Lecture on Vaccines, Disease and Health (2014)
Dr Suzanne Humphries
These three videos contain a two-hour talk vaccine researcher Dr Suzanne Humphries gave in Sweden in 2014. A board certified nephrologist, Humphries is regarded as one of the foremost experts on the long term safety and efficacy of vaccines.
At the request of her hosts, in this talk Humphries provides a summary of the peer-reviewed research into the tetanus vaccine, the adverse effects of DTP (diptheria, tetanus, pertusis) vaccine, particularly in infants, and the pathophysiology* of autism.
Humphries begins by describing the history of tetanus vaccine. Tetanus is caused by clostridium tetani, an organism naturally occurring in the large intestine of horses. Cases of tetanus dramatically declined when the horse was replaced by the automobile. As tetanus toxin (the cause of lockjaw) is only created in anaeorbic** wound conditions, improved wound care has nearly eliminated the condition in the developed world.
Tetanus vaccine has never been studied in randomized controlled trials to determine whether it actually prevents tetanus. A Finish study from 1969-85 revealed that 80% of the children who died from tetanus had been vaccinated.
For this reason, Humphries stresses that everyone (vaccinated or not) needs to have good knowledge of appropriate wound care. The specific principles Humphries stresses are
- Ensuring all foreign bodies are removed from wounds (if you can’t get a splinter out yourself, get your doctor to do it).
- Don’t stop bleeding – allow wounds to bleed freely until blood clots on its own.
- Flush wounds with water followed by sodium ascorbate and/or colloidal silver (200-500 ppm). void using peroxide as this kills cells.
- Where possible use steristrips (rather than stitches) to close wounds, as they don’t seal off wounds AS stitches do.
Studies show high doses of Vitamin C (one gram per kilogram) are also helpful in preventing tetanus following a deep wound.
Humphries goes on to talk about serious side effects associated with the DTP (and the newer DTap) vaccine, especially in infants.She also cites studies revealing studies showing a decrease in asthma and sinus infections in children who postpone starting DTP injections until after one year of age, as well as studies showing less asthma, need for antibiotics or autoimmune disease in children who don’t receive the DTP at all.
She attributes the link between DTP and DTap and asthma, allergy and autoimmune disease to the neurotoxin aluminum, used as an adjuvant in nearly all vaccines.
The Pathophysiology of Autism
For me her comments regarding autism (in the second video) were the most interesting to me. Humprhies doesn’t believe vaccination in itself is sufficient to cause autism. According to her research, in most cases the pathophysiology of autism (as well as schizophrenia and major depression) involves maternal immune activation (“inflammation”) triggered by high maternal stress during pregnancy. Epidemiological studies suggest that exclusive breast feeding for six months suppresses this inflammation, whereas exposure to high doses of aluminum during the first year tends to aggravate it.
Studies show the US (as of 2014) had the highest rate of neurodevelopmental disorders, autism and ADHD in the developed world. Interestingly as other industrialized countries adopted the US childhood vaccination school, they, too, would note a steep increase in these disorders.
*Pathophysiology refers to the study of the disordered physiological processes that cause, result from, or are otherwise associated with a disease or injury.
**Anaerobic means living or occurring in the absence of free oxygen.