Casualties in the War: New Research Confirms Vaccines Do Have a Dark Side
by Celeste McGovern
Green Med Info., 8 July 2015
Vaccines can and do disable and kill healthy people. When billions of people take them, year upon year, even remote risks translate into huge numbers.
Call it the Great Vaccine Blitz. In the past six months legislators have bombarded state capitals with new bills -- more than 65 of them in 25 states – which could prove to radically transform notions of religious freedom, medical consent and American liberty.
They are not all identical – they seek to do away with religious exemptions to vaccines, to expand adult vaccination, to mandate new vaccines, to identify and detain dissenters to public health policy – but they all serve the profit interests of the Big Pharma Public Health conglomerate. Senate Bill 277 which marched through California's state assembly and was signed into law last week is just one that overrides parents' personal beliefs and will force them to have their children injected with the full roster of shots before nursery school -- 49 doses of government mandated vaccines by kindergarten.
The mainstream media has driven this legislative blitz. They whipped up panic about a run-of-the-mill non-epidemic of a non-life threatening spate of measles at Disneyland, cast dissenters as terrorists par ISIS, threatened them with job loss and imprisonment, and failed to report salient facts -- such as that drug companies doled out millions to lawmakers in the past year leading up to the Blitz and legislators like Richard Pan who underwrote the California bill forked in $95,000. And that the World Health Organization and its labyrinth of Bill and Melinda Gates-funded vaccine promoters are cheerfully predicting the global vaccine market to soar from the current $25 billion a year to $100 billion by 2025. Nothing to report? Throughout the blitzkrieg Big Media have stoked fear and stifled dissent, all while reciting the "safe and effective" vaccine mantra like they were in a pharmaceutically-induced trance.
No Dark Side
But journalists have to be careful these days. Like those two reporters at the Toronto Star who obviously missed a memo and interviewed mothers whose daughters fell ill after getting the Gardasil vaccine against HPV, including one girl who drowned mysteriously in the bathtub without medical explanation two weeks after the shot. Before they could say "vaccines are safe and effective," health "experts" piled on the reporters like a pack of Rottweilers. The story had "hurt public trust in [the] vaccine," said the CBC quoting a weight-loss specialist. The Washington Post called it a "botched expose" and quoted the Star's editor saying, "It's too bad there isn't a vaccination to prevent journalistic misstep." The paper's publisher apologized for the "failure," scrubbed the story from the internet and ran a letter from a bioethicist who forced Catholic schools to give out the HPV vaccine and a Bill Gates-funded immunologist interested in circumcision. It was titled: "Science shows HPV vaccine has no dark side."
But could there really be no dark side to any pharmaceutical? Are vaccines such wonder drugs that they have no serious side effect for anyone?
Consider another newsflash last week that the vaccine blitzers would rather keep off the radar, a study in the journal Science Translational Medicine by Stanford scientists. They were researching a link between a swine flu vaccine (one of two that were widely distributed in the great 2009 "false pandemic to sell vaccines") and a spike in cases of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is an incurable disease that affects the brain's sleep-wake cycle so victims suddenly fall unconscious, sometimes dozens of times a day. They also frequently suffer night terrors and cataplexy, remaining conscious but losing all muscle control so they randomly flop on the spot like rag dolls. It is life altering: with narcolepsy you can't be a pilot or a football player or a cab driver. Swimming is out. For the rest of their lives narcolepsy victims need minding because they might just collapse while crossing the road or riding an escalator. Who would have dreamed a vaccine could do such a thing?
Thankfully it's quite a rare disorder – usually affecting only two people or so in every 10,000. However, following distribution of GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix flu vaccine, a child neurologist in Finland noticed a sharp uptick in cases and eventually epidemiological studies confirmed that children who received the vaccine were 12.7 times more likely to develop narcolepsy. Later studies in France and England corroborated the data.
