Are You Pro or Anti Vaccine? Either Way You Are Missing The Point

 

wtf vax

 

Let me list another bunch of chemicals: Alpha-Linolenic-Acid, Asparagine, D-Categin, Isoqurctrin, Hyperoside, Ferulic-Acid, Farnesene, Neoxathin, Phosphatidyl-Choline, Reynoutrin, Sinapic-Acid, Caffeic-Acid, Chlorogenic-Acid, P-Hydroxy-Benzoic-Acid, P-Coumaric-Acid, Avicularin, Lutein, Quercitin, Rutin, Ursolic-Acid, Protocatechuic-Acid, and Silver.

You know what that is from? An APPLE.

http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/search?q=%22vaccine%22%20AND%20%282%20phenoxyethanol%20OR%20formaldehyde%20OR%20aluminium%29&st=false&sc=true&l=1

If you click on the above link it will take you to a webpage where you can peruse over 200 different medicines with the words vaccine and 2 phenoxyethanol OR formaldehyde OR aluminium listed. Knock yourself out. In the meantime don’t send me links to articles about  vaccines containing thiomersal as a ‘plausible’ argument against vaccines as the UK hasn’t used mercury since 2004. But don’t stop there. Hell no! Once you have searched this site for all those nasty, nasty chemicals you then have to do another search to find out which of these toxic chemicals are also present in the body as a normal part of metabolic waste  – no I’m not going to do it all for you, but this is a damn good way of weeding out the lovers of fear porn and hype from those with a genuine interest.

Oh and can we bear in mind when looking at the above pic that water is toxic to any organism in large enough amounts, as is oxygen. Please take another look at the pic. Do you see the emotional hook? Do you see the fear mongering?

Over the last few weeks I’ve looked at quite a few anti-vax webpages and articles. There’s some scary stuff out there, very compelling too. That is until you dig a bit deeper. I’m not going to provide links to these websites and articles because such poor research and writing does not deserve promotion, that may seem harsh but give me a minute and you’ll understand. First though I would like to point out that, as the mother of a 24-year-old, very likely vaccine damaged, son – I am now (having previously been anti-vax) neither pro nor anti vaccine. My hope is that by the end of this little journey you won’t be pro or anti either but rather that you’ll be looking at the whole thing with a slightly different perspective.

So what did I find when looking at the anti-vax literature? I found the website of a former nurse stating that no-one is actually immune to anything after a vaccination, but rather everyone has the infections as underlying, chronic illnesses. Stop. Breathe. Think. If this were true every newborn baby would catch every infection within the first few days of their lives. Another website by a former Doctor states correctly that babies immune systems don’t actually work for the first 12 months but then goes on to say that this is while the baby’s body is ‘getting to know its Self’. Seriously? Every cell of your body has a marker on it which tells the immune system it is a part of You. Newborn babies’ cells have these markers too. That a qualified doctor could make such a ridiculous statement beggars belief. What scientific studies have shown is that it takes 12 months for the baby to grow a full population of gut flora. Gut flora is of course a crucial part of your immunity anyway, but now also appears to play the most important role- triggering the full function of the immune system! Both of these websites offer numerous citations and, if you come across them, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to read the full papers that they are using as evidence. A warning though if you are an anti-vaxxer, reading the full papers will seriously undermine your faith in these people. Papers are selected because 2 lines in it say something close to what the author is claiming, usually preceded by ‘a previous study looked at…’. I have seen papers cited to verify claims when actually the full paper states the complete opposite. Cherry picking your evidence is one thing but this is outright lies! Another website has a whole host of papers covering everything from Aspergers to NASA and the flat earth theory, and some of these papers push the limits of credibility to an all new low. Claims that a hospital was deliberately infecting children with measles to cure them of kidney disease, um no. The hospital found that a childs’ psoriasis cleared after she had measles. This hospital in Switzerland did infect a number of people to see if one illness would counteract another but they didn’t use measles. They used a bacterial skin infection because the discovery of antibiotics meant the infection could be quickly and safely treated. The results of this trial were inconclusive, mainly because of the use of the antibiotics. This same author claims that measles infection reduces the risk of different types of cancers, but not one of the citations given supports this. There are papers stating that polio is still with us but now it’s being hidden under different names such as paralytic polio (well duh), M.E, chronic fatigue syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, transverse myelitis, acute flaccid paralysis, post polio syndrome, and so on. You don’t even need to check the citations, just Google the onset and progression of these conditions and you’ll see. Or how about childhood illnesses are an inflammatory response to a toxic system? Yes this theory has been dragged up again which says that microbes found during an illness are created by the body to breakdown the toxins that an overwhelmed liver cannot cope with. The subsequent discharge, whether as skin rash, runny nose, diarrhoea, cough, etc is different organs being used to expel the broken down toxins. Of course you have to completely ignore the contagious factors associated with chicken pox, colds, conjunctivitis, tummy bugs and everything else that your kid picks up from school if you’re going to buy into this theory. I suppose if you can’t dazzle ’em with diamonds you may as well baffle ’em with bullshit. THIS is why anti-vaxxers are given such a hard time. Doing ‘your research’ doesn’t mean read a few papers that justify your point of view, it means read the sources used to ensure the authors claims are justified.

