Vaccines… Should they be avoided?


This is certainly a controversial topic, are vaccinations safe?  Are they really protecting us from what we are being vaccinated for?  Are there side-effects that should be considered before receiving any of them?  Personally & professionally I felt there is reason for DOUBT.  Having my 1st two children both having adverse reactions to their MMR shot, really placed me as a mother and as a Doctor of Naturopathy in the quest for answers, and searching for reasons why these vaccinations are better to receive vs. allowing the body to create it’s own natural immunity from exposure.  I found some interesting answers as I began to dig into this topic.  What I’ve compiled is NOT my own statements, but statements and research gathered.

So, what I put together are documented research by other professionals , that will  allow my readers to make their own decisions.  I have my own professional/personal view on this topic, however, my purpose is not to share that one way or the other, it is to share some factual information and leave the rest to my blog followers.



Dr. James R. Shannon, former director of the National Institutes of Health, declared, “The only safe vaccine is one that is never used.” (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by Injection: The story of the Medical Conspiracy Against America. The National Council for Medical Research, P.O. Box 1105, Staunton, Virginia 24401, p. 145)

I want to walk you back in time to the 1800’s, people were contracting something called “smallpox”.  This was not a pretty virus by any stretch.  Folks were dying, and those who managed to live through the outbreak, were scarred for life from the pox.

The Cowpox vaccine was believed to be able to immunize people against smallpox.  When this vaccine was introduced, there was already a decline in the number of cases of smallpox.  Japan introduced mandatory vaccination in 1872.  In 1892, there were 165,774 cases of smallpox with 29,979 deaths DESPITE the vaccination program.  A very stringent compulsory smallpox vaccine program, which prosecuted people refusing the vaccine, was instituted in England in 1867.  Within 4 years 97.5% of folks between the ages of 2 -50 had been vaccinated.  The following year England experienced the WORST smallpox epidemic in its countries history, with 44,840 deaths.(Null, Gary, “Vaccination: An Analysis of the Health Risks,” Port Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Dec. 2003, p 78)

Between 1871 and 1880 the incidence  of smallpox escalated from 28 to 46 per 100,000.  So does this suggest that the smallpox vaccine was effective or not?

Much of the success attributed to vaccination programs may actually have been due to improvement in public health related to water sanitation and better quality of drinking water, less crowded living condition, better nutrition and an overall higher standard of living.  Typically the incidence of a disease was clearly declining before the vaccine for that disease was introduced.  In England, the incidence of polio had already decreased by 82% BEFORE the polio vaccine was introduced in 1956.

In the early 1900s an Indiana physician, Dr. W.B. Clarke, stated, “Cancer was practically unknown until compulsory vaccination with cowpox vaccine began to be introduced.  I have had to deal with 200 cases of cancer, and I never saw a case of cancer in an unvaccinated person” (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by Injection, p. 132)

There appears to be a widely held belief that vaccines should not be criticized, because the public might refuse to take them.  This is valid only IF the benefits exceed the KNOWN risks of the vaccines. Does valid research prove that the benefits exceed the risks?


I believe this question to be important, yet I cannot seem to find and adequate study suggesting that they do.  What I have found is that vaccines are extremely profitable for the drug companies that are manufacturing them, and recent legislation in the U.S. has exempted lawsuits against the pharmaceutical firms in the event of adverse reactions to vaccines, which are quite common reported.

In 1975 Germany stopped requiring pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination.  Today less than 10% of German children are vaccinated against pertussis.  The number of cases of pertussis has steadily gown down even though far fewer children are receiving the pertussis vaccine. (Gary Null interview with Dr. Dean Black, April 7. 1995)

Measles outbreaks have occurred in schools with vaccination rates over 98% in all parts of the U.S. including areas that had reported no cases of measles for years.  As measles immunization rates rise to high levels, measles becomes a disease being seen only in vaccinated people.  The World Health Organizations has conceded that persons administered the measles vaccine have a  14 times greater likelihood of contracting the disease than those who remain unvaccinated. (National Health Federation Bulletin, November 1969)

In 1986 there were 1300 cases of pertussis in Kansas and 90% of these cases occurred in children who had been adequately vaccinated.  Similar vaccine failures have been reported from Nova Scotia where pertussis continues to be occurring despite universal vaccination.  Pertussis remains endemic in the Netherlands where for more than 20 years 96% of children have received 3 pertussis shots by the age of 12 months. (DeMelker HE, et al, Pertussis in the Netherlands: /an outbreak despite high levels of immunization with whole-cell vaccine, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 1997; 3(2): 175-8, Centers for Disease Control.)

