The Dangers of Vaccinations

Prior to required vaccinations for children in the United States, the rate of childhood infections was beginning to fall.  The idea behind vaccinations was based on germ theory, but germ theory is not altogether sound. Germs alone do not make people ill – germ behavior depends upon the environment in which they live. 

If the body is compromised, malnourished or full of toxins, germs will thrive.  If the body is healthy, germs can actually be beneficial.  With mass vaccinations however, virtually no medical history, assessment of immunity or prior vaccinations given to the mother are taken into consideration.  This approach may create disastrous results.

Take thimerosal, for example.  From early on, the case against thimerosal has been significant.  A preservative used in vaccines, thimerosal contains a potent neurotoxin called ethylmercury – weighing in at a whopping 49.6 percent! 
To prevent fungi and bacterial growth, thimerosal was added to infant vaccines in 1931, and at the time autism was virtually non-existent.  By 1943, eleven cases of autism were identified and diagnosed.  Today, over 40,000 new cases of autism are diagnosed by pediatricians each year.

In 1991, the FDA and CDC recommended three additional vaccines for young infants – all containing thimerosal.  At this time, cases of autism in children drastically rose from one in every 2,500 children to one in every 166 children.  Many concerned parents and scientists are convinced of a link.

In addition to a possible connection to autism, an astounding number of early studies suggest a link between thimerosal and problems like speech delays, attention-deficit disorder and hyperactivity.  Consequently, the amount of thimerosal in most children’s vaccines has been adjusted to trace levels. 

Ironically though, the government strongly recommends flu shots for pregnant women and young children, and many types of flu vaccine still contain the harmful preservative.   As research has shown that mercury tends to amass in the brains of some animals upon injection of vaccine, it would stand to reason that the developing brains of unborn infants might be particularly vulnerable.

When given blood tests for minerals, most are within normal range for children with autism.  Amounts for mercury, however, are often dramatically high.  Many proponents of the theory of a link between thimerosal and autism suggest that a subset of children may have difficulty with mercury because of genetics, gender and/or other predispositions.   Incidentally, autism is more common in boys, and the recurrence rate in families is 3 – 8%.

Good vs. Bad Vaccinations
When it comes to the decision to vaccinate, many parents now take caution, looking carefully at vaccines that have a high level of short-term toxicity.  For instance, public fear of the whole-cell pertussis vaccine is growing due to many years of medical reports of epilepsy, cognitive delays and death.  Because many countries have abandoned this vaccine, American parents are even more resolved.

Conversely, as the tetanus disease is life-threatening and the vaccine is always preventative and less severe, many parents opt FOR tetanus shots.  Families who often travel to parts of the world still experiencing cases of polio often opt FOR this vaccination as well.

The Politics behind Vaccinations
Sadly, as many lawmakers in Washington have received contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, vaccine manufacturers have been given a strong dose of their own immunity – that being protection from lawsuits filed by parents of children harmed by vaccines.  Vaccine-related documents have been sealed, pharmaceutical companies have been shielded from subpoenas, and riders have been secretly slipped into bills that deny compensation to families with children having vaccine-related brain disorders.

The Bottom Line
As disturbing as the political trend may be, parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s health, and the key factor is education.  What many parents may not realize is that they CAN choose whether or not to vaccinate their children.  Or, they can opt for some vaccinations and reject others.  Making an informed choice based on education can lessen fear in parents and work to ensure a child’s health and safety. 

Sources:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8336821
http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0616-31.htm
http://www.healthy.net/scr/Article.aspx?Id=525

 

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