Subject:        Vaccinations (Long)          

“Sandra Brigola"    Von Hapsburg Danes

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“I was out for dinner with some Dane people last night, and there was some discussion on the rising number of dogs showing up with Parvo and Distemper.”


“Rather than rewrite a whole new post (I'm being lazy today) I  am going to send a post written by Catherine O'Driscoll last summer..maybe you have seen it before. It is self explanatory and maybe you want to print it out and pass it on the some of those Dane people :)) 

Question asked:
“I understand that if a dog is found to have distemper, thats it, game over, and game over as well for any other dogs that came into contact with it.  Is this right

 From Sandra Brigola:

Tell that to Hannibal and Carmen..two of my own dogs contacted distemper over 3 years ago, they are both still here and suffered no ill effects.  I treated them myself and they were only sick for 4-5 days and then recovered.

            I found out later that all the racoons on the North Shore were dying of canine distemper..and apparently most of the population was wiped out and they still have not returned. Was this the result of canine distemper Virus being shed in the environment and the overvaccination of our dog population?

I can't answer that with impunity, but I can only guess. These raccoons have been reared on garbage and leftovers from human food and maybe commercial kibble left outside; their numbers have increased to the point that overcrowding of their natural territory occured, and we  (humans) infringing on their territory. When this happens disease is a matter of course with their already depleted immune systems and 'mother nature' intervenes

And only 'the fittest survive'. This is the harsh reality of life.

What we are doing to our dogs by continually boosting their vaccines is 'depressing their immune systems' instead of building 'natural immunity' to disease by holistic husbandry and diet. By no means am I suggesting that you want to go thru' survival of the fittest' with our dogs; but with 2 of mine I did and they have come thru without any apparent long term effects.

My older girl Tara, who is going on 9 years was given puppy shots (by her breeder) did not get distemper. Hannibal's littermate , Rosie, who was never vaccinated except for a 'measles' vaccine at 6 weeks (by her breeder) did not get distemper either. Hannibal received a measles vaccine at 6 weeks and was 2 1/2 years when he got distemper, Carmen who was not vaccinated (except for one dose of a parvo nosode ) got distemper.. both recovered fairly quickly..Hannibal & Rosie were Barf fed from the day I got them at 3 ½ months (had been on kibble prior) and Carmen had been Barf fed from day one and her mom (Tara) had been barfing for 2 years prior. Carmen is my HOD pup that I kept...her growth was stunted and she could not walk for 2 months, she  is my miracle pup having survived both HOD and distemper  never vaccinated...never fed commercial own living proof that vaccine damage is inherited in certain bloodlines...need I say more?

Sandra Brigola


Here is Catherine's post: BTW: she will be in Vancouver June 10th 2001 to do a seminar. 

Hi All

This is a subject I have researched in depth - the results of this research are carried in the book, 'What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines'.

Before I start, I want to make one thing totally clear.  I am not asking you to stop vaccinating your beloved animals.  I don't believe that any human being has the right to dictate that sort of thing to another human being.

However, I do believe that you have a right to the facts so that you can make an informed choice.


The first fact is this:

Annual vaccination is fraud.  Strong stuff, eh?  There is absolutely no scientific basis for annual vaccination.  It was just a practice that was started many years ago, probably because the shots weren't working and someone had the bright idea to keep repeating it in case it helped.  In fact, we have discovered that, far from helping, annual vaccination is destroying our animals' immune systems.  This is widely known in scientific circles - but vets are reluctant to look at the evidence too closely

due to potential lost booster income.  I am sorry to say this but long years of  campaigning allow me to develop no other conclusion.  The vets who have read my book: 

"Once immunity to a virus exists, it persists for years or life." – Dr. Ronald D Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wiscon-sin University.  My own six-year-old Golden Retriever - Gwinnie - gives a good example of this.  Gwinnie was  vaccinated ONLY as a puppy.  We got her when she was five months old, already vaccinated.  She was never vaccinated again.  Last

year, at the age of six, Gwinnie had a blood test and this revealed that she still has high antibody levels to distemper and parvo.  

The advice from Professor Hal Thomson at Glasgow University was "no need to revaccinate".  After SIX years. 

Dr Jean Dodds in America has just completed a study that shows much the same thing.  You don't NEED to keep vaccinating your dogs.           

There is one exception, and this is the leptospirosis component of the vaccine.  Lepto is a bacterin, not a virus, and you can't get permanent immunity to a bacterin.  However, the vaccine has been described as 'useless' and there have been many calls for it to be withdrawn from the market.  There are hundreds of strains of leptospirosis, but only two in the vaccine, AND it provides immunity (if at all) for only between three and six months.  This means that your dog is probably unprotected against the two strains for around nine months of the year, and against all the other hundreds of strains for ever.  Australian research shows that the lepto component of vaccines can cause horrendous side-effects, so top veterinary immunologists, micro-biologists and pathobiologists have advised we don't use it. 

Fact two: 

Vaccines can cause a whole range of diseases. 

Skin problems: Frick and Brooks, in 1983, showed that dogs who were genetically susceptible to develop atopic dermatitis ONLY contracted the condition IF they were vaccinated before being exposed to an allergen. 

 So - vaccines trigger skin disease.

Arthritis:  there are many, many studies which show that vaccines can cause arthritis.  Vaccine components have even been found in the bones of arthritis sufferers.

Cancer:  Vaccine components have been found at the cancer sites of victims.  Worse, they have been found at the cancer sites of the CHILDREN of the people who received the guilty vaccine.  In other words, vaccines can cause inheritable cancer.

