The diseases are not that scary when you actually understand them...Let's compare the risks of each disease for which we vaccinate against the vaccines, one by one.
At the 12 month check-up, the CDC vaccine schedule recommends 5 new vaccines to be administered - along with 2 booster shots and the flu shot (if the boosters and flu shot were not given with the 4 other boosters scheduled at 6 months). This is a total of 8 shots in the same visit. These 8 shots contain a total of 28 viral/bacterial strains, 1020-1725 micrograms of aluminum (depending on the manufacturer), possibly mercury (depending on flu shot manufacturer), and loads of other carcinogens and harmful toxins. Remember from the last post, no shot is to exceed 1.25 mg of aluminum. What a great birthday gift... "Here is 1.725mg aluminum to tax your not-fully-developed kidneys for elimination."
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR Vaccine):
Vaccine Timing: 12-15 months old and again between 4-6 years old.
Risks Associated with Measles:
Symptoms include: cough, conjunctivitis, 5-day rash, and peeling. As of 2001 the risk of contraction was 116 cases/4,000,000 births a year or a .000029% chance for someone to contract measles. In healthy individuals the risk of mortality is very low and Vitamin A reduces complications and mortality in all children. As of 1955 the risk of death was 3/10,000,000 cases of measles.
Risks Associated with Mumps:
Symptoms include headache, muscle aches, low-grade fever, swelling of parotid glands, completely resolves in 1 week. In 30% of cases, there are NO symptoms at all. There is a discussion concerning sterility related to mumps. In females, post-pubescent females experiencing ovarian mumps had tenderness in the lower abdomen, but NO evidence of sterility. In post-pubescent males, testicular swelling connected with mumps is unilateral 80% of the time and sterility is very rare.
Risks Associated with Rubella (3-day measles):
Symptoms include 3-day rash, runny nose, lifetime immunity. During pregnancy 1-2/100,000 women are at risk of contracting rubella and may miscarry. Avoiding pediatrician's offices and children recently vaccinated with MMR would be wise to consider if pregnant.
MMR Vaccine Ingredients:
Medium 199 (vitamins, amino acids, fetal bovine serum, sucrose, glutamate) , Minimum Essential Medium, phosphate, recombinant human albumin, neomycin, sorbitol, hydrolyzed gelatin, chick embryo cell culture, *WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts
*WI-38 was the 38th electively aborted fetus' (the first 37 did not offer successful results) that came from a married couple in Sweden who chose to abort because they did want any more children. The baby was a healthy little girl, 3 months gestation.
Risks Associated with the MMR Vaccine:
Autism, arthritis as adults (affecting approximately 13%-15%--associated with rubella titers causing chronic joint infections), vaccine is a live virus attenuated vaccine so the diseases can be contracted from the vaccine and/or spread to others, DNA risks (from attenuation – topic for a future post), fever (up to 1 person out of 6), rash (about 1 person out of 20), swelling of glands in the cheeks or neck (about 1 person out of 75), seizures (about 1 out of 3,000 doses or 1500 injected since they are supposed to get 2 each), temporary pain and stiffness in the joints, mostly in teenage or adult women (up to 1 out of 4), temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder (about 1 out of 30,000 doses – the bleeding disorder is known as ITP and is serious and dangerous and in some cases may require chemotherapy, steroids, and/or antibiotics), serious allergic reaction, deafness, long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness, and permanent brain damage.
Don’t some of the common vaccine reactions sound a lot like the symptoms of the diseases themselves?!? It isn’t a coincidence! It is because the live virus can be caught and spread from the vaccine. One published study even found the virus being excreted from a recipient for 37 days!
The list of adverse events in Merck's package insert is actually so long I am just linking it here rather than pasting the entire list of horrifying reactions. Read it for yourself! I just want to note some of these specific reactions listed under Nervous System can lead to autism and ASD:
Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE) (see CONTRAINDICATIONS); subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM); transverse myelitis; febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; paresthesia.
The MMR Autism connection
Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a pediatric gastroenterologist, was presented with several patients whose parents were complaining that they had started experiencing bowel problems and autism following MMR vaccine. He wrote a case report stating that more research should be done and has been a villain among the pro-vaccine community since.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) wrote a report stating that there is NO connection between MMR and autism and that it is merely coincidence that autism commonly presents following the MMR shot at 12 months. A Congressman, Dave Weldon, analyzed the report and said “The IOM report is premature…and may ultimately be repudiated…the studies the IOM based findings on have serious conflicts. Many authors have conflicts of interest including funding or employment from vaccine manufacturers…”
Dr. Judy Mikovits explains the association based on her research, here.
Ref: Merck Manual; Vaccines: Risks, benefits, choices by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; cdc.org; IOM Academic Press.1991pg 194-195
Varicella (Chicken Pox):
Vaccine Timing: 12-15 months old and again between 4-6 years old
General Information and Risks:
A virus affecting 85/1000 children in United States or about 1/9 children that results in a rash of lesions (I thought they were mosquito bites when I had it) on the arms, legs, and trunk. The majority are crusted by the 6th day and it is completely resolved within 2 weeks. Complications are very rare at 7/1,000,000 infected. Treatment is supportive for symptoms such as lotion for itch. Lifetime immunity.
