other items containing glyphosate. Glyphosate has been shown to be carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting, damaging to sperm and reproductive organs, causing nervous system damage and causing liver and kidney disease.

We also tested for 220 of the most egregious pesticides:

  • 74% of the school lunch samples contained at least one of the harmful pesticides.
  • 29 different types of pesticides were present in 74% of the school lunches.
  • Thiabendazole, an immune suppressant, was found in 27.9% of the samples.
  • Piperonal Butoxide, a developmental toxin that causes birth defects and neurodevelopment disruptions, was in 41% of the samples.
  • Pyrimethanil, which causes thyroid tumors in animals, was detected at 595.04 ppb on an apple.

Veterinary drugs, hormones and heavy metals in school lunch food are also at alarming levels:

  • 4 Veterinary drugs and hormones were found in 9 school lunch samples at levels up to 130.76 ng/g.
  • 100% of the school lunch samples contained heavy metals at levels up to 6,293 X higher than the EPA’s maximum levels allowed in drinking water.
  • The majority of the samples were abysmally low in nutrients.

Without proper nutrients in food, children will not develop properly and be able to think, learn and act to their fullest potential. Proper nutrition can be instrumental in reducing and preventing learning disorders and violent behavior. Safe, non-toxic, nutrient-dense food is essential for the health of our children and the future of our nation. America should invest in healthy, safe nutrition for every child in our public schools.

The results are being released the same day as the White House is holding the first National Nutrition Conference in 50 years. It is Moms Across America’s intention that the leaders of this nation address the issue of toxic agrochemical use in the food supply and its impact on nutrient density, human health and our children.

For more information, see the full report.

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Children’s Health Defense Applauds Victory for Louisiana Parents and Students After COVID Vaccine Mandates for Schoolchildren Repealed

Children’s Health Defense Applauds Victory for Louisiana Parents and Students After COVID Vaccine Mandates for Schoolchildren Repealed

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For Immediate Release

Baton Rouge, LA – On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) officially repealed the state’s requirement that children receive the COVID vaccine in order to attend school. Governor John Bel Edwards spent nearly six months overriding the legislature’s passage of HCR3 in May which called for an end to the mandate, vetoing the bill and continuing the mandate through LDH.

The repeal comes after Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Children’s Health Defense (CHD) joined Dr. Robert Malone, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and thousands of parents earlier this year to oppose the mandate.

After this week’s repeal, Landry filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit he brought against the governor (Crews v. Edwards) which sought to have the vaccine mandate enjoined. Landry issued a statement Wednesday which reads in part:

“Today is the culmination of hard work by so many concerned parents throughout Louisiana. This is the direct result of moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians fighting for what is right. I thank Representative Raymond Crews, Health Freedom Louisiana, the Bayou Mama Bears, Town Hall Baton Rouge, Children’s Health Defense and all those from across Louisiana that stood with us for parental choice.

“Child medical decisions should be made by their guardians, not the government. I hope this health freedom victory reminds everyone what can happen when we all work together. When citizens are engaged and get involved, their government will listen.”

Landry is currently involved in another case along with the state of Missouri against President Biden and other high-ranking officials for allegedly colluding with social media giants to censor and suppress free speech related to COVID-19 and other important topics.

“What happened this week in Louisiana should inspire people across the country to take a stand against arbitrary and sometimes dangerous government mandates,” said CHD president and general counsel Mary Holland. “We all have a responsibility to call out government officials when they overstep their boundaries if we’re to maintain the freedom the founders of our country fought so hard to establish.”

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RFK, Jr. Responds to News of Biden Administration Working in Tandem With Social Media Giants to Censor COVID Statements They Deemed Misinformation

RFK, Jr. Responds to News of Biden Administration Working in Tandem With Social Media Giants to Censor COVID Statements They Deemed Misinformation

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC – Discovery documents released Thursday reveal the Biden administration and its federal agencies were holding secret meetings with Big Tech to censor COVID-19 statements they deemed misinformation.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., #2 on the “Disinformation Dozen” list, and Children’s Health Defense (CHD), are publically characterized with other individuals and organizations as spreading misinformation and have been subsequently censored, shadow banned and permanently deplatformed from social media outlets. These actions have denied CHD and RFK, Jr. the ability to provide over a million followers access to their information.

In response, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said:

“I’m astonished that any elected Democrat would be so estranged from our nation’s history and values as to consider it acceptable for a president to pressure publishers to censor his critics.

“It’s shocking that a U.S. president would involve the FBI and Homeland Security in efforts to quash dissent. Has no one in the White House read Thomas Paine or Orwell or Huxley or Heinlein or Arthur Koestler or Hannah Arendt or Solzhenitsyn? What do they think the lessons were that we were supposed to have learned from Watergate? From McCarthyism? From Vietnam?

“The Framers placed the right of free expression in the First Amendment precisely to guarantee Americans our sacred right to criticize our government. The First Amendment is not there to safeguard popular speech or government-approved speech. The Framers specifically wanted to protect speech that the government finds inconvenient or even detestable. And they included no pandemic exception in the Constitution!”

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was deplatformed by Instagram and Children’s Health Defense (CHD) was removed from Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok for posting content that the platforms claim doesn’t follow their “Community Guidelines/Standards on Misinformation.”

Children’s Health Defense is in an ongoing censorship lawsuit with Meta filed Aug. 2020.

