Vaccinations are one of the most controversial issues in children’s health.
On one side, you have the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which advocates
a schedule for vaccinations that starts within minutes of the baby’s
birth. The initial vaccination is with the administration of the hepatitis
B vaccine, often before the baby leaves the delivery room. Throughout
childhood the CDC recommends schedule of 19 vaccinations by the age of
6 months, with another 6 or 7 by the age of 12 months, and approximately
55 vaccinations by the age of 18 years (more if you include an annual
flu shot as also recommended). Your pediatrician has been well trained to administer these vaccines in
the following schedule:
On the other side of the issue, you have a growing number of parents and
integrative, homeopathic and functional medicine physicians like me who
feel many of these vaccines may do more harm than good.
And you might say there is a third side to this picture: history. It suggests
that polio, diphtheria and other infectious diseases had pretty much run
their course before vaccinations started. The defeat of infectious disease,
according to many historians, was due much more to the rise of modern
sanitation and better nutrition in the general population. That information
is easy to find in the lay press, but hard to pin down in the scientific
Other information has been equally difficult to obtain.
Brian Hooker, PhD spent ten years attempting to obtain actual study figures
from the Centers for Disease Control – figures that were used in
the publication of the 2004 paper in the
New England Journal of Medicine. For those years of effort, and for the publication of a re-analysis of
the CDC data, he has been treated with scorn by the popular press and the scientific
Dr. Hooker was able to obtain information through William Thompson, PhD,
an epidemiologist who works for the CDC. Dr. Thompson released a statement
through his attorneys (no longer available online) admitting that he and
colleagues had omitted statistically significant information from a paper
published in 2004 in the Journal
Pediatrics regarding timing of MMR vaccination and the development of autism in African-American
children. The story of this omission is told in the movie
Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe released in 2014 to relentless criticism and scorn from the press and
the medical community. A transcript of the closed-door IOM meeting described
in Dr. Hooker’s book can be read
A dispassionate version of the story can be read
A favorable version of the story can be read
The retracted paper can be read
here. The paper was published in August. Within two days the publisher’s
“expression of concern” was published, and can be read
here. “The Publisher of this article  has serious concerns about the
validity of its conclusions because of possible undeclared competing interests
of the author and peer reviewers.” Within four weeks the paper was
retracted. The publisher’s published retraction can be read
A research team led by scientists from the University of Pittsburgh and
the autism group Thoughtful House (now called The Johnson Center for Child
Health and Development) studied what happened when 13 monkeys were given
a birth dose of a hepatitis B vaccine including the mercury preservative.
They found it caused significant delays in the development of several
survival reflexes such as the ability to suck at the breast. The findings
were published on line September 30, 2009, in the journal
Neurotoxicology and subsequently withdrawn (not retracted, just withdrawn) by the publisher.
Curious, how many of these articles have been withdrawn from publication.
The full text of the article can be read on ResearchGate
Although the paper is carefully worded and the results reported modestly,
a finding that early exposure to potentially toxic vaccine formulations
can cause significant neuro-developmental delays in primates has explosive
implications for vaccine safety management. “Our study design does
not enable us to determine whether it is the vaccine per se, the exposure
to [thimerosal], or a combination of both that is causing the observed
effects.” researchers said.
The evidence is building, although the verdict is not in. Is it the neurotoxins
like aluminum and mercury in the vaccines? Is it the other additives like
MSG or Aspartame? It is the timing of the vaccines? Is it that the vaccinations are given
at too early an age, before the immune system can deal with them? Something
else? All of the above?
Mercury is a cheap preservative; bacteria and molds will not grow in it.
The thimerosal rich vials allow needles to be inserted repeatedly and
the vaccine drawn out. The re-usable vials are cheaper than packaging
doses of vaccine separately, without thimerosal.
