Researchers have been taking a close look at the immune system of people living in today’s cleaner modern society.  One effect they have found is that rates of depression in younger people have steadily grown to outnumber rates of depression in the older populations; this may be because of a loss of healthy bacteria.

Neuroscientists say there is mounting evidence that changes in modern hygiene have caused disruptions in ancient relationships with microorganisms in soil, food and the gut — and that these disruptions may contribute to the increasing rates of depression.

Eurekalert reports:

“… [T]he modern world has become so clean, we are deprived of the bacteria our immune systems came to rely on over long ages to keep inflammation at bay … [P]eople with depression, even those who are not sick, have higher levels of inflammation”.


Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

The hygiene hypothesis – the theory that early exposure to dirt and germs programs your immune system to properly identify threats – has been gaining slow but steady support over the past decade.

According to this theory, if you’re healthy, exposure to bacteria and viruses can serve as “natural vaccines” that strengthen your immune system and provide long-lasting immunity against disease.

This is in stark contrast to being vaccinated against a particular pathogen, as vaccines impart only partial and short-term immunity at best. 

The natural immunity you get from being exposed to environmental pathogens is typically also a far safer option than mercury-laden and adjuvanted vaccines, which may cause far more health problems than health benefits.

Children were in fact never meant to be locked in a sealed, airtight room, isolated from life. They’re designed to run outside, play, be active — and to get dirty and encounter potentially infectious agents.

This would seem like common sense, but in today’s world of conveniences and savvy marketing, many have been brainwashed into treating dirt as enemy number one. There’s an antibacterial solution for every area of your life and advertisements constantly promote their use. Ditto for antibiotics, which are grossly overused.

This over-zealous avoidance of bacteria and viruses comes at a steep price.

Health problems already associated with the hygiene hypothesis include:

Now neuroscientists claim depression can be added to the list.

Hygiene Hypothesis Now Linked to Depression

Based on the results from a meta-analysis published in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, there’s “mounting evidence that disruptions in ancient relationships with microorganisms in soil, food and the gut may contribute to the increasing rates of depression,” Emory University states in its press release.

What’s the connection between depression and early exposure to pathogens?

In a word: inflammation.

“Since ancient times benign microorganisms, sometimes referred to as ‘old friends,’ have taught your immune system how to tolerate other harmless microorganisms, and in the process, reduce inflammatory responses that have been linked to the development of most modern illnesses, from cancer to depression,” neuroscientist Charles Raison explains.

Quite simply, if you’re too clean, you deprive yourself of the exposure to bacteria that your body needs in order to program itself to keep inflammation at bay.

According to the press release, scientists are currently experimenting to see whether or not exposure to benign microorganisms can improve “emotional tolerance” and relieve depression. If the results are positive, new treatments that include re-exposure to environmental microorganisms may become part of future treatment strategies for depression.

Until then, I urge you to take the hygiene hypothesis into consideration by reducing your reliance on antibacterial products, vaccines, and antibiotics.

As for treating depression, there are a number of natural treatment strategies that are both safer and more effective than the conventional drug route. For more information, please see this previous article.

Inflammation is Also Hallmark of Heart Disease

Interestingly, depression is also associated with heart disease. In fact, the risk of heart disease is doubled in people with depression, and heart disease has also been linked to the hygiene hypothesis.

One 2005 study found that children who caught viral infections early on could reduce their later risk of heart disease by a whopping 90 percent! This could be yet another factor behind the explosion of heart disease in the 20th century.

The study found a consistent link between the number of childhood infections and reduced coronary risk:

  • Two viral infections reduced risk by 40 percent
  • Four infections by 60 percent
  • Six infections resulted in a 90 percent reduction in risk

Protect Your Immune System by Exposing Yourself to Germs

The world you live in today is not the place your body was meant to live in. You were meant to have regular contact with dirt and everything in it. When you do so, especially growing up as a child, it trains your immune system to function correctly.

Simply speaking, your immune system is composed of two main systems that work together to protect you from foreign invaders:

  1. Th1 lymphocytes – Specialized white blood cells that assault infected cells throughout your body
  2. Th2 lymphocytes – Another type of white blood cells that produce antibodies against dangerous microbes. These antibodies block invading pathogens from invading your cells in the first place. The Th2 system also drives allergic responses to foreign organisms

At birth, an infant’s immune system appears to rely primarily on the Th2 system. But the hygiene hypothesis suggests that your Th1 system can only grow stronger if it’s exercised, either through fighting infections or through encounters with certain harmless microbes.

Without such stimulation, your Th1 system withers while your Th2 system flourishes. As a result of this imbalance your immune system will tend to react with allergic responses more easily.

This is the basic premise behind the connection between the hygiene hypothesis and increasing allergy rates.

What Can You Do?

