Immunizations (also called vaccines) are a primary tool in conventional medicine to cope with diseases. It is important to realize that nature gave us tools to cope with illness long before immunizations were developed. Acute illness can strengthen the immune system, like an exercise class. The so-called usual childhood diseases — Measles, Mumps, Chickenpox — are part of nature’s original plan to build immune strength during a time of life when children are protected. However, one must know how to care for the immune system to make this acute illness a strengthening event for the individual. See Basics for acute illness, Warmth and health, Acute and chronic illness. These articles instruct you in the care of your own immune system during acute illness and why it is important.
Initially immunizations were directed against contagious infections, but now they are being formulated to address other conditions, for example, schizophrenia. Approximately 145 new vaccines are in the production pipeline (2013).
In theory, a small mount of antigen from a disease-causing germ when injected repeatedly results in production of antibodies to the germ, and prevention of any disease which that germ causes. To understand how vaccines work, please read the articles Acquired Immunity and Innate Immune System.
Vaccines activate a portion of the immune system’s capacity, so a person who grows up with only vaccines and not ordinary acute contagious illnesses has used only a part of his/her immune system. Two things can result:
- Overuse of humoral (acquired) immunity can result in overstimulation of antibody production; this may explain the current increase in allergies and autoimmune disease;
- Lack of use of the full immune system appears to result in weakening of the immune system, evidenced by rising chronic disease in all age groups. “There is no system of the human being, from mind to muscles to immune system, which gets stronger through avoiding challenges, but only through overcoming challenges.” *
Some of these long-term questions about the impact of vaccines could be readily evaluated by a scientific study comparing the health of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people. This would not be difficult, since some communities, like the Amish, contain large numbers of unvaccinated people. This study has never been done.
The current combination of vaccines mandated for children and adults has never been studied as a combination. Individual vaccines are studied, often for brief periods of time in small numbers of children. The combination program was mandated for public use, including in newborns, without studying the combination.
In today’s environment many states mandate vaccines for groups of the population and make them widely available (grocery stores, schools, pharmacies, and more outlets planned). Ads promote vaccines like make-up, using typical advertising peer pressure psychology, fear, and financial rewards. The casual accessibility of vaccines suggests they are not really a medical event, and are related to retail activities like shopping. The vaccination event is separated from taking a medical history and keeping complete medical records.
This casual handling would make one think that vaccines can do no harm.
In fact, the US Supreme Court (1965, and 1986) has declared that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.”+
(As a result of this, vaccine manufacturers are not responsible for damages caused by vaccines they make. One Supreme Court justice dissented stating that if manufacturers are not responsible for vaccine damages, the manufacturers have no motivation to manufacture vaccines of high quality.)
This remarkable statement is never discussed in medical release forms, advertising claims, or often even in state legislative considerations.
How did it happen that we live in a culture in which a fundamentally “unsafe” medical procedure is mandated and divorced from the medical system and treated like a retail event?
This astounding confluence of contradictions is a part of our time. It demonstrates the ‘spell’ that is cast over the public through the combination of emotion-based advertising, legal threats, and limited factual information.
As a result, it is very difficult for parents to choose between the risk of a disease (and possible loss of access to school or rights to raise their children) versus the risk of multiple vaccines. If we go with the flow, we vaccinate our children, and deal with the outcome.
Parents may choose to individualize medical care including the vaccination schedule for their infant, as opposed to following the standard one-size-fits-all schedule. Parents choosing to do this take on a new responsibility.
- Unvaccinated families must know how to recognize and begin care for illnesses.
- Parents choosing not to vaccinate also must take public health responsibility of isolating a sick child from vulnerable individuals, such as pregnant women and the immunocompromised.
- They must also inform their children what immunizations they have had and not had so the child can make his/her own decisions when he/she reaches age 18 years old.
