Texas Monthly Inadvertently Reveals Hotez Daughter’s Vaccine Reaction

Peter Hotez and daughter Rachel, Texas Monthly

In the December 2017 issue of Texas Monthly, a puff piece about vaccine doc Peter Hotez titled “Peter Hotez vs. Measles and the Anti-Vaccination Movement” was prominently featured. The piece featured details about Hotez’s family life and his daughter Rachel, whose autism Hotez insists was not caused by vaccination. He is even publishing a book devoted entirely to that position. Unfortunately for Hotez, his wife Ann revealed a crucial detail in the article about their daughter that is a telltale sign of an encephalitic reaction to vaccination.

According to the article:

Rachel had an unusually high-pitched cry, and when Ann would pick her up to comfort her, her tiny body would remain stiff rather than nestling into her mother’s arms.

The detail would lend support to an Autism Investigated meme about Hotez being in denial of his daughter’s vaccine-caused autism.

His daughter’s vaccine reaction is a commonly reported symptom by many parents of vaccine-injured children. Those parents include Katie Wright, the daughter of Autism Speaks‘ founders Bob and Suzanne Wright.

(Katie Wright liked the tweet.)

Hotez’s daughter’s vaccine reaction coupled with his ideological devotion to the radical Islam-like extremism of vaccination help explain his vitriol. Such anger was expressed in a recent lecture he gave at Duke University where he said certain vaccine safety and choice groups were “a hate group that hates [our] family and hates [our] children.” He made these remarks the week after the State Department appointed him board member of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation.

Autism Investigated has responded to Hotez’s attacks with a letter-writing campaign to the State Department urging them to remove him from his position. There is still no response from the department bureau overseeing his appointment. So please contact the State Department using their general contact form. Use Autism Investigated’s exact letter, but shorten the addressee name to just “State Department.”

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13 Thoughts on “Texas Monthly Inadvertently Reveals Hotez Daughter’s Vaccine Reaction

  1. foolmeonce on March 3, 2018 at 11:56 pm said:

    From the article: “Rachel is the third of Hotez’s four children. She was a colicky infant, unlike her older siblings, who were three and four at the time. Ann [Hotez’s wife] noticed other differences too: Rachel had an unusually high-pitched cry, and when Ann would pick her up to comfort her, her tiny body would remain stiff rather than nestling into her mother’s arms.”

    Since the article does not contain any suggestion that Rachel’s high-pitched cry was temporally related to vaccination, there is nothing that can be considered “a telltale sign of an encephalitic reaction to vaccination.”

    • Thanks for providing more of the quote including the part that said none of his other kids had that symptom, concern troll. Lots of other parents of vaccine-injured children do report that symptom in their own children, including the daughter of the world’s largest autism charity founders.

    • foolmeonce on March 4, 2018 at 11:51 pm said:

      The “encephalitic cry” meme was extensively promoted by Age of Autism commenter Cia Parker, who claimed that—although her daughter had a NRXN-1 deletion that entirely explained her symptoms including autism and bizarre dentition—the child’s symptoms were caused by vaccination. Medical research does not support her claim.

      • “entirely?”

        “It has been suggested that around two thirds of people with an NRXN1 deletion have a diagnosis of ASD or show autistic traits.”

        Not even close. Btw, this article compared Hotez’s daughter to Katie Wright’s son, no one with the last name Parker.

        Thanks for proving beyond any reasonable doubt that you’re a concern troll, though.

      • foolmeonce on March 8, 2018 at 1:41 am said:

        Ah, my mistake. My earlier post should have read:

        The “encephalitic cry” meme was extensively promoted by Age of Autism commenter Cia Parker, who claimed that—although her daughter was deprived of oxygen at birth due to a knot in the umbilical cord and had a NRXN-1 deletion that explained her symptoms including autism and bizarre dentition—the child’s symptoms were caused by vaccination. Medical research does not support her claim.

        You are quite correct that not all people with NRXN-1 deletions have autism–many other neurodevelopmental issues are also associated with such mutations.