For more than 60 years the medical community went along with the Eli Lilly
Company’s claim that thimerosal had a low potential toxicity if
injected into humans. Based on unscientific and unethical studies done
in the late 1920s, several generations of public health care officials,
doctors, and medical educators were tricked into injecting the most toxic
and lethal chemical known to man into infants. Documents from the archives
of Eli Lilly & Company, the original manufacturer of thimerosal, clearly
show that the mercury-based vaccine preservative, implicated in a number
of recent law suits as causing neurological injury to infants, was known
as early as April 1930 to be dangerous.
Though mercury, in the form of thimerosal, has been in use for over sixty
years in vaccines, the big problem with this pharmaceutical practice only
became obvious through decisions implemented in 1990 and 1991, when the
medical establishment more than doubled the amount of mercury injected
into children during the first year of life. With the addition of Hib
and then a year later the Hepatitis B vaccine, medical authorities passed
federal guidelines for safe mercury levels.
Unfortunately the Federal Guidelines also recommend eating an amount of
fish (for the essential omega-3 fatty acids necessary for the developing
brain) that would raise a pregnant woman’s blood levels of mercury
to dangerous levels.
Many experts fear that there is NO safe level of mercury.
In the years between 1970 and the late ’90s, the autism rates in
America rose from 1 in 10,000 children to 1 in 166. In 2012, the rate
was about 1 in 68. According to the organization “Autism Speaks”, a new Census
Bureau survey suggests that the rate is closer to 1 in 45 by the year 2015. More than twice as many children have chronic brain and immune system
dysfunction today than did in the 1970's when half as many vaccines
were given to children. During the past quarter century, the number of children with learning
disabilities, ADHD, asthma and diabetes has more than tripled.
Why were these problems so much more rare in our grandparents’ day?
Many point to the change in the vaccine schedule.
In the year 1900, children received just one vaccine; it was for smallpox.
Today, children may receive 49 shots by age 6 - that's 49 doses of
14 different vaccines. A two month old baby can receive as many as 8 vaccines
on a single day. At age 15 to 18 months, a child can receive as many as
11 vaccines on a single day.
It was at last recognized in 1999 that the long half-life of ethlymercury
could in theory result in accumulation and toxicity during chronic applications
and as such, joint statements by the American Academy of Pediatricians
and the United States Public Health Services
recommended removal of thimerosal from all vaccines.
Vaccines that still contain mercury include:
- DT - Diphtheria & Tetanus Toxoids Adsorbed USP – Sanofi Pasteur (trace)
- Td – Mass Bio Labs (trace)
- Tetanus Toxoid (generic) – Sanofi Pasteur 0.1% thimerosal, 25 mcg
mercury in 0.5 ml dose
Influenza 2014-15 formula
multi-dose vials (Afluria, Agriflu, Fluarix, Flulaval quadrivalent, Fluvirin) 25 mcg mercury
in 0.5 ml dose. Single dose vials contain no thimerosal. Pre-filled syringes
contain a trace of thimerosal.
- Meningococcal multi-dose vials, 25 mcg mercury in 0.5 ml dose
For a list of mercury content in US licensed vaccines, go to
As the mercury was removed from some vaccines, however, the amount of aluminum
- also a neurotoxin - increased. Neil Z. Miller of the Thinktwice Global
Vaccine Institute points out:
The hepatitis B vaccine given at birth contains 250 mcg of aluminum - 20
times higher than safety levels ... Babies who have followed the CDC immunization
schedule are injected with nearly 5000 mcg (5 mg) of aluminum by 18 months of age.
An article by the CDC on the toxic effects of aluminum states that “aluminum
has been associated with neurological effects such as impairment on neurobehavioral
tests of motor and cognitive performance, as well as with subjective neurologic
symptoms” – paresthesias, abnormal sensations, brain fog,
fatigue and the like. The relevance here is that aluminum exposure does not stop with childhood
vaccinations. All antiperspirants are made with aluminum, which poisons
the armpit sweat glands. Over-the-counter antacids and buffered aspirin
are also made with aluminum salts. Aluminum has recently been implicated
in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and has been shown to
accumulate in the brain.
Vaccine adjuvants have also been implicated in the development of autoimmune
disease. A syndrome called Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA)
has been well described in the literature. Given the rising incidence of autoimmune disease in our population, doesn’t
this suggest caution in the development of ever-increasing vaccines “programs”?
