What They Don’t Tell You About Tetanus Vaccine

Lecture on Vaccines, Disease and Health (2014)

Dr Suzanne Humphries

Film Review

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.

DPT Vaccine

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.

 

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C Basics

Dr Suzanne Humphries (2015)

 

Another excellent presentation by board certified nephrologist Suzanne Humphries – this time on the therapeutic use of vitamin C to prevent and cure illness. Her entire talk is based on peer reviewed studies that all doctors should be aware of (but for the most part, aren’t).

As one of nature’s most potent antioxidants, Vitamin C plays a vital role in restoring physiological balance when the body is under “oxidative stress.”** It’s also essential to maintaining the integrity of collagen (tendons and ligaments), blood vessels and mitochondria.***

Most mammals (human and other primates and guinea pigs are an exception) produce their own vitamin C. According to careful animal and human studies, the daily vitamin C dose should be 1500mg for healthy adults and 2000mg for people over 65.*

Vitamin C is used up quickly as it reverses the biochemical effects of oxidative stress, which is why people need to take much higher doses with illness, injury or psychological stress. They need higher doses still in infections that produce endotoxin, such as pertussis (whooping cough) and inflammatory bowel conditions. Smokers need to take an extra 25 mg vitamin C for every cigarette they smoke.

Studies show this vitamin is extremely helpful in controlling diabetes and all aspects of heart disease. Because it acts directly to reduce histamine levels, it tends to be more effective than antihistamine in treating allergic reactions. It’s also more effective than antibiotics in treating pertussis, tetanus and sepsis (blood poisoning). New Zealand doctors have been treating whooping cough with vitamin C for over 30 years.

It’s also effective in treating polio, snake bites, spider bites, burns, surgical trauma, and exposure to radiation, toxic chemicals, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals.


*Continuing to ignore all these studies (under heavy Big Pharma influence), the medical establishment continues to recommend 75mg daily in females and 90mg daily in males.

**Oxydative stress is an imbalance between reactive oxygen and the body’s ability to detoxify reactive intermediates or repair the resulting damage.

***Mitochondria are tiny organelles found in every cell that are responsible for cell respiration and energy production.

Vaccines: The Myth of Herd Immunity

Herd Immunity – Measles

Dr Suzanne Humphries (2017)

In the following video, board certified nephrologist and vaccine expert Dr Suzanne Humphries presents a detailed history of measles vaccine. While she acknowledges that measles vaccine offers is temporarily effective in preventing the spread of measles, it only offers temporary (6-7 years) immunity. For this reason, it actually reduces herd immunity rather than increasing it.

According to Humphries, with improved diet and living conditions and more enlightened medical treatment,* measles ceased to be a fatal illness in the western world about 10 years prior to the introduction of measles vaccine.** According to the CDC, the vast majority of pre-vaccine cases presented as mild self-limiting respiratory illness that wasn’t reported to public health authorities.***

Prior to the introduction of measles vaccine in the 1960s, (which was combined with rubella and mumps vaccine as the MMR in 1971), 95% of the general US population had lifelong immunity against measles after experiencing it as children. Mothers with a history of wild measles infection transferred this immunity to their infants via breast-feeding.

The reason wild measles infection confers lifelong immunity relates to its ability to activate cell mediated immunity. Vaccines only increase blood antibodies, a far weaker form of immunity that deteriorates over time.

Vaccine acquired immunity only lasts 6-7 years.**** Thus if a child is vaccinated at age 1 and age 4-6 (as per the current vaccine schedule), 70% have virtually no immunity against measles after age 20. This is why pregnant women are routinely re-vaccinated against measles with every pregnancy.

At present, the percent of the population immune against measles is probably around 50%, with infants under age 1 and adults over age 20 at highest risk from measles infection.

This is born out by the populations most impacted by the 2014 Disneyland measles outbreak:

  • 56% were over 20 years old.
  • 18% were age 1-4.
  • 11% were under age 1.

Humphries is also concerned about unprotected infants under age 1 – who are routinely exposed to vaccinated children shedding measles virus in day care settings.


*Humphries cites an interesting controlled study in which treatment with anti-fever and anti-cough medication and antibiotics increased death rates from measles. She also talks about high death rates from injecting measles patients with their parents’ blood, a common practice in the 1930s. Numerous peer reviewed studies suggest megadose Vitamin A and Vitamin C are currently the most effective treatment for measles.

**According to CDC records, there were no deaths related to wild measles infection between 2004 and 2015. This contrasts with 108 measles deaths due to the MMR vaccine. See Zero US measles deaths in 10 years vs 108 vaccine deaths reported

***Based on serum antibody screening, the CDC estimates that only 1/8 of roughly 4 million pre-vaccine measles cases were ever reported.

