By Dr. Matsen
In 1999, Congressman Dan Burton’s two grandchildren suffered brain damage after receiving vaccines: one with autism and the other with epilepsy. His congressional investigations forced the FDA to search out what was in those vaccines that could damage a child’s brain. The FDA admitted that a mercury preservative called Thimerosal had been added to many medications, including some vaccines, since 1930 but a safety limit for children had been set based upon methyl mercury levels in fish-eating peoples in the Seychelles Islands and Faeroe Islands.
When asked how close to the safety limit his grandchildren were, the FDA was unable to answer because the labels on the vaccine vials listed Thimerosal as .01% of solution and they didn’t know how this translated into the micrograms per kilogram of body weight that had been used as the safety limit. When finally added up, the results were published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in November of 1999; they showed that by six months of age, the average North American child had received mercury 125 times over the safety limit, if they had received all the recommended vaccines.
It was also discovered that the mercury in the vaccines wasn’t methyl mercury, which the safety limits had been based upon—it was ethyl mercury of unknown toxicity. Even with these startling insights, it wasn’t until 2001 that Thimerosal began to be slowly reduced in children’s vaccines in North America. It has yet to be reduced in those vaccines given to children and adults living in Third World countries. Most of the flu shots administered this year still had 25 micrograms of ethyl mercury, the same mercury that University of Kentucky researchers suspect as being involved in Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, the replacement for mercury in vaccines is often aluminum–which has also been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease—or titanium, and/or formaldehyde, all of questionable safety.
Autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 in the 1930s to 1 in 200 at present, and one in six children now needs “special ed.” The fact that these increases are in direct proportion to the increased number of vaccines that these children received is surely proof enough that something is amiss in this massive “health care” industry.
Surely there have been warnings over the years. I was in Australia during Christmas of 2004 and learned that the smaller population led to keener insights. Archie Kalokerinos is a medical doctor in the Outback where he focused on treating Aboriginals since the 1960s. He said this about his early experiences: “At first it was just a simple observation. I observed that many infants, after they received routine vaccinations like tetanus, diphtheria, polio, whooping cough or whatever, became ill. Some became extremely ill, and in fact some died. It was an observation. It was not a theory.”
As many as half of the children would die, especially after the pertussis (whooping cough) shot which was the first mercury-containing vaccine; even healthy young adults died after the swine flu vaccine. Kalokerinos wrote a book in 1974 called Every Second Child which details his insights into the obvious dangers of vaccines that he had seen.
In 1985, Australian researcher Viera Scheibner took on the task of identifying the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by inventing a breathing monitor for children called Cotwatch. To her astonishment, she found that every baby nearly died in the night after receiving their vaccines and after extensive study of medical journals, she published her book Vaccinations: 100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System.
I visited Viera Scheibner at her home in the Blue Mountains, a few hours from Sydney, and can attest that her archival library has 100,000 journal articles on vaccines, all read and with key points underlined. She is not a naïve anti-vaccinationist—she has read it all. I asked her, “Was it the mercury in the vaccines that caused the shallow breathing response that you observed using your Cotwatch monitor?” Her reply was quick and emphatic, “Not just the mercury. All the components of the vaccine—from mercury to formaldehyde, to live and dead viruses—can cause a general stress reaction in the child as Hans Selye’s studies at McGill University have shown. In fact, Selye injected a version of formaldehyde called formalin into animals which induced the adrenal enlargement, thymus (immune) shrinkage, and gut bleeding that led to his theory of a general reaction to stress.” Viera Scheibner is convinced that vaccines do more harm than good.
However, before I left Australia the news was saturated with stories of the Tsunami that ravaged the area northwest of Australia. Some of the stories concerned people who had cuts and abrasions that became infected with soil bacteria called tetanus, whose deadly toxin was expected to kill all those contaminated as the only treatment was prevention through vaccination.
So perhaps the tetanus vaccine is not such a bad thing, if given without metal or formaldehyde preservatives. But what about the myriad of other germs that vaccine manufacturers promise will kill us all eventually, unless we buy their wares? The pandemic flu that is hovering just below the future horizon, for example, is anticipated to kill millions.
Researchers portray us as helpless victims of disease, especially in our early formative years, and it this fear that is the driving force behind the mass production and marketing of vaccines, regardless of their potential to do harm. One vaccine researcher, named Albert Sabin, actually found that we may not be so vulnerable to germs after all, even as infants.
Polio epidemics began in North America in World War I and in 1948 it was found that the polio virus first lives in the gut where it is usually controlled by the immune system. However, in rare occasions, the immune system is unable to stop it from spreading to the nervous system where it creates the paralysis for which polio is known.
The Salk vaccine was produced in 1955 and used a dead polio virus (killed with formalin), injected to activate the immune system to attack the virus in the body. The results were spectacular but short-lived as the immune stimulation was short-term and reinjection was necessary.
Albert Sabin was also studying the polio virus and some of his insights from 1949 to 1952 were published in Pediatrics, January 1962. He found that if mothers—whether human or cow—had a specific antibody against the polio virus in their blood, they would pass that same antibody into their milk, thus giving protection to their newborn against polio. The milk produced in the first 6 days is called colostrum and Sabin states that “the concentration of antipoliomyelitic substance was usually higher in the colostrum than in the regular milk.” His study found that “The regular milk of 6 of 20 cows neutralized …virus [polio] on one or more occasions, but the …colostrum…of 16 cows all neutralized the virus.”
Sabin began recommending human and bovine colostrum as a treatment for polio but then went on to produce his oral vaccine using a live but weakened strain of the polio virus incubated on African Rhesus monkey kidneys. This vaccine is given credit for eliminating polio from the world though the weakened virus has now been shown to occasionally revert back to its “wild” strain so that the only people who have contracted polio recently are those who received his vaccine.
A more subtle problem from the early Sabin vaccine is that the Rhesus monkey kidneys that the polio viruses were cultured on were carrying numerous Simian Immunodeficiency Viruses (SIV) that are now showing up in human brain cancer, bone cancer tissue, and even sperm and blood samples.
We live in an endless sea of microorganisms which our immune systems are more than capable of handling when given the right materials to work with. When we are newborns, we should receive immune strength from our mothers’ milk which is loaded with immune agents including antibodies. In the last century there have been trends to stop breastfeeding because baby formula was touted as a better source of nutrition for the newborn. Of course, formula didn’t have the immune support that the child needed. It’s time to go back to Sabin’s early research and use mothers’ milk as the baby’s best defense. For those who can’t breastfeed, studies show that cow’s colostrum has the same vital immune properties as human milk. Simple testing of colostrum and regular milk could guarantee that the immune properties are available in the colostrum.
Studies since Sabin’s groundbreaking research have shown human colostrum and milk to be high in antibodies such as:
- IgA which is predominant in the gut and protects against all three polio types, Coxsackie virus, cytomegalovirus, rotavirus, reovirus, rubella virus, rhinovirus, herpes simplex virus, mumps virus, influenza, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis E, measles, SARS virus, Norwalk virus and noroviruses.
- IgG which is especially found in the lymph and protects against rubella, cytomegalovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, rotavirus, Epstein-Barr virus, hantavirus and West Nile virus.
- IgM which is the largest antibody that patrols the bloodstream looking to kill Rubella, cytomegalovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and West Nile virus.
In addition to antibodies, there are many other immune enhancers in colostrum designed to defend against numerous organisms.