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The culprit behind asthma and allergies: Vaccination
The culprit behind
asthma and allergies:
Bronwyn Hancock, BSc., Cert. Nutr.
A summary of published medical research findings pertaining to the
atopic effect of vaccination. Appears here as published in New Vegetarian
and Natural Health Magazine, Winter 2000 issue.
I doubt that there would be any health issue in which there is a wider
gap between what is much published in medical literature and the overall
public level of awareness, than vaccination.
The area in which this is the most apparent is atopic disorders. Atopy
is the tendency to allergies, manifesting as asthma, eczema, hay fever, etc,
the most life-threatening being asthma.
It is really no coincidence that atopy is more prevalent in the highly
vaccinated Western countries and that its increase has paralleled the
increase in vaccination intensity over time. Up to about 800 people are now
killed by asthma in this country every year.
Indeed genetic predisposition varies, stress or exposure to any
allergen can trigger it, and an unhealthy lifestyle makes it harder to
overcome, but we must distinguish between these factors and the actual
For the best evidence of the original cause, we need only look at the
basic well documented effect of vaccines - sensitisation.
Allergy is sensitisation, and it is very well documented in medical
journals1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, product inserts9 and even orthodox medical
dictionaries10, that vaccines have the effect of sensitisation.
'Immunisation' is 'prophylaxis', which means prevention, but
'sensitisation' is actually another word for the opposite, 'anaphylaxis',
even though this term tends to be used only in the small proportion of cases
when the effect is 'exaggerated' and immediately life-threatening.
So instead of immunising, vaccines non-specifically increase
susceptibility to what the body encounters in the food and environment,
including even the very viruses and bacteria being "targeted". This is born
out by the fact that not only are the vaccination compliance rates as high,
even higher, in those that contract the disease than those who do not
(covered more thoroughly in other articles on this site), but also ONLY
those that are vaccinated can contract the new, more serious, atypical
disease forms, which cause more complications11.
So why do vaccines sensitise? There are two main reasons for this
effect. One is the nature of the ingredients in vaccines. The other is the
deeply invasive, unnatural mechanism of injection.
THE SENSITISING EFFECT OF THE COMPONENTS
The National Research Council has produced an enormous list of harmful
effects of formaldehyde, a standard vaccine component, including that it is
an "immune system sensitiser". The mercury compound, thiomersal, another
standard component, is also a well-known sensitiser. An article in New
Scientist called 'Dirty Secrets' (Nov 1996) discussed the fact that, in the
(simplistic) belief that the production of IgG antibodies brings immunity,
toxic sensitising chemicals called 'adjuvants', usually aluminium compounds,
are added because without them injections cannot induce the 'desired'
response to any significant degree. The article says that immunologists have
even admitted to feeling discomfort about this, but the practice continues,
obviously driven by much stronger forces.
Each toxic chemical in each vaccine dose can legally be at levels of
up to 0.025%, and sometimes (often?) they might be even higher. A baby can
receive in one day's doses of vaccines a hundred times the absolute maximum
amount of mercury that the W.H.O. says is permissible, though as Poisons
Information will tell you, there really is NO safe level of mercury.
THE SENSITISING EFFECT OF INJECTIONS
The outer levels of defence, that is, the skin, mucous membranes, etc,
are integrally involved in the functioning of the immune system. Firstly,
they are the primary levels of defence for the protection of our vital
organs, but also they are crucially involved in the process of developing
immunity, which requires the activation, for example, of the secretory
Consequently, the injection of any foreign unwanted material is
counterproductive for both of these functions. Firstly it gives the
poisonous material deep access to cause damage to any organ or system in the
body. Secondly, immunity cannot develop. Rather, the immune system is
stressed, derailed and confused, as it expects the outer levels of defence
to encounter the invader first. In fact it expects that 99% of the time the
outer levels will be able to deal with it themselves, but even if they do
not, that they will at least give information to the inner levels before the
inner levels encounter it. Hence the injection process violates and alters
the inbuilt programming, often resulting in the tendency to a panic reaction
to harmless food or airborne substances6. The reaction involves the
production of specific IgE antibodies to try to deal with them12,13. The
body's responsive behaviour is inappropriate and exaggerated, and when it
manifests as asthma it can, of course, be fatal.
Apart from the poisons, such as formaldehyde, mercury, aluminium,
carbolic acid, anti-freeze, etc, vaccines also contain whole animal protein
molecules - some even quite big, such as gelatin14. Undigested, injected
proteins are unusable, so to the body they are just strange irritating
toxins and contribute to the sensitisation effect.
Similarly antibiotics may cause the development of atopy. This is
particularly so when injected, but it can occur even when they are taken
orally, as the gut flora, which are killed by antibiotics, are part of the
outer defence levels. Antibiotics are also included in vaccines.
