First of all, if you are a new parent let me say, “Congratulations!!!!” Parenthood is an incredible experience! You are entering into one of the most indescribable roles you’ll ever have on Earth: Mother or Father. Along with that comes the huge burden of caring for this tiny new person who depends solely on you for EVERYTHING. You are in charge of feeding, loving, and protecting this little baby. It’s pretty heavy stuff.
I’ll have some more posts coming relating to the most important aspect of our jobs as parents, shepherding our children’s souls. In the meantime, to keep with the theme of the week, I’ve got some thoughts for you on vaccines.
I pulled this article almost word-for-word from a terrific article by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD. I condensed it considerably and rearranged it so that it made better sense to my brain. Still, it’s pretty lengthy. Here are the main points in a nutshell in the event you’re not interested to read through the whole thing:
1. The Standard Vaccination Schedule calls for many vaccines in a short time period, which no one has ever proven safe.
2. But I thought vaccines were safe… No one has studied the long-term effects of the vaccination schedule. (And some have publicly lied about the safety of vaccines!)
3. Then and Now Children today are experiencing an epidemic of autoimmune disorders, hyperactivity disorders, learning disabilities and autism that were rare or unknown before the development of vaccines.
4. But aren’t vaccines the reason that we don’t have all those diseases anymore? Diseases like measles, diphtheria, small pox, polio, and pertussis lost their deadly effects in the early 20th century due to better nutrition, cleaner water, and improved sanitation – before vaccinations even showed up.
5. Can’t diseases like measles and rubella kill my child? Most diseases for which we offer vaccinations are not deadly and would result in lifetime immunity, unlike the temporary immunity offered by vaccination.
6. Missing out on childhood diseases may actually hurt my child?!? Most diseases for which we offer vaccinations would actually benefit the immune system, specifically by strengthening the part of the immune system that fights cancer. (Could the fact that cancer has become a leading cause of death in children be a result of vaccinations?)
7. Measles out, Autism in Measles caused less than 100 deaths a year in the US before there was a vaccine for it (in 1963). Thanks to the vaccine those 100 people per year that would have died from measles are alive and well, however there are now several thousand children who have autism as a result of receiving their MMR shot.
8. Is there an alternative? Yes!
9. The User-Friendly Schedule No vaccines until a child is 2. No vaccines containing thimerosal. No live virus vaccines. Salk polio vaccine after two years.
10. Your pediatrician will not like this schedule. That’s okay.
11. If vaccines are dangerous then why does my doctor encourage us to get them? The law protects doctors if a child experiences negative effects from a vaccine. But he will have a difficult time with health care plans who track vaccine compliance as a measure of the quality of a doctor and could possibly be sued if a patient should contract a disease the vaccine he didn’t administer could have prevented.
12. Won’t my child have to have vaccines in order to go to school? No. You can refuse vaccinations and still enroll your child if you obtain one of three exemptions: medical, religious, or philosophical.
13. The Good News Yes, there is always good news!
14. Other Resources to check out.
And now for the more detailed section:
The Standard Vaccination Schedule
A 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the CDC decides which vaccines should be on the Childhood Immunization Schedule. It calls for:
1 vaccine, against hepatitis B, to be given on the day of birth
7 vaccines at two months
6 more (including booster shots) at four months
and as many as 8 vaccines on the six month well-baby visit.
Before a child reaches the age of two he or she will have received 32 vaccinations on this schedule.
Seven vaccines injected into a 13 lb. two-month old infant are equivalent to 70 doses in a 130 lb. adult.
The schedule states, “Your child can safely receive all vaccines recommended for a particular age during one visit.” Public health officials, however, have not proven that it is indeed safe to inject this many vaccines into infants. What’s more, they cannot explain why, concurrent with an increasing number of vaccinations, there has been an explosion of neurologic and immune system disorders in our nation’s children.
But I thought vaccines were safe…
Health officials consider a vaccine to be safe if no bad reactions – like seizures, intestinal obstruction, or anaphylaxis – occur acutely. The CDC has not done any studies to assess the long-term effects of its immunization schedule. To do that one must conduct a randomized controlled trial, where one group of children is vaccinated on the CDC’s schedule and a control group is not vaccinated. Investigators then follow the two groups for a number of years (not just three to four weeks, as has been done in vaccine safety studies).
Concerns that vaccinations in infants cause chronic neurologic and immune system disorders would be put to rest, and their safety certified, if the number of children who develop these diseases is the same in both groups. No such studies have been done, so vaccine proponents cannot say that vaccines are indeed as safe as they think they are.
(One proponent, interviewed by Dan Rather on 60 Minutes, who has financial ties to the vaccine industry that he did not disclose, claims that vaccines “have a better safety record than vitamins.” He neglected to mention that the U.S. government has paid out more than $1.5 billion in its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to families of children who have been injured or killed by vaccines.)