Make no mistake, I’m not even trying to suggest that vaccines and vaccine research is perfect. There are contradictory studies and controversial conclusions in ever-growing numbers of reports but they are not leading to cries of ‘why are we poisoning our children?’ or ‘vaccines cause autism’. Andrew Wakefield, whose only saving grace is that when he brought MMR into the spotlight recommended that parents opt for the single vaccines instead, is a name to be avoided at all costs. Paid over £400,000 by American lawyers to find a link between MMR and autism so some other families could sue the vaccine manufacturer he never had the best interests of the children he was studying at heart. The link was never established, the American lawsuit failed, but doubt took hold and vaccination numbers tumbled. Autism, quite possibly first described back in 1797 (http://www.autismuk.com/home-page/history-of-autism/) is not a side effect of vaccines. There are videos on YouTube of children having their ‘autism’ reversed by heavy metal chelation therapy, so guess what- it was never autism, it was heavy metal poisoning. Vaccines can cause brain damage, this is not denied. What people often forget is, so can measles and whooping cough (pertussis),  There are many charts showing that childhood infection rates were falling before vaccines were introduced, but these charts only show mortality (death) rates. They do not show how many were left disabled following infection. There’s a reason we have so many old buildings hidden behind trees outside little villages in the middle of nowhere, they are the original institutions where such disabled children were sent to live. While some of them have become residential schools and colleges with a focus on empowering and enabling young people with special needs, others have been revamped and are country retreats, hotels and spas. Vaccines reduce the incidence of infection, and where infections still occur the severity of illness is reduced, therefore the number left disabled by them has dropped.

But yes, there are known adverse reactions to vaccines. It’s a long-winded process but if you want to find out for yourself what they are you can look here-

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/drug-analysis-prints/

To find out more about vaccine development, safety and testing, look here-

https://www.ovg.ox.ac.uk/vaccine-development

During one conversation it was said that scientists would not be able to predict how all the ingredients used in vaccines would interact and that this is a cause for concern. Can’t argue with that because I’m not a vaccine developer, but they are out there running blogs of their own. As are virologists, geneticists, immunologists, pandemic researchers, bio-chemists, pharmacists, GPs, epidemiologists, in fact pick a field of science and there will be a scientist running a blog answering questions from the general public. Most of the interactions with vaccine ingredients and adjuncts have been discovered simply because they have been used together for so long, but don’t take my word for it- go track down a blog and find out for yourself. In the meantime let’s look at some products found around the home…

Limonene, Amyl Cinnamal Coumarin, Hexyl cinnamal, Eugenol, beta-pinene, alpha-Pinene, Citronellol, 1-(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-Octahydro-2,3,8,8-tetramethyl-2 -naphthalenyl) ethanone (OTNE), 2,4-Dimethyl-3- cyclohexen-1- carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Linalool

This is a plug-in air freshener.

Benzisothiazolinone – do a search on this now. This is the ONLY ingredient in Febreeze.