After institution of diphtheria vaccinations in England and Wales in 1894, the number of deaths from diphtheria rose by 20% in the subsequent 15 years.  Germany had compulsory vaccination in 1939. The rate of diphtheria spiraled to 150,000 cases that year, whereas Norway, which did not have compulsory vaccination, had only 50 cases of diphtheria the same year.

The continued presence of these infectious diseases in children who have received vaccines proves that life-long immunity, which follows natural infections, does NOT occur in people receiving the vaccines.  THE INJECTION PROCESS PLACES THE VIRAL PARTICLES INTO THE BLOOD WITHOUT PROVIDING ANY CLEAR WAY TO ELIMINATE THESE FOREIGN SUBSTANCES.


Walene James, author of Immunization: The Reality Behind the Myth, states that the full inflammatory response is needed to created real immunity. (Gary Null Interview with Walene James, April 6, 1995)

Prior to the introduction of the measles and mumps vaccines, children got measles and mumps and in the great majority of cases these disease were benign.  Vaccines “trick” the body so it does not mount a complete inflammatory response to the injected virus.


The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has grown from .55 per 1000 live births in 1953 to 12.8 per 1000 in 1992 in Olmstead County, Minnesota.  The peak incidence for SIDS is age 2 to 4 months, the exact time most vaccines are being given to children.  85% of cases of SIDS occur in the first 6 months of infancy.  The increase in SIDS as a percentage of total infant deaths has risen from 2.5 per 1000 in 1953 to 17.9 per 1000 in 1992.  This rise in SIDS deaths has occurred during a period when nearly every childhood disease was declining due to improved sanitation and medical progress except SIDS.  These deaths from SIDS did increase during a period when the number of vaccines given to a child was steadily rising to 36 per child.

Dr. W. Torch was able to document 12 infant deaths that appeared within 3 1/2 and 19 hours of a DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) immunization.  He later reported 11 new cases of SIDS death and one near miss that had occurred within 24 hours of a DPT injection.  When he studied 70 cases of SIDS two-thirds of these victims had been vaccinated from one half day to 3 weeks prior to their deaths. (Torch, W.S., Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) immunizations: a potential cause of the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), Neurology, 1982: 32-4 A 169 abstract.)

None of these deaths was attributed to vaccines,  vaccines are a sacred cow and nothing against them appears in the mass media, because they are so profitable to pharmaceutical firms.  There is a valid reason to think that not only are vaccines worthless in preventing disease, they are counterproductive because they injure the immune system, permitting cancer, auto-immune diseases and SIDS to cause much disability and death.


Dr. Robert Strecker claimed that the Department of Defense (DOD) was given $10,000,000 in 1969 to create the AIDS virus, to be used as a population reducing weapon against blacks. (Collin, Jonathan, They deployed the AIDS virus.  The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, April 1988, p. 152)  By use of the Freedom of Information Act, Strecker was able to learn that the DOD had secured funds from Congress to perform studies on immune destroying agents for germ warfare. (Department of Defense Appropriations for 1970, Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, Ninety-first Congress, First Sessions, H.D. 15090)

Once produced, the vaccine was given in two locations, according to Strecker,  the smallpox vaccine containing HIV was given to 100,000,000 Africans in 1977.  Over 2000 young white homosexual males in New York City were given the hepatitis B  vaccine that contained  the HIV virus in 1978.  This vaccine was given at New York City Blood Center.  The hepatitis B vaccine containing the HIV virus was also administered to homosexual males in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Houston and Chicago in 1978 and 1979.  U.S. Public Health epidemiology studies have disclosed that these same 6 cities had the highest incidence of AIDS, SIDS related complex (ARC) and death rates from HIV, when compared to other U.S. cities.

Understand, when a new virus is introduced into a community, it takes 20 yrs. for the number of cases to double.  If the apparently fabricated story that the green monkey bites of Pygmies led to the HIV epidemic, the alleged monkey bites in the 1940’s should have produced a peak in the incidence of HIV in the 1960s, at which time HIV was nonexistent in Africa.  The World Health Organization (WHO) began an African smallpox vaccination campaign in 1977 that targeted urban population centers and avoided Pygmies.  If the green monkey bites of the Pygmies truly caused the HIV epidemic, the incidence of HIV in Pygmies should have been higher than in urban citizens.  However, the opposite was true.

In 1954 Dr. Bernice Eddy (a bacteriologist) discovered live monkey viruses in what was supposedly sterile inactivated polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. (Harris, R. J. et al, Contaminant viruses in two live vaccines produced in  chick cells. J Hyg (London), 1966, Mar:64(1): 1-7) This discovery was NOT well received at the NIH and Eddy was demoted.

