When the Australian Government announced its free whooping-cough (pertussis) vaccine for every pregnant woman in the country I was shocked. I had not thought that pregnant women would be targeted for vaccination. But little did I know there were more to come. Continue reading
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The introduction of the infant hepatitis B vaccination program began in the state of Victoria on 1 May 2000.
The decision to vaccinate newborns was required as a condition of funding to public hospitals in the state of Victoria under the policy and funding guidelines, issued by the Acute Health Division of the Department of Human Services.
I could not believe this could happen and note that this unethical practice has been in place for 18 years with no sign of it ending. The addition of the hepatitis B vaccine to the infant vaccination schedule meant infants were and still are given four doses of the vaccine: one shortly after birth, and subsequent doses at 2, 4, and 6 months.
When the news broke about this new vaccine for infants I expected some dissent but of course there was no mainstream media analysis and so who really knew of the latest development to over vaccinate our children. At the time I presented a women’s health program on community radio 3CR where I provided some analysis of the issue followed by writing an article that was published in Birth Matters: The Journal of the Maternity Coalition Inc where I expressed my displeasure providing additional information such as the clear directive issued that all health professionals have a legal duty to implement this National Health and Medical Research Councils (NHMRC) policy seen as a major step towards the reduction of acute hepatitis B infection.
Universal hepatitis B immunisation
The statement titled Universal hepatitis B immunisation appeared in NEXUS (Vol 6 Issue 2, November 2000), a publication of the Nurses Board of Victoria. It stated:
In a follow up edition of Birth Matters, the midwives had their say on the hepatitis B addition to the infant vaccination schedule.
MIPP midwives (Midwives in Private Practice) are particularly concerned about the administration of the first dose, for babies who are not in contact with carriers of the disease. The concerns are around informed consent, possible side effects, and storage of the vaccine. MIPP members report that they have informed their clients about the availability of the vaccine, and recommend that those parents who wish their child to have the ‘birth’ dose arrange to have it given at a hospital or by a general practitioner. It is important to note that babies who do not receive the ‘birth dose’ but receive the three subsequent doses will be fully immunised.
The birth dose?
That is a very interesting point: Why are children given four doses when three doses is what is needed for so-called ‘immunisation’. Why are babies given the vaccine at birth? Is this because there is a ‘captive audience’ so to speak. The mums and babies are hospitalised so let’s get them used to having their baby injected with vaccines on the schedule starting with hepatitis B.
The virus infection is generally caused by either unprotected sexual contact or contact with infected blood.
It is apparent that the vast majority of infants born in Australia today would have absolutely no risky behaviours which would leave them susceptible to Hepatitis B infections.
Why was hepatitis B put on the vaccination schedule?
According to the National Vaccine Information Center
The primary reason that the CDC recommended hepatitis B vaccination for all newborns in the United States in 1991 is because public health officials and doctors could not persuade adults in high risk groups (primarily IV drug users and persons with multiple sexual partners) to get the vaccine.
There is no need to give this vaccine to children except maybe if they are at risk due to an infected mother or other person so infected. Vaccines are not harmless as is evident by examining their contents.
Hepatitis B surface antigen recombinant (yeast) vaccine.
The infant dose is (0.5 ml) containing:
Hepatitis B surface antigen. Adsorbed on 250 micrograms of aluminium hydroxide.
Produced in yeast cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) by recombinant DNA technology
The final vaccines also contain sodium phosphate – dibasic dihydrate, sodium phosphate – monobasic dihydrate, sodium chloride, and water for injection and traces of polysorbate 20.
Not something you really want to have injected into your newborn child, is it?
An independent review of the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System – the national database maintained in the US to track and study vaccine reactions) data; publications by governmental, pro-vaccine, and anti-vaccine groups; and a sample of the medical literature leads to the following conclusions:
For most children, the risk of a serious vaccine reaction may be 100 times greater than the risk of hepatitis B.
Overall, the incidence of hepatitis B in the U.S. is currently about 4 per 100,000 and even less for a young child.
In Australia the risk is even lower where:
The overall notification rate of newly acquired hepatitis B decreased from 1.2 per 100,000 in 2009 to 0.7 per 100,000 in 2013.
Adverse events from the vaccine
There are 25,000 reports related to hepatitis B vaccine according to Vaers about one-third of which were serious enough to lead to an emergency room visit, hospitalization, or death. It is often assumed that only 10% of reactions are reported. So the real damage is not known.
