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In December 2020, the International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice and Research accepted for peer-reviewed publication an article by Children’s Health Defense on how the pandemic facilitated a financial, tech, biopharmaceutical and military-intelligence push for centralized, technocratic control. The journal’s editor-in-chief, Professor John W. Oller, Jr., Ph.D., tells why he and Senior Editor Christopher A. Shaw decided to launch this particular open-access journal.

“ … the great task remaining before us … that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” — Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863)

When my colleague Dr. Christopher Shaw and I first started talking about launching a new scientific journal, it was at the request of certain unnamed wealthy sponsors who promised funding for our efforts. As it turned out, they dropped out and we continued without them. We wondered, aloud, if the reason for the sudden fare-thee-well was what Ed Young (2020) has called “The Fear Virus,” a bestseller subtitled “Vaccinating Yourself Against Life’s Greatest Phobias.”

For people connected in any way with medicine, law, Big Pharma, corporate America, academia, the internet, or, in fact, any part whatsoever of the present-day world, the fear of being singled out as “different” — as an individual with freedom of will, thought and expression — may sometimes overwhelm perfectly reasonable and good inclinations.

Be that as it may, Professor Shaw and I, together with a distinguished list of associate editors, share a commitment to critically examine the very assumption that Ed Young innocently expresses in his subtitle about the “Fear Virus” — namely, that the right vaccine can protect us from any disease or disorder that happens to come along.

The pervasive public faith in vaccines as panaceas for all possible health issues became the subject of serious public discussions a couple of decades ago. At the beginning, the focus was on the neurotoxins found in many childhood vaccines — ingredients known to cause, or worsen, some of the neuropathies that were increasingly evident among some of the most vaccinated children on the face of the earth — the children here in the USA (Kennedy et al., 2016).

Mercury and aluminum

At first, the attention of a few clinicians was drawn to the mercury compound known as thimerosal (Verstraeten et al., 1999; Kennedy, 2014). Later on, the aluminum salts being used as “adjuvants” to jump-start the body’s immune resources also came into view (Eldred et al., 2006; Krewski et al., 2007; Petrik et al., 2007; Blaylock, 2008; Shoenfeld and Agmon-Levin, 2011; Shaw et al., 2014a, 2014b; Segal et al., 2018).

When the interactions — for instance, between mercury and aluminum — were shown to be vastly more impactful than the same toxicants administered separately (Haley, 2005), thoughtful theoreticians and researchers began to look to other components in vaccines that could interact in causing cumulative injuries. What if the cocktail of components injected from the first day forward (for the most up-to-date information about some of those ingredients, see the interview with Dr. Sherri Tenpenny and Dr. Judy Mikovits) were causative factors in the still accelerating epidemic of chronic diseases that are, as I write these words, overwhelming the capacity of the richest nation on earth to keep on paying for them.

In 2015, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported (Calitz et al., 2015):

“the burden of . . . non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) in the U.S. is responsible for a disproportionate share of mortality, morbidity, and healthcare costs. Annually, seven of ten deaths are due to NCDs, and treating people with chronic conditions currently accounts for approximately 84% of annual healthcare expenditures ($2.7 trillion in 2011, or 17.9% of U.S. gross domestic product).”

The NIH researchers also said that “[m]edical costs are driven by NCDs at all ages,” and they noted that all this is taking place in the nation that “has the largest per capita healthcare expenditures of all other industrialized nations, yet . . . consistently ranks near the bottom in preventable health outcomes compared with other high-income countries.”

The U.S. also ranks at the top when it comes to the number of vaccines administered to persons at all ages, but especially to infants (Kennedy et al., 2016) and pregnant women (Annunziata et al., 2012; Arnold et al., 2019).

