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Health Happy Round-Up: Vaccine Awareness

j0433218Welcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.  If there’s a topic or recipe you’d like featured on Health Happy Round-Up, let me know!  [drgarnecki at gmail dot com].


j0321155As a doctor mom, I’ve often been asked whether or not my husband and I have chosen to vaccinate our son.

The short answer to that question is no.

I have several colleagues who will pat me on the back, give me a high five, and say, “Amen, sister!”  On the other hand, I have family members, and many other friends who look at me in aghast as though I’ve chosen to do something utterly maniacal and drastic for my son (these are the same people who balked when I announced I was having a home birth).

Usually, when pressed, I quickly summarize my reasons for avoiding childhood vaccinations, but there’s typically not much time to elaborate on the research, statistics, and evidence to which my husband and I stand fast on our decision.  I’ll delve a little deeper into the why behind our decision.  I think whether or not to vaccinate children is a decision that should be made by the parents (not the government).

I fully support any parents’ decision, but if the topic comes up, I will calmly and gently present information supporting reasons to avoid vaccinations.  I encourage all parents to read thoroughly on both sides of the issue before settling on a decision.

Choosing to not vaccinate is not for the faint of heart

On another note, it’s easy to get your child vaccinated.  Any pediatrician will willingly vaccinate your child beginning at 6 weeks of age.  On the other hand, you may have to fight tooth and nail to prevent your child from being vaccinated.

I have a colleague, also a doctor, whose Florida pediatrician threatened to have their children taken away from them for opting not to vaccinate them without  obtaining religious exemption from the local government.

Why bother NOT vaccinating children?

For the first time in history, U.S. [and Canadian] children are sicker than the generation before them. They’re not just a little worse off, they are precipitously worse off physically, emotionally, educationally and developmentally. The statistics have been repeated so often, they are almost boring.

Obesity affects nearly a fifth of children, triple the prevalence in 1980. Juvenile diabetes is up 104% since 1980. Autism, once regarded as having a purely genetic etiology, increased more than a thousandfold in less than a generation. The incidence of asthma is up nearly 75%. Life-threatening food allergies doubled in the past decade. The prevalence of allergies increased nearly sixfold. Almost one in 10 children—between four and five million kids—have been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder. Nutrient deficiencies, not seen for decades in U.S. children, are prevalent again, or still persisting.

What happened?

Many have argued that the increasingly aggressive vaccination schedule is partly to blame. In the 1980s, more vaccines were given earlier in infancy, as were more multivalent doses, most of which contained mercury…. If true, by vaccinating so zealously, rather than making children healthier, as school districts, federal health programs, corporate health infrastructures, and pediatricians insist, we have traded mostly benign or treatable childhood illnesses for incurable, lifelong, extremely costly disability and disease. It means that current vaccine policy and practice create more morbidity and mortality than they prevent in U.S. [and Canadian] children.

(Source: Why Do Pediatricians Deny The Obvious? By Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD)

According to the CDC and a summarized report by Lisa Killinger, Doctor of Chiropractic, children received only 4 vaccinations in the 1980’s.  However, only five years ago, 10 million vaccines were administered per year in the U.S.  Most of them were given to infants ages 2 – 6 months of age.  Over 75 percent of all 3-year-olds in the U.S. were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC’s recommended schedule.  By the age of two, healthy infants in the U.S. receive up to 20 vaccinations to protect against 11 diseases.

In 2007, the CDC recommended schedule increased for two year-olds to receive 35 vaccinations to protect against 15 diseases.

Visit the CDC for a list of the most current vaccine schedule and state law requirements database.

Vaccines tamper with natural immunity causing serious consequences

The body has normal mechanisms for defense, but by injecting particles of infectious diseases directly into the bloodstream, the immune system’s first line of defense (Th1) is bypassed.  When Th1 is circomvented, the result is a “surprise attack” on the second line of defense, called Th2.  The antibodies created from going directly to Th2 is so distressing to the body, it can result in anaphylactic shock.

Naturally occurring diseases are introduced into the body through the nose, mouth, skin and lungs, triggering a the Th1 level that usually combats the illness before it ever reaches the bloodstream. However, the repeated “back-door surprise attacks” on the Th2 level of the immune system from vaccinations make the body’s immune system hypersensitive.  The body reacts inappropriately to other normally harmless substances like peanuts.  The persistent onslaught against immune defense results in a modern generation of children whose immune systems are damaged. They suffer from food and environmental allergies, childhood asthma, and there is an increasing number who have life threatening anaphylactic disorders.

