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Science of Vaccine Damage

Science of Vaccine Damage

by Catherine O'Driscoll
(posted with permission)

A team at Purdue University
School of Veterinary Medicine conducted
several studies (1,2) to determine if
vaccines can cause changes in the immune
system of dogs that might lead to
life-threatening immune-mediated diseases.
They obviously conducted this research
because concern already existed. It was
sponsored by the Haywood Foundation which
itself was looking for evidence that such
changes in the human immune system might also
be vaccine induced. It found the evidence.

The vaccinated, but not the
non-vaccinated, dogs in the Purdue studies
developed autoantibodies to many of their own
biochemicals, including fibronectin, laminin,
DNA, albumin, cytochrome C, cardiolipin and

This means that the vaccinated
dogs -- but not the non-vaccinated dogs--
were attacking their own fibronectin, which
is involved in tissue repair, cell
multiplication and growth, and
differentiation between tissues and organs in
a living organism.

The vaccinated Purdue dogs also
developed autoantibodies to laminin, which is
involved in many cellular activities
including the adhesion, spreading,
differentiation, proliferation and movement
of cells. Vaccines thus appear to be capable
of removing the natural intelligence of

Autoantibodies to cardiolipin
are frequently found in patients with the
serious disease systemic lupus erythematosus
and also in individuals with other autoimmune
diseases. The presence of elevated
anti-cardiolipin antibodies is significantly
associated with clots within the heart or
blood vessels, in poor blood clotting,
haemorrhage, bleeding into the skin, foetal
loss and neurological conditions.

The Purdue studies also found
that vaccinated dogs were developing
autoantibodies to their own collagen. About
one quarter of all the protein in the body is
collagen. Collagen provides structure to our
bodies, protecting and supporting the softer
tissues and connecting them with the
skeleton. It is no wonder that Canine Health
Concern's 1997 study of 4,000 dogs showed a
high number of dogs developing mobility
problems shortly after they were vaccinated
(noted in my 1997 book, What Vets Don't Tell
You About Vaccines).

Perhaps most worryingly, the
Purdue studies found that the vaccinated dogs
had developed autoantibodies to their own
DNA. Did the alarm bells sound? Did the
scientific community call a halt to the
vaccination program? No. Instead, they stuck
their fingers in the air, saying more
research is needed to ascertain whether
vaccines can cause genetic damage. Meanwhile,
the study dogs were found good homes, but no
long-term follow-up has been conducted. At
around the same time, the American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA) Vaccine-Associated
Feline Sarcoma Task Force initiated several
studies to find out why 160,000 cats each
year in the USA develop terminal cancer at
their vaccine injection sites.(3) The fact
that cats can get vaccine-induced cancer has
been acknowledged by veterinary bodies around
the world, and even the British Government
acknowledged it through its Working Group
charged with the task of looking into canine
and feline vaccines(4) following pressure
from Canine Health Concern. What do you
imagine was the advice of the AVMA Task
Force, veterinary bodies and governments?
"Carry on vaccinating until
we find out why vaccines are
killing cats, and which cats are most likely
to die."

In America , in an attempt to
mitigate the problem, they're vaccinating
cats in the tail or leg so they can amputate
when cancer appears. Great advice if it's not
your cat amongst the hundreds of thousands on
the "oops" list.

But other species are okay -
right? Wrong. In August 2003, the Journal of
Veterinary Medicine carried an Italian study
which showed that dogs also develop
vaccine-induced cancers at their injection
sites.(5) We already know that vaccine-site
cancer is a possible sequel to human
vaccines, too, since the Salk polio vaccine
was said to carry a monkey retrovirus (from
cultivating the vaccine on monkey organs)
that produces inheritable cancer. The monkey
retrovirus SV40 keeps turning up in human
cancer sites.

