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A Shot in the Dark Paperback – Jan 16 2002

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade (Jan. 16 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089529463X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895294630
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Today, nearly all our children get the DPT shot-D for diphtheria, P for pertussis, or whooping cough, and T for tetanus. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deanne Clark on Nov. 22 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was a real sanity check for me. As a small child, I had two bouts of mysterious convulsions followed by cessation of breathing. Just as in the book, doctors denied and concealed the facts about my reation to pertussis, but my parents were convinced that the vaccinations I had recieved were responsible and prevented me from being vaccinated in the future. A Shot in the Dark is probably the most important book parents or expecting parents can read to potentially save the life of their child. The information within has been almost completely surpressed by most pediatricians in the US.
Each chapter left me more and more angry at what had happened to me and more and more informed for the first time about this dangerous vaccine. The book is fair and critical of the medical community and its research and accounts are sound and vivid. The authors themselves know of what they write and have made life work out of tragedy saving countless others from the same fate.
I consider myself lucky to be alive today, and this book has helped me understand my body and my current health better than ever before. It is also inspiring, and after reading it, if you are like me, you will spread the warning and demand more from our doctors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy J on Jan. 6 2001
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This book is a MUST read for parents and parents-to-be. If it has ever even occured to you that the medical system is not infallible, this book will open your eyes to a reality that most people would prefer to ignore. Vaccinations DO cause temporary and permanent damage to children every year in this country, and many of the diseases against which we are vaccinated are not as frightening as the damage caused by the vaccinations themselves.
This book focuses solely on the DTaP vaccination. There are many case histories of children who were permanently brain damaged and even killed by this vaccination. In some cases more than one child in a family has been permanently injured. In others parents have had to fight in court to retain custody of their younger children when they refused to vaccinate them following severe reactions in their older children.
The companies that manufacture vaccinations are making millions of dollars per year. When a child has a permanently debilitating reaction to a vaccine, the manufacturer is not even held financially responsible - the government uses our tax dollars to compensate families through an official program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Would this program even exist if it weren't obvious that vaccines DO cause damage in some instances?
This book gives great information about the kinds of children who are more likely to react to vaccinations, including those who were born prematurely or with a low birth weight, those from families with allergies and food sensitivities, and those who had family members experience vaccine reactions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Roza on May 31 2000
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In barbara Loe Fisher's book, A shot in the dark, She reveals chilling stories and facts surrounding the truth about the DPT vaccine. Parents, I recommend this book highly when thinking about immunization.
Having been proven affected by the DPT shot, I can tell you that what she tells is the truth. I have ADD, ADHD, Epilepsy and a host of other allergies/afflictions.
At the time of the conclusion of my lawsuit, I was only one of two DPT affected children who were lucid, fully functional people able to lead what would be considered a "normal" lifestyle. Most others are severely crippled.
I also might add that I was at one time featured in this book(I've not read this edition, so I can't verify that).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20 2001
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Even if only half the allegations in this book were true, it would be worth the read. As I read the account of how children were damaged by the vaccine and how doctors and public officials reacted and tried to cover up the truth, I wondered, if these kids had been mice and the mice had shown the same symptoms after doses of the vaccine, would there have been any hesitation in implicating the vaccine? Probably not, because the conclusions are inescapable. In addition, there are no financial stakes involved in vaccinating mice. I am a highly trained scientist and I find that the questions and criticisms raised by the authors are valid. Their work here pertains to the whole cell pertussis vaccine, but I would suggest that parents raise the same questions about the acellular pertussis vaccine. One has only to read the package insert to learn that it is NOT a benign concoction, free from "the side effects of the whole cell one" as doctors will no doubt tell their patients. This book has shown that apparently, our kids' lives are not as important as the profits that drug companies could make, or the reputation of the medical establishment, at least in the eyes of the lawmakers who are responsible for making vaccination compulsory in this country. I salute the parents, doctors and other scientists as well as the journalists who had, and continue to have the courage to bring the dangers of many medical practices to the attention of the public. This book is definitely becoming part of my library.
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