      • Doreen on June 15, 2018 at 5:18 am said:

        Since the vaccine injury compensation program has paid out over 4 billion in injury claims for which there is no admission of guilt or liability of which allows them to legally say there is no connection to autism even though they acknowledge the diagnosis of vaccine induced brain encephalopathy which is the technical phrase for autism. Get it! Just a legal loop hole!

  2. Hans Litten on March 4, 2018 at 12:35 pm said:

    More on The Cunningham Disappearance :


    In January, Dr. Cunningham shared his opinion that this year’s flu shot was behind the deadly outbreak of the flu, while warning that if his name was attached to the widely-circulated quotes, he would lose his job – or suffer an even worse fate.

    Understanding the dangers involved in speaking out about vaccines in the current climate, we granted him anonymity in the article. However Dr. Cunningham told us we should go public should anything happen to him.

  3. Hans Litten on March 4, 2018 at 12:38 pm said:

    Injecting Aluminium Documentary :


    Free to view until March 8th

  4. Hans Litten on March 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm said:

    London Times Article On HPV Vaccine Safety – Disgrace To Journalism.

    They have dragged up the Fake-Professor Helen Bedford to defend vaccine-Criminality.


    Net Radio show tonight

  5. Hans Litten on March 5, 2018 at 3:21 pm said:


    Campaign against cancer vaccine puts lives at risk
    Kat Lay, Health Correspondent
    March 5 2018, 12:01am,
    The Times

    Campaigners have wrongly linked the HPV vaccine to neurological problems and paralysis
    Campaigners opposed to the vaccine given to young girls to protect them against cervical cancer have been accused of putting lives at risk by encouraging parents not to allow their daughters to receive the injection.

    Social media is awash with stories of parents who believe incorrectly that the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine has harmed their daughters.

    Videos urge parents not to allow their daughters to be vaccinated, saying that it is linked to neurological problems and paralysis. Some parents from ethnic minorities are also refusing to allow their daughters to be vaccinated on the ground that it could encourage promiscuity.

    There are about 3,100 cases of cervical cancer each year in the UK and about 900 deaths. HPV, which infects the skin and cells lining body cavities, is implicated in more than 99 per cent of cases. In persistent infections the virus damages cells’ DNA and causes them to divide and grow out of control, which can lead to cancer.

    Girls aged between 12 and 18 can be vaccinated on the NHS, usually through school immunisation programmes before they are 15.

    The vaccine used in the UK protects against four strains of HPV, including the two thought to account for 70 per cent of cervical cancers. Public Health England says that about 86 per cent of girls complete the two-dose schedule by Year 10, although the level has been falling for three years.

    HPV is most often spread through sexual activity. That fact is causing problems with take-up, experts said. In the UK research suggests that 20 per cent of black and ethnic minority girls are not being given the vaccine. Typical reasons given in a 2015 study included: “My mum didn’t think it was necessary for me to have the vaccine since I won’t be sleeping around.”

    Other studies have highlighted fears that knowing they are protected against HPV might give girls a more relaxed attitude to sex. Research published in December suggested that the difference in take-up could mean that within a decade Asian women would be 2.5 times more likely to develop cervical cancer than white women.

    A documentary entitled Sacrificial Virgins, made by Joan Shenton, a former BBC journalist who has no medical training and has previously denied a link between HIV and Aids, has been viewed tens of thousands of times on YouTube.

    Ms Shenton said that HPV vaccination would be the next thalidomide-style scandal and that her films should be an urgent wake-up call. She highlighted the cases of girls with neurological problems that their families attribute to HPV vaccination.

    She said that there was no scientific evidence that HPV caused cervical cancer, a claim dismissed by experts as irresponsible and inaccurate.

    In Japan the government suspended its recommendation of the vaccine after campaigning by parents who said that seizures and walking problems were caused by the vaccine.

    Helen Bedford, professor of child public health at University College London, said that scientific evidence showed no link between the health problems and vaccination, but added: “That is the thing — it is scientific evidence. It is difficult to counter these heartfelt, emotional stories with cold hard science.”