Leukemia:  Dr Jean Dodds has linked leukemia to vaccines.  Also, Merck, a vaccine manufacturer, has linked leukemia to a leukemia-like retrovirus found in birds.  Merck were investigating the link between this retrovirus and the eggs they cultivated the measles vaccine on.  Distemper and measles are virtually the same virus, and both vaccines are cultivated on Chick embryos.

Aggression:  Vaccines are acknowledged to cause inflammation of the brain and, in severe cases, lesions in the brain and throughout the central nervous system.  This condition, known as encephalitis, lies at the root of much aggressive and violent behaviour, autism, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder, and other neurological conditions (for example, CDRM, Ataxia, (etc).

Autoimmune disease:  It is widely acknowledged that vaccines can cause a whole range of autoimmune diseases, such as Cushings disease, Addisons disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and many others.


The scientific evidence is there for anyone who wants to look at it.
Dr Larry Glickman at Purdue University has found that routinely vaccinated dogs develop autoantibodies to a wide range of their own biochemicals.   This means that vaccines cause dogs to attack their own bodies - which is what autoimmune disease is all about. 

Fact three: Some animals are genetically pre-disposed to suffer fatal reactions to vaccines, or to develop vaccine-induced disease. 

The Merck Manual (the doctor's bible, published by a vaccine manufacturer) says that children with B and/or T cell immunodeficiencies should not receive live virus vaccines as the vaccine can stimulate a severe or FATAL infection.  Not to put too fine a point on it, 'fatal' means death.  Merck explains that features of B and T cell immunodeficiencies include eczema, dermatitis, heart disease, inhalant allergies, food allergies and neurological conditions.  They say that humans suffering with any of these conditions, or from families with these conditions, should not receive live virus vaccines because the vaccine can kill them.

Our dogs also have B and T cells, and B and T cell immunodeficiencies.   So if your dog has allergies, or heart problems, or neurological problems . . . vaccines represent a life threatening risk.


Fact four:  Vaccines cause more diseases than they prevent.


This is the one the scientists are currently arguing about.  You can probably guess which way I've fallen on the debate.  In my humble opinion, vaccination is probably the worst thing we can do for someone we love. Obviously, this is a scarey statement.

Let me tell you a little about why I'm here saying this to you.

Oliver, a beautiful Golden Retriever, lost the use of his back legs one day when he was four years old.  We rushed him to the vet but he was dead by four that afternoon.  For two years, I asked every vet I met 'why?'  No one could tell me until I met a homoeopathic vet called Chris Day, and he asked me when Ollie had last been vaccinated.  He told me it was a classic

Vaccine reaction, falling within three months of the shot.  Since then I have met many people whose dogs died in exactly the same way.

Prudence, another Golden Retriever, died of leukemia when she was six.  The last time I vaccinated her, her eyes rolled in her sockets, and she climbed up on my back, begging me not to have it done.  But we carried on because I thought it was good for her.  Distemper and parvo are horrible diseases, of course - but so is leukemia.  You don't want to see a dog die this way.

Samson's back legs were paralysed the day after his second puppy shot.   I thought maybe someone had put poison down because I didn't know vaccines could do this.  The next year he was boosted, and his head swelled up like a football and he ran around screaming - I now know that this was a massive allergic reaction to the vaccine.  At the age of two we had a blood test done, and it came back autoimmune disease.  He died of cancer at the age of five.  Having studied the scientific evidence, I know that Sammie was killed the day a vaccine destroyed his immune system.

Edward and Daniel are three-year-old Golden Retrievers.  Neither has ever been vaccinated.  Not once.  They are the healthiest two Goldens I have ever had the privilege to share my life with.  No sickness, no diarrhea, no allergies, no illness.The vet doesn't know who they are - they have only ever visited to have their blood tested (both have antibodies to distemper and parvo . . . which means they've met the diseases but not succumbed).  They also went to the vets a few weeks ago to have ticks removed.  The vet remarked on how fit and healthy they were.  But that's it – their entire veterinary history at the age of three.  Compare this with Samson's veterinary history!  I was literally at the vet every two weeks with Sammie.

Edward and Daniel are fed real food - raw meaty bones, vegetables, etc.  This means that they have optimal immune systems, so they are in a good position to fight any viruses or bacterins that come along.  They also receive the homoeopathic vaccine alternative.  When they were nine months old, my older vaccinated dogs contracted kennel cough.  My two homoeo-pathically protected pups didn't cough once.

            A few days ago on the CHC discussion list, one of our members reported meeting two 17 year old Golden Retrievers on the beach.  Both ran and jumped around like young ones.  The owner told her that they had never been vaccinated and, as he was a butcher, he had fed them raw meat.

Seven years into the campaign, we are beginning to see the results of not vaccinating and feeding real food.  Canine Health Concern members are now  constantly reporting that their dogs are incredibly healthy, and those who show are winning at all the shows.

Don't blame the 'irresponsible breeders' - blame vaccines.

Without vaccines, you too can hope for long-lived friends who get through their lives without the crippling debilitating diseases that have become common in the dog population. 

One last fact: 

Vaccines don't offer GUARANTEED immunity.  Nearly all of the dogs in the CHC vaccine survey - which involved over 4,000 dogs and is still ongoing - contracted distemper, parvo, lepto, hepatitis, etc, within three months of being vaccin-ated.

My motivation is that you don't have to sit and watch your beloved friends die years before their time, or suffer from any of the many vaccine-induced diseases.  We are making a terrible mistake on behalf of our animal friends.  What we think is best for them is in fact the worst thing we can do.  I am not alone in saying this - the very top veterinary specialists agree.  We just need to get the other vets up to date.

CHC members are doing this through example.  I promise you this – annual vaccination is coming to an end.  We will look back in horror at what we used to do.

 Catherine O'Driscoll

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