- How Toxic are Hepatitis B and Vitamin K Injections?
- Hepatitis B Vaccine for Infants: Is it Worth It?
- Should Infants be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B? How Much Aluminum is Safe for Infants?
Watch this presentation from Dr. Suzanne Humphries:
Watch this presentation from Dr. Suzanne Humphries:
When parents begin their research into vaccines, I often recommend starting with the Hepatitis B vaccine because this is the one they will be pressured to consent to before their newborn infant is released from the hospital. Researching the Hepatitis B vaccine is also important because it gives a good bit of information on how the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) conduct themselves when it comes to vaccines in general.
In 1991, the American Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended universal vaccination of all U.S. infants with 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine, beginning within 48 hours of birth. Hepatitis B is a sexually-transmitted disease and is spread the same way HIV and Hepatitis C are spread: through contact with body fluids such a semen, vaginal fluids, and blood. Those at high risk of infection include homosexual men, heterosexuals who have multiple sex partners, and healthcare workers who are exposed to body fluids. Infants whose mothers are actively infected with Hepatitis B are at increased risk of infection. (citation)
Pregnant women in the U.S. are screened for the disease.
Infants who are born to mothers who are not infected with hepatitis B are at very low risk for infection, by virtue of the fact that they are not engaging in high risk behaviors that are associated with the disease. (i.e., Infants are not having sex and they are not using injection drugs.)
The CDC states that the incidence of hepatitis B infection in U.S. children (age 0-19 years) has decreased by 89% as a result of mass vaccination of infants. This is misleading, in my opinion. When you say that the incidence of the illness has decreased by 89% it sounds like the vaccine has been extremely effective in improving the health of children who receive it. The opposite is actually the case.
Here are some studies that have investigated the health effects of hepatitis B vaccine in U.S. children:
The last two articles listed above involved data analysis for children who received the hepatitis B vaccine prior to the elimination of thimerosal, or mercury from the vaccine. This may lead you to believe once that was accomplished the problem was solved. The current hepatitis B vaccines contain high amounts of aluminum. The following articles have to do with the problems associated with aluminum in infant vaccines:
With all of these concerns about the safety of aluminum in vaccines, and about the Hepatitis B vaccine in particular, you may be led to ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”
As noted above, the CDC states that the incidence of hepatitis B infection in U.S. children has decreased by 89% as a result of mass vaccination. What does this really mean?
In 1990, the incidence of hepatitis B infection in U.S. children between birth and 19 years of age was 3.03 per 100,000. In 2002, the number had declined to .34 per 100,000. (citation) This is how they came up with the 89% decrease. Another way of putting this is that if the 1990 number had been 1 infection out of 1 Million people, and mass vaccination had wiped out that 1 instance of infection over a period of 12 years, the CDC would be claiming the vaccine was responsible for a 100% decrease in hepatitis B infection.
Can we really credit the vaccine with the reduction in cases? Look at the following two graphs from the CDC. The first is the graph of Hepatitis B and the second is the graph of Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C has decreased at a comparable rate to Hepatitis B, but there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. This suggests that the decrease in incidence is not due to the vaccine, but due to other factors, such as increased awareness of the dangers of unprotected sex among those groups who are at highest risk of contracting both hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
The CDC reported a total of 10,637 cases of acute hepatitis B disease in 1996, with 279 of those cases in children under 14 years of age. (citation) Using these numbers we can calculate the percentage of cases of hepatitis B disease that occur in U.S. children between birth and age 14 as 2.62%.
To get an idea of the true decrease as a result of vaccination, we need to look at the data beginning before the mass vaccination of infants. In 1990, the overall rate of hepatitis B infections reported in the U.S. was 21,102 (citation). Using the 2.62% rate, we can estimate the number of cases in children under 14 as 552.87 or 553 cases.
In 2002, the overall rate of hepatitis B infections reported in the U.S. was 8,064 (citation). Using the 2.62% rate, we can estimate the number of cases in children under 14 as 211.27 or 211 cases.
So, from 1990 through 2002, we can estimate that the number of cases of hepatitis B infection per year in U.S. children between birth and 14 years of age decreased by approximately 230 cases.
In general, children who are infected with hepatitis B tend to experience a milder course of disease than adults do. We know that among adults with hepatitis B infection, approximately 5% do not recover completely. The other 95% have no lasting problems. Among the 5% who do not have a complete recovery, 5% become chronic carriers, and 25% of them will die from liver cancer that develops decades later in life. (citation) Using the numbers from 1990 (the year before the vaccine was recommended for universal use in infants) we can estimate the overall rate of death from hepatitis B as follows:
1990 infections = 21,102
5% do not recover completely = 1,055
5% of them become chronic carriers: 1,055 x .05 = 53
deaths from liver disease later in life: 53 x .25 = 13
But what about Hepatitis B cases in children, since our infants are the ones who are accepting the major risk from vaccination against hepatitis B disease?
