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Misconception About Vaccines: A Review On Dr Suzanne Humphries’ Claims

The claims made in video are unsupported by any scientific evidence and sound more pseudoscientific, backed up by emotional phrases to convince people how bad vaccination is, it will easily fool people and make sense to those who are unaware of how vaccines work.

The claims on vaccination made in video by Dr Suzanne Humphries are unsupported by any scientific evidence and sound more pseudoscientific, backed up by emotional phrases to convince people how bad vaccination is. It will easily fool people and make sense to those who are unaware of how vaccines work.

So, starting from the simplest question – “What is vaccine?”

A vaccine is a substance that stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies against the antigen or a substance that resembles disease-causing microorganism is inserted in the body, so that the immune system can recognize it as foreign, destroy it and remember it, so the next time when an actual pathogen attacks, immune system can destroy it before it can harm the body.

The antigen inserted is actually a dead or weakened form of the disease-causing microorganism. After detecting the antigen, immune system produces antibodies to destroy it, not only that but the antigen is stored in the memory so next time immune system can recognize and kill it without letting it infect the body.

Vaccination has actually been practiced for hundreds of years in China, India and Middle East before English Doctor Edward Jenner discovered it in 1796 .

Different types of vaccines:

  1. Vaccine made from dead microorganisms,
  2. Made of live or attenuated microorganisms,
  3. Subunit vaccines that only contain the antigen instead of the whole microorganism,
  4. Conjugate vaccines,in which the antigen is attached with a protein carrier and inserted in the body,
  5. Toxoid vaccine, a vaccine containing “Detoxified” toxins of microorganisms,
  6. DNA vaccines that contain genes that encode for specific disease-causing antigens, it is still in experimental stages but its shown to be very effective, and
  7. Recombinant vector vaccines that use attenuated microorganism to introduce DNA in the body.

Now, you know what vaccine is and how it works. You might be questioning, “Is it safe? Does it always work?” YES, it is absolutely safe, but NO,  it does not always work. That actually depends on a person’s own immune system that how well a person’s immune system responds to a particular vaccine.

Some people cannot produce antibodies due to immune system disorders like immunodeficiency, so vaccines do not work for those people. But guess what? As long as people around them are vaccinated, there is a little risk of them getting an infection the people around them have been vaccinated for. That is called ‘Herd Immunity‘. It is especially true for contagious diseases. Another type of immunity is the ‘Contact Immunity‘, that transfers from one person, who has been vaccinated to the other person who was not vaccinated, through contact. It happens when one person is vaccinated with attenuated organism.

Other factors that affect efficiency of vaccines are – if a person has been vaccinated according to schedule, age and sex of person, strains of vaccines and the disease itself as some vaccines for a particular disease perform better than other vaccine for some other disease.

Another question that has been raised in the video is – “Why do babies need to be vaccinated at such young age?” Some people claim that breast milk provides enough immunity but that’s not true. Yes, breast milk is not only a nutrition for babies but also help improve their immune system, as maternal antibodies are transferred to the baby, but those antibodies are the ones that mother’s body produced against the infections she got or against the diseases she has been vaccinated.

For example,  if a mother never got Yellow Fever neither has she been vaccinated for it, her body will not have antibodies against the antigen that causes Yellow Fever and thus no maternal immunity will be provided to the child against the Yellow Fever and if that child will not be vaccinated, he will not have antibodies to fight Yellow Fever that makes him vulnerable to the infection and its complications.

Besides, there are many antibodies that cannot be transferred to the milk through breast milk like antibodies for Diphtheria, Whooping cough, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis B.

Breast milk is a form of passive immunity that only lasts for a few months, but that does not mean you have to select one out of breast milk and vaccination, one cannot replace the other and studies have actually shown that breastfeeding and vaccination complement each other like children who were breastfed are less likely to suffer from meningitis caused by Hib and they produce more antibodies against Hib bacteria after receiving Hib vaccine.

Now a days, combination vaccines are used in which antigens for more than one disease are combined, so instead of 25 injections given till two years of age have been reduced to 10, in some countries. The advantage of combination vaccines is that children are immune to many diseases as quickly as possible.

One may question –  “Does not giving so many vaccines at once overload a child’s immune system or cause some other harm?” No, children are exposed to more antigens in their environment than in vaccines. So a child’s immune system is developed enough to cope with it. If a child were given 11 injections at a time, it would only use one thousandth of their immune system. Besides,vaccines today contain fewer antigens than some years ago.