A paper published in Neurology 2009 by Mikaeloff Y, Caridade G, et al called Hepatitis B vaccine and the risk of CNS inflammatory demyelination in childhood stated:
The Engerix B (hepatitis B) vaccine appears to increase this risk particularly for confirmed multiple sclerosis in the longer term
They reported that children with a confirmed diagnosis of multiple sclerosis were significantly more likely to have received the Engerix brand of vaccine.
Time for action
Recently it was suggested to me by a fellow critic of this particular vaccine that surely the hepatitis B given at birth is the most unnecessary and unethical and if there was any vaccine that we could use as an example of the burdensome, ever increasing schedule and the damage such vaccines are doing to young lives then this is the one.
We must educate young parents that once their child is born he/she will be given a hepatitis B shot. We need to forewarn them that this vaccine comes with real risks.
One Doctor’s Surprising Answer to the Epidemic of Autoimmunity and Chronic Disease
Thomas Cowan, MD, argues for a direct causal relationship to a corresponding increase in the number of vaccines American children typically receive―approximately 70 vaccine doses by age eighteen. The goal of these vaccines is precisely what we’re now seeing in such abundance among our chronically ill children: the provocation of immune response.
Thomas Cowan’s latest book is one I can’t wait to read. I want to understand all about autoimmunity and how our increasing insane vaccine schedule is implicated.
Cowan begins his book with a description of how when he was growing up he never heard of children with chronic illness or of children who took prescription medicines.
Many of us had horrible diets, yet chronic disease among children was relatively unknown. No one had ever heard of autism, let alone a family member with autism.
I have to agree with his childhood recollections. Children with cancer or an autoimmune disease was unheard of in 1950s Australia.
In his work as a medical practitioner Thomas Cowan has had the experience of treating vaccinated children, partially vaccinated children and the unvaccinated. He writes that he rarely saw an unvaccinated child with any chronic illness however the same could not be said for those who were vaccinated many of whom were suffering from asthma, eczema, seizures and gut problems. This state of affairs he believes:
corresponded with the introduction in the late 1980s to the mid 1990s of certain adjuvants and excipients, as well as the introduction of ever more vaccines.
During his practice he has treated many children who had childhood infectious diseases such as whooping cough, chicken pox, rubella, mumps and measles. These children recovered well and did not develop complications.
1 in 2.5 children have an allergy
1 in 6 children has a developmental disability
1 in 9 children has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD
1 in 11 children has asthma
1 in 13 children has severe food allergies
1 in 36 children has autism
He calls it ‘a national emergency’.
How did we get to such a state where we have so many sick children?
Cowan writes that the cause is environmental requiring us to do something about it. The problem as he sees it stems from the huge drop in infectious disease which ‘train the immune system’.
In writing Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness Cowan wanted to explain the nature of disease.
when we get sick there is a very certain sequence of events that happens: We are fine, then we get a fever, or we get hot then we get snot, and then we get better
In an interview with Dr Joseph Mercola he explains that he often wondered why disease follows this progression. His curiosity led to his researching the nature of fever along with the working of the cell and why our bodies follows this sequence of events in relation to disease.
Once you realise the wonder of this sequence of the events you can understand what happens when something is done to interfere with nature which Cowan describes as ‘thwarting of the sequence’. This is what happens in the context of vaccines leading to chronic disease. Vaccines cause a distortion in the immune response and increases the risk of cancer.
What happens inside the body of a child who gets a new viral disease.
When a new virus enters the body it distorts the cells whereupon the body begins its attack and produces a cell mediated immune response. This system consists of white blood cells which attack the infected cells, chewing them up and spitting them out – this is ‘snot’. This process takes about 5-10 days and over this time we consider the person affected ‘sick’ and all the while the virus has promoted a cell mediated response which clears the body of the virus and dead cells and rejuvenates the cells.
The humoral system which responds by making antibodies to the virus is also activated taking place after the cell mediated response. If the child meets a particular virus again then he/she will not get sick. This production of antibodies takes place around 6-8 weeks after the infection. ‘It is almost a 100% fool proof system’, says Cowan.
These are the two parts of our immune system.
When we vaccinate there is no cell mediated immune response. Vaccines provoke an antibody reaction but because there is no cell mediated response the immunity wears off and boosters are required. Adjuvants such as aluminium are required to stimulate this antibody reaction.
Such as Graves’ disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
these diseases are characterised by an excessive antibody reaction
In autoimmunity there is non specific activation of the humoral immune system caused by the adjuvants such as aluminium. Vaccines stimulate humoral antibodies without a prior cell-mediated response.
