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Please use Tylenol with extreme caution

Do you ever find it overwhelming being a parent?  I don’t mean just the baby crying while the dishes and laundry pile up overwhelming.  There is that.  What I mean is the overwhelming responsibility of making the best decisions for your children.  There are always conflicting opinions on topics and you feel like you need a PhD to raise a baby.  This is one of the reasons I like’s forums.  I can hear topics I might not have stumbled across before.  Other, like minded mamas, do research on a myriad of different issues.  Of course, you have to do your own searching to make an informed decision but working outward from someone else’s information is a great way to start.

With that in mind I was recently disturbed by some information about a common drug we all take and probably give to our little ones.  J_Mac has given me permission to re-post her information here for your information.  I believe her research is wonderfully presented in the context of her own search for her son’s health.

We would like to think that we give tylenol because it was conclusively found to be safer for children than aspirin, right?  A deeper look might be very eye opening.

Please read carefully, because this is very long, but very important:

I’m going to start off by saying outright that I strongly believe that Tylenol is behind the rise of not only autism, but the other childhood “A” disorders, including asthma, allergies and ADHD.

It’s only a very strong hunch, but after countless hours researching this issue, all signs point right back at Tylenol.

A few months ago, my 14 year old autistic son began exhibiting extremely aggressive behaviors. They coincided around the time we started working with a behavioral analyst who would give him skittles as a reinforcer. Over a period of about 5 days, he had ingested quite a few of these. (Ordinarily, I don’t let him have very much of that sort of thing, but his behavioral analyst made it clear that we needed to have some sort of “reward” for him.) Over that 5 day period, he became very agitated, waking during the night, and just constantly wandering throught the house, acting very strangely. He attacked me, pulling my hair, and biting me. He also engaged in self-injurious behavior, hitting his head with whatever was close by, and lying down on the floor, violently banging his head into it. His behavioral analyst was at my house during one of these attacks, and we both agreed that this was very strange, and she thought maybe he was acting out because he was in pain. I gave him some Tylenol that evening, and took him to his pediatrician the next morning, to have her look him over. She couldn’t find anything obviously wrong with him, other than his throat appearing a little red. I mentioned that his behavioral analyst had recently gotten over strep throat, and maybe he had been exposed. He wouldn’t allow her to get a throat culture, so she gave me a prescription for an antibiotic and some Tylenol #3 and instructed me to give this to him for a couple of days to see if pain really was the problem. After a couple of days of round the clock dosing with the antibiotic and Tylenol #3, there was absolutely no improvement in behaviors, so I discontinued both and started researching online. I came across the Southampton study wrt food dyes/sodium benzoate.…additives.html

This made perfect sense to me, since the behaviors had started within days of the skittles. So, I eliminated everything in my house that contained FD&C food colorings, and over a period of a few days, the behaviors went away, and didn’t return for about 3 weeks.

The behaviors slowly started coming back though, which led me to trying the Feingold diet, (the ADHD diet) and we had a few weeks of good behavior, but there were still times that I felt he was reacting to certain foods, because I was noticing his ears turning red, and he seemed headachey, (rubbing his head a lot). Tylenol is the only OTC pain med approved on Feingold, so each time he had these red ear/headachey episodes, I would give him a dose.

We eventually got to a point where he seemed to be reacting to everything he ingested. His behaviors were becoming out of control again, and he even ended up in the state hospital on 3 separate occasions over a 2 month period, due to his self-injurious and aggressive outbursts. I wasn’t getting anywhere with any of the doctors that saw him up to this point, so a googling I went again, and found this:…photransferase

Dr. Rosemary Waring’s research shows that the lack of sulfate is the primary problem in 73% of these children (another study found low levels in 92%), but all of those Waring checked had a low PST level too. Similar sulfate deficiencies have been reported in people with migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, and other allergic conditions all of which are anecdotally reported as common in the families of people with autism. Adequate sulfoxidation requires adequate supplies of B-vitamins, especially vitamin B6. The PST enzymes are inhibited or overloaded by chocolate, bananas, orange juice, vanillin, and food colorants such as tartrazine. Removal of these from the diet and supplementation of sulfates may well relieve all these symptoms. The lack of sulfation could well be due to the largely carbohydrate diet of most of these children. It is likely a combination of all these things. In any case, toxic compounds of these aforementioned chemicals can build to dangerous levels. A high value for the tIAG (?) as well as a high reading for DHPPA (rather HPHPA-a phenolic metabolite of tyrosine) both indicate a PST problem.

