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"It always amazes me when highly respected journals ...are willing to publish articles [arguing that] passive protection conveyed by the mother is .. less effective than a vaccine."

by Sherri Tenpenny, DO

8th May 2002

Vaccine Tales



We are seeing an escalating epidemic of late onset autism. Indiana schools now have autism rates thirty times those of only twelve years ago.

The number of autistic clients at centers run by the California State Department of Developmental Services (DDS) increased 273 percent from 1987 to 1998.

In the four years since then, the cases have close to doubled again, and the latest quarterly numbers show they are continuing to explode at a record rate. Two- thirds are children under age 13.

School districts all say they're also being inundated with Asperger's children.

Yet Congressman Dan Burton says that whereas AIDS research annually gets almost $1 Billion, and diabetes over $60 Million, autism merits less than $12 Million.


One hundred years ago, children received 1 vaccine (the smallpox vaccine). Forty years ago, children received 5 vaccines routinely (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and smallpox vaccines) and as many as 8 shots by 2 years of age.

Children now receive 52 vaccines, in the form of 15 shots, by the time they are 6 months of age if they receive all the recommend shots, including the Prevnar pediatric pneumonia shot.

Vaccines contain THIMERSOL (mercury), MSG, aluminum, formaldehyde, sucrose and phenoxyethanol, which is antifreeze, among many other things. Thimerosal, a vaccine ingredient, is nearly 50% mercury.

Mercury is a NEUROTOXIN.

EPA 'safe' levels are: .1 microgram per 1.0 kilogram of body weight per day. Vaccines contain 12.5 to 25.0 micrograms of mercury, and a 'well baby' visit can see your child have between 50 and 62.5 mcgs of MERCURY injected into their bloodstream.

The CDC (US) has found a trend linking autism to mercury laden vaccines.

Thimerosal is a registered pesticide with the Department of Pesticide Registration of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Vaccines given:

Day of Birth: Hepatitis B Contains 12 mcg mercury which is 30 times above the 'safe' level

At 4 Months: DTaP and HiB on same day These contain 50 mcg mercury which is 60 times above the 'safe' level

At 6 Months: Hep B, Polio These contain 62.5 mcg mercury which is 78 times above the 'safe' level

At 15 Months, the child receives another 50 mcg mercury which is 41 times above the 'safe' level.

Low levels of mercury during critical stages of development have been associated with neurological disorders in children including ADD learning difficulties, Autism and speech delays. Wonder why we have an epidemic of these conditions? As of 2001, up to twenty-four vaccines are recommended from birth to eighteen years.

Passive protection conveyed by the mother is dismissed as less effective than a vaccine.

However, much research clearly documents that more protection is conferred through breast milk than through artificially-induced antibodies. Breast milk contains large quantities of secretory IgA, lysozyme-secreting macrophages, and both T- and B-lymphocytes. The lymphocytes release of gamma interferon, migration inhibition factors and monocyte chemotatic factors, all of which strengthen the intrinsic immune response of the infant. [1]

In addition, the protection provided by breast milk is not short-lived. There is evidence that the enhanced protection it provides lasts for years.[2] In addition, concentrations of antibodies found at six weeks of lactation are the same levels as those at six months, so any amount of breast-feeding contributes to immune enhancement. [3]

Children less than 2 years of age are considered to be more susceptible to infections by H. influenza type b and Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium, both major causes of otitis media and invasive bacterial diseases. Although the infant's immune system may be less capable of "mounting a response" to the polysaccharide cell walls of the bacteria than an adult's immune system,
infection can again be offset by breast milk.

Components within the milk have been found to inhibit both colonization and tissue adherence. [4,5] The premise that conjugate vaccines are essential for the protection of an infant omits this important fact.

Vaccine-specific antibody protection is considered to be the cornerstone of vaccination success. In all studies published on vaccines, "efficacy" is considered to be the development antibodies. When vaccines are given together, the combination is considered "effective" if both antigens generate an antibody response at least equal to the response seen if a single antigen vaccine is given alone.

However, is this an antibody response a valid presumption of disease protection?