Then and Now
Fifty years ago, when the immunization schedule contained only four vaccines (for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and smallpox), autism was virtually unknown. First discovered in 1943, this most devastating malady in what is now a spectrum of pervasive developmental disorders afflicted less than 1 in 10,000 children. Today, one in every 68 American families has an autistic child. Other, less severe developmental disorders, rarely seen before the vaccine era, have also reached epidemic proportions. Four million American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. One in six American children are now classified as “Learning Disabled.”
Our children are also experiencing an epidemic of autoimmune disorders – Type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and bowel disorders. There has been a 17-fold increase in Type I diabetes, from 1 in 7,100 children in the 1950s to 1 in 400 now. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis afflicts 300,000 American children. Twenty-five years ago this disease was so rare that public health officials did not keep any statistics on it. There has been a 4-fold increase in asthma, and bowel disorders in children are much more common now than they were 50 years ago.
But aren’t vaccines the reason that we don’t have all those diseases anymore?
In 1900 only 133 people per million died of measles. By 1960, there were only 0.3 deaths per million. And this was before the measles vaccine ever showed up!
The same thing happened with diphtheria and pertussis. Mortality rates dropped more than 90% in the early 20th century before vaccines for these diseases were introduced. This was due to better nutrition (with rapid delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables to cities and refrigeration), cleaner water, and improved sanitation (removing trash from the streets and better sewage systems), not to vaccines. The World Health Organization promotes mass vaccination, but knowing these facts states, “The best vaccine against common infectious diseases is an adequate diet” – fortified, one might add, with vitamin A.
Can’t diseases like measles and rubella kill my child?
With rare exception, a well-nourished child who contracts measles will recover smoothly from the infection. Fifty years ago almost all children in the U.S. had measles. And after contracting this disease, one has life-long immunity to it. The protection provided by vaccination is temporary. Adults who contract measles (when the protective effects of the vaccine wears off) are much more likely to have neurological, testicular, and ovarian complications.
Likewise, rubella is a benign disease in children, but if a woman acquires it during pregnancy fetal malformations may develop. One can argue, heretical as such an argument may be, that it would be better to let children have measles, at an age when the infection helps the adaptive immune system mature in a balanced Th1/Th2 fashion and complications from this disease are minimal, rather than vaccinate them against this disease (especially considering the risks of vaccination).
Missing out on childhood diseases may actually hurt my child?!?
One consideration, which vaccine proponents do not address, is this: Could contracting childhood diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox play a constructive role in the maturation of a person’s immune system? Or, to put it another way, does removing natural infection from human experience have any adverse consequences?
The viruses that cause measles, mumps, and chickenpox have infected countless generations of humans, akin to a rite of passage for each member of our species. Contracting these diseases strengthens both parts of the adaptive immune system (Th1 and Th2 ). Mothers who have had measles, mumps, and chickenpox transfer antibodies against them to their babies in utero, which protect them during the first year of life from contracting these infections. Vaccinations do not have the same effect on the immune system as naturally acquired diseases do. They stimulate predominantly the Th2 part of this system and not Th1. (Over-stimulation of Th2 causes autoimmune diseases.) The cellular Th1 side thwarts cancer, and if it does not become fully developed in childhood a person can be more prone to have cancer as an adult. Women who had mumps during childhood, for example, are found to be less likely to have ovarian cancer than women who did not have this infection. (This study was published in Cancer.) Could the fact that cancer has become a leading cause of death in children be a result of vaccinations? Only a randomized controlled trial can conclusively answer this question.
Measles out, Autism in
Since the measles vaccine came into widespread use in this country this disease has virtually disappeared, and it has prevented 100 deaths a year. But now, instead, several thousand normally developing children become autistic after receiving their MMR shot. Termed “regressive autism,” it accounts for about 30 percent of the 10,000 to 20,000 children who are diagnosed with autism in this country each year.
For more, see “MMR and Autism in Perspective: the Denmark Story,” in the Fall 2004 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, posted online here.
Is there an alternative?
Rather than obediently following the government’s schedule, there is now sufficient evidence, grounded in good science, to justify adopting a more user-friendly vaccination schedule, one which is in the best interests of the individual as opposed to what planners judge best for society as a whole.
The User-Friendly Schedule
A user-friendly vaccination schedule prohibits any vaccines that contain thimerosal, which is 50 percent mercury. Flu vaccines contain thimerosal, which is reason enough to avoid them. (See Dr. Miller’s article “Mercury on the Mind” for more on this subject.)
One should also avoid vaccines that contain live viruses. This includes the combined measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine; chickenpox (varicella) vaccine, and the live-virus polio (Sabin) vaccine. This stricture would not apply to the smallpox vaccine (also a live-virus one), if a terrorist-instigated outbreak of smallpox should occur.
