The Balance Between Vaccinations, Good Health & Common Sense

There are few topics that create as much controversy, anger and resentment as vaccinations.  As I write this story, the one question I will continue to ask is “WHY?” It seems like a simple question, but as I pose it throughout this article, I believe it may prove more elusive than one might think.

Although the history of vaccinations dates back to before 200 B.C., I will briefly only discuss the vaccine schedule (documented by Wikipedia.)  It reads as follows:

“In 1900, the smallpox vaccine was the only one administered to children. By the early 1950’s, children routinely received three vaccines, for protection against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and smallpox, and as many as five shots by two years of age. Since the mid-1980’s, many vaccines have been added to the schedule. As of 2009, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended vaccination against at least fourteen diseases. By two years of age, U.S. children receive as many as 24 vaccine injections, and might receive up to five shots during one visit to the doctor.

As of 2015 the Centers for Disease Control recommends the following numbers of vaccinations for the various age groups:

  • between birth and 6 yrs of age, 35 vaccinations
  • between 7-18, 18 vaccinations
  • between 19-65, 63 vaccinations

This is the minimum number suggested. If a person falls behind or has additional health risks there are over 25 additional vaccine recommendations.

As we potentially get closer to mandatory vaccinations in the U.S., I felt compelled to examine the death rate among children in the United States:

Childhood Mortality Rates-(Please click on this link to view the chart)

infant-mortality-cdc

Whether you agree or disagree with the concept and practice of vaccinations, we must ask WHY does the United States (as of the 2010 statistics) rank 34th behind Europe and other developed countries in childhood mortality (death.) We have continued to increase the number of vaccinations over the years which were supposed to help reduce mortality. As of February, 2015 an attempt to mandate adult vaccinations has also begun.  Where do we see in the United States outbreaks of adult pertusis, (whooping cough), diptheria, mumps and rubella?  If all these vaccines have been unable to help us achieve a better childhood mortality ranking than 34th, what makes anyone think that 63 additional adult vaccinations will help improve adult mortality?  Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”  Isn’t this exactly what we are being asked to do?

Before implementing any vaccine schedule, science mandates testing and proof that the procedures are safe and efficacious. Where are the independent research results comparing the vaccinated from the non-vaccinated population?  Where is the research showing the safety of combining 3,4 or even 5 vaccines on a single office visit?  Are there increased safety risks by combining multiple live viruses (ex.  MMR vaccine {measles, mumps, rubella}) and injecting them into a child ALL at one time? Using common sense, wouldn’t an immune system have less chance for injury if the vaccines were given separately over a longer period of time? WHY are these questions going unanswered?

Thimerosal is a mercury based preservative that was used in vaccines.  The Food and Drug Administration reported:

” Over the past several years, because of an increasing awareness of the theoretical potential for neurotoxicity (brain damage) of even low levels of organomercurials and because of the increased number of thimerosal containing vaccines that had been added to the infant immunization schedule, concerns about the use of thimerosal in vaccines and other products have been raised. Indeed, because of these concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has worked with, and continues to work with, vaccine manufacturers to reduce or eliminate thimerosal from vaccines.”

WHY does the flu shot (recommended for children ANNUALLY) contain thimerosal?  If the FDA worked with the drug companies to remove this “potentially dangerous” preservative, why not remain consistent and remove it from ALL vaccines? Where is the health BENEFIT to the child or adult to have thimerosal injected into their body?

As a physician, I want to make certain the consumer is aware that health care is a FOR PROFIT business.  There is nothing wrong or unethical about profiting in the health care industry.  There is something GROSSLY wrong with creating fear and anxiety about personal health care decisions and not requiring informed consent about these procedures that can result in PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE. This last sentence is NOT AN OPINION!   We have been trained to believe that vaccines are safe. If this was true, WHY did the U.S. Supreme Court on February 22, 2011 shield all drug companies from ALL LIABILITY for harm caused by any vaccine? This means that pharmaceutical companies could not be sued for any injuries resulting from adverse reactions to any vaccine.  WHY was the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) established in 1988 (in place of a traditional court and jury system).  According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “the VICP was established to provide an efficient forum for individuals Found To Be Injured By Vaccines. The VICP is a no-fault alternative system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by vaccines.”  This comes directly from the Dept. of Health and Human Services! 2.9 Billion dollars has been paid as compensation to those patients that were able to prove permanent neurological damage as a result of vaccinations and 123.9 million to attorneys.  Does this really sound like a medical treatment without risks?