If you are a parent, please realize that the future of your child’s immune system is in your hands. You can help it build up the resistance it needs by:

  • Letting your child be a child. Allow your kids to play outside and get dirty
  • Not using antibacterial soaps and other antibacterial household products. Simple soap and water is all you need when washing your hands.  The antibacterial chemicals (typically triclosan) are quite toxic and not at all good to be exposed to. If they kill bacteria they aren’t helping your healthy cells any.
  • Avoiding unnecessary antibiotics. Remember that viral infections are impervious to antibiotics, as antibiotics only work on bacterial infections
  • Serving locally grown or organic meats that do not contain antibiotics
  • Educating yourself on the pros and cons of vaccines and making informed decisions about their use

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Are You:


  • TIRED of being bullied by your pediatrician into giving your child ALL 69 doses of 16 vaccines that public health doctors insist your child must take?
  • WORRIED about the huge explosion of chronically ill and disabled children in America today and suspect it has something to do with them being overvaccinated?
  • UPSET that your child will get thrown out of school unless you prove he or she has received dozens of doses of vaccines – even though you have serious doubts that all those vaccines are necessary and safe?
  • ANGRY about being harassed at work and threatened with losing your job if you don’t roll up your sleeve and get an annual flu shot?
  • AFRAID that you and your family will be forced to get many of the 145 new vaccines being developed or be denied the right to get health insurance or medical care?

Time for You to STAND UP and Be HEARD

You are RIGHT to be tired and worried and upset and angry and afraid about what is happening in America today when it comes to being forced to use vaccines without your voluntary, informed consent.

It is time for ALL of us to stand up to the drug companies making vaccines and the doctors pushing more and more vaccines on our children without adequate scientific research and clinical evidence that it is wise public health policy.

It is time to educate our elected officials about the REAL TRUTH about the link between chronic illness and vaccination. It is time to let them know that:

You are Not Going to Take it Any More!

You are not going to stand by and watch your children’s health deteriorate any further. You are not going to stand by and watch our informed consent rights be eroded in state vaccine laws as the religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination are being attacked and threatened with extinction.

You CAN do something about protecting our right to make informed, voluntary vaccination choices in America! is a partner with the National Vaccine Information Center – NVIC – in providing you with accurate, truthful information about vaccination. And today, I am excited to announce that you can register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal, a free online interactive database and communication system that will help YOU take action in your state to PROTECT and EXPAND your right to make voluntary vaccine choices!

How NVIC Can Help You Win this Battle

NVIC is a non-profit charity that was founded by parents of vaccine injured children in 1982. They have been working for nearly THIRTY YEARS to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defend the human right to informed consent to taking vaccine risks – which means they are fighting for YOUR right to make voluntary vaccine choices so you won’t be threatened or punished by anyone for the choice you make.

When you register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal, you will:

  • Gain access to all contact information for your elected state and federal legislators and appointed state officials
  • Stay informed about legislation affecting your ability to make vaccine choices
  • Learn tips for successfully communicating with the people you elect to represent you
  • Attend online training sessions for vaccine education choice advocacy
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Best Resource to Help You Know About All Aspects of Vaccines

The right to make educated, independent health care choices is in jeopardy in America. There is an attack on non-medical exemptions to vaccination by special interest groups associated with pharmaceutical companies and medical organizations.

These forced vaccination proponents want to force Americans to use many more new vaccines by persuading politicians to mandate every new vaccine that is licensed.

With the increase in vaccine mandates and threats to health care workers that they will be fired if they don’t get an annual flu shot, it is critical for Americans to become educated about the loss of their informed consent rights.

The legal right to make voluntary vaccination choices in America will be won or lost at the state level because vaccine laws are state laws. YOU elect your state legislators, who allow new vaccine mandates to take effect in your state and allow exemptions to vaccination in state vaccine laws.

By registering with NVIC’s Advocacy Portal today, you will be taking that first step toward making sure that the people you elect to represent you in your State Capitol know that you are serious about taking back your freedom to make vaccine choices.

You are not going to be bullied into taking risks with vaccines you don’t want for yourself or your children. You want to be free to exercise medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination without being harassed and punished.

For more than 30 years, NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher has been warning Americans about the erosion of our freedom to make informed, voluntary vaccine choices. Her rallying cry – which I totally agree with – is:

No Forced Vaccination. Not In America.

Barbara and I know that freedom is not free. We have to fight to be free.

That is what we are going to do when it comes to making sure all Americans are free to say “yes” or “no” to vaccination.

Because whether or not you choose to use every vaccine that public health doctors tell you to use – or choose to use just a few vaccines – or choose to use no vaccines at all – that is YOUR personal health choice.

You deserve the right to be free to weigh the benefits and risks of using a pharmaceutical product and make a personal health care choice about whether or not to use the product.

It is as simple as that. What we are talking about here is whether or not we are going to have the freedom in America to choose what kinds of medical risks we take with our lives and the lives of our children.

It is Time To Organize! We Cannot Wait One Minute Longer!