It is also widely acknowledged
that vaccines can cause a fast-acting,
usually fatal, disease called autoimmune
haemolytic anaemia (AIHA). Without treatment,
and frequently with treatment, individuals
can die in agony within a matter of days.
Merck, itself a multinational vaccine
manufacturer, states in The Merck Manual of
Diagnosis and Therapy that autoimmune
haemolytic anaemia may be caused by modified
live-virus vaccines, as do Tizard's
Veterinary Immunology (4th edition) and the
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.(6)
The British Government's Working Group,
despite being staffed by vaccine-industry
consultants who say they are independent,
also acknowledged this fact. However, no one
warns the pet owners before their animals are
subjected to an unnecessary booster, and very
few owners are told why after their pets die
of AIHA.

A Wide Range of Vaccine-induced

We also found some worrying
correlations between vaccine events and the
onset of arthritis in our 1997 survey. Our
concerns were compounded by research in the
human field.

The New England Journal of
Medicine, for example, reported that it is
possible to isolate the rubella virus from
affected joints in children vaccinated
against rubella. It also told of the
isolation of viruses from the peripheral
blood of women with prolonged arthritis
following vaccination. (7)

Then, in 2000, CHC's findings
were confirmed by research which showed that
polyarthritis and other diseases like
amyloidosis, which affects organs in dogs,
were linked to the combined vaccine given to
dogs.(8) There is a huge body of research,
despite the paucity of funding from the
vaccine industry, to confirm that vaccines
can cause a wide range of brain and central
nervous system damage. Merck itself states in
its Manual that vaccines (i.e., its own
products) can cause encephalitis: brain
inflammation/ damage. In some cases,
encephalitis involves lesions in the brain
and throughout the central nervous system.
Merck states that "examples are the
encephalitides following measles, chickenpox,
rubella, smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and
many other less well defined viral

When the dog owners who took
part in the CHC survey reported that their
dogs developed short attention spans, 73.1%
of the dogs did so within three months of a
vaccine event. The same percentage of dogs
was diagnosed with epilepsy within three
months of a shot (but usually within days).
We also found that 72.5% of dogs that were
considered by their owners to be nervous and
of a worrying disposition, first exhibited
these traits within the three-month
post-vaccination period.

I would like to add for the
sake of Oliver, my friend who suffered from
paralysed rear legs and death shortly after a
vaccine shot, that "paresis" is listed in
Merck's Manual as a symptom of encephalitis.
This is defined as muscular weakness of a
neural (brain) origin which involves partial
or incomplete paralysis, resulting from
lesions at any level of the descending
pathway from the brain. Hind limb paralysis
is one of the potential consequences.
Encephalitis, incidentally, is a disease that
can manifest across the scale from mild to
severe and can also cause sudden death.

Organ failure must also be
suspected when it occurs shortly after a
vaccine event. Dr Larry Glickman, who
spearheaded the Purdue research into
post-vaccination biochemical changes in dogs,
wrote in a letter to Cavalier Spaniel breeder
Bet Hargreaves:

"Our ongoing studies of dogs
show that following routine vaccination,
there is a significant rise in the level of
antibodies dogs produce against their own
tissues. Some of these antibodies have been
shown to target the thyroid gland, connective
tissue such as that found in the valves of
the heart, red blood cells, DNA, etc. I do
believe that the heart conditions in Cavalier
King Charles Spaniels could be the end result
of repeated immunisations by vaccines
containing tissue culture contaminants that
cause a progressive immune response directed
at connective tissue in the heart valves. The
clinical manifestations would be more
pronounced in dogs that have a genetic
predisposition [although] the findings should
be generally applicable to all dogs
regardless of their breed."

I must mention here that Dr
Glickman believes that vaccines are a
necessary evil, but that safer vaccines need
to be developed.

Meanwhile, please join the
queue to place your dog, cat, horse and child
on the Russian roulette wheel because a
scientist says you should.

Vaccines Stimulate an
Inflammatory Response

The word "allergy" is
synonymous with "sensitivity" and
"inflammation" . It should, by rights, also be
synonymous with the word "vaccination" . This
is what vaccines do: they sensitise (render
allergic)an individual in the process of
forcing them to develop antibodies to fight a
disease threat. In other words, as is
acknowledged and accepted, as part of the
vaccine process the body will respond with
inflammation. This may be apparently
temporary or it may be longstanding.

