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Vaccinations: A Choice or A Mandate? Part I
Have you ever wondered what ways there might be to reduce the chances of or prevent our children from developing health disorders like autism, ADHD, ADD, hormonal and nervous system disruptions, digestive and immune dysfunction?
If so, you are a member of a growing body of parents who are looking for answers to the reason for their children’s health problems, and desire to find those answers outside the scope of conventional medicine.
This topic is very controversial, and it’s true that the majority of parents choose to vaccinate their children, more or less on the schedule recommended by the mainstream medical system. But it’s also the case that you have choices to make, and those choices can affect your child’s health long-term. Before you make a choice to inject, learn about the other side of the story of vaccination and the effects it can have on your child which can last for the rest of his or her life.
Understanding all the facts, your rights, and being informed about the consequences of vaccinating (or not), is extremely important. If you cannot be free to make an informed decision about something as important as your child’s health, then you are not able to exercise your freedoms to make choices that you should be able to make as a citizen of this country. It’s assumed by many people that vaccination is the law and that there are no other choices or alternatives. But that perceived belief is completely untrue. Likewise, literature and information about vaccines is by and large very biased toward the viewpoint that vaccines always save lives and prevent disease. There is very little emphasis on the negatives of vaccination.
Did you know?
Gut, digestive, and immune system issues are directly related to the development of learning, developmental, social, mental, and physical abnormalities of varying kinds. Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride – a pediatric neurosurgeon – discovered through evaluating hundreds of case studies involving patients with autism, psychiatric illnesses, learning and developmental disorders that nearly all these individuals experience severe digestive problems.
The connection between poor digestive function due to unhealthy intestinal bacteria and toxicity from chemicals in undigested foods that become stored in the body’s cells. This has been found to have an adverse effect on brain chemistry. This syndrome has been called GAPS or Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Dr. McBride believes that as people continue to have children, each successive generation’s poor nutrition contributes to this syndrome and the symptoms become more acute as time goes on.
For many years, vaccines have contained thiomersal, a preservative designed as an “antifungal and antiseptic agent”. Thiomersal is a substance containing mercury, and in the body is metabolized into ethylmercury. According to an article featured in 2007 in the American Journal of Independent Medicine, “Methylmercury and ethylmercury distributes to all body tissues, crossing the blood-brain barrier and the placental barrier, and ethylmercury also moves freely throughout the body.“
Autism is now being connected to a toxic environment in the body, specifically from the over-abundance of heavy metals which have penetrated the bloodstream through the intestinal tract and become embedded in tissues and cells. These metals enter the body in a variety of ways – as mentioned above: food, water, air, soil, and through substances such as vaccines and other drugs or medications.
Watch this informative video with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and Donna Gates of Body Ecology:
Pharmaceutical companies are not without fault in their dealings with the consumer public and products they produce. Many, many drugs have been pulled from the shelves due to deaths and medical issues caused that were directly caused by taking them. Various vaccines are also now under scrutiny by the public due to problems they have caused and some have been recalled:
MMR vaccine (Canada)
Rabies vaccine (China)
If these vaccines and other drugs are being called into question, what assurance do we have that other drugs and vaccines are also not problematic and could cause problems?
What causes autism?
If you ask the average person, you will get a variety of answers about what is responsible for the increase of problems like autism. Some people cite toxins in our environment as one of the leading causes. Indeed, our exposure to environmental toxins has increased considerably during the last 50+ years.
In a study done in 2004, researchers examined umbilical cord blood samples of 10 infants born in August or September of that year in U.S. hospitals. The samples were screened for over 400 toxic chemicals and 287 of those were found. Of those chemicals, 180 are known to cause the development of cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain or nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animals.
Our food and water systems are contaminated with many of these chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetically-modified organisms. Our waterways, both above and underground, as well as the air and soil are also contaminated with many of these toxic chemicals.
Some health professionals report that our ability to know more about autism is due to our advanced technology and diagnostic capabilities, as well as awareness of the issue, while others believe genetic predisposition toward certain disorders or the incidence of women having children later in life are factors in autism.
But how can a rising epidemic such as autism be directly linked to genetic factors alone? Even most doctors tell patients that genetics don’t account for more than 20 percent of the cause of illness and disease. And yet autism is one of the fastest growing syndromes today. In the 70s, 1 in 10,000 children was diagnosed. That number has now increased to 1 out of 150.
Does vaccination work?
The purpose of a vaccine is to introduce a “dead” virus that is intended to trigger the immune system to produce antibodies. But think about where the immune system resides – in the intestinal tract. Can something that is injected directly into the blood stream, and therefore intentionally by-passing the intestinal tract – actually cause the immune system to respond properly?