For these reasons, we are devoting the next issue of the International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice and Research (IJVTPR) to a critical examination of the role of ingredients in medications, including vaccines, that are reasonably suspected of contributing to, if not causing, the current NCD epidemics. Whereas public attention has almost universally shifted to COVID-19 (the relief of which we were told was on the way to mass production even before the pandemic got underway), it seems from the research that vaccines are probably the primary cause of NCDs in the first place. At any rate, the rich mix of foreign ingredients coming into human bodies from animal proteins in the manufacturing processes and from the additives listed (or left unlisted; see Gatti and Montanari, 2017) in the product inserts must be critically examined and discussed by experts with first-hand knowledge of their biochemical impacts, including individuals like Dr. Judy Mikovits and various contributors to the IJVTPR.

The larger picture

But all of those considerations are just details with respect to why we decided to devote yet another academic journal to the study of vaccines. As we indicate in our published description of the journal, in addition to the details, we are interested in the larger picture:

Fact-based research papers on all facets of funding, distribution, regulation, marketing, promotion and environmental impacts of vaccines are encouraged. Unbiased theoretical papers and well-designed empirical studies of efficacy and safety are welcomed. Contributors are encouraged to examine implications for national and international vaccination policies.

Based on theoretical understanding of how language and language-like systems work, and how they break down when interfered with, we see with increasing clarity that toxicity in general and the interactions between manufactured toxicants of the sort coming to us through prescribed drugs and medical practices, in growing quantities and with increasing frequency in ever younger and more vulnerable children, can play havoc with developing organ systems and especially with biosignaling systems from genetics upward to the brain, blood and lymph.

In the larger perspective of our lives these are the kinds of details we tend to overlook or not even think about as we go about our daily routines. Well, that was the case for many until we got a jolting wake-up call about March 16, 2020 with what became an almost complete worldwide lockdown and quarantine owing to SARS-CoV-2. All of a sudden, the realization set in that powers beyond ourselves were at work behind the scenes, even as we were being called upon to protect not just ourselves but our neighbors and total strangers. We were to quarantine ourselves, keep a distance of at least two meters from other persons, and wear a mask in public to prevent droplets of moisture in our breath from spreading potential pathogens to others.

The nuance of “Moral Jiu Jitsu”

Amazingly, with the exception of rioting mobs infiltrated by criminal elements, most of us complied with what the brilliant Jay W. Richards, in a recent interview about some of his own research and writing, has aptly described as “moral jiu jitsu” (also see Axe et al., 2020; Richards and Gonzalez, 2004). The trick was to appeal to our better angels: Instead of saying something like “wear a mask and keep your distance to protect yourself,” the message was nuanced into a virtual removal of the self so the focus shifted to protecting others, even the stranger standing near and yet now almost placed in another galaxy for all intents and purposes by the voluntary but the government inspired “lockdown.”

We were not being asked so much to protect ourselves as to guard the safety and well-being of others.

While “guys like us” — as one of my erstwhile colleagues once put it, suggesting that we were part of some privileged intelligentsia — complied for the sake of the “greater good,” criminally-incited mobs began burning, looting and killing all over America. The persons influenced just a little by the fear of God and the pursuit of happiness in times of peaceful law-and-order didn’t go out and start breaking windows, burning cars, looting stores and killing police officers.

We law-abiding, tax-paying, healthy citizens just did as we were asked to do: We stayed at home, kept our distance, wore masks in public and tried to maintain a semblance of normalcy in a world that was obviously slipping and sliding at an accelerating rate toward the abyss from which there can be no return. We succumbed to a self-inflicted chokehold that, like Brazilian jiu jitsu, could render us virtually unconscious, if not actually dead, as commanded by government officials proclaiming the unquestionable wisdom of the formerly “voluntary” but now “enforceable” and “mandatory” lockdown.

When I was invited to write a piece for The Defender about why we created the IJVTPR, I thought first of the kind of censorship in the academic world that takes place in part just because of the inertial momentum by which a moving mass tends to keep going in whatever direction it is already inclined to go. To a great extent, the ideas that are put into words, passed from one person to another, repeated again and again — although they may be abstract and may seem innocuous, being only words, the “I’m-just-saying” kind of thing — come to be part of the fabric of communication. They are backgrounded to such a degree as to be taken for granted, known truths, unquestionable because “everyone knows” as “you know” and “I know,” etc.