Holistic doctors and
veterinarians have known this for at least
100 years.
They talk about a wide range of
inflammatory or "-itis" diseases which Adminse
shortly after a vaccine event. Vaccines, in
fact, plunge many individuals into an
allergic state. Again, this is a disorder
that ranges from mild all the way through to
the suddenly fatal. Anaphylactic shock is the
culmination: it's where an individual has a
massive allergic reaction to a vaccine and
will die within minutes if adrenaline or its
equivalent is not administered.

There are some individuals who
are genetically not well placed to withstand
the vaccine challenge. These are the people
(and animals are "people", too) who have
inherited faulty B and T cell function. B and
T cells are components within the immune
system which identify foreign invaders and
destroy them, and hold the invader in memory
so that they cannot cause future harm.
However, where inflammatory responses are
concerned, the immune system overreacts and
causes unwanted effects such as allergies and
inflammatory conditions.

Merck warns in its Manual that
patients with, or from families with, B
and/or T cell immunodeficiencies should not
receive live-virus vaccines due to the risk
of severe or fatal infection. Elsewhere, it
lists features of B and T cell
immunodeficiencies as food allergies,
inhalant allergies, eczema, dermatitis,
neurological deterioration and heart disease.
To translate, people with these conditions
can die if they receive live-virus vaccines.
Their immune systems are simply not competent
enough to guarantee a healthy reaction to the
viral assault from modified live-virus

Modified live-virus (MLV)
vaccines replicate in the patient until an
immune response is provoked. If a defence
isn't stimulated, then the vaccine continues
to replicate until it gives the patient the
very disease it was intending to prevent.

Alternatively, a deranged
immune response will lead to inflammatory
conditions such as arthritis, pancreatitis,
colitis, encephalitis and any number of
autoimmune diseases such as cancer and
leukaemia, where the body attacks its own

A new theory, stumbled upon by
Open University student Gary Smith, explains
what holistic practitioners have been saying
for a very long time. Here is what a few of
the holistic vets have said in relation to
their patients:

Dr Jean Dodds: "Many
veterinarians trace the present problems with
allergic and immunologic diseases to the
introduction of MLV vaccines..." (9)

Christina Chambreau, DVM:
"Routine vaccinations are probably the worst
thing that we do for our animals. They cause
all types of illnesses, but not directly to
where we would relate them definitely to be
caused by the vaccine." (10)

Martin Goldstein, DVM: "I think
that vaccines...are leading killers of dogs
and cats in America today."

Dr Charles E. Loops, DVM:
"Homoeopathic veterinarians and other
holistic practitioners have maintained for
some time that vaccinations do more harm than
they provide benefits." (12)

Mike Kohn, DVM: "In response to
this [vaccine] violation, there have been
increased autoimmune diseases (allergies
being one component), epilepsy, neoplasia
[tumours], as well as behavioural problems in
small animals." (13)

A Theory on Inflammation

Gary Smith explains what
observant healthcare practitioners have been
saying for a very long time, but perhaps
they've not understood why their observations
led them to say it. His theory, incidentally,
is causing a huge stir within the inner
scientific sanctum. Some believe that his
theory could lead to a cure for many diseases
including cancer. For me, it explains why the
vaccine process is inherently questionable.

Gary was learning about
inflammation as part of his studies when he
struck upon a theory so extraordinary that it
could have implications for the treatment of
almost every inflammatory disease --
including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's,
rheumatoid arthritis and even HIV and AIDS.

Gary 's theory questions the
received wisdom that when a person gets ill,
the inflammation that occurs around the
infected area helps it to heal. He claims
that, in reality, inflammation prevents the
body from recognising a foreign substance and
therefore serves as a hiding place for
invaders. The inflammation occurs when
at-risk cells produce receptors called All
(known as angiotensin II type I receptors).
He says that while At1 has a balancing
receptor, At2, which is supposed to switch
off the inflammation, in most diseases this
does not happen.