Varicella Vaccine Ingredients:
sucrose, phosphate, glutamate, gelatin, monosodium L-glutamate, sodium phosphate dibasic, potassium phosphate monobasic, potassium chloride, sodium phosphate monobasic, potassium chloride, EDTA, residual components of *MRC-5 cells including DNA and protein, neomycin, fetal bovine serum, human diploid cell cultures (WI-38), embryonic guinea pig cell cultures, human embryonic lung cultures
* MCR-5 was a male baby aborted at 14 weeks used for lung tissue.
Risks Associated with the Varicella Vaccine:
Since it is a live, attenuated virus vaccine there is a risk of contracting and/or spreading Varicella. Almost 4% of recipients complain of Varicella-like rash for up to 26 days after vaccination. (It is possible for these people to infect others); DNA risks, risk of shingles within 10 years of vaccine 1/5000, no lifetime immunity and adults with Varicella have over 35X greater chance of severity, complications and death than children. Fever (almost 15% had a fever greater than 102), seizure, pneumonia, severe brain reactions, and low blood count have been reported after chickenpox vaccination.
Here is a small section of the package insert listing possible side-effects:
Broad use of VARIVAX could reveal adverse events not observed in clinical trials.
The following additional adverse events, regardless of causality, have been reported during post-marketing use of VARIVAX:
Body as a Whole
Anaphylaxis (including anaphylactic shock) and related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema, facial edema, and peripheral edema.
Necrotizing retinitis (in immunocompromised individuals).
Hemic and Lymphatic System
Aplastic anemia; thrombocytopenia (including idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)).
Infections and Infestations
Varicella (vaccine strain).
Encephalitis; cerebrovascular accident; transverse myelitis; Guillain-Barré syndrome; Bell's palsy; ataxia; non-febrile seizures; aseptic meningitis; dizziness; paresthesia.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome; erythema multiforme; Henoch-Schönlein purpura; secondary bacterial infections of skin and soft tissue, including impetigo and cellulitis; herpes zoster.
You can read the rest here.
Vaccine Timing: 2 doses are given starting as early as 12 months of age and again 6-18 months after the first dose.
A disease effecting the liver, Hepatitis A is almost exclusively spread by the ingestion of the feces of a person contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. It is often associated with unsanitary living conditions, poor hygiene, over-crowded living conditions, contaminated food, and certain sexual practices.
aluminum hydroxide, amino acid supplement, polysorbate 20, formalin, neomycin sulfate, MRC-5 cellular proteinsor
amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, bovine albumin, formaldehyde, neomycin, sodium borate, MRC-5 (human diploid) cells
*This vaccine contains aborted fetal DNA
Risks Associated wit Hepatitis A:
Most children under 6 do not show symptoms. Treatment is supportive; mostly hydration therapy and 15% of those infected will experience jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fatigue, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and fever intermittently for 6 to 9 months. Recovery rate is 99% without complications with lifelong immunity to the disease. Vaccine info sheets say that 3 to 5 people per 1,000 infected will die from the disease contradicting a 2009 report from the CDC stating that no deaths from this disease have been reported in 10+ years.
Risks Associated with the Hepatitis A Vaccine:
Some reported reactions included stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and joint pain. Post marketing vaccine reaction reports have included anaphylaxis, jaundice, convulsions, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathy. Since the vaccine was licensed in 1996, there have been thousands of serious adverse events to this vaccine reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), including deaths.
Source (National Vaccine Information Center)
Source (Package Insert)
Vaccine Timing: Yearly, starting at 6 months of age.
An illness lasting about a week consisting of fever, chills, aches, sore throat, and cough.
Influenza Vaccine Ingredients:
There are 9 different flu vaccines that are rotated depending on the projections for the upcoming year. You can find the ingredients here which include everything from dog kidneys, mercury containing thimerisol, formaldehyde, loads of carcinogens including polysorbate 80, and MSG.
Risks Associated with Influenza Vaccine:
Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, hoarseness; sore, red or itchy eyes; cough, fever, aches, headache, itching, fatigue, Guillain-Barré Syndrome
Young children who get inactivated flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) at the same time may be at increased risk for seizures caused by fever.
The flu vaccine is commonly associated with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Besides the many cases I have seen on the news, including a settlement in Allentown, PA recently for over $11 million. It is very difficult to win in vaccine court, even when the vaccine caused the various disorders/death in question. It has to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the vaccine caused the disorder/death to get a settlement. We keep hearing that “with any medication there are risks, but they are 1 in a million and the risks outweigh the benefits.” No. Here is proof that it is more risky than the 1:1,000,000 who have an allergic reaction. Here is a link to JUST ONE law firm office that focuses on vaccine cases and the huge numbers of settlements they won for their clients because they could PROVE the vaccine caused the diseases and deaths in question. I found this one because I was searching for information on the connection between Influenza vaccines and Guillain-Barre, so most of these cases are for just that. Beware, it is not that rare.
