Why Do We Still Vaccinate? – 25 Questions From A Former Vaccine Advocate
I used to be pro vaccine. I know the feeling of thinking others were just plain crazy and wrong for not vaccinating their children and themselves. ‘Irresponsible!’ I said when pointing my finger. I’d use the same old arguments about polio and small pox and how vaccines saved us from all those horrible diseases and just swallowing and regurgitating the propaganda I was brought up with. It was only recently, in 2009 that I started questioning my long held beliefs and began digging in to the history, efficacy and safety of vaccines. I was appalled at what I found and the recklessness of those government health agencies entrusted with our health and our children’s safety, and angry with myself that I had put my family’s health at risk by blind faith in others when I was ultimately responsible for the medical decisions of my family.
When I began to put this article together I specifically chose not to include research from or links to websites that are considered untrustworthy by most pro-vaxxers, sites such as Natural News, Mercola, etc. even though I personally trust those sites and much more than I would WebMd and for good reason [a]. Instead I chose to employ basic logic and also incorporate independent and .gov scientific studies-mostly peer review, journals, news from mainstream sources (that pro-vaxxers love and totally trust) and articles that link to other .gov scientific studies, as well as government statistical resources. So, I started writing down questions and then looking for answers. I’ll admit, some of these questions have already been asked by others, but I just expanded upon it to form a helpful list.
I hope the following information helps you in your lifelong journey in search of health, vitality and truth in your own lives and your children’s lives.
1. Why are newborn babies vaccinated on their first day of life against a disease that is primarily transmitted sexually and by needles in drug users?
(Pregnant women are already tested for STD’s prior to birth so there’s no reason to give it to an infant). Interesting to note, of the few vaccines that still are given to infants and STILL has thimerasol in it is Hep B and DipTet (and Flu shot recommended to pregnant women). So, the claim that it has been removed from all vaccines is a lie and misdirection. If they give it to all newborns then ALL the newborns are getting that thimerasol (mercury derivative). “It was removed from many child vaccines in 2002 but remains in some vaccines (e.g., hepatitis B virus and)” Page 21.
2. Why are babies given vaccines to produce antibodies when they do not produce antibodies until after the age of 3 to 6 months?
They get the required antibodies from breastfeeding.
3. Why does the government tell parents to delay breast feeding and get more vaccines when breast feeding babies produce higher levels of antibodies?
4. Why aren’t vaccine manufacturers held responsible when their product injures your child? Why would these companies need to be protected from the effects of such wonderful products?
(Look into Vaccine Injury Compensation Program .gov and VAERS)
The Supreme Court ruling exempting the vaccine manufacturers from all liability is done under the explicit understanding that they fall under the category “unavoidably unsafe products.”
5. Why have no double blind, placebo, randomized controlled trials been done on any vaccines?
This is standard with any other drug.
6. Why are we following the US vaccination schedule? We are the most vaccinated population on the planet with the highest rates of infant deaths/SIDS in the western world?
7. Why are disease outbreaks occurring in populations with 90%+ vaccination rates? What about that ‘Herd Immunity’ guys?
8. Why are children vaccinated against these diseases still catching and spreading them?
http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com…(see Johns Hopkins paper)
9. Why are we frightened of non-fatal illnesses that train a child’s immune system how to behave?
10. Why are vaccine manufacturers allowed to reduce antigens and insert cheap and toxic additives that aggravate the injection site?
11. Why do we need multi-dose vaccines if the number ONE priority of vaccine manufacturers is your child’s safety?
12. Why will no physician sign a written guarantee for a child’s safety prior to vaccinating them with products they insist you take and that they say are completely safe?
13. Why is there no outrage about the 3.1 billion dollars paid out in vaccine injury/death claims and yet they claim there is no correlation and they are perfectly safe?
14. Why don’t people recognize from history that the most widespread and lethal diseases in the last 200 years were reduced due to cleaner drinking water, improved sanitation, nutrition, less overcrowded areas and better living conditions?