<5% Anionic Surfactants, Non-Ionic Surfactants, Benzisothiazolinone, Perfume, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butyphenyl Methylpropional

This is Flash general purpose cleaner

<5%: Non-Ionic Surfactants, Perfume (contains Limonene, may produce an allergic reaction), Others: Water, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Citrate, Fatty Acids, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactic Acid, Contains process improved fragrance

Ecover general purpose cleaner

5-15% Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, <5% Non Ionic Surfactants, Also contains Perfume, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Preservative (Methylisothiazolinone & Methylchloroisothiazolinone) Chloromethylisothiazolinone

Mr.Sheen household polish

Aqua, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Dimethicone, Parfum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Tetrasodium Edta, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Magnesium Nitrate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone

Pantene shampoo

Now look here http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/behind_the_label/269804/behind_the_label_head_and_shoulders_classic_clean.html

Now go check all the bottles you have in your kitchen and bathroom. See that ingredient Limonene – it becomes formaldehyde on contact with air. Amazing that vaccine manufacturers are lambasted for the use of all their toxic chemicals, but makers of cleaners and beauty products are never taken to task for the crap used in their products. Why is no-one asking what the accumulative effects of all these are? So many endocrine disrupters, allergens, carcinogens in everyday products used around the home, and that’s without looking at the crap that is sprayed onto and added into what we laughingly call food, and yet all our ills are laid at the feet of vaccines….?

So we seem to find ourselves in a Catch 22. Rates of cancers are on the up along with all manner of autoimmune disorders (asthma, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes Types 1 & 2, celiac disease, and arthritis cases all appear to be rising) and it seems to correlate with an increasing number of vaccines being given. However, correlation doesn’t always equal causation. In the same time period we have also seen excessive use of- food colourings, preservatives, artificial flavourings, artificial sweeteners, all manner of pesticides & herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, anti-bacterial cleansing products, painkillers, processed foods,…..

Continue that list as long as you like because I know you can. One thing most of these products have in common is, they adversely effect the immune system. This is not a simple case of babies + vaccines = health problems. There is a whole array of issues that need to be taken into account, not least of which is a health industry that ignores food and a food industry that ignores health.

What if the reason for the escalating rates of celiac disease isn’t gluten. What if it’s the chemicals used on the grain that’s causing gastrointestinal distress. Isn’t that an aspect worthy of investigation? AIDs has never been proven to be caused by HIV infection, but one thing AIDs patients in and out of Africa have in common? Their immune systems had crashed (see http://www.duesberg.com/ or get hold of a copy of AIDs Inc, Scandal of the Century by Jon Rappoport to track what really happened). Look into the Hygiene Hypothesis. Take note that your food isn’t as nutritious as it used to be because of farming practices, irradiation, forced ripening, etc. Remember when parents were freaking out because artificial colourings were sending their kids up the wall? Now we have ADHD treated with meds that devastate immune and brain function. Apparently vaccines are involved in lowering our children’s IQ, but we know that education is failing our children. Learning answers to pass tests is not education. Where does logic fit into that? How do children learn to analyse information in that scenario? What hope for intelligence without logic and analysis? Now add a nutrient deficient diet, unnecessary antibiotics, liberal use of Calpol, environmental toxins (as listed before), stressed out parents trying to keep a roof over their heads and continuous adverts telling them they need more of something and we see that life is failing our children. All of these things impact immune function.

Vaccines are not perfect. There are too many of them. Personally, I think that doctors should be encouraged to assess the risks in the local area and recommend vaccines based on risk. There also needs to be a lot more information available, such as seasonal variations of illnesses, so that parents can make informed decisions. Such information would reveal another fallacy that anti-vaxxers choose to promote- that natural infection always confers lifetime immunity. It doesn’t. As adults we tend to plod on through illness taking something or other to help us cope with the worst of the symptoms, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t got a rotavirus or whooping cough. We are supposed to be in the information age but all I hear are two voices, one saying all vaccines are bad don’t use them, and another saying vaccines are the greatest breakthrough of modern medicine and everyone should have them all! This is a ludicrous situation considering the lives of the next generation are dependent on it. Clear, concise information while taking the parents state of health and lifestyle into consideration so the best choices possible are made. It then becomes the responsibility of the parent, with advice from a doctor, to choose which vaccines and when.