The forced vaccination lobby is organized AND they have billions of taxpayer dollars PLUS billions more from BIG PHARMA at their disposal to persuade state legislators to approve more and more vaccine mandates that force Americans to use more and more vaccines.

We need to raise big money to fight Big Pharma and Corporate Medicine.  We need to raise millions to fight the forced vaccination laws that enslave us and make us buy more and more vaccines so drug company stockholders can make bigger and bigger profits.

I have selected NVIC as one of my favorite charities because I want to win this war against forced vaccination in America. If you will join with me and make NVIC one of your favorite charities, together we CAN win this war.

Here is What You Can Do TODAY:

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  2. Make a generous donation to NVIC, a 501C3 nonprofit charity that has been in the trenches fighting for vaccine truth and freedom for 30 years.

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I know that together we can win this war against forced vaccination in America!

We just need to get organized and serious about fighting for our freedom to make voluntary health choices in America, which includes our freedom to make voluntary vaccine choices.

Thank you my friends.


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vaccine shot In the early 1950s, the United States administered four vaccines — diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and smallpox. Children received 13 doses of four vaccines by the time they were two years old and not more than three vaccines in a single visit.

By the mid-1980s, there were seven vaccines — diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella and polio.

Children received 15 doses of seven vaccines by the time they were two years old and not more than four vaccines in a single visit.

Since the mid-1980s, many vaccines have been added to the schedule.

Today, children may receive as many as 37 doses of 14 vaccines by the age of two, and as many as eight vaccines in a single visit!

The United States recommends more vaccines than any country in world. The CDC recommends 48 doses of 14 vaccines by age six, and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18.

The CDC also recommends an annual flu shot for all Americans from six months of age through year of death.

What exactly is fueling this dramatic rise in the number of shots recommended to our children and adults?

Are Infectious Diseases on the Rise?

Outside of an occasional local outbreak, like the recent whooping cough epidemic in California that the media blew completely out of proportion, the diseases included on the vaccination schedule are actually stable in the 21st century United States.

According to Dr. Robert Sears, author of The Vaccine Book, the number of childhood cases of diseases included on the vaccine schedule, in the U.S. in 2007, was:

  • Pneumococus — approx. 10,000 cases a year
  • Diphtheria – 5 cases per year, 0 cases some years
  • Tetanus – 1 case per year in children under 5
  • Pertussis – approx. 10,000 cases a year
  • Hepatitus B – 30 cases in 1 year olds, 30 cases in 1-5 year olds
  • Rotavirus – 500,000 cases, 50,000 hospitalizations, 20-70 deaths
  • Polio – 0 cases since 1985
  • Measles – 50-100 cases a year
  • Mumps – 250 cases a year
  • Rubella – 250 cases a year
  • Chickenpox – 50,000 cases a year
  • Hepatitis A – 10,000 cases a year, most in children aged 5-14
  • Flu – Millions of cases
  • Meningococcal Disease – approx. 3000 cases a year

Media stories about an occasional local outbreak of a disease, usually designed to promote as much fear as possible, never seem to balance their accounts with readily available statistics supporting the facts about childhood diseases in the U.S.

Has the incidence of serious infectious childhood disease in the U.S been reduced solely due to widespread use of vaccines (as vaccine proponents always claim), or has improved sanitation, health care and living conditions played a big role both before and after vaccines came on the scene?

Are other first-world nations, which are currently giving fewer vaccines to their children than the U.S., experiencing a similar drop in infectious diseases thanks to improved living conditions?

With some of the highest vaccine rates on earth, does the United States have the world’s healthiest children?

To better answer these questions, we have to look at the overall picture of the health of our children in the United States.

Has More Vaccination Led to More Health?

Unfortunately in the United States, especially when it comes to anything that has to do with your health, there is a misguided notion that more is always better. You see this time and time again in products on pharmacy shelves marketed as “maximum strength”. You could say the U.S has a fascination with believing that if a little is good, a lot must be better.

This is not always the case. Take for instance aspirin, considered by many to be one of the safest drugs. If you take two aspirin, your headache may disappear. If you take ten, you may experience some serious problems. If you take 50, you better hope there’s a hospital nearby!

The question must be asked — has dramatically increasing the number of vaccines given to our children during the past 30 years actually led to healthier or sicker children?

There is accumulating evidence that dramatically increasing the numbers of vaccinations our children get has made vaccine makers richer, while America’s children are moving in the opposite direction of health — statistics show they are actually getting sicker.

During the past 30 years, the number of vaccinations our children receive has tripled, and during that same period of time, the number of children with learning disabilities, ADHD, asthma and diabetes has also more than tripled!

Vaccine makers and proponents will tell you that these statistics are unrelated. But no good scientific evidence currently exists that demonstrates vaccines ARE NOT contributing to the increasing incidence of chronic illness and disability in our children.

More than twice as many children have chronic brain and immune system dysfunction today than they did in the 1970s when half as many vaccines were given to children.