Vaccines were introduced at points in time where every single disease was already declining, most almost completely gone. To give vaccines credit for global reductions in disease is like giving a band-aid credit for healing a wound that was already closing. Dr. Hans Rosling shows exactly how the health condition of nearly all countries of the world have improved with wealth, even 200 years ago, at the times where there no vaccines.
By the late 1950s, even before the introduction of measles vaccine, measles-related deaths and case fatality rates in the United States had decreased markedly, presumably as a result of improvement in health care and nutrition (Oxford Journal of Infectious Diseases).
15. Why do people keep parroting what they hear about ‘Herd Immunity?’
Herd immunity is a hilarious concept that assumes that 1) Vaccinated people are immune to the diseases for which they’ve been vaccinated, 2) Can not carry the diseases for which they are vaccinated/immune, 3) Because most of the people are vaccinated, other people around them can’t catch the disease. My favourite analogy for herd immunity is that if 95% of people in a building are wearing hard hats when the ceiling falls in, the 5% are protected. (credit Dr. Robert Murdoch)
16. Why are almost all pro-vaxxer adults we talk to not up to date on their adult vaccinations/boosters?
18. Why didn’t our government health agencies ever safety test thimerasol (a mercury derivative and adjuvant) since Lilly developed it in the 1920’s?
They used it in vaccines from 1930 to 2004! It still is in some vaccines such as the flu vaccine and others. Here is a 2 minute clip, from Congressional Hearings. The EPA themselves acknowledge the toxic effects of mercury:
19. Why is it that only 40% of health professionals receive the flu shot each year? They must not believe in it.
20. Why? Instead of a mandatory vaccine law, why don’t they have a mandatory law passed to protect us from Iatrogenic Death? (Death by Doctor, 3rd leading cause of death!)
21. Why doesn’t the pro vaccination public admit that the vaccinated spread disease and stop blaming us?
22. Why do people still trust their government health agencies when they say vaccines are perfectly safe?
With all the big pharma fraud cases, Merck, Glaxo Smith Kline, etc. and all the class action suits that come out several times a year for death/injury you see on tv commercials every week, combine that with the VICP and VAERS .gov statistics, and Iatrogenic Death statistics, why do people still trust their government health agencies when they say vaccines are perfectly safe? Having said that, why is government trusted at all since Democide statistics (death by government) show that nearly 300 million in this last century were killed by the state. Those are non-combatants.
University of Hawaii Study:
23. Why do they put aborted fetal cells in Vaccines? Also DNA from monkeys, chickens, human tumour cells?
Sources: 1st box, page 4; 2nd box, page 7, section 13.1; 3rd box, page 7; 4th box, page 3; 5th box, page 18
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202242/ (Go to Section 1.2. The Toxic Effects of Aluminum as a Vaccine Adjuvant. One of many aluminum studies)
25. Why do people think the government can’t get away with secret human testing of disease, drugs, and chemicals on us when they have done it and apologized for it numerous times?
When they put toxic ingredients in vaccines, food, drugs, water and our sky that have no long term safety studies by any government health agency, that is tantamount to human experimentation. It’s a crime under the Geneva Convention, Nuremberg Code and our own constitution, and against medical informed consent laws.
– Al Gore admits government experimentation
– Bill Clinton apology for secret human experimentation
– http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12656420 (government study admitting experimentation of large populaces with aerosol vaccines)
Here are a few more studies:– Abnormal measles-mumps-rubella antibodies and CNS autoimmunity in children with autism. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12145534
“Autoimmunity to the central nervous system (CNS), especially to myelin basic protein (MBP), may play a causal role in autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder. Because many autistic children harbor elevated levels of measles antibodies, we conducted a serological study of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and MBP autoantibodies.
…over 90% of MMR antibody-positive autistic sera were also positive for MBP autoantibodies, suggesting a strong association between MMR and CNS autoimmunity in autism. Stemming from this evidence, we suggest that an inappropriate antibody response to MMR, specifically the measles component thereof, might be related to pathogenesis of autism.”
– Serological association of measles virus and human herpes virus-6
with brain auto-antibodies in autism.
