Ever wonder what’s in that harmless-looking tiny bottle your vet injects into your dog?
Or why so many folks and the media are making such a big stink about not vaccinating animals or children?
Or why you never hear about a lawsuit against a Pharma company for injury to a child or an animal?
We don’t have the room here to delve deeply into all the answers, but suffice it to say, you should be asking these questions and many more.
And perhaps the first question you should ask is …
What’s In My Dog’s Vaccine?
If you want the condensed version of this article because you don’t have time or the stomach to hear all the gory details, an abbreviated list is below.
But remember, we spend more time analyzing what new cell phone to buy than we do researching what’s injected into our dogs.
I urge you take the deep dive but – fair warning – it’s not a comforting story …
The Toxic Cocktail
All vaccines are basically made the same way.
The variations in the ingredients are only slight from company to company, and from species to species (humans, dogs, horses, etc) – except, that is, for the virus particles themselves.
There was a time when the ingredients were available on a rather large ingredient insert folded very tiny. Transparency didn’t seem to be an issue before, but now it’s getting harder and harder to find out exactly what’s in vaccines.
Protection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for industry’s proprietary formulas doesn’t provide me as a veterinarian with enough data to recommend specific vaccine types or schedules for individual animals. It’s usually one-size-fits-all.
And frankly, for your dog that means buyer beware.
Although we don’t know all the ingredients of every individual vaccine, we do know the sorts of ingredients common in most vaccines:
- Adjuvants: aluminum salts, oil-based squalene, bacteria-based lipopolysaccharides, sugars.
- Preservatives: mercury (thimerosal), antibiotics (gentamicin, amphotericin B, neomycin, polymyxin-B), phenoxyethanol.
- Attenuating agents: formaldehyde.
- Growth medium: foreign animal tissues: chick embryo, bovine serum, human fetal lung tissue, monkey kidney tissue, porcine tissue, eggs, insect proteins.
- Fungicides and antimicrobials: phenol, formaldehyde.
- Buffering agents: glycerol, sorbitol, sucrose, salts, borax.
- Stabilizers: formaldehyde.
- Surfactant, Permeability Enhancer: polysorbate 80 (Tween® 80).
- Virus particles: individual vaccines (modified live or killed), contamination viruses (Rotavirus) from the animal tissues used to grow vaccines.
- Contaminates: glyphosate from GMO-fed animals then used for vaccine growth medium (eggs, bovine and porcine tissue), insect viruses (Army worm), Rotavirus.
These ingredient highlights should make you shudder and hesitate to vaccinate until you gather more information.
I suggest you read further to understand what injecting these into your dog could mean for her longevity and vitality, and ultimately for the health of all animals. Not to mention their endless suffering and your stress as you experience an animal plagued by chronic illness for years and sometimes for their entire lives.
Big Pharma and the media would have you believe there might be some teeny possibility of harm that could occur rarely, if ever, on a purple planet, far, far away … but mostly vaccines are good and everyone needs them!
They want us to believe there’s no ugly, only good.
I beg to differ, as would many thousands of doctors and healthcare providers who study the ugly, and I’m sharing some of that information with you here.
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The 1st Ugly – Adjuvants
These are chemicals added to vaccines to enhance and lengthen the immune response, especially at the local injection site.
They are mostly aluminum salts discovered many years ago as pickling agents. Yes, for pickles!
I’m hoping I never ate any of those pickles.
There is no biosystem that uses the heavy metal aluminum – none.
Once aluminum is in the body, it’s difficult to remove. It’s troubling how this method of pickling cucumbers became an ingredient to supercharge vaccines.
Basically, the aluminum adjuvants turn on the immune system in a non-selective, non-specific way, making “immunity” last longer.
We think of these reactions as benign and collectively call them “allergies” but anyone living with a dog with allergies knows they’re far from benign.
