Vaccines have been a controversial issue since they were first introduced, more so after the attenuated polio vaccines of the 60’s which are linked with the probability of the increased rate of testicular cancer with those males given the vaccination.
The premise of vaccines is actually relatively simple; introduce a biological cell culture that resembles the same micro-organism (i.e. virus) considered as a health threat, which the body then “develops” a heightened immune response to and consequently “remembers” this particular micro-organism, developing an environment of immune enhancement. The basic principles of this science finds its roots in traditional homeopathy; “treat like with like”. Hence the science of vaccines seems logical and safe in its directive. The difference being that homeopathy has none of the “affected material compound” within it.
So why all of this extraordinary controversy surrounding vaccinations? There are several different types of vaccines.
- Attenuated or live vaccines contain micro-organism strains which have been cultivated to inactivate their virulent properties, making them less dangerous.
- Toxiods are those vaccines which are derived from toxic compounds, not micro-organisms. The productions of these types are intended to disable the toxic component of the particular compound itself. Tetanus would be one example of a toxiod.
- Killed vaccines are the types where the micro-organisms have been disabled (killed) by heat or other methods, such as chemicals.
Production of vaccines may appear quite frightening at first as the manufacturing of some biological products for warfare resembles the same basic formats. It’s all in how the preparation is followed. We seem to be walking a fine line, as the production of these vaccines should be very precise. If not, the complicating health factors become readily apparent.
Vaccines must have a preservative in order to maintain their static or stable environment. These components are probably the most controversial aspect of vaccines as their safety has been highly questioned. Several preservatives are used in vaccines from formaldehyde to Thiomersal, with Thiomersol being generally the one favored and the most common used as it presents more stability and a better shelf life. According to current resources, most of the H1N1 vaccine uses this as its preservative.
What is Thiomersol? Fasten your science seat belt for a moment... Thiomersol is an anti-fungal agent and a parent of an organomercury compound. Its principle weight alone is made of up to 49% mercury. Thiomersol was banned from being used in the vaccinations for children in 1999, based upon assessment of mercury clearances from the tissues. Since Thiomersol is a mercury complex which reacts entirely different from the mercury’s atomic form, it is biodegraded into two different compounds, each creating ethyl groups and a mercury atom. These metabolic reactants have a high affinity for the dissociation of the acetylcholine groups which make up one of the three types of neurotransmitters within mammals. Regardless of the media’s proclamation that Thiomersal’s degraded complexes’ extended half life is proposed to be minimal; the biological pathway of this compound has no other option but to tax the nuero-chemical complex within our system through saponification. In other words, the lipid complex of which choline is an amine component is deteriorated due to the organomercury presence. This is a simple biochemistry fact. There is no conclusive proof that this causes Autism or any other neurological pathology, but it is important to understand the biochemical pathway of this organo-mercury compound and it’s potential.
There is no current accurate proof that vaccines don’t provide protection against pathogens as well as the validation that they do. Many of the physicians who aggressively support vaccinations actually believe that the vaccines are an effective mode of treatment and therefore in most cases feel a professional responsibility to justify their use, just as a religious sect believes in their own specific deity.
There are so many variables which are often left out of informative news regarding potential outbreaks of certain diseases. For example, hygiene has changed as well as living conditions, sanitation and food preparation from what it was centuries ago. We have much more access today of preventative options for enhancement of our immune systems such as availability of supplements, clean potable water sources and a general good supply of healthy foods. To determine that the introduction of vaccines in today’s world is solely responsible for the near eradication of viral pandemics may be premature.
- By Kevin Meehan