Looks like the Abbott ( I won’t be vaccinating my daughters) has found a way to save Government Funds, just a thought….Mick Raven
Islam in Australia is a minority religious affiliation. According to the 2011 census, 476,291 people, or 2.2% of the total Australian population – https://en.wikipedia.org
Immunizations – Harmful to your Child or Not?
By Dr. Aisha Hamdan
“Immunizations the best thing to protect your child from a variety of diseases.”
You hear this from your doctor from the media, from the brochures in the clinic, from your friends. But, did you ever stop to think twice about what it all means?
Did you ever look deeper into the issue and the other side of the story?
Well let’s read on…..
Your child is just born and one of the first things you do is call the clinic to schedule an appointment for your first “well-baby” visit. During the visit, after about 1 or 2 months, you can expect your baby to be weighed, measured, and put through excruciating pain from several shots in the leg. Your baby has just received his first immunization (or vaccination) shots and you allow it to happen without even questioning. It is just assumed that your pediatrician has your best interests in mind and that immunizations are the best thing to protect your child from a variety of diseases. You hear this from your doctor, from the media, from the brochures in the clinic, from your friends. You figure that the pain your baby has just gone through is worth the protection that he receives.
But, did you ever stop to think twice about what it all means? Did you ever look deeper into the issue and read the other side of the story? (The one that is not provided by your doctor). Did you know, for example, that immunizations may cause serious side effects in children, even as serious as death? Did you know that immunizations actually weaken the immune system and make it work less effectively and efficiently? Were you aware that immunizations contain harmful chemicals that are not indigenous to the body? Did you know that your child might still contract a disease even if he or she has been immunized against?
If you have a new baby, a young child or are considering having children in the future, these are concerns that you want to investigate and learn more about. Many parents have, and they have decided NOT to immunise their children. Let us look into this matter more closely and also consider it form an Islamic perspective. The health and well being of your child may be at stake.
Myths and Realities
Myth 1. “Vaccines are effective at protecting people from diseases”
Reality: Many studies in the medical literature have documented vaccine failure. Measles, mumps, small pox, polio and Hib outbreaks have all occurred in vaccinated populations. In 1989, for example measles outbreaks occurred in schools with vaccination levels greater than 98% (Centres for Disease Control). The World Health Organization has actually found that a person who is vaccinated for measles has a 15 times greater likelihood of contracting the disease than a person who is not. The effectiveness of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine has been reported to be around 50%. In an incident in Kansas in 1986, 90% of pertussis cases were found to have been vaccinated. In another study of rubella, 36% of adolescent females who had been vaccinated against the disease lacked evidence of immunity by blood tests. Following the introduction of the diphtheria vaccine in various countries, incidents of the disease actually increased phenomenally. In France, there was a 30% increase; in Hungary, a 55% increase; and in Geneva, Switzerland, there was a tripling of the disease. All of this occurring after the introduction of mass compulsory vaccinations in those countries. In Australia, where vaccinations are not mandatory and only about ½ of the population receives them, the rates of illness are the same for both the vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups.
What all of these facts point to (and there are many more related to this) is that vaccinations are not as effective as people are made to believe. A person who has been vaccinated has no guarantee that he will not contract the disease and chances are that if he does, it will be at a later age when the consequences are much more serious. The truth of the matter is that when immunity to disease is acquired naturally (such as through breastfeeding or through contact at a young age), the possibility of re-infection is only 3.2%. If the “immunity” comes from the artificial means of vaccinations, the chance of re-infection is 80%. In any epidemic, only a small percentage of the population actually contracts the disease, many of them being naturally immune. If a person who has been vaccinated does not contract the disease, this proves nothing. Chances are that even without the vaccination, he or she would not have gotten the disease any way.
