PUBLISHED BY:

DR. TONI BARK

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Vaccination and Autoimmunity, is There a Link?

In the last few months, I have seen numerous adult patients for consultation in my Chicago area office with complaints of either exacerbation of their autoimmune disease or a sudden eruption of an autoimmune disorder such as asthma where there had been no prior issue.

The one thing these adult patients all had in common was they were all recent recipients of either a flu vaccine or of a tetanus booster. I have seen autoimmune disease develop after yellow fever vaccination and I’ve seen my share of “gulf war” syndrome (presumed adverse reaction to the anthrax vaccine) in military personnel. I have also seen pediatric patients who developed bronchitis after each round of vaccines only to develop asthma by pre-school. Many of these patients become free of asthma for years only to have a resurgence after another set of vaccinations.

Most vaccines contain something called adjuvants which are known to hyper simulate the immune system and in those with specific genetics, trigger autoimmune responses. The influenza vaccine in the US and the tetanus booster have not contained these adjuvants. However, they contain other ingredients that can lead to T cell dysfunction and this can trigger an autoimmune reaction.

Most influenza vaccines contain mercury which, like aluminum nano salts, can lead to a breach of the tight junctions in the gut, brain, testes and thyroid. I have written about this phenomenon in relation to gluten and prescription pain meds. In addition, the tetanus toxoid is a powerful immune stimulant which is why it is sometimes included in other vaccines as an adjuvant of sorts. Influenza vaccines also contain formaldehyde. While formaldehyde is naturally occurring at low levels in wood, it is quite toxic and a known carcinogen as well as asthma inducer.

A problem in understanding the safety issues or adverse events related to vaccines, is that the studies looking at adverse events compare the control group (the new vaccine in study) to a placebo group. In all other cases of drug studies, the placebo group would receive something completely inert such as a sugar pill or a saline injection. In vaccine placebos, the placebo group actually receives other vaccines or ingredients of the vaccine such as the adjuvant or preservative without the attenuated viral material.

This poses a real problem because now you have the placebo group receiving a heavy metal, or polysorbate or tetanus toxoid all of which can cause adverse events such as autoimmune responses. The results show the autoimmune responses to occur at the same rate in both the experimental and placebo groups with conclusions drawn that disease rates are the same whether subjects received the real vaccine or not and hence the vaccine is as safe as a placebo.

Another problem is that the vaccine reporting system or VAERS, relies on the vaccine manufacturer itself, to decide if a reported adverse event post vaccination is related to their product. They almost always deny causation. manufacturers have stated that the vaccine ingredients are cleared within 72 hours. This makes little sense as ingredients are not metabolized like they would be if taken orally and there are no studies backing this statement up. In addition, most doctors do not make the link between vaccine and adverse event and hence events are under reported.

The point of all this is that if you or your family have an autoimmune disorder, you should think twice before receiving any vaccinations. If you or your family developed asthma, a rheumatological or thryroid disorder after vaccination, stop vaccinating. There is a long list of what is autoimmune. Autoimmune disease in all forms is skyrocketing in the US and other places where vaccination rates are high. While there are probably many contributing factors for this phenomenon, injecting known stimulants that trigger a strong cytokine reaction is probably not wise.

There are studies supporting this concept
However, much more research is needed in this area by independent parties not beholden to the industry and that is the single greatest obstacle in true safety studies.