The Medical Board of California has suspended Dr. Robert Sears, a pediatrician who gave a vaccine exemption to a 2-year old boy after his mother reported that previous immunizations made the boy’s body limp, and caused him to lose urinary functions. The agency is threatening to revoke Dr. Sears’ medical license. The case is setting a precedent for doctors who choose not to follow the state’s strict vaccine schedules. All requested exemptions must be approved by the State Department of Public Health.
In a decision that could signal how California’s fierce vaccine debates will play out in the coming years, the Medical Board of California has ordered 35 months’ probation for Dr. Bob Sears, an Orange County pediatrician well-known for being sympathetic to parents opposed to vaccines.
In 2016, the board threatened to revoke Sears’ medical license for wrongly writing a doctor’s note for a 2-year-old boy that exempted him from all childhood vaccinations. This week, the medical board settled on a lesser punishment.
Sears can keep practicing medicine but will be required to take 40 hours of medical education courses a year, as well as an ethics class, and also be monitored by a fellow doctor. He also must notify all hospital and medical facilities where he practices of the order and is not allowed to supervise physician assistants or nurse practicioners.
The doctor’s supporters expressed relief that he was not more severely punished, while critics were pleased that the state did more than simply reprimand him, as some had feared.
“It’s not a trivial decision, it’s not a slap on the hand,” said UC Hastings law professor Dorit Reiss. “It really is strongly limiting his ability to practice … he’s a doctor under supervision now.”
Sears found himself in hot water because, according to the medical board, he wrote a vaccine exemption for a young boy without obtaining even basic medical information, such as the child’s history of vaccines. He took the boy’s mother at her word when she said her son lost urinary function and went limp in response to previous immunizations, according to the filing.
Sears settled his case so he would not have to go to trial. Probation is the most common punishment for doctors in California accused of wrongdoing. In the last fiscal year, the board took away 57 licenses, while putting 197 doctors on probation.
“Many parents, myself included, are relieved that Dr. Sears will maintain his practice and continue to serve his patients that rely on him,” said Rebecca Estepp, who is part of an advocacy group that supports alternative vaccine schedules.
Sears’ battle, however, does not appear to be over. In a Facebook post Friday, he denied any wrongdoing.
“Isn’t it my job to listen to my patients and believe what a parent says happened to her baby? Isn’t that what all doctors do with their patients?” Sears wrote. “After all, I don’t want a child to receive a medical treatment that could cause more harm. I am going to first do no harm, every time.”
Sears also said that the medical board has four more cases lined up accusing him of writing improper vaccine exemptions. Officials from the medical board said investigations are confidential and that they could not confirm there are more cases against Sears.
“It seems there is an attempt to keep me on probation for the rest of my medical career,” Sears wrote.
Vaccine exemptions have become a central part of the immunization debate in California in recent years.
After a measles outbreak that originated in Disneyland, California passed a tough inoculation law in 2015. The new law, known as SB 277, prevents parents from citing religious or other personal beliefs to get out of vaccinating their children. Now children must have a doctor’s note if they don’t have their shots.
Last month, an attack turned fatal as Walter Luebcke, 65, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s left-wing Christian Democrats, was shot in the head and killed at his home. He had reportedly received death threats due to his pro-migrant sentiments.
El Chapo was found guilty of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and synthetic fentanyl into the US for nearly three decades as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The three-month trial detailed grisly killings, a bizarre escape and drugs hidden in jalapeno cans.
Activists, led by the Jewish organization ‘Never Again Action Group’ and Movimiento Cosecha, shut down the entrances to ICE headquarters demanding the closure of detention facilities, Activists, led by the Jewish organization ‘Never Again Action Group’ and Movimiento Cosecha, shut down the entrances to ICE headquarters to protest the treatment of migrants and to demand the closure of detention facilities, the immediate legalization for all illegal aliens, and an end to deportations.
Congressman wants to know if the US military ever experimented with using ticks and other insects as carriers of biological weapons, such as Lyme disease. Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are spreading rapidly in the US with 300,000 new cases each year.
Judicial Watch is working to clean up dirty voter rolls to reduce voter fraud in the 2020 election. Los Angeles County, with more than 10 million residents, has more voter registrations than it has citizens old enough to register.
CNN has been praising Antifa for several years and even made a documentary that promotes the organization. Gabriel Nadales joined Antifa ten years ago when he was 16. He says it has become increasingly more violent and that college professors are teaching Antifa’s philosophy in the classroom.
President Trump introduced the Safe Third-Country rule that requires migrants traveling to the US through another country to apply for asylum in that country first before being eligible for asylum in the US. Mexico and Guatemala are pushing back against this rule.
Peter Thiel suggested that the Google has been working and sharing its artificial intelligence (AI) information with the Chinese military instead of US armed forces — and that top management has become a hotbed for Chinese spies.
Lobbying groups that support doubling of work visas to allow migrants to take American jobs in order to supply cheap labor include the US Chamber of Commerce, the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM Corporation and Hewlett Packard.
For classified advertising rates and terms, click here. The appearance of ads on this site does not signify endorsement by the publisher. We do not attempt to verify the accuracy of statements made therein or vouch for the integrity of advertisers. However, we will investigate complaints from readers and remove any message we find to be misleading or that promotes anything fraudulent, illegal, or unethical.
JWLABS – Building fine Rife frequency instruments in the USA since 1987. We offer customer support and an exceptional warranty. Learn why all households and clinics should employ this device. Call us at 888-891-1122 to discuss the many benefits. www.rifemachine.com
Offline is a documentary on the inevitability of the Earth being slammed by a mega solar flare – not the common type that interrupts communications and creates a light show in the Northern skies – but the big brothers thousands of times more powerful. These monsters deliver enough energy to blow apart the master transformers that supply the planet’s energy grids. When that happens, the lights go out for longer than anyone wants to think about. These X-Class solar storms hit the Earth every 150 years, on average. The last one arrived 156 years ago. We are overdue (More)
Ten Days at Jekyll Island, a novel by Patrea Patrick, tells the true story of a secret meeting held in November of 1910 on a privately owned resort island, the outcome of which drastically changed the world. It was at this meeting that a banking cartel was forged; a cartel that, three years later, would be issued a government charter to do business as The United States Federal Reserve System. You will discover why secrecy was essential. Based on historical documentation from The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin. (More)
The California legislature is considering passing a law that would punish waiters (or their employers) with a $1,000 fine and up to a six-month prison sentence if they give a customer a plastic straw without a request for one. [These collectivists have got to be removed from office before they imprison everybody. Come to think of it, that’s really what they want, isn’t it.]
Vaccine policy will be set by two new Trump appointees, Scott Gottlieb, head of the FDA and Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, head of the CDC, who both claim that anti-vaccine arguments have been debunked, and are defenders of the toxic realm.