A Review On Claim made by Dr Suzanne Humphries on vaccination [Picture - Baby Getting A Vaccination]

After knowing all the details about the process, you can imagine where would we have been if it weren’t for vaccination. People who claim that vaccination did no good are either naive or perhaps are being paid to say such things. If natural immunity and breastfeeding was enough to protect a person for life, than why did smallpox kill 300-350 million people during 20th century when no smallpox vaccination was available? It is vaccines that eliminated small pox and is on verge of eliminating polio.

In 1980s, approximately 350,000 cases of polio were reported annually, while in 2012, there have been only 187 cases of polio, that too in developing countries. Similarly, measles vaccine has led to 99% reduction in occurrence of measles as compared to pre-vaccination era, Hib has reduced to 98%, Pertussis or whooping-cough affected 150,000-260,000 people alone in U.S prior to the availability of vaccination. About 450,000 people were affected with Hepatitis B virus in 1980 that decreased to 80,000 in 1990 and the rates are still decreasing, thanks to vaccination.

Before vaccination, epidemics of contagious infections weren’t uncommon, every year or two outbreaks of diseases would kill hundreds and even millions, which are now prevented by vaccines.

Yes, vaccination is not a perfect cure and is not always effective, you still might get infection but it will not be severe, it will heal faster and will not cause complications as it would if you weren’t vaccinated. But these old methods are improving and hopefully DNA vaccination and other new and perhaps 100% effective methods will soon take over.

We cannot condemn vaccines because they are not fully effective and may pose some side effects, because there are only a few medical techniques that are perfect, do not cause side effects and work efficiently. Even Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy cause side effects, does that mean we have to give up on those methods because they are not perfect, so we should trust our immune system as Dr Suzanne Humphries says and let people die.

If immune system was strong enough to overcome any ailment as Dr Suzanne Humphries claims, why would we get infections and cancers in the first place? If immune system has a mind of its own, should not it destroy cancer before it moves to other organs and destabilize a healthy body?

People who promote pseudoscience are at advantage because most people, despite all the technology available are still unaware of the scientific and medical facts. Most people would rather update their Facebook status than to read an article on a recent scientific discovery. All of us are responsible for the prevalence of wrong concepts because we underestimate the medical technology and take most things for granted. And, to undo the damage we have done, every one of us should play our role and aware other people of the wrong or right.

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58 comments

  1. This article is so twisted. Everything stated is either a downright lie or a twisted lie to appear as truth. Once you know the facts you will recognize things for what and how they are.

  2. I appreciate the polite dialogue back and forth here. I have a simple question concerning simple transference of a disease. I get baffled by the pro-vax crowd who constantly claim that unvaccinated kids spread disease. IF you want a hundred dollar bill from me and I do not have a hundred dollar bill, I can not give you one. Period. I simply do not have one. Following, if I do not have measles, I am not a carrier of measles, have never been around measles, I can not give you measles. It is much more reasonable to look at those injected who are shedding said disease. If baffles me that some of the top voices in the pro-vaccine arena continue to use that line of thinking. I wish in the future we would begin to shift our focus toward healthy immune systems over those that have been injected with toxins to fight disease.

  3. El artículo es tendencioso. Para poder opinar hay que informarse a fondo. La información que presenta la Dra Suzanne Humphries en su libro está totalmente documentada y es abrumadora. No hay argumentos para contradecir lo que ha escrito. Tras leerlo me ha abierto los ojos a la otra cara de la medicina “moderna”. Es triste decirlo.

  4. It is, and always will be, about freedom of choice for our and our children’s bodies. As the load of ‘required’ vaccinations has risen, so too, have a plethora of autoimmune conditions like lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. Related? Who knows. We live in a much larger chemical soup pool in our entire world now, each one of them with safety levels established for one item, not the combined and interactive loads our immune systems face daily. Like many reactions, a combined load on the body of things the body was not subjected to before can bring on new side effects because of the combined stressors to the body.

    If you believe in evolution, then surely you know we lived and flourished prior to vaccination – yes, people, including children, died. They still do. If you choose to vaccinate, you should. If you do not, that should be your prerogative as well.