I read with horror this paragraph:

“Since sulfur intake is low, and its oxidation is slow in many autistic children, sulfate is low, and PST activity is slower than it would be otherwise. It would seem that this sub optimality of sulphotransferase activity is a function of low plasma sulfate levels rather than of deficits in the actual enzyme. Cellular level enzymatic effects of mercury’s binding with proteins include blockage of sulfur oxidation processes and of the neurotransmitter amino acids. These have been found to be significant factors in many autistics. Thus, mercury, and any foodstuff that requires or uses up sulfate ions during its metabolism, will make the situation worse. These foodstuffs include foods that supply neurotransmitters, like bananas (serotonin), chocolate (phenylethylamine), and cheese (tyramine), apple juice (and one mother reports her child drank a quart a day!), citrus fruit juices, and paracetamol (Tylenol™). For instance, one or two minutes after a dose of Tylenol™, the entire supply of sulfate in the liver is gone!”

I couldn’t believe it, because I had indeed given him Tylenol multiple times, and this explained why he was reacting to everything, in addition to craving foods like bananas and apples!

After the second admission, I contacted Thoughtful House in Austin for help. The psychiatrists that were seeing him were of absolutely no help. They insisted that this was a hormonal change, and that boys with autism act this way when they hit puberty, and my only options were to medicate him or institutionalize him. This was unacceptable. I knew there was more to it, and so did the staff at Thoughtful House. It’s a long story, but he is doing better now as a result of the elemental diet they placed him on.

While at the local hospital, awaiting transfer to the state hospital, a news story came on about a link between Tylenol and asthma. I was intrigued, but didn’t have time to study it too closely at that time. After my son was discharged from the hospital, and seemed to be doing better, I was able to devote more time to this Tylenol issue.

I found the story about the link between prenatal Tylenol use and asthma, and went to pubmed, to see if I could find the original study. To my surprise, I found SEVERAL studies, going back almost TEN years that show a link to Tylenol and asthma and allergies. I was stunned.…ubmed_RVDocSum

A growing number of studies show that regular use of acetaminophen (paracetamol) carries a dose-dependent risk of developing allergies in general and asthma in particular and of worsening other respiratory diseases and lung function. The most disturbing finding has come from the population-based Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, in which use of paracetamol-but not aspirin-in late pregnancy was positively associated with asthma when comparing children whose mothers took paracetamol “sometimes” and “most days/daily” with those whose mothers never took it. Assuming a causal relationship, the percentage of asthma attributable to paracetamol use in late pregnancy was 7%. In this review, we present data from the most important studies published since 2000. Although the pathophysiology remains unclear, the available data justify a warning to the general public that the uncritical use of over-the-counter acetaminophen can lead to the development of allergies and asthma, even in utero.…ubmed_RVDocSum

The prevalence of asthma has increased worldwide. The reasons for this rise remain unclear. Various studies have reported an association between acetaminophen, a widely used analgesic, and diagnosed asthma. In a prospective cohort study, the rate of newly diagnosed asthma was 63% higher among frequent acetaminophen users than nonusers in multivariate analyses. Studies of patients with asthma suggest that acetaminophen challenge can precipitate a decline in FEV(1) > 15% among sensitive individuals. This article reviews the existing literature and evaluates the epidemiologic and pathophysiologic evidence underlying a possible link between acetaminophen and asthma.…ubmed_RVDocSum

INTRODUCTION: A link between regular paracetamol intake and asthma in adults has recently been postulated. Detoxification of paracetamol may deplete stores of glutathione, which is one of the major antioxidants present in the lung. A reduced source of glutathione in the lung may lead to increased oxidative damage to the epithelium and hence increased frequency and severity of asthma attacks in susceptible individuals. AIM OF STUDY: This study aimed to determine whether regular intake of maximum therapeutic doses of paracetamol reduced serum antioxidant capacity in healthy volunteers. METHODS: Fifteen young healthy volunteers (nine men, six women, mean age 21.3 years, range 19-32) took maximum therapeutic doses of paracetamol (1 g four times a day) for 14 days. On days 0 and 14 blood samples were taken at baseline and hourly for a period of 4 h following ingestion of 1 g paracetamol. Single venous blood samples were collected 1 h after ingestion of 1 g paracetamol on days 4, 7 and 10. Blood samples were analysed for serum paracetamol concentration and total antioxidant capacity. RESULTS: Mean total antioxidant capacity was significantly reduced over the 3-h post-dosing on both days 0 and 14 (P < 0.01). The results from days 4, 7 and 10 showed a trend towards reduced antioxidant activity over time. On day 14 values were consistently lower compared with the corresponding times on day 0 (P < 0.01 at 0, 1, 3 and 4 h, P < 0.05 at 2 h). CONCLUSIONS: Chronic ingestion of maximum therapeutic doses of paracetamol depletes serum antioxidant capacity in healthy volunteers in as few as 14 days, possibly by a reduction in glutathione. This may have implications for analgesic use in asthmatic individuals. Further studies are now required to assess the impact of paracetamol on antioxidant defences in the lung.

