An Indoctrinated Society...
Most of us live in a society where we have been
conditioned to automatically trust health care professionals,
governmental advice and even our food producers. It's no surprise
therefore that just as we have trusted our vets and pet food
manufacturers for the supply of quality nutrition from
the commercial pet food, we have unquestioningly accepted that vaccines are
safe and effective to prevent infectious disease. Many people not only feel that keeping their pets up to date with
shots is best for their pet, they also believe that to not vaccinate is
With the increased awareness of the negative effect of commercial foods on our dogs health, so too do we start to question other health practices such as pest control and of course disease and its prevention. For some the exploration of raw feeding has also led to other natural rearing practices, such as minimal/no vaccinations and a more holistic approach to caring for their dog.
We have all been indoctrinated into believing that “vaccines saved us” and that they “protect” us and our pets from disease, yet there are no studies, or proof to support this, only
statistics to the contrary! But don’t take our word for it, search for yourself...
Every day, animal health practitioners are seeing the opposite of vaccines preventing disease. Instead they are seeing more and more pets presenting with allergies, itchy skin, infected ears, yeast infections, eczema, atopy, arthritis, bone diseases, digestive problems, IBS, autoimmune diseases, organ failure, neurological and behavioural problems, cancer and death!
If you were to look at the history and veterinary records for these dogs, you would find that the one thing they all have in common is that they have all been faithfully vaccinated and boostered!
An Overview to Vaccines...
The subject of vaccination is contentious.
Vaccinations, whilst in some instances do afford protection against the
disease being vaccinated against; they also considerably damage the
immune and nervous system which leads to a weakening of the gene pool, and thus the overall health of a given population.
They create far higher risks of cancer and
chronic disease over the long term, especially when overused such as the
modern veterinary protocol to repeat vaccinate annually or tri-annually.
Immunologists and vaccinologists confirm
that immunity antibodies can be acquired from:
- Previous contact – where you
encounter the disease yet your immune system is strong enough not to
succumb, yet antibodies are still formed for use if you encounter
the same disease again.
- Infection – if you contract a
viral disease, and overcome it, antibodies are again formed for
later defences against the same disease
- Vaccination – where a modified
form of the virus is injected, the immune system detects it, mounts
a defence, and creates antibodies in the process.
Factors that affect this process in ALL instances
is how strong the immune system is in the first place. Vaccine manufacturer datasheets say only 100% healthy dogs should
be vaccinated, and there is a very good reason for this, because if the
dog is under par from either poor diet, pregnancy, stress, drugs or
currently fighting a disease or recovering from surgery, even
spay/neuter surgery the immune system won't have the necessary
resources with which to create antibodies. This happens a lot with dogs that are taken fresh off the streets
and then vaccinated very few actually seroconvert the vaccine into
However, once antibodies are created (a Titer test
3 weeks after vaccination can confirm this), the antibody memory cells
have been scientifically proven to last for 10 years. So, once immune, you can't become more immune and you can't
Why then do manufacturers say boosters are required?
Because they only run challenge tests for 1 year, or 3 years for
some manufacturers, so this is the only period they are prepared to
guarantee the vaccine for. For more information on that see here:
The biggest problem with vaccinations is the
adjuvants and preservatives in the ingredients such as aluminium,
thimerosal (mercury), formaldehyde to name just a few. These are in the vaccine because they are needed to irritate the
immune system so that it goes to find the virus as the virus
injection bypasses the normal mucous membrane channels that the body is
designed to receive disease via and recognise.
So, the immune system has to be irritated by these
toxic chemicals so that it knows it is under attack and goes find the
threat and defend against it. This is great vis-a-vis creating the desired antibodies, yet this
irritation comes at a price: auto immune disease and demyelination
(erosion) of the nerve coverings (leading to hypersensitivity).
The toxic adjuvants and preservatives in vaccines
are also being linked to other diseases, particularly cancer, although
research is still limited.
Vaccines are now thought by leading vaccinologists,
such as Dr W Jean Dodds and Dr Ron Schultz, to be the No.1 cause of
auto-immune diseases, and this is gradually now being proved by many
So, these vaccines actually create a
self-perpetuating downward spiral because they damage the very immune
system they not only purport to help, yet need, to actually defend
against disease anyway!
