Vaccine: The Rationale
In response to foreign bacteria and viruses to the body, immune cells known as lymphocytes produce protein molecules called antibodies. These antibodies fight the foreign invaders/bacteria/viruses, known as antigens. The first time an immune system is faced with an unknown antigen, it may take up to several days to produce the antibodies. In some cases the foreign substance can spread before the body has a chance to defend itself sufficiently. This is why Vaccines were created, in cases of disease where the immune system could not respond quickly enough.
Vaccines are made of weak invaders. Vaccines are effectively small samples of the disease itself. After the immune system has fought off this weakened version of the disease it now recognizes the antigens for future attacks. Thus if it encounters the same antigens in full force it will have antibodies at the ready to fight the invaders. From the CDC:
“Vaccines help develop immunity by imitating an infection. This type of infection, however, does not cause illness, but it does cause the immune system to produce T-lymphocytes and antibodies. Sometimes, after getting a vaccine, the imitation infection can cause minor symptoms, such as fever. Such minor symptoms are normal and should be expected as the body builds immunity. Once the imitation infection goes away, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes, as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that disease in the future”
There are many criticisms of the Vaccine protocol and not just from those usually considered “quacks”. It cannot be argued that the long term effects of vaccines has not nor will be studied extensively. That said there are some theories which do fall firmly into the realm of conspiracy as they are not substantiated.
Vaccines Conspiracy 1: The cause of Homosexuality
One Italian Scientist, Paolo Vanoli, has gone so far as to say that Vaccines are the cause of Homosexuality. His assumptions are that Mercury in the brain leads to the straight child becoming homosexual. He blames the increase in vaccines for the increase in the rise of homosexuals. The bias and homophobia is apparent in his representations. Italy is a strongly, Catholic Country that does not respect same sex marriage where politicians have likened supporting gay marriage as akin to supporting pedophilia. Political and personal biases aside, the 70 year old scientist does little to support a link between vaccines and homosexuality, and falls prey to the standard correlation/causation confusion. The fact that homosexuality is on the rise and the fact that vaccines are on the rise is not indicative that one causes the other. GMO food also has been on the rise, as well as the use of iPads. There is no no link between the rise of GMO food and homosexuality.
It is still inconclusive whether or not sexuality is the result of nature or nurture, genes or environmental factors. This theory ultimately fails due to the fact that homosexuality was prevalent in ancient cultures, and thus the idea that this “aberration” resulted from a toxin in vaccines is preposterous. Homosexuality also occurs in nature. The American Psychological Assoication has publicly stated that
“There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation.”
Vaccines Conspiracy 2: The cause of AIDS.
This one has gotten a little more traction and is linked to the above. It was spread by the media that AIDS originated in Manhattan in the 80’s due to the sexual activities of healthy homosexual predominantly white males. The theorists content that a mass vaccination of Hepatitis B to these males in Manhattan was what resulted in the spreading of the disease. Allegedly over one thousand homosexual males were given the vaccine in the New York Blood Center in Manhattan, with the help of private health contractors Merck and Co. The experiment and results are confidential and thus unverified. In 1981 the first outbreak of AIDS was reported in Manhattan, with over 180 cases by the end of the year.
Academic sources have cited the links between the Hep B vaccines and the AIDS’ outbreak. Stevens et Al report that of the initial confidential trial 40 % were HIV positive by 1984. In San Francisco a Hep B study indicated that 75% were infected with HIV 10 years after the initial study as per Rutherford at Al, 1990. A statistical analysis provided by Tom Keske outlined the probability the probability that AIDS in Manhattan occurred as a result of the Hepatitis B Experiments. It is available here.
While the link between AIDS and Hepatitis B experiments is not conclusive, the widely disseminated media statements that AIDS originated from Homosexual males is quite obviously ridiculous. There is nothing homosexual males were doing in Manhattan in the 80’s that they have not been doing for thousands of years.
Vaccines Conspiracy 3: cause Autism
Epidemiological and biological studies has thus far failed to establish a link between autism and the administration of vaccines, as stated on the Oxford Journal webpage. The idea that there may be a link between Vaccines and Autism started with Andrew Wakefield, the father of the anti vaccination movement in the U.S. The initial vaccine that was deemed to cause autism was the MMR ( Measles, Mumps and Rubella) shot. Wakefield was found to have authored a fraudulent study in the 90’s on a small sample set which established an apparent link between autism and the administration of the MMR vaccine. He did not disclose financial interests and the study has since been retracted. Scientific consensus is that the study suffered from numerous procedural errors. No control subjects were included in the study. The data was not disseminated or collected properly. The results of the study was alleged to have been misinterpreted and illogical, not doing enough to ensure a link between the vaccine and Autism. Wakefields’ observations were based on gastrointestinal symptoms. Many later studies (ecological, retrospective and prospective) were carried out with larger historical records and on a larger sample set and found no relationship between the MMR vaccine and the development of autism in children.
