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Brandy Vaughan, Anti-Vaxxer And Founder Of 'Learn the Risk,' Is Found Dead

By Jane Swift·· 2 min read
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Brandy Vaughan, an outspoken anti-vaccination activist trying to take on Big Pharma, has reportedly died.

Vaughan was the founder of Learn the Risk, a non-profit organization she founded in response to one of the nation’s first mandatory vaccination for education law — SB277 in California. Her history as a former sales representative for Merck (2001-2004), selling Vioxx (a painkiller that was found to double the risk of stroke and heart attacks), as well as her experience living in Europe for eight years, led to the realization that the American pharmaceutical industry doesn’t care about health, just about making money. Vaughan believed that selling drugs and vaccines was how Big Pharma kept people sick and kept making money.

“From that experience, I realized that just because something is on the market doesn’t mean it’s safe,” Vaughan said. “Much of what we are told by the healthcare industry just simply isn’t the truth.”

The cause of death is unknown at this time. But one of Vaughan’s friends wrote on her website that Vaughan’s young son found her dead. She also raised the suspicion that Vaughan’s death was not natural and shared a Facebook post from December 2019 that Vaughan had written.

Vaughan has been an outspoken activist against vaccines for years, trying to build a grassroots movement as well as share information and materials with the world through her websites Learn the Risk and her personal website. Some of her other activities included public speaking and billboard campaigns.

The GoFundMe that Vaughan mentioned in her Facebook post is active and has already exceeded the $25,000 goal.


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