A "Hit-and-Run" Attack on the Brain
Enter the Stanford researchers to figure out what was wrong with the vaccine. They sifted massive databases and found a flu protein that looked very much like the receptor for hypocretin (also called orexin) which is a neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates wakefulness. It turns out the Pandemrix vaccine contained 72% higher levels of that orexin-lookalike flu protein than the other non-narcoleptic flu vaccine in circulation the same year. To confirm their findings, they tested 20 blood samples from vaccine-induced narcolepsy patients; 17 of them had antibodies that reacted to both the vaccine protein and the orexin receptor. It's called a "cross-reaction."
So here's how it works: in goes the vaccine with ingredients designed to powerfully amp up the immune response to the flu protein. The immune system starts manufacturing masses of antibodies, which are like drones programmed to destroy the flu protein and they hang around for a long time vigilantly on the lookout for it (that's what's supposed to keep you flu-free all season). Except, the scientists figure, sometimes either large numbers of antibodies or inflammation breach the blood brain barrier and the drones slip into the brain where they mistakenly triangulate the orexin receptors and launch a full-on assault. Researchers call it a "hit-and-run". They figure it's the narcoleptic patient's own immune system that destroys a hub of 70,000 or so orexin-producing cells in their brain that regulate wakefulness. Hence narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease against 'self'.
Vaccines and the Autoimmune Epidemic
The swine flu narcolepsy saga is so important to the Great Vaccine Blitz because it so starkly contrasts the "no dark side" mantra from the Bill Gates crowd. And the narcolepsy findings are just one example in an emerging boatload of scientific evidence that vaccines induce autoimmune diseases.
That evidence was neatly rounded up in a medical textbook released last week called Vaccines and Autoimmunity (Wiley). It's a collection of papers by more than 75 doctors and scientists and is edited by pre-eminent immunologist Yehuda Shoenfeld, founder of the Center for Autoimmune Diseases at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel and a prolific research with more than 1,800 references to his name on PubMed and author of now 26 medical textbooks including foundations of clinical practice. Last year at the 9th International Congress on Autoimmunology (ICA) in France, which he founded, he was introduced to the 2,300 or so doctors in attendance as the "Godfather Autoimmunology"– the youngest branch of medicine and one of the fastest growing,
From Page One the textbook breaks with public health's "safe and effective" slogan regurgitated by Big Media.
"[O]ur major aim is to inform the medical community regarding the various autoimmune risks associated with different vaccines,"
says the introduction co-authored with Nancy Agmon-Levin, President of the Israel Association for Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Lucija Tomljenovic from the Neural Dynamics Research Group at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
"Physicians need to be aware that in certain individuals, vaccination can trigger serious and potentially disabling and even fatal autoimmune manifestations."
Vaccines are "an important tool of preventative medicine," the editors allow, but the fact they are injected into billions of healthy, not sick, people means they should be held to very high safety standard and the current lack of "preliminary screening for underlying susceptibilities is thus of concern."
In other words: vaccines can and do disable and kill healthy people. And when billions of people take them, year upon year, even remote risks translate into huge numbers. In the US alone, 10 millionshots are given annually just to babies under one year of age. If just a tiny fraction, only one in 10,000, vaccines trip the immune system, that is 1,000 American infants with lives marked by poorly understood immunological damage and potential disability -- each year. Of each billion people vaccinated worldwide, that's 100,000 afflicted with immune-mediated diseases that disable and can kill.
But what if the odds are much greater than that? Is it just a coincidence that autoimmune diseases like MS, lupus and celiac's disease are soaring? In the United States, autoimmunity is now a leading killer of girls and young women and second in line for all chronic illness, affecting about one in five Americans. Fifty years ago, Type-1 diabetes, anaphylactic food allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and seizure disorders were almost unheard of in children. However, since the number of vaccines given to children began rocketing in the 1990s, so have all of these immune-mediated diseases. Today 32 million American children -- 43% of them- suffer from one of 20 chronic illnesses not including obesity. Compared to their parents, children today are four times more likely to have a chronic illness. And while their grandparents might never have swallowed a pill as children, in any given month one in four children is taking at least one prescription drug.