There has never been until about the 1940s a situation where you have the stimulation of one without the other. So that’s what happens with vaccines, the whole point of a vaccine is to stimulate the humoral immunity, the humoral antibodies without a prior cell-mediated response.
It is not enough to just put the antigen in a vaccine along with saline. To make the vaccine stimulate humoral immunity, that is to produce antibodies, adjuvants such as aluminium or other irritants such as formaldehyde and mercury are necessary for the immune system to react. These are neurotoxins and should have no place in the human body.
The diseases that are characterized by suppressed cell-mediated immunity and heightened humoral immunity, you’re talking things like asthma, allergies, eczema and autoimmune diseases including Crohn’s, colitis, MS [multiple sclerosis], Sjogren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s, etcetera. All of these are characterized by increased antibody production – that is what we mean by an autoimmune
Cowan states that the the fastest growing type of diseases are autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are soaring globally and together affect as many as one in five Americans today. Thomas Cowan’s Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness explains how our wonderful immune system has been ravaged by vaccines and includes chapters on treatment and diet protocols for autoimmune disease.
A must-read book on vaccines and autoimmunity and a history lesson on natural immunity that we all need to read and share.
This week Martin Foley, the acting Health Minister in the Victorian government called those of us who do not wish to vaccinate our children and those who speak out about the lack of choice in this serious matter ‘irresponsible rogues’. Referring to new data which indicated that the Australian state of Victoria had now reached the 95 per cent target for childhood immunisation required for “herd immunity” the minister stated:
“This record is proof that parents don’t buy into lies of irresponsible rogues putting out myths about immunisation”
The myth of Herd Immunity
The herd immunity myth as it is applied to vaccine induced immunity took hold decades ago when vaccination proponents argued that vaccines provided lifelong immunity in the same way as natural immunity. Natural immunity lasts a lifetime whereas vaccine induced immunity does not.
Vaccine-induced herd immunity is a lie used to frighten doctors, public-health officials, other medical personnel, and the public into accepting vaccinations – Dr. Russell Blaylock MD
Minister, we do not lie about the dangers of vaccines. We refute the often repeated mantra that vaccinations are very safe. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” The U.S Vaccine Injury Court has paid out over $3 billion in damages.
The U.S. government created this specific court in 1986 to protect pharmaceutical companies from the direct lawsuits that were arising due to the preponderance of illnesses and injuries that were stemming from the company’s vaccination products. By establishing the Vaccine Court, the government now protects the pharmaceutical industry by trying the cases and awarding damages from a federal excise tax added to the cost of each dosage of a vaccine.
It is time that Australian parents are told the truth and not fed lies by their governments both federal and state. Many of us who speak out about the ever increasing list of vaccines forced on the population were once pro-vaccine and vaccinated both ourselves and our children. Many have learnt the hard way by having our children damaged by what our governments refer to as ‘safe’ vaccines. Others have become researchers spending many long hours learning that vaccines are not necessary and have only been used for little over 200 years.
Infectious diseases that are now feared and for which there are vaccines to be given were disappearing before the advent of vaccines. Improved living conditions such as good nutrition, education and sanitation were the catalysts for this positive change. There is no need and indeed it is very harmful to be injecting babies from birth with hepatitis B vaccines containing aluminium to stimulate the new immune system of an infant. This over-vaccination of young children today is madness and may well be judged as one of the most stupid mistakes humans have ever made. In Australia today:
By the time a child is five, s/he will have received a total of 41 vaccine doses when the schedule has been followed to the letter. This rises to 46 vaccine doses when the recommended yearly influenza vaccines are included, and then to 50 doses when the two recommended antenatal vaccines, Influenza, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough are also included.
Author of In the wake of Vaccines, Barbara Loe Fisher writes”
“Instead of epidemics of measles and polio, we have epidemics of chronic autoimmune and neurological disease: In the last 20 years rates of asthma and attention-deficit disorder have doubled, diabetes and learning disabilities have tripled, chronic arthritis now affects nearly one in five Americans and autism has increased by 300 percent or more in many states.”
Acting health minister Foley uses the word ‘immunisation’ when referring to the practice of ‘vaccination’. But does he understand the meaning of this frequently bandied about term?
What is Vaccination?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes a vaccine as:
… a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and ‘remember’ it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters
Dr Philip Incao describes the limitations of vaccination
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.
