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ARE VACCINES GOOD FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR RACING PIGEONS?
By Silvio Mattacchione
Please note that this article has been written for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional (MD or DVM) nor is it intended as medical or veterinary advice. I encourage all readers (pigeon fanciers or others) to make their own health care decisions , based upon their own research, and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.
Like so much that I have written in the past, this article, is meant to generate, awareness in a special area of interest, that is too often lacking, reasoned discussion, research, and dialogue. My readers should note carefully I am not anti -doctor (MD or DVM) but I can guarantee you that I am definitely anti-propaganda, anti-hogwash and anti-misinformation. However, unfortunately, as in the case of past articles, I am afraid that all I will reap for my educational and informational efforts are nothing less than attacks against my person which is much easier than addressing the issues I raise. Shoot the messenger!
This article is rather difficult to write and no doubt it will generate much controversy. That is to be expected because, it is in fact, a controversial subject. People on both sides of this issue have strong views, even very strong views. However regardless of our views we should all be interested in only one end goal and that, to me, is the truth. This article is meant to be read by pigeon fanciers, for the benefit of their birds. However no studies (pertaining to the efficacy or lack thereof) on, and for, racing pigeons exist or have ever (to my knowledge) been undertaken, therefore we must seek applicable information from other sources and then use reason and good common sense to decide on its applicability (or total lack of) to our feathered friends.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher, 1788-1860
Used with permission document reference http: //www.reformation.org/vaccine.html
Edward Jenner S.J. (1749 -1823) father of vaccines
Used with permission document reference http: //www.reformation.org/vaccine.html
As I sit here tapping away at my keyboard I am thinking about those dedicated people in our society that mean so very much to all of us. These men and women of science that we all respect so much are Medical Doctors (MD) as well as Veterinarians (DVM). Doctors for people, as well as doctors for our animal friends. Men and women of courage, empathy and learning, people imbued, for the most part, with a love of science and the scientific method! Many, hopefully are dedicated to constant learning, constant upgrading, constant progress, preferably grounded in good common sense. The opinions experience and knowledge of these medical professionals must never be taken lightly. The role they fulfill is a difficult one, seven days a week, 365 days per year and often at the expense of their own family life.
As I say, I value their opinions. When their industry studies advise me to refrain from eating too much tuna because of possible damage to my health (due to the presence of mercury) and that of my family, I take the warnings seriously and am very careful. When these same professionals relay scientific information regarding the harm that can be done to my immune system by heavy metals and chemicals of all kinds and descriptions I am thankful for the warning and careful as to what both my family and I are exposed to.
Mercury Is The Second Most Poisonous Element Known To Man
Mercury is the second most poisonous element known to man (next to uranium and its derivatives). Neurons are observed to disintegrate in its presence and it has also been found to cause changes to chromosomes. The World Health Organization voiced concerns as far back as 1990. Mercury/Thimerosal is a highly toxic element which does not easily leave the body. Once ingested, injected, or inhaled, it stays and accumulates. So we are warned to not consume tuna for fear of Mercury contamination to ourselves and our children but then we inject this self same "second most poisonous element known to man" directly into our bodies (clearly circumventing our natural immune systems) and say that it is used in vaccines as a preservative. Well either it is toxic or it is not! Where is the logic, the sanity in this situation? Why should any of us have any confidence in science or medicine when we are confronted with this type of total contradiction, .Is there any veterinarian or MD that can either write or email a letter to the editor, (and still consider himself an educated man, a man of science, a person who is dedicated to the preservation of the health of his patients),and unequivocally confirm, in writing, that Mercury/Thimerosal or MSG or Formaldehyde or any of other deadly chemicals or contaminants like the simian virus 40 or SV40 (that are components of so many of these so called health giving vaccines) are good for the health of our readers, our personal health, the health of our children or the health our racing pigeons. I dare say not!
I must admit that, in light of the aforementioned, it really does bother me that at the same time that these scientists, doctors, public health officials and organizations warn us all of the threat to our health by consuming too much mercury laden tuna or salmon they never mention the horribly unacceptable levels of mercury or other deadly chemicals used in vaccines, nor the cumulative nature of many of these as well as and so many other poisons. The U.S. has known about the potential problems of thimerosal (compound in vaccines that contains mercury) for many years.
When these same heath professionals warn us as to the potential ill effects of antibiotic overuse, again common sense requires us to be mindful, as ignorance is not bliss but can and will kill you. As heath professionals warn of impending epidemics due to unseen viral agents then again it is only prudent to try and protect self and family. As we are warned about the ill effects of mycoplasma again we need to be aware and act accordingly.
The Key To Good Immune Health
How do we or should we act accordingly in the face of all of these seen and unseen assaults to our health and the health of our communities? Good question. The answers to better health and stronger immune systems do not come to us prepackaged in tamper proof drug dispensers nor in ever growing numbers of vaccines. It would seem to me that we need desperately to do everything within our power to fortify our immune systems (our racing pigeons' immune systems). The key to good immune health is the removal of stress, good nutrition, and sufficient uninterrupted sleep. Sounds simple does it not? Well, what does the WHO (World Health Organization) have to say?
"The best vaccine against common infectious diseases is an adequate diet." - The World Health Organization
Now the above advise from the World Health Organization is just good common sense and it is the very best advise, I have seen in years, from any organization period! What the WHO said is not original, (but it is certainly timely and in today's climate one could even say it is unique) for as early as 1929 Dr. Charles Northern had warned the people of America, and his statements are reprinted in Senate Document No. 264. Dr. Charles Northern was America's first pioneer into the role of minerals in nutrition. An Alabama physician who specialized in stomach diseases and nutritional disorders, his discoveries and achievements are of enormous importance to mankind! Some of his findings and principles are reprinted in Senate Document No. 264 entitled Modern Miracle Men Relating to Proper Food Mineral Balance.
One of the highlights of Document No. 264 that are of critical importance is quoted directly word for word below:
"An organism supplied with a diet adequate to preferably in excess of all mineral requirements may so utilize these elements as to produce immunity from infection quite beyond anything we are able to produce artificially. You can't make up the deficiency by using patent medicine."
What he said is, in essence, that immunity is a function of nutrition and you CANNOT make up for the deficiency in immunity by using patent medicine! Read this over at least 100 times then print it out and post it everywhere, on the 'Net, in your classrooms, at your local club and most especially in your doctor's office and vet's office.
Unfortunately, it would seem, that we all have, over a short two generations, been sold on the idea of the superiority of artificial immunity (vaccines, patent medicines, drugs, etc.) over natural immunity. We see these claims in the papers, on the TV, in documentaries. The notion of vaccinations, is religiously reinforced by our doctors, public health nurses, public health officials, and various and sundry organizations, all of these, supposed experts, the public believes to be totally up to date .You have heard them say (as regards vaccinations), "If you do not do it for yourself then do it for love of your children, parents, community etc. Vaccines are pushed by everyone, all officials, as being for our good, societies good (as long as we are pointing out the good let us not forget to also mention the obvious financial, good heath, of the vaccine manufacturers as a great reason, as well) these adverts, commercials, promotions have an underlying, or implied message, and that is this, "those who comply are good people, those who refuse to comply (follow the herd) are not very good people."
Do Drugs really Work?
I want you all to think about the following STUNNING ADMISSION (dated December 8, 2003 that should quickly wake you from your deep and totally peaceful slumber. You see, ignorance is not bliss; it can indeed be deadly, as follows. I guarantee you that this news item was ignored by the mass media worldwide, and I am equally sure that 99% of my readers as well as 99% of the population of our world has never see this incredible admission!). Here is the headline as it actually appeared and you can read the entire article at http://www.ghchealth.com/glaxo-chief-our-drugs-do-not-work-on-most-patients.html or also at hundreds of other sites by doing a simple Google search under the article headline below.
"Glaxo chief: Our drugs do not work on most patients
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
08 December 2003
A senior executive with Britain's biggest drugs company has admitted that most prescription medicines do not work on most people who take them.
Allen Roses, worldwide vice-president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), said fewer than half of the patients prescribed some of the most expensive drugs actually derived any benefit from them.
It is an open secret within the drugs industry that most of its products are ineffective in most patients but this is the first time that such a senior drugs boss has gone public.
Dr. Roses, an academic geneticist from Duke University in North Carolina, spoke at a recent scientific meeting in London where he cited figures on how well 'The vast majority of drugs - more than 90 per cent - only work in 30 or 50 per cent of the people.' Dr Roses said, 'I wouldn't say that most drugs don't work. I would say that most drugs work in 30 to 50 per cent of people. Drugs out there on the market work, but they don't work in everybody.'"
Here is how investigative reporter and author JON RAPPOPORT http://www.nomorefakenews.com/ put it after reading this incredible admission!
we have a piece that torpedoes the whole drug industry, and the quotes come from
a consummate insider at one of the world's biggest drug companies.