****Positive anti-measles antibodies are no guarantee of immunity. See Vaccine Illusion downloadable at How Vaccination Compromises Our Natural Immunity and What We Can Do About It

 

 

The Shoddy Science Behind Vaccination

Vaccine Illusion: How Vaccination Compromises our Natural Immunity and What We Can Do to Regain Our Health

Tetyana Obukhanych PhD

2012

Available free from Greenmedinfo.com

Book Review

Trained immunologist Tetyana Obukhanych offers an excellent summary of the major flaws in the current body of vaccination research. I wasn’t terribly surprised to learn the field of immunological research is contaminated by the same unscientific dogma and bias as the fields of water fluoridation and nutrition research (see The Role of Western Medicine in the Epidemic of Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease)

Immunological research, like these other areas, is limited by what drug companies and government agencies, such as National Institutes of Mental Health, are willing to fund. At the moment, they refuse to fund experiments that test the current theory of how vaccines work. They also refuse to fund studies on adverse vaccine effects beyond two to three weeks of administration or in the area of naturally acquired immunity.

According to Obukhanych, the limited research evidence that exists suggests that quarantine is probably more effective than vaccination and, along with improved nutrition, is likely responsible for the overall decrease in deadly infectious diseases.

No Double Blind Studies

Her book begins by explaining how tetanus vaccine works – it actually immunizes patients against the toxin produced by Clostridium tetani, rather than the infectious agent itself. The effectiveness of tetanus toxoid has never been subjective to randomized controlled trial (ie double blind study). This would be viewed as unethical as it would leave the control group unprotected against tetanus. Obukhanych mentions a 1984 study revealing Vitamin C to be an effective alternative treatment of tetanus. Vitamin C treatment could be subjected to a randomized controlled trial, but it would be unlikely to receive funding.

Despite the strong pro-vaccine bias in the research community, Obukhanych offers up a number of laboratory and animal studies that challenge the concept of “immunological memory” and other dogma doctors and public health official disseminate about vaccines. She also examines some of the research pointing to the role “adjuvants” (mostly aluminum salts) play in dangerous allergic and autoimmune responses to vaccines.

Debunking Herd Immunity

She goes on to challenge the notion (with research evidence) that vaccinating children at age one and five with the MMR offers them “herd immunity” against measles, mumps and rubella. By definition, heard immunity only exists when 68% of the population has active antibodies against a specific infection. Most serological tests show that the virus neutralizing capacity that develops in response to MMR only lasts 2-5 years. This means the vast majority of adolescents and adults are unprotected.

Even more concerning, women vaccinated against measles at age five no longer pass protection against measles through their breast milk. Obukhanych believes this explains a significant increase in measles encephalitis in infants since 1990.

Obukhanych also devotes a chapter to a detailed scientific explanation of why flu vaccine is no longer protecting patients against influenza.

Hidden History: Spices, Colonization and the East India Companies

nathaniels-nutmeg

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: How One Man’s Courage Changed the Course of History

By Giles Milton (1999)

Book Review

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg is about the conquest of the the Banda Islands in the East Indies (aka the “Spice Islands”), the enslavement of the indigenous Bandanese and the ferocious 17th century wars between Holland and Britain over the nutmeg monopoly. Milton’s book is derived mainly from original journals, diaries and letters of explorers and merchant seaman, and official British and Dutch East India Company archives.

It’s always puzzled me why spices such as pepper, cloves, mace and nutmeg were so highly valued when Europeans already had the ability to preserve meat and fish with salt? Milton clears this up by reminding us that salting meat without benefit of preservatives or aromatic spices leaves the unpleasant tang of putrefied flesh. Nutmeg was especially prized after Elizabethan physicians began prescribing it as the only certain cure for bubonic plague.

Shipping nutmeg overland resulted in a 60,000 percent mark-up – after Turkish traders and Venetian middlemen took their cut. This price gouging was the main impetus driving Europeans determination to find a sea route to the “Spice Islands.”

Competing Claims on the Spice Islands

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg traces the expeditions of all the Spanish, Portuguese, English and Dutch explorers seeking an ocean route to the East Indies and the merchant bankers who financed them. Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to set foot in the Banda Islands in 1511. However, unlike the English and Dutch, they lacked financial backing to set up permanent trading posts and settlements.

What I found most striking about Milton’s accounts of these voyages was the massive mortality rate (from scurvy caused by vitamin C deficiency). Any expedition lasting longer than three months could count on losing 50-75% of their sailors. James Lancaster, commander of the first expedition organized by the Britishc East India Company, accidentally found a cure for scurvy (oranges and lemons or their juices) in 1601. Owing to his failure to publicize this discovery, it would be another 170 years before Captain James Cook officially “discovered” it.

The British and Dutch East India Companies

The charter Elizabeth I signed in 1600 granted the British East India Company a total monopoly of trade over the East Indies and all the countries and ports of Asia and Africa and America. It awarded the Company massive powers, including the right to set up foreign trading posts and settlements and protect them with military force. In 1602, Holland granted the Dutch East India Company comparable privileges. Intense rivalry between the two would lead to four Anglo-Dutch wars beginning in 1652. All were fought entirely at sea between the English and Dutch navies.

England Takes Possession of Manhattan

In 1667, England and Netherlands ended the so-called “Nutmeg Wars” by signing the Treaty of Breda. The Treaty allowed the English to retain New Netherlands (Manhattan Island) and the Dutch to retain Europe’s primary source of nutmeg, the Banadanese island of Run. Henry Hudson had claimed Manhattan Island for the Dutch during an unsuccessful 1609 expedition to find a Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean.

By 1667, the English were happy to relinquish Run, after successfully transplanting nutmeg seedlings to their territories in Ceylon and on the eastern coast of India.