Common sense would suggest that we are over-vaccinating our children, yet authorities continue to insist that “more is better” when it comes to vaccines. If you follow the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedule, your child will receive 49 doses of 14 vaccines by the time he/she is 6 years of age. And by the age of 18,the CDC recommends that children should have gotten 69 doses of 16 vaccines.
When I first started practicing medicine in 1985, it cost parents $80 to purchase vaccines for their children (plus the cost of a doctor’s visit) to conform to the CDC’s recommended childhood vaccination schedule. Today, you’ll pay $2200 tp purchase all government recommended and mandated vaccines for a child (plus the cost of office visits) largely because of the increased number of vaccines and vaccine doses. Sadly though, the short term costs to fully vaccinate your child according to the CDC schedule may actually pale in comparison to the costs to your child’s long-term health. The list of problems related to today’s vaccines, and vaccine policy, is long and troubling.
1. Children not all biologically identical. The current one-size-fits-all approach to vaccination does not take into account differences among children’s genetic profiles or immune responses based on factors such as age, weight, and overall health status. 2. Infant mortality rates between nations appears to be linked to the numbers of vaccinations given to babies before the age of 12 months. More vaccines may contribute to higher infant mortality. 3. Babies receive several vaccines at once—they may receive up to 8 vaccines simultaneously at each doctor visit (at 2, 4, and 6 months of age). Vaccine “layering” may increase the risk for a serious vaccine reaction. 4. Vaccines have not been adequately tested for safety using methodologically sound scientific studies, so their long-term health effects are unknown. Moreover, the effects of multiple vaccines given together have not been adequately tested. And pharmaceutical companies have financed nearly all vaccine research to date, which introduces enormous bias. 5. Vaccines do not provide complete or permanent protection against infectious disease. For example, 75 percent of children who contracted chickenpox in a 2001 Maryland outbreak had been vaccinated against chickenpox. Similar statistics have been found with mumps outbreaks. 6. Vaccines are not always sterile but can be contaminated with bacteria, viral fragments, and foreign human and animal DNA. 7. Vaccines contain numerous harmful preservatives and additives (including aluminum and mercury), which contribute to your child’s toxic load. 8. Vaccines produce a large number of adverse reactions, both immediate and delayed, yet healthcare professionals rarely report them. Every year, more than 25,000 adverse reactions are reported to the government, including irreversible injuries and deaths. It’s been estimated that this represents only about 1 to 2 percent of total vaccine reactions, meaning that between four and eight million people may have been injured by vaccines over the past three years. 9. Vaccines may contain excitotoxins that disrupt your child’s immune system (through microglial overstimulation) and damage developing brain structures, which raises his/her risk for a wide range of diseases, including autism, learning disabilities, and psychiatric disorders. New research gives evidence for a link between the high number of vaccines and the autism epidemic. 10. Many children receive even more vaccines than the vaccination schedule recommends. If you take your child to multiple health care providers or facilities, the odds are increased that your child may be given “extra” doses. Ten percent of children aged 19 to 35 months were found to have received extra vaccinations, according to a National Immunization Survey. 11. Preventing natural immune responses to environmental pathogens may not be in your child’s best interest. Healthy children receive life-long benefits from naturally occurring immune responses.
If you’ve been reading my newsletter for a while, you know that I’ve addressed all of these issues over the years and kept you updated as new research has come out. There’s an enormous amount of information on my website, including a dedicated vaccine news and information page. Another valuable vaccine information resource is the National Vaccine Information Center.
Current Vaccine Policy Could Explain Our Higher Infant Mortality Rate
In a recent report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines, an Institute of Medicine committee of medical experts acknowledged a casual link between a number of adverse health effects and vaccination, while confirming that there are too few methodologically sound studies published in the medical literature to make definitive conclusions about many other serious health problems linked with vaccination. This report was published after a review of more than 1,000 vaccine studies by the Institute of Medicine.
According to the most recent National Vital Statistics Report, more than 26,000 American babies born alive in 2009 died before their first birthday, which gives the U.S. a very high infant mortality rate of six infant deaths per 1,000 live births. In 1960, America ranked 12th in infant mortality among all nations of the world. In 2005, we had fallen to number 30. Today in America, there are more premature babies than ever before and more full term babies die before their first birthday than in most European countries.
