Wednesday, April 30, 2014

India: Vaccines push measles to an older age.

Measles in older kids worries doctors

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Measles-in-older-kids-worries-doctors/articleshow/34347595.cms


PUNE: Doctors in the city have noticed a perceptible rise in measles cases reported in the last few days. But what is worrying them is the trend where the contagious viral disease, which is usually seen in toddlers, is being observed among school-going children in the age bracket of four to 10 years.

Though reasons for the surge in cases are not yet known, doctors attribute it to irregular vaccination and declining immunity.

"We see around six to seven cases of measles per week among children, mainly in the four to 10 years age group, which is quite unusual. Apart from irregular vaccination, the rise in cases is an indication of declining immunity level among children," said paediatrician Amruta Walimbe of Bharati Hospital. The hospital's paediatric out-patient-department offers medical check-ups and consultation to over 200 children every day.

"There has definitely been an upsurge in measles cases, which is a cause for worry. The health authorities looking after the universal immunisation programme should intervene. The focus should be to increase awareness and coverage of measles vaccination, including the use of measles-containing vaccines like MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) at the appropriate age," said paediatrician Sanjay Lalwani, medical director of Bharati Hospital.

Paediatrician Shishir Modak says that awareness about giving children a second dose of the measles vaccine is still very low among the Indian population.

"Irregular vaccination and declining immunity are the causes for measles being seen in children above four years of age. I see around three-four cases of measles in school-going children every week. The cases are definitely on the rise. The prevalence must be higher in children living in the city's peripheral areas," said Modak, a former president of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Pune chapter.

Paediatrician Rajan Joshi of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, too, sees cases of measles in school-going children.

"It is definitely strange and needs to be looked into urgently. A single dose measles vaccine followed by the MMR vaccine provides adequate protection against the disease. But it is often seen that parents miss the second dose of the vaccine."

Paediatrician Sharad Agarkhedkar says that measles in older children can cause severe illness and complications, including bronchopneumonia, encephalitis, flaring up of hidden tuberculosis and in some cases attacks of severe enteritis (loose motions).

"I see around three to four measles cases in school-going children every week. I have confirmed diagnosis of measles in girls as old as seven to 10 years old, which is quite unusual. Some of them have taken the single dose measles vaccine. All of them have missed out on the second dose," said Agarkhedkar, who is head of the paediatrics department at D Y Patil Medical College and Hospital.

Paediatrician Aarti Kinikar of B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital says that measles cases are seen round the year. "It is important to confirm the clinical diagnosis of measles as children tend to have similar symptoms in other viral infections as well," Kinikar said.

"Although children may get rash-like symptoms in other viral infections, the rash in a typical measles case appears on the fourth day of the illness. It shows on the hairline and progresses from head towards the toes. It disappears in the reverse manner by 'brawny desquamation' — a scaly rash. Cough in measles is very typical as well," Agarkhedkar said.

If one child in the group who is not immunised gets the virus, the disease can spread to other children. "This is the season of summer camps and there are possibilities of affected children in their initial stages spreading the infection to others," said a health official from the Pune Municipal Corporation.

State immunisation officer R M Kumbhar, however, said that immunisation coverage of measles has been very good in state. "The measles virus shifts to older age groups when there is optimum immunisation coverage. This is a known phenomenon. The promotion of immunisation in India has resulted in drastic reduction in morbidity and mortality," Kumbhar said.

According to the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, 80,000 Indian children under the age of five die each year due to measles and its complications, amounting to 4% of the under-five deaths.

Latest Pediatrics Meta-analysis shows GI issues in Autism

Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorder May Have Increased Rates of Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Children with autistic spectrum disorder experience gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain more often than other children. Image: JAMA, ©AMA
Children with autistic spectrum disorder experience gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain more often than other children. Image: JAMA, ©AMA
Rates of diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and general gastrointestinal concerns appear to be higher in children with autistic spectrum disorder compared with children without the disorder, according to a study released in Pediatrics today.
Gastrointestinal problems are frequently noted among children with autism spectrum disorder, the prevalence of which has increased substantially in recent years. Estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network indicate that among 8-year-old American children, about 1 in 68 have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
In the new study, researchers from Emory University in Atlanta performed a meta-analysis of 15 studies on autistic spectrum disorders and gastrointestinal symptoms from 1980 through 2012 and found that among a total pooled population of 2215 children, those with autism spectrum disorders had a greater than 3-fold prevalence of diarrhea and constipation, a greater than 2-fold prevalence of abdominal pain, and a greater than 5-fold prevalence of “general gastrointestinal concerns” compared with a control population. However, the study does not specify the actual rates of these symptoms in the autistic spectrum disorder versus control populations, and therefore it is unclear what the absolute magnitudes of these differences are, which may affect the clinical importance of these findings.
This is the first quantitative study to support the expert consensus released in 2010 based on qualitative observations that there was a link between autistic spectrum disorders and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Although these numbers may be useful for parents and pediatricians, the underlying reason for the increased rates of gastrointestinal symptoms remain unknown. The problem could be “functional;” that is, children with autistic spectrum disorders may have behaviors such as suboptimal eating and toileting habits, such as extreme food selectivity (often a preference for starches and snack foods and an aversion towards fruits and vegetables) or ineffective toileting routines. Alternatively, the problem could be “organic,” that is, related to biological factors. Preliminary research has provided some support for such biological factors as an altered population of intestinal microbes, altered patterns of intestinal contractions, or increased risks of gluten sensitivity, lactose intolerance, food allergies, or gastroesophageal reflux disease in children with autistic spectrum disorders.
The authors stated that this general topic of gastrointestinal disease in autistic spectrum disorder has been understudied—perhaps because the gastrointestinal system was implicated as part of a causal pathway in the disease in a highly controversial and now-retracted study published in 1998 that suggested a potential link between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. The bottom line, they wrote, is that “additional research is needed to elucidate the etiology, prevalence, topography, and remediation of gastrointestinal problems in autistic spectrum disorders.”

1976 study said, vaccines could trigger autism

A Vaccine Causing Autism Was First Reported in 1976 – [By 2013 US Autism Spectrum Disorder Rate: 1 in 50 Kids - About 1 in 25 Families]

Few know that the first vaccine linked to “autism” was the smallpox vaccine in a 1976 paper:
Abstract:
3-4 weeks following an otherwise uncomplicated first vaccination against smallpox a boy, then aged 15 months and last seen at the age of 5 1/2 years, gradually developed a complete Kanner syndrome. The question whether vaccination and early infantile autism might be connected is being discussed. A causal relationship is considered extremely unlikely. But vaccination is recognized as having a starter function for the onset of autism”.
Eggers C. [Autistic syndrome (Kanner) and vaccination against smallpox (author's transl)]. Klin Padiatr. 1976 Mar; 188(2): 172-180. [German]
That any vaccine can cause an autistic condition was confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control [CDC] and US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] in 2008: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines
So anyone who claims in one of the many ridiculous “skeptic” and other blog posts that this there is no evidence of any link and it is all attributable to Dr Andrew Wakefield and the MMR vaccine is at best wrong [and at worst something else quite different].

Monday, April 28, 2014

Vaccines more dangerous than drugs!

Study: Vaccines Cause Children More Adverse Reactions Than Any Other Drug



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A groundbreaking new drug safety study in Shanghai, China, provides some much needed information about the frequency of vaccine drug reactions among children.
Adverse drug reactions are a serious public health concern and one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. More than a half million children are treated every year for adverse drug reactions in US outpatient clinics and emergency rooms.

The Shanghai study, based on reported pediatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) for 2009, found that 42 percent were caused by vaccines, with reactions ranging from mild skin rashes to deadly reactions like anaphylaxis and death. Of all the drugs causing adverse reactions among children, vaccines are the most commonly reported.

