Almost everyone reading this text has been vaccinated or has firm beliefs in regard to vaccines, which means talking about some aspects of this issue may induce dissonance . This potential adverse reaction to the information in this text does not have any effect on its level of truth (or veracity).
That said, I am actually not against vaccines in many important cases (measles, smallpox, etc), and I think new proteolipid techniques –explained later in the text- and knowledge about immune and epigenetic responses can lead to responsible and safe vaccines against infections, or pathogens, which we don’t want to run into with a compromised immune system.
Traditionally, pathogens have been put into the vaccines in a “dead,” but full, form. The immune system was “awakened” to react with adjuvants like ethyl-mercury, which breaks down and is excreted within a few weeks at a higher level than methylmercury. And although it does slightly increase levels of inorganic mercury in the brain, you have to consider the dose of mercury in a vaccine containing thiomersal is 25 micrograms in total versus 20 mcg/kg in mammal studies. To put this in context, the average can of tuna (5 oz=143 grams) contains approximate 52.7 micrograms of mercury,which is 4x the limit the EPA has recommended on the ingestion of mercury for a 45 lbs child. Also keep in mind that these types of adjuvants are being phased out.
The question hopefully isn’t really in regard to their effectiveness, but more in regard to unintended consequences on a personal level. Of course, we must also consider the consequences of not vaccinating (including an increased risk of highly infectious diseases like measles returning).
If there is anything we know for sure though, it’s that vaccines and thiomersal do not cause autism, and despite this thiomersal adjuvants are being phased out. We’ll get to this again later in the text.
All vaccines rely on generating a general or innate immune reaction which, in addition to responding to the adjuvants –which are what is generating the innate immune reaction – will react to the target pathogen and hopefully create “memory” T-cells (lymphocytes; white blood cells). These memory cells are activated and pushed into heightened production should the antigen –the “target” based on its surface proteins- be detected again by antibodies.
Since the bodies of very young children don’t directly create “memory cells” for every new pathogen, sometimes multiple close doses are used to grant lasting immunity, and this is where the major problems come into play.
A (since unpublished) 2012 metastudy from a Polish university lab in the city of Bialystok compiled a list of scientifically grounded risks associated with vaccines. The most important findings reported were that:
- The use of multiple inoculations in a relatively short timeframe can overcome genetic resistance to autoimmunity.
- Current adjuvants “have the capacity to provoke a variety of adverse reactions”
- Repeated vaccination is correlated positively with atopic (allergic) reactions.
- Too many vaccinations potentially disrupt normal immune reactions and capacity
- Normal contact with the outside world provides the best protection, with the fewest risks, especially against the flu.
This meta-analysis has since been withdrawn from the University website, and science been able to definitively cross off autism as a potential negative side-effect of vaccines. The connection with MMR (repeated vaccination) has been shown in a broader investigation to not hold water. It seems unlikely that the other claims hold water.
Despite this, there do appear to be a few real risks. Another meta-analysis, also from 2012, by Demicheli et al, found several problems in regard to the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine, but verified its effectiveness (about 65-70% after 1 innoculation). Unlike smaller studies being cited in regard to claims about autism, this study drew its data from 5 randomised controlled trials, one controlled clinical trial, 27 cohort studies, 17 case-control studies, five time-series trials, one case cross-over trial, two ecological studies, six self-controlled case series studies, involving in all about 14,700,000.
This huge analysis appears to clear up a few things: again disproving a connection with autism, but also finding a significant increased prevelance of febrile seizures (500%) and aseptic meningitis (about 1500% within the first 5 weeks, but 2200% within the first 3 weeks).
It is thus possible that activating an enhanced innate immune reaction through heavy metal derivates is in many ways especially counter-productive, and appears to be able to damage or reduce overall immune stability in exchange for acquired resistance to a specific pathogen. Keep in mind that adverse effects are felt by, statistically very few people, and a resistence of approximately 75% is adviseable in very many instances.
Fortunately, new advances may offer us an improved way to make vaccines. We no longer have to use what are considered “toxic” adjuvants (keep in mind that the dose makes the poison): we can replicate the surface proteins of pathogens which already “turn on” your immune system. These proteolipid vaccines allow us to actually remove the pathogens from the vaccine, instead just putting their surface proteins on a membrane: conditioning your body into preparing itself for a real attacker by using a puppet version without any of the real danger.
This means there would be no viral DNA which could accidently infect the injectee, no “dead” bacteria, nor would we even have to be putting aluminum or mercury into a child’s blood. Instead of partaking in something which can potentially cause as much harm as good, we can create lasting biological protection for specific threats without putting anyone’s health or wellbeing in jeopardy. Proteolipids seem to present a viable, effective, and safe way of creating vaccines for the future.
Most issues are not black and white. Vaccines are not “bad” in the same way that GMOs are not “bad”. The consequences which arise from anything are a direct result of what is being done, how it is being done, and how carefully and transparently it is being done. And we should be present of exactly what we are doing before we decide to apply it all over the world.
1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22336803 Vaccines for measles, mumpes, and rubella in children, investigation of efficacy and risks Demicheli et al, 2012
2) http://progress.umb.edu.pl/sites/progress.umb.edu.pl/files/129-141.pdf Adverse events following vaccination. (Sienkiewicz D et al, 2012) Medical University of Bialystok, Poland (redacted since original citation in this work)
3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2566623/ how vaccines work
4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17635804 proteolipid adjuvants in vaccines