Vaccine awareness is a vital part of natural parenting. At The Mother magazine we regularly publish articles on vaccines by Joanna Karpasea-Jones, founder of the Vaccination Awareness Network, so that parents have access to information not given out by the government and Department of Health. Their theory is that if your child is exposed to a weakened version of the disease, he’ll produce antibodies to that disease and become ‘immune’, so that he’ll never contract the illness.
The trouble with this theory is that it only focuses on one small aspect of the immune system ~ the antibodies, and it fails to look at all the other functions responsible for protecting your child’s health.
Holistic health care teaches us that the immune system is also made up of the skin, mucous membranes in the nose and throat, ears and eyes, nasal hairs, saliva, the spleen, intestines, tonsils, the thymus gland and even the brain. All of these parts work together in a holistic way to bring about a “whole body immunity”, which is only in part to do with antibodies.
- The skin acts as a barrier to prevent bacteria entering the body. It also filters out toxins through fever, which is the purpose of a fever when your child is ill.
- The nasal hairs prevent foreign particles from travelling up the nose, and the mucous membranes excrete a substance which is anti-bacterial.
- Tonsils help prevent respiratory diseases, and illnesses such as Polio; and saliva contains substances which destroy and neutralise microbes.
- The spleen and intestines, among other organs, deposit fats and vitamins around the body, and protect against viral and bacterial invasion.
- The thymus gland produces thymus cells, known as ‘T’ cells, which are antibodies to infection.
- There are various glands (nodes) in the body that drain it of toxins and useless material. For instance, the cervical nodes drain the head, neck and chest.
- The pituitary gland in the brain directs all of the systems above, so if the brain goes wrong, so does the immune system. It sends electrical impulses to all areas of the body, stimulating cell regeneration and muscle growth. These electrical impulses also stimulate the thymus gland ~ the centre of immune function.
Vaccine Awareness Network: http://www.vaccineriskawareness.com/
What effect does vaccination have on this immune function?
Vaccination ~ the act of artificially acquiring a disease so as to become immune to it ~ is flawed in a number of ways. First, a vaccine contains many hazardous chemicals and not just the viruses to immunise against. These each have their own toxic effect on the body. Secondly, the route of entry is different to a naturally occurring disease. Most natural diseases would enter through the mouth or the nasal cavity, not the skin.
Vaccination breaks the skin with a needle, and injects foreign matter into the blood supply.
This bypasses the skin’s role in immune function, as well as the tonsils, the mucous membranes, and so on.
Normally, the body produces extra antibodies after being primed by the tonsils that there is impending infection. Therefore, if the infection takes hold, there’ll be an army of white blood cells ready to neutralise the infection.
In the case of vaccination, this infection goes straight to the blood, with no prior build up for the body, and there are no extra immune cells to deal with it.
Also, with vaccination there is more than one disease present (e.g. measles, mumps, rubella all in one), whereas, naturally, a child would never contract 3 diseases at the same time. This puts additional strain on the immune system.
What problems can this cause?
Injection of vaccine via this unnatural route can use up 70% of the immune system’s resources, instead of the usual 3 to 4% with a wild occurring disease (according to Cynthia Cournoyer, ‘What About Immunizations?’, Dennis Nelson Publishers, 1991).
Because the body has no extra antibodies waiting to counter the vaccine, it can go into overdrive in an attempt to deal with the situation, taking much needed vitamins away from bones and other organs, to use for the production of more antibodies. This means that the other vital systems go short on vitamins, in extreme cases leading to bone fractures caused by the immune response leaching vitamins to cope with the vaccine. This lack of vitamins can also cause bruising, retinal bleeding and haemorrhaging, which is why some vaccine damaged babies have been falsely labelled as ‘shaken baby syndrome’ cases. These type of vaccine injuries are similar to those caused by trauma.
The massive surge of antibodies created by the vaccine can also cause the body to become hypersensitive, and this is responsible for the increase in allergies and auto-immune diseases. Allergies are an over-exposure to toxic elements which the body is unable to cleanse itself of.
If the adrenals, which include the pancreas, the pituitary gland and the spleen, become over-stimulated, for instance, by vaccination, this can cause the body to become toxic and unable to regulate itself. This has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, asthma and bronchitis, to name a few. Over-stimulating the adrenals also causes a decrease in circulation of blood round the body, and atrophying of vascular vessels.
It’s in this state of dysfunction and chemical overload, from vaccines, pollution, junk food, pharmaceutical drugs and so on, that our bodies become less able to stay healthy.
‘When the body is in its ideal state of harmony, there is no need for "immunity". In such a state of harmony and balance, the thymus functions properly as the central regulator for the proper digestion of elements, and all that is taken into the body is digested and excreted.’ – (Stonebridge Associated Colleges, 2005).