Vaccines And Immune Systems
VACCINES AND THE AUTOIMMUNE RESPONSE
"When prelicensing trials are done on vaccines, researchers typically observe the study participants for hours or several days, and only occasionally for a few weeks or longer, to not any adverse reactions to the product. Such abbreviated methods may be appropriate for determining reactions such as inju=ection site swelling or fever, but autoimmune responses may take months, even years, to emerge. Therefore, because these reactions are rarely seen during testing, the vaccines are 'safe.' This approach brings to mind the words of Walter Spitzer, M.D., professor emeritus of epidemiology* at McGill University, who, when commenting on vaccine safety, said, 'There is no problem if you do not look.'
Looking for Problems
Some experts make it a point to look. Marcel Kinsbourne, M.D., a pediatric neurologist, explained to the Committee on Government Reform on August 3, 1999, on the subject of vaccine safety that virus particles, such as those injected in a measles, mumps, rubella, or chicken pox vaccine, can remain dormant for months or years before they trigger a disease. Even though damage may be occurring to a child's developing nervous system and brain, says Kinsbourne, many of those injuries may not be noticeable until much later, when they manifest as conditions such as developmental language problems, attention disorders, and cerebral palsy.
When a vaccine enters the body, the immune system responds by attacking its various components. Sometimes this reaction includes an attack on a part of the body that chemically resembles a component of the vaccine. The fluid in the joints, for example, may be attacked in individuals who get the rubella vaccine, as this vaccine is known to cause arthritis in some peole. This self- (auto-) attack continues and snowballs into an autoimmune response and, depending on the area of the body under attack, an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, or diabetes.
The damaging effects of vaccines on the immune system can be long lasting. A study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases looked at the long-term effect of the measles vaccine on interferon production. Interferon is a chemical produced by white blood cells that helps make the body resistant to infection. Interferon production is stimulated when the body is invaded by a virus. In the study one-year-old infants given the measles vaccine had a dramatic decline in alpha-interferon production ,which means the immune system was suppressed. This reduction in their immune system's ability to respond optimally to incoming infectious organisms was observed for one year before the study was ended. Some investigators are concerned that long term suppression of the immune system may make it difficult or impossible for the body to respond normally to disease and thus set the stage for self-destruction.
THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS
"Its a law of nature: For every action there is a reaction. That principle is behind the argument made by some experts that the response to the decreased number of infectious diseases in childhood, achieved through the sue of mass immunization, has been an increase in chronic autoimmune disorders, such as asthma, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, especially among children, who are the largest group being vaccinated.
Interfering with Nature
"In 1997 the Economist published an article in which the author-scientists noted that interfering with nature---trying to prevent or treat an infectious disease---can lead to undesirable results. One excellent example is antibiotics, which were developed to destroy disease-causing bacteria. The result is we now have more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than we ever had and diseases are not responding to antibiotic treatment.
The 'hygiene hypothesis' states that being exposed to infectious diseases during childhood provides immunity against those diseases and may prevent chronic problems later in life. The article notes that 'intervening in infections may have undesirable effects on the the hosts---that is, on people---as well as on the pathogens [disease-causing organisms] themselves.' One theory explains that the human immune system has evolved over tens of thousands of years to respond to and be strengthened by invading disease-causing organisms. If that natural tendency to fight these organisms is taken away through the use of vaccinations, the immune system may then attack itself---autoimmune disease.
Some researchers...believe the hygiene hypothesis may explain the relationship between vaccines and the rise in chronic autoimmune disorders. Their studies show evidence that vaccines may be having 'undesirable effects' on both people and the disease-causing organisms.
Disrupting the Immune System
In the November 1997 issue of Science News, Harvard Medical School immunologist Howard L. Weiner said that immunizatio=re]n disrupts the activity of the immune system. 'If a person has a tendency toward a disease at a certain age, a vaccine might....make [him or her] more susceptible later, when other challenges come alon.' An example of this idea is the belief of many experts that giving he varicella (chicken pox) vaccine to children forces the disease to emerge in adolescence or adulthood, when it can cause much more serious complications than it can during childhood.
Do we have proof that vaccines can weaken the immune system? In a study publiched in Clinical Pediatrics, researchers studied the illness patterns of babies before and after vaccination. A total of eighty-two infants were observed for thirty days before vaccination with DTP (dphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, or whooping cough) and thirty days after the shot. (The three days immediately after the vaccination were not included because it is common for children to develop a fever after receiving a vaccine.) Compared with their health before receiving the shot, the babies expierenced a significant increase in diarrhea, fever, and cough during the month after vaccination.
Researchers have alo found that the tetanus vaccine disrupts the immune system in people who have the autoimmune disease HIV by causing a decline in their T cells, a classic sign of immune deficiency. Ten of thirteen patients with HIV who received a tetanus vaccination had a decline in T cells, and the white blood cells in seven of ten HIV-unifected volunteers became more susceptible to HIV infection after tetanus vaccination because of their immune deficiency."
