on a Great Dane Mailing List on the Internet
& The Tanglewood Crew Karen,>
suppose I am playing devil's advocate here but nothing irritates me more than
some show dogs coming to a site that have had no vaccines and bring with them
viruses that can be passed on needlessly to unsuspecting exhibitors. “>
From: Betty Lewis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
IMO, you have this
backwards. If you believe that vaccines protect against the diseases they are
supposed to protect against, then it is the *unvaccinated* animals who are at
risk for disease, not your vaccinated ones. Unvaccinated dogs are no more
carrying viruses that they are passing about than any other dog. In fact, it has
been shown that vaccinated dogs continue to "shed" virus in their
feces for some time after vaccination. By that information, then, it is
vaccinated dogs who are spreading viruses about. Some viruses are undoubtedly
still in their altered form (modified), but some do what is called “revert to
virulence". It is these which keep the diseases going in the wild
population. There is a lot written about vaccines, viruses and the complexities
of their transmission. Below is a good introductory article on the pros and cons
of vaccinating which may induce you to do more investigating. Betty
Canine Vaccination by
Catherine O'Driscoll - Author of:
“Who Killed The
Darling Buds of May”/“What Your Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines”
The arguments for
vaccination are fairly straightforward-. they are designed to protect our dogs
(and other species) from infectious diseases. Without vaccines, the
pro-vaccinators argue, diseases like rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and so on,
would still be at epidemic proportions. No-one wants their dog to die of
parvovirus or distemper - but neither would we want our dogs to die of leukaemia
or organ failure while they're oung, or to suffer from crippling diseases for
half of their lives. Yet this is what vaccines are capable of doing to them. Ask
yourself this question: why do we need to vaccinate our dogs every year? Do we
vaccinate our children annually? One vet phoned me one experiment, puppies
deliberately starved of vitamin B5 were injected with vaccines and died. Vitamin
B5 can be destroyed when cooked or frozen - and most dogs are given (cooked)
processed and/or frozen food. The mineral selenium and vitamin A are vital for
healthy thyroid function - pet food additives ethoxyquin, BHA and BHT are proven
to destroy both selenium and vitamin A. As stated earlier, underlying thyroid
disease pre-disposes dogs to autoimmune disease, triggered by vaccines.
warn that genetic factors might put dogs at risk from vaccination. They don't
tell us what these are - but neither does your vet have a clue. He or she
vaccinates anyway. At least doctors and nurses ask humans whether there is any
history of epilepsy, arthritis or allergies in the family before getting the
The phrase 'concurrent
drug therapy' refers to the fact that immune-suppressant drugs should not be
given in conjunction with vaccines. A dog taking steroids, for example,
might die if vaccinated. This is because the whole basis of vaccination is that
a virus is injected into a dog so that he can mount an immune response and
develop antibodies to the virus. If the dog's immune system is suppressed -
either by drugs, ill health, poor nutrition, genetic weaknesses, or stress -
then he isn't going to be able to mount that immune response, and the vaccine
could kill him or cause chronic disease.
MLV vaccines, by the
way, are designed to multiply over time in the host. So a dog with a poor immune
system will find himself gradually bombarded with a multiplying virus until such
time as he either defeats the virus or succumbs to it (dies). The picture is
complicated by the fact that the way the vet stores and handles the vaccine also
has a bearing on whether the vaccine is successful or not. Another factor is
associated with the word, 'attenuation'. Attenuation is where the vaccine is
supposedly rendered harmless (i.e., is not capable of producing disease).
According to Dr Ronald D Schultz, vaccines will cause disease in an animal (or
human) where attenuation has been unsuccessful, or where the host's immune
system is suppressed.
Vaccines also can, and
do, shed in the environment and revert to virulence - which means that a dog can
catch a disease from a vaccinated dog. Other species can be affected: parvovirus
is thought, for example, to have been caused by shedding of the feline enteritis
speculating that vaccines are doing these things to our dogs. The scientific
literature tells us that vaccines are quite capable of causing all this damage.
According to one
vaccine manufacturer, only 15 dogs had suffered adverse vaccine reactions in
three million administered doses. If the vaccine manufacturer is right, then the
probability of one of my six dogs experiencing a vaccine reaction is about three
in a million. The chances of three of my dogs having a vaccine reaction is about
one in fifty billion Tera-doses. Six out of six, like three out of six, is
mathematically impossible. So someone is mistaken.