The presence of Thiomersal is deemed to be the element that causes the alleged autism in children. Thiomersal is a Mercury based preservative found in the MMR vaccine. Studies in Denmark, Sweden and England found that Thimerosal exposure and pervasive developmental disorder diagnosis were found to be independent variables. Meaning that there is no link between Thimerosal and autism as claimed. Alternative theories emerged in relation to the failure to identify a link between Thimerosal containing Vaccines and Autism. One such theory is that too many vaccines cause a weakened immune system which then results in autism, and that the immune system in a baby is already weak. This is flawed for several reasons outlined in the website of the Oxford Journal, namely that Autism is not an immune related disease, babies have strong immune systemes, multiple vaccinations do not weaken the immune system, and single vaccines do not weaken the immune system. Over twenty epidemiological studies have failed to establish any kind of link between the MMR vaccine, Thiomersal and the emergence of autism in children. Only the truly die hard conspiracy theorists can claim there to be a link between autism and vaccines, as it would involve a state and private conspiracy spanning decades and countries. Practically every well respected medical journal and all the official studies would have to be labeled as manipulated or controlled.
There are claims that a top CDC senior vaccine safety scientist, Dr William Thompson, confessed to destroying evidence that revealed a 340% increase of case of autism on African American children when administered the MMR vaccine. These are false and he later stated:
“I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race”
Other Conspiracy Theories about Vaccines
Vaccines are risky
There have been no study linking vaccines to long term health symptoms. The death toll directly attributed to vaccines is minimal. Deaths are usually due to severe allergic reaction, and this is very, very rare. And while it is often contended that the vaccine may lead to the actual disease itself, this is a myth. There has only ever been one case where a vaccine has been shown to result in the disease it was supposed to prevent. And the Oral Polio Vaccine is since out of circulation.
Vaccines contain Deadly toxins
It is true that heavy metals are a serious concern. Formaldehyde, Mercury and Aluminium are the main offenders cited in terms of vaccine risk. However these heavy toxins are only present in miniscule quantities in the vaccines. According to the CDC and FDA formaldehyde is produced in larger quantities bu our own bodies than that contained in vaccines. There is no scientific evidence to show that the levels of these elements found in vaccines are harmful.
Vaccines don’t work
This is not true. Many of the anti vaccine campaign do cite external factors such as nutrition, exercise and sanitation as variables which could be the reason for the drop in outbreak of a particular disease. But this does not hold up. For the Hepitatis B disease, reported cases dropped from 20,000 to 1,500 just 3 years after the introduction of the vaccine. Measles in the U.S dropped from 400,000 to 25,000 ten years after the introduction of the Vaccine. The reduction in the outbreak is too large to simply pass off as some other factor as opposed to the one which is the most probable cause of reduction.
Vaccines: The Holistic View
It goes without saying that most of the theories about vaccines do not hold weight. They cannot be substantiated especially within the complex area of micro-biology. However there is a more simple, holistic argument which is on the rise. Simply put, anything which purports to protect against a disease of some kind is always going to have some sort of effect in another part of the body. Toxins have to be detoxified. Chemical reactions have to take place to break down foreign substances. Thus anytime some external defense system is added the body has to accommodate it in some fashion, which leads to an energetic deficit. While the link between Vaccines and specific disease is more than likely over blown, the simple idea that the effects of Vaccines are unknown and not studied and that they will have some sort of blowback is not without merit.
Many theorists have pointed out the fact that in standard medical school procedure doctors are not taught much about vaccines other then the fact that vaccines ares regarded as safe by the Central Authorities who compile the research, such as the FDA.
Vaccine Conspiracy Conclusion
While by and large there is no conclusive evidence to say that any of the theories propagated by the Anti Vaccine Movement are true, it is also true that the effects of Vaccines are not well known or studied. Despite all scientific evidence the holistic argument is strong and growing stronger every year. That anything used in excess to prevent persevered dangers results in a weakening of the human organism. A human who is locked away safely indoors and sits for prolonged periods avoiding “harmful” outside environments will not be as robust as someone who lives outdoors. This is a simple empirical fact. A human given vaccines for a variety of different diseases will result in a weakened human overall.
And there is no way of counting the energetic cost of the vaccines. Modern Medicine is all about treating disease, and there is no way to measure the cost of lost vitality i.e if the individual takes an energetic loss via the vaccine or suffers a lack of energy from the heavy metals. The holistic argument could counter that it actually does give you a life long disease of a very small proportion, but that the disease is spread out. It could (not that there is any type of correlation or causation) lead to increased Migraines, brain fog, lethargy, depression, headaches, insomnia and we simply would have no idea. There are simply too many variables to account for. Modern medicine has no way of monitoring positive performance, only in documenting the outbreaks of specific diseases which it is actively monitoring via controlled studies. This is a serious flaw in the scientific philosophy which is universally accepted in the West.
Thus, there are no links whatsoever to specific diseases such as homosexuality or Autism. However vaccines are unstudied and may have some ill effects which we are as of yet unaware of.