Dogs, as well as humans, fall into 3 groups
highly reactive individuals, whether to emotions, atmospheric
conditions or environmental toxins.They tend to be nervous individuals and may be restless,
easily excited, fearful, and/or obsessive compulsive. They may be sensitive and react to chemical smells,
medications and other toxins both applied such as spot-on
preventatives and in the household, expressed in allergies.
Strong risk of adverse reactions from vaccines.
fairly stable individuals with moderate reactions to food,
environment, medicines etc. Lower risk of adverse reactions from
individuals have slow reacting senses and tolerance for a
large amount of medicines and toxins. They often lack energy and lack reactive capabilities.
Strong risk of damage from vaccines, yet it is very unlikely to
Out of the three groups, the Hypersensitives are at
most risk of a visible adverse reaction to vaccines most commonly in the
form of demyelination (erosion) of the nerve coverings which are already
in a hypersensitive state, creating even greater hypersensitivity. With the street dogs in Bulgaria, we most commonly see this in
puppies that have been taken from their mother or abandoned at a very
early age, and then once vaccinated; the hypersensitivity manifests
itself strongly as fears and social ineptitude. These types of dogs in particular, should never be repeat
Whilst these 3 groups have differing risk levels of
reaction to vaccines, ALL will be damaged by the toxic
ingredients in vaccines, which are very difficult even for a
healthy body to eliminate.
Do I have to vaccinate
Not if you don’t want to.
Because as in point 1 above, it is very possible to create
antibodies just by coming into contact with the disease provided you
have a strong enough immune system.
So, focus on creating a very healthy body, concentrating on
fresh, natural produce in the diet etc, (avoiding toxins whenever
possible in the food and environment especially elective pesticides such
as flea/tick spot-ons and chemical de-wormers), avoid/reduce packaged
foods, artificial ingredients etc etc, and these are the tools the body
needs to not only defend against disease, yet also to create antibodies
naturally. Fragments of
disease are everywhere in the air, even Rabies because of the Government
live rabies bait drops (for more information
http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/rabies-bait-dangers ), not
enough to actually catch the disease, yet enough for the body to create
antibodies if you are healthy.
So, concentrate on health, with fresh natural whole
foods and limit all toxins as much as you can and Mother Nature and her
design of the amazing immune system will take care of everything else
without need for vaccination. This is the protocol we use at
K9 Rescue and we have
never had an unvaccinated raw fed rescue dog fall sick from viral disease.
What is Vaccinosis?
Vaccinosis is a set of symptoms that occurs after the administration of a vaccine(s). These symptoms are more commonly referred to as adverse reactions or events occurring within minutes. However, in many cases symptoms are not noted for months or even until years later particularly in animals that have been repeatedly vaccinated year after year.
While the term vaccinosis isn't a recognized disease, the body is definitely in a state of “dis-ease” or out of balance. Conventional veterinary medicine doesn't widely recognize this state of dis-ease, however research and facts have been conducted and collected by the naturopathic veterinary community backing the theory of vaccinosis.
The symptoms vary widely from minor to critical, from temporary or isolated events to chronic anxiety and behavioural problems.
Mild reactions include fever, tenderness or swelling around the inoculation site, "flu-like" symptoms, loss of appetite, lethargy, depression, limping, vomiting, diarrhoea, and anxiety.
More severe reactions may include seizures, anaphylactic shock and even death.
Chronic problems may be difficult to trace back to vaccinations, only because the symptoms or the health problems can begin weeks, months and even years later. However, when we understand what happens in the body when a vaccine is administered, we can begin to connect the dots. We believe that ALL modern diseases in pets can be traced back to either the direct administration of vaccines or indirectly through genetic transfer.
The most common chronic symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, liver and kidney problems, glandular changes, ear infections, parasite infestation, skin problems, tumours at the vaccination site, allergies and cancer.
tail - (photographs by Sherri Regalbuto)
German Shepherd dog Shasta's tail. It was a direct result of adverse reaction to
vaccines. The inflamed area of the tail became swollen with
fluid and became extremely sensitive, painful and very
itchy. Poor Shasta would constantly bite and lick the area.
