"You are what you eat" has a whole new meaning these days. Humans
have invented at least 10 million new chemicals, approximately 3500 of which are
in our food, with an equal number in our homes and household products. Roughly
300 known harmful substances can now be found in most blood samples!
One widespread toxin now invading our system is mercury, found in fish,
dental fillings and vaccinations. Mercury is detoxified by methylanon, and your
ability to methylate can be measured by your homocysteine level. In other words,
if mercury is a problem, you are more likely to have high homocysteine levels.
The good news is, if you lower your homocysteine, you can immediately improve
your ability to detoxify not only mercury, but also most heavy metals.
In the case of vaccinations, today's children can receive up to 30 by the
time they go to school, with many given in the first six months of life. This
article takes a closer look at what this is doing to our children and evaluates
the necessity of this practice.
What exactly are vaccines?
Vaccinations are based on the idea of
introducing a dead or disabled infectious agent into a person, then allowing the
immune system to respond and produce antibodies. The theory is that by
"memorizing" the antigen and how to make the antibody, your immune
system has an advantage in dealing with an infection, should you become exposed
to the agent again, because it can act quickly. The orthodox view is that
vaccines give your immune system a head start in dealing with such an infection,
and therefore, are essential, save lives, have few drawbacks, and are the reason
for the decrease in deaths from many infectious diseases. They are heralded as
one of the wonders of modern medicine, a triumph of science versus nature.
However, many of these views are not supported by the current research. The
main questions regarding vaccinations
are as follows:
1. How effective are they?
2. How dangerous is the disease?
3. How dangerous is the vaccine?
4. Are combination vaccines more
5. When, if at all, is the best time
to be vaccinated?
6. What are the alternatives to
How effective are vaccinations?
The scientific literature is far from
conclusive on the effectiveness of vaccinations, with reports claiming anything
from 20-90% effectiveness, depending on the vaccine. The fact is, many epidemic
diseases come in cycles, and have declined due to improvements in sanitation, as
well as isolation of those people infected with the disease.
A case in point is the 1870-1872 smallpox epidemic in England. The outbreak
claimed 44,000 lives, even though most of the population had been vaccinated.
During the next outbreak in 1892, the town of Leicester decided against
vaccination on the grounds that it didn't work, and instead relied only on
sanitation and isolation. This outbreak saw just 19 cases and one death per
100,000. Compare this to nearby Warrington that had six times as many cases and
eleven times the death rate, even though 99 percent of its population had been
vaccinated. [Campaign against Fraudulent
Medical Research Newsletter 2(3):5-13 (1995), quoting statistics from the London
Bills of Mortality 1760-1834 and Reports of the Registrar General 1836-1896, as
compiled by Alfred Wallace in The Wonderful Century (1898)]
And despite the use of vaccination, the incidence of many infectious diseases
still continues to rise and fall. For example, in the United States, the
incidence of measles continued to rise all the way into the 1990s, despite the
introduction of the vaccine in 1957. And in England in the 1970s, deaths from
pertussis (whooping cough) dropped only after the vaccination rate dropped by
Conversely, measles, mumps, smallpox,
whooping cough, polio, and meningitis outbreaks have all occurred in vaccinated
populations. In 1989, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported, "Among
school-aged children, [measles] outbreaks have occurred in schools with
vaccination levels of greater than 98 percent. [They] have occurred in all parts
of the country, including areas that had not reported measles for years."
The CDC even reported a measles outbreak in a population that had been 100
percent vaccinated. A study examining this outbreak found, "The apparent
paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a
population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons."
Finally, one of the "success" stories for vaccination is polio. Yet,
during a 1962 U.S. Congressional hearing, Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the
Department of Biostatistics for the University of North Carolina School of
Public Health, testified that cases of polio not only increased after mandatory
vaccinations-up 50% from 1957 to 1958, and up 80% from 1958 to 1959 -- but that
the statistics were deliberately manipulated by the Public Health Service to
give the opposite impression.
When should we vaccinate?