Vaccine Timing: 11-12 years old and again 16-18 years old
Risks Associated with Meningococcal Disease:
A bacterial infection causing inflammation of the meninges in the brain which can lead to serious blood infections. About 1,000 – 1,200 people get meningococcal disease each year in the U.S out of over 316,000,000 in the population (less than 5%). Those at higher risk are children under a year of age (but most breastfed babies get natural antibodies from mother's milk) and people between 16-21 years of age. Other high risk factors include smoking or living in a home where people smoke; a recent respiratory infection; crowded living conditions, alcohol use, underlying chronic illness, especially immune deficiencies such as lupus or HIV/AIDS.
Between 10-15% of the cases are fatal with another 10 to 20% ending with brain damage or loss of limbs. Babies under 2 years are less likely to die from the disease than the older age group at higher risk.
Meningococcal Vaccine Ingredients:
There are 5 on the market and could include the following ingredients:
aluminum hydroxide, Vero cells, protamine sulfate, formaldehyde, bovine serum albumin, sodium metabisulphite, sucrose
formaldehyde, phosphate buffers, Mueller Hinton agar, Watson Scherp media, Modified Mueller and Miller medium, detergent, alcohol, ammonium sulfate
formaldehyde, amino acids, yeast extract, Franz complete medium, CY medium
thimerosal (multi-dose vial only), lactose, Mueller Hinton casein agar, Watson Scherp media, detergent, alcohol
aluminum hydroxide, E. coli, histidine, sucrose, deoxycholate, kanomycin
polysorbate 80, histodine, E. coli, fermentation growth media
Risks Associated with the Meningococcal Vaccine:
Note: Since the vaccine is not routinely scheduled until after 11 years of age, it does not protect those in the high-risk group of under a year old.
Irritability, abnormal crying, fever, drowsiness, fatigue, injection site pain and swelling, sudden loss of consciousness (syncope), diarrhea, headache, joint pain, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, brain inflammation, convulsions, and facial palsy.
The vaccine does not contain strain B, which is the strain associated with more than 50 percent of meningococcal cases and deaths, especially in children under five years old. The federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which includes only a small fraction of the health problems that occur after vaccination in the U.S.,has recorded more than 2,000 serious health problems, hospitalizations and injuries following meningococcal shots, including 33 deaths with half of the deaths occurring in children under age six.
There is little data on the safety of giving meningococcal vaccines in conjunction with other vaccines. In 2007, the National Vaccine Information Center reported an increase in serious adverse event reports to VAERS when meningococcal vaccine was given simultaneously with HPV vaccine to young girls.
Sources: package inserts; cdc.org; nvic.org( MMWR May 27, 2005; 50(RR07): 1-21.; Clinical Infectious Diseases January 15, 2010; 50(2): 184-191; Presentation to the FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). Transcript of April 6, 2011 Meeting. Pages 50-52.; VAERS; Am J Public Health 1995; 85: pp. 1706-9.)
Ask any doctor and you will hear over and over “the risks are 1:1,000,000”. Well, maybe if you are only counting anaphylactic shock and death from a latex allergy due to the latex in the administration. I’ve been thinking about this and I would love to know the true numbers. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a way for us to know, and I suppose it all boils down to your determination of risks vs. benefits. What would you risk immediately (or risk developing down the line) in order to be protected against the flu or Polio which hasn’t been in the Western Hemisphere in decades? Here are some diseases and the odds a person could contract it:
Kawasaki’s Disease 1/271,440
Shingles 1/5000 (if you get vaccinated with Varicella)
How many of those diseases connected to vaccines are most certainly caused by them? We don’t know. Want to risk it? How about itchy nodules lasting for years? Arthritis? Asthma? Severe life-long allergies? Just to name a few. Would you risk those conditions over a disease that comes with complete recovery 99% of the time or greater? I would never risk that on myself or my babies.
There is also another factor that I have NOT discussed in this vaccine series: the alkaline factor. As a pH Miracle Certified Microscopist and understudy of Dr. Robert O. Young, I believe that the cause and cure of all disease lies in the pH of the blood and tissues. Working hard to maintain an alkaline body nearly eliminates all risk of developing disease. It is all about the terrain, not the germ. But, if I were to develop a disease like any of those listed here, I have full confidence in the body's ability to heal quickly and completely when following a very strict alkaline regimen and I will discuss this more in future posts. As for vaccines, they are toxic acids and acid-forming and no part of an alkaline lifestyle. The consequences of loading the body with acids and toxins can be dire, whether they be ingested, inhaled, or injected and depending on the constitution of the individual it is often very difficult to reverse the effects.
Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. The decision whether or not to vaccinate should be made by the patient/parents and the health care provider you choose. I am not responsible for the consequences of your decisions, whatever they might be. I also have links posted for your reference.
Courtney Charles is a frequent contributor for TruthKings. Connect with her at Alkaline Mom or on her website alabasterliving.com.