In part 1 of the Vaccination Debate, you saw a list of the preservatives … adjuvants that stimulate the immune system to react more strongly to the virus … antibiotics … and other substances that make up today's vaccines.

Many of these ingredients are toxic. Quite a few of them have been classified as known hazardous substances on up to eight different federal regulatory lists.

And they CAN harm your immune system, nervous system and gastrointestinal system and – in extreme cases – lead to permanent disability or death.

The Federal Government VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) receives about 11,000 reports of serious adverse reactions to vaccinations annually, which include as many as 100 to 200 deaths and several times that number of permanent disabilities.

The thing is … the FDA estimates that doctors are reporting as few as 1% of adverse events related to vaccinations. Medical schools actually tell doctors NOT to report them.

So the actual number of serious adverse reactions could be 10 to 100 times greater than the number reported.

Of course, vaccines contain toxic ingredients that are recognized as hazardous, so it should be no surprise that there's some risk of adverse reaction. And don't think for one moment that the medical community is not aware of that risk – they are. But they believe that chancing potential health hazards is worth it, if you can prevent a pandemic.

The question is … are vaccinations as effective as your doctor says they are – or have we been sucked in by some very convincing myths?

Myth #1: Vaccines are proven to boost your immunity.
Studies show that vaccines stimulate antibody production in your body.

However, the jury's still out on whether or not antibody production actually results in immunity.

A study published by the British Medical Council in 1950 during a diphtheria epidemic concluded that there was no relationship between antibody count and disease incidence. Researchers discovered resistant people who had extremely low antibody counts and sick people with high counts.

The number of antibodies in their bodies didn't seem to affect whether or not they caught the disease at all.

The truth is … vaccinations have never been PROVEN to work. And here's why …

No researcher has directly exposed test subjects to diseases – it wouldn't be ethical to do so …
No double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have been done to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated people …
Not everyone exposed to a disease develops symptoms – so it's impossible to know if the person would have developed symptoms if he had not been vaccinated, and ...
Studies have had no long-term follow-up to determine vaccination effectiveness or identify chronic toxicity.
Now if the increased antibody production stimulated by the vaccine really does boost immunity, you have another problem …

… In most cases, the protection is only temporary.

The chicken pox vaccine, for example, has an effectiveness estimated at 6 to 10 years. If it works, it'll postpone the child's vulnerability until adulthood - when death from the disease, while still rare, is 20 times more likely than in childhood.

Myth #2: Vaccines wiped out many infectious diseases.
Health authorities claim that vaccines are responsible for disease declines.

Yet these assumptions are directly contradicted by government statistics, published medical studies, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports, and the opinions of credible research scientists from around the world.

You see, infectious diseases declined steadily for decades prior to mass immunizations.

According to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, childhood diseases decreased 90% between 1850 and 1940, paralleling improved sanitation and hygienic practices - well before mandatory vaccination programs came into existence.

And European countries that refused immunization for smallpox and polio saw the epidemics end along with those countries that mandated it, so vaccines were clearly not the sole determining factor.

The scary thing is … vaccines have actually triggered the pandemics they were supposed to be protecting people from …

The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 was caused by the vaccines our soldiers received. The majority of those who survived are the ones that refused the vaccine.
The 1976 swine flu vaccine killed 25 people and paralyzed 500 more – while the swine flu itself was attributed to one death.
Japan experienced yearly increases in smallpox following the introduction of compulsory vaccines in 1872. By 1892, there were 29,979 deaths, and all had been vaccinated.
In the early 1900's, the Philippines experienced their worst smallpox epidemic ever after eight million people received 24.5 million vaccine doses (achieving a vaccination rate of 95%) – quadrupling the death rate.
Six New England states reported increases in polio one year after the Salk vaccine was introduced - ranging from more than doubling in Vermont to Massachusetts' astounding increase of 642%.
In 1985, the CDC reported that 87% of the cases of polio in the US between 1973 and 1983 were caused by the vaccine.
In Minnesota, a state epidemiologist concluded that the Hib vaccine increases the risk of illness when a study revealed that vaccinated children were five times more likely to contract meningitis than unvaccinated children.
Before England's first compulsory vaccination law in 1853, the largest two-year smallpox death rate was about 2,000; in 1870-71, England and Wales had over 23,000 smallpox deaths.
Even more troubling is the testimony of Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the Department. of Biostatistics for the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. In 1962, he told a Congressional hearing that not only did the cases of polio increase substantially after mandatory vaccinations -- a 50% increase from 1957 to 1958, and an 80% increase from 1958 to 1959 - but the statistics were deliberately manipulated by the Public Health Service to give the opposite impression.