Catherine Diodati, M.A., author of Immunization: History, Ethics, Law and Health (The Consumer Health Organization of Canada) states:
“Vaccinations are intended to prevent disease through low exposures to the diseases themselves. However, our immune systems respond differently to natural immunity (becoming infected by a disease naturally) and artificial immunity (becoming injected with a vaccine). Artificial immunity is temporary and doesn’t elicit a permanent immune response, which is why we have to have booster doses. However, natural infection almost always results in permanent immunity.
Vaccines bypass normal immune defenses that we use to fight diseases naturally. Vaccinations tend to stimulate only one part of the immune response and that is the antibody response, but suppress the T-cell response (cell-mediated immunity) and other aspects of the immune response. This is why we are seeing an increase in allergies and autoimmune diseases (particularly with certain vaccines like the hepatitis B vaccine). T-cell immunity is just as important if not more important than antibody, because it is the T-cells which activate other elements of the immune system, help them to mature and get rid of the infected cells. Antibodies, on the other hand, stop a virus or bacterium from penetrating a cell and producing toxins. You need both sides of the immune system working optimally, and the problem is that vaccines are imbalancing our immune systems. If you happen to have a history in your family of autoimmune disease or allergies, the vaccines will increase the imbalance. So we have to consider very carefully what we are trading off when we have vaccines. The reason we vaccinate universally is to create herd immunity. The herd immunity theory proposes that if a certain percentage within the population become immune to a disease, the whole population should be protected from an epidemic. This is based on a 1933 Baltimore study of measles. They found that when 68% of the population contracted the measles naturally and became immune, epidemics stopped. This same herd immunity theory has been applied to vaccines but we are finding that it requires an 85% to 95% vaccination rate to induce herd immunity, and often that high number is insufficient.”
She also goes on to say that vaccine schedules are altering the average age of infection. As an example, in a population of children who were coming down with pertussis (whooping cough), the average age before vaccinations was 1- 4 years. Children in this age range typically did not have trouble with this illness. After the vaccinations began, the children getting this disease were now under 1 year of age, and were also the most vulnerable due to their immaturity and underdeveloped condition. At the height of vaccination, the average age of infection was changed so that 70 percent of the population who were coming down with the disease were under 1 year of age. As you might imagine, the death rate went up.
It is important to note that most infectious diseases were on the decline during the advent of the first vaccines (1930s). This graph from the Journal of The American Medical Association shows crude infectious disease mortality rate in the United States from 1900 Through 1996.
There isn’t much evidence that vaccines made an improvement since the inception of their use.
The efficacy rate of some vaccines is questionable as well, like the influenza vaccine; many who get injected with the vaccine come down with the flu virus.
The most effective vaccines provide roughly 40 – 60 percent effectiveness, while some have been believed to bring on the very disease they are developed to prevent.
Proponents of vaccines are fond of blaming outbreaks on those who don’t vaccinate. They say failing to vaccinate causes the loss of “herd immunity” and support their statements by referring to communities where there are outbreaks and populations of un-vaccinated people. The reality is, there are outbreaks in populations that have been vaccinated, too.
News reports reveal the flaws in vaccines
- Whooping cough – a report from San Diego, CA where they are experiencing the worst Whooping Cough (Pertussis) outbreak in years, dated from September 7, 2010 despite the fact that people have received vaccinations
- Mumps outbreak – in February 2010, an outbreak of mumps occurred in New York and New Jersey amongst a population of adolescent boys in a Jewish community. 88 percent had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 75 percent had received at least 2 doses.
- Measles – in 2006, Boston experienced an outbreak of Measles. The cause? Suspected ineffective measles vaccines issued in the 1960s
- Flu vaccine – discussed are the dangers and ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine
- TB vaccine – the ineffectiveness of the TB vaccine may lead to the development of a new vaccine
- Pneumonia vaccine – found to be ineffective for repeat infections
As you can see, lack of disease outbreak in any given community is not necessarily proof of a vaccine’s efficacy, just as the occurrence of outbreak is not proof that non-vaccinated populations are causing the problem. To start your investigation, one of the most important things to do would be to determine how many people in that population were vaccinated and how many were not.
