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VaccinationBy Catherine O’Driscoll (posted with permission)

A team at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine conducted severalstudies (1,2) to determine if vaccines can cause changes in the immunesystem of dogs that might lead to life-threatening immune-mediated diseases.They obviously conducted this research because concern already existed. Itwas sponsored by the Haywood Foundation which itself was looking forevidence that such changes in the human immune system might also be vaccineinduced.

 It found the evidence. The vaccinated, but not the non-vaccinated,dogs in the Purdue studies developed autoantibodies to many of their ownbiochemicals, including fibronectin, laminin, DNA, albumin, cytochrome C,cardiolipin and collagen. This means that the vaccinated dogs –“but not thenon-vaccinated dogs”–were attacking their own fibronectin, which isinvolved in tissue repair, cell multiplication and growth, anddifferentiation between tissues and organs in a living organism.

 The vaccinated Purdue dogs also developed autoantibodies to laminin, which isinvolved in many cellular activities including the adhesion, spreading,differentiation, proliferation and movement of cells. Vaccines thus appearto be capable of removing the natural intelligence of cells.

Autoantibodies to cardiolipin are frequently found in patients with the serious diseasesystemic lupus erythematosus and also in individuals with other autoimmunediseases. The presence of elevated anti-cardiolipin antibodies issignificantly associated with clots within the heart or blood vessels, inpoor blood clotting, hemorrhage, bleeding into the skin, fetal loss and
neurological conditions.

The Purdue studies also found that vaccinated dogswere developing autoantibodies to their own collagen. About one quarter of all the protein in the body is collagen. Collagen provides structure to our bodies, protecting and supporting the softer tissues and connecting them with the skeleton. It is no wonder that Canine Health Concern’s 1997 study of 4,000 dogs showed a high number of dogs developing mobility problems
shortly after they were vaccinated
(noted in my 1997 book, What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines).

Perhaps most worryingly, the Purdue studies found that the vaccinated dogs had developed autoantibodies to their own DNA. Did the alarm bells sound? Did the scientific community call a halt to the vaccination program? No. Instead, they stuck their fingers in the air, saying more research is needed to ascertain whether vaccines can cause genetic damage. Meanwhile, the study dogs were found good homes, but no long-term follow-up has been conducted.

At around the same time, the
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force initiated several studies to find out why 160,000 cats
each year in the USA develop terminal cancer at their vaccine injection sites.(3)
The fact that cats can get vaccine-induced cancer has been acknowledged by veterinary bodies around the world, and even the British Government acknowledged it through its Working Group charged with the task of looking into canine and feline vaccines(4) following pressure from Canine Health Concern.

What do you imagine was the advice of the AVMATask Force, veterinary bodies and governments? “Carry on vaccinating until we find out why vaccines are killing cats, and which cats are most likely to die.” In America, in an attempt to mitigate the problem, they’re vaccinating
cats in the tail or leg so they can amputate when cancer appears. Great advice if it’s not your cat amongst the hundreds of thousands on the “oops” list.

But other species are okay -right? Wrong. In August 2003, the Journal of Veterinary Medicine carried an Italian study which showed that dogs also
develop vaccine-induced cancers at their injection sites.(5) We already know
that vaccine-site cancer is a possible sequel to human vaccines, too, since
the Salk polio vaccine was said to carry a monkey retrovirus (from
cultivating the vaccine on monkey organs) that produces inheritable cancer.
The monkey retrovirus SV40 keeps turning up in human cancer sites.

It is also widely acknowledged that vaccines can cause a fast-acting, usually
fatal, disease called autoimmune haemolytic anemia (AIHA). Without treatment
and frequently with treatment, individuals can die in agony within a matter
of days. Merck, itself a multinational vaccine ma nufacturer, states in The
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy that autoimmune haemolytic anemia may
be caused by modified live-virus vaccines, as do Tizard’s Veterinary
Immunology (4th edition) and the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.(6)
The British Government’s Working Group, despite being staffed by
vaccine-industry consultants who say they are independent, also acknowledged
this fact. However, no one warns the pet owners before their animals are
subjected to an unnecessary booster, and very few owners are told why after their pets die of AIHA.

A Wide Range of Vaccine-induced Diseases

We also found some worrying correlations between vaccine events and the
onset of arthritis in our 1997 survey. Our concerns were compounded by
research in the human field. The New England Journal of Medicine, for
example, reported that it is possible to isolate the rubella virus from
affected joints in children vaccinated against rubella.
It also told of the
isolation of viruses from the peripheral blood of women with prolonged
arthritis following vaccination.(7) Then, in 2000, CHC’s findings were
confirmed by research which showed that polyarthritis and other diseases
like amyloidosis, which affects organs in dogs, were linked to the combined
vaccine given to dogs.(8)

Brain and CNS Disorders
There is a huge body of research, despite the
paucity of funding from the vaccine industry, to confirm that vaccines cancause a wide range of brain and central nervous system damage. Merck itself states in its Manual that vaccines (i.e., its own products) can cause encephalitis: brain inflammation/damage. In some cases, encephalitis
involves lesions in the brain and throughout the central nervous system.
Merck states that “examples are the encephalitides following measles,
chickenpox, rubella, smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and many other less
well defined viral infections”.