Sadly, today in America:

  • 1 in 6 children is diagnosed with a learning disability
  • 1 in 9 children suffer from asthma
  • 1 in 110 develop autism
  • 1 in 450 become diabetic

As the National Vaccine Information Center asks in a bulletin entitled “48 Doses of Vaccines Before Age 6” :

“Is the atypical manipulation of the immune system with more and more vaccines in early life setting some children up for chronic disease and disability?


Clearly, more and more vaccines are not solving the widespread health problems currently affecting our children. The fact is, vaccines could be a major part of the problem.

Flu Shots for ALL Americans

Today, the most common childhood infection is influenza, and in the past few years federal health officials have directed doctors to give all Americans an annual flu shot, from six months of age onward, until the year of death.

New Jersey has also passed a law requiring all children attending daycare or pre-school to get an annual flu shot, and some health care workers are being fired if they refuse to get an annual flu shot.

This can only be viewed as the prelude to a much larger campaign that, in the future, may end up dictating whether you will be allowed to enter higher education, get a job, or even travel. Simply put, this trend of mandating annual influenza vaccinations must be resisted and stopped.

Is There Evidence the Flu Shot is Necessary, Safe or Effective?

Many studies funded by pharmaceutical companies selling vaccines have “proved” that influenza vaccine is safe and effective. But independent reviews of those studies have found the opposite is true.

Studies are now showing what people who refuse to take flu shots have known for a long time: that flu shots simply do not work as advertised.

For example:

  • Giving young children flu shots appeared to have no impact on flu-related doctor visits or hospitalizations during two recent flu seasons, according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.
  • The flu vaccine is no more effective for children than a placebo, according to a large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
  • NO studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly.
  • A study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people.
  • Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent today.

For even more information, studies, and statistics about the flu shot, please review this previous article.

In 2009, public health doctors at the World Health Organization (WHO) and in the U.S. declared a H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic when a new bird-swine-human strain of H1N1 influenza was identified in Mexico.

However, the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic turned out to be very mild – one of the mildest influenza seasons in recent years, in fact! — while the pandemic H1N1 swine flu vaccine turned out to be HIGHLY reactive.

It has been alleged that the 2009 pandemic H1N1 swine flu vaccine is much more deadly than the swine flu itself. In fact, in 2010 Australia temporarily banned use of seasonal influenza vaccine containing the pandemic H1N1 strain for children under the age of five after 99 children were admitted to the hospital with convulsions after receiving the shot!

The U.S. 2010/2011 seasonal influenza vaccine contains the pandemic H1N1 vaccine strain that caused so many convulsions in Australian children.

A federal oversight committee reviewing the 2009 pandemic H1N1 vaccine used in the U.S. found a possible link between the swine flu vaccine with Guillain-Barrre Syndrome (GBS), idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP), a blood clotting disorder, and Bell’s Palsy, which causes facial paralysis,

It’s astounding how effective drug companies are at manipulating national health policy. They have been able to manipulate and pervert the public health system so they now can sell toxic, ineffective flu shots in pharmacies, airports, college campuses, grocery stores, and countless other outlets, without ANY solid evidence that the flu shots even work, and despite the many questionable ingredients found in the shots, such as:

Since we don’t know whether many of our sick and disabled children are chronically ill because they’ve already been over-vaccinated, why are we trying to force more vaccines, like the ineffective and risky flu vaccine, on them?

And why are governments constantly trying to mandate even more shots for children?

Follow the Money

The vaccine industry seems to view the 308 million people living in the United States as little more than pin cushions for their profitable vaccine products.

Pharmaceutical profits from swine-flu-related drugs alone have soared – with earnings between $10 billion and $15 billion in 2009, according to estimates from investment bank JPMorgan.

A report from 2007 entitled “Pipeline and Commercial Insight: Pediatric and Adolescent Vaccines,” written by vaccine analyst Hedwig Kresse, makes some interesting points about the future of vaccine profits.

The report includes an assessment of products and forecast of market size and coverage rates to the year 2016, predicting that due to the “promising commercial potential” of new, high-price vaccines, the pediatric and adolescent vaccine market will quadruple from approximately $4.3 billion in 2006, to over $16 billion by 2016, across the US, the EU-five including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, and Japan.

The crucial factor for success in the pediatric market, the report notes, is the introduction of products into the national vaccination schedules.

As an example, Dr. Kresse cites Wyeth’s Prevnar, as the first premium price vaccine launched in the US in 2000 for vaccinating infants against pneumonia and meningitis. Since then, Prevnar has been added to the childhood vaccination schedules in the US and EU-five despite its high price of nearly $320 for the four-dose regimen.

The sad reality could be that the motivation for continually increasing both the number of shots given and the price of the vaccines is nothing more than a desire by big Pharma to improve “market share” and profits.

