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The Truth About Vaccines

The Truth About Vaccines

by Terri L. Saunders

It is common modern practice to vaccinate children beginning in infancy, supposedly to protect them against a variety of diseases which "threaten" mankind. In truth, however, it is these very vaccines that are threatening the health and genetic integrity of the human race. Before the advent of vaccines, many childhood diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough were adequately handled by the immune systems of children raised in a drugless society. It was not until the beginning of mass immunization of children in the 1950’s that these same diseases appeared to cause grave injury or death. In fact, in 1950, before routine vaccinations became a reality, the United States had the third lowest infant mortality rate in the world. By 1986, the U.S. infant mortality rate dropped to 17th place and by 1995 the U.S. had fallen further to 24th place.

There is a vast difference between natural immunity acquired as nature intended it and the invasive immunization practice derived from vaccination. Immediately after birth, newborn infants who are breast fed, receive antibodies through their mother’s milk. When a child or adult gets a disease naturally, the virus or bacteria travels through the nose or mouth into the lungs and into the circulatory and lymphatic systems, providing antibody and cellular protection. In contrast, when concentrated pathogenic microorganisms are injected directly into the body, they bypass the natural defense system and disease sets in. This challenges the immune system, and immunity is often short-lived.

When one understands what exactly is in these vaccines and how they are made, one would wonder how vaccines could possibly be of any benefit to health. Vaccines are produced from either dead or live attenuated (weakened) disease microorganisms. In the dead vaccines, viruses or bacteria have been have been inactivated by heat, radiation or poisonous chemicals. However, there is no guarantee that all of the microorganisms have been killed. If just one microbe survives it can multiply very rapidly and actually create the disease. This has been known to happen. In fact, every case of polio during the 1980’s was caused by the polio vaccine.

Vaccines created from live attenuated viruses and bacteria are made from the pus of animals that have been infected with disease and then butchered. In these vaccines, the live virus must be weakened by passing the virus through animal tissue several times to reduce its potency for human use. The measles virus is passed through chick embryos, the polio virus through monkey kidneys, and the rubella virus through the dissected organs of an aborted human (yes human!) fetus. The weakened germ is then stabilized by adding drugs, antibiotics, and toxic disinfectants such as neomycin, streptomycin, aluminum hydroxide, formaldehyde, and thimerosal (a mercury derivative). Studies have shown that even microscopic dosages of some of these substances can lead to cancer, neurological damage, and death.

Because of the way vaccines are prepared, additional contaminants may pose more serious concerns. During the serial passage of viruses through the animal cells, foreign genetic material (animal RNA and DNA) is transferred from one host to another. This biological matter is then injected directly into the human body. According to some researchers, this could change our genetic makeup.

The vaccine development process also allows undetected animal viruses to jump the species barrier. This actually happened during the 1950’s and 1960’s when millions of people were infected with polio vaccines that were contaminated with Simian Virus #40 contracted from the monkey organs used to prepare the vaccines. This virus is a powerful immunosuppressor and trigger for the HIV virus. It is said to cause a condition similar to AIDS, and has been found in brain tumors, leukemia and other forms of human cancer.

Are vaccines effective in preventing disease? The evidence proves that they are not. According to the international mortality statistics, there was at least a 95% decline in the incidence and severity of these diseases before the introduction of their vaccines. Measles has apparently returned, with a death rate twenty times higher than before the measles vaccine became available. Before England passed a mandatory vaccination law in 1853, the highest death rate from smallpox in any two-year period was 2,000 cases. However between 1870 and 1872 alone, 45,000 people died from smallpox. Not surprisingly, deaths from smallpox fell dramatically after people began refusing the shots.

The DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) vaccine is perhaps the most controversial childhood vaccine. According to pediatrician Dr. Lendon Smith, nearly all doctors have seen whooping cough (pertussis) in children who have been fully vaccinated with this shot. Side effects for the DPT shot range from high fever, continuous high-pitched screaming, severe rashes, diarrhea, choking, apnea, seizures, mental and physical retardation, and in many cases, death. A study done by Dr. Michel Odent found that children receiving the pertussis vaccine were more than six times more likely to develop asthma than children not receiving the vaccine. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) was virtually unheard of until this vaccine was routinely given. The Japanese noticed this relationship and began delaying DPT vaccination until two years of age at which time SIDS disappeared. In the U.S., SIDS deaths average 8,000 per year. American babies still receive their first DPT shot at two months of age.

Other known vaccine-related side effects are attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, arthritis, hydroencephalopy (fluid buildup on the brain), multiple sclerosis, meningitis, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. Some of these diseases may not surface for up to forty years. The Gulf War Syndrome has also been linked to vaccinations and drug experimentation done on soldiers. It is interesting to note that, while military personnel from several countries participated in this war, only the U.S. military suffers from this syndrome.

Authorities will often warn of dangerous epidemics pending in a fear-based campaign to get parents to vaccinate their children. In 1991, newspapers in Placitas, New Mexico warned of a dangerous whooping cough epidemic, but only three cases of whooping cough were discovered, all in children who were vaccinated.

Because of the extensive cases of vaccine-induced injury and death, and related lawsuits against the companies who produced the vaccines, The National Childhood Injury Act was created in 1986 to compensate families whose children had been injured or died from vaccines. From July, 1990 to March, 1994 more than 34,000 cases of injury were reported, including hundreds of cases of brain damage and over 700 deaths. These numbers represent only 10% of actual cases, since according to the FDA, 90% of doctors do not report vaccine reactions. Compensation comes from a federal fund, not from the vaccine manufacturers. It is funded by a percentage of the cost of each vaccine, paid for by the patient at the time the vaccine is given. This practice effectively exempts both the government and vaccine manufacturers from taking responsibility for vaccine damage.