    Then why were the following withdrawn?
    Trivirix MMR vaccine made by GSK Canada caused meningitis, Plusrix MMR vaccine made by GSK UK caused meningitis, Immravax MMR vacine made by Aventis Pasteur caused meningitis, Rotashield rotavirus vaccine made by Wyeth Lederle caused bowel obstruction, Polio vaccine made by Medeva caused vCJD, the human form of mad cow disease, Lymerix Lyme disease vaccine made by GSK caused Lyme disease and severe arthritis, BCG vaccine made by PowderJect did not meet the end-of-shelf-life specification, Imovax hepatitis B, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type B made by Aventis Pasteur tested positive for the live vaccine, Hexovac diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough vaccine made by Sanofi Merck provided inadequate protection, PedvaxHIB haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine made by Merck was contaminated with a bacteria called Bacillus cereus, Comvax haemophilius B and hepatitis B vaccine made by Merck was contaminated with a bacteria called Bacillus cereus, Menjugate meningitis C vaccine made by Novartis was infected with bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, Fluvax flu vaccine made by CSL caused seizures, Preflucel flu vaccine made by Baxter Healthcare caused fatigue, muscle pain and headaches and Pandemrix flu vaccine made by GSK caused narcolepsy.

    Sometimes the vaccine manufacturers get it wrong.

    Chris Exley
    2 hours ago

    Regarding the reference to ‘hard science’ made by a fellow scientist. I sent the below message to the journalist who wrote this piece, she chose to ignore it.

    I am informed by Joan Shenton that you will be writing in The Times tomorrow about the HPV vaccination programme and that you will not be very complimentary about her films.

    I agreed to be interviewed by Joan because we have an established research programme funded by many supporters including the Medical Research Council that is investigating aluminium adjuvants used in vaccines. I am attaching some of our recent papers on this subject to this email.
    We are learning a great deal about the biological activity of aluminium adjuvants and some of this research makes it very clear to us that many of the serious adverse events which occur following vaccinations which include an aluminium adjuvant are directly due to the aluminium adjuvant.
    We do not work on vaccines per se and we are well aware that many find it unpalatable to suggest that vaccines which include aluminium adjuvants are not safe for everyone. However, this is the case and we have known this since the 1960s (see; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1058270/pdf/applmicro00359-0157.pdf).
    HPV vaccines include aluminium adjuvants and Gardasil includes an aluminium adjuvant which is propriety to Merck and which they have flatly refused to send us samples of so that we can test it as we have tested other aluminium adjuvants used in human vaccines.
    Our knowledge on aluminium (which is arguably second to none) tells us that this aluminium adjuvant in Gardasil is likely to be especially toxic and is being used by Merck simply to ensure that they get the highest possible titres against the antigens used in their vaccine. Without such titres their vaccine would be useless.
    You may not be aware that the safety of aluminium adjuvants for use in humans has NEVER been tested. There is no requirement to do so. Safety tests for Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines used aluminium adjuvants as their placebos, as their controls. An unacceptable practice which has yet to be rectified for these vaccines.
    We are the world’s leading authority on aluminium and human health and I only consent to contribute towards documentaries such as Shenton’s because of the need to make the actual science known, not just what the government and vaccine manufacturers want everyone to know.
    I hope this email is helpful to you and I look forward to reading your fair and balanced piece in The Times tomorrow.
    Professor Christopher Exley PhD FRSB

    Christopher Exley PhD FRSB
    Professor in Bioinorganic ChemistryAluminium and Silicon Research Group
    The Birchall Centre, Lennard-Jones Laboratories,
    Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK
    Tel: 44 1782 734080; Email: c.exley@keele.ac.uk


    Steve Hinks
    4 hours ago

    It is generally accepted by most health professionals that all medicines, including vaccines, can have side effects and some are serious. The vaccine manufacturers certainly accept this. Even the Supreme Court confirm that patients have a legal right to an informed choice.

    Some vaccines, especially the recent genetically modified ones with high aluminium adjuvants, are a cause for concern. I am co-founder of the Association of HPV Vaccine Injured daughters (AHVID) and represent 550 families, all who had their daughters vaccinated with HPV vaccine (so please don’t call us anti-vaxxers) – we were all told that it is ‘safe & effective’ by the NHS. We were told the chance of a serious adverse reaction is 1 in 1 million. If you read the vaccine manufacturers patient information leaflet (PIL) it is very much more transparent but most of us were denied the PIL.