Myth #3: If you're vaccinated, you're protected from the disease.
Outbreaks in recent years have hit vaccinated children much harder than unvaccinated children.

Medical literature supports this fact – with a surprising number of studies documenting vaccine failure. Measles, mumps, smallpox, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Hib outbreaks have all occurred in vaccinated populations …

In 1989 the CDC reported: "Among school-aged children, [measles] outbreaks have occurred in schools with vaccination levels of greater than 98%. [They] have occurred in all parts of the country, including areas that had not reported measles for years."
The CDC reported another measles outbreak that occurred in a population that was documented as being 100% vaccinated – making measles the "disease of immunized persons."
In the US in 1986, 90% of 1,300 pertussis cases in Kansas were "adequately vaccinated." And 72% of pertussis cases in the 1993 Chicago outbreak were fully up-to-date with their vaccinations.
How could this be?

A recent study found that measles vaccination "produces immune suppression which contributes to an increased susceptibility to other infections."

And it's not just the measles vaccine that does this.

Research indicates that vaccination commits immune cells to the specific antigens in a vaccine, making them incapable of reacting to other infections. This could actually reduce the immunological reserves in your body – and lower your resistance to other sicknesses and diseases.

Another factor could be the antibiotics that doctors so liberally prescribe. Researchers found that a single injection of antibiotics within one month of a vaccination raised the risk of polio eight times … two to nine injections raised the risk 27-fold … and 10 or more injections raised the risk a whopping 182 times!

Myth #4: Childhood infectious diseases must be avoided at all costs.
One of the goals of vaccination is to protect your child from experiencing infectious diseases like the measles, mumps, chicken pox and pertussis.

But the fact is … most childhood infectious diseases have few serious consequences in today's modern world. Even conservative CDC statistics for pertussis during 1992-94 indicate a 99.8% recovery rate.

And not only are most infectious diseases rarely dangerous, but they can actually play a vital role in the development of a strong, healthy immune system.

You see, the natural immunization that takes place when you catch an infectious disease is a complex interactive process involving many bodily organs and systems. It cannot be replicated by the artificial stimulation of antibodies.

It's kind of like the chicken and the egg. When a chicken is hatching, it needs to go through the process of breaking through the egg for proper maturity. If you break the egg for it, it would be too weak to survive.

The same way, our immune system needs to fight off infectious diseases to be strong. For example, persons who have not had measles have a higher incidence of certain skin diseases, degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, and certain tumors. And people who haven't experienced mumps have been linked to higher risks of ovarian cancer.

Some medical doctors are now beginning to believe that contracting childhood diseases like mumps, measles and chicken pox is actually beneficial for maturing and strengthening your entire immune system.

So should you vaccinate your child or not?
That decision is totally up to you. The goal of this series of articles is to simply give you information so you can know the facts … weigh the risks … and make the best choice for you and your family.

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Submitted by Liz Monte on Sat, 08/22/2009 - 12:47.
This is a very intriguing article and explains the whole vaccination debate in a very clear and well-organized manner. Well-written, too. Can the author provide validation? Ie, scientific sources for the statements she makes?