Correctly prescribed homeopathic remedies can often address
the damage caused by vaccines unlike conventional medicine
which has no cure because they refuse to acknowledge vaccine
damage exists. Homeopathy is noted for its
success in helping the body eliminate the toxic effects of vaccines
and to re-establish balance in the organism and restore
health. A professional animal homeopath
(i.e. one that has as a minimum taken a 4 year course in
Classical Homeopathy not the 16 week introductory course
most "holistic" vets take) should be consulted for
There is an agenda afoot with vaccines and it isn't about health. The way to know the truth is to always follow the money. Who stands to gain the most from the sale of vaccines? Who stands to gain when your own dog suffers from vaccinosis? If vaccines are so protective, then why are the majority of dogs chronically ill by the age of six if not younger with the symptoms of vaccinosis?
Vaccines: Unnatural Immunity
Vaccinations compromise the immune system rather than enhance it, setting the body up for disease rather than preventing it.
|“By vaccinating every individual animal and not allowing it to develop its own immunity, we are effectively preventing the passing of the immunity to the future generations. A vaccine is always made from the most virulent form of the virus since pharmaceutical companies jump on the wagon as soon as the disease appears and the level of fear is at its highest. While in nature this virus would have mutated into a less virulent form, it does not do so in the vaccine. Generations of animals are therefore injected with the worst form of the virus and stripped of their natural immune response which would have been passed onto subsequent generations. What is passed forward instead is deformed DNA, and the destruction of the species must ensue. Vaccinated mothers do not pass on herd immunity, which then puts pups in greater danger of contracting disease while they are very young. By attempting to save the individual animal, we are effectively destroying the species. A healthy species is able to survive without human interference and we are taking that ability away from our animals.”
~ Aleksandra Mikic, from the book Immune Doggy
How Does the Immune System Work?
The immune system is the body's defence against infectious organisms and other invaders. Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease.
The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. The cells involved are white blood cells, or leukocytes, which come in two basic types that combine to seek out and destroy disease-causing organisms or substances.
Leukocytes are produced or stored in many locations in the body, including the thymus, spleen, and bone marrow. For this reason, they're called the lymphoid organs. There are also clumps of lymphoid tissue throughout the body, primarily as lymph nodes, that house the leukocytes.
The leukocytes circulate through the body between the organs and nodes via lymphatic vessels and blood vessels. In this way, the immune system works in a coordinated manner to monitor the body for germs or substances that might cause problems.
There are two basic types of leukocytes: phagocytes, which are cells that chew up invading organisms
and lymphocytes which are cells that allow the body to remember and recognize previous invaders and help the body destroy them
Vaccines Bypass the Immune System
A normal exposure to pathogens always begins in the nasal, ear, throat,
and respiratory passages, never through injection. Once primary immunity
has been established by going though an infection, the antibody response
follows. This allows the immune system to grow stronger and learn to
bestow natural and permanent immunity to an ever-increasing number of
Vaccines bypass this essential part of the immune system and merely provoke the secondary immune response, called the anti-body response. However, while activating the anti-body response, vaccines automatically shut down the primary immune system, which poses a long-term health risk.
Just evoking an antibody response without establishing primary
immunity first has serious consequences.
This is why the vaccinated population has a much higher rate of infections than the non-vaccinated population
as borne out in recent studies.
ingredients also cause
demyelination. Myelin is the sheath that covers nerves and vaccine
ingredients strip it away, exposing the nerves in varying degrees
depending on the genetic disposition of the individual. This often leads
to hypersensitivity such as fears or unwarranted aggression.
Harm of vaccination : Canine Degeneration
harm of vaccination was recognised as far back as 1884. At that time, J
Compton Burnett, an English homeopath, wrote: "The vaccinated person is
poisoned by the vaccine virus"...
Burnett noted that vaccination is successful only when a person reacts to the virus. If not, the virus gets absorbed. And this leads to what he called “chronic vaccinosis” -- a chronic form of the very same disease that the person was supposed to have been vaccinated against.
Early in the 20th century, American homeopath J H Allen warned that with vaccination, “the whole race will soon become degenerated.”
