Vaccines ... Are They Safe?
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The following exerpt about vaccine safety from Lifestyle Choices is the second of four common assumptions about vaccinations. The basic assumptions are as follows:
- Vaccines are solely responsible for the virtual elimination of deadly diseases, including smallpox, polio, measles, and others. Therefore, they are necessary as the only way to prevent any other communicable disease.
- Vaccines are safe and relatively harmless.
- Vaccines are effective (i.e., protective).
- The conclusion that often follows is the assumption that good mothers vaccinate. If a mother does not have her children vaccinated, she must be negligent, ignorant, abusive, or deranged.
Read the following information concerning safety and see if any of your ideas are challenged.
The Second Assumption, Safety
"In order to understand the 'safety' of vaccines, you have to know several things, including how a baby's immune system works from birth onwards, and what vaccines do biochemically in the body. That work has never been done."218
Neither vaccine profiteers nor government agencies have EVER conducted long-term studies on genetic damage and the probable cancer-causing effects of vaccines. Vaccine makers have no incentive to conduct expensive clinical control studies on vaccine safety since federal law protects them from liability if a child is severely injured or killed by a vaccine. Private insurance companies won't touch vaccine damage.219
Why does the government mandate our children be vaccinated without first providing high-quality safety studies? Just the fact that an agency was set up to pay damages seems to say that they knew these vaccines were going to cause harm. Actually, they knew pharmaceutical companies would stop producing vaccines if they were not given protection. The question is— whom do these vaccine related policies really protect?
Insurance companies know the liability risk for vaccinations; therefore they place them in the same non-coverage category as acts of God and nuclear war. The government, insurance companies, and manufacturers of vaccines all seem acutely aware of the dangers involved with vaccines and fear massive liability suits that can arise from such injuries.
Private insurance companies, which do the best liability studies, have totally abandoned coverage for damage to life and property due to three causes: (1) acts of God, (2) nuclear war and nuclear power plant accidents, and (3) vaccinations.
Ingredients in Vaccines Antigens
The second assumption, that vaccines are safe and relatively harmless leads us to examine their ingredients. The first category is a variety of foreign proteins called antigens that come from either killed or live viruses or bacteria. These would include diphtheria bacterium, pertussis organisms, tetanus toxoid, live polio virus, live measles virus, live mumps virus, live rubella virus, hepatitis B virus gene, and influenza virus.
All viruses contain RNA and DNA, genetic material that sheds and that can be picked up and absorbed by the organisms in which they are immersed in a process known as transession. These infected cells are known as pro-viruses or molecular intermediates and can lie dormant in tissues throughout the body. They can be activated at a later time and trigger auto-immune phenomena such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, lupus, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, and others. Transession is one explanation for auto-immune phenomena—why the immune system cannot distinguish between foreign invaders and its own tissues, and why it begins to destroy itself.220
There is yet another disturbing connection that many are suspecting today. Charles Robert Richet, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in medicine for his work with anaphylaxis, has stated that alien proteins via vaccination render the person hypersensitive instead of being protected. This hypersensitive state, called anaphylaxis, is now epidemic in young children, causing them to live every day of their lives under threat of death by life-threatening allergies to normally harmless substances such as peanuts.
The connection goes like this. When researchers study allergies and proteins that can cross react, they look at the various molecular weights of the allergen. Foods with the same molecular weight can cause cross-reactions in allergic persons. Peanuts, and some other foods, have the same molecular weights as the antigens in the DPT, tetanus, polio, and influenza vaccines. So when a person is in a vaccine-induced hypersensitive state and s/he comes into contact with any substance of the same molecular weight as the vaccine antigens, that reaction can be extreme, and in fact can cause anaphylactic shock.221
This information has been known for almost a century, yet for some reason, it has not been considered. The fact is, you usually don't find what you're not looking for, and it is well known that research done by the CDC has been to prove that vaccines are OK—not to discover whether or not they are safe.
Dr. Viera Scheibner, an expert on the dangers and ineffectiveness of vaccinations, has researched over 30,000 published medical papers. She states that she has not found even one study that clearly demonstrates the safety of any vaccine. In fact, her scientific conclusion is in the same vein as Dr.Richet, that vaccines do not immunize, they sensitize. Vaccines predispose the body to such secondary illnesses and infections as chronic ear infections, colds, allergies, asthma, Guillain-Barre syndrome, etc.222
The Medium, DNA Contaminant?