The fact is that there
is no effecting reporting system. No-one actually knows how many dogs react to
their vaccines; and even fewer people know (because no-one has told them) how a
vaccine reaction can manifest.
manufacturers state, in their own literature - in their veterinary data sheets -
that vaccination is not without risks. Does your vet warn you? One vaccine
dogs should be vaccinated. Following initial vaccination dogs should not be
exposed to infection for at least 14 days. Generalised hypersensitivity
reactions following administration may occasionally occur.
"A good immune
response is reliant on the reaction of an immunogenic agent and a fully
competent immune system. lmmunogenicity of the vaccine antigen will be reduced
by poor storage or inappropriate administration. lmmunocompetence of the animal
may be compromised by a variety of factors, including poor health, nutritional
status, genetic factors, concurrent drug therapy and stress."
In plain English, this
means that there are around nine factors associated with vaccin-ation that will
put every dog at risk. The first of these is the irrefutable statement that only
healthy dogs should be vaccinated. Flying in the face of this advice, vets
routinely vaccinate sick dogs. Their logic is that, because the dog is sick, he
needs the protection vaccines supposedly confer. My book contains a number of
case stories where vets vaccinated sick dogs, and the dogs died.
may also render vaccines harmful. For example, in Vets and vaccine manufacturers
tell us that “only a tiny minority” of dogs suffer adverse reactions to vac-cines.
According to research conducted by the CHC, this tiny minority is, in fact, one
in every hundred dogs. Many dogs with behavioral problems, eating disorders,
digest-ive problems, allergies, organ damage, skin complaints, autoimmune
diseases, arthritis nd so on, could well trace their origin to the door of the
veterinary practice, and to the needle.
I have three living
Golden Retrievers, and three dead Golden Retrievers. Oliver died when he was
four: we woke one morning to discover that his back legs were paralyzed. We
rushed him to the vets where he was put on a steroid drip and died that day.
Al-though the conventional vet could offer no explanation, a homoeopathic vets
tells me that, in his view, this is a classic vaccine reaction.
Prudence died when she
was six from an autoimmune disease. Dr Jean Dodds DVM claims that, "Many
veterinarians trace the present problems with allergic and immune-ologic
diseases to the introduction of MLV (multiple live virus) vaccines some twenty
A few days after his
puppy jab, Samson was found in the garden, his back legs - like Oliver's - were
paralyzed. We panicked and called the vet, who told us to give Sam a paracetamol
(which, incidentally, are poisonous to dogs). Sam recovered. The next year,
again a few days after his vaccine, Samson's head swelled up like a balloon and
he ran round screaming and crying. Shortly afterwards, we discovered that Samson
had autoimmune disease. He died a few weeks ago, aged five, from cancer. We can
trace his death right the way back to the door of the veterinary practice, to
the day when a vaccine destroyed his immune system.
And of the three
living dogs? Chappie, now 13, has been treated for thyroid disease. Underlying
thyroid disease pre-disposes a dog to autoimmune diseases, the triggers for
which include vaccines. One vet observed to me that thyroid disease is itself
rampant where vaccine coverage is high. Sophie has had arthritis since she was
six - also linked to vaccines.
Gwinnie was vaccinated
before she came to live with us at the age of five months: her back would ripple
if you put your hand on it, and she chewed at her paws and gnawed at her flesh.
We took her to a homoeopathic vet where 'vaccinosis', a morbid reaction to
vaccines, was diagnosed and successfully treated. Don't imagine that I am In
contrast, the adverse effects of vaccination are well documented. Vaccine manufacturers
vaccines can cause encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Encephalitis has
many diverse symptoms, ranging from acute to chronic. Emeritus professor of
neurology at Columbia University, HH Merrift, wrote of encephalitis-.
"Since any portion of the nervous system may be affected, variable clinical
syndromes may occur ... meningeal, encephalitic, brain-stem, spinal cord, and
flatulence, gastroenteritis, stomach aches, headaches, enuresis, constipation,
breathing difficulties, hyperactivity, obsessiveness, inatentiveness, mental
retardation, seizures, paralysis, aggression, and other conditions are known to
be sequelae arising from viral encephalitis.