Tylenol is known to deplete glutathione, (this is why an overdose will kill you-it exhausts the body’s supply of glutathione, and the liver can no longer excrete it) which my son’s metabolic profile did show that he was deficient in. Glutathione is the body’s “master antioxidant” and is essential for eliminating toxins, including mercury, from the body. Studies are showing that many autistic kids are deficient in glutathione, and also have abnormalities with sulfation.

Lots of good information here, too……1155402/pg_10/

I believe that this may possibly explain why babies so often get ear infections that first year of life. I believe that the Tylenol that is taken by the pregnant mother, as well as the tylenol given along with vaccines is depleting glutathione to a small degree in the ear canal, making it harder to the body to fight off the infection on its own.…ubmed_RVDocSum

BACKGROUND: The inflammatory cells documented in chronic otitis media with effusion (OME) spontaneously release oxidants which can induce middle ear (ME) epithelial cell damage. Glutathione (GSH), a major extracellular antioxidant in humans, plays a central role in antioxidant defense. PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of GSH treatment on chronic otitis media with effusion (OME). SUBJECTS AND INTERVENTION: Sixty children with chronic OME were enrolled, 30 of whom were randomly assigned to the treatment group and 30 to the placebo group. Patients in the treatment group received 600 mg glutathione in 4 mL saline per day subdivided into five 2-minute administrations given by nasal aerosol every 3 or 4 waking hours for 2 weeks. Patients in the control group received 4 mL saline per day following the same procedure as for GSH treatment. RESULTS: Three months after therapy improvement had occurred in 66.6% of patients in the GSH-treated group and in 8% of the control subjects (P <.01). CONCLUSION: On the basis of these results, GSH treatment could be considered for the nonsurgical management of chronic OME.

I believe these frequent ear infections in the first year of life, and the medications used to treat them are setting these kids up for a perfect storm by depleting their sulfates, stripping their gut flora, and depleting their glutathione. The MMR is one in which very high fevers are often reported, and if the gut integrity is already under stress, and more Tylenol is administered, you’re only asking for trouble.

For years, I had thought that only vaccines were the cause of my older son’s autism. So much so, that I refused to vaccinate my younger son. However, that child also started showing signs of autism, (mostly in the way of speech delay-he is nowhere near as severly autistic as my older son, and will likely lose his diagnosis of PDD-NOS as he gets older.) I took Tylenol very frequently during the end of my pregnancy, due to severe back pain, as well as taking Tylox (which contains acetaminophen) for pain after my cesarean. My younger child also has mild asthma.

Many of the medications that are given to women after birth contain acetaminophen (Tylox, Darvocet, Lorcet, Lortab, etc).

Another thing that I discovered is that the practice of administering Tylenol before vaccinations is not supported by scientific evidence.

I’ve also found evidence that Tylenol causes mitochondrial damage:…ubmed_RVDocSum

Since the first mitochondrial dysfunction was described in the 1960s, the medicine has advanced in its understanding the role mitochondria play in health and disease. Damage to mitochondria is now understood to play a role in the pathogenesis of a wide range of seemingly unrelated disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, migraine headaches, strokes, neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s disease, ataxia, transient ischemic attack, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetes, hepatitis C, and primary biliary cirrhosis. Medications have now emerged as a major cause of mitochondrial damage, which may explain many adverse effects. All classes of psychotropic drugs have been documented to damage mitochondria, as have stain medications, analgesics such as acetaminophen, and many others. While targeted nutrient therapies using antioxidants or their precursors (e. g., N-acetylcysteine) hold promise for improving mitochondrial function, there are large gaps in our knowledge. The most rational approach is to understand the mechanisms underlying mitochondrial damage for specific medications and attempt to counteract their deleterious effects with nutritional therapies. This article reviews our basic understanding of how mitochondria function and how medications damage mitochondria to create their occasionally fatal adverse effects.

The 4 “A” disorders are all becoming more frequent in children over the past 20 years, coinciding with the timing of aspirin’s link to Reye’s Syndrome. I do not believe this to be just a coincidence.

I know this has been long, and I’ve only scratched the surface of what I’ve learned, but I thank you if you’ve read this entire post.

Please use Tylenol with extreme caution.

Thank you J_Mac for your story and the great resources you’ve provided to launch us all on our own discovery! 

Antibodies Do NOT Produce Immunity � Exploring Vaccines

Antibodies Do NOT Produce Immunity � Exploring Vaccines

Immunization Ploys: Are Vaccines Safe?

Immunization Ploys: Are Vaccines Safe?

Erin Brockovich takes on Gardasil

This vaccine has only been on my peripheral radar because they aren’t trying to shoot up my infant with it (yet).  But, I do have friends and family with young daughters approaching the age where their doctor may insist they need this poison.