Dr Lucija Tomljenovic describes in Forced Vaccinations: For the Greater Good? how vaccines fail to bring about cellular immunity and thus protection from disease
… vaccines primarily stimulate humoral immunity (antibody-based or Th2 responses) while they have little or no effect on cellular immunity (cytotoxic T-cells, Th1 responses), which is absolutely crucial for protection against viral as well as some bacterial pathogens. Tomljenovic suggests that this failure to bring about cellular immunity may be why booster shots of vaccines are often needed.
What is Immunisation?
There are two compartments to the human immune system.
1. The humoral immune system (or Th2 function)
The humoral immune system produces antibodies in the bloodstream as a response to the presence of foreign antigens in the body. When we give a vaccination we are greatly stimulating the antibody production (Th2) and avoiding the inflammatory response. (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.
2. The cellular or cell-mediated immune system (or Th1 function)
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 diarrhoea. These are signs of illness that indicate our immune system is working to expel foreign matter from our body.
According to Dr Incao:
A growing number of scientists believe that the large increase in allergic and autoimmune diseases (which stimulate the humoral branch of the immune system) throughout America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, is caused by the lack of stimulation of the cellular branch due to the lack of acute inflammatory illnesses and discharges in childhood.
This is what the public deserve to be told. Children need to have their natural immunity challenged by the childhood infectious diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella not vaccines.
As we continue to add more and more vaccinations to the childhood schedule the assault on the immune system worsens. The manifestation of the disease may be suppressed but the disease actually never gets resolved. The organisms continue to circulate in the body causing further disease. Thus the scene is ripe for the development of autoimmune diseases such as asthma, diabetes, eczema and many other debilitating conditions.
What determines the autoimmune disease you can develop depends on which tissues in are attacked by auto-antibodies. If the insulin producing cells of the pancreas are attacked then insulin dependent (juvenile) diabetes can occur.
Vaccines injure children
Vaccines injure children, and the U.S. government has an entire division set up to compensate families. Total compensation paid over the life of the program is approximately $3.7 billion.
As a result an increasing and alarming number of children have chronic conditions which include autism, asthma, allergies, and seizures and are conditions for which those affected need much care.
In Australia, even if a vaccine injury is verbally acknowledged as being attributed to a vaccine, it is not mandatory that reported for further investigation. There is no compensation scheme in Australia despite repeated calls for such. However 19 countries around the world have introduced no-fault vaccine compensation schemes including Germany, New Zealand, USA, Britain and most European countries. These countries acknowledge that injury occurs but in Australia politicians and health officials keep telling us that vaccines are safe.
The number of reported adverse reactions to the MMR since 1990 is nearly 7,000, and most are not reported. Vaccines are not run through the same rigorous trials as drugs. A “vaccinated vs. unvaccinated” study has never been conducted. No one has ever done a double-blind placebo controlled study on multiple-dose vaccines given multiple times.
According to Aisha Dow the inner suburbs of Melbourne have the lowest vaccination rates with Melbourne having 70 to 75 per cent of five-year-olds fully vaccinated, and in the nearby suburbs of St Kilda and South Melbourne, the rate is 80 to 85 per cent. Suburbs boasting vaccination rates of close to 100 per cent at age five include Yarraville, Keilor, Moonee Ponds, Pascoe Vale, Epping, Eltham, Upwey, Hawthorn East, Greenvale and Chadstone. It is likely that socioeconomic factors are a factor in these rates of vaccination with those who are better off financially able to go without the government family payments that are only available to those who comply with unfair enforced vaccination. It has also been found that well educated parents are among those who choose not to vaccinate. This may go some way in explaining the vaccination rates listed here.
If you have a pre-school child and you happen to live in the Australian states of New South Wales or Victoria and unless your child is up to date with the national vaccination schedule, they are unable to attend child care services such as long day care, preschool/kindergarten, family day care and occasional care. Such is the state of our punitive vaccination laws in Australia which also include loss of family benefits/rebates and family tax benefits for failure to comply with our strict vaccination schedule.
Nature has long been seen as the enemy by our ‘health’ system. New technologies continue to flourish and death is deferred.
Radical Philosopher Ivan Illich described the transformation of the human condition, clearly depicting our state of un-health.
By transforming pain, illness, and death from a personal challenge into a technical problem, medical practice expropriates the potential of people to deal with their human condition in an autonomous way and becomes the source of a new kind of un-health.
Sadly our mainstream media continues to be silent about these developments and instead gives relentless voice to politicians who attack those who simply want to bring up healthy children and grandchildren free from vaccine injury and suppression of their natural immunity. Not much to ask surely!