*ep-i-de-mi-ol-o-gy 1 : a branch of medical science that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in a population 2 : the sum of the factors controlling the presence or absence of a disease or pathogen.
Stephanie Cave, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. (Fellow the American Academy of Family Physicians), What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations with Deborah Michell. Warner Books, 2001.
Flu Drug Tamiflu Killing Children
see: http://mercola.com newsletter 22 Nov 2005)
Flu Drug is Killing People
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating reports that the deaths of 12 Japanese children may be linked to the anti-viral drug Tamiflu. The possibility has caused alarm, since millions of doses of the drug are currently being stockpiled for use in a potential flu pandemic.
Also Linked to Seizures
Tamiflu has also been linked to neuropsychiatric incidents in children, including seizures, loss of consciousness, and delirium.
Jumping Off of Roofs
The reports mention incidents including:
A 14-year-old boy with flu took a dose of Tamiflu and two hours later fell from the ninth floor of his apartment building
Another child, hours after taking a dose, jumped from the second floor of his house into deep snow
Tamiflu Used FAR More Frequently in Japan
However, it is important to realize that the reason Tamiflu side effects may show up earlier in Japan is that Tamiflu is used 12 times more frequently in Japan than in the United States -- 11.6 million prescriptions for children in Japan between 2001 and 2005, compared to about 872,000 during that same period in the United States.
USA Today November 17, 2005
USA Today November 19, 2005
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
I swear this whole bird flu saga is something straight from some television mini-series or fiction novel. However, as you know, you couldn't make up a story like this tale of greed and political corruption.
Earlier this year the United States placed an order for 20 million doses of this worthless drug at a price of $100 per dose. That comes to a staggering $2 billion. It was abundantly clear that this drug was not going to help anyone with the flu, and now we find out that this drug has a serious potential of killing children that take it.
To add insult to injury, the drug companies have made a sweet arrangement with the U.S. government that they are not liable for any of the side effects from the drugs. President Bush's $7.1-billion pandemic flu plan seeks broad limits on lawsuits against producers of vaccines and antiviral drugs, but is silent on how those injured or killed by adverse reactions might be compensated.
The liability shield is contained in the Pandemic Flu Countermeasure Liability Protection Act of 2005. It would protect producers and distributors of emergency vaccines from injury suits except in cases of "willful misconduct," a term to be defined later by the attorney general and the secretary of Health and Human Services.
So, even if these drugs or vaccines wind up killing innocent children, these companies will not be held liable. But you don't have to worry as on Saturday the FDA aannounced that Tamiflu was safe. Of course, this is the same agency that gave Vioxx its safetly blessing before it killed 55,000 people.
When Tamiflu kills U.S. children, Roche will plead that they had no idea it could do such a thing! They will claim reports such as this one out of Japan were unverified, and that there was no way they could have known it was a problem.
It just doesn't get much worse than that. When will America wake up and say enough is enough?
If this bothers you as much as it does me, you will want to be on the alert for a special animation I have created that could make a major difference in this country by helping people realize that we are not hopeless and that we can make a difference. I plan on releasing the video the first week of January, and we hope it will gain as much national attention as the Jib Jab video did last year.
Not that they will make any great efforts to find out if it is a problem -- if you've been paying attention to the way the drug companies operate, you know that any potential problem with their drugs is something they want to find out about after it has been sold to millions of people, not before.
As you probably understand by now, drugs are rarely the answer to your health problems. And vaccinations are a dangerous alternative to simply taking care of yourself.
Vaccines, which often contain mercury, are linked to several chronic illnesses including:
An essential resource for anyone interested in protecting their health and the health of their loved ones is Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, a two-hour video by world-renowned vaccine expert Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. The video is the culmination of Dr. Tenpenny's three-year investigation into the real story behind vaccines. The facts on several crucial areas are covered including:
How vaccines can cause illnesses
The very real link between vaccines and developmental learning and behavioral disorders in children
How vaccines have never been proven safe
The ingredients and contaminants in vaccines and why they're detrimental to your health
How vaccine studies are seriously flawed
If you want to avoid catching the flu, drugs and vaccines are not the answer. Your body and health are better served by addressing the reasons why the immune system is impaired, which allows it to acquire the infection to begin with.
Here are some much healthier and less expensive steps you can take:
Get enough rest
Eat garlic regularly
Don't let stress overwhelm you
Wash your hands
"It is our destiny not to flee the predators' thrust; not to seek hiding places...our destiny (is) to end destruction - utterly..."
important & practical info
Baba Ahmed: give thanks for sharing this info. it is especially timely. i hope all parents on the forum are reviewing this material. sadly the U.S. gov't demands all children be vaccinated before being allowed to travel. my sister has been "stuck" in the US unable to travel with her (unvaccinated, healthy, organic) little one, unable to visit her family in Eritrea because of this "law." as of yet, i haven't come to knowledge on any way around this.