After the aluminum causes damage locally, it goes to the brain, spleen, muscles, bones, liver and heart where it acts not only to stimulate the immune system (by presenting the virus antigen particles repeatedly) but also acts as an antigen itself, stimulating the immune system to stay “turned on.”
In other words, it acts as an adjuvant and an antigen.
These toxicants are so widely studied today that there is actually a syndrome used to describe this complex of diseases created by adjuvants.
It’s called ASIA (Autoimmune Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants).
Few veterinarians or human doctors are even aware of this syndrome so it’s unlikely you know about it.
This syndrome has shown that chronic stimulation of the immune system stimulates chronic inflammation that leads to chronic autoimmune disease throughout the body.
That’s a lot of chronic, isn’t it?
Autoimmune disease is as epidemic in dogs as cancer. Once these tissues are inflamed it’s not easy to cool them down.
Other adjuvants such as squalene, sugars and lipopolysaccharides aren’t naturally adjuvants, but added with other ingredients, they become very irritating to the immune system. They make the response of antibody production to the vaccines more aggressive and longer-lasting.
If your dog survives the harmful effects of heavy metals, oils, sugars and fatty sugars produced by bacteria, there are more hurdles to jump.
The 2nd Ugly – Preservatives
Vaccines are actually quite unstable at room temperature. Refrigeration and stabilization with chemicals is critical to keep everything from becoming inactive. But chemical preservatives are also needed.
The most common agent is ethyl mercury, also infamously known as thimerosal or merthiolate (yes, what your mother used on your minor cuts).
The wide use of mercury in vaccines is most likely because it’s cheap.
Mercury is very toxic to the central nervous system. It can disrupt normal nerve signaling and decrease motor functions (think degenerative myelopathy or weakness of the spinal nerves) and decrease memory function by destroying brain cells (think cognition problems and Alzheimer’s).
For many with poor detoxifying ability to remove this heavy metal it further causes immune dysregulation (think chaos!).
Other preservatives are included in vaccines to prevent foreign bacteria and fungi from growing.
These include common antibiotics and fungicides such as gentamicin, amphotericin B, neomycin and polymyxin-B.
I have to wonder if using these could be an early set up for the epidemic of antibody resistant bacteria.
And if that weren’t enough, add a dash of phenoxyethanol, which is made from phenol, a known carcinogen, which is made from benzene, another known carcinogen.
This antimicrobial is the same phenol naturally found in coal tar, a highly toxic acid (aka carbolic acid) that’s caustic to the skin, eyes, the respiratory system … basically all tissues.
Phenoxyethanol is commonly known to cause reproductive issues. Its chemical intermediate is used in the production of plastics (BPA), nylon, detergents, herbicides and pharmaceuticals.
And if that weren’t enough, it was used to kill people by the Third Reich.
If that isn’t sending chills up your spine, read on …
The 3rd Ugly – Attenuating Agents
Attenuation is the process of altering the virus particles (called antigens) making them less virulent, therefore less capable of causing illness. The virus is passed through certain tissues, and is altered to be harmless (in theory) or less virulent (hopefully).
These vaccines are called modified live and they make up many of the core vaccines including parvo and distemper. The viruses are considered live but weakened … and thus less likely to cause the full-blown clinical disease.
These modified-live vaccines have enough of the antigen present that the immune system elicits a stronger, longer-lasting effect on its own, decreasing the need to add the adjuvants we discussed before.
Inactivated vaccines, also called killed vaccines (rabies, polio), are usually killed by heat or formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. These vaccines are considered weaker and thus require boosters to provide an effective immune response and are usually reserved for diseases that can be passed from animals to humans.
Adjuvants are added to killed vaccines along with more antigen, which makes them last longer and produce more immune stimulation. This is why inactivated vaccines can cause more adverse reactions than modified live vaccines.
Viruses infect all sorts of plants and animals. Passing virus antigens through tissue cultures of these plants or animals can allow for unwanted viral contamination, making the vaccine cocktail infected.