"Cancer has been described as
the wound that never heals," he says. "All
successful cancers are surrounded by
inflammation. Commonly this is thought to be
the body's reaction to try to fight the
cancer, but this is not the case.

"The inflammation is not the
body trying to fight the infection. It is
actually the virus or bacteria deliberately
causing inflammation in order to hide from
the immune system [author's emphasis]." (14)

If Gary is right, then the
inflammatory process so commonly stimulated
by vaccines is not, as hitherto assumed, a
necessarily acceptable sign. Instead, it
could be a sign that the viral or bacterial
component, or the adjuvant (which, containing
foreign protein, is seen as an invader by the
immune system), in the vaccine is winning by

If Gary is correct in believing
that the inflammatory response is not
protective but a sign that invasion is taking
place under cover of darkness, vaccines are
certainly not the friends we thought they
were. They are undercover assassins working
on behalf of the enemy, and vets and medical
doctors are unwittingly acting as
collaborators. Worse, we animal guardians and
parents are actually paying doctors and vets
to unwittingly betray our loved ones.

Potentially, vaccines are the
stealth bomb of the medical world. They are
used to catapult invaders inside the castle
walls where they can wreak havoc, with none
of us any the wiser. So rather than
experiencing frank viral diseases such as the
'flu, measles, mumps and rubella (and, in the
case of dogs, parvovirus and distemper), we
are allowing the viruses to win anyway - but
with cancer, leukaemia and other inflammatory
or autoimmune (self-attacking) diseases
taking their place.

The Final Insult

All 27 veterinary schools in
North America have changed their protocols
for vaccinating dogs and cats along the
following lines; (15) however, vets in
practice are reluctant to listen to these
changed protocols and official veterinary
bodies in the UK and other countries are
ignoring the following facts.

Dogs' and cats' immune systems
mature fully at six months. If modified
live-virus vaccine is giver after six months
of age, it produces immunity, which is good
for the life of the pet. If another MLV
vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies
from the first vaccine neutralise the
antigens of the second vaccine and there is
little or no effect. The litre is no
"boosted", nor are more memory cells induced.

Not only are annual boosters
unnecessary, but they subject the pet to
potential risks such as allergic reactions
and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia.

In plain language, veterinary
schools in America , plus the American
Veterinary Medical Association, have looked
at studies to show how long vaccines last and
they have concluded and announced that annual
vaccination is unnecessary. (16-19)

Further, they have acknowledged
that vaccines are not without harm. Dr Ron
Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin
University and a leading light in this field,
has been saying this politely to his
veterinary colleagues since the 1980s. I've
been saying it for the past 12 years. But
change is so long in coming and, in the
meantime, hundreds of thousands of animals
are dying every year - unnecessarily.

The good news is that thousands
of animal lovers (but not enough) have heard
what we've been saying. Canine Health Concern
members around the world use real food as
Nature's supreme disease preventative,
eschewing processed pet food, and minimise
the vaccine risk. Some of us, myself
included, have chosen not to vaccinate our
pets at all. Our reward is healthy and
long-lived dogs.

It has taken but one paragraph
to tell you the good and simple news. The
gratitude I feel each day, when I embrace my
healthy dogs, stretches from the centre of
the Earth to the Universe and beyond.

About the Author:

Catherine O'Driscoll runs
Canine Health Concern which campaigns and
also delivers an educational program, the
Foundation in Canine Healthcare. She is
author of Shock to the System (2005; see
review this issue), the best-selling book
What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines
(1997, 1998), and Who Killed the Darling Buds
of May? (1997; reviewed in NEXUS 4/04).
She lives in Scotland with
her partner, Rob Ellis, and three Golden
Retrievers, named Edward, Daniel and Gwinnie,
and she lectures on canine health around the

For more information, contact
Catherine O'Driscoll at Canine Health
Concern, PO Box 7533 , Perth PH2 1AD ,
Scotland , UK , email [email protected]
, website
http://www.canine- health-concern.
Shock to the System is
available in the UK from CHC, and worldwide
from Dogwise at http://www.dogwise. com.