Reasons NOT to get the Gardasil vaccine for your daughter: Continue reading

Vaccines Are ‘Exonerated’ from Causing Autism? The Monkeys Know Better

Dr. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases and chairman of the department of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine said recently to ABC News:  “The problem isn’t with vaccine safety, because they’ve been exonerated from all the implications of autism and all the other illnesses associated with vaccines.”

To channel Jim Carey as Ace Ventura:  Reeeeaaaaallllyyyy?

This statement is so patently false that Dr. Schaffner should be ashamed and be forced to retract this lie.  Even the most pro-vaccine scientist or doctor should be willing to admit that the jury is still out.  You may have read previously my problem with the epidemiological studies done to date.  We have some actual scientific studies coming out that certainly do not exonerate the full childhood vaccine schedule from harm.

Dr. Laura Hewitson , Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at The University of Pittsburgh recently reported her study on primates receiving the 1990-1999 childhood vaccine full schedule.  Macaques are often used to test human treatments prior to human trials.  Vaccine producers and the CDC do not do animal studies prior to approval of a vaccine for our children.  Dr. Hewitson did a controlled trial of fully vaccinated vs. fully unvaccinated subjects (note: human studies have never compared a true unvaccinated control group or included the whole vaccine schedule instead of just one vaccine shot).  Here is a summary of Dr. Hewitson’s research (Pediatric Vaccines Influence Primate Behavior, and Amygdala Growth and Opioid Ligand Binding Friday, May 16, 2008: IMFAR):

‘Compared with unexposed animals, significant neurodevelopmental deficits were evident for exposed animals in survival reflexes, tests of color discrimination and reversal, and learning sets. Differences in behaviors were observed between exposed and unexposed animals and within the exposed group before and after MMR vaccination. Compared with unexposed animals, exposed animals showed attenuation of amygdala growth and differences in the amygdala binding of [11C]diprenorphine. Interaction models identified significant associations between specific aberrant social and non-social behaviors, isotope binding, and vaccine exposure.’

At the same conference Dr. Walker of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University reported on chronic inflamation and gene expression in vaccinated and unvaccinated macaques.  Microarray Analysis of GI Tissue in a Macaque Model of the Effects of Infant Vaccination Saturday, May 17, 2008 IMFAR.

“Histopathological examination revealed that vaccinated animals exhibited progressively severe chronic active inflammation, whereas unexposed animals did not.  Gene expression comparisons between the groups (vaccinated versus unvaccinated) revealed only 120 genes differentially expressed (fc >1.5; log ratio p<0.001) at 10 weeks, whereas there were 450 genes differentially expressed at 14 weeks, and 324 differentially expressed genes between the 2 groups at necropsy.”

Shame on you Dr. Schaffner.

Vaccinations: The Flu Vax is Modern Snake Oil

I was at the midwife’s yesterday (down 2 more lbs.!) and they have a TV looping CNN Health features.  It is nice to have some entertainment in the waiting room but yesterday there was a huge segment about the Flu Vaccine.  A few months ago this wouldn’t have phased me.  I had never had a flu shot but *shrug* to each his own was my feeling.  Now that I KNOW better I was shocked at how full of lies this promotion was.

First off, the nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, is a live virus.  You are very likely to get flu-like symptoms from this AND you can shed live virus and infect others.  ‘Nuff said about that one.

The Flu vaccine shot is completely useless and sold very aggressively through lies and smoke and mirrors by modern snake oil vendors.  Commercials, posters, radio announcements.  We are being played.  We don’t believe everything we see on the “ab roller” infomercial but these commercials seem official enough to make us blindly believe it must be important and real.  It is not.  We are being played.  Check out this presentation by the CDC Director of Communications.  This basically amounts to a marketing plan for getting people hooked on the flu vaccine.  

These are direct quotes from their “Recipe” that Fosters Influenza Vaccine Interest and Demand (emphasis mine) :

  • “Medical experts and public health authorities publicly (e.g., via media) state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes)–and urge influenza vaccination.”
  • “Framing of the flu season in terms that motivate behavior (e.g., as “very severe,” “more severe than last or past years,” “deadly”)”
  • “References to, and discussions, of pandemic influenza–along with continued reference to the importance of vaccination.”
  • “Vaccination demand, particularly among people who don’t routinely receive an annual influenza vaccination, is related toheightened concern, anxiety, and worry. For example:
    • A perception or sense that many people are falling ill;
    • A perception or sense that many people are experiencing bad illness;
    • A perception or sense of vulnerability to contracting and experiencing bad illness.”
  • “Some component of success (i.e., higher demand for influenza vaccine) stems from media stories and information that create motivating (i.e., high) levels of concern and anxiety about influenza.”

