2018 TVR Golden Fleece Goes to ‘A Vaccine for Everything’

2018 TVR Golden Fleece Goes to ‘A Vaccine for Everything’

In 2017, The Vaccine Reaction presented the first TVR Golden Fleece award for the “strangest vaccine in the pipeline” to the so-called “Flab Jab” vaccine—a proposed vaccine for obesity, aimed at suppressing growth hormones that boost metabolism, thus, theoretically, resulting in weight loss. It was the idea for a vaccine that most caused us to pause and rhetorically ask the question, “Are they serious?”1

As the word vaccine has increasingly become synonymous with the words medication or medicine, the possibilities for coming up with new vaccines for any disease, illness, or disorder imaginable have grown limitless. Vaccines have been proposed for everything from acne, high cholesterol and cocaine addiction to stress, high blood pressure, bad breath and, yes…. even obesity.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Vaccines were traditionally developed to prevent infectious disease. But that paradigm has changed, as vaccines are increasingly being developed for use as a therapeutic treatments like antibiotics and other drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has  cleverly invented the idea of therapeutic vaccines. So now, if you have a health condition—regardless of how mild or harmless—there is probably a company or laboratory somewhere in the world developing or envisioning a vaccine for it. It is an innovative business strategy with seemingly endless potential for sales revenue.1

In examining a number of top candidates for the 2018 TVR Golden Fleece award, we strongly considered a vaccine for the common cold proposed by Martin Moore, PhD at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After all, according to the Immunity Education Group:

Catching colds is necessary because it makes a child’s immune system stronger so it can fight severe infections and serious diseases like cancer, and prevent allergic disorders like asthma and eczema. So why would a university professor think it’s a good idea to develop a vaccine for children against the common cold?9 10

We looked carefully at a vaccine for alcoholism under development by scientists at the University of Chile in Santiago.11 12 We also considered a program to develop a “behavioral vaccine” for teen depression by a research team at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. Lastly, we reviewed an effort to develop a vaccine to cure pedophilia undertaken by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.13 14

Each of these ideas for “vaccines” struck us as odd and not at all what smallpox and other vaccines were designed to do, namely to prevent pathogenic viral and bacterial diseases from being transmitted from person to person. The concept of a vaccine has become corrupted and, thus, meaningless. This is why there are now people who wonder why there can’t be “vaccines for everything.”

In fact, that is the title of a recent article in The New York Times by Donald G. McNeil Jr.: “Why Don’t We Have Vaccines Against Everything?”15

In his article, McNeil listed more than a dozen diseases for which there are no vaccines. He said that in a “rational world” the amount of money spent on vaccine research would “rival that on defense research.” The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) spends more than $75 billion a year on research and development (R&D). It takes about $100 million a year to develop a vaccine over a 10-year period.15 16 17

McNeil noted that there are two obstacles to faster progress in the development of new vaccines. He quoted vaccinologist Gregory Poland, MD of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota who said, “One is scientific, and one is embarrassing.” The “embarrassing part,” wrote McNeil, is the “lack of investment.”15 

With the kind of funding McNeil is advocating, the pharmaceutical industry would be able to develop at least 750 new vaccines by 2028. Essentially, McNeil is suggesting that vaccines can be the cure to anything that ails, bothers or even mildly annoys us, and that the only limit to the number and type of vaccines that could be developed lies in our ability to imagine applications for them.

In McNeil’s view, there can never be too much of a good thing. In this case, there can never be too many vaccines.

No such thing as over-vaccination? Ever? We find that hard to believe. We think it’s a numbskull idea, and that is why we choose the “A Vaccine for Everything” proposal as the winner of our 2018 TVR Golden Fleece award.


