Vaxxed: Tall Tales From The Road, Army Edition

Elyce Powers

I am a US Army Veteran; I spent all of my four years in the Army with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Campbell, KY.  I deployed to Iraq in October 2007, for over a year in support of the 2d Brigade Combat Team (502d Infantry Regiment). The military has been a part of my life for the last ten years, as I am also married to a man with a far more impressive military resume than myself.

Right now the team behind the “Vaxxed” film is traveling around the country, filming anecdotal stories to further perpetuate a fear of vaccines. Recently I came across a video featuring former “Army Medic” Sherrie Saunders, and her story about the Anthrax Vaccine. With my background and knowledge on this subject, I was instantly alerted to a number of blatant lies streaming across my screen. Of course some of these claims may sound impressive to someone with little to no knowledge of the Army/Military, but I can see past this senseless rouse.

This is what I took away from this video.

Saunders states that she was an Army Medic with 75th Combat Support Hospital, which is an Army Reserve Unit partially based in Tuscaloosa, AL. This means that Saunders was a reservist; essentially she was committed to serve one weekend a month, and two weeks out of every year for annual training.  I did some digging and Saunders’ Facebook profile (which was linked with the video) lists her high school graduation year as 1992. The Gulf War ended in early 1991. Saunders, a reservist from ’92 on had nothing to do with the Gulf War.

Combat Support Hospitals (CSH, pronounced cash) in the field are for emergency medical care, triage, and getting the sick and injured stable for transport to a better facility. The 75th CSH is not a place, rather it is a unit. This reservist CSH is spread far and wide around the United States, they only join together during annual training (two weeks a year) or in the instance that they become activated. Army Medics are first responders, they are not nurses or doctors, it is the Army medic’s job to get the injured to the hands of someone better qualified to save their life. A CSH is not the place where hospice care would be provided, especially a reserve CSH which isn’t a 24/7/365 operation. Realistically, whichever sub unit of the 75th CSH that Saunders was a part of certainly operated out of an Aid Station, which is essentially a small triage room. Additionally there is a full service Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospital in Birmingham; dying veterans are also allotted civilian hospice care near their home of record (this is what we opted for while my dad was dying). Knowing all of this I can conclude that Saunders story of caring for a dying Soldier with the 75th CSH is a total farce.

Saunders blames the Anthrax vaccine for Gulf War Syndrome. I am infuriated whenever I hear this claim, It devalues and totally ignores what Gulf War Veterans experienced.  While it is true that Gulf War Veterans did receive the Anthrax vaccine, they are casualties of war, not vaccines. Gulf War Veterans were also exposed to a number of airborne pollutants; burning human waste, trash, dust and exhaust. I only had a desk job, yet still left Iraq with a souvenir of titanium in my lungs, forever.

There are other ailments that have been found to afflict Gulf War Veteran’s at higher rates as well, including Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Extensive research on Gulf War Veterans can be found, HERE.  

Saunders’ claim that this “dying Soldier” had Gulf War Syndrome, even though he did not deploy, is totally bogus too. It’s called Gulf War Syndrome because it only afflicts veterans of the Gulf War, as in people who actually had their boots on the ground.    

There is no known link between the Anthrax vaccine and Gulf War Syndrome. As a veteran of the Iraq War I have personally received a total of six Anthrax vaccines, I know this because I looked at my records. In the video Polly Tommey claims that Soldiers were injected with unknown vaccines, there is a website called MEDPROS where these Soldiers can view their vaccination records. Vaccinations are a requirement to deploy, the Army keeps very good records of the vaccines Soldiers receive in order to keep them in a deployable status. Furthermore, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has to provide care and disability payments for all veterans damaged by their service. Why would the military intentionally make service members ill? This claim doesn’t make any sense, they still have to pay sick Soldiers.

I highly doubt that Saunders ever received, or even administered a single Anthrax vaccine in her time as an Army Reserve Medic.

Saunders claims that the Anthrax vaccine was created and distributed by Blackwater (Security Company), which is “owned by Dick Cheney.” I think that she used “Blackwater” because this company’s name is familiar to many with their dark past; it makes for a good conspiracy theory. This company isn’t owned by Dick Cheney, and it wasn’t founded until 1997.  Essentially Saunders wants us to believe that a security company, which wasn’t even founded yet, has something to do with vaccines, for some nefarious reason. Why would a (not yet founded) private security company give a random Alabama Army reserve unit the Anthrax Vaccine? Especially when that unit is not involved in anything requiring the anthrax vaccine? As Saunders said, this is about money; so why would the Army waste money on vaccinating reserve Soldiers for something they are not at risk for? They wouldn’t! I highly doubt that Saunders ever received, or even administered a single Anthrax vaccine in her time as an Army Reserve Medic.