Vaccination can also lead to the development of autoimmune diseases,
such as diabetes mellitus15, MS16, arthritis17, lupus18, and cancer19
(leukaemia is also linked to 'Vitamin K' injections, which similarly contain
formaldehyde and mercury). It interferes with the ability to tell what to
attack and what to leave alone.
Vaccination can also lead to the development of autoimmune diseases,
such as diabetes mellitus15, multiple sclerosis16, arthritis17, lupus18 and
cancer19 (leukaemia is also linked to "Vitamin K" injections, which
similarly contain formaldehyde and mercury). This is another case where it
appears that because toxins get to inner sanctums that they normally would
not be expected to reach, they interfere with the immune system's ability to
tell what to attack and what to leave alone.
As one would expect, statistical research shows up the culprit.
Michel Odent20 found the frequency of asthma in a group of fully
vaccinated children to be 11%, while a 1997 NZ study21 found 23%. Both found
the frequency in the unvaccinated children to be only 0 - 1%. Several
studies have found the rate higher after vaccines that use aluminum
hydroxide as adjuvants in the postnatal period.22
Significantly, there was a decrease in deaths from asthma in the U.S.
for some years until the DPT vaccine was mandated in the U.S. for school
entry, in 1978. Since then, deaths from asthma23 and other immune disorders
have been rising (as has also the reported incidence of whooping cough
Several articles have noted that there is a much lower rate of atopy
in families that follow an anthroposophic lifestyle, in which antibiotics
and vaccines are restricted and beneficial bacteria and biodynamic
vegetables are consumed24.
Vaccines, not surprisingly, tend to target the areas of the body that
are involved with the associated natural illness. Accordingly, asthma is
most linked to vaccines for illnesses involving the lungs, such as the
pertussis25,26 and influenza vaccines27. However other vaccines can still
DOES NEWER equal BETTER?
Unfortunately the new whooping cough vaccine does not seem to be any
better in relation to the development of atopy. In fact the risk appears to
be be greater29. It may, as claimed, cause less short-term reactions, but
many of these reactions are initiated by the body to prevent longer-term
THE BENEFITS OF CHILDHOOD DISEASES
Much research has observed the benefits in unvaccinated children of
childhood diseases, that is, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and
chicken pox, in relation to preventing and overcoming atopy30,31,32,33,34.
They also protect against other more serious illnesses, such as cancer,
occurring later in life35.
Just as we need to exercise in order to develop a strong and healthy
body, so the immune system needs exercise by dealing with viruses, etc, so
that it will be able to develop and function to its potential. This will not
normally be overly difficult, provided the child is unvaccinated and
sufficiently nourished and the illness is not mismanaged. In fact it often
OTHER CORRELATING FACTORS
When we seek to blame other factors for atopy, we must consider that
it seems to have virtually not even existed before mass vaccination. In fact
the word 'allergy' was not coined until 1906, not long after mass
vaccination first began. Vaccines can also be behind other factors
correlating to atopy. They sensitise us to environmental toxins, and are
also, disturbingly, documented to damage our genes (stay tuned for a future
article on this), which can be why, in rare cases, a totally unvaccinated
child can be atopic. Such genetic damage will also, of course, increase the
chance of atopy developing after vaccination.
Another factor is a link to higher affluence36, because we know that
more affluent people vaccinate more. They also have less children, so they
get less exposure to childhood disease-associated organisms, such as
measles, mumps, whooping cough, etc. Over-cleanliness is pointed to, and
exposure to Hepatitis A has been shown to be of benefit37, but with vaccines
ignored, this link may be overestimated. Even when we clean diligently,
viruses, etc, are still more common than we realise. Note that the chemicals
in cleaners weaken the immune system and could also be triggers.
Orthodox medical procedures, rather than being a help, only weaken the
immune system, so if they do get the asthma to subside, the illness only
gives way to another illness such as chronic bronchitis.
Fortunately, though, as the immune system develops, helped by a break
in vaccines after infancy, it can often of its own accord overcome the
derailment that vaccines have caused. Dealing with whooping cough has also
been seen to enable or enhance success with this, if the system can still
succeed in mounting an acute response to the infection.
Where this has not occurred, many have overcome asthma through a
natural health/hygiene lifestyle38, health lifestyle and alternative
treatments, including homoeopathy. I personally found great benefit in
seeing a LISTEN system practitioner, who corrected my own allergies.
Two relevant books available are Ian Sinclair's You Can Overcome
Asthma, which describes the natural health method, and Dr Paul Ameisen's
Every Breath You Take which explains the breathing method39.
The body has remarkable powers of recovery, provided it is given the
opportunity, nourishment and support that it needs, in contrast to the
interference and toxic load that it encounters from orthodox drugs. These
only add to drug company profits.
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