Not all life needs to be dedicated to fighting disease. Perhaps it is
time that we begin to learn how to support our immune systems, so that
all forms of life may live in harmony on our planet.
So it’s not just the children who may be damaged. Animal studies
show clear toxicity. I am not sure why we somehow think that humans would
be exempt from the same thing that is toxic in animals.
When you and your child are in the doctor’s office for a wellness
visit, this kind of information usually is not offered in advance of the
decision to vaccinate. In fact, often vaccination is not even a decision
- parents are told what to do and do it without question because their
doctor recommended it. Or because they think the school requires it. But
with increasing numbers of parents grieving for their “lost”
children, it is only prudent to consider the evidence and decide for yourself.
We’ve included in the footnotes several excellent articles for you
to read and decide what makes sense to you.
One is by Lynne Born, writing for the Weston A. Price Foundation. Her article
timeline for polio, smallpox, and diphtheria relative to how those infectious diseases
peaked, versus when vaccinations started.
A three-part series entitled
Vaccination: an Updated Analysis of the Health Risks ran in the Townsend Letter in 2007. This series is rich in detail about
each vaccine. And it prompts us to look beyond mercury, to the surprisingly
long list of ingredients in vaccines including “dog kidney tissue,
monkey kidney tissue, pig or horse blood, cowpox pus, formaldehyde and
aluminum phosphate.” Those articles are still freely available online.
Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: a Medical
Controversy is available for purchase online. The author, David Kirby, reflects on
the landmark Hannah Poling case, the first case in which the U.S. government
acknowledged that vaccines contributed to autism. An excellent review
is also freely available online.
The Germ Theory: A Crossroads in Medicine
There is an historical element that we want to touch on though before you
move on to these articles. It is an element little discussed these days,
but with huge significance for this debate.
There was a fundamental crossroads in medicine during the 1800s. It came
into play via three Frenchmen - Louis Pasteur, Antoine Béchamp,
and Claude Bernard.
Pasteur is credited with having confirmed the germ theory of disease. He
also invented the method of pasteurization - heating wine to kill bacteria.
He is the best known of the three scientists.
Pasteur discovered that weakened forms of a microbe could be used as an
immunization against more virulent forms of the microbe. In this way,
he created the first vaccine for rabies. He is remembered for promoting
Louis Pasteur - illustration from Niva Magazine, Publishing House AF Marx,
St Peterburg Russia 1913
Béchamp had a different idea. He believed in the pleomorphic theory,
that bacteria change form and are the result of disease. He said bacteria
change into organisms that are increasingly detrimental to the body. The
waste products of their metabolism are harmful to local body fluids, causing
pain and inflammation. It is not the germs, viruses, and bacteria that
make you sick, it is the waste products of the metabolism of those organisms
that make you sick.
Claude Bernard and Béchamp were of similar mind. Bernard’s
famous statement was, “The terrain is everything; the germ is nothing,” and then downed a glass of water filled with cholera to make his point.
Germs seek their natural habitat - diseased tissue. During the Civil War,
maggots were brought into hospitals to feed on the diseased tissue of
the wounded because the bugs were better at cleaning it up than potions
or antiseptics. Think of mosquitoes. They seek stagnant water, but do
not cause the pool to become stagnant. So when the terrain is weakened
and sickly, all manner of bugs want to set up house. But they come
after the disease has begun; they come because the terrain is inviting.
Bernard held that the immune system was merely a backup system that took
over when the terrain failed. Our immune system’s first job is to
clean up the dead cells we slough off. Bernard is responsible for our
theories today on pH and how the nature of microorganisms changes as the
body moves from an alkaline pH to an acidic pH.
Pasteur, on his deathbed in 1895, is said to have admitted that Bernard
had gotten it right: “The pathogen is nothing. The terrain is everything.”
But in the century that has passed since these three men lived, conventional
medicine is still more aligned with Pasteur than with Bernard and Béchamp.