What is the risk to infants in the U.S., when it comes to dying from hepatitis B infection?
If we compare the numbers from 1991 to 2011 (a 20 year span) and we estimate that approximately 230 cases of hepatitis B per year have been prevented in children as a result of mass vaccination, we can estimate that the total number of cases of hepatitis B that have been prevented in children is 4,600 cases (230 x 20).
We know that children generally have a milder case of the disease than adults, but we don’t have a number for that, so we’ll go with the higher number of 5% becoming chronic carriers.
4600 x .05 = 230 (5% who do not recover completely)
230 x .05 = 11.5 (estimated number of chronic carriers)
11.5 x .25= 2.875 (number of deaths prevented over 20-year span)
So the estimated number of deaths from hepatitis B infection among U.S. children and infants across the first 20 years of mass vaccination of infants is approximately THREE. (Note: These numbers have been revised from my original post, which stated that the number of deaths prevented over 20 years was 11.5. I made an error in my calculations and missed a step the first time.)
A quick search of the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System) database gives us the answer to that question.
I searched for deaths from Hepatitis B vaccine in children under the age of 15 years.
Here is what I found:
1022 deaths, with 987 deaths in children under the age of 3 years.
825 deaths in children under six months of age.
Note: I first looked at the VAERS numbers in February 2012 while researching for another article. The VAERS search in February 2012 indicated there had been 629 deaths in children under six months of age (reported to VAERS). Today (June 2, 2014), the VAERS database contains 196 more reports for deaths of infants under the age of six months than the number reported for that same cohort just 27 months ago. That works out to an average of 7.26 deaths per month. If these numbers are correct, that means that in two weeks’ time, more infants have been killed by the vaccine than the number of lives (in children aged 0-14 years) potentially saved by the vaccine during the first 20 years of mass administration.
VAERS has been in existence since 1990.
The first four deaths from Hepatitis B vaccine were reported in 1991, when coverage for the vaccine was very low.
The CDC indicates that in 1992, only 16% of infants in the U.S. were vaccinated and during that year there were 14 deaths reported to VAERS.
In the first five years after the Hepatitis B vaccine was recommended for administration to all infants in the U.S., the vaccine killed AT LEAST 235 children. There is a problem with calculating the actual death toll from the Hepatitis B vaccine because physicians are not required to report even the most serious adverse events. Estimates are that less than 10% of reactions are reported and the number may be as low as 1.5 to 2%
When physicians are not required to report adverse reactions, how can we have the information we need in order to make accurate decisions about the risks vs. benefits of vaccines?
The makers of the hepatitis B vaccine admit they have no idea if the vaccine will impair fertility in those who receive it. They also admit they have no idea how long any immunity from vaccination will last. (Engerix) (Recombivax)
The makers of the hepatitis B vaccine report that it has been tested along with DTP, Oral Polio, MMR-II, Haemophilus B vaccine, Inactivated Polio Vaccine, DTaP or Varicella vaccine. Note the use of the word “OR” – not “AND.” (Engerix) (Recombivax)
Yet, when infants are injected according to the CDC’s Schedule, they frequently receive ALL of the following vaccines:
Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, Pneumococcal vaccine, IPV, and Influenza
This is clearly experimental and has not been studied for either safety or efficacy.
According to the Nuremberg Code, which was established in response to the horrific war crimes committed against prisoners during World War II, there are a number of rules that must be obeyed with regard to the performance of medical experiments on human beings.
The rules set forth in The Nuremberg Code dictate, among other things, that
“The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.” (citation)
Clearly, when the number of deaths from the hepatitis B vaccine (1022) is at least 340 TIMES the number of deaths that could be expected in children under 15 as a result of hepatitis B infection (3), we can say with certainty that this is in violation of the Nuremberg Code.
Is this a case where we can say with confidence “When we KNOW better, we DO better?”
For many parents I know, the above quote from Maya Angelou is the case, particularly for those of us who have experienced the trauma of losing a child as a result of vaccine-injury. When our children are harmed by vaccines, many of us turn our efforts toward trying to figure out why. We research and we do everything we can to learn from our mistakes, in hopes of preventing further harm to our children.
The problem is, the same cannot be said for the United States Government, and for the the officials within the government who are charged with making decisions about requirements for vaccination of U.S. children.
Documents from the Institute of Medicine, published in 1994, indicate that there have been serious concerns about the research regarding vaccine safety for nearly two decades. The following is from the conclusions of the IOM report:
“The lack of adequate data regarding many of the adverse events under study was of major concern to the committee… the committee encountered many gaps and limitations in knowledge bearing directly or indirectly on the safety of vaccines. These include inadequate understanding of the biologic mechanisms underlying adverse events following natural infection or immunization, insufficient or inconsistent information from case reports and case series, inadequate size or length of follow-up of many population-based epidemiologic studies…”
(citation: Stratton, K.R., Howe, C.J., & Johnston, R.B., Eds. (1994). Adverse events associated with childhood vaccines: Evidence bearing on causality. Vaccine Safety Committee, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Institute of Medicine. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.)
