The Link Between Vaccines and Allergies: First Let's Look At How Vaccination Works

The Link Between Vaccines and Allergies: First Let’s Look At How Vaccination Works

what-is-vaccinationI don’t have any allergies in my family. Neither does my husband. We don’t even suffer from occasional hay-fever like many do. We also never had asthma or allergies as a child. So when the doctor told me that my daughters allergies were hereditary, I was skeptical. It just seemed like one of those answers that doctors sometimes give you when they dont know what the problem is.
So, I began my research.
First, I needed to look at how vaccination works.

And before I explain that, I will just explain this. That I am just a regular mum. I did study Biological Sciences at Uni (so you could say I am a bit scientifically minded), but in saying that I did fail my first paper in cell biology (so lets say that area was not my strength). Basically, I just do a lot of reading and gathering information. So I have made this as simple as I could, please don’t run over it with a fine tooth comb, its not my intention to be scientific, it’s just my perspective and summaries from articles, books and scientific reports I have read.

Also, there is endless studies and statistics which point to the correlation between vaccines and allergies. Just because doctors and scientists say that there is not a link, it does not mean there is not one. There is to much evidence to suggest otherwise. It maddens me when I read articles that state that there are no studies to support that this theory is true. There are so many studies its not funny…just look!!! The only study you really have to do though is ask yourself why is there so many allergies in children today. Why is there such an increase from ten, twenty and thirty years ago. What is the correlation. The correlation is staring right there in your face: the ramped up vaccination schedule! Our babies bodies are not handling it! We are trading one set of epidemics for another. Its not right!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s where it gets a little bit heavy:
The theory behind vaccination is to artificially expose a person to antigens (germs) in a weakened form. This makes them mount an immune response by producing antibodies. The germ is usually injected into the blood (or given orally), bypassing crucial defenses in the skin, mucus membranes, respiratory tract and liver. Once activated, these antibodies stay in the body so that with subsequent exposure to the same germ, the same antibodies will be triggered. This hopefully protects the person against illness (no guarantee can be offered as to how effective this artificial immunity may be or how long it may last though).

*The process of ‘vaccination’ (artificial immunity) differs from ‘immunisation’ (natural immunity), where the body is naturally exposed to full-strength antigens found in the environment. The body fights these germs through numerous defense pathways and gains lifelong immunity. This process is complex and involves many bodily responses, organs and systems, and is distinct from that of vaccinations. These two terms are often mixed up.

So now that I understood vaccinations, I needed to look at how an allergic response worked:
Allergies are an abnormal immune reaction. The immune system is designed to protect the body from potential harm. In a person who has allergies, the immune system will react to an allergen (substance that triggers an immune response). The immune system will produce immunoglobulin E (IgE), antibodies for each allergen. The antibodies will cause cells in the body to produce histamines. These histamines will act on different areas of the body (eyes, throat, nose, gastrointestinal tract, skin or lungs) to produce symptoms of an allergic reaction.
In my daughters case, as soon as she comes into contact with her allergens (dustmites, dogs, cashew or walnuts for example) she comes up in an inflamed rash over most of her body. She then spends the next one to two days itching on and off throughout the day and night. Her mood changes and she is irritable, frustrated and moody. The hours and sometimes days after a ‘flare up’ is tiring and tends to rule our whole family.

The big connection between the two (vaccines and allergies), to keep in mind is that they both involve antibodies and the immune system.

Here are a few New Zealand childhood allergy statistics (taken from the NZ Health Survey 2006/7), for an idea of the amount of children affected by this epidemic :
– 14.8%, 1 in 7 children 2-14 years suffer from asthma
– 14.1% of children 2-14 years suffer from eczema
– 6.2% of children 2-14 years suffer from allergy’s (all types)

Unfortunately there were not statistics for children in any earlier health surveys. But judging by headlines from around the world, allergies have tripled since 1970 and doubled from twenty, even ten years ago.

To keep this blog short I have chosen to look at just two ideas. I have called them ideas but they are all backed up by studies and much literature, so to me and many others they are more than just ideas. Because I have tried to make this blog easier to read and less scientific, I have opted for leaving out most references. If you are interested in any points made, you only have to google search it, and you will find plenty of information.

This idea explains the rise in food allergies very well:
Because vaccines are given to create an immune response from the body, it only makes sense that the body treats anything in vaccines as an invader that needs to have an antibody created to combat it. So if the vaccines has a trace of food protein in it, for example: egg (the MMR vaccine is grown in cell cultures of chick embryo’s), soy (the pneumococcal vaccine is grown in soy peptone broth), milk (the Hepatitis B vaccine uses casein as an adjuvant), peanut, fish, wheat, corn, the list goes on. It only makes sense that the vaccines can cause a food allergy. This theory is supported by many studies which all conclude that allergies (especially peanut allergy as this is a common carrier oil in vaccines) decreases in populations that have decreased percentage of vaccinated children. But in my experience (and many others by the sounds of things) you only have to talk to a handful of mothers and realise these same trends. I look at my daughters kindy group and see it for my own eyes. The literature out there on this idea is so huge, one article I found particularly informative was http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=1771. A point to note is that, the vaccine manufacturers do not have to list these ingredients on their package inserts of the vaccines (so doctors do not know if it contains food proteins or not). But you can find out what foods are likely to be used in vaccines by looking up patents for vaccine adjuvants and culture mediums. http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=1342162 gives you an idea of how vast the foods they use are.