Vaccine ingredients

Aborted human fetal tissue is harvested and used as the precursor to cell lines grown for more and more vaccines.

Vaccines are cultured in tissues such as monkey kidney cells, rabbit and dog brains, horse blood, fetal calf blood, chick embryos, and, yes, even human fetal lung tissue. Under normal circumstances, the body only encounters foreign animal proteins though the digestive tract; when injected directly into the blood stream, these proteins can wreak havoc on the body.

Vaccines may contain unintentional animal viruses. It is impossible to completely isolate one virus from others within the animal tissue used for vaccine creation. As a result, vaccines pose the greatest risk of cross-species disease introduction; past vaccine batches have contained unwanted animal
viruses. There is even evidence that the AIDS virus was spread from apes to humans through a contaminated oral polio vaccine given to over 300,000 Africans. Since then, other vaccine batches have accidentally included mysterious animal viruses, one of which is SV40, which some scientists link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain brain tumours in the Baby Boomer generation.

The chemicals added as preservatives and adjuvants (intended to make them more powerful) to vaccines are dangerous; they include formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, phenol (carbolic acid), alum, acetone, and some still do contain Thimerosal (a preservative comprising 50% ethyl mercury). Many of these chemicals are neurotoxic and lead to a myriad of other health issues; they have been linked to autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other developmental disorders. These toxins build up in the system over time; heavy metals do not leave the system once they’ve crossed the blood-brain barrier.  The medical community argues that “there is no conclusive evidence” linking vaccines with these disorders because they choose to reference scientifically flawed studies sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies themselves or refuse to undertake long term studies to compare the overall health outcome of fully vaccinated groups with non-vaccinated ones. Common sense dictates that injecting toxic chemicals into the bodies of neurologically immature babies is dangerous. (Note: the flu shot still contains mercury.) (source: http://www.vran.org)

Don’t vaccines prevent disease?

According to historical trends supported by research, the positive effect of vaccines has been minimal.

Deaths caused by childhood illnesses had already declined as much as 98% before vaccine programs were ever initiated. Evidence indicates that an improved standard of living, particularly access to fresh foods (and education on hygiene and sanitization), caused this drop in disease, not vaccines. Evidence also indicates that statistical tampering over the last sixty years has made vaccines appear more effective than they truly are.

Natural Immunity, not Promiscuity

The vaccine schedule delivers multiple doses of diseased animal/human organ tissue in high doses in conjunction with harmful toxins and carcinogens.  Historically, when people did contract various diseases, it was one disease at a time, if in fact they did get multiple diseases over the course of a lifetime.

A body’s immune system is designed to create anti-bodies in response to a disease, and to fight and fend off an attack on healthy cells.  However, when multiple diseases are thrown at it all at once (in conjunction with toxins, heavy metals, and carcinogens), the body’s response capability is severely handicapped by reacting and performing in hyper-drive all the time, and irreversible damage occurs.

It is not a natural occurrence to get 4 major diseases at once, yet that is how the immunization schedule is ordered…by the time your child is 6 weeks old.

There are vaccines for diseases that can only be contracted through sexual promiscuity (such as Hepatitis B).  I do not encourage nor do I expect my son to be engaged in that type of behavior.  Straight from the Virginia religious exemption form,

The Hepatitis-B vaccine protects against a disease that is only transmitted through multiple sexual partners or street IV drug users, and therefore usurps my parental authority to condemn such activity in my child.  The acceptance of this vaccine promotes sexual promiscuity and immoral behavior in direct contradiction to the teachings of our faith.

Personally, I’d rather my son take his chances fending off a childhood disease like measles with his healthy immune system than subject himself to a lifetime of disease and disability from the crippling side effects that can occur from vaccines.

My story

Like most children born in the 1970’s, I received immunizations.  I have a story about a whole cell pertussis (DTP) booster shot taken in the buttocks at age 5 (even at that age, it was utterly humiliating).  For two weeks afterward, I could not walk.  My gluteal (buttocks) and hamstring muscles would seize up and spasm when I’d sit or lie down for long periods of time.  Eventually, it wore off, but as a result my right leg and foot continued to turn inward for several more years of childhood and into adolescence which affected my walking patterns and posture.