So this is classical and premeditated fearmongering!  They are trying to make you feel “heightened concern, anxiety, and worry.”  How horrible is that?  AND they know it doesn’t work based on their “lessons learned”;

  • “It’s hard to create motivating levels of concern and anxiety about influenza–and thus interest in influenza vaccination–when:
    • disease severity and impact are in line with people’s/media expectations
    • Perceived or actual vaccine effectiveness doesn’t meet the expectations or standards of those for whom vaccination is recommended (fortunately, evidence of effectiveness helps)”

I love that word, “create.”  So they know that they have a hard time creating this panic because the disease is not as bad as they imply and the vaccine is not effective.  

The Disease is Not as Bad as They Imply: Flu kills 36,000 a year in the US

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site, uses a common strategy to highlight — really exaggerate — risk.”  This quote is from a Washington Post article about the misleading numbers used to sell the flu vaccine.  The article points out the context of this number:

  1. It includes flu-related deaths.  Thus if someone with a severe illness gets the flu and dies it is called a flu death even if there was a confounding illness.
  2. It doesn’t inlcude the context.  36,000 out of what?  The actual numbers show that on average there is a .01% chance of flu related death and if you are under 65 the number is more accurately 1 in 100,000.
  3. 90% of flu-related deaths occur in people over 65 who probably have a confounding illness.

They also supply this graph on the right.  Hmmmm, doesn’t look the the vaccination rate make much of a difference does it?  As the article states; “Despite a dramatic increase in vaccination among the elderly, deaths from the flu and pneumonia have hardly budged.”

The Vaccine is not Effective:

Many studies have shown that the flu vaccine is ineffective.  It is only targeted to attack 3 strains of the flu that scientists predict, months in advance, will be them most virulent.  The 2008 vaccine was reported to have a 44% success rate.  All studies show that it is minimally effective: “In 2 seasons with suboptimal antigenic match between vaccines and circulating strains, we could not demonstrate VE [vaccine effectiveness] in preventing influenza-related inpatient/ED [emergency room visits] or outpatient visits in children younger than 5 years. Further study is needed during years with good vaccine match (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008 Oct;162(10):943-51).”  It also shows little effectiveness in its target audience, the elderly.

“Of the 1,000 people who got the vaccine before November 1, 149 went on to develop influenza-like illness (14.9 percent). Of the 402 people who did not get the vaccine, 68 got an influenza-like illness (16.9 percent), the study said.”  Reported CNN in 2004.   

If you are still thinking of this shot for yourself or you 6 month old infant as recommended by the CDC don’t forget there are side effects to this ineffective vaccine for a non-threatening illness:

“The most common reactions to inactivated flu vaccine are fever, fatigue, painful joints, and headache. The most frequently reported serious reaction, which usually occurs within two weeks of vaccination, is Guillain-Barré syndrome, an immune mediated nerve disorder characterized by muscle weakness, numbness, pain and paralysis that can lead to death.”

And I don’t just post this to save our children from damage.  My father has been told to get flu shots because he has heart disease and is thus in a risk group.  So, for him, despite that fact that (1) it doesn’t work, and (2) influenza is not something to fear, (3) it is linked to Alzheimer’s.  “Hugh Fudenberg, MD, an immunogeneticist and biologist with nearly 850 papers published in peer review journals, has reported that if an individual had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is ten times higher than if they had zero, one, or two shots (Dr. Fudenberg’s speech at the NVIC International Vaccine Conference, Arlington, VA September, 1997).”

Maybe we are all just being silly residents of the Town of Allopath.

Vaccinations: DTaP

In my previous posts on vaccinations I covered my concerns with Hep B, polio and to a smaller extent MMR.  In general I believe the following illnesses to be normal parts of childhood that actually improve immune health when acquired naturally and that vaccination is pushing the diseases to older populations (see discussion on chicken pox).

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (Chicken pox)
  • Influenza

I probably won’t talk about these much more because they are in the “duh” category for me.  It is just silly to choose reactive poisons and chemicals in vaccines over non-life threatening illnesses.  If you aren’t convinced about the harm of these vaccines read more information about why fighting off infection normally makes kids healthier.

So, that leaves us these “recommended” childhood vaccinations (see the nice printable list of recommended poisons and toxins here):

These are the disease/vaccines I want to cover because they are “scary” as opposed to the benign disease listed in the first section.

Let’s start with DTaP:

DTaP is a combination vaccine that includes diptheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis, the “a” is for acellular – for some truly frightening reading look up DTP and the injuries it produced before the acellular vaccine was recommended).  Let’s take them one by one.


As mentioned, this is a normal childhood disease so I’m not going to spend much time on it except to say two things:  (1) the chance of death from whooping cough with medical treatment is .2%, and (2) vaccination is shown to increase, by more than double, the rate of childhood asthma.


