Anti-vaccination author will speak in Waterloo

Leonard HorowitzWATERLOO - Controversial consumer health advocate Dr. Leonard Horowitz will stop by the Holiday Inn next week to discuss what he believes are religious and civil rights violations related to personal and public health.

Horowitz, a former dentist, has authored 16 books, including three national best-sellers, on topics ranging from emerging diseases to vaccination risks. He is also the founder of the Tetrahedron Publishing Group, a non-profit health education corporation.

"Public health and school officials nationwide are poisoning people, violating civil rights, religious freedoms, state statutes and federal laws, including your right to abstain from risky medical procedures," Horowitz said, adding that he believes vaccinations and tuberculosis skin tests are causing the bulk of newly emerging diseases.

Horowitz - whose talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 9 - believes most Americans remain clueless about their civil and religious rights to abstain from vaccinations or tuberculosis tests and that most people see these procedures as beneficial to public health.

"What you were taught to believe is fact is fiction, and you'd better get it right before you sicken, pharmaceutically enslave, or kill someone," said Horowitz.

Children have been especially harmed, he said, noting that school nurses, doctors and public health officials who "mandate" vaccinations and TB tests often violate informed consent laws, religious exemption rights and even criminal fraud statutes, without even knowing it.

"The risk-to-benefit outcome of this professional negligence and public health menace is abysmal," Horowitz said.

According to a study done earlier this year by the U.S.-based group Save the Children, the U.S. ranked second to last among industrialized nations in infant mortality rates. Horowitz attributes many of the infant deaths in the U.S. to vaccinations that contain heavy metals, bacteria, viruses and fungi.

The "Model State Emergency Health Powers Act" will also be a topic of discussion as Horowitz said the act would give public health officials the power to arrest, transport, quarantine, drug and vaccinate anyone suspected of carrying a potentially infectious disease.

Horowitz was named a "World Leading Intellectual" by the World Organization for Natural Medicine earlier this year and has appeared as an expert news analyst on major television and radio networks in the U.S. He recently made headlines after his daughter was suspended from a high school in Hawaii for refusing to take a tuberculosis test for religious reasons.

He holds a master of public health degree, with a focus on behavioral science and media persuasion technologies, from Harvard University, and a master of arts degree in health education/counseling psychology from Beacon College.

Kathy Kouwe, of Savannah, holds monthly seminars on the Young Living Essential Oils product line at the Holiday Inn. After researching vaccinations on the Internet 10 years ago, Kouwe chose not to have her oldest son, then 2, and her youngest son, then a newborn, vaccinated. Her eldest son, who was vaccinated prior to her decision, saw a doctor nine times in one year, Kouwe said. Her youngest, who was never vaccinated, has never seen a doctor.

Kouwe said there are many problems associated with vaccination, including the contraction of viruses and the development of autism and diabetes.

"It's kind of like playing Russian Roulette," Kouwe said.

Dr. Kathrin Berg, a pediatrician with Finger Lakes Medical Associates, said she does have parents who question the necessity of vaccination.

Her office gives expectant parents six months to decide if they will vaccinate their children; if the parents opt not to do so, the practice cannot keep them as patients, Berg said. However, the practice will work with parents who wish to have their children immunized with only the required vaccinations, just not the recommended amount, she said.

Berg noted that children from all over the world, as well as pregnant moms, are in her waiting room. Just because diseases have been diminished in the U.S. doesn't mean that is the case worldwide.

"You want polio? It's a plane ride away to Africa," she said.

Berg also said that many of the links between vaccination and the development of disorders and diseases such as autism and diabetes have been disproved.

In response to Horowitz's statement that the risk to benefit outcome of vaccinations is abysmal, Berg said vaccinations have prevented outbreaks in the U.S. She pointed to Great Britain, which saw a sharp increase in pertussis cases when the country stopped using the vaccine for a period in the 1970s.

Pre-admission tickets are $10; payment can be sent to Kouwe at 651 Olmsted Road, Savannah, 13146. Tickets will be $20 at the door. For more information, call Kouwe at 365-3739.