This study is the first to report an association between virus serology and brain auto antibody in autism; it supports the hypothesis that a virus-induced autoimmune response may play a causal role in autism.
– Hypothesis: conjugate vaccines may predispose children to autismspectrum disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21993250
“Conjugate vaccines fundamentally change the manner in which the immune systems of infants and young children function by deviating their immune responses to the targeted carbohydrate antigens from a state of hypo-responsiveness to a robust B2 B cell mediated response.
This period of hypo-responsiveness to carbohydrate antigens coincides with the intense myelination process in infants and young children, and conjugate vaccines may have disrupted evolutionary forces that favoured early brain development over the need to protect infants and young children from capsular bacteria.”
– Effects of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis or tetanus vaccination on allergies and allergy-related respiratory symptoms among children and adolescents in the United States.
“The odds of having a history of asthma was twice as great among vaccinated subjects than among unvaccinated subjects. The odds of having had any allergy-related respiratory symptom in the past 12 months was 63% greater among vaccinated subjects than unvaccinated subjects. The associations between vaccination and subsequent allergies and symptoms were greatest among children aged 5 through 10 years.”
– Neurological Complications of Pertussis Immunization
Review is made of 107 cases of neurological complications of pertussis inoculation reported in the literature. The early onset of neurological symptoms was characteristic, with changes of consciousness and convulsions as the most striking features. The question of aetiology is considered and contraindications are discussed…as is the grave danger of further inoculations when a previous one has produced any suggestion of a neurological reaction.
– Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS1997-2002.
“Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with the hepatitis B vaccine prior to 1999 (from vaccination record) had a threefold higher risk for parental report of autism diagnosis compared to boys not vaccinated as neonates during that same time period. Nonwhite boys bore a greater risk.”
– Immunological findings in autism.
“The immunopathogenesis of autism is presented schematically in Fig. 1. Two main immune dysfunctions in autism are immune regulation involving pro-inflammatory cytokines and autoimmunity. Mercury and an infectious agent like the measles virus are currently two main candidate environmental triggers for immune dysfunction in autism.”
– Do aluminum vaccine adjuvants contribute to the rising prevalence ofautism?
“Our results show that: (i) children from countries with the highest ASD prevalence appear to have the highest exposure to Al from vaccines; (ii) the increase in exposure to Al adjuvants significantly correlates with the increase in ASD prevalence in the United States observed over the last two decades; and (iii) a significant correlation exists between the amounts of Al administered to preschool children and the current prevalence of ASD in seven Western countries, particularly at 3-4 months of age.”
– Aluminum hydroxide injections lead to motor deficits and motor neuron degeneration.
“…A second series of experiments was conducted on mice injected with six doses of aluminum hydroxide. Behavioural analyses in these mice revealed significant impairments in a number of motor functions as well as diminished spatial memory capacity.”
– Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants: Are they Safe?
Experimental research, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences. click for entire study
– Aluminum-Induced Entropy in Biological Systems: Implications for Neurological Disease.
– Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations.
– Aluminum adjuvant linked to Gulf War illness induces motor neuron death in mice.
The findings suggest a possible role for the aluminum adjuvant in some neurological features associated with GWI and possibly an additional role for the combination of adjuvants (Synergistic Toxicity).
– Aluminum in the central nervous system (CNS): toxicity in humans and animals, vaccine adjuvants, and autoimmunity.
– Biopersistence and brain translocation of aluminum adjuvants of vaccines.
“We previously showed that poorly biodegradable aluminum-coated particles injected into muscle are promptly phagocytosed in muscle and the draining lymph nodes, and can disseminate within phagocytic cells throughout the body and slowly accumulate in brain. This strongly suggests that long-term adjuvant biopersistence within phagocytic cells is a prerequisite for slow brain translocation and delayed neurotoxicity.”
– Autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (Shoenfeld’s syndrome): clinical and immunological spectrum.
