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January 2016

Vaccine Injury Story ‘I Was Stupid, Arrogant, and Naive’ For Vaccinating My Children

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Posted By: helenSco January 18, 2016

“I must admit, I didn’t approach my research with an open mind. I was sure that my pre-conceived notions were accurate, but it didn’t matter. In the end, the only conclusion I could come to was the same conclusion everyone comes to once they actually do the real research – vaccines are a crime against humanity.”

The above quote is one of the best things I’ve read in a very long time. It comes from an amazing piece written by Joel Edwards. The article is a must read for those who are making considerations for vaccinating their children. Joel discusses carrying “a burden of guilt” for damaging his children by having them vaccinated. These very sad tales are becoming all too common anymore and at the end of the day, they truly are a preventable occurrence. He also discusses his own “arrogance” as being a part of the reason he chose the vaccination option.

I carry a burden of guilt with me. I will carry this guilt until the day I die. I damaged my children.

I was stupid, arrogant, and naive, and my decision may have caused permanent damage to the children I love with all of my heart.

I thought vaccines were more dangerous than most people realized, but I still thought, overall, they were worth the risk. I was too lazy to do the research. Like an idiot, I blindly trusted my doctor. This belief system was what led me to vaccinate three out of four of my children. My twins are now seven years old. They have not completely recovered from their last round of vaccines. (Read the full article)

We get messages all the time from parents who regret making the decision and have to live with the consequences. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome, in my opinion, is the scrutiny you get from friends and family members. Many parents end up simply folding underneath the weight of all that pressure. The best piece of advice I can ever give anyone is to know your audience. You need to know who is advising you and why, as well, how flexible are they? If your aunt has long argued the same politics for 30 years fighting with family members and co-workers, it isn’t likely she will have a flexible or understanding view when it comes to vaccines. Maybe that’s not the best example, but my point is, if you know someone is a staunch vaccine supporter, don’t engage. If and when they engage, try to change the conversation. Once they see you aren’t willing to be baited into heated debates, they are likely to just become more remiss over the matter.

We are living in extremely turbulent times when it comes to vaccines. Many states are opting to force vaccines to school-children and workplaces even want to force flu vaccinations on workers. All parents need to do their research and view both sides openly, not just go by what family members and Doctors tell them to do. Use common sense, be responsible, don’t end up like the writer did.

Bacteria Resistant to All Antibiotics Now in the United Kingdom

First it showed up in China, then Denmark and now it has reared its ugly head in the United Kingdom. Bacteria resistant to all forms of antibiotics are making their way around the globe.

Chinese health officials announced in late November that bacteria containing the MCR-1 gene had been discovered in livestock as well as 1,322 hospitalized patients. Then, the same pathogen was discovered in Denmark when a patient in one of the nation’s hospitals was diagnosed with an untreatable form of salmonella.

The superbugs were also detected in Africa, and are believed to have traveled to Laos and Malaysia. Experts say they likely got to Britain via global travel and food imports.

The bacteria have since made their way into England on 3 farms and in samples of human infections.

The MCR-1 gene is “mobile DNA” that can be easily copied and transferred between different bacteria, making it easy for it to spread and diversify between bacterial populations, Scientific American explained in a December 19 article.

The gene makes infections resistant to all polymyxin antibiotics, including colistic, which are the last line of defense when all other antibiotics have failed. [1]

The fear is that MCR-1 could transfer to other bacteria and turn them into superbugs, too.

Experts have been warning that untreatable infections could create an “antibiotic apocalypse” that would plunge medicine back into the dark ages. Scientists said humanity was on the brink of just such an era when the drug-resistant bacteria were discovered in China, not knowing how quickly it would cross oceans and infect more animals and people.

Scientists in the U.K. say that the danger to humans is low, for now, but they also thought they had 3 more years before colistin-resistance would spread from China to England, not just a single month.

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Professor Alan Johnson, from Public Health England, said:

“Our assessment is that the public health risk posed by this gene is currently considered very low, but is subject to ongoing review as more information becomes available.

The organisms identified can be killed by cooking your food properly and all the bacteria we identified with this gene were responsive to other antibiotics, called carbapenems.

We will monitor this closely, and will provide any further public advice as needed.” [2]

Out of 24,000 bacterial samples kept on record from 2012 to 2015 by Public Health England, 15 of them tested positive for colistin-resistant bacteria, including samples of salmonella and E. coli. The E. coli bacteria were also found to be resistant to cephalosporin antibiotics. The bugs were also discovered on 3 pig farms by the Animals and Plant Health Agency.

Colistin is heavily overused in livestock, namely pigs and chickens, where it is given to animals to promote growth and prevent them from getting sick. Scientists believe the MCR-1 gene has spread from farm animals to humans because it is used far more frequently in veterinary medicine than in human medicine.

Cóilín Nunan, Scientific Adviser to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, said:

“‘Despite scientists saying that resistance to this last-resort antibiotic is likely to be spreading from farm animals to humans, it still remains completely legal in the UK and in most EU countries to routinely feed colistin to large groups of intensively farmed animals, even when no disease has been diagnosed in any of the animals.

We need the government, the European Commission and regulatory bodies like the Veterinary Medicines Directorate to respond urgently.

The routine preventative use in farming of colistin, and all antibiotics important in human medicine, needs to be banned immediately.”

Fortunately, colistin isn’t given to livestock in the United States, but about 80% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. go to livestock farms, and 60% of those drugs are considered crucial to human medicine. We are far from safe; the MCR-1 gene could just as easily transfer to penicillin.

Antibiotic resistance kills some 700,000 people globally every year, and that number is expected to rise to 10 million by 2050. [3]


[1] Scientific American

[2] BBC News

[3] Mother Jones