This study is particularly significant because the vast majority of reports came from physicians, pharmacists, and other health care providers. Less than three percent of the reports were from consumers.
Another safety report about pediatric drug reactions was just published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and lists the top 15 drugs causing serious adverse reactions in children.
Psychiatric drugs and analgesics (especially ibuprofen) figure prominently in their top 15 list. The report also mentions psychological side effects such as aggression and suicidal ideation as frequent symptoms from 10 of the 15 most commonly reported drugs.

Drugs and Vaccines Are More Dangerous for the Very Young

Three major trends emerged in the Chinese drug reaction study:
  • Gender: Males (60 percent) were represented more than females (40 percent)
  • Age: Young children were more susceptible to harm; 65 percent of the adverse drug reactions were reported for children age 5 and under, and about 40 percent involved children aged 2 months to 2 years. The highest proportion of serious reports was for newborns (0 to 1 month). The ISMP and other researchers have confirmed that the number of adverse drug reactions is highest in the first year of life—so parents of newborns, beware!
  • Polypharmacy“: The more drugs a child is exposed to, the higher the proportion of serious reactions; drug-to-drug interactions (DDI) are increasingly problematic with today’s practice of “polypharmacy”(using two or more drugs together)
Vaccine reactions are very difficult to detect because often, multiple vaccines are given together, with synergistic toxicities and multiple adverse interactions occurring, which makes it hard to know what is causing what. Vaccine reactions are also notoriously underreported, as many physicians brush off symptoms as mere “coincidence,” denying they have anything to do with vaccination.
The Chinese researchers made the following statement about why they believe vaccines are causing so many adverse reactions:
“The ADR rate caused by vaccines is much higher than other drugs, and this may be related to the types and number of vaccinations being used in China, as the types of routine immunization vaccines in China reach up to 15 kinds, which is much higher than seven kinds in India and Vietnam, nine kinds in Thailand and 11 kinds in America, and most of the vaccines in China are attenuated live vaccines, which may bring a greater potential safety hazard.”

High Infant Mortality and High Infant Vaccine Rates—Are They Related?

The US has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developed world. Yet, American infants are given the greatest number of vaccines—26 doses of vaccines by the end of their first year. Can this really be a coincidence? If vaccines were doing a good job at safeguarding children’s health, the US should be enjoying extremely low infant mortality, shouldn’t it?
Acute adverse reactions that are actually reported are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more deleterious effects when you consider post-vaccination brain inflammation (encephalitis) and encephalopathy, immune dysfunction, paralysis, and other long-term health sequelae that have been causally related to both live attenuated virus and inactivated vaccines around the world, especially the types used in developing nations. The tragic results of this are poignantly illustrated in the featured study.
If your child’s immune system is not functioning properly, he or she may be more susceptible than the average child to suffering a serious vaccine reaction. The unfortunate part is, currently there are few ways to determine in advance whether or not your child has normal immune function or has other biological, genetic, or environmental risk factors that greatly increase individual susceptibility to suffering harm from vaccinations.
This means that an adverse vaccine reaction may be your first indication your child’s immune system is vulnerable to atypical manipulation by vaccines —and sadly, in some cases, the brain or immune system damage caused by vaccination is severe and permanent. According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, one of the most fundamental problems with today’s vaccine paradigm is that vaccine safety has not been studied—much less proven: “The current schedule has never been studied – not one vaccine in a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated design, let alone multiple delivered at once, or the entire long-term effects of 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6.”

The Government Gives Vaccine Manufacturers a Free Pass

In 1988, Congress passed a law shielding physicians and vaccine manufacturers from vaccine injury lawsuits. Prior to this law, most doctors were much more cautious about giving vaccines to children who had a prior adverse vaccine reaction—for fear of being sued.
For example, the whole cell pertussis vaccine in the DPT shot was notorious for causing seizures, high pitched screaming, and collapse shock due to brain inflammation. Prior to 1988, pediatricians were warned not to give the DPT to children who had a history of seizures in the first 72 hours following a DPT. But now that doctors and vaccine manufacturers are protected from lawsuits, vaccine reactions are regarded as “less significant,” even “coincidental”… of course, they’re NOT insignificant when it’s your child who is having one! The vaccine manufacturers and physicians are being taken care of… but who is protecting your child?

A Fundamentally Flawed Concept of Immunity

Vaccine manufacturers would like you to believe that the “immunity” you receive from vaccines is equal to or better than what is conferred through natural exposure to the infection, but this simply isn’t the case. There are important differences between naturally acquired immunity and temporary vaccine-induced antibody production. Vaccines are never 100 percent protective because they provide only artificial, temporary, typically inferior immunity compared to what your body would receive from natural exposure to a disease.
Immunity is a complicated process with many moving parts—immunological, neurological, and endocrinological—not the dumbed down version the pharmaceutical industry feeds to the public. The common reductionist notion that immunity involves nothing more than a simple antigen-antibody response is a gross oversimplification—not to mention the arrogance that, with a vaccine, they can improve on a biological process that Nature has been perfecting for thousands or even millions of years. Take measles, for example. According to Dr. Suzanne Humphries:
“Since most vaccines are delivered by injection, the mucous membranes are bypassed and thus blood antibodies are produced but not mucosal antibodies. Mucosal exposure is what contributes to the production of antibodies in the mammary gland. A child’s exposure to the virus while being breastfed by a naturally immune mother would lead to an asymptomatic infection that results in long-term immunity to that virus. Vaccinated mothers have lower levels of virus-specific antibodies in the serum and milk, compared to naturally immune mothers, and thus their infants are unprotected.”
Prior to the vaccine era, mothers were naturally immune to measles and passed on that immunity to their infants via placenta and breast milk. But vaccinated mothers cannot pass along vaccine-induced “immunity” because of the issue described above. As a result, infants whose mothers were born after 1963 are more susceptible to measles than are infants of older mothers. For a healthy child with normal immune function, measles is not a deadly disease—in fact, 30 percent of measles cases among the unvaccinated are missed because they are so mild.

It should also be noted that the recently reported pertussis (whooping cough) and mumps outbreaks have occurred predominantly among the vaccinated –and measles “outbreaks” have also involved vaccinated persons —invalidating claims that vaccinated people cannot get sick from or transmit infectious diseases. The fact that a lot of vaccinated people still get sick is a prime example of how getting vaccinated is not a “good health” guarantee. In fact, keeping your immune system healthy through good nutrition, exercise, reduction of stress, and limiting exposure to environmental toxins is a much better strategy for staying well and also for helping you to heal more quickly if you do get sick.

The Truth About Herd Immunity


One of the most commonly parroted sound bites in the vaccine debate is the term “herd immunity,” tossed around by vaccine advocates who don’t really understand the concept. They suggest that if 95 percent or more of the population can be made “immune” to an infectious disease via vaccination, the disease will be eradicated or controlled. Despite these claims, there is little proof that vaccines are responsible for eradicating diseases even when “herd immunity” vaccination levels are reached. Recent outbreaks of common diseases like measles are evidence of this.
Overvaccination not only exposes people to potentially dangerous adverse reactions, but it may damage the health of the greater community. Take varicella zoster (chickenpox), for example. According to Dr. Humphries:
“Prior to the universal varicella vaccination program, 95 percent of adults experienced natural chickenpox (usually as school aged children)—these cases were usually benign and resulted in long term immunity. This high percentage of individuals having long term immunity has been compromised by mass vaccination of children, which provides at best 70 to 90 percent immunity that is temporary and of unknown duration—shifting chickenpox to a more vulnerable adult population where chickenpox carries 20 times more risk of death and 15 times more risk of hospitalization compared to children. Add to this the adverse effects of both the chickenpox and shingles vaccines, as well as the potential for increased risk of shingles for an estimated 30 to 50 years among adults.”
A young child with active chickenpox, who comes into contact with an adult who had chickenpox as a child, is giving the adult a natural “booster” that will not cause symptoms but will strengthen the adult’s immunity to the disease. But since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine in 1995 in the US, followed by chickenpox vaccine mandates in the states, there are fewer natural boosters for the adult population. Now, there is a shingles (herpes zoster) epidemic among adults – and Merck is the sole producer of both chickenpox and shingles vaccine in the US!