Tetanus is a bacterium whose spores are found in soil.  Thus it is everywhere and you cannot ‘catch’ it from someone.  In anaerobic (no oxygen) environments it creates a toxoid that is poisonous and can cause nerve damage.  Tetanus is a big problem in 3rd world countries without good sanitation and access to medical facilities.  In the US good wound management makes it very rare.  Since tetanus is anaerobic it grows in deep and dirty wounds – often puncture or crush wounds (hence the “rusty nail” fear).  In the US if a child has a puncture of crush wound, hopefully they are going to the emergency room.  In any ER a person can be given a Tetanus Immunoglogulin (TIG) dose of antibodies to stop the spread of infection.  Since tetanus takes 3-21 days to evolve it can be almost completely avoided by immediate medical care.  

Does it sound like I’m playing with fire?  How about this.  From 1980 until today the average number of tetanus cases in the US per year was 40.  Yeah, just 40 – I’m not missing any zeros there.  And most of those were in persons over 40 (and frequently over 60 since nursing homes are a major hotbed for tetanus due to dirty conditions and bedsores) and IV drug users.  Also, cases of tetanus in children under 5 years of age totaled 2 since 1989.  Yeah, 2 in almost 20 years.  All of this information is directly from the horses (CDC’s) mouth.


Diptheria is also a toxin producing bacterium.  This is all numbers:  In the 1920s 100 people per 100,000 got diptheria in the US, of these 5-10% were fatal cases.  Since 1980 there are .001 cases per 100,000 and no reported deaths.  It is endemic in developing countries (hygiene, clean water, etc. could this be why?) despite vaccination efforts.  A diptheria anti-toxin is available from the CDC.

Side Effects of DTaP

DTaP has the usual list of yucky side effects as I’ve posted before.  You can search for one of the name brands to read the package insert.  One of the startling things to me is that DTaP is often THE cause of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome):

“more than two-thirds [of studied SIDS deaths] had been vaccinated with DPT prior to death. Of these, 6.5 percent died within 12 hours of vaccination; 13 percent within 24 hours; 26 percent within three days; and 37, 61, and 70 percent within one, two, and three weeks, respectively.”

Diptheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) immunization: A potential cause of the sudden infant deathWC Torch – Neurology, 1982

Of course, these studies only prove “temporal” and not “causal” relationships.  You already know how I feel about that.

Vaccinations: Poem

Ode to National Infant Immunization Week:   Stick It

I actually don’t mind green eggs and ham.
It’s vaccines I don’t like, Uncle Sam.

Too many children have paid the price 
for harmful and deceptive immunization advice.

There is more to health than preventing infections
with dozens of toxic and dangerous injections. 

You purposefully ignore all of the parents’ cries
that autism, asthma and diabetes continue to rise. 

Since the word “safe” implies “free from harm”,
I’ll choose what’s injected into my child’s arm.

I do not want them up my nose, 
or spliced into my potatoes. 

I will not drink them in a glass. 
I will not let you stick my @$$. 

I do not want them for any reason
not even in your “worst” flu season. 

For decades now you’ve been trying to hide, 
the dangers of mercury and formaldehyde. 

You won’t do the research to try to explain
why vaccines sometime ruin a developing brain. 

Yet you tell us to just say no to drugs,
but if we question a shot you act like thugs.

Are injected monkey and fetal cells really healthy?
Or are they part of the scam that makes drug companies wealthy? 

When you ‘all lay down tonight to say your prayers,
please include all the vaccine victims listed in VAERs. 

By Ana Phylaxis

Vaccinations: Polio Paralyzes Kids

“If you get polio you will be paralyzed.”

Someone said this to me tonight.  This isn’t an ignorant person and they weren’t trying to convince me that this statement is true.  As with most people we have been convinced of 2 things:  (1) that polio was miraculously cured by a vaccine, and (2) before the vaccine, polio was a horrible epidemic of nature that nearly always meant paralyzation.  This (along with smallpox) is often touted as the star attraction in the Hall of Fame of Why Vaccines Are Your Friends.  So, is it true?  If we stop vaccinating against polio will children once again be in iron lungs and leg braces?

Let’s look at both premises on which we base our fear of Polio.

(1) Polio was miraculously cured by a vaccine.

picture-55The chart on the left shows the CDC’s information on the Polio Disease and Vaccination from the CDC Pink Book on Vaccine Preventable Diseases.  As you can see from this chart the vaccine has saved us! Look at all those cases!  Look how modern medicine erradicated this terrible epidemic from the American Landscape!  

Excuse me while I barf.

(You will really be sick if you click on the link above and read that 95% of polio cases since 1980 were categorized as VAPP – Vaccine Associated Paralytic Polio.  This was with the Oral Polio Vaccine that my mother’s generation were given in school.  Now we use Inactivated Polio Vaccine which is an injection.  But remember, vaccines are safe.  But I digress.)