An additional component of the vaccine cocktail is formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, which is used as a chemical attenuating agent.
Is your head spinning? Mine is!
The 4th Ugly – Growth Medium
Many vaccines are grown on tissue considered foreign to our dogs’ bodies.
The commonly used tissues to grow viruses for vaccines are:
- Chick embryos
- Fetal bovine serum
- Human diploid (aborted fetus) lung
- Monkey kidney
- Dog kidney
- Porcine gelatin
These growth mediums were not meant to elicit an immune reaction, but they certainly do.
The foreign tissue cells quickly make their way into the bloodstream, exposing all the organs of the body to these large proteins that would never have gained access to our inner sanctum.
This is why anaphylaxis or chronic allergies to pork or eggs are common reactions after vaccines.
You are probably starting to get the idea why I call these The Ugly.
The 5th Ugly – Buffering Agents
Buffering agents such as the sugars glycerol, sorbitol and sucrose, as well as salts and borax, all act to buffer the varied chemical cocktail to help maintain a balanced PH.
The borax I mention is sodium borate, a Substance of Very High Concern identified by the European Chemicals Agency. It’s the same detergent we grew up within the box with a mule team of twenty. Its role in vaccines is unclear except to maintain a pH balance. It’s also associated with increased fetal mortality, low birth weight and even infant malformations. In dogs and rats it’s been shown to decrease fertility rates — that is, after feeding it to them. Certainly not humane, feeding toxic borate is not as toxic as injecting it into the body.
Now you might be able to see how these cumulative ingredients could cause great harm to your dog.
The 6th Ugly – Surfactants
A world without surfactants would make washing our clothes difficult.
Using them in vaccines allows the various ingredients to mix and mostly stay in a homogeneous solution.
The main emulsifier used is polysorbate 80 (aka Tween® 80), which can be found in some low-quality salad dressings, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
It’s been shown to affect biofilms on the skin and in the gut by increasing the growth of certain bacteria, like Staphlococcus aureus.
The addition of polysorbate 80 to vaccines increases the permeability of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), allowing heavy metals (aluminum and mercury) in the vaccines or from other environmental exposures circulating in the body, to cross the BBB. And it also allows for other vaccine ingredients to cross the BBB freely.
Animal testing (here we go again!) has shown harmful effects on reproduction, heart function, behavior changes and carcinogenicity.
And the toxic cherry on the top is the breakdown of Tween® 80 to sorbitol, which increases the risk of diabetes.
Where’s The Good?
When you find it, let me know!
I can’t, for the life of me, find the good. Studying vaccines and vaccinology for 31 years doesn’t make me a vaccine expert, but it certainly makes me well educated on the subject.
If I had no other options I might think vaccines were the only method of protection. If I had not studied them for so many years, I might not realize their danger and risk. And, I might not have connected the dots between vaccinations with the disease conditions that follow.
But, I have studied vaccines and so has the US Congress.
Current laws regard vaccines as “unavoidably unsafe,” and SCOTUS (Supreme Court) has supported that law.
In my mind, I would be practicing a violation of the Hippocratic Oath to First Do No Harm by injecting your dog with a vaccine that includes the ingredients listed above.
When necessary, added to the foundations of wellness (such as clean, fresh food, clean water, no oral or topical pesticides, ample exercise and socialization, herbal and nutritional supplement support), nosodes let the immune system provide adequate protection without poisoning your dog’s body.
This simple, yet profound preventative package will support the development of a robust immune system for a lifetime of real immune protection.
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Let’s Break It Down
Every person must come to their own conclusions, make their own decisions and live with the consequences.
It’s my job as a medical professional to pass the information I’ve learned to you.
It’s your job to think about this information, then to give well-informed consent to your vet if you wish to vaccinate.
It’s also your job to advocate for your dog with full knowledge of the possible risks and consequences because really the Hippocratic Oath, First Do No Harm, applies to all of us stewarding these sentient beings we call dogs.