December 16, 2015

Confused About Vaccine Safety? Here’s a Mindful Approach to the Debate.

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With a government mandate that all children be vaccinated, there is still a cloud of suspicion as to whether they are safe or not.

With an impressive track record against diseases like Polio and Small Pox, the convention which includes academia, the pharmaceutical industry and the government, considers all vaccines safe. At the same time, as a result of the success of vaccinations, many parents have a false sense of security and do not get their children vaccinated, despite the evidence of success.


Contrary to what the government would like us to believe, vaccines are not 100 percent safe. For example, from 1989 to 2011, the pharmaceutical industry paid out $2.3 billion a year for vaccine injuries. (1) In 2011, the Supreme Court passed a law protecting pharmaceutical companies from all liability related to vaccine injuries, even if the vaccine could have somehow been made safer. (1)

This law might be okay if vaccines were 100 percent safe, but a recent article in the journal Alternative Therapies makes a strong case that they are not. (1) In one study, published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) in 2004, the influenza vaccine was linked to a life-threatening condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome. (1,2) In the journal Apoptosis, the Hepatitis B vaccine—which is given to newborns within 12 hours of birth—has been linked to liver cell destruction and accelerated cell death. (1,3) While the CDC and the American Association of Pediatrics insists this is necessary, Hepatitis B is only spread by blood or intimate contact with body fluids from someone infected, and mothers are always screened during pregnancy.

Taking these isolated studies and claiming that vaccinations are completely unsafe is also way out of context when considering the benefits and immunity they provide to millions of people worldwide.

The answer to this problem is not clear, but there are still many things that physicians are suggesting to make vaccination safer.

My Suggestions

Reduce or Spread Out Dosages for Newborns

Giving 49 doses of 14 vaccinations beginning as early as six weeks of age and up to six years old may be just too overwhelming for the immune system. In 1983, they gave 23 doses of only seven vaccines. While there are no studies direct-linking Autism to vaccines, the increase in Autism over the past two decades is staggering. Today, one child in 50 is diagnosed with Autism, and in 1990 that number was one in 550. (1)

Remove Potential Toxins from Vaccines

Perhaps the most dangerous outcome of the Supreme Courts ruling to hold harmless the pharmaceutical industry from vaccine-related injury is the subsequent lack of motivation to improve the vaccines and use more natural ingredients. That said, ask your pediatrician to order vaccines without mercury or other toxic substances commonly found in vaccines. More of these are coming onto the market.

Below is a list from the CDC of common substances found in vaccines: (1)

  • Aluminum as adjuvants to boost the immune response.
  • Antibiotics to prevent growth of germs in vaccines.
  • Egg Protein—many vaccines are prepared using chicken eggs.
  • Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacteria and bacterial toxins. Most is removed before packaging.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as a stabilizer for some vaccines.
  • Thimerosal is a mercury containing preservative and antibacterial agents.




  1. A. Alternative Therapies Journal. Editorial. Vaccines: Both Sides of the Coin. July/Aug 2015. Vol 21, No.4. Alternative-Therapies.com
  2. JAMA. 2004 Nov 24;292(20):2478-81. Guillain-Barré syndrome following influenza vaccination.
  3. Apoptosis. 2012 May;17(5):516-27. doi: 10.1007/s10495-011-0690-1. Hepatitis B vaccine induces apoptotic death in Hepa1-6 cells.





Relephant reads: 

7 Tips to Help Parents Decide about Vaccination.

Never Say Never to Flu Shots: Making Informed & Mindful Decisions About Vaccination.


More from Dr. Douillard

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Author: Dr. John Douillard

Editor: Renée Picard

Image: RedBoy [Matt] at Flickr 

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