Myth 2: “Vaccines are the main reason for declines in disease rates”
Reality: Most declines in diseases occurred before the introduction of mass immunizations. Infectious disease deaths in the United States and England declined an average of 80% prior to vaccinations. The British Association for the Advancement of Science found that childhood diseases decreased by 90% between 1850 and 1940, long before mandatory vaccination programs. European countries that refused immunizations for small pox and polio saw these epidemics end along with countries that had mandated them. Other infectious diseases continued to decline even in the absence of vaccines for them. This included declines in tuberculosis, chicken pox, scarlet fever, typhus, typhoid and plague.
So what, you may ask, were the reasons for the decrease in diseases at this point in time. Research has found that improved sanitation and hygienic practices; along with improvements in diet and other health factors were the main contributing factors in eradication many diseases. A recent report by the World Health Organization supported this fact. The report found that “disease and mortality rates in third world countries have no direct correlation with immunization procedures or medical treatment, but are closely related to the standard of diet and hygiene.” What this means is that it is not as important to be immunized as it is to eat healthily and maintain personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.
Myth 3: “Vaccines are completely safe for children.”
Reality: Vaccines are much more dangerous than we are even aware of. This is information that you will probably not receive from your doctor and if you child does have a reaction, it is unlikely that your doctor will report it. In 1986, the United States Congress created The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which acknowledges the reality of vaccine-caused injuries and death. This law requires doctors to provide parents with information about the benefits and risks of childhood vaccines prior to vaccination and also requires doctors to report vaccine reactions to federal health officials. The Food and Drug Administration, which monitors this (along with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), acknowledged that 90% of doctors do not report vaccine reactions as required by law.
More than 12,000 adverse reactions to vaccines are reported each year. If the rate of under-reporting is considered, this number should be closer to 120,000. Vaccine-related deaths occurring each year may be over 1000. The compensation portion of the Vaccine Injury Act awards up to $250,000 if a child dies from a vaccination or millions in dollars to cover lifelong medical bills, pain and suffering in the case of a brain-damaged child. By 1997, more than $802 million had been awarded for hundreds of injuries and deaths (5000 cases, 700 of which were deaths). Thousands of cases are still pending and the estimated future liability for the government exceeds $1.7 billion. A portion of the money that parents pay for vaccinations goes to this congressional fund, which basically means that you are paying insurance each time your child is vaccinated.
In many cases, vaccinations are more serious than the diseases they are meant to protect a person from. The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is probably the most dangerous. The chances of suffering a serious adverse reaction to DPT vaccines are 1 in 1750, while the chances of dying from pertussis each year are 1 in several million. A study at UCLA found that 1 in 13 children had persistent high pitched crying after the DPT shot. One in 700 had convulsions or shock, which may cause learning disabilities or brain damage. Vaccinations, in general, have been linked to disorders of the blood, brain, skin, and nervous system. This includes encephalitis (central nervous system disorder, brain damage), paralysis, nerve inflammation, diseases of the lymph glands, skin disorders, allergies, arthritis, cancer.
National and International studies have shown a link between vaccinations and SIDS (sudden Infant Death Syndrome). One study found that the peak incidence of SIDS occurred at the ages of 2 and 4 months, the time when the first routine vaccinations are given. Another study concluded that ½ of SIDS cases (2500 of 5000) are related to vaccinations. In the mid-70’s, when Japan raised their vaccinations age from 2 months to 2 years, the incidence of SIDS dropped dramatically. The disturbing fact in the United State is that coroners refuse to check the vaccination state of SIDS victims, which makes it difficult to prove many cases.
Other important truths to consider include the fact that vaccinations actually weaken the immune system rather than strengthen it. They only focus on one aspect of the immune system, which interferes with the body’s ability to initiate a “generalized response”. Only that one particular aspect of the system will function. What this means is that the vaccinations produce immune suppression which contributes to an increased susceptibility to other diseases and infections. This may explain why the rate of childhood illness has actually increased rather than decreased in this society. Vaccinations also contain additional chemicals such as formaldehyde, mercury (thimerosal), and aluminum phosphate, which are extremely toxic substances that can lead to hazardous effects. Microscopic doses may lead to cancer, neurological damage, and even death. Several of these may accumulate in the body such that the lethality increases as the number of vaccine increase.