Documentation of debate that took place at the 2000 Simpsonwood Conference, between officials from the CDC, FDA, and vaccine-industry experts reveals there were serious concerns more than a decade ago about the effects of mercury and aluminum, and about the number of vaccine antigens injected into infants when they are vaccinated according to the CDC’s Schedule. Rather than coming forward with this information and informing parents and the public, the information was kept secret and was only made known after the documents were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. (citation)
Despite these very significant concerns, including those related to neurological damage, learning disabilities, autism and even death, the officials in the U.S. government refused to act and refused to inform the public of the dangers, opting instead to not only keep the schedule as it was, but to continue to ADD new vaccines.
But perhaps we should not expect “THEM” to do better. After-all, we are not talking about parents, we are talking about government entities. The difference between the huge machines that characterize the U.S. government and those of us who are parents is that machines do not have children. Machines are not parents. Machines do not share the same rights and responsibilities to infants and children as the rights and responsibilities of parents.
Parents are the ones who must make medical decisions for their own, individual children. This is true, when we are talking about things like riding a four-wheeler or skateboard, and it is true when we are talking about giving consent for complex medical procedures, including and especially those that are performed on our children.
It would be ideal if we could count on the government to care about the well-being of our children.
It would be ideal if we could count on the government to learn from the deaths of 1022 children, and to change the vaccination policy to prevent future, needless deaths.
History has shown us that if we expect these things from the government, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment, and we are putting our children in harm’s way.
Ultimately, our children are our responsibility. It is our responsibility to care for them and to protect them. That responsibility extends beyond our own homes and our own neighborhoods. Unfortunately, when it comes to vaccines, our responsibility to protect our children includes protecting them from the machines that do not have the capacity to Do BETTER, even when they KNOW BETTER.
For more information about the Hepatitis B vaccine, please read:
To read the real-life story of one child’s vaccine-injury and autism from the hepatitis B vaccine given in infancy, please read:
By Marcella Piper-Terry, Founder of VaxTruth
Note (7/5/2015): The majority of this post comes from a presentation I put together in April 2009. I updated and posted here on VaxTruth in September 2011. It is now 2015 and California has just passed SB277, taking away parental rights to make medical decisions for their children. We all need to be educated about vaccinations, and we all need to realize that the media’s goal is to prevent that from happening. This post is lengthy and contains many links. Please take the time to follow them. You will note that in this post, there is little to nothing mentioned about DTaP or TDaP vaccines. At the time when I gave the original presentation, I had been researching and writing about vaccines for a long time, but I had never researched DTaP or TDaP. Some may view it as a cruel twist of fate that TDaP was the vaccine that nearly killed my daughter in 2010. That experience taught me a big lesson, and it was what led to me raising money to put up billboards to educate other parents in Evansville, Indiana after the state added TDaP to the “mandatory” vaccines for sixth grade students.
I have not yet updated the original post. However, I have since done extensive research on DTaP and TDaP, and have expanded the information on Measles/MMR, Gardasil, and Flu vaccines. Links to that information can be found at the bottom of this post. Please do not skip through. This post, and the posts linked at the end, represent the best information I can offer. Educate before you vaccinate. – Marcella.
When people talk about childhood vaccinations, it becomes almost immediately apparent that this discussion is not one that is likely to be had calmly. I believe that’s because there are basically three “camps” – or three different types of individuals who are likely to engage in this kind of discussion. The first “camp” is the “Official” one. Those who represent this camp are often doctors, nurses, and other “public health officials.” This camp is also represented by the CDC, AAP, and other organizations such as “Every Child By Two.” From the perspective of those in the “Official” camp, vaccines are safe. The argument that is used to prove vaccines are safe is basically, “Because we said so and we are the experts.”
The other two “camps” are composed mostly of parents and grandparents; though admittedly there are some organizations that could be lumped into these groups, as well. VaxTruth, for example, is just one such organization. VaxTruth, like many of the other organizations that are lumped in with the parents, differs from the “Official” groups in that we make no money from either the sale of vaccines or from any other sources related to vaccine uptake: whether it is higher or lower makes no difference to our financial bottom lines. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, we can talk about the remainder of the population who have opinions that are strong enough for them to weigh in, when it comes to vaccines.
Among the “Non-official” participants, there are those who are pro-vaccine and those who are labeled “anti-vaccine.” Among the “Anti-Vaxx” crowd, there is a lot of variability, much of which can be attributed to the “All-or-Nothing” stance we are forced to take, at least here in the U.S. For more about why some of us align ourselves with this Anti-Vaxx group, please read the article, “We Are Anti-Vaccine Wackos. It’s Just What We Do.”