The Alliance Between the Vaccine Industry and the Government

In the first quarter of 2010 alone, the US federal government representatives received $19 million per day from lobbyists, and over $1 billion in total lobbyist spending, a large chunk of the money coming from the health care sector.

Keep in mind, this is only federal lobbying efforts. This figure doesn’t take into account the millions more spent lobbying at the state level, not to mention the cozy lobbying arrangements between the drug reps and individual doctors.

Why this massive lobbying push by the vaccine industry?

One of the reasons (certainly not the only one), is to influence vaccine mandates. The vaccine industry has a vested interest in (and continually spends big money on) trying to make sure that more vaccines and more doses are mandated by the government.

For every mandate they have successfully pushed through, there are some recent ones that have failed due to action taken by parents of vaccine injured children and others to defeat them.

Currently in California, there is a bill under consideration to make pertussis vaccine booster doses mandatory for all children between 7th and 12th grade.

And in New York there has been a battle over a bill to make flu shots mandatory for all health care workers, and those who refuse an annual flu shot stand to lose their job.

There are also a whopping 145 additional vaccines in the pipeline being developed and tested in clinical trials. Since drug companies are going to want a stable, predictable market in the U.S. for these new vaccines, they’re likely to press for mandated use of many of them, both by children and adults.

Prejudice Against the Unvaccinated?

One of your basic freedoms as a human being is your right to decide what you put into your own body.

Especially when it comes to medical risk-taking, there is a basic human right to be fully informed about all risks and have the ability to refuse to allow substances you consider to be harmful, toxic or poisonous to be forced upon you.

But are those of us who are trying to exercise our right to informed consent to medical risk-taking facing prejudice and discrimination?

When it comes to getting an education, keeping your job, or being allowed to obtain health insurance and medical care, the answer could soon be “yes.”

Besides the potential looming threat of job loss for unvaccinated health care workers in New York, students in all 50 US states are required to get dozens of doses of vaccines to enroll in school (exemptions to this requirement do exist however. More about that in a minute).

Furthermore, according to WebMD, the new government healthcare reform may include trying to make vaccines mandatory, meaning a real possibility now exists that you will be required to receive mandated vaccines to qualify for health insurance:

“The CDC almost certainly will make universal flu vaccination official U.S. policy for this fall’s 2010-2011 flu season, as it consistently follows the advice of the panel of outside experts, called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).”

The partnership between government health agencies and big Pharma, based on ideology, profit-making and bad science, is moving closer and closer to discriminating against those who want to exercise their informed consent rights when it comes to making voluntary vaccination decisions.

The Vaccine Industry’s Fight Against Exemptions

Not only do the vaccine manufacturers want to take away your freedom of choice, there is also a new push coming from the vaccine industry to remove the existing non-medical legal exemptions to vaccination, which include:

  • Religious Exemption— All states allow a religious exemption to vaccination except Mississippi and West Virginia.
  • Philosophical, Personal or Conscientious Belief Exemption— The following 18 states allow exemption to vaccination based on philosophical, personal or conscientiously held beliefs: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

These exemptions are apparently viewed by the vaccine industry as unfair market practices that interfere with their ability to maximize profits. There is nothing the drug companies would like more than to make all their vaccines mandatory, without exception. And unfortunately, through extremely powerfully lobbying, they’ve managed to manipulate our politicians and public health officials to help them push their wares.

Do you want your right to make informed health and vaccine choices for yourself and your family taken out of your hands?

They do. They are fighting to do just that.

Will you let them?

Dr. Paul “For Profit” Offit

One of the names you see again and again as a proponent for the safety and efficacy of vaccines is Dr. Paul Offit.

Who is Paul Offit?

Dr. Paul Offit, also known as “For Profit” Offit, is a fairly well-known and frequent proponent of forced vaccination. He regularly dismisses many of the potential vaccine risks and promotes vaccine mandates. But he is not just a doctor who believes that vaccinations save lives.

Far from it.

If you want to read a fascinating expose of this doctor, read the recent Philadelphia Magazine expose on him.

Offit is a listed inventor on a cluster of patents that protect Merck’s RotaTeq vaccine and share the title “Rotavirus Reassortant Vaccine.” They include four granted U.S. patents — US5626851, US5750109, US6113910 and US6290968 — and two granted European patents — EP323708 and EP493575.

He is also the recipient of a $350,000 grant from Merck for the vaccine’s development, a consultant to Merck Pharmaceuticals and, the icing on the cake, previously served as a member of The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

ACIP is a 15-member panel of immunization experts, selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They provide advice and guidelines to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on vaccine-preventable diseases.

As a member of the ACIP from 1998 to 2003, Offit was involved in CDC recommendations about giving rotavirus vaccine to all babies. He voted “yes” three times out of four on issues pertaining to the ACIP’s rotavirus use recommendation.