Saunders claims that allergies to vaccines do not matter in the military, because “you are government property and everybody gets that vaccine.” This makes no sense, why would the government give their own “property” anaphylaxis? The Army has medical exemptions for this very reason. I did not receive the small pox vaccine because I reported having childhood eczema, a contraindication for this vaccine.

Saunders claims Soldiers are used by our nation for defense and protection; followed by saying that Soldiers are kept sick by vaccines to save the government money. This makes no sense at all. Why would you intentionally weaken your defense? Again, they still have to pay sick Soldiers, Soldiers are salaried employees.

Saunders claims Soldiers who make it 20 years get a pension and medical benefits, this is true. She then claims that a Soldier who dies ten years after joining saves the government “all kinds of money.” She must not know that there are survivors benefits paid to eligible surviving family members. Furthermore she must not be aware of the $500,000 life insurance policy every active duty Soldier has on them.

Saunders claims, “they want to get rid of people they trained, because we go into countries and we do things and see things…

Saunders claims that she pretended to be pregnant for four months before she was discharged so she didn’t have to get the Anthrax vaccine. The vaccine wouldn’t be given to someone who wasn’t deploying, let alone not even staying in reserve service.

Saunders claims that she got out of the Army (reserves) in 1997, at which point men in dark suits told her to keep her mouth shut. (They must have been from the newly formed “Blackwater”, in their blacked out SUVs…) Saunders claims her unit “got bested by Washington in their dark suits.”

Saunders, the unequivocal  hero of this story, was just trying to take the blood pressure of a (non-existent) dying boy… She should have just listened to that boy’s (totally real) grandma…

Polly claims that she talked to a Soldier who was 37 weeks pregnant, the Army was trying to vaccinate her with “everything they could!” Saunders agrees, she says pregnancy doesn’t matter, you will be given, all the vaccines. Wait a second; didn’t she pretend to be pregnant so she wouldn’t have to be vaccinated? Realistically that pregnant Soldier was probably offered a flu shot and TDaP according to CDC recommendation. The Army isn’t going to disregard contraindications on the vaccine insert. I served in the Army up until I was around 30 weeks pregnant with my first son in 2010, I was asked if I wanted a flu shot and I opted to get one. That was it.

Polly then talks about something reminiscent of the Edgewood Experiments (1955-75), like they are currently happening. Saunders then goes back to “Blackwater” and the vaccines, and some (non-existent) book she read. She talks about joining the military to be a hero (one weekend a month, two weeks a year), but she killed people with vaccines instead, that manufactured guilt must be unimaginable.

The video ends with hugs, lots of blinking, and a few tears; in addition to Saunders writing “Unknown (not real) Soldier” on the Vaxxed tour bus. 

What you need to take away from this.

These videos appeal to emotion, not logic.

If you watch these “Vaxxed” videos, watch them with a skeptical mind, they are meant to appeal to emotion, not logic. It would surprise me if you found a single one that is medically verified to be vaccine related. Vaccines do not cause Autism, or Gulf War Syndrome. Sherrie Saunders is far from a hero, rather she is the opposite. Her tall tales feed a fear that leads scared parents away from protecting their children. Her actions in this video are despicable.

If you would like to hear about a real hero medic, please refer to the story of my fallen comrade, Jessica

Updated 01/09/2017 to further support my statements above: 

The Clinton Administration announced the Anthrax Vaccination Program in late 1997. 

“Concerned about the possibility of germ warfare at home and overseas, the Pentagon has ordered that all 1.4 million active duty men and women in the U.S. military be vaccinated against anthrax.”

Furthermore, a later update stated:

“William S. Cohen, the secretary of defense, announced in late 1997 that all 2.4 million active and reserve military personnel would be vaccinated against the disease by 2003.

But in July, Mr. Cohen limited vaccinations to those most at risk to attack, in South Korea and the Middle East, because much of the nation’s vaccine stockpile was found to have lost its potency.

Now the military will vaccinate only personnel in the Persian Gulf region because of continuing production delays at the nation’s sole licensed plant for the vaccine.”

Polio Myths

Elyce Powers

Polio mainly afflicts children under five years of age, 1 in 200 infections lead to permanent paralysis. Thanks to the Polio vaccine there has been a 99% decrease in worldwide Polio cases since 1988. There is currently a global effort to eradicate this disease. Source: WHO

It is amazing to think, that my future grandchildren may not even need this vaccine included in their immunization schedule.

I came across a video, which features the most common polio myths that are spread around social media. I took a screen shot of each claim, and provided resources for each.