When the dog owners who took part in the CHC
survey reported that their dogs developed short attention spans, 73.1% of
the dogs did so within three months of a vaccine event. The same percentage
of dogs was diagnosed with epilepsy within three months of a shot (but
usually within days). We also found that 72.5% of dogs that were considered
by their owners to be nervous and of a worrying disposition first exhibited
these traits within the three-month post vaccination period.

I would like to add for the sake of Oliver, my friend who suffered from paralyzed rear legs
and death shortly after a vaccine shot, that “paresis” is listed in Merck’s
Manual as a symptom of encephalitis. This is defined as muscular weakness of
a neural (brain) origin which involves partial or incomplete paralysis,
resulting from lesions at any level of the descending pathway from the brain
Hind limb paralysis is one of the potential consequences. Encephalitis,
incidentally, is a disease that can manifest across the scale from mild to
severe and can also cause s udden death.

Organ Failure
Organ failure must also be suspected when it occurs shortly after a vaccine event. Dr Larry Glickman,
who spearheaded the Purdue research into post-vaccination biochemical
changes in dogs, wrote in a letter to Cavalier Spaniel breeder Bet
Hargreaves: “Our ongoing studies of dogs show that following routine
vaccination, there is a significant rise in the level of antibodies dogs
produce against their own tissues. Some of these antibodies have been shown
to target the thyroid gland, connective tissue such as that found in the
valves of the heart, red blood cells, DNA, etc. I do believe that the heart
conditions in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels could be the end result of
repeated immunizations by vaccines containing tissue culture contaminants
that cause a progressive immune response directed at connective tissue in
the heart valves. The clinical manifestations would be more pronounced in
dogs that have a genetic predisposition the findings should be generally
applicable to all dogs regardless of their breed.” I must mention here that
Dr Glickman believes that vaccines are a necessary evil, but that safer
vaccines need to be developed. Meanwhile, please join the queue to place
your dog, cat, horse and child on the Russian roulette wheel because a
scientist says you should.

Vaccines Stimulate an Inflammatory Response

The word “allergy” is synonymous with “sensitivity” and “inflammation”. It
should, by rights, also b e synonymous with the word “vaccination”. This is
what vaccines do: they sensitize (render allergic) an individual in the
process of forcing them to develop antibodies to fight a disease threat.
other words, as is acknowledged and accepted, as part of the vaccine process
the body will respond with inflammation. This may be apparently temporary or
it may be longstanding. Holistic doctors and veterinarians have known this
for at least 100 years. They talk about a wide range of inflammatory or
-itis” diseases which arise shortly after a vaccine event. Vaccines, in fact
plunge many individuals into an allergic state. Again, this is a disorder
that ranges from mild all the way through to the suddenly fatal.
Anaphylactic shock is the culmination: it’s where an individual has a
massive allergic reaction to a vaccine and will die within minutes if
adrenaline or its equivalent is not administered.

There are some individuals
who are genetically not well placed to withstand the vaccine challenge.
These are the people (and animals are “people”, too) who have inherited
faulty B and T cell function. B and T cells are components within the immune
system which identify foreign invaders and destroy them, and hold the
invader in memory so that they cannot cause future harm. However, where
inflammatory responses are concerned, the immune system overreacts and
causes unwanted effects such as allergies and other inflammatory conditions.

Merck warns in its Manual that patients with, or from families with, B
and/or T cell immunodeficiency’s should not receive live-virus vaccines due
to the risk of severe or fatal infection. Elsewhere, it lists features of B
and T cell immunodeficiency’s as food allergies, inhalant allergies, eczema,
dermatitis, neurological deterioration and heart disease. To translate,
people with these conditions can die if they receive live-virus vaccines.
Their immune systems are simply not competent enough to guarantee a healthy
reaction to the viral assault from modified live-virus vaccines.

Modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines replicate in the patient until an immune response
is provoked. If a defense isn’t stimulated, then the vaccine continues to
replicate until it gives the patient the very disease it was intending to
prevent. Alternatively, a deranged immune response will lead to inflammatory
conditions such as arthritis, pancreatitis, colitis, encephalitis and any
number of autoimmune diseases such as cancer and leukemia, where the body
attacks its own cells. A new theory, stumbled upon by Open University
student Gary Smith, explains what holistic practitioners have been saying
for a very long time.

Here is what a few of the holistic vets have said in
relation to their patients: Dr Jean Dodds: “Many veterinarians trace the
present problems with allergic and immunologic diseases to the introduction
of MLV vaccines…” (9) Christina Chambreau, DVM: “Routine vaccinations are
probably the worst thing that we do for our animals. They cause all types of
illnesses, but not directly to where we would relate them definitely to be
caused by the vaccine.” (10) Martin Goldstein, DVM: “I think that vaccines..
are leading killers of dogs and cats in America today.” Dr Charles E. Loops,
DVM: “Homoeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have
maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide
benefits.” (12) Mike Kohn, DVM: “In response to this violation, there have
been increased autoimmune diseases (allergies being one component), epilepsy
neoplasia , as well as behavioral problems in small Animals.”