  5. Thank you for this valuable information about vaccination, which has become a politicized issue lately. That is a shame, because everyone, no matter what their politics, should believe in vaccination. I have a relative who refuses to vaccinate his daughter who is now in kindergarten. He bought all that misinformation that was disseminated in past years and has now been completely debunked. In my state, one can claim “personal or religious reasons” for not vaccinating their child in order for the child to be allowed to enroll in public school.

    One of the commentators above, apparently anti-vaccination, said she had the mumps and “Guess what? I’m still here.” That is not the point. I had the mumps when I was a kid and survived it – most of us did. I’m not sure that the mumps is one of the more dangerous diseases, but chicken pox and measles can be very serious. I had both of them also. There were no vaccinations against those diseases when I was a kid. However, I now get a flu shot annually and recently had a shingles shot. I’m glad that vaccinations are now available for these diseases so children don’t need to suffer them unnecessarily.

    The problem is that when a child is not vaccinated and gets the disease, (s)he is possibly spreading it to other children at school. A few of these children may have conditions which preclude their having vaccinations – so the unvaccinated child (whose parents irresponsibly claim “personal reasons”) may be responsible for passing the disease to the other child, who could die from this exposure. There are now outbreaks of childhood diseases we thought we had eradicated when people were sensible enough to get vaccinated and have their children vaccinated.

    By the way, shingles is a very painful condition and also, adults who get the chicken pox have much more severe symptoms than most children. I know people who got chicken pox as adults and ended up in the hospital for a week!

    1. You speak of unvaccinated children spreading the disease to others… But I’m confused, if the Herd Immunity theory is valid and the majority of the kids are vaccinated then there shouldn’t be a concern right? Also, are you familiar with the concept of “shedding”? Even the pharmaceutical companies packet inserts on each vaccine cautions people NOT to go around immunocompromised individual for several weeks after receiving a vaccine because the virus recently vaccinated for can shed and be passed to others.

  6. Where is the “gold standard” of clinical trials, the double blind randomized controls? There are none for vaccines. Where are the unbiased independent 3rd party safety tests done? Please list some. Just because the CDC says vaccines are safe, does not mean they are. Thanks

  7. Thank you for visiting! And, thank you for this post. As homeschoolers, my family tends to be group into the anti-vaccine movement. However, I am believer in vaccines, and that they much more good than harm. I’d rather not take a chance with my kids. Thank you for your post!

  8. To Ghazah: Thank you for posting and sharing your opinion. I have been exploring the science, and have been doing my best to stay clear of the pseudoscience out there. There’s a lot of crack-pot websites and people who don’t quite understand vaccines. I love that you are passionate about this subject and hope you continue to research and think critically, because as vaccines change, populations change, and science improves I’m hoping we have a lot more definitive answers.

    (1) If you are not promoting pseudoscience then where are your sources for the claims you make? Would love if you would share, because many of your ideas contradict some of mine and I would like to explore them further. It’s important to me when I read an article to know exactly where you are getting your information.

    (2) Based on this statement: “If natural immunity and breastfeeding was enough to protect a person for life, than why did smallpox kill 300-350 million people during 20th century when no smallpox vaccination was available? It is vaccines that eliminated small pox and is on verge of eliminating polio.”

    ^^^Based on your statement, I suggest you explore Suzanne Humphries book. As she has multiple chapters, and sites many sources on another alternative opinion as to why small pox was truly eradicated (and it’s not solely the vaccine). In fact, there was also a huge spike in small pox shortly after the vaccine was introduced, but ironically many illnesses (even some that were never vaccinated for) eventually plummeted. (http://www.dissolvingillusions.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/G11.2-UK-Deaths-1838-1978-1024×650.png)

    Also, google anti-vaccinationists and political cartoons, there were many people that were opposed to the small pox vaccine, but despite some resistance small pox was/and still is eradicated. After or if you’ve explored her book…. I would love to hear what you thought of the chapters on small pox.

