Dr. Patricia McManus on local radio show Milwaukee

Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia McManus appeared on a local radio show in Milwaukee recently. Image from Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin Facebook Page.

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Dr. Patricia McManus, the executive director of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, was recently named as the Interim Health Commissioner of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by an overwhelming majority of the City Council. The vote was 13 to 1 in her favor.

She replaced former Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker in mid-January, who was apparently forced to resign because the Milwaukee Health Department allegedly “failed to ensure adequate notification of thousands of families whose children tested positive for elevated lead levels in their blood.”

The City Council had rejected Mayor Tom Barrett’s choice to serve as Interim Health Commissioner and chose Dr. McManus instead.

Dr. Patricia McManus has served for almost 30 years as the director of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, and holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Nursing, as well as a Ph.D in Urban Studies – Health Systems.

When asked why she was taking the job as Interim Health Commissioner she reportedly stated:

I love what I do at the Black Health Coalition. I listen to my community too, they asked me to do this.

I’m not taking a loyalty oath to [Mayor Barrett] or to the council. It’s to the community, that’s how I see myself. (Source.)

However, after appearing on a local radio talk show recently, she has come under attack for not taking the extremist position on vaccines, and reportedly stated that the “science is still out” on the link between vaccines and autism.

Dr. McManus has since made it clear that she is NOT anti-vaccine, as she stated:

My daughter received all of her immunizations as a child, and all of my grandchildren continue to do so as well.

As a result of this one comment made on a radio talk show, however, some aldermen have now come out against her, and have suggested that the Mayor should veto her appointment.

Service to the Community or to Big Pharma?

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Dr. McManus appearing at the Milwaukee Healthy Beginnings’ Milwaukee African American Infant Mortality Task Force Back to School event. Image from Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin Facebook Page.

As we have reported many times here at Health Impact News, very distinguished medical doctors and scientists can easily be labeled as “quacks” and “anti-science” for daring to question anything regarding the safety of vaccines, and effectively have their careers destroyed because they do not toe the party line regarding vaccines.

See:

Former Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic Speaks Out After Being Fired for Questioning Flu Vaccine

Dr. Mark Geier Wins Lawsuit Against Maryland Board of Physicians

Local media in Milwaukee were very quick to pounce on Dr. McManus’ statement questioning vaccines, presenting only one side of the debate and not bothering to investigate the issue to see if Dr. McManus’s statements had any validity or not.

This is very typical of the corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media which in general receives much of its revenue from pharmaceutical companies.

This is what Dr. McManus reportedly stated about a possible link between vaccines and autism:

“I mean, there’s still people who believe it,” McManus said on the talk show The Forum. “And so I don’t know. I think the science is still out. I think that’s a decision that these families are going to have to make on their own at this point.”

In other words, Dr. McManus believes in informed consent for medical procedures, including vaccines, and that parents are in the best position to choose what is right for their children, rather than medical doctors, who may or may not have a conflict of interest in recommending medical products and procedures, such as vaccines.

Isn’t this the position a community health advocate is supposed to take, standing up for the rights of the people in her community and the freedom to make their own medical choices, rather than following a script that Big Pharma wants her to follow?

Local media affiliate WTMJ in Milwaukee clearly did not serve the needs of their community by only presenting the most extreme view on vaccines without interviewing anyone who disagrees with that view.

They interviewed Dr. Margaret Hennessy, a board member for Wisconsin’s American Academy of Pediatrics, who erroneously stated:

The other thing to keep in mind is there is no controversy in medicine. We’re not still thinking there is a link. We are not still looking for a link. There is no link.

If local media in Milwaukee could not find a doctor who does not hold the extremist position on vaccines, they are free to contact me or search the Health Impact News network to find dozens and dozens of well-respected medical doctors who disagree with Dr. Hennessy.

This is a common fallacy often promoted in the corporate media, that the medical field is united on the extremist position on vaccines, and that there is no controversy. The very statement that “the science is settled,” which in and of itself is an unscientific statement, should be the first clue that opposing views are not welcome. What other field of medicine, or any other scientific field for that matter, takes the position that the “science is settled” and that nothing further can be discovered or developed?