Researcher Mr. Jon Rappoport finally sums it all up in one sentence as follows:
there it is, in black and white, a rank admission by a major drug-company executive
that his whole field is a fraud and a theft.
Healthy Skepticism Required? You Decide!
Yet the very natural promotion of the immune system (reference to immunity through diet, etc.) is rarely preached to us by those who are in the best position to do so. Who, pray tell, you ask? Your doctor or Vet of course! If by the industries own admission above, most drugs do not work on most people, then maybe, just maybe, we should approach the subject of vaccinations with a hefty sense of skepticism as well. Clearly we would have every reason to do so. Actually we would be negligent if we did not!
You may question my statements regarding negligence in not approaching vaccinations with a hefty level of skepticism but reputable medical and scientific journals worldwide have warned us both in the past and in our present time. Daily new revelations keep coming out in respected journals worldwide including the following news story from the highly respected journal "New Scientist" for July 4, 2004 http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996116 from which I have quoted from briefly below:
"Many millions more people than previously thought might have been given polio vaccine contaminated with a monkey virus linked to cancer.
It has been known since 1960 that early doses of polio vaccine were widely contaminated with simian virus 40, or SV40, which infects macaque monkeys. Tens of millions of people in the US and an unknown number in other countries, including the UK, Australia and the former Soviet Union, may have been exposed prior to 1963.
The contamination occurred because the kidney cells the vaccine virus was grown in came from monkeys infected with SV40. Health officials say the problem was eliminated after 1963.
The consequences of exposure to the virus (which is not related to HIV in any way) are unclear. There is evidence is that some of the people given contaminated vaccines were infected by SV40, and that such infections might lead to the development of certain rare types of cancer many years down the line. But the link with cancer has neither been proved, nor shown to be false.
"There are two scenarios," says Philip Minor of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in the UK. "One is that it doesn't matter. The other is that it does."
Minor found three samples of the Soviet oral polio vaccine from the late 1960s in the NIBSC's freezers, the only samples known to survive from this time. In 1999, he found they tested positive for SV40, whereas British samples from this period did not. "But we did not draw any broad conclusions," Minor says.
Now Carbone has carried out further tests. He has confirmed the presence of SV40 in the Soviet vaccine samples using three separate tests. In two of the samples, he also showed that the SV40 remained infectious. In the third sample, there was no infectious poliovirus either, an indication that the sample of the live vaccine may have degraded.
Now Michele Carbone of Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago has announced results that suggest the Soviet polio vaccine was contaminated after 1963, possibly until the early 1980s. "Is there infectious virus? The short answer is, yes," Carbone told the Vaccine Cell Substrate Conference 2004 in Rockville, Maryland, last week.
The vaccine was almost certainly used throughout the Soviet bloc and probably exported to China, Japan and several countries in Africa. That means hundreds of millions could have been exposed to SV40 after 1963.
Lung Cancer Link
Yet the production process was supposed to ensure that if any SV40 was present, it would be neutralised. When Carbone tested the Soviet neutralisation method, which relied on magnesium chloride, he found it was only 95 per cent effective. Because of this, he believes the Soviet vaccine could have remained contaminated until the early 1980s. In 1981, the Soviet Union switched to a polio vaccine seed provided by the World Health Organization that was free from any SV40 contamination.
Carbone, the first to publish evidence of a link between SV40 and the deadly lung cancer mesothelioma (New Scientist print edition, 21 May 1994), will not discuss his results further until they have been published.
Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration who attended the conference also declined to comment, as the FDA is a defendant in lawsuits alleging that the SV40-contaminated polio vaccine used in the US has caused cancer cases."
In light of the above revelations, the partial interview by the researcher Mr. Jon Rappoport of a vaccination whistleblower quoted below takes on new significance.
"Mr. Jon Rappoport Interviewer
Several reasons. They involve the human immune system in a process that tends
to compromise immunity. They can actually cause the disease they are supposed
to prevent. They can cause other diseases than the ones they are supposed to prevent.
Must You Vaccinate To Race?
The pigeon racing clubs, combines, federations and national bodies, in many cases, try and legislate compliance in these areas. You have heard them say, "You must vaccinate to race!" Yet I do not understand the reasoning, nor its legality? If those that vaccinate are protected then whether other fanciers choose to vaccinate, or not vaccinate their birds, should not matter to those who do, because the vaccinated birds have the supposed advantage versus those birds that are not vaccinated (or so the theory goes). I remember listening to a friend (actually a well known author and successful flier), years ago (early 1993) express his concerns that pigeon vaccinations seemed to be adversely affecting the fertility of older cocks, and that this was a concern that should be seriously looked into! No proof either way; it was an anecdotal observation, but important none-the-less. Was anything ever done? Well not to my knowledge. Should something be done? Yes most certainly! Will something ever be done? No, not likely!
Natural versus Artificial Immunity
What is the difference between these two concepts, that is Natural versus Artificial immunity? Is there any difference? Why is there a difference, if any? It may be best, at this point to attempt to briefly define the concepts of both Natural Immunity and Artificial Immunity.
What is immunity: the quality or state of being immune; especially: a condition of being able to resist a particular disease especially through preventing development of a pathogenic microorganism or by counteracting the effects of its products (source Webster's Online Dictionary)
What is an immune system: the bodily system that protects the body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues by producing the immune response and that includes especially the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissue (as in the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow), lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, and antibodies (from Webster's Online Dictionary)
In very simple terms the immune system is a highly effective defense system, that all of God's creatures have been endowed with (to a greater or lesser degree depending on the complexity of the creation) by their Creator. The immune system is in fact a highly organized, highly intricate, and very deadly rapid response system for the defense of the body (human, pigeon, as well as all lower forms of life). The immune system is comprised of an arsenal of weapons
(there are external barriers to infection that include the skin, and mucous membranes, chemical barriers to infection that include chemicals with incidental protective effects as well as antimicrobial proteins, proteins from naturally occurring bacteria. Cellular defenses include scavenger cells, granulocytes, macrophages and natural killer cells.) in the form of cells and antibodies that seek out and destroy all foreign cells or organisms. This happens even before they have the opportunity to affect the body. The immune system is capable of remembering and responding quickly to foreign substances that have been previously encountered. Natural immunity results from the recovery from disease. The immune system therefore identifies self and defends to the death all that is not self. Once resources are so committed to a particular attack/defense they are committed for the duration and are thus no longer available to combat other unique assaults. Therefore one must understand that our immune system is totally unique in that it must "do the most with the very least of its resources"! Why? Because the battle will go on every day of our lives (our pigeons lives) and if all of our birds defensive and offensive capabilities are dedicated based upon stealth assaults (as in vaccinations that deliver harmful chemicals directly into our birds by circumventing the skin and mucous barriers, or abused in any one particular assault) they will not be available later when really needed!
"Antibodies, like other key elements in the immune response, make up a multi leveled defense system capable of attacking pathogens where they enter the body (i.e. at the level of the skin, eyes, mouth, and the respiratory system) and at the deeper levels of blood, organs, and tissues. Each of these levels of the immune system serve to weaken pathogens, to inhibit their reproduction, and to eventually eliminate their invasive threat. All together, the antibodies, T cells, B cells, phagocytes, monokines (i.e., interleukins and interferons) and other cells and molecules work in a complementary fashion to protect the body. Each play an essential role role in identifying antigens, relaying messages, and activating a complex and efficient immune response. One element of the immune system acts upon another, which in turn acts upon another, and so on. The immune response remains active until another type of cell, suppressor T cells, sends chemical messages indicating that the antigens have been defeated. At this point, the production of antibodies declines sharply but some of the killer T cells, like some activated (antibody producing) B cells, will then continue to circulate in the blood or "hibernate" in a lymphoid organ. until they are again re-stimulated with the specific antigen" The remaining activated cells are called memory cells because they "remember" the encountered antigen and they are poised to attack quickly and efficiently should the same antigen be encountered. When an antigen does present itself again, the memory cells effectively eliminate any chance of re -infection; natural immunity is thus conferred"
Figure 1 At the end of the day every sane and rational (in any area of life) decision must be made on one basis only and that is one of "Benefits versus Risks." If the Risks outweigh the Benefits then the proposed procedure makes no sense and must be avoided at all costs regardless of the pressure applied or by whom it is applied.
Unlike Natural Immunity which is the result of recovery from disease, Artificial Immunity is induced and Catherine Diodati defines it as follows:
"artificial immunity is induced by the administration of manufactured, protein based, formulae containing harvested antibodies or antigens. Artificially induced immunity, whether passive or active, is intended to protect the body from the more devastating effects of naturally acquired disease .Methods of inducing artificial immunity are intended to imitate the body's natural response to infection.Active immunization (i.e. vaccines), on the other hand, induces an immune response by infecting the vaccine with small amounts of antigens in order to expose the body gradually to specific diseases."