    (3) Based on what I’ve found of the information Suzanne puts out there (including holding lectures that are hours long), so to discredit her on a video of 11 min and claim she is involved in pseudoscience (where she is really just summarizing and not exposing the actual research she has done), may prevent you from learning something or thinking about vaccines in a way you might have never once thought about. I try to get my information from many sources, and I feel like she has challenged me to think differently and research more into what my previous beliefs were. The reason I found this article, was because I was looking for someone to pick apart the actual research she found and to see if anyone had any strong rebuttals. If you have no interest in ever getting her book at least watch her “free” 4 part lectures on youtube and then criticize.

    http://www.dissolvingillusions.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/G11.2-UK-Deaths-1838-1978-1024×650.png

    1. “The reason I found this article, was because I was looking for someone to pick apart the actual research she found and to see if anyone had any strong rebuttals.” Laura, that is exactly how I found this article. If you find a strong rebuttal of Humphries’ book, I would be interested to know. So far I have found none, despite working through a lot of Google search results. I get the impression that her work is being ignored rather than rebutted.

      Thanks again for your comment.

      1. I too have been looking for a strong rebuttal to Dr. Humphries book. The data she presents in her book is very compelling . . . yet, it doesn’t entirely match up with what I understand about inoculation. I am trying to find some good counter-data, but have yet to find it. Any good framing around the details in her book would be really helpful. Gazah, have you read her book yet?

      2. Dwight I have found the same! In fact, the more I Research, the more I find that supports what she is saying!

  9. This article is misleading in its claims that Suzanne Humphries’s statements
    “are unsupported by any scientific evidence.” A YouTube search for other videos by Humphries reveals longer videos that contain many multiple references to scientific articles. Some of these, to be fair, have been posted since this article was written, including some videos with links to PubMed provided on the slides. In addition, see her recent book Dissolving Illusions. Perhaps Humphries’ claims are imbalanced (I am not attempting to argue either way here), but she is certainly well-read in scientific literature on the topic of vaccines and she certainly provides documentation so that you can test her claims. That, by the way, is more than can be said for this article.

    1. Exactly! I love reading articles that attempt to discredit something yet do not cite one single reference… Just spewing opinions, nice!

  10. Here is a link to a map of recent outbreaks of diseases previously thought overcome by vaccination programs, now threatening again due to impact of the anti-vaccination movement: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/one-map-sums-damage-caused-anti-vaccination-movement
    As a baby I became very ill with whooping cough, for which I had been vaccinated. My mother asked her doctor how this could be so; the doctor replied that without the vaccination my case would most likely be fatal, as it had been for the generations of babies before me. My children are all vaccinated; the numbers are very clear with regards to the relative risks of disease versus vaccination. Some people do react badly to vaccinations, and sometimes (very rarely) the consequences are tragic. In my country children are monitored closely after vaccination. But no-one reacts ‘well’ to polio, or small-pox, and even more common illnesses like measles and chicken pox can kill or permanently damage small babies, far more often than vaccinations do. To propose, as the Dr. in the video does, that a new born baby is a perfect organism that can defend itself against all threat of disease merely by its naturally built-in defences is pure and dangerous naivety. Anyone who has spent time in a neo-natal unit can tell you that.

  11. I didn’t watch the video at the start of your post. But, where I live, the concern is not about the efficacy of vaccines themselves, but about the danger to children of the vaccine suspension – the liquid in which vaccines are stored and then delivered through injection. My understanding is that the suspected “harm of vaccines” is not from the function of vaccination itself, but from elements in the suspension.
    Until you have a child whose lifelong heath is impacted by a vaccination, you can’t possibly understand and step down off the pedestal of science. To the comment above –
    Until you have a child with autism or who is on the autism spectrum, and when the child’s exposure to vaccine is the suspect culprit, it’s all well and good to pooh-pooh the “minute ‘poison’ additive” resulting in these individual occurrences – in the name of good science and the benefit to the masses – and to imply ignorance of those w/o a MS in biotech. In this day and age (long after Joan of Arc – with a “c” not a “k” – that would be Noah you are thinking of…), science should do better than to lock even one child into an autistic life.

    1. It has been proven that vaccines do not cause autism, even the guy who started the rumors admitted to have forged and falsified the data. The risks are actually ten times greater when kids aren’t vaccinated because they spread diseases faster than most human group and until you’ve lost a child to a disease that was supposed to be kept on check by vaccines but has resurfaced besause of ppl misinformed refusingt o have their own children vaccinated, you can’t understand. Useless death s and not just one but many…just have a look at any poor undeveloped countries whod do not have access to vaccines and entire villages are decimated by diseases that have been almoste eradicated here.