Ingredients in several vaccines:
DTaP (Daptacel): Aluminum Phosphate, Ammonium Sulfate, Casamino Acid, Dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehyde, 2-Phenoxyethanol
Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen; aluminum – a heavy metal and is especially toxic in small bodies
Heptatitis B (Recombivax): Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Amino Acids, Dextrose, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Mineral Salts, Potassium Aluminum Sulfate, Soy Peptone, Yeast Protein
Again, formaldehyde and alumimum
MMR: Amino Acid, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Chick Embryo Fibroblasts, Human Serum Albumin, Gelatin, Glutamate, Neomycin, Phosphate Buffers, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins
Glutamate – MSG, which is an excitotoxin and kills brain cells!!!
Some of the diseases we are vaccinated against are not much more harmful than the common flu virus that circulates around during cold and flu seasons annually, or the risks of developing a condition where death will occur is very rare:
This is a virulent virus, but it is not airborne. It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids. So unless you are a healthcare worker who might be exposed to the disease through physical contact, a drug user, or a prostitute, you probably don’t have to worry about contracting this disease. That I’m aware of, absolutely no infants fall into this category. Yet infants are injected often on their first day of life with this vaccine, and multiple boosters shortly thereafter.
Mumps and Measles
Generally considered to be innocuous childhood diseases, mumps and measles seldom cause complications and death is very rare. The incidence of measles went into steady decline from about the 1920s until the vaccine was developed in 1968, and if you look at this graph you can see how the incidence pretty much leveled out and stayed the same, even after the vaccination was developed. Measles symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, and a red blotchy skin rash.
Mumps symptoms include fever, malaise, pain and swelling (lumps) in localized areas such as jaw or glands in neck, groin, and testicular areas lasting 7 to 10 days in duration. The disease is airborne, but requires more contact as it is the least contagious. Swelling and lumps in the areas around the jaws are common, and can be painful.
In 95 percent of confirmed cases, the disease produces no symptoms at all. In the 4 to 8 percent of cases in which there are symptoms (referred to as symptomatic polio), the illness appears in three forms:
- a mild form called abortive polio (most people with this form of polio may not even suspect they have it because their sickness is limited to mild flu-like symptoms such as mild upper respiratory infection, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, and general malaise.
- a more serious form associated with aseptic meningitis called nonparalytic polio (1 to 5 percent display neurological symptoms such as sensitivity to light and neck stiffness)
- a severe, debilitating form called paralytic polio (this occurs in 0.1 to 2 percent of cases)
It’s true that when the polio vaccine was developed in the 50s, it was successful in mitigating the disease (although not completely). So the idea of vaccination is not necessarily bad. My objection is the way in which vaccinations are marketed to the public as though there is no alternative, the ingredients used are toxic and have been found to cause harm to people who are injected with them and still the medical community persists in using and defending these drugs, and the fact that nutrition and lifestyle are never offered as viable solutions to health problems and disorders by conventional medical rhetoric.
Many mainstream medical and health sources claim there is no evidence linking autism and other disorders to vaccines. However, there are various studies and reports available from reputable medical and scientific sources such as The New England Journal of Medicine and Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry. And there are multitudes of parents with sick children who report that their child wasn’t ill until receiving several vaccines in one day.
It’s also important to understand that although vaccines may not necessarily be a primary cause of autism and other disorders, they are now being considered by more medical experts as a tipping point from “normal” to “abnormal” physical and mental conditions. A child with abnormal gut flora and digestive condition exhibiting no consistent, outward signs of a disorder like autism can be catapulted into full-blown autism after being administered just one round of vaccinations.
There are an increasing number of parents who are becoming aware of the effects and consequences of vaccines, and as this movement becomes bigger and bigger, more research and empirical evidence of the effect these drugs have on health will come to light.
Please check back for Part II of Vaccinations: A Choice Or A Mandate? Tomorrow’s post will feature and discuss:
- An informative video from Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy’s resource web site for parents with children who have autism and related disorders
- My family’s personal experience with vaccines
- Informed consent
If you would like more information on becoming informed about vaccines and the effects they have on health, read this excellent post by Cara Faus from Health, Home, and Happiness: How We Researched Vaccines
Home First – Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, M.D., J.D., M.P.H. resource site for education and choices, and a great video discussing the absence of asthma, allergies, ADD, ADHD, or autism in 35,000+ un-vaccinated children.
Vaccine Information Center – Dr. Sherry Tenpenny, D.O. web site with resource information, education, and activism
Gary Null, Your Guide to Natural Living – Vaccination: An Analysis of the Health Risks
If you are a parent who has vaccinated, why did you choose to vaccinate and what are your experiences? Do you believe your decision to vaccinate has had any adverse effects on the health of your child?
If you are a parent who has chosen not to vaccinate, what made you decide not to vaccinate and how has that decision affected your child’s health?
Today’s other post is Studies: Junk Food Causing Birth Defects