“In a sane and sensible society, and one which was not dominated by drug company greed, all vaccinations, if considered necessary at all, would be done using homoeopathy. All parents are entitled to the right to choose what is best for their children”
By Dr Sheila L.M.Gibson M.D. B.Sc. M.F.HOM.
Vaccinations in the UK began with the work of Dr Edward Jenner at the end of the 18th century. He had observed that milkmaids who were exposed to cowpox from their cows did not usually develop smallpox and he developed the idea that if people were given cowpox, which was a mild disease, they would be immune to the ravages of smallpox. The term vaccination comes from the Latin vacca, a cow, since it was the cowpox pustules on cows that were used to ‘vaccinate’ the people.
As this treatment seemed to be successful, the idea was gradually extended to other infectious diseases, once the infecting agents had been identified. Two approaches were developed. Immune sera from people who had had the diseases could be injected into other people to protect them from the disease or to treat early cases of it. This is known as passive immunisation and is not long lasting. The other approach was to give the active agent in a killed or attenuated form to stimulate people to produce their own antibodies, active immunisation, which theoretically is much longer lasting.
The theory behind immunisation/vaccination is that people who have had an infectious disease produce antibodies to that infecting agent, whether bacterial or viral, and so are unlikely to catch that disease again. By exposing people to the killed or attenuated infecting agent before they are infected by that disease, they should be protected from ever developing it.
This idea had enormous appeal in the early 20th century when infectious diseases were more common than they are now. It was thought that by vaccinating children to these diseases, the diseases could be wiped out and a ‘herd immunity’ established.
Reflection on modern western society
However in practice nothing is ever as good as it seems to be in theory. When babies are born their immune systems are far from mature. They start to become immunocompetent only from about the age of six months, nature intended that this vulnerable period in their lives would be covered by passive protection from the mother who passes antibodies to her baby in her breast milk, and particularly in the colostrum which is the milk produced in the first day or two of the infant’s life. As breast-feeding is ideally continued for six to nine months, the infant’s immune system should be up and running by the time breast feeding ceases. It is a sad reflection on modern western society that breast-feeding is now the exception rather than the norm. This leaves babies at risk of infections, particularly those in the lower social classes and those in large families where there is a greater risk of being infected by older siblings.
As a result, vaccination schedules are now begun earlier and earlier in the baby’s life. Where once vaccinations were not given before the baby’s immune system began to mature, between six months and a year, the programmes now start at the age of two months. There are two big problems with this.
In the first place, the baby’s immune system is far from mature and is incapable of responding normally to the challenging antigen. This may be one reason why the vaccination programmes are far from effective. In the second place, where vaccinations were once given singly, giving the immune system the opportunity to respond adequately, now six or seven antigens are given at once. The rationale is that this is less traumatic for the baby and involves fewer appointments at the GP’s surgery. However, the immune system is not geared to cope with so many antigens at once. In nature we are usually exposed to only one infectious diseases at a time. In the case of viral infections the body produces interferon which effectively blocks the penetration of any other viruses. Multiple antigen exposure, which confuses the immune system, may be another reason why vaccination is often ineffective…
NamasteNotes: Further information – Previous issues of Namaste: Vol. 7 Issue 4 – Jon Rappoport Interviews a former Vaccine Reseacher, Inside the Vaccine Establishment, Vol.8 Issue 2 – Betrayal, by Mark Sircus
Websites: Dr. Joseph Mercola: Author of the Total Health Program, Vaccination and Allergy Citations htttp://www.mercola.com/article/vaccines/citations.htm
Dr. Classen’s excellent vaccine website: http://www.vaccines.net/
(USA) Vaccination: The Hidden Truth
90 min video – Should we shoot first and ask questions later? Was it vaccines that saved us? Why aren’t they working? How are many statistics misleading? What do vaccines contain? What are they doing, now and irreversibly, to our future? Are childhood diseases dangerous to the healthy? Why does vaccination continue? Features five medical doctors, Dr. Vera Schiebner, other researchers, references, experiences.
Vaccination: 100 YEARS of Orthodox Research by Dr Vera Scheibner.
This book is a concise summary of the results of orthodox medical research, vaccines and their effects. It aims to inform medical professionals, parents of small children and the general public about short and long-term dangerous side-effects of vaccines, including brain damage and death; of the ineffectiveness of vaccines in preventing infectious diseases, as shown by epidemics in fully vaccinated populations; and the causal link between DPT and polio vaccines and cot death.
Dr. Vera Scheibner is a retired Principal Research Scientist with a doctorate in Natural Sciences.
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