    27% of our daughters had a serious long-term adverse reaction within 24 hours of vaccination, many within minutes or hours. Some were hospitalised immediately. Some had adverse reactions to each dose but were told the symptoms could not be due to the vaccine

    When you ask parliamentary questions or raise freedom of information questions you find that there have been over 9,000 Yellow Cards reporting adverse reactions, including over 3,000 considered serious and several deaths. The MHRA acknowledge only c.10% of serious adverse reactions are reported.

    If you go onto the WHO Vigiaccess global database of adverse drug reactions for HPV vaccine you will find 305,014 adverse drug reactions in 83,396 reports including 445 deaths (including 23 sudden death), 1,052 neoplasms (including 168 cervical cancers and 25 carcinoma in situ), 460 cases of POTS and 144 cases of CRPS.

    It is not even known if the vaccine will ever prevent a single case of cancer! The manufacturers only claim that it is ‘intended to or ‘expected to’ reduce a handful of strains believed to be involved in cervical cancer. There are over 200 strains with at least 40 believed to be involved in cancers. If you go onto the government statistical websites (ONS, England and ISD, Scotland) you will find an increase in cervical cancer diagnoses in the 20-24 age group and yet most young women up to the age of 26 should be vaccinated by now.

    We have a legal right to an INFORMED choice.


    3 hours ago

    Hey Steve

    So you have a conflict of interest and stand to profit from brining cases which are likely vexatious. At the same time you seem to want to be what Andrew Wakefield was to the MMR vaccine by stiring up unwarranted fears.

    What you don’t tell us is the denominator. It is an outright falsehood that 27% of those vaccinated have serious long term ‘effects’.


    The evidence that the venereal disease genital warts has been cut back 90% in the vaccinated is clear and ‘high grade’ dysphasia on cervical smears of the vaccinated have reduced 85%. Cancer is falling.

    What is a severe long term effect, please define! The rates according to many studies is around 1/10 000 and most of these are false associations.


    J Alexander
    3 hours ago

    @Avicenna “It is an outright falsehood that 27% of those vaccinated have serious long term ‘effects’” That’s not what he said though, he said 27% of 550 the people he represents. Countering controversial arguments with falsehoods is equally unhelpful.

    Side effects can happen with all medicines, vaccines are no different in that regard. Whilst they are unfortunate, sometimes even tragic, for those that suffer them, there is a threshold under which they are seen as acceptable collateral damage for the greater good of vaccination.

    This isn’t MMR all over again – there have been a few documented and proven side effects linked to the HPV vaccine but they are still very rare.


    Dr Pepper
    3 hours ago

    @Steve Hinks I can see that you have performed a huge amount of research into this subject, even just from the number of FOI requests made. You are correct to say that all medicines and vaccines have side effect profiles. You are correct that some patients may have lasting side effects from this vaccination. But when the chance is 1 in a million or whatever number the statistics suggest, some people will inevitably be that unfortunate “one”.

    Unfortunately your bias, both in terms of your experience of only seeing patients who have been allegedly harmed by vaccination and the nature of your research has led to a skewed view of the benefits of vaccination.

    Your statement that “It is not even known if the vaccine will ever prevent a single case of cancer” is frankly staggering, as this has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt.

    Yes it would be nice to have an HPV vaccine that covers all 200 strains of HPV, just like it would be nice to have a flu vaccine that covers all possible strains of flu, but that is not practical both in terms of how the immune system works and the way that vaccines are manufactured.

    We have an imperfect set of vaccines that offer some protection from diseases that could otherwise maim and/or kill hundreds of thousands of people, even millions (I’m looking at you, smallpox) a year worldwide.

    Are vaccines a gamble? Yes. But evidence suggests a very safe one with an excellent return on investment.

    If conspiracy theorist parents want to gamble with their child’s lives, that’s on them and they have to live with themselves if their child throws a bad roll of the dice. The vaccination dice, on the other hand, win nearly every time.


    Steve Hinks
    2 hours ago

    @Dr Pepper @Steve Hinks Please do your own research. The NHS claim adverse reactions of 1 in a million but the vaccine manufacturers reported c.2,500/100,000 serious autoimmune reaction during their clinical trials. Unfortunately the vaccines were studied against controls which were not a placebo. The control also contained the aluminium/adjuvant system of the vaccine and had similar high numbers of adverse reactions.