Vaccines Invite New Strains to the Party

Vaccines are having the unintended effect of creating new strains and more virulent strains of disease, in a similar way as antibiotic overuse has led to antibiotic resistance. The B. pertussis organism that causes whooping cough has evolved to evade the DPT/DtaP vaccines that have been used worldwide since the early 1950s. A mutated B. pertussis strain has emerged and is associated with severe symptoms.

Sometimes, the pressure placed by vaccines on an organism causes non-vaccine strains to become more dominant. This is true of some of the more than 80 pneumococcal strains that are not contained in pneumococcal vaccines (Prevnar-7 and Prevnar-13), and have become prevalent since the vaccines were introduced in 2000. Some of these non-vaccine strains are now causing severe disease. This phenomenon is a direct result of the pressure on the organisms to adapt and survive.
The point is, even if vaccines were somehow miraculously able to eradicate all of our most dreaded infectious diseases, it’s only a matter of time before new versions will appear—and potentially with heightened virulence! Life has a way of finding a means to survive. And you will be less prepared to fight off these new invaders if your immune system is compromised, as it can be from vaccines. With that in mind, vaccination may very well be promoting infectious disease, rather than eliminating it.

If you are thinking there MUST be a better way to stay healthy than continuously adding new vaccines, you are right! There is no complicated recipe, no extensive protocols… just good basic lifestyle choices. Eat well, sleep well, exercise effectively and consistently, manage your stress, and avoid toxic exposures whenever possible. Making a few lifestyle adjustments will allow you to build your health naturally, including your resistance to illness. And of course, we can all benefit from the support and care of a good physician!

Finding an Enlightened Physician

If you are a parent, it’s up to you to find a doctor you can trust who will avoid administering vaccines in the face of previous vaccine reactions. Don’t be afraid to stand up for your right to protect your child. There are enlightened pediatricians who take a “precautionary approach” because they care about preventing adverse reactions, injuries, and deaths. It’s your health, your family, your choice.
Search until you find a compassionate and knowledgeable health care practitioner who will work with you to make the best decisions for you and your family. If you are the parent of a newborn, be extremely careful with all drugs and use them ONLY if absolutely necessary. As you have seen, infants are the most vulnerable. If you or your child experiences an adverse reaction to a drug or vaccine, please consult your physician immediately and report it to VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, and encourage your physician to do the same.

Protect Your Right to Informed Consent and Defend Vaccine Exemptions

 With all the uncertainty surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, it’s critical to protect your right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone in America stand up and fight to protect and expand vaccine informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws. The best way to do this is to get personally involved with your state legislators and educating the leaders in your community.
Republished with permission from Mercola.com. Read the original
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Guide to Vaccine Ingredients

Vaccine Ingredients — A Comprehensive Guide
By: Megan Pond

http://vaxtruth.org/2011/08/vaccine-ingredients/

Aluminum:

This can also be found on Dr. Sears’ website - Dr. Robert Sears has become famous for his countless hours of research dedicated to vaccines.  He is well known for his book: “The Vaccine Book.”
Aluminum is present in many things around us.  It’s in food, air, water, and soil and is said to be harmless when swallowed because it doesn’t absorb into the body when consumed.  Aluminum is put into vaccines as an adjuvant to help them “work better” or to “enhance” them.  So what is the concern about injecting aluminum into the blood stream?
According to the FDA:
“Aluminum may reach toxic levels with prolonged parenteral administration [this means injected into the body] if kidney function is impaired . . . Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates [babies], who received parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day, accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity [for a tiny newborn, this toxic dose would be 10 to 20 micrograms, and for an adult it would be about 350 micrograms]. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration.” [Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Document NDA 19-626/S-019, Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for Dextrose Injections.]
And also:
 ”Aluminum content in parenteral drug products could result in a toxic accumulation of aluminum in individuals receiving TPN therapy. Research indicates that neonates [newborns] and patient populations with impaired kidney function may be at high risk of exposure to unsafe amounts of aluminum. Studies show that aluminum may accumulate in the bone, urine, and plasma of infants receiving TPN. Many drug products used in parenteral therapy [injections] may contain levels of aluminum sufficiently high to cause clinical manifestations [symptoms] . . . parenteral aluminum bypasses the protective mechanism of the GI tract and aluminum circulates and is deposited in human tissues. Aluminum toxicity is difficult to identify in infants because few reliable techniques are available to evaluate bone metabolism in . . . infants . . . Although aluminum toxicity is not commonly detected clinically, it can be serious in selected patient populations, such as neonates [newborns], and may be more common than is recognized.” [Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Document 02N-0496, Aluminum in Large and Small Volume Parenterals Used in Total Parenteral Nutrition. Available online at:  http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/98fr/oc0367.pdf]
So basically from those documents we learn that if a premature baby receives more than 10 mcg of aluminum in an IV, it can accumulate in their bones and brain, and can be toxic.
The FDA maximum requirements for aluminum received in an IV is 25 mcg per day. The suggested aluminum per kg of weight to give to a person is up to 5mcg. (so a 5 pounds baby should get no more than 11mcg of aluminum.)  Anything that has more than 25 mcg of aluminum is *supposed* to have a label that says:
WARNING: This product contains aluminum that may be toxic. Aluminum may reach toxic levels with prolonged parenteral administration if kidney function is impaired. Premature neonates are particularly at risk because their kidneys are immature, and they require large amounts of calcium and phosphate solutions, which contain aluminum.
Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates, who receive parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5 [micro]g/kg/day accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration.  [http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=201.323]
– Vaccines, for some reason, are not required to have this label and also are not required to follow the maximum dosage of 25 mcg.
So doing some math — the following are examples of weight with their corresponding maximum levels of aluminum, per the FDA:
8 pound, healthy baby: 18.16 mcg of aluminum
15 pound, healthy baby:  34.05 mcg of aluminum
30 pound, healthy toddler:  68.1 mcg of aluminum
50 pound, healthy child: 113 mcg of aluminum
150 pound adult: 340.5 mcg of aluminum
350 pound adult: 794.5 mcg of aluminum
So how much aluminum is in the vaccines that are routinely given to children?
  • Hib (PedVaxHib brand only) – 225 mcg per shot
  • Hepatitis B – 250 mcg
  • DTaP – depending on the manufacturer, ranges from 170 to 625 mcg
  • Pneumococcus – 125 mcg
  • Hepatitis A – 250 mcg
  • HPV – 225 mcg
  • Pentacel (DTaP, HIB and Polio combo vaccine) – 330 mcg
  • Pediarix (DTaP, Hep B and Polio combo vaccine) – 850 mcg
At birth, most children are given the hepatitis B vaccination.  The amount of aluminum in the Hepatitis B vaccine alone is almost 14 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF ALUMINUM THAT IS FDA-APPROVED.
At well-child check-ups, it’s common for 2 month, 4 month, 6 month etc., appointments to include up to 8 vaccinations that add up to more than 1,000 mcg of aluminum.  Look at the chart above and notice that that amount isn’t even safe for a 350 pound adult.  And many children get up to 8 vaccinations a visit several times a year!
According to the FDA and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), what happens if a child receives more than the maximum required dose of aluminum?
  • Aluminum builds up in the bones and brain and can be toxic.
  • Aluminum can cause neurological harm.
  • Aluminum overdose can be fatal in patients with weak kidney’s or kidney disorders or in premature babies. (How many children are tested to see if their kidney’s are functioning properly before they are vaccinated?  Could this also be why the Hepatitis B shot, given to infants at birth, has been linked to SIDS? Neonatal Deaths After Hep B vaccination.)
[Aluminum Toxicity in Infants and Children, Committee on Nutrition,American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics Volume 97, Number 3 March, 1996, pp. 413-416]

Amino Acids and Proteins (Albumin is also a type of protein):