Is the CDC giving us the whole picture?  Let’s look at where polio was before 1950 since we can assume it didn’t appear out of thin air on January 1, 1950.

us-poliorates-1912-19701The above graph lets us look back to 1912.  As you can see, the disease had two peaks one in 1916 and another between 1945 and 1955.  This graph certainly shows that the disease rate went down after the vaccine but what had made it go up so much in the years prior to the vaccine?  Hmmm…doesn’t that coincide in some way with WWI and WWII?  What else was going on that would bring on disease?

A doctor named Biskind heretically postulated a different cause.  The following chart show’s polio cases with timing of organochlorine pesticide use (DDT, PCB, etc.) – click on the chart to enlarge.pol12-702

Strangely enough, Biskind pointed out that what this study confirms  (Physiological Investigations Into The Action Of DDT, G.W. Van Der Wiel & Co., Arnhem 1949):  that DDT poisoning often causes polio-like physiology.   Coincidence?  What happened in 1983 when DDT was once again allowed in US use?  – click on the chart to enlarge.



Major increase in polio cases in what is called the “post-polio” era since this epidemic in the 80s occurred in previous polio patients who should have been “immune” but were re-infected due to environmental exposure.  So, did the polio vaccine result in the dramatic recovery from the 1945 polio epidemic?  Or, was that the phase out of harmful pesticides like DDT?

(2) Polio was a horrible epidemic of nature

This brings us to point #2.  One doctor, Dr. Morton Biskind postulated in the 50s that the increase in “polio-like” illnesses were due to DDT poisoning and not the polio virus (virus X).  A virus of course can not be caused by an environmental substance (contrary to what your mother told you – you can NOT get a cold (virus) from not wearing a hat!).  If all the polio cases were caused by the polio virus then DDT couldn’t be causing it.  However, people were rarely tested for the polio virus because only virus-polio would be covered financially so cases were diagnosed by symptoms (clinical diagnosis) and not lab diagnosis.  It is probable that President Roosevelt did not have polio but an immune disorder called Guillain-Barre (a notorious vaccine side effect).   Historically, the polio virus was very benign dating back to ancient Egypt.  The 20th century brought the first ever epidemics of the disease.   

But, the mortality rate of polio is atrocious, right?  According to the CDC Pink Book more than 95% of all polio cases are asymptotic – you wouldn’t even know you have it.  4-8% have general flu-like symptoms that last one week with complete recovery.  1-2% experience neck and back stiffness and recover completely in 7-10 days.  Less than 1% experience asymmetrical paralysis lasting days to weeks with full recovery.  Of this 1% most make a full recovery, some will remain paralyzed and 2-5% will die.  That’s 2-5% of the 1% that have paralytic polio and do not recover fully.  This means that 99.5% of all people with viral polio will make a full recovery, with 95% being asymptotic.  Hardly “polio paralyzes you.”  And remember these numbers are based on historical morbidity and mortality which includes the high incidence epidemics of the 20th century that may not have been viral polio at all but similar symptoms caused by pesticide poisoning.

The graphs used so far are pulled from a very detailed explanation on this site.  If you want more information please check it out.  I haven’t even touched on the effects of contamination involving a monkey virus called SV40 that infected polio vaccines.  Read about it here.

The CDC recommends the first polio vaccine for this horrible, deadly disease for infants of only 8 weeks old. It contains 3 types of ‘inactivated’ polio viruses, neomycin, streptomycin, and polymyxin B, formaldehyde, and 2-phenoxyethanol, and a continuous line of monkey kidney cells.  Side effects, as reported by the manufacturer include:

 Erythema,induration and pain occurred in 3.2%, 1% and 13%, respectively, of vaccinees within 48 hours post-vaccination. Temperatures of ≥ 39°C (≥ 102°F) were reported in 38% of vaccinees. Other symptoms included irritability, sleepiness, fussiness, and crying …  Although no causal relationship has been established, deaths have occurred in temporal association after vaccination of infants with IPV.37

Vaccinations: The Butterfly Effect

The butterfly effect is part of chaos theory that postulates that in complex systems the smallest variation can have profound effects.  It gets its name from the philosophical example that “a butterfly flaps its wing in the Amazon and there is a tornado in Kansas.”  It is about unintended consequences.

Let’s look at an example of human intervention that had unintended consequences.  In Scotland, potatoes were genetically modified with a pesticide gene that killed the aphids that destroyed the potatoes.  Ladybugs, nature’s aphid predators, ate the aphids that didn’t die after eating the modified potaotes and themselves died.  This led to decrease potato crops due to the loss of the natural balance in the system.

This example brings up another problem with vaccines.  Unintended consequences.  For this post I’m going to use the chicken pox (varicella) vaccine as an example but there are many more unintended consequences in vaccine research. 