One reason vaccines are so harmful is that the bacteria and viruses of vaccines are cultivated in
foreign animal proteins, such as rabbit brain tissue, monkey kidney tissue,
bovine tissue, pig blood, etc. When injected into the body, these proteins turn toxic because proteins have to be broken down into amino acids by the digestive system before they can be utilised.
With puppy vaccinations, another problem is that a dog's immune system is not fully developed until 4-6
months of age. The puppy’s undeveloped immune system may not be able to distinguish between its own protein and foreign proteins.
By weakening the immune system, vaccination contributes to
degenerative diseases, allergic reactions and auto-immune diseases, where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells
proved by a Purdue Study). Foreign animal proteins also
contain foreign genetic information which may be picked up by
the vaccine and implanted into the dogs genes. This can result
in genetic damage.
Combining several vaccines (such as the very popular DHLPP
combo) can result in strange new viruses that cause strange new diseases. George
Vithoulkas, a world-renowned homeopath, states:
"Instead of protecting people through vaccination, we are making humanity sick on a chronic level".
Vaccines : Toxic Ingredients
The numbers of microbes, antibiotics, chemicals, heavy metals and foreign animal by-products in vaccines is staggering and should shock anyone.
AA vaccine contains bacterial, viral or other 'antigenic' material,
plus a range of 'other' substances may be included in animal vaccines, some obscurely named and without clear explanation.
Any of the following ingredients may be incorporated in the dose your animal receives:
Aluminium, mercury, oil, paraffin oil, patented polymers, acrylics, antibiotics (e.g. gentamycin, polymyxin, amphoteracin B, neomycin, aureomycin, tylosine, natamycine),
ethanol, phenol, salts, casein hydrolysate, collagen hydrolysate, sorbitol, sucrose, dextrin, squalene, saponin and derivatives, unspecified surfactants, cholesterol, ovalbumen (egg white), γ-irradiated canine blood serum, canine red blood cells, phosphatidyl choline, formaldehyde, patented oil/surfactant mixes and gelatin.
Also not specified are remnants of the cell cultures (see below) on which the viruses are grown in the laboratory. These are from animal tissues (e.g. baby hamster kidney cells). It is worth running an impartial internet search on some of these substances. However, when subjecting your animal to vaccination, it is not simple to discern which particular adjuvants and ancillary substances may be involved in that particular dose. Even your vet is unlikely to know without actively researching the subject and manufacturers may not be very open.
It is interesting to note that an article (Adverse Events Diagnosed within 3 days of Vaccine Administration in Dogs, 10/1/05 JAVMA Scientific Report) states "Factors known to cause vaccine reactions include the primary vaccine agent or antigen, adjuvants, preservatives, stabilizers, and residues from tissue cultures used in vaccine production."
Would you knowingly inject these materials into your beloved dog?
Vaccines and Vivisection
Bacterial vaccinations are grown in petri dishes, yet viral
vaccinations require a live host, even in today's modern times. Up until 1983 when ingredients lists were still declared, this was
the accepted method for creating rabies vaccine. There's no information
on how it is currently made; it is assumed this is still the practice:
- A live rabbit, dog
or goat is strapped and its head held.ont>
- With no
anaesthetic, a cut is made through the skin on top of the head and
the skin is separated from the skull.
- A circular saw
removes some bone.
- A piece of the
brain of an apparently rabid dog is inserted and the skin sewn up
and the animal is put in a cage to die.
- Death occurs
between 13 and 27 days from inflammation of the brain.
- The brain and
spinal cord are removed, dried and mashed in a distilled water and
salt solution with either carbolic acid or chloroform added.
- After straining it
is ready for animal or human use.
So efficacy of vaccines aside, cultivating vaccines on living
creatures is yet another reason to look for alternatives. Unless of
course, such practices are seen as being "for the greater good" and
therefore somehow bizarrely more acceptable?