    Go to the WHO website of adverse drug reactions at http://www.vigiaccess.org and type in ‘HPV vaccine’. You will see 305,014 ADR’s in 81,263 reports including 445 deaths (including 23 sudden death), 1,052 neoplasms (including 168 cervical cancers and 25 carcinoma in situ), 460 cases of POTS and 144 cases of CRPS.


    Simon Hewitt
    5 hours ago

    Boys and girls should get the vaccine covering all strains HPV not just one given in UK. The evidence against cervical and oral cancers is overwhelming. Scare stories are selfish. Look at the scientific evidence.


    John Adsett
    5 hours ago

    MMR Mark 2?

    And look how well that turned out


    Steve Hinks
    2 hours ago

    @John Adsett No, the HPV vaccine is Thalidomide Mark II.


    Redbridge Hypnotherapy
    10 hours ago

    These conspiracies high jacking the vaccine life saving programmes need debunking put about by a lot of out of touch cranks making ridiculous unproven claims for their own ends and costing thousands of lives


    Richard Griffiths
    14 hours ago

    Australia offers the vaccine to boys and girls. It’s use was opposed by the Australian deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, because it might encourage promiscuity in girls. He has recently resigned when found to be in an extramarital relationship with an unmarried parliamentary assistant of his.


    Tim Locke
    14 hours ago

    Here in Ontario some Catholic school boards refused to have the vaccination given in their schools. It was a thing for a bit and then all went quiet. I suspect that the Provincial government, the level of government that funds schools had a very firm word with them.

    I don’t think boys are vaccinated at school yet…but it has been talked about.


    14 hours ago

    So a few lunatics seek to continue the nutcase legacy of Andrew Wakefield who caused untold damage with bogus claims MMR caused autism.

    We need to start prosecuting this question hard and making more real data available to wash away the fake claims of harm from vaccines.

    We also need to start vaccinating boys.


    7 hours ago

    @Avicenna As someone with annoying and unexpected allergies I would need to know if there was a common factor in those allegedly having negative reactions to the vaccine or for that matter, to any vaccine. What is absolutely beyond doubt is thanks to the immunisation programme in Australia their HPV rate among women aged 18 to 24 dropped from 22.7% to 1.1% between 2005 and 2015 and that is a superb result.


    4 hours ago

    Hey Rome

    Great news from Australia. Also they use the wuadravelent vaccine which eliminates not only cervival cancer, but also the venerial disease genital warts.

    Rome, most people who think they have allergies don’t! Food intolerance is 99% not allergies just a false idea that has built up.

    Also less than 1/1000 had a reaction in Australia and these have all been mild and got better in days.


    2 hours ago

    @Avicenna Thanks but all my allergies are to medication of one sort or another. I can eat anything and have no ill effects but give me paracetamol, any form of Brufen or the antibiotic Erythromycin that I was once given after dental treatment for instance and I’m very ill.


    1 hour ago

    @Avicenna Cervical and Venereal. Apologies for being fussy but this is science not alternative medicine.


    Amanda Dew
    1 hour ago

    Where is the science to disprove the link between the HPV vaccine and the thousands of cases of autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, neurological disorders and adverse affects on the reproductive system? Just because it isn’t being investigated in the U.K. does not mean it is not being researched. Scientists across the globe (eg Kanduc, Ozawa, Hineno and many others) are proposing that molecular mimicry is causing the body to attack self-molecules that share Segments similar to the vaccine ingredients. If you don’t seek you will not find it. Ms Lay mentions 900 deaths from cervical cancer/yr. how many in teenagers ? Zero. How many cervical cancer cases under 20 years old. Virtually zero (up to 4/year). How long does the vaccine last ? 9.4 years (see Diane Harper; Gardasil lead scientist). The vaccine may not work as cancer rates are not falling. It may be very dangerous in fact. More girls have died and reported it as due to the vaccine (6) than from cervical cancer. You, Ms Lay, are highly disingenuous by stating that the illnesses are not caused by the vaccine, when you have no idea at all

    Amanda Dew BSc (Hons) Health Sciences


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