What are amino acids?  Put simply, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins in our bodies and they make up over 3/4 of the human body. There are 20 amino acids found naturally in the body and 8 that are considered “essential” for humans because our bodies cannot create them naturally, and therefore must be taken into our bodies by diet.  (This becomes a *great* selling point for certain diets or food products).
So injecting amino acids into the body by way of vaccination is good, yes? Wrong.
  • Vaccines are called antigens — “A toxin or other foreign substance that induces an immune response in the body, especially the production of antibodies.”  Antigens are made from foreign proteins.  These foreign proteins are produced from animals (like cows, monkey’s and chickens) and also humans (human cells from aborted fetuses.)
  • Foreign proteins (in order to be beneficial to the body) need to first be digested in the GI tract.  Protein is broken down into amino acids during the digestion process.
“When we eat protein it is broken down into its constituent amino acids…if a foreign animal protein makes it into our bloodstream without having being broken down this can set up an autoimmune type response…By injecting things never meant to be in the body we are not only bypassing body defenses but wrongly activating other defenses.”  — Dr. Robyn Crosford
So what’s the outcome if you inject amino acids and/or foreign animal and human protein into the body instead of first digesting the proteins to make amino acids naturally?
  • Auto-immune disorders like Addison’s disease, celiac disease – sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy), dermatomyositis, Graves disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, pernicious anemia, reactive arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, type I diabetes etc.
  • Food allergies or food sensitivities associated with eggs, gluten, peanuts, milk, etc. 

Formaldehyde (or Formalin):

I personally became aware of what formaldehyde is most commonly used for by our local mortician several years ago.  After my son died, we met with the funeral directors to begin planning our son’s funeral.  During our grief-ridden conversations, we came to the conclusion that we needed to wait a week to have the funeral.  My father-in-law had graciously offered to make his casket from scratch, and that takes time (the project ended up including all of my brother’s-in-laws and sister’s-in-law, my dad, my brother,  my mom, and my mother-in-law).  Knowing the time constraints from death to burial, (or at least what I thought I knew) I thought this might be an issue.  The funeral director (also the head mortician) assured us it would not be a problem because the formalin used in the embalming process would preserve his precious little body so that we wouldn’t need to worry about the concern of waiting a week.  “What’s Formalin?” I asked? “Formaldehyde,” he answered.  When I learned that Formaldehyde was an ingredient in vaccines, it made me a little sick to my stomach.
Formalin is an aqueous, or watery, form of Formaldehyde.
  • Formaldehyde is toxic and is known to cause cancer.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a human carcinogen  [International Agency for Research on Cancer (June 2004). IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Volume 88 (2006): Formaldehyde, 2-Butoxyethanol and 1-tert-Butoxypropan-2-ol. Retrieved June 10, 2011, from:http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Monographs/vol88/index.php].
  •  In 2011, the National Toxicology Program, an interagency program of the Department of Health and Human Services, named formaldehyde as a known human       carcinogen in its 12th Report on Carcinogens [National Toxicology Program (June 2011). Report on Carcinogens, Twelfth Edition. Department of Health and Human   Services, Public Health Service, National Toxicology Program. Retrieved June 10, 2011, from: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/roc12]. 
According to the National Research Council:
Fewer than 20% but perhaps more than 10% of the general population may be susceptible to formaldehyde allergies and may react acutely at any exposure level.
Formaldehyde is oxidised to formic acid which leads to acidosis and nerve damage. Acidosis can be described as a condition in which the acidity of the body tissues and fluids is abnormally high. The liver and the kidneys may also be damaged.
Other known side effects from exposure to formaldehyde:
  • Alters tissue proteins
  • anaemia
  • antibodies formation
  • apathy
  • blood in urine
  • body aches
  • cardiac impairment
  • palpitations and arrhythmias
  • central nervous system depression
  • changes in higher cognitive functions
  • chest pains and tightness
  • colds
  • coma
  • constipation
  • convulsions
  • death
  • destruction of red blood cells
  • depression
  • diarrhoea
  • difficulty concentrating
  • disorientation
  • dizziness
  • ear aches
  • eczema
  • emotional upsets
  • fatigue
  • foetal asphyxiation [SIDS, perhaps?]
  • flu-like or cold like illness
  • UTI
  • gastritis
  • gastrointestinal inflammation
  • headaches
  • hyperactivity
  • hypomenstrual syndrome
  • immune system sensitiser
  • impaired (short) attention span
  • inability to recall words and names
  • inconsistent IQ profiles
  • asthma
  • irritability
  • jaundice
  • retarded speech pattern
  • schizophrenic-type symptoms
  • sensitivity to sound
[Chronic Exposure and Human Health] Keep in mind that chronic exposure –from the source — means “exposed several times”.

Benzethonium Chloride

Benzethonium Chloride (referred to as “BC”) is an anti-microbial agent used as a preservative in some vaccines.  There has been no testing done on humans to find out information regarding the injection of BC into the blood stream.  I have been searching for over a year with no luck in finding any such information.  What has been documented about BC under the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) under section 11 is that it is toxic when inhaled or ingested and is also hazardous to human skin.  Based on animal testing, it may cause mutations in genetic information and also be carcinogenic (cause cancer).
The known side effects of ingesting BC are (according to it’s MSDS):
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Respiratory depression
  • Central Nervous System Depression
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Urinary system reaction
Raise your hand if you agree BC should be tested more thoroughly.  After all, we are injecting our children with this.

Glutaraldehyde

Glutaraldehyde is an organic compound that is used to disinfect medical and dental equipment.  In vaccines it is used as a chemical preservative.  There have been several studies done on Glutaraldehyde and it has been found that exposure to it can cause:
  • Asthma
  • Allergic reactions (up to 10% of up people can be allergic to Glutaraldehyde.)
  • Induced respiratory issues
  • diarrhea
Sources:  ”Glutaraldehyde-induced and formaldehyde-induced allergic contact dermatitis” SCOTT M. RAVIS, M.D., MATTHEW P. SHAFFER, M.D., CHRISTY L. SHAFFER, M.D., SEENA DEHKHAGHANI, M.D. and DONALD V. BELSITO, M.D.; “Glutaraldehyde-induced asthma.” Quirce SGómez MBombín CSastre J. 1999 Oct;54(10):1121-2.; Genetic toxicity and carcinogenicity studies of glutaraldehyde–a review. Zeiger E, Gollapudi B, Spencer P.  Mutat Res. 2005 Mar;589(2):136-51; Divergent immunological responses following glutaraldehyde exposure.  Azadi S, Klink KJ, Meade BJ.  Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2004 May 15;197(1):1-8.

MRC-5, DNA, MRC-5 Cellular Protein, Human Serum Albumin (4 different ingredients)