1 Cáceres M, Fisher BL. Obesity Vaccine Wins First TVR Golden Fleece Award. The Vaccine Reaction Apr. 22, 2017.
2 Samadi DB. Vaccinations: Not just for disease prevention anymoreFox News Apr. 24, 2012.
Carey T. Vaccine that could end the misery of acne for millions of teenagersThe Daily Mail Nov. 11, 2011.
Kinsey BM, Kosten TR, Orson FM. Anti-cocaine vaccine developmentExpert Rev Vaccines 2010; 9(9): 1107-1114.
Sifferlin A. A New Vaccine Could Prevent High Cholesterol, Study SuggestsTIME Nov. 11, 2015.
6 Lehrer J. Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress VaccineWIRED July 28, 2010.
7 Keeffe P. Vaccine for High Blood Pressure May Be in the WorksHealthline News May 26, 2015. 
8 Liu PF, Huang IF et al. Halitosis vaccines targeting FomA, a biofilm-bridging protein of fusobacteria nucleatumCurr Mol Med 2013; 13(6): 1358-1367. 
9 Immunity Education Group. Seriously. A Vaccine for the Common Cold? The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 7, 2018.
10 Moore J. Tired of the common cold? A new vaccine could prevent it. WSBTV Nov. 3, 2017.
11 Hsu C. “Alcoholism Vaccine”; Gives Drinkers Instant Hangovers After Just One Sip. Medical Daily Jan. 28, 2013.
12 Salazar C. Chilean Researchers Working on Alcoholism Vaccine. Fox News Jan. 7, 2011.
13 ‘Behavioral vaccine’ for teen depression. American Hospital Association Sept. 20, 2017.
14 Malm S, Macrae F. Scientists begin trials on a CURE for paedophilia: Cancer drug could rid men of ‘unwanted’ sexual urges towards children. Daily Mail May 9, 2016.
15 McNeil DG. Why Don’t We Have Vaccines Against Everything? The New York Times Nov. 19, 2018.
16 Donnelly JM. Defense to Get Historically High Share of Research Budget. Roll Call Aug. 3, 2017.
17 Freedberg SJ. DoD R&D Soars 24%, Procurement Up 15%; Army Up Most. Breaking Defense Feb. 12, 2018.

17 Responses to "2018 TVR Golden Fleece Goes to ‘A Vaccine for Everything’"

  1. redpill   December 13, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Hmmm, wouldn’t suppressing hormones require manipulation of the endocrine system which controls all hormones? How can you just switch off one aspect without the others being affected? I mean to some degree in order for the human body to function that has to be some harmonious balance of the hormones that control everything from metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, just to name a few. If the growth hormone is shut off wouldn’t other hormones overcompensate to fill in the void?
    Vaccine for Obesity-A Disaster Waiting To Happen.

    This is as far fetched as a Universal Flu Vaccine.

  2. Janet   December 13, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Because what could possibly go wrong……? SMDH!

  3. PHYLLIS BALA   December 13, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Well, we’ve reached a point where there is a mega controlling force wanting to invade our lives and sensibilities to further their agenda to steal the wealth of the people. Wealth in my mind is also health; i.e., our quality of life. I suggest designing a Wake The !#@& Up Vaccine.

    I’m happy to see there is TVR Golden Fleece Award. Thank you so much!

  4. Linda Stevenson   December 13, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Seriously who do these scumbags think they are, the arrogance is so amazing. They truly think they are superior to all of us. My hope is that everyone will wake up and take a stand. Can you believe so many people are anxiously waiting for them to develop these vaccines. How many toxins can our brains take. My 7 week old twin grandsons were hospitalised with breathing difficulties my son and daughter inlaw were abused by a GP at the hospital ,he said “I want them fully vaccinated before they leave here”! I truly fear for the future of humanity where will it end?

  5. Lon   December 13, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    These people and companies need to be vaccinated against GREED……

  6. jeanne' serrano   December 13, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    One minor suggestion: Put a “d” at the end of ‘Fleece’ in your 2018 TVR award title, ok? Unfortunately, the American people are just as easily duped by Big Pharma who has “quarantined” the debate to be either that of: 1) Should we vaccinate? -OR- 2) Should we not vaccinate? NEITHER HAS EVER BEEN THE ISSUE! The real issue is: Do you know WHAT IS IN the vaccine your child is getting? Of course you don’t! YOU T-R-U-S-T. Why not ask your family MD if “he” KNOWS what is in those vials of CDC manufactured vaccine? If he lies to you and says he does, then demand to be provided “his” proof before letting him near your kid with a needle. The CDC omitted (LIED) about their data on vaccines correlating to the STAGGERING statistics on just autism, for instance. Question: Why is it that black infants are 700 times more likely to come down with this particular affliction than white infants? Until you research just this one “LIE” by Big Pharma/CDC, I suggest you seriously consider at-home schooling if available in your area to avoid MANDATORY vaccinations coming down the pike to a school near you! Soon the new world order will be demanding your child be inoculated with 60-70 different vaccines … however DID mankind survive up until now, without them — is what we should really be asking ourselves. Nanobots (look them up, parents!) miniaturized COMPUTERS can now fit through the eye of a needle and be in one of those inoculations the gov will DEMAND your child accept. These can be “programmed” to cause chemical havoc within the body, an embedded EXPIRATION DATE should ‘that body’ in the future not comply with new world order dictates. Sound like sci fi to you? Where do you think scientists get their ideas in the first place? They aren’t the creative people; they take the ideas of the creative and compassionate, then corrupt them instead – for mandatory profiteering. When handing out those sheepskins, nothing remotely resembling morality can be assumed. Look up: http://catherinejfrompovich.com/articles.html

