Now that it’s back to school time, the subject of vaccination is on everyone’s mind. Especially since California decided to remove your rights as a parent to make decisions for your child.
If the vaccination topic was cut and dry, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Mandate teeth brushing and flossing? Ok. Mandate more broccoli? Great.
But what if the government decided to mandate that everyone needs to have chemotherapy once a month. This way we can beat cancer before it ever starts, right? Wrong–it would be a completely asinine idea and lives would be destroyed. Are there a few lucky souls who would benefit from chemotherapy? It’s probable, but hardly outweighed by the damage done and cost.
I’m not saying that vaccination is as devastating to the human body as chemotherapy is, but where do we draw the line between benefits and harm? And here’s the problem with vaccination–it’s not a single intervention we are talking about here. Rather, it is at least 12 separate disease vaccinations given over the course of some 30+ episodes by the time your child is in first grade. These numbers can go up depending upon how many diseases we think we can prevent with vaccination.
Even worse, these vaccines are truly loaded with chemicals that are INJECTED into the bloodstream (while you may hear all types of crazy accusations on this point, you can check out the CDC’s website that includes when these ingredients were updated by the manufacturer).
None of this gets into the argument about the effectiveness of each individual vaccination or whether or not it’s even a good idea to try to outsmart Mother Nature by wiping out communicable diseases.
In other words, mandating something that is so rife with controversy is NEVER a good idea, especially when each side of the debate thinks they have all the answers and use fear and emotions to achieve goals rather than facts.
(Just in case you were wondering…yes, this rant is leading somewhere)
The idea that when you suppress one type of infection or one form of an infection another comes in to take its place is called antigenic shift. We have seen this happen with many vaccines–HPV (Gardasil) and pneumoccocal (Prevnar) are just two solid examples. In other words, a vaccination is designed to protect against only a small sample of a certain family of infectious agents. With time, the types of infection that the vaccine protects against does indeed go down in the population. But, unfortunately, other related “cousins” of these infectious agents begin to rear their ugly heads, all too often leading to strong, more deadly infections that are harder to kill.
This little tidbit you don’t hear about much. Instead of promoting the problem, there is just a quiet push by medicine to get your children “updated” with the new vaccine. Prevnar is the perfect example that you can read about more in a previous article by clicking here.
In this particular article, researchers looked at the effect of the pertussis / whooping cough vaccination on the growth of a related microbe, Bordetella parapertussis (as opposed to Bordetalla pertussis, which causes whooping cough). You see, the current vaccinations (the “aP” part of the DTaP shot) does nothing to protect against the parapertussis bacteria, so researchers looked at the results of the current pertussis vaccination on parapetussis infection in rodents.
The results should raise some very strong concerns for parents in the state of California:
- The current vaccination does nothing to protect against B. parapertussis infection.
- While the vaccination helped clear B. pertussis infection, there was a FORTY-FOLD increase in B. parapertussis infections (as CFUs).
- This increase was the result of a DECREASE in the immune response (lung inflammatory and neutrophil responses) against B. parapertussis.
Yes, this was “just” an animal study, but it raises the very real possibility that the use of the pertussis / whooping cough vaccination is wreaking havoc on our children’s immune ability to fight of similar competitive infections.
So, the next time your pediatrician pressures you to vaccinate your child (in this case, for whooping cough) and tries to guilt you or shame you in caving in, ask him or her how much he or she knows about antigenic shifts and the rise of competitive infections with the vaccination. If you get a blank stare, it’s time to turn and run.
And hopefully, you’re not living in California.