Death is quite
possible. Dr Harris L Coulter argues that encephalitis from infectious dis-ease
or traumatic injury is known produce severe neurologic damage in the absence of
an acute reaction, and that vaccine-induced encephalitis should be no exception.
So you take your newly-vaccinated dog home from the vet's, and he seems fine,
and then a few weeks later, he starts having skin problems or digestive
problems, or biting the children. And no-one thinks to tie it in with the
vaccine ... except that some vets are now making this connection.
When a dog (or any
species) reacts to a vaccine with drowsiness, a slight fever, or appears off his
food, there is every reason to fear that this is the hypersensitivity reaction
described in the vaccine manufacturers literature, which can cause inflammation,
which can lead to encephalitis, which is capable of producing quite severe
neurologic consequences and even death. Further, the symptoms need not manifest
themselves immediately for damage to ensue.
Dr JA Morris, a
leading US infectious disease expert declared: "We only hear about the
encephalitis and the deaths, but there is an entire spectrum between fever and
death, and it's all those things in between that never get reported."
Dr R Mendelsohn said:
"There now exists a growing theoretical concern which links immunization to
the huge increase, in recent decades, of autoimmune diseases, e.g., rheumatoid
arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lymphoma and leukemia."
from overseas. Having read my book, Who Killed the Darling Buds of May? What
Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines, he told me that it confirmed many of the
fears he has had over the years. He also said that when he qualified as a vet in
the early'70s, he was told annual vaccination was unnecessary, but that the
vaccine companies approached vets in the '80s, suggesting that annual
vaccination would boost their practice income and provide an opportunity for an
annual checkup. He told me that they knew it was fraud at the time, but they
went along with it.
Dr Ronald D Schultz,
one of the foremost veterinary immunologists in the world, is on record as
saying that annual vaccination for viral disease is not only unnecessary, but
that it also causes significant problems. A growing number of vets,
predominantly in America but also in the UK, contend that vaccines are now
causing more diseases than they are preventing.
The arguments against vaccination include the following viewpoints:
- vaccines do not
prevent disease or immunise, they sensitize - vaccines cause encephalitis:
inflammation of the brain.
- encephalitis has
many diverse symptoms, ranging from acute to chronic - vaccines are deadly
poisons - vaccines can cause the disease they are designed to prevent - vaccines
shed into the environment, spreading disease - vaccines disarm and un-balance
the immune system.
statistics to ”prove” that vaccines have eradicated epidemics. However, the
way they have interpreted these statistics is open to question. When you look at
the medical literature, you find research project after research project which
shows that as many vaccinated humans contract a disease as do unvaccinated - and
it can even be argued that more vaccinated people contract the diseases. In
absolute truth, it is clear that immunity only sometimes follows vaccination.
Research recently conducted by the Canine Health Census (CHC) shows that at
least 50% of the dogs with viral diseases (parvovirus, distemper, etc),
contracted the diseases within three months of being vaccinated. This supports
the view that vaccines often fail to protect, and that in some cases they can
actually cause the disease they are designed to prevent. In the case of
leptospirosis, every single dog with the disease contracted it within three
months of being vaccinated. So where was the protection?
I hope that I have
alarmed you sufficiently to consider whether vaccination is really necessary, or
whether there is a safer alternative, such as homoeopathic nosodes (for further
information on this, contact us at the Canine Health Census and we may be able
to point you in the direction of a homoeopathic vet near you).
By the way, don't
expect your vet to furnish you with unbiased information concerning vaccination.
To begin with, in the words of Dr Jean Dodds, "vets need to be better
educated about the risks associated with vaccination". Most vets are just
as much in the dark as you are. Within weeks of the publication of my book, the
National Office of Animal Health in the UK (a trade association representing
vaccine manufacturers) held a press conference. They were advising vets to tell
us pet owners that our animals could die and cost us a lot of money if we don't
buy their products. If vets are being
as a sales force, then there is little hope of you learning the truth from them.
This is precisely why I wrote the book: to enable you to make the informed
choice you have a right to make about the lives of the animals you love.
The case against
vaccines is explored in significantly greater detail in Catherine O'Driscoll's
book, "Who Killed the Darling Buds of May?:
Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines". It is available from