In spite of all the evidence against the efficacy and safety of vaccines plans are in the works for a "super vaccine" or "magic bullet" vaccine containing raw DNA from forty different kinds of bacteria and viruses. This vaccine would be given to all newborn infants and time-released in the body throughout life.

By now, it should be clear that vaccination is not an effective form of immunization. Only nature is capable of immunizing the body. Injecting vibrant healthy bodies with virulent microorganisms is an assault to the immune system. In countries such as Sweden and Australia where vaccination is not mandatory, parents are free to make the choice to vaccinate their children without hassle. In the U.S., where most people are not told that they have a choice, it is possible to refuse immunization based on religious exemptions or personal convictions. Each state has its own policy for waiving vaccinations. For children and even adults who have been vaccinated, there are natural therapies that can build the immune system and, in many cases, reverse the damage done by vaccines.

For a simply presented, yet highly informative book on vaccines, I highly recommend Immunization, Theory vs. Reality, by Neil Z. Miller. As more people realize the truth about vaccines, perhaps we can eradicate this practice altogether, and ensure a safe, healthy future for our children.

Terri L. Saunders is an Herbalist and Certified Natural Health Professional in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she does private consultations, telephone consultations, and classes on natural healing. She can be reached at Sunrise Herb Shoppe, a unique holistic resource center for cutting edge natural health products and books. For information call 434-984-2665, or visit our web site at , or e-mail at .

Tao of Being – Inner Peace and Outer Harmony

When those with talent are exalted, rivalry follows. When there are valuables, there will be thieves. With temptations, hearts are uneasy. Fill everyone with desire and there will be trouble.

Thus the sage inspires but everyone is at ease. Thoughts and ambitions are turned inward for growth, not outward for conflict. Minds are opened. Character is strengthened. Self-reliance is discovered. In this way, knowledge and desire do not interfere with others. Inner strength replaces outer show.

Competition and co-operation are opposites, each created by the other. From the first comes dissension, from the second comes dependence. The sage encourages neither. 

Between opposites of everything is an inner virtuous power. It occurs when nothing extraordinary happens : when people are not devious, when the intelligent are not cunning, when the unfortunate are not neglected. There is inner peace and outer harmony.

When there is inner peace, the common is profound. When there is outer harmony, everything seems ordinary.


  Inner peace is not the absence of activity nor conflict.  It is the absence of desire and aversion. Inner peace is like a valley where all of life flows to and from. Real living is only possible with inner peace – everything else is an illusion , a self-deception. 

  Inner peace do not impede the natural forces from operating. It flows through us and in us so that the natural order of things could be established. Do not hold on to anything or anyone too forcefully. Gently let it go. 

Outer harmony is established when we each know our place within the natural order of things. 

Does this mean a beggar should accept his place in society and not try to change ? 

Tao of Being – Avoiding Extremes

Whenever there is beauty, there is ugliness to define beauty. Whenever there is good, there is evil to define good. From the instant a winner is declared, a loser is created. Low arises from the high, work from play, difficult from easy, uncertainty from confidence, not enough from too much.

Trapped by mutual arising, all our thinking and doing is caught within one or another. If there is need then there will be neglect. Success will bring failure. Ignorance will follow knowledge.

There is path between one and other that is found by moving with the Tao. Go softly and patiently. When there is resistance there has been pushing and that is not the Way. Be moved in the direction of mystery. Yield and learn until there is an easing between. Do too much and there will be trouble; think too much and there will be confusion. Let the natural order arise of itself.

Therefore, the sage attends equally to doing and not-doing, to thinking and not-thinking. When there is silent filling and emptying, everythin arises and subsides in its harmonious way and the natural unfolding is not disturbed. Though nothing is given, nothing is denied. There is nurturing but not forcing, balancing but not dividing. Work is done but no credit is taken. When a task is finished, it is forgotten. Not-doing receives as much care as doing. Emptiness fills with thoughts.


   Both river and stone are not-doing and yet in its not-doing it has done.  Thoughts made everything a struggle. When thoughts are nought, there is no doer and nothing is done and yet everything is done.  

Everything is as it is.

The sun shines,
The dog barks
and a river flows.

Tao of Being – First Knowing

First knowing, like deepest knowing, cannot be thought. The sounds and markings of words only point. All the turnings of thought cannot follow to the beginning of the beginning. It is dark chaos, the undivided nameless. First knowing is lost in the darkness of first beginning. It was before thinking, before distingtions.

The beginning is called the Great Mother, the first named and the first formed. The Great Mother is everything and everything is the Great Mother. Her nature is called the Tao but any name would do.

The Tao is beyond words and cannot be thought.Study and learn and think. Fill with everything. Then let go of everything. Learn and then unlearn to discern the Tao. Seek even thought it is ever hidden.

Know the outer forms eventhough they are ever manifest. They are given the different names of knowable and unknowable but they arise from the one source and are the same. 

The beginning is darkness, The beginning of the beginning is darkness within darkness. Find things and thoughts in light; find the beginning of things and thoughts in darkness. Begin with the light but move toward darkness. All knowing begins in the mystery in darkness.

 The Tao cannot be divided and the search for the Great Mother is to look for "darkness within darkness." Tao is everywhere. Knowing the form is not knowing the Tao. Knowing the form distracts us from the first knowing.  First knowing is not knowing. Once the mouth is opened the first knowing is lost. 

"The day that you ate from the fruit of knowledge is the day that you will know" said the serpent. But death and imperfections gained entry. 

Be still and "know".