One could point to two primary reasons.
First, our blood is alive. It is a mobile tissue – Béchamp
was the first to describe blood this way. The things in our blood are
alive. We know today, from the use of darkfield microscopes, that microorganisms
are pleomorphic, that they can change and often do. A cyst form can become
a bacterium which can appear to mutate into a yeast or fungus form.
Standard medical tests, however, dry out your blood and stain it with a
dye. The blood is static and thus the germs therein are frozen in time.
This is not life in motion. But it is how blood is most often looked at
today in medicine.
Second, as history in the 1900s unfolded, medical schools became funded
by pharmaceutical companies and other corporations which created a business
model for disease management. Promotion of robust health and the inner
terrain fell by the wayside. Discussion of an alkaline body was pretty
much relegated to a few books, and eventually, the Internet.
Alert Parents Call for Change
The Internet however, is also fueling a revolution about vaccinations.
Many parents share stories of how “the lights seemed to just go
out in my child a few days after he was vaccinated…” The
painful experiences of raising a child with neurological disorders prompt
increasing numbers of parents to warn others that something seems to be
very wrong with the vaccination process.
We are also seeing pressure for change come from the arena of litigation.
Michael A. Chernoff of Texas, the father of an autistic child, warns,
“Make no mistake, an army is amassing and it’s heading straight
towards Congress and Courtrooms all across this country.” At stake
are not only vast sums of money but reputations and careers. Vaccine makers
face a potential litigation nightmare.
In February 2008 for example, an article in the
Huffington Post read:
• After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with
the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government quietly
conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims. Doctors conceded that the child was healthy and developing normally until
her 18-month well-baby visit, when she received vaccinations against nine
different diseases all at once (two contained thimerosal). The claim is
one of 4,900 autism cases currently pending in Federal “Vaccine
• French authorities launched a formal investigation against drug
companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur. The investigations are in response to allegations that the companies failed
to fully disclose side effects from an anti-hepatitis B drug used between
1994 and 1998. During this time, close to two-thirds of the French population,
and almost all newborn babies, received a hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccination
campaign was halted after concerns rose over the shot’s side effects.
Thirty plaintiffs, including the families of five people who died after
the vaccination, have launched a civil action in the case against the
Parents usually have their children vaccinated because it simply doesn’t
occur to them not to. We have been thoroughly indoctrinated with the concept
of “deadly” childhood diseases. The World Health Organization
(WHO) states on its website that “Global measles deaths have decreased
by 79% from an estimated 546 800 in 2000 to 114 900 in 2014.” They also state that “In populations with high levels of malnutrition
and a lack of adequate health care, up to 10% of measles cases result
The central nervous system of a newborn infant is particularly susceptible
to toxic influences. This is one of the reasons why the hepatitis B vaccine
is such a problem. If it were given later in life, as is done in many
other countries, it might not be as problematic.
Delaying the DPT vaccination may be the difference whether or not your
child develops asthma. According to a Canadian study, childhood asthma
is reduced by half when the first dose of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus
(DPT) is delayed by more than two months beyond the recommended schedule.
Early childhood immunizations may promote asthma development by stimulating
a TH 2-type immune response or decreasing microbial pressure, which shifts
the balance between TH 1 and TH 2 immunity.
When parents ask me for a conservative vaccination schedule, they often
want what amounts to a risk assessment. I offer this advice:
Hepatitis B - No. According to the National Vaccine Information Center, “Children
younger than 14 [years of age] are three times more likely to die or suffer
adverse reactions after receiving hepatitis B vaccines than to catch the
disease.” Hepatitis B is primarily a disease of adults with risky behaviors including
being employed as a health care worker, intravenous drug users, people
with multiple tattoos, and homosexuals - none of which describes the average infant.
DTaP - Yes, but after the age of 18 months. The reported rate of pertussis
is on the rise. Do these injections separately - diphtheria one month,
pertussis the next month, tetanus the next month. Your pediatrician won’t
like it. And it will cost more to get the preservative-free single dose
vaccine, but I would INSIST on it.