Vaccines Bypass Body's Immune Defenses
Vaccines are very much a Trojan Horse in that they bypass the body's initial immune defences. The vaccine in essence thus becomes a "surprise attack" causing the bodies defense system to take immediate action.
"In this way, vaccines do not elicit an immune response that can be compared comparable to natural immunity. In fact the immune system is so hard pressed to respond to the internal "attack" that it compensates by utilizing far more immune cells than it normally would during natural infection.
The differences in immune response demands are particularly significant for infants and young children, whose immune systems will not be fully developed until about age 12. Theoretically speaking, during the course of a typical childhood infection (e.g. chickenpox) approximately 3-7% of the body's immune capacity (e.g. plasma cells or lymphocytes) are utilized in eliminating disease whereas the immune response to immunization could utilize approximately 30-70% of that same child's immune capacity"
I cannot stress the following point enough and that is that once an immune body (plasma cell or lymphocyte) becomes committed to a given antigen, it can no longer respond to other antigen challenges. In essence the maturing immune system has been overwhelmed. Therefore the long-term consequences may in fact be totally the opposite of what we are currently being told. Vaccines tend to depress cellular (e.g., T cell) immunity whereas natural infections stimulate and strengthen the immune system.
"It is clearly unreasonable to expect that introducing disease and toxic chemicals into a body, and particularly into a body whose immune system is not completely developed, should result in improved health." 
ABOVE ALL DO NO HARM
It would not be too much to ask of our doctors both (both MD and Vet) that they live by the simple rule stated as follows "Above all do no harm," also referred to as the principle of non-malfeasance. In other words the risk must never exceed the benefit. Clearly in the case of vaccinations this rule is not adhered to!
" The potential for violating the principle of non-malfeasance is great since the risks posed by immunizing agents may exceed the risks posed by natural infections. Such is the case with the rubella vaccine, as discussed previously. The disease is innocuous when contracted in childhood but the personal risks posed by the vaccine components, as well as their effect upon the disease's epidemiology, certainly outweigh those posed by the disease. Adverse reactions can occur with any vaccine: individuals may prove to be allergic to any vaccine component and/or they may incur a more serious (debilitating or fatal) reaction to the vaccine than they would have experienced if the contracted the disease itself. Critics of immunization believe that vaccine components, either alone or in combination, have the ability to cause countless immediate and long-term health risks.. Vaccines contain hazardous components, which may pose an undue threat to the health of vaccine recipients. Specifically, many of the commonly used chemical vaccine components are known to be toxic and /or carcinogenic and they often inhibit the immune response more efficiently than they weaken antigens. Furthermore, some of the chemicals used to attenuate or kill pathogens are inadequate in their purpose. This pathogenic survival means that vaccines actually risk infection from the fully virulent antigenic components remaining in the vaccine preparations. Moreover, vaccines risk contamination from diseased host tissues.. These host tissues can contain a myriad of their own distinct pathogens. Past experience has demonstrated that vaccines can become infected by these extraneous, and often undetected, pathogens, leading not only to disease within the individual but, sometimes, introducing animal diseases into a new human reservoir. By virtue of the undue harm caused by the chemical and antigenic vaccine-components, the mass use of risky immunizing agents threatens the principle of non-malfeasance".
We were given permission to use the following detailed vaccine ingredient information by Bronwyn Hancock, Vaccination Information Service www.vaccination.inoz.com. The actual URL that this material can be found on is http://www.vaccination.inoz.com/ingredie.html.
No Data On Possible Effects of Vaccinations on Racing Pigeons
Now obviously I am not aware of any data that has been accumulated on the potential or possible effects of vaccinations on the immune systems of our racing and fancy pigeons (no such data exists for pigeons and the data from human use I find less than reassuring either). Such long-term studies have never been done!
I believe it is both logical and safe to assume that vaccines produced for eventual use in animals, of any kind, would be produced under the same conditions as those from human use (so I am giving the benefit of the doubt here). Therefore, it would be again safe to assume, that these vaccines designated for use in animals (using the very same processes, the very same methodologies, the same ingredients in many cases therefore they) would certainly be no less contaminated that those same vaccines for human consumption. So allow us to look at the contents of human vaccines and then each of us can decide if these chemicals are very good or not so very good for both ourselves as well as our racing and fancy pigeons. There is only one question that I will pose to both MD's and DVM's, a very simple question that I would like a straight-forward answer to and that is this. How can you, as men of science look me straight in the eye and tell me, and all of the readers who may have occasion to read this brief article, that injecting (bypassing the immune system) know poisons into the bodies of both humans and animals (in this case pigeons) is good for the health of either?
Now let me be very clear, I am not trying to convince anyone to either vaccinate their pigeons or not vaccinate their pigeons. Only you, after proper research and study, can decide what you should or should not do. Nor am I offering any medical or veterinary advise, as only your doctor or veterinarian can offer you such advice. I am however, raising very important issues that need to be investigated (and have not been investigated independently) openly by those who are in a position to do so. What I am asking all of our readers to do is to use good common sense in coming to your decisions (whatever they may be), research independently these areas of interest so that you educate yourselves as to both the pros and cons of this issue. Then decide! Whatever you decide is OK by me. I have my beliefs (based upon my research) you are certainly welcome to your own beliefs (whatever they may be), so long as you have made an informed decision, that decision is valid for you based upon the knowledge you have acquired.
Almost all of us have grown up knowing that our developed world suffers so much less from diseases than in the past, and we have happily accepted what we have been told, which is that the reason is vaccination. This is certainly what I assumed before I ever started looking at it.
No Scientific Evidence That Vaccines Are Effective
In reality, however, it turns out that there is no scientific evidence that vaccines are at all effective, from a statistical OR immunological point of view. In fact unfortunately there is evidence that they are even counterproductive, in relation to the very diseases they are supposed to be protecting against. I will address these points of view in turn. Within each one I will address the evidence for their ineffectiveness first, then for their counter productivity, under the following headings.
evidence indicating ineffectiveness
Statistical Evidence Indicating Ineffectiveness
Looking at it from a statistical point of view, the statements we keep getting that cases/deaths declined since the introduction of vaccines are meaningless, because they were ALREADY declining, in fact they had already dropped by more than 90% this century by the time the vaccines were introduced.
This is clearly illustrated in the following graphs which are plotted using figures from the Commonwealth Year Book, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Human Resources. (Source - "Vaccination: A Parent's Dilemma" by Greg Beattie.) The arrows indicate where universal routine vaccination programs began. Death rates are per million:
The only "evidence" that is ever provided to the public for their effectiveness (and even then not often!) is that SOME graphs will portray an actual acceleration in the decline in the number of REPORTED cases of a disease after the introduction of the vaccine (or an increase in reported cases after compliance falls). However there are many facts that all tend to undermine the significance of this "evidence".(used with permission the document reference is http://www.vaccination.inoz.com/link3#link3)
There Is No Safe Level For Some of These Poisons
We were given permission to use the following detailed vaccine ingredient information by Bronwyn Hancock, Vaccination Information Service www.vaccination.inoz.com the actual URL that this material can be found on is http://www.vaccination.inoz.com/ingredie.html. It is interesting to note that the email sent to me by Bronwyn included the following comment:
Below is a list of ingredients in vaccines (I have been unable to obtain a complete and totally detailed list of all of the ingredients in vaccines intended for pigeons. The following list details many, but not all ingredients found in human vaccines and was compiled by The Vaccination Information Service and can be referenced at www.vaccination.inoz.com/ingredie.html). (It is not exhaustive - there are other chemicals not in the list.)
If you are tempted to assume that these poisons would only be in harmless quantities in vaccines, note:
1) There is no safe level for some of these poisons, such as formaldehyde and mercury, even if one of them was consumed or injected on its own.
2) Even if the quantity of any given ingredient was within a safe level, remember that a large number of these are being taken in all at once, which can lead to the accumulative toxicity being much higher.
3) Poisons such as formaldehyde and mercury are well known to have a sensitising effect on the body, i.e., they cause increased susceptibility to any foreign substance that it might encounter at the same time or in the future.
4) Even the manufacturers admit to a large list of adverse effects of vaccines, including even death.
The resultant damage, including brain damage, from these toxins can vary from mild enough not to be apparent, through to severe, in some cases death. You cannot inject a living being with these poisons and expect there to be no adverse effect at all. What varies, and varies greatly, is merely the degree of damage. The reason for the large variation in this degree of damage include:
Post mortems on cot death babies indicate asphyxia, which can be due to the level of poisons being just that little bit too high for these individuals' immature immune systems to mount a defense of the strength and sustained period of time required to deal with them. Adding to the difficulty in dealing with the large load of poisons is the fact that these poisons interfere with the activities of the immune system itself, and thus weaken its ability to eliminate any poisons. In the younger babies the battle is more often lost within hours or a few days from the injection. In the older babies they more often hold out longer and only lose the battle after a few weeks or longer (J Pediatrics 1982).
For chemical profiles and definitions, visit http://www.scorecard.org/.
