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This is part 2 in a 3-part series on the short-term and long-term safety and efficacy of vaccines and ways to boost
immunity naturally.


Very few studies have been done on the long-term effects of vaccinations. Some of those that have been done often
prove to be faulty and the results betray conflicts of interest. A Center for Disease Control (CDC) study published
last year in the journal Pediatrics concluded that the amounts of mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum in vaccines
are “likely to be harmless.” But controversy ensued when Safe Minds (Sensible Action For Ending Mercury-
Induced Neurological Disorders; a U.S. group raising awareness about the risks of mercury in medical products)
obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act request revealing that the CDC researcher, Thomas
Verstraeten, initially found a statistically significant association between certain vaccines and developmental delays.
He then revised his methodology and found none in his final report. Florida Congressman Dave Weldon, MD quotes
excerpts from the transcript of the meeting obtained in the FOI request in a letter to CDC director, Julie Gerberding.
Among other incriminating statements include Verstraeten saying, “We can push and pull this data anyway we want
to get the results we want.”

He also suggests that he would not give TCVs (thimerosal containing vaccines) to his own grandson. Verstraeten
now works for vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

More Shots In The Arm
One of the world‟s leading immunogeneticists, Dr. Hugh Fudenberg (the 13th most quoted biologist of our times
with nearly 850 papers in peer review journals) found a link between gradual mercury build-up in the brain and
cognitive dysfunction. He found that if an individual had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980, his or
her chances of getting Alzheimer‟s disease was ten times higher than if they had one, two or no shots.

Dr. Harold E. Buttram is an expert on environmental and nutritional medicine and has written extensively about
children and our toxic world. Buttram sees the dearth of vaccines studies as problematic to say the least.

“Safety studies on vaccinations are limited to short time periods only: several days to several weeks,” Buttram wrote
in 2002. “There are no long-term (months or years) safety studies on any vaccination or immunization. For this
reason, there are valid grounds for suspecting that many delayed-type vaccine reactions may be taking place
unrecognized as to their true nature.”

Further on the topic of studies, Catherine J.M. Diodati is a recognized expert in the field of vaccinations and
biomedical ethics, and writing for Canadian Chiropractor she noted that the adverse reactions to vaccinations are not
recorded long-term and in fact systemic effects are often dismissed as being coincidental.

“In other words,” Diodati writes. “it is often the case that, although the conclusions of many studies support the
vaccine‟s safety and efficacy, the data and the methodology do not support the conclusions.”

As we have heard lately in Canada, adverse reactions to drugs are massively underreported by doctors for many
reasons, not least of which is personal liability. So it should come as no surprise that adverse reactions — short-term
and long-term — are barely identified, rarely admitted to, and almost never reported.
While parental concern is on the increase regarding the safety of vaccinations, the topic is still very taboo. Dr. Tim
O‟Shea and Dr. Tedd Koren are two leading vaccine researchers from the U.S. who are chiropractors. What is the
connection between vaccinations and chiropractic? Dr. Gus Tsiapalis of Vaughan Chiropractic who helped bring
Koren to Toronto in November says simply, “Chiropractors are nerve system doctors and vaccines get into the
nervous system.”

Still, they aren‟t experts so why are chiropractors talking about vaccinations? According to Tsiapalis, because his
practice is a family, wellness-based one, many consider him to be a primary care-giver and so inevitably bring up
the topic of vaccinations. These questions lead Dr. Tsiapalis and other chiropractors to consider vaccinations very
carefully. But now even talking about it may get them in hot water. The Ontario College of Chiropractic has put out
a gag order demanding that chiropractors clam up if a patient mentions vaccinations.

“The college is saying we can‟t comment,” Tsiapalis says. “We have to urge patients to go and ask their family
physicians...We want to get more people interested in their own wellness. People don‟t have the information. Not
just about what vaccines are but what are their choices, basic choices.”

The link between MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations and vaccinations that contain thimerosal, to autism
has been made by many parents of autistic children and certainly made based on scientific evidence such as the
study by Dr. Vijendra Singh who studied 200 autistic children. Singh found that nine out of 10 of the autistic
children had experienced a reaction to the MMR jab and concluded, “It suggests MMR is not safe in certain children
whose immune systems are not able to cope with the three vaccines and this is causing autism.” (One of the better
starting points on the topic of MMR and autism is Helke Ferrie‟s column from the May, 2003 issue of Vitality.)

