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Spring is check-up time, the time of year to bring pooch to the vet for his annual physical. And in most veterinary offices around the country, it's time for booster shots.
The allopathic medical establishment has been teaching people for years that vaccines are the best way to protect our pets from horrible illnesses like parvo and distemper. There are now inoculations for a wide array of diseases, which further increases the pressure on pet lovers to vaccinate.
But are these annual vaccines necessary? "Not according to one of our top textbooks," says Dr. Michele Yasson, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in New York. That book, Current Veterinary Therapy XI, states the practice of annual vaccines "lacks scientific validity or verification." In general, Yasson says, vaccines are good for a lifetime. The immune system develops a "memory" from vaccines that remains for years, allowing the body to fight off infections when exposed to them.
But vaccines may not only be unnecessary: There is growing evidence that they are harmful to the health of our pets. Many of the reported side effects of vaccines, like soreness and diarrhea, typically occur in the first 48 hours after the shot is given. But more study is being done on the long-term effects. Annual vaccines have been linked to chronic, degenerative illness such as cancer, diabetes, irritable bowel disease, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Yasson notes that animals she's treated who have never been vaccinated are almost always healthier in old age than those who receive boosters every year.
"Vaccinosis" is the homeopathic term for the chronic latent diseases linked to excessive inoculation. Yasson says virtually every individual vaccinated repeatedly gets vaccinosis. "You'd have to have an exceptional immune system not to get it," she notes.
The homeopathic theory, according to Yasson, is that the vaccine is an artificially altered version of the disease. This causes the vaccine to become a chronic latent disease in the body, sort of a mini version of the disease. For example, a dog may have parvovirus from the vaccine, but the disease may not present itself with the same symptoms as parvo, like constant diarrhea. The affected dog may only get diarrhea from stress or diet changes which a healthy dog would be able to handle.
Signs of vaccinosis from the rabies vaccine are more obviously connected to the symptoms of the disease, like increased aggression or gagging while drinking.
But the symptoms of vaccinosis may also look different from the symptoms of the disease, and may present themselves as skin diseases, eye discharges and other problems not associated with specific illnesses. Common complaints include year-round shedding (dogs are only supposed to shed twice a year), oily or smelly coat, cancerous bumps, lumps, polyps and cysts. The kidneys are especially affected by vaccinosis, as are joints, tendons and ligaments, which can aggravate hip dysplasia.
The problems associated with vaccinosis unfortunately are permanent without treatment, but Yasson says discontinuing vaccinations may prevent the problems from getting worse over time.
Protection without Injections
Most animal lovers have been so conditioned to think vaccines are vital to our pet's health that going without them seems reckless. But there are ways to ensure your dog is protected against disease, even without shots.
Nosodes are natural remedies made from the disease. For example, Lyssin is a rabies nosode made from the saliva of rabid dogs. But Yasson points out that nosodes are experimental, and some dogs have had negative reactions to them.
Another option for dogs who already have a vaccination history is called titer testing. Titer testing checks the blood for the presence of antibodies, which indicate the body has a level of immunity to disease.
If you're in doubt about your dog's immunity levels or state of overall health, Yasson recommends getting a titer test. She says all vets should be offering titer testing now. The testing is more expensive than the vaccine shot, but she says it's an excellent investment in the health of your pooch. For many dogs getting the vaccine, with resulting chronic ailments, can be worse than getting the disease.
You can compromise on vaccines, instead of forgoing them entirely. For puppies, Yasson advises waiting until the maternal antibody disappears, and vaccinating once at 4 to 6 months old. Single dose vaccines can confer lifelong immunity, she says. Rabies vaccines are required by law in most states, but many areas allow a three-year vaccine instead of the annual shot.
But if you still feel the need to get annual booster shots, Yasson says to stick with the basics - rabies, parvo and distemper - given in single shots, spaced apart from each other and not all on the same day. A killed vaccine should be used instead of a modified live shot. Dogs should also not be vaccinated along with another procedure, like surgery, spaying/neutering or dental cleaning. Avoid combination shots - they are basically daring the immune system to fight off a handful of diseases at once. The combo shots were designed entirely for human convenience (only one trip to the vet) and are considered by many holistic vets to be the worst for your dog's immune system.
Yasson often gives the homeopathic remedy Thuja after vaccines, a single 200C dose two hours after the injection to help counteract the negative effects.
Fortunately, many conventional vets are now rethinking annual boosters. For example, Colorado State's vet school vaccine protocol now says after the series of puppy shots to give boosters every three years. The school also says to vaccinate for diseases like Lyme, bordetella (kennel cough) and parainfluenza only on an "at risk" basis. "The kennel cough vaccine is probably the most useless," says Yasson. Dogs with kennel cough have nothing worse than a sore throat, unless their immune systems are already compromised, in which case they shouldn't be vaccinated anyway.
"I tell my patients that vaccinating an ill animal is malpractice," says Yasson. For example, dogs with immune diseases, chronic diseases and seizures should not be vaccinated at all, "which rules out about 90% of the dogs," she notes.
If your dog has a chronic illness, such as an immune disorder, you may be excused from giving even the rabies shot. Your veterinarian may be allowed to write a letter excusing your dog, perhaps with titer testing to show immunity.
If you do decide not to vaccinate, you will have to put more effort into your dog's overall health and disease prevention, including being in tune with your dog's health, and noticing any changes. You'll have to take responsibility for building your dog's immune system through fresh foods and regular exercise.
The following information was obtained from WELLPET
By Catherine O'Driscoll
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 they 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.
Skin problems: 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.
Arthritis: there are many, many studies which show that vaccines can cause arthritis. Vaccine components have even been found in the bones of arthritis sufferers.
Cancer: 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.
Leukemia: 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.
Aggression: 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).
Autoimmune disease: 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 diarrhoea, 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. A few days ago on the CHC discussion list, one of our members 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 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.
I know that this post is going to unsettle and disturb many list members and I apologise for this. 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. CHC members and people like your own beloved Bonnie are doing this through example. I promise you this - annual vaccination is coming to an end. We will look back in horror at what we used to do.