Those parents and grandparents who argue on behalf of the pro-vaccine side do so for their own reasons. I can’t speak for them because I am not one of them. My suspicion is that they argue FOR vaccines because they believe they work and they believe they are safe. I’ll admit, my views about this are from personal experience because I used to believe the same things. Notice the emphasis on belief. Belief is different from knowledge. Knowledge comes from research and experience. Belief comes from what one has been taught to accept without question. This issue of belief is exactly why the debates about vaccines become so heated. It is also why, when you view one of these debates from the sidelines, you may notice that those who have invested the time to do their own research will have more ready access to citations to back up their concerns, whereas those who are relying on beliefs will often use such language as, “I know because my well-respected physician told me” – or – “There is no link between vaccines and autism! It’s been scientifically proven!” One of the things I learned during graduate school is that beliefs are the most difficult thing to change. That’s because they are so deeply held, and because they are taken on faith to be completely true. Sadly, for many of us who now find ourselves in the “Anti-vaxx” camp, it took our children’s health and in many cases, their lives, before we were able to alter our beliefs in the goodness of vaccines.
Without a doubt, the most frequent debate when it comes to vaccines is the one surrounding autism. This brings me to the question, “Has the vaccine-autism question been answered?”
Why don’t we ask Dr. Bernadine Healy, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Click here to read about Dr. Healy’s credentials and to watch an extended video of Dr. Healy’s 2008 interview with Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News.
Not only has the question NOT been answered, it has not even been addressed. Injured children have not been studied because the government is afraid of what they will find. “The public health officials have been too quick to dismiss…”
What does this mean for YOUR child? Well, that depends on if your child happens to be a member of a “susceptible group” who is more vulnerable to vaccine-injury. According to Dr. Healy, it appears there are those within the “Official” medical establishment (funded by the U.S. goverment) that do not care what happens to your child. If your child is one of those susceptible children, then so be it. The death or lifelong disability of your child is deemed by these “Officials” as acceptable collateral damage so that other children can receive vaccinations that protect them from such deadly diseases as measles, chickenpox, and polio. This “greater good” concept is what is used to scare parents into vaccinating their kids, and to shame them into feeling responsible for what happens to other people’s kids if they even think about not vaccinating.
First of all, those “deadly” diseases may not be as monstrous as they are made out to be. Yes, during the early part of the 20th century there were large outbreaks of measles in the U.S., and yes, children did die as a result. However, in order to understand the true role vaccines played (or did not play) in the end of these epidemics, you need to look at the chronological information. Just when did measles stop killing so many people? Just when did the vaccine become available? And just when did the vaccine become widely utilized? Please check out the information available here and see for yourself.
If the previous link did not provide you with enough evidence, this next set of graphs will. In particular, check out not only the natural incidence of decline of infectious diseases; also be sure to check out the increase in chronic illness and the mortality rate among infants and children. You will notice that as the number of vaccines administered to infants and children increases, the number of chronic illness and deaths among this population also increases. Those in the “Official” camp will caution you to just be sure to remember the mantra, “correlation does not equal causation.” Whenever I hear this, most frequently offered by pro-vaccine folks as the stop-gap measure to “prove” there is no association between vaccines and autism, I think to myself, “I wonder how many times the lights have to suddenly go out in the middle of a violent thunderstorm before people can safely say that the lightening strike preceding the thunder and then sudden darkness and silence are causally related?” Of course, in the case of vaccines and autism, we’ve already heard from Dr. Bernadine Healy that the proof of causality, while it exists, is not as strong as it could be because those who make the decisions about what research to pursue refuse to do so because they are afraid of what they will find. I would alter this a bit, proposing that they are not really afraid of what they will find – they know what they will find; they’re terrified that you will find out what they already know, and that when you do, you will stand up and demand they be held accountable for what they are doing.
Aha! you may say…Dr. Healy is only ONE physician and she is no longer the director of NIH anyway. Why should we believe her? Those who have been misled and who believe (as my own family physician did until I gave him the proof) “there is no mercury in vaccines anymore” may think that Dr. Healy’s mention of mercury is proof that she was not up-to-date on this issue when she aired her concerns in 2008. Just to clarify, there is still mercury in many vaccines. You are especially likely to get mercury if you follow the push for yearly flu vaccines. Click here to find out more about mercury in vaccines. Click here to learn more about the flu vaccine.
To see what mercury does to neurons (brain cells), I highly recommend watching this video, from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine (Shown Below). In the interest of informed consent, all parents should be made to watch this video before being allowed to give permission for their child to receive vaccines containing mercury.