For the record, here is what Health Canada says about mercury and autism on their website: “Currently, the only
thimerosal-containing vaccine in routine (emphasis theirs) use in the infant immunization schedules of some
Canadian jurisdictions is hepatitis B vaccine.” But Health Canada also says, “Over 20 vaccines licensed in Canada
contain thimerosal, in concentrations ranging from 0.005% to 0.01%.” Regarding the link between thimerosal and
autism they say, “There is currently no direct evidence that thimerosal-containing vaccines cause autism or any other
neurodevelopmental disorder in humans.” But then in the next sentence say, “No long-term, prospective, controlled
epidemiologic studies of the neurologic or neurodevelopmental effects of intermittent, low-dose exposure to
thimerosal or ethylmercury are reported in the scientific literature.” So, there is only one vaccine with mercury
(except for the 19 others) and anyway, there is no proof of a link between thimerosal and autism (because the studies
haven‟t been done). For Health Canada, thimerosal is innocent until proven guilty.

Do They Even Work?
Widely credited with eliminating all kinds of disease from the planet, this clear benefit of vaccinations would seem
to outweigh the possible side effects. This risk-benefit analysis is always the defense of vaccines even in the face of
debilitating, tragic, and, frankly, horrific adverse reactions. But there are those who question the efficacy of vaccines
currently and even historically.

A recent efficacy story regards the influenza vaccine that was pushed in Ontario with television ads that verged on
threatening. The early figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta are based on a study in Colorado
and came up with results showing that only between zero and 14% of those vaccinated dodged flu-like symptoms.
The authors of the report caution that they need more data but it certainly suggests getting the flu shot was pointless.

According to the Canadian Vaccination Risk Awareness Network health officials spend millions supporting
widespread vaccination but they know that only a small percentage of flu-like illnesses are actually influenza. The
VRAN quotes epidemiologist Dr. Vittorio Demichelli, MD, who found that in a “systemic review of 20 randomized
trials of the effects of the vaccine in healthy adults only 1 of 4 vaccinated adults will acquire protection against the
clinical illness.”

Dr. J. Anthony Morris, a virologist and former Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), goes much further: “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is
effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.” He continues, “The producers of these vaccines know
that they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway.” Dr. Morris lost his job at the FDA when he warned his
superiors that the vaccine didn‟t work.

Aside from the flu, what about measles, diptheria, and whooping cough? Those diseases were brought under control
with the advent of vaccinations right? Wrong. These diseases were already dramatically on the wane before the
vaccinations came along. Pick whooping cough — pertussis — as an example. The „P‟ in the DPT jab is widely
credited with making this harsh illness a thing of the past but lets look at the numbers. In 1900 there were 12.2
deaths per 100,000 in the U.S. from pertussis. In 1910 that was down to 11.6, in 1930 it was 4.8, 1940 it was 2.2 and
in 1950 it was down to 1.3. It was in the late 1940s when the pertussis vaccine began to be used widespread. Seeing
this on a graph clearly illustrates the downward trend that was already underway because of increased nutrition,
cleaner drinking water, and generally healthier living. Vaccinations added little — and maybe nothing — to this
downward trend. The same holds for diptheria, measles and influenza.

According to Alan Phillips who has studied vaccinations extensively and is the director of Citizens for Healthcare
Freedom in Durham, North Carolina, clinical evidence suggests that vaccinations stimulate antibody production but
that doesn‟t necessarily constitute immunity. “Our immunological reserve may actually be reduced causing a
generally lowered resistance,” Phillips is quoted as saying in the Townsend Letter for Doctors (#243, October 2003,

Dr. Joseph Mercola says on his website ( that the influenza virus is an innocent bystander in the
whole flu vaccination debate: “If you are one of the many whose immune system has been impaired by the
„American diet‟ rich in sugars, grains, processed foods, fast foods, and all the other junk, putting so much faith and
credence in a single vaccine against the flu is like fireproofing one door in your house when the rest of your home is
saturated in gasoline.”

Next month we‟ll look at healthy alternatives to vaccinations.
For more information visit these websites:
• for graphs showing the decline of diseases over the decades and how little
vaccines helped that decline.
• (Safe Minds)
• (National Vaccine Information Center)
• (Vaccine Risk Awareness Network)
• (Dr. Tim O'Shea)
• (Health Canada)
• (Congressman Dan Burton‟s website where you can view or read the transcript of his
speech in Congress on Feb 10, 2004)

Above photo courtesy of BBC Online News

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