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 Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) was interviewed about the report by Dr. Mercola (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/01/more-parents-waking-up-to-vaccine-dangers.aspx?e_cid=20111101_DNL_art_1). She voiced grave concern about the potential links between these vaccines and the potentially linked health problems which are on the rise. She is particularly concerned about parent's being left to pick up the pieces if the worst happens because vaccine producers in many countries including USA are given immunity from prosecution if their vaccine is on a State's list of recommended vaccines. This also creates a moral hazard because vaccine producers have no financial incentive to avoid side-effects.

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.

Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride MD specializes in treating autism, which is often blamed by parents on vaccines. She writes in the FAQ section of her website that pre-existing conditions are a risk factor, that children should not be vaccinated if they are ill, have a fever or cough and that they should be well nourished. She also indicates that people with intestinal disorders should avoid vaccines because the immune system is intimately connected with intestinal health, and it should be clear that having an auto-immune disease or family histories of them is a risk factor. However, none of our vaccination protocols take into account these risk factors. Children are lined up at school for their vaccines with no questions about current conditions or medical histories taken into account.

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 Löwer 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)

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