1. "Effects of Vaccination on
the Endocrine and Immune Systems of Dogs,
Phase II", Purdue University , November
1,1999, at
http://www.homestea g/haywardstudyon vaccines. html.

2. See edu/epi/gdhstudy .htm.

3. See
http://www.avma. org/vafstf/ default.asp.

4. Veterinary Products
Committee (VPC) Working Group on Feline and
Canine Vaccination, DEFRA, May 2001.

5. JVM Series A 50(6):286-291,
August 2003.

6. Duval, D. and Giger,U.
(1996). "Vaccine-Associated Immune-Mediated
Hemolytic Anemia in the Dog", Journal of
Veterinary Internal Medicine 10:290-295.

7. New England Journal of
Medicine, vol.313,1985.
See also Clin Exp Rheumatol
20(6):767-71, Nov-Dec 2002.

8. Am Coll Vet Intern Med

9. Dodds, Jean W.,DVM, "Immune
System and Disease Resistance", at
http://www.critterc htm.

10. Wolf Clan magazine,
April/May 1995.

11. Goldstein, Martin, The
Nature of Animal Healing, Borzoi/Alfred A.
Knopf, Inc., 1999.

12. Wolf Clan magazine, op.

13. ibid.

14. Journal of Inflammation
1:3,2004, at
http://www.journal- inflammation. com
content/1/1/ 3.

15. Klingborg, D.J., Hustead,
D.R. and Curry-Galvin, E. et al., "AVMA
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents'
report on cat and dog vaccines", Journal of
the American Veterinary Medical Association
221(10):1401- 1407, November 15,2002,
http://www.avma. org/policies/ vaccination. htm.

16. ibid.

17. Schultz, R.D., "Current and
future canine and feline vaccination
programs", Vet Med 93:233-254,1998.

18. Schultz, R.D., Ford, R.B.,
Olsen, J. and Scott, P., "Titer testing and
vaccination: a new look at traditional
practices", Vet Med 97:1-13, 2002 (insert).

19. Twark, L. and Dodds, W.J.,
"Clinical application of serum parvovirus and
distemper virus antibody liters for
determining revaccination strategies in
healthy dogs", J Am Vet Med Assoc
217:1021-1024, 2000.

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i'm very confused

so after the first series of distemper, dewormer and rabies shot, that is over? no need to do yearly distemper and the next rabies shot which will last 3 yrs?

this issue have come up many times so it is still confusing.

and my vet said that these shots are necessary. I really don't know. all my kids stay inside and don't set a foot outside and I do the distemper and rabies only. 1st rabies shot last for one year, 2nd shot lasts 3 year and the 3rd shot lasts for 7 years. only the distemper was a yearly booster. maybe I'll go every 2 yrs for the distemper.

I encourage you to continue reading and talking with your vet

The article is interesting and lists supporting documents/tests but remember that this is still not the majority view of the AVMA, and probably not your veterinarian. There IS acceptance that too many vaccines in general are given and that the individual dog's immune response may be sufficient to last its lifetime after only one or two immunizations but only titer testing can tell that, so to just stop after the first set of puppy vacs is dicey and something I wouldn't feel comfortable doing. Still, I don't give more than the absolute minimum (I don't give corona, bordatella, lyme and others that don't relate to my location or dog's lifestyle <homebody>)...but I do keep up on rabies because its legally required and I want to be able to take my dog out in public as I wish, and in the very unlikely chance he would nip at a vet or technician I want them protected too.

I agree with the statement in the article that said too many vets look upon annual vaccinations as an income producing item and now that most all vaccines are designed to last 3yrs, that is criminal in my mind! Perhaps more discussion with your own vet on his/her philosophy is called for...but YOU have the final choice...and the final responsibility to your dog and your community as well.

RobinandLeo's picture

the more I read about vaccines,

the less I want to give! Already I stretch out the 'annuals' to 18 months and then stop giving anything except Bordetella after age 6.
Even a seminar that Iams gave (DVD shown at a Club meeting last year) recommends an abrevated protocol. I'm so glad my Vet respects my feelings on this.

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