Understanding The Vaccine Controversy
by Roger R. Gervais, B.Sc., D.C., N.D.
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Dr. Harold Buttram, M.D. writes in the
Townsend Letter for Doctors about vaccines. He states that there
is a serious trend of deteriorating health among North American
children. Allergic disorders, such as asthma, are rapidly increasing
both in frequency and severity. There is a pattern of sickliness
among today's children that was unknown several generations ago. A
majority of children are on antibiotics frequently or in some
instances continually. With each passing year there appears to be a
pattern of increasing crippling of the immune systems of our
children. Surveys among teachers tend to confirm this ominous trend
If this adverse trend is in fact taking place, what are the
causes? As yet no one knows why this is happening, but there is
sufficient scientific evidence now available to suspect that current
childhood vaccinations may be one of the underlying causes. In a
survey conducted by Dr. Michel Odent, it was found that children receiving the Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, were six times
more likely to develop asthma than children not receiving this
One consequence of childhood vaccinations may be that of the
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), now estimated to afflict some five
million young adults, predominantly women. In CFS patients, the
reservoir of uncommitted immune cells, essential for new infectious
challenges, has been found to be decreased.
These changes are precisely those which could be predicted from
multiple vaccines on the highly immature systems of infants and
children. This is as yet mere theory, but one would expect that even
remote dangers of this nature would be thoroughly researched before
promotion of vaccination programs. Such testing would be relatively
simple by means of blood tests for immune levels before and at
varying intervals following vaccinations. Have such studies been
done? As far as I am aware they have not been done, nor are they
Live virus vaccines require incubation in animal tissues. The
oral polio vaccine is incubated in monkey kidney tissue, and the MMR
vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) in chick embryo. Incubation of
live viruses in animal tissue brings two formidable risks. The first
is the danger of foreign viral contamination.
In 1985 a simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) very similar to the
HIV virus was discovered in African monkeys. This, together with the
fact that the earliest known cases of AIDS were near in time and
location to polio vaccine campaigns in Africa, raises the question
as to whether some mutation of SIV, for which the oral polio vaccine
was the vehicle, could have been the original source of the AIDS
epidemic. Articles have appeared reviewing this matter and appealing
for further research into this vital question.
Such research is more than academic. New SIVs continue to be
discovered, raising the possibility that there is a continued danger
of viral contaminants finding their way into present oral polio
vaccines. The second danger is that viruses are notoriously prone to
the process of jumping genes, whereby the viruses may incorporate
genetic material from the animal tissues in which they are incubated
and subsequently introduce this animal genetic material into the
child receiving the vaccine. In theory, this could set the stage for
later immune disorders including autoimmune diseases.
Finally, there is understandable concern among public health
officials and parents alike as to what would happen without the
vaccines. In the case of at least one (the Pertussis vaccine), the
vaccine, which is known or suspected of causing infantile
encephalitis and sudden infant death syndrome, would appear to be
worse than the disease. It has also been implicated in bacterial
infections including meningitis.
Many years ago, Sweden banned the Pertussis vaccine because of
these dangers. For similar reasons, Japan delays the vaccine until
after two years of age, whereas in North America, it is usually
administered at two months of age. Both Sweden and Japan are
credited with having the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
This fact would tend to discredit claims that the Pertussis vaccine
is necessary to prevent an escalation of infant mortality in North
Vaccination does not constitute immunity. Children vaccinated
with MMR can still get measles and mumps. In October/November 1990,
clinical mumps developed in 54 students; 53 out of those 54 were
fully vaccinated! The Chicago Department of Health noted that of 186 Pertussis cases in Chicago in the fall of 1993, “74 percent were as
up to date as possible on their immunizations.” A large number of
children are found to be sero-negative (which means they show no
evidence of immunity in blood tests) four to five years after
receiving the rubella vaccination. In another study, 80 percent of
army recruits who had been immunized against rubella came down with
Some vaccines contain preservatives that are carcinogenic toxins (formaldehyde
and thimerosol) and are being injected into two/four/six month old infants whose
immune systems are not fully developed. Each vaccine has its
preservative, neutralizer and carrying agent, none of which are
indigenous to the body. [Editor's note: Since this article was first
published in 1996, formaldehyde and thimerosol have been
reduced or phased out of most vaccines.]
The triple antigen, DPT, which is the Diphtheria, Pertussis,
Tetanus vaccine, contains the following poisons: formaldehyde,
mercury, and aluminum phosphate, and that's from the 1980
Physicians Desk Reference. The packet insert accompanying the
vaccine lists the following poisons: aluminum potassium sulfate, a
mercury derivative called Thimersol and sodium phosphate. The packet
insert for the polio vaccine lists monkey kidney cell culture,
lactalbumin hydrozylate, antibiotics and calf serum. The packet
insert for the MMR vaccine produced by Merck Sharp and Dhome for
measles, mumps and rubella lists chick embryo and neomycin, which is
a mixture of antibiotics. Chick embryo, monkey kidney cells and calf
serum are all foreign proteins that are biological substances
composed of animal cells which, because they enter directly into the
bloodstream, can become part of our genetic material.
These foreign proteins, as well as other carriers and reaction
products of a vaccine, are potential allergens and can produce
anaphylactic shock. (Signs and symptoms: in one to 15 minutes, the
patient feels uneasy, becomes agitated and flushed, and complains of
palpitations, paresthesias, pruritus, throbbing in the ears,
coughing, sneezing, urticaria-angioedema, and difficulty breathing.
