Immunity and Health Pt 2 – The Vaccination Debate

March 13th, 2016

 

 


 

 

“A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)”
― Seth Mnookin, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear

 

 

Last week we looked at some ways our immune system is trained to protect us in adult life. This week we look at some of the pros and cons of medical science’s attempt to help things along with the aid of vaccines.

 

On the one hand…

 

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Articles and reports emphasising the dangers of what can happen if one does not get immunised has been in the news more often in recent times. This is perhaps because more people are not choosing, or outright refusing to have themselves or their children take the immunising vaccines.

 

Approximately one in a thousand people to contract measles for example risks developing complications that can be life-threatening. The most serious of these include meningitis and encephalitis. Pro-vaccination groups warn against old disease epidemics returning if vaccination is not maintained.

 

 

On the other hand…

 

Those with a memory of the swine flu scare may recall the cases of narcolepsy and damage to pregnant mothers and their children as a consequence of the swine flu injection. Such things are not uncommon in the history of vaccinations but is something that has been considered by medicine as statistically acceptable. Well, except when it happens to us, I suppose.

 

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Swine flu managed to achieve an epidemic rating by the World Health Organisation which, by law, required participating countries to fund and supply a vaccine if one existed. Mysteriously, one appeared in record time. I make mention of this because new diseases usually mean medicines and vaccines have to undergo a long testing period in order to ensure patient safety as much as possible.

 

 

The rise of the vaccine business

 

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The eerie silence that followed the swine flu epidemic was strange. Something that had been promoted as a threat to health at a global scale was suddenly yesterday’s news. So what became of it?

 

While swine flu may have been brushed under the mat, the vaccination business has thrived – or at least is trying to. Specialist vaccination centres have arisen seemingly overnight and independently of the usual local medical centres where they were most commonly administered.

 

The media has been complicit in this with horror stories of unvaccinated children posing a threat to others in schools and day-care centres. Public shaming of parents or others who resist vaccination or question the contents of vaccines and their safety has become common place. Claim and counter claims, information and disinformation abound. Let us look at some of them

 

Case 1. A discredited doctor and the case for vaccination

 

Perhaps the most infamous case regarding refuted claims of vaccinations dangers was regarding one Dr. Andrew Wakefield. His 1998 research paper claiming a link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and a rise in autism and bowel disease was subsequently found to have had falsifications and exaggerations of key statistics in his data.

 

Dr. Wakefield was subsequently struck off the UK medical register. His critics hold him accountable for causing a generation of parents to become wary of vaccinations causing the re-emergence of diseases like whooping cough and measles once considered to be all but eradicated.

 

 

Case 2: A dead doctor, nagalase and the sabotage of the immune system

 

Dr James Jeffery Bradstreet was another controversial figure in the vaccination debate. He was a subject of an article in the Washington Post.  (for the article link click here)

 

“James Jeffrey Bradstreet was one of the world’s most famous — or infamous — physicians. He believed vaccines caused autism. He even testified so before Congress. Twice.

But he didn’t just rail against Big Pharma. He also tried to beat it.”

 

The video below shows a brief interview in his European research laboratory.

 

 

Dr. Bradstreet’s research was primarily in autism. While researching this he found that some vaccines contained a substance that, for any sane or logical reason, should not have been present: Nagalase.

 

Nagalase (α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase to give it its proper name) is an extracellular matrix-degrading enzyme that is secreted by cancerous cells in the process of tumour invasion. It is also an intrinsic component of the envelope protein of various viruses, such as HIV and the influenza virus. Thus, it is also secreted from virus-infected cells.

 

 

Consequences of a compromised immune system

 

Remember how in part one of this series we said macrophages also worked as an amplifier of the immune system? They do this by binding to vitamin D3 to create MAF (Macrophage Activating Factor). Nagalase very specifically targets and destroys this ability of macrophages to bond with Vitamin D.

 

How specifically? On a huge protein molecule with millions of electro bonds it targets only the 420th position. That is enough to sabotage the rallying call to the immune system by macrophage-vitamin D bonding. We can now appreciate why cancer cells which secrete nagalase are so effective.

 

It is also a contributing factor in our underlying inflammatory response and is therefore linked to diseases most prevalent and damaging in modern health:

 

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Arteriosclerosis and heart disease
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • 80% of children suffering from autism showed high levels of nagalase which suggests it has a role to play there too.

 

 

 “A reasonable request”: What business has nagalase doing in vaccines?’

 

 

While that is indeed a good question to ask, it will not be the subject of this blog however. Instead of entering into the world of conspiracy theories just yet a few facts should be considered.

 

  • Bradstreet claimed that treating patients with MAF could significantly reduce evidence of autism in children. He also theorised that there was evidence to support it reversing nagalase’s effects in cancer. Admittedly, he was also ridiculed in some areas of the press and medical community for his claims.
  • Bradstreet was found dead from gunshot wounds in June last year. His European laboratory has been shut down. While his death was reported as suicide his friends and colleagues refute this.

 

 

Case 3. A government protects it citizens

 

The ‘Big Brother’ accusations about collusion between government and big business (in this case, the pharmaceutical industry) don’t always hold up. Sometimes the reverse happens where government limits or removes medicines/vaccine. Here is an excerpt from Merola.com about the withdrawal of the swine flu vaccine in Sweden due to side effects of narcolepsy.

 

“Sweden, like so many other countries, carried out a vaccination campaign against the swine flu from mid-October 2009 through March 2010. In Sweden, an estimated 67 percent of all children and adolescents under the age of 20 were vaccinated, and about 51 percent of all adults.

 

However, it quickly became apparent that this vaccine was different than previous seasonal flu vaccines. The first cases of narcolepsy were reported in the spring of 2010. A year later, in March 2011, a registry study from the Swedish Lakemedelsverket (Medical Products Agency) showed that children and teens injected with the H1N1 vaccine Pandemrix (made by GlaxoSmithKline) had a four-fold increased risk of contracting narcolepsy, a devastating sleeping disorder, compared to non-vaccinated children and adolescents. As a result of these findings the Swedish Medical products Agency (MPA) concluded that the vaccine should be withdrawn from use in children and adolescents.”

 

Here is a case of a government acting against vaccination where there is reasonable evidence that it presents a clear and present danger to the health and welfare of its citizens.

 

At the time of this writing a landmark court decision regarding compensation for the adverse health affects of the swine flu vaccination has just been reached in Australia. The article is linked here.

 

 

 Self empowerment: Always look on the bright side of life

 

 

It is important to remember amid these claims and counter claims that we can choose to take command of our own health. The same wealthy nations that can afford vaccines can also afford to choose healthy, organic produce to eat, fresh and/or filtered water to drink. They can take the time to exercise their body with training, their mind with education and meditation. They can create the time for creativity, joy and love. These form the best immunity of all.

 

In a happy coincidence, the matter of what we can do to maximise our own immune system will be the subject of the third and final part of this series.

 

 

Till we are all immune to the Monday blues at least

 

 


 

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