New article 1/25/2012 VERY IMPORTANT info from a renouned Dr. of Vet medicine.
NEW LINK 1-16-10 INFO ON TITERS , WHY AND WHAT TO ASK FOR http://www.caberfeidh.com/Titers.htm
The first fact:
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 take it very seriously. However, most refuse to read it.
"Once immunity to a virus exists, it persists for years or life." - Dr Ronald D Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin 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 However, the vaccine has been described as 'useless' and there have been many calls for it to be withdrawn from the market.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, microbiologists and pathobiologists have advised we don't use it.
Vaccines can cause a whole range of diseases.
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.
There are many, many studies which show that vaccines can cause arthritis. Vaccine components have even been found in the bones of arthritis sufferers.
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.
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.
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).
It is widely acknowledged that vaccines can cause a whole range of autoimmune diseases, such as Cushings disease, Addisons disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, 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.
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.
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 scary 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 homeopathic vaccine alternative. When they were nine months old, my older vaccinated dogs contracted kennel cough. My two homoeopathically protected pups didn't cough once. 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 & Training 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 vaccinated.
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. I promise you this - annual vaccination is coming to an end. We will look back in horror at what we used to do.
TAKE THE TITER TEST
Taking blood for an annual titer test, to check a dog’s level of immune defenses, should replace the habit of vaccinating dogs annually whether or not they need it.
History of “recommended vaccine schedules”
Why more is not better
Understanding titer tests
Using the new TiterCHEKTM test kit, your veterinarian can now draw blood from your dog when you first arrive for his annual health exam, and within 15 minutes, be able to tell you whether or not he needs any vaccines.
Titer tests do not distinguish between the immunity generated by vaccination and that generated by natural exposure to disease agents. A dog may have developed immunity to a viral disease by receiving a vaccine against the disease, by being exposed to the disease in the natural environment and conquering it, sometimes without having demonstrated any symptoms of exposure to the disease, or by a combination of the two. Therefore, titer tests really measure both the “priming of the pump” that comes from vaccines, and the immunity resulting from natural exposure to disease during a dog’s lifetime. Only an indoor dog that has been totally sequestered from the natural environment is likely to have developed all of its immunity from vaccinations. Although the magnitude of immunity protection received by vaccination only is usually lower than by vaccination plus exposure, it doesn’t matter how your dog developed its strong immunity to specific viral diseases, as long as the immunity is present. By “titering” annually, a dog owner can assess whether her dog’s immune response has fallen below adequate levels. In that event, an appropriate vaccine booster can be administered.
Which titers tests?
Now more affordable
Resisting vaccine titer testing
Lorie Long is a frequent contributor to WDJ. She lives in North Carolina with two Border Terriers, Dash (a three-year-old female and agility queen) and Chase (a five-month-old male with an agility future).
Copyright 2002 Whole Dog Journal. Reprinted with permission, Belvoir Publications, Inc. For subscription and other information, call (800) 424-7887. www.whole-dog-journal.com
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Please note the date this was first written and posted. OVER 5 Years Ago! So why are
veterinarians still not disclosing the dangers involved in vaccinating our pets let
alone OVER vaccinating them?
February 27, 2005
TO: The Agriculture, Conservation and Forest Committee
RE: LD 429, An Act to Require Veterinarians to Provide Vaccine
My name is Kris Christine and I live with my family in Maine. Before
I begin my
testimony, I’d like to advise the committee that one of the world’s leading
veterinary research scientists, Dr. W. Jean Dodds, wanted to be here
today to testify in support of LD429, but could not do so because
commitments. With her permission, in the attachments to my
I have included her letter to Representative Peter Rines
17, 2005 (Attachment 5) resolutely endorsing this first-in-the-nation
veterinary vaccine disclosure legislation.
I am here today to respectfully urge this committee to recommend
passage of LD429 – An Act to Require Veterinarians to Provide
Vaccine Disclosure Forms because pet owners need the
scientifically proven durations of immunity (how long vaccines
are effective for) in order to make informed medical choices
for their animals.
Many Maine veterinarians have failed to inform clients that
most core veterinary vaccines protect for seven or more
years, and pet owners, unaware that their animals don’t
need booster vaccinations more often, have unwittingly
given their companions useless booster shots – taking an
unnecessary toll on their finances and animals’ health.
The human equivalent would be physicians vaccinating
patients against tetanus once every year, two years, or
three years and not disclosing that the vaccines are known
to be protective for 10 years.
For years veterinarians have sent pet owners annual, biennial
and triennial reminders for redundant booster shots and justified
it with vaccine manufacturers’ labeled recommendations.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA)
Principles of Vaccination (Attachment 6), “..revaccination
frequency recommendations found on many vaccine labels is
based on historical precedent, not on scientific data … [and]
does not resolve the question about average or maximum
duration of immunity [Page 2] and..may fail to adequately
inform practitioners about optimal use of the product…[Page 4] .”