To clarify, Offit voted for the FIRST Rotashield vaccine manufactured by Wyeth (monkey-human hybrid virus) approved by ACIP in 1998 to be given to all babies. He abstained from the vote in 1999 to recommend that Rotashield be removed from the market.

He did not vote for the Merck RotaTeq vaccine (cow-human hybrid virus) to be recommended for use in all babies because he was prevented under ACIP/government rules from voting to recommend a product he had a personal financial stake in.

As a result of the rotavirus vaccine being added to the CDC’s childhood vaccination schedule, the value of Offit’s stake in the Merck RotaTeq vaccine he helped to create skyrocketed.

In 2008 CHOP sold its royalty stake in RotaTeq for $182 million, and Offit received an unspecified chunk: his share of the intellectual property, according to him was “in the millions”.

Why Isn’t This ILLEGAL?

Though Offit declines to say exactly how much he has gained personally, Age of Autism reported that Offit earned at least $29 million, and perhaps as much as $55 million from being a co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that was recommended by US public health agencies for universal use by all American babies.

Of course, all of this begs the question — can someone’s vote on an “independent” government vaccine policymaking committee be trusted as being “unbiased” when that person could eventually profit from the committee’s vaccine policy recommendation?

Would Offit, or anyone for that matter, truly be an unbiased judge of a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness when there is that big of a personal financial stake in the outcome?

It’s a rhetorical question, but I think the answer speaks for itself. Especially when you consider that Offit is also the doctor who made the infamous and scientifically irresponsible assertion that “an infant can safely receive up to 10,000 vaccines at once and 100,000 in a lifetime.”

The Vaccine Industry’s Ethical Questions

Besides the questions of whether vaccines are safe or effective, or whether supposedly independent vaccine advisory panels have been hijacked by doctors with financial conflicts of interest, or whether the questionable ingredients in vaccines have been properly tested for toxicity, there are other questions to consider as well.

No discussion of the business practices of the vaccine industry would be complete without addressing the questionable ethical practices long associated with the pharmaceutical industry.

Numerous times in the past 50 years they have been accused of falsifying drug study results, paying bribes, covering up or omitting side effects and deaths, and denying responsibility when drugs are pulled off the market for killing people.

For an eye-opening introduction to the criminal side of the vaccine industry please review this recent article.

According to an ABC News story from 2010, drug company reps from Eli Lily were instructed by the company to regularly give lavish gifts to doctors, and push more profitable drugs at higher doses in order to maximize profits, regardless of safety concerns. According to the story:

“To sell their drugs, pharmaceutical companies hire former cheerleaders and ex-models to wine and dine doctors, exaggerate the drug’s benefits and underplay their side-effects, a former sales rep told a Congressional committee this morning.”

With an ethical track record like this, full of outright lies, cover-ups, denials and bribery, how can you trust anything they say?

Always Look for Hidden Motivations

It is understandable that most people would like to believe the words of respected leaders in the health field, and companies claiming they are producing products that save lives.

Unfortunately, it is often na

stress vaccineDr. Robert Sapolsky has been researching a “stress vaccine” for 30 years, and one may very well be one on the horizon.

Dr. Sapolsky believes that it is possible to alter brain chemistry to create a state of ‘focused calm,’ and claims that he is closing in on a path to a genetically engineered formula.

He has adapted a herpes virus to carry engineered “neuroprotective” genes deep into your brain to neutralize stress hormones.

According to Blue Star Chronicles:

“Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for all the trials to be completed. In the meantime, we’ll have to rely on stress-reduction techniques we already use like yoga, exercise and for some, medication.”


Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Human trials for the “stress vaccine” are still years off, but I’m already wondering where they’re going to find volunteers willing to have a modified herpes virus designed to travel deep into their brain injected into their bodies. Then again, with the positive slant the media is placing on this latest vaccine concoction, they may very well have people ready and waiting.

A Vaccine to Relieve Stress?

In theory, the concept seems sound. Take a shot and be free from the scourge of stress — that nasty little villain that can eat away at you slowly each and every day of your life, if you let it. Nearly all of us are aware that our ability to respond to stress in our lives is probably the single biggest influence on whether or not we will be healthy.

Ah — If Life Were that Simple

So many of us search for the simple quick fix. How many people do you know who consume diet foods and drinks because they believe it will help them lose weight, when the science proves the opposite?

Most likely these are the same people who are seeking a simpler, easier and quicker solution to exercise.

Yes, the sad reality of our culture is most want the easy way out and large multinational corporations are ever so quick to provide a solution that appears to solve the problem — but in the end nearly always winds up causing more harm than good.

The Vaccine Myth

Children are already being over-vaccinated, especially for illnesses that are very easy to treat and actually offer the benefit of lifelong immunity when contracted naturally.

Stress is not only not a communicable “infectious disease” that should qualify for vaccine status, but there are countless safe, and nearly free, strategies to virtually eliminate it, or at least its ill effects, from your life.