  7. fanofjesus   December 13, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    that is a ridiculous notion that suppressing growth hormone will prevent obesity; in fact, it would be the opposite! people are injecting growth hormone to renew their youthful ability to burn fat better; thus people are losing weight and using it for just that purpose. Of course, their m.o. is to tell the “sheeple” these lies to get them to accept vaccines that are designed for population reduction. I get a lot of pressure to get them all the time.

  8. Zach   December 13, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Pharmaceutical companies are not stupid. They know if they offer products classified as vaccines, they are immune from liability, unlike if classified as a drug (i.e. Vioxx). They don’t care how absurd or tenuous the intellectual link between their product and vaccine, they just want the unlimited profits with no liability.

    The whole system makes me sick….

  9. Paul Kramer.   December 14, 2018 at 12:17 am

    They need to develop a vaccine so people don’t has dumb -ass attacks!

  10. Eric Herbert   December 14, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Let Mr. McNeil and Dr. Poland be the first ones to get injected with the new experimental vaccines. What could possibly go wrong?

  11. Bob   December 14, 2018 at 9:40 am

    You would think that people who develop vaccines would have a better understanding of how the immune system works and know that allowing a person to get chicken pox, colds, measles, etc. strengthens that person’s immune system. Quite the opposite of vaccines. But I think they are chasing dollars more than cures.

  12. Eric Herbert   December 14, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Mr. McNeil and Dr. Poland should step up and volunteer to be the first ones to get injected with the new experimental vaccines. What could possibly go wrong?

  13. Fallon   December 14, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    OMG they’re idiots. I have Hypo-pituitarism, aka…chronic low growth hormone. It causes severe obesity, heart issues, muscle and connective tissue disintegration, hair loss, most of the symptoms of severe Cushing’s disease. It will kill you eventually if you don’t get treated. I will have to be on replacement GH for the rest of my life. And they want to do this to people on purpose…brilliant :/

  14. Anita   December 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Stupidity. We definitely need a vaccine against stupidity.

  15. Xileen Worcester   December 14, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Have you noticed, when the vaccine is ready, the outbreak occurs? Usually in a third world country and just in time to test it.

  16. Tracy   December 17, 2018 at 1:10 am

    I would have liked the article to address the potential REASONS that the word “vaccine” is now being used for therapies instead of as a prevention. It is totally confusing and it is probably intentional. Do they benefit from fast-tracking and reduced safety testing by using the word “vaccine?” (I know that ONLY the vaccines on the CDC childhood schedule are exempt from liability so that cannot be it – though some have commented that might be the reason.) I don’t think potential new therapies such as the gazillions of new “vaccines” in development belong in the vaccine debate. So it the use of the word “vaccine” an attempt to confuse the debate? Any potential therapy (something to be given to those who already have a condition), whether called a “vaccine” or “immunotherapy” or whatever, should be judged on its own merits along with other potential therapies…the patient generally has the right to choose or not choose antibiotics, surgeries, xrays and tests, radiation, chemo, medications even if injected (which might be called a “vaccine”) etc. As I know many of these new “vaccines” in the pipeline are indeed therapies for specific conditions – not intended to be given to healthy people to prevent said condition. The vaccine debate is a question of whether preventative vaccination (intended to prevent infectious diseases), in the manner administered these days does more harm than good to individuals and to society – given that vaccines do not undergo adequate safety testing and given the questionable efficacy as well (eg. Merck and the mumps portion of MMR and the continual outbreaks of diseases among vaccinated individuals).

    • redpill   December 19, 2018 at 8:56 am

      “So it the use of the word “vaccine” an attempt to confuse the debate? ”

      It is simply about money. You label something a vaccine and it immediately falls under the law passed by Congress that a vaccine maker cannot be sued. So if these so called therapies move forward and are given to the public and people are damaged or die, the maker of the drug is off the hook.


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