The most recent study (2011) is perhaps the most disturbing. It finds that developed nations with the poorest infant mortality rates, like the U.S., tend to give their infants more vaccine doses before age one. To put this into perspective, doctors give American babies 26 vaccine doses before age one, which is twice as many vaccinations as are given babies in Sweden and Japan. Is it really just a “coincidence” that the infant mortality rate is twice as high in America as it is in Sweden and Japan?
Natural Immunity is Superior to Vaccine-Induced Immunity
The more vaccines are studied, the more apparent it becomes that proper vaccine studies are lacking, as vaccine expert and pediatrician Larry Palevsky explains. There is a major difference between natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity. Obtaining natural immunity has far greater benefits.
When children are born, they develop natural immunity to a large variety of microorganisms that they breathe, eat, and touch. The immune responses by cells lining their airways, skin and intestines, are very important in creating “memory” and protection against the organisms they naturally come into contact with. That primary line of defense is a very important step in the maturation of your child’s immune system—and it’s bypassed when he/she gets a vaccine.
With vaccination, you are merely creating an antibody.
Vaccines do NOT impart long-term immunity because they don’t create the kind of memory that occurs when you go through the process of a natural immune response. And natural exposure does not necessarily lead to infection—it is possible to obtain natural immunity without actually getting sick, if your immune system is robust. In fact, vaccines do NOT strengthen the healthy functioning of the immune system, but actually may weaken it.
Bombardment by Multiple Vaccines Can Damage Your Child’s Developing Brain
Dr. Russell Blaylock is a board-certified neurosurgeon and expert on vaccines and the nervous system. He may have discovered the central mechanism of how vaccines can contribute to the development of neurological diseases and has proposed a theory about the cause of autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Blaylock’s theory can be summarized as follows:
- Priming: Your child’s immune system gets “primed” through exposure to an excitotoxin, such as a vaccine or an infectious agent, causing his/her microglia (special immune cells within the brain) to shift into “readiness mode.”
- Microglial Activation: Subsequent exposures to vaccines or other immune stresses over a relatively short period of time activate the microglia into full “battle mode,” prepared to defend your child’s body against what they perceive as an all-out invasion.
- Bystander Damage: Excitotoxins and free radicals are generated, causing “bystander damage” in a runaway process that cannot be shut down. This leads to chronic inflammation and damage to brain tissues, including mitochondrial dysfunction, brain inflammation, seizures, and the other difficulties seen with autism.
Vaccines differ from natural infections in that vaccines cause brain stimulation for very prolonged periods—the immune system in your child’s brain is activated and re-activated by repeated exposure. Babies do not respond to vaccines in the same way as adults, even by one year of age. Immune over-activation can be especially damaging to a baby or young child’s developing brain structures, such as the amygdala and limbic system.
This cycle is magnified by the administration of multiple vaccines at once. Many studies suggest this is very risky. Did you know that your 12 or 15 month old baby is allowed to get up to 13 vaccines at once under the CDC Immunization Schedule? How can this NOT be an assault to the immune system or developing brain? When was the last time YOU took 13 different prescription drugs at once without suffering side effects?
Certain children appear to have a higher risk for developing chronic brain and immune system dysfuntion including autism, than others, if their immune systems are more easily “primed.” All it takes is the insult of ONE more vaccine, or ONE more infection, and the stage is set for regression into autism.or development of other kinds of neuroimmune disorders like ADD/ADHD and seizures. One of the factors that can increase vaccine risks is if your child is particularly susceptible to immune dysfunction because of an imbalance in their gut flora..
Gut Bacteria May Increase Vulnerability to Vaccine Damage
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride found why some children are more vulnerable than others to developing autism. She discovered a close connection between abnormal gut flora and abnormal brain development—a condition she calls Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS).
Your child’s immune system begins in his/her gut. Pathogenic microbes inside your child’s digestive tract can damage their gut wall integrity, allowing all sorts of toxins and microbes to enter their bloodstream and then his/her brain. With GAPS, your child’s digestive system becomes a source of toxicity, rather than a source of nourishment.
Until next time,