Response to WA Post article about Vaccines

Recently a friend of mine shared an article written on Washington Post  a while ago about vaccines. This seems to be one of the popular articles that seems to be making rounds in the social media as well even though it is pretty old. As I read through the article, I realized that all the information presented in the article lacked in depth research. I am adding the information that everyone needs to know for each of the questions in the article above. These are my answers to the same questions in the article.

  • Why do kids have to get so many shots at once?

The response fails to inform the readers about the ingredients present in the vaccines but instead only talks about the benefits of the CDC designed vaccine schedule. The ingredients are listed in the CDC website and it is not just the virus or bacteria. Read the list of ingredients present in each vaccine here( http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf ).

  • Isn’t getting all these shots hard on the immune system of such young children?

Again a misleading response which builds on the first. The response misleads the readers to think that only the virus or     bacteria is present in the vaccines. This is not true. Still no mention of mercury, aluminum, MSG and several questionable ingredients. We don’t expose infants and children to the harmful substances present in the vaccines around our house.

The doctor equates the bacteria present in the birth canal with all the harmful bacteria and viruses that are disease causing and are present in vaccines for so called protection. Do you think we have measles, mumps or pertussis causing bacteria/viruses in our birth canal? Human babies have been born through the birth canal ever since humans came into existence. If the bacteria in the birth canal were so harmful, we wouldn’t exist as a species here. What the babies get from the birth canal is just the bacteria and that too good ones which are essential for setting up of good gut flora which is then nourished by breastmilk. Breastmilk contains oligosaccharides which are food to the bacteria in the gut.

Some articles for reading about breastmilk. There are several scientific papers written about it as well.

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/03/how-breast-milk-engineers-a-babys-gut-and-gut-microbes/

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/lab-rat/the-bacteria-in-breast-milk/

http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-delivery-and-breastfeeding-impact-your-babys-gut-bacteria-and-future-health-333150

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-beneficial-gut-microbe-breast.html

For a newborn, the best immune protection is through the breastmilk. The links below contain detailed information about how the antibodies are formed.

http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/how_breastmilk_protects_newborns/

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/814970_2

  • It seems as if children are getting more vaccines than before. Doesn’t that overwhelm their immune system?

The author has hardly taken time to read peer reviewed journals which are in hundreds that say that science has failed w.r.to vaccines. The packed schedule is definitely not as a result of better scientific understanding. Vaccine manufacturer safety studies use another vaccine or older vaccine or everything in the vaccine but the antigen as a placebo. It is never a true placebo. There are websites like http://vaccinepapers.org/ which contain a collection of research related to vaccines done by independent researchers who do not have any affiliation with the CDC or any pharmaceutical companies and is available for everyone to read.

Lesser antigen and more toxic adjuvants are used, because lesser antigen means little or no immune response.

  • Doesn’t it hurt the kids to get so many shots at once?

This question had a very shallow response that was trying to distract the readers from the issue. It does not discuss anything about the toxin overload to the newborn immune system. Is the number of shots a child takes during a visit to the doctor’s office more important to discuss than the amount of toxins that are going to overload an infant’s immune system?

I wish the author and the doctor had taken time to read about all the research pertaining to the blood brain barrier in infants and how aluminium adjuvants and other toxins impact the brain.

  • Some parents say they would prefer to space out their children’s shots. Why is that bad?

Author puts fear in the minds of the readers about parents who space out or refuse the vaccines by saying it is a community issue. There is something called salivary backwash which happens when an infant nurses with his/her mother. The neurons in the breast scan the saliva for any infection and produces the required antibodies. Mothers must be encouraged and taught well to nurse their children.

This article explains it well. https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/backwash-nursing-babies-may-trigger-infection-fighters

  • How do we know that the recommended schedule is the best schedule?

If the guidelines are developed by people whose donors are vaccine companies then it is a conflict of interest no matter how minor. CDC(ACIP) OR AAP take a lot of dollars from Merck, GS, Sanofi Pasteur on a regular basis.

This is the donor list for the CDC foundation. http://www.cdcfoundation.org/FY2016/organizations. How is it possible to assume that there will be no conflict of interest when the pharmaceutical companies are on the donor list? The ACIP is under the CDC, it cannot be assumed to be without conflict of interest as their website claims to. This is the donor list of AAP https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/corporate-relationships/Pages/Friends-of-Children-Fund-President%27s-Circle.aspx. All websites claim that they make sure there is no conflict of interest, but is it truly possible? I am not stating that everyone intends to do wrong things, but human nature in general is that we want to promote what we think is right and tend to ignore contradictory ideas and opinions.

  • Why do so many people think vaccines are dangerous?