If you have read much about vaccine safety, you may be familiar with Dr. Paul Offit; the biggest proponent of vaccines, and member of the Institute Of Medicine (IOM), which has declared with a great degree of certainty that vaccines are safe. I encourage you to watch the video clip below of Dr. Offit, promoting his book about the subject.
Dr. Offit makes a big point of the fact that in the previous year there has been the largest oubreak of measles in decades. 135 cases of measles, and 10% of those children had serious complications – measles associated pneumonia. For clarification: 10% of 135 is 13.5, meaning that when Dr. Offit is cautioning about the impact of measles, he is talking about complications that impacted less than 14 children in the United States in the last year – which was “the largest measles outbreak in years.” What Dr. Offit doesn’t tell you is that more than 50% of the measles cases he talks about have been determined to be from the vaccine strain of measles, meaning the children who got measles either got them from the vaccine, or from being exposed to someone who was shedding the virus after being vaccinated. This is the same thing that happens with many of the polio cases, but Dr. Offit is not going to tell you that. Dr. Offit’s statement that children get 14 vaccines in early childhood is also misleading and greatly minimizes the truth about the number of vaccinations U.S. children currently receive if they are vaccinated according to “The Schedule.” Why would he want to be…less than honest about these facts? Watch the video clip below and draw your own conclusions.
I don’t know if anyone reading this happened to catch the segment of “The Doctors” television show that aired a couple of years ago in May of 2009. The guests that day included Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, and J.B. Handley. If you missed it, you can watch the first part of the debate that ensued below.
And here is the next segment.
J.B. Handley’s response: “It’s maddening for them to put out a statement like that…scientific dishonesty.”
Who are you supposed to believe?
To boost The Doctors’ position that vaccines have been proven safe, Dr. Stork showed a clip from a previous episode where the expert, Harvey Karp, M.D. declared: “A dozen or so large studies that have shown zero association between vaccines and autism.”
That might be pretty convincing, IF any of those studies had included children with autism as part of the subject pool. But wait…this “expert” is declaring that 36 vaccines have been “proven” safe and to have “zero association” with autism, and ALL of that information has been gleaned from “A dozen or so” studies. In order for that to be true, each study would have had to cover 3 different vaccines, since “a dozen” goes into 36 (the number of childhood vaccines) 3 times. I would like to see those studies because I’ve looked at PubMed and they aren’t there.
Remember the American Academy of Pediatrics’ statement on “The Doctors?” Why would they declare 36 vaccines “safe” when only “a dozen or so” studies have been done and none of them have included children with autism? Follow the money.
Fifty-five doses of vaccines by age six. Wait, you might say…I thought it was 36! Thirty-six vaccinations or shots, but because so many are multi-dose shots (DTaP, MMR) when you add them all up, it’s actually 55 doses of vaccines.
Update February 7, 2015: Since this article was first written, there have been some changes. According to the 2015 CDC Childhood Vaccination Schedule, Infants vaccinated according to the schedule can receive as many as 13 vaccines at six months of age, if they receive the MMR, Meningococcal, and Influenza vaccines. The total number of vaccines recommended could be as high as 54 by age six, if the first MMR is given at six months and if the child is deemed “at risk” for meningococcal infection. If you add flu vaccine and TDaP given to mothers while pregnant, the number increases to 58. One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that there has never been a single study done to investigate whether this practice is either safe or effective.
Remember, it’s not just mercury that is neurotoxic, aluminum is a huge problem that most people haven’t even considered at this point. Here is a link to a very informative article about aluminum, which highlights some very good reasons to be concerned about injecting this metal into our children. This article is written by Dr. Robert Sears. Dr. Robert Sears happens to be the brother of Dr. James (Jim) Sears of “The Doctors.” Both are pediatricians, but they apparently have some different views on the issue of vaccine safety. If you saw the episode of “The Doctors,” you may have noticed that at one point after being asked by Dr. Jim Sears about “the scientific studies” showing that diet is effective in treating autism, Dr. Kartzinel spoke about how so many doctors are questioning if diet works, but they are not coming to his clinic and actually talking to parents of kids who are improving. He also made reference to Dr. Robert Sears, saying something along the lines of, “Those who are saying there are no studies are not talking to your brother about what he sees at the clinic.” My hunch is that the reason Dr. Jim Sears appeared more rational and reasonable than Dr. Stork on the subject of vaccine safety is because he has had this conversation many times within his own family. Unlike Dr. Stork, who seems to be married to his position of “Devil’s Advocate” (interesting choice of terminology).
Dr. Stork is okay with talking about ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS as a possible contributing factor in autism, but he adamantly denies that toxins in vaccines (which are injected directly into the bodies of tiny infants) could have anything to do with autism. Let’s ask another physician (one of the .1% who disagrees with Dr. Stork, according to his own estimate) about her experience with autism. Dr. Stephanie Cave is a Family Practice Doctor in Louisiana. She is also author of the book, “What Your Pediatrician May Not Tell You About Vaccinations.” In an interview with Mothering Magazine, Dr. Cave stated:
To read the interview with Dr. Cave in its entirety, click here.