The second category of ingredients in vaccinations is the medium in which the antigen is cultivated. This includes such cultures as dog or monkey kidney tissue, chicken or duck egg protein, chick embryo, calf serum, pig or horse blood, human fetal tissue, cow's brains, and cowpox pus. These foreign proteins become part of the vaccine that is injected directly into the body's tissue. They do not get filtered through the digestive process nor do they pass through the liver. This is one reason for their extreme toxicity.
"These proteins are foreign to the body, and are in a state of decomposition. They are composed of animal cells, and therefore contain animal genetic material. It is possible for the genes in these cells to be picked up by the live, attenuated (weakened or killed) viruses used in vaccines. These viruses then implant a foreign alien genetic material from animal tissue cultures into the human genetic system ..."223
What long-range effect will that have on the human genome, the collective DNA of the human race? What unpredictable effects could there be in the coming generations of humans? Who knows? As we proceed through this examination of vaccines, be alert to other references that connect some aspect of vaccinations with the risk of human DNA contamination.
Adjuvants, Neurotoxic Metals
Next, an adjuvant (a chemical agent added to a drug to increase its effect) is necessary in order to boost the body's antibody response to the vaccine antigen. The vaccine community equates antibody response with immunity; more about that later. Mineral compounds such as aluminum phosphate or aluminum hydroxide (alum) are used as adjuvants. Aluminum, as you know, is a well-known neuro toxin associated with Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases. It is cumulative in the body. Bacterial products are used also, the most common of which is Bordetella Pertussis.
Another type of adjuvant is oil-based, such as squalene. Adjuvants that are oil-based are needed for the many new vaccines featuring recombinant DNA, DNA that has been genetically engineered. This kind of vaccine contains bio-engineered microbial molecules created by inserting or splicing one piece of a germ into other organisms. The purpose is to prompt the body to create antibodies to these man-made recombinants.
Oil-based adjuvants cause extreme inflammation, and animals injected with them always develop painful, incurable auto-immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus. "Since Gulf War I, the military has been secretly putting an oil-based adjuvant called SQUALENE into certain experimental lots of military vaccines.224
Preservatives and Others
Formaldehyde and Mercury
Other vaccine ingredients include stabilizers, neutralizers, carrying agents, and preservatives. Formaldehyde is used in a form called formalin, a 37 percent solution of gaseous formaldehyde, to detoxify some toxins like diphtheria and tetanus. "Formaldehyde is so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has labeled it both a hazardous substance and a hazardous waste."225
Mercury, as ethylmercury, in thimerosol, is also used extensively as a preservative, although its effectiveness for this purpose is not always dependable and does not eliminate all fungi and bacterial growth in vaccines. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that kills brain cells—and is retained mostly in the brain. It is the most toxic nonradioactive heavy metal, more toxic than arsenic or lead.226 Vaccines that today are supposed to be mercury-free still contain some residual mercury that was used in processing.
The symptoms of acute mercury poisoning have been known for centuries. In the 1800s hat makers in England made felt hats using mercury vapor. Their neurologic disorders were so well known that people used the expression mad as a hatter. You all remember the character from Alice in Wonderland. Incidentally, it took three quarters of a century for mercury to be banned in hat making in the United States.
Rejection of Thimerosol
What do other countries think of the mercury-containing thimerosol? Russia banned that preservative from children's vaccines twenty years ago, and Denmark, Austria, Japan, Great Britain, and all the Scandinavian countries have since followed suit.227 Iowa was the first state to ban mercury in vaccines in 2004, followed by California. Similar bans are now under consideration in thirty-two other states.228
Cover-up of Toxicity
Internal documents reveal that Eli Lilly, which first developed thimerosol, knew from the start that it could cause damage and even death in both animals and humans. Even when their own studies revealed that thimerosol was toxic to tissue cells in concentrations one hundred times weaker than the concentration in a typical vaccine, the company continued to promote thimerosol as nontoxic.229
Effects of Toxicity
Number of Vaccines and Rate of Autism Proportional
Although the FDA banned the use of thimerosol in over-the-counter products in 1997 and also considered banning it from animal vaccines, it has never been banned as a preservative in vaccines. During the 1990s, 40 million children were injected with thimerosol-based vaccines, receiving unprecedented levels of mercury during a period critical for brain development.