The manifestations of shock may develop within another one or two
minutes, and the patient may become incontinent, convulse, become
unresponsive, and die – Merck Manual 16th edition).
The packet insert for the DTP vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus and
Pertussis), lists under its side effects and adverse reactions:
1. Severe temperature elevations, 105 degrees or higher
2. Collapse with rapid recovery
3. Collapse followed by prolonged prostration in shock-like
4. Screaming episodes.
5. Isolated convulsions with or without fever.
6. Frank encephalopathy, (brain damage) with changes in the level
of consciousness, focal neurological signs, convulsions with or
without permanent neurological and/or mental deficit.
One in every 100 children react with convulsions or collapse or
high-pitched screaming to the DTP vaccine. One out of every three of
these – that is one out of every 300 – will remain permanently
damaged. Now, according to the testimony of the Assistant Secretary
of Health, Edward Grant, Jr., before the U.S. Senate Committee on
May 3, 1985, every year 35,000 children suffer neurological damage
because of the DTP vaccine.
Evidence suggests that immunizations damage the immune system
itself. By focusing exclusively on increased antibody production,
which is only one aspect of the immune process, immunizations
isolate dysfunction and allow it to substitute for the entire immune
response, because vaccines trick the body so that it will no longer
initiate a generalized response. They accomplish what the entire
immune system seems to have been evolved to prevent. That is, they
place the virus directly into the blood and give it access to the
major immune organs and tissues without any obvious way of getting
rid of it.
The World Health Statistics Annual 1973-1976, Volume II
states “There has been a steady decline of infectious diseases in
most developing countries regardless of the percentage of
immunizations administered in these countries.” The polio vaccine
statistics were manipulated to give the impression of Salk vaccine
success as follows:
Redefinition of an epidemic: More cases were required to
refer to polio as an epidemic after the introduction of the Salk
vaccine. In other words, you needed 20 cases per hundred thousand to
have an epidemic before the vaccine was introduced, and after the
vaccine, they changed that number to 35 cases per hundred thousand
per year to require the definition of epidemic.
Redefinition of the disease: In order to qualify for
classification as paralytic polio myelitis, the patient had to
exhibit paralytic symptoms for at least 60 days after the onset of
the disease. That was after they started the vaccination program.
Before the vaccination program started in 1954, the patient had to
exhibit paralytic symptoms for only 24 hours. This means that if you
walked into a doctors' office before the vaccine was introduced, and
you said, “Oh, I have paralytic symptoms here. I've had them for
about two weeks,” that would have been classified as polio. After the
vaccine, if you walked into that same doctors' office and said, “Oh,
I've had these symptoms for two or three weeks now,” they would have
waited for two months before calling it polio.
The Los Angeles County Health Index Morbidity and Mortality
Reportable Disease Data show charts of cases of viral or aseptic
meningitis and polio from 1955 to 1966. In that period of time,
polio dropped from 273 cases to five. The number of cases of aseptic
meningitis from 1955 to 1966 increased in almost the same proportion
from 50 cases to 256 cases. They simply changed the name, same
disease, and you thought polio was wiped out at that point. The
disease was simply reclassified.
Diseases come in and reach a peak and then subside. In Europe
between 1940 and 1950 polio disappeared without any vaccination
program. During the 1962 Congressional hearings on HR10541, Dr.
Bernard Greenberg, head of the Department of Biostatistics at the
University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, testified
that not only did polio increase substantially after the
introduction of mass and frequently compulsory immunization
programs, but statistics were manipulated and statements made by the
Public Health Service to give the opposite impression. At the same
hearings, it was said that Massachusetts had a type-two polio
outbreak and there were more paralytic cases in people who were
triple vaccinated than in people who were unvaccinated. In the past
10 years in Texas, there were 11,351 cases of measles and 26 deaths.
Also during the past 10 years in Texas, there were 1,768 cases of
Pertussis and 10 deaths.
In direct contrast, there were nearly 54,000 vaccine adverse
events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System
(VAERS) in a 20 month period that included more than 700 deaths. FDA
Commissioner David Kessler has stated only one in 10 adverse events
following vaccine administration are reported. Jonas Salk, the
inventor of the IPV, injected polio vaccine, testified before a
Senate sub-committee that nearly all polio outbreaks since 1961 were
caused by the oral polio vaccine.
The body has its own methods of defense. These defense mechanisms
depend upon the vitality of the body at that time. If it is vital
enough, the body will resist all infections. If it isn't vital
enough, no one, including your doctor, can improve its vitality by
injecting it with poisons of any kind.
Informed consent means the parent/guardian is given time to read,
understand and research the information about the risks and dangers
of immunizations. It does not mean getting that information at the
same time that the vaccine is administered. Whatever you do, please
learn more about vaccines before you vaccinate your child. At least
get to a medical library and do your own research. Because, when it
happens to your child, the risks are 100 percent that you and your
child, not your doctor or health department, will live with the
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Pertussis vaccination and
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August 24/31, 1994, Pages 592-3.
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The Immunization Resource Guide: Where to
Find Answers to All Your Questions About Childhood Immunizations
by Diane Rozario (1995, Patter Publications)
Roger R. Gervais, D.C., N.D. is a homeschooling parent and
naturopathic physician living in British Columbia, Canada. This
article was published in 1996.