Later Eddy, working with Sarah Stewart, discovered the SE polyoma virus.  This virus was quite important because it caused cancer in every animal receiving it.  Yellow Fever vaccine had previously been found to contain the avian (bird) leukemia virus.  Later Dr. Hilleman isolated the SV 40 virus from both the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines.  There were 40 different viruses they were trying to eradicate in these polio vaccines. (Horowitx, Leonard G., Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola, p. 484, Tetrahedron Inc. Suite 147, 206 North 4th Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho 83864, 1-888-508-4787,

They were never able to get rid of these viruses that were contaminating the polio vaccines.  The SV 40 viruses caused malignancies.  It has now been identified in:

  • 4% of the cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Vilchez, R.A. et al, Association between simian virus 40 and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Lancet 2002, Mar 9;359 (9309): 817-823).
  • 36% of brain tumors: (Bu, X., A study of simian virus 40 infection and its origin in human brain tumors. Zhonghu, Lui Xing Bing Xue Zhi 2000 Feb: 21 (1): 19-21)
  • 18% of healthy blood samples, and 22% of healthy semen samples, mesothiolomas and other malignancies.
  • By the time of this discovery SV 40 had already been injected into 10,000,000 people in the Salk Vaccine.  Gastric digestion inactivates some of the SV 40 in the Sabin vaccine.  However, the isolation of strains of the Sabin polio vaccine from all 30 cases of Guillain Barre syndrome (Friedrich, F. et al, Temporal association between the isolation of Sabin-related poliovirus vaccine strains and the Guillain-Barre syndrome. REv Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo 1996 Jan-Feb: 38(1): 55-8) in Brazil suggests that significant numbers of people are able to be infected from this vaccine.  All 38 of these patients had received Sabin polio vaccine months to years before the onset of GBS.  The incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has “mysteriously” doubled since the 1970s.

Dr. John Martin, professor of pathology at the University of Southern California, was employed by the Viral Oncology Branch of the Bureau of Biologics (FDA) from 1976 to 1980.  While employed there he identified foreign DNA in the live polio vaccine Orimune Lederle that suggested serious vaccine contamination.  He warned his supervisors about this problem and was told to discontinue his work as it was outside the scope of testing required for polio vaccine.

Later Marin learned that all eleven of the African green monkeys used to grow the Lederle polio virus Orimune had grown simian cytomegalovirus from kidney cell cultures.  Lederle was aware of this viral contamination, as their Cytomegaloviral Contamination Plan clearly showed in 1972. (Horowitz, Leonard, Emerging Viruses: Aids and Ebola p 492)

The Bureau of Biologics decided not to pursue the matter, so production of infected polio vaccine continued.

In 1955 Martin identified unique cell-destroying viruses termed  stealth viruses in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.  These viruses lacked genes that would enable the immune system to recognize them.  Thus they were protected by the body’s failure to develop antiviral antibodies. In March of 1995, Martin learned that some of the stealth viruses had originated from African green monkey simian cytomegalovirus of a type known to infect man.

The Lederle vaccine experience suggests that those who want to be in charge are not concerned about sloppy and dangerous preparation of vaccines.  Animal cross infection is a huge unsolved current problem for all vaccine manufacturing.  If this vaccine production sounds like an unbelievable mess to you, you are right.



In the March 4, 1977 issue of Science, Jonas and Darrell Salk warn, “Live virus vaccines against influenza or poliomyelitis may in each instance produce the disease it intended to prevent.  The live virus against measles and mumps may produce such side effects as encephalitis (brain damage).”

The swine flu vaccine was administered to the American public even though there had never been a case of swine flu identified in a human.  Farmers refused to use the vaccine, because it killed too many animals.  Within a few months of use in humans, this vaccine caused many cases of serious nerve injury (Guillain Barre syndrome).

The Washington Post on January 26, 1988, featured an article that mentioned that all cases of polio since 1979 had been caused by the polio vaccine, with no known cases of polio from a wild strain since 1979. (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by injection, p 146)

This might have created  a perfect situation to discontinue the vaccine, but the vaccine is still given.  Vaccines are a wonderful source of profits with no risks to the drug companies since the vaccine injuries are now recompensed by the government.