The assumption is that all doubts expressed are due to a single study 20 years ago. Any intelligent person researching the issue will surely not be reading a 20 year old study for 2 years and reach the conclusion. Many readers won’t realize that there are hundreds of studies that concerned parents have read and researched for years. A great collection of the vaccine research is available at www.vaccinepapers.org .

I had to write this because the article asked some good questions but did not bother to give well researched answers.

I sometimes feel that the onus is on parents all the time to read, research and decide for their children. Even reading such articles published in the main stream news won’t give them the answers they need. If I had not placed too much trust on this world and media and government and had done my own research during my first pregnancy, I could have prevented my child’s vaccine injury. Parents need to read and research more for their children.

How much do doctors know about vaccines?

We trust our doctors without question sometimes. It is understandable to do that because we assume that it is their job to be aware of everything in the field of medicine. I was someone who trusted doctors with my child. I accepted their suggestions without question. I would like to share something that happened in my first son’s life when he was 6 months old. Years later I discovered some information that has changed my trust in doctors. I still want to give them the benefit of the doubt because they are humans to like us and have the same 24hours in a day and too many things to do in their busy stressful lives as well.
Now to what happened when my son was 6 months old. We had planned to visit India so that the grandparents would see the baby. We had the tickets booked for us to visit in a month. The plan was that I would travel with the infant first and my husband would join me a month later.

Our regular pediatrician advised that we visit a travel clinic before we leave for the trip for travel advisory. As a mother I was excited to see my son making attempts to crawl at 6 months of age. We. visited the travel clinic and the doctor gave my son a flu shot and also the MMR. We as parents were told that it was better to give the shot than risk the disease overseas. Since we were naive new parents we didn’t know what questions to ask, and we approved the Flu and MMR shot. 3 weeks later when we were in India my son’s crawling attempts slowly turned into frog hops. Also 10 days after the MMR while I was traveling in the plane, my infant son’s whole body exploded with severe eczema rashes. I never made the connection of these two events with the MMR shot at the time.

Almost 6 years later while researching about vaccine injury, I learnt that every vaccine comes with a vaccine insert. Since I had read about many parents reporting visible change in their child’s behavior few weeks after the MMR, I was very curious to read the vaccine insert for the MMR.

I was shocked at what I read. The vaccine insert very clearly said MMR has not been tested on infants under 12 months of age. Do not give for infants under 12 months of age.

This prompted me to request medical records from the travel clinic. Because neither me or my husband remembered the doctor discussing this vaccine risk with us. When I got the copy of the medical records, I was even more shocked and angry. The records said in doctor notes the following words ” Discussed vaccine risks and benefits with the parents”

It was a moment of helplessness and disappointment for both of us. We were hoodwinked by the doctor even without the doctor’s knowledge.

Dear parents please be aware that your doctor does not know everything. Also be aware that the source of information for the doctors is not per reviewed scientific journals, it is the CDC. If you think that the CDC is using all the good research out there for their decisions about vaccines that go into our children’s body, you are wrong again. Please do your research before you consent to having your child vaccinated. If you have researched and are convinced to vaccinate you own the decision.

After birth

Right after he was born, my son was given the Hepatitis B and Vitamin K shots like they do in all the hospitals. We were moved from the child birth room to a normal room in the hospital. For some reason, they did not do much of skin to skin contact between mother and child at that time.

We were waiting for a lactation consultant to help us with breastfeeding. Despite me thinking that it was a natural and easy thing for a mother to nurse her child, the opposite was true. Our son could only latch with the nipple shield, which at the time I thought was a failure on my part. This was one of the truths that all the books and articles online wont tell a pregnant mother. Breastfeeding is not natural for everybody, it is a struggle at the beginning.

24 hours after child birth, we were discharged from hospital and sent home. That evening as the baby cried out of hunger and I tried to nurse him, I felt like I did not have much milk to offer the baby. It felt crushing to me that I was failing my baby. I sent my husband to get some formula from the store and fed him. This is another new experience in life when all that knowledge did not help. This was because no one tells you that it will take more than 48 hours for a mother’s body to produce milk. I wish I had known this at the time. After many attempts of pumping and trying to have my son nurse, I was relieved to have a milk supply 3 days later. But by this time, the baby got accustomed to the formula than my milk. With a lot of struggle and learning along the way, I was able to nurse him upto 10 months though not exclusively like I wanted to.

That same night my husband and I noticed that our baby’s eyes were yellowy instead of white. We visited the pediatrician’s office and were told, it was infant jaundice. The pediatrician also told that it was common in a lot of babies. After these many years I have realized that it was actually due to the Hepatitis B vaccine. I didn’t know anything about the vaccines or their ingredients nor had I read any research papers about how the vaccines impact the babies. I thought that the doctors and hospitals know the best and gave approval. Any new parent would do that because no one will tell you to do your research about the vaccines. None of the parenting/pregnancy book will have this information. I didn’t even make the connection that Hepatitis B impacts liver and hence the jaundice.