For a review of the flu vaccine choices for 2013-2014 flu season, see the work of Paul G. King, PhD., http://dr-king.com/docs/130906_No_ThimerosolInfluenzaVaccineChoicesForThe2013_2014FluSeason_final_br2.pdf.Print This Post
ASK YOUR DOCTOR: An anthroposophic healthcare provider often helps parents and individuals decide what is the right vaccine program for themselves / family, through understanding both the disease and the vaccine, and helping them get through the vaccination safely if they choose to vaccinate.
- We are not all the same genetic make-up. Susceptibility to vaccine reactions can be sought by seeking a family history of vaccine reactions, autoimmune disease, and autism spectrum disorder. Parents and providers may choose to separate vaccines, instead of giving many antigens at one visit. This lightens the load on a vulnerable over-reactive immune system. “If you vaccinate ask Eight” provided by the National Vaccine Information Center is a list of questions to assist in deciding whether to use a vaccine, and the best timing.^
- Being in good health at the time of a vaccine is important.
- Rest is important (don’t get a vaccine and jump on a plane) because the vaccination is obligatory immune work. The injected substance goes straight into the blood stream, bypassing normal immune processing such as nose and mouth mucous membranes. The body needs space to direct its life forces to handling this task in an orderly way.
- True Botanica Thuja 6x for adults 3-5 pellets three times daily orally for two weeks before and two weeks after each immunization. Uriel Thuja D6 for adults 10 drops twice daily two weeks before and two weeks after each immunization. Weleda also has this remedy by prescription. Thuja 6x (D6) provides immune and detox strengthening around the time of the vaccination.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, has written in detail on “How to Reduce the Toxic Effects of a Forced Vaccination” He states that each vaccine causes temporary brain inflammation, as do many other things in our environment, including pesticides, MSG, heavy metals, and others. His practical advice in part is as follows:
- Take a cold pack with you and place it on the site of the injection as soon as you can, as this will block the immune reaction. Once you get home, continue using a cold pack throughout the day.
- Vitamin C – 1000 mg, taken four times a day between meals. It is a very potent anti-inflammatory and should be taken in a buffered form, not as absorbic acid, says Dr Blaylock.
- Astaxanthin – It’s an anti-inflammatory. According to Dr Blaylock, fatal reactions to vaccines in aboriginal and African children occurred in those who were deficient in carotenoids, like astaxanthin, which are found in salmon and orange vegetables. It is a good protection against the toxic effects of the vaccine.
- Take a multivitamin-mineral daily one that does not contain iron. This multivitamin-mineral is to make sure your body has plenty of B vitamins and selenium. Selenium, said Dr Blaylock, is very important for fighting viral infections and it reduces the inflammatory response to vaccines.
- Vitamin D3 – is important for normal inflammatory reactions. Please determine the dose with your healthcare provider.
- Some oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, canola oil and peanut oil can significantly suppress immunity and increase inflammation. Exclude them from your diet.
- Drink very concentrated white tea at least 4 times a day. This will help to prevent abnormal immune reactions.
- Make a green drink using parsley and celery. Using a blender, place a handful of each in juice and grind until the herbs are very fine.
Thorough research is required to make a decision you feel satisfied with about vaccines. Understand each vaccine, and each disease. Work with a wise healthcare provider.Print This Post
*How Vaccinations Work, Incao, Philip, http://philipincao.crestonecolorado.com/index_htm_files/How%20Vaccinations%20Work.pdf
+Vaccine Epidemic, ed Habakus and Holland, Skyhorse Publishing, 2011, page 12.
^If you vaccinate ask Eight, http://www.nvic.org/Ask-Eight-Questions.aspx
Dr. Blaylock’s advice: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/19/The-Truth-about-the-Flu-Shot.aspx
Dr. Blaylock also publishes a health newsletter: http://www.blaylockreport.com/index.html
On 2013-2014 flu vaccine choices from FAME Systems, Paul G. King PhD: http://dr-king.com/docs/130906_No_ThimerosolInfluenzaVaccineChoicesForThe2013_2014FluSeason_final_br2.pdf.
On what your rights to refuse a vaccine are: Vaccine Legal Exemptions, ebook Phillips, Alan, http://www.vaccinerights.com/attorneyphillips.htmlPrint This Post