All of these derive from either human tissue or human blood.
MRC-5, MRC-5 Cellular Protein 
To explain MRC-5, let’s look at a brief history before MRC-5 came about.  In 1964, during an outbreak of Rubella, some doctors urged women who had been exposed to the Rubella virus to abort their pregnancy.  (Why?  Rubella is an extremely mild virus [see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002541/].  Most people don’t show any symptoms, especially children, some may get a rash all over their body.  Rubella becomes dangerous when a pregnant woman is exposed to the virus because it has the potential to cause severe abnormalities in the child.) From one of these aborted children that had been exposed to Rubella Virus, doctors developed a virus strain that became known as RA/27/3 — Rubella; Abortus; 27th aborted fetus; 3rd tissue explant.  In other words, it took 26 aborted infants to get the right strain.  The virus was then cultivated on the lung tissue of another aborted child, and this child became known as WI-38 — Winster Institute 38).  WI -38 was an infant girl at 3 months gestation.  What makes this seem somewhat ridiculous is that the Japanese, years before the first aborted infant was used to extract the Rubella virus, proved that the virus can be taken from a *living* child simply by swabbing their throat.
In the 1970′s, a second human cell line was created from an infant boy at 14 weeks gestation and became known as MRC-5.
WI-38 and MRC-5 have become the most used cell lines to make vaccinations.  Labs currently use these 2 cell lines, as well as new sources (a.k.a new aborted infants) to create new vaccines.
The use of tissue from aborted infants has caused heated debate because it is ethically questionable.  Pro-life groups, which include many churches and parents whose morals condemn profiting from aborted infants, continue to fight the pharmaceutical companies to produce vaccines that do not contain this tissue.  And the thing is, it’s possible. Vaccines can be made from other sources.
DNA
DNA is harvested from aborted infants.  It is used as adjuvant in vaccines.  In vaccines, 100,000,000 bits and strands of human dna are allowed per dose.  Again, we encounter the issue of the ethical dilemma for this issue.
Human Serum Albumin
Human Serum Albumin is a stabilizing protein made from human blood donated by screened donors.  We already discussed above why injecting a protein directly into the body is dangerous.
With that aside, let’s look at the points we reach regarding these 4 different ingredients:
We have human DNA, human cell lines from aborted infants, and protein from human blood in 23 of our vaccines.  When we need a blood transfusion, or a blood donation of some kind, what is absolutely required?  A match, correct?  For example, if a person with type O blood receives type A+ blood, the outcome is fatal.  There are rules of science that cannot be crossed regarding DNA and blood.  It is imperative to be tested when receiving any type of tissue or blood to ensure that a fatal blood or tissue type isn’t put into your body.  So may I ask: How many of you or your children were given a blood test before receiving vaccinations?  We all know the answer to that.  It doesn’t happen. The outcome to mixing and NOT matching human blood and tissue with other humans can be virtually disastrous.  Remember that every one of those 4 ingredients have human DNA in them.  Even after the protein is extracted from human blood, DNA remains.
There was a recent study done by Dr. Helen Ratajczak called “Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes–A review.” In this study, Dr. Ratajczak studied the problems associated with injecting human tissue into another person.  Please see the CBS report  on this study.  In this CBS report it says:
Ratajczak also looks at a factor that hasn’t been widely discussed: human DNA contained in vaccines. That’s right, human DNA. Ratajczak reports that about the same time vaccine makers took most thimerosal out of most vaccines (with the exception of flu shots which still widely contain thimerosal), they began making some vaccines using human tissue. Ratajczak says human tissue is currently used in 23 vaccines. She discusses the increase in autism incidences corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked. Ratajczak also says an additional increased spike in autism occurred in 1995 when chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue.
Why could human DNA potentially cause brain damage? The way Ratajczak explained it to me: “Because it’s human DNA and recipients are humans, there’s homologous recombinaltion tiniker. That DNA is incorporated into the host DNA. Now it’s changed, altered self and body kills it. Where is this most expressed? The neurons of the brain. Now you have body killing the brain cells and it’s an ongoing inflammation. It doesn’t stop, it continues through the life of that individual.”

Thimerosal

Thimerosal is a compound made up of approximately 50% mercury.  Mercury is the second most poisonous element known to man (next to uranium and its derivatives.) When someone says, “MERCURY!” we immediately think of the news stories about the child at school who broke a thermometer in biology class and the HAZ-MAT team was called in and all the students were in peril.  Did you know they make that big of a deal (meaning bringing in the HAZ-MAT crew) for less mercury than what is contained in 1 vaccine [http://www.epa.gov/mercury/spills/index.htm]?  Thimerosal is used as a preservative in vaccines to help prevent bacteria growth in multi-use vaccines.  It is also used in the creation process of a vaccine, and then through a purification process it is “removed” and only “trace” amounts are left.  First, I urge you to read this article: Is There Thimerosal in the Flu Vaccine?
Next, let’s discuss what “trace amounts” means.  (If you notice in the document above next to many of the “Thimerosal”‘s, there is an asterisk next to it.  The asterisk notates that “ *Where “thimerosal” is marked with an asterisk (*) it indicates that the product should be considered equivalent to thimerosal-free products.”)
Before we move on, a little story — I was at the grocery store a little while ago looking at a large bag of “Stevia” — the new fad in no-calorie sweeteners.  I was reading the back of the bag and I came to a little spot at the bottom that said “Each serving contains less than 2 calories which the FDA considers dietetically zero.”  What?! That doesn’t even make sense! If something is said to be “calorie-free”, it should be calorie-free, right?? If something has calories in it, it has calories in it.  You cannot place some carrots on the counter and tell me there are no carrots on the counter.  A serving size of Stevia is 1tsp, so let’s assume that 1 tsp contains 1.9 calories.  Remember, we have to assume because we DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW.  It’s the FDA that says the calories in Stevia don’t exist, but just for the mere fact that there is this disclaimer on the bag lets us know that there are, in fact, carrots on the counter… er, I mean calories in the bag.  But going back, we’re going to say there are 1.9 calories per serving.  Using Stevia is “cup for cup.” In other words, you use the same amount of Stevia as you would regular sugar.  So, I’m going to make some fantabulous “low-calorie” chocolate chip cookies with my “no-calorie” Stevia.  I’m on a strict diet, so all I need to add up to find out how many calories are in my batch of cookies are all of my ingredients EXCEPT sugar, right?  But wait… I’m adding 2 cups of Stevia into my batch of cookies.  There are 48 teaspoons in a cup, which means I’m adding 96 teaspoons of Stevia — which also would equate to 182.4 EXTRA calories.  There’s no argument that it has greatly reduced the number of calories in my batch of cookies versus using conventional sugar, but the fact remains: NO-CALORIE IS NOT NO-CALORIE.
So the fact that those vaccines containing thimerosal with an asterisk beside it virtually says the same thing and is extremely misleading.  They should be “considered equivalent to thimerosal-free products” gives the illusion that there is no thimerosal in vaccines, or at least not enough to have to worry about.  But remember, if I eat 8 batches of my cookies that are supposed to be low calorie because of my “calorie-free” Stevia, I’m actually consuming  1,459.2 calories that the FDA says aren’t really there.  This can be applied to vaccines as well.  Many “well-child” check-ups include up to 8 vaccines in one sitting.
So how much does “trace” mean?  According to the CDC, it says less than or equal to 0.3mcg per dose.  Sailhome.org does a nice job of putting this into perspective:
2 ppb mercury is the mandated limit in drinking water 
• 200 ppb mercury in liquid waste renders it a toxic hazard 
• 25,000 ppb is found in infant flu shots 
• 50,000 ppb is found in regular flu shots — recommended for children, pregnant women, the elderly…
Also the math on how many ppb in a “thimerosal free” vaccine:
0.3 mcg / 0.5mL =
0.3 mcg / .0005L =
…3,000 mcg / 5L =
600 mcg / L
1 mg/KG = 1 PPM (formal definition of PPM)
1 L = 1 KG (density of water or saline solution)
1 mcg/L = 1 PPB (because 1 KG and 1 L of water are equivalent)
THEREFORE:
600 mcg / L =
600 ppb Thimerosal in the “thimerosal-free” vaccine
Flu vaccine has “only” 25 mcg Thimerosal. The shot is 0.5mL. Let’s do some math:
25 mcg / 0.5mL =
25 mcg / .0005L =
250,000 mcg / 5L =
50,000 mcg / L
1 mcg / L = 1 ppb, therefore
The shot has 50,000 ppb of Thimerosal
Remember that 2 ppb mercury is the mandated limit in drinking water and normally 200 ppb would label something a toxic hazard.
After we find all of this information out, we have to ask ourselves: Why is mercury dangerous?? 
A Research Video from the University of Calgary
***Notice that mercury doesn’t only stunt neurological growth, it actually reverses it, or destroys it.