      1. Actually, the vaccine court admitted 83 times that autism was caused by vaccines and paid millions of dollars in punitive damages. The Chief of the CDC, Dr Julie Gerberding, admitted on live television in an interview with Dr Gupta on CNN in March of 2008 that vaccines cause autism in children with mitochondrial disorders. The rate of children with mitochondrial disorders in babies in 1980 was 1in 10,000, today it’s 1 in 45. Yes, that’s the rate of children with autism because every child ever genetically tested with autism has a mitochondrial disorder. According to the geneticist who tested my son. As for Dr.Wakefield’s research, even the American Academy of Pediatric admitted its true in 2012. They weren’t rumors, but based on research. Yeah, he embellished his findings but nevertheless were still true. We’ve started treating our son according to his findings and my son has begun to recover. Other scientific institutions have replicated Dr. Wakefield studies and come to the same conclusion. If you do your research you’ll find the internet is littered with research papers published by reputable institutions and researchers.

      2. “One thing in particular that anti-vaccine folks continue to bring up is the mistaken idea that Dr. Gerberding actually said that vaccines cause autism on CNN following the Hannah Polling case.”

        “As many people are aware, Hannah Polling was awarded compensated for a table injury in Vaccine Court. She was not awarded compensated because vaccines caused her to be autistic.

        And Dr. Gerberding certainly did not admit or say that vaccines cause autism. You can read that into her statements during the CNN interview if you like, but that isn’t what she said.”

        https://vaxopedia.org/2017/08/05/who-is-julie-gerberding/

  12. I bet Joan of Ark didn’t like vaccinations. Laughed at your response and the drama, the mark of good writing. I have a MS in biotech and did research in biochemistry, so it’s strange to me that people worry about the minute “poison” additives that help stabilize the drug delivery. Great article.

  13. Great information. I do believe in vaccines. I get a flu shot every year. My husband and daughter get them, too. My daughter will never have to suffer through Chicken Pox due to the vaccine, and she’ll never have to fear Shingles.

    1. I’m quite sure it’s not true that your Chicken Pox vaccinated daughter is completely protected from shingles. If ever she suspects she has the symptoms of shingles, she should see her health care provider, asap.

  14. This has been enlightening. It is always good to DISPASSIONATELY discuss such subjects, look at both sides and seek out what is really happening. Pseudoscience (the foundation of which is generally lack of accurate information) leads to some weird conclusions and hinders true knowledge. A site I have gained much from is http://www.ems.psu.edu/~fraser/BadScience.html (“bad science”) which I have found helpful. Sadly, US middle school science textbooks (can’t speak for other countries) are INFAMOUS for bad science (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/ndssun04.htm, http://www.project2061.org/publications/articles/articles/scinews.htm), and not much has changed since this came to light, but students and teachers have often been forbidden to question or point it out because that would invalidate the tests they are using and embarrass the publishers and other powers that be.

    On the other side of the coin, down through the ages, the scientific community itself of given eras or subjects has had a history of getting off track with assertions that “everyone says so/agrees,” or feel too threatened to deal with contradictions or new ideas rationally (behaving as if some religious dogma were being challenged), but happily many of those previously rejected “new” ideas are now recognized as correct, and the obsolete science is (usually) behind us (such as spontaneous generation, embryonic recapitulation, alchemy, eugenics, and so on).

    We must be ever vigilant to correctly and IMPARTIALLY investigate new scientific challenges. So how will we know if we are at risk of closing our minds and behaving like the Catholic Church of of Dark Ages? When we summarily dismiss a new discovery without giving it serious attention and when we immediately resort to name calling and demonizing and “excommunicating” those with whom we disagree, we become guilty of the very errors of thought we rightfully disdain.

    Keep up with the interesting posts!

    1. Thanks for sharing your view on the matter and informative links. Yes, you are correct, we mustn’t simply reject something that according to some people goes against the religious dogmas. Scientific concepts improve over time and we must value scientific facts because if it weren’t for science we would have been no different from those in Dark age.

      Lastly, we all must do our best to aware people of the benefits and drawbacks of scientific methods and eliminate the shadows of pseudoscientific concepts imprinted on most people’s mind (who are unaware of real science).

      Thanks again for your time and thoughts!