At this point, one must ask if the attempt to create mandatory vaccinations from birth to death is motivated out of true concern for the well being of the general public, or monetary compensation? On the low estimate, the drug industries makes $24,000,000,000.00 from the sale of vaccines.  That is 24 BILLION DOLLARS.  In reality, this only accounts for 2-3% of the trillions of dollars the pharmaceutical industries generate. How much more would be added to their profit if adult mandatory vaccinations was implemented?

The next question one needs to ask is, “how dangerous are most of these diseases we are taught to fear?”  In most cases, these conditions cause temporary illnesses that strengthen our immune system to combat disease.  In a very small percentage there are serious complications.  Regardless, vaccines have their own potential serious complications as demonstrated by the payout of the National Vaccine Injury Protection Program.

Natural immunity has existed forever. We are constantly exposed to bacteria, viruses, fungi and other “bugs” yet our bodies do their job keeping us healthy or restoring health.  Ironically, by limiting exposure to bacteria and viruses, our systems are more susceptible to disease.  A good example of this is shingles.  This disease is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox in children. We develop reinforced immunity as a result of exposure to this virus in children.  Over time, if our immune systems are not exposed, the immune response weakens.  This is why natural immunity is so important.  With the advent of the chicken pox vaccine, this natural exposure has been severely limited.  Have you noticed that Shingles is on the rise?  So, rather than have children give us natural immunity protection at a cost of $0.00, the pharmaceutical companies are frightening the public into purchasing chicken pox vaccines for children AND shingles vaccines for adults.  I call this marketing genious; not ethical health care.  How many people believe impaired health is a result of vaccine deficiencies?  How many more vaccines need to be developed before we are safe from the diseases in nature?    

How often does your doctor discuss your role in strengthening your immune system during an office visit?  WHY are vaccines and medications discussed at every visit, but the patient’s role in maintaining health ignored? How often does your doctor discuss SPECIFICS of nutrition, SPECIFICS of exercise, etc…?  If they were not taught these areas in medical school, WHY are they not referring us to people who can help us?  WHY is health about what they do for us, but never about what we should do FOR OURSELVES?  Should we simply rely on doctors to maintain our health or should they help empower us to care for ourselves?  Are we as physicians so ego driven, we have lost our focus on our true purpose.  Doctor, as defined by Webster, “is a learned or authoritative teacher.”  What are we teaching our patients? 

As you can see, the point of this post is not to convince you to side with pro or anti vaccine advocates. The point is to stimulate thought about the PROCESS and to see if the current system (using our own common sense) is truly in our best interest.  Everything I have written is documented from government sources to avoid personal biases.  All I ask is for someone to help me find the answer to a very simple question,

WHY?

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4 comments

  1. I love this! Did you see The Quest for the Cure series with Ty Bollinger? Several of the videos are available on Youtube still. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR8SQzCJK0Q When are we going to realize that we have misplaced our faith in the health care systems of North American? Big Pharma has it’s staggering financial gains at heart and through tax right-offs in the billions of dollars to universities, THEY determine what our doctors-in-the-making research and study.

    Don’t even get me started on GMO’s and Wifi…….

    The bottom line is that we have to start to question everything. If it makes our lives easier, we have to ask ourselves how it does that and at what expense.

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    1. Not only did I watch the series, I purchased the “Hero” package. I’m so glad you liked the article. To get the mass population to listen, I try to distance myself from conspiracy theory. I let people know the reality diplomatically.

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  2. Reblogged this on on beacon ridge and commented:
    Check out this blog that I have reposted. While you are at it, have a look at a series of videos on Youtube, with Ty Bollinger entitled “The Quest for the Cure.” Here is episode 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR8SQzCJK0Q

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  3. Yes I understand what you are saying about conspiracy theories. They get the “eye-roll” and no one takes it seriously. I am usually the epitome of diplomacy. Will keep that in mind. Thanks!

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