SBS news reports:
Australian scientists have successfully developed an effective oral vaccine that protects babies against the potentially deadly rotavirus from birth
The new vaccine is called RV3-BB and plans are now underway to pursue clinical trials in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Africa.
What is rotavirus?
Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea in children all over the world. In the first few months of life children are protected by way of maternal antibodies transferred from their mother and via breastfeeding.
The National Vaccination Information Centre states:
By the age of five, most children have had several rotavirus infections and have developed natural antibodies that protect them from symptoms of diarrhoea when they are re-infected as they get older.
What is the treatment for rotavirus infection?
Most children do not require treatment for this common infection. They may need extra rest and fluids to prevent dehydration and if the case is severe intravenous re-hydration may be necessary. In developing countries where sanitation and medical facilities are lacking the disease can be fatal. In Australia, it is estimated that there are around 10,000 hospitalisations and one death annually in children usually under two years old from rotavirus. Hospitalisation rates are five times greater in Indigenous Australians compared with non-Indigenous children.
Co-author along with Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D, of The Vaccine Friendly Plan, paediatrician Dr Paul Thomas has an opinion on Rotavirus vaccines.
In America the vast majority of rotavirus infections will be mild. When vomiting and diarrhoea are severe, anti-nausea drugs exist to treat the problem. My experience indicates that the rotavirus vaccine is unnecessary as long as families practice good hygiene, drink clean water and have access to health care if a child gets dehydrated and needs IV fluids…But the rotavirus vaccine is unnecessary for American babies. There is no reason to give it. Take a pass on the rotavirus vaccine. Anti-diarrhoea medications aren’t recommended for a rotavirus infection.
Australian babies do not need these vaccines either. Australia has excellent standards of hygiene, sanitation and medical care.
Nevertheless there are two rotavirus vaccines currently available in Australia:
Rotarix manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck’s RotaTeq.
The Rotavirus live attenuated vaccine Rotarix is given to Australian babies at 2 months and again at 4 months.
Are Rotavirus vaccines safe?
The first rotavirus vaccine RotaShield which was licensed only in the United States was discontinued in 1999 after 15 infants who received the vaccine developed intussusception (a type of bowel obstruction that occurs when the bowel folds in on itself). According to Dr Paul Thomas, both RotaTeq and Rotarix which are used by 77 countries worldwide may also cause intussusception. He reports that this bowel disorder was very rare before the introduction of rotavirus vaccines but since their use the rates of this disorder have increased. Statistics from his own practice reveal that children who received the rotavirus vaccine were four times more likely to suffer gastroenteritis than those who were not vaccinated against the disease.
So why are these vaccines given?
The author of Follow the money describes the Revolving Door/Conflict of Interest
The vaccine industry is worldwide with significant profit margins. It’s no wonder then that when an already manufactured, researched and designed, patented vaccine comes up for approval on efficacy and safety, the manufacturer wants it fast-tracked and promoted as life saving by the government. What better way to do that than have your former employee take over a valuable new role at the CDC. Or vice-versa, reward a former high-ranking CDC employee, who comes with the full knowledge and connections of the CDC, with a high ranking position at your manufacturing company. That is exactly what’s at play in the vaccine industry. It’s business as usual merging big government with big business.
CBS reported on the conflicts of interest in the vaccine industry and found that the vaccine industry give millions to the Academy of Paediatrics for conferences, grants and medical education classes. Wyeth, the manufacturer of the pneumococcal vaccine gave the Academy $342,000 for a community grant program. Vaccine manufacturer Merck gave the Academy of Paediatrics $433,000 the same year the academy endorsed Merck’s HPV vaccine.
Vaccine industry insider
Professor of Paediatrics and director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr Paul Offit is the inventor of RotaTeq, which is now recommended for children worldwide. He holds the patent on the vaccine that he co-invented. Considered a ‘vaccine industry insider’ Offit is well-known for saying that ‘babies can theoretically tolerate 10,000 vaccines at once’.
Now there’s another rotavirus waiting in the wings. This time it’s a vaccine to be given to babies shortly after birth. Babies are already given the hepatitis B at birth. Do we really have any right to subject newborns to another vaccine?