    2. Well to be honest you are not very well informed about history. Those mistakes are pretty common however. First off the people during the dark ages were not stupid, it is not like some magical light bulb of intelligence went off during the Renaissance. Think of the monks that painstakingly saved many of the manuscripts we have from Greece. The system of logic was created in Greece was very, very well known to the intellectuals of that time. Have you never seen the art from the Byzantine Empire at that time? The architecture? You may not like the fuedual system but it was what was needed at the time. Have you ever heard of King Albert the Great, who encouraged learning and military strategy in his kingdom? To dismiss all that and far more in a summary seems unfair. Joan of Arc whose military tactics are still be studied by tacticians to this day?
      Not to say their were not many problems in the middle ages, yes they could be superstitious, but you also realize that as we speak their is an astrology section in every paper in the usa that I have seen. Lucky rabbit’s foot anyone?
      You also realize no one has ever been excommunicated for scientific progress or scientific findings. Yes the church would limit such things as human experimentation. But I think most people would be against that too. Further you realize one of the one of the people who established the usage of vaccines was Louis Pascal a strong catholic. Mendel, the person who discovered genetics was a catholic monk. The idea that science and religion are by necessity opposed to each other is a very Victorian Idea.

      1. The main objective of this article is to introduce people of the concept of vaccination and to make them aware of its importance. It has absolutely nothing to do with what Joan of Arc did or how intelligent or stupid ancient civilizations and people of dark ages were. You didn’t have to drag religion or historic figures in the matter that says nothing against religion and all about the well being of humanity. Bet your God will not burn you in eternal fire if you get vaccinated for chicken pox or spread the word on how important it is to be vaccinated. As you have brought the discussion to religion and you are so desperately trying to prove that Religion is superior to science, let me make it clear that creationism is a also a manifestation of pseudoscience, can you prove the existence of God with the Scientific Method of Observation, experimentation and deducing a theory that God is there?What has God to do with vaccination, anyway? As for our ancestors being unintelligent, I never said they were.There have been Incredibly intelligent people in all eras, I respect them all, irrespective of their views on religion. All of them contributed to the improvement of human condition and there is nothing more inspiring than that. Mendel didn’t invent Genetics because he was a priest. That was simply an outcome of his interest, intelligence and love for knowledge. And yes, people still believe pseudoscientific stuff and astrology section in papers is a proof of that and being anti-vaccination is another.

        Kindly, comment with relevance of the subject on which the articles are written. Prevalence of pseudosciences like Astrology, link between History and Science and Science and religion are entirely different topics and you, me and everyone will have a lot to say about that. If you are looking for such topics ,you can go read articles on Pseudoscience, geniuses in history and other related articles available on Sparkonit.

      2. It’s okay, my bad I didn’t think you might have replied to the comment, pardon me. I do agree with some of stuffs you said and you seem to know a lot about history. Please forget the misunderstanding!

    1. If you cannot see how every single detail of composition, types and mechanism of vaccine action is explained in the article, I suggest you do some research on the subject that what your ‘real science’ says about it. Do you consider Wikipedia a valid source of info? If so, you can read vaccine related articles there that will only confirm what is given in this article is the real science and perhaps you will come to understand what pseudoscience is trying to do.

    2. Lol. You are right. They are safe and everybody knows that;) This article is nothing new and all the explanations have been addressed by antivaccers and are no longer so overwhelming as author thinks.

  15. Have vaccine supporters looked at the ingredients of the vaccines? If so what are your thoughts about chemicals like Aluminum Hydroxide, Benzethonium Chloride, Formaldehyde, Thimersol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glutaraldehyde, Formalin, etc. and the side effects. There’s a huge list of toxins that reportedly in these vaccines. Are they wrong?

    1. The substances you are referring to are added as ‘Excipients’, that’s the term used for an inactive substance added alongside an active potent ingredient of medication, its main purpose is to allow accurate dispensation of a drug substance using in dosage form, they also enhance the medication’s ability to be more soluble, increase absorption etc.

      The excipients used in vaccines are –

      Adjuvant are used to activate a stronger and persistent response to vaccine(by immune system). Commonly used adjuvant are ammonium salts or gel like you mentioned Ammonium Hydroxide. Formaldehyde is added to kill any virus or bacteria that may contaminate vaccine. Stabilizers are added to resist change to light, heat, acidity, basicity, humidity, etc. And preservatives are added to more than one vials of vaccines to prevent growth of bacteria that can be harmful to host.