“The activation of the immune system by adjuvants, a desirable effect, could trigger manifestations of autoimmunity or autoimmune disease. Recently, a new syndrome was introduced, autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA), that includes postvaccination phenomena, macrophagic myofasciitis, Gulf War syndrome and siliconosis. This syndrome is characterized by nonspecific and specific manifestations of autoimmune disease. The main substances associated with ASIA are squalene (Gulf War syndrome), aluminum hydroxide (postvaccination phenomena, macrophagic myofasciitis) and silicone with siliconosis. Mineral oil, guaiacol and iodine gadital are also associated with ASIA.”
– Long-term Persistence of Vaccine-Derived Aluminum Hydroxide is Associated with Chronic Cognitive Dysfunction.
– Long-term follow-up of cognitive dysfunction in patients with aluminum hydroxideinduced macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF).
– Integrating experimental (in vitro and in vivo) neurotoxicity studies of low-dose thimerosal relevant to vaccines.
There is a need to interpret neurotoxic studies to help deal with uncertainties surrounding pregnant mothers, newborns and young children who must receive repeated doses of Thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs).
Information extracted from studies indicates that: (a) activity of low doses of Thimerosal against isolated human and animal brain cells was found in all studies and is consistent with Hg neurotoxicity; (b) the neurotoxic effect of ethylmercury has not been studied with co-occurring adjuvant-Al in TCVs; (c) animal studies have shown that exposure to Thimerosal-Hg can lead to accumulation of inorganic Hg in brain, and that (d) doses relevant to TCV exposure possess the potential to affect human neuro-development.
– Neurodevelopmental disorders following thimerosal-containing childhood immunizations: a follow-up analysis.
“The present study provides additional epidemiological evidence supporting previous epidemiological, clinical and experimental evidence that administration of thimerosal-containing vaccines in the United States resulted in a significant number of children developing NDs.”
– Neonatal administration of thimerosal causes persistent changes in mu opioid receptors in the rat brain.
“These data document that exposure to thimerosal during early postnatal life produces lasting alterations in the densities of brain opioid receptors along with other neuropathological changes, which may disturb brain development.”
– Persistent behavioural impairments and alterations of brain dopaminesystem after early postnatal administration of thimerosal in rats.
“These data document that early postnatal THIM administration causes lasting neurobehavioral impairments and neurochemical alterations in the brain, dependent on dose and sex. If similar changes occur in THIM/mercurial-exposed children, they could contribute do neurodevelopmental disorders.”
– Maternal Thimerosal Exposure Results in Aberrant Cerebellar Oxidative Stress, Thyroid Hormone Metabolism, and Motor Behaviour in Rat Pups; Sex- and Strain-Dependent Effects.
“Thimerisol exposure also resulted in a significant increase in cerebellar levels of the oxidative stress marker 3-nitrotyrosine… This coincided with an increased (47.0%) expression of a gene negatively regulated by T3… Our data thus demonstrate a negative neurodevelopmental impact of perinatal thimerisol exposure.”
– Administration of thimerosal to infant rats increases overflow of glutamate and aspartate in the prefrontal cortex: protective role ofdehydroepiandrosterone sulfate.
Thimerosal, a mercury-containing vaccine preservative, is a suspected factor in the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders. We previously showed that its administration to infant rats causes behavioral, neurochemical and neuropathological abnormalities similar to those present in autism.
Flu Vaccine during Pregnancy:
– Influenza Vaccination during Pregnancy.
The ACIP’s recommendation of influenza vaccination during pregnancy is not supported by citations in its own policy paper or in current medical literature. Considering the potential risks of maternal and fetal mercury exposure, the administration of thimerosal during pregnancy is both unjustified and unwise. Also, take note of the 71 references at the end of this study.
91 Peer Review Studies on The Dangers of Vaccines:
– Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines Is Safe.
– Research below represents under-reported, minimized and otherwise overlooked peer-reviewed data on adverse effects associated with vaccination.
– Neurologic adverse events following vaccination.
About the Author
Brian Rogers is a freelance writer and researcher in the area of holistic health. He administers several health pages and has been published in various publications such as PreventDisease.com and has a keen interest in naturopathic healing through alternative medicine, such as essential oils as well as nutritional healing.
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