In a world-first clinical trial the new rotavirus vaccine RV3-BB which was developed at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute – was given to hundreds of babies in Indonesia just days after being born. The trial was financially supported by among others Bill and Melinda Gates. The Gates’ enthusiasm for all matters vaccine is well-known. In Everything you need to know about Bill Gates, vaccine safety & his relationship with big pharma, Robert. F. Kennedy Junior has written:
In a widely cited 2014 blog post on the “miracle of vaccines,” Gates expressed enthusiasm about the “inspiring” data on vaccines and the “fantastic” and “phenomenal” progress being made to expand vaccine coverage.
However as Kennedy explains Gates neglects the history of infectious disease. Kennedy cites the example of scarlet fever for which there was no vaccine and which had become rare by the 1950s. Kennedy quotes U.S. mortality data from 1900–1973:
“Medical measures [such as vaccines] contributed little to the overall decline in mortality in the United States since about 1900—having in many instances been introduced several decades after a marked decline had already set in.”
Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our time. Conscientious objectors to vaccination should stand alone, if need be, against the whole world, in defense of their conviction. – Mahatma Gandhi
Once again we risk our natural acquired immunity as we introduce another vaccine to young babies.
On February 2, the Australian government announced that the new meningococcal vaccine (Nimenrix) which covers A, C, W and Y strains (MenACWY) will be added to the National Immunization Program ahead of the next peak meningococcal season. This addition of yet another vaccine to Australia’s increasingly busy vaccination schedule reinforces the Australian government’s non-negotiable commitment to the vaccination of all Australian children.
What is meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal disease is a very scary disease that can cause death within hours if not recognized and treated in time by antibiotic therapy. It is caused by a number of different strains of the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis most commonly by the serogroups A, B, C, W and Y.
There are two different forms of the disease:
Meningitis which is inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord, and Septicaemia, a serious bloodstream infection. Although it is a serious disease, it is rare. The number of cases of meningococcal disease in Australia in 2016 were 252. Of those who suffer invasive meningococcal disease up to one in 10 die and among those who survive 20% will have permanent disabilities which include loss of limbs, sight and hearing problems and severe brain damage.
The mainstream media is renown for treating the fearful public with stories of toddlers struck down with the ‘deadly disease’ told by understandably emotional parents anxious to raise awareness and who urge the government to act and put the meningococcal vaccine on the immunization schedule.
The parents of a Tasmanian toddler who recently contracted the deadly meningococcal disease are sickened their son could have been immunized but they did not realize a vaccination existed.
How is meningococcal disease spread?
The bacterium Neisseria meningitidis is spread through coughing, sneezing or close contact with infected people.
The highest incidence of meningococcal disease occurs in children less than 5 years and adolescents aged 15–19 years. Other risk factors include genetic factors, smoking, living in crowded conditions such as the military and prisons, a recent respiratory illness, alcohol use and underlying chronic medical conditions such as immune deficiency.
Symptoms include headache, rash, fever, vomiting, stiff neck, extreme fatigue, convulsions and irritability.
Meningococcal disease is an awful disease but does it warrant another vaccine added to the already aggressive vaccination program. By the time a child is five, s/he will have received a total of 44 vaccine doses. This rises to 49 vaccine doses when the recommended yearly influenza vaccines are included.
Most of us are not at risk for the majority of us have natural acquired immunity to this organism. According to Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccination Information Center
At any given time, about 20 to 40 percent of Americans are asymptomatically colonizing meningococcal organisms in their nasal passages and throats, which throughout life boosts innate immunity to invasive meningococcal infection. Mothers, who have innate immunity, transfer maternal antibodies to their newborns to protect them in the first few months of life until babies can make their own antibodies. By the time American children enter adolescence, the vast majority have asymptomatically developed immunity that protects them.
Humans have been in contact with meningococcal bacteria for thousands of years. It is rare that they cause illness. But there is no discussion about the need for this new vaccine. Stories about the latest victim to the disease are distributed widely followed by empathetic voices who call for a new vaccine to prevent any future deaths.
The meningococcal vaccine should be available for anyone who wants to use it but it should not be compulsory. However whenever a vaccine is added to the schedule it becomes compulsory in order to access financial benefits, and admittance to childcare and pre-school, as is already the case for childhood vaccinations in Australia.
There must be other ways to find those who are more vulnerable to the disease such as those who smoke and others who are under nourished and attempts made to mitigate the risks that they face from the disease.
According to Barbara Loe Fisher from the National Vaccine Information Centre. Meningococcal vaccines have been found to be at best only about 58% effective within 2-5 years after the adolescent had got the shot.
So what this means is that boosters will be given if vaccine immunity is to be maintained. Or we could go back to naturally acquired immunity which lasts a lifetime.