Yeast Extract/MSG

Yeast extract is a common name used for various forms of processed yeast.  Many people have yeast allergies, and vaccines can induce an anaphylactic response after being vaccinated due to the yeast.
Aside from that, ALL yeast extract contains MSG. Many people have either an allergy or a sensitivity to MSG (I am one of them).  MSG has been known to cause:
  • Migraine headaches
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Anaphylactic reaction

 Egg Protein

We already discussed under Amino Acids why injecting protein directly into the body is harmful.  Aside from that, individuals allergic to eggs can have a serious reaction to vaccines that contain egg protein.  What’s interesting is that many parents don’t know that vaccines contain egg products, and doctor’s virtually never reveal that information (if they are actually aware themselves), even if they know that vaccines contain egg products.  When a child with an egg allergy has a reaction to a vaccine, doctor’s often deny the fact that it’s even a *possibility* that the vaccine caused the reaction.

Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide (CTMB)

Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide is a cationic surfactant.  It’s used for many things, including acting as a buffer solution for extracting DNA.  According to it’s Safety Data Sheet we find out several things:
  • CTMB is labeled as “Hazardous”
  • It is a skin irritant
  • It is a serious eye irritant
  • It is hazardous if inhaled
  • It is harmful if swallowed
  • It may cause respiratory irritation
  • It is dangerous to the environment
  • It is very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects
  • It is flammable
In almost all cases of any kind of contact with CTMB, it advises to contact a medical professional and it advises that CTMB should never touch any part of the human body.  It also gives precautionary information and equipment to use/wear during handling CTMB. Under section 8 Exposure Controls/personal protection, it advises to:
Keep away from foodstuffs, beverages and feed.
Immediately remove all soiled and contaminated clothing
Wash hands before breaks and at the end of work.
Avoid contact with the eyes and skin.
This sounds like some pretty serious stuff, and millions of children and adults are getting this injected into their bodies
In the “general information” for CTMB,  it explains that “Symptoms of poisoning may even occur after several hours” and the patient should be observed for up to 48 hours after coming into contact with it.  (How many children have a reaction to a vaccine that isn’t immediate or even on the first day?  Hundreds. And yet if the reaction isn’t immediate, medical professional dismiss the possibility of a vaccine reaction even faster.)

2-Phenoxyethanol

2-Phenoxyethoanol is used as an antibacterial agent in vaccines.  According to the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet), we find that it is toxic if swallowed, inhaled, absorbed through the skin, it is a severe skin and eye irritant, and it may cause reproductive defects [http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9926486].  According to the EPA data sheets, it has shown to cause chromosomal changes and genetic mutations in tests, as well as testicular atrophy and interference with reproductivity in mice [http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/glycol2000.pdf].
The known side effects of 2-Phenoxyethanol exposure are:
  • Headache
  • Shock
  • Convulsions
  • Weakness
  • Kidney damage
  • Cardiac failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Death


Most people who vaccinate their children are not made aware what ingredients are contained in vaccines — and even if they’re told, they may not fully understand what that particular ingredient is or what it means.  This list is to help those individuals better understand what they are injecting into the bodies of their loved ones. 

What prompted me to put this together was the staggering number of people that report adverse reactions to vaccines.  This is what, at first, got me interested in knowing WHY so many children experience many of the same reactions to vaccines.  What I found was that many of the adverse reactions fit into many of the side effects of many ingredients contained in vaccines.  Please educate before you vaccinate!  Don’t wait for something bad to happen before you begin researching vaccines.   

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Angry Mom's Response to Vaccine Hate Debate