As an adult, I joined the U.S. military.  If you’re not current on immunizations, you’ll get them all at once in the medical processing station.  If you do not provide a record of your immunizations, they will give you everything at once.  Everything that is currently part of the CDC’s immunization schedule.

I won’t delve into the long military history of the U.S. government testing drugs and vaccines on its soldiers, because that’s not the point of this article.  I will mention that while I was on active duty, some drug testing was optional and some vaccinations were mandatory (all the anthrax series, and smallpox).  I had adverse skin reactions to anthrax as well as flu shots (also required every year for all active duty military personnel).  Every time I got the flu shot, I ended up with the flu or a very bad cold in addition to an intense skin rash that would span 3/4 of my body.  I had to take steroids to counter the rash due to the vaccination that was supposed to prevent the flu.

Although all military medical personnel denied there could be any side effects from the flu shot (I argued it was most likely the aluminum, mercury, and formaldehyde that my body was so aggressively rejecting), I knew there was nothing new in my diet, environmental exposure, or laundry detergent that was suspect.  I was able to request testing for an allergic reaction which prevented me from getting the flu shot one year.  Before they could schedule me for testing, flu season was suddenly over.  While numerous co-workers who received the flu shot were taking several sick days off work to deal with the horrendous cold virus they suddenly got, I spent the flu season healthy and free of illness.  To this day, I will never ever get another flu shot again.

One day, my son may choose to serve his country in the military.  If that day arrives, he’ll no longer have the option of claiming exemption from vaccinations.  I hope, for the sake of all military personnel serving our country and risking their lives in combat, that the government and CDC will learn to accept the evidence that immunizations cause more damage and disease than they prevent.  I hope that vaccines will be optional for military personnel in the near future.

For now, we’ll do our part to keep our family safe and share information with others who are willing to listen.


j0313931It’s moving, if not heartbreaking, to listen to testimonials of families who saw changes in their children once they were vaccinated.  Similarly, it’s joyful to hear triumphant stories of healthy adults who’ve seldom been ill and who never had vaccines as children.

But in today’s post-modern world, most folks want cold, hard facts.  Vacinne911 has provided a list of medical journals, categorized by disease, that link the cause to vaccines in pdf format (courtesy of mercola.com).  The medical journals indicate that vaccines are linked to such diseases and medical conditions as leukemia, lymphoma, epilepsy, seizures, auto-immune disease, diabetes, autism, convulsions, brain swelling, deafness, various organ disorders, and death.

To read more about the risks associated with vaccinations, please visit the following:

For a cursory post on vaccine ingredients, read What’s in Childhood Vaccines? and the post that links to a video where CDC chief admits that vaccines are linked to autism.

If you have questions or concerns, check the resources above, check with your child’s health care provider about your options, and as always, you can e-mail me (drgarnecki at gmail dot com).

Your turn:

What choice has your family made in regard to childhood vaccinations?  What influenced your decision?

–By Dr. Dolly
Twitter me: drdolly

Weekly Baby Health News

A Breastfeeding Hero

A Chinese policewoman in Chengdu is breastfeeding 9 babies according to The Citizen.  She recently had her own baby, but she’s also helping to feed the babies of 3 women who were too traumatized from the earthquake to continue nursing, and she’s feeding 5 orphaned babies who don’t have access to powdered milk in the orphanage. 

Infant Vaccines Produce Autism Symptoms in Primates (U of Pittsburgh Study)

According to Medical News Today, when giving infant primates the same vaccines recommended for human newborns by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), autism-like symptoms were exhibited.  This article revealed that vaccine-safety studies are usually conducted prior to use in humans.  However, the current childhood regimen has never been done.  In this case, generations of American children have been unwilling subjects for future generations of children.  I hope shedding more light on vaccines and their effects just increases parents awareness so that they don’t blindly follow recommendations for introducing foreign substances into the body (especially of a young infant) without first doing some research.  On that end, I hope public awareness about vaccines increases tremendously.  These findings most certainly have made the CDC and AAP aware and concerned about the effects of their vaccine recommendations in the past few decades.

What’s in Childhood Vaccines?

I’ve overheard some parents talking about how “safe” vaccines are for children. They believe that they no longer have mercury in any of the childhood vaccines. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The Institute for Vaccine Safety has published a current vaccine schedule as well as the associated thimerosal content.