Even experts in the field admit that they don't know. During a discussion regarding the approval of yet another acellular pertussis vaccine, a panel member said,

".A basic question is: Is antibody correlated with protection? In the year 2000, we don't really know which antibodies protect, let alone exactly what level of an antibody protects." Another panelist went on to say, "The protective mechanisms [of the immune system] are not understood. Is it antibody or is it cell mediated or some assessment of memory that can occur in response to infection?" [6]

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) discloses this regarding the pertussis vaccine, "The findings of efficacy studies have not demonstrated a direct correlation between antibody response and protection against pertussis disease."

Antibody studies are only useful to compare immune responses elicited between similar vaccines. Efficacy studies to measure clinical protection conferred by each pertussis vaccine have not been done. [7]

Therefore, antibodies apparently mean nothing.

The H. flu vaccine has been found to have high avidity in vitro. This means that there is a high affinity of attachment between the antigen and the antibody. However, "the contribution [of this] to clinical protection is unknown." [8]

Again, "efficacy" as defined by the development of antibodies apparently means nothing in relation to disease protection. Therefore, using the antigen binding capacity of the immune system and its ability to create an antibody response as a measure of safety, also means nothing.

The concept that 10,000 antigens could theoretically be deposited
uneventfully into the blood stream of either an infant or an adult defies logic and is a blatant disregard for mechanisms of human physiology.

By injecting a vaccine into the body, the first four lines of normal immune defense are by-passed:

Mucous membranes,
Gut lymphoid tissue and
Lymphatic neutralization

This abnormal introduction of pathogens and adjuvants into the blood stream does not "trick" the immune system: it contaminates it.

And contaminate it we do. Children now receive 52 vaccines, in the form of 15 shots, buy the time they are 6 months of age if they receive all the recommend shots, including the Prevnar® (the pediatric pneumonia shot.) That is because each viral or bacterial particle contained
in the vaccine elicits an immune response.

So, the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are three separate vaccines. The injectable polio vaccine (IPV) contains three strains of polio, thus it is three vaccines. And this overwhelming amount of biological material does not include the adjuvants, which can included MSG, aluminum, formaldehyde, sucrose and phenoxyethanol, which is antifreeze, among many others.

The potential for disaster looms as multiple live and attenuated viruses are combined during multiple vaccinations on the same day. In a study reported in Science Magazine, two avirulent herpes viruses were simultaneously injected in the footpads of mice. Many (62%) of the mice that had received equal doses of each virus died while none died that had received up to 100 times the diluted dose of just one virus.

Eleven recombinant viruses were isolated from the dead mice. Three of these isolates were lethal when injected into the next set of mice. This study demonstrates that in vivo, two avirulent viruses can recombine with deadly results. [9] If two vaccine antigens can cause a serious outcome when given simultaneously, then what about "only 123-126"? Or 10,000?

Once again, a "ground breaking" medical study has drawn media attention by posting conclusions that are not supported by facts. Stating that an infant has a large capacity to respond to antigens, i.e. create an antibody response, does nothing to allay reasonable fears and doubts by investigative parents.

Any "thinking doctor" should recognize this "study" for what it is: another opportunity to spread the mantra of "safe and effective" vaccines. Perhaps in this way we won't question the more than 200 vaccines that are currently in development or resist the more than 20 that are anticipated to become part of the childhood vaccination schedule by 2010.

A "thinking parent" might conclude that, "if the immune system is that strong, why do we need to vaccinate at all?

1 Scientific American, December 1995; Volume 273; No. 6, Page 76
2 Hanson, -L-A. Ann.All.Asth Imm.1998 Dec; 81(6):523-33
3 Pichichero, M.E, et. al. J.Infect.Dis. 1980 Nov; 142(5); 694-8.
4 Hokama,-T, et. al. Pediatr-Int. 1999 Jun; 41(3): 277-80
5 Hanson, LA. Acta-Paediatr-Jpn. 1994 Oct; 36(5): 557-61
6 Transcript of Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting, Friday, November 3, 2000, p. 107, 120.
7 MMWR March 28, 1997/Vol. 46/No. RR-7, pg. 4
8 2002 Physician's Desk Reference, HibTITER, p. 1860.
9 Javier RT, Searati, F., Stevens, JB. Science 1986 Nov. ;234(4777):746-8.

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