Will we soon be lining up to get vaccines to protect against sadness, anger, and anxiety too? Perhaps we can develop a shot to make us virtually immune to any of the feelings that make us human!

No doubt Professor Sapolsky of Stanford University in California is well tuned in to the effects of stress in humans. But artificially manipulating stress hormones to create a state of “focused calm” — using a genetically engineered, herpes-containing vaccine that essentially short-circuits your brain’s normal response to stress — is a risky proposition at best.

Even Professor Sapolsky reportedly said, “To be honest, I’m still amazed that it works.”

And, ironically, the Professor also takes full advantage of the real tried-and-true stress relief methods that his vaccine is trying to replace: time off to regroup. He reportedly turned off his email and took the entire month of August off to spend time with his family.

Now that is a form of stress relief I can wholeheartedly recommend!

Stress Does Need to be Addressed

It’s important to realize that your feelings create physiological changes. Your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints, muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems you don’t even know about change with every emotion.

While under stress, your heart rate goes up, your blood pressure rises, and blood is shunted away from your midsection, going to your arms, legs, and head for quick thinking, fighting, or fleeing.

When stress becomes chronic, either because you’re under stress for a long period of time, you have an excessively negative response to daily stressors or you’re continuously feeling overwhelmed and overworked, it can seriously impact your immune system and your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Brain chemistry
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Hormonal balance

Stress, even the “normal” everyday variety, can even act as a pathway between cancerous mutations, potentially triggering the growth of tumors. In fact, stress is a serious factor in the illness of nearly all of the patients seen at my clinic, which is why you’ve got to have an effective method to release stressful feelings from your mind and body.

How You Can Address Stress in a Healthy Way

It is important to remember that stress can be good for you in the same way that exercise can be good. We need that stimulus to provide a balance to life. If most people had no stress in their life they might actually die from boredom.

It is not so much the stressor that is the issue but your attitude toward the stress that makes all the difference in the world.

For many years I have sought to apply the wisdom of W. Clement Stone who died a few years ago at the age of 100. He encouraged people to become an inverse paranoid.

You might be like most people and wonder what an inverse paranoid is.

Instead of believing the world is plotting to do you harm, choose to believe the world is plotting to do you good. Instead of seeing every difficult or challenging event as a negative, see it for what it could be — something that was meant to enrich, empower, or advance your ultimate happiness.

What an incredibly positive belief! Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity. So whatever tragic or painful event that you encounter, believe that it is there for some good and ultimately making you better in some way.

I admit that I am not always successful at applying this approach, but I strongly believe that it is the healthiest option.

You Don’t Need a Vaccine to Achieve “Focused Calm”

Nourishing your emotional health, including stress relief, is an essential part of optimal health. But a vaccine will never be the answer, even if it already existed and was proven safe, something that I can strongly assure you will not happen.

Oh they might say it has been proven to be safe, but the reality of virtually every vaccine is that the studies are done over weeks — not the years that are required to “prove” safety.

Instead, you can use a variety of techniques to help you deal with stress and unwind each day, including:

  • Exercise. Studies have shown that during exercise, tranquilizing chemicals (endorphins) are released in your brain. Exercise is a natural way to bring your body pleasurable relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Proper sleep
  • Meditation
  • Attitude adjustment as described in the above section

Further, by using techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), you can reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure that involves simple tapping with the fingertips to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on your head and chest while you voice positive affirmations.

This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” — the emotional block or stress — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance.

EFT is incredibly effective when used on its own, but you can also use it in conjunction with any other stress relief methods that work for you. You might like to go for a long walk in the woods when you’re feeling overwhelmed, or sitting outside with a good book may be your idea of bliss. Another idea that works well for many is to create a “de-stress” routine after you get home from work (or at a set time in the afternoon, after the kids get home from school, etc.).

This can be as simple as changing into comfortable clothes, turning on some soft or inspirational music, and spritzing some calming essential oils into the air. This shift in your day will help you to transition from any earlier stress into a more relaxed, calm state.

You cannot, and, I strongly believe, should not entirely eliminate stress from your life entirely, but you can work to change your reactions to stress so that it has only a minimal impact on your health and well-being. And not one of these strategies needs to involve a drug or vaccine of any sort . stress relief can be done safely, effectively and naturally.

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boy being vaccinatedToddlers who get a vaccine that combines the measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox immunizations are at twice the usual risk for fevers that lead to convulsions.

The reactions, which occur a week to 10 days after vaccination, can be frightening, although they are typically non-fatal.

The New York Times reports:

“[Researchers] compared seizure and fever reactions among 83,107 1-year-olds who had combined MMR and chickenpox vaccinations with reactions of 376,354 toddlers who received separate vaccines.”


Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

As I discussed in a previous article, the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and the varicella (chickenpox) vaccines are two of the vaccines that worry parents the most.

Now researchers have confirmed previous suspicions that the combination vaccine for these four childhood diseases, the MMRV, is even worse — doubling your child’s risk for febrile convulsions, compared to giving the two vaccines separately.

