23 June 2017

BE AN INFORMED PARENT

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Magda Taylor, Co-ordinator of The Informed Parent

Vaccination is a procedure that most of us do not think to question, even when becoming a new parent. Officials from the health department often state that the vast majority of parents have their babies vaccinated, which is true. However this statement does not reflect the main reason behind such a high uptake. Most parents take their children to be vaccinated in the belief that the procedure and all the many vaccines on offer must be extremely safe and effective.

As a first-time mother, about 13 years ago, it didn't even cross my mind to look into this issue, instead I diligently reported to my surgery for all of my baby's early vaccinations.

Parents naturally want their babies to be safe, healthy and assume that it is essential to 'protect' their children from the numerous virus and bacteria that surround us. Fear of the germ has been propagated since Louis Pasteur came up with the 'Germ Theory of Disease' and this belief system has flourished since. It is interesting to note that Pasteur, himself, declared on his death-bed that 'the seed (germ) is nothing, the soil (body) is everything'.

It wasn't until my second child was 12 months old that I started to investigate this subject, which was triggered by a 2-page article entitled 'Vaccination: The Hidden Facts'. I began to wade my way through a great deal of literature on this, what I would now term, highly questionable procedure.

The subject is vast and impossible to cover in this article, but I would like to focus on a few important points that are often neglected.

One important aspect that is rarely raised is the procedure itself and parents are often told that receiving a vaccine is like having a mild dose of the disease. This is totally incorrect as in normal circumstances virus or bacteria enter the human system through the mouth or nose, triggering a natural immune response. By vaccinating, our first line of defence, the skin, is punctured and the vaccine is introduced directly into the body by-passing one branch of the immune system entirely.

In recent years, because of the increase of knowledge on the immune system, there is a growing concern amongst some scientists that wrongly stim-ulating the immune system could lead to a skewed system.

The implications of skewing
the Th1/Th2 immunity is explained simply by Hilary Butler, a vaccine researcher. She explains - "The Th1 system is the 'search and destroy' defence of the body and sets in motion a clear sequence of events which have the focus of find that thing, collect it, show us what it is and at the same time destroy it." The Th2 is the other side of the linking circle. It is called humoral immunity, and takes place further down the line than cellular (Th1) immunity. About the same time as the Th1 immune system is surrounding, killing and getting rid of the problem, particles of the 'problem' are being presented to the cells which make antibodies. In order for there to be a long-lasting antibody response, there must be a strong Th1 response. These immune responses work hand-in-hand, but a healthy immune system is Th1 focused, since 'search and destroy' is the most needed capacity of the immune system in every day life. "Vaccines injected into babies do not in any way, shape or form resemble an inhaled or swallowed germ because they are changed, attenuated, and injected as multi-antigens into the body. Consequently, because of the by-passing of the Th1 branch of the system there is over-stimulation of the Th2 branch, which teaches the body to be in a chronically reactive mode. People who have allergies, asthma and auto-immune disease have what is known as a Th2-skewed immune system."

So it is important to bear this in mind when deciding on any one of the injectable vaccines on offer, as they will all trigger this unnatural response to take place. Antibody production must also be questioned because parents are led to believe that if their child is vaccinated they will develop a certain level of antibodies and therefore be protected. This again is incorrect. It is true that anti-bodies play a role in immunity, but even the World Health Organisation admit that antibody level does not equal protection. In other words some individuals with high levels of antibodies can still develop disease. So when the statement is made that a vaccine 'takes on' 90-95% of its recipients, this simply means that the majority will develop a certain level of antibodies. This should not be misconstrued to mean that the majority will be 'protected', as many outbreaks of disease occur in highly vaccinated populations.

Another area which is often greatly overlooked are the contents of the vaccines. Many parents go to great lengths to study the ingredients of baby foods, drinks and toiletries and yet rarely question what products are being injected into their babies bodies.

Highly toxic substances such as mercury, aluminium and formaldehyde, along with various animal and bird products are commonly used in vaccine manufacturing.

The use of tissue from other species will always carry the risk of contamination, and this is not theoretical, as even in the 1950s the use of monkey kidney cells in the polio vaccine were found to be contaminated by a cancer-causing monkey virus, SV40.

The above points are just the tip of an enormous iceberg but I hope this will give you a thirst for finding out more and reach-ing a decision you feel confident with. Reactions are not so rare, but the reporting of them is, and there are many health problems emerging amongst today's child-ren which appear to stem from a weakened immune system.

Do vaccines play any role in making our children healthy? It's for you to find out.

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Recommended reading:
Vaccination - The Medical Assault on the Immune System
by Viera Scheibner, PhD.

Mass Immunisation - A Point in Question
by Trevor Gunn, BSc.

A Parent's Dilemma
by Greg Beattie

Health - The Only Immunity
by Ian Sinclair

Copies of the above titles are all available from The Informed Parent.

Websites for further information on immunisation:

www.singlevaccine.com
Gives information on doctors who are willing to administer the MMR vaccine in 3 seperate doses. www.immunisation.org.uk
NHS site with information on all children's vaccines www.bmj.com
Site of the British Medical Journal. Here you can research the topic using BMJ past articles.


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