Vaccine Safety: Truth or Myth?
It's no secret vaccines have their enemies. The number of parents who aren't vaccinating their kids is growing, and no matter how much the CDC, FDA, or AMA clamors against them, these parents have good reasons.
With the Disney measles fiasco came a volcano of heat on both sides of the issue. Vaccine advocates and opponents have argued constantly about whether vaccines are safe or, in fact, dangerous to our children and the future health of our nation, as a whole.
Scientifically, when the many facets of the immune system are studied, vaccine safety is highly questionable.
Ethically, vaccines are even more questionable.
Several vaccines, the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), chickenpox, whooping cough, shingles, tetanus, and polio vaccines each contain aborted fetal tissues, on top of other animal tissues and known toxins, such as mercury, aluminum, and thimerosal.
The body can fight these toxins in small amounts if ingested properly. However, when injected into the body through a syringe, vaccines bypass the body's regular protection system - the gut. The gut, through digestion, can choose which chemicals are allowed into the bloodstream and can omit mercury and aluminum from being absorbed. However, when injected, these chemicals dive directly into the bloodstream and are absorbed by and collect in the body's organs, the brain included. Within the brain, it can cause issues such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Gulf War Syndrome, and other neurological issues that, in recent years, are growing more and more common.
CDC/FDA-acknowledged side effects range from:
- redness or swelling
- poor appetite
- respiratory infections
- yeast infections
- and tenderness
- Erythema (the rash associated with Lyme's disease)
- blood in stools
- brain inflammation or tumors
- and death.
The MMR vaccine alone has caused 103 deaths in the US since 2003, while the measles has caused none.
As vaccine rates have risen, infant mortality rates have, as well. The United States has the highest rate of vaccination in the world. Infants are given 26 vaccines within their first year alone. We also have the highest number of infant deaths. Furthermore, the increase in vaccinations correlates with a marked increase in childhood health issues such as allergies, asthma, gut issues, chronic infections, serious brain damage (including autism), and learning and developmental issues such as ADD and ADHD.
Autoimmune disorders have also grown in number. Although further study needs to be done on the subject, the correlation makes sense. The more these artificial, toxin-laced vaccines are injected into the immune system - a vast, complicated, multi-faceted process we don't yet fully comprehend - the greater the risk of injuring that system.
What about the widely-touted benefits of vaccination, such as herd immunity? What about the elimination of these infectious diseases?
When it comes to herd immunity, vaccine-acquired immunity is eminently different from the immunity gained from disease recovery. Immunity from vaccines eventually fades, allowing vaccinated people (children and adults alike) to not only catch the disease they've been inoculated against but also to act as carriers.
This may also occur during the vaccine shedding period - generally a two or three-week span after injection when a vaccinated person may experience a lighter version of the disease and/or spread the disease to others.
Vaccinated persons often cannot discern when or if they are carrying a disease, hence these widespread, seemingly random outbreaks, like the most recent measles outbreak and the whooping cough outbreak of 2010.
This makes vaccinated persons a far greater danger to unvaccinated persons than the reverse.