The inconvenient question

Welcome to this magazine’s 100th issue. This is in fact the 360th issue of What Doctors Don’t Tell You as a publication, but after starting out life as a newsletter, we rebranded WDDTY as a newsstand and subscription magazine in September 2012. 

We first launched the newsletter 31 years ago to universal acclaim as an investigative “voice in the silence” (The Times) that “rings the alarm bells” on medicine “before it becomes the stuff of national panic” (The Observer). 

Then in 2013, after our decision to turn WDDTY  into an international newsstand magazine, Sense about Science, an industry-sponsored lobby group, began a sustained attack on us, demanding our magazine be removed from the shelves. 

Sense About Sciences’ followers covered up our magazines in news outlets; engaged in phony letter writing campaigns to retail chains; reported our advertisers to the Advertising Standards Association; and even managed to place a potentially inflammatory article about us in The Times.

We prevailed over these online bullies, particularly after Sense about Science, which also tried to dispel the myths about sugar being bad for you, was discovered to be receiving funds from Coca Cola.

But now there is another, more menacing threat, a bigger bully trying to silence free speech—and ironically it comes from other journalists.

Newspapers, the nightly television news and just about every journalist writing or broadcasting have been jubilant over the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine.Virtually all these journalists repeat the assurances from Pfizer and AstraZeneca that they are at least 90 percent effective. 

What these journalists don’t do, however—what no mainstream journalist seems willing to investigate—is the most important question of all: how safe are these new vaccines? 

As our Special Report (page 26) details, in the first weeks of the Pfizer rollout, some 2.3 percent of people getting vaccinated—amounting to one  in 43—had a reaction serious enough to make it impossible for them to perform daily activities and requiring care from a doctor or health care professional. 

And many of these victims are in fact healthcare workers themselves. In the UK, Charles Moore, writing in The Telegraph, revealed that the hospital where his medical friend works is severely short-staffed at the moment, in part because significant numbers of healthcare workers there are on sick leave, having been made ill by the Pfizer vaccine.  

In the US, Dr Gregory Michael, an OB-GYN at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, sought emergency care three days after receiving the Covid shot because of evidence he had internal bleeding. Several weeks later, he died from a hemorrhagic stroke, apparently resulting from a lack of blood platelets, which enable blood to clot. 

In our view, that question of safety is not only central to the question of Covid vaccines but central to the entire issue of vaccines used for children. 

And it is a question that has now been shut down, with legitimate scientific evidence suppressed, articles removed off websites, and journalists and others who raise the question being labeled anti-vaxxers and worse.

Last year, a young representative from an organization called NewsGuard called our offices and eventually spoke to Bryan, claiming that her organization, which attempts to highlight fake news, had read some of the material on the website of What Doctors Don’t Tell You  and was concerned that we seemed to be anti-vaccination.

“We are not anti-vaccination,” replied Bryan. “We are pro-truth.” He explained that all our material on conventional medicine, including vaccines, comes from the medical literature. 

The woman then told Bryan to show her the evidence. She gave him a list of everything she wanted to see happening to “improve” our reporting in the future.

Bryan told her that since our company’s day rate was $1,000, we’d expect compensation. She said she would call him back to see if he’d indeed carried out the suggestions and hung up.

We never heard from her again. The chief investor of NewsGuard, which underwrote its start-up funds, is Publicis Groupe, the third-largest communications corporation in the world, which offers “advertising and communications services to a diversified customer portfolio that is representative of the global economy.”  

To get an idea of how big it is, Publicis employs 84,000 and has net revenue of nearly 9 billion.  

Publicis Groupe is an octopus with many arms, one of which specializes in healthcare. 

According a recent annual report, clients of their health division include AstraZeneca, Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co, Novartis Pharma, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi and more—in other words, the giants of the pharmaceutical industry. 

So now we have Big Pharma paying a PR firm to create a ‘news’ organization wedded to sifting out ‘fake’ news—i.e., news not compatible with the narrative developed and distributed by the drug industry. And they are employing journalists formerly linked to such well-regarded outlets as The Wall Street Journal  and The Atlantic.

What this means is that there is more need than ever for an independent publication like ours, willing to ask the inconvenient questions, willing to hold governments and industry to account.  

That has been our ethos from the start. So join us, raise a glass and toast the fact that we’re still standing tall (now in 15 different languages) and, 31 years later, still demanding the inconvenient truth.