A quick note for those paying attention- earlier I said studies had shown that it takes 12 months for a baby to grow a full population of gut flora after which their immune system kicks in, remember? Well did you know that vaccine designers and manufacturers had tried vaccines without any adjuvant (thiomersal, aluminium salts, etc) and they had no effect on the baby’s immune system. That’s right, the attenuated virus just sat there floating around in the bloodstream and nothing happened. It’s the adjuvant that, by triggering a threat to life alarm, kick-starts the baby’s immune system. That little nugget of knowledge will at least stop those aggressive pro-vaxxers from spouting the fallacious ‘babies are exposed to germs every day so multiple vaccines must be safe’ line. Maybe babies are exposed to germs everyday, but they will be either harmless or self terminating. If they were in any way dangerous to health an unvaccinated baby under the age of 12 months would have no defense to them. In the UK the first immunisations are given at 3 months, if they are being covered in so many awful germs how many would get to 3 months without being ill? It’s a bullshit line that needs to be stopped. In the meantime, why not get to your local health food shop and find out if there are any probiotics suitable for babies to give their gut flora a boost. And please look into the adjuvants. The threat to life alarm is triggered by teeny tiny amounts, never is there enough to actually be a threat.

Newborn tetanus is virtually unheard of in the UK, as is diphtheria, so why are babies being immunised against them? MMR I do think carries unnecessary risks. So does measles. Vaccinate against measles for the very young. Boys are at risk of being left sterile if they have mumps as a teenager, so immunise them at age 10 or 11 years. Girls to be vaccinated against Rubella at the same age. Simple tweaks that confer the protection needed, as needed. Earlier I mentioned controversial studies have been published that cast doubts on vaccine safety, here is one- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3170075/. However before you go running off screaming ‘they’re killing our babies!!’ have a look at this chart http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.DYN.MORT?end=2015&start=1960&view=chart. So the first article, well researched and truthfully written, is shown to be entirely misleading when seen in context, over time. It also shoots bloody great holes in the conspiracy theory that vaccinations are being used as a weapon of genocide in developing countries! Not that the chart should be read as showing that vaccines are miracles in and of themselves, there are many contributing factors to be taken into account. That said, it is interesting that developed countries giving fewer vaccines have lower infant mortality rates, something that should certainly be investigated further. Oh and there are no prizes for guessing that the authors of the ‘vaccine overload’ paper are anti-vaxxers. They are.

I feel a need to apologise to anti-vaxxers because it must seem like I’m just here to give them a bashing. I’m not, bear with me a little longer please. There are a few other points that need to be addressed before I turn on modern medicine, but I will.

Quite a few of the big name anti-vax speakers like to wax lyrical about perfect immunity in a world they envision through their (heavily) rose-tinted glasses. For them it’s all about mothers having acquired immunity through natural infection and passing on this immunity for at least the first year of a newborn life via breastfeeding. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Notice how none of them explain how this will be achieved. Being as very few of us have actually caught any of these illnesses for the last 40+ years natural immunity is hard to come by. This means leaving the next generation out on their own to catch ALL of these illnesses. Nevermind the impact that will have on children who are already immunocompromised, though they will be the first to die. Of course it will be very sad if a child already fighting ‘flu gets struck with measles, rotavirus, whooping cough or similar at the same time, but fuck it right?, might as well buy back those hotels and spas and use them as they were meant to be. This is the reality of withdrawing vaccinations, not so pretty after all is it? Don’t even think about deluding yourself that it will only be one generation to suffer and all will be perfect after that, if that were true these illnesses would’ve died out before vaccinations were even contemplated and you know it! It’s all well and good folk living in rural communities preening and saying ‘my children have never been vaccinated and they are doing just fine thank you’, but it’s long been known that infections spread faster through heavily populated areas. Come bring your incredibly healthy children to live in the middle of a big city and see how long it is til they get ill. It would be great to hear how families with both parents working so they can pay the mortgage are meant to afford this ‘at least a year for breastfeeding’. Here in the UK the largest payout from the welfare state is to people who are working but don’t earn enough to pay the rent, please tell me how they are supposed to achieve this idyllic lifestyle. For mothers who choose not to breastfeed or find they can’t for whatever reason, the advice is to hire a wet-nurse. Where is your typical ‘struggling to make ends meet’ family meant to find the money for that? Or perhaps in the ideal world only the wealthy have children. But hey that would give us a whole new conspiracy theory- genocide by vaccine withdrawal. Quick, someone alert the tin foil hat brigade!!