As more vaccines are rapidly added to the vaccination schedule what is happening to natural immunity? In Vaccination Illusion: How vaccination compromises our natural immunity and what we can do to regain our health, Tetyana Obukhanych, Ph.D. discusses how
Vaccination does not lead to permanent immunity
She explains how before the practice of vaccination:
Infants were protected from these diseases by maternal immunity, whereas adults were protected by their own life-long immunity, which they had acquired in the childhood. The use of vaccines changed this
Today, mothers who are vaccinated are unable to pass valuable protective antibodies on to their babies. Take the case of the MMR vaccine which has been available since the 1960s. Prior to this time, babies had maternal protection from measles via their unvaccinated mothers. They were protected from such infectious diseases by the maternal influence until they were older and able to cope with a case of the wild measles which would give them life long immunity. This sadly is no longer the case and new young mothers who were vaccinated with the MMR and everything else on the schedule are unable to pass on natural immunity.
The situation is grave and benefits no-one but those who profit from the vaccine industry. Vaccination has only been around for over 200 years. It is time to admit the mistake that it is.
This article was first published by Collective Evolution
Helen Lobato is the author of Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed
Sharry Edwards is the pioneer in the study of Human BioAcoustic Biology. Her 30 years of research is being used at the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany, OH.
Sharry Edwards interviewed Helen Lobato on Blog Talk Radio
In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed, Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. What is emerging, however, is evidence of their harmful effects. In 2006, the experimental HPV vaccination program began and there have been at least 315 associated deaths and more than 50,000 adverse events following HPV vaccination.
Gardasil was fast-tracked through the FDA, a process usually reserved for life-threatening diseases to fill an unmet and urgent medical need. Improved living conditions had already reduced the incidence of cervical cancer significantly in Western countries. So why is the HPV vaccine so heavily promoted in Australia, a country with one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world?
Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed documents the early history of cervical cancer and tracks its progression from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence. It includes the stories of vaccinated girls and boys who remain ill after receiving a vaccine purported to prevent a disease they were most unlikely to get. It records the voices of dissenters and resisters who call for an inquiry into HPV vaccines approved for use after a relentless propaganda campaign promoting a vaccine against a virus that many had never heard of.
This in-depth investigation exposes cracks in the pharmaceutical industry and highlights the problems that arise when government regulators and corporate interests are prioritized ahead of patient safety, independent science, and common sense.
In Sacrificial Virgins: Part 1 – Not for the greater good Professor Peter Duesberg claims that if HPV is found in cervical cancer tumours it is just a fossil of a previous HPV infection. According to the Berkeley University Molecular Biologist there is no causal relationship between the human papilloma virus and cervical cancer.
But then we have this entire HPV vaccination program based on the idea that this wart virus causes causes cervical cancer and so we need to vaccinate the whole teenage population against it. It is time that we acknowledge that what is claimed to be a cancer-causing virus may only be a fossil or a passenger virus and therefore not cause any problem at all.
In my book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed I cite the revolutionary work of Janine Roberts in my effort to make sense of the fear that has led to the vaccination of teenagers with Gardasil in order to prevent infection from the human papilloma virus.
We all have been taught to greatly fear viruses — and yet scientists are now discovering that they are fundamental parts of life, made by the millions by all healthy cells.
— Dr Roberto A. Giraldo, physician and specialist
in internal medicine, infectious and tropical diseases
In Fear of the Invisible: How Scared Should We Be of Viruses and Vaccines, HIV and Aids (2008), author and investigative journalist Janine Roberts suggests that rather than seeing viruses as harmful we need to see them for what they are:
… we make them, shape them and live within a sea of them
…viruses are made out to be enemies that must be attacked in order for pharmaceutical companies to be the beneficiaries of a multibillion dollar ‘war on terror’
Western medicine needs an enemy. Cancer is one of our current enemies, a disease state that attracts around $US5 billion a year in research dollars resulting in expensive miracle drugs that delay the inevitable death — often weeks, perhaps months, rarely years.
In the story about cervical cancer and current treatments it may be helpful to understand cancer as proposed by Michael Coleman from the Cancer Research UK Cancer Survival Group in his essay ‘War on cancer and the influence of the medical-industrial complex’, published in the Journal of Cancer Policy (Coleman, 2013). He describes
cancer as “a uniquely diverse constellation of diseases that stem from spontaneous or induced errors in the complex genetic systems that have evolved over millions of years to regulate the reproduction of our own cells”
He also tackles the use of the ‘metaphor of war’
Waging war against a disease that is so intrinsic to our cellular biology is even more quixotic than declaring a war on terror, drugs or religion. War is more than just a metaphor. It distorts political thinking about cancer with the illusory clarity of victory and defeat.