By contrast, if someone in the academy (or pick a profession, say, medicine or law) happens to say something that might draw into question some element of the accepted background of unquestionable “known facts,” some leader is apt to step forward and proclaim (on behalf of the folks in the know) that “So-and-So is saying such-and-such,” which really amounts to nothing but a “conspiracy theory,” “pseudoscience,” “dangerous nonsense,” and so on.

The volunteer spokespersons for common-speak, common-think, and common-belief stand ready to enforce “voluntary” compliance on anyone not in step with the group. Meanwhile the momentum of the mob-mentality seeks to overwhelm, with violence if deemed necessary, anyone who might question the background assumptions now elevated to the status of mandated beliefs and actions (Shaw, 2020).

While reflecting on all this, it occurred to me that what drew me into the discussion about vaccines in particular was not merely my desire to investigate their ingredients, as important as those may be. Nor was it about the narratives concerning Jenner, Pasteur, Hilleman and so forth, as important as they might also be. It was not even about whether or not SARS-CoV-2 was a laboratory-manipulated coronavirus, as important as that question certainly is (Oller, 2021).

A more fundamental issue

The deeper and more fundamental issue was the subtle backgrounded element implicit in the “moral jiu jitsu” described by Jay Richards. It involved appealing to us law-abiding honorable citizens who get up and go to work and pay taxes, persons who ought to be willing to do something on behalf of our fellow citizens. The appeal is, as I said, to our better angels. As the Apostle Paul put it in his letter to the Ephesians 5:29, “For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church” (English Standard Version of the Bible).

But with reference to COVID-19, we are not being called on so much to look out for ourselves: we are being asked to look out for others. There is, according to Aristotle, in Nichomachean Ethics, a self we find in another person:

“[I]f the virtuous man feels towards his friend in the same way as he feels towards himself (for his friend is a second self) — then, just as a man’s own existence is desirable for him, so, or nearly so, is his friend’s existence also desirable (translated by Rackham, 1934).”

As Chef Emeril Lagasse might put it, as he injects a “BAM!!!” with a little love in his recipe, the Apostle Paul “kicked it up a notch” when he urged Christians in his letter to the Philippians 2:3 to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (English Standard Version of the Bible).

So, the moral obligation to love others and even to honor them above ourselves is invoked in the “moral jiu jitsu” applied to us law-abiding citizens. In complying voluntarily with government-mandated acts, we are not doing service for the benefit of ourselves but for the benefit of others. Now isn’t that a fine basis for seeing ourselves as virtuous?

But rolling out of the subtle choke-hold, the thoughtful person realizes: I am not here just for my own self, or for the masked or unmasked stranger I may encounter on the street, at Starbucks or in the mall. I am part of a family for whom I also bear some serious responsibility. Will I voluntarily submit to government-mandated programs to force certain procedures on my children and the children of some stranger I am voluntarily trying to protect?

As the possibility that the government could force every living man, woman, and child to receive a vaccine ostensibly designed to prevent some infectious pathogen from invading the body (see the Microsoft patent application, Abramson et al., 2020) comes fully into focus, there is a genuine threat, and there already exists the published intention, to reduce every compliant person on the planet to the level of a robot under the control of the cabal in the background monitoring compliance with the vaccine policy that is rapidly coming to light (Oller, 2021).

It is for that reason that organizations such as the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) and Children’s Health Defense were established. In ICAN’s recent lawsuit against the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as summarized at the Age of Autism website, it comes out that “you are the authority over your health choices and those of your children.”

The unfinished task: a new birth of freedom

With that in mind, getting back to the International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research, and the unfinished task referred to at the top by Abraham Lincoln, we set out to provide a place to publish critical uncensored peer-reviewed theory and research about every aspect of vaccines.

At the beginning, I would not have defined it as a journal defending the most basic of human rights, but that is what it has become and is. It is a journal in defense of freedom.