So, why are our vets injecting such things into our dogs?? Two
1) MONEY!! … Some sources purport as much as 60% profit
in a Veterinary practice is derived from vaccines not to mention the
revenue made by the vaccine manufacturers
2) BIASED EDUCATION -
with pharmaceutical companies sponsoring veterinary lectures, misleading
information is supplied to vets. Pet owners need to be warned that
many veterinarians are not proficient in companion animal vaccination
‘best practice’. For instance, the World Small Animal Veterinary
Association’s Vaccination Guidelines Group has warned that “there is
an urgent requirement for education of practicing veterinarians in this
Professor Ronald Schultz, a member of the
WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group, says:
“Our new grads don’t know a heck of a
lot more about vaccines than our older grads. And I’ve
figured out why this is. They know a lot more about basic
immunology, but they don’t know about vaccinology and the
two are not the same…Also, they’re taught by people
generally that know nothing about vaccinology. Now, when do
they get their vaccine training? During their fourth year.
And who’s giving that? The veterinarians that know how to
give vaccines, that still don’t know about vaccinology. So
we haven’t gone very far from where we were ten years ago or
twenty years ago with regard to training veterinarians about
This is hardly comforting news for all those pet owners who are
currently placing their trust in the backward ‘knowledge’ of many
It’s way past time that both the veterinary
profession and vaccine manufacturers were brought to account for
unnecessary, and possibly harmful, vaccination of pets.
1. Refer to the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines
Group page on the WSAVA website for the quote re education of
2. The quote from Ronald Schultz was transcribed from the Safer
Pet Vaccination Benefit Seminar DVD which includes footage of
the 2009 US NJ Rabies Challenge Fund Benefit Seminar:
More Articles on the Truth About Vaccines:
http://www.dogs4dogs.com Vaccine information articles
http://www.caberfeidh.com/HHC.htm Caberfeidh Holistic Health pages
How Vaccines Affect Both Socialization and Behavior in Dogs by
Patricia Jordan, DVM, VND
vaccines affect animals? by Chrissie Mason B.R.C.P., Ph.D
The Parvo Hysteria
by Mogens Eliasen Ph.D
Rabies - The Big Scam by Dr. John Fudens D.V.M.
Science of Vaccine Damage by Catherine O' Driscoll, Canine Health
protect against diseases at all? by Bronwyn Hancock
B.Sc., Cert. Nutr
The Whole Dog on Vaccines
Scientific Research Articles...
The body literally attacks itself to cause the autoimmune disease. The
vaccinated group developed significant levels of autoantibodies against
fibronectin, laminin, DNA, albumin, Cytochrome C, transferrin,
cardiolipin and collagen. This indicates that, when vaccinated, dogs
begin to attack their own biochemistry i.e. they become allergic to
Dr William R La Rosa of the sponsoring Hayward Foundation remarked, "...
speculation must be that something in the vaccine is one of the
etiologies (in the genetically susceptible dog) of such diseases as
cardiomyopathy, lupus, erythematosus, glomerulonephritis, etc."
did a very similar lab study on beagles. It only lasted until the pups
were 22 weeks old so they weren't able to assess whether any autoimmune
diseases would have developed, but this paragraph jumped out at me.
Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity in the Dog
- In conclusion, we have demonstrated that
vaccination of dogs using a routine protocol and commonly used vaccines,
induces autoantibodies. The autoantibody response appears to be antigen
driven, probably directed against bovine antigens that contaminate
vaccines as a result of the cell culture process and/or as stabilizers.
The pathogenic significance of these autoantibodies has not yet been
In the recently vaccinated dogs, combination vaccines from various
manufacturers against canine distemper, adenovirus type 2, leptospirosis,
parainfluenza, and parvovirus (DHLPP) were involved in each case.
Vaccines against rabies virus, Bordetella spp, coronavirus, and Lyme
Borrelia were administrated concomitantly to some dogs. This study
provides the first clinical evidence for a temporal relationship of
vaccine-associated IMHA (Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) in the dog.
A just released study by the peer-reviewed journal Neurotoxicology has
seemingly confirmed a link between vaccines containing Thimerosol (a
popular ingredient used in many vaccines) and neurological damage:
A University of Pittsburgh research team
monitored the reflexes of a group of 20 macaque monkeys. Thirteen had
been vaccinated within 24 hours of birth by a Hepatitis B vaccine
containing the preservative Thimerosol; the others had either received a
placebo injection or were unvaccinated
Over two weeks, the researchers studied
the infant monkeys' abilities to perform nine basic reflexes. Three
of the reflexes were significantly delayed in the vaccinated
monkeys, while two other reflexes were also delayed and "approached
Those not given the vaccine showed no
delays in development.