 

‘In the last 260 years, what has Caucasian medicine cured?’ Dr Sebi leaves himself wide open for debunking and ridicule with some of the things he says, but that question, that one question- you can feel the weight of it can’t you? We’ve got microscopes so powerful we can find the tiniest of particles and telescopes so powerful we can photograph Pluto and all the technology in between, from x-rays to MRI, from radio waves to microwaves, from landlines to mobiles, from wireless radios to wristwatch tvs, heck your tablet can do more in a minute than a whole bank of computers from the 60’s could do in a week!! Yet here we sit with the ‘war on cancer’ and cancer apparently still winning (oh really?), facing obesity and diabetes epidemics and despite following the medical advice of cutting out saturated fats and stopping smoking, heart disease is still one of the biggest killers. Where the fuck did it all go wrong?

I’d go back more than 260 years, but as someone who was studying to be a Naturopath that is hardly surprising. However, my reasoning may be rather different to others. Before the infamous witch hunts we had women with the knowledge to heal a variety of ills, and it wasn’t just herbs. The image of 3 crones around a cauldron brewing foul potions is simply  religious propaganda left over from arguably one of the most evil times in our history. Bearing in mind that there are tribal healers today using the shed skin of a snake with the tail of a scorpion bashed together with particular herbs and roots to make a salve that will heal fairly advanced gangrene, we can no longer sneer at the idea of ‘eye of newt and a dead cats’ tongue’ having  medicinal value. What the values are we will probably never know, the knowledge lost to time. Slowly the traditional healers were shunned and ‘men of science’ treated medical conditions. The onslaught of bleeding ‘bad’ blood out and treating ailments with mercury, opium, lead and other associated snake oil remedies took hold. Luckily the teachings of Hippocrates, Paracelsus and others was kept alive and some of the ‘old’ remedies were sought out by men such as Culpepper and recorded. Throughout the centuries in the background of modern medicine the folklore of herbal remedies endured, notably in rural areas where a consulting doctor was hard to find, and prohibitively expensive when they did visit.

There is little that makes my heart sink faster than hearing people refer to complementary therapists as quacks. Their ‘quackery’ has been around far longer than current medicines, with Herbalism and Naturopathy being the foundation on which modern medicine has grown. Who has heard ‘science tested the herbs and the ones that worked became medicine’? This is almost true. Science looked to find the active components of the herbs and the ones that could be synthesised became medicine. Unfortunately what these forwardlooking scientists didn’t realise was that by focussing only on what they considered to be the active constituents they often lost the supporting and protective factors that the whole herb provided. There are plenty of good kitchen pharmacy books available which can be used to treat everyday ailments so if you are interested in looking after yourself naturally, get one. We also need to resurrect the age-old techniques of temperature control that support the healing process http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-a-Fever-without-Medication  If it’s not an emergency but there is a need for something stronger then I would advise consulting a qualified herbalist, naturopath or homeopath rather than taking your chances with some of the more powerful remedies. http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz.htm

If it is an emergency, see a doctor. Having principles and values is great but not if you allow yourself or someone else to suffer for them. My son is prone to chest infections which I will treat naturally for the first week. If he improves I’ll carry on using them until he’s recovered, if not he’ll go to the doctor for antibiotics. Giving him antibiotics or letting him die of aspiration pneumonia- which one do you consider to be abuse? Respond appropriately to what is in front of you, not according to your own bias and prejudice.