And the story continues. This is only the tip of the iceberg and there is a larger amount of information available for those who wish to learn more (see websites listed below). It is important that parents become educated and knowledgeable about immunizations so that they can make an informed choice rather than be manipulated by the medical establishment.
It is important that parents become educated and knowledgeable about immunizations so that they can make an informed choice rather than be manipulated by the medical establishment.
Although Islam is not contrary to medical and technological “Development”, it is important to understand that these are not always in our best interests. Many of these “advancements” have actually led to serious, detrimental outcomes. Television, for example, has been lauded as one of the major inventions of this century, but at the same time it has lead to the numbing of children’s minds, a decline in communication within families, and misguidance for many. Immunizations are touted as a miraculous form of illness prevention, when in fact they are nothing more than a moneymaking scheme for doctors and pharmaceutical companies. They have, in actuality, caused more hams than benefits and have disrupted the natural order of Allah’s Creation.
Before you take your child for; his or her next round of immunizations consider this important information and research the topic further. It is in the best interests of your child to do so. Look to Allah’s guidance (the Qur’an and Sunnah) for assistance in all matters, including physical health. If we follow Allah’s plan in creation and submit to His commands, there should be no need for artificial interventions. Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, ha provided us with bounties beyond our imagination and they are readily and naturally available to us. We only need to make use of them.
The Shocking Facts:
By the time a child enters first grade, he or she will have received as many as 10 different vaccines for a total of 19 shots. 98% of children living in the United State receive the recommended shots
- The numbers of vaccines has doubled in the last decade
- New vaccines are coming out on a more regular basis
- The United Nations has committed $150 million to develop a “Super Vaccine” to provide immunity against 30 childhood diseases in a single shot.
In 1950, before mass immunizations began, the United States had the third lowest infant mortality rate in the world. By 1995, it dropped to 23rd place and is world renowned for its appalling infant mortality rate.
The Hindu perspective…
Hinduism in Australia is a minority religion consisting of 276,000 individuals, representing 1.3% of the total population according to the 2011 census (up from 148,119 in the 2006 census). Hinduism is one of the fastest growing religions in Australia mostly through immigration – https://en.wikipedia.org
Since the data suggests many of these objectors are clustered in the same geographic areas, a broad-brush approach that punishes those who live in remote areas, or those who have religious objections but don’t believe in a religion that has an organising body (such as Hinduism), won’t do anything to increase vaccination rates or to increase population health. – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-14/jha-anti-vaxxer-crackdown
Lifesavers that they’ve been, proliferation of childhood vaccinations brings its own hazards
Although immunization has successfully reduced the incidence of diseases such as smallpox and polio, vaccination can cause side effects, some minor and some quite major. We have reached the point where the side effects may pose more risk than the disease being vaccinated against. It is even possible that the widespread use of vaccines is contributing to the trend of deteriorating health among North American children. More children are being vaccinated for more diseases today–21 shots by the time they reach first grade.
Evidence is everywhere. One survey found that children receiving the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine were six times more likely to develop asthma than children not receiving this vaccine. In 1993, Japan suspended the use of mumps vaccine due to the high incidence of mumps meningitis as a complication. The Autism Research Unit at the University of Sunderland reports an increased incidence of parents’ claiming that their child’s autism was the result of, or compounded by, vaccination. Said one researcher, “Many times each week, we are contacted by parents who talk about the effect they saw when their child was vaccinated, often describing harrowing scenes of extremely rapid regression, from perfectly ordinary children to children who exhibit very severe behavioral and physiological problems.” California’s autism rate has mushroomed 1,000% over the past 20 years, with dramatic increases following the introduction of the measles-mumps-rebella (MMR) vaccine in the early 1980s. England also had dramatic increases in autism beginning in the 1990s, following the introduction of the MMR vaccine there.
