Immunization is the process of developing an immune response to a vaccination (shot or liquid). The goal of vaccines is to stimulate long lasting immunity to a disease. A vaccine may be given by a shot or by mouth (rotavirus and polio). The ingredients in the vaccination are called antigens. Antigens cause the body to produce an immune response. So becoming immune to a disease is the immunization process that should happen when one is given a vaccine.
Since graduation from medical school in 1984, I readily admit that I am still ‘practicing medicine.’ With regards to what I know about immunizations, I continue to study and learn. In this process I have learned many things about the immunization process.
If you are already convinced regarding your opinion about vaccinations, you may not benefit from reading this newsletter. I have a plaque in my office that reads, “Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind is already made up.” I doubt that I will change your opinion, but I hope that you will read this with an open mind, especially nurses and physicians.
Children have been expelled from school because they would not take the Hepatitis B vaccine. Health care professionals are often forced to comply with all hospital-mandated vaccines. Parents are intimidated by nurses and physicians during routine office visits telling them that their children should receive all of the CDC recommended vaccinations.
Is it possible that there is harm regarding vaccinations that we are not aware of?
As a Family Physician, I was trained to abide by the CDC immunization guidelines. Board examinations include questions regarding the immunization schedules. Approximately 10 years after graduation, I became concerned about the increasing number of neurological cases that seemed to coincide with vaccinations. The medical literature in the United States did not publish anything to imply vaccinations were bad. Anyone who suggested there might be problems with the preservative, Thimerosal, was labeled a quack.
I regret that it took me a long time to begin to see that there probably are challenges with vaccinations, especially the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. Recently, a whistle blower admitted to deceptive techniques in their reporting of CDC data. The deception continues when parents are led to believe that “preservative free” actually means preservative free. Preservative free now means the Thimerosal preservative was replaced with aluminum as the preservative. Babies who receive the CDC recommended immunizations will receive 5,000 mcg (5 mg) of aluminum by 18 months!
It is time for the medical community to consider potential problems with vaccines. It does not matter whether one is sincerely wrong regarding vaccines, orsimply wrong. Wrong is wrong!
“Primum non nocere” is the Latin translation of the original, well known Greek phrase, “First, do no harm.” This phrase has been attributed to Hippocrates. Variations of this phrase are incorporated into oaths that some graduating medical students recite.
According to Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor for Harvard Health Publications, this phrase is not found in Hippocratic writings. A similar phrase is found in a statement in a publication by Hippocrates, Of the Epidemics. This is a series of books that describes the signs and symptoms of the ill observed by Hippocrates. In this series, it seems as though Hippocrates is attempting to describe his medical findings to a lay audience.
“The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future — must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm.”
We should heed Hippocrates’ advice with regard to vaccinations. It is imperative to consider the potential link between aluminum and it’s negative impact on the brain. The CDC and others doing immunization research should be forthright regarding their research protocols, methods of data collection, and reporting.
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