Your Shot - It Could Save Your Life
Barbara J. Andrews
January 2001© TheDogPlace
Update January 2011
If you missed
Call Your Shot - Part One you might want to backtrack to draw a bead on the target
2011 risks, politics, and PORK of mandated parvo,
Lyme, lepto, rabies, and even cancer vaccines that destroy the human and canine
immune system, plus update on bio-warfare research lab.
Lyme disease evolved from an "unheard of" disease
for which there was an immediate vaccine. It's almost as if the drug company developed the
shot knowing Lyme would become a problem.
In fact, one
pharmaceutical company actually fired that charge at a competitor who released a
canine Lyme disease vaccine before there had been a single confirmed case
diagnosed in dogs... One has to wonder where
all the new vaccinatable diseases come from? How widespread are they? Do the new
viral diseases exist as anything other than a line on a financial graph? Will
the efficiency of a new vaccine outweigh its possible side effects? How does one
get factual information on the frequency and seriousness of side effects?
Unfortunately, there are not enough scientists willing to candidly discuss these
issues. One does not bite the
hand that feeds....
The December 1988 issue of DVM magazine
featured a Vaccine Roundtable discussion in which the many benefits of vaccines
were weighed against the risks, both known and suspected. It featured
Dr. Jonas Salk whose biological research resulted in the polio vaccine, plus
leading veterinary educators.
Young animals are at higher risk of contracting vaccine-induced disease due to
their undeveloped immune systems. Dr. Swango (Auburn University Assoc. Professor
of Virology, specializing in canine virus diseases) cites high risk in "Any
animal under 4 weeks of age..." and went on
to say that "even
in 6 to 8 weeks old puppies the distemper vaccine may occasionally induce
disease." He stipulated that vaccine disease is
more likely in compromised puppies and kittens. Dr. Swango also makes a
mind-stopping statement. "There
is a difference between vaccination and immunization."
i.e. vaccination doesn't guarantee immunity.
Dr. Tizard (Professor and Head of Microbiology and Parasitology, TX A&M)
is a problem of vaccine-associated disease that cannot be avoided."
Dr. Salk reminds us "to
be altogether pragmatic when the disease is of far greater risk than the methods
that are employed in their control." For example,
even taking into account that rabies must be transmitted through a bite, the
risk of death from rabies is greater than the possibility of
vaccine-induced reactions or disease. Regarding the choice of killed
over modified live products, Dr. Salk emphatically states "with
the killed virus vaccine we can eliminate the disease altogether, both
vaccine-induced and naturally-occurring."
The Canine Immune System
Part One, we touched on the effect of vaccines on the immune system and the
corresponding increase in immune related diseases in the last decade. We accept
that vaccines are meant to challenge the immune system. The body defeats the
weakened form of the virus and therefore is primed and ready to kill the more
virulent bug should it ever try to invade.. Works great. Except when we OVER
challenge the immune system. That's when people and dogs become "allergic" and susceptible to
a lot of puny bugs that should have been sloughed off.
If we keep pecking away at the body's defense system, year after year, with this shot
and that, with a wide assortment of chemicals and toxins, with "medicines" which
are proven to confuse and weaken the immune system; sooner or later, that
defense will crumble.
Now, about our pets. We humans only get "puppy shots." I don't know one person
that gets yearly boosters for polio, whooping cough, measles, etc, etc. Do you?
Then why do our dogs need yearly shots? Experts say they don't! The
body keeps tabs on what virus it's already defeated and if the immune system is
strong, (with but few exceptions such as tetanus) it is able to ward off a
subsequent attack from the same virus. Furthermore, if we accept Dr. Salk's
words on herd immunization, a healthy dog is constantly accumulating new
immunities from vaccinated dogs.
The truth would impact the profit of vaccine manufacturers and vet practices.
I'm sure some vet is already planning a scathing rebuttal. That's good because in order to
debate, the good veterinarian will do his or her own research and in so doing,
will get by the spoon-fed hype and apply common sense over profit.
Puppy Shots, Booster Shots, Rabies Shots!
Here's the nightmare. We start our puppies out with wormings and big-time
challenges to their UNDEVELOPED system and we keep at it and keep at it until
they are at least 16 weeks old - or dead from the parvo or corona they shouldn't
have caught. If they break with disease, we're told it was because of
that "window" but never are we told that the vaccine weakened and overwhelmed
the pup's immature immune system. The lapse between maternal immunity and
vaccine conferred immunity may exist - but so does the reality of vaccine-induced
If the puppy survives the first 16 weeks of constant bombardment, we then hit them with a
rabies shot. NOT to protect the dog. Rabies shots are to protect the human population and
okay, compared to human lives, animals are expendable. It doesn't mean that we should close our eyes to the possible
side-effects of rabies vaccination, failing to recognize and respond to symptoms
should they occur in our beloved dogs.
OK, so about six months after the potent rabies vaccine, we assault puppies again
with boosters and probably get them up the nose while we're at it. By
now they're wearing flea collars or are being dipped and dusted, and of course,
the juvenile dog is also on heartworm prevention poison. Six months later, another rabies shot;
then hopefully your state will let the dog recover for two to four years before
blasting him with yet another rabies booster. By the way, who decides that dogs
in some states must be "challenged" every year with potent rabies vaccine
whereas dogs in other states are immune for up to four years? The state
Veterinary association? The Legislature? Who????