The vaccinated macaques learned more
slowly to: 1) turn their head in response to a brush on the cheek
(the root reflex); 2) open their mouth in response to a brush on the
forehead (the snout reflex); and 3) suck on a nipple placed in their
mouth (the suck reflex)
The amount of Thimerosal was adjusted for
weight and the primates received only 2mcg.
The researchers involved in the study
were keen to point out that they could not be sure if it was the
Thimerosol that caused the neurological damage, the vaccine itself,
or a combination of the two.
changes with vaccines:
Another good source of anecdotal statistics is the UK's
Canine Health Concern survey:-
Specific Vaccine Protocols -
In many instances the risks from particular vaccines pose a greater risk
to the health of the dog than the actual disease being vaccinated
Leptospirosis vaccine, as like all bacterial diseases, only provides
short term immunity, yet the risk of life threatening adverse reactions
to the vaccine is high. Leptospirosis is treatable if caught early. In
most cases, the reason Leptospirosis is so dangerous is that owners and
veterinarians don't think of it fast enough. Learn the symptoms of
Leptospirosis and if your dog shows any of them, don't delay; have him
or her tested and treated for Leptospirosis immediately.
A USA study found the vaccine highly
1) The Leptospirosis vaccine does not protect the dog from being
infected with the disease; it just minimises the clinical symptoms.
2) The duration of immunity measurable by titre induced by the
Leptospirosis vaccine can be as little as a few months.
3) There is little protection between serovars (related bacteria types).
Use of the vaccine in the USA has led to a shift in the serovars such
that the serovars now infecting dogs are not the ones used in the
vaccines, so vaccinations are being done against a disease that barely
exists in the form vaccinated for.
The Lyme vaccine does not actually provide enough benefit to outweigh
its substantial risks, despite the seriousness of canine Lyme disease.
The Lyme vaccine has been shown to cause an untreatable form of Lyme
disease and, like all bacterial diseases, only provides short term
immunity. It is not recommended at any of the vet schools in the United States.
The human Lyme vaccine was withdrawn from the market. For all the
reasons, we think that it's best avoided. But we have one more, very
other tick borne diseases that are much more serious than Lyme, for
which there are no vaccines. So even if a very safe and effective Lyme
vaccine were developed for dogs, having your dog vaccinated for Lyme
isn't going to lessen the need for tick prevention. So it's hard to make
the risk versus benefit analysis for Lyme vaccination come out on the
benefit side, no matter how you work the math.
Kennel Cough vaccine:
The kennel cough complex (bordatella, parainfluenza, CAV-1) is a set of
treatable diseases similar to a cold. A normal, healthy animal shouldn't
become seriously ill with any of them. Immunity to CAV-2 (infectious
hepatitis) gives cross protection to CAV-1, and the CAV-2 vaccine
provides a similar duration of immunity to parvo and distemper (many
years, usually lifelong). The bordatella vaccine is not long-lasting,
since both natural and vaccine bacterial immunity are always temporary,
and we believe, considering how often you have to repeat it, the risk
mounts up until it outweighs the benefit.
Some dogs do
develop pneumonia or other complications from kennel cough. This is
fairly rare and also a sign that the dog had a pre-existing
susceptibility to respiratory problems. Learn the symptoms of Kennel
Cough and if your dog shows any of them, don't delay; have him or her
tested and treated for Kennel Cough immediately.
Regarding memory cells, the immune system forms memory cells which in
turn send out antibodies when disease is encountered. As far as we know,
there is no measurement for memory cells. Antibodies will not be
circulating unless there was recent exposure to disease, so you may or
may not find antibodies on a titer test as a titer test is purely a
measurement of circulating antibodies at that moment in time, it doesn't
reflect actual level of immunity.
Titers only show whether or not the animal has been recently exposed to
the disease in question, which in turn, forced the memory cells to come
out of the bone marrow and show up in the blood stream.
So, if there hasn't been any recent exposure, titers cannot be an
accurate measurement of the efficacy of the immune response. It's the
equivalent of all your soldiers being in the mess hut during peace time!
doesn't come through the eye of a needle, or out of a packet .... do
your research, your dogs life really does depend on it!!