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Submitted by changeheart on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 15:12.
I second Liz Monte's assessment of Deanna's article. Below are some supporting studies.[Contact changeheart.again@gmail.com for a pdf copy of the out-of-print Charles Higgins September 17, 1919 (212 page) Petition to President Woodrow Wilson identifying (among other medically induced poisonings) how the so-called Spanish Flu of 1916-1918 that killed over 50 million worldwide was ignited by compulsory vaccinations of American soldiers and civilians.] Only a laboratory deliberately manufacturing combined dosages of disparate living viruses could introduce infection so virulent as to swiftly suppress the immune functions of a huge percentage of human beings. (And now, what scheme are the WHO and the UN and the FDA and the CDC and Homeland Security orchestrating with this Swine Flu 'pandemic'?)The following research report provides some additional references.August 21, 2009Vaccines Are Far More Lethal Than Influenza

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Professor Joe Cummins

"Vaccines are far more lethal than swine flu. Mass vaccinations are a recipe for disaster," warn Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins
This report has been submitted to Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer of the UK, and to the US Food and Drugs Administration
Why are children the first to get experimental swine flu vaccines?
A swine flu outbreak occurred simultaneously in Mexico and the United States in April 2009 and spread rapidly around the world by human-to human transmission. The new type A H1N1 influenza virus is unlike any that has been previously isolated [1, 2], judging from the data released in May. It is a messy, unnaturally occurring combination of sequences from bird flu, human flu and swine flu virus lineages from North America and Eurasia. A senior virologist based in Canberra, Australia, has advised the press that he thinks the virus could only have been created in a laboratory [3]. Some analysts even suggest, without corroborating evidence, that it was made intentionally as a bio-weapon [4], while others implicate the possibility of intensive antibiotic inoculation in the livestock industry as well as trafficking of love animals over long distances, which provide plenty of opportunity for generating exotic recombinants [5].

But what worries the public most is the mass vaccination programmes governments are putting in place to combat the "so-called" pandemic, which -- considering the history of vaccines -- is most likely to be far worse than any pandemic itself.

Watchdog opposes fast-track vaccine for school children

The US government intends to vaccinate all children in September when school re-opens, and the country’s vaccine watchdog National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has called on the Obama Administration and all state governors to provide evidence that such a move is [6] “necessary and safe” and demanding “strong mechanisms for vaccine safety screening, recording, monitoring, reporting and vaccine injury compensation.”

The US Departments of Health and Homeland Security had declared a national public health emergency in April soon after the swine flu outbreak. As a result, some schools were closed, people quarantined, and drug companies awarded contracts worth $7 billon to make vaccines that are being fast tracked by the Food and Drugs Administration [7]. That means vaccinations will only be tested (if at all) for a few weeks on several hundred children and adult volunteers before being given to all school children this fall.

Furthermore, even if people are severely disabled or die, under legislation passed by the US Congress since 2001, "Emergency Use Authorization" protects drug companies, health officials and anyone administering experimental vaccines from liability during a declared public health 'emergency.' US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius has granted vaccine makers total legal immunity from any lawsuits that may result from any new swine flu vaccine. And some state legislatures already passed laws making the vaccination mandatory.

The NVIC is asking whether the states are prepared to obey vaccine safety provisions in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which include: 1. Giving parents written information about vaccine benefits and risks before children are vaccinated; 2. Keeping a record of which vaccines the children get, including the manufacturer’s name and lot number; 3. Recording which vaccines were given in the child’s medical record; and 4. Recording serious health problems that develop after vaccination in the child’s medical record and immediately making a report to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

NVIC wants to know if the states are prepared to provide parents with “complete, truthful information about swine flu vaccine risks,” the right to say “no” to vaccination for their children and financial compensation to children injured by the swine flu vaccines.

Co-founder and president of NVIC Barbara Loe Fisher said [6]: “Parents and legislators should be asking themselves right now: Why are children the first to get experimental swine flu vaccines? Are schools equipped to get signed informed consents from parents before vaccination, to keep accurate vaccination records and to screen out children biologically at high risk from vaccine reactions? Will people giving these vaccines be prepared and knowledgeable on how to monitor children afterwards and immediately record, report and treat serious health problems that develop? And will states have the financial resources to compensate children who are injured?”