At two months of age, infants routinely received three inoculations that contained a total of 62.5 micrograms of ethylmercury, a level ninety-nine times greater than the EPA's limit for daily exposure to methylmercury, a related but less toxic compound than ethylmercury.
A brief look at the vaccine schedules of 1985 and 2006 show the tremendous increase in the number of vaccines injected into our children. In 1985, children received eighteen vaccines by six months and thirty-three vaccines by age five years. Today they receive fiftyone vaccines by six months and seventy-seven by school unless they also receive flu shots. In that case, children would be injected with ninety-five vaccines by school age. According to Dr. Tenpenny, there are twenty more vaccines that may be included by 2010. Most of these would go into the adolescent schedule.230
An article in the February 2001 publication of the Journal of Degenerative Diseases had this to say:
Evidence for an autism pandemic is mounting. In California there was a 273 percent increase in the number of children with autism from 1987 to 1998 and in Florida it is up 571 percent. According to U.S. state education data, we have seen increases of 876 percent in 8 years in New Jersey, 627 percent in 6 years in Illinois, 1200 percent in 10 years in Broward, Miami, and a 13-fold increase in 6 years in Colorado.231
It seems more than obvious that as the number of vaccines has increased, the number of children with adverse effects, including autism, has exploded. This information contrasts strikingly with findings of the Amish population. Dr. Frank Noonan, a family practitioner in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has treated thousands of Amish for a quarter-century. He states that while he's found the other usual diseases among this group, he has not seen autism.232 His observation is all the more important because the Amish do not vaccinate their children.
Another Contaminant—Conflict of Interest
While the issue of vaccination and its connection with autism and other neurological conditions is raging, conflicts of interest between vaccine producers and governmental agencies are commonplace. Those in decision-making capacities often benefit greatly while the losses to the victims of adverse vaccine reactions are too high to be measured. Many scientists who are in advisory positions for new vaccine recommendations have financial interests in the very companies that are developing the vaccines.
By means of vaccine policy ... the federal government is effectively making critical medical decisions for an entire generation of American children. The mechanism is a publicprivate partnership. "Recommendations" are issued from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a small group whose members have incestuous ties with agencies that stand to gain power, or with manufacturers that stand to gain enormous profits from the policy that is made. Even if such members recuse themselves from specific votes, they are permitted to participate in discussions and thus influence the decision.233
A flagrant example of this was the secret meeting at Simpsonwood that we've mentioned previously. After the research study by CDC epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten was presented disclosing the connection between thimerosol in vaccines with the dramatic rise in autism and other neurological disorders, "The CDC paid the Institute of Medicine to conduct a new study to whitewash the risks of thimerosol, ordering researchers to rule out the chemical's link to autism … and told other scientists that Verstraeten's original data had been lost and could not be eplicated."234 Where is the basic standard of honesty on which the public's protection depends? How can we trust the statements and recommendations of an agency that clearly has competing interests?
Paul writes in Titus 1:15 (NAS), " ... to those who are defiled and unbelieving (not worthy of confidence, untrustworthy235), nothing is pure but both their mind and their conscience are defiled." He speaks in 1 Timothy 4:1–2 of some in the last days who follow deceptive spirits, who are hypocrites and liars, and who have their conscience seared as with a branding iron. Surely anyone who knowingly perverts the truth, especially while knowing of the tragedies that result, must surely have their conscience deadened. We are truly in warfare, and many can get entangled in the web of deception.
The FDA's Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS) receives about twelve thousand reports of serious adverse reactions to vaccinations annually, of which 1 percent is death. The FDA estimates that VAERS is only informed of about 10 percent of the actual number of unfavorable reactions.
Another study says that only one in forty cases are reported, or 2½ percent; one manufacturer of vaccines says one in fifty, 2 percent; and the CDC has suggested as little as one in one hundred, or 1 percent of the total. This data would project a minimum of ninety thousand and a maximum of about nine hundred thousand with a conservative estimate being around three hundred thousand serious adverse reactions per year due to vaccines.236 A very disconcerting study was one conducted in 1995 in which the CDC found that reporting rates were less than 1 percent for serious reactions such as loss of consciousness after a DPT shot.237 With numbers such as these, one wonders just why the vaccine policy is not changed. In point of fact, it is changing, but the change is to give still more vaccinations.