It seems to me that a majority of our modern medicines work against the natural function of our bodies. Antibiotics and pain killers that undermine the immune system, short-circuit the natural healing response and often leave us predisposed to developing the same problem again. Chemotherapy! Can you think of anything worse? Take a body that is struggling to maintain itself and administer highly toxic medicine that has been designed to target ALL cells that reproduce quickly because ‘that’s what cancer cells do’. If we know (and we think this is true) that everyone with cancer has a system that is too acidic, why isn’t modern medicine looking for quick ways to bring about alkalinity? Recently I heard this argument against the use of cannabis oil and vitamin B17 in the treatment of cancer- they don’t work in every case that they have been tried in. Apparently because they don’t always work in every case of, say, colon cancer then that means they are not effective treatments and further investigation is a waste of time. Chemotherapy ‘cures’ cancer in 3% of people treated. 3%!! That’s the best current medicine can do? Screw that. Should I ever need to, I’ll take my chances with CBD oil and B17 any day. Psychiatric medicine seems determined to have everyone diagnosed with something before too long. As a child in the 70s’ I was a daydreamer, a daydreamer today has Attention Deficit Disorder. There were always kids that larked about in class, now they are Hyperactive, often with ADD too. When did childhood become a mental health problem? The treatment for these ‘conditions’? Stimulants such as Ritalin (amphetamine, speed, whatever you want to call it) with its side effects of anxiety, irritability, insomnia, dizziness, palpitations, seizures, blurred vision, visual hallucinations, depression,… the list goes on. OR we could treat with Omega 3, the fat the brain is made from, and dietary modification. How many times have you seen people walking out of a pharmacy with a bag full of pills? It’s invariably due to a kind of domino effect of tablets. They’ve been prescribed something for condition X, but the pills set off high blood pressure so the doctor prescribed something for that, but those pills caused water retention so another drug is added, but those pills caused migraines so add another drug, those pills caused vertigo so add something else. It’s mind bending! Tell you what let’s skip the list, modern medicine can cure one thing. Infections. That’s it. Everything else is managed, not cured. Of course the over prescription of antibiotics means they are no longer as effective because the bugs are becoming resistant. Talk about scoring an own goal. If it weren’t such a precarious situation it would be laughable.

I fully understand why some people believe Big Pharma just wants to keep everyone sick, but you know what, there are so many people out there that take no responsibility for their own health, they just give themselves over to the doctor and say ‘do it for me because I don’t want to change my damaging behaviours’. Is that really the fault of Big Pharma? That they are taking advantage of these people is (it really is) just business. Do you honestly think Mercola, Dr. Blaylock, the directors of Holland and Barrett, the people at Natural News, give a flying fuck whether you or I live well or not? No, they don’t. They don’t know you, they don’t know me, they are business people with products to sell and they want us to buy them. If you look at the people who created the medicine to treat high blood pressure, do you think they were doing it to harm or help? What about the well-known health food shop that was selling cod liver oil knowing it was heavily contaminated with mercury? So as much as Big Pharma are taking advantage of the irresponsible, makers of natural remedies are taking advantage of the responsible. Time to remove the rose-coloured glasses, on both sides the bottom line is profit! Now then, vaccine developers- help or harm? Remember the developers are not Big Pharma, most of them don’t even work for Big Pharma.

While I said that modern medicine can only cure infections that doesn’t mean I think that’s all it’s good for. I have a friend who nearly died of a brain haemorrhage, his life was saved by surgery and CT scans. Too many times I’ve heard people say ‘we don’t need doctors, we can treat everything naturally’. Yeah well good luck finding a complementary therapist who can treat acute appendicitis in time, or an open fracture, or acute allergic reactions, or severe dehydration, or will go out at 2am to treat someone having a heart attack, or…. you get the picture. There is room, and need, for all. I mean, it’s not like people didn’t die of these things before modern medicine. Fewer people die from these things now because of modern medicine. It’s the same with all the different medications available, some people benefit from them so how dare anyone suggest that they should be taken away.

Ok, we’ve come a long way from talking about vaccines but do you see now that there are so many factors leading to poor health? If people want to be healthy they first have to take responsibility and it would appear that quite a number have no intention of doing so. If a child is born into a family where the typical daily diet is fast food or something heated in a microwave washed down with something fizzy or alcoholic, no amount of breastfeeding is going to protect that baby. Same goes for someone with a good diet but with an insistence of keeping everything as clean and germ free as possible, that baby’s immune system is still going to be run down. Go back and look at those household cleaners I listed earlier. What do you think is going to have more of a detrimental effect on your child’s health, exposure to vaccines every few months or exposure to those cleaners and air fresheners every fucking day? Even the environmentally friendly ones should carry health warnings! Our immune systems are being undermined daily by chemically tainted food, pollution and household products, does it really make sense to withhold vaccinations?