WHO and mass vaccination fever

The mass vaccination order has come from the World Health Organization (WHO) [8]. In early July 2009, a group of 'vaccination experts' concluded that the pandemic is unstoppable, and Marie-Paul Kieny, director on vaccine research at the WHO, said that all nations will need access to vaccines, and vaccines should be available as early as September.

Critics point out that the ‘vaccination experts’ are employed by or in collaboration with vaccine manufacturers which stand to gain lucrative contracts from the governments. But the decisive argument against mass vaccinations is that historically flu shots simply do not work and are dangerous [9].

Flu shots ineffective and significantly increase risks of disability and death

There are widely acknowledged reasons why flu vaccines fail to work, as already demonstrated with the much-touted vaccines for the ‘pandemic bird flu’ that has yet to materialize [10] (How to Stop Bird Flu Instead, SiS 35). Influenza viruses mutate naturally and quickly – even without the help of genetic engineering in the laboratory. Yet, each flu vaccine can only target a specific viral strain. Furthermore, flu vaccination does not give permanent protection, and must be repeated annually; the vaccines are difficult to mass-produce, and many strains do not grow at all under laboratory conditions.

Numerous studies have documented that flu shots give little or no protection against infection and illness, and there is no reason to believe that swine flu vaccines will be different.

A review of 51 separate studies involving more than 294,000 children found that in children under the age of two, the efficacy of inactivated vaccine was similar to placebo. It was not possible to analyze the safety of vaccines from the studies due to the lack of standardization and information available [11]. A report published in 2008 found that flu vaccines in young children made no difference in the number of flu-related doctor and hospital visits [12].

On the other hand, a study of 800 children with asthma found that those receiving flu vaccine had a significantly increased risk of asthma-related doctor and emergency room visits [13]; the odds ratios were 3.4 and 1.9 respectively. This was confirmed in a report published in 2009, which showed children with asthma who received FluMist had a 3-fold increased risk of hospitalization [14].

Flu vaccines are equally useless for adults, including the elderly, giving little or no protection against infection or illnesses including pneumonia (see [9]).

Toxic adjuvants in flu vaccines

Vaccines themselves have a long history of being dangerous, especially live, attenuated viral vaccines or the new recombinant nucleic acid vaccines [10], which have the potential to generate virulent viruses by recombination; in addition, recombinant nucleic acids are known to cause autoimmune diseases.

A further major source of toxicity in the case of the flu vaccines are the adjuvants, substances added in order to boost the immunogenicity of the vaccines. There is massive documentation on the toxicities of adjuvants. Most flu vaccines contain dangerous levels of mercury in the form of thimerosal, a deadly preservative 50 times more toxic than mercury itself [9], which tends to accumulate in the body. Thimerosal is known to cause long-term immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioural dysfunctions. Also associated with mercury poisoning are autism, attention-deficit disorder, multiple sclerosis, and speech and language deficiencies. The Institute of Medicine has warned that infants, children, and pregnant women should never be injected with thimerosal. Yet, the majority of flu shots contain 25 micrograms of it!

Another common adjuvant is alum or aluminium hydroxide, which can cause vaccine allergy, anaphylaxis, and macrophage myofascitis, a chronic inflammation syndrome, In cats, alum also gives rise to fibrosarcomas at the site of injection [15]. Numerous new adjuvants are no better, and could be worse. According to a recent review in a science and business pharmaceutical publication [15], most newer adjuvants including MF59, ISCOMS, QS21, AS02, and AS04 have “substantially higher local reactogenicity and systemic toxicity than alum.”

Current status of swine flu vaccines

Five different companies have been contracted to produce vaccines worldwide: Baxter International, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Sanofi-Aventis and AstroZeneca [16]. Already stretched beyond capacity, there is every intention to make smaller vaccine doses go further with a range of new adjuvants [17], with the blessing of the WHO (see later).