Link to SIDS
From both national and international studies there is a link between vaccinations and SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome. As quoted previously, in the mid-1970s when the Japanese raised their vaccination age from two months to two years, their incidence of SIDS dropped dramatically.238
One study found that three thousand children die within four days of vaccination each year in the United States. Another study concluded that half of SIDS cases—that would be twenty-five hundred to five thousand infant deaths in the United States each year—are caused by vaccines,239 yet coroners refuse to check the vaccination status of SIDS victims, and the CDC does not monitor this correlation either.
Contamination Connection with Cancer
Yet Another Cover-up
We have mentioned the issue of contaminated vaccines. Here is another instance of such occurrence. From 1955 to 1963 ninety-eight million children were vaccinated with the polio vaccine. Although it was discovered during this time period that the vaccine was contaminated with SV-40, a known cancer-causing virus, it continued to be distributed.
Back in 1954, a year before polio vaccines were used, a scientist discovered that many hamsters injected with polio vaccine growth medium "grew large cancer tumors."240 This information was not taken to be significant by vaccine decision makers.
In 1960 Bernice Eddy, a government researcher, discovered that when she injected hamsters with the kidney mixture on which the polio vaccine was cultured, they developed tumors. Eddy's superiors tried to keep the discovery quiet, but Eddy presented her data at a cancer conference in New York. She was eventually demoted, and lost her laboratory. The cancer-causing virus was soon isolated by other scientists and dubbed SV40, because it was the fortieth simian virus discovered. Alarm spread throughout the scientific community as researchers realized that nearly every dose of the vaccine had been contaminated. In 1961 federal health officials ordered vaccine manufacturers to screen for the virus and eliminate it from the vaccine. Worried about creating a panic, they kept the discovery of SV40 under wraps and never recalled existing stocks. For two more years millions of additional people were needlessly exposed—bringing the total to 98 million Americans from 1955 to 1963.241
Bernice Eddy testified to the U.S. Congress in 1972, "If you continue to allow these contaminated [polio] vaccines to go out, I guarantee you that over the next twenty years you will have epidemics of cancer unlike the world has ever seen."242 Do you think she was right?
In 1996 an Italian research team announced that it had found SV40 DNA in a large percentage of brain and neurological tumors, including glioblastomas, astrocytomas, ependymomas, and papillomas of the choroid plexus. The researchers suggested that SV40, the cancer-causing virus, may be a "viral cofactor" involved in the sharp rise in human brain tumors.243
It is thought that the virus may now be incorporated into our genetic makeup. Another possibility is that, undetected by vaccine manufacturers, the virus continues to contaminate current stocks of polio vaccine.244
The AIDS Connection
In the mid 1980s new and more sophisticated testing procedures were developed. Researchers discovered that about 50 percent of all African green monkeys were infected with simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). That is a virus closely related to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the infectious agent thought to precede AIDS.
The World Health Organization (WHO) convened two meetings of experts in1985 to explore the data and consider their options, but they concluded that the vaccines were safe and insisted that vaccination campaigns should continue unabated. Shortly thereafter, Japanese researchers conducted their own investigation and found that monkeys used to produce polio vaccines were natural carriers of a virus that looked and acted like HIV. In 1989, they recommended that monkeys infected with SIV not be used to make polio vaccines.
According to Robert Gallo, an expert on the AIDS virus, some versions of the SIV monkey virus are virtually indistinguishable from some human variants of HIV and stated that"The monkey virus is the human virus." Minced monkey kidneys were (and still are) used to produce the live polio vaccine. SIV has been found in the cancer cells of AIDS victims and in other people, as well.
To many researchers, this trail of evidence has become too persuasive to deny. Apparently, millions of people were infected with monkey viruses capable of causing AIDS, and this crossspecies transfer most likely occurred by way of SIV-contaminated polio vaccines.245 In addition to this contamination, "Jonas Salk, inventor of the IPV (inactivated polio vaccine), testified before a Senate subcommittee that nearly all polio outbreaks since 1961 were caused by the oral polio vaccine (OPV)."246
If these kinds of errors can be made, and further, can be willfully covered up, do you think you can trust vaccines? Do you think they will protect you and your children? These are only a few of numerous examples casting serious doubts about the safety of vaccinations. Add to these facts the studies that list gynecologists and pediatricians as the groups of professionals who vaccinate their own children the least.247 I wonder what that says?
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