Whether we are talking about cancer or infectious disease it is time to put this ‘war’ approach to rest and adopt an holistic understanding of life, health, disease and death.
We have been educated to fear these minute cellular particles; our media campaigns are designed to focus on them rather than on the real enemy – the toxins or the lack of nutrients that detract from a state of wellness. By the middle of the 20th century the rate of infectious diseases was in decline in the wake of improved living conditions but death from cancer rose. The fearful public wanted answers, they wanted to know the cause. Most of all they wanted a cure. The nature of cancer was puzzling, and microbiologists began to look for cancer causing germs. A connection between organisms such as bacteria or fungi and cancer could not be established, but that was not the end of the matter. The task of finding the cause of cancer shifted to virologists who, aided by increasingly sophisticated technologies, took up the cudgel — this time searching for hypothetical cancer-causing viruses.
By the 1970s, Harald zur Hausen had begun exploring the idea that the human papilloma virus could be the cause of cervical cancer. In the early 1980s, the German virologist found the human papilloma virus, HPV type 16, in approximately 50% of cervical tumours and HPV type 18 in approximately 20% of cervical tumours.
HPV might be present in cervical tumours but the real question is whether it causes any harm. Chances are it is merely a passenger virus as claimed by Professor Peter Duesberg in Sacrificial Virgins.
If so we have been vaccinating girls and boys for a disease not caused by a virus with the vaccine that is associated with thousands of unnecessary adverse events and ill health for many recipients.
Parents and their daughters have been influenced by a huge marketing campaign waged by Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, and the mainstream media. In 2006 the message was intense with scarcely a day passing without a cervical cancer story accompanied by the promotion of an auspicious, imminent vaccine. This message reached an uninformed public, most of whom had never heard of this virus but were now anxiously waiting for a vaccine to become available as quickly as possible. Sadly so many of these parents and children are left regretting the decision they made to vaccinate, and struggle to deal with day to day real health issues.
Turning this obedience to the whims of the pharmaceutical companies around will take a radical shift in how we understand disease. The culprit won’t be studied in a test tube, cultured in the laboratory, or lend itself to a marketable product.
Western medicine has neglected the whole person focussing on the different parts of our bodies, such as our livers, our heart, and our brains. New technologies have flourished and most importantly death is deferred. Over the years many have warned of the growing dilemma as they saw it. The problem of leaving health care in the hands of the professional elite. Radical Philosopher Ivan Illich wrote
By transforming pain, illness, and death from a personal challenge into a technical problem, medical practice expropriates the potential of people to deal with their human condition in an autonomous way and becomes the source of a new kind of un-health.
It is time to seek an alternative view on sickness and health this time from Ben Court, the family osteopath:
In naturopathic terms, any event that the body uses to steer itself back to a homeostatic balance, is termed a “healing crisis”, i.e. its purpose is a positive move towards health not away from it, no matter how unappealing the actions taken by the body might be.
Rather than regarding a cold or a bout of the flu as a disease we should instead see this challenge as a detoxification process by the body.
With this in mind how do we understand childhood infectious disease? Possibly the same way I would suggest and that rather than fearing the childhood bouts of measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox we revert to regarding these illnesses as symptoms of an unwell body and focus on the cause. It is known that measles is connected with a vitamin A deficiency. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends vitamin A for children with measles in areas where vitamin A deficiency may be present. In knowing this connection we would be far better off ensuring that all children have adequate levels of vitamin A rather than the measles vaccine.
Infectious diseases were in decline before the advent of vaccination programs.
This graph shows that in England and Wales the annual death rate of children (under age 15) from measles declined from over 1,100 per million in the mid-nineteenth century, to a level of virtually 0, by the mid 1960s
Looking at the whole person and understanding the reasons that the body is out of balance is far superior to the system that regards vaccination as the answer to infectious disease and more.
In the words of Barbara Loe Fisher Co-founder & President National Vaccine Information Center
Instead of epidemics of measles and polio, we have epidemics of chronic autoimmune and neurological disease: In the last 20 years rates of asthma and attention-deficit disorder have doubled, diabetes and learning disabilities have tripled, chronic arthritis now affects nearly one in five Americans and autism has increased by 300 percent or more in many states.
Time to put this irrational belief system that viruses are harmful to bed and work with nature.