The fact is that most doctors practicing medicine today do not take this extremist position on vaccines and vaccine safety.

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We can broadly categorize many different positions on vaccines that doctors hold to and follow in their practice of treating patients. The two most extreme positions are those who are 100% against vaccines and do not administer them at all, and those doctors who believe all vaccines are completely safe and effective, and should be forced upon everyone who does not share their belief.

Very few doctors fall into either of these two extremist positions, and yet it is the extreme pro-vaccine position that is presented by the U.S. Government and mainstream media as being the dominant position of the medical field.

In between these two extreme views, however, is where the vast majority of doctors practicing today would probably categorize their position. Many doctors who consider themselves “pro-vaccine,” for example, do not believe that every single vaccine is appropriate for every single individual. They would be opposed to government-mandated vaccinations and the removal of parental exemptions.

I am assuming that this is probably the position of Dr. Patricia McManus.

Many doctors recommend a “delayed” vaccine schedule for some patients, and not always the recommended one-size-fits-all CDC childhood schedule. Other doctors choose to recommend vaccines based on the actual science and merit of each vaccine, recommending some, while determining that others are not worth the risk for children, such as the suspect seasonal flu shot.

For more info and links to doctors representing a variety of views on vaccines, see:

Medical Doctors Opposed to Forced Vaccinations – Should Their Views be Silenced?

Indisputable Fact: Vaccines Cause Harm to Some Children

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It is not difficult to find out that vaccines do cause harm and death in some children, as this fact is not even in dispute. The only matter for dispute is how often and how many children are injured or killed by vaccines?

While this fact is well-known in the medical community, it is generally concealed from the public.

For example, most of the public is unaware that a 1986 law was passed by Congress and signed by President Reagan which gave legal immunity to the entire U.S. pharmaceutical industry for any injuries or deaths caused by vaccines.

The pharmaceutical industry lobbied for this legal protection, because they were being sued too often for vaccine damages and deaths, and they threatened Congress by stating they were going to stop producing vaccines altogether if they did not give them legal immunity.

Congress obliged, and as a result the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was established. Today, if you or a loved one suffers an injury or death due to a vaccine, you must sue the U.S. government in a special “Vaccine Court.” It is funded by a tax on vaccines, and billions of dollars in damages have been paid out over the years.

The DOJ is required to supply a quarterly report of cases settled in the Vaccine Court, and Health Impact News might be the only media source that currently publishes these quarterly reports, which can be found here.

Clearly, vaccines do cause injuries and deaths in some people. This is not a fact in dispute, but it is routinely censored from the public, as it would hurt vaccine sales.

Has the Autism Vaccine Link been Proven False?

If you listen carefully to what the government states in regards to a vaccine autism link, as was reported by Dr. Margaret Hennessy in the WTMJ report, they state:

“All reputable scientific studies have found no relationship between MMR vaccine and autism.”

Of course, the CDC gets to decide what is “reputable.” The fact that many studies do indeed find a link between vaccines (particularly the MMR vaccine) and autism is not in dispute.

To learn more about studies linking vaccines to autism, click here.

CDC Scandal: Hidden Data in Key Study Shows African American Boys More Susceptible to Autism with the MMR Vaccine

One of the most tragic aspects of the vaccine debate, and the extremist view that presents a one-size-fits-all approach to vaccines, is that vaccine injuries and risks affect certain demographics more severely than others.

In 2014, CDC scientist and researcher Dr. William Thompson, an author of one of the CDC’s key studies that supposedly proves there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, went public and revealed that certain data from this study was discarded, because it showed that African American boys were more susceptible to autism after receiving the MMR vaccine.

This scandal, almost totally ignored by the mainstream media, was compared to the cover-up to another tragedy in U.S. history, known as the “Tuskegee syphilis experiment” conducted on African American men in Alabama for a 40-year period between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service.