Allergies, Thyroid, Neurological, and Orthopedic Disease
It's along about this time that an estimated fifty percent of "cared for" dogs
develop immune and/or thyroid problems. Many are simply treated as "allergies"
and as such, the dog receives medications specifically designed to SUPPRESS
the immune system!! Hard to believe isn't it? Strays escape the onslaught of
care most of us heap upon our dogs.... and notably, their immune systems are
strong. Of course, those of us who notice that interesting fact are just asking
to be blamed for "inbreeding" our dogs and harming their immune systems. Our
DVM June 1991 carried an interesting article by Priscilla Stockner, DVM. She
details case histories of immune-mediated orthopedic disease which
occurred following modified-live vaccine administration in Great Danes. The
vaccine reactions included inability to rise, pain, joint stiffness, high temps,
and dramatic thyroid malfunctions.
Other case histories mention aggression as a not uncommon reaction. Now if Dr.
Blank vaccinates Mrs. Smith's lap dog and then Poopsie gets "sick" and then Poopsie
gets "nasty" and "unpredictable, he's likely to think the problem is in Mrs. Smith's
mind. If the family dog attacks a child, the horror of the incident overrides
the likelihood of exploring a connection to recent booster shots. I'm not
suggesting that we write bad temperament off to "shots." On the other hand, when
we encounter sudden and inexplicable behavioral changes, the first person we
should turn to is a well informed veterinarian.
Trainers and behavioral counselors please take note of this description of severe reactions to canine distemper virus. JAVMA vol
196, No. 11, June 1, 1990 pg 1852 reports "Development
of nervous system lesions was reflected by observation of signs of aggression,
which eventually progressed to in-coordination, prostration, convulsions, and
death." The signs may be less pronounced,
(sub-clinical from an owner's perspective) but still dangerous if one is dealing
with a large breed.
There have been similar documented cases of post-vaccination rabies in dogs, cats,
and people. Symptoms usually begin with lameness, limb paralysis, and may
include nervousness, phobias, and even radical aggression. Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM
(prominent researcher, NY State Dept. Of Health, widely published) reports in a
paper on Reactions to Vaccines And Drugs, Part I "Parallel
bone marrow failure, immunosuppression, and immune-mediated hematologic disease
have been recognized since the late 1970's in dogs exposed to canine parvo virus
or recently vaccinated with modified live parvo virus and other vaccines."
Dr. Dodds cites fever, stiffness, sore joints and abdominal tenderness, and
eventual collapse among symptoms that may appear 1-3 days or 10-21 days after
Lyme Disease & Cervical Cancer Vaccine - Updates
Swallowing such heavy doses
of uncomfortable isn't easy but like bad tasting medicine, it can be good for
you, your family, and your dog. Time does not permit me to respond to you on an
individual basis but as when I wrote this column in 1993, I am interested in
short, graphic experiences of
vaccine reactions or your quotable comments regarding the increase in immune
problems over the last decade. Just as I did with data on reproductive problems
associated with feline distemper/early canine parvo vaccine in The Dog Newspaper
back in the 80s,
we will report YOUR findings to the Fancy.
Thinking back, it was reader input that brought out an
emerging truth about the vaccine racket. Now there is internet and the
people are more empowered. Please indicate whether your name can
be used in giving credit or quotes for future columns.
Click to email
your vaccine-related report.
By the way, shall we talk about Clinton's REQUIRED vaccination of children and
the possibility that newborns will be vaccinated before leaving the hospital?
There is speculation that injection will include a micro-chip. Are our dogs canaries of the
twentieth century in more ways than one? You tell me.....
UPDATE: Remember when in Feb. 2007, Texas governor Rick Perry signed an executive order requiring all little girls entering sixth grade
to receive Guardasil, a new cervical cancer vaccine? It was
said to prevent a debatably common sexually transmitted virus that
cervical cancer! According to the Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS),
which is managed by the FDA and the CDC, 23 million doses of Gardasil
were distributed between 2006 and 2008, and 12,424 reports had been filed. Most
were not serious but about 6% were, including blood clots and Guillain-Barré
syndrome, a disorder that can progress to paralysis. There were also 32 reported
deaths. Well I have friends bred and born in Texas and
they ain't stupid :) It
so angered the very people who had made Perry the longest running
governor in the U.S. that they accused him and the school board of taking pork
(in a cattle state) from a vaccine manufacturer.
Perry rescinded the law in a record 90 days! It made a little news
but in 2010, Rick Perry is still governor and still looking out for Texans.
Now there's Lyme news. Well, it isn't new but under the
Freedom Of Information Act, it has gone public on the internet. With Cass
Sunstein seeking to control the web, the Director of FCC fighting it, things are
a little shaky so you might want to click on over to
Plum Island Bio-Warfare Research Facility Moving To Mainland to
continue (Lyme disease) and Foot and Mouth experiments in the
Call Your Shot - Part One
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