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The Dangers of Vaccinations


"The only safe vaccine is a vaccine that is never used" -- Dr. James A. Shannon, National Institutes of Health.


Dr Shannon was director of the National Institutes of Health and was awarded the Public Welfare Medal by the National Academy of Sciences so when someone of this stature makes such a bold statement, I think it is wise to take notice. The reason why he could make such a statement is because he knew there are potentially dangerous side effects associated with vaccines. He was referring to human vaccines but the same is true for pet vaccines. Side effects include the actual illnesses that the vaccines are supposed to protect against, anaphylaxis, heart problems, brain damage, auto-immune diseases, autoimmune haemolytic anemia, and various forms of cancer.


In fact, vaccine-induced cancers in cats were becoming so widespread in the USA, a scientific taskforce was set up to investigate the problem. After researching the subject fully, they admitted that, “some types of rabies and FeLV vaccines have been associated with postvaccinal reaction masses in 100% of vaccinated cases”. They say that although most of these may be benign that vets should assume they are malignant until proven otherwise. So prevalent is post-vaccinal sarcomas amongst the cat population that the task force actually recommend that vets should no longer vaccinate between the shoulder blades but should now inject on the limb of the animal as they can easily be amputated if a tumour develops!


Generally there are two types of vaccines – ones that use live viruses and ones that used killed viruses. Live vaccines are ones that use the virus to directly stimulate an immune response. Unfortunately, they can actually cause the disease they are supposed to prevent as the virus can multiply rapidly in the body and overwhelm the immune system.


A study conducted by Canine Health Concern during 1997, involving 4,000 dogs, showed that 68.2% of dogs in the survey with parvovirus contracted it within three months of being vaccinated. Similarly, 55.6% of dogs with distemper contracted it within three months of vaccination; 63.6% with hepatitis got it within three months of vaccination; 50% with parainfluenza contracted it within three months of vaccination; and every single dog with leptospirosis contracted it within that three month timeframe.


Minna Leppanen, a Finnish Vet, has conducted a survey which suggests that up to 33% of German Pinscher owners in Finland and 50% of owners in the UK have reported post-vaccinal symptoms after their dog received the distemper shot. These included eye discharge, ataxia, seizures and encephalitis – all known symptoms of the distemper virus.


Where humans are concerned, there are also numerous cases where vaccines have caused the disease they are supposed to prevent.


According to The Lancet, in the 1970s, a tuberculosis vaccine trial in India involving 260,000 people revealed that more cases of TB occurred in the vaccinated than the unvaccinated. In the New England Journal of Medicine July 1994 issue, a study found thatover 80% of children under 5 years of age who had contracted whooping cough had been fully vaccinated. 



When the first vaccine for meningitis was introduced in 1985 doctors reported that cases of meningitis were showing up in children straight after they were vaccinated. One Minnesota study showed that the vaccine increased the risk of contracting the disease by up to up to five times. During a nationwide epidemic of whooping cough in Cincinnati, Ohio, researchers found that the epidemic mainly occurred in children who had completed the full DPT vaccine program.


Vaccines that use an inactivated or killed virus usually have what are called adjuvants added. These are substances such as aluminium and formaldehyde which are extremely toxic. They are used to increase the immune response but as the immune system is reacting to these substances and not the actual virus, the question must be, how does this help create immunity? Unfortunately, what these vaccinations can do is cause auto-immune diseases. And this is not just a theory. It has been proved in controlled studies.


One such study conducted by Purdue University proved that vaccinated dogs, but not unvaccinated dogs, produced auto-antibodies to various chemicals and substances involved in tissue repair, cell growth and giving support to tissues, such as skin, bone, tendons, muscles, and cartilage. In fact, they discovered that these antibodies actually attacked the dogs’ own DNA!



Vaccine Ingredients

Aluminium is one of the adjuvants frequently used in these vaccines. It is a known neurotoxin.


This what Russell Blaylock, MD, has to say about aluminium - “We now know that aluminium causes significant abnormalities in neurotubules, microscopic tubes in neurons essential to their function, and these abnormal neurotubules are strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease.”

An article in the US National Library of Medicine says of aluminium,-“There is no known physiological role for aluminium within the body and hence this metal may produce adverse physiological effects. Chronic exposure of animals to aluminium is associated with behavioural,neuropathological and neurochemical changes”

Some vaccines also contain mercury in the form of a preservative called thimerosal. Mercury is one of the most dangerous substances on earth and there is effectively no safe level for it in the body. Mercury can cause heavy metal poisoning and symptoms of autism.


According to the Mediterranean Journal of Surgery and Medicine in 1996 Thimerosal has been the reported cause of neurologic and gastrointestinal symptoms. These actions are not dose related.”


And the former head of toxicology for the World Health Organisation, Dr Friberg puts it very  succinctly- "There is no safe level of mercury and no one has actually shown there is a safe level."


So why is mercury in the form of thimerosal included in some vaccines? It is there as a preservative, so batches of vaccines can last longer and therefore be more cost effective. The bottom line, as always with pharmaceutical companies, is profit. This highly toxic substance is added to vaccines that end up in your beloved pet to keep costs down.


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