The Hate Debate

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I am sick of it – this vaccination debate. My convictions not to vaccinate have been firm for six years now and I was comfortable living a low-profile life and letting other more notable vaccine advocates carry the torch; and then I started seeing misleading t.v. interviews, news stories, and backlash against parents and unvaccinated children. I saw reputable medical professionals get crucified and reputations destroyed for questioning the mainstream norm. I saw laws passed in other states removing freedoms that rightfully belong to parents and individuals as a whole. I saw fear, blame, finger-pointing, lies, and flat out hate being propagated and encouraged by people, physicians, and popular media avenues towards parents who don’t vaccinate, and their children.
This isn’t a vaccination debate, it’s a hate debate, so let’s call it what it is. And when it got personal, I got involved. Most importantly, I felt the need to clear a few things up:
I am not an “anti-vaxxer” or a “disinformation activist.”
I am a parent. Some people believe that parents can’t make an educated decision on this issue, that you should check all of your questions and reservations about vaccinating at the door and trust your physician, that is unless your physician also questions vaccines (or supports a delayed schedule), then he’s a quack.
Despite what you have been told, it takes no credentials, no formal education, and no “M.D” behind your name to take an educated stance on this issue – it only takes a brain…and everybody’s got one. Of course, if you decide not to vaccinate you’ll be harassed and told to pull your child out of public school. Funny how we do have the credentials to educate our children but don’t have the credentials to make an informed decision about vaccines. So put your credentials away, you didn’t need them to have a baby, and you don’t need them to raise one either.
All medical professionals who do not support vaccines are “quacks, hucksters or bold face liars.” This argument might have carried some weight when only one physician spoke out against vaccines; but today, there are so many that its conveniently suspicious that every single time a physician comes out in support of not vaccinating or recommends a delayed schedule they get attacked, discredited, and demoted to “quack status.” I’m sorry but these physicians sat through the same classes. They passed their licensing boards like all of the other doctors, many have the prestigious “M.D” behind their names too, but because they read the research and came to a different conclusion and had the guts to say so, they’re stance is somehow less credible?
Attacking these physicians (whether they are an MD, DO, ND, or DC) is a bad idea. It makes one look like a bully and nobody likes a bully – not on the playground and not in the grown-up world either.
Speaking of bullies, stop showing us pictures of sick children, telling us that there’s no link between MMR and autism, or telling us dramatic narratives of an “infant who almost died of measles.” According to a recent study published in theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics, these messages illicit a “backfire effect” that only strengthens our deepest convictions – which to be honest, are based on a whole lot more than the autism debate. Is anyone else offended that a study was done where these misleading and one-sided messages were propagated among 1759 people to see if it would convince them to vaccinate? Is anyone else offended that these same tactics are still being used on us?
I don’t call this the “backfire effect,” I call this the bully effect. If we’re going to have to view pictures of sick children, please include pictures of children who have suffered from vaccine injuries and death and children who got a “vaccine preventable disease” from being vaccinated.
Thanks, whether or not we vaccinate is now part of the “Mommy Wars.”
As if mothers didn’t have enough things to be divided over, you’ve made it so that wherever we go be it daycares, schools, or playgroups we are ridiculed, judged, shunned, and our children as a whole are blamed for the re-emergence of diseases that never left and for spreading diseases they’ve never had. You made this a “Mommy War” issue when you somehow insinuated that a woman isn’t a good mother unless she vaccinates her child. You made this a mommy issue when I had to kneel down and explain to my three-year-old child why she was being discriminated against. You made this a mommy issue when you supported and promoted the following hateful belief system:
“[On the topic of vaccines.] We owe it to our children–all of our children–to speak out against this dangerous and misguided parenting choice before more are infected with horrifying diseases that were extinguished decades ago. Choosing not to vaccinate is not yet another anodyne trend in personal parenting. It’s not a quirk; it’s a menace—and a growing one at that.” – Bethany via the Federalist Papers
You know what makes a good mother, one who actually educates herself, questions what is put into her child’s body and makes an informed decision (whether she chooses to vaccinate or not). Call me a menace, call me a misguided parent, and blame me for spreading “horrifying diseases” that are actually neither horrifying nor extinguished. If it makes you feel better to fuel fire and spread hate then by all means proceed, as it doesn’t make your side of the movement look very good. I will neither hate nor discriminate against a mother’s decision on the issue of vaccination. No, I will not be part of the hate debate.
In our society we’re taught, told, and sometimes forced to be tolerant of other religions, races, and minority groups, people of different sexual orientations, women in the work place, and of a woman’s right to choose. We advocate bullying campaigns in schools to teach our children to respect others, but in the area of the hate debate, the voice of tolerance gets shoved aside.
In the last few weeks I have seen articles blaming “anti-vaxxers for measles outbreaks,”referring to us as loonies who have brought measles back from the brink of eradication (of course we’ll pretend that measles didn’t hit an all-time high of 222 cases in 2011 and that their weren’t 54 cases in 2012, and 189 cases in 2013).
An NY Times op ed piece suggested that vaccine exemptions should be eliminated. A post on a Harvard blog last year suggested parents who choose not to vaccinate should be sued and held criminally liable for an outbreak traced back to their unvaccinated child…which is funny because I hear no one recommending the same for an outbreak traced back to a vaccinated child.
In a “TIME” op ed piece we were labeled misinformed, spoiled, and peddlers of “junk science.” Article after article insinuates hate, fear mongering, and inaccurate propaganda that encourages intolerance towards individuals and parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. And what’s being recommended by vaccine advocacy groups is nothing short of discrimination and segregation:
We’re told that our vaccine exemptions should be curtailed, that they should be removed, that we should be forced to home school and prohibited from public schools and day cares. What’s next…will my children have to wear a patch on their clothing to delineate their vaccine status?
We all preach tolerance until there’s an opposing view. I for one will teach my children that despite what others may think of them, they are to neither discriminate nor disrespect another human being on the basis of one’s vaccination status.
“Vaccine preventable” diseases aren’t making a comeback, they never left.In a TIME article the unvaccinated were blamed for “4 Diseases Making a Comeback.” Funny how we’re blamed for the outbreaks of diseases that never left. According to the CDC there were 222 cases of measles in 2011 (35-56% of which occurred in the vaccinated population), 54 in 2012, and 189 in 2013. As of April 10, 2014 there have only been 108 confirmed cases of measles. According to the CDC, measles isn’t a “deadly disease” it is “an illness characterized by a generalized rash lasting ≥3 days, a temperature of ≥101°F [≥38.3°C], and cough, coryza, or conjunctivitis.”  
And what about mumps? In 2006, there were over 6,500 reported cases of mumps. In 2007-2008 there were a few hundred cases reported. In 2009 there were over 3,500 cases of mumps and from 2011-2013 levels returned to the “normal” few hundred cases reported. Between January 1 through April 4th, 164 cases of mumps were reported. Seriously…only 164? I don’t know about you but it’s looking like a pretty good year so far.
The CDC states on its website that one dose of MMR is only 78% effective at preventing mumps and that “outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated U.S. communities, particularly in close-contact settings.” My favorite part? “Almost all people with mumps fully recover after a few weeks.” Please, tell me again how deadly mumps is and why my unvaccinated child is to blame for the comeback of a disease that never left?
And yet, we’re also to blame for the whooping cough outbreaks occurring in almost exclusively vaccinated populations who were vaccinated with an ineffective vaccine that makes one an asymptomatic reservoir for disease. According to the CDC“the number of reported pertussis cases has been steadily increasing since the 1980s.” According to the New England Journal of Medicine, even after five doses of Dtap a person’s chance of acquiring pertussis increases 42% per year. Why didn’t I see this on the news? So do we have an ineffective vaccine that’s actually causing outbreaks or is it the unvaccinated child that is making all the vaccinated children sick? I personally think we should make sure before we start pointing the finger. Then again I’m not a fan of the hate in this debate so maybe we should stop pointing the finger at children and start asking questions. 
And finally, there’s chicken pox. Chicken pox is a very benign childhood disease that affected approximately 4 million people per year and had a death rate of 0.4% before vaccine licensure. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that even with the vaccine, 10 percent of vaccinated children contracted the disease anyway. 
I’m so glad everyone has discovered that the whole “your unvaccinated kid is a risk to my vaccinated kid” is an extremely flawed argument if one believe vaccines actually work, but now we’re being blamed for putting those who can’t be vaccinated at risk?
“Recently a 4-year-old girl with leukemia died from chickenpox. People with compromised immune systems have a greater risk of severe complications from chickenpox and may not be able to get the chickenpox vaccine. That’s why it’s important that these people be protected by herd immunity […].”
This was on the CDC’s website and is the typical propaganda being peddled around and used by others to emotionally manipulate, pressure, and guilt people into getting vaccinated.
I personally have a lot of issues with this type of propaganda. Death and sickness are horrible, especially when it comes to children; but we forget that children with severely compromised immune systems (as with the case of leukemia) can’t be around any sick child. Yes, my unvaccinated child could have a virus and be asymptomatic but the same applies to a vaccinated child. A child vaccinated for pertussis could be an asymptomatic carrier for the disease. A person vaccinated with MMR could have the vaccine-strain measles virus. A person vaccinated for chicken pox could shed the varicella virus and cause outbreaks.  Save the last few years (when vaccines became above reproach), it was common course to recommend that a cancer patient avoid all contact with recently vaccinated children because of the propensity of live vaccine viruses to shed.
The chicken pox vaccine is a live virus vaccine that not only sheds but could cause chicken pox in a vaccinated individual – even if it’s a less severe case with only a few marks, this could be deadly to someone with leukemia. So who exactly is the risk here?
If you read the CDC’s “Summary of Principles for Vaccinating Immunocompromised Persons” you’ll find the following:
“Killed or inactivated vaccines do not represent a danger to immunocompromised persons and generally should be administered as recommended for healthy persons. For specific immunocompromising conditions [...] additional vaccines, [...] are recommended for them […] and higher doses or more frequent boosters may be required [...].”
So let me get this straight, we’re being told that our unvaccinated children are a risk to the immunocompromised when the CDC states that inactive vaccines aren’t a danger AND that the immunocompromised should get vaccinated with higher doses and more frequent boosters than the rest of the population? What about Dtap/Tdap, influenza, pneumococcal, hep b, meningococcal, and other vaccines?