Among the toddlers who received their first dose of the MMRV vaccine, most of the fevers and seizures occurred 7 to 10 days after vaccination.

The researchers concluded that:

“Providers who recommend MMRV should communicate to parents that it increases the risk of fever and seizure over that already associated with measles-containing vaccines.”

The New York Times claims that this common side effect “can be frightening” but is non-lethal. However, this statement does not necessarily tell the whole truth.

MMR Vaccine Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

As discussed at length in my interview with Dr. Andrew Wakefield earlier this year, his investigation led him to conclude that he could no longer support the use of the three-in-one MMR vaccine because it was not safe.

In fact, he had reservations about the safety of each of the individual vaccines as well, but the triple MMR stood out as particularly problematic.

I read all the papers,” he said, “and I was absolutely appalled with the quality of the safety studies of the single [measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines], and the combined MMR vaccine in particular.”

In addition, Dr. Wakefield’s own study linked the MMR vaccine to both Crohn’s disease and autism. It remains one of the most controversial studies on the topic of vaccine safety today, despite the fact that 28 additional studies from around the world support his conclusions.

The interview is filled with back-story and behind the scenes information about how this vaccine research has been, and continues to be, suppressed. So if you missed it the first time, I highly recommend listening to it now.

MMR Vaccine Linked to Brain Inflammation

Whereas Dr. Wakefield’s research shows the MMR vaccine can cause chronic inflammation in your bowels, other researchers have found links between the MMR and inflammation in other areas, such as your brain.

Dr. Harold Buttram has also written about the MMR vaccine as a potential link to autism, due to its potential to cause brain inflammation. He explains:

“First and perhaps foremost, MMR is incubated in chick embryo culture medium, which necessarily includes precursors of all the organ systems of the chick, including myelin basic protein.

Merck Pharmaceuticals, which produces MMR vaccine, claims that all traces of the chick embryo are removed before the vaccine is released for use. This may be true, but it is probably irrelevant as it does not take into account the process of mobile genetic elements, more commonly referred to as “jumping genes.” Viruses being made up entirely of genetic material, they are highly susceptible to this process.

It has been shown that viruses are genetically changed by accepting genetic material from cell cultures.’ The genetic imprint of the chick myelin basic protein, which is foreign to the human system because of its chick origin, may be programmed to induce antibodies against human myelin basic protein, once injected into the human system.

This in turn, potentially resulting in encephalitis.”

So, febrile seizures may not be lethal, and may “clear up” on their own, but that’s no guarantee that no harm has been done!

How Effective is the MMR Vaccine in Preventing Disease?

When trying to determine the risks versus benefits of any vaccine, it’s helpful to determine whether or not a vaccine works in the first place.

In the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises children to receive their first dose of the MMR vaccine between 12 and 18 months, and their second between the ages of 4 and 6.

The MMR vaccine is supposed to provide immunity against three childhood diseases: measles, mumps and rubella. Yet in a recent mumps outbreak in New York, a whopping 77 percent of the more than 1,000 people who became ill had been vaccinated.

The question that begs to be asked then is: Does the MMR vaccine — which is one of the most controversial shots on the CDC’s schedule — even work?

According to the CDC, the vaccine is somewhere between 76 to 95 percent effective. This is why a second dose is necessary, as up to 20 percent of individuals do not develop measles immunity after the first dose.

Still, in the case of New York, it would appear the vaccine was more like 77 percent INEFFECTIVE against mumps.

Likewise, when mumps infected more than 6,500 people in the United States in 2006, most of the cases occurred among college students who had received both doses of the MMR vaccine.

At that time, just about the only people who were truly immune to mumps were older Americans who had recovered from mumps as children, and therefore had received natural, lifelong immunity.

Make Educated Decisions

Mumps used to be a routine childhood disease. Many of you reading this likely had your turn, the virus ran its course while you stayed at home in bed, and you’ve been rewarded with lifelong immunity.

In most cases, mumps, like many of the childhood diseases we’re now vaccinating our children against, is not a serious disease.

In rare cases, serious complications can develop from mumps, but you must weigh this risk against that of the vaccine. In addition, even if you get vaccinated, you may still get the mumps, which means you’ve accepted all the risks of the vaccine itself without receiving any health benefit whatsoever.

As always — Make your decision an educated decision.

Remember that healthy dietary habits and a robust immune system are two important factors that influence your ability to successfully combat viral assaults like mumps. All of the information you need to boost your immune system and health is available, for free, on my Web site in a clear, concise format that is broken down for beginners, intermediate, and advanced.

I’m also now offering the full nutritional typing program, for free!

I encourage you to browse through this information today for guidelines on how to stay healthy, and how to protect your children from disease naturally. You can also read up on a healthier, less risky vaccine schedule for your child, as well as learn how to legally opt out of any vaccine you don’t want.

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