Vaccines Stimulate an Inflammatory Response
The word "allergy" is synonymous with "sensitivity" and "inflammation".
It should, by rights, also be synonymous with the word "vaccination".
This is what vaccines do: they sensitise (render allergic)an individual in
the process of forcing them to develop antibodies to fight a disease threat.
In other words, as is acknowledged and accepted, as part of the vaccine
process the body will respond with inflammation. This may be apparently
temporary or it may be longstanding. Holistic doctors and veterinarians
have known this for at least 100 years. They talk about a wide range of
inflammatory or "-itis" diseases which
arise shortly after a vaccine event. Vaccines, in fact, plunge many
individuals into an allergic state. Again, this is a disorder that ranges
from mild all the way through to the suddenly fatal. Anaphylactic shock is
the culmination: it's where an individual has a massive allergic reaction to
a vaccine and will die within minutes if adrenaline or its equivalent is not
administered. There are some individuals who are genetically not well placed
to withstand the vaccine challenge. These are the people (and animals are
"people", too) who have inherited faulty B and T cell function. B and T
cells are components within the immune system which identify foreign
invaders and destroy them, and hold the invader in memory so that they
cannot cause future harm. However, where inflammatory responses are
concerned, the immune system overreacts and causes unwanted effects such as
allergies and other inflammatory conditions. Merck warns in its Manual that
patients with, or from families with, B and/or T cell immunodeficiencies
should not receive live-virus vaccines due to the risk of severe or fatal
infection. Elsewhere, it lists features of B and T cell immunodeficiencies
as food allergies, inhalant allergies, eczema, dermatitis, neurological
deterioration and heart disease. To translate, people with these conditions
can die if they receive live-virus vaccines. Their immune systems are simply
not competent enough to guarantee a healthy reaction to the viral assault
from modified live-virus vaccines. Modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines
replicate in the patient until an immune response is provoked. If a defence
isn't stimulated, then the vaccine continues to replicate until it gives the
patient the very disease it was intending to prevent. Alternatively, a
deranged immune response will lead to inflammatory conditions such as
arthritis, pancreatitis, colitis, encephalitis and any number of autoimmune
diseases such as cancer and leukaemia, where the body attacks its own cells.
A new theory, stumbled upon by Open University student Gary Smith, explains
what holistic practitioners have been saying for a very long time. Here is
what a few of the holistic vets have said in relation their patients:
Dr Jean Dodds: "Many veterinarians trace the present problems with allergic
and immunologic diseases to the introduction of MLV vaccines..." (9)
Christina Chambreau, DVM: "Routine vaccinations are probably the worst thing
that we do for our animals. They cause all types of illnesses, but not
directly to where we would relate them definitely to be caused by the
Martin Goldstein, DVM: "I think that vaccines...are leading killers of dogs
and cats in America today."
Dr Charles E. Loops, DVM: "Homoeopathic veterinarians and other holistic
practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm
than they provide benefits." (12)
Mike Kohn, DVM: "In response to this violation, there have been increased
autoimmune diseases (allergies being one component), epilepsy, neoplasia ,
as well as behavioural problems in small animals." (13)
A Theory on Inflammation
Gary Smith explains what observant healthcare practitioners have been saying
for a very long time, but perhaps they've not understood why their
observations led them to say it. His theory, incidentally, is causing a huge
stir within the inner scientific sanctum. Some believe that his theory could
lead to a cure for many diseases including cancer. For me, it explains why
the vaccine process is inherently questionable. Gary was learning about
inflammation as part of his studies when he
struck upon a theory so extraordinary that it could have implications for
the treatment of almost every inflammatory disease - including Alzheimer's,
Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis and even HIV and AIDS. Gary's theory
questions the received wisdom that when a person gets ill, the inflammation
that occurs around the infected area helps it to heal. He claims that, in
reality, inflammation prevents the body from recognising a foreign substance
and therefore serves as a hiding
place for invaders. The inflammation occurs when at-risk cells produce
receptors called All (known as angiotensin II type I receptors). He says
that while At1 has a balancing receptor, At2, which is supposed to switch
off the inflammation, in most diseases this does not happen. "Cancer has
been described as the wound that never heals," he says. "All successful
cancers are surrounded by inflammation. Commonly this is thought to be the
body's reaction to try to fight the cancer, but
this is not the case. "The inflammation is not the body trying to fight the
infection. It is actually the virus or bacteria deliberately causing
inflammation in order to hide from the immune system [author's emphasis]."
