America’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) has found that it cannot dismiss links between major vaccines and number of serious health problems. These included multiple sclerosis, lupus, encephalitis (brain inflammation), rheumatoid arthritis, autism and encephalopathy which involves permanent brain damage, and these are only the side-effects which the report focussed upon.
The Institute’s report, released August 2011 reviewed over 1,000 vaccine studies. It focussed upon eight vaccines, hepatitis A & B, MMR, meningococcal, pneumococcal, DTaP/Tdap, chickenpox, HPV and the flu vaccine.
Barbara’s priority at the moment is therefore to maintain religious and personal waivers for children. In most countries, these waivers are issued by education services, because vaccination tends to be school policy and not the law to take vaccines, but the requirement to provide education for children is used by schools to bully wary parents into vaccinating their children. That approach would appear disproportionate now given the new doubt raised by this recent IOM report, reinforcing Barbara's call for parental prerogative.
The report discussed factors which could make individuals susceptible to these side effects. These include genetic variation, age, being vaccinated when ill and environmental effects.
One of the most worrying things in my opinion, is that pregnant women are being recommended for vaccination, particularly for the flu jab, even though the vaccine inserts will say that the vaccine has not been tested for pregnant women. The foetus clearly lacks a fully functioning immune system and any aberrant auto-immune responses by the mother could potentially put baby at risk, because pregnancy requires suppression of parts of the immune system so that the mother’s immune system does not attack their baby.
Dr Natasha suggests that only polio and tetanus are strictly necessary. However, my list is yet smaller because the pharmaceutical companies contaminated millions of polio vaccine vials with SV40 cancer virus during the 1960’s. That occurred after the decision was made to culture the polio virus for the vaccine on rhesus monkey kidney cells. SV40 is a monkey cancer virus.
Unfortunately, that practice continues. Bild, from Germany reported that viruses for the swine flu vaccine were cultured on animal cancer cells, which are then injected into the body. In that article, Joahannes LÃ¶wer of the Paul Ehrlich Institute suggested that the vaccine can cause worse side effects than the swine flu itself. It is not known whether cancer risks are boosted by injecting the cancer cells. Unfortunately, the swine flu vaccine is combined this year with the seasonal flu vaccine, so the experiment continues.
Philip Ridley is the London Chapter Leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation. (www.westonaprice.org/london)