Polio - Maybe, but only after the age of 18 months. The problematic oral polio
vaccine hasn’t been used in the US since January, 2000. In 2015,
there were only 23 reported cases of polio worldwide. The plan is to do away with the oral polio vaccine entirely by 2018.
MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) - No. Measles and rubella have been virtually eliminated in the United
States. Studies confirm a high percentage of measles among vaccinated
subjects. Natural immunity to measles is permanent and is transferred
from mothers to babies in utero through the placenta. The Institute of
Medicine has found evidence that this vaccine can cause anaphylaxis, thrombocytopenia,
and acute arthritis. Other research has associated the vaccine with adverse
effects on the nervous system gastrointestinal tract, and joints. A single
rubella vaccination is reasonable - since rubella during pregnancy causes
significant numbers of children to be born deaf. I see no good reason
to vaccinate against measles or mumps - they are relatively innocuous
childhood diseases against whom immunity is established by infection.
Nevertheless, the MMR vaccine is a requirement for most children to enter
the public school system. The release of the movie
VAXXED: from Cover-up to Catastrophe has renewed the controversy regarding forced immunization and public health
policy. The medical establishment has been fervid in its support of immunization
programs. Nevertheless the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of
Pediatrics states on their website: “The American Academy of Pediatrics
strongly endorses universal immunization.” According to the AzAAP
website, as many as 20% of pediatricians in Arizona may
refuse to serve as a child’s physician if the parent refuses vaccination. The website goes on to state that “antivaccine
information sources not only propagate unproven claims regarding vaccines
but also may undermine the physician-family relationship by challenging
the parents' trust of the medical profession.”
The current AAP Policy,
Responding to Parental Refusals of Immunization of Children, can assist pediatricians in understanding the reasons parents may have
for refusing to immunize their children, review the limited circumstances
under which parental refusals should be referred to child protective services
agencies or public health authorities, and provide practical guidance
to assist the pediatrician faced with a parent who is reluctant to allow
immunization of his or her child. - See more at
MMRV (mumps, measles, rubella and varicella [chickenpox]) - No. In March 2008, the CDC stopped recommending the combination MMRV
vaccine over the MMR vaccine in combination with a separate varicella
vaccine. The move came after new data showed that the MMRV shot increased
the risk for febrile seizures, which are convulsions brought on by fever
in children aged 12 to 23 months.
Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) - Yes, bacterial meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord
coverings which can lead to lasting brain damage and deafness. Since January
2007, this vaccine has been produced without mercury.
Pneumonia - No, unless you have no spleen (accident with rupture of spleen &
surgical removal, or sickle cell disease with functional spleen destruction
by the disease).
Flu - No, I do not recommend. This one comes with mercury and the annual flu
shots simply don’t work that well to begin with.
Varicella - No. In most cases chickenpox is a benign, self-limiting disease in children,
and the natural immunity derived from contracting the disease is permanent.
Vaccine-induced immunity, on the other hand, lasts only an estimated six
to ten years. The temporary nature of vaccine-induced immunity can create
a more dangerous situation by postponing the child’s vulnerability
until adulthood, when death from the disease is 30 times more likely.
So, let us suggest you begin your search for knowledge about the whole
issue of vaccination with the following three articles which are posted
on this website with the permission of the authors.
Vaccinations: Parents’ Informed Choice By Lynne Born
Vaccination: An Updated Analysis of the Health Risk (3-Part Series) by Gary Null, PhD and Martin Feldman, MD
Give Us Answers on Vaccines by David Kirby
See the movie. Read the articles. Read everything you can get your hands
on, both pro and con.
Remember that emotionally charged adjectives are deliberately adding an
element of emotionality to the writing – steering you in the direction
in which the writer wishes you to go.
Then make up your own mind about the whole issue. Smallpox, the dreaded
scourge of the 19th Century was in fact eradicated. But we have not yet found a vaccine for
autism. Was it a trade-off? Or did the pharmaceutical industry just overstep
You make the decision for yourself – the only person over whose behavior
you have any control.