Not Vaccinated? No Kisses!

 

Grandparents and friends of newborn babies are getting their Tdap vaccine – said to offer the best prevention for adults against pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria. It’s for the pertussis part of the vaccine (whooping cough) that they are being vaccinated. This practice of vaccinating friends and family of the new baby is called Cocooning –  under the premise that in doing so, the infant will be protected from getting whooping cough.

All great for the vaccine industry that is worth close to $24 billion and estimated to see $61 billion in profits by 2020. However the Pertussis vaccination lasts only about three years. It has a very short shelf life.

Pertussis outbreaks cannot be blamed on unvaccinated people. Those coughing with Pertussis can be vaccinated or unvaccinated. Studies have found that the majority of those with pertussis had been vaccinated.Pertussis vaccines have been used for 60 years and the pertussis organism has evolved to become resistant- it is adapting to highly immunised populations.

Vaccines are promoted on the back of the promise of herd immunity. Herd immunity is a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a large percentage of a population has become immune to an infection. But vaccine -induced herd immunity is a myth because vaccine immunity doesn’t last long. Herd immunity is not achieved by vaccination but by naturally acquired immunity. When you experience the natural disease immunity from the disease and herd immunity is achieved.

Take the case of the Chicken Pox vaccine – everyone used to get chicken pox and in the process obtained lifelong immunity. In 1995 the Merck vaccine for chicken pox came out. This prevented older children and adults who had already had the disease from being naturally boosted when they came into contact with younger children with chicken pox. This was real herd immunity. But instead of this we now have an epidemic of shingles in children and adults. But then Merck now has a shingles vaccine. Surprise, surprise.

This is crazy. What are we doing to our immune systems when our bodies do not get exposed to viruses and bacteria – when we only get vaccines for every infectious disease?

Much can be learned about the immune system from the research of PHILIP F. INCAO, M.D. There are two compartments to the human immune system. 1. The humoral immune system (or Th2 function) 2. The cellular or cell-mediated immune system (or Th1 function) The humoral immune system produces antibodies in the bloodstream as a response to the presence of foreign antigens in the body. The cellular immune system gets rid of foreign antigens through the work of cells in the thymus, tonsils, adenoids, spleen and the lymph system. This action of ridding the body of foreign antigens is known as an acute inflammatory response of the body. This is manifested by the classical signs such as fever, pain, malaise and discharge of mucus, pus, skin rash or diarrhea.

When we give a vaccination we are greatly stimulating the antibody production (Th2) but there is very little stimulating of the digesting and discharging function of the cellular immune system (Th1).If a vaccine stimulated the whole immune system we would get all the symptoms of disease such as the fever, malaise, pain and discharge. However the vaccine only stimulates the humoral immune system thus avoiding the inflammatory response.

Vaccines don’t boost the immune system but do stimulate the antibody “tasting and remembering” function of the antibody-mediated branch of the immune system and inhibit the body’s ability to fight the disease.

Phillip Incao sums it up like this: Vaccinations are usually effective in preventing an individual from manifesting a particular illness, but they do not improve the overall strength or health of the individual nor of the immune system. Instead, vaccinations modify the reactivity of the immune system, decreasing acute discharging inflammatory reactions and increasing the tendency to chronic allergic and auto-immune reactions.

In the US it costs well over $2000 to fully vaccinate a child. 54% of children in the United States are living with chronic illness.  Back in the 50s and 60s when people still got measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox, such levels of ill health were unheard of.  We have traded in infectious disease for chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders.

In the 80s most children were given DPT, MMR, and polio vaccines, and vaccine manufacturers were supposedly going broke from damages. But today they are given hepatitis B at birth, DTaP, Hib, pneumococcal, polio, influenza, MMR, chicken pox, HPV, and meningococcal vaccines, with many more vaccines in the pipeline and the vaccine manufacturers are making a fortune and not paying a cent in damages.

Something has to change. This is a disaster.

Overdosing on cleanliness

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It seems that we have taken the proverb, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ , far too literally and that it’s going to take pig faeces to save us.

Yesterday I heard the news that there may be welcome relief for people suffering from auto immune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and autism. The hope for sufferers comes from Coronado Biosciences Inc which is developing a drug which contains thousands of microscopic parasite eggs, obtained from pig faeces, and suspended in a tablespoon of saline solution to be taken orally.

In a pig, the eggs would grow into mature whipworms and reproduce, without harming their host. In humans, the same eggs barely survive two weeks. Yet in that short period they appear to modulate a patient’s immune system and prevent it from attacking the body’s own tissues and organs.

Studies have shown that there are higher rates of autoimmune disease in the developed world, and particularly among upper-income groups. This is thought to be connected with what is known as the hygiene hypothesis. Sadly, people in developed nations have largely lost touch with the natural world and with more of us living in cities and high-rise apartments we have little contact with dirt. When we come into contact with dirt, millions of organisms, including viruses, bacteria and worms, enter the body. Researchers believe many of these organisms are needed to train the body’s immune system to recognize and fight disease. So if we don’t get dirty we don’t give our immune systems a chance to develop. Unfortunately, living in a less than spotless environment is generally frowned upon and the over use of  antibacterial soaps, detergents and sanitizing gels grows. It is so distressing to watch these products being advertised on our TV screens and it’s little wonder that children think this is normal.

Then to add insult to injury is the ever-growing list of vaccines given to the very young, workers and the elderly. Children’s immune systems are suffering from lack of exposure to the natural world along with the endless bombardment of vaccines leaving their immature immune systems with little challenge to develop. Where once a young child’s immunity was challenged by common diseases such as measles, mumps and chicken pox, the use of vaccines has largely eliminated these along with the chance to develop natural immunity.

That humans with autoimmune diseases face the prospect of swallowing a drug which consists of thousands of microscopic parasite eggs, culled from pig faeces, suspended in a tablespoon of saline solution is not a good solution. Not because of the yuck factor but because the situation has arisen in the first place and there appears to be little chance of reversing the process. As the  family block shrinks there’s less need or occasion to place our hands in the health-inducing soil. Once again it’s a technological fix set to reap rewards for its developers when there is just no willingness to prevent the problem. We need to encourage children outside and playing in the dirt, playing with animals, and we need to throw out the sanitizing gels and detergents.

With 700,000 Americans suffering from Crohn’s disease, 1.3 million Americans afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis and as many as 7.5 million suffering from psoriasis, sales of autoimmune disease drugs are expected to grow in the mid-single-digit percentages through 2016, from $34 billion in 2010, according to market research firm BCC Research.

 

 

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