Sources: EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) & MME (Mosby's Medical Encyclopaedia)
(Used in vaccines as a tissue fixative)
Aust. National Research Council: Fewer than 20% but perhaps more than 10% of the general population may be susceptible to formaldehyde and may react acutely at any exposure level. More hazardous than most chemicals in 5 out of 12 ranking systems, on at least 8 federal regulatory lists, ranked as one of the most hazardous compounds (worst 10%) to ecosystems and human health (Environmental Defense Fund).
It is not safe at ANY level.
Academy of Science:
Formaldehyde is oxidised to formic acid which leads to acidosis and nerve damage. Acidosis can be described as a condition in which the acidity of the body tissues and fluids is abnormally high. The liver and the kidneys may also be damaged.
Eye; nasal; throat and pulmonary irritation; acute sense of smell; alters tissue proteins; anaemia; antibodies formation; apathy; blindness; blood in urine; blurred vision; body aches; bronchial spasms; bronchitis; burns nasal and throat; cardiac impairment; palpitations and arrhythmias; central nervous system depression; changes in higher cognitive functions; chemical sensitivity; chest pains and tightness; chronic vaginitis; colds; coma; conjunctivitis; constipation; convulsions; corneal erosion; cough; death; destruction of red blood cells; depression; dermatitis; diarrhoea; difficulty concentrating; disorientation; dizziness; ear aches; eczema; emotional upsets; ethmoid polyps; fatigue; fecula bleeding; foetal asphyxiation (and they don't know what could cause SIDS?); flu-like or cold like illness; frequent urination with pain; gastritis; gastrointestinal inflammation; headaches; haemolytic anaemia; haemolytic haematuria; hoarseness; hyperactive airway disease; hyperactivity; hypomenstrual syndrome; immune system sensitiser; impaired (short) attention span; impaired capacity to attain attention; inability or difficulty swallowing; inability to recall words and names; inconsistent IQ profiles; inflammatory diseases of the reproductive organs; intestinal pain; intrinsic asthma; irritability; jaundice; joint pain; aches and swelling; kidney pain; laryngeal spasm; loss of memory; loss of sense of smell; loss of taste; malaise; menstrual and testicular pain; menstrual irregularities; metallic taste; muscle spasms and cramps; nasal congestions; crusting and mucosae inflammation; nausea; nosebleeds; numbness and tingling of the forearms and finger tips; pale, clammy skin; partial laryngeal paralysis; pneumonia; post nasal drip; pulmonary oedema; reduced body temperature; retarded speech pattern; ringing or tingling in the ear; schizophrenic-type symptoms; sensitivity to sound; shock; short term memory loss; shortness of breath; skin lesions; sneezing; sore throat; spacey feeling; speaking difficulty; sterility; swollen glands; tearing; thirst; tracheitis; tracheobronchitis; vertigo; vomiting blood; vomiting; wheezing.
References; C. Wilson; Chronic Exposure and Human Health (1993), McFarland & Company taken from Our Toxic Times Feb 1997 pgs 18 & 19.
(Used in vaccines as a preservative.)
Mercury is the second most poisonous element known to man (next to uranium and its derivatives). Neurons are observed to disintegrate in its presence and it has also been found to cause changes to chromosomes.
The U.S. has known about the potential problems of thimerosal (compound in vaccines that contains mercury) for many years. The World Health Organization voiced concerns as far back as 1990. Mercury is a highly toxic element which does not easily leave the body. Once ingested, injected, or inhaled, it stays and accumulates. An infant can receive in one day's doses of vaccines as much as the absolute maximum set by the W.H.O. for 3 months of exposure, but it is not safe at ANY level.
Thimerosal is listed as a recognized developmental toxicant as well as a suspected skin or sense organ toxicant by the Environmental Defense Fund1. The following was taken from a website affiliated with the National Institutes for Health2:
"Symptoms of exposure to this class of compounds includes aphthous, stomatitis, catarrhal gingivitis, nausea, liquid stools, pain, liver disorder, injury to the cardiovascular system and hematopoietic system, deafness and ataxia. Exposure may be fatal. Headache, paresthesia of the tongue, lips, fingers and toes, other non-specific dysfunctions, metallic taste, slight gastrointestinal disturbances, excessive flatus and diarrhea may occur. Acute poisoning may cause gastrointestinal irritation and renal failure. Early signs of severe poisoning include fine tremors of extended hands, loss of side vision, slight loss of coordination in the eyes, speech, writing and gait, inability to stand or carry out voluntary movements, occasional muscle atrophy and flexure contractures, generalized myoclonic movements, difficulty understanding ordinary speech, irritability and bad temper progressing to mania, stupor, coma, mental retardation in children, skin irritation, blisters and dermatitis. Other symptoms include chorea, athetosis, tremors, convulsions, pain and numbness in the extremities, nephritis, salivation, loosening of the teeth, blue line on the gums, anxiety, mental depression, insomnia, hallucinations and central nervous system effects. Exposure may also cause irritation of the eyes, mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract."
Here is an excerpt from "The Vaccine Guide: Making an Informed Choice" (Randall Neustaedter, North Atlantic Books, 1996):
"Sensitivities to thimerosal in vaccines apparently develop as a result of previous vaccinations (Förström et al., 1980). Even the minute amount of thimerosal used in vaccines (.1 to .01%) can specifically stimulate the immune system and cause sensitization (Aberer, 1991). Mercury is a violent poison with many toxic effects. The toxicity of mercury varies depending on the form in which the element appears. Metallic mercury has different effects than inorganic or organic mercury compounds. However, major differences in toxicity are not expected among the different compounds within the inorganic group of mercury salts (Clement, 1992)...
...The neurologic toxicity symptoms caused by mercury compounds have a delayed onset after exposure (Bakir et al, 1973), which may have significance for the suspected long-term neurologic symptoms of learning disabilities and behaviour disorders associated with vaccines. (For full references, refer to book.)"
(This is in the polio vaccine.) Classed as "Very Toxic Material". May lead to kidney, liver, blood and central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Harmful or fatal if swallowed. Effects include behavioural disorders, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhoea, visual disturbances, thirst, convulsions, cyanosis, and rapid heart rate, CNS stimulation, depression, cardiopulmonary effects, kidney disorders. May also lead to liver and blood disorders. Produces reproductive and developmental effects in experimental animals.
EDF Suspected - cardiovascular or blood toxicant, neurotoxicant, respiratory toxicant. Implicated as a cause of brain damage; suspected factor in Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, convulsions and comas. More hazardous than most chemicals in 2 out of 6 ranking systems. On at least 2 federal regulatory lists. (This element is not toxic when only in trace amounts, indeed at such levels is even beneficial to the body, however a trace amount is extremely minute - the level in vaccines is enormously higher, at around 0.5%)
EDF Suspected - developmental toxicant, reproductive toxicant. Metabolic poison (i.e. interferes with the metabolism in all cells). Capable of disabling the immune system's primary response. Contains phenol (see below).
EDF Suspected - cardiovascular or blood toxicant aka Carbolic Acid, developmental toxicant, gastrointestinal or liver toxicant, kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, respiratory toxicant, skin or sense organ toxicant. More hazardous than most chemicals in 3 out of 10 ranking systems. On at least 8 federal regulatory lists
Described as a volatile, flammable and poisonous liquid alcohol. In industry, it is used as a solvent and an antifreeze compound in fuel. In the body it is metabolised to formaldehyde (see above). Whilst it can be found naturally in the pectin that is present in some common fruits, it is only in very small quantities in fruit and does not pose a danger to the body in that form.
(sodium tetraborate decahydrate)
Traditionally used as a pesticide, including ant killer. Suspected cardiovascular or blood toxicant, endocrine toxicant, gastrointestinal or liver toxicant and neurological toxicant. Found to cause reproductive damage and reduced fertility in a study on rats.
Poisonous if ingested (would be worse if injected). Causes birth defects in experimental animals.
In a 1995 report by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) two groups of people were defined as intolerant of MSG - those who eat large quantities of MSG (which is in many processed foods as a flavour enhancer - # 621) and those with "severe, poorly controlled asthma". (Can you guess now why sensitivity to MSG is so common?) According to this report which was contracted by the FDA the following are symptoms that they found in reaction to MSG.
Burning sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest
An FDA web page called "FDA and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)" states "Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain."
In 1978 MSG was removed from baby food and other baby products for infants less than one year of age because the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academy of Sciences expressed concerns.
Sulfate and phosphate compounds
(to one or more of which your child may have already developed a severe allergy from past vaccinations.)
EDF Suspected - gastrointestinal or liver toxicant, neurotoxicant, respiratory toxicant.
an antibiotic. Interferes with Vitamin B6 absorption. An error in the uptake of B6 can cause a rare form of epilepsy and mental retardation.
EDF Suspected - kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant. More hazardous than most chemicals in 2 out of 3 ranking systems. On at least 1 federal regulatory list
Polysorbate 20 / 80:
EDF Suspected - skin or sense organ toxicant. Known to cause cancer in animals.