“For children who are severely immunocompromised or who are infected with HIV, DTP [Tdap, Dtap] vaccine is indicated in the same schedule and dose as for immunocompetent children [...].”
“Because influenza may result in serious illness and complications for immunocompromised persons, vaccination is recommended.
“Pneumococcal vaccine is also recommended for immunocompromised adults at increased risk of pneumococcal disease or its complications (e.g., persons with splenic dysfunction or anatomic asplenia, Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, chronic renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, or conditions such as organ transplantation associated with immunosuppression). ”
“Hepatitis B vaccine is also indicated for patients whose renal disease is likely to lead to dialysis or transplantation. [...] Periodic booster doses are usually necessary following successful immunization.”
“Routine immunization with the quadrivalent [meningococcal] vaccine is recommended for certain high-risk groups.”
Other vaccines containing killed antigens […] do not pose a risk to immunocompromised persons and should be used for the same indications as for immunologically normal persons.”
So now that we’ve clarified that unvaccinated individuals do NOT need to be vaccinated with any non-live vaccine or flu vaccine to protect the immunocompromised (since these individuals can receive vaccinations), what about live virus vaccines and those with HIV?
“MMR vaccination is recommended for all children and for adults when otherwise indicated, regardless of their HIV status.”
What about certain medical conditions like renal failure, diabetes, alcoholic cirrhosis, or asplenia, which may increase the patient’s risk for certain diseases?
“Frequently, the immune response of these patients to these antigens is not as good as that of immunocompetent persons, and higher doses or more frequent boosters may be required. Persons with these conditions [...] should receive routine vaccinations with both live and inactivated vaccines according to the usual schedules.”
What about varicella vaccine and those with cancer?
According to the CDC, the only people who shouldn’t get this vaccine are those who are severely ill at the time the shot is administered, pregnant women, and those with a history of allergic reaction to the vaccine. People who have cancer, HIV, or severe immune system conditions should check with their physician.
And what if an immunocompromised person (including one who wasn’t able to get vaccinated) is exposed to varicella or measles from an unvaccinated OR vaccinated person? For measles, one could get the IG (immunoglobulin). For varicella they could receive a varicella-zoster immune globulin (VZIG), and for hepatitis B one could receive a Hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG). 
Did anyone even read this before they swapped one flawed argument for another? Let’s see, I’m supposed to subject my child to the hazards of 49 doses of 14 vaccines before age six to potentially protect a vastly smaller population of people (who are deemed more important) even though they can receive all non-active vaccines, can almost always receive live vaccines (or have been vaccinated prior to the condition), and have the option of using an immunoglobulin post-exposure?
I am sure there are a few individuals who want to be vaccinated and can’t (though I argue that most people who have medical exemption to vaccines want them) but is it ethical to subject the entire U.S population to the risks of a biologically invasive vaccine or a healthy infant who poses no threat of contracting a deadly disease to the possible adverse reactions of a vaccine? And what if everyone is vaccinated – how do you know if the vaccine was effective at inducing immunity or when it wears off? Will there be daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly titers checks? Even if one has titers they can still get the “vaccine preventable disease” and spread it, what then? Will adults have boosters too? How will we protect those unable to get vaccines from people shedding live vaccine viruses? How can we tell whose an asymptomatic reservoir for whooping cough? Where’s the recourse for those who would be injured as a result of this mass vaccination insanity? Is a physician willing to take legal responsibility in the event a vaccine injury occurs?
Until there is a comprehensive study comparing the health of unvaccinated children with vaccinated children, NOBODY should be requiring or recommending that anyone be vaccinated for the sake of “public health.” Almost a year ago bill H.R 1757 (a bill calling for such a studywas introduced and referred to the committee on “Energy and Commerce,” and it is still sitting there.
Please stop telling people vaccine injuries are rare and brushing off individuals who have suffered vaccine injuries. Vaccines are associated with serious adverse reactions like: Blood and lymphatic system disorders, immune system disorders, myocarditis, nervous system disorders, convulsions, seizures, encephalitis (brain swelling), facial palsy, skin disorders, sudden infant death (SIDS), death, meningitis, paralysis, anaphylactic shock, skin and tissue disorders, eczema, lower respiratory infections, cerebrovascular accident, transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell’s palsy, aseptic meningitis, pneumonia, ringing in the ears, multiple sclerosis, myelitis including transverse myelitis, seizure, febrile seizure, peripheral neuropathy, herpes zoster, migraines, neurological syndromes, chronic arthritis, hearing loss, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, neuropathy, and vaccine-strain versions of chicken pox, measles, mumps, polio, influenza, meningitis, yellow fever, and pertussis. For a list of other exciting (yet downplayed) reactions check out the package inserts hereTo view the VAERS database where you will find more adverse reactions reported including deaths, clickhere.
Everyone knows a vaccine-injured child. Conditions we consider “normal” like ear infections, food allergies, and eczema were unheard of in the days of our grandparents. So was asthma, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, brain encephalitis, developmental disorders, neurological problems, and more. So we traded in polio (which according to the CDC is asymptomatic in 95% of people who actually get it) for vaccine induced paralytic polio and cancer via contaminated Salk vaccines. We traded in chicken pox for shingles, anaphylaxis shock, and death; measles for brain encephalitis; and the minuscule chance an infant would get Hep b for rheumatoid arthritis and SIDS. Considering only a few hundred cases of measles are reported per year and only one child dies from measles approximately 8-10 years (if we’re going with the touted 1 in 1,000 number), wouldn’t it make sense to question the MMR vaccine which could cause Measles-Induced Neuroautistic Encephalophathy, seizures, coma, and death?
I am not part of the “herd” and neither are you.
Herd immunity was coined in 1933 by A.W Hedrich who observed measles outbreaks over the course of thirty years. What he discovered was that if 68% of the population had measles through the natural course of infection, the rest of the community (or herd) was protected. But you see, vaccines aren’t natural and they don’t provide life-time immunity, and even if they did 68% would be the number needed for herd immunity, not 95%. Your (and my) herd immunity was threatened the minute vaccines came on the scene.
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“The “science” of vaccination attempts to secure immunity without going through the natural disease process. The vaccine-induced process, although not resembling a natural disease, is nevertheless still a disease process with its own risks. And it is not immunity we gain via vaccination but a puny surrogate of immunity. For this reason vaccination is neither a safe nor effective method of disease prevention.” – Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych PhD in immunology and author of “Vaccine Illusion.”
“This high percentage of individuals having long-term immunity [to natural chicken pox] has been compromised by mass vaccination of children which provides at best 70 to 90% immunity that is temporary and of unknown duration—shifting chickenpox to a more vulnerable adult population where chickenpox carries 20 times more risk of death and 15 times more risk of hospitalization compared to children. Add to this the adverse effects of both the chickenpox and shingles vaccines as well as the potential for increased risk of shingles for an estimated 30 to 50 years among adults.” – Dr. Goldberg Ph.D also confirmed by a study in the New England Journal of Medicine
Please stop assuming that all people who choose not to vaccinate do so because they’re “scared” a vaccine might cause autism.People choose not to vaccinate for any number of reasons including but not limited to, religious beliefs, lack of research and clinical efficacy, dangers and risks of vaccine additives, possible adverse reactions and the higher risk of an adverse reaction versus the disease, risk of vaccine contamination and viral shedding, belief in other methods of prevention, and lack of safety data surrounding the current (insane) vaccination schedule. And yes, some do not vaccinate because they fear that vaccines could contribute to or cause autism.
Wait, vaccines don’t cause autism! Are you saying that because brain encephalitis isn’t a reaction on the vaccine inserts or because you were a victim of the “let’s say vaccines don’t cause autism so people will vaccinate their kids” propaganda? Oh I know, you reviewed the results of the comprehensive study that’s never been done comparing rates of autism in the unvaccinated versus vaccinated population.
Those of us who believe there are safer and more effective ways to prevent disease are not conspiracy theorists, we just incorporated that little addendum to the germ theory that said “germs only live in environments conducive to growth.”A conspiracy theory is the belief in little green men who walk on Mars and are secretly controlling our every move via invisible puppet strings. What we’re all tired of, is people pretending the American Medical Association has been around since the beginning of time and that everything else is “new age, pseudoscience, and conspiracy theory.” I hate to point out the obvious but the AMA has only been around since 1847. Before that, there were homeopathic physicians/doctors (1789) homeopathic hospitals (1825), and the establishment of the American Institute of Homeopathy in (1841).
Do you know what was around before all of that? Natural medicine – circa day 1 if you believe in God and circa day “the first time the ape-like human got a cut and put a leaf with spit on it instead of a band-aid and antibiotic” if you don’t. Hippocrates, the credited father of allopathic medicine practiced and advocated natural medicine – his motto was “do no harm.” So if you take beliefs from his ideology it’s “medicine” and if we take beliefs from his ideology it’s “quack-worthy?” If anything sounds like a “conspiracy theory” it’s the belief that the immune system requires the administration of a germ to protect itself from a germ.
Just because one doesn’t vaccinate, doesn’t mean they’re “anti-medicine.”Medical advancement has brought us many things, some good, some not. I for one do not support vaccinations but that doesn’t mean I don’t support the advancement in treatment for these diseases should they (in rare case) be needed. Some of us simply believe there are other ways to prevent disease that do not require injecting a research and clinically ineffective substance that contains toxic additives, live viruses, and can cause a wide array of very serious side-effects into our children. 
Take the HATE out of the debate.If you want to encourage people to vaccinate than by all means, utilize your freedoms to do so, but bullying, lying, misrepresenting facts, name-calling, downplaying, overlooking, and scoffing at vaccine injured children, finger-pointing, discriminating, crucifying physicians who speak out, and threatening individuals who wish not to vaccinate will not further your cause; it will only encourage people like me to speak out on behalf of those of us who have educated ourselves and are calling for more accountability and higher standards for our children. 


Vaccination is and should always be a personal choice. Everyone should have the right to do their own research, formulate their own opinion, and come to a different conclusion if they feel its best. Every parent should have autonomy over their child’s healthcare. Most importantly children should not be used as pawns in a manipulative scheme to get parents to conform to what was once a noble idea and is now a hatefully notorious agenda.
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