Vaccinations are available for
certain strains of microbes causing measles, mumps, chickenpox, rubella,
diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, meningitis, hepatitis, and
Arguably, some of these diseases are more life-threatening, and more
prevalent, than others. For example, measles and mumps are very common, yet are
rarely fatal, except in poorly nourished infants with compromised immune
systems. Therefore, if your child is optimally nourished, you can make a good
case for delaying immunization. If your child has not contracted either of these
diseases before his or her teenage years, and thus has not conferred their own
natural immunization, vaccinations may be given at this time, as measles and
mumps can have more serious health implications in adults.
In the case of rubella, it makes sense to give the vaccine to girls early in
their teenage years, since mothers who contract the disease at some time in
their first trimester have a one in four likelihood of giving birth to a child
who has one or more birth defects, including mental retardation, blindness, and
cerebral palsy. As for diphtheria, while it is more life-threatening, your
chance of dying from the disease (with or without vaccination) is less than 1 in
100,000. In fact, many medical reports indicate that early vaccination confers
Vaccinate No Need
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Whooping Cough and Tetanus
According to Dr. Gordon Stewart, one
of Britain's top medical experts, whooping cough is no longer a serious threat
to the life and health of children. Among well-nourished children in the U.K.,
there were no cases of brain damage or death in any children during three
different outbreaks in the country. However, more adults have contracted
whooping cough since the introduction of early immunization, which may suggest
that the vaccine is suppressing the disease.
Tetanus is even rarer. However, the risk is minimal and, when treated
correctly, 80% of people recover. Fortunately, tetanus can be easily controlled.
The risk with this disease involves cutting yourself, then picking up the virus
in manure or dirt. However, you can massively reduce this risk by cleaning
wounds properly, and not allowing a wound to close until healing has occurred
below the skin's surface. If you do decide to get a tetanus shot, keep in mind
that the presence of the tetanus antibodies reduces rapidly after a vaccination.
Therefore, you'll need to keep getting one every five or so years to confer a
degree of protection.
Polio is one vaccine that many
authorities consider essential, yet contrary to public perception, vaccinations
are less effective than you might think. Because vaccinations are for specific
strains of polio microbes that are permanently evolving and changing, there's no
guarantee of protection. For example, an outbreak of polio occurred in Taiwan,
where 98% of young children had been immunized.
[Patriarca, P.A. 1994. Polio
outbreaks: a tale of torment. Lancet 344(8923):630-631]
In 1961, a polio outbreak in Massachusetts resulted in more cases of
paralysis among those vaccinated than those who were not. [James,
W. 1988. Immunization: The Reality Behind the Myth. Praeger Publishers,
Westport, CT.] And another study found
that three out of five Americans who had contracted polio during foreign travel
had previously been vaccinated. [Strebel,
P.M., et al. 1992. Epidemiology of poliomyelitis in the United States one decade
after the last reported case of indigenous wild virus-associated disease. Clin
Infect Dis 14:568-579.]
And still, most authorities will highly recommend that you receive a polio
vaccine if you are traveling abroad. A more common sense approach might be, if
you haven't had a polio vaccine in 10 years, then first find out how common
polio is in the country you are visiting. For example, in the U.K., there are no
more than two cases per year. In fact, you are more likely to be hit by a
double-decker bus than to contract polio in Britain!
One of the diseases that it makes
sense vaccinating against is the Haemophilas influenza type B (Hib) virus,
the most common cause of meningitis, which causes upper respiratory and ear
infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the spinal cord. It most often
affects children between the ages of 6 to 12 months, with 75% of all
cases occurring before the age of two. Lack of hygiene in day care centers is
partly blamed for the spread of the disease, so vaccinating young infants with
the Hib meningitis vaccine can make sense.
More recently the spotlight has focused on a new form of meningitis caused by
the bacteria Neissetia meningirides-meningitis C. While much rarer, it
can be fatal about 10% of the time. But because it often affects teenagers, you
may want to have your children and teenagers inoculated, especially if they live
with groups of other children, such as at a boarding school or university.
Unfortunately, these vaccines are so new, it is hard to say how effective they
are and what side effects they may have.
What is the down-side of Vaccines?
Perhaps the most contentious question
of all involves the negative side effects, including permanent damage or death,
due to the vaccination itself. Most commonly, a negative response to a vaccine
is a result of a reaction to one or several ingredients in the vaccine, while
other cases involve a person's immune response to the infectious agent.