Finally, a user-friendly vaccination schedule requires that vaccinations, after the age of two (when the most rapid period of brain development is over) and should be given no more than once every six months, one at a time, in order to allow the immune system sufficient time to recover and stabilize between shots.
In summary, this is a vaccination schedule that I would recommend:
1. No vaccinations until a child is two years old. (An exception is hepatitis B vaccine for infants whose mothers test positive for this disease.)
2. No vaccines that contain thimerosal (mercury).
3. No live virus vaccines (except for smallpox, should it recur).
4. Polio vaccine after two years old (the Salk vaccine, cultured in human cells)
(You’ll see a fourth point on the original article, recommending Pertussis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio vaccines. But Dr. Miller removed them in an “important update to this vaccination schedule” he made on November 17,2005 after discovering that the first 3 were not available without thimerosal. Miller believes that the risk of the combined DPT vaccine, even after age two, outweighs its benefits, so it is better to do without these shots.)
Your pediatrician will not like this schedule
They are taught in medical school and residency training that childhood immunizations are essential to public health. As one pediatrician puts it, “Achieving adequate and timely vaccination of young children is the single most valuable thing a doctor can do for a patient.” They do not question what their professors teach them, nor are they inclined to critically examine studies in Pediatrics and the New England Journal of Medicine that tell them vaccines are safe.
There is a growing body of evidence that implicates vaccines as a causative factor in the deteriorating health of children. The hypothesis that vaccines given in multiple doses, close together, to very young children following the CDC’s Immunization Schedule cause neurologic and immune system disorders is a legitimate one.
If your pediatrician questions this, tell them about these two reviews by the neurosurgeon Russell L. Blaylock: “Interaction of Cytokines, Excitotoxins, Reactive Nitrogen and Oxygen Species in Autism Spectrum Disorders,” in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association [JANA 2003;6(4):21–35], with 167 references. And “Chronic Microglial Activation and Excitotoxicity Secondary to Excessive Immune Stimulation: Possible Factors in Gulf War Syndrome and Autism,” in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons [JAPS 2004;9(2):46–52], posted online, with 54 references.
If vaccines are dangerous then why does my doctor encourage us to get them?
Doctors who conclude that the risks of the government’s immunization schedule outweigh its benefits are placed in a difficult position. If they counsel parents not to have their children follow it, health care plans, which track vaccine compliance as a measure of “quality,” will find them wanting. And if their patient should contract and develop complications from the disease the vaccine would have prevented they may find themselves confronting a lawsuit. If a child becomes autistic following a vaccination, however, the doctor is protected from any liability because the government requires it and the child’s parents, if they had chosen to do so, could have obtained an exemption.
Won’t my child have to have vaccines in order to go to school?
All 50 states require children to be immunized against measles, diphtheria, Hemophilus influenzae type b, polio, and rubella in order to enroll in day care and/or public school. Some states require even more. HOWEVER, you can refuse vaccinations and still enroll your child if you obtain one of three exemptions:
Medical (available in all 50 states)
Religious (available in 47 states)
Philosophical (available in 19 states)
The Good News
If you’re anything like me (Erika), this topic can tempt you to be angry. Really angry. There are people who are knowingly suppressing truth in order to benefit themselves. And there are others who just aren’t doing thorough research before making recommendations to hundreds or thousands of their patients.
It’s a challenge to remember that all of us are greedy, selfish, dishonest, evil, and lazy in our fallen nature. Not just the people falsifying studies, approving things they know are unsafe, or unknowingly encouraging practices that are unsafe, but ME too!
When I think about this, I’m amazed that God had such compassion on His enemies that He sent His Son to live the perfect life that we have failed to live and bear the punishment that we deserve. And I’m amazed that Jesus endured scoffing and spit and scourging with humility out of love. I couldn’t have done it. I have a hard enough time praying for my enemies. Forget dying for them.
I’m grateful that because of Jesus’ perfect live and atoning death, one day I will live under the reign of Him who gives perfect justice, has complete righteousness, overflowing compassion and impeccable integrity. Until then I need to follow Jesus’ example and pray for my leaders and those in positions of power.
Dr. Tenpenny is a board certified medical doctor who has been in practice since 1985. She was an emergency medicine physician and the director of an emergency department in Ohio for 12 years who began investigating vaccines in September 2000. For a good discussion of why one should avoid most vaccines on the CDC’s schedule Dr. Miller recommends Dr. Sherry Tenpenny’s (3-hour) DVD: Vaccines: the Risks, the Benefits, the Choices
You can also see free videos from Dr. Tenpenny here:
Saying No to Vaccines (1 hour, 2 minutes)
Phone Interview with Dr. Tenpenny (37 minutes)
For a history of the start of vaccines, read this enlightening book: The Virus and the Vaccine: The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed
For many more vaccine-related articles, you can visit Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website here. Dr. Mercola is an osteopathic physician, board-certified in family medicine and trained in both traditional and natural medicine.