International studies have implicated vaccination as a cause of SIDS. SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is a “catch-all ” diagnosis given when the specific cause of death is unknown. Estimates range from 5,000 to 10,000 cases each year in the US. One study found the peak incidence of SIDS occurred between the ages of two and four months in the US, precisely when the first two routine immunizations are given. In the 1970s, Japan raised their vaccination age from two months to two years. Their incidence of SIDS dropped dramatically. They went from an infant mortality ranking of 17 to first in the world. That is, by not immunizing infants, they achieved the lowest infant SIDS death rate in the world.
A study of 13,612 children ages two months to 16 years was published by the UCLA School of Public Health on the effects of diptheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine. It concluded, “Subjects who had been vaccinated were more likely to have histories of asthma, severe allergic reactions, and any allergy or allergic reaction. Vaccinated subjects were also more likely to have had sinusitis or sinus problems, or allergy related nose and eye symptoms in the past year. DTP or tetanus vaccination in children is associated with a lifetime history and twelve-month prevalence of many allergies and related respiratory symptoms. Vaccinations may be partly responsible for the increase of asthma and other allergic hypersensitivity disorders.” Another study showed the risk of serious adverse reaction to the DTP vaccine as one in 1,750, while the chances of dying from pertussis itself is just in one in several million.
Some vaccines make little sense, such as for hepatitis B. We know how the disease is contracted. The risk factors can be avoided, making the vaccination unnecessary. The side effects of the vaccination may be 100 times worse than getting the disease itself. A nine-year-old boy was brought to my clinic with a diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. While taking his history, it became evident that the immune system was triggered adversely following a hepatitis B vaccination. He developed a high fever and all his joints swelled. He was put on prednisolone, a powerful steroid with adverse effects itself. Finally, his parents sought my advice. After nine months of treatment and detoxification, he went into remission.
Vaccine ingredients include known toxicants and carcinogens such as thimersol (a mercury derivative), aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde (for which the Poisons Information Centre in Australia claims there is no acceptable safe amount that can be injected into a living human body) and phenoxyethanol (your car’s antifreeze). Some infants receive 100 times the EPA’s maximum allowable amount of mercury through vaccines. Some of these ingredients are gastrointestinal toxicants, liver toxicants, respiratory toxicants, neurotoxicants, cardiovascular and blood toxicants, reproductive toxicants and developmental toxicants–to name just a few of the known dangers. Chemical ranking systems rate many vaccine ingredients among the most hazardous substances, and they are heavily regulated. In the December 1994, Medical Post, Canadian author of the best-seller Medical Mafia, Guylaine Lanctot, MD, stated, “The medical authorities keep lying. Vaccination has been a disaster on the immune system. It actually causes a lot of illnesses. We are changing our genetic code through vaccination. One hundred years from now we will know that the biggest crime against humanity was vaccines.”
As a parent, you should be informed, and calculate the risk versus the benefit. My children are only vaccinated for polio and tetanus. They both got measles and chicken pox. They recovered without complication, thanks to natural medicine. If your kids have skin rash, diarrhea or some other serious condition, ask your doctor and get more information from the Internet before getting them vaccinated. If there is any family history of auto-immune disease, avoid vaccination, or delay it until the immune system is more mature. Mother’s milk is the best vaccination for babies. Nutrition is of utmost importance. Eat organic, whole foods with plenty of fruits, vegetable, good oils, even organic butter or ghee. Add supplements. Vitamin A has been shown to reduce the mortality of measles. Zinc, B-vitamins and omega three and six oils are very beneficial. Hygiene is of utmost importance, as it will prevent a lot of disease. Traditionally, the holy basil plant was planted in the center of house, which warded off many varieties of bugs and has strong antiviral properties. Other antiviral, antibacterial plants planted around the house included neem, mango, acacia, amla and haritaki. Finally, remember that it is your duty and right to make a final decision whether or not to vaccinate your child.
Dr. Virender Sodhi holds an M.D. (Ayurveda) from India and a N.D. from Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, USA.