      There you go, these are substances that a vaccine contains other than the antigen, they have all been tested repeatedly and they do not pose any harm to human body and are proved to be safe, there was a rumor that preservatives added can cause Autism but no such evidence is found.

  16. I think Inese Poga Art Gallery’s comment is interesting. Sure there are problems with vaccines, but, as Mr. Spocks said in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” loosely quoted, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” There are people who have drowned from drinking too much water or milk. Should we do away with water and milk? I think not.

  17. It depends on person and vaccine. There have been lethal vaccination cases, not to mention side effects. I’m a medical writer, too, I’m having access to huge data bases and all recent clinical trials.

    1. Yes, there are side effects and they are not long lasting and it happens in one in thousands persons, so yes, benefit outweighs side effects. In Clinical Trial, adverse effects are seen because they are trials, they are conducted to check how effective or ineffective the product or method is. When there are dangers associated with the product, it is banned to be used on people and when the trial is successful, the product is allowed to be used. As said in the post, most serious side-effects of vaccines are only observed in those who have an allergy to vaccination or have an immune system disorder and such individuals are not even vaccinated.

      1. Most are not long lasting? You couldn’t be further from the truth! Shall I post the possible side effects of the current MMR2 Vaccine sold by Merck? In a list of 1 1/2 pages of fine print they list most common to least common side effects to which the 3rd is Type 2 Diabetes

        The argument I make is anti-vaccine, but pro science and I use there vaccine inserts to prove it

      2. Yes I believe I shall. Here is a short list of the MMR2’s vaccine inserts

        This article about Dr.Humphries was poorly though out and full of outright lies.

        The article states vaccines are ABSOLUTELY safe… that’s not representing the science I’m finding. It totally discredits the whole write up that is meant to discredit another

        ADVERSE REACTIONS
        The following adverse reactions are listed in decreasing order of severity, without regard to causality, within each body system category and have been reported during clinical trials, with use of the marketed vaccine, or with use of monovalent or bivalent vaccine containing measles, mumps, or rubella: Body as a Whole
        Panniculitis; atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability. Cardiovascular System
        Vasculitis. Digestive System Pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; parotitis; nausea.

        Endocrine System
        Diabetes mellitus.
        Hemic and Lymphatic System
        Thrombocytopenia (see WARNINGS, Thrombocytopenia); purpura; regional lymphadenopathy; leukocytosis. Immune System
        Anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema (including peripheral or facial edema) and bronchial spasm in individuals with or without an allergic history. Musculoskeletal System Arthritis; arthralgia; myalgia. Arthralgia and/or arthritis (usually transient and rarely chronic), and polyneuritis are features of infection with wild-type rubella and vary in frequency and severity with age and sex, being greatest in adult females and least in prepubertal children. This type of involvement as well as myalgia and paresthesia, have also been reported following administration of MERUVAX II.
        Chronic arthritis has been associated with wild-type rubella infection and has been related to persistent virus and/or viral antigen isolated from body tissues. Only rarely have vaccine recipients developed chronic joint symptoms.
        Following vaccination in children, reactions in joints are uncommon and generally of brief duration. In women, incidence rates for arthritis and arthralgia are generally higher than those seen in children (children: 0-3%; women: 12-26%),{17,56,57} and the reactions tend to be more marked and of longer duration. Symptoms may persist for a matter of months or on rare occasions for years. In adolescent girls, the reactions appear to be intermediate in incidence between those seen in children and in adult women. Even in women older than 35 years, these reactions are generally well tolerated and rarely interfere with normal activities. Nervous System
        Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE) (see CONTRAINDICATIONS); subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM); transverse myelitis; febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; paresthesia.
        Experience from more than 80 million doses of all live measles vaccines given in the U.S. through 1975 indicates that significant central nervous system reactions such as encephalitis and encephalopathy, occurring within 30 days after vaccination, have been temporally associated with measles vaccine very rarely.{58} In no case has it been shown that reactions were actually caused by vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pointed out that “a certain number of cases of encephalitis may be expected to occur in a large childhood population in a defined period of time even when no vaccines are administered”. However, the data suggest the possibility that some of these cases may have been caused by measles vaccines. The risk of such serious neurological disorders following live measles virus vaccine administration remains far less than that for encephalitis and encephalopathy with wild-type measles (one per two thousand reported cases).
        Post-marketing surveillance of the more than 200 million doses of M-M-R and M-M-R II that have been distributed worldwide over 25 years (1971 to 1996) indicates that serious adverse events such as encephalitis and encephalopathy continue to be rarely reported.{17}
        There have been reports of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) in children who did not have a history of infection with wild-type measles but did receive measles vaccine. Some of these cases may have resulted from unrecognized measles in the first year of life or possibly from the measles vaccination. Based on estimated nationwide measles vaccine distribution, the association of SSPE cases to measles vaccination is about one case per million vaccine doses distributed. This is far less than the association with infection with wild-type measles, 6-22 cases of SSPE per million cases of measles. The results of a retrospective case-controlled study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that the overall effect of measles vaccine has been to protect against SSPE by preventing measles with its inherent higher risk of SSPE.{59}
        Cases of aseptic meningitis have been reported to VAERS following measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination. Although a causal relationship between the Urabe strain of mumps vaccine and aseptic meningitis has been shown, there is no evidence to link Jeryl Lynn™ mumps vaccine to aseptic meningitis.