Until recently, most vaccines contained a germicidal compound called thimerosal,
which consisted-in part-of mercury. Many vaccines also contain formalin,
a 37% solution of formaldehyde, the main ingredient of embalming fluid. Many
also contain phenol or ethylene glycol, the main component found in
antifreeze. While all of these ingredients are disturbing, thimerosal is
particularly concerning, not only because mercury is a highly toxic element, but
many children are allergic to this compound.
A recent investigation into thimerosal and the neurological development of
children found that the sum total of mercury an average child would receive from
normally recommended vaccinations exceeds the Federal Safety Guidelines for
orally ingested mercury, and is in fact correlated with a greater risk for
neurodevelopmental disorders. Galer, M.R and
Galer, D.A. 2003. [Thimerosal in childhood vaccines, neurodevelopment
disorders and heart disease in the United States. Journal of American Phesicians
and Surgeons 8(1):6-11]
But worse still is the vaccine for whooping cough, which accounts for more
than half of all reported reactions to vaccinations. Because whooping cough is
rarely deadly among well-nourished children, there is a serious question in
regards to the benefits of the vaccine
in view of its known risks. According to research at the Churchill Hospital in
Oxford, England, a child vaccinated against whooping cough is 50% more likely to
develop asthma or allergies later in life. This may be because the whooping
cough vaccine promotes an abnormally strong immune response to potential
allergens such as pollen or gluten, and may disturb early immune programming.
While no one yet knows the combined
risks of having a number of vaccinations, two of the most common combination
vaccinations -- MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and DPT (diphtheria, pertussis
or whooping cough, and tetanus) -- were thoroughly investigated by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
In monitoring 500,000 American children after vaccination, 34 major side
effects were identified, the most common being seizures. Researchers found that
the day after a DPT shot, children were three times more likely to have a fit.
After the MMR injection, fits were 2.7 times higher after 4-7 days and
3.3 times higher after 8-14 days. And that's just seizures. In some cases, DPT
reactions have resulted in permanent neurological damage (1 in 30-50,000
children vaccinated) and even death.
Meanwhile, the link between MMR and the risk of autism is growing. According
to a statistical analysis published in a recent issue of the Lancet, the
correct interpretation of the statistical data from currently published studies
show an appreciable number of autism cases being triggered by MMR vaccination.
It certainly makes sense that a child's immune system is more likely to react
to a combination of infectious agents delivered in one package. However, it is
probable that reactions are more likely to occur in a child who has a poor
nutritional base, and therefore cannot restore balance after his or her immune
system has been forced to react to the threat of an invading organism.
In immune-compromised children, vaccinations may overload their immune
systems, resulting in toxic damage to their nervous system and brain. For this
reason, more and more parents are demanding single vaccines instead of
Alternatives to Vaccination
It goes without saying that before any vaccination
you should ensure that you and your child have a robust immune system. For infants,
there is no better way to confer immunity than through breast-feeding for at
least the first year of life. Once weaned, you can help to ensure immunity by
providing an optimal intake of immune-boosting nutrients. For example, vitamin A
offers protection against measles and probably polio. In underdeveloped
countries, deaths from measles have been virtually eliminated with adequate
amounts of vitamin A.
Another way to minimize risk in infants, whose immune systems are immature,
is to restrict their exposure to large numbers of other potentially infected
infants. If possible, avoid placing children in day care or involving them in
large playgroups until the age of three, when their immune systems are much stronger.
A viable alternative to vaccination is to find a good homeopath for assistance in the use of nosodes.
A nosode is a holistic form of vaccination but instead of using the actual virus and dangerous chemical
preservatives, etc., they use only the energy signature. So any side effects are minimal if any. Since
no toxic chemicals are used, no neurological damage occures.
That said, if you do choose to have or give your child a vaccination, ask your doctor for
(1) a list of ingredients in the vaccine,
(2) evidence that it works, and
(3) a list of adverse effects. You should also be wary of continuing with
vaccinations if your child has had a bad reaction to a previous vaccine, is
currently sick, or has a history of epilepsy, convulsions, neurological
disorders, severe allergies, or
immune system disorders.
Finally and most importantly, use your common sense. The truth is, we don't
have all the answers and don't know the long-term consequences of mass
immunization. This is why some pediatricians are opting against many
vaccinations. In the meantime, gather all the information you can, then let the
facts rather than habit or social pressure guide your decision.
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