Alternative practitioners have long argued that vaccines are a major assault on the bodies immune system and homeopaths regularly treat adults for after effects of vaccines received in childhood. The problem is exaggerated by the U.S. practice of giving multiple vaccines to infants at younger and younger ages. The Japanese take a much more careful approach to vaccination using safer vaccines administered at older ages, a practice that the U.S. would do well to follow.
Any hard look at the evidence on vaccines over the last hundred years raises many unanswered questions about effectiveness and side effects. Those of us who were “saved” from polio in the early 1960s have SV40 virus infections and some of us have cancer to go along with it. Some European countries did not implement a polio vaccination program at the time and their rates of polio dropped as fast as the U.S.. This is only one puzzling data point and their are many others.
United Press International looks at the darker side of vaccination programs. Who promotes them, and who profits from them?
UPI Investigates: The vaccine conflict
By Mark Benjamin
Published 7/20/2003 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) — The screaming started four hours after 8-month-old Chaise Irons received a vaccination against rotavirus, recommended in June 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for every infant to prevent serious diarrhea.
Within a day he was vomiting and eliminating blood. Doctors performed emergency surgery, saving him by repairing his intestines, which were folding in on one another. A doctor later figured out the vaccine caused Chaise’s problem.
In October 1999, after 15 reports of such incidents, the CDC withdrew its recommendation for the vaccination — not because of the problem, the agency claims, but because bad publicity might give vaccines in general a bad name.
But a four-month investigation by United Press International found a pattern of serious problems linked to vaccines recommended by the CDC — and a web of close ties between the agency and the companies that make vaccines.