So, which sources of mercury and aluminum should we be concerned about? Even Dr. Stork seems to agree that it’s valid to worry about environmental toxins and their association to autism. There are many environmental sources of mercury and aluminum, especially where I live, in Southwest Indiana. We have a lot of coal-burning power plants, and they put a lot of heavy metals into our environment. When it’s in the air, water, and soil, it’s hard to avoid it, which is exactly why it is so important to be able to detoxify. If your metallothionein is depleted, that’s not going to happen and metals are going to build up in your system. As a side-trip, this might be a good time to mention that when we talk about genetic predisposition and considering which children might be most at risk, we need to consider where the parents live and how many toxins are built up in the mother before she gets pregnant. The message is, “It’s all ADDITIVE.” It’s not JUST the vaccines, but if the mercury and aluminum that is injected into an infant on the first day of his or her life shuts down the baby’s ability to detoxify AND that infant lives in an area with a lot of toxins, ENVIRONMENTAL toxins are going to pose more of a problem for that child.
The problem is, Dr. Stork is thinking just like a traditionally-trained physician who practices traditional western medicine and is not open to considering any other points of view because that would be inconsistent with the party-line. He does not see the cumulative effect of toxins, but only wants to attribute the effects of poisons to those he is not involved in administering. This is the same kind of thought process behind his statement that there are increases in autoimmune diseases and all kinds of other diseases, and using that argument to establish as “truth” the “fact” that there is no connection between vaccines and autism. As Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartzinel pointed out during their visit with “The Doctors,” those other diseases are ALSO related to vaccines.
I found it interesting that nobody on the show brought up aluminum, and how this metal found in vaccines may be related to neurological and cognitive problems like autism and Alzheimer’s disease. On this subject I encourage you to go to PubMed and search for “aluminum with alzheimer’s” – I just did and I got 929 studies.
Do you know anyone with Alzheimer’s Disease? or “Alzheimer’s type dementia?” If you do, I would ask you to envision that older person as a young child with the same problems: memory problems, communication problems, disturbed sleep and wake cycles, anxiety and irrational fears, behavior problems, etc… Sounds like autism, doesn’t it?
Many pediatricians will tell you there is “No mercury in the childhood vaccines” anymore. This is not true. For a list of childhood vaccines that still have mercury (thimerosal) click here. When you are evaluating how much poison is safe for your infant to have injected into his or her body, the following information may be helpful: 12.5 mcg. of ethyl mercury (thimerosal) is 25 times the EPA “safe level” for an adult. When Dr. Cave gave her interview in 2002 she talked about the vaccine schedule at that time, pointing out that at 2 months of age, children were receiving 62.5 micrograms of ethyl mercury from just two vaccinations (Hep B & Hib). 62.5 micrograms in a 10 pound infant is up to 125 times the EPA “safe level.” Dr. Cave went on to explain that mercury is a neurotoxin and as such, inhibits brain function. It also suppresses the immune system.
Dr. Cave relates, “When Hepatitis B began to be administered at birth during the 1990s, we started seeing ear infections beginning around two weeks of age, which was almost unheard of before that…they have antibodies to the basic myelin protein in brain tissue. These antibodies disappear after the children are treated and the mercury is eliminated.”
As noted, this interview was given in 2002, and according to the current information from the FDA and AAFP (American Academy of Family Practitioners) there is no longer 62.5 mcg. of ethyl mercury in the Hep B and HiB vaccine combination. However, as you will see if you check the information for yourself, there is still plenty of mercury to damage your child’s brain, particularly if you follow the newest “guidelines” and get the flu shot every year, beginning in utero. If 62.5 mcg is 125 times the “safe limit” for a 10 pound infant, I wonder how many times the “safe limit” 25 mcg is to a 1 or 2 pound fetus.
Okay, so you now know that mercury is a neurotoxin and it also damages the immune system. If you watched “The Doctors” show, or have seen other interviews of Jenny McCarthy, you probably know that Ms. McCarthy often talks about the importance of dietary changes – specifically the Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet. She has often noted that when she removed casein from her son Evan’s diet “his eye-contact returned.”
If you saw the show, you also heard Dr. Kartzinel talk about how some children produce opiates from certain foods (gluten and casein) and how removing those foods from their diet often leads to improvement in the “symptoms” associated with autism. Here is an explanation of how all of this is related to mercury:
This is why the GF/CF diet works. It is also why it is necessary. Mercury and other heavy metals deactivate the enzyme that breaks down the peptides that are formed from gluten and casein. When they are not broken down, the kid is making his or her own opiates and is therefore spaced out and irritable – just like any other drug addict. This is also why so many kids on “the spectrum” are such picky eaters – they will often ONLY eat things that contain gluten and casein (bread, pizza, pasta, cheese, milk, ice cream, etc.). The reason is because they are not seeking food for nourishment, they are drug-seeking. Just like any other drug addict, they are not interested in eating, they are only interested in obtaining their fix – and they get it from foods that supply gluten and casein. BUT, the important thing to remember, in this conversation, is that mercury inactivates the enzyme that breaks down those two proteins, so if it weren’t for the mercury, would these kids be addicted in the first place? Probably not.