I recently read an article “Autism and Mercury” published by Biotics Resesarch Mid-Atlantic in The Better Health News (Volume 4, Issue 4, April 2008, page 4). To shed some light on the history of the autism and vaccine debate, the article noted that a few years ago, Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a study that suggested increasing cases of autism may be linked to vaccines containing mercury. Unfortunately, it must have been a pretty good study because it ticked off a lot of people who matter. As a result, he was “forced” out of his position at the Royal Free Hospital in London and he was defamed and labeled a “quack” by editorials in medical journals and TV shows. Since his study came out, several subsequent studies were published “proving” that there is no connection between the mercury in the vaccines and the increasing numbers of autism in western countries. The CDC is one of the organizations that published some studies on this issue.

Well, it’s okay to debunk a study and to claim that something is safe, as long as you’re talking about apples and apples. But, when you compare apples to oranges, that means nothing when you’re talking about orange juice. Only the oranges matter. That’s the case with the FDA when they claimed that dosages for mercury in vaccines are “safe”.

Thimerosal is a preservative ingredient in vaccines. It is composed of ethylmercury (which is constituted with 50% mercury). An FDA website claims the following:

‘Thimerosal in concentrations of 0.001% (1 part in 100,000) to 0.01% (1 part in 10,000) has been shown to be effective in clearing a broad spectrum of pathogens. A vaccine containing 0.01% thimerosol as a preservative contains 50 mcg of thimerosal per 0.5 ml dose or approximately 25 mcg of mercury per 0.5 ml dose.’

The FDA was toting “safe” dosages for mercury, but they were referring to methylmercury NOT ethylmercury which is the type of mercury ingredient in vaccines. Additionally, the FDA states that the amount of mercury an infant receives from vaccines is within acceptable limits. The problem with that claim is that depending on the specific vaccine formulations that are administered and the infant’s weight, “some infants could have been exposed to cumulative levels of mercury during the first six months of life that exceeded EPA recommended guidelines for safe intake of methylmercury.” Thankfully, these findings have promoted an effort to reduce the amount of mercury in vaccines.

Before such an effort to reduce mercury in vaccines, the cumulative exposure to mercury once an infant reached six months was 187.5 mcg in a child who has received ALL of the recommended vaccines. Additionally, mercury is transferred from mom to baby in utero. So, a pregnant woman who gets a flu shot exposes the developing fetus to additional mercury.

The EPA has some pretty grim things to say about mercury levels and their effects on people. According to a website for the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (Department of Health and Human Services), the EPA has a set limit of 2 parts per billion (ppb) in drinking water and 1 ppb in seafood. It’s striking that those limits are vastly different than what the FDA notes as “safe” dosages in childhood vaccines. According to the site,

‘the nervous system is very sensitive to all forms of mercury. Methylmercury and metallic mercury vapors are more harmful than other forms, because more mercury in these forms reaches the brain. Exposure to high levels of metallic, inorganic, or organic mercury can permanently damage the brain, kidneys, and developing fetus. Effects on brain functioning may result in irritability, shyness, tremors, changes in vision or hearing, and memory problems. Short-term exposure to high levels of metallic mercury vapors may cause effects including lung damage, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increases in blood pressure or heart rate, skin rashes, and eye irritation.’

Not surprising, children are more sensitive to mercury than adults.

Vaccines Trigger Autism–CDC Chief Admission on CNN

New video on YouTube regarding the Hannah Poling case where CDC Chief Julie Gerberding Admits Vaccines Trigger Autism.  Watch it here.

Great family blog whose son is suffering from autism.  Check out Adventures in Autism for resources, articles, and a personal journey.

Read this book!


I first learned about this book by some chiropractors at nutritional & neurology seminars. I’ve almost completed reading it, and I’ve already recommended it to several of my friends who are moms.

Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist, discusses inexpensive, common-sense, and research-backed methods to increase the IQ of your child and keep him healthy. Topics include memory games, breastfeeding, vaccinations, nutrition, common neurotoxins found around the home, health care, toys, and TV/video games/computers.

Much of the information presented rings familiar with courses I’ve taken in child development psychology, psychology of reading and learning, neurology, and pediatrics.

Games and toys that are recommended are typically inexpensive, rather the recommendations are more based on HOW to effectively incorporate reading with your child, playtime, cognition, memory, and health.

In case you have a short term memory and can’t remember all the recommendations as they’re grouped based on age (infant-6 months all the way through age 12), there is a summary table at the end of each chapter that outlines the basic recommendations per age category. So, check it out!