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Facebook and Instagram Simultaneously Deplatform Children’s Health Defense Accounts Denying More Than Half a Million Followers Access to Truthful Information

Facebook and Instagram Simultaneously Deplatform Children’s Health Defense Accounts Denying More Than Half a Million Followers Access to Truthful Information

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Actions came on the heels of CHD’s-Meta/Facebook censorship lawsuit appeal.

Washington, DC — Yesterday, August 17, without warning, Facebook deplatformed (unpublished) the Children’s Health Defense (CHD) account. Simultaneously, CHD’s Instagram account was deplatformed (suspended). Each of these platforms had hundreds of thousands of followers. CHD received the following notifications from both platforms:

Deplatformed Notice FacebookDeplatformed Notice Instagram

Facebook and Instagram deplatforming dovetails with CHD’s ongoing censorship lawsuit. CHD filed the lawsuit against Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, in August 2020. Recently, in its Ninth Circuit Court appeal filed on July 29, CHD provided the court with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) produced documents the agency shared with Facebook. These documents, provided to Facebook on a regular basis, contained what the CDC considered misinformation. Titled “COVID Vaccine Misinformation: Hot Topics,” the documents asked tech giants to “be on the lookout” (BOLO) for various topics the CDC considers to be misinformation including: COVID-19 vaccine shedding, VAERS reports, spike protein data and more. The CHD case is currently pending in a Ninth Circuit decision.

Deplatforming by the tech giants came days after the CDC issued new guidance loosening COVID-19 policies — rules which CHD has criticized since the beginning of the pandemic. Within hours of the CHD deplatforming, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky shared her plans for overhauling how the agency works while admitting to a flawed response to COVID-19 and pandemic missteps.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said, “Facebook is acting here as a surrogate for the Federal government’s crusade to silence all criticism of draconian government policies. Our constitutional framers recognized this peril of government censorship. We don’t need the First Amendment to protect popular or government approved speech. They incorporated the First Amendment specifically to protect free expression of dissenting opinions. They understood that a government that can silence its critics has license for every atrocity.”

Roger Teich, CHD legal counsel for the Meta lawsuit, added, “Censorship is not only unconstitutional, it’s un-American.”

CHD’s lawsuit against Meta/Facebook aims to preserve First Amendment rights for all and the stakes are high. CHD believes social media platforms have ruthlessly censored, suppressed and distorted information. The litigation against Meta/Facebook to stop censorship is just one of CHD’s 50+ active lawsuits to defend freedom of speech, medical freedom, truth, bodily autonomy and children’s health.

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Pittsfield Massachusetts Residents File Suit Over Verizon Cell Tower Injuries

Pittsfield Massachusetts Residents File Suit Over Verizon Cell Tower Injuries

July 29, 2022

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

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

July 27, 2022

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 Reports that a Third Judge was Asked to Step Down in COVID Vaccine Mandate Case

Children’s Health Defense Reports that a Third Judge was Asked to Step Down in COVID Vaccine Mandate Case

June 15, 2022

New York, NY – U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni of the Southern District of New York issued an order Monday recusing herself from further involvement in two consolidated federal lawsuits challenging New York City Department of Education (DOE) COVID vaccine mandates. Plaintiffs moved to disqualify Judge Caproni last Thursday after discovering she held up to $100,000 in Pfizer stock in 2020.

“Federal law prohibits federal judges from taking part in a case in which they have any financial interest, no matter how small,” Sujata Gibson, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told The Defender. “Pfizer stocks have been impacted by court injunctions against COVID vaccine mandates, and ownership of this stock constitutes a conflict of interest.”

The Court then appointed Judge Edgardo Ramos to the case. However, Plaintiffs quickly filed a  joint motion to disqualify Judge Ramos as well, due to his financial investments in COVID vaccine manufacturers. Last night, Judge Ramos recused himself and was replaced by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald. Plaintiffs filed yet another motion to disqualify Judge Buchwald after finding that she holds up to $250,000 in Pfizer stock and $100,000 in Johnson & Johnson as of 2020.

“The fact that we are on our third motion in twenty-four hours to disqualify a judge because of financial conflicts of interest emphasizes the enormity of our Plaintiffs’ battle,” Gibson said.

Judicial financial conflicts of interests are under increasing scrutiny in response to a Wall Street Journal investigation that found 152 federal judges around the nation have violated US law and judicial ethics by overseeing 1,076 court cases involving companies in which they or their family owned stock. Plaintiffs were able to access the financial disclosures of the three conflicted judges after President Biden signed the bipartisan Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act on May 13, 2022, creating stricter reporting requirements for federal judges.

“Thousands of beloved teachers and educators have been suspended and terminated in violation of their sincerely held religious beliefs,” said Barry Black, co-counsel for plaintiffs. “It is crucial that no financial conflict compromise the decision-making process.”

Kane v. de Blasio plaintiffs are represented by Sujata S. Gibson of the Gibson Law Firm PLLC, Mary Holland of Children’s Health Defense, and Michael Sussman of Sussman & Watkins. Keil v. City of New York plaintiffs are represented by Jonathan R. Nelson, Barry Black and Sarah E. Child of Nelson Madden Black LLP.

Defendants, including the city of New York, are jointly represented in both cases by Lora Minicucci of the New York City Law Department.

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