The steady escalation in the number of vaccines administered has been followed by an identical rise in the incidence of autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, subacute lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, asthma) seen in children.  While there is a genetic transmission of some of these diseases, many are probably due to the injury from foreign protein particles, mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and other toxic agents injected in vaccines. (Null, Gary, Vaccination: An analysis of the health risks, Part I, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Octo 2003, pp. 90-95)

In 1999, the rotavirus vaccine was recommended for all infants by the Centers for Disease Control.  When this vaccine program was instituted several infants died and many had life-endangering bowel obstructions.  Prelicensure trials of the rotavirus vaccine had demonstrated an increased incidence of intussusception 30 times greater than normal (Null, Gary, Vaccination: An analysis of the health risks. Part 3, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Dec, 2003, p. 78), but the vaccine was released anyway without special warnings to practitioners to be on the lookout for bowel problems.  Children’s vaccines are often not studied for toxicity, possibly because such study might eliminate them from being used.

A large study from Australia showed that the risk of developing encephalitis from the pertussis vaccine was 5 times greater than the risk of developing encephalitis by contacting pertussis by natural methods.

Naturally acquired immunity by illness evolves by spread of a virus from the respiratory tract to the liver, thymus, spleen and bone marrow.  When symptoms begin, the entire immune response has been mobilized to repel the invading virus.  This complex immune system response creates antibodies that confer life long immunity against that invading virus and prepares the child to respond promptly to an infection by the same virus in the future.

Vaccination, in contrast, results in the persisting of the live virus or other foreign antigens within the cells of the body, a situation that may provoke autoimmune reactions as the body attempts to destroy its own infected cells.  There is no surprise that the incidence of autoimmune disease  (rheumatoid arthritis, subacute lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, asthma, psoriasis) has risen sharply in this era of multiple vaccine immunization.


Dr. John Classen has published 29 articles on vaccine-induced diabetes. (Classen, JB et al. Association between type 1 diabetes and HIB vaccine, BMJ 1999: 319:1133.)  At least 8 of 10 children with Type 1 (insulin needing) diabetes have this disease as a result of vaccination.  These children may have avoided measles, mumps and whooping cough, but they have received something far worse; an illness that shortens life expectancy by 10 to 15 years and results in a life requiring constant medical care.

Classen has shown that in Finland, the introduction of hemophilus type B vaccine caused three times as many cases of type 1 diabetes as the number of cases of deaths and brain damage from the hemophilus influenza type b it might have prevented.

In New Zealand, the incidence of type 1 diabetes in children rose by 61% after an aggressive vaccine program against hepatitis.  This same program has been started in the U.S., so we can now look forward to many cases of type 1 diabetes in children.  Similar rises in type 1 diabetes have been seen in England, Italy, Sweden, and Denmark after immunization programs against hepatitis B.


Vaccines contain toxic substances that are needed to prevent the vaccines from becoming infected or to improve the performance of the vaccine.  Among these are mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum. (Brain, Sept. 2001)

In the past 10 years, the number of autistic children has risen between 200 and 500 percent in every state in the U.S.  This sharp rise in autism followed the introduction of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in 1975.

U.S. Representative Dan Burton’s healthy grandson was given injections for 9 diseases in one day.  These injections were instantly followed by autism.  These injections contain a preservative of mercury called thimerosal.  The body received 41 times the amount of mercury that is capable of harm to the body.  Mercury is a neurotoxin that can injure the brain and nervous system.  And tragically, it did.

In the United States the number of compulsory vaccine injections has increased from 10 to 36 in the last 25 years.  During this period , there has been a simultaneous increase in the number of children suffering learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.  Many vaccines contain aluminum.  A new disease called macrophagic myofascitis causes pain in muscles, bones and joints.  All people with this disease have received aluminum-containing vaccines. (Incao, Philip, M.D., Letter to Representative Dale Van Vyven, Ohio House of Representatives, March, 1, 1999, provided to by the Natural Immunity Information Network.)   Deposits of aluminum are able to remain as an irritant in tissues and disturb the immune and nervous system for a lifetime.

“Nearly ALL vaccines contain aluminum and mercury.  These metals appear to play an important role in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease.  An expert at the  1997 International Vaccine Conference, Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, related that people who had 5 or more flu vaccine shots between 1970 and 1980 increased their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease by a factor of 10 over those who had 2 or fewer flu shots.