The explosion of autism cases coincided with the doubling and then tripling of the number of childhood vaccines during the 1990s. Mercury was finally “removed” from the “childhood” vaccine schedule in 2002-2004, although there were still stockpiles of vaccines in doctors’ offices after that time. The only way to know if your child was given vaccines containing mercury is to review the vaccine insert information. But, remember, if you are giving the “recommended” annual flu vaccine, your child is still getting 25 mcg. of mercury each year, unless you specifically request a mercury-free vaccine. And there is still mercury in a number of other vaccines, but you have to really look to find it. The language has been changed. Sometimes it is referred to as “a trace” amount that is used in the manufacturing process, but NOT as a preservative. What does that mean? It’s still there – it’s just not labeled as a preservative. So, get the vaccine insert and read it BEFORE you allow anyone to inject anything into your child.
Back to aluminum:
Remember Dr. Offit said that delaying or altering the vaccine schedule would expose more infants to disease…Of particular concern is the Hepatitis B vaccine given at birth. This has whopping amounts of aluminum, which hyperstimulates the immune system and shifts the balance from TH1 to TH2 – towards hyper-responsiveness (allergies, asthma, RSV, ear infections, and autoimmunity). One primary way to avoid this is by not giving the Hepatitis B vaccines unless Mom is positive for Hep B. There are some pretty good arguments that even if Mom is positive for Hepatitis B, the vaccine should be avoided, since by definition giving it after the baby has been incubating for 9 months in the womb of an infected mother is akin to shutting the gate after the cows have gotten out. It may make more sense to test the baby over a period of several months to determine if he or she is hepatitis positive, and to wait and see if he or she clears the virus naturally, as the vast majority of people do.
Unfortunately, we hear from experts like Paul Offit that delaying vaccinations during the first year will expose millions of babies to diseases that are preventable by vaccines. What to do????!!!!
What to do is research for yourself and not buy into the hysteria promoted by those who have so much to gain, monetarily, from vaccinating your children.
Remember, mercury and other metals (including aluminum) damage the immune system and impair the body’s ability to detoxify, making young children more vulnerable to damage from environmental toxins and viral and bacterial infections.
The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for ALL children on the FIRST day of life. Does your child REALLY NEED to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B as an infant? If you (mother or father) are positive for Hepatitis B, then the answer is … Maybe… Maybe Not. This is a decision you will need to make after thoroughly researching all sides of the argument so that you can make an informed decision. If someone in your immediate family, or someone who will be caring for your child on a consistent basis and from whom your child might be exposed to infected blood, then the answer is “possibly – your child is at increased risk.” Otherwise, the answer is “No.”
INFANTS ARE NOT AT RISK FOR HEPATITIS B! In 1991, there were 18,003 cases of hepatitis B reported in the U.S. out of a total U.S. population of 248 million. According to the October 31, 1997 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the CDC, in 1996 there were 10,637 cases of hepatitis B reported in the U.S. with 279 cases reported in children under the age of 14. The CDC stated that “Hepatitis B continues to decline in most states, primarily because of a decrease in the number of cases among injecting drug users and, to a lesser extent, among both homosexuals and heterosexuals of both sexes.”
But Dr. Offit wants ALL babies vaccinated for Hepatitis B, not once but three times. I wonder if that’s because if they are going in for their Hep. B shots, they are also more likely to receive the Rotavirus Vaccine, for which HE developed the patent, which sold for 182 MILLION dollars. Hmmmnnn….
If you think babies and young children should be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease at birth, with a vaccine that contains up to 125 times the “safe” limit of aluminum (according to the EPA regulations), watch the videos below.
Remember when Dr. Kartzinel talked about how there is nothing in medicine that can be utilized universally without some percent of the population having problems? This is an example of what he was talking about. Aluminum is a neurotoxin and it damages the immune system.
So just how much aluminum is in vaccines that are “recommended” for ALL infants living in the United States? And what is the “safe level” of aluminum?
According to the FDA, the “safe level” of aluminum for full-term babies with healthy kidneys is 5 micrograms per kilogram per day. As Dr. Robert Sears points out, using this “safe level” determined by the FDA, a 12 pound, 2 month-old infant should be able to handle “at least” 30 mcg. of aluminum in one day. A 22 pound one year-old infant should be able to handle “at least” 50 mcg. of aluminum in one day. As Dr. Robert Sears states, the FDA “safe level” was determined from studies of premature infants with immature kidneys, so full-term infants with healthy kidneys should theoretically be able to handle more than the “safe level.” However, we don’t know because there haven’t been any studies done – at least none Dr. Sears (or I) could find.