As the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching
Hospital states it: “…booster vaccine recommendations for
vaccines other than rabies virus have been determined
arbitrarily by manufacturers.”
Dr. Ronald Schultz, Chairman of Pathobiological Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine,
is at the forefront of vaccine research and is one of the
world’s leading authorities on veterinary vaccines. His
challenge study results form the scientific base of the
American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) 2003
Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting
Literature (Attachment 7). These studies are based on
science – they are not arbitrary. The public, however,
cannot access this data. The American Animal Hospital
Association only makes this report available to veterinarians,
not private citizens, and Maine’s pet owners are unaware
that the AAHA Guidelines state on Page 18 that: “We now
know that booster injections are of no value in dogs already
immune, and immunity from distemper infection and vaccination
lasts for a minimum of 7 years based on challenge studies
and up to 15 years (a lifetime) based on antibody titer.” They
further state that hepatitis and parvovirus vaccines have been
proven to protect for a minimum of 7 years by challenge and
up to 9 and 10 years based on antibody count. So, unless
the Legislature passes LD429 requiring veterinarians to provide
vaccine disclosure forms, dog owners who receive an annual,
biennial, or triennial reminders for booster shots will not know
that nationally-accepted scientific studies have demonstrated
that animals are protected a minimum of 7 years after vaccination
with the distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus-2 vaccines
(see Page 12 AAHA 2003 Guidelines attached, and Table 1,
Pages 3 and 4).
“My own pets are vaccinated once or twice as pups and
kittens, then never again except for rabies,” Wall Street Journal
reporter Rhonda L. Rundle quoted Dr. Ronald Schultz in a
July 31, 2002 article entitled Annual Pet Vaccinations may
be Unnecessary, Fatal (Attachment 2). Dr. Schultz knows
something the pet-owning public doesn’t – he knows there’s
no benefit in overvaccinating animals because immunity is not
enhanced, but the risk of harmful adverse reactions is increased.
He also knows that most core veterinary vaccines are protective
for at least seven years, if not for the lifetime of the animal.
The first entry under Appendix 2 of the AAHA Guidelines
(Attachment 7) “Important Vaccination ‘Do’s and Don’ts” is “
Do Not Vaccinate Needlessly – Don’t revaccinate more often
than is needed and only with the vaccines that prevent diseases
for which that animal is at risk.” They also caution veterinarians:
“Do Not Assume that Vaccines Cannot Harm a Patient –
Vaccines are potent medically active agents and have the
very real potential of producing adverse events.” Very few
pet owners have had this disclosed to them.
The AVMA’s Principles of Vaccination (Attachment 6) states
that “Unnecessary stimulation of the immune system does
not result in enhanced disease resistance, and may increase
the risk of adverse post-vaccination events.” (page 2) They
elaborate by reporting that: “Possible adverse events include
failure to immunize, anaphylaxis, immunosuppression,
autoimmune disorders, transient infections, and/or long-term
infected carrier states. In addition, a causal association
in cats between injection sites and the subsequent development
of a malignant tumor is the subject of ongoing research.”(Page 2)
Referring to adverse reactions from vaccines, the Wall Street
Journal article cited above (Attachment 2) reports: “In cats
there has been a large increase in hyperthyroidism and
cancerous tumors between the shoulder blades where
vaccines typically are injected.” With modified live virus v
accines (distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis), some animals
can actually contract the same disease which they are
being inoculated against. If the public knew an animal’s
immunity to disease is not increased by overvaccination,
they would certainly not consent to expose their pets to
potential harm by giving them excessive booster shots.
Veterinary vaccines are potent biologic drugs – most having
proven durations of immunity much longer than the annual,
biennial or triennial booster frequencies recommended by
vaccine manufacturers and veterinarians. They also carry the
very real risk of serious adverse side affects and should not
be administered more often than necessary to maintain immunity.
The extended durations of immunity for vaccines is not
“new” or “recent” science as some members of the Maine
Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) have claimed. AAHA
reveals on Page 2 of their Guidelines that ideal reduced
vaccination protocols were recommended by vaccinology
experts beginning in 1978. A Veterinary Practice News article
entitled “Managing Vaccine Changes” (Attachment 3) by
veterinarian Dennis M. McCurnin, reports that: “Change has
been discussed for the past 15 years and now has started
to move across the country.”
According to a September 1, 2004 article in the DVM veterinary
news magazine (Attachment 1), the 312 member Maine
Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) “champions full disclosure
of vaccine information to pet owners.” MVMA president,
Dr. Bill Bryant, is quoted as stating: “Its time for something
like this to come out … disclosure forms will be an important
resource to have available, [and] if it goes before the Legislature,
we’d likely support it.”
It is time. Pet owners have the right to know the scientifically
proven durations of immunity for the veterinary vaccines
given their animals, as well as the potential adverse side
effects. LD 429 would make that standardized information
available to all pet owners.
Kris L. Christine
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