EDF Suspected - gastrointestinal or liver toxicant. Less hazardous than most chemicals in 1 ranking system.
a component of the Hib bacterium.
EDF Recognized - carcinogen, EDF Suspected - gastrointestinal or liver toxicant, respiratory toxicant, skin or sense organ toxicant. More hazardous than most chemicals in 3 out of 3 ranking systems. On at least 5 federal regulatory lists. Ranked as one of the most hazardous compounds (worst 10%) to humans.
MME definition - "a drug used to treat fungus infections. Known allergy to this drug prohibits use. Side effects include blood clots, blood defects, kidney problems, nausea and fever. When used on the skin, allergic reactions can occur."
Animal organ tissue and blood:
Animal cell lines need to be used to culture the viruses in vaccines, so this material is included in the formulation that is injected. Other than when this protein material is digested (i.e. consumed and broken down into its component amino acids, etc, before absorption), it is unusable and toxic to the body. It can also contain many animal viruses (see Animal Viruses). Animals used include monkey (kidney), cow (heart), calf (serum), chicken (embryo and egg), duck (egg), pig (blood), sheep (blood), dog (kidney), horse (blood), rabbit (brain), guinea pig, etc.
Aborted human foetal tissue and human albumin:
This is something you might like to consider if you are against abortion. Also from a health point of view tissue from another human (not just animals) is still foreign and therefore toxic to the body.
Large foreign proteins:
In addition to the above accompanying (protein) material, there are large proteins that are deliberately included, used for such purposes as adjuvants (i.e. to help get an immune "response"). Egg album and gelatin (or gelatine, obtained from selected pieces of calf and cattle skins, de-mineralized cattle bones and pork skin) are in several vaccines. Casein (milk protein) is in the triple antigen, i.e. DPT vaccine. As explained above, when injected, proteins are toxic to the body. Hence the immune system "response" - it is stressed by this invasion, which results in sensitisation - it becomes sensitive to these substances, not immune to them.
Is it any wonder, then, that allergies to these substances are now so common (in the case of milk, resulting in the relatively recent emergence of milk alternatives such as soy and rice "milk"s)?
This is in the hepatitis B vaccine which is given routinely to health workers. Have you heard about the problem of the high occurrence of latex allergy among nurses? How do you think they became sensitised to latex? Allergic reactions can be life-threatening. Hepatitis B vaccine is now routinely given to newborn babies in many countries, including Australia and the US.
Some of these can be particularly alien to the human body. The most frequently documented and publicised example is the monkey virus SV40. This is harmless in monkeys, but inject it into a human and it can cause cancer - in the brain (tumours), bone (e.g. multiple myeloma), lungs (mesothelioma) and lymphoid tissue (lymphoma). It has appeared in people born in the last 20 years (The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Sep 1999;180:884-887), long after the manufacturer claimed to have "cleaned up" the polio vaccine in which it was found. Such cases include the late Alexander Horwin, both of whose parents tested negative for SV40, therefore recent cases cannot just be blamed on inheritance from parents who received the vaccine (see www.ouralexander.org).
The viruses against which the vaccine is supposed to protect are frequently said to be "killed", "inactivated" or "attenuated". This is a myth. The main method used to inactivate viruses is treatment with formaldehyde, whose effectiveness is only limited, and even then only temporary - once the brew is injected into the body and disperses, it is documented in orthodox medical literature that these "killed" viruses can revert to their former virulence. (References for this are available.)
Please note also that whilst the included viruses, bacteria etc against which the vaccine is supposed to protect are claimed to be in "very small doses", the quantities are quite high enough for the diseases to occur, as they can do quite severely, occasionally even leading to death (e.g. deaths reported recently in the Lancet from yellow fever contracted from that vaccine). Indeed a susceptible person can succumb to infection when exposed to only a minute dose (particularly when directly injected), while a sufficiently healthy person will not succumb even when exposed, naturally that is, to an enormous dose. It is not the pathogen, but the interaction between pathogen and host that causes disease to appear (Intervirology 1993).
If the symptoms of a disease do not occur after a vaccine, it cannot be assumed that the person is not or will not be harmed by that pathogen. Most disease symptoms are actually the visible signs of the body's effort to defend itself against the pathogen, and with injections, important defences are bypassed.
Bacteria and their endotoxins:
The human blood is supposed to be, and traditionally was, sterile - no bacteria (or other organisms) present in it. That is not the case any more. Naturally this has a weakening effect on the immune system, apart from sometimes leading to severe bacterial infections.
These are microscopic organisms lacking rigid cell walls and considered to be the smallest free-living organisms. Many are pathogenic and one species is a cause of mycoplasma pneumonia which interestingly is noted to occur "in children and young adults" (Mosby's Medical Dictionary). So, are these only in vaccines by mistake as contaminants? No, believe it or not, they are deliberately included as adjuvants, i.e. to increase the immune system's "response" to the vaccine.
Genetically modified yeast:
This is in the hepatitis B vaccine. Given the controversy over the ingestion of genetically modified foods, how much less safe, do you think, is the injection of them, particularly considering what follows below?
This DNA is from such organisms as various animals, animal/human viruses, fungi and bacteria. It has been documented that the injecting foreign DNA can cause it or some of it to be incorporated into the recipient's DNA (see 'Immunisation' Against Diseases for Children). Remember, nature has not experienced such a direct invasion as this before, so can you be sure that it would have developed a way to protect your body against it?
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Comment inserted in italic is by Silvio Mattacchione
 Dr. Philip Incao is a general practitioner whose experience has led him to question current vaccination practices. He writes (Internet document, www.garynull.com): "A critical point which is never mentioned by those advocating mandatory vaccination of children is that children's health has declined significantly since 1960 when vaccines began to be widely used. According to the National Health Interview Survey conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics since 1957, a shocking 31 percent of U.S. children today have a chronic health problem, 18 percent of children require special health care or related services, and 6.7 percent of children have a significant disability due to a chronic physical or mental condition. Respiratory allergies, asthma, and learning disabilities are the most common of these.
"Three controlled studies comparing vaccinated to unvaccinated children in England, and New Zealand have shown that the vaccinated children have significantly more asthma, ear infections, hospitalizations, and inflammatory bowel disease than their unvaccinated cohorts. Since vaccinations have a lasting effect on the immune system, and since it is known that many vaccines shift the balance of the immune system away from its acutely-reacting "Th1" side and toward its chronically-reacting "Th2" side, it is a very plausible scenario that vaccines are contributing greatly to the large-scale and unprecedented increase in chronic conditions such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, and a wide range of neurological dysfunctions including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, seizures, and autism in U.S. children today.
Dr. Incao concludes by summarizing observations drawn from 27 years of experience as a general practitioner of medicine. Twenty-three of those years were in a rural farming community in upstate New York where, he reports, as many as 50 percent of his pediatric patients were unvaccinated due to their parents' conscientious personal choice.
"For 23 years I had the opportunity to observe my young patients grow from infancy to young adulthood and to appraise their overall health and vitality. It was out of this experience that my present views took shape. I observed that my unvaccinated children were healthier, hardier, and more robust than their vaccinated peers. Allergies, asthma, and pallor, and behavioral and attentional disturbances, were clearly more common in my young patients who were vaccinated.
"My unvaccinated patients, on the other hand, did not suffer from infectious diseases with any greater frequency or severity than their vaccinated peers: Their immune systems generally handled these challenges very well."
Finally, no one is saying not to vaccinate; the point is that individuals need the freedom to choose. (document reference: http://www.garynull.com/Documents/Vaccines/VaccinesOpinion/vaccines-2ndop08Holistic.htm)
"The Government has perpetrated falsehoods on vaccines for years. For example, they said there was going to be an epidemic of measles in 1995, but afterwards it became clear that there never was going to be an epidemic."
 Below is a letter from Dawn Winkler, Vice President Concerned Parents for Vaccine Safety in response to essay letter written by J. Thomas Megerian, MD, Ph.D. of Childrens Hospital in Boston. (document reference: http://www.whale.to/vaccines/winkler.html)
Dear Dr. Megerian:
I fully realize that any information I attempt to give you will not change your mind. You are clearly pro-vaccine and do not wish to acknowledge that there is another legitimate side to this issue. However, I can't help but reply to your letter. My daughter is now dead because of vaccinations.I guess that means they worked, she can't spread disease. I fully vaccinated her because I believed it was right and I also had the same attitude as you. I thought I was a holier-than-thou do-gooder and that those who did not vaccinate were lazy, drunk, drug using uneducated losers. After her death, I realized for the first time that doctors do NOT know everything. I took matters into my own hands and researched the issue fully and continue to do so today. My son IS NOT AND WILL NOT BE VACCINATED FOR ANYTHING EVER.He is AT NO RISK OF HEPATITIS B. My son is not a drug user, a healthcare worker, or having sex. He is also not an Eskimo. I am not HBV positive. Explain to me then, how in the HELL is my son going to get hepatitis B and why have I never met even ONE person that has hepatitis B? And he is healthier than any vaccinated child I know. He is almost 3 and has never once had an ear infection, respiratory infection, or serious illness. He has never needed antibiotics, or an "MD" for anything. His immune system works, mine does not and I was fully vaccinated much to my dismay.