Okay, so how much aluminum is really in the childhood vaccines?
The above information is from Dr. Robert Sears’ article, “Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal?”
So what does this mean for your child, living in the United States and complying with the “recommended” childhood vaccine schedule?
Dr. Robert Sears does the math:
Okay, so going back to the issue of metals depleting metallothionein, and basically shutting down the body’s ability to detoxify other environmental toxins, you may want to ask yourself, is the Hepatitis B vaccine really something my child needs, if I do not have Hepatitis B?
Is your child really at risk for Hepatitis B? And is the risk worth the consequences of injecting aluminum (a neurotoxin and immunotoxin) into your child at levels that are exponentially higher than the “safe level” determined by the FDA?
Question: Is your child really at risk for Hepatitis B?
According to the CDC Guide to Action publication on Hepatitis B (1997):
“the sources of [hepatitis B] infection for most cases include intravenous drug use (28%), heterosexual contact with infected persons or multiple partners (22%) and homosexual activity (9%).”
Although CDC officials have made statements that hepatitis B is easy to catch through sharing toothbrushes or razors, Eric Mast, M.D., Chief of the Surveillance Section, Hepatitis Branch of the CDC, stated in a 1997 public hearing that: ” although [the hepatitis B virus] is present in moderate concentrations in saliva, it’s not transmitted commonly by casual contact.” (National Vaccine Information Center)
Once again, you as a parent are faced with a difficult question: “Who am I supposed to believe?”
Another question you need to ask yourself is “Just how serious is Hepatitis B?” You need to ask this question in order to make an informed decision about whether the risks associated with vaccination outweigh the risks of actually contracting the disease. The following information comes from the National Vaccine Information Center.
Hepatitis B is not a killer disease for most people.
Symptoms of Hepatitis B infection include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, low grade fever, pain and swelling in joints, headache and cough that may occur one to two weeks before the onset of jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and enlargement and tenderness of the liver, which can last for three to four weeks. (YUCK)
Fatigue can last up to a year. (Again, YUCK)
Translation: You will feel REALLY YUCKY for 6-8 weeks, and it may take you a year to recover your energy level to pre-illness status.
According to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (1994): in cases of acute hepatitis B most patients do not require hospital care; 95 percent of patients have a favorable course and recover completely; case-fatality ratio is “very low (approximately 0.1 percent).” (1/10th of 1% or 1 out of 1,000); and Those (95%) who recover completely from hepatitis B infection acquire life-long immunity (this is a good thing).
According to Robbins Pathological Basis of Disease (a medical textbook published in 1994), of those who do not recover completely, fewer than 5 percent become chronic carriers of the virus with just one quarter of these in danger of developing life threatening liver disease later in life.
Translation: Of the 5% of people who do not recover completely from hepatitis B infection, 5% will become chronic carriers and ¼ of them will eventually die from Hep B related liver disease.
What does this mean? It depends on which statistics you look at. Let’s take the worst-case scenario and go with the “200,000 new cases yearly” cited in the 1999 video from ABC’s 20/20 show.
Of the 5% of people who do not recover completely from hepatitis B infection, 5% will become chronic carriers and ¼ of them will eventually die from Hep B related liver disease.
Are we over-reacting and over-vaccinating as a result? Remember, it’s not just the Hepatitis B we have to worry about, it’s the aluminum. We, as parents, have to weigh the actual threat of disease against the cost of “protection.” Given the amount of Aluminum contained in Hepatitis B vaccinations, AND the very low risk of young children becoming infected (if Mom is not infected), this particular vaccine does not seem worth the risk.
If Hepatitis B is not worth the risks associated with injecting aluminum directly into the bloodstream, AND if those who adamantly state that by delaying the Hepatitis B vaccines we, as parents are putting our children’s health at risk, maybe we should start questioning further the advise we are getting from those who rigidly follow the party-line put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Despite the declarations of the AAP and the CDC that the huge amount of money they receive from the vaccine manufacturers does not influence the advice they give to parents, delving further into the facts about Hepatitis B (one vaccine out of MANY the AAP and CDC have declared as “safe”) leads me to believe that these sources may not be completely vested in the best interest of my child – or yours.
PLEASE – do not follow blindly everything you are told by your pediatrician or family physician. Ask first if he or she has actually looked at the science, or if your trusted health advisor is simply following the party-line. And remember – ultimately you, as the parents, are the ones who are responsible (and who will live with the consequences) for the decisions you make about your child’s health. The pediatrician may order the shots, but he or she is not the one who will be raising your child for the rest of his or her life.
Educate before you vaccinate.