For me, my resistance to vaccination began with the chicken pox vaccine and not the more recent worries about autism.  I remember thinking, long before I was thinking of having kids, “why are they vaccinating against a disease with such a low mortality rate?”  And it was a good question.  According to the CDC:  among infants less than 1 year old who get the disease, about 1 in 250,000 die. For older children, about 1 in 100,000 die. It is also noted that these are mostly in immunocompromised people.  Just to do the math that means your infant has a 0.000399% chance of death from varicella and older children .001%.  Over 99.9% of children who get chicken pox recover.  

But it is worse in adults, right?  Let’s vaccinate the kids so adults don’t die.  That’s how the normal argument goes.  So, let’s see how that works out.  When I had chicken pox I was 9(ish).  It sucked, I recovered.  My mom had it when she was a kid.  She was re-exposed to it when my sister and I had it.  This provided her body with a natural “boost” to her immunity.  It is like her body got the virus from us and said “oh I remember this and can beat it.”  Chicken pox infection does not give lifetime immunity – it gets boosted by repeated exposure to the virus.  Shingles, a serious illness caused by the same virus occured (pre-vaccination) almost exclusively in people over 60 because they have passed the time in their lives of constant exposure to kids with chicken pox and often have complicating underlying conditions.  Since the varicella vaccine was introduced the rate of adult shingles has not only increased 90% but it has crept down the age ladder to effect people 40-60 years old.

  “Our immunity is stimulated by being exposed to the Chicken Pox. When that stimulation goes away, our protection is going to decrease. So we’ll see more cases of Shingles. My guess is that we’re going to be giving doses of the [varicella] vaccine to 30 and 40 year olds to prevent Shingles. The better we do, [eradicating chickenpox], the more we’re going to see Shingles.”    Dr. Cherry.

We are tipping the balance.  We are killing aphids (chicken pox) and it is killing the ladybugs (our natural acquired immunity) and resulting in decreased crop production (increased disease in society as a whole as well as a more deadly disease, shingles – 3x more death 5x more hospitalization with singles as opposed to chicken pox.).  The Butterfly Effect.

So what are we doing about it?  Rethinking the mandatory chicken pox vaccine?  Nope.  We are developing an adult shingles vaccine.  A vaccine to treat a problem primarily caused by a vaccine.  Now why would we do that?  What possible force could cause people to think that the logical plan is to keep on vaccinating?

I’ll give you a hint…

In case you are thinking that this is all worth catching that .001% of dead kids – Don’t be fooled.  The chicken pox vaccine is one of the least effective vaccines in use.  In 15-20% of cases the vaccine doesn’t even “take” and patients get chicken pox anyways.  And, since this is a live virus vaccination – getting chicken pox is one of the side effect reported in 2% of cases.  Even when it does “take” it lasts at a maximum of 8-10 years leaving people vulnerable in adulthood when chicken pox is much more dangerous.

I have to tell you, of all the vaccine’s I’ve researched – this one takes the Stupidest Idea Ever Prize.  I can find zero literature that provides a case for this vaccine that is remotely strong enough to make me consider it for myself let alone a 12 month old baby.


Body as a Whole – The most frequently ( ≥ 1%) reported adverse experiences, without regard to causality, are listed in decreasing order of frequency: upper respiratory illness, cough, irritability/nervousness, fatigue, disturbed sleep, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, otitis, diaper rash/contact rash, headache, teethingmalaise,abdominal pain, other rash, nausea, eye complaints, chills, lymphadenopathy,myalgia, lower respiratory illness, allergic reactions (including allergic rash,hives), stiff neck, heat rash/prickly heat, arthralgia, eczema/dry skin/dermatitis,constipationitching.  Pneumonitis has been reported rarely ( < 1%) in children vaccinated with VARIVAX; a causal relationship has not been established.  Febrile seizures have occurred rarely ( < 0.1%) in children vaccinated with VARIVAX; a causal relationship has not been established.  Anaphylaxis (including anaphylactic shock) and related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema, facial edema, and peripheral edema, anaphylaxis in individuals with or without an allergic history.

Hemic and Lymphatic System
Thrombocytopenia (including ITP).
Encephalitiscerebrovascular accidenttransverse myelitis; Guillain-Barre syndrome; Bell’s palsyataxia; non-febrile seizures; aseptic meningitis;dizzinessparesthesia.
Pharyngitis, Pneumonia/Pneumonitis.
Stevens-Johnson syndromeerythema multiformeHenoch-Schonlein purpura; secondary bacterial infections of skin and soft tissue, including impetigo andcellulitisherpes zoster.

Oh and 1 more thing:  

There is a chicken pox immunoglobulin treatment!

This means if you are high risk – imunosupressed for example – you can go get an injection of varicella antibodies within 96 hours of exposure.  This temporary immunity lasts up to 3 weeks.

I think a tornado just sprung up in Kansas.

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