“It is likely that polio has plagued humans for thousands of years. An Egyptian carving from around 1400 BCE depicts a young man with a leg deformity similar to one caused by polio. Polio circulated in human populations at low levels and appeared to be a relatively uncommon disease for most of the 1800s.” –The History of Vaccines


Per the CDC: “Poliovirus can be detected in specimens from the throat, and feces (stool), and occasionally cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), by isolating the virus in cell culture or by detecting the virus by polymerase chain reaction (PCR).”

Lab diagnosis has been possible since 1931 when a filter was created that captured the virus.


Viral Meningitis is not Polio.

Transverse Myelitis is not Polio.

Chronic Fatigue is not Polio.

Guillain-Barre is not Polio.

Spinal Meningitis is not Polio.

Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) can be Polio related, and it be related to the administration of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in rare incidences. When AFP is identified in a patient Polio will be considered, it will then either be verified or excluded as the cause. The WHO keeps track of all Acute Flaccid Paralysis cases, whether they are vaccine derived or caused by a natural Polio infection.

The Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) is no longer used in the United States; it hasn’t been in use since 2000, though it is still in use in other countries. OPV related AFP has a rate of around 1 case per 2.39 million first doses, and 1 in 13 million for the second dose.

Polio is the only thing that is Polio!



While reading up on these claims I found speculation that FDR didn’t have Polio, but Guillian-Barre Syndrome, these are not verified claims. History says that FDR had Polio.

The first clinical description of polio came in 1789 from a British doctor named Michael Underwood. In 1840 Jacob Heine describes the clinical features of polio including how it affects the spinal cord. In 1931 a filter was created that captured the virus (lab diagnosis available).”


Arsenic poisoning is not like Polio.

“Symptoms of arsenic poisoning vary with the type and concentration of the poison. Inorganic arsenic may cause abdominal pains, destruction of red blood cells (hemolysis), shock, and death quickly.”

DDT poisoning is not like Polio.

“DDT ingestion is an uncommon cause of poisoning worldwide. To date, no cases of renal impairment after oral intake of DDT in humans have been reported.” Symptoms of DDT poisoning would not mimic Polio symptoms, it causes renal failure.

I do not understand the relevance of this statement. Polio killed and permanently disabled many people, mostly children. Yes other diseases kill people. Thankfully Polio is one that can be prevented.

True, so what?

Advertising is a very important part of gaining public awareness. Most large charities run ad campaigns to help with donations and support. The main goal of a charity is to raise money for a cause. How is that done effectively if no one hears about your cause?

Correlation does not imply causation. 


Cases had not fallen dramatically. However, the death rates from polio had begun to fall thanks to advancements in medicine. 


I have already established that only Polio is Polio.

No source data was made available for this claim. If this claim is even true, again, correlation does not imply causation.  This could simply be related to advancements in medicine and better diagnostic techniques.

There is some truth to this claim, this is known as “The Cutter Incident” it is no secret.

The vaccine may not always provide lifelong immunity. Children under age five are the most susceptible to Polio, the CDC recommends that some adults get another vaccine.

Per the World Health Organization “Poliovirus infection can provide lifelong immunity against the disease, but this protection is limited to the serotype involved. Infection with one type does not protect an individual against infection with the other two types.”

True (from 1980 to 2000)

As stated earlier this is an extremely rare side effect of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). The OPV has not been used in the United States since 2000. I have already addressed that vaccine related AFP has a rate of around 1 case per 2.39 million first doses, and 1 in 13 million for the second dose. Remember that polio has an AFP rate of 1 case per 200 Polio sufferers.


Additional Reading

Polio Timeline

Please check out Judith story, a real account of her struggle with Polio.

Tragic Deaths Used To Promote Vaccine Fear

Elyce Powers


When you see the headline; “Tainted Measles Vaccine Kills More than 50 Syrian Children” you are faced with an unimaginable tragedy. No one can argue against the tragic untimely deaths of children. Syrian children did die, and their deaths are being used to further the notion that vaccines are not safe. In reality a vaccine did not cause the deaths of these children, human error did. This is a prime example of half-truths being told, and media reports being spun to support a view against vaccination.

The Timeline of Events

In early reports on September 16, 2004 (HERE) it was believed the vaccines were either expired or otherwise spoiled. Had this been the case, it would only highlight why preservatives used in vaccines are very necessary. In addition to why Jenny McCarthy’s “green our vaccines” battle cry could be potentially deadly to our children.

In later reports on September 24, 2004 the WHO made a statement regarding the initial findings of their investigation.

A spokesman for the WHO, the public health arm of the United Nations, said a preliminary investigation suggests the deaths can be attributed not to a criminal act but simple human error.