My baby suffered from eczema from 1 month onwards. Pediatricians will treat eczema as a superficial skin issue and tell us how to treat it superficially. After reading many medical journals now, I realize it was due to the Aluminum in the vaccines.

The information I currently know about vaccines have made me realize that it is a religious violation for our family. We are a Hindu Brahmin family who do not eat chicken, meat etc. Only one person in our family eats eggs, which is our elder son who also has severe life threatening allergies to many things and needs a complete protein source. The following are the vaccine ingredients. I took this information from the CDC( http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf ) website.

  • Human Serum Albumin
  • Fetal Bovine Serum
  • WI-38 (Human diploid fibroblasts) taken from aborted fetal cell
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Aluminum as aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate and many other aluminum salts
  • MRC -5 (Human diploid cells) taken from aborted fetal cells
  • Calf serum
  • formaldehyde
  • Monkey kidney cells
  • Canine kidney cells
  • Chick embryo
  • Porcine or Bovine Gelatin ( usually the source is a pig or a cow)
  • Many more ingredients are listed in the CDC link above.

Please take time to read from the above link. We Indians and those who follow the Hindu religion are not aware of this. We all tend to assume that the vaccines are sterile liquids in a bottle. This is not true. Other than the ingredients the vaccines also contain a lot of contaminants. There are also some questions that you can ask your doctor to know how much they are aware of this.

  1. Hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease. Why are newborns given Hepatitis B shots?
  2. Mothers can be screened for Hepatitis B during pregnancy. So why are mothers not screened?
  3. If the mother is screened and is clear of hepatitis B, then why do they need to give Hepatitis B shots to just born infant.
  4. Ask your doctor about the blood brain barrier of your newborn
  5. Ask why Aluminum which is a neurotoxin is in the vaccine which will be given to infants whose blood brain barrier is not completely formed.
  6. If your newborn gets infant jaundice like mine did after the Hepatitis B vaccine, I want you to make the connection I didn’t make at the time. Hepatitis B as a disease affects the liver, my baby got the jaundice after the Hepatitis B vaccine. Even while writing this I am upset with my old self for not making the connection. But as new parents who are new to everything, it is hard to do so.

Please read the medical paper about Aluminum adjuvants http://omsj.org/reports/tomljenovic%202011.pdf

On the religious front for me, we Brahmins chant the Gayatri Mantra, Pray to gods like Lord Hanuman, Lord Krishna who is also called Gopala (Go- means cow, pala- one who takes care), worship cows when we celebrate Maatu(Cow) Pongal where we decorate cows and also treat cows as one in our family. When I found out about the vaccines it was shocking. I felt that I should be more alert about what happens around me. I woke up that day. I learned that day to not believe everything at face value.

 

 

 

My experience of child birth

It was a mid spring night. Even though the trees showed off their spring blooms, the weather was still rainy and cold. I could hardly sleep because I was at the end of my third trimester and my active baby kept me awake at nights.

When I went to the bathroom I felt my water break. My husband was driving me to the hospital with my mom in the backseat.

With hours of reading pregnancy and child care and child birth books, articles and also taking classes, I was pretty sure we were ready and knew how to handle it all. When we finally reached the hospital and was admitted, my contractions were very mild.

My Obgyn visited me around 6am and saw my smiling face and remarked” You look too happy to be in the delivery room. We have to induce labor since the water has broken.” I would realize a little later that she was right.

With labor being induced slowly the contraction and the pain increased as well. I was squeezing my husband’s hand so hard, he later remarked that he thought he would leave the hospital with fractured fingers. We never know what real pain is until child birth. I gave in and asked for epidural at 5cm dilation. 3 hours after the epidural I started feeling the baby’s head. When I told the nurse she replied, it was too quick. I insisted that she check to make sure. As soon as she checked she went to get the doctor.

Thursday at 4.13pm my son was born. He was very pink and rolled his eyes every where while crying. He had an APGAR score of 9. I was a relieved and exhausted woman who had become a mother.

Years later in my life I would realize that a lot of parents are asked to make decisions for their new born baby when they are exhausted, excited, tired, recovering and learning to breastfeed. All the parenting books and articles that we read a lot of times simply do not cover everything parents need to know.

Moments after child birth are reserved for the next post. I will also write a few questions that a parent must ask but I couldn’t. I couldn’t ask because I didn’t acquire the knowledge through all my reading