If you can turn your head to the over 25,000 reported reactions to the hepatitis B vaccine than you have my sympathy. The facts speak for themselves. Hepatitis B vaccine carries far greater risk than that of actually contracting the disease and having serious complications in children. At least if you do contract hep B you have a chance of getting over it. Ask those with vaccine damaged children what kind of chance their children have. No, these children are not rare. This is occurring by the thousands. And thanks to groups like ours, more and more people will be educated about this issue in the future. Did you completely miss the Congressional hearing on hepatitis B? Or the recent Congressional hearing on vaccine safety in general? Whether you like it or not, we are winning the war. It is not about whether or not someone ends up vaccinating. It is about making informed choices. We live with these choices not YOU. You can vaccinate yourself and your children to death, but don't you tell other people that they must follow you. This issue is being blown wide open by people within your own sacred profession no less. You might want to check out the testimony of Dr. Marcel Kinsbourne. Watch and learn. The tide is turning. We will be unsuspecting victims no more.
How on earth did we survive for millions of years WITHOUT VACCINES? Could it be that our immune systems actually worked on their own? We only started mass vaccination in the past century. Do you have any concept of time? Where did the plague and scarlet fever go? If anything does us in as a species,I promise you, it will be vaccines and antibiotics. They are overused. As a matter of fact, how in the world does anything survive in the wild?Do we vaccinate deer, skunks, elk, birds, insects, etc????????????? Think about how RIDICULOUS the notion is that humans will die out if we do not interfere with Almighty allopathic medicine. We ought to be the only species alive at this point by your calculations. Don't give medicine too much credit. Good health is a God given birthright and I will not allow ANYONE to take that away from my son. It's too late for my daughter and for myself.
Dawn Winkler, Vice President Concerned Parents for Vaccine Safety
 For more than a hundred years, two basic assumptions have been put forth by public health officials. One is that vaccines are safe. The second is that vaccines are effective for the conditions for which they're given. The public and our legislators have, by and large, accepted these assumptions as true, and as a result it is now compulsory in many states that children have as many as 33 separate inoculations before entering school, with some of these given as early as the first few weeks of life.
We've been told that the end of smallpox, polio, and measles as serious health threats is due to mass inoculation programs, and again we have accepted the official dogma unquestioningly. But as we shall see here, this is not exactly the truth. What's more, a disturbing reality that has generally been unrecognized is the ever-growing number of individuals suffering adverse reactions to vaccinations. These individuals are predominantly infants and children, and the problems they've incurred as a result of vaccination go way beyond sore arms and transitory fever: Such conditions as autism, attention deficit disorder, minimal brain dysfunction, and other biochemical and neurological abnormalities have been linked to the effects of vaccines. Most tragically, so has SIDS-sudden infant death syndrome. Yet because of underreporting of these troubling statistical links, a full picture of the effects of vaccination has not emerged. And the problem of underreporting is a deep-seated one, because not only are the news media not playing up what has already been learned, but doctors are not being encouraged to report possible adverse reactions, slowing additional learning. Couple these problems with the official line that for the greater good of the majority a small minority must accept negative consequences, and you have a situation in which nobody is really looking for the truth.
This investigation is an attempt to do that. It has required nearly five years of in-depth analysis, and a review of thousands of articles. I am not personally taking positions on individual vaccines, but I am, rather, presenting information based upon hard science; hundreds of references are included here for those who want to read further. For people challenging mandatory vaccination policies, the reference section will be particularly helpful, as it will be for anyone who simply wants to look beyond the official line and see what's actually happening. It is interesting to note that the situation with vaccination is analogous to that with chemotherapy; both are presented to the public as efficacious and safe when in reality, with a few exceptions for each, they are neither. In both cases, then, personal decision-making requires extensive research. - Gary Null (document reference http://www.garynull.com/Documents/Vaccines/VaccinesOpinion/vaccines-2ndop01Intro.htm)
truthful about vaccines or keep away from my children
I thought I would be able to write something calm and balanced, drawing on both
sides of the arguments for and against childhood vaccinations. But I'm so furious
at being LIED to time after time by the government that nothing very calm comes
 This information is a followup of the Institute of Medicine report which hit the papers in December of last year, but the data was hard to reference as it was not in peer-reviewed journal. Now it is published in JAMA(Journal American Medical Association July 26, 2000;284(4):483-5) which is the most widely circulated medical periodical in the world.
The author is Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and she desribes how the US health care system may contribute to poor health.
ALL THESE ARE DEATHS PER YEAR:
-- unnecessary surgery.
These total to 250,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!!
What does the word iatrogenic mean? This term is defined as induced in a patient by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially of a complication of treatment.
Dr. Starfield offers several warnings in interpreting these numbers:
First, most of the data are derived from studies in hospitalized patients.
Second, these estimates are for deaths only and do not include negative effects that are associated with disability or discomfort.
Third, the estimates of death due to error are lower than those in the IOM report.
If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000. In any case, 225,000 deaths per year constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer. Even if these figures are overestimated, there is a wide margin between these numbers of deaths and the next leading cause of death (cerebrovascular disease).
Another analysis concluded that between 4% and 18% of consecutive patients experience negative effects in outpatient settings, with:
million extra physician visits.
The high cost of the health care system is considered to be a deficit, but seems to be tolerated under the assumption that better health results from more expensive care.
However, evidence from a few studies indicates that as many as 20% to 30% of patients receive inappropriate care.
An estimated 44,000 to 98,000 among them die each year as a result of medical errors. (document reference http://www.greatestherbsonearth.com/articles/jama_doctors.htm)
 "The subject of vaccinations is not a religion. It should not be based on your belief system, but on an objective analysis and facts. There are more than enough studies out there for people to read and to come to sound conclusions one way or the other. There are also many books on the subject. I encourage people to delve into them."536
Alan Phillips reminds us that we are kept in the dark about our freedom to choose.
"Most states currently allow for medical and religious exemptions. You are not told this when you go to a pediatrician or when you enter a university. You are simply told that you have to vaccinate. But that is not usually true. Probably 15 to 20 states have a philosophical or personal exemption option that you don't even have to tie to your religion.
"I don't advocate that people do or do not vaccinate. I say that there's a lot of information that people should investigate before they make a decision one way or the other. We're so steeped in what I would now call the myth of vaccination that it seems nonsensical and counterintuitive to even raise the question. In fact, the first time that I raised the question with a pediatrician I got yelled at. While I think that was unprofessional of the pediatrician, it does demonstrate the degree to which assumptions about vaccinations are held." (http://www.garynull.com/Documents/Vaccines/VaccinesOpinion/vaccines-2ndop08Holistic.htm)
Mercury in Drug and Biologic Products
The information in this list is derived from submissions made by manufacturers+ in response to the agency's call-for-data notices of December 14, 1998 (63 FR 68775), April 29, 1999 (64 FR 23083) and February 3, 2003 (68 FR 5299), the agency's Drug Registration and Listing System, and other agency sources. Products submitted in response to any of the call-for-data notices are preceded by an asterisk (*). The mercury ingredients are abbreviated as TM for thimerosal, PMA for phenylmercuric acetate, PMN for phenylmercuric nitrate, MA for mercuric acetate, MN for mercuric nitrate, MB for merbromin, and MOY for mercuric oxide yellow. The list includes nonhomeopathic human and veterinary drug products and human biological products. Homeopathic drug products are not included because of the low amounts of mercury present in the products. The abbreviation NS under the % column means that the information was "not stated" in the agency's Drug Registration and Listing System.
 Mercury - The Toxic Metal Mercury (Hg) is an extremely toxic metal, second only to cadmium as the most poisonous on earth.(1) This toxin has an affinity for the human nervous system, with deleterious neurological effects extremely well documented in medical history.(1,2,3,4) In fact, the term, "mad as a hatter" comes from the psychosis associated with 19th century English Hatters who used Hg to stiffen cloth.
Mercury has also been called "the great mimicker," because toxicity can effect so many bodily systems, giving birth to multiple and diverse pathology symptoms. A partial explanation for this is that its damage is incurred by interfering with metabolic processes at the cellular level. Mercury's multiple physiological capabilities include: - Interference with enzyme functions (2,5) - Elevating oxidative stress and depleting / disrupting antioxidant protection (2,4,5,6,12,25) - Altering and damaging the cardiac, renal, and immune system (7,8,9,10,12) - Peripheral nerve damage (3,11) - Altering calcium homeostasis (2,4,12) .reference http://www.sierratimes.com/health.htm
The FDA's Discovery
Infant vaccines that routinely contained thimerosal were DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus), hepatitis B, and Hib (Hemophilus influenzae type b). Following the vaccination schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), infants were exposed to anywhere from 0.0 to 187.5 mcg of ethyl mercury, depending on the vaccine manufacturer, and total exposure over 18 months could be as high as 237.5 mcg. The dose the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems allowable is 0.1 mcg per kilogram per day. If an average 5 kg-infant received all thimerosal-containing vaccines at his two-month visit, his exposure that day would be 62.5 mcg ethyl mercury--125 times as great as the EPA guideline.