There are more than 100 identified different types of autoimmunity (for different types of cells the immune system attacks and the symptoms produced). Genetics can't be responsible for such a rapidly rising tide, and public health has offered no explanation. But if one vaccine ingredient can induce an attack on a single protein and trigger a disease as devastating as narcolepsy, are other proteins vulnerable to similar attacks? Is that why another study found a huge spike in miscarriages among pregnant women who received the swine flu vaccine? What about all the other ingredients in vaccines?
Recipe For an Immune System Train Wreck
Not five pages into Vaccines and Autoimmunity is a formidable list (two pages long) of ingredients and known contaminants in vaccines which most people haven't thought about. Ever heard of Dulbecco's Modified Eagle Medium or porcine circovirus types 1 and 2? There's the more familiar thimerosal(that's mercury), aluminum hydroxide, formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate (MSG), MRC-5 cells including DNA and protein and WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts (measurable contaminants from aborted fetuses), processed bovine 14 gelatin, neomycin, glutaraldehyde, monkey kidney cells, polysorbate 80, hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, insect cell, viral protein...and so on. Who'd have guessed such things could be turned into remarkable health-giving preventative medicines?
"What is obvious," say Shoenfeld et al., "is that a typical vaccine formulation contains all the necessary biochemical components to induce autoimmune manifestations." And as for the residual contaminants, long presumed to be inconsequential, new studies "suggest that even these trace amounts may not be inherently safe."
Immunology's 'Dirty Little Secret'
But the book focuses especially on the trouble with adjuvants -- ingredients such as aluminum, mercury and squalene added to many vaccines to stimulate the immune response against the disease antigen in the vaccine. Live vaccines don't need this help, because the organisms provoke the desired response, just like real infection but they also carry risks of causing the infection they're meant to protect. (Everyone knows about how the live polio vaccine was replaced -- in rich countries – because, as in the Cutter Incident, it caused more cases of polio than wild polio, right?). But killed virus vaccines don't provoke the immune system enough to offer protection, unless they are delivered with adjuvants.
One chapter calls adjuvants as "the 'dirty little secret' of immunologists" because, just like the natural infections they are used to deter, they carry a risk of triggering chronic disease. Scientists knew this at least as far back as 1956 when they induced arthritis in Wistar rats – known as "adjuvant's disease" in the industry. It's incredibly ironic that rather than saying, "Holy crap!" and removing them from vaccines immediately, they tailored this "right nuisance" and for six decades now have widely injected adjuvants into animals to create lab models of arthritis, allergies, asthma, lupus and more -- so they can test drugs for the diseases that are increasingly plaguing humans injected with adjuvants.
Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA) was first described in the medical literature in 2011 but in reality it just identifies the old phenomenon of vague post-vaccine symptoms including muscle and joint pain, numbness and tingling, weakness and chronic fatigue, which vaccine researchers and physicians have dismissed and ignored, but which actually signify progressive and insidious immune system damage that can take years to manifest into full blown autoimmune disease.
It is probably adjuvants in the heavily vaccinated farmed salmon, say scientists from the University of Padua Italy, reviewing their effects in animals, that frequently cause them to "develop mild to severe pathological changes" including impaired growth, decreased carcass quality, spinal deformities, eye disease and gut inflammation. Who knows what else they would develop if we didn't eat them first.
Throughout the book's 37 chapters, aluminum -- the most common vaccine adjuvant -- is fingered dozens of times as a likely suspect for triggering many diseases since it's a well-known neurotoxin.
At the ICA last year, dozens of scientists reviewed a terrifying catalogue of recent findings about aluminum in vaccines: how it persists in the body long after injection and can migrate to brain, lymph, and spleen where it wreaks inflammatory havoc; how it was found in the nerve tissue of paralyzed Spanish sheep who wasted away and dropped dead in a post-vaccination plague that wiped out flocks, and how post-mortems revealed that it may have acted like a "Trojan Horse" carrying HPV-vaccine components into the brains of two young girls who died suddenly in their sleep following Gardasil shots.
"There is a major unmet need for safer and more effective adjuvants suitable for human use,"
says Shoenfeld in his latest book.
I contacted the CDC in February to ask if, in light of new research on aluminum, any steps have been taken to address the problems with the adjuvants and I got a flippant response from someone in the public health labyrinth named Melissa Brower.
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