RE: Anthrax Vaccine Controversy

Garth L. Nicolson, PhD
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September/October 2000
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Dear Dr. Faria,
I have been contacted by various news agencies [including ABC News after the article on anthrax in the Medical Sentinel], but so far, few have actually run the story...A reporter said that DC insiders had told him that soon the Secretary of Defense will announce that the anthrax vaccine program will be halted. ABC aired this report earlier today [June 30, 2000]. The Army Times is interested, as are some newspapers here in California.

There is so much disinformation being put out from the Department of Defense (DOD) that most mainstream news agencies may be hesitant to run the story just yet and are taking a wait and see attitude. I have been asked to do four national radio programs on the topic (three have been done to this date). Dr. Nass has also been a popular guest on radio programs on the subject, but she will contact you separately on her interactions with the press.

Our recent article comparing 100 GWI veterans' family members with GWI-like illness suggests that after the Gulf War sick veterans began slowly transmitting their illness to immediate family members who have identical chronic infections and now have very similar signs and symptoms (Nicolson et al. Diagnosis and integrative treatment of intracellular bacterial infections in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes, Gulf War Illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other chronic illnesses. Clin. Pract. Alt. Med. 2000;1(2):92-102).

Now that we have obtained more detailed information on how the anthrax vaccine is actually prepared, I can conclude that it is no wonder that this vaccine is suspicious and its possible contamination suspect. Making these vaccines is not exactly rocket science, and it is quite easy to criticize the procedures used for decontaminating the vaccine. Since the vaccine is a filtered vaccine and is stored at refrigerator temperatures for long periods of time, I consider it extremely likely that some of the lots could have been contaminated with airborne microorganisms like mycoplasmas. It's interesting that the British MOD released information to British Gulf War veterans that several U.S. made vaccines used in the Gulf War were removed because of "microorganism contamination." Although the type of contamination was never revealed, one of the more common types of contamination found in commercial vaccines is mycoplasmal contamination (Thornton D. Vaccine 1986;4:237-240). Unfortunately, my request to the U.S. Army Surgeon General's office to test "field" lots of the anthrax vaccine has been effectively rejected after being buried at Fort Detrick for several months. (I refuse to test "sanitized" lots of vaccine from Fort Detrick). Only by testing "field" lots that have been released for use at DOD facilities can we know that vaccine contamination is not an issue. This might also explain the recent rejection by the FDA of a high percentage of some of the recent lots of anthrax vaccine made by Bioport....

Garth L. Nicolson, PhD
Huntington Beach, CA

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2000;5(5);149-151. Copyright©2000 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).


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