Thimerosal is a chemical compound that contains 49.6 percent mercury as a preservative.
Mercury is one of the most dangerous toxins known to scientists. This is 100 times
However, in that very court case Dr. Bruce Halstead testified as an expert witness on toxicology that aspirin, sugar and salt were more toxic than Laetrile. His testimony caught the FDA attorneys with their pants down, because they had not realized that Dr. Bruce Halstead had been commissioned by the FDA to write the definitive book on toxic substances, the FDA's own "TEXTBOOK ON TOXICOLOGY". Here's how that case ended:
Judge: "You are telling me that you have filed suit in this court that Laetrile is toxic, and you don't have a single witness or a shred of evidence to support such a suit?"
Attorney: "That is correct, Your Honor."
Judge: "Then why have you filed such a suit?"
Attorney: " Because, Your Honor, Laetrile may be dangerous."
Judge: "Dangerous to whom?"
Attorney: "Dangerous to the Federal Government, Your Honor."
Judge: "How could Laetrile possibly be dangerous to the Federal Government?"
Attorney: "Because, Your Honor, the Government may lose control."
Judge (angry): "Case dismissed!"
Of course laetrile is only "dangerous" to the parasitic FDA officials whose salaries are funded by U.S. taxpayers and to the gargantuan pharmaceutical corporations who hire and plant FDA officials and make billions of dollars every year killing over 100,000 Americans with their man‑made poisons. (It is important to note that this number does not include the hundreds of thousands of people who are not killed by these drugs, but who suffer the adverse side effects of these so‑called "medicines"; sometimes the side effects are worse than the disease and many FDA‑approved "medicines" and "food additives" are known to cause cancer!) But the fraud doesn't just stop there: Laetrile, or vitamin B17, is contained in many natural foods that we eat every day, such as:
Grains: brown rice, barley, flax seeds, millet, quince Legumes: lentils, fava beans, garbanzo beans, lima beans, buckwheat
Berries: blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, strawberries
Nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans
Greens: spinach, alfalfa sprouts, mung bean sprouts, beet greens
Other: yams, brewer's yeast, bamboo shoots, grape seeds, apple seeds
Therefore, laetrile is a natural, God‑given substance provided in the very foods we eat. "Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing." (Ezekiel 47:12) However, according to the FDA we are all supposed to drop dead from eating almonds, rice and alfalfa sprouts. In spite of this absurdity the FDA continues to foist their fraudulent propaganda upon the American people and persecute anyone who might pose a threat to their corporate profit "protection racket".
The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are predatory birds of a feather. In the words of Dr. Gary Glum, "The FDA and the FTC are the leg‑breakers for the pharmaceutical cartels." There is no constitutional provision for FDA/FTC activities. The FDA and FTC are nothing more than mafia‑style, criminal organizations that are in a state of treason to We the People. When it comes to health fraud, the FDA and FTC are the biggest culprits. (By the way, I have been eating apple seeds for many years-whenever" Document referencehttp://healthfreedom.info/
 Alan Phillips elaborates: "Vaccination costs us much more than just the lives of our children. The U.S. federal government's National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has paid out over $724.4 million to parents of vaccine injured and killed children, in taxpayer dollars. The NVICP has received over 5000 petitions since 1988, including over 700 for vaccine-related deaths, and there are still some 2000 total death and injury cases pending that may take years to resolve. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies have a captive market: Vaccines are legally mandated in all 50 states (though legally avoidable in most), yet these same companies are immune from accountability for the consequence of their products. Furthermore, they have been allowed to use gag orders as a leverage tool in vaccine damage legal settlements to prevent disclosure of information to the public about vaccination dangers. Such arrangements are clearly unethical; they force a nonconsenting American public to pay for vaccine manufacturers' liabilities, while attempting to ensure that this same public will remain ignorant of the dangers of their products."516,517
Richard Neustaedter concurs:
"Profit has always been the goal of vaccine manufacturers. When lawsuits leveled at drug companies began wiping out profits gleaned from the pertussis vaccine, the manufacturers simply stopped production of the vaccine. The United States government stepped in to pay these vaccine-damage claims. Only then did the drug companies agree to resume vaccine production. The formula was simple--no profits, no vaccine.
"Now that drug companies are protected from legal action, the race to invent and distribute new vaccines has again switched into high gear. Vaccines for hepatitis, haemophilus, and chickenpox have all been pushed into the recommended schedule for children. This zealous rush to bring new vaccines to market, heedless of the damage inflicted in the name of prevention, could have far-reaching consequences. We may be setting the stage for...widespread immune system failure and auto-immune disease."518
Yet the race toward new vaccines continues. And in recent years it's taken on a scary dimension, as reported in the August 1994 issue of NVIC News and the September 2, 1994, issue of Science, which tell of a search for "The Holy Grail":
"At a scientific symposium held in Washington, D.C....vaccine researchers announced they are leading a worldwide effort to raise $300 to $500 million to develop a 'supervaccine' that they refer to as `the Holy Grail' to wipe out all infectious disease from the earth. This genetically engineered supervaccine, which will contain raw DNA from 30 to 40 different kinds of bacteria and viruses that will be inserted directly into the cells of the human who receives it, can be squirted into a newborn's mouth at the moment of birth. Once ingested, the supervaccine will remain in the body indefinitely and booster doses will be released at timed intervals throughout a person's life, although the researchers did not discuss what happens if a baby has a reaction to the initial dose and how future doses can be stopped from being released in the body if the first reaction does not kill the child. There was also no discussion about the potential of the vaccine to cause negative genetic changes at the cellular level in humans.
"The money needed to bring the supervaccine to the world within the next five to ten years, an effort which is part of the Children's Vaccine Initiative, will be funded by a group of financiers including the U.S. government, United Nation's Children's Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, World Health Organization, major drug companies, and private foundations, as well as governments from around the world being solicited for donations. Among the diseases targeted for inclusion in the supervaccine are AIDS, pneumonia, dengue fever, diarrheal disease, diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, measles, meningitis, encephalitis, polio, schistosomiasis, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and pertussis." 519,520 (document reference: http://www.garynull.com/Documents/Vaccines/VaccinesOpinion/vaccines-2ndop07EcoPol.htm)
Prescription Drugs - Leading Killer in USA
The study is said to show that more than two million American hospitalized patients suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) within the 12-month period of the study and, of these, over 100,000 died as a result. The researchers found that over 75 per cent of these ADRs were dose-dependent, which suggests they were due to the inherent toxicity of the drugs rather than to allergic reactions.
The data did not include fatal reactions caused by accidental overdoses or errors in administration of the drugs. If these had been included, it is estimated that another 100,000 deaths would be added to the total every year.
The researchers concluded that ADRs are now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Source: Jason, et al. (Lazarou et al), Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Vol. 279. April 15, 1998, pp. 1200-05. Also Bates, David W., Drugs and Adverse Drug Reactions: How Worried Should We Be? JAMA, Vol. 279. April 15, 1998, pp. 1216-17.
One of the first JAMA article on medical errors appeared in JAMA 1994;272:1851-7. by Leape LL. Then in April 1998, JAMA 1998 Apr 15;279(15):1200-5 See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=9555760&dopt=Citation
Related articles are at http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/vol280/issue20/index.dtl.
Other related articles:
Schuster M, McGlynn E, Brook R. How good is the quality of health care in the United States? Milbank Q. 1998;76:517-563. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?db=m&form=6&Dopt=r&uid=9879302
World Health Report 2000. Available at: http://www.who.int/whr/2000/en/report.htm.