Another idea to look into is the early introduction that vaccines are now given, also the amount at one time that is given:
The vaccine process challenges the immune system by suppressing T cells (a type of white blood cell that plays a vital role in immunity) and renders the immune system less able to fight infection and detect cell mutation. At the same time hyper-exciting the B-cells (a type of white blood cell that makes antibodies against antigens) which may then result in eczema, asthma, allergies and many other diseases. A study which supports this idea is one published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by the University of Manitoba (Canada). It looked at 14,000 infants given the DTP vaccine in 1995 (not exactly the same as the one given now, but no doubt a similar conclusion would occur if a new study was done). The study found that of all the infants who started the vaccine schedule at the recommended age of two months, 14% of them later went on to develop childhood asthma. Babies who delayed the vaccine until age four months or older only had a 6% asthma rate. Unfortunately it did not look at other allergies.

This idea of vaccines causing allergic responses, by creating a hypersensitive immune system in some children, could explain the surge in anaphylactic children starting around ten years ago. These children were among the first to receive additional vaccinations (Hib/influenzae type b and PCV7/pneumococcal in New Zealand). Is it possible that these vaccines have tipped the scale for what a child can handle in it’s small lifetime? I wish there was a study that looked into what happens to eczema, asthma, anaphylactic and other allergy occurrences when say five vaccines are given concurrently to our children. Sadly there is not.

To look at the evolution of the New Zealand childhood immunisation schedule from 1980, go to: le:///Users/RJD/Desktop/Lolls/Vaccinations/Evolution%20of%20the%20New%20Zealand%20Childhood%20Immunisation%20Schedule%20from%201980:%20a%20personal%20view.webarchive

A chapter in Peter and Hilary Butlers second book ‘From One Prick To Another’ looks into the same idea of ‘immune corruption’. She describes it as vaccinations skewing the immune system. People with allergies and asthma have a Th2-skewed system (geared primarily to antibody-based functioning, which means it does not work as well as it should). Pregnancy skews the immune system to Th2 to protect the baby from being aborted. The time after birth is critical in re-setting the baby’s immune system back from a Th2-skewed pattern, to the normal working order of the body (Th1). There are many studies that each vaccine for whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus (DPT) given to babies today, skews the immune system to Th2. Here is one: http://www.whale.to/vaccines/hib2.html

One very important question I ask myself time and time again, and I think many people also do is: why is it that only some children end up with allergies, when so many others who have the same vaccinations don’t?

After much reading, I have found a very valid explanation:
One researcher pointed out in 2004 that: “Adjuvant 65 offers the advantage over mineral oil used in [other adjuvants] that it can be metabolized”. “Metabolized” means that the body can break down and eliminate the waste vaccine. This ability to detoxify varies between individuals and is today an enormous challenge for western children increasingly weakened by digestive imbalance”. To read this full article ‘The man-made peanut allergy epidemic. A revealing history of a medical mystery’, go to: http://www.whale.to/vaccine/fraser.html

The reason why this explanation made such sense to me, was that it ticked my daughters boxes. Like I described in my last blog ‘What is a vaccine. Question, question, question, then question some more’ she was born in Australia. At the time of her birth in 2008 we were advised to introduce solids between four-six months, when they were showing signs of being interested in food. So being a first parent (and a very uneducated one at that), I introduced some foods at this young age of around four months. What I did not know then, that I know now, is that not only is their digestive system not ready and designed for food before six months, but that foods and formula given this early upsets their digestive balance greatly. So I think it is very fair to say that my daughter may have had a weakened digestive imbalance.

Now, I know that vaccines can not be blamed for all allergies, and that there are many contributing factors (family history, antibiotics and other drugs such as paracetamol over-use, diets based almost exclusively on highly processed foods including excessive amounts of gluten, sugar and trans-fats and general lifestyle issues), but it is silly not to look at this possibility. For me, with no family history of allergies, and with one child with chronic eczema and allergies who was vaccinated up until 15 months, compared with my other two children with no allergies so far and also no vaccinations, it slaps me in the face…pretty hard.

It’s so important as a parent to look into the possibility that the link between vaccinations and allergies could be true. That we might be trading off one epidemic with another. That the rise in amounts of vaccines injected so early in babies is corrupting their immune systems and leading to the allergy epidemic there is today (and was not twenty, even ten years ago). In the eighties the vaccination schedule was ten, today its more than thirty. The good thing about this, is that in New Zealand you do have the choice to not only not vaccinate, but if you would rather, to delay vaccinations until your child’s immune system seems at a more fit age to handle the numerous injections. Or to split them up, choose only some, or give them separately, and at different times. It is YOUR child…not the doctors and nurses to make this important decision for you. Become educated, become confident with your decision and don’t be bullied by anybody into something you are not confident in doing!

Thank you so much for reading my blog…I know that it was a bit lengthy and mind boggling but I felt I needed to be more specific with this one (such as how vaccination works and what an allergic response is) to be able to explain things properly. My next one will be far more easier on the eyes!