by Dr. Kim Bloomer & Dr. Jeannie Thomason March 2011, part 1
Vaccinosis is now a common problem in our pets but it is far from being
The biggest challenge we see as animal naturopaths is that the
focus is on disease, disease treatment, and disease prevention rather
than on health and promoting health.
With the public focus on disease,
vaccines are counterproductive to health, rather bringing about the very
diseases they were meant to prevent. In other words, vaccines do not
promote health nor are they preventative, quite the contrary.
More vaccines do not convey more immunity and in fact are the very cause
behind the declining health we are seeing in pets.
What Is Vaccinosis?
Let's begin by defining what vaccinosis is first. Vaccinosis is a set of
symptoms that occurs after the administration of a vaccine(s). These
symptoms are more commonly referred to as adverse reactions or events
occurring within minutes. However, in many cases symptoms are not noted
for months or even until years later particularly in animals that have
been repeatedly vaccinated year after year.
While the term vaccinosis isn't a recognized “disease”, the body is
definitely in a state of “dis-ease” or out of balance. Conventional
veterinary medicine doesn't widely recognize this state of dis-ease,
however research and facts have been conducted and collected by the
naturopathic veterinary community backing the theory of vaccinosis.
What Are The Symptoms of Vaccinosis?
The symptoms vary widely from minor to critical, from temporary or
isolated events to chronic anxiety and behavioral problems.
Mild reactions include fever, tenderness or swelling around the
inoculation site, "flu-like" symptoms, loss of appetite, lethargy,
depression, limping, vomiting, diarrhea, and anxiety.
More severe reactions may include seizures, anaphylactic shock and even
Chronic problems may be difficult to trace back to vaccinations, only
because the symptoms or the health problems can begin weeks, months and
even years later. However, when we understand what happens in the body
when a vaccine is administered, we can begin to connect the dots. We
believe that ALL modern diseases in pets can be traced back to either
the direct administration of vaccines or indirectly through genetic
The most common chronic symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome,
liver and kidney problems, glandular changes, ear infections, parasite
infestation, skin problems, tumors at the vaccination site, allergies
Vaccinations compromise the immune system rather than enhance it,
setting the body up for disease rather than preventing it.
“By vaccinating every individual animal and not allowing it to
develop its own immunity, we are effectively preventing the passing of
the immunity to the future generations. A vaccine is always made from
the most virulent form of the virus since pharmaceutical companies jump
on the wagon as soon as the disease appears and the level of fear is at
its highest. While in nature this virus would have mutated into a less
virulent form, it does not do so in the vaccine. Generations of animals
are therefore injected with the worst form of the virus and stripped of
their natural immune response which would have been passed onto
subsequent generations. What is passed forward instead is deformed DNA,
and the destruction of the species must ensue. Vaccinated mothers do not
pass on herd immunity, which then puts pups in greater danger of
contracting disease while they are very young. By attempting to save the
individual animal, we are effectively destroying the species. A healthy
species is able to survive without human interference and we are taking
that ability away from our animals.” ~Aleksandra Mikic, from the
book Immune Doggy
Preventing Vaccinosis Disease
In our efforts to prevent disease we have in fact wrought disease
through the exuberant use of vaccines. Vaccinosis is the result of
mankind's overzealous attempt to annihilate viruses or pathogens which
are an integral part of nature; caused by mankind's misunderstanding of
how nature and in effect how health is achieved and maintained.
Vaccinosis Disease, Part 2
Now that we know what vaccinosis is, the symptoms and what
causes it, then the obvious solution will be to avoid the cause –
However, many are
going to feel as if they are leaving their dogs unprotected. This is
only because of the common misunderstanding of how nature and in effect
how health is achieved and maintained.
What Is Optimum Canine Health?
first thing to understand is what defines health. Many people
think that health is the opposite of disease. Health is not the
opposite of disease; it is the absence of disease. However, what
is thought of as healthy and normal for our dogs nowadays is for
the most part just common:
voluminous, smelly stools
teeth that require dentals yearly
(intestinal worms, fleas, ticks, mites, etc.)
We've had potential
clients contact us wanting help with their dog or puppy's “health” issue
all while saying to us “My dog is the picture of health except for: he
has shooting diarrhea, or doesn't have a good appetite, or he's a young
dog that doesn't want to do anything”. This is a dog out of homeostasis
(balance) that is on his or her way to disease. These dogs have without
exception all been vaccinated and fed improperly.
The list is endless
and none of these should be considered normal nor are they indicative of
a healthy dog.
In contrast a truly
healthy dog will naturally have all of the following attributes (but are
not limited to these):
firm, tiny, non-odorous stools
white, teeth – including in senior dogs
clean coats that rarely need bathing
doggie odor or breath
with a balanced energy
In our experience,
the only dogs we have encountered that fit the above attributes as truly
healthy are those that have never been vaccinated and have been properly
nourished their entire lives. However, there is always hope for those
that have experienced vaccinosis.
What Is Your Dog's Immunity?
The second thing to
understand is immunity. Immunity is an in-depth topic that the scope of
this article won't be able to fully explore but we can at least paint a
picture for you. In a nutshell, think of immunity as being innate
through the immune system.
Everything dogs experience, from the quality of afternoon sunlight to an
upsetting afternoon, can actually affect their immune balance. Every day
the immune system is working to keep the body in balance – it's a
constant balancing act. However, when we don't adhere to or we actually
interfere with nature's laws according to the species needs, that
balancing act becomes impossible for the immune system to maintain. This
is where disease begins and immunity has now been defeated, although the
body will continue to try to re-balance itself until its demise.
Immunity is a natural resistance that is passed down from the DNA of
healthy generations of dogs. Acquired immunity however, (which helps the
next generation grow stronger) happens when the dog encounters natural
pathogens in nature, not at the end of a needle. The vaccine bypasses
natural defenses to trick the immune system into staying in the “on”
position which never allows it to rest or grow strong. In fact, the
vaccine will keep the body always a little bit sick until it is fully
sick, especially with regular booster shots.
all autoimmune disease comes from vaccines but
vaccinated individuals develop auto antibodies that lead to autoimmune
The body's immune system has a type of built in check and balance
against forming auto antibodies but vaccines blow that whole system
straight to hell. They also know with scientific assuredness that the
virus and the microbial proteins and especially lots of them injected
into the body are responsible for auto antibody formation.” ~ Patricia
Jordan, DVM, CVND
vaccination has adverse side-effects, either short or long term. With
vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity
of these side-effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of
the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is
what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very
unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system.”
~ Donna Starita Mehan, DVM
Is Absence Of Disease
health is the absence of disease, immunity comes through proper support
of the immune system. Because vaccines set the body up for disease, and
vaccines unnaturally stimulate the immune system, they can play no role
in health or immunity.
promote and maintain health in our canines with natural immunity by
following nature's laws.
creator has already provided every living being with the greatest
protection of all - an immune system. The reason we have the disorders,
disabilities and diseases that exist in the world today is because we
abuse that system. In general, our animals are presently in a poor state
of health due to ignorance, apathy, greed, negligence in some cases and
overindulgence in others, all of which lead to processed food, abuse of
drugs and poisons; consequently resulting in the suffering of animals
and people .” ~ Pat McKay, from the book Natural Immunity: Why
You Should Not Vaccinate