If Gary is right, then the inflammatory process so commonly stimulated by
vaccines is not, as hitherto assumed, a necessarily acceptable sign.
Instead, it could be a sign that the viral or bacterial component, or the
adjuvant (which, containing foreign protein, is seen as an invader by the
immune system), in the vaccine is winning by stealth.
If Gary is correct in believing that the inflammatory response is not
protective but a sign that invasion is taking place under cover of darkness,
vaccines are certainly not the friends we thought they were. They are
undercover assassins working on behalf of the enemy, and vets and medical
doctors are unwittingly acting as collaborators. Worse, we animal guardians
and parents are actually paying doctors and vets to unwittingly betray our
loved ones. Potentially, vaccines are the stealth bomb of the medical world.
They are used to catapult invaders inside the castle walls where they can
wreak havoc, with none of us any the wiser. So rather than experiencing
frank viral diseases such as the 'flu, measles, mumps and rubella (and, in
the case of dogs, parvovirus and distemper), we are allowing the
viruses to win anyway - but with cancer, leukaemia and other inflammatory or
autoimmune (self-attacking) diseases taking their place.
The Final Insult
All 27 veterinary schools in North America have changed their protocols for
vaccinating dogs and cats along the following lines; (15) however, vets in
practice are reluctant to listen to these changed protocols and official
veterinary bodies in the UK and other countries are ignoring the following
Dogs' and cats' immune systems mature fully at six months. If modified
live-virus vaccine is giver after six months of age, it produces immunity,
which is good for the life of the pet. If another MLV vaccine is given a
year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of
the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The litre is no
"boosted", nor are more memory cells induced. Not only are annual boosters
unnecessary, but they subject the pet to potential risks such as allergic
reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia. In plain language,
veterinary schools in America, plus the American Veterinary Medical
Association, have looked at studies to show how long vaccines last and they
have concluded and announced that annual vaccination is unnecessary.(16-19)
Further, they have acknowledged that vaccines are not without harm. Dr Ron
Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University and a leading light in
this field, has been saying this politely to his veterinary colleagues since
the 1980s. I've been saying it for the past 12 years.
But change is so long in coming and, in the meantime, hundreds of thousands
of animals are dying every year - unnecessarily. The good news is that
thousands of animal lovers (but not enough) have heard what we've been
saying. Canine Health Concern members around the world use real food as
Nature's supreme disease preventative, eschewing processed pet food, and
minimise the vaccine risk. Some of us, myself included, have chosen not to
vaccinate our pets at all. Our reward is
healthy and long-lived dogs.It has taken but one paragraph to tell you the
good and simple news. The gratitude I feel each day, when I embrace my
stretches from the centre of the Earth to the Universe and beyond.
About the Author:
Catherine O'Driscoll runs Canine Health Concern which campaigns and also
delivers an educational program, the Foundation in Canine Healthcare. She is
author of Shock to the System (2005; see review this issue), the
best-selling book What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines (1997, 1998), and
Who Killed the Darling Buds of May? (1997; reviewed in NEXUS 4/04). She
lives in Scotland with her partner, Rob Ellis, and three Golden Retrievers,
named Edward, Daniel and Gwinnie, and she lectures on canine health around
For more information, contact Catherine O'Driscoll at Canine Health Concern,
PO Box 7533, Perth PH2 1AD, Scotland, UK, email <
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