The WHO spokesman, Christian Lindmeier, said early reports suggest medics may have accidentally mixed a high-dose muscle relaxant into the vaccine powder instead of the designated serum.

“Apparently, in the same fridge … where the vaccines were stored, there was also a muscle relaxant,” Lindmeier explained Thursday to CNN, adding the vaccine itself likely wasn’t contaminated. “The muscle relaxant vial looks like the same vial as the vaccine.”

The WHO has done great things in Syria; they provide other vaccines, much needed vitamins, and health care to children. Health care workers risk their lives for these people, and are a huge target of the war.

Unfortunately the 15 to 34 Syrian children killed by human error is mentioned far more, than the 1.5 million doses  of life saving MMR provided to Syria. Additionally I’ve noticed headlines regarding this feed vaccine fears and hesitancy, with words like “tainted” and “contaminated”. Apparently “human error” doesn’t make an exciting headline when vaccines are in the media.

I personally know the tragic toll of human error. In February I lost my father, just days after his 57th birthday. He was a Cold War Era Army Veteran, and was awarded benefits for care from the VA due to potentially getting Hepatitis C from the administering of a vaccine. Hepatitis C related Cirrhosis of the liver is what eventually took him from us, after a horrific and long battle with the disease. The Army has used air jet guns in the past to administer vaccines, and has admitted it is feasible that disease was spread this way. It is plausible that one of these dirty guns transmitted Hepatitis C to my late father.

Could what happened in Syria happen to our children? It would be impossible. A primary care pediatrician has no need to have injectable muscle relaxant on hand. As first world citizens we are fortunate that our kids won’t ever receive vaccines in a dirty tent, in the same place where war wounded are treated.

Now that you know the reality of what happened. Give it a side by side with this article from the “Collective Evolution”. With an unbiased mind please acknowledge the unwarranted fear spread by sites like this one.

Additional reading
More on Collective Evolution, HERE.
 THIS is a great article about the Natural News.

Pertussis Primarily In The Vaccinated?

Elyce Powers

This report has been getting passed around as proof that pertussis is afflicting mostly vaccinated people. When you look at this report you see that only 556 non-vaccinated people have contracted pertussis, while 2,950 fully vaccinated people have become infected. Is this justification for people who choose not to vaccinate? Not so fast, let’s step back and get the whole picture.


A Clearer Picture



In conclusion, this is just another case of “bad vaccine math


CA 2014Outbreak Data.

CA 2%un-vaccinated rate.

2014Pertussis Surveillance.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

Elyce Powers 

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is repeatedly used as proof that vaccine injuries are common, or even extremely prevalent. Even anti-vaccine doctors have falsely promoted that there are high rates of vaccine injuries using VAERS as a source. There are a few major problems with using VAERS as proof of vaccine injury; this post will highlight those reasons.

We know vaccine related injuries are rare.

In reality, vaccine injuries are extremely rare. On social media we see plenty of anecdotal evidence of vaccine injury, and many parents that believe vaccines have harmed their children. We know that these parents fully believe that vaccines have cause problems in their children. The problem with these parental claims, there is no verifiable proof of the claimed injuries being cause by vaccines, only belief.

More reading on vaccine injuries:

Why most vaccine injury stories aren’t true.

From Voices for Vaccines: Vaccine Injury Stories: theSacred Cows of the Internet?

What is VAERS?

“The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program that collects information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of vaccines licensed for use in the United States.”

The home page of VAERS notes some important points about interpreting VAERS data. 


Only 3% of VAERSreports have been found to be definitely vaccine related.

“108 AEFIs were identified in the selected 100 VAERS reports. After initial review majority agreement was achieved for 83% of the AEFI and 17% required further discussion. In the end, only 3 (3%) of the AEFI were classified as definitely causally related to vaccine received. Of the remaining AEFI 22 (20%) were classified as probably and 22 (20%) were classified as possibly related to vaccine received; a majority (53%) were classified as either unlikely or unrelated to a vaccine received.”

Annual Data

Per the CDC: “Approximately 30,000 VAERS reports are filed each year. About 85-90% of the reports describe mild side effects such as fever, arm soreness, and crying or mild irritability. The remaining reports are classified as serious, which means that the adverse event resulted in permanent disability, hospitalization, life-threatening illness, or death.  While these problems happen after vaccination, they are rarely caused by the vaccine.”

More about VAERS, including its strengths and weaknesses can be found, here.

Actual VAERS Reports

The following screen grabs were collected and annotated by Luci Baldwin.

WARNING: The following reports are full of graphic information which can be very upsetting. These reports contain stories of people and children who have been harmed or killed. There are mentions of child abuse, SIDS, and the deaths of children.  We want to make you fully aware of this. Please do not proceed if these topics are traumatic for you.