The controversy of vaccinations has led to a whole industry of advocacy groups – some protesting for "green" vaccines, some for the removal of mercury, others for vaccine choice and even pro-life groups speaking against the use of aborted fetuses in vaccine production.  With all of these issues, and fingers pointed at so many potential problems in vaccines, it is easy to miss one of the most important issues of all:  Are vaccines even effective or useful to begin with?

This is a premise that is assumed to be true in most cases… but what if it's not?  Would there be any need to try to produce vaccines without mercury, without retrovirus contamination, or without infected, aborted fetal tissue? 

Based on my understanding of the whole theory of vaccination, even if I was offered the "greenest" vaccine, free from the usual heavy metals, contaminants and carcinogens, I would still refuse it, even in the midst of an outbreak.   This may seem absurd and even totally extreme to some readers but my position is based on not only science but logic.

It is believed that vaccines prevent disease because they can cause the body to produce antibodies. This theory is only important if you accept the premise that antibodies in the blood create immunity to disease.  The antibody theory of immunity was built from the understanding of the immune system that was accepted in the early 1900's when vaccines were invented.  In actuality, the antibody theory was disproven over 50 years ago, meaning that modern science has PROVEN that antibodies do not equate immunity.  This fact has been demonstrated in several different ways.  First, it has been shown time and again that individuals with high levels of antibodies can contract the very disease for which they are supposedly protected.  In fact, after researching all the outbreaks in the last several years, to my knowledge in every single case, a large majority of infected people are always fully vaccinated.  A great example was the mumps outbreak in Brooklyn in February 2010, which was named the worst outbreak since 2006 by The New York Times.  In this instance, over 75% of the infected people had been fully vaccinated.  Further evidence mounts against the antibody theory of immunity with the fact that research has shown that individuals with low or zero antibody levels exhibit immunity.  In a diphtheria lab in Great Britain during an outbreak, no correlation between antibody level and immunity could be found.   Furthermore, some people suffer with a condition called agammaglobulinaemia.  In simple terms, this means their body cannot produce antibodies.  If the theory that substantiates vaccines were true, people with this condition would be absolutely doomed.  They would never be able to obtain immunity for any disease.  However, in real life, these individuals not only recover from disease incidence almost as rapidly as their peers, but in addition, exhibit good immunity to further exposures.  To make this case for vaccines even weaker, vaccines are not even highly effective at raising antibodies to begin with.  For this reason, booster shots to revaccinate children are added to the vaccine schedule almost yearly.  But the #1 reason that I would refuse any and every vaccine is because of the true effect they have on the immune system.  Rather than causing immunity, vaccines paralyze the immune system, leaving it disabled.  If you don't know how vaccinations shift the body toward allergy and autoimmunity, watch for my next blog post. 

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It is so common to associate the symtpoms of allergies with coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and rashes.  But what would shock most parents is that physical problems, like allergies, can be a key factor in their child's out-of-control behavior, meltdowns, and poor decision-making.

A study was conducted in a juvenile detention center in the US that confirmed the role of allergies in behavior.  First, tests confirmed that dairy allergy is unbelievably common among these troubled children.  In fact, a stunning 70% of the juveniles that were tested were allergic to milk.  To evaluate the relationship between the known milk allergy and behavior, milk was removed from the list of beverages offered in the detention center.  In fact, orange juice was used as a substitute.  It was documented that the amount of unacceptable behavior and violence decreased substantially.  Just to test the hypothesis that the improvement in behavior was indeed linked to the allergy, milk was reintroduced to the diet.  This corresponded with a direct increase in both aberrant and violent behavior.

The sad fact is that behavior is influenced by far more that the child or adult's desire to act appropriately.  Various problems in the body, that are actual medical conditions, affect the brain and in turn, can result in neurological and behavioral changes.  Yet, this is a factor that remains unconsidered most of the time.  Instead, there are thousands and thousands of children whose conditions go undiagnosed.  And the only option given to parents is to somehow cope or medicate. 

Medicating can have serious consequences, let alone the fact that it rarely addresses the cause of the problem.  A perfect example is the drug, Ritalin, used commonly for children that have behavior challenges.  In the USA, with about 5% of the world's population, we consume over 85% of the world's Ritalin.  Ritalin is classified by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) as a class II narcotic, just like speed and cocaine.  This means it carries the same potential for abuse as these other street drugs.  Even more startling is that laboratory animals make no distinction between cocaine and Ritalin.  It literally takes a chemist to differentiate the two powerful drugs.  There has been no long term study showing the effects of Ritalin on brain development.

The greatest grief is for children who somewhere along the path to adulthood end up detained and actually lose their freedom because no one knew they were suffering with a physical ailment.

An alarming number of children on the autism spectrum and with ADHD suffer with allergies, both food and inhalant.  For this reason, specialized diets and methods to regulate the immune system have shown amazing success for thousands of families.

The day couldn't arrive quickly enough when a substantial percentage of healthcare providers are knowledgable about the true factors affecting children with chronic illness.

If your child suffers with unexplained or uncontrollable  behavior, see a healthcare provider that can further investigate if allergies may be a factor. 

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