Starfield B. Evaluating the State Children's Health Insurance Program: critical considerations. Annu Rev Public Health. 2000;21:569-585. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=10884965&dopt=Citation
Leape L. Unnecessary surgery. Annu Rev Public Health. 1992;13:363-383. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?db=m&form=6&Dopt=r&uid=1599594
Phillips D, Christenfeld N, Glynn L. Increase in US medication-error deaths between 1983 and 1993. Lancet. 1998;351:643-644. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?db=m&form=6&Dopt=r&uid=9500322
Weingart SN, Wilson RM, Gibberd RW, Harrison B. Epidemiology and medical error. BMJ. 2000;320:774-777. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?db=m&form=6&Dopt=r&uid=10720365
Guyer B, Hoyert D, Martin J, Ventura S, MacDorman M, Strobino D. Annual summary of vital statistics 1998. Pediatrics. 1999;104:1229-1246. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?db=m&form=6&Dopt=r&uid=10585972
Harrold LR, Field TS, Gurwitz JH. Knowledge, patterns of care, and outcomes of care for generalists and specialists. J Gen Intern Med. 1999;14:499-511. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Entrez/query?db=m&form=6&Dopt=r&uid=10491236
Holland E, Degruy F. Drug-Induced Disorders - November 1, 1997 - American Family Physician "...more than 1 million patients are injured while in the hospital and approximately 180,000 die because of these injuries." http://www.aafp.org/afp/971101ap/holland.html
 "July 5 2004 Federal prosecutors in Boston are investigating possible criminal charges against Schering-Plough, Johnson and Johnson, Wyeth and Bristol-Myers Squibb for sending unsolicited checks to doctors for $10,000 to over $100,000 for consulting, which really were for prescribing their medicines. Doctors, who demonstrated disloyalty by testing other company's drugs, or even talking favorably about them, risked being barred from the money stream. The checks are payoffs. Patients are being subscribed drugs they do not need or that cheaper substitutes are available for. Last month Pfizer paid a $430 million fine and pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Astra-Zeneca paid $355 million last year and TAP Pharmaceuticals paid $875 million in 2001. As you can see just like in the banking, investment banking and stock brokerage industry these people defraud and steal millions and billions of dollars and no one goes to jail. There are two sets of rules, one for the elitists and one for us." Document reference http://www.theinternationalforecaster.com/trainwreck.php?Id=37&PHPSESSID=98b5746a83ec434ccb03242eac9f59ec
 Personal recollections of Silvio Mattacchione .
 Immunization, History, Ethics, Law and Health, by Catherine J.M. Diodati, M.A. (Windsor, Ontario, Integral Aspects Incorporated,1999) pg 31
"There are three categories of ingredients. The first are cultured bacteria and viruses. All viruses, even attenuated (so-called killed) viruses contain RNA and DNA. RNA and DNA shed, and this can be picked up by the cellular organisms in which they are immersed. This process of shedding genetic material by the cells of one species and its subsequent absorption into another species is known as transession. Cells in which viral RNA have integrated into the DNA of the animal cells are known as pro-viruses or molecular intermediates. These infected cells can lie dormant in tissues throughout the body, and be activated at a later stage, triggering auto-immune phenomena, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, lupus, allergies, and rheumatoid arthritis. Transession explains auto-immune phenomena, why the immune system cannot distinguish between foreign invaders and its own tissues, and why it begins to destroy itself.
"The second ingredient in vaccinations is the medium in which they are cultivated. This can include rabbit brain tissue, dog kidney tissue, monkey kidney tissue, chicken or duck egg protein, chick embryo, calf serum, pig or horse blood, and cowpox pus. These foreign proteins are injected directly into the bloodstream. They are very toxic since they do not get filtered through the digestive process or pass through the liver."
"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 viruses used in vaccines. These viruses then implant a foreign alien genetic material from animal tissue cultures into the human genetic system. Undigested proteins in the blood are one of the causes of allergies....These undigested proteins can attack the myelin sheath that protects the nerves, and result in neurological problems."
James goes on to comment on the last category of vaccine ingredients, which are stabilizers, neutralizers, carrying agents, and preservatives. "Many people feed their children healthy foods. They would never think of giving their children formaldehyde, mercury, or aluminum phosphate to eat. Formaldehyde, for instance, is used to embalm corpses, and is a known carcinogen. These are preservatives and carrying agents that are injected directly into the bloodstream without buffering by the digestive process, or censoring by the liver."46
 Immunization, History, Ethics, Law and Health, by Catherine J.M. Diodati, M.A. (Windsor, Ontario, Integral Aspects Incorporated,1999) pg 44
 Immunization, History, Ethics, Law and Health, by Catherine J.M. Diodati, M.A. (Windsor, Ontario, Integral Aspects Incorporated,1999) pg 50-51 see also Harold. E. Buttram and John Chriss Hoffman, Vaccinations and Immune Malfunction (Quakertown, PA. : Humanitarian Publishing Co., 1985), 22.
 Immunization, History, Ethics, Law and Health, by Catherine J.M. Diodati, M.A. (Windsor, Ontario, Integral Aspects Incorporated,1999) pg 51.
 Immunization, History, Ethics, Law and Health, by Catherine J.M. Diodati, M.A. (Windsor, Ontario, Integral Aspects Incorporated,1999) pg 52.
 Immunization, History, Ethics, Law and Health, by Catherine J.M. Diodati, M.A. (Windsor, Ontario, Integral Aspects Incorporated,1999) pg 65-67.
 Pet Vaccines: Dr. Charles Loops, a veterinarian of 19 years, has most recently confined his practice to veterinary homeopathy, specializing in cancer and behavioral problems. Dr. Loops warns against our present policy of over-vaccinating our pets, which he associates with the rise in diseases being seen in animals today.
"I think that what we [are now observing] with our pets that are dear to us, is what we are going to see with the vaccination problem with people in coming generations. Think about how often we vaccinate in a given animal's lifetime, giving yearly boosters. Animals will get four or five initial shots when they're puppies and then get a vaccination every year after that for 12 or 15 years. It's a really good study situation for how much damage a vaccination can do. The weaknesses that these vaccines can cause are then transmitted to future generations.
"What we're observing now after 30 or 40 years of vaccinating our dogs and cats is a tremendous rise of diseases associated with the immune system--auto-immune diseases, chronic allergy problems, irritable bowel syndrome, and a continuing rise in cancer. We even have one tumor that's produced directly from a vaccination given to cats, which is a devastating problem. It's been named evactonoma, and it grows at the injection site from feline leukemia and rabies vaccinations....It's been estimated that between 3 and 7 per thousand cats are getting this problem, which is a terminal problem even with various kinds of treatment."506
Loops talks about the time factor in the symptoms he sees. "A lot of these problems--skin diseases in puppies, for instance--will start two weeks to a month after vaccination. We will also see connections with vaccinations versus homeopathic treatments. My practice is 100-percent homeopathic. You may see a situation where you're getting an excellent response to a homeopathic remedy for a skin condition. The dog will be better than they've been for several years. Then the owner will take the pet to another doctor for a vaccination. What we see is a tremendous exacerbation of this underlying skin problem. It can come back with such a vengeance that it can take months to get it under control." Document reference: http://www.garynull.com/Documents/Vaccines/VaccinesOpinion/vaccines-2ndop06Activists.htm
 Disclaimer -. The information in this article is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional (MD. Or DVM) and it is certainly not intended as medical or veterinary advice. It is intended solely as a sharing of information from the research that I have done Silvio Mattacchione encourages all readers (pigeon fanciers or others) to make their own health care decisions,based upon your own research, and in partnership with a qualified health care professional either MD or DVM.
 Vaccine Failures: A look back through history reveals very different stories about vaccines from the ones told today. In fact, medical literature documents increases in the conditions they are designed to prevent, as well as side effects of all degrees of seriousness, including death. Thus the statement that we hear so often from the medical establishment, that vaccines are safe and effective, is a gross distortion. 55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,63,64
According to Phillips, "The medical literature has a surprising number of studies documenting vaccine failure. Measles, mumps, smallpox, polio, and HiB outbreaks have all occurred in vaccinated populations. In 1989, the CDC reported: Among school-aged children, [measles] outbreaks have occurred in schools with vaccination levels of greater than 98 percent. They have occurred in all parts of the country, including areas that had not reported measles for years. The CDC even reported a measles outbreak in a documented 100-percent-vaccinated population. A study examining this phenomenon concluded, 'The apparent paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles becomes a disease of immunized persons.'...These studies suggest that the goal of complete immunization is actually counterproductive, a notion underscored by instances in which epidemics followed complete immunization of entire countries. Japan experienced yearly increases in smallpox following the introduction of compulsory vaccines in 1872. By 1892, there were 29,979 deaths, and all had been vaccinated. Early in this century, the Philippines experienced their worst smallpox epidemic ever after 8 million people received 24.5 million vaccine doses; the death rate quadrupled as a result. In 1989, the country of Oman experienced a widespread polio outbreak six months after achieving complete vaccination. In the U.S. in 1986, 90 percent of 1300 pertussis cases in Kansas were 'adequately vaccinated.' Seventy-two percent of pertussis cases in the 1993 Chicago outbreak were fully up to date with their vaccinations." 65,66,67,68,69,70,71,72,73,74,75
In addition to vaccines not doing what they were meant to do, another type of vaccine failure is the side effect. Vaccine manufacturers do try to minimize side effect occurrence by listing, in the product literature, the conditions that contraindicate a vaccine's use. But there are a lot of contraindications, and doctors aren't always aware of them. (document reference: http://www.garynull.com/Documents/Vaccines/VaccinesOpinion/vaccines-2ndop03WhyQuestion.htm)
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