Open Letter to John Stewart – Dear John Stewart. From a Doctor.

Dear Jon Stewart, from a Doctor


Dear Jon Stewart:

I was sorry to hear that you are retiring from the Daily Show because I feel it is often the only place that we are presented with the truth in American media. One of my favorite bits that you do is when you show a clip of what someone says in the media, and then expose how they took the opposite stance in the past.

As a parting gift, I am going to do the same thing for you.

In June of 2014 you had Dr. Paul Offit on your show, promoting vaccines. Did he tell you the story about the time he made $6 million on the sale of his rotavirus vaccine patent?  Since he didn’t mention it on the show, and nobody asked him about it, all that you did was provide him with a platform to disparage parents who opted out of vaccinating their children.

About those parents, Offit said, “They have an amazing ability to ignore scientific consensus.  They believe simply by Googling the term ‘vaccine’ on the Internet, they can know as much, if not more than anyone who’s giving them advice.”

Who is giving these parents advice?  Why, the pharmaceutical companies and the US government, of course. But on multiple shows you have personally expressed your lack of trust in pharmaceutical companies, and in literally every episode of The Daily Show you do the same for the people who run our government. And yet, you throw it all away when talking about vaccines. Jon, it is the very same pharmaceutical companies and government– that you otherwise don’t trust— telling us that vaccines are safe for everyone and that all of us should follow the recommendations blindly.

Consider these facts:

  1. The terms, “allergy” and “anaphylaxis” were coined in the early 1900’s to describe a severe vaccine reaction.  The word “anaphylaxis” did not exist before vaccination.
  2. In 2014, a CDC scientist was granted protected whistleblower status from the Obama administration.  He admitted that he and his team lied and manipulated data to say there was no association between vaccines and autism when their data showed there actually was. Congressman Posey is investigating currently. Not a single “mainstream” media told that story.
  3. A national TV producer told me that the media would never undermine their sponsors (pharmaceutical companies) even if a story were true.  Perhaps, once retired, you will share your thoughts on undermining your own sponsors?
  4. Drug companies have complete and total protection from all liability for any damage caused by vaccines. They list multiple side effects on their drug insert. If vaccines were so safe, why would they need that protection?
  5. Most major drug companies have been found guilty of lying about their study results, recommending off-label uses, and committing bribery. The fines they had to pay were much smaller than what they made by selling those lies.
  6. For decades the CDC lied to black men about having syphilis. Even after antibiotics were available to treat them, the government let them expose their wives to the disease and die without ever telling them that they could be easily treated.  Why do you think the CDC is beyond reproach?
  7. The ingredients in vaccines include mercury and aluminum (serious neurotoxins), formaldehyde (classified as a carcinogenic), DNA from many different animals, antibiotics and many other toxins.
  8. Most parents who are against vaccinating their children were once all in favor for vaccines. The only reason they changed their opinion was because they now have a vaccine-injured child.
  9. The federal government pays out billions of dollars for vaccine injuries through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  No mention of this on your show.
  10. While some children may have no reaction at all to vaccines, there is a segment of predisposed children who should never receive vaccines.

While the media likes to throw around all the studies that declared no association between autism and vaccines, I know that in at least two of the CDC studies, the data was manipulated. There are actually nearly 100 studiesthat do show an increased risk of autism from vaccines. There are also studies that show increased risk of Sudden Infant Death, autoimmune disorders, seizures and much more.

When you endorse the current safety record of vaccines you are saying that you, Jon Stewart, trust the government, the drug companies, the FDA and the CDC, yet you repeatedly and rightly otherwise imply that you do not on any other given night.

I sincerely hate to see you leave The Daily Show, but I hope that in the time you have remaining that you will consider being objective in considering what I have said here.  Show your audience that there is more than one side to the vaccine issue.


Dr. Helen Box*

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

{* This letter was sent to Jon Stewart signed with the doctor’s real name.  For the purpose of protecting her from internet trolling, the name has been changed for this site.}

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