A Theory on Inflammation

Gary Smith explains what observant healthcare practitioners have been saying
for a very long time, but perhaps they’ve not understood why their
observations led them to say it. His theory, incidentally, is causing a huge
stir within the inner scientific sanctum. Some believe that his theory could
lead to a cure for many diseases including cancer. For me, it explains why
the vaccine process is inherently questionable. Gary was learning about
inflammation as part of his studies when he struck upon a theory so
extraordinary that it could have implications for the treatment of almost
every inflammatory disease –including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid
arthritis and even HIV and AIDS.

Gary’s theory questions the received wisdom that when a person gets ill, the inflammation that occurs around the infected area helps it to heal. He
claims that, in reality, inflammation prevents the body from recognizing a
foreign substance and therefore serves as a hiding place for invaders. The
inflammation occurs when at-risk cells produce receptors called All (known
as angiotensin II type I receptors). He says that while At1 has a balancing
receptor, At2, which is supposed to switch off the inflammation, in most
diseases this does not happen. “Cancer has been described as the wound that
never heals,” he says. “All successful cancers are surrounded by
inflammation. Commonly this is thought to be the body’s reaction to try to
fight the cancer, but this is not the case. “The inflammation is not the body
trying to fight the infection. It is actually the virus or bacteria
deliberately causing inflammation in order to hide from the immune system
[author’s emphasis].” (14)

If Gary is right, then the inflammatory process
so commonly stimulated by vaccines is not, as hitherto assumed, a
necessarily acceptable sign. Instead, it could be a sign that the viral or
bacterial component, or the adjuvant (which, containing foreign protein, is
seen as an invader by the immune system), in the vaccine is winning by stealth. If Gary is correct
in believing that the inflammatory response is not protective but a sign
that invasion is taking place under cover of darkness, vaccines are
certainly not the friends we thought they were. They are undercover
assassins working on behalf of the enemy, and vets and medical doctors are unwittingly acting as collaborators. Worse, we animal guardians and parents are actually paying doctors and vets to unwittingly
betray our loved ones.

Potentially, vaccines are the stealth bomb of the medical world. They are
used to catapult invaders inside the castle walls where they can wreak havoc
with none of us any the wiser. So rather than experiencing frank viral
diseases such as the ‘flu, measles, mumps and rubella, (and in the case of
dogs, parvovirus and distemper), we are allowing the viruses to win anyway
-but with cancer, leukemia and other inflammatory or autoimmune
(self-attacking) diseases taking their place.

The Final Insult

All 27 veterinary schools in North America have changed their protocols for
vaccinating dogs and cats along the following lines; (15) however, vets in
practice are reluctant to listen to these changed protocols and official
veterinary bodies in the UK and other countries are ignoring the following

Dogs’ and cats’ immune systems mature fully at six months. If
modified live-virus vaccine is given after six months of age, it produces
immunity, which is good for the life of the pet. If another MLV vaccine is
given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the
antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The litre
is not “boosted”, nor are more memory cells induced. Not only are annual
boosters unnecessary, but they subject the pet to potential risks such as
allergic reactions and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.

In plain language,
veterinary schools in America, plus the American Veterinary Medical Association, have looked at studies to show how long vaccines last and they
have concluded and announced that annual vaccination is unnecessary.(16-19)
Further, they have acknowledged that vaccines are not without harm. Dr Ron
Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University and a leading light in this field, has
been saying this politely to his veterinary colleagues since the 1980s. I
ve been saying it for the past 12 years. But change is so long in coming and
in the meantime, hundreds of thousands of animals are dying every year

The good news is that thousands of animal lovers (but not
enough) have heard what we’ve been saying. Canine Health concerned members
around the world use real food as Nature’s supreme disease preventative, eschewing processed pet food, and minimize the vaccine
risk. Some of us, myself included, have chosen not to vaccinate our pets at
all. Our reward is healthy and long-lived dogs. It has taken but one
paragraph to tell you the good and simple news. The gratitude I feel each
day, when I embrace my healthy dogs, stretches from the centre of the Earth
to the Universe and beyond.

About the Author:

Catherine O’Driscoll runs Canine Health Concern which campaigns and also delivers an educational program, the Foundation in Canine Healthcare. She is
author of Shock to the System (2005; see review this issue), the
best-selling book What Vets Don’t Tell You about Vaccines (1997, 1998), and
Who Killed the Darling Buds of May? (1997; reviewed in NEXUS 4/04). She
lives in Scotland with her partner, Rob Ellis, and three Golden Retrievers,
named Edward, Daniel and Gwinnie, and she lectures on canine health around
the world. For more information, contact Catherine O’Driscoll at Canine
Health Concern, PO Box 7533, Perth PH2 1AD, Scotland, UK, email
catherine@carsegray.co.uk, website
Shock to the System is available in the UK from CHC, and worldwide from
Dogwise at


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