If anti-vaxxers want to be taken seriously they need to adjust their focus. I mean, who the hell is going to listen to someone banging on that ‘the governments of the world are actively trying to kill us all off’? If, IF, the global depopulation theory is right, don’t you think they, whoever they are, have the ‘kill off the population’ virus safely stashed somewhere? There’s nothing to be gained going down that road, but if you want to make a difference how about printing this off http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3547435/ and giving it to your family doctor, health visitor, local MP, childcare centres, local pediatric dept, heck send it to the Department of Health! There is almost zero scientific evidence that vaccines don’t work and plenty that says they do. Even the above paper doesn’t deny the efficacy of vaccines, it just questions how many should be given at any one time- and that from someone who had been connected to an anti-vax group! In the meantime, here in the UK vaccines are not compulsory so ask your doctor what the risks are in your local area. They will recommend full vaccination, of course they will- they don’t want to be held responsible for your child getting ill! Reassure them that you take full responsibility for your child’s health, select the appropriate vaccines and take the best care of your and your children’s immune systems that you can.

4 comments

  1. I would take you to task when you suggest that modern medicine can only cure infections; as someone who had a battery of homeopathic remedies that were tested over the years on my kids, modern medicine isn’t much good at curing infections. (You’ll probably know that if a homeopathic remedy doesn’t work, it does nothing at all, hence the possibility to test – unlike the allopathic drugs that are on no few occasions, toxic).

    What it can do is deal with emergency situations like accidents and other mishaps. Putting people back together, as it were.

    1. I’ll come back to you on this when broadband issues are sorted, but in the meantime…
      Antibiotics do clear infections, the problem usually lies in why someone got an infection in the first place – an area that allopathic medicine fails to take into account in almost every case.
      Homeopathy works, I’ve used it and so have many others that I know. However because it is so personalised it doesn’t fit into Randomised Controlled Trials, the *gold standard* for allopathic medicine, so sadly is unsuitable for testing in the ‘accepted’ way.
      Hopefully one day holism and medicine will meet and health will mean more than ‘the absence of disease’

      1. Thankyou for your response. When you say,

        the *gold standard* for allopathic medicine

        What they forget is that doctors in general practice know that they have to balance the drug to the patient as well as how much of the drug to give… all of which goes against this so-called gold standard of the scientists and pharmaceutical industry, which states that one dose does one thing to a standardized disease in a standardized person.

        Which, as you can imagine, are hard to find unless it is assumed that they are all standard.

        Well, that’s why some trials work and others don’t. It doesn’t help that nobody’s reasoned as far as you have, that is to say, thought that the disease is more than just the bacteria. Scientists are surface only, it seems.

        1. Hello again and my apologies for the delay. Broadband troubles are ongoing and your reply was buried amongst other emails.

          Your comment that RCTs test

          * one dose does one thing to a standardized disease in a standardized person.*

          I think you may be referring to the testing stage, where a standardised dose of drug X is given to a number of healthy individuals for a period of time so that side effects can be noted. Once a drug has *passed* this stage (and let’s not talk about cherry picking and burying data here or no-one will ever trust medical science again!), then doses can and will be changed when being trialled on patients and that is when the RCT comes into play. At this point, at the very least height and weight are taken into account and dosages adjusted according to the best guess established by the testing (eg, Digitalis – or foxglove if you’re a herbalist). That the words *testing* and *trialling* have been conflated by medical dramas has done little to help understanding.

          The RCT itself is just comparing 2 or 3 groups, 1 being given drug X, 1 being given a placebo and possibly another group being given nothing but having their health monitored. The goal of the RCT is to show greater improvement in patients being given drug X than in any of the other groups (you probably know this but others reading may not so I thought it worth saying).

          Invariably there are several rounds each of testing and trialling so by the time drug X makes it into general practice doctors have enough information available to help them decide what size dose, how many times a day and for how many days/ weeks would be suitable for the individual patient they are treating. Again Digitalis is a good example – once the correct dose has been established for the individual the results can be life changing, but it is a classic *one mans medicine is another mans poison*, and it is not a cure.

          For all the faults that can be found with modern medicine it is worth remembering that there are many people experiencing a greater quality of life today only because of medical interventions (stents, knee and hip replacements, pacemakers, organ transplants, to name a few). Yes the medicines can be horribly toxic, but used in the short term are unlikely to cause long term damage. There is room, and need, for complementary and allopathic medicine. Fingers crossed this is recognised sooner rather than later

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