It is obvious that there is something we’re missing in our discussions about vaccines, endemic disease, and the possible detrimental side effects related to the current recommended vaccination schedule. Let us remember, first of all, that that the current vaccine regimen is indeed a recommendation, and parents do have the right to alter the schedule or employ another means of protection for the their children, if they so choose or deem necessary. In fact, there is another form of inoculation based on homeopathic principles called homeoprophylaxis, and then there’s always the good old-fashioned method of allowing the immune system to build up natural immunities over time, as it has evolved itself to do (which some would consider quite risky). With homeoprophylaxis, a series of remedies are administered to gradually introduce the body to the very same series of diseases that vaccines purport to offer protection from, albeit without an injection of preservatives and chemicals that bioaccumulate and can cause reactions such as seizures, encephalitis, and neurological diseases.
Many will argue that the risk of having a vaccine reaction is negligible compared to the risk of contracting a serious illness, such as measles, pertussis, diphtheria, chickenpox, or even hepatitis B (which is the very first injection they give to newborn babies in a hospital setting). But is it really? And what kind of “apples to apples” type of statistics do we have to compare anyway? Many vaccine proponents point to the overall decline in infectious disease as evidence that vaccinations are a public health victory. However, improving sanitation and hygiene have also been increasing on that same historical trajectory. How do we know then, that it hasn’t been the development of technologies such as indoor plumbing, wastewater treatment, and disease management that have contributed significantly to the prevalence of these diseases? Or perhaps it is a combination of all these things, as is the case in India recently, which has helped to eradicate some specific infectious diseases. We’ve come a long way in America, just in the last hundred years or so, in terms of public health and our knowledge of pathogens, viruses, and bacteria that cause illness and infection.
Even still, we seem to be learning the hard way about beneficial bacteria, microbiota (which are essential to human immunity), and the necessity of these good germs within the body and without. Nature has a way of taking care of itself, which is something that modern science and the medial industry almost seem to want to ignore completely. We favor technological solutions and biological interventions, often to our own detriment, and possibly even to our own demise. One good example is the effect of prolonged use of antibacterial soap. It has been shown that hand washing is vital to maintaining good health, but soaps that kill any and all germs decimate the good bacteria as well, which can have negative health effects. The same can be said of the use of antibiotics in the raising of livestock. Some intensive animal farmers try to increase profits by overstocking animals in insufficient, crowded, and inevitably unclean environments, and then use antibiotics to try and control the spread of disease. However, the preventative use of antibiotics kills off all the germs and bacteria, and the disease-causing ones gain a foothold by mutating and adapting, which contributes to the problem of antibiotic resistant diseases.
This could also become a problem with vaccination, as the body is overwhelmed with a variety of pharmacologic antigens, in the form of vaccines, which can in turn cause viruses to adapt and become vaccine-resistant. Just as the continual presence of antibiotics in animals can lead to antibiotic-resistant diseases that make animals sick and also end up in our food supply, making us sick as well, the same type of situation may be at play with vaccines which are continuously injected into children. This has happened recently with outbreaks of pertussis in many different countries, and as the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy has noted, “Infectious disease experts have been eyeing waning immunity from acellular pertussis vaccines as a contributor to increasing numbers of cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in several countries, and evidence is mounting that another factor fueling the outbreaks could be that the bacteria are adapting to the vaccine.”
It is a complex situation involving many factors and varied interests, represented on both sides of the discussion. On the one hand, scientists, doctors, and pharmaceutical company representatives have a primarily financial risk involved, as well as concerns involving public perceptions, their own reputations, and their authority to influence public policy. For now, it is still a matter of choice when it comes to the parental decision of whether or not to follow the recommended vaccination schedule. Concerned parents may find comfort in knowing that it’s been found that homeoprophylaxis has had some good results in other countries where it has been applied and studied; so that may be a better option for some. Even though it is unclear whether or not particular vaccines have a primary role in any specific ailments, medical diseases or conditions, it does seem that our current vaccination program somehow contributes to several types of neurological diseases, and disorders affecting the central nervous system. Although it is a difficult discussion to maintain, due to strong opinions on either side of the debate, hopefully this conversation is one that can someday lead to some conclusions, rather than the divisions it seems to have been making as of late.