Watch this short video explaining the significance of what Dr. Thompson revealed, and listen to his own words as recorded in a telephone conversation:

The CDC later issued a statement, admitting that certain data was withheld from this landmark study:

See also:

CDC Director of Immunization Safety Admits Bias and Withholding Data Linking Vaccines to Autism

Are Vaccines Against Blacks a Civil Rights Issue?

Gardasil Vaccine Victims and Deaths

Moshella died after Gardasil vaccination, 5 April 2008, her first day on the job at Trinity Home Health Care. Story here.

In 2013 scientists at the Duke University School of Medicine discovered that African American women carry HPV strains not found in the Gardasil vaccine. Gardasil, which is produced by Merck and can be administered to anyone aged 9 through 26, includes the HPV 16, 18, 6, and 11 strains only, while African Americans were shown to have the HPV 31, 35, 45, 56, 58, 66, and 68 strains.

That news came too late for Moshella Roberts in North Carolina, who died at the age of 20 just a few days after receiving a Gardasil vaccine. (Source.)

When California proposed bill SB277 in 2015 to remove the religious and philosophical exemption to vaccines, Harvard-educated attorney and California native George Fatheree testified against SB277, and related the tragic story of how he and his wife listened to doctors’s advice and received the recommended childhood vaccines for their sick son, which resulted in him becoming severely disabled with constant seizures.

Fearing that they may have a genetic pre-disposition for negative reactions to certain vaccines in their family, they exercised their legal parental right to opt out of vaccines for their next child, a daughter, who has received no vaccines, and is perfectly healthy today.

Attorney Fatheree practices educational law, and explained the legal problems with SB277 which violates the civil rights of many students, particularly students with disabilities. Here is his testimony:

Take a Stand! Support Dr. Patricia McManus as Health Commissioner of Milwaukee

Dr. McManus received the inaugural Magda Peck Public Health Leadership Award from UW Milwaukee

Dr. McManus received the inaugural Magda Peck Public Health Leadership Award from UW Milwaukee. Image from Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin Facebook Page.

Although Dr. McManus received an almost unanimous vote on the City Council to be chosen as the Interim Health Commissioner of Milwaukee, one alderman has now apparently changed his mind simply because Dr. McManus has safety questions about vaccines:

Alderman Michael Murphy called the comments “troubling” in a news release Friday.

“This is not true and it is a very troubling view from someone who has just been entrusted with the public health of our city and the future lives of untold thousands of children,” he said in a statement. “Our top public health official should be an advocate for the best public health practices and with the goal of ensuring the good health of all of Milwaukee’s children.” (Source.)

Milwaukee Alderman Michael J. Murphy

Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy

Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy’s Facebook Page is here. If you disagree with him and believe that Dr. McManus would actually be an asset to the public health of Milwaukee’s children, let him know. He can also be reached here.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett can be reached here, and his Facebook page is here.

Ashanti Hamilton FB Page

Head of the Common Council, Ashanti Hamilton, said he stands by McManus’ appointment (Source). If you appreciate him sticking by Dr. McManus, let him know by contacting him here. His Facebook page is here.

Remember what Dr. McManus is quoted as saying as to why she is accepting the position as Interim Health Commissioner of Milwaukee:

I love what I do at the Black Health Coalition. I listen to my community too, they asked me to do this.

I’m not taking a loyalty oath to [Mayor Barrett] or to the council. It’s to the community, that’s how I see myself. (Source.)

Unfortunately, as we have seen all too often here at Health Impact News, daring to question vaccine safety and promoting parental choice for vaccines almost always ruins one’s career in the health/medical field.

Unless the citizens of Milwaukee fight back against Big Pharma and their local media shills, Dr. McManus’ days in the public health sector are probably over.

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Many doctors recommend a “delayed” vaccine schedule for some patients, and not always the recommended one-size-fits-all CDC childhood schedule. Other doctors choose to recommend vaccines based on the actual science and merit of each vaccine, recommending some, while determining that others are not worth the risk for children, such as the suspect seasonal flu shot.

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