Vaccines

Are you an Informed Consumer?

The use of vaccinations for disease prevention began in 1796, when a British physician used diseased matter from a dairymaid infected with cowpox to prevent a healthy young boy from acquiring smallpox. This first example of immunization paved the way for the eradication of many diseases that plagued the population.

Today, the standard Canadian vaccine schedule begins early in your child’s life.  The types of vaccines have more than doubled since 1980. Today’s grandparents received 12 doses of four brands of vaccines while their grandchildren now receive 46-47 doses of fourteen different vaccines in the first 4-6 years of life (8 doses of 3-4 shots are in the first two months). Interestingly, deaths caused by diseases prevented for by vaccines, declined by 98% prior to the implementation of this massive schedule. The damage that can occur to the immune system from vaccination is not familiar to many. A healthy immune system has two main parts; TH1, the first response that senses and eliminates organisms causing disease and TH2, which creates the antibodies and the memory of the disease to prevent re-infection. Newborns have an immature immune system in which TH2 dominates. TH1 later takes over as the immune system matures and comes into contact with infectious agents through the nose and mouth. Vaccines however bypass the TH1 mechanism through injection, over stimulating TH2 and confusing the immune system. TH1 can become suppressed resulting in autoimmune disease (e.g. Juvenile diabetes), allergic disorders and frequent infections.

The original concept of immunization was very beneficial in history. Nevertheless, many unforeseen negative impacts have occurred from vaccinations and from their ingredients. In 1959, Bernice Eddy discovered that the Polio vaccine which was intended to protect the population from a contagious intestinal virus that affects the CNS carried an infectious agent capable of causing cancer. The agent was later found to be due to a virus, Simian Virus (SV-40), that infected all the monkeys whose kidneys were used to produce the vaccine. Numerous vaccine ingredients used today continue to be very risky to your health. Preservatives and chemical adjuvants such as aluminum phosphate, phenols (carbolic acid), MSG, formaldehyde, gelatin, etc. are potentially harmful. The flu shot and other vaccines still contain mercury. Exposure to toxins during critical stages of development before two years of age is especially dangerous to the brain. Some vaccines are made using monkey kidney, fetal calf blood, chicken embryos, aborted human fetal lung, yeast, etc. all of which may contain contaminating viruses and proteins. The combinations of the ingredients can bioaccumulate, eventually suppressing the immune system, leading to multiple health issues and developmental disorders.

There remains a definite possibility that previously rare conditions could be contributed to by vaccinations. Adverse health events may not be reported or recognized especially when the occurrence is months to years following a vaccination. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), a limited range of adverse events are acceptable only if they occur shortly after the injection.

Studies to compare the long-term health of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people have never been done, nor have studies demonstrating benefit from the cumulative effects of so many vaccines been completed. Vaccinations are NOT mandatory in Canada. Three provinces require proof of immunization for school entrance. In Ontario diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella are the immunizations asked for but exceptions are permitted on medical or religious grounds or for reasons of conscience. It is not compulsory legislation.

If your child suffers a negative side effect from a vaccine it is very difficult to place blame on the company that produced the injection; they are very well protected by the government. In February 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Statute protects vaccine manufacturers from most lawsuits filed by parents who claim their child was harmed. The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, minimized manufacturers from any liability for an adverse reaction suffered following vaccination. The passage of this act caused a proliferation of new vaccines due to near zero liability and maximum profitability. The act “leaves a regulatory vacuum in which no one ensures that vaccine manufacturers adequately take account of scientific and technological advancements when designing or distributing their products(Justice Sonia Sotomayor and joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsbur).  This act demonstrates that vaccine manufacturers have near zero accountability because of limited liability. This is very alarming considering we have a tendency to trust that our medications should be helping us and not harming us. Of course, we would like to know that the medication is effective, safe and well researched and not just thrown together to make a profit since minimal liability of the manufacture exists. The act is worded in a manner, that as long as the manufacturers demonstrate that their design is sound and the reaction could not be avoided, they are not liable. You are not prevented from entering into a lawsuit; however it does make the process for achieving success difficult and convoluted.

There is a fair amount of controversy that exists around vaccinations. The opinions of whether double the amounts of immunizations are a necessity are questionable.  Dr. Paul Offit, USA’s foremost advocate of vaccines claims that children are so resilient that you should not worry about vaccinations. He further believes that infants “theoretically have the capacity to respond to about 10,000 vaccines at once”. Considering the many documented adverse reactions and the knowledge about the immature immune system of a newborn, one can question what is Dr. Offit basing his conclusions on? At Nature Medicine, we follow the precautionary principle, an ethical guideline that helps us select whether or not a treatment should be done when the risks are not known. In regards to vaccines, we recommend extreme caution when vaccinating your children with potentially harmful substances before their immune system has had the opportunity to develop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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