When we take vaccines we are playing a modern version of Russian Roulette.  We not only get exposed to aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde and foreign cell proteins, but we may get simian virus 40 and other dangerous viruses that can cause cancer, leukemia and other severe health problems, because the vaccine pool is contaminated due to careless animal isolation techniques.  Congress has protected the manufacturers from lawsuits, so dangerous vaccines simply increase profits at no risk to the drug companies.”  ( Dr. James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeing Journal,. Vol., 14, NO2)

U.S. Children at age 2 months, began receiving hepatitis B vaccine in December 2000. No peer-reviewed studies of the safety of hepatitis B in this age bracket has been done.  Over 36,000 adverse reactions with 440 deaths were soon reported but the true incidence is much higher as reporting is voluntary, so only approximately 10% of adverse reactions get reported.  This means that about 5000 infants are dying annually from the hepatitis B vaccine.  The CDC’s chief of epidemiology admits that the frequency of serious reactions to hepatitis B vaccine is 10 times higher than for other vaccines.  A vaccine expert, Dr. Philip Incao, states that “The conclusion is obvious that the risks of hepatitis B vaccination far outweighs the benefits.” (Ibid.)  “Once a vaccine is mandated, the vaccine manufacturer is NO longer liable for adverse reactions.” (Dr. James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeing Journal,. Vol., 14, NO2)

Dr. W.B. Clarke’s important observation that cancer was not found in unvaccinated individuals demands an explanation and one now appears forthcoming.  All vaccines given over a short period of time to an immature immune system deplete the thymus gland (the primary gland involved in immune reaction) of irreplaceable immature immune cells.  Each of these cells could have multiplied and developed into an army of valuable cells to combat infection and growth of abnormal cells.  When these immune cells have been used up, permanent immunity may not appear.  The Arthur Research Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, estimates that up to 60% of our immune system may be exhausted by multiple mass vaccines. (Rowen, Robert, Your first consultation with Dr. Rowen, p. 20)

In 2005, 36 vaccines were required in total for children, and in 2016, IF  I managed to count right, we are in the 50 dose range: (

Only 10% of immune cells are permanently lost when a child is permitted to develop natural immunity from disease.  There needs to be grave concern about these immune system injuring vaccinations!  Could the people who approve these mass vaccinations know that they are impairing the health of these children; many of who are being doomed to requiring much medical care in the future? Compelling evidence is available that the development of the immune system after contracting the usual childhood diseases matures and renders it capable to fight infection and malignant cells in the future.

The use of multiple vaccines, which prevents natural immunity, promotes the development of allergies and asthma.  A New Zealand study disclosed that 23% of vaccinated children developed asthma, as compared to zero in unvaccinated children.

Cancer was a very rare illness in the 1890s.  This evidence about immune system injury from vaccinating affords a plausible explanation for Clarke’s finding that only vaccinated individuals got cancer.  Some radical adverse change in health occurred in the early 1900s to permit cancer to explode and vaccinating appears to be the reason.


“Vaccines are an unnatural phenomenon.  My guess is that if enough people said NO to immunizations there would be a striking improvement in general health with nature back in the immunizing business instead of man.  Having a child vaccinated should be a choice, NOT a requirement.  Medical and religious exemptions are permitted by most states.

When governmental policies require vaccinations before children enter schools, coercion  has overruled the lack of evidence of vaccine efficacy and safety.  There is NO proof that vaccines work, and they are never studied for safety before release.  My opinion is that there is overwhelming evidence that vaccines are dangerous and the only reason for their existence is to increase profits of pharmaceutical firms.

If you are forced to immunize your children so they can enter school, obtain a notarized statement from the director of the facility that they will accept full financial responsibility for any adverse reaction from the vaccine.  Since there is at least a 2% risk of a serious adverse reactions, they may be smart enough to permit your child to escape a dangerous procedure. Recent legislation passed by Congress gives the government the power to imprison people refusing to take vaccines (smallpox, anthrax, etc,). this would be troublesome to enforce if large numbers of citizen declined to be vaccinated at the same time.” (James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeingjournal,:VOL., 14, NO2… is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine who spent 34 years caring for office and hospital patients.  The second edition of Dr. Howenstein’s book, “A Physician’s Guide To Natural Health Products That Work, is out in digital format.  This second edition contains 620 pages, references, and an expanded index. and addresses many additional subjects as well as important new advances in medicine.  Readers may download the book at

Much of what I have written here has been quoted and the research information is NOT mine, all resources have been noted within the post.


It is my hope that you will continue to do your own research as to the safety and necessity of whether you should allow you or your loved ones to have vaccinations administered. It should be a choice NOT a forced requirement, hence from where I stand, they are failing to prove that these vaccines are protecting folks from what they claim they should.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.



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I am a Doctor of Naturopathy, BCHHP; passionate about helping others improve the quality of their health by empowering them with knowledge of how to incorporate a more natural/holistic approach towards better quality of health.

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