Flu vaccines are traditionally produced from non-virulent (attenuated or weakened) influenza viruses (see Box for a description of the viruses). To be effective, the genes of the non- virulent virus used must match those of the viral strain spreading in the population. Activation of the immune system by exposure to the non pathogenic form of the circulating pathogenic strain leads to the production of antibodies that will confer protection against the pathogenic strain. Producing the non-virulent virus involves first identifying and then recreating the subtypes of two of the virus’s surface proteins, haemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N), which determine the strain’s virulence and ability to spread, and are also the target proteins for vaccine production.

Influenza viruses

There are 3 types of influenza viruses, A, B and C. The influenza A type virus is the main one that causes diseases in birds and mammals. Its genome consists of 8 segments of RNA coding for 11 proteins, and the viruses are further classified by subtype on the basis of the two main surface glycoproteins (proteins with complex carbohydrate side chains): haemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N) [18]. The segmented genome enables the virus to ’reassort’ (shuffle) segments as well as recombine within segments, thereby greatly increasing the rate of evolution and generation of new strains. Reassortment is also widely exploited in the laboratory in the process of creating vaccine strains. To-date, 16 H and 9 N subtypes have been detected in numerous combinations circulating in wild birds [19].

Seed viruses are first spawned to provide the starting material for large scale production of live non-virulent flu viruses. Seed viruses are approved by the WHO or the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). The usual method of seed virus production is reassortment (see Box). Fertilized chicken eggs are injected with both a standard non-pathogenic influenza strain known to grow well in eggs and the strain that carries the genes expressing the desired vaccine H and N protein subtypes. The two viruses multiply, and their eight genome segments reassort with 256 possible combinations. The resulting recombinant viruses are then screened for the desired virus with the six genome segments that allow the standard strain to grow so well in eggs and the H and N genes from the circulating strain. The seed virus is then injected into millions of eggs for mass production of vaccine. This conventional method of seed stock production takes about one to two months to complete [20].

Cell culture systems may eventually replace chicken eggs. Baxter International applied for a patent on a process using cell culture to produce quantities of infecting virus, which are harvested, inactivated with formaldehyde and ultraviolet light, and then detergent [21]. Baxter has produced H5N1 whole virus vaccines in a Vero cell line derived from the kidney of an African green monkey, and conducted phase 1 and 2 clinical trials with and without aluminium hydroxide as adjuvant [22, 23]. The main finding was that the toxic adjuvant did not increase neutralising antibodies against the vaccine strain. Baxter has agreed to ship H1N1 vaccine by the end of July or early August 2009 but details of the production of that vaccine have not yet been released to the public [16].

In December, a Baxter facility in Austria sent a human flu vaccine contaminated with the deadly H5N1 live avian flu virus to 18 countries, including the Czech Republic, where testing showed it killed the ferrets inoculated [24]. Czech newspapers questioned whether Baxter was involved in a deliberate attempt to start a pandemic.

Norvatis, another big pharma, announced on 13 June that it, too, has produced a swine flu vaccine using cell-based technology and the proprietary adjuvant MF59®. The MF59® adjuvant is oil based and contains Tween80, Span85, and squalene [25]. In studies of oil-based adjuvants in rats, the animals were rendered crippled and paralyzed. Squalene brought on severe arthritis symptoms in rats, and studies in humans given from 10 to 20 ppb (parts per billion) of squalene showed severe immune system impact and development of autoimmune disorders [26].

Novartis was in the news in 2008 for a clinical trial of a H5N1 vaccine in Poland. The trial was administered by local nurses and doctors who gave the vaccine to 350 homeless people, killing 21; and were prosecuted by the Polish police [27, 28]. Novartis claimed the deaths were unrelated to the H5N1 vaccine [29], which had been “tested on 3500 other people without any deaths.”

GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine will be made up of antigens of the recently isolated influenza strain, and also contains its own proprietary adjuvant system AS03 that has been approved in the EU along with its H5N1 bird flu vaccine in 2008. According to the European Public Assessment Report [30], AS03 adjuvant is composed of squalene (10.68 milligrams), DL-?-tocopherol (11.86 milligrams) and polysorbate 80 (4.85 milligrams). The H5N1 vaccine also contains 5 micrograms of thimerosal, as well as Polysorbate 80, Octoxynol 10, and various inorganic salts. The company is aggressively promoting various adjuvant systems as its ‘adjuvant advantage’ that reduces the dose of vaccines [31].

A recent WHO survey of primary vaccine producers concluded that the potential output of 4.9 Billion doses of H1N1 vaccine per year is a best-case scenario, assuming among other factors that the most dose-sparing formulation (that will include toxic adjuvants) be selected by each manufacturer and that production will take place at full capacity. WHO Director-General, Dr .Margaret Chan, and the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, met with senior officials of vaccine manufacturers on 19 May and asked them to reserve part of their production capacity for poor countries that would otherwise have no or little access to vaccine in the case of a pandemic [32].

The last mass-vaccination in the US was a disaster. In 1976, cases of swine flu were found in soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and one of them died, most likely of physical overexertion rather than from the infection [7]. This led to the launch of a mass vaccination of 40 million against a pandemic that never materialized. Thousands filed claims for injury. At least 25 died and 500 developed paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome [33, 34].

Swine flu syndromes mostly mild

As of 22 July 2009, the CDC listed a total of 40,617 reported cases of swinelu in the US with 319 fatalities, giving a case/fatality ratio of 0.8 percent [35]. The death ratio is probably much lower since most mild cases are unreported. Experts estimate that only 1 out of 20 cases are reported [36].

The UK is the worst affected European country, and the pandemic is in the headlines everyday in July. A new telephone helpline was set up on 23 July to give people advice and the means to receive tamiflu vaccination without seeing a doctor. In that week, there has been a record rise in cases to 100 000 and a total of 30 deaths so far [37], giving a fatalities/case ratio of 0.03 percent, a significantly lower case/fatality ratio.

UK’s chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson has ordered the NHS to plan for as many as 65,000 deaths, with 350 a day at the peak [38]. There has been no plan as yet for mass vaccination; but the UK government has advance orders for 195 million doses of vaccine with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

The vaccine that GSK is developing will be tested on a limited number of people as the UK drug company reportedly [39] “weighs the pandemic danger against the risks of an unsafe shot.” This was criticized as “risky” by Professor Hugh Pennington, a retired microbiologist at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. “By limiting clinical trials, Glaxo raises the danger that the vaccine dose isn’t properly calibrated, and could lead to shots that don’t protect people from the virus or at worse are unsafe,” Pennington said.

Pennington added that the shot’s ability to trigger the body’s defenses is crucial and requires tests to determine the best dose and whether an adjuvant is needed to bolster the immunity. (As we know, GSK is definitely promoting its new range of toxic adjuvants.) He also referred to the Fort Dix incident in 1976 (see earlier).

France has ordered vaccines from Sanofi, GSK and Novartis, but sees no reason to ask vaccine makers to shorten or skip clinical trials [16]. Sanofi-Aventis, the French drug maker developing its own swine flu vaccine will begin testing the product in early August, and estimates it will need as much as two and a half months of tests before having a shot that’s “both safe and protective,” according to Albert Garcia, speaking for the company’s vaccine unit, “the vaccine will be ready in November or December," he said.

Baxter, however, will produce a vaccine by early August for clinical tests.

Glaxo also said it is developing a face mask coated with antivirals to prevent infection and boosting production of its Relenza drug for patients already suffering from swine flu.

There are obviously safer and more effective ways to combat the pandemic than mass vaccinations: washing hands often, sneezing into a tissue that can be safely disposed of, avoiding unnecessary gatherings, and delay opening of schools – all advised by governments.

And we would add eating healthy food, exercising, and getting plenty of vitamin D (sunshine in moderation is best) to boost your natural immunity [10].

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Deanna Blanchard is a health writer at NewsBlarg.com.