        Respiratory System
        Pneumonia; pneumonitis (see CONTRAINDICATIONS); sore throat; cough; rhinitis.
        Skin Stevens-Johnson syndrome; erythema multiforme; urticaria; rash; measles-like rash; pruritis.
        Local reactions including burning/stinging at injection site; wheal and flare; redness (erythema); swelling; induration; tenderness; vesiculation at injection site. Special Senses — Ear
        Nerve deafness; otitis media. Special Senses — Eye
        Retinitis; optic neuritis; papillitis; retrobulbar neuritis; conjunctivitis. Urogenital System
        Epididymitis; orchitis. Other
        Death from various, and in some cases unknown, causes has been reported rarely following vaccination with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines; however, a causal relationship has not been established in healthy individuals (see CONTRAINDICATIONS). No deaths or permanent sequelae were reported in a published post-marketing surveillance study in Finland involving 1.5 million children and adults who were vaccinated with M-M-R II during 1982 to 1993.{60}
        Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, health-care providers and manufacturers are required to record and report certain suspected adverse events occurring within specific time periods after vaccination. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has established a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) which will accept all reports of suspected events.{49} A VAERS report form as well as information regarding reporting requirements can be obtained by calling VAERS 1-800-822-7967.

  18. I have studied holistic medical approaches in research and there seems to be some efficacy to non traditional health approaches as opposed to traditional medicine(AMA) but those who preach vaccination as poisoning the body are irrational and it is astonishing how much anti vaccination propaganda is out there presented by certified doctors and scientists. The same “flat earthers” don’t accept global warming either.One news article today revealed polls that show an increasing number of people dismiss evolution as opposed to the Biblical account. This ignorance and recalcitrance in the face of all evidence is cyclical in American history as people get tired of academia’s pompous attitudes and those of Eastern Establishment periods of anti intellectualism have appeared. I understand polio is on the rise in some Islamic nations and in Miami they will not allow students to enter the school system without proof of vaccinations because the huge immigration of Haitians has brought in hepatitis and TB as the third world ares of Caribbean have little access to vaccination. And then there are those that see forced or required vaccination as some kind of New World Order imposition of communism. Thanks support my blog. Happy New Year.

    1. You’re right. These pseudoscientific concepts will prevail unless everyone is aware of at least some basic science. That can only happen if most people read and understand what science says and spread this awareness to others who have never been science students or readers because those people are prone to fall for pseudoscience.

      And yeah, will do that and Happy New Year to you, too!

    2. I’m in the anti-medication/vaccine camp as well, & have been wholistic 12 years now – with phenomenal improvements in health. I shared this on FB – & am following you

      1. Thanks for following and sharing your experience, hope you enjoy a healthy life but if you are not vaccinated it could be dangerous. Have you ever thought what if you come in contact (really hope not) with a viral or bacterial particles against which vaccines are a must?

      2. I am not vaccinated and contracted the mumps. Guess what? Still here.

        You know what else? Lawsuits against vaccine makers for injury and death total over $3billion. Thats just in payoit money to the plantiffs.

        If vaccines are so safe then why have billions been spent by big pharma in lawsuits just for vaccines alone? Why does big pharma give hand outs and large gifts to doctors to push thrir products?

        Are there any factual unbiased sources for this article? No sources were listed at all.

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